February 15, 2011 Minutes

ANA Meeting Minutes

ANA board members in attendance: Tom Alagna, Tina Erazmus, Denis Houle, Steve Johnson, Nikki Lindberg, Noah Schuchman, Jim Steely, Alisha Strowbridge, Keith Swanson. Jen Swanson, ANA staff member.

President Dan called the Neighborhood Meeting to order at 6:38 p.m.

Pizza donated by Pizzeria Lola

Welcome & Introductions

Secretary Report- Alisha for Nicole
January minutes discussed.

Treasurer Report – Jim Steely
No update .

Safety Update- Keith Swanson
Crime has been relatively low recently. The Fulton crime report is now being posted on the ANA website.

365 Photography Project – Alisha Stowbridge
Alisha presented a summary of the program from the Feb 2 meeting. Appears to involved a minimal commitment of time and money. The Vine Art Center gallery (who hosted the Powderhorn show) is willing to host other neighborhood projects. Suggested that we arrange 7 photographers (1/day). As a neighborhood, we would gather great images representing our area and people and raise awareness about Armatage. The program aslo provides photographers with an opportunity to display their work.

Mark Noble (Armatage resident) also attended the Feb 2 meeting, and was going to ask the Kenny Neighborhood to see if they had interest (and possible collaboration with ANA). There is enough interest and support on the board to pursue looking into this program.

Annual Meeting Agenda – Jen Swanson
Proposed Agenda — March 8
6:00 pm    Quarterly Saftey Meeting, with Amy Lavender (Crime Prevention Specialist) and Chris Dixon (City of Minneapolis Community Attorney)
6:30 pm    Armatage Treasures recogonition
Mayor R.T. Rybak
City Council Member Betsy Hodges
Brian Elliott (on behalf of Congressman Keith Ellison)
ANA Board election

Armatage Historic Survey – Jen Swanson
The Department of Community Planning & Economic Development (CPED) is conducting a historic resource survey in following neighborhoods: Windom, Kenny and Armatage to assess the potential for historic properties. The City was first surveyed for historic resources in the 1970s and many of today’s designated landmarks and historic districts are a result of the original survey. Since 2001, CPED has conducted a re-survey of historic resources in Minneapolis that has been funded by grants from the Minnesota Historical Society and matched by City dollars. The City has undertaken the re-survey because the aging of properties, changing attitudes about which types of historic resources need to be identified, e.g. historic landscapes, cultural and ethnic group resources. The survey will help achieve the City’s goal of documenting historic resources throughout the entire city over a ten-year period, which is scheduled for completion in 2011.

The purpose of the survey is to:
•    Identify unknown historic properties;
•    Recommend properties for further study;
•    Make informed decisions about the significance and protection of historic resources;
•    Develop goals and strategies for preservation as well as neighborhood planning.

The first public meeting on this project will be held on: Wednesday February 23 at 6:30–8:00 p.m. – Kenny Recreation Center: 1328 58th Street W, Minneapolis

New Business
Alisha raised the issue of creating a flower/landscaping award program to recognize residents and/or businesses, similar in scope to Blooming Boulevards or Bloom awards by other groups. Suggested to discuss this more at the April meeting.
Jerry Peterson (from the Armatage/Kenny Parks) – spring sport registration start March 7. He is working on dates for movies in the park. All the fields to be open this summer. Great attendance at the ice rink this winter, with 1,600 skaters in one week.

Meeting adjourned at 7:14 p.m.