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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)



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)



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



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.
  • In partnership with Metro Blooms, worked with 12 area homeowners to install rain gardens. The ANA subsidized this program, contributing over $7,000, and hope to continue supporting more gardens in 2019.
  • Initiated a safety rebate program for residents and businesses.

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 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

Political Activity

To All Neighborhood Organizations:

With the City’s general election less than a year away, there have been a lot of questions about how neighborhood organizations can be involved in increasing voter registration, turnout and education. You can download a copy of NCR’s guide on Neighborhood Organizations and Elections, which answers many of these questions, at this link:

I especially want to remind you that your contracts with the City state that your organization may not engage in political activity. Partisan political activity is also absolutely prohibited by the Internal Revenue Service for all 50l(c)(3) organizations. The City uses the same rules as the IRS in our oversight of the political activities of organizations.

The IRS states that 50l(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations “are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office.” Whether an organization is engaging in prohibited political campaign activity depends on the facts and circumstances in each case. The IRS rules state that the motivation of an organization is not relevant in determining whether the political campaign prohibition has been violated.

The IRS rules cover the publishing of information in organizations’ publications, advertisements in these publications, speakers at organizational events and meetings, and the acts of individuals in their capacity as officers of an organization.

Any activities related to candidates or campaigns for political office must be conducted in a non-partisan manner. For instance, if one candidate is allowed to speak at a meeting of the organization, then all other legally qualified candidates for the same office should be invited to speak. All candidates must be given an equal amount of time on the agenda. Similarly, if a forum is sponsored by the organization, then all candidates must be invited, questions must be prepared and presented in a non-partisan manner, the topics discussed should cover a broad range of issues of interest to the public, each candidate must have the opportunity to present his or her views on the issues discussed, and the moderator must not comment on the questions or otherwise make comments that imply approval or disapproval of any of the candidates or their responses.

Since the IRS prohibition is an absolute bar, it would be wise for your organization to avoid any activity that even hints at partisan participation in a political campaign. If your organization does have an interest in some level of participation in the election process, however, it is strongly suggested that you contact an attorney to ensure that your activity is not a violation of the ban on political activity. Any violation of this ban could result in the revocation of your organization’s tax-exempt status and the cancellation of your organization’s contracts with the City.

Here are some examples from recent years that may put your organization at risk:

  • A candidate shows up at a neighborhood meeting and asks for time to discuss their candidacy. Note that allowing a candidate to even mention their candidacy could violate the IRS’ absolute bar on political activity. We recommend immediately informing the candidate that, while they are welcome to participate, they may not campaign or mention their candidacy in any form.
  • Conducting a candidate forum prior to an endorsing convention can violate the absolute bar, since it would appear to be favoring a group of candidates (e.g., those seeking endorsement from a particular party). We recommend not holding a candidate forum until after the deadline for candidate filings.
  • Introducing an elected official at a neighborhood meeting as a candidate and encouraging (or discouraging) support for that candidate. While an elected official can present at your event in their capacity as an elected official, you should not refer to their candidacy in any way.

Please see the guide on Neighborhood Organizations and Elections for more information, and contact your Neighborhood Support Specialist here at NCR with any questions you may have.


David Rubedor
Director of Neighborhood and Community Relations
ADA Title II Coordinator

Gypsy Moths

Gypsy Moth Treatment 2017

Gypsy Moth treatment map

UPDATED 5-19-2017

  • March 1, 2017 – Public open house held. 18 citizens attended. All questions and/or concerns were addressed
  • March 30, 2017 – Environmental assessment for the project posted publicly. Comments due to either the MDA or USDA by April 29.
  • April 4, 2017  – MDA awarded project aviation to Scott’s Helicopter Service.
  • April 12, 2017 – MDA staff will be presenting project information to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board of Commissioners.
  • Week of April 12 – Press release reminding residents about temporary ban on moving tree and wood debris out of quarantine area. This is a temporary quarantine and is expected to be lifted June 15.
  • Week of April 24 – Postcard reminders to be mailed to all residents within and near the proposed treatment block.
  • FIRST APPLICATION May 11, 2017 – 6AM
  • SECOND APPLICATION scheduled for  Monday, May 22, 2017. If weather conditions become unfavorable over the weekend, there is a chance they could delay until Tuesday morning.
    Should take less than 2 hours to apply

