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Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation Commission Minutes

February 3, 2009



PRESENT:               Brodt Lenz, Kamrath, Kendall, Kruzel, Pederson, Ristow, Stark, Willmus

ABSENT:                 Hiber notified staff ahead of time that he was unable to attend

STAFF:                   Brokke, Anfang



No Public Comment


Commission Chair Bob Willmus reminded the community that applications for the Parks and Recreation Commission are being accepted through February 27th.



Commission Recommendation:  Minutes for the January 6, 2009 meeting were approved unanimously.



John Kuhne, Carole Erickson and Kevin Busch in attendance to speak on the proposed facility and involvement by the Central Park Foundation.  Brokke introduced CPF Board Member Erickson, Park Project Committee Chair Kuhne and Architect Busch.


Busch shared the most recent designs for the restroom/multi purpose facility at the Arboretum.  Designs have been developed for two sites, each site has their own set of positive and negative attributes.


Commissioners weighed in on the restroom project at the Arboretum.

·         Willmus voiced his support for the project.

·         Ristow spoke in favor for site #1 because of the potential savings for sewer and water installation.


Commission Recommendation: 

Motion by Brodt Lenz to recommend the City pursue the proposed restroom/multi purpose facility at the Muriel Sahlin Arboretum. Second by Mark Kamrath  Motion passed unanimously.  Gale Pederson abstained because of her involvement with the Central Park Foundation.



The 2009 Park Improvement Program budget is $215,000. 


The City Council eliminated funding for the Diseased and Hazardous Tree Program from the 2009 Budget as a cost saving measure.  Because City ordinance recognizes Parks and Recreation as the responsible party for the State mandated Diseased and Hazardous Tree Program, staff is recommending the needed funding be taken from PIP ($50,000).


Commissioner Comments;

·         Willmus feels there is a problem with using Parks and Recreation funding to care and maintain City Right of Way trees.  Certainly there is a linkage between the expenses for managing diseased and hazardous trees in the parks but does not support spending Park Improvement dollars for boulevard trees.

·         Ristow also wanted to remind everyone that there is no tree replacement program in Roseville and because of this, tree in the City are being neglected.

·         Stark inquired into the value of the Park System in Roseville in an effort to identify what percentage of funding is being allocated to maintain our community resources.  It is estimated that 4/10 of one percent of the budget is being spent to maintain a $55 million system.

·         Willmus inquired into whether reserve funding might be available as an option for funding the diseased and hazardous tree program.  Willmus asked if reserve funding levels are maintained for bond ratings or to be used when needed.



Commission Recommendation: 

Motion made by Willmus to approve the proposed 2009 PIP plan with the removal of funding for Diseased and Hazardous Trees as it pertains to Right of Way trees.  Second by Pederson.   Motion passed unanimously.



Anfang updated the Commission on progress of the Amphitheatre project.  Staff have identified project expenses and are working on options to meet the project budget.  Anfang and a small group of community members have chosen an artist to create an original piece of art for Central Park and the Amphitheatre.  The project timeline is tight but the objective remains to have the facility renovated, the sound system upgraded and public art installed by mid May, in plenty of time for a Community Celebration to recognize Frank Rog, facility namesake and introduce the Amphitheatre upgrades to the community in early June.



§         Updated Commissioners on Roseville?s potential economic stimulus projects.

§         The Re-accreditation visit has been narrowed down to the last week in May or the first week in June.  More information will be shared at upcoming Commission meetings.


7.    OTHER

·         Roseville Home and Garden Fair is scheduled for Saturday, February 21

·         The application deadline for open positions on all City Commissions is February 27.


Meeting adjourned at 8:15 pm



Respectfully Submitted,



Jill Anfang, Assistant Director