March Board Meeting Agenda

West Calhoun Neighborhood Council Agenda

Monthly Board Meeting, 6PM, March 12, 2019

6:00 – Welcome

6:03 – Treasurer’s Report

6:05 – Approval of Minutes

6:07 – New board member: Kate Redden

6:12 – Update from hotel

6:15 – Presentation: Proposal for Jiffy Lube site

6:40 – Coordinator’s report: Anna on 2020

6:50 – Greenspace report

7:00 – Survey ready for review

7:05 – Greenway Cleanup plan

7:10 – Follow-up with City/County on February meeting

7:15 – Ways to work with the Bakken

7:20 – Newsletter plan

7:25 – Minikahda Clubhouse update

7:28 – Banners report

7:30 – Adjourn


Next meeting – April 9 • 6:00 • Bakken

February 12, 2019 Board Meeting Minutes

West Calhoun Neighborhood Association

Monthly Meeting Minutes
Bakken Museum

Date: February 12, 2019

Called to order: 6:00pm

Presided by: Allan Campbell, Chair

Note taker: Anna Schmitz

In attendance: Allen Campbell, Lynette Davis, Richard Logan, Martha Yunker, Paul Legler, Victoria Hoshal

Absent: Jeff Idelkope, Tim Musson, John Bordwell, Michael Sanders

Guests: Chad Ellos of County Public Works Department, David Davies of Metro Transit, Robb Bader of Bader Development Group, Colleen O’Dell of Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, Council Member Linea Palmisano, County Commissioner Marion Greene, Allan Klugman of City Public Works Department

Approval of January minutes – Minutes shared via email

  • Approved

Treasurer Report – Report shared via email

  • $89,000 still remaining for community participation activities
  • $356,000 in Neighborhood Revitalization Program funds

2018 Community Particpation Program Report – Report shared via email

  • Approved

Transportation and safety issue presentations by a county transportation planner, Southwest Light Rail planner, and Bader Group, moderated by County Commissioner Marion Greene

  • Chad Ellos, Hennepin County Public Works Transportation Planning
  • Minnetonka Blvd Project — Design 2020-2022, construction 2023-2024
    • In Saint Louis Park
    • Boulevard update, upgrading bike/pedestrian infrastructure as well, dedicated turn lanes
    • Planning to keep lanes open (narrowed from ~12 to 11 foot lanes), some shifting of traffic, signage prior to construction beginning
  • Lake/Excelsior — Construction 2019
    • Start construction mid-July 2019, finished by mid-November
    • Open to traffic during construction, temporary closures/narrowed lanes
    • Building demolition for hotel around July 2019, building beginning in October, pending City Planning Commission approval
    • Safety and ADA accessibility concerns about narrow sidewalks expressed
  • Lake Street Signal Projects — Construction timing TBD
    • West Calhoun Dean and Thomas
    • Upgrade signals, enhanced pedestrian striping, ramps, overhead signage, talking push buttons, camera system to detect bikers/drivers
    • Opportunity to work with community members
    • Safety concerns about how to handle U-turns, signage, etc, will be addressed in project
    • Controlled left turn with signal increases safety, even with U-turns
  • Lake St Paving Project — mid-2020s
    • Identified for resurfacing, opportunity to address safety concerns
  • David Davies, Southwest Green Line Light Rail (SWLRT) Extension
    • david.davies@metrotransit.org
  • Groundbreaking occurred last November
  • SWLRT opening in 2023, 14.5 miles, 16 stations, downtown Minneapolis to Eden Prairie with connection to Blue Line
  • West Calhoun station will be the West Lake Station
  • Construction phases
    • Utilities
    • Site prep
    • Structures, track, stations
    • Systems
    • Testing
  • Initial construction activities
    • Mobilization
    • SouthWest Station
    • Bridges
    • Freight Rail track work
    • Kenilworth Tunnel
  • Minneapolis construction topics
    • Noise and vibration control: Pre/post-construction survey work, damage claims process
      • Current lawsuit ongoing filed against project by Lakes and Parks, in discussion with other property owners with concerns
    • Access: Property, trails, bike/pedestrians detours, auto detours
      • Fencing to secure freight rail, likely to be chicken wire style to avoid blocking vision
    • Parking: Resident parking, parking plan for workers
    • Historical and natural resources
  • Construction outreach and communication
    • Green Line Best Practices
      • Community outreach coordinators
      • Advisory committees
      • Construction open houses and community meetings
      • “What to Expect During Construction”
      • 24-hour hotline
    • New activities
      • Social media
      • Public tours
      • Mobile office
      • Time lapse photography
      • Pop-up events
      • Mobile-friendly web tool
    • Construction Information Workgroups to review recent and future construction activities
  • Spring 2019 Outreach
    • City-specific open houses
    • Neighborhood/community/business presentations
    • One-on-one property and business owner meeting
  • More information
  • Lake Street Station elevator/stair tower bridge construction project will be happening, sidewalk widening not sure yet (staff to check back to confirm)
  • Staff can return with plans in future meeting
  • Robb Bader, Bader Development Group: Calhoun Towers update
  • Minimal changes since last met in August
  • Fall start instead of early summer start, contacted Met Council, still looking to meet to coordinate
  • Phase A has 243 units, Phase B has 256 units, Phase C and D both have 120 units
    • Phase C is 20% affordable housing, Phase D is 100% affordable (at or below 60% area median household income for the county)
  • Phase B construction timing will be affected by light rail easements
  • New towers will be 50-60 feet (2 stories) taller than existing tower
  • Now have full ownership of Phase D area
  • Enclosed 5-story parking area with 658 spaces, 838 parking spaces when all four phases are complete
    • 857 units
  • Liner building areas around the parking area (townhomes plus apartments), mid-space pool/green space/amenity space
  • Possible retail space as exiting light rail, but currently not planned
  • Demographics: Empty nesters deciding to move towards city, young professional late-20s to mid-30s with 0-1 child

