Call To Order:
Vice Chairman Don Cohen called the meeting to order at 7:34 pm in the City Council Chambers of City Hall.
Don Cohen, Vice Chairman, Bruce Bassett, Liz Sanderson, Tina Lanzinger, and Fletch Waller were present. Rita Moore and Mike Grady were absent.
Pete Mayer, Assistant City Manager/Director of Parks and Recreation
Paul West, Arborist
Curt Brees, Park Operations Superintendent
Stephanie Cangie, Admin. Assistant
Motion by Trustee Waller, seconded by Trustee Bassett to approve the minutes of August 15, 2006 as amended.
There were no public appearances.
The board convened for an Executive Session regarding real estate acquisitions at 7:49 p.m. The executive session was anticipated to last approximately ten minutes. The executive session concluded at 8:02 p.m. No action was taken during the executive session.
Reconvened at 8:02 p.m.
Quadrant Monitoring and Storm Damage Report
Curt presented pictures showing damage to parks and property during the December wind storm. Work to clear trails has been performed by City staff, King County Juvenile Detention, Earthcorps, and outside vendors. Fallen trees in the SE Quadrant impacted power lines on SE 68th. One section of the SE Quadrant is now very open because of fallen trees from the storm. The SE corner of the NE Quadrant where the trail goes down the hill had several trees down. One tree fell on a house on SE 63rd. It was a tree that looked normal but was diseased.
Trustee Bassett suggested a survey of the prior models of identifying root rot before the fact versus what really happened. Paul stated the rot he is now seeing is Annosus root rot not laminated root rot. Trustee Cohen suggested that an area-by-area status report be put on the City’s website after a storm of this nature again.
At the City Council meeting on Monday, February 5, Public Safety will give a debriefing of the City’s emergency preparedness program, a storm debrief, and there will be an opportunity for the public to address the Council on their experiences after the storm relative to City, Puget Sound Energy, Comcast, and Qwest.
SE Quadrant - In addition to the open canopy created because of lost trees, some trails have become more problematic for horses due to erosion. Trustee Lanzinger will walk through the SE Quadrant with Paul and identify the affected areas.
NE Quadrant - Trustee Waller reported there are a couple of 12-inch trees down in the ravine in the northwestern end of the ravine and at the eastern end of the ravine where it turns and goes down hill. In the bottom of the ravine at the junction of the bridge there are two large trees across the trail.
Trustee Bassett reported there are two springs flowing making the trail mucky. The footbridge might not be in the best spot. Down by the bridge people are cutting the switchback on the trail immediately above the bridge. Paul said the crew is planning to do some cribbing with round poles. Paul will arrange a walk through the NE Quadrant.
Trustee Lanzinger reported the “Dogs Must Be on a Leash” sign is missing at the corner of 68th and Island Crest going into the NE Quadrant.
NW Quadrant – Trustee Cohen reported one large tree is down and the rest are fallen branches that need to be cleared.
The Board agreed to e-mail Paul and Rita topics for a retreat. Paul will group the ideas into categories and report at the next meeting.
2006 Annual Report
The Annual Report needs to be drafted by Chairperson Moore. Paul will talk to Rita about this and provide her with the updated forest management plan report.
Forest Management Report
Paul distributed the Forest Management Report to all Board members. During 2006 the work plan from the original Forest Management Plan has been followed, but in the future there are areas that will need continued maintenance beyond what was originally planned for in the Forest Management Plan. The December storm changed the landscape of the park and the board may want to revisit the Forest Management Plan, taking those changes into account. Eighty-seven percent of the budget was spent in 2005-2006 mostly on invasive removal and volunteer management. The work gets done by hiring contractors or volunteers; Earthcorps managed 17 events primarily on the first and third Monday afternoons appealing to students who have early release on Mondays. The service learning requirement for middle school was eliminated so more direct recruitment in the classroom has been needed.
There is interest in having a fall planting at Pioneer Park, and Paul will schedule this so service groups can take part.
The City is spending more money on hazard tree abatement than originally planned for; $6,000 was spent in 2006.
The locations on the map in red are the original work locations in Forest Management Plan work areas and over the top of those in green are the areas worked on in 2006. The dates on the project labels are the dates the projects were initiated. The area numbers correspondence to the numbers on the project list.
Agenda Items for Next Meeting
2006 Annual Report
Horses in Pioneer Park–Letter to Rita
Possible change in Board meeting day
Thank you correspondence to the City Council
Summer work plan
Forest Management Plan
City Council’s Planning Session results
Retreat topics and timing
Adjournment: 9:24 pm