Chair Miller called the meeting to order at 6:34 p.m.
Commissioner Swanson led the flag salute.
Present: Kathleen Baier Dalton, Virginia Han, George Miller, Sharon Quirk, Craig Russell, Nancy Spencer, Neil Swanson
Staff Present: Susan Hunt, Community Services Director; Community Services Managers Joe Felz, Judy Peterson, Alice Loya, Randy McDaniel, Grace Miranda, and Patricia Trotter; Lyman Otley, Building and Facilities Superintendent
Commissioner Dalton MOVED To APPROVE the Minutes of the January 12, 2004 regular meeting as written, and Commissioner Spencer SECONDED the MOTION.
Per Chair Miller the Minutes stand APPROVED AS WRITTEN.
Director Hunt presented the 1st and 2nd Quarter Progress Report for the Community Services Department. Each of the division managers provided a brief overview of their programs with Commissioners asking questions and making comments about program activities and plans. Maintenance Superintendent Otley also provided more details on the electrical upgrades at the Sports Complex.
Human Services Division Manager Patricia Trotter provided a slide presentation on the Department's recent Urban Park Act of 2001 grant application to the California Department of Parks and Recreation for a "pocket park". It would be located at 3001 Pearl Drive in Fullerton, very close to the Garnet Community Center. She noted that the grant intent was for acquisition and development of parkland in underserved neighborhoods. The request for funding is in the amount of $460,000 with a $452,000 City match which includes a $400,000 in-kind donation of land from the Gems Apartment Owners Association, $37,000 in park dwelling fees, and $15,000 from Redevelopment Agency funds.
Director Hunt, Manager Trotter and Manager McDaniel answered Commissioner questions about the grant, property location, park amenities, and process of acquisition. Director Hunt acknowledged the support of the apartment owners' association and its recent $300 donation for Garnet Center's after school program. She also provided an overview of the Department's grant process, acknowledging the involvement of Managers Trotter McDaniel, Loya and other staff. Commissioners lauded staff for their efforts and agreed that a park in the area was greatly needed.
Manager McDaniel made a slide presentation regarding the 2003 California Park and Recreation Society (CPRS) 'Award of Excellence' the City received for the category of 'Excellence in Planning'. The award will be presented at a banquet March 12th to which the Mayor, Commissioner Miller, Director Hunt and other staff have been invited. Manager McDaniel noted that although he and his staff put in the application, there were many different elements which resulted in winning the award. Some of the elements addressed in the application were recreational experiences, promotion of health and wellness, increasing cultural unity and facilitating community problem solving, protecting natural resources, creating a sustainable design, strengthening community image, sense of place, supports economic development and sustainability.
Superintendent Otley presented the Landscape Division report on behalf of Superintendent Sereno who also asked him to make a correction on the number of trees pruned: There were 9,981 trees pruned, not 99,981 trees. He answered a Commissioner question regarding tree planting, stating that fifteen to twenty 24" box camphor or site-specific trees will be planted. He also agreed to check with Superintendent Sereno to ensure that the volunteers could handle the 24" box trees.
The Landscape Division Report for January 2004 was received, corrected and filed.
Superintendent Otley presented the Building and Facilities Division January 2004 report. He answered a question from a previous Commission meeting, describing the process and schedule of building inspections and maintenance. Supervisor Otley also acknowledged how Manager McDaniel has worked closely with the Maintenance Department on parks projects so they can ensure that the parks are well-equipped and well-maintained.
He also answered questions regarding graffiti removal which includes one full-time staff, a computer-generated paint matching system, a 24-hour graffiti response line and a one-day turn around time. Superintendent Otley and Director Hunt noted that while Fullerton clearly has graffiti, it is under control.
The Building and Facilities Division Monthly Report for January was received and filed.
There were no questions on recent City Council agenda items.
Commissioner Russell noted that it would be nice to have a standard Fullerton map that could be projected on the screen in the Council Chamber to assist Commissioners in locating properties or addresses in question. Director Hunt responded that the Department would happy to do so.
Chair Miller suggested that the Commission could meet at different Commission sites, for example, Garnet Center, as a way of exposing Commissioners to the different programs and activities of the Community Services Department. He also noted a recent used computer donation he made to Garnet Center, and that he has never been thanked so much in his life. He encouraged others to donate to the Center.
Commissioner Dalton MOTIONED and Commissioner Swanson SECONDED to adjourn the meeting. Chair Miller adjourned the meeting at 7:57 p.m.