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Master Plan: Kick-Off Notes

Foley, MN March 5, 2002
Participants  
Greg Sczech Horse Stable, West County MN Horse Council Street
Nancy Hoffman St. Cloud Native—Economic Development Authority
Jerry Perske Resident
Linda Peck Central, MN—Audubon Society
John Peck Stearns County Park Commissioner, former biology professor
Nancy Gunderson Stearns County Resident, National Parks & Trails Coalition
Jane Korte Sherburne Parks & Trails, Wild & Scenic Mississippi
Duane Cekalla County Commissioner, Economic Development / Parks
Dick Soyka County Commissioner
Duane Grady County Commissioner—60+ years, seven years on board
Butch Bukowski County commissioner, loves outdoors
Mark Hauck Benton County Watershed Coordinator SWCD; lived in Benton County for 32 years; good resource for natural resources
Dona Peterson Benton County budgets
Norm Esterberg Sauk Rapids Bio/Env studies; home is Ely; Sauk Rapids Park Board; member Benton County Park Board
Dave Wilson Resident on Ronneky road NE
Jim Hovda Specific goals for parks
Chelle Benson Director of Development for Benton County; new to job
Jean Myers From up north; involved in County comp plan update
Jane DeAustin Benton County Development Committee—lives in nice wooded area
Mitch Fidler City of Rice; mayor; doing comp plan; looking at area in township for parks; Rice sportsmen club; member of Economic Development Committee
Don Zieglmeier Lives on No Name Lake; Little Rock Lake Association president
Ron Schlichting  
Lloyd Erdmann  
Steve Peka Economic Development Committee Watab Township; Benton County supervisor
Joan Spiczka East side of Benton County; park development
Lonny Wild  
Ben Thomas 70 years -
Orville Mielke Dairy farmer; wants open space defined
Jerry Kroska Foley resident
Ross Olson Sauk Rapids Planner—City Administrator
Duane Walters County Commission; input on how much open space
Dan Martin U of MN Extension; talk to about going out in field

Carrie Tripp, Benton County Parks Director, introduced the Open Space and Park Planning project and gave an overview of the goals and objectives from the County’s perspective. All participants introduced themselves by giving their name, the interest they represent and a short explanation of what they want to accomplish in this planning process (see below for details).

Steve Hansen of the Bonestroo Team gave an overview of goals and policies of the Open Space and Park Planning project based on the already-completed Benton County Comprehensive Plan. Steve reiterated the importance of listening to the Advisory Committees’ and Community’s input in developing the plan. A thorough analysis of the area’s opportunities, the land use and other physical facility issues and socio-cultural areas will be completed. The analysis will integrate both existing and proposed parks, open space, and natural areas into a comprehensive plan that captures the ideas of the community. The Bonestroo Team will use this information to generate several facility, growth and financial scenarios and concept plan alternatives for the County Board and others to review. The end point of the process will be the successful implementation of a Master Plan.

Participants broke into small groups and told their stories. The following pages reflect the outcome of these stories.