June 11, 2014 at 10:46 PM
RANDOLPH, NJ - The parks and recreation committees came together and had a joint meeting on Tuesday, June 11.
Council liaison, Joanne Veech, got everyone updated in reference to the parks committee. The capital budget has been approved. In the near future the emergency safety cell tower will need to be replaced and Sussex Turnpike construction will begin. It is expected start late summer and will take approximately 18 months for completion.
A big topic of the night was new "code of conduct" signs at sporting events. The committee is in the process of drafting new signs to put up around fields as well making new rules for sporting events. The signs are going to be used to promote good behavior and deliver positive messages.
“It’s reinforcing the right way to conduct yourself,” said park chair Stephen Healey. The committee hopes the signs will help keep sportsmanship and positive attitudes at the game. At the same time it’s unsure if they will stir up more problems. “Could a sign like this lead to more trouble,” questioned Healey.
In terms of the parks, the committee is working along with the police chief to further enforce the ban on alcohol in the parks. “Like any other time, if you have a soda it’s in a soda can, if you have a water it’s in a water bottle. If you have a red cup, it’s something else,” said department director Russ Newman. The existance of cups and any other suspicious containers will be looked at more closely.
Emergency management was also discussed. The proper protocol for when the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) needs to step in for events, which was clarified that it will be 1,000 people. The council is considering raising the fund for public safety in attempts to help save money for event budgets. Increasing the fund could increase event budgets for other things.
In old news, the dedication benches for Kiwanis Park have been ordered. There are bench and tree dedications still available. The dedications can be purchased in honor of town residents.The dedication ceremony for Kiwanis Park will take place in September.
The next Park meeting is July 8 at the community center. The next Recreation meeting is on July 10 also in the community center.