Heads-Up for the December 2, 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”

5:30 P.M.  PUBLIC COMMENT.  (Following Open Time)  Public Comment on the Superintendent’s Recommended 2016 Budget

Listed below are some agenda items of interest:

–Approving One-Year Contracts with Rice, Michels & Walther, LLP; Campo and Associates; Tom Workman; and Lockridge Grindal Nauen, P.L.L.P. for 2016 Lobbyist Services

–Authorizing a Professional Services Agreement with MacDonald & Mack Architects, Ltd. to Provide Architectural Services for the Selective Demolition of the Fuji-Ya Building in the Amount of $49,690

–Accepting the Non-Appointed Citizen Advisory Committee Recommendations and Approving the Concept Plan for Shared-Use Trail Improvements Along Minnehaha Parkway at Lyndale Avenue

–Approving Change Order No. 2 with LS Black Constructors, Contract No. 39850, for Wading Pool Improvements at Bethune Park and Hi-View Parks, in the Amount of $11,657.99 for a New Contract Total of $899,776.57 and Authorizing the Transfer of $17,336.39 from the 2013 District 2 Contingency Funds from the Harrison Park Wading Pool Improvements for Use at Bethune Park

–Setting the 2016 Tax Levy for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

–Adopting the 2016 Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Budget

–Accepting the Non-Appointed Community Advisory Committee Recommendations and Approving the Concept Plan for Wading Pool Improvements at Matthews Park in South Minneapolis

–Chain of Lakes Regional Park – Lake of the Isles Skating Facilities Upgrades

The complete agenda, with staff reports, for the MPRB Board of Commissioners meeting on December 2, 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