August 12, 2008 Minutes

West Calhoun Neighborhood Council

DRAFT Minutes:  8/12/2008

 

Present:   Barb Stevens, Mari Taffe, Todd Wildermuth, Rhea Sullivan (Co-Coordinator).

Absent:     George Effrem, Rosemary Lundell

Guests:    Ona Keller (Strong Schools, Strong City Referendum campaign), Rodgers Adams (CIDNA)

 

Administrative Items

 

Secretary’s Report

  • The minutes of the July 8, 2008 WCNC meeting were approved.

       Treasurer’s Report

  • No report.

 

Monthly Updates

 

Council Member commentsCouncilmember Hodges was not present.

 

Lakes District Council Update Todd Wildermuth

  • Todd was unable to attend the July meeting because it was rescheduled at the last minute.  Based on the minutes of the meeting, Todd reported that the focus of the meeting seemed to be on better communication.

  • Ad Hoc Committee re: Lake Calhoun – Todd attended the July 17th meeting, along with Commissioner Bob Fine, Kathy Urberg (LHiNC) and Bob Kean (ECCO).  Commissioner Fine stated at the meeting that there is currently an informal hold on projects at Lake Calhoun until there is a master plan in place.  He wants a plan-like proposal to come before the MPRB Planning Committee.  Todd suggested that they develop a Lake Calhoun Capital Improvement Plan.  The plan would lay out what we want to accomplish in the next ten years at Lake Calhoun, where the improvements will be, what they will cost and how they will be funded.  The initial step would be a 2-hour public meeting with an overview of all the issues at Lake Calhoun, which would include breaking into small discussion groups.  Todd is trying to set up the next meeting of the ad hoc group in the first two weeks of September.
  • Partial list of Lake Calhoun issues:
    • Sailing club and possible re-routing of the road
    • Possible parking ramp at Lake Calhoun Executive Center
    • Stop signs
    • Maintenance building needs to be repaired or removed
    • Traffic
    • Improved crossings
    • Shoreline restoration
    • Pier on west side of lake
    • Windsurfers have concerns

 

Midtown Greenway Coalition Update

  • No report.  Greg Benz is still attending meetings and reports that there has been no information relevant to West Calhoun.

 

Other Business

 

Ona Keller – Strong Schools, Strong City Referendum campaign – Ms. Keller explained the property tax referendum that will be on our the November ballot, which proposes $60 million per year from 2009-2017 to provide funding for Early Age Literacy, resources for math and science programs, textbooks, technology and funds to manage class size.  The average property tax increase will be $17/month or $173.83 per year.  She asked that we help publicize the referendum.  Rhea will send it to the West Calhoun Google Group, put it up on our website and put it in our next newsletter.  If you are interested, you can request a lawn sign from the website at www.StrongSchoolsStrongCity.org.

 

Signs removed on West Calhoun Parkway and Rose Lane –

Thanks to the e-mail from Betsy Hodges about our concerns in working with the Park Board, and photos sent by Todd Wildermuth, the covered signs on West Calhoun Parkway have been removed.  Todd noted that there are structural problems with the Park Board and that it would be useful for an outside civic organization to take an objective look at the organization.

 

WCNC Future – Mari Taffe contacted our NRP Specialist, Carsten Slostad, to ask him what WCNC’s options are in terms of the possibility of combining with another neighborhood.  In an e-mail, he stated that the two options are to redraw the neighborhood boundaries (which is the most complicated option and there is no precedent for it) or to end our NRP activities.  The Board agreed that we would not want to just end our NRP activities and leave the area unrepresented.

 

Todd Wildermuth suggested that we could contact Linden Hills and CIDNA and try to work together – focusing on “border issues” that we could participate in jointly.  Rogers Adams noted that the future of light rail is drawing WCNC and CIDNA together.  It was suggested that we could have CIDNA and Linden Hills Liaisons.  We will plan to appoint the liaisons at our next meeting.

 

Barb Stevens volunteered to draft copy for a recruitment mailing to try to get more volunteer participation.  She will work with Rosemary Lundell.  When the copy is ready, Todd will contact Dan Woychick to ask him to design the piece.  

 

We will also plan to do a newsletter this fall, once we know the dates of the public meeting about Lake Calhoun and the LRT scoping meeting.

