LIVERMORE AREA RECREATION AND PARK DISTRICT

 

MINUTES

 

REGULAR MEETING OF THE

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2008

 

ROBERT LIVERMORE COMMUNITY CENTER

4444 EAST AVENUE, LIVERMORE, CALIFORNIA

7:00 P.M. 

CRESTA BLANCA BALLROOM

 

 

DIRECTORS PRESENT:            Director Faltings, Director Furst, Director Kamena, Director Wilson and President Goodman

 

DIRECTORS ABSENT:                    None

 

STAFF MEMBERS PRESENT:            Tim Barry, Jim Carlson, Lora Cohen, Michael Kyle, John Lawrence and Gretchen Sommers

 

 

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

Meeting was called to order by President Goodman at 7:00 p.m. All Directors were present.

 

2.2.            PRESENTATION

President Goodman announced that the Board will recognize Cameron Church for his “Coins for Kids” fund raiser for LARPD.

 

Senior Recreation Supervisor Jim Carlson talked about Arroyo Seco School 5th grader Cameron Church’s donation of $290 to LARPD. He raised the funds with the purpose of helping youth who cannot afford to participate in LARPD sports programs. Mr. Carlson thanked Cameron and told him how proud the LARPD staff and Board are of him.

 

Cameron stated that his fund raising efforts started out as a school project. President Goodman presented Cameron with a certificate of outstanding of public service and thanked him for his efforts.

 

3.          PUBLIC FORUM

President Goodman opened public comment.

 

1)      Sue Koopman, 2873 Chateau Way, Livermore, spoke of her concerns regarding an equestrian event at Robertson Park about three weeks ago which involved shooting.

 

2)     Jim Winnick, 679 South L Street, Livermore, representing the California Range Riders, talked about the group’s history with LARPD and its activities. He stated that the California Range Riders wishes to continue its use of Robertson Park. He said he was available to answer any questions.

 

President Goodman closed public comment.

 

4.          CONSENT AGENDA:

4.1  BOARD MINUTES

       4.1.1   Meeting of February 21, 2008

       4.1.2   Meeting of February 27, 2008

4.2   COMMUNICATIONS:

        4.2.1   General Manager’s Monthly Report (#61/8)

             

5.            CONSENT AGENDA RESOLUTIONS:

5.1  LETTERS OF SUPPORT FOR LLNS COMMUNITY GIFT PROGRAM APPLICATIONS

      Resolution No. 2106, a resolution approving letters of support for three proposals requesting funding from the Lawrence Livermore National Security, LCC (LLNS) Community Gift Program.

 

5.2      GIFT FROM MARGERY E.  GOLIGHTLY LIVING TRUST

Resolution No. 2107, a resolution acknowledging and accepting a gift from the Margery E. Golightly Living Trust and allocating the gift to the LARPD Foundation.

 

                  President Goodman asked if Directors wished to remove any items from the Consent Agenda or Consent Agenda Resolutions. Director Furst said that he would like to remove item 5.1.

 

On a motion by Director Faltings, seconded by Director Kamena, approved the Consent Agenda and Resolution No.  2107, by the following roll call vote:

 

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

 

NOES:        None (0)

 

ABSTENTIONS: None (0)

 

ABSENT:             None (0)

 

Director Furst inquired if the requests to LLNS for funding of several projects/programs were competing with one another. Assistant General Manager John Lawrence responded and there was some discussion regarding whether prioritization of the projects for which the District is requesting funding was advisable.

 

On a motion by Director Faltings, seconded by Director Wilson, approved Resolution No.  2106 by the following roll call vote:

 

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

 

NOES:        None (0)

 

ABSTENTIONS: None (0)

 

ABSENT:             None (0)

 

6.         BIDS AND PUBLIC HEARINGS: None.

 

7.          OLD BUSINESS: None.

               

 

 

 

8.         NEW BUSINESS: 

8.1    GRANT PROJECTS:

        President Goodman stated that the Board will receive information on projects assigned to the contracted grant writer and their prioritization.

 

Mr. Lawrence updated the Board on the District’s contractual grant writing efforts. Current projects involve the following: Ranger Station; Recreation Trail Program RFP; and acquisition of land for sports fields. Mr. Lawrence clarified items about which the Directors had questions, including the specific projects and the progress being made by the grant writer.

