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Commissioners at a January 2009 meeting.

 

The Commission consists of seven members, appointed by the City Council. The term of office is four years. The duties include decisions about the operation and maintenance of all of the facilities managed by the Chico Park Division and decisions about city-owned trees. The Commission meets on the last Monday of each month at 6:30 pm in the City Council Chambers, Chico Municipal Building. All meetings are open to the public and are televised on the cable public access channel. Agendas and minutes are available on the Chico Web site. Meeting agendas are also posted outside the Municipal Building. Contact the Park Division if you want to be included on the agenda mailing list. All of the background information the Commission members receive in their monthly “agenda packet” is available for public viewing at the Park Division as soon as the agenda is posted. In addition, this same information is usually available in a binder on a table at the back of the Council Chambers on the evening of the meeting. Agendas for the meeting are available in a wall rack by the Chamber entrance doors.

Current Commissioners and their term expiration dates are:
  • Mary Brentwood — 1/2017
  • Lisa Emmerich (Chair) — 1/2015
  • Mark Herrera — 1/2015
  • Jim Moravec (Vice-Chair) — 1/2015
  • Richard Ober — 1/2015
  • Janine Rood — 1/2017
  • Andrew Traulsen — 1/2017

Committees of the Bidwell Park & Playground Commission

Specialized committees do much of the preliminary investigative work for items that later appear on Commission agendas. Each Committee has three Commissioners as members. Other Commissioners may attend these committee meetings, but are not allowed to participate in the discussion. Committee meetings are also held monthly, are open to the public and agendas are available as described above. The preliminary schedule for committee meetings is posted in our calendar. If there are no discussion items, the meeting is not held. Minutes are not taken at these committee meetings, so you may want to take notes of what was said and by whom. Generally, at the Park Commission meeting, the committee chairs only report on the votes that were taken, not the details of the discussion that preceded the voting, so be prepared to attend the next Commission meeting and repeat your comments. The only way to have your comments become part of the public record is to state them at the Commission meeting and/or write a letter to the Park Commission. If you speak at a Commission meeting, you should verify the following month that the minutes accurately reflect what you said.

Committees and their members are:
  • Natural Resource Committee—(Commissioners: Brentwood (Chair), Moravec, and Rood) Reviews matters dealing with items related to vegetation management, trails, greenways and any other topics that are resource based.
  • Policy Advisory Committee—(Commissioners: Herrera (Chair), Ober, and Traulsen) Responsible for items dealing with interpretation of existing policies, matters dealing with art, finances, and proposed or potential policy changes.
  • Tree Committee—(Commissioners: Ober (Chair), Emerich, and Rood) Reviews matter related to trees (street and park), street tree permit appeals and any other matters that could/would effect the interpretation of policy and management practices.
  • Representatives to the City Bike Advisory Committee—(Commissioner Moravec, and Rood as alternate) Represents the Commission on the City’s Bike Advisory Committee. The Committee reviews bike projects and concerns relative to matters related to bicycles, bicycle routes, and facility improvements. The Committee makes recommendations to the BPPC as needed.

How to get an item onto the agenda

At the end of each Commission and Committee meeting, there’s an item called “Business from the Floor.” At this time members of the public as well as Commissioners can bring up park-related items they want to have discussed at future commission or committee meetings. The commissioner or committee members should immediately decide whether to allow the item to be put on a later agenda. Generally, these items are referred to a specific committee first. If you make such a request, before you leave, you should ask which committee will hear the item. Follow up with a letter to that committee and the Park Director repeating your request, to make sure it’s not inadvertently forgotten. You can also start by writing a letter to the Park Commission, but be prepared to also bring up the topic at the meeting, since letters (which appear at the back of the agenda packet) are sometimes overlooked. Items that are not on the posted agenda cannot be discussed at that meeting.


Bidwell Park and Playground Commission Members (since inception)

