The regular meeting of the Stillwater Township Recreation Commission was held on February 5, 2018 at 7:00 pm at the Stillwater Municipal Building, Stillwater, NJ. The meeting was called to order by Commission Chairman David Manser with the statement read that this meeting is in compliance with the Open Public Meetings Statement and the flag salute.
Members Present: Mr. Ashley, Mrs. Connelly, Mrs. Delaney, Ms. Hess, Mr. Manser, Ms. Richardson, Mr. Sylvester
Motion by Ms. Hess, seconded by Mrs. Delaney, that the minutes from the Dec. 4, 2017 meeting be approved. Motion carried.
The following bills were presented – A Royal Flush $ 319.88; A Royal Flush $ 68.00; Home Depot $153.86 (holiday lights); and Ronetco (Shop Rite) $ 103.89 (tree lighting and candy canes). Motion by Mrs. Delaney, second by Ms. Richardson to approve the bills. Motion carried.
Letter from Township for budgets (already passed); a letter from Nisivoccia, LLP, a CPA firm outlining some of the upcoming tax changes. Anyone interested in reading it, it’s up here; Township Resolution with the dates and workshop meetings of the committee; Township Resolution listing Holiday Schedule; Township Resolution appointing Michele Hess and Dawn Delaney to 5 year terms on the Rec. Commission.
OPEN PUBLIC SESSION – Agenda Items Only – 7:09 – none
AMENDMENTS TO THE AGENDA
Add under new business – Mr. Sylvester wishes to add the following items to the agenda: Sub Committees and Information packets and Ms. Richardson added Port-a-johns as an item; Mr. Manser wants to discuss SLAP
2. Fields Update – Buddy Phillips who works for Fish and Game. He spoke with Mr. Manser about the possibility of cutting back the brush in the areas where they drop the fish, etc. Also, have SLAP cut back the brush along the fence that’s coming through. They would like to have this done by mid March. We will send a letter to SLAP requesting their service. There is no news on the lights.
3. Signs/banners – Although we didn’t want to get new signs as of now, Ms. Richardson got a price. The company she knows can’t beat the price on the banners from “Banners on the Cheap”. The other signs are pretty comparable. We’ll hold the prices for later.
4. Punch list – things are getting done. They aren’t really on it right now as they are busy with snow removal, etc. They are working on things in between. A lot is getting done. Mr. Sylvester would like to see them coordinate with SLAP to have some of it done as well. The entrance gate at Veteran’s needs to be fixed. It doesn’t open and close correctly.
5. Magnetic bases – Ms. Richardson supplied some prices. Mr. Choma explained to us about the bases with the posts underneath and the base slides into the sleeve. When players slide into the bases, there isn’t much give and the posts are breaking, and they’re finding injuries with knees and legs being jammed when they slide. The magnetic bases are able to give when the child slides into the base. Mr. Sylvester asked about who owns the bases at the other fields. Mr. Choma doesn’t know about Fredon but Hampton supplies the bases. Mr., Sylvester knows that the home plate and pitchers mound are part of the field but the other 3 bases, he didn’t know who buys them. The prices vary but are fairly close in price for a set of 3 at about $550. Mr. Choma will get us some more information and we will look into it again. These would be needed on 2 fields, one at Veteran’s and one at Stillwater Park.
6. New member – no applicants. We have the 7 members needed but no alternates.
OPEN PUBLIC SESSION – 8:46 pm – none
COMMITTEE MEMBER COMMENTS
Ms. Richardson – went to the Budget meeting and the Mayor feels we should clear the fields and all benches, bleachers, etc. should be moved by the shed and tarped. If this is to be done, it should be the DPW. We have never done this before. The Capital Budget meeting is tomorrow night. Bleachers at Stillwater Park are not compliant and this was brought up. We will need to price new bleachers. We have had multiple people look at them and no one will touch them to retrofit them. Mr. Ashley brought up that if we replace the bleachers at Stillwater Park, we can use the seats from the old ones to replace the team benches. The rest of the budget seemed to be ok. The $200 from the Holiday Party was added to our Stillwater Day budget. Some other adjustments have been made. $23,200 is our total, if approved. We will know soon.
Mr. Scott reported that Josh, from the DPW has been on board with the punch list and has been working away at it. He will do work on the fields. Our budget looks good and will be voted on. Remember that we can use the sign outside to advertise. Also, take note that there are now cameras out at the DPW and the Recycle Center.
There being no further business, motion by Ms. Richardson, second by Mr. Sylvester to meeting adjourn the meeting at 9:00 pm. Motion carried.
Stillwater Township offers residents a Recycling and Convenience Center for household trash and recycling.
Residents are able to view property tax information through the Municipal Software Inc. system. You may find a property by entering the property’s location or block, lot and qualifier.
Stillwater Township posts all information about bids and proposals for township projects on a dedicated page.