Meeting Minutes 

SEPTEMBER 6, 2023 Special Meeting in gym

                                                                      St. Tammany Parish Recreation District #11                                                                   22519 Highway 36, Abita Springs, La. 70420  

    Rd11director@abitasports.com, 985-888-6547 

                                                                                       Brandon Harrell, Board Chairman                         Alfredo Soler, Secretary                                                                                             

                                                                         Scott Newton                                                 Bart Soileau                                                                                                                                                                                          Lisa Palisi, Director

                                                                                                                                   

Notice of Public Board Meeting

Wednesday, September 6, 2023 at 7:00 P.M.

St. Tammany Recreation District #11 Gym

Multi-Use Facility – Conference Room

22519 HWY. 36 East, Abita Springs, LA

Notice Posted:  Tuesday September 5, 2023 at 3:00 P.M.

 

 

Agenda:

1.      Call to Order

2.      Pledge of Allegiance

3.      Roll Call

4.     New Business

      a. Discuss termination of Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the town of Abita Springs

      b. Public comment                                                                                                                                      

5.      Adjournment – Next monthly regular Board meeting –Tuesday, August 19, 2023.

 

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance, please contact Park Director Lisa Palisi at 985-871-7555,                                                              describing the assistance that is necessary.


                                                                            Recreation District #11

September 6, 2023


Roll Call: Scott Newton, Alfredo Soler, Bart Soileau, Brandon Harrell

Absent: None.

 

New Business:  Discussion of letter from the mayor to termination the cooperative endeavor agreement with the recreation district.  Brandon reported that we heard from the mayor’s office at 4:00 today that the mayor thinks he has a way to govern by ordinance instead of terminating the lease.  Most of it has to do with the openness of the park and availability to competitive outside tournaments.  Fredo responded that we will discuss the ordinances suggested by the mayor at our regularly scheduled September meeting which will be September 19.  Brandon asked if anybody has any comments. Brandon reported that ARC was started years ago.  At some time in the early 2000’s, St. Tammany Parish created the recreation districts.  At that time, the town and the recreation district entered into cooperative endeavor agreements regarding the use of the property for recreation.  Brandon reported that the termination of the CEA by the mayor was unexpected.

Brandon reported that he’s been on the board for 6 years, Fredo’s been on the board for about two and a half years, and Scott and Bart started this year.  We had a fifth board member who resigned last week, so if anyone knows someone to recommend to the parish council, let us know.  Fredo reported that the board is a checks and balances for how the recreation money is spent.  Kevin Caillouet asked why the park is locked.  Brandon reported that the park is locked due to incidents of vandalism that happened in the past, and because we have a small staff.  He also informed those attending that

Lady asked what is our yearly budget,  when do we address that budget in an open meeting, is it like other public agencies, how many employees do you have, and when you discuss what activities you have, is the only way to respond to that to attend a meeting.  People don’t come to a lot of meetings, but it’s important to see that information on your website.  Brandon reported that we review the budget and update the budget in November to present the budget in December.

 

Also in attendance:   Emily Couvillon, Lisa Palisi

Called to order: 7:00


Public Forum:

 

Next meeting:  September 19, 2023

Meeting Adjourned: 7:45

September 19, 2023

                                                                  St. Tammany Parish Recreation District #11                                                                

 22519 Highway 36, Abita Springs, La. 70420  

    Rd11director@abitasports.com, 985-888-6547 

                                                                           Brandon Harrell, Board Chairman                                  Alfredo Soler,  Secretary                                                                                             

                                                           Scott Newton                                                                 Bart Soileau                                                                                                    

                                                           Lisa Palisi, Director

                                                                                                                                    

 

Notice of Public Board Meeting

Tuesday, September 19, 2023 at 7:00 P.M.

St. Tammany Recreation District #11 Gym

Multi-Use Facility – Conference Room

22519 HWY. 36 East, Abita Springs, LA

Notice Posted:  Friday, September 14, 2023 at 5:00 P.M.

 

Agenda:

1.      Call to Order

2.      Pledge of Allegiance

3.      Roll Call

4.      Approval of Minutes from last meeting/hearing

5.      Public Forum

6.      Old Business

a.       Financial Report

b.      Director’s Report – Lisa Palisi

7.      New Business                                                                                                                                       

8.      Adjournment – Next monthly regular Board meeting –Tuesday, October 17, 2023

 

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance, please contact                                                                                                                                      Park Director Lisa Palisi at 985-871-7555, describing the assistance that is necessary.