Southwest Neighborhood Parks update from Colleen O’Dell of Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

  • Interested in site for potential park, Metro Transit development may impede considering whole parcel as park, but could partner for a smaller playground-only portion
  • Partnership possibilities to fit in new park space amongst other development
  • Recognition that neighborhood doesn’t have park amenities
  • Goal to have plan ahead of board by end of summer, have already released plans for comments until end of March, then meeting with Community Advisory Committee to make one preferred concept out of multiple concepts per site, plan released for 45 day public comment, then public hearing
  • All plans are online or at local parks for comment currently

New business

  • Evacuation plan for neighborhood
    • Metro Transit works to do run-throughs with city, there will be a plan included that can be discussed in more detail when light rail team returns to a future meeting
  • Desire for safety walk to be reestablished as annual event for neighborhood with city officials

Meeting adjourned: 7:39

Submitted by: Anna Schmitz

February Board Meeting Agenda

Monthly Board Meeting, 6PM, February 12, 2019

6:00 – Welcome

6:03 – Approval of January minutes

6:05 – Treasurer’s Report

6:10 – Approval of CPP Annual Report

6:15 – Transportation and safety issue presentations by a county transportation planner, Southwest Light Rail planner, and Bader Group, moderated by County Commissioner Marion Greene.

7:15 – Southwest Neighborhood Parks update from Colleen O’Dell of Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

7:30 – Adjourn

January 11, 2019 Board Meeting Minutes

West Calhoun Neighborhood Association

Monthly Meeting Minutes
Bakken Museum

Date: January 8, 2019

Called to order: 6:00pm

Presided by: Allan Campbell, Chair

Note taker: Anna Schmitz

In attendance: Allen Campbell, Lynette Davis, Richard Logan, John Bordwell, Martha Yunker, Michael Sanders, Victoria Hoshal, Paul Legler

Absent:Jeff Idelkope, Tim Musson

Approval of December items (via email) – All four items below passed

  • 1 – Approval of November Minutes
  • 2 – Approval of Bookkeepers’ Contract for 2019
  • 3 – Approval of letter to Calhoun Commons management
  • 4 – Approval of  payment of $300 to the Midtown Greenway Coalition for continued adoption of our portion of the Greenway (with our neighborhood signage)

