Over the past six months, major decisions concerning the parks and recreation department were made with absolutely no input from the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board.
The Penfield Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PPRAB) has a long history of representing the community and assisting town staff to deliver quality services and facilities to the people of Penfield. We, the current board, are puzzled by your lack of communication and unwillingness to reply to our inquiries concerning the current status and future of the PPRAB.
Over the past six months, major decisions concerning the parks and recreation department were made with absolutely no input from the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board. This includes:
• The elimination of the Recreation Department director and assistant director position
• Reversal of the decision to eliminate the Recreation Department director position
• Appointment of a new Recreation Department director
Additionally, four consecutive PPRAB monthly meetings have been canceled, each with little or no explanation given to the board members. Most recently, the list of Parks & Recreation Advisory Board members has been removed from the recreation brochure.
Supervisor LaFountain, while it is becoming increasingly clear you are in the process of, or have already eliminated the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board, we would like to receive an official explanation outlining your decision. For several months, we have reached out to you inquiring as to the status of the PPRAB; to date we have received no definitive answer. For this reason, we are addressing you in this open letter.
The members of the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board, some serving over a decade, strongly believe you owe us the common courtesy of answering the following questions:
1. Has the Penfield Parks and Recreation Advisory Board been dissolved or dismissed?
2. If so, what is the explanation for this decision and why has there been such a lack of communication with the members of the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board?
3. If not, what are your plans and how will the PPRAB be a vital contributor to future objectives, and what will be different in the future?
We look forward to your timely response.
JIM BRITT, ED DOYLE, PIETRO FURGIUELE, LAURIE KLATT, TIM MURPHY, MARIE SIRACUSE, LINDA SORRENDINO, and JOHN TADDEO