TOWN OF WALPOLE
MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD
RECREATION DEPARTMENT BUDGET
DECEMBER 14, 2017
Selectboard Present: Peggy Pschirrer (Chair); Steven Dalessio; Cheryl Mayberry
CALL TO ORDER: Mrs. Pschirrer called this Selectboard meeting to order at 6:00 PM in the Walpole Town Hall. She advised this meeting is being recorded and asked anyone wishing to speak to identify themselves for the record. Mr. Justin Cassarino, Recreation Department Director, was present.
2018 Proposed Budget – Recreation Department: Mr. Cassarino and the Recreation Committee have been talking about the tennis courts. Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there are any programs for teenagers. Mr. Cassarino replied not at this time; there has not been enough interest. The Walpole League numbers are dwindling; no more than 20. It is between $20,000-to-$30,000 for a new tennis court; Walpole has two. People have said they would love to have a walking track. It would probably be all around the fence.
Mr. Cassarino would like to have a pool manager. All the programs have grown beyond one person, 35 hours. He would like to do more community events; for both children and adults throughout the season. The committee and he have talked about his being in charge of the recreation, such as sports, and the pool manager would be responsible for the pool but report to Mr. Cassarino. They have a job description. The pool manager would need to take a two-day training session on how to run the system, chemicals, etc. The pool is open approximately ten weeks. Clear Water would help get the pool ready to open up. The pool takes a lot of time over the summer. There was a consensus to set the Pool Manager 2018 Proposed Budget at $8,000. Salaries part-time will be reduced from $29,580 to $24,000. Salaries-Manager will be $10,000. Telephone will be $1,000. Swimming Certs/Red Cross is dropped from $1,000 to $800. Soccer Program will remain at $1,000. Basketball Program/Officials is increased from $1,800 to $2,000; Mr. Cassarino has had trouble with recruiting. Pool Chemicals is down from $5,000 to $4,000; the new company is saving them money. Tennis/Basketball Courts Maintenance is dropped from $4,000 to $3,000; some painting on the courts will be done. After it is recalculated it will be a lower budget than last year.
Mr. Cassarino feels their program is doing real well now. There is a group of people who want to make the soccer program even more developed for the younger youth. A lot of four-year-olds had trouble hearing about the soccer program. Therefore, more flyers will be distributed. His main goal for the winter is to get a basketball program for the younger youth; four-year-olds. He wants them to have fun.
Mr. Dalessio asked if a line should be established for the North Walpole Park. Mr. Cassarino said there was a Christmas tree lighting; it is being done with solar lights. A good group showed up. They have a lot of great ideas. Mr. Dalessio said they talked about having a North Walpole Park representative on the Recreation Committee. Mr. Cassarino felt that is a good idea. They would like to do games for the little children. A park where people can relax. The Selectboard agreed to add $1,000 to the Recreation Department budget for the North Walpole Park so they could have a small sand box, picnic tables, etc. Mr. Cassarino will be their contact person. The next Recreation Committee meeting will be in early January.
Mrs. Pschirrer asked Mr. Cassarino to put the Walking Track on his “Wish List” as she feels it would be used a lot.
Mrs. Pschirrer closed this Selectboard Budget Meeting at 6:32 PM.
Regina Borden, Recording Secretary