Important Changes to the LHENA Board

Because our recent LHENA board election was so extremely close, LHENA staff recommended a recount of the ballots. We asked the League of Women Voters and Neighborhood and Community Relations to assist us in a recount which was completed earlier this week.

The recount resulted in a change to the board membership.

Jono Cowgill is a new board member. Welcome Jono!

Saralyn Romanishan and John Edwards tied for the remaining board seat.

 

LHENA bylaws have no stated policies in terms of what to do in the case of a tie.

In order to come to a speedy resolution, I would like to call a special meeting of the members to meet before our next board meeting on Wednesday May 20th at 6:00pm at Jefferson School Media Center, for the purpose of adding one two-year term board seat bringing the total board membership up to 12 members. This would allow for both John and Sara to be on the board.

After the special meeting, the board will meet for the regular monthly board meeting and elect officers.

I am excited to harness the talent and energy of the new and the returning board members.

The Lowry HIll East Neighborhood Association encourages the participation of all residents.

The results of the recount supervised by the League of Women Voters are:

2 Year Term – six seats open

Katie Jones Schmitt – 82 – Board Seat
Beth Harrington – 61 – Board Seat
Paul Ryan – 58 – Board Seat
Michael Friedman – 56 – Board Seat
Jono Cowgill – 55 – Board Seat
John Edwards – 54  Tie
Saralyn Romanishan – 54 Tie
Nathan Jorgenson – 52
Sue Bode- 49
Ryan Goeken – 46
Mark Greenwald – 45
Jeff Juul – 41
Erik Ernst – 37

 

One Year Term – one seat open

Frank Brown – 53 – Board Seat
Scott Hargarten – 49

 

Thank you.

Leslie Foreman
President
Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association

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Congrats to our new LHENA Board!

Thank you to all the Lowry Hill East residents for attending our Annual Meeting last night.  LHENA celebrated 45 years with great speakers, food and the election of a new LHENA Board. We encourage all residents to participate in our committees and welcome any project ideas to improve the neighborhood.

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LHENA Board:pictured left to right:

Sara Romanishan,Leslie Foreman, Beth Harrington, John Edwards, Becky Dernbach,Frank Brown, Katie Jones Schmitt, Tim Dray, Paul Ryan and Michael Friedman

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April 1 Special Board Meeting Agenda

Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association
NRP committee meeting and Special Board meeting Agenda
April 1, 2015
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Jefferson Community School, 1200 W 26th St
Media Center (second floor, south side of building)
Speak respectfully, be succinct

The LHENA board encourages you to bring box tops and labels for education for students at Jefferson Community School. These items will be collected before and after the meeting.

Board members: Sue Bode, Burt Coffin, Becky Dernbach, Tim Dray, Leslie Foreman, Kyle Kilbourn, Bill Newmann, Sara Romanishan, Paul Ryan, Shae Walker and Tina Erazmus (staff)

7:00 pm NRP committee meeting

Call to order and introduction of Guest: Michelle Chavez (NCR)

Approval of Agenda

Approval of Minutes from February 2014 meeting

(Secretary-Treasurer’s report will be given in May. The time for this report is given to the next item)

Report on the status of NRP fund contracts with CEE by guest Michelle Chavez from the city’s Neighborhood and Community Relations (NCR) department

Adjourn

7:20 pm Special Board meeting

Approval of agenda

NRP Committee
Discussion and decision on reworking exterior loans/grants and emergency loan/grant

Annual meeting
Planning update
Budget
Loan program update and program vote

Zoning and Planning Committee
March meeting cancelled – no agenda items
Neighbor complaint

Coordinator’s update

Announcements:
Job posting

New Business
Adjourn

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LHENA Job Posting

The Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association is looking for an energetic resident interested in neighborhood administrative, communications and community outreach work.

Send resumes by Friday, April 3, 2015, to LHENAPres@gmail.com or
LHENA @ Intermedia Arts
Attention: President
2822 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Administrative, communications and community outreach position

This is a short-term contract position beginning mid-April, 8 to 10 hours a week for 12 weeks. Rate is $22 per hour.

Duties
Administrative tasks: Check email, voice mail daily. Respond to residents emails and voice mail; forward emails to board president and committee chairs as needed. Pick up office mail.

Meeting support: Coordinate with board president and committee chairs on setting meeting agendas. Send out agendas and meeting information via website, email and Facebook. Print materials for meetings. Arrive early to set up meeting rooms and set out materials. Take and transcribe meeting minutes. Send minutes to board for approval. After minutes are approved post on LHENA’s website.

Work with board members and committee chairs to perform meeting or project support as needed. Committee support may include purchasing supplies (reimbursed) and designing and printing flyers.

Work with the City of Minneapolis staff and other partners to provide administrative support for LHENA’s transportation study.

Community outreach:
Write messages for email blasts.
Write content for website and post to site.
Distribute flyers to neighborhood residents and businesses

Other tasks as needed.

 

 

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Community Vote at Annual Meeting 4/15/2015

LHENA will be holding a Board and Community Vote at the Annual Meeting on April 15th, 2015.

LHENA is looking to the community to vote on a Community Solar Garden. More specifically, would the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood approve the addition of a Neighborhood Priority Plan to investigate the possibility of starting a Community Solar Garden.  If this updated Neighborhood Priority Plan is approved, Kristina Erazmus (Wedge Coordinator ) along with Neighborhood and Community Relations staff, will draft a new Neighborhood Priority Plan focusing on the possibility of the creation of a neighborhood Solar Garden.

Hope to see you for your input on April 15th at 6:30, Jefferson Community School – in the lunchroom.     Your participation is important and appreciated.

