Three commissioners were there, so it WAS a public meeting. Dave Brumfield, Kelly Fraasch, and Steve Silverman attended the meeting.
David Donnellan, Dan Deiseroth, and Jim Sauer walked residents (angry ones, at that) through the project.
Neighboring residents were uninformed, took notes and asked many questions.
Unfortunately, because of the photo below, I was unable to hear what was going on because I ended up calling the police.
Dave Franklin was talking with He Who Shall Not Be Named, when He Who Shall Not Be Named came charging over to me and threatened me with a wiretapping charge (See County drops wiretapping charge against South Fayette High School student who recorded bullying) and how I couldn't take his photo, and warned me not to mess with him. So I cropped He Who Shall Not Be Named out of the picture. Even though it was a public place, during a public meeting, I certainly don't want to mess with He Who Shall Not Be Named. He knows where I live. Bullying!
I missed most of the meeting because I spent it talking with the police. At the tail end, I asked David Donnellan if I could speak, and he ended the meeting abruptly, due to another meeting. I could not speak. Bullying!
Kelly Fraasch told us that the Turf Project Task Force was the meeting that Donnellan, Deiseroth, Franklin, Chip and Jim Sauer were attending. Kelly said that we could go to the meeting after asking Dan Deiseroth if it was public. He said that it was. People heard him say that. Two residents walked up to the meeting at the Rec Center and were asked to leave because they were told that it was not a public meeting and they were not invited. They were asked to put back the agendas they had taken. David Donnellan told one resident that he was gracious enough to let her speak at the concession stand since it was not a meeting for the general public. Remember, any time there are three commissioners in one place, that constitutes a quorum. All of us could have spoken, but they had "time constraints" due to the private meeting on how to spend taxpayer dollars. Bullying!
After David Donnellan hurried off to the Turf Project Task Force super secret meeting, I asked the crowd to stay and reminded them that this meeting meant nothing. The commissioners are the ones who made the decision. Residents must come to the Commission Meeting on April 28 and let their comments go on public record. There was a petition circulated and was signed by all the residents who attended the meeting. An online petition will be available soon.
On Saturday at the Main Park, residents will be able to sign the petition, pick up flyers and stickers at the Earth Day celebration.
So here is my recommendation, for what it is worth. Sign the petition. Email all of the commissioners (firstname.lastname@example.org). Go to the meeting on April 28. Speak during Citizens Comments. Ask Commissioner Silverman where he stands on this issue. His constituents were pretty upset tonight. I will be asking the commissioners to rescind the vote. If that won't happen, I will be demanding their resignations.
Update April 25, 2014 1:59 PM Through a Right To Know, here is All fundraising emails to and from the Recreation Department. I love the question asked on page 9. More facts for Monday night's commission meeting.
Update April 25, 2014 8:06 PM Here are the agendas for Monday's Commission meetings.
Commission Discussion Session starting at 6:30 PM Note Items 3, 4, and 6.
Commission Meeting starting at 8:00 PM Note Item 2 - Citizen Comments.