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04-27-1998...r PARKS AND RECRRATION ADVISORY BOARD 2 The Regular Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting was held on 4 Monday, April 27, 1998, at Branigan Library, Don Dresp Room A. 6 MEMBERS PRESENT: Dolores Archuleta, John Welch, Mark Lopez, Mike Hart and Mike Davis. 8 MEMBERS ABSENT: Priscilla Navarro & Susan Roberts 10 OTHERS PRESENT: Ted Novack, Parks & Recreation Director; 12 James Rivera, Recreation Superintendent; Beatrice Quintela-James, Recreation Leader II; 14 Sonya Delgado, Recreation Leader I; Michael Milam and Pamela Izzo, Mayor's Youth Advisory 16 Board; Ted Scanlon, Scanlon-White Engineers; Jennifer Broderick, New Mexico State 18 University; Brenda Lujan, New Mexico State University; Joe Lawson of 2400 Lester, Las 20 Cruces, New Mexico and Melinda Terrell, Recording Secretary. 22 The meeting was called to order at 7:0o p.m. by Board Chair, 24 Dolores Archuleta . 26 MINIITES 28 March 23, 1998 , 30 Mr. Michael Hart moved to approv~ the~'March 23, 1998, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Minutes as ..~ar~~~nt~. Mr. Mike Davis 32 seconded the moti on. Motion carried 5-0. 34 Michael Hart voted YE5 Mike Davis voted YES Dolores Archuleta voted YES John Welch voted YES 36 Mark Lopez voted YES 38 Ms. Archuleta asked Ted Novack for a report on the progress of Laura Bason. Mr. Novack referred to a press release contained in 40 the Board packet, stating that First National Bank, 101 Gold and Parks and Recreation Staff were able to open an account at First 42 National Bank to accept donations to assist the Bason family with medical expenses. 44 Mr. Novack further advised that on today's date, Laura had visited 46 the Parks and Recreation Offices and staff. Mr. Novack advised that Laura does have further rehabilitation to deal with some short term 48 memory recall and concentration problems, but is making great progress. 50 -1- r +` ~ • approxa.mately $91,000 was offered for the removal of existing 2 concrete and earth work by Ted King at All Star Maintenance, Inc. Ms. Izzo also advised that they believe the youth will want to help 4 with the project and that they would like to start this project by the end of May, completing the project by late September 1998. fi Ms. Izzo informed the Board that they need help with the following: 8 tearing out the existing asphalt and moving it from the parking lot; "lots of cement"; an irrigation and drip system, and 10 landscaping. Ms. Izzo reported that the Melilla Valley Youth Foundation is providing the non-profit umbrella far tax exemption 12 and in-kind donations. She advised that Coca-Cola is now the official sponsor, along with receiving considerable commitments 14 from GSI, First National Bank, and parents who assisted with a car wash and continue to meet weekly. lfi Ms. Izzo asked the Board for approval for preparation for the 18 Resolution for City Council on May 18, 1998. 20 Mr. Novack noted that they met with Mr. Jerry Garcia, who is with PAL BMX. Mr. Novack stated that the PAL BMX Association is going 22 to serve as a partner for the Skate Park. 24 Mr. Mike Davis made a motion to accept the information to support the project. 2fi Mr. John Welch advised that a recommendation is being sought for 28 the project. 30 Mr. Mike Hart seconded the motion. 32 Mr. Ted Novack requested a Friendly Amendment to the site specific. 34 Mr. Mike Davis made a motion to approve the location of 1600 D Hadley. Mr. Mike Hart seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0. 3fi Michael Hart voted YES Mike Davis voted YES 38 Dolores Archuleta voted YES John Welch voted YES Mike Hart voted YES 40 The Board thanked Mr. Milam, Ms. Izzo and Mr. Scanlon for their 42 efforts. 44 SIISPENB O APPEAL - JOE LAWSO 46 Ms. Archuleta advised the Board that the original Notice of 48 Suspension went to Mr. Lawson at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility of which Mr. Lawson stated he did not 50 receive. Another letter was sent out and that is why Mr, Lawson is appearing before the Board to appeal the suspension. 52 -3- • • Mr. Rivera advised that the employee who wrote the report is no 2 longer employed with the City of Las Cruces, who is identified as Mr. Skipper. 4 The report further states that Mr. Lawson had initiated the fight. 