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Parks and Recreation
Parks and Recreation Commission Minutes
August 7, 2007
OASIS PARK ~ 6:30PM
PRESENT: Brodt Lenz, Johnson, Kamrath, Kruzel, Pederson, Ristow, Stark, Willmus
STAFF: Brokke, Anfang,
1. INTRODUCTIONS/ROLL CALL/PUBLIC COMMENT
No public comment
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES – JUNE 5, 2007 MEETING
Commission Recommendation: Correct the spelling of Sarah’s name throughout the document (add the “h”).
Minutes approved unanimously with the above mentioned changes.
Brokke announced that Matt Hiber has been appointed the new Parks & Recreation Commissioner.
Ben Kendall was in attendance for tonight’s meeting as a potential future youth commissioner. Ben is in the 11th grade at RAHS.
3. PARK DEDICATION FOR UNITED PROPERTIES PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT NEAR LANGTON LAKE PARK
John Winston, an attorney for the Partridge Family (property owners) in attendance with members of the Partridge Family.
Mr. Winston spoke on the perception that the park dedication fee and/or land dedication will be coming from the developer when, based on Mr. Winston’s presentation, the dedication is the responsibility of the family. The family is questioning the recommended Park Dedication Fee referencing the addition of the roadway, pathway and other land uses associated with the project. Mr. Winston asked the commission to consider waving the Park Dedication Fee on this project based on the other public use improvements that will be made to the property.
Motion by Willmus, second by Kamrath.
Commission recommends to the Council that the City accept the $2000 per unit park dedication fee for the United Properties development.
Commission discussion followed.
Pederson asked for background information on the park dedication process.
Brokke explained that it is not the place of the Commission to wave the fee or deviate from policy, that responsibility lies with the City Council.
Winston responded that the family would be remiss if they did not bring this request to the Commission’s attention.
Motion passed unanimously
4. REVIEW/FOLLOW UP TO JOINT CITY COUNCIL/PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION MEETING
Johnson and Willmus briefed the commission in their discussions and communications with the Council.
Ristow spoke on the potential benefits of the supplemental sales tax.
Johnson encouraged all Commissioners to communicate with Council members their interests, recommendations and encouragement to do something … talk about what each Commissioner thinks is the best way to generate additional funding – supplemental state sales tax, referendum, endowments. It is also important to get your opinions on record at upcoming Council meetings.
Remaining discussion centered on the benefits of an endowment, bonding bill and supplemental sales tax. Commission questioned whether the best plan is to focus on a single means of financing or a combined effort.
All Commissioners were in agreement that the Parks and Recreation System is in need of additional financial support … what is the best way to meet the financial needs? Follow up discussion revolved around the benefits of each funding opportunity. In the end, Commissioners spoke to the task at hand; convincing the Council that something needs to be done to financial support the needs of the Parks and Recreation System.
5. DEPARTMENT REVIEW
Anfang updated commission on department activities of the past 2 months and upcoming events. Presentation included information on: Rosefest follow up, upcoming events (Gus Macker BB Tourney and Wild Rice Festival), end of the summer programming and early fall opportunities.
6. HANC PLANNING COMMITTEE UPDATE
Sarah, Bob, Gale and Jim reviewed process to date. Sarah reviewed tour of the Boardwalk area. Overall, the delegates reported on the group discussions and brainstorming goals and commented on what a well-rounded group the committee was.
Commission Recommendation: Staff to notify all Commission members of the Planning Committee Schedule
7. RECOMMEND ANNUAL TOUR DAY/DATE/LOCATIONS
Commission recommended conducting the annual parks and recreation system tour on the regular September meeting date, Tuesday, September 4 at 5:30pm. Commissioners will meet staff at the Harriet Alexander Nature Center and proceed from this location.
Commissioners asked that the following locations be included in the tour, Skating Center construction, Lady Slipper Park, Nature Center and more.
8. DIRECTORS REPORT
Meeting adjourned at 8:15 pm
Jill Anfang, Assistant Director