A regular meeting of the Hopkins Park Board was held on September 15, 2014.
Park Board Member Norman Teigen called the meeting to order at 6:40 pm.
Present were Park Board members: Norman Teigen, Abbey Bryduck and Caroline Rinker. Also present was staff liaison Steve Stadler. Bob Hatlestad arrived at 7:12 pm.
Caroline Rinker made a motion, seconded by Abbey Bryduck to approve the June 16 minutes. The motion passed with a 3-0 vote.
Reed Yngvy was introduced as the anticipated new Park Board member. His appointment is on the agenda for the Sept 16 City Council meeting. Reed and the Park Board members each shared some information about themselves.
Stadler outlined the current data-gathering stage in the development of the recently approved Park System Reinvestment Plan. It was decided that the Park Board would serve as the Plan’s Steering Committee. Further, it was discussed that the Park Board would meet every other month and the Steering Committee would meet, as needed, in the alternate months. Abbey Bryduck made a motion to meet as the Park Board bi-monthly and as the Park System Reinvestment Plan Steering Committee, as needed, on the alternate months. The motion was seconded by Caroline Rinker The motion passed with a 3-0 vote. The Park Board will meet again on October 20 and bi-monthly after that.
Stadler reviewed the proposed 2015 CIP projects and the status of the Park Capital Improvement Fund (fund 301). Stadler mentioned that it would be possible to consider revising 2015 improvements based on the outcomes of the Park System Reinvestment Plan.
Stadler reviewed the request from some Interlachen neighborhood residents to construct a permanent addition to the warming house to store the ice resurfacer. The current temporary shelter building has been used for several years and its condition necessitates replacement. Stadler mentioned that he had obtained a quote to construct the addition from the contractor (Northrup Construction) that renovated the existing warming house in 2009. The quote was $111,699. This is more than twice the proposed cost given by Charlie Browning, and his company Charlie’s Angles. The project scope includes a unisex bathroom. Stadler mentioned that in order to construct the project in 2015 a CIP amendment would be required. The Park Board discussed the need and the public benefits derived from this improvement. Caroline Rinker made a motion that the Park Board approve an amendment to the CIP to allow for the Interlachen Park warming house addition in 2015 and that City Council consider approving the amendment at an upcoming City Council meeting. The motion was seconded by Abbey Bryduck. The motion passed with a 3-0 vote.
Stadler gave an update on the Cottageville Park design, re-advertisement and project schedule and reviewed the projected 2014 Valley Park lighting/electrical improvements.
Bob Hatlestad made a motion to elect Norman Teigen as Chair and Abbey Bryduck as Vice-chair of the Park Board, seconded by Caroline Rinker. The motion passed with a 4-0 vote.
Norman Teigen asked about the MCES lift station project and Stadler gave an update on the current plan to construct the new lift station on Hiawatha Road property across Lake Street from the Oakes Park tennis courts. The MCES had purchased a large single family lot and city staff is awaiting a meeting with MCES and its consulting engineer to discuss site design, schedule and public outreach.
Caroline Rinker brought up the Interlachen neighborhood concerns regarding the unknown plans for the flood-damaged Meadowcreek Golf Course. Rich Rinker, Caroline’s husband and Interlachen neighborhood resident, reported to the Board on his previous correspondence with the Minneapolis Park Board President, Liz Wielinski and discussion with the golf course’s general manager. There was considerable discussion regarding the lack of apparent plans for rehabilitating the golf course or how federal flood assistance grant funding would be spent. It was the Park Boards’ general consensus that neighborhood concerns be forwarded to the City and that they would then be presented in a letter from the Hopkins Mayor to the Minneapolis Park Board President.
The next regular Park Board Meeting is October 20, 2014 at 6:30 pm.
Caroline Rinker moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Bob Hatlestad. The motion passed 3-0 (Abbey Bryduck had to leave at 7:30 pm). The meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m.