"MINNEAPOLIS PARK AND RECREATION BOARD - DOC"
MINNEAPOLIS PARK AND RECREATION BOARD MINUTES October 24, 2001 Grain Exchange Building 400 South Fourth Street Board Room - No. 255 Minneapolis, Minnesota 8:21 p.m. OPEN TIME There was no one present wishing to be heard under “Open Time.” REGULAR MEETING THE TIME BEING 8:21 P.M., PRESIDENT SOLOMON, CHAIR, CALLED THE REGULAR MEETING TO ORDER AND ASKED THE SECRETARY TO CALL THE ROLL. ROLL CALL PRESENT: Commissioners Thomas W. Baker, Rochelle Berry Graves, Walt Dziedzic, Bob Fine, Vivian Mason, Scott L. Neiman, Annie Young, Dean Zimmermann and President Edward C. Solomon - 9. ABSENT: None. STAFF: Superintendent Mary Merrill Anderson, Assistant Superintendents Maureen Durand, Norman C. Merrifield, Judd Rietkerk, Michael P. Schmidt and Don Siggelkow - 6. APPROVAL OF AGENDA Commissioner Young moved, seconded by Commissioner Neiman - THAT THE AGENDA, AS AMENDED TO INCLUDE ITEM 3.1 UNDER LEGISLATIVE AND INTERGOVERNMENTAL COMMITTEE RELATING TO CAPITAL FUNDING THROUGH THE 2002 LEGISLATURE AND ITEM 4.3 UNDER THE PLANNING COMMITTEE RELATING TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE POST OFFICE SPACE, BE APPROVED. Upon call for the question, on a voice vote, the motion carried. ADOPTED REGULAR MEETING MINUTES PAGE 2 OCTOBER 24, 2001 APPROVAL OF MINUTES Commissioner Young moved, seconded by Commissioner Baker – THAT THE MINUTES OF THE SEPTEMBER 5, 2001 REGULAR MEETING BE APPROVED. Upon call for the question, on a voice vote, the motion carried. ADOPTED PETITIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS 1.1 Letter dated October 9, 2001 to Lt. Loren Evenrud, Minneapolis Park Police, from Trina Chernos, Labor Relations Representative, Department of Employee Relations, thanking him for his prompt response to her request for a copy of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board ordinances related to strike activities. PLACED ON FILE 1.2 Copy of letter dated September 27, 2001 to Superintendent Anderson from Candyce L. Sartell, Executive Committee, Mississippi Corridor Community Alliance, regarding JADT Development Group proposal for 2313 West River Road North. PLACED ON FILE 1.3 Memo dated October 18, 2001 to President Solomon from Assistant Superintendent Schmidt regarding concerns of Rita Rocheford at Painter Park. PLACED ON FILE 1.4 Memo dated October 18, 2001 to President Solomon from Assistant Superintendent Schmidt regarding concerns of John Rainville, Parkkeeper at Loring Park. PLACED ON FILE 1.5 Copy of letter dated October 18, 2001 from Assistant Superintendent Schmidt regarding pitching machine electrical outlet at Morris Park. PLACED ON FILE 1.6 Letter to Superintendent Anderson thanking her and colleagues for honoring Linda Jadwin and Cedar Lake Park’s newest public art site, Linda’s Spiral at Cedar Lake. PLACED ON FILE 1.7 Letter dated October 19, 2001 to President Solomon and copy to Superintendent Anderson from Pamela Blixt, President, Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, with concerns regarding environmental concerns with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s plans to locate several off-leash dog parks next to the Chain of Lakes and the Minnehaha Creek. PLACED ON FILE REGULAR MEETING MINUTES PAGE 3 OCTOBER 24, 2001 1.8 Copy of letter of response dated October 22, 2001 to Fort Snelling Childcare Board Members from Assistant Superintendent Siggelkow regarding their concerns about the Fort Snelling Tennis and Learning Center construction. Also attached is letter from Fort Snelling Childcare Board to Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton regarding safety issues for children and staff that attend Kinderplatz Childcare and Education Center at Fort Snelling as a result of the construction for the Fort Snelling Tennis and Learning Center. PLACED ON FILE 1.9 President Solomon received a letter from Pam Blixt, Minnehaha Creek Watershed District dated October 19, 2001, regarding concerns about the environmental impact of dog parks. PLACED ON FILE 1.10 Letter dated October 1,1 2001, to President Solomon from Thomas C. MacNally, Business Administrator, Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, 5025 Knox Avenue South, expressing opposition to the proposed off leash pet area, Site 28. PLACED ON FILE 1.11 Letter dated October 15, 2001, to President Solomon from Bruce Grimm, East Calhoun Community Organization (ECCO), informing him of resolutions passed by the ECCO Board of Directors requesting installation of benches along the east shore of Lake Calhoun and authorizing the use of ECCO NRP funds. REFERRED TO STAFF 1.12 Commissioner Mason received a letter dated October 19, 2001, from Charles (Chip) Welling, 2157 Roblyn Avenue, St. Paul, regarding the parkways and their condition in relationship to bicycling. REFERRED TO STAFF 1.13 Commissioner Mason reported that she received calls from members of the CIDNA Neighborhood thanking the Park Board for denying the permit for the staging at Calhoun Beach Club. She stated that she also received calls asking if the Board had given a permit for truck traffic on Dean Parkway because they were running trucks on the parkway. Assistant Superintendent Siggelkow informed her that a permit had not been issued so the Park Police went over and issued tickets. 1.14 Commissioner Mason received a call from the Whittier Alliance about some safety issues at Whittier Park that Assistant Superintendent Durand is taking care of. 1.15 Commissioner Mason received calls about some strange bristles that were found as part of the Earth Day clean up. The callers questioned if the bristles were from the sweeping machines that clear the ice rink at Lake of the Isles. Assistant Superintendent Schmidt is looking into that issue. She stated that there were apparently bags full of the bristles. 1.16 Commissioner Neiman received a number of calls and letters in opposition of some of the sites being considered in the 6th Park District for off leash areas. REGULAR MEETING MINUTES PAGE 4 OCTOBER 24, 2001 1.17 Commissioner Neiman received a call asking the Board to consider additional lighting to the paths, especially around Lake Harriet. He thought it was interesting to hear that given the winter months, late fall and early spring when days are short, many people do not feel comfortable using the lakes after 5:00 p.m. Commissioner Neiman informed the Board that the caller was not interested in keeping the lights on late, but until 9:00 p.m. or so, which would allow people to use the paths. He thought that the Board might consider doing a better job lighting the parks and, in the winter between the hours of 4:00 and 9:00 p.m., it might be valid to think about lighting some of the walking paths. 