Treasurer Report – Reports shared via email

  • How to spend excess Community Participation Program (CPP) money? Contact Jack Whitehurst of the City’s Neighborhood and Community Relations (NCR) Department to see if switching categories is feasible, if we have a program we wish to have funded.
  • How to spend excess NRP money?
    • Working together with Bakken/to provide funds to Bakken
      • Michael could submit proposal for Bakken
    • Affordable housing/low-income renter support
    • Providing park funding for neighborhood park, could discuss with Colleen of Parks Department during Feb meeting

Committee Reports

  • Greenspace —
    • Martha connected over phone Adam Arvidson (Director of Strategic Planning at Minneapolis Parks and Rec Board) about greenspace work. Adam seems interested in helping with planning/moving action forward
  • Communication, Outreach, Events —
    • Newsletter
      • Events: Loppet first weekend in February
      • Anna to connect with Richard about modifying safety committee report
    • Submit bios to Anna
    • Happy hour
      • Ideas: 2040 Q&A with Councilmember Palmisano, meet the Executive Director of the Bakken, Commissioner Marion Greene, Park Board info, representative from lightrail (LRT) office
        • The board settled  on LRT representative as first choice for Happy Hour speaker
      • Put info in January newsletter
      • Locations: Bakken, empty Calhoun Towers penthouse
        • Calhoun Towers with self-catering
      • Nextdoor, Facebook
      • Anna to check on LRT rep (Sophia) schedule
      • Feb 21/27/28, 5:30/6pm-7:30pm
    • Name change/survey
      • Survey issues
        • Three name vote: West Lake, West Maka Ska, West Calhoun
        • Pedestrian safety
        • Open-ended: what would you like to see in our neighborhood? What is the biggest issue in our neighborhood?
      • Victoria has contact for info about surveying
      • Both hard copy and digital options
      • Look at past use of funds for gift card incentives, possibly donated from local business
  • Safety
    • Banners report: Victoria to email out banner proposal by February
      • Graphics without name seems safest due to potential name change
  • Environment
    • No new items
  • Land use
    • No new items

New business — No new business

Meeting adjourned: 7:20

Submitted by: Anna Schmitz

January Board Meeting Agenda

Agenda

6:00 – Welcome by Chair

6:05 – Approval of December Minutes

6:10 – Treasurer’s Report

6:50 – Committee Reports

·       Greenspace –  Recommendations for spending NRP funds

·       Communications, Outreach, Events – newsletter articles, happy hours, name change/survey 

·       Safety – Banners report

·       Environment –

·       Land Use –

7:25 – New Business

7:30 – Adjourn

November 13, 2018 Board Meeting Minutes

West Calhoun Neighborhood Council

Monthly Board Meeting, 6 PM, November 13 2018

Meeting Minutes

Attendees: Allan Campbell (chair), Lynette Davis (vice chair), Tim Musson (treasurer), John Bordwell, Victoria Hoshal, Jeff Idelkope, Richard Logan, Michael Sanders, Martha Yunker.

Excused: Annie Zager

6:00 – Welcome by Chair

Approval of October Minutes

  • Approved unanimously

Treasurer’s Report

New Appointments

  • Board Member: Paul Legler, former lawyer and federal Health & Human Services Dept appointee, recently moved to Minneapolis with wife, interested in green space in neighborhood.
    • Motion to bring Paul onto Board approved unanimously
  • Coordinator: Anna Schmitz, former coordinator at Saint Anthony East, currently also employed doing data science.
    • Motion to hire Anna as Coordinator approved unanimously
  • Secretary Anna to act as de facto secretary, Victoria to further consider secretary role

Planning for retreat

  • Retreat will be focused on setting priorities for 2019, work/future of neighborhood boards
  • Generally lasts ~2 hrs, was held last year in Bakken Great Hall with catering
  • Potential guests: Jack Whitehurst from Neighborhood and Community Relations Dept. Linea Palmisano, traffic/safety planning staff. Limit to 2 presenters.
  • Potential dates: November 26, 27. Will be decided via email follow-up.

