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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Call To Order:


Chairperson Don Cohen called the meeting to order at 6:06 pm in the City Council Chambers of City Hall.


Roll Call:


Don Cohen; Chairperson, Tina Lanzinger, Peter Guyer, Dan Grausz; Council Liaison, and Rita Moore were present. Trustees Newman and Waller were absent.


Staff Present:


Keith Kerner, Parks Superintendent

Paul West, Parks Natural Resource Coordinator

Alaine Sommargren, Forest Steward



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

Approve the minutes of September 10, 2009.

Motion passed 5-0




There were no public appearances.


Regular Business:


(I)         Herbicide Trials Update – Paul West


Paul West, Parks Natural Resource Coordinator, reviewed the results of the herbicide trials conducted during 2009. He reported that even very low concentrations were successful in eradicating the ivy. Paul addressed the Trustees’ questions about the types of herbicides used and safety concerns. He will begin development of an herbicide protocol for Pioneer Park, which will be reviewed at a future meeting.


(II)         Other Updates – Don Cohen


Chair Cohen confirmed that the Trustees were provided with an update from Trustee Newman regarding the Letterboxing project, which reflected the work done to move the project along. Trustee Moore reported on the status of the National Wildlife Federation Certification. Boeing provided a grant for the certification fee, and Pioneer Park is now certified as a Wildlife Habitat through the National Wildlife Federation.


(III)        Interpretive Map Update – Paul West


Paul West reported that at the last Trust board meeting the Trustees approved the installation of two new Pioneer Park maps to be installed in the northwest quadrant and update the panels on the existing signage. He reported that the work has been completed. The map boxes will be installed on the signs soon. All four corners of the northwest quadrant now have trailhead signage.


(IV)       Website Trillium Content – Paul West


Paul West mentioned that in the past the Trust Board published issues of Trillium on the City website. He was approached by our staff web representative, who asked if it should remain on the website. Paul asked the Trustees if the old issues of Trillium can be removed. Chair Cohen suggested that a decision be deferred until after the 2010 work plan has been established to see if the Trust Board has an interest in continuing this publication.


(V)                                   Portable Toilet – Keith Kerner

Keith Kerner provided the Trust Board with three options for screening the existing portable toilet at the corner of Island Crest Way and SE 68th Street. He also reported that he reviewed the Pioneer Park master plan, which does not include an installation of a permanent restroom facility. Council Liaison Grausz mentioned that the south Fire Station would be rebuilt in the next couple of years, and a public restroom facility might be built into it as a more permanent solution. The Trustees agreed that it is mostly an aesthetic issue and after some discussion, the vegetation screen seemed to be the favored option.


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

Plant trees around the portable toilet  to screen it, but still allowing access by the truck and for the vegetation choices to be made by staff.

Motion passed 5-0


(VI)                                  2010 Work Plan – Don Cohen & Staff

Paul West recommended that the Trust Board conduct a brainstorming session, and then have each Trustee place a priority on the items generated between meetings. The Trustees generated a list, and Paul West will solicit ideas from Trustees Newman and Waller (who were absent) and send out the final list for prioritization.


(VII)                                 NW Quadrant LRR Pocket – Paul West

Paul West reported identifying a potential laminated root rot pocket in the Northwest Quadrant with significant targets that might be threatened. He recommended cutting down four trees as described in the 11/12/09 Staff Report. The Trustees requested that signage be posted to educate trail users and the general public about the work.


(VIII)                                Next Meeting – Don Cohen

Chair Cohen took a poll of the Trustees for attendance in December. Because of no time-sensitive business anticipated, the December meeting was cancelled. Chair Cohen requested an e-mail be sent to the Trustees letting them know of the meeting cancellation.



Adjournment: 7:36 pm


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