 

Mari Taffe reported that Meg Forney had talked to someone at the Bakken and it is possible that we could hold our board meetings there.  Mari will follow up on this.    

 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:20 p.m.

 

The next WCNC Board meeting will be held Tuesday, October 14, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at Whole Foods.  (The September meeting was cancelled because the majority of the Board members will be unable to attend.)  At our next meeting, Bob Cork will speak to us about Southwest LRT alternatives.  Rhea will contact Betsy Hodges and the Southwest Journal to let them know about the schedule change.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Rhea Sullivan

WCNC Co-Coordinator

July 8, 2008 Minutes

West Calhoun Neighborhood Council

DRAFT Minutes:  7/8/2008

 

Present:  George Effrem, Rosemary Lundell, Barb Stevens, Mari Taffe, Todd Wildermuth, Rhea Sullivan (Co-Coordinator), Betsy Hodges (Councilmember)

 

Administrative Items

 

Secretary’s Report

  • The minutes of the June 10, 2008 WCNC meeting were approved.

       Treasurer’s Report

  • $481.09 in NRP Development account; $2,028.87 in NRP account.  

 

Monthly Updates

 

Council Member comments

  • Betsy reported that Robert Lilligren is the Council representative on the SW Corridor LRT planning.  She is planning to meet with him.
  • The NRP Work Group gave their report in June.  They are still fine-tuning recommendations.  They will make final recommendations on July 24.
  • In April, the Minneapolis Police Department added 32 officers.  Six officers will be added to the 5th Precinct.  
  • National Night Out will be held this year on Tuesday, August 5.  Blocks can register for free until July 22.  Call 311 to register.

 

Lakes District Council Update Todd Wildermuth

  • Next meeting is July 24.  Todd plans to attend.

 

Midtown Greenway Coalition Update

  • No report.  Rhea will contact Greg Benz to see if he is attending meetings and if he would pass on the information to the Board.

 

Coordinator’s Updates

  • Rhea Sullivan reported that WCNC’s Phase II allocation has changed again.  It is up $192,034 (from $181,296).  We still have about $300,000 remaining in Phase I NRP funds.
  • Ona Aberholden Keller from the Strong Schools Strong City referendum campaign has requested an opportunity to speak at our next Board meeting.  Rhea will contact her to let her know she is welcome to attend.
  • Volunteers are needed by the Kids Voting Minneapolis program to staff polling places for 3 hour shifts on election day.  They also need Ward Chairs to help recruit volunteers.  If interested, contact Autumn at 612-729-1963.

WCNC Officer Elections

  • 2007 Officers were re-elected.
    • Chair – Mari Taffe
    • Vice Chair – Todd Wildermuth
    • Treasurer – Barb Stevens

 

Other Business

Speed Radar Sign Update  – Rhea Sullivan read the e-mail from Alexander Zachary, Park Planner, informing us that the Park Board Planning Department has chosen not to go forward with the speed radar sign.  He stated that there was “an overwhelming concern about adding permanent signage to the park and parkway.”  Board members were frustrated because there is currently permanent signage on the parkway that is covered with plastic, duct tape and paper clips.  The signs (No Left Turn 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.) have not been used in the past few years.  Board members also expressed frustration because this is the third project the neighborhood association has attempted to implement with the MPRB and they have turned down all three.

 

Councilmember Betsy Hodges agreed to communicate with Park Commissioner Bob Fine and Tom Nordyke.  She asked that we send her a list of points regarding the sign.  Rhea will draft the document and send it to Mari, Barb and Todd for review.

 

Lake Calhoun Master Plan – The next meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, July 17, 2008, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at Linden Hills Park.  Todd said that he should be able to attend.

 

Trees – At the beginning of the meeting there was a lot of discussion about the trees in the area of West 32nd Street, which were pruned extremely this year due to their interference with the power lines.  Residents on the street were given a choice between continuing this extreme trimming each year or opting for the trees to be removed and replaced with a smaller tree.  The residents opted to have the trees removed and chose to replace them with Japanese Lilac trees.  Board members were concerned about the removal of mature trees.  A number of trees were also removed on Minnekahda Club property.  Betsy Hodges said that Xcel has a government liaison and she’d be happy to talk to him.  Todd suggested that we take photos and send them to Betsy to support our concerns.  We can also contact the Minnekahda Club to talk about replanting where trees were removed on their property.

