Board Meeting Minutes
LIVERMORE AREA RECREATION AND PARK
71 TREVARNO ROAD
LIVERMORE, CALIFORNIA 94551-4931
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
Wednesday, August 11, 2004
7:00 p.m., L.A.R.P.D. District Office
3575 Pacific Avenue
LARPD BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Alice Quinn, David Furst, Scott Kamena, Dale Turner and Chair Maryalice Summers Faltings (5)
LARPD BOARD MEMBERS ABSENT: None (0)
STAFF MEMBERS PRESENT: Tim Barry, Michael Kyle, Barbara Kraybill, Rich Lange, and Brian Tibbetts
1. CALL TO ORDER—ROLL CALL—PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Meeting was called to order at 7:03 p.m., with all Directors present.
2. SPECIAL ITEM:
Introduction of a new member of the LARPD Personnel Commission, an advisory group of volunteer citizens with human resources background who give their time and expertise to the park district to advise the board on personnel and HR considerations. Chair Faltings introduced and welcomed Margaret Carroll to the Personnel Commission. Chair Faltings expressed the Board’s appreciation to Ms. Carroll for donating her time to the park district. Ms. Carrol informed the board that she possesses a HR background, masters degree in Public Administration and extensive experience in affirmative action, and has been a resident of Livermore since 1984.
3. PUBLIC FORUM: Public comment was received from:
a. Pauline Creager, 342 Chris Common in Brook Meadow Park. Ms. Creager stated that she
is a frequent walker at Sycamore Grove and Veterans Park and would like to request that
restrooms be installed part way down the trail. She feels it would be convenient to have
them there in addition to the ones in the parking lots at the beginning and the end of the
b. Barbara Bowers, 3955 Stanford Way. Ms. Bowers asked the Board if there are going to
be bocce ball courts at the new facility or at one of the other parks. A lot of people are
interested in bocce ball.
Chair Faltings closed public comment.
4. CONSENT AGENDA:
4.1 Board Minutes
4.1.1 Regular meeting of July 14, 2004.
4.1.2 Special meeting of July 28, 2004
4.2.1 Letter from Alameda County Agricultural Advisory Committee re livestock
grazing as a management tool.
4.3 General Manager’s Monthly report (#57/1).
4.4 Payroll and Claims.
Director Furst requested removal from the Consent Agenda of Item 4.1.1, minutes of the
regular meeting of July 14, 2004.
On a motion by Director Kamena, seconded by Director Turner, approved the remaining
Consent Agenda items, passing 5-0.
Corrections to the minutes of July14, 2004, were made as follows: page 4, correct sentence to
read, “Director Furst additionally proposed that the District look at closing Camp Shelly”.
On a motion by Director Furst, seconded by Chair Faltings, approved the July 14, 2004
minutes as corrected, passing 5-0.
5. CONSENT AGENDA: RESOLUTIONS: None
6. BIDS AND PUBLIC HEARINGS:
6.1 PUBLIC HEARING: FISCAL YEAR 2004/2005 OPERATING AND CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT BUDGET
Chair Faltings opened the Public Hearing on the FY 2004/2005 Budget. No public
comment was received, and the Public Hearing was closed.
General Manager Barry presented a summary of the operating budget and explained the
budget balancing measures taken to offset the property tax reduction by the state:
- Entered into a contract for planning and development services with the City
- Increased employee to supervisor ratio in the Park Division.
- Suspension of Ravenswood Days school programs for 3rd graders.
- Suspension of Jr. Rangers and Easter egg hunt programs.
- Transfer of some park maintenance from contracted labor to in-house labor.
- Reduction of water and mowing of parks that will have a negative effect on
- Delay in the opening of the Community Center lap pool until March 2005.
- Postpone purchase of two electric carts that facilitate park maintenance.
- A greater work load for staff with fewer co-workers to assist, and that
reduction in work will result on a priority basis.
- A reduction in public information efforts while still maintaining the district’s
program guide and web site.
- Reduction in administrative support on a priority basis.
