Parks & Recreation Advisory Board Minutes Meeting of October 7, 2009
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7:30 a.m. - Long Key Natural Area and Nature Center - Davie

Members Present: Members Absent: Others Present:
Sharon Kent Bruce Edwards Bob Harbin, P&R
Marc Kiar Guy Roper Chester Pruitt, P&R
Howard Nelson Jack Mathison Jim Federici, Public Works
Terry Danger Jack Talabisco Lou Metz, P&R
Stephen Lawson Michael Smith Anthony Thompson, P&R
Marsha Oster Levy Mike Harlan, P&R
Stephanie Munson Laura Frank, P&R
Sheila Rose Chris Deal, P&R
Richard Simon Gary Remillet, P&R
Milette Thurston

The meeting was called to order by Quentin Morgan, Chair at 7:35 a.m., after which all present recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

Approval of Minutes

Mr. Morgan asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the meeting of September 2, 2009. Howard Nelson made the motion, which was seconded by Richard Simon and passed unanimously.

Employee of the Month for October 2009

Anthony Thompson was congratulated as Employee of the Month for October. He was applauded for his accomplishments and work ethics and was awarded a framed certificate of appreciation and a gift certificate to a local restaurant.

Park Manager’s Report

Chris Deal, Parks Manager IV at Long Key Nature Center, welcomed the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PAB). Mr. Deal provided the board members gave an overview of the history, improvements, renovations, and special events at Long Key Nature Center.

Parks and Recreation Division (Parks) Update

Bob Harbin discussed the opening of Vista View Park. Stephanie Munson was very involved with the initial planning of the park. One of the amenities that came out of those meetings was a boundless playground and the one at Vista View Park will be named after her daughter. The boundless playground is designed so that any child with physical disabilities may play along with other children with very little restrictions it will be the largest in Broward County. Parks had a budget reduction of about 16% or $6 million dollars, which equates to about 178 employees over the past two years. On a more positive note, of the 100 positions that were reduced this year, every employee has been placed with the exception of 2. Mr. Harbin announced they officially offered the Director position to Dan West and he will attend the next PAB. The negotiations with the Family Aquatics Center at Tradewinds have been ongoing for about 9-10 months and there are some key issues that staff and the vendor have not been able to come to an agreement on. Therefore the contract will be brought back to the Selection Committee on October 29, 2009, for further direction.

Bond Construction Update

Jim Federici provided the PAB with a projects status report handout which is a summary of the bond projects being worked on. The Vista View Park project is about 6 weeks from opening. The 10 ongoing projects under the prototypes are moving along. The Carpenter House staff now has full consent from the architecture and historic preservation authorities and that they can move forward. DB2 completed negotiations and making its way through the County’s review process and in about 4-6 weeks can begin working on this. Mr. Harbin asked out of the $200 million of the Bond issue; how much do we have left and when do you think it will be completed. Mr. Federici stated there is about $50 million and will be completed in about 2 years.

Old Business

New Business

Vision 2020 Culture Plan There was a 2010 plan, established in 1995, that mapped out the current public art design program. This was headed by Jerry Allen, who was present to speak to the PAB about the 2020 Plan with public art. Mr. Allen’s group is doing a ten year comprehensive cultural plan for Broward County that contains three components.

  • Look at the public art and design program and make recommendations about the future
  • Make a plan as it relates to cultural tourism
  • Creative economy

There will be comparative studies in each of the component areas to help shape the plan; look at best practices of other communities and see if there elements that can be brought to Broward. The group will present their findings with the Cultural Council. Key issues that have emerged during their 4 site visits are long and short term funding, stability of local artists and organizations, cultural diversity and leadership development. Please send any comments or suggestions to jerry@culturalplanning.com .

Sharon Kent asked that if they are doing a survey at this time, how are they going to get a true reading? Mr. Allen said they have to take the pulse of the community and at any given moment, it can be optimistic or pessimistic; however, their experience has been that the level of support for cultural programs continues to be sustained.

Sheila Rose stated that Broward County suspended Art in Public places Mr. Allen said a lot of new buildings are built by private developers and the requirement may be extended to them.

Monthly meeting locations - Laura Frank brought to the PAB’s attention that with the FY10 budget reductions, parks are now closed on Wednesdays in addition to Tuesdays. Would the PAB be able to meet on the first Thursday of the month or should they meet at the regional parks only. There was a discussion, after which Bob Harbin said the PAB will be allowed to continue meeting on Wednesday and rotate parks. Any park that is closed will be asked to open for their meeting.

Secret Shopper assignments According to PAB strategic planning objectives the board members will continue their secret shopper visits. Volunteer names were assigned to parks in order to complete this goal.

A chair nominations committee will be set up at the November meeting in order to vote for the new board Chair.

Meeting adjourned at 8:20 a.m.

Next Meeting

The next meeting is at Anne Kolb Nature Center at West Lake Park, November 4, 2009 at 7:30 a.m.