May 11, 2010 Minutes

West Calhoun Neighborhood Council

DRAFT Minutes: 5/11/2010


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


Guests:    Rodgers Adams, Amanda Arnold (City Planner), Kathy Cobb, Scott Dibble (State Senator), Seth Doorn, Kathy Doty (KLD Consulting), Brian Elliott (Keith Ellison’s Office), Meg Forney, Steve Goltry, Adele Hall (Hennepin County), Betsy Hodges (City Council Member), Thatcher Imboden, Kari Kamrin, Jeff Peltola, Karin Quick

Administrative Items


Secretary’s Report

  • The minutes for April 2010 were approved.


       Treasurer’s Report

  • Rhea Sullivan reported $6,404.43 in the NRP account: $481 in the NRP Development account.
  • Treasurer Barb Stevens filed taxes for 2009.


Annual Meeting Updates


Adele Hall, Hennepin County – SW LRT Station Area Planning

  • Adele reported that she and Amanda Arnold (Minneapolis City Planner) are taking the lead on Station Area Planning for the SW LRT.  Hennepin County has hired AECOM to produce a strategic plan for each station.  The purpose of the station area planning is to inform Preliminary Engineering for each station  and gather resident and business input on issues related to access to the stations, land use, market change and potential impacts.
  • Open Houses will begin in mid-July 2010.  They will also be forming a “Community Members Working Group” to facilitate a more intimate discussion about each station.  Each neighborhood association will be allowed one representative and one alternate.  We can choose whether to have the same representative for all four meetings of the working group or to select a different rep for each meeting.  The meeting dates scheduled so far are June 22, August 24, December 7 or 14.  Adele will be sending WCNC an e-mail with more information.


Brian Elliott, Keith Ellison’s Office

  • Brian passed out copies of Keith Ellison’s summer newsletter.  Keith is easy to reach at 612-522-1212.
  • Keith has been working on Health Insurance Reform, also on Jobs and Financial Reform.  His Public Jobs Bill has been added to a bill that is now in front of congress.  He has also worked on Foreign Affairs and has made several trips abroad.


Scott Dibble, State Senator

  • The final day of this legislative session will be Monday, May 17.  This is the end of a two-year legislative cycle.
  • Governor Pawlenty is opposed to raising taxes, so money has been very tight.  It was determined this week that the Governor’s unallotment was illegal.  The legislature passed a bill this week that took ½ of the unallotments.  They hope to be able to reach agreement with Governor Pawlenty.
  • Scott has been working to protect LGA funds which are critical to the City of Minneapolis.  
  • Issues Scott is working on:  “Complete Streets” program, streetcars for inter-city and neighborhood mobility, tenant rights, protecting seeing eye dogs from attack, transportation reforms and a wind turbine for Edina.


Monthly Updates


Council Member comments

  • Betsy Hodges reported that she held a Development Summit on Tuesday, April 27, to discuss the many development issues facing Southwest Minneapolis at this time, including the SW LRT.  Amanda Arnold was present and she spoke about the steps involved in developments and how neighborhoods can have a say in the process.
  • Betsy is now chair of the Ways and Means budget committee.
  • Minneapolis now has the top bond rating for all three companies that rate city bonds.  (Moody’s has just upgraded us.)
  • Boulevard Gardens went out of business and Nolan Properties has purchased the property.  Michael Wagner met with Andy Babula from Nolan Properties.  They have applied for a remediation grant for the soil.  They are planning a one-story office building.  They will make a presentation to WCNC before they move forward with their plans.


Lakes District Council Update/MPRB
  • No report.  The next meeting will be July 22, 2010.


Midtown Greenway Coalition

  • No report.


Other Business


Board Elections

  • A slate of candidates was announced :
    • Michael Wagner
    • David Rhees
    • Seth Doorn
    • Jeff Peltola
    • Meg Forney
    • Kathy Cobb
  • Each candidate was given an opportunity to speak about his/her qualifications, experience and interest in the Board.
  • A vote was taken (by show of hands).  7 ayes; 0 nays.  The slate was elected.


WCNC Bylaw Revision

  • Chair Michael Wagner explained that WCNC undertook the bylaw revision to allow our organization to function effectively.  We have added a conflict of interest policy and have made simple language changes.
  • A vote was taken (by show of hands).  7 ayes; 0 nays.  The motion carried.


Earth Day Recap

  • We had a great turnout for Earth Day.  218 people showed up to clean up at Lake Calhoun.  
  • Rhea posted an update on the website with photo.


West Calhoun postcard

  • Michael Wagner noted that the postcard mailing had been successful.  
  • We can use extra postcards to include in welcome packets to new residents.  
  • David Rhees suggested that we consider redesigning the WCNC logo.


Coordinator Updates

  • Rhea announced that East Calhoun Community Council has invited West Calhoun residents to attend a presentation by Ralph Sievert (MPRB Forestry) about Emerald Ash Borer (date TBA).  She also extended an invitation for West Calhoun residents to get involved in the new Lake Calhoun Association.  We will discuss this at next month’s meeting.
  • We are part of the “Adopt A Greenway” program and have adopted the clean-up of the Midtown Greenway from Chowen to Dean Parkway.  Surly Beer has recently had a clean-up.  Theresa Nelson of the MGC suggested that we schedule another clean-up in a couple of months.  


The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m.


The next WCNC Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at The Bakken Museum at 6 p.m.  


Respectfully submitted,


Rhea Sullivan

WCNC Coordinator