MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2007

 

ROBERT LIVERMORE COMMUNITY CENTER

4444 EAST AVENUE, LIVERMORE, CALIFORNIA

7:00 P.M.

CRESTA BLANCA BALLROOM

 

 

 

DIRECTORS PRESENT:                              Director Faltings, Director Furst, Director Goodman, Director Kamena and President Turner (5)

 

DIRECTORS ABSENT:                                None (0)

 

STAFF MEMBERS PRESENT:                    Chiye Azuma, Tim Barry, Jim Brandenburg, Jim Carlson, Lora Cohen, Michael Kyle, Barbara Kraybill, Gretchen Sommers

 

 

1.         CALL TO ORDER – ROLL CALL – PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by President Turner. Roll was taken and all Directors were present except Director Kamena.

 

2.          PUBLIC FORUM

President Turner asked for public comment. No public comment was received. President Turner closed public comment.

 

3.          CONSENT AGENDA:

3.1   BOARD MINUTES

        3.1.1   Meeting of January 31, 2007.

3.2   COMMUNICATIONS:

        3.2.1 Letter from Guadalupe Castillo following up on request for bilingual services from           LARPD.

3.3   General Manager’s Monthly Report (#60/7)

 

Director Faltings requested a correction to minutes of the January 31, 2007 Board meeting: on page 6, the wording of the motion for agenda item 13.3 should be amended to read, “On a motion by Director Faltings, seconded by Director Goodman, approved the staff recommendation to reject the claim on behalf of Joshua Wright and forward the claim to the District’s insurance carrier, passing 5-0.”

 

Director Faltings made a motion, seconded by Director Goodman., to approve the Consent Agenda. 4-0. President Turner requested that the minutes of the January 31, 2007 Board meeting be corrected to reflect the fact that the public comment and motions for Agenda Items 7.1 and 7.2 were in the proper order. President Turner asked about the letter from Ms. Castillo and whether there has been staff follow-up. General Manager Barry responded that he was following up on it.

 

President Turner called the motion. The motion to approve the Consent Agenda, with requested corrections, was approved 4-0; Director Kamena was not present.

                    Director Kamena arrived at 7:05 pm.

 

4.         CONSENT AGENDA:  RESOLUTIONS:  None.

 

5.         BIDS AND PUBLIC HEARINGS:  None.

 

6.          OLD BUSINESS:  None.

6.1   FRIENDSHIP CENTER RELOCATION

President Turner stated that the Board will receive a status report on the search for a new location for the Friendship Center and consider funding sources and site selection for the project. General Manager Barry summarized the staff report. The staff recommendation is that the Board of Directors:

1.      Select the Merritt C option as the site for the new Friendship Center, including $4.3 million as the project budget.

2.      Direct staff to seek other local government funding partners to contribute to the construction costs of the project, and report the results back to the Board at the April 25, 2007 Board meeting or sooner.

3.      The decision to move forward with this project is contingent upon securing additional financial assistance from other governmental or private sector sources by May, 2007.

 

Mr. Barry explained that the Friendship Center lease for space at the Charter School, which expires in June 2007, has been extended to June 2008, with the option to extend another year if needed. Mr. Barry discussed in detail the other elements of the staff report, including: feasibility and cost/benefit analysis for potential sites; financing the project; funding partners; fundraising campaign; and operating budget of the Friendship Center. Mr. Barry reiterated the staff recommendation. Mr. Barry stated that there are several people here who can answer any questions that Directors might have, including. City staff and Tri-Valley Adult Day Care Program (TVADCP) board members, and LARPD staff.

 

                    President Turner reiterated the three choices recommended by the General Manager.  He recommended that the District choose a project and at least pursue it through May 2007, to investigate whether funding is out there. He acknowledged that it is a large sum of money for a relatively small number of clients, but it is a wonderful program, which is needed by the community. He stated that the Board must make a business decision, not an emotional decision, and that the Board has a fiduciary responsibility to the District. He expressed appreciation to the School District and the Charter School for allowing the Friendship Center to extend its lease. President Turner asked the Directors if they were comfortable with the Merritt C option recommended by staff.