Minnesota Department of Agriculture

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, February 16, 2017

MDA planning gypsy moth treatment for Richfield/Minneapolis area in 2017

Public information meeting set for March 1

ST. PAUL, Minn. –The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and partner organizations are planning to tackle a gypsy moth infestation in parts of Richfield and Minneapolis this spring. In anticipation of the treatment, the department is inviting people to learn about the effort at an open house to be held March 1 in Richfield.

Ranked among America’s most destructive tree pests, gypsy moth has caused millions of dollars in damage to forests as it has spread from New England to Wisconsin in recent decades. Gypsy moth caterpillars can defoliate large sections of forest. The pests are common in Wisconsin and are now establishing themselves in Minnesota.

The MDA maintains a monitoring program to watch for start-up infestations, and when an infestation is found, the department conducts aerial treatments of the infestation before it can spread. In 2016, the MDA found an infestation in the northwest corner of Richfield. The MDA implemented a quarantine of the area in November. The department is now developing a treatment plan for an affected area that runs from West 61st Street in Minneapolis on the north to West 67th Street in Richfield on the south, and Washburn Avenue South on the west to Logan Avenue South on the east. (SEE MAP) Details of the area can be found at

The MDA will host an open house to share information with citizens about the threat gypsy moths pose to the environment, and how officials plan to protect the urban forest.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
4:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Sheridan Hills Elementary School
6400 Sheridan Avenue S
Richfield, MN 55423

Over the years, the MDA has successfully treated dozens of gypsy moth infestations across eastern Minnesota from Grand Portage to the Twin Cities to Houston County. These successful treatments help postpone the full-scale invasion of gypsy moth, saving local communities and homeowners money and protecting the health of the state’s urban and natural forests.

For more information on the proposed treatments, go to

MEDIA CONTACT: Allen Sommerfeld, MDA Communications
651-201-6185 /

Articles & Resources

The Teal Pumpkin Project®

The Teal Pumpkin Project encourages people to raise awareness of food allergies and promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season.

Why is this important?

Halloween can be a tricky time for families managing food allergies. The Teal Pumpkin Project promotes safety, inclusion and respect of individuals managing food allergies. It keeps Halloween a fun, positive experience for all!

What do I do if I want to participate?

Participating is simple. Pick up some inexpensive toys, and place a teal pumpkin and/or a free printable sign from FARE outside your home to show that you have non-food treats to hand out.

Is this a big problem?

Food allergies are a life-altering and potentially life-threatening disease, and a growing public health issue. In the U.S., one in 13 children has a food allergy. For these children, even a tiny amount of their allergen has the potential to cause a severe reaction.

Virtually any food can cause a reaction. Many popular Halloween candies contain nuts, milk, egg, soy or wheat, which are some of the most common allergens in children and adults. Additionally, many miniature or fun-size versions of candy items contain different ingredients than their full-size counterparts and some miniature candy items may not have labels, so it is difficult for parents to determine whether these items are safe for their child with food allergies.

Non-food treats provide a safe, fun alternative for children with food allergies and other conditions for whom candy may present a problem.

The goal is not to exclude candy from the Halloween tradition. The goal is simply to ensure that children with food allergies – and other children for whom candy is not an option – are able to enjoy a safer, happier Halloween.

Can I still pass out candy?

Sure – just do it safely! The point of the Teal Pumpkin Project is to make trick-or-treating as inclusive as possible. You can keep the experience safe by keeping your food treats and non-food treats in separate bowls.

If I’m handing out candy and non-food treats, how do I determine which treat to give to each trick-or-treater?

You can either ask trick-or-treaters if they have any food allergies, or give every visitor a choice of which treat they’d like: candy or a non-food item.

More info, ideas and downloads available online!

Trunk-or-Treat Inspiration

Check out some of these sites for some ideas: