December 9, 2008 Minutes

West Calhoun Neighborhood Council

DRAFT Minutes:  12/09/2008


Present:   Rosemary Lundell, Mari Taffe, Barb Stevens, Rhea Sullivan (Coordinator)

Absent:     George Effrem, Todd Wildermuth

Guests:    Alli Burgess, John Fagerson, Meg Forney, Nirmal Krishnamoorthy


Administrative Items


Secretary’s Report

  • The minutes of the November 11, 2008 meeting were approved as read.

       Treasurer’s Report

  • Treasurer Barb Stevens reported that there is $481.09 in the NRP Develop-ment account; $2,549.87 in NRP account.  We are still waiting for a bill from PostNet for printing the last newsletter.  Rhea will follow up with them about that.


Monthly Updates


Council Member comments

  • Council Member Betsy Hodges was not present.  She phoned Mari Taffe to let her know that the City Council will hold its Budget meeting on Thursday, December 11.  This will include the Truth in Taxation continuation and a full Council vote.  They will vote on the Legislative agenda at the Friday, December 12 Council meeting.


Lakes District Council Update

  • No report.   Todd Wildermuth will be meeting with Tracy Nordstrom and Bob Fine on December 11.  He will report in January.  There has been some concern about improvements that have been planned on the south shore of Lake Calhoun, which include improving the parking lot and adding pervious pavers and picnic tables to that area.  The Park Board claims this is not the Sailing Village that was proposed a few years ago.


Midtown Greenway Coalition Update

  • Mari received a report from Greg Benz.  She will bring it to the January meeting.


Other Business


Tree Contract update – Our NRP Specialist, Carsten Slostad, has recommended that we make a minor administrative plan modification to Strategy 8, Lake Calhoun Environment Improvements.  This would be a minor language change to make it explicit that the strategy would include reforestation.  The revised strategy would read “Improve and protect lake shoreline by reforestation of shade trees.”  Mari Taffe will mail the letter and accompanying plan modification document to Carsten.  Barb Stevens noted that the Park Board has already ground out a lot of stumps.


Recruitment – Rosemary Lundell reported that she had talked to Steve, the Property Manager of 3430 List Place, which is located on the other side of the Greenway.  They may be interested in getting involved with WCNC.   Meg Forney recommended that we may want to consider having a booth at The Bakken Night Out promoting WCNC.


Neighbors’ Concerns – Alli Burgess reported that at her building at 30th and Drew (formerly The Williamsburg), residents are concerned about the new condos that are located very close to their building.  The condos have added a lot of traffic.  She said that she will look into what other concerns her neighbors may have.  Nirmal Krishnamoorthy reported that at his building, 3146 West Calhoun Boulevard, there have been a lot of renovations and that has been frustrating.   


SW LRT – Mari gave an overview of the SW LRT scoping process.  They are still trying to decide whether the route will continue along the Midtown Greenway (parallel to the bike/walk path) or the Kenilworth Trail.  Either plan will likely include a transit station behind Whole Foods.  


Minikahda Club – Mari reported that the Minikahda Club wants to outreach to the neighborhood.  She has offered them a profile in our Spring newsletter.  We will discuss the possibility of including a list of neighborhood businesses on our website at our January meeting.


Website – Barb Stevens will take a winter photo for the website.


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


The next WCNC Board meeting will be held Tuesday, January 13, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. at The Bakken.


Respectfully submitted,


Rhea Sullivan

WCNC Coordinator