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January 4, 2019 eNews

Tuesday, January 8
7:00-9:00 • Red Wagon Pizza

Join your neighbors for some free pizza and conversation at our first Neighborhood Happy Hour of 2019! Meet neighbors and board members and hear all about what’s happening in Armatage. Cash bar. Help tipping our servers is always appreciated.


Fire on Ice Family Skating Party


Let us know you’re coming to Fire on Ice at Armatage!


Public Hearing Notice

The City of Minneapolis will hold a Public Hearing on January 8, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. or shortly thereafter at Minneapolis City Hall, Room 317, 350 South 5th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415 on Pizzeria Lola‘s application to upgrade its current license from On-Sale Wine/Strong Beer to On-Sale Liquor with no live entertainment, with Sunday Sales.

The City is collecting comments on this application – please send them to Inspector Mohamed Ismail at 612-673-3904 or Mohamed.ismail@minneapolismn.gov



Protect Your Personal Information This Tax Season

Tips from the Minnesota Department of Revenue:

As the income tax filing season approaches, beware of scams attempting to steal your personal information. Individuals or organizations may falsely represent themselves as being from the department. Use caution and never provide personal information unless you are sure the situation is legitimate.

When we contact you by phone, mail, or email, we will never:

  • Demand immediate payment without first mailing a letter.
  • Demand that you pay taxes and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe.
  • Require that you pay your taxes a certain way, such as with a prepaid debit card.
  • Threaten to contact police or law enforcement agencies to arrest you for not paying.

The Minnesota Department of Revenue will never ask you to provide, update, or verify personal information if you did not previously email us. Do not respond to such emails, and contact us with questions or concerns. If you are concerned about a possibly fraudulent contact from someone claiming to be from the department, call us at 651-296-3781 or 1-800-652-9094 (toll-free). We can determine if the contact you received was legitimate.

January 10, 2019 eNews


January 15, 2019 Agenda

  • Welcome
  • Guest and Donation Request: Meg O’Brien, My Very Own Bed
  • Park Update:
    • Fire on Ice Skating Party
    • SW Parks Plan Initial Design Concept Workshops
  • Pedestrian Safety Follow up
  • Red Wagon Pizza Company Liquor License Application
  • Summer Festival 2019
  • President’s Report
  • Secretary Report – minutes approved via email
  • Treasurer Report – financials emailed
  • Committee Updates
    • Community Engagement
    • Micro-grant program
    • Green Team
  • Coordinator Update
    • Newsletter update
    • Neighborhoods 2020
    • Social media
    • Community Connections Conference – February 2
    • 2018 CPP Report
    • Upcoming Ward 13 Summit
  • New Business

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Upcoming meetings/events
Jan 25 – Fire on Ice Family Skating Party (6:30-8:30 pm)
Feb 19 – Monthly Meeting (6:30-8:00 pm)
Mar 9 – Fix-it Clinic (12:00-4:00 pm)
Mar 12 – Neighborhood Happy Hour (7:00-9:00 pm)
Mar 19 – Monthly Meeting (6:30-8:00 pm)


Celebrate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Minneapolis

The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board will host three events at recreation centers on January 21 to honor Dr. King’s life and legacy. Each event is free and open to the public. Join for one, two or all three and please consider bringing a non-perishable food item for the Feeding the Dream Food Drive.

Lunch and performances

Powderhorn Recreation Center11:00am – 2:00pm
Celebrate the history of Martin Luther King, Jr. with performances and lunch. Doors open at 11 am for this free, family friendly event. Volunteers are welcome!

Music, dance and soul food 

Central Gym3:00 – 4:00 pm: Come and celebrate the life and movement of Dr. King. This event will be open to the public with recitals, choirs, music, dance, a guest speaker, and an old-fashioned soul food dinner.

Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration 

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
The holiday culminates with this annual celebration, featuring keynote speaker Paul Robinson, Senior Community Leadership Manager at The Amherst H. Wilder Foundation and Pastor at Grace Outreach Covenant Church, performances and guest speakers, and presentation of MPRB’s annual Living the Dream Award to Andrea Jenkins, Minneapolis City Council Vice President (Ward 8).


Fire on Ice Family Skating Party


Let us know you’re coming to Fire on Ice at Armatage!


Upcoming Town Hall Meeting

Senator Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis), Representative Frank Hornstein (61A), and new Representative Jamie Long (61B) invite their constituents to attend a town hall meeting on Saturday, January 26 from 10:00am – 12:00pm. This event is an opportunity to preview the upcoming legislative session, ask questions, share stories and perspectives, and meet their elected officials.

When: Saturday, January 26 from 10:00am – 12:00pm
Where: Mount Olivet Church (Administration Building, Door #3)
5025 Knox Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419
Who: Senator Scott Dibble, Rep Frank Hornstein, Rep Jamie Long
Further Details:

  • Parking: Free street parking is available in the Mount Olivet parking lot. Look for the Administration Building sign and enter door #3.
  • Transit: Metro Transit buses number 4 and 46 stop less than a block from the venue, at the intersection of James Ave. S and W. 50th Street.
  • Biking: There is a bike rack located along James Ave S.

Help Shape the Future of SW Parks

The Southwest Parks Planning team will host four upcoming Initial Concept Workshops in January and February. Everyone is invited: please bring family, friends, neighbors and others! Each workshop has the same format and park design concepts and includes kids’ activities and refreshments. Photo credit: Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

Thursday, January 31, 2019, 6:00-8:00 pm
Lynnhurst Recreation Center, 1345 W Minnehaha Parkway
This workshop will also have information on the Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan.

Monday, February 4, 2019, 6:00-8:00 pm
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center, 4055 Nicollet Ave. S

Thursday, February 7, 2019, 6:00-8:00 pm
Whittier Recreation Center, 425 W 26th St.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 6:00-8:00 pm
Jones-Harrison Residence, Centrum Room, 3700 Cedar Lake Ave.

Can’t make it? All of the initial park concepts on display at the public workshops will also be posted to the SW Parks Plan project page (minneapolisparks.org/sw) on Jan. 31, along with a link to an online survey where anyone can submit feedback on any design.


Hot Notes on a Cold Night Cabaret

Saturday, February 9 – 6:30 -11:00 pm
St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church (3420 Irving Avenue, Minneapolis)

For tickets and to Register click below or Text HotNotes to 52182

https://e.givesmart.com/events/bPA/

Hot Notes on a Cold Night Cabaret celebrates the high-quality Theatre, Dance, Choral, Orchestra, Guitar and Band programs at Minneapolis’s largest public high school. This year, it will cost over $100,000.00 to fund the Performing Arts at Southwest. Minneapolis Public Schools pays approximately $2,500 of that. Hot Notes is where we close that gap.

