Kingfield Board Minutes
September 13, 2006
Board Members: Dave Saddoris, Arthur Knowles, Eric Lindseth, Thor Anderson, Darrell Gerber, Joby Lyn Sassily, Diane, …
Public Attendees: Elizabeth Glidden, Sarah, Jake, etc. (I didn’t get the names of everyone)
* Councilmember Elizabeth Glidden – Kingfield has been active in transportation in the past and there are opportunities coming for continued involvement. She gave an update on the BRT meeting held last spring at King Park and developments since. Metro Transit will work on the transit station so it is less affected by MnDOT funding problems with the Crosstown project. She and Rep. Frank Hornstein had a meeting with the MetroTransit people who are starting to work on the project in order to discuss the community involvement process. The initial idea is to have a community advisory committee. As a neighborhood located adjacent to the proposed BRT station, Kingfield will have an opportunity to nominate one or more members. Something more defined will come back later. Timeline is being developed now. Design to finish about March but may be extended to allow more community input. Will need some neighborhood recommendations for reps in about a month or two.
* Neighbors on 1st Ave between 42nd and 41st – Suspicious activity has been witnessed along their block. They have noticed more frequently than normal occurrences of cars and people who shouldn’t be there. They have received mixed signals from the police who sometimes send them to 311 when they call 911. They were referred to the Safety Committee to discuss this more. A policeman will be at the meeting to help work out something. Arthur updated some of the past concerns from neighbors with customers at Pump n’ Munch and Westrums. Thor also suggested connecting with the walking groups.
* Same people also asked a question about putting in speed bumps along their street to help with speeders. Councilmember Glidden asked them to send her an email and she’ll outline the process and costs. Sarah communicated that KFNA has typically been opposed to speed bumps since they usually transfer traffic to adjacent streets that are no more designed for increased traffic volume than the one of concern.
o Saddoris revisions – Dave and Martha’s request should be in the secretary section of the minutes instead of Community Forum. Action Items – MPHA – Mark Hinds ‘moved’ not ‘approved’.
o Moved by Arthur and seconded by Sassily as amended. Passed unanimously.
o Saddoris– In the Balance sheet section, should the Total Assets and Total Labilitys and Capitol match? Sarah, they never do because of the accounting method we use (Cash instead of Accrual).
o Sarah – The Income statement is a new format they are trying. This should help them track better where different expenses and incomes occur especially with respect to NRP monies. Will continue to work on it and make sure that everything is allocated correctly.
+ Dave had comments about the minutes not accurately reflecting what happened during the discussion with Lander’s. This will be taken it up at the next redevelopment meeting. Sarah will work out how the money for the Lander development will be reallocated to be made available. The board will want a presentation from Redevelopment and/or Lander at the next meeting or whenever it comes before the board for a decision.
+ John Ibis ahs been working with the City on the three lots south of Mulroys. The closing is Saturday, September 29th. He’s looking at a dance studio on first floor with three apartments above. He is still working through the city process and there are some doubts that it will eventually work out before closing. There are issues with the zoning requirements. MPHA is still looking at finding funding to put in 5 single family units on the site if it is still available. They are looking into high-density corridor funds but it may not be high enough density.
o NRP – Haven’t met. We can start allocating Phase II monies.
o Green – No questions
o King Bridge – No meeting. Sarah will meet with Mark next week to discuss his availability for this committee now that he has begun work as the Executive Director job at the Lyndale NeighborhoodAssociation.
o Farmer’s Market – No new developments on availability of electricity. Vendors appear to be happy with the market. This year has been hard to tie the market and the rest of KFNA together. Options will be considered during the year-end reevaluation. Eric asked about the City’s investigation into zoning for neighborhood farmer’s markets. Sarah will look into it and report back.
o Crime Prevention and Safety Taskforce – Arthur, went to two of the meetings and remembered that there were plans for a letter to Pump n’ Munch from the neighbors and KFNA. He wanted to know the status of that. Sarah had not heard about it but will have Joanna check into it. If the taskforce wants to move forward with the letter it will need to be approved at the next board meeting. We were reminded that we also wanted to consider changing it to a standing committee from a taskforce. Arthur suggested that we leave it as a taskforce to see how it firms up. Eric will bring an idea to the committee about having low interest loans or grants for motion sensing lights to improve security and deter intruders. Sarah will get this to them to discuss at a future meeting.
+ Lyndale avenue – Volunteers doorknocking and working block clubs to get signatures to include lighting into the corridor improvement project. Need to get 65% to go directly to downtown. Would need board recommendation from the bordering neighborhood associations to move forward if enough signatures are not collected.
