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Thursday, January 08, 2009

Call To Order:


Chairperson Don Cohen called the meeting to order at 6:03 pm in the City Council Chambers of City Hall.


Roll Call:


Don Cohen; Chairperson, Liz Sanderson; Rita Moore, Secretary, Elliot Newman, Fletch Waller; Vice Chairperson, and Tina Lanzinger were present. Dan Grausz; Council Liaison, arrived at 6:24pm.


Staff Present:


Peter M. Mayer, Parks and Recreation Director

Paul West, Parks Natural Resource Coordinator

Keith Kerner, Parks Superintendent

Deborah Alexander, Senior Admin. Assistant, were present.




(1)           It was moved by Trustee Newman, seconded by Trustee Lanzinger, to:

Approve the minutes of December 11, 2008.

Motion passed 5-0




There were no public appearances.


Regular Business:


(I)         Horse Waste Update – Keith Kerner


At the December 11, 2008 meeting, the Trustees directed Chair Cohen to appoint a member of the Trust to serve as a liaison with Keith Kerner, Parks Superintendent, to contact members of the Saddle Club and Stevensons to discuss the issue of horse waste on trails in Pioneer Park. Chair Cohen appointed Trustee Lanzinger, who accepted the appointment. Keith Kerner informed the Trustees that he and Trustee Lanzinger have exchanged a number of e-mails discussing potential solutions. Both Keith and Trustee Lanzinger have been discussing periodic cleaning of the trail specifically mentioned in the complaint.


Trustee Lanzinger said she has shared the communications on this topic with Gayle Magnuson, Secretary of the Board at the Saddle Club (also a former Trust Board Member). Trustee Lanzinger also mentioned that there is a volunteer who is willing to assist with trail maintenance and both the southeast quadrant and the northwest quadrant along Island Crest Way are being discussed.


The next step is to agree on a trail maintenance schedule and figure out what to do with the waste.


Trustee Lanzinger expressed an interest in discussing the modification of the ordinance to delineate the difference between pets and livestock. She also mentioned that horse manure is not a contaminant like dog feces.


An update on developments will be provided as appropriate.


(II)         Forest Health Survey Work Plan Update – Paul West


It was moved at the December 11th meeting for staff to draft amendments to the Pioneer Park Forest Management Plan reflective of the findings associated with the Forest Health Survey and return to the Trust Board for adoption. Paul West presented these amendments to the Trustees for adoption, including a few edits that Chair Cohen had suggested. Trustee Waller made one additional suggestion to be included.


It was moved by Trustee Moore, seconded by Trustee Newman, to:

Adopt the amended Forest Management Plan as recommended by staff, with the amendments suggested by the Trustees.


Motion passed 7-0


(III)        Officer Elections – Deborah Alexander


The following Trustees were nominated for the positions of officers of the Open Space Conservancy Trust Board:

Chair: Don Cohen (nomination made by Elliot Newman, seconded by Rita Moore)

Vice Chair: Fletch Waller (nomination made by Tina Lanzinger, seconded by Elliot Newman)

Secretary: Liz Sanderson (nominated by Rita Moore, seconded by Dan Grausz)


It was moved by Trustee Newman to:

Elect the three officers by acclamation


Motion passed 7-0


(IV)       2009 Work Plan Calendar – Keith Kerner


Keith Kerner presented the results of the prioritization exercise on the 2009 work plan to the Trustees. The Trustees reviewed the results and the proposed calendar for 2009. A few questions were posed and minor modifications were made. The Open Space Conservancy Trust Board will use the proposed work plan calendar as a guideline for structuring the topics to be addressed during the course of the year, subject to modification as needed.


(V)        Annual Report Outline Feedback & Additions – Paul West


Paul West provided the Trustees with a basic outline for the 2008 Annual Report content. Paul reviewed a few additions suggested by Chair Cohen. Trustee Waller suggested including the Forest Health Survey as a separate item because of its importance. Staff will present a draft of the Annual Report for the Trustees approval for the next meeting scheduled on February 12th.


(VI)       Interpretation/Wayfinding Pilot Project – Keith Kerner


Keith Kerner reviewed the results of the prioritization exercise that were presented at the December 11, 2008 meeting. The Trustees discussed some of the options proposed by staff. The Trustees expressed a desire to implement a pilot project that includes trail name signage and installing a kiosk to display changing information.


Pete Mayer summarized the discussion by identifying that the Trustees’ priority is wayfinding signage, including trail name, distance and possibly function. Secondary priority is interpretative elements. Given this guidance, staff will return to the Trustees with some graphics of how the signage might look and some idea of how many signs can be purchased within the current project budget. Staff will provide the Trustees with a recommendation based on this information.


Council Liaison Grausz requested that staff bring back a photograph of the kiosk and the map that has been developed by Mercer Island Parks and Recreation and King County GIS for the February meeting.



(VII)         2009 Meeting Calendar – Don Cohen


Chair Cohen requested that Deborah Alexander circulate an e-mail for an alternate date for the April meeting so it does not conflict with a religious holiday. Chair Cohen also asked the Trustees to forward any 2009 meeting conflicts to Deborah Alexander.


(VIII)        Next Meeting – Don Cohen


The next meeting will take place on February 12, 2009.




Adjournment:   7:36 pm


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