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Parks and Recreation Commission Minutes

JANUARY 6, 2009

 

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

ABSENT:                 Kendall notified staff ahead of time that he was unable to attend

STAFF:                   Brokke, Anfang

 

1.      INTRODUCTIONS/ROLL CALL/PUBLIC COMMENT

No Public Comment

 

2.      APPROVAL OF MINUTES – DECEMBER 2, 2008 MEETING

Commission Recommendation:  Minutes for the December 2, 2008 meeting were approved unanimously.

 

3.      ROSEVILLE AREA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC DIRECTOR PRESENTATION

Jenny Loeck and Roseville Area Schools Superintendent John Thein were in attendance to talk about the relationship between City and School and provide an overview of school district use and needs for athletic fields and activity areas.  Roseville Area Schools and Roseville Parks and Recreation have always enjoyed a very cooperative relationship.  Roseville Schools is looking at possibly upgrading the High School Stadium with artificial turf and other event amenities.  Artificial Turf would allow for additional access to the field by physical education classes, school district athletic teams, community sports teams and parks and recreation programs.  Jenny Loeck presented the many benefits of artificial turf.  Following the presentation, John Thein and Jenny Loeck took questions from the Commission.

 

4.      MURIEL SAHLIN ARBORETUM RESTROOM/MULTI PURPOSE FACILITY

Brokke spoke of Central Park Foundation’s significant contributions to all of Central Park and their noteworthy involvement in the development of the Muriel Sahlin Arboretum.  One significant piece missing from the Arboretum is a permanent restroom facility.  The Central Park Foundation would like to make this happen.  Foundation Committee members have been working on a proposal and would like the opportunity to bring it to the Parks and Recreation Commission for their feedback. 

 

Commission Recommendation: 

Commission recommended Foundation coming back with more details.  Motion made by Ristow to carry this item forward to the February meeting.  Second by Pederson.   Motion passed unanimously.

 

 

5.      MASTER PLAN CONTINUED DISCUSSION

Brokke reported to the Commission that funding for Master Planning has been removed from the 2009 budget.  Discussion and questions by Commission followed.

·         Commissioners inquired into possible phased funding/payments and suggested that outlining such a project might jump start the process.

·         Pederson commented that the master planning process needs to be done before the parks get too run down.

·         Brokke mentioned that the process has been driven by community interest and the Imagine Roseville 2025 outcomes.

·         Willmus believes it is important to go forward and identify key components of the parks and recreation system.  With a completed master plan you have a tool to take to the community for referendum consideration.  It is up to the public to decide what should be done.

·         Stark recognizes that economic conditions have changed since first considerations of a Master Planning Process, but, he still feels that the City should move forward with the process.

·         Ristow continues to advocate for local sales tax to rebuild the parks.

Brokke thanked the Commission for the input and insight.  He wanted to get a feel for whether or not the Commission supported moving forward with the Master Plan proposal.

 

 

Commission Recommendation: 

Motion by Ristow to request the Council consider moving forward with the Parks Master Planning process.  Second by Kamrath.   Motion passed unanimously.

 

6.      COMMISSION RETREAT DISCUSSION

Commissioners recommended delaying annual commission retreat until after new Commissioners are named.  Sometime during the fall was suggested as a possible date.

 

7.      FRANK ROG AMPHITHEATRE UPDATE

Anfang updated the Commission on progress of the Amphitheatre upgrades.  Staff continue to work on project pricing for the replacement of the sound and lighting systems, rebuild decking, new signage and renew flooring, siding and roofing. 

Anfang also updated the Commission on the public art project that will take place at the Amphitheatre.  We are working with FORCAST Public Art to commission an artist do design a signature piece of art to be installed at the Amphitheatre.  Five mosaic artists have shown interest in the project and have submitted samples of their work for consideration.  A committee made up of Commissioners, Central Park Foundation representative and the Rog Family will review the submitted materials and chose an artist this month.  Staff will keep the Commission updated on this project.  A June 7th dedication/celebration is planned for the Amphitheatre.

 

8.      DIRECTOR’S REPORT

§         A City-wide hiring freeze was initiated in December.  Parks and Recreation currently has three open positions, two the result of retirements.  One of the open positions is the park maintenance supervisor, a key potion in our operations.

§         Fire Station # 1 is being transitioned into inactive status by the Fire Department.  This has resulted in our needing to cancel or relocate all community groups that meet in the training room on the east side of the building.  Over the next 6 months staff will be working to relocate the remaining users.

 

9.      OTHER

Gale Pederson welcomed back Bob Willmus to his position as Commission Chair.  Wished Jeff Johnson well in his new position on the City Council and thanked Jim Stark for his work as interim chair over the past months.

 

Meeting adjourned at 8:20 pm

 

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

Jill Anfang, Assistant Director