Blaine Park Board affected by ward redistricting

Political redistricting that changed Blaine City Council ward boundary lines recently came into play during discussion of a Blaine Park Board resignation.

Earlier this year, Dave Knapp, former board chairman, filled a temporary vacancy in Ward 1 due to former commissioner’s Tom Newland expired term.

Knapp’s appointment was approved by the council April 19. The board is an advisory body to the council and makes recommendations on park-related issues.

The city’s park board is established by city charter.

Commissioners conduct neighborhood meetings, receive resident input and evaluate capital improvements for park facilities.

The board comprises seven members appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the council for two-year terms.

Knapp was willing to fill the park board vacancy on a temporary basis and will resign effective Aug. 14 so as not to cause an imbalance among board members.

Commissioner Jeffery Bird, who is currently serving Ward 2, moves into Ward 1 effective Aug. 14.

“Right now, we’re vacant one commissioner seat in Ward 2,” said Jim Kappeloff, park and recreation director, who addressed redistricting at a July 24 meeting.

Kappelhoff said city staff currently has a line on someone who is interested in filling the empty seat. “They are maybe on deck for the August park board meeting,” he said.

City Clerk Jane Cross said the candidate would be interviewed by Ward 2 Councilmembers Dave Clark and Mike Bourke and Mayor Tom Ryan.

Tim Hennagir is at [email protected]