WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 2006
ROBERT LIVERMORE COMMUNITY CENTER
4444 EAST AVENUE, LIVERMORE, CALIFORNIA
CRESTA BLANCA BALLROOM
Meeting was called to order at 7:03 p.m. by Chair Kamena. Roll was taken and all Directors were present except Director Furst.
2. PUBLIC FORUM
Chair Kamena asked for public comment on any item not on the agenda.
1) Valerie Morrow, Livermore, stated that she has a 14 year old son who plays for Mizuno NorCal Volleyball. She said it is her understanding that this volleyball league will lose its time in the RLCC gym in the fall due to the gym being rented by CYO Basketball. She asked if this were true. She stated that she is concerned that all sports be supported by LARPD, and have the opportunity to use the gym.
Chair Kamena suggested that Ms. Morrow leave her name and telephone number so that an LARPD staff person could telephone her to discuss the matter.
2) Mitch Eason, 1967 Paseo Laguna Seco, Livermore, stated that there is a lot of interest in roller hockey in the area now. Local players must go to Oakland to play indoors. Mr. Eason stated he wished to express his interest, and that of others, in having an indoor space in which to play roller hockey in Livermore. Mr. Eason said he would be willing to help with such an effort.
3. CONSENT AGENDA
3.1 BOARD MINUTES
3.1.1 Meeting of April 26, 2006.
3.2 COMMUNICATIONS None.
3.3 General Manager’s Monthly Report (#58/10).
3.4 Payroll and Claims.
On a motion by Director Faltings, seconded by Director Goodman, approved the Consent Agenda, passing 4-0.
4. CONSENT AGENDA: RESOLUTIONS
4.1 Resolution No. 2007, a resolution amending agreement with the City of Livermore for funding and management of Trail Segment H-1.
4.2 Resolution No. 2008, a resolution accepting construction improvements by Gordon N. Ball at Independence Park, as complete.
4.3 Resolution No. 2009, a resolution accepting construction improvements by Pacific Union Homes to Trail Segment A-4, as complete.
Chair Kamena stated that Item #4.1, Resolution No. 2007, was to be pulled from the Consent Agenda and be discussed by Board and staff.
On a motion by Director Faltings, seconded by Director Goodman, approved the Consent Agenda Resolutions, by the following roll call vote:
AYES: Director Goodman, Director Turner, Director Faltings, and Chair Kamena (4)
NOES: None (0)
ABSENT: Director Furst (1)
General Manager Barry stated that a staff report had been distributed to Directors this evening that contained corrections regarding Resolution No. 2007, which pertains to amending an agreement with the City of Livermore for funding and management of Trail Segment H-1. As the agreement was worded as attached to the staff report distributed with the Board packets, it appears that $35,000 of fencing costs for the project (part of the $231,000 LARPD contribution) will be reimbursed to the City of Livermore through this agreement. Wente Land and Cattle Company is actually going to install the fencing for the project and be reimbursed by the District. The fact is that the $35,000 for fencing will be reimbursed to Wente Land and Cattle Company through a separate letter of agreement that is forthcoming with the Easement Agreement with the company. Therefore, in the revised agreement with the City, wording has been corrected and clarified to that effect. Mr. Barry stated that staff recommends approving the revised draft of the agreement.
On a motion by Director Turner, seconded by Director Faltings, approved the revised draft of the amended agreement with the City of Livermore for funding and management of Trail Segment H-1, less Resolution No. 2007, by the following roll call vote:
AYES: Director Turner, Director Faltings, Director Goodman and Chair Kamena (4)
NOES: None (0)
ABSENT: Director Furst (1)
5. BIDS AND PUBLIC HEARINGS None.
6. OLD BUSINESS
7. NEW BUSINESS
7.1 SITE SELECTION FOR PERMANENT RESTROOM IN SPECIAL USE PARK
Chair Kamena presented background information, stating that a public meeting was held at the March 8, 2006 LARPD Board meeting, in order to gather public input on the possibility of installing a public restroom in one of two neighborhood parks, Lester Knott Park or Marlin Pound Park. At that meeting, the large amount of public opinion expressed against installing a restroom in either of these parks led Directors to decide not to move ahead with plans to put a restroom in a neighborhood park and to direct staff to investigate the appropriateness of installing a permanent restroom in William (Bill) Payne Park, located at 5800 Patterson Pass Road.
General Manager Barry summarized the staff report, stating that $250,000 has been allocated in the Capital Improvement Budget for a permanent snack bar/restroom/storage structure that would be place in William (Bill) Payne Park. As the structure has been expanded from a restroom only if it were at a neighborhood park, to a combination restroom/snack bar/storage building, the cost may increase to approximately $300,000. Staff is now in discussing with City of Livermore staff about this project.
Directors asked for clarification on some of the details of the snack bar operation, which will probably be operated by one of the sports user groups. General Manager Barry stated that staff will be working with the user group(s) regarding expenses, equipping the snack bar, and operations.
On a motion by Director Faltings, seconded by Director Turner, approved the staff recommendation to continue planning the installation of a restroom/snack bar/storage structure, to be included in the 2006/2007 District Budget, in William (Bill) Payne Park, passing 4-0.
