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01-16-2014 PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD MEETING JANUARY 16, 2014 1 The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting was held on January 16, 2014, at 2 City Hall, Room 2007-B (2ntl Floor), 700 N, Main Street, Las Cruces, NM. 3 4 PARKS & RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: 5 Mr. Ron Camunez, Board Chair 6 Ms. Dawn Rue, Vice Chair 7 Mr. Mark O'Neill 8 Ms. Laura Haas 9 Ms. Elizabeth Brown 10 Mr. Eli Guzman 11 12 OTHERS PRESENT: 13 Mr. Mark Johnston, Director Parks & Recreation 14 Ms. Veronica Quezada, PRAB Recording Secretary 15 Mr. Rudy Trevino, Parks District Manager 16 Mr. Phillip Catanach, Recreation Program Manager 17 18 The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Chairman Camunez and he 19 recognized the meeting as having a legal quorum. 20 21 I. Introductions 22 23 Board Members introduced themselves and stated the district they represent. 24 25 It. Conflict of Interest 26 27 No conflict of interest. 28 29 III. Approval of Minutes 30 31 Minutes stand approved for the November 21, 2013 meeting as presented. 32 33 IV. New Business 34 35 A. Senior Advisory Board Work Session— Discussion 36 37 The Senior Advisory Board is recommending having a joint work session with the 38 Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. Mr. Johnston has recommended that Mr. 39 Camunez and he meet with the Chair member of the Senior Advisory Board to discuss 40 the reason behind having a joint meeting session. 41 42 Ms. Haas motioned to move that Mr. Camunez and Mr. Johnston move forward in 43 meeting with the Chair of the Senior Advisory Board to discuss what the purpose for 1 I the joint meeting with the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, and Ms. Rue 2 seconded. 3 4 Motion is unanimously carried 5 6 B. Fee Discounts for Veterans- Discussion 7 8 Mr. Camunez stated that in a City Council Meeting a citizen asked why Veterans were 9 not receiving discounts at recreational facilities. 10 11 The Board discussed the issue and the difficulty of distinguishing between a veteran 12 and a non-veteran. The Board agreed that there was no issue with regards to giving 13 Veterans a discount however; rates are already discounted at recreational facilities 14 and, to include programs. How would this affect the Parks and Recreation Department 15 and the City's budget as a whole? 16 17 Mr. Johnston asked the Board to ponder the issue and Mr. Johnston would approach 18 City Council for further discussion and receive direction. Then he would come back to 19 the Board for further discussion and possible action. 20 21 Mr. Camunez also stated that he will meet with Mr. JR Turner who is the liaison for the 22 Veterans Department and find out information on how to approach the issue. 23 24 C. Klein Park Legislative Funding— Informational 25 26 Mr. Johnston advised the Board that the Department has received $75,000 of 27 legislative funding to be used specifically for Klein Park. After speaking with staff, the 28 Mesquite Historic District Committee, and Las Esperanza's group it has been 29 recommended to preserve the fencing around the park, to include the repair of the ADA 30 compliance for stairs, and entrance ways. These improvements and repairs will 31 exhaust the funding. 32 33 D. Veterans Park Legislative Funding— Information 34 35 Mr. Johnston stated two years ago he brought forward a concept to the Vietnam 36 Veterans Memorial Board. This Board was created by Mr. Joe Martinez, who is the 37 field representative for Congressmen Steve Pearce. Mr. Martinez was able to secure 38 legislative funding in the amount of $75,000. There was also $50,000 transfer from the 39 Amador Hotel project. This brings the total amount of funding of$125,000, for Veterans 40 Park specifically. The recommendation from the group is to mimic what was done at 41 the Butterfield Shooting Range, which also included the use of volunteers, and 42 donations. The City purchased the materials and currently the City has spent three 43 times the amount on construction. Mr. Johnston will keep the board informed on the 44 process as it keeps moving forward. 45 46 2 I E. Update Country Club and Apodaca Park Development— Informational 2 3 Mr. Johnston stated the development proposal for the Country Club and Apodaca Park 4 Development will be moving forward. The hospital and the medical center will not have 5 anything to do with Apodaca Park; it will affect the 30 acres on the far northeast section 6 of the property. 7 8 Mr. Johnston stated that with regards to Apodaca Park, the Vaqueros have asked to 9 come back and play at Apodaca Ballpark but has not yet been publicized. There will be 10 up to 26 regular season games and may have games played against our local college 11 athletes as a showcase. 12 13 F. User Group Meeting Update — Informational 14 15 Mr. Johnston stated that this years Facility Users Meeting will be held February 12, 16 2014, 6pm, at City Hall. If there are any Board members that are planning on attending 17 please notify staff in case of a potential quorum notice. 18 19 G. Mobile Recreation Vehicle/Vehicle Wraps— Informational 20 21 Mr. Johnston stated since the Club Fusion Teen Center building was sold, we didn't 22 have a variety of teen programming with in Recreation. The Departments proposal was 23 to listen to the youth, when they voiced their concerns of having, little to no 24 transportation to a center for programming functions. Mr. Johnston informed City 25 Council and they have given the Department $80,000 to purchase a 14 foot cargo Ford 26 F-450. The bed and the box of the truck will be wrapped with our logos. This will begin 27 marketing and publicizing the Department, and advertise teen programming. Mr. 28 Johnston stated once this is in place he would like to reach out to the teens, and make 29 a recommendation to City Council to form a Teen Board or bring a teen representative 30 to this Board as a voting member, on what they would like to see or discuss for future 31 teen programming and give them a voice. 32 33 V. OLD BUSINESS 34 35 None. 36 37 VI. PUBLIC COMMENT 38 39 No public was present. 40 41 VII. MEMBER COMMENTS 42 43 Mr. Guzman stated concerns in regards to the Aquatic Center. He has received 44 complaints that staff was not friendly in the early mornings. Also the use of the weight 45 equipment was being misused by customers and no one is there to supervise and 3 I customers can damage equipment, and it may not be known and someone else could 2 be injured. 3 4 Mr. Johnston will look into these complaints. 5 6 Ms. Haas stated she has received positive feedback for the Sage Caf6 and wanted to 7 relay the information that staff has done a great job. The Butterfield Shooting Range 8 improvements have been great out at the Range. 9 10 Mr. Camunez stated he has complaints on the Munson Center for the last senior dance 11 that occurred. Citizens stated the music was terrible. 12 13 Mr. Catanach stated due to the Senior Programs not relaying the information sooner to 14 prepare for the dance, a DJ was found at the last minute. He will continue to coordinate 15 with Senior Programs and make sure they receive the appropriate information on what 16 the seniors are requesting at these dances. 17 18 Mr. Camunez asked for update on Pal Boxing building. 19 20 Mr. Johnston stated that Pal Boxing may fall into the anti-donation clause and we may 21 have to come up with fair market value, for the use of the building. As soon as he 22 receives more information on this topic he will update the Board. 23 24 VIII. ADJOURNMENT 25 26 It's ow 7:1.0 pm. We stand a'djjoouurned. / 28 1 l 29 Veronica Quezada, Re r ing Secretary Ron Camu , hair P& Board 4