MNDOT meeting Questions and Answers from 8/21 meeting

Questions and Answers from MNDOT/ CPNA Monday August 21, 2017

Natalie Reis MNDOT, Aaron Tag MNDOT, Paul Miller City of Minneapolis

Sound Wall along University AV Presentation by MNDOT followed by

Q and A. Natalie, Aaron and Paul gave a brief presentation and then answered questions.

Presentation:

To be eligible for a sound wall along a State Hwy, the houses must be built prior to 1997 and decibel levels must be over 65 during the day and the number of houses need to meet a state minimum.

The area from 37th AV NE to Edge Place meets all the criteria.

The project is funded by a combination of sources as follows, 90% MNDOT funds 10% city funds.  If the vote is negative, MNDOT will not be back in the future. If the vote is positive the contribution by the city must be allocated for the project to occur.

Votes are given to the houses that will receive the noise reduction using noise modeling.

Currently proposed for fiscal year 2021 which means it could start as soon as the 2020 construction season.

Q1 Will this help with noise from RR Yard?  A1: No , strictly to mitigate HWY noise

Q2 Will this put us into a noise bowl for other noise (RR)? A2 In order to get an increase in noise the sound would have to be coming from 200 feet away or nearer, the RR is well over 500 feet away to the west.

Q3 Would planting on the wall (ivy, other creepers) help deaden noise from the RR side?

A3 It might but it is likely not able to be funded within the MNDOT limited budget, You could ask the City to pitch in more for aesthetics?

Q4 What is 5 decibels? A5 Less than someone talking in the next room?

Q5 Who will maintain the wall if it is built?  A5 It is MNDOT’s responsibility to maintain the HWY side of the wall, often municipalities will take care of the back side.

Q6 Noise walls by HWY 100 seem to be working really well, will this wall be similar? A6: Yes

Q7 Will this be coordinated with the Columbia Heights noise wall so they are consistent? A7: We would try?

Q8 Why here?  A8: This area was ranked #8 of all the areas that qualified for the program.

Q9 What would happen to the plantings along the fence line recently planted?  A9 It is within 10 feet of the right of way line so most of it would be removed.

Q10 Who votes? A10 The houses affected vote and then the City must take a positive vote and be willing to pay for it to be built.

Q11 Will the Welcome sign need to be taken down?  A11 It can be worked around.

Q12 Does the wall affect property values?  A12 It is a judgement call based on personal opinion, no studies with results prove in either side.

Q13 How is the vote tallied?  A13 We need at least 50% replying and then it is a majority vote.

Q14 What will the city do?  A14 Councilman Kevin Reich would like to see more than a 50% return rate with a high percentage requesting the wall in order to approve funding.

Q15 Could the city money be spent in a different way to help households to mitigate the sound?  A15 The councilman would be willing to listen to alternate proposals.  The city would fund this out of its capital program.

Q16 Would this affect where snow blows or is plowed?  A16 The front side not really, back side it may take longer for snow to melt.

Q17 Could we just change the speed limit? A17 The speed would need to drop by a minimum of 20MPH.  The state could look at it, but because of the design of the road you would likely not be able to slow folks down. It is a very unrealistic expectation.

Q18 Can we do anything about the trucks downshifting?  A18 That is more of an enforcement issue.  This wall is really only dealing with the steady background sound.

Q19 Will MNDOT do anything about the light timing or speed for the likely senior riders who may need to get to the bus stop on 37th? A19: Signal timing is operated by the city?

Q20 Which city as 37th is the city and county line?  A20 Unknown at this time.

Q21 Could we fund a pedestrian crossing instead of a wall?  A21 Not from this pot of funds.

Q22 Do the walls affect crime statistics? A22 Mostly livability, graffiti and we try to take care of that quickly.

Q23 Would more trees and plantings give the same sound reduction as a wall? A23 Only if you plant conifers 100ft deep.

Q24 What happens if the wall is built and it is hated?  A24 It stays

Q25 Can we have a clear (transparent) noise wall? A25 They cost twice as much.

Q26 Could there be some other benefit worked into the wall like solar panels?  A26 This would be something to ask the City?

Q27 How big of a margin is the city council looking for?  A27 Not known

Q28 How many people need to vote?  A28 We would want at least a 50% reply rate so 25 households.

Q29 How many total possible? A29 50 households with 3 votes per household (all three to a house if owner occupied homesteaded) otherwise 2 votes for the owner, 1 for the renter.

Q30 Who proposes action to the city council when the votes are tallied?  A30  The councilmemeber for the area.

Q31 How much will this noise wall cost the city? A31 Somewhere between $90-$100,000.

Q32 What has been the result of these walls? Positive? Negative? Liked? Hated?

A32 No serious studies done, mostly thought to reduce the noise. No good statistics.

Q33 Is there follow up by MNDOT if people don’t reply (vote)?  A33 Not really.

Q34 Is there a cost comparison to upgrading the housing from the airport noise to see if that would be more cost effective?  A34 Not research MNDOT would do.

