Apple Growing Workshop

On Tuesday, April 8 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, Terrace Room, 3450 Irving Avenue South (near Lake Calhoun), a no-cost workshop on growing apples organically and pesticide-free will be presented by Keith Kozub, owner and manager for thirty years of White Pine Orchard, River Falls, Wisconsin. Whether the apple trees in one’s yard are new or old, this is a golden (delicious) opportunity to learn how to care for and derive plentiful production from them.

This event is sponsored by East Calhoun Community Organization and the East Calhoun Green Team.

April 19 Rain Barrel Workshop

On Saturday, April 19th, 10 a.m.- noon, Friends of the Mississippi River will be holding a rain barrel building workshop in the taproom of the Fulton Brewery,  414 6th Ave. N. Registration costs $30 but covers all supplies for a ready-to-take-home rain barrel that will both protect our river from runoff pollution and save money when it comes time to water  yards and gardens. Signing up promptly is recommended: The workshop is expected to fill quickly.

St. Anthony Parkway Bridge Closure/Reroute Info

Planning work on the St. Anthony Parkway Bridge replacement project continues, along with public meetings; the next Citizens Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 16th from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. in the Activity Room at River Village. (The March St Anthony CAC #7_Meeting Minutes are available in PDF.) Other information on the bridge replacement project, including a rough timetable, is on a dedicated web site. The rerouting of traffic necessitated by the closure is detailed in this map:

 

Board Meeting Agenda: March 17

Board Members: Jane McCarney, Jeff Schalles, Darielle Dannen, Matt Stellphlug and Irro Mohamed

Other: Staff: Liz Wielinski

6:30 – Call to Order

6:31 – Approval of the Agenda

6:33 – Approval the Minutes of  February 24, 2014

6:35 – Treasurer’s Report

6:40 – New Business

  • Update on Ward 1 issues by Council member Kevin Reich.

Liz questions… road at St Anthony PKWY and Camden Bridge, Central Ave. median; traffic light at Lowry and University: left hand turns during time bridge is out on St Anthony parkway.

  • Tim Schwartz , Minneapolis elections, precinct boundary changes
  • Jeff Ellerd from Wenck Assoc. will be at the meeting to present on the addition and renovations to 81 St. Anthony Parkway.

7:30 – Old Business

  • Current update on St. Anthony Parkway bridge replacement: Kristin Petersen
  • Update to proposed 2014-2016  CPP/NPP budget

7:55 – Announcements/ Communications

Block Leader Training

Join other residents throughout the city to develop skills for effectively working with your neighbors.   April 2, 2014, 6:30 p.m. Location: 2nd Precinct, 1911 Central Ave. NE. Parking is available in the 2nd Precinct lot.

8:00 – Adjourn

 

Air Quality Study Redux

The next sampling event has been scheduled. It will run from 5 p.m. on Friday May 9th through 5 p.m. on Monday May 12th. In order to participate you need to be available to pick-up and drop-off your canister, as well as turn it on and off at the designated times. Pick-up for the canisters will be:

·         Wednesday, May 7th 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Public Service Center: 250 S 4th St, Minneapolis 55415 – more information will follow. There will be no training. You can come anytime during the 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. window to pick up your canister. If you are unable to make this time, but need to pick up your canister at the Public Service Center, you may contact me to make alternate arrangements.

·     Monday, May 5th through Friday, May 9th between 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. at Pace Analytical: 1700 SE Elm St, Minneapolis 55414 – Again, there will be no training. You can come anytime during Pace’s business hours the week of May 5th to pick up your canister. Please pick-up your canister so you can open it by 5pm on Friday, May 9th.

Please reply to Jennifer Lansing, City of Minneapolis Environmental Services – Office: 612-673-3023 Cell: 612-709-9977 Jenni.Lansing@minneapolismn.govby March 26th and let her know if you are interested in and able to participate in the May sampling event. Please include your name and address with zip code if you are able to participate.

2014 Board Meeting Dates

Monday, January 27th (moved to 4th Monday to avoid MLK Holiday)
Monday, February 24th (moved to 4th Monday to avoid President’s Day holiday)
Monday, March 17th (back to 3rd Monday even though it is St Patrick’s Day)
Monday, April 21st
Monday, May 19th
Monday, June 16th at the picnic grounds for our Annual Meeting
No meeting in July
Monday, August 18th
Monday, September 15th
Monday, Oct 20th
Monday, Nov 17th
No meeting in December

All meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. at Columbia Golf Course manor, 3300 Central Avenue (except the June meeting at Columbia Park picnic grounds).

 

Proposed Building Addition Project

CPNA has been informed of a proposed building addition to the property located at 81 St. Anthony Parkway in the Columbia Park neighborhood, adjacent the Marshall Terrace neighborhood. (The property is on the north side of the Parkway, between California Street and Columbia Avenue.)

The applicant is G&G Real Estate, Larry Zweigbaum, who can be reached at larryz@alliancesteelco.com or at (612) 588.2724; his representative is Jeffrey A. Ellerd of Wenck Associates, Woodbury, MN, and he will respond to comments or questions on his behalf: jellerd@wenck.com or 651.395.5202.