 

WCNC Future –  Mari Taffe brought up the subject of whether WCNC should be absorbed into CIDNA and/or Linden Hills neighborhoods.   WCNC continues to have a difficult time recruiting volunteers.  We have no public meeting space in the neighborhood – no park, school or church.  Our housing is largely rental, so the population is more transient.  Betsy Hodges suggested that we call Carsten and have him talk to us about it.  Mari will call Carsten.

 

Barb Stevens suggested that we might consider meeting earlier in the evening at the Lake Calhoun Executive Center.  We could also contact Meg Forney about the possibility of meeting at the Minnekahda Club.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

 

The next WCNC Board meeting will be held Tuesday, August 12, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at Whole Foods.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Rhea Sullivan

WCNC Co-Coordinator

June 10, 2008 Minutes

West Calhoun Neighborhood Council

DRAFT Minutes:  6/10/2008

 

Present:  Rosemary Lundell, Barb Stevens, Mari Taffe, Todd Wildermuth, Rhea Sullivan (Co-Coordinator)

 

Administrative Items

 

Secretary’s Report

  • The minutes of the May 13, 2008 WCNC meeting were approved.

       Treasurer’s Report

  • $481.09 in NRP Development account; $2,236.87 in NRP account.  

 

Monthly Updates

 

Council Member commentsCouncil Member Hodges was not present.

 

Lakes District Council Update Todd Wildermuth

  • No meetings since last Board meeting.

 

Midtown Greenway Coalition Update

  • No report.

 

WCNC Officer Elections

  • We did not have quorum, so elections were tabled until July.

 

Other Business

  • Review of May 15 meeting with Lake Calhoun neighborhoods and MPRB  – Mari Taffe and Todd Wildermuth attended a meeting at the Minnekahda Club on May 15 to discuss the Lake Calhoun Master Plan.  Representatives were present from CARAG, East Harriet, and Linden Hills as well as Commissioners Bob Fine and Tracy Nordstrom and MPRB Director of Planning Judd Rietkirk.  Discussion at the meeting was about how to make a plan that would make Lake Calhoun make sense.  MPRB does not have funds for planning or implementation.  So, not only do we need to develop a plan that involves all the stakeholders, but we need to raise money to make sure that the plan is implemented.

 

Ideas were floated about how to manage the task, including 1) the possibility of forming a non-profit organization (Friends of Lake Calhoun), or 2) forming a committee from the Lakes District Council, 3) forming a special overlay district, 4) consider working with People for Parks, or 5) perhaps have MPRB tax us more so that they have funds.  

 

Mari and Todd have been charged with setting up the next meeting.  Rhea Sullivan will find out the availability of Linden Hills Park over the next month for an evening meeting (from 6:30 – 8 p.m.)

 

  • Speed Radar Sign –  According to Alexander Zachary, there is still some discussion internally about the speed radar sign.  Todd Wildermuth said that he found out from MPRB Director of Planning Judd Rietkirk that Rietkirk did not like the idea of the sign.  He thinks it may be too much signage.  Rhea will continue to follow-up with Alexander Zachary.  WCNC proposes that the sign would be movable and would have 2-3 locations where it could be posted.

 

  • New Meeting Space – No progress this month.  The Bakken is not an option.  We may need to contact Meg Forney to use her influence in approaching the Minnekahda Club.

 

  • CIDNA Transit Committee –  Todd Wildermuth met with the CIDNA Transit Committee and Thomas Fisher, Dean of the University of Minnesota School of Architecture.  He felt it was a worthwhile meeting.  It is important that we get involved early in the planning process.  We want to prevent what happened at the University of Minnesota, where the University is not pleased with the plan because the route goes down Washington Avenue and they want it to go through Dinkytown.

 

Todd stressed that we want mitigation dollars in the base funding proposal for the project.  The goal is to bring more riders in without adding automobile traffic.  It is important to have funds available to study alternative designs and to have ways to resolve traffic problems if they arise.  There will be an environmental impact meeting this summer, which will study the impact of multiple routes.

