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April 13, 2017 eNews

April Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, April 18 • 6:30pm
Armatage Rec Center

  • Welcome
  • City Council Update
  • Park Update
  • Committee Updates
    • 2017 Goals & Priorities
    • Community Engagement
    • Green Team
    • Summer Festival Team
  • Coordinator Update
    • Annual Meeting Update
      • Speaker: Hennepin County Commisioner Marion Greene
      • Dinner provided by the ANA featuring pizza from Red Wagon and Pizzeria Lola
      • Board Elections
      • Door prizes (TBD)
    • Financial Audit Update
    • Neighborhoods 2020 Dialogues (details below)
    • Garage Sales (June 3)
    • Movie in the Park (June 19) 8:30pm
      • Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (at dusk)
      • Perennial Cycle (free helmet fittings and bike safety checks)
      • Green Team information tables (Water Stewardship, yard care, etc.)
      • Park to provide popcorn
    • Future of the FixIt Home Improvement Loan program
    • Summer intern
    • Gypsy moth update (details online)
  • Treasurer Report
    • Unfrozen funds from the City
  • Secretary Report – March minutes approved online
  • New Business
  • Adjourn


Organics Recycling at Armatage Park

Please note, locks will be installed on the organics cans located at the park. Those who have signed up as part of the drop off location have been notified and provided with codes. This is to help prevent organics recycling contamination.

If you have any questions or want to know if an item is compostable or not, check our website, search for the item on BPI’s website, or send us an email at SWRcustomer@minneapolis.com.



Airport Noise Listening Session

April 19, 2017 at 7:00-8:00 PM
Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Parkway, Eagan, MN 55121

The public is invited to join the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) at the Eagan Community Center, on April 19, 2017 at 7:00 PM for the Spring NOC Listening Session.

The Noise Oversight Committee (NOC) sponsors quarterly meetings for residents to allow for an engaging, two-way dialogue between the public and the MAC committee tasked with addressing MSP aviation noise topics. Conversation from these sessions will be included as discussion items during future NOC meetings. The agenda for the April meeting is included below.

Who’s Invited?

  • Airport Neighbors
  • MAC Environment Department Staff
  • NOC Representatives
  • MAC Commission Members
  • Local Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Staff

Agenda

  • 7:00 Welcome
  • 7:05 Introductions – What is your name? Where do you live and for how long? What would you like to get from this meeting?
  • 7:10 Aircraft Noise Basics Video – Efforts Underway to Reduce Aircraft Noise
  • 7:20 NextGen Arrival Environmental Benefits – Optimized Profile Descents
  • 7:30 Open Floor Conversation 8:00 Closing Feedback – What did you like / dislike about the meeting format?


Earth Day Clean Up Events

Saturday, April 22 • Multiple Locations

Find an event for Earth Day online!



Make & Take Rain Barrel Workshop – Just $35!

Thursday, May 25, 2017 • 6:00pm-7:30pm
Wood Lake Nature Center

What’s one of the simplest, high-impact ways to save water and help protect our local watersheds? Using a rain barrel.

Lawn and garden watering typically makes up 40% of total summer household water usage, according to the EPA. Plus, the biggest threat to our waters today is polluted runoff — water that runs off our roofs and into our streets and alleys, carrying all the oil, sediment and other contaminants that it picks up along the way into our lakes, rivers and streams. For conservation and for pollution prevention, installing a rain barrel to collect and store rainwater for use on your lawn and gardens is a simple but powerful way to make a difference for Minnehaha Creek, the Mississippi River and area watersheds.

Thanks to Coca-Cola Refreshments of Eagan, FMR has 30 used syrup containers for participants to turn into rain barrels. During the course of this workshop, participants will be provided with the necessary parts ($35 per kit) and guided through the process of converting these containers into allies for a cleaner Minnesota. The barrels are white (but paintable) and connect to your existing downspout.

Taking place at Wood Lake Nature Center, the workshop will begin with a presentation on how home lawn and garden practices impact our waters and how we can make a difference. Next, we’ll discuss the watershed-friendly benefits of rain barrels in more detail, then review how to build, incorporate, install and maintain them. With guidance from FMR staff, participants will then build a rain barrel to take home.

Ready to register?

Claim your spot now via Eventbrite – Just $35! Please note, tickets sales end Wednesday, May 24 at 5 p.m. or if the event reaches capacity.



Join Us at the Neighborhoods 2020 Cafes!

Neighborhood organizations across the City are partnering with the Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC) and NCR to host a series of community dialogues about neighborhood organizations in Minneapolis. Each event will include small group discussions to address the following questions:

  • What services, opportunities and information should neighborhood organizations provide?
  • What are characteristics of an effective neighborhood organization?
  • How can neighborhood organizations empower engagement?

These questions were developed by 37 participants at a day-long workshop on the Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter.

The dialogues are a first step in developing recommendations for the Minneapolis City Council on the future work of neighborhood organizations through a process of respectful and inclusive community engagement.

Upcoming Neighborhoods 2020 Community Conversations

  • Downtown – Tuesday April 25th – 5:30pm to 8:30pm Plymouth Congregational Church – 1900 Nicollet Ave. So.
  • North – Saturday April 29th – 10:00am to 2:00pm North West Corner of Penn and Lowry (Outdoors under tent)
  • East – Wednesday May 3rd – 5:30pm to 8:00pm NE Minneapolis Armory – 1025 Broadway St NE 55413
  • South – Thursday May 4th – 5:30pm to 8:30pm Abubakar-As-Saddique Islamic Center – 2824 13th Ave So.
  • Southwest – Monday May 8th – 6:00pm to 8:00pm Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. Park – 4055 Nicollet Ave So. NOTE: 6:00 (dinner) 6:30-8:00 (program) Free child care provided

More information and to register for the events online,



Armatage & Kenny Neighborhood-wide Garage Sales

June 3 • 8:00am-4:00pm

The garage sale registration form is now available on our website. This year we are also inviting groups to host sales for charity. You may set-up a table or tent at the park. If interested, please contact our coordinator!



