PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION
City Council Chamber
Monday, June 12, 2006
CALL TO ORDER
Chair Russell called the meeting to order at 6:32 p.m.
Commissioner Miller led the flag salute.
Present: Kathleen Baier-Dalton, Kathleen Dasney, George Miller, Craig Russell,
CONSENT ITEMS (1 – 3)
Commissioner Swanson MADE A MOTION and Commissioner Dasney SECONDED THE MOTION to approve the
Consent Calendar items as corrected.
The MOTION PASSED unanimously.
1. MINUTES OF THE MAY 8, 2006 REGULAR MEETING
Commissioner Swanson asked that one correction be made to the May 8, 2006 minutes: On Page 10, the minutes should read “Chair Russell” not “Chair Swanson.”
2. LANDSCAPE DIVISION MONTHLY REPORT FOR MAY 2006
Commissioner Dalton asked Landscape Superintendent
Commissioner Spencer said she took a four-hour tour with Landscape Superintendent
3. BUILDING AND FACILITIES DIVISION MONTHLY REPORT FOR MAY 2006
Director Molendyk said he spoke with Maintenance Director
Chair Russell asked if the longer May minutes meant that the format was reverting back to the previous longer format. Director Molendyk noted that, as mentioned at a prior meeting, the Commission could discuss the minutes format; however, he said the length of the minutes would depend on the issues being discussed. If the meeting issues were pro forma, like tonight’s, the minutes would be quick; if there was a need for more detail, the minutes would be longer.
REGULAR BUSINESS (Items 4 - 8)
Director Molendyk introduced the topic, saying that the related agenda letter was in reference to the Commission’s question on why some parks would be considered a neighborhood park and others would be considered a community center. He referred to the City’s General Plan, currently being updated, which provides descriptions of neighborhood parks and community parks. He said that a monument sign at
Family and Senior Services Manager Peterson referred to the relevant portions of the General Plan included in the agenda packet, noting the definitions of parks including neighborhood, specialized, regional, and vista parks, and recreation trails. Given these definitions, Manager Peterson said “neighborhood park” would be the most appropriate designation for
Manager Peterson introduced Acting Chief Planner Jay Eastman and Senior Planner Bob St. Paul to answer questions on the General Plan. Director Molendyk said
It was clarified that staff wanted to get a definition tonight specifically on
It was clarified with Commissioner Dasney that
Chief Planner Jay Eastman said the City is starting to look into updating the General Plan and is soliciting bids for consultants. He said the Plan would take about two years to complete, outlines the goals, objectives and policies of the City, and assists in approving development projects.
Commissioner Dalton said the General Plan was timely since there is dissension in the community about the direction the City should take. Director Molendyk agreed, and said corrections and new parks such as the Sports Complex and
Chair Russell said he didn’t have a problem with the building name having the park name, e.g. Chapman or Richman parks’ centers would also be named Chapman or Richman. However, he said, when the buildings have “neighborhood” in the names, it appears that the building is only for the neighborhood rather than for everyone in the community. He asked what the other commissioners’ opinions were, and said a consensus was important so staff would know what kind of signs should be made.
Commissioner Dalton agreed with Chair Russell because the City doesn’t have a comprehensive community center, adding that she hoped the
Commissioner Dasney asked what the official name was of
Commissioner Spencer asked what other cities do, and Parks Manager Alkema said
Director Molendyk summarized that the Commission would like to refer to all the City buildings as “community centers.” Commissioner Dalton said the staff report did not ask Commission to make a determination about the park designation although she was prepared to make a motion. Director Molendyk said staff planned to have the item as informational this month because the Muckenthaler item, which was postponed at the last minute, was to have been very time-consuming. The Commission and staff agreed to have park designation returned for the next meeting as an action item.
Commissioner Dasney asked why
Cultural and Events Manager Dannielle Mauk introduced the topic and introduced Events Intern Ashley Glass, noting that Events Intern Glass was “doing a fantastic job,” and asked her to make the presentation. Intern Glass provided a Power Point presentation on the 17th Annual 4th of July event which would include fireworks, music, booths, food vendors, political booths, and singers. The event will start at 5:00 p.m., and the fireworks show is at 9 p.m. with higher aerial fireworks to accommodate the higher parking structure at
Director Molendyk said Mayor Wilson wanted the event to be very patriotic, and to emphasize the 230th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Manager Mauk announced a bicentennial museum exhibit highlighting the event, curated by Museum Educator Aimee Aul. She said the commissioners would all receive their VIP passes to the Fourth of July event.
