PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION
August 18, 2008
Present: Commissioners Eggers, Gardiner, Noraas, Rosenthal; Director Robertson; Superintendents Gies and Teige; Stewardship Coordinator Chesney
Absent: Commissioner Lewis; City Council Liaison Navickas
Gardiner called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. at the Parks office, 340 S. Pioneer.
Laurie Sager, landscape architect, distributed four drawings, including a site plan, grading plan, and two planting plans, and reported on the necessity of obtaining a physical and environmental constraints permit through the Planning Department. She said it would be prudent to conduct a flood study, as the buildings would need to be flood proofed or raised above the floodplain. She also suggested looking at the repercussions for the downstream neighbors in the event of a flood. She said that modeling and an extra study were not included in the original contract and the work would incur additional costs.
Mike Thornton, engineer, talked about the modeling process and said they would evaluate the grades based on flood conditions to study the effects on the landscaping.
Sager said the flood study would need to be conducted before commencing the permitting process.
Commissioners directed contractors to proceed with modeling and asked staff to maintain contact with the gardening community to keep them informed about the development timeline and any potential decisions.
GOLF COURSE IMPROVEMENTS DISCUSSION
Robertson reviewed the three-year capital improvement proposal (commenced FY 2006-2007) and reported on the items that were completed. He said the untouched and partially completed items were behind schedule due to time and money constraints. He indicated that funds had not been set aside for cart paths and Gardiner asked that the item be removed, with the tree master plan moved up on the list. He suggested convening the Golf Course Subcommittee to develop a new three-year plan. Rosenthal agreed and stated that several elements at the course, including cart paths and irrigation, were of major concern, but said the subcommittee needed to focus on creating a list of improvements that could be accomplished. He expressed the necessity for beautification at the course.
Noraas asked about the possibility of installing a walking path around the course and the commission agreed to continue considering that possibility and to allow additional cross country meets to be held at the course. Robertson suggested installing a gravel trail for use by walkers and joggers and as a cart path, with signs indicating proper etiquette for the multiuse amenity.
Teige was directed to schedule a subcommittee meeting for members Rosenthal, Gardiner, Gies, Moyers, Haney, and Teige within the next thirty days and to invite members of the public to attend.
OTHER COMMISSION BUSINESS
Eggers expressed concern about the Westwood property tour and asked the commission to think about the tours in advance to determine what they expected to accomplish.
ADJOURNMENT – By consensus, Gardiner adjourned the meeting at 9:00 p.m.
Respectfully submitted, Susan Dyssegard,