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Master Plan: Open Space and Parks Planning - Glads, Sads and Mads

Group 1— Recorder Norm Esterberg

GLAD of

  • cooperation of all government agencies
  • appropriated money for plan
  • changing park dedication fees similar to Sherburne County 7% - 10%

 

SAD of

  • should be more involvement in all aspects of government; state input money for County, Township and Cities
  • small interest groups work against common good to get goals accomplished

 

MAD of

  • non-productive meetings—needs to be simpler
  • too many political games

Group 2— Carrie Tripp

GLAD of

  • nice rural lifestyle; opportunities for business
  • people happy that they can support Benton County Parks, example—sports club, also Veterans and Budget Committee
  • budget committee membership
  • create opportunities for park users with visual impairments
  • interested staff and commissioners to come up with parks and open space master plan

 

SAD of

  • not enough involvement with Park Board
  • population expansion, loss of rural quality
  • no decision on Sauk Rapids bridge
  • residents’ under use of existing parks
  • parks not used as often as should be

 

MAD of

  • revenues outside of budget, lack of funding
  • water quality down in Little Rock Lake
  • people who don’t contribute at right time in process
  • not everybody has hat like Duane Walters

Group 3

GLAD of

  • coordination, cooperation and participation of multiple agencies
  • happy about current opportunities
  • active and passive activities present are good

 

SAD of

  • little opportunity to participate (public notice not as good as it could be)
  • under utilization of existing facilities
  • not necessarily looking at opportunities to incorporate recreation into rebuilds/ infrastructures

MAD of

  • lack of agency cooperation in the past
  • funding
  • cooperation of agencies

Group 4

GLAD of

  • grew up in county in mid-1900s
  • Township board member for 40 years
  • decent job, family, place to live, kids come home to Benton County
  • small communities, good schools, safe
  • being a part of planning process

 

SAD of

  • Peace Rock not preserved
  • Zoning member 12 years, disappointed way of current planning, development patterns
  • over-regulation in some areas and under regulation in others (I.e., snowmobiles)
  • County not living up to sanitary regulations
  • limited amount of money/people to make improvements

 

MAD of

  • Little Rock Lake water quality deterioration

Group 5

GLAD of

  • natural areas remaining
  • park fee for developers
  • peace ad quiet of rural life
  • landowners seeking opportunities to conserve resources, conservancy on own property
  • effort to buy Gray's property

 

SAD of

  • encroaching residential development on farms
  • wetland loss
  • revising development increases
  • land price increases (impact on farms and new farms)
  • park planning process "20 years overdue" lost resources
  • society not putting resources/money to maintain quality of life children not comfortable today in nature, indoor oriented
  • Recreational vehicles damage wetlands

 

MAD of

  • loss of unique natural areas
  • corporate farming increases, family farming decrease
  • billboards
  • lack of money for natural resources

Group 6

GLAD of

  • Gray's farm purchase
  • Rice area sportsman club land purchases
  • diversity in development around Sauk Rapids in a sensitive manner
  • Parks planning process starting for future of Benton County

 

SAD of

  • County Biological Survey points out loss of vegetation
  • Surveyed urban sprawl
  • lack of regional coordination outside of Benton County
  • loss of habitat (forests)

 

MAD of

  • lack of support from legislators
  • waited too long to do park planning
  • waited too long to do budget for planning