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Security Rebate Program for Residents

Summary

To provide an incentive for residents to make security enhancements, making Armatage neighborhood more secure and less attractive to criminals. The Armatage Neighborhood Association (ANA) will provide a rebate for the first $100 in expenses for eligible improvements per address per calendar year.


Rebate Criteria

All residential properties in the Armatage neighborhood, both owned or rented, may receive a rebate. Multiple applications may be submitted, but the total of rebates for any address is limited to $100 per property per calendar year. ANA reserves the right to verify through inspection that claimed work/purchases were, in fact, installed. Receipts must be dated on or after July 1, 2018, the initial effective date of this program, through December 21, 2018, for the 2018 program. 

Eligible Improvements (examples):

  • Exterior security/motion lighting fixtures including any necessary wiring and electrical work
  • Exterior steel security doors, including garage access doors
  • Deadbolt locks on exterior doors, including garage access doors
  • Smoke detectors, carbon monoxide (CO) detectors, radon testing kits or associated test fees.
  • Window or sliding door security locks or security restraints
  • Security bars on garage windows or on windows not facing the street
  • Initial installation of a home security system/service (but not the monthly monitoring fees)
  • Fire extinguishers

NOT Eligible:

  • Storm or combination doors not of the all-steel “security” type, even if lockable
  • Tools
  • Rental charges
  • Personal installation time or “sweat equity”
  • Monthly monitoring or service fees
  • Batteries, light bulbs or other consumables

Rebate Process

Residents submit a completed form along with original receipts (online or by mail). Digital images of receipts are accepted. The ANA verifies compliance and issues a rebate check. ANA retains all submitted forms and attachments. If a rebate is denied, a resident may bring an appeal before the ANA.


Armatage Neighborhood Association
Security Rebate Application Form for Residents

Please complete this form to claim a rebate of up to $100 per address, per calendar year on the cost of qualifying security improvements. Eligible work is detailed in the Rebate Criteria section. Be sure to attach the original receipt(s). Digital images of receipts are accepted. Eligible receipts must be dated within the calendar year the rebate is requested. Please allow the ANA thirty (30) days to process this request and issue your check.

Download a PDF form

Complete a Google form (will automatically submit your form)

Send completed form with original receipts to:

Armatage Neighborhood Association
2500 W 57th St
Minneapolis, MN 55410
anacoordinator@armatage.org

 

Security Rebate Program for Businesses

Summary

To provide an incentive for area businesses to make security enhancements, making Armatage neighborhood more secure and less attractive to criminals. The Armatage Neighborhood Association (ANA) will provide a rebate for the first $1,000 in expenses for eligible improvements per address per calendar year. Receipts must be dated between July 1, 2018-December 31, 2018 for the 2018 program.


Rebate Criteria

All businesses in the Armatage neighborhood are eligible to receive a rebate. Multiple applications may be submitted, but the total of rebates for any business is limited to $1,000 per calendar year, with a $2,000 lifetime max. ANA reserves the right to verify through inspection that claimed work/purchases were, in fact, installed.

Eligible Improvements (examples):

  • Safety equipment such as:
    • Exterior security/motion lighting fixtures
    • Exterior steel security doors
    • Deadbolt locks on exterior doors
    • Window or door security locks or security restraints
    • Security bars on windows not facing the street or security gates
  • Initial installation of a security system/service (but not the monthly monitoring fees)
  • Signage related security
  • Traffic management
  • Safety training

NOT Eligible:

  • Storm or combination doors not of the all-steel “security” type, even if lockable
  • Tools
  • Rental charges
  • Personal installation time or “sweat equity”
  • Monthly monitoring or service fees
  • Batteries, light bulbs or other consumables

Rebate Process

Businesses must submit a completed form along with original receipts (online or by mail). Digital images of receipts are accepted. The ANA verifies compliance and issues a rebate check. ANA retains all submitted forms and attachments. If a rebate is denied, a business may bring an appeal before the ANA.


