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Monday, July 30, 2007

Call To Order:

Chairperson Rita Moore called the meeting to order at 6:05 pm in the City Council Chambers of City Hall.


Roll Call:

Rita Moore, Chairperson, Don Cohen, Vice Chairperson, Tina Lanzinger, Liz Sanderson, and Fletch Waller were present.  Mike Grady arrived late. Bruce Bassett was absent.



Pete Mayer, Director of Parks and Recreation

Paul West, Arborist

Deborah Alexander, Senior Admin. Assistant, were present.



(1)                 It was moved by Vice Chairperson Don Cohen; seconded by Tina Lanzinger to:

Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of March 1, 2007, March 15, 2007 and the Retreat Minutes of April 25, 2007 as written.

Motion passed 5-0.



There were no public appearances.


Regular Business:

(2)                 Chairperson Moore called for the election of officers.

Parks and Recreation Director Pete Mayer offered to facilitate the election, Chairperson Moore accepted.

It was moved by Trustee Tina Lanzinger; seconded by Fletch Waller to:

Re-elect the current board members for another year: Rita Moore, Chair; Don Cohen, Vice Chair; Bruce Bassett, Secretary.

Motion passed 5-0.


(3)                 Parks and Recreation Arborist Paul West discussed the decision to change of format of the minutes to an action item format similar to City Council Minutes. Vice Chair Cohen clarified that agenda items discussed where no action was taken would be reflected, however discussion details will not be included. Chairperson Moore confirmed that the meetings will still be digitally recorded.


(4)                 Arborist Paul West discussed the Storm Mitigation costs. Paul West took initiative to procure funds from the City Council to repair damaged areas in the amount of $52,483, which was approved at a July meeting. This amount is above the normal budget for approved projects. Trustee Waller asked if there is any more funds available to prevent delays of planned projects, Director Mayer said we would not be able to request additional funds until next year. Repair work will commence this summer.


(5)                 Arborist Paul West discussed the Horse Crossing on Island Crest Way. The Saddle Club requested a crosswalk at Island Crest Way around the corral of The Saddle Club across to Pioneer Park at the west entrance of the Salal Trail. The City engineer said a crosswalk cannot be put at that location, but Horse Crossing signage could be erected.


It was moved by Trustee Waller; seconded by Liz Sanderson that:

The trust authorizes the placement of a horse crossing between the Saddle Club and Pioneer Park Southeast Quadrant mid block with the understanding that the City will place horse crossing signs there consistent with the development of the Saddle Club.

Motion passed 4-0; 1 recusal (Tina Lanzinger)


(6)                 Arborist Paul West discussed the potential PSE Project on SE 68th, on the south edge of the Northwest Quadrant. The City solicited PSE to offer recommendations on how we could prevent or mitigate a power outage like the one in December. PSE recommended installing an alternate feed from the substation on the south end of the island which would involve installing an overhead line on the north side of SE 68th down to the substation. This project would potentially impact about 27 significant trees (trees larger than a foot in diameter) primarily in the right of way. The trust expresses serious concerns about this project and requests the trust be provided with more information before any action is taken.


(7)                 Arborist Paul West discussed the potential for erecting a kiosk in Pioneer Park. Some discussion took place as to placement of the kiosk and what role it could play in a larger educational outreach program. Many members felt it would be wise to take a survey of where the highest traffic areas are to determine placement. The trust expressed an interest in the kiosk, but wishes to develop a comprehensive educational outreach program first to decide how one might be integrated most successfully.


(8)                 Arborist Paul West discussed the possibility of moving or screening the Sanican in Pioneer Park. Trustee Waller expressed his interest in having a plan developed to screen it. Paul West will develop a proposal for screening the Sanican and present it to the board in the near future.


(9)                 Arborist Paul West gave the board an update on the tree species selection. Paul consulted two experts regarding the concerns about the potential climate changes in our region and how they might affect the trees that are being planted. These experts do not seem to think the trees will be significantly affected by the potential climate change. Part of the discussion Paul had with one of the experts suggested there may be a change in the soil ecology due to the imported earthworms. Paul suggested we put the issue on hold based on these expertsí opinions.


(10)             Chairperson Moore talked about the Forest Management walks with Mike Nystrom, Amy Grotta and Tom Hanson. Discussion took place regarding the extent of laminated root rot in Pioneer Park and what can be done to manage the problem.


It was moved by Trustee Cohen; seconded by Liz Sanderson that:

The trust authorizes Paul West to negotiate with Tom Hanson to conduct soil testing, and collect additional data to provide the Trust Board with a report on the best course of action.

Motion passed 5-0


(11)             Chairperson Moore suggested that the remaining topic on the agenda (OSCT Retreat Outcomes/Status Report) be moved to the next meeting scheduled for Thursday, August 16th.




Adjournment:   8:07pm




Rita Moore, Chairperson







Deborah Alexander, Scribe


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