CITY OF BLAINE ANOKA COUNTY, MINNESOTA WORKSHOP CITY COUNCIL MEETING NO. 10-14 Thursday, March 18, 2010
6:30 P.M. Cloverleaf Farm Room 10801 Town Square Drive
CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL
The meeting was called to order by Mayor Ryan at 6:30 p.m.
PRESENT: Councilmembers Bourke, Clark, Herbst, Hovland, Kolb, Swanson, and Mayor Ryan.
ALSO PRESENT: Clark Arneson, City Manager; Bryan Schafer, Community Development Director; Joe Huss, Finance Director; Jim Kappelhoff, Park and Recreation Director; Bob Fiske, Community Standards Director; Roark Haver, Communications Technician; Thomas Sweeney, City Attorney; Cathy Ekstrand, Deputy City Clerk; and Recording Secretary Carol Hamer.
Park Memorial in South Lakes Park
Park and Recreation Director Kappelhoff informed the Council that early this year the Park and Recreation Department and Park Board were approached about placing a piece of playground equipment as a memorial to a child in the neighborhood who died from complications associated with H1N1 in South Lake Park. They have asked to place a children’s climbing wall adjacent to the existing playground structure in the park. The neighborhood and local builder have already raised all the funds necessary to purchase and install the piece of playground equipment, and the Park Board has recommended allowing the memorial to the City Council.
Park and Recreation Director Kappelhoff explained that the reason this is being brought to the Council at a workshop discussion is that the City does not have a specific policy regarding memorials in city parks. In past discussions, the Council has dealt with these memorial requests on a case by case basis. The last time a memorial was placed in a park was several years ago when the Council allowed a park bench in Kane Meadows Park. The City Council has reviewed and discussed a policy on memorials in parks but to date has not acted on one.
Park and Recreation Director Kappelhoff requested feedback on whether the Council is comfortable with accepting the donation of the playground equipment in South Lakes Park as a memorial, and whether the Council would like to review and consider a policy on accepting memorials in city parks.
Mayor Ryan commented that there have been several things donated at the senior center as memorials.