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and Recreation Commission
December 1, 2015
Diedrick, Doneen, Heikkila, Holt, O'Brien, Stoner
Gelbach & Newby notified staff ahead of time of their absence
Anfang, Brokke, Twaroski
No Public Comment
3. APPROVAL OF
MINUTES ? November 5, 2015 MEETING
November 5th minutes approved unanimously.
4. EMERALD ASH
BORER (EAB) UPDATE
Anita Twaroski, Roseville Forestry
Coordinator, introduced herself to Commission members
and viewing public.
Brokke and Twaroski walked the
Commission through the Emerald Ash presentation providing historical context
and City of Roseville action & involvement. Most of Roseville is identified
in the infestation zone.
Commissioners inquired into the potential impact of EAB, staff
responded that EAB will eventually impact the entire U.S.
Goals of the Roseville EAB
Monitor & evaluate suspect trees
Remove & replace positive EAB trees
Treat significant trees
Plant a more diverse & resilient forest
Identify & utilize available resources
Currently Roseville is working with a $125,000 DNR grant to
address EAB needs. This grant also involves $125,000 in City funds as a
EAB is a difficult pest to
identify. Roseville is probably about midway into its EAB infestation.
Roseville has 2146 Public Ash trees (this number does not include Ash
trees located in local wooded areas).
Commissioner Becker-Finn recommended educating the public on
recognizing Ash trees and signs of EAB.
Twaroski presented the current
tree distribution plan. Ten species have been identified for inclusion in the
plan. The tree planting map has been developed using the constellation system.
Each constellation has a specific planting map that provides a varied and
diverse forest. The end goal with the city-wide tree distribution plan is to
have no ash trees in the City.
Commissioner Doneen suggested creating an annual plan/goal for
Commissioner comments suggested
the Council is not addressing the need to plan for the full EAB crisis.
It would cost Roseville $1.6M to remove & replace the
community forest affected by EAB.
Commission Chair Stoner commented that the Commission needs to
work harder to keep the Council informed & it is important to keep this
issue on their radar.
5. REVIEW CITY
COUNCIL JOINT MEETING
Commissioners shared their
thoughts & reactions to the meeting.
Holt is concerned about the process for Park Dedication funds.
Using the funds for current capital needs will lead to the fund being depleted.
Stoner added that Park Dedication funds cannot be anticipated and
Becker-Finn suggested there is a lack of real understanding of
how park dedication works & operates and the related statutory constraints.
Holt suggested it may be smart for Commissioners to contact
Council members directly and provide information from an informed group.
Commissioners were encouraged by the Councils reaction to the
Cedarholm Golf Course Clubhouse discussion.
Commissioners believed the Council was asking them to;
Compile public comment
Strategize funding & design
Suggest a process
Explore potential partnerships
There was consensus that the direction should be to rebuild to a
similar size as the current clubhouse.
Doneen suggested engaging the community early in the process to
create a skeletal vision.
Commissioners agreed the initial process should pattern previous
Parks and Recreation task forces and the master plan process.
Staff will provide a draft vision for the Golf Course Clubhouse
Taskforce at the January meeting.
6. STAFF REPORT
Anfang briefed the Commission on:
Adult Basketball Leagues starts play December 6. Recreation staff
are still looking for scorekeepers.
The Holiday Craft Fair is on Saturday & Sunday, December 5
& 6 at City Hall. The annual craft fair benefits the Harriet Alexander
FORParks hosts the annual Holiday Gala on December 11 at the
Skating Center. Local American Idol alumni Paris Bennett is performing.
Commissioner Holt announced that
the St. Paul Chamber recently recognized Roseville Parks & Recreation with
a Leadership Award for their long standing involvement in the Nation Commission
on Accreditation for Parks & Recreation Agencies. Roseville was chosen for
excellence when meeting the rigorous accreditation standards and maintaining
high standards throughout the parks & recreation system.
Meeting adjourned at 8:20 pm
Anfang, Assistant Director