WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9, 2006
ROBERT LIVERMORE COMMUNITY CENTER
4444 EAST AVENUE, LIVERMORE, CALIFORNIA
CRESTA BLANCA BALLROOM
DIRECTORS PRESENT: Director Faltings, Director Furst, Director Goodman, Director Turner and President Kamena
DIRECTORS ABSENT: None (0)
STAFF MEMBERS PRESENT: Jim Brandenburg, Lora Cohen, Barbara Kraybill, Michael Kyle, Michelle Newbould and Brian Tibbetts
Meeting was called to order at 7:03 p.m. by President Kamena. Roll was taken and all Directors were present.
2.1 Pat Hoenig presented the Board with a written history that she compiled of the Bothwell Recreation Center, particularly the modernization of the kitchen. She also presented a rubbing of the brass plate from the Carnegie Building fountain when it was renovated and rededicated in 1993.
Director Turner and President Kamena thanked Ms. Hoenig for her presentation, and expressed appreciation for concerned citizens like Ms. Hoenig.
3. PUBLIC FORUM
President Kamena asked for public comment on any item not on the agenda. No public comment was received.
4. CONSENT AGENDA:
4.1 BOARD MINUTES
4.1.1 Meeting of July 12, 2006.
4.2.1 Letter from Beth Wilson giving input for master plan workshop on trails, regional parks and open space.
4.3 General Manager’s Monthly Report (#60/1).
4.4. Payroll and Claims.
On a motion by Director Faltings, seconded by Director Turner, approved the Consent Agenda, with the exception of item 4.4, passing 5-0. Ms. Cohen explained that she had discovered an error in the fund balance report for May 2006, which has since been corrected. Ms Cohen presented a corrected report for the Board’s approval.
On a motion by Director Faltings, seconded by Director Turner, approved the Consent Agenda, which includes the corrected May fund balance report, passing 5-0.
5. CONSENT AGENDA: RESOLUTIONS:
5.1 Resolution No. 2027, a resolution approving amendments to LARPD’s Conflict of Interest Code.
5.2 Resolution No. 2028, a resolution approving revised job descriptions for Park Maintenance I and Park Maintenance II.
5.3 Resolution No. 2029, a resolution amending the Personnel Rules and Regulations, to change the maximum accrual of compensatory time from 40 to 80 hours.
On a motion by Director Faltings, seconded by Director Turner, approved the Consent Agenda Resolutions, by the following roll call vote:
AYES: Director Turner, Director Furst, Director Faltings, Director Goodman, and President Kamena (5)
NOES: None (0)
ABSENT: None (0)
6. BIDS AND PUBLIC HEARINGS:
6.1 PUBLIC HEARING ON FISCAL YEAR 2006/2007 OPERATING AND CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT BUDGET
President Kamena explained that the Board has had prior meetings to discuss the 2006/2007 District budget, and that the Preliminary Budget was approved by the Board in June. The budget that is being presented for approval tonight is substantially identical to the one that was passed, and is considered a final budget, though the District performs a mid-year budget review in January.
President Kamena opened public comment. No public comment was received.
On a motion by Director Furst, seconded by Director Faltings, approved Resolution No. 2030, adopting the Operating and Capital Improvement Budget for Fiscal Year 2006/2007, by the following roll call vote:
AYES: Director Furst, Director Faltings, Director Turner, Director Goodman, and President Kamena (5)
NOES: None (0)
ABSENT: None (0)
7. OLD BUSINESS: None.
8. NEW BUSINESS:
8.1 BOARD CONFERENCE EXPENSES
President Kamena stated that the Board will now discuss and decide the limits of annual Board conference expenses for each Director. He explained that the Directors are permitted to attend conferences and workshops that provide education regarding industry laws, trends, etc.
Director Turner asked for clarification regarding the special allocation last year, whereby Directors voted to allocate a larger portion of the Board conference allotment to Director Faltings, as she attended more conferences on behalf of the Board than other Directors. Director Faltings responded that she did not intend to attend the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) conference this year, which is one of the more expensive conferences.
On a motion by Director Turner, seconded by Director Faltings, approved dividing the 2006/2007 Board conference budget of $11,960 equally among the five Directors, which amounts to $2,392 per Director, passing 5-0.
9. COMMITTEE REPORTS:
President Kamena asked if any Directors had questions regarding the Committee reports. Directors had no questions.
10. MATTERS INITIATED/ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE DIRECTORS:
1) Director Faltings invited the public to the Ravenswood Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social this coming Sunday, August 13, from noon-4:00 p.m. She said that it is a wonderful community event that is co-sponsored by LARPD and the Ravenswood Progress League. This year is the 10th anniversary of the event.
2) Director Furst announced that it is mosquito season and that it is not too late for equestrian enthusiasts to vaccinate their horses, which he feels is a worthwhile thing to do.
3) Director Furst mentioned a recent “Money” magazine article which chose Livermore as one of the best small cities in the United States in which to live. Mr. Furst stated the article named Livermore as the 31st best city in the country, and 2nd in California. Livermore scored highest in the areas of education and parks. Mr. Furst said we should be proud of this.
4) President Kamena stated that the Board recently decided to move a future playground being provided by the Arroyo Crossing development from one location in Robertson Park to another location in Robertson Park. He said that the District needs to have public hearing(s) about this matter—moving the location and the new playground design that would be required as a result of moving it. Senior Recreation Supervisor Tibbetts stated that he and Park Supervisor Brandenburg had met with the architect at other Robertson Park locations, and that the architect was hoping to get some design drawings back to staff so that staff could meet again. Mr. Tibbetts stated that staff hopes to bring the new proposed playground design to Directors at the August 30 meeting of the Board.
1) Superintendent Kraybill announced that Baja Fresh Restaurant has agreed to partner with LARPD to help the District raise money. Ms. Kraybill stated that if people who go to lunch or dinner at the Livermore Baja Fresh between 11:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. on August 9, 2006 and present a special flier, Baja Fresh will donate 15% of the cost of the meal(s) to LARPD special events. Ms. Kraybill has fliers with her tonight to give to those who would like one. Fliers have also been mailed to many people.
Meeting convened to Executive Session at 7:30 p.m.
12. EXECUTIVE SESSION
12.1 REAL ESTATE NEGOTIATIONS
Pursuant to Section 54956.8 of the Government Code
Property: Sycamore Grove Park, 1051 Wetmore Road, Livermore, CA
Agency Negotiator: District Staff and/or Legal Counsel
Negotiating Parties: Chevron Pipe Line Company
Under Negotiation: Easement agreement
12.2 CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL-ANTICIPATED LITIGATION
Initiation of litigation pursuant to subdivision(c) of Section 54956.9 of the Government Code (one case)
13. RECONVENE TO OPEN SESSION
Meeting reconvened to Open Session at 9:48 p.m.
14. REPORT ON ACTION TAKEN IN EXECUTIVE SESSION
Item 12.1 Directors gave guidelines to District Legal Counsel on negotiating with Chevron Pipeline Company.
Item 12.2 No action taken.
Meeting adjourned at 9:50 p.m.
President, Board of Directors
General Manager and ex-officio
Clerk to the Board of Director