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September 21, 2017 eNews

September Meeting Highlights

  • 911 is implementing a new quality assurance program. This has been in the works for years, and will help provide more consistency to how calls are handled no matter from where you call. It was also emphasized that if you are wondering if you should call 911 or not — CALL. They know how to triage each situation, and prioritize life-threatening situations. The worst thing you can do is to hang up, and please note, that certain cell towers and carries make it hard to know where a cell phone is calling from. (What? TV shows exaggerate?!)
  • The City has presented a Zero Waste plan, and would like your input. The draft plan and a survey link are available online.
  • The Mayor has released her 2018 budget proposal. Part of this includes a 5.5% tax levy increase. The Board of Estimate and Taxation will host a public hearing on September 27 at 4:50 at City Hall to adopt the maximum for levies to be paid in 2018. If you have an option, it is now that you need to be heard.
  • The ANA will be doing a review of their bylaws and procedures starting soon and hope to have draft recommendations by early next year.
  • The Park will be having a coffee truck the next several Saturdays starting at 9:00 am during fall sports. They are still in need of a few more volleyball coaches.
  • Welcome to Annique London, as our new Safety Chair. We look forward to having her support in helping to keep us up to date on neighborhood issues.
  • The board expressed concerns regarding the City’s generous granting of all variance requests, as it seems to not take into account the ecological impacts involving water run off, watershed impacts, and other green space loss due to over building. Tara will help draft a letter we can send to the City expressing these concerns.

FREE Personal Safety Workshop

This Saturday • 10-Noon

Armatage Rec Center

All and all ages are welcome!

Details of what to expect listed online. Bring a water bottle (sounds like a warm day) and dress comfortable if you’d like to get involved in the demonstration portion!

Happy Hour

Tuesday, October 3 • 7:00-9:00pm

Red Wagon Pizza

Meet neighbors, learn about what’s happening in the neighborhood. Enjoy drink specials and complimentary snacks!


Halloween at the Park

Friday, October 27 • 6:00-8:30pm

Armatage Park


We will once again be hosting a neighborhood event Friday night, and there is something for everyone!

  • Pumpkin carving contest — watch for details about our pumpkin give-away sponsored by 
  • Bonfire with s’mores
  • DJ
  • Horse-drawn wagon rides
  • Bounce house for kids
  • Trunk-or-Treating — watch for treat station sign up coming soon! Host your own display, the Park and Neighborhood provide the treats that you hand out, you provide the cool decoration station.

Tree Lighting & Charity Event

Friday, November 24 • 7:00pm

Armatage Park

We will again host a tree lighting event on Friday evening after Thanksgiving. This year we hope to have some more activities, so watch for more details coming soon. 

We will be collecting diapers and formula to donate to the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery. You can bring your donations that night, or a collection box will be placed in the park building soon!

September 14, 2017 eNews

September 19th Meeting Agenda

  • Welcome
  • Guest: Learn about 911
    • Update on changes coming to the service
  • City Council Update
  • Park Update, Nikki Friederich
    • Halloween – Trunk or Treat
  • President’s Report
  • Secretary Report
    • Electronic votes
      • Formation of a Small Business Facade Grant Program
      • Reconfirm interest in our Rain Garden proposal ($450 to homeowner, ANA the rest)
      • Approval of July minutes
  • Treasurer Report
  • Committee Updates
    • Community Engagement
      • Happy Hour – Red Wagon, Tues 10/3
      • Washburn Park – project has started
    • Green Team — additional garden funding or remaining at 10
    • Safety (Personal Safety workshop, Sat, Sept 23)
      • Stun and Run Self Defense – $100/1 hr or $200/2 hr
    • Summer Festival – Recap
  • Coordinator Update
    • October newsletter
      • Inquiries about advertising and business notifications
    • Accountant services
    • Air quality survey
    • Bylaws – Judy, Joel, Jim, Kelly, Laurel
    • Construction updates: Upton, 54th
    • Variance notices
      • 5925 Russell
      • 5728 Oliver
      • 5400 Washburn
    • November event – charity, tree lighting, activities
    • City Grievance Policy
    • City Zero Waste Draft Plan
    • 2020 meeting results available online
    • Court Watch program
  • New Business
    • Consider inviting Mobile Menders
    • Consider arranging community meeting and greet with members of Mpls Muslim community
  • Adjourn

Meetings are always open to the public. We invite you to come learn and share your thoughts about issues that affect our community.

Tuesday, Oct 3 • 7:00-9:00pm
Red Wagon Pizza

Join us at Red Wagon Pizza on October 3 for a neighborhood happy hour. We are excited to be welcomed at a new location, and look forward to seeing our neighbors, and enjoying some good food, drink and conversation.

