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09-22-1997 The Regular Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting was held on 2 Monday, September 22, 1997, at the Pearl Higgins Room, Branigan Library. 4 MEMBERS PRESENT: Dolores Archuleta, Mike Davis, Susan Roberts, Lawrence Banegas, Hart. Mark Lopez, and Michael 6 8 MEMBERS ABSENT: John Welch. 10 OTHERS PRESENT: Ted Novack, Parks and Recreation Director; Rollie Wright, Community Services and Facilities Director; Tim Hall, Las Cruces Bantam Weight Sports Association; Sandy Geiger and Terry Miller, West Mesa Trust; Jon Harcum and Joe Aguilar, Homeowners; Lucinda Aguilar and Nick Nevares, Social Work NMSU; and Laura Bason, Recording Secretary. 12 14 16 18 20 The meeting was called to order at 7: 00 p. m. by Board Chair, 22 Dolores Archuleta. 24 MINUTES 26 Auqust 19, 1997 28 Mr. Mark Lopez moved to approve the August 19, 1997 Parks and 30 Recreation Advisory Board Minutes as presented. Mr. Michael Hart seconded the motion. Motion carried 6-0. 32 34 Mike Davis voted YES Michael Hart voted YES Lawrence Banegas vote YES Dolores Archuleta voted YES Mark Lopez voted YES Susan Roberts voted YES 36 38 NEW BUSINESS 40 INTRODUCTION OF TIM HALL, BANTAM WEIGHT SPORTS ASSOCIATION 42 Ms. Archuleta introduced Mr. Tim Hall, of the Bantam Weight Sports Association, to the Board. 44 Mr. Hall stated that he has worked with the Las Cruces Public 46 Schools for 13 years and has been associated with the Bantam Weight Sports Association for 18 years. He is a lifetime resident of Las 48 Cruces and grew up with the Association. There are 595, 5th, 6th, and 7th graders playing in Bantam Weight Football this year; 162 50 over last year. The football program has 17 head coaches and 40 to 50 assistant coaches and ends in November. The basketball program 52 for 5th and 6th graders runs through the second week in March with about 450 youths. 1 Mr. Mike Davis stated that he has known Mr. Hall for many years and 2 believes that Tim is one of the finest men he has known. What most people don't know is that Tim uses his own time and money to take 4 kids allover for games and tournaments. Tim is someone this community can really be proud of. 6 The Board thanked Mr. Hall and let him know how much they 8 appreciate his efforts on behalf of the children of the community. 10 INTRODUCTION OF JOHN VILLESCAS, DESERT VOLLEYBALL ASSOCIATION 12 Mr. John Villescas could not attend the meeting. 14 INTRODUCTION OF ROLLIE WRIGHT, COMMUNITY SERVICES AND FACILITIES DIRECTOR 16 Ms. Archuleta introduced Mr. Rollie Wright, the new Community 18 Services and Facilities Director, to the Board. 20 Mr. Wright stated that he has been on the job for six days now. His only complaint so far is that his home furniture has not 22 arri ved yet (it should be in tomorrow). Mr. Wright 1S from California, the San Francisco area. He has a degree in Parks and 24 Recreation Administration, his Masters degree is in Public Administration. He believes that Government should be run like a 26 business with the citizens as our customers. Mr. Wright invited Board Members to call him any time with questions. 28 NAMING OF THE DONA ANA/THREE CROSSES PARK 30 Ms. Archuleta asked the Board if they would like to submit one name 32 or submit all three with or without priority basis. 34 Mr. Hart recommended that all three names be submitted to City Council to let them make the decision. He believes that each 36 individual has made a tremendous impact on Parks and Recreation. 38 Mr. Davis stated that Jason Jiron had the respect of his peers, was well liked in several athletic areas as well as personally. Mr. 40 Davis moved to recommend Jason Jiron as the name of the park. With no second to the motion, the motion died. 42 Mr. Hart moved to recommend the names as they are presented in the 44 Board packet. Mr. Lopez seconded the motion. Motion carried 6-0. 46 Mike Davis voted YES Michael Hart voted YES Lawrence Banegas vote YES Dolores Archuleta voted YES Mark Lopez voted YES Susan Roberts voted YES 48 50 Ms. Archuleta stated that she, as Chair, will write a letter to City Council with draft minutes to support the recommendation of 52 the Board. 