|REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
June 28, 2001at 7:00 p.m.
City Council Chambers
734 Third Street
Brentwood, CA 94513
CALL TO ORDER: Meeting
was called to order by Chairperson Karen Rarey at 7:02 p.m.
ROLL CALL: Present
were Chairperson Karen Rarey, Vice Chairperson Jan Melloni, Commissioners
Lanny Brown, Scott Shepherd, and Jeffrey Cowling. Others present included
Sue Barry, Recreation Services Supervisor; Janet Hansen, Park Planner;
Ken DeSilva, Park Manager; Mac Kaiser, Recreation Services Supervisor;
Tammy Homan, Administrative Secretary; Barry Margesson, Park Landscape
Supervisor; Craig Bronzan, Director of Parks and Recreation.
1. Recognize Soroptimist International donation of seven trees to Creekside
Park (Barry Margesson). Mr. Margesson reported that the Soroptimist International
has donated the seven trees to the Creekside Park and that a ground memorial
has also been installed in accordance with their request. The memorial
is situated along the Marsh Creek Trail, approximately 100 feet south
of the pedestrian bridge that connects the Campanello subdivision with
2. Recognize Neighborhood
Church for clean-up day (Barry Margesson)
3. Recognize July
as National Park and Recreation Month (Craig Bronzan)
Mr. Bronzan noted that all of the Commissioners have in their packets
a resolution that explains the importance of Park and Recreation, and
July is National Park and Recreation Month. Mr. Bronzan will draft a letter
to the editor of the newspaper for Chairperson Rareys signature
for both local newspapers explaining the importance of Parks and Recreation
for the month of July. It will also be sent along to the City Council
for their meeting on July 10 as a recommendation that they also declare
July as National Parks and Recreation month.
Dave Stoeffler (of Knightsen) indicated that although he does not live
in the City of Brentwood, he has been a supporter of the Parks and Recreation
Department. He has taught classes and been involved with the Department
for a long time. He cited membership in the former Brentwood Bicycle Advisory
Committee, and the soon to be dissolved Bicycle Advisory Subcommittee.
He also represents the Delta Pedalers Bicycle Club and is here tonight
to indicate that that they agree with his position in the matter he is
bringing forward to the Commission. He also cited membership in the County-wide
Advisory Committee. He is speaking in opposition to the merging of the
Equestrian and Bicycle Subcommittees. He said the Bicycle Subcommittee
was not told of this and felt it was pushed through without considering
members of either committees. He voiced his concerns that biking as a
means of transportation is concerned with signage on the streets that
are not a concern of the Equestrian Subcommittee on trails. He also said
bicyclists usually prefer hard surfaces, where equestrians like soft surfaces.
He expressed his extreme disappointment with the way things were currently
going and mentioned that in 1999 the City Council passed a resolution
authorizing application to become a Bicycle Friendly Community. This,
he said, is an honor and a very prestigious award that only approximately
60 cities in the United States have. This still hasnt happened,
and it appears to him mostly because paper work has not been completed.
Mr. Stoeffler said one of the qualifications of the Bicycle Friendly Community
is that there be a Bicycle Advisory Committee. He would like April 26ths
vote be amended or changed.
(of Brentwood) came forward to speak about the possibility of a dog park
in Brentwood. She was present since she has often spoken previously to
Mayor McPoland and Chairperson Rarey regarding a dog park in Brentwood.
She wondered where the Commission is currently at in establishing a dog
park in Brentwood. She was there to express interest and support. Chairperson
Rarey responded that is one of the items on the agenda for the meeting
and invited Ms. Reichenbach to stay for the meeting. Ponderosa Homes is
considering a dog park although it is only in the conceptual stages at
Chairperson Rarey requested a change to minutes on page two, Item No.
7, discussion of installation of a brick memorial plaque at Creekside
Park, she said should be changed from wall to ground
moved to accept items 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11 and 12. Commissioner Cowling
seconded and motion carried unanimously. Other items pulled for further
Item No. 3.
Accept staff report from Park Services Manager and Park Landscape Supervisor.
