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What is KIAA?

Message from KIAA Chair

Listing of Board Members

Join a Committee

Support Our Neighborhood

KIAA Board Meeting Minutes

KIAA bylaws (click for PDF)

KIAA EEO Policy_approved 120312

KIAA ADA Policy_approved 120312

KIAA Grievance Procedure

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What is KIAA ?

Kenwood Isles Area Association is a volunteer organization of Kenwood residents who, since 1962, have worked together in a collaborative effort to address issues and matters related to maintaining and improving the quality of life in our neighborhood. The neighborhood-elected Board of Directors generally meets the 1st Monday of the month from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at the Kenwood Recreation Center, 2101 W. Franklin Ave. These meetings are open to the public. The topics of discussion include:

A City Council update from Lisa Goodman, our City Council representative

A Treasurer’s report

Committee updates

Other neighborhood updates/news

We invite you to attend our meetings and to become involved in the neighborhood by joining the Board or serving on one of our committees: Communications, Crime and Safety, Events/Special Projects, Light Rail Transit (LRT), Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP), and Zoning.

We also invite you to participate in our neighborhood events which include:

The City of Lakes Loppet and neighborhood skating party in late January/early February

Our annual neighborhood meeting in May

Special events in Kenwood Park during the summer

The Twin Cities Marathon in early October.

KIAA Mission Statement – To build a strong community in the Kenwood-Isles area by providing leadership, information on local matters, and a forum for issues resolution.

Kenwood Mascot, Egret (Why the Egret you ask? Unknown.)

Kenwood Color, Red (Why red you ask? Unknown.)

 

Message from KIAA Chair

The KIAA Board continues to work on issues affecting Kenwood residents. These issues include:

  1. Light Rail. The planned construction of light rail in the neighborhood brings both great opportunity and challenge. Connecting to a growing system will allow residents access to the western suburbs, both downtowns, the northern suburbs, and the airport. We face two challenges with the arrival of light rail: we need to ensure that it moves safely through the neighborhood; we need to work to make sure that is has the least impact on the neighborhood and the environment. To that end, we have neighbors on the various committees that are making decisions on design, station areas, and the mitigation of the overall effect the project will have on the neighborhood.
  2. Freight Rail Re-Route. The approved plan for the light rail construction requires the reroute of the freight line out of the Kenilworth Corridor (because of space constraints). Currently, there is discussion to redesign the project in order to allow both light rail and freight rail to run in the corridor. KIAA Board members are involved in meetings that discuss the issue and are trying to make sure resident concerns are heard.
  3. Parade Road. Though it is not in Kenwood, the reconstruction of the road in front of Parade Ice Garden affects many residents. We have followed the discussions and have heard presentations from Anita Tabb, our Park Board Representative.
  4. The Budget. As we faced last year, budget issues are affecting Kenwood Recreation Center. We are working closely with the management of the center to offer whatever help we can.

We invite your input and involvement in any of these issues. We also are glad to hear from you about any other issue you think is affecting the quality of life in our neighborhood. Join us for our monthly board meeting. Volunteer to be part of the board or work on specific board committees (e.g., LRT, zoning, communications, crime and safety). Visit our new website (http://kenwoodminneapolis.org) and stay informed on neighborhood events and news.

Thanks and have a great spring!

KIAA Board Chair

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KIAA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jeanette Colby (Chair)

jmcolby@earthlink.net

Larry Moran (Vice Chair)

larrymoran1955@gmail.com

Michael Bono

mbono@brocade.com

Mark Brown

Mark@AcceleratedInnovations.com

Angie Erdrich

angie_sandeep@yahoo.com

Jack Levi

jack@levicapital.com

Josine Peters

generousjo@gmail.com

Matthew Spies (Treasurer)

matthew.spies@gmail.com

Shawn Smith (Secretary)

ssmith288@me.com

 Will Stensrud

willstensrud@gmail.com

Join a Committee – The KIAA would love to have more neighborhood participation on our standing committees. We need your ideas on how to make the KIAA even better and more relevant to everyone in the neighborhood. Any one who lives or owns property in the Kenwood neighborhood is eligible to join. If you are interested in participating, please contact any of the committee members listed:
Communications (Chair is vacant) –This committee works toward better communication among neighbors, KIAA Board members, and other organizations and entities. It also works to promote the Kenwood neighborhood.Responsibilities include:
  • Publishing the semi-annual KIAA newsletter and monthly e-newsletter
  • Maintaining the KIAA web site
  • Creating/maintaining the neighborhood welcome kit
  • Developing communication materials and methods
  • Maintaining the neighborhood e-mail distribution list

Crime and Safety Chair is Mark Johnson – mjruns26@gmail.com

This committee works to promote safety in the Kenwood neighborhood.Goals include:

  • Keeping the community safe
  • Educating residents about safety issues
  • Communicating information about crimes in the area in a timely and accurate manner
  • Recruiting block leaders
  • Maintaining a relationship with the Minneapolis Police Dept. and Crime Prevention Specialist
  • For more information or to subscribe to the quarterly e-newsletter for our precinct (the 5th) visit: www.minneapolismn.gov/police/about/5th-precinct.aspor text SPOTLIGHT to 22828.

Events/Special Projects Chair is Amy Lucas – amymlucas@gmail.com

This committee plans neighborhood events and works with the Kenwood Recreation Center staff and other neighborhood associations to co-sponsor events. It also addresses issues of current interest to neighborhood residents and ensures KIAA representation on community task forces.Some of the annual events coordinated by this committee are:

  • Skating party
  • Earth day/community cleanup day
  • Neighborhood Annual Meeting

LRT Chair is Jeanette Colby – jmcolby@earthlink.net

Hennepin County and the Met Council are planning a light rail line (SWLRT) between Eden Prairie and downtown Minneapolis that would run along the Kenilworth Trail through the Kenwood neighborhood. KIAA has taken an active role in advocating for high design standards and mitigation that protect our parks and neighborhood.Responsibilities include:

  • Attending community meetings
  • Drafting resolutions
  • Communicating with the KIAA Board and neighbors

NRP Chair position is vacant

This committee acts as liaison with the Minneapolis Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) and with the new Minneapolis Neighborhood & Community Relations (NCR) Department.

Responsibilities include:

  • Management of our NRP funds
  • Solicitation of neighborhood projects to be recipients of our NRP funds
  • Completion of required paperwork
  • Development and implementation of our NRP Phase II plan
  • Communication with NRP staff and neighborhood activists citywide regarding NRP matters
  • Communications and written materials required by new Minneapolis NCR Department
  • Frequent updates regarding NRP and Minneapolis NCR/NCEC matters at KIAA Board meetings

Zoning Chair is Larry Moran – larrymoran1955@gmail.com

This committee acts as the liaison between neighborhood homeowners seeking variances or conditional use permits and the KIAA Board.

Responsibilities include:

  • Responding to neighbor’s questions regarding neighborhood zoning rules
  • Communicating the variance or conditional use permit process to neighbors
  • Meeting with neighbors to review any variance or conditional use permit requests
  • Communicating with Minneapolis zoning and planning officials
  • Presenting requests for variances or conditional use permits to the KIAA Board

 

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Support Our Neighborhood – Your membership helps KIAA support neighborhood projects and events. Click on the link below to download a PDF of the membership form, then print out the form:

KIAA_Membership form (PDF)

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KIAA Minutes

February 2017 KIAA Meeting Minutes

 KIAA Board met February 6th, 2017 at Kenwood Rec Center

 Chair Jeanette Colby called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

 Directors present:  Chair Jeanette Colby, Vice Chair Larry Moran, Treasurer Matt Spies, Mike Bono, Jack Levi, Angie Erdrich, Will Stensruud, Secretary Shawn Smith (Recording Secretary).  Absent:  Mark Brown, Josine Peters.  Also present CM Lisa Goodman, Police Chief Ohotto, and 4 other residents.

 The Agenda was Approved Unanimously

City Council Update – Lisa Goodman

  • Penn/Oliver Avenue will be ground, patched, and resurfaced, as part of the Concrete Streets Rehabilitation program, and will extend the life of the street for 15 years.  There will be an assessment of .22 cents per sq/ft per property owner and contribute 7% of the total budget of $1M.  There will be a large neighborhood meeting held in advance to share details.  Work will be completed prior to fall.
  • The February 22nd Lunch with Lisa topic is Emergency Preparedness, including natural disasters and pandemic readiness.  Please contact her office if you would like to attend.
  • Ward 7 has been prioritized for the City’s Tree Planting Program.  Residents can get information and order trees March 6-12 at www.treetrust.org.  There will be a lottery, and those selected will be notified by March 22.  Trees will have a nominal cost to residents.
  • Jeanette provided an update on the parking situation in Downtown Kenwood.  She reported that the business owners did not support a KIAA proposed solution to add restrict parking to one side of 21st St.   Another possible solution is to clarify the parking signs on Penn Avenue in front of Kenwood School.  One resident from Oliver Ave expressed his concerns on the adverse effect he is experiencing.

 

East Cedar Lake Beach (ECLB)– Park Police Chief Ohotto

·         KIAA dedicated $5000 for police overtime (80 hours of patrols).  2016 had the second lowest number of police reports since the lowest year (2008).

·         The Chief continues to recommend a balance of extra patrols with the positive programming that has happened in the last 2 years.  Neighborhood involvement/usage of the beach is also important, vs. solely relying on police patrols.

·         Jeanette moved to spend $5000 for 2017 continued additional policing, pending the securing of city funding via the Neighborhood Priority Plan contract.  Mike will inform the board once city funding is confirmed.

 

Lake of the Isles Skating Party – Jeanette Colby

  • The party was rescheduled for February 12th due to poor ice conditions.  KIAA will still contribute cookies towards the event.

 

Financial Report – Matt Spies

  • Residents donated $747 last month, most in response to the annual newsletter.  KIAA also received some city reimbursements, totaling $2500.  KIAA appreciates the local funding of the neighborhood residents.
  • Jean Deatrich has helped Matt mail thank you letters in response to all donations.

 

Letter of Concern over 3020 Kenwood Parkway – Jeanette Colby

  • Calhoun-Isles Association is opposing the construction of a Residential High Rise on the Northeast Corner of Lake Calhoun that would possibly violate the Shoreland Overlay District and would certainly be in opposition to local ordinance.  The building would be 59 feet tall and out of character with the surrounding neighborhood.
  • Jeanette proposed a letter stating KIAA’s position that developers need to respect the overlay district not only for this project/lake but for future projects and other lakes.  This position supports the KIAA Neighborhood Priority of protecting the environment, lakes, and waterways.  The Overlay height restriction exists to protect the lake edge from out of scale development, shading, and wind concentration and a negative human caused impact on the environment.  Larry moved to send the letter, approved unanimously.  A response was received from CM Lisa Bender that it does not violate the Overlay Disctrict but does violate local zoning.  Jeanette is working with the city and C-I Association to clarify.

 

Annual Gathering – Jeanette Colby

·         The annual gathering and board elections are May 1.  Any residents that would like to run for a board position are encouraged to contact KIAA; ssmith288@me.com.

·         To reduce costs, new food alternatives will be considered for the annual gathering.

 

Kenwood School Request – Angie Erdrich

·         The School requested $750 in funding to be a sponsor of the Kenwood School Auction and Fundraiser.  KIAA supported this request in 2016.

·         KIAA view is that the funding supports the Neighborhood Priority of supporting robust programming and education our Kenwood School, which not only serves Kenwood children but children from other parts of the city.  Shawn moved to support the funding, unanimously approved.

 

Southwest Light Rail Transit Project – Shawn Smith

  • Jeanette attended the January CAC meeting.   The Southwest Project Office is developing a website to share updates related to construction of SWLRT.
  • Shawn shared that at the State Legislature GOP leadership is challenging that the Met Council will rely on the state to pay 50% of ongoing operating costs for light rail and transit but the state has no voice in which or how many projects are built.  That would mean that there is no elected voice in the regional transit plan and required state funding.
  • The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District is meeting on February 23rd to vote whether to approve permits for SWLRT construction and operation in areas that MCWD manages.  The MCWD is responsible for maintaining the water quality for the Watershed, which includes the Chain of Lakes.  The public comment period closed February 2nd, and many testified concerns about conflicts of interest with MCWD managers.  Most managers were appointed by Hennepin County Commissioners, that support the project.
  • As only 3 Kenwood properties are identified to have severe averse impacts, KIAA will consider funding an independent study of vibration and noise similar to one conducted at the Minneapolis/St Louis Park border.  The study would evaluate the Kenilworth Corridor north of the Kenilworth Channel.  Jeanette will contact the engineers to find out if there would be any benefit and what the cost would be.

 

New Business – All

·         Matt will kick off the planning for ECLB programming for 2017.  He will solicit resident ideas.

 

The meeting was adjourned by Chair Jeanette Colby at 8:35 p.m.

 

Updates: If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at kiaa55405@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more. If you are interested in participating on the Board, please contact us. 

 

The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is Monday, March 1st from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Recreation Center. Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.  KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service, and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kenwoodminneapolis.org

 

January 2017 KIAA Meeting Minutes

KIAA Board met January 9th, 2017 at the Kenwood Rec Center

 Chair Jeanette Colby called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

 Directors present:  Chair Jeanette Colby, Vice Chair Larry Moran, Angie Erdrich, Mark Brown, Will Stensrud, Shawn Smith (Recording Secretary).  Directors Absent:  Jack Levi, Josine Peters, Mike Bono, Treasurer Matt Spies.

 

The Agenda was unanimously approved

 

City of Minneapolis Update – Lisa Goodman, Council Member Ward 7

  • Snow Emergencies are communicated via Facebook, Instragram, Email/text alerts, City of Minneapolis Mobile App.  All residents are encouraged to sign up for alerts to be aware of when Snow Emergencies are declared.
  • Road Sand is available from the City Public Works Sites, to be placed in a barrel in areas that are needed.  Please contact Lisa’s office to request a barrel of sand.
  • Christmas Trees are recycled by the city.  Please put your trees at your regular pickup site.  Old Christmas lights can also be recycled; go to www.recycleminnesota.org.
  • Lunch with Lisa is January 25th at St Thomas Opus Hall.  The topic is Public Art, including a sneak preview of the Nicollet Mall art.  Lisa is always interested in constituents’ ideas for topics.
  • Jeanette brought to Lisa’s attention NRP survey results to get her perspective on what is within the city’s ability to address.  Many issues raised in the survey, including noise and excessive speed are regulated and difficult to enforce.  Any public works issues such as alley defects should be directed to Lisa’s office.  Jeanette will follow up with Lisa to address the continuing parking and alley access problem by Downtown Kenwood.

 

Lake of the Isles Warming House – Kathy Spraitz

  • Kathy shared that a volunteer group with representatives from from CIDNA, Lowry Hill and East Isles, the Minneapolis Parks Foundation, MPRB staff and local architects are considering that the warming house should be replaced, in part based on age (18 years old). The cost to bring the structure in and out by crane is increasing to $20K per year; a new structure designed to be more easily transported could make moving it less expensive. The idea being discussed is to change the structure into one that can be used all year, across different sites, for different purposes. There will be a design competition and funds raised. KIAA supports the idea of replacement but there was a discussion as to whether it’s appropriate for KIAA to contribute neighborhood funds.

 

Treasurer Report – Jeanette Colby

  • Several contributions were received in January ($398) as a result of the Fall Newsletter.  KIAA appreciates the support and Matt will work with Jean to send acknowledgement letters to the donors.

 

Lake of the Isles Skating Party

  • Angie will provide via cookies for the party funded by KIAA.  The party is January 22nd from 1-3PM.

 

Rain Garden Grant Application – Angie Erdrich

  • KIAA will help manage the process for Rain garden applications and awarding grants from MetroBlooms.  This year is the third year of this partnership, and this year there will be no cost to KIAA.  KIAA will make an in-kind donation of time and resources to promote the initiative.  More information will be provided by the end of January.  Rain gardens support our NRP initiative of protecting the lakes and environment.

 

Cedar Lake Orioles Project – Angie Erdrich

  • Angie is leading engagement with Kenwood School to reinstall Oriole feeding stations this spring.  Last year, orioles were abundant and several classes visited Cedar Lake Park to see them, accompanied by teachers and neighborhood volunteers.  This initiative is important because it drives more family and educational opportunities at Cedar Lake.  Angie requested $200 for laminated signs and feeding station supplies (food).  Jeanette moved to approve, unanimously approved.

 

Annual Gathering Planning Kickoff – Angie Erdrich

  • The annual gathering will be May 1st in downtown Kenwood, which includes food and election of KIAA officers.  In order to keep costs in check, other food options will be explored.

 

Communication Committee – Jeanette Colby

  • Will, Mark, and Jeanette will work with Jean regarding a communication committee and communication plan.

 

Southwest Light Rail – Shawn Smith

  • Shawn shared that CTIB is likely in the process of self-dissolving so that Hennepin County can raise the transit sales tax to .5%, to fund the missing $140M state share of funding.
  • There was a discussion whether to contact the FTA regarding Met Council compliance to 2012 Certification Requirements for Federal Funding, and without a vote KIAA determined not to take any action.
  • The Met Council is contacting three LRT- adjacent property owners to discuss construction.  These are the only houses at 21st St that the Met Council deems to be impacted by LRT operations.

 

Neighborhood Priority Plan – Mark Brown

  • The top 5 priorities from the survey were identified – SWLRT, Lakes/Parks/Environment, Kenwood Rec Center events, Hidden Beach Safety, and Kenwood School.  Jeanette wrote a summary report to share with anyone interested.

 

New Business – All

  • East Calhoun Association is asking KIAA to support opposition to a 54 foot tall residential building to be built adjacent to Tin Fish on Lake Calhoun (replacing 3 existing homes).  The proposed structure would be within the Shoreland Overlay District which has a height restriction of 36 feet.  As an action taken between meetings, the proposal will be reviewed and voted on whether to support or not support the opposition.
  • Park Board Police Chief Ohotto will be invited to attend the KIAA February Meeting.

 

The meeting was adjourned by Chair Jeanette Colby at 8:50 p.m.

 

KIAA needs new board members.  If you are interested in joining the board, please contact us or come to a monthly meeting.  Being a KIAA board member is an excellent way to serve our community and stay informed on issues that are, or will, impact our neighborhood.

 

Updates: If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at kiaa55405@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more. If you are interested in participating on the Board, please contact us. 

 

The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is Monday, February 6th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Recreation Center. Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.  KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service, and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know.

 December 2016 KIAA Meeting Minutes

 KIAA Board met December 5th, 2016 at the Kenwood Rec Center

 Chair Jeanette Colby called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

 Directors present:  Chair Jeanette Colby, Vice Chair Larry Moran, Treasurer Matt Spies, Mike Bono, Jack Levi, Josine Peters, Angie Erdrich, Mark Brown, Shawn Smith (Recording Secretary).

 

The Agenda was unanimously approved

 

City of Minneapolis Update – Lisa Goodman, Council Member Ward 7

  • Minneapolis finalizes its 2017 budget on December 7th.  On November 30th, there was a public hearing; 45 people provided testimony on the mayor’s proposed budget. There was a significant organized effort to reduce proposed police budgeting in favor of more community based non-profit policing.  The mayor had proposed adding 15 additional sworn officers as 2016 had the lowest number of officers this decade, 100 less than 2009.  Neighborhoods Organizing for Change challenged that increase.  (Addendum Post KIAA Meeting:  December 7th saw a similar number of testimonials and content, and the budget was adopted with the 15 additional officers.)
  • The budget also proposes a new position of Small Business Navigator.  This position would assist small businesses in navigating the Minneapolis city laws and regulations.  Lisa supports up to 4 positions in order to help small business navigate the city’s complex licensing and codes.
  • Lisa emphasized that the Final Truth in Taxation notices that were mailed in November did not include the voter approved school special taxation levy.  Therefore, property taxes are understated by approximately 10%.  Revised Final Notices will not be mailed.  (Note to residents:  look at your 2016 School District Voter Approved Levy to see approximately how much your 2017 taxes are understated.
  • Car2Go is ending operations in Minneapolis because of two business conditions that created an inability for the company to be profitable.  1)  The city mandated that Car2Go distribute cars equitably throughout the city; however, because some neighborhoods had higher origination/destination usage than others, the company incurred high costs to redistribute cars, and some cars sat idle in lower-used neighborhoods.  Publicly, Car2Go cited that they were taxed/licensed at a car rental rate, which is higher than that of taxis and other ride-share services.
  • Lunch with Lisa will resume in January after December 12ths Later with Lisa.  Lisa is interested in constituent input for topics for her schedule of 2017 lunches.

 

New Board Member – Jeanette Colby

  • Jeanette introduced Will Stensrud, who with his family purchased a home in Kenwood one year ago.  Will asked to join the board to become more involved in the issues that shape Kenwood.  Jeanette motioned to approve his addition, and it was approved unanimously.  Welcome Will!

 

Southwest Light Rail – Shawn Smith

  • November was a busy month for SWLRT.  The FTA accepted testimony regarding Metropolitan Council accountability and adherence to process to determine certification for federal dollars for the next 4 years.  Many Kenwood residents sent testimony, including the LRT Done Right group.  Testimonials were published in last month’s Hill and Lakes Press.
  • Shawn stated that there are two key next steps where KIAA will engage in SWLRT:  1) Follow up with the FTA to find out about how the neighborhoods testimony will be used, and will the findings be made available to the public, and 2) SWRLT construction and mitigation is the top issue surfaced in the annual NRP survey, and KIAA will continue to keep SWLRT as a standing KIAA meeting topic, and publish updates in the Hill and Lakes Press.
  • LRT Done Right organization is engaging and meeting with key elected officials in the coming month to gain information and understanding of positions heading into the 2017 State Legislative Session.  Officials at the state, county, city, and park board will be met with.  KIAA’s position against residential development on the Kenilworth Trail/SWLRT line will be communicated.

 

Financial Report – Matt Spies, Treasurer

  • Matt reviewed the monthly balance sheet for KIAA as well as the expenditures and revenues for the month.  There was minimal activity during the month: payments made to Jean Deatrick and Post net for the Fall Newsletter, as well as a small payment to reimburse Pop Up Playground expense at “Hidden Beach,” and one donation.

 

Community Participation and Neighborhood Priority Plan – Mike Bono, Mark Brown

  • KIAA has submitted its Community Participation Program application for the upcoming three-year funding cycle by the City of Minneapolis, worth $25K annually to Kenwood.  KIAA is in the process of canvassing the neighborhood to determine the specific priorities to include in the Neighborhood Priority Plan.  The goal of NPP is to identify major initiatives for neighborhood organizations, and to communicate neighborhood priorities to the City and other jurisdictional partners.
  • The results of the Neighborhood Priorities survey were reviewed.  Top issues identified were SWLRT mitigation, protecting the lakes, East Cedar Lake Beach safety, supporting Kenwood Community Center activities/Common gathering place, more street lighting.
  • Jeanette noted that only 60 responses were received.  The link to the survey was put in the KIAA Fall Newsletter, Nextdoor, and Hill and Lakes Press.  Jean Deatrick will email out a link to her neighborhood email list and extend the deadline to December 18th to capture more feedback to feed the Top 5 Priorities.  There will also be future discussion on how to address other priorities received in written comments.

 

New Business – All

  • The Lake of the Isles Warming House will be replaced.  The Park Board is considering a mobile structure that can be used all year.  Neighborhood Associations are being approached to provide funding.  There was discussion as to whether or not neighborhood funds should be used towards this project in light of the “Close the Gap” funding recently allocated to the Park Board, totaling $11M annually and funded by property tax increases.
  • Action taken between meetings:  The board approved up to $200 to place a sign in Downtown Kenwood to help address the continued concerns over parking issues.  It will direct patrons towards alternative parking locations and try to keep alley access clear.  Exact wording and structure is under discussion.

 

The meeting was adjourned by Chair Jeanette Colby at 8:27 p.m.

 

KIAA needs new board members.  If you are interested in joining the board, please contact us or come to a monthly meeting.  Being a KIAA board member is an excellent way to serve our community and stay informed on issues that are, or will, impact our neighborhood.

 

Updates: If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at kiaa55405@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more. If you are interested in participating on the Board, please contact us. 

 

The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is Monday, January 9th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Recreation Center. Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.  KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service, and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know.

 

November 2016 KIAA Meeting Minutes

KIAA Board met November 7th, 2016 at the Kenwood Rec Center

Chair Jeanette Colby called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

 

Directors present:  Chair Jeanette Colby, Vice Chair Larry Moran, Treasurer Matt Spies, Mike Bono, Jack Levi, Mark Brown, Shawn Smith (Recording Secretary).  Absent:  Angie Erdrich, Josine Peters.

 

The Agenda was unanimously approved

 

City of Minneapolis Update – Lisa Goodman, Council Member

  • There will not be a Lunch with Lisa in November due to Thanksgiving.  On Monday December 12th at 4:30pm will be Later with Lisa, her annual holiday party.  It will be held at the Normandy Inn.  Cash bar, parking is free.
  • Street sweeping is completed as of November 15th, as is yard waste pickup, for the season.  The city does not sweep alleys, leaf removal there is the responsibility of the home owner.
  • The house at 1204 Kenwood Parkway is under historic review.
  • Hennepin/Lyndale reconstruction is on track to be complete by December.
  • Lisa shared the Mayor’s 2017 Proposed Budget.  The board reviewed the budget and gleaned that the proposed levy increase is driven primarily by 1) 59 new positions in the city, 2) Park Board/City agreement on 20 Year Plan, 3) additional spending on social programs and grants to Non-Profit organizations.  The Truth in Taxation Hearing is November 30th at City Hall, and the budget will be adopted on December 7th.  Public testimony will be heard at both.

 

Financial Report – Matt Spies, Treasurer

  • Monthly expenditures were for the Gilroy Memorial Bench and the Thrill Kenwood, offset by city funds.

 

Southwest Light Rail – Jody Strakosch, Shawn Smith

  • Jody is the Citizen Advisory Committee representative to the Metropolitan Council and the CAC met last month.  Jody shared updates on SWLRT that were learned in the meeting.
    • LRT trains normally sound a horn coming out of a tunnel, but it will not sound when emerging from the tunnel in the Kenilworth Corridor.  There are also bells on each train that sound at road crossings, but at 21st St these will not sound and there will be a stationary bell.  This will allow for less variance in the sound impact and more reliable noise mitigation.
    • Revenue service is estimated to begin in 2021.  Construction is scheduled to be complete mid-2020.
    • Construction will begin in Fall 2017 to move the freight lines in the Kenilworth Corridor; there will be five phases of construction in our neighborhood and it is scheduled to be complete mid-2020.
    • Met Council representatives will be going door to door to record structural conditions of homes in order to establish a baseline for potential damage as a result of construction.  Addresses/scheduling to be announced in December.  It is not determined how repairs will be handled that are a result of construction.
    • The CAC November meeting was cancelled.  At future meetings Jody will continue to press for information and we will share in this space.
    • Shawn attended the FTA review of the Metropolitan Council’s certification on November 2nd.  The FTA certifies the Met Council every four years as a process to approve the Council to continue to receive federal funds.  Shawn shared that 5 speakers used SWLRT as an example where the Met Council did not consistently deliver against the objectives that the FTA measures against.  The public has until November 30th to provide testimony; if interested, please contact Shawn at ssmith288@me.com.

 

Rain Garden Grant Applications

  • Sign Ups are now being taken for 2017 Good Steward Raingardens.  Raingardens on your property help reduce pollution in our lakes.  MetroBlooms and KIAA are teaming up to install reduced-cost raingardens for 15 Kenwood homeowners.  Cost is reduced through a Good Steward Grant (cost to homeowners will be approximately $350 for a $2,000 raingarden).  Email Laura Scholl to get on the list:  laura@metroblooms.org

 

Community Participation and Neighborhood Priority Plan – Mike Bono

  • KIAA will be applying for the next three-year cycle of funding by the City of Minneapolis Community Participation Program for $25K annually.  KIAA will submit its Community Participation Program application that will include the Neighborhood Priority Plan.  The goal of the Neighborhood Priority Plan is to identify major initiatives for the neighborhood organization, and to communicate neighborhood priorities to the City and other jurisdictional partners.
  • Jeanette moved that the CPP application be approved, Mark seconded, unanimously passed.
  • A survey to solicit neighborhood input for the priority plan will be sent this month to ensure that monies are directed in the direction of projects that are valued by residents.  Here is the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/kenwoodnpp  (If link doesn’t work, type in your browser)
  • This season was one of the lowest in terms of police incidents in recent history.  The full end of season report will be published in the KIAA Fall Newletter, being mailed this month.

East Cedar Lake Beach end of season report – Matt Spies

 

New Business – All

  • KIAA is receiving neighborhood impact letters from the Restorative Justice program from citations at East Cedar Lake Beach.  Fines can be waived if the cited writes a letter of atonement.
  • Shawn attended October’s Lunch with Lisa.  The topic was the 20 Year Park Plan and it was covered in detail by Superintendent Jayne Miller and Board President Anita Tabb.  The Kenwood Park will not receive any funding from the 20 Year Park Plan as it is not a high priority park as determined by the Park and Rec Board.  Examples of criteria on how prioritization were assessed are Areas of Racially Concentrated Poverty, Populations of Color, Population Density, Youth Population, Asset Lifespan, and Neighborhood Density.  Kenwood Park will still receive its funding as part of the regular budgeting process.  Shawn learned that The Park Board will have approximately $11M of annual incremental funding via the city and park board levy.  Shawn also learned that if Minneapolis were to implement a $15 minimum wage, it would increase payroll for the Park Board by approximately $2.2M annually.  It was not clear how the Park Board would adjust the plan or mitigate the impact of that wage increase without affecting the 20 Year Plan.

 

The meeting was adjourned by Chair Jeanette Colby at 8:34 p.m.

 

 

KIAA needs new board members.  If you are interested in joining the board, please contact us or come to a monthly meeting.  Being a KIAA board member is an excellent way to serve our community and stay informed on issues that are, or will, impact our neighborhood.

 

Updates: If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at kiaa55405@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more. If you are interested in participating on the Board, please contact us. 

 

The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is Monday, December 5th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Recreation Center. Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.  KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service, and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kenwoodminneapolis.org

 

 October 2016 KIAA Meeting Minutes

 KIAA Board met October 3rd, 2016 at the Kenwood Rec Center

 Chair Jeanette Colby called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

 Directors present:  Chair Jeanette Colby, Treasurer Matt Spies, Angie Erdrich, Mike Bono, Shawn Smith (Recording Secretary).  Absent:  Vice Chair Larry Moran, Jack Levi, Mark Brown, Josine Peters.

 

Neighborhood and Community Relations Department – Jack Whitehurst

  • Mr. Whitehurst represented the city for the annual board survey which the city is conducting.  The purpose of the survey is to gain demographic information on the makeup of city boards.
  • KIAA encourages all residents of the neighborhood who would like to serve on the board regardless of demographic background.
  • There was a general discussion on Neighborhood Action Plan money status.

 

Financial Report – Matt Spies

  • Matt presented an update on in/outflow of cash for the fiscal year, as well as a spending/income forecast through 2019.  Matt will present a financial report at each KIAA monthly meeting going forward.  This will allow for accurate planning on an annual basis going forward so expenditures can be prioritized.

 

Neighborhood Priority Plan and Budget – All

  • KIAA will be sending a survey to gain feedback on resident’s priorities to be addressed in the Neighborhood Priority Plan, which needs to be filed in November.  The survey was edited and approved to be sent.
  • The new warming house for Lake of the Isles winter skating area is still under consideration by the Minneapolis Park Board.  The new warming house is in concept stage.  Neighborhood associations may be approached to support it financially.
  • Amanda Vallone from BeArtrageous is planning Thrill Kenwood, a successful Halloween party that has been held in the years past.  The board approved repeating a $750 contribution towards the event.
  • The Jim Gilroy memorial bench (former board member, deceased) has been installed and all who donated are appreciated.
  • KIAA Fall newsletter is in process to be published by November.
  • KIAA was informed by a MPRB tree inspector who visited the Rec Center corner that 7 diseased crab apple and trees will be removed. They will be replaced in Spring 2017 with 3 North Star Cherry trees and 4 Mont Royal plum trees, which are disease resistant with useful fruit for the public to eat.

New Business – All

 

The meeting was adjourned by Chair Jeanette Colby at 8:40 p.m.

 

 

KIAA needs new board members.  If you are interested in joining the board, please contact us or come to a monthly meeting.  Being a KIAA board member is an excellent way to serve our community and stay informed on issues that are, or will, impact our neighborhood.

