December 8, 2009 Minutes

West Calhoun Neighborhood Council

DRAFT Minutes: 12/08/2009


Present:   David Rhees, Barb Stevens (Treasurer), Michael Wagner (Chair), Rhea Sullivan (Coordinator)


Guests:    Meg Forney, Mari Taffe.

Administrative Items


Secretary’s Report

  • David Rhees made a motion to approve the minutes; Barb Stevens seconded the motion.  The motion carried.


       Treasurer’s Report

  • Barb Stevens reported $3,064.87 in NRP account and $481 in the NRP development account.  Barb is working to get funds in the account from NRP.  In addition to NRP funding, we also receive $2,000 each year in Citizen Participation funds that we use for the newsletter and post office box rental.


Monthly Updates


Council Member comments

  • No report.  Council Member Betsy Hodges was not present.


Lakes District Council Update/MPRB
  • Barb Stevens will attend the next meeting, which will be held January 28, 2010.
  • Brad Bourn is the new MPRB representative for District 6.
  • Lake Calhoun Letter of Connection is due at the end of January.  Rhea will prepare a draft and e-mail for feedback.  We will finalize the letter at the January WCNC meeting.


Midtown Greenway Coalition

  • No update this month.


Other Business


Meeting Space Update

  • David Rhees let the Board know that the meeting room at The Bakken Museum will no longer be available on Tuesdays because they are discontinuing their Bakken Evening Out program.  We could consider a 6:30 – 8 p.m. Board meeting on Thursday evenings at The Bakken Museum, but Thursdays present some scheduling challenges for the WCNC Chair and Coordinator.  The Tuesday January 12 WCNC meeting will be held at The Bakken Museum, but we will need to decide on time and place to meet for future meetings at our January WCNC meeting.
  • We need to publicize our new meeting time or place for February once it is decided.  We need to contact Betsy Hodges and the Southwest Journal.  


WCNC Conflict of Interest Policy and Revised Bylaws

  • The Board discussed developing a conflict of interest policy for WCNC.  The Board looked at copies of the Fulton Neighborhood Association and The Bakken Museum’s conflict of interest policies.  It was noted some bylaws include a conflict of interest policy.
  • We will use The Bakken Museum’s policy as a template and can add any pertinent points from the FNA conflict of interest policy.  We will look at a draft at the January WCNC meeting.  We can also look at the conflict of interest sample provided in Eve Borenstein’s bylaw sample from NRP.
  • Meg Forney noted that she thought that business members had a different term.  We will look at existing bylaws to see if that is the case.
  • The Board plans to review the current bylaws and rewrite them in January.
  • David Rhees will pass on any insights gained in rewriting The Bakken’s Museum bylaws.  


SW LRT Update

  • We recently learned that Art Higinbotham was appointed a few years ago by Mayor Rybak to be the representative for the West Lake Station.  We will inquire of Betsy Hodges about why it isn’t someone from West Calhoun.  We need to consider carefully how we get involved with CIDNA and their concerns, which are very political in nature.  
  • It is important to stay connected to neighborhood businesses in the SW LRT planning process, including the new businesses like Homemade Pizza Company, Indulge and Bloom and Wakame.  Boulevard Gardens has closed.


Administrative Items

  • Rhea will send a meeting reminder for the January via Constant Contact with agenda items for our January meeting.  We should review the incentives for people to join the WCNC, which include SW LRT planning and availability of NRP funds for projects and programs.
  • Rhea will send a note of thanks to George Effrem for his years of service.
  • Michael Wagner invited Meg Forney to join the Board.  Meg said that she will continue to be an advocate for WCNC, but isn’t ready to make that kind of commitment after her recent run for the MPRB District 6 seat.
  • David Rhees made a motion to adjourn the meeting, which was seconded by Barb Stevens.


The meeting was adjourned at 7:25 p.m.


The next WCNC Board meeting will be held Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at The Bakken Museum at 7 p.m.  


Respectfully submitted,


Rhea Sullivan

WCNC Coordinator