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May 14, 2020 eNews

May 19 Meeting Agenda

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  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Update from Council Member Palmisano
  • June Online Annual Meeting & Board Election
    • Resolution for a Remote Annual Meeting
    • Agenda and speakers
    • Board election volunteers
    • Communications and budget
  • Art Journal Project
    • Communications & Outreach Plan
  • ANA Board & Committee Expectations
  • Other Business
  • President’s Report
  • Minutes – need to approve
  • Treasurer Report – financials emailed
  • Committee Updates
    • Green Team
    • Mini Grants
    • Complete Count
  • Coordinator Update:
    • New Board Orientation & Board Refresher

Monday, May 18
7:00-8:00pm
Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83728133761

Thinking of making a change that will have a huge impact on your family’s environmental footprint? Now is the perfect time to start organics recycling and check out our free Organics Recycling How-to Workshop on May 18! We’ll cover what can and can’t go into the green cart, tips and tricks, and lots of ideas to affordably set up your home.

Taught by our Coordinator, Lauren, who ran organics recycling programs and taught workshops all over the Twin Cities before coming to the Armatage neighborhood, we promise it’ll be a short and fun Zoom workshop! Open to all, even if you live outside Armatage: armatage.org/online-organics-recycling-workshop/


Armatage Neighborhood Art Journal

During this time of social distancing, what have you and your family members done to express yourselves creatively? Please share your creations with us as we compile a journal to document this moment of time in Armatage.

Your submission could be artwork and paintings; sidewalk art; original poetry or short stories; knitted, crocheted or sewn creations; new gardens; home DIY projects; recipes you’ve cooked up; or images from walks. We will assemble your submissions into a free journal available to download at armatage.org/art and possibly feature them in ANA communications about this project or in a future community mural.

See submission guidelines and an awesome video about this project at armatage.org/art/


Armatage Annual Meeting & Board Election

Tuesday, June 16
7:00-8:30pm
Zoom

Join your neighbors for a virtual Armatage Annual Meeting! Connect virtually with your elected officials and hear a short, fascinating talk on the 2020 Census and its impact on Minneapolis before board election results are announced.

This year’s Board Election will be held online from June 9 through June 16 at 7:30pm. All Armatage residents 18 years and older and designated business representatives will be able to vote in the election through an online form that will be posted at armatage.org. See below for more details on running for election!


Join the Board

Thinking about running for the Armatage Neighborhood Association’s Board of Directors?  Thank you!  Board members will have a critical role in shaping our neighborhood nonprofit for years to come.

Members of underrepresented communities are especially encouraged to run for the board, including renters, seniors, residents with disabilities, and residents who identify as LGBTQ or BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and/or People of Color).

Learn more about what’s involved and register to run by June 8 at armatage.org/2020boardelection/


Take Action and Win a $50 Gift Card

Help neighbors and friends take the Census by May 31 and enter to win one of four $50 gift cards to local businesses:

  1. Take the 2020 Census: my2020census.gov
  2. Take Action. Choose from the following list…
    • Snap a selfie and share with hashtags #WeCountMN #Census2020 #ArmatageTakesTheCensus
    • Share a social media post with my2020census.gov/ and hashtags #WeCountMN #Census2020 #ArmatageTakesTheCensus
    • Reach out to a neighbor (or two!) about completing the Census using #socialdistancing. (This is a perfect chance to check in remotely).
  3. Visit armatage.org/2020census and enter your info for a chance to win one of four $50 gift cards to local businesses. All Minneapolis residents are eligible to enter.

Help is Available

We updated our COVID-19 Resource Page to make it much easier to navigate, especially on mobile. Check it out to find links to emergency assistance, unemployment, food shelves, maps of local businesses offering curbside pick-up, online kids’ activities, and details on our new Stay Safe MN order at https://armatage.org/covid19.