 

Updates: If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at kiaa55405@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more. If you are interested in participating on the Board, please contact us. 

 

September 2016 KIAA Meeting Minutes

KIAA Board met September 12th, 2016 at the Kenwood Rec Center

Chair Jeanette Colby called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

 

Directors present:  Chair Jeanette Colby, Treasurer Matt Spies, Jack Levi, Angie Erdrich, Mark Brown, Shawn Smith (Recording Secretary).  Absent:  Vice Chair Larry Moran, Mike Bono, Josine Peters.  Also present CM Lisa Goodman, Dee Montgomery (Heritage Coalition).

 

Opening Activities

  • Shawn moved for approval of the agenda, with the addition of Dee Montgomery’s topic, and it was approved unanimously.

 

City Council Update – Lisa Goodman

  • Lunch with Lisa will be September 28th at Opus Hall.  The topic is still being determined.  Lisa is always open to suggestions for topics for Lunch with Lisa, please contact her office with ideas.
  • Hennepin/Lyndale construction is still on schedule to be finished this fall.  Hennepin northbound will be open in the coming weeks.
  • The local government channels are changing as follows:  Comcast HD will be 799, and Standard Definition will be 14.  Century Link HD will be 8501, and standard definition will be 8001, Multilingual HD will be 8502, and standard definition multilingual will be 8002.
  • November 8th election early voting starts September 23rd.  There are 4 early voting locations in Minneapolis, please see the city website for more details.  Shawn Smith stated that the voting period was starting very early considering the first Presidential Debate is not until September 28th.

 

Historic Marker Restoration Project – Dee Montgomery

·         The centennial marker commemorating the establishment of the Fort Snelling Military Reservation will be restored.  The original boundary of the Fort Snelling Military Reservation included areas of Kenwood, and the marker that is being replaced is located on the southeast edge of Lake of the Isles.  The Heritage Commission has its own funds; tax dollars will not be used.

  • The board advised Dee to consult with Native Americans to ensure that any concerns regarding the history and commemoration of Fort Snelling were heard.

 

Southwest Light Rail Transit Project – Jeanette Colby, Shawn Smith

  • KIAA is pushing for clarification and information with the warning bell and mitigation strategy at the 21st St crossing.  KIAA has requested involvement from Commissioner Marion Greene and expressed the need for her support on this issue with the Southwest Project Office.  There are concerns over the volume of the proposed wayside bell.
  • The Section 106 process is continuing now that the Memorandum of Understanding is executed.  This pertains to mitigation strategies for Grand Rounds eg landscaping, retaining walls, shoreline treatments, etc.

 

Downtown Kenwood Parking Issue – Jeanette Colby

  • Parking continues to be an issue where patrons are parking too close to the alley, blocking driveways, too close to stop signs, etc
  • KIAA will continue to explore signing solutions – parking is allowed at the Kenwood School when school is not in session.

 

 

East Cedar Lake Beach Committee (ECLB) Report – Matt Spies

  • Increasing neighborhood programming at the beach remains a KIAA focus.  It is part of the overall strategy to reduce crime and improve public safety.
  • Matt reported that 35 kids came to the Play Space “pop up playground” and the strategy was successful.  The board approved a $25 increase to the funding to cover extra expenses.

 

Neighborhood Priority Plan and Budget – Jeanette Colby, Matt Spies

  • Jeanette reiterated the need to work on the Priority Plan Strategy, which will include a neighborhood engagement survey to identify the priorities for KIAA spending.  Mike Bono, Matt, and Mark Brown will work on the subcommittee.  The CPP application is due November 10.
  • The Finance Committee will identify the threshold amount to have in savings to ensure there is sufficient cash flow while more readily identifying opportunities to spend improvement funds to benefit Kenwood.  The board’s intent is to ensure available funds are spent for the betterment of Kenwood.
  • The 2016 Minneapolis Housing Resource Guide is published.  This is a resource for associations and homeowners.  www.minneapolismn.gov.
  • A motion was approved to reimburse Deb Gilroy for $100 for the expenses related to placing a bench for former board member Jim Gilroy.

New Business/Action Taken Between Meetings – All

 

The meeting was adjourned by Chair Jeanette Colby at 8:50 p.m.

 

Updates: If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at kiaa55405@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more. If you are interested in participating on the Board, please contact us. 

 

Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.  KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service, and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kenwoodminneapolis.org

 

  

July 2016 KIAA Meeting Minutes

By Shawn Smith

 KIAA Board met July 11th, 2016 at the Kenwood Rec Center

 Chair Jeanette Colby called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

 Directors present:  Chair Jeanette Colby, Vice Chair Larry Moran, Treasurer Matt Spies, Jack Levi, Angie Erdrich, Mike Bono, Mark Brown, Shawn Smith (Recording Secretary).  Absent:  Josine Peters.  Also present CM Lisa Goodman, Chief Jason Ohotto and two of his officers, Jean Deatrick, and three neighbors.

Opening Activities

 Angie moved for approval of the agenda and it was approved unanimously.

 

City Council Update – Lisa Goodman

  • No lunch with Lisa in July or August.  Please be sure to sign up for Lisa’s email list to get updates on construction, traffic, and event updates.
  • Hennepin/Lyndale reconstruction continues.  The Hennepin/Vineland intersection will have major work done in July/August.  The overall project is on schedule for completion by November.
  • The variance at 2000 W 21st St was approved.
  • Early voting is open for the 2016 primary.  Election judges are needed this year.  Please call Lisa’s office to sign up to be a judge.  A mix of party affiliations is needed.
  • National Night out is August 2nd.  After July 19th, there is a fee to block off the street.
  • Jeanette expressed KIAA’s appreciation for the quality of the City of Minneapolis’s response to the FEIS, documenting the history and the issues within the project.

 

East Cedar Lake Beach Update – Chief Jason Ohotto

  • Police reports written on park property at the beach declined from 48 to 31.  This is the second summer where there was a significant reduction in reports.  Chief Ohotto attributed the success to the positive programming and activities at the beach, as well as the increased park police patrols, some funded by KIAA.
  • Chief Ohotto recommended that neighbors that want to support safety efforts should call in issues to 911, and provide detailed, specific information, name and callback number.  Err on the side of calling 911 vs not calling when you see a negative impact to public safety.

 

East Cedar Lake Beach Committee (ECLB) Report – Matt Spies

  • Mark Brown reported that the June 20th potluck at the beach was a great success with strong turnout.  The kids activities (face painting, spray chalk, cookies) were popular.
  • Matt presented ideas for longer term strategies, including boat racks, playground equipment.  Park and Rec Board financial support and fundraising will be needed.  A Community Action Committee will be formed.
  • Matt proposed an August Pop Up Adventure Playground as a new activity to pilot.  A motion passed to fund this event with up to $800 of NRP funds.  Engagement with the Kenwood School and neighboring association were identified as opportunities to increase participation.  Jeanette recognized Angie for getting the Kenwood School engaged in using the beach for educational opportunities.
  • Jeanette proposed the idea of hosting a food or beverage cart at the beach on behalf of the neighborhood.  A motion passed for up to $200 to be spent from NRP funds for a KIAA/ECLB Patron Appreciation Day.

 

Southwest Light Rail Transit Project – Jeanette Colby, Shawn Smith

  • Shawn reported on the June 13th FEIS public presentation by the Southwest Project Office.  Approximately 20 neighbors attended from Kenwood, CIDNA, and Loring Park.  On a positive note, the presentation summarized the 17,000 page FEIS effectively.  Unfortunately it was not tailored to the concerns of the Minneapolis segment of the corridor.  There continues to be a high level of concern over the ability of the tunnel to be built near Calhoun Shores Townhomes and the Kenilworth “pinch point.”
  • Jeanette reported that the June 28th CAC meeting was cancelled, a consistent issue with many of the other CAC meetings which have also been cancelled in the past couple of years.

 

Downtown Kenwood Parking Issue – Jeanette Colby

  • Jeanette communicated with the general manager of the Kenwood Restaurant to ask that employees park on Penn Avenue, and to help address the issue of patrons parking too close to alleys and driveways, and the issue of delivery truck restricting neighbor access to the alley.
  • Angie confirmed that parking for Downtown Kenwood businesses is permitted at the Kenwood School when school is not in session.  A “sandwich” board idea was proposed at a cost of $200 or for city signing or to paint the curb yellow to inform where and where not to park.  Noted for follow up between meetings.

 

Neighborhood Priority Plan and Budget – Mike Bono, Matt Spies

  • Mike and Matt outlined the plan to develop the 3 year plan as well as budgeting for the upcoming year.  It will include a neighborhood engagement survey to identify the priorities for KIAA spending.
  • The Finance Committee will identify the threshold amount to have in savings to ensure there is sufficient cash flow while more readily identifying opportunities to spend improvement funds to benefit Kenwood.  The board’s intent is to ensure available funds are spent for the betterment of Kenwood, while also ensuring that current funding priorities can be maintained should funds be cut in the future.
  • New neighbor introduction:  Mikki Johnston and family
  • Jeanette will attend a Whittier Alliance Meeting on July 19th to understand the goals and strategies of that group.
  • Angie will follow up with Creative Citymaking regarding a video project opportunity, with a possible focus on ECLB.  KIAA would need to make a proposal to secure participation in the project, which is a competitive process.

New Business/Action Taken Between Meetings – All

 

The meeting was adjourned by Chair Jeanette Colby at 8:50 p.m.

 

Updates: If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at kiaa55405@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more. If you are interested in participating on the Board, please contact us. 

 

Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.  KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service, and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kenwoodminneapolis.org

 

 June 2016 KIAA Meeting Minutes

KIAA Board met June 6th, 2016 at Kenwood Rec Center

 Chair Jeanette Colby called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

 Directors present:  Chair Jeanette Colby, Vice Chair Larry Moran, Treasurer Matt Spies, Angie Erdrich, Mike Bono, Mark Brown, Shawn Smith (Recording Secretary).  Absent:  Josine Peters, Jack Levi.  Also present CM Lisa Goodman, Jean Deatrick, Amanda Vallone, Jody Strakosch, Mark Holtey and two neighbors.

 

Opening Activities

  • Angie moved for approval of the agenda and it was approved unanimously.
  • Board members conducted a brief introduction to begin the 2016-2017 term.

 

City Council Update – Lisa Goodman

  • Lunch with Lisa is complete for the season.  There will be a “Lunch with Lisa Field trip on Wednesday, June 29th, touring Givens Violins, which is a renowned repair business for cellos and violins.  If interested, please call Lisa’s office to book one of the two tours for that day.
  • Hennepin/Lyndale reconstruction continues and has entered the paving phase.  Please contact Lisa’s office to be placed on an email list to receive weekly construction updates affecting the Twin Cities.
  • Sidewalk repair has come to Kenwood this year, part of a 10 year cycle.  White dots mark the sections that will be replaced.  Homeowners will be assessed $250-$400 per square for the repair.  Call 311 to discuss whether sections need to be replaced, or if they do not need to be replaced.  Please direct questions regarding how unique situations, such as tree root heaves, to 311.  All affected homeowners should have received a letter from the city; please refer to it for FAQs.

 

Election of Officers

  • Jeanette volunteered to remain Chair; Larry volunteered to remain Vice Chair; Matt Spies volunteered to become Treasurer; and Shawn volunteered to remain Secretary.  Unanimously approved.
  • Matt asked for resolution to relocate the KIAA bank accounts to US Bank.  Jeanette moved in favor, passed unanimously.  Matt asked for an additional resolution to transfer, check writing authority, opening accounts, deposits, and withdraw funds; from Ed Pluimer to himself.  Jeanette to be the second signatory.  Shawn moved, passed unanimously.
  • Jeanette once again recognized Ed Pluimer for his years of service.

 

Memorial Bench for Jim Gilroy – Angie Erdrich

  • Angie reported that $1550 has been donated to the Estate of Jim Gilroy for the purposes of a memorial bench on Lake of the Isles, near 21st St..  Jean Deatrick will send an e-blast as a reminder for any other residents that would like to contribute.
  • Angie moved that KIAA donate $300 towards the memorial bench to recognize Jim as a sitting board member at his death.  Funds will come from KIAA Money Market Account.  Approved unanimously.  As funds are in the account about to be closed, motion was approved to allow Ed Pluimer to write the check.

 

Financial Report – Matt Spies

  • Matt is preparing a 2016-2017 balance sheet to ensure income and expenditures are clearly documented.  Mark, Larry, Matt, and Mike will form a finance subcommittee to inform a finance update at KIAA July meeting.  Motion approved to establish said committee.

 

East Cedar Lake Beach Update – Matt Spies/Amanda Vallone

  • Amanda (from ARTrageous) shared that the Summer Solstice Party will be held at ECLB on June 20th from 6:30-8:30.  This will be a potluck event.  ARTrageous will provide henna, face painting, and a Creation Station for families.  The event will be cancelled in case of rain.  The event is open to all.
  • Matt presented a new proposal for a Pop Up Adventure Playground series.  Matt agreed to go renegotiate lower costs in order to run a pilot, vs investing in 3 events this year.
  • Activities including a Summer Solstice Potluck, Pirate/Mermaid Beach Party were identified for funding for $800.  A discussion was had regarding source of funds and how much to spend.  The board approved the expenditure unanimously.
  • Amanda and Matt were approved to work together to spend up to $400 to place an ad in Hill and Lake Press to announce summer activities at ECLB.

 

Southwest Light Rail Transit Project – Jody Strakosch, Shawn Smith

  • Jody represents KIAA on the Community Advisory Committee.  The CAC met in May.  Jennifer Munt stated that the Met Council would find funding to move ahead with SWLRT. The FEIS was reviewed; Nani Jacobsen recognized Kenwood for providing feedback that drove changes from the SDEIS to the FEIS.  Further, station art was approved for the West 21st St Station, which is what the Kenwood station will be named.  The next meeting will be June 28th.
  • Shawn has coordinated a meeting on June 13th for the Met Council to present the FEIS and take questions from residents.  This meeting was supported by the board.
  • Shawn presented the FEIS draft and will circulate a soft copy to the board and Jody to be reviewed and approved as an action between meetings.  The deadline for submission is June 13th for any comments, and must be done in writing to the Southwest Project Office.

 

New Business/Action Taken Between Meetings – All

  • Parking at the Kenwood Corner continues to be a challenge, with visitors parking too close to the alley and to corners and blocking access.  Jeanette called the city to determine the cost of parking signs.  Action to be taken between meetings.
  • Kenwood Corner Raingarden Signage was approved as an action taken between meetings.  The Raingarden is now installed and the sign provides good information about the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District.  KIAA thanks Angie Erdrich for her work to beautify the corner.
  • Louise Erdrich is taking the space formerly occupied by Stephen Dean for a business to be announced shortly.

 

The meeting was adjourned by Chair Jeanette Colby at 9:10 p.m.

 

Updates: If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at kiaa55405@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more. If you are interested in participating on the Board, please contact us. 

 

The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is Monday, July 11th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Recreation Center. Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.  KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service, and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kenwoodminneapolis.org

  

May 2016 KIAA 5th Annual Gathering

 For the 5th year, KIAA had its annual meeting on May 2nd at Kenwood Corner, in front of BeArtrageous Studio and The Kenwood Restaurant.

 In attendance were seven KIAA serving board members up for re-election, one new member-elect, City Council Member Lisa Goodman, Hennepin County Commissioner Marion Green, Minneapolis Parks Commissioner Anita Tabb, and approximately 100 neighbors.

 The gathering began at 6PM.  The weather was great and everyone enjoyed Red Wagon Pizza and beverages, compliments of KIAA. BeArtrageous hosted activities for children.

Chair Jeanette Colby called the meeting part of the gathering to order at 6:45PM.  There was a moment of remembrance for Jim Gilroy, KIAA board member who passed away suddenly in April.  Jim will be greatly missed; he was a kind and generous person, dedicated to improving our entire community.  The family has reserved a site for a park bench in his memory on Lake of the Isles.  Friends and neighbors who would like to contribute may do so.  KIAA Board Member Angie Erdrich will facilitate, please make checks payable to Minneapolis Finance Department, Memo “Jim Gilroy Bench” and mail to her at 2217 Oliver Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405.  A receipt will come from Minneapolis Parks, and the Gilroy family will receive a list of donor names.  Please submit donations by June 1st in hopes of installing the bench this summer.

KIAA thanked retiring board member Ed Pluimer.  Ed has generously served on the board for over 20 years, most recently as Treasurer.  Our neighborhood is grateful for his energy and commitment.

Jeanette then stated the purpose of the board and highlighted some of the board’s activities in the past year:  SWLRT work including work such as efforts to mitigate potential adverse effects to the neighborhood (if the project comes to pass), support of Rec Center events including Shakespeare in the Park, Raingardens from Metro Blooms, and positive programming for East Cedar Lake (Hidden) Beach.  The “Welcome Orioles” project – an environmental learning program for Kenwood School, co-sponsored with the Cedar Lake Park Association, received a shout-out from neighbors in attendance.

Jeanette introduced the board members up for re-election in addition to herself:  Jack Levi, Larry Moran, Mike Bono, Angie Erdrich, Josine Peters, Matt Spies (Treasurer Elect), and Shawn Smith.  One new board member, Mark Brown was introduced.  Jeanette made the motion for re-election/election of the 2016-17 board, and the neighbors voted in favor.

The meeting was adjourned at 7PM and the gathering continued so everyone could continue socializing and enjoying more delicious pizza!

KIAA would like to thank neighbors that supported KIAA financially at the gathering and throughout the year.  It helps us fund activities and keep our neighborhood strong!

Other updates, action between meetings:

The 2015 KIAA Annual Report was approved by the board on April 28th.  The Annual Report is required by the City of Minneapolis Community Participation Program.  The report was prepared by Mike Bono with input from KIAA board members, and submitted by the 4/29 deadline.

Matt and Julia Spies’s are requesting a variance for a remodel on their home.  As the Spies proactively partnered with their neighbors, KIAA supports their variance.  The variance will be reviewed at the Board of Adjustment meeting on June 9th.

There will be a Kenwood Neighborhood Rummage Festival of June 10-12th.  Please join your neighbors and plan a rummage sale during those dates!  If you are not able to have your own rummage sale, please consider donating to the Kenwood Elementary School Benefit Rummage Sale at the Kenwood Rec Center.   The rummage runs June 11 from 9-2PM. Donations can be dropped off at the Kenwood Recreation Center on June 10th from 4-6PM.  100% of proceeds benefit the Kenwood School.  Volunteers are needed to price goods, manage the sale, and haul goods to charity at 2PM on the 11th.  Contact Angie Erdrich to volunteer:  angie_sandeep@yahoo.com.

Updates: KIAA board membership is a great way to get informed and engaged in issues affecting our neighborhood.  If you are interested in joining the board, we are seeking new members so please contact us.  If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at kiaa55405@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more about the association.

 The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is Monday, June 1st from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Recreation Center. Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.  KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kenwoodminneapolis.org

 

 

April 2016 KIAA Meeting Minutes

 KIAA Board met April 4th, 2016 at Kenwood Rec Center

Vice Chair Larry Moran called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Directors present:  Vice Chair Larry Moran, Treasurer Ed Pluimer, Matt Spies (Minutes), Angie Erdrich, Mike Bono, Jack Levi.  Absent:  Chair Jeanette Colby, Shawn Smith, Josine Peters, Jim Gilroy.  Also present:  Lisa Goodman, Jean Deatrick

Unanimous Approval of the Agenda

City Council Update –  Lisa Goodman

  • Upcoming Lunch with Lisas:
    • April 27  – Discussion with Made Here, the creative place-making initiative to fill empty downtown storefronts
    • May – Bill Leaf will talk about tourism master planning
    • June  – Field trip to Claire Givens Violin, premier violin reconstruction/repair; 40 people may attending in two groups of 20.  Contact Lisa’s office if you would like to attend.
    • Street sweeping starting April 13 running through May 9
    • Yard waste pickup will begin in Kenwood on April 11
    • Lisa highlighted the state of the Hennepin/Lyndale Reconstruction Project road closures
    • On April 21, Board of Adjustment will be hearing variance for property at 2401 Sheridan Ave.  Adjacent residents will receive a notice in the mail by April 10th.
    • Lisa provided an overview of her and Council Member Barb Johnsons plan for the city to work with the Park Board to provide funding for neighborhood parks
    • The Annual Gathering will be Monday May 2nd at Kenwood Corner.  All neighbors are invited to attend.  The meeting will include a brief meeting:  the election of the KIAA Board and a recap of association activities for the year.  This has been a fun annual event in the past couple of years, so please plan to come out and meet your board and connect with neighbors.
    • The meeting will be announced via Hill and Lakes, the Spring Newsletter, and Next Door.
    • As an action taken between meetings, the board approved the hiring of Red Wagon Pizza, and will be paid for by KIAA funds estimated at $1890.

Annual Gathering – All

2016/2017 Budgeting

  • The board discussed the merits and limitations of creating a budget for the 2016/2017 operating year.   The primary concern and is the complexity of the requirements for using various funds.
  • Matt Spies will coordinate an assembly of board members to explore ways to implement a framework for spending and raising KIAA funds.
  • Park Board has indicated that they do not have capacity for an additional movie in the park for summer 2016.
  • An Oriole feeding station will be installed in Cedar Lake Park between May 3 – May 17 by Kenwood Elementary School students.  The project is sponsored by Birchbark Books.  Bird watching volunteers are needed.  Contact Angie_Sandeep@yahoo.com

New Business – All

 

NOTE: The following information was approved to be added to the minutes by a motion taken after the meeting.

 

Southwest Light Rail Transit – Shawn Smith (update provided in abstentia)

  • Since the March KIAA meeting, letters opposing the current SWLRT Kenilworth Plan were sent to Governor Dayton, Lt Governor Smith.  An aide in Governor Dayton’s office responded and assisted in getting a response from Adam Duininck, Chair, Metropolitan Council.  The letter thanked KIAA for our participation in the process and informed the following points:
    • The Final EIS will be published in 2nd Quarter of 2016, and no other responses will be forthcoming until then.  In the EIS will be the answers to KIAAs (and others) DEIS and SDEIS responses.
    • There will be a ten day public comment period
    • There will be no process for resolution of further concerns as this is not a part of the process of the National Environmental Protection Act process.
    • Shawn expressed to the aide in Governor Dayton’s office that securing a form response from Mr Duininck was secondary to our concerns.  He asked for Governor Dayton to confirm that he was aware of and supports or does not support the following:
      • That a derailment collision between an ethanol train and light rail train will be a significant danger to the community and Target Field.
      • That other less expensive and more flexible options for transit exist, including bus rapid transit
      • That the Chain of Lakes could be degraded due to pile driving
      • The Met Council is a defendant in a lawsuit over failure to disclose discussions of other routes
      • That ridership of an Uptown line would well exceed the current alignment
      • That projected ridership figures at 21st St Station are not credible
      • That there will be 22 hours of contiguous noise every five minutes in one of the quietest areas in Minneapolis
      • That not one low income neighborhood will be within reasonable walking distance of any Minneapolis station.
      • We asked for an appointment with the Governor.  There was no response.  Shawn waited ten days and said that because the Governor failed to respond, we would need to inform our constituents that our elected officials and the Governor are aware of the above controversies and find them to be acceptable.

 

The meeting was adjourned by Vice Chair Larry Moran at 8:36 p.m.

 

Updates: If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at kiaa55405@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more. If you are interested in participating on the Board, please contact us. 

 

The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is our Annual Neighborhood Gathering on Monday, May 2nd at 6 p.m. at the Kenwood Corner in front of The Kenwood and BeArtrageous. Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.  KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service, and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kenwoodminneapolis.org  

 

 March 2016 KIAA Meeting Minutes

 KIAA Board met March 7th, 2016 at Kenwood Rec Center

 Chair Jeanette Colby called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

 Directors present:  Chair Jeanette Colby, Vice Chair Larry Moran, Treasurer Ed Pluimer, Matt Spies, Angie Erdrich, Mike Bono, Josine Peters, Shawn Smith (Recording Secretary).  Absent:  Jim Gilroy, Jack Levi.  Also present Patrick Sadler, Pat Scott, Phil Nordberg, Laureen Carlson, Will Stensrud

March Agenda was Approved Unanimously

 

City Council Update – Patrick Sadler, Lisa Goodman’s Office

  • The Community Planning and Economic Development plan for both Ward 7 and the city were provided.  Any residents that would like a copy can contact Lisa’s office or go to the City Website.
  • Lunch with Lisa will be Noon, March 30th at St Thomas Opus Hall; the topic is Sister Cities of Minneapolis.
  • Utility work continues on the Hennepin/Lyndale reconstruction.  Please contact Lisa’s office to receive email updates on construction closures.
  • The Workplace Partnership Meetings proceed to review sick time and paid time off policy.  A final recommendation is due March 16.
  • There are openings on multiple boards and commissions in Minneapolis.  Any interested residents can apply via the city website.
  • The Community Connection Conference is Saturday April 2nd at the Minneapolis Convention Center to kick off 3 Year Planning for Minneapolis 2040.  The public is invited.  Jeanette suggested that Lisa’s office post information to Next Door to ensure the 7th Ward is represented if nobody from KIAA is able to attend.
  • Reduced pricing is being offered for rain barrels and compost bins.  www.recycleminnesota.org. The city will also have a limited number of trees available to residents for $25.  You can order a tree for your property beginning March 21, see www.treetrust.org.

 

Request for Support of Variance for Accessory Dwelling, 2401 Sheridan Ave S – Phil Nordberg and Laureen Carlson

  • Phil and Laureen requested variance support from KIAA to be able to add a bathroom and categorize their garage as an ADU.  The overall footprint will not change.
  • KIAA is generally supportive.  The petitioners have not spoken to each neighbor but will be sending out notices to all neighbors within 300 feet.  Jeanette motioned to support the variances, contingent that neighbors are all informed and have no objections.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

East Cedar Lake Beach Committee Update – Matt Spies

  • Matt is in the process of confirming the open swim, pop up playground, and other activities for Summer 2016.  Event schedules will be published in Hill and Lakes Press.
  • Jeanette signed the agreement for extra police patrols.  With the warm weather, Matt is working with Park Police to start patrols.
  • Activities are being coordinated with Kenwood School, including bird watching.  Volunteers are needed to lead school hikes in April and May, please contact Angie Erdrich at angie_sandeep@yahoo.com

 

Southwest Light Rail Transit – Shawn Smith

  • Shawn shared that since the last meeting, letters were sent to the FTA, Senator Klobuchar, Senator Franken, and Rep Ellison as KIAA continues to escalate neighborhood concerns over this project.
  • A letter was also sent to Governor Dayton and Lt Governor Smith, with copies of the letters sent to the State and Federal officials asking for his support in getting a meaningful response to neighborhood concerns, which are centered on the risks and ripple effects of co-location of SWLRT and ethanol trains.  His office responded with questions, and KIAA is preparing a communication to send back.
  • Jeanette will invite Sophia Ginis from the Met Council to our April meeting since she did not respond to our March meeting invitation.
  • There was a discussion that despite our concerns, planning moves ahead unabated.  All are encouraged to contact their elected officials if they have concerns over co-location, noise, vibration, cost, etc
  • KIAA has been actively communicating neighborhood concerns to local, state, and federal officials.  Due to an overall lack of responsiveness to those, the board approved a motion to send communication to President Obama, which will represent the highest level of escalation, and likely final, that the board will take.

 

Annual Meeting – All

  • The Annual Meeting will be Monday May 2nd at Kenwood Corner.  All neighbors are invited to attend.  The meeting will include the election of the KIAA Board and a recap of association financials.  This has been a fun annual event in the past couple of years, so please plan to come out and meet your board and connect with neighbors.
  • The meeting will be announced via Hill and Lake Press, the Spring Newsletter, and Next Door.
  • Angie, Josine, and Matt are researching options for food to reduce costs from last year.

 

Board Succession Planning – All

·         With Ed stepping down, KIAA will need to fill the Treasurer role starting May 2016.

·         KIAA is actively seeking new board members.  We need neighbors that are willing to volunteer 3-4 hours per month either as a board member or support a subcommittee.  There are several board members that have served for a decade or more and are looking to retire.  We need your help to fill these positions to continue the level of thoroughness being delivered today.

 

New Business – All

  • KIAA is seeking a representative for the Green Zone work being done by the city.

 

The meeting was adjourned by Chair Jeanette Colby at 8:36 p.m.

 

Updates: If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at kiaa55405@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more. If you are interested in participating on the Board, please contact us. 

 

The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is Monday, April 4th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Recreation Center. Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.  KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service, and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kenwoodminneapolis.org

 

 February 2016 KIAA Meeting Minutes

 KIAA Board met February 1st, 2016 at Kenwood Rec Center

 Chair Jeanette Colby called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

 Directors present:  Chair Jeanette Colby, Vice Chair Larry Moran, Treasurer Ed Pluimer, Jim Gilroy, Matt Spies, Jack Levi, Angie Erdrich, Mike Bono, Shawn Smith (Recording Secretary).  Absent:  Josine Peters.  Also present CM Lisa Goodman, Jean Deatrick, Meg Forney, Amanda Vallone, and Jody Strakosch

 

The Agenda was Approved Unanimously

 

City Council Update – Lisa Goodman

  • Lunch with Lisa will be February 24th.  The topic will be the City Workforce Training and Equity programs on Job Training.
  • 2431 22nd St W ownership has requested a historic review and may be requesting a variance to the board in the near future.  Neighbors are reminded that KIAA is typically notified of variance requests and can help navigate the process.
  • The city prefers that the SWLRT station be called “Cedar Lake Station.”  The Met Council has suggested that 21st St Station is not a clear indicator of the location of the station but has asked for input.  (KIAA hesitates to put forth a suggestion because KIAA does not support co-location of freight and light rail, but if KIAA were to have a preference it would be West 21st St.)

 

Closing the Gap in Our Parks – Meg Forney

  • Meg is looking for volunteers to work for a Citizens Group to get signatures to support a referendum on the ballot for “The Closing of the Gap” for funding of $15M/year for the next 20 years to implement repairs in neighborhood parks.  If residents are interested, please contact Meg or Anita Tabb at the Park Board.  Additional information is available on the Park Board website.

 

East Cedar Lake Beach Funding Recommendation – Chief Ohotto

  • The success at East Cedar Lake Beach to reduce crime was in large part due to the partnership between KIAA and the Park Police.  The recommendation from Chief Ohotto was to spend $5000 for 2016 vs $8000 spent last year.  Police reports were reduced from 101 in 2014 to 56 in 2015.
  • The board voted unanimously to spend $5000 for additional police patrols at ECLB in 2016 and be active early in the season.

 

Financial Report – Ed Pluimer

  • Ed shared that two disbursements were made in January relating to SWLRT planning and the Metro Blooms project.

 

Thrill Kenwood – Amanda Vallone

  • This event raised $400 for The Bridge for Youth.
  • The 1st annual Rock Kenwood Dance Party will be held at the Rec Center on Saturday February 27th from 3-6PM.  There will be a DJ, contests, crafting, and more.

 

East Cedar Lake Beach Committee (ECLB)– Matt Spies

·         Matt recapped the recent committee meeting and the programming ideas for 2016.

  • Log rolling and Open Swim are planned to continue in 2016.
  • New ideas include puppet shows, art activities, potlucks, and more.
  • KIAA is considering putting forth up to $2000 of additional funding for activities, and discussed how to engage neighbors that might be interested in donating funds to support the activities.

 

Southwest Light Rail Transit Project – Jody Strakosch, Shawn Smith

  • Jody represents KIAA on the Community Advisory Committee.  Jody reported that the November and December meetings were cancelled by the Met Council.  In the January meeting, progress updates were shared by the project office.  Final environmental impact statement is due in April.  Civil construction will begin fall of 2016.  There will be 29 private properties impacted by construction in Minneapolis, primarily adjacent to the Kenilworth Corridor.
  • Shawn reported that some responses were received from correspondence to Minnesota Senators and Representatives on the Transportation Committees.  Some responded to take KIAA response under advisement, and some spoke in favor of KIAA’s position opposing co-location.
  • Shawn brought a motion to continue to present KIAA’s position opposing co-location to FTA officials in the Chicago office that are working with the Met Council on the alignment.  The board unanimously approved to send a letter.  Shawn will circulate it as an action between meetings for board review and final approval.

