Park Board Minutes

July 16, 2012

A regular meeting of the Hopkins Park Board was held on July 16, 2012. 


Steve Stadler called the meeting to order at 6:45 pm in the absence of Bob Hatlestad, Chairperson and there being no elected vice-chairperson.   


Present were Park Board members:  Norman Teigen, Tom Jenny, Caroline Rinker and Abbey Bryduck.  Absent was Bob Hatlestad.  Newly appointed members, Caroline and Abbey introduced themselves to the other members.        


  1. The June 18 minutes mention a Park Board $10,000 funding commitment to the Rotary Club new Burnes Park picnic shelter project.  Neither Tom Jenny nor Norman Teigen recall discussing or acting on this at the June 18 meeting.  The minutes will be revised accordingly.  A motion was made by Tom Jenny, seconded by Norman Teigen to approve the June 18 minutes as amended.  The motion passed with a 4-0 vote.   


  1. Elect Vice Chairperson

    After brief discussion, Norman Teigen nominated Tom Jenny as vice-chairperson, seconded by Abbey Bryduck.  The motion to elect Tom Jenny new vice-chairperson passed with a 4-0 vote. 

  2. Discussion and/or action on allowing alcohol at events at Downtown Park

    Stadler gave an overview of the current City Code authorizing alcohol by permit only at Central Park, Valley Park, Burnes Park and Shady Oak Beach.  There has been recent interest by groups to hold events with alcohol at Downtown Park.  This seems reasonable as increased activities in the downtown area is good and alcohol would be allowed only with a city-approved permit.  After brief discussion, Norman Teigen made a motion to approve amending the City Code to allow alcohol by permit in Downtown Park, seconded by Abbey Bryduck.  The motion passed with a 4-0 vote.      

  3. Update--Maetzold Field Improvement Project

    Stadler reported that the project is nearing completion with some fencing work and the new scoreboard install yet to be done.

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

    Stadler reported that there will be upcoming open houses at the park for area residents/stakeholders.  There will be a mailing coming out soon and each Park Board member will get a copy prior to mailing and also any presentation information to be used at the open houses.    

  5. Miscellaneous Updates
    1. Cottageville Park/Blake Road corridor plans  - Cuningham Group selected as park planning consultant.  Negotiations continue on purchase of southern duplex adjacent to Cottageville Park. 
    2. Southwest Transitway Project – Work on the transitional station area action plans should begin within a couple months.  Tom Jenny stated that he is a member of the Community Action Committee for the Southwest LRT and should have future updates from that group.              
    3. Nine Mile Creek Streambank and Habitat enhancement project and Nine Mile Creek regional trail project – trail and pedestrian bridge construction work has begun and should be completed by mid-September.
    4. Central Park Tennis Courts – courts need repair as the color coatings are breaking down and patching, cracksealing and new colorcoats are needed.  The cost is $15,730 to repair the four courts. 

      Norman Teigen made a motion to approve the Central Park Tennis Court repairs, seconded by Caroline Rinker.  The motion passed on a 4-0 vote. 

    5. Valley Park Play Equipment Upgrade – work is expected to begin soon.
    6. Hopkins Rotary proposed plan for new Burnes Park east shelter – The Rotary Club has requested $20,000 City contribution towards this project.  The total estimated cost for the new shelter is $50,000 - $60,000.  Stadler recommended that the Park Board commit to contributing $15,000 due to the tenuous funding situation with the park capital improvement fund. 

      Norman Teigen made a motion to approve a $15,000 contribution toward the new Burnes Park picnic shelter, seconded by Caroline Rinker.  The motion passed on a 4-0 vote. 

      Tom Jenny requested that the parks capital improvement funding issue be added to the update item list.       

  6. Park Area Assignment Report

    After discussion regarding the new member park assignments, it was agreed that Stadler would propose new park assignments for the next meeting.  

    Vacant: Hilltop, Buffer, Burnes Park
    Bob Hatlestad: Maetzold Field, Interlachen Park, Shady Oak Beach
    Vacant: Valley Park, Central Park, Oakes Park
    Norman Teigen: Cottageville Park, Harley Hopkins Park, Elmo Park
    Tom Jenny: Park Valley Playground, Shady Oak Nature Area, Downtown Park, Hiawatha Oaks

  7. Park Board Member Terms
    1. After brief discussion, Caroline Rinker agreed to fill the remaining term of Colin Serle which expires on 6/30/2013 and Abbey Bryduck agreed to serve the full two-year term for the open position which expires on 6/30/2014.  


The next regular Park Board Meeting is August 20, 2012 at 6:30 pm.    


Abbey Bryduck made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Caroline Rinker.  The motion passed with a 4 - 0 vote.  The meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

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