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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).

 

August 30, 2018 eNews


Saturday • Sept 8
Noon – 4:00pm
Armatage Rec Center

Back by popular demand, Mobile Menders will again set up shop in the Armatage Rec Center. From hemming a pair of pants to replacing a lost button on your favorite shirt; a ripped seam in a bathrobe to repairing a treasured teddy bear – Mobile Menders provides FREE mending/repair services to anyone in need.

Learn More >> https://mobilemenders.weebly.com/



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!


ANA Summer Festival

Check out the event photos!

Thanks to everyone who made it down on that hot and steamy day! Suggestions and ideas for our 2019 event always welcome, as we hope to continue to make this an event for everyone!



Sign up today for the 12th annual Minneapolis Bike Tour!

Sunday, September 16, 8 am
Start-finish at Boom Island Park

The Minneapolis Bike Tour was created to bring cyclists together and support bike-related initiatives. Proceeds from the tour will benefit bike safety and education events for Minneapolis youth as well as bike trail improvement projects throughout the system.

Event details:
For more information, please visit our website at www.minneapolisbiketour.com
Online Registration through September 9: $30 (youth $20)
Walk-up Registration September 12-16: $50 (youth $40)
Please see bike tour website for walk-up locations


The City of Minneapolis Public Works Department is updating its 10-year Transportation Action Plan to meet the transportation vision and policies outlined in Minneapolis 2040, the City’s draft Comprehensive Plan. Minneapolis 2040 provides the foundation and supporting policy from which the Transportation Action Plan will be developed.

We are in the early stages of developing the Transportation Action Plan, but there are many ways to be involved now:

  • Check out our website
  • Take our short survey and enter to win one of two $25 giftcards
  • Sign up for email updates
  • Use #gompls to spread the word
  • Visit the Public Works booth at Open Streets and various farmers markets

August 8, 2018 eNews

ANA Summer Festival

Sunday, August 12 • 4:00-7:00pm • Armatage Park

Join us for our annual neighborhood festival down at the park, presented by the ANA and Armatage Park.

We are working hard to make this a zero waste event. Remember to bring a water bottle so you can fill up at the water station thanks to
Minneapolis Tap

Wristbands ($5/$10 family max.) include:

  • Unlimited use of inflatables (giant slide, bounce house, obstacle course, and tot bounce)
  • Facepainting by Magikal Faces
  • Make and take art project with ArtStart

4:00-4:45 — Yoga with Blooma
All ages are welcome to Family Yoga! We encourage you to be silly as we play, sing songs, and move our bodies. Designed for kids and adults, Blooma instructor Kaye will lead families through yoga poses fostering creativity and connection! No need for a mat! We encourage everyone to pose and move on the grass.

4:30 — Magic by Bruce

4:45 & 6:15 — Music by The Melvilles

5:30-6:15 — KidZone interactive entertainment

All day enjoy:

  • Car Show presented by
    Kelly O'Neil Realtor
  • Final Four Fan Jam
    Fans can learn about Final Four initiatives, practice their shot, take a selfie with the National Championship trophy, score giveaways, enter a sweepstakes to win tickets to the 2019 Final Four and more. (www.finalfourminneapolis.com/fanjam).
  • 3rd Lair skate park activities
  • Food trucks, including:
    • Red Wagon Pizza
    • Book Club burgers and dogs
    • Twin Cities Paella
    • Sonny’s Ice Cream
    • Sweet Dreams Fare Favs
  • Area businesses and programs including:
    • Minneapolis Youth Baseball and the pitching radar
    • The Tiny Solar House from Applied Energy Innovations
    • A chance to share your input and ideas about the future of our area parks with the Minneapolis Parks Board
    • Stop by the Citizen’s Utility Board’s table and get some ideas to save energy, save money, and reduce your carbon footprint. Even better, get customized energy saving suggestions for your household by signing up for a free 20 minute energy bill consultation. RSVP for a spot onlineand please remember to bring your electric and gas bills and all your questions! Contact CUB Outreach Director, Carmen Carruthers, at 1-651-300-4701 ext. 2 with any questions. (cubminnesota.org)
  • Prize drawing (buy your entry near the skate park)
  • Variety of games, chalk, and more!

July 9, 2018 eNews

TONIGHT


Armatage Neighborhood Happy Hour

Tuesday, July 10 • 7:00-9:00pm • Red Wagon

Join us for free pizza, fun conversation and a chance to connect with neighbors! Cash bar.


July 17, 2018 Agenda

  • Welcome
  • President’s Report
  • Secretary Report – June minutes
  • Treasurer Report – financials emailed
    • 990
  • Park Update
    • Movie Night (7/9) Mighty Ducks
  • Committee Updates
    • Community Engagement
      • Washburn Park (no update)
      • Happy Hour – July 10 (7-9) at Red Wagon
      • Welcome bags
    • Green Team
      • Rain Garden installation delay (July 30-Aug 1)
    • Summer Festival
      • ANA, tickets & volunteer check-in
    • Safety
      • Rebate programs
    • Micro-grant program
  • New Business
  • Adjourn

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Upcoming meetings/events

Aug 2 – Rain Garden plant pick up (and homeowner installations)

Aug 7 – National Night Out

Aug 12 – Summer Festival (4:00-7:00)

Sept 4 – Happy Hour at Red Wagon (7-9)

Sept  18 – ANA Monthly Meeting (6:30)



National Night Out

Tuesday, August 7

Learn more about NNO and register your block today!


Minnesota Twins and DNR offer free hats

Anyone with a 2018 Minnesota fishing or hunting license can receive a free camouflage and blaze orange Twins logo cap thanks to a special ticket offer online at mndnr.gov/twins.

