Monday, November 17, 2014

Parks Commission Meeting Shifted To Wednesday

FINAL MEETING OF THE YEAR
The Costa Mesa Parks and Recreation Commission meeting, already shifted ahead a week due to the Thanksgiving holiday next week, has been re-scheduled again.  Chairman Byron de Arakal will conduct the November meeting, which will be held beginning at 6:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers on WEDNESDAY, November 19, 2014.  This will be their final meeting of the calendar year.  You can read the entire agenda HERE.

NEW AQUATICS CLASS PROPOSAL
The Consent Calendar - items that would normally be voted upon without discussion - has only one item, an Aquatic Instructional Class Proposal, HERE.

TREE REMOVAL DENIAL
Old Business #1, HERE, is a tree removal request at 3126 Cork Lane.  This item, continued from the October meeting, includes a recommendation by the staff to deny the removal of the two trees in question and offer root pruning of one as an alternative.

PARKS DISTRICTS AND SIGNAGE
Old Business #2, HERE, is the biggie on the agenda.  This involves creation of City Park Signage and the Establishment of Park Districts.  This issue has been discussed for several months and this solution is the latest iteration.  Each commissioner would be assigned specific parks for which he would be the point person for community contact.  The staff report includes an example of the new signage and a list of the proposed park district assignments.

PARKS PROJECT MANAGER'S REPORT
Also on the agenda are two very interesting reports from Bart Mejia, Parks Project Manager.  The first is Parks Project Manager's Report, HERE.  Anyone interested at all in Costa Mesa Parks should read through this one.

FAIRVIEW PARK ANNUAL REPORT
The second is the Fairview Park Annual Report, HERE,  including Master Plan Goals for 2015.  The list of accomplishments this year is impressive.  The staff report includes a proposal for project funding for this fiscal year.  Among those is $650,000 for parking lot lighting - a controversial issue, since Fairview Park is a dawn-to-dusk park.  Many activists in the community question the need to spend any money on parking lot lights for this particular park.

CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING NEXT MONTH
Incidentally, the Fairview Park Citizens Advisory Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 3, 2014.  The November meeting was cancelled.  More on that when the agenda is available.


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