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Agenda 3/18/2015

Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association Board
Agenda
March, 18 2015
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Jefferson Community School, 1200 W 26th St
Speak respectfully, be succinct

The LHENA board encourages you to bring box tops and labels for education for students at Jefferson Community School. These items will be collected before and after the meeting.

Board members: Sue Bode, Burt Coffin, Becky Dernbach, Tim Dray, Leslie Foreman, Kyle Kilbourn, Bill Newmann, Michael Roden, Sara Romanishan, Paul Ryan, Shae Walker and Tina Erazmus (staff)
Call to order

January meeting agenda approved

February meeting minutes were approved by an electronic vote. Minutes have been posted on the website.

6:40 Council office update by Council Member Lisa Bender

Annual meeting
Board seats up for election
Voting procedures
Meeting notification

Committee Updates:
Crime and Safety

Environmental

Housing and Development Task Force
Draft survey

NRP
Loan program update

Public Spaces

Social

Zoning and Planning
March meeting cancelled – no agenda items
Neighbor complaint

President’s report
• Conflict of Interest policy
• Grievance policy
• Review process for Tina

Treasurer’s Report

Coordinator’s Update – Kristina

Announcements

New Business

Adjourn to non-public meeting for staff performance review

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NRP Meeting Minutes 2/4/215

Meeting Minutes
Lowry Hill East NRP Steering Committee
Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Meeting held at Jefferson Community School.

Originally submitted by John Bode
Transcribed and submitted by Sara Romanishan

Standing Committee Present: John Bode
Guest: Michelle Chavez, NCR
Notice of Absence given by Sara Romanishan and Beth Harrington
No Notice of Absence given by the Chair Michael Roden

Irregular meeting minutes due to no quorum or officer present.
No resolutions were passed or motions made.

Informational session and discussion notes regarding exterior matching and deferred loans:
• Borrowers above and below HUD minimum guidelines cannot be in the same contract.
• Also discussed will people with lower incomes be able to come up with matching funds, if not, the loan will go unused.
• The city is currently writing the commercial loan program so no action is needed on that portion.
• Ideas for alternatives:
o Remove bowrrowers above the 75% income level, because they could take advantage of the 3% fixed loans eliminating deferred feature.
o Make two exterior matching deferred contracts, one for each income level.
o If split into two contracts, each would only be about $20,000.
o We could go back to our original proposal and if the board wants an NRP loan program dedicated to low income, then they could suggest guidelines for it.

John Bode’s note:
• He does not want to spend time writing guidelines again and then have board members tear it apart without fully understanding the ramifications of their actions, the reasons behind the proposal, or the mission of the NRP loan program.

Proposal to be presented to the Board by John Bode:
• “I propose that LHENA’s Exterior Matching Deferred Loans have NO income qualifications. I further propose that the board come up with their own guidelines for a new NRP contract exclusively for a low income loan and grant program.”

Addendum 05 March 2015:
• John Bode, after more thought, made the decision to change his proposal once in front of the Board.

Respectfully transcribed and submitted,
Sara Romanishan
Secretary/Treasurer

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Reminder: Zoning & Planning meeting tonight April 8, 2015

LHENA Zoning and Planning committee agenda
April 8, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Jefferson School
Media Center (second floor, south side)
1200 W 26th Street.

Speak respectfully. Be concise.

6:30 p.m. Call to Order
Introduction of Members and Guests (please sign in)

6:35 p.m. Approval of Agenda

6:45 p.m. Cowboy Jack’s 2919 Hennepin

  1. Presentation by Anne Loff / After Midnight Entertainment LLC
    2. Q & A and Discussion by meeting attendees
    (40 min)

7:25 p.m. 2743 Dupont Avenue Proposal for 4-Plex & 2809 Girard Apts
1. Update re latest correspondence from Klp
2. Q & A and Discussion by meeting attendees.
(20 min)

7:45 p.m. Z & P New Business
1. Letter Invite to Andrea Brennan/ CPEDHousing Policy and Dev. Director & Craig Taylor / Director CPED to attend May Z & P meeting to discuss development in the Wedge.
Adjournment

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3/18/2015 Board Vote

At the March 18th Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association meeting the Board will be voting on the following two items.

1.) The Board will discuss and explore the possibility of creating a Solar Garden.

2.) The Board will vote to create a budget line item of $10,000.00 for Professional Guidance Services.

 

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Agenda for 2/18/2015

Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association Board
Agenda
February, 18 2015
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Jefferson Community School, 1200 W 26th St
Speak respectfully, be succinct

The LHENA board encourages you to bring mittens, hats and scarves; and box tops and labels for education for students at Jefferson Community School. These items will be collected before and after the meeting.

Board members: Sue Bode, Burt Coffin, Becky Dernbach, Tim Dray, Leslie Foreman, Kyle Kilbourn, Bill Newmann, Michael Roden, Sara Romanishan, Paul Ryan, Shae Walker and Tina Erazmus (staff)

Absent: Excused:
Call to order

February meeting agenda approved

Janurary meeting minutes were approved by an electronic vote. Minutes have been posted on the website.

6:40 Council office update by Council Member Lisa Bender

Announcements

Megan Turnow – Accountant’s report

President’s report
• Review process for Tina
• Purchase of equipment: updated computer, microphone and video camera
• EIRA passed a resolution to support historic designation for the Thomas Lowry Monument in Smith Triangle at their Feb 10 board meeting.

Anyone interested in more information can contact Monica Smith (nrp@eastisles.org)

Treasurer’s Report
Committee Updates:
Environmental

Housing and Development Task Force

NRP

Public Spaces

Social

Zoning and Planning
2809 to 2821 Girard Ave S
2743 Dupont Ave S
Conflict of Interest work group will report at next month’s meeting

Coordinator’s Update – Kristina
Traffic Study

Bus stop grant project

Website

Jefferson Community School Service Project

New Business

Adjourn

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