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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).


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. (


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)



  • 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 ( 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.


  • 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


  • 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 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.

September 13, 2018 eNews

September 18, 2018 Agenda

  • Welcome

  • Guests:

    • SWBA

    • City Council Update – John Freude

    • Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan & SW Service Area Master Plan project updates – Madeline Hudek

  • President’s Report

  • Secretary Report – approve July minutes

  • Treasurer Report – financials emailed

  • Park Update

    • Halloween Party (Sept 30, 6-8:30)

  • Plan Modification vote to approve the following:

ANA proposes reallocating a total of $20,247.83 of Program from our 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.

  • Homeowner variance requests – discussion of our role as a neighborhood board

  • Committee Updates

    • Community Engagement

      • Washburn Park

      • Happy Hour – at Red Wagon 9/11 – next 11/6 (election day – discuss date)

      • Welcome bags

    • Green Team

      • Rain Garden installation and discuss future involvement

    • Summer Festival

      • Discuss the good/bad for this year and share ideas for 2019

    • Safety

      • Rebate program update

    • Micro-grant program

  • Coordinator Update

    • Phone number (new: 612-466-0296)

    • Bylaws

    • November charity event and tree lighting

    • October newsletter

    • Nice Ride parking zone request

    • 2020 Work Groups update

  • New Business



Upcoming meetings/events

Sept 24 – Palmisano Presents: City Budget (7:00)

Sept 25 – Voter Registration Day (event City-wide)

Oct 16 – ANA Monthly Meeting (6:30)

Oct 25 – Halloween at the Park (6-8:30)

Nov 6 – Happy Hour at Red Wagon (7-9)


Armatage Safety Rebate Program

More than a dozen residents have already taken advantage of our safety rebate program. Check out details, and see how you can get up to $100 back on qualifying safety improvements you make to your home or apartment!

September 10, 2018 eNews

Tuesday, September 11
7:00-9:00 • Red Wagon Pizza

Join your neighbors for some free pizza and conversation! Cash bar.

Will appreciate feedback on our Summer Festival, new safety rebate program, and other things we may be able to do to support our neighborhood!

Home Improvement Loans available through the City

A variety of products are available for home improvement projects. Learn about options and program requirements on their website.

Minnesota Tool Library

  • Are you a do-it-yourselfer?
  • Have you ever wanted to take on a project only to discover you don’t have the proper tools?
  • Does the cost of the tools prohibit you from committing to a project?
  • Do you have tools/equipment which you no longer need? Are you wondering where you can donate them?
  • Would you like to reduce waste and unnecessary consumption of resources?

Become a member of the Minnesota Tool Library and get access to tools, a workspace, and advice.

Check out the Minnesota Tool Library –

Joining is as easy as:

1. Sign up for one of the membership levels
2. Check out any of 2,400 tools
3. Use the workshop space
4. Take a class

Annual Bicyclist and Pedestrian Count

Minneapolis Public Works is gearing up to conduct its Annual Bicyclist and Pedestrian Count, and you can help! Volunteers are needed to count the number of bicyclists and pedestrians at several locations around the city. The main days for counting will be September 11-13. All count shifts are from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Bicyclist and pedestrian counts are conducted in order to understand the impact of non-motorized traffic on streets, sidewalks, and trails. Accurate counts enable the City to plan and build for bicyclists and pedestrians, while tracking what’s successful and what should be done differently.

If you’re interested in volunteering for any of these counts, register online or contact Chris Kartheiser at 612-673-2544.

July 17, 2018 Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes

Date: July 17, 2018
Called to Order: 6:35PM
Presided by: Joel Federer (President)
Note taker: Tyler Mulcahey, Secretary

In attendance: Joel Federer, Tyler Mulcahey, Stephanie Vigen, Judy Vecere, Michael Kootsikas, Adriana Dobrzycka,

Other attendees: Rachel Ireland-Henry, Eli Johnson

Absent: Nikki Lindberg (Excused) Ryan Antkowiak (Excused), Jim Hoch (Excused), Laurel Luxenberg (Excused), Kelly Falsani, Tara Brown

East Phillips – N/A, Rep wasn’t in attendance

President’s Report – Thank you for electing me. Welcome to board, Adriana & Tyler! Will continue the same style of running the board as the previous President. Would like the board to be welcoming so everyone feels they can bring up ideas and concerns to the board. As a member of the board, per Robert’s Rules, the President is allowed to vote and the president intends to exercise those rights. However, the president will try to avoid making and seconding motions, except perhaps, for motions that are important to him.

