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August 21, 2020 eNews

August 18, 2020 Meeting Recap

The ANA discussed this Sunday’s Sweet Treats event, possibilities for a distanced Halloween event at Armatage Park, and a new Halloween Decoration Tour during the last week in October.  Additional upcoming events include a distanced Neighborhood Clean-up on October 3 (sign up here) and an anti-racism training on Zoom on October 6 led by facilitators from the Theater of Public Policy (sign-up info coming soon). The Board voted to sign onto a neighborhood funding letter drafted by colleagues from around the city and Accountant, Rachel, held an informative training on city funding and neighborhood financials. Next month’s meeting will be September 22 at 6:30pm on Zoom!

Sweet Treats in the Park This Sunday

Sunday, August 23
Armatage Parking Lot

Grab your mask and come to Armatage Park for our safe and distanced event of the summer – Sweet Treats in the Park!  Food trucks Sonny’s Ice Cream and Thumbs Cookies will take orders in the parking lot while practicing new safety guidelines and distanced ordering:

  • Pre-order cookies from Thumbs for easy pick-up at
  • Sonny’s prefers prefers cash at the event (don’t worry – transactions will be totally separate from scooping).
  • Dairy-free or gluten-free? Both vendors will have options for you.

Thanks in advance for following our safety guidelines to wear a mask during the event, maintain *at least* 6 feet of distance from everyone outside of your household, follow signs and use the pre-marked spaces to wait in line, and eat away from others in the park or bring your treats home! More on the event at The weather looks perfect but in case of inclement weather, we’ll post cancellations on Facebook, Nextdoor and Twitter

NEW: Native Plant Rebates!

The ANA and Green Team are so excited to launch our first-ever Native Plant Rebate program to increase pollinator habitat throughout the neighborhood! Now through September 30, you can purchase native plants locally and apply for a 50% rebate from the ANA up to $20/household.

See lists of native plants available at our local garden centers and learn more about the new program here.

Get Ready to Vote in the 2020 Election

Minneapolis had its higher primary voter turnout in 50 years! Of the 130,888 ballots, 65% of them were cast early through vote by mail or early voting. Here’s everything you need to know to stay safe and exercise your right to vote this fall:

  • Register to vote or update your voter registration at
  • Vote by mail: Everyone in Minnesota is eligible to vote by mail, no reason needed. It’s quick and easy to request your absentee ballot online but allow plenty of time to request and mail back your ballot:
  • Track your ballot after you mail it at
  • Vote early in person at the Minneapolis Early Vote Center at 980 East Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis MN 55414. Hours will be posted at and please wear your mask!
  • Election judges needed: Eligible voters who can read, write, and speak English, especially if you are multilingual. High school students ages 16 and older can become student election judges. Learn more and apply at

Armatage Adopt a Storm Drain Challenge

Sign up to adopt a new storm drain in the neighborhood, commit to keeping it clean and free of debris that could pollute our waterways, and enter to win a $25 gift card from the ANA! All the details you need to get started are at The challenge ends September 30.

You Could Lose Your Neighborhood Association. We Need Your Help.

Funding for neighborhood organizations like the ANA expires in December. The City is considering a new funding plan that would add equity goals for neighborhoods’ work and increase funding for areas of the city that need it most. But it would also drastically reduce the annual base funding for Armatage and many other neighborhoods to such a degree that core services will be in jeopardy.

If you value the ANA and our continued work in the neighborhood, please take a few minutes to comment before the deadline of September 30, 2020 at 11:59pm. Mail in the postcard we included in your latest edition of the Armatage News, email a comment, or write your own.  All the info you need to quickly comment is at

Comment on Parks for All

Visit (or click on the image above) to learn more and weigh in on the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board’s Comprehensive Plan.

Take the Southwest Business Assocation’s Safety Survey

The Southwest Business Association would like to hear from community members around safety. Fill out their quick survey at

Loans Available for Those Affected by Civil Unrest

Minneapolis individuals, property owners, businesses and nonprofits can now apply for low-interest disaster loans. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved a disaster declaration for areas in Minnesota affected by the recent civil unrest.

Apply online for one of three types of SBA disaster loans:

  • Home disaster loans for homeowners or renters for disaster-damaged real estate and personal property including automobiles.
  • Physical disaster loans for disaster-damaged property owned by businesses and nonprofits including real estate, inventory and equipment. Businesses and nonprofits of any size are eligible. Applications due October 2, 2020.
  • Economic injury disaster loans for working capital to help small businesses and nonprofits meet their financial obligations that cannot be met as a direct result of the disaster. Applications due May 3, 2021.

