The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s (MPRB) fundamental role and responsibility is to protect and preserve parkland within the Minneapolis park system for current and future generations. The MPRB has engaged additional legal counsel to review its rights and responsibilities under state and federal law to “protect and preserve parkland for current and future generations”. Since 2012, the MPRB has consistently and regularly informed the Southwest LRT Project Office of its concerns and position regarding the Southwest Light Rail Transit options through public Board actions.
This resolution considers a professional services agreement in the amount of $22,000, which includes up to $3,000 in out-of-pocket expenses with Stinson Leonard Street LLP., to provide additional legal services to the MPRB for the Southwest Light Rail project (Attachment A).
The professional services agreement has been reviewed by legal counsel.
General Operating Fund
PSA – Stinson Leonard Street LLP
Pending Board Approval
RELATED BOARD ACTIONS
May 21, 2014 Resolution 2014-209 Stating the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board determination that, based on Southwest Light Rail Transitway Project Office preliminary finding of feasibility, tunneling LRT under the Kenilworth Channel may be the only Section 4(F) feasible and prudent alternative within the shallow tunnel option regarding Minneapolis parkland impacted by the project, however that determination requires greater analysis
August 21, 2013 Resolution 2013-282 Stating the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board’s position on project design alternatives recently developed in the preliminary engineering phase of Southwest Light Rail Transitway planning
February 5, 2014 Resolution 2014-114 Urging the Southwest Light Rail Transitway Project Office to conduct a detailed engineering feasibility study and cost comparison of tunneling under the Kenilworth Channel as part of the shallow tunnel option
December 5, 2012 Resolution 2012-321 Approving a comment letter to Hennepin County Regional Rail Authority for the Southwest Transitway Draft Environmental Impact Statement
Staff recommends authorizing a professional services agreement with Stinson Leonard Street, LLP for legal services related to the Southwest Light Rail Transit Project in the amount of $22,000.
This action is supported by the following vision and goal statements in the MPRB 2007-2020 Comprehensive Plan.
Vision Theme 3: Dynamic parks that shape city character and meet diverse community needs.
Goal: Parks shape and evolving city.