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Parks and Recreation
Parks and Recreation Commission Minutes
August 4, 2009
PRESENT: Etten, M. Holt, Jacobson, Brodt Lenz, Pederson, Ristow, Stark, and Willmus
ABSENT: Hiber, D. Holt
STAFF: Anfang, Brokke
1. INTRODUCTIONS/ROLL CALL/PUBLIC COMMENT
No Public Comment
Julia Jacobson was approved as the youth representative to the Parks and Recreation Commission by the Roseville City Council in July.
Julia introduced herself and spoke of her interests in volunteering and her experiences with the Parks and Recreation LIT program and other recreation programs and events.
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES - JUNE 9, 2009 MEETING
Commission Recommendation: Minutes for the June 9, 2009 meeting were approved unanimously.
3. PARKS and RECREATION SYSTEM MASTER PLAN UPDATE
Brokke introduced Michael Schroeder as the project lead from LHB. Brokke also provided Master Plan background information and reviewed the community advisory group structure.
Schroeder introduced the process to be used in updating the Roseville Master Plan. Schroeder explained that LHB appreciates the importance of this project and realizes its impact on the future of a community and understands the need to provide a process that is steeped in community engagement.
Schroeder talked to the expertise that resides in the current staff and capitalizing on this to modify the work plan to be more responsive to what the community and staff bring to the process.
The Master Planning process will provide a means to convene citizens to talk about the possibilities of parks and recreation in Roseville.
The LHB philosophy is to work with citizens to better define their community.
Questions and comments by Commissioners followed:
§ Etten inquired into how will we get people at the community meetings... we need to do a better job than the outcome of the recent community budget meetings.
o Willmus suggested using information from previous community meetings to encourage those folks to attend.
o Lenz suggested looking at interest niches in the community and tapping into their expertise.
o Schroeder commented that it might make sense to;
§ divide the community into quadrants or sectors
§ host listening sessions for special interest sectors
§ utilize a "Meeting in a Box" to take the information to the community at the locations where residents gather
§ provide day care to encourage attendance
§ Brokke mentioned that the process will continue to gather information from recent planning process and take into consideration previous planning.
Bob Willmus, Gale Pederson and Dave Holt were recommended to represent the Commission on the Citizen Advisory Team with Jim Stark being an alternate.
4. EMERALD ASH BORER DISCUSSION
Jim Stark introduced Bob Guthrie. Bob is looking to get people engaged in thinking about Emerald Ash Borer. It is obvious that there are a lot of Ash trees in Roseville and Minnesota. In the next four to five years there is a strong possibility that we will see a significant decline in the health of our local trees - Emerald Ash Borer will change the condition of our neighborhoods. Guthrie talked briefly on chemical treatment options.
Brokke added that 25% of all trees in Roseville are Ash and that staff and volunteers are working on a tree inventory that records type, number, size and condition of local trees.
Additional Emerald Ash Borer information was included in the Commission Packet.
5. FOLLOW UP TO JOINT CITY COUNCIL/COMMISSION MEETING
Brief discussion on the joint meeting. The most positive aspect of the meeting was the Council support of the Master Planning process and the talk of consideration for a potential parks and recreation endowment.
6. RECOMMEND ANNUAL TOUR DAY/DATE/LOCATIONS
Saturday, September 19th was agreed on for the date, 8:30am-12N. This is also the Wild Rice Festival date. Interested Commissioners can take part in the pancake breakfast at 8am prior to the meeting/tour.
Tour to focus on the areas in Central Park off Dale Street.
7. DIRECTOR'S REPORT
· Playground at Central Park Dale Street is complete - Ribbon Cutting and recognition ceremony took place in early June. Again, thank you to FOR Parks for their $55,000 contribution toward this play area.
· The City Council recently accepted an agreement with the Central Park Foundation for the Arboretum Restroom. The Foundation will finance and build the facility and then turn it over to the City.
· Boardwalk at the Nature Center is being removed by Ramsey County Sentence to Serve.
· Rosebrook Pool opened today following required upgrades to meet the Abigail Taylor Pool Safety Law.
· Ristow - thanks for a wonderful July 4th Party. Huge crowd, good bands, nice fireworks. This type of community response shows that parks need more financial support rather than less.
· Etten attended a number of Discover Your Parks and other special events and wanted to thank parks and recreation staff and especially those who train and manage the part-time staff - they did a great job.
Meeting adjourned at 8:15 pm
Jill Anfang, Assistant Director