Kingfield Neighborhood Association

Board of Directors Meeting

December 14, 2005


Board Members Present: Joby Lynn White-Wiedow, Dave Saddoris, Ryan Raleigh, Sean Wherley, Martha Ingram, Peter Hallstrom, Erik Lindseth, Mark Hinds, Ben Kristensen, Thor Anderson, Niki Valens, Diana Schleisman, Darrel Gerber

KFNA Staff Present: Sarah Linnes-Robinson

Kingfield Community Members Present:  Jeanne Massey, Anne K. Hanson, Joseph Swartz, Elizabeth Glidden

Others Present: Britt Johnsen, SW Journal, and Bill Dooley, interested in IRV

No Board Members Absent.

Meeting Called to Order:
7:05 PM

Community Forum:
•     A Kingfield neighbor from the 3900 block on Nicollet Avenue reported that he was recently the victim of a mugging. The assault was reported to the police. Through conversations with other Kingfield residents, this individual is aware that there have been other recent assaults in the same area, possibly by the same perpetrators.

* Sarah mentioned that you can get on the CCCP Safe list via the Kingfield Website

Elizabeth Glidden – Council Member Elect – Introduced herself and said that she wanted to come back after she starts in January and talk more with the neighborhood and to introduce her aide.

Kingfield Resident – Jean Massey presented information about Instant Run-Off Voting

More information can be found at

Questions can be emailed to

Secretary’s Report
No issues

Treasure Report
Diane Schleisman, KFNA board member and new bookkeeper said that one thing she noticed is that a lot of the reimbursements have been including a sales tax charge, even though KFNA is a tax exempt organization.  Linnes-Robinson passed out copies of the sales exempt so people can use them when purchasing things for the neighborhood.  This must be done at the time of purchase.

KFNA will also start including a notice that checks are void after 120 days, starting with the next run of checks.

Direct Mail Report
As of the December board meeting, KFNA has raised around $3,500 from its year end direct mail appeal.  The contributions are up this year, but the total amount is down because some of the large contributions in the past came from business that are now contributing as part of KFNA’s business solicitation.

Hinds provided an update on the 38th street development, discussing where the project is and how negotiations are progressing with the developer.

Hinds also discussed the planned development of 3601 Lyndale Avenue.

No items

Wherley reported that Redevelopment funding and Green funding was approved as submitted by the NRP steering committee.  The remainder of the NRP phase II funds will go to staffing and other administrative over four years.

No Items

King Bridge Partnership
Hinds briefly discussed the intended process and timeline.

Farmer’s Market
Linnes-Robinson reported that Johanna Halstrom, KFNA staff, has approached the kidney dialysis office, 4310 Nicollet Avenue South, about moving the market to that location.  They are open to the idea, but have to check with their higher ups…

The committee has not heard back yet on the grant for a Spanish Language outreach coordinator.

There is a holiday market this weekend, which is mostly for preorders.

Art Builds Community

Linnes-Robinson discussed the upcoming event being put on by the Art Builds Community committee.

10 Year Transportation Plan

Gerber discussed the 10 year transportation plan and passed out a summary document.  He said that the initial focus will be on downtown.  The transportation committee is focused on two things downtown (1) Handling the rush of people coming in from the suburbs on commuter buses.  (2) They are also looking at rearranging traffic patterns to better distribute traffic.  The plan is to start downtown and to move out from there.

Old Business

Stormwater management grant

Saddoris reported that Kingfield received a grant from the Minneapolis Middle Watershed District for demonstration projects that will lead to a publication on stormwater management.  The Watershed is putting in $40,000, KFNA has committed to $13,500, homeowners will be expected to contribute 25 percent

Wherley motioned to approve the grant application subject to Linnes-Robinson talking to the watershed about the Board’s concerns over point 4.4 which would make all KFNA work product the property of the Watershed.

The artists have asked Kingfield to find another site for the tile mural.  Linnes-Robinson will look for additional sites.

Thank You

Thank you letter to the Southwest Journal thanking them for supporting the Farmer’s Market.

Raliegh M/S/P

Artist is the Key

Show is planned for March at Anodyne – Show will be open to Kingfield Artists and regular folk.  Everyone will be given a key that will need to be incorporated into the final piece.  The event will end in a party and silent auction.

A motion was made to approve expenditures up to $6,500 to support the event. Wherly M/S/P

Festival & Current
A sense of the board was taken after discussion, about Kingfield partnering with the Current for this year’s festival.  The sense of the board is to pursue this opportunity.

