Board of Directors and Annual Meeting
The regularly scheduled and the annual meeting
of the Board of Directors of the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association,
Inc. (DMNA) were held on
With a quorum present, Jerrie Hayes called the meeting to order at Other board members in attendance included: Monroe Bell; Larry Calhoun, Vice Chair; Rocco Forte; Mark Moller, Treasurer; and Carletta Sweet, Secretary. Board members not in attendance included Andrew Hauer; Rebecca Hetzler; Daniel Hunt; and Joan Willshire.
After introductions, the Chair advised that DMNA is required
to submit its elector form to the League of Women Voters by
1. Land Use Committee Report. Mark advised
that a LUC meeting was held on Monday, November 5th wherein three projects were
reviewed and approved: new M&I Bank (replacing National City Bank) signage
for the Gaviidae building and the conditional use
permit required to execute the change; plans for 1022 Hennepin Avenue, the open
block between the Orpheum and Hennepin Crossings, wherein more streetside
landscaping is proposed in exchange for surface parking space; and plans for
the restoration of the Ivy Tower building and surrounding block (see Attachment
1). Mark moved and Carletta seconded to approve all
three projects reviewed by the LUC. The motion was carried unanimously.
Mark advised that he had attended earlier in the day as a DMNA representative along with representatives from
2. Housing Committee Report. No HC meeting was held and therefore no report was given.
3. Finance Committee Report. Mark distributed
and explained his Treasurer’s report that contained a list of informal findings
from the audit that is still in progress, and the status of the checking account
(see Attachment 3). Mark then moved and the Chair seconded to approve the purchase
of a printer/fax machine for DMNA’s office, such expenditure not to exceed $700. The motion
was carried unanimously.
4. Public Relations Committee Report. Carletta
advised that a PRC was held on October 31st with herself,
5. Ad hoc Employment Committee Report. No AHEC meeting was held and therefore no report was submitted.
6. Implementation Committee Report. Larry advised that no meeting was held due to the efforts directed toward completing the Phase 1 Action Plan, and that no further action would be taken until the proposed Phase 1 projects are voted upon.
Mark moved and Rocco seconded for a friendly amendment to his
proposed amendment to DMNA By-Laws (see Attachment 4) per Article XVII, Section
1 as previously emailed to the board on October 4, 2001, specifically: Resolved
No. 2, Article VI, to include the language “Unless as specified to be completing
a former Director’s term of office” and to immediately precede “All Directors
shall serve for a term of Two (2) years following their election at the Annual
Meeting”. After the Chair called a question and
The regularly scheduled board meeting was adjourned at
Signed and approved by
With a quorum present, Jerrie Hayes called the meeting
to order at Other board
members in attendance included: Monroe Bell; Larry Calhoun, Vice Chair; Rocco
Forte; Andrew Hauer; Mark Moller, Treasurer; and Carletta
Sweet, Secretary. Nonboard members in attendance
After introductions by the Board of Directors and local representatives, the Chair gave an overview of the DMNA, its progress to date, and the challenges it faces going forward, to wit: Over the past couple of years, DMNA has gone through a process of mending fences and trying to get different constituencies and factions to work together for common solutions to downtown livability, housing, land use and development issues. Now is the time for the downtown neighborhood to come together and implement the projects and community-oriented events to help it thrive and increase its credibility with local governmental representatives and agencies. However, besides DMNA board members, active participation by community residents, employees and property owners is negligible. Therefore, it is essential that interested individuals volunteer to help DMNA implement the projects and activities impacting the downtown neighborhood.
The Chair explained that DMNA has approximately $1.3 million of NRP funds to spend on its Phase 1 Action Plan and advised that this final plan culminated from a number of downtown neighborhood meetings followed by an open community hearing wherein substantive projects related to crime and safety, affordable housing, project development for businesses were prioritized. Thereafter Barbara Lichness distributed and presented DMNA’s Phase 1 Action Plan (see Attachment 5).
After nominations for the five board vacancies were taken and subsequent casting of ballots, the following individuals were elected to the DMNA Board of Directors for a 2-year term: Dee Cotten, Andrew Hauer, Tom Hoch, Gerry Spry; and Will Murden for a 1-year term.
With 25 votes in favor and 2 opposed, the DMNA NRP Phase 1 Action Plan as presented was approved.
The meeting was adjourned at
Signed and approved by
[November 2001 Land Use Committee Report]
[Schedule of New Central Library Design Kickoff Week]
[November 201 Treasurer’s Report]
[DMNA NRP Phase 1 Action Plan]