Learn Golf & Earn Money

MMJGA Summer Caddie Program

Informational Meeting & Training
Saturday, March 25 • 9:00am-noon
Minneapolis Urban League (2100 Plymouth Ave N)

The Minnesota Minority Junior Golf Association (MMJGA) invites young people ages 13-17, who are interested in golf, to join us this summer. Opportunities to earn money, meet new people, and learn the game of golf!

For more information visit www.mmjga.org.

NOTE: Parents need to attend the first hour. The last 2 hours will be dedicated to training.



Mpls • St. Paul Home Tour

April 29-30

Make progress toward your new kitchen, bath, suite, your quest to claim unused space or to add on. You’ll find help and encouragement on the 30th annual Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour. From the very old homes to the very new, city dwellers open their doors to share their home improvement experiences. Real Homes. Real People. Real Ideas.

Learn more online.

March 27, 2017 eNews

March Meeting Highlights

  • Neighborhood Community Engagement Committee
    • Future of Neighborhoods • May 8 • 6:00pm (dinner) 6:30-8:30pm (program) • MLK Park — opportunity to learn more and express ideas about neighborhood organizations and how they should operate within the City in the future
    • Requesting update to the 2040 City planning document to move language from a survey reponse to raw data instead of as a planning directive
    • City Community Connections Conference April 1 • Information online (Free)
  • Park Updates
  • City Council Updates
    • Gypsy Moth spraying will take place in late-April or May. The ANA is posting information about the process, and will notify area residents through social media (eNews, website, Facebook, Nextdoor and Twitter) as to the day of spraying once known.
    • As part of the Audit committee, she wants to make sure that all of the promises around the US Bank stadium deal are being honored. She also feels that accountability can be better tracked through the Audit committee for such things as the results from the recently released COPS report regarding the handling of incidents around the Jamar Clark shooting.
    • Tear-downs and home remodeling projects – in general, it seems that things have been running more smoothly in recent years, but it is truly case by case. If you have questions or concerns, check out some resources here, or contact the ANA.
    • Linnea encouraged everyone to get involved, as party caucuses will be starting in April. Watch for ways to learn about candidates, and be sure to vote!
  • Moving Happy Hour to Monday is seen as a good decision and will continue this way for 2017.
  • We continue to get items donated for our Welcome Bags which are delivered to new residents.
  • Newly formed Green Team had a great initial meeting. A few priorities for 2017:
    • Recruit home owners to get involved with our Metro Blooms rain garden program (see below)
    • Promote “Zero Waste” events (including the Summer Festival and National Night Out)
    • Encourage safe and healthy lawn care (will have information available during the Movie in the Park)
  • Variance for 5801 Russell approved.
  • No confirmed transactions or planned development at 54th and Penn.


Spring Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 8
10:00-11:30 a.m.
Armatage Park

Please preregister ($5/child ages 12 and under)



Yard Waste Collection begins April 10

Learn about what is accepted and how to prepare items for collection.



Plastic Bag Ban 6/1

Learn about this new ban and how it may affect you and area businesses.



Armatage + Kenny Neighborhood-wide Garage Sales

Saturday, June 3
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Registration forms now available for our 2017 area garage sales! Deadline to be included on the printed maps is May 29. You can mail or drop forms off to Armatage Park (2500 W 57th St, 55410).

Plastic Bag Ban FAQ

EFFECTIVE DATE: June 1, 2017

The Minneapolis City Council voted in an ordinance entitled “Single-Use Plastic and Recyclable Paper Carryout Bags” to be effective beginning June 1st, 2017. They have cited the purpose of the ordinance is to reduce litter, waste, lifecycle environmental impacts, and negative impacts on recycling facilities of single-use bags and incentivize Minneapolis consumers to use reusable bags.

Single use plastic bags will not be allowed, paper bags must be 40% recycled material and have notice of such on the exterior of the bag, and a fee or donation must accompany paper bags.

Does this rule apply to me?

Yes. Any person, business, facility, agency, vendor or organization in Minneapolis that provides food, merchandise or goods are affected. Continue reading for usage exemptions and options.

Which bags are banned?

Carryout bags provided at the check stand, cash register, point of sale or other point of departure to a customer for the purpose of transporting food or merchandise out of the establishment. Specifically, plastic bags that are neither intended nor suitable for continuous reuse may no longer be used.

Are there exemptions for specific types of bags or uses?

Yes.

  1. Non-handled bags used inside store for bulk purchases
    1. Food Use (such as produce, bakery items, bulk foods, frozen or raw meats or other unwrapped prepared foods)
    2. For prescription drugs
    3. Where dampness may be a problem (potted plants, flowers, paper products such as greeting cards or print work)
  2. Bags used to safeguard public health during transportation of:
    1. Prepared take-out foods
    2. Prepared liquids intended for consumption
  3. Newspaper bags, door-hanger bags, laundry-dry cleaning bags, bags used to protect fine art paper, or bags sold in packages containing multiple bags intended for use as garbage, pet waste, or yard waste.
  4. Bags deemed reusable that meet all three requirements:
    1. Plastic bags at least 4 mils thick
    2. Bags specifically designed with a minimum of 75 uses over its lifetime
    3. Bags able to carry a minimum of 18 pounds

Can I use compostable plastic?

Yes.

Compostable bags must meet ASTM D6400 standard and be certified for compostability by the Biodegradable Products Institute and display the BPI logo.

