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June 20, 2023 Agenda

Armatage Monthly Meeting Agenda

June 20, 2023 • Armatage Park

  • Stuff Welcome Bags (6:15pm)
  • Welcome and Introductions (6:30pm)
  • Comments from the Community (6:35pm)
  • Park Update (6:45pm)
  • Exec Committee Election (6:50pm)
    • Secretary
    • Treasurer
  • ANA Coordinator Search Update – Welcome, Karen! (6:55pm)
  • ANA Laptop (7:05pm)
  • Washburn Tot Lot Pollinator Garden Update – Ethan & Tara B. (7:15pm)
  • Board Committee Assignments (7:20pm)
  • Approval of Minutes & Financials – Kevin (7:25pm)
  • Committee Updates (7:30pm)
    • Community Engagement
    • SW Collaborative – Approve Contract with DeYoung
    • Green Team
  • Board Orientation & Refresher (7:45pm)
    • Financials
    • Orientation
  • Adjourned (8:00pm)

2023 Summer Jam

2023 Armatage Summer Jam

Don’t miss the best neighborhood event of the summer! Bring your appetite, friends and family, and a picnic blanket or lawn chair and come to Armatage Park for a great night of community including:

  • Live show from Heavy for the Hawk!
  • Six delicious food trucks:
    • Taste the Real Nawlins
    • Cafe Cairo
    • O’Cheeze
    • Kurbside Ice
    • Tin Fish
    • Sonny’s Ice Cream
  • A great show and balloons with Magic by Bruce
  • Free inflatables for kids
  • Lawn games
  • Free activities

Organized by our own Armatage Community Engagement Committee! In case of rain, food trucks will be outside and music and activities will move inside the community center.

2023 Event Sponsors

Summer Jam wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of these local businesses!

Gold Level

Eli Johnson – Engel & Völkers Minneapolis

Quantum Fiber

KJB Homes

• • •

Silver Level

Sandy Cleland RE/MAX Results

Streit Law

Kim Herring

• • •

Bronze Level

Fitness with Kaethe

The ANA is Hiring

The ANA is Hiring

The Armatage Neighborhood Association is accepting applications for a new part-time paid Coordinator! Lauren Anderson, who has served the neighborhood for the past several years, is moving on to a new adventure.

We are looking for a dynamic, driven, and enthusiastic self-starter with proven nonprofit administrative experience and event planning skills to join our team. Interested in making a difference in your Armatage community or know someone who may be a fit? See the job description and apply here.  

March 21, 2023 Minutes

ANA Meeting Minutes

3/21/23 / 6:30 PM / Armatage Community Center


Eli Johnson, Ethan Komoroski, Sharla McIntosh-Ziegler, Kevin Ross, Judy Vecere, Charlie Wolfe, Vikisha Goberdhan



Tara Brown, Lauren Anderson (coordinator)


Updated financials were sent via email and are posted online.

6:30pm Welcome and Introductions

6:35pm Comments from the Community 


6:45pm Park Update

6:50pm Springtime in Armatage Planning Update (5/13, 9-12am)

  • North side of the lot, stage tables in set up similar to Pet Fest – final setup to be decided over the next two CE meetings. Set up volunteers arrive at 8:30am.
  • Activities
    • Tool Swap – staffed by Green Team members and SWHS Green Team members
    • House Plant Swap – Neighbor Liz to staff this with a Green Team member, great copy on the website
    • ANA Table – raising awareness about election, recruiting new candidates?, signing up neighbors for eNews
    • Adopt a Drain – bringing own volunteers
    • DNR – backyard birding best practices, wildlife talk
    • Master Gardener – yard tool maintenance, general lawn, flora, garden knowledge
  • Vendors
    • Need to get coffee and pastry situation figured out- will do that at April CE meeting. Lauren to reach out to Lutheran Church of Christ the Redeemer to see if they can help out (LCCR said they’d love to bring at least baked goods). Then we’ll ask the board for funding on this in the April board meeting if necessary.

