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December 12, 2017 eNews

December Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, December 19
6:30pm • Armatage Community Center

  • Welcome
  • City Council Update
  • Park Update, Nikki Friederich
  • President’s Report
  • Secretary Report – November minutes approved online
  • Treasurer Report
  • Committee Updates
    • Community Engagement
      • Washburn Park (Dec 2)
      • Happy Hour (Jan 9)
    • Green Team
      • Rain gardens: final consultations by mid-Dec; property plans by early Jan; install date decided Feb
  • Coordinator Update
    • Tree lighting recap
  • Coordinator Contract
  • New Business
    • Neighborhood Forests
  • Adjourn

Upcoming meetings/events

  • Armatage Happy Hour 1/9
  • Next regular ANA meeting 1/16
  • Fire on Ice 1/19
  • Minneapolis Connections Conference
  • Saturday, February 10th
  • Minneapolis Convention Center

Snow Removal

Minneapolis ordinance requires property owners of houses and duplexes to clear sidewalks within 24 hours after a snowfall, and all other property owners must clear their sidewalks within four daytime hours.

The City has stepped up enforcement activities to ensure compliance with the sidewalk snow and ice ordinance, and it increased the number of staff involved with winter sidewalk inspections. Call 311 to report unshoveled sidewalks and learn more about resources available to people who may need help clearing their sidewalks.

 


Do you enjoy working with older adults and want some part time work?

We are hiring snow removal workers in Hennepin County!

Shovel within 24 hours of end of 2+ inch snowfalls. Commit for the entire season, until the final snow/ice storm of spring. Provide your own equipment & transportation. Paid $16 per hour; hours depend upon snowfall. Can work with multiple senior citizen clients. Age 16+. For details contact Bethany Sapp at seasonalwork@seniorcommunity.org or call 952-767-7886. Located in Minneapolis and suburban Hennepin County.


A low-salt diet for our lakes and streams

A little salt can go a long way for managing snow and ice. But too much salt – which may be less than you think – is causing irreversible damage to our lakes and streams.

The danger of ice and snow on roads and sidewalks is a fact of life in Minnesota, and salt and sand can help reduce ice and add traction. When that snow inevitably melts, however, most of that salt and sand wash directly into nearby waters. 

Currently, salt use is not regulated, but it poses a real threat to clean water. The chloride contained in one teaspoon of road salt can permanently pollute five gallons of water. Chloride upsets aquatic environments, can kill birds and some plants, and can impact groundwater used for drinking.

Many people use more salt than they need.  But using more salt does not melt more ice, or melt it faster. In reality, salt only works when the temperature is above 15 degrees. Extra salt crystals will just eventually become a pollutant. It’s best to use no more than one pound of salt per 250 square feet (for scale, a typical parking space is about 150 square feet). One pound of salt fills up a 12-ounce coffee mug.

Want to protect your local lake or stream from chloride pollution? Here are some easy ways you can help:

  • Shovel regularly (a great form of winter exercise) to minimize ice buildup.
  • Break up ice with an ice scraper before deciding if sand or salt is necessary for traction – you may find that it’s not.
  • Salt won’t work if the temperature is below 15 degrees. Use calcium chloride or magnesium chloride instead, or use a small amount of sand for traction.
  • Sweep up any salt that’s visible on dry pavement and use it elsewhere or throw it away. 

By being proactive with your snow management, and using salt and sand wisely, you can save money, time, and the environment without sacrificing safety. Learn more at www.minnehahacreek.org/salt.


