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Park & Rec Commission Minutes - December 17, 2009
Meeting Minutes
December 17, 2009 at 7 p.m.
Council Chambers
101B Sand Creek Road
Brentwood, CA 94513

CALL TO ORDER: Chair Hofstadt called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

ROLL CALL: Present were Chair Hofstadt, Vice Chair Ernie Rodrigues and Commissioners Blythe Lind, Lanny Brown and Sandra Myers. Staff members present were Roger Stromgren, Landscape/Facilities Manager; Poldina Scherff, Recreation Manager; Devin Hidalgo, Pool Manager; Edie Keller, Administrative Supervisor and Linda Stadlbauer, Administrative Assistant II.



1. Approve minutes of regular meeting of November 19, 2009.
2. Accept Recreation Manager project status report. (P. Scherff)
3. Accept Parks Division monthly report. (B. Margesson)

 Motion to approve items 2-4 of Consent Calendar.
Motioned: Rodrigues
Second: Myers
Ayes: 5
Noes: 0

 Motion to approve items 1 of Consent Calendar, with amendment of November 19, 2009 Minutes to include the name of the park, Summerwood Park, in Presentation section.
Motioned: Rodrigues
Second: Myers
Ayes: 4
Noes: 0
Abstain: 1

4. ACTION ITEM: Approval of Summerwood Playground Equipment recommendation and forward to City Council for approval. (R. Stromgren)

After discussion, the Commission decided that they prefer the green and yellow combination with the current configuration of play equipment as presented in the illustration by Landscape Structures, Inc.

 Motion to approve Item 4 of Scheduled Matters
Motioned: Brown
Second: Lind
Ayes: 5
Noes: 0

5. ACTION ITEM: Approve the revised Pool Rules and forward to City Council to accept and file. (M. Kaiser)

Discussion included the required number of lifeguards on duty at any one time, which is approximately 13-14, plus other personnel, including cashiers. The Commission also questioned whether the rules regarding required life jackets for those who are less than six years old and non-swimmers would be “enforced” again this year. This is still to be determined by staff. Other discussion included the use of color coded wristbands for all young swimmers and the possibility of a swim test to determine competency level.

 Motion to approve Item 5 of Scheduled Matters
Motioned: Brown
Second: Rodrigues
Ayes: 5
Noes: 0

6. ACTION ITEM: Approve the 2010 Park and Recreation Commission Meeting Calendar. (E. Keller)

The Commission was advised that their previous suggestions were included in the revised Policy, and that the City’s legal counsel has approved the Policy. The only corrections to the staff report are that there are only two, not three, meetings that are moved up, those for November and December, and the meeting date for February is actually the 25th.

 Motion to approve Item 6 of Scheduled Matters, with correction, and forward to City Council for approval.
Motioned: Brown
Second: Lind
Ayes: 5
Noes: 0

Roger Stromgren informed the Commission that McClarren Park construction is temporarily on-hold due to the weather, and, in response to Commissioner Lind’s question about returning the swings to McClarren, that Barry Margesson will have to check in to this and get back to them. He also showed the Commission several photographs from the recent John Marsh Home tour.

Linda Stadlbauer and Edie Keller wished everyone Merry Christmas and safe holidays.

Commissioner Brown informed the Commission that he may be a little late, or possibly absent, at the next meeting.

Commissioner Rodrigues complimented Parks and Recreation on the flags at Veterans Park, and would like to see a fund established to ensure that there is always money for new flags. He reiterated that it would be nice to have an event at the park next Veterans Day.

Commissioner Lind attended the Senior Meeting and is relaying several issues from the seniors. They were concerned about City Park being removed and the concerts cancelled, and that McClarren Park doesn’t have enough parking designed into the plan. Poldina Scherff replied that concerts will start again when the new Civic Center is finished, and that the park has been redesigned with almost as much “green-space” as before. Roger Stromgren will scale out the park land for the next meeting. Eileen Hofstadt suggested that our architect create a virtual tour of the new Civic Center and City Park plans for our website. Regarding McClarren Park parking, although it was never designed to have an additional parking area, there are adjacent areas that could be incorporated for parking. Roger will look into this and let the Commission know at a future meeting. Commissioner Lind also inquired as to the condition of the bocce courts and to the shade at Orchard Park. Roger Stromgren responded that the courts should be smoothed out and that there is no update about the shade as of yet.

Commissioner Hofstadt complimented Parks and Recreation on a very nice Activities Guide.



Meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

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