Can I use paper bags instead?

Yes, but…

  1. Paper bags used must contain a minimum average of 40% post-consumer recycled materials, and must display the minimum percent of post-consumer content on the outside of the bag.
  2. You must charge a pass-through fee of minimum of 5 cents for each paper bag provided to customers/clients. It is a violation of the ordinance to pay or reimburse the customer for any portion of this fee.
  3. The pass through charge must be itemized on the transaction receipt, showing the number of paper, compostable and/or reusable bags provided, and the total amount of the pass-through charge.

Do I have to charge a paper bag fee if my primary use is exempt from the plastic ban?

Yes.

Any business, whether offering paper bags for food or goods, must charge the minimum 5-cent fee.

User Exemption.

It is important to note that you are not required to collect the pass-through charge from anyone with a voucher or electronic benefits card issued under the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) support programs, or the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or a recognized Minnesota food assistance program.

Is there any way I can avoid the paper bag fee?

Yes. You may instead choose to contribute 5 cents per paper carryout, compostable carryout or reusable bag provided to customers to a recognized non-profit organization to fund litter cleanup and waste reduction initiatives within the City of Minneapolis.

But. City officials would be authorized to monitor and ensure compliance with the requirements of this through the “utilization of reasonable and lawful auditing, reporting and recordkeeping requirements.”

Enforcement

Violations of this ordinance may be enforced as administrative offenses, and you may be issued an administrative citation. The ordinance also provides that enforcement may take place through a host of civil, administrative or criminal remedies. City staff have until January 31st, 2017 to report back with recommendations for implementing and enforcing the ordinance.

March 17, 2017 eNews

March Meeting Agenda

March 21, 2017 • 6:30pm • Armatage Rec Center

  • Welcome
  • City Council Update
  • Park Update
  • 2040 Plan & Resolution Update
  • Committee Updates
    • 2017 Goals & Priorities
    • Community Engagement: Renter engagement • Washburn Tot Lot • Happy hour • Welcome bags
    • Safety Team
    • Green Team
    • Summer Festival Team
  • Coordinator Update
    • Annual Meeting
    • Annual Report
    • April Newsletter
    • Financial Audit
    • Trees for Kids
    • Tree lights and charity drive 2017
    • May 8th – Art of Hosting (MLK 6-8:30pm)
    • Garage Sale (June 3)
    • Movie in the Park (what do we want to do)
  • Treasurer Report
  • Secretary Report – February minutes approved online
  • New Business
  • Adjourn

$15 workshops: Creating Weather Resilient Yards

Unseasonably warm weather, long droughts and flooding rains are the new normal for spring and summer in Minnesota. Learn how your yard can adapt to and even help mitigate threats posed by these extreme weather events.

Participants receive:

  • An overview of Minnesota’s changing weather patterns and ways to minimize their impact in your yard by using alternative turf, raingardens, and other resilient-yard practices.
  • 1 on 1 design assistance from Metro Blooms and Blue Thumb landscape designers and U of M Extension Master Gardeners from Hennepin County.

For more information and to register, go to metroblooms.org or call 651-699-2426.

Space is limited.


MSP Aircraft Noise Analysis for 2016 is Now Available

02/27/2017 03:03 PM CST

Each year, the MAC reports aircraft noise exposure associated with operations at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) and uses the results to determine homeowner eligibility for the MAC’s Noise Mitigation Program. To qualify for mitigation, a home must fall within a higher impact area for three consecutive years.

The report, called the MSP Annual Noise Contour Report, details the development inputs for aircraft noise exposure contours that represent the geographical areas exposed to aircraft noise levels of 60 dB DNL and greater surrounding MSP.

The 2016 Annual Noise Contour Report is available now on the MAC Noise Program Office website here:  2016 MSP Annual Noise Contour Report.

The report concluded that a total of 286 single-family homes are eligible for mitigation in 2018. (NOTE: None are in the Armatage neighborhood.) The eligible blocks are shown in blue in the graphic online. MAC will begin reaching out to these eligible homeowners in late 2017 to begin project orientation.

The MAC is also actively initiating mitigation projects for homes that qualified last year. These homes are shown in green on the graphic online.


Southwest Communities “Future of Neighborhoods” Conversation

May 8th, 6:00 pm (dinner) 6:30 – 8:30 pm (program)
Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 4055 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409

The neighborhood organizations of Southwest Minneapolis, in partnership with the Minneapolis Department of Neighborhood and Community Relations, invite you to come discuss your viewpoint regarding the future of neighborhoods, including creating stable communities through respecting residents’ voices and empowering local solutions.  Attendees will work with other Southwest residents to discuss current and future challenges facing neighborhoods and suggest policy and funding streams to support communities to creatively address these challenges.

Free Dinner and Childcare provided


Community Connections Conference 4/1 at Convention Center



Southwest High School Performing Arts

Sweet Charity (Musical)

March 16-18 & 23-25 at 7 pm and March 19 & 26 at 2 pm.

Music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields and book by Neil Simon. It was directed and choreographed for Broadway by Bob Fosse starring his wife and muse Gwen Verdon.

Charity works at a dance club and has only seen the dark side of life but thinks things are changing when she meets Oscar.  Even when things turn sour, Charity stays Sweet and hopeful of her dreams

To find our more or purchase tickets go to http://southwesttheatre.org/

March 21, 2017 Minutes

Armatage Neighborhood Association Meeting

Meeting was called to order at 6:33 pm by Denis Houle. 

