West Calhoun Neighborhood Council Meeting Minutes
February 10, 2015 – 6:00 p.m., The Bakken Museum, 3537 Zenith Ave. S.
Board Members: Allan Campbell, Ian Kees, Haydee Peterson, David Rhees, Mary Underwood, John Abraham-Watne. Also present: Council Member Linea Palmisano, Rodger Adams, Aaron Shaffer and three West Calhoun residents.
Treasurer’s Report: John Abraham-Watne reported the following balances: NRP account, $607.93; NCEC account, $9,728.90.
Secretary’s Report: There was no secretary’s report due as Rhea Sullivan was unable to attend. Allan Campbell and Haydee Peterson agreed to take minutes.
New NC Update: Ian Kees proposed that the Board offer the Neighborhood Coordinator position to Tina Erazmus. After discussion of compensation, a motion was made to offer her the position at a rate of $30 per hour, the same rate as Rhea Sullivan has been receiving. The motion carried unanimously.
Council Member’s Report – Linea Palmisano: Councilwoman Palmisano briefed the Board on a number of issues. She reported passage of the City budget with reduced increases from what was originally proposed, her support for maintaining a police force of 860 officers and for body cameras, and her effort to address the problem of demolition waste. Ms. Palmisano also emphasized that the multi-modal traffic study would be a major focus. She said that she would be willing to meet with the relevant committee regarding lighting. Ian Kees said that would be Katie Larson’s committee. Councilwoman Palmisano also said she would be available for meetings between 3 and 5 PM on February 17th at the Sparrow Café at 50th and Penn. She also said that there would be a meeting of neighborhood boards on March 19th.
David Rhees raised the subject of the proposed Calhoun Harriet Master Plan study. Linea indicated that she knew about the study but cautioned that she thought the Park Board considered the riverfront to be its priority for spending.
Rodger Adams of CIDNA suggested improving access to the lakes by connecting Thomas Avenue with the Midtown Greenway.
Communications: Kathy Cobb solicited ideas for the next quarterly newsletter. March 10th will be the deadline for submission. Allan Campbell, having been recently appointed to the City’s Citizens Environmental Advisory Committee, was tapped to be the next interviewee for the newsletter. Kathy discussed web site re-design. It is expected that the new NC will lead the effort.
Outreach: Allan Campbell reported that he sent a Movie Night request for the movie Selma on July 22nd to the Park Board. The question of use of the adjacent parking lot was raised, but discussion indicated that use of the parking lot would require partitioning of the lot and police protection, which would result in additional expenses. Instead it was suggested that the Board seek to bring food trucks and the Light Rail outreach bus to the event.
Planning has started for an astronomy night to be held in September. Earth Day will be April 25th.
Environment: The objectives, projects and tasks of the committee were approved by the board.
Safety: In the absence of the chair, discussion of the Safety Committee’s objectives was tabled.
Fundraising: Haydee Peterson reported that Jack Whitehurst suggested the need for fundraising due to the restrictions placed on the use of the Board’s funds during at their meeting on December 18, 2014. Haydee also attended a meeting hosted by the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department on January 29, 2015. The purpose was to discuss the use of NRP and CPP funds for neighborhood festivals and events. It is recognized that this is a core element for outreach and community building. Ian Kees suggested that the Board needs to work with the City to loosen the requirements placed on use of the funds. There was discussion of how other neighborhoods raise money, e.g. Linden Hills’ festival.
Long-term Vision: Katie Larson was unable to attend but sent a report that suggested contacting Brad Bourn about naming the West Calhoun park and asked for nominations for a person to be designated as a neighborhood treasure, with presentation to take place on Movie Night.
Zoning: Allan Campbell presented objectives, projects and tasks for the committee. The proposal included renaming the committee the Master Plan, Zoning and Project Review Committee and was unanimously approved. David Rhees was appointed to the Committee because of his appointment to the CAC for the Calhoun Harriet Master Plan review. Haydee Peterson also volunteered to join the committee, bringing it to three members.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:25 p.m.