Armatage Park Play Area Improvements Survey

Dreaming of when we’ll be able to safely play in parks again? Us too! In the meantime,  please help weigh in on upcoming improvements for the Armatage Park Play Area by taking the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board’s survey and signing up for project updates at https://bit.ly/ArmatagePark

This survey is open now through May 29 and is expected to be first in a series on prioritizing and designing improvements. Thanks in advance for sharing your ideas and opinions for our beloved park! Click here to take the Armatage Park survey.


Comment on the Transportation Action Plan by May 22

Did you know that streets and public right-of-ways make up 22% of the land in Minneapolis?  The draft Transportation Action Plan is a 10-year action plan to guide future planning, design and implementation of transportation projects for these spaces and for all people in all the ways we move around Minneapolis.

Visit the interactive website at http://go.minneapolismn.gov/ to provide your input on specific strategies and actions during the public comment period, which runs through May 22.


Stay Safe MN Details

Beginning May 18, non-critical businesses, like retail stores and main street businesses, can reopen if they have a social distancing plan and operate at 50 percent capacity. Also, starting May 18, Minnesotans are welcome to gather with friends and family in groups of 10 or less with safe social distancing practices in place. Learn more at https://mn.gov/covid19/


Comprehensive District Design Passes

The Minneapolis School Board voted to approve the district’s Comprehensive District Design recommendations this week.  Learn about the changing school boundaries and pathways, magnet schools and timeline for implementation at https://www.cdd.mpls.k12.mn.us/


NRPA Social Distancing Graphic

Minneapolis Park Closures

Minneapolis playgrounds, skate parks, athletic fields, and courts are closed. Check out the closure details at https://www.minneapolisparks.org/coronavirus-covid-19-information/

Parks and trails are still open during this time. Please do your part to keep them safe for everyone and check the MPRB’s COVID-19 page in the weeks to come for updates.

2020 Annual Meeting

Armatage Annual Meeting & Board Election

Tuesday, June 16
7:00-8:30pm
Zoom link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89815019195

Join your neighbors for a virtual Armatage Annual Meeting! Connect with your elected officials, win a $50 gift card to Colita or Unwind Within (must be present to win!), and hear a short, fascinating talk on the 2020 Census and its impact on Minneapolis before board election results are announced.

Agenda:

  • Welcome
  • The 2020 Census and Why it Matters for Minneapolis – David Rubedor, Director of NCR
  • Connect with Elected Representatives:
    • County Commissioner Marion Greene
    • State Representative Jamie Long
    • City Council Member Linea Palmisano
  • Current Armatage Neighborhood Initiatives:
    • Neighborhood Art Journal
    • Mini Grant Program
    • Neighborhoods 2020 Proposed Funding Cuts
  • Results of 2020 Armatage Board Election
  • Door Prize Drawing

This year’s Board Election will be held online and voting runs from June 9 through June 16 at 7:30pm. All Armatage residents 18 years and older and designated business representatives can vote once  in the election. Learn more about the candidates and cast your vote at armatage.org/2020boardelection/

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2020 Board Election

Thank you to everyone who voted in the 2020 Armatage Board Election!

We received 119 votes in total and it was a close election. Congratulations to the newly elected ANA Board Members:

  • Samantha Bild
  • Sean D. Burke
  • Sharla McIntosh-Ziegler
  • Kevin Ross
  • Adriana Dobrzycka (current ANA Board member elected to a new term)

Voting Instructions:

armatage mapVoting begins June 9 and ends June 16 at 7:30pm during the virtual Armatage Annual Meeting. All Armatage residents 18 years and older and designated representatives of an Armatage business are eligible to vote once here. Neighborhood boundaries are shown below.

Election results will be announced live at the end of Annual Meeting on June 16 and on the website the following day. If you have any questions about this process, please contact our Coordinator, Lauren, at anacoordinator@armatage.org.

There are seven (7) candidates running for the ANA Board of Directors this year. If elected, each candidate term’s will run from June 2020 – May 2022.  Learn more about the candidates through the ANA Voter Guide and vote for up to five (5) candidates.

