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					                    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
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                                  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
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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.
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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 -
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       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:
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               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

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