Center for Performing Arts Lease
A motion was make to approve an increase in KFNA’s lease with the Center for Performing Arts by $10 a month.  Wherly M/S/P

New Items
Requested Conditional Use Permits (CUP) and Variances for 38

Hinds made a motion approved by the Redevelopment Committee that KFNA recommend approval by the City for the following variance and CUPs for the 38 development.

1)  Variance – Front Yard Setback at Nicollet Ave – South end of property along Nicollet highlighted as Area 1.  Required is a 20’ set back for the first 40 feet.  We are supplying a 0’ setback.

2)  VARIANCE – Front Yard Setback at 38th Street – West end of property along 38th highlighted as Area 2.  Required is a 20’ setback for the first 40 feet.  We are supplying a 0’ setback

3)  Variance – Rear Yard Setback at alleyway – length of building in alley.  Required is 13’ or 15’(the city will determine), we are supplying 12’ setback for the building with only 6’ setback at deck and 8.3’ setback at exit ramp.  The City is reviewing the obstruction policy which would affect whether or not the exit ramp and deck would be considered part of the setback or not.  For now, I have included it to error on the safe side, so we would request a variance of 3’ at the building, 6’8” at the exit ramp, and 9’ at the deck.

4)  Conditional Use Permit – Building Height.  4 stories or 56 feet is allowed.  We are requesting 5 stories and 58’9” which is 2’9” above allowable.  The fifth story will be setback from the edge of the building to lessen the effect of the height.

Instant Run-Off Voting
Anderson presented a resolution to have KFNA support a potential charter amendment for Instant Run-Off voting.

Hallstrom motioned to postpone discussion until January.  M/S/P

Gerber moved to appoint Hinds as the chair of the Redevelopment Committee M/S/P

Zoning Committee
Hinds made a motion to move the Zoning Committee back into redevelopment M/S/P

Meeting Adjourned:
Meeting adjourned at 9:03 PM.

Minutes respectfully submitted by Mark Hinds.
Reviewed by KFNA Board Secretary Thor Anderson
Approved by KFNA Board President Erik Lindseth

December 12 2005

Committee Members Present: Sean Wherley, Melinda Ludwiczak, Niki Valens, Natalie Lenz, Arthur Knowles
Committee Members Absent: Barb Chung, Lisa Rudy, Ryan Raleigh, Sam Zordich Wayne Anderson
Others Present:  Sarah Linnes-Robinson (KFNA)

The Committee reviewed C&E Matrix from Redevelopment.

There was some discussion concerning the amount of funding that should go to the emergency Home Repair Grant Program; NRP Members largely felt that there should be more.  Linnes-Robinson explained how the grant was structured and informed the group that the money is being utilized very slowly.  She recommended leaving the amount as redevelopment requested for preparation of the NRP Plan, and suggested that research could be done into the grant structure to see if the program specifics still make sense.  The committee felt it was time that this should be done again and requested Linnes-Robinson to do so within the next few months specifically looking at the grant amount, the household income cut-off for funding, and our publicity campaign.

Further discussion was held concerning the wording of the summary which specified, “expand and improve business nodes” and “grocery store” as strategies.  The committee felt that these goals could be accomplished but needed to be done so in the scope of a mixed-use development, so the money allocated by KFNA NRP funds can be used as housing dollars.

The committee then approved the Redevelopment recommendation for the NRP Plan as suggested by the committee.
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December 7, 2005
MLK Park
Attendance: Mark Hinds, Steve Jevning and Kathleen Varner
KFNA Staff: Joanna S. Hallstrom, NRP Project Organizer


Margaret Sines, who was not present at this meeting, informed Hinds that she will be joining KBP in January 06. Sines formerly sat on the Kingfield Redevelopment Committee but recently moved out of the neighborhood.

Approval of Minutes: November minutes approved with minor editing corrections.

Local Commons Survey Project: Hinds introduced the possibility of KBP being involved in the Local Commons Survey Project. The goal of the Local Commons Survey Project is to conduct audits of a community’s hidden wealth and assets and create a broad new basis of local organizing. Julie Ristau, formerly on the NRP Steering Committee introduced Hinds to the project.  KBP will pursue this project and suggest a focus along the 40th Street Riverlake Greenway, which would include a whole cross section of south Minneapolis neighborhoods. If selected KBP would receive funding to conduct the survey and to coordinate community outreach related to the survey project.
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Kingfield GREEN Committee

November 2005


Present: Dave Saddoris, Ramona Johnson, Bruce from Triangle Printing, and Sarah Linnes-Robinson, KFNA Staff


The group further discussed the C&E Matrix and filled in values for each of the projects.


