Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Minutes

February 19, 2013



February 19, 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 February 19, 2013.

Lewis Giesking administered the Oath of Office to newly appointed Board Member Bob Meeks. Introductions were made. 

A quorum present, Lewis Giesking called the meeting to order at 7:12 p.m.

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

Approval of Minutes – Larry Potts made a motion, seconded by Mike Meffert to approve the minutes of the January 22, 2013 meeting.  With all in favor, the minutes were approved.

Mill Pond Area of Riverside Park – Mill Pond area of Riverside Park is 12 ½ acres with the Development Theme of River Enhancement.  The following recommendations were made:

Priority A -
o Add Item 1 to read - Improvements to establish a trail head for the State Trail System. Adjust subsequent numbers accordingly.
o Move item 4 -Install handicapped RV campsites to Priority A item 3.
Priority C –
o Adjust the location on current item 10. to read: “Move circular shelter at Mill Pond to be located in the Mill Pond by the river”.

Recommendation for Adding Advertising in the Parks – David Ringler reported that he continues to work with the Soccer Board and other municipalities to compile advertising policies for consideration.

Update the Trail and Sidewalk Master Plans  -  Lewis Giesking reviewed the changes that have been suggested by City Staff and/or the Planning and Zoning Commission to the Sidewalk Master Plan and Trail Master Plan.  The listed changes reviewed are shown:
1. Show proposed sidewalk on the Washington Avenue Link from Davis Street to Dodd Avenue
2. Remove proposed sidewalk on Washington Avenue from Davis Street to Sunrise Drive and replace with a trail
3. Show proposed sidewalk on the west side of Old Minnesota Avenue from Saint Julian Street to Dodd Avenue
4. Extend sidewalk on the south side of Clark Street to Sunrise Drive as proposed sidewalk
5. Show proposed sidewalk on the west side of Klein Street, from Marshall Street to North Washington Avenue
6. Show sidewalk on both sides of North Washington Avenue at Klein Street intersection
7. Show existing sidewalk on the south side of Washington Avenue in the area of Freeman Drive
8. Show proposed sidewalk from Washington Avenue Link on the south side of Ramsey Park connecting to Fifth Street
9. Connect a proposed sidewalk on the north side and east side of the Alternative School to Washington Avenue and Davis Street respectively
10. Change existing sidewalk on both sides of Nicollet Avenue from Jefferson Avenue to trunk Highway 99 to existing one-way trail
11. On trail map, show the existing trail in McGill Park
12. Discuss sidewalk proposed on the north side of Union Street past the fairgrounds, due to right-of-way issues
13. Show proposed sidewalk on the west side of North Third Street from Ramsey Street to Old Minnesota Avenue
14. Show proposed sidewalk on the west side of North Fourth Street from Ramsey Street to Union Street
15. Show proposed sidewalk on the east side of Gault Street from Orchard Street to future trail to the north
16. Add sidewalk to both sides of the Howard Street connection from Lampert Addition to the new Washington Avenue (Connection for Alternative School)

Larry Potts made a motion, seconded by L. Lee Alger to recommend the changes shown in items 1 through 16 above to the Planning and Zoning Commission.  With all in favor, the motion carried.

Stuart Douglas arrived at 8:17 p.m.


Larry Potts reported that he had made contact with Jim Dontje at Gustavus Adolphus College as well as the New Naturalist at the Arboretum.  They expressed interest in having the senior seminar students involved in an assessment at McGill Park.  Contact with the high school continues to determine the level of interest in collaborating on a project.

Recreation and Leisure – Jane Timmerman reported:
1. Freeze Your Buns Run had 83 participants from a total of 24 communities.
2. Jane distributed the Softball Participation Comparison Report and the Fall Recreation Reports for the years 2009 through 2012.  It was noted that the 2012 figure for soccer on the Fall Recreation Report was 68.
Department of Public Works – Lewis Giesking and Tim Mayo
1. Ice Rink has been very busy.  The success of the program has been a combination of volunteers, city staff and temperatures.
2. Authorization to purchase two electric vehicles has been obtained.
3. Safe Routes to School Grant has been submitted for a project. Award notification is anticipated in late April/early May. If awarded construction would start in the Spring of 2014.
4. Washington Avenue Link Proposed Project – meetings are being scheduled with property owners. Project will be bid in the spring.
Adjournment – Charles Burgess made a motion, seconded by L. Lee Alger to adjourn the meeting.  With all in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:37 p.m.