7:00pm Annual Meeting & Board Election Planning Update

  • Food: Maybe a 300 dollar limit, 15 pizzas or so based on Judy’s research of current pricing and our historical purchases. Leaning toward splitting them between Lola and Red Wagon. (Decided on Lola in email afterward)
  • Speaker: House Novel will be reached out to by Eli, hopefully they’re available. Lauren will make a handout with what the ANA has been up to.
  • May 13-16 Hybrid Election Plan
  • “Sign up to serve” goes live in April. Then it will stay open until May 16 @7pm to announce the winner at the Annual meeting. Kevin and Sharla are the only incumbents so they will be auditing and authorizing the vote

7:15pm Approval of Minutes & 2022 Annual Report – Kevin

  • Motion to approve passed unanimously
  • Added a major highlight of pivoting from Summer Festival to multiple events throughout the year
  • Take a look at the annual report for opportunities for the next year, the city gives us a list of engagement options (surveys, etc)

7:25pm SW Neighborhoods Collaborative Update – Lauren

  • Grant Update: Our group got the grant! First meeting to organize was a little tense, but the energy to make this useful for all of us is there. More updates to come.
  • Vote on Designated Rep: Nikki to be the designated rep

7:35pm Park Commissioner Cathy Abene

  • A couple of initiatives she wanted to talk about (passed committee unanimously).
    • Stormwater runoff (water quality). Currently the MPRB does water quality measurement and communication. There’s been a stormwater utility since 2005 that the city hasn’t been paying a lot to the MPRB. They want to build a staff to do stormwater management, including maintenance plan and compliance. Currently there’s no engineers on staff to map pipesheds and watersheds. This is a need for our public cooling areas and shared natural resources.
      • Action: Send an email to the mayor to amend a $2 fee onto the current water bill to fund that (Green Team taking this action).
  • Parkway funding has lagged. Contracted with the city but the funding isn’t adequate anymore. Rather than a 30 year maintenance plan, many of the city’s parkways have been on a 100 year plan, and it shows. Looking for $6 million/yr to redo the parkways, looking into other funding streams for this as well

7:55pm Washburn Tot Lot Pollinator Garden  – Ethan & Tara B.

  • Garden Design shared
    • Metro Blooms scheduled for excavation, tree planting May 8
  • Maintenance plan shared with committee
  • Request made to elevate legal agreement with MPRB. Commissioner Abene will try to help the Green Team/ANA to ensure we have all the details finalized before we break ground
  • Open House & Mailing Budget
    • $250 approved for postcard printing and mailing. Targeted mailing to households within 1-1.5 block radius
    • $100 approved for hot drinks and treats for the April 13th Green Team meeting/open house.
  • Planting Days
    • May 19/20. 4th and 5th graders to help plant on the 18th/19th
    • Green Team members to be forepeople for these days, direction positioning and planting for each of the beds

8:05pm New Business

  • Resolved the agenda for the Spring newsletter, Lauren to share draft in April, expected to hit mailboxes before the election.

8:20pm Adjourned


  • Apr 6 – Community Engagement Committee (6:00-7:00pm, Book Club)
  • Apr 11 – SW Collaborative Meeting (7:30-8:30pm, 3537 Nicollet Ave)
  • Apr 13 – Green Team Meeting (7:00-8:30pm, Zoom)
  • Apr 18 – Monthly Meeting (6:30-8:30pm, Armatage Park)
    • Councilmember Palmisano is coming to next month’s meeting. Send Kevin questions for her by 4/11
  • Apr 22 – Earth Day Clean-up (9:30am-12:00pm, Armatage Park)

ANA 2023 Planning Calendar

2023-24 Neighborhood Engagement Plan


2023 Highlights

Here’s what the ANA did in our community this year!

Armatage Fire & Ice

In January, the ANA and PTA helped Armatage Park hold another great Fire & Ice event!  This year, we again held a Winter Gear Mutual Aid table and Community Engagement volunteers helped serve cocoa, popcorn and s’mores while keeping the music and fires going!

Washburn Tot Lot Open House

On Thursday, April 13, the Green Team held an open house with neighbors around the Washburn Tot Lot to share about the new garden project and sign up volunteers to help plant and water. It was an beautiful, 80 degree evening (in April!) and perfect way to get ready to see the garden come to life!  More about the garden is at

April 18, 2023 Agenda

April 18, 2023 Agenda

The April Armatage Neighborhood Monthly Meeting happens next Tuesday, April 18 at 6:30pm! Meetings kick off with comments from community members, so please come to share your ideas and concerns or to just listen in!

