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Supervisors discuss proposed changes to soccer team's contract

July 5, 2012

Photo by Amy Cherry The Fox Township Supervisors discuss the proposed changes to the ECCHS soccer team's contract at Thursday's meeting. The team utilizes the Fox Twp. Community Park's soccer fields for games and practices.

The Fox Township Supervisors discussed the ongoing topic of the use of township soccer fields by the Elk County Catholic High School soccer team .
An approval of the team's application was tabled during the June meeting. The supervisors did not vote on any contract or addendum at the meeting.
Supervisor Dave Mattiuz created a proposed addendum to the team's rental contract with the park for the 2012 season.
Among the proposed changes are charging $50 per game, including the use of the park's electronic scoreboard, and $100 per game, including the use of the scoreboard and the lights; all practice sessions would be held at the SinterFire multi-purpose field, with no rental fee being charged to the team; all games and practice sessions would be scheduled through the Fox Twp. Recreation Facilities director, who is currently Debby Agosti, with consideration given to the use of the fields by the Fox Twp. Soccer League; rental fees would be paid to the Fox Twp. Secretary/Treasurer, who is currently Kathy Dowie, within 10 days of the month's end in any month the field is used; and as long as all conditions of the contract and the addendum are met, ECCHS and the Fox Twp. Soccer League would be free to make any arrangements between themselves to satisfy fees set forth in the contract and addendum.
Mattiuz said he welcomed any additional changes from supervisors, and then they could forward the new contract on to the Recreation Board and to ECCHS for their approval.
Supervisor Randy Gradizzi stated the team will likely begin practicing soon, to which Agosti added the school's soccer season typically starts in mid-August, when the team is permitted by the PIAA to start practicing two weeks before their first game, and another two weeks prior to that for conditioning.
Gradizzi made the motion the township go with the original agreement with ECCHS as in years past and approve their use of the facility for this season.
Gradizzi voted in favor of the motion, with Mattiuz and Fox Twp. Supervisor Chairman Keller opposing the motion.
"I think the Rec Board already commented on it that they don't think we need to charge them anything," Mattiuz said.
Gradizzi said the Rec Board has yet to review changes to the new contract.
"I think what Dave did here is reasonable, as far as costs go," said Keller.
Keller added that when he performed calculations as far as costs for mowing grass and servicing restrooms, he can easily see with the labor rates the township has in place, the township could be spending that much money without hesitation.
"That doesn't factor in all the other expenses that go into operating the facility down there," Keller said. "I think on the one hand, it isn't necessarily a good idea to go ahead without suggesting they pay something additional this year."

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