Minutes for Tuesday, February 9, 2010

2010 Partners Meeting Notes

Tuesday, February 9, 2010
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Environmental Services Building
Ground Floor Conference Room
417 North 5th Street
Minneapolis, MN

Attendees: Paul Adelmann, Susan Braun, Deb Brisk, Erica Carter, Mike Christenson, Matt Clark, Raymond Dehn, Michael Doyle, Phil Eckhert, Alice Eicholz, Beth Elliott, Erin Fitzgerald, Jamil Ford, David Frank, Steve Healy, Denise Holt, Nick Koch, Bill Madden, Jeff Mandyck, Peter McLaughlin, Carl Michaud, Mark Oyaas, Karen Rosar, Marcy Schulte, Gregory Scott, Dave St. Peter, Carletta Sweet, Albert Swintek, Jose Velez Chuck Leer, Mary deLaittre, Leah Swartz

**A reminder to everyone to please sign-in as you arrive to each meeting in order for us to record attendance. ~Thank you.

Introductions:

Chuck Leer begins meeting. Attendees go around the room and introduce themselves. (Mike Christenson chimes in as Joe Mauer.) Minutes from previous meeting are approved.

Twinsfest Report-Dave St. Peter:

  • Dave reports that Twinsfest was a “great success” with more than 35,000 Twins fans in attendance.
  • 2010 Partners had a presence at the event- creating a wonderful focus group opportunity. “More Than A Ballpark” boards were displayed to raise support for the neighborhood, the field, transportation, development, etc.
  • The upcoming opening of Target Field was a great addition to the event-a great way to distribute information and an important effort in demonstrating the neighborhood in the future.

Minneapolis Gateway Update-Dave St. Peter:

  • The meeting with the commissioner originally scheduled for earlier that day was postponed. An update will be reported at the next 2010 Partners meeting.

HPC Update-Beth Elliott:

  • The content of the document has not changed; the document has just been made easier to read.
  • A public hearing is scheduled to take place Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 4:30 PM in Council Chambers.

 

North Loop Master Plan Updates-Beth Elliott:

  • A public hearing is scheduled to take place Monday, March 8, 2010 at 4:30 PM in Council Chambers.
  • Beth suggests sharing thoughts and support for the plan by showing up for the public hearing, by writing a letter as an individual, or by writing a letter as a group like the North Loop Association is doing.
  • ACTION ITEM-Beth also requests a formal letter be submitted by 2010 Partners in support of the plan.
  • Chuck Leer reminds the group that this proposed letter is consistent with the 2010 Partners Work Plan. There is no opposition to Chuck and Mary drafting a letter.
  • Beth reminds the group that she would need the letter by the end of February.
  • David Frank compliments Beth and her team for all their hard work.
  • Chuck reminds the group of where the Master Plan started and how “wonderful things have emerged” in getting everyone on the same page.
  • The plan can be viewed on the website. The Recommendations section offers a good summary.

Destination Target Field-Dave St. Peter:

  • Can be found at: www.destinationtargetfield.com
  • Dave describes the general communication effort regarding transportation to and from Target Field with goals including the of branding of Target Field as “the most transit-friendly, multi-modal Major League ballpark in America.”
  • The website contains information related to public transportation options, directions to and from the field, the accessibility and availability of parking, bike and foot paths.
  • The website also includes tips for pre- and postgame activities in the neighborhood suggesting fans “come early and stay late” to experience other downtown amenities.
  • Links to other active sites can be found on the website such as Twinsbaseball.com and StubHub. Social media links will also be a part of the website in the future.
  • Dave asks if anyone has questions or suggestions
    • An attendee discusses transit expectations in comparison to the number of rails near Wrigley Field. Dave suggests that education is important in meeting these expectations and the demand for public transit will help.
    • Karen Rosar of the North Loop Neighborhood Association states that she is very impressed with the website and agrees there will be more of a demand for public transit in the future. 
    • Chuck Leer adds a demand for public transit is a good thing! 
  • Also, rather than Metro Transit accommodating six (6) home games as originally planned, fifty-three (53) home games will be accommodated. Dave thinks there will be a demand for more. 
  • Mike Christenson thanks Dave for all his hard work.

