Welcome

Welcome to the Kenwood Isles Area Association (KIAA) website. Kenwood is a neighborhood in Minneapolis, Minnesota, just southwest of the downtown area. Please scroll down for postings of news for our neighborhood.

You are invited to attend our monthly KIAA Board meetings, which are generally held on the first Monday of the month from 7 to 8:30 pm at the Kenwood Recreation Center, 2101 W. Franklin Ave. If the first Monday of the month is a holiday, then we meet on the second Monday. 2015 meetings will be held on January 5, February 2, March 2, April 6, and May 4 (unless the May annual meeting format and date are changed.)

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Kenwood News and Meetings Update

Kenwood Isles Area Association January Board Meeting Monday March 2, 7pm. 

All residents are welcome at the KIAA Board Meeting at the Kenwood Recreation Center.  The meeting will begin at 7pm and adjourn at 8:30 pm.

KIAA Board Meeting Agenda

March 2015

7:00                            Welcome and Introductions             Larry Moran

 

7:05                            City Council Update                                      Larry Moran

 

7:10                            Hidden Beach Update                                  Chief Ohotto, Matt Spies

7:40                            SWLRT Discussion

*106 Review Topics                                     Kathy Low

*CAC Meeting Summary                             Larry Moran

 

8:30                            Adjourn

 

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 Earth Day Cleanup

Be a part of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s 21st Earth Day Cleanup Event on April 25th, 2015 from 9:30 am – noon! MPRB and City staff are looking for volunteers for various environmental education activities. Some of the activities include: a garbage, recycling and organics sorting game, making recycled arts and crafts, and assisting participants in making non-toxic cleaners. With over 35 parks hosting cleanup events this year, there’s bound to be a convenient volunteer location near you! Contact Aubrey Fonfara to sign up at Aubrey.Fonfara@minneapolismn.gov or 612-673-2737.

 

You can find more information about the Earth Day event and volunteer opportunities here: http://www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=705

 

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Free training helps small business growth- SBA Emerging Leaders

Owners and managers of established Minneapolis businesses looking to build on their company’s success are encouraged to take part in a free Emerging Leaders training program offered by the Minneapolis office of the federal Small Business Administration. Applications are due by March 6.

The Emerging Leaders initiative helps small businesses reach the next level of growth and success, becoming stronger self-sustaining employers. Participants will learn practical skills and ideas from peers and local experts. In addition to new expertise, strong relationships and a better understanding of resources available, small business owners taking part will walk away with a tangible three-year business growth plan.

This training is open to owners of small businesses with annual revenues between $400,000 and $10 million. This is not for new start-ups; businesses have to have been around for at least three years. This program is considered to be a mini-MBA type of training with the case study being the owner’s business.

Thirteen classes will begin in April and run through early November. Space is limited to one C-level executive per business. There is no cost for the training, but participants should anticipate committing to 100 hours of combined classroom, homework and peer-to-peer mentoring. A complete list of past Minneapolis businesses that have participated, the application form and Q&A can be found here

To learn more about the initiative and request an application, contact Nancy Libersky at Minneapolis.MN@sba.gov or 612-370-2324.

 

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Help keep local rivers and lakes clean with your own raingarden

Learn how at 2015 spring workshops hosted by Metro Blooms workshops across metro.

Help keep our lakes and rivers clean while creating a beautiful and bee/butterfly-friendly habitat in your yard! This workshop, Raingardens and Beyond: Clean Water, Healthy Habitats from Metro Blooms will first give you an overview of raingardens and native plants. Then, you’ll receive recommendations for your property with one-on-one assistance from Metro Blooms.

 

February-June 2015
8 Twin Cities metro locations, with more to come!
Visit metroblooms.org or call 651-699-2426 Cost: $15*

 

 

*You can also mail your registration and $15 payment to Raingarden Workshop Registration, P.O. Box 17099, Minneapolis, MN 55417. Enclose a check, payable to Metro Blooms, and include the workshop location, your name, address, zip code, phone number and your email address.

Register now. Some locations fill up fast. The $15 workshops will be offered February through June:

What is a raingarden?

A raingarden is a shallow depression in the ground that is designed to capture rainwater and allow it to soak into the ground within 48 hours. Raingardens are best designed with plants that are well adapted to the unique conditions of the garden and your region (such as local native plants).

Fast Facts about runoff and native plants:

  • Every time it rains one inch, an average urban residential property sheds about 5,400 gallons of stormwater runoff.
  • The EPA defines stormwater runoff as the number one threat to water quality in our lakes and streams.

