Approved Minutes

Meeting time and location: June 8, 2017, 6:30PM to 8:00PM,DeLaSalle High School


  1. Call to Order — meeting called to order at 6:35 pm by President Grambsch (Attendee Sign-in sheet here)

    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  May 2017 Board Meeting Minutes (Minutes here)
  2. NIEBNA Administrative Matters

    1. Financial and Business Matters (made by Treasurer Hondros by email)
      1. Treasurer Report – approved expenses paid since May meeting: $1085 to Windmill for website services; current bank balance is $4128
      2. Approval of new expense payments — None
      3. Other Financial and Business Matters – we are working wth NCR staff to close out the few remaining financial matters from the CPP 2014-16 Contract and expect to have this contract completely closed by the end of June. The Board has already approved the basic reports and authorized President Grambsch and Treasurer Hondros to take the steps necessary to complete the contract so long as no material changes are made in the reports approved by the Board. No further Board action is anticipated in this matter.
    2. Other Business
      1. Approval of Community Participation Program (CPP) plan for 2017 – 2019 time period — since the Draft Plan is still being written, no action was taken by the Board.  It is anticipated that the CPP 2017-2019 Plan and contract will be approved by email vote later this Summer.
    3. Meeting schedule for Summer and Fall — 
      1. July  — No Board meeting anticipated; NRP Phase 2 committee work will be the focus of NIEBNA activities this summer.
      2. August  — No meeting — the Board will be on vacation.
      3. September — September 14, 2017  for the combined Board and Annual Meeting.
  3. Presentations

    1. Mortenson / US Bank Site development (Brent Webb, Mortenson) —  this is a follow on to the presentation at the April meeting. At that meeting and after a lively discussion, no action was taken regarding the proposed building design due to serious concerns about some aspects of the design, in particular with regard to the street level treatment of 4th St NE.  We asked Mortenson to consider our comments, revise their design and come to a future meeting for further consideration. The Staff report presented at the Planning Commission Committee of the Whole  (COW) on April 27, 2017  is here.   Revised design documents for discussion at this meeting are here. [Brent Webb presented and discussed revisions to the design presented in May. The focus of the discussion was on changes to the street-level design to address the issues we raised in May. In addition, Brent discussed refinements to the design of the upper levels of the building, but no major changes were made in this part of the design.][Board Action: by a vote of 11 Yes, 1 No and 1 Abstain the Board passed a resolution supporting the design presented — letter here].
    2. Presentation of a  proposed residential/commercial mixed-use development at East Hennepin and Central Ave (Tim Dixon, FE EQUUS Developers) — initial presentation for a development at this site. Material regarding the proposed design available here. [Tim presented and discussed the general design of a mixed-use condo/retail building on this important site. He also discussed (a) ideas for making some (up to 20%) of the condo units affordable (Tim’s term was “approachable”) using a TIF district and a program administered by the City of Lakes Land Trust, and (b) possibilities for providing below-grade public parking as part of the building design. Tim answered many questions from both Board members and attendees. The Board was impressed with the preliminary design ideas presented. While the schedule is not certain, Tim said that he expects that it will take 10-12  weeks to prepare a more detail design for consideration by the Board. Therefore, no formal action was taken at the meeting.] 
  4. NIEBNA Projects and Status Reports 

    1. 2017 Keep the Beat Fundraiser results (Victor Grambsch vice Kevin Upton) — the event raised over $20,000 (with more funds still trickling in) which is about $5,000 more that 2016 — a great success.
    2. NRP Phase 2 Committees (made by NRP Phase 2 Chair Lisa Hondros via email) — committees were formed at the May meeting to work on the neighborhood priorities identified in our NRP Phase 2 Plan. Currently, the following committees have been formed (with funds allocated and membership)
      1. Park Master Plan Implementation ($25K) – Craig Beddow, Barry Clegg, Tom Sheran, Lisa Hondros, Keri Kranz
      1. Transportation Infrastructure ($10K) – Craig Beddow, Keri Kranz
      2. Historic Resources ($7K) – Keri Kranz, Lisa Hondros
      3. Pet Friendliness ($5K) – Barry Clegg, Victor Grambsch
    3. NRP Phase 2 goals for Summer 2017 
      1. Recruit additional members to the committees
      2. Hold meetings as necessary to further define and refine the committee’s charge, including meetings to gather neighborhood input as necessary.
      3. Update NIEBNA website to support committee activities including information archive, meetings announcements, specialized email lists and otherwise.
      4. NRP Phase 2 activities and progress will be a centerpiece item at the NIEBNA Annual Meeting in September.
  5. NIEBNA Committee Reports

    1. Technology (Michael Guncheon) — all so going well with the website — there is nothing that required Board action.
    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

  7. Adjourn

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