West Calhoun Neighborhood Council Meeting Minutes
July 8, 2014 – 5:30 p.m., The Bakken Museum, 3537 Zenith Ave. S.
Board Members: Allan Campbell, Kathy Cobb, Richard Logan, Haydee Peterson, David Rhees, Mary Underwood, John Abraham-Watne. Staff: Rhea Sullivan. Also present: Rodgers Adams, Katie Larson, Bonnie Kiley
Treasurer’s Report: John Abraham-Watne reported that the NRP balance is $607.93 after writing a check for $955 to PrintGlobe for the Safety Whistles. The NCEC balance is $3,412.84. We also received two checks – one for $3,361 for an NRP reimbursement and one for $3.24 for an NCEC reimbursement from 2013 funds.
Secretary’s Report: The minutes of the June 10 meeting were approved with the change under Hennepin County Commissioner Marion Greene’s report that “Richard Logan mentioned…Excelsior traffic blocks the driveway out of the ambulance station,” not out of the fire station as was noted.
The CPP Annual report for 2013 was approved with two changes. It was noted that there were approximately 40 people at the Station Area Walkabout that was held in April of 2013. We also will add mention of our Ward 13 Candidate Forum.
We have $27, 438.27 in CPP funds remaining from 2013 that need to be rolled over into 2014. The Board agreed to roll over $5,000 to Professional Services, $12,000 to Communications/Outreach, $5,321 to Meetings/community building events and $5,117.27 to Other Services. Rhea will submit the rollover budget to Judy Duffey.
Council Member Linea Palmisano: Council Member Palmisano was not present, but she submitted a written report prior to the meeting focusing on the Southwest LRT.
Midtown Greenway Access Point Kiosk: John Abraham-Watne reported that the Plexiglass is now up in the kiosk. The case opens with a Phillips screwdriver, not a key. There was another discussion about what to put up. John plans to put materials up on Saturday, July 12.
Utility Boxes: Haydee Peterson reported that she submitted the utility box application, but she hasn’t heard back yet. There seems to be a general consensus that the Board would like original art that represents the neighborhood. We will need to select which boxes to cover and then will need to select an artist. Haydee is hoping we can interview an artist by November. She said that the Uptown Association is willing to come to our September meeting. We will also need insurance. Haydee said that the whole process will likely take a year to complete.
Calhoun Conversations: David Rhees, Haydee Peterson and Mary Underwood met to discuss the Calhoun Conversations project. They are proposing that it would not just be a lecture, but that it would be more interactive, with time included for conversation. For example, bird stories – everyone has a bird story. They would like to invite other neighborhoods/organizations: CIDNA, ECCO, Linden Hills and the Uptown Business Association. They would do the programs quarterly. They would like to make it a floating conversation, so that it would be at a different location each time. Ideas for locations include: The Bakken Museum, St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, Lakewood Cemetery, Linden Hills Library, Minikahda Club, Calhoun Towers penthouse, Calhoun Beach Club, Lake Point, Lake Calhoun Center.
Movie Night: Movie Night was cancelled due to flooding on the soccer field.
Future Agenda Items: 1) The Calhoun-Isles planning process will be reopened for public input. This project could involve moving the sailing school to our side of the lake. 2) We will continue strategic planning at our October Retreat. 3) We are looking at forming committees and pulling in more volunteers.
Neighborhood Priority Plan questions: 1) If you could change one thing about West Calhoun Neighborhood, what would it be? Traffic and access. Market Plaza is the worst street. 2) If WCNC had money to invest in a project in the West Calhoun neighborhood, what should they do? Invest in new, attractive lighting. Move the lights from the sidewalks.
Next meeting: Our next meeting will be Tuesday, September 9, 2014.
The meeting was adjourned at 6:45 p.m.