1.18 Commissioner Young received a call about a person who fell into a hole at Cedar Field. She said there seems to be a large hole that needs to be taken care of. REFERRED TO STAFF REPORTS OF OFFICERS Superintendent Merrill Anderson distributed the 2000 Superintendent’s Report. She stated that the report chronicles the progress of the Board and the progress of the staff. She felt the Board had an excellent year and that it would find the report very good reading. Assistant Superintendent Schmidt brought to the Board’s attention a report included in their packet prepared at the request of Commissioner Neiman regarding the water quality improvements and activities. Assistant Superintendent Schmidt reported on the Linda Jadwin Public Art Dedication invitation, which was also included in their packet. Commissioner Mason commented that she has seen most of it, except for a small pink rock not yet installed, and it was lovely. Assistant Superintendent Merrifield informed the Board of a special meeting called by the Board of Estimate and Taxation regarding the possibility of reconsidering the 2002 maximum tax levy. He stated that the meeting was scheduled for tomorrow, October 25 at 4:30 p.m. Assistant Superintendent Siggelkow gave a brief explanation of why the Board of Estimate and Taxation was reconsidering the levy and other options. Assistant Superintendent Merrifield called the Board’s attention to the draft of the November meeting schedule included in the packet. Assistant Superintendent Siggelkow reported that the Minnesota Wild has requested a permit to photograph the installation of Lake of the Isles skating and hockey rinks with a time-lapse camera. It is there intention to show the photographs periodically during Wild games. CONSENT BUSINESS Commissioner Neiman moved, seconded by Commissioner Fine - REGULAR MEETING MINUTES PAGE 5 OCTOBER 24, 2001 2.1 THAT THE BOARD APPROVE PAYROLL NO. 21 IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,208,632.99 FOR THE PERIOD SEPTEMBER 23, 2001 THROUGH OCTOBER 6, 2001. Upon call for the question, on a voice vote, the motion carried. ADOPTED REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEES IT WAS THE CONSENSUS OF THE BOARD THAT THE VARIOUS ACTIONS ADOPTED BY EACH STANDING COMMITTEE NOW BE PUT BEFORE THE BOARD FOR ADOPTION, AND THAT EACH COMMITTEE’S BUSINESS BE PRESENTED INDIVIDUALLY. LEGISLATION AND INTERGOVERNMENTAL COMMITTEE Commissioners W. Dziedzic, Chair; S. Neiman, T. Baker, B. Fine and A. Young Chair Dziedzic moved, seconded by Commissioner Neiman - 3.1 THAT THE BOARD AUTHORIZE STAFF TO SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING NINE PROJECTS TO THE STATE FOR CAPITAL FUNDING THROUGH THE 2002 LEGISLATURE: 1. LAKE OF THE ISLES 2. GRAND ROUNDS 3. UPPER RIVER 4. ENVIRONMENTAL – WIRTH 5. ENERGY NEEDS FOR RECREATION CENTERS 6. FUJI YA 7. MILL RUINS 8. EAST PHILLIPS 9. WEBBER POOL Upon call for the question, on a voice vote, the motion carried. ADOPTED PLANNING COMMITTEE Commissioners S. Neiman, Chair; B. Fine, T. Baker, V. Mason and A. Young Chair Neiman moved, seconded by Commissioner Mason - 4.1 THAT THE BOARD APPROVE THE AMENDED SCHEMATIC PLANS FOR NICOLLET TENNIS CENTER IMPROVEMENTS. REGULAR MEETING MINUTES PAGE 6 OCTOBER 24, 2001 4.2 THAT THE BOARD AUTHORIZE STAFF TO NEGOTIATE AN EASEMENT, SUBJECT TO BOARD APPROVAL, WITH THE MINNEAPOLIS COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (MCDA) ON WEST RIVER PARKWAY FOR PUBLIC OPEN SPACE TO BE DEVELOPED AS PART OF THE NEW GUTHRIE THEATER COMPLEX. 4.3 THAT THE BOARD DIRECT STAFF TO PROCEED WITH NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE REGARDING THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE POST OFFICE SPACE, SUBJECT TO THE 1987 MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING AND TO CONTACT CONGRESSMAN SABO FOR HIS ASSISTANCE IN THIS MATTER. Upon call for the question, on a voice vote, the motion carried. ADOPTED ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE COMMITTEE Commissioners T. Baker, Chair; B. Fine, R. Berry Graves, S. Neiman and D. Zimmermann Chair Baker moved, seconded by Commissioner Dziedzic – 7.1 THAT THE BOARD APPROVE CHANGE ORDER NO. 5 TO ARRIGONI BROTHERS COMPANY, CONTRACT NO. 15694, FOR HIAWATHA PARK SCHOOL SITE IMPROVEMENTS IN THE AMOUNT OF +$31,500.00 FOR A NEW CONTRACT TOTAL OF $348,931.95. 