February 23, 2016 P&R

Minutes of the Centerville City Parks and Recreation Committee meeting held Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Business Office Conference Room, 250 North Main Street, Centerville, Utah.

Kyle Barney, Chair
Brian Curnow
Melissa Larsen
Loren Pankratz
Melissa Smith, arrived at 7:50 p.m.

Ben Horsley
Lynn Keddington

Bruce Cox, Parks and Recreation Director
Tamilyn Fillmore, City Council Liaison
Connie Larson, Recording Secretary


Melissa Larsen and Brian Curnow were welcomed as new members of the Parks and Recreation Committee.


Melissa Smith made a motion by email to elect Kyle Barney as chair of the Parks and Recreation Committee for the year 2016.  Loren Pankratz seconded the motion, which was passed by unanimous vote (4-0).

Brian Curnow made a motion to elect Loren Pankratz as vice-chair of the Parks and Recreation Committee for the year 2016. Kyle Barney seconded the motion, which was passed by unanimous vote (4-0).


Tamilyn Fillmore, City Council Liaison, reported there is a problem with soccer leagues who are monopolizing the soccer fields in Centerville, which is making it difficult for other soccer leagues to have playing time on the fields. Bruce Cox, Parks and Recreation Director, explained the South Davis Recreation District is comprised of the five surrounding cities, and they are responsible for the Recreation Soccer. There are also several soccer clubs that have recreation leagues that also use the soccer fields. One of the soccer clubs has a contract with the Davis School District to use and schedule the school soccer fields, and they monopolize all of the school fields in Davis County. The Recreation District is planning to talk with the Davis School District about this problem.


Bruce Cox, Parks and Recreation Director, reported on two movie companies—Swank and Criterion—that provide the rights to show movies publicly for the Movies in the Park.  Swank has the rights to all of the Disney movies, which also cost quite a bit more than non-Disney movies from Criterion.  The movie budget for this fiscal year is $4,000. Committee members were asked to choose eight of their favorite movies, and bring their list to the next meeting.  The movies for this summer will be chosen at the next meeting.


Tamilyn Fillmore, City Council Liaison, reported the City Council, along with the Utah Transit Authority, have made an improved bus stop on Main Street on the north side of Founders Park.  Colored concrete and a block retaining wall were built to accommodate the new bus shelter. Centerville recently received a Salt Lake Board of Realtors Grant for $1,800, which was used to purchase a park bench. This grant can be applied for every year. The Landmarks Commission has talked about preserving Ron Randall’s Service Station, but the Parks Capital Improvement Plan is to remove the service station at a future time and extend Founders Park on the north side.

Improvements to Founders Park that are being considered are:

1.     Placement of park benches.
2.     Remove flower bed and replace it with a trail kiosk.
3.    Placement of Park Sign.
4.    Trash receptacle.
5.    Placement of new shrubs.

At 7:50 p.m., Melissa Smith arrived at the meeting.

Mr. Cox will ask the City Engineer for a cost estimate on the proposed improvements, and he will email the Capital Improvement Plan to each Committee member. Marsha Morrow will also email each member of the Committee a new contact information list.


Bruce Cox, Parks and Recreation Director, explained the debris basin is located between 100 South and 200 South, and is about two acres in size. During the 1983 floods, this property was owned by the City. Davis County helped with flood improvements by constructing a sediment basin on this site along with other flood control improvements. There are no records to show if or what the County paid Centerville for the land only that the City transferred ownership to the County in 1984. Three years ago the County, in partnership with Centerville City, gave $1.8 million to build a $2.1 million debris dam on Deuel Creek to catch mudslides if flooding should occur again. The debris dam protects 200 homes in the floodplain below, eliminating the requirement for flood insurance for these residents and minimizing the need for the sedimentation site.  The County Public Works Director said there has been no sediment cleared from this area for nine years.

The County would now like to sell the sedimentation property for residential development. The residents in this area do not want development on the sedimentation property, and would prefer to keep it as natural open space. Bruce Cox displayed a map showing the proximity of the 160 acre property of natural open space currently owned by the City, two blocks to the east of the sedimentation property and other existing City Parks. Another possibility is to develop part of the property for homes, and keep an easement for a sediment catch basin. The Parks and Recreation Committee discussed possible improvements on this property, but agreed they would like more information on what the County and Centerville’s intentions are before any decisions are made. The Committee discussed how if City money is going to be spent on this property, then the property needs to be a unique attraction that would draw and benefit the city as a whole, not just the surrounding neighbors.


The next Parks and Recreation Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Administrative Conference Room at City Hall.


At 8:55 p.m., the meeting was adjourned.

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Kyle Barney, Chair                                         Date Approved

Connie Larson, Recording Secretary