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September 16, 2010

Minutes of the Centerville City Parks and Recreation Committee meeting held Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Public Works Building, 655 North 1250 West, Centerville, Utah.

Steve Blais, Chair
William Duncan
Gary Goff
Kevin Merrill
Peyton Smith

Denise Cox

Bruce Cox, Parks and Recreation Director
Connie Larson, Recording Secretary


Minutes of the May 20, 2010 Parks and Recreation Committee meeting minutes were reviewed.  William Duncan made a motion to approve the minutes as written. Kevin Merrill      seconded the motion, which was approved by unanimous vote (5-0).


The Committee agreed the Movies in the Park for 2010 went very well, and it was much better than last year.  Issues of concern were the electrical cords that run along the grass that will be coned off next year to avoid having people lying on top of the cords.  The movies were very well attended, and more people attended when the movies were geared towards younger children. There was a problem at the last movie with teenagers “hanging out” in the park after the movie ended. Bruce Cox, Parks and Recreation Director, said the sprinklers can be timed to turn on after the movie is over to encourage the teenagers to leave. Steve Blais said there is a City Councilman who would like the movies changed to Friday evening, but the Committee agreed Thursday evening is better, as people are involved with other activities on Friday evening.  It is not known if City Hall received any complaints on the movies. It was suggested the Youth Council help with the movies next year. 

Mary Klinger ran the concession stand for the 9th grade Centerville Junior High Science Class Trip, and she told Mr. Cox that the concession stand averaged $60 per night.  It was agreed to have concessions next year if it is for an organization trying to earn money.

The Committee discussed the possibility of hiring a City employee to run the movies instead of Committee members. Peyton Smith suggested next year that a Centerville Police Officer walk through the park at the end of the movie in case there are problems, even though there haven’t been any problems so far. If a police officer is there, perhaps the teenagers would leave the park sooner and not loiter.  The Committee discussed showing more movies next year, but after discussion they agreed that eight movies is the maximum number that will be shown.  The equipment worked very well, and the equipment cart that Mike Higgins made worked very well.
 Bruce Cox reported the advertising banners for the movies at the Community Park have been cut with a knife several times. The Football Organization has had the same problem with their banners at this park. The vandalism has been reported to the Police Department. 


Kevin Merrill, Steve Blais, and Peyton Smith will not have their terms on the Committee extended when they expire.  The City will have a notice in the next City Newsletter advertising for positions on the Parks and Recreation Committee, and members were asked to talk with friends and neighbors about serving on the Committee.


Brian Hurst will be invited to a future meeting to discuss a possible Baseball Association.

Peyton Smith asked if there is any money being appropriated to the parks next year.  Bruce Cox reported at this time there is no money appropriated, but he is looking at a possible matching State grant.

Bruce Cox reported there are two young men that cleared volunteer Cottonwood trees from the Freedom Hills Park for their Eagle Scout Project, and the area looks much better. The young men will be treating the stumps to prevent the volunteer cottonwood trees from sprouting again.


The next Parks and Recreation Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Public Works Office Building.


The meeting was adjourned at 7:55 p.m.

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Steve Blais, Chair                                                              Date Approved


Connie Larson, Recording Secretary