Members appointed to new Berlin golf panel

Published on Sunday, 5 November 2017 22:41
Written by Charles Paullin

Staff Writer

BERLIN - The newly established Public Golf Commission now has members, appointed by the Town Council at its Oct. 24 meeting.

Republicans James Norton, Nancy Berger and Richard Nappi will have terms that expire in January 2020.

Norton was on the Board of Directors for the Berlin/New Britain YMCA and was a volunteer coach for the Berlin Little League; Berger is president of the Timberlin Lady Niners Club and has played golf at Timberlin for about 25 years; and Nappi was a Parks & Recreation coach and has been a member of Timberlin for 30 years, winning five club championships.

Democrats Gale Lemieux and Sebastian Senia were appointed for terms ending in January 2019. Lemieux has been a member of the United States Golf Association Regional Associations Committee since 2006, past president and current board member of the Southern New England Women’s Golf Association, and a past board member and current member of the Timberlin Women’s Club.

Senia was a Parks & Rec commissioner between 1990 and 1998 and has been a member of the Timberlin Men’s Club for over 30 years.

Peter J. DeFazio and Jim Bugella, unaffiliated, were appointed to seats that will expire in January 2018. DeFazio serves on the Parks & Recreation Commission and as president of the Timberlin Men’s Club, and Bugella has been an active member of the Timberlin Men’s Club.

The terms have different expiration dates so not all members will be up for reappointment the same year, explained Town Clerk Kate Wall.

The commission will have its first meeting on Nov. 9 and elect a chairman, vice chairman and secretary, she added.

The new commission, an idea of former Town Manager Denise McNair and initiated during the charter revision process in 2016, will make and enforce rules for the golf course.

The commission, which is loosely based on the golf commission in Meriden, will also provide input and recommendations for contract negotiation and work with the director of golf to develop and establish any alteration and capital improvement plans.

The commission will provide approval for a budget for the course, which will be created by the director of golf and submitted to the town manager, before submission to the Town Council. The council will have final authority before the commission can make any changes to the golf course.

“The golf commission, too, is another way that we can have some input from the many people who use it, daily and weekly and I think it’s a good thing for the town to get more people involved in one of our greatest assets in Berlin that we’ve obviously had for many, many years,” said Kaczynski, who also said the commission will help the course turn a profit.

The course, which was previously overseen by the Parks and Recreation Commission, has operated in the red since 2000 - except for 2002 - according to the Finance Department.

Councilor Rachel Rochette was absent for the appointments, while Councilor Kristin Campanelli abstained to avoid any appearance of political bias, as she is not running for re-election to the council Tuesday.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, General News on Sunday, 5 November 2017 22:41. Updated: Sunday, 5 November 2017 22:44.