Vice Chairperson Melloni asked when the hitching posts would be going
into Summerwood Park. Mr. DeSilva has not received an installation date
as yet. Chairperson Rarey then asked about Grupes park, she wanted
to know if it was still on for completion by the end of August. Mr. DeSilva
responded affirmatively. He indicated that all three parks in the same
general area KB Homes Orchard, Grupes park, and Signature
Properties park are all looking at mid to late August to have all amenities
and landscaping completed. Chairperson Rarey then asked about Garin Park
where the soccer fields will be, when the soccer fields would be available
for the soccer teams to play. Mr. DeSilva responded not until next year.
They need to look at the sodding in mid to end of July. He further stated
that the soccer teams are aware of this time line.
then moved that Item 3 be accepted. No second, call for vote by Chairperson
and motion carried.
Item No. 7.
Accept City Council staff report regarding Skate Park Ordinance (Janet
Director Bronzan reported that there was one minor modification in the
ordinance where it states, any person who rides a skate board
we realize the state law allows you to waive your liability in regard
to skate parks, and there is nothing in the law about roller blades, so
added skate board or on skates. The intent of the rules and
regulations for the skate park, he suggested, would be to get the participants
to wear safety equipment, if they havent got it on to go and get
it. Persons could be cited then if they dont comply. All will be
appropriately notified by signage in front of the facility. Skate Park
still planned for completion by end of August. Commissioner Cowling moved
approval of Item No. 7, Lanny Brown seconded and motion carried unanimously.
Item No. 9 Accept
policy regarding selection of play apparatus (Janet Hansen)
Commissioner Cowling ask for clarification of this and if they would have
an opportunity to have a cursory review of the plans and construction
documents before they go out. Is this limited only to site furnishing
locations and the play equipment apparatus style and color. Asked if they
could make other comments as to placement of trees, etc. Ms. Hansen responded
that they would have the initial opportunity at the concept level, before
they begin the construction documents, to discuss more shade and those
types of issues. By the time they are ready to be signed they will have
been through a number of departments and plan reviews and depending on
what the issue is, that is the time actual layout of park is pretty well
determined. Ms. Hansen says the time to make changes is at the concept
level and after it has been approved by the Parks and Recreation Commission,
it is more difficult to make changes.
moved to approve Item No. 9. Motion was seconded by Commissioner
Brown, and carried unanimously.
Item No. 13.
Accept update on B.A.N.C. bus tour for July 25th (Tammy Homan).
Vice Chairperson Melloni had a question regarding date, she asked Director
Bronzan if that was not the same date as the Art Commission meeting. Director
Bronzan replied that was correct, but that he is attempting to change
that meeting, moving it up one week. Vice Chairperson Melloni motioned
acceptance of Item No. 13. Commissioner Brown seconded and motion carried
Item No. 4.
Discussion/direction regarding Carlisle Property conceptual neighborhood
park plan (J. Hansen/C. Bronzan).
Director Bronzan explained that the Carlisle Property in the Ponderosa
Home Development is where they are proposing to put in a dog park. He
pointed out that this is at the conceptual level only and is intended
to establish size, parking, design, amenities, etc. Ponderosa Homes wanted
to do something different with this 4.3-acre neighborhood park. This is
near Sand Creek Road and since there has been interest in a dog park,
they have gone forward with a very conceptual plan and want the Commission
to look at this plan and see if they want to move forward at this location.
Director Bronzan explained, that after reviewing the conceptual plan,
if they wish to move forward, he would recommend that they notify the
City Council at their next meeting. He also suggested that if they decide
to go ahead on this plan they should go out and have a neighborhood meeting
so that the people in the neighborhood would understand what they are
doing. Ms. Hansen, Park Planner and Ms. Hardy of the Ponderosa Homes were
both present to answer any questions the Commissioners might have.
He asked them to scrutinize
the plans and ask questions and be prepared to make changes or whatever
decisions they wish to make on this property. Ms. Hansen has met with
Director Bronzan and Ponderosa Homes and explained where the dog park
would be located and that parking could be a problem. She demonstrated
the area planned for the dog park on the drafted plan to the Commissioners.
Ms. Hardy introduced herself and also expressed concern for no parking
near the area since usually people bring their dogs in a car. However,
on a neighborhood level, this might not present a problem. She assured
them that whatever the Parks and Recreation Commission decides, along
with the City Council, they will certainly be there to work with them.
Commissioners Brown, Cowling, and Rarey all asked questions regarding
distance from Sand Creek Road, concern for proximity of road to dog park.
