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