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March 20 Steering Committee Meeting Minutes

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On the evening of Thursday, March 20th, 2014, the Eastside Hill Steering Committee met at Our Saviors Lutheran Church.

Members in attendance were:
Laura Miller
Jamie Kampf
Sally Broker
William Kampf
Sara Thielen
Joe Thielen
Lynn Gautsche
Mark Ruddy

Members absent were:
Shannon Paulus
Jason Anhorn
Mike Paulus
Mark Wesenberg

Kerry Kincaid
Josh Rizzo
Mark Quam
Jeremy Gragert
Roger Pope
Dick Johnson
Brad Henderson

Guest: Kerry Kincaid
The meeting opened with Kerry Kincaid, current City Council President.  Kerry has served ten years on the council – the last five as president.  She brings 20 years of experience to the post.  Kerry sees her role as a problem solver for citizens.  She believes that government should be a force for the common good – to help and stabilize people’s lives.  Kerry said that government can and should help people in a manner that protects their dignity.

She has what she called a “bootstrap” work ethic.  Kerry called herself a “regular gal that believes government should spur innovation and support creative ideas”.

When Sally asked if she supported the Confluence Project Kerry replied that she absolutely supports it.  She thinks it mirrors the positive growth and value of the successful North Barstow and Phoenix Park redevelopment projects that have shown a 374% increase in property tax revenue to the city.

When William asked that she speak to the confusion about the ongoing costs of the facilities and operation, Kerry shared that the initial report prepared by VenuWorks is a reference point that the project has moved beyond and is no longer accurate.  The university could potentially become the manager of the facility and would staff it.  Details are being carefully vetted and a practical budget will be shared.  ”This is a great opportunity and we’re smart enough to do it, she said.”

Brackett Ave. Reconstruction
Brackett Ave. reconstruction was the next topic, and we were surprised to hear that it might begin as soon as May and run until November.  Kerry knew that issues with a dedicated bike lane might be problematic due to the requirement to purchase private land on both sides of the street to accommodate the necessary width.

We had six guests in attendance representing the interests of the Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC).  Brad Henderson and others presented design ideas to city engineers that would not require the purchase of land.  Kerry was not aware of this and promised to follow up with Dave Solberg and Leah Ness and determine where their response is.  She assured the group that the City Council takes BPAC input seriously.  Kerry was late for another speaking engagement and had to leave.

Discussion continued and concerns were further expressed that the intersections at Keith and Rudolph Rd on Brackett are dangerous for pedestrians as well – especially in view of the proximity of schools in the neighborhood (elementary and secondary).  Dick Johnson mentioned like issues with Menomonie St.  Jeremy Gragert, who lives in the Third Ward sees Brackett as a highway that runs through the neighborhood.  Brad hopes that the neighborhood  is willing to lend its support to the issue.  Brackett Ave. has an equivalent traffic count to Water St.

Roger Pope asked why Brackett is being revamped, and whether it was the result on greatly increased traffic.  Brad answered that it was precipitated by the poor condition of the street, age of the infrastructure (sewer and water), and issues of flooding due to storm water retention and run off.

It was suggested that we show support for this issue by inviting the city engineers to the semi-annual meeting to reveal their plans and get neighborhood input.  Additionally, invitations may be extended to City Council members, and perhaps our meeting minutes could be shared as well.

Sign Contest
William reiterated that we are waiting to hear from Ross Spitz as to the process we must observe for the contest.  Mark R. asked if a monetary figure should be determined to give designers budgetary parameters.  It was discussed and decided that those parameters for cost would be set and paid by the city and could be clarified with the contest rules.

February Meeting Minutes
It was moved (Mark R.) and seconded (Sally) that the February meeting minutes be accepted and the motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report was tabled until the April meeting.

April Semi-Annual Neighborhood Meeting
The original April 17th meeting date needs to be changed as that is Maundy Thursday in Holy Week and the church would be unavailable to us. (Nice catch Sally!)  Laura will check with the church to see if the April 27th date is clear for us to meet.

Laura will draft an invitation to the City Engineers to attend and present the Brackett Ave. plans.

Lynn will draft an invitation to City Council members to attend.

Mark R. will extend invitations to Stephanie Regenauer and Patrick LaVelle.

April Meeting agenda items to include:
-  (nametags available for folks to complete and wear)
-  Brackett Ave. reconstruction
-  Thrift Sale Information – sate to be posted on our website
-  Seven Bump Hill petition – Sally will copy to distribute to gather signatures.

Items for the website:
-  Annual Meeting date (when confirmed by Laura after call to church)
-  Thrift Sale date
-  April 9th – Prairie Garden planning meeting – (Mark W. & Mark R.) will confirm time and location prior to posting
-  we can invite input to the meeting agenda

Respectfully submitted,
Lynn Gautsche

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