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06-19-2014 PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD MEETING June 19, 2014 1 The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting was held on June 19, 2014, at City 2 Hall, Room 2007-B (2nd Floor), 700 N, Main Street, Las Cruces, NM. 3 4 PARKS & RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: 5 Mr. Ran Camunez, Board Chair 6 Mr. Eli Guzman, Board Vice-Chair 7 Ms. Elizabeth Brown 8 Mr. Mark O'Neill 9 Mrs. Fran Witt 10 11 PARKS & RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS ABSENT: 12 Ms. Dawn Rue 13 14 OTHERS PRESENT: 15 Mr. Mark Johnston, Director Parks & Recreation 16 Ms. Hazel Nevarez, PRAB Recording Secretary 17 Mr. Tim Fulton, Parks Administrator 18 Ms. Sonya Delgado, Recreation Administrator 19 Mr. Robert Caldwell, 20 Bob Pofahl 21 Karen Pofahl 22 Sgt. Frank Flores, _CPD 23 Lt. W. C. Jackson, LCPD 24 Cathy Matthews 25 Leticia Soto, CARE 26 Yoli Diaz, CARE 27 Griselda Perez, Zia Engineering Project Manager 28 29 The meeting was called to order at 6:01 p.m. by Chairman Camunez and he 30 recognized the meeting as having a legal quorum. 31 32 Introductions 33 34 Board Members introduced themselves and stated the district they represent. 35 36 Conflict of Interest 37 38 No conflict of interest. 39 40 Approval of Minutes 41 42 Minutes stand approved for the May 15, 2014 meeting as presented. 1 1 2 Old Business 3 4 A. Park Ridge Project (Old Country Club) — Update. Mr. Bob and Karen Pofahl 5 presenting. 6 7 With the sale of the Old Country Club on Main and Solaro, Mr. Camunez invited Bob 8 and Karen Pofahl to give an update to a previous presentation given on the future plan 9 and development of that area and its impact on Apodaca Park. 10 11 Mr. Pofahl reported process has started on the first 34 acres and is currently in process 12 of land exchange with Mr. Bill Hamm. Drawings were presented and Mr. Pofahl 13 reported that Apodaca Park will be improved and expanded. There will be improved 14 traffic flow in and around the area. The surrounding neighborhood and community will 15 be revitalized; small retail shops and a community style small hospital that serves 16 everybody will be included. This will have a good economic impact by creating about 17 1300 jobs, health care related and retail. Overall, this will be a premier location to live, 18 work, shop and play. 19 20 Mr. Camunez advised that Robert Caldwell, President of the Las Cruces Country Club, 21 is present at this Board meeting not in the capacity of representing the Country Club 22 but as a Parks and Recreation Employee to report on 4" of July events; Mr. Caldwell 23 has no conflict of interest pertaining to information being provided on the Park Ridge 24 Project. 25 26 B. Budget/Funded Construction Projects under the Capital Improvement Program — 27 Informational. Mr. Mark Johnston presenting. 28 29 Mr. Johnson informed the Board for 2015, there is $1.3 million in funded projects. Many 30 projects are phased due to being costly to complete at once. $44 million are current 31 projects. Parks and Recreation is looking to get park impact fees, bonding, state 32 legislative funds and any other grants or opportunities that are out there. 33 34 Mr. Camunez asked if there would be an impact on park impact fees. Mr. Johnson 35 advised it is a five year process and it will be another 3 '/3 years before going through 36 process again. 37 38 Mr. O'Neill asked if moving ahead on any other phases on the Aquatic Center. Mr. 39 Johnson advised additional funding would be needed. 40 41 C. Police Presentation/Questions— Informational 42 43 Lt. W. C. Jackson, representing the East Area Command and Sgt. Frank Flores, 44 representing the West Area Command of the Las Cruces Police Department, were 45 present to answer any questions the Board has regarding the safety of Las Cruces 46 Parks. 2 1 2 Ms. Witt asked if there were any issues with District 6 Parks. Lt. Jackson advised the 3 biggest issue currently is parking in the Parks that causes structural damage and 4 damage to watering system. Gang activity is rare, only six calls last month that were 5 not that violent. There are some problems with homeless moving into the Parks being 6 that Las Cruces is a Tent City where there is a ten month waiting list. 7 8 Mr. O'Neill asked if crime has declined or increased over past years. Lt. Jackson said 9 that Young Park has some fights being that it is next to a school. There has been 10 some vandalism to Parks and seem to move from Park to Park as particular parks are 11 monitored. 