Following the May 2 Rec Commission meeting at the which that Commission came out strongly in support of allowing the New Hartford Football program to continue holding practices at Brodie Park South, the Rec Commission called a meeting of interested parties to discuss Football’s use of the park. Participants at that meeting were two Rec Commission members (Chairman John Maschi and Dan Eddy), two New Hartford Football representatives (President Steve Roth and Joe Petrarca), two Friends of Brodie Park South representatives (Heinz Beier and Martha Hale), and Former First Selectman Bill Baxter to act as moderator. All participants at the meeting, other than the two representatives of residents, had prior to the meeting expressed their support of allowing the Football program, with its 125+ participants, to continue its use of the park area which prior to Football had had its use constrained by the capacity of its 12-vehicle parking lot.
Dan Eddy opened the meeting by saying that the meeting was closed to public comment and that only input from the six participants and former First Selectman Bill Baxter would be allowed. Dan then opened the meeting by stating its goal to be as follows:
“The Recreation Commission has the responsibility and authority to determine the most reasonable use of town parks and town-owned land that is not otherwise designated. We are here tonight to listen to the two major interested parties in the use of Brodie South for the late summer of 2012 and fall of 2012. We hope that tonight we can come to an accommodation where everybody involved is happy with the outcome and that will certainly minimize the amount of input the Recreation Commission will need to do with respect to tonight’s topic. The topic is the usage of Brodie Park South during the summer and fall of 2012…”
With only the Football program represented at the table, it is reasonable to assume that the usage in question is that of Rec’s Football program of Brodie Park South.
Also see our May 16 summary of this May 15 Rec-sponsored meeting Rec’s Football Program to Continue At Brodie Park South After Dark, Parking Outside & Inside The Park & With A Storage Pod: Result of Rec-Sponsored Meeting.
Following is the video of the May 15 meeting to discuss the use of Brodie Park South: