LIVERMORE AREA RECREATION AND PARK DISTRICT

4444 EAST AVENUE

LIVERMORE, CALIFORNIA 94550-5053

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

REGULAR BOARD MEETING

 

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

7:00 p.m.

Robert Livermore Community Center

4444 East Avenue

Livermore, California

 

MINUTES

 

DIRECTORS PRESENT:††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Dale Turner, Maryalice Faltings, Steve Goodman, and Chair David Furst (4)

 

DIRECTORS ABSENT: †††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Director Kamena (1)

 

STAFF MEMBERS PRESENT:††††††† ††††††††† Tim Barry, Pat Kasberg, Michael Kyle, Barbara

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Kraybill, Jim Brandenburg, and Felix Errico

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1.      CALL TO ORDER-ROLL-PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Meeting was called to order at 7:01 p.m. by Chair Furst who led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. Director Kamena was absent from the meeting.

 

2.††† PUBLIC FORUM

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

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†††††† a)††††††††††† Cindy Burrow, a Livermore resident, addressed the Board. Ms. Burrow has been using ††† the RLCC pool for therapeutic reasons and if the pool closes for the winter she is afraid her progress will backslide. She urged the Board to keep the pool open year round.

 

†††††† b)††††††††††† Jim Volponi, a Livermore resident for 47 years, addressed the Board. Mr. Volponi stated that the RLCC pool is a wonderful complex. Mr. Volponi gave a history on the ††††††† swimming pools in Livermore and the AquaCowboys Swim Team. Mr. Volponi praised ††† the RLCC facility and staff and urged the Board to keep the RLCC pool open year round.

 

††††† c)†† Don DeSantas from the Livermore Blue Dolphins swim team, addressed the Board. ††††††† Mr. DeSantas stated that their team really loves using the RLCC pool and it is ††† advantages to the swim team to have the pool open year round.

 

††††† d)†† Brandon Chandler, a member of the Blue Dolphin swim team, addressed the Board. Mr. Chandler stated that being a member of the swim team is very important to him and it is ††† important that the team is able to use the pool year round.

 

††††† e)†† ††††††††††† Leslie Tupper, a native of Livermore, addressed the Board. Ms. Tupper stated she would like to see the RLCC pool remain open during the winter so that she can continue her ††† water polo program.

 

††††† f)††† Katie Paredez, a member of the Granada High School water polo team, addressed †††††††††† the Board and explained the importance of having the RLCC pool open year round so ††††††† that the water polo program can continue.

 

††††† g)†† A lady who is a member of the Lab lap swimmer group, addressed the Board and stated that she is representing the lap swimmers who use the RLCC pool and has a petition ††††††††† for the Board signed by the lap swimmers who are requesting that the pool stay open †††††† year round.

 

h)†† Dana Croghan, addressed the Board. Ms. Croghan stated††††††††††† that she teaches 12 of the 18 water fitness classes taught at the RLCC pool. She has ††† cancer patients who can only exercise in water. Ms. Croghan stated several cases where ††††††††††† people have overcome their disabilities due to her water fitness classes. Ms. Croghan ††† urged the Board to keep the pool open year round so that these individuals can ††††† continue to improve and others can be helped.

 

†††††† i) Margie Dino, a Livermore resident, addressed the Board. Ms. Dino stated that she has a

††††††††††† group of people practicing synchronized swimming and would like to continue the program year round.

 

†††††† j)†† A lady who is an LLNL lap swimmer, addressed the Board. She praised the pool and its aesthetics, and stated that she swims laps year round and would like to be able to use the ††††††††† RLCC pool.

 

k)†† Matt Croghan addressed the Board. Mr. Croghan stated he participates in the water polo program and the RLCC pool is a great deep water facility and he would like to see it used year round. He would like the Board to at least give it a ††† try and keep it open this year and see if it is feasible.

 

††††† l)††† Linda Casey, a Livermore resident, addressed the Board. Ms. Casey stated that she is †††† addressing the Board for two reasons: 1) to keep the pool open year round; and 2) for the Board to re-think the fitness center plan. Ms. Casey stated that LARPD should consider installing fitness equipment and charge a use fee. She feels that there is a niche market ††† for a fitness center and thinks the District is overlooking a great opportunity to generate †††††† funds.

 

††††† m)Heidi Haas, 5330 Desiree Avenue, Livermore, addressed the Board. Ms. Haas stated that †††††††††† she supports keeping the RLCC pool open year round for the evening swim program.

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††††† n)†† Jerry Sweeney, 1137 Alison Circle, Livermore, addressed the Board. Mr. Sweeney stated ††††††††††† that he is a lab employee and has used the lab pool for 25 years. When the lab pool closed he was able to bike to the RLCC pool and continue lap swimming. He stated that the RLCC pool is a great facility and very convenient for lab employees. Mr. Sweeney †††††† stated that he would like to see the pool stay open year round so that he can continue to swim on his lunch hour. The exercise is beneficial to his overall health and keeps his ††††††† cholesterol in check.

