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Parks and Recreation Commission Minutes

JANUARY 3, 2008

 

PRESENT:  Hiber, Johnson, Kamrath, Pederson, Ristow, Stark, Willmus

 

ABSENT:    Brodt Lenz and Kendall notified staff ahead of time that they were

                   unable to attend, Kruzel called following meeting to apologize for

                   missing meeting

 

STAFF:     Brokke, Anfang

 

1.      INTRODUCTIONS/ROLL CALL/PUBLIC COMMENT

No Public Comment

 

2.      APPROVAL OF MINUTES – DECEMBER 4, 2007 MEETING

Commission Recommendation:  Minutes for the December 4, 2007
     meeting were approved unanimously.

 

3.      DEPARTMENT REVIEW

Jill Anfang briefed the Commission on recent department operations and upcoming and recently hosted events. 

 

4.      EVOS VIDEO – NEW KIND OF PLAY STRUCTURE

Anfang shared 3 short product videos with the Commission to introduce newer concepts in play structures.  The purpose for watching these videos was to see how play equipment has evolved and to begin exploring different options available and to talk about the destination park concept.  The play structures presented in the videos were very different and very unique. 

§         EVOS is a structure that features multiple entry points and embraces physical activity and learning/problem solving skills.

§         The Rock is a climbing structure that rises from the landscape and borders and combines environmental features as well as artistic appeal.

§         Mobius is a climbing structure that uses modern design and flowing lines to challenge and attract users.

 

Commission discussion followed the video presentations.  Many commissioners voiced their interest in the EVOS system and the Rock.  Mobius seemed to be a bit one dimensional and not as appealing as the others.

 

Staff will continue to bring new industry products to the Commission for input.

 

5.      COMPREHENSIVE PLAN COMMITTEE REPORT

Willmus updated the Commission on the activities of the Comprehensive Planning Committee. 

§         Recently, committee members took part in an exercise that identified planning problems and assets.

§         Committee members have asked to have materials previously recommended for removal from the report brought back in to the report.

 

6.      DIRECTOR’S REPORT

§         Thank you to everyone for participating in the Ethics Training session on Monday, December 10.

§         Legislative Session Update.

o        State Finance Director, House and Senate Capital Investment Committees have all toured the Skating Center.

o        Staff have been encouraged to add the Skating Center Geothermal project to the bill.

§         Geothermal Update

o        Moving forward with the Arena Geothermal Project

o        Council approved further study to look at the long term implications for the use of geothermal energy campus-wide.

o        Council approved entering into an agreement with the Roseville engineering firm, Kargas Faulconbridge Inc. (KFI)

o        The project is using the best value contract approach to award the bid based on performance and ability – best value contracting takes into account past practices and previous performance standards.

o        Discussions with Council have been staying on track and needs to continue this way to be able to do the geothermal project this summer.

§         Rinks are open with some of the best neighborhood ice we have had in recent years.

§         Brokke discussed the process/schedule for pathway snow removal.

 

7.      CHANGE FEBRUARY 5TH MEETING DATE

Due to State Caucus’ the February Parks and Recreation Commission meeting needs to be rescheduled.  The date chosen for the rescheduled meeting was Thursday, February 7, 2008.

 

Motion by Pederson, second by Willmus, to move the February Commission meeting to Thursday, February 7, 2008. 

 

Motion Passed Unanimously.

 

8.      OTHER

Gale Pederson spoke of the value of partnerships and how they often lead to good outcomes.  One example of this is the Roseville Area High School Gymnastics team being recognized as the #1 team in the nation by the High School Sports Magazine.  Many of the gymnasts on this team came up through the Roseville Parks and Recreation instructional and team gymnastics program.  Congratulations to RAHS Gymnastics team and Roseville parks and Recreation!

 

Meeting adjourned at 7:40 pm

 

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

Jill Anfang, Assistant Director