Thursday, May 22, 2014

Field Use Tops Parks & Rec. Commission Agenda

PACKED AGENDA TONIGHT
Tonight the Costa Mesa Parks and Recreation Commission will meet at 6:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers at City Hall for the regular monthly meeting of that group.  You can read the agenda HERE.

NEW OFFICERS AND FIELD USE ALLOCATION POLICY
Following the election of officers, HERE, the commission will launch right into what is probably the most interesting, and potentially contentious, issue of the evening - the Athletic Field Use and Allocation Policy Recommendations, HERE. The changes will be recommended to the City Council for approval.

MINOR AND MAJOR CHANGES - BUT NOT LIGHTS
That 35-page staff report includes minor modifications to the policy - the re-naming of the new Parks and Community Services Department - to major changes to the definition of user groups.  It also includes a red-line version of the new policy so the changes are quite evident.  The staff recommends that the commission NOT include the issue of portable lights, but that studies should be made during the summer and that issue be brought back at a future meeting following those studies.

THREE TREE REMOVALS
Next up are three requests for tree removal - 2550 Fordham Drive, HERE; 2721 Cardinal Drive, HERE and 1164 Bismark Way, HERE.  The staff recommendation in each case is to deny the request.

NEW MONUMENT AT ESTANCIA PARK
Item 10d is the request for a granite dedication stone at Estancia Park Sepulveda Adobe, HERE.  The Costa Mesa Historical Society has requested this stone be placed in the park by the "Native Sons of the Golden West", with a dedication ceremony on Saturday, November 15, 2014.

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT BUDGET
Item 10e is the Capital Improvement Budget for the period including fiscal years 2014/2015 - 2020-2021, HERE.  Included in the staff report is more than 30 pages from the current proposed fiscal year budget dealing with Capital Projects.  The commission will consider the budget proposal and make recommendations to the City Council for their approval next month.

WEST 19TH STREET STREETSCAPE PLANS

Item 10f is the concept plans for West 19th Street, HERE.  The commission will consider and approve the concept plans as presented.
DEL MAR AVENUE BEAUTIFICATION
Item 10g is the Del Mar Avenue Beautification Concept plans, HERE.  The commission will be asked to approve the conceptual design.
STRANGLING EAST 19TH STREET
Item 10h is the East 19th Street Landscape Plans and Monument Signs project, HERE.  You will recall that there have been community meetings on this issue at which the strangulation of the traffic along that stretch of roadway from Irvine Avenue to Newport Boulevard was discussed.  The commission will be asked to approve the concept and one of the monument sign options.

C'MON DOWN!
It's going to be a long night tonight - again.  Join me watching your government in action and express your views to the commissioners on these many important issues that will affect the lives of most Costa Mesa residents for decades to come.

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