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MINUTES <br /> OF THE WORK SESSION OF THE <br /> EDINA CITY COUNCIL <br /> HELD AT CITY HALL <br /> OCTOBER 20, 2009 <br /> 5:00 P.M. <br /> Mayor Hovland called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m. in the Community Room of City Hall. Answering <br /> rollcall were: Members Bennett, Brindle, Housh, Swenson and Mayor Hovland. Staff present included: <br /> Gordon Hughes, City Manager; Heather Worthington, Assistant City Manager; John Wallin, Finance <br /> Director; Eric Roggeman, Assistant Finance Director; John Keprios, Park and Recreation Director; Ceil <br /> Smith, Assistant to the City Manager; Susan Howl, Administration Assistant; and Debra Mangen, City <br /> Clerk. <br /> Mayor Hovland stated the purpose of the meeting was to complete the Council's review of the proposed <br /> 2010 Operating Budget. He noted that representatives from the City's Human Rights & Relations <br /> Commission (HRRC), the Edina Public Arts Committee and the Historical Society would be speaking. He <br /> added that Park and Recreation Director Keprios would speak on behalf of the Edina Park Board. <br /> Russ Stanton, HRRC Chair, addressed the Council explaining the rationale the Commission used in <br /> reducing their 2010 Human Services Professional Services budget request by ten percent. <br /> Commissioners Bigbee, Finsness, Kingston, Overholt and Newell also present added clarification to <br /> Chair Stanton's presentation. The Council and Commission discussed the process followed and various <br /> entities proposed for funding in 2010. Concern was expressed over the 2010 proposed funding of <br /> STAND. Consensus was to move the 2010 funding for STAND from professional services to Operations <br /> under programs/education. <br /> Bob Kojetin, Edina Historical Society, thanked the Council for the $10,000 the Society had received for <br /> the past two years. He outlined how the Society had used the funding. Mr. Kojetin noted they <br /> understood the need for the City to reduce spending. He urged the Historical Society funding not be <br /> totally deleted only reduced for 2010. Consensus was to reduce the funding level for 2010 to $5,000. <br /> Brad Benn, Edina Public Arts Committee, relayed the Committee's request for $10,000 in the 2010 <br /> Operating Budget. It was noted the $10,000 previously received by the Edina Public Arts Committee had <br /> been made as a one-time stipend and not an ongoing budgeted item. The Council expressed their <br /> thanks for the work of the Committee but noted concern about ongoing requests for funds. Various fund <br /> raising methods were discussed. Consensus was that no 2010 funding would be made to the Edina <br /> Public Arts Committee. <br /> Director Keprios reported the Park Board discussed ways to fund keeping both Countryside and <br /> Strachauer Hockey rinks open. He said the Hockey Association told the Board it preferred that the rinks <br /> be closed rather than provide more fees or a donation toward the cost of operating them. The Board <br /> recommended closing the Countryside rink (the least-use in the City) and keeping the Strachauer rink <br /> open. Mr. Keprios said that Park and Recreation staff would review the 2010 operating budget and find <br /> the necessary reduction of between $3,000 and $4,000 to fund Strachauer's rink. Following discussion, <br /> consensus was to follow the Park Board's recommendation. <br /> There being no further business, Mayor Hovland adjourned the meeting at 6:40 p.m. <br /> Respectfully submitted, ��A"�( Q A1h12A___) <br /> Debra angen, City Jerk <br /> Minutes approved by Edina City Council, October 20, 2009. <br /> James B. Hovland, Nrayof- <br />