Yes, there is still time to register for Winter Youth Sports Leauges

September 19, 2017 Minutes

Armatage Neighborhood Association

Monthly Meeting Minutes
Armatage Rec Center

Date: September 19, 2017

Called to order: 6:32pm

Presided by: Denis Houle, President

Note taker: Ryan Antkowiak

In attendance: Board Members — Ryan Antkowiak, Tara Brown, Kelly Falsani, Joel Federer, Jim Hoch, Denis Houle, Bri Keeney, Michael Kootsikas, Laurel Luxenberg, Judy Vecere, Stephanie Vigen
Other — Nikki Lindberg – Coordinator; Nikki Friederich – Park Director; Jessica Kawas – 911 Dispatcher, Linea Palmisano – City Council Member

Residents – Annique London, Jenny Custer, John & Lynn Prokop  

 

Guest Presenter

  • Jessica Kawas – 911 Dispatcher
  • Updates on changes coming to the service
    • New phone system with questioning; pro-QA is the new system. In the midst of training – all questions will be standardized based on the responses.
  • 10,000 calls per week. Staff of 70 fielding the calls.
    • Minneapolis primarily but the majority are cellphone calls
      • Satellite determined placement
  • If you question whether or not you should call 911, just call 911
    • Trained for Triage if the call is more trivial relative to other events
  • Armatage specific 911 activity – a better question for Jennifer Waisanen
    • She will have the data
      • Data collected however is transmitted to local police to provide the most responsive coverage.
  • Question on response timing; dependent on other activity but in our area of Armatage a 3rd responder call has averaged roughly 10 minutes (Linea Palmisano commentary)
  • Has protocol changed since the Fulton incident
    • No, pro-QA was in motion over a year ago

 

City Council Update – Linea Palmisano, City Council Member

  • Last night, zero waste event at City Church – community feedback forum
    • Goals
      • 2017 — Less waste being added to the waste stream this year compared to 2015
      • 2020 — Recycle or compost 50%
      • 2023 — Recycle or compost 80%
    • Online survey is still accepting responses for another week. Request to blast out.
      • Goal is to firm up how important this is to take it from residential to commercial
  • Armatage public safety
    • Armatage will only receive one officer specifically assigned to our zone. This is of concern to Linea and to our residents.
  • New police chief – Chief Medaria Arradondo
    • Discussion surrounding former chief settlement package
      • Non-disparagement clause is likely to be removed
  • Mayor presented budget
    • 5.5% Levy increase this year
      • What this amounts to in SW MPLS; this will feel like $100-$200 for a 300-350k home
        • Concerns voiced about pattern of increases and the impact on those on a fixed income
        • Frustration on how high our taxes already are vs. other communities
  • Lots on utility construction conversation
    • Now three vendors – Comcast, CenturyLink and
      • This competitive landscape is good for consumers but has created a construction nightmare. SW actually has handled this better than other parts of the city.
    • Centerpoint Energy has had 3 massive projects that are coming to a close but it has been messy and frustrating for residents
  • Body camera audit
    • Linea is front-and-center as she heads up the audit team
      • Help ensure there are staff directions for police to improve the use of body cameras

 

Presidents Report

 

  • Nothing new to report. 311 is a good resource for break-ins, etc….
  • Reminder to lock your car doors.

 

 

Secretary Report – Ryan Antkowiak

  • Electronic Votes
  • Reconfirm interest in our Rain Garden proposal ($450 to homeowner, ANA the rest)
  • Creation of Small Business Facade Improvement Grant Program
  • Approval of July minutes

 

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)).

 

Committee Updates

  • Community Engagement
  • Happy Hour – Red Wagon, Tuesday 10/3 – 7-9pm
  • Washburn Park – Project has begun
    • Met with a consultant and the plan is moving along. A formalized plan is forthcoming. There is also a webpage for this project.
    • Goal is to have this done by the end of next summer.
      • Signage will be prevalent so we can have communication with the project manager along the way.
  • Green Team – additional garden funding or remaining at 10
    • Neighborhood takes on less of the burden; owner takes on more
      • Capacity to fund up to 15
        • Motion passed
  • Safety Update
    • New Safety Coordinator
      • Interact with the crime prevention specialists
      • Dispell amplified social media attention
    • Personal Safety Workshop, Saturday 9/23
  • Summer Festival Recap
    • Rearranged due to the weather
      • Strong turnout considering rain
    • Financially we covered our costs
      • Made a little bit of money
    • Finding volunteers continues to be a struggle
    • Food was great
    • Car show was great