Armatage Neighborhood Association
Security Rebate Application Form for Businesses

Please complete this form to claim a rebate of up to $1,000 per business, per year on the cost of qualifying security improvements. Eligible work is detailed in the Rebate Criteria section. Be sure to attach the original receipt(s). Digital images of receipts are accepted. Please allow the ANA thirty (30) days to process this request and issue your check.

Download a PDF form

Complete a Google form (will automatically submit your form)

Send completed form with original receipts to:

Armatage Neighborhood Association
2500 W 57th St
Minneapolis, MN 55410
anacoordinator@armatage.org

April 18, 2018 Minutes

Meeting Minutes

 

Date: April 18, 2018

Called to Order: 6:34 PM

Presided by: Denis Houle, President

Note taker: Laurel Luxenberg

In attendance: Bri Keeney, Tara Brown, Laurel Luxenberg, Ryan Antkowiak, Michael Kootsikas, Stephanie Vigen, Judy Vecere, Jim Hoch, Joel Federer.

Other attendees: Nikki Lindberg, Coordinator, Nikki Friederich, Park Director, Jennifer Waisanen, City of Minneapolis Crime Prevention Specialist, Kathy Waite, 5th Precinct Inspector, Colleen O’Dell, Park Planner MPRB. Residents: Tyler Mulcahey, Ann LaBrea, John Prokop, Blaine Havtay (sp), Adriana Dobrzyuce (sp).

 

Public Works:

  • Jennifer Waisanen: Crime and Safety: 1 acquaintance rape; 1 robbery from Holiday (likely a Juvenile, no injury); Domestic assault; Officer assault (spitting); 5 burglaries – 2 garages (1 door open), Pizzeria Lola, 2 home break-ins by suspects known to the victims. 10 auto thefts, often in business parking lots when people are leaving things in cars visible to people walking by (crime of opportunity). Parking lots included Red Wagon Pizza, Cave Vin and Book Club. Be mindful of leaving things in cars, especially in business parking lots. Crime patterns similar in comparison to surrounding neighborhoods. Thefts of credit cards being used to buy gift cards.
    • Question about folks going up and down alley: Advice: look at behavior of individual, if it’s unusual or suspicious for your neighborhood, call 911 (not 311).
  • Kathy Waite: follow up re: death of a woman hit by a car as a pedestrian on 54th and Penn several months ago – there was a long process of obtaining search warrants for the computer of the car involved which took some time but now with that info gathered, the investigator has sent it to Hennepin County Attorney’s office to consider charges.
    • Question from resident re: how many officers, on average, do we have on a beat in the 5th precinct. Answer, there are several shifts but the mid-day watch + dog watch will have between 6-15 squads out at this time but there is some crossover with Edina, Richfield, etc. When incidents happen in other precincts (like SWAT situations) our squads will go to those areas for support so we might see fewer squads on the street at that time.  
  • Colleen O’Dell: Park Planner and landscape architect with MPRB – Southwest Service Area Master Plan (SWSAMP): landmark funding agreement with city is coming in for infrastructure now so we want to talk with community about what we want to see in the parks. 5 areas of city have been divided up, and SW is the last area being done, south of 394 and west of 35W. Not looking at regional parks, looking only at neighborhood parks (42 total), doesn’t include buildings but does include playgrounds, pools, fields, etc. This process will take 12-18 months to put together a plan with draft plans coming out in the fall. Over winter they will be finalized and final plans will be brought to public hearing in April 2019 followed by a 45 day comment period. Hopefully it will be adopted middle of next year by their board.

 

President’s Report – none

 

Secretary Report – March minutes approved online, no update

 

Treasurer Report – Financials emailed, no update

 

Park Update, Nikki Friederich – Spring baseball on standby because of the snow, gym being used right now for baseball. Some spots still open for baseball and softball; stop in to park to register. Summer registration open now.

