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12-17-2009 PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD MEETING December 17, 2009 1 The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting was held on December 17, 2009, at 2 the 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 Mr Frank Carril 7 MEMBERS ABSENT Ms Alice Ward 8 OTHERS PRESENT Mr Mark Johnston, Parks and Recreation Administrator, Mr 9 Rudy Trevino, Athletic Fields District Supervisor, Ms 10 Darlene Bag, Beloved Pets, Ms Kevin Armstrong, Dog Park 11 Coalition, and Ms Barbara Gomez, Parks and Recreation 12 Administrative Assistant/P&R Advisory Board Recording 13 Secretary 14 15 Meeting was called to order at 6 05 pm 16 17 1 Introductions 18 A. Board Members introduced themselves and stated the district they represent. 19 B. Mr Guzman nominated Mr Chavez to serve as Board Chair; Mr Carrill 20 seconded the motion for the nomination A vote was taken and passed 4-0 21 22 Mr Gerald Sage voted YES Mr Frank Carril voted YES 23 Mr Isaac Chavez voted YES Mr Eli Guzman voted YES 24 25 Mr Chavez nominated Mr Carril as Vice-Chair and Mr Guzman seconded the 26 nomination A vote was taken and passed 4-0 27 28 Mr Gerald Sage voted YES Mr Frank Carril voted YES 29 Mr Isaac Chavez voted YES Mr Eli Guzman voted YES 30 31 II Approval of Minutes — Minutes from the July 28, 2009 were not approved 32 because they were left out of the Board Packet. They will be included in the 33 January Packet. 34 35 III New Business 36 A. Mural for Lion's Park Handball Courts —Action 37 38 Mr Johnston informed the Board Members that Mr Michael Graham approached the 39 Keep America Beautiful Coordinator, Mr Craig Fenske, about painting a mural 40 Handouts on the design were passed out. Mr Chavez asked if other sites at Lion's 41 Park had been considered Mr Johnston replied that were no other large spaces 42 43 Mr Carill asked if there would be a cost to the City Mr Johnston replied no 1 I Mr Carril motioned to approve the mural and go forward to City Council Mr Chavez 2 said he would like to see the mural on the other side because it would not be visible on 3 the south side 4 5 Mr Carril amended motion to approve mural on the north side of the courts Mr 6 Chavez seconded the motion 7 8 Mr Gerald Sage voted YES Mr Frank Carril voted YES 9 Mr Isaac Chavez voted YES Mr Eli Guzman voted YES 10 11 B. ICIP Update - Informational 12 13 Mr Johnston gave an update on the ICIP's He said that several major projects have 14 been put on hold He stated that Legends West will have erosion fixed and have plants 15 installed and that the work will be done in-house 16 17 C Branigan Park's Closure and Safety Issues Update - Informational 18 19 Mr Johnston said that there are capital needs for all facilities but the issues at Branigan 20 cannot be corrected without the funding so it had to be closed 21 22 Mr Carril said that people were getting hurt and that is why he brought it to staffs 23 attention 24 25 D Dog Park Issues - Informational 26 27 Mr Chavez said the Dog Park has been open for 7 months now and the Board had said 28 they would re-evaluate in 6 months He said that the Dog Park Coalition had a list of 29 issues They suggested narrowing down the rules to 5 on the board because there are 30 too many rules on the board now They would like the special needs area to be split off 31 so dogs can play safely and they would like to have the boulders moved so people can 32 drive around 33 34 Mr Johnston said that a fence is going to be installed in-house and a member of the 35 Dog Park Coalition has offered to donate a gate for the northeast corner; a bench will 36 also be installed He said lighting is needed and there are solar lights now that are less 37 expensive, about $3500 a light. He suggested the Coalition could help with fundraising 38 39 Mr Kevin Armstrong said that they have heard complaints but that Dog Park is being 40 used and the location and size of the park is good He said that the Coalition is filing 41 legal paperwork to allow them to start fundraising And also that the donated crusher 42 fine is helping 43 44 Mr Chavez said there is a pond because of water retention Mr Johnston said that 45 staff will be watching it and utilize material already there to take care of it. 46 2 I Mr Chavez asked how soon staff would begin taking care of the issues at the Dog Park. 2 Mr Johnston said that they have already begun, by moving the boulders and they will 3 try to get as much done in a two-month window of time 4 5 E. Aquatic Center Update - Informational 6 7 Mr Johnston informed the Board that completion date for the Center is June 2010 and 8 opening is July 2010 Mr Chavez asked about funding Mr Johnston said that there 9 was $325,000 approved at mid-year to hire staff and get the pool up and running 10 11 He stated that it will take about 1 5 to 2 million to operate the Aquatic Center per year; 12 with projected revenue of$300,000 to $500,000 annually He said that there will be no 13 meets held at this pool, it will be strictly a water park and therapy pool 14 15 F Professional Baseball Team Update - Informational 16 17 Mark said that the league is moving forward with 8 teams There is one team from 18 Idaho and teams from Mexico There will be 40 games held from May 15, 2010, to 19 August 17, 2010, on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings Youth leagues 20 will continue to utilize fields during the week and earlier hours 21 22 IV REPORTS 23 24 A. Parks Management and Recreation Section Reports for July, August, 25 September, October, and November 2009 26 27 The Board would like hours and revenues added to the special events and up-coming 28 special events and pending issues added to the reports each month Mr Chavez wants 29 a public input section added to the Agenda also 30 31 ADJOURNMENT 32 33 With no further business, Mr Saige adjourned the December 17, 2009 meeting at 6 50 34 pm 35 36 37 Barbara Gomez, Recording Secretary 6efal air P&R Board 38 39 3