 

                    Directors asked for, and received, clarification on the following items: square footage of the current Friendship Center space; the meaning of the term “client capacity;” meaning of license capacity; whether the District could afford on its own the $1.7 million facility;

                    Revenue and expenses of the program; the option of renting a commercial property; the importance of outside space for the program; whether licensing requires; the annual debt service estimates; capital costs versus maintenance costs; whether program costs and revenue would change with a new facility; the subsidy per client; specifics about what costs and items are included in the timeline for the Merritt C option; projected operational costs for Merritt C option; the apparent decreasing number of clients; the staff recommendation that, if additional partners cannot be found,  the program be discontinued; the need to reconsider initial support if financial support does not materialize. Directors expressed appreciation for all of the efforts put forth by staff on this project.

 

                    President Turner opened public comment.

 

1)      Marie Abbott, Trevarno Road, Livermore, said that she hopes the Board will choose Merritt C option.

 

2)      Dennis Gambs, member of the TVADCP Board, said he wished to recognize all of the effort put out by staff and city staff. He said he feels there are two good options, feels the cost difference between the two would not be that significant (Merritt and Civic Center). He said there are construction delays that could occur on Trevarno Road, as well as neighbor approval. He said he feels the Civic Center site would provide a nice partnership with the City, and thinks the program would receive more support in that location. Another advantage of the Civic Center site, he said, is that it leaves the Merritt building available for other uses the District might have. He stated that he will support either option and work hard for the program

 

3)      Wilson Cooper, Trevarno Road, Livermore, thanked staff for sharing the plans with the Trevarno Homeowners’ Association (HOA). He said that the HOA welcomes this as a use for the facility. He said the Merritt Building offers the most challenges; have to meet the program needs ands meet the requirements of building in an historic area. He feels it is important to maintain the integrity of the historic district which is Trevarno Road. He referred to a letter that he sent to the District. He suggested that we bring someone on board with the architects who has experience with historic preservation.

 

President Turner closed public comment.

 

Director Faltings made a motion, seconded by Director Furst, to relocate the Friendship Center to a remodeled Merritt building on Trevarno Road, and that the building, whether it be designed by this architect or another architect, cost no more than $1.7 million.

 

Director Faltings said that her aim is to keep the program going, and that it is better to serve even a few people, rather than no one. She said all the designs and conceptual work, etc. comes down to money. She had questions about the different options. Discussion ensued regarding square footage, client capacity and costs. Director Faltings said that she would like to see a more plain plan that the District can better afford.

 

Director Goodman asked Ms. Faltings whether she was saying that the District should do this project without a partner. Director Faltings responded that, yes, that is what she is saying. Director Goodman stated that he wants the program to get more, but not at a huge cost. He suggests that the District commit that, but get others to help with the costs. He said that he wants to support having the Friendship Center in some way. He said that he would support Director Faltings’ concept it if it was the only way that the District could do it. He said he hopes the District can look at other options, with the understanding that LARPD try to limit the amount of money it spends.

 

Director Furst asked about the Merritt A option and if this the minimum bare-bones cost to renovate the current building? He said that is his understanding. He said that bare bones costs $2.7 million, with minimal upgrades, to get a license; so, it is not practical to go less than 2.7 million? The General Manager confirmed this.