 

New Business – All

  • Jeanette is working to identify a point of contact for the Restorative Justice Program, who would coordinate community service work for the people in the program.
  • KIAA recognizes Stephen Dean and his long standing contributions to the neighborhood. Kathie Constantine shared that his tailoring business in Downtown Kenwood is expected to close at the end of March.  He kept the neighborhood looking good with the many fine seams, hems, and alterations he provided over his 40 years in business, and we wish him well in retirement.

 

The meeting was adjourned by Chair Jeanette Colby at 8:46 p.m.

 

Updates: If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at kiaa55405@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more. If you are interested in participating on the Board, please contact us. 

 

The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is Monday, March 7th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Recreation Center. Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.  KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service, and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kenwoodminneapolis.org

 

 January 2016 KIAA Meeting Minutes

 KIAA Board met January 4th, 2016 at Kenwood Rec Center

 Chair Jeanette Colby called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

 Directors present:  Chair Jeanette Colby, Vice Chair Larry Moran, Treasurer Ed Pluimer, Jim Gilroy, Matt Spies, Jack Levi, Josine Peters, Shawn Smith (Recording Secretary).  Absent:  Angie Erdrich, Mike Bono.  Also present CM Lisa Goodman, Jean Deatrick

The Agenda was Approved Unanimously

City Council Update Lisa Goodman

 

  • A body was found frozen in the ice in the channel between Lake Calhoun and Lake of the Isles on January 4th.  It is not known to be a crime related situation and there is no danger to the public.  Residents are encouraged to demonstrate caution before proceeding to go out on the ice, especially areas that are not designated for winter recreational use.
  • Lunch with Lisa is on Wednesday January 27th, the topic is a preview of the 2016 state legislative session. Senator Dibble among other elected officials are expected to attend.  Please contact Lisa’s office if you plan to attend.
  • Hennepin/Lyndale utility work continues.  Sewer work will be necessary on Vineland Place near the Walker and Sculpture Garden.  Construction updates and road closures are available via Lisa’s office in her email updates.
  • Residents are advised that there needs to be a minimum 5 foot clearance on either side of alleys and driveways.  Neighbors are having difficulties accessing driveways and alleys when visitors or residents are parked within 5 feet of one.  This has been a challenge particularly at Kenwood Corner.  If access is blocked, neighbors can call 311 for assistance.

 

Financial Report – Ed Pluimer

  • Ed updated KIAA that the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District paid KIAA for the 15 neighborhood Raingarden projects.  KIAA will in turn pay MetroBlooms with these funds, as well as the KIAA share of $1134, approved at the December Meeting.

 

Noise Issues

  • Local businesses are advised to ensure that their garbage and recycling services are observing local noise ordinances.  Garbage and recycling are not to be picked up prior to 6AM.  We love our local businesses.  Neighbors observing violations are encouraged to speak to the business owner first, and if unresolved then take a photo of the truck and email KIAA or Lisa Goodman’s office and we will contact the refuse service.

 

East Cedar Lake Beach (ECLB)– Matt Spies

·         Matt updated KIAA that the next ECLB Committee Meeting will take place on Tuesday Jan 26th at 7PM at the Kenwood Community Center.  All are welcome.

·         Matt will invite Park Police Chief Ohotto to the February meeting to start the dialogue on the strategy for the summer of 2016.

 

Southwest Light Rail Transit Project – Jeanette Colby, Shawn Smith

  • Jeanette reported that the SWLRT environmental impact statement will not consider impacts of freight rail changes in the Kenilworth Corridor funded by the project, according to a recent email from the Southwest Project Office.  These changes include moving the rail much closer to homes, upgrading the tracks, building a bridge across the Kenilworth Canal, and removing many trees and green spaces.  Further, although the SWLRT project will spend tens of millions of dollars to “co-locate” freight and light rail, the Met Council says it “is not making freight rail permanent” in the Kenilworth Corridor.  KIAA is concerned that the upgraded freight rail infrastructure could encourage more trains at higher speeds, and create additional noise and safety concerns.  KIAA believes the SDEIS is flawed because it does not treat freight as a permanent condition, and therefore adverse impacts are understated.
  • Jeanette attended the section 106 meeting on December 3rd.  Section 106 protects historic properties impacted by federally funded projects.  The Kenilworth Channel is protected by section 106.  With input by Michael Schroeder of the MPRB, a bridge design has been agreed upon and the historic WPA retaining walls on the east side of the proposed bridge are now under consideration.  A memorandum of understanding will be developed in the coming months, and KIAA will decide whether or not to sign it when the time comes.
  • Shawn, on behalf of KIAA, contacted each member of the Minnesota Senate and House Transportation Committees to surface the board’s continued concerns with co-location.  KIAA asked that the $135M of the state portion of the funding be put on hold.  This is to be voted on in the upcoming legislative session.  KIAA maintains that in a time of increased concern over rail safety, co-location of light rail and ethanol trains will pose a continual and sustained danger to the Kenwood neighborhood should there be a derailment. and we remain opposed to co-location.  The Minneapolis City Council, knowing of this risk, has nonetheless approved co-location, so KIAA is appealing to the state level.
  • County Commissioner Marion Greene is planning a public meeting on Wednesday, February 3rd.  KIAA will post time and place to NextDoor Kenwood.

 

New Business – All

·         Angie Erdrich will post in Next Door Kenwood a notice to invite neighbors to determine interest for the MetroBlooms Raingarden program for 2016

  • Lake of the Isles Skating Party is Sunday, January 24th.

 

The meeting was adjourned by Chair Jeanette Colby at 8:38 p.m.

 

Updates: If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at kiaa55405@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more. If you are interested in participating on the Board, please contact us. 

 

The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is Monday, February 1st from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Recreation Center. Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.  KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service, and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kenwoodminneapolis.org

 

December 2015 KIAA Meeting Minutes

 KIAA Board met December 7th, 2015 at Kenwood Rec Center

 Chair Jeanette Colby called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

 Directors present:  Jeanette Colby, Matt Spies, Angie Erdrich, Larry Moran, Ed Pluimer, Mike Bono, Shawn Smith (minute taker).  Absent:  Jim Gilroy, Jack Levi, Josine Peters  Also Present CM Lisa Goodman, Jean Deatrick

Agenda was approved unanimously

Action Taken Since November Meeting

  • Jeanette Colby composed a letter to the SWLRT Corridor Management Committee articulating KIAA concerns that the SDEIS had shortcomings.  These arise from Met Council’s decision to treat freight rail as an “existing condition.” However, the SWLRT proposes creating permanent freight rail infrastructure where only temporary rail exists, and SDEIS failed to properly consider the safety, environmental, vibration, noise, and economic impact of that decision with freight rail as an existing condition.  In the December meeting, KIAA members voted in favor of sending the letter prior to the CMC.

 

City Council Update – Lisa Goodman

  • December 9th is the final opportunity for residents to testify at the City Council meeting regarding the 2016 budget and taxes.  Lisa encourages residents to appear in person or email their city representatives to provide testimony and input on how residential tax revenue is generated and spent.  This meeting will be in the past by the time these minutes are published, however residents are notified well in advance of the annual hearing in their Truth in Taxation statements for future tax years.
  • Lunch with Lisa will resume in January.  December 14th marks the annual December Later with Lisa event at the Normandy Inn.
  • Utility work is continuing on the Hennepin/Lyndale reconstruction.  Infrastructure has deteriorated further than expected and the project is approximately 6 weeks behind.
  • Lisa confirmed that a variance at 2432 Sheridan Ave S was approved by the city.  This was endorsed by KIAA at the November meeting.  KIAA will seek input as broadly as possible for future requests

 

Financial Report – Ed Pluimer

  • Ed provided prior the meeting a recap of monies received from KIAA members as well as November transactions (expenditures), and these were discussed in the meeting.
  • The source of the remainder of Rain Garden funding was discussed.  Jeanette moved to use money from the NRP neighborhood livability Phase II fund.  Passed unanimously.  Mike Bono agreed to ensure that all city requirements were met to utilize that fund.

 

Resolution regarding Jean Deatrick’s contract – Ed Pluimer, Mike Bono

  • Jean’s contract is set to expire at the end of the year.  Jean supports KIAA with communication, publication of the minutes, announcements, reimbursements, and other administrative activities.  Mike moved to extend her contract under the same terms until December 31st 2016.  Ed seconded the motion.  Passed unanimously.

 

East Cedar Lake Beach (ECLB)– Matt Spies

·         Matt is reaching out to the Park Board to align on proposed activities for summer 2016.  KIAA continues to work on ensuring ECLB will be able to be used safely by all residents.  There will be a public meeting in January to discuss 2016 strategies, date/time/place to be posted on Nextdoor Kenwood.

  • KIAA increased funding in 2015 to support existing funding from the Park Board et al, and research will be done to understand how much funding will be in place from other sources prior to a KIAA funding commitment for 2016.

 

Southwest Light Rail Transit Project – Jeanette Colby, Shawn Smith

  • Discussion continued from the November meeting regarding engaging state and federal officials over ongoing concerns for rail safety as well as other unaddressed concerns.  KIAA will contact state level transportation bill conferees to raise the concerns before end of year, and then again as State Legislators go back into session in February.  KIAA will also contact Federal Transit officials in advance of final funding of the line to ensure that federal officials are aware of local concerns with regard to safety, environmental, noise, vibration, and economic adverse effects not sufficiently addressed in the SDEIS.

 

New Business – All

·         Metro Blooms is asking if KIAA would be interested in partnering on Rain Gardens again in 2016.  Angie will inform them of KIAA interest, pending gauging neighborhood interest.

 

The meeting was adjourned by Chair Jeanette Colby at 8:33 p.m.

 

Updates: If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at kiaa55405@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more. If you are interested in participating on the Board, please contact us. 

 

The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is Monday, January 4th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Recreation Center. Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.  KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service, and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kenwoodminneapolis.org

 

 

 

 

November 2015 KIAA Meeting Minutes

 KIAA Board met November 2nd, 2015 at Kenwood Rec Center

 Chair Jeanette Colby called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

 Directors present:  Jeanette Colby, Matt Spies, Angie Erdrich, Jim Gilroy, Ed Pluimer, Jack Levi, Shawn Smith (minute taker).  Absent:  Larry Moran, Mike Bono, Josine Peters

 

Action Taken Since October Meeting

  • KIAA sent a response to the SWLRT project office regarding SWLRT Section 106 meeting Sept 23rd, as it relates to concerns over the traffic study.  There is a discrepancy in the ridership numbers vs SDEIS.

 

Variance Request for Peterson Residence, 2432 Sheridan Ave S

  • Request made in person by owners to enlarge the structure, extending a less than six foot variance along the property line.  A second variance was requested to extend the garage by five feet closer to the street, which is still within the set back.  Angie motioned to support, Matt to second, passed unanimously.

 

Changes to Bylaws, Articles – Ed Pluimer

  • Ed proposed changes to KIAA bylaws to modernize them, having consulted with Robert Cooper of the City of Minneapolis legal department.  For example, serving information via email vs paper mail, yet preserving multi modal communication which would include an annual newsletter or mailings at the discretion of KIAA.  Ed moved that KIAA approve the rewritten bylaws which would then be filed with the state, and stored on KIAA’s website.  Passed unanimously.
  • Ed then moved to change articles of incorporation to update the registered office of KIAA to the Kenwood Rec Center.  Matt seconded, passed unanimously.

 

Rain Gardens – Angie Erdrich

  • Angie moved to pay $1134 for KIAA cost share to Metro Blooms (or up to $1200 in case of minor variance in the final invoice).  The costs increased due to decreased participation due to untenable soil conditions or other issues that were not able to be mitigated.  Motion seconded by Jim, passed unanimously.
  • The raingarden at Kenwood Corner was paid for by the private donations and the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District.  In order to finalize funding, a sign is needed.  The sign will be reviewed as action taken outside the meeting.

 

East Cedar Lake Beach (ECLB)– Matt Spies

·         ECLB committee met in October to debrief the year and start planning for next year.  Residents that have ideas for activities for 2016 are encouraged to contact Matt Spies.  2015 saw a tremendous amount of success and KIAA is excited to build on this success but needs continued neighborhood engagement even if there was an increase in usage via activities and a decrease in criminal activity.

  • Engagement with Anita Tabb and the Minneapolis Park and Rec Board was also discussed as an offline action.

 

Southwest Light Rail Transit Project – Jeanette Colby, Shawn Smith

  • KIAA discussed whether to continue to engage in SWLRT via writing letters to state and federal officials addressing co-location concerns in the Kenilworth Corridor as KIAA was unable to gain support at the city level.  Specifically, to petition state and federal officials to withhold funding due to continuing and increasing concerns over the danger of the co-location of ethanol trains and SWLRT.  Further action to be taken between meetings, but accountability of individual public officials will be the focus, specifically, their knowledge of the risks, and how they plan to vote, is the plan of action via written correspondence.
  • Hennepin County Commissioner Marion Greene has proposed a neighborhood general community update.  Jeanette will encourage CM Greene to have the meeting, KIAA will not formally participate.

 

The meeting was adjourned by Chair Jeanette Colby at 8:43 p.m.

 

Updates: If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at kiaa55405@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more. If you are interested in participating on the Board, please contact us. 

 

The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is Monday, December 7th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Recreation Center. Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.  KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kenwoodminneapolis.org

 

 October 2015 KIAA Meeting Minutes

 KIAA Board met October 5th, 2015 at Kenwood Rec Center

 Chair Jeanette Colby called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

 Board Members present:  Jeanette Colby, Larry Moran, Mike Bono, Jim Gilroy, Ed Pluimer, Jack Levi, Josine Peters, Shawn Smith (minute taker).  Absent:  Matt Spies, Angie Erdrich.

Others present:  CM Lisa Goodman, Marc Holtey (Kenwood Rec Center), 2 other attendees

 

City Council Update – CM Lisa Goodman

  • The September lunch with Lisa had over 75 attendees to hear about the Nicollet Mall renovation.  At the October Lunch with Lisa Wed Oct 21st, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, State Senator Steve Simon will speak about the Voting Rights Act.  Room 334 of the St Thomas Law School.  All are welcome to attend, please RSVP in advance to Lisa’s office.
  • Fall street sweeping will start on October 20th.  Please watch for parking restrictions.  Social media will be used to communicate dates.
  • Cedar Lake Parkway will be repaved – from 394 to the BNSF bridge.  It will start October 19th, last 6 days, and be a complete closure.
  • There was a discussion regarding variances and tear downs.  Neighbors are encouraged to review variance proposals with KIAA board so the board can be aware of variance requests.

 

Financial Report – Ed Pluimer

  • Ed attended to any previously discussed financial compliance and efficiency concerns.

 

Changes to Bylaws – Ed Pluimer

  • Ed proposed that bylaws be examined and modernized.  For example, the bylaws state that minutes must be maintained in a book.  However, now electronic copies are preferred to minimize paper waste.  Also that 1st class mail is used for communications, and now electronic notice is more economical and more efficient.  There was also a discussion on how to document action (votes) taken outside of meetings.

 

Kenwood Rec Center – Mark Holtey

  • Mark re-requested funding from KIAA for a rechargeable sound system to be used for neighborhood programming, at a cost of $2200.  Motion to fund passed with two abstentions.

 

Hennepin Lake Community Wine Tasting Fundraiser – Jeanette Colby

·         KIAA is selling tickets to the event which is being held on Wed October 28th.  Advance ticket sales benefit KIAA.  Please email Jeanette Colby; email is available on the KIAA website.

 

Southwest Light Rail Transit Project – Jeanette Colby, Shawn Smith

  • It was noted that each member of the City Council, Mayor Hodges, and Peter Wagenius received a copy of the KIAA SDEIS with a request to require more information regarding mitigation, co-location, and construction concerns prior to granting municipal consent.  However, there was no response to KIAA from the Mayor or the Council and all city council members voted the same as prior municipal consent.
  • Hennepin County Commissioner Marion Greene has proposed a neighborhood Q/A meeting for any outstanding questions regarding the SWLRT project.  Jeanette and Shawn will post to Nextdoor Kenwood this opportunity to have a dialogue, to gauge neighborhood interest.
  • Jeanette outlined the finding to the Section 106 Traffic Study.  The finding in the study was that there would not be substantial changes to traffic near historic 106 properties.  The findings of the study appear to be inconsistent with the SDEIS statements regarding how many riders will use the 21st St Station and how riders will access the station.
  • KIAA will draft a letter to state and federal officials highlighting the danger of co-location of ethanol trains and high voltage LRT wires in the Kenilworth Corridor.

 

Announcements/New Business – Jeanette Colby

  • East Cedar Lake Beach Committee continues to meet monthly.  Meetings are posted to Nextdoor Kenwood.
  • Thrill Kenwood is Saturday October 24th, at 3PM.

 

The meeting was adjourned by Chair Jeanette Colby at 8:40 p.m.

 

 

Updates: If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at kiaa55405@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more. If you are interested in participating on the Board, please contact us. 

 

The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is Monday, November 2nd from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Recreation Center. Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.  KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kenwoodminneapolis.org

 

 

September 2015 KIAA Meeting Minutes

 KIAA Board met September 14th, 2015 at Kenwood Rec Center

 Chair Jeanette Colby called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

 Board Members present:  Jeanette Colby, Larry Moran, Mike Bono, Jim Gilroy, Ed Pluimer, Josine Peters, Angie Erdrich, Shawn Smith (minute taker).

Others present:  Park Police Chief Ohotto, Mark Holtey (Kenwood Rec Center), Jean Deatrich (Hill and Lakes), and 6 other neighbors

 

Opening Business

  • September Agenda was approved.
  • Recognition for Kathy Low for her participation in KIAA and to Larry Moran for Chairing KIAA for the past three years.
  • It was agreed that a November KIAA newsletter will be published and mailed.  Articles will be needed and will need to be sent to Jean Deatrich.
  • Angie Erdrich led a discussion regarding the final cost of the Raingarden Project, which will be finalized at a future date.

 

Bylaw and Finance Update – Ed Pluimer

  • Ed shared that he will put together a list of proposed bylaw changes that were discussed at the July KIAA meeting to be submitted.
  • Ed gave an overview of committed and past spending as a follow up to the account balance update emailed prior to the meeting.  It was determined to maintain one KIAA account going forward, instead of two, and Ed named some follow up tasks that he would tend to in order to ensure KIAA is compliant with the city policy, and it was also determined to maintain a May 31st fiscal year end and coincide with the annual election of the KIAA board.

 

Kenwood Rec Center – Mark Holtey

  • Mark requested funding from KIAA for the replacement of 3 picnic tables and a sound system.  A vote was deferred until ownership of the space where the picnic tables is housed could be confirmed.  Additionally, it was suggested that the Rec Center request funding from the Park Board.

 

East Cedar Lake Beach Update – Park Police Chief Ohotto/Matt Spies

·         Chief Ohotto shared that police reports for ECLB were 69 in 2015 vs 2014 last year.  Most reports were misdemeanors.  He attributes the reduction to Matt Spies and his task force and the community involvement at the beach, as well as concerned residents calling 911 when incidents occurred.  Chief Ohotto recommended continued KIAA-funded hours and activities moving forward.

  • The next Subcommittee Meeting is on October 13th at 7PM, Kenwood Rec Center.  Residents are encouraged to attend.
  • Permit Parking was discussed as a deterrent.  There is a Next Door thread discussing a petition to request it to deter beach attendance.  KIAA in the past has recommended that this is not a viable solution to deter crime, however agreed that the SubCommittee should reevaluate this as a solution to ensure that any recommendation reflects current views.

 

Amanda Vallone – beArtrageous

  • Amanda on behalf of beArtrageous proposed some activities for ECLB for 2016.  Activities would be for residents of all ages:  potlucks, craft parties, coffee and sunset gatherings, etc.  Activities would be funded by CPP or participants.
  • Amanda requested funding from KIAA to fund Thrill Kenwood on October 24th.  The activity is a neighborhood dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” at the corner of Penn and 21st St.   Proceeds go to Bridge for Youth, and emergency Shelter for for 10-17 year old youth.  KIAA approved $800 to fund the event, about 40% of the budget.

 

MPRB Ice Rink Warming Hut – Cliff Swenson/Kathy Spraitz

  • MPRB is considering updating the warming hut (without disruption to the footprint or skating area) at Lake of the Isles and across other rinks in the park system.  MPRB is beginning the process of informing city boards about the redesign, and if the project moves forward there would be a community engagement process in the future.  Goal is to have the project done by Fall 2017.

 

Southwest Light Rail Transit – Jeanette Colby/Shawn Smith/Jody Strakosch

  • Jody updated from the Community Advisory Committee, which met recently and the Project Office is proceeding as if they have full funding.  Jody asked that the key elements of the project be a standing topic on the agenda going forward, including co-location, noise, vibration, etc.  Meetings occur the 4th Thursday of every month.
  • Jeanette offered to contact County Commissioner Marion Greene to see if we would conduct a public hearing to ask questions.
  • KIAA agreed to distribute the SDEIS response to additional public officials.  The purpose is to gain support to get answers to those questions posed in the response, submitted to the Project Office in July 2015, that have yet to be answered.

 

The meeting was adjourned by Chair Jeanette Colby at 8:50 p.m.

 

 

Updates: If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at kiaa55405@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more. If you are interested in participating on the Board, please contact us. 

 

The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is Monday, October 5th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Recreation Center. Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.  KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kenwoodminneapolis.org

July 2015 KIAA Meeting Minutes

KIAA Board met July 6th, 2015 at Kenwood Rec Center

Chair Jeanette Colby called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Board Members present:  Jeanette Colby, Larry Moran, Jack Levi, Mike Bono, Jim Gilroy, Ed Pluimer, Josine Peters, Angie Erdrich, Shawn Smith (minute taker).

Others present:  Lisa Goodman, Matt Spies (ECLB Subcommittee and KIAA Board Member-Elect), Jean Deatrick, and 2 other neighbors

 

Opening Business

  • Jeanette Colby nominated Matt Spies to the board and his appointment was approved unanimously.

 

City of Minneapolis Update – CM Lisa Goodman

  • The next Lunch with Lisa will be August 26th.  Topic is TBD and Lisa is seeking input on ideas of broad interest to the ward.
  • NextDoor Kenwood will be increasingly used by the city for announcements and crime alerts, so neighbors are encouraged to sign up for the site.
  • There was a general discussion regarding street paving and repair.  Lisa encourages neighbors to call 3-1-1 to report any potholes in need of fill.  Major repaving for roads in need of repair could result in a potentially significant tax assessment for property owners on the street repaired.
  • Because of the buffer zone around parkland, it was emphasized that feral cats are not allowed in much of the Kenwood neighborhood, and should be reported to animal control.

 

Financial Report/Bylaws – Ed Pluimer

  • Year end financial recaps were circulated to KIAA board members prior to the July meeting.  The balance sheet will be attached to the CPP annual report to be sent to the city.  KIAA fiscal year runs from June 1 to May 31 due to the timing of the election of the board in May.
  • KIAA bylaws have not been updated in several years.  Ed offered to chair a subcommittee to review where updates should be made to allow more relevant communication methods, eg allowing electronic communication vs by US Mail.

 

CPP Annual Report – Mike Bono

  • Jeanette moved that the KIAA 2014 CPP Annual report be approved and sent to the city, and the motion was unanimously approved.

 

Dinkytown Historic Commercial Preservation – Jeanette Colby

  • The city is voting July 10th regarding preservation of the Dinkytown business district.  KIAA will circulate the letter from the preservation group should Kenwood residents wish to show support.  KIAA will not file a formal support with the city but voted to send a statement to the City Council in support of the Marcy Holmes Neighborhood Association (Dinkytown) in its adherence to its neighborhood small area plan.  Small area plans are developed with broad community input and may put parameters on developers to preserve neighborhood history and aesthetics.

 

Uptown Neighborhoods Working Group (UNWG) – Josine Peters

  • Per UNWG request, Josine attended the recent meeting of the working group and will provide input into the decisions and discussions related to the Uptown neighborhood.

 

Kenwood Raingardens Project – Angie Erdrich

  • The installations of raingardens in Kenwood continue to have interest in the neighborhood and Angie will continue to provide input and updates to Metro Blooms and KIAA.  20 Residences are approved to be funded by Metro Blooms and KIAA.

 

East Cedar Lake Beach Update – Matt Spies

  • Log Rolling continues to be a popular event – future dates will be announced on NextDoor Kenwood.  Open Water Swimming, sponsored by YWCA, is rolling out this summer.
  • Pledges have been raised for $1350 to fund a pop-up Adventure Park, 3 events to occur this summer.  Matt requested $750 in funding from KIAA to reach the goal of $3000 and for a fund to be established to be administered by KIAA to house the funding as it is collected.  Jeanette so moved and the motion passed unanimously.
  • Crime and Safety – Chief Ohotto provided an update in advance of the meeting that crime is down from prior years.  There are still some incidents that have required police response but of less frequency and severity vs prior summers.  Ed Pluimer reminded the board that $8K was allocated for increased police patrols this summer.  KIAA will continue to evaluate the effectiveness of the expenditure.
  • The next ECLB subcommittee meeting will be July 14th at Kenwood Rec Center and will be published on NextDoor Kenwood.

 

SWLRT Supplementary Draft EIS Response – Shawn Smith

  • The SDEIS response was submitted to the board for review prior to the meeting.  There was a general discussion regarding edits related to construction impacts, property values.  Angie moved to approve the response with amendments, and the motion passed unanimously.  The amendments to increase the focus on the response relating to construction short term impacts (noise, vibration, road damage).  The KIAA response will be submitted to the Met Council, and a response will be requested, by the July 21st deadline.

 

Investing in Neighborhood Parks/Closing the Gap – Josine Peters

  • The Minneapolis Park and Rec Board is conducting neighborhood hearings through late September to discuss the current state of Minneapolis Parks and those in need of repairs that may have been deferred.  Please see the Minneapolis Park and Rec Board for dates on upcoming hearings.  You can also email closingthegap@minneapolisparks.org for information and input.

 

 

The meeting was adjourned by Chair Jeanette Colby at 8:30 p.m.

 

 

Updates: If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at kiaa55405@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more. If you are interested in participating on the Board, please contact us. 

 

The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is Monday, August 3rd from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Recreation Center. Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.  KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kenwoodminneapolis.org

  

June 2015 KIAA Meeting Minutes

KIAA Board met June 1st, 2015 at Kenwood Rec Center

Chair Larry Moran called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

 

Board Members present:  Larry Moran, Jack Levi, Mike Bono, Jim Gilroy, Ed Pluimer, Josine Peters, Jeanette Colby, Shawn Smith (minute taker).

Others present:  Matt Spies (ECLB Subcommittee) and Jean Deatrich, and 3 other neighbors

 

City Council Update – CM Lisa Goodman

  • There will not be a Lunch with Lisa in June or July.  The next will be August 6th, topic is TBD.
  • Lisa is sending out a weekly downtown event and construction alert including sporting and arts events and street closures.  Future emails will include the reconstruction of Hennepin at Lyndale, Nicollet Mall Reconstruction, etc. Residents can sign up for the weekly Friday email by emailing Lisa’s office.  She is hopeful that the information will help residents and visitors get around town a little easier with all the construction and exciting downtown events.
  • Open Streets events are starting, sponsored by the city and the Bicycle Coalition.  There will be road closures and roads will be open to pedestrians and bikers.  Go to www.openstreetsmpls.com for more information.
  • With the warm weather approaching, residents are advised to keep garages and homes locked when not home.  This will deter crimes of opportunity.  Also, keep valuables out of sight in your car, and keep your car locked even when it is in your garage.  Residents are encouraged to call 911 if you see any suspicious activity.  This will help control crimes of opportunity.
  • The City and the Park Board advise to water trees regularly, and advise against pruning ash trees, which can spread the Emerald Ash borer.

 

East Cedar Lake Beach Update (ECLB, “Hidden Beach”) – Matt Spies

  • Activities are being planned to increase resident usage of the beach.  Activities will mainly be sponsored by a 3rd party, not the Park Board or City.  Matt will submit an article to Hill and Lakes Press with more information in an upcoming issue.
  • The first log roll was held on Saturday May 30th with about 25 attendees.
  • Open Lake Swimming is in the planning stages, similar Lake Nokomis Open Swim.  The intent is to give residents the opportunity to swim in open water for exercise and triathlon training.  Also for trained swimmers that do not have access to a pool.  The open swim events will be managed by the YMCA.
  • Other events are being planned, such as morning meditations, arts events, and more.  Announcements will be shared via the Nextdoor Kenwood website, so please sign up for the site for alerts on upcoming events.
  • Matt is working to see if a sign can be secured to post at the entrance of the beach area announcing the schedule of activities.
  • Matt is doing an amazing job leading the ECLB subcommittee and KIAA appreciates his dedication and effort to bring fun activities to ECLB for everyone.

 

Neighborhood Priority Plan – Kathy Low

  • Kathy Low outlined the revised neighborhood priority plan that was drafted to direct activities and advise the expenditure of Community Participation Program funds.  Changes to the former plan were advised in response to a recent survey of residents and ongoing KIAA priorities.  Kathy did not seek re-election and was handing the work off to the board.
  • Included in the plan is SWLRT work, additional police patrols for ECLB, monthly newsletter, and neighborhood programming activities.
  • The final revised plan will be submitted to the city and put on record in the KIAA archives.

SWLRT Discussion

  • The SDEIS is now published which reflects co-location of Light Rail and Freight Rail.  LRT Done Right is drafting a response to the SDEIS (Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement).  Jeanette Colby proposed that KIAA utilize the LRT Done Right as a foundation to the response for KIAA.  The responses are due by July 6th unless an extension is granted.  KIAA will draft a response representative of views expressed by residents and an evaluation of the SDEIS.  Any resident can review the SDEIS at www.metrocouncil.org.  Residents are encouraged to review environmental findings and mitigation plans and provide input to the Met Council directly.  The City of Minneapolis and Park Board are each planning to submit a response to the SDEIS in addition to those of LRT Done Right and KIAA.
  • KIAA will continue to be involved with the Citizens Advisory Committee.  KIAA did not support co-location of freight and light rail in the Kenilworth Corridor, but will focus the feedback on mitigation that is needed as determined by the board for safety, vibration, noise, light, and economic potential adverse effects on the neighborhood.

 

Election of KIAA Officers

  • Jeanette Colby was elected to Chair of the Board.  Ed Pluimer was re-elected as Treasurer.  Larry Moran was elected Vice Chair, to help oversee that transition of the position of Chair to Jeanette.  Shawn Smith was re-elected to Secretary.  The website will be updated by Jean Deatrich to reflect the officers for the next annual period.  It was noted that new members will be needed to continue the work of the board as some members have served for several terms and new resident participation is needed for succession planning.

 

The meeting was adjourned by Chair Larry Moran at 8:50 p.m.

 

 

Updates: If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at kiaa55405@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more. If you are interested in participating on the Board, please contact us. 

 

The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is Monday, July 6th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Recreation Center. Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.  KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kenwoodminneapolis.org

 

 

May 2015 KIAA 4th Annual Gathering

KIAA had its 4th annual gathering on May 5th in Downtown Kenwood, in front of BeArtrageous Studio and The Kenwood Restaurant.

In attendance were the KIAA board, Hennepin County Commissioner Marion Greene, MPRB Anita Tabb, Park Police Chief Jason Ohotto, 8 serving board members up for re-election, and approximately 80 neighbors.

The gathering began at 6PM. The weather was great and everyone enjoyed complimentary Red Wagon Pizza and beverages provided by KIAA. Janet Hallaway from The Bridge for Youth was available to answer questions regarding her organization and to take donations. BeArtrageous hosted activities for children.

Chair Larry Moran called the meeting part of the gathering to order at 6:45PM. He stated the purpose of the board and highlighted some of the board’s activities in the past year: SWLRT work including work on the CAC and mitigation of potential adverse effects to the neighborhood, support of Rec Center events including Shakespeare in the Park, Movies in the Park, Kenwood Carnival, and the Skating Party. He also introduced Matt Spies, who leads the subcommittee working to address concerns over East Cedar Lake “Hidden” Beach. Angie Erdrich gave an update on the Raingarden to be constructed at Kenwood Corner in August 2015.

Larry introduced the board members up for re-election in addition to himself: Jack Levi, Mike Bono, Angie Erdrich, Josine Peters, Jeanette Colby, Ed Pluimer, and Shawn Smith. Larry made the motion for re-election, and the neighbors voted in favor.

The meeting was adjourned at 7PM and the gathering continued so everyone could continue socializing and enjoying more delicious pizza!

Updates: KIAA board membership is a great way to get informed and engaged in issues affecting our neighborhood. If you are interested in joining the board, we are seeking new members so please contact us. If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at kiaa55405@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more about the association.