    • Movie Night (7/9) Mighty Ducks
    • Sports and summer program registrations open now

 

Committee Updates

    • Community Engagement
      • Washburn Park Update – Hearing 4/18 at Park Board Office: 2117 West River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55411.
      • Buying additional items for the lot to be considered by board using neighborhood money: suggestions presented are bike racks, picnic tables, concrete pads, benches. Feedback encouraged. See email for cost breakdown (sent by Bri). Discussion. $15,000 approx. for total replacement of picnic tables, benches, less the grill. Some in favor of bike rack and grill to build community, others opposed due to safety, clean-up. If we do all of it, $17,000. Motion from Bri for spending up to $17,000, no grill. Second by Judy Vecere. Discussion.
      • Discussion: who wanted the grill in the first place? Where did that request come from? No water access, no bathroom, could be a safety concern. If we spend $17,000 where does that leave us in terms of monies? Nikki: some uncontracted monies still available from city, over $100,000. In our contracted monies we have $43,000, so enough to fund this motion. Vote: all in favor, motion carries.
      • Happy Hour – May 1 at Red Wagon 7-9
      • Neighborhood Garage Sale (June 2) online registration & payment available, info will be included in newsletter. Nikki will need help distributing maps day of.
    • Green Team – No update.
      • Meeting update – no meeting scheduled at this time, will be in near future
      • Rain Garden installation delay due to weather. (July 30-Aug 1)
      • Earth Day event: CANCELLED Kenny Park/Grass Lake (1328 58th St. W) 9:30-noon 4/21 rescheduled to 5/12
    • Summer Festival August 12
      • Tasks by board member
        • Showmobile (booked)
        • Food vendors: Red Wagon, LaLa Homemade Ice Cream (Bri and Stephanie)
        • Band: Chime (Joel)
        • Sponsorship – forms online, outreach started
        • TapMpls (booked)
        • Car Show – Marc is on top of it 🙂 (online registration available)
        • Raffle – Judy and Jim
        • Kids games – Denis
        • Volunteer coordinator – Kelly?
        • Table vendors – Ryan

 

    • Gary Safety initiative (Gary not in attendance) – need subcommittee, Nikki will send out doodle poll to get things moving
    • Special project subcommittee proposed by Denis to work on requests we get from annual meeting

 

Coordinator Update

    • Ward 13 Board Member Summit April 18 7-8:30 at Armatage Rec Center to talk about neighborhood issues with Linea Palmisano: Neighborhood 2020 conversation and future funding, 2040 comprehensive plan, open for questions – moving to Book Club following end of meeting to socialize.
    • NCEC seat – Denis’ term limit is up. You can apply for an appointed position, applications due Friday 4/20. Contact Denis with any questions if interested.
    • SW and Creek CAC appointments
    • Paper shredding event hosted by Kelly O’Neil Realty 4/21 10am-noon at Armatage Park – reminder from Tara that this option is better for the environment than putting shredding in recycling bins.
    • 2020 Roadmap feedback – due to the city by 4/30 after we review. Nikki sending out after we provide feedback/edit/contribute to final version.
    • May meeting Sen. Scott Dibble would like to attend meeting to check in
  • New Business – Bri not running for re-election due to new job; congratulations Bri! There are 2 open seats coming up in May, Tyler will be running for a spot. President seat up for vote in June. Stephanie – land at 62nd and Washburn: what are we doing with it, has large pine trees – Green Team looking into it and will report back with decision. Fence on Russell – variance update: we did send note back to welcome them to the neighborhood but we declined to take a stand on the variance request. The city wants us to have input on these things which is why we receive them.

 

Meeting Adjourned at 7:46 PM

 

March 20, 2018 Minutes

March 20, 2018 Minutes

 

Date: March 20, 2018

Called to order: 6:38pm

Presided by: Denis Houle, President

Note taker: Nikki Lindberg

In attendance: Board Members — Kelly Falsani, Laure Luxenbergl, Stephanie Vigen, Ryan Antkowiak, Michael Kootsikas, Br Keeneyi, Joel Federer

Other Attendees — Gary Remafedi, Fred & Joanne Linehan, Nikki Frederich/Parks, Rachel Ireland-Henry, Betty Lyke Urie, Nikki Lindberg

 

(Jim Hoch, Judy Vecere)

 

Safety

Emily – summary of break-in; Fred (bldg owner 20 yrs) — crime prevention

2 break ins in 20 years, but car thefts (smash/grab) issue  — 2017 avg 2/month

has added lights on dusk/dawn — 2 security camera installation (5, 3 on parking lot, 2 in back) – 2 bids (and Emily talked to Peter – 3rd option)

