Meeting time and location – November 10, 2016, 6:30pm to 8:30pm, DeLaSalle High School  (Attendee Sign-in Sheet here)

Agenda (PDF here

  1. Call to Order — meeting called to order by President Grambsch at 6:40pm 
    1. Verification of Quorum – Quorum is 7 Directors present; 13 Directors were present (Director attendance list here); Quorum verified. 
    2. Approval of Agenda — approved by unanimous vote.
    3. Approval of  October  2016 Board Meeting Minutes (minutes here) — approved by unanimous vote with no changes.
  2. NIEBNA Administrative Matters
    1. Financial and Business (in the absence of Treasurer Hondros, president Grambsch gave the report)
      1. Treasurer Report — no significant change since the last Board meeting – the Association remains solvent and financially stable.
      2. Approval of Expense Payments — None
      3. Other Financial and Business Matters — None
    2. — Insurance
      1. Directors and Officers (D&O): Coverage under a City-wide policy is available through CPED/NCR at no net cost to NIEBNA [Board Resolution (passed by unanimous vote): NIEBNA will participate in the CPED/NCR insurance plan.]
      2. General Liability: Our current policy with American Family expires in May 2017 with premium ($233) payable by NIEBNA; CPED/NCR offers equivalent coverage, but at a higher premium. [Board Resolution (passed by unanimous vote): NIEBNA will continue with American Family for general liability coverage.]
    3. Other Business
      1. Status Report: NIEBNA application for Community Participation Program (CPP) funds for the 2017 – 2019 period will be deferred until January. 
      2. Status Report: Steps in the closure CPP contract of 2014-2016 period are:
        1. Preparation of Final Annual Report — due April 30, 2017.
        2. Rollover unused funds as of December 31, 2016 to the new period; funds must be used for designated CPP objectives under the new contract.
      3. Status Report — NRP Phase 2 Application: President Grambsch reported that our application was approved by NRP Policy Board in October and will be on City Council Agenda for final approval (a formality) by the end of 2016. Funds will be available starting in January/February 2017.
      4. Explanation: during the NRP Phase 2 application process we discovered approx $6200 that apparently was allocated on NCR books to NIEBNA for police activities but that was never spent. It turns out that the funds were from 2002/2003 City budget cycle and were spent long ago (e.g. the money was a mirage).
      5. December Meeting: as is our usual practice, the December meeting will not he held unless there is pressing business than cannot be delayed until January.
  3. Presentations

    1. Geno’s — a new restaurant in the neighborhood  — Robert Gregg from the The Tap Houses Group, a local restaurant group (website here), presented and discussed their plans to open a new Italian-themed restaurant in the former Subway space at 12 4th St SE, including their application for a full Class-E Liquor License. The presentation was well received and the Board passed the following resolution (letter here) by unanimous vote — RESOLVED: Geno’s will be a worthy addition to the cuisine offerings in the Neighborhood; the NIEBNA Board supports granting all permits and licenses required for the establishment to open and operate, including a full Class E Liquor License. 
    2. Hennepin/First Avenue Transportation Study [Study website here. Presentation slides here.] presentation and discussion  — Nathan Koster from the City of Minneapolis presented a high-level  review of the Study goals, organization and progress to date. A major point of discussion was the list of the six (6) alternative traffic flow patterns, 3 for continued one-way flow and 3 for two-way flow, that were analyzed by the Study team. Board Members Upton and Clegg, both members of the Study Advisory Committee, noted that the Committee’s preference was for alternative  2-1C  (one of the two-way alternatives). Nathan emphasized the designs presented were preliminary and that much work needs to be done and many stakeholders contacted before any final recommendations could be made. No time-line has been established for making a decision and Nathan could not give any good estimated for when the decision will be made. The presentation was very informative and helpful, especially to Board members who have not been involved in the project to date. The Board thanked Nathan for his efforts and plans for have him make a return visit(s)  at appropriate time(s) in the future. [No Board action was taken regarding this matter.]
    3. Council Member report — CM Jacob Frey discussed several issues of interest to the neighborhood including  police staffing and the new bike & pedestrian friendly street design being implemented on Washington Ave South as a possible model for the NIEBNA area. Jacob noted that the results of the election on both the nation and state levels may result the City receiving less funding, both in general thru Local Government Aid  and for specific projects like the Nicollet – Central Streetcar project.
  4. NIEBNA Projects and Status Reports

    1. Status Report: Appointment of a new Downtown Neighborhoods Alternate Director on Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership (MRP) Board of Directors — President Grambsch reported that this matter has been delayed until December or January pending a decision by the MRP Board on changes in the way neighborhood representatives on the MRP Board are to be selected.
    2. Status Report: Application by the Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) for a planning grant from the Stewardship Fund of  the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) — President Grambsch reported that that the application had been approved by the MWMO Board and the contract signed; NEIBNA supported the application and will cooperate with FMR is developing the natural resources implementation plan covering the Not-a-Lot area.
    3. Stem Wine Bar C-2 Liquor License Upgrade – President Grambsch noted the application by the Stem Wine Bar for a license upgrade to C-2 will allow live music performance  strictly within the establishment premises and only by small groups (maximum  3 performers). This allayed the concerns expressed by some Board members that the upgrade might permit amplified music outside. The the Board passed the following resolution ( letter here) by unanimous vote — RESOLVED: The NIEBNA Board supports the application by the Stem Wine Bar for a the Class C-2 license upgrade.
    4. Police matters update
      1. Speed & noise monitoring and enforcement by MPD  — Board Member Jeffrey Meehan discussed his research into animated speed signs that could be installed in various spots in the neighborhood. He has info on a couple possibilities but is waiting on info about some additional possibilities; therefore, he is not prepared at this time to make a recommendation to the Board regarding which gear to acquire. President Grambsch noted that the costs to purchase and operate such signs would be an allowed use of both NRP and CPP funds.
      2. 2nd Precinct Police Staffing going forward — Board Member Kevin Upton discussed a petition to the Mayor and Police Chief regarding increased staffing for the 2nd Precinct from the pool of new officers that will be available in 2017. Kevin also urged that Board Members ask individuals and condominium associations to sign the petition. [Board Resolution (passed by unanimous vote): Authorize President Grambsch to sign the petition (text here) on behalf of NIEBNA.]
  5. NIEBNA Committee Reports

    1. Technology (Michael Guncheon) — no report.
    2. Transportation (Dore Mead) — no report.
    3. Livability (Barry Clegg) — no report.
    4. Economic Development (Kevin Upton) — no report.
  6. Other Business and Announcements — and FYI

    1. Rachel’s closed — StarTribune article here.
    2. Downtown Journal “Cuisine in the Neighborhood” article here.
    3. Are we ready for this?
    4. Met Council Citizen Advisory Committee open seats and application info here.
  7. Adjourn –  meeting adjourned at 8:20pm

Agenda subject to change — order of items may be changed

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