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Parks and Recreation
April 5, 2011
Diedrick, Doneen, Etten, D.Holt, M. Holt, Jacobson, Pederson, Simbeck
contacted staff ahead of time
Dan Williams, Steve Dorf
1. INTRODUCTIONS/ROLL CALL/PUBLIC COMMENT
2. APPROVAL OF
MINUTES ?MARCH 1, 2011 MEETING
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
Brokke provided a brief
background and outlined the role of the Commission regarding Park Dedication.
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.
Mr. Williams provided background information on Meritex
Enterprises, Inc and the history of Highcrest Park.
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
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
Doneen clarified that the action of re-platting the property is
the mechanism that initiates the Park Dedication process.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Sometime in the future, Roseville will need to look into
controlling the deer population
Coyotes are frequently being spotted in the City. At this
time, no one controls coyotes
Geese are periodically managed in heavy use areas like the Golf
Course and Langton Lake
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
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.
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.
Meeting adjourned at 8:20pm
Jill Anfang, Assistant Director