Gary – safety summary – presenting ideas; approving resolutions shared and getting “ballot” with the 16 interventions that you can rank

Denis – would like to contribute to cost of cameras – Fred doing no matter what (3 mega-pixel option)

Gary – smart technologies (rebate idea) for residents; could host vendor forum

 

Pres Report

Annual Report – motion Kelly/Michael – carries

2020 Roadmap – NCR proposal (summary of situation) – links sent to proposal and give feedback (due by end of April) 3/37 5-7 NCEC meeting public comments on Road Map (at downtown library)

May Annual Meeting 15th – collect neighborhood input how to spend our money (with actual dollar amounts with some ideas, and free pizza)

share some of what we’ve done (safety, park, green team, happy hour)

ideas – what we heard, and what we can/can’t address – themes for ideas (micro grant, tool library, community brick oven/from bricks to bread); ideas from safety poll; do it like cafe with – generate ideas at your table

pizza/drinks – door prizes (plants/centerpieces) and gift certificates

can leverage social media polls after meeting to gather further input (Nextdoor and Facebook)

board election

 

Summer festival support / ways to get involved – game

 

Secretary – approved online

Treasurer – financials sent

 

Park Update – new summer guide (printed copies on hand)

Egg Hunt on Saturday (registration req’d) expect about 150 10-11:30, hunt at 11 (lots of activities, face painting, characature, Abrakadoodle, bunnies, snacks, and The Bunny) will be outdoors so dress accordingly

Track & Field, Baseball & Softball

Friday Field Trips for summer (school age kids) 11-4 (bag lunch)

Skate Park camp (3rd Lair)

 

Committee

Community Engagement

Washburn Park – final engagement happened; back at Chris to get $ input

Happy Hour – very well attended; concerns about reliability and space isn’t great but don’t feel like we have a better option at this point

Book Club? New BBQ place? Kwan’s

May 1 – have Annual Meeting card/postcard to hand out

Garage Sales – June 2 online/paypal

 

Green Team

Long list – and our new plot at 61/Washburn

 

Safety discussion – tabled to April

 

Summer Festival

Carnival – need help sponsor as group

 

Coord – SW CAC

Neighborhood Forests

Ward 13 Summit

4/21 Shred event

 

NEW

Mobile Menders – went well, organize another for this spring? request another $50 Kelly/Ryan – carries

iMatter Minneapolis – draft letter of support

Malea – Bush Foundation Fellowship recipient

 

Meeting Adjourned at 7:54

 

February 20, 2018 Minutes

February 20, 2018 Minutes

 

Date: February 20, 2018

Called to order: 6:38pm

Presided by: Denis Houle, President

Note taker: Ryan Antkowiak

In attendance: Board Members — Ryan Antkowiak, Kelly Falsani, Jim Hoch, Denis Houle, Bri Keeney, Michael Kootsikas, Stephanie Vigen, Judy Vecere
Other Attendees — Nikki Lindberg, Coordinator; Gary Remafie, resident; various other residents

 

New Business

  • Neighborhood Forest Program @ Kenny Elementary
    • Board approved up to $1,000 grant to support program
  • MCN workshop (The Essential Sponsorship Clinic)
    • Board approved $125 registration fee so Nikki Lindberg (ANA Coordinator) could attend for educational advancement.

 

Welcome to the Neighborhood

  • Introduction to the new tenants of 5400 Penn (the old gas station space)
  • New Restaurant: Colita’s
    • Esteemed chef Daniel Del Prado’s take on BBQ
      • A lighter, herbal experience with Tex Mex and Thai influence
      • Healthier approach to BBQ
      • Locally sourced – MN and Midwest
      • Aiming to open in late June/early July
    • Sought community approval to pursue a full bar/liquor license
    • Responded to concern about traffic in alleys. Dispelled concern as the restaurant will be closed off to the alley. Entrance/Exits will be directly on Penn and 54th only
  • Colita’s owner and Chef – Daniel Del Prado
  • Restaurant Consultant – Geri Wolf
  • Restaurant Manager – Morgan

 

Meeting Adjourned at 6:55 to accommodate Palmisano Presents

 

May 12, 2018 eNews

May Annual Meeting

Tuesday, May 15 • 6:30pm
Pizza dinner featuring pies from both Pizzeria Lola and Red Wagon Pizza

Special Guests: Senator Dibble
Colleen O’Dell with the Southwest Service Area Master Plan (SWsamp)

What would you do to improve Armatage neighborhood if you had $50,000? 