 

Park Update – Nikki Friederich

  • Fall sports are underway and the fields are packed
    • Flag football is crazy; record numbers – 16 Armatage teams!
      • Coffee Truck will be here now because it is so packed
  • Volleyball Clinic will be hosted here during MEA
  • Playgroup – Saturday morning / Monday evening
  • Looking for toys for the events
  • Halloween Trunk or Treat – Friday, October 27th – 6-8:30pm
  • Activities
    • Horse and carriage ride
    • Bounce House
    • Music
    • Bonfire
    • S’Mores
    • Pumpkin Carving Contest – pumpkins to be donated
  • Still need people/groups to decorate cars – they will provide the candy
  • Motion to approve continued support of this event at $900

 

Coordinator Update – Nikki Lindberg

  • October newsletter
  • Tara to be featured board member in the newsletter
  • Inquiries about advertising and business notifications
    • Will consider announcing new business but need guidelines so not to discriminate
  • Accountant services
  • Mike Wilson, pointed out some things to consider
    • Judy has us in a great place but the concern is what happens when she steps down or is no longer involved
  • Nikki contacted a local CPA firm that specializes in non-profit work
    • If we wanted to hire them; they would charge us $100/month for management
      • Will review a proposal so we can further vet the CPA firm
  • Air quality survey
  • 13 coordinators met to discuss air quality throughout our city
    • Grant program to test for air pollutants.
    • One per zip code; discussed where to place
    • At this point, all outdoor; not indoor
  • Bylaws – Judy, Joel, Jim, Kelly, Laurel
  • October 9th sub-committee
  • Construction Updates: Upton, 54th
  • Variance notices
  • Concerns over new home building generally being larger than the previous home which reduces the amount of space for water to go. This can compound over time so standardizing rules is being discussed and more discussion to follow.
  • November Event – charity, tree lighting, activities
  • Discussion surrounding doing this again.
    • Difficult to book any entertainment because it being the day after Thanksgiving.
  • Last year we did two trees – $650. ~ $300/tree if we add more.
  • Diaper and formula drive; partner with same charity again?
    • Motion to approve up to $1,000 to repeat the event.
      • Will look at adding more trees.
      • Possibly getting a food truck.
      • Booking some other type of event; sleigh for photo op.
  • Court Watch?
  • Have a presentation to learn more
  • Lucky Oven Bakery – going in old dry cleaner; next to Settegrens.

 

New Business

  • Consider inviting Mobile Menders to a meeting/event.
  • Volunteer group to sew clothes for those in need.
  • Consider arranging community meeting and greet with members of the MPLS Muslim community.
  • Partner with Armatage Montessori

 

Meeting adjourned: 8:20pm

 

Submitted by: Ryan Antkowiak, Secretary

 

October 17, 2017 Minutes

Armatage Neighborhood Association

Monthly Meeting Minutes
Armatage Rec Center

Date: October 17, 2017

Called to order: 6:35pm

Presided by: Denis Houle, President

Note taker: Bri Keeney

In attendance: Board Members — Ryan Antkowiak, Tara Brown, Kelly Falsani, Joel Federer, Jim Hoch, Denis Houle, Bri Keeney, Michael Kootsikas, Laurel Luxenberg, Stephanie Vigen

Other — Nikki Lindberg – Coordinator; Nikki Friederich – Park Director; Linea Palmisano – City Council Member

 

Residents – Gary Remafedi

 

Welcome

Quarterly Safety Update

  • Safety coordinator unable to attend tonight
  • Part 1 crimes report
  • Crime statistics are about the same as past years
  • One neighbor commented that it would be helpful if data were reported in a different manner: For example, “incidents per 1000 people” (add denominator to data); could then also compare to other neighborhoods in the city. Another suggestion is to look at continuum of crime reporting. For example, “What percentage of 911 calls end up in crime report?” or “What incident of crime actually end up in prosecution?” These data reporting adjustments would give us a better picture of what is actually occurring.