December 18 2018 Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes

Date: December 18th, 2018

Called to Order: 6:32PM

Presided by: Joel Federer (President)

Note taker: Tyler Mulcahey (Secretary)

Board members in attendance: Joel Federer, Tyler Mulcahey, Judy Vecere, Adriana Dobrzychka, Ryan Antkowiak, Stephanie Vigen, Michael Kootsikas, Jim Hoch, Lauren Anderson (Coordinator)

Others in attendance: Rachel Ireland

Board members absent: Tara Brown

Special Election for ANA Board Seats 4 and 8 (Both terms: May 2017 – May 2019)
Prospective board members:
Brett Anderson, Lara Bergman, Eli Johnson, Tim Bina

New board members voted in:

(1) Brett Anderson
(2) Lara Bergman

President’s Report – Thank you to everyone for coming and those who stepped up to run for the two board positions tonight.

Secretary Report – November minutes approved via e-mail

Treasurer Report – Financials e-mailed (to request a copy of the financials from this month, email anacoordinator@armatage.org)

Park Update, Nikki Friederich

  • Fire on Ice event on 01/25/2018 from 6:30-8:30pm – Asking the board to have the ANA board provide $250 to help fund the event. Motion to approve $250. Approved by the board.
  • Armatage rinks will be open this weekend. Rinks open 12:00PM each day. Rinks are closed on 12/24, 12/25, 12/31, and 01/01. Buildings will be closed on 12/25 and 12/31.

Committee Updates —

  • Micro Grant Update – Ariana had the opportunity to speak with some nearby neighborhoods to discuss and see what is best for our neighborhood to implement. Work in progress.
  • Next Armatage Neighborhood Happy Hour – January 8th from 7-9pm
  • Michael Kootsikas gives out “welcome bags” to those who are just moving into the neighborhood. If anyone knows of any businesses in the neighborhood that would like to contribute to items in these bags, please contact Michael.

Coordinator Update

  • Business safety rebate program – A few businesses in the neighborhood would like to take advantage of this program. Lauren wanted to get clarification if the purchase and installation of security cameras are eligible for the program. The board agreed that these would be allowed. Lauren will update the ANA website.
    • 49 Armatage residents have taken advantage of the program so far ($4,096.80 used up so far. We had allocated $10,000 for residents and $10,000 for businesses for 2018)
    • Motion to continue the same funding for 2019 as we did for 2018. $10,000 for residents and $10,000 for businesses with same rules/eligibility. Motioned approved.
  • Jan print newsletter
    • Budget – Typically spend a little under $1,100 for each print newsletter that goes to every newsletter & business in the neighborhood.
      • Motion for board to approve budget for each print newsletter: $1,100 for printing, $300 for outsourcing/insourcing graphic design as needed, and $235.59 for postage for total of $1,650. Motion approved.
    • Board feature – Fire & Ice event, New Year resolution, board member feature (Joel Federer for January issue); Save the Date for the garage sale; Save the Date for annual meeting
    • Passed around a “thank you” from the Crisis Nursery for the donation received from the Christmas tree lighting event

2019 Accounting Contract – In 2018, Rachel’s accounting services were $700.

Motion to approve new contract to be for the calendar year of January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019. Hourly wage is $40/hour not to exceed 25 hours total for the year (Yearly wage max of $1,000). Motion approved.

New Business – None

54th & Penn Pedestrian Safety Panel

  • Guest: Kathy Waite, 5th Precinct Inspector, and Jennifer Waisanen, 5th Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator
    • Will have her officers patrol or sit at the area when their call volume is down and the officers aren’t tied up.
  • Guest: Jennifer Lowry, City of Minneapolis Public Works
    • Mentioned that Book Club has added lights to their parking lot
  • Guest: John Freude, Aide to Council Member Palmisano
    • City has completed its pedestrian crash study and the results will be released on January 22nd

Some ideas that were discussed:

  • Turn up business node street lights by 20% to take away glare when going up hill and put them on a timer so the brightness is only increased during “busy” times
  • Reduce speed limit to 20mph on Penn –  due to school zone and business node
  • Radar speed signs
  • Gateway signage (i.e. banners showing “54th & Penn”) to bring awareness to drivers that they’re entering a business district. This would also be good for marketing purposes.
  • Flashing 4-way stop at 54th & Penn and/or at nearby intersections.
  • Speed bumps/humps
  • Crosswalk and/or flashing crosswalk between Book Club & Red Wagon (similar to 50th & France)
  • Add 4-way stop to 57th & Thomas (school area)
  • Eliminating left turns out of Book Club and Red Wagon parking lots (private property and city doesn’t have authority to dictate not taking left turns out of parking lots)

Meeting Adjourned: 8:18PM

Next Meeting: January 15th • 6:30pm

November 20, 2018 Minutes

Meeting Minutes

Date: November 20th, 2018

Called to Order: 6:33PM

Presided by: Joel Federer (President)

Note taker: Tyler Mulcahey (Secretary)

Board members in attendance: Lauren Anderson (coordinator), Joel Federer, Tyler Mulcahey, Ryan Antkowiak, Judy Vecere, Stephanie Vigen, Jim Hoch, Michael Kootsikas, Adriana Dobrzychka

Others in attendance: Rachel Ireland and about a dozen neighborhood residents

Board members absent: Kelly Falsani, Tara Brown

Guests:

  • Kathy Waite, 5th Precinct Inspector & Jennifer Waisanen, 5th Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator – Provided map of crimes that have happened in the neighborhood since May 2018. No “major” crimes like homicide, rape, etc. Mostly burglaries and thefts of motor vehicles. Only 1 arrest has been made of a business burglary. Hard to catch the others because they are crimes of opportunity and there usually are no witnesses. Police force relies on neighbors to report suspicious activity. Residents can reach out to Jennifer for a free home evaluation to go over any potential weaknesses in your home. She can be reached via phone at 612-673-5407 or e-mail at jennifer.waisanen@minneapolismn.gov.

    Armatage board has a safety rebate program – $100 for individuals and $1000 for businesses.
  • Larry Matsumoto, City of Minneapolis Public Works – 2nd phase of Armatage road resurfacing update – provided maps to show where future resurfacing will take place. Properties within the Pennhurt Residential resurfacing project will see assessments mailed to them soon. Estimated start and end dates of Pennhurst Residential project are unknown at this time, as Public Works is waiting to hear back from the gas companies on their timeline.

