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September 22, 2016 eNews

September Meeting Highlights

  • Armatage Park
    • Volleyball registrations available and starting soon. Winter sports registration will open early October for basketball and more, including skating lessons!
    • New Halloween event (Friday, Oct 28 • 6:00-8:30p) to include a pumpkin carving contest and Trunk-or-Treating. Watch for details coming soon!
    • Open gym time for toddlers was requested for this winter. Details to be determined.
    • Dinner and a Movie available monthly for area families!
    • Fire & Ice is scheduled for January 20 (weather permitting).
  • ANA Supported Funding
    • Portable indoor/outdoor projection screen (for meetings and possible new community events)
    • Hydration Station for park/school fountain near the gym.
    • Window blinds for the multi-purpose room
    • Reupholstering park lounge furniture
  • Will be lighting trees near the warming house entrance this winter. A tree-lighting event will be planned in conjunction with a charity.
  • City Council Updates: The Mayor’s Budget Proposal has been released, so will be the main focus in the coming weeks. There is a new head of Public Works and Council Member Palmisano will be doing a tour of Ward 13 to highlight areas in need of improvement and to share examples of past successes.
  • Safety
    • Our new MPD 5th Precinct Inspector will be at our November meeting.
    • Statistically crime is down in our area over last year.
    • Planning underway for a block leader workshop/listening post in early 2017.
  • Engagement Activities
    • We will continue to host a neighborhood happy hour at Cafe Maude. Considering holding them the first Thursday of every-other month.
    • Renter workshop/event series planning underway. Details to come.

Utility Box Wrap

To help deter graffiti and enhance the visual interest, the ANA installed our first unity box wrap atht he corner of 60th & Penn. This only was able to happen with the wonderful volunteer leadership from Cynthia. Know other boxes that might be a good candidate? Let us know!

Kids Voting Minneapolis

Volunteers are needed to help at Armatage on November 8. The shifts run from 2-5p and 5-8p. Anyone 16 and older can volunteer! Prefer 2 people per shift. You can sign up online if you are interested in helping.

Kids Voting Minneapolis is a community-based, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to empower students in Minneapolis with the skills and confidence to embrace civic involvement and become active citizens as adults.

Addressing Barriers to Community Solar

Thursday, October 27, 2016
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
1644 Larpenteur Avenue West, Falcon Heights

In 2013, Minnesota passed legislation allowing companies to enable community solar garden programs. Since then, consumer subscribership in community solar gardens has demonstrated tremendous interest, but also has revealed a host of financial, regulatory, and social barriers. Participants at this event will explore lessons learned from the implementation of Minnesota’s community solar programs and ways to address barriers to more wide-spread community solar deployment. Register or learn more »

Hang Out in Minneapolis Parks

If you’ve visited many Minneapolis parks in the past year or two and noticed hammocks hanging from trees, you may have wondered, “Can we do that?”

The answer is YES, with limitations and a few guidelines:

  • Hammocks may only be used during regular park hours
  • Hammocks are temporary. Anyone hanging a hammock must promptly remove it each time they are done using it
  • Hammocks do not damage property
  • Hammocks do not damage vegetation or trees
  • Hammocks do not restrict the free use of the parks, or create a hazard to buildings, park or pathway use

Hammock users should be aware of two Park Board ordinances related to vegetation and trees:
PB2-2. – Molesting vegetation. 
No person not an employee of the board shall pick or cut any wild or cultivated flower, or cut, break or in any way injure or deface any tree, shrub or plant within the limits of any park or parkway; nor carry within or out of any park or parkway any wild flower, tree, shrub, plant or any newly plucked branch or portion thereof, or any soil or material of any kind. (Code 1960, As Amend., § 1010.030)
PB10-9. – Damaging trees. 
No person shall remove, destroy, cut, deface, trim or in any way injure or interfere with any tree or shrub on any of the avenues, streets or public grounds, including parks and parkways, without a permit from the general superintendent of parks. (Code 1960, As Amend., § 1020.090)

August 10, 2016 eNews

Thanks for an awesome festival!