Compiled by Half a Bubble Out Communications
June 2005

Ms. Eva Kennedy April 1918 – June 1929
Ms. May Nichols April 1918 – May 1925
Mr. C.H. Deuel April 1918 – July 1923
Mr. John S. Waterland April 1918 – May 1925
Mr. E.T. Williamson April 1918 – April 1939
Mr. James Van Loben Sels June 1923 – May 1927
Mr. Roy Rankin June 1925 – May 1927
Mr. B.F. Hudspeth June 1925 – May 1927
Mr. Reuben Messinger June 1927 – Dec. 1934
Mr. W.P. Jackson June 1927 – April 1939
Mr. J.R. Robinson June 1927 – June 1929
Mr. George P. Morse Sept. 1929 – April 1939
Mr. Earl R. Bevins Sept. 1929 – April 1939
Mr. Martin C. Polk Dec. 1934 – April 1939
Mr. H.J. Barceloux April 1939 – Dec. 1934
Mr. Harris Pillsbury April 1939 – April 1940
Mr. Fordyce Stewart April 1939 – July 1940
Mr. Byron H. Bass April 1940 – June 1940
Mr. David L. Westfall April 1939 – Feb. 1945
Mr. G.W. Wright April 1939 – May 1949
Mr. Robert B. Booth August 1940 – May 1949
Dr. Joseph O. Chiapella Sept. 1940 – Feb. 1947
Mr. Frank Boyd April 1945 – May 1949
Mr. J.W. Reinhardt April 1945 – April 1949
Mr. William F. Snow April 1947 – April 1949
Mr. Charles C. DeMarias May 1949 – April 1953
Mr. Charles C. Creech May 1949 – April 1953
Mr. Joseph G. Bratton April 1949 – April 1955
Mr. Paul Endicott May 1949 – April 1950
Mr. Fred Aisthorpe May 1949 – May 1955
Mr. Peter W. Padgett April 1951 – April 1955
Mr. Jack Bowen May 1953 – Oct. 1958
Mr. Dwight Carmack May 1953 – Oct. 1958
Dr. Charles C. Seydel March 1955 – April 1957
Mr. H. Raymond Snow March 1955 – May 1959
Mr. Tom W. Kelly March 1955 – May 1959
Mr. Ray Curl May 1957 – May 1959
Mr. Angelo Volpato Nov. 1958 – May 1961
Ms. Bonnie Strain May 1959 – Aug. 1962
Ms. Beulah Roberts May 1959 – Aug. 1962
Mr. Haydn Davis May 1959 – June 1968
Mr. Ray Orrick Oct. 1958 – June 1961
Mr. Hal Bramsen June 1961 – April 1963
Mr. Jack Sweeney July 1961 – May 1967
Ms. Anne Chiapella Sept. 1962 – July 1967
Ms. Janet R. Laxson Sept. 1962 – July 1967
Mr. Tom Endicott June 1963 – June 1965
Mr. Joe McClellan June 1965 – June 1969
Mr. Louis G. Lemire July 1967 – July 1971
Mr. William C. Carnes Aug. 1967 – July 1969
Mr. Dr. Arnold Oettell Aug. 1967 – June 1973
Mr. Stanley Densmore Aug. 1968 – July 1971
Mr. Carl Donica July 1969 – June 1973
Mr. William Ruttan Sept. 1969 – Jan. 1973
Mr. W. Taylor Lee Aug.1971 – June 1973
Mr. James E. Lynch Aug. 1971 – June 1975
Mr. Lloyd Jones Feb.1973 – June 1975
Mr. Peter Giampaoli June 1973 – June 1977
Ms. Anne Nordhus June 1973 – June 1977
Ms. Kimberly Weir June 1973 – June 1975
Mr. Wes Dempsey July 1975 – July 1980
Mr. Don Higgins July 1975 – July 1979
Mr. Gene McFarren July 1975 – June 1983
Mr. Loren Andrews July 1977 – Aug. 1981
Ms. Zoe Keithley July 1977 – June 1978
Mr. Thomas Yukic July 1978 – June 1985
Mr. Ron Hardy July 1979 – Sept. 1981
Mr. Gary Sturni Aug.1980 – June 1983
Ms. Cathy Mueller Sept. 1981 – June 1985
Ms. Evelyn Johnson Dec.1981 – Aug. 1982
Mr. Dr. Carl Colbie Nov. 1982 – June 1983
Mr. John Merz July 1983 – Aug. 1984
Mr. William Smith July 1983 – May 1985
Mr. Eugene A. Ringel July 1983 – Aug. 1994
Mr. John Copeland Sept. 1984 – June 1993
Ms. Elizabeth Stewart July 1985 – Dec. 1988
Mr. Neil Potts July 1985 – May 1987
Mr. Mike Heinly Sept.1985 – Sept. 1986
Mr. Ernie Washington Dec. 1986 – March 1990
Mr. James E. Walker March 1987 – Jan. 1991
Mr. Robert Malowney March 1987 – May 1994
Mr. Richard Elsom Sept. 1987 – Jan. 1993
Mr. Steven O’Bryan Jan. 1989 – Jan. 1993 & Dec. 1998 – Jan. 2001
Ms. Suzanne Gibbs May 1990 – Aug. 1994
Mr. William Ward Jan. 1991 – July 1994
Ms. Kimberly King Jan. 1993 – Nov. 1994 & Dec. 1998 – Jan. 2001
Mr. Russell Mills Jan. 1993 – Jan. 2001 & Jan 2003 – Jan. 2007
Mr. Chuck Sheley Oct. 1993 – Nov. 1998
Mr. Tom Barrett Aug. 1994 — Jan. 1999 & Dec. 2004 – Jan. 2009
Ms. Maureen Kirk Aug. 1994 – Nov. 1998
Mr. Bryan Doerr Jan. 1995 – Nov. 1998
Ms. Luisa Garza Jan. 1995 – Jan. 1997
Ms. Mary Anne Pella-Donnelly Jan. 1995 – Jan. 1997
Mr. Bruce Holderbein June 1997 – Jan. 2001
Mr. Paul McCormick June 1997 – April 1998
Mr. Richard Cory April 1998 – Nov. 1998
Mr. Glenn Dunning Dec. 1998 – Jan. 2003
Ms. Barbara Kopicki Dec. 1998 – June 2001
Mr. Michael Candela Dec. 2000 – Jan. 2009
Ms. Wendy Coggins Dec. 2000 – Jan. 2003
Ms. Mary Anne Schreiber Dec. 2000 – Jan. 2005
Mr. David Wood Dec. 2000 – Jan 2009
Mr. Donald Kidd May 2001 – Jan. 2003
Ms. Kathryn Tzikas July 2001 – Jan 2003
Mr. Steve Lucas Jan. 2003 – Dec. 2010
Ms. Ann Schwab Jan. 2003 – Nov. 2004
Mr. Jim Walker Jan. 2003 – Dec. 2008
Mr. Rich Ober Dec. 2004 – present
Ms. Lisa Emmerich Jan. 2007 – present
Ms. Jane Turney Jan. 2009 – Dec. 2010
Ms. Mary Brentwood Jan. 2009 – present
Mr. Aaron Skaggs Jan. 2009 – Dec. 2009
Mr. Jamison Watts Jan. 2009 – Dec. 2010
Mr. Jim Mikles Feb. 2010 – Feb. 2013
Mr. Mark Herrera Feb. 2011 – present
Mr. Jim Moravec Feb. 2011 – present
Mr. Clay Craig Feb. 2011 – Feb. 2013
Ms. Janine Rood Feb. 2013 – present
Mr. Andrew Traulsen Feb. 2013 – present