Heads-Up for the November 19, 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.”

6:30 P.M.  PUBLIC HEARING — Accepting the Non-Appointed CAC Recommendations for Mississippi East Bank Trail.  Individuals wishing to speak can sign up at the Hearing.

PUBLIC COMMENT during the regular meeting on the Superintendent’s Recommended 2015 Budget; also 2015 Budget Discussion

Listed below are some agenda items of interest:

–Accepting the Non-Appointed Citizen Advisory Committee Recommendations and Approving Concept Plans for Columbia Park Picnic Shelter Rehabilitation

–Accepting the Non-Appointed Citizen Advisory Committee Recommendations and Approving Concept Plans for Hi-View Park Wading Pool Improvements

–Accepting the Non-Appointed Citizen Advisory Committee Recommendations to Approve the Concept Plan for Stevens Square Park Playground Improvements

–2015 Budget Discussion

–Authorizing the Formation and Charge of an Appointed Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for the South Service Area Master Plan

–Receiving and Filing the Financial Status Report of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board as of the Third Quarter, 2014

–Authorizing the Superintendent to Execute a Preliminary Memorandum of understanding with the City of Minneapolis for a Promise Zone Initiative Application, Contingent on Board Approval of the Final Memorandum of Understanding if the City is Awarded A Promise Zone Designation

–Authorizing a Professional Services Agreement with Brierley Associates for Engineering Services Related to the Feasibility and Prudence of Kenilworth Channel Crossing Alternatives in the Amount Up to $245,500

–Accepting the Non-appointed Citizen Advisory Committee Recommendations and Approving the Concept Plan for the Mississippi East Bank Trail

–Authorizing the Formation and Charge of an Appointed Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for Bossen Field Park Master Plan Development

The complete agenda, with staff reports, for the MPRB Board of Commissioners meeting on November 19, 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 http://www.minneapolisparks.org. The phone number is 612-230-6400.

Arlene Fried
Co-founder of Park Watch