For help preparing financial documentation, Minneapolis businesses can consult with an advisor through the City’s Business Technical Assistance Program or contact the Minneapolis Small Business Team at 612-673-2487 or See the Small Business Administration news release and fact sheet for more information.

Census Takers Started Door-to-door Outreach on August 11

On August 11, enumerators (also known as census takers) began going to households to help those who have not yet completed the census. If you do not want someone to come to your door, you can still complete the census:

Census takers will only visit households until September 30. Let’s make sure our community is seen and heard. Be counted now, so we have the resources we need for education, healthcare, housing and other vital services for the next 10 years.

Travel Needs Survey

You are invited to participate in a short University of Minnesota survey on people’s travel needs in the Twin Cities region and how shared automated vehicles may help meet these needs. This survey is part of a larger study titled SCC: Leveraging Autonomous Shared Vehicles for Greater Community Health, Equity, Livability, and Prosperity (HELP), which is funded by the National Science Foundation.

The survey is completely online, is available in English and Spanish, lasts no more than 15 minutes, and is voluntary. After completion, all survey participants will be entered into a raffle to win one of forty $50 VISA gift cards!

Link to survey:

Emergency Rent Assistance

Evictions are suspended now through September 11. Hennepin County offers emergency rental assistance for residents with low incomes who have been financially harmed by COVID-19. Residents can learn more and apply at and find more information here:

Hennepin County Deconstruction Grants

To help divert waste from landfills, Hennepin County has grants available for homeowners and developers to deconstruct buildings to salvage building materials rather than demolish them. Homeowners and developers of residential properties can receive up to $5,000 to help offset the additional costs associated with deconstruction.

Grants are available for demolition or renovation projects that are 250 square feet or larger on structures built prior to 1950 (please note we had this year listed incorrectly in our last edition – our apologies!). Learn more about the grants including eligibility and requirements at

February 15, 2019 eNews

February 19 Neighborhood Meeting Agenda

  • Welcome
  • Southwest Parks & Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Master Plans
    • Madeline Hudek, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
    • Mike Jischke, Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Citizen Advisory Committee
  • Park Update:
    • Washburn Tot Lot celebration
    • Egg Hunt
  • 2018 Annual Report
  • Neighborhoods 2020
  • Other New Business
  • President’s Report
    • SSL certificate
  • Secretary Report – minutes approved via email
  • Treasurer Report – financials emailed
  • Committee Updates
    • Green Team
    • Micro-grant Program
  • Coordinator Update
    • Summer Festival
    • Annual Meeting initial planning

Upcoming meetings/events

Feb 19 – Monthly Meeting (6:30-8:00 pm)
Mar 9 – Fix-it Clinic (12:00-4:00 pm)
Mar 12 – Neighborhood Happy Hour (7:00-9:00 pm)
Mar 19 – Monthly Meeting (6:30-8:00 pm)

Southwest Parks and Minnehaha Parkway Initial Designs Released

Initial Concept Designs were released this month for each Southwest Minneapolis park and for the Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail.  We’ve posted the design options for Armatage Park, the Washburn Tot Lot, the 58th & Oliver Triangle and Minnehaha Parkway on our website at  All Southwest park designs are searchable at and full Minnehaha Parkway designs are at

Share your feedback in a few ways:

  1. Attend the Armatage Neighborhood Meeting on Tuesday, February 19 at 6:30 pm for a brief presentation.
  2. Take the online survey at the SW Parks Plan project page (open through March 31).
  3. Drop off a comment: All 13 Southwest Minneapolis Recreation Centers as well as MPRB Headquarters and Parade Ice Arena have a printed packet of concept designs, along with comment cards and drop-off boxes.

Neighborhoods 2020 – Comment Now Through March 31

The City of Minneapolis just released new framework recommendations to govern and fund neighborhood organizations in 2020 and beyond, after the current funding for Armatage Neighborhood Association and other Minneapolis neighborhoods runs out. Neighborhoods 2020 is an opportunity to further develop and improve upon the City of Minneapolis’ neighborhood based engagement structure and the vision is to have an inclusive community where all people are valued, all communities are engaged, and leadership mirrors the great diversity of the city.

What do neighborhoods do? ANA currently offers the Summer Festival, Safety Rebate program, Neighborhood Happy Hours, Rain Garden program, support for seasonal events and improvements at Armatage Park, neighborhood meetings on pressing concerns, and acts as a conduit for the neighborhood and city. All our meetings (held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month) and events are open to community members and we work to connect residents and businesses with what’s happening in our communities and local government via the newsletters we mail to you four times a year, as well as our eNews, website, and social media channels – Facebook, Twitter and Nextdoor.

