A regular meeting of the Hopkins Park Board was held on December 15, 2014.
Park Board Chair Norman Teigen called the meeting to order at 6:40 pm.
Present were Park Board members: Norman Teigen, Caroline Rinker, Abbey Bryduck and Bob Hatlestad. Reed Yngve was absent. Also present was staff liaison Steve Stadler.
Stadler handed out the matrix of proposed 2015 athletic field use fees by category and field and reviewed/discussed them with the Board. The current field fees were established by City Council resolution in 2012. Accordingly, revised fees would have to be approved by City Council via resolution. The proposed 2015 fees will bring the Hopkins field fees in-line with those charged in the City of Minnetonka. The proposed fees are typical of those charged metro-wide. The largest rate increase is for teams falling under Category C, less than 50% Hopkins/Minnetonka resident participation. These are predominantly corporate-sponsored teams playing in non-recreation program leagues. It was mentioned that although it’s likely that the fee increase will be reflected in participant costs, that there are ample scholarship programs available based on financial need. Following the discussion, Bob Hatlestad made a motion, seconded by Abbey Bryduck to recommend City Council approval of the proposed 2015 athletic field use fees. The motion passed with a 4-0 vote.
Stadler reviewed the status of 2014 projects, the proposed 2015 CIP projects and the status of the Park Capital Improvement Fund (fund 301).
Stadler mentioned that the Interlachen Park warming house addition project is scheduled for the Nov 10 City Council Work Session. Chair Teigen stated that he plans to attend. Reed Yngve said that he may attend, as well.
Stadler provided information on the Valley Park lighting upgrade that is scheduled yet for this fall. The work will replace the current 1,000 watt halogen lamps with low wattage, low maintenance LED fixtures.
Stadler reviewed the Park Capital Improvement working capital report and the proposed 2015 projects. There was brief discussion regarding the Interlachen Park warming house addition project. It was mentioned that City Council on Dec 16 will consider amending the current Capital Improvement Plan to add the warming house addition as a 2015 project with a budgeted cost of $60,000. It was also mentioned that there are other needs at the Interlachen Park such as improved lighting for the hockey rink. However, improved lighting would require construction of permanent hockey boards so that lighting could be provided from both sides of the rink. It is uncertain at this time if the neighborhood would support permanent hockey boards.
Stadler gave an update on the upcoming January 16 bid opening for the Cottageville Park Improvement project. Stadler also reported that there has been an initial discussion with the Blake Road Corridor Collaborative (BRCC) and the Hopkins School District on the potential uses and need for a Cottageville Park pavilion, which is currently included in the CIP as a 2016 improvement with a budget of $250,000.
Stadler also gave an update on 2014 projects to improve warming house lighting controls and lighting at Valley and Oakes Parks.
There was brief discussion on the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s plans to restore the Meadowbrook Golf Course.
The next regular Park Board Meeting is 6:30 pm on February 23, 2015 (moved back one week due to the President’s Day holiday). The next scheduled Park System Reinvestment Plan Steering Committee is 6:30 pm on January 26 (moved back one week due to the MLK holiday).
Bob Hatlestad moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Caroline Rinker. The motion passed 4-0. The meeting adjourned at 7:20 p.m.