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  1. PAUL GRIFFIN

    Nov. 12, 2020

    I'm just wondering if anybody is anticipating any changes for the winter season in regarding. Rinks/warming houses open/closed Plowing, trails, lots more/less? Budgets? Staffing?

  2. PAUL MISKIMEN

    Apr. 29, 2020

    Burnsville update, so far we have not had any missed time due to COVID-19 illness. As I am sure is the same with everyone our park system has seen a much higher use this spring than normal, even with scheduled activities cancelled. The City has decided not to hire seasonal staff this summer. We just received bids back to mow a portion of our system to help take some of the pressure off of our limited staff. It is in the six figures to mow about about 40 acres spread throughout the city. We were told yesterday that the cost estimate for everything related to the pandemic is around 2.5 million which is obviously not budgeted. Guessing most projects and capitol purchases for this year will be cancelled and possibly next year as well. This is definitely going to be a busy summer but I really think some good will come out of it. I am predicting increased efficiencies and better maintenance practices will be found and implemented on a full time basis. I look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with!

    1. PAUL GRIFFIN

      May. 5, 2020

      We are looking into opening a few buildings for public use. I know Greg at Brooklyn Park open a few with some signage and is doing some extra cleaning. Is anybody else opening buildings or thinking about it? 1.Any extra cleaning being done? 2. Is your staff taking any extra precautions while doing the cleaning? 3. Special signage? 4. Using portable restrooms doing extra cleaning?

    2. PAUL GRAHAM

      Apr. 30, 2020

      Eagan update: approved to bring on some seasonal workers to help with the mowing, sanitation and landscape maintenance. Parks are still very busy. No organized team sports yet, but they are looking at possible June start. As we all know spring is extremely busy every year, with modified staffing and work plans it will challenge us even more. Good luck everyone and stay safe!

  3. MARK KRUSE, CSFM

    Apr. 9, 2020

    Paul G --- Lakeville is not putting nets out on tennis/pickleball courts. Our basketball courts and hoops remain. Our PD and Community Service Officers are in our parks more often than normal at this time, communicating and educating all groups about the Governor's order.

    1. PAUL GRIFFIN

      Apr. 27, 2020

      Woodbury update No COVID-19 cases in Public Works Parks are busy lots of walkers and tennis court use. Seeing families using fields hitting kicking balls, pitching etc. Going on modified "regular" shift starting May 4th. Still social distancing such as one to a truck and some staggered start times and hours. Weekly meeting on teams. Supervisors are still splitting between office and home. Approved to bring on 6-12 seasonal staff normally we would have 40-50. Will state with 9 people. Tasks will be 5 mowing, 1 trash, 1 forestry, 2 combo of ornamental beds/courts/playgrounds/floating where needed. Buildings are still closed to the public all recreation and sport events cancelled for now. Golf course open clubhouse closed limited seasonal staff hired. We are on hold off filling open full-time position guessing wont happen anytime soon. Hope everyone is staying safe and health.

    2. PAUL MISKIMEN

      Apr. 13, 2020

      When this all started we were instructed to cease interviewing seasonal staff and to plan on having not having any this summer. Lately they seem to be hinting that they might let us hire some but we are worried about being able to get any since we have not been able to line them up earlier. Right now we are planning on mowing with eight full-time staff, our mowing usually gets done with 16 people so it will be a struggle. There have been a few city hall staff that have been reassigned temporarily to public works to help out. We will see how that goes.

    3. PAUL GRIFFIN

      Apr. 13, 2020

      How are you handling the seasonal staff question? We have not made a decision yet other than we have stopped interviewing and have not set a start date. I'm guessing due to budgets, limited activities and facilities being closed we will at a minimum reduce the number we hire and start them later. Does anybody have a plan yet? I'm kind of working on two scenarios no seasonal staff or limited number 6-10. Seasonal staff do 95% of our mowing so this will have an impact.

    4. PAUL GRAHAM

      Apr. 9, 2020

      As of this writing Eagan's pickleball, tennis, playgrounds and basketball courts remain open with signage at all stating recommended social distance practice. We have employed several Recreation staff as ambassadors to help educate and react to calls of non-compliance. We have about a dozen portable toilets out for the season also

    5. PAUL MISKIMEN

      Apr. 9, 2020

      Burnsville is in the process of closing our skate park and making changes to our tennis/pickleball courts. On those where we have multiple courts we will be removing some of the nets to increase physical distancing. Still no plan to close our playgrounds but I am anticipating it will happen. No change to our basketball or volleyball courts, they are still open.