Voter Guide: learn more about the candidates here

Click here to vote in the 2020 Board Election

May 21, 2019 eNews

ANA Annual Meeting & Board Elections

TONIGHT – Tuesday, May 21
6:30 – 8:00 pm

Armatage Recreation Center

Join your neighbors for free Red Wagon Pizza and Sleepy V’s mini donuts at the Annual Meeting & Board Elections tonight! The ANA is excited to hear from you and to share both our work over the past year and all the great things we have in store for 2019, including a new Armatage Neighborhood Mini Grants program! Hear from Council Member Linea Palmisano, weigh in on what’s happening in the neighborhood and elect our 2019-2020 Armatage Neighborhood Association Board.

Join the Armatage Neighborhood Association Board

Love our neighborhood and want to get more involved? Run for one of four open seats on the ANA board at tonight’s Annual Meeting. Elections are low stress and once elected, the time commitment for board members is usually 5-8 hours per month, which includes our monthly neighborhood meeting on the third Tuesday from 6:30-8:15pm. You are welcome to decide to run at the event! Renters are an important part of our neighborhood and are especially encouraged to run.


Apply for an Armatage Neighborhood Mini Grant!

How can we make our neighborhood a better place and engage our neighbors? If you have ideas and want to implement them, the ANA launched a new Armatage Neighborhood Mini Grants program. Grants are available for up to $1,000 and subject to the City requirements that prohibit spending on food or entertainment. Get all your questions answered at armatage.org/programs/mini-grants or at our Annual Meeting tonight.

The deadline to apply for a Mini Grant is June 15. Award notifications will be made by August 1, 2019 and grant recipients will have up to a year to complete their projects. Questions? Please contact us at anacoordinator@armatage.org.



Kenny/Armatage Garage Sale

Friday, May 31 &
Saturday, June 1
8:00am – 4:00pm

Our neighborhood garage sale is a great way to get a lot of bang for your buck! Clear out your clutter and make a little cash. Again this year, we will partner with our friends in the Kenny neighborhood to amp up the traffic to this event. Registration is free this year and due to the growing popularity of weekday sales, you have the option to register your sale for Friday, May 31 in addition to Saturday, June 1. Maps of this year’s sales will be available online and at both the Kenny and Armatage Rec Centers by Thursday, May 30.

To participate, register at armatage.org/events/garage-sales/ by Tuesday, May 28. If you have questions or experience issues registering online, please contact the ANA office at anacoordinator@armatage.org or 612-466-0296.



Renting? Apply for a Rain or Native Garden

Renting in the neighborhood? We’re looking for renters who have a bit of yard space and would like to work with their landlord to add a low cost rain or native garden! We know that not being the property owner can be a barrier so our Green Team will help you get approval from your landlord and offer assistance to help get your garden established, even if you move. Visit https://armatage.org/programs/rain-gardens/ to apply by May 24 or email us at anacoordinator@armtage.org.


Armatage Green Garden Tour

Saturday June, 1 10:00am – 12:00pm

While you’re out checking out neighborhood garage sales on June 1, stop and visit alternative lawns, rain gardens, native gardens, and pollinator habitat in The Green Team’s first ever Armatage Green Garden Tour. Look for a map the week of May 27th with addresses and garden information posted at armatage.org.

Have a rain garden, alternative lawn, native or pollinator garden? Please email anacoordinator@armatage.org to showcase your yard in the tour!

May 16, 2019 eNews

ANA Annual Meeting & Board Elections

Tuesday, May 21
6:30 – 8:00 pm

Armatage Recreation Center

Join your neighbors for free pizza and donuts from Sleepy V’s at the Annual Meeting & Board Elections on May 21! The ANA is excited to hear from you and to share our work over the past year and all the great things we have in store for 2019, including a new Armatage Neighborhood Mini Grants program! Hear from Council Member Palmisano, weigh in on what’s happening in the neighborhood and elect our 2019-2020 Armatage Neighborhood Association Board.

