Met Council “Meetings” on Southwest Light Rail

January 5, 2014 at 1:52 pm 1 comment


By Andrew Richter

Well, the Met Council is attempting to care what you think about Southwest Light Rail

The Metropolitan Council will host facilitated public community meetings on January 7 & 9, 2014 focused on studies that are currently underway of freight rail, water resources and landscaping/greenscaping in the Kenilworth area of Minneapolis.

Notice this is the Met Council’s version of “public.” the “meetings” will be facilitated (in other words you can’t speak) and no public comment will be taken.

Here is the agenda;

5:00 – 5:30 Open house (project staff on hand to answer questions)
5:30 – 7:30 Welcome and review of meeting purpose and overview of scopes of work for three studies
Facilitator-led discussion Wrap-Up/Next Steps

So where do we get a chance to ask questions in front of everyone? Oh wait we don’t. The facilitator’s job is to make sure the Met Council dominates the “meeting.”

Here are the locations;

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Kenwood Community Center
2101 Franklin Avenue West, Minneapolis

Thursday, January 9, 2014
5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
St. Louis Park Recreation Center
3700 Monterey Drive, St. Louis Park

As always the meetings are at 5PM…….

And what is the purpose of these meetings?

In December 2013, the Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension) Project began three studies to clarify important issues that affect the proposed light rail line between Eden Prairie and downtown Minneapolis:

• The location of freight rail service in the Kenilworth
Corridor

• Potential impacts of LRT construction on
Cedar Lake and Lake of the Isles

• Landscaping and greenscaping in the Kenilworth
area

Draft results of these studies are expected in early 2014, when there will be more opportunities for public comment. These meetings will provide opportunities to learn about these studies, talk to project staff and discuss the study scopes with invited elected officials.

Of course we could just not do this at all……..and of course you have to love the part about getting more opportunities for public comment AFTER studies are complete.

Yawn….

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Entry filed under: Agenda 21, City Government, County, Environment, Hennepin, Met Council, Taxation, Transportation.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. wants2know  |  January 5, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Please follow this link and sign the petition to stop our of control spending on Light Rail.

    http://www.campaignforliberty.org/petitions/stop-the-light-rail-drain-trains/

    Reply

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