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Parks, Facilities and Beautification Minutes

September 10, 2014


Present were: Christine Comstock, Kathleen Esposito, Ken Kvacek, John Bourisseau, Kathleen Hale, Bonnie Borman Goldston, Dale Berger


The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Comstock at 10:00 AM.  


Approval of the Minutes:
The minutes from August 13, 2014 were approved with the addition of the time that the meeting ended. 


Old Business:


Service Director Report:

The summer employees have left for college and a new person has been hired and started work.  Dale, Lloyd and George have been working on completing summer tasks and moving into fall ones.  They have noticed more activity in the Park, particularly in the use of the Pavillion.  They have not been able to mow the path along the River recently because of the heavy rains.  Bentleyville is green and lush and well-trimmed. 


Eagle Scout Project:
Will Borden has completed his Eagle Scout project.  He has planted 27 river birch trees.  He planted them along both sides of the drive, along the hill, by the guard rail where the crab apple trees are and at the beginning of the trail on either side of it.  He watered the trees during the dry times and they are all doing well.  The trees have memorial/honoring plaques beneath them for the people or organizations honored by a donation.  Will has also installed a large and gorgeous purple martin house by the Pavillion.  In addition to his stated and outlined project, he took down 3 giant dead evergreen trees. His project has greatly improved our Park.  Thanks, Will, and our thanks also to Ken Kvacek for mentoring him through this project. 



The directory is completed and is now at the printers.  The cost of the advertising and the donations have covered the cost of printing.  The directory will include names, addresses, and phone numbers of people who wish to be included.  It will also include the names of teenagers who might be available for babysitting, yard work, dog walking or other jobs.  Residents will then be able to hire children of other residents to help.


The summer issue of the newsletter is almost complete and will be sent soon.


Holiday Lighting: November 30: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Kathleen Esposito discussed the coordination of the lighting of the inside tree, outside tree, bridge and possibly Pavilion.  The bridge lights will be put up and are on a timer to coordinate with the streetlights.  The Garden Club is putting up the tree earlier this year so there will be time to prepare for the holiday lighting party.  The plans include candy canes and coloring books – sounds like the beginnings of a great “kid” party.  Ken is checking with Troy about including the Pavilion in the lighting plans.


The Fall Solstice Cheerful Hour celebration will be September 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by The Wonderful World of Gary Lee.  Don Hines will bring a telescope and help us to accurately identify what we are seeing.  Dale and the Service Department have already put wood in the crib for the fire.  Come meet with your neighbors outside in the Park ---- while we still can.  Bring your own drinks and chairs. (We will have water and benches.)


The Village Garage Sale will be held Saturday, September 27 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.  Residents who want to sell items from their homes should let the office know so we can place helium balloons on your mailboxes.  This information is included in the most recent newsletter.  The Garden Club will have a table at the Village Garage Sale for donations so they can cover more of the costs of the Holiday Party.


Meditation Group:

The Meditation Group in the Park has continued to meet every Wednesday morning at 11 AM since July 23 and never had to call a rain day.  There are usually 8 to 12 people present and it’s a powerful group. Whole thing is kind of amazing.


Halloween Park: Saturday, October 26: 5 PM to 7:30 PM

Michael Nemunaitis will leading this event for adults and kids.   Stay tuned for more details.  


New Business: 

The committee talked about a desire to see some artwork on the walls in the Council Chambers.  John Bourisseau is receiving a painting of the original Bentley estate which he thought might be perfect.  We may include local artists displaying their work for time periods. 


Meeting was adjourned at 11:00 

Next meeting: 10:00 AM October 8, 2014


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