+ PSC – Update on Street Car from Darrell. The portion of Nicollet south of Lake street has not been included on the final list of prospective routes. It may be possible for later phases. A significant factor was the location of Kmart at Nicollet and Lake. Other factors were the lack of a logical terminus and low density of development. Gerber has recommended that the contractors refer to the corridor development plans filed with the city that reflect neighborhood and city plans to increase transit oriented development along the Nicollet corridor.
o Art to DI For – Youth show is scheduled for October. Been in contact with most Southside art teachers. No takers, yet, on doing a youth project. Adult Show in March.
o Movies – Not going to happen this year but there is interest. Will try next year. Lake Country, Park, and Victors are interested. Getting the equipment will be the most expensive part.
o Newsletter – Has recently been distributed. Reports back are that it is good.
o NNO – People were out even with the rain. We delivered lots of ice cream.
* Policy Reviews and Recommendations
o Personnel Policy
+ Diana moved and Arthur seconded to approve.
+ Thor asked if there was anything that the Executive Committee thinks should be discussed. Eric said nothing in particular and gave a quick overview.
+ Diana moved an amendment to add ‘, honoraria, or gifts’ immediately after ‘…any payment’ in Section 11. Thor also moved changing paragraph 19 to 10. Amendment passed unanimously.
+ Policy approved unanimously as amended.
o Email Policy
+ Gerber moved and Sassily seconded the reworked email policy.
+ Sarah thinks that #3 opens up some ambiguity and increases the breadth of what can be included. She is fine having the discretion but wants to make sure that the board is aware of this. Arthur suggested passing as written and see how it works in 6 months.
+ Dave moved to strike ‘It is news about initiative or issues of interest to KFNA or’ and change ‘it’s’ to ‘its’. Seconded by Diana. Amendment passed unanimously.
+ Dave asked why is number 5 about open area parents is there. Sarah answered that since there is no area school in Kingfield we are an open area and it has been important to communicate to parents their options and the rules. Moved to change number 5 to ‘It concerns Kingfield as an Open Area for public schools’ by Diana. Seconded by Sassily. Amendment passed unanimously.
+ Eric moved to change the second paragraph to ‘The KFNA board of directors or its designee has complete discretion to post timely submissions that meet one or more of the following guidelines:’ Seconded by Sassily. Amendment passed unanimously.
+ Main motion to pass as amended passed unanimously.
o Financial Policy
+ Moved by Saddoris and seconded by Sassily to postpone to the next meeting.
* Stormwater Scope of Service
o Review given by Sarah. Based upon a standard format for use of NRP funds. Reviewed by Green Committee and NRP Committee. Lays out how NRP monies will be used for the project.
o Arthur moved and Joby Lyn seconded approval of the document.
o Dave moved to strike the extra‘the ‘ in Page 9, first paragraph. Before Kingfield… Typographical error correction thus not voted on.
o Contract approved as amended unanimously.
* Stormwater participation agreement
o Moved by Dave, seconded by Joby Lyn.
o Sarah overview – The agreement that KFNA will sign with the selected property owners. Lists condition the final project will abide by and that they need to pay a $500 participation fee up front. Changes since Green meeting: liability insurance language, right to file a lien language to ensure final payment, and language about receipts and time log requirements for owner work.
o Fix typo of added ‘)’ at end of 5.
o Agreement passed unanimously.
o The documents will be signed by the KFNA board president representing KFNA when they are completed.
* Yemaya Mural Loan Agreement
o Moved by Arthur, seconded by Joby Lyn.
o Sarah overview – Not sure exactly what will happen with the mural right now. They want to reissue the loan agreement to give them more flexibility on where the mural can be placed so that it won’t remain off and on the ground for too long. They also want to increase the timeframe of the agreement.
o Dave questioned whether this should be the loan agreement or an amendment to the original agreement to reflect that changes in circumstances and options.
o Eric moves to postpone discussion to October unless necessary to take up earlier by email vote. Diana seconded. Passed unanimously.
* Donation letter
o Adoption moved by Darrell, Joby Lyn seconded.
o Suggestion to postpone and allow Eric to perform modifications and suggestions by the board.
o Dave suggested adding ‘Sustainable’ to second paragraph. Strike ‘for five years’ from 1.
o Suggestion removing ‘rehabilitation funding’ from 7.
o Darrell suggested shortening the list down from 11 to 3 to 5 items. The thought is that they can be trimmed.
o Darrell suggested that it should be aimed more at what money will be used for. Diana disagreed that people will get that out of it as it is.
o Passed unanimously to pass to Eric to edit with board intents.
* Lucky Girl sign
o Somebody wants to donate the Lucky Girl sign to KFNA to auction off. Not sure about ownership, yet.
* December board meeting
o Bring a friend to recruit to the board.
o Can get them plugged in earlier before the April meeting.
o Can have a meeting and party.
Meeting adjourned by unanimous vote.