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Parks and Recreation
Parks and Recreation Commission Minutes
August 2, 2011 – 8:00 p.m.
PRESENT: Azer, Diedrick, Doneen, Etten, Jacobson, M. Holt, Pederson, Ristow, Simbeck
ABSENT: D. Holt contacted staff ahead of time
STAFF: Brokke, Anfang
1. INTRODUCTIONS/ROLL CALL/PUBLIC COMMENT
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES – May 3, 2011 MEETING
Minutes for the May 3, 2011 meeting were approved unanimously.
3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES – June 16, 2011 June 21, 2011 MEETING
Minutes for the June 16, 2011 June 21, 2011 meeting were approved unanimously.
4. RECOGNITION OF COMMISSION SERVICE
Jason Etten recognized Julia Jacobson’s two years of service as the student representative to the Parks and Recreation Commission. Brokke thanked Julia for all her contributions to the community and the Roseville Parks and Recreation system. Julia was heavily involved in the Master Plan process including taking the lead on conducting a student interest and opinion survey at the high school resulting in 2000 young people weighing in on the future of Roseville Parks and Recreation. Julia also wrote an article for the RAHS newspaper that was later included in other local press pieces.
5. MERITEX PARK DEDICATION
Commissioners discussed the park dedication options for the development of this parcel. Commissioners spoke to previous decisions for earlier developments in the area.
Motion by Ristow, second by Simbeck to recommend to the Roseville City Council to accept cash in lieu of land for park development for the 3rd subdivision of the Meritex property in Southwest Roseville.
Discussion included commissioners inquiring into whether or not revenues collected from park dedication can be used for public art. Staff explained that the state statute directs park dedication funds to be used for capital projects and not for maintenance. Motion passed unanimously
6. MASTER PLAN IMPLEMENTATION DISCUSSION
Commissioner Etten summarized the Master Plan process to date and the implementation proposal that has been sent to the Council.
o 45 people attended the July 28 Community Meeting to review, discuss and comment on the current proposal. Hundreds of people have taken part in the Discover Your Parks Constellation Tour and have had an opportunity to talk first hand with staff, commissioners and community volunteers on the Master Plan and the proposal to preserve and improve the parks and recreation system.
Motion by Pederson: Based on extensive community input and community planning the Parks & Recreation Commission recommends the City Council approve the framework for phase one of the Master Plan implementation including, the method, approach and dollar amount, with additional detail work to be brought to the Council in the near future. Second by Ristow. Motion passed unanimously
7. BUDGET DISCUSSION
The City Managers recommended budget will significantly impact the Parks and Recreation Department. This proposal requires Parks & Recreation to reduce the staffing levels by one full-time recreation staff position. The elimination of this position will affect non-fee programs and many, if not all of the community special events. Also included in the reductions is a downsizing of the PIP budget from $185,000 to $45,000. In 1990, the PIP budget was $250,000 and responsible for many major projects, today, the budget has inched its way back to $185,000 but is needed to take care of day-to-day park needs of maintenance and replacement. In the greater scheme of things, the Parks and Recreation budget is proposed to bear 34-35% of the over all city budget reductions for the 2012-2014 budget cycle.
City Council will take public comment on Monday, August 8. To date, the Council has had general discussions on the proposed budget and is looking for community comment.
8. DIRECTORS REPORT
o August 22 – request for council action based on the motion from tonight’s meeting to move forward with the Master Plan implementation phase one: Preservation and Improvement Program
o September – public tree Master Plan to go to Council for review/approval
Meeting adjourned at 9:45pm
Jill Anfang, Assistant Director