Join the Armatage Neighborhood Association Board

Love our neighborhood and want to get more involved? Run for one of four open seats on the ANA board at the Annual Meeting on May 21. Elections are low stress and once elected, the time commitment for board members is usually 5-8 hours per month, which includes our monthly neighborhood meeting on the third Tuesday from 6:30-8:15pm.

If interested in running, please email our Coordinator, Lauren, at anacoordinator@armatage.org with a short bio including why you would like to join the board. Still thinking about it? You are welcome to decide to run at the event, too! Renters are an important part of our neighborhood and are especially encouraged to run.


Apply for an Armatage Neighborhood Mini Grant!

How can we make our neighborhood a better place and engage our neighbors? If you have ideas and want to implement them, the ANA has just launched a new Armatage Neighborhood Mini Grants program. Grants are available for up to $1,000 and subject to the City requirements that prohibit spending on food or entertainment. Get all your questions answered at armatage.org/programs/mini-grants or at our Annual Meeting on May 21.

The deadline to apply for a Mini Grant is June 15. Award notifications will be made by August 1, 2019 and grant recipients will have up to a year to complete their projects. Questions? Please contact us at anacoordinator@armatage.org.



Kenny/Armatage Garage Sale

Friday, May 31 &
Saturday, June 1
8:00am – 4:00pm

Our neighborhood garage sale is a great way to get a lot of bang for your buck! Clear out your clutter and make a little cash. Again this year, we will partner with our friends in the Kenny neighborhood to amp up the traffic to this event. Registration is free this year and due to the growing popularity of weekday sales, you have the option to register your sale for Friday, May 31 in addition to Saturday, June 1. Maps of this year’s sales will be available online and at both the Kenny and Armatage Rec Centers by Thursday, May 30.

To participate, register at armatage.org/events/garage-sales/ by Tuesday, May 28. If you have questions or experience issues registering online, please contact the ANA office at anacoordinator@armatage.org or 612-466-0296.



Renting? Apply for a Rain or Native Garden

Renting in the neighborhood? We’re looking for renters who have a bit of yard space and would like to work with their landlord to add a low cost rain or native garden! We know that not being the property owner can be a barrier so our Green Team will help you get approval from your landlord and offer assistance to help get your garden established, even if you move. Visit https://armatage.org/programs/rain-gardens/ to apply by May 24 or email us at anacoordinator@armtage.org.


Armatage Green Garden Tour

Saturday June, 1 10:00am – 12:00pm

While you’re out checking out neighborhood garage sales on June 1, stop and visit alternative lawns, rain gardens, native gardens, and pollinator habitat in The Green Team’s first ever Armatage Green Garden Tour. Look for a map the week of May 27th with addresses and garden information posted at armatage.org.

Have a rain garden, alternative lawn, native or pollinator garden? Please email anacoordinator@armatage.org if you’d like to showcase your yard in the tour!



Comprehensive District Design Meetings

Over the next few years, MPS must reimagine how it serves the Minneapolis community. The district hopes you will join them at one of several meetings to discuss initial recommendations. See below or view the full schedule of meetings and a timeline here. Light refreshments, beverages, school-age childcare and interpretation will be available.

May 16 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Southwest High School
3414 West 47th Street

May 20 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Wilder Building
3345 Chicago Avenue South

May 21 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Davis Center
1250 West Broadway Avenue



Call for Input on City of Minneapolis and University of Minnesota Survey!

Do you want to make your neighborhood a better place? The City of Minneapolis and the Sustainable Healthy Cities Network at the U of M are conducting a survey about how our neighborhoods affect our lives and well-being. Results will be shared with local government to build better cities through better neighborhoods.
Take the survey at: bit.ly/MyNeighborhoodMyLife



Join Metro Transit at one of the upcoming Open Houses (no formal presentation, come anytime) to learn more about the E Line Bus Rapid Transit that would provide faster service along a large portion of Route 6 through Southwest Minneapolis. Weigh in on the routing options being considered and some early ideas about connecting bus service. Visit metrotransit.org/E-Line-Project to learn more.

