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

Heads-Up for the March 18, 2015 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

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”

6:00 P.M.  CLOSED SESSION for a meeting to consider pending litigation in condemnation of easement for trail from Graco

Listed below are some agenda items of interest:

–Amending Professional Services Agreement No. C-38659 with Barr Engineering Related to Professional Consulting Services for Environmental Review and Permitting Process Associated with the Development and Construction of Hall’s Island in the Amount of $ 202,000.00, for a New Contract Total of $598,000.00

–Receiving and Filing the Financial Status Report of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board for the Year Ending December 31, 2014 and File Said Report as a Permanent Record with the Secretary of the Board

–Authorizing the Board to Amend the Professional Services Agreement with WSB & Associates, Inc. to Provide Planning, Design and Engineering Services Related to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park for Playground and Site Improvements, in the Amount of $18,000, for a New Contract Amount of $67,794

–Authorizing a Cooperative Funding Agreement in the Amount of $31,000 for Calendar Year 2015 with the Minnesota Historical Society and the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board for Interpretive Planning and Implementation in the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Interpretative Zone

–Neighborhood Capital Presentation and Discussion

–Discussion of Options for Phillips Community Center Aquatics Facility

–Memorializing the Surface Transportation Board to Require an Environmental Impact Statement Addressing Impacts on the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area Resulting from Construction of Railroad Connector Track in Crystal, Minnesota Which Permits an Alternative Routing of Unit Trains Transporting Oil Products through the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area

–Approving a 4(F) Letter to MPRB Regarding the Construction of Mississippi River East Bank Trail Within Above the Falls Regional Park

–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.  Also, under Petitions and Communications is the Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet (Chain of Lakes Regional Park) Engagement Plan

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