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Parks and Recreation Commission


Meeting Minutes

January 6, 2015

6:30 p.m.

 

PRESENT:  D. Holt, M. Holt, Doneen, Gelbach, Newby, Stoner

ABSENT:    Azer, Bogenholm, Diedrick, Wall, all notified staff about being unable to attend

STAFF:      Anfang, Brokke

 

 

1.    INTRODUCTIONS

 

2.    ROLL CALL/PUBLIC COMMENT

No Public comment at the start of meeting. Individuals in attendance reserved their comments for later in the meeting.

 

3.    APPROVAL OF MINUTES - NOVEMBER 6, 2014 MEETING

November 6, 2014 minutes passed unanimously.

 

4.    ACKNOWLEDGE NOTES - DECEMBER 2, 2014 MEETING

December 2, 2014 Commission Meeting proceedings were recorded as notes due to not having a quorum at the meeting.

 

5.    DEER POPULATION DISCUSSION

Ten residents were in attendance for the deer population discussion.

 

Brokke summarized the information in the packet.

·         The decision to control wildlife is up to the individual communities in Ramsey County.

·         In 2014, 61 deer were counted in Roseville.

·         The deer count took place in a .77 square mile area designated as deer habitat by Ramsey County.

 

Community member comments followed Brokke's report;

·         Comments varied between those being in favor and those not being in favor of a deer management program.

·         First comment voiced their lack of faith in deer count and the numbers-wondered about the possibility of counting deer more than once.

·         A number of attendees spoke to the problem of feeding deer, specifically near Chatsworth. Neighbors feeding in this area have contributed to deer/vehicular concerns.

·         Residents near Ladyslipper Park have come close to hitting deer on the roads due to deer trying to get to neighborhood feeding stations.

o    Many in attendance asked the Commission to suggest to the Council that an ordinance be implemented to ban wildlife feeding in Roseville.

·         Community members commented on how the deer population has grown and the local habitat has decreased, resulting in deer eating gardens and plantings.

·         Community members also recognized the potential health issues such as a deer tick problem due to the significant presence of deer in Roseville.

·         Attendees also recognized the opposing side and appreciate seeing the wildlife in the City and look to the City to not make any changes and allow the deer to occupy the community as they do currently.

 

Commissioner comments followed;

·         Commissioners asked about how Ramsey County would implement a wildlife management program in Roseville.

o    Brokke explained that Ramsey County would guide the City. City leaders would make the decision of what to do and then utilizing the expertise of Ramsey County.

·         Commissioners recognized that feeding deer leads to a concentration of deer population.

o    Commissioners would consider recommending a feeding ban to the Council. An ordinance needs to have monitoring and consequences.

o    Commissioners also commented that the first step might be to address the feeding issue then re-evaluate the situation following future deer counts.

o    Commissioners inquired into what it would take to enact a feeding ordinance.

§  Brokke replied that a public hearing would take place prior to a City Council action.

·         Brokke suggested that perhaps we could have the Ramsey County Wildlife specialist attend a future Commission meeting to talk about the process.

·         Commissioners Newby & Stoner volunteered to work with Brokke & the City Attorney on the next steps for a possible Feeding Ordinance.

 

6.    PARK DEDICATION - 2700 CLEVELAND AVENUE

Brokke briefed the Commission on the development being proposed for 2700 Cleveland Avenue, followed by a review of the current Park Dedication policy.

Commission Recommendation:

Motion by Doneen, second by Gelbach to recommend that the City accept $123,298 cash in lieu of land for the Cleveland Club development at 2700 Cleveland Avenue. Motion passed unanimously.

         

7.    FOLLOWUP REVIEW to JOINT MEETING with the CITY COUNCIL

Gelbach compiled notes for the joint meeting based on the Council minutes from the evening. Stoner recognized that Gelbach's notes aligned with the night's events. All were in agreement that Gelbach & D. Holt would work together to create a work plan based on these notes.

 

Commission agreed that;

·         Further discussions on the deer population will take place at the February Commission meeting

·         Golf Course information will be shared at the February and/or March Commission meetings

o    Doneen inquired into the use of a task force to review golf course operations.

§  Holt suggested that the task force be an more informal group

o    Gelbach suggesting framing up the Golf Course information prior to bringing a task force together.

o    Recommendations and options for the Golf Course are anticipated to be made midyear.

·         Possible Community Center discussions during the second half of the year.

 

8.    2015 DRAFT MEETING CALENDAR

Commission agreed to the calendar included in the meeting packet.

9.    PARK AND RECREATION RENEWAL PROGRAM STATUS

Anfang reviewed December 2014 renewal activity. Photos documented progress on all 6 of the park buildings. Anfang also updated the Commission on the Park building neighborhood previews at Lexington Park & Sandcastle Park. Photos also showed the work taking place at the Nature Center.

 

10. STAFF REPORT

Brokke reviewed recent department activity.

 

It was suggested and agreed that the February Commission meeting would be held at the Lexington Park Building.

 

11. OTHER

None

 

Meeting adjourned at 9:00pm

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Jill Anfang, Assistant Director