Southwest High School, Cafeteria
3414 West 47th Street
Monday, May 20 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Walker Library, Bde Maka Ska Room
2880 Hennepin Avenue South
Wednesday, May 22 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.
(Joint meeting with the METRO B Line


Fulton Farmers Market Opens Saturday

Fulton Farmers Market, located in the parking lot of Lake Harriet United Methodist Church near 49th & Chowen, re-opens for the season this Saturday, May 18 and will run every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. through October 26. Make it part of your weekly Saturday morning routine to shop for locally grown and produced foods while connecting with your neighborhood community! Sign-up for the weekly e-newsletter to learn about each week’s vendor line-up and events at www.neighborhoodrootsmn.org

2017 Board Elections

The following people have expressed interest in running for a seat on the Armatage Neighborhood Association board.Nominations from the floor will also be accepted. Terms are for 2 years, with six seats elected in odd years, and five seats in even years. We currently have one even-year seat open, so there will be seven people elected to the board at our annual meeting on May 16th.

Anyone 18-years or older, or any one representative of an entity located within our geographic borders, are eligible to join the board, vote for board members as well as on most issues, and are welcome at all board meetings and ANA events.

Please contact our coordinator if you have any questions!

  • Tara Brown (board member since 2015)

    Hello! I have lived in Armatage for nine years and have been on the board for almost two.  I enjoy being a part of our neighborhood board because it gets me out talking to my neighbors and listening to their likes and needs for our community.  I have enjoyed working with the board, creating our Organics workshop last year, co-chairing our new GreenTeam, and participating in many other activities the board has put on. I would like to serve another term to help get the Green Team off the ground, support our renter engagement initiatives, and provide insight that I’ve gathered from listening to my neighbors.

  • Kelly Falsani (board member since 2011)
    I’m a 5 plus year resident of Armatage and my wife and I believed that getting involved early on would be a great way to meet neighbors, learn about the neighborhood and its priorities. We have a six year old boy and almost four year old girl. We look forward to being involved in this community and the city’s community for years to come. I currently serve as Vice President.

  • Joel Federer
    My wife and two young boys have lived in the Armatage neighborhood for nearly two years. 
    I am running for the ANA board because I want to be more civicly engaged and give back to the community. I want to learn what is important to the residents of Armatage, listen to their ideas, and figure out ways to make them a reality. I want to help build and strengthen our community. I want to have a positive social, economic, and environmental impact on our neighborhood, and surrounding areas, through a variety of methods including family-fun activities, educational and support programs, and potentially renewable energy initiatives.

  • Jim Hoch
    My wife Liz and I have lived in the Armatage neighborhood since 1995. I have now become the old guy on the block. Due to twice daily walks, everyone in a 10 block radius of our house knows my dog Hazel, I’m just the guy on the other end of the leash. My work travel schedule has become more flexible and now allows me the opportunity to be more involved with the Armatage Neighborhood Association (ANA). I believe in a strong, vibrant neighborhood.  I believe I can bring additional ideas to the organization which will help leverage the ANA’s limited resources to achieve the greatest positive impact on our neighborhood. I am a small business owner with our office located in North Minneapolis.

  • Steve Johnson (board member since 1992)
    I joined the Armatage Neighborhood Association in 1992, henceforth being on the board almost since inception was dubbed the “Mayor of Armatage”. My wife Mary and I live directly across the street from the park building. It’s been a great experience and continues to be great meeting new people in Armatage!
  • Laurel Luxenberg (board member since 2015)

    Hello! I’m Laurel. I’ve lived in Armatage since April 2014 and have been on the board almost two years. I initially joined the board as a full time stay at home mom, hoping to get involved with my neighborhood community and meet new people. Since then, I’ve enjoyed learning about how our neighborhood association is able to positively impact our community, I’ve loved being a part of many of the events our board has held, and have met many of my wonderful neighbors through ANA activities. I am currently the co-chair of our new Green Team, and would love to serve another term on the board to see that through and help it thrive and grow. Thank you!