Happy hour drink prices • Snacks provided by the ANA

Personal Safety Workshop

Saturday, Sept 23 • 10:00am-Noon • FREE
Armatage Rec Center

Join us for this personal safety workshop. This is the anticipated schedule for the workshop:

  • Initial brief crime analysis of the Armatage neighborhood (to see what areas are being affected, why certain crimes are being committed and to show each neighbor where crime is in proximity to their home)
  • Academic and practical assessments of situational awareness, or how to be aware of your surroundings and stay safe from crime.
  • Q&A Session
  • Hands-on self-defense moves & tactics to get out of dangerous situations; pepper spray (inert) & stun gun demonstrations
  • Additional Q&A Session (if time permits)

Sponsored by the ANA. Presented by Stun & Run Self Defense and the Self Defense Bros.
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E-poll books debut this November

By Casey Joe Carl, Minneapolis City Clerk
July 21, 2017

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They’re here! In November, voters will find new technology in the polls. These are the electronic poll books, or EPBs, and they’re bringing a heightened level of service to Minneapolis voters. In a nutshell, these devices replace the bulky printed roster books used for voter verification and check-in at the polls on Election Day. As a result, EPBs help reduce long lines and wait times on Election Day.

Until now, election judges have been dependent on printed roster books containing lists of registered voters in a particular precinct. Expensive and cumbersome, these roster books required significant effort to produce and compile before Election Day, and an equal investment after Election Day to update voter history in the statewide registration system. The transition to an electronic roster not only expedites voter check-in and verification processes and makes it easier to look up voter data, but also saves money, makes post-election data updates faster and easier (and less prone to human error), and strengthens the integrity of the election.

Each EPB unit includes an iPad, a stand, battery pack, and a mini-printer. The iPads have limited functionality, tied specifically to the single purpose of checking, verifying, and—when necessary—registering voters. By limiting their functionality, the security of the voter data, access, and potential hacking is significantly minimized. Because multiple devices can be interconnected and working at the same time in a single precinct, the EPBs are able to synchronize voter data in real-time throughout the day, helping ensure the integrity of the election by preventing individuals from voting more than once.

EPB technology is currently deployed in 32 states, plus the District of Columbia. Last year, the technology was deployed throughout Hennepin County, with the exception of the City of Minneapolis. The EPBs worked well for other cities in the 2016 Presidential Election, and this year Minneapolis joins the other cities in using EPBs. The agreement with Hennepin County provides that the EPB hardware, software, operating equipment, license, and vendor support are all provided at no cost to the City. The entire EVS team completed training provided by the vendor, KNOWiNK, and is preparing specialized training programs for the City’s election judges. Training for election judges will be held in the months of September and October.

Be sure to look for the EPB in your polling place this year. We’re confident that this new technology will help ensure a successful, seamless, and positive implementation to improve service to our voters.

11th Annual Minneapolis Bike Tour

Sunday, Sept 17 • 8:00am
Start & Finish at Boom Island Park

Come experience the beautiful parkways that make Minneapolis the best place to bike in the country by participating in the 2017 Minneapolis Bike Tour! Spanning the Grand rounds Scenic Byway System, the Minneapolis Bike Tour is a family-oriented, recreational tour that is great for all ages and abilities.

The tour will take place on Sunday, September 17, at 8 am, with a picturesque start and finish line area at Boom Island Park (724 Sibley St. NE). There are two routes to choose from; 16-mile and 32-mile, both of which are closed to motorized traffic. All routes include stops with refreshments and bike mechanics.

Stick around after the ride to enjoy live music, beer for participants 21+ (must show ID), courtesy of local Utepils Brewing, food from local vendors, exhibitor booths and bike tour merchandise for sale.

For more information, please visit our website at

Registration September 13-17: $50 (youth $40)

New Minneapolis program available to clean up litter in public spaces

The City of Minneapolis’ Division of Solid Waste and Recycling recognizes that not all volunteers are able to commit to reoccurring cleanup events, or maintaining areas for an extended period of time. The new Request for Litter Clean-Up Supplies program offers volunteers an opportunity to participate in one-time, no commitment cleanup activities. The program provides litter clean-up supplies such as bags and gloves at no cost, and delivery is provided. The program is available to Minneapolis residents, business and property owners, visitors and other groups that are interested in volunteering to collect litter in their community. Clean-up areas are limited to public sidewalks, curbs, and boulevard greenbelts, green spaces and other public property within the City of Minneapolis.

Find more information here or contact the Division of Solid Waste and Recycling’s Clean City Coordinator at (612) 673-2789.

New City Information System

We are excited to announce the rollout of the new Legislative Information Management System (LIMS), which supports the City’s goal of increasing accessibility and transparency in local government.

Operating like many popular search engines, LIMS is designed to help the public easily track local legislation, find calendars and agendas, and get involved with the City’s many public advisory boards and commissions. In addition to ease of access, LIMS helps users stay up to date on the latest actions taken by the Mayor and City Council as well as export data from LIMS into individualized search reports that can be used for private research or data visualization.

