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1 - Draft Minutes - April 9, 2008OPEN SPACE BOARD OF TRUSTEES Minutes April 9, 2008 BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT Pat Billig Kay Tauscher Bill Briggs John Putnam Allyn Feinberg STAFF PRESENT Mike Patton Dean Paschall Jim Reeder _~ltm Goodhart Delani Wheeler Joe Mantione Cecil Fenio Julie Jolu7son Ronda Romero h~Ieg Daniel Susan Ross Kristin «'einberger Craig Sommers Brent Cornbs Gretchen Bolivar Matt Jones Glenn Carriere Steve Armstead GUEST ~' ~~,, Perry Brooks, Planner, Parks and Recreation n •~ ~ " `1'" ~~~.~w ~ , CALL TO ORDER The meeting was called to order at 6:05 p.m. ~~ y~~.,. AGENDA ITEM 1-Election of OfficE The election of officers proceeded: Kay seconded by Bill Briggs quid passed unar .llyn Feinberg as Chair, urinated Kay Tauscher as Vice Patton's nomination as Board AGENDA ITEM 2 - Kay Tauscher moved the motion. The moti~ 2, 2008 be approved. Bill Briggs seconded AGENDA ITE11~I 3 -Public Participation Larry h~IacDonnell, 2160 Linden, representing Friends of Boulder's Open Space (FOBOS), distributed a binder containing articles pertaining to the impact of visitors on public land. FOBOS will continue to update and add new information to this collection as well as to the database that has been started. Nir. NlacDom7ell said that information the department has can also be added. The purpose of this collection is to make sure good science is accessible. Karen Holhueg, 4440 Greenbrier Blvd., voiced her concern about all the agreements that have been made for the implementation of the Eldorado Mountain/Doudy Draw Trail Study Area. (EM~`DD TS A). These various agreements about ~-hat will happen in this area include the elimination of social trails, restoration of degraded areas to Habitat Conservation Area (HCA) status, experimental use by horses to be revisited after 2 years, on-trail access and dog use access. She stressed that in order to do these things «~ell, clear guidelines as to what will trigger management changes are needed before the trails are built and opened. Because of the staff work load and the interlocking timelines it is important for all to be wary of what is AGENDA ITENI 1 PAGE 1 happening in this important area. Ills. Holhveg said that FOBOS ~~ill continue to stay abreast of the activities in this area and encouraged the Board members to do so also. AGENDA ITEM 4 -Director's Update Nlike Patton gave an update on the Bear Creek dog issue. He reminded the Board that after meeting with members of the Bear Creek neighborhood staff proceeded to follow a timeline that included talking ~~~ith the landowner and soliciting staff-generated options with the intent to return to the Board with a plan on how to proceed. 1Vlike introduced Dean Paschall who took the lead in this process. Dean reported that the National Science Foundation (NSF) is the property owner of the NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research) property and has made it very clear that. it would not approve a change in the current dogs-on-leash policy. Since Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSNIP) is the land manager and must abide by the direction of the landowner, there is no need for further process. Dean said that the general rule on federal properties is that dogs are not allowed and the fact that dogs are allowed on leash in this situation is a concession to the community. Bill Briggs asked how the lando~~~ner explains the explained that it ~-as never considered an off-leash asked how this would affect Skunk Canyon. Dean the federal land and the regulation is posted at the i Mesa trails. John Putnam asked how actively the 1 land. Dean said their greatest concern is on the cat enforcement is limited due to available personnel. appear to be satisfied with OSl~~IP's management o well conversation is limited and cordial. If there is conversation. They seem to be satisfied with the ~i Tauscher asked if OSI~1P has the ability to enforce OSI~IP does have that ability. Dean clarified that t: so that the neighborhood did not kno~~~ what the re< never been V oicE hard to make the of enforcement. Bill yid that leashes «~ould be required on all tersection of Skunk Canyon and Kohler ido~~~ner oversees dog enforcement on its pus -near buildings and parking areas -but ~hn asked if they list complaints or if they the area. Dean said as long as it is working .concern then there would be a y' the area is being managed. Kay a the federal land. Dean responded that ;re teas confusion about authority and signs regulations were. He reiterated that it has . He added that staff has been working Mike introduced hleg Daniel, the department's Sign and Graphics Display Specialist, who gave a presentation about the signing program. She and Sign Technician Brent Combs have worked for 2.5 years to clarifyr signs and develop a fresh, consolidated look and feel to the department's signs. They have ~~-orked ~~~ith a sign "team" and sought input from other work groups such as the Rangers, GIS, Resource