The 8th Ward Community Safety Forum was held on September 24, 2007 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Park Avenue Methodist Church. Pastor Oglesby welcomed the neighborhood residents.
In attendance was Councilmember, Elizabeth Glidden, staff and volunteers, Mayor R T Rybak, Police Chief Tim Dolan and police staff including Lt.
Amelia Huffman, Inspector Lucy Gerold and staff that work in the 3rd precinct. Councilmember Glidden gave an overview and purpose of the meeting, the
agenda, and the structure. She recognized all of the agencies and individuals who have been working hard in our neighborhoods (Central, Powderhorn
Park, Bancroft, Bryant and Kingfield). Many citizen volunteers worked hard for the success of this forum. Approximately 275 people were in
The councilmember , the Mayor, the Chief and his staff each discussed their concerns about the importance of safety in the neighborhood, the need for
increased action including hiring more police and tougher enforcement, positively supporting neighborhood efforts like block clubs, Central Weed
and Seed, obtaining more resources and funds for prevention of negative youth behavior and positive child and family development, more investment
in economic development, housing, and more collaborative work with social service agencies, including the schools and the programs and organizations
that impact our community. Several speakers discussed “reaching across boundaries” to work together positively with young people including
increasing youth employment and after school activities.
The Minneapolis Police department discussed that although overall crime is decreasing there is a concern about aggravated assaults and recent violence
including homicides in the 3rd Precinct. Statistics were discussed and the police are making new efforts to have a visible presence in our
The question, answers, and statements from the audience included those who came to the microphone and those who submitted written questions.
Approximately 20 questions and answers were discussed. In summary people attending were very concerned about the recent killing of Mark Loesch, concerns about the results of the murder investigation, concerns about recent shootings in the neighborhoods, general crime trends, and the need for increased action for the neighborhoods to be safe. Most of the persons in attendance were of European descent and several persons of African American and Latino descent questioned the diversity of the audience, how were people informed about the forum, and the lack of racial diversity of the persons speaking from the podium. Several African American persons discussed that “we have two worlds….white and black… and it is imperative that more persons of color be recruited in neighborhood efforts on safety and services for youth and families with workers and volunteers that are African American.” One of the Latino persons asked that the Chief call and attend a special meeting at a local church for Spanish speaking residents to discuss the impact of arrests re: immigration. Chief Dolan accepted the opportunity for a meeting to be arranged. Several
people expressed concerns about Cup Foods on the corner of 38th and Chicago and the behavior of youth in and around the store. Several people asked
about bike safety.
Audience members were given “Action Sheets” when they entered the church for individuals to write down specific actions that are needed to solve the
safety problems in our community. Because the question and answer period went overtime, the action sheets were all collected and will be reviewed by
a committee of professional staff and residents to look for achievable action generated by the forum. “Action Sheets” are in important part of the
forum encourages neighborhood involvement for solutions.
Residents can e-mail Councilmember Glidden directly at HYPERLINK “mailto:email@example.com” firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at (612) 673-2208
Kingfield Crime and Safety Meeting
Tuesday, September 18
Kingfield Residents- 17
MLK Park Staff: Brian Cornell
MPD- CPS Tom Thompson; Lt Marie Pryznski; Park Police Jason Ohotto
Crime and Safety Task Force Board Representative- Amy Gracyalni
KFNA Staff- Joanna S. Hallstrom, Project Organizer; Sarah Linnes-Robinson, ED
Fifth Precinct Community Attorney- Lisa Godden
8th Ward City Council: Elizabeth Glidden, CM; Andrea Jenkins, Policy Aid
Mark Loesch Memorial Walk/Bike: Wednesday, September 19, 6:30pm at MLK Park. The group will walk from MLK Park to the site of Mark’s death at 3700 Elliot, hold a memorial then walk back.
Community Safety Forum: Monday, September 24th 6:30-8:00 at Park Ave. United Methodist Church (34th and Park). This is a multi-neighborhood meeting organized by the 8th Ward to discuss strategies for community safety.
Issues of Concern / Neighborhood Crime Report:
This meeting focused on addressing community concerns about the September 13th beating death of Mark Leosch and the MLK Park shooting resulting in severe injury in August.
