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Approved Minutes - 2019-10-09 PARKS, RECREATION & NATURAL RESOURCES ADVISORY BOARD MINUTES October 9, 2019 Bill Gordon called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m., at the Maintenance Center. Present: Co-Chair Bill Gordon, Co-Chair Heidi Schrimsher, Scott Bullard, Doug McKean, Rick Gruen, Sandy Intraversato, Anne Ruybalid (left at 6:00), Youth Member Madeline Champion (left at 4:45), Alternate Sarah Ellison, Alternate Christopher Duncan, John LaMotte, Councilor (Representing Daniel Nguyen, Council Liaison) Absent: Youth Member Anna Hovey, Natalie Bennon, Daniel Nguyen, Council Liaison, Brittany Weiler, Staff: Ivan Anderholm, Director of Parks & Recreation, Jan Wirtz, Recreation Superintendent, Jeff Munro, Parks Superintendent, Megan Big John, Senior Crew Leader/Parks & Natural Areas, Dina Balogh, Parks & Recreation Administrative Assistant Guests:  Save Cooks Butte Palisades Neighbors; Michael Louaillier, Michael Gershon, Scott Handley, Claire Puchy, Liz Lamade, William Norton plus over 35 guests.  Foothills Pedestrian Bridge; MaryAnn Dougherty APPROVAL OF MINUTES  The Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Advisory Board (PARKS Board) reviewed and unanimously approved the minutes from September 18, 2019. Approved with slight modification to 2019 Parks Board Goals – Review. Citizen Comment: Save Cooks Butte Coalition: City Councilor, John LaMotte excused himself from the room when the Cooks Butte discussion began. Over 35 residents were present for Citizen Comments to discuss the issue of a communication tower in Cooks Butte Natural Park. Residents in attendance expressed their appreciation to Parks & Recreation staff for their stewardship of City parks and open spaces. Guests in attendance told the Board they oppose telecommunication towers, or structures of any kind in Lake Oswego parks and open spaces. The Save Cooks Butte Coalition told the Board that a telecommunication tower was not compatible with a natural park. To date, the coalition has over 500 signatures from residents in opposition to a telecommunication tower in Cooks Butte Natural Park. Guest, Claire Puchy questioned the Board how the tower can be consistent with the Cooks Butte Park Management Plan. She stated that the park hosts a large number of bird species for an urban park. She is concerned about the compliance with the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act during construction and operation. Guest, Scott Handley expressed to the Board that Lake Oswego parks and natural areas are enjoyed by Lake Oswego residents on a daily basis to get away from the stresses of urban life. These parks are an important habitat for our plants and animals; they are a place for us to connect with nature. Structures and telecommunication facilities have no place in any of our natural parks, including Cooks Butte. The Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Advisory Board Minutes October 9, 2019 Page 2 of 3 proposed 196.5 foot emergency communications tower on top of Cooks Butte violates a sacred agreement between the City and the original Grantors, John and Marjorie Emery, who wished to keep this park in its natural state, for perpetuity, for the people of Lake Oswego. When the Emery’s deeded the park to the City, they understood there would be a desire to develop this land, and purposely sought to preserve this 40 acre natural park for future generation’s enjoyment of the abundant wildlife, plant life, and serenity of nature. The City agreed to preserve its natural habitat and never develop this land. This proposal to build a telecommunications tower violates that agreement with the Emery’s, and the promise to the citizens of Lake Oswego. The speakers asked the Parks Board to recommend to the Council the tower be placed in another location. Co-chair Bill Gordon asked the department for deed background history and information on the City’s work on the proposed Cooks Butte C800 tower. Scott Bullard told the department that he would like to read the deed for the deed restrictions. Ivan told the Board the Parks rules can be amended, if there was information in the deed that states that a communication tower would be a violation of the deed. Options for a recommendation were given to the Board. The Park Rules could be amended to ban towers on Parks property. The Parks Board as a whole, or individuals can testify at the Development Review Commission (DRC) and City Council in support or opposition to building the tower at Cooks Butte. Ivan gave a brief history of the proposed C800 tower. The Clackamas 800 