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PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION
MEETING MINUTES
City Council Chamber
Monday, April 10, 2006
6:30 p.m.

CALL TO ORDER:

Chair Russell called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.

FLAG SALUTE:

Commissioner Keller led the flag salute.

ROLL CALL:

Present :

Kathleen Baier-Dalton, Kathleen Dasney, Pamela Keller, George Miller, Craig Russell, Nancy Spencer, Neil Swanson

Absent :

None

Staff :

Ron Molendyk, Parks and Recreation Director; Parks and Recreation Managers Dave Alkema, Grace Carroll-Miranda, Alice Loya, Dannielle Mauk, and Judy Peterson; Exhibit/Museum Specialist Richard Smith; Landscape Superintendent Dennis Quinlivan



PUBLIC COMMENTS

None.

CONSENT ITEMS (Items 1 - 2)

Commissioner Miller MADE A MOTION and Commissioner Swanson SECONDED THE MOTION to approve the Consent Calendar items as written.

AYES: Dalton, Dasney, Keller, Miller, Russell, Spencer, Swanson
NOES: None
ABSENT: None

The MOTION PASSED unanimously.

1. MINUTES OF THE MARCH 13, 2006 REGULAR MEETING

Recommendation to approve the Minutes of the March 13, 2006 regular meeting.

2. LANDSCAPE DIVISION MONTHLY REPORT FOR MARCH 2006

Staff recommendation to receive and file the Landscape Division March 2006 Monthly Report.

REGULAR BUSINESS (Items 3 - 8)

3. OPENING OF THE LEO FENDER GALLERY

Cultural Arts and Events Manager Dannielle Mauk invited the commissioners to the upcoming opening of the Leo Fender Gallery at the Fullerton Museum Center. Manager Mauk introduced Richard Smith, Museum Curator, who provided a history and background on the Leo Fender Gallery, and a preview of the exhibits.

Director Molendyk acknowledged the staff's hard work on the Fender exhibit, noted how important marketing was to this and other exhibits, and announced that $78,000 of cash and in-kind contributions had been raised by the Museum Foundation.

4. GATE AT MOUNTAIN VIEW PARK - CONTINUED

Director Molendyk provided a background on the February 13, 2006 Commission meeting when the Mountain View Park gate issue was first heard by the Commission, but was continued until tonight's meeting to allow staff to gather more information on alternatives proposed by the commissioners. He said that since then, Parks Manager Dave Alkema has re-visited the gate, and met with the Traffic Engineer to discuss commissioner concerns and suggestions.

Manager Alkema discussed possible alternatives to the current gate which were brought up at the February 2006 Commission meeting, and described the pros and cons of these solutions to reducing illegal and disruptive after-hours activities at Mountain View Park.

Manager Alkema recommended painting the present yellow gate a more neutral color with reflectors on the backside which would only be visible at night when closed.

Commissioner Spencer asked that staff try to paint the gate first, and if that doesn't work, staff could try another step. She MADE A MOTION to paint the gates an appropriate color to blend with the landscaping, then plant behind at least one gate, and see how it works. Commissioner Miller SECONDED THE MOTION.

AYES: Dasney, Keller, Miller, Russell, Spencer, Swanson
NOES: Dalton
ABSENT: None

The MOTION PASSED 6 - 1.

5. DIRECTOR'S UPDATE

Director Molendyk announced that the Bastanchury Park Concession Stand lease was negotiated to recover utility and maintenance costs of $125 per month. He described the meeting on the "Good Neighbor Policy" at the Sports Complex, saying the outcome was that members agreed on being good neighbors, especially on Sundays, with priority given to special events and make-up games. However, there was no decision made on regular league play on Sundays.

He noted the follow-up meeting on the Fullerton Sports Complex tot lot with Chair Russell, and that they would have the City Attorney present at the Commission workshop to answer questions about the tot lot.

Director Molendyk described the new after school and Even Start ESL/school readiness programs at the Valencia Center, and the demolition at Richman Park for the St. Jude Clinic which was delayed slightly due to a red fire ant infiltration.

Director Molendyk reported that the April 6th opening of the Fullerton Market went well and that the bands used Fender instruments (in honor of the Leo Fender gallery opening April 22). He announced Night in Fullerton on April 28th and Faces of Fullerton on the same weekend.

6. REPORT ON CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEMS

Director Molendyk reported on Department items reviewed at recent City Council meetings including 30 Adopt-A-Park MOU's approved for Spring 2006, Closed Sessions on the Bastanchury Greenbelt and the Kiwanis lease, with the latter going to Council on May 16th, and a favorable Fullerton Aquatics Sports Team (FAST) report to City Council.

Commissioner Dalton commented on a recent meeting of the Sports Field Users Appeals Committee. She said the Committee came up with a solution to a field use conflict at the Sports Complex, saying that, as often happens, one party liked the solution and the other didn't.

7. COMMISSIONER COMMENTS

Commissioner Spencer asked if the Park Ranger issue could be continued and possibly funded through grants or other funding, saying that the amount of money spent on some parks would justify looking at the possibility of a park ranger or a part-time park rangers.

Commissioner Spencer asked about the Council meeting regarding funding from the Redevelopment Agency, saying it appeared that only library supporters turned out. Director Molendyk said there was about $77 million in bonds with about $20 million allocated for specific RDA projects, leaving $57 million for which $220 million in funding requests were submitted.

Commissioner Swanson commented on the Good Neighbor Policy at the Fullerton Sports Complex.

There was a discussion regarding the intent of the PA system policy in the Good Neighbor Policy. Chair Russell asked that the policy be clarified, and said that if at-bat announcements were not allowed during tournaments, the visiting teams might not return.

Director Molendyk asked if the Sports Complex Good Neighbor Policy should be brought to the Commission and formalized, and Manager Lowe agreed. Commissioner Swanson said Ms. Carvalho was agreeable to that.

Commissioner Dasney said she noticed that FAST's swim fees for small children had been raised. However, she checked those new fees against the YMCA's, and said that FAST's are "more than competitive" given that the YMCA charges membership fees, too.

Commissioner Keller personally invited the other commissioners to the Faces of Fullerton event on April 28th, saying she would send everyone a notice.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Ron Molendyk, Secretary

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