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Minutes - January 17, 2015 (Draft, subject to correction)

The meeting came to order at 9:00 AM at the Lamoine Town Office.

Present were: Recreation Committee members Elizabeth Stanley, Becky Mason, Elie Khoury, Tim Jordan, Greg Stone; Administrative Assistant Stu Marckoon.

Selection of Officers- Tim nominated Greg as the chair.  Becky 2nd.  Vote in favor was 4-0. (Stone abstained)

Becky nominated Tim as the Vice Chair.  Greg 2nd.  Vote in favor was 4-0 (Jordan abstained)

Tim nominated Becky as Secretary.  Elizabeth 2nd.  Vote in favor was 4-0 (Mason abstained)

Freedom of Access – Stu explained the Freedom of Access act, noting that all meeting must be public, posted ahead of time and minutes kept. He said communications on town matters should go through the town office as all such communication is public information.  There was a brief discussion about the Right to Know Law.

Recreation Department Formation Policy – There was a discussion about the facilities to which the town has access, insurance that might be needed for recreation program, performing background checks for officials running town programs, and possibly requiring fingerprint checks on those individuals.

Town Budget – The committee concluded that it will take a good year to develop a program and any appropriate budget request.  Several members noted there is money available to the Lamoine Patrons for sports and recreation programs.

Members talked about potential fund raising and how it should work.  Stu suggested that all fund collected and bills paid should go through the town treasury. 

Goals – Elizabeth said her goal is to have a means to offer recreational opportunities to community members of all ages.  Becky said some informal offerings have started with younger people, and it has been talked about for years.  She said basketball and soccer are the two biggest programs. She said she talked with Hancock’s Rec Committee and there is a concern about the number of kids participating in Lamoine, and perhaps combining the programs.  Tim said numbers are a real concern.  Becky said the programs have started for young people, but she didn’t want to exclude adults.  Tim said he played for many years with adult basketball programs.  He said he’s not sure what the YMCA offers for adults.

Greg said there is a smaller critical mass needed for some programs, and he’s concerned about the number of children from Lamoine.  He said his first thought was that the town is OK with its offerings for grades 6-8.  He said there seems to be little chance for participation before that age group.  A discussion followed on various opportunities, and teaming with communities like Trenton and Hancock.  Stu said he would try to find out what Trenton does.

Becky noted that recreational activity seemed to drop off once the school system started distributing computers.  Greg said transportation is an important issue for families, and the town should explore its relationship with the YMCA.  He said one role of the group will be to encourage townspeople to take advantage of recreational opportunities.  Tim agreed.  Elie said marketing programs will help and said that is his line of work.  A brief discussion followed. 

The group also discussed maximizing facility use.  Becky said there needs to be community input.  Elizabeth said community awareness needs work.  Greg said the committee should inventory what is going on and continue to work on the goals.  He said a lot of analysis is needed, and demographics are important.

The assignment for the next meeting was to write down the “inventory” of facilities and program offerings. 

Next Meetings – The committee agreed to meet again on January 31, 2015 at 9am and February 14, 2015 at 9AM.  Greg said he prefers to limit meetings to about an hour. 

Other – The committee authorized Stu to submit an application for the returnable containers to the Board of Selectmen as a way to raise some funds.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:08 AM.

Respectfully submitted,

Stu Marckoon, secretary pro-tem