City Council Update

Park Update, Nikki Friederich

  • Halloween – Trunk or Treat – ANA Station (Friday Oct. 27; 6:00-8:30pm)
    • Still looking for Trunk or Treat people–the park provides the candy and little swag/toys
    • Snacks and popcorn; Sweet Dreams food truck; music; bounce house
    • Park is looking for volunteers to help with popcorn and s’mores
  • Skate park: Park Board is doing skate park activity plan; see Park Board website to give feedback online or other contact info. Looking at placement, needs/wants, concerns, etc.
  • Washburn Tot Lot feedback session: Come to the Tot Lot for snacks and give feedback on the new redesign of the Tot Lot! Rain plan: Maybe in Armatage Rec Center?

President’s Report

  • Denis: Neighborhoods 2020 still meeting, looking at March 2018 to unveil new plan and funding; at next NCEC meeting someone from Seattle will attend to talk about how Seattle supports and funds neighborhoods (Seattle and Mpls are top cities for neighborhood support and activity); Mpls Comprehensive 2040 planning going forward (what city should look like in 2040) are due Dec. 31, 2018, to Met Council.

Secretary Report

Electronic votes

Approval of Sept minutes

Treasurer Report

  • Judy sent budget update via email

Committee Updates

Community Engagement

Happy Hour – Red Wagon, Tues 10/3

  • Attendance was about 20 neighbors
  • Board discussed scheduling happy hours through 2018 (every other month); Ryan will check with Red Wagon about what works for them

Washburn Tot Lot – Community meeting 10/28

Muslim community/school event: Joel talking to contacts; response seems positive and will keep discussing and update Board when a plan takes shape

Green Team

  • No update as of now; will have three goals for 2018 to present on at next meeting

Safety

  • No update tonight

Summer Festival discuss potential changes

  • Need more volunteers (always challenging); one solution is to change up activities; right now the most challenging area is the carnival games (needs a lot of staff); may need to make tough decision to reduce/eliminate carnival games since we don’t have enough volunteers
  • One person suggested “Heart of the Beast” interactive activity (Brittany and Matthew Keith); another person suggested Circus Juventas
  • Another suggestion: More/better signage to show what activities and areas are at festival
  • Overall the festival went really well, despite the weather, good job Nikki!
  • Car show: Really great turnout despite rain (good job Laurel!)
  • Time of festival: 4-7pm rather than 3-7pm? (overall people like moving it to Sunday from Monday)
  • One suggestion: Location of band was problematic this year (was off to the side)
  • Date next year will be Sunday August 12, 2018, 4-7pm (new time)

Coordinator Update

Communication policy

  • How to accept communications to be in newsletter etc.
  • NextDoor, Facebook, Twitter, etc.–Please share, RSVP, invite others, post, and talk it up!

Accountant services

  • Neighborhood person who does this work; ANA would buy version of QuickBook for her to use (monthly subscription would be about $10/month); accounting services would cost $40/hour
  • This came out of a recommendation from the City: professional using QuickBook; also takes the burden off of the Board Treasurer and opens the position up to more people who may not have an accounting/finance background
  • Judy has the budget and records in really good shape at this point
  • $120 per year for QuickBooks and $1,000 (estimated) per year
  • Motion to approve approximately $1200 per year for accounting services and QuickBook subscription (pending reference check); second; motion carriesl

Bylaws

  • Subcommittee finishing recommendations tonight and then will share recommended changes to ANA; after that the City needs to look at it and approve; and after City approves/tweaks then ANA can vote on it. Goal is to get it to the City before the holidays, estimate that ANA will vote on new bylaws in Jan/Feb 2018.