  • Judy Vecere (board member since 2015)
    Originally from New Jersey, I moved to Minneapolis to be close to my granddaughter. I’ve lived in Armatage since 2011 and joined the board to become involved in the community and learn about our city. I currently serve as Treasurer.
  • Stephanie Vigen

    Greetings! I moved to the Armatage neighborhood about 4-1/2 years ago and I definitely enjoy living in the city. I work in supply chain where I collaborate with cross-functional teams to improve business processes. At work, I am also involved in a Corporate Volunteer Council as well as a Net Impact group which fosters engagement in corporate responsibility and sustainability. In my life, I am passionate about animals (I have two cats), the lakes, design, and the arts. I would like to join the Armatage board to develop a greater connection with the people in my neighborhood and to help others become more involved in their communities.

June 17, 2014 Minutes

Armatage Neighborhood Association Meeting

Meeting was called to order at 6:30 by Board President, Betsen Philip

ANA board members in attendance: Sarah Broich, Kelly Falsani, Denis Houle, Steve Johnson, Bri Keeney, Nikki Lindberg, Betsen Philip, and Keith Swanson.

Others in attendance: Tina Erazmus, ANA staff member; Matt Perry, NEHBA; and David DeNamur.

Park Update by Nikki Friederich, Park Director

The movie in the park was a big success, with over 200 people in attendance. Our park is participating in the Community Connects Creek Series taking place in July (info and registration online at www.minneapolisparks.org). Fall programing is comin together, but she is always looking for more class leaders. Football registration is open, and soccer registration will open in July.

Coordinator Update by Tina Erazmus

  • Garage sales went well. Kenny neighborhood had over 30 registered sales, and we had only 10. We may want to think about ways to improve involvement. (Tina also mentioned the great success of the garage sale held for the charity, Gracie’s Room, which raised $5,000 to help create spaces for healing for kids facing life-threatening illnesses.)
  • The annual meeting went well. Food is still a good draw, but may just pick up something at Sam’s club in the future. Wagners also seemed pleased with how things went and the traffic we drew in for shopping.
    The home loan program which we originally thought would be best moved to CEE, because of changes in the costs to manage/process each loan, would be better held through GHMC. A motion to move the funds to this program was made and carried. Details for the loan program will then be able to get pulled together once the funds are moved.
  • Summer Festival flyer will be distributed through the SW Journal to both Kenny and Armatage neighborhoods, at an additional cost, but much greater coverage of homes getting the information. Tina will look into the cost of getting additional signage made to help promote the festival. She has confirmed with City Church for the ice cream, the face painter, magician, food donations and initial reservation on the bounce house, etc. In an effort to broaden our event appeal, we will add a 1-on-1 basketball game along with two hamster balls. Jooners has been updated for volunteer recruitment. Following the lead of some of the other area festivals, we will offer tables for $25 to local businesses, in the hopes of creating a little marketplace area. We will also contact a couple of other food vendors which can offer more variety for people attending, including a vegetarian option. Music hasn’t been finalized, but one option could be a band featuring one of the neighborhood boys.

Board Elections

Motion was made to elect Denis Houle, President; Kelly Falsani, Vice President; Lance Custer, Treasurer; and Sarah Broich, Secretary. Motion carried.

New Business

  • Matt Perry announced that the 70/30 amendment will be on the ballot in November.
  • Denis also noted that he was elected President of the NCEC for the next 2 years.

Meeting adjourned at 7:19 p.m.

May 20, 2014 Minutes – Annual Meeting

Armatage Neighborhood Association Annual Meeting

After an allotted social time, the meeting was called to order at 6:46 by Board President, Betsen Philip

ANA board members in attendance: Tom Alagna, Sarah Broich, Lance Custer, Kelly Falsani, Jeff Forss, Denis Houle, Steve Johnson, Bri Keeney, Nikki Lindberg, Betsen Philip, and Keith Swanson.

