June 9, 2009 Minutes

West Calhoun Neighborhood Council

DRAFT Minutes:  6/09/09


Present:   George Effrem, Barb Stevens (Treasurer), Rhea Sullivan (Coordinator), Mari Taffe (Chair), Michael Wagner (Vice Chair), Todd Wildermuth

Guests:    Rodgers Adams


Administrative Items


Secretary’s Report

  • The February 10, 2009 and May 12, 2009 minutes were approved as read.


       Treasurer’s Report

  • Treasurer Barb Stevens reported that bills are currently paid up.  She reported a current balance of $6,242.19 in the NRP account (after paying the Coordinator) and $481.09 in the development account.  She also filed the new form 990 that the Federal government now requires.


Monthly Updates


Council Member comments

  • The Council Member was not present.


Lakes District Council Update
  • We still need a new representative for the Lakes District Council to replace Todd Wildermuth who is moving to Salt Lake City at the end of June.  
  • It was suggested that the Board take turns attending the meeting – a “tag team” approach.  The Lakes District Council meets quarterly.  The next meeting is Thursday, July 23; location TBA.  
  • Todd Wildermuth reported that Dan Woychick is stepping down as the organizer of the Council.  They are looking for someone new to coordinate.


Midtown Greenway Coalition

  • Congratulations to Michael Wagner, who was elected the West Calhoun representative to the MGC.  
  • One big issue for the MGC currently is Xcel Energy’s proposed high voltage transmission lines along the Midtown Greenway. There is strong opposition to this from the MGC.  There will be a hearing in June.  
  • Michael reported that he will be a member of the Transit and Green Space Committees.  MGC has slightly changed their stance on the proposed trolley lines on the greenway.  They are supporting the trolley option and opposing light rail.
  • The MGC is working to keep the greenway safe.  There are evening rides on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday to raise awareness.  Minneapolis Police on bikes ride on the greenway at night.  There have been no incidents since November of last year.


       Light Rail Transit (LRT)

  • Rodgers Adams reported that he recently attended a meeting regarding the proposed LRT lines.  The majority of people present didn’t like the idea of the LRT going on the Kenilworth Trail.
  • They are doing a number of studies this summer including a tech report, a freight study (Kenilworth is currently used as a freight route, though it was supposed to be a temporary program), and Park & Ride studies at all stations.  The studies should be done in late July and will be followed by public meetings.
  • Rodgers stated that they know that there are access problems at the West Calhoun station.  There is only one street that connects from the South and there is difficult access to the area because of its location.  How will buses connect to the line? LRT is a feeder for the bus lines.  How will they handle cars at the station?  Without a Park & Ride, people tend to park on adjacent streets to use the LRT.  They say they are going to ‘work on it.’  Rodgers advised that we keep abreast of this.  We need to provide input on their plans before it becomes an engineering plan.


WCNC Officer Elections

Mari Taffe agreed to continue as Board Chair and Barb Stevens will continue as Treasurer.  Barb nominated Michael Wagner to be Vice Chair.  The motion was seconded by Todd and carried unanimously.  


Other Business


Adopt A Greenway
  • Mari reported that it is time to decide if we want to continue to adopt the greenway.  The fee has increased to $50.  We are responsible for the area from Chowen Avenue to Dean Parkway.  In adopting the greenway, we agree to have two clean-ups a year.  We would plan to have a fall clean-up and a spring clean-up and publicize it in our Fall newsletter.  The Board voted to continue.  Barb will write a check to MGC.


Tree Tour

  • Paul Domholt, MPRB Forestry, will be taking a group from the Board on a tree tour on Tuesday, June 16 at 8:30 a.m.  They will look at plans for future planting in the neighborhood.  Barb noted that there are no gator bags on the new trees that were planted.  They will discuss this with Paul.  Todd noted that we have funding available if we need to cover the cost of the bags.
West Calhoun on Facebook
  • Rhea reported that a number of neighborhoods now have groups on Facebook as a way to connect with residents.  We might want to take advantage of this social networking opportunity.  Michael said that he felt it would be a good way to outreach to neighbors.  The Board agreed that it was worth trying.  Rhea and Michael will work together on the Facebook page.


  • We need a summer photo for the website.  Michael and Barb have agreed to send a photo(s) to post.  Greg Benz also does a lot of photography.  Michael will check with him.  We could update the website photo more often.


Neighborhood Coordinator Updates
  • OverExposure Photo Project – Rhea reported that OverExposure is looking for Minneapolis neighborhoods to participate in its “What’s New” photography project.  This is the last year of a 3-year project to document Minneapolis neighborhoods.  The cost is a donation of $200 and it would require that someone from the neighborhood association act as a liaison with the photographer.  The consensus was that though it seems like an interesting opportunity, the neighborhood is already well-documented photographically.
  • Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC) – The date of the meeting and election has changed to June 16 at 6:00 p.m. at Van Cleve Park.  Barb will represent us.  
  • Live MSP website – An article in the NRP Link this month noted that a number of neighborhoods, including West Calhoun, are not yet represented on the LiveMSP website.  They requested a detailed profile of West Calhoun.  Rhea agreed to do it.


The meeting was adjourned at 8:25 p.m.


The next WCNC Board meeting will be held Tuesday, July 14, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. at The Bakken.  (Rhea will be unable to attend.)


Respectfully submitted,


Rhea Sullivan

WCNC Coordinator