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Board Meeting, May 13, 2015

Submitted by Jane Daniels on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 1:18pm
Event date: 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Event location: 
Park Office
Meeting agenda: 

Call to Order - Jane Daniels, President

    • Introductions and sign in
    • Announcements 
    • Acceptance of Minutes of April 8, 2015 meeting

Financial Report – Jim Brosnan, Treasurer 

    • Income/expense
    • Bank balance  


    • Recreation Trails Grant update
    • Parks and Trails New York grant
    • I Love My Park Day - May 2, 2015

Manager's MInute - Brian Strasavich, Park Manager

Upcoming Events

    • National Trails Day, June 6, 2015 9-noon
    • Bedford Audubon Bird Walk on June 13 at 7:30 am Place to be announced.
    • Westchester Disc Golf Entheuiest Throws Pink Disc Golf Clinic  Saturday May 16 10-1

Upcoming meetings: Wednesday, April 8 and May 13, 2015– All meetings are at 7:30 pm in the FDR Park Office


Meeting attendees: 
Maria Adams, Charlie Castronovo, Melissa Cole, Jane Daniels, Efrain Figueroa, Walter Plankl, Dianne Press, John Robinson, and Brian Strasavich

Meeting minutes status:

Meeting minutes: 

Meeting began at 7:30 pm.

Minutes of April 8, 2015 meeting were accepted.


Financial – After the meeting, Jim Brosnan sent in a report that the bank balance at the end of April was the same as in March of $2,127.68.  We received $120 on May 5 from T-shirt sales and donations at I Love My Park Day. 


I Love My Park Day  Saturday, May 2, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Melissa reported about 12 people helped remove large metal trash from the southern end of the park. She showed some photos of piles of what was pulled out of the woods. Jane will send a Thank You email to Melissa, who will forward it to the people who participated. 

Jane reported that 15 people helped cut vines, remove invasives, and planted flowers.  The on-again-off again governor’s visit caused havoc at FDR and other parks.  The staging required to have a great backdrop means that we meet at one place and worked out of another parking lot.  With two other events going on the same day, the park staff and attendance of our event is stretched thin. 

For next year, we will meet in one place, have hand flyers posted on the doggy bag dispensers and run the event from 9-12.  By holding the event on April 23rd, Earth Day weekend, there will be no other groups holding events in the park.  Brian confirmed the event in his calendar.

Early Morning Bird Walk Saturday June 13

Dianne reported that the walk will be held at FDR meeting at the pool parking lot at 8 am.  The naturalist will select an area to conduct the walk. Bedford Audubon will be advertising the walk.  She will make flyers and post them. Anwer should post on Facebook.

Annual BBQ Wednesday July 8, 6-8 pm.

Brian reserved pavilion 4 for us.  Jane will make the flyer, and Efrain will post them. 


Recreational Trails Grant:  Jane reported that she talked to Erin O’Neill, the grant’s administer, to find out if we would be putting the grant at risk if we started working on the project. The rationale being people have already lost interest and we can’t afford to take the risk of their becoming interested in other projects and not be available to work on this one.  Erin was not definite that we would lose all/any the funding.

Jane passed a draft letter around that she proposed to send to Congresswoman Nita Lowey asking for help in speeding up the grant process. After some discussion, she then asked everyone what they thought was the right thing to do.  Doing a project not listed on the grant application would allow us to move forward.  We approved sending the letter request to Congresswoman Nita Lowey as well as Senators Kristin Gillibrand and Charles Schumer. 

National Trails Day, Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 9-12, meeting at the upper parking lot (closest to the road) at French Hill School.  We will be removing invasives and clearing trails.  Melissa will make a flyer, Maria will supply water, Jane brownies, and Melissa some cookies.  Jane will invite town officials. 

Fishing line removal units:  Walter has not been able to install the fishing line disposal units.

Park Manager’s Minute:

Pool house renovation is behind schedule.  If not completed by June 20 when the pool opens, temporary restrooms and showers will need to be brought in and a temporary CO issued. He explains how the filtering of the pool water works.  The pool house will have a solar hot water system.

The Boy Scout troop whose members removed the boats without permits on the far side of the lake, will take the unclaimed boats and sell them as scrap metal, thus earning money for the troop, and for underprivileged children who would like to go to summer camp

As part of a goose management program, Brian has gone into Crom Pond and oiled the goose eggs he found. 

Traps have been placed to try and catch the emerald ash borer.  It is a small green insect, already devastating the ash trees in MI and PA..  They have also have been found in Fahnestock Park.

Two old benches have been re-installed.

Park staff planted ten new saplings.

Meeting adjourned at 9:00 pm. Next meeting will be on June 10th.

Submitted by: Jane Daniels with help from Maria Adams and Diane Press

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