PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION
May 19, 2008
Present: Commissioners Eggers, Gardiner, Lewis, Noraas, Rosenthal; Director Robertson; Superintendents Gies and Teige
Absent: City Council Liaison Navickas
Gardiner called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. at the Parks office,
Study Session – April 21, 2008
MOTION Noraas moved to approve the minutes as written. Eggers seconded the motion.
The vote was: 4 yes – 0 no [Rosenthal abstained]
Regular Meeting – April 28, 2008
Under “Public Hearing for
MOTION Eggers moved to approve the minutes as amended. Lewis seconded the motion.
The vote was: 3 yes – 0 no [Noraas and Rosenthal abstained]
While members of the public were not in attendance, Robertson reported that three citizens recently voiced requests or complaints. He said a salsa dance instructor asked for permission to conduct free salsa dances at the bandshell; a Peace House representative asked to float candles in the lower duck pond in August in a recognition ceremony for the Nagasaki / Hiroshima bombings; and a Granite Street neighbor complained about a bear in the neighborhood and requested bear-proof garbage cans for Lithia Park.
2008-2009 BUDGET SUMMARY REPORT
Robertson reported that on Thursday, May 15, the Budget Committee approved recommending to City Council the adoption of the Parks budget as presented. He said the City budget was recommended for approval with some reductions and a proposed property tax increase of 13.5 cents per $1,000.
SUBCOMMITTEE and STAFF REPORTS
Robertson reported that the first phase of the upper duck pond cleanup project had been completed, including the draining and dredging of the pond and some irrigation work and refilling. He said the next phase would commence early in the new fiscal year. Gies said temporary signs would be posted asking park patrons to refrain from feeding the ducks.
Gies reported that the Scenic Park Improvements Project would begin the following day.
Teige reported on the success of the 18th Annual Bike Swap, held on Saturday, May 10, at The Grove.
ITEMS FROM COMMISSIONERS
Eggers reported on the work of the Centennial Subcommittee and spoke about specific elements of the proposed 4th of July float. Noraas, Lewis, and staff members shared their ideas regarding the upcoming parade float and the December celebration commemorating the formation of the Parks Commission.
UPCOMING MEETING DATE(S) and PROPOSED AGENDA ITEMS
§ Study session set for May 21 at 7:00 PM, Parks Office,
§ Study session set for June 16 at 7:00 PM, Parks Office,
§ Regular meeting set for June 23 at 7:00 PM, Council Chambers,
ADJOURNMENT OUT OF REGULAR SESSION– By consensus, with no further business, Gardiner adjourned the regular meeting at 8:05 p.m.
ADJOURNMENT INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION– By consensus, Gardiner adjourned into executive session at 8:05 p.m.
ADJOURNMENT OUT OF EXECUTIVE SESSION– By consensus, with no further business, Gardiner adjourned out of executive session at 8:25 p.m.
ADJOURNMENT– By consensus, with no further business, Gardiner adjourned the meeting at 8:25 p.m.
Respectfully submitted, Susan Dyssegard,