It should be noted that changes to neighborhood funding are likely.  How much funding is impacted and whether neighborhood organizations continue to exist depends on the support of our City Council. We respectfully ask that you share your thoughts about this plan so the ANA can continue to serve our neighbors as effectively as possible. View the new recommendations at and submit your comments in one of the following ways:

Armatage Fix-it Clinic on March 9

Get help with your broken stuff and learn valuable repair skills at  the upcoming Fix-It Clinic on Saturday, March 9 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm at the Armatage Recreation Center (2500 West 57th Street). Bring in small household appliances, clothing, electronics, mobile devices and more and receive free guided assistance from volunteers with repair skills to disassemble, troubleshoot and fix your items.

Fix-It Clinics teach valuable troubleshooting and basic repair skills, build community connections and reduce the number of repairable items that are thrown in the trash. For more information, visit or contact program coordinator Nancy Lo at or 612-348-9195. Please email if you would like to volunteer!

Southwest Small Business & Volunteer Awards

Recognize a great small business or volunteer by submitting a nomination for the Southwest Business Association’s Small Business Awards. Nominations are due February 28, 2019. Criteria and details to apply are posted at

Pet Visitor and Social Companion Volunteers Needed

Optage Hospice is currently looking for pet visitor and social companion volunteers in Bloomington and other south and west metro locations. You could help bring comfort, support, and peace to individuals on Hospice and their loved ones. Nothing makes our patients light up more than a friendly pup! Animals do not need to be certified therapy animals, just obedient, good temperament, and current on vaccinations. For more information, email Samantha at

January 13, 2017 eNews

January 17th Agenda

  • Welcome
  • Guest speaker: Brad Bourn, Park Board Commissioner
  • City Council Update
  • Park Update
  • Committee Updates
    • Community Engagement
    • Renter engagement (1/7)
    • Washburn Tot Lot update
    • Happy hours 2017
  • Coordinator Update
    • FixIt Loan update
    • Annual Meeting (ideas: Citizens Utility Board)
    • aMEALiorate
    • City conference 4/1
  • Treasurer Report
  • Secretary Report – December minutes approved online
  • Coordinator evaluation
  • New Business
  • Adjourn

Armatage Fire on Ice

Neighborhood Ice Skating Party
Friday, January 20

Join us down at Armatage Park our annual Fire on Ice Skating Party!! Grab your mittens and hat for this outdoor neighborhood celebration. Enjoy a night with family and friends skating and a variety of outdoor activities or keep warm with hot chocolate and bonfire. No registration required, just come on down!

Happy Hour Survey

Please take a quick moment to respond to this short survey.

Let us know what day or time works for you and if you have ideas of other venues!

Green Team

We are forming a Green Team to address topics of interest relating to sustainability and environmental issues. Please let us know if you’d like to be a part of this group! We will be planning an initial priority setting dialog soon.

Rain Gardens

By working in partnership, the Armatage Neighborhood Association and Metro Blooms may be able help you create a rain garden for your yard (with less work and cost for homeowners).  We are gathering contact information for people who may be interested in order to determine how much interest there may be in this sort of program. This program would be for 2018 rain garden installations.

Summer Festival

Sunday, August 13

Planning starting soon! We’d love to have you on our event team! Please let us know if you’d like to help with part of making this event happen.

What:  Kite Festival

When:  Saturday, January 28   12pm-4pm

Where:  Lake Harriet
4135 W Lake Harriet Parkway

Cost:  FREE

*Kites, food and beverages available for purchase*

A Southwest Business Association Happy Hour

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

5309 Lyndale Ave S


Running a small business is no small task, but you’re not alone – WE are on your team! Meet up with like minded individuals to bounce ideas, discuss the business climate, connect with fellow entrepreneurs and community leaders, and so much more. This is a great opportunity to connect with other Southwest Minneapolis catalysts that can help grow your business.


There is no cover charge to attend, we’ll have some tasty apps for you to enjoy, and there will be special happy hour drink options for you too!


RSVP and attend for the chance to win great local prizes courtesy of Warners’ Stellian Appliance! One ticket for coming, earn another for bringing along a fellow business owner. Additional ticket earning opportunities at the event as well. (Prize information coming soon)

December 18, 2015 eNews – Meeting Highlights

December Meeting Highlights

December 15, 2015

Council Member Palmisano presented updates from the City Council including highlights from the recently passed budget. She also shared about a successful domestic violence pilot program that will be expanded next year. There will be public meetings coming up soon regarding small business policies, in particular regarding paid time off.

