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Board Meeting Minutes

LIVERMORE AREA RECREATION AND PARK DISTRICT
4444 EAST AVENUE
LIVERMORE, CALIFORNIA 94550-5053

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
REGULAR BOARD MEETING

Wednesday, August 10, 2005
7:00 p.m.
 Robert Livermore Community Center
4444 East Avenue
Livermore, California

MINUTES

LARPD BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Dale Turner, Maryalice Faltings, Steve Goodman, Scott Kamena, and Chair David Furst        

 

LARPD BOARD MEMBERS ABSENT: None (0)

 

STAFF MEMBERS PRESENT: Tim Barry, Pat Kasberg, Lora Cohen, Barbara Kraybill, and Rich Lange

1. CALL TO ORDER-ROLL CALL

Meeting was called to order at 7:01 p.m. by Chair Furst who led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. All Directors were present.

 

2. PRESENTATIONS

 

2.1  Chair Furst presented Director Faltings with the engraved gavel that she used when she was Board Chair in 2004 and thanked her for her hard work, dedication and leadership to the Board and LARPD.

 

2.2  Chair Furst re-ordered the agenda because Sblend Sblendorio, Chair of the RLCC Fund Development  was absent. The status of the fundraising campaign for the Robert Livermore Community Center will be presented when Mr. Sblendorio arrives.

 

3. PUBLIC FORUM

 

Chair Furst asked for public comment for any item not on the agenda.

 

Steven Delledera, 1560 San Remo Court, Livermore, addressed the Board stating thathe is speaking as a citizen and that he is also the liaison for the Livermore Youth Soccer League. Mr. Delledera is concerned about the conditions of the sports fields due to the 25% reduction in water and about the safety of the players using the fields especially Kellman Fields at Independence Park. Mr. Delledera asked the Board to consider future allocations for more funds to water and maintain the fields.

 

Chair Furst closed public comment.

 

4. CONSENT AGENDA

 

4.1 Board Minutes

4.1.1 Special meeting of July 27, 2005.

4.2 Communications: None         

4.3 General Manager’s Monthly Report (#58/1).

4.4 Payroll and Claims.

 

Director Faltings requested removal from the Consent Agenda, Item 4.1.1, Board Minutes.

 

On a motion by Director Kamena, seconded by Director Faltings, approved the Consent Agenda, minus item 4.4.1, passing 5-0.

 

Director Faltings stated that on page 5, bullet 3, the wording should be changed from “Define “small” wedding” to “Define “small” event”.

 

On a motion Director Faltings, seconded by Director Goodman, approved the minutes of the meeting of July 27, 2005, passing 5-0.

 

5. CONSENT AGENDA:  RESOLUTIONS:

 

On a motion by Director Faltings, seconded by Director Turner, adopted and approved   

      Consent Agenda Resolutions by the following roll call vote:

       AYES:      Directors Turner, Faltings, Kamena, Goodman, and Chair Furst (5)

       NOES:      None (0)

       ABSENT: None (0)

 

Resolutions Adopted:

5.1  Resolution No. 1969, authorizing the application for State licensing for a day care program at the Charter School and designating Nancy Blair, ESS Supervisor, as Authorized Agent for the purposes associated with this application.

 

6. BIDS AND PUBLIC HEARINGS:

 

6.1  PUBLIC HEARING ON FISCAL YEAR 2005/2006 OPERATING AND CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT BUDGET

General Manager Barry stated that the FY 2005/2006 District Operating and Capital Improvement Budget is balanced and totals $14,861,149. It projects a reserve balance of $1,326,719 of which $1,000,000 is uncommitted reserves which reflects a 16% increase in reserves from the previous year.

 

General Manager Barry stated that the District received notification today that the retirement costs are going to increase this year by $75,000. The District also received a check from the City for $38,883 for Redevelopment Agency Fiscal Impact Fees, which was unexpected. The shortfall is $36,000 and he intends to reduce the Legal Fee Budget by that amount in order to balance the budget.

 

General Manager Barry stated that the Capital Budget is unchanged from the Preliminary Budget and is $3,798,838.

 

Chair Furst opened the public hearing.

 

Steven Delledera, 1560 San Remo Court, Livermore, asked if the budget reflects the 25% reduction in water for the parks. General Manager Barry stated that the budget does reflect the 25% reduction in water for the parks, but it is not the intent of the District to have unsafe playing fields and the staff will be looking for those conditions and changing them to safe conditions.

 

Chair Furst closed the public hearing.