Currently the neighborhood is involved in the programs listed below, but we want to know what you, our neighbors, would like to see happen! Join us at our annual meeting to share your ideas and see how you can help us make it happen.

Current programs/projects:

  • Summer festival
  • Happy hours (every other month)
  • Neighborhood communications (eNews, social media, website, newsletter, etc.)
  • Safety initiatives (ideas abound; we’d like your input)
  • Subsidized rain gardens with Metro Blooms
  • Events at the park
  • A facade improvement grant for area businesses
  • A growing Green Team with lots of ideas they’d like your input around!

Other Ideas: tool library; micro grant program; additional park enhancements; speed signs on Penn & Xerxes

We will be electing board members, and setting priorities for what the ANA will do over the next several years to support our neighborhood, its residents and businesses. To view the current list of candidates, please see the ballot.

Upcoming meetings/events


Palmisano Presents: A Conversation on the Draft Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

May 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm (time correction)
Southwest High School Auditorium

The draft Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan hasrecently been released (www.minneapolis2040.com) and Ward 13 residents have many questions about the impact of the proposed plan. Ward 13 Council Member Linea Palmisano will host a public conversation on May 23 with a short presentation and plenty of time for Q & A. Joining her in this important discussion will be City of Minneapolis Long Range Planning Director Heather Worthington.


 Road resurfacing 

Project to begin this summer in Armatage from Xerxes to Penn between 60th and 54th. The project is awaiting final Mayoral approval.  Details updated on the project website.


Kenny/Armatage Neighborhood Garage Sales

SATURDAY, JUNE 2 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
NEW: Register online and/or pay via PayPal (payment to anancoordinator@armatage.org)

Our neighborhood garage sale is a great way to get a lot of bang for your buck! Clear out your clutter and make a little cash! Again this year, we will partner with our friends in the Kenny neighborhood to amp up the traffic to this event.

Your $10.00 registration fee includes:

  • A general garage sale ad in the StarTribune newspaper, website, social media and Craigslist.
  • Your sale location will be marked on the map of sales and a packet of maps delivered to your home the day before the sale. This map will also be available through Google Maps.

A check for $10.00 payable to the Armatage Neighborhood Association (or pay via PayPal) to: Armatage Neighborhood Association, 2500 W 57th St, Minneapolis, MN 55410 (or drop off at the park desk)

Forms can also be emailed to anacoordinator@armatage.org. Questions regarding registration can be directed to the ANA office by calling 612-668-3206 or anacoordinator@armatage.org.

Registration deadline is Tuesday, May 29!


City Updates

Minneapolis 2040 comprehensive plan open houses

Attend one of five upcoming open houses to discuss the draft Minneapolis 2040 comprehensive plan. Each event will feature the same family-friendly activities created by local artists, as well as free food from local businesses.

10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12
Northeast Recreation Center, 1530 Johnson St. NE

5:30-8 p.m. Monday, May 14
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center, 4055 Nicollet Ave. S.

5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 16
North Commons Recreation Center, 1801 James Ave. N.

5:30- 8 p.m. Thursday, May 17
Dayton Gaviidae YMCA, 651 Nicollet Mall #300

5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, May 31
Powderhorn Recreation Center, 3400 15th Ave. S.

2020 Roadmap

The Neighborhood 2020 Web Page has been updated with the revised Roadmap, public comment report, work group overview and updated timeline.  http://www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr/2020

Elections & Voter Services has now posted on the City jobs site (http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/jobs/) thirteen available positions to assist at our in-person absentee voting (“early voting”) location located one block from City Hall at 217 S 3rd St.