2 REPORTS 2 FARMERS AND CRAFT MARKET ADVI SORY BOARD REPORT 4 No report. 6 PARKS AND RECREATION DIRECTOR 8 NRPA Southwest Regional Conference Update: 10 Mr. Ted Novack handed out a flier of the draft agenda for the 12 upcoming National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) 1998 Southwest Regional Leadership & Professional Training Institute 14 that the Las Cruces Parks and Recreation Department will host April 4-7, 1998 (Attached as Exhibit "A"). Mr. Novack and Ms. Archuleta 16 toured White Sands Missile Range to map out the tours that will take place there and at Trinity Site. Mr. Novack noted that the 18 Convention and Visitors Bureau has been very supportive, the Farm and Ranch Museum will host a social and that Dr. Lowell Catlett 20 will be the keynote speaker. 22 Mr. Kent Blumenthal, Director of the NRPA Southwest Region, left to take another position, Mr. Richard Horton has taken his place. 24 Mr. Novack asked that Board Members take part in the Institute as 26 much as they can, especially at the Tuesday night banquet. Staff is working hard at acquiring corporate sponsors to help with some 28 of the costs associated with the Institute. 30 Midnight Basketball Update: 32 Mr. Novack stated that the new Midnight Basketball program kicked off last Saturday night at Meerscheidt Recreation Center. Positive 34 support was verbally communicated to Mr. Novack by the parents that night. Domino's Pizza and Coca Cola are the corporate sponsors of 36 the program. The program will take place once a month and there are plans of expanding with an adult night. 38 Club Fusion Update: 40 Mr. Novack applauded Jan Syling and Jimmy Rivera for their work on 42 this program. Ms. Syling and a group of her teen workers toured Colorado teen centers and determined that there needed to be a 44 split between younger and older youths. Friday nights at Club Fusion are only for middle school age youths and Saturday nights 46 are for high school age youths. Attendance both nights has gone up since the change. 48 Ms. Susan Roberts stated that she has received a lot of positive 50 feedback from parents on this change. 52 LCABC Update: 3 Ms. Archuleta handed out a copy of the letter she received from Mr. 2 Phil White, President of the New Mexico American Amateur Baseball Congress (Attached as Exhibit "B"). The letter explains that that 4 Board voted to cancel the charter and sanction of the Las Cruces Amateur Baseball Congress for AABC rules violations. 6 Mr. Novack explained that the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board 8 will still have to make a recommendation on funding and field use for this organization. The action taken by AABC is between that 10 board and league. The Parks and Recreation Department will still bring the Agreement forward for the Parks and Recreation Advisory 12 Board to make a recommendation on. 14 Mr. Hart asked that the Parks and Recreation Department contact LCABC and start communication with them before it is time for the 16 leagues to start their season so it won't put us in a bind like last year. 18 Telbrook Park Citizen Request Update: 20 Ms. Archuleta handed out an update on this request that was 22 discussed at last month's Board meeting (Attached as Exhibit "C"). Ms. Archuleta stated that the neighborhood states that they have 24 reclaimed their park. Each neighbor has a designated duty: pulling weeds, washing the table, and even feeding the birds. 26 Mr. Hart stated that this is a success story for the Parks and 28 Recreation Department and the Las Cruces Police Department and it should be given to the newspapers. 30 Mr. Novack stated that Alan Pumphrey and Les Finley have already 32 started discussion with the neighbors and will continue. 