                                                             Recreation District #11

September 19, 2023


Roll Call: Scott Newton, Alfredo Soler, Bart Soileau, Brandon Harrell

Absent: None.

Also in attendance:   Emily Couvillon, Lisa Palisi

Called to order: 7:15

Motion to approve previous month’s minutes:  by Alfredo Soler. Second by Scott Newton. Motion passes.                   

Lisa reported that the financial reports were not received prior to this meeting.

Public Forum:  None.

 

Director’s Report by Lisa Palisi: Lisa reported that soccer games are ongoing.  Football games have started.  T-Ball practices started this week, and games will begin October 7.  Lisa reported that she was thinking about asking for a storage shed by the gym, but realized that the mechanical yard on the side of the gym is paved and fenced with a lock on the gate.  She spoke with A-1 Fence about getting a price for a cover to store the golf cart given to the park for Gary to use while weed eating around the premises. A-1 does not have a price for the cover. Fredo asked about how big the mechanical area, and Lisa suggested we take a look after the meeting.  Basketball registration is going on.  Practices will start in November with games starting in December.  Lisa explained that we need to have an earlier cutoff date due to problems getting uniforms delivered before games start.  Brandon suggested ordering uniforms ahead of time. Fredo suggested that we need to find someone who gets what we need in a timely manner.

 

New Business: 

 Brandon reported that he and Lisa just left the town council meeting where they discussed the ordinances and it seems the entire town council is on board with “fixing things” here in their mind.  It appears to match the town’s master plan.  They want sidewalks here, a water feature here, an open basketball court.  They really want everything open which they say is for the master plan to make Abita a destination.  They also said something about more participation, but we have good participation.  Fredo, feels the town is trying to use their influence to do what’s best for them, but not what’s best for the people who already participate at the park.  Fredo stated this is even more reason to move forward with developing the land we have as quickly as possible.  Brandon reported that he asked Lisa to get participation numbers from the past 5 years for our programs.  Since 2018, there have been 7,350 participants, 12,000 participants from other teams participated.  For our current fall sports, about 25% of participants live within the town limits.  Branson suggested that we look at the past two years to see if the fall sports is an accurate representation of this number of people who reside within town limits and send it to the town because if so, they are trying to make decisions for 75 % of people who do not live in the town.  Brandon added to his letter to the town that the City of Covington has 11 parks.  Other cities don’t have any ordinances over the parks in their area.  Fredo would like us to put as much information about our programs on the website and Facebook page so that our constituents are aware of what’s going on at the park.  Lisa reported that she thought the town was planning to vote on the ordinances until park supporters showed up at the meeting.  The mayor reported that the ordinances were just suggestions and he tabled the vote.  Robyn, one of our soccer coaches asked who is making complaints because anything she ever asked Lisa for was taken care of.  Brandon said that he saw where the town wants us to have all star teams, but the problem is that you have to have all star teams to play. 

Fredo reported that the baseball all star team last year ran into a problem with finding tournaments to play in last year, and the kids ended up playing in a travel tournament which was not fun for them! Fredo suggested that the board consider a 5- year plan for planning the future of the park.  Lisa reported that we will have a public meeting for input as part of moving forward with the development of the property once we get the mitigation taken care of.

 

Next meeting:  October 17, 2023

Meeting Adjourned: 7:45

October 17, 2023

                                                                  St. Tammany Parish Recreation District #11                                                                 22519 Highway 36, Abita Springs, La. 70420  

Rd11director@abitasports.com, 985-888-6547

 

                                                                                       Brandon Harrell, Board Chairman                        Alfredo Soler, Secretary                                                                                             

                                                                     Scott Newton                                               Bart Soileau                                                                                                

                                                                        Lisa Palisi, Director

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Notice of Public Board Meeting

Tuesday, October 17, 2023 at 7:00 P.M.

St. Tammany Recreation District #11 Gym

Multi-Use Facility – Conference Room

22519 HWY. 36 East, Abita Springs, LA

Notice Posted:  Friday, October 13, 2023 at 5:00 P.M.

