January 23, 2005

Present: Sean Wherley, Arthur Knowles, Melinda Ludwiczak, Natalie Lenz
Absent: Barb Chung, Wayne Anderson, Rolf Johnson, Niki Valens, Sam Zordich, Lisa Rudy, and Sarah Linnes-Robinson, KFNA Executive Director
Also Present: Joanna S. Hallstrom, NRP Project Organizer; KFNA

Guest presenter, Aaron Isaacs of Metro Transit answered questions about the possibilities of creating art shelters in place of traditional bus shelters. J. Hallstrom prepared a bus stop inventory map prior to the meeting. The map identified where each bus stop, bench and shelter is located in KFNA and was as reference tool for NRP Committee members.

Isaacs stated that in order to be approved for a shelter a bus stop must generate 40 riders a day. Metro Transit has started a process of reviewing ridership at existing shelter sites in order to asses shelter needs etc. Isaacs thought that the site at 38th and Grand Ave., which has an art shelter planned (although delayed) may have less riders then this.
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Kingfield Neighborhood Association

Board of Directors Meeting

January 12, 2005


Board Members Present:
Thor Anderson, Martha Ingram, Rolf Johnson, Arthur Knowles, Ben Kristensen, Erik Lindseth, David Motzenbecker, David Muschenheim, Mari O’Rourke, Sean Wherley

Board Members Present:
Rosemary Dolata, Dave Saddoris, Niki Valens

Others Present:
Sarah Linnes-Robinson, City Councilmember Scott Benson

Meeting Called to Order:
President Motzenbecker called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m.

Community Forum:
No items

Report from City Councilmember Benson:
Benson provided updates on the I-35W/Crosstown Reconstruction Project and the creation of bus-rapid transit (BRT) in the corridor.  He said all funding is in place for the construction but that MnDOT is trying to accommodate the city’s wishes that funding be provided for BRT.  The city has discussed the possibility of suing the state if these funds are not provided in the plan.  A three-person arbitration panel will be convened to reconcile the differences between the city and MnDOT.

Lindseth asked if plans to build light-rail transit in the corridor have been abandoned.  Benson said yes, that the HOV/BRT lane concept is taking priority but that it could later be reconfigured for light-rail transit.  Wherley asked about traffic tie-ups during construction.  Benson said there will be lanes open, but it will be a tight fit, and some exits will be closed.

Benson also summarized the city budget passed 12-1 by the council in December.  He said police officer levels would be maintained under the 2005 budget.  Wherley asked if the city would seek to reform the property tax system to its pre-2001 levels (which placed a higher burden on commercial properties rather than residential ones).  Benson said it was unlikely.

Secretary’s Report:

Treasurer’s Report:
No report presented.  Linnes-Robinson said that KFNA audit will be finished in March.

Executive Committee Report:
The Executive Committee recommended that Linnes-Robinson’s title be changed to Executive Director, her pay increase from $23 per hour to $27 per hour, and that she continue receiving a $500 per quarter health insurance credit.  Wherley moved to accept the committee’s recommendation and Muschenheim seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.

Old Business/New Business
Nicollet Avenue Reopening at K-mart: No – Sarah found out they pulled plans for the new store and no new plans are in the works right now.Eric – moved to rewrite letter

Sarah – recommend KFNA member attends planning meeting.

23 W. 38th Street: The KFNA Board voted to allocate $10,000 dollars from Housing/Business/Infrastructure Goal 1, Objective 2, and Strategy 2 that states: “Provide funds for the renovation, redevelopment, or demolition of condemned buildings in Kingfield.  These funds may be used to match City Inspection Department funds for 249 list properties as part of the April 22, 1996 Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Minneapolis and the Neighborhoods of the City for the Hazardous/Boarded Building Program” to 23 West 38th Street.  KFNA dollars will be partnered with CPED dollars and used to alleviate the poor soil conditions at this location, which is being built be Minneapolis Public Housing as a duplex.   Lindseth presented the motion, Knowles seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

NRP Plan Modifications: The Board voted to move $10,000 to the KFNA Community Initiated Grant strategy (Neighborhood Life: Goal 1, Objective 1, Strategy 6), allocating $5,000 for Crime and Safety Grants and $5,000 for Neighborhood Clean-ups from Housing/Business/Infrastructure Goal 1, Objective 2, and Strategy 2.