December 2005


Present: Dave Saddoris and Sarah Linnes-Robinson, KFNA Staff


Dave and Sarah went through the C&E Matrix and assigned dollar amounts to individual projects, which had been previously lumped into strategy areas.  This information was shared via e-mail with the rest of Green Folks for comments before being distributed to NRP Steering Committee.  The dollar amounts will be the request for funding in the Phase II NRP.


Dave and Sarah also discussed the following:

Timeline for Stormwater Project (Dave will draft a more accurate timeline)

Specific duties on the project (Sarah will begin talking with experts to figure out exactly what we need to know.)

A list of possible experts to talk to concerning stormwater.

The idea of soliciting outside help from the U of M students on the project (Dave is looking into this via Humphrey Institute)


This is topic number one at the January meeting, which was moved to Thursday January 5 due to New Year’s. 


Dave and Sarah also briefly discussed the boulevard tree-planting grant.  Dave felt that KFNA should not partner the funds into the project needed to plant the whole neighborhood (approximately $11,000) at this time, but rather we should target blocks that expressed interest and then plant every other tree.  Sarah will take this recommendation to the Steering Committee.


Saddoris concurred that the committee should work on this year’s Hazardous Waste Day as a project.  The committee will later brainstorm additional activities to occur on that day and on methods to bringing in additional volunteers.


Minutes provided by Linnes-Robinson, 12/7/05.

November 2005

Committee Members Present: Sean Wherley, Melinda Ludwiczak, Wayne Anderson, Niki Valens
Committee Members Absent: Barb Chung, Lisa Rudy, Natalie Lenz, Arthur Knowles, Ryan Raleigh, Sam Zordich
Others Present:  Sarah Linnes-Robinson (KFNA)

Minutes from October’s meetings were accepted by all.

The group reviewed the request for funding from the SW Senior Center to continue their in-house senior exercise program.  The two-day a week program is in jeopardy of being cut due to a loss of funding.  SW Senior Center had asked for a commitment from all three neighborhood groups (East Harriet, Carag, and KFNA) to keep this vital program running.  Linnes-Robinson had surveyed all the other neighborhood groups and although they had a strategy that could be used to fund the program, they had no funds available.  The Steering Committee felt this program fit the needs of seniors in Kingfield and the surrounding area and agreed to fund this program for up to one year if SW Senior Center submitted a KFNA Social Service Grant application and continued to search for funding for additional years from the other neighborhoods and outside sources.  Linnes-Robinson will follow-up with the Maryanne Schoenberger, SW Senior Staff.  The application can be submitted electronically.

The group spent the rest of the meeting completing the C&E Matrix, both assigning values to the stated goals, and then discussing each project on the list.  The completed chart is attached here.

The timeline for planning was briefly discussed.
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Kingfield Neighborhood Association

Board of Directors Meeting

November 9, 2005


Board Members Present: JobyLynn White-Wiedow, Dave Saddoris, Ryan Raleigh, Sean Wherley, Martha Ingram, Peter Hallstrom, Niki Valens, Erik Lindseth, Mark Hinds, Ben Kristensen, Thor Anderson
KFNA Staff Present: Sarah Linnes-Robinson
Community Members Present: Michael Vanderford, Frank Hornstein
Board Members Absent: Darrell Gerber, Diana Schleisman

Meeting Called to Order:
Wherley called the meeting to order at 7:06 p.m.

Community Forum:

Soccer Program Report:
Michael Vanderford present to seek input regarding soccer program at MLK park.  Program began in 2002 with KFNA NRP funds in an attempt to draw parents and kids to the park.  Administration of program has since transferred to park staff.  Approximately 65 kids participate in the program with about 3/4 coming from outside the Kingfield neighborhood.  Vanderford asked if KFNA still wanted to be involved with the soccer program.  Several board members expressed a desire to maintain relationship with soccer program with support coming in the form of promotion in KFNA newsletter and email list, links from website, and highlight at annual meeting.

