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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.

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.


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

 

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.

Washburn Park Improvements

Washburn Park Input from park users

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

 

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

Below are current (2/8) concept drawings. The final opportunity for input will held on Wednesday, March 14 (6:00-8:00pm). Drop in any time. Kids welcome!


Initial drawings (1/18)

Park Location (58th & Washburn)

March 17, 2017 eNews

March Meeting Agenda

March 21, 2017 • 6:30pm • Armatage Rec Center

  • Welcome
  • City Council Update
  • Park Update
  • 2040 Plan & Resolution Update
  • Committee Updates
    • 2017 Goals & Priorities
    • Community Engagement: Renter engagement • Washburn Tot Lot • Happy hour • Welcome bags
    • Safety Team
    • Green Team
    • Summer Festival Team
  • Coordinator Update
    • Annual Meeting
    • Annual Report
    • April Newsletter
    • Financial Audit
    • Trees for Kids
    • Tree lights and charity drive 2017
    • May 8th – Art of Hosting (MLK 6-8:30pm)
    • Garage Sale (June 3)
    • Movie in the Park (what do we want to do)
  • Treasurer Report
  • Secretary Report – February minutes approved online
  • New Business
  • Adjourn

$15 workshops: Creating Weather Resilient Yards

Unseasonably warm weather, long droughts and flooding rains are the new normal for spring and summer in Minnesota. Learn how your yard can adapt to and even help mitigate threats posed by these extreme weather events.

Participants receive:

  • An overview of Minnesota’s changing weather patterns and ways to minimize their impact in your yard by using alternative turf, raingardens, and other resilient-yard practices.
  • 1 on 1 design assistance from Metro Blooms and Blue Thumb landscape designers and U of M Extension Master Gardeners from Hennepin County.

For more information and to register, go to metroblooms.org or call 651-699-2426.

Space is limited.


MSP Aircraft Noise Analysis for 2016 is Now Available

02/27/2017 03:03 PM CST

Each year, the MAC reports aircraft noise exposure associated with operations at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) and uses the results to determine homeowner eligibility for the MAC’s Noise Mitigation Program. To qualify for mitigation, a home must fall within a higher impact area for three consecutive years.

The report, called the MSP Annual Noise Contour Report, details the development inputs for aircraft noise exposure contours that represent the geographical areas exposed to aircraft noise levels of 60 dB DNL and greater surrounding MSP.

The 2016 Annual Noise Contour Report is available now on the MAC Noise Program Office website here:  2016 MSP Annual Noise Contour Report.

The report concluded that a total of 286 single-family homes are eligible for mitigation in 2018. (NOTE: None are in the Armatage neighborhood.) The eligible blocks are shown in blue in the graphic online. MAC will begin reaching out to these eligible homeowners in late 2017 to begin project orientation.

The MAC is also actively initiating mitigation projects for homes that qualified last year. These homes are shown in green on the graphic online.


Southwest Communities “Future of Neighborhoods” Conversation

May 8th, 6:00 pm (dinner) 6:30 – 8:30 pm (program)
Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 4055 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409

The neighborhood organizations of Southwest Minneapolis, in partnership with the Minneapolis Department of Neighborhood and Community Relations, invite you to come discuss your viewpoint regarding the future of neighborhoods, including creating stable communities through respecting residents’ voices and empowering local solutions.  Attendees will work with other Southwest residents to discuss current and future challenges facing neighborhoods and suggest policy and funding streams to support communities to creatively address these challenges.

Free Dinner and Childcare provided


Community Connections Conference 4/1 at Convention Center



Southwest High School Performing Arts

Sweet Charity (Musical)

March 16-18 & 23-25 at 7 pm and March 19 & 26 at 2 pm.

Music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields and book by Neil Simon. It was directed and choreographed for Broadway by Bob Fosse starring his wife and muse Gwen Verdon.

Charity works at a dance club and has only seen the dark side of life but thinks things are changing when she meets Oscar.  Even when things turn sour, Charity stays Sweet and hopeful of her dreams

To find our more or purchase tickets go to http://southwesttheatre.org/