LAKE HARRIET UPDATE

As a result of citizen pressure, the Board voted at the March 4, 2009, meeting on an expanded CAC charge:

THE CAC CHARGE IS TO REVIEW AND DISCUSS THE SCOPE OF CONCESSION OPPORTUNITIES; THE GENERAL ATMOSPHERE OF THE BAND SHELL; TO REVIEW A SCHEMATIC DESIGN AND SITE FOR A POTENTIAL AUXILIARY CONCESSION OR OTHER STRUCTURE; AND PRESENT A REPORT WITH RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE BOARD.

They also voted for a one-year food concessions contract with Wheel Fun/Fun Time. General Manager Don Siggelkow presented this one-year contract to the Board without a competitive bid and he failed to follow Park Board procedures which require that contracts get approvals in committee BEFORE coming to the full Board.

Commissioner Mary Merrill Anderson asked Don Siggelkow if the Wheel Fun agreement had been approved in committee and he said that it had been “discussed” in committee. When she pressed him again, he indicated that it had, which was misleading because the one-year contract with Wheel Fun/Fun time was NEVER voted on in committee as it should have been. So the board can chalk up another procedural violation.

Arlene Fried
Co-founder of Park Watch