Agenda:

1.      Call to Order

2.      Pledge of Allegiance

3.      Roll Call

4.      Approval of Minutes from last meeting/hearing

5.      Public Forum

6.      Old Business

a.       Financial Report

b.      Director’s Report – Lisa Palisi

7.      New Business                                                                                                                                       

8.      Adjournment – Next monthly regular Board meeting –Tuesday, November 21, 2023

                                                                                      

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance, please contact Park Director Lisa Palisi at 985-871-7555, describing the assistance that is necessary.

                                                              Recreation District #11

October 17, 2023


Roll Call: Scott Newton, Alfredo Soler, Bart Soileau, Brandon Harrell

Absent: None

Also in attendance:   Emily Couvillon, Kevin Davis, Jason King

Called to order: 7:05 

Motion to approve previous month’s minutes:  by Alfredo Soler. Second by Scott Newton. Motion passes.                    

Public Forum:  Jason asked the board if they were going to plant rye grass for the fall. Discussion.  Brandon reported that he would have Lisa speak to Lobb’s about whether we need to overseed since we recently hired Lobb’s to fertilize the fields. Alfredo stated that he wants to make sure the recreation district is using Facebook to post information so that we don’t look stagnant. Scott mentioned posting the practice schedule for fields and the gym.  Alfredo suggested Lisa keep a “wish list” of improvements we would like to have at the facility. 

New Business:  Brandon reported that he spoke with Grant Schleuter, and he would like to have him come to a board meeting to speak with the board about bonding out for a lump sum of money to complete wetlands mitigation and develop the acreage all at one time since we need more fields.  Discussion about future plans for number of soccer fields needed for our programs. Kevin asked about the situation with the town and the CEA. Brandon reported that the mayor withdrew the letter of termination.  Bart asked about changing our meeting days so that he could attend the town meetings. Discussion about access to the park on weekends, especially Sundays. 

Brandon tabled reports until Lisa returns for November meeting.  Alfredo would like to add to the next meeting plans to start talking about working on future plans for development of recreation property.  

Next meeting:  November 21, 2023

Meeting Adjourned: 8:06

November 21, 2023 moved to 11/29

   St. Tammany Parish Recreation District #11                                                                                                                                             22519 Highway 36, Abita Springs, La. 70420                                                                                                                       Rd11director@abitasports.com, 985-888-6547

 

                                                                                    Brandon Harrell, Board Chairman                           Alfredo Soler, Secretary                                                                                             

                                                                   Scott Newton                                                         Bart Soileau                                                                                                    

                                                                   Lisa Palisi, Director

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Notice of Public Board Meeting

Wednesday, November 29, 2023 at 7:00 P.M.

St. Tammany Recreation District #11 Gym

Multi-Use Facility – Conference Room

22519 HWY. 36 East, Abita Springs, LA

Notice Posted:  Tuesday, November 28, 2023 at 4:00 P.M.

 

        

Agenda:

1.      Call to Order

2.      Pledge of Allegiance

3.      Roll Call

4.      Approval of Minutes from last meeting/hearing

5.      Public Forum

6.      Old Business

a.       Financial Report

b.      Director’s Report – Lisa Palisi

7.      New Business

8.      Executive Session                                                                                                                                       

9.      Adjournment – Next monthly regular Board meeting –Tuesday, December 19, 2023

                                                                                     

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance, please contact Park Director Lisa Palisi at 985-871-7555, describing the assistance that is necessary.

 Meeting Minutes, November 29, 2023

Roll Call: Scott Newton, Bart Soileau, Brandon Harrell

Absent: Alfredo Soler

Also in attendance:   Kevin Caillouet, Jessica Schilling, Lisa Palisi

Called to order: 7:09

No minutes from previous meeting. Brandon needs to send them to Lisa.