As pollinators around the country experience threats from loss of habitat and pesticides they are unable to sustain the native plants that filter stormwater, hold soil in place, and keep our waterways clean. In a healthy forest, only about 10 percent of the rain that falls each year leaves the forest as surface runoff. In a developed urban area, more than 50 percent runs off, carrying pollution to our local water bodies.

 

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Kenwood News and Meetings Update

Kenwood Neighborhood News Update February 2, 2015

 Kenwood Isles Area Association February Board Meeting Monday February 2, 7 pm.  All residents are welcome at the KIAA Board Meeting at the Kenwood Recreation Center.  The meeting will begin at 7 pm and adjourn at 8:30 pm.  Agenda items include   Update from Council Member Lisa Goodman; Section 106/SWLRT discussion; Hidden Beach topics (permanent head of subcommittee, contracting with MPRB Police for patrols).

 

Southwest LRT Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting.

The newly reconstituted Southwest LRT Community Advisory Committee (CAC)

will take place February 12 from 6 pm to7:30 pm at Beth El Synagogue, 5224 W 26th Street, St. Louis Park, MN 55416.  This first meeting will consist of introductions of members, a 2015 look ahead and scheduling of future meetings.  All CAC meetings are open to the public, although only members can speak or vote.  If you have questions, please contact Sam O’Connell, Public Involvement Manager, at sam.oconnell@metrotransit.org

 

Healthy Communities Transformation Initiative

You are invited to attend a presentation and discussion about the new Healthy Communities Transformation Initiative (HCTI) website being launched for Minneapolis. Examples of uses include strategic planning and policy development, civic engagement and performance monitoring.

Purpose

To inform neighborhood and community organizations about the HCTI website. Experts from Healthy Housing Solutions Inc. in Washington D.C. will attend and be available to answer questions about the pilot project and to discuss opportunities to obtain limited technical assistance for organizations who are interested in using the index and website in their work.

When and Where

Tuesday February 24, between 6:30pm and 8:00pm

Crown Roller Mill, Conference Room C-03

105 5th Avenue South,

Minneapolis, MN 55401

RSVP

Email charlene.muzyka@minneapolismn.gov before Friday February 13th if you will be attending as space is limited.

MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW

Additional Presentations may be scheduled for late February depending on interest.

  

Next Lunch with Lisa will take place on February 25, 2015 at St. Thomas downtown.  Come early to get your seat and lunch.  Discussion starts promptly at noon. 

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2015 KIAA MEMBERSHIP

Renewing Member

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Kenwood News and Meeting Update January 17, 2015

Community Update on SWLRT: 

What 2015 Holds

Kenwood Rec Center Gym
2101 West Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis,MN 

Wednesday, January 21st, 6-8 PM

This event is hosted by Hennepin County District 3 Commissioner Marion Greene and co-sponsored by the Cedar-Isles-Dean Neighborhood Association (CIDNA), the Cedar Lake Park Association (CLPA) and the Kenwood Isles Area Association (KIAA). In response to feedback from these neighborhood groups, the meeting will offer presentations by the County and Southwest Light Rail Project Office, rather than an open house, with ample time for questions and answers. It has also been requested that the staff identify future opportunities for meaningful community input into the planning process. Commissioner Greene and other presenters will begin at 6 pm and answer questions afterwards, starting sometime between 7 and 7:30. Questions may be submitted to Marion Green in advance or asked at the meeting. Marion.Greene@hennepin.us

Commissioner Greene states: “All are welcome; we anticipate this meeting being of greatest interest to people who live in the area of the West Lake, 21st Street, or Kenwood side of the Penn Avenue Stations, who want to know how the project will move forward in 2015, and ways to get involved.”

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How should the City of Minneapolis gauge its success?

 

The City of Minneapolis has launched a project soliciting public input on how the City can know it is achieving its goals.  For example, what does “Living Well” (one of the five City goals) mean to those who live, work, and play in Minneapolis?  Does it mean connected neighborhoods?  Access to amenities? Safe streets?

Through the project, the City is looking for input from the community to help define what success looks like.  through community outreach and online engagement, the City wants to hear from folks on what Minneapolis looks like when the City achieves its goals.

