February 13, 2008
Below is an update on the Rhinebeck Town/Village Recreation Program from Kerri Karvetski, who organized the petition drive and speak-out at Monday night’s board meeting.
You spoke, Town Board listened!
The Board voted 3-Monday evening to ask current recreation director, Karri Wolfe, to rescind her resignation — which she did. Then they agreed unanimously to a temporary pay structure (comparable to the rate she has been getting) until they could consider the job description and compensation more closely. It sounded like discussions will continue at the next board meeting, February 25, 6:45 p.m., Town Hall.
In all more than 110 people signed the online petition, with more signing a paper petition circulated at this Saturday’s gymnastics class (still trying to track it down — if someone knows where this is, please contact Kerri Karvetski). I submitted the online signatures to Town Board Monday afternoon. By my estimate, about 30 people spoke at the meeting, most overwhelmingly in favor of a strong recreation program.
The Poughkeepsie Journal and Gazette Advertiser covered the meeting, and the Journal reporter spoke to Karri before the meeting. The Daily Freeman was also invited, and could very well have been there, but I was focused elsewhere and can’t confirm.
I will keep the petition open until the next board meeting and resubmit it. So, you can still sign at http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/support-rhinebeck-recreation if you support full funding for the Recreation Program. You can also send comments to the Town Board via fax, 876-5885, or e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
I know Karri deeply appreciated the tremendous support she received via the petition and at the meeting. When you’re in a situation like this it’s critical to hear from supporters, and that she did.
We’ve won the right to argue our case another day. Stay tuned, and thanks for listening. — Kerri Karvetski
CISPE Steering Committee