PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Meeting Minutes

June 1, 1999

Assembly Chambers

6:00-9:00 p.m.


 

The meeting was called to order at 6:06 p.m. by Alex Lukshin, Acting Chair.

 

I.                   ROLL CALL

 

Members Present:         Alex Lukshin, Ken Dean, Joan Herbage O’Keefe, Lynn Bartlett,

Jeff Wilson, Kay Gouyton arrived at 6:20 p.m.

 

Members Absent:         Dan King, Paul Grossi, Jim King

 

Staff Present:                Kim Kiefer, Parks and Recreation Director, Bob Grochow, Parks

and Landscape Superintendent, Monique Hickey, Secretary

 

Ex-Officio:                    No members present

 

II.                PUBLIC TESTIMONY ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS

No public testimony on non-agenda items.

 

III.             APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Agenda was unanimously approved.

 

IV.              APPROVAL OF MEETING MINUTES

May 4, 1999 minutes were unanimously approved.

 

V.                 ACTION ITEMS

A.     Auke Lake Wayside Improvements

Kim Kiefer stated that little work has been done on this area and it is in need of some general cleanup.  She recommended the following projects for the wayside: 

·        Move the portable restroom to the large clump of trees closer to the eroded area.

·        Bring in some large boulders and place them on the lakeshore where people have eroded a path to the waterfront.

·        Limb trees in designated area to provide a view of the glacier and mountains from the parking lot.

·        Provide additional picnic tables in the wooded area for public use.

Alex Lukshin asked if DOT’s plan to reroute Glacier Highway would affect these changes to Auke Lake Wayside.  Kim replied that they would not effect DOT’s plan.

 

THE PRAC UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE RECOMMENDED PROJECTS FOR THE AUKE LAKE WAYSIDE TURNOUT.

 

B.     Commercial Use Regulations

Kim Kiefer stated that the Commercial Use Regulations have not been updated since 1995 and recommended the following changes be incorporated into the current regulations:

·        Increase the temporary permit length from 10 days to 30 days and will be issued by the Parks and Recreation Director.  Back-to-back temporary permits for the same activity will not be allowed.

·        Implement a fine of $500 for use of CBJ parkland without a permit.

·        Have a two-year permitting system that matches the budget cycle.  However, if there is ANY change to the permit during the second year, a new application must be submitted.  This plan does not “grandfather” any rights to current permit holders.

·        Review per person fee every two years.

·        Permits must be set for a specific number of people.  If the organization wants to serve more people than they are permitted for, they must request it in writing and be approved before they serve more people.

·        Proposed fee schedule:

 

Per Person Fee $1.00             Per Person Fee $2.00

If less than one hour              If over one hour on

on parkland                            parkland

# of People

0-500                           .05                                           .10

500-1000                     .06                                           .11

1001-2000                   .07                                           .12

2001-3000                   .08                                           .13

3001-4000                   .09                                           .14

4001-5000                   .10                                           .15

5001-6000                   .11                                           .16

6001-7000                   .12                                           .17

7001-8000                   .13                                           .18

8001-9000                   .14                                           .19

9001-10,000                .15                                           .20

10,001+                                                           .01 increase for every 1,000 people

 

·        Increase application fee from $50 to $100.

 

City-wide notification of the changes to the regulations will be given, along with public hearing dates set.

 

THE PRAC RECOMMENDED DRAFTING THE COMMERCIAL USE REGULATIONS WITH THE PROPOSED CHANGES.  MOTION PASSED UNANIMOUSLY.

 

C.     Marine Park/Steamship Wharf Improvements

(Added to Action Items per J. Herbage O’Keefe’s request)

The PRAC discussed the proposed improvements to Marine Park/Steamship Wharf and wanting to forward the following statement to the Harbor Board, the Planning Commission and the Assembly.