Tree lighting

  • Lights are going up soon
  • Sleigh rental for photos is $250
    • Motion to approve $250 for sleigh rental; second; discussion; motion carries

Conflict of interest policy

  • Board members review and sign

New Business

  • Bri Keeney: seek approval for $600 for toys for the Toddler Play Time at the park: $400 for four transportation vehicles and $200 for large blocks. The ECR4KIDS brand is used by child care centers and public libraries–sturdy, durable, wooden toys that will last a long time.
  • Motion to approve; second; discussion; motion carries!
  • Joel Federer: Have Mobile Menders in Armatage Rec Center (would need strips for plug-ins); would need quite a bit of time in advance to announce and market
  • Denis Houle: Community Connections Conference–great event to meet other people, neighborhood organizations, free food, free registration
    • Saturday Feb 10, 2018, at Convention Center
  • Michael Kootsikas: Continuing to pass out welcome bags to new neighbors who move into neighborhood (cloth bag, magnets, water bottles, etc); looking for suggestions for welcome bags; one good suggestion is the Settergrens Service Providers List; Southwest Business Association list

 

Adjourn 7:48pm (motion, second, motion carries)

 

November 14, 2017 eNews

November Meeting Agenda

Nov 21, 2017 • 6:30pm • Armatage Park

  • Welcome
  • Guest: Late Night Take Out/Diamond BBQ
  • City Council Update
  • Park Update, Nikki Friederich
  • President’s Report
  • Secretary Report
    October minutes approved online
  • Treasurer Report
    • Accountant
  • Committee Updates
    • Community Engagement
  • Coordinator Update
    • Communication policy
    • Bylaws (link to begin review sent to board)
    • Tree lighting 11/24 at 7pm
    • Business facade grants: Penn Dental
  • New Business
    • Trees for school kids
  • Adjourn

Tree Lighting and Charity Drive

Friday, November 24 • 7:00pm • Armatage Park

Diapers and formula will be collected at the park in November and at the event for the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery.

Enjoy a photo op with a vintage sleigh! 

(Sleigh may be different than one shown)


Minneapolis 2040

Monday, Dec. 11

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Martin Luther King Park multi-purpose room

4055 Nicollet Ave.

Co-hosted by Tangletown, Kingfield, Armatage and Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association

Over the past year, City planners have been doing a lot of listening about the future of Minneapolis. One theme we’ve heard is that everyone must benefit from a growing city. Done right, population growth can help our city become a healthy, sustainable, and thriving place for all. We have some ideas on how to achieve that, and would like to hear your thoughts. 

We want to hear from you!

Engage in Person at Community Meetings in December 

Please attend the interactive engagement event. This event will feature the family-friendly activities created by artists and City-staff, as well as free food from local businesses. 


Washburn Totlot – Park Improvements

You’re invited to TWO community open houses to learn about the Washburn Avenue Totlot’s new playground and provide feedback on its design. The first is On Wednesday, November 22 from 6 to 8 pm; the second Saturday December 2, from 10 am to noon. Both serve the same purpose, so you only need to attend one.

On either day, drop in at the Armatage Recreation Center to:  

  • Review community input from the first engagement event in October
  • Share your thoughts on initial ideas for new playground equipment
  • Use a working model of playground equipment to explore various configurations and combinations

Everyone is welcome!

Details

  • Wednesday, November 22, from 6 pm to 8 pm 
  • OR
  • Saturday December 2, from 10 am to noon 
  • Drop in anytime during either event
  • Armatage Recreation Center, at  2500 W 57th St. (5 blocks from Washburn Avenue Totlot) 

More opportunities to have your say

  • Can’t make it on November 22 or December 2? Join us at a follow-up meeting: Watch for dates and details in an upcoming announcement.
  • For details on this playground project, visit the project webpage.
  • Subscribe to the project’s email list to get announcements for community meetings and other events and to stay informed about the project.
  • Also: Share this email with friends, family and neighbors who may be interested as well! 

November 22, 2017 eNews

Friday night Tree Lighting

& Charity Drive

7:00pm • Armatage Park

Take a break from the craziness of the weekend and join us at the park for a low-key gathering. We will light the trees near the ice rink entrance, enjoy some treats and music, and have a chance to take a photo with an antique sleigh. Plus, we will be collecting diapers and formula for the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery.


