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Thursday, October 07, 2004

Call To Order:

Chairman Jim Owens called the meeting to order at 7:35 pm in the City Council Chambers of City Hall.

 

Roll Call:

Jim Owens, Chairman, Rita Moore, Vice Chairman, Bill Duvall, Sven Goldmanis, Diane Kinman,

and Marguerite Sutherland were present.  Don Cohen was absent.

 

Staff:

Pete Mayer, Director of Parks and Recreation, Paul West, Arborist, Stephanie Cangie, Admin Assistant were present.

 

Appearances:

There were no public appearances.

 

Minutes:

Motion by Trustee Sutherland and seconded by Trustee Moore to approve the minutes of September 2, 2004.  Unanimously approved.

 

Old Business:

Encroachments

Director Mayer is working on the brochure that will accompany a letter.  The mailing list and letter are ready.

 

Forest Stewardship

The Board reviewed a letter written by Chairman Owens to participants of the Forest Stewardship Workshop held in May 2004, inviting them to a Forest Stewards’ meeting on Thursday, October 28, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers.  Paul will create a flyer that will be enclosed with the letter.  The flyer describing the meeting and its purpose will also be sent to the Pioneer Park interest mailing list.  The meeting will give volunteers interested in forest stewardship an opportunity to meet each other and to hear what other groups have been doing.   Those who attend will be encouraged to participate in future projects such as the November 6, Fall Planting Day.  Trustees Owens, Sutherland, Duvall, and Kinman will phone possible attendees a week before the workshop. 

 

Fall Planting Day

There will be two planting areas of trees and shrubs along the northern border of the northwest quadrant that are being designed by Earthcorps.  Earthcorps is providing free design services because it is part of the training for their interns. 

 

There will be planting of trees in Area 7 which is the big area to the south of the northern path in the northwest quadrant where Earthcorps, the VOICE program, and the Student Conservation Association worked this summer.  The work for November 6 will consist of hunting for flags and planting trees

where the flags are located.

 

Paul will arrange for sandwich board signs directing volunteers to the work party location.

 

2005-2006 Work Plan - Council Presentation

The Open Space Conservancy Trust Board’s 2005-2006 Work Plan was presented as Agenda Bill 3916 and accepted by City Council at its September 20, 2004 meeting.  As part of the 2005-06 City Budget, $50,000 has been suggested for the continued implementation of the Forest Management Plan in Pioneer Park.  The budget is expected to be adopted by the first part of December.  The Capital Improvement Projects portion of the budget will be presented to Council on November 1, 2004 and part of this is the $50,000 allocated for Pioneer Park.  Trust Board members are encouraged to attend the Nov. 1 Council meeting. 

 

Pioneer Park Trail Guide/Signage/Maps

Paul has printed several hundred trail maps.  Trustee Duvall will place maps in two locations at Pioneer Park, Diane Kinman will take 25 to the Chamber of Commerce, Chairman Owens will take a supply to the library, and Trustee Sutherland will contact some of the coffee companies to see if they will allow the maps to be available in their stores.

 

Trustee Duvall asked about the possibility of constructing kiosks at the main entrances to Pioneer Park on which a trail map and trail information could be displayed.  Trustees agreed that a kiosk could be helpful to park users.  Pete Mayer indicated that the Parks Department will develop a standardized design for a trail kiosk for all of the city’s parks that could be used for Pioneer Park.  Pete will include Pioneer Park in planning for the kiosk design.

 

Paul reported that signage is a two-year project, and he will eventually be bringing ideas to the Board.

 

Trillium

Paul has a Power Point presentation that includes photos from the various work projects this summer and will loan this to Trustee Sutherland.  She will use these to create the text emphasizing the volunteer work done this summer. 

 

The easiest way to look at the Trillium online at the city’s website is to go to your Internet Explorer and type in:

 

www.ci.mercer-island.wa.us/trillium

 

This will take you directly to the publication.

 

Community Outreach

Chairman Owens will contact the Rotary Club to set a date for a presentation to encourage the Club to volunteer in Pioneer Park.

 

New Business

Paul reported that a citizen comment came in through the Parks and Recreation Department’s website regarding dogs not under voice control or leash in Pioneer Park.  Discussion was held about subtle signage for Pioneer Park regarding the city’s code provision regarding the leash/voice control of dogs in public parks.   Pete will return to the trustees with suggestions for responding to this concern.

 

Adjournment:   9:00 pm

 

 

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