"TOWN OF LOS GATOS"
TOWN OF LOS GATOS ATTACHMENT 1 PARKS COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING R.J. BRYANT SERVICE CENTER 41 MILES AVENUE, LOS GATOS CALIFORNIA TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 2008 – 6:30 P.M. NO. ITEM ACTION ON ITEM I. MEETING CALLED TO ORDER The Parks Commission meeting was called to order at 6:32 P.M. by Chair Konrad. II. ROLL CALL Present: Chair Konrad; Vice-Chair Handy; Commissioners Holden, and Schloh; Student Commissioner Kevorkian. Absent: Commissioners Endweiss and Lawson-Henze Staff: Tim Boyer, Parks Superintendent Tara Lang, Public Works Specialist Also Present: Randy Ison, Los Gatos Resident Jim Sugai, Los Gatos Resident and Former Parks Commissioner III. APPROVAL OF MINUTES – Motion by Commissioner Schloh that the minutes FEBRUARY 5, 2008 MEETING be approved as submitted. Seconded by Commissioner Holden. CHAIR CALLED FOR THE Carried unanimously. QUESTION IV. COMMUNICATIONS A. Verbal None. B. Written None. Chair Konrad • Asked that the proposed dog park be agendized for the April 1, 2008 Parks Commission meeting. V. DISCUSSION ITEMS A. Trail Usage at Shannon Valley Parks Superintendent Boyer Ranch • Explained that the site visit scheduled for Saturday, February 23 was canceled due to Interim Director Rohani’s illness and inclement weather. Parks Commissioners • Re-scheduled the site visit to Saturday, March 15, 2008; 10 a.m. Parks Commission Minutes March 4, 2008 Los Gatos, California DISCUSSION ITEMS A. Trail Usage at Shannon Valley Commissioner Holden Ranch (Continued) • Informed the Commissioners that she walked the switchback trail and it was approximately one (1) mile. Vice-Chair Handy • Provided a colored areal map of the trail for the Commissioners. It was used for discussion. Chair Konrad • Suggested that there is representation from the bicycle advocates (e.g.,Transportation & Parking Commissioner Entin) on the March 15 site visit/trail walk. Parks Superintendent Boyer • Informed the Commissioners that at the end of the half mile trail (a “dead end” trail) will eventually connect to the Santa Rosa Trail. VI. INFORMATION ITEMS A. Report on Green Ribbon Parks Superintendent Boyer Committee Meeting (Holden) • Announced that the Sustainability Committee is now the new “green” committee, and the Community Services Department is asking for a Parks Commission representative. Commissioner Holden • Volunteered to be the Parks Commission representative to the new Sustainability Committee. • Reported that at the last Green Ribbon Committee meeting, discussion incorporated “xeriscaping” in back of the new Police Department, future of plastic bags in Los Gatos. . . • Requested a copy of the irrigation report from Parks Superintendent Boyer. N:\ppw\tara\agenda_minparks\minutes\March 08 minutes.msw.doc Page 2 Parks Commission Minutes March 4, 2008 Los Gatos, California VII. COMMISSION MATTERS B. 2008 Council Commission Parks Commissioners Retreat • Discussed the items that they submitted for the 2008 Retreat Questionnaire. • Volunteered to spearhead items under the Proposed Projects for Upcoming Year. Chair Konrad • Volunteered to edit the questionnaire and submit the revisions to staff. Parks Superintendent Boyer • Informed the Commission that the annual parks budget is approximately $2 million; there is not enough staff to remove the invasive non-native vegetation from local parks. Jim Sugai • Volunteered to be a liaison to the California Native Plant Society and work with Commissioner Holden. • Informed the Commissioners that the Santa Clara County Water District has a program to remove invasive non-native vegetation from the creeks. “Birds and butterflies depend on natives for food and shelter.” Commissioner Schloh • Reported that he attended the last City of Monte Sereno Council meeting where a group of citizens requested that the $100,000 that was allocated for the skateboard park be released for parks projects. Parks Commissioners • Requested that the discussion for removal of liquid amber trees be