I’ll Give You Some Feedback!

May 4, 2014 at 10:01 pm Leave a comment


By Andrew Richter

After several months of dormancy, Golden Valley’s Bottineau Station Area Planning Committee is back to work having received word that Hennepin County hired a consultant responsible for developing transitway stations.

Oh wow, so now we have to pay or a consultant to “sell” transit to us….I though everyone wants this?

“Happily since we had our update last month, a number of things have happened, and activity is picking up,” said Jason Zimmerman, staff liaison for the committee, at the April 17 City Council meeting. The transitway’s consultants are led by SRF Consulting Group Inc., which has previous history working with the Central and Southwest corridors.

For the next several months the consultant will gather data from past studies in the area and meet with Golden Valley’s committee to brainstorm station designs. In addition, the Draft Environmental Impact Statement was released to the public. The statement includes the following:

• Purpose and need of the project

Well we know that, it’s to get us out of our cars so the government can control where we go.

• Alternatives

How about not doing it at all?

• Several analyses on transportation, community, social, physical and environmental aspects

Social aspects?

• Indirect effects and cumulative impacts

• Environmental justice

What? Environmental justice? What the hell is that? Do we need an Environmental Supreme Court? You idiots want to run this through Theodore Wirth Park and then talk about the environment?

• Evaluation

• Consultation and coordination

• Financial considerations

Yeah how much money are we going to lose on this?

• Evaluation of alternatives

The document is not a quick read as it spans roughly 800 pages, according to city staff. But the county urges residents to skim its contents and provide feedback. The full document can be found at bottineautransitway.org, City Hall, 7800 Golden Valley Rd. or Golden Valley Library, 830 Winnetka Ave. N.

800 pages!!!!!

Hennepin County allotted April 11 through May 29 as a comment period to receive feedback regarding the statement. “(Collecting comments from the public) is the top priority of the county at this point,” Zimmerman said.

Right……

The county will host four public hearings throughout the metro – Golden Valley, Minneapolis, Brooklyn Park and Crystal. Each hearing will include an open house designed for residents to learn more about the project’s progress.

Meetings are as follows:

• 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 7, at Golden Valley City Hall, 7800 Golden Valley Rd.

• 4:30 p.m., Thursday, May 8, at Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center, 2001 Plymouth Ave. N., Minneapolis.

• 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 13, at Brooklyn Park City Hall, 5200 85th Ave. N.

• 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 14, at Crystal Community Center, 4800 Douglas Drive.

For those not able to attend but interested in providing feedback, email bottineau@co.hennepin.mn.us or mail:

Hennepin County

Housing, Community Works and Transit

Attn: Bottineau Transitway

701 Fourth Ave. S., Suite 400

As always….public meeting at 4;30 in the afternoon where most people can’t make it!

Minneapolis, MN 55415

The City of Golden Valley will host an additional meeting with City Council, Planning, Environmental and Open Space and Recreation Commissions that will accept additional comments.

The meeting will begin 7 p.m., Thursday, May 15, at City Hall, 7800 Golden Valley Rd.

“This is obviously an important issue for us,” said Mayor Shep Harris. “The key for people to realize is this is the next step to many.” While Harris says the transitway is years away from construction, he stresses the importance of receiving public participation along the way.

Yeah and you sure listen right Mayor Know it all? People came to your stupid meeting and said they didn’t want this but you voted for it anyway so who the hell would be dumb enough to believe you when they say you’re going to listen? We all know you’re mind is made up.

For those not able to attend but interested in submitting comments to local government, email planning@goldenvalleymn.gov or mail:

Planning Department

7800 Golden Valley Road

Golden Valley, MN 55427

The City Council plans to pass a resolution at the May 20 meeting approving the Draft Environmental Impact Statement including resident comments. All comments will be provided to Hennepin County before the project moves back to the Met Council.

According to Zimmerman, all comments must be addressed as part of the final Statement.

Info: 763-593-8099 or bottineautransitway.org.

Here’s an idea NO BOTTINEAU LIGHT RAIL!!!!!

Got it dummies?

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Entry filed under: Agenda 21, Brooklyn Park, City Government, Community, County, Crystal, Environment, Golden Valley, Hennepin, Mayor, Met Council, Robbinsdale, Taxation, Transportation.

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