6 Mr. Rivera stated that he also was present in the building when this occurred and heard the commotion. Mr. Rivera stated that he 8 observed Mr. Skipper escorting Mr. Lawson out of the building and that Mr. Taylor had been asked to leave. Mr. Rivera advised that 10 the report stated that Mr. Lawson's foul language continued down the hallway. The report also states that Mr. Lawson called 12 Mr, Taylor a name and then pushed him and then hit him.. Mr. Rivera stated that he and Mr. Telles discussed the incident. and felt that 14 dine to the continued use of foul language and Mr. Lawson's behavior, this warranted the suspension for one year from 16 Meerscheidt. 18 Ms. Archuleta then asked about the previous suspension where Mr. Rivera referred to the incident involving the juice which 20 occurred in August of 1996, and that Mr. Lawson received a six-month suspension. Mr. Rivera advised that a large jug 22 containing juice was knocked over and that Mr. Telles had learned that both Mr. Lawson and another individual had knocked over the 24 juice while attempting to get a drink and when confronted about it, they denied it. Mr. Telles had then asked Mr. Lawson and the other 26 subject to leave for the day. 28 Mr. Rivera stated that as a result of the August 1996 incident, Mr. Lawson later came in looking for Richard Telles. The 30 custodian, Joe Padilla, heard Mr. Lawson calling Mr. Telles a name. Mr. Rivera stated the final outcome that led to the suspension was 32 that Mr. Lawson entered Meerscheidt running children off the pool table and entered the weight room without paying and came into the 34 front office, verbally abusing Richard Telles and calling him foul names. The report also noted that Mr. Lawson had approached an 36 employee identified as Jacqueline Scoggin and asked her if she had any friends who dated Black men, asking for their telephone 38 numbers. Mr. Rivera continued reading the incident report, stating that Mr. Lawson had disruptive and abusive behavior throughout the 40 entire day. 42 Mr. Mike Davis questioned why the report of Mr. Lawson asking Ms. Scoggin if any of her friends dated Black men and asking for 44 their telephone number pertains to any of this. Mr. Rivera stated that this was documented in the report and that it was only one 46 incident in a number of many that occurred over several days, 48 Mr. Rivera read a police report that was made on May 8, 1996, where police were called to escort Mr. Lawson from the Meerscheidt 50 Center. Mr. Rivera stated that he learned of another incident recalled by Meerscheidt employee Hector Clark who verbally advised 52 Mr, Rivera that in the Summer of 1996 he was present at -5- ., ,.~ r i~ REPORTS 2 PARRS AND RECREATION DIRECTOR 4 Mr. Novack directed the Board to the Parks and Recreation 6 Department Quarterly Report, Monthly Report and the Vandalism and Theft Report. Mr. Novack reported that the amount of vandalism and 8 theft has decreased from the last quarter. 10 Mr. Novack pointed out four letters of compliment from Dick Horton from the National Recreation and Park Association; Jack Murphy, 12 Southwest Regional Council Chair; Charles Nutter of the Parks and Recreation Department in E1 Paso, Texas; and Dean Tice of the 14 National Recreation and Park Association. These letters were in appreciation to all staff for their hard work and the success of 16 the National Recreation and Park Association Conference held in April. 18 Ms. Archuleta asked Jimmy Rivera for a verbal report on the 20 Gus Macker Tournament. Mr. Rivera advised the Board that 722 teams participated in the tournament and attributed mucl3 of the success 22 to all his staff, the National Guard, the Las Cruces Police Department, Dona Ana County Sheriff's Department, Traffic 24 Department, Streets Department, Transit, the electricians and all the volunteers for their hard work. 26 Mr. Rivera advised the Board that a great turnout was also 28 attributed to the beautiful weather. There was further discussion on the need for more volunteers and security. 30 Ms. Archuleta congratulated the staff on their hard work. 32 Mr. Welch mentioned the success of the U. S. Masters Swim MeetVand 34 there was discussion on this. ,'~,~/~ 36 Mr. ~)C~ Lopez addressed the problem of grass patches and non--level surfaces at Apodaca Field and suggested improvements to avoid 38 blowing dust and ball hops at this field. 40 ADJOIIRNMENT 42 44 46 48 50 With no further business, Ms. Archuleta adjourned the April 27, 1998, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting at 8:40 p.m. Melinda Terrell, Acting Recording Secretary Parks & Recreation Department 9 ~~ DO RES ARCHULETA, CHAIRPERSON -7-