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and Recreation Commission
December 4, 2012
Boehm, Diedrick, Doneen, Etten, D. Holt, M. Holt, Ristow, Simbeck
notified staff ahead of time that he was unable to attend due to work conflict
Anfang, Brokke, Evenson
2. APPROVAL OF
MINUTES – NOVEMBER 1, 2012 MEETING
Minutes for the November 1, 2012
meeting were approved unanimously.
3. PUBLIC TREE
MASTER PLAN PRESENTATION
Jeff Evenson reviewed the Public
Tree Master Plan Draft with Commission. Evenson provided background information
on the original Public Tree Master Plan that was completed in 1995. While the
earlier information was interesting the original plan was not available in an
electronic format making it difficult to use with the updated inventory tools
and current mapping systems.
The updated Public Tree Master
Plan includes three main areas; the inventory of all public trees, analysis of
data collected through the inventory and a plan for future forestry work and
upgrades. The current information is fully electronic and will provide for a
more streamlined update in the future and allows for the use of existing maintenance
tracking software for reports that are easily integrated. The updated plan also
includes references to the updated forestry ordinance and information on the
economic value of our forest resources.
D. Holt commented on the significant number of trees recognized
as being in fair or poor condition and inquired into how the City plans to
address the maintenance needs for trees in this condition.
Evenson explained that condition status is quite critical and a
fair status sounds worse that what is experienced by the “non-arborist” public.
Maintenance staff is working to be more proactive with trimming and pruning
Commissioners recognized that what is being done now is
unfortunately reactionary due to budgetary constraints.
Doneen recognized the need to plant in tree spaces now rather
than wait until trees are diseased or gone – work on changing the tide from
reactive to proactive.
Doneen commented that he did not see in the report reference to
climate changes and attention to species that are robust enough to withstand
The commission would also like to see mapping of the invasive
species in a similar manner so that we can better manage our natural resources.
Etten commented on how the County Roads were highlighted on the
maps and inquired into how the County plays into the updated plan. Etten also
suggested the County be approached with Roseville’s plan so there might be an
opportunity to share in the plan for future plantings on County Road
Etten spoke to the benefits of our Urban Forest highlighted in
the Public Tree Master Plan;
Shade allows for an energy savings
Trees store CO2
Trees have an impact on storm water management
In the long run, public trees save the City of Roseville money
Brokke commented on the beauty of the Public Tree Master Plan as
well as the Renewal Program is the opportunities for community education and
Commissioners reminded all the need to plan for planting options
in the place of buckthorn
Doneen spoke to the fact that any invasive species removal is a
level of resource restoration and needs ongoing monitoring and maintenance. The
City of Roseville needs to utilize grass roots efforts and tap into the
volunteer workforce to help support base financial commitments
Brokke thanked and recognized the efforts of community member
Kirk Brown as well as staff members Anita Twaroski and Jeff Evenson for their
work on the plan and the Department of Agriculture for the Preparedness Grant
The Commission will see the Plan
again before it is forwarded on the Council. The Plan will also be reviewed by
the Public Works and Community Development staff prior to making a
recommendation to the City Council in 2013.
4. PARK &
RECREATION RENEWAL PROGRAM
Jason Etten introduced the Public
Engagement Strategy draft for the Renewal Program. The goal at all levels is to
involve as many community members as possible.
Commissioners recognized the detail to communications in the
Engagement Strategy and made some suggestions in areas not as thoroughly
identified in the Strategies;
Commissioners liked the idea of project signage to being provided
Commissioners suggested use of signage in the parks with QR codes
to help inform people as they are using the parks
Suggested using signs with eye-catching captions like “Coming
Soon” or Your Tax Dollars at Work”
Highly recommended the use of social media – facebook, twitter
and others to reach deeper into the community
Utilize Nextdoor.com – people are using this tool more and more
Commissioners reminded everyone to be more alert to providing
notices and invitations in multiple languages to help reach all parts of the
Suggested checking into the availability of public
displays/community boards at the Library, shopping centers, places where people
tend to gather
Commissioners felt very strongly that there is a need to make
meeting notifications very clear as to what attendees can expect – people want
to know directly what will be happening and what their participation level will
Brokke informed the Commission
that faculty from Arizona State University will be providing a Best Value
presentation on January 28 to the Roseville City Council, City Commissions and
other interested entities from the community. Please mark your calendars and
plan to attend this hour-long presentation.
CALENDAR FOR 2013
Commission agreed to reschedule the January 1st
meeting to Thursday, January 10.
Commission will discuss alternative dates for the June and August
meetings at the January meeting.
6. STAFF REPORT
Brokke updated the Commission on
Council approved the recommended commercial park dedication rate
increase to 7%.
Council will be looking for information on Park Boards early in
the coming year – are there Commission members that would like to work on this
task with staff? Greg Simbeck volunteered and commissioners recommended Nolan
Wall based on thoughtful comments made by Wall at an earlier meeting.
The Villa Park Neighborhood has been involved in meetings with
project staff recently and it seems that a good relationship has been developed
for future watershed work and renewal program projects.
The Skating Center is operating at full-strength; the facility
has been extremely busy in the opening weeks. Reminder to all that the Skating
Center will once again host a family friendly New Year’s Eve event and we are
very fortunate to have Goodmanson Construction as title sponsor helping make
this a great community event.
Thank you Jason Etten for your support and time. On behalf of the
Parks and Recreation staff we thank you for your leadership and wish you well
as a new Councilmember.
Etten commented that his experience with the Parks and Recreation
Commission has been a fantastic opportunity for him. He is proud to say he has
become a “park geek”. He wants to remind everyone that parks benefit the
community tremendously and that parks do truly impact our community.
7. ELECTION OF
CHAIR AND VICE CHAIR
Jason Etten nominated Dave Holt
for Chair of the Parks and Recreation Commission. Greg Simbeck seconded the
motion. Motion passed unanimously.
Harold Ristow nominated Randall
Doneen for Vice Chair of the Parks and Recreation Commission. Doneen
respectfully declined due to his involvement with the Natural Resources and
Harold Ristow nominated Lee
Diedrick for Vice Chair of the Parks and Recreation Commission. Doneen seconded
the motion. Motion passed unanimously.
Meeting adjourned at 8:15pm
Jill Anfang, Assistant Director