Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association
Minutes from
October 10, 2000 Board of Directors Meeting

A regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Directors of the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association, Inc. (DMNA) was held on Tuesday, October 10, 2000 at the Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Room 310, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

I.    Call to Order and Announcements

With a quorum present, Jerrie Hayes, Chair, convened the meeting at 7:00 p.m.  Other board members in attendance included:  Jack Becker, Monroe Bell, Larry Calhoun, Dee Cotten, Secretary, Andrew Hauer, Sue Jahn, Carletta Sweet, and Joan Wilshire.  Board members unable to attend were Janis LaDouceur, Al Smith, Vice Chair, and Roberta Webb-Streib, Treasurer.  Nonboard members in attendance included Lisa Goodman, 7th Ward City Councilmember; Dale Joel of Schaferichardon Inc.; Pat Lundquist of Explore the Warehouse District project; Mark Moller, Chair of the Land Use Committee; Mohamed Moselhy of Municipal Parking Inc.; George Rosenquist, NRP Implementation Committee; Scott Russell of the Southwest Journal; Naomi Ward, CCNP Restorative Justice Community Organizer.

Lisa Goodman made the following announcements:  graffiti is a big issue in the downtown area so the Minneapolis Police Department established a graffiti hotline number and web page to report incidents (Attachment 1); and the next “Lunch with Lisa” will be held on Wednesday, October 25th at the Acadia Café.  The topic will be the library and school referendum.

II. Restorative Justice Program (RJP) Board Appointee Candidate

Naomi Ward briefly explained the function of the RJP then introduced Mohamed, who volunteered to fill the downtown vacancy (replacing Barbara Thale) joining Dee and Monroe on the committee.  The Chair passed around Mohamed’s application for board consideration.  Meanwhile Monroe brought the board up-to-date on the recent progress of the program.  The Chair then moved and Carletta seconded to approve appointment of Mohamed to the committee.  The motion was carried unanimously.

III.  616 3rd Street South Project Application for Conditional Use Permit

The Chair advised that this project was being considered for development as a telecommunications facility, and that it had already been reviewed by the Land Use Committee which recommended its approval.  Dale Joel then explained the project to the board and entertained questions.  The Chair moved and Joan seconded to approve the project.  The motion was carried unanimously.

IV. Explore the Warehouse District Update

Since this was not an agenda item, Andy moved and Dee seconded to allow Pat Lundquist 5 minutes to update the board on the Explore the Warehouse project.  The motion was passed with two abstentions.  Pat then passed out literature (Attachments 2-8) regarding this event to be held on Saturday, October 21, 2000 consisting of guided tours, artists studio tours, clowns and balloons, strolling musicians, menu specials and wine and beer at local restaurants, and free RiverCity trolley rides.  Pat explained that DMNA is sponsoring this event to introduce the history, culture, people and businesses of the historic Warehouse District from North Washington to the riverfront (now called NoWash).

V.  Adjournment

The regularly scheduled meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m. and the closed-door executive session was conducted immediately thereafter.

Signed and approved by

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Chair                                                                                       Secretary

Attachment 1

[Report Graffiti card]

Attachment 2

[NoWash literature]