Tuesday, July 13, 2010 , 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.,
Bison Visitor Center , 1800 South County Road 31, Loveland, CO
Commissioner Steve Johnson
The July 13, 2010, meeting of the Parks Advisory Board was called to order by Chair Linda Knowlton at 5:35 p.m. The Minutes of the May 11, 2010, meeting were approved.
BOARD MEMBER REPORTS
PUBLIC COMMENT: Items not on the agenda - None
GENERAL INFORMATION: (Questions – 5 min.)
§ Natural Resource Events for July. See website http://www.larimer.org/naturalresources.
§ August 4, 2010, will be the date of the annual Natural Resources picnic for staff & advisory boards. The event will once again be located at the Sail & Saddle Club at Horsetooth Reservoir, from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. An email invitation with additional information will be going out soon. Families are welcome to attend. Please take the time to join us! RSVP to Deb at firstname.lastname@example.org
§ Retiring member, Dave Coulson, is unable to attend the picnic on August 4. So he will attend the August PAB meeting to be recognized for his service.
§ Steve Schweitzer has been appointed by the County Commissioners to replace retiring member, Dave Coulson, on the Parks Advisory Board. Steve is a resident of Berthoud, who is the Director of Broadband Consulting, with Sand Cherry Associates, Inc. He describes himself as an active outdoorsman, fly fisherman and user of Larimer County parks. He is writing a book about fly fishing in Rocky Mountain National Park.
§ GOCO has announced a grant of $185,000, for the Eagle Campground Camper Services Building, located at Carter Lake. Congratulations to Zac Wiebe, Natural Resources Resource Technician, who wrote the successful grant application!
§ The Conservation Fund received a GOCO grant of $1.5 million for protection of the Ben de la Tour Scout Camp. Larimer County assisted by GPS’ing in the boundary of the conservation easement.
STANDING AGENDA ITEMS:
Park District updates and Parks
Master Plan Implementation Progress report –
Chris Fleming reported:
Reservoirs are still full, which
is unusual. The boat use has not increased accordingly.
The Sr. Ranger for Carter Lake
quit two weeks before Memorial Day, which has stretched resources to the limit.
The Estes campgrounds opened in
mid-May. There have been numerous infrastructure problems. A new sewer line
and shower house construction will begin in mid-September. The pool is open at
Mary’s Lake. At East Portal, bears have been a problem.
Hermit Park: 13 weddings this
year, and several other corporate functions. Campground programs are a huge
draw – over 50 people on average. The main road is deteriorating with heavy
The Carter Lake Marina contract
went out to bid. The bid closes in August.
Board and staff comment:
Mark DeGregorio: Suggested
bear-proof boxes for food storage in campgrounds.
§ Frank Gillespie: Would it help to close the road during the winter?
Chris: It would reduce
maintenance, but wouldn’t reduce the wash-boarding. However, they are looking
at closing the park for two months to reduce operating costs (Jan-Feb).
Steve Schweitzer: Mosquitos are
bad – is there any plan to mitigate? [No mitigation is planned.]
Tom Miller: How much beetle
§ Chris: We treated 85-100 “character” trees only, due to budget constraints. There has been increased damage observed this year. The ponderosa are hardest hit at Hermit.
Mark Caughlan reported:
Week day use at Horsetooth has
gone up with the temperatures.
July 4th weekend was
crazy busy. Every parking space was full.
Swim beach improvements: More
parking spots and facilities – all full. S. Bay swim beach improvements should
be done in September.
Sunrise swim beach construction
will start in October.
All Horsetooth GOCO projects
(Master Plan Priority 1 projects) will be done by the end of the year.
In 2009, we had 12 BUI arrests.
This year, only 3 or 4. It’s a tribute to the hard work of our staff. The
legalization of medical marijuana has caused a huge increase in marijuana use.
Revenues YTD are up 10% over last
year, despite a slow start due to cold, wet weather.
There was a fatality on Father’s
Day – a heart attack on a boat.
§ A Finance Subcommittee is being formed to evaluate options for future funding mechanisms for the Department of Natural Resources. Gary has asked Linda Knowlton to be involved. One option to be considered is expanding the tax to include funding for parks as well as open space. Russell Fruits and Tom Miller also volunteered. Russ will be the second representative for PAB. The subcommittee will meet about once monthly over the next year to develop options for consideration by the County Commissioners. Topics will include timing of the next tax initiative, discussions with the cities to determine the allocation of the tax revenues, identification of priorities (acquisition versus maintaining what we have, etc.)
The Fort Collins Rowing Association presented the results of their discussions with Glenn Werth, owner of the Inlet Bay Marina, and proposed plans for a club storage facility.
After looking at several possible
locations, Mark and Eric _____, of the Rowing Assocation, met with Inlet Bay
Marina owner, Glenn Werth, to talk about options for building a facility there.
Eric ______, from the Rowing Association,
explained the proposal to build a floating structure about the same size as the
IBM store. It would be located toward the south end of Inlet Bay, to the left of the boat ramp, where the roof line will be below the embankment,
unobtrusive. The Rowing Assn. will raise the money to pay for it, and will
operate it. Glenn will build and maintain it.
Board approval is required to change the
Master Plan, which proposed putting such a facility at the Sunrise Swim Beach,
where it is not feasible.
Board and staff discussion:
Vickie Traxler: She asked where the
meeting would take place, and where/when the Board would take comment.
Linda Knowlton: Hopes we’d have a
neighborhood meeting on location, and the Board would attend to hear comment.
Frank Cada: He also feels the public should
give input before a decision is made.
Tom Miller: We’re asking for input from
the public; we should let the public talk to the point before we make a
Rowing Association and the sport have been on the lake for six years, and the
boat storage container has been there for three years, so it has had plenty of
exposure to the public and other recreation.
Russell Fruits: Is it appropriate for the
Board to rule on what Glenn can put at the Marina? What if it were a boat the
same size, and why would that be appropriate?
Barry Lewis: If Glenn Werth wanted to
expand his facilities at the Marina, would he have to bring it to the Board?
And the neighbors should not have more influence than any other citizen.
Tom Miller: It’s a change in the Master
Plan – public input is required.
Steve Schweitzer: The owners of boats at
the Marina may have more input than neighbors.
Vickie Traxler: Requests that staff look
into what the process is if the Marina wants to make a change to its
Mark Caughlan: It depends on what it is.
A large on-land building was required to seek public comment – it failed. The
addition of slips and moorings was approved internally.
Tom Miller: What is planned for
§ Eric: Two members of the Associaton are experienced professional fund-raisers. A grant proposal was turned down because of the lack of a permanent facility.
Linda Knowlton: It would be a good idea
to have a neighborhood meeting at Horsetooth to review all the improvements at
§ Mark Caughlan: That will happen sometime in August after advertising for two weeks.
The meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.
Linda Knowlton, Chair
Next regular meeting: August 10, 2010, Bison Visitor Center, 1800 S. County Road 31, Loveland, CO