Public Forum:  Kevin reported that he attended the meeting in September, and he attended the town meeting that followed to attempt to get fully informed about the issues.  Kevin reported that he also met with Lisa to discuss drafting a public survey.  He was looking for what the public feels about what’s offered at the park, and what the public feels can be improved at the recreation district.  Kevin read the results of the survey.  Responses were taken for three weeks.  There were 64 responses; 54 reported that they live within the district; about half of those people reported that they live within the town limits.  Youth sports were rated 3.1 out of 5. Adult programming was rated 2.2 out of 5.  The vast majority (83%) stated they visit the park regularly to attend youth sporting events.  Approximately half of the respondents reported they would be willing to pay more money for better amenities.  This survey was not funded by anyone.  Kevin stated that he still feels like there is a disconnect between the general public and the recreation district.  Kevin encouraged the board to offer more programming for all participants.  Brandon stated that the CEA with the town requires the district to provide youth sports which we’re able to do.  Since we have limited fields, we use them for multiple sports throughout the year, so they are not available for adult sports.  The more fields we get, the more programs we will be able to offer.  Kevin recommended hard assets like covered pavilions, outdoor pickleball courts to provide opportunities for more people without specified times.  Jessica stated that part of the issue may be advertising and not pushing offerings like yoga classes on social media.  The information is posted on our website and on our Facebook page.  Kevin mentioned newsletters received from Pelican Park to which Scott replied that they have a much larger staff to work on newsletters.  Brandon stated that the public likes to see everything in two clicks, so it’s faster to make a Facebook post to ask when yoga is rather than to look up the schedule.

Financial report: Brandon suggested combining our website with Blue Sombrero so that everything is on one site.  Jessica asked about the cost of the website, but Lisa reported we only pay a small amount.  Brandon asked if there were any questions about the financial report.  Motion to approve by Scott, 2nd by Bart, none opposed.  Motion passes.

Director’s report by Lisa.  Basketball practices have started.  Uniforms have arrived, and will be given out at practices.  Lisa attended the NAYS Youth Sports Congress to gather information about programs, and tools available for working with youth.  Lisa also met with Kelly McHugh, Thomas Brown, and Taylor who works with Mr. Brown to discuss planning for the development of the next 9 acres.  Mr. McHugh met with the town of Abita Springs engineer who was unclear about what restrictions apply to a detention pond.  He was very clear on guidelines for no net fill which means we would have to dig and use that dirt to fill.  Mr. Brown suggested that Lisa get numbers of participants to justify the need for the use of the wetlands for the mitigation application.  Lisa reported that she has been discussing the budget with Howard who recently merged his business with another company, so she is meeting with him next week to prepare the budget for 2024 and modify the 2023 budget.  Lisa asked the board if we should meet on December 19 which is a Tuesday or December 20 which is a Wednesday so that Alfredo can be present since she has to publish the date of the meeting for approval of the 2024 budget.  Brandon agreed that it would be best to meet on December 20. 

Brandon asked Lisa if she spoke with Lobb’s about overseeding.  Lisa reported that once Lobb’s started fertilizing, the fields look so much better. Lisa will ask if Judd thinks we need to plant rye grass.

New Business:  Executive Session:  Board entered into executive session to discuss raises for employees.

Motion by Bart. Second by Scott.  The board approved pay increases effective January 1, 2024.

Next meeting:  December 20, 2023

Meeting Adjourned: 8:30 

December 20, 2023

                                                                          St. Tammany Parish Recreation District #11                                                                           22519 Highway 36, Abita Springs, La. 70420  

    Rd11director@abitasports.com, 985-888-6547 

                                                                         Brandon Harrell, Board Chairman                           Alfredo Soler, Secretary                                                                                             

                                                           Scott Newton                                                         Bart Soileau                                                                                                                                                    Lisa Palisi, Director   

                                                                                                                                    

Notice of Public Board Meeting

Wednesday, December 20, 2023 at 7:00 P.M.

St. Tammany Recreation District #11 Gym

Multi-Use Facility – Conference Room

22519 HWY. 36 East, Abita Springs, LA

Notice Posted:  Friday, December 15, 2023 at 5:00 P.M.

 Agenda:

1.      Call to Order

2.      Pledge of Allegiance

3.      Roll Call

4.      Approval of Minutes from last meeting/hearing

5.      Public Forum

6.      Old Business

a.       Financial Report, Modify/Balance 2023 Budget

b.      Director’s Report – Lisa Palisi

7.      New Business 

a.       Adopt 2024 Budget

8.      Adjournment – Next monthly regular Board meeting – January 16, 2024

 

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance, please contact Park Director Lisa Palisi at 985-871-7555, describing the assistance that is necessary.

Roll Call: Scott Newton, Bart Soileau, Brandon Harrell

Absent: Alfredo Soler

Also in attendance:   Lisa Palisi

Called to order: 8:00

Motion to approve minutes from previous meeting from October & November: First by Bart Soileau.

 Second by Scott Newton.

No Public Forum. 

Financial report: Financial report by Lisa:

CBT Balance:  $174,682.39

Sinking Fund:     $17.98

Whitney:   $142,745.50

      Total  $317,445.87

Motion to approve by Brandon, 2nd by Scott.  None opposed.  Motion passes.