 

Director Kamena thanked the Trevarno Road neighbors for coming to the meeting, and for saying that they like the idea of the program moving to their street. He said that the District will consult with the neighbors, no matter what it does. He said that the Friendship Center has been a wonderful program and we’ve had a unique set of circumstances. He said he appreciates the generosity of the school district in letting LARPD use the property. Director Kamena said that he thinks the District needs to come to terms with the fact that something has got to give. He said that the District cannot put on this program, that it cannot afford to. He said that LARPD could make a very long list of all the wonderful things it could do with this money. He said he sees the options as modifying the program to fit the District’s budget or eliminating the program. He stated that he do He said that the program provides a good, safe place for seniors to go, and he does not think they need to go outdoors to do that. He said that most clients are not in the program 5 days a week. He said that the outside component seems to be the biggest component of the cost. He said the District could rent indoor space for considerably less than the costs being presented tonight. He stated that he cannot support the motion, nor any of the options offered by staff. He stated that this is no fault of the staff, who did what they were asked to do.

 

President Turner said that he appreciates the job done by staff. He stated that the Merritt C option would serve 48 people, all with important needs, but the cost would be about 20% of what it cost to build the Robert Livermore Community Center. He said that he agrees with Director Kamena, that he cannot support any of the projects in the report because the district does not have the money. He said that it is not fair to sacrifice other projects for this project. He stated that he agrees with Director Kamena that leasing indoor commercial space would be more doable, and that he cannot support this project as it is presented to the Board.

 

President Turner called the motion. The motion to relocate the Friendship Center to a remodeled Merritt building on Trevarno Road, and that the building, whether it be designed by this architect or another architect, cost no more than $1.7 million  failed, with Directors  Goodman and Faltings in favor, and Directors Furst and Kamena, and President Turner, against.

 

Director Kamena made a motion, seconded by President Turner, that the District prepare a cost estimate for creating a licensable space on the order of 4,000 to 8,000 square feet, at a commercial space that does not necessarily include an outside space.

 

Director Furst said that staff had developed cost estimates of commercial space leasing, and asked if anyone present had those cost estimates.  Senior Recreation Supervisor Jim Carlson responded that the estimates had been approximately $2 per square foot. President Turner said that that does not sound like a lot of money. He said that a tenant might be able to increase the per foot payment and have the landlord make the improvements.

 

Director Faltings asked if we are talking about a long term lease, or a rental situation. Director Kamena responded, either one, and that it looks like the District could cut its costs in half with commercial space. He said it is still beyond what staff recommends coming from the general fund.

 

Director Goodman said that what is being considered is what the District does as a whole, in terms of program, etc. He said he would support this motion only because it does not close the door on the program. He stated that said the District doesn’t know enough yet abut the commercial option. He said that perhaps it is the best way to go, perhaps not. He said that it opens the door to look at other options. He said that he is disappointed but that it may be the way we need to go.

 

Director Furst said that the staff report said that all of the options would cost about $1 million to operate. He said that if the District gets a commercial space, there are still renovation costs. He asked if there is still $1 million in operating costs with commercial space. General Manager Barry said he guessed that, yes, that would be the case for a 48- client capacity space. He said that staff was conservative in its estimates. Director Furst  stated that he has concerns about renovation costs and the estimated $1 million operating budget. He said that client numbers have been decreasing. He noted that a million dollars is a lot, and that he does not think that the District will meet those costs with client fees.

 

President Turner asked about the additional assistance from other agencies, and whether leasing commercial space would change this. General Manager Barry replied that it may modify whether we get partners for an endowment or operating costs. He said that capital funds are slightly easier to come by than ongoing operating funds; commercial space would have ongoing operating costs that are higher than with space the District owns.

 

Director Kamena said that the purpose of his motion was to cut out a very large cost element. He said that he knows the licensing requirements are very strict. He said that, if the licensing does not required the outside element, the District can do the program cheaper with leased commercial space.

 

President Turner called the motion. The motion that the District prepare a cost estimate for creating a licensable space on the order of 4,000 to 8,000 square feet, at a commercial space that does not necessarily include an outside space,  passed 4-1, with Director Faltings dissenting.

 

President Turner said that there is a daunting task ahead of the District, with decisions to be made in May.

 

General Manager Barry asked for clarification on the motion: is it to bring back a report to the Board on commercial space for 4,000-8,000square feet? President Turner responded that, yes, this was the motion.

