APPROVED MINUTES

Meeting time and location

July 14, 2016
6:30PM to 8:00PM
DeLaSalle High School
1 DeLaSalle Place

(Attendee Sign-in sheet here)

Agenda

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

    1. Verification of Quorum (7 Directors Present) – Directors Present (Beddow, Casey, Clegg, Grambsch, Guncheon, Hondros, Larkey, Lehman, Meehan, Melzer, Steller, Welton, Watkins); Directors Absent (Johnson, Mead, Rosenberg, Sheran, Upton)  — 13 Directors Present, Quorum verified (Director Sign-in and Vote Tally Sheet)
    2. Approval of Agenda –  approved by unanimous vote.
    3. Approval of 2016 May Board Meeting Minutes (approved May minutes here)
  2. NIEBNA Administrative Matters

    1. Financial and Business Matters
      1. Treasurer Report – Treasurer Hondros reported that 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 — Board approved payment to Jeffrey Meehan to reimburse him for flowers sent by the Board to Board Member Dore Mead to cheer her up as she recovers from a serious health issue.
      3. Other Financial and Business Matters – None
    2. Community Participation Plan (CPP) 2015 Annual Report — President Grambsch reported that after some final edits the Annual Report (approved at the May 2016 Board Meeting) was submitted and accepted by the Neighborhood and Community Relations (NCR) department. This completes our obligations for 2015 under our Community Participation Program (CPP) contract.
  3. Presentations

    1. Marcus Mills, newly elected to the 4th District (of which includes NIEBNA) seat on the Neighborhood & Community Engagement Commission (NCEC), introduced himself and discussed the activities and role of the NCEC in the neighborhood scheme of things in Minneapolis. For more information about the NCEC click here.
    2. Nordhaus Art Gallery Status (Jeffrey Meehan) – Board Member Meehan reported in the initial meeting with Lennar Multifamily Communities (LMC) regarding the new art gallery space in Nordhaus. Plans are preliminary, but the intention is to have a publicly accessible art space in which shows by local artists will be displayed on a rotating basis. Conversations will continue.  [No Board action.]
    3. Status and schedule for Hennepin/First Avenue Transportation Study Advisory Committee recommendations (Nathan Koster,  City of Minneapolis and Barry Clegg & Kevin Upton, NIEBNA Board) – Due to a schedule mix up, Nathan Koster could not attend. Board Member Barry Clegg, Chair of the Advisory Committee, summarized the progress to date. Several options, including options for both one-way and two-way traffic patterns have been considered. The consensus on the Committee is that the two-way traffic pattern design is the preferred option, but that a variant of the best one-way traffic design should also be studied further. A formal report will be presented at the NIEBNA Annual Meeting in September. [No Board action.]
    4. Status report of the NRP Phase 2 Application Task Group (Lisa Hondros) Current information on Task Group activity and progress is available under Projects on the NIEBNA Web site Home Page or, or other words, here. Lisa reported on the results to date of the survey of neighborhood priorities that is a part of the Application.  It was discovered that notice of the survey was not was widely distributed as we would have liked. Therefore, the deadline for completing the survey was extended to September 2, 2016 and more effort will be put into contacting building/association managers in the area to get the survey notice distributed thru internal email lists and notice boards.  [No Board Action.]
  4.  NIEBNA Administrative Matters

    1. Financial and Business Matters
      1. Treasurer Report – Treasurer Hondros reported that 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 — Board approved payment to Jeffrey Meehan to reimburse him for flowers sent by the Board to Board Member Dore Mead to cheer her up as she recovers from a serious health issue.
      3. Other Financial and Business Matters – None
    2. Community Participation Plan (CPP) 2015 Annual Report — President Grambsch reported that after some final edits the Annual Report (approved at the May 2016 Board Meeting) was submitted and accepted by the Neighborhood and Community Relations (NCR) department. This completes our obligations for 2015 under our Community Participation Program (CPP) contract.
  5. NIEBNA Projects and Status Reports

    1. Status Report — Appointment of a new Downtown Neighborhoods Alternate Director on Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership Board of Directors (Edna Brazitis) — no progress to date.
    2. Status Report — Application for a Stewardship Fund Planning Grant from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) to fund the planning for the cleanup and restoration of parts of Nicollet Island, including the “Not-A-Lot” on East Island Avenue  — Board Member Hondros reported that, after discussions with MWMO and the Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR), the preferred way to go forward would be to make the application in conjunction with FMR with FMR in the lead role since they have both staff available and expertise in doing these sorts of projects. [Board Action: by unanimous vote adopted a resolution (text here) to support application to the MWMO by the Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR).]
  6. NIEBNA Committee Reports

    1. Technology (Michael Guncheon) — web site is running well and our mailing list continues to grow (albeit slowly); one or two small improvements were implemented this month.
    2. Transportation (Dore Mead) — No report.
    3. Livability (Barry Clegg) No Report.
    4. Economic Development (Kevin Upton) No report.
  7. Other Business and Announcements 

    1. Board Member Matt Lehman reported in the progress of the new construction at DeLaSalle which are going well.
    2. Matt also noted that recent high winds had damaged the Grain Belt sign but that necessary repairs had been made.
  8. Adjourned at 8:05pm 

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