Director’s report by Lisa.  We’ve been playing basketball games for the past two weeks.  We’ll take a break for the holidays, and games will resume January 8 through the end of the month.  We had a problem with Covington declaring an incorrect number of teams for 5/6 & 7/8 boys.  They notified us the Friday before games were starting that they didn’t have 3 teams for each of those age groups. Lisa paired up the teams that were scheduled to play C3 in both age groups to modify the schedule.  Discussed inappropriate behavior of an Abita parent who threatened and touched an official.  Lisa believes the appropriate penalty is to ban the parent for a period of one year which would go through the next basketball season.  Bart recommends filing a police report.  Lisa asked about purchasing a golf cart that Gary saw for sale.  The board recommended getting quotes for rental for 1 year.  If rental is less than $1500 a year, the board prefers to lease. Board approvers purchase of this golf cart if the rental isn’t less than $1500 per year.  Lisa also presented the Case Industries proposal for upgrading electrical in the back shed.  The board approved the quote, but does not want to include the special plug for the golf cart charger.

 

New Business:  Balance 2023 budget within 5%.   Discussion.  Bart asked about how improvements are figured into the budget.  Lisa explained that some of those numbers, such as surveys for the wetlands mitigation process, have been placed in the budget. He then asked about changes that we may have throughout the year

being included in the budget.   Lisa reported that we have a certain amount of funds for capital improvements to cover costs that may come about throughout the year.

Motion to accept amended budget by Scott Newton.  Second by Brandon Harrell.  No one opposed.  Budget passes.

 

Next meeting:  January 23, 2024

 

Meeting Adjourned: 9:02


January 23, 2024 moved to January 30, 2024

Due to not having a quorum because of illness, this meeting will be held Tuesday, January 30, 2024.

                                                                  St. Tammany Parish Recreation District #11                                                                 22519 Highway 36, Abita Springs, La. 70420  

    Rd11director@abitasports.com, 985-888-6547

 

     Brandon Harrell, Board Chairman                                                            Alfredo Soler, Secretary                                                                                             

             Scott Newton                                                                                         Bart Soileau                                                                                                    

             Lisa Palisi, Director

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Notice of Public Board Meeting

Tuesday, January 23, 2024 at 7:00 P.M.

St. Tammany Recreation District #11 Gym

Multi-Use Facility – Conference Room

22519 HWY. 36 East, Abita Springs, LA

Notice Posted:  Monday, January 22, 2024 at 5:00 P.M.

 

        

Agenda:

1.      Call to Order

2.      Pledge of Allegiance

3.      Roll Call

4.      Approval of Minutes from last meeting/hearing

5.      Public Forum

6.      Old Business

a.       Financial Report

b.      Director’s Report – Lisa Palisi

7.      New Business 

a.        Adopt Resolution for Engagement Letter for Hebert/Johnson Accounting Firm to

                                handle yearly audit

b.      Executive Session: Employee raises

8.      Adjournment – Next monthly regular Board meeting – February 20, 2024

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance, please contact Park Director Lisa Palisi at 985-871-7555, describing the assistance that is necessary.


February 20,2024

                                                                  St. Tammany Parish Recreation District #11                                                                 22519 Highway 36, Abita Springs, La. 70420  

    Rd11director@abitasports.com, 985-888-6547 

     Brandon Harrell, Board Chairman                                                            Alfredo Soler, Secretary                                                                                             

             Scott Newton                                                                                         Bart Soileau                                                                                                    

             Lisa Palisi, Director

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Notice of Public Board Meeting

Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at 7:00 P.M.

St. Tammany Recreation District #11 Gym

Multi-Use Facility – Conference Room

22519 HWY. 36 East, Abita Springs, LA

Notice Posted:  Monday, February 19, 2024 at 5:00 P.M.

 

        

Agenda:

1.      Call to Order

2.      Pledge of Allegiance

3.      Roll Call

4.      Approval of Minutes from last meeting/hearing

5.      Public Forum

6.      Old Business

a.       Financial Report

b.      Director’s Report – Lisa Palisi

7.      New Business 

8.      Adjournment – Next monthly regular Board meeting – March 19, 2024

                

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance, please contact Park Director Lisa Palisi at 985-871-7555, describing the assistance that is necessary.