City of Ashland
PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION
December 13, 2004
Present: Commissioners Amarotico, Eggers, Gardiner, Lewis, Rosenthal; Director Robertson; Superintendent Gies;
Absent: Superintendent Teige, City Council Liaison Hartzell
Chair Gardiner called the special meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. at the Parks office, 340 S. Pioneer Street.
PROPOSED MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING CONCERNING THE JACKSON COUNTY / BEAR CREEK GREENWAY PROJECT ADJACENT TO THE BILLINGS RANCH
Vice Chair Eggers spoke in favor of the “Proposed Memorandum of Understanding Concerning the Jackson County / Bear Creek Greenway Project Adjacent to the Billings Ranch” and asked the Parks Commission to consider signing the associated petition.
Chair Gardiner opened the floor to public testimony.
Donna Rhee, 338 Scenic Drive, spoke of the natural beauty of the Greenway and voiced her opinion about the necessity of protecting the natural area with respect to the Billings Golf Course project.
Discussion Among Commissioners
Commissioners questioned why the matter was brought before the commission, when it did not appear to be a Parks Commission topic. Vice Chair Eggers responded that the subject is significant to the Parks Commission because of the community’s use of and appreciation for the Greenway.
After further discussion, the commission agreed that they would not sign the petition, but instead would write a separate letter to the Jackson County Commission indicating that “the original Greenway Plan should be preserved and upheld.”
Staff agreed to draft the letter, based on feedback from the commission, for the their review and signature, to be included in the December regular meeting packets [distributed on Wednesday, December 15]. Upon approval, staff agreed to deliver the letter to the Jackson County Commission on Tuesday, December 21 [in time for their study session scheduled that day].
ADJOURNMENT – By consensus, with no further business, Chair Gardiner adjourned the meeting at 7:45 PM.