A regular meeting of the Hopkins Park Board was held on January 27, 2014.
Park Board Chair Bob Hatlestad called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm.
Present were Park Board members: Bob Hatlestad, Abbey Bryduck and Caroline Rinker (via phone conference call). Also present was staff liaison Steve Stadler. Absent were Tom Jenny and Norman Teigen.
Charlie Browing and Dan Hatzung, Interlachen neighborhood representatives, briefed the Board on the proposed warming house addition. The addition would be used to house the neighborhood’s ice resurfacer which is currently housed in a converted, metal-sided walk-in freezer type portable storage building. Charlie and Dan stressed that the ice is used extensively not just by the neighborhood but also supports the Hopkins Youth Hockey Association on Tues & Thurs nights. Proposed floor plans and elevations were shown as prepared by Midwest Drafting & Design (sheets dated 12/3/2013). The proposed addition to the existing warming house would replace the current deteriorating portable shelter building and could be used for safe and secure storage of the ice resurfacer as well as other neighborhood park items such as: hockey nets, tent, kid’s program supplies, etc. There would be an option to add a water and sewer line to the building for a restroom. The cost estimate provided on a proposal from the contractor Charlie’s Angles is $44,785. The neighborhood would like to partner with the City to complete this addition this summer, if possible. Caroline Rinker asked who would be paying for the work. It was stated that there could be a neighborhood contribution toward the project but the amount was not determined. Bob Hatlestad stressed the longstanding high level of neighborhood engagement in the park and the cooperation exhibited between the neighborhood volunteers and the City. The Board will consider the proposal and a possible amendment to the Capital Improvement Plan. Stadler will seek a second bid on the work from GM Northrup, the contractor that worked on the existing warming house in 2009.
Stadler provided feedback from the January 14 City Council work session regarding the City’s rework of the financial management plan. Stadler will be getting proposals for a city-wide park system master plan to identify, plan and prioritize specific improvements throughout the park system. This plan would also be used to engage the public on our needs and as a basis for a 10-year capital improvement plan.
Anna Angeles-Farris, 431-433 Blake Road addressed the Park Board mentioning that she was interested in the status of the Cottageville Park improvements. She also reported the problems in the past with drug use in the park and basketball users using their private garden hose for drinking water. She further stated that the owner of the duplex at this address is interested in discussing the sale of the property again. Stadler will contact the owner to re-open negotiations for possible city purchase.
The next regular Park Board Meeting is March 17, 2014 at 6:30 pm.
Bob Hatlestad moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Abbey Bryduck. The motion passed 3-0. The meeting adjourned at 7:46 p.m.