Regular Meeting of the Waterfront Commission
Vice Chair Wolgast called the meeting to order at 7:08 p.m.
1. ROLL CALL
COMMISSIONERS PRESENT: Felix, Kamen, Kawczynska
Smith, Thomas, Wolgast, Wozniak,
COMMISSIONERS ABSENT: Windham, and one vacancy
2. PUBLIC COMMENT
Fred Conrad, Commodore of the Berkeley Rowing Club, stated that he was in general agreement with the terms of the club’s proposed lease with the city but would have preferred a simpler agreement.
Vice Chair Wolgast introduced new Commissioner Paul Kamen. Cliff Marchetti introduced new Marina staff Hampton Smith.
4. APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA
Approval of License Agreement with Highline Kites and Safety Measures for the Berkeley Marina were moved to the Action Calendar. The report on F&G docks was moved up from item 6.j and placed after Patty Donald’s presentation on wildlife at the Marina. Commissioner Felix moved to approve the agenda with these modifications. Commissioner Kawczynska seconded the motion, which was approved 7-0-0-1 with one vacancy.
Commissioner Felix moved approval of the minutes from the January meeting. Commissioner Smith seconded the motion. The minutes were approved 6-0-1-1 with one vacancy and Commissioner Thomas abstaining.
6. ELECTION OF OFFICERS
Vice Chair Wolgast called for nominations for committee chairperson. Commissioner Kawczynska nominated Commissioner Wolgast. Commissioner Wozniak seconded the nomination. Commissioner Wolgast was elected 7-0-0-1 with one vacancy.
The Chair called for nominations for vice chair. Commissioner Felix nominated Commissioner Smith. Commissioner Wozniak seconded the nomination. Commissioner Kamen nominated Commissioner Kawczynska. Commissioner Thomas seconded the nomination.
The nominees made presentations. The vote was as follows: Smith 4, Kawczynska 3.
Commissioner Smith moved to table the election of the vice chair until the next meeting because neither candidate had received the required 5 votes. Commissioner Felix seconded the motion, which passed 7-0-0-1 with one vacancy.
Commissioner Smith moved that the Commission recommend to the City Council that it approve a five-year license agreement with Highline Kites. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed 7-0-0-1 with one vacancy.
8. APPROVAL OF LEASES WITH ROWING AND WATERSKI CLUB
At the request of Commissioner Kamen Ms. Jo Lynch of the Water-Ski Club discussed the club’s public outreach component. She asked the commission to consider allowing the water-ski club to begin its activities in Aquatic Park earlier in the year. Commissioner Smith asked that the topic be placed on the next agenda. Commissioner Kawczynska requested that an unbiased expert be present to discuss the effect on migratory birds and other waterfowl.
Commissioner Wozniak asked that the Rowing Club talk to Patty Donald about providing lessons for children.
9. IMPROVED SECURITY AT THE MARINA
Brad Gross, Harbor Master, spoke about plans to issue parking stickers to live aboards who park their cars at the Marina.
Cliff Marchetti, Marina Manager, spoke about his discussions with police and their recommendations for improving security at the Marina. Commissioner Smith moved to adopt the first recommendation contained in Mr. Marchetti’s report to close Seawall Drive south of University Ave. from midnight until 6:00 a.m. A discussion of the proposal followed. Commissioner Kamen amended the motion to implement the midnight to 6:00 a.m. closing as a one-year trial. Commissioner Felix seconded the motion, which passed 7-0-0-1 with one vacancy.
Commissioner Thomas left at 10:00 p.m.
Commissioner Smith left at 10:15 p.m.
Commissioner Kawczynska moved adjournment. Commissioner Felix seconded the motion. The motion was approved 5-0-0-3 with one vacancy. The meeting was adjourned at 10:30 p.m.