Tom Hoch called the meeting to order at Other board members in attendance were David Abele,
Dee Cotten, Andrew Hauer, Gene Nessly, and Carletta Sweet. Board members
Lisa updated the board on the following activities:
“10 Greatest Days of Summer,”
Resumption of Lunch with Lisa on Wednesday, July 28th,
at Tiburòn Caribbean Bistro,
· Circumstances leading up to the termination of the Hey City lease and the entering into a short-term management and operating agreement with the Historic Theatre Group for the property at 824 Hennepin Avenue (temporarily named the Hennepin Stages). A copy of the July 13th Request for City Council Committee Action was distributed for reference.
In response to inquiries, Lisa also updated the board on the status of the RFP for the Hotel Nicollet site, the acquisition of the Dolphin building for redevelopment into housing units, the acquisition of a Land Rover dealership by Downtown Jaguar and site improvements related thereto, and the unlikelihood of adult entertainment going into the Nikki site due to zoning ordinances.
The Chair raised the need to clarify and reconcile the intent of the board as stated in the Restorative Justice Program Update in the June 8th board minutes (under Section VII, Old Business) and the revised Scope of Services by and between DMNA and SSCO emailed to the board by Christie on July 7, 2004. As a result the Chair will work more diligently with Christie and Gina of CCNP to bring a clearer understanding of appropriate next steps to the board for consideration.
Thereafter the minutes from the
Karen Swenson updated the board on the storm water runoff demonstration project
proposed for the Star Tribune’s parking lot bounded by 5th and Portland Avenues
South and 3rd and 4th Streets South in the Downtown East neighborhood (for reference
see attachment to
Sue Jahn distributed a flyer and briefed the board on the upcoming National
Night Out celebration on
The Chair relayed his frustrations regarding the chronic loitering problems (and the resulting intimidation to pedestrians) he has observed on Hennepin Avenue in front of the Metro State building and the actions he has taken to rectify it. Luther Kruger concurred that this corner has been in the top 10 problem call areas since he joined the MPD in 1995 and that it continues to frustrate the MPD as well despite its 24/7 police coverage. Actions suggested for DMNA to pursue to help resolve the problem included seeking removal of the US Bench via its contract with the City, and removal of the bus stop via Metro Transit to eliminate the legitimate right to loiter; calling 911; and instituting/maintaining dialogue with all relevant stakeholders (i.e., City Council, Metro Transit and Minneapolis Police Departments, property owners).
Lois Conroy echoed the importance of calling 911 as a powerful tool for community members to use to resolve the loitering problem since resources are delegated by a 911 dispatch (“the squeaky wheel gets the grease”). And, as a means to addressing another “hot” livability crime, Lois advised that she had conducted a seminar on July 1st for downtown businesspeople regarding trespassing. She will be conducting these hour and a half livability crime seminars every first Thursday of the month.
Lacking endorsement from the bench in assigning resources to a proposed nuisance night court program, Lois explained that the City Attorneys Office and the MPD devised an administrative hearing process of their own to address livability crimes that are currently ordinances by attempting to transform these ordinances into civil violations wherein citations could be handed out. Her office will be gathering data at the end of July (third quarter stats) to analyze the program’s feasibility. They are also working closely with the Restorative Justice Program to determine ways to gain cooperation from the bench in resolving these violations.
Lois advised that her office developed a 5-year prosecution plan wherein they will migrate to a paper-less prosecution system to improve case management, and create a community members website (to be implemented hopefully by the end of 2004) to route victim impact statements more efficiently to judges, public defenders and probation officers, etc. They would also like to create a separate website for security officers to incorporate that information into the new case management system as well. The entire system should be in place by the end of 2005.
Lastly, Lois distributed and explained two ordinances – Aggressive Solicitation
385.60 and Loitering 385.50, both of which went into effect on
Jenny Buller reiterated that Lois Conroy has been collaborating with the RJP on the nuisance night program/administrative citation pilot, then distributed and explained the update on payable and criminal cases (compiled July 12, 2004), and FY 2004 (July 1, 2003-June 30, 2004) report narrative. Thereafter, Mike Rollins’ replacement, Emily Buehler, was introduced.
Andy apprised the board of his attendance at The Carlyle’s grand opening on
Saturday, June 26th, the 39-story development to be erected at
Andy informed the board of a hearing he became aware of before the Public Safety
and Regulatory Services by Club Spin,
Lastly, Andy is still awaiting feedback regarding the ATM situation on Block E, and will research further the public accessibility questions he has regarding the sidewalk café on the north side of Block E.
Due to an unavoidable delay, Kim was unable to attend and give the plan modification
strategies update. However, Tom believes we are still pursuing the
Lastly, Christie announced the proposed date of Tuesday, November 9th for DMNA’s
upcoming general membership meeting and suggested, given the instant meeting’s
focus on livability crimes, inviting Chief McManus, City Attorney Conroy and
Inspector Allen to conduct a panel on public safety. Christie also advised
that she will be working on securing a venue and suggested the same space as
last year’s meeting (i.e., the
Thereafter the meeting was adjourned at
Signed this ________ day of ________________________, 2004.