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Parks and Recreation
Parks and Recreation Commission Minutes
February 9, 2012
PRESENT: Azer, Diedrick, Doneen, Etten, D. Holt, M. Holt, Pederson, Ristow, Simbeck
ABSENT: Boehm called ahead with excused absence
STAFF: Anfang, Brokke
1. INTRODUCTIONS/ROLL CALL/PUBLIC COMMENT
FORParks Representatives in attendance, Janet Thul, Luella Zibell, Nancy Robbins and Marilyn Di Martino presented the parks and recreation commission and staff a check for $50,000 to replace the fountain in Lake Bennett, make improvements and upgrades to the interior of the Nature Center and add/replace benches in Central Park.
FORParks has had a long standing relationship with Roseville Parks & Recreation. Friends of Roseville Parks has been very successful raising money over the years resulting in substantial contributions to the Roseville Parks system over the past 40 years.
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES – JANUARY 3, 2012 MEETING
Minutes for the January 3, 2012 meeting were approved unanimously.
3. MASTER PLAN IMPLEMENTATION DISCUSSION – PARK & RECREATION RENEWAL PROGRAM
Jason Etten briefed the Commission on the first two Renewal Program Community and Neighborhood meetings.
· The January 25th included information sharing on the 2012 projects and an overview of projects and timelines for the four-year Renewal Program.
· On February 8th the Lexington Park Neighborhood & Community meeting included sharing the previously developed park master plan, updates on projects scheduled for 2012 and feedback from the community on their ideas for Lexington Park.
Brokke discussed the Best Value Procurement Process and how it will be used by the Renewal Program. Jeff Evenson and Brad Tullberg from the Parks and Recreation staff along with Kris Giga from Public Works will be trained in the Best Value principles and processes by Arizona State University. Their training will not only be put to use by the renewal program but will also be available for other city-wide development projects.
Etten recognized the Council’s unanimous support of the Best Value Process. Best Value application can be applied to most everything we do. This is a broad, new way of thinking and working with huge potential for the City of Roseville.
Brokke updated the Commission on the status of the Renewal Program funding. The appeal hearing took place February 8. No decision was made. The courts have up to 90 days to make their decision. Staff and volunteers are respectfully and cautiously moving forward. We will do as much as we can without spending much money and working internally.
Dave Holt inquired into how the possible 90 day will affect future bond funding. Lonnie did not have an answer and would guess that nothing more would be done until there is a ruling.
We are looking to leverage Renewal Program funds through grants – staff are working to submit an application for Legacy funds for a Langton Lake shoreline and forest restoration and an application for a Community Forestry grant to add to or replace public trees.
4. DIRECTORS REPORT
o Updated Forestry Ordinance
o Collaborations with Northwestern College and North Suburban Soccer Association for expanded field maintenance
o Completed Parks & Recreation survey resulting in the Renewal Program
o Partnership with the DNR to replace the fishing pier in Lake Bennett
o Skating Center hosted 3 significant new events in the past year
o Department of Ag cutting branches in Roseville, Lauderdale and Falcon Heights to examine for EAB
o Continue to pursue the possibility of the local option sales tax
Meeting adjourned at 8:05pm
Jill Anfang, Assistant Director