 

††††† o)†† Kurt Schallitz, a swim coach for the Blue Dolphins swim team, addressed the Board. Mr. Schallitz pointed out to the Board that there is a lot of enthusiasm for the facility and the ††††† user momentum is high. If the pool closes for 3 months, swim teams will have to seek ††††† alternative places to swim and might not come back to the RLCC pool when it re-opens. ††† This could have a negative impact on future income for the pool. Mr. Schallitz would like the Board to take this into consideration when they are making their decision.

 

††††† p)†† Stefan DiScala, a Livermore resident, addressed the Board. Mr. DiScala stated that he is a LARPD employee who works in aquatics. Mr. ††††††††††† DiScala stated that it is advantages to ††† him if the pool is open year round so that he can keep his lifeguard skills up to par and ††††† not have to re-train every year.

 

††††† q)†† Art Holding, a Livermore resident, addressed the Board. Mr. Holding stated that he †††††††† swims at the pool in the early morning and that when the pool opened last spring it †††††††† wasnít very crowded and now all the lanes are full. He enjoys swimming year round and would like the pool to stay open.††††

 

†††††† Chair Furst closed public comment.

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3.†† CONSENT AGENDA

3.1Board Minutes

3.1.1Special meeting of August31, 2005.

3.2Communications: None††††† ††††

3.3General Managerís Monthly Report (#58/2).

3.4 Payroll and Claims.

3.5Approval of Change Order #24 for the Robert Livermore Community Center and†††††††††† †††††††††† approval of the General Managerís execution of the settlement agreement and release of †††††††††† †††††††††† claims with C. Overaa & Co.

 

On a motion by Director Faltings, seconded by Director Goodman, approved the Consent ††††

Agenda, passing 4-0.(Director Kamena absent)

 

4.†† CONSENT AGENDA:RESOLUTIONS: None

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5.††† BIDS AND PUBLIC HEARINGS:None

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6.††† OLD BUSINESS: ††None

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7.†† NEW BUSINESS

†††† 7.1FOUR PARKS IMPROVEMENT PROJECT BY J. W. RILEY & SON, INC.†††††

††††††††††† The Board received a letter from Mr. John Riley stating that he just recently learned that this item was on the agenda for this meeting and he has not had sufficient time to prepare ††††††††††† his response. Mr. Riley requested that the Board postpone discussion of this item until the ††††††††††† next Board meeting.

 

††††††††††† Chair Furst continued this item to the Special Board meeting of September 28, 2005.

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8.†† ORAL REPORTS

††††† 8.1LEGAL COUNSELíS REPORT OF ACTIVITIES

†††††††††††† a)Worked with outside counsel and participated in the Robert Livermore ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††Community Center mediation which was resolved successfully.

††††††††††† b)Working on an agreement that will resolve an issued that has been discussed in †††††††††††††††††††††† †††††executive session.

††††††††††† c)Working with the City of Livermore staff on Trail Segment N, from the Del ††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††Valle trail to Sycamore Grove Park.

††††††††††† d)Working with staff on securing outside banking services rather than being tied to †††††††††††††††††††† †††††Alameda County.

††††††††††† e)Working with staff in preparing the Districtís response regarding issues with J. †††††††††††††††††††††† †††††W. Riley and the four parks project.

††††††††††† f)Researching the issue of whether the second board meeting of the month is a ††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††regular or special meeting.

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9.COMMITTEE REPORTS

††††††† Board received reports on the five committee meetings attended since the Regular Board

††††††† meeting of August 10, 2005, as follows:Program, Community Center, Alameda County ††

††††††† Special Districtsí Association, Ravenswood Progress League, and Livermore Cultural Arts

††††††† Council.

 

10. MATTERS INITIATED BY THE DIRECTORS

††††††† a) Director Faltings attended the re-dedication of the Livermore flag pole at Carnegie Park and it was an excellent ceremony and very well represented.

††††††† b)Director Turner stated that he has been concerned over the years about the selection ††††† process of contractors to build our parks. There have been a large number of poor ††††††††† selections and he would like to have a Board committee discuss the selection process in †† an effort to improve it.

††††††† c)Director Goodman stated that he is very encouraged by the support shown by the people wishing to keep the pool open year round.

††††††† d)Chair Furst requested a timeline from staff on when they expect to hire a grant writer.

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11. MATTERS INITIATED BY THE GENERAL MANAGER

††††††† a)General Manager Barry stated that staff will be meeting with the Summit Park neighbors ††††††††††† on Thursday night to conclude discussions on the tree selections for the west end of the ††††† park.

††††† ††b)The City Council has approved the Arroyo Crossing development agreement and the ††††† output of that is the developer is donating a million dollars to LARPD for a sports park or †† other improvements to facilities that is capital funding. The District will ††† also be establishing a playground near this development at Robertson Park with the developer †††††† funding and will also be receiving the regular development in-lieu fees of approximately †† $1.7 million from the development over time for LARPD to improve facilities.

††††††† c)The park and recreation master plan requires an amendment to our existing city contract and it is being prepared and will be ready for Board review at the next meeting.

††††††† d)On September 26-29, Director Faltings and General Manager Barry will be attending the California Special Districtsí Association Conference in Long Beach.

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12. ADJOURNMENT:Meeting adjourned at 7:55 p.m.

 

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