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and Recreation Commission
February 6, 2014
Diedrick, Gelbach, M. Holt, Stoner, Wall
Doneen, D. Holt, and Simbeck notified staff about being unable to attend
Commissioner Diedrick acted as
Commission Chair this evening with the absence of Commissioner D. Holt.
3. APPROVAL OF
MINUTES - JANUARY 7, 2014 MEETING
Minutes for the January 7, 2014
meeting were approved unanimously.
FARRINGTON ESTATES PARK DEDICATION
Brokke reviewed the site and
options for the park dedication. The property in discussion is planned for 8
developed home sites. This project will trigger a park dedication of .36 acre
in land dedication or $28,000 in cash payment in lieu of the property. Brokke
had mentioned the developer would prefer the cash payment rather than the
property dedication, due to decreasing the overall property size by .36 acre
will impact the overall development.
Motion by Azer to recommend that
the City Council accept $28,000 in cash to satisfy park dedication in lieu of
land for the Moore?s Farrington Estates development, second by Wall.
Motion passed unanimously
Commissioner Azer asked about
future updates on projects that benefit financially from funds collected
through the Park Dedication fees. Commissioner Diedrick also encouraged regular
updates on the park dedication fund balance.
Brokke mentioned that the City recently purchased a property near
Langton Lake with Park Dedication fees.
5. PARK &
RECREATION RENEWAL PROGRAM
Brokke updated the Commission on the Renewal Program.
11 project packages have recently been released for contractor proposals.
First proposals are due February 12 with others staggered through
the next 2 weeks.
Second set of proposals (Nature Center, Skating Center, bridges
& boardwalk, Natural Resource projects and pathways & sidewalks are due
A pre-proposal meeting was held January 28 with over 50
contractors in attendance.
Staff are beginning to plan a construction kick-off event for May
3, 2014 at Lexington Park. Save the date.
Commissioner Gelbach briefed the
Commission on recent work being done to help improve communication efforts.
Gelbach and Anfang met with the City Communications Manager,
Garry Bowman recently. The three talked about possible mapping efforts and
Gelbach talked about developing maps on a variety of levels -
large all city maps, to smaller, take-along individual maps.
Gelbach also shared a sample of possible communication piece that
could be developed for each park renewal project that would include general
information along with a QR code that would take interested community members
to a web site with more up-to-date information.
Gelbach also shared an audience snapshot, a communications tool
used to better understand the audience and targeting messages and information
to designated audiences.
Commissioner Wall inquired into whether this might be a joint
project with the new Civic Engagement Commission.
Commissioner Diedrick questioned the ability to keep up with
updates. Gelbach explained that he envisioned more generalized pieces with updates
on separate documents that might be accessed by using the QR code.
GOALS ANNUAL REVIEW
Lee Diedrick provided a status
update on the annual Commission goals.
Commissioners discussed the need to return to the Council with a
recommendation from the Commission on consideration of a Park Board.
Commissioners suggested adding the Park Board discussion to the
March meeting agenda.
8. STAFF REPORT
Central Park Foundation recently received a $107,000 gift from
the Denny Malarkey family.
Friends of Lexington Park had raised money in the past for
projects in Lexington Park, the group is looking to expand on their fundraising
efforts for a project addition as part of the Lexington Park Renewal Program.
A Community Orchard at the Arboretum is being considered. The
Orchard would include apple and pear trees, with a portion of the harvested
fruit being donated to local community organizations. Organizers are looking
into different grant opportunities to help support the project.
The Parks and Recreation Commission has one opening for the
coming year. Community members are encouraged to consider applying.
Meeting adjourned at 8:00pm
Jill Anfang, Assistant Director