On Tuesday December 13, at 9am, the County Board of Supervisors set back local area youth with an unusual move that ended up stopping the planned Flood Park renovation of the baseball field and the building of the new multi-use fields that were to be constructed this year. It has resulted in delaying these fields from being available for at least 3 more years and has, in essence removed them from being funded to not being funded. Supervisors also cancelled the planned presentation by County Parks for the Phase 1 plan for Flood Park that was scheduled for the meeting.
Supervisors further removed the item from the Regular Agenda where it could have been presented, discussed, and public input could have been allowed. This was a significant agenda item, representing a major multi-million dollar step forward for Flood Park, but with a major change for which the public and key stakeholders should have been notified. Such an item normally requires it to be on the Regular Agenda. It should not have been suppressed. Nor should the change of Phase 1 been withheld from the youth organizations, parents, and coaches that have been active supporters of the sports fields for 8 years.
A complaint pertaining to the suppression of this item from the BOS agenda was sent to County Counsel John Nibbelin on Jan 3rd and again on Jan 20th. That complaint stated, briefly:
- County Supervisors inappropriately removed the Flood Park agenda from Regular Agenda
- Breeched County’s commitment to transparency and accountability
- This Flood Park item was a major decision involving authorization to commit millions of dollars
- Supervisors suppressed Public’s rights to engage and be heard
- Supervisors action blocked the Parks Presentation that was scheduled to occur
- Requests County Counsel to:
- Identify what steps and process was used to remove this item from the Regular Agenda
- Research and explain who was involved in the decision and how this occurred
- Provide the public guidelines and procedures related to Board agenda items
- Rescind or otherwise cancel the approval action taken by Supervisors and reschedule