The community has been extremely frustrated at the lack of communicate about the incidents from the police and KFNA. KFNA has not received an official statement from the police about either incident. CPS Thompson apologized and explained that due to the violence and high profile of each case they have been “locked” for investigation and the MPD cannot disseminate any information on them. Brauer requested that the police write a statement for KFNA to release acknowledging each crime and stating that they are under investigation (and do this for future incidents as well). Brauer stated that even if there are no details on the cases, having the police communicate to residents that something of this magnitude (beating death and shooting) happened helps to tamper down rumors, fear and frustration
Community Concerns and Questions Expressed at Meeting:
1) How do police respond when crimes cross over multiple jurisdictions?
Response from Lt. Pryznski: Police are assigned to precincts and patrol that precinct. When 911 receives a priority 1 call the nearest police car responds regardless of which precinct they are patrolling (this include Park Police). Real time information is disseminated to all police on duty via designated radio channels and “cross patching” channels between departments.
2) What is the degree in which the State Gang Task Force has been cut and how do these cuts affect Minneapolis? How do residents know where there are hot spots of gang activity and is there training for residents.
Response from CM Glidden / MPD: There were cuts to the State Gang Task Force before Glidden took office. Glidden is in the process of researching to what extent these cuts have affected Mpls. The Violent Offender Task Force, City Attorneys Office and Narcotics Unit are trained to track/cross reference offenders and their involvement/association with gang activities. The MPD receives a two-day training on gangs, their activities and how to identify them. At this time there is not a civilian training but a Lt. Pryznski would be willing to arrange one. There are crime maps on line that anyone can access to see hot spots of crime. There is not a public gang map. CPS Thompson highlighted the Tri-Neighborhood Court Watch Program which looks at arrest in KFNA, LNA and CARAG that meet a certain criteria (determined by the group). The group helps track each arrest, identifying chronic offenders, identifying if they have been charged and if charged what penalties they were given for their violations. The group also collects community impact statements and submits them to attorney’s Gail Baize and Lisa Goden who bring them to the appropriate judges.
3) Regarding the MLK Park Shooting in August, could this have been prevented if the park was staffed on Sundays and Saturdays (the shooting took place on a Sunday evening)? Is it legal to have weapons in a City park? Why wasn’t there any communication about this incident to KFNA residents?
Response by Park Police, Glidden, Brauer: First citizens can carry fire arms into any public place (parks included) if they are licensed to carry them. Police cannot stop and search somebody without a “reasonable articulateable suspicion.” Secondly, the police know who the victims of the shooting are and have witnesses but neither one of these parties is willing to identify the shooters. Thus it has been very difficult to investigate this case. Thirdly, Park staff are not able to monitor the whole park all the time, even when on duty. The ward has been looking at helping the park to organize and train residents boarding the City parks to be “eyes on the park” and help with surveillance.
4) Is crime up or down in Kingfield.
Response MPD: Monthly crime maps are available on line and can be analyzed by the viewer. MPD did not give a specific answer to the questions. Burglaries are up in KFNA and mobile drug dealing has become a problem. MPD has made some mobile drug dealing arrests and a chronic burglary was recently arrested.
Tips for Residents:
Call 911 to report any suspicious activity.
Don’t be afraid to press the police for information about a crime of concern.
Be patient to receive accurate information about an incident. The police have to balance what is beneficial for the community to know and what information will hinder the investigation if disseminated.
Call the KFNA office for help in attaining information or to express a concern
Action To Be Taken:
Lt Pryznski will do the following:
Send KFNA a copy of the MPD’s communication policy
Follow-up on the August shooting to see where the case is at.
Find out if there is any information that can be made public about Mark Loesch’s death and put together a statement for KFNA to release (even if is simply acknowledging the crime and stating that the case is under investigation and information cannot be released at this time).
Help organize a civilian training on local gangs, their activities and how to identify them
CPS Thompson will do the following:
Send key crime stats/maps/resource information url links to David Brauer
KFNA Board President, David Brauer will do the following:
Make sure that a statement from the MPD is released to KFNA residents regarding the August shooting and Mark Loesch’s death.
