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Board Meeting - February 13, 2019

Submitted by Jane Daniels on Sun, 01/20/2019 - 9:02pm
Event date: 
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Event location: 
Park Office
Meeting agenda: 

 Call to Order - Jane Daniels, President

  • Introductions and sign in
  • Announcements 
  • Acceptance of Minutes of September, October, and December 2018 meetings

Financial Report – Jim Brosnan - 

Manager's Minute - Bob Guarino, Park Manager 

First of the year Business

  • Elections - Jim Brosnan, Charlie Castronova, Jane Daniels,Walt Plankl
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Park volunteer


  • First Day Hike 
  • Recreational Trails Grant Program - Jane Daniels
  • Maps  
  • Wildflowers -- Mark Kotkin
  • FDR Hats - Charlie Castronova
  • Pedestrian signal at Strang and 202


  • News letter - Anwer Quershi
  • Interpretive signs - need to applyfor grant
  • Events - Starting a calendar of events
    • I Love My Park Day - May 4th 9-12 registration for Trail Maintenance
    • Invasive Removal - David Merle
    • Bird Walk?
    • Other hikes? 
    • Path Through History? Father's Day Weekend and Columbus Day Weekend
    • National Trails Day? - Saturday June 1st
    • Hudson Valley Ramble - all weekends in September?
    • Booth at Support Walk 
    • Booth at Yorktown Street Fair?





Meeting attendees: 
Charles Castronova, Jane Daniels, Mark Kotkin, David Merle, Anwer Qureishi (on the phone), Dianne Press,

Meeting minutes status:

Meeting minutes: 

 Jane Daniels, President called the meetinng to order at 7:3Introductions and sign in

No announcements

Minutes of the Deccember 2018 meeting were accepted

Financial Report – Jim Brosnan - balance of beginning of month $4,791.70

Manager's Minute - Bob Guarino, Park Manager reported that the State is installing solar panels to power the filter room. A regional crew will install them. He needs a part time employee on weekends to be at the boat rental; must be 16. the sign advertising the nees for life guards has been effective. The truck that is used to spread salt is back in service and when the salt spreader is empty, it will be moved from the dump truck.

First of the year Business

  • Jim Brosnan, Charlie Castronova, Jane Daniels, and Walt Plankl were reelected to the board
  • Jane passed aroung the conflict of interest forms and Volunteer Service agreement which were signed 


  • The First Day Hike continues to be popular. Thirty people attended on the hike out to the long bridge. An event that is advertised as part of a larger event always attracts folks from outside this area. 
  • Recreational Trails Grant Program - Once the salt spreader is removed from the dump truck, Frank and Gary will move gravel. We have an exension until December 2019 to finish the grant
  • The map brochures have been printed and are not in the office. They will be places in the holders purchased to hold the rack card about the Friends. A big thanks to Susan Wagner for piloting this project funded by PBSC's community grants. 
  • Once Mark Kotkin has the information he needs about acceptable wildflower seeds to buy, he will talk with Bob Guarino about the amount park personnel can reasonably plant in the spring..
  • Thanks to the office for selling the FDR hats. Charlie Castronova reported that we have sold 51 hats. 
  • It appears that a pedestrian signal at Route 202 and Strang Boulevard will become a reality. It was planned as part of the Route 202 and Taconic interchange improvements because of the consturtion of Lowes.
  • Charlie checked out the prices for wind panels for Pavilion 1, which must be able to be rolled up until needed for a function. Four are needed. 


  • Anwer Qureishi (on the phone) had sent Jane a proposal about a quarterly newsletter that will be about the park users. Possible content includes president message, historical trivia, calendar of events, meeting schedule, volunteer of the quarter, park manager's message ( upcoming enhancements), overview of organizations we partner with or are regular park users. He stressed that it needs to be a cooperative effort.
  • Dianne Press will talk with Rick Fisher about applying for anotherr grant to add Interpretive signs.
  • Events - Starting a calendar of events
      • I Love My Park Day - May 4th is a Trail Maintenance Workshop held by the NYNJ Trail Conference. Registration is through their website. It will be held 9-12 in the Park office
      • Invasive Removal - David Merle had contacted Bob Guaruno about invasive vine removal. Dave had been part of the Vine Cutters along the Bronx River and only cuts bittersweet or porcelin berry. He would like to set up a similar crew for the park. Jane suggested that he set two meetings per month, one Saturday, one Sunday. Dianne suggested that he talk to Susan Wagner about designing a poster advertising the events. 
      • Dianne will be away in June and unless someone else wants to coordinate a bird walk with Bedford Audubon, it won't happen.
      • Other hikes? 
      • Dianne was not available for the Path Through History Hike on Father's Day Weekend or Columbus Day Weekend. She will run a history hike one of the weekends in September as part of the Hudson River Valley Ramble.
      • No decision was made about having an event on National Trails Day
      • Dianne and Charlie will have a booth at Support Walk in October
      • A decision will be made later about having a booth at Yorktown Street Fair. 
      • Jane would like to see additional hikes offered and will train people to lead them

 With so many activities planned, the Friends will hold a meeting on March 13, 2019

Submitted by Jane Daniels






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