The regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Directors of the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association, Inc. (DMNA) was held on
With a quorum present (and to accommodate the New Central Library Implementation Committee information session held earlier that evening in Heritage Hall), Jerrie Hayes, Chair, convened the meeting at 7:30 p.m. Other board members in attendance included: Larry Calhoun, Vice Chair, Rocco Forte, Andrew Hauer, Mark Moller, Treasurer, Carletta Sweet, Secretary, and Joan Willshire. Rebecca Hetzler, Daniel Hunt, Glenn Johannesen, and Eric Mitchell were unable to attend. Nonboard members in attendance included Monroe Bell; John Dale of Klodt Incorporated; Sue Jahn and George Rosenquist, both of the NRP Implementation Committee; Barbara Lichness, the new NRP liaison who replaced Joe Horan; and Scott Russell of the Southwest Journal.
The Chair made the following announcements:
The next “Lunch with Lisa” on
¶ Barbara Lichness, the new NRP Coordinator, has procured from Faegre & Benson another conference table and whiteboard for DMNA’s office.
The Chair advised the board that the minutes to prior meetings
(i.e., December 2000 to date) will be made at the next regularly scheduled meeting
Finance Committee Report. The Treasurer advised the board that there is only approximately $34.00 in the account. However through the extraordinary efforts of Monroe Bell, Laura Lazar and Dale White at bi-weekly Saturday sessions, Mark believes we’re significantly closer to being back on track. Mark also projected that by the end of April he will have completed and submitted the first reimbursement request in 2 years that will allow the board to pay its rent and delinquent wages. Thereafter he will begin preparations for the 1999-2000 audit.
The Chair also advised the board that the Citizens Participation application was submitted for the current year wherein the board requested a 30 percent increase in funding due to the huge increase in downtown development resulting in an increase in downtown residents. An appeal process is available if the amount of the request is not granted.
The Chair then advised the board that they should have received their copy of the audit report that included DMNA’s responses; it and the audit are now made available to the public.
Mark mentioned that another housekeeping matter to deal with
in order to fully bring our books up-to-date with MCDA is the self-storage in
Land Use Committee Report. John Dale of Klodt
Incorporated presented to the board his request for a signage variance for the
parking ramp at The Metro,
A Project Engineer from Public Works, and an architect from HGA, presented to the board their request for a conditional use permit for the proposed 2-level, approximately 460-stall underground parking ramp to be located at 424 Chicago Avenue (i.e., the Downtown East/Metrodome LRT station bounded by Fourth Street South, Kirby Puckett Place, Fifth Street South, and Park Avenue South). Mike advised that the proposed station design and public plazas on either side of the station will undergo a lengthy public input and approval process; however they wanted to take this opportunity to proceed with the parking phase of the project before the LRT is laid. After entertaining questions concerning the design, usage and capacity of the ramp, Mark moved and Andy seconded to approve the conditional use permit as presented. The motion was carried unanimously.
Mark then announced that the next LUC meeting is on
Housing Committee Report.
Due to the absence of Glenn Johannesen, no HC report was submitted. The Chair announced
that a follow up HC meeting has been tentatively scheduled for
Public Relations Committee Report. The Chair announced that besides preparing the Citizens Participation proposal that primarily involves getting information out about potential projects, that hopefully next month the PRC will begin instituting site-to-site neighborhood focus group meetings. However, to clarify, the Chair advised that DMNA board meetings continue to be held every second Tuesday of the month at in Room 310 of the Minneapolis Central Library. In addition to the regularly scheduled board meetings, the PRC will schedule focus group meetings throughout the various downtown residential neighborhoods to solicit input on issues considered relevant to each area, and gather ideas for completing Step 1 and moving towards Phase 2.
Implementation Committee Report.
Larry advised that no IC meeting was held so no report was given. However,
Barbara Lichness introduced herself and handed out copies of DMNA’s First Step Plan, a chart outlining the downtown Phase
1 neighborhood allocations and funds remaining, and a spreadsheet of Phase 1
strategies, allocations and the status of each (see Attachments 1). Barbara
indicated that her goal is to help DMNA implement its First Step plan, and then
to assist in the planning and implementation of Phase 2. As background, Barbara
advised that she has worked with NRP since 1994, is working with 13
The Chair then suggested a full board strategizing session
to address outstanding issues related to the First Step plan. After discussion,
it was agreed to conduct such a session at NRP on
Ad hoc Employment Committee Report. The Chair advised that once the three employment applications submitted to the former Chair of this committee have been received, she will re-contact the applicants to gauge their interest. The Chair also advised that James’ request to combine the remaining funds for the NRP Coordinator position with that of the yet unspent funds for the Housing Coordinator position to create a 3/4-type position would be revisited at later meetings with Barbara.
Due to the vacancy left by James Grabeck, the Chair opened the floor for nominations. Andy moved and Rocco seconded to nominate George Rosenquist. Carletta moved and Jerrie seconded to nominate Monroe Bell. There being no further nominations and each candidate having accepted his nomination, the Chair asked for written ballots. After collecting and counting the written ballots, Monroe Bell was elected to fill the vacancy for the duration of its term, i.e., until November 2001.
Thereafter Carletta asked the board to consider offering
After a brief discussion about improving the process of communicating board and committee meetings to board members, the meeting was adjourned at
Signed and approved by
[Handouts from Barbara Lichness]