Have KFNA staff post and send out City website links to public crime prevention/research information
Long Term –
Work on Kingfield’s communication strategy/plan
Work on Kingfield’s active response to neighborhood crime through community organizing
Tri Neighborhood Court Watch Program:
No updates taken at this meeting.
Minutes completed by Joanna Hallstrom, Project Organizer – KFNA
KFNA Board Meeting Minutes
Those in attendance: Arthur Knowles, Mary Hunter, Amy Joe Gracyalny, Tom Parent, JobyLynn Sassily James, Chris Sur, David Brauer, Ben Kristensen, David Potosky, David Saddoris
Those not in attendance: Niki Stavrou, Darrell Gerber
Staff Present: Sarah Linnes-Robinson
7:30 David B. calls meeting to order.
Contract amendment to MMWO:
In response to budget discrepancies between forecasted and actual budget on the stormwater management project, KFNA has been in negotiations with MMWO to resolve any potential issues. In the original project budgets, design was a low cost item and construction was a high cost item, but proved the opposite in actuality. In order to resolve this and also address potential deadline conflicts, a revised contract between KFNA and MMWO created. The new budget makes KFNA liable for $111 more than original and extends the deadline for completion of the projects to November 30.
David Saddoris made a motion to approve the contract as revised. Arthur seconded. Passed unanimously.
Update from Councilmember Elizabeth Glidden:
Urban Partnership Agreement: Bus Rapid Transit on I-35W south of Kingfield an important step, but large gaps remain that Kingfield could help resolve. Elizabeth to arrange a date for a community meeting at King Park to involve neighborhood and also arrange a breakfast for “transportation leaders” to provide greater detail to those actively involved in this transportation issue.
Crosstown Construction: With Diamond Lake Road and 50th Street bridges over I-35W out, 46th Street is main access remaining. So far there have been few complaints about heavy traffic on 46th to Elizabeth, but they are proactively working on addressing traffic issues through the adjustment of lights, signals, etc.
Possible new liquor licenses in Kingfield: Elizabeth suggested arranging to have a liquor inspector attend the next Redevelopment Committee meeting in order to assist KFNA is establishing its own process for evaluating new requests for liquor licenses. Elizabeth also offered to personally assist in whatever way possible in this endeavor.
Update on KFNA’s Website:
David P: Discussions progress on the evolution of the website. A Requst for Proposals (RFP) for web designers is forthcoming, but David would like to be able to approve $1000 more than the current $1000 ($2000 total) for responses. Once completed, the website would cost $50-$100 annually. The goal is to have the website operational by the end of the year.
Arthur moved to authorize up to $200 for creation for the website as laid out in the discussion. Amy seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
Update on 38th & Nicollet:
Michael Lander and Ben Kerl updated the board on recent developments at their property at 38th & Nicollet (previously the Thiessen Vending Co). The development model has been revised to be a office / retail building with a marquis restaurant tenant on the corner space. Blue Plate Group, owners of Longfellow Grill, Edina Grill and Groveland Tap among others, wants to open a restaurant in 6000 square feet of the total 22000 square feet (above ground) of the existing building. They would recreate the business model of Longfellow Grill, which would require a full liquor license. Lander is currently figuring out the process to obtain a license, but wants to remain in close contact with KFNA and Councilmember Glidden. Given market forces, Lander would like to open the restaurant as soon as possible, which would require neighborhood support prior to full project parameters being established. He recognizes the issues this may create but is optimistic that a solution agreeable by all parties can be reached.
Restaurant may open as soon as February.
This issue will be addressed by the Redevelopment Committee. Redevelopment will inform the board of progress.
Update on Walldogs:
Sarah Linnes-Robinson provided a sheet entitled “Walldogs on Nicollet” which outlined the Walldogs project. The joint project between KFNA and the Lyndale Neighborhood Association (LNA) will, in short, consist of 6-10 murals along Nicollet Avenue created by artist and volunteers. The purpose of the project is to use the creation of public art to build community, create a new aesthetic, to spur economic development and to create a safer environment along Nicollet Avenue from Lake Street to 46th Street.
There will not be an equal number of murals in each neighborhood, as Lyndale has greater need and opportunity for the murals.
The Walldogs project will tie into other art projects of KFNA’s, but not replace any of them.
