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Event takes place on September 16, 2014 at 5:30 PM
536 Dwight Street

Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting

 September 16, 2014

 5:30 PM 

Parks & Recreation Office

City Hall



1.  Call to Order


2.  Acceptance of Minutes

Commission Meeting held on June 3, 2104. 


3. Correspondence Received:

Lisa Tardy, HHS Track Booster member – letter of appreciation for the staff at Roberts Field.

Terry Murphy Thank you letter to O’Connell Care at Home for supporting the John Murphy Youth Baseball League.

Nancy Howard – Thank you letter for the Parks & Recreation Department’s continued support of La Noche de San Juan.

William Fuqua, Superintendent of Public Works – copy of the Parks Facilities Improvement Bond Proposal, sent to the City Council.

Mr. Richard Courchesne, Chairman, Pulaski Heights, Inc., regarding the condition of Kosciuszko Park. (w/pictures)

State Representative Aaron Vega – response to Robert Scalese’s column “State Senate Moves to Make Volleyball our State Sport.”

Mayor Alex B. Morse – Submission of Ms. Libby Hernandez to serve as a Park Commissioner to the City Council.

Nuestras Raices – Tree Planting Program


4.    City Council Orders Received:

Introduced by Councilor Todd McGee, Gordon Paul Alexander & Kevin A. Jourdain

Ordered, that the Parks and Recreation Department develop an RFP for the redevelopment of the Scotts Tower area.  A committee should be established and community input involvement/ideas offered in the manner that was done for the community field project.

In City Council, May 6, 2014. Received and referred to the Development and Governmental Relations Committee.


Introduced by Councilors Todd McGee, David K. Bartley & Anthony Soto

Ordered, That the sum of $2,000,000 is appropriated to pay the costs of repairs and improvements at three (3) City owned-park facilities: Roberts Athletic Complex, MacKenzie Stadium and Crosier Field sports facilities, including the payment of all costs incidental and related thereto, and that to meet this appropriation, the Treasurer, with the approval of the Mayor, is authorized to borrow said amount under and pursuant to Chapter 18 of the Acts of 1997, or pursuant to any other enabling authority, and to issue bonds or notes of the City therfor.

Further Ordered: That the Treasurer is authorized to file an application to qualify under Chapter 44A of the General Laws any and all of the bonds or notes authorized to be issued pursuant to this Order, and to provide such information and execute such documents as my be required for such purposes.

In City Council, August 5, 2104. Received and referred to the Finance Committee. In City Council on September 2, 2014. The report of Committee received and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays. Yeas 14 Nays 0 Absent 1.


5.  Budget



6.  Old Business

Holyoke Youth Baseball – Field Improvement status/update

Facilities Improvement Bond (Roberts Field, Mackenzie & Crosier Fields) status update

Jones Point Tennis Courts Update

Installation of Public Art/Exhibit Application

Community Field Stabilization Fund

Kelly School Playground Installation – Update

Carlos Vega Park, New Water Spray – Update


7.  New Business

Recreation Report

Roberts Sports Complex – Review/Discussion of Rental Fees

Memorial Bench at Kennedy Park – Doryan Kelly


8.  Other Business

9.  Next Meeting Date

10. Adjournment


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