REGULAR MEETING OF
MEMBERS PRESENT: Berthiaume, Lengerman, Jurado, Peck, Dauer,
Martin, Allen, Rothhaar
MEMBERS ABSENT: Kasprzyk
Meeting called to order at by Chairperson Chuck Martin.
Motion by Jurado, second by Dauer to
receive the minutes of the meeting of
Call to Audience
Chairperson Martin issued a call to the audience for items not on the agenda, but germane to Commission business. There was no response.
Referral from City Council to consider
McGuire referred to a letter to City Manager, Karl Tomion
from County Administrator David Benda in which Benda listed several City
properties and asked if the parcels were available at the present time and if
the City would be willing to sell the property.
The City Council referred the requests to the affected Commissions and
specifically asked the Parks and Recreation Commission to consider the
As to the availability question, McGuire pointed out that both Grove and Central are dedicated parks and as such would require a vote of the people at a general election to be used for anything other than park and recreational purposes. The next general election will not be held until November 2006 so the short answer to “are they available at this time” is no.
As to the willingness to sell, the staff believes that both
parcels have value as park properties and should not be sold for alternative
the central corridor which leads
into and out of the downtown area.
For all of these reasons McGuire indicated that the staff recommends that neither parcel be considered available for sale.
There was no public comment.
Jurado supported the staff recommendation in that the areas are both residential areas not suited for a jail. Rothhaar supported the recommendation. Lengerman spoke of uses of the park that are positive and the nature of the area as being incompatible with a jail use.
Motion by Allen, second by Lengerman that the Commission recommends that the City Council advise the County that Grove Park and Central Park are not available for consideration as a jail site at the present time due to their status as “dedicated parks” and further that due to their value to the community as parkland they will not be available for sale. Motion carried 8 – 0.
McGuire presented the park rules for review. Lengerman asked about enforcement issues and staff replied that parks staff and the police are responsible for enforcement. Jurado suggested that a dog license be required for the dog park. The consensus was to open the dog park with current rules and to monitor the need for specific rules. Dauer asked about response to permit request and the response was that this is handled administratively.
Motion by Jurado, second by Lengerman to affirm the Park Rules. Motion carried 8 – 0.
Program and Project Update
The Civic Arena project is moving along and remains within budget. There are currently issues with the concrete drying due to high humidity. Testing has continued and dehumidification units have been turned on to aid in the drying process. The current moisture levels are preventing the installation of the rubber flooring. We are exploring options at this time and still hope to be skating by the end of the month. We expect that there will still be some loose ends at that time so we are planning to go with a soft opening to be followed by a grand opening sometime late in September.
At the last meeting there was discussion regarding the
There was also question about the frequency of service of the porta-jons at the sprayparks. After discussion with the provider, both were increased to twice weekly.
McGuire also reported that staff was considering with the arena contractor the suggestion of a camera security system for the site.
Park issues reported for staff action were:
Allen complemented staff on condition of Currie Golf Course. Lengerman indicated the new play equipment in Central is being well used.
Martin spoke of the five areas of the Parks and Recreation Department and asked for Commission feedback on how best for the Commission to become informed on total operation.
Martin encouraged the Commission to contact him with new business items and discussed the workings of the Commission.
Berthiaume suggested a Master Plan review for the September budget.
Meeting adjourned at
NOTE: Civic Arena
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