Call To Order:
Chairman Jim Owens called the meeting to order at 7:35 pm in the City Council Chambers of City Hall.
Jim Owens, Chairman, Rita Moore, Vice Chairman, Don Cohen, Bill Duvall, Diane Kinman, and Marguerite Sutherland were present. Sven Goldmanis was absent.
Paul West, Arborist, Stephanie Cangie, Admin Assistant were present.
There were no public appearances.
Motion by Trustee Sutherland and seconded by Trustee Cohen to approve the minutes of January 6, 2005 with the following changes:
On Page 1, under Old Business, Encroachments, the third paragraph, the last sentence in that paragraph should be changed to read: The Trust Board decided to table any decision regarding this encroachment and to concentrate first on the most significant encroachments.
On Page 1, under Old Business, Encroachments, the fourth paragraph, the third sentence should be changed to read: Once the individuals have responded, the Board will prioritize the list of all known encroachments to determine which one should be handled first.
The Trust Board reviewed and made changes to a letter that will be sent to the 24 encroachers listed in the Pioneer Park Forest Management Plan. Once the responses are received the Trust Board will prioritize all the encroachments.
Trustee Moore will have the disc ready next month.
Dogs in Pioneer Park
The signs have been ordered. Before the signs are installed staff will submit a news release to the Mercer Island Reporter.
SE 68th Powerline Project
Paul will conduct a public walk through of the SE 68th Powerline Project. The City of Mercer Island, the Trust Board, and Puget Sound Energy will be working together to replace 25 trees in the powerline corridor along SE 68th Street between Island Crest Way and 92nd Place SE. New plants, including incense cedar and regular cedar, tanbark oak, and hazel, are targeted to be installed March 1, 2005. The plants chosen are root rot resistant. Most logs will be left in the park. Three of the logs will be removed and used for stream projects this summer.
Trust Board Brochure
Staff will have a draft ready for the March meeting.
Trustee Duvall reported that the work done last summer on the ravine trail as you approach the bridge has worked great. The roadway from the bridge to East Mercer Way is fantastic. The work that Jim Owens and his assistants did last year on the trail to the bridge has not worked so well in two very wet areas that will require better drainage. Some park users are shortcutting to get to the bridge and suggests the Board put some brush there to discourage people from shortcutting. Trustee Moore volunteered to drag some holly up into the section above the bridge. One of the areas where the horseback riders enter the park is very muddy and needs some attention.
Chairman Owens suggested that the Board take a systematic approach to inventorying the condition of the trails and reporting back to Paul so he can prioritize trail work for the maintenance crew, especially in the summer when there is more crew available. Chairman Owens volunteered to walk the trails in the northwest quadrant, Trustee Moore will wall the northeast quadrant, and Trustee Duvall will walk the southeast quadrant and report back to Paul.
Trustee Sutherland will check the supply at the library, Trustee Kinman will supply the Chamber of Commerce. Trustee Duvall has distributed 150 maps and are a very popular item.
2005 Pioneer Park Work Plan
Based on the Pioneer Park Forest Paul distributed the project list and scope of work in Pioneer Park for 2005. This is based on the Pioneer Park Forest Management Plan.
Paul hopes to hold an Ivy Olympics some time in May 2005, with the intention of organizing volunteers in teams and to plots to remove ivy and win prizes and recognition. The Board suggested the area at SE 53rd.
Paul will begin to work on the trail signage system this fall at the earliest. The Board discussed walking the trails and suggesting the type of signs that might be useful. Chairman Owens wants the Board to prioritize its work plan before concentrating on the sign system.
Trust Board requested that Earthcorps attend a meeting in the near future to present how they will encourage volunteerism in all of the City’s parks.
Mercerwood Country Club Letter
The Board decided it was not necessary for them to attend the public input meeting concerning the renovations at the Mercerwood Country Club since it does not directly affect Pioneer Park and the renovations are on the same site as the current structure at the Club.
Election of Officers
Chairman - Rita Moore – Nominated by Bill Dvuall, seconded by Don Cohen, unanimously approved.
Vice Chairman – Diane Kinman – Nominated by Marguerite Sutherland, seconded by Rita Moore, unanimously approved.
Secretary – agreed to serve: Don Cohen
Bill Duvall will complete his term 5/31/05.
The Board viewed the 2004 Comprehensive Plan Amendments to be presented to City Council at the 2/22/05 meeting.
The Trust Board read through the suggested language for the Parks and Open Space Policies section. The new text is underlined and deleted text is written with strike-throughs.
To read these amendments online see: http://www.ci.mercer-island.wa.us/compplan
Each Trust Board member will receive a copy of the Agenda Bill and proposed amendments from staff. Look at Page 25, Goal 11.
Chairman Moore will send the Trust Board’s comments by e-mail to Pete Mayer with a cc: to Dan Graucz and all the Trust Board members, asking if the Forest Management Plan should be included under 11.10.
Adjournment: 9:10 p.m.