READFIELD — After being left vacant at the height of summer, the Recreation Board is being repopulated with volunteers who will oversee the town beach and youth sports.

All four members of the board stepped down at the end of June, causing their duties to fall back on Town Manager Stefan Pakulski.

The Board of Selectmen put out a call for people willing to serve on the nine-person board, and two have since been appointed. Four more will be appointed at tonight’s selectboard meeting, Pakulski said.

That will leave three vacancies. Anyone interested in serving can find the necessary forms at the Town Office.

“It is a big job, so the people who get on it need to share that duty so that a couple of people don’t get burned out on it,” Pakulski said.

The two members who have been appointed are Tom Donegan and Kathleen Dupont, who initially decided not to volunteer again when her three-year term ended June 30.

“She didn’t reapply, because she didn’t want to be the only one,” Pakulski said. “But as long as there were going to be other people on the board, she was willing to re-up, and so she did.”

The Recreation Board has a wide range of responsibilities, including running youth sports programs, organizing annual events such as the Easter egg hunt and overseeing the beach, which receives no public funding or staff support.

In the past month, Pakulski has managed the attendants at the beach and coordinated with a contractor making some repairs. He said he looks forward to turning those duties back over to the volunteers.

One of the first discussions the Recreation Board will have is whether to hire a recreation director for the first time in several years. The director would be paid a stipend from money allocated to the board at town meeting.

Donegan has not served on the board before and said he is not sure whether a director is needed, or if the board members can handle everything on their own.

“The more people we have, the easier it’s going to be,” he said. “If anybody’s interested in youth sports in town and can put in a little time, it’s a valuable thing to do.”

Susan McMillan — 621-5645

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