Board, AYSO clash over use of Kirkland Town Park

David Deeley
Clinton Record Corespondent
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Posted 4/4/19

KIRKLAND — The AYSO Regional Commissioner for Clinton Henry Schweitzer as well as two of his board members came to discuss the use of the Kirkland Town Park for the AYSO spring session at the March …

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Board, AYSO clash over use of Kirkland Town Park

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KIRKLAND — The AYSO Regional Commissioner for Clinton Henry Schweitzer as well as two of his board members came to discuss the use of the Kirkland Town Park for the AYSO spring session at the March 27 town board meeting.

At the previous town hall, it was brought to the board’s attention that the fields at the Kirkland Town Park were not in good enough condition for use during for the AYSO spring session. This was at the suggestion of Michael Orsino, the head of the Parks & Recreation Department, to allow Orsino enough time to repair the fields and avoid further damage. While the board does have the right to override any decisions of the department heads, they said the overall decision is up to Orsino.

The damage to the fields was caused by the previous AYSO fall session. There was one specific day where the weather was extreme and the fields were very wet. Due to the judgment of the referees, the games were still played, and this caused an excessive amount of damage to the fields, according to Orsino and the board. 

Without a field, 250 children wouldn’t be able to play soccer in the spring. Schweitzer asked if it would be possible to use different areas of the fields that weren’t damaged last year. Again, the board said this decision will be left up to Orsino. The board suggested different options for the AYSO to pursue to conduct their spring session, including asking the school if the AYSO could use their fields for the spring session.

In other town business:

• Patricia Maxam was approved as the second person on the town’s bank account per NBT’s request.

• The Town of Kirkland was chosen as one of the top seven safest communities in New York and the 39th safest community nationwide.

• The state Department of Transportation is working on changing the speed limits for Bristol Road. This would mean either making the speed limits uniform or changing the section that is 45 mph to 40.

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