Heads-Up for the February 18, 2015 Park Board Meeting

Heads-Up for the February 18, 2015 Park Board Meeting

4:30 P.M.  Closed Session Regarding Pending Litigation

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

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 for the Theodore Wirth Regional Park Master Plan. Individuals wishing to speak can sign up at the meeting.

Listed below are some agenda items of interest:

–Approving the Master Plan for Theodore Wirth Regional Park

–Authorizing the Acquisition of Real Property by Purchase or Condemnation from Graco Minnesota, Inc. for East Bank Trail Purposes

–Approving the Master Plan for the Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park

–Accepting the Recommendation from the Appointed Community Advisory Committee and Approving the Northeast Athletic Field Park Recreation Building Concept

–Accepting Non-Appointed Citizen Advisory Committee Recommendations and Approving Plans for the McRae Park Athletic Field

–Approving Marking and Signage
Standards for installing Signs and Pavement Trail Markings Within the Minneapolis Park System

–Awarding a Construction Contract to Sunram Construction Company in the Amount of $584,626.55 for the Ridgway Parkway Improvements Project…”

–Approving Mill City Quarter Parkland Development and Easement Agreement

–Authorizing the Formation and Charge of an Appointed Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for the Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet Master Plan and Improvements in the Chain of Lakes Regional Park

–Park Police 2014 Year in Review Report

–Update on the Michael P. Schmidt Operations Center Located at 1720 Marshall Street N.E.

–Update on Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Website Launch

The complete agenda, with staff reports, for the MPRB Board of Commissioners meeting on February 18, 2015 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