 

6.2              FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR FUNDRAISING

President Turner explained that the Board will consider hiring the Tri-Valley Community Foundation to provide a feasibility study on raising both capital and endowment funding for the Friendship Center. General Manager Barry said that the Board is being asked to approve spending $15,000 to hire the Tri-Valley Community Foundation to conduct a study, which would take approximately three months to complete. Jean Prasher of the City has worked out a cost share arrangement. The study would also be paid for by the City of Livermore Housing Division ($10,000), the City of Livermore CDBG Program ($10,000) and TVADCP Funding ($15,000); the total cost of the study would be $50,000. Mr. Barry said that David Rice, President of the Tri-Valley Community Foundation, is here to answer questions, as is Jean Prasher of the City of Livermore Housing and Human Services department. Mr. Barry explained that the study involves the consultant analyzing the potential donors for a campaign and gives the District the feasibility and estimate of success. Mr. Barry referred to Mr. Rice’s letter of proposal which has details on the feasibility study.

 

President Turner asked if this is still an issue given the previous motion. General Manager Barry responded that it will still take capital investment if the District goes to a commercial space, and the study also covers the area of endowment, which the program is in need of, to balance the operating deficit.

 

Director Faltings noted that the feasibility study will include construction, renovation, ongoing expenses, etc. She said that she feels it is viable to continue with this item.

 

Director Furst asked whether the District would need to pay the costs whether or not a site is found for the program. He asked if the City and TVADCP funding was already assured, and if these agencies would still contribute the $35,000 for the study. Mr. Barry said that staff would need to go back to each group and see if they are still willing to contribute. Director Goodman suggested that a motion could be made, contingent on that.

 

Jean Prasher of the City confirmed that the City will continue to support the Friendship Center and will support the feasibility study. She noted that the study could include a variety of options, asking funders what they would prefer to contribute to. She said that the study can bring back great deal of information to the Board. She said that if they come back in May and weight out for the Board what they think the District can expect in terms of funding. She said she hopes the Board will support this study.

 

President Turner opened public comment.

 

1)      Dennis Gambs of the TVADCP said he would support the idea of the feasibility study, but he does not know if we can get support for any sort of program if we do not go ahead with this study. He said that maybe the study will help us keep our options open.

 

Director Faltings made a motion, seconded by Director Goodman, to allocate $15,000 from the District’s General Fund to participate in a cost share with the City of Livermore and TVADCP to hire the Tri-Valley Community Foundation to provide a feasibility study on raising both capital and endowment funding for the Friendship Center.

 

President Turner asked Directors for comments. No comments were received from Directors. President Turner called the motion. The motion to allocate $15,000 from the District’s General Fund to participate in a cost share with the City of Livermore and TVADCP to hire the Tri-Valley Community Foundation to provide a feasibility study on raising both capital and endowment funding for the Friendship Center passed 4-0 ; Director Kamena was absent at the time of the vote.

             

7.          NEW BUSINESS: 

7.1   REQUEST FROM SIR TO INCREASE MAXIMUM ATTENDANCE AT SIR PICNICS AT RAVENSWOOD HISTORICAL SITE

        President Turner stated that the Board will consider a request from SIR Branch 101 to increase the maximum attendance at SIR picnics at the Ravenswood Historical Site.

 

        General Manager Barry referred to the staff report and said that staff is recommending that we go forward with the suggestions in the report. Director Furst asked if this is a one-time exemption, or is it just for the SIR Group. General Manager Barry replied that staff is asking the Board to amend the policy under the set of circumstances listed in the report, for all renters, not just the SIR group. Discussion occurred regarding parking and the parking lot.

 

President Turner opened public comment.

