Heads-Up for the August 5, 2015 Park Board Meeting

4:30 P.M.  CLOSED SESSION for discussion Regarding Proposed Pending Litigation on I-35W Memorial

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”

–Wirth Park Adventure and Welcome Center Schematic Design
–Concept Design for Water Works

Listed below are some agenda items of interest:

–Approving the Schematic Design for the Wirth Park Adventure and Welcome Center and Authorizing Staff to Initiate Detailed Design and Construction Documents

–Approving the Concept Design for Water Works as a Subarea of Mill Ruins Park Within the Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park

–Approving Change Order No. 1 with Rachel Contracting, Inc., Contract No. C-38995 for the Main Stem of Bassett Creek Restoration Project in Theodore Wirth Regional Park in the Amount of $85,614.50 for a New Contract Total of $956,109.50

–Awarding a Contract to Cardno, Inc. Using the State of Minnesota Cooperative Contract Release S-910(5): Native Plant Materials and Native Plant Community Restoration for The Theodore Wirth Regional Park Lessard Vegetation Enhancement 2015-2019 Project Up to $323,960.00

–Amending Professional Services Agreement #C-37064 with WSB & Associates, Inc. Related to the Restoration of the Bassett Creek Main Stem from Irving Avenue North to Golden Valley Road Within Theodore Wirth Regional Park and Bassett’s Creek Park in the Amount of $13,461.00 for a New Contract Total of $152,363.00

–Awarding a Construction Contract to Ebert, Inc. in the Amount of $303,300.00 for the Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park 54Th Street Play Area Improvements Project, Per O.P. No 8130, and Authorizing Administrative Use of a 10% Construction Contingency Up to $30,330.00 for Necessary Construction Change Orders that May Arise with the Contract

–Awarding a Construction Contract to Iyawe & Associates, in the Amount of $443,200.00 for Wading Pool Renovation at Van Cleve Park, Per O.P. No. 8124, Authorizing Administrative Use of a 7.5% Construction Contingency Up to $33,240.00 for Necessary Construction Changes that May Arise with the Project, Allocating $44,000 from 2014 Commissioner District #1 Contingency Funds and Transferring $27,995 from the Waite Park Pool Remaining Construction Contingency Towards This Project

–Authorizing a Professional Services Agreement with Studio Five Architects, Inc., to Provide Schematic Design, Construction Documents, and Construction Administration Services for the Phillips Community Center Aquatics Facility Project for a Fee Not to Exceed $476,400

–METRO Blue Line Extension (Bottineau) Light Rail Transit Project Update #2

–Approving the Second Amendment to the Memorandum of Understanding with the Loppet Foundation for Development and Fundraising Related to the Proposed Adventure and Welcome Center at Theodore Wirth Regional Park

–Final Report on 2015 State of MN Legislative Session

The complete agenda, with staff reports, for the MPRB Board of Commissioners meeting on August 5, 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