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Parks and Recreation
JANUARY 6, 2009
Lenz, Hiber, Kamrath, Kruzel, Pederson, Ristow, Stark, Willmus
ABSENT: Kendall notified staff ahead of time that he was unable to attend
1. INTRODUCTIONS/ROLL CALL/PUBLIC COMMENT
No Public Comment
OF MINUTES – DECEMBER 2, 2008 MEETING
Minutes for the December 2, 2008 meeting were approved unanimously.
3. ROSEVILLE AREA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC DIRECTOR PRESENTATION
Jenny Loeck and Roseville Area
Schools Superintendent John Thein were in attendance to talk about the
relationship between City and School and provide an overview of school
district use and needs for athletic fields and activity areas. Roseville Area Schools and Roseville Parks and Recreation have always enjoyed a very
cooperative relationship. Roseville Schools is looking at possibly upgrading
the High School Stadium with artificial turf and other event amenities.
Artificial Turf would allow for additional access to the field by physical
education classes, school district athletic teams, community sports teams and
parks and recreation programs. Jenny Loeck presented the many benefits of
artificial turf. Following the presentation, John Thein and Jenny Loeck took
questions from the Commission.
SAHLIN ARBORETUM RESTROOM/MULTI PURPOSE FACILITY
Brokke spoke of Central Park
Foundation’s significant contributions to all of Central Park and their
noteworthy involvement in the development of the Muriel Sahlin Arboretum.
One significant piece missing from the Arboretum is a permanent restroom
facility. The Central Park Foundation would like to make this happen.
Foundation Committee members have been working on a proposal and would like
the opportunity to bring it to the Parks and Recreation Commission for their
Foundation coming back with more details. Motion made by Ristow to carry
this item forward to the February meeting. Second by Pederson. Motion
PLAN CONTINUED DISCUSSION
Brokke reported to the
Commission that funding for Master Planning has been removed from the 2009
budget. Discussion and questions by Commission followed.
Commissioners inquired into possible phased funding/payments
and suggested that outlining such a project might jump start the process.
Pederson commented that the master planning process needs to be
done before the parks get too run down.
Brokke mentioned that the process has been driven by community
interest and the Imagine Roseville 2025 outcomes.
Willmus believes it is important to go forward and identify key
components of the parks and recreation system. With a completed master plan
you have a tool to take to the community for referendum consideration. It is
up to the public to decide what should be done.
Stark recognizes that economic conditions have changed since
first considerations of a Master Planning Process, but, he still feels that
the City should move forward with the process.
Ristow continues to advocate for local sales tax to rebuild the
Brokke thanked the Commission
for the input and insight. He wanted to get a feel for whether or not the
Commission supported moving forward with the Master Plan proposal.
Motion by Ristow to request the
Council consider moving forward with the Parks Master Planning process.
Second by Kamrath. Motion passed unanimously.
delaying annual commission retreat until after new Commissioners are named.
Sometime during the fall was suggested as a possible date.
ROG AMPHITHEATRE UPDATE
Anfang updated the Commission
on progress of the Amphitheatre upgrades. Staff continue to work on project
pricing for the replacement of the sound and lighting systems, rebuild decking,
new signage and renew flooring, siding and roofing.
Anfang also updated the
Commission on the public art project that will take place at the
Amphitheatre. We are working with FORCAST Public Art to commission an artist
do design a signature piece of art to be installed at the Amphitheatre. Five
mosaic artists have shown interest in the project and have submitted samples
of their work for consideration. A committee made up of Commissioners,
Central Park Foundation representative and the Rog Family will review the
submitted materials and chose an artist this month. Staff will keep the
Commission updated on this project. A June 7th
dedication/celebration is planned for the Amphitheatre.
A City-wide hiring freeze was initiated in December. Parks and
Recreation currently has three open positions, two the result of
retirements. One of the open positions is the park maintenance supervisor, a
key potion in our operations.
Fire Station # 1 is being transitioned into inactive status by
the Fire Department. This has resulted in our needing to cancel or relocate
all community groups that meet in the training room on the east side of the
building. Over the next 6 months staff will be working to relocate the
Gale Pederson welcomed back Bob
Willmus to his position as Commission Chair. Wished Jeff Johnson well in his
new position on the City Council and thanked Jim Stark for his work as
interim chair over the past months.
Meeting adjourned at 8:20 pm
Jill Anfang, Assistant Director