Board Meeting Minutes
LIVERMORE AREA RECREATION AND PARK
71 TREVARNO ROAD
LIVERMORE, CALIFORNIA 94551-4931
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
Wednesday, May 12, 2004
7:00 p.m., L.A.R.P.D. District Office
3575 Pacific Avenue
LARPD BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: David Furst, Scott Karnena, Dale Turner and Chair Maryalice Summers Faltings (4)
LARPD BOARD MEMBERS ABSENT: Alice Quinn (1)
STAFF MEMBERS PRESENT: Michael Kyle, Ken Craig, Gail Sloane, Felix Errico, Lora Cohen, Diane Daniel
1. CALL TO ORDER—ROLL CALL—PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Meeting was called to order at 7:06 p.m., with Director Quinn noted absent at the time of roll call.
2. PUBLIC FORUM
Public comment was received from:
a. Dan Swinbank, 467 El Camnito, Livermore. Mr. Swinbank stated that although his wife worked for the District, he was speaking as an individual. Mr. .Swinbank indicated his support for the development of a memorial grove and asked that it be considered as an item for a future Board meeting.
b. Ruth Ann Kirchener, 574 Leona Drive, Livermore. Ms. Kirchener indicated her support for the use of bicycles in skate parks and submitted information to the Board from the Skate Park Association of the United States of America, which also supported use of bikes in skate parks.
c. Anna Collazo, 4249 Galloway Street, Livermore. Ms. Collazo asked the Board to reconsider its decision of March 17 whereby the Board had voted to approve the Marlin Pound Park improvement project, which had included development of a dog park. Ms. Collazo stated that her position was that the children in the community should come first, and if there was money available for park improvements, that money should be used to upgrade the current facilities. Ms. Collazo stated that she believed the neighborhood notification process was inadequate. She submitted a petition with sixteen signatures asking the Board to reconsider its decision.
d. Kristen Linberg, Livermore. Ms. Linberg asked the Board to reconsider its decision for placement of a dog park at Marlin Pound Park. Ms. Linberg indicated that she would prefer an upgrade to the existing play structure and that she was frustrated with the notification process. Ms. Linberg stated that she would like to be able to vote on which play structure was placed in the park.
e. Julie Grant, 1924 Parkside Court. Ms. Grant stated that she had attended the first meeting, but not the second meeting on the Marlin Pound Park dog area issue; she had not realized that the Board would be voting on the issue at the second meeting. Ms. Grant said that she sees more children on the park play structure than people with dogs in the park, and is afraid that money spent on a dog park would be wasted. Because half of the dogs she sees in the park are already off leash, she did not think that people would take the dogs to the dog park. She asked that the money allocated for the dog park be redirected towards the play structure.
f. Linda Sentone, Galloway Common, Livermore. Ms. Sentone stated that she was also against '- ,
the dog park; her property backed up to the proposed area for the dog park. She indicated that if she had known that a dog park would be placed in back of her property, she would not have purchased her house.
Chair Faltings closed public comment.
3. CONSENT AGENDA
3.1 Board Minutes
3.1.1 Regular meeting of April 14, 2004.
3.1.2 Special meeting of Apri121, 2004.
3.1.3 Special meeting of Apri128, 2004.
3.2.1 Petition dated March 24, 2004, submitted by Anna Collazo, Kristen Linberg, and Helen Meier regarding the Marlin Pound Park dog area.
3.2.2 Petition dated Apri121, 2004, submitted by Anna Collazo, Kristen Linberg, and Helen Meier regarding the Marlin Pound Park dog area.
3.2.3 Letter dated April 29, 2004 from Helen Meier and Anna Collazo regarding the Marlin Pound Park dog area.
3.2.4 Letter dated April 30, 2004, from Kristen Linberg regarding Marlin Pound Park.
3.3 General Manager's Monthly Report (#56-10).
3.4 Payroll and Claims.
3.5 Cost estimate report for making changes to approved plans for the Marlin Pound Park dog area.
3.6 Sunken Gardens-Skate Park Improvements Project Report on additional cost expenditures.
Director Furst requested removal from the Consent Agenda of Item 3.5, the cost estimate report for making changes to the Marlin Pound Park project.
