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02-20-2014 PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD MEETING FEBRUARY 20, 2014 1 The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting was held on February 20, 2014, at 2 the Sage Cafe Recreation Center, 6121 Reynolds Drive, 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, Acting Parks Administrator 16 Ms. Sonya Delgado, Recreation Administrator 17 Ms. Hazel Nevarez, Office Manager Parks & Recreation 18 Roseann Thompson 19 20 The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Chairman Camunez and he 21 recognized the meeting as having a legal quorum. 22 23 I. Introductions 24 25 Board Members introduced themselves and stated the district they represent. 26 27 It. Conflict of Interest 28 29 No conflict of interest. 30 31 III. Approval of Minutes 32 33 Minutes stand approved for the January 16, 2014 meeting as presented. 34 35 IV. Old Business 36 37 None 38 39 V. New Business 40 41 A. Introduction of Ms. Hazel Nevarez, Office Manager— Informational 42 I Hazel Nevarez was introduced as the new Office Manager for City of Las Cruces Parks 2 and Recreation and will be the new PRAB Recording Secretary for future meetings. 3 4 B. Facility Users Meeting Update— Informational 5 6 Mr. Johnston stated that there was very good representation at the Facility Users 7 Kickoff Meeting, a full house with no complaints. There are a few issues that may 8 come to the Board but Mr. Mr. Johnston stated they will try to address this at staff level 9 and keep the Board posted. Stipend requests are being taken very seriously so that 10 any youth that wants to participate will be able to participate despite their economic I1 status. Mr. Johnston stated the Parks and Recreation Department will begin a new 12 process in working with leagues where they will bring unused items such as uniforms, 13 cleats, mitts, bats to have a rummage style sale at inexpensive prices. 14 15 C. City Art Board Update/Progress— Informational 16 17 Mr. Johnston informed the Board that the City Art Board has begun to function as a 18 Board, bylaws have been set and this will be a recommending Board to City Council 19 that will touch on some of the business discussed with the Parks and Recreation 20 Advisory Board. The art pieces will be placed on public property that falls under control 21 of Parks and Recreation Department. The Art Board will have the affairs of art even 22 though it will be in public spaces. When the Art Board makes a recommendation, the 23 information will be brought to this Board and then there will be some discussion and 24 possibly joint recommendations to the City Council. 25 26 D. Update on Sage Cafe— Informational 27 28 Ms. Delgado informed the Board that Parks and Recreation is responsible for the Sage 29 Caf6 building on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Fitness classes are 30 being held with about 10 participants on a somewhat regular basis. The Department 31 will try it out for a month and draw in more interest. 32 33 On Monday's and Wednesday's, Recreation staff is across the street at the East Mesa 34 Recreation Center. Numbers were strong at the East Mesa Recreation Center but 35 have since dropped with the opening at Sage Cafe. Recreation staff is now trying to 36 get those individuals to come to Sage Cafe balancing both facilities out. 37 38 E. Report on Preview of Summer Activities— Informational 39 40 Ms. Delgado advised the Department is wrapping up the winter activities and preparing 41 for summer quarter to begin. Postings are already out for summer employment to 42 include life guards, after school staff, some recreational programming. Staff has been 43 looking at different avenues for camps that will be occurring this summer. The 44 Department is a little short staffed on the full time side. However, staff is getting 45 together to figure out how to make this all work and continue to provide all the activities 46 the kids expect to have this summer. 2 I F. Klein Park— Informational 2 3 Mr. Johnston reports that with past improvements of new playground equipment and 4 new paint to stage area at Klein Park, graffiti and vandalism has gone down about 90% 5 in last 5 to 6 years. Parks and Recreation has received legislative funding for 6 improvements and/or rehab of Klein Park. Staff is proposing this funding go towards 7 the wall deterioration that surrounds Klein Park, to include ADA compliance issues of 8 unsafe stairs and ramping. At same time, put infrastructure in for a later improvement 9 of a nice walk underneath each of the entrances. Currently, Klein Park has good 10 lighting system with cameras and a strong neighborhood family watch which is getting 11 stronger. Mr. Johnston does understand that the neighborhood would like to get 12 restrooms and a new stage and hopefully we will get more legislative funds in the 13 future. 