ANA board members in attendance: Ryan Antkowiak, Kelly Falsani, Denis Houle, Steve Johnson, Bri Keeney, Michael Kootsikas, and Laurel Luxenberg

Others in attendance: Nikki Lindberg (ANA Coordinator), Nikki Frederich (Park Coordinator), Linea Palmisano (City Council Member), and 4 other Armatage Residents – Eric Raney, Joel Federer, Jim Hoch, and Ed Lund.

2040 Plan & Resolution Update

  • NCEC (Neighborhood Community Engagement Committee), advisory board to city council
    • In January, Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) compiled a list of surveys in which one comment was to abolish neighborhood associations. This is at the very same time neighborhood associations are trying to increase their funding. The current agreement expires in 2020. There is concern about this comment making it into the official 2040 Report.
      • This was alarming and created some confusion because we have learned that all opinions are viewed as equal even if they are the opinion of one person. But at the same time, not all opinions make their way into the final report.
      • Healthy dialogue about how comments should not be overlooked and all should be heard regardless if we like or agree with the comments.
        • We do not understand why some comments made it on the report while others did not.
          • Example: one such comment was also to abolish the police department but this comment did not make the report.
        • Resolution approved by board. With that in place, we will join other neighborhoods requesting the “Abolish Neighborhood Associations” comment be moved to raw data and not be referenced in the official resolution.
      • Community Connections Conference coming up in April
      • Art of Hosting event at MLK – May 8th 6-8:30pm
        • Future of neighborhoods conversation 

Park Update (Nikki Frederich, Park Director)

  • Summer Registration is out for all events now
  • Next Event: Armatage Kenny Egg Hunt (10-11:30, 11 Egg Hunt Begins)
    • Saturday, April 8th
      • Pre-Registration encouraged
    • Family Yoga – Wednesday Nights – $48/family
    • Toddler Playtime: Monday Nights 5-6:30pm, ends next week
    • NPP20 Report available online

City Council Update – Linea Palmisano, City Council Member

  • Gypsy Moth update – concerns about getting the word out; could create a stir if people are not made aware of this. This will begin based on weather “soon” – late April/early May.
    • No harm to the community but do not want to be out and about when they spray. Mostly occurs in Richfield but it will affect parts of 60th Street in Armatage.
    • There will be low flying plane/helicopter so communication is critical not to create fear or scare neighbors
      • Nikki already active on Nextdoor and will put in the April Newsletter as well
    • Audit committee update – seemingly everyday there is news coming out about US Bank Stadium. Plan to ask for all of the promises being made to the public surrounding the stadium. City manages a parking garage, a public park, other items surrounding the stadium. This is all about accountability.
    • COPS program took a look at how the 4th Precinct handled the Jamar Clark shooting incident which occurred in 2015. Overall analysis of how the city handled this situation. The results were measured which was deemed as a positive but of course improvements could be made.
    • Discussion surrounding: Less Tension Around Teardowns (article from ANA Newsletter)
      • Linea wanted to get additional feedback from us. This was something we brought up several years ago as major concern for our neighborhood.
        • Less dramatic than in years past but it is very much case by case.
      • Community Engagement – Municipal Election Year; Caucuses are coming up.
        • DFL caucus is April 4
          • Mayor, Park Board, City Council, among others
        • Independent party, Republican party, and Green party caucuses are coming up but no dates are set as of right now

Committee Updates

Community Engagement Update
(Bri Keeney, Ryan Antkowiak, Michael Kootsikas, Laurel Luxenberg, Nikki Lindberg)

Renter Initiative Engagement (Bri)

  • Landlord communication has been a challenge

Tot Lot (Bri)

  • Awaiting project manager assignment

Happy Hour (Ryan) – odd months, first Monday

Welcome Bags (Michael) – 8 companies are participating

Safety Team (Nikki) – Nikki is meeting with Lance to meet on Friday

  • Trying to pin down the next safety event or communication; nothing solidified at this point

Green Team (Laurel) – first meeting was last week (Nikki, Tara, Laurel, and 4 neighbors)

  • Brainstorming meeting
    • Primary Initiatives – Zero Waste National Night Out, Organics Promotion, Budget for 10 Rain Gardens (Metro Blooms – turnkey solution to dig plots for on-property rain gardens)
      • Rain Garden Budget Approval would be roughly $5,000-$6,000 ($500-$600 contribution from ANA per owner, and roughly $500 to each owner)
        • This would be for 2018; motion to approve a budget for a community rain garden. Getting 10 families involved appears to be not a problem. Seems as if there is a lot of interest here from the community.
          • Motion passes
        • Discussion brought up to have a community garden
          • This has been explored but we do not have the community land available to offer this to our community.
            • Suggestion to have some forage planting in parks (Apple Trees as an example). City is discussing this coincidentally.
              • This can be added to the discussion for the Tot Lot planning.

Coordinator Updates (Nikki Lindberg)

Summer Festival Team

  • Leadership roles have been assigned
    • Individual assignments to come
  • Food vendors are all interested in coming back
  • Band lined up
  • Striving for a Zero-Waste Event
  • First draft on a sponsorship letter
  • Request for a chip reader purchase (x2)

Annual Meeting

  • Red Wagon will provide food
  • RT Ryback could be the speaker; Denis working on this
  • Meet and Greet Format
  • Elections for Tara Brown, Sarah Emmenecker, Kelly Falsani, Steve Johnson, Laurel Luxenberg, and Judy Vicere
    • 1 (EVEN YEAR) board position available

Annual Report – recap from 2016

  • Motions approves Annual Report submission

April Newsletter

  • Denis will be our featured Board Member
  • Gypsy Moth acknowledgement
    • Suggestion to have a picture of what the spray plane/helicopter will look like so people are prepared for a low flying plane/helicopter.

Financial Audit

  • Procedural audit with the city. Nikki working with Michael Wilson (CPA for ANA). Judy involved as well.