34 ADJOURNMENT 36 With no further business, Ms. Archuleta adjourned the September 22, 1997 Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting at 8:02 p.m. 38 40 42 44 46 48 50 La a Bason, CPS R cording Secretary 52 Parks & Recreation Department 4 EXHIBIT "A" NATIONAL RECREATION & PARKS ASSOCIATION SOUTHWEST REGIONAL LEADERSHIP &. PROFESSIONAL TRAINING INSTITUTE APRIL 4-7, 1998 LAS CRUCES, NM Arkansas * Louisiana * New Mexico * Oklahoma * Texas SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 1998 · Golf · JuaRez, Mexico TRip · Wbite Sanl>s Missile Range, TRinitlV Site TRip · Southwest Regional Council Meeting SUNDAY, APRIL 5, 1998 · RegistRation · CEU TOURS, Local Facilities, HistoRical TOUR, WineRlV IPecan ORcbaRl> TouR · Welcome anl> Opening GeneRal Session KelVnote SpeakeR - DR. Lowell Catlett, New Mexico State UnioeRsitlV MONDAY & TUESDAY, APRIL 6-7, 1998 Training Sessionstrracks · ReCReation FaciUtlV Design, ConstRuction 21. OpeRations · PRofessional Benefits · FutURe Of PaRks 21. RecReation · PRofessional/CaReeR Planning TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 1998 · ConfeRence AwaRl>s Banquet Mil>westlSouthwest Regional Office Of the National ReCReation 21. PaRks Association The City of Las Cruces, New Mexico, New Mexico Recreation &. Parks Association and The Hilton Hotel of Las Cruces wish to extend a sincere invitation to all Leisure Professionals to attend an exciting and thought provoking four days in Las Cruces, New Mexico next April. For additional information, please contact Ted Novack, Host Committee Chair, at 505-541-2553 or Fax 505-541-2636 or send e-mail to laurab@c1c.ci.las-cruces.nm.us. ~ . ~(Q)[P)f NEW MEXICO ~()"l&IE AfA~ AMATEUR BASEBALL CONGRESS ,.. ond l,Ind'" ~ EXHIBIT Ms. Dolores Archuleta Las Cruces Parks and .Recreation %0 Lees Dr. Las Cruces, NM 88001 Re: Las Cruces Amateur Baseball Congress Dear Ms. Archuleta: During the'Septeulber 13, I-997 meetirrg-oftireNew-Me:riccAmerica:tT-Anmtear Bueball Congress meeting the executive board voted unanimously to cancel the charter and sanction of Las Cruces Amateur Baseball Congress for AABC nUes violatioJIIs. Those violations included involjd registration of players. counting nOll-league games to secure a position in the state SandyJ€O'tlfi1x. Dtvisiorrtourmunent; and questionable dis. bandment of existing teams. The executive board made the ruling that the Las Cruces Youth Amateur Baseball Congress and Rio Gr3nde Valley will be tho only two loaguc$ recognized by NMAADC in the Las Cruces area. If you require further infonnatioD please feel free to call me or to contact Wanda Shepard, NMAABC state treasurer at 527-1272. We appreciate the time and cooperation you and your associates have devoted to this issue. hil 1. . e. President New Mexico American Amateur Baseball Congress cc: Jeff Cole, President. LCABC GO .~ GL7t'GS890S 'ON ;{11.:l SlOOH8S !NrW ^Laij!~OW W~ 8t':LO NeW ~6-GG-d3S EXHIBIT "e" 22 Sept 1997 This is a follow up report on the Tellbrook Park complaint. Mr. and Mrs. Allen Hassen - represented the neighbors and presented a petition requesting that the park be closed at 9 p.m. instead of 11 p.m. because of tagging, vandalism and alcohol. Chief Bonnell asked that they be given the opportunity to try more patrols as an alternative to closing earlier. The Hassen's were out of town and will be out of town for 3 months, so I talked to neighbors adjacent to the park and in front of the park. Residences were Connie Woods, Nancy Warner, and Elaine Cutcher. They are extremely grateful to Allan Pumphrey, Less Finley, Sgt. Apodaca, and the neighborhood bike patrol for their support. The police also use unmarked police cars, so it has helped tremendously. Trash containers have been added, the park is now wheelchair accessible so one of the neighbors in a wheelchair now uses it. The huge clump of weeds has been cleared, they now have poop bags and people use them for their pets. The neighborhood has literally taken ownership of the park or "reclaimed" it as Elaine put it. Each neighbor has a designated duty, like pulling the weeds or washing the table. They would like to see the playground equipment painted; there is cement for a one on one basketball court, so maybe some goals would be nice; additional swing sets - the one there now are for little kids; one neighbor said they would like another picnic table, while another one said II no II , that's one more item to tagg; and regular maintenance - there is no regular maintenance to empty the trash containers, although they are very gopd about emptying them when they are called. tv (l(j;;c ~l~ , All in all they are happy.