A regular meeting of the Hopkins Park Board was held on September 16, 2013.
Chair Bob Hatlestad called the meeting to order at 6:50 pm.
Present were Park Board members: Bob Hatlestad and Abbey Bryduck. Also present was staff liaison Steve Stadler. Absent were Caroline Rinker, Norman Teigen and Tom Jenny.
There was discussion regarding the upcoming 2014 Park projects. Namely, play equipment replacement at Oakes Park and Cottageville Park. Stadler mentioned that public engagement for both projects would be important and he will be putting a plan together for the public process.
Stadler mentioned that the only update from MCES is that they are doing a property appraisal for the land adjacent to their current lift station and should have those results within a few weeks. Stadler mentioned that he believed that, given reasonable land acquisition costs, it is likely that the lift station will not be built in Oakes Park.
Stadler mentioned that the phasing & funding plans haven’t changed. City staff is negotiating the final design contract with Cunningham Group for the 2014 improvements.
Stadler mentioned that the Corridor Management Committee (CMC) voted last Wednesday to site the Operations and Maintenance Facility (OMF) in Hopkins – if approved by the Metropolitan Council, it will be located in SW Hopkins just south of 5th St S and between 15th Avenue and the City limits. The CMC approval included a requirement that the project office look for ways to compensate the City for the lost tax base and jobs and report back to the CMC. Also handed out were Transitional Station Area Action Plan (TSAAP) sketches of the station areas and some project office station area plans.
Stadler handed out the proposed 2014 Parks budget and a Form B that explains the various line items in the budget.
Stadler mentioned that the trees and shrubs have been planted in the Nine Mile Creek project area and that the area along Westbrooke Way fronting Valley Park looks great. The fencing needs to be removed yet in the stockpile area next to the archery range.
Stadler mentioned the October 2, 6:30 -8:00 pm Citizen Academy Alumni event at the Fire Station – there will be a presentation on the park improvement program and other discussion items.
The next regular Park Board Meeting is October 21, 2013 at 6:30 pm.
Abbey Bryduck moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Bob Hatlestad. The meeting adjourned at 7:28 p.m.