Conservation and Education and Outreach. Meg noted that the implementation of the Visitor Master Plan (VMP) has created many new sign needs. How the department uses signs is critical and staff is sensitive to the visitor experience and conscious of sign pollution. She said «•ith the new regulations, some of the signs that are needed now may be removed in the future. Meg described the "family" of information board kiosks and signs and how certain colors and fonts were being standardized. Plans for interpretive signs will include input from community members. Meg mentioned the efforts of staff members Tomasz Kucharski, Gretchen Bolivar and Jarrett A~Ietoyer. Pat Billig asked Meg what goals staff expected to achieve with signs, particularly the goal of imparting knowledge about Open Space. Meg said current. signs do not include that kind of information but it is a good suggestion and would be possible to do. Kay Tauscher asked if the AGENDA ITENI 1 PAGE 2 cost of the new signs tits into the budget. lUlike responded that funds are allocated and Jim Reeder clarified that it is part of the facilities maintenance budget. Kay said the new sign designs were aesthetically pleasing. Mike said there are many areas that are experiencing changes in regulations so initially signs may be installed that are later removed when visitors have adapted to the changes. Allyn Feinberg said that given the changes on the system due to the ti'MP, having a consistent look and approach is important and these are graphically great. ~-like said eventually staff «~ill present to the Board the series of suns planned for the Eldorado Mountain~Doudy Draw TS A. Dean Paschall said that the new display planned for the Ranger degree, what. Pat suggested about giving the Open Space story. accomplished with the look and feel of the family of styles will know they are on Open Space. Kay said the educational signs great. Bill Briggs said that Meg and crew have done a great jol better and better. He asked about the placement for signing clit is still working on that. Steve Armstead said that staff is still w to standardize as much as possible. The signs will indicate the said a challenge with the signs is to indicate what. accesses are although other areas in the HCAs will require off-trail permits. of sign pollution in this situation. Kay appropriate. Steve said staff doesn't w climbers. AGENDA ITEl17 5 -11~Tatters from the to Karen of how these «~ould b vas to sho~~~ ~~-hat kin added that. staff has a LACs for wildlife any s- use Auld address, to some d that the branding ensure that visitors Mesa «~Tere also and said that staff on said that there may be a risk ~r pamphlet may be more access trails except for Board Pat Billig asked that. since adaptive management is change (LAC) if the Board could see some examp Bering when establishing LACs. Mike but is still working on developing the assured Pat that once clarified, staff will Open Space & Momttain Parks Volunteers for National Volunteer `Week Delani Wheeler introduced the volunteer staff- Julie Johnson, Susan Ross, Kristin Weinberger, Craig Sommers and Lisa Dierauf. She then updated the Board on some upcoming volunteer events. Mike reminded the Board that volunteers provide the work equivalent often staff members. Julie Johnson, supervisor for ~jolunteer Services, commended the quality of the vohmteer staff. Susan Ross said that people come to volunteer for a variety of reasons and staff tries to match them up ~~•ith appropriate programs/projects. She described the ~jolunteer Naturalist program. Julie explained that Lisa Dierauf's primary responsibility is to manage and train monitors. She named several of the various ongoing programs which include nesting raptor, bat and frog monitoring. Kristin Weinberger talked about the large-scale projects that she and Craig Sommers organize and manage. The list of these Open Space "stewardships" is included in the memo. Allyn Feinberg read the following declaration: The Open Space Board of Trustees joins the staff of Boulder's Qpen Space ar~d i1~Iountain Parks Department in recognizing all of our AGENDA ITENI 1 PAGE 3 volunteers draring National Flolr~nteer YUeek 2008. YYe salute the snore than 1,100 l_apen Space & Mountain Parks volunteers who contribute their talents and efforts in helping the department carry out its mission. These irreplaceable individuals are an inspiration as they help to protect the resources that make Boulder so special. Allyn added that the Board appreciates the ~-ork of the volunteers. Public Participation None AGENDA ITEM 7 -Staff briefing on the IBM Trail Comiector Matt Jones began his presentation by telling the Board that he tvas regarding the Community Environmental Assessment Process {CEr connector has been in the city's comprehensive plan for over 20 yep trail in the VMP. Matt pointed out the location of the trail coimectc the preferred aligrunent. The trail connects to the recently complete noted that the trail is expensive and complicated because it involve federal funding that