Kingfield Neighborhood Association
7 PM MLK Park
7:00 Call to Order and Community Forum
Attendees: David Buchanan, David Brauer, David Saddoris, David Potosky, Marie Wolf, Chris Sur, Chris De Parde, Mark Brandow
7:15 Strong Schools Strong City Referendum Presentation and Q & A with Sharon Henry-Blythe.
Vote was held on whether to support and endorse the referendum.
Vote In Favor: David Brauer, Marie Wolf, Chris Sur, Chris De Parde, Mark Brandow
Vote Against: David Potosky
Abstain: David Buchanan, David Saddoris
· Secretary approved minutes with no questions or concerns
o Year End Report
o How to Read the new financial report, Lois Epstein, KFNA Bookkeeper
New report by QuickBooks was presented June and July (new fiscal year) by Lois Epstein. Board made comments on format and important information, Lois Epstein will modify. New report was approved and new format commended for being easier to read and understand.
7:50 New Business
· HR Policy Amendment Recommendation
- Stipend removal – all references to stipend will be removed from HR policy.
- Adjusted compensation of Kingfield Director (Linnes-Robinson) to account for HR policy change. Rate of pay adjusted to reflect the removal of stipends from employee payments from October and on by adding $1.44 per hour to salary. Hours from beginning of year through September will be paid at this additional rate to adjust for period when stipend ends.
· Funding for Nicollet East Harriet Web Site was requested by Mark Brandow for the Experience Southwest Site, which will list all southwest businesses. Mark added that getting a plug for the Kingfield Farmers’ Market might be a possibility. Mark also noted that the NRP Committee had identified a strategy were funds could come from; Linnes-Robinson confirmed that there was money in a strategy for supporting businesses that could be used for this but it would require a board vote.
Linnes-Robinson stated that most Kingfield businesses she had searched for on Experience Southwest were not listed. Brandow asked that the names be sent to him of these before the next business association meeting. The board voted to approve the spending of $750 contingent on the listing of the additional sites.
8:20 Old Business
· SMACC Proposal – not discussed
· Walldogs Report – Walldogs might break even. Two events remaining (one an income-generater, Eating For Art, and the other an expense, Volunteer Thank You Party) and two grants outstanding. David Brauer asked what would happen if money received was over the cost of the Walldgos project. Linnes-Robinson stated that was unlikely since the final expense billed to the project was staff time and paying for this expense in full would most likely use up any “profits”; she also stated that the agreement with LNA was all costs and profits would be shared equally. Brauer wanted to be sure that if there were profits the spending of them would be brought back to the board . Linnes-Robinson agreed to research the exact woding of KFNA’s Agreement with LNA on this matter.
· Website Updates Posting again—David Potosky discouraged by the lack of updates by other board members. Asked that other members participate.
· Hiring of a Project Organizer Linnes-Robinson posted position with goal of interviewing select applicants after Sept 25
8:30 Committees and Task Forces:
o Redevelopment and Zoning
o King Bridge Partnership (update provided in writing)
o Farmers’ Market
o Crime Prevention and Safety (CPaS)
o Bike TF
o Transportation (Access Minneapolis Report:10 Year Plan and BRT)
o 40th & Lyndale
Upcoming KFNA events:
2nd Annual Eating for Art
Thursday October 2
Local restaurants are donating a percentage of their sales this day to KFNA for community art projects including tieing up Walldogs and the art show 2009. Plan morning breakfast at Curran’s or Anodyne, grab a mid-morning treat at Butter, have lunch on the patio at Victor’s, and then dinner at El Paraiso and know that up to 31% of your tab is going directly to your neighborhood association—the more you eat then better we’ll look!
Friday, October 3 from 6-10:30
Leonardo’s Basement, KFNA, Corner Table and Anodyne are hosting a block party on E. 43rd Street between Nicollet and 1st Ave on PM. This will be a family event. Tickets will cost $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6+. Tickets proceeds (donations) will support the Kingfield market; food sales will be kept by the partnering restaurants.
From 6-8 PM Kingfield neighbors will play in a bluegrass jam band. From 8-10 PM an organized band will play music for folk dancing. There will be a dance caller to demonstrate dance steps and call dances.
Our hope is that this will become an annual event.
KFNA is putting $750 toward this event through a Community Initiated Grant.
Kingfield and Bryant neighbors –
There is a small amount of $ ($15,000) in the 2008 capital budget of the City designated for the 40th Street pedestrian bridge. I had asked our staff for more explanation on what these funds could be used for, after conversation with Kingfield board members. Below is Don Elwood’s response.
How would you like to proceed? Let me know your thoughts and we’ll move forward.
Eighth Ward Councilmember
From: Elwood, Don R.
Sent: Wednesday, August 20, 2008 12:43 PM
To: Glidden, Elizabeth A.
Cc: Kotke, Steven A; Hamilton, Heidi J; Yuzna, Jack S.
Subject: RE: Capital budget – $15,000 for the 40th Street Pedestrian Bridge
The 15K was put in the budget to provide Capital money to make an interim connection for the River Lake Greenway across 35W until a future plan for 35W is programmed. These $$ could be used for striping, way finding signs or other elements. At this point the plan for 35W is long term at best. The money could be used for planning purposes or to conduct a study.
One option would be to put this project on our Federal Priorities list with IGR and use the 15K on the interim solution.