Secondly, the Board voted to modify the Kingfield NRP Action Plan language so that Housing, Business, and Infrastructure: Goal, 3, Objective 1, Strategy 3 reads: “Establish a ‘property redevelopment funds’ which are supported and promoted by KFNA Staffing, for residential and commercial properties to eliminate blight, develop tax-base through replacement uses, and retain and/or create affordable housing.”

Both motions passed unanimously.

Oversight of NRP Spending: Motzenbecker suggests KFNA find the greatest impact from NRP expenditures.  He questioned funds remaining in various accounts, including the 40th Street Greenway and block club organizing.  He asked the board to develop ideas for neighborhood residents to utilize the Community Initiated/Social Service grants available through KFNA’s NRP plan.

Lyndale Avenue Reconstruction: Muschenheim is concerned about widening lanes, traffic calming and how it will affect neighborhood.

Meeting Adjorned:
The meeting was adjorned at 8:55 p.m.
Minutes respectfully submitted by Mari O’Rourke.

KFNA Board Secretary – Sean Wherley
KFNA Board President – David Motzenbecker

Meeting Minutes
January 5, 2005
MLK Park

Attendance: Steven Brandt, Peter Hallstrom, Mark Hinds, Steve Jevning, David Motzenbecker, Kathleen Varner, Dan Mandle
KFNA Staff: Joanna S. Hallstrom, NRP Project Organizer; Sarah Linnes-Robinson, KFNA Executive Director

Introductions: Steven Jevning invited Dan Mandle to represent the Bancroft Neighborhood, which is part of the RiverLake Greenway project.

Approve Minutes: December minutes were approved and will be posted on the KFNA web site.

1. Partnership committee recruitment: KFNA and BNO can each appoint 5 neighborhood representatives to serve on KBP.  KFNA appointed Steve Brandt, Peter Hallstrom, Mark Hinds and David Motzenbecker; one slot remains. BNO appointed Dennis Tifft and Kathleen Varner; three slots remain. Steve Jevning was appointed to be one of two representatives from the RiverLake Greenway Committee. All names appointed for membership on KBP will be submitted to the KFNA and BNO boards for approval.

The group discussed names of other neighborhood residents that may be interested in joining KBP. Jevning suggested sending out a posting on the KFNA and BNO email list to try to recruit a few more members. Linnes-Robinson suggested making it clear that KBP meetings are open and that any resident is welcome to participate, even if they are not a “member”.

Hinds requested that the group follow up with the specific individuals that were mentioned.  Jevning commented that KBP should diversify membership and make an effort to recruit senior and African American representatives. Hinds also reviewed the skill set that KBP is looking for in its membership: fundraising, communications, networking, and community organizing.

2. Discussion of draft Request for Qualifications:

Motzenbecker drafted a Request for Qualifications (RFQ). The group took time to review each section, ask questions and offer feedback. When the RFQ is finalized, an abstract of it will be posted on www.kingfield.org with a link to view, download and print the entire document.

Motzenbecker noted that a digital aerial photo will need to be posted on the Kingfield web site as well as line drawing/plat map for designers to review. Linnes-Robinson will check to make sure the KFNA server has enough space for the aerial photo. Motzenbecker thought it may take up to 40 MB

Digital aerial photos of Minneapolis were done in 2004 and there is a significant cost to access a photo. Brandt asked if KFNA already had any photos of the bridge. Motzenbecker took some last year for this project. The group decided to first try to attain funding / access to the aerial photo through county and city officials that support the bridge project.

Within the RFQ, Brandt suggested including photos of other Minneapolis bridges as examples. Hinds thought it would be good to include a list of links to other cultural institutions in the area. Linnes-Robinson commented that it would be helpful to include the history of the freeway construction and the damage caused to Minneapolis neighborhoods. Brandt has an article form 1992 that may be helpful in supporting this history and will try to retrieve it from the Star Trib. archives.

P. Hallstrom asked if a link to the KFNA Development Guidelines and Minneapolis development guidelines would be beneficial. Since the KFNA Development Guidelines can be accessed from the KFNA website the group didn’t feel a need to include them in the RFQ.

In the RFQ Statement of Intent, it is important to Hinds to include a question about how a designer’s project benefits the community. Brandt wanted to expand this question to include the designer’s experience with community participation / input on a project. Jevning suggested that the question be worded to identify project “partners” and their role in the design process as well as the designer’s method of approaching a project.

Motzenbecker will revise the RFQ. It was decided that design applications will not be needed until the second phase of this project.
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King Bridge Presentation

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