PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE
March 2, 1999
The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Dan King, Chair.
Members Present: Dan King, Ken Dean, Alex Lukshin, Glen Alt, Katherine Gouyton, Joan Herbage OKeefe
Paul Grossi arrived at 7:25 p.m.
Members Absent: Lynn Bartlett, Jim King
Staff Present: Kim Kiefer, Parks and Recreation Director, Bob Grochow, Parks and Landscape Superintendent, Cristi Herren, Recreation Superintendent, Monique Hickey, Secretary
Ex-Officio: No members present
No public testimony on non-agenda items.
February 2, 1999 - The minutes were unanimously approved.
A. Jackie Renninger Park Restroom and Waste Station
Kim Kiefer stated that there is $50,000 allotted from the state for an RV waste station to be built in the valley area. Since restrooms will be built at the Jackie Renninger Park this year, an RV waste station seems to work in with this project. Paving the parking lot might also be accomplished at this time.
She also stated that the City is negotiating with the University of Alaska Southeast to construct the restroom at Jackie Renninger Park.
No Public Testimony
THE PRAC MADE A MOTION TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE WASTE STATION AND RESTROOM PROJECT AT THE JACKIE RENNINGER PARK. MOTION PASSED UNANIMOUSLY.
B. PRAC Bylaws
Since the Bylaws had not been revised since 1986, the PRAC reviewed the document and recommended the following changes:
THE CHANGES WERE UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
C. PRAC Officer Elections
Dan King was re-elected as Chairperson, Kay Gouyton was elected First Vice-Chairperson, and Alex Lukshin was elected Second Vice-Chairperson.
D. Senator Murkowskis Bill #25
Kim Kiefer stated that Senator Murkowski has introduced Senate Bill #25 that directs funding to the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) stateside matching grants. She also stated that Representative Young has introduced a similar bill, House Bill #701.
No Public Testimony
THE PRAC MADE A MOTION TO DRAFT TWO LETTERS, ONE TO SENATOR MURKOWSKI AND ONE TO REPRESENTATIVE YOUNG VOICING THE PRACs SUPPORT AND STATING THAT PARKS AND RECREATION HAS BENEFITTED FROM THIS FUNDING IN THE PAST, BUT THAT IT HAS BEEN ALMOST 20 YEARS AND THE PRAC LOOKS FORWARD TO UPDATING THE PROJECTS. THE MOTION PASSED UNANIMOUSLY.
E. Airport Master Plan/Airport Dike Trail
Kim Kiefer stated that it has been brought to her attention that the Airport Master Plan does not adequately outline the Airport Dike Trail. If the plan is approved, it is possible that the Airport Dike Trail may be eliminated. The trail is very important to the community and ranked highest on a Parks and Recreation survey as the most heavily used of the CBJ trails. She asked the PRAC to take a strong direction to support preserving this trail.
William Dunn, 11435 Glacier Highway. He enjoys many of the natural blessings of Juneau, prominently the Airport Dike Trail. He has read the Airport Master Plan and attended the public meetings regarding this plan and is concerned that further developments of the airport may negatively impact the Airport Dike trail. He feels that the trail carries with it many values, one being its aesthetic beauty which cannot be surpassed anywhere else in the Juneau area. He feels that its the only place to access the wetlands, as well as obtain beautiful views in every direction. He doesnt think most folks know whats going to happen and that when Dave Miller, Airport Manager, speaks of the "dike", hes talking about something else. He is also concerned that no studies have been done to assess the environmental impact on habitation in this area. He would like to have the trail dedicated. He feels that if the trail is eliminated, it would be a terrible loss to the community. He asked for the PRACs advice and assistance in this matter.
Dixie Hood, 9350 View Drive. She is a recreational user of the Mendenhall wetlands. She too has studied the Airport Master Plan and has attended the public meetings. She spoke of the expansion alternatives of the Airport Master Plan. She feels that most of the alternatives will have major effects on the wetlands. She asked the PRAC to send a letter to the Airport Board asking for an environmental assessment, wildlife and noise study to be completed before the plan is passed on to the Assembly for approval. She would like to see the studies accompany the plan. She also asked the PRAC to send a representative to the environmental assessment workshop on March 17th at the Airport.
Carlos Paez, P.O. Box 240185. He feels that the Airport Dike Trail is heavily used and there is a need to protect this trail. He asked the PRAC to support the trail as best they can.
End of Public Testimony
THE PRAC MADE A MOTION TO SEND A LETTER TO THE AIRPORT BOARD, COPYING THE AIRPORT MANAGER AND THE ASSEMBLY, STATING THEY SUPPORT PRESERVING THE AIRPORT DIKE TRAIL. THE TRAIL WAS LISTED IN THE PARKS AND RECREATION COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, IS A HEAVILY USED TRAIL, AS WELL AS BEING ONE OF THE FEW WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE TRAILS IN THE AREA. THE MOTION PASSED UNANIMOUSLY.
A. Rec center slide show
Kim Kiefer gave a brief slide showing various recreation facilities that she visited in Colorado that are similar to what is proposed at Dimond Park.
RFPs will be going out the next two weeks for artificial turf at Adair Kennedy as well as RFPs to resurface fields 3 and 4 at Savikko Park. An RFP is out for the Dimond Park parking lot. Projects cannot be started until the snow is gone.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:17 p.m.