Heads-Up For The December 18, 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.

This is the last MPRB meeting for 2013 and for the current Board.  The two board members who will not be returning to the 2014 board are Carol Kummer and Bob Fine.

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 HEARINGS.  Individuals wishing to speak can sign up at the meeting.
–Harrison Park Wading Pool Improvements
–Northeast Park Master Plan

Other agenda items of interest include the following:

–A Closed Session Discussion Regarding Legal Strategy of 1800 Lake Street (Knox & Lagoon Discharge)

–Approving the 2014 Legislative Agenda of the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

–Approving One-year Contracts Effective January 2, 2014 with Rice, Michels & Walther, LLP;  Campo and Associates; Tom Workman; and Lockridge Grindal Nauen, P.L.L.P. for Lobbyist Services with Funding from the 2014 Budget

–Accepting the Recommendation from the Non-Appointed Community Advisory Committee and Approving the Concept Plan for Wading Pool Improvements at Waite Park In Northeast Minneapolis

–Approving Patio and Related Site Improvements for the Concessions and Main Beach Area at Lake Nokomis Regional Park

–Resolution of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Regarding Proposed Crown Hydro Facility

–Accepting the Recommendation from the Appointed Community Advisory Committee and Approving the Northeast Athletic Field Park Master Plan and Phasing Strategy.

–Approving the ten-Year Lease Agreement with Sea Salt Eatery, LLC, for the Minnehaha Falls Park Food and Beverage Concession and Authorizing an Internal Loan Up to $700,000 for Refectory and Site Improvements

–Receive and File Report from Innovations and Development Committee

The complete agenda, with staff reports, for the MPRB Board of Commissioners’ meeting on Wednesday December 18, 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. They are normally in the agenda packet 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 www.minneapolisparks.org.

Board meeting agendas and related information are posted on www.minneapolisparks.org two business days prior to meetings.

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

Arlene Fried
Co-founder of Park Watch