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robert frick over 1 year ago

What this program would do is benefit not only the city of Edina, it would benefit handicapped persons as well. How this program works is that handicapped people out and about in Edina would report their findings to the Edina city hall. Their findings would include such agendas as during the winter time, when there is too much snow and or ice covering the sidewalks, too much ice and or snow that prohibits the handicapped persons from traveling down the sidewalks easily, or potholes that prevent handicapped persons from moving about. The handicapped person(s) that want to be part of this program would have to register with the city of Edina prior to being able to be a part of this program. The members of this particular program would be issued cameras to be able to document their findings. If the city of Edina were not funded for offering cameras to the members of this program, then the members of this program would have to possess their own camera(s) for the documentation.

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Idea: Rent a goat

Joel Stegner, Community volunteer over 2 years ago
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Edina has a major buckthorn problem in its parks and private property. Removing buckthorn is an arduous task that requires a lot of community volunteer effort and is seemingly never ending.

Herds of goats are used as a natural solution to the problem of invasive plants. Apparently, if fenced into a piece of land, they are natural weed removers and reputedly like the taste of buckthorn. Here is a story about Minnesota DNR using goats in this way.

http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2013/08/goats-have-an-appetite-for-buckthorn-in-se-minnesota/

And here is a story about goats helping themselves to another issue - what to do with Christmas trees after the holidays:

http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/287508941.html

While the city should choose to buy its own goat herd, it might be more palatable to see if we can find someone who would be willing to sell this service to the city.

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Higher density would be a good thing in this area because it would enable some more affordable housing options, especially for older adults who want to downsize their homes without leaving the Edina community. It's also close to downtown and public transportation and could offer commercial services like restaurants, a coffee shop--local community and neighborhood gathering places.

Bring a Patisserie 46 style bakery/coffee shop to Wooddale and Valley View Edina - quality food for the neighborhood: http://patisserie46.com/ That strip mall is almost all empty and could use use a good quality restaurant/coffee shop in neighborhood. Patisserie 46 is always packed on the weekends and brings a lot to the Neighborhood. How would one work with the manager of that strip mall to make that happen?

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Marlys Grantwit about 3 years ago

As a 34 year condo owner, I hope that Edina remains a city of residential culture. By this I mean that residents are the central focus of the city. While rental units may be important, the residents should be long term people with younger people in the families with education being highly important and returning to Edina after college. Bikes, walking and public transportation will be important.

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There is always a point when homeowners look at their homes and wonder if it is time to remodel. Just like everything else in life, homes need to be spruced up every once in a while in order to look nice. Sometimes it is only a bathroom or a basement that needs a little extra tender love and care, and other times the whole house needs a make over. No matter the project, money is always a factor. U.S. News suggests that homeowners be careful when making the decision to remodel. Even if the home owners are not planning on moving, they should still determine whether or not the project will add value to their home. Depending on the conditions of the home, a remodel could possible lower the value, so if homeowners are looking to remodel they should remodel the areas necessary to increase the value. Interestingly enough, sometimes it is the smallest upgrades that can substantially raise the value of a home such as a new front door or adding knobs to kitchen cabinets. The cost for upgrades like these is quite a bit less than tearing down walls and adding rooms to the home. Many homeowners do not even consider the small upgrades before the big ones, though.

Tips for increasing value Homeowners should always look at the oldest, most worn out features of the home first when considering a remodeling project. Updating old or worn out features such as doors and windows will easily increase the value of a home, not to mention save the homeowners’ money by making the home energy efficient. Remodeling kitchens and bathrooms will always increase the value of a home, but the remodel does not have to cost a fortune. Simple upgrades such as staining the cabinets, replacing the counter tops, and adding knobs can be enough to substantially increase the value as well as give an upgraded feel to the home. Most people believe that remodeling projects cost thousands of dollars, therefore they should not remodel because the value of their house is not worth putting that much money into a remodel. The truth is there are several ways homeowners can update their homes without forking out thousands of dollars. It is suggested that homeowners plan on spending no more than 25 percent of their home’s value for bigger remodeling project like a new kitchen. Homeowners should also consider the style of the home before they remodel. A modern kitchen will not fit with a Tudor style home, and mixing styles will often lower the value of the home. Many people think that if they add square footage to their homes that it will increase the value, but actually it can substantially decrease the value. Homeowners are better off converting an attic into a bedroom or finishing the basement in order to add value. Remodeling and upgrading a home takes a lot of effort, and if done right, can increase the home’s value.

Edited to remove commercial link per City of Edina social media policy: http://edinamn.gov/index.php?section=social-media

Please add a sidewalk and/or bike path connecting Gleason Rd to Valley View Rd along McCauley Trail. The fence along 169 needs replacing anyway. This will connect Indian Hills neighborhood to Braemar fields and playground.

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Please add a sidewalk and/or bike path connecting Gleason Rd to Valley View Rd along McCauley Trail. The fence along 169 needs replacing anyway. This will connect Indian Hills neighborhood to Braemar fields and playground.

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I just discovered last night that there is a push to change neighborhood names. One of our neighbors sent an email to the rest of us. I don't like the idea, and don't understand why someone thinks its a good idea to make neighborhoods better by tearing away the identities they've had for decades and foisting a new one upon them--seems downright UNNEIGHBORLY--and so went to the Speak Up Edina web site to express my opinion. Not only did I not previously know that this site and opportunity existed, but when I got there to say my piece, I found that discussion had been closed in October.

What's the point of a forum if the forum is closed? It's like inviting someone to a party, having the party, but then locking the door, so that when some guests arrive late, they can see that there is activity inside but can't come in and eat the cocktail weenies. Very un-neighborly again.

THAT said, I don't want to see our Sunnyslope neighborhood name changed. Why change it? I mean no disrespect to teh group that worked on the project and issued a 204-page report (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!), but I see no point at all to the exercise. What is gained from a name change. Why does anyone want to make it? Is there a dearth of sign-making and cartographic labeling opportunities? Did they not like our neighborhood entrance Christmas wreaths? Are the folks in Lesser Country Club Neighborhood giving in to their envy of our nice, big, juicy lots? Let Country Club be Country Club. And let us be us. Otherwise, I propose that we re-name Country Club to be "East Sunnyslope Extension." It's one word shorter and will cost less to put on the signs.

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I am an Edina resident that has received many emails over the last 48 hours regarding your wonderful work on this disturbing proposal. I am very concerned and do not understand how you were able to become so informed while Jim Hovland our newly re-elected mayor whom has been in office for the last 12 years, was completely unaware of these proceedings.

Mass emails are flying between Edina resident's to try and inform fellow neighbor's. Where is Jim and the rest our city council on this? It did not seem as though Jim was at the meeting yesterday with the NOC, only the city manager. Is this in fact true?

You have done a wonderful job informing your fellow citizens of this potentially disastrous imminent decision. I am VERY concerned, and completely flabbergasted that our city leaders were unaware of these proceedings while all the other cities had representation.

I believe that inaddtion to a grass roots effort to try and stop this, we need to hold our elected officials responsible. How could they not know, when somehow you were able to become informed? Where are they in informing us and gathering interest in what is happening?

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