Dog park area is approximately 1 acre, and could be moved within park.
Commissioner Cowling didnt think this an appropriate place for a
dog park. Vice Chairperson Melloni disagreed and felt it was a good neighborhood
area for a dog park. She felt it might be better to move it down nearer
Sand Creek Road. Chairperson Rarey thought this a good idea also. Commissioner
Shepherd felt it should also be shifted and also agreed with Commissioner
Cowling that a detention basin park might work better. Director Bronzan
discussed various ideas for parking accommodations. The Commissioners
also commented that there will be the first handball court and half basketball
court in the same park. Director Bronzan asked for direction, a consensus
of the Commissioners as to whether they want to move forward on this project
and if so, what amenities they would like. Chairperson Rarey felt there
should be more shade as it does get very hot without some shade. Mr. DeSilva,
Park Manager spoke about grass and what type to use so it isnt killed
by dogs. Commissioner Shepherd asked about maintenance. Director Bronzan
suggested checking with Lafayette where they are in the planning stages
for a dog park and find out what standards they are incorporating. Vice-Chairperson
Melloni suggested a field trip to other dog parks for ideas and standards.
Director Bronzan said San Ramon had a very impressive list of rules, as
to how to deal with aggressive dogs, these would have to be in line with
city rules and laws. He offered to do whatever research needed to make
it a successful park. Director Bronzan requested a motion as to whether
the Commission wanted the department to move forward on this issue, and
also request a neighborhood meeting and discussion with City Council.
moved that they go ahead as Director Bronzan suggested. Vice Chairperson
Melloni seconded and motion carried. Commissioner Cowling opposed.
Director Bronzan asked
if there were any specific directions from the Commissioners. Chairperson
Rarey said to bring it down along Sand Creek Road and move it sideways.
Item No. 15.
Discussion of Trail Subcommittee effective July 1, 2001 (Craig Bronzan)
Director Bronzan said he wished to start by saying he appreciated Dave
Stoefflers comments earlier in the meeting. He was unaware that
the Bicycle Subcommittee was not aware that they were moving ahead with
this and apologized. He further explained that it was not practical to
have all the various subcommittees. He feels strongly that they need a
single Trails Subcommittee that has representatives of the different user
groups. Mr. Bronzan stated that he was not aware that to be a Bicycle
Friendly Community that they needed to have a Bicycle Subcommittee. Therefore,
he will ask the Bicycle Subcommittee to have another meeting and he will
go back and talk to them. If that is indeed needed for the Bicycle Friendly
Community and also for the bicycle transportation plan, then he would
ask them to keep them in existence. He still recommends a Trails Subcommittee
made up of representatives of different users and that is the group they
would go to as to how to build trails in town.
Director Bronzan suggested
that there is a need to identify the tasks of the Trails Subcommittee.
He said the City Council has indicated a desire to have the Parks and
Recreation Commission have one committee, rather than several different
ones. There could be representatives knowledgeable from each group on
the Trails Subcommittee. Commissioner Cowling commented that the bicycle
subcommittee is unique in that they deal more with roads, striping and
signing than other trails-related groups. Director Bronzan suggested that
to possibly continue with a Bicycle Advisory Subcommittee would be the
best way to proceed. If the Commission decides they would like to continue
with a Bicycle Advisory Committee and a Trails Subcommittee and staff
would come back and have a purpose of each with a focus of attention on
what they are dealing with, and the Trails Subcommittee would be the big
picture. That would then include all the different groups. Director Bronzan
said if they would like to continue on with the Trails Subcommittee and
direct him to work with the Bicycle Advisory Committee he would proceed
in that direction.
moved to have Director Bronzan proceed with this plan. Commissioner Shepherd
seconded and motion carried unanimously.
Item No. 16.
Update on conditions of approval for Grupe Park (Janet Hansen)
Ms. Hansen reported that at the last meeting Grupes park plan was
brought up and there were some questions regarding drinking fountains
locations and other issues. Ms. Hansen researched previous meeting minutes
and correspondence with Grupe. She reported that on the initial Commission
meeting on April 27, 2000, the initial conceptual master plan for the
park that Grupe is building was approved by the Commission. At that time
they were to include, except for the restrooms, bike racks, dog waste
containers, additional drinking fountains, trash receptacles and pathway
lighting. The Commission also instructed the developer to return with
information on the water feature fountains and costs associated with that.
