Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Minutes

April 15, 2013



April 15, 2013

Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, a regular meeting of the Saint Peter Parks & Recreation Advisory Board was conducted in the Conference Room of the Department of Public Works in the City of Saint Peter on April 15, 2013.

A quorum present, Stuart Douglas called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

The following Board Members were present: L. Lee Alger, Steve Alger, Charles Burgess, Stuart Douglas, Bill Kautt, Jennifer Leslie, Mike Meffert, Larry Potts and David Ringler. The following Board Members were absent: Jeff Brand and Bob Meeks.  The following ex-officios were present: Lewis Giesking, Director of Public Works, Jane Timmerman, Recreation and Leisure Services Director, Russ Wille, Director of Community Development.
Approval of Agenda – Bill Kautt made a motion, seconded by Lee Alger, to approve the agenda.  With all in favor, the agenda was approved.

Approval of Minutes – Lee Alger made a motion, seconded by Larry Potts, to approve the minutes of the February 19, 2013 meeting.  With all in favor, the minutes were approved.

Tim Mayo, Maintenance Superintendent arrived at 7:10 p.m.

Minnesota Square – Jane Timmerman distributed and discussed the many activities held at the Minnesota Square Pavilion annually. Lewis Giesking discussed the general design of the proposed new pavilion.  Minnesota Square is a high visibility park and the Board was asked to provide feedback on the impression it leaves.  Comments made are:

     Iconic – flags, pavilion, holiday lights – an All American Town – reason people come to July Fourth Celebration
 Park is central to city for the many activities that it hosts
 Rocks in the park are very pleasant looking
 Trees are very uniform in size due to replacement following the tornado
 Park needs to be better identified with prominent signage so people coming through on Highway 169 know the name of the park and associate with the city
 Tennis courts are very outdated
 Additional bathrooms are needed – recommend they be located near the playground
 Landscaping is positive but could use more varied landscaping with color
 More boulders to control vehicle traffic but do not place in large green spaces
 Tall metal slide is very high and metal gets hot
 Row of flags is impressive

The following recommendations were made:

Priority A -
1. Pavilion replacement
2. Add a restroom near the playground area
3. Kasota stone signage on the northeast and southeast corners (similar to Saint Peter welcome signs)  with flowers as landscaping around the signage

Priority B -
1. Convert current tennis courts to provide one additional basketball court and Pickle  Ball courts
2. Add lightning to basketball courts
3. Landscaping to include flowers, shrubs and planters

Priority C –
1. Install angled parking on Elm and Fourth from Elm to St Paul Streets 
Recommendation for Adding Advertising in the Parks – David Ringler reported on the information he had received from Northfield and the verbal information from Owatonna.  The revenue from advertising goes to the Associations who in turn use those funds for field maintenance.  After a lengthy discussion the Board requested that staff provide information at the next meeting for action regarding: 1) Field identification signs; 2) dimensions; 3) guidelines relating to prohibited sponsorship; and 4) where the proceeds collected from the advertising would go – association for field maintenance or the City.

New Business – Lee Alger requested that the Board consider adding jogging/walking trails in the spring and summer and Nordic Skiing in the winter around the site of the current wastewater ponds.  It was decided that the Board should take a summer field trip and this site would be included.  Lew Giesking indicated that the DNR is currently reviewing the site for the Moist Soils Program.  Another suggestion was to add exercise stations along the path.

Russ Wille left at 8:50 p.m.


Recreation and Leisure – Jane Timmerman reported:
1. The summer brochure will be mailed on April 19th.
2. Summer staff has been hired.
3. Ice rink report was distributed and the 2012/2013 season was very busy as the season lasted longer than usual.

Department of Public Works – Lewis Giesking and Tim Mayo:
1. Keys are being issued to the summer coaches.
2. June 1st time trials – biking on west side of the city
3. Gault Park – semi-pro football players have caused some damage to the fields (to be investigated).
4. Safe Routes to School Grant – anticipate hearing by the end of April.
5. Washington Avenue Link Project – working on the final layout – construction anticipated to start between early August/late October.  Working on right-of-way purchase.  Chain link fence will go along Washington Avenue by Ramsey Park.
6. Swimming Pool – Needs to be painted; however, due to the weather it won’t start when originally scheduled.  Replacement blankets are being ordered – payback only takes a couple of years.
7. Dog Trials 7/2/13 – 7/3/13 near dog park and at Gault Park parking lot.
– Steve Alger made a motion, seconded by Larry Potts to adjourn the meeting.  With all in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 9:03 p.m.