Trees for Kids

  • Neighborhood Forests supplies children with a tree to plant on Earth Day. Take the tree home, plant it, and watch it grow.
  • Haven’t heard back from Kenny Elementary or Kenny Neighborhood Association.
  • Online discussion about whether or not to include Armatage Community School. Learned Armatage only has 60/600 students actually live in the Armatage neighborhood.
  • Did not vote on whether or not to pursue this.
  • Discussed having it based on a certain dollar amount per school or certain allocation per school.
    • More information to come

Tree lights and charity drive 2017

  • Discussed adding an activity to the event. Tough on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Bri to champion this initiative.

Garage Sale (June 3rd) – Armatage and Kenny

  • Open Streets in Kenny on Lyndale June 4th

Movie in the Park (scheduled for June 19th)

  • Movie: Peewee’s Big Adventure
  • Green Team to have a booth giving tips
  • Food truck for desserts
  • Bike shop to give tune ups

Treasurer Update (Judy Vecere)

  • Previewed via email. Highlighted in meeting. Budget is on track and cash flow is good.

Secretary Report

  • Approved

New Business

  • 5801 Russell site plan to move front of home from Russell to 58th. Approved. CPED to review. Has two years to execute or permit will be revoked.
  • City doesn’t have any news regarding 54th/Penn despite rumors of an Argentinian Fish Restaurant.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:06 pm.

March 17, 2017 eNews

March Meeting Agenda

March 21, 2017 • 6:30pm • Armatage Rec Center

  • Welcome
  • City Council Update
  • Park Update
  • 2040 Plan & Resolution Update
  • Committee Updates
    • 2017 Goals & Priorities
    • Community Engagement: Renter engagement • Washburn Tot Lot • Happy hour • Welcome bags
    • Safety Team
    • Green Team
    • Summer Festival Team
  • Coordinator Update
    • Annual Meeting
    • Annual Report
    • April Newsletter
    • Financial Audit
    • Trees for Kids
    • Tree lights and charity drive 2017
    • May 8th – Art of Hosting (MLK 6-8:30pm)
    • Garage Sale (June 3)
    • Movie in the Park (what do we want to do)
  • Treasurer Report
  • Secretary Report – February minutes approved online
  • New Business
  • Adjourn

$15 workshops: Creating Weather Resilient Yards

Unseasonably warm weather, long droughts and flooding rains are the new normal for spring and summer in Minnesota. Learn how your yard can adapt to and even help mitigate threats posed by these extreme weather events.

Participants receive:

  • An overview of Minnesota’s changing weather patterns and ways to minimize their impact in your yard by using alternative turf, raingardens, and other resilient-yard practices.
  • 1 on 1 design assistance from Metro Blooms and Blue Thumb landscape designers and U of M Extension Master Gardeners from Hennepin County.

For more information and to register, go to metroblooms.org or call 651-699-2426.

Space is limited.



MSP Aircraft Noise Analysis for 2016 is Now Available

02/27/2017 03:03 PM CST

Each year, the MAC reports aircraft noise exposure associated with operations at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) and uses the results to determine homeowner eligibility for the MAC’s Noise Mitigation Program. To qualify for mitigation, a home must fall within a higher impact area for three consecutive years.

The report, called the MSP Annual Noise Contour Report, details the development inputs for aircraft noise exposure contours that represent the geographical areas exposed to aircraft noise levels of 60 dB DNL and greater surrounding MSP.

The 2016 Annual Noise Contour Report is available now on the MAC Noise Program Office website here:  2016 MSP Annual Noise Contour Report.

The report concluded that a total of 286 single-family homes are eligible for mitigation in 2018. (NOTE: None are in the Armatage neighborhood.) The eligible blocks are shown in blue in the graphic online. MAC will begin reaching out to these eligible homeowners in late 2017 to begin project orientation.

The MAC is also actively initiating mitigation projects for homes that qualified last year. These homes are shown in green on the graphic online.


Southwest Communities “Future of Neighborhoods” Conversation

May 8th, 6:00 pm (dinner) 6:30 – 8:30 pm (program)

Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 4055 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409

The neighborhood organizations of Southwest Minneapolis, in partnership with the Minneapolis Department of Neighborhood and Community Relations, invite you to come discuss your viewpoint regarding the future of neighborhoods, including creating stable communities through respecting residents’ voices and empowering local solutions.  Attendees will work with other Southwest residents to discuss current and future challenges facing neighborhoods and suggest policy and funding streams to support communities to creatively address these challenges.

Free Dinner and Childcare provided


City of Minneapolis
Community Connections Conference

Saturday, April 1
8:00 am – 3:00 pm
FREE (meals included)
Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 2nd Ave S, Mpls

Register Now


Southwest High School Performing Arts

Sweet Charity (Musical)

March 16-18 & 23-25 at 7 pm and March 19 & 26 at 2 pm.

Music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields and book by Neil Simon. It was directed and choreographed for Broadway by Bob Fosse starring his wife and muse Gwen Verdon.

Charity works at a dance club and has only seen the dark side of life but thinks things are changing when she meets Oscar.  Even when things turn sour, Charity stays Sweet and hopeful of her dreams

To find our more or purchase tickets go to http://southwesttheatre.org/

February 21, 2017 Minutes

Armatage Neighborhood Association Meeting & Quarterly Safety Update

Meeting was called to order at 6:34 pm by Denis Houle.