They then moved ahead with the concept design based on that approval and
came back the next month with the water feature information and at that
point it was determined that the water feature wasnt really wanted
or required there by the neighborhood. Grupe was instructed to set up
a meeting with the neighbors, and determine what type of trade-off or
mitigation measures could be done to make the park special without the
water feature fountain. Grupe then met with the neighborhood on May 31,
and sent a letter back to Director Bronzan on June 8, which then came
before the Commission on June 22nd, and was approved on consent. Jeremy
White of Grupe Companys letter detailed the outcome of the community
meeting, and it is in the files signed by one of the neighbors. The agreement
was actually signed by Michael Spencer from Grupe and Theresa Ellis of
the neighborhood. There was also included a sign-in list of all attendees
at the meeting. This was all in the packet when it came back for review
on June 22nd on the consent calendar. Jeremy Whites letter details
what was referred to as the wish list that was agreed upon
by the neighbors and Grupe for the park. She then went through the items
listed, in short, the letter said add two more drinking fountains for
a total of four, with no specific locations; add four more benches to
be located in specific locations around the concrete walkway, these were
added to the six in the play area, bringing it to a total of ten; construct
a total of four swings in the school age play area, if the play structure
can incorporate the swings, and also construct four swings in the tot
play area if the play structure can incorporate the swings. They have
two swings in one bay which is the maximum number you can have according
to the safety guidelines. Chairperson Rarey said they could add four.
Ms. Hansen said you can add an additional bay, however in this case you
cannot do that within the play area zone, there is not enough space in
the established play area zone shown on the concept plan, even though
the tot area was enlarged to accommodate the swings. In order to allow
the four swings they would have had to significantly enlarge the play
areas. This would have cut down on open turf space. Chairperson Rarey
says they promised four. They said we could probably get three in there,
and the neighborhood group said they would go as low as three, but wanted
four. Ms. Hansen replied that all she had to go on was what was written,
she not being there for the meeting. Chairperson Rarey said this is something
the neighborhood was adamant about, the City Council promised this to
that community, Grupe also promised at the meeting. Then they went ahead
with two only instead of the promised four swings. She still feels that
they should have to go ahead and build the other bay outside and put in
two separate bays with the swings. Vice-Chairperson Melloni asked if that
would require change orders. Director Bronzan commented that the current
standards for tot lots does not require swings in other parks. Chairperson
Rarey still felt it was promised and since they did not get the water
feature fountains, Grupe should supply the swings as promised. Vice-Chairperson
Melloni asked if the approved set showed two, Ms. Hansen responded that
the approved set shows two school age swings and two tot swings, in separate
areas and in separate structures. She further stated that you cant
add swings to the existing area, the concrete is poured, the entire play
area is outlined. She had the plans with her to display to the Commissioners
for clarification. Ms. Melloni asked whose responsibility it is to pay
for changes after plan check, Grupe or the city? Does the developer or
the city bear the responsibility? Director Bronzan replied that anything
can be done, his opinion at this point is that Grupe would come back and
say this is what we said we would do in the very beginning in the play
area, they did show a play area, and then a bubble play area that says
if we have to go more we will go out in this area. Chairperson Rarey felt
Grupe should still be made to add more swings. Director Bronzan said he
would be happy to request Grupe to come to next meeting and discuss issues
with them. He believes that Grupe has done a fair expectation and have
done more in this particular park, as a result of the water condition.
However, he says if the Commission really feels that four swings were
promised by them, he will bring them back to talk to them about this issue.
He is willing to give them the information ahead of the meeting time so
that they can come prepared to help in resolving this issue. He may even
suggest they go back and meet with same community members who they met
with previously. Director Bronzan will talk to them and see if they will
be willing to come back to the next meeting. Vice-Chairperson Melloni
commented that one thing she does not want is for additional monies to
come out of the commission budget for this issue. Ms. Hansen said they
have expanded the tot area for swings, and issue would be to increase
space and all would have to accommodate the changes. It would decrease
open space and turf area for soccer.
still felt Grupe had promised four swings in each area, or at least three
if four not possible. She stated that this is one of the reasons she wants
plans to come back to the Commission. Director Bronzan said on plans coming
back to the commission, the only reseveration he had on construction documents
back is that it is a timely issue sometimes. One way around that, that
might be that we could have a representative of the Commission assigned
to each park. Then when an issue comes up for that particular park, we
could call that commissioner to come into the office to look at the plans
to confirm as opposed to waiting the arbitrary time to the next meeting.
