Parks & Rec. Commission Tackles Meaty Issues
Chairman Brett Eckles and the Costa Mesa Parks and Recreation Commission meets again on Thursday, July 28, 2016 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers and will deal with some pretty meaty issues. You can read the full agenda HERE.
NEW ICE SKATING-RELATED CLASSES
On the Consent Calendar there is one item, HERE, in which the commission will be asked to consider and approve eight (8) new Instructional Class Proposals, all of them ice skating-oriented.
There is no Old Business on the agenda, but there are two New Business issues for the commission to consider. The first is the Spring 2016 Field Audit Report and Amendments to the Existing Field Use and Allocation Policy, HERE. This one could include some dicey discussion. It seems that all user groups met the requirements of the program - except one, Newport Mesa Friday Night Lights (NMFNL). That group reported less than half the required local residency requirement. That will relegate them to a Group 5 status and severely limit their opportunities to use fields covered by the plan. Extensive documentation, including graphics, are included in the staff report.
CODE OF CONDUCT ADDED
Also included is the staff recommendation for inclusion of a Field Use Code of Conduct in the FUAP.
TALBERT PARK RESTORATION
New Business #2, HERE, is a review of the Talbert Regional Park Final Habitat Restoration Plan. The staff recommends that the City partner with OC Parks to search and apply for grants and other funding opportunities and recommends the implementation of Alternative 1 with select elements of Alternates 2 and 3. The staff report is comprehensive - long, for you slow readers - and will require the commissioners to pay attention and do their homework on this issue.
WILL JULIE SHOW UP AND HAVE DONE HER HOMEWORK?
It's the middle of summer, so I wonder how many commissioners will attend this meeting. I'm particularly interested to see if rookie Commissioner Julie Mercurio shows up, since she bowed-out of the City Council race last week and the apparent sole purpose of appointing her to this commission was to give her visibility for that race. And, I wonder if she will actually do the heavy lifting required to understand and make an informed decisions on both the New Business items listed above. I guess we'll see tomorrow night.