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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 218-230-4376 or visit the Metro Blooms website, metroblooms.org, and click on “Our Projects”
KIAA representative contact is Angela Erdrich email@example.com