 

  • Midtown Greenway Access Point/Maps – Barb Stevens brought two possible Grand Rounds maps for the kiosk at the access point.  She will investigate the cost of printing color copies, possibly laminating the signs to extend their life.  Budget would be roughly $50-100.  It was suggested that we take a look at the signs at Three Rivers, located near Minnekahda Mini Storage, and inquire who made their maps.  Barb also suggested that we might want to consider replacing the plexiglass on the sign.  It has been damaged by graffiti.

  

The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

 

The next WCNC Board meeting will be held Tuesday, July 8, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at Whole Foods.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Rhea Sullivan

WCNC Co-Coordinator

May 13, 2008 Minutes

West Calhoun Neighborhood Council

DRAFT Minutes:  5/13/2008

 

Present:  George Effrem, Rosemary Lundell, Barb Stevens, Mari Taffe, Todd Wildermuth, Rhea Sullivan (Co-Coordinator)

Absent:  Ahndi Fridell (Co-Coordinator)

Guests:  Rodgers Adams (CIDNA), Sargeant Brian Rodgers (Park Police), Betsy Hodges (Council Member)

 

Administrative Items

Secretary’s Report

  • The minutes of the April 14, 2008 WCNC meeting were approved.

       Treasurer’s Report

  • $481.09 in NRP Development account; $2,702.81 in NRP account.  Barb has paid for insurance.
  • Rhea will look into reimbursement for Barb Stevens for rocks and perennials purchased for the Midtown Greenway Access Point.

 

Monthly Updates

 

Council Member commentsCouncil Member Hodges reported that the Public Safety Fair was a success.  They will probably do it annually at neighborhood festivals.  Ward 13 has resource packets that can be handed out on each block.  The materials stress the importance of keeping your lights on, locking doors, and not leaving things in your car to help prevent crime.  Betsy circulated a list for those who would like to distribute materials.

 

Betsy had a meeting with Ward 13 businesses, which was helpful.  

 

Betsy announced the Commuter Challenge, which encourages residents to carpool, bus, bike or train to work.  May 14 is bike/walk to work day.  The website address is http://www.mplstmo.org/.  The office of the Commuter Connection downtown has a demonstration bus bike rack so you can learn to load/unload your bike from a bus.  

 

On Sunday, May 18, they will be rededicating the Hiawatha Bridge to Martin Sabo.

 

The City has brought a tax bill proposal to the legislature that included NRP and the Target Center.  The first version was rejected, but a revision, sponsored by Senator Scott Dibble and Representative Davnie, passed.  It remains to be seen whether the Governor will veto this proposal, which was modeled on a successful bill sponsored by the City of St. Paul.  The bill would allocate approximately $8-15 million for NRP and Target Center for up to 10 years.

 

Lakes District Council Update Todd Wildermuth

  • Rhea Sullivan reported that she attended the April 24, 2008 Lakes District Council meeting.  The main task of the meeting was to meet in small groups and discuss topics for future Lakes District meetings.  Rhea reported that West Calhoun’s priority was the Lake Calhoun Master Plan.  The next meeting will be Thursday, July 24, 2008 at Whittier.

 

Midtown Greenway Coalition Update

  • No report.

 