Committee Reports

Greenspace: Discussion of committee recommendation on Greenspace proposalGreenspace Committee recommended rejection of proposal from Elan.

Alternative plan for south end of Greenspace, under one acre seems best for smaller budget/fewer requirements

  • Skate park may or may not happen. It is a priority for some Parks Board commissioners, but is dependent on funding.
  • Alternative plan potentially would just need a landscape architect and environmental consultant
  • Potential for sponsorship money for a stage?
  • Preference to keep area green rather than more cement, more focus on limiting traffic
  • Money needs to be contracted by end of 2019
  • Motion for Elan proposal to be rejected approved unanimously
  • Motion to bounce back to Greenspace Committee for new proposal approved unanimously
  • Communications, Outreach, Events: Needs leader
    • Victoria and Annie interested, Victoria to coordinate future meeting time
  • Safety: Banners
    • Spring and winter themes, minimal writing (westcalhoun.org possibly)
    • Phase 1 location Excelsior commercial area, Phase 2 along Lake Street with coordination with CIDNA, W Calhoun Pkwy likely not possible
    • May need new logo/design for banners, Victoria to communicate designer options with Annie
    • Total approved banner budget is $10k
  • Environment: Greenway Adoption
    • To send letter asking if lighting could be improved in addition to trash collection
    • $300 can be paid for from Community Participation Fund. No action taken,
  • Land Use
    • Public Hearing tomorrow at 4:30pm at City Hall on 2040 Plan
    • Injunction currently has $21k of $35k needed for lawsuit to pause 2040 plan for environmental assessment

New Business

  • Rogers Adams of CIDNA suggested that Earl Bakken be honored following his recent death. It was agreed that he would be a fitting subject for a Calhoun (or Maka Ska)Treasures award in 2019.

7:30 – Adjourn

December 4, 2018 Board Retreat Notes

WCNC Board Retreat Notes, 12.4.18

Date: December 4, 2018

Note taker: Anna Schmitz

In attendance: Allan Campbell, Michael Sanders, Martha Yunker, Lynette Davis, Richard Logan, Bordwell, Paul Legler, Victoria Hoshal

Guests: Nathan Koster, Mpls Transportation Planning and Programming; Allan Klugman, Mpls Traffic; Jack Whitehurst, Neighborhood and Community Relations; John Freude, Linea Palmisano Policy Aide

6:00 – 6:30:  Nathan Koster, Mpls Transportation Planning and Programming, and Allan Klugman, Mpls Traffic

-Reconfiguration of Lake and Excelsior to come in 2019 to improve pedestrian flow

-Lakehaus construction on Lake St in CIDNAhas either recently started or will start soon

-May add a plaza near SWLRT station stop

-Calhoun Towers development plan still TBD

-Seems likely that he will try to do all four buildings with a mid-rise first

-Multi-modal study didn’t anticipate increase in traffic growth on the Abbott/Chowen loopdue to Bader Project, kiss and ride traffic from SWLRT–will that be added? Need for traffic light at Abbott and Excelsior.

-According to Allan K, future growth was built into plan

-Bader Group was required to do traffic study considering number of vehicles

-Plans for pedestrian access to Greenway, shopping, etc, following SWLRT construction?

-Nathan: Dozens of recommendations went into SWLRT plan (for intersections etc)

-5 out of 6 targeted intersections have been/will be completed

-Done: Lagoon and Lake at E Calhoun

-Next year: Lake and Excelsior

-TBD in Jan: Lake at Dean, Lake at Thomas

-Plans for 32nd and Abbott sidewalk narrowness near Lakehaus project?

-Already done because project has been approved, wasn’t a big push to put in wider sidewalks, city doesn’t have influence

-Potential ADA issue?