The minutes should clearly reflect the conditions you put on them, so
that when we come back you show the plan and here is all the things they
said, we can do a better job at that. Director Bronzan said he will make
up a list of the parks coming up and send them to the Commissioners by
email and ask each commissioners to sign up for the ones where they have
the most interest. They will then be assigned to their choices and notified
by staff. He will also talk to Grupe and express the Commissions
concerns. One option would be to have the original people who signed on
concept plan and see if there is a resolution. Chairperson Rarey confirmed
that they do want to meet with Grupe. Director Bronzan asked if this is
the only issue, she replied that and the fence. The residents wanted markers
on the fence. Some further discussion of the fence with Ms. Hansen and
Director Bronzan and Chairperson Rarey, will check further on this. She
also was concerned about the drinking fountain being so far away. Ms.
Hansen said it would be cheaper now to add another fountain than to move
the existing one. One reason he would like in the future to have clear
minutes of all meetings with the commission, problems arise with meetings
with neighbors and no clear minutes as to proceedings of those meetings.
Discussion of whether
the Commissioners would like Grupe to come back to a meeting. Director
Bronzan will talk to them and relay at least one of the members at the
meeting felt that they were to install at least three if not four swings
and if they say that is not the way they remember it. His suggestion will
then be to meet with the people involved, in hopes that by your next meeting
he will be able to have resolved the issues. Failing to do that, he will
request Grupe to come back and talk to the Commission. This was agreed
to by the Commissioners.
Item No. 17.
Discussion of Brentwood Family Aquatic Complex programs and issues (S.
Ms. Barry said reason she is bringing this back to the Commission is that
it is becoming more apparent that the demands of the community all seem
to be of the same prime time. The greatest time that everyone wants is
right after school until about seven or eight oclock. Staff is trying
to balance swim lessons, lap swimming, swim teams, and high school teams
and at the same time we are trying to offer to the community other types
of activity. Last season, she stated, because the Aquatic Center was new,
and were, one of the few facilities that are open when everyone else is
closed, have high use requests. The center was able then to give some
of these outside user groups exclusive use of the pool, including the
high school Now, with this season and more groups wanting use of the facility
and some groups who have had pretty unlimited use, now cannot give them
all the time they had in the past. She would like some direction and discussion
as to the Commissions feeling are on this issue. Difficulties of
dividing time for all users discussed, along with wish to add new opportunities
to the community such as water aerobics, and exercise classes and other
uses. Discussion of user fees as a possibility to cut down on those using
the facility for free. Chairperson Rarey wanted to know how this affects
the agreement with the School District. Mr. Bronzan said they are currently
revising the agreements, currently it states that the City is first, then
the School District second, but it is silent on fees. Since opening the
facility in September, the entities knew that initially they came in free,
but probably would be a charge down the road. Now since everyones
use has grown, he believes it is fair to sit down and discuss the issues
of fees. He feels that if it was available for meets, or on some regular
basis and they knew that there would be a minimum charge, they could work
something out. Chairperson Rarey said she believes they should look into
fees on this issue, especially with the utility charges going up as they
are supposed to. Ms. Barry commented that you all have a copy of City
Councils recommendation that a fee study be done for all the Parks
and Recreation classes, and pool usage is included. Commissioner Shepherd
stated that he felt that the only fair way since there is competition
for the times is everyone is equally charged. He believes fees are appropriate.
There was a discussion
of fees as presented by Ms. Barry to the commissioners. Fees based on
actual operating costs, and actual personnel costs and were compared to
the Antioch facility. Chairperson Rarey asked what the fees currently
being charged for Terrapins, Ms. Barry said currently $1.50 per hour per
lane. Dolphins charged the same, Aqua Knights charged $2.50 per hour per
lane, but there is also flat fee covering splash fee and lifeguards.
Chairperson Rarey asked when the fee study is expected to be complete.