agendized for the April 1 Parks Commission meeting. N:\ppw\tara\agenda_minparks\minutes\March 08 minutes.msw.doc Page 3 Parks Commission Minutes March 4, 2008 Los Gatos, California VIII. DIRECTOR MATTERS A. Parks Projects – Update Parks Superintendent Boyer • Informed the Commissioners that the trellis at Live Oak Manor Park has been erected and the sign will go in soon; the fence replacement project along the Los Gatos Creek Trail is now complete; the Bachman Park irrigation project is complete. The grass was re-seeded and the fences should be down in six weeks. Oak Meadow Park’s lawn will be available for use in mid-March. B. Howes Play Lot: Meeting with Parks Superintendent Boyer Neighbors Regarding PG&E • No report. Removal of Pine Trees Update C. Arbor Day Parks Superintendent Boyer • Reported that the tree planting ceremony will take place at Daves Avenue Elementary School on Friday, April 25 at 1:00 p.m. The mayor of the City of Monte Sereno is also invited. IX. COMMISSION/COMMITTEE REPORTS A. Committee to Keep Parks Open No report. For Town Sanctioned Events (Handy/Kevorkian) B. Other Matters Parks Commissioners • Discussed the “trail complaints” in the Los Gatos Weekly Times. Parks Superintendent Boyer • Informed the Commissioners that he and a reporter from the Los Gatos Weekly visited the Main Street entrance to the trail and found it spotless. The garbage can is full over the weekends and it was not intended for regular trash. • Addressed the litter complaints near the Highway 17 and Los Gatos-Saratoga Road interchange. Both Caltrans and the Town often do group projects and one of the “clover leafs” was adopted. N:\ppw\tara\agenda_minparks\minutes\March 08inutes.msw.doc Page 4 Parks Commission Minutes March 4, 2008 Los Gatos, California B. Other Matters (Continued) Chair Konrad • Requested that the summer meetings in the parks be agendized for the April 1 meeting. X. STAFF REPORTS Parks Superintendent Boyer • Announced that April is Keep Los Gatos Beautiful month. • Requested volunteers to hand out Parks & Trails maps at the Sunday, April 20 Farmers Market between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Vice-Chair Handy volunteered to work and Commissioner Holden volunteered for one hour. XI. OTHER BUSINESS A. Proposal for the Parks Parks Commissioners Commission to Meet at an • Agreed to meet at 6:00 p.m. Staff will Earlier Time prepare an enabling resolution. Vice-Chair Handy • Requested more maps be distributed at the major parks and trails. Parks Superintendent Boyer • Responded that he distributed the parks & trails maps to various locations and the parks’ map holders are constantly being replenished. • Informed Commissioner Gordon that she needs to contact the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District regarding policing the Jones Trail. Staff will provide contact information. Vice-Chair Handy • Requested that a special sign (prohibiting bicyclists) be posted at the connection between Santa Rosa Open Space and Heintz Open Space and the Heintz Open Space entrance. Parks Superintendent Boyer will take care of it. • Requested that he be included in selecting future trails. N:\ppw\tara\agenda_minparks\minutes\March 08inutes.msw.doc Page 5 Parks Commission Minutes March 4, 2008 Los Gatos, California XII. ATTENDANCE Please contact the Commission Chair or the Parks and Public Works Dept. at (408) 399-5772 or email@example.com if you are unable to attend. The current Town Attendance Resolution that any commissioner who is absent from four regular meetings held in a 12-month period, shall surrender his or her office on the Commission. XIII. ADJOURNMENT Motion by Vice-Chair Handy that the meeting be adjourned at 7:54 p.m. to Tuesday, April 1, 2008 at 6:00 p.m., RJ Bryant Service Center, 41 Miles Avenue, Los Gatos. Seconded by Commissioner Schloh. CHAIR CALLED THE QUESTION Carried unanimously. Respectfully Submitted by: ______________________ Tara Lang, PPW Specialist N:\ppw\tara\agenda_minparks\minutes\March 08inutes.msw.doc Page 6