EAST ISLES RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION NEWS
East Isles Residents’ Association Annual Meeting
Tuesday, April 9
Uptown Diner, 2548 Hennepin Ave S
Social hour and dinner at 6:15 pm
Meeting starts promptly at 7:00 pm
Free Chili Dinner for East Isles residents!!!
Special Guest Appearances
• City Council Member Meg Tuthill
• Park Board Commissioner Anita Tabb
• and Featuring Our Own EIRA President Dan McLaughlin
Covering Topics of Interest Past, Present & Future, including study of transit options for Greenway/Lake St corridor and election of EIRA Board of Directors
Contact Monica Smith at 612-821-0131 or email@example.com
TUESDAY, APRIL 16
The Story of Climate Change & The New Normal
5:30 - 7 pm
Grace Trinity Community Church
Small group discussion series led by Paul Densmore, a climate advocate from MN350.org and a member of CARAG's green team.
Theme: "transformative change"
Participants will receive timely articles to review before each session. Sponsored by the East Isles Green Team.
Sign up with Monica Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org
Earth Day Clean Up and Family Fun!
Join your neighbors and friends in cleaning up the lakeside in celebration of Earth Day.
Saturday, April 20
9:30 a.m.- Noon
E Lake of the Isles Pkwy at 27th St W. Map
Includes a family friendly activity and refreshments!
Volunteers needed and appreciated. No pre-registration
is required.Bring your own work gloves. Trash bags and
directions will be provided.
For more information: www.minneapolisearthday.com
Announcing Programs for East Isles Residents
Improvements in housing, the environment, crime prevention and safety are now possible thanks to Phase II of the East Isles Neighborhood Revitalizltion Program (NRP).
In 2011, members of the East Isles Residents’ Association (EIRA) and its Board of Directors approved the neighborhood’s plan for $255,000 of NRP funding. Read on to learn more about how our NRP plan will help individual residents, as well as the larger community.
Neighborhood Loans to Improve Your Home
Obtain a low, fixed interest rate loan of $3,500 to $15,000 for energy efficiency upgrades (3.75 % interest rate) or exterior repairs and improvements (4 %).
This program is made possible by a partnership with the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE).
To apply and learn more, visit http://mncee.org/Find-Programs-Financing/East-Isles--Revolving-Loan-Program/
Contact CEE at email@example.com or 612-335-5884
Loans are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
NOTE: DO NOT begin your projects until after you have applied, been approved and have closed on your loan with CEE. No projects will be awarded funding through this program if they have already been started or completed prior to loan/grant closing.
Home Security Grants
East Isles NRP funds will reimburse homeowners up to $250 for home security upgrades. One grant per household. The grant does not cover monthly services fee for security systems.
This program is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
The grant must be approved before purchasing equipment or beginning project work.
To apply and learn more, download this pdf:
East Isles Home Security Grant.
or contact Monica Smith at 612-821-0131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calhoun-Isles Sewer Improvements
Construction will begin Spring 2012 to replace portions of the existing regional sanitary sewer.
The project encompasses the area between Dean Parkway and East Calhoun Parkway, generally following the Midtown Greenway.
Tree removals has begun (south side of the Midtown Greenway between Thomas Avenue South and East Calhoun Parkway) to open a corridor for the sewer excavation.
Map of work area for 2012:
To learn more, visit the project webpage:
Lake of the Isles Renovation Project Citizens’ Joint Review Committee
Recognizing that the neighborhoods around Lake of the Isles Regional Park played an active role in the development and implementation of the Concept Plan for the Renovation Project and have a special stake in its eventual success, residents from the four neighborhoods surrounding the Lake: East Isles/Lowry Hill/Kenwood-Isles/Cedar-Isles Dean volunteered to serve on this Citizen’s Joint Review Committee.
Our objective is to ensure that the nine year, $9 million dollar Lake of the Isles Renovation Project will live up to and honor the vision of its original founders, H.W.S. Cleveland, William Barry, Theodore Wirth, and the Minneapolis Park Board.
Thanks to the investment of local, state and regional funds, the Minnesota Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) has accomplished vast improvements to Lake of the Isles Regional Park and this Committee appreciates the efforts and resources put forward to date.
This report is intended to identify unresolved issues and provide support for corrections and enhancements needed to fully complete the renovation as originally envisioned. In our role as Advocates, we hope that the MPRB will work with us as a partner to ensure that this long-awaited
Renovation is successfully completed and meets the highest possible quality of standards for a Regional Park consistent with their Mission Statement:
“to permanently preserve, protect, maintain, improve, and enhance its natural resources, parkland, and recreational opportunities for current and future generations.”
This report was submitted to District 4 Park Board Commissioner, Anita Tabb, on April 18, 2011.