LNA receipts all expenses and keeps the books for the projects. It was suggested KFNA should ask for a monthly ledger from LNA.
Sarah asked that KFNA’s Board be involved in the project in order to raise awareness, involvement and revenue.
David Potosky moved the Board approve the Project Details from sheet provided by Sarah Linnes-Robinson (listed below) and that Sarah provide the Board with a monthly budget. Arthur seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
(insert from S L-R)
Budget: It appears as though the market will generate roughly the same amount of revenue as expenses it has incurred.
Farmers Market Task Force would like to split from KFNA in order to pursue greater resources it feels it needs to survive coming years.
Pledge to Unplug:
Project began last Sunday at the Farmers Market. The project asks volunteers to enroll in the Minnesota Energy Challenge and provides participants with a Kill-A-Watt device which measures energy consumed by specific appliances. Participants are asked to record and report on 10 devices in their homes, with the results posted on the website. Twenty-five Kill-A-Watts were obtained through a micro-grant.
Stormwater Bike Tours:
Bike tours to each of the stormwater management project sites led by a member of the Green Committee are being offered to Kingfield at large. A sign-up sheet for Board members was passed around.
Driftwood (formerly Westrums):
3601 Advisory Letter:
Arthur moves that KFNA send the letter written by Tom Parent as the chair of the Redevelopment Committee to the developers of the site at 3601 Nicollet Avenue advising them of neighborhood concerns about the project meeting stated Redevelopment Guidelines for the neighborhood. Mary seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
October 2, 2007 MLK Park Planning Meeting:
There will be a meeting on October 2, 2007 to address park planning strategies for MLK Park. While everyone recognizes the possibility that this may be an opportunity to rehash the miscommunication regarding the erection of the baseball field fence earlier this summer, it is hoped that the meeting can be focused on positive steps moving forward.
Chris Sur and Dianna will attend as the KFNA reps / planners.
Arthur moved to adjourn meeting, Chris seconded. The motion passed unanimously at 9 p.m.
Redevelopment Committee Minutes
Kingfield Neighborhood Association
September 26, 2007
-Parent will secure a dated to visit PCF programs sites and then email the committee.
-Kress offered to get a representative from liquor licensing to attend the Blue Plate community meeting on October 24th
-Parent will update the KFNA board on the City’s lighting proposal and provide them with information about the proposal.
-Send out La Chaya’s Strong Beer and Wine Public Hearing notice though KFNA email.
-Hallstrom will secure MLK for PCF and Blue Plate meeting
-PCF will do a KFNA mailing prior to the November 7th meeting/ they will also draft a notice that can be submitted to newsletters and email lists.
-Dolata will write an article on the PCF Community Meeting – due November 8
Rosemary Dolata, Larry Heller, Mark Hinds, Arthur Knowles, Doug Kress, Tom Parent, Kirsten Wedes
KFNA Staff: Joanna S. Hallstrom
Matt Crellin, Plymouth Church Foundation
Luke Shimp, David Burley and Jim Hofer of the Blue Plate Restaurant Co.
Michael Lander and Ben Kerl of the Lander Group
Plymouth Church Foundation:
Matt Crellin gave and update on PCF and presented two design options. PCF is closing on the funeral home site at Nicollet and 37th today. The process of demolition will begin soon. PCF will be working with Resource Recycling to salvage what they can from the building (floor joyce, light fixture, stained glass, door hardware etc). This process will take a few months.
PCF has been working on building design concepts and presented the two options chosen by their design committee. Dolata attend their most recent meeting as a KFNA representative and offered design feedback.
The redevelopment committee reviewed the two designs. Crellin noted that the colors and materials are subject to change. The project includes 7,000 sq. ft. of commercial space and 5,000 sq. ft. of project offices on the first floor. There will be 42 single room occupancy efficiency units for the homeless youth that enter their program. The project will have a large work readiness component that will include on site social workers and employment specialists. PCF has already sent out RFPs to five different service providers that serve homeless teens.
