PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION
January 14, 2008
Present: Commissioners Eggers, Gardiner, Noraas, Rosenthal; Director Robertson; Superintendents Gies and Teige
Absent: Commissioner Lewis; City Council Liaison Navickas
Eggers called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. at the Parks office, 340 S. Pioneer.
Robertson reminded commissioners that a group of citizens attended the December 17 meeting and requested permission to allow dogs at the
Discussion Among Commissioners
Commissioners questioned the timeframe for the dogs’ visits and learned it was mainly during the lunch hour, between 11:00 AM and 12:30 PM. Staff said dog waste complaints were not being reported. When asked about exceptions to the “no dogs” rule in parks, Robertson said they included the
Noraas stated that animals are an important part of seniors’ lives and aid with socialization. She said the request (to allow dogs at the center) was reasonable and voiced support for allowing them to visit the center for a short period each weekday, with any problems quickly addressed. She suggested installing an apparatus to which dogs could be tethered other than the bench outside the center.
Eggers expressed concern about setting a precedent permitting dogs in Parks-managed areas and voiced caution about making an exception to dog rules.
Gardiner spoke in support of making an exception to the dog ordinance at the center as long as parameters were measurable and enforceable.
Rosenthal said he was sympathetic to the cause but not comfortable with the confinement of the dogs and suggested placing a dog run beside the center.
Staff was directed to prepare a proposal for a future meeting discussion about dogs at the
HIGH SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY MEET REQUEST
Robertson reported that JJ Moses sent a letter to the commission requesting the use of
JJ Moses, President of Team Rock Star, said the event would benefit his non-profit organization. He indicated that the proposed course at
Discussion Among Commissioners
Commissioners asked Moses for additional information about the proposed meet and he said ten teams would be invited to participate and runners would number 140 (70 varsity and 70 junior varsity). He described the race route in detail. When asked about parking, he said the teams would park at the high school and run down to
Rosenthal suggested considering the Oak Knoll Golf Course as the race venue instead of North Mountain Park, since it would not pose field scheduling conflicts or traffic issues, and Gardiner said the course would need to be shut down for such an event and he was not comfortable shutting down the course too often.
Commissioners voiced general interest in continuing the discussion and Teige agreed to work with Moses to develop a concrete proposal for a future review.
ITEMS FROM COMMISSIONERS
Robertson requested an opportunity to meet with commissioners individually regarding 2008-2009 budget goals as well as issues brought forth during the recent executive session. Eggers questioned the need to meet individually and Robertson agreed to schedule meetings individually or in small groups, at the commissioners’ discretion.
ADJOURNMENT – By consensus, with no further business, Eggers adjourned the meeting at 8:00 PM.
Respectfully submitted, Susan Dyssegard,