Park Board Minutes

July 17, 2006

A regular meeting of the Hopkins Park Board was held on July 17, 2006.

  1. Call To Order
    Chairperson Joshua Montgomery called the meeting to order at 6:40 pm.
  2. Roll Call
    Present were Park Board members:  Robert Edmonds, Ron Helgeson, Joshua Montgomery and Richard Niemann.  Also present was Hopkins staff liaison Steve Stadler.
  3. Approval of Minutes for May 15, 2006
    R. Niemann moved and R. Edmonds seconded a motion to approve the minutes for the June 26, 2006 meeting.  On the vote, the minutes were approved 4-0.
  4. Business
    There were several Meadowcreek Condominium Association members present at the meeting for the dog park item. For this reason, the Board moved the Hopkins dog park agenda item up to the first item of business.
    1. Hopkins Dog Park
      Steve Stadler briefed the Board and those in attendance on the dog park site selection criteria and how that led to the decision for the proposed Valley Park dog park site location.  Recently, the old landfill location at the east end of 7th Street South has become a new candidate site as the Hopkins School District is no longer interested in constructing a bus depot facility there.  However, he stressed that there are many issues to be resolved before a decision on any new use of the landfill site can be made.  There was a brief discussion on the current amount of parking along Westbrook Way.  Board member Niemann and Chairman Montgomery reported that they observed very little on-street parking on the various dates since June 26 that they surveyed parking.  According to Chairman Montgomery’s survey results, he counted on-average 6-7 parked cars during the 5:45 pm – 6:00 pm time period.
         A Meadowcreek condominium owner then presented a petition of almost 250 Meadowcreek condominium residents opposed to the dog park.  A copy of the July 17, 2006 letter presented to the Board is attached to these minutes.  The letter details the reasons for their opposition.  One resident spoke of concern for airborne E. coli bacteria from dog feces/urine contaminating the new pool – he cited a University of Washington-Tacoma study.  Another resident requested that the city check into the possibility of entering into reciprocity agreements with neighboring cities for use of their dog parks, some of which are very near Hopkins’ borders. 
         After some discussion, Dick Niemann made a motion to table further consideration for the dog park until the Sept. 18 meeting.  The motion was seconded by Robert Edmonds and on the vote, the motion carried 4-0.
    2. Valley Playground Neighborhood Requests
      Sandy Lien, Park Valley Neighborhood Association President and Stacy Kettner, Association Vice President presented the Park Board with a request for improvements at the Valley Playground park – see attached documents.  The current outstanding issues are replacement of the picnic pavilion, installing BBQ grills (3 requested) and cleaning and maintenance of park equipment.  Steve Stadler agreed to install the BBQ grills and clean/maintain the playground equipment.  Regarding the pavilion, it was discussed that pavilions are not currently an amenity that are provided in the smaller, neighborhood parks.   However, if the neighborhood association was willing to partner with the City on the purchase and installation, then perhaps it could be done.  The neighborhood association was asked to provide a proposal on the type of shelter along with a cost estimate.  After some discussion, Dick Niemann made a motion that City staff develop and implementation plan for the next meeting.  The motion was seconded by Robert Edmonds and on the vote it carried 4-0.
    3. Valley Park Parking Lot Project Update
      Steve Stadler explained that poor soils have necessitated designing a deep sub-cut and backfill, escalating costs to $80,000.  He requested that the project be deferred until 2007. 
        Robert Edmonds made a motion to defer the project until 2007, Ron Helgeson seconded and on the vote the motion carried 4-0.
    4. Other Business Items
      The remaining business items, namely:  neighborhood and city park improvement planning, August 29 Joint Meeting with City Council, Interlachen upcoming request regarding ice resurfacer and Park area assignment reports were deferred until the Sept 18 meeting. 
  5. Next Scheduled Meeting
    1. Sept 18, 2006, 6:30 pm
      City Council Chambers
  6. Adjournment
    R. Helgeson moved and R. Edmonds seconded a motion to adjourn.  The motion carried on a 4-0 vote.  The meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.