MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2006

 

ROBERT LIVERMORE COMMUNITY CENTER

4444 EAST AVENUE, LIVERMORE, CALIFORNIA

7:00 P.M.

CRESTA BLANCA BALLROOM

 

 

DIRECTORS PRESENT:              Director Furst, Director Goodman, and Vice President Turner (3)

 

DIRECTORS ABSENT:                                  Director Faltings and President Kamena (2)

 

STAFF MEMBERS PRESENT:            Jim Brandenburg, Jim Carlson, Barbara Kraybill, Michael Kyle, Gretchen Sommers

 

 

 

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

Meeting was called to order at 7:06 p.m. by Vice President Turner. Roll was taken and all Directors were present except Director Faltings, Director Furst and President Kamena. There was no quorum at the start of the meeting.

 

2.          PUBLIC FORUM

Vice President Turner asked for public comment on any item not on the agenda. No public comment was received.        

 

Director Furst arrived at 7:10 p.m., making a quorum.

 

3.          CONSENT AGENDA:

3.1   BOARD MINUTES

        3.1.1   Meeting of September 13, 2006.

3.2   COMMUNICATIONS: 

         3.2.1   Letter from Leslie Whitney commending Julie Hopkins, Smith ESS Coordinator.

 

On a motion by Director Furst, seconded by Director Goodman, approved the Consent Agenda, passing 3-0.

 

4.            CONSENT AGENDA:  RESOLUTIONS: 

4.1   Resolution No. 2037, a resolution approving the hiring of a relative of a full-time employee.

4.2    Resolution No. 2038, a resolution requesting temporary advancement of funds from the County of Alameda.

4.3    Resolution No. 2039, a resolution accepting improvements from Ponderosa Homes for Trail Segment I-1 and I-2 for maintenance.

 

Director Furst asked that item 4.3 be removed from the Consent Agenda Resolutions.

 

On a motion by Director Goodman, seconded by Director Furst, approved the Consent Agenda Resolutions, with the exception of item 4.3, by the following roll call vote:

 

AYES:               Director Goodman, Director Furst and Vice President Turner (3)

 

 NOES:               None (0)

 

 ABSENT:            Director Faltings, President Kamena (2)

 

Director Furst stated that, as far as he knows, the trail segments referred to in agenda item 4.3, Trail Segment I-1 and I-2, are not completed, and he does not think they should be accepted. He has noticed signs down, erosion, fire damage and other damage.

 

Park Supervisor Jim Brandenburg reported that the developer would like to issue a $25,000 certificate of deposit to the District to hold until the punch list items are completed. He stated that staff feels this is sufficient insurance.

 

Director Goodman asked about the concerns brought up by Director Furst, and whether the certificate of deposit funds are sufficient to cover any expenses that might be incurred in completing the punch list items. Mr. Brandenburg said he is unfamiliar with the erosion issue.

 

Director Furst spoke about the erosion on the trail along Wetmore Road to Arroyo Rd. He also expressed concern about a gate erected by Wente that is blocking a portion of Trail Segment I-1 and hopes staff will stay apprised of the situation.

 

On a motion by Director Furst, seconded by Director Goodman, approved Resolution No. 2039, accepting improvements from Ponderosa Homes for Trail Segment I-1 and I-2 for maintenance, by the following roll call vote:

 

AYES:               Director Furst, Director Goodman and Vice President Turner (3)

 

 NOES:               None (0)

 

 ABSENT:            Director Faltings, President Kamena (2)

 

Direct Furst said he accept staff’s appraisal of the situation.

 

5.         BIDS AND PUBLIC HEARINGS:  None.

 

6.          OLD BUSINESS:  

            6.1 FRIENDSHIP CENTER RELOCATION STATUS

                  Vice President Turner stated that this issue had been discussed at the Intergovernmental meeting this morning, attended by LARPD, LVJUSD and City of Livermore staff and Directors. He stated that staff and Directors came away from the meeting hopeful that LARPD might get assistance from the School District, in solving the problem of the relocation of the Friendship Center. LARPD has not yet spoken to the Charter School President.

 

                  Youth Services Superintendent Barbara Kraybill summarized the staff report. She listed the 4 options that staff was directed by the Board to investigate as options for relocation of the program. These include: LARPD-owned R.E. Merritt Building; City-owned Civic Center Site, lease of commercial site; and former private school site.

