May 16, 2005
Committee Members Present:
Arthur Knowles & Sean Wherley
Committee Members Absent:
Barb Chung, Natalie Lenz, Melinda Ludwiczak, Lisa Rudy, Wayne Anderson, Niki Valens, and Sam Zordich.
Committee Members resigned for 05/06
Meeting called to order:
Wherley called the meeting to order at 7 p.m.
The minutes from March 2005 were accepted.
Due to low attendance the following projects and issues were discussed. No votes were taken on any matters:
Art bus shelters: It was discussed that the maps should be reviewed showing bus stops and ridership numbers and the replacement schedule of shelters. It is hoped that this project could replace the Mural Project for 2006.
Social Service Grant at Morris Miller Youth Center: Linnes-Robinson reported on her meeting with Jim Cook of Sabathani. She found the report satisfactory to pay the final payment of the Morris Miller Grant. Cook also took her on a tour of the other programs Sabathani runs including a senior program and after-school program. Cook was asking for support for the senior program, which primarily serves African-American seniors in the area and focuses on health support. Wherley expressed strong feelings of supporting the food shelf and asked Linnes-Robinson to find out if a grant from KFNA can be earmarked to a project. He and Knowles agreed that the committee would consider up to two requests from Sabathani if the money can be directed to specific programs.
Nicollet Avenue lighting: A Community meeting will be held on June 28, 7 PM, MLK park for people to come discuss the project and the assessment. Wherley agreed to attend along with Hallstrom and Foran. The public hearing will be downtown in mid-July. Neighborhood attendance will not be required. Linnes-Robinson will coordinate door knocking and letter writing to property owners along this stretch of Nicollet to occur in mid-June. Additionally, she will prepare a Scope of Service for the project so that it has a chance of still being implemented this year.
Kingfield tree project, Every Leaf Matters: A grant to the DNR will be submitted by the end of the month. The $15,000 request will plant the remaining 120 boulevard trees (what the Park Board and KFNA have not committed to) and cover some admin costs including staff time and printed educational materials. Note: The Park Board has already planted its 40 trees this spring in Kingfield. KFNA will use the Community Initiated Grant process to determine which blocks will receive the next 40 trees (hopefully this fall, if they can be ordered by early July). The opportunity to receive trees will be publicized in the June newsletter, the Block Contact Party/meeting, and through selected door knocking.
Mural project: Costs are over what was expected due to five artists being selected rather than four, plus one of the teams are doing a mosaic tile piece, which will require a higher stipend and material cost. The Minneapolis Department of health and Family services grant was approved for this project for $1000. The funds will go to supplies. Linnes-Robinson said she had just submitted another grant request to General Mills for $9958. They have a six-week turnaround. If the grant is not approved (or other funding not found), it may be necessary to move additional NRP funds into the strategy if all the projects are completed.
The September 27 public meeting was discussed. Linnes-Robinson agreed to prepare a timeline of the Phase I Wrap-up items and Phase II Planning items so every one was clear on tasks and timing. Wherley offered to help write the Phase I summary. Linnes-Robinson agreed to get him background materials by mid-June. On the agenda for the June Steering Committee meeting is the finalization of the NRP survey, which will be distributed in the September newsletter, and further discussion of the timeline and goals of the community meeting/NRP Kick-off.
The Kick-off meeting format was discussed. Task Force areas were contemplated but no decision was made whether there should be a “housing” and an “other”, or more groups then that. It was felt that the groups would not have to meet extensively, simply be involved more in idea generating.
Next meeting – Monday, June 20: Wherley will not be present.
Minutes prepared by Linnes-Robinson, KFNA Executive Director, 5/17/05.