Q35 Who would we lobby to get our opinions across? Q36 The City Council, especially CM Reich.

Q36 Will the vote of the city be taken prior to the new City Council being seated? A36 Likely

Q37 Will the affected households be assessed for any of the costs?  A37 No.

Other Comments

This will make us even less visible as a part of Minneapolis

Wall will be 20ft high

Noise from accelerating vehicles from intersection would be blocked

Would block the skyline view from backyards

As of today (8/21/2017)  the tally is 19 points yes, 15 points no

8:00pm meeting completed

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MNDOT CPNA Meeting draft agenda for Monday August 21st

Only the MNDOT portion of the meeting took place as it went long.  The remainder of the agenda will be added to the September meeting of CPNA.

 

The regular Board/ General Meeting of the Columbia Park Neighborhood Association will be held Monday Auguast 21,2017 at 6:30 pm at the Columbia Golf Manor 3300 Central AV NE. This is a combination meeting with MNDOT regarding a proposed sound wall so it will be held in the Fireplace Room.

 6:30pm MNDOT presentation on the proposed sound wall along University AV followed by a Question and Answer period

Followed by:

– Approval of the Agenda

– Election of 2017-2018 Board Officers

– Approval of the Draft Minutes for CPNA annual meeting June 19,2017

– Treasurer”s Report- Receive and File restated June, July/August

– Open Time (considered to be part of Q and A during General Meeting)

New Business

–  2018 Construction on University 40th to 27th Avenues

-2017-2018 Board Calendar

–  East of the River Park Master Planning CAC appointee/ Waite Park connection

– Appointee to Arts advisory committee for the new Eastside Service Center

 

 – Old Business

– Demise of GMHC and future of loan program

– Crime and Safety Update

– Announcements/ Communications

– Adjourn

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East of the River Park Planning : We need you….

Help plan our Eastside Neighborhood Parks

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board launches project to create long-term plan for all Minneapolis neighborhood parks east of the Mississippi River. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is seeking applications from the public to serve on the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for the East of the River Park Master Plan. This planning project will guide long-term capital improvements, management and operations at all Minneapolis neighborhood parks east of the Mississippi River (Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis). Community members that offer diverse perspectives across race/ethnicity, age, physical ability, income and interest are encouraged to apply. To learn more about the CAC, https://www.minneapolisparks.org/park_care__improvements/park_projects/current_projects/east_of_the_river_park_master_plan/

Columbia Park has a seat on this CAC and is seeking interested parties to appoint. Parks in the neighborhood that are part of this planning process include Hi View, Columbia (including the dog park) and Architect Triangle. If you are interested in being the Columbia Park appointee contact us at… contact@columbiapark.org  If you are interested in participating or just being “in the Know” sign up at the project page link for updates!

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National Night Out is Tuesday August 1st

NNOCheck the City of Minneapolis website to see where there is an event near you.  There will be at least one site in Columbia Park at Hi-View Park.  Pot Luck Picnic starting at 6:00pm.  Bring a dish to share and a chair for comfort.

 

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MNDOT meeting about University AV 2018 construction and closure

MnDOT Community Meeting
Columbia Heights Library 3939 Central Avenue
Monday, July 17, 6:30 – 8 P.M.

Regarding the University Avenue, Minneapolis to Columbia Heights project (27th Ave. to 40th Ave.  Northeast Minneapolis and Columbia Heights residents are invited to a meeting with Minnesota  Department of Transportation staff to discuss a project that will close parts of University Avenue in Northeast Minneapolis for more than three months in 2018. Staff will explain the work that is being done, talk about possible detours and traffic patterns, and residents can ask questions and offer suggestions.  For more information check here.
Contact Dave Aeikens of MnDOT communications:  651-234-7511

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Draft Agenda for the Annual Meeting Tonight!

Note: Location is Hi-View Park 3474 2nd ST NE, under the big white tent!!!

6:30 – Potluck Picnic

7:00 – Call to Order and Approval of the Agenda

7:01- Introductions

7:05 – Approval of the Draft Minutes for CPNA meeting May 15, 2017

7:10 – Treasurer’s Report- Receive and File

7:15 – Guest Speakers
Susan Webb 2nd Precinct
Suzanne Snyder GMHC
Nick Galli RCV
CC Linda Higgins
SS Kari Dziedzic
SR Diane Loeffler
SBD Jenny Arneson
PC Liz Wielinski

7:30 – New Business
Meeting in a Box: Minneapolis Comp Plan 2040 led by CM Kevin Reich

8:00 – Election of CPNA board members (10) for 2017-18

8:15 – Announcements/ Communications

8:30- Adjourn

For reasonable accommodations, alternative formats, translation services, please contact CPNA staffer Liz at 612-390-3735. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call.