-Allan K will do research and get back to WCNC

-Near-term projects:

-Left turn arrow on Lake and Dean (1-2 years ago)

-E Calhoun/Lake and Lagoon: trail conditions, lighting, sidewalk, additional trail space over the channel/wider bike area

-Longterm recommendations:

-Market Plaza: redoing parking lot/development from Greenway to Lake–raised trail crossing (Calhoun Village)

-Lake and Excelsior: coming in 2019

-Some longer-term projects happened within a year of the study being published

-Access issues on the Greenway behind new developments

-France and Lake intersection: improving crossings

-Pedestrian bridge across tracks connecting Ewing with Greenway

-Why no ped crossing/bridge across Lake St?

-Big lift, but was identified in study

-Will signal improvements include brighter lights for ped crossing icon and for peds?

-Can check, haven’t heard that complaint

-Lake/Market and SWLRT projects:

-Not a complete rebuilding of signal

-Will include enhancing ped facilities, talking push buttons, ADA enhancement, some poles moved to make corners more accessible

-Sidewalks will be widened on Lake St ~2 feet

-Elevators will be on either side of bridge

-Hope that landscaping will be high on list of priorities

-Many routes are working with county, continue to work with them on making county roads more like city roads, need appropriate soil, width, general conditions for trees

6:30 – 7:00: Jack Whitehurst, Neighborhood and Community Relations

-84 neighborhoods, 71 neighborhood organizations

-Funded by NRP since late ‘80s (Phase I and Phase II)

-Funded by CPP since 2011, through 2020

-$3.5 million for city, $28,340/yr for WCNC

-WCNC Phase I: $605,000, $276,888.39 rollover

-WCNC Phase II: $258,994, $10,315 used for CPP as “Equity Funds”  $181,295.80 spent on housing loan/grant

-$515,567.39 available once loan in paid back

-CPP funds to go away in 2020, future funding unclear

-Jack recommends discussing future funding with CM Palmisano

7:00 – 7:30: Priorities for 2019

-Martha talked to Meg Forney on Park Board about Greenspace

-Conversation seemed different than from past, encouraged to fundraise money (personal donations, asking Watershed, etc)  for an even larger area

-Goal of having green space function more like neighborhood park

-Priorities for spending our remaining $356,056 in NRP Funds

-E.g. a pocket park at the south end of our Greenspace, banners on street lights along our commercial corridors, improved sidewalks and/or lighting

-Richard: Priority for city officials to understand why West Calhoun not prepared for more density

-Allan: Accelerating plan for improving Excelsior sidewalks and advocating for Lake St ped crossing

-Need to see plans: will have ramps at corners for ADA compliance

-Traffic calming options: landscaping, trees, banners, elevation, painting options, making sidewalks more visible (with added potential to add character to neighborhood)

-John Freude:

-Partnering with local artists for placemaking/beautification project for sidewalks

-Downtown has done similar project with utility boxes

-Mary Altman as contact for designing RFP etc

-Could help with attention from other CMs

-Warm lighting with stylistic coherence, light stands as some kind of work of art

-Talking more to Jason Wittenberg, Dir of Planning

Submitted by: Anna Schmitz

December 11, 2018 Board Meeting Notes

West Calhoun Neighborhood Council December Notes

No quorum for regular board meeting

In attendance: Allan Campbell, Martha Yunker, Lynette Davis, Richard Logan, John Bordwell