Others in attendance: Tina Erazmus, ANA staff member; Speakers and over a dozen residents.

Welcome

Betsen updated everyone on the annual meeting shift to May, recent ANA events (personal safety workshop, meeting on crime, Twitter and Facebook activity, involvement with Fair Skies, having the Chief of Police at a meeting, etc.)

MN Honey Company – Kelley Flanders

Kelley and his wife own the MN Honey Company store at 50th & Xerxes. They support over 30 different local beekeepers (ranging from age 10-80). With the recent significant loss of hives, many businesses have struggled or closed, so they are glad to be supporting this new, growing industry. The bee hive collapses are a worldwide problem, but Minnesota is proving to be a leader in finding solutions (both through hobbyists and professionals, as well as significant research through the University). Our region represents a significant percentage of honey production. The bee loss issues is complicated, and educating ourselves as consumers is a great start in helping the bee population return.

City Council Update by Linea Palmisano

Minneapolis was just announced today as the host for the 2018 Super Bowl. The LRT station at Target Field just opened last weekend, and trains to Union Depot in St. Paul will begin June 14. Pedestrian safety continues to be of concern (especially in the Calhoun neighborhood), and they are looking at solutions/improvements for Xerxes Ave. The city has begun looking into become self-insured, which could provide huge city-wide cost savings. Regarding composting and recycling, juice and other aseptic box packaging is now recyclable. Another $1M was just appropriated for road repairs (report issues through 3-1-1). Although the City Council is looking as banning Styrofoam, her feeling is that most business are already phasing it out, and that it wouldn’t be enforceable, and would rather see the city look at ways to encourage wider composting programs. Some concerns were raised over parking on Penn (especially with local construction and during rush hour) and questions were asked about any possible parking concerns near Lola. No specific concerns have been brought to her attention, but know that traffic enforcement would help in both areas (again, you can call 3-1-1 with specific concerns).

Minnehaha Creek Survey Results – Fulton Neighborhood Association President, Jim Tincher

Jim provided a very brief history of this project and the gathering of input (feedback doors, neighborhood festivals, surveys, etc.). The Park Board has set aside $6-7M for path development along the Creek. The neighborhoods requested they hold off any development until after some other projects are completed, and after this feedback could be gathered, so the path development won’t take place until 2018-19. Overall, the feedback was to keep paths as natural as possible (not cement) and to increase access to the Creek. Neighborhood involvement is done for now, and the Park Board with be creating the final recommendations for development. These plans will then be made available for public response some time in 2016.

Bee Speaker & Flower Recommendations – Rene Lynch

Rene agreed that the issue of bee hive loss is complicated, but wanted to show us ways we could support our native pollinators, particularly two species of bees: Blue Orchard Mason and Leaf Cutter bees. These pollinators, unlike honeybees, are non-aggressive, since they are not protecting a queen. They are solitary dwellers, and life in holes in trees. You can provide a bee house, which has tubes to encourage a bee habitat in your own yard. Blue Orchard Mason bees hibernate over the winter in cocoons. When they emerge one Blue Orchard Mason bee can pollinate at the level it would take 600 honeybees. However, they can’t fly very far (and are often being harvested in one part of the country and shared with other areas during pollination seasons). Blue Orchard Mason bees are active in the spring, while Leaf Cutter bees are fall pollinators. Leaf Cutter bees also will live in the tube, but instead of a cocoon, the use a piece of a leaf to create a hibernation capsule. You can order bees online to help establish a population. There are also many native plants that encourage and help these pollinators: hollyhock, globe thistle, garden phlox, echinacea, ligularia, hyssop, lobelia, dumosus, joe pye weed and golden rod, for example.

Board Elections

Ballots distributed. Slate of candidates approved:

New Business

  • The Home Loan Program is in the development stage. We should have the details about these low interest home improvement loans soon.
  • Armatage Summer Festival  is Monday, August 11. Watch for more details in the coming months and consider volunteering a 1/2 hr of your time!