Mother Nature served up a perfect summer evening for approximately 2,000 area residents to join us at Armatage park to enjoy our 20th summer festival! You can see some photos on our website or Facebook (more to come!) and please share your photos, too!

We also were given a digital goody bag for everyone to enjoy. Check it out!

This event takes dozens of volunteers, and we can’t thank them enough for all of their help. Plus, we have the best park crew — thanks to all their hard work! If you have an ideas for our 2017 summer festival, or would like to get involved in helping making it happen, please contact our coordinator (info below).

Police activity overnight near 54th/Xerxes

Update about police activity in Armatage last night from our police liaison, Jennifer W.

At approximately 11:30 pm last night Minneapolis police were called to assist Edina Police on a chase. They were pursuing a stolen vehicle that came near 54th/Xerxes, but originally started in Richfield. The occupants fled from the vehicle near 54/Xerxes. Suspects were two 13-14 year old males. Several officers were out, including K9 and the State Patrol Helicopter. After over an hour of searching it doesn’t sound like any arrests were made though, unfortunately.

Burglary Trend

Protect Yourself from Home Burglaries

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office extends a warning to residents in Eden Prairie, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, Edina, St. Louis Park, Bloomington and the neighboring communities about a recent home burglary trend.

The Sheriff’s Office has analyzed information from dozens of home burglaries that show a recent spike in several communities in Hennepin County. The thieves in the recent home break-ins appear to be gaining access into homes from attached garages.

Based on reports from several home burglaries, it appears the thieves will do one of the following:

  • Remove garage door openers from vehicles parked in driveways (unlocked vehicles and locked vehicles) or open garage doors using a vehicle’s built-in home-link transmitter
  • Enter a garage though an already open garage door
  • Kick-in an exterior garage service door

Once the burglars have access to the garage, they will enter the home through the interior garage access door.

These types of home break-ins have been reported at all times of day and night, and both when individuals are home and away.

Once the thieves have access to a home, they will target small, yet highly valuable items such as cash, wallets, purses, and jewelry. In several instances, homeowners did not initially realize they had been the target of a home burglary due to the lack of evidence of a forced entry.

Tips to avoid becoming a target of home burglary:

  • Always lock your vehicles when parked in a driveway or garage
  • Protect your vehicles with an anti-theft device if not already equipped with one
  • Secure your garage door openers in your house when possible
  • Do not leave your garage door openers visible in your vehicles
  • Close your garage doors when not home or when the garage is not in plain view
  • Lock exterior service doors to garages – reinforce service doors with security bars or deadbolts if possible
  • Lock interior access doors that lead into houses – reinforce access doors with deadbolts if possible
  • Lock home entry doors when you are not home

June 15, 2016 eNews

June Meeting Agenda

June 21, 2016
6:30pm in the Armatage Community Center

  • Welcome
  • Quarterly Safety Update
  • City Council Update
  • Park Update
    • Park improvements
  • NCEC Elections
  • Committee Updates
    • Community Engagement
      • Organics workshop recap
    • Summer Festival (August 8)
  • Coordinator Update
    • July newsletter topics
    • Holiday lighting idea
  • Treasurer Report
  • Secretary Report
  • Board Officer Elections
  • New Business

Please submit agenda items and requests for special needs or childcare at least 3 days in advance.

Organics Recycling Workshop

We had a great turn out for our first organics recycling workshop! Some of the information that was interesting to learn:

  • Organics recycling doesn’t mean only “organic” food can be composted, but rather a large list of items can be included, way beyond what backyard compost bins can handle.
  • Samples from area landfills showed 40% of what was being dumped could have been recycled through an organics program.
  • You can still sign-up to get an organics recycling can – at no additional cost!
  • The organics compost that is created is mostly being used by the DOT to help prevent erosion, as it can retain 6x more water than regular soil.
  • Placing food scraps down garbage disposals puts unnecessary burdens on waste water treatment facility.
  • If something can be recycled or composted – recycle it! You help save more natural resources that way.

It takes a little getting used to, but just like when we all started regular recycling, before you know it, you don’t even have to think about it!

Garage Sale Survey

Kenny and Armatage neighborhood garage sales have traditionally been held on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. Please take this short survey about possible alternative weekends (or if you’d like it to stay the same)!

Summer Food Program for Kids

Minneapolis Public Schools is participating in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Breakfast, Lunch, Snack and/or Supper will be provided to all children (ages 1-18), without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, at no charge and meet nutritional standards established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Armatage is a site providing lunch (12:00-1:00) and snack (3:00-4:00), Monday – Friday until August 19.

Summer Fun at our Parks!

Beaches, Pools & Waterparks

Movies & Music in the Park

Adult Tennis

Looking for a fun way to be active and connect with other recreational tennis players in your community? Join us for social match play Wednesday evenings at the Armatage Park tennis courts. Players will be matched according to ability, then mix and mingle while playing singles and/or doubles matches. All skill levels welcome, but having a basic understanding of the rules of tennis is important. Prizes will be awarded for the most sets won in various categories at the end of the session.

  • Session 1 June 15 – July 13. No matches on July 6. Activity #65347
  • Session 2: July 27 – August 17. Activity #61065

Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Armatage Park Courts
Participants need to bring their own racquet.
Please wear non-marking athletic shoes.
Dress appropriately and bring water.

Visit Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board at

View the Lake Harriet & Calhoun Master Plan

After 11 public meetings spanning almost 10 months, at its last meeting, the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) approved its final recommendations for the master plan, which will create a 25-year vision for Lake Calhoun, Lake Harriet and the surrounding parkland within Minneapolis Chain of Lakes Regional Park.
View Recommendations

Next Steps

A formal master plan document is currently being drafted based on the final CAC recommendations. The draft master plan document is expected to be presented to the Board of Commissioners later this summer.

Once the Board of Commissioners receives the draft master plan document, it will open a 45-day public comment period. After the public comment period closes, MPRB staff will categorize and respond to each public comment and seek approval from the Board of Commissioners.

Once approved by the Board of Commissioners, the master plan will be submitted to the Metropolitan Council for its approval and final adoption. The first round of improvements identified in the master plan will begin in spring 2017.

Summer Festival Business Sponsorship 2016

ANA Summer Festival

Dear Area Business:

The Armatage Summer Festival is a family-friendly event held in partnership with Armatage Park and the Armatage Neighborhood Association (ANA). We attract thousands of area residents to enjoy:

  • live music
  • food vendors
  • a collector car show
  • raffle
  • fun and games for kids of all ages.

Plus, we will host a Movie in the Park right after our festival. (This year’s movie is “Where the Wild Things Are.”)

This event helps reinforce our values and vision for the neighborhood and helps connect neighbors with each other and our local businesses, and this year is extra special as it is the ANA’s 25th anniversary.

Armatage Neighborhood Summer Festival
Monday, August 8, 2016  •  6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
at Armatage Park (57th & Penn Avenue South)

This year we are offering a variety of ways to get involved as an event sponsor. With the number of options, there is sure to be a way that you can help support our neighborhood festival! We promote our event through our newsletter, the park, the Southwest Journal, online, direct mail and social media.

Your tax-deductible donation to our event gives your business the opportunity to gain visibility and develop new customer relationships.

Your Business Sponsorship Form (2016ANASponsorForm) is due by July 29th

(NOTE:To be included in our Southwest Journal promotion, sponsorship materials [including a high-res logo] must be received to the ANA by July 15, 2016.)

  1. Please mail your donation if possible.
  2. Or, make arrangements for us to pick up your donation (contact information below).

The Armatage Summer Festival strengthens our community by bringing people and businesses together for a memorable event. Thank you for your support!

ANA By Laws

Armatage Neighborhood Association By Laws
Revised 2014

Article I: NAME

The name of the organization shall be the ARMATAGE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION (ANA herein).

