Park Board Minutes

November 17, 2008

A regular meeting of the Hopkins Park Board was held on November 17, 2008.

  1. Call to Order
    The Board Chairperson and Vice-Chair were not in attendance. Steve Stadler called the meeting to order at 6:45 p.m.
  2. Roll Call
    Present were Park Board members: Molly Cummings, Aaron Kuznia and Brian Furan. Also present was City of Hopkins staff liaison Steve Stadler. Doug Datta, Chairperson arrived at 7:00 pm.
  3. Approval of Minutes
    Molly Cummings moved and Brian Furan seconded a motion to approve the minutes for the October 20, 2008 meeting. On the vote, the minutes were approved 3-0.
  4. Business
    1. Interlachen Park Improvement Planning    
      Steve Stadler reported that Brauer & Associates, Ltd. had agreed to lower their fees from $7,800 to $7,000 for work items A.1 thru A.10 and that they would only charge for the actual costs of the services not to exceed the $7,000 amount. A proposed project schedule was presented. After some discussion, it was determined that the two neighborhood input meetings would be scheduled as available at the St John Catholic Church. Further, that the final master plan presentation be given to the Park Board and City Council at the March 24 City Council Work Session. Stadler will work with the church to set up the neighborhood meeting dates. Aaron Kuznia mentioned that a neighborhood publication was going out soon and requested that the meeting dates be included. 
    2. Park Board Strategic Planning: 2009-2010 Goals  
      The Park Board held continued discussion by reviewing the status of the action steps from the 2007-2008 Strategic Plan. It was decided that the 2009-2010 plan should not include Action Step 3 under Goal #1; Objective #2, i.e. Investigating the possibility of revising the park dedication fee to provide incentive for developers to build more densely and thus create or preserve natural areas. Goal #3, Objective #1, Action Steps should be reworded to reflect a consultant-led revision of our current sidewalk/trail master plan. It was agreed that an action step should be added to Goal #4 regarding additional ways to communicate with residents. Molly Cummings stated that the Board should also be looking at new ways to reach out to civic organizations to engage them on initiatives, etc. 
    3. Park Buy-A-Bench Program  
      The Park Board discussed starting a memorial bench and tree donation program for the parks. More work is needed to identify how many benches and trees each park can support, how a donated tree will be memorialized, bench style, donation amounts, etc. The item will be taken up again at the December meeting 
    4. Miscellaneous Updates  
      • Tennis Court rehab & lease of property from School District for Central Park tennis courts
        Stadler reported that the asphalt had been laid and the final color coats and striping would be done in the spring of 2009. The lease agreement was approved by the School District and has been submitted to the City Manager and Mayor for their signatures.
      • Rotary Trailside Improvement Project 
        Stadler reported that the new street light had been added, water service was brought into the site and he's awaiting parts for Kilmer Electric to add an electrical service feed point. Work has stopped for this year.
      • Blake Road/Cottageville Park Planning
        The next meeting is planned for December 3, 6 pm at the Creekside Estates Apartments. The consultant will present the preferred concept plan - this is the last meeting where public input will be sought.
      • Central Park Field #4 Improvements
        No update since the November 17 meeting. 
      • Park Valley Playground naming & neighborhood requests
        Molly Cummings stated that she's awaiting dates from Don Rosner to help target research efforts by the Historical Society on the park land donation & naming.
      • SW Transitway Update
        Stadler stated that the draft Environmental Impact Study process is underway. The City provided DEIS scoping comments to Hennepin County - a copy was given to the Park Board members.
      • Interlachen Park Mosquito Spraying Incident
        The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is investigating the incident and low-level enforcement action is pending (warning letter to person who sprayed the control agent). City Code change is on hold until MDA investigation is completed.
    5. Park Area Assignment Reports
      • Sharon Paulson: Hilltop, Buffer, Burnes Park - nothing to report.
      • Aaron Kuznia: Maetzold Field, Interlachen Park, Shady Oak Beach - nothing to report.             
      • Brian Furan: Valley Park, Central Park, Oakes Park - nothing to report.   
      • Molly Cummings: Cottageville Park, Harley Hopkins Park, Elmo Park - earlier report of items to be picked up.  
      • Doug Datta: Park Valley Playground, Shady Oak Nature Area, Downtown Park, Hiawatha Oaks - Doug mentioned that HALL had replaced the ball field small storage buildings at Maetzold Field.   
  5. Next Scheduled Meeting
    The next regular Park Board Meeting is December 15, 2008 at 6:30 p.m.
  6. Adjournment
    Molly Cummings moved and Brian Furan seconded a motion to adjourn. The motion carried on a 4-0 vote. The meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.