Folks are encouraged to share their thoughts using an online engagement tool (Success.MinneapolisMN.gov) now until Feb. 6 and encourage others in Minneapolis to also weigh in with their feedback.  Because the online engagement tool uses crowdsourcing technology, the information within the tool will update in real time to display the changing input and ideas of its users.  Log in often to submit new ideas and vote on new information!  It’s quick and easy to participate, and you can spend as much or as little time within the tool as you want.

The City is using tailored engagement strategies to ensure it gets a variety of perspectives from a wide range of communities including cultural communities, GLBTQA, seniors, youth, and City employees.  The community will have opportunities to provide input through community listening sessions and paper surveys in addition to the online engagement tool.

Once the engagement period closes, City staff will develop measures for the most popular themes within each City goal.  Thank you for participating in this important project.

 

 

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Kenwood News and Update

Kenwood Neighborhood News Update January 3, 2015

Kenwood Isles Area Association January Board Meeting Monday January 5, 7pm. 

All residents are welcome at the KIAA Board Meeting at the Kenwood Recreation Center.  The meeting will begin at 7pm and adjourn at 8:30 pm.

 KIAA Board Meeting Agenda

January 2015

7:00                            Welcome and Introductions             Larry Moran

7:05                            City Council Update                                      Lisa Goodman

7:30                            LRT Issues: Resolution on Damage           Kathy Low

Disputes, Extending Contract with Consultant, CAC

8:00                            Hidden Beach Update                                  Larry Moran

8:30                            Adjourn

 

SWLRT Neighborhood Update — January 21st, Kenwood Rec Center, time TBA

Together with CIDNA and the Cedar Lake Park Association, KIAA is planning a meeting to update neighbors on the proposed SWLRT.  Hennepin County Commissioner Marion Greene and her assistant, Ray Hoover, are helping to coordinate it.  The agenda has not been finalized, but we have requested that it include an update on station design, traffic, and noise mitigation, bridge design, and the Supplementary DEIS.  We have also asked that there be ample time for questions and answers.  The neighborhoods plan to provide attendees an opportunity to give KIAA and CIDNA written comments, which we will need when asked to give neighborhood input as the process continues

 

During its January 7 Board Meeting, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) will consider and take action on two resolutions related to the Southwest Light Rail Transit (SWLRT) project and the MPRB’s fundamental role and responsibility to protect and preserve parkland within the Minneapolis park system.

One resolution authorizes additional engineering services related to the feasibility and prudence of Kenilworth Channel crossing alternatives. In December 2014, the MPRB hired Brierley Associates to determine if a tunnel under the Kenilworth Channel is a feasible and prudent alternative that would minimize the harm to the park, recreation areas, and historic sites, to the proposed SWLRT alignment. As stewards of all park assets, the Park Board has determined that it and other decision-makers do not yet have sufficient information on all corridor options to determine what option would be the least impactful to the affected parkland.

The second resolution approves a letter requesting a MPRB meeting with the Federal Transit Administration to present information it feels is essential to the determination of feasible and prudent alternatives to the SWLRT Project crossing of the Kenilworth Channel and ensure the SWLRT Project adopts the least overall harm alternative in order to protect Minneapolis’ parks, recreation areas, and historic sites.

Since 2012, the MPRB has consistently and regularly communicated, through public Board actions, its support of light rail transit and its position regarding the SWLRT options as they impact parkland. These actions are available online at www.minneapolisparks.org/currentprojects then select “Southwest Light Rail.”

The MPRB has been proactive and transparent in articulating its position and concerns. The MPRB has not deterred the project or the project timeline. The MPRB has worked, and continues to work, diligently to stay within the project timelines.

 

KIAA and Metro Blooms were happy with immediate response to the 2015 Neighborhood of Raingardens opportunity (see details below).  Based on the quick response, KIAA is seeking funding for up to 20 raingardens.  There are already 18 neighbors interested.  If you would like to claim one of the two remaining slots or be added to the waiting list for 2016, please contact Laura Hurley at Metro looms laura@metroblooms.org or 218-230-4376

Neighborhood of Raingardens Program Offered for Kenwood Property Owners.  

Want to do your part to improve the watershed that feeds our precious lakes?  Raingardens are one of the most effective ways to help the lakes as a property owner.  Raingardens are beautiful landscaping features that protect water quality and provide habitat for pollinators. They use native plants and allow stormwater runoff to filter through the soil instead of flowing into storm drains and directly into our lakes and rivers. Here is your chance to get a $2000 raingarden (up to 150 square feet) for about $350-500.