On a motion by Director Quinn, seconded by Director Turner, approved putting
$745,000 in the 04/05 Capital Improvement Budget for the Robertson Park arena cover,
Regarding 4460 Conference Expense, a motion was made by Director Furst, seconded by
Director Turner, to reduce the 4460 Conference Expense to $2,200. Motion failed 3-2,
with Directors Furst and Turner voting in favor, and Directors Quinn, Kamena and Chair
Faltings voting against.
On a motion by Director Kamena, seconded by Director Turner, approved increasing the
line item for Master Plan in the 04/05 Capital Improvement Budget from $30,000 to
$50,000, passing 5-0.
Director Furst made a motion to reduce board stipends to $18,000. Motion died for lack
of a second.
On behalf of the entire board, Chair Faltings thanked the staff and budget committee for
all their hard work the past couple of months putting together a balanced budget; and
extended the board’s appreciation to all the employees at LARPD.
Resolution: On a motion by Director Furst, seconded by Director Turner, adopted and
approved Resolution No. 1908, a resolution adopting the Operating and Capital
Improvement Budget for FY 2004/2005, by the following roll call vote:
AYES: Directors Quinn, Furst, Kamena, Turner, and Chair Faltings (5)
NOES: None (0)
ABSENT: None (0)
7. OLD BUSINESS:
OF STATUE OF ROBERT LIVERMORE BY LIVERMORE ROTARY
Rich Lange, Community Center Director, reported that John Gordon, President of the Rotary Club informed him that in commemoration of Rotary’s 100th anniversary they are donating to LARPD a life-size sculpture of Robert Livermore and request that it be placed at the RLCC. Mr. Gordon assures the board that the sculpture is 100% quality and would like to have it unveiled possibly at the RLCC grand opening celebration. Community Center Director Lange stated that the statue was unanimously approved by the Livermore Public Arts Committee at their meeting on July 7, 2004. The Committee is familiar with work done by the artist, Mr. Don Homan. The statue should be ready by the time the RLCC opens.
On a motion by Director Kamena, seconded by Chair Faltings, accepted the recommendation of the Livermore Public Arts Committee for placement of the statue of Robert Livermore by Mr. Homan at the Robert Livermore Community Center when the time is appropriate, passing 5-0.
8. NEW BUSINESS:
8.1 PLANNING CONTRACT WITH THE CITY OF LIVERMORE
Board agreed to continue this item to a later board meeting to give the Board members
and staff some extra time to make some minor changes to the contract.
9. ORAL REPORTS:
9.1 ROBERT LIVERMORE COMMUNITY CENTER PROJECT STATUS
General Manager Barry reported that the opening date for RLCC will be sometime in
October due to the unresolved issues regarding the HVAC system and some unfinished
Community Center Director Lange reported that the substantial completion date is
September 1st, from that point we have some punch list things to do that should take
about 4-5 weeks. The move in date should be at the end of October.
9.2 SYCAMORE GROVE RECOVERY PROGRAM UPDATE
General Manager Barry reported that the final report on the Sycamore Grove Recovery
Program is due at the end of the week and he will make a report at the September board
10. COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Board reported on the eight committee meetings attended since the Regular Board Meeting of
July 14, 2004, as follows: Facilities, Program, Budget, California Association of Recreation
and Park Districts, Equestrian Center, Downtown, Inc., Livermore Cultural Arts Council, and
Community Gardeners of California.
11. MATTERS INITIATED BY THE DIRECTORS:
a. Director Furst requested the staff look into establishing term limits for the board.
12. MATTERS INITIATED BY THE GENERAL MANAGER:
a. General Manager Barry requested the board do a General Manager evaluation in closed
session at the September board meeting.
13. EXECUTIVE SESSION:
Meeting adjourned to Executive Session at 9:15 p.m.
Meeting reconvened to Regular Session at 9:30 p.m.
Chair Faltings reported that the board unanimously voted to engage the legal services of
Hansen-Bridges to assist with the Robert Livermore Community Center.
14. ADJOURNMENT: Meeting adjourned at 9:38 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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