PARKS & RECREATION BOARD                     September 8, 2008


The Parks & Recreation Board met on Monday, September 8, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. at the City Administration Building, 400 N. High St., Cortland, Ohio.  In attendance were the following board members:  Dave Christner, Mike Norton, Jim Gibson, John Picuri and Lisa Voytek.  Also present were Mayor Curt Moll, Service Director Don Wittman, Councilman Jim Woofter and Tom Lewis.


Lisa Voytek made a motion to approve minutes from the June meeting, seconded by Mike Norton. ALL AYES    MOTION APPROVED



Camera’s at Willow Park

  • Tom Lewis, from Maple, was at meeting to question why city is spending money on cameras instead of paying for a police officer to be at the park from 3pm to dark.  He voiced his concern about the vulgar language, loud music, and littering.  He also stated that there are kids going behind the  pump house all the time.  Councilman Woofter explained to Mr. Lewis that the city does not have the money to pay for an extra officer which would be $15 to $20 per hour.  Councilman Woofter also stated that this is not just the skateboard kids; it’s the basketball kids and other kids that are just hanging out in the park.  Also this has been discussed at the last couple of Council meetings and the mayor has spoken to the Chief to increase patrols in the area during the peak times that kids are there.  Dave has also received some feedback.  Don stated that this is the 1st time he’s hearing about load music and the littering has been ongoing, this is nothing new.  Tom Lewis stated when he goes to the park sin Warren he doesn’t hear the vulgar language and doesn’t see litter like he does at Willow Park.  Lisa begged to differ with him stating she has heard the language while she’s been at the parks in Warren.  Dave admitted that we do have work to do in the area and it would be helpful if the police actually stopped and walked around instead of just driving through the park.  Jim received a call from one of the skateboard kids telling him that there were kids, mostly girls, loitering around the skate park and vandalizing some of the equipment.  Don stated that littering has always been an issue and the restrooms have not been vandalized this year. Lisa brought up that the park is definitely being utilized more now than in the past.  We have the new playground equipment as well as the skatepark.  But that is what the city wants if for people to come to the park.  Dave would like to see Officer Smith become a little more involved with the kids out at the park since he knows a lot of them from the schools. When Tom Lewis was asked what he was requesting the Parks Board to do he stated he would like to see the vulgar language and loud music curbed and more trash cans available. Councilman Jim Woofter suggested the Parks Board members write a letter to Council and Chief for recommendations.  Mike questioned if the Parks Board had any say in whether the camera’s were placed in the park or not.  Don stated that the Mayor would want the approval of the Parks Board.  Jim asked Mike if was against the cameras and Mike stated he was of no opinion yet.  Basketball courts are an asset to the community and if throw a camera up it may cause an issue.  Jim stated that the camera’s would give the police some teeth.  The Board agreed to send a letter to council and the police chief asking for added police presence in Willow Park to help address complaints of vandalism, loud music and vulgar language. 
  • A big thank you to the Service Department Personnel for their hard work in keeping the park clean.


Skateboard Park

  • Councilman Jim Woofter went over the details for the Skateboard contest.  He has received a lot of support from area businesses.  He also shared the t-shirt design with the board.  Kids have done a lot of the work for the contest/benefit.  They’ve passed out the fliers.  Jim has raised money so far.  Don shared signs with the board and he stated that the rules signs that we hung on the fence have not been tampered with.   Skatewave is trucking up additional equipment for the contest.  Jim asked the board members for volunteers to help with the putting up the equipment and tearing it down.  21 skaters have pre-registered and more will just show up that day.  So far money that has been raised for the additional skatepark phases have come from the following; $12,500 matching funds from Trumbull 100, $3,000 from FOP, $1,000 from Cortland News, $3,450 from Advertising.  There will be food sold at the contest and Monster drinks will also be sold.  All the money from the sales of the Monster drinks will be for the benefit.  Only expense that day will be the cost of the t-shirts which are $5 each.  If Jim gets 80 shirts then he only pays for 40.  Will sell t-shirts that day as well.



  • Electricians have been down in the south helping out with damage from Gustov & Ike so they are not around right now to address the situation with the snowflakes.


Tennis Courts

  • The Athletic Boosters and Trumbull Tennis Association are taking care of the windscreens that are needed at the courts.  Need to check with Barco for a display case for schedule and other information to be set up down at the park.



  • Fence at the Skate Park needs fixed at the bottom.  Also need to look at finishing the fence around the skate park with next years budget.


Lisa Voytek made a motion to adjourn, seconded by John Picuri.  All Ayes.  MOTION APPROVED.


Meeting Adjourned at 6:30 p.m.



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Dave Christner, Chairman                            Date          Dee Daniels, Secretary