The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is Monday, June 1st from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Recreation Center. Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted. KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kenwoodminneapolis.org

 

April 2015 KIAA Meeting Minutes

The KIAA Board met April 6, 2015, at Kenwood Rec Center.

Chair Larry Moran called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Board Members present: Larry Moran, Jack Levi, Mike Bono, Angie Erdrich, Josine Peters, Jeanette Colby, Kathy Low, Ed Pluimer, Jim Gilroy.

Others present: Matt Spies (ECLB Subcommittee) and other Kenwood residents

7th Ward Update – City Council Member Lisa Goodman

 

  • Street sweeping on most north/south streets will be the week of April 13th; east/west streets and the remaining north/south streets will be the week of April 20th. Yard waste pickup begins week of April 13th; use compostable bags or yard waste containers.
  • The next Lunch with Lisa will be on Wednesday April 29th. Olga Viso, Executive Director of the Walker Art Center, will give an in-depth look at the Walker’s $75 million renovation plans, including the Sculpture Garden and improvements to the hill and along Vineland Place. As usual, please arrive between 11:30 – 11:45 am to get lunch and a seat for the program.
  • Lisa Goodman is also arranging a visit to the Minneapolis Emergency Operations Center the week of May 4th for interested residents. The Center was moved to Fridley and improved after the 35W bridge collapse. Space will be limited. Notice will be sent to anyone who is signed up for her regular notices by email. (Email her office if you would like to be added to her distribution list.)
  • Some qualified residents of CIDNA and Lowry Hill have volunteered to be on the Kenilworth Station Art and Landscape Committee that will look at station area design for some of the Minneapolis Southwest Light Rail stations. Selections will be made soon; contact Lisa Goodman’s office if anyone else is interested. KIAA expressed the strong interest in having this committee consider ways that the presence of a station could have a positive impact on problems at East Cedar Lake beach. Lisa Goodman thinks the committee will be focused only on the station design.
  • The owners of 1800 Lake/Knox project have stopped pumping water from the basement of the building into Lake Calhoun in accordance with the consent decree.
  • The City’s composting program has started; organics can be taken to drop-off sites listed at http://minneapolismn.gov/solid-waste/organics/WCMS1P-131996. One of the drop-off sites is the South Transfer Station, 2850 20th Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55407. Organics pick up will start in April 2016 for the Kenwood neighborhood. Homeowners will be charged for the service whether they sign up for pick up or not.

 

East Cedar Lake Beach Update – Matt Spies

 

  • The East Cedar Lake Beach KIAA subcommittee recently met and also conducted an online survey. Survey results will be posted on NextDoor; there was interest in log-rolling, which could be once/week in partnership with the maker of synthetic logs who lives in the area, as well as point-to-point swimming across Cedar Lake. The Park Board indicated that they would be supportive of this swimming by providing a lifeguard and allowing this activity, which normally is prohibited.
  • The subcommittee discussed that the Park Police are best situated to determine when to deploy extra policing funded by KIAA. Josine Peters introduced a resolution to allocate an additional $3,000 (when added to the previously approved $5,000, for a total of $8,000) of remaining KIAA NRP funds to the Police Buy-Back contract with the City. Jack Levi seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
    • Another idea for positive programming at the Beach is a canoe paddle derby. Jeanette Colby has confirmed the details for one KIAA-sponsored event for all ages: the Open Eye Figure Theatre Driveway Tour will be on Friday, June 5th at 7 p.m. at East Cedar Lake Beach. Residents are invited to picnic and enjoy an innovative puppet show. Jeanette Colby introduced a resolution approving $400 for the event; Kathy Low seconded and it passed unanimously.
    • Long-term solutions to the problems at the Beach were also discussed at the subcommitee’s recent meeting. Some of the Park Board’s ideas to be considered in the future include fixing up trails and constructing restrooms. The suggestion that a CAC be formed as a forum for discussing these kinds of changes was met with enthusiasm.

 

 

SWLRT Discussion – Kathy Low

 

  • Kathy provided an update on the 106 review (environmental review process re: adverse impact of construction and operation of SWLRT on historically significant properties in the neighborhood). KIAA continues to use the PVN consulting firm to assist in our role as consulting party in this process. Kathy proposed a resolution to approve a contract with PVN for 2015 and to add $2,000 to the contract with the City using Neighborhood Priority Plan funds to cover this cost. The consultant will discuss with KIAA what scope of work is requested for each future meeting. It is possible that CIDNA will share in the cost of the consultant’s time to prepare and attend meetings. The motion was seconded and carried unanimously. Kathy will attend the next 106 meeting on April 22nd and KIAA will seek a new representative for future meetings.

 

KIAA Annual Gathering – Angie Erdrich, Ed Pluimer

 

  • The Kenwood Annual Gathering will be May 4th outside the downtown Kenwood businesses on West 21st Street beginning at 6 pm. BeARTrageous will host activities for children. The Bockley Gallery will serve as a rain location. Ed proposed a resolution to allocate $100 each to help with expenses those two businesses will incur as well as funds to cover other KIAA expenses for supplies for the event. Kathy Low seconded and the resolution passed unanimously. Delicious individually-prepared pizza will be prepared on site by Red Wagon Pizza. There will be a brief presentation by Chair Larry Moran at 6:30 describing KIAA activities. The 2015-2016 KIAA board will then be elected: new board members are needed and encouraged to attend. Last year was a huge success and all residents are welcome. Donations to the Bridge for Youth will be accepted.

 

The meeting was adjourned by Chair Larry Moran at 8:25 p.m.

 

Updates: If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at kiaa55405@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more. If you are interested in participating on the Board, please contact us.

The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is Monday, May 4th from 6:00-7:30 p.m. on 21st Street in front of the Kenwood businesses as described above. Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted. KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident in each program, service and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kiaa55405@gmail.com.

 

March 2015 KIAA Meeting Minutes

KIAA Board met March 2, 2015 at Kenwood Rec Center

Chair Larry Moran called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Board Members present: Larry Moran, Jack Levi, Mike Bono, Angie Erdrich, Josine Peters, Jeanette Colby, Kathy Low, Ed Pluimer, Shawn Smith (minute taker).

Others present: Park Police Chief Jason Ohotto, Matt Spies (ECLB Subcommittee), Dr. Eric Larson, and 6 other attendees and neighbors

City Council Update

No Update this month

 

East Cedar Lake Beach Update – Park Police Chief Ohotto

  • Chief Ohotto provided an update on how KIAA funding was utilized in the summer of 2014 beach season. A total of 93 hours were utilized by park police for a budget cost of $6084, over the authorization of $5000 by KIAA.
  • Most offenses at ECLB are due to narcotics and alcohol. Submitted for the minutes was a 10 year recap of police reports. 2014 had 101 reports written (not necessarily arrests)
  • Chief would like to continue to have “buy back” patrols in 2015 and to have funding in place before June for proactive presence at the beach. The Chief’s recommendation was to have an officer present from 11AM till 4PM on scheduled days (from buy back funding), so as not to double up coverage that is regularly scheduled after 2PM till 10PM, based on availability. He also recommended the board reach out to the 5th Precinct City Attorney for partnership in increasing awareness of repeat offenders. Further, to reach out to Crime Prevention Specialist Chelsea Adams for support.
  • Preceding the recommendation of the Hidden Beach task force, which will be provided to KIAA later in March, Jeanette Colby made a motion to authorize $5000 initially pending the recommendation of the committee (to be finalized March 17th at the rec center at 6:30, public welcome) and to be revisited at a later date in case extra funding is needed due to ideas that come from the task force. Josine Peters seconded. Unanimously approved.

 

SWLRT Discussion

  • Larry Moran provided an update from the Community Advisory Committee meeting (Jody Strakosch is the neighborhood CAC representative), which occurs the last Tuesday of each month. Topics included Development Reviews, Community Works, and Design and Engineering. The primary issue was the SDEIS which will be delayed until late Spring or early summer, or later. This is important as SDEIS would speak to the environmental impact of co-location of freight and LRT in the Kenilworth Corridor with a single tunnel. Once complete, the public will have a 45 day period to comment.
  • Kathy Low provided an update on the 106 review (adverse impact of construction and operation of SWLRT on historically significant properties). In December, KIAA sent a letter outlining concerns on this topic. MnDot agreed to expedite traffic studies to assess impact of project. It remains unclear what, if any, mitigation will be done to mitigate potential adverse impacts on historic properties. Motion carried unanimously for Kathy Low to send the letter regarding KIAA position on the channel. Motion also carried unanimously to authorize an additional $500 to pay the consultants PVN to help KIAA prepare a response letter to the most recent 106 consultation meeting.
  • Dr. Eric Larson, neighbor, addressed the board regarding the transportation of flammable liquids through the Kenilworth Corridor alongside SWLRT. He sent a letter to Fire Chief Fruetel asking him to explore the inherent danger of, and a plan to manage and mitigate the damage in the event of a spill or fire resulting from an ethanol train accident. Construction of the shallow tunnel will occur 12 feet from the freight rail track. Motion carried unanimously to endorse the letter.
  • Shawn Smith made a motion to update, sign on behalf of KIAA, and send a letter to Senator Dibble recapping the discussion on outstanding questions on SWLRT from the last two meetings, to outline where information is needed and outstanding concerns that are not addressed. Seconded by Josine, carried unanimously.

 

Sculpture Garden Renovation – Josine Peters (minutes addendum)

Statement:

As part of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden renovation, the Walker Art Center will temporarily remove most sculptures. Many will be in storage, but others will be on short- or long-term loan to a number of Twin Cities institutions so that the public can still enjoy them during the construction project. The Walker is still in conversation with these potential partners and is identifying particular works for relocation. No official decisions have been made.

One thing we know for certain is that the Frank Gehry Standing Fish will be relocated from the Cowles Conservatory in order to reimagine that particular space. A formal announcement will be made in early 2015 announcing the relocation of specific artworks and their locations.

More information can be found on Minneapolisparks.org. Search under “current projects”

 

Kenwood Carnival

  • Motion carried unanimously to authorize $750 Kenwood Carnival.

 

Reminder: KIAA Annual Gathering

  • While not discussed in the meeting, the date of the Kenwood Annual Gathering will be May 4th in front of the Kenwood Restaurant, 6-7:30. BeArtrageous will host activities for children. The Bockley Gallery will serve as a rain location. Food will be Red Wagon Pizza. New prospective board members are welcome. All residents are welcome to attend and more details to come soon. Last year was a huge success and we will be electing the 2015-2016 KIAA board.

 

Volunteers are Needed for Earth Day Cleanup.

  • Meet on Saturday, April 25th at the Kenwood Rec Center. 9:30-noon. More info to come in April.

The meeting was adjourned by Chair Larry Moran at 8:32 p.m.

Updates: If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at kiaa55405@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more. If you are interested in participating on the Board, please contact us.

The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is Monday, April 6th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Recreation Center. Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted. KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kenwoodminneapolis.org

 

February 2015 KIAA Meeting Minutes

KIAA Board met February 2, 2015 at Kenwood Rec Center

Chair Larry Moran called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m.

Board Members present: Larry Moran, Jack Levi, Josine Peters, Jeanette Colby, Kathy Low, Ed Pluimer, Shawn Smith (minute taker).

Others present: Council Member Lisa Goodman; 4 neighbors

7th Ward Update – Lisa Goodman

Lunch with Lisa on Feb 25th and the topic is TBD at the time of this meeting. There will be a communication shortly to provide interested residents the time, place and topic. The last lunch was well attended with a speaker from the Youth Homelessness Initiative.

  • There is a wrecking permit pulled for a residence at 2536 Upton S for a replacement house.
  • Property valuation notices for 2015 have been mailed to residents. If residents would like to have a review for equalization of their property value, it must be done at this time. If you believe your property is not correctly assessed, please refer to the City of Minneapolis website for instructions. You will need to pull your own comparative properties and submit an application for review.

 

SWLRT Update, Section 106 Review (potential affects of SWLRT on historic properties) – Kathy Low

  • Kathy Low informed that the next SWLRT section 106 consultation meeting is 2/6. KIAA will attend the meeting along with the other consulting parties; SWLRT project staff, the State Historic Preservation Office, City of Minneapolis, the Park Board, CIDNA, and others. This meeting concerns solely the impact on the historical Kenilworth Channel crossing. Adverse effects on neighborhood historic properties from construction as well as operation of the trains and related traffic will continue to be the top focus of KIAA at future 106 meetings. Jeanette Colby motioned to approve $500 for the KIAA retained consultants Preservation Design Works to attend the meeting, Josine Peters seconded. The motion was approved.
  • There was a follow up discussion led by Larry Moran regarding the need for specifics from the SW Project office for what to expect in 2015 on the project to be able to inform residents and how best to obtain that information. Suggestions that were made would be finalized after the meeting as a follow up but included contacting representatives to request their attention to any concerns that are not being addressed.

 

East Cedar Lake Beach Update – Larry Moran

  • The KIAA task force is continuing to work on solutions for the 2015 beach season. The importance of continuity was stressed for a neighborhood strategy to address neighborhood concerns regarding the beach. If KIAA funds extra park police patrols in 2015, KIAA would work with funding recipients to align on how the money would be spent, and would look to include Chief Ohotto and Crime Prevention Specialist Chelsea Adams in the conversations. Jack Levi to follow up with Kathy Williams for an update from the task force on long term strategies and next steps.

 

Reminder: KIAA Annual Gathering

  • While not discussed in the meeting, the date of the Kenwood Annual Gathering will be May 4th. All residents are welcome to attend and more details to come soon. Last year was a huge success and we will be electing the 2015-2016 KIAA board.

 

The meeting was adjourned by Chair Larry Moran at 8:32 p.m.

If you are interested in participating on the Board, please contact us.

The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is Monday, March 2nd from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Recreation Center. Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted. KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kenwoodminneapolis.org

January 2015 KIAA Meeting Minutes

KIAA Board met January 5, 2015 at Kenwood Rec Center

Vice Chair Mike Bono called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Board Members present: Mike Bono, Jim Gilroy, Jeanette Colby, Kathy Low, Ed Pluimer, Angie Erdrich, Shawn Smith (minute taker).

Others present: Council Member Lisa Goodman; Dan Pennie, Anne Carayon, Dylan Thomas (SW Journal), Jean Deatrick (Hill and Lakes Press), Bruce Brunner, Donna Minter, Jody Strakosch

7th Ward Update – Lisa Goodman

Lunch with Lisa on Jan 28th will feature a Youth Homelessness speaker. RSVP to Lisa’s office is appreciated.

  • SWLRT. There will be CIDNA, KIAA, Bryn Mawr, and Cedar Lake Park Association representation on committees regarding the W 21st St and Penn Ave stations. The city is seeking individuals with landscape architecture experience to serve on the committees and give input on environmental mitigation and remediation strategies.
  • A CIDNA homeowner described damage to homes on Sunset Blvd from the recent Met Council sewer reconstruction project. The Met Council and its contractor have not satisfactorily addressed the homeowners’ property damage claims according to the testimonial. Kathy Low brought forth a resolution for discussion, similar to one recently passed by CIDNA, requesting that the Met Council revise processes to resolve damage disputes and compensate property owners who suffer damage due to Met Council projects, especially in light of the proposed SWLRT construction. Discussion on how to engage state and city leadership is an issue that is common to neighborhoods at risk of damage by construction, for the agenda of a January 21st meeting. Kathy Low moved for approval of the resolution. Jeanette Colby seconded. Unanimously passed and final version was published to KIAA post-meeting.

SWLRT Update – Kathy Low

  • Kathy Low informed that on 1/7 the Park Board will vote on two resolutions – 1) request approval of funding to complete a study of tunneling under the Kenilworth Channel for SWLRT 2) a letter to the FTA stating that input from the Park Board has not been duly considered (note: the Park Board subsequently voted to approve these motions in the 1/7 meeting). In the board’s materials for discussion is the KIAA Section 106 letter (which is in regard to the adverse effects of construction on historic districts or properties). This letter was approved between KIAA monthly meetings. There was a general discussion regarding upcoming opportunities for neighborhood input, potentially coordinating input with CIDNA and Cedar Lake Park Association, and the reliability of the funding for above mentioned mitigation strategies.

Property Resolution – Kathy Low

Hidden Beach Committee

  • Mike Bono surfaced the discussion of the formation of a KIAA committee to proactively handle concerns for Hidden Beach. The committee chair description was developed by Chair Larry Moran prior to the meeting and was reviewed by the board members present. Angie Erdrich offered to get input on the draft description from Kathy Williams and the Hidden Beach committee she chairs currently.

KIAA Annual Gathering

  • The date of the Annual Gathering will be May 4th. Preparations are underway and more details are to come. All neighbors are encouraged to join in the annual celebration of our neighborhood, and participate in the election of the 2015-2016 KIAA board.

Rain Gardens

  • Angie Erdrich shared that 20 residents had applied for raingardens. A huge win for the
  1. The Rain Garden grant is through Metro Blooms.

 

Addendum:

  • The City of Minneapolis Public Works Department, after consultation with the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, is working with a contractor to install a temporary diversion of the stormwater system from an outfall pipe in the Lagoon (between Lake of the Isles and Lake Calhoun) to the north shoreline of Lake Calhoun.

Work on the installation begain last week and is expected to be completed by January 16.

 

The meeting was adjourned by Vice Chair Mike Bono at 8:39 p.m.

 

The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is Monday, February 2nd from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Recreation Center. Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted. KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kenwoodminneapolis.org

December 2014 KIAA Meeting Minutes

KIAA Board met December 1st, 2014 at Kenwood Rec Center. Chair Larry Moran called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Board Members present: Larry Moran, Mike Bono, Jeanette Colby, Angie Erdrich, Jim Gilroy, Ed Pluimer, Jack Levi, Kathy Low, Josine Peters, Shawn Smith (minute taker) Others present: the speakers referenced below.

City Council Update: Lisa Goodman

Council Member Goodman shared that there will not be a Lunch with Lisa in December, but there will be a Later with Lisa on December 15th at the Normandy Inn. Free food, cash bar. Lunch with Lisa will restart in January.

The City is in the midst of the 2015 Budget Process. The council voted 7-6 to reduce the levy from the original proposed levy from 2.4% to 2.2% and are now in the process of reviewing line items from the budget so the levy could change. On Dec 10th, there will be a budget hearing at City Hall where the public is invited to provide input, and the budget final vote follows.

The Nicollet Mall redesign open house is Dec 11th at the Hyatt Regency. There are a number of details under review and the public is invited to participate. The city received the strong credit ratings from all 3 rating companies based on overall fiscal stability.

CM Goodman reiterated that Snow Emergencies are declared at 4 inches or more and at the discretion of Director of Public Works, and are designated to keep cars off the street during snow removal. During snow emergencies, Day 2 park on the odd side, Day 3 on the even side. See the City of Minneapolis website for additional details. Residents are encouraged to call 311 if additional snow removal is needed.

Preservation Design Works (PVN): Tamara Ludt

Kathy Low introduced Tamara Ludt from Preservation Design Works , who reported on the November section 106 consultation meeting led by MnDOT for all consulting parties, including KIAA. Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act is a process that encourages planners to avoid or mitigate adverse impact of publicly funded projects such as Southwest Light Rail on historically significant properties. At that meeting, it was stated that the Met Council will lead a public engagement process in 1st Qtr 2015 regarding their station design and design of the freight and light rail/trail bridges over the Kenilworth Channel via community events, open houses and Business and Community Advisory Committees. As KIAA’s consultant, PVN will draft a response for KIAA review and signature by December 12th including:

-Request for clarification of definition of community event and how Met Council would quantify, analyze and utilize public input.

-Reconciliation of MnDOT stated references of minor adverse effects vs subsequent statements that there are no adverse effects.

-Without further study and availability of the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement, it is premature to determine that there will be no adverse effects from LRT (including traffic and noise) on Kenwood Park, Kenwood Parkway, and the identified historic homes in the neighborhood, both during and after LRT construction. It was recommended by Tamara to invite Met Council to present design options and receive feedback at a future KIAA meeting so residents could more easily participate.

East Cedar Lake (Hidden) Beach: Kathy and Roy Williams

Kathy Williams is leading the neighborhood task force to support resolutions regarding neighbor concerns on ECLB. Recommendation to be presented to the Park Board by December 15th as to what expenditures and actions could be enacted in time for Summer 2015. The task force is requesting assistance from KIAA for short term actions regarding;

- Park and City policing plans. Larry Moran stated that engagement with police should begin in January to get ahead of summer 2015, A volunteer is needed.

- Restricted parking plans. It was noted that this had been previously discussed and there are enforcement and effectiveness challenges; it was noted that no solutions are eliminated as of yet to keep all options available for consideration.

- Implementation of an environmental education area in the park in partnership with Kenwood School.

- Planning for 21st St LRT Station security, particularly around park closure times.

Larry Moran noted that a volunteer would be needed to coordinate police contracting follow ups, and agreed to develop a brief description of the role. He moved to create a Hidden Beach Board Committee to review above options, and then solicit volunteers via Nextdoor Kenwood. Kathy Low seconded, motion passed unanimously.

Tabled Agenda Items

City of Lakes Loppet Discussion, neighbor concern over garbage disposal at Kenwood Restaurant, to be handled via email follow up.

The meeting was adjourned by Larry Moran at 8:48 PM

 

Updates: If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at KIAA@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more. If you are interested in participating on the Board, please contact us.

The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is Monday, January 5th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Recreation Center. Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted. KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service and event organized by KIAA.

 

Kenwood Isles Area Association Minutes

Monday, November 3, 2014

Present: Jim Gilroy, Kathy Low, Larry Moran, Josine Peters, Jeanette Colby, Jack Levi, Angie Erdrich, Jean Deatrick, City Councilmember Lisa Goodman, Mary Riley, Dylan Thomas (Southwest Journal), Meghan Elliot (Preservation Design Works) , Andy Novak (Metro Blooms)

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.

Councilmember Lisa Goodman:

The last day of yard waste pick-up will be November 17th. “Later with Lisa” will be held on December 15th at the Normandy Hotel from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. All are welcome.

The City Council is considering an “Accessory Dwelling Unit” ordinance and has conducted community outreach, including two meetings at the Kenwood Rec Center. So far, 192 people have given feedback, 89% of which has been supportive. CM Goodman will likely vote in favor as long as the property is homesteaded. This regulation would not require off-street parking for the accessory dwelling.

Composting: The Mayor’s budget proposal includes a $5 million outlay to start up a citywide composting program. Under this proposal, every resident in the city would be charged $48 per year regardless of property value or participation in composting. Considering only about 50% of city residents now recycle, CM Goodman is skeptical about citywide composting. Hennepin County is requiring every city to have a plan in place by January, 2015. Questions should be directed to the Mayor’s office.

Kenwood Restaurant: Larry Moran shared with CM Goodman that two problems have surfaced. The noisy garbage collection happens in the early morning hours; and patrons are parking very close to the alley, creating a dangerous situation for people trying to enter and exit the alley. The law says that parked vehicles must be five feet from driveways and alleys. Illegal parking is not exclusive to restaurant patrons. Neighbors have approached the restaurant but have gotten no response. KIAA will consider contacting the restaurant as a board, and will also consider paying for signage.

Meghan Elliot, Preservation Design Works (PDW)

Section 106 Review is the process by which “consulting parties” can comment on the SWLRT as it pertains to historic resources. KIAA requested and was granted status as a consulting party in 2010, and PDW is acting as KIAA’s representative. When 30% engineering plans were released in September, they included the 21st Street station and removing the tunnel north of the Kenilworth Channel. These changes initiated a reevaluation the “Area of Potential Effects.” Ms. Elliot recommends that KIAA write a letter expressing our concerns about impacts in the newly defined area. This letter needs to be submitted by November 17th and the next 106 Review meeting will be held the week of November 24th. Josine Peters moved and Angie Erdrich seconded the motion to have PDW draft a letter on KIAA’s behalf to be approved by the board.

Andy Novak, Metro Blooms (MB)

Since 2009, MB has worked in 18 neighborhoods to install over 400 rain gardens to mitigate storm water runoff. MB partners with neighborhood associations to apply for funding. Total cost per neighborhood association comes out to $450 for 10 rain gardens. Homeowners pay $350-$500 for rain garden design and help with installation, a value of over $2,000. Homeowners will be able to participate on a “first come, first served” basis. KIAA’s application needs to be in by end of November. Jeanette Colby moved and Angie Erdrich seconded a motion that KIAA participate in the MB “Neighborhood of Gardens” program and authorize MB to begin the application process for grants for 10 rain gardens from the Conservation Corps and Minnehaha Watershed District on our behalf.

Reauthorization of Consultant Contract

Ed Pluimer offered the following motion: “The KIAA Board approves extending the Consultant Agreement with Jean Deatrick with the same payment and terms as the November 2013 Consultant Agreement. The officers are authorized to execute such documents as may be necessary to extend the contract another year.” Kathy Low seconded, and the motion was approved.

Southwest LRT

Larry Moran noted that the Lakes and Parks Alliance announced that they had filed a motion for summary judgment in their case against the Met Council and the FTA. Information at http://www.southwestjournal.com/news/sw-lrt-update/motion-for-summary-judgment-in-light-rail-lawsuit

Jeanette Colby told the board that Hennepin County Commissioner Marion Greene had offered to organize a meeting for the Met Council to present the status of the proposed SWLRT 21st Street station. Based on the information we received about the meeting that was held by the West Calhoun Neighborhood Council, KIAA is declining to facilitate a meeting at this point. If we get written information requested, we will revisit the idea.

Hidden Beach

The Park Board convened a meeting to explore solutions on October 24th, attended by about 30 people. The next meeting is November 13, 6-9pm, at the Kenwood Rec Center.

Fall Newsletter

Jean Deatrick will draft a final version this week and send it to Angie Erdrich for review. Angie will then forward it to the board.

Meeting adjourned at 8:45.

October 2014 KIAA Meeting Minutes

KIAA Board met October 6th, 2014 at Kenwood Rec Center.

Chair Larry Moran called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m.

Board Members present: Larry Moran, Mike Bono, Jeanette Colby, Angie Erdrich, Jim Gilroy, Ed Pluimer, Kathy Low, Josine Peters, Shawn Smith (minute taker)

Others present: the speakers referenced below, and David Levy and Dylan Thomas.

City Council Update: Lisa Goodman

Council Member Goodman shared that the last 2014 Lunch With Lisa will be Oct 29th, and will have an update on Target Center and Block E renovation. Early architectural drawings to be shown. There will not be a Lunch in November due to Thanksgiving, and December will be the annual “Later with Lisa” gathering.

CM Goodman also shared that Fall Street Sweeping is coming – the City of Minneapolis would like to remind residents and lawn contractors not to sweep leaves into the street, due to the risk of clogging storm sewers. Doing so will be subject to a fine from the city. Neighbors are encouraged to remind neighbors and report violations by calling Minneapolis 311. Street sweeping will start on Oct 20th, and residents may visit the city website to view the schedule for street sweeping.

The General Election is coming in November. This year will feature early voting at City Hall in addition to voting on Election Day and Absentee Voting. With “No Excuse Voting” you can go to City Hall now, obtain a ballot, and vote, no questions asked. Lisa noted that more Election Judges are needed for Election Day.

The Burnham St Bridge that crosses Kenilworth Channel is planned for replacement in 2015 due to the deterioration of its condition. It is not related to the SWLRT project. The bridge over the trails may be made two-way to help residents get to their homes. There is a public engagement meeting on Tuesday October 14th, from 7-8:30PM, at the Jones-Harrison Home, 3700 Cedar Lake Ave. At the meeting, the three railing types will be discussed as well as neighborhood concerns and access during construction.

CM Goodman then answered various questions relating to SWLRT.

SWLRT Resolution: Assistance with KIAA role in section 106 review for SW Light Rail

Kathy Low introduced a resolution for an expenditure of up to $5,000 through the end of 2014 for a contract with Preservation Design Works to assist KIAA with its role as a Consulting Party in the section 106 review of the SWLRT project. Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act provides for a review process to encourage preservation when a federally-funded project like SWLRT affects historic properties, such as Kenwood Parkway and the Kenilworth channel. Kathy Low introduced Meghan Elliott, founder and owner of Preservation Design Works, who has agreed to assist KIAA in the review of and commentary on section 106 reports, listen to neighborhood concerns, represent KIAA at meetings, and provide reports to KIAA. Kathy moved in favor of the resolution. Angie Erdrich seconded. The resolution was unanimously passed by KIAA. It is planned to include CIDNA and CLPA in updates as the process continues.

Thrill Kenwood Funding Request: Amanda Vallone (BeArtrageous)

Thrill Kenwood will be held October 25th from 1-6PM, and will expand into a Community Halloween Party with live music, musicians, dance groups. Bridge for Youth is the partner charity. The goal is to engage the four neighborhoods in Kenwood similarly to the now-defunct Palio. KIAA contributed $500 last year towards the event. Josine Peters moved to approve an expenditure of $600 to support the increased budget for the expanded event, with Jeanette Colby seconding. The request was approved unanimously.

Miscellaneous: Larry Moran

The Walker Sculpture Garden is being reconstructed and Larry Moran had previously asked Terry Campbell to participate and provide input. Josine Peters will represent KIAA if Terry is unable.

Monthly Coffees with Neighbors will be discussed at the November KIAA meeting as part of the Neighborhood Engagement Committee Initiative.

Metro Blooms Rain Garden Program has asked if KIAA would be willing to participate in some funding of the cost of community rain gardens. Angie Erdrich to follow up.

SWLRT: All

It was noted that KIAA has been highly engaged in the vetting process for the SWLRT concerns, and with the project now approved would continue to be engaged in mitigation strategies.

The meeting was adjourned by Larry Moran at 8:40 PM

Updates: If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at KIAA@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more. If you are interested in participating on the Board, please contact us.

The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is Monday, November 3rd from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Recreation Center. Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted. KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kenwoodminneapolis.org

September 2014 KIAA Meeting Minutes

KIAA Board met September 8, 2014 at Kenwood Rec Center.

Chair Larry Moran called the meeting to order at 7:08 p.m.

Board Members present: Larry Moran, Mike Bono, Jeanette Colby, Angie Erdrich, Jim Gilroy, Jack Levi, Ed Pluimer, Kathy Low, Shawn Smith (minute taker)

Others present: Jeanne Scheiderer, Neil Trembly of the Cedar Lake Park Association, and three residents, including Dave Schaenzer and Carol White.

City Council Update: Lisa Goodman

Council Member Goodman stated that the 70/30 food to alcohol liquor licensing charter change would be discussed at the Sept 24th Noon Lunch with Lisa, at St Thomas University downtown. There are 3 70/30 establishments in the ward. 60/40 change is already in process and does not require a charter change. Council Member Goodman noted that removal or reduction of the food was something she favors, as requiring a high food proportion encourages pricing habits that increases the sale of alcohol.

So called “Granny Flats,” or allowing owners to rent out or improve accessory spaces, such as garages, is under discussion by the City Council, with Lisa Bender leading and with support of Mayor Hodges. Council Member Bender will lead a meeting Wed Sept 17th 7-9PM at the Kenwood Rec Center. She stated that it is important to attend the meeting to hear the proposal and provide feedback. She noted that homesteaded ownership requirement would reduce the likelihood of nuisance rentals.

She also noted that the Hennepin/Lyndale reconstruction project is proceeding. In the current proposal, there will be four lanes maintained going away from downtown but one of which will become a left turn only lane, and the approach to downtown would reduce from three to two car lanes to add a dedicated bike lane, separate from the pedestrian lane.

There was an informal question, answer, and discussion period about various neighborhood issues, including SWLRT, Hidden Beach, and Traffic Concerns.

Friends of the Walker Library: Jeanne Scheiderer

Jeanne, a volunteer for FWL, spoke to the board to invite a representative of KIAA to their meeting Monday Sept 15 6PM at the Walker to discuss how KIAA and Friends could collaborate on mutual goals going forward. It was noted that there has been participation in the past by KIAA board members with various Walker Library committees. Kathy Low suggested that an email blast be used to solicit a volunteer to help make the connection between the two groups.