In 2015, Metro Blooms,  the Kenwood Isles Area Association (KIAA) and the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) are teaming up to remove obstacles by lowering the cost and doing the most difficult job of all, excavating and hauling away dirt.  Have you ever tried to dispose of dirt yourself?  Not an easy task.

We are seeking homeowners who wish to install raingardens. Homeowners will receive an onsite consultation and a raingarden design from Metro Blooms. The neighborhood association grant and Metro Blooms sources will provide the majority of the funding, so the property owner will receive a raingarden design and installation (including labor, hauling away soil, mulch, compost, plants) for approximately $350 for up to a 150 square foot garden. Value is as high as $2000 depending on the source of private labor.

Interested property owners can contact Laura Hurley at Metro Blooms laura@metroblooms.org or 218-230-4376 to put your name on the list for an onsite consultation (grant funding permitting) with a landscape designer during Spring of 2015. Simply mention the KIAA project when you call. You’re urged to register as soon as possible as consultations will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis. The consultation includes identifying runoff conditions on your property, taking measurements, determining the appropriate size for your raingarden, and selecting plants. Metro Blooms will keep a waiting list. The raingardens will be constructed by Metro Blooms and the labor will come from the Conservation Corps of Minnesota during Summer and Fall of 2015.

Metro Blooms and the Conservation Corps of Minnesota, will excavate the raingardens and add the compost and mulch. Metro Blooms will order the plants and provide instructions. Property owners WILL BE responsible for planting their raingarden. Metro Blooms will also provide supplemental information and follow-up related to the maintenance of the new raingardens.

For more information on this project please contact laura@metroblooms.org or 218-230-4376 or visit the Metro Blooms website, metroblooms.org, and click on “Our Projects”
KIAA representative contact is Angela Erdrich angie_sandeep@yahoo.com

 

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Kenwood News Update

Kenwood Neighborhood News Update October 15, 2014

East Cedar Beach (Hidden Beach) Community Meeting Oct. 23rd, 6:00 pm

 The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will hold a community meeting to engage all community stakeholders in an open dialogue regarding the future of East Cedar Beach. We are coming together because we all have an important role in shaping what happens next. Although summer is over, the problems haven’t gone away. We need your input in determining what we do in the future. Please join us for this important meeting.

When: Thursday, Oct. 23rd from 6:00-9:00 pm

Where: Kenwood Community Center – Gymnasium

2101 W. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, 55405

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Kenwood News Update

Freight Rail Forum

Given safety concerns regarding co-location of freight rail and SW light rail planned for the Kenilworth corridor, the following meeting may be of interest to Kenwood residents:

Join Congressman Keith Ellison for a Freight Rail Forum

  • Learn about the current state of freight rail
  • Share your thoughts
  • Bring your neighbors

Wednesday, October 15th

6-7:30 pm

Fridley Community Center

6085 7th St NE

Fridley, MN 55432

For any questions about this meeting call 612-522-1212

 

21st St Station Plan

The most recent plan for the 21st Street Station on the SW light rail line can be found  here:

http://metrocouncil.org/Transportation/Projects/Current-Projects/Southwest-LRT/Publications-And-Resources/Engineering/PE_RollPlots/SWLRT_PE_22_21stStreetStation.aspx

(Our City Council Member Lisa Goodman requested confirmation from City staff that the “kiss and ride” shown on the link above is no longer planned, and was told that the Met Council has removed the actual “drop-off bay” from the project.   This area is still intended to be a Bus Stop location.) We do not have any information yet whether the Met Council plans to meet with the Kenwood neighborhood about the 21st Street station, but they are making a presentation about the West Lake Street station at the West Calhoun Neighborhood Council Board Meeting on Tuesday, October 14 at 5:30 p.m. at The Bakken Museum. (Open to the public.)

 

Minneapolis Public Works will be renovating the Burnham
Bridge over the channel in 2015

Construction will be on the small bridge over the channel (see A on the map below).

Work will require closing the bridge for the entire 2015 construction season.

Learn more about the project and neighborhood access during construction.

Public Meeting
Tuesday, October 14

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Jones-Harrison Residence
3700 Cedar Lake Avenue

For more information, contact Jack Yuzna, Minneapolis Public Works at 612-673-2415
or Jack.Yuzna@minneapolismn.gov.

 

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Kenwood Neighborhood News

Please join the Kenwood Isles Area Association (KIAA) on Monday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m. at the Kenwood Rec Center for its monthly board meeting.  All are welcome.

