February 23, 2004
Present: Sean Wherley, Lisa Rudy, Melinda Ludwiczak, Niki Valence
Absent: Wayne Anderson, Paige Fitzgerald, Natalie Lenz, Arthur Knowles, Barb Chung
Resigned from committee: Heather Martens
Also Present: Sarah Linnes-Robinson, KFNA NRP Coordinator
Wherley called the meeting to order and December’s meeting minutes were approved without discussion. Linnes-Robinson reviewed the minutes of the initial organizing meeting of the 2004 KFNA Mural Project. Significant discussions from the meeting were reported to the Steering Committee including: the group still hoped to implement 10 pieces this summer, felt the youth mentorship angle was important and that more teens should be involved at each site and that teens would be willing to volunteer, and the group was proceeding with developing applications for program participants. The mural group will meet again the first Tuesday in March. Following this meeting, Linnes-Robinson will have a written draft of the project that will be used to a) advertise the program, b) submit for grant requests, and c) turn into CPED as a Scope of Services to secure an NRP contract for funding.
The next agenda item was the research findings by Gibson-Gasset concerning the KFNA Welcome Program (see attached report). The group discussed at length the merits and issues of continuing the Welcome Program, as well as the broader project of recruiting block contacts on each block. Although the committee still struggles with purpose of this work (whether it is to build community on the block, ties to KFNA, knowledge of KFNA, or senseless busy-work), Linnes-Robinson again stressed that person-to-person outreach is important. She hopes that with three people on staff this summer, time can be dedicated to door-knocking to meet new people and renew acquaintances on the block level.
Kingfield Neighborhood Association Board of Directors Meeting Minutes February 11, 2004
Board members present: Martha Ingram, Tony Aspholm, Rosemary Dolata, David Motzenbecker, Art Knowles, Ben Kristensen, Sean Wherley, Dave Muschenheim, Tom Buller, Erik Lindseth
Members absent: Paige Fitzgerald, Thor Anderson
Others present: Robyn Repya, Sarah Linnes-Robinson, and Liz Gibson-Gasset
The meeting was called to order at 7:09 PM.
No one was present for the Community Forum.
Vice President Rosemary Dolata was nominated and was willing to serve. She was elected unanimously with only her abstaining from the vote.
The December minutes were changed to reflect Martha Ingram’s name being Martha rather than Margaret. The fund raising letter credited solely to Sean was actually a project of the whole board.
The January minutes should read that the conflict of interest material that was distributed went to the Ad Hoc committee. The group mentioned in the Corridor Housing Initiative is actually the American Institute of Architects Minnesota.
Both minutes were approved unanimously as amended.
Ben reported that we are sending out our tax form to the IRS.
Sean asked what was printed for $679.45 and what the event was that cost $2500. The event was a social service grant to the Underground who used it for an event. Grants will be listed on the reports as grants from now on.
The report was approved without dissent with Tom abstaining.
Other Committee Minutes
Tom asked if the Redevelopment meeting was as contentious as it appears in the minutes when the Corazon Community issues were discussed. The feeling was that the meeting was positive on the whole. There was a lot of consensus and coming to terms with what the building codes allow. City codes will not resolve this issue.
Sean reported that the 35W Access Project was approved by the City Council on a conceptual level. There will be a public meeting in March on the environmental impact study.
The Crosstown/35W project will begin in 2005. Taking property will begin this summer. Light-rail transit has been removed from the plan in favor of highway lanes. Engineers say it will be at capacity when it opens. The Lake Street and Cross-town projects were defeated ten years ago. The project was divided into smaller pieces and promoted again. Senator Dibble and Representative Horenstein support a HOV or transit lane along the whole project. Funding for the project is $152M but there are no commitments yet for the funds. The City approved a fifth lane as long as it is HOV or transit. Kingfield is the only neighborhood opposed to the project. It is not clear who is opposed to the Cross-town project.
Sagrado Corazon Zoning
The meeting turned out well. David Motzenbecker believes KFNA has completed its role to facilitate the difficulties.
Several changes and clarifications to the by-laws were discussed and voted on.
Article 3: section E– the words “at a meet of the Members” will be inserted after the word business.
Article 4: section A– the words “residents of the neighborhood” will be replaced by the word “Members”.
Article 4: section D–the words “number of” will be inserted between the word highest and votes.
Article 4: section F–the word three will replace the word four to describe the number of meetings a director is allowed to miss before they may be considered for removal.
Article 6: section D–the words “a majority of the Board may assign to” will be struck and the words “shall perform” will be added after the words Vice President.
Article 7: section A–the words “the affirmative vote of” will be removed after the words resolutions approved by. The words “currently holding office” will be removed after the words majority of the Directors. The words “must be” will replace the word “are” before the words appointed by the President.
Article 8: section C–the word “keep” will be replaced by the word “retain”. The words “a period of” will be removed.
The above changes to the by-laws were approved unanimously.
Conflict of Interest
Erik mentioned that the Conflict of Interest policy needs more work. The recent proposal reflects policies at the Attorney General’s office.
Each board member is encouraged to find another person willing to run for the board.
Sarah reported that the insurance industry often values modern art as the price that was paid for it. Our insurance on the mural is for $3500 with a $500 deductible. This costs $25 per year.
We are testing a new provider. The service will cost $35 per year. It should be operating by the end of the week. The transition looks to be going smoothly.
Les Phillips, a friend of Dave Brauer, will take over the web page this month. He will update the site and perform the work as a volunteer through the spring when the page will be reevaluated in terms of its use, format etc. We may then contract for the service with a provider. Typically people who maintain websites are not the people who design them.
A vendor fixed a couple problems we had with reporting on projects. We now will be able to get past years data and be able to print forms.
The Kingfield Cabaret has been moved to July 31, as this is when the mobile stage was available.
The neighborhood pickup will take place at 3800 Bryant at the Park Board Building. Echo and Lyndale neighborhoods will collaborate on this project in the fall.
David Muschenheim will host a coffee at his home on Wednesday, March 31 to encourage people to run for the board.
Margaret Sines has not been officially approved as a member of the Redevelopment Committee. David will appoint her. She was praised for the good work she has done for the committee.
There is a proposal to change the formula for determining funding levels for NRP funds from the formula used in Phase I. The first time the emphasis was placed 52% for the size of the neighborhood based on population and housing units, 30% on poverty, and 18% on the condition of the neighborhood. The new formula would be 30% on size, 35% on poverty and 35% on condition. Housing issues will receive 70% of the money in Phase II.
Affordable Housing Reserve Fund
The Corridor Initiation Project was cancelled leaving $4M to reallocate. The question is how to divide this up among the 68 neighborhoods. It was suggested we propose using the money to support projects along corridors in the City. This will concentrate the focus of the funds and encourage neighborhoods to work together.
Early Access Money
We used early access money years ago for housing projects. These funds would allow us to draw Phase II money early for a project of up to $100,000.
Community Oriented Police
The Police Department received $1M from NRP for the precincts to spend any way they want. We don’t have any safety strategies in place that we could ask these funds to be applied toward.
The Corridor Housing Initiative grant that KFNA received was the only one awarded in the City.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 PM.
David Motzenbecker, President
Tony Aspholm, Secretary and Minutes submitter