January 12, 2010 Minutes

West Calhoun Neighborhood Council

DRAFT Minutes: 1/12/2010


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


Guests:    Bob Fine (MPRB), Larry McMillen, Colleen Dreher, Ed Bell (CIDNA), Art Higinbotham (CIDNA), Rodgers Adams, George Effrem

Administrative Items


Secretary’s Report

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


       Treasurer’s Report

  • Barb Stevens reported $2,082.13 in NRP account and $481 in the NRP development account.  Expenses in the past month include Coordinator’s salary, fall newsletter delivery and cost of Constant Contact e-news service.  Barb is has completed the NRP CORF report and will submit to Carsten Slostad.  She is also submitting the Citizen Participation grant agreement for our $2,000 funding for 2010.


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.


Midtown Greenway Coalition

  • No update this month.  MGC representative Michael Wagner was not present.


Other Business


Meeting Space Update

  • David Rhees reported that tonight will be the last Bakken Evening out and WCNC will need to reschedule our meeting time.  After some discussion, it was determined we will meet at 6:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at The Bakken Museum.  The doors to the building will be locked after 6:30 p.m., but we will post a cell phone number at both doors so any late arrivals can call and we will let them in.  Rhea will contact Council Member Betsy Hodges and the Southwest Journal and we will note the change in time in our next e-news blast before the February meeting.


WCNC Conflict of Interest Policy and Revised Bylaws

  • The Board would like the conflict of interest policy to be incorporated as part of revised WCNC bylaws.  


SW LRT Update

  • Art Higinbotham gave the Board an update about the SW LRT planning process.  Art is the representative for the SW Transitway Community Advisory Committee on behalf for the West Lake station.  He has held that appointed position for two years.  
  • Kenilworth has been chosen as the LPA (Locally Preferred Alternative.)  The Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) is going to look at the environmental impact of the Kenilworth and Uptown routes.  
  • Art commented that the 2002 West Calhoun small area plan deals with Excelsior Blvd. and has little detail about the rail corridor.  
  • Last year Art met with Council Member Betsy Hodges and past WCNC Chair Mari Taffe and Vice Chair Todd Wildermuth regarding concerns about access to the West Lake station.  There are no clear routes to get to the West Lake station.  The station will exacerbate what is already a difficult traffic flow situation.
  • Jackie Cherryhomes is working as a lobbyist with the Cedar Lake Shores condo association (where Art lives.)
  • Art stated that he would like to draft an agreement between Kenwood Isles, CIDNA and West Calhoun regarding required mitigation for the SW Transitway.
  • Larry McMillen and Colleen Dreher spoke about their concerns about the West Lake Station.  They live about 100 feet away from where the proposed station will be in the CitiLakes condominiums.  Colleen suggested that it would make more sense to have a Park & Ride at the Belt Line station rather than at West Lake because there is much more available land there. The area around the West Lake station is very densely populated.  A number of residents of the condominiums are concerned about what it will be like with trains coming by frequently and the lights and noises of the station at that location.
  • Ed Bell from CIDNA said that CIDNA is planning to do a small area plan including traffic and looking at the access points.  He suggested that WCNC might want to participate in the small area plan because it might give us more clout with the city.
  • Art reported that the FTA will do a first round of environmental impact statements based on the assumption of no trains. This is favorable because it will compare the impact of the LRT to the area without trains.  
  • Art asked WCNC to consider taking a position now about mitigation.
  • Rhea will talk to Ben at Close Landscape Architects about the possibility of doing a small area plan.  Close has worked with West Calhoun on a number of other projects, including the Excelsior Blvd. Corridor study.  
  • We need to review the NRP plan to look at available funding.  


Bob Fine, MPRB Commissioner, At Large

  • Bob Fine spoke about Lake Calhoun planning.  He said that discussions with Mari Taffe and Todd Wildermuth had been an impetus to get moving with planning for Lake Calhoun.  
  • Bob stated that the sailing school is considering putting a boat dock on our side of the lake and changing the road around the current soccer field.  He stated that this possibility was mentioned in the old Lake Calhoun Master Plan (which was actually called the Chain of Lakes Master Plan).  Rhea will verify this with MRPB planner Jennifer Ringold.
  • The Board requested that we add a sentence to the draft of the Lake Calhoun Letter of Connection, stating: “There may be issues in the current master plan with which we have concerns and would want to have input on.”
  • Barb Stevens moved that we approve the Lake Calhoun Letter of Connection as amended.  David Rhees seconded the motion.  The motion carried.  Rhea will finalize the letter and mail it before the deadline.


Other Business

  • David Rhees will look into the possibility of attending the Uptown Association event on January 26.  Rhea will provide a map of the neighborhood, some newsletters and business cards to help promote WCNC.
  • February agenda items:
    • Promotional post card with map
    • Rhea will update the Board re: conversations re: small area plan with Close Landscape Architects
    • Rhea will prepare a document to look at remaining NRP funds
    • Rhea will work with Michael on draft bylaws including a conflict of interest policy.  The goal would be to approve the new bylaws at the annual meeting in May.


The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.


The next WCNC Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at The Bakken Museum at 6 p.m.  


Respectfully submitted,


Rhea Sullivan

WCNC Coordinator