Monthly Neighborhood Meeting Minutes: April 19, 2016

CARAG Neighborhood Meeting
April 19, 2016 Minutes

Attending: Blake Bailes, Cameron Conway, Colin Harris, Brad Klein, Jay Lindgren, Tricia Markle, Nancy Riestenberg

Excused Absences: Diana Boegemann, Diana Crane


The meeting was called to order at 7:04PM.


Introductions & Announcements

– Board members and attendees introduced themselves.


Agenda & Minutes

  • Motion, seconded to approve the agenda and March 15 meeting minutes,. Approved.


Bryant Square Park, Jason Green

  • Park renovations will begin this summer and the recreation center will be closed from late June through July as crews replace the floor. However, the Ice Cream Social and outdoor concerts will go on as planned.
  • Green would like to remove low shrubs from the plaza area because the collect debris. Also, the large ash tree near the playground is slated for removal unless CARAG would like to fund on-going treatments.
  • Contact Bryant Square Park at (612) 370-4907 for more information.


10th Ward City Council Update, Bensmogyi- Policy Aide

  • CM Bender and Goodman are working with the Planning Department to strengthen Pedestrian Overlay Districts on streets in the 7th & 10th Wards including Hennepin, Lake, Lyndale, and Nicollet. The goal will be to prevent car-oriented development like the recent Wells Fargo and Walgreens projects.
  • The City Council approved the “Bring Your Own Bag” ordinance that will mostly ban the use of plastic bags.
  • A Public Hearing regarding the Up Down restaurant liquor license is scheduled for May 5 6pm at BSP.
  • The City Council delayed action of a funding plan for neighborhood parks, and several competing options remain on the table. cM Bender is concerned that specific funding for parks in the City budget has not been identified, and that significant funding is needed for other things like road maintenance.
  • Somogyi will be leaving his job at the City in June to pursue a law degree this fall.


Hennepin County Commissioner Marion Greene

  • Greene discussed the range of issues the County deals with including preventing homelessness, regional transit, County roads, HCMC, supportive housing, and promoting active living.
  • She will look further into plans for the 35W Access Project around Lake St. and I35W. A few CARAG residents expressed concern that the project is creating another bleak environment like Lake & Hiawatha.


NRP Implementation Committee, Jay Lindgren

  • The proposed 2015 Community Participation Program (CPP) Annual Report was available for review. The document describes CARAG’s outreach activities for last year. Motion, seconded to approve the 2015 CPP Annual Report. Approved.
  • Lindgren descried the proposed Safety Lighting Grant, which provides up to $500 rebates to purchase and install lights improving safety for residential property owners. Flood lights and motion sensors are not allowed because they can be glaring and shocking to the eyes. Motion, seconded to approve the CARAG Safety Lighting Grant Guidelines as proposed. Approved.
  • Lindgren presented an NRP scope of services for improvements at Bryant Square Park that dedicates up to $50,000. The document is not specific about exact improvements because costs will not be known for several more months as park renovation planning continues. Motion, seconded to approve the Bryant Square Park Improvements Scope of Services as presented. Approved.


Land Use & Transportation Committee, Colin Harris & Jason Lord

  • The committee discussed the Up Down restaurant that is planned for 3012/14 Lyndal Avenue S. They liked the overall project, but had concerns regarding noise from the rooftop and back patios during late night hours. Motion, Seconded to approve the following resolution “The Calhoun Area Residents Action Group (CARAG) welcomes the Up Down restaurant to the neighborhood at 3012/14 Lyndale Avenue S, but remains concerned about late night noise impacts generated from the proposed outdoor patios. Several residential uses are located on Aldrich Avenue across the alley from the restaurant. Therefore, CARAG recommends the City of Minneapolis restrict the hours of operation for the outdoor patios in line with those imposed on other Uptown area restaurants south of Lake Street.”. Approved.
  • CARAG Parklet: Morrissey’s Irish Pub at 913 W. Lake St. will host the CARAG parklet this season. The LU&T Committee will meet on April 24 to stain the parklet so it lasts for several years.


Livability & Engagement Committee, Tricia Markle

  • Calhoun Square is planning the “Get Outside” and Heart of the Beast Puppet Theater events this year. Markle presented a motion, seconded to support the Calhoun Square events. Approved.
  • The annual Earth Day Clean Up is April 23 at BSP with CARAG and MPRB co-hosting site activities.


Treasurer’s Report, Brad Klein/ Scott Engel

  • The CARAG Operations and NRP Administrative account balances and register reports were available for review.
  • The CARAG Board voted on a resolution via email giving authority to the President and Vice President to sign the MN Attorney General’s Charitable Organization registration.


Adjourn: The meeting adjourned at 8:30PM.