September 17, 2007 Minutes

West Calhoun Neighborhood Council

DRAFT Minutes:  9/17/07


Present:  Kathy Bakke, George Effrem, Lauren Kebschull, Barb Stevens, Mari Taffe, Todd Wildermuth, Rhea Sullivan (Co-Coordinator)

Absent:  Greg Benz, Rosemary Lundell, Ahndi Fridell (Co-Coordinator)


Administrative Items

Secretary’s Report

  • The minutes of the July 10, 2007 WCNC meeting were approved as read.

Treasurer’s Report

  • Barb Stevens reported that there were no expenses; she will pay Coordinator Rhea Sullivan’s April and May invoices, which were submitted at the meeting.


Monthly Updates


Council Member commentsCouncil Member Hodges was not present.


Chain of Lakes Coalition Update Todd Wildermuth

  • Todd Wildermuth gave a recap of the formation of the Chain of Lakes Coalition – what it is and why the group was originally formed.  This group came together because they were concerned about decisions being made by elected Park Board officials and the lack of public input.  The group meets with staff from the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board (MPRB) to foster more communication with neighborhood organizations.  They are currently trying to get participation from all of the Southwest area neighborhood organizations.
  • Todd reported that there is another meeting this week.
  • Lake Calhoun Master Plan – WCNC is waiting to be contacted to provide input on the plan.  


WCNC Officer Elections

  • A motion was made that the slate of officers from last year continue.  The motion carried.


WCNC 101 — NRP Action Plan Review

  • The review was postponed until October because Barb Stevens was ill.
  • Mari Taffe highlighted some of the key elements of the Action Plan, which focused on creating neighborhood gateways, making the neighborhood pedestrian friendly, being proactive about neighborhood development (including lighting, sidewalks), the Midtown Greenway access point, Lake Calhoun shoreline restoration and erosion control, developing design guidelines, designing a bus shelter, funds for staff (Coordinators).
  • Approximately $300,000 remains.  We will revisit the action plan and consider what is WCNC’s vision for the next five years.
  • Barb shared photos of the plantings at the Midtown Greenway access point and the Lake Calhoun shoreline.
  • Kathy Bakke asked whether WCNC can say “no” to more condo conversions.  Todd Wildermuth noted that we can’t stop them, but we can make recommendations.  The City Council ultimately makes those decisions.

Neighborhood Coordinator Update

  • Rhea Sullivan reported that she and former WCNC Coordinator Ahndi Fridell will be sharing the role of WCNC Coordinator.  Rhea will focus more on communications/neighborhood outreach/administrative support; Ahndi will focus on project-based work on MPRB issues, Midtown Greenway and Development.
  • Rhea will contact the Southwest Journal to update them on the new meeting time (the 2nd Monday from now through April).


WCNC/NRP Agreed Upon Procedures

  • Mari reported that she and Treasurer Barb Stevens met with a state auditor about three weeks ago to review WCNC’s financial practices.  The auditor recommended that WCNC develop some formal procedures.  Mari reported that we will work to put together a WCNC Handbook to include:
    • The NRP Action Plan
    • Bylaws
    • Voicemail info
    • Mail pick up information


Additional Plantings at the Access Point

  • Mari reported that the Board will evaluate the plantings at the access point in the spring to determine if we want to plant more to fill in the garden area at the site.


The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 p.m.


Next meeting, the WCNC Annual Meeting, will be held Monday, October 8, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. in the cooking classroom at Whole Foods Market.  


We may need to relocate the meeting starting in November due to remodeling at Whole Foods.  


Respectfully submitted,


Rhea Sullivan

WCNC Co-Coordinator