Regular Meeting of the Waterfront Commission
June 10, 1998
Hs Lordships Restaurant
199 Seawall Drive
1. CALL TO ORDER
Chair WASSON called the meeting to order at 7:10 PM. Secretary Marchetti called the roll:
COMMISSIONERS PRESENT: FELIX, KAWCZYNSKA, THOMAS, Chair WASSON, Vice-Chair WOLGAST, & WOZNIAK.
COMMISSIONERS TARDY: WINDHAM
COMMISSIONERS ABSENT: JONES and SMITH
STAFF PRESENT: Patricia Jeffery, Cliff Marchetti,
Ed Murphy, and Roger Ravenstad.
2. PUBLIC COMMENT
Mark Liolios spoke about several issues in Aquatic Park, especially signs on the south gate informing people to close it.
3. CONSENT CALENDAR
a. Approval of the Agenda
Commissioner FELIX made a motion to approve the agenda. Commissioner KAWCZYNSKA seconded the motion, subject to moving item 5. a. re: a report on ferry service to the top of the agenda. The motion was then approved by a vote of: 6-0-0-3, with Commissioners JONES, SMITH, and WINDHAM absent.
b. Approval of Minutes of May 6, 1998 Special Meeting and May 13, 1998 Regular Meeting
Commissioner WOZNIAK made a motion to approve the minutes of both meetings. Commissioner FELIX seconded the motion and it was adopted by a vote of 6-0-1-3, with Commissioner THOMAS abstaining and Commissioners JONES, SMITH, and WINDHAM absent.
4. ACTION REPORTS
c. Setting June 24th as Date for Special Meeting
Commissioner WOZNIAK made a motion, seconded by Commissioner THOMAS, to hold a special meeting on June 24th to discuss Hs Lordships Restaurant and the City's building at 225 University. After a brief discussion, the motion was approved by a vote of 7-0-0-2, with Commissioners JONES and SMITH absent.
d. Setting a Special Meeting on July 8th
Commissioner THOMAS made a motion to set July 8th as the date for a special joint meeting with the Planning Commission to discuss the I-80 Overpass project. Commissioner FELIX seconded the motion and it was adopted by a vote of 6-0-0-3, with Commissioners JONES, SMITH, and WINDHAM absent.
e. Canceling the Regular Commission Meeting on July 8, 1998 and Designation the Shorebird Nature Center as the Place for the Commission Meeting on August 12, 1998
Commissioner FELIX made a motion to cancel the regular Commission meeting on July 8th and designating the Shorebird Nature Center as the place for the Commission meeting on August 12, 1998. Commissioner THOMAS seconded the motion and it was adopted by a vote of 6-0-0-3, with Commissioners JONES, SMITH, and WINDHAM absent.
5. INFORMATION REPORTS
a. Waterfront Plan and Possible Ferry Service
Commissioner WINDHAM arrived at 7:25 PM.
Two representatives from MTC presented a preliminary report on the feasibility of establishing ferry service from the foot of Gilman Street to San Francisco. The study looked at three sites in Berkeley (the Pier, the old ferry dock in the Marina, and the site at the foot of Gilman near the race track). For a number of reasons, the study determined that the Gilman St. site offered the best opportunity. The report will be finalized by the end of the year and then the impetus to proceed will depend on the support from various communities.
No action was taken by the Commission.
4. ACTION REPORTS
b. Tree Planting at the Marina
Roger Ravenstad, a landscape architect with the City's Public Works Dept., presented a written report on a plan to remove and replace diseased trees. After discussion, Commissioner THOMAS made a motion to approve the tree plan, subject to Scotch Pines being considered and placing trees in the median and on the south side of University Avenue from the frontage road to Marina Blvd. Commissioner FELIX seconded the motion and it was adopted by a vote of 6-0-1-2, with Commissioner WOZNIAK abstaining and Commissioners JONES and SMITH absent. Mr. Ravenstad said that the Forestry Division would water all newly planted trees for a two year period.
a. Dry Boat Storage in A-E Docks Parking Lot
Cliff Marchetti presented a written report on moving the existing dry boat storage area from its current location in the launch ramp parking lot to the A-E docks parking lot because of paving the launch ramp parking area. After discussion of several options, Commissioner KAWCZYNSKA made a motion to move the boat storage to a temporary location on the dirt strip located on the east side of Marina Blvd. across from F-G docks and after the paving work is done, the dry boat storage would be moved back to its original location. Commissioner WOZNIAK seconded the motion and it was approved by a vote of: 5-1-1-3, with Commissioners FELIX, KAWCZYNSKA, WASSON, WINDHAM and WOZNIAK in favor; Commissioner WOLGAST voting against; Commissioner THOMAS abstaining; and Commissioners JONES and SMITH absent.
The Commissioners asked staff for information on a verbal statement by Glenn Carloss that BCDC required that the A-E docks parking lot should be used only for parking. Mr. Marchetti said he would check into this.
5. INFORMATION REPORTS
b. Status Report on Proposed Off-Leash Dog Area
Ed Murphy reported that the City Council may consider the off-leash dog proposal in Cesar Chavez Park on July 7, 1998.
c. Status Report on 225 University Avenue
Ed Murphy reported that the City has retained Norheim and Yost to prepare a marketing package for the property and to find a user for it as soon as possible.
d. Marina Bicycle Plan
Cliff Marchetti and Mark Liolios discussed the written report included in the Commission packet. The Commission asked that any bicycle plan for the Marina should be included in the Master Plan. No action was taken.
6. OTHER REPORTS
a. Report on Past Commission Actions
The Commission received the report and asked that the buildings at Aquatic Park will be cleaned out; and that the leases with the Waterski and Rowing Clubs should be expedited.
b. Letter from Mark Liolios on I-80 Overpass
The Commission discussed a letter from Mark Liolios on issues related to the Overpass and a reply from the City's Capital Program Manager, Rene Cardinaux. No action was taken.
7. COMMENTS FROM THE CHAIR
a. Items for Next Agenda
1. Police report on car break-ins along Spinnaker Way
2. Waterfront signage
3. Landscaping at the foot of University Avenue
Cliff Marchetti said he would get the Commission a copy of the letter sent by the Berkeley Yacht Club concerning a police motor launch.
Commissioner FELIX made a motion to adjourn which was seconded by Commissioner WOZNIAK. The motion was adopted by a vote of 6-0-0-3 at 10:10 PM.