12 13 Mr. O'Neill asked if improvements to Burns Lake have made a difference on problems 14 that have occurred there. Lt. Jackson said they haven't had any calls to that area in a 15 long time. 16 17 Mr. Camunez asked if fake signs or cameras make a difference. Lt. Jackson said they 18 do not work. 19 20 Mr. Camunez asked what does deter crime rates. Lt. Jackson said their abatement 21 program, quick response to clean up, deters crime. 22 23 Mr. Guzman asked how often ball parks are policed? Lt. Jackson advised it's limited. 24 Sgt. Flores mentioned that with refueling station located on same street, officers driving 25 by to refuel seem to deter issues there. One of their K-9 officers periodically checks 26 and enforces drinking issues that are seen. 27 28 Ms. Brown asked if there was anything the Board could do to help police. Sgt. Flores 29 said signage could help to deter issues. 30 31 D. 4r" of July— Informational. Rob Caldwell 32 33 Mr. Robert Caldwell, from Parks and Recreation, was present to inform Board on July 34 4I" events at new location, Field of Dreams. A flyer/map showing list of events and 35 area was provided. Mr. Caldwell informed Board the 4" of July event moved to Field of 36 Dreams due to Hadley area being very congested and restrictions of aerial fireworks in 37 the area. The new location was selected due to larger area and the ability to get into 38 the stadium. Mr. Caldwell mentioned that Youth Activities was added to this year's 39 event. Mr. Caldwell also mentioned that the NM lottery will be passing out 3,000 buck 40 tickets during the program and will be giving away three motorcycles. 41 42 43 New Business 44 45 A. Jubilee of Life Plaza — Yolanda Diaz 46 3 I Yolanda Diaz, President of Cancer Aid Resource & Education, Inc. (CARE), introduced 2 herself and Leticia Soto, Vice President. She advised Board that CARE was 3 established to provide assistance to our local community, especially cancer patients, 4 receiving any type of cancer treatment. Their presentation at this meeting is for Board 5 consideration to present proposal to City of Las Cruces to build a special awareness 6 Memorial Plaza, The Jubilee of Life Plaza at Young Park, or another park. Ms. Diaz 7 advised there would be no cost incurred by City of Las Cruces to build the plaza but 8 requests from the City of Las Cruces an in-kind donation to lay bricks for the walkway 9 beyond the date of completion of the plaza. 10 11 Mr. Camunez recommended CARE come back with a business plan and stronger 12 board members from the community. Mr. Camunez, with consensus of Board, 13 requested Mr. Johnston and Parks and Recreation staff to work out plan details that 14 CARE brings forth and then have CARE come back before the Board for final approval. 15 16 17 B. Highland Park Project Master Plan — Informational. Catherine Burr Mathews, 18 RLA 19 20 Cathy Mathews, Landscape Architect with City of Las Cruces, came before Board to 21 give brief update of the Highland Park Project, ten (10) acre piece of property that City 22 of Las Cruces received through a recreational and public purposes lease from Bureau 23 of Land Management (BLM). 24 25 Ms. Mathews informed Board that BLM asked for an update plan of development for 26 the property in order to keep lease. Working with WESTON Solutions, a master plan 27 was developed with scheme of creating sports fields in the center of the ten (10) acres, 28 and creating pathways, walking trails and joining Las Colinas neighborhood with 29 Highland Elementary School. There is a small budget to do phase 1 of the work. The 30 master plan and final construction documents will be finalized by mid-August. 31 32 33 Public Comment 34 35 No public comment. 36 37 Member Comments 38 39 Mr. Guzman commented that people are bringing their dogs to baseball fields. Mr. 40 Johnston advised Parks and Recreation has no enforcement tools. 41 42 Mr. O'Neill reported that Sage Cafe Open House was a very nice event that got 43 community awareness. 44 45 Ms. Witt commented that she does have budget questions but will hold for another 46 time. 4 1 2 Mr. Camunez suggested that we suspend July Parks and Recreation Advisory Board 3 meeting. Ms. Witt moved that we suspend July Parks and Recreation Advisory Board 4 meeting to convene again in August, seconded by Mr. Guzman. Motion carried 5 unanimously. 6 7 8 Adjournment 9 10 Meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m. 11 12 Y 13 14 _ 15 Hazel N arez, Recordin cretary Ran Camunez, air &R Board 16 17 18 5 City of Las Cruces° PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE RECEIPTING FORM Date Sent: September 2, 2014 Subiect/File: Parks & Recreation Advisory Board Minute Meeting Minutes for June 19, 2014 City Clerk's Office /Received by: Date: a PLEASE SIGN AND RETURN THIS FORM TO: Hazel Nevarez , Parks & Recreation THANK YOU