February 9, 2016 Minutes

West Calhoun Neighborhood Council

Minutes of the Monthly Meeting of the West Calhoun Neighborhood Council

February 9, 2016
6:00 PM

Location of Meeting:
Bakken Muesum
3537 Zenith Ave. S
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55416

Present at Meeting: Board Members: Ian Kees, Katie Larson, Kathy Cobb, Allan Campbell, Richard Logan, Annie Zager, Brent Olson, David Fettig, Mary Underwood

The regular meeting of the West Calhoun Neighborhood Council of West Calhoun Neighborhood Council was called to order at 6:04 PM on February 9, 2016 at Bakken Muesum by Ian Kees.

Approval of Agenda

The agenda for the meeting was distributed and unanimously approved.

Review of Previous Minutes

The minutes of the previous meeting were reviewed and unanimously approved.


Ian Kees

Ian will be looking to step down soon and is looking for any Board member interested in taking over as Chair. Katie also announced that she will be stepping down this summer as well. Kathy then added she would also be stepping down after the Annual Meeting in May.

Treasurer Report

Brent Olson

Brent went through the financials and talked about the 2016 CPP allocation. Tina will talk to Jack to get questions answered regarding the allocations as well as the contract – Third amendment.

Long Range Committee Update

Katie Larson

Katie talked about the meeting that she had with PB rep. Brad Bourn. Brad encouraged the board to attend Park Board meetings after the CAC. Also, to focus on adding notes to the CAC recommendations. There was a conversation regarding the lack of clout that neighborhood has; in addition there is concern at the Board and neighborhood level that the continued addition of amenities will burden traffic, parking and ultimately safety. These issues are not being addressed.

Katie requested any final feedback needs to get to her by the end of the week, next Tuesday at the latest.

Events Commitee Update

Allan Campbell

The Loppet was a big success The WCNC six person team won their race!

The Polar Plunge will be the 5th and 6th of March. There was discussion of the WCNC corporate sponsorship. We are not allowed to set up a table but we can set up our flags, a game and have handouts.

Movie Night this year will be on July 28th. The movie will be Inside Out. 8:44 Sunset, 9:10 movie start time. We can present the Calhoun Treasurers at 8:45. We will be able to have food trucks and can charge them as a fundraiser.

Safety Committee Update

Richard Logan

The Safety Committee wants to watch how the intersections are being plowed. They may start taking pictures. They will continue to watch traffic @ the Dean Parkway intersection.

Regarding the brochure that has been prepared and vetted by Nathan; they want to proceed with contacting Calhoun Commons for their agreement with handing out the brochure.

CM Update

Emily Ziring

Emily discussed what is happening at the Ward 13 offices. For more information:


CAC Discussion

Ken Dahler

Ken attended the meeting to hear the concerns of the Board in regard to the recent CAC recommendations. What the Board is asking for is help in supporting the position supported not only by the Board but also the residents of the neighborhood who expressed their feedback in a Green Space survey. Because we have so little as far as amenities – school, park, facilities etc, that what the residents do say should hold value. Ken agreed to help.

Bakken Lease Discussion

Ian Kees

Discussion regarding the new proposed lease by the Bakken is a shard increase from last year. Staff looked at the Ackerberg building in the neighborhood as a alterative. After discussing that option, it was determined that staff meet with the Bakken to see if there is room to negotiate the lease down to $1300.

Discussion Of Signage At 32nd And Excelsior

Annie Zager

There was discussion regarding the residents that are continuing to park in the crosswalk at the intersection of 32nd and Excelsior. This is creating a dangerous crosswalk for both peds and trying to the turn the corner. After a call by a resident to the CM office, patrols were sent out and nine citations were given. While the Board does not want to limit parking in such a dense area, the safety

concern was deemed more important. There was a motion made and seconded to allocate $400 for

No Parking Signs at the intersection of 32nd and Excelsior. This was approved by a unanimous voice vote.

Staff will look into how we can go about paying for the signs.

Coordinator Update

Tina Erazmus

  • There was some new pricing from Print Globe. There was a motion made and seconded to allocate $800 for more whistles in a variety of colors. The motion passed in a unanimous voice vote.
  • After a conversation with Constant Contact – the email program that WCNC uses, if we pay for a full year we will get a 30% discount. The was a motion that was made and seconded to have staff pay for a one year subscription to Constant Contact.
  • Staff will begin working on the Annual Report.

Consideration of New Business

Park Board Referendum

Meg Forney

Currently there is a 15 million dollar gap in PB funding. The PB is looking for support in a citizen driven effort, including a petition.


Richard Logan

Richard thinks it is time to think big and begin engaging our large commercial neighbors such as Ackerberg and Calhoun Commons, to see what they think and how they feel about development in the neighborhood.

Agenda and Time of Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held at 6:00 PM on March 8, 2016 at the Bakken Museum

The meeting was adjourned at 7:34 PM by Ian Kees.

Minutes submitted by: Tina Erazmus
Minutes approved by: WCNC Board

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