ANA board members in attendance: Ryan Antkowiak, Tara Brown, Denis Houle, Steve Johnson, Bri Keeney, Michael Kootsikas, Laurel Luxenberg, and Judy Vecere

Others in attendance: Nikki Lindberg (ANA Coordinator), Lt. Brian Anderson, and 2 other Armatage Residents: Gary R, Jim H

Safety Update – Lt. Brian Anderson

  • Soliciting interest in Block Clubs. Provided a handout to gain traction.
  • Crime Update
    • Larceny/Burglary account for 87% of all of the crime in Armatage.
      • Don’t make it easy!
    • Only reported 15 crimes so far this year.
    • Burglary strip – Kwans, Red Wagon, Cafe Maude
      • Only netted some alcohol and petty cash
    • Coffee Shop & Subway robberies
      • Nothing in Armatage; Fulton Neighborhood was nearest robberies
    • Two Burglaries – 55th/Queen & 57th/Upton – January
      • Jewelry theft, no suspect info at this time
        • Jewelry is a common item in nearly all homes and is therefore targeted
      • Armatage always has at least one squad patrolling Armatage. Most of the time there is more than one squad active.
      • Anything you can do to deter criminals from targeting your home should be considered. Beware of Dog sign as an example.

City Council Update

  • No formal update. Linnea did have her baby.

Park Update

  • No formal update.
  • Fire and Ice was more like Fire and Slush.

Phase 2 Engagement Report of the Minneapolis 2040 Plan

  • Initial report was enacted last year.
    • Phase 2 just came out this year.
  • Official document had comments about how Neighborhood Associations should be abolished. Neighborhood Groups on the other hand were considered beneficial to neighborhoods.
    • We do not know the significance of these comments.
      • The Loring Park Neighborhood Association drafted a resolution supporting neighborhoods but asking for clarifying information surrounding the comments made about Neighborhood Associations and Neighborhood Groups. Requesting “raw data” surrounding comments.
        • Unclear as to why we need to approve or deny the resolution
          • Consideration being given to simply asking for the raw data vs. drafting a formal resolution
            • By Monday, February 27: Vote on Approve, Deny, Request Additional Information
          • March 29th – The Art of Hosting

Committee Updates

Green Team update

  • Attending Sustainable Behavior Workshop is THIS Saturday
    • Plan to invite members of the neighborhood to participate
      • 7 residents have expressed interest so far

Community Engagement Update (Bri Keeney)

  • Tot Lot: No formal Tot Lot Update. Awaiting an assigned project manager.
  • Happy Hour: Switching to Mondays from 7-9 beginning March 6th. 1st Monday of the Odd Month. No Happy Hour on Labor Day.
  • Welcome Bags: 2 Business have added content to the bag (Jump & State Farm). Michael continues to deliver them to new neighbors.

Safety Team

  • Still struggling to get a list of all of the block leaders
    • Working to build up these relationships

Summer Festival (August 13th)

  • Task list is being generated to help volunteers.
  • Nikki already secured the mobile.
  • Band is already booked.
  • Car show may be back as well.

Coordinator Update (Nikki Lindberg)

  • Fix It Loan
    • Approved and active. Waiting list already in place.
  • Annual Meeting (May 16th)
    • Trying to come up with a theme to drive attendance.
      • The following are up for election – Judy, Laurel, Steve, Kelly, Sarah, and Tara.
        • Nikki to send email soliciting feedback, ideas, to get this planning underway
      • Home Improvement Fair
        • Do we want to participate again? No
      • City conference (4/1)
        • Attend if you can; a great conference and incredible food
      • Gypsy Moth infestation
        • Portions of Armatage will be treated
          • Low aerial spray; quick dry
          • Completely harmless to anything other than moths

Treasurer Update (Judy Vecere)

  • Previewed via email. Highlighted in meeting. Budget is on track and cash flow is good.
  • Fiscal year is February – January.
    • Will review the annual report each month and also the fiscal report each February.

Secretary Report

  • January minutes approved via email

New Business

  • Notice of variance, 5801 Russell. 7 feet closer to street. Will make for a very tight lot.

Meeting was adjourned at 7:39 pm.

February 24, 2017 eNews

February Meeting Highlights

  • Safety Update: Lt. Anderson presented crime statistics from 2012 through 2016. Our crime levels continue to remain pretty similar year over year with the majority being property crimes, and many of those being crimes of opportunity (unlocked or open doors, etc.).
  • The Minneapolis 2040 planning document currently includes the following 2 statements, which several other neighborhoods are asking the City for clarification and context around. We will be responding as a board regarding our concerns around this issue.
    • “Abolish recognition of neighborhood organizations.”
    • “Neighborhood groups are a great connection to city departments.”
  • Committee Updates: Green Team – members will be attending the Sustainable Behavior workshop on Saturday, hosted by Council Member Palmisano. An initial meeting for those interested in joining Green Team efforts will be scheduled for some time in March.
    Community Engagement – We are still awaiting a project manager for the Washburn Tot Lot improvement planning. We are switching our neighborhood Happy Hour’s to Mondays from 7:00-9:00 pm at Cafe Maude, beginning on March 6, and will be every other month (no Happy Hour on Labor Day). We have gotten several more donations/items to include in our welcome bags for new residents and are working on connecting with even more local businesses.
    Safety Team – Our first efforts to connect with block leaders has encouraged us to keep building these connections and gathering ideas for ways to support the interests of our neighbors.
    Summer Festival – Task lists should be completed soon. We hope to have the car show returning this year with the support of area residents. A planning kick-off meeting will be scheduled in March.


NOTICE OF A PUBLIC HEARING

Variance at 5801 Russell

Mike Lindor, on behalf of Mike and Danielle Jostrow, has applied for a variance to reduce the established front yard setback along 58th Street West on a reverse corner lot in order to construct a new single-family dwelling at 5801 Russell Avenue South.

