Park Board Minutes

May 21, 2012

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.   


  1. A motion was made by Norman Teigen, seconded by Brian Furan to approve the April 16 minutes.  The motion passed with a 3-0 vote.    


  1. 2013-2017 Capital Improvement Program

    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. 

  2. Park System Improvement project update

    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.   

  3. Maetzold Field Improvement project update

    Stadler gave an update on the project status and upcoming schedule. 

  4. MCES relocation of sanitary sewer lift station to Oakes Park

    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. 

  5. Miscellaneous Updates:  Stadler provided an update on the following items.
    1. Cottageville Park/Blake Road corridor plans  
    2. Southwest Transitway Project – preliminary engineering (PE) underway, awaiting public release of DEIS, promises to be a busy 2012 with PE and Transitional Station Area Action Plans work.        .        
    3. Nine Mile Creek Streambank and Habitat enhancement project and Nine Mile Creek regional trail project – streambank stabilization work is completed, steps installed for garden users, trail work to follow. 
    4. Hopkins Rotary proposed plan for new Burnes Park east shelter – The existing shelter has been blocked from reservations after mid-August and new shelter construction work is planned through the fall 2012.  Stadler will get an update on status prior to next meeting.
    5. Cold Storage Site redevelopment – Stadler reviewed the visioning session held on March 27, including the site goals, list of potential land uses that could meet those goals and those potential uses that are considered “off the table” for consideration.        
  6. Park Area Assignment Report
    1. Colin Serle: Hilltop, Buffer, Burnes Park – nothing to report  
    2. Bob Hatlestad: Maetzold Field, Interlachen Park, Shady Oak Beach – nothing to report, hockey boards are still up at Interlachen Park.
    3. Brian Furan:  Valley Park, Central Park, Oakes Park – nothing to report
    4. Norman Teigen: Cottageville Park, Harley Hopkins Park, Elmo Park – nothing to report   
    5. Tom Jenny: Park Valley Playground, Shady Oak Nature Area, Downtown Park, Hiawatha Oaks – mention that the arborvitae shrubs are not in good shape behind the band shell. Stadler stated that funds were budgeted to replace shrubs in Downtown Park this year.   


            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.

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