March 2009 Archives

How would you like a tree for only $25?

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Starting on Friday, April 3, the City of Minneapolis in conjunction with Tree Trust, will be offering residents an opportunity to purchase a number of different species of trees for only $25!

A thousand trees are being made available to city residents for planting this spring as part of the City Trees Program, which has provided a low-cost way for folks to help build the city's urban forest. Residents can order one tree per household, and all trees will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Orders for trees can be completed online starting on April 3 by visiting the Tree Trust Web site or by calling 651-644-5800. You can also order a tree by picking up an order form from your neighborhood group or local library. In previous years, the trees have sold quickly, so place your order early.

More information can be found at the City of Minneapolis web site here or at

Waite Park Community Council
Minutes of Meeting - March 4, 2009


WPCC meeting was called to order at 7:04pm
Agenda approved with addition of adding addressing the CDC Community Vison after the financial report.
Minutes of February, 2009 meeting approved

Attending:  Jeffrey Martin, Mary Farnham, Lorraine Dodd, Barry Hickethier, Don Risk, Gayle Bonneville, Brad Rosenberger, Anthony Beard, Kevin Laskowski, Andrea Voss, Rosemarie Heille, Nic Wiederhold, Eric Gilbertson

Discussion of endorsement of CDC Community Vision Statement:
That the WPCC not support the CDC vision statement at this time. - Approved
That the WPCC submit a letter to Markus Harkus of the CDC informing the CDC of the action taken at tonight's meeting. - Approved

Recess and Reconvene as Town Hall of Neighborhood Residents:

Actions Taken by "Town Hall" of Neighborhood Residents:

Declaration of Vacancies and Expired Board Member Terms

Board members whose term is expired: Jeffrey Martin, Barry Hickethier, Gayle Bonneville, Brad Rosenberger, Jill Davis Eric Gilbertson, Nic Wiederhold, Anthony Beard

Nominations opened to fill expired board member terms:
Nominated:  Tim Eian, Jeffrey Martin, Barry Hickethier Nic Wiederhold, Tia Karelson, Anthony Beard, Amy Softich, Jason Schoch

Elections to Fill Expired Board Member Terms: 

Motion:  Since number of candidates equals number of nominees, election to be by "white ballot"(proclamaition) -- Approved.  Elected members are:  Tim Eian, Jeffrey Martin, Barry Hickethier Nic Wiederhold, Tia Karelson, Anthony Beard, Amy Softich, Jason Schoch

Nominations for WPCC Treasurer:  Lorraine Dodd nominated.  No other nominations.  Motion to approve by proclamation.  Motion passes.  Lorraine Dodd elected as Treasurer of WPCC.

Nominations for WPCC Secretary:  Barry Hickethier nominated.  No other nominations.  Motion to approve by proclamation.  Motion passes.  Barry Hickethier elected as Secretary of WPCC.

Nominations and Elections Closed

Discussion of Budget:

Motion: to Accept Budget as proposed (see attached) - Approved

Motion:  To commend Eric Gilbertson, Brad Rosenberger and Gayle Bonneville for their service to WPCC and the Waite Park Neighborhood - Approved (see attached).

Actions of WPCC Board (Other Business):

Neighborhood Community Engagement Commission Report (Gary):  Gary passed out a communication from the NCR with their plans to move forward with the community engagement process (see attached).  Gary's report of the February 21st NRP meeting was that consensus on a process for neighborhoods to select representation was not reached.  At the last NRP policy meeting NRP stated there was consensus and that they were planning on moving forward with a recommendation for a process that includes an elector structure.

Motion:  Request that NRP include the recommended process that WPCC approved at the last meeting when they send out their information and recommendation regarding the NCEC representation plan - Approved

Motion:  To amend the WPCC position regarding the representation process to include no alternates - Approved.

PEN Pathways discussion (Gary):
Two meetings coming up to discuss budget, spending priorities and structure.  One item brought up at the last PEN meeting was to look at ways to reduce busing, while at the same time attempting to allow some options or choice of school.  This may involve changing the designation of some schools from magnet to community or vice-versa.  Within this proposal it's possible that Waite Park might be designated a magnet school rather than a community school.

Motion:  To send a letter to the Minneapolis School Board and PEN stating,
The Waite Park Community Council values the quality of education found at Waite Park Elementary School and Northeast Middle School. We fully expect, that even in these tough economic times, that the commitment to those schools will remain a priority. - Approved.

Announcement about plans for celebration leading up to the Northeast Parade including Waite Park sponsoring a "Push Cart Derby"(Mary):  Meetings the 1st & 3rd Mondays of the month at Tom's Barber Shop.

Garden:  1st annual meeting and sign-up is Saturday, April 11th.  Residents encouraged to participate on the garden committee.

