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07-28-2009 PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD MEETING July 28, 2009 1 The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting was held on July 28, 2009, at the 2 WIA Building at 340 N Reymond Street, Las Cruces, New Mexico 3 4 PARKS & RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT 5 Mr Gerald Saige, Mr Isaac Chavez, Mr Eli Guzman, 6 Ms Alice Ward 7 MEMBERS ABSENT Mr Frank Carril 8 OTHERS PRESENT Mr Mark Johnson, Parks and Recreation Administrator, Ms 9 Cathy Mathews, Landscape Architect, Ms Ellen Saige, and 10 Barbara Gomez, Parks and Recreation Administrative 11 Assistant/P&R Advisory Board Recording Secretary 12 13 Meeting was called to order at 7 00 pm 14 15 Mr Saige acknowledged the resignations of Mr Kirk Clifton and Ms Aphrus Travers 16 17 1 Introductions 18 A. Board Members introduced themselves and stated the district they represent. 19 20 II Approval of Minutes —There were no corrections to the July 28, 2009, meeting 21 notes Mr Chavez motioned to approve the minutes Ms Ward seconded the motion 22 Motion passed 4-0 23 24 Mr Gerald Sage voted YES Ms Alice Ward voted YES 25 Mr Isaac Chavez voted YES Mr Eli Guzman voted YES 26 27 III New Business 28 A. Hadley/Manzanita Gateway Design — Informational 29 30 Ms Mathews gave a power-point presentation on the project. She stated that the 31 design/project is similar to the Jardin de Mesquite Gateway She is working closely with 32 the Las Esperanzas Committee on the project. She stated that the area is less than 33 one-eighth of an acre on a right-of-way owned by the City Ms Mathews pointed out 34 that the gateway would have bancos, concrete culverts, nichos, tile, artwork and 35 shading 36 37 Board Members were going to ask questions when Mr Johnston said that the questions 38 would be answered in the next item he is presenting 39 40 B. Naming of the Hadley/Manzanita Gateway —Action 41 42 Mr Johnston stated that staff received a request from Las Esperanzas to name the new 43 gateway "Entrada Del Sol" (entrance of the sun) The Committee asked that staff bring 1 I the recommendation of the name to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board for 2 review and recommendation to City Council 3 4 Mr Guzman stated that his business was previously located in the area where the 5 gateway is being constructed and that he is concerned that the tagging and vandalism 6 he experienced in the neighborhood would occur with this project. 7 8 Board Members asked if other projects in the Mesquite area experience high vandalism 9 Mr Johnson answered that the problem is minimal in the area 10 11 Ms Ward motioned to approve the recommendation to City Council Mr Chavez 12 seconded the motion 13 14 Motion passed 4-0 15 16 Mr Gerald Sage voted YES Ms Alice Ward voted YES 17 Mr Isaac Chavez voted YES Mr Eli Guzman voted YES 18 19 C 6T" Bomber Group Memorial -Action 20 21 Mr Johnston informed the Board that Mr Stan Dimsha had approached the City and 22 asked to place a memorial at Veteran's Park. He said this project will not require any 23 City funding The group is purchasing the plaque and landscaping material He said 24 there is already space allocated for such plaques and it will be easy for crews to install 25 26 Mr Chavez asked if this was private funding Mr Johnston answered that it is He 27 mentioned that the group has installed plaques such as this through out the country 28 29 Ms Ward asked if the 6th Bomber Group had ties to Las Cruces Mr Johnston 30 answered that a member of the group had visited Las Cruces and liked the area and 31 that is why Las Cruces was chosen as a site for the plaque 32 33 Mr Chavez asked how much would this project cost? Mr Johnston answered that the 34 plaques cost about $1200 and $150 to $250 for landscape rock. 35 36 Mr Chavez motioned to approve the request to place a memorial plaque at Veteran's 37 Park and approve a recommendation to City Council Mr Guzman seconded the 38 motion 39 40 Motion passed 4-0 41 42 Mr Gerald Sage voted YES Ms Alice Ward voted YES 43 Mr Isaac Chavez voted YES Mr Eli Guzman voted YES 44 45 46 2 I IV Reports 2 A. Parks Management and Recreation Section Reports for May and June 2009 3 4 Mr Chavez asked that a Board Member Comment Section be added to the Agenda for 5 comments (Barbara was asked to check with the City Clerk if this can be done) 6 7 Mr Chavez stated that he thought Las Cruces being named a Playful City was positive 8 and good for the City 9 10 Board Members asked Mr Johnston how the transition was going Mr Johnston 11 answered that staff has been very busy He stated that he will come to the Board with 12 his plan to have a more manageable supervisory staff He stated that he currently has 13 18 people reporting to him and his plan is to make that 8 or 9 He told the Board that he 14 will come to them for guidance before making any big moves 15 16 Mr Johnston informed the Board that the Leagues/Organizations stipends will go to 17 Council on August 20, 2009 (A correction was sent by email with the corrected date of 18 August 10, 2009) 19 20 Mr Chavez informed the Board that the petition for the Quality of Life is not moving 21 forward until fall, it has been to hot to go door to door He said a report he saw from the 22 County Commission was favorable 23 24 Ms Ward asked about the "lost child" incident. Mr Johnston reported that 25 administratively speaking it has been addressed and staff is putting things in place as to 26 minimize or prevent this from happening again But judicially, it is still uncertain 27 28 Mr Guzman asked if staff had heard about the fights at the baseball park. Mark 29 answered that the League has by-laws and they go through the League Board first; if 30 issues cannot be resolved it then comes to the City's Parks and Recreation 31 Administration Office 32 33 ADJOURNMENT 34 35 With no further business, Mr Saige adjourned the July 29, 2009 meeting at 7 29 pm 36 37 38 39 40 Barbara Gomez, Recordingretary bera4d-S�akje,-Chair P&R Board 415�.�C C �r�E-o_ 42 3