The regularly scheduled meeting of the Board
of Directors of the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association, Inc. (DMNA)
was held on
I. Call to Order
With a quorum present, Mark Moller, Chair, called the meeting to order at Other board members in attendance included: Larry Calhoun; Dee Cotten; Andrew Hauer; Leslie Hirsch; Tom Hoch, Vice Chair; Gerry Spry, Treasurer; and Carletta Sweet, Secretary. Others in attendance included: Melissa Bach, B.C. Bar N Grill; June Harmon; Ellen Nigon, Skyway News; William Peebles, owner and operator of B.C. Bar N Grill; Larissa Presho, State Representative candidate; Christie Rock, DMNA Neighborhood Coordinator; Mike Rollin, Community Organizer, Restorative Justice Program; Dan Schultz, General Manager, Gameworks; and Paul Zerby, 2nd Ward Councilmember.
II. Visitor Presentations
Dan Schultz distributed GW’s sales kits (Attachment 1) and advised that they
are going before the City Council to seek a liquor license and was recommended
to go before DMNA. GW will be a major anchor tenant on Block E at the corner
Andy moved and
William Peebles distributed documentation (Attachment 2) related to the 10,500
square foot, 400 to 475 occupancy, short-order menu, B.C. Bar N Grill being
constructed at 415 Nicollet Mall (in the formerly McDonalds space). William
advised that the controversy surrounding his project related to his application
for a Class A liquor license which in
After clarifying the type of establishment BCBNG will actually be and the resulting
reclassification of the liquor license, Andy moved and Tom seconded to take
no position on the licensing issue. The motion failed. After further discussion,
Lisa moved and
Andy moved and
Mike then announced the expansion of the RJP program. The current Advisory Team is comprised of the four neighborhoods served, but beginning in January 2003 will need to be comprised of the seven neighborhoods served. Therefore, in June 2002 the Advisory Team approved changes to its structure: from three members to two members per neighborhood; and from bi-annual to annual appointments (January-December). Mark distributed a questionnaire for prospective members (Attachment 4) and advised that all current representatives will need to reapply as well as the new participating neighborhood associations. Mark then asked that, on a provisional basis, their staff will continue for the time being to monitor the service assignments for DMNA. The board agreed.
III. Q&A with Councilmember Paul Zerby
Paul advised that he was glad to hear of the expansion of the Restorative Justice Program. He thinks it’s a terrific program that addresses the kinds of issues that we’re concerned with in many neighborhoods across the cities. Time constraints required Paul to leave immediately thereafter.
IV. Committee Reports
1. Finance. The F2002 Preliminary Budget vs.
Actual as of August and September 2002 (Attachment 5) as well as the check register
from August 1 through
Mark moved and
Gerry moved and Tom seconded to set a policy for all fixed assets over $500 in costs to be capitalized for depreciation purposes going forward. The motion was carried unanimously.
2. Land Use. Gerry advised that the LUC met
and considered three projects:
The Olive Garden’s application for a liquor license. The OG is a family chain restaurant to be located at the corner of
ING Corporate Properties’ (formerly ReliaStar) application for a sign variance at
HGA Architects application for a conditional use permit for a surface parking lot at
Gerry moved and Lisa seconded to approve all three applications. The motion was carried unanimously.
Tom then advised the board that the Pantages Theatre is also seeking a Class C2 liquor license (a public hearing on which to be held on October 16th). Andy moved and
3. Governance. Tom moved and
4. Public Relations. The PR Committee to meet immediately following the instant board meeting.
V. Old Business
Tom announced that the Pantages Theatre would be available for the annual meeting if held on Tuesday, November 12th and agreed to approach the MCDA to waive the $900 union stagehand labor cost as well as the rental fee. He and Christie will confirm the arrangements in time to include on the mailing notification. Additional discussion was held about the specific agenda items, advertising, mailing, invited guests, and refreshments. It was suggested to conduct a regularly scheduled board meeting at followed by the annual meeting at
Andy moved and
Due to the term expiration of Larry Calhoun, Leslie Hirsch, Mark Moller, Carletta
Sweet, Mark advised that there are four board vacancies. Larry, Leslie and
Carletta indicated that they would run again. Gerry forewarned that at the
end of October her company could request that she relocate to
Mark discussed the three objectives he would like to pursue in setting the direction for the affordable housing program: develop a good process to reflect the needs of the community (as opposed to a political agenda) and apply the funds appropriately; fund two to three projects; and help small to mid-size businesses assist their employees live downtown. Andy indicated that he would like the board to be involved in at least four projects within DMNA’s area by leveraging the NRP funds, and with all of the development proposed in the master plan (especially in Downtown East) there would be ample opportunity to do so. Tom stated that he’d like for the board to do something that makes a difference, that is focused, more concentrated, and efficient (e.g., work force housing). Leslie suggested that the board’s baseline should be on developments required to contain 20 percent affordable since those projects are more viable and would attract people of all income levels. Larry suggested that a committee should be established to formulate appropriate guidelines.
Mark moved and Larry seconded to form a specific committee whose purpose would be to outline a process and guidelines for the NRP housing money then formulate a recommendation for the board to act on. The motion was carried unanimously. Mark also suggested soliciting volunteers to sit on this committee at the annual meeting.
VI. New Business
NRP Policy Board. Andy nominated himself as the elector from Downtown West and Cathleen Anderson as the elector from Downtown East to the NRP Policy Board, the forms for which to be returned to the League of Women Voters. The nominations were unanimously approved.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at
Signed and approved by
Chair Secretary or Board Officer
[GameWorks Fact Sheets]
[B.C. Bar N Grill Documentation]
[Addition of Neighborhoods to CCNP Resolution]
[Questionnaire for Prospective Members]
[F2002 Preliminary Budget vs. Actual as of August 2002]