The Minneapolis Board of Adjustment will meet on Thursday, March 16, 2017, at 4:30 p.m., in Room 317 City Hall, 350 S. 5th St., Minneapolis, MN. Interested parties are invited to attend and be heard. Planning Department staff will issue a recommendation to the Zoning Board of Adjustment. After hearing from the public, the Zoning Board of Adjustment will make a determination based on required legal findings of fact. Please visit http://www.minneapolismn.gov/meetings/zba for the agenda with staff reports (web page will be updated by the end of the day Thursday prior to the meeting date).

In accordance with the Zoning Code, all property owners within 350 feet of the subject property are notified of this public hearing.  Your comments can be made verbally at the meeting, or submitted in writing, to:

Suado Abdi, City Planner
250 South 4
th Street Room 300, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone (612) 673-2467 Fax (612) 673-2526
E-mail:
Suado.Abdi@minneapolismn.gov

The meeting site is wheelchair accessible; if you need other disability related accommodations, such as a sign language interpreter or materials in alternative format; please contact NCR@minneapolismn.gov or 612- 673-3737 (673-2157 TTY/VOICE) at least five days prior to the meeting.

PLAN 3764 

VARIANCE – The City’s principal means of controlling land use is the zoning ordinance, which divides the City into different districts.  The individual districts determine lot size, building height, building and parking setbacks, required parking and various other standards.  The Board of Adjustment may grant a variance from these requirements, when the applicant can demonstrate that practical difficulties exist due to circumstances unique to the property.

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Gypsy Moth Treatment

The southern most part of Armatage neighborhood, along with a larger portion of Richfield, will be experiencing Gypsy Moth treatment this spring. Learn more on our website, and watch for updates on Nextdoor and Facebook. You can also sign-up for email updates through the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) website (under the 2017 treatments section).

A public meeting will be held by the MDA:

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
4:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Sheridan Hills Elementary School
6400 Sheridan Avenue S
Richfield, MN 55423


The Summer Parks Guide is now available! Registration begins March 8 at noon.


Bde Maka Ska Planning Meeting

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is partnering with the City of Minneapolis and community members to create a unique public art gathering and memorial space on the shore of Bde Maka Ska (Lake Calhoun).

Public Meeting
Date: Feb. 27, 2017
Time: 6-8 pm
Location: Minneapolis American Indian Center auditorium
Address: 1530 E Franklin Ave.
Topic: Discuss concepts for the gathering space.


SAVE THE DATE: Armatage & Kenny Community Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 8
10:00-11:30 am
Armatage Rec Center
$5/child (pre-register #65740)

Activities begin at 10:00am, followed by the egg hunt at 11:00am. Children are divided into age groups and claim small prizes and candy after the egg hunt.

Caricatures • Live bunnies • Bounce house • Arts & crafts • Continental breakfast

Volunteers needed to help distribute prizes! Please let us know if you can help out.

February 17, 2017 eNews

February Meeting Agenda

  • Welcome
  • Quartely Safety Update
  • City Council Update
  • Park Update
  • Committee Updates
    • Community Engagement
      • Renter engagement
      • Washburn Tot Lot
      • Happy hour
      • Welcome bags
    • Safety Team
    • Green Team
    • Summer Festival
  • Coordinator Update
    • FixIt Loan update
    • Annual Meeting
    • Upcoming events: Sustainable Behavior 2/25; Gypsy Moth 3/1; Home Fair 3/25; City conference 4/1
  • Treasurer Report
  • Secretary Report – January minutes approved online
  • New Business
  • Adjourn

Please submit agenda items at least two days in advance.



Change in Happy Hour time!

March 6 • 7:00-9:00pm
Cafe Maude

We will we switching to hosting our neighborhood happy hours to the first Monday from 7:00-9:00pm at Cafe Maude. We hope more neighbors may be able to join us at this bi-monthly neighborhood gathering!

In March, we especially invite area block leaders to join us! We want to continue our discussions about ways we can support your efforts though events, programs and more.

Food provided by the Armatage Neighborhood Association • Cash bar


We’re here to help you use your refund to move from “getting by” to “getting ahead.”

We provide free tax preparation, financial services, and financial coaching. Most services are offered by volunteers who are passionate about helping you maximize your money. We provide:

If you’re ready to get started, find a tax clinic nearest you.


Home Stretch Workshop

February 18 • 9:00am-5:00pm

Smart, sustainable homeownership starts with solid information. Our Home Stretch course is an in-person, classroom-style workshops taught by experienced professionals. Get objective, practical information to make the best homeownership choices for you and your family.

Learn how to:

  • Determine your financial situation
  • Manage credit to make homeownership more affordable
  • Choose your best mortgage options
  • Select the right home for your family
  • Understand the loan closing process
  • Find down payment help, special loans for first-time homebuyers, and other offers
  • And more!

Receiving a homestretch certificate makes you eligible to receive numerous down payment and first-time homebuyer assistance funds and programs. The certificate is good for 12 months.

View the Facebook event

Register through Eventbrite (Enter code Neighborhood50 to save 50% on your registration!)

*This class does not satisfy the NeighborhoodLift education requirements, but DOES satisfy most other down payment assistance education requirements. Please check with your lender for more information*



RecQuest is back! New Community Advisory Committee meeting scheduled February 23

Join renewed push to plan next generation of rec centers in Minneapolis at Feb. 23 meeting

RecQuest is back! The third Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting is scheduled for 6-8 pm on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 at Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) headquarters, 2117 West River Road.

At the meeting, MPRB staff will give a project update, an overview of Phase 2 of RecQuest and propose tools and a timeline to get it done. All CAC meetings are open to the public and the MPRB encourages anyone interested in the future of Minneapolis recreation centers to attend and participate.