Discussion was had about condition of 60th street from France to Kenny neighborhood. This would be a reconstruction project – not resurfacing – and is more costly. Timeline for the reconstruction of 60th is around 5 years.

Discussion was had about sidewalk replacement this year. These were forced assessments due to the fact that property owners are required to maintain their sidewalks. These are different than the resurfacing projects, which are considered “betterment” assessments.

President’s Report  – We recently hired a new ANA coordinator (Lauren Anderson). Welcome and thank you for joining the crew.

Secretary Report – October 2018 minutes approved by the board via e-mail and posted to website.

Treasurer Report – Financials e-mailed to the board (to request a copy of the financials from this month, email anacoordinator@armatage.org)

Vote on Proposed Bylaws – Amendment proposed to update Article IX: Fiscal Year in the bylaws: Requesting to change fiscal year from March 1 through February 29 (current bylaws) to January 1st through December 31st to match the city’s fiscal year.  Amendment approved by the board – fiscal year shall now be January 1st through December 31st.

Motion to approve the proposed bylaws (along with previously approved amendment). Approved by the board (see approved bylaws here). 

Park Update, Nikki Friederich –  

  • Halloween event recap: Weather wasn’t the greatest (i.e. raining), so the event was moved indoors. Horse & wagon still did laps outside. Had at least 275 kids that showed up – close to 700-800 people in total showed up.
  • Hockey rinks at Armatage Park will be poured soon. Rinks aren’t ready until the hockey boards are up, so please don’t use them until then. If lights are not lit up, that’s also a sign that the ice is not ready yet.
    • Fire on Ice skating party at Armatage Park – Friday, January 25th from 6:30-8:30pm – DJ, hot coco, s’mores, etc.
    • Skating lessons Friday evenings, Saturday afternoons, and Sunday afternoons. Registration has already started, so if you have kiddos who want to sign up, please do so ASAP! Registration can be found on Minneapolis Parks website.
  • Basketball registration is underway – registration open for 10 days so far and 160 kids signed up so far. Registration is on separate website (not Minneapolis Parks website). Still looking for volunteer coaches for ages kindergarten through HS.
  • Adult fitness classes – new program brochure is available online. Hard copy is at the front desk at Armatage Park.
  • Pre-school offered at Kenny Park

Committee Updates —

  • Community Engagement
    • Washburn Park – No update
    • Happy Hour at Red Wagon – Really good turnout at last HH. Next HH will take place on second Tuesday in December – December 12th
  • Micro-Grant Program – Adriana has been reaching out to other neighborhoods that have similar programs to understand their micro-grant model. Denis will also be helping with this task. My Very Own Bed may be a good candidate for a first applicant for our micro-grant program.
  • Green Team – No update

Coordinator Update

  • 2019 Metro Blooms Rain Garden Project – Armatage partnered with them to install 12 rain gardens in 2018. In order to continue this project in 2019, Metro Blooms needs a commitment ASAP from the neighborhood how many the neighborhood will install.

    Motion to approve 20 “engagements” with Metro Blooms for 2019 (rain gardens or native gardens) pending budget approval by the board at the next board meeting. Motion approved by the board.
  • Charity Drive/Tree Lighting – Happening on Friday, November 23rd at 7pm. Renting a sleigh for folks to take photos. Formula & diaper drive will take place there.

New Business – Voting of new board member to replace Laurel will take place at next month’s board meeting.

Meeting Adjourned: 8:34PM

Next Meeting: December 18th • 6:30pm

Link

Meeting Minutes

Date: October 16th, 2018

Called to Order: 6:30PM

Presided by: Joel Federer (President)

Note taker: Tyler Mulcahey, Secretary

In attendance: Joel Federer, Tyler Mulcahey, Nikki Lindberg, Michael Kootsikas, Jim Hoch, Stephanie Vigen, Kelly Falsani, Adriana Dobrzychka
Other attendees:

Absent: Laurel Luxenberg, Ryan Antkowiak, Tara Brown,  Judy Vecere

Guests:

 

  • Stacy Sorensen, NCR (board survey) – Survey to gather information & demographics of Minneapolis neighborhood organization boards. Please complete and give back to Stacy. For those board members not present, link to the survey will be sent out via e-mail.

 

President’s Report  – ANA Coordinator Nikki Lindberg’s last meeting is tonight. Happy Hour at Wild Minds on 10/24 at 7:30pm to wish her well. She will be moving onto a position at Minnetonka Center for the Arts.

We are conducting interviews to find an ANA Coordinator replacement and we have some good candidates. 4 board members will be interviewing.

Bylaws committee met a few weeks ago and updated bylaws were shared with the board via e-mail. Updated bylaws will be posted on the ANA website tonight or tomorrow for 30 days of community review/feedback. After that, Board will discuss any recommended changes that may need to be made, then the full bylaws will be voted on by the board vote.

Secretary Report – September 2018 minutes approved by the board.

Treasurer Report – Financials e-mailed to the board.

Park Update, Nikki Friederich –  

  • Volleyball starting up this week; 5 teams this year
  • Winter sports and winter/spring programs registration will start November 7th
  • Halloween Party (Friday, October 26th from 6-8:30pm): Happening in Armatage Park – mostly outdoor event: Hayride, bouncy house, DJ, s’mores, fire pit, and a trick or treat trail for kids to get candy & prizes.

Committee Updates —

  • Community Engagement
    • Washburn Park – No update
    • Happy Hour at Red Wagon – Next one coming up on 11/13; free pizza; cash bar
    • Charity Drive/Tree Lighting – Happening on 11/23. Formula & diaper drive will take place. Renting a sleigh for folks to take photos.
  • ANA Annual Meeting Community Ideas – Sent out via e-mail for the board to vote on to prioritize. Please send Stephanie & Adriana your top 5 that you’d like the board to prioritize. Some are easier to implement and others would take more time to implement. Some of the ideas are things that the park board could address in their planning meeting. Some of the ideas are events/activities that other neighborhoods around us may already offer and residents could take advantage of.
    • Regarding the tool library: An idea that was brought up is to do a “virtual tool library” where we have an online spreadsheet where people can put their name and the tools they have available for residents to use.
    • Here are some of the top ideas that had the top votes from the board:
      • More light at the park/parking lot
      • Dog park
      • Solar gardens + grants
      • Tool library
      • Shade at the pool
  • Micro-grant program – Should be discussed separately from the ANA annual meeting community ideas. Should be broad so the community can take ownership to improve their community. Adriana reached out to several neighborhoods to get ideas on how to create this micro-grant program. If anyone else on the board or community is interested in helping with the micro-grant program, please let Adriana know.

