Heads-Up for the October 22, 2014 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.”

Listed below are some agenda items of interest:

–Authorizing a Professional Services Agreement with LHB to provide Consulting Services for the Downtown Service Area Master Plan for a Fee Not to Exceed $274,000, including Expenses

–Accepting a Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Fund Grant from the State of Minnesota in the Amount of $600,000 for Vegetation Enhancements at Theodore Wirth Regional Park

–Superintendent’s Recommended 2015 Budget

–Authorizing the Formation and Charge of an Appointed Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Reconstruction and Cowles Conservatory Renovation

–Minneapolis Parks Foundation Presentation of the Water Works Site Concept Plan Within Mill Ruins Park

–Awarding a Construction Contract to Morcon Construction Co. Inc., in the Amount of $1,305,000.00 for the Minnehaha Park Refectory Improvement Project, Per O.P. No. 7996, Pending Approval by City of Minneapolis Purchasing & Procurement and Civil Rights Departments and Authorizing Administrative Use of a 10% Construction Contingency Up to $130,500.00 for Necessary Construction Change Orders that May Arise with the Contract and Authorizing an Internal Loan Up to $1,500,000 for Refectory and Site Improvements

–Amending Professional Services Agreement C-31051 with Landform for Master Planning, Final Design, Construction Document Preparation and Project Management Services Related to Construction of Weber Park Natural Swimming Pool and Pool House in the Amount of $62,340 for a New Contract Total of $632,840 and Allocating Additional $80,000 in Future North Mississippi Regional Park Funding to Cover This Change Order and Other Miscellaneous Project Costs

–Authorizing a Professional Services Agreement with M. A. Mortenson Company for “Construction Manager as Agency” Services for Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Reconstruction and Cowles Conservatory Renovation in the Amount of $657,444

The complete agenda, with staff reports, for the MPRB Board of Commissioners meeting on October 22, 2014 is at http://minneapolisparksmn.iqm2.com/Citizens/Default.aspx .  Board meeting agendas and related information are posted on this web page two business days prior to meetings. Webcasts of MPRB regular board meetings are posted on the same web page two to five business days following each meeting and are available for viewing, along with webcasts for the previous two months.

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.

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

Arlene Fried
Co-founder of Park Watch