will be used by the county to build the trail has management. responsibilities, ownerships and the complex easemen memo. The ultimate use of Tom t~'atson Park is unknown and will the final segment. The prairie dog issues are diminished due to plag return once the population increases. Matt then explained how the LEAP ~i~ould 1 taken to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board {TAB}. Those boards will make recc also be an open house for public input befog recommendation to council in June, y~~hen considering the input king initial input ). The IBM trail and is listed as a priority ~n the map and explained cottontail Trail. He ~veral entities. The deadline. Details of the are contained in the ;ternline the alignment of but are expected to The proposed LEAP will also be ~tions for OSBT consideration. There will ng to the OSBT for its final boards are involved, the board of the ekes the recommendation to council after Bill Briggs asked about. the destination target at the north end. Matt said that the goal was to connect. the Cottontail Trail under the Diagonal to the Boulder Reservoir trail system. He noted that the presence of facilities at Tom Watson Park makes it a likely destination. He added that Transportation has approved the road crossing at location C-3 which would be temporary or permanent depending on what happens with Tom u'atson Park. Matt clarified that, ideally, the crossing at location G4 is preferred because it is an established at-grade crossing to the Coot Lake Trailhead. John Putnam voiced his concern that using Tom tUatson Park might draw more people to the area trail system. Perry Brooks, Parks and Recreation (Parks), explained that Torn tuatson is already being used as overflow parking from Coot Lake and emphasized that Parks is not in the regional trailhead business. If the Boulder Feeder Canal Trail is eventually opened it would draw even more people to that area. Parks is concerned because the water, sewer and electricity at Tom Watson Park are tied to the IBM plant. Kay Tauscher asked about the easement on Tom «'atson Park. Perry responded that Parks staff is putting a lot of time and energy into maintaining the ball fields, as required in the cui~-ent IBM easement. The ball fields are not used as much as they had been in the past and the AGENDA ITENI 1 PAGE 4 department feels it ~~Tould be beneficial to focus that energy someplace else. If Parks can purchase the property there would be more options for the park but until a determination is made the options are more constrained. Kay asked when something would be known about the outcome of the park. Perry responded that Parks has been in contact with IBM and has made known its interest in purchasing the property but there are many issues, on both sides, that must be resolved. Matt added that keeping the prairie dogs out of the ball fields may eventually be an issue again. Public Participation None. Return to Board & Staff Matt reiterated that he i~°ould like feedback prior to recommendation to council. Bill Briggs clarified t} ~~Tas concerned how that would impact staff «~orklo the trail with OSMP oversight and OSl~IP would to Tom y?Vatson and on the Reservoir properties whirl that staff attention will be diverted from other actit- money, July 2010, makes the project difficult to ab construct the underpass. A-Iatt said he was not. sure including design, permitting and construction, was Kay Tauscher asked about the first plague o: confirmed it occurred in Gunbat~-el ~~~hich is that the IBM property has already experienc June for a formal •t rests «~ith Open Space and rified that the county will build ent responsibility except at d by Parks. Mike Patton agreed ~d the deadline to get the federal asked how long it would take to edged that the entire process, time frame. if this area was impacted. Mike opal and to the north. He added ~~~ill eventually re-colonize. John Putnam asked about the impacts related to levels of expected use on the new trail connector. Matt responded that it is unkno«~n but staff believes use «~i11 come primarily from the neighborhood. He anticipated an increase but not a substantial increase. Allyn Feinberg suggested that when considering the CEAP it may be helpful to keep the potential for the Boulder Feeder Canal Trail and its impacts in mind. She agreed that the big issue for Open Space would be the amount of staff time needed for the project. Allyn noted that the analysis for the CEAP looked complete. The C-4 alternative is better but alternative C-3 would also work. Pat Billig asked if the 63rd Street crossing would be underground. Matt. said staff is not. recommending an underground crossing because it would be too expensive. Staff and the Board discussed possible dates for the Annual Retreat. Board members were encouraged to send topic suggestions to Mike Patton so staff can customize the agenda. ~1DJOURNNTENT -The meeting adjourned at 7:52 p.m. These draft rnirr~tes were. prepared by Cecil Fe~aio. 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