7.2 THAT THE BOARD APPROVE CHANGE ORDER NO. 4 TO F. M. FRATTALONE EXCAVATING AND GRADING, INC., CONTRACT NO. 15530 FOR SITE IMPROVEMENTS AT MILL RUINS PARK, FOR A CONTRACT DEDUCTION IN THE AMOUNT OF -$110,673.99, FOR A NEW CONTRACT TOTAL OF $1,154,475.17. 7.3 THAT THE BOARD APPROVE CHANGE ORDER NO. 5, TO F. M. FRATTALONE EXCAVATING AND GRADING, INC., CONTRACT NO. 15530, FOR SITE IMPROVEMENTS AT MILL RUINS PARK, IN THE AMOUNT OF +$50,200.00, FOR A NEW CONTRACT TOTAL OF $1,204,675.17. 7.4 THAT THE BOARD AUTHORIZE ACCEPTANCE OF THE LOW BID OF SWEETWATER TECHNOLOGY DIVISION OF TEEMARK CORPORATION, O.P. NO. 5735, IN THE AMOUNT OF $202,153.00, FOR FURNISHING ALL MATERIALS, EQUIPMENT, PERSONNEL AND INCIDENTALS NECESSARY TO ACCOMPLISH THE LAKE CALHOUN ALUMINUM SULFATE TREATMENT PROJECT, ALL IN ACCORDANCE WITH SPECIFICATIONS, AS FOLLOWS: REGULAR MEETING MINUTES PAGE 7 OCTOBER 24, 2001 BASE BID APPLICATION GREATER THAN 3 METER DEPTHS TO LAKE CALHOUN AND ISLES LAGOON $177,215.00 ALTERNATE 1 APPLICATION BETWEEN 1.5 METER AND 3-METER DEPTHS TO LAKE CALHOUN 24,938.00 7.5 THAT THE BOARD APPROVE AN AMENDED 2001 EXPENDITURE APPROPRIATION AND REVENUE ESTIMATE AS FOLLOWS: Current Adjustment Revised Expenditures 1500 Park and Recreation Fund 40,890,762 78,000 40,968,762 7800 Park Operations 12,201,339 250,000 12,451,339 Revenues 1500 Park and Recreation Fund 38,723,873 78,000 38,801,873 7800 Park Operations 12,963,490 250,000 13,213,490 7.6 THAT THE BOARD ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2001-174, CAPTIONED AS FOLLOWS: RESOLUTION NO. 2001-174 AUTHORIZING THE BOARD TO APPROVE A GRANT AGREEMENT WITH THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES FOR A GREENWAYS IMPLEMENTATION GRANT FOR THE MIDTOWN GREENWAY 7.7 THAT THE BOARD ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2001-178, CAPTIONED AS FOLLOWS: RESOLUTION NO. 2001-178 SUPPORTING THE YOUTH COORDINATING BOARD’S EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE Upon call for the question, on a voice vote, the motion carried. ADOPTED UNFINISHED BUSINESS Commissioner Neiman moved, seconded by Commissioner Fine – 8.1 THAT THE BOARD ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2001-174, CAPTIONED AS FOLLOWS: REGULAR MEETING MINUTES PAGE 8 OCTOBER 24, 2001 RESOLUTION NO. 2001-174 AUTHORIZING THE BOARD TO APPROVE A GRANT AGREEMENT WITH THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES FOR A GREENWAYS IMPLEMENTATION GRANT FOR THE MIDTOWN GREENWAY 8.2 THAT THE BOARD ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2001-178, CAPTIONED AS FOLLOWS: RESOLUTION NO. 2001-178 SUPPORTING THE YOUTH COORDINATING BOARD’S EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE On call of the roll, the vote was Yeas - 9; Nays - None, Absent – 0, as follows: YEAS - Commissioners Baker, Berry Graves, Dziedzic, Fine, Mason, Neiman, Young, Zimmermann and President Solomon – 9. NAYS - None. ABSENT - None. ADOPTED NEW BUSINESS There was no “New Business” to be heard. ADJOURNMENT The time being 8:45 p.m., Commissioner Baker moved, seconded by Commissioner Berry Graves - THAT THE MEETING BE ADJOURNED. Upon call for the question, on a voice vote, the motion carried. ADOPTED EDWARD C. SOLOMON NORMAN C. MERRIFIELD President Secretary ECS/NCM/dh