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Open Space Conservancy Trust - Minutes     
Thursday, May 16, 2013

Call To Order:
Chair Newman called the meeting to order at 6:01 pm in the City Council Chambers of City Hall.
Roll Call:
Chair Newman, Vice Chair Thorpe, Secretary Poor, Council Liaison Brahm, Trustee Weiker and Trustee Wachs were present. Trustee Lanzinger was absent.
Staff Present:
Jason Kintner, Parks Superintendent
Paul West, Parks Natural Resource Coordinator
Alaine Sommargren, Natural Resource Specialist
It was moved by Council Liaison Brahm, seconded by Secretary Poor, to:
Approve the minutes of March 21, 2013.
Motion passed 6-0
Bruce Bassett, 8551 SE 82nd Street, spoke about the sport of orienteering and his personal experiences participating in the sport. He asked that the Trust Board to do everything possible to encourage participation in this sport in Pioneer Park.
Bob Forgrave (non-resident), President of Cascade Orienteering Club, explained the activities of his club and request that they be permitted to run their events on-trail in Pioneer Park.
Kenneth Lew, 3812 76th Ave SE, an experienced orienteering participant spoke in support of orienteering events in Pioneer Park and said he has never witnessed any problems or damage caused in the course of these events.
Michael Spencer, 3041 70th Ave SE, an orienteering participant talked about his positive experiences with the sport with his family.
Paul West distributed an email correspondence to the Trustees from Greg Johnson, 7806 89th Pl SE.
Regular Business:

  1. Policy for Special Events Paul West
Paul West, Parks Natural Resources Coordinator, reviewed the staff report and the draft of an updated policy for special events that addresses environmentally sensitive areas and timed events. He invited the Trustees to discuss the content of the draft. The Trustees discussed various points including making the process as simple as possible for organizers, defining certain terms for clarification, and the bond requirement.  Staff will make necessary changes and bring the item back at the June meeting.
  1. Fire Station Bike Racks Paul West
Paul reported that the South Fire Station is going through the design process, and he let the Trustees know there are opportunities to comment on the proposed design. He specifically mentioned that the proposed plan includes a substantial reduction in parking spaces. Paul gave a copy of the notice to the Chair and agreed to distribute the notice to the rest of the Trust Board. The designers asked if a bike rack might be needed in Pioneer Park paid for by the Fire Station project. Trustees are encouraged to consider this possibility and potential locations. There was also some discussion and interest in adding a crosswalk.
  1. Herbicide Application Report Alaine Sommargren
Alaine gave a brief update based on the staff report in the agenda packet.
  1. 2013-2014 Forest Health Work Plan Alaine Sommargren
Alaine gave a brief update based on the staff report in the agenda packet, and invited questions and/or comments.
  1. 2013 Trails Work Plan Paul West
Paul reviewed the proposal in the staff report, and invited questions and/or comments.
  1. Letterboxing Update Joel Wachs
Trustee Wachs reported that the boxes have been checked and updated. The booklets are being printed and the Boys and Girls club sponsored the production of the booklets. The committee will be giving a letterboxing demo at the National Trails Day event on June 1 from 10-12. The committee discussed the possibility of having the Eagle Scouts help with projects.
Trustee Wachs also reported that two copies of Pioneer Park a Natural History were sold at the Leap for Green event. Island Books still have several copies for sale.
The awards will be presented in September/October.
  1. Quadrant Reports Trustees
Council Liaison Brahm did not have anything to report in the Northwest Quadrant. Trustee Poor found a maple branch down and reported it from the Northeast Quadrant. Trustee Wachs reported the Southeast Quadrant did not have anything to report except that two walkers asked him about the owls.
Alaine Sommargren notified the Trustees that there will be an Islander Middle School restoration event on June 6th happening in the Southeast Quadrant and parts of the Northwest Quadrant. 360 students total will be participating in partnership with Earthcorps.
  1. Next Meeting Chair

The next meeting is scheduled for July 18, 2013.
Adjournment: 7:33 pm

Download File
OSCT Agenda Packet May 2013.pdf


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