Meeting adjourned at 7:52 p.m.

September 18, 2015 eNews

September Meeting Highlights

  • City Council Update: Linea Palmisano was present to give some updates, including:
  • Safety Committee Update: Block leader recruitment continues. Only 16 blocks in Armatage don’t have a block leader at this point (watch for a listing of open blocks in the October Safety News).
  • Community Engagement Committee Update: Engagement ideas were gathered, including: the ANA hosting a social hour; supporting a winter festival; more activities (perhaps in partnership with the park) for kids and adults, specifically older adults; etc. More to come!
  • Summer Festival Committee Update: Overall the event was deemed a success. Thanks to Mother Nature for her support, as well as a big shout out to all our volunteers, sponsors and board members for helping make it all happen. Feedback has been collected through the Survey Monkey and direct comments, and will be reviewed as plans for 2016 get underway.
  • Other Business:
    • We welcomed three new members to the ANA board! That brings our board membership to 10 (out of a maximum 11). We continue to encourage involvement, if not on the board, on one of the above mentioned committees!
    • The ANA is considering a micro grant program. This type of program has been done in other neighborhoods such as East Harriet and Fulton, supporting such activities bully prevention workshops, Earth and Arbor Day celebrations, hosting a household hazardous waste drop-off site, etc. More to come.
    • The board received notice that Kwan’s Chinese (at 54th and Penn) has begun the application process for a beer and wine license. The new owner has “received wonderful welcoming support from our customers.” They are also considering adding outdoor seating in the near future.
    • Information about solar garden programs was shared. At this point the board would like to learn more about the pros and cons of these programs, to see if this is something we think would be a good fit for our community.

Experience Southwest

The Nicollet-East Harriet Business Association (NEHBA) would like to introduce you to our new name. Taking a cue from our expanded service area and our popular “Experience Southwest” brand, the organization is excited to announce its new name: the Southwest Business Association (SWBA). (Also you can follow them on Facebook and Twitter!)


FixIt Fund

This home improvement loan co-op brings together resources from partnering neighborhoods to offer low-interest home improvement loans to our residents. The initial phase restricted fund access with monies put into the “pot” by each neighborhood being only available to their neighborhood residents. Armatage was the largest contributor to this program, but currently has the lowest participation rate. Soon our funds with be co-mingled, and people from all four neighborhoods will access to the merged dollars from all four neighborhood associations.


Openings on City Boards

Applications are now being accepted for a number of open boards and commissions positions that the City Council and Mayor will appoint this fall. Board and commission members in the City of Minneapolis provide valuable insights, help shape key policy decisions and provide community-based input into administration of services. The City is seeking applicants with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences to strengthen the work of the City.

There are open positions on the following City boards and commissions:

Applications will be reviewed beginning October 23, 2015. However, the positions are open until filled. Visit the City’s website for a list of appointment opportunities, position descriptions and to apply:
www.minneapolismn.gov/boards/openings/index.htm.

July 18, 2015 eNews – Board Recruitment

Looking for a Board Treasurer

The duties of the Treasurer include:

  • Keeping and recording financial transactions
  • Helping prepare and track budgets
  • Preparing annual filings for the ANA
  • Acting as a representative signer along with the President

You would work with our Coordinator as needed. As a member of the board, we ask for a commitment of 3-4 hours per month (including our monthly meeting).

If this sounds interesting to you, please contact us at anacoordinator@armatage.org.

Treasurer not your thing,
but you think it could be
interesting to be more involved?

We’d love to have you consider joining our board! Time commitment is minimal (2-3 hours per month) and it is a great way to stay aware of what is going on in our neighborhood and city.

Have an idea for a committee or group you’d like to see in our area? Some ideas we have heard include a gardening group or small business networking opportunity. We have a safety and community engagement committee that are always open to new members!

Again, contact us at anacoordinator@armatage.org.