7.2 RESOLUTION APPROVING TWINNING THE LIVERMORE SCOTTISH HIGHLAND GAMES AND CELTIC FESTIVAL WITH THE BIRNAM HIGHLAND GAMES
Chair Kamena explained that the District is hosting its 3rd Annual Scottish Games this year and that the Scottish Games Committee is proposing twinning with the Birnam Highland Games in Scotland. Chair Kamena stated that it would be a similar relationship to that of having a sister city. He stated that he supports this event, and that twinning with the Birnam Games would be an opportunity to raise the stature of our local Games.
General Manager Barry asked if it was anticipated that this arrangement would incur any cost to the District. Chair Kamena and Director Faltings, members of the Scottish Games Committee, responded that it would not.
Kris Andersen and Malcolm Carden, members of the Scottish Games Committee, addressed the Directors and thanked them for their support of the Livermore Games and thanked them for considering this resolution. Mr. Carden stated that, should this agreement be made, the Livermore Games would be the only Scottish Games in California twinning with Scotland, and this would be prestigious for our Games. Mr. Carden thanked Mayor Kamena for establishing a relationship with Peter Bischoff, a member of British Parliament. Mr. Carden invited the public to attend the Livermore Scottish Games on May 20-21, 2006.
Director Goodman asked if establishing such a relationship would commit the District financially to continuing the Scottish Games, or just to the twinning relationship. Chair Kamena responded that the commitment would be only to the twinning relationship.
Chair Kamena opened public comment. No public comment was received.
On a motion by Director Faltings, seconded by Chair Kamena, approved Resolution No. 2010, approving extending an invitation to the Birnam Highland Games to twin with the Livermore Scottish Highland games and Celtic Festival by the following roll call vote:
AYES: Director Faltings, Director Goodman, Director Turner and Chair Kamena (4)
NOES: None (0)
ABSENT: Director Furst (1)
Director Faltings stated that she recently traveled to Scotland and met several people associated with the Birnam Highland Games, which started in 1864. Director Faltings said that these people are very exciting to be attending our upcoming Games.
8. COMMITTEE REPORTS
Directors reported on the seven committee meetings attended since the Board meeting of April 12, 2006, as follows: Facilities (2), Program, Budget, Scottish Games, Downtown, Inc. and Livermore Cultural Arts Council.
9. ORAL REPORTS
9.1 Director Faltings gave a report on her recent attendance at the Annual California Association of Recreation and Park Districts (CARPD) Conference. This group is made up solely of recreation and park districts and has 70 member agencies, stated Director Faltings. She stated that she attended sessions on Assessment Districts and Impact Fees as well as the awards ceremony, and that there are many innovative recreation programs going on in California. Director Faltings also stated the CARPD has had as President several LARPD Directors.
Director Turner also reported on his attendance at the CARPD Conference. He stated that Director Faltings, at this conference, was installed as President of CARPD, and congratulated her. He noted that former LARPD Directors Larry Faltings and Ernie Rodrigues had also served as CARPD President. Director Turner stated that he attended sessions on Special Districts, SB364, Resilient Playground Safety Surfaces and Brain Drain and Public Agencies.
10. MATTERS INITIATED BY THE DIRECTORS
1) Director Faltings stated that she was at the Ravenswood Historic Site today, and there happened to be a school program going on, involving Smith School students. Director Faltings commended the 3rd graders of Smith School for the excellent behavior during the program.
2) Director Faltings invited the public to come to Ravenswood Historic Site on Mothers’ Day, Sunday, May 14. This is one of the regular public tour days, and all mothers who attend will be given a flower.
3) Director Goodman stated that in the April 27, 2006 Program Committee meeting, the Aquatics Program was discussed. Director Goodman noted that the program, which was approved by the Board to stay open year-round, did very well. It fell short of its budget projection by only $4,000. Director Goodman stated he hope that even more participants will take part in the year-round Aquatics Program next year.
4) Director Goodman complimented staff on the tri-fold RLCC brochure that was recently distributed to Directors. He stated he hopes to have copies of the brochure to distribute at the LARPD booth at Farmers’ Market.
5) Director Kamena stated that he would like the Board to discuss the possibility of changing the titles of Board “Chair” and “Vice Chair” to Board “President” and “Vice President.” He stated that he felt this change would be more gender-neutral and less awkward.
General Manager Barry stated that there will be a California Special Districts Association (CSDA) Conference September 25-28, 2006 in Squaw Creek, California. LARPD Directors have participated in this conference in the past, and General Manager stated that staff will be asking Directors if they are available to attend. The conference has training topics specific to special districts.
Director Faltings noted that the Ethics Training, required of Directors by AB 1234, will be offered the day before this conference begins.
Meeting recessed from 7:40 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
12. EXECUTIVE SESSION
Meeting convened to Executive Session at 7:45 p.m.
13. RECONVENE TO OPEN SESSION
Meeting reconvened to Open Session at 8:05 p.m.
14. REPORT OF ACTION TAKEN IN EXECUTIVE SESSION
No action to report.
Meeting adjourned at 8:06 p.m.
Chair, Board of Directors
General Manager and ex-officio
Clerk to the Board of Director