In one design, the commercial space (retail) is on grade while the housing piece of the building will be raised with landscaping in front. In the other design the front of the building is less varied. The committee strongly suggests a design that does not look and feel institutional (the front of the contemporary design appears like one large uninviting wall). The committee does support contemporary design but one that offers with relief within the structure is very welcoming (i.e. the entrance is easily distinguishable, there is public art and pedestrian space to invite interaction)
PCF was encouraged to recruit teenagers to be on the design committee.
The parking scenario has not changed from the last presentation to the redev. committee. Both designs include 18 parking spots in the back of the building, accessed via the alley on 37th Street. The required parking for the residential piece of the building will be met. PCF will be seeking a variance for their retail parking requirement. Hinds suggested including a place for bike racks and a place for public art – to encourage pedestrian traffic and welcome the community. Bike storage for residents was also encouraged.
There will be no public retail access from the back. PCF most likely will not relocate their offices to this space.
Dolata offered feedback from the previous PCF design meeting she attended, stating that the strongest draw of the PCF design committee was to the contemporary design option, because it was fun and it was felt that this design represented the youth that would be living there. The KFNA redevelopment committee was split between the two designs and choose to offer suggestions about how the building should interact with the street (i.e public art, set backs)
The site will host 42 residents, six staff including a 24-hr front desk person. The program will service homeless youth that include teens aging out of foster care.
The redevelopment committee still has not secured a dated to visit other similar programs. Parent will send out an email of Wednesday dates that work for PFC for the committee to respond to.
PCF would like to hold their first community outreach meeting about the youth housing development. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 7th at 7pm at MLK Park.
Below is an outline of the community notification plan:
Direct mailing by PCF (to KFNA mailing list) by October 24th (two weeks from meeting)
Notice in KFNA e-news on October 30th and November 6th
Notice in Lyndale Neighborhood paper delivered November 2-4 (submission deadline?)
Notice to SWJ and invitation to the meeting
Posted on KFNA website
Signage on Property
Follow-Up Article in Kingfield News – In home first week of December
Articles deadline November 7th (can submit article on 8th directly to editor)
Meeting hosting duties will be discussed later.
City of Minneapolis Lighting
The City is proposing a lighting fee of $13.50 a month per property owner to generate 6.5 million a year for street lighting upgrades and maintenance. Property owners who are already paying a lighting assessment will be charged the new fee after their current assessment is paid off.
Two open community meetings have happened and more are scheduled through October.
Hinds attended the second meeting and there were 80 residents in attendance. The redevelopment committee discussed the pros and cons of the lighting proposal. The City leadership approach is thought to be more efficient than the current petition system to install/upgrade lighting and in the new proposal each neighborhood gets to choose their lights. The City’s lighting system is getting old and needs to be updated, replaced and maintained and the City needs to secure funding for this. Although an extensive street lighting research project has been conducted the committee feels that the City could do more research on LED lighting options and other ways to extend the life of lights beyond the proposed 20-30 years. There is caution in supporting the implementation of a City fee to pay for the lighting, especially when neighborhood funding is in jeopardy.
Parent will update the KFNA board on the City’s lighting proposal and provide them with information about the proposal.
La Chaya Liquor License Haring
La Chaya is applying for a strong beer and wine license. Their hearing is Monday, October 1.
The committee discussed the hearing.
Hinds made a motion to support La Chaya’s strong beer and wine license and advertise the hearing through KFNA email.
Motion passed unopposed.
Lander: Proposed Development for 3800 Nicollet
Michael Lander and Ben Kerl from Lander Group and Luke Shimp, David Burley and Jim Hofer of the Blue Plate Restaurant Company presented their plans to develop the corner building at 3800 Nicollet Ave.
Blue Plate and Lander are joining together to development 3800 Nicollet. Blue Plate would like to open a full service restaurant with a large patio (along 38th street). Blue Plate has successfully opened and manages four other restaurants (Longfellow Grill, Edina Grill, Highland Grill, and Groveland Tap). Blue Plate is seeking a full liquor license to open a fifth restaurant at 38th and Nicollet that is consistent with their business model. This fifth site would be modeled after the Longfellow Grill (a modern take on an urban diner). Lander and Blue Plate feel that the 38th and Nicollet area is underserved and would benefit from this type of restaurant. The restaurant would close at 12am. Blue Plate has not experienced any complaints about their neighborhood restaurants. They have experienced great support from local residents who utilize their restaurants like a community gathering space. Blue Pate conducted a “mindful parking” campaign when they opened Longfellow grill that help ease resident concern over neighborhood parking issues.