  4. MARK KRUSE, CSFM

    Apr. 7, 2020

    We only have portable restrooms at a few community park sites, no neighborhood parks and no athletic complexes. Concern is they are a transmission point for the virus. When programming and athletics resume we will put them back out. All have hand sanitizer that meets recommendations.

    1. PAUL GRIFFIN

      Apr. 9, 2020

      What are people doing with tennis nets and basketball courts? I understand some aren't installing nets and even removing hoops.

    2. PAUL GRIFFIN

      Apr. 7, 2020

      Thanks for the update Mark sounds like we are on the same page.

  5. PAUL MISKIMEN

    Mar. 30, 2020

    We are going to try PGR's on our athletic fields to reduce our mowing needs and pre/post emergent on our skinned infields to reduce how often we need to drag them. Is anyone else thinking the same?

    1. PAUL MISKIMEN

      Apr. 7, 2020

      We have put out several of our summer ones earlier due to the increased usage on our system. The only ones we are holding off on, for now, are the ones at the sports field complexes where no activities are scheduled. We will have these put out if any of the athletic programs get started this year.

    2. PAUL GRIFFIN

      Apr. 7, 2020

      Has anybody made an decisions on portable restrooms? We have a few out during the winter that are still in place however we have not placed our summer units out. The do have hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol.

    3. MARK KRUSE, CSFM

      Apr. 2, 2020

      I have received the request to start determining if there are projects that we can hold off on. Budget concerns are ramping up! New Concern: Activities, Rentals and special events are getting postponed until late season. I currently have proposed large events on the same public property on back to back weekends. Normally each event causes significant damage to the turf requiring seeding, aeration and others to recover. Now they are considering back to back.

    4. MARK KRUSE, CSFM

      Apr. 2, 2020

      We have applied pre/post emergent to skinned infields in the past and have had good results. We plan to do the same again this spring. PGR's on turf has not been considered yet; good idea though

    5. PAUL GRIFFIN

      Mar. 31, 2020

      We are thinking along the same lines at this point. As you all know with so many unknowns it is difficult to come up with a plan. I still don't know if we will have seasonal staff, what facilities will be open and if they are when that will happen, and finally what construction projects will be moving forward. I guess it really is a one day at a time world right now.

  6. PAUL GRIFFIN

    Mar. 26, 2020

    Question for those that aren't coming into work how are you dealing with trash?

  7. PAUL GRAHAM

    Mar. 26, 2020

    Eagan put closed signs at all play structures today

    1. MARK KRUSE, CSFM

      Apr. 2, 2020

      Lakeville closed playgrounds last Friday with signs on a barricade. Tuesday 3/31 we removed nets from the pickleball courts and volleyball courts -- No nets available in Lakeville Parks

  8. PAUL GRIFFIN

    Mar. 26, 2020

    We have signage in place and currently no plans to do any fencing.

  9. PAUL MISKIMEN

    Mar. 25, 2020

    What are some of the things people are doing with their playgrounds? I saw Edina closed theirs completely and fenced them off. Anyone doing any kind of cleaning/disinfecting program? In Burnsville, for now, we are just planning on adding informational signage at the entrance to the playground.

    1. PAUL MISKIMEN

      Mar. 26, 2020

      Now that the Governor has issued the stay at home order, and listed playgrounds as an example of what is closed, is anyone doing anything special with them? We are planning on just adding signage that states they are closed. It doesn't seem feasible for us to fence them off since we have 52 of them.

    2. PAUL GRAHAM

      Mar. 25, 2020

      Thanks Paul for starting this blog. On March 17 Eagan went to an essential services only and plan to continue that through March 29 as of today. Our maintenance staff are home and not working. Supervisory staff are working remotely as best they can. We are making plans for when we do bring staff back and what the priorities will be. Eagan has not shutdown or closed any parks or any site specific destinations such as the dog park or playgrounds, all facilities and city buildings are closed. Supervisors have conducted phone interviews with potential seasonal employees with the hope of hiring/on-boarding in late April or early May.

  10. PAUL MISKIMEN

    Mar. 24, 2020

    In Burnsville we have shut down all spring athletic programs, water features, shelter rentals and recreation programs. We have also suspended hiring of any seasonal staff. Are others having a similar response? What do maintenance practices look like on athletic fields that are not being used?