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Parks and Recreation Commission Minutes

April 5, 2011

 

PRESENT:              Azer, Diedrick, Doneen, Etten, D.Holt, M. Holt, Jacobson, Pederson, Simbeck

ABSENT:                Ristow contacted staff ahead of time

STAFF:                   Brokke, Anfang

GUESTS:                Dan Williams, Steve Dorf

 

1.    INTRODUCTIONS/ROLL CALL/PUBLIC COMMENT

               

 

2.    APPROVAL OF MINUTES ?MARCH 1, 2011 MEETING

Commission Recommendation: 

Minutes for the March 1, 2011 meeting were approved unanimously.

 

 

3.    SWEARING IN OF NEW COMMISSIONERS

Commission Chair Etten performed the swearing in of the new Parks and Recreation Commissioner members Lee Diedrick and Greg Simbeck

 

 

4.    PARK DEDICATION

  1. Meritex Enterprises, Inc.

Brokke provided a brief background and outlined the role of the Commission regarding Park Dedication.

Meritex Enterprises representatives Dan Williams and Steve Dorf were present at the meeting and briefed the Commission on their current proposal and their request to waive the required Park Dedication fee.

o    Mr. Williams provided background information on Meritex Enterprises, Inc and the history of Highcrest Park.

o    Meritex Enterprises is specifically requesting that the Parks and Recreation Commission recommend to the City Council to waive the Park Dedication fee for the Highcrest Park Property because it is burdensome to economic development and a significant hit to Meritex?s return.

§  D. Holt asked Maritex representatives why the City should waive the Park Dedication fee. Holt also questioned if the City has the ability to maximize its return on the property why would they willingly give up this right? Maritex responded that they feel there is not a direct connection to the use of park services by this development.

§  Azer commented that a new development coming into the City needs to be a part of the whole City and not chose what services it will contribute to.

§  D. Holt reminded Commissioners that exceptions set precedence and waiving the Park Dedication Fee at this time will make it difficult for the City to go back on the exception in the future.

§  D. Holt summarized the nexus concept and recognized that the local business community does use the park system and benefits from the Community resource.

§  Doneen clarified that the action of re-platting the property is the mechanism that initiates the Park Dedication process.

 

Commission Recommendation: 

Motion by Doneen, second by Holt to recommend the Roseville City Council not accept Meritex request to waive the park dedication fee, and recommend that the Council accept the cash in lieu of land option for this land development.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

  1. Josephine Woods

Brokke briefed the Commission on the development status for the Josephine Woods Development. The project is at the point where the preliminary plat is approved and final plat is being reviewed. In addition to a Commission recommendation to the Council for Park Dedication, a discussion of the process for Park Dedication and the timing for Commission and Staff input on Park Dedication options for a development is needed.

    • Commissioners around the table agreed that they should be involved in reviewing and recommending Park Dedication earlier in the development process.
    • Commissioners discussed the need to use the Updated Master Plan as a guide for park dedication recommendation on future developments.
    • Commissioners also talked about the need to creatively consider ways to add to the park system when considering park dedication.

 

Commission Recommendation: 

Motion by Azer, second by Simbeck to recommend the Roseville City Council accept the cash in lieu of land option for Josephine Woods Development.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

5.    MASTER PLAN IMPLEMENTATION DISCUSSION

o    Etten updated the Commission and public on the latest work of the Implementation Organizing Team and Work Groups.  Etten reminded everyone that all are invited and encouraged to participate in one of the five work groups.  The Implementation Work Groups include; Finance and Communications, Constellation Representatives, Community Facilities and Organizations, Natural Resources and Trails, and Implementation Partners.  This is a great opportunity to help shape the future of Roseville Parks and Recreation.

o    Anfang shared a final draft of the Community Survey.  This draft is being prepared and tested for a random survey distribution in the next 2 weeks. Anfang recognized the work by many community members that helped shape this survey.

o    Brokke reviewed the recently completed Community Satisfaction Survey. Parks and Recreation services and facilities are highly regarded by the community and this was reflected in their survey response. 

 

6.    DIRECTORS REPORT

  • Geyen Memorial Project at Bruce Russell Park

o    This has been an item ongoing since last fall at which time the Commission was supportive of a project to memorialize Carter Geyen and provide an additional amenity to the park. This project initially was going to be a sitting area, bench and drinking fountain. Last fall the water line was installed. Over the winter, additional resources have been donated and the project has expanded to include pathway connections from the parking area to the sitting area and to the existing play ground as well as sand/water play feature. The hope is to complete this project early this summer. It is brought back to the Commission to be sure the Commission continues to concur with the project. Staff plans to review plans with the neighborhood near the park. Staff will also continue to work with the Geyen Family and their volunteer partners to make this a fitting memorial and park addition. The Parks and Recreation Commission concurred with pursuing the project. 

  • Reminder of city-wide Ethics Training on Thursday, April 14th.
  • Wildlife Management Update

o    Parks and Recreation staff began to accept resident calls about the local deer population 6-7 years ago. Roseville partners with Ramsey County for ongoing monitoring of the deer population

o    Sometime in the future, Roseville will need to look into controlling the deer population

o    Coyotes are frequently being spotted in the City.  At this time, no one controls coyotes

o    Geese are periodically managed in heavy use areas like the Golf Course and Langton Lake

o    This update and discussion are due to the increased attention by staff in addressing citizen concerns and the potential need for a new program to address local wildlife management

  • Golf Course opens soon ? Weather permitting.

 

7.    OTHER

  • New Commissioner Introductions

o    Lee Diedrick is a 30 year resident of Roseville. Lives near Pioneer Park . Has been involved in programs when her children were younger. Volunteered in the parks through local Girl Scout groups.

o    Greg Simbeck has lived in Roseville for 3 years. He and his family live near Reservoir Woods. Greg moved to Roseville from St. Paul because of the park amenities.

  • Jason Etten commented on the good work done keeping pathways clear of snow and available throughout the winter.

 

Meeting adjourned at 8:20pm

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Jill Anfang, Assistant Director