Meeting time and location – January 28, 2016, 6:30PM to 8:00PM, DeLaSalle High School (Sign-in Sheet)


    1. Call to Order — meeting called to order at 6:32pm by President Grambsch

      1. Verification of Quorum —  Director Present (Beddow, Clegg, Folliard, Grambsch, Guncheon, Lehman, Meehan, Melzer, Rosenberg, Sheran, Upton, Watkins); Directors Absent (Casey, Hondros, Johnson, Larkey, Mead, Schneeman, Steller, Welton) — Quorum is 7 Directors present, 12 Directors present – quorum verified. (Director Sign-in & Vote Talley Sheet)
      2. Agenda Approved.  
      3. Approval of  December  2015 Board Meeting Minutes without change  (Approved minutes here)
    2. Presentations

      1. Council Member Report – Council Member Jacob Frey –  CM Frey updated the Board on various topics and the status of projects of interest to the neighborhood.
      2. Superior Plating site remediation status and overall construction schedule — Peter Chmielewski  (Lennar Multifamily Communities) — (astounding video clip of dirt actually flying  here) — Peter gave a report in the start of construction at the soon-to-be-renamed Superior Plating site. Peter was coy about the new identify of the site.
      3. Holiday StationStore Presentation — Dave Hoeschen — Dave gave a presentation of the plans to redevelop the current Holiday StationStore / White Castle site in the Centeral / East Hennepin X into a more commodious facility, including a larger store (6,000 SqFt versus the current 900 SqFt) and a drive thru car wash. Soon the specialized car maneuvering skill of getting your car into and out of the gas pumps at the current cramped gas station will be of antiquarian interest only.  The presentation was well received. Since the site is in Marcy-Holmes, following our long-standing practice we will wail for the MHNA Board to act before making any formal decision about the project.
      4. Presentation and discussion regarding police matters in the neighborhood — Lt. John Delmonico (MPD) — John gave a presentation about police matters in the neighborhood. NIEBNA area continues to be one of the safest neighborhoods in the City, John reviews current crime events and trends and discussed ways to make sure that the current positive situation continues.
      5. Nicollet Island Inn signage changes (sign here) — this csignage change has been approved by the Board in 2013; at this meeting the Board, by anxious vote, renewed it support for the signage change. .
      6. Revised proposed Nye’s site development — Katie Anthony, Schafer Richardson Project Manager, gave a presentation on the proposed “New Nye’s Building” — 6 stories, 71 market rate rental housing units, 8,000 Sq of ground floor retail space, 51 parking spaces, general building design, construction and materials similar to Red 20. The project design has been approved by the HPC (with City Council override of certain conditions)  and will be before the Planning Commission in late March 2016. The presentation was solely for the information of the Board; no formal action was taken or expected.
  1. NIEBNA Administrative Matters

    1. Financial and Business Matters
      1. Treasurer Report (Victor Grambsch for Lisa Hondros) — the Association is solvent and that there were no financial transactions requiring Board action or confirmation since the prior Board meeting,
      2. Approval of Expense Payments — no action.
      3. Other Financial and Business Matters — no action.
    2. Community Participation Plan (CPP) 2015 Annual Report preparation — President Grambsch reported the CPP Annual Report is due April 29, 2016 and that a draft will be available and discussed at the April Board Meeting.
    3. Approval of execution of  the “Second Amendment” to the our agreement with the City regarding CPP fund for 2014-2016 — The Board by unanimous vote authorized President Grambsch to sign the amendment which provides for an additional $9,000 in CPP funds to NIEBNA for the years 2016 and 2017. The sign copies have been delivered to the City.
    4. Set meeting schedule for balance of 2016 — Board meetings will be the 2nd Thursday of the month. The current schedule (subject, as always,  to change) for the balance of 2016 is here.
  2. NIEBNA Projects and Status Reports

    1. Possible application to Stewardship Grant project of the Minneapolis Watershed Management Organization (MWNO) to fund the cleanup of the Not-A-Lot on Nicollet Island  — Barry Clegg, Victor Grambsch — Board action: action deferred to a later meeting.
    2. Application for Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) funds — Barry Clegg, Victor Grambsch —Board  Action: The Board appointed an NRP Task Group (Lisa Hondros (Chair), Barry, Clegg, Victor Grambsch, and other to be named) to prepare and the NIEBNA Phase 2 Plan.  
    3. Possible conversion of Ortman St SE to one-way (from Bank St to Central Ave) –this idea has been floated by members of the neighborhood due to perceived pedestrian – car problems at the corner of Ortman and Central.   Neighborhood resident Mark Schuman spoke strongly against making changes at the corner and making Ortman a one-way street. The Board referred the matter to the Transportation Committee for consideration in the current project studying overall traffic patters on the area.
  1. NIEBNA Committee Reports

    1. Technology (Michael Guncheon) — Michael reported that the web site is running well. He also noted that a new “Website Comment and Suggestions” link has been added to the “Projects” menu item. To date, we have received not comments.
    2. Transportation (Dore Méad, Kevin Upton) — Kevin discussed status of the on-going City/County/Neighborhood project studying restoration of the the basic traffic pattern from one-way adopted in 1960’s to two-way flow. Two meetings have been held and two more are anticipated in the first part of 2016. Final reort and recommendation will be made later in 2016.
    3. Livability (Barry Clegg) — No report.
    4. Economic Development (Kevin Upton) — notes from January 2016 Committee meeting here, City High Density Plan Staff report here. No Board action required.
  2. Other Business and Announcements — none

  3. Adjourn — 8:35pm