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ANACORTES PARKS & RECREATION <br />Advisory Commission <br />Meeting Minutes <br /> Sarah Nichols, Chairperson <br />Jo Ann York-Gilmore <br />Brad Adams <br />Christine Hansen <br />Alex Hernandez <br /> <br />September 14, 2021 <br /> <br />Members Present: Brad Adams, JoAnn York-Gilmore, Christine Hansen <br /> <br />Staff Present: Bob Vaux, Nicole Johnston, Karl Wolfswinkel, Jonn Lunsford, Victoria Wong <br /> <br />Call to order: 6:03PM <br /> <br />Minutes: August minutes were approved as submitted <br /> <br />Public Comment: none <br /> <br />Cemetery Update: went to council last night, and they approved the contract for phase 2. We will be putting <br />another road within the cemetery. We are hoping to start early October and hoping for it to be done in <br />November. <br /> <br />Department: <br />Nicole: crew was able to help out Tim from engineering to plant the plants for the raingarden. Tomorrow we <br />will be at WWTP to trim and maintain the area. Soccer season started on Saturday, and AJ and crew did a <br />great job. Learned how to do the lines for the soccer fields. Washingt on Park has slowed down a little and <br />looking forward to catching up on things that we can work on and landscaping. No large projects at this time <br />but looking to catch up on our facilities. We had a hiring freeze till July of this year, but now that we’ve h ired <br />2 new staff, we can focus on getting things back in order. <br /> <br />Karl: We had a pretty busy week. We went to open streets, was able to sign up a couple of volunteers and <br />interacted with a few dozen people. Was able to explain our programs at the Senior Cen ter and connected <br />with people who is looking to retire in a few weeks. So glad we went to have an organic conversation. In - <br />person programs are working well that were from before Covid and is working well. Foot care is back. A <br />couple of art classes as well. Meet and greet with Karl and received feedback from participants of the Center <br />on programs and what we could offer to have them come more. Seated wellness meeting in person with 12 <br />and virtual for about 12 as well. We’ve onboarded 6 volunteers since I started and we’re in good shape and <br />hoping to gain a few more. Meeting with Sally and Lea for them to pass along some wisdom to me. Brad – are <br />they serving meals yet? Yes – we have been serving meals in person at the center since July 6 around 20 -30 a <br />day and around 70-80 meals on wheels at home. We are not renting out the center at this time to ensure that <br />we can reduce the workload for Covid protocols. <br /> <br />Bob: We are going to see another record year of revenue and visitors and we want to make sure we continue <br />to give better and better service. Last night, we presented the forest lands management plan in front of City <br />Council and we were very happy to hear that City Council would like to start the public hearing process in <br />October.