Coordinator Update

  • Search update – Quite a few applications have come in for the new ANA Coordinator. There are 4 board members that will be interviewing candidates this weekend. These 4 board members will give their recommendation to the board.

New Business – None

Meeting Adjourned: 7:04PM

Next Meeting: November 20th  • 6:30pm

2018 Proposed ANA Bylaws

Armatage Neighborhood Association Bylaws

2018 review and recommendations

Article I: NAME

The name of the organization shall be the ARMATAGE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION (ANA herein).

ARTICLE II: MISSION, PURPOSE, AND POLICY

Section 1. Mission

The purpose of the ANA shall be to protect and promote Armatage neighborhood interests and the health, safety, and general welfare of residents within the organization’s geographic jurisdiction in a non-partisan, educational, and cooperative manner. ANA is organized within the context of the State Non-profit Law, specifically 317A.435, Subd.4(c).

Section 2. Purpose

The purpose of the ANA shall be to:

  1. Consider and act upon issues which affect the livability and quality of the neighborhood;
  2. Provide an open process by which members may involve themselves in neighborhood affairs;
  3. Take positions in matters of civic interest and promote those positions in communications;
  4. Inform residents of events or plans affecting the neighborhood; and
  5. Establish and maintain open communication with other organizations, such as district coalitions, educational institutions, other neighborhood associations, and city, county and state government agencies.

Section 3. Policy

No commercial enterprise or political candidate shall be endorsed by the ANA. The name of the ANA and/or its officers, when acting in their official capacities, shall not be used in connection with any commercial, partisan, or sectarian interest or for any other purposes other than that of the regular work of the ANA.

Article III: BOUNDARIES

Armatage neighborhood boundaries are set by the City of Minneapolis, and currently are:

  • West side of Logan Avenue and west of property line of 1825 W 59th St and 1900 W 60th Street
  • South side of 54th Street
  • East side of Xerxes Avenue
  • North side of Highway 62

Article IV: MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. Definition of Membership

Membership is the right of any person who:

  • Is 18 years of age or older and resides within the boundaries of the Armatage neighborhood and attends and signs-in at a meeting.
  • Is a single representative of any commercial property, school, park, or church within the boundaries of the Armatage neighborhood, and attends a meeting with an authorization letter on business letterhead, designating that person as the official representative of that business/institution to be presented to the Secretary prior to the start of the meeting.

Section 2. Powers and Duties of Members

There shall be one class of members in the ANA and each member shall be entitled to one vote. At an ANA meeting, members may:

  1. Vote for election of the Board of Directors.
  2. Vote for dissolution or merger of the ANA.
  3. Propose amendments to the Bylaws.
  4. Vote at regular meetings on motions made by Directors.
  5. Not make motions or elect Officers.

Article V: BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section 1. Composition

The number of Directors shall be no more than eleven (11).

Section 2. Terms of Service

The Board of Directors shall be elected for a two-year term by a majority vote at the annual meeting. The Board shall make provisions to stagger the terms of elected Directors so each year the terms of at least one-half shall expire. A Director may be re-elected or re-appointed without limitation on the number of terms they may serve. Terms may be other than two years depending on when the annual meeting is scheduled.

Section 3. Resignation

A Director may resign from the Board at any time by giving written notice to the ANA.

Section 4. Vacancy

Vacancies of elected positions on the Board shall be filled at a special election held at the next regular meeting of the ANA. The term of a Director filling an elected vacancy expires at the end of the term the Director is filling.

Section 5. Removal

Any elected or appointed Director may be removed, with or without cause, by a two-thirds vote of the Board. No Director may be removed from office unless they have been informed at least 10 days prior to the Board meeting at which the matter is to be considered.

Upon three consecutive uncommunicated absences from board meetings, a Board Director shall be deemed to have vacated his or her position and the position shall be determined to be vacant. The ANA Board will fill the vacancy by majority vote.

Section 6. Powers and Duties of the Board

The Board shall be responsible for managing the affairs of the ANA and for assuring the membership is informed of business that affects them through reasonable means of notification. Elected Directors shall have the same powers and responsibilities. To ensure active participation and representation, Directors shall:

  1. Support the mission of the ANA.
  2. Attend all regular and special meetings of the Board.
  3. Sign the ANA Conflict of Interest and ANA Code of Ethics policies.

(NOTE: Attached Conflict of Interest, Code of Ethics and Grievance policies)

Article Vl: OFFICERS

Section 1. Titles and Eligibility

The officers of the Association shall be a President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. To be eligible to be an officer, an individual must be an elected member of the Board.

Section 2. Election

At the next Board meeting following the annual election, the first order of business shall be the election of officers by the Directors. Eligible candidates may be self-nominated or nominated by any member of the ANA. Notification of intent to seek and Officer position shall be communicated to the Coordinator seven days prior to the election. A paper ballot will be created listing all nominated candidates, and allowing for write-in candidates, for each Officer role up for election. The candidate for each office who receives the greatest number of votes shall hold the office.

Section 3. Terms

Officers shall serve two-year terms. Officers may serve no more than 3 consecutive terms in the same office. Individuals are eligible to serve in the same office again after being out of office for one full term. The term being served will be prioritized to the officer role first, then to the Director’s role. Terms may be other than two years depending on when the annual meeting is scheduled.

  1. In the event an Officer completes a full three terms, and if no other candidate has stepped forward to replace said Officer, the board may, if the Officer agrees, vote to extend the Officer to another 1-year term upon 3/4 Board approval (9 members of a full Board). Term extensions may continue on a 1-year term basis, or until a replacement Officer is found.
  2. If no new Officer is elected, and the current Officer does not agree to continue in said position, the open position shall rotate monthly among all seated Board of Directors until the open officer seat is filled by secret ballot.

Section 4. Vacancy

In the event of a vacancy, eligible candidates may be self-nominated or nominated by any Director. The candidate receiving the greatest number of votes by the Directors shall hold the office. Until the position is filled, the President must delegate the duties of the vacant office to one or more Directors.

Section 5. Removal

Any officer may be removed, with or without cause, by a two thirds vote of the Board. No Officer may be removed unless they have been informed at least 10 days prior to the Board meeting at which the matter is to be considered.