November Meeting Highlights

  • Winter sports registration for winter sports open now online. Printed brochures available at the park.
  • Our first business facade grant request is with Penn Dental for their new signage.
  • Welcome to Rachel, our new accountant, who is also an Armatage resident.
  • Proposed next neighborhood happy hour: Tuesday, January 9, 7-9 at Red Wagon

Washburn Park Input Open House

Dec 2 • 10am-noon at Armatage Park

NOTE: There is NOT an open house today. Instead, stop by on Saturday, December 2, to see a completed model of the spaces along with different design options. Construction will begin next Spring, so now is the time to help us create something great!


Minneapolis 2040 Open House

Dec 11 • 5:30-7:30 • MLK Park

This is your opportunity to give input regarding the long-term planning for the City of Minneapolis. Minneapolis 2040 input will guide the comprehensive plan, and help shape the future of our city. Food, activities for kids, etc…so everyone is welcome! Drop in and contribute your thoughts!

October 27, 2017 eNews

Halloween at the Park – is ON

Friday, October 27 • 6:00-8:30pm • Armatage Park 

Moving most activities inside the park building

Wagon Rides (bundle up!) • DJ • Bounce House • Popcorn • Caricature Artist • Storyteller

Sweet Dreams Food Truck.

Costumes Encouraged

Bonfire & S’mores (if weather permits)

Pumpkin Carving Contest

  • Bring your carved pumpkin to Armatage Park 
  • Thursday 10/26 2:00-9:00pm or Friday 10/27 2:00-4:00pm
  • Carved pumpkins will be on display throughout Friday night
  • Two prizes will be awarded: Kid’s Choice and People’s Choice!
  • Take your pumpkin home after the judging.

Trick-or-Treat in the Gym


Help Design Washburn Park moving inside

Saturday October 28th, 10am-noon
Drop in anytime

Moving inside the Armatage park building

The Washburn Tot Lot (as it is named) playground is slated for major improvements in 2018 and now is the time for us to chime in with ideas!

  • Meet at the Armatage park building provide input
  • Kids are encouraged to come and enjoy games and activities
  • Enjoy coffee and light snacks

If you can’t make it, you are always welcome to forward any thoughts or concerns to our coordinator (anacoordinator@armatage.org).


Save the Date

Tree Lighting and Charity Drive

Friday, November 24 • 7:00pm • Armatage Park

Diapers and formula will be collected at the park in November for the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery.

Enjoy a photo op with a vintage sleigh!

October 11, 2017 eNews

October Agenda

  • Welcome
  • Quarterly Safety Update
  • City Council Update
  • Park Update, Nikki Friederich
    • Halloween – Trunk or Treat – ANA Station
    • Funding request: $350 for toys for the Toddler Play Time at the park ($170 large blocks; $72 flat bed truck; $99 big rig)
  • President’s Report
  • Secretary Report
    • Electronic votes
      • Approval of Sept minutes
  • Treasurer Report
  • Committee Updates
    • Community Engagement
      • Happy Hour – Red Wagon, Tues 10/3
      • Washburn Park – Community meeting 10/28
      • Tree Lighting/Charity Drive
    • Green Team
    • Safety 
    • Summer Festival discuss potential changes
  • Coordinator Update
    • Communication policy
    • Accountant services
    • Bylaws 
  • New Business
  • Adjourn

Halloween at the Park

Friday, October 27 • 6:00-8:30pm • Armatage Park
(weather permitting)

Wagon Rides • Bonfire • DJ • S’mores & Popcorn • Bounce House
Sweet Dreams Food Truck.
Costumes Encouraged

Free Pumpkin Giveaway

Saturday, October 4 • 10:30am-12:30pm

Kelly O’Neil and her real estate team will give away pumpkins at Sunnyside Gardens (3723 W 44th St). Look for the table with red balloons to receive your coupon. Learn more at www.koneil.com.

