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09/04/2012 04Ai Draft Minutes 07-24-2012 Study Session• YAKIMA CITY COUNCIL STUDY SESSION July 24, 2012 Council Chambers -- City Hall 10 a.m. Study Session regarding Metropolitan Parks District ®F Back 8 Print 1. Roll Call Present: Council: Mayor Micah Cawley, presiding, Assistant Mayor Maureen Adkison, Council Members Sara Bristol, Kathy Coffey, Rick Ensey, Dave Ettl and Bill Lover Staff: City Manager O'Rourke and City Clerk Claar Tee 2. Metropolitan Park District Discussion Public Works Director Chris Waarvick advised Council of some minor changes to the information previously submitted in the council packet. Parks and Recreation Manager Ken Wilkinson presented a Power Point slide relating to the Metropolitan Parks District. City Manager O'Rourke noted this is a viable option given the limited funds for parks and recreation. He believes if the City Council chooses this option, Council should remain as the board that oversees the District. Council discussed having a vision and plan for Parks and Recreation before deciding on a District. City Manager O'Rourke noted trail systems and walking paths, which are the least expensive to provide, were the most requested parks improvement in the parks and recreation survey recently conducted. Yakima County Assessor Dave Cook mentioned the Parks District can annex other areas. However, a Parks District needs to be completed by August 1 st of any given year to be taxed in the following year. City Manager O'Rourke would like more information from the citizen survey. Staff will come back to Council after developing a plan with broader interest. He also suggested partnering with Cowiche Conservancy, as they would be a natural partner, and reaching out to other entities. Adjournment The meeting adjourned at 11:15 to the next Council Study Session on July 31, 2012 at 10 a.m. in the Council Chambers. Motion: Adjourn, Moved by Council Member Rick Ensey, Seconded by Council Member Kathy Coffey Carried 7 -0. Council Members voting Aye: Adkison , Bristol , Cawley , Coffey , Ensey , Ettl , Lover. CERTIFICATION Page 1 of 2 READ AND CERTIFIED ACCURATE BY 0 COUNCIL MEMBER DATE ATTEST: CITY CLERK COUNCIL MEMBER DATE MAYOR Page 2 of 2