Section 6. Duties of Officers

Duties of officers may be more specifically defined in separate standing rules and procedures approved by the Board. Subject to Board approval, officers may delegate some or all their duties and powers, but retain full accountability for their office. The officers shall be notified in writing of such delegation. In general, the duties of officers are:

A. President.

The President serves as the chief executive officer of the ANA. The President shall:

  1. Preside as chair at all Board and ANA meetings;
  2. Represent the position of the Board and the interests of the ANA; and
  3. Serve as spokesperson and public contact for the ANA.

B. Vice-President.

The Vice-President shall perform the duties of the President in their absence or when requested by the President.

C. Secretary.

The Secretary shall:

  1. Record and maintain minutes of ANA and Board meetings;
  2. Maintain the non-financial files of the ANA;
  3. Provide notice of all membership and Board meetings;
  4. Maintain current and accurate membership lists;
  5. Record meeting attendance and absences (excused and unexcused) of Directors; and
  6. Manage requests for public record requests.

D. Treasurer.

The treasurer shall have overall responsibility for the ANA’s funds. The Treasurer shall:

  1. Maintain full and accurate accounts of all financial records of the ANA;
  2. Develop and present the annual budget for approval by the Board; and
  3. Present financial reports as directed by the Board.

ARTICLE VII: COMMITTEES

Section 1. Establishment of Committees

The Board may establish such committees as it deems necessary to promote the purposes and objectives of the ANA. The Board shall have the power to define the type of committee, the scope of committee authority, and the duties of the chair. Any person who is either a member of the ANA or eligible to be a member as defined in Article III may participate and vote in committee meetings and be a committee chair.

Section 2. Committee Types

Committees may be one of three types:

  1. Standing Committees: established to address ongoing operations of the ANA under a formal charge from the Board that is reviewed and renewed annually.
  2. Ad-hoc Committees: convened for a limited time to address a particular matter under a formal charge from the Board that expires once the task of the committee is complete.
  3. Sub-Committees: formed by a committee to perform specific functions as requested by the sponsoring committee and consistent with its charter.

Section 3. Normal Committee Process

  1. Every committee shall meet as needed to fulfill their obligations, objectives and goals.
  2. All committee action will be forwarded to the Board where it shall be reviewed and may be approved, amended, rejected, or returned to the committee for further action. Final action of the ANA will be communicated to the appropriate entity by the Secretary.
  3. Every committee shall send meeting notices, reports of its meetings, including dates, persons present, and decisions made, to the Board.
  4. Committees may hold real-time electronic meetings provided at least one committee member is present at a publicly available location specified in the meeting notice. Committees may hold a vote during the meeting.
  5. Proxy and absentee voting shall not be permitted. Absentee means someone who is not attending the meeting in-person or via electronic communications (phone, video conferencing, etc.) in real time.

Section 4. Committee Oversight

The purpose and effectiveness of committees shall be reviewed at least annually by the Board. Committees serve at the pleasure of the Board and their charge may be amended or discontinued at any time. Chairs of committees may be removed, with or without cause, by two-thirds vote of the Board. No committee chair may be removed unless they have been informed at least 10 days prior to the Board meeting at which the matter is to be considered.

Section 5. Committee Limitations

No committee may:

  1. Authorize any payment to Directors, Officers, or vendors;
  2. Approve the dissolution, merger, sale, or transfer of the ANA’s assets;
  3. Elect, appoint, or remove Directors or fill vacancies on the Board; or
  4. Adopt, amend, or repeal the Articles of Incorporation, the Bylaws, or any resolution of the Board.

Article VIII: Meetings

Meetings of the ANA, the Board, and any of its committees shall be open to the public. A meeting may only be closed in cases of legal, human resource or labor management disputes.

Section 1. Regular Meetings

A membership meeting sponsored by the Board shall be held most months with the following exceptions:

a regular meeting is not held the same month as our annual Summer Festival or other major event.

Section 2. Annual Meeting

One Annual Meeting per year shall be held no sooner than 9 months and no later than 12 months from the prior year’s meeting. The business of the annual meeting shall include:

  1. An annual summary of ANA activities.
  2. A report on the state of the ANA’s finances.
  3. Election of Directors as specified in (Article V, Section 2.)
  4. A proposed annual work plan.

Section 3. Special Meetings

A special meeting of the ANA may be held at any time by a call of the Board or by a petition signed by at least 25 members of the ANA. The petition shall be delivered to the ANA Coordinator, who will notify the Board President, and a date for the special meeting will be determined. Notice of a special meeting must be provided at least 30 days in advance and contain a statement of the purposes of the meeting. The notice may also contain other information considered necessary or desirable by the Board and/or by another person calling the meeting. Meeting notice will be communicated via email, website, social media, etc. Business transacted at a special meeting shall be limited only to the purposes stated in the meeting notice.  

Section 4. Quorum

A quorum for any Board meeting shall be one-half plus 1, rounded down, of seated Directors. A quorum for a committee shall include the chair and not less than 2 members or persons eligible for membership in the ANA.

Section 5. Voting

  1. Each ANA member shall be entitled to only one vote.
  2. Voting (yes, no, abstain) on regular business shall be by voice, or a show of hands, with a roll call taken if the vote is inconclusive.
  3. There shall be no proxy or absentee voting during ANA or Board meetings.
  4. Only ANA members may vote for Directors.
  5. Only Directors may vote for Officers.
  6. Except in the case of emergencies or when decisions must be made before the board is able to meet again during a regular meeting, only the following items shall be voted on via email by the Directors:
    1. Minutes
    2. Agenda
    3. Newsletter

Section 6. Conduct of Business

All meetings of the ANA, the Board, and its Committees shall be governed by Robert’s Rules of Order.

Section 7. Due Notice

Unless otherwise specified, notice of meetings shall be publicized at least 10 calendar days in advance via the ANA’s website and an opt-in email system available to the public. Notice of meeting cancellation shall be publicized at least 3 calendar days in advance unless emergency or exigent circumstances require cancellation on shorter notice.

Article IX: FISCAL YEAR

The fiscal year shall be from March I through the last day of February.

ARTICLE X: NON-DISCRIMINATION

The ANA will not discriminate against individuals or groups on the basis of gender, age, ethnicity, religion, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, gender expression, disability, marital status, income, political affiliation, homeowner/renter status, or any other legally protected class in its policies, recommendations, programs, or actions.