Pumpkin Carving Contest

  • Bring your carved pumpkin to Armatage Park 
  • Thursday 10/26 2:00-9:00pm or Friday 10/27 2:00-4:00pm
  • Carved pumpkins will be on display throughout Friday night
  • Two prizes will be awarded: Kid’s Choice and People’s Choice!
  • Take your pumpkin home after the judging.

Trunk-or-Treat

  • Get your group together to build a display! Space is limited, so register soon! Be creative, but please remember this is a family event, so nothing too gory. Find ideas at www.armatage.org
  • Set up begins at 5:00pm. All displays must be ready by 6:00pm. An adult must stay with the vehicle throughout the event, and please plan to stay until 8:30p. 
  • Registration is FREE, plus candy and non-candy treats are provided courtesy of ANA and the Park.

Register by 10/24. Send the following information to our coordinator:

  • Group or organization name 
  • Concept/idea
  • Main contact person (email and phone — and if it okay to text)

Help Design Washburn Park

Saturday October 28th, 10am-noon
Drop in anytime
58th & Washburn

The Washburn Tot Lot (as it is named) playground is slated for major improvements in 2018 and now is the time for us to chime in with ideas!

  • Meet at the park near the playground to provide input
  • Kids are encouraged to come and enjoy games and activities
  • Enjoy coffee and light snacks

If you can’t make it, you are always welcome to forward any thoughts or concerns to our coordinator (anacoordinator@armatage.org).


Minneapolis Street Sweeping Begins Oct 17

Expect to see it starting in Armatage neighborhood the end of October.


Skate park survey

Learn about plans for skate park projects in Minneapolis, and provide your two cents.


Election Day – Tuesday, November 7


Save the Date

Tree Lighting and Charity Drive

Friday, November 24 • 7:00pm • Armatage Park

Diapers and formula will be collected at the park in November for the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery.

October 24, 2017 eNews

Halloween at the Park

Friday, October 27 • 6:00-8:30pm • Armatage Park
Wagon Rides • Bonfire • DJ • S’mores & Popcorn • Bounce House
Sweet Dreams Food Truck.
Costumes Encouraged

Pumpkin Carving Contest

  • Bring your carved pumpkin to Armatage Park 
  • Thursday 10/26 2:00-9:00pm or Friday 10/27 2:00-4:00pm
  • Carved pumpkins will be on display throughout Friday night
  • Two prizes will be awarded: Kid’s Choice and People’s Choice!
  • Take your pumpkin home after the judging.

Trunk-or-Treat

  • Want to hand out treats? Let us know — just plan to bring your “station” to the event, and we provide the treats! It is that easy! Be creative, but please remember this is a family event, so nothing too gory. 
  • Set up begins at 5:00pm. All displays must be ready by 6:00pm. An adult must stay with the station throughout the event, and please plan to stay until 8:30pm. 

Help Design Washburn Park

Saturday October 28th, 10am-noon
Drop in anytime
58th & Washburn

The Washburn Tot Lot (as it is named) playground is slated for major improvements in 2018 and now is the time for us to chime in with ideas!

  • Meet at the park near the playground to provide input
  • Kids are encouraged to come and enjoy games and activities
  • Enjoy coffee and light snacks

If you can’t make it, you are always welcome to forward any thoughts or concerns to our coordinator (anacoordinator@armatage.org).


October Meeting Highlights

  • ANA will purchase wooden trucks and shapes for toddler play times and events at the park. ($600 approved)
  • Happy hour will continue in 2018 at Red Wagon Pizza – watch for more details.
  • Rain garden designing stage is underway with area residents.

Save the Date

Tree Lighting and Charity Drive

Friday, November 24 • 7:00pm • Armatage Park

Diapers and formula will be collected at the park in November for the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery.

Enjoy a photo op with a vintage sleigh!

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

FREE

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.
(www.stunrun.com / www.selfdefensebros.com)


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 www.minneapolisbiketour.com

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 lims.minneapolismn.gov