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Hennepin County News: No Salary Increase for Commissioners and $2.1M in Grants Awarded

The Hennepin County Board has decided not to give themselves a raise.

The following was released by Hennepin County:

No salary increase for commissioners in 2013 

The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners, on a vote of five in favor and one opposed, approved a resolution providing a zero-percent increase in their salaries for 2013, and a 2.5-percent increase in 2014. 

State law requires that any adjustments in commissioners’ salaries must be adopted before the general election to take effect Jan. 1 of the following year. 

In 2014, commissioners’ salaries will increase 2.5 percent, continuing the practice of board salaries lagging behind staff increases by a year. 

Hennepin commissioners have not received any salary increases since 2009.

$2.1 million in Youth Sports grants awarded

The board awarded $2.1 million in 2013 Hennepin Youth Sports Program grants to 14 facility and 22 small equipment/asset projects.

Since 2009, more than $11 million in Youth Sports grants has been distributed to 69 facility projects and 60 small equipment/asset projects.

The 14 facility grants will go to: 
·        Brooklyn Center, Centennial Park - $116,500 to convert a baseball field to four soccer fields 
·        Brooklyn Park, Community Activity Center - $50,000 to create a stocked youth fishing pond 
·        Crystal, Community Center - $113,965 for lights on two little league fields 
·        Hopkins Public Schools ISD 270, Eisenhower Elementary - $200,000 to replace and expand the playground, including an inclusive play structure 
·        Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board 
o        Phillips Community Center - $325,000 to renovate the indoor pool 
o        NSP Fields - $100,000 to create two new youth ball fields and renovate two softball fields 
o        Lyndale Farmstead - $80,000 to install synthetic turf for a multipurpose field 
o        Urban Ventures Leadership Foundation - $115,000 to install synthetic turf for a soccer field 
·        Minnetonka, Glen Lake Park - $45,000 for softball field lights 
·        Minnetonka Public Schools ISD 276, Minnetonka High School - $75,000 for a synthetic turf multipurpose field 
·        Osseo Area Schools ISD 279, Osseo Senior High - $250,000 for lights on the baseball and softball fields 
·        Rockford Area Schools ISD 883, west of Corcoran Community Park - $110,000 for a new baseball field 
·        Richfield Public Schools ISD 280, Richfield STEM School - $125,000 for a playground 
·        St. Louis Park, Louisiana Park - $250,000 for new lights and irrigation on three multipurpose fields and other site improvements 

The 22 small equipment/asset grants will go to: 
·        Corcoran, Corcoran Community Park - $10,000 for a turf mower 
·        Eden Prairie, Miller Park - $10,000 for a utility vehicle and towable groomer 
·        Golden Valley, Perpich School, Lions and Wesley parks - $10,000 for soccer goals 
·        Maple Plain, Northside Park - $7,500 for a BMX bike jump track 
·        Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board 
o        Wirth Lake and Lake Nokomis - $3,400 for 12 buoys, 60 life vests, 40 kickboards, 64 noodles 
o        Northeast, Pearl, Quilici, Van Cleve and Bottineau parks - $5,650 for five baseball mound covers and six sets of bases 
o        Kingfield Park - $7,965 for volleyball net systems, three indoor soccer goals and two ball lockers 
o        Parade Stadium - $1,000 for lacrosse goals 
o        Neiman Sports Complex - $9,900 for five soccer goals 
o        Nokomis Park - $9,900 for gymnastics equipment 
o        Roosevelt High School - $7,300 for a high jump system 
·        Minnetonka Beach, Ray Peters Park - $2,310 for outdoor ice rink boards 
·        New Hope, New Hope Ice Arena - $2,520 for two sets of hockey goals 
·        New Hope, Lighted Field, Community Gym - $6,421 for five pitching machines, two storage chests and a portable generator 
·        Osseo Area Schools ISD 279, Maple Grove Senior High - $10,000 for pool timing equipment 
·        Richfield - $560 for portable lacrosse goals 
·        Robbinsdale, Lakeview Terrace Park - $8,000 for a batting cage, dugout roofs, equipment shed, pitching rubbers and home plates 
·        Robbinsdale, Lakeview Terrace Park - $5,500 for safety netting and six lacrosse goals 
·        St. Anthony-New Brighton School District ISD 282, St. Anthony Village High School - $7,900 for wrestling mat 
·        Three Rivers Park District, Bryant Lake Regional Park - $8,815 for two boat motors and 10 oars 

The Twins ballpark sales tax, approved in 2006, funds the Hennepin Youth Sports Program and additional hours at 15 Hennepin County Library locations, including Sunday hours, Maple Grove's Thursday hours, and Minneapolis Central's Sunday and Monday hours. Up to $4 million annually is dedicated between the programs. 

Shady Oak Road Community Works Project begins 

The board approved transferring $3 million in Shady Oak Road Community Works Project funds to the Hennepin County Housing and Redevelopment Authority to execute a cooperative agreement with the Minnetonka Economic Development Authority and the Hopkins Housing and Redevelopment Authority for redevelopment activities within the Shady Oak Road Community Works Project area. 

The Community Works Project area is west of Shady Oak Road between Bradford Road and Oak Drive in the cities of Hopkins and Minnetonka. The project will create a new commercial development site and support business retention with new shared vehicle parking and improvements to existing parking lots.  These redevelopment activities will begin in December, allowing community works improvements to be coordinated with the Shady Oak Road reconstruction (from Excelsior Boulevard to Trunk Highway 7) scheduled to begin in the spring of 2014. 

christine October 31, 2012 at 04:29 PM
It's good to see this money is going to the kid's. But are we suppose to feel bad about the Commissioners not getting a raise for that year? No... I haven't had a raise in 4 yrs and neither has my husband, everything is going up but everyone's paycheck.
Justin Gillette October 31, 2012 at 06:25 PM
The Commissioners make about 97,000 a year. You can find this and other Minnesota Public Employee salaries at the website below. It's an awesome resource. http://extra.twincities.com/car/salaries/default.aspx
christine October 31, 2012 at 06:34 PM
I didn't need to see that :o) $97,000 a year is a good living.
Becky Glander (Editor) October 31, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Thanks, Justin. That is a great resource.
Dave Lloyd November 03, 2012 at 04:34 AM
Taxes are collected in one government pot and then doled out to a bunch of other government pots. Tough to track government spending and hold people accountable. Next article will blame state legislators for increasing local property taxes? Nice narrative if you can get people to believe it.....a pay raise and you get to hand out the goodies and blame someone else for the tax increases. Sweet.

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