A regular meeting of the Hopkins Park Board was held on May 21, 2012.
Bob Hatlestad, Chairperson called the meeting to order at 6:31 p.m.
Present were Park Board members: Norman Teigen, Bob Hatlestad and Brian Furan. Absent was Tom Jenny and Colin Serle. Also present was City of Hopkins Park Board staff liaison Steve Stadler.
Stadler reviewed the proposed 2013 – 2017 projects and the proposed new 2013 project, estimated at $45,000, to repair the city’s tennis courts and the Burnes Park play court. Also discussed was the Rotary Club’s request for increased City funding for the proposed new picnic pavilion at Burnes Park. The Park Board agreed to an increase of $5,000, raising the City’s commitment to $15,000 toward this needed park facility upgrade. The Board also reviewed the latest Working Capital report for the 301 fund, Park Capital Improvements noting that the fund is projected to have a negative balance of $53,683 at the end of 2013. This is based on projected 2013 revenue from Klodt Development Park Dedication Fees and proposed 2012 and 2013 CIP projects.
A motion was made by Bob Hatlestad, seconded by Norman Teigen to approve the 2013-2017 CIP as presented. The motion passed with a 3-0 vote.
Stadler stated that he intends to seek City Council approval for increased Park Dedication Fee rates this summer. Stadler mentioned that the city-wide resident survey would most likely occur next spring. Stadler then presented a proposal that the Park Board perform a park system needs assessment over the next 3-4 months with the goal of producing a comprehensive, justifiable overall improvement plan with associated costs. The attending Board members agreed with this - Bob Hatlestad suggested that the group visit the parks from 5:30 – 6:30 pm prior to the upcoming June, July and August meetings. The Board will review Oakes, Valley and Central Parks on June 18. Stadler will develop a survey/needs assessment review form.
Stadler gave an update on the project status and upcoming schedule.
Stadler reviewed the notice sent and anticipated agenda items regarding the upcoming Metropolitan Council-sponsored public informational meeting to be held on May 30, at the 43 Hoops site on 2nd St NE.
The next regular Park Board Meeting is June 18, 2012 at 6:30 pm.
Colin Serle made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Bob Hatlestad. The motion passed with a 4 - 0 vote. Norman Teigen had to leave the meeting at 7:40 pm. The meeting adjourned at 7:53 p.m.