Waite Park Community Council & Town Hall Meeting Agenda

March 4, 2009



7:00     Call to order

7:01     Introductions and sign in

7:07     Additions and corrections to agenda

7:08     Approval of previous month's minutes

7:09     Financial report



Business To Be Conducted By "Town Hall" of Neighborhood Residents:


7:10     Declaration of vacancies
7:15     Nominations to fill expired board member terms

7:20     Election to fill expired board member terms
7:40     Nominations to fill offices of treasurer and secretary

7:45     Election of treasurer and secretary

7:50     Presentation and approval of budget



Business To Be Conducted By WPCC Board


8:40     Adoption of budget
8:45     Announcements and other business

9:00     Adjourn



Next Agenda Setting Meeting: Thursday, March 26, 2009

Next WPCC Meeting:  Thursday April 1, 2009

Meetings Held at Waite Park Elementary

Arbor Day Celebration at Waite Park

Waite Park Elementary School and Park has been identified by the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board as one of the sites for this year's Arbor Day celebration! 

On May 20, students from Waite Park Elementary School will be planting of 70-80 trees donated by Home Depot and the Arbor Day Foundation. These trees will be planted around the park and school as well as on the boulevards where many trees were recently removed due to dutch elm disease. Included in the program will be the planting of a disease-resistant elm tree called the "Liberty Tree" that is part of a nationwide initiative to replant elms lost to disease. This event will also include educational programs with "Elmer the Elm Tree," a visit by the MPRB Showmobile and bucket rides for children. All are welcome to attend.

A site plan for the planting can be found here:
10-01-08_WaiteParkBoard v2.pdf

Waite Park Community Council Annual Town Meeting

On March 4 the Waite Park Community Council (WPCC) will be convening our annual town meeting. At this meeting the WPCC will hold elections for eight of the 15 seats on our board. If you are interested in running for one of these seats, please join us this Wednesday. In order to become a member of the Waite Park Community Council, you must be over 18 and must live, work, or own property within the Waite Park Neighborhood (the Waite Park neighborhood encompasses the area of Minneapolis north of Saint Anthony Parkway, south of 37th Avenue NE, east of Central Avenue and west of Stinson Avenue).

The WPCC will also be holding elections for two officer positions, treasurer and secretary, and approving the 2009 budget. The annual town meeting for the Waite Park Neighborhood will be held at the Waite Park Community Center, 1810 34th Ave. NE on Wednesday, March 4, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. We hope to see you there!


Day      Date        Time                      Event

Wed.    Mar 4       7:00-9:00pm            WPCC Annual Town Meeting

Sun.     Mar 8       2:00am                   Daylight Savings Time Begins - Spring Forward

Mon.     Mar 9       :2:00-3:00pm           Comm. Ed. Wellness Talk "De-stress Yourself": for seniors.

         River Village 2919 Randolph NE

Mon.     Mar 9       6:00pm                   Spring program registration begins at Waite Park

Mon.     Mar 9       6:00pm                   2PAC, 2nd Precinct Police & Comm. Council Mtg., Monroe

         Village, 1900 Monroe St NE

Mon.     Mar 9       7:00pm                   Shoreham Advisory Council Meeting,  Holland office.

Tue.      Mar 10     1:30-3:30pm            Seniors on the Go, Proper English Tea Program.  370-4959.

                                                         Audubon Park.

Fri.       Mar 13     6:30pm                   Waite Park 2nd annual family movie night

Sat.      Mar 14     10:00am-noon          Personal Safety Workshop, NE Middle School

Sat.      Mar 14     10:00am-3:00pm      Southwest Home Improvement Fair, SW High School

Mon.     Mar 16     1:00-2:30pm            Waite Park Book Club, "Out Stealing Horses"         

Mon.     Mar 16     6:30pm                   Public Education NE (PEN) Meeting, Edison High

Tue.      Mar 17     8:00-9:00pm            NE Parade Planning Cmte. Mtg. 378-0050.  Pope John

                                                         Paul II Catholic School, 700 22nd Ave NE

W&Th   Mar 17&18  5:30-9:30pm         Defensive Driving Course, $16.00.  668-1590. Waite Park

Sat.      Mar 21     10:00am-3:00pm      North Housing & Home Improvement Fair, North High

Wed     Mar 25     10:00am-2:30pm      Defensive Driving Refresher Course, $12.00.  668-1590.

Wed     Mar 25     7:00-8:30pm            Best Little Theater In Town - Waite Park after school prog.

Th&F    Mar 26&27  7:00pm                 NE Middle School Musical Theater - "Once On This Island"

Thu.      Mar 26     7:00pm                   WPCC April Agenda Setting Meeting.  Waite Park.

Sat.      Mar 28     10:00am-3:00pm      South Home Improvement Fair, South High School

Sat.      Mar 28     11:00am                  Independence Party Caucuses

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