Ms. Barry responded that it was started July 9, and has to be completed
by end of August. Fee study will then go to the City Council for direction.
starting to charge those entities that had been receiving free use. Director
Bronzan told the Commissioners that the agreement from the very beginning
with the high school district was that the center would keep a tally of
what it is costing for their use of the pool, and when the gymnasium opens,
that will get rebated back to the center. This would be in the form of
free use of the gymnasium. These issues have been discussed with the high
school district and they have been appreciative of the free use of the
pool according to Director Bronzan. There is a philosophy now for youth,
adults and older adults as to what percent recovery there is. Fee study
will show this to the City Council and assist in planning new fees.
Ms. Barry shared some
of the good things happening with the pool and lessons, most people very
well pleased and have had a recent complimentary letter. Hours are now
from 5:30am until after 10:00am. Currently have 44 lifeguards on staff,
many activities all day long. Classes all booked. Junior Lifeguard program
doing very well. Chairperson Rarey asked if Ms. Barry would like to be
directed to bring more information on costs and fees. Ms. Barry will bring
more information, her main purpose now was to give the Commission a heads
up on what is going on, and fee study will be giving them more information
Item No. 18.
Discussion of benefits of recreation (Mac Kaiser).
Mr. Kaiser gave a presentation with overhead views showing the benefits
of recreation philosophy within the department. He cited the changes and
challenges of the department within the community and in the City. He
told of the importance of parks and recreation activities for the health
and well being of everyone in the community. He passed out notebooks and
talked of moving from the philosophy to the paradigm shift and to the
integrating all this into activities to increase quality of life for all
ages. A good parks and recreation department adds to the attractiveness
and health of the community and make it a more desirable place to live.
He wanted input from
the Commission as to what further areas they would like to pursue in the
community. He mentioned need to expand older adult programs and how to
facilitate and provide needs for them on a broader basis. There were further
questions and plans for the future discussed and Mr. Kaiser will come
back at a later date for further information and plans. The Older Adult
Programs are his main focus at this time. Further comments and discussion
of the benefits of sports activities for health and keeping at risk youth
out of trouble and occupied.
Item No. 19.
Discussion/direction of Centex trailhead (Janet Hansen).
Ms. Hansen asked Commissioner Cowling if he had attended the barbecue
in his neighborhood and what input he had from neighbors regarding plans
for the Centex Trailhead Park. Commissioner Cowling said he didnt
attend so had no report.
Ms. Hansen said she
has contacted the Conservation Corps. through Mr. DeSilva for assistance
and will have more information later. Commissioner Cowling asked for a
color copy of plan since that would be helpful in making plans and/or
Item No. 20.
Discussion of park approval process related to follow-up of conditions
and selection of play apparatus (Janet Hansen).
This has been already discussed in Item No. 9. No further discussion or
comments at this time.
Item No. 21
Update of creek/park clean-up days (Ken DeSilva).
Mr. DeSilva said that at the last meeting there had been some discussion
of creek clean ups and he had promised to get some further information
on this subject. The Coastal Commission sponsors the Annual Shoreline
Cleanup and he has information in the packets for each Commissioner. This
year it will be September 15, 2001. The Parks & Rec. Dept. can advertise
in Activities Guide, the local news media and the Coastal Commission will
also have bigger advertisements in larger papers. He showed example of
what was done in Antioch with video news clips. He felt best to pick two
areas at Marsh Creek, with staging areas at Creekside Park and at Marsh
Creek Staging Area on Central Blvd. as logical spots. We will also need
volunteers, registering people, handing out supplies and giving safety
instructions. Most of the participants are really young folks and can
do recycling also, and then show people what is recyclable. First Aid
will need volunteers and will need people to give directions. Coastal
Commission will have bags and usually have disposable gloves for volunteers
and some freebies sometimes. Commissioner Cowling asked if they had tally
of items picked up and Mr. DeSilva said yes, usually data cards are used.
This helps to pass legislation on how to dispose of products for manufacturers.
Chairperson Rarey said she can bring this up at Scout Roundtable. Mr.
DeSilva also mentioned church groups, organized groups, scenic groups,
etc. Commissioner Rarey said if she has a letter on letterhead, she can
get donations. He then showed the group PSA announcements he has used
in the past.
