Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association
Minutes from Board of Directors Meeting on Tuesday, December 14, 2004
HCA, 528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 310, Minneapolis

I.          Call to Order

Kim Motes called the meeting to order at 6:35 p.m.  Other board members in attendance were David Abele, Dee Cotten, Andrew Hauer and Carletta Sweet.  Board members Tom Hoch, Gene Nessly, and Jodi Pfarr were unavailable.  Guests in attendance included:  Thomas Dolphin, owner, Bruce Knutson, architect, and Jim Stanton, developer, 21st Century Towers; June Harmon, financial consultant; and CCP Luther Krueger, MPD 1st Precinct.

II.        First Precinct Update

Luther Krueger advised that the Quest Club was brought before the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for licensing violation and, as a consequence, was assessed a 10-day suspension (5 of which were stayed) wherein the business must shut down within 90 days of signing the TAC agreement and pay a fine of $15,000.  As an additional remedy to its licensing violation, the Quest Club will voluntarily reduce its capacity from 1,500 to 1,000, and employ a breathalyzer at its entrance. 

Luther also discussed the need for improved cooperation from bar owners and staff in reporting violent activities within their establishments to the MPD.

III.       Consideration of October and November 2004 Minutes

The minutes from October 12, and November 9, 2004 board meetings were unanimously approved.

IV.       Land Use Committee Update

·         21st Century Towers Phase One.   Bruce Knutson and Jim Stanton briefed the board on their revised design of the 24-story, mixed-use project proposed for 240 Hennepin Avenue South.  After a Q&A period, the board voted unanimously to authorize the “group” that was established at the December 6th Zoning and Planning Committee (i.e., 7th Ward CM Lisa Goodman; 9th Ward CM and Chair of Zoning and Planning, Gary Schiff; DMNA board member Tom Hoch; LUC member George Rosenquist; Downtown East and HPC member, Kathleen Anderson; and other interested parties of the LUC or DMNA) to resolve any issues and make a determination pertaining to this project on behalf of DMNA.

·         Chambers Minneapolis.  RWB Development Partners have applied for a site plan review to increase the number of hotel rooms from 40 to 53, and for a variance to decrease the required setbacks from 13 feet to the existing 0 feet for property located at 901, 907, and 909 Hennepin Avenue South (the Fairmont Hotel and Procolor buildings).  The board voted unanimously to approve these variances.

·         Metrotrend, Inc.  D/b/a Euphoria at 319 First Avenue North, Suite 200 (formerly the Empire), is seeking a Class A liquor license.  Andy advised that they have signed the license addendum agreement wherein adult entertainment is prohibited.  The board voted unanimously to recommend approval of the license.

·         903 Washington Avenue South.  A general land use application and variance for number of parking stalls required is being sought for this proposed mixed-use rental project that potentially would contain a restaurant and a coop-type grocer.  The board voted unanimously to approve the application and variance.

V.        Consideration of November 2004 Financial Statements

June Harmon distributed and explained the F2004 Budget vs. Actual as of November 2004; the Profit & Loss YTD Comparison statement for November 2004; and the Wells Fargo check register for November 1-30, 2004.  These financial documents were unanimously received and filed.

Additionally, June will ascertain if a security deposit was held at the former DMNA office; add the current property managers to DMNA’s general liability insurance; and handle all outstanding matters related to DMNA’s recent move (e.g., notification of change of address to pertinent entities, installation of phone).

VI.       Election of 2005 Officers

After nominations were received and accepted, the board unanimously voted the following slate of officers:  Kim Motes, Chair; Carletta Sweet, Vice Chair; Tom Hoch, Secretary; and David Abele, Treasurer.

VII.     Annual Meeting Debrief/Other Business

Major takeaways from this discussion included reducing the length of the annual meeting agenda, restructuring the agenda so elections come earlier in the program thereby capturing more general membership involvement, and spending more time in fostering general membership participation on the Land Use Committee and NRP Implementation Committee.  Also, due to various parking issues cited another location was proposed to host next year’s annual meeting. 

Kim encouraged the board to review its plan modification and determine what role they would like to play in its execution.  Kim also requested that Dee schedule a Restorative Justice Program presentation with Gena Gerard and Luther Krueger before the bar owners association at its next meeting in January (i.e., the third Tuesday of the month, 12:00 p.m., at the First Precinct) as a kickoff of the public urination issue in the new year.

VIII.    Adjournment

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:05 p.m.

Signed this ________ day of ________________________, 2005.

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Chair                                                                Secretary