City gives donation to Rec Commission

GLOVERSVILLE – The Common Council unanimously opted to use a $10,000 donation previously given to the city to fund the Recreation Commission.

The decision came after Mayor Dayton King suggested providing the commission $3,000 to allow it to do more for city residents.

“I think rather than running fundraising events, [the commission] should run recreation events,” the mayor said.

First Ward Councilman Robin Wentworth said she supported the idea, but then suggested the $10,000 – which was previously donated from the developer of the Overlook Ridge Apartments to the city – should be given to the Recreation Commission.

“That would be something that benefits the residents of the city of Gloversville,” Wentworth said.

The motion was passed unanimously and Commissioner of Finance Bruce Van Genderen was advised to transfer the funds to the commission account.

The commission is using a $10,000 grant from the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation to pay for the maintenance of the the ice rink. In addition to that grant, the commission has held numerous events that also serve as fundraisers for the group.

The Recreation Commission has held several events over the years, including movie nights at the senior center, Railfest, the fall festival and the youth fishing derby.

The city provides no annual funding in its budget for the commission.

Using all of the $10,000 on the Recreation Commission wasn’t previously discussed by the mayor and council. Previously, King suggested starting an application process for non-profits to be awarded the funds after $3,000 was given to the commission.

However, King said Tuesday the money will go a long way in helping the commission.

“I think it’s fantastic, and it’s money well spent,” King said about the alternate option selected for the donation.

Recreation Commission member Jean Chain recently said the commission spent $4,300 for the portable ice rink to be used at Littauer Field this winter.

She said the rink will be 100 by 60 feet. If the commission decides the rink needs to be bigger, the commission will buy a new liner and side boards to make the rink larger.

The rink may open for the public around Christmas break, weather permitting.

Chain could not be reached this morning for comment.

The Recreation Commission meets the second Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. in City Hall.