March 8, 2011 Minutes

West Calhoun Neighborhood Council

Minutes: 3/8/11


Present:   Kathy Cobb, Meg Forney, Gary Knutson, Jeff Peltola (Vice Chair), David Rhees, Rhea Sullivan (Coordinator), Michael Wagner (Chair)


Guest:  Matt Perry (NCEC Commissioner)


Administrative Items


Secretary’s Report

  • The minutes of the 2/8/2011 meetings were approved as read.


       Treasurer’s Report

  • No report.


Monthly Updates


Council Member comments

  • Betsy Hodges was not present.


        Midtown Greenway Coalition

  • No report.  Jeff Peltola mentioned that there was an article in the Southwest Journal about Tim Springer.


SW  Community Advisory Council

  • The last meeting of the Community Working Group was held on February 3, 2011, so that group will no longer be meeting.  Jeff Peltola attended the SW Community Advisory Council meeting on February 23.  He said that another neighborhood group has a Capstone Urban Planning project.


Park Board CAC re: SW LRT

  • Is still waiting for the DEIS to be released.  Meg Forney distributed copies of results of a Park Board survey about the SW LRT.  Meg asked that Board members review the survey and share any comments/input with her.


Other Business


        Minneapolis SW LRT Coalition

  • WCNC was asked to consider being a part of a Minneapolis SW LRT Coalition.  The coalition is: “A loose affiliation of neighborhoods in the Minneapolis Corridor from north to south.  The goal is to create a unified voice of Minneapolis Corridor neighborhoods so we have more bargaining power as SW LRT planning continues.  
  • Meg Forney, Kathy Cobb and Michael Wagner volunteered to represent West Calhoun Neighborhood Council.


       Community Participation Program application

  • Matt Perry reported that 45 neighborhoods have submitted applications since February 22.  All but two have been approved.
  • Meg Forney is very excited about the Stakeholder’s Group.  Kelly Doran attended this week’s meeting.  She proposed that WCNC expand the Coordinator’s hours to dedicate time to starting a business association.  She said that CIDNA actually started WCNC with $1,000 in seed money.  She suggested that WCNC provide seed money to start a business association.
  • Matt Perry helped to found the Nicollet East Harriet Business Association (NEHBA), which is a business association made up of eight SW neighborhoods.  Kingfield and East Harriet neighborhood associations put up a total of $1,500 to start the organization plus staff time.  NEHBA has received $200,000 in façade improvement and marketing grants.  
  • In the Community Participation Program application, Rhea will add a paragraph under the section about under-represented groups.  Business owners are an under-represented group.  Matt Perry suggested that we talk with NCR staff to find out if starting a business association is considered a community engagement activity under the Community Participation Program.
  • We discussed a possible summer event.  David Rhees suggested a possible partnership with The Bakken Museum during the Ten Best Days of Summer.  Other suggestions included “A Taste of West Calhoun,” a tour of neighborhood businesses.  It would be good to find out what the business community wants.  The Ten Best Days of The Bakken partnership seems to make the most sense for summer 2011.  
  • Rhea will add other partnerships under #5, including our representative on the Midtown Greenway Coalition, our partnership with The Bakken Museum and our annual Earth Day Clean-Up site (in collaboration with the MPRB.)  
  • Suggestions for #6:  1) Have NCEC Commissioners attend Board meetings and 2) Share expertise on topics of interest like business associations.


       NRP Plan Modification

  • The Board approved a motion to move $15,000 from Phase I Strategy #3 Excelsior Blvd. Streetscape (also referred to as Neighborhood Corridors) to Phase I Strategy #10 Implementation.  
  • Rhea will let Carsten know of the plan mod and will draft the plan mod letter.


       Phase I NRP Plan Review

  • The consensus of the group is that the whole board should review the NRP Plan.  We will look at the current strategies and discuss why they haven’t been implemented.
  • The Southwest Transitway is still 6-7 years out.  We won’t likely be able to plan for Southwest Transitway improvements for some time yet.  
  • Meg suggested that we set goals on a timeline.
  • We will review the NRP Plan at our April meeting.  If we want to make changes to the plan, we can present them at our Annual Meeting on May 10.
  • We have been invited to join CIDNA at their Annual Meeting on May 11.  The Board feels its best to have our own meeting.  The Capstone students can present their findings at both the WCNC and CIDNA annual meetings.


      Earth Day – Sat., April 16

  • We will once again be partnering with the MPRB to host the Earth Day Clean-Up site at W. 32nd and Calhoun Parkway.  
  • Rhea had asked Whole Foods for a donation of bottled water and snacks for Earth Day.  The Board suggested we ask instead if they would be willing to provide a donation for our Annual Meeting on May 10.
  • David Rhees will assist Rhea with staffing the table.  Staff from The Bakken Museum will be helping with the clean up.  Cargill will be providing free coffee and doughnuts.  

       NCEC Selection Process Meeting

  • NCEC Commissioner Matt Perry spoke about the April 16 (9 a.m. -12 noon) NCEC City-wide meeting to discuss the NCEC Election Process.  Every neighborhood organization is being asked to appoint a representative to that meeting.   This year Districts 1, 3, 5, 7 will be elected.  District 2’s election will be next year.
  • Michael Wagner will be our representative.  Jeff Peltola is the alternate.
  • The Commission will be coming back to the neighborhoods to discuss the equitable distribution of the frozen Phase II funds.  The Commission hopes to have recommendations ready by June 2011.


      Ice Out

  • Meg Forney took everyone’s guesses for this year’s Ice Out date.


The meeting was adjourned at 7:30 p.m.


The next WCNC Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at The Bakken Museum at 5:30 p.m.  


Respectfully submitted,


Rhea Sullivan, WCNC Coordinator