East Isles - Harvey Ettinger
Lowry Hill - Marty Broan
Kenwood-Isles - Kathy Low, Pat Scott
Cedar-Isles-Dean - Art Higinbotham
(click here to read the full report)
Lake of the Isles Update: Spring 2013
(click here to download)
For more information, please contact Harvey Ettinger, Founder: Citizens Joint Review Committee at 612-374-4939 or email@example.com
Go to the CALENDAR page for information about upcoming events
SUMMARY OF EIRA ACTIVITIES, MAY 2009 TO APRIL 2010
Approval of variance application for 1501 W. 28th Street
Approval/reconfirmation of original recommendation to oppose the development of properties at Lake St and Knox Ave S. as proposed because it is not in compliance with the Shoreland Overlay District nor the Uptown Small Area Plan.
Sponsor of neighborhood meeting on May 19 for presentation and discussion of the Southwest Corridor Light Rail Proposals
Appointment of Michael T'Kach as the EIRA representative to the Midtown Greenway Coalition
EIRA volunteers participate in the WINE TASTING Fundraiser on June 10, raising $925 for EIRA.
Board recommendation to the SW Corridor Light Rail Policy Advisory Committee, the Mayor's Office and Board members for the Kenilworth Trail route.
EIRA Board members attend the Walker Library Community Advisory Committee meeting regarding plans for a new library.
Board recommends approval of the Duplex Restaurant's request for an upgrade to their Class E liquor license from the current wine and strong beer license. (Approved by the city.)
Board recommends approval of the New Uptown Diner's application for a Conditional Use Permit to allow 24 operation on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights with the condition that the owner take steps to mitigate safety and noise concerns. (Approved by the city.)
No Board of Directors meeting
Volunteers (35) staff soda pop and water booth At the Uptown Art Fair August 7, 8, and 9 and receive 10% of the sales, about $500.
EIRA ICE CREAM SOCIAL is held on August 13th, 6-9 PM at Levine Triangle Park, was a big success, with ice cream (donated by Kowalski's), cookies (donated by Isles & Buns Coffee), face painting, a petting zoo, and inflatable jumpers.
Anita Tabb, candidate for the Minneapolis Park Board District IV, speaks at the Board meeting.
Public Hearing on the SW Light Rail Transit Corridor is held on September 17th; president of the Board Nancy Johnston and past president Ross D'Emanuele testify in favor of the Kenilworth Corridor route.
EIRA and 3 adjacent neighborhood association lose their appeal to the Zoning Committee of the Minneapolis Council regarding height restrictions for the Lake/Knox development.
Membership drive by Amy Sanborn, Peter Levine and Micael T'Kach nets more than twice as much in membership dues as the cost of the mailing , which was $860.
No Board meeting, instead our semiannual neighborhood meeting and social gathering is held on October 6.
EIRA donates $500 to PALIO, October 4; Shanti Mittra and Amy Sanborn chair the event.
EIRA co-sponsors a multi-neighborhood Crime Prevention meeting on October 20.
Board begins discussions of the proposed Midtown Greenway rezoning proposals.
EIRA welcomes newly elected City Council Member (Ward 10) Meg Tuthill to our meetings.
Board approves recommendation for an amendment to the EIRA By-Laws that would extend the term limits of board members from 3 years to 4 years, to be voted on by EIRA members at the annual meeting April 2010.
Board authorizes spending up to $200 for the January
ICE SKATING PARTY on Lake of the Isles.
Board appoints Ms. Shanti Mittra as EIRA Membership Chairperson.
Candidates for MN House of Representatives District 60A, Marion Greene and Katie Hatt, present at the January 5thBoard Meeting.
ICE SKATING PARTY is held January 31st and is a great success. Isles & Buns donates cocoa and "puppy dog tails", other neighborhoods donate food. Many people volunteer and Amy Sanborn chairs.
Assistant City Attorney for the Fifth Precinct, Christopher Dixon, spoke at the board meeting (February 9) about the services of his office for our neighborhood.
Board recommends approval of proposal of Lifetime Fitness for a health club and spa in the old, historic Walker Library building.
Board approves EIRA's final Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) Phase 1 Report, the NRP Participation Agreement for EIRA's Phase 2 Plan, and the transfer of remaining Phase 1 funds to the Phase 2 budget. Notice of these recommendations is sent to the neighborhood through publication of the minutes and to everyone on the EIRA email list.
EIRA joins with other neighborhoods to apply for a Hazardous Waste Pick-up by the City and located in East Isles or a nearby neighborhood next fall.
Anita Tabb, our Park Board Commissioner (District 4), and Meg Tuthill, our City Council Member (Ward 10) speak at the March 2 Board meeting.
Board votes to recommend support of the application for a demolition permit for the house at 2841 E Lake of the Isles Parkway.
Board members who have been attending the Walker Library Community Advisory Committee (CAC) report on current plans, including building a new library on the current site. A request is made to Hennepin County to have an official representative from East Isles on the CAC.
Annual Meeting of EIRA held April 6th. Members elect Board and officers; and vote on a By-Laws amendment to extend the terms of Board Directors from three consecutive years to four consecutive years.