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LBartlett
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« on: March 14, 2007, 12:42:45 PM »

Just curious about how the Rec committee is put together.  How are people appointed?  What are the terms?
 
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« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2007, 09:02:57 PM »

The Town Council appoints members to the Recreation Commision.  The term is three years.

The current Recreation Commision appears to be functioning outside of the parameters of their committee charge. Its old and out of date but from the copy of the charge that the Town Manager recently provided me they have too many members, specifically there should be no alternates.  The "new" Council should look into correcting this Wink

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« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2007, 09:24:27 PM »

And is Art a permanent as 'Director' who is paid?  Or is that a position that requires appointing via ballot votes?
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« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2007, 10:02:17 PM »

And is Art a permanent as 'Director' who is paid?  Or is that a position that requires appointing via ballot votes?

Art Psaledas is a paid employee of the Town. His salary as printed 2006 Annual Report was $22,551.73

The Recreation Commissioner's terms are as follows:
Date are the year in which their terms end

William Manning Chairman 2009
Patti Hanely 2008
Ron Campo 2008
Mike Boyle 2008
Kevin Foley Secratary/Treasurer 2008
Gary Fisher Vice Chairman 2009
Ben Parker Alternate 2007
Tom Dolan Council Liason 2007
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« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2007, 10:17:30 PM »

The Town Council appoints members to the Recreation Commision.  The term is three years.

The current Recreation Commision appears to be functioning outside of the parameters of their committee charge. Its old and out of date but from the copy of the charge that the Town Manager recently provided me they have too many members, specifically there should be no alternates.  The "new" Council should look into correcting this Wink

Town Council Minutes 6/19/2006::

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Board/Committee Appointments/Reappointments/Resignations:
Councilor Dolan made a motion to appoint Ben Parker as an Alternate on the Recreation Commission, term to end 12/31/07. Second by Councilor Paradis. Councils’ vote 5-0-0. Chairman Farmer questioned if there was a conflict of interest in this appointment. Discussion ensued about the process of appointing volunteers to various boards. Councilor Dolan commented that the volunteers in this Town are a committed group of people. We typically try to interview candidates for land-use boards but most Ad Hoc Boards are recommended thru the chairman of the boards they are interested in. Chairman Farmer added that the Budget Committee was interviewed by the Council. Councilor Oswald said the citizens need to know the process. It was agreed that the chairman of the boards will recommend the candidates; land-use and budget will continue to be interviewed by Council.

Town Council Minutes 11/20/2006
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Board/Committee Appointments/Reappointments/Resignations:
4. Re-appointment of Bill Manning as a full member of the Recreation Commission, term to expire 12/31/-9.
8. Re-Appointment of Gary Fisher as an alternate member of the Recreation Commission, term to expire 12/31/07.
Councilor Dolan made motion to accept all the re-appointments listed in #2 - #9. Second by Councilor Oswald. Councils’ vote 5-0-0.

The alternate was appointed by the current council. I would assume before having reviewed the information from the Town Manager?
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« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2007, 11:29:30 PM »

The rec commiss was having difficulty achieving a quorum for a couple of years.  The members were overcommitted and often had conflicting commitments (sometimes coaching responsibilities).  An alternate was added to help gain a more frequent quorum with official meeting minutes. 

The folks working on the rec com are some of the most dedicated volunteers in the community giving unselfishly of their time and effort.  Without them, the rec dept could be 10 times more expensive like Derry.  These types of hard-working residents/neighbors only want one thing.....an occasional "thank you" for their service; nothing more.
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« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2007, 08:12:59 AM »

Now that Ben Parker (for example, although his term is up) is on the school board, shouldn't he resign and let a new volunteer be appointed, only because he is commited with the school board.  You don't want all the same names hoarding positions on all commitees and boards. It only seems fair to open that position to someone new in the community.  Also some might say it can be a conflict of interest.

$22.000 seems to be a lot of money.  How many hours min, is the Director supposed to put in?  Working with a support system of 8 other people whom volunteer their time I can't imagine he is putting in more hours than any of them?  Why is it a paid posititon?
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« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2007, 09:27:32 AM »

LBartlett:

The salary of the town's part-time recreation director is determined by the union contract that he is a member of.  This position is part of the Londonderry Executive Employees Association (LEEA) union.  This union represents all of the town's department heads (i.e. director level management positions) and is one of the 6 labor agreements to be voted on at this Saturday's Town Meeting at 9:00am in the LHS Cafe.  A simple majority of those registered voters that show up this Saturday will either approve the proposed contract that this position belongs to, or it will be voted down and be sent back to the bargaining table.  By attending, you will have a direct role to play in making this decision.

The contents of this contract (and all the others to be voted on) can be veiwed at the link below on the town web site.  As a Budget Committee member, I strongly recommend that you review these and attend Town Meeting this Saturday.  As has been said many, many times on this board and elsewhere, the voters in Londonderry are in total control of all spending, including labor agreements.  The salary for this position can be found on page 6 in the LEEA contract.  While you are reviewing this contract, I would further recommend that you review the entire compensation & benefit package contained in this contract and the others.  For example, this particular agreement provides for 2 annual raises per/year for each department head.  It's in the best interest of you and all taxpayers to make an informed decision either way this Saturday.  Please do attend and bring others with you.

LEEA Contract:  http://www.londonderrynh.org/proposed%20labor%20contracts.pdf

Mike Brown
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« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2007, 10:34:52 AM »

Thank You Mike.  That is very helpful. 

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« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2007, 12:03:21 PM »

Does Rec. Director cover all school sports as well?
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« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2007, 12:15:40 PM »

I guess what I really want to know is this job worth that much of a pay out? 

It is hard to clump Rec. Director with Police and Fire Huh? 
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« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2007, 01:54:58 PM »

Posted by: LBartlett 
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Does Rec. Director cover all school sports as well?

No ...
the position is responsible for sports outside of the school (not sure when it became a paid position ,it used to be volunteer)..there is an athletic director who takes care of the school side.
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« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2007, 01:15:23 PM »

And since the only town asset for recreation is West Road - which is dedicated by rule 99.9% to soccer - we have a rec director of soccer.   $22k - how much does a new teacher or fireman make in Londonderry...............
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« Reply #13 on: March 16, 2007, 02:24:41 PM »

When was it decided that we needed a Rec Director and why and by whom?
  How much per hour and what are the weekly hours commited to this job? $22,000 is a full time job to most people working for the town.  Are we getting the time and effort of $22,000, since our current Rec Director is employed full time in our school system when does he find the time?  Since this is such an important job that the town had to budget $22,000 for it?   
What exactly are the responsibilities?
 Does all this add up to $22,000?
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