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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Call To Order:


Chairperson Don Cohen called the meeting to order at 6:08 pm in the City Council Chambers of City Hall.


Roll Call:


Don Cohen; Chairperson, Tina Lanzinger, Fletch Waller, Vice Chairperson, Rita Moore and Dan Grausz, Council Liaison, were present. Liz Sanderson, Secretary, was absent; and Trustee Newman arrived at 6:57.


Staff Present:


Pete Mayer, Director Parks & Recreation

Keith Kerner, Parks Superintendent

Deborah Alexander, Senior Admin. Assistant

Paul West, Parks Natural Resource Coordinator




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

Approve the minutes of February 12, 2009.

Motion passed 5-0




There were no public appearances.


Regular Business:


(I)         City Council Meeting – Annual Report – Don Cohen


Chair Cohen reported that he and Paul West, Parks Natural Resource Coordinator, attended the last City Council Meeting to present the 2008 Open Space Conservancy Trust Board’s Annual Report. Chair Cohen also reported that he mentioned to the Council Members that Dan Grausz has been a very helpful addition to the Trust Board both as a member and as a Council Liaison. Chair Cohen said that the Council expressed a sincere appreciation for the work of the Trustees and the 2009 work plan.


A Council Member asked if the Trust Board could do more promoting of Pioneer Park events at the schools. Chair Cohen informed the Council that reengagement with the School District is on the 2009 work plan and that the Open Space Conservancy Trust Board would give some thought as to how to approach that. Paul West reported that he has asked EarthCorps and Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust to assist with the distribution of promotions in the schools, as they are already engaged in this type of activity..


Council also requested a report on staff hours spent on Open Space Conservancy Trust Board activities, as was being prepared for other city boards and commissions. Pete Mayer reported that the Parks and Recreation Subcommittee would be receiving a summary of the staff hours tomorrow, and the full Council will receive the same information at the next Council Meeting.



(II)         Trust Board Openings – Don Cohen


Chair Cohen reminded the Trustees that both Elliot Newman’s and Liz Sanderson’s terms will be expiring in June. Trustee Newman filled a vacancy left by a departing member and has expressed an interest in reappointment. Trustee Sanderson has notified the Chair that, due to extensive travel plans this year,t she would be resigning. Chair Cohen reported that Deborah Alexander is working with Ali Spietz to ensure that steps are being taken to fill the vacancy. Chair Cohen contacted Loralee Vogel who has attended OSCT Board meetings regarding a bench donation request. He provided her with a copy of the 2008 Annual Report and 2009 work plan in the event she is interested in applying.


(III)        Earth Day Fair Booth – Rita Moore


Trustee Moore encouraged the Trustees to participate in this event on April 18th from 10-2. Chair Cohen asked the Trustees if there was any interest or willingness to participate in this event. Trustee Waller expressed a willingness to participate, and Trustee Moore offered to provide booth displays and materials that have been used in the past. Trustee Waller suggested using this opportunity to promote Docent Walks. Chair Cohen assigned Trustee Waller to make contacts with other Trustees and EarthCorps to develop a display for the event and promote an upcoming Docent Walk.


(IV)       Resolution of Appreciation – Fletch Waller


Vice Chair Waller read the following Resolution of Appreciation to Pete Mayer for his service to the Open Space Conservancy Trust Board:




Pete Mayer has been an integral and invaluable part of the Open Space Conservancy Trust’s stewardship of Pioneer Park.  His advice and insights, as Assistant City Manager and Parks & Recreation Director, have guided the Trustees on requests of resources from and accountability to the city.  His assessments of needs and opportunities, his reasoned judgment, and organizational ability have helped the Trustees set priorities.  Through his leadership, Parks and Recreation staff has provided the manpower and muscle through which the Trustees have maintained and nurtured Pioneer Park as a unique urban asset, an accessible forest preserve in the midst of a densely populated city.


The Trustees, accordingly, wish to express to Pete Mayer, the City Council, and all Mercer Island citizens their gratitude for Pete’s years of support and effort on behalf of not only the Trust and Pioneer Park but of all of Mercer Island’s open spaces, parks and playfields.  Pete has significantly contributed to our quality of life here, and we wish him well on doing so for the citizens of Vancouver. 



ADOPTED this 12th day of March, 2009.



Don Cohen, Chair

Dan Grausz, Council Liaison

Tina Lanzinger

Rita Moore

Elliot Newman

Liz Sanderson, Secretary

Fletch Waller, Vice Chair



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

Approve the Resolution of Appreciation.


Motion passed 5-0


(V)        Native Fungi Trial on Holly – Paul West


Paul West addressed the Trustees questions that were posed at the last meeting. Paul displayed photographs of some of the fungi he has been researching that might be used for this trial. He distributed some fact sheets on another variety that has been used in the same manner he is proposing. Paul made it clear he is only comfortable using a fungi that is native and known to be present in Pioneer Park. Chair Cohen asked the question why this kind of trial might be tried. Trustee Moore suggested that it is an alternative to using herbicides for the same purpose. Paul West commented the research indicates that the risk level is low. Council Liaison Grausz asked how long it might take to see results, and Paul West responded that it would probably take a couple of years. Paul West is proposing that the Trust Board support this trial on a dozen or so Holly and Laurel trees in the Southeast quadrant.


It was moved by Trustee Moore, seconded by Vice Chair Waller to:

Approve staff conducting a trial of saprophytic fungi on holly and laurel trees with the precautions and restrictions as stated in the staff report dated 3/12/09.


Motion passed 4-0 with one abstention (Chair Don Cohen)


(VI)       NE Quadrant Bike Path Lighting– Keith Kerner


Keith Kerner gave a quick recap of the work done to date on a potential project to place bollard lights on the bike path along Island Crest Way in the NE Quadrant, and explained the information included in the staff report. Chair Cohen posed the question of how it was affect Trust Board priorities if the Trustees approved going forward with this project. Several Trustees expressed a desire to see the project happen, but not with funds already earmarked for restoration. Council Liaison Grausz said he would be supportive of asking staff to place this item on the CIP list for consideration.


It was moved by Trustee Newman, seconded by Vice Chair Waller to:

Direct staff to include the bollard lighting project on the 6 year CIP for Parks and Recreation.


Motion passed 6-0


(VII)      National Wildlife Federation Habitat Certification – Rita Moore


Trustee Moore presented some information about an opportunity to get some Mercer Island Parks certified as a National Wildlife Habitat. Keith Kerner expressed some concerns about putting up more signage in the park for a number of reasons. Trustee Newman feels this is a good way to promote Mercer Island as a green community. Trustee Lanzinger stated that she did not see a direct benefit to the park. Trustee Newman responded that it demonstrates to the residents that Pioneer Park is a wildlife habitat. Trustee Moore offered to draft an application for Pioneer Park to be certified.


            It was moved by Vice Chair Waller, seconded by Trustee Newman, to:

Complete the application form for Pioneer Park to be registered as a Certified Wildlife Habitat with the National Wildlife Federation.


Motion passed 5-0


(VII)         Next Meeting – Don Cohen

The regularly scheduled meeting of April 9th had previously been rescheduled for April 16, 2009 due to the Passover holiday. After a brief discussion about the work plan agenda items, it was decided to cancel the April meeting. Deborah Alexander will distribute the necessary notices.


The next Trust Board meeting will be May 14th.




Adjournment: 7:38 pm





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