MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING,OF THE
<br />EDINA CITY COUNCIL HELD AT CITY HALL ON MONDAY,
<br />NOVEMBER 17, 1975
<br />7:OO P.M.
<br />Answering roll call were,Members Courtney, Richards, Schmidt, Shaw and Mayor
<br />Van Valkenburg.
<br />MINUTES of October 20 and 27, 1975, were approved as presented by motion of
<br />Councilman Courtney, seconded by Councilwoman Schmidt and carried.
<br />MORNINGSIDE AREA IMPROVEMENTS P-WM-299, P-BA-204, P-S-14, P-ST.S-145 and P-L-14
<br />CONTINUED INDEFINITELY. Upon the recommendation of Mr. Hyde, Councilman Courtney's
<br />motion that the hearings be continued indefinitely was seconded by Councilwoman
<br />. Schmidt and carried.
<br />IMPROVEMENTS P-0119 AND P-BA-214 ABANDONED AT PUBLIC HEARING. Affidavits of
<br />Notice were presented by Clerk, approved as to form and ordered placed on file.
<br />Due notice having been given, public hearing was conducted and action taken as
<br />hereinafter recorded.
<br />CONSTRUCTION OF GRADING, GRAVELING, PERMANENT STREET SURFACING WITH CONCRETE
<br />CURB AND GUTTER IMPROVEMENTS NO. C-119 AND NO. BA-214 IN THE FOLLOWING:
<br />North Frontage Road
<br />TF 62nd Street Crosstown from Gleason Road to Vernon Avenue 00 €- Mr. Dunn, noting the location of the proposed frontage road off of the public
<br />right-of-way, proposed taking.a 60' foot right-of-way from private property at a
<br />total estimated cost, exclusive of right-of-way costs, if any, of $245,888.23;
<br />the improvement to be assessed at $30.00 per assessable front foot against the
<br />abutting property and the balance of the cost to be paid from Municipal State-Aid
<br />gas tax funds. Mr. Hyde stated the matter was brought to hearing since it has
<br />been in the Western Edina Plan for some time and recent planning and zoning
<br />decisions involving affected property owners have necessitated a final decision
<br />on the construction of the road. He recalled the last action was in June, '74
<br />when the Council said the cul-de-sac on Vernon near Walnut would go in when
<br />traffic becomes excessive and after the construction of the frontage road. Mr.
<br />Dick Seaberg, 6108 Arctic Way, President of Viking Hills Homeowners Association
<br />and representing the majority of people in the Tamarac-Walnut Drive.area as well
<br />as Killarney Shores, spoke in opposition to the frontage road. He said there
<br />would be a significant traffic increase due to Opus I1 development on the west
<br />side of County Road 18, thus generating additional traffic through the County
<br />Road 18 diamond interchange and onto the new frontage road or Vernon Avenue;
<br />potential traffic accidents at frontage road & Gleason and Tamarac &Vernon; and
<br />additional noise generated. Mr. Katter of Partnership Investments stated their
<br />site as currently preliminarily platted is based on a private roadway, and if
<br />the frontage road is constructed, their structures would be in violation of the
<br />and the existing hazardous condition of speeding was noted by Mr. Jim Johnson,
<br />6134 Arctic Way. Mr. Seaberg then gave a possible solution: use the existing
<br />highway system, County Road 18 and Crosstown 62, with private drives for access
<br />to the property along the Crosstown and the construction of a cul-de-sac on
<br />Vernon Avenue west of Walnut Drive. He presented petitions from 116 homes oppos-
<br />ing the frontage road and requesting a cul-de-sac west of Walnut Drive on Vernon.
<br />Because of lower traffic volume past residential homes and better pedestrian
<br />safety, Mr. Jack Ziegler, 6012 Tamarac, opposed the frontage road, even though it
<br />causes personal inconvenience to him. Mr. Clyde Hegman, Chairman of the Board of
<br />Edina Masonic Lodge, indicated the Lodge accepts the proposal as submitted by
<br />Mr. Dunn, Director of Public Works, and would support it enthusiastically. He
<br />further remarked that the site was purchased on the basis that the Western Edina
<br />Plan showed a frontage road.
<br />designed for emergency vehicles, Mr. Ziegler stated an effective police patrol
<br />could control the traffic; however, Mr. Bob Nolan, 6153 Artic Way commented
<br />emergency vehicles would use the freeway system. Jim Thorpe, 5901 Walnut Drive
<br />and Helen McClelland, Parkwood Knolls Traffic Association, requested more time
<br />for notification to residents involved. Mr. Robert Hanson, owner of property
<br />south of Edina West and west of Fountainwood, south of Krahl Hill along Vernon
<br />Avenue, approved the frontage road. Mayor Van Valkenburg expressed concerns on
<br />traffic patterns, emergency vehicle access, and land use for the road; and,
<br />therefore, suggested denying the frontage road and delaying the cul-de-sac project.
<br />In answer to Councilman Shawls question on the inconvenience on the Masonic Lodge
<br />property, Mr. Hegman stated a public service road would add greater access to the
<br />property than private entry.
<br />cul-de-sac on the general principle that it doesn't make much sense to provide
<br />access to one part of the community while walling off another, no matter how much
<br />The obstruction of view by trees at the bend of the road on Gleason
<br />In answer to Mr. Hyde's concern on a cul-de-sac
<br />Councilman Shaw also commented that he opposed the