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Parks and Recreation
December 1, 2009
D. Holt, M. Holt, Hiber, Jacobson, Pederson, Ristow, Stark, Willmus
1. INTRODUCTIONS/ROLL CALL/PUBLIC COMMENT
No Public Comment
2. APPROVAL OF
MINUTES – NOVEMBER 2, 2009 MEETING
Minutes for the November 2, 2009 meeting were approved unanimously.
PROPOSAL at ACORN PARK
Brokke briefed the Commission of
the status of the Clearwire Proposal.
Planning Commission discussed the Clearwire proposal following
this Commission’s November discussion and recommendation.
City Code suggests considering a multi-location tower when
considering the addition of a communications tower to minimize the number of
tower locations in the City.
The original Clearwire proposal was for a mono pole. Although there
are no specific additional proposals there has been discussions relating to a
multi-provider pole/structural tower. The mono-pole is a 120’ structure with
ground space of approximately 7’ x 7’, the multi-provider pole is 150’ tall and
requires about 40’ x 60’ of ground space.
Brokke has met with the City IT department and the City Manager
to discuss locating a communications pole in Acorn Park. The City has sent out
inquiries to gauge the interest by other providers.
Whether it is appropriate to have a multi-provider tower in Acorn Park.
What is the potential for ice forming on the tower and dropping to
the ground, especially since this is an activity area?
Can the Commission recommend a single provider tower for Acorn Park?
The unanimous concern is that a 40’ x 60’ ground area will impact
Commissioners commented that it is difficult to comment without a
4. PARKS AND
RECREATION SYSTEM MASTER PLAN UPDATE
Brokke updated the Commission on
the progress of the Master Plan Update.
The planning process is moving along. First Community Meeting
was held on November 5, 2009. The workshop-like meeting involved over 70
Listening Sessions are being scheduled for January and February.
These sessions will involve community organizations as well as site specific
sessions for each sector of Roseville.
Providing the Community Meeting findings online.
Revising the parks and recreation questionnaire into a shortened,
more condensed version.
5. 2010 BUDGET
Brokke reviewed the current status
of the 2010 budget.
Outdoor rinks were originally identified as a service to be cut
from the 2010 budget. At recent Council meetings, there appears to be support
to keep funding for the neighborhood rinks.
A Diseased and Hazardous Trees line item has been established and
identified as a “new 2010 item.”
$100,000 was originally submitted because of the concern for
Emerald Ash Borer. The recommended budget is $50,000.
The PIP budget has been recommended at $165,000, rather than the
$215,000 submitted by Parks and Recreation staff. This reduction has essentially
gone to manage Diseased and Hazardous Trees.
Commissioners recommend adding background information for the
goals to better understand the history and significance of the goal/initiative.
Commissioners recommend focusing on goals as a special meeting
when there is time to process.
Commissioners requested that there be measurable tasks and action
steps for each Goal and that goals be assigned to specific commissioners.
Commissioners suggested starting with a clean slate of goals so
that they can focus on current needs.
Commissioners suggested using the February retreat as a time to
discuss and set goals. Commissioners also recommend spending time to discuss
what the Commission charge is and what are the Parks and Recreation Commission
Commissioners requested that the January Commission meeting be
used to review the Commission charge and mission.
February retreat to be used to set goals, discuss mission of
commission, review ‘10 budget.
Commissioners discussed what the
purpose of the Parks and Recreation Commission is and asked for community input
into what the Parks and Recreation Commission should be focusing on.
The skating center has been busy lately, lots of people taking
advantage of the outdoor ice at the OVAL.
Skating Center will once again be hosting a New Years Eve
Celebration. Thank you to Goodmanson Construction for sponsoring this event
again this year.
The golf course closed the last week in November. Unbelievable
fall weather made for a great November at Cedarholm.
Emerald Ash Borer is getting closer to Roseville. There has
recently been a confirmed case the University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus.
Staff have submitted a grant request that supports preparedness
in managing the disease.
The Nature Center is hosting a holiday craft fair in City Hall
December 5th and 6th.
We are moving ahead with the Ramsey County Active Living 1,000
Bench program. Staff have created a nine bench loop around Langton Lake. Concrete slabs have been poured, benches and inspirational pavers will be
installed in the spring.
New play equipment has been installed at Villa Park.
Walkways surround the Arena have been replaced.
Skating Center Bonding projects are underway.
Scoreboard is in and operating
OVAL tarmac has been replaced
Banquet Room carpeting is being replaced in late December
Arboretum Restroom is nearing completion
2/3 of Nature Center boardwalk has been removed by Ramsey County
Sentence to Serve program.
FORPARKS home tour was a big success.
Friends of the OVAL Foundation winter gala – CHILL, was well
Willmus announced that there are 3
terms opening up this next year, one is a partial term and 2 are full term
positions. Commissioners are encouraged to think about reappointments if interested.
Meeting adjourned at 8:05 pm
Jill Anfang, Assistant Director