Hidden Beach Update: Jack Levi

Jack met with Anita Tabb from MPRB to discuss. Anita researched a temporary early closure of the beach and determined that an ordinance prohibits this action. Several long term ideas, such as a reroute of the bike paths closer to the beach, or a clearer line of sight to the beach which would require tree removal, will be considered by a neighborhood task force. Parking restrictions were discussed and it was noted that these would be difficult to implement and enforce; the neighborhood would not qualify for 24 hour restrictions/permit parking, and an hourly restriction would be difficult to implement due to the need for significant neighborhood consensus regarding times, which blocks, and could not be implemented solely for the summer months. Larry Moran asked that if the task force was not activated, that KIAA ask for a status update from Anita for the October KIAA meeting. Several KIAA members noted an opportunity to partner with the Cedar Lake Park Association to collaborate on a plan to preserve some natural aspects of the lake and address the significant resident concerns regarding crime and safety issues that the task force is working to resolve..

SWLRT Update: Kathy Low

Kathy Low provided an update and stated that Minneapolis voted for a resolution granting municipal consent for SWLRT as currently proposed. Council Members Gordon, B. Johnson and Goodman voted against it. Lakes and Parks Alliance announced the filing of a lawsuit against the Met Council and the FTA on the basis that asking for municipal consent before an environmental impact statement is available violates State and Federal laws. The only completed draft environmental impact statement (in 2012) recommended against the current plan to locate both freight and light rail in the Kenilworth corridor, and therefore did not study all of the environmental effects of it, and did not cover the impact of the currently proposed shallow tunnel. Some Mpls residents have become increasingly aware of safety risks of light rail passengers in such close proximity (11’ at some points) to the freight rail if there is an accident. The freight trains carry flammable ethanol and could in the future carry crude oil. Section 106 review of portions of the SWLRT project, including the Kenilworth corridor area, is required pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act. The Board discussed the possibility of getting professional assistance with our responsibilities as a consulting party in this process.

Crime and Safety Representative Discussion

Larry noted that Mark Johnson, current representative, requested to be replaced as the Crime and Safety Representative, ideally someone not on the board to increase neighborhood involvement. It was agreed to brainstorm individuals offline and solicit interest and report back to KIAA. Jeanette also noted that it was an opportune time to revisit the definition of the role going forward.

The meeting was adjourned by Larry Moran at 8:33 PM

Updates: If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at KIAA@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more. If you are interested in participating on the Board, please contact us.

The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is Monday, October 6th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Recreation Center. Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted. KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service and event organized by KIAA.

 

August 2014 KIAA Meeting Minutes – Supplemental East Cedar Lake Beach (ECLB) Resolution Meeting

KIAA Board met August 18, 2014 at Kenwood Rec Center.

Chair Larry Moran called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

Board Members present: Larry Moran, Mike Bono, Jeanette Colby, Jack Levi, Ed Pluimer, Kathy Low, Shawn Smith

Others present: Channel 5 News, approximately 60 residents.

East Cedar Lake “Hidden” Beach

Larry Moran greeted the residents and introduced the board, thanking residents for coming on short notice and expressed the discussion for the evening would exclusively focus on East Cedar Lake Beach (ECLB) as a continuation of the July KIAA meeting. Larry recapped the July meeting, stating a summary of the increased frequency of emails to KIAA, number of calls to police for ECLB. Stated that a resolution was started by KIAA and no actual proposed solution yet, KIAA has no authority over the park, but will communicate the views of the neighborhood to the Park Board. Larry also stated that Kathy Williams volunteered to lead the Hidden Beach Task Force after the July meeting. The following facts were shared, and Kathy Williams called for an update from the task force.

Kathy Williams shared that the task force was established after the July 2014 meeting. One meeting was held in July with a dozen members to brainstorm options. There will be a neighborhood meeting on 8/27 with police and Park Board to identify short term policing and a long term strategy to change the culture of ECLB

Issues raised by neighbors:

1. Several neighbors asked that the beach be closed until the end of the summer due to the serious nature of the safety concerns.

2. Camping has increased (hammocks, tents, blankets, mattress), with a makeshift latrine, and stolen property being sold at the bench

3. Park patrol not allowed at ECLB unless accompanied by armed officer (follow up)

4. Neighbors raised a number of personal experiences regarding the beach, and this year is different and there are more serious safety issues vs the past which were primarily alcohol violations. Three events stood out in particular – July 10th individual assaulted by 3 others to steal narcotics, and one of them allegedly punched a police officer, which caused a dispatch of 70 officers (estimate). August 12th domestic dispute involving alleged presence of a gun. August 12 $100 theft led to a fist fight leading to the individual ramming cars on 21st St, driver was apprehended. August 15th alleged drunk patron’s car smashed into Upton St neighbor’s car at 1AM.

5. Another issue was raised that indicated the nature of neighborhood impact, three patrons of the beach came into an alley during a wedding, were asked to leave and the beach patron spit into a guest’s face

6. Noted Inconsistent services by the Park Board for ECLB and isolated look – trash, portable toilets, fallen trees not cleared, poor access and visibility from the road, which is leading to further neglect

Potential short term strategies brought forth by neighbors:

1. KIAA will follow up with Inspector Loining regarding police responsiveness to Kenwood police calls and perceived delays to response time (need owner). It was noted that neighbors cited enforcement and response concerns over response time with City, Park Police and Park Patrol.

2. Clear cut the grove to open it up

3. Close at 6 or 7 at night (Kathy Williams stated most arrests are before 7)

4. Close the beach at least temporarily until the end of the summer

5. Funds to pay for private enforcement/security (Would need approval from park board)

6. Lawn signs asking for respect of the neighborhood

7. Neighborhood coalition to walk the beach (Do we feel safe doing this)

8. Have the meeting on 8/27 at the beach.

9. Neighborhood impact statements, calling 911 for suspicious activity

Long term strategies raised:

1. Benchmark another park that successfully changed a culture

2. Provide activities to encourage families eg swim lessons, yoga, movies, theater, etc

3. Parking permits to park in the area, which would be under city discretion. Would this just displace vs deter.

4. Reroute trails closer to the beach in concert with SWLRT construction

5. Community impact statements

Jack Levi suggested at 8:07 to start to form a resolution and vote. Larry Moran took additional comments and then introduced the draft resolution written by Jeanette Colby. Larry Moran proposed three potential options to increase safety and address neighborhood concerns:

1. Close the beach the rest of the summer with enforcement

2. Close the beach at 6PM

3. Keep it open and implement short term strategies

Unofficially Larry Moran recognized that option 2 seemed to have more votes by show of hands. Because some neighbors had left and some were not able to attend the meeting, an email vote was endorsed. The board agreed that there should not be a resolution voted on until the email vote results could be obtained and further research into the issues could be done.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:49 PM

Updates: If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at KIAA@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more. If you are interested in participating on the Board, please contact us.

 

Due to the Labor Day Holiday, the next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is Monday, September 8 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Recreation Center. KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service and event organized by KIAA.

July 2014 KIAA Meeting Minutes

KIAA Board met July 7, 2014 at Kenwood Rec Center.

Chair Larry Moran called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

Board Members present:Larry Moran, Mike Bono, Jeanette Colby, Jack Levi, Ed Pluimer, Angie Erdrich, Josine Peters, Jim Gilroy, Kathy Low

Others present: Council Member Lisa Goodman, Aura Wharton-Beck, Principal of Kenwood Elementary School, Park Police Chief Jason Ohotto, 5th Precinct Inspector, Todd Loining, Lieutenant Melissa Chiodu, MPRB Commissioner At Large Meg Forney, MPRB Superintendent Jayne Miller, MPRB Director of Design and Project Management Cliff Swenson, Gail Dorfman, Executive Director, andRenee Nyman, Lead Street Outreach Worker, St. Stephens Human Services, Jean Deatrick, Richard Krueger of Westchester Services LLC and approximately 30 other residents.

7th Ward Update – Lisa Goodman

Council Member Goodman explained charter/ordinance changes in progress: 1) a proposal to eliminate the charter provision requiring neighborhood-type restaurants with a beer and liquor license to have at least 70% of their revenue from food/30% liquor (required to be on the ballot because it is in the charter); 2) a proposed ordinance revision eliminating the rule for certain establishments that have a full liquor license and are currently required to comply with a 60/40 food/liquor ratio, and adding other policies; 3) development of new rules re: residential infill lots: open house July 16, 4:30 – 6 pm Room 333 City Hall, July 28 City Planning Commission Public Hearing 4:30 pm City Hall Room 317, August 21 Zoning & Planning meeting; and 4) proposal to change “accessory of dwelling” rules to increase from one to two the number of residential units allowed on properties zoned R-1 consistent with Mayor’s goal of increased density (sometimes called “granny flats”, although the proposal does not require that the second unit be occupied by relatives). Two public open houses:August 12, 5 – 8 pm, North Regional Library and August 23, 10 am – 1 pm, Hosmer Library.

Council Member Goodman answered questions regarding SWLRT and the public meeting July 8th with members of the Transportation Committee of the City Council. In a handout she also noted the following:

  • 311 is now available on weekends.
  • Hazardous Waste Collection this summer:

July 31-Aug. 2, Jenny Lind Elementary School, 5026 Dupont Ave. N., Minneapolis, 55430

Aug. 7-9, South High School, 3131 19th Ave. South, Minneapolis, 55407

Aug. 21-23, 340 27th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 55418

Sept. 18-20, University of MN – Parking Lot C66, 2904 Fairmount Street SE, Minneapolis, 55414

Oct. 9 – 11, Minneapolis Public Works Dept., Snelling Ave., 3607 East 44th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55406

  • Next “Lunch with Lisa” on August20 re: Nicollet Mall Redesign Plan update, St. Thomas downtown, Terrence Murphy Hall #252
  • Compost bins for sale: purchase at Hennepin County Drop-off Facility in Brooklyn Park
  • Free Graffiti Cleanup Solvent at Minneapolis Fire Stations

New Kenwood School Principal

Angie Erdrich introduced Aura Wharton-Beck, the new Principal of Kenwood School who was previously the principal of the Jenny Lind Elementary School. Ms. Wharton-Beck is organizing a meet and greet for the school community and looks forward to working with the community and KIAA.

East Cedar Lake (“Hidden”) Beach

Larry Moran introduced MPRB Commissioner At Large Meg Forney, MPRB Superintendent Jayne Miller, Chief of Park Police Jason Ohotto, and Inspector Todd Loining of the 5th Precinct who were invited to discuss problems related to East Cedar Lake Beach. Chief Ohotto stated that about 60 reports have been written YTD (mostly June/July; vast majority drug or alcohol/disruptive behavior-related; no violent crime, most drug use is pot) for Hidden Beach infractions (more than the 27 same period last year; last year lower than usual due to weather). Most of these are proactive efforts of the police via patrols. Inspector Loining stated that policing the area is a joint effort with the Park Police. Lieutenant Melissa Chiodu said that the police try to have two people in the area almost every night. MPRB Superintendent Miller said that a process of neighborhood input is needed to identify priorities and discuss options. Various ideas were discussed including lighting, parking (lot or possibly permit-only parking in the area), cameras, speed bumps on roads nearby, signage re: hours and rules, emergency telephones, and managing foliage. Inspector Loining stated that closing the beach is not going to happen. Gail Dorfman and Renee Nyman gave phone number to help homeless people (although this is not thought to be a large problem at the beach): 612-879-7624. KIAA continues to fund extra Park Police patrols for the beach. A committee is being formed with MPRB and area residents; volunteers are welcome. The police encouraged residents to call 911 when they see problems, even if they think the person might be gone by the time the police can respond.

Kenwood Water Tower:

ATT wants to put up antennae on top of the Kenwood Water Tower. Other cell providers have them there already. Larry Krueger stated he was required to present this plan to the KIAA as part of the HPC approval process.

Resolutions approved by the KIAA Board of Directors:

A motion was approved on June 23 to amend the previously approved CPP budget to add $4,903 unused funds from the prior year CPP contract.

Updates: If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at KIAA@gmail.com. If you are interested in participating on the Board, please contact us.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:37 p.m.

 

Reminder:No KIAA meeting in August. Due to the Labor Day Holiday, the next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is Monday, September 8 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Recreation Center.KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kenwoodminneapolis.org or by calling 612-673-6483.

June 2014 KIAA Meeting Minutes

KIAA Board met June 2, 2014 at Kenwood Rec Center

Chair Larry Moran called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

Board Members present: Chair Larry Moran, Mike Bono, Jeanette Colby, Jack Levi, Kathy Low, Ed Pluimer, Shawn Smith, Jim Gilroy, Angie Erdrich

Others present: Mark Holtey, MPRB

Lisa Goodman was unable to attend but sent updates which were read by Larry Moran. No Lunch With Lisa for June or July. August Lunch With Lisa to cover Nicollet Mall Renovation. Yard waste pickup season has begun. Hazardous waste collection this summer, multiple locations/dates. Open Streets events this summer throughout the City through September.

Election of KIAA officers: Larry Moran re-elected as Chair; Ed Pluimer re-elected as Treasurer; Mike Bono re-elected as Vice Chair; Shawn Smith elected as Secretary replacing Amy Lucas who did not renew her position on the board.

Jeannette Colby, who has represented KIAA on the SWLRT Community Advisory Committee (CAC), reported that the CAC has been disbanded. The Committee was told by Met Council staff that after the current Municipal Consent process is complete, staff plans to review the organizations represented on the CAC to reflect changing needs of the project. These organizations will be invited to nominate individuals. The Met Council plans to send applications in July. Along with SWLRT staff, Sue Haigh, chair of the Met Council, will review applications and confirm nominees. The plan is to convene the new CAC in September. It is hoped that Kenwood and other neighborhood associations will continue to have representation on the CAC.

Marion Greene and Ray Hoover (campaign manager and principal aide) addressed the board. Marion spoke about her goals – to support the County as the key layer of government to address gaps in the larger community. Seeking more communication with the County and City, more interdisciplinary thinking, advancing healthcare issues, early childhood issues. The Board stressed the importance of continued engagement with the communities within the continuing SWLRT process. She will be meeting with Mayor Hodges and the City Council to share views and forge relationships with the City on a variety of issues.

Treasurer’s Report. Year end report recently published. Ed Pluimer provided copies of bank statements, which were the end of KIAA’s fiscal year and also reflected the expenses of the Annual Meeting, which involved fresh pizza for all who attended, with childcare courtesy of Be ArtRageous. The annual gathering was successful and worth the cost; over 100 attended, plus their children. Also, Kenwood PTA thanked the Board for the support from KIAA for the Spring Carnival and other support.

NCEC (Neighborhood Community Engagement Commission) Elected Official Matt Barthelemy asked to address the Board. In his position, he is tasked to provide community engagement advice to Mayor Hodges and City Council. Connectivity to City departments, engagement events are the focus. Purpose of his attendance was to meet our Board and announce his representation of Kenwood. Interested in bringing community organization together to share and discuss common issues, and he is up for re-election on June 12. Kathy Low raised needing an elector and alternate to attend the election of our representative; there are two candidates of which Matt is one. Jack Levi elected as the elector.

Lake of the Isles Ad Hoc Committee update: In 2011 the Committee submitted a report on recommendations for completing and maintaining the big renovation project around the Lake consistent with the master plan for the project. There have been some improvements, but there are still issues with the condition of the turf, shrub beds and plantings at the lakeshore. A first meeting has been held between the Park Board and the Army Corps of Engineers to follow up on their 2001 legal agreement to complete the renovation in a manner consistent with National Register criteria for this historic landscape.

SWLRT discussion on whether KIAA should send a statement to Mayor Hodges and Minneapolis City Council and Hennepin County prior to the vote for municipal consent. The position of KIAA is unchanged regarding co-location. But if Minneapolis is to give municipal consent, the city needs a strong guarantee that all agreements will be honored with regard to mitigation, particularly the current proposal for a North Tunnel. There are remaining questions on how the Minneapolis stops on the line will benefit the City due to projected low ridership and poor access without additional bus service. In addition to the guarantees for what has been promised, the City should require finishing the water studies, doing the storm sewer system study, and should withhold consent until there is an Environmental Impact Statement that is for the specific plan now up for vote (with two tunnels) as well as a final DEIS. Larry Moran to write the statement to be reviewed by the Board before sending.

Larry Moran will write the annual letter for the KIAA website.

Hidden Beach continues to be recognized as a special jewel within our park system in the Chain of Lakes. Unfortunately due to the early warm weather, there have been complaints of illegal activity at the beach and an earlier, heightened start of issues vs last year. Residents observing illegal activity are advised to call 911. KIAA has funded extra patrols by Park Police again this year. Remember, 911 is not exclusively an emergency number but the proper way to call the police for an issue that needs to be addressed.

Minutes taken by Shawn Smith. Meeting adjourned at 8:39 p.m.

If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at KIAA@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more. If you are interested in participating on the board, please contact us.

KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kenwoodminneapolis.org or by

 

May 2014 KIAA Annual Gathering Minutes

On May 5, 2014 KIAA Board members, residents, and guests gathered outside Bockley Gallery and beARTrageous in beautiful weather and socialized with pizza from Red Wagon Pizza Company.

Chair Larry Moran called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. and welcomed the large number of residents in attendance.

Board Members present: Chair Larry Moran, Mike Bono, Jeanette Colby, Jim Gilroy, Jack Levi, Kathy Low, Ed Pluimer, and Shawn Smith.

Absent: Amy Lucas

Others present: Council Member Lisa Goodman; Jean Deatrick; Kjersti Monson, Minneapolis Long Range Planning Director, and approximately 120 Kenwood residents and 60 children.

American Planning Association Award

City of Minneapolis Director of Long Range Planning Kjersti Monson presented Minneapolis Council Member Lisa Goodman and Board and members of KIAA with the American Planning Association (APA) plaque designating the Kenwood neighborhood as one of the top 10 Greatest Neighborhoods in the United States in 2013 under the organization’s Great Places in America program. Kenwood’s exemplary character, quality of life, and planning were cited. APA singled out Kenwood also for its well-preserved architecture, natural attributes, amenities, and engaged residents. Council Member Goodman was praised for her work on the community development committee.

KIAA Chair Larry Moran

Chair Moran addressed SW LRT and stated that the final result wasn’t what was originally agreed on. He urged residents to write Council Member Goodman, City Council, and Mayor Hodges regarding the LRT process and project. Jeanette Colby reported that the SW LRT CAC committee had been suspended. Jeanette has been vigilant about attending the many LRT meetings and was given a gift by KIAA for her diligence and work. Larry thanked everyone who worked on setting up this meeting (Kathy, Jeanette, Ed, Amy) and especially Angie who arranged for the pizza and helped make sure all tasks were covered. It was great to have both Bockley Gallery and beARTrageous open and welcoming for the neighbors.

UPDATE

  • 625 Kenwood residents were sent a survey and 110 residents responded.
  • Residents are encouraged to sign up for email news from KIAA. Please send an email to KIAA55405@gmail.com. Residents are also urged to sign up for NextDoor Kenwood, which is an online neighborhood news site for residents. NextDoor Kenwood now has 170 members from 139 households
  • Extra patrols have been hired for Hidden Beach for the summer season.
  • KiAA has worked with the Recreation Center to see that they have what they need such as restroom availability for activities.
  • A movie in Kenwood Park will play Thursday night, June 26. Shakespeare in the Park will be performed on Friday, June 20 and Saturday, June 21.
  • Kenwood Elementary School Carnival and community rummage sale will be on June 14 from 9am to 2pm at the Kenwood Rec Center.
  • Donations are encouraged for apple trees and gardening.
  • $200 was collected for the Joyce Food Shelf.
  • Angie Erdrich reported that 40 neighbors had donated to buy Zoran Mojsilov’s granite sculpture, Mont Blanc, to be located at Kenwood corner. It will be owned by the School District.

Resolutions approved by the KIAA Board of Directors

  • A motion was approved to amend the previously approved CPP budget, reducing the amount allocated for meetings and community building events for 2014, 2015 and 2016 from $1,500 to $1,100 and increasing the amount for communications from $2,000 to $2,400.”
  • A motion was approved to provide pizza for everyone at the Annual Gathering on May 5.
  • A motion was approved to send out a postcard mailing inviting all Kenwood residents to the Annual Gathering on May 5.
  • A motion was approved to fund Bockley Gallery and beARTrageous for space, staff, and supplies for the Annual Gathering on May 5.

Lisa Goodman

Council Member Goodman thanked the board for working so hard with no compensation. She also thanked the large crowd of neighbors for attending the annual gathering.

Election of Board Members for 2014-2015

Board members reelected included Michael Bono, Jeanette Colby, Angie Erdrich, Jim Gilroy, Jack Levi, Kathy Low, Larry Moran, Ed Pluimer, and Shawn Smith. Newly elected board member was Josine Peters.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:12 p.m.

 

Reminder: The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting will be held on June 2 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Recreation Center. KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kenwoodminneapolis.org or by calling 612-673-6483.

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April 2014 KIAA Meeting Minutes

KIAA Board met April 7, 2014 at Kenwood Rec Center

Chair Larry Moran called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

Board Members present: Chair Larry Moran, Mike Bono, Jeanette Colby, Jack Levi, Kathy Low, Amy Lucas, Ed Pluimer, Robert Tennessen.

Others present: Council Member Lisa Goodman; Jean Deatrick; Kenwood residents: Jim Gilroy, Shawn Smith, Lori Smith

7th Ward Update-Lisa Goodman

  • “Lunch with Lisa” on Wed, April 30 will feature a legislative update.
  • The May “Lunch with Lisa” will be a field Trip to the waterworks plant in Fridley. Please call Lisa’s office at 673-2207 or email through www.minneapolismn.gov/ward7 to reserve a spot.
  • Potholes Update: Calling 311 is recommended for faster service. Lisa explained discrepancies in the latest Star Tribune pothole story.
  • The City of Mpls-reconstruction (paving) of Lyndale-Hennepin interchange is slated for late 2015 and will include bike lanes and some pedestrian enhancements. For more info: www.Hennepinlyndaleprojects.com.
  • I-394 (MnDot) will be resurfaced with concrete in summer 2015.
  • SWLRT-Per the state’s “municipal consent process” the City of Mpls must vote on LRT by June 28.

 

KIAA Board Nominations

  • Shawn Smith was nominated to KIAA by Jeanette Colby and 2nd by Ed Pluimer. All approved.
  • Jim Gilroy was nominated to KIAA by Larry Moran and 2nd by Kathy Low. All approved.

 

SWLRT Update

  • Larry Moran and Shawn Smith attended and testified at the the SWLRT Corridor Management Committee meeting on April 2. Shawn believes 80% of the speakers were in support of City of Minneapolis position on the project.
  • Jeanette Colby attended a recent CAC meeting where Mark Wegner, president of the Twin Cities and Western Railroad, spoke. He received a Hennepin County study for re-routing in 2008 and again in 2010, but did not see the immediacy to investigate further and felt Hennepin County was not completely respectful in the proceedings. Mr. Wegner also stated his view that the freight rail reroute was not included in the initial cost estimates because it would have made the Kenilworth alignment less cost-effective.
  • Met Council will meet on April 9 to vote on the recommended scope and budget for the project. This recommendation includes “shallow tunnels” north and south of the Kenilworth Channel with an 80-foot bridge crossing the water. KIAA will not send a representative but has submitted numerous statements since the December 2012 DEIS.
  • Bob Tennessen presented his opinions on the SWLRT and news that legislature may withhold Nicollet Mall rehabilitation funding if Mpls votes against SWLRT. Bob believes Mpls will be isolated by the state legislators if the City votes against SWLRT.

Hidden Beach Summer Funding

  • KIAA approved a contract with the Mpls Park and Rec Board for additional summer police patrol at Hidden Beach. KIAA approved additional funds up to $5,000 from NCR current fund and the remainder of last year’s fund. The present estimate has approximately $1949 remaining from last year’s fund and will be added to approximately $3,051 from this year’s fund to reach the $5000 per summer contract. Bob Tennessen and others will provide final numbers.

KIAA Annual Meeting

  • The Annual Meeting will be May 5, 6:00 p.m. at Bockley Gallery (corner of Penn and W. 21st St.). The Red Wagon Pizza Company will provide pizzas (pizza oven truck to be parked in front of gallery-The Kenwood is closed on Mondays). Kenwood has committed $750 to cover the cost of the pizza. All Kenwood residents will be invited for free pizza through KIAA website, NextDoor Kenwood, flyers. A basket for donations to the Joyce Food Shelf will be provided. Angie will work with Amanda Vallone of Artrageous to arrange art project/daycare for approx $100. Todd Bockley has offered the use of the gallery for free, but $100 donation was discussed.
  • KIAA will also provide drinks, donation basket, pens, suggestion cards/basket for neighbors to suggest their spending priorities for the neighborhood.
  • Larry’s program: Introduce board, ask for new members, presentation of the “Great Places in America” Award by American Planning Association to Kenwood.

Neighborhood Projects

  • KIAA approved annual funding to support Hill and Lake Press of $900, and also to publish KIAA board minutes.
  • KIAA asked the Kenwood Rec Center staff to present upcoming funding priorities. They include: 1. Shakespeare in the Park, $1,000-2,000; 2. Outdoor Movie at Kenwood Park, $400; 3. Portable PA System (speakers, stands, microphones, cords, mixing board), $900; 4. Ping Pong Table-commercial grade, $1000; 5. Portable Stereo (CD Player with docking station), $175; 5. Gas Grill, $500.
  • KIAA approved funding of $400 towards the outdoor summer movies in Kenwood Park. KIAA tabled discussion on funding items 3-6 to the June meeting. At the March meeting, KIAA approved $1,000 to support Shakespeare in Kenwood Park and Lowry Hill made a similar commitment.
  • KIAA created a list of other Kenwood neighborhood issues/priorities: KIAA funding to the Kenwood Rec Center is beneficial to the community, but KIAA should be recognized. Neighborhood beautification, but not necessarily at the lake. Suggestion cards will be distributed at the annual meeting.

Updates

  • If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at KIAA@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more. If you are interested in participating on the board, please contact us.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:39 p.m.

 

 

Reminder: The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting will be the Annual Meeting held on Monday, May 5 at 6:00 p.m. at Bockley Gallery for a free pizza party. KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kenwoodminneapolis.org or by calling 612-673-6483.

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March 2014 KIAA Meeting Minutes

KIAA Board met March 3, 2014 at Kenwood Rec Center.

Chair Larry Moran called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

Board Members present: Chair Larry Moran, Jeanette Colby, Angie Erdrich, Jack Levi, Kathy Low, Amy Lucas and Ed Pluimer.

Others present: Council Member Lisa Goodman; Kenwood Rec Center director Mark Holtey; and Kenwood residents: Jim Gilroy, Sarah Forshler, Adam Platt, Shawn Smith

7th Ward Update-Lisa Goodman

  • City plow priorities are: 1) new snow 2) snow emergency streets 3) non-snow emergency streets 4) alleys. Metered parking is allowed unless noted with temp signs. Potholes are being repaired with a “cold mix” and cannot be repaired with a “hot mix” until warmer weather. The Hennepin-Lyndale exit and entrance ramps are being re-surfaced this summer.
  • “Lunch with Lisa” will be held on March 26 and will feature the “Downtown Improvement Ambassadors” and their experiences.
  • Property Tax Valuation notices have been mailed. It is recommended that questions to property valuation be brought to city and county before the tax bills are mailed in July.
  • Mpls City Council may take up review of Met Council recent reports on co-location on Friday.
SWLRT Update
  • Jeanette Colby attended the SWLRT CAC Meeting last Thursday and asked for answers on two points 1) Can Met Council guarantee that co-location tunnels will actually be funded and built if they are proposed for the Kenilworth Corridor? No clear answers. 2) Many questions remain about the environmental impact of the proposed solutions to the freight co-location/re-location problem. Can the supplementary DEIS be finished before Mpls City Council and others are asked to approve the project? The answer given pointed to the fact that this is not how the process is planned.
  • Larry Moran attended a group meeting of: Kenilworth Preservation Group, Calhoun-Isles Condo Assoc., Cedar-Shores Townhomes and ‘LRT Done Right’ last week. The group worked on one position and all agreed that ‘”municipal consent of LRT should be denied.”
  • KIAA approved a statement. See attached at end of minutes.
  • Upcoming meetings: 1) Corridor Management Committee meets next on March 12, 9-11 a.m. at Beth El Synagogue, St. Louis Park to discuss next steps.
  • As always visit: swlrt.org for more info.
Sarah Forshler-Kenwood resident and U of M student
  • Sarah is an Urban Studies student at U of M and currently taking a course on “placemaking in the neighborhood” which requires community participation with a neighborhood organization.
  • Angie Erdrich suggested an environmental/nature resource learning course at Cedar Lake for Kenwood/Blake students. KIAA would like more family and neighborhood use of the parkland around Cedar Lake.
KIAA Budget and Kenwood Rec Center needs
  • KIAA treasurer, Ed Pluimer, noted that KIAA has the funding ability to support Kenwood Rec Center priority needs. Ed noted that CPP funds may be used for some initiatives.
  • Mark Holtey, Kenwood Rec Center director, provided a list of upcoming funding needs which include: Shakespeare in the Park, Movies in the Park, portable sound system, and a commercial-grade ping pong table.
  • Angie Erdrich expressed continued interest in a coffee/food truck stand on weekends to service the Rec Center and/or Kenwood Park.
KIAA Annual Meeting
  • Amy Lucas and Angie Erdrich will work on location and dates for upcoming meeting in May.
Miscellaneous
  • KIAA approved resolution : KIAA supports Kenwood School by contributing $750 as a sponsor of the Kenwood PTA’s Kenwood Carnival. Further that the funds are directed away from food/drink.
  • KIAA approved resolution: KIAA approves $1,000 to support the Minneapolis Park and Rec efforts for “Shakespeare in the Park” at Kenwood Park to be held June 20 and June 21.
  • Angie Erdrich announced that 35 neighbors, Birchbark Books, the Kenwood Pet Clinic and Bockley Gallery have pitched in to purchase Zoran Mojsilov’s granite sculpture, Mont Blanc, to be located at Kenwood corner. She is no longer accepting donations and thanks everyone who donated.
Updates
  • If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at KIAA@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more. If you are interested in participating on the board, please contact us.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:39 p.m.

Attachment:

Southwest Project Office

March 3, 2014

Kenwood Isles Area Association (KIAA) renews its strong objection to routing both freight rail and light rail (LRT) in the Kenilworth Corridor. While many reasons exist for this position, these comments refer specifically to the recent Water Resources Draft and Freight Rail Location Alternatives reports released at the end of January.

The necessity of colocating freight and light rail in the same corridor is a direct result of Hennepin County’s lack of planning in designing the Locally Preferred Alignment (LPA) that includes the Kenilworth Corridor. Because of this failure, the plan to move freight to St. Louis Park has been rejected for a variety of reasons (some relevant and some not). Minneapolis renewed its objection to the colocation of both enterprises in the corridor and, as a compromise, the Met Council recommended placing the LRT in a shallow tunnel. We believe that this compromise is short sighted at best and without more complete study PRIOR TO ANY MUNICIPAL CONSENT may in the long run prove disastrous.

The conclusions of Burns and McDonnell (independent consultants hired by the Met Council) of the shallow tunnel plan and its effect on the water resources of the corridor were summarized in the presentation to the Corridor Management Committee (CMC) on February 20, 2014. To us, those findings raise more questions than provide assurances. A few of those conclusions and our concerns are:

1. “Add lateral and nested piezometers.” This recommendation is meant to substantiate the conclusion that shallow tunnels will not interfere with groundwater movement and activity. Shouldn’t that be established BEFORE the decision is made to bury the LRT tracks in a tunnel?

2. “Complete a comprehensive capacity analysis for sanitary and storm sewer systems.” If an analysis is needed, and those systems prove to be deficient, what will it cost to upgrade them and who will pay for it? How will those costs effect the overall project budget, and shouldn’t they be known before a decision is made?

3. “Complete a Phase II Environmental Site Assessment.” Again, why should Minneapolis be asked to provide municipal consent for this project without knowing the results of this assessment? A Phase II study is especially important in this corridor because it carried freight traffic for many years, during a time when environmental concerns were not as important as they are now. Why would the Met Council want to go forward with this project without having the Phase II results that may show more funds will be required to clean up the corridor before any digging into the groundwater can be initiated?

Barr Engineering, consultants hired by the city of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, raise other issues (also described in the CMC meeting presentation) that we believe need to be resolved before the project is approved and begun. Paramount among these issues is their first concern: “The effectiveness of sheet pile sealing and seal pour performance.” Barr Engineering is concerned with the effectiveness of the seals needed to connect about thirty 150’ concrete, rectangular tunnels sitting in eight feet of groundwater. To us, this part of the design is the linchpin in the plan that, if it fails, may have significant and irreversible consequences for the Chain of Lakes system in Minneapolis. We believe that the risk of a failure of this design, even though it may be small, is larger than the city of Minneapolis should ever be asked to take. For that reason, and for the others listed above, we believe the shallow tunnel as a compromise to at-grade colocation fails as a viable alternative.

