Open Space Conservancy Trust - Minutes Thursday, September 19, 2013
Call To Order:
Chair Newman called the meeting to order at 6:05 pm in the City Council Chambers of City Hall.
Chair Newman, Vice Chair Thorpe, Secretary Poor, Trustee Lanzinger, Trustee Weiker and Trustee Wachs were present. Council Liaison Jane Brahm was absent.
Jason Kintner, Parks Superintendent
Paul West, Parks Natural Resource Coordinator
It was moved by Vice Chair Thorpe, seconded by Trustee Wachs, to:
Approve the minutes of July 18, 2013.
Motion passed 6-0
There were no public appearances.
Eagle Project Recognition Elliot Newman
This item was moved down in the agenda due to lack of Eagle Scouts present at the meeting.
Policy for Special Events Paul West
Paul West reminded the Trustees that a decision was made at the last regular meeting to delay the adoption of the Policy for Special Events until the September meeting due to low attendance. After a few questions from the Trustees, Paul West called for a motion to adopt the policy.
It was moved by Trustee Poor, seconded by Trustee Lanzinger, to:
Adopt the Policy for Special Events.
Motion passed 6-0
Trail Signage and Wayfinding Elliot Newman
Chair Newman reviewed the history of the subject of trail signage and wayfinding with the Trust Board over the last couple of years. The Trustees discussed various types of signs that might be useful. Chair Newman recommended staff bring back previous staff reports and information on the topic to review what has already been presented for further discussion.
Leap for Green and Summer Celebration! Board
Paul West reminded the Trustees that this is the time to consider any Open Space Conservancy Trust Board participation or contribution to Leap for Green and/or Summer Celebration! Trustee Wachs suggested that Leap for Green can be a good opportunity to continue to promote the Letterboxing Program. Trustee Lanzinger also suggested working with Sunnybeam (or other preschool) to develop an activity at Leap for Green to encourage preschool age children to visit the park. After some discussion the Trustees concurred that they would develop a plan for participation in Leap for Green, and would discuss again at the November meeting.
Preschool Program Development Tina Lanzinger
Trustee Lanzinger reported that she has been in contact with Sunnybeam Preschool exchanging information and ideas about what kind of program might work for a partnership with the Trust Board. Trustee Wachs offered to talk to a former preschool teacher who has a table at the Farmers Market about some activity idea. The Mercer Island Preschool Association was also mentioned as a possible source for activity ideas.
Letterboxing Update Joel Wachs
Trustee Wachs reported that he is still collecting feedback on the overall success of the program this year. He hopes to have more information at the next meeting. Chair Newman reported he heard that participation was up this year and that vandalism issues continue to be problematic.
Quadrant Reports Trustees
There was no report for the NW Quadrant. Chair Newman reported no issues on the perimeter trail. Trustee Poor reported there was some vandalism in the NE Quadrant which staff promptly addressed. Trustee Lanzinger reported logs being moved into the path of the trail in the SE Quadrant. Jason Kintner requested that Trustees send an email directly to Paul West or Jason Kintner to report these or any other issues.
Next Meeting Chair
The next meeting is scheduled for November 21, 2013.