Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Parks and Recreation Commission Finally Meets Again

A FULL AGENDA AHEAD
The short-handed Costa Mesa Parks and Recreation Commission meets for the first time since March and has a full, meaty agenda ahead of them, HERE.  The meeting begins Thursday, May 26, 2016 in City Council Chambers at City Hall at 6:00 p.m.

NO REPLACEMENT FOR HARPER YET
No replacement has been selected for Don Harper, who resigned a couple months ago, and the April meeting was canceled.  There has been no word when a replacement for Harper's remaining few months on the commission will be chosen, so the group, under the leadership of Chairman Brett Eckles, will operate with four men on the dais.

HERE YOU GO....
So, taking it from the top, here's what you can expect to see if you attend or watch live or on streaming video on Costa Mesa Television.
TREE AND PLAQUE DONATION
There will be a donation of a tree and plaque at Lions Park in honor of the Harbor Mesa Lions Club, HERE.

TWO TREE REMOVAL REQUESTS
There are two requests for tree removals - at 2069 Swan Drive, HERE, and 3260 Idaho Lane, HERE - both of which the staff is recommending denial.
CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT BUDGETS
The commissioners will review the proposed Capital Improvement Program for Fiscal Year 2016-2017 through 2022-2023, HERE, including a specific review of the 2016-2017 Capital Improvement as it relates to Parkway Median Improvement, Fairview Park, Curbs and Sidewalks, Park Maintenance and Park  Development.  According to the staff report, their review will also include the 7-Year Capital Improvement Program as it pertains to Curbs and Sidewalks and Community Health and Environment.
ARLINGTON DRIVE LANDSCAPE PALETTE
Next on the agenda will be the proposed Landscape Palette for Arlington Drive between Fairview Drive and Newport Boulevard.
AB 2496 IMPACT ON YOUTH SPORTS PROGRAMMING
Perhaps the most controversial item on the agenda is Assembly Bill 2496, which will significantly impact youth sports because it proposed to eliminate Daylight Savings Time.  This move will dramatically impact the shortage of lighted fields throughout the city and add pressure to use temporary and/or permanent lighting on many school fields.  You can read that staff report HERE


APPOINTMENT OF TWO COMMISSIONERS

 The final item on the agenda, HERE, is the appointment of two (2) commissioners to the Streetscape & Median Development Standards Committee.

A LOT ON THEIR PLATE...
For the first time in a long time this commission will have its hands full, exacerbated by being down one member.  I don't expect this to be a short meeting, particularly since there are several items that may draw out public comments - Capital Improvements in Fairview Park, for example.  We plan to attend and will report tomorrow night.

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