On motion by Director Kamena, seconded by Director
Furst, approved the remaining Consent Agenda items, passing 4-0.
Regarding the cost estimate report, a motion was made by Director Furst and seconded by Director Turner, to consider reopening discussion on the adopted improvement plan for Marlin Pound Park by agendizing the issue at a future meeting. Motion to reconsider the issue failed 2-2, with Directors Furst and Turner voting in favor of reconsidering the issue, and Director Kamena and Chair Faltings voting against.
4. CONSENT AGENDA: RESOLUTIONS: None.
5. BIDS AND PUBLIC HEARINGS: None.
6. OLD BUSINESS: None.
7. NEW BUSINESS:
7.1 RENEWAL OF SPECIAL TAX 97-1
No public comment was received regarding the District's renewal of Special Tax 97-1 and the setting of the Equivalent Dwelling Unit rate at $26.62.
motion by Director Kamena, seconded by Director Furst, adopted and approved Resolution No.1894, a resolution
renewing and setting the tax rate for Special Tax
97-1 for Fiscal Year 2004/2005 for maintenance and operation of park and recreation facilities, by the following roll call vote:
AYES: Directors Furst, Kamena, Turner, and Chair Faltings (4)
NOES: None (0)
ABSENT: Director Quinn (1)
7.2 SYCAMORE GROVE RECOVERY PROGRAM STATUS REPORT
Superintendent of Planning and Parks Craig reported to the Board on the status of the District's joint efforts with Zone 7 regarding investigation of the decline of the Sycamore trees at Sycamore Grove Park and the implementation of the Sycamore Grove Recovery Program. LARPD staff had recently attended a working session with the consultant team and with Zone 7 representatives, wherein new hydrology and dendrology information had been received. At that meeting staff had learned that Zone 7 was no longer working on development of the Department of Water Resources turnout. The approved Sycamore Grove Recovery Program was predicated on the development of that turnout, which was intended to divert water from the Arroyo del Valle to south of the park. Superintendent Craig informed the Board that a report from the consultants would be forthcoming which would provide information on the initial findings and make recommendations for the next phase of the program. Superintendent Craig recommended that a meeting be set up between LARPD Board members and staff, along with Zone 7 Board members and staff, to find out what has happened regarding the turnout issue.
Chair Faltings remanded the issue to the Board Intergovernmental Committee, with staff directed to arrange the recommended meeting as soon as possible.
8. ORAL REPORTS:
8.1. ROBERT LIVERMORE COMMUNITY CENTER PROJECT STATUS REPORT:
Superintendent Craig reported to the Board that delays in the construction of the Community Center had caused staff to re-evaluate being able to provide summer programs at the facility as well as the District's move-in date. The Inspector of Record had issued a number of notices of deviation in regards to code compliance issues for the fire sprinkler system, heating system, ventilation and air conditioning systems, as well as other items. Because those items cannot yet be fmalized, the construction of related elements cannot proceed. In addition, there have been several mistakes in the installation of the pools, which have also needed to be addressed. The District has not been able to now get a definitive completion date from the general contractor, Overaa Construction.
9. COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Board received reports on the fifteen committees attended since the Regular Meeting of April 14, 2004, as follows: Facilities, Program, Budget, Personnel, Intergovernmental (2), Community Center, Master Plan, Sports Park, Alameda County Special Districts Association, Downtown Inc., Extended Student Services P AC (2), Ravenswood Progress League, and Scottish Games. .
10. MATTERS INITIATED BY THE DIRECTORS: None.
11. MATTERS INITIATED BY THE GENERAL MANAGER: None.
Meeting recessed at 8:05 p.m.
12. EXECUTIVE SESSION: Meeting convened to Executive Session at 8: 11 p.m.
13. RECONVENE TO OPEN SESSION: Meeting reconvened to Open Session at 8:29 p.m.
14. REPORT OF ACTION TAKEN IN EXECUTIVE SESSION: Chair Faltings reported that no action had been taken by the Board of Directors in Executive Session.
15. ADJOURNMENT: Meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.
Chair, Board of Directors
General Manager and ex-officio
Clerk to the Board of Directors
Area Recreation and Park District
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