Greenfield park amenities in ‘full-swing’ as ballpark grant lands at home

The Greenfield City Council was asked to appoint Julie Vergin to the Greenfield Park Advisory and reappoint Barb Northway.

A brief discussion of board terms was visited. A resolution relating to this was approved. Vergin is a 12-year resident of Greenfield, and Northway is a sitting advisor and former Rockford Community-Ed Director.

Preceding this meeting, the council conducted a workshop in which Greenfield Central Park regulations were addressed.

This is the city’s first city park, and an ordinance was designed by the park advisory subject to council approval to govern its use. This has been a lengthy process with a lot of back and forth between the bodies. The council approved the ordinance, which deals with a number of issues including pets, recreational fires, littering, parking and more. The ordinance was passed and will be posted on the city’s web site.

To date, a shelter is being installed, a memorial site is nearly complete and recreational equipment is being priced. Mayor Brad Johnson relayed that the city will receive $20,000 in grant dollars to install a casual-use ball field in the park. The first $10,000 was awarded last month by the Twins “Fields for Kids” grant program that requires matching funds for use. Fox Entertainment’s “Sandlot Scholarship” awarded the matching funds to the city. The city hopes to begin work on the field this year and open it for play in early 2014.

Permits and rental of the park shelter can be obtained by calling city hall.

ASSESSMENT POLICY

The council also discussed setting forward an assessment policy. This was a discussion item only, and several scenarios were covered in consideration. The policy will help guide where costs, most often for road improvements, should be directed. More pointedly, how much the city is responsible for, if any, and how much the benefiting property owner is. Benefit must be calculated using a number of factors including how much traffic is related to property owners versus drive-through traffic rhythms.

The council will follow up on this matter at an upcoming workshop.

In other news, the city will host “Night to Unite” at Greenfield Central Park Tuesday, Aug. 6, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This will be big night for the city as the initial flag raising ceremony is planned for the park’s new memorial site. The Ride for Freedom Motorcycle Club and the Delano Legion Color Guard will take part in this event. Vendors and family friendly activities (including dinner and face painting) will also be on site for those attending.

The next regular meeting of the Greenfield City Council will be Wednesday (note this is day later than usual), Aug. 7, at 7 p.m. at 6390 Town Hall Dr. Meeting agendas are posted on the city’s website: www.greenfield.mn.us or can be obtained prior to the council meeting by visiting the Greenfield City Hall at 7738 Commerce Circle.

Linda Herkenhoff is at linda.herkenhoff@ecm-inc.com

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