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Park Commission Minutes 09/17/2015
Minutes of Park Commission Meeting
Held on Thursday, September 17, 2015
Selectmen’s Hearing Room, Town Hall at 12:00 pm

1. Call Meeting to Order:               
Mr. Bowen called the meeting to order at 12:13 pm.  Members present were Mr. Bowen and Mr. Wood. Also present, Mr. Santos and Mr. Hannon.

2. Minutes to Approve:
A. Public Session – July 7, 2015
Mr. Wood motioned to accept the minutes as written, seconded by Mr. Bowen and carried…
Vote: 2 – 0, in favor

3. Citizens Issues / Special Interest Groups:
A. Hudson Sesquicentennial Committee (Hudson 150) – Mural along A.R.R.T.
Mr. Santos explained to the Park Commission that Hudson 150 had been approached by a community member who would like to create mural along the A.R.R.T. to celebrate Hudson’s 150th (site and design TBD).  Hudson 150 supports this endeavor and seeks input from Park Commission.  Mr. Bowen and Mr. Wood stated that they have no issues with the mural project.  Mr. Santos added that he would be involved in the process, as well as additional community members who have previously been involved in other art projects along the A.R.R.T. Mr. Santos stated that he would bring final designs and exact location of the mural before the Park Commission, once determined.
4. Personnel:
A. None

5. Director’s Report:
A. Mr. Santos gave the Park Commission an overview of the previous summer programs.  Mr. Santos also informed the commissioners of future programs, events and projects, including Pumpkin Fest to be held on Saturday, October 17, 2015 and the hiring of part-time seasonal staff members for the Youth Basketball program.  Mr. Wood suggested looking into inter-league play with other communities for the higher grade level basketball programs.

6. Communications and/or Correspondence to be noted by Commissioners:
A. Letter from Law Office of Francis Burke – Mr. Santos informed the Park Commission that he had received a letter on behalf of the Estate of late Thomas M. Hamilton stating that the probate process had been initiated and that Hudson Recreation was listed in the estate plans for the late Mr. Hamilton.  Also, that the attorney representing the estate indicated to Mr. Santos that the process could take several years to be finalized.
B. Letter from Mr. Reinert – Mr. Santos informed the Park Commission that he had received a letter from a Mr. Reinert regarding a potential hazard at the Splash Park related to the metal ground covers for the underground plumbing within the park.  Mr. Santos informed that park Commission that they had placed “Caution Surface May Be Hot” stickers/signs in these locations upon immediate receipt of this letter.  Mr. Wood suggested reaching out to a local company that installs rubber coatings to see if a long term solution can be generated to address this issue.

7. Old Business:
A. None

8. New Business:
A. Armory/Recreation Office Move – Mr. Santos informed the Park Commission that the Armory in town may at some point become available to the Town of Hudson, as the State of MA (DCAM) may place this building on its surplus list in hopes of off-loading it.  Mr. Santos suggested that if the building does come available in the future, that the Park Commission look into this space to be used for a Recreation/Community Center.  Mr. Santos also informed the Park Commission that he had been speaking with some Town Departments within Town Hall regarding a possible office swap (within Town Hall) in the near future.   

9. Adjournment:
Mr. Wood motioned to adjourn the meeting at 1:00 pm, seconded by Mr. Bowen and carried...  
Vote: 2 – 0, in favor

Motion to Adopt:        Mr. Wood
Second:         Mr. Bowen
Vote:                   2 – 0 – 1, Mr. Scafidi Abstained
Date:                   October 22, 2015