Agenda, Wednesday, March 11, 2015 – 7:30-9:00 PM
Call to Order - Jane Daniels, President
- Introductions and sign in
- Acceptance of Minutes of February 11, 2015 meeting
Financial Report – Jim Brosnan, Treasurer
- Bank balance
Elections of Board of Directors
Projects and Events
- Recreation Trails Grant update
- I Love My Park Day - May 2, 2015
Manager's MInute - Brian Strasavich, Park Manager
Upcoming meetings: Wednesday, April 8 and May 13, 2015– All meetings are at 7:30 pm in the FDR Park Office
Meeting minutes status:
Meeting began at 7:30 pm.
Minutes of February 11, 2015 meeting were accepted.
Volunteer Service Agreements: Everyone present who had not signed the agreements as required by State Parks, signed one.
Financial – Jim Brosnan reported a bank balance at the end of 2014 of $1,771.48 and a balance at the end of February, 2015 of $2,302.25. He expects having to lay out fees for filing taxes. Our insurance premium will not go up this year because we added more board members.
Melissa Cole reported that we have 186 “friends” on our e-mail list.
Maria Adams along with John Robinson and Walter Plankl (not attending), who are the three members of the Nominating Committee, asked for the election of the following people for the Board of Directors: Jim Brosnan, Charles Castronovo, Melissa Cole, Jane Daniels, Dianne Press and Anwer Qureishi. They were elected unanimously.
- T-Shirt Sales: Jane will follow up with Brian about having the office manage sales of t-shirts.
- Parks and Trails New York Grant: There is about $500 left in the grant. It was suggested that we have a sign that can be hung at Route 202 advertising events. It would need to have Velcro removable patches/inserts so that we can change the dates and names of events. Suzy Cole’s final pricing report for such a banner is due March 16, and Jane has asked for an extension to use the grant, because we have not used all the money in the grant.
- Recreational Trails Grant: Jane reportedthat as a recipient of a Federal grant, there are a number of “hoops” we have to jump through to finally receive the money. The documents required will make FoFDR stronger.
I Love My Park Day is Saturday, May 2, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Our event will take place in the swimming pool parking lot. Brian reported he has 100 picnic tables to be assembled. We will continue removing invasives, but the NY-NJ Trail Conference’s Invasive Strike Force will be helping that day at the Old Croton Aqueduct. Melissa reported that the Lower Hudson Geocachers have recognized I Love My Park Day as an official event. They will clean up the trash including metal in the south and east portion of the park. Their event will be 10-noon and start the boat launch parking lot on Baldwin Road.
An aide to Senator Terrance Murphy has put ILMPD on his calendar. Jane has not heard back from Assemblyman Steve Katz.
National Trails Day, Saturday, June 6, 2015
Jane will sign up for a National Trails Day event, working on the connection to town in an area that was not specified in the grant but needs to be done.
Park Manager’s Minute:
The Taconic Road Runners had suggested to donate a replacement mantelpiece with a plaque on the fireplace in Pavilion I in memory of a deceased member. Instead, they will now install a plaque on the wall not on the mantle. This change is from a request by Dianne. Brian announced that the lake will be closed for winter recreation as of Thursday March 12. Although the center of the lake is still quite thick, the ice has begun to recede from the shore making it dangerous to get out on the ice. Thanks to money being released, Brian is able to order three new water fountains for comfort stations 3, 5, and 7. He is purchasing doggy waste disposal bag dispensers/units that use bags similar to the ones for produce in grocery stores. Other items include a new dump truck with tool box, and a snow plow for the gator. The bath house renovations will not be finished soon. The target day is the day before opening day June 21st. The week of March 23rd, the road behind the swimming pool maintenance building will be closed so that a sand filter can be installed. Plans are being made to renovate the swimming pool, including new piping, in 2017 and reopen in 2018. The DEC forester and Jesse Jaycox checked on the white cedars in the wet land adjacent to Crom Pond. Half are dead, likely from beaver activity. He hopes that the vacancy for Assistant Park Manager will be filled in May. Some red oak trees which fell as a result of Hurricane Sandy, will be used for building our bridges.
Meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm
May 2, 2015: I Love My Park Day
Submitted by: Jane Daniels, with help from Maria Adams and Charlie Castronovo