Guest: Chris Lundeen

Note taker: Anna Schmitz

6:00 – Welcome

  • No quorum for regular board meeting

Treasurer’s Report

  • No way to spend CPP money by deadline
    • $90,000 to be spent by end of 2019–ideas?
      • Underwrite some educational programming done by Bakken? Sponsor an event?
      • Meetings with population re traffic/transit
      • Bike racks at Bakken
        • Chris to talk with Michael about this
      • Attempting to fundraise for greenspace (hosting fundraiser)
        • Allan to check with Jack to see if admissible for funds
      • Giving away WCNC materials (t-shirts, stroller covers, etc) that heighten safety awareness
      • Renewal of bookkeeper’s contract
      • Ballards for road
      • Lighting path up with reflective material (paint, decals, etc)
      • Communicating about birds, biological habitats around the lake area
        • Providing binoculars or signage around the lake
        • Working with local artists to tie in art pieces
        • Raptor Center
      • Marking the edges/roads of the neighborhood with sculpture pieces
      • “Welcome to West Calhoun” signage
      • Sculpture/art around Bde Maka Ska/native community
      • Cameras controlling lights based on traffic
        • Can talk to Prospect Park about this
      • Lighting along West Calhoun Blvd
      • Outreach to renters, outreach to businesses
      • Renters’ coalition spearheaded by PPNA, Anna can attend
        • Possibility for WCNC Renters’ Committee
      • Happy hour in an apartment complex
      • Big Idea contest similar to other neighborhood associations
      • Event at Bakken
        • “Night at the Museum” with activities/food/beverages at Bakken
        • Bakken open house
      • Meetings in other areas of neighborhood?
      • Walk/bike/ped meeting

Committee Reports

  • Greenspace — Neighborhood Park, Mini Park reports
    • Martha to discuss potential approaches with committee members and Park Board rep
    • Discussion of who will water park area
  • Communications, Outreach, Events
    • January newsletter, assign topics
      • One piece of content from each committee
        • Greenspace: Pocket park, neighborhood park (Martha)
        • Safety: Congestion, Calhoun Commons (Richard)
        • Deadline January 7
      • Update on 2040
  • Safety — Banners report
  • Environment — Greenway Adoption
  • Land Use — Calhoun Towers, Hotel report

New Business

  • Happy Hour
    • Party room in one of the rental buildings

Submitted by: Anna Schmitz

October 9, 2018 Meeting Minutes

West Calhoun Neighborhood Association

Monthly Meeting Minutes
Bakken Museum

Date: October 9, 2018

Called to order: 6:29pm

Presided by: Lynette Davis, Vice Chair

Note taker: Nikki Lindberg

In attendance: Annie Zager, Victoria Hoshal, Lynette Davis, Jeff Idelkope, Richard Logan, John Boardwell

Guest Presenters

  • Marcie Weslock from Elan (regarding green space)
    • Feasibility study will do much to determine next steps
    • Any improvements will need to be done in cooperation with both the City and MRPB
    • City maintains/uses major stormwater drain that runs under the green space
    • Marcie will forward other projects and costs (for point of comparison)

President Report – Thank you to Nikki for her service

Treasurer Report – Reports shared via email

Secretary Report

  • September minutes to be approved via email (due to not having quorum until nearly 6:30)

Events & Communications

  • Wine Event – happening Thursday!

Greenspace

  • Board to review proposal sent from Elan/Marcie, and decide if they would like to move forward on the feasibility study.

2040 Comprehensive Plan Discussion (City Council Member Linea Palmisano)

  • Every 10 years the City does a comp plan (land use/transportation guide) and is a 20 year visionary statement for how we want to grow our City (assumes 20,000 HH increase). Fundamentally a guide for future development.
  • All cities in the area are required to do this by the Met Council
  • Urban areas are growing faster than other regions, and this affects the planning of infrastructure and how resources are allocated in the region
  • Linea sees the comp plan an opportunity to discuss how we want to grow, and in what ways have we been held back (within the context of that area, as different parts of the City have different issues)
  • Linea is the only Council Member who did a letter to her Ward (to help summarize and increase awareness around the 2040 comp plan)
  • Linea would have liked to have seen the comp plan  address more specific needs of an area (such as what is needed where, for example, for affordable housing, senior housing, etc., and how that may be best accomplished within each neighborhood)
  • There is much frustration around this engagement process on a number of levels. Presented as a “drafty draft” but has been pushed forward in a way that demonstrates this may not truly be the case.
  • No thoughtful way to incorporate feedback has been demonstrated. Missing a key analytical step/process as part of the engagement.
  • Strong Towns (www.strongtowns.org) presents a strong case for incrementalism, otherwise you destabilize a community. This plan feels like a few cranks too high (more like a 2080 plan).
  • Comments regarding this feeling backwards: that transit should be in place before we increase the housing. Seems to not take into consideration existing infrastructure that can’t handle the recommended zoning changes.

