May 14, 2019 Board Meeting Minutes

West Calhoun Neighborhood Council

Annual General Membership Meeting Minutes
Bakken Museum

Date: May 14, 2019

Called to order: 6:00pm

Presided by: Allan Campbell, Chair

Note taker: Molly Fleming 

In attendance: Allan Campbell, Richard Logan, Paul Legler, John Bordwell, Lynette Davis, Kate Redden, Michael Sanders, Victoria Hoshal, 

Absent: Martha Yunker, Jeff Idelkope

Guests: City Council Member Linea Palmisano, Metropolitan Council Member, Linnea Atlas-Ingebretsen, Laura Hoffman representing County Commission Chair Marion Greene, Park Board Commissioner Meg Forney, David Davies from the SWLRT Project Office,  and many neighbors and members of the public

Introductions and Welcome – It was announced that one invited speaker, Park Board President Brad Bourn, would be unable to attend due to a Park Board budget meeting.

Approval of April minutes – Minutes shared via email

  • Approved

Approval of change of time of monthly meeting from 6pm on the second Tuesday of each month to 6pm on the First Tuesday of each month.

  • Approved

Treasurer’s Report – Report shared via email

  • All funds are present and accounted for.

Board Elections

  • Ballots were passed out at the start of the meeting for the election. All 10 board members currently serving were running for re-election. There are 11 open seats on the board. When asked if anyone from the floor would like to put their name in for election to the board, David Stougaard volunteered. With 11 open seats and 11 candidates, there was no need for the ballot.
  • A voice vote elected all 11 board members unanimously

Bylaws Change

  • Changing Article IX, B, 5 to differentiate between the role of Treasurer and a contracted bookkeeper by adding the underlined words:

The duties of the treasurer shall be to pay bills approved by the person or persons authorized by the board to approve bills and to work with a bookkeeper or accountant to keep and record the financial transactions of the organization.

  • Approved

Discussion of Neighborhood Survey Results

  • The current results of the neighborhood survey were passed out to all in attendance.  65 people completed the survey thus far. The majority of respondents were homeowners. The results thus far showed that there is an almost even split between those who want to change the name of the neighborhood and those that don’t. Given that so few people have filled out the survey, and that the majority of respondents were homeowners and not renters in a majority renter neighborhood, many board members agreed that an ongoing engagement process will need to take place in order to get a more accurate and holistic idea of where the neighborhood falls on this issue. Some ideas were thrown out about how to do this, including hosting open houses, sending a dedicated postcard and keeping the survey open for longer. Other results of the survey conclude that neighbors are concerned with issues primarily relating to traffic control, density, green space and parking. Ideas for neighborhood events included park clean ups, happy hours and movie nights. This survey will be kept open so that more people can respond over a longer period of time.

Presentation by Metropolitan Council Member Lynnea Atlas-Ingebretson

CM Atlas-Ingebretson, who represents our 6th District at the Met Council, spoke about the role of the Council in our neighborhood, discussing efforts to minimize disruptions from light rail construction and the need to create vibrant neighborhoods with job opportunities and affordable housing around light rail stations. Residents raised the issue that those living north of the railroad tracks would be cut off from the rest of the neighborhood and that bikers would be unable to reach the Midtown Greenway without taking the unacceptable risk of riding with automobile traffic over the Lake Street bridge. 

Presentation by City Council Member Linea Palmisano

CM Palmisano, who represents our 13th Ward at City Council, recognized the need for infrastructure improvements in our neighborhood ahead of the increased density that is coming from the light rail station and the Calhoun Towers project and said she would continue to work with the neighborhood, but pointed out that many of the needed improvements were county responsibilities and needed funding from the county.

Remarks by Park Board Commissioner Meg Forney

Commissioner Forney, who is also a resident of our neighborhood, was unable to attend most of the meeting due to the Park Board budget meeting. However, she provided an update at the end of the meeting, followed by a discussion of the need for an appropriate name for our greenspace at the northwest corner of the lake and the need for a neighborhood park along Lake Street.