KIAA Board Meeting Agenda October 2014

The October meeting will include Council Member Lisa Goodman.  Discussion will follow about the Section 106 review process for SWLRT.  A resolution objecting to the Minneapolis City Council’s acceptance of Southwest LRT revised preliminary engineering plans without adequate environmental impact information will be presented.

Crime prevention tips from Chelsea Adams:

Lock your doors and windows, and record the make/model/serial number of valuables in your home, garage and car. (Important! Make sure you record the serial number on your bicycles!)

A lot of our reported property crimes are burglaries in garages where the entry point is an unsecured or open door or window. The same goes with residential burglaries of homes. Even when someone closes the window, they sometimes forget to lock it and don’t realize that someone can push the window open and enter. There are some very simple and cheap steps everyone can take to reduce their chances of a burglary happening in their home.

Most of our reported thefts from motor vehicles occur when a thief sees items inside the vehicle and breaks a window to access it. To prevent theft in your vehicle, remember to not leave any valuables inside. Even if you put it under a seat or put a blanket over it, thieves know what to look for. If you have to keep valuables in your vehicle, put it in the trunk BEFORE reaching your destination. Keep in mind that even your gym bag of dirty clothes could be tempting, as a thief doesn’t know if there are valuables inside.

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The City is seeking proposals from local non-profit organizations that provide direct technical assistance services to small businesses and microenterprises located in Minneapolis. The total funding available for the Business Technical Assistance Program (B-TAP) in 2014 is $500,000. 

RFP: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/cped/rfp/index.htm

 Proposal deadline: October 17th 2014, 4:00pm.

 

Lunch with Lisa will meet October 29 at St. Thomas downtown.

$10 lunch is offered.  Come early to get your lunch and a good seat.  Discussion starts promptly at noon.  RSVP to 673-2207.  Not required, but appreciated for food quantity.  St. Thomas University Minneapolis, Terrance Murphy Hall 252.

 

 

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Kenwood Neighborhood News

Kenwood Neighborhood News Update September 7, 2014

 

Please join the Kenwood Isles Area Association (KIAA) on Monday, September 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the Kenwood Rec Center for its monthly board meeting.  All are welcome.

 

This regularly scheduled meeting has been delayed by one week because of the Labor Day holiday.

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Southwest LRT Project Office

Starting on September 8 and lasting through the month, the Southwest LRT Project Office will be conducting fieldwork in the areas surrounding the Kenilworth Corridor. Crews will be working in the wooded areas around 21st Street to conduct additional wetland delineation. Crews will also be on city streets and Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (HCRRA) property to install additional piezometers, as recommended by the independent consultant in the Water Resources Evaluation (http://metrocouncil.org/Transportation/P…). The work will be generally non-invasive. The piezometers will be placed in locations that are out of the way from general activities. There will be some minor noise with piezometers installation.  If you have questions, please contact Sophia Ginis at 612-373-3895 orsophia.ginis@metrotransit.org.

 

Written comments will be accepted through Tuesday, Aug. 19. They can be submitted to councilcomment@minneapolismn.gov or mailed to T&PW Committee Coordinator, Room 304 City Hall, 350 S 5th St, Minneapolis, 55415.

 

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Lunch with Lisa will return September 24 at St. Thomas downtown.

$10 lunch is offered.  Come early to get your lunch and a good seat.  Discussion starts promptly at noon.  RSVP to 673-2207.  Not required, but appreciated for food quantity.  St. Thomas University Minneapolis, Terrance Murphy Hall 252.

 

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Cedar Lake Park Association Celebrates 25 years

The Cedar Lake Park Association is celebrating 25 years of volunteer efforts to reclaim and celebrate the natural environment of Cedar Lake Park.

 

If you wish to be added to the list of Kenwood residents receiving future copies of Kenwood neighborhood news or if you want to be removed from this list, please contact me at deatrickjean@gmail.com or just reply to this note.  Please provide your name, email address, and home address.  

