A regular meeting of the Hopkins Park Board was held on February 27, 2017.
Caroline Rinker, Park Board Chair called the meeting to order at 6:35 p.m.
Caroline also welcomed Emma Figgins to the Board. Emma shared a little about herself, her interest in the Board and her related past experiences.
Present were Park Board members: Caroline Rinker, Kyle Kaczmarek, Laura Cooper and Emma Figgins. Absent was Libby Goeman. Also present was Steve Stadler, PW Director/Park Board City staff liaison.
Minutes for the January 23, 2017 Park Board Meeting.
Caroline Rinker made a motion to approve the minutes, seconded by Kyle Kaczmarek. The motion passed with a 4-0 vote.
Park Board Action Items and Updates
Off-Leash Dog Park Update
Stadler met with Minnesota Pollution Control Agency staff on February 7. The MPCA have some concerns regarding bringing more people to the closed landfill site, but had no real objections to this potential land use for the 2+ acre area directly adjacent to the landfill.
Stadler mentioned that there is a new property manager at Westbrooke Patio Homes (the Westbrooke property is adjacent to this site) and that he has not been able to speak with the new manager yet about this potential off-leash dog park.
There was discussion about the costs and benefits of opening a City of Hopkins off-leash dog park and the proximity of other existing off-leash dog parks. There was mention of the recently reported problem with the spread of ringworm in dogs frequenting these types of dog parks. Stadler reported that the cost to fence the site would be in the $25,000- $30,000 range, any parking improvements would be an added cost. The Park Board decided to continue this discussion at its next meeting.
Other Topics of Interest
Stadler had requested at the previous Park Board meeting that members consider moving the regular meeting of the Park Board to the fourth Monday of the month. This was briefly discussed at that meeting and there was no objection to the change. This change would also eliminate the conflict in January and February due to the Monday holidays in those months. Stadler stated that the current Park Board bylaws state that the meeting is held on the third Monday of every other month.
Laura Cooper made a motion to change the Park Board bylaws to state that the Park Board meeting will be held on the fourth Monday of every month, seconded by Kyle Kaczmarek. The motion passed with a 4-0 vote.
Park Area Assignment Report
The next regular Park Board Meeting is 6:30 pm on Monday, March 27.
Laura Cooper moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Kyle Kaczmarek. The motion passed 4-0. The meeting adjourned at 8 p.m.