Here’s the archive of the live blog from this morning. (Note: timestamps were changed in move to different liveblog application)
Adjourned. Meeting over.
Public comment period: Ron Edwards addressing MSFA about 32 percent minority workforce goal on construction. Urges authority to audit diversity, lay out resources dedicated to checking on authenticity of response to minority goals. “Target Field was a facade,” he says. “You have to understand the hope… in my community. The thinking that ‘Wow’ we’re going to get a piece of the action… that there is a sincere commitment to carry that out.”
Discussion starts on ticket raffle, a little-known provision in stadium bill. Memo from general counsel Jay Lindgren says it really won’t work for three reasons: 1) raffle prize value indicated in stadium law is higher than statutory max, 2) MSFA can’t legally operate a raffle itself, 3) net benefit is projected to be only about $75,000. MSFA votes to send letter to legislators. “It doesn’t look like it will be feasible,” says chair Kelm-Helgen.
Kelm-Helgen introduces loaned staff from Met Council. Wanda Kirkpatrick and Aaron Koski will help design plan to reach Women Business Enterprise/Minority Business Enterprise goals on stadium. That’s currently 19% “recommendation” for professional services. There’s a 32% goal for workforce on construction.
Mondale asks authority for additional staff position, a “project coordinator” for planning, scheduling and staffing public meetings “with emphasis on logistics and planning.” Salary would be $57,600 annually. Also recommends $91,000 annual salary for communications director Jenn Hathaway.
Executive director Ted Mondale talking accounting. Notes comparison of operating costs for Metrodome vs. new stadium: $12 million per year vs. $21 million. Recommends having a $6 million reserve. Raising minimum bid levels for small purchases, personal services. Personal service limit for no-bid will be $100,000.
Kelm-Helgen says MSFA will have two more “listening sessions” on new stadium in outstate Minnesota next month. First will be in Rochester on Nov. 13, other will be in Duluth on Nov. 27.
Kelm-Helgen says schematic designs could be ready from HKS at the end of January, beginning of February.
Michele Kelm Helgen gavels meeting to order. All present. Full house again today. Vikings Lester Bagley also present.
Helgen’s update touches on environmental assessment worksheet. She says Kimley Horn was out around the Metrodome for the Tampa Bay game looking at traffic patterns ahead of the enviromental review.
She says an equity plan should be available for minority and women owned business to review by the end of the year.
HKS is also interviewing local engineers and architects. Thorton Thomasseti has been selected as structural engineering firm, and seems to have two other sub contractors already on board.