January 12, 2016 Minutes

West Calhoun Neighborhood Council

Minutes of the Monthly Meeting of the Neighborhood Organization

January 12, 2016
6:00 PM


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

Present at Meeting: Katie Larson, Brent Olson, Allan Campbell, Annie Zager, Richard Logan, David Fettig, Mary Underwood, Tina Erazmus

Absent from Meeting: Ian, Kees, Kathy Cobb

The regular meeting of the Neighborhood Organization of West Calhoun Neighborhood Council was called to order at 6:03 PM on January 12, 2016 at The Bakken Muesum by Katie Larson.

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.


Katie Larson

Katie notified the Board that Ian would be unable to attend and that she will be chairing the meeting this evening.

Treasurer Report

Brent Olson

Brent discussed the balances in the accounts. He talked about what to do with the unrestricted funds. One option would be to open a separate account for these funds. The bank however, needs a minimum of $500 and there are fees associated with the account. The second option would be to deposit the funds into an existing account and keeping them separate with accurate accounting.
The Board voted unanimously to approve the second option.


West Lake Multi Model Transportaion Study

Nathan Koster And Team

Nathan Koster and Team went through the findings of the study in a slide presentation outlining recommendations. Nathan indicated that all these findings will be posted soon on the project webpage:


Coordinator Update

Kristina Erazmus

Our next Coordinator Meeting will be next week. Eric Gustafson, Executive Director of the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization and member of the NCEC, will be attending. He is chairing the effort with representatives from neighborhood organizations across the City to make recommendations about improving the CPP and determining a plan for future neighborhood funding after the year 2020. Eric requested attend our meeting after realizing that there were no neighborhoods represented from the SW part of the City.

The N2020 group is working on a list of recommendations to be submitted to the City in early 2016. Scott Engel from Carag gets the sense that they are interested in
– The NCR department providing value by creating more resources like a best practices archive, trainings requested by neighborhood organizations, and fostering collaborations amongst neighborhoods.
– Strengthening CPP requirements for neighborhood organizations including ensuring policies that welcome participation, tighten financial management, and involving underrepresented groups.

Long Range Committee Update

Katie Larson

The Long Range Committee is working on the CAC and current recommendations of the CAC Committee to focus on the Recreational Vision vs. the Ecology Vision that was supported by the residents and WCNC.

Engagement Committee Update

Annie Zager And Kristina Erazmus

The newsletter should be in mailboxes within three days. The RFP was approved by unanimous voice vote. The RFP will be mailed out by Kristina to the three companies that the committee had decided on. There will be follow up at the Feb. meeting.

Events Committee Update

Allan Campbell

Allan talked about deciding on the events for the WCNC to focus on in 2016. The motion was passed with a unanimous voice vote to support these events:

  • Weekend of February 6th-7th: Loppett.
  • Weekend of March 5th,6th: Polar Plunge.
  • April 23rd: Earth Day.
  • July?: Movie Night and Calhoun Treasures.
  • September: Astronomy Night.

Safety Committee Update

Richard Logan

Richard talked about the focus of the Safety Committee is the brochure that they are working in conjunction with CIDNA on to pass out to residents to help with congestion at Market Plaza. Staff will send the electronic copy of the brochure to Nathan to get his feedback before it is sent off to be printed.

Phase II Discussion

Katie Larson

Discussion regarding the Phase II letter and staff time dedicated to the planning and implementation of Phase II. Also continuing to involve Jack Whitehurst for his help throughout the process. Katie will be following up with Ian who is currently working on the Phase II letter.

New Business

Annie Zager

Annie expressed concern regarding residents parking in the crosswalk at 32nd and Excelsior. With scarce parking, residents are parking into the crosswalk. This is obviously a very dangerous situation for both peds and cars turning. Could WCNC work to get some signage up to remind folks not to park in the crosswalk. With agreement from the Board, this item will be added to the Feb. agenda for discussion.

Agenda and Time of Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held at 6:00 AM on February 9, 2016 at:
Bakken Museum
3537 Zenith Ave. S.
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55416

The meeting was adjourned at 7:30 PM by Katie Larson.

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

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