LIVERMORE AREA RECREATION AND PARK DISTRICT

 

MINUTES

 

REGULAR MEETING OF THE

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 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 Kamena, Director Wilson and President Goodman

 

DIRECTORS ABSENT:                    None

 

STAFF MEMBERS PRESENT:            Tim Barry, Lora Cohen, Barbara Kraybill, Michael Kyle, Gretchen Sommers, Maureen Gandara Swinbank, Brian Tibbetts

 

 

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, except for Director Kamena.

 

2.          PUBLIC FORUM

            President Goodman opened public comment. No public comment received. President Goodman closed public comment.

 

3.            PRESENTATION

President Goodman stated that the Board will receive a presentation from a representative of the LARPD Foundation.

 

Randy Schlientz, President of the LARPD Foundation spoke to the Board about the Foundation’s goal of raising $1 million dollars via the “1,000 donors at $1,000 each” campaign. He said that a $1 million endowment could generate $50,000-$100,000 per year, serving as a continuing gift. Mr. Schlientz explained that donors may give in three ways: 1) a one-time $1,000 gift; 2) a two- year gift of $500 per year; or 3) a four-year gift of $250 per year. Mr. Schlientz asked the Directors to consider becoming members of the endowment, and requested that they each donate $1,000 to the endowment fund. He asked the Board to ask their friends and business associates to become members as well. Mr. Schlientz distributed donation envelopes.

 

General Manager Barry thanked Mr. Schlientz for raising funds on behalf of LARPD. President Goodman thanked Mr. Schlientz as well. President Goodman encouraged spreading the word about the LARPD Foundation’s fund raising efforts.

 

4.          CONSENT AGENDA:

4.1   BOARD  MINUTES

        4.1.1   Meeting of October 24, 2007

 

4.2   COMMUNICATIONS:

        4.2.1   General Manager’s Monthly Report (#61/4)

        4.2.2   Memorandum of Commendation for Aquatics Supervisor Sharon Grant

4.3    CLAIMS AGAINS THE DISTRICT

4.3.1   A claim against the District has been filed on behalf of Sherri Wong. Staff recommends denial of the claim.

4.3.2   A claim against the District has been filed on behalf of Angela Zellmer. Staff recommends denial of the claim.

 

President Goodman asked if Directors wished to remove any items from the Consent Agenda. No items removed. On a motion by Director Faltings, seconded by Director Furst, approved the Consent Agenda, passing 4-0. Director Kamena was absent.

 

5.            CONSENT AGENDA RESOLUTIONS: None.

 

6.         BIDS AND PUBLIC HEARINGS: None.

 

7.         OLD BUSINESS: None.

               

8.         NEW BUSINESS:  None.

 

9.            COMMITTEE REPORTS

            Director Furst reported on his attendance at the November 6 Ravenswood Progress meeting, at which the following items were discussed: decoration of the main house and the Ravenswood Open House on Sunday, December 9, noon-4:00 p.m. He also reported on today’s Facilities Committee meeting, at which the following items were discussed: Robertson Park improvements, including the timeline for the monument sign at Arroyo and Robertson Park Roads, trail extension, and playground; the Friendship Center status at its current location; and the Sunken Gardens bicycle stunt course, which is almost open, and which will be officially dedicated on Saturday, December 1 at 11:00 a.m.

 

            Director Wilson reported on her attendance at the October 30 and November 7 Personnel Committee meetings, at which the following items were discussed: District succession plan; and a review of the District Personnel Rules and Regulation. She also reported on her attendance at the ESS Parent Advisory Committee meeting last evening. Director Wilson said it is a fun group of people, who are warm and welcoming, as well as creative and full of good ideas. She said the Committee is beginning to look at parent survey information gathered from all of the ESS sites. Ms. Wilson reported that, so far, the surveys indicate that most parents are very positive about the program, with a few parents wanting the program to open earlier in the morning and stay open later in the evening. The other discussion topics were the March 2008 staff appreciation event, on which the volunteer committee has been working for months and the Adopt-a-Family program that each program site is coordinating.

