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CSC Minutes September 9, 2002

Regular Meeting
Fullerton Main Library Meeting Room - Side Entrance
Monday, September 9, 2002
6:30 p.m.

Public comment will be allowed on items on this agenda at the time each item is considered.

Persons addressing the Commission shall be limited to 5 minutes unless an extension of time is granted by the Chairman, subject to approval of the Commission. When any group of persons wishes to address the Commission, it shall be proper for the Chairman to request that a spokesman be chosen to represent the group.

Public comments will also be allowed on items NOT on the agenda, but within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Commission, prior to approval of the minutes, and will be limited to thirty minutes and not to exceed five minutes per person. No one will be heard twice. Any public comments not received at the beginning of the session may be heard at the end of the session. NO action may be taken on off-agenda items, except as provided by law.


CALL TO ORDER:

Chair Dalton called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.

FLAG SALUTE:

Chair Dalton led the flag salute.

ROLL CALL:

Present: Miller, Spencer, Hewett, Dalton, Swanson, Han, Russell
Absent: None

STAFF PRESENT:

Susan Hunt, Director
Joe Felz, Manager
Cultural Arts Division Staff
Randy McDaniel, Park Projects Specialist

PUBLIC COMMENTS:

The following people spoke regarding the Fullerton Municipal Golf Course:

Craig Kessler, Exec. Dir
Public Links Assn
. 7035 Orangethorpe Avenue
Buena Park, CA 90621

Neil Anderson
2921 N. Birch Place
Fullerton, CA 92835

Mr. Kessler shared with the Commission his role in and about the Public Links Association. He stated the reason he was at Commission was to encourage a golf advisory committee. He discussed several other golf courses and their methods of operation. He would like to have a positive and constructive relationship with the Commission and the City.

Mr. Anderson updated the Commission on his thoughts regarding expenditures and revenues of the golf course, information on other cities that are upgrading their golf courses, pricing at other courses, and discounts/promotions offered to members.

Commissioners' Comments:

Commissioners asked questions and commented as follows: has anyone from American Golf met with the golfers' group; what is the function of the mens' club at the golf course; other than playing golf and social groups, have there been any other discussions with American Golf; and, one Commissioner asked for confirmation that four holes were eliminated because of flooding.

ACTION ITEMS:

  1. Approval of the Minutes of the July 8, 2002 Regular Meeting

    Commissioner Miller MOTIONED to approve the Minutes, as written.
    Commissioner Spencer SECONDED the Motion.

    The Minutes were approved with the following vote:

    AYES: Miller, Spencer, Hewett, Dalton, Han, Russell, Swanson
    NOES: None

    The MOTION carried unanimously.

  2. Appoint Committee Members for C.I.P. Projects

    Park Projects Specialist McDaniel gave an update on the Amerige Heights Community Center, showing a site plan of the project. He advised the Commission that the Amerige Advisory Committee is working to conceptually develop the program and design for the new Center, and that the Hillcrest Park Advisory Committee is working to redesign the lower playground, parking lot, and picnic area at the bowl.

    Park Projects Specialist McDaniel advised the Commission that a new publication entitled the "Laguna Lake Gazette" had recently been created to keep the public informed about what was happening with the waterfowl population. He also mentioned that the Engineering Department was working to finalize the construction agreement with the California Coastal Conservancy and the City's design consultant. The goal is to finish the construction documents for the first phase, which involves dredging the lake and other water quality improvements.

    Commissioners' Questions and Comments:

    Commissioners asked questions and commented as follows: an inquiry was made as to how Committee members are recruited; staff was encouraged to add a couple more members at large; it was noted that these committees are a good way to get new people involved in the City process; a suggestion was made that the Fullerton mom's clubs members could be involved in the Advisory Committee; are women still feeding the ducks at Laguna Lake; and, when do they expect to have all of the ducks removed.

    Director Hunt indicated that the Committee would be expanded, and the Fullerton mom's clubs would be invited to participate. She will report back to the Commission next month.

    Commissioner Russell made a MOTION to add two more members to each Committee.
    Commissioner Miller SECONDED the Motion.

    AYES: Miller, Spencer, Hewett, Han, Dalton, Swanson, Russell
    NOES: None

  3. Proposed Change of November 11th Meeting to November 18th, Due to Holiday

    Commissioner Miller MOTIONED to approve the change of meeting date to November 18, 2002.
    Commissioner Swanson SECONDED the Motion.

    AYES: Miller, Spencer, Hewett, Han, Dalton, Swanson, Russell
    NOES: None

    Chair Dalton informed Commission and Staff that she possibly will be unable to attend November meeting, due to a commitment with another organization.

  4. Cultural & Event Services Division

    Manager Felz made an oral and visual presentation of his areas of responsibility, and the areas of responsibilities of the different arts groups, all of whom select and help fund exhibits. The Public Art Committee is a sub-committee of the Museum Center Association. Manager Felz then introduced John Karwin, Exhibition/Museum Specialist.

