RARITAN TWP, NJ - Despite complications from COVID, Raritan Township’s Recreation Department is hoping to move forward with plans to run this year’s ski club.

Parents of students who’ve taken part in the club in the past say they’re interested in doing so again, said Kim Creighton, co-director of the township’s park and recreation department.

“We just need to work out a schedule with the bus company and Shawnee,” she told Raritan Township Committee members.

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Creighton said the Saturday ski trips may be adjusted to begin at 1 p.m. rather than noon, and that parents may have to chauffeur their kids if bus service can’t be arranged.

She said she’ll be meeting with parents this week to finalize details.

It’s just one of the changes the township has had to make to recreation programs that have been impacted by COVID.

“We appreciate the work that this is, it hasn’t been easy,” said Mayor Jeff Kuhl.

Deputy Mayor Karen Gilbert asked Creighton to adjust fees for women’s basketball to make them equal with the men’s program, in hopes of garnering more interest.

Creighton said that nearly 30 men play in the township’s mens league, while only half a dozen women play.

“But they’ve been together a long time.” she said about the women’s team.

The committee agreed to allow Township Administrator Donald Hutchins to set fees, suggesting that basketball registration be set around $100, regardless of the sex of the player.

“Treat the men and women equally,” said Committeeman Lou Reiner.