All meeting minutes posted on the township website are unofficial minutes. Official copies of minutes may be obtained from the Vernon Township Department of Recreation and Community Development.

Minutes: March 1, 2017

Meeting called to order at: 7:34 p.m.

Board of Recreation Members in Attendance:

Denise Urbaniak
MaryEllen Vichiconti
Heather LaBance
Joyce Brensinger
Kelly Weller
Carolyn Cacace
Mishelle Downtain
Kyla Rocha

Also in attendance: Jeanne Buffalino, Vernon PAL

Motion to open meeting: Denise
Motion seconded by: Kyla

Flag Salute

Approval of Last Month’s Minutes

Old Business:

Jeanne was present to discuss upcoming events:

4/30—Earthfest at Heaven Hill Farms

Town and participating boards/committees will be grouped together. Kite flying—booth to be run by the recreation comm. The goal is to create kites out of recycled materials. Vernon Boy Scouts has agreed to help with this craft. MaryEllen and Joyce agreed to help out the Boy Scouts.

5/7—Couch to 5K—Benefitting Jimmy Pier

Race will start at Maple Grange at 9:00 a.m.
PAL is running the registration for the race at which is very user-friendly.
Race include 5K, 1 mile walk, and a kids dash.
Registration in advance $25.00, kids $15.00, race day $30.00.
Volunteers for race should meet at 7:30 a.m. at the pavilion at MG.

The PAL is having t-shirts designed which will say Vernon 5K, and each year, the beneficiary will be added to the current shirt.

3/10—Tricky Tray Sponsored by the PAL, Benefitting Jimmy Pier

Tricky Tray will be at VTHS.
Information about both events will be posted on the recreation committee’s Facebook page.

6/3—National Trail Day Kickoff

Mishelle was coming up with ideas for new trail challenges in order to start the 2017 Trail Challenge.

6/4—Vernon Day

Many repeat vendors.

Thanksgiving—Turkey Trot 5K

Kelly has been investigating possible routes to try to minimize the amount of running on the county roads. She is looking for a local business to be the host for the 5K. This will just be a “fun run”; the registration cost will cover the t-shirts, timing equipment, and any race necessities.

Jeanne will provide the recreation committee with a list of vendors that the PAL contacts in order to give businesses an equal chance to participate in town events.

New Business:

Revitalizing the Flats

New playground will be installed.
Flowers will be planted.
5/27 and 6/7 Jazz at the Flats both evenings.

Mayor’s Wellness Campaign

An idea for possibly a community cook-off (healthy foods).

Ideas for Upcoming Events

Town-Wide Garage Sale
It should be advertised in the New Jersey Herald, the Advertiser. Maps to registered garage sales can be put online, or picked up at the recreation department.

Food truck festival—possibly the end of August.

Community garden—needs volunteers to spruce up the area.

Need ideas for fall and winter events.

Motion to adjourn meeting at: 9:08 by Mishelle
Motion seconded by: Denise

Motion Approved

Next meeting: 04/5/17