PARKS, RECREATION & CULTURAL SERVICES
The meeting was called to order at 7:02PM with Commissioner Dooley presiding.
ROLL CALL: Blair (Absent), Dooley (Present), Iszler (Absent), Jewell (Present),
Policicchio (Present), Staab (Absent), Wingfield (Present), Kerbrat (Present) Raina (Present).
APPROVAL OF AGENDA:
It was moved by Commissioner Policicchio and seconded by Commissioner Jewell to approve the Agenda as written.
Voice Vote Unanimous
CITIZEN COMMENTS: None
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
A. Approval of March 11, 2010 meeting minutes
A motion was made by Commissioner Jewell that the March 11, 2010 minutes be approved as written. It was seconded by Commissioner Wingfield.
Voice Vote Unanimous
Commissioner Dooley stated that the Foundation had a hotdog cookout scheduled for May 1st but they made the decision to cancel it due to the prediction of inclement weather. They were thinking of safety when they did this. They will reschedule for May 22nd, which will coincide with those who need to have team pictures and hope that the weather will be good.
Superintendent Cowan stated with the staff changes we have a tremendous staff, including some part-time individuals, who have stepped up and are helping to run some programs in the interim of the decision process.
Wendy DuVall was our team lead on "Arbor Day". We had a successful Arbor Day with great volunteers who came out and planted despite the fact that it had rained the night before. The pictures from this are now up on our Facebook site.
We have also done an opening of the High School Art display which is in the Civic Center Atrium. It is a juried show from the High School students.
Our Midwest Sculpture Initiative has installed the sculptures as of a couple of weeks ago in Fuerst Park. There are five on the walking trails and one here at the entry of the Civic Center. All of the artists are from the Midwest area/region. All of the sculptures were implemented via donation and funding outside of City funds. They are here for everyone to enjoy for the next year. Our hope is to continue this fund raising effort and put in rotating new sculptures again next year. If the funding grows we will be able to get more sculptures and put them in more places.
The annual Jaguars tournament was held this past weekend. Novi was again one of the tournament sites. Hundreds of teams were at ITC Community Sports Park playing soccer on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Friday night got rained out but they were able to play on Saturday and Sunday. Our site held up well this year. Kudos to our maintenance crew, staff and concession. The Jaguars are a top notch organization and did a fantastic job.
"Charlotte’s Web" opens tomorrow night. It is a classic children’s show. Tickets are still available online or at the front desk.
Our Memorial Day Parade is right around the corner. It will be on Monday, May 31st, at 10:00 a.m. A ceremony will follow the parade here at the Novi Civic Center at 12:00 p.m. and is a great way to recognize our Veterans.
Our Sizzling Summer Arts Series and Grand Opening of our sculpture park take place on June 2nd at 6:30 p.m. We have a great partnership with Novi High School and are doing this in conjunction with the High School Arts Festival. Jazz artists will be there as well as fun community art projects. Mayor Landry will be there to speak that evening. We invite everyone to come out and join us that night.
River Day is June 5th. This is another opportunity for the community to help to take care of Rotary Park. This is our annual River Rouge clean up day. We are seeking volunteers and groups who would like to participate.
We are hard at work preparing for summer. Lakeshore Park Beach will open on Memorial Day and is open through Labor Day. We are in the process of hiring lifeguards and staff for Camp Lakeshore. All of the other camp registrations are going on from "Project Broadway" to painting camp, sports camps and more. Our camps continue to grow.
Commissioner Dooley asked how the public can access the calendar to see all of the great summer events.
Superintendent Cowan stated that there are several different ways to access the events. One of the best ways is to visit the City of Novi website under Parks and Recreation and also under the "Engage!" guide. Another great source is our Novi Parks Facebook page. We continually put up pictures from different programs and events. Many of our events are in the Novi News. We continue to have a great relationship with them. The cable channel within Novi and SWOCC also list our events. Our information is also available in all of our City buildings.
Commissioner Wingfield asked how the over all enrollment for classes are with the state of the economy.
Superintendent Cowan replied that we are still maintaining very well. Over all, our registrations have held steady. Sports are still very strong. We are seeing a lot of late registrations.
Commissioner Wingfield stated that for Novi Youth Baseball they were down in number in the younger divisions but in the older divisions they were up so their numbers were similar to last year. He then asked how the decision to keep the lifeguards at Lakeshore Park came about.
Superintendent Cowan stated that there was a memorandum that was included in the City Council packet with budget which outlined the way it could be done without lifeguards versus with lifeguards as an option. At the last budget meeting it was recommended that it be put back in the budget. The budget is not yet approved but the recommendation is that the lifeguards be put back in.
Commissioner Wingfield stated that he felt that was smart.
MATTERS FOR COMMISSION DISCUSSION AND/OR ACTION:
Commissioner Dooley stated that he would like to see a motion to approve the 2010-2013 Strategic Plan. He stated that the Commission looked at this Plan in the late fall of last year. He talked to Commissioner Staab, who could not be at this meeting this evening, and he is in full support of the Plan.
Commissioner Wingfield made a motion to approve the Strategic Plan as presented in the packet. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Jewell.
Voice Vote Unanimous
CITIZEN COMMENTS: None
Student Representative Raina stated that many of the activities like the High School Art Show and Arbor Day are good for High School involvement in the community. He knows that Arbor Day always has a good turn out of High School students.
Student Representative Kerbrat asked how many lifeguards will be hired this year. She knows that Novi just had a class for lifeguard certification. She was part of that class and just got her certificate and she was hoping to work at Lakeshore Park.
Superintendent Cowan encouraged Student Representative Kerbrat, or any individuals she knows, to put in an application. Some lifeguards have been hired back from previous summers. We will be hiring from eight to ten lifeguards depending on how many hours each lifeguard can work.
Commissioner Policicchio Microphone was off and he was inaudible.
Commissioner Wingfield stated that he would like to thank Derek Smith for his nine years of service.
Commissioner Jewell stated that he also would like to thank Derek Smith because he has done an outstanding job and will be missed. He asked if the Farmer’s Market this weekend was sponsored by Parks and Recreation.
Superintendent Cowan stated that it was not. The Farmer’s Market was sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.
Commissioner Dooley stated that Derek Smith will be missed in Novi but that success will follow him in Brighton.
He stated that Theresa McClure and her staff do an outstanding job. He hopes that those who use ITC Community Sports Park understand the fantastic job that she does.
A motion was made to adjourn the meeting by Commissioner Jewell and was seconded by Commissioner Wingfield.
VOICE VOTE UNANIMOUS
The meeting was adjourned by Commissioner Dooley at 7:33 pm
Jay Dooley, Chairperson
Paul Policicchio, Vice Chairperson