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Board Meeting Minutes

LIVERMORE AREA RECREATION AND PARK DISTRICT
71 TREVARNO ROAD
LIVERMORE, CALIFORNIA 94551-4931

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
REGULAR BOARD MEETING

Wednesday, August 11, 2004
7:00 p.m., L.A.R.P.D. District Office
3575 Pacific Avenue
Livermore, California

MINUTES

LARPD BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Alice Quinn, David Furst, Scott Kamena, Dale Turner and Chair Maryalice Summers Faltings (5)

LARPD BOARD MEMBERS ABSENT: None (0)

STAFF MEMBERS PRESENT: Tim Barry, Michael Kyle, Barbara Kraybill, Rich Lange, and Brian Tibbetts


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

Meeting was called to order at 7:03 p.m., with all Directors present.

2. SPECIAL ITEM:

Introduction of a new member of the LARPD Personnel Commission, an advisory group of volunteer citizens with human resources background who give their time and expertise to the park district to advise the board on personnel and HR considerations. Chair Faltings introduced and welcomed Margaret Carroll to the Personnel Commission. Chair Faltings expressed the Board’s appreciation to Ms. Carroll for donating her time to the park district. Ms. Carrol informed the board that she possesses a HR background, masters degree in Public Administration and extensive experience in affirmative action, and has been a resident of Livermore since 1984.

3. PUBLIC FORUM: Public comment was received from:

a. Pauline Creager, 342 Chris Common in Brook Meadow Park. Ms. Creager stated that she

is a frequent walker at Sycamore Grove and Veterans Park and would like to request that

restrooms be installed part way down the trail. She feels it would be convenient to have

them there in addition to the ones in the parking lots at the beginning and the end of the

trail.

b. Barbara Bowers, 3955 Stanford Way. Ms. Bowers asked the Board if there are going to

be bocce ball courts at the new facility or at one of the other parks. A lot of people are

interested in bocce ball.

 

Chair Faltings closed public comment.

 

4. CONSENT AGENDA:

 

4.1 Board Minutes

4.1.1 Regular meeting of July 14, 2004.

4.1.2 Special meeting of July 28, 2004

4.2 Communications

4.2.1 Letter from Alameda County Agricultural Advisory Committee re livestock

grazing as a management tool.

4.3 General Manager’s Monthly report (#57/1).

4.4 Payroll and Claims.

 

Director Furst requested removal from the Consent Agenda of Item 4.1.1, minutes of the

regular meeting of July 14, 2004.

 

On a motion by Director Kamena, seconded by Director Turner, approved the remaining

Consent Agenda items, passing 5-0.

 

Corrections to the minutes of July14, 2004, were made as follows: page 4, correct sentence to

read, “Director Furst additionally proposed that the District look at closing Camp Shelly”.

 

On a motion by Director Furst, seconded by Chair Faltings, approved the July 14, 2004

minutes as corrected, passing 5-0.

 

5. CONSENT AGENDA:  RESOLUTIONS:  None

 

6. BIDS AND PUBLIC HEARINGS:

 

6.1 PUBLIC HEARING:  FISCAL YEAR 2004/2005 OPERATING AND CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT BUDGET

Chair Faltings opened the Public Hearing on the FY 2004/2005 Budget. No public

comment was received, and the Public Hearing was closed.

 

General Manager Barry presented a summary of the operating budget and explained the

budget balancing measures taken to offset the property tax reduction by the state:

- Entered into a contract for planning and development services with the City

of Livermore.

- Increased employee to supervisor ratio in the Park Division.

- Suspension of Ravenswood Days school programs for 3rd graders.

- Suspension of Jr. Rangers and Easter egg hunt programs.

- Transfer of some park maintenance from contracted labor to in-house labor.

- Reduction of water and mowing of parks that will have a negative effect on

park appearance.

- Delay in the opening of the Community Center lap pool until March 2005.

- Postpone purchase of two electric carts that facilitate park maintenance.

- A greater work load for staff with fewer co-workers to assist, and that

reduction in work will result on a priority basis.

- A reduction in public information efforts while still maintaining the district’s

program guide and web site.

- Reduction in administrative support on a priority basis.

 

On a motion by Director Quinn, seconded by Director Turner, approved putting

$745,000 in the 04/05 Capital Improvement Budget for the Robertson Park arena cover,

passing 5-0.