From their experience, Blue Plate feels that the parking inventory will work out at the 38th and Nicollet site. They will be requesting a variance, since they will not meet the off-street parking requirements.
Lander Group will move their offices into the building and they will lease office studios. The newer building, attached will also be leased out (but not fully developed at this point). Lander hopes to proceed with opening the store fronts this fall if they can gain support from KFNA by November 15th. Once Blue Pate receives their liquor license they can build out and open the restaurant in 120 days.
When asked if Blue Plate would consider applying for a strong wine and beer license they declined to answer. They stated that at this point they do not want to compromise their business model.
Blue Plate is seeking KFNA support for a full liquor license so that they can get CM Glidden’s recommendation to State Legislature. They hope the State Legislature approves their request in April 08. Once their license is approved by the State Legislature they can proceed with the Minneapolis liquor licensing process. Blue Plate and Lander would like KFNA support to be identified within 45-60 days so that they have the confidence to proceed with the development.
It was decided that the Kingfield community needs an opportunity to hear about the development and respond to the full liquor license request. Dolata made a motion for Lander and Blue Plate to host an unofficial “public hearing” on Wednesday, October 24th from 6-7pm at MLK Park to gather community input. This meeting will be hosted and run by Lander and Blue Plate. Motion passed unopposed. Kress offered to get a representative from liquor licensing to attend as well.
The KFNA board has decided to develop a policy regarding neighborhood support for /or against full liquor license. Dolata suggested that this policy have an owner occupied stipulation.
Hallstrom submitted an update on the current BFIP applications and the status of each project. KFNA has 17,628.36 remaining in the BFIP program.
Fun Sisters requested an amendment to their BFIP application to include the replacement of the “daylight” windows that were formerly covered up. This was an amendment that the committee encouraged. Fun Sisters has estimated that the addition to their project will cost $5,000. Parent made a motion to approve the amendment and contribute up to $2,500.00 toward the replacement of the upper windows at Fun Sisters. Motion passed unopposed.
Minutes completed by Joanna S. Hallstrom, KFNA
MINUTES – KFNA Green Committee
Meeting: 8/16/07, 7:00 PM
Location: MLK Park
Committee Members Present: Darrell Gerber, David Potosky, Dave Saddoris
Volunteers for Upcoming Events:
September 9th Farmer’s Market (Kill-A-Watt handout and Energy Challenge signup): David Potosky and Dave Saddoris (8:45 AM – 1:30 PM)
September 16th Farmer’s Market (Energy Challenge signup): David Potosky (8:45 AM – 1:30 PM)
September 16th Stormwater Bike Tour: Dave Saddoris (10:30 AM – 12:30 PM)
September 20th Stormwater Bike Tour: Dave Saddoris (6:00 PM – 8:00 PM)
September 23rd Farmer’s Market (Energy Challenge signup): Darrell Gerber (8:15 AM – 11:00 AM)
September 30th Farmer’s Market (Kill-A-Watt return): ??
September 30th Stormwater Bike Tour: ??
Kill-A-Watt Program (Minneapolis Climate Change Micro-grant):
Purchase 25 Kill-A-Watt devices at $19/device plus $26 shipping ($501 total)
Kill-A-Watts to be distributed on a first come-first served basis at the September 9th Farmer’s Market
Purchase ‘Pledge to Unplug’ t-shirts for the volunteers (for promotion at the Farmer’s market) and for the first 15 people to return their Kill-A-Watts and completed data sheets at the September 30th Farmer’s Market (approximate budget is $270 for t-shirts)
Kill-A-Watt program participants that are not able to return their devices and results sheets at the September 30th Farmer’s Market will return them to a selected vendor at an October Farmer’s Market, but will not receive t-shirts
Use a manual sign-up sheet for Kill-A-Watt program participants and for people participating in the Minnesota Energy Challenge. If computer resources are available at the Farmer’s Market, the participant’s information will be directly entered from the sheets to create Minnesota Energy Challenge accounts for the participants. If computer resources are not available, the information will be entered by KFNA off-site and a username and password will be emailed to each of the participants. The participants will be required to login to their accounts and change their passwords later.