Absentee Voting Team Member

(Seasonal Election Support Specialist I) – 13 to be hired, $18.39/hr
Providing customer service and assisting voters in the absentee ballot process; processing absentee ballot applications; processing voted absentee ballots; entering/looking up data in the Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS); and performing related clerical work.  Positions would be full-time (32hrs/wk), and run from mid-June through November.   Some evenings and weekends required.

*Especially encouraged to apply are those with fluency in English plus one of the following languages:  Somali, Oromo, Hmong, or Spanish—to assist voters with limited English skills.  


SW Parks Planning

In addition to attending Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meetings, there will be many other ways to get involved in the project:

  • Sign up to receive email updates by visiting www.minneapolisparks.org/subscribe. If you are already a subscriber, add “Southwest Service Area Master Plan” to your subscription preferences. Email updates are the best way to stay informed about meeting and event dates.
  • Attend other public project meetings. Though they have not yet been scheduled, MPRB expects numerous community meetings throughout 2018 and 2019.
  • The project team will share project information and listen to ideas be at dozens of community ice cream socials, festivals and park events this summer. Stop by and see us!
  • Email Project Manager Colleen O’Dell at codell@minneapolisparks.org if you’re interested in inviting someone from the project team to present at a meeting or event or engage your organization, group or community in the planning process.
  • Share your thoughts now via the SWSAMP online survey.

SWSAMP Project Page

CAC Meeting #1

Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Time: 6-8 pm
Location: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center
Address: 4055 Nicollet Ave S


Spring Lawn Care Tips that are Useful All Year

Did you know that you and your neighbors have waterfront property? Your yard and the nearest lake, stream, or wetland are connected by the nearest storm drain or ditch. That means the actions you take on your property affect the local water bodies.

In urban areas, rain falls on hard surfaces such as streets, driveways and rooftops and flows into the storm sewer system, which carries it to the nearest body of water.  This rainfall, called stormwater runoff, brings along any pollutants it has picked up along the way.  You can help reduce the amount of pollutants entering local lakes, rivers and streams (and save money at the same time) by following a few simple steps:

  • Water wisely – if your lawn needs water, do it in the morning when it’s cooler to avoid evaporation, and make sure to aim sprinklers so they don’t water hard surfaces. Lawns typically only need one inch of water per week, so if it rains, you can skip the watering.
  • Mow three inches or higher – Mowing grass to a height of three inches or higher will encourage thicker and healthier grass and make your lawn more resistant to weeds, drought, and erosion.
  • Sharpen your mower blades – Sharper blades will cut grass to three inches or higher more effectively. Dull blades damage grass, which can give the grass a yellow or white tint.
  • Leave grass clippings on lawn – Leaving your grass clippings on your lawn puts the same amount of nutrients back into your grass as one application of fertilizer. If you don’t want grass clippings on your lawn, compost them. Be sure to sweep up any clippings that blow into the street so they don’t run down the storm drain.
  • Fertilize smartly (if you need it) – If you choose to fertilize, only do it in the fall when it’s most effective. Apply only the amount directed and be sure to choose a zero-phosphorus fertilizer. Many lawns already have plenty of phosphorus in the soil and any excess will just run off into local waters and produce algae (do a soil test first if you aren’t sure about your lawn). Another alternative to fertilizing is aerating your lawn.
  • Pick up pet waste regularly – In addition to preventing lawn burns, regular pick-up of pet waste will keep bacteria from running off into storm drains and our local waters.

Following these tips will help keep your lawn healthy while keeping our waters clean and safe this summer. Learn more at www.minnehahacreek.org/education.


Free glove for kids aged 5-8 at
Twins Community Fund
Glove Giveaway Celebration on May 16!

Bring your young softball or baseball player to Sibley Park next Wednesday, May 16, 6:15 pm for the 2018 Twins Community Fund Glove Giveaway Celebration!
Kids aged 5-8 will receive a Minnesota Twins fielding glove and ball and have the opportunity to meet T.C. Bear and a surprise Twins player!

If you have a child interested in attending, please email Kent Brevik at kbrevik@minneapolisparks.org by Monday, May 14.

