Heads-Up for the July 1, 2015 Park Board Meeting

Heads-Up for the July 1, 2015 Park Board Meeting

4:30 P.M.  CLOSED SESSION regarding Proposed Workers Compensation Settlements

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”

Listed below are some agenda items of interest:

–Awarding a Contract to Hoffman and McNamara Co., in the Amount of $99,741.00 for the Roberts Bird Sanctuary Tree and Shrub Restoration Project at Minneapolis Chain of Lakes Regional Park, O.P. No 8127 and Authorizing Administrative Use of a 10% Construction Contingency Up to $9,974 for Necessary Construction Change Orders that May Arise During Construction

–Approving an Extended Professional Services Agreement with TransPark Incorporated in the Amended Amount of $90,000 for the First Year, and $95,000.00 for the Second Year to Provide Parking Management Services for a Two (2) Year Period Beginning August 1, 2015 and Ending July 31, 2017

–Approving a Professional Services Agreement with Applied Ecological Services, Inc., for $130,126.91 to Provide Hybrid and Narrow-Leaved Cattail Control, Re- Establish Emergent Vegetation, and Plant an Upland Buffer at Loring Pond at Loring Park from July 1, 2015 to December 31, 2018

–Accepting with Conditions a Proposal from Graco, Inc., Directing Staff to Work with Graco, Inc. on Design Refinements and Further Definition of the Terms of a Ground Lease, and Authorizing Staff to Begin Framing a Development Agreement with Graco, Inc. for Development of Parcel ‘D’ of the Scherer Site

–Accepting the Financial Support Offered by the Minneapolis Public Schools for the Phillips Community Center Pool Facility in the Amount of $150,000 Per Year, through 2020, in Operating Funds and $1,750,000 in Capital
Funds in FY 2016 Contingent on Mutual Agreement on the Six Expectations Listed in the June 18, 2015 Minneapolis Public School Resolution

–Minnehaha Creek Community Feedback

–Affirming a Commitment to Create a Memorandum of Understanding with Minneapolis Public Schools Related for Scheduling, Programming, and Facilities

The complete agenda, with staff reports, for the MPRB Board of Commissioners meeting on July 1, 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