Some discussion of
liability form included in the packet and need to have them signed. Mr.
DeSilva will work out details with City Attorney.
moved that the Commission participate in this event. Commissioner Brown
seconded and motion carried unanimously.
asked when he would be taking volunteers. He responded approximately six
weeks before the event.
Item No. 22.
Discussion of naming existing and new parks (Craig Bronzan).
Director Bronzan reported on the Commissions recommendation for
the naming of the facilities, which the Council adopted in total except
for the section for naming for individuals. Council did not really want
to go there, liked all the rest regarding dedications. He handed out in
their packets the first set of five that are parks that are open, that
have a name. These have been around awhile and also what has been open,
and whats under construction and what they are currently working
on designs. Now that we have a policy, how do you want to go forward on
this? A number are parks that within the next three months will need to
have signs put there. Discussion with the Commission members about these
parks and what they are currently being called. It was decided to form
a subcommittee to work on naming these parks. Chairperson Rarey and Commissioner
Brown volunteered to work on the subcommittee and Director Bronzan then
said he would get staff to assist them. He hopes they might have 1 or
2 suggestions by the next meeting on July 19. City Council will have to
approve names recommended by the Commission. Commissioner Brown moved
that Chairperson Rarey and he would serve on that subcommittee. Vice Chairperson
Melloni seconded and motion carried unanimously.
Item No 23.
Update of dissemination of information to Commissioners (Tammy Homan).
Ms Homan asked about feelings of how Commissioners get information handled
on upcoming Council meetings. All felt that email was fine, except for
Commissioner Shepherd, he prefers mail. Ms. Homan will make one extra
hard copy for Commissioner Shepherd and mail it out.
Item No. 24.
Update on Park & Recreation Commission website (Tammy Homan).
Ms. Homan reported that there was previous suggestion to have photos of
Commissioners on the website. In checking with the City Attorney, the
City Attorney is highly recommending against that. As to email addresses,
she must have all or none as they want consistency on the website. Ms.
Homan then asked each to provide her with the addresses they want on the
website so she can get this on the site.
Item No. 25.
Discussion all-weather track presentation (C. Bronzan/L. Brown).
Commissioner Brown described the various types of materials and their
lasting capabilities. Cost of the track was estimated at about $200,000.
The are looking at year-round plastic grass blades. This material is softer
and provides a little better traction. They are considering using this
at Freedom for the football field. Director Bronzan described how construction
is done. Director Bronzan said the expectation is that they would come
to the city and talk to the city about being a partner in this venture
in some capacity. The Interagency Meeting group has discussed this and
having a facility here that could accommodate football, and soccer and
all other events and the group feels positive about this. It would probably
not be a developer type of fee, but something where the City as a part
of their general fund would put money in over time. Money could come in
from big stores such as Home Depot, Smart & Final and others, which
would create tax revenues. The third high school and eventually third
middle school are in the future planning stages and Director Bronzan and
Roger Miller have been directed to discuss some joint facility. If the
property is annexed in, this would be good for an event center or something
Vice-Chairperson Melloni wondered if they would be interested in having
a barbecue. It would have to be a public social event. She is willing
to have it in her back yard.
REQUEST FOR FUTURE
Chairperson Rarey would like to see the Commission look more into skateboard
lessons, similar to what they saw with the Berkeley Group. Director Bronzan
reported that the Youth Group wants to do some type of Grand Opening for
the Skate Park. He has suggested to them that when the contractor is done,
they will open immediately. Then when know approximately when they know
it will open, can pick a dedication date. He felt between the Parks and
Recreation and Youth Commission, could bring in some professionals and
make it a real fun day and big event. He then asked if anyone is interested
in working on a subcommittee on this. Commissioner Brown, Chairperson
Rarey and Vice Chairperson Melloni are all interested in serving on this
and will bring in all Task Force members. Chairperson Rarey would also
like to see the developers do grand openings for their parks. Director
Bronzan said most are willing to do this. Director Bronzan said at the
next meeting should set up a subcommittee for the dedication of new parks.
Another agenda item
for next meeting suggested by Director Bronzan the types of sports camps
that could be set up.
to adjourn the meeting by Vice-Chairperson Melloni. Motion seconded by
Commissioner Brown and motion carried unanimously. Meeting adjourned at
Betty Jo Whincup