Next steps:

  • Planning Commission: October 29th at 4:30pm
    Come and voice your opinion here to Planning Commissioners who can modify/send forward the Plan.
  • Adjourned City Council Meeting: November 14th at 4:30pm
    Come and voice your opinion here to the full City Council who can propose plan changes and vote to adopt the Plan.
  • City Council Committee of the Whole: December 5th at 1:30pm
    This is the regularly scheduled meeting of Committee of the Whole. We do not yet know if there will be an opportunity to propose changes to the plan. It is not a public hearing.
  • City Council: December 7th at 9:30am
    This is not a public hearing but the final vote on the Plan.

These meetings will be held in Council Chambers (Room 317) at Minneapolis City Hall (350 South 5th Street)

Safety

  • Richard hosting walk around to discuss concerns for safety and density
  • November meeting hope to have someone come to discuss Calhoun Commons traffic
  • Lake St & Drew – lots of recent safety concerns there
  • If we have Bader and SWLRT under construction at same time can this be staged? Wanting to engage around the impacts to the area if this were to happen.
  • 3100 W Lake St (Lutheran Brotherhood)

Meeting adjourned: 7:29pmSubmitted by: Nikki Lindberg

September 11, 2018 Minutes

WCNC Calhoun – Meeting Minutes

Sept. 11, 2018

Submitted by Victoria Hoshal

Board members present:  Michael Sanders, Martha Yunker, Allan Campbell, Richard Logan, John Bordwell, Lynette Davis, Victoria Hoshal

Guests: Jack Whitehurst – Neighborhood Support Specialist, Meg Forney – Minneapolis Park Board member, Linea Palmisano- City Council Representative for Ward 13, Julie Aldrich – Greenspace Consultant.

Board Action:  The July meeting minutes were approved.

Committee Reports:  

Allan noted he has no separate President’s Report.  Re. the Treasurer’s Report – financials have been sent to the board.  Michael requested last year’s actuals so that we can compare YOY.

Development Plans – Calhoun Towers update:  Allan noted he received a call from Robb Bader.  Robb said that Bader Development will not be starting anything until next Spring. Unless the light rail issues are resolved they would begin construction on Phase III (vs. phases I, II or IV).  

Meeting attendee Steve Goltry noted that contractor staging can be difficult with multiple projects going – also emergency vehicle access is an issues.  Richard Logan added that he has observed “the abject failure of the planning commission to operate with best practice assumptions.” Richard suggested that we invite the head of planning commission to our next meeting.  We would question him on how development projects support the health safety and welfare of our neighborhoods.  There was no resolution on this item for an invitation/moving forward.

Allan reported on Movie Night.  There were not as many people as the previous year.  Cosf was $425. John Bordwell reminded the board of the upcoming wine tasting event on Thursday Oct. 11.  There has been $7,500 pledged from top donors and restaurants have donated food. We need 9 – 10 volunteers to work that night in 1 – 1.5 hour shifts.  Decision was made to provide discounted tickets to volunteers. Any tickets sold by WCNC will be our revenue. Attendance goal for the event is 400– 500. is goal – group agreed that volunteers will receive discounted tickets.  

Other conversation occurred around Environment: Buckthorn removal along Lake Calhoun would be desirable but would need to be done by specialists.  Richard will remind Tim about the storm drain stenciling. Re. Safety:  Richard has sent two emails to Calhoun Commons new ownership to commit to changing access points.  He is waiting to hear back from him about scheduling a meeting or joining our board meeting. Re. Traffic CalmingWCNC has $177,000 for traffic calming.  Allan is waiting to hear back from David Ngo.  We should discuss the banners at our next meeting, Annie is working on this and hopefully can provide a report/update.

Allan mentioned that there will be a November board retreat and Nikki is working on this.  Re. New Business: Richard suggested we have Michael present more about the Bakken Museum at our next meeting and we invite the public in.  The Bakken defines the sense of space for the neighborhood. Allan reminded the board that we have an open board seat. Please send nominees to Allan.  