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SAVE THE DATE for the 2017 Annual Meeting Under the Tent

Under the tent the 2015 CPNA Annual Meeting

Under the tent the 2015 CPNA Annual Meeting

The 2017 Annual Meeting and Potluck Picnic is just around the corner on Monday June 19, 2017. We will once again be meeting at Hi View Park under the tent.  This year we will have Mobile Mia (from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts) on site for the kids, as well as the new playground and pool.  Look for more information in the June edition of the Columbia Park Neighborhood News!

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Art-a-Whirl 2017

Annual Art-A-Whirl

Friday, May 19, 5 – 10 pm

Saturday, May 20, 12 noon – 8 pm

Sunday, May 21, 12 noon – 5 pm

Numerous locations, including A-Mill Artist Lofts and along riverfront in Grain Belt area

Presented by the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA), Art-A-Whirl is the largest open studio tour in the country. It’s a great opportunity to tour private artist studios and galleries, connect with the artists and purchase original artwork. Art-A-Whirl takes place annually in Northeast Minneapolis, the third weekend of May. This event is free and open to the public. For more information: https://nemaa.org/art-a-whirl.

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Draft Agenda for Board/General Meeting Monday May 15, 2017

The regular Board/ General Meeting of the Columbia Park Neighborhood Association will be held Monday May 15, 2017 at 6:30 pm at the Columbia Golf Manor 3300 Central AV NE, main floor Bride’s Room at end of the south corridor.

For reasonable accommodations, alternative formats, translation services or the accessible entrance opened please contact CPNA staffer Liz at 612-390-3735. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call.

Draft Agenda

6:30 – Call to Order for Board Actions

6:31 – Approval of the Agenda

6:35 – Approval the Draft Minutes for CPNA meeting Monday April 17, 2017

6:39 – Treasurer’s Report- Receive and File

6:45- Open Time

6:59 – General Meeting

7:00 – Old Business

           GMHC

           Iris Garden Website

           Annual Meeting-tasks

           Postcard, Newsletter, Signs, Ask a Neighbor, help with sign in, volunteer sign up, elections.

           Meeting agenda

7:15 – New Business

           Approve Tax filings for 2016

           Northeast Wide Garage Sale ad

7:30 – Crime and Safety Update

            Open House at 2nd Precinct tonight

7:45 – Announcements/ Communications

Follow the Rules for Recreational Fires

Fire Pit

With the warmer weather, some of us are spending more time outside and enjoying outdoor fires. Following these Minneapolis laws will help keep our neighborhoods safe and livable:
  • Outdoor fires are permitted between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m.
  • Keep fire small: less than three feet in diameter and two feet high.
  • Postpone a fire when Minneapolis is under an air pollution advisory. Fires release fine particles that contribute to air pollution and are implicated in a number of health problems including strokes, heart attacks and asthma. Sign up for air quality alerts at http://mn.enviroflash.info.
  • Burn only untreated, unpainted, dry wood. Never burn cardboard boxes, trash or debris, because the smoke can be toxic. www.minneapolismn.gov/environment/air/airquality
  • Fire must be at least 25 feet away from a structure or combustible material and in a fire ring or pit with edges more than six inches high.
  • Have a hose or fire extinguisher present.
  • Postpone the fire when the wind exceeds 10 mph.
  • Fire must be constantly attended by someone 18 years or older and completely out before being abandoned.
Illegal open burning or recreational fires could result in fines that start at $200.

Art a Whirl Friday May 19th-Sunday May 21st various sites in NE https://nemaa.org/art-a-whirl

Bike to Work Day is Friday May 19th.   Join the Eastside Ride with CM Reich and CM Frey as they head downtown at 7:45 am from the Nice Ride Station at the corner of 22nd AV NE and Central AV

Northeast Farmers Market opening day Saturday, May 20th 9:00am-1:00pm 629 University AV NE

CPNA Annual Meeting Monday June 19th Hi View Park 6:30pm

88th Annual Northeast Parade Tuesday June 20th 6:30-9:00pm Central AV

Neighborhood Garage Sale Days Friday, June 23rd and Saturday, June 24th with Sunday, June 25th as a rain date.  Check out the May 17th Northeaster for the sign-up blank. Northeaster newspapers are   available at many local businesses or can be picked up at their office at 2844 Johnson St. NE  Registration due by June 2nd.

8:00 Adjourn

                       

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Adopt a Highway Clean Up with Marshall Terrace Saturday May 13, 2017 9:00am

Post Adopt a Highway Clean Up MN HWY 47 better known as University AV

Post Adopt a Highway Clean Up MN HWY 47 better known as University AV

Spring Cleanup on University Ave. (MN Highway 47) will be on Saturday, May 13th The Marshall Terrace group is participating in  Adopt A Highway again this year, and Columbia Park is invited to pitch in. The cleanup is scheduled for Saturday May 13th., meeting at the northwest corner of 27th Avenue and University (Thiele
Technologies Inc. parking lot) at 9:00 A.M. Trash bags and safety vests will be provided, please  bring gloves, proper shoes, and weather wear. Keep Columbia Park (and Marshall Terrace) beautiful!

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