ARTICLE XI: CONFLICT OF INTEREST

To maintain the public trust and protect the integrity of the ANA, Directors shall disclose to the Board any interest they have in a transaction or decision that may result in a financial gain to them, their business, family members and/or significant other, employer, or other non-profit organizations with which they are affiliated. Any conflict of interest that arises shall be managed according to the ANA Conflict of Interest Policy and Procedure.

Article XII: PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

Officers, Chairpersons, and committee members of the organization are expected to conduct themselves in a courteous and professional manner.

Failure to fulfill their Board responsibilities as outlined in Article VI (Section 6) may lead to the consideration and implementation of disciplinary action by the Board as outlined in Robert’s Rules of Order.

If breaches of conduct or order occur during any meeting, the Chairperson will follow the disciplinary procedures outlined in Robert’s Rules of Order.

Article XIII: GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

A person or group may file a formal grievance if they believe an action taken by the ANA violates these bylaws or City standards. Other forms of conflict resolution are encouraged prior to invoking a grievance. All parties should attempt to resolve disputes through dialogue and/or formal mediation whenever possible. In the event such efforts are not successful, the process for filing a grievance is set forth in the ANA Grievance Policy and Procedure.

ARTICLE XIV: INDEMNIFICATION

The ANA shall indemnify each person who is or has been a Director, officer, or employee of the Association against expenses – including attorney’s fees, judgments, fines, and amounts paid in settlement – actually or reasonably incurred by that person in their service to the Association to the fullest extent of their right to indemnity under current laws of the State of Minnesota.

Article XV: AMENDMENTS

Section 1. Eligibility

These bylaws may be amended at any time in a manner that is consistent with the Articles of Incorporation and laws of the State of Minnesota. Amendments may be proposed by a majority of the Board of Directors or by a petition of at least 25 members of the ANA. The petition shall be delivered to the ANA Coordinator at least seven days prior to a regular meeting, who will notify the Board, and have it added to the meeting agenda.

Section 2. Process

Persons eligible to propose an amendment may do so by signing a resolution that states the text of the amendment. A copy of the proposed amendment shall be sent to all ANA members at least 30 calendar days prior to the meeting at which it will be considered. The proposed amendment is adopted by an affirmative two-thirds vote of eligible members in attendance at that meeting.

Section 3. Periodic Review

The bylaws of the Association shall be reviewed by the Board at least every 3 years.

October 11, 2018 eNews

October 16, 2018 Agenda

  • Welcome
  • Guest: Stacy Sorenson, NCR (board survey)
  • President’s Report
  • Secretary Report – minutes approved via email
  • Treasurer Report – financials emailed
  • Park Update
    • Halloween Party (Oct 26, 6-8:30)
  • Committee Updates
    • Community Engagement
      • Washburn Park
      • Happy Hour – at Red Wagon 11/13
      • Charity Drive/Tree Lighting 11/23
    • Micro-grant program
  • Coordinator Update
    • Search Update
  • New Business

Adjourn by 7:15

7:15 – City Council Member Palmisano and Kenny neighborhood will join us to discuss the updated 2040 comprehensive plan recently released to the public. (minneapolis2040.com).

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Upcoming meetings/events

Oct 26 – Halloween at the Park (6-8:30)
Oct 29 – SW Community Workshop / Park Planning (6:30-8, Pershing)
Nov 6 – Election Day
Nov 13 – Happy Hour at Red Wagon (7-9)
Nov 20 – Monthly Meeting (6:30-8)
Nov 23 – Charity Drive/Tree Lighting (7)


Southwest Community Workshop – Help Plan Our Area Parks

Neighborhoods: Armatage, Fulton, Lynnhurst
Date: Monday, Oct. 29, 2018
Time: 6:30-8 pm
Location: Pershing Recreation Center
Address: 3532 W 48th St.

As plans and ideas are coming together, your chance to help shape the future of our area parks is almost over! Come by Pershing Park to share your thoughts, give input on ideas, and help contribute to the future of your southwest community!


September 18, 2018 Minutes

Meeting Minutes

Date: September 18, 2018

Called to Order: 6:33PM

Presided by: Joel Federer (President)

Note taker: Tyler Mulcahey, Secretary

In attendance: Joel Federer, Tyler Mulcahey, Ryan Antkowiak, Nikki Lindberg, Jim Hoch, Tara Brown, Kelly Falsani, Judy Vecere, Stephanie Vigen, Adriana Dobrzycka, Michael Kootsikas
Other attendees: Rachel Ireland-Henry, John Reude, Madeline Hudek

Absent: Laurel Luxenberg (Excused)

Guests:

 

  • SWBA – Matt: Gave out “Help Us Spread the Word, Vote Yes on 1 MPLS” handout. The City Charter Commission voted unanimously that it’s the right of Minneapolis to decide to clean up this outdated 7 acre rule and the City of Minneapolis’ Business Licensing Department supports the measure. A group founded by independent Minneapolis neighborhood restaurant owners and other local residents called Citizens for a Modern Minneapolis formed to educate voters to support the ballot measure. Yes on 1 Mpls is a ballot initiative in the City of Minneapolis. A “yes” vote means modernizing cumbersome and outdated regulations controlling availability of liquor licenses. Many neighborhood restaurants outside of downtown cannot service cocktails because of the city charter regulation that requires them to be within 7 contiguous commercial acres, the “7 acre rule.” Citizens for Modern Minneapolis want laws that make sense for a modern Minneapolis, offer more choices to diners, and make it easier for residents to support their favorite neighborhood spots.

    Peter & Jackie Campbell (owners of Red Wagon Pizza) gave their insight on this issue. If they wanted to serve liquor at their restaurant, they’d have to go through a very lengthy approval process through the state before being able to do so – when a business across the street can. They don’t believe the bill passing will turn smaller, mom and pop restaurants into cocktail lounges – simply will be giving more choices to their diners.

    Matt asked the ANA board if they’ll pass a resolution to show support for the bill. Joel Federer asked if there is a local Armatage neighborhood restaurant desire/need for this bill to pass. Matt of SWBA believes restaurants want a choice and will not be forced to serve liquor/cocktails. Tara Brown mentioned she thinks we should throw this out to the neighborhood to get resident feedback before motioning/approving a resolution. With the limited amount of time before early voting starts, Matt & Judy believe we as a board can make a motion to approve the resolution and then put the word out to residents about the bill so they make an informed decision when they go to vote. Motion for the board to approve the Yes on 1 MPLS resolution presented by Matt. Motion approved by the board.

