Monthly CARAG Neighborhood Meeting Minutes: April 18, 2017

CARAG Neighborhood Meeting
March 21, 2017 Minutes

Attending: Blake Bailes, Diana Boegemann, Ginny Buran, Colin Harris, Jay Lindgren, Tricia Markle, Nancy Riestenberg

Excused Absences: Diana Crane, Brad Klein

The meeting was called to order at 7:06PM.


Introductions & Announcements

  • Board members and attendees introduced themselves.


Agenda & Minutes

  • Motion, seconded to approve the agenda and February 21 meeting minutes,. Approved.


Bryant Square Park, Anthony Dabello

  • Free group meditation classes are scheduled every other Sunday from 8:30am-12:30pm.
  • Dabello is the interim Park Director through May while Jason Green is out due to a back surgery.
  • BSP submitted a grant application to Hennepin County seeking funds to replace the park’s basketball hoops, backboards, and poles.
  • Contact Bryant Square Park at (612) 370-4907 for more information.


10th Ward City Council Update

  • No update.


Vistas in Education, Megan Pashkevich (sp)

– VIE is located at Lake & Hennepin and the organization seeks Minneapolis-area host families for teenage French students. Pashkevich brought one of the students, Ismail, to discuss his experience with the program.


Creating a Welcoming & Inclusive Community

  • Jen Aspengren from ChangeX, Peg Mitchell from First Universalist Church, and Younes Eldrissi from the Islamic Cultural Center spoke about their organization’s work around creating welcoming communities, social justice, and making connections with people of different backgrounds.
  • Attendees discussed ways CARAG and individuals could take action to be inclusive and welcoming. Ideas included hosting a meal with members of the Somali community, placing yard signs with welcoming messages, and targeting outreach to surrounding neighborhoods. The CARAG Livability & Engagement Committee will discuss this topic at their next meeting on April 12.


Hennepin Ave Reconstruction Project, Tricia Markle

  • The City’s Public works Department hosted public open houses on January 25 and March 9 to gather input about the design for a reconstructed Hennepin Avenue. There were multiple options presented for the Lake to 31st Street and 31st to 36th Street sections. Options showed wider sidewalks, bike lanes, and no or limited on-street parking. Public input about the designs are due March 27, but Markle noted CARAG and ECCO representatives are seeking another public meeting for neighbors to provide input.
  • Attendees reviewed and discussed the concepts as a group. Some neighbors expressed concern about eliminating street parking. There was also discussion about plans to end on-street bike lanes at Lake Street and the safety issues that creates.


Treasurer’s Report, Scott Engel

  • The CARAG Operations and NRP Administrative account reports were not available due to a software problem.
  • Engel presented the 2016 Community Participation Program (CPP) annual report to the Board. It highlights CARAG’s engagement activities last year and its completion allows CARAG to move forward with the 2017 program. Motion, seconded to approve the 2016 CPP Annual Report. Approved.

Adjourn: The meeting adjourned at 8:30PM.