 

1)      John Pitts of SIR said the group would like to get an increase in the maximum attendance for a month a year. He represents three SIR groups. He said that the $160 increase per event that is recommended by staff is a lot of money for many of the SIR members. He said that the SIR groups do a lot of their own set-up and clean-up and does not think additional staff would be required, so that the $160 increase would not be justified. He said they do not need additional parking.

 

President Turner closed public comment.

 

        President Turner asked staff about the additional $160, and if it was to cover staff costs. General Manager Barry replied that Assistant Community Center Director Sheryl Hardin put together the report, so he was unsure. Turner asked if the fee was based on a formula in the system or if it was arbitrary. Mr. Barry said that he is sure there is a reason for the increase and that LARPD has not raised the price in so long, that he is sure the marketplace is higher now.

 

Director Furst noted that this amendment does not affect just the SIR groups, and that other renters may not be as responsible in terms of clean-up, etc. He stated that he supports the higher fee.

 

Director Faltings stated that she supports fee structure proposed by staff. She noted that the 182 person maximum is not related to the parking capacity, but rather to the restroom facility capacity. Director Faltings requested the following wording changes in the bulleted area of the staff report “Additional parking for 30 cars…………… remove the word “in and” the winery; cars can park next to it, but not in it. The other change she requested is that “excluding use of main house” be changed to “excluding use of all buildings except the restrooms.”

 

        Director Faltings made a motion, seconded by Director Furst, to approve the staff recommendation to amend the rental policy to accommodate a maximum of 182 persons, excluding use of all buildings except restrooms, and that the overflow parking not include vehicles being parked within the walls of the winery ruins, at the fee structure recommended by staff.

 

Director Goodman expressed concern that, when accepting rental applications, staff be very clear about the good weather requirements and the condition of the grounds regarding parking.  For example, the weather may be clear, but the ground too wet to park on. General Manager Barry suggested that the parking restrictions refer to the condition of the ground, not the weather conditions.

 

Director Kamena asked if this is consistent with what the SIR members are looking for. Mr. Pitts replied that he does not think they can afford this; it is almost a 50% increase. He said they are not costing LARPD any more money by having additional more people.

 

Director Kamena made an amending motion, that the rate be the same for both numbers of people. The motion died for lack of a second.

 

President Turner said that discussion is now returned to the main motion. He said that he does not agree with Mr. Pitts that it does not cost LARPD more money for more people. He said that the District has to cover its costs, and this is what staff is recommending.

 

President Turner called the motion. The motion to approve the staff recommendation to amend the rental policy to accommodate a maximum of 182 persons, excluding use of all buildings except restrooms, and that the overflow parking not include vehicles being parked within the walls of the winery ruins, at the fee structure recommended by staff passed 5-0.

 

7.2   ROBERTSON PARK RESPITE AREA & TRAIL

        President Turner explained that the Board will consider approval of a concept design for a respite area and trail in Robertson Park.

 

        General Manager Barry gave background information on the project. He said that the Arroyo Crossing development is moving the playground from the horseshoe pit area to the proximity of the soccer fields. City staff felt that a respite area near the horseshoe pits, with a trail from this area to the playground, would be a good addition to the project. The estimated cost of a paved trail is $214,000. This money will come out of AB1600 fees from the Arroyo Crossing development. LARPD will pay for this project out of the in lieu fees.

 

Sherri Tafel of Beals Alliance gave a slide show, giving details about the project.

 

President Turner said that the General Manager’s recommendation is to approve the design of the trail and respite area. He asked if Directors had any questions. Director Goodman asked why the teeter totter was chosen. Ms. Tafel replied that the committee had requested it.

 

Director Faltings asked if the teeter totter meets with public safety requirements. Ms. Tafel responded that it does.

 

President Turner opened public comment. No public comment was received.

 

Director Kamena made a motion, seconded by Director Faltings, to approve the concept design for a respite area and trail in Robertson Park.

 

President Turner asked for comments from Directors.