RecQuest Refresher

Minneapolis’ demographics are changing rapidly, making it more important than ever to ensure that the MPRB meets the needs of the city’s diverse stakeholders. Therefore, the MPRB is developing a plan – RecQuest – for the next generation of recreation centers in Minneapolis.

 The MPRB operates 49 year-round, neighborhood-based recreation centers, and leases two recreation centers to non-profit organizations. Most facilities were built in the 1960s and 1970s and are nearing the end of their useful life.

RecQuest will set the stage for the next 25-30 years of capital improvements at recreation centers. It will also tailor recreation center facilities and programs to meet the current and projected recreation needs of communities across the city.

Please read the RecQuest CAC Meeting #2 Summary or visit the RecQuest project page for more information.

RecQuest CAC Meeting #3

Date: Feb. 23, 2017
Time: 6-8 pm
Location: MPRB Headquarters
Address: 2117 West River Road
Topic: Project update, Phase 2 overview, proposed tools and timeline


Registration open for Adaptive Recreation Sports Sampler and Fast Pitch Softball Pitching Clinics from The Windmill Factory

Windmill Factory Pitching Clinics

The Windmill Factory is hosting five pitching clinics at Whittier Recreation Center, Feb. 18-March 18! This is a great opportunity to get a jump start on the softball season and warm up your arm with fantastic pitching instruction.

Athletes will be instructed in the Six Steps to Proper Windmill Mechanics and learn about:

  • Proper Windmill Mechanics
  • Ball Speed
  • Ball Placement
  • Breaking Pitches
  • Off-Speed Pitches
  • Mental and Physical Strategies
  • Injury Prevention

Clinic Details
Ages: 8-18
Cost: $70 (Minneapolis resident); $105 (non-resident)
Location: Whittier Rec Center, 425 W 26th St.
Dates: Feb. 18-March 18 (Saturdays)
Time: 2:30-3:30 pm
Register


Adaptive Recreation Sports Sampler

Join our NEW interactive adaptive sports sampler! Learn a variety of sports skills through games, drills and activities designed for children of all ability levels.

Kids with various disabilities ages 6-12 years old will engage in a small group environment with trained staff to enhance their learning experience. Activities will be adapted to meet each child’s individual needs.

Activity Details
Ages: 6-12
Cost: $40 (Minneapolis resident); $60 (non-resident)
Location: Logan Recreation Center, 690 13th Ave. NE
Dates: March 16-April 13 (Thursdays)
Time: 5:30-6:15 pm
Location: Matthews Recreation Center, 2318 S 29th Ave.
Dates: March 14-April 11 (Tuesdays)
Time: 4:30-5:15 pm
Register

Political Activity

To All Neighborhood Organizations:

With the City’s general election less than a year away, there have been a lot of questions about how neighborhood organizations can be involved in increasing voter registration, turnout and education. You can download a copy of NCR’s guide on Neighborhood Organizations and Elections, which answers many of these questions, at this link: http://tinyurl.com/nhood-orgs-and-elections.

I especially want to remind you that your contracts with the City state that your organization may not engage in political activity. Partisan political activity is also absolutely prohibited by the Internal Revenue Service for all 50l(c)(3) organizations. The City uses the same rules as the IRS in our oversight of the political activities of organizations.

The IRS states that 50l(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations “are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office.” Whether an organization is engaging in prohibited political campaign activity depends on the facts and circumstances in each case. The IRS rules state that the motivation of an organization is not relevant in determining whether the political campaign prohibition has been violated.

The IRS rules cover the publishing of information in organizations’ publications, advertisements in these publications, speakers at organizational events and meetings, and the acts of individuals in their capacity as officers of an organization.

Any activities related to candidates or campaigns for political office must be conducted in a non-partisan manner. For instance, if one candidate is allowed to speak at a meeting of the organization, then all other legally qualified candidates for the same office should be invited to speak. All candidates must be given an equal amount of time on the agenda. Similarly, if a forum is sponsored by the organization, then all candidates must be invited, questions must be prepared and presented in a non-partisan manner, the topics discussed should cover a broad range of issues of interest to the public, each candidate must have the opportunity to present his or her views on the issues discussed, and the moderator must not comment on the questions or otherwise make comments that imply approval or disapproval of any of the candidates or their responses.

Since the IRS prohibition is an absolute bar, it would be wise for your organization to avoid any activity that even hints at partisan participation in a political campaign. If your organization does have an interest in some level of participation in the election process, however, it is strongly suggested that you contact an attorney to ensure that your activity is not a violation of the ban on political activity. Any violation of this ban could result in the revocation of your organization’s tax-exempt status and the cancellation of your organization’s contracts with the City.

Here are some examples from recent years that may put your organization at risk:

  • A candidate shows up at a neighborhood meeting and asks for time to discuss their candidacy. Note that allowing a candidate to even mention their candidacy could violate the IRS’ absolute bar on political activity. We recommend immediately informing the candidate that, while they are welcome to participate, they may not campaign or mention their candidacy in any form.
  • Conducting a candidate forum prior to an endorsing convention can violate the absolute bar, since it would appear to be favoring a group of candidates (e.g., those seeking endorsement from a particular party). We recommend not holding a candidate forum until after the deadline for candidate filings.
  • Introducing an elected official at a neighborhood meeting as a candidate and encouraging (or discouraging) support for that candidate. While an elected official can present at your event in their capacity as an elected official, you should not refer to their candidacy in any way.

Please see the guide on Neighborhood Organizations and Elections for more information, and contact your Neighborhood Support Specialist here at NCR with any questions you may have.

 Sincerely,

David Rubedor
Director of Neighborhood and Community Relations
ADA Title II Coordinator