Heads-Up for the December 17, 2014 Park Board Meeting

Heads-Up for the December 17, 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.  Visitors to Park Board meetings can find at the back of the meeting room the agenda book with all the printed materials for the meeting  This will be the final MPRB meeting for 2014.

4:30 P.M. CLOSED COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING Discussion regarding Legal Strategy for Knox and Lagoon Discharge into Lake Calhoun

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:

–Approving the Memorandum of Understanding and Lease Between the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board for the Downtown East Commons

–Approving One-Year Contracts with Rice, Michels & Walther, LLP; Campo and Associates; Tom Workman; and Lockridge Grindal Nauen, P.L.L.P. for 2015 Lobbyist Services

–Accepting the Non-Appointed Citizen Advisory Committee Recommendations and Approving Concept Plans for Wading Pool and Playground Improvements at Bethune Park in North Minneapolis

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

–2014 Lobbying Year End Update and Status Report

–Presentation of the Key Elements of the Draft Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park Master Plan and its Community Engagement Process

–Report on Hennepin County Draft 2040 Bicycle Transportation Plan

–Approving Extension and Amendment to Lease Agreement with SNP Enterprises to Operate the Tin Fish at the Lake Calhoun Concession Facility

The complete agenda, with staff reports, for the MPRB Board of Commissioners meeting on December 17, 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