Want to use social media more to promote events, initiatives, garage sale, etc. to residents.  Tyler to help with Nextdoor posts. Joel is helping to promote events more on Facebook. Joel requests the help of other board members to spread the word through social sharing and making suggestions for future posts.

Michael brought up that it may be a good idea to boost posts or pay for ads to get more exposure on Facebook for our events. Joel not sure how expensive or beneficial it would be to do so – something to look into.

Bios on the ANA website for some board members may be outdated, so if anyone would like to update their bios, send updated bio to Adriana for edits/proof who will then send to Nikki/Joel to add to the website. Please write your bios in Third Person for consistency.

Secretary Report – Laurel Luxenberg motioned to approve June minutes via e-mail on 7/16. Seconded by Judy Vecere. Approved by the board.

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

  • 990 – Sent out via e-mail for the board to review. No one had edits or changes as of today, but if you see any changes that need to be made, please let Judy know ASAP.
  • How can we start utilizing or bucketing the extra money we have for future use? How broad of a category can we have to allocate the money? Are we able to get the ideas that were generated from the community during May’s meeting? (Adriana will request these ideas from Nikki, as Nikki previously put these ideas into categories). Judy’s personal suggestion is to have one of the monthly meetings dedicated to talking about this, or set up a separate meeting, because we cannot resolve this in the normal allotted time for the Treasurer Report.
    • May need to form a subcommittee to go through ideas and bring them to the board

Park Update, Nikki Friederich –  

  • Movie Night (July 9th) Mighty Ducks Close to 300 people in attendance. People went all out and brought blow up beds. Was done by 11PM and didn’t go super late. Great movie.
  • Next movie is in Kenny Park on Thursday, August 16th – Movie: Coco (Disney movie)
  • Falls sports registration open
    • Expanded flag football program. Taking program into city-wide effort with traveling league – new this year.
  • Submitted food permit for the ANA Festival today. Once she gets confirmation, she will forward it on.

Committee Updates

Community Engagement

  • Washburn Park Update – No update
  • Happy Hour at Red Wagon – Last happy hour had a good turn out – one of the best in our history of hosting happy hours.
    • Motion to move next happy hour from Sept 4th to Sept 11th (7-9PM) due to Labor Day occurring on Sept 3rd this year. Approved by the board.
  • Welcome Bags – Got Book Club to give postcards to add to the bags.
    • Previously got $450 during previous meeting to purchase frisbees, post-it notes, and magnets. Motion for additional money – up to $100 (for total of $550) — to buy approximately 200 frisbees, 250 post-it notes, 250 magnets all with ANA logo on it, which should cover 2 years’ worth of items needed for the bags. With a larger quantity per order, the lower price per item. We can get more bang for our buck. Motion approved by the board.

 Green Team

  • Rain Garden installation delay (July 30-August 1) – There might be a few spots open due to some residents dropping out with the changes in the date. Green team / Laurel would have the list.

Summer Festival (August 12th)

  • ANA, tickets, & volunteer check-in – Still looking for some volunteers for tickets and volunteer check-ins, so if you know anyone that may be willing to help out, let Nikkie (ANA Coordinator) know.
    • Adriana to help with tickets
    • Eli Johnson willing to volunteer an hour or two of his time, as well
  • ArtStart coming to allow kids to make take and go wearable crafts. They will have people there to help with this.


