From the Aug. 3, 2011 City Council Agenda, Item VIII. B.
To: Mayor and Council
From: Scott Neal, City Manager
Subject: Public Facility Inventory and Feasibility Study Of An Indoor Athletic Facility
Motion to direct City staff to conduct a feasibility study of an indoor athletic facility under the guidance of the Park Board; direct staff to prepare an inventory of City of Edina’s public facilities; authorize a project budget of $20,000; and authorize the Park Board to establish committees and subcommittees to assist with this task.
At their July 19 Work Session, the City Council met with representatives of a group of residents who propose the construction of an indoor athletic facility, which has been commonly referred to as a “sportsdome”. The Council considered the proposal and agreed that it would be prudent to direct City staff to prepare a current inventory of public facilities owned and/or managed by the City of Edina, and to determine, through a feasibility study conducted under the guidance of the Park Board, if it is advisable for the City to support the construction of an indoor athletic facility.
Upon the completion of its feasibility study, the Park Board will make a recommendation to the City Council concerning the advisability of supporting the construction of an indoor athletic facility. The final deliverable to the City Council from the Park Board on this matter shall include recommendations on the following subjects: ownership, capital finance, operational management and finance, program and location(s).
The Council acknowledges the complexity of this assignment and agrees to allocate up to $20,000 for consulting costs associated with this motion and authorizes the Park Board to establish, at its discretion, committees and subcommittees the Board believes are necessary to accomplish this task.