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11-19-2014 PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD MEETING November 19, 2014 1 The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting was held on November 19, 2014, at 2 Old City Hall Council Chambers, 200 N, Church, Las Cruces, NM. 3 4 PARKS & RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: 5 Mr. Ron Camunez, Board Chair 6 Mr. Eli Guzman, Board Vice-Chair 7 Ms. Andrianna Natsoulas 8 Mr. Mark O'Neill 9 Mrs. Fran Witt 10 Ms. Dawn Rue 11 12 PARKS & RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS ABSENT: 13 Mr. Elizabeth Brown 14 15 OTHERS PRESENT: 16 Mr. Mark Johnston, Director Parks & Recreation 17 Ms. Hazel Nevarez, PRAB Recording Secretary 18 Mr. Tim Fulton, Parks Administrator 19 Ms. Sonya Delgado, Recreation Administrator 20 Ms. Amber Parker, Acting Youth Services Administrator 21 John Hefley, USSSA Softball 22 Robert Nunez, Parks & Recreation 23 Bob Klass, Las Cruces Pickleball 24 Brent McCann, LCYBA 25 Steve Delgado, LCYBA 26 Michelle Paz, Xtreme Diamond Sports 27 Vicky Delgado, LCYBA 28 29 The meeting was called to order at 6:00 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. Mr. 35 Camunez introduced and welcomed Ms. Andrianna Natsoulas as the new District 3 36 Parks & Recreation Advisory Board Member. 37 38 Conflict of Interest 39 40 There was no conflict of interest by Board members or City of Las Cruces staff to any 41 items on the agenda. 42 1 1 Approval of Minutes 2 3 Mr. O'Neill requested correction on page 3, line 32, in discussion over background 4 checks, his concern was with a league official taking someone's child home. The 5 minutes read that Mr. O'Neill's concern is that no one should be allowed to take some 6 else's children home. 7 8 On page 4, line 19, instead of ......... in compliance with requirements of stipend 9 request to approve stipend, Mr. O'Neill recommended ......in compliance of stipend 10 request requirements. Mr. Camunez also recommended adding the word —the, .......in 11 compliance with the stipend request requirements. 12 13 Mr. Guzman moved to accept October 16, 2014 minutes as amended, seconded by 14 Mrs. Witt. The motion carried unanimously. 15 16 Old Business 17 18 A. Youth Seat on Parks & Recreation Advisory Board — Ms. Sonya Delgado 19 20 Ms. Sonya Delgado reported that after speaking with legal and looking at the 21 ordinance, it was found that a youth cannot be appointed to the Parks and Recreation 22 Advisory Board because it is a standard board. The Council and Mayor all have the 23 opportunity to appoint one person to the board; there is no language that says they can 24 appoint someone else or a minor. 25 26 New Business 27 28 A. Converting Apodaca Park Tennis Courts to Pickle Ball Courts (Action) — Mark 29 Johnston 30 31 Mr. Johnston reported that the pickleball world is growing rapidly and converting 32 Apodaca Park tennis courts to pickleball courts is an item coming from the community 33 and not from staff to the Board. 34 35 Mr. Bob Klass, a professor at New Mexico State University in the Kinesiology 36 department, and runs the sports management program, the racquetball program, and 37 started pickleball program there was present to address the Board on the need of 38 converting Apodaca Park tennis courts to pickleball courts. Mr. Klass reported how 39 pickleball started with two players four years ago and has grown to close to 100 40 players and they are running out of places to play. Mr. Klass would like to have the 41 tennis courts at Apodaca Park converted to pickleball courts and add 4 more courts. 42 Mr. Klass has talked to three sponsors, Remax, Wilson and JUGS, who want to get 43 involved. These sponsors will help buy new product, new nets, and new standards. 44 Their names will be screen printed on top of the nets, they will pay for a sign that will 45 go through Parks & Recreation, be approved and they will put it up, and a percentage 46 will go to Parks & Recreation. 2 1 2 Mr. O'Neill asked if there are any issues from tennis players on converting the tennis 3 courts for pickleball. Mr. Johnston advised the courts at Apodaca Park have been in 4 disrepair for quite some time and the tennis courts at Lions Park are the most popular 5 for playing tennis. 6 7 Mr. O'Neill also asked if the repairs needed on the courts to be converted will be a 8 problem or safety issue for playing pickleball. Mr. Klass reported it is manageable. 9 10 Mr. Camunez asked if there was going to be much additional cost. Mr. Johnston said 11 he will get try to get it taken care of through sponsors without using general tax dollars. 12 13 Mr. O'Neill moved to dedicate courts at Apodaca Park for pickleball and make repairs 14 needed with help from sponsorship money, seconded by Mrs. Witt. Motion carried 15 unanimously. 16 17 B. December 20, 2014 Board Meeting (Action) 18 19 Mr. O'Neill moved to suspend the December Parks & Recreation Advisory Board 20 meeting, seconded by Ms. Rue. The motion carried unanimously. 21 22 Public Comment 23 24 No public comment. 25 26 Member Comments 27 28 Mr. O'Neill announced there will be a Health Fair at Lynn Middle School on Sunday, 29 November 23, 2014 from 12:00 — 4:00 p.m. with games for the kids, turkey giveaways, 30 drawings for bicycles, health screenings and is free for the whole community. 31 32 Mrs. Witt expressed what good job Hazel did on minutes for last meeting, which was a 33 long meeting with a lot of back and forth discussion. 34 35 Mr. Camunez reminded Board members of activity report in their packet for November 36 and December and the flyer of the Right Tree, Right Place for WATER and ENERGY 37 Conservation on Saturday, November 22, 2014. 38 39 Mr. Camunez wished everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving, a very Merry 40 Christmas and a Happy New Year, and wishes teams and leagues good success. 41 42 Adjournment 43 44 Mr. O'Neill moved to adjourn the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting, 45 seconded by Ms. Rue. Motion carried unanimously. 46 3 I Meeting adjourned at 6:25 p.m. 2 3 �T 4 pZ 6 L p 6 Haz I Nkvarez, Recordi g ec tary Ron CamurkZShair P&R Board 7 8 9 4