In addition to the water issues described above, KIAA has great concern for any permanent placement of rail in the Kenilworth Corridor. To begin with, the City of Minneapolis has been clear for many years that any placement of light rail in this corridor requires the permanent removal of freight rail. KIAA believes, like the City of Minneapolis, that the existence of light rail in the Kenilworth Corridor, either at grade or in a shallow tunnel, constitutes colocation of the two and is unacceptable. Like the city, KIAA has taken this position since the current LPA was chosen and we have not changed our opinion.

In addition to this violation of the basic premise for acceptance of the LPA by the City of Minneapolis, KIAA also believes that any plan for colocation of freight and LRT is incomplete and has not addressed important issues:

1. What measures to make freight (in addition to light rail) safe and livable in the community will be taken, and at what cost?

2. What will be the environmental impact of a tunnel option, including crash walls (impact on wildlife, vegetation, noise, and trail and park users.)

3. Who will assume liability if freight stays in the Kenilworth Corridor? Up until now,Twin City and Western Railroad (TC&W) has assumed full liability while running trains in the corridor because they believed placement of freight rail was “temporary” (according to Jim Alexander of the Southwest Project Office at the community meeting at the Jones Harrison Residence on June of 2013). Is Twin City and Western Railroad asking for another entity to share liability for any accident that happens in the corridor? If that is the case, who will bear the cost of this shared liability?

4. Why is TC&W now suggesting that a right of way of less than 25 feet from the center of their track is acceptable in the Kenilworth Corridor when it was stated earlier that 25 feet was the minimum industry standard?

5. Perhaps most importantly, what assurance will the City of Minneapolis receive that the money for shallow tunnels will be available if colocation is implemented against its will? If those assurances cannot be made, when will all the issues and concerns relating to at-grade co-location be addressed?

KIAA, a totally volunteer neighborhood organization, has been involved in the discussions regarding the Southwest LRT project since before the LPA was chosen. We objected to that LPA for a variety of reasons but once chosen we shifted our focus to mitigating the effect of 220 trains traveling between two lakes and separating our neighborhood. Because members of the board, and numerous residents of the neighborhood, feel a strong sense of responsibility for our neighborhood and the environment, we have felt compelled to add our voices in defense of Minneapolis. Neighbors spent a day discussing and designing the station area. We attended numerous meetings that discussed everything from transit oriented development to effects on traffic in the neighborhood. All of these discussions began with the premise that freight would not be part of the Kenilworth Corridor if it was to be used for LRT.

In summary, now with the possibility that freight and LRT will be colocated in the corridor we must strenuously object and reiterate Minneapolis’ position of no colocation. Our objection is partly based on our significant concerns around the proposed shallow tunnel for LRT. In addition, we do not believe all of the costs and effects of any colocation plan have been calculated. We believe that the risks associated with colocation, along with the list of unanswered questions, causes that plan to fail as a viable alternative.

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February 2014 KIAA Meeting Minutes

KIAA Board of Directors met February 3, 2014 at Kenwood Rec Center.

Chair Larry Moran called the meeting to order at 7:06 p.m.

Board Members present: Chair Larry Moran, Angie Erdrich, Kathy Low, Jack Levi, Bob Tennessen, and Ed Pluimer.

Others present: Council Member Lisa Goodman, Jean Deatrick, and 30 Kenwood residents.

7th Ward Update-CM Lisa Goodman

LRT: Town Hall meetings focused on the independent consultants’ draft reports take place on Monday, February 10, 2014 6:00 – 9:10 p.m. Dunwoody College of Technology; also Wednesday, February 12 6:00 – 9:10 p.m. St. Louis Park Senior High School.

  • SWLRT: Accommodation of all three transportation modes (freight, LRT, and bike trail) would be challenging. The City’s locally preferred alternative is no “co-location.” The City continues to push for grade separation at Cedar Lake Road with freight rail moved out of Kenilworth as previously planned and expected.
  • Lunch with Lisa: The January Lunch with Lisa on the topic of the Nicollet Mall renovation was successful with 55 people attending. The next Lunch with Lisa will be held on Feb. 26 with Patty Weber, a CIA retiree and specialist on security issues.
  • Rain barrels available: Rain barrels and compost bins are available at a discount. Order now and pick up in the spring: www.recycleminnesota.org/ram-store/ram-sale-events. The City is committed to composting in one year’s time with a mandate from Hennepin County.
  • Record breaking construction, (3500 projects), occurred in 2013: Mayor Hodges wants a three-fold future increase in construction projects.

Peter Wagenius Mayoral Policy Aide on Transportation: SWLRT Update

  • Moving freight from Midtown to Kenilworth was supposed to be temporary. The City initially preferred that LRT go through Uptown, but that option was more expensive and Nicollet businesses didn’t want LRT because of the disruption to their businesses during construction. Kenilworth was accepted as an alternative in 2009 provided that the bike path was preserved and the freight trains were removed.
  • In 2013, the Met Council proposed eight options for the freight traffic currently in Kenilworth, eventually retaining two options: a two-story berm for trains if relocated to St. Louis Park; or “co-location” in Kenilworth with two shallow tunnels and LRT surfacing over the Kenilworth Channel.
  • As anticipated, the new draft report indicates that freight would be viable on Kenilworth. It also concludes that freight could be routed onto the MN&S route in St. Louis Park using both new and existing track. This would be significantly less expensive than the Met Council’s proposal and would not require a two-story berm.
  • If freight is not relocated, the impact area would be 94 feet wide, versus less than half that for LRT alone. If freight were relocated, 400 fewer trees would be removed from Kenilworth and revegetation would be more effective. If “co-location” tunnels are constructed, the entrance and exits would create noise reverberation and would require permanent 8-foot crash walls. Construction of tunnels would be much more disruptive with noise from pile driving and a huge number of trucks to remove soil. The bike trail could remain open during construction of LRT if the trains are relocated, but the trail would be closed for two years during construction if freight remains.
  • The 21st Street station could be built if freight is relocated.
  • Lisa Goodman added that moving freight long term through populated areas could be a potential environmental disaster regardless of where the trains run.
  • Mayor Hodges’ position is that freight must be relocated. A federal funding grant won’t be approved until the freight issue is resolved.
  • Phase Two of the groundwater study is still to come. The Met Council plans to decide whether to re-route or co-locate freight, and to ask the cities to grant municipal consent, several months before the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement is complete.
  • Mr. Wagenius suggested that it would be helpful if Minneapolis residents would make it simple and insist: “Keep promise and get rid of freight.”

Park Board Update, Commissioner Anita Tabb

  • The City and the Park Board jointly commissioned Barr Engineering to review the hydrology study that was done by Met Council, which indicated no water issues would arise if a shallow tunnel were to be built in the corridor. Because this is a very important asset to the area, we wanted independent confirmation. The final report is not complete at this time.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:52 p.m.

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The January 2014 meeting was cancelled due to weather.

 

December 2013 KIAA Meeting Minutes

KIAA Board met December 2, 2013 at Kenwood Rec Center.

Chair Larry Moran called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

Board Members present: Chair Larry Moran, Mike Bono, Jeanette Colby, Angie Erdrich, Kathy Low, Amy Lucas and Ed Pluimer.

Others present: Council Member Lisa Goodman, Jean Deatrick, Kenwood residents: Mark Johnson, Crime and Safety Committee; Jim Gilroy.

7th Ward Update-CM Lisa Goodman

  • 2014 Proposed Property Tax explanation distributed. Taxes are split between taxing authorities: City of Mpls (43%), Hennepin County (28%), School District (26%), other taxing districts (3%). The Minneapolis portion of the tax bill is broken into the following: Police (20.3%), Parks (17.7%), Capital and debt service (16.8%), general government services (16.5%), Long term liabilities (10.8%), Fire (8.6%), Public Works (5.9%), Libraries (3.3%). For more info visit: www.minneapolismn.gov/finance/budget/TruthinTaxation.
  • City recently commented on the SWLRT freight relocation and hydrology study, but refused to comment on loss of green space report.
  • The Met Council has almost completed an Alternatives Analysis of LRT along Midtown Greenway. Jeanette Colby noted that this study includes both an enhanced bus on Lake Street from West Calhoun to Snelling Ave in St. Paul ($50 million) and rail on the Greenway to Hiawatha (approx. $200 million). Combined, this 4.5-mile Midtown transit would cost about $240 million and serve about the same number of riders as the SWLRT.
  • Separately, the City is delegating funds to a streetcar study for proposed transit along Nicollet Ave. This includes study of removal of Kmart and re-opening the street.

Minneapolis Police Department Update-Mark Johnson, Jean Deatrick

  • Mark Johnson, Chair of Crime and Safety Committee, and Jean Deatrick met with Chelsea Adams and Luther Krueger of the Mpls Police Dept. to discuss neighborhood crime alerts. The Police Dept has a goal of assigning block leaders to 90% of Kenwood blocks. The Police Dept will provide Mark Johnson with an updated list of block leaders with hopes of getting block leaders established throughout Kenwood.
  • Mark Johnson will forward the current list of block leaders and KIAA board members will assist Mark to garner more block leader volunteers.
Community Participation Program (CPP) Application Review-Kathy Low, Mike Bono, Jean Deatrick
  • KIAA approved the 2014 CPP application for $11,600 request in funds.
  • The KIAA 2012 accomplishments were also submitted to the City of Mpls as part of the CPP application.
  • Per City of Mpls CPP requirements, KIAA authorized the Treasurer to open a new checking account at the Credit Union for Consultant payments and reimbursements. The new account will be consolidated with other reports from the Credit Union and will be transmitted to the Board monthly. For audit purposes, the Chairperson or another board member(s) should have full access to the Board’s credit union accounts in addition to the Treasurer.

SWLRT Update-Jeanette Colby

  • Jeanette attended the “station area planning” workshop this month. The SWLRT station sites have been chosen and the workshop presented infrastructure of stations within a “10-minute walk shed.” Access to the proposed Penn Station from the east (Kenwood and Lowry Hill) would be difficult; the design included a path at the intersection of Douglas-Kenwood Parkway though did not propose design solutions for the drastic grade difference. The Met Council has estimated ridership by station, but declines to officially release these numbers and Hennepin County station area planners did not have access to them.
  • The recent Community Advisory Committee meeting discussed “joint development projects” associated with the SWLRT development. The overall SWLRT budget can include funding for development projects around stations. Stations are divided into three priority tiers of potential development projects. The four stations selected as “Tier One” are Royalston, West Lake, Beltline, and Blake Road. The Van White station was not a joint development priority.

Miscellaneous

  • Angie Erdrich distributed a fundraising flyer to raise $4,500 to purchase the Zoran Mojsilov stone sculpture “Mont Blanc.” Todd Bockley and Louise Erdrich have already donated $500 to fund the purchase of the $7,000 sculpture (artist lowered price to $5,000). The stone chair sculpture currently sits by the stairs to Stephen Dean’s workshop. A successful fundraiser will allow for the chair to be purchased and moved to the Kenwood School corner at Penn and W. 21st St. Contact Angie_sandeep@yahoo.com to make a donation to: Kenwood Elementary School (memo Zoran sculpture).
  • A new house is being constructed on the vacant lot at 2410 Oliver Ave. N. Per City of Mpls regulations, the property owner sent a notice to KIAA that construction would start in Dec.
  • The Annual Meeting will be on Monday, May 5 at 7-8 p.m. Angie will investigate venues.
  • Mayor-Elect Betsy Hodges is “asking for your vision for the future of our neighborhoods and our city” at http://action.betsyhodges.org/page/s/ideas.

Updates

  • If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at KIAA@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more.
  • The meeting was adjourned at 8:54 p.m.

 

 

 

November 2013 KIAA Meeting Minutes

KIAA Board met November 4, 2013 at Kenwood Rec Center.

Chair Larry Moran called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

Board Members present: Chair Larry Moran, Jeanette Colby, Angie Erdrich, Jack Levi, Kathy Low, Amy Lucas and Bob Tennessen.

Others present: Council Member Lisa Goodman; David Goodman, Jean Deatrick, Kenwood residents: Kathy Williams, Roy Williams, Mary Riley, Jim Gilroy.

7th Ward Update-CM Lisa Goodman

  • The monthly “Lunch with Lisa” programs will start up again in 2014.
  • “Later with Lisa” will be held December 16 from 5-7 p.m. at The Normandy. The Normandy donates parking and food for the event and all constituents are invited.
  • Street sweeping of the city takes approximately 18 days; street sweeping started Oct. 21. The street sweeping and snow plowing equipment share the same trucks and staff so the city will rush to switch equipment after fall street sweeping.
  • City-wide budget hearing will be held Nov. 19 in Mpls City Hall, in Room 317 at 6:05 p.m. Dec. 11 is scheduled for budget adoption hearings in Room 317 at 6:05 p.m.
  • Mayoral election: Mpls City Council may change the election filing fee, but decided against changing the fee this year. The final mayoral count should be complete by Wednesday, Nov. 5.
Proposed Parking Change on Oliver Avenue South
  • A KIAA board member observed Kenwood School afternoon parking and pick-up practices. A fair amount of illegal parking was recognized in the school parking lot and along the streets.
  • KIAA Board member and Kenwood School parent, Angie Erdrich, asked Kenwood School Principal Cheryl Martin and Community Liaison Chris Madden to observe the afternoon parking and pick-up routines.
  • At this time, KIAA will not propose a new street parking system and Chair Moran will relay the message to the appropriate Kenwood School parents and concerned residents with hopes that the school will develop a safe parking and school pick-up practice.

KIAA Communications Consultant, Kathy Low and Ed Pluimer

  • KIAA has completed a contract and distributed a motion to retain the services of a communications consultant.
  • Resolution: KIAA hereby approves the hiring of Jean Deatrick to act as an independent contractor and to assist KIAA in various ways set forth in the proposed Consultant Agreement. It is further moved that the chair of KIAA, Larry Moran, is authorized to enter into the proposed Consultant Agreement with Jean Deatrick. The Board approves a set quarterly fee and will also cover the consultant’s incidental expenses. Motion by Kathy Low and second by Ed Pluimer.
  • Resolution: KIAA Newsletter Reimbursement: KIAA approves the Treasurer’s reimbursement to Amy Lucas for $858.81 for KIAA’s Fall Newsletter, including printing, postage and miscellaneous costs. Motion by Ed Pluimer and second by Jeanette Colby.
  • The Fall Newsletter asked residents to email the board at KIAA@gmail.com if they would like to receive monthly neighborhood updates and alerts. Amy Lucas will update the KIAA mailing list with these latest names and set up the KIAA email database on gmail for board and staff members.
  • A second resource, separate from KIAA, was set up by local residents. Visit Next Door Kenwood at https://kenwoodhennepin.nextdoor.com to sign up for updates.

Lake of the Isles (LOI) Renovation Joint Committee Update, Kathy Low

  • As noted in the Fall KIAA Newsletter, the Civilian Conservation Corps hand pruned the overgrowth around Lake of the Isles, but the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) will use less labor-intensive mowing along some areas of the shoreline to control growth in the future. The Park Board planted a turf grass seed test area at the north end of the lake, using a seed mix developed by the U of M Extension Service, and will continue to improve the turf around the lake. The gateway flower bed at the SE end of the Lake has been replanted and memorial daffodils will be planted.
  • Park Board Commissioner Anita Tabb has facilitated meetings with key MPRB staff in connection with the Committee’s mission to have the renovation project around LOI completed and maintained consistent with the original master plans, which were developed with citizen input as well as requirements of the Army Corps of Engineers and State Historic Preservation Office.

SWLRT Resolution by KIAA, Jeanette Colby

  • Jeanette distributed a resolution for KIAA to adopt and submit to Gov. Dayton
  • KIAA previously approved a resolution in July and Jeanette will forward to Gov. Dayton’s office. In general, the position rejected co-location in the Kenilworth Corridor. The full position can be reviewed on the Kenwoodminneapolis.org website in the July minutes section.
  • Discussion followed on ways to discover the Kenwood Neighborhood’s overall (majority) opinion on the SWLRT.

Updates

  • If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at KIAA@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:54 p.m.

 

October 2013 KIAA Meeting Minutes

KIAA Board met October 7, 2013 at Kenwood Rec Center.

Chair Larry Moran called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Board Members present: Chair Larry Moran, Mike Bono, Jeanette Colby, Angie Erdrich, Jack Levi, Kathy Low, Amy Lucas and Bob Tennessen.

Others present: Council Member Lisa Goodman; Dylan Thomas, Southwest Journal; Park Police Chief Jason Ohotto; Amanda Vallone, beArtrageous Adventures; Mike Fadlovich and Jim Gilroy , Kenwood residents.

Proposed Parking Change on Oliver Avenue South

  • Parents of Kenwood students have requested approval of one-hour of parking along the east side of Oliver Avenue South during Kenwood School afternoon pick-up.
  • Mike Fadlovich, resident of Oliver Avenue South, spoke about concerns re: necessity, enforcement and signage.
  • KIAA will monitor/observe afternoon pick-up issues and will talk to the school principal regarding the parking issue.
7th Ward Update-Lisa Goodman
  • The next “Lunch with Lisa” will be Oct. 23, at Opus Hall, University of St. Thomas. There will be a discussion with the 10 Park Board at-large candidates.
  • Street sweeping is starting this week. It is illegal to sweep leaves into the street. Visit www.minneapolismn.gov/publicworks/streetsweeping to see your scheduled date of street sweeping.
  • The 2014 Budget hearings for property tax levy and budget will be Nov. 19 and Dec. 11 at 6:05 in room 317 of City Hall.
  • The City of Mpls is still short 175 election judges. Visit vote.minneapolismn.gov/judges/index.htm for more info.
  • Minneapolis Emergency Response Team responders are needed. Visit www.minneapolismn.gov/health/preparedness.
  • The “Minneapolis One Read” program is underway and this year’s book is A Choice of Weapons by Gordon Parks. Visit oneminneapolisoneread.com for more info.
  • The American Planning Association (APA) has chosen Kenwood as one of the top ten neighborhoods and APA representatives are planning to present the award.
  • CM Goodman explained the policy for feral cat colonies in Minneapolis.
  • CM Goodman discussed SWLRT issues. The City of Mpls official position agrees on Kenilworth location, but not co-location of freight and LRT.
Update-Minneapolis Park Police Chief Jason Ohotto
  • KIAA previously approved NRP funds for additional police patrol of East Cedar Lake Beach (Hidden Beach).
  • Park Police provided 36 additional hours in July and 24 additional hours in August. Park Police tried to make a stronger presence during weekends and from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Hidden Beach.
  • Between June 1-Sept 1, there were 100 offense reports.
  • Park Police typically work shifts from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and 4 p.m.-midnight. Minneapolis Police Dept covers midnight-8 a.m. shifts in Minneapolis parks.
  • KIAA plans to extend the NRP contract to use remaining funds for extra policing at East Cedar Lake Beach next summer.
Kenwood Corner-Thrill Kenwood-Amanda Vallone
  • Amanda Vallone of beARTrageous is requesting funds for the annual Thrill Kenwood event on Saturday, October 26. The global Thriller dance will be at 4:00 p.m. and the spookier (Zombie) Thriller dance will be at 7:00 p.m. Activities include a costume pet parade, Zombie make-up station, and live DJ. Local businesses (Bockley Gallery, Birchbark Books, Framestyles) will provide funding and The Kenwood is providing cookies and cider.
  • Free Thriller Dance lessons will be held Oct. 9 at 7:00 p.m.; Oct. 12th at 4:00 p.m.; Oct. 20 at 4:00 p.m.
  • A portion of the event proceeds will go to The Bridge for Youth.
  • KIAA approved $500 for the event.
  • Visit www.artrageousadventures.com for more info.
KIAA Staff Discussion-Kathy Low
  • Kathy provided a draft job description to KIAA board.
  • KIAA approved: 1) entering into a contract with NCR to use up to $5,000 of KIAA’s Neighborhood Priority Plan (NPP) funds for the services of an independent consultant to assist KIAA with communications and other duties and 2) retaining the services of an independent contractor for outlined duties and entering into a consultant contract for a fee up to $5,000 per year, with the potential for renewal, to be paid from NPP funds or other KIAA funds.
SWLRT Update
  • Jack Levi sees a need for KIAA to provide more “facts” to the greater public and neighborhood and also try to discover the interests of Kenwood residents. Residents may be unclear about sound issues and shallow-tunnel designs.
  • Met Council vote on SWLRT is expected in the next month. Minneapolis City Council will be voting on SWLRT before the end of the year.
Updates
  • The 5th Precinct is offering a free presentation on 911, Burglary Prevention and Property Crimes investigations on Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at 5th Precinct Community Room, 3101 Nicollet Avenue.
  • Minneapolis Charter Revision on November Ballot-There will be two amendments regarding the “Plain Language Charter Revision” on the November ballot. One amendment proposes that the Minneapolis City Charter, originally written in 1920, be revised with simplified language and removal of outdated information. For example, the word “doth” will be removed and rules regarding horse manure in the streets will be removed. The second amendment proposes that the language regarding the liquor-licensing provision in the Minneapolis Charter also be revised through the “plain language” revision.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:54 p.m.

 

September 2013 KIAA Meeting Minutes

KIAA Board met September 9, 2013 at Kenwood Rec Center.

Chair Larry Moran called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Board Members present: Chair Larry Moran, Mike Bono, Jeanette Colby, Angie Erdrich, Jack Levi, Kathy Low, Amy Lucas, Ed Pluimer and Bob Tennessen.

Others present: Council Member Lisa Goodman; Police Inspector Tony Diaz; Ryan French, Director of Marketing at Walker Art Museum; Sonja Elias, Lowry Hill resident and Kenwood School Parent.

7th Ward Update-CM Lisa Goodman

  • The next “Lunch with Lisa” will be Sept. 25 and will discuss clarity issues regarding the charter amendment on the upcoming ballot.
  • Mpls is calling for election volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering as an Election Judges and/or “Voter Ambassadors” please visit: www.vote.minneapolismn.gov.
  • There are a number of open seats on Mpls boards and commissions. For more info visit: www.minneapolismn.gov/boards.
  • Mpls Park Board trail improvements (predominately bike and ped paths) are on-going around Cedar Lake, Brownie Lake and Lake Calhoun throughout this summer.
  • Downtown Mpls signal lights have been retimed for better efficiency.
  • Van White Boulevard has officially opened.

Update from Mpls Police Inspector, Tony Diaz

Inspector Diaz visited Kenwood on National Night Out and met KIAA Crime and Safety Chair, Mark Johnson, who asked Inspector Diaz to speak at the Sept. KIAA meeting.

  • Crimes in 5th Precinct-Kenwood crime comparison: 26 burglaries in period of Jan-July, 2012 vs 17 burglaries Jan-July, 2013. Theft from autos parked on streets is up slightly from last year.
  • On July 7 Mpls Police caught two repeat Kenwood burglars with a 10-year arrest history. The public was asked to provide “community impact statements” on these suspects to be read at their hearings.
  • ‘Bike Theft’ is one of the biggest issues in Kenwood and the only way to recover your bike is through serial number registry at www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/bicycles or visit 311 website.
  • Inspector Diaz highlighted the need to call 911 if you see anything suspicious.

Walker Art Museum Update-Director of Marketing, Ryan French

  • Exterior brick repair will be completed by the end of this summer.
  • “Rock the Garden” has an impact on the community and the Walker is open to community comments and concerns. Walker is looking at adding a second day to the summer concert event; probably a Saturday and Sunday night.
  • “Rock the Garden” is an important fundraiser for the museum and helps underwrite the museum’s programs.
  • Ryan French will be meeting with Lowry Hill and other neighborhoods to hear their concerns as well.

Parking Proposal-Sonja Elias-Kenwood School parent

  • Sonja Elias, Lowry Hill resident and Kenwood School parent, has safety concerns around Kenwood School dismissal. She would like KIAA support to create a “loading zone” along Oliver Avenue South (park side of street only).
  • The “loading zone” would only occur in the afternoons approximately “2:00 to 3:00 p.m.” and/or according to school dismissal times.
  • KIAA will mail a letter/notice asking for comments from the surrounding residents along Oliver Avenue South from Franklin to Douglas avenues. KIAA will discuss letters/emails from neighbors at the upcoming October 7 KIAA meeting.

SWLRT Update

  • Decision on freight location is expected at end of October
  • Letters of concerns regarding co-location and/or SWLRT should be sent to Mpls City Council members, Mayor Rybak and Gov. Dayton.

KIAA Communication Ideas

  • KIAA will provide a job description for staff hire to provide email updates, manage website, organize KIAA records, prepare/mail newsletters.
Updates
  • KIAA received the KIAA Aug-Sept 2013 balance sheets from Ed Pluimer, treasurer.
  • KIAA received a public hearing notice on Sept. 1 for 2504 W. Lake of the Isles Parkway. The Mpls Board of Adjustment will hold a hearing on Sept. 26 to review the variance to reduce side yard setback from 5 ft to 1 ft for roof over an ADA chair lift. Surrounding neighbors have voiced support for the project.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 p.m.

 

August-KIAA did not meet in August 2013

July 2013 KIAA Meeting Minutes

KIAA Board met July 1, 2013 at Kenwood Rec Center.

Chair Larry Moran called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Board Members present: Chair Larry Moran, Jeanette Colby, Jack Levi, Kathy Low, Amy Lucas, Ed Pluimer and Bob Tennessen.

Others present: Kenwood residents: Martha Dayton, Tom Nelson, Carol White, Ken Cram, and Sean Smith.

7th Ward Update

  • Tree debris will be collected through July 12 and must be on the boulevard in front of your property. Damaged boulevard tree removal will begin July 1.
  • Minneapolis City Council will hold a public hearing on August 1 at 10:00 a.m. to consider authorizing a municipal electrical utility and at 10:30 a.m. to consider a municipal gas utility. Both hearings will be in Room 317 of City Hall.

Zoning Committee update

  • Tom Nelson and Martha Dayton, residents of 2112 Kenwood Parkway since 1996, purchased the neighboring property at the north, 2108 Kenwood Parkway, in October 2012. They applied for a demolition permit in February and the City of Mpls referred the demolition permit to the Mpls Heritage Preservation Commission for a public hearing, set for August 6, on the eligibility of the property as a “historic resource.”
  • The Nelson-Daytons hope to build a new house on the site. They are currently proposing landscaping on the site until they design their new house.
  • KIAA passed a motion to submit a letter to the City of Mpls noting that KIAA does not object to the demolition proposal.
  • Kathy Low asked about the future design of the house. The owners have not hired an architect for their new house at this time, but hope to design a home that architecturally fits within the block.
KIAA Grievance Policy-Kathy Low
  • KIAA adopted a Grievance Policy which will be posted on the KIAA website (attachment on KIAA website: kenwoodminneapolis.org/blog1)
Communications Responsibilities
  • KIAA has a budget for hiring a Communications person and will approach Kathy Williams to discuss the amount of hours she donates per week to KIAA communication and types of duties.
  • Jeanette Colby will approach staff of East Isles neighborhood, Monica Smith, to discuss her interest in helping KIAA.
  • General Duties include: email monthly updates, yearly printed/mailed newsletter, postcard updates, record maintenance, website updates.

SWLRT Update-Jeanette Colby

  • Six options have been submitted for co-location design. Two of the options are somewhat more viable; one takes the greenway space, formal parkland and approx. 30-70 houses in Kenwood and Cedar-Dean-Isles. It will also re-route the bike trails.
  • Another option that has been discussed is a tunnel. The Kenilworth Preservation Group is a local advocacy group promoting the tunnel and the study of this option.
  • Another group, LRT Done Right, is against co-location. Visit lrtdoneright.org for information and to receive updates.
  • Sean Smith, resident on W. 24th Street, stated his belief that co-location is almost certain and believes the news entities promote co-location. St. Louis Park appears to be more organized against co-location while Minneapolis neighborhoods do not appear to be organized. Smith wonders if there would be more local community involvement if residents knew co-location was inevitable in Mpls.
  • The next SWLRT community meeting on engineering concepts will be July 17 at Jones Harrison. The open house will be 4:30-5:30 p.m. and the presentation will be 5:30-6:15 p.m. The organization, LRT Done Right, is hoping that residents will attend the meeting to speak out against co-location. The St. Louis Park open house will be July 18 at St. Louis Park High School, same times.
  • KIAA approved a co-location position statement: (attachment on KIAA website: kenwoodminneapolis.org/blog1).
  • Jeanette Colby will send the position statement to the Star Tribune editorial board.
Minneapolis Energy Options-Larry Moran, Jeanette Colby
  • KIAA has received two requests for public energy issues. The board needs more info on these issues before providing a position

Updates

  • KIAA received the KIAA 2012-2013 fiscal year balance sheets.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 p.m.

Attachments:

Kenwood Isles Area Association Grievance Procedure

Any resident within the Kenwood Isles Area Association (KIAA) boundaries may file a grievance regarding an action taken by the KIAA Board, its committees, its agents or its representatives that he/she considers unfair. The complainant may use this Grievance Procedure to redress the complaint.

Disagreements about the content of a decision or the outcome made in a democratic manner may not be treated as a grievance.

The Grievance Procedure begins when a complaint is submitted in writing to the KIAA Board. The complaint must be signed and must include the address and phone number of the complainant.

Grievances under this Grievance Procedure must specify the following in the written complaint:

  • The specific concern, including specific action(s) taken by the KIAA Board or committee.
  • Suggested actions that should be taken by the KIAA Board or committee to remedy the problem.

The KIAA Board shall address the Grievance at the next regularly-scheduled meeting and by majority vote will decide if there is merit to the grievance and propose specific solutions.

The KIAA Board shall respond, in writing, regarding a decision on the merit of, and proposed solution to, the grievance within thirty (30) days of the meeting at which the Grievance was addressed.

Any written Grievance should be sent to:

Chair

KIAA

PO Box 3660

Minneapolis, MN 55403

Process for Appeal

The complainant may appeal the decision of the KIAA Board on a Grievance within 30 days of receiving the written response of the Board by submitting a written appeal to the Chair of the KIAA Board. The Board will consult with the Neighborhood and Community Relations (NCR) department of the City of Minneapolis for guidance about further mediation.

–Approved by the KIAA Board on July 1, 2013

Kenwood Isles Area Association Position Statement on Freight Relocation for SWLRT

Nearly 1.5 miles of the proposed SWLRT runs through the Kenwood Isles Area Association neighborhood. We vehemently oppose the idea of maintaining freight rail along with light rail at grade in the Kenilworth Corridor, known as “co-location.”

Relocation of freight out of the Kenilworth Corridor has been promised for years. While the corridor was long used for transporting goods, freight use of Kenilworth was halted in 1993 when the Midtown Greenway was established. When freight was later re-introduced into the Kenilworth Corridor, Hennepin County assured residents this use of the corridor was temporary.

Meanwhile, over 20 years of citizen efforts to build and maintain Cedar Lake Park and the Kenilworth Trail have resulted in a more beautiful and complete Grand Rounds and Chain of Lakes. Traffic on federally funded commuter and recreational bicycle trails in the Kenilworth Corridor grew to over 620,000 visits in 2012.

When the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority began looking at using the Kenilworth Corridor for LRT, several key studies and decisions reiterated the expectation that, if Kenilworth is to be used for transit, then the freight line must be relocated. (See notes below.) Trails were to be preserved. Freight rail was to be considered a separate project with a separate funding stream, according to Hennepin County. This position was stated publicly on many occasions, including Community Advisory Committee meetings and Policy Advisory Committee meetings.

Minneapolis residents have positively contributed to the SWLRT process based on the information that freight and light rail would not co-exist in the Kenilworth Corridor. Although many of us think that Kenilworth is not the best route, most have participated in the spirit of cooperation and compromise to make the SWLRT the best it can be.

Despite numerous engineering studies on rerouting the freight rail, it was not until December 2012 that the current freight operator in the Kenilworth Corridor, TC&W, decided to weigh in publicly on the location of its freight rail route. TC&W rejected the proposed reroute.

The Met Council has responded by advancing new proposals for both rerouting the freight and keeping it in the Kenilworth Corridor. For either option, these proposals range from the hugely impactful to the very expensive – or both. Six of the eight proposals call for “co-location” despite the temporary status of freight in Kenilworth. The Kenilworth proposals include the destruction of homes, trails, parkland, and green space. Most of the proposals would significantly add to the noise, safety issues, visual impacts, traffic backups, and other environmental impacts identified in the DEIS.

