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					                   VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK COMMISSION

                                      MINUTES


DATE:        MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2004

TIME:        7:00 P.M.

PLACE:       MEETING WAS HELD IN THE SAN BENITO COUNTY BOARD
             CHAMBERS, 481 FOURTH STREET, HOLLISTER, CA 95023

COMMISSIONERS: REB MONACO, PAT LOE, ROBERT GONZALEZ,
               GEORGE PADILLA, RICHARD HERRERA
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1.      CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order by Commissioner Reb Monaco at 7:00 p.m. in the San
Benito County Board Chambers. All members of the Commission were present. Also
present were Peter Corn, Assistant Director of Public Works, Operations, San Benito
County, and Patti Lawry, Secretary, San Benito County.

Visitors present: Ken Kovanda, Matt Jordan, Babe Ruth; Joe Tonascia, Little League.

        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
        ACKNOWLEDGE CERTIFICATE OF POSTING

On motion by Commissioner Loe and seconded by Commissioner Gonzales, the
Certificate of Posting was unanimously approved.

2.   PRIOR MINUTES

On motion by Commissioner Loe and seconded by Commissioner Gonzales, the
minutes of February 2, 2004, were unanimously approved.

3.      UPDATE ON BABE RUTH FIELD PG&E LIGHTING

Mr. Corn reported that staff had met with Commissioner Monaco and Mr. Kovanda of
Babe Ruth to resolve this issue. An agreement was negotiated whereby Babe Ruth will
pay electric costs from March 1 to July 31, which coincides with their season, and the
County will pay the costs from August 1 to February 28. These costs will be passed on
to the Council of Governments as the agency responsible for the Park and Ride.




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This process involves switching the billing addresses with PG&E twice a year. This
agreement is made in lieu of installing a new meter, which would cost upwards of
$11,000.

4.    UPDATE ON SEARCH FOR CONCESSIONAIRE FOR BMX TRACK

Mr. Corn reported that staff was contacted by a party who is interested in using the track
for radio controlled car races, however there has been no further contact. Staff has
placed an announcement on the main County web site and the Public Works web site to
publicize this search.

Commissioner Monaco noted that he has had a concern about this situation for a long
time, and that the Commission needs to decide what is to be done in the event that no
concessionaire is found. He stated that opening the track without supervision is not an
option, and if no concessionaire is found perhaps the track can be used for another
purpose.

Mr. Corn suggested that the County open the track for one weekend to gauge public
interest. It would be supervised by County staff and publicized in the press.

Commissioner Herrera stated his approval of publicizing the event.

Commissioner Gonzales asked about getting power and a drain line. Mr. Corn stated
that power already exists but we cannot hook into the sewer due to the City moratorium
on hookups.

5.    APPROVAL OF REQUESTED BUDGET FOR 2004-05

Mr. Corn presented the proposed budget for the upcoming year. The budget is the
same as last year except for increased negotiated salary increases The fixed asset
requests are for the handicap accessible restroom previously approved and to upgrade
another picnic shelter to ADA standards. These improvements will be funded from park
impact fees.

Commissioner Loe asked where the revenues come from, to which Mr. Corn answered
that they come from park impact fees, the picnic shelters, and the Bertha Briggs house.

Commissioner Herrera asked if there is any reserve budgeted, to which Mr. Corn
answered that there is no actual reserve, but if necessary the improvement projects can
be postponed.

Upon motion by Commissioner Loe and seconded by Commissioner Gonzales it was
unanimously decided to approve the proposed budget and direct staff to forward it to the
Board of Supervisors for approval.



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6.   PUBLIC COMMENT

Joe Tonascia of Hollister Little League invited the Commission to their open house on
Friday, March 19, at 6:00 P.M. at the Little League fields. This will also be a celebration
of the thirty-year anniversary of Little League. He informed the Commission that there
will be a fireworks display as well.

Commissioner Monaco asked Mr. Tonascia to be sure to inform the neighbors of the
fireworks before the event, to which Mr. Tonascia agreed.

Mr. Tonascia also stated that if the County decides to abandon the BMX track, Little
League would very much like to put in another field.

Commissioner Herrera inquired about the instances of vandalism that Mr. Tonascia
mentioned at the last meeting, to which Mr. Tonascia answered that he has been in
contact with the City police department and the County Sheriff’s office.


ADJOURNMENT

On motion by Commissioner Loe and seconded by Commissioner Gonzales, it was
unanimously agreed to adjourn the meeting at 7:30 pm

The next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 5, at 7:00 P.M. in the Board
Chambers, 481 Fourth Street, Hollister, CA 95023.




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