Other Business

  • Sargeant Brian Rodgers (Park Police)  – Sargeant Rodgers brought a graph generated by the computer of the Park Board’s speed radar sign that showed that cars are slowing down as they pass the speed sign.  The data was recorded on Monday, May 12.  That day 4,802 cars were on West Calhoun Parkway.  He reported that they did a study on Marshall Avenue where they put up a speed sign and graphed the speeds before and after the sign went up.  It showed that the sign reduced speeds.  Sargeant Rodgers stated that he felt WCNC would get more for their money from a speed sign than from the Park Police Buy-Back Program.  He brought two bids for solar-powered speed radar signs.  A sign with 15” high digits from SpeedCheck would be $5,914.  A similar sign, the SpeedSentry from Traffic Solutions, would run $5045.  A sign with 12” digits would be $4545, with a reduction of $150 on shipping if we buy in the next 30 days.  The sign would be movable and would be installed on an existing light pole.  Sargeant Rodgers suggested that WCNC would purchase the sign and donate it to the MPRB.  The MRPB would be responsible for installation costs and maintenance.  Todd Wildermuth made a motion that WCNC purchase a 12” display sign from WCNC Crime and Safety Initiatives strategy for $4395 in place of the Park Police Buy-Back Program.  The motion carried.  Rhea will contact Carsten Slostad and Alexander Zachary to prepare the Scope of Services and contract for the strategy.
  • Southwest LRT meeting with Betsy Hodges – Todd Wildermuth, Mari Taffe and members of the CIDNA Transit Committee met with Betsy Hodges regarding the possibility of proposing a moratorium on park and ride lots in the City of Minneapolis.  Betsy learned from Ward 12 Council Member Sandy Colvin Roy that Minneapolis already has a ban on park and ride lots in the city that was passed in the 1990s.  Any Park and Ride lots that have been built are an exception to this policy.   (There are two park and ride lots that were built in conjunction with the LRT at the 2nd and 3rd to the last stops.)  WCNC has written a letter to CIDNA expressing that we have concerns about a park and ride lot in West Calhoun.  We also gave Art Higginbotham support for base funding for mitigation and planning.  This summer there will be scoping meetings where we can voice our concerns.  Betsy stressed that having a rail line will bring a push for redevelopment.  She recommended that WCNC revisit our design guidelines to be sure that they reflect any concerns we have about possible development resulting from the rail line.  Rodgers Adams suggested that we might want to invite Amanda Arnold to a meeting; if we want further info about the project, we could contact Katie Walker at Hennepin County.  
  • Water fountain concern – Barb Stevens reported that the drinking fountain at the access point is rusting.  Council Member Hodges will find out whom we should contact and let us know.
  • Fishing Pier – Todd Wildermuth had no updates on the fishing pier.  There will be a meeting of neighborhoods adjacent to Lake Calhoun on Thursday, May 15 at the Minnekahda Club.  Todd and Mari will attend.  Todd stated that he will be sure to continue to mention that shoreline erosion is a big problem.  Rosemary pointed out that there are many organized walks on weekends and, because of the number of people walking, this contributes a lot to erosion.
  • Reinstating swimming docks – WCNC received a letter from Fulton Neighborhood Association stating that FNA supports the idea of swim docks.  WCNC will not support this proposal because there are safety concerns regarding the supervision of swimming docks.     
  • Earth Day Wrap Up – Mari reported that there was an Earth Day Wrap Up meeting that she was unable to attend.  She had passed on the feedback that there should be water at the event.  Mari noted that there are crews that seem to be cleaning on the Greenway.  If this is the case, WCNC may want to focus on cleaning up at Lake Calhoun.
  • Board Elections – Barb Stevens moved a slate of five candidates.  George Effrem seconded the motion.  The motion carried.  George Effrem, Rosemary Lundell, Barb Stevens, Mari Taffe and Todd Wildermuth were elected for 2008-2009.  Lauren Kebchull declined to run again.  Mari will contact her to try to find another representative from Whole Foods.
  • Recruitment discussion – The Board discussed recruiting new members.  It was suggested that each Board member make it a goal to bring one new person to the Board.  The Board also felt that we need a new meeting space.  Mari will contact the Minnekahda Club and the Bakken about using meeting space.  Another possibility would be the Lake Calhoun Executive Center.  Todd Wildermuth also suggested that we might consider combining with another neighborhood, possibly readjusting the neighborhood boundaries.  It is possible that having a hot issue like the LRT will help us attract new membership.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

 

The next WCNC Board meeting will be held Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at Whole Foods.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Rhea Sullivan

WCNC Co-Coordinator

April 14, 2008 Minutes

West Calhoun Neighborhood Council

DRAFT Minutes:  4/14/2008

 

Present:  George Effrem, Rosemary Lundell, Mari Taffe, Todd Wildermuth, Rhea Sullivan (Co-Coordinator)

Absent:  Lauren Kebschull, Barb Stevens (on telephone), Ahndi Fridell (Co-Coordinator)

Guests:  Rodgers Adams (CIDNA), Don Ostrom (CIDNA Transportation Committee)

 

Administrative Items

Secretary’s Report

  • The minutes of the March 10, 2008 WCNC meeting were approved.

       Treasurer’s Report

  • No report.  Barb Stevens was not present.

 

Monthly Updates

 

Council Member commentsCouncil Member Hodges was not present.