Article ll: PURPOSE

The purpose of the ANA shall be to protect and promote neighborhood interests and the health, safety, and general welfare of residents within the organization’s geographic jurisdiction in a non-partisan, educational, and cooperative manner; subject to the meaning of Section 501 c (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954.


The ANA boundaries are:

  • West side of Logan Avenue and west of property line of 1825 W 59th St and 1900 W 60th Street
  • South side of 54th Street
  • East side of Xerxes Avenue
  • North side of Highway 62


Membership is the right of any person who:

  1. Is 18 years of age or older and resides within the boundaries of the Armatage neighborhood.
  2. Is a single representative of any commercial business property, school, park, or church within the boundaries of the Armatage neighborhood.

All members may take part in discussions, make or second motions, and vote at general meetings.


  1. The number of Directors shall be no fewer that five (5) and no more than eleven (11), and their tenure shall be until their successors are elected and qualified.
  2. The Board of Directors shall be elected for a two-year term by a majority vote at the annual meeting.
  3. Vacancies occurring between the annual meetings shall be filled by appointment by the Board of Directors. Upon three consecutive unexcused absences from board meetings, a Board Director shall be deemed to have vacated his or her position and the position shall be determined to be vacant. At the next meeting of the ANA Board, the Board will fill the vacancy by appointment.
  4. The Board of Directors may establish, appoint, and dissolve committees and subcommittees as needed to conduct the affairs of the organization, and to inform and assist the Board in its duties. All committee recommendations and actions are subject to ANA Board approval pursuant to its By Laws.
  5. The chair of each Board designated committee shall be elected by the general membership at the Annual Membership Meeting. Chairpersons of each committee shall become members of and report to the Board of Directors.

Article Vl: OFFICERS

  1. There will be four elected officers of the ANA: the President, the Vice President the Secretary, and the Treasurer. These officers will not be separate from the “Board” but will be members “of” the Board in that they conduct and carry out the everyday organizational, fiscal, administrative and supervisory duties of the ANA.
  2. Board Members of the ANA shall be elected for two-year terms by a majority vote at the annual meeting. No officer shall be eligible to hold the same office for more than three (3) consecutive terms. Board members are elected to two-year terms, with six seats up for election in even numbered years and the remaining five up for election in odd numbered years, assuming a full board.
  3. The duties of the President shall be to:
    • Preside at all meetings of the ANA and facilitate such meetings in a productive, efficient manner.
    • ign checks and other financial instruments of the ANA in conjunction with the treasurer as recommended by NRP guidelines.
    • Be responsible for review of major outgoing correspondence, including the newsletter representing the organization.
    • Submit at the Annual Membership Meeting a report of the activities and accomplishments of the ANA during the preceding year.
    • Act as official spokesperson of the ANA and such other duties as the Board may decide.
  1. The duties of the Vice President shall be to perform the duties of the President in the event the President is unable to do so, and to perform other duties as the Board may prescribe.
  2. The duties of the Secretary shall be to:
    • Record the minutes of each meeting and post meeting minutes in a designated location for all residents.
    • Be responsible for the correspondence of the President and the Board.
    • Maintain a file of the correspondence, reports, and records of the ANA, the Board, and the committees.
    • Be responsible for distributing mail and checking the general voicemail box for phone messages.
  1. The duties of the Treasurer shall be to:
    • Keep and record financial transactions, money, budget and fiscal affairs of the ANA.
    • Together with the President, sign and execute all financial instruments of the ANA as recommended by NRP guidelines.
    • Prepare all annual filings of the ANA.
    • Prepare a tentative budget for the following year to he presented at the Annual Membership Meeting.