 

Regarding 4460 Conference Expense, a motion was made by Director Furst, seconded by

Director Turner, to reduce the 4460 Conference Expense to $2,200. Motion failed 3-2,

with Directors Furst and Turner voting in favor, and Directors Quinn, Kamena and Chair

Faltings voting against.

 

On a motion by Director Kamena, seconded by Director Turner, approved increasing the

line item for Master Plan in the 04/05 Capital Improvement Budget from $30,000 to

$50,000, passing 5-0.

 

Director Furst made a motion to reduce board stipends to $18,000. Motion died for lack

of a second.

 

On behalf of the entire board, Chair Faltings thanked the staff and budget committee for

all their hard work the past couple of months putting together a balanced budget; and

extended the board’s appreciation to all the employees at LARPD.

 

Resolution:  On a motion by Director Furst, seconded by Director Turner, adopted and

approved Resolution No. 1908, a resolution adopting the Operating and Capital

Improvement Budget for FY 2004/2005, by the following roll call vote:

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

NOES: None (0)

ABSENT: None (0)

 

7. OLD BUSINESS:

7.1  DONATION OF STATUE OF ROBERT LIVERMORE BY LIVERMORE ROTARY
Rich Lange, Community Center Director, reported that John Gordon, President of the Rotary Club informed him that in commemoration of Rotary’s 100th anniversary they are donating to LARPD a life-size sculpture of Robert Livermore and request that it be placed at the RLCC. Mr. Gordon assures the board that the sculpture is 100% quality and would like to have it unveiled possibly at the RLCC grand opening celebration. Community Center Director Lange stated that the statue was unanimously approved by the Livermore Public Arts Committee at their meeting on  July 7, 2004. The Committee is familiar with work done by the artist, Mr. Don Homan. The statue should be ready by the time the RLCC opens.

On a motion by Director Kamena, seconded by Chair Faltings, accepted the recommendation of the Livermore Public Arts Committee for placement of the statue of Robert Livermore by Mr. Homan at the Robert Livermore Community Center when the time is appropriate, passing 5-0.

 

8. NEW BUSINESS:

           

8.1 PLANNING CONTRACT WITH THE CITY OF LIVERMORE

Board agreed to continue this item to a later board meeting to give the Board members

and staff some extra time to make some minor changes to the contract.

 

9. ORAL REPORTS:

 

9.1 ROBERT LIVERMORE COMMUNITY CENTER PROJECT STATUS

General Manager Barry reported that the opening date for RLCC will be sometime in

October due to the unresolved issues regarding the HVAC system and some unfinished

work.

 

Community Center Director Lange reported that the substantial completion date is

September 1st, from that point we have some punch list things to do that should take

about 4-5 weeks. The move in date should be at the end of October.

 

9.2 SYCAMORE GROVE RECOVERY PROGRAM UPDATE

General Manager Barry reported that the final report on the Sycamore Grove Recovery

Program is due at the end of the week and he will make a report at the September board

meeting.

 

10. COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Board reported on the eight committee meetings attended since the Regular Board Meeting of

July 14, 2004, as follows:  Facilities, Program, Budget, California Association of Recreation

and Park Districts, Equestrian Center, Downtown, Inc., Livermore Cultural Arts Council, and

Community Gardeners of California.

 

11. MATTERS INITIATED BY THE DIRECTORS:

 

a. Director Furst requested the staff look into establishing term limits for the board.

 

12. MATTERS INITIATED BY THE GENERAL MANAGER:

 

a. General Manager Barry requested the board do a General Manager evaluation in closed

session at the September board meeting.

 

13. EXECUTIVE SESSION:

 

Meeting adjourned to Executive Session at 9:15 p.m.

 

Meeting reconvened to Regular Session at 9:30 p.m.

 

Chair Faltings reported that the board unanimously voted to engage the legal services of

Hansen-Bridges to assist with the Robert Livermore Community Center.

 

14. ADJOURNMENT: Meeting adjourned at 9:38 p.m.

 

 

 

                                                                     APPROVED:

 

 

 

            _____________________________________         

            Chair, Board of Directors

ATTEST:

 

 

 

______________________________________

General Manager and ex-officio

Clerk to the Board of Directors

Livermore Area Recreation and Park District
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Livermore, California 94551-4931
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