HEADS-UP FOR THE JANUARY 16, 2013 PARK BOARD MEETING
5:05 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 can call 612-230-6400 before 3:00 p.m. the day of the meeting to sign up or they can sign up at the Board meeting prior to the start of “Open Time.”
6:30 P.M. PUBLIC HEARING. Reuse Proposal for 2529 13th Ave. S.
The following topics are some agenda highlights, one of which deserves a lot of attention:
–Approving a Memorandum of Understanding and Proposed Lease Agreement with the Loppet Foundation for the Silent Sports Center at Theodore Wirth Regional Park Center at Theodore Wirth Regional Park
(This Administration and Finance Committee item has 27 supporting pages including a very complex Memorandum of Understanding and lease agreement between the Park Board and the Loppet Foundation. This is another ready-to-be-inked Park Board project that brings to mind the words “Sweetheart Deal” and “Privatization.” The Park Board has privatized the Nicollet Island Pavilion, a prime parcel of parkland and, subsequently, that parkland is inaccessible to the public. It also privatized a slice of prime parkland on Nicollet Island when it allowed DeLaSalle to close off Grove Street for a football stadium. Now the Park Board is preparing to enter into another arrangement that smacks of privatization. This one is for 20 years. And it is doing so without any citizen involvement. This agenda item needs a lot more attention before any vote on it.)
–Accepting the Non-Appointed Citizen Advisory Committee Recommendations and Approving Concept Plans for the Minnehaha Family Play Area Project in Minnehaha Regional Park
–Approving the Allocation of $80,000 Toward a New Gymnasium Floor in the Brian Coyle Community Center
–Progress Update on Schematic Design of RiverFirst Projects
–Memorandum of Understanding with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Legacy Council and Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center for Installation of an Interpretive Marker and Three Metal Fabrications for Benches at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Park
–Approving the Submission of a Grant Application to Conservation Corps Minnesota for 2014 For Two – Four Person Crews Contingent Upon Funding Being Available When the 2014 Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board General Fund Budget is Adopted and Contingent Upon a Mutually Beneficial Evaluation of the 2013 Program
The complete agenda, with staff reports, for the MPRB Board of Commissioners’ meeting on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 is at http://minneapolisparksmn.iqm2.com
Also of interest and now available to the commissioners and the public are the monthly reports that Superintendent Miller has initiated for construction permits and for Planning Department projects. The availability of these reports is one of the important changes instituted by Superintendent Miller. Look for the links to these reports under Petitions and Communications in the agenda for the first Regular Meeting of the month.
View Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board meetings live from 5-9 p.m. on the Minneapolis Government Meeting Channel 79 on Comcast Cable. You may also view live meetings online on the Channel 79 webpage: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/tv/79
Regular meetings are typically telecast on Channel 79 on Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. and on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 5 p.m. Telecast schedules are subject to change.
Webcasts of MPRB regular board meetings are posted on the MPRB website two to five business days following each meeting and are available for viewing, along with webcasts for the recent two months, at http://www.minneapolisparks.org.
Board meeting agendas and related information are posted on http://www.minneapolisparks.org two business days prior to meetings.
The Park Board’s website is http://www.minneapolisparks.org. The phone number is 612-230-6400.
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