As part of the Minnesota DNR Days partnership with the Twins, license holders can purchase a reserved game ticket online and receive a special Twins cap at these games:

  • Sunday, July 15, Tampa Bay Rays, 1:10 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 25, Oakland Athletics, 6:10 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 8, Kansas City Royals, 6:10 p.m.

Ticket prices vary by game and seat locations are either in the Field Box or Home Run Porch sections. All ticket holders under this partnership will pick up their cap at the game. Instructions for purchasing tickets are at mndnr.gov/twins.

Buy fishing and hunting licenses at any DNR license agent, online with a mobile or desktop device at mndnr.gov/buyalicense, or by phone at 888-665-4236. Mobile buyers receive a text or email that serves as proof of a valid fish or game license to state conservation officers.

DNR-Twins cap

Minneapolis for Everyone

A new group has organized against the City of Minneapolis 2040 proposed comprehensive plan. Learn more about their organization and their concerns.

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

June 14, 2018 eNews

June 19, 2018 Agenda

  • Welcome
  • Officer elections (President, Vice President, Secretary)
  • President’s Report
  • Secretary Report – April & May minutes approved online
  • Treasurer Report – financials emailed/summary below
    • 990
  • Park Update
    • Movie Night (7/9) Mighty Ducks
  • Committee Updates
    • Community Engagement
      • Washburn Park (June 2018 and should be completed in early August 2018) Delayed – now to start end of August
      • Happy Hour – July 10 (7-9) at Red Wagon
        • Discuss gratuity
      • Neighborhood Garage Sale (June 2)
      • Welcome bags
        • Frisbees
        • Magnets
    • Green Team
      • Meeting update
      • Rain Garden installation delay (July 30-Aug 1)
    • Summer Festival
      • Tasks by board member – updates
      • Items that are done or in process
        • Showmobile (booked)
        • Food vendors: Red Wagon, LaLa Homemade Ice Cream
        • Band/entertainment: Melvilles, yoga, KidZone
        • Sponsorship – forms online, outreach underway
        • TapMpls (booked)
        • Car Show – Marc is on top of it 🙂 (online reg available)
        • Final Four Fam Jam
    • Safety
      • Rebate programs
      • Micro-grant program
  • 2040
  • Coordinator Update
    • NCEC elector/elections
    • Neighborhood forestry April give-away at Kenny
    • Business (residential address) grant discussion
  • New Business
  • Adjourn
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Upcoming events:

June 30 – Senator Dibble and Representative Hornstein Town Hall (10-noon) Westminster Presbyterian Church
July 9 – Movie in the Park: Mighty Ducks (at dusk)
July 10 – Happy Hour 7-9pm at Red Wagon
July 17 – ANA Monthly Meeting 6:30pm at Rec Center
Aug 7 – National Night Out
Aug 12 – Summer Festival (4:00-7:00)


Movies & Music in the Park

Check out the full schedule online! Our movie will be on Monday, July 9, and will feature Mighty Ducks. Wear your favorite hockey sweater!

Treats will be available for sale.



National Night Out

Tuesday, August 7


Town Hall Meeting with Senator Dibble and Representative Hornstein

Details:
When: 10am-12pm, Saturday, June 30th
Where: Westminster Presbyterian Church
1200 Marquette Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Parking: Free, underground parking is available at the Westminster Parking Garage, the entrance to the garage is on Alice Rainville Place which is between WPC and the Millenium Hotel

Transit: The bus stop at the intersection of Nicollet and Alice Rainville Place is convenient for those taking MetroTransit to the town hall, routes 10,11,17,18,25, and 59 stop here. For more information visit: metrotransit.org

Biking: Westminster Presbyterian Church is one block off of the Nicollet bikeway (when you get to Nicollet and 12th). Bike racks are located all around the exterior of the building. A NiceRide bike station is located only two blocks away at the Minneapolis Convention Center

https://www.facebook.com/events/173369203301664/


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Next Southwest Service Area Master Plan meeting is June 18

Date: June 18, 2018
Time: 6-8 pm
Location: Armatage Recreation Center
Address: 2500 W 57th St.
Topics: Group visioning, establishment of work groups, engagement strategy

Thank you to all of the community members working together to create the Southwest Service Area Master Plan, called SW Parks Plan for short. The next SW Parks Plan Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting is scheduled Monday, June 18, 2018, 6-8 pm at Armatage Recreation Center, 2500 W 57th St.

This meeting will focus on group visioning, establishing work groups and engagement strategy. All CAC meetings are open to the public, with a free light dinner and quiet children’s activities.

SW Parks Plan Meeting #1 Notes

What is the Southwest Service Area Master Plan?

It’s a unique opportunity to set the vision for Southwest Minneapolis neighborhood parks for the coming decades. The project will examine all outdoor park facilities at each site and create park plans that will guide decisions on capital improvements—including NPP20 funding allocations.

The SW Parks Plan includes 43 total park properties:

  • 23 Neighborhood Parks
  • 13 Park Triangles
  • 3 Parkways
  • 2 Tot Lots
  • 1 Former Trolley Path
  • 1 Standalone Wading Pool

SW Parks Plan Project Map

This project does not include any recreation centers, specialty areas or areas classified as regional parkland: Bde Maka Ska (formerly Lake Calhoun) Park, Beard’s Plaisance, Brownie Park, Cedar Lake Park, Cedar Lake Regional Trail, Kenilworth Regional Trail, Lake Harriet Park, Lake of the Isles Park, Lyndale Park, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail, Morrison Park (home of Minneapolis Institute of Art), Roberts Bird Sanctuary, Soo Line Community Garden and William Berry Park.

All CAC meetings are open to the public and have time set aside for public comment. Please call 612-230-6472 or email planning@minneapolisparks.org at least two business days in advance of a meeting if you require reasonable modification or language translation.

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