May 13, 2014 Minutes

West Calhoun Neighborhood Council Annual Meeting Minutes
May 13, 2014 – 5:30 p.m., The Bakken Museum, 3537 Zenith Ave. S.

Board Members:  Kathy Cobb, Ian Kees, Richard Logan, Haydee Peterson, David Rhees, John Abraham-Watne.  Staff:  Rhea Sullivan.  Also present: Aaron Schaffer, Allan Campbell, Louise Campbell, John Fagerson, Meg Forney, Carol Logan, Mary Abraham-Watne, Lester Block, Charles Mosner, George Effrem, B. Kiley, G.E. Krause.

Treasurer’s Report:  Rhea Sullivan reported for Treasurer John Abraham-Watne that the NRP balance remains at $1,562.93.  The NCEC balance is $840.68.  We received an NCEC advance of $4,800, which has yet to be deposited.  

The Board reviewed the Attorney General’s Report for 2013.  We need to check on whether our NRP funds need to be included.  David also asked what is the $2,610.00 that is listed as “EXCESS or DEFICIT.”  We should include the ePostcard when we bring the report back to the Board in June.

Secretary’s Report:  The minutes of the March 11 and April 8 Board Meetings were approved as read.

NCEC Elector:  The Board voted to appoint Kathy Cobb as our NCEC Elector and Haydee Peterson as alternate.

Safety Whistles:  Richard Logan reported that the 800 safety whistles we purchased were gone within four days.  He would like to have more made.  Kathy mentioned that the Calhoun Beach Club Apartments might be interested as well as Calhoun Place.  A motion was made that we order more whistles and that we take into consideration if there is a price break.  The purchase is not to exceed $1,200.  The motion carried.  ACTION ITEM: Rhea will get the actual cost for the NRP contract amendment.

Art on Utility Boxes:  Haydee Peterson reported that the whole process of putting art on utility boxes usually takes 2-3 years.  We have six utility boxes. The first step is to take photos and measure boxes.  There is an application that needs to be submitted with photos of the boxes we want to wrap or paint.  It is due by June 13.  We will need to get written permission from adjacent property owners.  It was suggested that we could use windsurfing photos.  Aaron Shaffer offered that he has many such photos that he’d be willing to give WCNC.  Another option would be to put out a request for an artist to the neighborhood.  Haydee suggested that we do four of the boxes.  A motion was made to submit four boxes.  The motion carried.  ACTION ITEM:  Haydee Peterson will submit an application and photos of the four boxes by June 13.

Southwest LRT – Sophia Ginis, Outreach Coordinator for the Southwest LRT, reported that on April 9 the Met Council voted on the scope and budget for the Southwest LRT project.  There will be 16 stations, the length will be 15.8 miles and it will include two shallow tunnels with a bridge over the channel.  On May 29 there will be a joint meeting between the Met Council and HCCRA.  Municipal approval needs to be wrapped up by July.  Looking ahead, the focus will be on more specific design, including landscaping and streetscaping.  There will also be an environmental process.  Final engineering will be in 2015.  The full funding grant agreement will be in 2016 and the project should be completed by 2019.

Kathy Cobb reported that the Community Advisory Committee has been disbanded.  Sophia said that the CAC was set up to be in place for a year.  Kathy asked how the Southwest LRT will continue to engage neighborhood associations.  Sophia said that they are looking for a structure for community involvement.

Midtown Greenway Access Point Kiosk – We haven’t heard any news yet about the kiosk.  ACTION ITEM:  Kathy Cobb volunteered to work on what to put into the kiosk.

Calhoun Conversations:  ACTION ITEM:  David and Mary and Haydee need to set up a time to meet to discuss format, timing, etc.

Summer Movie Night:  Our movie will be on Monday, June 23 and will be “Saving Mr. Banks.”  Ian reported that no volunteers are needed.  No beer and wine will be allowed.  The Park Board will connect us with a couple of food trucks.  We will do a postcard to promote the event and will include “To obtain info about future events, subscribe to our enews list at”  Ian is thinking of having a table at the event.

Park Board Representative Meg Forney:  Meg reported that several businesses in the Lake Calhoun Executive Center are interested in redoing the business brochure.  Meg spoke about Emerald Ash Borer.  The Park Board has inventoried ash trees in the city.  Emerald Ash Borer has been found in Lakewood Cemetery.  There are few ash trees in West Calhoun, but many in East Calhoun and Linden Hills.  Meg also mentioned that the Park Board is concerned about connections to the Southwest LRT.  They did a charrette last year regarding the lid over Lake Street.  Once the Southwest LRT project is on track, they have a vision.  Meg also mentioned that the City is assessing a dedication fee to new developments for funds for trails.  The funds need to be used within a half mile radius of the development.  Meg also brought copies of a paving and lighting projects map.

WCNC Elections:  Allan Campbell, prospective new Board member, spoke briefly about his experience and why he wants to run for the Board.  A motion was made to elect the proposed slate that was listed on the May 13 agenda.  The motion carried.  Allan Campbell, Kathy Cobb, Ian Kees, Richard Logan, Haydee Peterson, David Rhees, Mary Underwood and John Abraham-Watne were elected to serve on the Board for the coming year.

Next meeting:  Our next meeting will be Tuesday, June 10, 2014.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:45 p.m.