 

“THE PRAC HAS SERIOUS CONCERNS WITH THE CURRENT PROPOSAL PUT FORTH FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF MARINE PARK.  WE, AS A BODY, FIND THAT MARINE PARK IS THE GEM OF DOWNTOWN JUNEAU, IT PROVIDES THE FIRST IMPRESSION OF JUNEAU TO VISITOR’S, IS HEAVILY USED YEAR-ROUND BY THE JUNEAU COMMUNITY, AND IS A FOCUS FOR COMMUNITY CULTURAL EVENTS AS WELL AS BEING A MAJOR PEDESTRIAN THOROUGHFARE.  WE BELIEVE THE CURRENT PROPOSAL IS SHORTSIGHTED AND LACKS THE VISION OF A LONG-RANGE WATERFRONT PLAN.  WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO EXPLORE ALTERNATIVE SOLUTIONS TO THIS PROBLEM, SUCH AS PURCHASING THE VACATED POLICE DEPARTMENT BUILDING, OR OTHER POSSIBLE ALTERNATIVES.”

 

THE MOTION PASSED UNANIMOUSLY.  JEFFREY WILSON ABSENTED HIMSELF FROM DISCUSSION AND VOTING DUE TO CONFLICT OF INTEREST.

 

VI.              INFORMATION ITEMS

A.     New PRAC Member

Jeffrey Wilson of Wilson Engineering was introduced as a new PRAC member.

 

B.     Recreation Update

Alex Lukshin asked Kim Kiefer about the pool being closed for six weeks this summer.  Kim replied that the tiles in the showers need to be replaced so the pool will be closed for the most six weeks, and that anytime the pool is closed is a bad time, but the work must be done.

 

C.     Melvin Park Field #2 Drainage

Lynn Bartlett mentioned that the coaches of the High School softball team have been dissatisfied with the drainage on Melvin Park field #2.  Bob Grochow responded that the field needs a year to set.

 

VII.           COMMITTEE REPORTS

Kay Gouyton was invited to and attended a community forum by Al Parrish of Holland America Cruise Lines.  The purpose of the meeting was to develop a community consensus of how to handle tourism issues in Juneau.  They are trying to find a way to get the community to buy into tourism since there is a lot of negative feedback from the community.  They are looking for ways to make the community happier with tourism.  Kay will forward any feedback/follow-up information she receives to the PRAC.

 

VIII.        CHAIR REPORT

 

IX.              DIRECTOR REPORT

A.     Proposition 3 Update

·        Savikko fields #3 and #4 resurfacing bids came back low.  Work scheduled for the last two weeks in July.

·        Dimond Soccer Field #2 Construction bids came back low.  Work scheduled to begin after the Gold Rush Days.

·        Adair Kennedy Grandstand Expansion scheduled to begin this summer.

·        Dimond Park Softball Field #4 construction is scheduled to begin this year.

·        Melvin Park Field #2 Lighting going out to bid soon.

·        Adair Kennedy Baseball Field Lighting going out to bid soon.

·        Pipeline Skate Park Restrooms.  Will be a pre-fab metal fixture similar to the restroom at Cope Park, which has held up over the past 30 years.  Work scheduled to begin this year.

 

B.     Auke Rec By-Pass

The new park is scheduled to be open in October 1999.

 

C.     Budget Update

Budget will be confirmed by June 15th, so Kim will have an update for the PRAC by the July 6, 1999 PRAC meeting.

 

D.    Channel Wayside

Kim Kiefer stated that there are concerns with the accessibility of the dock.  A “scissors plan” dock was proposed, but was determined that it would be a maintenance nightmare.  Instead, they are looking into a vehicular ramp to access the water with accessible spots and/or a drop off area.  There is concern about enforcing authorized vehicles “only” on the dock.  This plan goes to the ADA Committee then will go back to the PRAC in July for review.

 

X.                 EX-OFFICIO REPORT

 

XI.              CORRESPONDENCE

 

XII.           ADJOURNMENT

 

The meeting was adjourned at 7:55 p.m.