  • Rebate programs – Information on the program will be going out to the neighborhood via the monthly newsletter in the next week or so. Tyler to post about the program on Nextdoor and Joel will post about the program on Facebook.
  • Micro-grant program – Nothing to discuss right now, but something to think about and bring up in the future.
    • Nikki sent out example micro-grant program from Whittier neighborhood via e-mail to look over.
    • Adriana is interested in discussing this further

New Business

  •  Joel received an e-mail today from NCR that they’ve extended the application period for the NCEC District 2 seat to August 31st. Please apply and/or help get the word out to residents about the position. Need help filling this position.
    • Judy & Adriana thought that Denis had expressed interest in filling the spot and had his board term exception granted. This position appears to be a second seat other than the one Denis filled.
    • The board would like clear understanding of what the seat responsibilities are
  • Discussion was had about whether or not the Board should have a stance on the 2040 Comprehensive Plan. Many on the Board believe that we should be here for guidance or to direct residents to the appropriate parties, but should not have a stance on the issue. We should also assist with getting information out to residents so they are aware of how to provide their input and/or know how to find out more information.
    • Nextdoor would be a great way to provide residents with more information on the 2040 Plan. Joel will send Tyler info and a link to post to Nextdoor.

Meeting Adjourned: 7:31PM

Next Meeting: September 18 • 6:30pm


June 19, 2018 Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes

Date: June 19, 2018
Called to Order: 6:35 PM
Presided by: Ryan Antkowiak, Secretary & Kelly Falsani, Vice President
Note taker: Nikki Lindberg

In attendance: Tara Brown, Laurel Luxenberg, Ryan Antkowiak, Michael Kootsikas, Stephanie Vigen, Kelly Falsani, Jim Hoch, Tyler Mulcahey, Adriana Dobrzycka

Other attendees: Nikki Lindberg, Coordinator, Nikki Friederich, Park Director, Rachel Ireland-Henry, Eli Johnson

Absent: Joel Federer (excused)

Officer Elections: The following officers were approved. President will be a one-year term completing Denis’ 2-year term. VP and Secretary will be for a 2-year term.

  • President: Joel Federer
  • Vice President: Ryan Antkowiak
  • Secretary: Tyler Mulcahey
  • Treasurer: Judy Vecere (continuing her 2-year term)

Secretary Report – April & May minutes approved

Treasurer Report – Financials emailed

Park Update, Nikki Friederich – Pools are now open. Those associated with schools open and close based on school end and start.

    • Movie Night (7/9) Mighty Ducks
      The board approved $250 to support the Movie Night program.

Committee Updates

    • Community Engagement
      • Washburn Park Update – because of steel tariffs, there are significant delays in ordering and receiving playground equipment. The current schedule does not have them breaking ground until August or September. It is anticipated to take 2 months to complete. TBD on a ribbon cutting, etc. The board reminded that we are hoping for a plaque of acknowledgement to be included somewhere in the updates for the contributions made by the ANA.
      • Happy Hour – July 10 (7-9) at Red Wagon
        A discussion about whether or not to add a gratuity to our current billing. It was decided that without an itemized bill, we will try to talk with the servers and management at Red Wagon to make sure this is still working out for them, etc. In the meantime, we will encourage folks to tip their servers on drinks.
      • Garages Sales (June 2) – the response is always mixed, with some folks unhappy about the traffic and/or weather. Currently the amount of coordinator time versus the neighborhood benefits are not in alignment. Both coordinators are proposing ways to make thes sales less burdensome on both of the coordinators. Nikki will let us know what Kenny Neighborhood thinks, and we can discuss how to move forward.
      • Welcome Bags
        $450 was approved for purchasing Armatage items to include in our welcome bags for new residents. Michael will determine what items these will be, but several ideas were given and Nikki will help source pricing.
    • Green Team
      • They are working toward a Zero Waste festival
      • Rain Garden installations will take place at the end of July. Plant distribution is Aug 2 at the Park for participating homeowners.
    • Summer Festival August 12
      • Showmobile (booked)
      • Food vendors: (Bri and Stephanie)
      • Band: Melvilles (Joel)
      • Sponsorship – forms online, outreach continues
      • TapMpls (booked)
      • Car Show – Marc is on top of it 🙂 (online registration available)
      • Raffle – Judy and Jim
      • Kids games – Stephanie
      • Volunteer coordinator – Kelly?
      • Table vendors – Ryan
    • Safety
      • Rebate programs. With the addition of an effective date the board approved the programs and voted to allot $20,000 towards these safety rebate programs for area homeowners and businesses. (Details online, including PDF files, Google Form and program description.)
    • Micro-grant program – no update

2040 Comprehensive Plan

A brief description and discussion about the plan, and the opportunity to provide feedback and comments was shared. Public comments accepted until July 22.

