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 of the agenda highlights:

–Authorizing a Professional Services Agreement with SRF Consulting Group, Inc. to Provide Final Design, Bid Administration and Construction Administration Services for the Ridgeway Trail and Overlook Project for a Fee Not to Exceed $139,534 Using Funding from MnDOT Agency Agreement No. 97700

–Awarding a Construction Contract to Veit and Company, Inc. in the Amount of $793,232.20 for the Dean Parkway Trail Improvement Project, O.P. No 7833, Pending Approval by the Civil Rights Office of the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Authorizing Administrative Use of a 5% Construction Contingency Up to $44,500 for Necessary Construction Change Orders that May Arise with the Project

–Approving a Memorandum of Understanding with West Bank Community Coalition for Fundraising Related to the Planting and Maintenance of a Native Prairie at Bluff Street Park

–Receiving and File the Annual Financial Report of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board for the Year Ended December 31, 2012

–Granting Local Approval to Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 85, Article 5, Section 43 Related to Establishment of a Parkland Dedication Ordinance

–Approving the Installation of Public Art Medallions in the New Lake Walk at Powderhorn Park and a Maintenance Agreement for the Artwork with Gita Patina, LLC.

–2012 Annual Financial Audit Exit Meeting

–Requesting the Board of Estimate and Taxation Set the Maximum Certified Tax Levy for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board for the Year 2014

The complete agenda, with staff reports, for the MPRB Board of Commissioners’ meeting on Wednesday August 7, 2013 is at http://minneapolisparksmn.iqm2.com/Citizens/Default.aspx

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 re-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.

Arlene Fried

Co-founder of Park Watch