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Recreation director submits resignation

NORTH COLLINS — Recreation Director Rozalin Warren formally submitted her letter of resignation, during North Collins Town Board’s Jan. 28 work session.

Town officials had known for several months that Warren planned to relocate. The former recreation director requested that her term end on the last day of February.

Warren has served as department head for the past two years, adding new programming while maintaining others that were already established.

She offered the board several suggestions to help her replacement and further centralize recreation programs.

Warren said that creating spreadsheets for each activity has been beneficial. Not only has the process recorded what funds are received and where they go, but it also keeps a database of participants so they can be notified when programs are restarted, she said.

Extra help in tracking fees and attendance at the after-school program run by they town would also be in order, Warren said, relating the amount of time required to record who attended on what days and how much to charge. Additionally, she said that she does not have much recourse in collecting fees still owed by families, when their children are no longer in the program. The program, while town-run, is funded through fees charged.

Another avenue the town might research would be the formation of an athletic association. She said that such a group could provide an umbrella for the many sports leagues using town facilities, while also being in a position to obtain grants to enhance infrastructure.

When asked about a successor, Warren suggested that the board advertise the position.

Councilman John Tobia said he believed it the time to resurrect the town's recreation board, which he said “can do so much in bringing people into the community.”

Supervisor Rosaline Seege said that the town board itself could act as a recreation board, since that body has not met in quite some time.

Councilman Karen Ricotta said that her preference would be to keep a separate board. “We need to have community input on the recreation board,” she said.

Seege offered up a moment of silence in memory of immediate past Town Councilman Jeffrey Krauss, who died the previous week.

The meeting turned back to its original purpose, to explain the town’s budgetary process to the three freshman councilmen.

The town board will meet in regular session at 7 p.m. on Feb. 12 in the town hall.

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