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Parks and Recreation
November 1, 2011
Azer, Boehm, Diedrick, Doneen, Etten, D. Holt, M. Holt, Pederson, Ristow, Simbeck
Cash, Elm, Maxey
1. INTRODUCTIONS/ROLL CALL/PUBLIC COMMENT
No public comment
2. APPROVAL OF
MINUTES – October 4, 2011 MEETING
Minutes of the October 4, 2011
meeting were approved unanimously with the following clarifications.
Doneen requested the following
changes be made to the report on the Natural Resources and Trails Work Group
report from the October 4, 2011 meeting to better represent his presentation:
amended to read;
Randall Doneen shared information on the
work of the Natural Resources and Trails Work Group. This Implementation Work
Group has spent a significant amount of time talking with local officials,
reviewing trail plans and Natural Resource Management Plans to acquire a high
level of understanding of community needs and interest. The extensive community
engagement has led to a number of recommendations by the Work Group that were
reviewed by the Citizen Organizing Team and then revised based on the COT
input. The recommendations were presented to the commission for consideration and
inclusion in the planning files for the Master Plan Implementation. Randall
supports Commission Chair Etten's suggestion of including additional funding
for tree replacement throughout the City. It is also recommended that a deer
management component be considered, even though it is not included in the
original work group recommendations.
In addition, Anfang clarified that the
general obligation bonds referenced in lines 76-78 do not have
limitations but are issued in the amount of $10M in a calendar year so as to be
“bank qualified” resulting in a lower interest rate and savings on the overall
cost of the bonds.
Anfang introduced 3 recreation
program and facility staff members to talk about their professional background
and job responsibilities. Kevin Elm, from the Roseville Skating Center, Debbie Cash from the Harriet Alexander Nature Center and Roxann Maxey from the Recreation
division spoke with the Commission on their individual contributions to the overall
operation of the Parks & Recreation department.
Commissioner Etten commented on
the extent of each staff member’s responsibly and thanked them for all they do
to provide quality programs, events and facilities to the community.
ENGAGEMENT TASK FORCE REPORT
Greg Simbeck and Randall Doneen
updated the Commission on the status of the Community Engagement Task Force. Most
recent activity includes accumulating data from the recent community forum. The
task force is looking to present a report to the Council in January with
Council recommendations to follow. There continues to be a need for
organization and editing and community input continues.
COMMISSION MEETING CALENDAR
Motion by Simbeck, second by
Pederson to accept the 2012 Commission Calendar as outlined in the November
Commission Packet. Motion passed unanimously.
6. MASTER PLAN
Commission Chair Etten briefed the
Commissioners on the October 24th Council Meeting. Etten thanked
those able to attend and show their support for the Parks and Recreation Master
Plan. At the October 24th meeting Council Members voted to support
the first step of the bond allocation. Etten also recognized the significance
of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan in involving community members and
bringing people together for a similar cause.
Commissioners around the table
discussed and commented on the current funding proposal and the implementation
plan for step one.
Commissioner discussed the need to
transition the Citizen Organizing Team and Work Groups into the next stage of
implementation. The work groups were created with the hope of driving the
implementation process to the point we are right now. There is interest in
providing a sunset for the work groups with the possibility of other forms of
citizen involvement to come forward as we move into step one of the Master Plan
implementation. It was agreed upon that the group processes need a sense of
closure, a chance to inform the community of where the plan is at currently and
a big thank you for guiding the plan to this point. Commissioners recommended
scheduling a community meeting to celebrate recent efforts to update the Master
Plan and create the implementation process. It was suggested that the meeting
be held early 2012.
The Commissioners also voiced
support of maintaining the Citizen Organizing Team to help maintain the
long-term vision of the Master Plan including possible sales tax option and
future addition of community facilities and to continue to utilize their
expertise and community insight. The Commission recognizes their role as a
sounding board for the implementation process.
Staff prepared a comparison chart
of park dedication fees across the Twin Cities metro area. Commissioners
recognized Roseville’s place in the park dedication fees range and recommended
the residential rate be increased to accommodate current CIP needs, the updated
Master Plan and the most recent Parks and Recreation Community Survey. An
increase to the park dedication fee will help maintain Roseville’s extensive
parks and recreation system and position Roseville close to the average for
Twin Cities metro communities.
Motion by Ristow, second by
Diedrick to recommend to the Roseville City Council an increase of the residential
park dedication fee by $500 to $3500. Motion passed unanimously.
Meeting adjourned at 8:40pm
Jill Anfang, Assistant Director