Create a manual sign-up sheet for the Kill-A-Watt program and the Energy Challenge -> Action: Darrell
Create a sheet for Kill-A-Watt result recording -> Action: David P.
Post results on the KFNA webpage -> Action: Darrell and David P.
Find handouts with general energy information for the table at the Farmer’s Market -> Action: Darrell
Stormwater Bike Tours:
Scheduled dates/times are September 16th at 10:30 AM, September 20th at 6:00 PM, and September 30th at 12:00 PM
Consider cancelling the tour on September 30th due to the large number of scheduled tours and limited volunteer resources to conduct these tours
Consider moving the date of the tour on September 20th due to a conflict with the regularly scheduled Green Committee meeting (subsequent conversations with Sarah Linnes-Robinson have revealed her desire to keep the tour on the 20th to encourage tour participants to attend an abbreviated Green Committee meeting immediately after the tour)
Create a datasheet on the projects for use by the tour guides -> Action: Sarah
Determine how the tours will be advertised -> Action: Dave S.
Communicate tour schedules with property owners that participated in the stormwater BMP demonstration project to encourage them to attend a tour and to inform them of the tour schedule so they can be prepared for the visits to their properties -> Action: Sarah
Develop a tour route: Action: Dave S.
Stormwater BMP Program MWMO Contract Amendment:
Sarah has been communicating with the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) regarding an amendment to the stormwater BMP project contract to modify budget line items (move funds between line items) and to extend the final report deadline
A meeting is scheduled with MWMO on August 21st to discuss the latest revision of the estimate and negotiate a final budget
The Green Committee will send a representative along with Sarah to attend this meeting
Minutes prepared by Dave Saddoris, KFNA Green Committee Chair, 9/5/07.
Kingfield Farmers’ Market
DRAFT Proposed Program Structure Redesign
Background: The Kingfield Farmers’ Market has been a project of the Kingfield Neighborhood Association since 2000. Over the past seven years, the market has become a valuable neighborhood source of locally grown fresh produce and has served as an important community gathering place for residents.
Growth: During pre-season market planning and vision casting, the Kingfield Farmers’ Market Task Force defined this market as a moderate operation of 15-20 vendors that is focused on local and organic foods. Diversifying the market’s food offerings, developing vendor consistency and enhancing the market site were the primary goals to obtain this summer. The market has steadily added vendors over the last seven years and has expended to its third and largest space of operation at 4310 Nicollet Avenue. This year the market has secured a total of 30+ vendors with 15-20 of them setting up shop on any given Sunday. The market has been able to retain a consistent weekly offering of produce, meat, cheese, bread and ready-to-eat foods. The market site and atmosphere have been enhanced with tables and chairs for market-goers to use as resting and eating areas (from market budget), three planters of live plants (donation from business sponsor) and weekly live music (made possible by a grant from the Improve Group).
The Market secured permission to put up a storage shed on site to store tents, tables, chairs, signs, recycling bin, garbage cans and other supplies. In the past, the market coordinator hauled supplies in their car.
The Market Task Force kept the idea of Second Sunday festivities at the market, introducing the bake-offs in 2007. The market hosted four seasonal bake-offs (June-rhubarb, August-corn, September-apple, October-pumpkin) and KFNA’s annual ice-cream flavor contest in July. As of September, the market has raised over $1200 from these events.
KFNA/Market has a 10’X10’ booth space at the market with tables to display neighborhood information, conduct outreach (i.e. “Pledge to Unplug”) and sell merchandise (i.e. t-shirts and tote bags). KFNA also attempted vending berries for three weeks in June/July both as a fundraiser and to diversify market offerings; all available berries sold very quickly. KFNA also utilized the market for a Harvest Brunch fundraiser, as the starting point for neighborhood stormwater site bike tours, and as the location for a “Great Neighborhood Chat”, led by local author Jay Walljasper.
Future: It is clear from community feedback that the Kingfield Farmers’ Market has become a considerable neighborhood asset. Residents of the neighborhood are able to buy an increasingly substantial and varied portion of their groceries at the market than in years past and people enjoy the market as a neighborhood destination. The market has met its original goals of bringing foot traffic to Nicollet Avenue, providing a source of fresh produce within the neighborhood and bringing neighbors together.
