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Parks and Recreation Commission Minutes

August 5, 2008

 

 

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

ABSENT:                 Hiber, Kruzel (contacted staff prior to meeting)

STAFF:                   Brokke, Anfang

 

1.      INTRODUCTIONS/ROLL CALL/PUBLIC COMMENT

No public comment

 

2.      APPROVAL OF MINUTES – JUNE 3, 2008 MEETING

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

 

3.      APPROVAL OF MINUTES – JULY 1, 2008 MEETING

Commission Recommendation:  Minutes for the July 1, 2008 meeting were approved unanimously.

 

4.      GALE PEDERSON RECOGNITION

Jeff Johnson reported that the Ramsey County Parks and Recreation Board recently recognized the Central park Foundation as a nominee for the Ramsey County Outstanding Group of the Year and awarded Gale Pederson the Ramsey County parks and Recreation Citizen of the Year Award.  Congratulations Gale!

 

5.      COMPREHENSIVE PLAN COMMITTEE UPDATE

Jeff Johnson reported back to the Commission on recent Comp Plan Committee activity. The Parks and Recreation component of the Comp Plan has minimal changes.  Much of the detail has been left to future Parks and Recreation Master Planning efforts and the System Plan Updates. The Comp Plan is to be adopted by the Council by the end of the year.

 

6.      ARCHERY RANGE PRESENTATION

Brent Huberty and Todd Anderson, Roseville residents and archery enthusiasts, were present to share information on archery facilities for future consideration in Roseville.

Brent talked to the Commission about three Archery Facility scenarios.

·        Target Range ~ Lowest cost, smallest land requirements, least maintenance

·        Archery Park ~ accommodates a greater variety of archers, larger land requirements, more costly to build and maintain.

·        Archery Trail ~ Focused on the bow hunter, requires 30-40 acres of land and is the most costly to build, maintenance similar to the Archery Park.

Todd Anderson was present to support Brent’s presentation and initiative.  Todd sees archery as a lifelong activity that involves the family as well as individual participants.

 

Huberty’s main objective in presenting to the Commission was to make people aware that there is an interest in archery in our community and to learn what the process was for making a request/recommendation for additions to the parks and recreation system. 

 

Discussions followed in regards to the possibility of involving the school district as a partner to maximize use and possibly access land.  Brokke and the Commission talked in regards to the timing of this presentation as we begin to assess our community resources and pursue a system-wide Master Planning process. 

 

7.      PATHWAY COMMITTEE UPDATE

Sarah Brodt Lenz, the Commission representative to the committee, was not able to attend the recent Community Open House.  She did report that committee members are working on ranking the 32 pathway projects.

 

8.      MASTER PLAN REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP) DISCUSSION

Brokke talked to the Community’s recognition of the need to evaluate the Parks and Recreation system as an operational guide through 2020.  A system-wide Master plan will provide Roseville with a accurate, useable information that will guide future actions.

 

Key to the Master Planning process will be extensive public involvement.  The Master Plan will include land acquisitions and management, program and facility review and recommendations.  The Master Plan will also review community demographics, inventory existing facilities and evaluate programs and community interests, research recreation standards, compile a community needs assessment then follow up with an action plan and implementation.

 

The initial steps in the Master Planning process include;

·        Finalizing and issuing RFP

·        Identifying a planning firm

·        Identifying a steering/planning committee with technical advisory groups

 

A current Parks and Recreation Master Plan is vital to good representation in the City Comprehensive Plan.

 

9.      RECOMMENDED ANNUAL TOUR DAY/DATE/LOCATIONS/TOPICS

Staff and Commissioners decided to take a year off from the annual tour as all members have experienced the tour at least once and the time can be used to further discuss the Master Planning process and tour the Skating Center Geothermal project.

 

Commission Recommendation: 

Motion by Pederson recommending the Commission use their September meeting to tour the Skating Center Geothermal project and discuss the Master Planning process.  Second by Willmus.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

10.  DEPARTMENT REVIEW

Jill Anfang briefed the Commission on recent department operations and upcoming and recently hosted programs and events.  This month’s presentation focused on upcoming fall events and programs.

 

11.  DIRECTORS REPORT

  • Roseville University, a study of Roseville City Government begins September 4.
  • Tours of the Skating Center Geothermal project are available, for more information contact staff.
  • Geothermal Project Update

·        Project is on schedule

·        Number of wells was increased by six to acquire the number of linear feet required.

·        In the first ten days the arena has been closed the ice has been removed, arena staff has removed the boards and glass, floor piping and insulation has been removed and trenches have been dug to connect the wells.

·        City Manager is scheduled to present his budget to the Council on August 11.

 

12.  OTHER

Commissioners commented on the need for a working overhead projector to best serve the public.  Much of the information from tonight’s meeting was not available to the public because the overhead system was not operating and the backup Elmo was not made available.

 

Frank Rog sent a very nice thank you to Jim Stark following the renaming of the Amphitheatre in his honor.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Jill Anfang, Assistant Director