Reminder: November meeting moved

If you were intending to make a presentation to the Commission this month, note the different date from our usual schedule.

Per Sandi Dingle:

This is a reminder that the Metropolitan Parks and Open Space Commission Meeting, regularly scheduled for Tuesday, November 6, has been rescheduled to Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 4pm due to Election Day.
An agenda and related materials will be sent out one week prior.

Long Lake boat launch reconstruction

The boat launch at Long Lake will be closed for reconstruction beginning October 15, 2012. The launch will be reopened by mid-November.

October 2012 Meeting

This month had a very short meeting. One notable item was that a new chair was sworn in, filling the spot vacated by Charles Haas earlier this year. The selection was Dean Johnston, who was previously mayor of Lake Elmo. Our other item of business was to approve the master plan for the Intercity Regional Trail in the Minneapolis/Bloomington/Richfield area.

Ramsey County archery deer hunts

Ramsey County Parks and Recreation Department conducting controlled archery deer hunts at nine locations this fall.

Sucker Lake road construction

The road in the Sucker Lake unit of Vadnais-Snail RP will be closed and under construction from County Road F north to the picnic area (near Highway 96) beginning October 1, 2012. The picnic area will remain open and the trail will reopen by November 30.

September 2012 Meeting

Once again, we spent a fair bit of time discussing proposed rule changes for acquisition grants. Really I don't think members of the commission actually disagree much on what these should be, but since the majority of the commission is relatively new at this we've had to spend a lot of time learning about past procedures and interactions with the legislature years ago, and figuring out what is politically feasible - something we don't normally spend a lot of time dealing with as a generally non-political body.

Thrive MSP 2040 Council Member Listening Sessions set for September

You're Invited!

Join Metropolitan Council members and staff for an opportunity to help create the vision for the Twin Cities metropolitan region over the next 30 years. There are 10 Listening Sessions planned in September for local officials, community leaders and the general public to provide their feedback on what our region needs to thrive. Attend whichever meeting is convenient to your schedule and encourage other members of the community to attend, as well.

Ramsey County residents asked to help identify I-694 pedestrian and bicycle needs at public open house

From the announcement on the Ramsey County Parks web site:

The public is invited to discuss pedestrian and bicycle needs near the I-694 corridor between Silver Lake Road and Highway 120 at an open house to be held Thursday, Sept. 27, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Shoreview Community Center, at 4580 Victoria Street North.

Job Posting: Regional Parks and Natural Resources Manager

The Metropolitan Council has posting a job opening for the manager of the regional parks system. If you're interested, you can view the position description and apply online.

Sucker Lake trail construction

Sucker Lake Road and trail between County Rd F and Vadnais Blvd will be closed starting today and lasting through Spring 2013, for the project mentioned in March. The narrow, badly potholed road between East and West Vadnais Lakes will be redone as a biking and walking trail only, with limestone fishing spots along the way to provide better access to the water (where no surface use is allowed due to its use by the St. Paul Water Utility) and improved parking and access facilities at either end.

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