 

On a motion by Director Faltings, seconded by Director Turner, approved Resolution No. 1970, adopting the Fiscal Year 2005/2006 Operating and Capital Improvement Budget, by the following roll call vote:

AYES:  Directors Faltings, Kamena, Goodman, Turner, and Chair Furst (5)

NOES:             None (0)

ABSENT:        None (0)

 

7. OLD BUSINESS: None

 

8. NEW BUSINESS

 

8.1  RECLASSIFICATION OF AN EMPLOYEE     

General Manager Barry stated that Julie Lange has worked full-time for the District for 4˝ years as a Sr. Recreation Technician and he would like the Board to consider reclassifying Ms. Lange to Recreation Supervisor. Ms. Lange’s responsibilities have increased with the addition of the Elbow Room program at the RLCC and she has been doing supervisory tasks such as hiring, training, evaluating, and supervising part-time staff working the PAL program, teen dances, Elbow Room and summer camps. Her work as liaison to the Youth Commission requires increased knowledge and awareness of the local political structure. The District’s needs for this position have changed over time, and Ms. Lange has done a good job of taking on the responsibilities and it is time to place her position in a more appropriate classification. The Personnel Committee reviewed this request and recommends approval.

 

Chair Furst opened public comment. No public comment was received. Chair Furst closed public comment.

 

On a motion by Director Turner, seconded by Director Faltings, approved reclassification of Julie Lange, Sr. Recreation Technician to Recreation Supervisor, effective August 15, 2005, passing 5-0.

 

8.2 JOB DESCRIPTION FOR ESS COORDINATOR POSITION

Youth Services Superintendent Kraybill stated that the job of Coordinator for the Extended Student Services Program has changed since the adoption of the current job description. Some of the changes are directly related to the mandates required by the State Department of Education, Child Development Division, in order to continue to receive program funding. Other changes are added for job clarification.

 

Chair Furst opened public comment. No public comment was received. Chair Furst closed public comment.

 

On a motion by Director Faltings, seconded by Director Turner, approved adopting the revised ESS Coordinator job description, passing 5-0.

 

9. ORAL REPORTS:

 

9.1  LEGAL COUNSEL’S REPORT OF ACTIVITIES

General Manager Barry reported that Legal Counsel Kyle is on vacation and there is no report.

 

10. COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

Board received reports on the six committee meetings attended since the Regular Board meeting of July 13, 2005, as follows:Facilities, Budget, Personnel, Intergovernmental, Downtown, Inc. and LCAC.

 

11. MATTERS INITIATED BY THE DIRECTORS

 

a) Director Goodman commented on the wear and tear on the sports fields and stated that the staff is doing as good a job as they can.

b) Director Turner commented on a letter the Board received from Kimberly Phillips regarding installing a permanent restroom at Hagemann Park and deferred it to General Manager Barry for a response.

c) Director Turner commented on the revised draft report from Pardee Homes and stated that the money numbers in the report are unclear.

d) Director Faltings issued an invitation to the public for the Ravenswood Ice Cream Socialon Sunday, August 14th from noon to 4:00 p.m.

e) Director Kamena would like to have some action taken on the restroom in a park issue in the next month or two.

f) Chair Furst stated that he would like the use of the Bothwell Center put on the next Facilities Committee agenda.

 

2.2  Sblend Sblendorio, Chair, RLCC Fund Development Committee and Elliot Levin, Partnership Resources Group, made a presentation to the Board regarding the status of the fundraising campaign for the Robert Livermore Community Center.

 

Mr. Sblendorio stated that the RLCC Fund Development Committee has raised to date, $380,000, and this is a great start toward the $1,000,000 goal. Mr. Sblendorio stated that he is committed to working on the next phase to raise enough money to fund a foundation for the future.

 

Mr. Levin stated that he is here to inform the Board what it will take to reach the $1,000,000 goal and how to establish a foundation for the RLCC that is enduring. Mr. Levin praised the Board for approving the budget which provides for a Marketing and Development position for the RLCC to get to the $1,000,000 goal and further, by establishing a foundation. Mr. Levin further stated that the next step is to recruit committed community volunteers to spearhead this and encourage others to get involved in giving and create visibility in the community center. Mr. Levin stated that what usually distinguishes initiatives that succeed from those that don’t are the leaders in the community who volunteer to work on the campaign. Mr. Levin stated that marketing becomes critically important at this stage of the campaign.

 

Chair Furst, Director Turner, and General Manager Barry thanked Mr. Sblendorio and Mr. Levin for the good work they have done on the RLCC campaign.

 

12. MATTERS INITIATED BY THE GENERAL MANAGER

 

a) General Manager Barry will be on vacation from August 11-24, 2005.

b) General Manager Barry stated that he had met with representatives of the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center regarding their use of the Bothwell Center and reviewed a draft lease agreement. The LVPAC will begin renting the Bothwell Center at the end of August until the lease is approved by the Board.

c) General Manager Barry stated that there are still problems in completing Vista Meadows, Ravenswood, Livermore Downs and Summit Parks. Staff is working diligently to solve those problems and the Board will receive an updated report at their next meeting.

 

13. ADJOURNMENT:  Meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

 

                                    APPROVED:

 

 

 

            _____________________________________         

            Chair, Board of Directors

ATTEST:

 

 

 

______________________________________

General Manager and ex-officio

Clerk to the Board of Directors

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