       

9.            COMMITTEE REPORTS

            1) Director Furst talked reported on the March 11 Personnel Committee meeting, at which the Committee continued discussion regarding the renewal of District Legal Counsel’s contract. Director Furst  reported on his participation in the March 5 LCAC meeting. He spoke about a play titled, “Proof” to be performed at the Bothwell Center, a play titled, “The Iron Curtain” to be performed at Las Positas College, and about the Sommerfest event to take place at the Bankhead Theater in June.

 

2) Director Wilson reported on her attendance at the Community Gardens meeting on March 11 and the group’s discussion about enlisting volunteers to refurbish the wooden LARPD park signs, as well as the possibility of establishing a group composting area. President Goodman suggested that these items be placed on the agenda for the next Program Committee meeting.

 

10.            MATTERS INITIATED/ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE DIRECTORS

1) Director Wilson encouraged Directors and parents of ESS/KZ participants to attend the ESS/KZ Employee Recognition Ice Cream Social on March 20 at 6:30 p.m.

 

2) Director Faltings reported on her attendance at the CPRS annual conference in Long Beach. She stated that President Goodman and several staff also attended. She brought copies of “Moving Beyond the Survey: Knowing Your Community’s Wants and Needs” to share with Directors. She summarized the sessions she attended on the following topics: the construction and operational cost of splash pads/spray parks; universal access and inclusion for people of all abilities; retaining volunteers; and recruiting new staff.

 

3) President Goodman reported on his attendance at the CPRS conference. He stated that he e-mailed staff a link to the CPRS website which contained information on topics presented at the conference. Some of the sessions he attended covered the following topics: living parkand, recreation branding; “greening;” legislation 101; “Good to Great;” universal access; marketing; and the Gender Equity Bill, AB 2404. He said he will discuss the Gender Equity Bill at the next Program Committee meeting.

 

4) Director Furst reported on his attendance at the LLNL Science Fair held at the RLCC.  He said he was extremely impressed by the level of research conducted by some of the youth participants. He said the Lab did an excellent job organizing the event.

 

5) President Goodman said that he attended the Science Fair awards ceremony. He commended Nadine Horner and all of the LLNL staff for doing an excellent job with this event.

 

11.            MATTERS INITIATED/ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE GENERAL MANAGER

1) General Manager Barry commended LARPD staff for the fine job it did with the Science Fair, noting that this event takes up most of the RLCC. He also said the new gym floor cover was wonderful, and it was impressive to see the RLCC used this way.

 

2) Mr. Barry reported on his attendance at the CPRS conference, saying he attended sessions focusing on personnel, finance and grants.

 

3) Mr. Barry asked the Board about scheduling a workshop on goal-setting for the coming year.  He said he would like permission to schedule a workshop in the next month. He said he knows that the Board wishes to participate in the selection process for the workshop facilitator. President Goodman asked if any Director wished to assist with this. Director Furst said he would like to participate.

 

The meeting adjourned to Executive Session at 7:52 p.m.

 

12.            EXECUTIVE SESSION

             12.1    REAL ESTATE NEGOTIATIONS

Pursuant to Section 54956.8 of the Government Code

Property: Various City-owned park, trail and facility properties in Livermore

Agency Negotiator: District Staff and/or Legal Counsel

Negotiating Parties: City of Livermore

Under Negotiation: Master Property Agreement Between City of Livermore and LARPD

 

            12.2    REAL ESTATE NEGOTIATIONS

Pursuant to Section 54956.8 of the Government Code

Property: Sonoma School, 543 Sonoma Ave., Livermore, CA 94551

Agency Negotiator: District Staff and/or Legal Counsel

Negotiating Parties: Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District

Under Negotiation: Lease agreement

 

12.3    REAL ESTATE NEGOTIATIONS

                                Pursuant to Section 54956.8 of the Government Code

Property: 13.5 acres of land, Robertson Park Rd., Livermore, CA

                                Agency Negotiator: District Staff and/or Legal Counsel

                                Negotiating Parties: Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District

                                Under Negotiation: Terms of Purchase

 

13.             RECONVENE TO OPEN SESSION

            Meeting reconvened to Open Session at 9:28 p.m.

 

14.            REPORT ON ACTION TAKEN IN EXECUTIVE SESSION

No action to report.

 

15.            ADJOURNMENT

            Meeting adjourned at 9:29 p.m.

 

 

APPROVED,

                       

                                                                                    _______________________________

                                                                                    Steve P. Goodman

President, Board of Directors

ATTEST:

 

__________________________

General Manager and ex-officio

Clerk to the Board of Directors