  • Comments from the Community (6:35pm)
  • Park Update (6:45pm)
  • Council Vice President Linea Palmisano (6:50pm)
  • Upcoming Gas Meter Project – Hannah Gullickson, CenterPoint Energy (7:10pm)
  • Washburn Tot Lot Pollinator Garden Update (7:25pm)
    • MPRB Permits & Approval Date
    • Invitation to Planting Days
  • Annual Meeting & Board Election Planning Update (7:35pm)
  • Approval of Minutes & Financials (7:50pm)
  • Committee Updates (7:55pm)
    • Community Engagement
    • SW Collab
    • Green Team
  • New Business (8:10pm)
  • Adjourned (8:20pm)

February 21, 2023 Minutes

ANA Meeting Minutes

2/21/23 / 6:30 PM / Armatage Community Center


Eli Johnson, Ethan Komoroski, Nikki Lindberg, Sharla McIntosh-Ziegler, Kevin Ross, Judy Vecere, Charlie Wolfe

NOT IN ATTENDANCE: Vikisha Goberdhan,


Jordan Nelson and Brian Hall  (Rec Center Director)


Updated financials were sent via email and are posted online.

6:30 Welcome and Introductions (Kevin)

6:36 Comments from Community

  • None

6:45 Armatage Park Update (new Park Director Brian Hall)

  • Brian has been with the Parks for 29 years. He has worked all across the city, except for the southwest area, but has experience with sites that share with a school and loves to be engaged with the neighborhood associations and PTO groups.
  • Ice rinks are likely done for the season (especially with the expected snow this week). Check online before heading to the rink! It was a short but great season with a waitlisted ice skating program and host site for a pond hockey league. They will assess their need for any loaner ice skates and let us know if we can help re-stock their supply.
  • Armatage will again be hosting the 11u basketball tourney (March 17-25). 16 teams will participate (8) co-ed and (8) girls. The park always needs concession volunteers. They will also be holding a food drive throughout the tournament.
  • Spring registration is open and ongoing. Summer opens tomorrow.
  • The park request for use of the Showmobile for Summer Jam has already been approved.

6:50 SW Neighborhoods Collaborative (Nikki) 

  • Invite to Participate: The board was sent a summary of the efforts of this neighborhood association collaborative with Armatage, Kenny, Windom, Fulton, Tangletown and Windom. In order to move forward, each neighborhood was asked to sign a letter of intent supporting the work of the group, allowing staff to put time towards these efforts, and to elect a representative to serve on this new board.
  • A motion was made to have the ANA sign this letter. Seconded. Motion carries.
  • Collaboration & Shared Resource Grant Application: As one of the first acts as a collaboration, they have written an application for this grant (a draft has been shared with the board). If funds are awarded they will be used to help create structures and procedures for how the collaboration will work, as well as support the creation of a series of collaborative events. All collaboration work is focused on improving understanding, adopting practices and supporting systems around diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). The final version is due February 28.
  • A motion was made to have the ANA participate in this grant application. Seconded. Motion carries.

7:10 Annual Meeting & Board Election Planning (Kevin)

  • May 13-16 Hybrid Election Plan
    • Candidate registration to begin in mid-April (through May 13)
    • Voting will take place May 13-16
    • Current board positions on the ballot: Ethan, Charlie, Vicky, Eli, Judy, + one open seat (Please let Lauren know if you are planning to run or not.)
    • It was asked if we could resurrect a social event to help us network with neighbors in a more casual (non-meeting) setting like we have done in the past at Cafe Maude and Red Wagon.
  • May 16 Annual Meeting Speakers ideas
    • House Novel (gathers and documents the history of a home through photographs and  stories)
    • Old Home Certified (Rethos)
    • Both have a slightly different take on the history of homes, and could be a nice compliment to our work with Just Deeds
  • Budget & Plan for Treats
    • Judy offered to reach out to Lola and Red Wagon about ordering pizzas for the meeting.
  • A motion was made to approve up to $500 for food at the annual meeting. Seconded. Motion carries.

7:30 Partnering with Lutheran Church of Christ the Redeemer (Sharla & Ethan)

  • The Green Team is considering having a meeting on their patio, next to their rain garden, when the weather permits.
  • There are some concerns about hosting events at a church (may not feel inclusive to all), but are excited to have them engage with and participate in our events, and the church is already interested in being involved in our spring event and Summer Jam.

7:40 Office Clean-out Progress (Nikki, Charlie & Ethan)

  • The Welcome Bag supplies have all been relocated to the office. There are still some files to get sorted, then a second sorting will need to take place, as it is assumed that there may be several duplications in what was set aside.
  • There are several items that we no longer need/want and plan to find a way to donate or recycle these (once the weather is nicer and we can more easily move things outdoors for pick-up).

