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August 22, 2002 at 6:00 p.m.
Creekside Park
Brentwood, CA 94513

CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Jan Melloni at 6:14 p.m.

ROLL CALL: The following Commissioners, along with the Chairperson Jan Melloni were present: Karen Rarey, Lanny Brown, Jeff Cowling and Ernie Rodrigues. Others present were Ken DeSilva, Park Services Manager; Janet Hansen, Park Planner; and Tammy Homan, Administrative Secretary.


AGENDA REVIEW: No changes or additions


Item No. 1 Approve minutes of regular meeting of July 18, 2002.
Item No. 2 Accept staff report/project status reports from Parks Division (K. DeSilva/K. Byrd/
J. Hansen)
Item No. 3 Accept staff report from Recreation Services Supervisors (S. Barry/P. Scherff/M. Kaiser).
Item No. 4 Accept project status report from Facilities Division (M. Merizon).
Item No. 5 Accept Youth Sports Policy (P. Scherff).
Item No. 6 Consideration of dates for commission retreat (T. Homan).

Commissioner Jeff Cowling requested to have Item 1 pulled since he was not present and could not vote on this item. Commissioner Lanny Brown moved to accept Items 2 through 6 and Commissioner Karen Rarey seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously. 

Commissioner Brown moved the acceptance of Item 1. Commissioner Rarey seconded the motion and motion carried. Commissioner Cowling abstained.

Item No. 7 Discussion/review of Arbor View Park Dedication (K. DeSilva/Commissioners)
Mr. DeSilva reported that there were approximately 250 people at the Arbor View Park Dedication ceremonies. He thought that everyone seemed to enjoy the park and the dedication. He asked the Commissioners for comments or recommendations for future park dedications that will be coming up. All the comments were very positive. Everyone felt that Pulte did an excellent job. 

Item No. 8 Discussion of Danville’s Park and Recreation Questionnaire (K. Rarey)
Commissioner Rarey had found the questionnaire on the website and felt the questionnaire was very interesting. She felt it was something that could be used by the Parks and Recreation Department in Brentwood on an annual basis to find out how people rate them and get input from the public. Commissioner Rodrigues asked about what is online now for information to the public as to what the Commission is doing. Response was that minutes are currently online. Commissioner Brown thought this a very good idea. Discussion of how the questionnaire should be distributed. Ms. Homan reported that next year the Department will start online registration for courses and classes. Commissioner Brown suggested that a subcommittee be formed to study the questionnaire and develop it to fit Brentwood. Commissioner Rodrigues thought with the growth anticipated this would be a good idea for input from the community on what their desires are and where they think improvements or changes should be implemented. Commissioner Cowling thought there would not have to be too many changes, just name of city, parks, etc. and should not take too much time to make the required changes to fit the City of Brentwood. Suggestion that each Commissioner make the changes and suggestions on their own and bring back to the next meeting. No subcommittee would then be required. It will then be agendized for the next meeting. 

Item No. 9 Discussion of Creek Cleanup (K. DeSilva).
Mr. DeSilva said the next creek cleanup day is scheduled for September 21 and asked for volunteers. He will need the same types of volunteers as last year. Boy Scout troops, Commissioners and any other groups that would like to be involved. Last year the event went very well and was completed before noon. The cleanup will start at the Marsh Creek Staging Area. There was discussion of the portion of Marsh Creek that is now closed to due construction. Construction impacting area between Sand Creek and O’Hara according to Ms. Hansen. She also stated that the detour will change during the construction. Time scheduled for the cleanup is from 9:00 a.m. until noon. Commissioner Brown suggested canvassing Liberty High School for volunteers that need to complete community service. Mr. DeSilva agreed and said the notice has been sent to all the schools, so it can be put in news letters that go home with the students.

A gentlemen from the audience asked if he could make comments and he said considering the number of children present, he wondered if the questionnaire could be made available to the kids for input. He felt it was necessary to have comments from the kids as well as the parents. Some of the children would like lights at the Skate Park and were very unhappy with the monitors. Commissioner Rarey asked what was wrong with the Skate Park currently provided by the City. Comments were again that the monitors were rude, and that they would like better representation by the City and the Parks and Recreation staff. Discussion of perceived problems and need for some changes by the children, a parent and Commissioners. Chairperson Melloni suggested the problems should be directed to the staff. Discussion of lack of news articles for Skate Park. Discussion continued and then it was decided to adjourn the official business meeting and then open the discussion regarding Skate Park problems for staff response up until 7:00 p.m. when the Workshop was to open for parents and residents regarding Brentwood park improvements and needs.



The completion of the questionnaire.

ADJOURNMENT: Chairperson Melloni adjourned the meeting at 6:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Betty Jo Whincup
Minutes Recorder
City of Brentwood Park and Recreation Commission
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Brentwood, CA 94513
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