Energy Innovation Corridor-Paul Adelman (with Xcel):

  • Can be found at: www.energyinnovationcorridor.com
  • Paul presents the Energy Innovation Corridor: Partnering to develop a cleaner energy and transportation future for MN

  • Paul describes the 11-mile light rail transit project that will connect the “Union Depot in downtown St. Paul to Target Field in downtown Minneapolis, along Washington and University avenues, via the Minnesota State Capital and the entire University of Minnesota-Minneapolis campus,” (http://www.energyinnovationcorridor.com/page/about) extending one- quarter mile off the Central Corridor in either direction.
  • The major areas of focus are Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, Smart Technologies, and Transportation.
  • The website includes meeting times, upcoming events, maps, and images of the transit project as well as lists resources, partners, and related news articles.

HERC/Cool Counties Initiative-Carl Michaud:

  • Additional information can be found at: www.co.hennepin.mn.us/coolcounty
  • Carl discusses the Cool Counties Initiative as a partial result of the 2007 Minnesota codified Green House Gas Reduction effort and the 2009 US EPA Carbon Emission Reporting requirements.
  • Carl describes the downtown steam line in which steam is distributed from HERC (Hennepin Energy Resource Co.) to HCEC’s (Hennepin County Energy Center) district heating system to reduce the reliance on fossil fuels. There is also an investigation for a potential heat recovery system in place at the Energy Center.
  • Carl explains the Waste Hierarchy for the State of MN-describing the most preferred practice of waste management to the least preferred practice.
  • A history of how Hennepin County manages waste, including land-filling, waste-to-energy, and recycling/compost, was presented in terms of past and present rates as well as future projections. Carl adds that waste-to-energy helps Hennepin County meet its renewable energy goals.
  • A discussion takes place regarding the objections related to the increase of allowable landfill amounts versus emissions.  Peter McLaughlin states that some people feel there should be NO increase in emissions, then adds the methane that results from landfills is “way worse” than the emissions that result from recycling waste.
  • Chuck Leer concludes the conversations by stating that HERC is playing a huge role. Communication and education is extremely important moving forward.
  • A request was made that Carl’s presentation be distributed as it contained “lots of good information.”

Transportation Interchange Briefing-Peter McLaughlin:

  • Peter begins by handing out the 2010 Minnesota Legislative Session ~ Bonding Requests summary including the Status at Legislature as of February 9:
    • House Bill: passed Feb 9-includes $50 million for Transit Capital Improvement Program; $1 million for Northstar Extension to St. Cloud.
    • Senate Bill: includes $30 million for Transit Capital Improvement Program; $1 million for Northstar Extension to St. Cloud.
    • Governor’s recommendation: $10 million for Transit Capital Improvement Program
    • The Federal Transportation Appropriations Bill-FY2011 Request is also described. Environmental studies are the first step in learning how much it will cost to fix-setting a good foundation for moving forward.

Work Plan and Website-Mary deLaittre:

  • In an effort to define a scope of work and deliverable, Mary describes the Work Plan as follows:
    • Identification: Features and Sites

–   to include Strategic City Building Projects (ie: Opening Day and Beyond  material)

  • Education: Design

–   to include Issues, Opportunities, Case Studies, and Design Tools

  • Information: Implementation Matrix

–       to include Initiative, the Lead Agency, Partners, Timelines, Funding, Communication, and Action (Steering Committee has been working on this)

  • The goal is to have the Work Plan complete on or before Opening Day including a communications piece related to 2010 Partners.
  • Mary hands out an outline of the website which will be used as an additional means of reaching out and making connections.

Budget FY 2010-Chuck Leer:

  • Chuck hands out a summary of the 2010 FY Budget describing Sources & Uses:

SOURCES

  • Covanta Energy $10,000 (paid to date and immediately available)
  • Target $10,000 (paid to date and immediately available)
  • Twins $10,000 (paid to date and immediately available)
  • Additional Funds $70,000 (to be raised)

TOTAL : $100,000

USES

  • Groundwork City Building $60,000
  • Work Plan $10,000
  • Website $5,000
  • Communications $25,000

TOTAL: $100,000

  • ACTION ITEM– Resolution to move forward with the $30,000 paid to date/ No opposition.
  • Nick suggests Caren Dewar as a genius for tapping sources.
  • Mark Oyaas reminds the group that fundraising is tough work and compliments Chuck Leer for his hard work. Mark adds that 2010 Partners would not be doing what they’re doing without Chuck’s effort.

Mark your calendars:  The next 2010 Partners meeting is TUESDAY, MARCH 16, 2010.

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