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Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting Minutes

March 6, 2012

 

PRESENT: Boehm, Diedrick, Doneen, Etten, D. Holt, M. Holt, Pederson, Ristow

ABSENT:  Azer and Simbeck contacted staff with excused absence

STAFF:    Anfang, Brokke

 

1.    INTRODUCTIONS/ROLL CALL/PUBLIC COMMENT

None

 

2.    APPROVAL OF MINUTES ? FEBRUARY 9, 2012 MEETING

Commission Recommendation: 

Minutes for the February 9, 2012 meeting were approved unanimously.

 

3.    COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT TASK FORCE REPORT

Doneen updated commission on the current work of the Community Engagement Task Force. Draft recommendations by subcommittees are being compiled. Preliminary findings have been shared with the City Manager with a meeting in the near future to discuss materials with the City Manager planned for the near future. It is anticipated that recommendations to the City Council will come this spring through the Human Rights Commission.

 

Doneen commented on how the Parks and Recreation Master Plan has served as an excellent model for supporting neighborhoods and fostering community involvement.

 

4.    PARK & RECREATION RENEWAL PROGRAM DISCUSSION

Jason Etten introduced the agenda item and spoke briefly about the first three meetings and updated the commission that there has been no new information on the current litigation status.

 

Brokke updated the Commission on the recent HANC community and neighborhood meeting. Specifically, a community and neighborhood meeting was held February 15 at the Harriett Alexander Nature Center to discuss plans for facility maintenance and boardwalk replacement. More than 40 people were in attendance. The group was enthusiastic and anxious to get started with the projects. Staff also shared the preliminary work of FORHANC and FORPARKS and their intentions to contribute $30,000 each to internal improvements to the Center. Doneen recognized the high level of interest by those in attendance.

 

Brokke reviewed a recent meeting with the Public Works, Environment and Transportation Commission. This group was very interested in the Renewal Program and asked how they might be able to get involved, especially in the Natural Resources and Trails portion. Randall Doneen also attended the meeting to share information on the work to date of the Natural Resources and Trails Workgroup.

·         Brokke mentioned interest in holding a joint meeting between the parks and recreation commission and the public works, environmental and transportation commission in the future to discuss the renewal program.

·         It was also suggested that there may be a ?pilot? project for the Natural Resources Workgroup to help maintain the connection from the implementation program and assist with recently applied for grant projects.

Brokke also informed the commission that staff has toured neighboring communities to see community park buildings. D. Holt made a good suggestion to tap into NRPA Accredited agencies nationwide to see what others have done and what might work well in Roseville.

 

Brokke informed the commission that no community or neighborhood meetings are planned for the immediate future. Staff is proceeding cautiously without expending much in resources.

Commission members proceeded to discuss the pending legal decision and voiced their concerns for how this might impact the projects, program timeline and the program bottom line costs.

 

Brokke spoke briefly on how the staff continues to work through the Best Value contract and informed the commission that staff took part in a recent local workshop hosted by ASU.

 

5.    RECOGNITION OF OUTGOING COMMISSIONER GALE PEDERSON

Jason Etten recognized Gale Pederson and her most recent 6 years with the Parks and Recreation Commission. Gale became involved with the City of Roseville 25 years ago through the Roseville Gymnastics Board. She has been a tireless volunteer and incredible advocate for Roseville Parks and Recreation ever since. ?Thank you Gale for all you have done for the community.?

 

Pederson followed Etten?s comments by recognizing how much she gained as a person from serving on the commission. The commission has served as a wonderful way to gain confidence through knowledge and an awesome opportunity to meet great people along the way.

 

6.    DIRECTORS REPORT

  • Brokke noted that 3 applications have been received to fill the one vacant parks and recreation commission seat. Interviews are scheduled for the coming weeks and a new commissioner should be appointed by the April meeting.
  • Anfang updated the Commission on upcoming programs and events. Spring/Summer catalog is scheduled to be delivered to area homes next week.
  • Brokke reviewed the recently hosted volunteer appreciation dinner.
  • OVAL is closed for the ice season.
  • Thanks to everyone who attended the Living Smarter Home and Garden Fair. The feedback on the Renewal Program by attendees was positive and enthusiastic.
  • Staff is considering leasing a limited number of golf carts to help accommodate the players and stay competitive in the golf market.

 

7.     ELECTION OF CHAIR AND VICE CHAIR

Commission Recommendation: 

Motion by Ristow, second by Pederson to re-elect Jason Etten as Parks and Recreation Commission Chair and to re-elect Dave Holt as Vice Chair. Motion passed unanimously

 

Meeting adjourned at 7:30pm

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Jill Anfang, Assistant Director