 

Director Faltings reported on her attendance at an October 22 meeting of  the Executive Committee of the Scottish Games. She said that the first full meeting with all of the volunteer chairs will meet on December 5. Ms. Faltings said plans are underway for the 2008 event, and there will be a large contingent of Scottish visitors from the games in Birnam Perthshire, Scotland, with whom LARPD “twins” its games. The Birnam games will celebrate its 185th anniversary next year; this will be LARPD’s fifth anniversary. Director Faltings also reported on her attendance at the November 7 Alameda County Special Districts Association chapter meeting; the guest speakers were from local law enforcement agencies. Ms. Faltings said that, following the meeting, there was as a special meeting to elect a candidate to fill the alternate special district seat on the LAFCo Board of Directors. She explained what LAFCo is, and reported that Ayn Wieskamp, a Director of the East Bay Regional Park District, was elected.

 

President Goodman reported on his attendance at two meetings on November 7, a community meeting on the Robertson Park Master Plan and a meeting of the Livermore Cultural Arts Council. He said that LCAC is trying to work with schools to arrange field trips for elementary school students to the Bankhead Theater. President Goodman thanked his fellow Directors for filling in for him at various meetings while he served recently on jury duty.

 

10.            MATTERS INITIATED/ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE DIRECTORS

1) Director Faltings said that she was approached by a citizen in her neighborhood who asked about the current status of the Denton House/Ranger Station project. The citizen was concerned that the project appeared to be delayed.

 

2) Director Faltings said that she had been reading through committee meeting minutes, and it seemed to her that there are areas where the District is not steady on its feet. She said she brought this item up many years ago, that this District does not have a policy manual. She said she thinks the District needs a policy manual, and that it would make sense to develop it concurrently with the master plan process.

 

3) Director Faltings encouraged people to mark their calendars for Sunday, December 9, 12-4:00 p.m., to attend the Ravenswood Victorian Yuletide event. The address is 2647 Arroyo Road, Livermore.

 

4) Director Wilson announced that the LARPD Rangers are offering a program that is a walk through Muir Woods this Saturday, November 17. People can call the Ranger office at 960-2400 to register.

 

5)Director Wilson invited the public to attend the 4th annual Livermore Idol show. It will be Saturday, November 17 at 7:00 p.m. at the RLCC. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults. Director Wilson is one of the judges.

 

6) President Goodman acknowledged high school students in the audience tonight from Tom Fletcher’s civics class.

 

7) President Goodman said that he saw Elsie Holdener and they talked about Holdener Park. He said she asked about the park and if the District had held a grand opening yet. General Manager Barry responded that the opening will be in the spring, as Mrs. Holdener had requested.

 

8) President Goodman said he had had the good fortune of being an “odorologist” judge at the Odor Eaters 33rd Annual Rotten Sneaker Contest, held at the RLCC last evening. He showed a sample of the shirt and hat that participating contestants received. He noted that Livermore was selected as the only city in California to participate. There were eight kids in the fierce competition. The winner received $200 and a gift basket and is eligible to go to Vermont for another contest. He said the event will be here next year again.

 

11.            MATTERS INITIATED/ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE GENERAL MANAGER

General Manager Barry stated that LARPD has a number of policy manuals, and that staff is currently in the process of compiling a District Policy Manual. Mr. Barry reiterated invitations to the public to attend Livermore Idol on November 17 and the dedication ceremony of the Sunken Gardens Bicycle Stunt Course on December 1.

 

The meeting adjourned to Executive Session at 7:22 p.m.

 

 

12.            EXECUTIVE SESSION

12.1   REAL ESTATE NEGOTIATIONS

                        Pursuant to Section 54956.8 of the Government Code

Property: 14 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

 

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

 

Director Kamena arrived at 7:45 p.m.

 

13.             RECONVENE TO OPEN SESSION

            Meeting reconvened to Open Session at 8:15 p.m.

 

14.            REPORT ON ACTION TAKEN IN EXECUTIVE SESSION

            No action to report.

 

15.            ADJOURNMENT

            Meeting adjourned at 8:16 p.m.

 

APPROVED,

                       

                                                                                    _______________________________

                                                                                    Steve P. Goodman

President, Board of Directors

ATTEST:

 

__________________________

General Manager and ex-officio

Clerk to the Board of Director