group approached the City proposing the construction of the 152 foot emergency communication tower. The C800 group is an interagency group. Police and Fire are partners on the C800 group. The C800 group looked at 3 locations, Mt. Park, Cooks Butte and the intersection of Bergis Road and Upper Cherry Lane in unincorporated Clackamas County. The proposed tower will upgrade the bandwidth for first responders. There was a formal agreement signed at a public meeting on December 5, 2017. The Land Use Application will go in front of the DRC for approval. If DRC approves the application it will go before the City Council. Citizens can go before Council to appeal. More information can be found at SaveCooksButte.com. The Board took a straw poll to oppose or support the C800 tower at Cooks Butte. The majority agreed not to place a communication tower on Cooks Butte. Motion: Scott Bullard made a motion to oppose placing the C800 Communication Tower on Cooks Butte. The Board unanimously approved the motion. Foothills/Oak Grove Pedestrian Bridge. Resident MaryAnn Dougherty asked the Board to oppose the Pedestrian Bridge crossing from Oak Grove to Lake Oswego. CITY COUNCIL UPDATE:  Several City Ordinance code updates were approved.  City Council approved a redesign of the Pilkington and Jean intersection.  City Council is taking a fresh new approach to the North Anchor development. The timeline is February 1.  Approval has been given for the purchase of new street cleaner. Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Advisory Board Minutes October 9, 2019 Page 3 of 3 REGULAR BUSINESS: Off Leash Dog Parks Heidi Schrimsher, Co-Chair This issue was on the 2018 goals list. Feedback indicated increased conflict of dogs on and off leash. Staff stated that due to the continuing conflicts, developing strategies to enforce would be a best option. Exploring different approaches, and at the same time balancing the habitat is important. Presently, staff acknowledges that we do not have resources to enforce leash rules in the park, consequently enforcement is an issue. The department is willing to do some research on the subject. Explore what can and cannot be done by our police and the park ranger. A study done by Metro two years ago indicates that if dogs are allowed on habitat property it greatly diminishes the habitat. The majority of the community wants to protect natural habitats in the natural parks. The Board would like to hear data compiled from research done by other communities. 2020 Goals Bill Gordon, Co-Chair The Board agreed to place an emphasis on completing trails and paths as one the 2020 goals. The Board will look at 2019 goals to determine which goals are worthy of being carried over to 2020 goals. All agreed the Parks and Recreation Center is a major goal. STAFF AND BOARD MONTHLY UPDATE:  There is an active group opposing the Oak Grove to Lake Oswego pedestrian bridge project. Invite Steve Williams from Clackamas County to present information about the project to the board.  Tennis Center Addition Open House Oct 30, 6 to 7pm at the Maintenance Center Willow Room.  LOSD Pool public outreach scheduled to evaluate the 4 possible sites. The date and location to be determined. The meeting will be scheduled from 6 to 8pm. Possible locations are LO High School, Reseekh, Lakeridge Jr. High and the Public Golf Course. Parks board will be notified when a date and location is scheduled. Nancy Hamilton will be the facilitator.  ACC Remodel Project Open House Nov 7, 6 to 7pm at the ACC.  Quarry Bike project at E. Waluga near completion. A few refinements to the bike park to complete the project.  A Volunteer group approached the department to put in soft trails at Sunny Slope.  Stevens Meadow trail head. Application to Clackamas co. notice of incompletion. Hope to use the structure on the property.  Woodmont Park out for bid. $1.9M estimate. Soft costs $339K  Roehr Park trail is a re-build and replacement of bridges. Eliminate 2 of the 3. One bridge will remain. 100% docs. Will go in for tree removal permits. Will go out to bid. $300K.  Iron Mt Project - Staff have scheduled a meeting with City Attorney Evan Boone to discuss consultant documentation. Staff will move forward with the project with 60% construction documents. ADJOURNMENT The next regular scheduled meeting will be Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 4 to 6 p.m., at the MAINTENANCE CENTER Bill Gordon adjourned the meeting at approximately 7:05p.m. Prepared by, Dina Balogh, Administrative Assistant Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Advisory Board Minutes October 09, 2019 Page 4 of 3