Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association
Minutes from Board of Directors Meeting on Tuesday, August 10, 2004
800 LaSalle Avenue South, Suite 131, Minneapolis
I. Call to Order
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 Kim
Motes and Jodi Pfarr were unavailable. Nonboard members in
attendance included June Harmon, financial consultant; Sue Jahn, North Loop resident; Natalie Johnson Lee, 5th Ward Councilmember;
Sarah McKenzie, Skyway News journalist.
II. Update from Councilmember Natalie Johnson Lee
Natalie explained that the biggest thing [the City Council is] talking about
is the parking situation around the Target Center and in the Warehouse District,
and briefly discussed the loss of parking ramp revenue related thereto, and
extending metered parking time. She will send a parking department representative
for further clarification and to obtain DMNA board feedback.
Natalie advised that there may be a new surcharge on taxi fares to offset gasoline
price hikes. Andy raised his concern for the rising discrimination against
gay couples by taxi drivers and referenced a recent article in Lavender
written by Mike Kraus related thereto.
Responding to Andy’s inquiry regarding a Skyway News article on de-emphasizing
neighborhood groups, Natalie expressed her strong support for these groups in
providing vital democratic input on city projects and encouraged more participation
in the process.
III. Consideration of July 2004 Minutes
The minutes from the July 13, 2004 board meeting
were unanimously approved.
IV. Consideration of July 2004 Financial Reports
distributed and explained the F2004 Budget vs. Actual as of July 2004; the Profit
& Loss YTD Comparison statement for July 2004; and the Wells Fargo check
register for July 1-31, 2004. These
financial documents were unanimously received and filed. Additionally, June
presented to Tom a new reimbursement for NRP that will bring the cash balance
back up by approximately $13,000; added MCDA on the board’s liability insurance;
and received the amendment to the NRP contract adding $102,000 ($40,000 for
2 years for RJP with the balance going to administrative costs).
V. National Night Out Update
Sue Jahn briefed the board on the successful outcome of downtown’s National
Night Out celebration held on Tuesday, August 3, 2004 in
front of the Federal Reserve Bank on West
River Parkway. It was well attended by community
members as well as public officials (i.e., Mayor R.T. Rybak, Police Chief Bill
McManus, Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, Senator Martin Sabo, and Councilmembers
Lisa Goodman and Natalie Johnson Lee) and was filmed on MTN 14. The board expressed
its gratitude for all the work Sue devoted to this event and its enthusiasm
for supporting the event next year.
VI. Land Use Committee Update
Andy advised that at the next LUC meeting on Tuesday, September 7th, the new
21st Century Towers at 240 Hennepin Avenue South
condominium project will be presented and encouraged all board members to attend.
Thereafter, Andy presented the following projects for action:
· Restaurant, bar and dance club redevelopment proposal for the
at 700 Hennepin Avenue South
(see Wednesday, August 4,
2004Star Tribune article, and the August 9-15, 2004Skyway News
·Conditional Use Permit to install
entrance gate system for vehicles at Le Meridien Hotel at 601 First Avenue North
on Block E
Both projects were unanimously recommended for
approval by the board.
Since Mission American Kitchen & Bar located
at 80 South 8th Street
never came before the board for its sidewalk café license application, Andy
will follow up with the City Council to ascertain the reason for this oversight
and to re-emphasize the importance of DMNA’s involvement in the review process.
VII. General Membership Meeting
Tom confirmed that this year’s general membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 9, 2004 at The location will be the
same as last year’s, University of St. Thomas Law School. Thereafter the board
discussed potential agenda items and whose terms were expiring.
VIII. CCNP Restorative Justice Update
Tom distributed Gena Gerard’s July
20, 2004 letter to Chief Judge Lucy Weiland and explained that the
focus of her letter was to address the problems with the payable system currently
in place. Since evidence suggests a failure to monitor whether the payable
offenses are being paid, and RJP has capacity to increase its case load, it
is proposed that these payable offenses be treated as misdemeanor crimes handled
by the court system and thereby eligible for diversion to the RJP.
Thereafter the meeting was adjourned at
Signed this ________ day of ________________________,