The Minnesota Twins Community Fund has generously donated equipment and uniforms for Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board youth RBI baseball and softball for the past 25 years.
Twins Tball Kid North Commons
Twins Community Fund Glove Giveaway

Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Time: 6:15 pm
Location: Sibley Park
Address: 1900 E 40th St., Minneapolis, MN 55407

2018 Highlights

  • Final plans were approved for the Washburn tot lot and the ANA will be paying to replace picnic tables and benches and adding a bike rack (up to $17,000 in improvements).
  • Continued our neighborhood happy hours, and are engaging with new residents who have some great ideas for future events.

2017 Highlights

  • Casual connections – bi-monthly happy hours have gained a good following. Welcome bags delivered on a regular basis, and people are aware of them now, and sometimes even request to get one!
  • Re-instituted our Business Facade Grant program for our local businesses.
  • Engaged residents around the redevelopment of Washburn tot lot park.
  • Created an Armatage Green Team and partnered with Metro Blooms to begin installing rain gardens in the neighborhood.

March 15, 2018 eNews

March 20, 2018 Agenda

  • Welcome
  • President’s Report
    • Approval 2017 Annual Report
    • 2020 Roadmap (see below)
    • May annual meeting (Topic/Structure)
  • Secretary Report – February minutes approved online
  • Treasurer Report – financials emailed
  • Park Update
    • Egg Hunt (3/24) – registration required; volunteers needed to hand out prizes (see below)
    • Movie Night (7/9) Mighty Ducks
    • Sports and summer program registrations open
  • Committee Updates
    • Community Engagement
      Washburn Park Update – final public input opportunity held 3/14
      Happy Hour (held March 6) – discuss future plans
      Neighborhood Garage Sale (June 2) online registration & payment available
    • Green Team
      Meeting update
    • Safety (Gary)
      Safety proposal
      Lola’s / security cameras
    • Summer Festival – list sent to board to start task assignments
      Showmobile booked
      Food vendors: Red Wagon, LaLa Homemade Ice Cream
      Band: Chime
      Sponsorship
      Carnival games (to continue or not)
    • Micro-grant program
  • Coordinator Update
    SW Area Parks Community Advisory Committees (CACs)
    Neighborhood Forests
  • New Business
    iMatter Minneapolis (email forwarded to board)

Adjourn
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Upcoming meetings/events

Egg Hunt 3/24 – Park – 10:00-11:30am – Registration Required
ANA meeting 4/17 – Rec Center – 6:30pm


Metro Blooms – Workshop at Armatage

Installing Turf Alternatives
$15 per household

Location: Armatage Recreation Center
2500 West 57th St, Minneapolis, MN 55410

Installing Turf Alternatives – Your Guide to a Low Maintenance Lawn, covers the advantages of using perennial ground covers to minimize the need for irrigation and chemical inputs while maximizing ecological benefits. It also demonstrates handy how-tos for replacing traditional turf by installing and maintaining two popular types of turf alternatives: Low Maintenance Lawns and Bee Lawns, which support pollinators and clean water.

Participants learn:

—The what, how & why of converting traditional lawn into low-input turf alternatives that support pollinators and clean water. :

—Presentation followed by questions and a facilitated discussion on common barriers.


Armatage/Kenny Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 24th from 10:00-11:30am

All kids must be pre-registered to participate! $5 per child. Egg Hunt starts promptly at 11am.

Volunteers are needed to distribute/hide eggs and pass out prizes/candy after the egg hunt concludes.


Save the Date

Armatage & Kenny Neighborhood-wide Garage Sales

Saturday, June 2 • 8:00-4:00pm
Online registration and payment available.

Armatage Movie in the Park

Monday, July 9 • Dusk • Mighty Ducks
Armatage Summer Festival
Sunday, August 12 • 4:00-7:00pm


Neighborhoods 2020 Roadmap

Document open for public comment through April 30

Neighborhoods 2020 is a planning process for the funding and implementation of neighborhood-centric programming. You have the chance to submit your opinions and help shape the decisions about neighborhood funding, programs and oversight. The 2020 Roadmap presents three proposals to consider, and hopes further ideas may bring forth a solution that best supports the grassroots organizational success our City has experienced, while expanding opportunities for a changing society.