Parks & Recreation Commission - Minutes Thursday, July 11, 2019
Call To Order: Interim Director Ryan Daly called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, WA 98040.
Roll Call: Commissioners, Don Cohen, Lyn Gualtieri, Amy Richter, and Rory Westberg were present. Commissioners Sara Berkenwald Jodi McCarthy, Kirk Robinson were absent.
Staff present were Ryan Daly, Parks and Recreation Interim Director, Tammy Bodmer, Senior Administrative Assistant, Zach Houvener, Interim Recreation Manager, Diane Mortenson, Community Engagement & Program Manager, Alaine Sommargren, Interim Parks Operations Manager, and Paul West, Parks Planner Manager.
Welcome & Introductions: Parks and Rec staff gave introductions as well as the Commissioners introducing themselves and giving a brief background of their experience.
Appointment of Chair & Vice Chair: Interim Director Daly gave an overview of what the chairpersons responsibilities would entail. Commission member Cohen made a motion to nominate Commissioner Westberg. Commissioner Richter seconded the motion. Westberg accepted nomination. A vote was taken and passed unanimously. Commissioners agreed to wait until the September meeting to appoint a vice chair when all Commissioners would be present. All members agreed.
Appearances: Gary Robinson came to welcome and thank the new board.
Director’s Report Daly gave the director’s report.
4th of July picnic had 200-300 residents in attendance. Event was a success. Mortenson working with community group to take over other events. Luther Burbank Park & Calkins Point had large crowds for fireworks.
MICEC update on rentals
Update on summer camp programs and overview of programs
Upcoming events – Mostly Music in the Park, Shakespeare in the Park, Restorations, Senior Citizen month & Arbor day
West provided an update on Aubrey Davis Master Plan (ADMP) and Parks, Recreation, Open Space Plan (PROS)
Chair Westberg presented the proposed bylaws. Cohen made a motion to pass the bylaws as presented. There was no second. Westberg provided several suggested changes.
Action Taken: After much discussion the Commission asked to make suggested changes and readdress at the September meeting.
Motion was withdrawn by Cohen.
2. Orientation Guidebook
Daly & Bodmer reviewed the Orientation Guidebook and addressed any questions from the Commissioners
3. Next Meeting
The next meeting is scheduled for September 5, 2019.