The proposed project consists of the construction of a 15,000-square-foot building addition to the north façade of the existing building. As part of the construction, storm water management upgrades and landscaping will be constructed. The addition will consist of an engineered steel building with two man doors located on the north façade and four trailer height loading docks on the east façade. The addition will replace the majority of the existing concrete block north façade. The existing north wall will be modified to provide better access into the new addition with cutting or expanding of existing openings. The addition floor slab will match existing, providing one continuous storage and operational space.

As part of the construction of the addition, a significant portion of the site will be regraded. Roof water will be directed to a newly constructed storm water infiltration pond on the northwest corner of the site. This pond will accept water from the entire 15,000-square-foot addition and approximately two-thirds of the existing building roof. Existing roof drains will be routed through the existing building, beneath the proposed addition and discharge into the new infiltration pond.

The remainder of the site will be graded such that water will flow to the south side of the site where a new lined storm water treatment pond will be constructed. The treatment pond will discharge to the existing storm sewer line. During a rainfall event, the pond will retain water, allowing for suspended solids to precipitate out of the water.

Landscaping and green space are being added as part of the proposed construction project. In addition to the storm water infiltration pond, trees, shrubs and other vegetation will be added in and around the pond. Further enhancements to the landscaping will be focused on the south side of the building and site increasing the curb appeal on the public side of the facility.

The applicant is requesting an amendment to the existing Conditional Use Permit to allow for the expansion, along with three variances associated with the new construction. The variances are for a reduction in required green space on the site, along with a reduction in the required shrub count for the project, a variance from the required number of parking spaces from 40 to 25, and a variance from the requirement that all drive areas be dust-free.

The existing site conditions do not allow for the addition of 400 plus shrubs. As part of the project, the applicant is adding trees and shrubs to the site, primarily along St. Anthony Parkway, but also in the northwest corner of the site. There is not enough physical space to plant the required number of shrubs.

The building will employ 23 people after the expansion with no plans for further employment. The facility is not open to the public and does not need to accommodate third-party traffic and parking. There is no need for 40 parking stalls to be constructed on the site. The applicant will add additional dust-free surfacing on the south side of the site and will make significant storm water improvements that will address potential runoff and tracking issues from currently and remaining gravel surfaces.

 

Agenda: Board Meeting Feb. 24

Board Members Jane McCarney, Jeff Schalles, Darielle Dannon,  Matt Stellphlug and Irro Mohamed
Other: Staff: Liz Wielinski
6:30 – Call to Order
6:31 – Approval of the Agenda
6:31- Official acceptance of resignation by Peter Doughty from the board so he can continue as website administrator by contract
6:33 – Approval of minutes of November 19, 2013 and summary of Jan. 24, 2014 gathering
6:35- Treasurer’s Report
6:40 – Old Business

  • Update on Ward 1 issues by CM  Kevin Reich
  • Update by Darielle on the raingarden project with Metro Blooms/ and lottery
  • Gateway Gardens, Sue Bembenek
  • Current update on St Anthony Parkway bridge replacement, Kristin Petersen
  • Review of MNDOT Roadside Project Application

7:30 – New Business

  • Draft comment letter to NCR about their emergency relief fund
  • First look at proposed 2014-2016 CPP/NPP budget  (very preliminary)

7:45- Announcements/ Communications

Hennepin County is hosting the first public workshop for the Lowry Avenue Northeast plan:  Thurs., February 27, 6pm – 8pm  Edison High School Media Room

2nd Annual Community Connections Conference Common Ground: A City that Works for All

Starting March 17, the City of Minneapolis is offering–via TreeTrust–more than 1,000 trees to Minneapolis property owners, including residents, businesses and nonprofits for $25.

8:00 – Adjourn

 

Winter Parking Restrictions

Following the recent heavy snow, winter parking restrictions have been put in place for reasons of public safety.  Because of snow and ice buildup along curbs, many streets are getting too narrow for fire trucks and ambulances to get around. Until further notice, DO NOT PARK on the even side of non-Snow Emergency routes (most residential streets). This will allow emergency crews to navigate every street in Minneapolis and get to people as quickly as possible.

Parking is permitted on both sides of Snow Emergency routes, parkways and along the odd-numbered side of non-Snow Emergency routes, provided a Snow Emergency is not in effect, or unless otherwise posted. For more information visit the City web site or call 311.

 

Review / Comment on City Goals

The Minneapolis City Council is now in the process of approving the City’s vision, values, goals and strategic directions that will guide the City’s work for the next four years. On this site, you will be able to review these draft documents and learn about opportunities to provide feedback.

Opportunities for public comment on four-year goals:
*   Contact your council member
*   Public Hearing: Committee of the Whole on March 5th at 10:00am in Room 317, City Hall
*   Online Public Comment: This draft is posted for public comment which will be open from February 19th thru March 14th. Written comments are encouraged and can be submitted to citygoals@minneapolismn.gov.

Public comments received during the public comment period will be included as part of the public hearing for submittal to Committee of the Whole for goal adoption on March 26th. For e-mail comments to be included in the public record, you must include your name and address.

Next steps and how the goals will be used:
The draft for public comment will be open until March 14th. At that time, the draft will be revised and adopted on March 26th at Committee of the Whole. Beginning in April, departments will use the new four year goals, strategic directions and values to begin crafting their individual departmental business plans.