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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE <br />z _. EDINA VILLAGE COUNCIL HELD AT VILLAGE HALL ON <br />MONDAY, APRIL 15, 1968 . <br />1 <br />i <br />Members answering rollcall were Councilmen Courtney, Johnson, Shaw, VanValkenburg <br />and Mayor Bredesep. <br />MINUTES of the meeting of April 1, 1968,- were approved as submitted-by motion of <br />Councilman Johnson, seconded by Councilman Courtney and carried. <br />HUMAN RIGHTS AD HOC PROGRESS REPORT GIVEN. Mayor Bredesen presented Father Richard <br />H, Jeub, Chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee on Human Rights, who presented a Progress <br />Report of this committee. <br />February, the Committee has held seven informative meetings relative to the needs, <br />merit, organization and possible functions of an Edina Human Rights Commission. <br />Father Jeub advised that since its establishment in early <br />Discussions have been held with Frank C. Kent, Commissioner of .Human Rights; an <br />two' active participants in the establishment of the Bloomington Human Resources <br />Commission; the Edina'Police Department; a resident active in the local armchair <br />educational group; a sociologist.and lecturer at the University of Minnesota; and <br />an employee of the Office of Economic Opportunity who is concerned and knowledgable <br />of the Minnesota Indian. Father Jeub further noted that before the Committee at <br />the present time is a detailed proposal on the possibility of a joint board to be <br />created and appointed by the Village Council and the School Board, which would have <br />the authority and responsibility to advise the Council and School Board in securing <br />for all citizens equal opportunity in employment, housing, public accommodations, <br />public services and education. Father Jeub then pointed out that the Committee <br />should be prepared to present its complete recommendation within approximately 30 <br />days. Mayor Bredesen commended the Committee on its d5ligence and efforts. <br />, apartment owner and developer in the community; a local- real estate company manager; <br />EDINA BUSINESS DISTRICT IMPROVEMENTS DISCUSSED; ZONING CHANGES GRANTED FIRST <br />READING. <br />many years as to what can'be done to improve the 50th .and France business district. <br />Mr. Hyde adyised Council that plans and discussions have been held fpr <br />He recalled that two years ago meetings-were held at which Barton-Aschman submitted <br />recommendations made at that time. Mr. Hyde.further noted that, although formal <br />zoning hearings will be conducted at this meeting,' formal improvement hearings will <br />be held at a later date. The Clerk then presented Affidavits of Notice relative to <br />Public Hearings on Zoning Matters, which affidavits were approved as to form and <br />ordered placed on file. Mr. Hite showed an aerial photograph of the area in ques- <br />tion and, with the aid of the View-Graph showed'prepared slides by Barton-Aschman <br />done in 1966, which indicate traffic circulation problems, problems of parking and <br />access, pedestrian amenity, a recommended development plan, land development poten- <br />tials and alternate traffic routes. Mr. Hite pointed out that the plan for the <br />southwest quadrant now under current consideration provides for a South Ring Route <br />which would intersect France Avenue at West 51st Street and run diagonally to a <br />point on Halifax Avenue midway between West 50th and West 51st Street at which <br />point Halifax Avenue could be closed. This road is designed to relieve the 50th <br />and France intersection of substantial turning movements, develop access to the <br />parking lots south of West 50th Street, reduce traffic volumes on Halifax Avenue <br />and permit France Avenue traffic coming from the south to gain access to the Clancy, <br />Post Office area without using the West 50th Street and France Avenue intersection. <br />He presented the estimated cost at $126,500;00, proposed to be financed out of <br />Edina's share of the Minnesota gas tax revenue. Mr. Hite noted that the commercial <br />and apartment rezoning proposals have been developed on the basis of this road <br />being constructed as well as on the construction of a storm sewer which is propos.ed <br />to collect storm water from the area. <br />given at $127,000 and is proposed to be assessediprimarily by charges against the <br />business properties and not against the residential areas. The perimeter road on <br />the north is proposed to extend West 49% Street westerly of Halifax Avenue as a <br />one-way street along a revised alignment, intersecting West 50th Street near the <br />present library entrance. This is designed to relieve traffic congestion in the <br />vicinity of the Post Office, First National Bank and Clancy's, improve access and <br />egress to and from the parking lots along West 49% Street and place all customer <br />parking on the "inside" of the perimeter road system. Mr. Hite advised that the <br />estimated cost of this road is $18,000.00, proposed to be financed with gas tax <br />revenues.. <br />lane width along most of the north side of West 50th Street and a portion of the <br />south side, at an estimated cost of $15,000, also proposed to be financed with gas <br />tax revenue. Mr. Hite further noted that a 130 car capacity public parking lot is <br />proposed to be located north of the South Perimeter Road and east of the National <br />Food Store. A 90 car lot is proposed to be located on the south side of West 4932 <br />Street between the Edina Cafeteria and the Village Inn. <br />parking lot is proposed to be located west of the Post Office and north of the re- <br />vised alignment of West 49% Street. <br />Total estimated cost of the storm sewer was <br />It is further proposed to install an additional six feet of parking <br />A 60 vehicle employee <br />On-street parking is proposed to be restricted <br />during rush hours. Mr. Hite showed drawings of the proposed National Food Store