Present: JobyLynn Sassily James, David Saddoris, Michelle Wood, Marshall Onsrud and Scott Bordon
Committee Chair JobyLynn lead the meeting.
Brief update on Interstate 35W sound wall. There will be plantings and vines. MNDOT to pay for two years. Gateway/Murals are still an option but MNDOT is not allocating any money.
One alley/garage mural has been completed and three are pending. In area of 1st/Nicollet Blaisdell.
Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) workshops were held. About 253 people signed up for workshop and about same number signed up for home visit. Kingfield is model neighborhood. Tentatively more workshops in March. There have been 30 home visits so far. Now people are looking for bids. KFNA has $10,000 total available for loans. There are other outside programs available. CEE website has more information. There may be furnace program through CenterPoint. And a 2010 program for insulation and air sealing. Suggestion was made to look into Longfellow neighborhood program.
We need coordination between Green innovation and Redevelopment/Housing. Question is how much money is available. Need to consult with Sarah-Linnes Robinson, Executive Director (normally attends Green meeting but we knew in advance she would not be present). Dave Saddoris explained loaned money has to be designated however returned/repaid money can be used without designation restrictions. Dave suggested adjusting loan program others supported looking at reviewing terms. Ideas included raising minimum loan amount (fees such as origination and loan serving fees reduce what comes back to KFNA—lower percent of loan comes back to KFNA on small loans). We should also look at length of loans. All present supported idea of getting money out in loans so we would have flexibility in utilizing funds repaid. Belief is there is some Phase I and Phase II money available.
JobyLynn brought up Community Gardens. She voiced concerns about amount of time staff will have to spend and what money will cover it. There have been issues surrounding participation by community members and there have been some conflicts. JobyLynn would like to see greater neighborhood participation and see some new faces involved especially those that have not been part of KFNA activities. Suggestion made to look to Incarnation Church for outreach. Action item was proposed. Marshall, Michelle and JobyLynn plan to layout/stakeout Van Nest Community Garden Site. Meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday October, 20.
Utility Box Wrap Update: Wrap will happen next spring. Dave suggested/asked if we could pay to print wraps now (in order to use funds) and then install in spring. Idea presented to have Art Crawl for utility boxes and then at art show promote prints.
Clean Water Action: Announcement made that Darrell Gerber (Kingfield Resident and Green Committee member) is involved in making video about environmental activism). Contact him if interested.
HOURCAR: We talked about was to promote. JobyLynn thinking about transportation evolution idea and post card.
Brief discussion about rain barrels and ideas how to involve community. Suggestions included making them green or art. Consider Leonardo’s Basement Adult Build Night for Art Rain Barrels.
JobyLynn talked about re-branding of Kingfield. Examples such as Pledge to Unplug logo and Kingfield Farmers Market logo. Additional consideration should be given to branding/logo for each KFNA committee.
We discussed other ways to support “greening” Kingfield. Ideas includes compost facility/bins and knitting graffiti on chain link fences. 36Th & Nicollet was mentioned as location for knitting graffiti. Michelle said she would check to see if rights for movie Dirt are available. This could be follow up to Fresh.
Ideas for green tips on website included Bike vs. Drive Calculator (available at REI.com) or Organic Valley’s organic calculator.
Upcoming green related events can be found at 350.org. Activities will be held October 24 at 24 & Hennepin, U of M Coffman Union and Augsburg College.
There is need for more grant writing. Get more funding for existing projects such as community garden (Orange Thumb grant), graffiti and HOURCAR.
Minutes recorded October 15, 2009 and respectively submitted to JobyLynn Sassily James, Green Committee Chair and Sarah Linnes-Robinson, Executive Director, by Scott Bordon November 5, 2009.