State Representative Frank Hornstein gave an update on transportation issues in and around Kingfield, specifically the 35W project.  A study of transit on 35W is currently underway.  Meetings, to be facilitated by Transit for Livable Communities and ISAIAH, are planned for early next year (2006) to seek community input regarding transit ideas and issues.  Representative Hornstein emphasized the importance of neighborhoods expressing opinions regarding transit to help direct the process.


Secretary’s Report:
Changes to October minutes: Sean Wherley was absent.  Community members present included Eric Blake from Financial Freedom Realty.  On page four “Marsh” Ingram should be “Martha.”  On page two last paragraph should state that 121 spur will be repositioned not “will be added.”  Beth “Emily” should be Beth “Elliot.”  On page three motion to discuss fundraising letter was made by Martha Ingram.

Treasurer’s Report:
No October 2005 report available due to resigning of bookkeeper.  Procedural review will be conducted by state auditor in December 2005.

Redevelopment Report:
Discussions with Chris from Lander Group continue regarding 38 project.

Zoning Report:
Addressed in new business.

NRP Report:
Updates for matrix planning tools needed for phase II planning by December 12, 2005.

King Bridge Report:
No discussion

Farmer’s Market Report:
No discussion

Green Report:
Recently received $40,000 grant for storm water management.  Details of grant to be discussed at December board meeting.

Old Business

Fund Raising Letter:
Letters mailed November 9, 2005 in envelope with insert card.  Mailing cost approximately $670.00.  Calling of previous supporters to take place on Tuesday, November 22, 2005 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM at the home of Ryan Raleigh.  Hinds, Lindseth, White-Wiedow, Raleigh, and Anderson volunteered to make calls.

Insurance for Mural Artists:
Cost would be approximately $600.00 if artists were brought on as KFNA employees.  Lindseth questioned why artists would need to be employees.  Lindseth and Linnes-Robinson to meet with business and property owners to discuss costs to insure artists.

New Business:

Jerry Powell, owner of Better Than Ever a consignment clothing store at 38th and Grand, is seeking support in application for conditional use permit.  Hearing with city to be held on November 28, 2005.  Saddoris was informed by CPED that conditional use permit remains with property for one year after vacated by business.  Permit does not carry over to pawn shop or second-hand goods store.  Saddoris motioned to draft a letter of support for Better Than Ever permit application.  Motion carried unanimously.  Saddoris to draft letter.

The owners of El Meson are seeking a letter of support for their application for a parking variance, outdoor eating license, and charter beer and wine license for Café Ena, a new restaurant they are planning to open on the southeast corner of 46th and Grand.  Motion to draft letter of support for Café Ena variance and license requests made by Valens.  Seconded by White-Wiedow.  Motion carried unanimously.  P. Hallstrom to draft letter.

See attached KFNA Budget Calendar Year 2005 printouts.  Page one reflects general operating budget, and page two reflects project budget.  Funds in the amount of $140,000 have been moved to the administrative pool.  Operating funds are available through 2009 without considering potential grants.  Additional planning for projects will take place in January 2006 setting priorities according to event calendar at which time board will need to confirm or change events in light of budget.  Committees are currently meeting to determine priorities.

Employee Compensation:
Wherley moved to increase NRP Project Organizer’s, Joanna Hallstrom, pay to $16.50/hour retroactive to her first year anniversary (September 1, 2005).  Valens seconded.  Motion carried.  P. Hallstrom recused himself from discussion and vote.

Motion to offer vacant bookkeeping position to Diana Schleisman made by Wherley.  Seconded by White-Wiedow.  Schleisman has ten years of bookkeeping experience and is currently enrolled in Carlson School for Non-Profit Management.  Compensation would be $20/hour not to exceed four hours per month with a six month probation period.  Ingram expressed concern regarding a KFNA board member being KFNA bookkeeper.  Lindseth stated that he discussed this situation with a colleague who said that it is not illegal and happens frequently in small non-profits.  Hinds motioned for amendment stating that while bookkeeper, Schleisman cannot hold a position on the board as a signatory for KFNA accounts.  Motion to offer bookkeeper position with stated amendment carried unanimously.

Hinds motioned to seek $4,000 grant for neighborhood art projects.  White-Wiedow seconded.  Motion carried.

The Current (89.3) Music Festival:
KFNA staff have initiated discussion with Thorn at The Current regarding partnering to host a music festival in the Kingfield neighborhood.  Hinds motioned to pursue music festival in collaboration with The Current.  P. Hallstrom seconded.  Anderson stated that this will be an enormous project with increased expenses and logistics.  Motion carried unanimously.

