Heads-Up for the July 15, 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”

Listed below are some agenda items of interest:

–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

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

–Resolution Approving the Comment Letter to Metropolitan Council for the Southwest Light Rail Transit Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement

–Resolution Authorizing Reallocation of 2016 Capital Levy Funds by Delaying Planned Improvements at Luxton Park and Mathews Park to Support the Capital Funding Required for the Phillips Community Center Aquatic Facility

–2014 Annual Financial Audit Exit Meeting

–Capital Improvement Program Work Session

–Resolution to Receive and File as a Permanent Record with the Secretary of the Board the Annual Financial Report of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board for the Year Ended December 31, 2014

–Final Report on 2015 State of MN Legislative Session

The complete agenda, with staff reports, for the MPRB Board of Commissioners meeting on July 15, 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