 

Director Kamena asked if this still needs to go to the City for approval. LARPD Landscape Architect Chiye Azuma responded that the design has gone through City review, that LARPD and City staff worked closely together on the location and setting and the trail configuration. She said that City review has been done.

 

President Turner called the motion. The motion to approve the concept design for a respite area and trail in Robertson Park passed 5-0.

 

7.3   RECLASSIFICATION OF AN EMPLOYEE

        President Turner said that the Board will consider the General Manager’s recommendation to reclassify the Administrative Aide in Human Resources to the position of Administrative Assistant.

 

        General Manager Barry summarized the staff report. He stated that in 2004 the District experienced staff lay-offs, one of the positions being the Assistant to the General Manager. When this person left, a large percentage of her duties were reassigned to the current Administrative Aide. Mr. Barry said that the Administrative Aide has been doing a great job, that the reassignment of duties was appropriate, and that it is economical for the District to reclassify the Administrative Aide. There were no questions from the Directors.

 

President Turner opened public comment. No public comment was received.

 

President Turner asked for comments from the Directors. No comments were received.

 

On a motion by Director Furst, seconded by Director Goodman, approved reclassification of the Administrative Aide in Human Resources to the position of Administrative Assistant, passing 5-0.

 

7.4   APPOINTMENT TO THE PERSONNEL COMMISSION

        President Turner stated that the Board will consider a recommendation to appoint Margaret Carroll to another term on the Personnel Commission.

 

        No questions were asked by Directors.

 

        President Turner opened public comment. No public comment was received.

 

        President Turner asked for Director comments. No comments were received.

 

On a motion by Director Kamena, seconded by Director Fust, approved Resolution No. 2043, a resolution appointing Margaret Carroll to another term on the Personnel Commission, by the following roll call vote:

 

AYES:              Director Kamena, Director Goodman, Director Faltings, Director Furst and President Turner (5)

 

NOES:                          None (0)

 

ABSTENTIONS:          None (0)

 

ABSENT:                     None (0)

 

President Turner thanked Ms. Carroll for her service to the District.

 

7.5      BUDGET ALLOCATION FOR GOVERNMENT RELATIONS CONSULTING  SERVICES

President Turner stated that the Board will consider approving a budget allocation of $36,000 for government relations consulting services with Johan Klehs & Company and Aprea and Company in an effort to increase the amount of property taxes LARPD gets from the state each year.

 

General Manager Barry stated that he has been interested in finding ways to get additional property taxes for LARPD. He has spoken with Eric Willyerd, General Manager of Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (HARD). HARD has hired Marc Aprea, a lobbyist, to assist in increasing property tax revenue to that agency. Mr. Barry said that they have made headway, but not an ultimate gain. Mr. Barry said that he sees it as advantageous to combine resources and hire Johan Klehs as a consultant and Marc Aprea as a lobbyist to provide consulting and lobbying services on the District’s behalf for 6 months. These consultants will devise a strategy for the District, and will meet with legislators in an effort to influence legislation.

 

Johan Klehs spoke to the Board. He said that he is sensitive to the question as to whether there is a value to doing this. He said it is our objective is to cap the ERAF losses to no more than 25% for LARPD and other districts. He stated that Livermore has suffered a greater percentage loss than any other district in the ERAF losses. He said that the objective is 6 months, which coincides with the budget process of the State. He said their intention is not to pass a bill, but to change the language of the law, asking for the identical relief that East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) got back in 1990. Mr. Klehs said that there are about 33 other districts that have lost over 25% of their property taxes. He said that his and Mr. Aprea’s efforts will not harm the districts which have not lost over 25 %. He said that they have met with other districts which support this strategy. Mr. Klehs gave details on strategy and statistics. He said that they will ask the Directors to meet with legislators. He said he will talk with the Board, and be very committed to this project.

 

President Turner said that it makes sense to do this because Mr. Klehs must be successful and he has been a legislator. He asked if there were any questions from Directors.

