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Parks & Rec Commission Minutes - February 26, 2009
Meeting Minutes
February 26, 2009 at 7 p.m.
City Council Chamber
734 Third Street
Brentwood, CA 94513

CALL TO ORDER: Chairperson Brown called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m.

ROLL CALL: Present were Chair Lanny Brown, Vice Chair Eileen Hofstadt and Commissioners Sandra Myers (arrived at 7:45pm), and Ernie Rodrigues. Staff members present were Roger Stromgren, Landscape/Facilities Manager, and Edie Keller, Administrative Supervisor.

PRESENTATION(S): Mayor Taylor swore in the new Commissioner, Blythe Lind.



1. Approve minutes of regular meeting of January 22, 2009.
2. Accept Recreation Division monthly report and Recreation Manager project status report. (P. Scherff)
3. Accept Parks Division monthly report. (B. Margesson)

 Motion to approve items 2-3 of Consent calendar.
Motioned: Rodrigues
Second: Hofstadt
Ayes: 4
Noes: 0
Excused: 0

 Motion to approve item 1 of Consent calendar.
Motioned: Rodrigues
Second: Hofstadt
Ayes: 2
Noes: 0
Excused: 1

4. Commission to appoint a subcommittee for the Vineyards project on the subcommittee list and accept the subcommittee list with changes. (E. Keller)
Edie Keller presented her report on the need for two Parks and Recreation Commissioners for the Vineyards subcommittee. Eileen Hofstadt and Ernie Rodrigues volunteered. Other subcommittees and their respective volunteers are: Playful City USA, Blythe Lind; Sports Appeals Board, Ernie Rodrigues; Youth Center, Blythe Lind; Adult and Youth Sports Liason, Ernie Rodrigues and Lanny Brown; Nail Property, Ernie Rodrigues and Blythe Lind; Cox Property Siena Village “Park B”, Eileen Hofstadt.

Motioned: Rodrigues
Second: Hofstadt
Ayes: 4
Noes: 0
Excused: 0

5. Discuss alternative options to the existing tile program for the Veterans Park Memorial Rose Garden. (R. Stromgren)
Roger Stromgren presented his staff report and the history of the Veterans Park Memorial Elements. He introduced Len Bregman, a resident of Brentwood and a veteran. Mr. Bregman presented his report which included the plan for adding tiles for fallen soldiers (who were residents of Brentwood) and then his research into the cost of a black marble headstone with gold engraving, which would be $936.00 and the cost per tile for the individual tiles, which would be $45.00 each. Discussion included the plan for existing tiles, and the possible need to reserve space for any future tiles. Discussion also included how to advertise the tile sales at events and in publications that will increase visibility and sales. Roger Stromgren advised the Commission of the existence of 5 service plaques that can be installed in the park, as well. We will need to order one more plaque so each of the six military divisions is represented.

6. Election of officers (E. Keller)
Lanny Brown nominated Ernie Rodrigues for Vice Chair.

 Motion to approve above item 6.
Motioned: Brown
Second: Hofstadt
Ayes: 5
Noes: 0
Excused: 0


Roger Stromgren, Landscape/Facilities Manager, advised the Commission that Blue Goose Park has been accepted by Council, although Lennar Homes has yet to take the fences down. This is planned for next week. He also advised the Commission that the shade structure at Mallard Park was down, but has been replaced.

Edie Keller advised the Commission that the role and schedule of the Commission will be discussed at the March meeting. She also advised the Commission, on behalf of Poldina Scherff, that Biddy Soccer, ASA Girls Fast Pitch, Pee Wee Baseball and Sandlot T-ball registrations are going well. Adult sports registrations are also going well, and any park closures due to weather and field conditions can be found on our website.

Commissioner Rodrigues inquired as to vandalism occurrences, whether they have gone up. Roger Stromgren advised the Commission that there is no increase, and that the Police Department has really stepped up its vigilance in their regular patrols.


Commissioner Lind thanked Edie Keller for everything she has done to make her appointment to the Commission go smoothly. Commissioner Rodrigues advised the Commission that he will be traveling with Director Bronzan to his award presentation, and that he will be assisting City staff in organizing a local award luncheon for Mr. Bronzan. Commissioner Myers advised the Commission that she attended the lunch program at the new Senior Activity Center, and feels that there are space issues to be discussed, as there is not enough room for all seniors who wish to attend the program. Edie Keller advised the Commission that she will bring it up at the Park and Recreation’s Manager’s Meeting. Commissioner Myers also commented that there are still missing trees at Creekside Park that need to be replaced. Roger Stromgren acknowledged this and advised the Commission that it is an action item for our department. Commissioner Rodrigues stressed the need for our Department to continue to apply for any and all awards. All Commissioners agreed. Commissioner Brown commented that he is happy to see the shade structure at Mallard Park is back.

Commissioners would like to discuss the role and the schedule of the Commission in the future.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

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