The Park Board’s upcoming meeting on Monday, October 20, 2008, was advertised as a budget meeting, but the 13-point agenda includes several non-budget issues that Park Watch has been monitoring. The most closely scrutinized issues are the 201 Building, the Twin City Catering lease, the SkipperLiner perks, the Nicollet Island Pavilion and personal property taxes. Two of these items–the 201 Building and Nicollet Island Pavilion–even have secret letters attached. These secret letters are titled “privileged attorney client communication, ” which means that the public is excluded from accessing them.

The 5:00 p.m. meeting is at the Theodore Wirth Chalet and will be completely off-camera. So, unless you can attend the meeting, you (the taxpayer) will not be able to witness General Manager Don Siggelkow as he puts his spin on these important issues.

Arlene Fried
Co-founder of Park Watch