City of St. Michael Park Board
October 25, 2006
Call to Order/Roll Call (7:00 P.M.)
Eull called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Members Present: Lorann Eull, Sandra Nelson and
Eugene Molitor. Also present were Community Development Director Marc Weigle; Planner
Mary Anderson; Youth/Family Coordinator Sandy Greninger; Administrative Assistant Diana
Berning; and Council Liaison Cindy Weston. Dan Woitalla and Nancy Lauseng were excused.
The Pledge of Allegiance was said and a quorum declared.
Added to the agenda were: trails, future meetings, and the canoe launch. Nelson/Molitor moved
to set the agenda as amended. All voted aye.
Approval of Minutes of July 26, 2006
Molitor/Nelson moved approval of the minutes of July 26, 2006, with all voting aye.
Douglas Birk, Candidate for the School Board
Douglas Birk was present to speak to the Park Board. He introduced himself as a candidate for the
ISD #885 School Board, explaining his history and involvement with the schools. He also
explained his goals are to protect taxpayer’s dollars and develop more efficient communication, as
well as move the STMA school district from the top third in the state to the top 10%.
Since people were in the audience, the STMA Soccer Club was moved up on the agenda.
STMA Soccer Club – Indoor Facility
Roger Derham, Director of Coaching, and Tom Dawson, Competitive Director, for the STMA
soccer club, were present. Derham thanked the park board for their work on the soccer fields in
the lower rec. area. All the fields are great and are getting used every night. Derham explained to
the park board their plans for a future indoor soccer facility. He said the soccer club continues to
grow each year, and it is becoming more competitive. It would be nice to have a facility that
could be used year-round. He went over specifics of the building, and said they would like to
build it within the next three to five years. One concern is finding land. Derham said the STMA
soccer club would be the main contributor for the building, and will likely allow other sports such
as lacrosse, baseball, football, etc. to use the facility as well. The park board is the first to hear
about this, and the soccer club is just informing them of future plans, so they can keep it on their
radar. There was discussion on possible land available and other events the facility could be used
for. It was agreed this will be a nice addition to the community. There is definitely a need for
something like this in the area.
New High School Site Plan
Weigle showed an overall layout of the site, and went over the specifics of the sports area. He
suggested the park board discuss whether they want to have adult softball fields on the school site,
especially since tobacco and alcohol are not allowed on school property. Weigle explained the
new pond site, and the reasons for moving it east. There was discussion regarding the tree
preservation ordinance. Weigle showed the proposed trails around each of the schools and along
the perimeter of the property. He also showed some recommended interior trails. Eull suggested
connecting the trail through the softball area. The general consensus was to require some
additional interior trails among the new school site.
Weigle also updated the park board on the deficit in the park board fund. Two things that still
need to come out of the park fund are the $250,000 for the ice arena and the pedestrian trail under
TH 241. An interfund loan will be set up until park funds are available.
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Middle School/Big Woods Elementary Shelter
Weigle said Dennis Butler put together a layout for the shelter. There will be minor corrections as
needed. With the park funds in the negative, he would recommend either waiting a few years
before building it or see if Albertville or the School District would pay for it now, and we could
pay them back over a few years. The consensus was to see if the School District or Albertville
would want to pay for it now, otherwise wait for a few years, until there is money in the fund.
Weigle showed a picture of the horseshoe pits located at the rec. center.
Gold’s Gym – St. Michael Community Center Update
Weigle showed the overall layout of town center and where Gold’s Gym will be. The building is
pushed to the north and will be several feet in the ground. Weigle went over specifics of the
proposed layout for the building, explaining the various activities. This building will have several
family oriented rooms. Weigle also went over the new proposed layout for the community center,
explaining the rooms and storage needed. There is an office space, which FYCC could possibly
move to. Eull suggested including some outdoor space off of the main room for use by receptions
or large parties. The community room will have easy access to the gym and the kid’s game room.
Greninger discussed rink attendants with the park board and updated where they are at in the
interviews. This will be added to the next council agenda for approval. Sandy said she got a
request from the youth hockey association that they would like to have outdoor ice time. The park
board was generally ok with FYCC establishing reasonable community open skate times, and then
scheduling youth hockey for other times. Greninger also mentioned she has a meeting tomorrow
with Karl Kessler and Tim Guimot to discuss policies and make sure both cities are on the same
page. FYCC is working on new baseball policies and a new form for renting park facilities. As
always, a bigger warming house, adult softball fields, and more ice would be nice.
Trails. Nelson suggested a location for a possible trail under I-94. Weigle said in the comp. plan,
it is planned to build a bridge trail over I-94. Crow Hassan Park Trail. Planner Anderson will call
Three Rivers Park to see where they are at with planning a trail to cross over the Crow River.
Future Meetings. Eull suggested combining both the November and December meetings for
sometime in early December. After discussion, Molitor/Nelson moved to cancel the November
park board meeting, and move the December meeting to December 6th from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Canoe
Landing. Anderson reported the attorneys are looking at whether it is possible or not. The land
was in tax-forfeiture, and the city would have to pay off the old taxes. Anderson will continue
working on the canoe landing.
For their information, the Park Board was provided with copies of City Council Minutes from July
11 & 25, August 8 & 22, and September 12 & 26, 2006.
Molitor/Nelson moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:55 p.m. Motion carried unanimously.
Diana Berning, Administrative Assistant