Park Board Minutes

August 5, 2013

A regular meeting of the Hopkins Park Board was held on August 5, 2013.  

I. CALL TO ORDER

Chair Bob Hatlestad called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.     

II. ROLL CALL

Present were Park Board members:  Norman Teigen, Bob Hatlestad, Caroline Rinker and Tom Jenny.    Also present was staff liaison Steve Stadler.  Abbey Byrduck arrived at 7:20 pm.            

III. APPROVAL OF MINUTES FOR FEBRUARY 25, 2013.     

  1. Norman Teigen made a motion, seconded by Bob Hatlestad to approve the July 15 minutes.  The motion passed with a 4-0 vote.

IV. BUSINESS

  1. Elections of Officers
    1. Stadler reviewed the bylaws concerning election of officers.  After brief discussion, Caroline Rinker nominated Bob Hatlestad for Chair and Tom Jenny as Vice-chair for a term expiring in July 2014, the nomination was seconded by Norman Teigen. The nominations were approved with a 5-0 verbal vote.   

  2. Park System Capital Improvement Funding
    1. There was discussion regarding the July 31 staff memo to City Council and the upcoming meeting with City Council to be held later in the evening. 

  3. Oakes Park discussion items
    1.  Stadler reviewed with the Board the issue regarding the discovery that Oakes Park is under land use restrictions imposed by a 1978 agreement 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 MCES staff is now once again considering all the potential options available regarding the lift station location.  Staff is awaiting word from MCES on how they would like to proceed with the project. 

  4. Cottageville Park Update
    1. Stadler presented the proposed phasing plan for the park improvements, including the proposed timing and funding sources for the various improvements.  Those funding sources include Park CIP, MCWD, Storm Sewer Utility, and the City PIR fund. 

  5. Miscellaneous Updates
    1. Stadler reported on the status of the SWLRT project and the Nine Mile Creek improvements. 

  6. Park Area Assignment Report
    Abbey Bryduck:
    1. Hilltop Park
    2. Shady Oak Beach
    3. Shady Oak Nature Area
    4. Minnehaha Creek Preserve
      Nothing to report (NTR).     
    Bob Hatlestad:
    1. Cottageville Park
    2. Oakes Park
    3. Maetzold Field  
    4. Hiawatha Oaks
      NTR
    Caroline Rinker:
    1. Interlachen Park
    2. Burnes Park
    3. Harley Hopkins Park
      NTR
    Norman Teigen:
      1. Buffer Park
      2. Park Valley Playground
      3. Valley Park
        NTR
    Tom Jenny:
      1. Downtown Park
      2. Elmo Park
      3. Central Park
        NTR

V. NEXT SCHEDULED MEETINGS:

The next regular Park Board Meeting is September 16, 2013 at 6:30 pm.

VI. ADJOURNMENT

Norman Teigen made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Bob Hatlestad.  The motion passed 4-0.  The meeting adjourned at 8:24 p.m.