A regular meeting of the Hopkins Park Board was held on July 15, 2013.
Chair Bob Hatlestad called the meeting to order at 6:35 pm.
Present were Park Board members: Norman Teigen, Abbey Bryduck, Bob Hatlestad and Tom Jenny. Also present was staff liaison Steve Stadler. Absent was Caroline Rinker.
Stadler handed out the city survey results, proposed 2014 – 2018 Capital Improvement program + future projects out to year 2033. Also provided was a proposed resolution supporting the natural gas and electric utility franchise fee increase dedicated to park improvements.
Stadler mentioned that City Council would like to meet with the Park Board after its Aug 5 regular City Council meeting to discuss the franchise fees and capital improvement program. There was general agreement that Board members could meet with City Council on Aug 5. Bob Hatlestad suggested that we also hold the August Park Board meeting on Aug 5 prior to meeting with City Council. All in attendance agreed that they could meet at 6:30 pm on Aug 5.
Stadler mentioned that the Central Park tennis court rehab has been completed.The Board next considered the proposed resolution supporting the new franchise fee dedicated to park improvements. After considerable discussion, Norman Teigen made a motion to approve the resolution, seconded by Bob Hatlestad. The motion passed with a 4-0 vote.
Stadler updated the Board on the discovery that Oakes Park is under land use restrictions imposed by agreement upon the city in 1978 when the City accepted $6,800 in Federal LAWCON grant funds. The grant funds were used to pave trails in the park. An exemption from the LAWCON land use restrictions is needed from the Mn DNR and the National Park Service in order to construct the MCES lift station in the park. Stadler mentioned that city staff would be meeting with MCES staff next week to hear how they would like to proceed with their lift station project.
Stadler updated the Board on the cricket league use of the park and that they’ve been playing beyond their 4:30 pm end time on Saturdays & Sundays. The Recreation Dept. has given them notice that they must limit their play to what’s authorized under their permit.
Stadler shared that he has moved the Oakes Park play equipment replacement project from 2013 to 2014 in order to increase funding and provide play container improvements plus play equipment sized to be commensurate with the much-increased park use.
The Park Board reviewed the report from the Pavilion on a proposed $10 per hour increase in the prime and non-prime time ice rental. The proposed rates would increase from $185 to $195 per hour for prime time rentals and from $130 to $140 per hour for non-prime time rentals. After brief discussion, Bob Hatlestad moved to support the rental rate increase, seconded by Abbey Bryduck. The motion passed with a 4-0 vote.
Stadler reported that city staff is working with the Cunningham Group on the details of an affordable implementation plan for the park improvements. It is expected that a proposed plan will be available for consideration at the August 5 Park Board meeting.
Stadler provided copies of an email from Tyler Zeleny requesting that the City have a free skatepark. After brief discussion, the Board felt that the City had more pressing needs than providing a second skatepark that could be free for users.
The next regular Park Board Meeting is August 5, 2013 at 6:30 pm.
Bob Hatlestad made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Abbey Bryduck. The motion passed 3-0. The meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m.