7:45 Approval of Minutes & Amended City Budget (Kevin)

  • Motion to approve January minutes. Seconded. Motion carries.
  • Motion to approve amended city budget. Seconded. Motion carries.

7:55 Committee Updates

  • Community Engagement (Sharla)
    • Welcome Bags. With the new agreed upon distribution plan, six of the board members in attendance each took 6 bags, and this should help clear up most of the current back log.
    • They continue to ask for Armatage Affirmation, and considered a campaign: Love Thy Neighbor
    • Garden Tool Swap & Spring neighborhood event [May 13] (with coffee/tea vendor) — Brainstormed an event name (Springtime in the Neighborhood). Plan to partner with the Armatage PTA
    • Summer Jam [Aug 27 4-6] — Already have 2 food vendors and several potential sponsors.
  • Green Team (Ethan)
    • Met with the city regarding the Washburn tot lot garden. In April they plan to invite the area neighbors to show them the design, and recruit weeding and watering partners. May 20/21 is the tentative planting day.
    • Springtime in the Neighborhood: Tool Swap, Adopt-a-Drain, Settergrens is willing to rent electric lawn implements (but can’t help staff, so uncertain as to whether or not we will do this), Ask a Master Gardener
    • They plan to crowd-source for future project ideas this spring and summer.
  • SW Collaborative (Nikki) — (discussed above)

8:10 New Business

  • We need someone to do minutes in March. Ethan is willing.

Meeting adjourned at 8:23

Note: After the meeting, the ANA Board approved a letter of support for the East Phillips Urban Farm and a letter of support for the Great Plains Institute’s MN GreenCorps application via email. 

March 21, 2023 Agenda

March 21, 2023 Agenda

The March Armatage Monthly Meeting happens next Tuesday, March 21 at 6:30pm! Meetings kick off with comments from community members, so please come share your thoughts, concerns, and ideas!

  • Welcome and Introductions (6:30pm)
  • Comments from the Community (6:35pm)
  • Park Update (6:45pm)
    • Activities
    • Vendors
  • Springtime in Armatage Planning Update (6:50pm)
  • Annual Meeting & Board Election Planning Update (7:00pm)
  • Approval of Minutes & 2022 Annual Report – Kevin (7:15pm)
  • SW Neighborhoods Collaborative Update – Lauren (7:25pm)
    • Grant Update
    • Vote on Designated Rep
  • Park Commissioner Cathy Abene (7:35pm)
  • Washburn Tot Lot Pollinator Garden  – Ethan and Tara B. (7:55pm)
    • Garden Design
    • Maintenance Agreement
    • Open House & Mailing Budget
    • Planting Days
  • New Business (8:05pm)
    • Spring Newsletter Content
  • Adjourned (8:20pm)

House Plant Swap

Neighborhood Houseplant Swap

Bring your house plants and cuttings to exchange with others, share tips & tricks about propagation, and make new planty friends at the Springtime in Armatage event on Saturday, May 13 from 9am–12pm.

How does a plant swap work? Each attendee brings plants or plant cuttings to share with others. New to the plant world? Bring something simple like some succulent cuttings or babies. Plant enthusiasts — bring some of your special stuff to share with the rest of the collectors. Remember that everyone is in a different place in their plant journey so be prepared to chat, trade, and learn. Learning is half the fun (collecting is the other half!) Please, no plants for sale, just trades.

Helpful tips for propagating your plants

  • How to propagate cuttings: use a sharp knife or shears, taking care not to crush the stem.
  • When taking cuttings of most leafy plants, cut low enough on the stem to leave 3-4 leaf nodes and/or 3-6 inches intact. Other plants can be propagated from one leaf, sections of leaves, or simply dividing new plantlets off the mother plant, depending on the plant.
  • Place cuttings in water immediately, or wrap in a wet paper towel and place in a plastic bag.
    • This is not necessary for cuttings that need to callus over, like succulents, cacti, sansevierias, etc.
  • Please inspect your plants for signs of disease or insects like mealy bugs or mites and “leaf” those at home.
  • This website has a more comprehensive overview for multiple types of plans and propagation:

Please bring:

  • Your plants/cuttings to share!
  • Containers for your swapped cuttings: cup, mason jar, wet paper towels in a plastic bag.
  • A tray or flat carrying surface to make bringing your new plants home easier.
  •  ~Excitement to meet other planty folks~