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Recreation Committee Meeting 2-13-2019


City of Vergennes

Recreation Committee Regular Meeting

Vergennes City Hall

February 13, 2019

6:00 p.m.

Members Present: Tim Cook, Matt DeBlois ,Lynne Rapoport, Lynn Donnelly, Linda Hawley, Sierra Bertrand, Anna Rakowski, Summer Chabot, Jake Kadric

Visitor Present: Dave Austin, .Marilyn Heble, Kristine Debellis, John Peters, Jill Murray-Killion, Heather Simmons, Tim Clark

  1. Amendments to Agenda

No amendments to the agenda.

  1. Hear Visitors

All Visitors present were wishing to participant on the bike Path discussion.

  1. Approve Minutes to Regular Meeting of 1/9/2019

Deferred to March Meeting as Sec. Roche was not present/

  1. Committee priority areas of interest

    1. Veterans Park

-work party weekend of May 4 & 5 approved, special pricing of materials from local lumber yard R.K. Miles

-long term planning moved to end of meeting 20 min

    1. Bike path

Reviewing of city right of ways, questions on the removal of the crosswalk at settlers park, connectivity from the basin to downtown, the 22A repave, discussion of bringing the rail trail to the Northern Gateway District, as opposed to the Ferrisburg park and ride, hearing testimony on the public desire to have a bike loop connecting Vergennes, Ferrisburg, Panton, and Waltham. Discussion of the different groups in the area working together to tie the different towns together.

    1. Recreation coordinator and programming

Reoccurring discussion of the expectations of a program coordinator, and funding source, possibly the watershed fund, as it is to be used for recreation proposes. Should the Rec coordinator oversee the pool? Lynne Rapaport will start gather information on the expectations of the Coordinator. Lynne insisted that the High schoolers help her as they as the demographic that we are trying to provide recreation for. That view was unanimous. It was suggested that we reach out to the Bristol Coordinator, as Bristol has a good program and a similar town size/scope.

    1. Outdoor classroom /New Haven Rd accessibility

Wet land limitations? Large clearing effort. Permit needed?

    1. VUES Pavilion update /Long Term Veterans Park Planning-

approved by the different parties in the school system, permits needed, reusing compost pavilion at the high school a possibility. Ice rink sandbagging temporary at best, acknowledgment of the need for repaving. Trail maintenance the main issue. Alderman Austin suggested the JobCorp would be a possible provider.

  1. New business –

Budget request of the city council, main cost Coordinator position, Lynne Rapaport as volunteered to draft a public request for the work party that will be used to promote that event.

  1. Adjournment: 7:07

Charge to the Basin Task Force

CHARGE to the


aka: “Basin Task Force”

1. General Charge

The Downtown-Basin Master Plan Implementation Task Force (Basin Task Force) established by the Mayor as set forth below shall be in an advisory capacity in matters pertaining to the implementation plans, policies and recommendations set forth in the Vergennes Downtown-Basin Master Plan. This will include recommendations regarding the ongoing maintenance of facilities. The Basin Task Force will research and recommend ways to generate revenue, and will assist the City Council and City Manager to determine future capital expenditures, public outreach and the promotion of basin assets. The Basin Task Force may establish committees to address specific facilities and Downtown-Basin Master Plan recommendations.

2. Specific Duties

The duties of the Basin Task Force include the following:

  • Develop recommended annual goals based on the Downtown-Basin Master Plan to be reviewed by the City Council and City Manager
  • Advise in the planning, and make recommendations concerning facilities, outreach, policies and Downtown-Basin activities
  • Review and make recommendations on capital improvement projects
  • Conduct studies and make recommendations which promote and encourage active use of the Basin
  • Encourage broad citizen participation
  • Act as a sounding board for individuals and organizations having an interest in the Basin and the Downtown-Basin Master Plan and gather feedback for improvement opportunities

3. Membership and Terms

The Basin Task Force shall be composed of the following members appointed by the Mayor:

  • One City Council Member
  • One member of the Recreation Facilities and Programs Advisory Committee
  • Two representatives of the Vergennes Partnership
  • Three Vergennes residents having an interest in the Basin and the Downtown-Basin Master Plan

The chair of the committee shall be selected by the committee members.

4. Reporting Responsibilities

The Basin Task Force, through its chair and City Council member designee, shall periodically (as necessity warrants) keep the City Council, City Manager, and the public apprised of its work and progress on the annual goals. The Basin Task Force chair shall maintain a close working relationship with the Mayor and the City Manager.