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and Recreation Commission
August 4, 2015
Becker-Finn, Diedrick, Gelbach, Heikkila, Newby, O'Brien, Stoner
Bogenholm, Doneen, Holt notified staff about being unable to attend
STAFF: Anfang, Brokke, Paul Bilotta, Community Development Director
No public comment at this time.
3. APPROVAL OF
MINUTES - JUNE 2, 2015 MEETING
June 2, 2015 minutes passed unanimously.
LANGTON LAKE PARK in RELATION TO TWIN LAKES AREA
Bilotta requested to speak with
the Commission in an effort to get ahead of the game as groups look into
development opportunities in the Twin Lakes area and to hear first-hand from
the Commission their thoughts and questions.
Bilotta presented general, broad
information on the Twin Lakes area, including the upcoming development of Twin
Lakes Parkway. Planning for the parkway began in 1996. The Parkway project is
going out to bid on Monday. Paul shared maps of the Parkway adjacent to Langton
Bilotta commented that project community meetings have shown
there is community interest in the park in relation to this project.
Bilotta also mentioned there are potential development proposals
that could be coming in to the City in the coming months.
Commission discussion followed.
Commissioners inquired into more information on the Regulating
Bilotta explained that the Regulating Plan allows the City to
require developers to provide items in a development
Stoner asked about environmental impacts with the current Parkway
Bilotta responded that the plans address current environmental
standards & requirements
Gelbach asked about whether the project will provide possible
assistance for improving Terrace parking lot run off.
Bilotta replied that the local watershed is interested in being
involved in improvements as well as doing direct parking lot improvements.
Becker-Finn commented on the pathways in Langton Lake Park and
how some of the pathways have a significant buffer while others have minimal
buffers and commented on how the community has often commented on interest in
maintaining the buffer and/or increasing green space/buffers around pathways in
Bilotta added that the Council has also added a height buffer
adjacent to the park.
Becker-Finn also added it is one thing to have a green buffer,
and it?s another thing to have a paved parking lot buffer.
Bilotta asked the Commission & staff about access
opportunities, easement possibilities, ie. greenway corridor.
Brokke mentioned that engaging a planning professional to work
with citizens and staff to look at access and opportunities in the area.
O'Brien commented on how things seem to be moving fast, what is
the timeline at Twin Lakes?
Adjacent lands to the park are about 2 years out and are need in
some site clean-up and requiring more time. Current interests are a bit removed
from the park area but will eventually move closer to park.
Brokke commented how the regulating map helps us by identifying
different needs with different developments.
Twin Lakes Public Comment:
Annette Phillips voiced her interest in keeping the area well
buffered. The Twin Lakes area is a real jewel, the warehouses are not visually
beautiful, but they are quiet. There are concerns about potential parking lots
very close to the park and encourage efforts to keep the park pristine and
Carol Tanning is concerned about the safety of walkers in the
area. Carol feels the development has the possibility of opening up properties
to unsafe situations and is concerned about those potential problems that could
come in with further development. She urges the City to keep the area safe.
Lacy commented that the lake and the area around the lake are her
favorite part of living in the area. There is lots of wild life and she is
advocating for conserving the area. She is also concerned about safety at the
south side of lake.
Ron Tanning mentioned this is a park in need of access for
everyone. Tanning also mentioned the need for lighting and minimizing a closed
5. FOLLOW UP ON
JOINT MEETING WITH THE CITY COUNCIL
Brokke highlighted meeting minutes
and council interests.
Golf Course operations review
Park Dedication Fees
Policy on use of Park Dedication Fees
Discussion on Southwest Roseville properties
Fees: resident and non-resident
Extensive discussion on Park
Dedication fees and the possibility of considering a policy that provides more
direction on the use of park dedication fees.
6. UPDATE ON
CEDARHOLM GOLF COURSE REVIEW
Phil, Jerry & Dave have been
working with staff to review Golf Course operations and learn more about the
Jerry briefed the commission on
recent discussions and spoke to the workings of an enterprise fund. An
enterprise fund is required to cover all direct and in-direct costs plus
capital items. Unfortunately, the golf course will not be able to maintain the
enterprise fund status going into the future, it is not sustainable with
current revenue streams and expense base. The transparency required of an
enterprise fund can be replicated as a general budget program. Stoner explained
that the Skating Center at one time was an enterprise fund and transitioned to
the general recreation budget program with the opening of the OVAL.
Gelbach added that through review
of operations and staff interviews he is leaning strongly toward recommending
moving the golf course into the parks and recreation budget and discontinuing
the enterprise fund.
Newby inquired into how the golf
course might handle capital expenses at this time. Brokke responded generally,
talking about the need to make tough decisions if we were placed in that
Brokke also spoke of Finance
Director Miller's estimates of $95,000/year in addition to current revenue
levels is what is required to sustain the golf course. It was suggested that
representatives from the Parks & Recreation commission and the Finance
commission meet to discuss options.
SEPTEMBER MEETING DATE
Commission agreed to meet Tuesday,
September 1 at 6pm at the County Road C2 entrance to Langton Lake Park. This
tour of Langton Lake area will be followed with a virtual tour of the Renewal
Program at Sandcastle Park Building.
RESCHEDULING FUTURE AUGUST MEETINGS
Commissioner Becker-Finn asked the
Commission to consider rescheduling future August meetings so that all
commissioners might participate in National Night Out events. All agreed to
consider this when setting the 2016 calendar.
9. STAFF REPORT
Fall Activities Brochure is scheduled for delivery to area homes
the second week in August.
Roseville Park Buildings were featured in the August edition of
the Minnesota Recreation & Park Association magazine.
Today's Commission packet included a park building report for the
Commission Packet also included an EAB update.
Meeting adjourned at 10:15 pm.
Jill Anfang, Assistant Director