September 2011 Board Meeting Minutes

Friends of Clark Park Board Meeting

Monday, September 26, 2011

7:00 – 8:30pm

Rosenberger Hall, Rm. 100, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

 Present: Brian Siano, Vice President; Frank Chance, Past President; Bill Moriarty, Treasurer; Erin Engelstad, Secretary; Michael Brennan, Fran Byers, Sarah Coburn, Douglas Naphas, Chip Natarajan, Daryl Stovall, Barbara Turner, Tony West

Absent: Ed Halligan, President; Ben Gollotti, Darco Lalevic, Linda Schnolis, Kathleen Turner

Guest: David Comberg – Penn Design professor, speaking about the Dickens 200th Birthday Celebration (representing self)

Call to Order and WelcomeBrian Siano, Vice President

General Observations of the Park During the Summer – 

Frank Chance: General Report on Summer: A Park is in in pretty good shape. We are holding strong at 57 chairs remaining in the Plaza. The grass along 43rd Street is thoroughly worn from the Farmers’ Market. The sidewalk along Baltimore Ave. has extensive damage, has been reported to city many times.

Park B has water issues after the large rains, but it is dissipating. Five lights are out, these have been reported to Parks & Rec., but nothing has been done.

Park C is in fairly good shape overall.

The summer maintenance person, Thomas, is doing a good job despite health issues. His appointment ends around the 1st of November. Employment opportunities should be sent to him.

Brian Siano: Scheherazade sculpture – Joe Mooney, sculptor, wanted to donate this statue. The FoCP Planning Committee recommended the sculpture be placed at the corner of C Park. At the last membership meeting issues were brought up regarding safety, the idea was rejected. The Planning Committee is investigating other possible locations. The Planning Committee submitted a formal recommendation that the sculpture be placed in B Park adjacent to the shuffleboard court near 45th & Chester Ave.

Frank put forth a motion to vote. Fran seconded. The Board voted unanimously to recommend the site for the location to Parks & Rec.

Fran Byers: The Charles Dickens Birthday Party will be February 5th, celebrating his 200th birthday.

David Cromberg: David teaches a design class. For the 200th Birthday, he would like his class, as a project, to design something that would be part of the celebration. There is some money in a Dickens fund.  The Dickens Fellowship has offered $1,000 for improvements to the Dickens statue site, perhaps the class could assist with this project.

Frank Chance will work with the class to work on these ideas with the class.

Daryll Stovall – Motion to to delegate a small committee on the Board to work on these two items (one permanent, one TBD “ephemeral”), to culminate in the Dickens birthday celebration in Feb. Tony West modifies the motion to include:  The President or acting President will name the Committee. The motion is seconded. All vote in favor in a unanimous vote.

Election of Officers and Directors – October 24th, 2011

Erin Engelstad, Nominations Chair: A new president is needed. Ed Halligan will be stepping down. Steve Micola was appointed to the Board. A newsletter will be put together. The new Board will discuss the future fate of the newsletter.

Fran will ask Lt. McBride to come to the membership meeting. Sarah and Doug will assist Tony with articles for the newsletter.

Treasurers Report: Bill Moriarty: The Treasurer’s Report was distributed. The books are closed for FY ’11. Audit will be conducted. Soccer has started again for fall, books are in good shape. Dickens Fellowship – we received $1000 in Oct. 2007 from Bob Behr for improvements in the Dickens statue area, none has been used. Phillies game for the tree endowment netted $988. The Tree Endowment contains $14,152. Has earned over $957.00, not quite enough to use for tree maintenance. Lou Melman has suggested that we begin a short term tree maintenance fund that could be used right away.

Frank motions to create a Tree Maintenance Fund of $1000 from General Funds. Seconded by Tony West. All approve.

Bread and Roses – We have $600. $500 to Philadelphia Parks Alliance, $100 will go to Tree Maintenance Fund. Motion put forth by Tony, all approve.

In November, a meeting is needed to discuss efforts to get some money to refill coffers depleted by Park A project.

Soccer Report: Kathleen Turner: (Submitted via email prior to meeting)
We have 11 teams playing this year and have filled up completely for two age groups; we’ve put out word that there is still space for a few more 5-6 and 7-8 year olds and anticipate filling up those teams next Saturday (the iffy weather probably kept some people away on Saturday).  We have several new sponsors this year – Firehouse Bicycles, Rep. James Roebuck and Modell’s Sporting Goods, Eric Clark (in memoriam) and Spruce Hill Community Association.  Modell’s sponsorship was in the form of gift cards that we’ll use to purchase some new equipment.


Fran Byers: Oct 8th at 2:00pm – Bark in the Park near 43rd & Chester

Sat. Nov. 12th 11:00am – Veterans Day Event

Membership – Fran recently did another mailing.

Douglas Naphas: Bike Racks have been delivered. They have not been installed. Doug will complete paperwork and talk to the installation guy and email the person who wants to donate a memorial bike rack.

Motion to adjourn approved.

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