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1991-04-23 Special City Council Minutes MINUTES OF A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE EAGAN CITY COUNCIL Eagan, Minnesota April 23, 1991 A special meeting of the Eagan City Council was held on Tuesday, April 23, 1991 at 6:30 p.m. at John Metcalf Junior High School. Present were Mayor Egan and City Councilmembers Gustafson, Pawlenty and Wachter. City Councilmember McCrea was absent for the Board of Equalization meeting, however, was present at the Fire Administration building for the Blackhawk Park Development discussion. Also present was City Administrator Hedges. The purpose of the meeting was to convene the annual Board of Equalization on behalf of Dakota County. BOARD OF EQUALIZATION MEETING Mayor Egan called the annual meeting of the Board of Equalization to order and informed those present of the City Council's responsibility during a Board of Equalization meeting which is to convene the meeting on behalf of Dakota County and further that the City Council, following the formal presentation by the Dakota County Assessor's office will leave the school and reconvene a special City Council meeting to review plans for the proposed Blackhawk Park project. Mr. Bill Peterson, representing the Dakota County Assessor's office, provided instructional comments relative to how residents in attendance can review their tax statements, specifically market value adjustments, and further handle general questions pertaining to property tax valuations. Mr. Peterson informed the City Council that the total net tax capacity for 1990 was $59,845,000 and the new total for 1991 is $62,688,095. Mr. Peterson further reported the percentage increase to be 4.63 percent. Mayor Egan and City Councilmembers Gustafson, Pawlenty and Wachter signed the Dakota County property tax assessment record for all Eagan properties. Present were approximately fifteen (15) property appraisers from Dakota County who met with various property owners on a one-to-one basis located around the gymnasium in John Metcalf school. It should be noted that the annual Board of Equalization meeting was formally adjourned at approximately 7:30 p.m. BLACKHAWK PARK DEVELOPMENT Mayor Egan reconvened the special City Council meeting at the Fire Administration building for the purpose of reviewing the Blackhawk Park plans with staff from the Parks & Recreation Department. Those staff persons in attendance in addition to the entire City Council and City Administrator were John VonDeLinde, Superintendent of Parks, Steve Sullivan, Park Planner, Dorothy Peterson, Superintendent of Recreation, and Ken Vraa, Director of Parks & Recreation. Director of Parks & Recreation Vraa provided comments and exhibits pertaining to the history of why Blackhawk Park was acquired and proposed as a community park and further modifications the plans have received as a result of review by the Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Advisory Commission and input by various neighborhood groups. City Councilmembers provided information and recommendations based on their study of the issue and input having attended neighborhood meetings hosted by residents on the east side of the park, residing on Murphy Parkway and the west side of Blackhawk Park in the Riverton Drive area. After a lengthy discussion on the proposed improvements, staff was given specific direction to prepare a presentation that includes information on the original grant and planning process and the changes that were made by the Parks & Recreation staff as a result of public input to be presented as the May 7 City Council meeting. it was also suggested that staff prepare a fact sheet as a handout for that meeting. Following approximately 114 hours of presentation and discussion, Mayor Egan commended the City staff for their work on the proposed Blackhawk Park while balancing a sensitivity for the neighborhood and integrity of a community park. Page 2/EAGAN SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL April 23, 1991 OTHER BUSINESS There were no additional business items and the meeting was adjourned at approximately 9:15 p.m. TLH April 23 1991 Date City Clerk