This is not a NIMBY issue. The Kenilworth Trail provides safe, healthy recreational and commuter options for the city and region. It is functionally part of our park system. The Kenilworth Corridor is priceless green space that cannot be replaced.

For over a decade public agencies have stated that freight rail must be relocated to make way for LRT through the Kenilworth Corridor. If this position is reversed midway through the design process for SWLRT, the residents of Kenwood Isles would find this a significant breach of the public trust.

Simply stated, none of the co-location proposals are in keeping with the project goals of preserving the environment, protecting the quality of life, and creating a safe transit mode compatible with existing trails.

This has been a deeply flawed process, and we reject any recommendation for at-grade co-location in the Kenilworth Corridor. If freight doesn’t work in St. Louis Park, perhaps it’s time to rethink the Locally Preferred Alternative.

Notes

1) The 29th Street and Southwest Corridor Vintage Trolley Study (2000) noted that, “To implement transit service in the Southwest Corridor, either a rail swap with Canadian Pacific Rail or a southern interconnect must occur.”

2) The FTA-compliant Alternatives Analysis (2005-2007) defines the Kenilworth section of route 3A for the proposed Southwest Light Rail in this way: “Just north of West Lake Street the route enters an exclusive (LRT) guideway in the HCRRA’s Kenilworth Corridor to Penn Avenue” (page 25). This study goes on to say that “to construct and operate an exclusive transit-only guideway in the HCRRA’s Kenilworth Corridor the existing freight rail service must be relocated” (page 26).

3) The “Locally Preferred Alternative” (LPA) recommended by HCRRA (10/29/2009) to participating municipalities and the Metropolitan Council included a recommendation that freight rail relocation be considered as a separate “parallel process.”

4) In adopting HCRRA’s recommended Locally Preferred Alternative based on treating relocation of the freight rail as a separate process, the City of Minneapolis’ Resolution (January, 2010) stated:

“Be It Further Resolved that the current environmental quality, natural conditions, wildlife, urban forest, and the walking and biking paths be preserved and protected during construction and operation of the proposed Southwest LRT line.

Be It Further Resolved that any negative impacts to the parks and park-like surrounding areas resulting from the Southwest LRT line are minimized and that access to Cedar Lake Park, Cedar Lake Regional Trail, Kenilworth Trail and the Midtown Greenway is retained.”

5) The Draft Environmental Impact Statement supports the Locally Preferred Alternative, which includes relocation of freight out of the Kenilworth Corridor. (December, 2012)

6) The southwesttransitway.org has stated since its inception that:

Hennepin County and its partners are committed to ensuring that a connected system of trails is retained throughout the southwest metro area. Currently, there are four trails that may be affected by a Southwest LRT line. They are the Southwest LRT trail, the Kenilworth trail, the Cedar Lake Park trail, and the Midtown Greenway. These trails are all located on property owned by the HCRRA. The existing walking and biking trails will be maintained; there is plenty of space for light rail and the existing trails. Currently, rails and trails safely coexist in more than 60 areas of the United States.

—Approved by the KIAA Board on July 1, 2013

June 2013 KIAA Meeting Minutes

KIAA Board met June 3, 2013 at Kenwood Rec Center.

Chair Larry Moran called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Board Members present: Chair Larry Moran, Mike Bono, Jeanette Colby, Angie Erdrich, Kathy Low, Amy Lucas, Ed Pluimer and Bob Tennessen.

Others present: Council Member Lisa Goodman, Dylan Thomas of Southwest Journal, Interim Chief of Park Police, Captain Jason Ohotto and Kenwood residents James Lockhart and Mark Johnson.

7th Ward Update-CM Lisa Goodman

  • “Lunch with Lisa” will be noon, Wednesday, June 26 with Jayne Miller, Mpls Park Board Superintendent, at University of St. Thomas, Terrence Murphy Hall, Room 252. Anita Tabb, Park Board Commissioner, will guest host for CM Goodman.
  • Backyard fires are restricted when air quality alerts in place.
  • The 311 Call Center will be open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. this summer.
  • “Bike Walk Week” is June 9-15. Thursday, June 13 is “Bike to Work Day” and a rally will be held at Henn Co. Gov Center at 7:30 a.m.
  • Register your bike with Mpls Police and it will be returned if stolen and found. Register through 311 or city website: www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/bicycles/parking/bicycles_stolen-abandoned.
  • CM Goodman will be meeting with SWLRT project office on June 4 for co-location presentation. She has received a number of calls since over 60 Mpls residents have been contacted regarding “eminent domain” for their properties.

Park Police Update – Capt. Jason Ohotto (Interim Chief of Park Police) and Mark Johnson, Chair of KIAA Crime and Safety Committee

  • KIAA is requesting Park Police updates in Kenwood over the summer.
  • Interim Chief of Park Police, Capt. Ohotto, explained that there are 33 sworn Park Police Officers and 20 Park Patrol Officers. They patrol over 200 parks with 22 million visitors per year.
  • While the Park Police also answer 911 calls, their main role is to support field staff in recreation, environmental and planning.
  • The population at Hidden Beach has changed in the last ten years. It has a wider regional interest today and greater numbers of visitors. Alcoholic beverages are the biggest issue at the beach. The Park Board officially authorized the park as “East Cedar Lake Beach” with staffed lifeguards and more police patrol. The Park Police are also training lifeguards on the beach patrol.
  • Capt. Ohotto guarantees more Park Police communication with KIAA and Kenwood residents especially regarding East Cedar Lake Beach/Hidden Beach.
  • KIAA Park Police Funds has leftover 2012 budget of $2,000. Mpls Park Police tried to staff police patrol based on weather. The contract for additional police patrol from last summer can be renewed rather than re-written. Park Police will provide a monthly crime report update to KIAA.
  • KIAA will approve additional funds for Park Police Patrol. Capt. Ohotto recommends patrolling earlier in warm days before behavior collapses in the evening. Neighborhoods are required to buy patrol time in 4-hour blocks. Park police regular hours are 7 a.m.-midnight. Minneapolis Police manage calls after these hours.
  • Due to the late summer weather, crime in the parks is down 60% compared to the same time as last year.
  • Park Police are also managing “off-leash” dog laws. “Off-leash” calls are the number one Park Police complaint.
  • Park Police cannot solve crime without neighborhood partnerships. Capt. Ohotto recommends more Kenwood residents visiting Hidden Beach and promoting positive activities at the park/beach.

Zoning Committee Presentation

  • James Lockhart, owner of 2514 Thomas Avenue, presented the proposed variance for a rear addition. The house is situated on a triangular lot and the two-story addition (with basement) will infringe upon the required 5” setback of the (southern) lot line.
  • The neighbor to the south, Bob Tennessen, supports the variance.
  • KIAA approved a resolution to submit a letter to the City of Mpls noting that KIAA does not object to the variance.

Neighborhood Survey and Community Participation Program (CPP) Budget-Kathy Low and Mike Bono

  • KIAA approved the CPP Budget as proposed. See the CPP budget on the KIAA website kenwoodminneapolis.org/blog1.
  • KIAA NRP survey results: 112 responses (of 566 residences); the highest responses asked for SWLRT planning staff and continued payment for additional police patrol. The results of the survey will be posted on the KIAA website.
  • Based on the survey results the KIAA Neighborhood Priority Plan was updated with five priorities: 1) Supporting cooperative efforts with surrounding neighborhoods and organizations to minimize negative impacts on the Kenilworth trail as a result of the proposed SWLRT; 2) Hiring a professional to identify ideas for mitigation near the proposed 21st Street Station, including visual, noise, and safety issues related to the proposed SWLRT or otherwise address impact of the SWLRT the station on Kenwood; 3) Continuing annual support of additional police patrols at East Cedar Lake Beach and other crime prevention efforts including police patrol in neighborhood alleys; 4) Contracting for part-time help to continue the monthly e-newsletter, and other communication efforts including developments regarding LRT; 5) Contribute funds to help keep the restrooms open at the Kenwood Recreation Center on weekends.
  • KIAA approved a revised budget for the CPP funds reflecting the addition of unused funds from the prior period. The revised CPP budget totals $23,687 to be mainly directed to neighborhood priorities.

SWLRT Update

  • Upcoming SWLRT CAC on co-location meeting on June 6 at Benilde-St. Margaret’s. June 13 public open house on co-location also at Benilde-St. Margaret.
  • Kenilworth Preservation Group, chaired by Stuart Chazin, has sent a letter to all political representatives in favor of a tunnel from Lake Street to Penn Station. Costs are estimated at $100 million.

KIAA Officer Elections

  • KIAA approved 2013-2014 board: Larry Moran, chair; Mike Bono, vice-chair; Amy Lucas, recoding secretary; Ed Pluimer, treasurer.

Mayoral Candidate Forum-Amy Lucas

  • KIAA will host (with interested surrounding neighborhoods) and provide funds for a Mayoral Candidate Forum in mid-September at Kenwood Rec Center.
  • Amy Lucas will contact other n’hood reps for $ support and advertising for the event.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:50 p.m.

Approved by KIAA in May:

RESOLVED, that KIAA will keep its level of general liability insurance at $2 million and will name the City of Minneapolis as an additional insured so long as KIAA has any written agreements with the City of Minneapolis.

RESOLVED, that to insure that KIAA will not pass any board resolutions that are inconsistent with the membership guidelines of NRP-CPP, the Board affirms that no membership dues or minimum attendance criteria will ever be passed by the Board so long as KIAA has any written agreements with the City of Minneapolis Department of Neighborhood and Community Relations.

KIAA approved to reimburse Mike Bono for the cost of mailing the Neighborhood Priority Plan survey.

KIAA approved to spend up to $1,200 for the annual meeting.

KIAA approved to pay for the yearly $900 fee to Hill and Lake Press.

Updates

  • Check out the Kenwood Recreation Center website and all the cool summer activities.
  • “Movie in the Park” will be in Kenwood on Wednesday, June 19 at dusk. Featuring “Miracle.”

May 2013 Annual KIAA Meeting Minutes

The annual KIAA meeting was held at the Kenwood Recreation Center on May 19 and the current KIAA board of officers was re-elected.

April 2013 KIAA Meeting Minutes

KIAA Board met April 1, 2013 at Kenwood Rec Center.

Chair Larry Moran called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Board Members present: Chair Larry Moran, Mike Bono, Jack Levi, Kathy Low, Amy Lucas, Ed Pluimer and Bob Tennessen.

Others present: Council Member Lisa Goodman, Park Board Commissioner Anita Tabb, Dylan Thomas of Southwest Journal, Mark Houlty of Kenwood Rec. Center, Mark Johnson, Carol White, Terry Campbell, Chip Lindeke.

7th Ward Update-CM Lisa Goodman

  • “Lunch with Lisa” will be noon, Wednesday, April 24 for a tour of the city’s waste recycling plant at 1800 Broadway N.E.
  • Street sweeping will begin later this year: April 15-May10. Visit www.minneapolismn.gov/publicworks/streetsweeping and enter your address for sweeping dates in your neighborhood.
  • There are 47 vacancies on City boards and commissions. Visit www.minneapolismn.gov/boards/boards-and-commissions to learn more.
  • The Kenwood restaurant has applied to the City for an outdoor seating permit. The public hearing is scheduled for April 4 at 1:30 p.m. Lisa reminded KIAA that outdoor seating may displace some of the indoor seating and may not mean added customers. Lisa said most complaints she has received complaints about the vendors blocking the alley.
  • N’hood businesses want street lighting but need 6-8 contiguous blocks in agreement for street lighting

Park Board Update – Anita Tabb, Park Board Commissioner

  • Emerald ash borer is in Mpls and ash trees are heavily planted in City’s golf courses. The city’s five golf courses will be replanted in the next few years with multiple tree species.
  • Park Board will be inspecting boats going into lakes for zebra mussels.
  • City sewer project along Lake Street between Lake of Isles and Calhoun still has another season before completion. Completion set for 2014.
  • Anita met with some area residents who are members of the Lake of the Isles Renovation Project Citizens’ Joint Review Committee and Marcia Holmberg, Natural Resources Coordinator for Park Board, to discuss Lake of the Isles maintenance. Improvements in shoreline plant maintenance will begin this year, including hand-pruning of overgrown shoreline plants. Turf will also be evaluated for repair and continued maintenance. It is difficult to recruit volunteers to maintain planted areas around Lake of the Isles. There is consideration to reduce number of shrub beds and improve maintenance.
  • Milfoil harvesting is proposing two passes on each of the three lakes this summer: Lake of the Isles, Harriet and Calhoun. Park Board purchased a second milfoil harvester last year to avoid outside vendors bringing other invasive species (zebra mussels) into lakes
Extra Police Patrols-Mark Johnson, Crime and Safety Committee Chair
  • Mark passed around the Kenwood Crime statistics for the past six years.
  • Last year, KIAA recognized that early Park Board police patrol of the East Cedar Beach (a.k.a. Hidden Beach) would be helpful to target criminal activities early in the summer season and to set the expectations early.
  • KIAA approved a resolution to authorize the same amount of NRP funds for “police buy back” patrol hours allocated as last year with the understanding that the patrols start in May. Mark Johnson will discuss further with the Park Board Police. The patrol funds should be reviewed before a contract is signed and a final report of patrols is expected.

Outdoor Seating at The Kenwood Restaurant

  • Don Saunders, owner of The Kenwood, was unable to attend the KIAA meeting, but told KIAA board member Jack Levi that he was interested in neighborhood concerns. Concerns may be emailed directly to Don Saunders.
  • A public hearing is scheduled on April 4 at 1:30 at the City of Minneapolis for the sidewalk permit.

Sidewalk Planting Project-Kathy Low

  • Lowry Hill passed a resolution to reallocate $12,000 of their NRP funds to KIAA to contract with the Park Board for planting along the West Franklin Avenue sidewalk (Kenwood Park) with the understanding that surrounding/affected residents/stakeholders would be involved in the design approval.
  • Affected residents along West Franklin Avenue met to review the landscape design, but did not reach consensus on approval of the design.
  • KIAA approved a resolution to politely decline the Lowry Hill NRP funds of $12,000 to enter into a contract with the Park Board for landscaping/tree plantings along the West Franklin Avenue sidewalk.

CPP Survey-Kathy Low

  • KIAA will further discuss the CPP survey via email among KIAA members.
  • KIAA will communicate with the NCR staff that KIAA plans to comply with NCR’s requirement not to impose membership dues via a resolution rather than a bylaw change. Ed Pluimer will draft the resolution for KIAA.
  • KIAA liability insurance has been increased to $2 million to meet CPP requirements.

Annual Meeting

  • The KIAA Annual meeting/celebration will be at Kenwood Park on Sunday, May 19. Time to be announced. All Kenwood residents are encouraged to attend. KIAA is recruiting more members for the board and will be appointing members at the annual meeting. Please contact Larry Moran at debbielarry@comcast.net if you are interested in joining KIAA.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:50 p.m.

March 2013 KIAA Meeting Minutes

KIAA Board met March 4, 2013 at Kenwood Rec Center.

Chair Larry Moran called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Board Members present: Chair Larry Moran, Jeanette Colby, Angie Erdrich, Jack Levi, Kathy Low, Amy Lucas, Ed Pluimer and Bob Tennessen.

Others present: Council Member Lisa Goodman, Katie Walker (Henn Co), Sophia Ginis (Met Council), Brian Thyr (Kenwood resident and CAC member).

7th Ward Update-Council Member Lisa Goodman

  • “Lunch with Lisa” will be on Wednesday, March 27 at St. Thomas Univ- Opus Hall. Peter Wagenius of the Mayor’s office will discuss the “Nicollet-Central Street Car Study.”
  • The owners of 2112 Kenwood Parkway own the neighboring property at 2108 Kenwood Parkway. The owners have applied to the City of Mpls for a demolition permit for 2108 Kenwood Pkwy for an expanded side yard. The Mpls Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) staff has determined that the property is a potential historic property and demolition must be evaluated by the HPC.
  • The Blake School is applying for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for a rear addition.
  • Single-sort recycling is being implemented in Kenwood this spring.

Dean Parkway-West Cedar Lake Trail Improvement Project-Community Advisory Committee (CAC) Update – Brian Thyr, Kenwood rep.

  • The CAC covered the bicycle and pedestrian trails along Dean Parkway and the west side of Cedar Lake. The main concerns were bike and pedestrian safety along the roads and at road intersections.
  • CAC recommendations: provide separate bike/ped trails along Dean Parkway; protect trees; improve street intersection of Dean Parkway (south and north) and Cedar Lake Parkway; eliminate road-side bike trail on Cedar Lake and create a off-road bike trail.
  • The project will begin in Fall of 2013 and completed in Spring 2014.
  • For more info on all Mpls Park and Rec Board projects visit: www.minneapolisparks.org and review the side bar of “projects.” There is a power point presentation of the recommended design concepts on this site.
Southwest LRT Update-Jeanette Colby and Sophia Ginis (Met Council public communications Sophia.ginis@metrotransit.org 612-373-3895) and Katie Walker (Henn Co Community Works-SWLRT project manager-katie.walker@hennepin.mn.us)
  • On Jan. 1, 2012 the responsibilities for the Southwest Light Rail Transitway (SWLRT) project were officially transitioned to the Met Council from the Henn Co Regional Railroad Authority. The SWLRT is divided into 25 technical issues. Kenilworth Corridor has been assigned Issue #18 and West Lake Station is Issue #17.
  • Sophia Ginis, Met Council, is assigned to communicate the Met Council updates for the rail areas between St. Louis Park and Minneapolis.
  • Met Council (and its Metro Transit div) is the lead agency for the design and construction of the LRT line. Henn Co is leading efforts to aid cities in station area planning and development plans called Station Area Action Plans (TSAAP).
  • Katie Walker (Henn Co) explained that TSAAP will handle “park and ride” facilities, development around stations, circulation plans for bikes/pedestrians/auto/bus, storm water management, environment preservation. TSAAP areas are most affected at ¼ mile around station, but study area includes circle 2 miles around stations.
  • SWLRT completion expected in 2018. Co-location/Relocation of freight and transit line will be discussed and finalized in fall 2013.
  • For more info: www.southwest transitway.org and feel free to contact Sophia Ginis at Sophia.ginis@metrotransit.org with questions/concerns throughout the process.
Community Participation Program (CPP) Update
  • KIAA presented a list of funding ideas with remaining CPP funds and suggested these ideas be included in an upcoming survey to Kenwood neighborhood residents.
  • Funding ideas: 1) Continued police patrol at Hidden Beach 2) Consultant to design mitigation and safety at 21st St Station of the SW LRT 3) Contract for part-time help for KIAA 4) Support a three-neighborhood coalition (West Calhoun, KIAA, CIDNA) in SW LRT efforts 5) Plant trees with Cedar Lake Park Assoc 6) Funds for Lake of the Isles parkland maintenance 7) Funds for KIAA annual meeting and forums 8) Support the Kenwood Rec Center 8) Support the Kenwood Business District events 9) Support Kenwood School initiatives for environmental education
  • Kenwood residents will be asked to provide input on these funding ideas through an upcoming neighborhood survey; results will assist in the Neighborhood Priority Plan.
Treasurer’s Report-Ed Plumier
  • KIAA is working on being good stewards of the funds and how to build on them in the future. The CPP priority plan and upcoming survey will assist.
Miscellaneous-Larry Moran
  • Kenwood Park Sidewalk (along Franklin Ave.)-Lowry Hill would like KIAA to take the lead with the Park Board on use of their NRP/CCP funds for landscaping along the new sidewalk. Input from KIAA and affected stakeholders, including residents along Franklin, will be sought. Kathy Low will follow-up with Park Board, Lowry Hill and Franklin Ave residents.
  • Salvation Army-Offered to have a neighborhood pick-up this spring.
  • HGTV-Is looking for interesting, unique remodeling projects in Kenwood.
  • A resident of Thomas Ave S has offered to support “Movies in the Park” this summer.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

 

February 2013 KIAA Meeting Minutes

Chair Larry Moran called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Board Members present: Chair Larry Moran, Michael Bono, Jeanette Colby, Angie Erdrich, Jack Levi, Amy Lucas, and Bob Tennessen.

Others present: Jack Whitehurst, Mpls CPP staff; Reid Sebion, All Energy Solar at 26th and Lyndale; Mark Johnson, Kenwood resident and chair of Crime Committee; Mark Holtey, Director of Kenwood Rec. Center; and Dylan Thomas of Southwest Journal.

7th Ward Update

  • “Lunch with Lisa” on Feb. 20 will feature “How do they do that? Recycling and Water Treatment.”
  • Burch Steak restaurant at Hennepin and Franklin in Lowry Hill is expected to open at the end of Feb. The liquor license was recently approved.
  • The Neighborhoods USA conference will be in Minneapolis in May 2013. Visit www.nusa.org to learn more.
  • Nominations for 2013 “one read” book are due Feb. 11. Visit oneminneapolisread.com to learn more.
  • The 2012 Minneapolis Crime report and stats are available. Visit www.minneapolismn.gov/police/statistics for more info.

CPP Update – Mike Bono and Jack Whitehurst of Community Participation Program (CPP)

  • Jack Whitehurst, City of Minneapolis CPP staff (612-673-5143, jack.whitehurst@minneapolismn.gov), provided an update of the City’s Community Participation Program, which handles community engagement, outreach, neighborhood planning and community funds. Neighborhood Priority Plan will help neighborhoods move their initiatives forward. Jack provided a spreadsheet of KIAA’s spending history and will be the KIAA contact for future CPP spending.
  • Approved resolution: KIAA approved the 2012-2013 CPP application for 2013 budget. The CPP allocated Budget is $17,140. This includes $3000 for communications/outreach, $140 for supplies/materials, $4000 for festivals/events, Neighborhood Priorities for $10,000.
  • Approved resolution: KIAA authorizes the issuance of a check to the City of Minneapolis in the amount of $854.55 to repay the unused portion of the CPP advance from the 2011-2012 CPP contract.
Treasurer’s Report-Larry Moran
  • Approved resolution: Reimburse Angie Erdrich of $157.34 for neighborhood welcome kits.
LRT Update-Jeanette Colby
  • KIAA submitted individual comments on DEIS as well as a combined comment with the surrounding neighborhoods.
  • Additionally, a few CIDNA and KIAA residents individually hired Tom Johnson, attorney with Gray Plant Mooty, to provide a response to the DEIS. This group continues to seek LRT tunneling in CIDNA and Kenwood areas (Penn Station to Lake Street).
  • Some residents are investigating LRT along the north side of Cedar Lake to the West End area then south on Hwy 100. KIAA Board member Jack Levi will look into this option and report back to KIAA on the issue.
  • Jeanette will meet with landscape designer and planning consultant, Steve Durant, to discuss design options around LRT and costs for design.
Crime Update-Mark Johnson
  • There were 8 crimes (all robberies) in Kenwood in December and 2 incidents in January. No arrests were made in response to these incidents. Residents must remember to lock garages and doors.
  • Mark will talk to Mpls Park Police about spring activity and “buy back” program.
Kenwood Park Update-Mark Holtey, Director of Kenwood Rec Center
  • A Bluegrass/Ukulele group meets twice a month (2nd & 4th Mondays of month)
  • Rec Center needs a summer volunteer to garden the front plot
  • An Improv Workshop for Youth (with Brave New Workshop) will be at Rec Center on March 13, from 3:30-4:30. Potentially a summer program.
  • “Movie in Park” may return this summer. Costs are around $200 per movie and looking for funding
The meeting was adjourned at 8:33 p.m.

January 2013 KIAA Meeting Minutes

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by board Chair Larry Moran. Other directors present: Ed Pluimer, Kathy Low, Jack Levi, Angie Erdrich, and Robert Tennessen.

City Councilmember Lisa Goodman made the following comments:

  1. A hearing will be held on January 22 at 6 PM at the Kenwood Park Center on the liquor license application for the restaurant in the former Burch pharmacy building. The purpose of the hearing is not to determine whether or not liquor should be sold but to determine whether or not the applicant is fit to hold a license.
  2. The Minneapolis Police Department has assigned Officer Tony Diaz as Inspector for our precinct.
  3. In response to a question regarding appraised value of property she explained the appeal process.
  4. In response to another question about wood-burning she advised that there are rules in effect that govern when bonfires are permissible.
  5. She restated the long-standing position of the city of Minneapolis opposing co-location of freight and the SWLRT traffic in the Kenwood Corridor. She also explained other aspects regarding the SWLRT.

Treasurer Ed Pluimer presented the treasurer’s preliminary report. It was accepted.

A motion was made, seconded, and approved to amend the previously adapted CPP budget reducing the amount allocated for professional services from $6820 to $5175 and increasing the amount for communications from $347 to $2000. The purpose of the change is to provide additional funds to pay for the cost of the neighborhood newsletter regarding the SW LRT and other items. The total amount of the budget is unchanged.

The meeting adjourned at 8:05 PM.

 

December 2012 KIAA Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order at 7:05.

Present were board members Larry Moran, Kathy Low, Angie Erdrich, Jack Levi, Jeanette Colby, Mike Bono, Ed Pluimer; and about 20 Kenwood residents.

Council Member Lisa Goodman, 7th Ward Update

- Later with Lisa Dec. 13th 4:30-7:00 at the Normandy hotel. January 23rd Lunch with Lisa will feature Michelle Kelm Helgen, former Chief of staff to Governor Dayton and now chair of the new Minnesota Sports Facility Authority, the agency building the Vikings football stadium.

- The City held public hearings on the 2013 budget that proposes a 1.7% increase in property taxes and focuses on public safety and infrastructure. Few people attended the meetings which was seen as a sign of general approval, but next year could bring greater increases related to Tax Increment Finance district changes.

- Public works: Douglas Ave. and Dean Parkway are both going to be worked on next year. Next year may also bring a ward-wide sidewalk inspection. If you know of places where the sidewalk needs fixing, you can call 311. Sidewalk replacement is the responsibility of the property owners – about $500-$750 per panel.

- Janee Harteau was appointed police chief on November 30. Lisa pointed out that there has never been a unanimous vote on a police chief before and thinks Chief Harteau is a great choice. She has risen through the ranks, has had issues of discrimination and worked through them, focuses on the root causes of poverty and homelessness, is highly educated in criminal justice and has an MBA.

- Holiday lights recycling – take broken lights to over 350 sites after the holidays, including Park and Rec Centers. Look on the city’s web site for locations.

- On the issue of LRT, the City has a bottom line on the freight rail relocation – “co-location” is not acceptable. Lisa was the only “no” vote for the Kenilworth Trail alignment and believes now that it is important to work for mitigation. If the 12-month Preliminary Engineering goes forward in 2013 as expected, bringing the project to 30% of its final design, negotiations regarding mitigation will probably occur in 2014. City policy would oppose a park-and-ride at 21st Street.

Southwest LRT Draft Environmental Impact Statement discussion

Larry Moran announced that the DEIS comment period had been extended to December 31st. He noted that KIAA received two postcards from an anonymous writer asking us to not let the LRT go through the Kenilworth Corridor. A meeting attendee strongly agreed with this sentiment, pointing out how few riders the LRT will pick up on Kenilworth compared to Uptown routes. Other attendees asked what they could do to help with the DEIS response. The board responded that DEIS submissions pointing out community and personal concerns will be helpful in showing the Metropolitan Council key problem areas and levels of concern. DEIS comments can be submitted through the web site southwesttransitway.org. The board agreed to discuss allocating funds for a landscape designer or engineer at January’s meeting.

MPRB Community Advisory Committee

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) plans to improve trails along Dean Parkway and the west side of Cedar Lake, and seeks citizen participation in the plan development. It will appoint a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) by December 28 to represent trail users and the surrounding community in the planning process. Ed Pluimer and Kathy Low moved that KIAA appoint Brian Thyr as our representative to the CAC, approved unanimously.

Community Participation Program

Kathy Low and Mike Bono filed reports to bring KIAA up to date in our CPP grant applications. The board adopted these reports along with EOE and ADA amendments.

The meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

 

November 2012 KIAA Meeting Minutes

KIAA Board met November 5, 2012 at Kenwood Rec Center.

Chair Larry Moran called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Board Members present: Chair Larry Moran, Mike Bono, Jeanette Colby, Angie Erdrich, Jack Levi, Amy Lucas, Kathy Low, Ed Pluimer and Bob Tennessen.

Others present: 7th Ward Council Aide Patrick Sadler, Dylan Thomas of Southwest Journal and Kenwood residents: Sam Murphy, Bret Rekas, Courtney Kiernat, Pat Scott, Ernest Lehmann, Sally Lehman, Adam Platt, Horace Devoto.

7th Ward Update-Council Aide Patrick Sadler

  • No “Lunch with Lisa” in November due to Thanksgiving holiday. “Later with Lisa” will be Thurs. Dec 13 at 4:30 at the Normandy Inn.
  • Single Sort recycling is beginning to roll out; Kenwood will be spring 2013.
  • “Conservation Districts Committee” is being looked at in Mpls; Amy Lucas, Kenwood resident, is a representative on the committee.
  • Southwest LRT public hearings will be held: Nov. 13, 14, 29. Visit www.southwesttransitway.org to learn more.
  • The City of Mpls will hold two public hearings for the proposed 2013 property tax: Nov. 28 and Dec. 12 in Room 317 Mpls City Hall at 6:05 p.m.
Lake Calhoun Design Charette-Sam Murphy, Kenwood resident and KIAA rep. at charette
  • Sam Murphy attended the recent (Oct. 9 and Oct. 13) vision meetings on the design charette as KIAA rep.
  • Sam learned that Lake Calhoun is the most visited park in MN and the Lake Street intersection is one of the heaviest used roads in Henn Co.
  • Design charette, by Mpls Park Board, identified a number of issues: 1) dangerous road/path intersection; 2) congestion; 3) unimpressive park entry; 4) Need for better connection between Lake Calhoun and Lake of the Isles
  • For more info contact Deb Bartels, project manager, at dbartels@minneapolisparks.org
  • Team will return to Mpls Park Board with recommendations
Southwest Corridor LRT DEIS-Jeanette Colby
  • DEIS comments are due on December 11. Visit www.southwesttransitway.org to review the DEIS and learn about upcoming public hearings.
  • KIAA’s draft comments will be available on the KIAA website (kenwoodminneapolis.org) before the Dec. 3 KIAA meeting. Kenwood residents should feel free to email KIAA officers (emails on website) with their comments/issues. Kiaaminneapolis.org. KIAA will update Kenwood residents signed onto the KIAA newsletter. Contact Kathy Williams at kathyroyw@gmail.com if you would like to receive the KIAA newsletters.
  • Mpls Park Board has hired a designer to look at the proposed fly-over bridge at Cedar Lake Parkway. It was noted that the bridge design is inappropriate in size and design at that location.
  • Jeanette Colby is composing the main draft of the KIAA comments.
  • Residents noted that the elected officials should be advocating more for the residents affected by the rail especially in relation to traffic, design, noise, etc.
  • CM Goodman will be copied on the comment letters and issues.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:36 p.m.

 

October 2012 KIAA Meeting Minutes

KIAA Board met October 1, 2012 at Kenwood Rec Center.

Chair Larry Moran called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Board Members present: Chair Larry Moran, Michael Bono, Jeanette Colby, Jack Levi, Amy Lucas, and Kathy Low.

Others present: 7th Ward Council Aide Patrick Sadler and Dylan Thomas of Southwest Journal.

7th Ward Update-Council Aide Patrick Sadler

  • “Lunch with Lisa” on Oct. 31 will feature Casey Carl of Mpls City Clerk’s office on voter ID amendment.
  • Fall street sweeping begins Oct. 23. Check City of Mpls public works website: www.minneapolismn.gov/publicworks/streetsweeping.
  • Town Hall Meeting on Tax Reform will be held Thurs Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. in Folwell Park.
  • Absentee voting began Sept 21 and continues at City Hall from 8-4:30 p.m. weekdays and some Saturdays. Some polling locations have changed. Visit: Mnvote.org or the Secretary of State website.
  • 2013 budget hearings will be held at Mpls City Hall on Nov. 29 and Dec. 12 at 6:05 p.m.
  • There are many Mpls boards and commissions openings. Ward 7 specifically needs representatives on the “Senior Citizens Advisory Committee” and “Citizens Environmental Committee.”
  • Mpls will host the “Neighborhoods USA” conference Memorial Day weekend of 2013. Neighborhoods are invited to participate with exhibits. Visit www.nusa.org for more info.