 

Director Furst noted that the original proposal was for a year, and asked why the contract being proposed now is for 6 months. General Manager Barry replied that now is an opportune time to meet with legislators and their staff and communicate with them as they are working on budget. He added that not much happens in the summer. He said that the legislators take a break after July, at which time the District can evaluate its success and the momentum it has reached. He said the District might consider extending the contract if it sees the value in it.

 

Mr. Klehs stated that EBRPD will not oppose this effort on behalf of LARPD and other Districts, and will instruct their legislative staff to support this.

 

President Turner opened public comment. No public comment was received.

 

Director Furst made a motion, seconded by Director Goodman, to approve a budget allocation of $36,000 for government relations consulting services with Johan Klehs & Company and Aprea and Company in an effort to increase the amount of property taxes LARPD gets from the state each year.

 

President Turner asked for Director Comments.

 

Director Faltings stated that she originally opposed the idea and had a change of heart after talking to Henry Agonia of California Association of Recreation and Park Districts (CARPD). She realized this effort on the District’s behalf would not hurt the districts that are paying less.

 

President Turner called the motion.

 

Resolution No. 2044, a resolution approving a budget allocation of $36,000 for government relations consulting services with Johan Klehs & Company and Aprea and Company in an effort to increase the amount of property taxes LARPD gets from the state each year, was approved by the following roll call vote:.

 

AYES:                            Director Goodman, Director Faltings, Director Furst, Director Kamena and President Turner.

 

NOES:                            None (0)

 

ABSTENTIONS:            None (0)

 

ABSENT:                       None (0)

 

 

8.         COMMITTEE REPORTS

Director Goodman reported on the meeting of the d Livermore Cultural Arts Council (LCAC).

 

Director Furst reported on the agenda items of the recent Program Committee meeting.

 

Director Faltings distributed the minutes of a recent Scottish Games Committee meeting to the Board.

 

9.         MATTERS INITIATED/ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE DIRECTORS

1) Director Goodman asked whether the Robertson Park Equestrian Show Arena cover project is on track. General Manager Barry replied that, yes, LARPD is waiting for the permit from the City. He said he believes that the project will be completed prior to the Spring Stampede event in April.

 

2) Director Furst inquired about a temporary easement with the Tri-Valley Conservancy for Sycamore Grove Park. He said that he hopes that the District will finalize this soon, and he asked staff to move it to the highest priority possible.

 

3) Director Furst asked about dedicating part of a trail to the memory of Annie Quinn, as had been requested by President Turner some time ago. He said that the Naming Committee, a joint effort between LARPD and the City, does not seem to have gone anywhere. He said that he would like to find out the status of the procedure for dedicating a section of trail so that the District can dedicate a section to Annie Quinn.

 

4) President Turner announced that LCAC is hosting the Sommerfest event on June 16, 2007.

 

10.       MATTERS INITIATED/ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE GENERAL MANAGER

None.

 

Meeting recessed at 9:28 p.m.

 

Meeting adjourned to Executive Session at 9:37 p.m.

 

11.       EXECUTIVE SESSION

11.1   REAL ESTATE NEGOTIATIONS

                      Pursuant to Section 54956.8 of the Government Code

Property:  Sycamore Grove Park, 1051 Wetmore Road, Livermore, CA

                      Agency Negotiator: District Staff and/or Legal Counsel

                      Negotiating Parties: Chevron Pipe Line Company

                      Under Negotiation: Easement agreement

 

12.       RECONVENE TO OPEN SESSION

            Meeting reconvened to Open Session at 9:40 p.m.

 

13.       REPORT OF ACTION TAKEN IN EXECUTIVE SESSION

            No action to report.

 

14.       ADJOURNMENT

            Meeting adjourned at 9:41 p.m.

 

APPROVED,

                                                           

                                                                                    _______________________________

                                                                                    Dale Turner

President, Board of Directors

ATTEST:

 

__________________________

General Manager and ex-officio

Clerk to the Board of Director