Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Minutes

November 18, 2013



November 18, 2013

Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, a regular meeting of the City of Saint Peter Parks & Recreation Advisory Board was conducted in the Conference Room of the Department of Public Works on November 18, 2013.

A quorum present, Chairperson Stu Douglas called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  The following Board Members were present: L. Lee Alger, Steve Alger, Jeff Brand, Charles Burgess, Stu Douglas, Bill Kautt, Bob Meeks, Larry Potts and David Ringler. The following Board Members were absent: Jennifer Leslie, and Mike Meffert.  The following ex-officios were present:  Lewis G. Giesking, Director of Public Works, Jane Timmerman, Director of Recreation and Leisure Services.
Approval of Agenda – Lee Alger made a motion, seconded by Bill Kautt, to approve the agenda.  With all in favor, the agenda was approved.

Approval of Minutes – Bill Kautt made a motion, seconded by Larry Potts, to approve the minutes of the September 13, 2013 meeting.  With all in favor, the minutes were approved.

Visitors – Steve Baxa addressed the Board regarding the planned Veterans Memorial in Minnesota Square.  He suggested some items for Board consideration:  parceling of the park; setting a precedent; location – next to Highway 169 with semi truck traffic which would make difficult - quiet, reflective time; focus of Minnesota Square; size 90 feet by 90 feet; honoring seven branches of service; cut down six to seven trees affecting Christmas light placement; St. Peter is the ninetieth largest city in Minnesota – should it have the largest memorial site?; is the location the best?; compatibility.  The Board requested review of the plans/layout/revised drawing at the next meeting.

Ramsey Park – Lew Giesking reviewed the discussion of the September Board meeting concerning Ramsey Park improvements including development of a ball diamond combined with a play area.  The Board modified the planned improvement priorities for the park.

New Business
A. Riverside Nature Park and Riverside Extension Park – These parks were constructed with Lawcon grant funds which restrict the types of activities/facilities that can be conducted in the park.  Currently there is an eighteen hole disc golf course and the City stores snow hauled from the downtown area.  The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency may require the City to stop storing snow in the floodplain in the near future.  The Board established planned improvement priorities for the parks, including a trail alongside the river, a loop trail for both parks, and signage.

B. Stones Park - The Board established planned improvement priorities as signage, update and modernize play equipment, restroom, and parking.

Jane Timmerman reported on:
It was the tenth year for the Fun Run with 1400 participants and 300 volunteers.
Pickle Ball had eleven people show up for the first Wednesday night introduction.
A fencing class has also been added which had full attendance.

Tim Mayo and Lewis Giesking reported on:
1. Bicycle trails in Traverse des Sioux Park – the group has started construction and has a web site up concerning their progress.
2. Ice rinks are ready for ice when temperatures allow.
3. New stall doors will be installed in the Minnesota Square restrooms
4. The plan for the trail at Hallett’s Pond – Con-Ag has been asked for an access easement on the east side of the pond
5. Eagle Scout project at the big slide in McGill Park will be started in the spring
6. Planning for roundabout project and pedestrian access will have sidewalk on all four corners of the intersection.

Adjournment – Steve Alger made a motion, seconded by Dave Ringler to adjourn the meeting.  With all in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.