Commissioner Dasney asked if the vendors pay for the booths, and Manager Mauk said they all do, but that all the vendors come in under the non-profit title because even commercial vendors are required to donate some of their profits. She and Director Molendyk said revenue to support the event comes from vendor and ride fees, a budget from Parks and Recreation, and donations from the local disposal company and other businesses.
6. DIRECTOR’S UPDATE
After some discussion, it was agreed that the July Commission meeting would be cancelled.
Director Molendyk reported on the June 6th Council meeting and 2006-07 budget, saying that the Parks and Recreation projects were approved, and that Mayor Pro Tem Bankhead was interested in re-evaluating
Director Molendyk said that there is about $6.5 million for
Director Molendyk said the new tile work at the
Commissioner Dasney asked about the timeline on the Hillcrest Park Master Plan, and was told there was no time frame. Director Molendyk said there was an understanding that the park would be renovated to historical standards; however, the current Master Plan would change that, so this was an issue the Commission should look at prior to the plans going out to bid. He said the City Manager wanted to start renovations from
Director Molendyk said, with new commissioners and new staff, it would be helpful to review the plans, and that after the Department budget is formally approved and project priorities are set, the Hillcrest Master Plan could be brought to Commission for review, noting the importance of getting proper maintenance support. He said that Lions Field was the first priority, and then Hillcrest would be next. He said the documents regarding Hillcrest Master Plan could be provided along with a briefing, which the Commission agreed was a good idea. Commissioner Dalton said there would be many members of the previous Master Plan committee who would be willing to again be involved.
Commissioner Dalton added that the new reservoir would have to be integrated into the Master Plan, and that parking in Hillcrest was intentionally kept at a minimum because it was intended as a passive park, with people expected to park at the perimeter of the park and walk in. She agreed that it probably was time to re-visit the Hillcrest Master Plan as well as other master plans prior to any new developments. Director Molendyk concurred, saying the intent was to enhance the existing plans, not start all over.
Director Molendyk said, at the request of the West Fullerton Improvement Committee, City Council proclaimed May as Asthma Awareness Month.
He noted that Council also approved Amendment #2 to the Kiwanis Club Lease Agreement. Commissioner Swanson asked what the agreement was, and Director Molendyk said there was a 25-year lease extension instead of the shorter term recommended by staff and the Contracts Sub-Committee. However, there would be more oversight and that Council said if Kiwanis doesn’t keep its commitments, the lease could be broken. Director Molendyk said Kevin McCarthy of Kiwanis made a lot of public commitments to the Council, and that he (Director Molendyk) would keep Commission informed on a quarterly basis. He added that the plans were with Development Services, but that when approved, each phase would have a timeframe.
Chair Russell confirmed that the new Kiwanis website did not exist prior to the new lease. Director Molendyk said the Council vote was four to one, and that the dissenting vote thought it wasn’t appropriate for an outside agency to program a City facility. Chair Russell asked about the naming of the park as
There was a discussion on the naming and maintenance of
Chair Russell emphasized the need for consistency in the naming of parks, pointing to the General Plan, and the inherent value of naming rights. Commissioner Dalton asked if Kiwanis would be putting up any park signs, to which Director Molendyk said he didn’t know. Commissioner Dalton asked for copies of the new lease and Chair Russell said he would write a letter to the Mayor expressing concern that a City property was named by a non-City entity per its website, and Director Molendyk suggested that he clarify with the Mayor if this was what Council agreed to when it voted on the lease.
Commissioner Miller asked who would decide on which groups would be accepted on the use application for
Chair Russell asked about the signage at the medical center at Richman, saying he didn’t want the park to “look like the St. Jude Medical Center Park,” and that he hoped the sign would be discreet and in keeping with previous City standards on signage. Director Molendyk and Manager Peterson said St. Jude’s first proposal of two 9-foot wide signs was not acceptable to staff, and said a final rendering could be brought to Commission for review and approval. When asked, Manager Peterson said there would be no Cal State University Fullerton signage.
Commissioner Miller asked where the signs were to be, and Manager Peterson said St. Jude had wanted two signs, one on Highland and one on Elm; however, staff has proposed the monument sign on Highland near Elm with a small St. Jude sign on it, and small directional signs on security lighting poles, in addition to the sign on the clinic.
Commissioner Dasney said she didn’t want a clinic sign on the monument sign at all. Director Molendyk agreed that there had to be standards and consistency, and Commissioner Dalton said she wanted to have a discussion, was against the clinic sign on the park sign, and would be willing to “fight that one politically” if need be to prevent future encroachments.
Commissioner Swanson agreed a precedent needed to be set, and that it was important to say that parks shouldn’t have names of sponsors.
Commissioner Swanson MADE A MOTION to adjourn, and Commissioner Spencer SECONDED THE MOTION.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 p.m.