14 15 Mr. Camunez advised that the neighborhood would like a new commemorative plaque 16 stand and would like for us to consider this in the remodel since it is the focal point of 17 the park. 18 19 Mr. Johnston stated when the remodel begins, he will coordinate with staff to look into 20 the most cost effective way to have the sign visible at Klein Park. 21 22 G. Restrooms at Burn Lake & Young Park- Informational 23 24 Mr. Johnston advised we do not have a funding source to replace the restrooms at 25 Young Park. During the budget process this year, staff is making a proposal on 26 changing the way the Department staffs our current employees that will save dollars 27 and cents as long as we can put it into capital expenditures. Because insurance is at 28 depreciated value, only new damage would be covered by insurance. During the 29 budget process, there was a strategic retreat with City Council and Young Park was 30 included on the list of items that needed funding and Young Park did not receive any 31 funding. 32 33 VI. PUBLIC COMMENT 34 35 No public comments. 36 37 VII. MEMBER COMMENTS 38 39 Ms. Rue wanted to say thank you for after school programs. The pay structure of being able to 40 pay on site instead of having to go to Meerscheidt is a huge help for working parents. 41 42 Mr. O'Neill stated he lives next to Four Hills Park and neighborhood is very pleased with new 43 basketball court and it gets a lot of action. 44 45 Mr. O'Neill also asked where we stood at opening a spot for a teenager on the Parks and 46 Recreation Advisory Board and how we are going to select that person. 3 1 Mr. Johnston advised that next month we should have Board elections and the following month, 2 would like to get recommendation from the Board that we can take to City Council. Mr. 3 Johnston doesn't want to tie it up in middle of budget process,but proceed possibly mid- 4 summer and kick it off with school year. It needs council approval because we are a fixed 5 Board. 6 7 Ms. Haas asked about access of agenda by the public and that it is not easily available. 8 9 Mr. Camunez advised agendas are posted in most public buildings. 10 11 Ms. Haas would like to send out a link to the agenda for each access. 12 13 Ms. Delgado advised she will talk to the I.T. Department about creating a button on front page 14 of the City's website that will take customers directly to the agendas. Ms. Haas also asked 15 about finding Parks and Rec information since it is somewhat buried. 16 17 Mr. Johnston advised that the City's website is being revamped and to submit suggestions to 18 staff to coordinate with the I.T. Department. 19 20 Mr. Camunez advised at a City Council meeting they received complaints about Lions Park 21 Tennis Courts needing to be resurfaced. 22 23 Mr. Johnston stated the tennis courts have been an issue for several years and the funding is not 24 adequate to cover resurfacing the tennis courts. However, staff has been coordinating to do the 25 best they can with the materials and budget given. Tennis courts are going to be discussed at a 26 work session on April 14, 2014. 27 28 Mr. Camunez stated he received several calls about the new Graffiti program being offered. 29 30 Mr. Johnston advised the public release should have stated Street Art, not Graffiti Art. 31 32 Mr. O'Neill asked for items related to Parks and Recreation that are brought up at City Council 33 meetings to be put on the agenda as additional informational items rather than bringing them up 34 under member comments. 35 36 Mr. Camunez asked to put Mr. Ed Camathan on our agenda to do a presentation at our next 37 meeting on the Convention and Visitors Bureau so that the business community can hear what 38 is going on. 39 40 Our next meeting will be at City Hall. 41 42 Mr. Johnston advised Parks and Recreation Board elections will be at held at our next meeting. 43 Two members will have to be elected, Mr. Camunez and Mr. O'Neill. 44 45 The next Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting will be held at City Hall, Room 2007- 46 B. 4 1 VIII. ADJOURNMENT 2 3 It's now 6:47 pm. We stand adjourned. 5 6 Ha el N arez, Recording r etary Ron Ca�air P&R Boar 5