April 14, 2015 Minutes

West Calhoun Neighborhood council

Meeting Minutes

Tuesday April 14th, 2015


The regular meeting of the West Calhoun Neighborhood council was called to order at 6:07 on April 14th at The Bakken by David Rhees

Approval of Agenda

The agenda was approved.

Approval of Minutes

An amendment to the Minutes to include Board members in attendance was made and seconded. The minutes of the previous meeting were unanimously approved as distributed.

A resident in attendance expressed concern about the lack of communication.  David explained that we are transitioning with a new coordinator and that email blasts will continue.

Ward 13 Summit Review


  • This was a great opportunity to work with people in other neighborhoods who are working on the same thing.
  • Like the notion of sharing best practices.
  • All neighborhoods have goals of engaging younger residents.
  • Will thank CM Palmisano and NCR for the opportunity.


Committee Updates

Communications:  Newsletter went out.  Another newsletter will go out again in late May.

Welcome Packets: Kathy will work on this. Like the idea of a bag, coffee cup.  Have the swag with our logo on it.

Outreach: Business Survey was in final form as of this meeting.  Meeting will be April 27th. Will talk about how to engage the businesses,  

Environment: Working on the West Calhoun Earth Day Celebration.

Safety: Will focus on more data at key intersections.  Presented to the group with what they are working on and the information they have already gathered.

Long Term Vision:  There will be a meeting on May 1st.  This will be a neighborhood “walk about” with Meg, Brad, Katie and Kathy.  Will discuss options from the Park Board and what other neighborhoods are doing.

SWLRT:  Will have Tina draft a letter to the project office and Met Council.  Asked if anyone had any concerns or questions. Basic request is an unsafe bike situation at Lake Street Bridge.  Richard made a motion to accept the letter that had been prepared by the SWLRT committee to be sent out.  Katie seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

Zoning: The Master Plan Zoning and Project Review Committee name was changed to the Zoning and Planning Committee or Z&P after discussion.  The motion passed unanimously. One of the objectives was to follow the West Calhoun / Harriet Master Plan as well as projects that affect the neighborhood but are not physically in the neighborhood

Fundraising:  This committee was renamed the Social Committee after discussion.  The motion passes unanimously

Bylaw Updates

There was discussion to change the bylaws for Board membership to a min. of 9 and maximum of 11.  There was also discussion to include electronic voting to the bylaws.  The main purpose of this is to allow meeting minutes to be posted in a timelier manner.  The motion was made by Richard and seconded by Katie to adopt the bylaw change.  This motion passed unanimously.   To change the bylaws, a 21 day notice to residents of a bylaw change is required and the Board will vote on this in May.

New Business

No new business


Meeting was adjourned at 8:05 by Davis Rhees. The next general meeting will be at 6:00 on May 12, 2015, at The Bakken.

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Kristina Erazmus