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and Recreation Commission
March 4, 2014
Boehm, Diedrick, Doneen, Gelbach, D. Holt, M. Holt, Stoner
Wall notified staff about being unable to attend
Tom Turba spoke to the Commission
on behalf of the Friends of Lexington Park.
The Friends of Lexington Park
(FLP) are interested in raising money to add a climbing feature (rock/boulder)
for older children and teens in Lexington Park. To date, FLP has raised $14,000
and looks to raise the additional funds needed to purchase a play feature of
this type. A donor has come forward and committed to matching funds in an effort
to help the Friends of Lexington Park meet their goal.
The Friends of Lexington Park hope
this project can be completed with the Renewal Program projects taking place in
the park this summer.
Tom Turba is managing the fund
raising efforts and suggested that community members interested in contributing
to this project contact him directly at TNTurba@comcast.net.
Lonnie Brokke thanked Tom and the
Friends of Lexington Park for their longtime support of Lexington Park.
3. APPROVAL OF
MINUTES - FEBRUARY 6, 2014 MEETING
Minutes for the February 6, 2014
meeting were approved unanimously.
4. PARK BOARD
Brokke updated the Commission on
the latest legal information on the Park Board. Because Roseville is a Plan B
City, a City Manager form of Government; it is not eligible for Park Board
status without Legislative action. Currently the City Council cannot relinquish
authority of parks and recreation to another group.
Commissioners inquired into how
the HRA came to be; the HRA was approved through the legislature.
Commissioners voiced their interest in knowing more about the
process the HRA went through to achieve board status - when did this take
place, how extensive was the effort What would the process look like?
Commissioners questioned whether they, as a group, are interested
in moving forward in support of a park board.
D. Holt commented on how the current Commission acts more like a
Board than a Commission.
Stoner recognized that we are about a year out on the legislative
timeline for an action like this.
All agreed that the Park Board discussion should be included on
the April agenda and the Commission should prepare to have the topic at the
joint Council/Commission meeting in June.
PROJECT: MURIEL SAHLIN ARBORETUM/COMMUNITY ORCHARD
Brokke explained that staff had
recently been approached by the "Minnesota Project" organization about the
potential of establishing a fruit orchard at the Muriel Sahlin Arboretum as
part of a "Fruits of the City" program.
Brokke commented that this project
would complement the Arboretum as an education component, involve local
volunteers, fence installation to assist with protection of the existing tree
nursery, and is consistent with the edible gardens that currently exist.
The budget on a project like this would ultimately be
approximately $100,000. The Minnesota Project would work to apply for grants to
support necessary funding and be involved with supplying of volunteers to
establish and maintain the site into the future.
Commissioners voiced the following
Doneen wondered how the community would be involved in the
Brokke spoke to the volunteer aspects as well as education
opportunities for area youth and adults.
Azer commented on the potential for involvement by community
members who are recent immigrants to the area.
Azer moved that Parks and
Recreation continue to pursue the Fruits of the City program.
Second by Gelbach. Motion passed
6. PARKS AND
RECREATION RENEWAL PROGRAM UPDATE
Brokke informed the Commission that
eleven renewal program proposal packages are available for the local
contracting community; all proposals are due within the coming month.
Staff will bring more information on the proposals to the April
Staff are planning to take the projects to the Council April 7
and April 14.
Doneen inquired into plans for
Brokke spoke about possible pathway linkages along County Road B
between Cleveland and Highway 280.
Staff are continuing discussions with property owners for a
possible land purchase in the area.
Brokke also shared the possibility of the Historical Society
moving into the Evergreen Park building as a permanent display and operations
The Historical Society addition combines nicely with the
Southwest Neighbors interests in bringing more passive activity options to
Evergreen Park compliments the Historical Society in that it
provides them visibility to a wide spectrum of the community.
In addition, students at Brimhall School will benefit from access
to a Historical component.
7. STAFF REPORT
Annual Tree Sale continues through Mid-April.
OVAL was originally scheduled to close March 2 due to weather
conditions, staff has extended the season by one week without using the
condensers to refrigerate the ice.
Neighborhood rinks are open; we have continued to clear the snow
whenever possible. Staff schedules ended mid-February.
Currently, there is one Parks and Recreation Commission open.
Applications are due by March 5.
Meeting adjourned at 7:45pm
Jill Anfang, Assistant Director