Heads-Up for the April 3, 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:

–Recognizing and Thanking Michael P. Schmidt for His Years of Dedicated Service to the MPRB on the occasion of his retirement.

–Accepting the Draft Washburn Fair Oaks Park Master Plan, and Authorizing a 45-day Public Comment Period

–Approving a Memorandum of Understanding with Community Sports Development Council, Inc. and North Central University to Pursue the Development of an NCAA Regulation Soccer Field at Elliot Park

–Amending Chapter 2 of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Code of Ordinances and Adopt the New Policy on Alcohol in the Parks

–Approving the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Aquatic Invasive Species 2013 Inspection Rules, and Authorizing the Superintendent to Implement These Rules from April 15, 2013 to December 01, 2013; and Approving and Directing Staff to Implement the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Aquatic Invasive Species Task Force Recommendations for 2013 AIS Prevention

–Approving a Comment Letter to the National Park Service Regarding Proposed Change in Status of Fort Snelling Upper Post Property from the Federal Lands to Parks Program to the Historic Surplus Property Program

–Approving an Intergovernmental Agreement with the City of Minneapolis for Parkway Reconstruction & Lighting Replacement Projects to be Performed in 2013 Using Up to $1,040,000 of Budgeted MPRB Capital Funds

–Approving Additions to the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board 2013 Legislative Agenda Including a $1 Million Bonding Request for Construction of the Webber Park Pool Building and Expansion of the North Mississippi Regional Park Boundary to Include portions of Webber Park

–Reporting on the Status of current pending MPRB legislation

The complete agenda, with staff reports, for the MPRB Board of Commissioners’ meeting on Wednesday, April 3, 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