St. Tammany Parish Recreation District #11 22519 Highway 36, Abita Springs, La. 70420
Brandon Harrell, Board Chairman Alfredo Soler, Secretary
Ricky Young, Jr. Scott Newton Bart Soileau Lisa Palisi
Notice of Public Board Meeting
Tuesday, August 15, 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: Monday, August 14, 2023 at 6:00 P.M.
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, 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
August 15, 2023
Roll Call: Ricky Young Jr., Bart Soileau, Alfredo Soler, Scott Newton, Brandon Harrell
Also in attendance: Emily Couvillon, Jason King, Kevin Davis, Angie Hahn, Taylor Miguez, Jessica Schilling, Lisa Palisi
Called to order: 7:08
Motion to approve previous month’s minutes: by Alfredo Soler. Second by Scott Newton. Motion passes.
Public Forum: Jason King reported that we need to order dirt to fill the trenches on the field by the gym where the electricians dug to bury the lines to install lights. I informed him that the trenches were filled in with a load of dirt, and another load of dirt was delivered Friday so that Gary can fill in again.
Taylor Miguez asked if a practice schedule is posted. Lisa reported that when we have our recreation activities going on, we don’t have fields available to rent. She asked again about the practice schedule being posted, and Lisa reported that it is posted at the park. She is looking for a field to rent for a semi-pro football team to [practice starting in November or December. Brandon asked if she checked with any of the high schools, and she said she is doing that. She’s looking for pricing and availability for guys from Mississippi and around here to practice.
Brandon asked for financial reports. Lisa reported that we did not receive the bank statement from Whitney.
Bank balances are as follows:
CBT Beginning balance was $144,110.12. Ending balance is $161,696.51
Sinking fund balance is $17.98.
Hancock/Whitney beginning balance was $232,627.96. ending balance is $238,498.29.
Director’s Report by Lisa Palisi: Registration for fall sports ended this past weekend. For fall baseball, we have 44 registrants so we will have two 7/8 teams, and one 9/10 team. We only had 4 boys register for 11/12 and 1 for 13/15 so we will not have teams for those age groups. For softball, we will had 5 girls for 7/8, 1 team for 9/10, 4 girls for 11/12 and 1 girl for 13/15. Lee Road didn’t have enough for a 13/15 softball team either. We will play Coquille and lee Road because Folsom didn’t have any teams for fall baseball or softball. We have 77 players registered for flag football, so we will have two 5/6 teams, three 7/9 teams and two 10/12 teams. I still need coaches for 10/12 football and U6 and U8 soccer. I received the paperwork from Mr. McHugh regarding working on wetlands mitigation. For Thomas Brown the cost is $18,500. For Kelly McHugh, the cost is $20,500. Fredo asked if this was the same firm we worked with in the past. Lisa and Brandon replied that PAS Interiors took care of the wetlands mitigation for the gym. Discussion ensued. Motion to accept by Scott Newton. Second by Bart Soileau. Lisa asked if we could rehire Gary full time. Brandon stated that we could hire him to maintain the fields, but we would have to look at this matter again in October when we know what the situation is with the town regarding the use of the fields. Brandon reported that the town sent their inspector to the park yesterday to take pictures of the structures at the park, Josh Mullen and Mr. L.C.
Bart asked why we couldn’t invite the mayor to our meeting to discuss the CEA. Jason asked about talking with the town. Brandon said the town’s attorney suggested that the attorneys speak about the situation.
Kevin asked why we can’t invite the mayor to our meeting. Fredo reported that the mayor has attended a
Recreation meeting in the past, and he has spoken with the mayor several times, but the mayor did not bring up this issue. The mayor sent a letter. Bart stated that the mayor explained to him that it was a reaction to the bus situation. Angie asked if there’s a way to get to the root of the problem. She asked where’s the problem start so that it can be resolved. Alfredo replied, “We don’t know.” She stated that both sides are bullheaded and won’t cooperate. Emily explained that the parish ordinance doesn’t allow the busses to park at the Park ‘N Ride. Bart stated that the town said the busses were the catalyst for the letter. Kevin Davis stated that in his opinion the bus situation is an opportunity, or leverage, for the town to ask for more money.
Brandon reported that our two CEAs with the town cover the Park “n Ride and the ballfields. Both CEAs state that the recreation district has authority over both of these areas. Brandon reported that he received permission from the school principals for the busses to park at the schools. Angie asked if anyone spoke with the bus drivers personally and why we didn’t call the Sheriff’s Office. Fredo stated that we didn’t want to get the sheriff’s office involved. Bart stated that people complain to the town about the rec board, but that in the past 9 months that he has been involved, he believes the board follows the rules. Alfredo stated that if people have complaints, they need to let the recreation district know. Brandon added that the board members are coaches, and that people call them and talk with them when they have an issue about something at the park.
Ricky suggested that there needs to be a discussion. Angie tried to encourage the board to meet with the mayor. Emily explained that a quorum cannot meet without having a public meeting. Jason asked if participants at the recreation district know about the current issue with the CEA. Jessica suggested using social media to inform people of what’s going on.
Brandon asked Emily to reach out to Adam to arrange a meeting with the mayor.
Next meeting: September 19, 2023