NRP Policy Board Representative:
Wherley motioned to appoint Melinda Ludwiczak to represent KFNA at NRP policy board election.  Ingram seconded.  Motion carried unanimously.

Southwest Journal and Minneapolis Observer Thank You:

Hinds motioned to draft letter of thanks to the Southwest Journal and the Minneapolis Observer for their support of the KFNA Farmers’ Market.  Raleigh seconded.  Motion carried unanimously.

Meeting Adjourned:
Meeting adjourned at 9:03 PM.
Minutes respectfully submitted by Peter Hallstrom.

KFNA Board Secretary Thor Anderson
KFNA Board President Erik Lindseth

November 2, 2005
MLK Park

Attendance: Steve Brandt, Peter Hallstrom, Mark Hinds, Steve Jevning, and David Motzenbecker, Kathleen Varner
KFNA Staff: Joanna S. Hallstrom, NRP Project Organizer

Other: Jevning stated that Michelle Leahtis moved out of Kingfield.

Jevning will call Tifft and check in with Bryant about their involvement with KBP

Johanes wasn’t able to be involved this summer.

October meeting cancelled.

1)      Introductions: none

2)      Reviewed task list: David is still working on RFP and will have it ready for the December meeting. Steve will edit the RFP if is done by November 15th.

The committee will work on the KBP partner list in December as well.

Brandt wasn’t able to work on the Minnesota Common Grant Application in October. He will work on it this month.

P. Hallstrom is mostly finished attaining important grant deadline dates and will try to go to the Minneapolis Public Library before December 3rd (the foundation collection will be in storage for the move after this date) to research more grant opportunities.

Jevning will check to see if KBP was added to the RiverLake Greenway Design Plan and make sure that it is listed.

KBP project timeline – in progress.

Hinds will contact David Brower about the announcement for the coloring contest before Brower leaves the SWJ.

David left messages with Mary Altman for a letter of support.

Hinds will also begin collecting other letters of support.

Other: Brandt suggested having a vice chair to convene meetings in Hinds’ absence. Jenving greed to help in this way if needed.

Motzenbecker will stop by the Mayors office to see if the Bridge Models are still displayed.

New Tasks: Hinds asked Steve Bandt to put a letter together for all the people who filled out surveys this summer. Hinds has at least 200 addresses. The letter will update people on the summer, request volunteers etc.

KBP will work on a business list to solicit prizes and support from for the coloring contest.

KBP will work on a statement of rules for the coloring contest (i.e. judges cannot judge it they have a family members in the contest).

Motzenbecker will work on the coloring contest sheet image /design.

Jevning will call Tifft and check in about Bryant’s involvement with KBP

3) Coloring Contest: The committee brainstormed possible names for the coloring contest. After many creative submissions, Varner’s “Draw Bridge” idea was selected as the contest name.

The guidelines for the coloring contest were reviewed. It was decided to have the artwork displayed in the Bryant Neighborhood at Sabathani Community Center. Hinds suggested that the display opening be on a Saturday at around 10a.m. to target kids and families.

KBP will announce the contest finalists before the event and asked them to attend the opening in order to find out who won. KBP would like finalists to be present to win – this detail will be discussed more at the next meeting. There will be four contest categories. The committee discussed the age limits for entry categories.

After a review of the contest rules it was decided that all entries must be post marked by the deadline date; electronic submissions okay; Animation  / electronic art must submit it on either a disk, CD, or DVD. The coloring contest sheet can be photo copied or downloaded. The Judges decisions are final and there will be no appeals.

The committee brainstormed a list of potential judges: new city council member, Mary Altman, Jim, Mayor, new park board member, a community teacher or art teacher, local art gallery owner, local business owner, Scott Anderson – KFNA resident with art studio in garage. It was decided to have a total of eight judges and split them up to judge the different categories. The judges will be given the following criteria for judging artwork:

  1. How well does the piece represent KBP vision?
  2. Artistic quality.
  3. Creativity.

Prizes: There will be a $100 grand prize and a first and second place prize for each category. Electronic entries will be in a separate category. There will also be a teacher prize for the class with the most entries. The teacher prize will benefit the whole class (i.e. a pizza party). If there is a tie between classes the tiebreaker will be the class with the best results or the tiebreaker will be a random drawing.

The coloring contest will not be advertised in the Kingfield News.

Other: KBP survey results will be in the next Kingfield News.

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