Heads-Up for the August 17, 2016 Park Board Meeting

4:45 P.M.  CLOSED SESSION–Committee of the Whole Meeting–Discussion Regarding Proposed Workers Compensation Settlement

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”

Some agenda items of interest are:

— Receiving and Filing the Financial Status Report of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board as of the Second Quarter, 2016 and File Said Report as a Permanent Record with the Secretary of the Board

–Authorizing a Professional Services Agreement with SEH, Inc., to Provide Design, Construction Documents, and Construction Administration Services for the Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet Trail and Access Improvements Project for a Fee Not to Exceed $344,300 for the Period of August 18, 2016 to December 31, 2019

–Awarding Construction Contract to Global Specialty Contractors, in the Amount of $881,907.00 for Wading Pool Improvements at Powderhorn Park and Mathews Park, Per O.P. No. 8295, Pending Approval by City of Minneapolis Purchasing & Procurement and Civil Rights Departments and Authorizing Administrative Use of a 5% Construction Contingency, Up to $44,095.35, Necessary for Construction Changes that May Arise with the Contract And, Authorize Use of Park Dedication Fees for Additional Funding in Order to Award the Construction Contract

— Approving Section 106 Memorandum of Agreement Between the Federal Transportation Administration and the Minnesota Historic Preservation Office, for Which the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board is Identified as a Consulting Party, Related to Adverse Impacts on Historic Resources Within the Grand Rounds Historic District and the Kenilworth Lagoon Caused by the Southwest Light Rail Transit Project

–Awarding a Construction Contract to Park Construction Company, in the Amount of $1,146,500 for the Wirth Adventure and Welcome Center Site Work Project, Per O.P. No. 8321, and Authorizing Administrative Use of a 10% Construction Contingency Up to $114,650 for Necessary Construction Change Orders that May Arise with the Contract

–Naming and Sponsorship Discussion

The complete agenda, with staff reports, for the MPRB Board of Commissioners meeting on August 17, 2016 is at http://minneapolisparksmn.iqm2.com/Citizens/Default.aspx

Board meeting agendas and related information are posted on the above 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