 

 

 

  • City Council Update – John Reude: Second draft of 2040 Comprehensive Plan should come out at the end of this month. Will be a several hundred page document. There will be a red line version that will show what changed from draft one to draft two. Council hasn’t seen a copy of this draft yet. StarTribune supposedly got their hands on a long-range planning document discussing that zoning will be reduced from allowing 4-plexes to only allowing tri-plexes, but this has not been confirmed, since the draft hasn’t been released. Other dates to keep in mind:
    – Planning Commission Meeting – October 29th (evening time)
    – Public Hearing – November 13th (evening time)
    – Final Vote to adopt/not adopt plan – December 7th (likely in the morning, 9am)
    Early voting starts this Friday, September 21st at the early voting center downtown Minneapolis. Additional early voting centers will open up on October 29th – locations TBD.
    Other 2 referendums on the ballot- (1) Raise the current levy for the school board for operating expenses (2) New levy to fund technology for the school.
    Upcoming meeting called “Palmisano Presents: City Budget” will take place on Monday, September 24th

  • Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan & SW Service Area Master Plan project updates – Medeline Hudek: Madeline works for the Minneapolis Park Board.
  • Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan – It will set a 30 year vision for improvements to the Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail. It will guide how construction funds are spent on new facilities, reconstructing facilities, and rehabilitation. There’s a general online survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/minnehaha_parkway_community_input) for residents to engage and give feedback on what to include along the parkway. You can see comments people have made so far. Next community advisory meeting will take place on October 4th. During this meeting, there will be a big general discussion and then breakout into four smaller groups to allow people to discuss certain segments of the parkway. Plan to have master plan wrapped up by Q2 of 2019. Gave out postcards and flyers with more information.

 

    • SW Service Area Master Plan project update – They’ve done a bunch of community engagement this summer. Wrapping up phase 1 of engagement and will have a “data jam” at next Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting on October 16th at Kenwood Community Center from 6-8pm. Will have a design week from November 13-16, 2018. During the earlier part of this week, there will be another community meeting. Later in the week, there will be open house where folks can see the designs that were created.

President’s Report – No major updates. Still getting acclimated to the role. Has some ideas to enhance bylaws, but will discuss at a later time.

 

Secretary Report – Tyler motioned to approve July minutes via e-mail on 7/17. Seconded by Judy Vecere. Approved by the board.

Treasurer Report – Latest financials emailed to the board. Let Judy know if you have questions.

Park Update, Nikki Friederich –  

  • Free pumpkin giveaway by the Kelly O’Neill real estate team on October 13th @ 10am at Sunnyside Gardens.
  • Halloween Party – Friday, October 26th, 6-8:30pm – DJ booked; bouncy house; mini donuts and coffee. Asking the board to cover the expense for the horse & wagon ride of $900. Motion approved by the board.
  • Sports update — Have 15 flag football teams this year and range from 2nd-7th graders. Teamed up with USA Football – kids are wearing Vikings jerseys. Will be out on the field this Saturday wearing their purple. Have 19 soccer teams. Kindergarten to 8th grade. There are 50 volunteer coaches this year – amazing! Basketball will begin November 7th.
  • Teamed up with Community Education – offering adult gentle yoga class – Tuesday mornings starting October 2nd from 10-11am.

 

Plan Modification Vote to approve the following:

ANA proposes reallocating a total of $20,247.83 of Program from Phase I home improvement program strategy (Housing 1.A.2). Funds would be reallocated as follows:

$20,000 to our Phase II Community Safety strategy (Safety 1.2.1.) for the purpose of establishing a safety rebate program for home and business owners, and

$247.83 to our Improve Park Facilities Neighborhood Priority (Neighborhood Priorities 2.1.8.) to support the renovation of the Washburn Tot Lot.
Additionally, ANA is requesting access to $16,752.17 of Neighborhood Priority Reserve funds for use in the previously approved Improve Park Facilities Neighborhood Priority for the Washburn Tot Lot.

Motion to approve the plan modification above. Motion approved by the board.

 

Homeowner Variance Requests:
Discussion of most recent fence variance request we received as a board via e-mail. It was thought that the resident requesting this recent fence variance is being proactive and trying to get ANA’s support – compared to the previous variance request where the resident was asking for the fence variance after the fence was constructed, which the board didn’t take a stance on. However, Ariana made mention that this fence has already been built, as well – similar to the last case. Joel mentioned that the variance request is asking for the current fence to be extended (the yard is not fully enclosed / fence not all the way up to the house). The board agrees that we shouldn’t take a stance or get involved in this. Nikki will draft up a letter to give residences stating that we don’t take a stance on variance matters, while also giving them direction or advice (i.e. letters of support from neighbors, etc.).

 

Committee Updates —

  • Community Engagement —
    • Washburn Park Update – Construction starting soon
    • Happy Hour at Red Wagon – Last happy hour on 9/11 went well. Attendance has been great. Cleaned up rental agreement – just now a straight $200. We can perhaps do a better job of tipping the waiters/waitresses. Having name tags would be good for the next happy hour.
      Motion to move next happy hour from November 6th to November 13th (7-9PM) due to Voting Day occurring on November 6th this year. Approved by the board.
    • Welcome Bags – All is good. Stuff came in. New residents are liking them.  
  • Green Team —
    • A dozen rain gardens were installed this year.
    • Late August installation timing seems to have affected people’s interest of installing a rain garden on their property
    • Send Tara Brown any recommendations or feedback on rain gardens and she will bring it to the Green Team to discuss and come up with a proposal/game plan for this for next year.
  • Summer Festival —
    • Went well, but was super hot!
    • Cost us the ANA $500-1000 to host the event this year
    • No carnival games this year — no complaints on that. Discussion of not having them next year.
    • May have had too many volunteers this year.
    • Complaints on lack of shade.
    • Need to tighten up square footage of the festival – too spread out. Discussion on moving food trucks onto the field and the car show up the parking lot to where the food trucks were this year.
    • Discussion on the location of the stage. Consideration of moving the stage next year so people can hear and the acts can engage with festival go-ers and the kids.
    • Discussion on the cost-effectiveness and interest of the musicians. May be cheaper to bring in a DJ next year.
    • Some neighbors think it’s just a kids festival. Doing some more adult-related activities, such as a softball tournament, would engage those without kids. Ryan brought up maybe doing a “theme” each year, such as a 80’s theme, 90’s theme, etc.
    • One of the residents had a situation/conversation with a vendor who felt the vendor racially discriminated against them. Went on social media to discuss the situation.
  • Safety —
    • Rebate program update – Program is getting good traction. Will put a blurb about the program in the next newsletter. A few safety updates residents did and got reimbursed for: security locks, smoke detectors, steel doors, security systems, cameras, motion sensor lights, etc. Discussion of including Settergrens when sharing the program with the community.
  • Micro-Grant Program —
    • Adriana and Stephanie will be getting together to summarize the ideas that were presented by residents earlier this spring. Will put the ideas into five different categories.