Lake Calhoun Design Charette – Larry Moran

  • The charette will design the connections between Lake of the Isles and Lake Calhoun. The charette will be hold two public meetings for neighborhood input: Tues Oct 9 (visioning session) from 7-9 p.m. at Mosaic in Uptown and Sat Oct 13 (open house) from 9-11:30 a.m. at Mosaic.
  • Sam Murphy, Kenwood resident and past chair of KIAA, has offered to represent KIAA at the charette.
Kenwood Corner and Thrill Kenwood-Amanda Vallone, Artrageous Adventures
  • “Kenwood Corner” businesses have been meeting monthly. Amanda owns the “Artrageous Adventures” art studio. These businesses will be taking part in the “Kenwood Thrill” event. Kenwood Vet Clinic will host a Halloween pet costume parade and Birchbark Books will have a guest author.
  • The 4th Annual “Thrill Kenwood” will be held on Saturday Oct. 27 from 1:00-8 p.m. The kid-friendly worldwide Thriller dance will be at 2:00 p.m. and the “scarier” Thriller will be held at 7:00 p.m. Kenwood is the only Mpls site holding the “Thriller” dance.
  • The Lowry will donate food for volunteers. Kenwood Rec Center will host the 4 workshops to teach the Thriller dance.
  • Visit the Facebook page “Thrill the World Kenwood” to learn more.
  • KIAA approved $350 donation to sponsor “Thrill Kenwood” which will cover costs of the DJ/Sound Equipment and art activity stations.
  • Amanda Vallone also offered to assist KIAA board members in their NCR grant process.
Southwest Corridor LRT/DEIS Issues-Jeanette Colby
  • The Kenilworth rail tracks are being repaired and replaced, but it should not cause traffic problems in the neighborhood.
  • The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) is scheduled for release on Oct. 12. KIAA will be submitting a response after the DEIS is public. Upon public release there is a 60-day comment period and KIAA will need to submit comments in Dec. There may be some overlap with the KIAA response and the Mpls Park Board comments.
  • The KIAA comments will center around three subject areas:
  • 1) Impacts to parks, trails and green space (maintain separated trails; safety to park and trail users; minimize aesthetic impact of cantenaries; replace lost trees/plants; ensure park access.
  • 2) Impact to residents (noise, lights, vibrations)
  • 3) Impacts of station (low profile and context sensitive; no park and ride; traffic management; parking management; bike access; public safety)
  • KIAA will discuss the n’hood’s official comment on the DEIS at the Nov 5 KIAA meeting.
  • Kenwood residents are encouraged to respond to the DEIS as individuals and to contribute to KIAA’s DEIS response. Please attend KIAA’s meeting on Monday, November 5th, and go to KIAA’s website to learn more about the DEIS process.
Zoning Issues
  • KIAA received a letter on 9/6 from the owners of 2504 W. Lake of the Isles Pkwy alerting the board to a variance request for a side yard setback for a basement entry.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:36 p.m.

 

September 2012 KIAA Meeting Minutes

KIAA Board met September 10, 2012 at Kenwood Rec Center.

Chair Larry Moran called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Board Members present: Chair Larry Moran, Michael Bono, Jeanette Colby, Angie Erdrich, Amy Lucas, Kathy Low and Ed Pluimer.

Others present: 7th Ward Council Member Lisa Goodman, Minneapolis Policy Director Peter Wagenius and approximately 35 residents of Lowry Hill, Kenwood and CIDNA.

7th Ward Update-Council Member Lisa Goodman

  • The next “Lunch with Lisa” at University of St. Thomas will be Oct. 31 and will feature Casey Carl on the Voter ID vote.
  • The new restaurant at Hennepin and Franklin, Burch’s, will be opening (dinner only) in late 2012. Restaurant will have capacity of 200 seats with 17 off-street parking and valet parking for 100 autos. CM Goodman met with residents at the Kenwood Rec Center to discuss the restaurant and potential increased parking and traffic issues. Discussed potential for on-street parking along Franklin.
  • Two miles of the Kenilworth freight rail tracks are being repaired and replaced this fall from 394W to St. Louis Park. This is unrelated to the proposed Southwest LRT.
  • Fall Street Sweeping starts Oct. 23. Visit www.minneapolismn.gov and enter your address to check date of your street cleaning.
  • City’s budget process has begun. Two public hearings on tax levy and budget are scheduled for: Wednesday Nov. 28, 6 p.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 12, 6 p.m. in City Hall. Visit www.minneapolismn.gov/finance/budget for more info.
  • There are currently 186 open positions on Minneapolis boards and commissions. Visit www.minneapolismn.gov/boards.
  • “One Minneapolis One-Read” program is reading Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past by Diane Wilson. The City’s “book club” will be Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. at Mpls Convention Center with Garrison Keillor and Diane Wilson. Visit www.ticketworks.com for $10 tickets.

LRT Update – Peter Wagenius, Policy Director for Mayor Rybak

  • Peter specifically focuses on city budget and transportation/transit issues. He represents the City of Mpls on the Southwest LRT Corridor Management Committee.
  • While Hennepin County has focused transit policy on ridership numbers, the City of Mpls has focused transit development along transit corridors. While the City didn’t initially support the location of the Southwest Corridor they have moved to support the alignment along Kenilworth. Met Council manages the Southwest Corridor development.
  • City of Mpls isn’t supporting “park and ride” lots in city limits. A station in Kenwood may not warrant enough ridership to be built. If a station is built, it is important to balance noise, such as implementation of speed limits and a “quiet zone” where trains would not use horns.
  • Peter noted that other noise-dampening measures include landscape berms and tree plantings. These can be used whether or not there is a station at 21st St. They add maintenance costs however.
  • The Southwest Corridor was not funded in the MN state budget this year, but planning for the LRT line continues.
  • The Draft Environmental Impact Study (DEIS) has not been released, but interested parties will have the opportunity to respond to the Southwest Corridor issues when released. A City working group made of up technical and policy people has met and is preparing to respond.
  • A You Tube video “Southwest LRT Alignment” captures the experience of riding the corridor.
  • Meeting participants expressed concerns about the crossing at Cedar Lake Parkway and the impact on the housing near the corridor. They raised questions about tunneling, trenching, or simply depressing the train through dense areas. Peter responded that there is a need to be realistic about the financial and political constraints.
  • The Met Council’s goal is to begin operation of Southwest LRT in 2018. Construction will take 3-4 years, but will be done in sections so no area will be impacted for the full construction period.
KIAA Organizational Issues-Larry Moran
  • Bob Tennessen was elected to the KIAA board.
  • KIAA September Treasurer’s report was reviewed.
  • Ed Pluimer is meeting with Mpls Park Police on how the KIAA funds for additional patrol at Hidden Beach were specifically allocated.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

 

 

KIAA did not meet in August 2012.

July 2012 KIAA Meeting Minutes

KIAA Board met July 16, 2012 at Kenwood Rec Center.

Chair Larry Moran called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Board Members present: Chair Larry Moran, Jeanette Colby, Angie Erdrich, Jack Levi, Amy Lucas, Kathy Low, and Ed Pluimer.

Others present: Mark Holtey, Kenwood Rec Ctr. Director; John Outlaw, Mpls Park and Rec staff; Anita Tabb, Park Board Commissioner District 4; Mpls Police Sgt. Hemeke; Mpls Police Sgt. Noble; Todd Bockley, Bockley gallery owner; residents: Billie and Larry Olson, Kathy and Roy Williams, Mary Riley, Shawn Smith.

Update on Kenwood restaurant space-Larry Moran

  • At the neighborhood public hearing of June 21 the restaurant owner answered questions regarding the use, hours of operation, dining capacity, etc.
  • Restaurant diners may park behind the Kenwood School after school hours. Restaurant capacity will be around 50 diners. The City of Mpls approved a wine and beer license for the restaurant. The revenue cannot exceed 30% from wine and beer sales. The owner plans to open around Labor Day.

Kenwood Parkway and West 21st Street stop sign – Larry Moran

  • Kathy Williams was contacted by a neighborhood resident with safety concerns at the stop sign of Kenwood Pkwy and W. 21st. Kathy contacted Chelsea Adams, Mpls Crime Safety Specialist, and Council Member Lisa Goodman. Police Officers sat at that intersection every day this week to monitor the problem.
  • Warning flags will be attached to the stop signs to warn drivers to stop.
Hidden Beach Issues-Park Brd Cmr Anita Tabb, Mpls Polic Sgt. Hemeke and Sgt. Noble
  • Inappropriate behavior at Hidden Beach should always be reported to 911. Specific details of suspect, automobile and behavior are necessary for the Police to establish probable cause for a search.
  • While parking is crowded along the streets around Hidden Beach, recent checks have found the streets wide enough for emergency vehicles. Parking restrictions are not being revised at this time.
  • Between June 1-July 16, Hidden Beach received the largest call load of all parks: 56 police reports and 104 calls for service (75 were initiated by officers and 25 by citizens). 106 charges have been made since June 1; most involve alcohol and marijuana. Two park agents are assigned to Hidden Beach from 2-8 p.m. every day (and after 10 p.m.). They also patrol Cedar Lake and Lake of the Isles.
  • The picnic table and outhouse at Hidden Beach were burned this summer; the picnic table has been permanently removed.
  • In the past, KIAA used grant money to pay for extra patrols. Extra officers would cost approximately $65/hr to patrol the beach.
  • There are two lifeguards on duty at Hidden Beach.
  • Recommendations: 1) Create more visibility and cut away buckthorn. 2) Attack the problem early next summer to “nip it in the bud.” 3) Grant money to hire more patrols 4) Neighborhood watch groups can patrol like Stevens Park residents (orange vests, walkie-talkies). 5) Apply for the Police mobile camera.
  • KIAA approved $5000 (40 hrs/10 shifts) to Mpls Park Police for additional patrol at Hidden Beach for the remainder of the summer. The use of NRP funds will be reviewed.

Rock Sculpture near Kenwood School-Todd Bockley

  • Todd Bockley is selling the stone seat sculpture, “Grandmother’s Mountain”; sculpture is currently on Kenwood School property at the corner of Franklin and Penn.
  • The artist, Zoran Mojsiloe, is asking $30,000 for the piece. Todd Bockley asked if the neighborhood organizations are interested in fundraising and/or purchasing the piece.
KIAA Organizational Issues-Larry Moran

KIAA approved a resolution to increase the number of directors by 3 under Section 3.10 of the KIAA bylaws.

Announcements

  • Kenwood Crawl sponsored by the Kenwood School will be held 9-11 am on Sept 8.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

 

June 2012 KIAA Meeting Minutes

KIAA Board met June 4, 2012 at Kenwood Rec Center.

Chair Larry Moran called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Board Members present: Chair Larry Moran, Jeanette Colby, Angie Erdrich, Ed Pluimer and Michael Bono.

Others present: Lisa Goodman, City Council 7th Ward; Kathy Williams, out-going KIAA Communications Committee Chair; Roy Williams, out-going KIAA Treasurer; Dylan Thomas, Southwest Journal; Mark Johnson, KIAA Crime and Safety Committee Chair; Amanda Vallone, business community member; Brian Thorton, Kingfield Neighborhood and candidate for the Neighborhood Community Engagement Commission, District 6.

KIAA Officers Elected

The following positions were filled through nominations and unanimous vote:

  • Larry Moran, Chair
  • Michael Bono, Vice-Chair
  • Ed Pluimer, Treasurer
  • Amy Lucas, Recording Secretary
7th Ward Update-City Council Member Lisa Goodman
  • The city’s Regulatory Services Committee will hold a public hearing for The Kenwood’s application for a charter beer and wine license on Thursday, June 21st at 5:45 p.m. at the Kenwood Rec Center. Neighborhood residents may attend and speak. The Kenwood is the new restaurant moving into the former Kenwood Café space.
  • “Lunch with Lisa” will be held on August 29th featuring Janee Harteau, nominee for Minneapolis Chief of Police.
  • Single-sort recycling is coming to Minneapolis, probably next spring. Test projects in two neighborhoods saw recycling increase from 18% to 32%.
  • Three household hazardous waste collection events will occur this summer. See http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/ for details.
  • Several months ago, the Minneapolis City Council amended its original resolution on the Southwest LRT “locally preferred alternative” route to explicitly oppose co-location of freight and light rail in the Kenilworth corridor.
Crime and Safety Report-Mark Johnson
  • Mark will contact crime prevention specialist Chelsea Adams to discuss the usefulness of a neighborhood meeting to address the many break-ins we have experienced this spring.
  • Mark will also explore whether a Facebook page would be a helpful communication device for crime and safety issues.

Neighborhood Community Engagement Commission-Brian Thorton

  • Brian Thorton is running for the District 6 NCEC seat. He is visiting as many of the District 6 neighborhoods as possible to explore points of commonality and concern. The NCEC is the successor to the city’s NRP program. Voting occurs on June 28th at Minnehaha North with a panel moderated by the League of Women Voters.
LRT Update-Jeannette Colby
  • Jeanette Colby proposed a resolution opposing co-location of freight and light rail in the Kenilworth corridor. Some changes were suggested and the resolution was adopted by unanimous vote.
KIAA Organizational Issues-Lary Moran
  • KIAA meetings occur on the first Monday of each month, with some exceptions. The 2012-2013 meetings will be held on July 16th, no August meeting, September 10th, October 1st, November 5th, December 3rd, January 7th, February 4th, March 4th, April 1st, and May 6th (unless the annual meeting format is changed).
  • Kathy Williams will continue to write the monthly e-newsletter for a few months. Angie will take over the welcome kits, and Kathy Low and Mike Bono will maintain the website.
  • Further discussion of committee assignments was tabled to July’s agenda.
  • A motion was passed unanimously that Larry Moran, Chair, and Ed Pluimer, Treasurer, be authorized individual signers of KIAA checks. This motion was requested to give to our current community bank.
  • The KIAA Board thanks Roy Williams for his many contributions to the neighborhood as Board Member and Treasurer.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

May 2012 KIAA Annual Meeting Minutes

KIAA Annual Meeting was held May 6, 2012 at Kenwood Park.

Chair Larry Moran called the meeting to order at 5:45 p.m., following a socializing period with BBQ provided by Rudolph’s.

Board Members present: Chair Larry Moran, Mike Bono, Jeanette Colby, Angie Erdrich, Amy Lucas, Ed Pluimer, and Roy Williams.

Others present: State Representative Marion Greene, MN State Legislature District 60A and approximately 75 neighborhood residents.

Board Election-Larry Moran

  • Larry Moran, chair, explained KIAA board and thanked past board members.
  • The current slate of KIAA board members- Larry Moran, Mike Bono, Jeanette Colby, Angie Erdrich, Kathy Low, Amy Lucas and Ed Pluimer, were re-elected to the board with new member Jack Levi. Treasurer Roy Williams did not seek re-election to board.

Introductions-Larry Moran

  • Larry introduced State Rep Marion Greene; she remained available for further conversation.

The local band, Twang Cities, played from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Updates

  • Mark Johnson will continue to chair the Crime and Safety Committee.
  • James Sorenson will join the LRT committee, chaired by Jeanette Colby.
  • Stephan Clark will join the Communications committee.

April 2012 KIAA Meeting Minutes

KIAA Board met April 2, 2012 at Kenwood Rec Center.

Chair Larry Moran called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Board Members present: Chair Larry Moran, Mike Bono, Jeanette Colby, Kathy Low, Amy Lucas, Ed Pluimar and Roy Williams.

Others present: Lisa Goodman, City Council 7th Ward; Dylan Thomas, Southwest Journal and Mark Holtey, Kenwood Rec Center Director; Jim Smart, Mark Johnson and Josine Peters, Kenwood residents.

7th Ward Update-City Council Member Lisa Goodman

  • MN State Law now requires yard waste in compostable bags or specially designated reusable plastic tubs. Yard waste pick up begins on April 9. Waste in plastic bags will NOT be picked up.
  • The next “Lunch with Lisa” will be on April 25 at Univ of St. Thomas and will cover the Pedestrian and Bike Master Plan of Mpls.
  • Bruce Chamberlain, asst superintendent for Planning at Mpls Park and Rec Board, will discuss the Wirth Master Planning process/new parks projects at the May 23 “Lunch with Lisa.”
  • Urban Agriculture amendment was approved; allowing farm sales at private land up to 15 days a year and “hoop houses” in residential neighborhoods up to 6’5”.
  • A garage on Penn Ave S was robbed of 3 bikes on April 1; a car was stolen on Lake of the Isles Blvd the same night. A reminder to lock garages and cars.

CLPA Project on LRT Design-Jeanette Colby

  • The state has not yet passed a bonding bill, but neither the House nor the Senate has included the requested $25 million for SWLRT in their proposals.
  • MnDot is hosting a meeting on the “cultural and historic resources” survey undertaken on the Southwest Transitway on April 12. There is also an upcoming meeting with the enlarged Southwest Transitway CAC; Jeanette is co-chairing the committee and any transit issues/concerns should be referred to her.
  • Jeanette recently met with Cedar Lake Park Assoc to hear about their decision to hire Steve Durant to provide a grade separation study for the intersection of Kenilworth and Cedar Lake Trail for potential LRT trains. He will also look at the potential station area planning and a grade separation design at 21st Street.
  • KIAA will review current CCP funds for potential to contribute to the Cedar Lake Park Assoc study and add to the scope for designs of open space near proposed Kenwood LRT station. KIAA members may vote via email for funding due to lack of meetings before June 30 funding deadline.

LRT/Freight Line Update-Jeanette Colby/Larry Moran

  • Freight and LRT are still under consideration for the Kenilworth Corridor. Jeanette will ask Peter Wagenius to attend the June 4 KIAA meeting to discuss this issue.

Housekeeping/Bills

  • Hill and Lake Press ad for thanking past KIAA board members; KIAA approved funds up to $270.
  • KIAA approved bill of $1,070 for KIAA newsletter and stamps.

Annual Meeting

  • KIAA approved a budget of $1500 towards the Annual Meeting festivities which will include free food, drink and music from the Twang Cities (band member Kenwood resident). The party will be moved outside if weather permits.
  • Jim Smart will ask new proprietor of the deli space, Don Saunders, for food for annual meeting.
  • Mark Johnson, Chair of the KIAA Crime Committee, will make an announcement at the annual meeting to garner more block leaders as a way to monitor the neighborhood better.
Updates
  • Kenwood Carnival and plant sale will be Saturday, May 19 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Earth Day Clean Up will be Saturday, April 21 from 9:30-12. Garbage bags and gloves can be picked up at the Kenwood Rec Center during those hours. Contact Amy Lucas at amymlucas@gmail.com for more info.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

 

March 2012 KIAA Meeting Minutes

KIAA Board met March 5, 2012 at Kenwood Rec Center.

Chair Larry Moran called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Board Members present: Chair Larry Moran, Jeanette Colby, Angie Erdrich, Kathy Low, Amy Lucas, and Roy Williams.

Others present: Lisa Goodman, City Council 7th Ward; Dylan Thomas, Southwest Journal and Mark Holtey, Kenwood Rec Center Director; Mary Reilly, resident and one resident.

7th Ward Update-City Council Member Lisa Goodman

  • “Lunch with Lisa” on March 28 will be held by the League of Women Voters on “voter ID.”
  • Parade Stadium road (funding scheduled for 2012 budget) will be discussed at a public meeting on Tuesday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Kenwood Rec Center. Discussion will center around decision to shift road 60 feet east to enlarge Parade Stadium parking lot.
  • The Tree Trust, working with Mpls Park Board, has a program to plant more trees on private property in Minneapolis. One tree per household may be purchased at City’s Impound Lot for $25. May 12 give away. Visit www.treetrust.org.
  • Small Business Administration (SBA) has initiated the “emerging leaders initiative” for executive leadership in small businesses. Call SBA office at 612-370-2324 for application.
  • Nominations for Minneapolis Preservation awards are being accepted. Visit www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/hpc.
  • Metro Blooms is holding rain garden workshops for $10 per class. Visit www.metrobloomsw.org or call 651-698-1390.
  • Hennepin Theater Trust received a grant from NEA for studies on Hennepin Avenue. Four free “Talk-it Hennepin” workshops will be held this spring. Visit www.hennepintheatertrust.org.
  • The City of Mpls “composting amendment” passed, but the “Urban agriculture amendment” is going before the Zoning & Planning Committee of City Council for a public hearing. Issues include: 1) Garden stands in residential areas for up to 24 days a year; 2) Hoop houses (greenhouses) proposed at 1,000 s.f. and 12 ft high; 3) Number of contiguous residential lots used as farmland.
Cafe Space Update
  • KIAA has not received official information about the future tenants of the deli space. The board asked CM Lisa Goodman about the “liquor” vs. “beer and wine” license for the space. The space is not eligible for full “liquor”, but can apply for a “beer and wine” license. If an application is filed, the City of Mpls licensing division would hold a public hearing in the neighborhood regarding the license.
Public Art Discussion-Larry Moran
  • The Minneapolis Arts Commission has a public art program to “wrap” art around electrical boxes. KIAA didn’t express great interest in paying for the art on n’hood boxes.
KIAA Website Update-Kathy Low
  • Visit www.Kenwoodminneapolis.org to see the new KIAA website revision. It is updated with announcement and the e-newsletter.
Annual Meeting Planning
  • Annual Meeting will be Sunday May 6 from 5-7 p.m. It will be the 50th Anniversary of KIAA. A neighborhood celebration is proposed. Amy Lucas is looking at locations, free food and neighborhood band performance.
  • Do residents have old photos of neighborhood to bring?
  • KIAA will recognize past board members.
  • Need to update website and advertise in local papers.
Board Membership and Committee Assignments
  • KIAA needs new members!!!! Hoping that some will join at the May annual meeting.
Updates
  • Kenwood Carnival and plant sale will be Saturday, May 19 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Earth Day Clean Up will be Saturday, April 21 from 9:30-12. Garbage bags and gloves can be picked up at the Kenwood Rec Center during those hours. Contact Amy Lucas at amymlucas@gmail.com for more info.
  • The Southwest Transitway has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for station area planning consultants around proposed station locations. Jeanette Colby is the co-chair of the Southwest Transitway CAC.
  • The Bridge for Youth, 2200 Emerson Ave S, is holding an educational open house for local residents and surrounding neighborhood associations on March 22 at 5-6:30 p.m. For more info call Janet Hallaway at 612-230-6674.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

Reminder: The next KIAA Board meeting will be Monday, April 2 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Rec Center. The public is welcome to attend these monthly meetings.

February 2012 KIAA Meeting Minutes

KIAA Board met February 6, 2012 at Kenwood Rec Center.

Chair Larry Moran called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Board Members present: Chair Larry Moran, Michael Bono, Angie Erdrich, Kathy Low, Amy Lucas, Ed Pluimer, and Roy Williams.

Others present: Lisa Goodman, City Council 7th Ward; Dylan Thomas, Southwest Journal; Mark Johnson, Crime and Safety Committee chair and Kenwood resident; and Mark Holtey, Kenwood Rec Center Director.

7th Ward Update-City Council Member Lisa Goodman

  • Damaged historic street light at Penn and Summit avenues will be repaired by Mpls Public Safety (painted and new base).
  • “Lunch with Lisa” on Feb. 29 will be will be with Marion Greene-covering the legislative session.
  • Visit www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/boards/openings for the latest board and commission openings.
  • Mpls 2012 budget is available. Visit www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/finance/budget.
  • The statewide redistricting is due Feb. 21. The Charter Commission will review on April 3 with two public hearings: Feb. 19 (Webber Library) and March 1 (Hosmer Library).
Crime and Safety Report-Mark Johnson
  • The 2011 crime rates are similar to those of 2009. Crime rates were down in 2010. Much higher in 2006-2008.
  • Recent crime in Kenwood has largely been “crimes of opportunity.” Mark reminded KIAA that garages and cars and doors should be locked-especially at night.
  • Mark will talk to Chelsea Adams, Community Crime Specialist, about ways to educate the neighborhood and how to work with block leaders.
Treasurer’s Report-Roy Williams
  • Roy will be leaving the board in May and KIAA is seeking a new treasurer
  • KIAA website registration is due and KIAA will look into getting a credit card to keep on file with the web company.
  • KIAA approved funding to web designer, Bruce Camp, for 2012 website registration.
Grant Request and Community Participation Program Grant-Larry Moran
  • KIAA has received a funding request for a summer course, “Hip Hop History,” to be held at the Watershed Academy. KIAA suggested contacting the teacher about moving the course to the Kenwood Rec Center
  • KIAA has received additional funds from the City’s Community Participation Program Grant. KIAA will designate the additional funds towards “professional services” in anticipation of consultant assistance for Southwest Transitway Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)…when it is issued…
Annual Meeting Planning
  • Annual Meeting will be either Sunday May 6 or Monday, May 7 around 5-7 p.m. It will be the 50th Anniversary of KIAA. A neighborhood celebration is proposed.
  • KIAA is recruiting new board members.
  • Amy Lucas will contact Kenwood Vet Clinic for the use of the parking lot for the event.
  • Annual meeting ideas include: neighborhood band/poetry, Kenwood School choir, plant sale, tent, pizza. There is a budget for the event.
  • Do residents have old photos of the neighborhood?
Updates
  • Amy Lucas announced that Earth Day will be Saturday, April 21 from 9:30-12. Garbage bags and gloves can be picked up at the Kenwood Rec Center during those hours. Contact Amy Lucas at amymlucas@gmail.com for more info and to register volunteers. There is a need for larger groups to tackle big areas along the railroad tracks and along the lake shoreline.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:20 p.m.

Reminder: The next KIAA Board meeting will be Monday, March 5 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Rec Center. The public is welcome to attend these monthly meetings.

November 2011

Chair Larry Moran called the November 7, 2011 KIAA meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Board Members present: Larry Moran, Chair, Jeanette Colby, Kathy Low, Amy Lucas, Ed Pluimer, Eric Sjoding, Pat Scott, Kathy Williams and Roy Williams

Others present: Lisa Goodman, 7th Ward council member; Dylan Thomas, Southwest Journal, Maggie Mercil, Kenwood Rec Center; Mark Johnson, Kenwood resident and chair of Crime and Safety Committee; John Outlaw, Park Board; and Josine Peters, Kenwood resident.

7th Ward City Council Update – CM Lisa Goodman

The City recently issued demo permits for the two houses in Lowry Hill at Franklin and Girard (2000 Girard Ave S and 1415 Franklin Ave W). They were recently boarded and condemned.

Mpls Public Works is investigating repair of the historic streetlight at Penn Ave S and Summit Ave.

“Late with Lisa” will be December 19 at the Normandy Inn.

For more information visit: www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/ward7.

Announcements

Eric Sjoding is relocating and will resign from the board at the end of December.

Mark Johnson, Chair of Crime and Safety Committee, was introduced to the Board and will attend the upcoming Crime and Safety presentation at Temple Israel on Nov. 15.

Maggie Mercil, Director of Kenwood Rec Center, is moving to Van Cleve Park and Mark Holte (previously at Pershing Park) will transfer to Kenwood Rec Center.

Southwest Transitway Update – Jeanette Colby

Gail Dorfman, Hennepin County Cmmr, recently explained to Jeanette that the FTA (Federal Transportation Authority) asked the County to include study of co-location of freight and light rails along the Kenilworth Trail in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). This will delay the release of the DEIS by 3 to 4 months.

Jeanette met with Don Pflaum, Mpls Public Works, and Amanda Arnold, CPED station area planner. They asked for neighborhood priorities concerning LRT for future Met Council discussions.

Kathy Williams-Communications Committee and KIAA Secretary

The next KIAA newsletter may go out in December.

Mike Bono and Kathy Low have volunteered to update the KIAA website upon Kathy Williams’ resignation. Kathy will continue to write and circulate the e-newsletter until May 2012.

As KIAA secretary, Kathy is responsible for the “Welcome Kit,” newsletters, Jan tax letters, updating email/contact lists. Kathy also maintains KIAA historic records. KIAA members will consider their ability to undertake these duties upon Kathy’s resignation.

NRP Updates-Pat Scott

KIAA approved the following resolution regarding Phase 1 NRP Allocation “a) move small amounts of unspent funds in the Parks, Recreation and Libraries strategy of $540.37, into the Safety/Security Capital Fund Strategy, which when added to the $9,632.76 remaining in the Strategy will provide a new total of $10,173.13. b) make minor language addition to the Safety/Security Capital Strategy, so that it reads: “Unused funds will revert to the general safety and security needs of the neighborhood, including issues related to the Southwest Light Rail Transit line.”

It is understood that any future contracts related to these funds will be done collaboratively between KIAA and the Minneapolis Park and Rec Board.

Budget-Roy Williams, Treasurer

There are unused funds in the Communications grant. Some will be used as part of the KIAA website revision. Others may be used for newsletters/mailings concerning the upcoming LRT reports.

Wine Tasting Event-Ed Pluimer

The Wine Tasting Event at Calhoun Square was a huge success! Ticket sales went to surrounding neighborhood organizations as direct contributions. KIAA thanks Patrick Fleetham of Calhoun Square for organizing the event every year AND for this year’s sponsors: Ray Barton of Great Clips, Randy Stanley of Parasole Restaurant Holdings, Brittany Mercado of Calhoun Square Management, Tammy Wittek and Tim McKee of il Gatto, and Phil Colich of Hennepin Lake Liquor.

Announcements

Pat Scott explained that NRP funds are being reviewed and redistributed. Many neighborhoods without completed NRP Phase I plans may lose funds. Pat will draft comments on the new proposed NCR/NCEC guidelines and will circulate to KIAA board for consideration.

Josine Peters, Kenwood resident, asked if KIAA reviewed the new addition at 2374 W. Lake of the Isles Pkwy. It appears that the construction met the zoning and planning regulations; therefore, KIAA did not review the project.

Josine Peters also asked if KIAA will consider changing the by-laws to consider term limits.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

Reminder: The next KIAA Board meeting will be Monday, December 5 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Rec Center. The public is welcome to attend these monthly meetings.

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October 2011

The KIAA meeting of October 3, 2011 was called to order at 7:00 p.m.

Board Members present: Mike Bono, Jeanette Colby, Amy Lucas, Larry Moran, Ed Pluimer, Pat Scott, Eric Sjoding, Kathy Williams and Roy Williams

Others present: Lisa Goodman, 7th Ward council member; and Dylan Thomas, Southwest Journal.

7th Ward City Council Update – CM Lisa Goodman

  • Council Member Lisa Goodman presented 7th Ward news
  • CM Goodman explained the process for demolition permits for houses along Lake of the Isles, which has been determined a potential historic district. The Mpls Heritage Preservation Commission will hold a public hearing on ALL demolition permits for properties on Lake of the Isles Pkwy.
  • CM Goodman provided an update on the Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) transition to Neighborhood and Community Relations (NCR) department, a new department. For more information visit www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr/changes.asp.
  • CM Goodman also explained the City of Mpls property tax for 2012. Visit www.minneapolismn.gov/city-budget/truth-in-taxation.asp
  • “Lunch with Lisa” is scheduled for Oct. 26 at Univ. of St. Thomas. Tom Oslund will speak about Peavey Plaza renovation. There will not be a November “Lunch with Lisa.”

KIAA Elections

  • KIAA elected Larry Moran as new chair of KIAA following the resignation of Sam Murphy

KIAA Neighborhood Relations

  • KIAA will explore effective communication with surrounding neighborhood residents and organizations. KIAA will thank local residents and organizations for their service to the community.
  • KIAA will explore a neighborhood update bulletin board at the Rec Center and/or displaying upcoming agenda Kenwood Café. Continue to email newsletters to KIAA list and add agenda to the newsletter updates and minutes published in Hill and Lake Press
  • KIAA members will copy board members on official communications.
  • KIAA members will “meet and greet” at next year’s National Night Out events.

Brownie Lake CAC

  • KIAA approved the appointment of Ned Foster as representative to Brownie Lake Improvements CAC

Announcements

  • The annual community Wine Tasting Event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 26 at Calhoun Square, 6-9 p.m.; $25 in advance (advance tickets go directly to the neighborhood organizations), $30 at door. 400 wines will be represented and Tim McKee will be cooking. To purchase tickets contact Ed Pluimer at pluim2020@aol.com.
  • Pat Scott announced her resignation/retirement from KIAA at the end of 2011.

Next KIAA Meeting Nov. 7 from 7-8:30 p.m

  • Announcements from 7th Ward Council Member Lisa Goodman (a great chance to meet your council member!)
  • Meet Mark Johnson, KIAA’s new Crime and Safety Committee Chair

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.