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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Call To Order:


Chairperson Don Cohen called the meeting to order at 5:36 pm in the City Council Chambers of City Hall.


Roll Call:


Don Cohen, Chairperson; Fletch Waller, Vice Chairperson; Liz Sanderson, Secretary; Dan Grausz, Council Liaison; Tina Lanzinger; and Elliot Newman were present.  Rita Moore was absent.


Staff Present:


Pete Mayer, Asst City Manager & Director Parks and Recreation

Paul West, Parks Natural Resource Coordinator

Keith Kerner, Parks Superintendent

Deborah Alexander, Senior Admin. Assistant, were present.




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

Approve the minutes of September 18, 2008.

Motion passed 6-0




Kathy Hood lives SE of SE Quadrant of Pioneer Park. Her husband goes through the park twice a day. She feels the horse riders that use the park should be required to clean up the horse waste in the park. She feels the Trust Board should write a letter to the horse riders that use the park informing them that they are required to clean up after the horses. Staff commented that the wording of current ordinance regarding cleaning up after domesticated animals appears to include horses.  Discussion followed.


Chair Cohen requested that this topic be added to the December meeting agenda.


Regular Business:


(2)           Parks Levy debriefing and Budget Update Pete Mayer, Dan Grausz


Pete Mayer, Assistant City Manager and Parks and Recreation Director, said the most recent election information seems to be showing the Levy passing and the Bond failing. Discussion followed.  Once the election results have been certified, staff will come back with some recommendations on how the funds will be allocated.


(3)        Forest Health Survey preview Paul West


Staff expects to have a full report on the Forest Health Survey at the Decembert meeting. Paul West presented some information to prepare the Trustees for receiving the full report so they can be better prepared to make decisions in the next few months.


Paul showed a diagram of the plots where survey data were collected. The plots are in areas that have had no work (control), some work (selective) and comprehensive work done. The tree planting that has been done has been successful. In the comprehensive areas, the introduced shrubs are much lower than in the control and selective areas.


Paul feels some performance measures should be set forth before determining how to go forward with this information, and the conifer regeneration needs to be improved significantly in order to maintain the canopy. The presence of holly and ivy needs to be controlled. He also feels we need a new strategy to address these important issues.


Paul will give the full report presentation at the December meeting and initiate discussion on how to proceed. Staff will provide the Trustees with recommendations, including how this relates to the budgetary resources.


(4)        Interpretation and Wayfinding Keith Kerner


Keith Kerner, Parks Superintendent, presented the material he provided in the agenda packet. He showed a list of ideas of resource issues, visitor/management issues, who the audience is, and questions that need to be answered to identify how to move forward.


Pete Mayer suggested that the Trustees take the content provided and provide Keith Kerner (via e-mail) with feedback on priorities. Keith will compile the results and bring it back at the December meeting.


(5)        Path Lighting Bollard Alternative Keith Kerner


Keith Kerner provided some information on costs to implement bollard lighting along Island Crest Way in the Northeast Quadrant, which included per bollard cost, electrical, conduit trenching, breakers, and startup fees.


Chair Cohen suggested that staff provide the Trustees with a visual of how the lighting options might look, and that the Trustees come prepared to make a decision about this issue at the December meeting.


(6)        Next meeting


            The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 11, 2008, beginning at 6:00 p.m.


Adjournment:   6:48 pm


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