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Parks and Recreation Commission Minutes
December 6, 2011
PRESENT: Azer, Boehm, Diedrick, Etten, D. Holt, M. Holt, Ristow, Simbeck
ABSENT: Doneen, Pederson called ahead with excused absences
STAFF: Anfang, Brokke
1. INTRODUCTIONS/ROLL CALL/PUBLIC COMMENT
No Public comment
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES – November 1, 2011 MEETING
Minutes for the November 1, 2011 meeting were approved unanimously.
3. COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT TASK FORCE REPORT
Greg Simbeck gave an update of recent activities from the Community Engagement Task Force. The task force is hoping to gather more input from the community, if possible, before they present their findings to the Council in February. The major tasks for the committee are to look at how the City interacts with its residents and to explore how the neighborhoods look back into the City and its operations. Throughout the process the task force has heard how much the community loves their parks and looks to include the connections to parks whenever appropriate.
4. PARK DEDICATION - WALMART
Preliminary information on park dedication for the 17.8 acres at Cleveland and County Road C were presented to the Commission by Brokke. A proposal to develop the property into a Walmart Shopping Center has begun to be reviewed by City staff. The role of the commission is to make recommendation to the Council whether to accept land, cash or a combination of to satisfy the park dedication requirement.
A recent potential proposal from the Walmart Representatives was to provide land dedication in another area of Langton Lake. There is a possibility of a combination of land and cash as well as the traditional all land dedication or all cash payment. The park dedication fees could contribute to possible Master Plan projects. Commissioner Ristow suggested the commission consider recommending the cash in lieu of land based on past needs and recent financial discussions.
5. MASTER PLAN IMPLEMENTATION DISCUSSION
The recent lawsuit did not move forward through the appeal system and the first round of bonds are expected to be awarded on Monday, December 12. The current bonding process has adjusted the renewal program timeline into a 4-year plan. Staff looks to take the 4-year plan to the Council on January 23 to outline the work plan and to discuss using the best value procurement method.
Commissioners discussed their interest in continuing efforts for a local sales tax to finance future additions to the park system as outlined by the updated Master Plan. Brokke mentioned that the Council and City Manager have continued to discuss the local sales tax option and have shown an interest in making it an upcoming initiative of theirs. There is a question whether pursuing the local sales tax option would be an initiative of Roseville’s alone or piggy-backed with a League of Minnesota Cities initiative. Brokke explained that recent legislative action has changed the process for Cities pursuing the local sales tax option. Communities must now take the question to the voters through a referendum before requesting legislative action. Potentially, the referendum question could be part of the November 2012 election.
Commissioner D. Holt recognized that there is some confusion over what the Local sales Tax is and what it would be used for. A community-wide education process would be very important to the Local Sales Tax Option consideration.
6. DIRECTORS REPORT
o Commissioners commented that the Park Renewal Program (PRP) is essentially a “super sized” PIP and the facilities and properties in the community got to this point because of PIP reductions in recent years.
o Commissioners recommended renaming the PIP because it is somewhat a misnomer in that “improvement” tends to be viewed as new … improved. Roseville’s PIP is a maintenance program and should be identified as such – PMP – Park Maintenance Program.
Meeting adjourned at 7:55pm
Jill Anfang, Assistant Director