HEADS-UP FOR THE FEBRUARY 16, 2011 PARK BOARD MEETING

HEADS-UP FOR THE FEBRUARY 16, 2011 PARK BOARD MEETING

5:00 P.M. REGULAR BOARD MEETING. The meeting will be held in the boardroom at Park Board headquarters, 2117 West River Road, just north of Broadway Pizza.

5:30 P.M. OPEN TIME. Speakers need to sign up before 3:00 p.m. the day of the meeting.

With four committee meetings scheduled in addition to the regular meeting, this could be a long meeting. One of the agenda items to be voted on in committee is the 5-year vendor contract with Coca Cola. The previous Coke contract expired last September and the new vendor contract was supposed to be completed by then. Curiously, while there is reference to other beverage vendor proposals, there is no chart of these other proposals for the commissioners or the public to see. Park Watch is suggesting that, before the committee votes on the Coke contract, the staff provide the competing proposals for the commissioners and the public to review.

The complete agenda, with staff reports including the Coke contract, for the MPRB Board of Commissioners’ meeting for Wednesday, February 16, 2011 is at:
http://www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=37&calid=706

MPRB meetings are broadcast live from 5-9 p.m. on the City of Minneapolis Government Meeting Channel 79 on Comcast cable and online at http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/webcasts.

The regular meetings are rebroadcast on Channel 79 at 1 p.m. Saturdays and 5 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. Webcasts for the recent two months are posted two to five business days after the meeting and are available for viewing under “Webcast Archives” at http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/webcasts.

The Park Board’s website is http://www.minneapolisparks.org. The phone number is 612-230-6400.

Arlene Fried, Co-founder of Park Watch