Heads-Up for the February 20, 2013 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 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.”

The following topics are some agenda highlights:

–Approving a Purchase Agreement for $200,000 in the sale of 2529 13th Avenue South to the Banyan Foundation DBA the Banyan Community

–Approving a Memorandum of Understanding with the Minneapolis Off-Road Cycling Advocates and Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists for Single Track Mountain Bike Trails Projects at Southwest Wirth, Central Wirth and Brownie Lake

–Approving the Project Scope and Project Budget of $9,753,734 for Rehabilitation of the Parade Ice Garden and Energy Upgrades at Other Facilities in the Minneapolis Park System

–Requesting the City Council of the City of Minneapolis to Approve and Request the Board of Estimate and Taxation to Issue and Sell Taxable Bonds in the Amount of $7,000,000 and Tax-Exempt Bonds in the Amount of $2,800,000 for rehabilitation of the Parade ice Garden and Energy Upgrades at Other Facilities in the Minneapolis Park System

–Discussion Items:

–Discussion of Alternative Next Steps with the Phillips Pool and Minneapolis Swims

–Board Direction to Staff on Requested Changes to the Terms and Conditions of the Paradise Cruises Permit

The complete agenda, with staff reports, for the MPRB Board of Commissioners’ meeting on Wednesday, February 20, 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 retelecast 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.

Arlene Fried

Co-founder of Park Watch