 

Coordinator Update

  • New ANA number is 612-466-0296; forwards to Nikki’s cell phone
    Will put the new number in the next newsletter
  • October 2040 Meeting – Discussion to see if want to have a neighborhood discussion of the 2040 Plan after our October ANA meeting. Would be joint with the Kenny Neighborhood Association.
  • Bylaws – Received bylaws from the city, but some changes need to be made. Nikki will send out a doodle to the ANA so we can put together a time to go through the bylaws and discuss what changes need to be made.
  • November charity event and tree lighting — Discussion if we should do a tree lighting again this year. If we’re doing it, Nikki would like to promote it in the October newsletter. Seems to be a successful event each year, so the board agreed to replicate what we did last year.
    Motion to approve the amount needed (same amount approved last year) for the tree lighting this year. Motion approved by the board.
  • October newsletter – Featured ANA board member this time will be Adriana Dobrzycka.
  • Nice Ride parking zone request — Discussion on where the Nice Ride zone should be in the neighborhood, if we even want one. Armatage Park would be a good spot.
  • 2020 Work Groups update

New Business – None

Meeting Adjourned: 8:35PM

Next Meeting: October 16th  • 6:30pm

 

Armatage Neighborhood Association is Hiring

Neighborhood Coordinator

15-20 hours/week

Armatage Neighborhood Association works to help maintain a enjoyable and livable community. The all-volunteer board oversees the programming and activities for this southwest Minneapolis neighborhood, and the coordinator works to support these efforts, with an emphasis on promoting community engagement.

Responsibilities

  • Serve as the main point of contact for the organization
    • Process phone and email messages
    • Maintain social network messaging
    • Act as liaison between residents, businesses, various groups, the City, and other stakeholders
  • Maintain all communications, including but not limited to:
    • Update the website on a regular basis
    • Produce eNews communications and promote sign-ups
    • Oversee production of quarterly printed newsletter (write/source articles, images, etc.)
  • Organize events (garage sales, summer festival, annual meeting, etc.)
  • Attend relevant meetings, including monthly board meetings
    • Help produce and distribute monthly meeting agendas
    • Stay informed about topics and issues affecting the neighborhood
  • Manage and recruit volunteers for events
  • Support board and committee activities as needed
  • Collaborate with the Treasurer and accountant to ensure budgets are  maintained, financial reports are available, and proper legal paperwork is submitted
  • Other duties as assigned

Skills & Experience

  • Effective communication skills
  • Strong organization skills
  • Event planning and project management experience
  • Ability to work collaboratively and proactively
  • Ability to balance a variety of priorities
  • Enjoy working with diverse communities
  • Experience with grassroots organizing a plus
  • Nonprofit and volunteer board experience
  • Experience working with the City of Minneapolis, ideally with the NCR Department

Compensation

  • This is a contract position, renewable yearly upon board review
  • Pay $25-30/hour depending on qualifications

How to Apply

  • Send letter of interest, resume and three references to president@armatage.org or mail to: Armatage Neighborhood Association, 2500 W. 57th St., Minneapolis, MN 55410
  • Please put “Armatage Neighborhood Coordinator” in the subject line of your email
  • Position open until filled

September 19, 2018 eNews

Meeting highlights

Guest Presenters

  • The Southwest Business Association (SWBA) presented information about an upcoming ballot initiative: YES ON 1 MPLS. A “yes” vote means that Minneapolis residents choose to eliminate outdated regulations that make it expensive and cumbersome for a local restaurant to obtain a license to serve liquor. Lifting the old regulation means leveling the playing field for all neighborhood restaurants, and as a result, providing more choices for diners. SWBA, Council Member Palmisano, and local restaurants, including representatives from Red Wagon who attended the meeting, are in favor of this initiative.
  • Two committees are working on the future park space plans, one for the outdoor park facilities across Southwest Minneapolis  the other for the trails along the Minnehaha Creek  Both are working, with Park planners, etc., on releasing design options. You can share your ideas, keep on on these projects, and learn about your chance to see plans and more through their websites, and by signing up for email updates (links above).

City Council Update

  • Monday from 7:00-8:00pm at Armatage rec center, Palmisano Presents will be addressing the proposed budget recently proposed by the Mayor.
  • Early voting begins at City Hall on Friday. There will be select locations across the City open for early voting (locations TBD) the week prior to the Nov. 6th election.
  • There are 3 ballot initiatives to be aware of: 1) the one present above; 2) a request to increase the levy for school funding; and 3) a new levy for technology in schools. You learn more about these and other items on the ballot online.
  • The 2nd draft of the 2040 Comprehensive Plan is scheduled to be made public by the end of September. Armatage and Kenny neighborhoods will be hosting a joint meeting to discuss these updates after they each have brief business meetings on October 16. Armatage will have their business meeting 6:30-7:15, and will be joined by Kenny residents (meeting 6:00-7:00) along with Council Member Palmisano to focus on what was changed, and what more may need to be addressed in the City’s comprehensive plan for the future of Minneapolis.

At the Park

  • Halloween at the Park will be on Friday, October 25 from 6:00-8:30pm. This is a free event with wagon rides, bonfire, treat trail, and more! (see flyer for more details)
  • The park will be hosting a new gentle yoga program on Tuesday mornings.
  • More than 65 volunteer coaches are involved in youth sports this fall, supporting 15 flag football and 19 soccer teams. Thank you to these volunteers!
  • Improvements to the Washburn Tot Lot are underway!

Other Business

  • November Happy Hour will move to November 13 so as to not conflict with the election. Mark your calendars!
  • We will again host a charily drive and tree lighting event. Trees will be lit on Friday, November 23 at 7pm. We will be collecting diapers and formula for the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery. More info to come!
  • 12 homeowners had raingardens installed this summer through a partnership with Metro Blooms and the ANA. We hope to do this again in 2019, and will share details early next year.
  • The ANA will be looking at hosting a series of DIY type events focused on home and yard maintenance, based on input and ideas generated at our annual meeting.