    Exhibition/Museum Specialist Karwin shared that a renovation of the Museum was done in 1988, and went over the history of several exhibits that have been done at the Museum, from 1994 to present; most notably, the Titanic, Fender guitars, a history of coffee (which won a curatorial award from the American Association of Museums), and California dining. Exhibition/Museum Specialist Karwin noted that the Museum is involved in both traveling and in-house exhibits - locals sometimes are invited to add their own collections to the shows, or collections are borrowed from certain groups. The Division and the Museum Board are working toward making the "Leo Fender & His Electric Guitars" a permanent exhibit. Future exhibits in the making are: science fiction, Richard Nixon, and craftspeople who make instruments by hand.

    Commissioners Questions and Comments:

    Commissioners asked questions and commented as follows: what does "in-house" mean; what is your criteria for a successful exhibit; when in-house exhibits are done, where do all the materials come from; if the City creates an exhibit that has won an award, does it go on tour as another possible source of revenue; what kinds of groups put these exhibits together; one Commissioner commented that the Museum exhibits were very interesting and asked if there was a category that was more predominant and generated more interest; it was asked which exhibits have had the most attendance; an inquiry was made as to what would happen in the event of a controversial exhibit, and who the Museum would ultimately be accountable to for choices of exhibits; the question was asked that if a citizen was concerned about taxpayers' money being used for a controversial exhibit, would the Commission get involved; are there any plans for putting a garden around the "Flight" statue; the Museum staff was commended on their involvement in the CUFFS program, since the participating children would otherwise not have had that opportunity; the Commission is very impressed with the Museum, and commented that they do a wonderful job for a small museum; are the murals graffiti resistant; an inquiry was made as to if there was a problem bringing in farm produce to the Thursday night Market, since there were not a lot of vegetables; a Commissioner commented that vendors go to the morning markets, so they find it difficult to participate in an evening Market; were there any problems anticipated with large groups in the Plaza; and, when will the Plaza Park be going in?

    Aimee Aul, Museum Assistant, showed exhibits of the many different programs the Museum has for children; i.e., the docent program, where children can be involved in creating their own art projects; Super Saturdays (during the school year) and Super Tuesdays (during the summer); and, family days, where there are activities for both children and their parents. There are also after-school art programs for teens, including a CUFFS program, where they learn about the creative process for any career, and are involved in an annual mural project, which are done by kids at risk, and gets teen parent club members together with volunteers.

    Dannielle Mauk - Cultural Events & Downtown Promotion Specialist gave an overview of five Citywide events; i.e., First Nite Fullerton, the 4th of July event; Night in Fullerton; the Fullerton Market, Octo-boo-fest; and the Brea Dam Summer Concerts Series. A new program is the Plaza rental program.

    Manager Felz discussed the City's relationship with the operation of the Muckenthaler Cultural Center Foundation. The City's relationship with the Foundation is a matter of property ownership and paying for contractual services. Community Services makes sure they meet contractual needs for exhibits, activities, etc.

    Manager Felz then introduced Lisa Anderson, who operates bill paying, gift shop, and additions to exhibits; and Ruth Leopold, who designs press releases, makes contacts, and communicates with the public.

  5. Landscape Maintenance Division Monthly Maintenance Report

    Landscape Supervisor Williams gave overview of the monthly report, and opened the floor for questions from the Commissioners.

  6. Building and Facilities Division Monthly Maintenance Report

    Landscape Supervisor Williams was on hand to answer questions from the Commissioners and/or take their inquiries back to the Landscape Division.

    Commissioners' Questions and Comments:

    Commissioners asked questions and commented as follows: several Commissioners requested that the Maintenance reports be moved to the first Informational Item, so that their staff will not have to sit through the entire meeting; an inquiry was made as to the length of the schedule for tree pruning in the City; and, a Commissioner mentioned there was a dead or dying gingko tree in the City.

  7. Report on City Council Agenda Items

    There was no discussion regarding City Council agenda items.

  8. Commissioner Comments

    Commissioners commented as follows: clarification was requested as to whether or not there was a need for a sub-committee to review funding that comes from the golf course contract; Commissioner Swanson volunteered to be a liaison between the Commission, the City, and the golfers; an inquiry was made as to what the City Council would ask the Commission to do in the event a sub-committee was appointed; can the Commission volunteer to help out on the sub-committee; a Commissioner stated that the golf fee increases come every budget cycle and asked if it is the Commission's duty to listen to complaints; Commissioners Swanson and Russell requested a meeting regarding golf course problems and complaints of golfers; an inquiry was made as to how many Commissioners could meet on this problem; one Commissioner asked if it would it be a violation of the Brown Act for the Commissioners to meet to discuss the golfers' problems; is there a reason why residents or patrons of the golf course would come to the Commission' regarding golf course related problems; if the Commission has no jurisdiction over this, it should logically go directly to the City Council; the Commission would like to see a resolution to the problem; if the Commission needs to be involved, they need to be educated on this issue; and, discussion was held regarding the management and status of the Golf Course maintenance.

    Commissioner Russell MOTIONED to adjourn the meeting. Commissioner Hewett SECONDED the Motion.

    AYES: Miller, Spencer, Hewett, Han, Dalton, Swanson, Russell,
    NOES: None

  9. The meeting adjourned at 8:53 p.m.

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