 

Lakes District Council Update Todd Wildermuth

  • Todd Wildermuth reported that the next meeting of the Lakes District Council will be Thursday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m. at Harrison Park.  Rhea Sullivan will attend.  The group will be discussing topics for the upcoming year.  Todd’s topic suggestion is an update on the Lake Calhoun Master Plan.  The MRPB has organized a meeting to discuss the plan with Calhoun/surrounding neighborhoods on May 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Whole Foods.

 

Midtown Greenway Coalition Update

  • No report.

 

Other Business

  • NRP Plan Modification – The Board considered a plan modification to add clarifying language to Strategy 8 “Lake Calhoun Area Environment Improvement.”  The additional language requested is as follows: “Improve and protect lake shoreline by providing access to the lake with the installation of a portable dock/pier.”  This strategy will allow us to allocate funds toward a fishing pier.  The MPRB has submitted a grant that includes a fishing pier, with the understanding the WCNC would be willing to pay half the cost.  George Effrem stated that he would like to see another entity (like the Park Board) contribute toward the dock and doesn’t support WCNC purchasing it independently.  Todd moved the plan modification as noted above.  The motion carried unanimously.  (Barb Stevens voted on all three motions presented via telephone.)
  • West Calhoun Park Police Initiatives – The Board reviewed the draft Scope of Services and budget that provides for up to $5,000 to buy Park Police hours to patrol the west side of Lake Calhoun/West Lake Calhoun Boulevard during the highest traffic times.  The proposal includes the possibility of purchasing an electronic speed sign to be installed on the roadway.  The scope would include the language: “…including an electronic speed sign upon approval of location by the West Calhoun Neighborhood Council.”  Rosemary Lundell made a motion to support this initiative.  The motion carried, 4 –1.
  • West Calhoun Development Guidelines – The Board reviewed the final guidelines submitted by Co-Coordinator Ahndi Fridell.  Ahndi incorporated the suggestions of area Planner Amanda Arnold.  There was some discussion of the language.  Height restrictions are addressed by the Shoreline Overlay District and the existing zoning code.  Rosemary Lundell moved to approve the guidelines.  The motion carried unanimously.
  • Don Ostrom, CIDNA Transportation Committee – Don Ostrom of the Cedar Isles Dean Neighborhood Association Board and Transportation Committee spoke regarding the possibility of a Park and Ride ramp being built behind Whole Foods.  There is a concern that such a ramp would add much traffic to an already high traffic area and would result in parking spillover in the adjacent residential neighborhood.  Don asked that WCNC work with Councilmember Betsy Hodges to ask her to introduce a resolution to the Minneapolis City Council to pass a moratorium on Park and Ride facilities in the City.  Councilmember Lisa Goodman supports a moratorium, but she feels that Councilmember Hodges should be the one to introduce the resolution because the parking lot in question would be in Ward 13.  There was a lot of discussion on the issue.  WCNC will discuss the matter further and report back to Don.  Though the Southwest Corridor would not be built until 2014, key decisions are being made about the project this year.
  • Sailing School – Ahndi Fridell, Todd Wildermuth and Mari Taffe met with Bill Coppage from the Sailing School last month.  The Sailing School is looking for partners to build a sailing village on the west side of Lake Calhoun.  The general idea would be to build the sailing village on the soccer field, which would include moving West Calhoun Parkway and making the park part of the shoreline.  Todd expressed concern that Mr. Coppage is looking for a big vision and doesn’t seem receptive to the idea of narrowing it down to address the specific needs of the Sailing School.  There is some question about whether the soccer field is actually a wetland, which would affect the ability to build on it.  Todd recommended that this proposed project should be part of the lake-wide discussion in reviewing the Lake Calhoun Master Plan.  Todd will craft a response to Bill Coppage.
  • Earth Day Clean Up – Saturday, April 19 from 9:30 to 12 noon – WCNC will be hosting the clean up this year at West Calhoun Parkway and West 32nd Street.  We will be providing gloves and bags (and Peace coffee).

The meeting was adjourned at 8:4o p.m.