Designated NRP funding for the market will be decreasing over the next two years and then ending. The Kingfield Farmers’ Market Task Force has advised that it would be beneficial to both KFNA and the Market if the Market became operated separately from the neighborhood association. Primary reasons for this recommendation:
The Market is the most expensive project of KFNA. This year alone KFNA has invested close to $13, 000 in direct costs and thousands of additional dollars in staff time. KFNA cannot sustain the market indefinitely into the future. For the future of the neighborhood association, it makes economic sense for KFNA to help the Market transition away from financial dependence on KFNA and on toward developing their own funding sources.
For the market to continue building credibility and become sustainable, it needs to focus on relationships with local food networks, agricultural communities and other markets. KFNA cannot dedicate staff time toward these efforts throughout the year. As a “seasonal” neighborhood project, the Market is hampered in its efforts to build and retain an appropriate presence in agricultural/market/food networks. Participation within these networks is key to the Market’s growth and success as it allows for involvement with vendors, funders and other support specific to the operation of a market and outside of KFNA.
Currently, the market serves as a direct community outreach tool for KFNA. In addition to coordinating the market, the market coordinator is responsible for representing KFNA, promoting KFNA programs and providing support for KFNA special events. As the market has grown, it has become evident that one on-site staff person does not provide the capacity to fulfill both roles adequately. Both market management and KFNA suffer. As a separate operation, the market could dedicate staff time exclusively to market operations and development. By staffing a booth, KFNA could continue to access the market for community outreach, dedicating focus to its programs and special events.
KFNA has provided a solid foundation from which the market has been able to grow and this year the Market has benefited tremendously from the local food connections brought by the 07 Kingfield Farmers’ Market’ Task force. For the Market to further develop itself as a reputable local food source KFNA needs to ensure that the market is managed and operated by staff / board that offer expertise and connections within the local food and agricultural networks.
Market Redesign Assessment Period: October – December 07
Assessment Action Plan (requiring KFNA board approval ):
Work with MAP for Non Profits and their Project ReDesign program.
Research models of organizational models under the direction of MAP. Secure funding from KFNA Board for MAP services in October 07
Work with MAP to assess which model of organizational redesign would ensure that the Market would be able to exists as a local food source and community gathering place well into the future.
The models may include:
a) Stay a part of KFNA with a defined market management and funding structure
b) Form a 501(c ) 3 as the Kingfield Farmers’ Market
c) Form a Market Association with other neighborhood and join markets under one incorporation but as separate projects.
It is the goal to have to have a model of operation chosen and presented to the KFNA board by the end of ‘07
Identify members to serve on the Kingfield Farmers’ Market Advisory Board – This board will meet throughout the assessment process and Transition Period, if such a period is needed, and make a recommendation of a market operation model to the KFNA board. Advisory Board members that represent the named group or possess the following skill sets will be recruited:
KFNA staff rep
KFNA board rep
Development skill set
Marketing skill set
Non Profit Management skill set
The operational model presented will include: an organization management plan, funding forecast, funding plan, and a cost estimate. If necessary for the ultimate plan to be enacted a transitional plan will also be presented to move toward the preferred model; this will include and outline of authority throughout transition, as well as transitional funding plan.
4) Present KFNA Board with selected operation model for approval (December 07 or January ‘08). If approved, Kingfield Farmers’ Market Advisory Board would enter the Transition Period and begin implementation of the selected operation model (actions may include: write bylaws, recruit board, identify staff needs, develop funding plan and implement management structure).
Funding/support: The Market will need KFNA funding and a designated amount of staff time during the redesign period. It is suggested that KFNA funding be used for the following:
-MAP services: 50% paid for by a grant through MAP. KFNA/Market needs to come up with the balance ($1500-$2500)
– Staff time (estimated 20 hours a month split between KFNA staff and Market Coordinator) from October 07-Dec 07
-Use of KFNA office (computer, address, storage etc) during the redesign period and transition period, if needed.
-Use of KFNA as a fiscal agent during redesign time and transition time, if needed.
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