December 18 2018 Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes

Date: December 18th, 2018

Called to Order: 6:32PM

Presided by: Joel Federer (President)

Note taker: Tyler Mulcahey (Secretary)

Board members in attendance: Joel Federer, Tyler Mulcahey, Judy Vecere, Adriana Dobrzychka, Ryan Antkowiak, Stephanie Vigen, Michael Kootsikas, Jim Hoch, Lauren Anderson (Coordinator)

Others in attendance: Rachel Ireland

Board members absent: Tara Brown

Special Election for ANA Board Seats 4 and 8 (Both terms: May 2017 – May 2019)
Prospective board members:
Brett Anderson, Lara Bergman, Eli Johnson, Tim Bina

New board members voted in:

(1) Brett Anderson
(2) Lara Bergman

President’s Report – Thank you to everyone for coming and those who stepped up to run for the two board positions tonight.

Secretary Report – November minutes approved via e-mail

Treasurer Report – Financials e-mailed (to request a copy of the financials from this month, email

Park Update, Nikki Friederich

  • Fire on Ice event on 01/25/2018 from 6:30-8:30pm – Asking the board to have the ANA board provide $250 to help fund the event. Motion to approve $250. Approved by the board.
  • Armatage rinks will be open this weekend. Rinks open 12:00PM each day. Rinks are closed on 12/24, 12/25, 12/31, and 01/01. Buildings will be closed on 12/25 and 12/31.

Committee Updates —

  • Micro Grant Update – Ariana had the opportunity to speak with some nearby neighborhoods to discuss and see what is best for our neighborhood to implement. Work in progress.
  • Next Armatage Neighborhood Happy Hour – January 8th from 7-9pm
  • Michael Kootsikas gives out “welcome bags” to those who are just moving into the neighborhood. If anyone knows of any businesses in the neighborhood that would like to contribute to items in these bags, please contact Michael.

Coordinator Update

  • Business safety rebate program – A few businesses in the neighborhood would like to take advantage of this program. Lauren wanted to get clarification if the purchase and installation of security cameras are eligible for the program. The board agreed that these would be allowed. Lauren will update the ANA website.
    • 49 Armatage residents have taken advantage of the program so far ($4,096.80 used up so far. We had allocated $10,000 for residents and $10,000 for businesses for 2018)
    • Motion to continue the same funding for 2019 as we did for 2018. $10,000 for residents and $10,000 for businesses with same rules/eligibility. Motioned approved.
  • Jan print newsletter
    • Budget – Typically spend a little under $1,100 for each print newsletter that goes to every newsletter & business in the neighborhood.
      • Motion for board to approve budget for each print newsletter: $1,100 for printing, $300 for outsourcing/insourcing graphic design as needed, and $235.59 for postage for total of $1,650. Motion approved.
    • Board feature – Fire & Ice event, New Year resolution, board member feature (Joel Federer for January issue); Save the Date for the garage sale; Save the Date for annual meeting
    • Passed around a “thank you” from the Crisis Nursery for the donation received from the Christmas tree lighting event

2019 Accounting Contract – In 2018, Rachel’s accounting services were $700.

Motion to approve new contract to be for the calendar year of January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019. Hourly wage is $40/hour not to exceed 25 hours total for the year (Yearly wage max of $1,000). Motion approved.

New Business – None

54th & Penn Pedestrian Safety Panel

  • Guest: Kathy Waite, 5th Precinct Inspector, and Jennifer Waisanen, 5th Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator
    • Will have her officers patrol or sit at the area when their call volume is down and the officers aren’t tied up.
  • Guest: Jennifer Lowry, City of Minneapolis Public Works
    • Mentioned that Book Club has added lights to their parking lot
  • Guest: John Freude, Aide to Council Member Palmisano
    • City has completed its pedestrian crash study and the results will be released on January 22nd

Some ideas that were discussed:

  • Turn up business node street lights by 20% to take away glare when going up hill and put them on a timer so the brightness is only increased during “busy” times
  • Reduce speed limit to 20mph on Penn –  due to school zone and business node
  • Radar speed signs
  • Gateway signage (i.e. banners showing “54th & Penn”) to bring awareness to drivers that they’re entering a business district. This would also be good for marketing purposes.
  • Flashing 4-way stop at 54th & Penn and/or at nearby intersections.
  • Speed bumps/humps
  • Crosswalk and/or flashing crosswalk between Book Club & Red Wagon (similar to 50th & France)
  • Add 4-way stop to 57th & Thomas (school area)
  • Eliminating left turns out of Book Club and Red Wagon parking lots (private property and city doesn’t have authority to dictate not taking left turns out of parking lots)

Meeting Adjourned: 8:18PM

Next Meeting: January 15th • 6:30pm