Heads-Up for the September 23, 2015 Park Board Meeting

4:30 P.M.  CLOSED SESSION for Discussion Regarding Proposed Workers Compensation Settlement and Proposed Settlement Agreement for 22 on the River

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:

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

–Amending the Superintendent’s Authorization to Submit, in Priority Order, Hall’s Island Restoration and the Park on the Scherer Site ($12 Million); 26th Avenue North, Including a Trail Connection to Ole Olson Park ($3 Million); System-Wide Trail Gaps ($7.5 Million) Including Plymouth Avenue Bridge, East Bank Trail on Nicollet Island from Boom Island to Main Street, and a Pedestrian/Ski Bridge Over Theodore Wirth Parkway in South Wirth Park; and Upper Harbor Terminal Site Remediation ($2 Million) for a Total of $24.5 Million to Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) for the 2016 State of Minnesota (State) Capital Budget, and to Begin Research on an Additional 2016 or Future Request for Refurbishment of WPA Walls Throughout the Park System

–Approving the Concept Design for Kenilworth Channel Bridges as Part of the Southwest Light Rail Transit Project

–Discussion of METRO Blue Line Extension (Bottineau) Light Rail Transit Project Update #3

–Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board 2015 Goals & Performance Measures Report on Second Quarter Results

–Community Engagement Plan for Roberts Bird Sanctuary Improvements Project

–Community Engagement Plan – Phillips Community Center Aquatics Facility

–Approving a Grant Agreement with the State of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in the Amount of $500,000 to Design and Construct Improvements at Sheridan Memorial Park

The complete agenda, with staff reports, for the MPRB Board of Commissioners meeting on September 23, 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