March 10, 2015 Minutes

West Calhoun Neighborhood council

Meeting Minutes

Tuesday March 10th , 2015


The regular meeting of the West Calhoun Neighborhood council was called to order at 6:00 on March 10th at The Bakken by Ian Kees.

Approval of Agenda

The agenda was unanimously approved as distributed.

Approval of Minutes

The minutes of the previous meeting were unanimously approved as distributed.

Public Works Report – Paul Miller and Nathan Koster

Nathan introduced the West Lake Multimodal Transportation Study.  Nathan will be the point person for the project.  They will be looking for resident feedback.  Public Works is looking to match up opportunities with the project so they can dovetail to complete. The focus of the study will be bike and pedestrian connectivity, pedestrian safety and potential improvements.  Community engagement will be crucial to the project. Hannah from Toole Design Group told the Board there will be many opportunities for resident engagement including online surveys, utilizing the West Calhoun Neighborhood meetings, at least three times lastly, public meetings and workshops.  The preference of the group is to engage residents face to face.  The will be setting up a website where we can get more information.

Park Board Update – Brad Bourne

Brad began the update with projects. SWLRT  – the Park Board has back off the tunnels and are now proposing a bridge.  The Park Board wants to have more involvement with the Met Council. The Met council will reimburse the Park Board for some legal and engineering expenses and the Park Board wants more control over the design. The Chain of Lakes has a 3 million dollar budget for improvements and has started a Master Plan. They are recommending a CAC but caution residents in their expectations.  There is a new website for the Ash Bore.  They are also looking at ways they can improve the park’s Rec Centers.  Flooding was a huge issue last year. This occurred because of the late thaw and a very wet season last year.  It is possible to name the West Field.  However, the process can be lengthy. If you name it after a person you have to wait 2 years.  A historical name would be faster.  Citywide input may be necessary because it is also a regional space.  Concerns from the Board included: we do not have a park in our neighborhood; the field is a focal point in the neighborhood; there is a large tax base in the neighborhood and we are getting a minimal return.  We need residents to get engaged, re-energizing the conversations and work on building relationships.

Committee Updates

Website:  Tina will be meeting with Kathy and Haydee to get moving on the redesign of the website.

Newsletter: All articles will need to be given to Kathy by Friday.

Outreach: Astronomy Night will be in late Sept. / early Oct.  We will continue to get updates about this event.  July 22nd will be Movie Night.

Environment: April 25th will be Earth Day.  We need to get a group together.  We are looking for a food donation from Whole Foods.

Utility Box Wraps: The cost will be $700.00. Check out the box by Whole Foods.

Safety: Walked through the CIDNA Safety Committee.  There was a motion, and seconded to adopt projects from the West Calhoun / CIDNA committee sheet. Motion passes unanimously.

SWLRT:  The committee has started to put together priorities and concerns.  Will update in April.

New Business

No new business


Meeting was adjourned at 7:30 by Ian Kees. The next general meeting will be at 6:00 on April 14, 2015, at The Bakken.

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Kristina Erazmus