Summary of Sept. 6 Board of Directors meeting

September 7, 2022

The BPRD Board of Directors received updates from staff in a work-session-only meeting on Sept. 6. A video recording of the meeting is available.

Board chair Deb Schoen opened the meeting with remarks on the recent shooting in Bend. She shared comments about mental health resources and services for youth in need of help or support.

BPRD Planner Rachel Colton shared a status update on the Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan is comprised of foundational pillars inclusive of employees and workplace culture, community relationships, and operations and management practice. These pillars are supported by desired outcomes, strategies, actions and performance metrics through the fiscal year 2023/2024. As shared at the meeting, 92-percent of the action items are complete, complete/in-progress or in progress, with only eight-percent, or four action items that have not started (two of which were recommended for removal).

Relatedly, the board discussed a past inquiry about river carrying capacity and how increased river use should be addressed. Colton developed a memorandum regarding the Deschutes River Carrying Capacity. The key take-away from this memorandum was that implementation of the Deschutes River Access and Habitat Restoration Plan is the best readily available tool to address the need for desired access and habitat impacts to the Deschutes River.

Next, Recreation Services Director Matt Mercer provided an update on summer programs, the start of the school year, and plans for improved registration processes. Data and charts are available to summarize the update.

Finally, Administrative Services Director Kristin Donald gathered input from the board members on the selection process for the appointments to the Budget Committee. The district’s budget committee consists of five members who are appointed by the board of directors. There are currently three vacant seats on the district’s budget committee and the selection process was discussed ahead of advertising the open positions and selection process criteria before the end of the calendar year.

During review of project updates, Chair Schoen initiated a discussion about the City of Bend’s timeline and plans for updating its system development charges (SDCs) methodology and its impact on the park district. The topic will be discussed at a follow-up meeting next month.

The Sept. 20 board meeting is canceled; therefore, the next board meeting is Oct. 4.