Recreation & Grounds Meeting May 14

Recreation & Grounds Committee

May 14, 2012


The May 14, 2012 meeting of the Recreation and Grounds Committee, held at Town Hall was called to order at 7:00 p.m., by, Charlene Jones, Committee Chair.

Members Attending:  Charlene Jones, Donna Mines, Marge Morales, Steve Sebestyen, Luis Pitarque

Board Liaison:  Jeff Salmon attended.

Members Absent: Ken Walsh

Staff Attending:  Farah Scruggs

Guests Attending:  Paul Goudeau, Steve Knox, Dave Smith

Resident Comments:

Steve Knox, from the Amberlea Condominiums located across from section 80 (Whippoorwill, Bald Eagle, and Larks Terrace), came in to discuss the placement of a dog waste station in the Amberlea’s. He suggested that a dog waste station be installed on SRP property in Section 80 and the current one be removed in the Amberlea area next to his home. He stated that this would alleviate the issue of kids throwing the used dog waste bags around his home, the area would be free of dog waste, and it would deter SRP residents from using the waste station for their use. 
The Committee appreciated the request for a dog waste station, but the area does not meet the SRP guidelines for installation and one will not be installed at this time. The Committee suggested Steve Knox speak to the Amberlea Association’s Board of Directors concerning the current placement of the dog waste station.

Dave Smith, the Committee’s previous Board Liaison, addressed the Committee and notified them of his resignation from SR’s Board of Directors and as the Recreation and Grounds Liaison due to relocation. Dave bid farewell to the committee members and praised them for their ongoing dedication as community volunteers. 

On behalf of sections 80 & 81, Steve Sebestyen has proposed a playground be installed at the Amberlea Townhomes off of Riding Center Drive.  The playground would benefit the surrounding communities as well as all of South Riding. Steve is in contact with Toll discussing when bond release is scheduled.

Approval of the Minutes:  Steve Sebestyen moved to approve the April 2012 Recreation & Grounds Committee meeting minutes.  The motion was seconded by Marge Morales. The motion passed 4-1 with Donna Mines abstaining due to her absence at the April meeting.

 Reports: 

Chair Report: Charlene Jones

• Charlene reminded the committee to be thinking about recruitment of members.

Board Report: Jeff Salmon
• Dave Smith has resigned from the Board and Jeff Salmon has been assigned as the new Recreation and Grounds Liaison.
• Nicole Pilkus has also resigned from the Board of Directors
• Tom Dunway will be taking Dave Smith’s place as a Director on the Board.
• Annual Meeting went well, the community re-elected Jeff Salmon to the Board, and elected new member Scott Fisher.
• The current Board of Directors is as follows: Kevin Ubelhart-President, Kevin Turner – Vice President, Jeff Salmon-Secretary, Scott Fisher- Treasurer, Ted Lange-Director, Scott Tressler-Director, Steve Larkin-Director, and Tom Dunway – Director.
• The Board accepted section 91 (Magistrate Court).

Loudoun County Parks & Recreation: Paul Goudeau:
• Summer camps have been filled up and there is a waiting list to participate.
• Expo/Yard Sale went well and the County did well with the bounce houses being open for the kids.
• Pre-school graduation is around the corner and there are a list of 80 children on the waiting list for pre-school registration.
• Child care is full and the waiting list is 300 kids.
• Farmers Market moved from Murrey Park to the DSMPC is going well every Saturday.
• Skate Park enhancements have been bumped to the next fiscal year.
• Phase II is still scheduled for November of 2014
• Senior garden area is going well and SR residents are encouraged to contact the County Parks and Recreation Director concerning plots being available for resident use.


Operations/Recreation Report: Farah Scruggs

• Pool renovations at Hyland Hills are underway, and the slide will arrive Tuesday for installation. Staff has been posting photos of the progress on the SR Facebook page. A new whitecoat has been completed and the pool will be filled this week. Everything is on schedule for opening weekend.
• Staff has been in contact with FastSigns to have the approved slide rules created on a portable sign. The draft includes a ruler for the height restriction and the possibility to have the sign attached to wheels for easy storage / posting.
• Proposed Phase II Hyland Hills artist renditions are available at Town Hall for viewing and were released at the Annual Meeting.
• Staff is preparing for SR pool openings on Memorial Day weekend, Loudoun County will be contacted for inspections, and High Sierra will be taking over the pools for management.
• SR Community Clean-Up Event on April 22 was a success, many residents volunteered to clean and the community is looking great.
• Junior Tennis Clinic was held on May 5, 2012 and had a total of 40 participants. Debbie Lodato and James Grein coordinated the event and it was a successful day on the courts.
• Tennis Lessons have been going well, James has been providing staff with an updated roster and all registered kids are current South Riding residents.
• Clippers has been installing spring flowers and are working hard to stay on the grass schedule, but the rain is hindering their progress.
• Hundreds of London Plane street trees have a fungus called anthracnose. This fungus is weather driven and will spread throughout Northern Virginia. An article will be run in the upcoming magazine with more information.


Pending Business:

• Recreation and Amenities Community Survey:  Charlene requested the previous parcel planning working group reports and surveys distributed to the community to use as a guide for a possible future survey.

 New Business:

• Lap Swimming Rules:  A resident emailed concerning the lap swimming rules of South Riding, and if any were in place. Lap lanes are to be kept open for lap swimming only and this rule is to be enforced by the lifeguards. While there is no specific regulations regarding how many lap swimmers can be in a lane at once, staff researched and found many surrounding communities allow 3 or more swimmers in a lap lane at a time.  The Committee will revisit this for the 2013 pool season and amend the pool regulations if needed.

 Meeting adjourned: Donna Mines moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:05 p.m. The motion was seconded by Marge Morales.  The motion passed unanimously.

Next meeting: Monday, June 11, 2012 at 7:00 pm. Town Hall.