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Kenwood News and Update

8/24/2014  KIAA Hidden Beach “Final” Resolution

Whereas the Kenwood Isles Area Association (KIAA) and Kenwood and Cedar Lake neighbors deeply appreciate Cedar Lake Park and East Cedar Lake Beach (a/k/a “Hidden Beach”), and recognize that the great majority of both neighbors and others who use the beach are good citizens looking to swim, relax, and play at an easily accessible beach with a comfortable atmosphere; and

Whereas neighbors have observed an increased use of East Cedar Lake Beach this year and a concurrent increase in disruptive and/or criminal behavior, a sizable portion of which has not been documented by police or reported by citizens, which was demonstrated at the public meeting on August 18, with reports of incidents that had not reported to the police; and

Whereas this behavior includes such things as home invasions, car theft, street brawls, drunken and intoxicated driving, theft of property, driving cars into residential yards, criminal intent to crash into parked vehicles, urinating on lawns, spitting on wedding guests, breaking car windows, etc.; and

Whereas the July KIAA meeting was devoted to discussing the impacts to the neighborhood of these behaviors with neighbors, representatives of the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board, the Park Police, and the Minneapolis Police Department; and

Whereas a joint neighborhood-MPRB task force was established after the July KIAA meeting, which will work to develop long-term solutions to neighborhood problems caused by disrespectful and/or criminal East Cedar Lake Beach users; and

Whereas that KIAA held a special public meeting on August 18, 2014 focusing on the need for short-term “fixes” to the serious nature of civil and criminal ongoing at present, which brought out the reports of outrageous and/or criminal activity centered on East Cedar Lake Beach and adjacent areas; and

Whereas KIAA appreciates the efforts of the Park Police and MPD which has thus far prevented serious injury to people, and believes that East Cedar Lake Beachhas necessitated an inordinate amount of police time which should eventually be freed to address serious crime throughout the city; and

Whereas KIAA and its directors have been contacted numerous times by concerned residents who have asked that the beach be temporarily closed or its hours be restricted because of some of the most egregious incidents that have occurred in recent weeks; and

Whereas these neighbors and others have asked that KIAA help to find a creative solution that allows all users to enjoy the beach and our neighborhood safely; and

Whereas Minneapolis City Councilmember Lisa Goodman, MPD, Park Commissioner Anita Tabb and Park Police have all brought up the ideas of closing the beach temporarily or restricting the time East Cedar Lake Beach   and surrounding areas are open to the public; and

Whereas KIAA took an informal poll at its August 18 public meeting, and sought further emailed expression of citizens’ view of three possibilities:

  1. close East Cedar Lake Beach (will not be open at all, not even to neighbors) with active police enforcement, or
  2. close East Cedar Lake Beach at 6 pm instead of 10 pm with active police enforcement, or
  3. request more/better police patrols with no change of Beach hours.

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Whereas, numerous citizens (more than 120) expressed their views via email in the last few days following the KIAA meeting of Monday, Aug. 18 and over 80% favored some closing of East Cedar Lake Beach, and a slight majority favored total closing; and

Whereas, the KIAA Board met on Thursday afternoon, August 21 to review all the information

Therefore, be it resolved that KIAA concludes that emergency measures must be applied this Summer and Fall, and KIAA endorses and requests the following compromise solution based on the information available and the expressions of concern by citizens who attended the public meeting held by KIAA on August 18 and also those who expressed their concern and preferences via email since August 19:

 

    1. KIAA urgently requests that the Minneapolis Park Board and/or the Minneapolis City Council make an immediate but temporary change in the ordinances or regulations such that East Cedar Lake Beach  and adjacent vicinity will be closed (i.e., not be available for the public to visit) at 4:00 pm  rather than 10 pm starting now through October 31, 2014.This will permit use of the area during mornings and afternoons, but will also permit police to tag/ticket people in the Cedar Beach East area to prevent the grave civil and criminal misconduct that has been occurring in the late afternoons and evenings this year.

 

    1. KIAA and neighbors will support the added police attention to the East Cedar Lake Beach area by offering up to $5,000 to pay for additional police patrols and hiring off-duty police officers or security officers to insure that there will be active enforcement of the restrictions to East Cedar Lake Beach and vicinity  after Park closing hour of 4:00 pm.  If the issues that have prompted this temporary closure are not eliminated by October 31, 2014, KIAA may request an extension of this action.  If a long-term plan is not in place by April 30, 2015, KIAA may request that the East Cedar Lake Beach be temporarily re-closed until such a long-term plan is in place.

 

    1. KIAA will assist and support certain streets that wish to implement temporary parking restrictions that will restrict non-residents from parking on public streets during specific hours to partly coincide with beach closure times. 

 

 

    1. KIAA requests MPRB staff to engage with beach users to encourage respectful use of park property and neighborhood streets and become involved in the process to find a long term solution to the issues currently affecting the neighborhood.

 

PASSED by the Board on August 24, 2014.

                                                                                                 ___________________________Board Chair Larry Moran

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