Coordinator Update

    • NCEC District 2 elections and Armatage elector – because we have no District candidates and our elector can’t vote on our district, no one felt qualified or knowledgeable enough to be an elector for the other seats.
    • Update on the Neighborhood Forestry program that we co-sponsored with Kenny Neighborhood at Kenny Elementary. The program went well and we were given a nice recognition in their school newsletter.
    • The current business grant program that we offer is not clear on how to support certain area businesses that may be associated with a home address, but have a strong, independent presence. The board would like the program to support these small area businesses as well. We will work on some clarifying language and update our program criteria.
    • July Newsletter – Tyler will be our featured board member. Other items to include: Summer Festival and new Safety Rebate programs.

New Business

  • Ask that all board members help monitor information on NextDoor. Help share information and events. Tyler offered to help, and will be able to log-in as the ANA as needed.
  • We should do a letter to area businesses announcing this rebate program, reminding them about festival and how they can get included in our welcome bag.

Meeting Adjourned at 8:00 PM


Next meeting September 18 • 6:30pm


May 15, 2018 Annual Meeting

Residents were asked to share ideas based on the following topics regarding improvements they’d like to see in Armatage neighborhood.

The following people were elected to serve on the ANA board:

2018 Board Elections           

  • Ryan Antkowiak (board member since 2016) My family and I moved to the Twin Cities in February 2015. We knew we wanted proximity to the lakes as well as businesses, restaurants and schools and Armatage fit the bill. Not knowing much about the neighborhood I wanted to learn more, meet people and have a say in my local community, so I joined the board later that year. The ANA board has been a wonderful experience and one I hope to continue.
  • Adriana Dobrzycka Having relocated to Minneapolis in the fall of 2014, my husband and I chose to settle down in Armatage because of its green spaces and family-friendly vibe (and the many playgrounds which my 2 daughters love!). I am originally from Florence, Italy and I currently work at a local nonprofit, Children’s HeartLink where I head programs in India and Vietnam. I would like to join the ANA to give back, to play an active role in supporting community engagement [for example, by working to expand inclusive spaces (and places) for community members to connect; efforts to welcome community newcomers etc.] and to represent neighborhood needs as we shape the future of our community!
  • Jim Hoch (board member since 2017) My wife Liz and I have lived in the Armatage neighborhood since 1995. Due to twice daily walks, everyone in a 10 block radius of our house knows my dog Hazel; I’m just the guy on the other end of the leash. My work travel schedule has become more flexible and now allows me the opportunity to be more involved with the ANA. I believe in a strong, vibrant neighborhood. I believe I can bring additional ideas to the organization which will help leverage the ANA’s limited resources to achieve the greatest positive impact on our neighborhood. I am a small business owner with our office located in North Minneapolis.
  • Michael Kootsikas (board member since 2016) Michael would like to continue to volunteer his time to the Armatage neighborhood after an exciting first two years as an ANA Board Member. He is in charge of the “Welcome to Armatage” program. This involves gathering gifts or advertisements from local businesses to package in a welcome bag that he hand delivers to each and every new neighbor that he greets when they purchase a home. He enjoys each and every personal connection he makes. Michael has a growing family and would hope that his influence in the community keeps making Armatage a wonderful neighborhood for years to come!
  • Tyler Mulcahey Tyler and his partner, Andrew, have been Armatage residents since purchasing their first home together in the fall of 2017. Both lifelong Minnesotans, they currently live on the 5900 block of Morgan Avenue S with their two rescue Chihuahuas, Bentley & Piper. Tyler is a residential Mortgage Loan Officer with CrossCountry Mortgage, Inc. and Andrew is a Realtor with The Michael Kaslow Team of Keller Williams Integrity Lakes. In their free time, Tyler and Andrew enjoy walking their dogs around the neighborhood, barbecuing, enjoying a beverage on the patio, and slowly (but surely) making improvements to their home and yard. Tyler would like to join the ANA board to meet and develop sincere, meaningful relationships with his neighbors, as well as contribute ideas that will continue to build and strengthen our local community.

The other board members include: Tara Brown, Kelly Falsani, Joel Federer, Laurel Luxenberg, Judy Vecere, and Stephanie Vigen. Members serve two-year terms and are elected in a staggered fashion (approximately 1/2 each year, for an 11-person board).