  1. There shall be a general membership meeting held at least quarterly.
  2. The May general membership meeting shall be designated as the annual meeting at which time the elections of the Board of Directors and officers shall occur.
  3. The President shall cause a special meeting of the organization to be called upon a written request of at least fifty residents of the neighborhood, or upon a majority vote of the Board of Directors.
  4. The Board of Directors shall meet at least quarterly.
  5. All meetings shall be open to the public.
  6. Any action that may be taker by the Board of Directors may be taken without a meeting, when authorized in writing by 2/3 of the Directors. Any action required or permitted to be taken at a Board meeting may be taken by written action signed by the number of Directors that would be required to take the same action at a meeting of the Board of Directors at which all Directors were present.  If any written action is taken by less than all of the Directors entitled to vote, all Directors entitled to vote shall be notified immediately of its text and effective date.  The failure to provide such notice, however, shall not invalidate such written action.  A Director who has not signed or consented to the written action has no liability for the action or actions taken thereby.  A written action is effective when it is signed by all of the Directors required to take the action unless a different effective time is provided in the written action.  For purposes of this Section, an electronic signature satisfies the requirement of a signature so long as the electronic communication containing the electronic signature sets forth sufficient information from which the Association can reasonably conclude that the communication was actually sent by the purported sender. Any action taken without a meeting will be presented as such in the minutes of the meeting immediately following the action.
  1. Meetings of the organization shall be governed by Robert’s Rules of Order, as most recently revised, to the extent that they are not inconsistent with these By Laws.


  1. Voting for the election of the Board of Directors and officers and specially designated committees will occur at the March annual meeting. The newly elected officers and Board of Directors will start their terms after adjournment of the annual meeting.
  2. Each member shall have one vote- The President may not vote, except in the event of a tie. All members must be present at the general meeting to vote.
  3. At Board meetings, only present members of the Board of Directors are allowed to vote.

Article IX: QUORUM

  1. At any meeting of the membership, those present and voting constitute a quorum.
  2. One-half of the total number of Directors, but not less that three, shall constitute a quorum of the Board of Directors, except as otherwise provided by statute.


The fiscal year shall be from March I through February 28/29 and the membership year shall be from May I through April 30.


  1. Officers, Chairpersons, and committee members of the organization are expected to conduct themselves in a courteous and professional manner.
  2. Officers and Chairpersons are expected to fulfill the responsibilities outlined in their respective guidebooks. Failure to fulfill their Board responsibilities as outlined in their respective guidebooks may lead to the consideration and implementation of disciplinary action by the Board as outlined in Robert’s Rules of Order.
  3. If breaches of conduct or order occur during any meeting, the Chairperson will follow the disciplinary procedures outlined in Robert’s Rules of Order.


  1. ANA uses Robert’s Rules of Order in its meetings to maintain order and give everyone a fair chance to be heard.
  2. A written complaint regarding the ANA or any of its activities may be submitted to any member of the ANA Board. The complaint will be considered at the next Board meeting and a written response will be issued within thirty days of such meeting.
  3. Upon receipt of the written Board response, the complainant has 30 days to appeal or accept the written response. If no further action is taken within 30 days, the Board will consider the matter resolved.
  1. lf the complainant is not satisfied with the Board’s determination, the complainant may apply for any and all remedies due under law.


Amendments to the By Laws may be adopted by a 2/3 majority vote of the general membership at a regular or special meeting, for which at least seven days prior public notice shall be given through the neighborhood newsletter. The failure of any resident or business to receive any such notice of the regular or special meeting shall not invalidate any action which may be taken by the attendees at any such meeting.

The procedure for amending these By Laws shall be as follows:

(a) The Board of Directors may propose the amendment by resolution, setting forth the proposed changes, and making a recommendation to the membership that it be either adopted or rejected.

(b) Any five (5) eligible members of the organization may set forth a proposed change by petition, and duly file said petition with the Secretary prior to the meeting. The proposed change shall become an agenda item at the next general meeting.

(c) A copy of the original By laws and a copy of the proposed revisions to these By Laws will be made available to meeting attendees.

(d) Debate consisting of not more than three (3) supporting and three (3) opposing views may be entertained by the President, followed by a general vote.