You can access LIMS at

July 18, 2017 minutes

Armatage Neighborhood Association

Monthly Meeting Minutes

Armatage Rec Center
Date: July 18, 2017
Called to order: 6:33 pm
Presided by: Denis Houle, President
Note taker: Ryan Antkowiak

In attendance: Board Members — Ryan Antkowiak, Kelly Falsani, Joel Federer, Jim Hoch, Denis Houle, Bri Keeney, Laurel Luxenberg, Judy Vecere, Stephanie Vigen
Other — Nikki Lindberg, Coordinator; Nikki Friederich, Park Director; Tim Schwarz,City Clerk Office, Roger Worm, Volunteer SWBA Project Lead

Guest Presenter

  • Tim Schwarz, Elections and Voter Services – City Clerk Office
    • Polling Location Update
    • Debating a polling location change from Anthony Middle School to City Church
      • Will this be well-recieved by those affected?
        • Nikki to post on NextDoor for feedback
        • Will initiate immediately barring negative feedback
    • Armatage Community Center remains in tact

Park Update – Nikki Friederich, Park Director

  • Football registration is coming very soon.
  • Activity Guide has been published. Printed version available in Armatage Rec Center.
    • Contact Nikki Friederich for electronic version
  • Festival coming up in August

Business Grant Program  – Roger Worm program lead from SWBA.

  • Matching grant for façade/signage improvement
    • Used to improve neighborhood aethestics and overall attractiveness of neighborhood businesses.
    • SWBA has been awarded funds for the Great Streets Program. We could partner with SWBA and supplement their program.
      • The Great Streets Program has been widely successful in participating neighborhoods.
        • Only available for designated business nodes.
        • The areas within Armatage which are applicable are 54th/Penn and 60th/Penn.
          • Helped improve the facility at JUMP (54th/Penn); new windows.
          • Currently working with the new owners of the Café Maude location (Kim Bartman ownership group).
          • Currently working on the Dry Cleaners (54th/Penn) location to improve the windows.
      • Roger feels the three businesses on Penn (Strip Mall) could benefit from a facelift. Could help the drycleaner (56th/Xerxes) into a GREEN cleaner. These are examples.
        • ANA expressed concern about how funds could/would be distributed so we can be selective towards who gets funding.
    • How it works….
      • 1/3 of the cost of the program would be donated by Great Streets/SWBA (up to $5,000 max).  ANA could then contribute another 1/3 of the cost ($5,000 max). The applicable business would then contribute the final 1/3 or more. Maximum grant would be $5,000 SWBA & $5,000 ANA.
        • ANA could develop their own guidelines. Roger Worm can only work with façade improvements. ANA could take it further – landscaping, design, repaving, etc…

President’s Report – Denis Houle

  • We have gotten too comfortable voting online. In general, we should be voting during meetings not online (only online if facing deadline).
  • Secretary notes – Kelly to take minutes for September, Bri for October, Tara for November
    • Minute taker to pass along to Ryan to clean up and pass along to Nikki for voting

Committee Updates

  • Community Engagement – Bri Keeney
  • Tot Lot update – project manager assigned, community engagement this fall
    • Beginning of 2018 construction season will be initiated
      • Timeline: Summer for 2018
    • Looking for more board participation as well as neighbor engagement
      • Important to get people who live right there involved
  • Ryan Antkowiak will the new Engagement Committee Chair as Bri has asked to step down
  • Green Team – Tara Brown and Laurel Luxenberg
  • Metro Blooms/Rain garden funding
    • Tara provided a response in terms of how to share in the cost
      • Need to vote online by July 28th
        • From there we would approach Metro Blooms
  • Safety Team – Nikki Lindberg
  • Personal Safety Workshop, Saturday, Sept. 23
    • Stun and Run Self Defense Class? $100/hr 1 or 2 hour session
      • Is this something we want to sponsor?
        • Approved 2 hour session ($200)
  • Summer Festival – Nikki Lindberg
  • Frisbees or other ANA give-away
    • Approved to purchase 200 frisbees for $225
      • To be given away at Summer Festival

Coordinator Update – Nikki Lindberg

  • July/Aug newsletter
  • Tara will be the next board member highlighted in the newsletter
  • Summer intern
  • Working on summer festival
  • Bylaws
  • Committee: Judy, Joel, Jim, Kelly & Laurel
    • Need to update/review

Secretary Report – Ryan Antkowiak

  • Electronic votes
    • Approval of June minutes
    • $25,000 grant to Rita’s House project
    • Approval of award and gift for Steve Johnson
    • Will make sure Steve is at the September meeting

Treasurer Report – Judy Vicere

  • Current financial statements sent via email. Update on contracts sent via email.
  • Establishment of clear tracking between two bank accounts (one for the City monies (Restricted), the other for program income (Non-Restrictive)).

New Business

  • Solar Power Hour event, July 26, 4-5pm at Insight Brewing (SE Como Association Event)
  • Info session on solar, rain gardens
  • People for Parks
  • Declined
  • Fulton shooting
  • Happy to provide support but decided not to make a deal of it. Allow time to pass as everything is still so raw surrounding it.
  • Café Vin
  • Ryan to reach out to see if they may be willing to host our September event.

Meeting adjourned: 7:55 pm

Submitted by: Ryan Antkowiak, Secretary


Washburn Park Improvements

Washburn Park Input from park users

We will do our best to share updated regarding improvements coming to the Washburn playground and park area. You can sign-up for updated from the Park, too.!


Playground Concept Plan approval is anticipated for Spring 2018. Once the concept, followed by the contract, is approved, construction is planned for Summer 2018.

Park Location (58th & Washburn)