Greenspace Committee:  Allan stated that short-term improvements should be furthering the master plan. Allan and Julie Aldrich are setting up a meeting with the planners to understand what would be permitted.  Allan would like full participation from Greenspace Committee or other board members. Proposal is on hold until we know what we can do. Then Julie will be back with a proposal. Julie stated that the project we are looking to do is ½ scope of full master plan. Park Board has agreed to allow some amenities – neighborhood council to facilitate the project to avoid delays.  We’ll work with PB and set milestones.   Design will happen during Fall/Winter, followed by contractor bids this Winter and construction next Summer.  There is a Category 3 wetland on the site; we will be avoiding that wetland. Will ask for community input. The  northwest portion of the site will be our focus – could be picnic tables, bocce court, fitness equipment, etc. These features would be permanent.  Funding would be outside of WCNC Neighborhood Action Plan.

Guest Jack Whitehurst presented financial information on the Neighborhood Action Plan status.  He also distributed a diversity survey around the demographic make-up of boards of neighborhood organizations.

He will provide online version for board members to respond to as well.

Neighborhood Crime Update from Linea Palmisano

There was a shooting on Excelsior Blvd. male/female victim – being investigated as possibly gang related.  They were in a car heading west on Excelsior Blvd – Saturday night of Labor Day weekend were fired at by another vehicle.  The victims were wounded.

Update on Hotel Proposal

Allan reported that the planners are in the due diligence process and don’t have a date yet for application to the city.  Still talking about traffic issues. No action has been taken over the course of the summer.

Update on Minneapolis 2040 Plan

Linea reported that the 2040 Plan Version 2 is scheduled to be released on Friday.  She has requested a three page summary with highlights of changes from the original plan. Linea has requested that comments received on the original be shared in the updated version.  Her office has organized the feedback. We have one scheduled meeting between now and the release of Version #2 the plan. After Version #2 there will be a public hearing on Oct. 29. There will be a Committee of the Whole meeting on Oct. 12 and a City Council meeting on December 7 for final adoption.  She has been working with the press and the mayor’s office.

Linea noted that Hennepin County is also doing a comprehensive plan – three members of the public are invited to the committee for this plan.  This should have been the case with the 2040 plan. Martha Yunker asked about Goth Public being hired as an agency for the 2040 plan and discussion occurred around the ethical implications for this action by the City.

Other updates from Linea: Early voting begins Sept. 21 downtown and week of Oct. 30 outside of downtown. Election day is Tuesday Nov. 6.  Lesser known items on the ballet include a school referendum proposal to increase funding and a charter amendment involving liquor sales.  To date this has been a very expensive process for restaurant owners. Wakame has had an exemption to serving liquor. Exemptions have to be passed at the state level.  This has been a barrier to small business success and the amendment is an easy solution – making it more viable for entrepreneurs and opening up opportunities for different parts of Minneapolis.  Linea is supportive of the amendment to change it. The current law requires 7 continuous acres of commercially zoned property as the requirement for serving liquor. The amendment does not pertain to off-sale liquor.  

Meg Fourney reported that the Linden Hills Bocce Ball Group has raised $13,000 to install the new courts and make them ADA – they’ve now raised $10,000 addl. From Bremer Bank to make it fully ADA accessible.  Dr. Art Ides is a neighborhood resident and dermatologist and the Natl. Dermatology Society donates money for Sun structures. This could be an additional funding option. Regarding the 2040 plan, Meg served on the planning commission in the past and has tried to advocate for the Shoreland Overlay early on.  Former Council Member and now President Lisa Bender, Ward 10, said that the planning looks at the Shoreland Overlay for rural areas only. The question is: how can we put teeth back into it? Advocating performance-based zoning is one way we could possibly protect water quality, bird safety, shadowing. We’ve asked for that to be put into the 2040 plan.  As it stands, each community can craft the Shoreland Overlay to their preference.

Meeting was adjourned at 7:40