 

The next WCNC Board meeting will be held Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at Whole Foods.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Rhea Sullivan

WCNC Co-Coordinator

March 10, 2008 Minutes

West Calhoun Neighborhood Council

DRAFT Minutes:  3/10/2008

 

Present:  Lauren Kebschull, Mari Taffe, Todd Wildermuth, Rhea Sullivan (Co-Coordinator)

Absent:  George Effrem, Rosemary Lundell, Barb Stevens, Ahndi Fridell (Co-Coordinator)

Guests:  Rodgers Adams (CIDNA), Crystal Brummer

 

The meeting began with a presentation by Terry Cagle-Kemp, from the Neighborhood Energy Connection, on how to lower your home energy bill.

 

Administrative Items

Secretary’s Report

  • The minutes of the February 11, 2008 WCNC meeting were approved.

       Treasurer’s Report

  • No report.  Barb Stevens was not present.

 

Monthly Updates

 

Council Member commentsCouncil Member Hodges was not present.

 

Lakes District Council Update Todd Wildermuth

  • Todd Wildermuth reported that there will not be another meeting until April.

 

Midtown Greenway Coalition Update

  • Greg Benz is stepping down from the WCNC Board, but will remain our representative to the Midtown Greenway Coalition.

 

Other Business

  • West Calhoun Fishing Pier/Shoreline –  Todd Wildermuth reported that he had talked to Paul Hokeness, MPRB Lakes District Manager, about the West Calhoun fishing pier/shoreline restoration.  The MPRB is applying for a grant for a fishing pier, but Paul felt it would enhance the grant application if West Calhoun would be willing to provide matching funds of $14,000 (50% of the $28,000 cost of the pier).  Funds would come from Strategy #8 – Lake Calhoun Environment Improvements ($31,500 remains).  We did not have quorum for a vote, but Todd and Mari will pursue getting a Board vote outside of the meeting.  Next steps:  1) We need to follow up with Bob Fine; 2) Outreach to other neighborhoods about helping to fund a shoreline restoration study; 3) Look into using buy backs to hire Park Police to patrol early in the season to issue speeding tickets.  Rhea Sullivan will contact NRP Specialist Carsten Slostad to find out what we would need to do to contract this under our Crime and Safety Initiatives strategy.
  • Meeting with Sailing School – Mari Taffe, Todd Wildermuth and Ahndi Fridell will meet with Bill Coppage from the Sailing School on March 24 about a new proposal to locate the sailing school near the Lake Calhoun Executive Center.
  • Earth Day Watershed Clean up and Midtown Greenway Clean up 2008 – WCNC will be assisting with the Earth Day Clean up on Saturday, April 19, from 9:30 a.m. – noon at Lake Calhoun and on the Midtown Greenway.  Mari will update the signs.  Rhea will put it on the website.
  • Neighborhood Design Guidelines – Ahndi Fridell will send out the final design guidelines to be reviewed and voted on at the April WCNC meeting.
  • Southwest Corridor Light Rail – Rodgers Adams reported that there is now $5-10 million available for a plan for light rail from Eden Prairie to downtown Minneapolis.  There may possibly be a stop added at the Midtown Greenway access point behind Whole Foods.  There are some issues to consider:
    • The location is difficult to get to from Lake Street.  What will the access be from Lake Street?
    • Will it have a Park and Ride lot?  CIDNA is pushing for a resolution not have Park and Ride lots in the city.  WCNC may want to consider supporting that resolution.
    • How would it connect with the bus line?
    • There are three possible routes: 1) follow the Kenilworth Trail, 2) go under Nicollet and would include a cut and cover tunnel under Eat Street; 3) follow the Greenway to Park to 10th Street, with access to Orchestra Hall, Convention Center.
    • The big question is whether this line is intended to be used primarily by suburban commuters to get downtown or if it is a City line to provide service for residents.
    • Art Higgenbotham is the CIDNA representative.  Mari will contact him.

 

  • NRP Framework – Rhea Sullivan reported that NRP issued a proposal for the Framework of NRP beyond 2009.  Comments on the Framework are due by March 17.  Rhea outlined the key concerns about the proposal:  1) Inadequate administrative funding for neighborhood groups; 2) administrative funding is part of the city budget process and so may face elimination each year; 3) discretionary funding for projects would be competitive and there was no amount specified; 4) the Governance Board has no control over budget or staff.  

 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:35 p.m.

 

The next WCNC Board meeting will be held Monday, April 14, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at Whole Foods.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Rhea Sullivan

WCNC Co-Coordinator