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Parks and Recreation Commission Minutes

February 7, 2008

6:30PM

 

PRESENT:               Brodt Lenz, Johnson, Kamrath, Kruzel, Pederson, Ristow, Stark, Willmus

ABSENT:                 Hiber and Kendall notified staff ahead of time that they were unable to attend

STAFF:                   Brokke, Anfang

 

1.      INTRODUCTIONS/ROLL CALL/PUBLIC COMMENT

No Public Comment

 

1.      APPROVAL OF MINUTES – JANUARY 3, 2008 MEETING

Commission Recommendation:  Minutes for the January 3, 2008 meeting were approved unanimously.

 

2.      TWIN LAKES – McGOUGH PROPOSAL

Staff presented the McGough Development Proposal for Twin Lakes.  The proposal involves the redevelopment of the 26 acre PIK terminal site.  Plans include two, six story office buildings, a lab and 2 parking structures (3 and 4 stories each).  Current site plans were reviewed by Brokke.

 

The proposed development borders Langton Lake Park.  Tonight’s review and discussion is meant to address;

·         Access to the park for neighbors and the public

·         How are connections to the park best made

·         How does this development fit/work with the park

·         Consideration to whether the most appropriate park dedication for this project is land dedication or a cash contribution

 

Following Brokke’s presentation, Carol Erickson (35 year Roseville Resident and Langton Lake Park neighbor) shared her comments with the Commission.  Erickson described how much neighbors love Langton Lake Park and how many have been involved with the park since 1973.  Carol questioned the “lab” description for a portion of the development and wondered if this might actually be a manufacturing or warehouse site as there is not a recognized occupant for this site.  Erickson asked the Commission to consider the land dedication on this project to extend the buffer between the buildings and the park.  Carol also asked the Commission to be aware of and consider storm water, drainage and lake issues as they review and evaluate this proposal.

 

Commission discussion followed;

  • Willmus reminded Commissioners that Twin Lakes Redevelopment has been going on for 25 years.  Willmus also voiced his concern over the lab/warehouse and its 20 foot set-back from the park.  Willmus is concerned by the amount of buffer between the development project and the park and would like to see an increased buffer area considered.
  • Following some discussion on increased traffic, Ristow questioned what the difference is between cars passing through Roseville on freeways and highways and traffic that enter Roseville to access businesses.  Ristow also added that we cannot continue to let the land sit vacant.

Following a spirited discussion, the commission was in agreement that they are interested in collaborative design efforts that make the project work with the existing park and take into consideration environmental concerns.  Commissioners see the buffer between development and park as well as access to the park as the significant issues in this redevelopment proposal.

 

3.      DEPARTMENT REVIEW

Jill Anfang briefed the Commission on recent department operations and upcoming and recently hosted programs and events. 

 

 

4.      PARK IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM 2008

Brokke presented $216,000 in system-wide improvements and repairs for 2008.  Proposed projects include;

·         Central Park Dale Street Bridge Replacement

·         Central Park Dale Street Playground Equipment Upgrade (in partnership with FORParks)

·         Tennis Court Repairs at Pocahontas, Evergreen, Bruce Russell and Rosebrook Parks

·         Playground Equipment replacement at Valley Park

·         Playground Improvements as needed – replenish safety surfaces

·         Addition of 10 benches through the Ramsey County 1000 Benches program

·         Central Park Amphitheatre Improvements in partnership with the Central Park Foundation

·         Picture Window replacement at HANC

·         HANC Roof Repairs

·         Acorn Park Shelter Demolition and Grounds Restoration

·         Athletic Field Upgrades, Landscaping and System Amenities

 

5.      COMPREHENSIVE PLAN COMMITTEE REPORT

Willmus updated the Commission on the activities of the Comprehensive Planning Committee. 

·         Committee is working its way through the wants and needs of the community

·         Project deadline is December 2008

·         There are members of the committee that do not want a link to the Parks Master Plan in the Comp Plan – this topic continues to be discussed and debated by the committee

 

6.      DIRECTOR’S REPORT

·         HANC Planning Committee is finalizing its review process and will be meeting February 21 to review its report.  Committee to present findings to Parks and Recreation Commission and Council in March.

·         2008 Legislative season has begun.  The Roseville Skating Center projects, including the Geothermal project are in the House bill.  At this time, we have not seen the projects in the Senate bill.

·         City is looking to use Best Value Contracting on the Geothermal project.  Government agencies can now procure contractors by using the Best Value process rather than low bid based on selected, project specific criteria.  Roseville City Council has authorized staff to work with Arizona State University to train Roseville staff on the Best Value system and consult on the Geothermal project.

·         Council has narrowed down the Imagine Roseville 2025 recommendations into short, medium and long range goals.  The Council has scheduled a special session on February 20th to review the work plan.

·         Commission inquiries;

o        Are you interested in developing a Commission Work Plan for the upcoming year? Commission recommended reviewing the work plan at the March meeting.

o        Is the Commission interested in a joint Council-Commission Meeting?  Commission was unanimously in favor of meeting with the Council.  Commission recommended a June meeting.

 

7.      OTHER

The number of waste removal companies working in Roseville was discussed – it was questioned if this is in the best interest of the environment to have numerous trucks in our neighborhoods and on our streets on trash pick up days.  It was also questioned if weekly recycling pick-up was necessary.

 

Commissioners would like to look into a joint meeting with the Public Works, Environment and Transportation Commission to discuss like concerns and needs.

 

Meeting adjourned at 7:45 pm

 

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

Jill Anfang, Assistant Director