A regular meeting of the Hopkins Park Board was held on March 17, 2014.
Park Board Vice-Chair Tom Jenny called the meeting to order at 6:38 pm.
Present were Park Board members: Tom Jenny, Norman Teigen and Caroline Rinker. Also present was staff liaison Steve Stadler. Absent were Bob Hatlestad, Abbey Bryduck
There was discussion regarding the health effect of the vapors, the direction the City is intending to go on regulating these products and the problem of not being able to determine from a distance if someone is using an e-cigarette or a tobacco cigarette. Following the discussion, Norman Teigen made a motion to recommend to City Council that the use of e-cigarettes be prohibited in city parks, seconded by Caroline Rinker. The motion passed with a 2-1 vote, with Tom Jenny opposed.
Stadler introduced Kevin Clark, Hoisington-Koegler Group, Inc. to present on developing City Park Master Plans. Kevin presented several slides covering HKGIs experience in Hopkins and in preparing park system plans, the approach they would use to prepare a Hopkins plan, and some detail on the process of developing the plan. Park Board members had several questions/comments on developing a plan for Hopkins. They agreed that we need experienced park planners to help guide us in redeveloping our parks. They also agreed that if we proceed with developing a plan that we would need to use more than an on-line survey to engage the public in the process. Kevin agreed to provide a web link to a couple other completed city park plans. Board members will review the plans and discuss the issue further at its April 21 meeting. Stadler mentioned that the cost to develop a plan for Hopkins, as described by Kevin in his presentation, would be in the $30,000 - $40,000 range.
There was discussion regarding a request to upgrade and relocate the existing community gardens sign. Stadler will work on developing a redesign and installing a new sign. It was mentioned that we should seek input from garden users on what additional needs there may be, including whether or not the creek access is sufficient.
Stadler mentioned that he is attempting to get a quote from Rutledge Construction on the Interlachen Park warming house addition.
The next regular Park Board Meeting is April 21, 2014 at 6:30 pm.
Norman Teigen moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Caroline Rinker. The motion passed 3-0. The meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.