 

                  Senior Recreation Supervisor Jim Carlson stated that staff had met with a real estate agent to explain what the needs are for the Friendship Center, as relates to leasing commercial space.

 

                  Director Turner stated that Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty was contacted a month ago by staff and that he referred us to the County Agency on Aging, who referred us back to Mr. Haggerty. LARPD Board President Scott Kamena plans to meet with Mr. Haggerty in the near future.

 

                  Director Furst asked about the timeline of staff’s investigation of options for the program, as the Board had given staff at 60-day deadline at its September 13, 2006 meeting. Mr. Carlson replied that staff will meet with the realtor again next week. He stated that staff has a meeting next week with Mr. Deiss of ATI, the firm that prepared a feasibility report on the LARPD Trevarno Road property. Mr. Deiss will assess the private school site as well as re-assessing the Merritt Building to see if one large room can be made to accommodate all of the clients concurrently. Mr. Carlson stated he feels staff will meet the target timeline, and will continue to update Directors

 

Vice President Turner opened public comment.

 

1) Dennis Gambs, Tri-Valley Adult Day Care (TVADC) Board member, spoke about the timeline. One of the ways to approach the problem is work closely with the Charter School, he said. He commented that this process is difficult because there could be immediate, interim and long-term solutions to this problem, and it is hard to know which one will ultimately be used.

 

Vice President Turner closed public comment.

 

Vice President Turner stated that it is, indeed, a possibility that LARPD will need to have an interim solution, that the Board has not addressed this option in detail yet. He stated that President Kamena will be meeting with the representatives of the Charter School soon.

 

Director Goodman stated that he is hopeful that the Charter School will work with LARPD so that the Friendship Center program can have more time at its current location at the Charter School.

 

Director Turner stated that it is important that the Charter School be made aware that LARPD is serious about making plans and taking action for a permanent solution.

 

7.          NEW BUSINESS: 

            7.1   AMEND 2006/2007 BUDGET TO REALLOCATE UNUSED ELECTION FUNDS

Vice President Turner explained that the Board will consider approving a resolution amending the 2006/2007 budget by reallocating unused election funds to the Park Division irrigation budget. The funds allocated in the budget for the election will not be needed for that purpose since the Directors whose seats were up for re-election this November were unchallenged in the nomination process.

 

Director Goodman stated he supports this resolution, and that the District’s irrigation budget has suffered due to budget shortfalls caused by the ERAF tax shift. These funds won’t bring the parks back to their former ideal state, he noted, but they will certainly help.

 

Director Furst commented that LARPD periodically receives letters from the public regarding the parks being brown, and that he hopes this decision to reallocate funds will help the appearance of the parks.

 

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

 

On a motion by Director Furst, seconded by Director Goodman, approved Resolution No. 2040, amending the 2006/2007 budget by reallocating $30,000 in unused election funds to the Park Division irrigation budget, by the following roll call vote:

 

AYES:               Director Goodman, Director Furst and Vice President Turner (3)

 

 NOES:               None (0)

 

 ABSENT:            Director Faltings and President Kamena (2)

 

8.            MATTERS INITIATED/ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE DIRECTORS

1) Vice President Turner stated that at the Intergovernmental meeting this morning, LARPD Directors and staff asked for assistance from the LVJUSD and the City of Livermore for assistance in relocating the Friendship Center. There are plans to speak with the Charter School President, and there appears to be hope that the program will receive assistance

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9.            MATTERS INITIATED/ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE GENERAL MANAGER

1) Youth Superintendent Barbara Kraybill spoke about the “Character Counts” program, involving the City of Livermore, LVJUSD and LARPD. The meeting which had been scheduled for October 16 has been cancelled and will likely be rescheduled for January.

 

2) Ms. Kraybill announced that there is a Community Meeting tomorrow evening, September 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Bothwell Recreation Center, the purpose of which is to gather public input into the design process for a neighborhood park being planned at the site.

 

10.            ADJOURNMENT

            The meeting adjourned at 7:34 p.m.

 

 

APPROVED,

                                                           

                                                                                    _______________________________

                                                                                    President, Board of Directors

ATTEST:

 

__________________________

General Manager and ex-officio

Clerk to the Board of Director