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January 2, 2019 CAC Minutes




Wednesday, January 2, 2019


Call to order

The regular meeting of the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Citizens Advisory Committee was called to order at 6:33 p.m. in the Community Room at the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District offices.

Members Present

Bill Bushnell, Sliv Carlson, Jerry Ciardelli, Brian Girard, Linda Jahnke, Richard Nyquist, David Oltmans, Cassy Ordway, Marc Roenberg and John Salditt.

Managers Present

Bill Olson

Others Present

MCWD staff— Tom Dietrich, Becky Christopher, and Darren Lochner

Approval of Agenda and Minutes

It was moved by Carlson to approve the agenda, Girard seconded. All members approved. CAC reviewed the December minutes and Carlson moved to approve the minutes and Nyquist seconded. All members approved.

Discussion Items

Permitting Issues and Opportunity Identification – Partnership – Dietrich

The January 2nd Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting continued to focus on MCWD rule revisions.  Specifically the CAC meeting focused on the partnership framework of the department and district.

Staff provided background on the partnership framework, overall goals and purpose of this approach, examples of projects (success stories), challenges with this approach and possible next steps and future direction with the framework. Some of the goals of the partnership framework include: benefits of partnerships are quantifiable and the district has achieved greater natural resource benefits through the partnership approach.

Building off of the discussions of previous meetings, the CAC participated in a facilitated discussion and small group activity.   The small group activity provided an opportunity for the committee members to review and comment on the partnership framework and its components:  timing, screening, feasibility, and project agreement/approval.

Some of the specific questions about these components included:

-       Timing – MCWD brand; how do we effectively market to achieve early coordination; what are the messages to focus; what is the story to tell?

-       Screening – what should we consider when screening; the outputs have been provided – is there anything missing; what else should be considered?

-       Feasibility – what are the scope of services MCWD can provide to customers; how do we define the range of services?

The small group discussions continued to provide staff and the Board with valuable feedback. Some of the main themes that emerged from the discussion included:

-       Provide education and training to staff at cities and other LGU’s, planning commissions, elected officials, etc.  Also trade associations, building associations, etc.

-       Develop e-news communications and/or email regularly or quarterly, success stories – target audiences might include developers, realtors, city staff, elected officials, architects, engineering firms, associations/organizations, etc.

-       Develop criteria for screening that might include – size of the project, location, geography, proximity to high quality natural resources, etc.

-       Clear, repeatable and consistent scope of services available to customers and audiences

Additional comments related to measuring success of the partnership framework, strategy for evaluation and process improvement.  Committee members suggested that the district explore ways to learn from customers and partners (before, during and after)?

Staff will continue to summary the feedback from this and previous meetings and use the information to build on future discussion regarding the Permitting Department. CAC will continue the discussions on the Permitting program at the February meeting.  In addition to the discussion on the Permitting Department and rule revisions, the CAC had a brief orientation on stay connected and informed as a member of the MCWD CAC. Lochner will be sending out a separate email with links and key information on the MCWD website.

Information Items and Updates -
CAC member updates

Girard commented on the low numbers of zebra mussels near North Arm of Lake Minnetonka. Last year the boats were covered in mussels.  There was a brief discussion on population cycles for zebra mussels.  Bushnell shared his experience with zebra mussels this season and he witness a significant increase further east near Jennings Bay. 

Rosenberg shared information on the formation of the Pesticide Advisory Committee (PAC) with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB).  Information was also shared on the book, Whitewash by Carey Gillam – The story of a weed killer, cancer and the corruption of science.

The City of Minneapolis has been actively enforcing the removal of snow and ice on sidewalks throughout the city. CAC members discussed the pros and cons of the approach.

Board updates
None at this time

Staff updates

The CAC will select the Executive Team at the February 6th meeting.  Please contact the current executive team or Darren Lochner if you have questions and/or are interested in being nominated.

Due to the holidays the CAC survey will be sent out this week and discussed at the February meeting.  

Adjournment -

Next Meeting is Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

Motion was made to adjourn at 8:40 p.m. by Carlson and seconded by Girard. All CAC members approved.

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