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MINUTES <br /> WORK SESSION <br /> EDINA CITY COUNCIL AND EDINA PARK BOARD <br /> HELD TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2007 <br /> AT EDINA CITY HALL <br /> Mayor Hovland called the meeting to order at 5:00 P.M. in the Community Room of Edina <br /> City Hall. Answering rollcall were: Members Bennett, Housh, Masica, Swenson and Mayor <br /> Hovland. Edina Park Board members attending were: Karla Sitek, Ray O'Connell, Mike <br /> Dammen, George Klus, Howard Merriam, Linda Presthus, Randy Meyer and Chair Andy <br /> Finsness. Edina City Staff present: Gordon Hughes, City Manager; Heather Worthington, <br /> Assistant City Manager; John Keprios, Park & Recreation Director; Jennifer Bennerotte, <br /> Communications & Marketing Director; and Debra Mangen, City Clerk. <br /> Mayor Hovland noted the purpose of the meeting was to allow the Park Board to discuss <br /> issues of mutual concern with the City Council. Andy Finsness, Park Board Chair, expressed <br /> the Board's concern relative to the Council's decision to install temporary hockey boards in <br /> Todd Park following Park Board's recommendation to install permanent boards. Mr. <br /> Finsness said the Park Board wished there had been an opportunity to meet and discuss the <br /> Board's recommendation before the Council made its final determination. A lively <br /> discussion of the issues took place that included: communication between Board and City <br /> Council, responsibility for holding public hearings, the advisory nature of boards and <br /> commissions, and desire for the opportunity to discuss recommendations from advisory <br /> boards before decisions become final. <br /> Park Director Keprios asked for direction when the next controversial issue comes before the <br /> Park Board. He stated that Park Board Member George Klus has been working on a private <br /> fund-raising venture in conjunction with the Edina Community Foundation, which, if <br /> successful would result in the installation of an artificial turf field at Pamela Park. It was <br /> suggested that in such a situation, neighborhood information meetings be held before a Park <br /> Board formal hearing so stakeholders could view proposed changes and offer input <br /> informally, then the Park Board may hold a public hearing and gather input more formally, <br /> before making their recommendation. The Council will discuss the issue further at its <br /> October 16, 2007, meeting. <br /> Mayor Hovland thanked all for attending and adjourned the meeting at 6:45 p.m. <br /> Respectfully submitted, <br /> �,OQAJAO Ll 1 <br /> Debra Mang n, Ciq Clerk <br />