Absent: Don Samuels (3rd Ward), Natalie Johnson Lee (5th Ward) and Dean Zimmermann (6th Ward).
Fefercorn: Council voted 8-2 to approve a compromise on a parking variance appeal by Ross Fefercorn for his development at 1221 W. Lake St. Fefercorn and the city had disagreed on the total parking demand his development could generate. Paul Zerby (2nd Ward) and Dan Niziolek (10th Ward) voted no.
I-35W/Crosstown: Council voted 10-0 to extend the public comment period on the Crosstown Commons expansion and I-35W bus rapid transit lane from July 14 to Aug. 10.
Walker Library: Council voted 10-0 to delay for three weeks a vote on a resolution to create the Walker Community Library Task Force to evaluate capital improvements and mixed-use redevelopment alternatives. (See page 2.)
Nicollet Commons: Council voted 10-0 to add Nicollet Commons Condominiums, 3310 Nicollet Ave. S., to its application for the Metropolitan Council’s Livable Communities grants program.
Richfield Road: Council voted 10-0 to accept Schafer Contracting Co.’s low bid to rebuild Richfield Road on Lake Calhoun’s southeast shore.
Quiznos: Council voted 10-0 to approve a sidewalk caf/ license for Quiznos Sub, 1915 Lyndale Ave. S. in Stevens Square.
Salary cap: Council voted 8-2 to grant the City Coordinator the authority to seek waivers to the state salary cap for the city’s top-paid staff when pay disparities exist for comparable jobs. The policy requires the City Coordinator to make a written presentation to the Executive Committee prior to seeking the waiver. Barb Johnson (4th Ward) and Sandy Colvin Roy (12th Ward) voted no.
CDBG: Council voted 10-0 to increase the public’s involvement in deciding how the city spends its federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) money. It will hold two public meetings, one in North Minneapolis, one in South Minneapolis. The Council deleted language that made school readiness and early childhood programs a top CDBG priority on a 6-4 vote. Amendment supporters said it defeated the purpose of community comment. Zerby, Robert Lilligren (8th Ward), Gary Schiff (9th Ward) and Niziolek voted no on the amendment.
Workforce housing: Council voted to return to committee guidelines for a new workforce housing program, an effort to create home ownership opportunities for lower-wage workers.