The park saw an increase in basketball registrations and have 5 more teams this year than last. The link in the sidebar of this newsletter will connect you with the online sports page for Armatage and Kenny parks (ACC/KPAC). Obviously the skating rink and warming house are not operational yet. As soon as the weather is cooperative, we hope to get skating! The Kite Festival on Lake Harriet is scheduled for January 16. There must be 8-10 inches of ice, however, for this event to take place – so stay posted. Armatage Fire on Ice event will be at our park on Friday, January 22. Watch for details coming soon. The parks also recently released a Winter Highlights flyer which shows park activities throughout the city and is a great winter resource for outdoor fun and more.

The ANA is pursuing new community engagement ideas and programming. First, we are working on a definition of what engagement means, and then will set 3 goals for 2016. We welcome your ideas, and invite you to join our engagement committee! This will be a focus at our January meeting.

Experience Southwest Goes Mobile!

With the XSWapp, you’ll be in the know on the go. It’s now easier than ever to Experience Southwest.

  • Find local events, shops, restaurants and service providers
  • Get exclusive insider updates on local businesses and happenings
  • Access special deals and discounts available through the app only
  • And find all the great events and happenings in Southwest all in the palm of your hand.

Beta testing underway. Download through Google Play now (iTunes coming soon). Please let us know if you find this useful or if you hit a glitch.

Seniors’ first choice for food and independence

Our volunteer-based shopping and delivery service gives seniors personal, reliable access to their choice of food and household essentials, so they can continue to live in their own homes.

We partner with 500 volunteers a year to take client grocery orders over the phone and enter it online, shop customer grocery orders, and provide administrative support.

If you are interested in attending an order taker training or would like to learn more about volunteer shopping and other volunteer experiences at Store to Door please contact Carolyn Swenson Volunteer Program Coordinator at 651-642-1892 or

Toolkit for Neighbors of New Construction – Updated!

In April 2014, we created the first version of the Toolkit for Neighbors of New Construction in response to multiple requests from residents who wanted to know their rights when it came to residential construction nearby. The document provides Minneapolis residents with the information they may need when living next to a construction site. For example:

  • Who’s who in city government when it comes to construction?
  • Steps recommended to prepare for construction
  • Handling common construction management issues
  • What to do if you experience problems

We keep this Toolkit updated for you, and the latest version reflects new changes to the Construction Management Agreement.

Sign up today: the Citizens Academy starts March 17, 2016

Attend Hennepin County’s Citizens Academy to find out how we are serving you, our residents, each day in ways both big and small. Get an insider’s perspective on the workings of the state’s largest county, and take advantage of tours behind the scenes at several facilities.

Participants meet for seven evening sessions — see the full schedule below. The series is free and open to anyone who is at least 18 years old. Get more information and register at

October 16, 2015 eNews

October Agenda


Safety Update

City Council Update

Park Update

Small Grants program discussion

Committee Updates

  • Safety
  • Community Engagement
  • Summer Festival

Coordinator Update

  • FixIt Loan
  • Kwan’s letter
  • Xerxes crosswalk

Treasurer Report

Secretary Report

New Business

Get Help with Your Heat & Energy Bills!

No family should go without heat in the winter. Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin (CAPSH) can help. CAPSH’s Energy Assistance Program (EAP) provides financial assistance to Hennepin County residents, including the city of Minneapolis, to help with home energy costs.

To apply, or for more information, call (952) 930‐3541
Or visit us online at

Scam Alert

The Minnesota Department of Revenue is warning taxpayers of a recent over-the-phone phishing scam. Beware of phone calls and voice messages saying you are being audited and demanding you call back to make a payment to settle the tax debt.

Phishing (as in “fishing for information” and “hooking” victims) is a scam to trick taxpayers into revealing personal and financial information which can be used to steal the taxpayer’s identity.

Use caution and NEVER provide personal information unless you are absolutely sure the situation is legitimate.

Learn more about frauds and tax scams and how to report suspicious calls or messages you may have received by visiting the website.

For more emails like this, please sign up for the email subscription service and select “scam and fraud alert updates.”

Fall lawn care tips

Mow – Mow often, leave clippings on the lawn and leave your grass 2.5 to 3 inches high. This strengthens roots and retains moisture for a green, resilient lawn.

Control Weeds – September is the best time to treat dandelions, plantain, clover and creeping Charlie. Limited numbers of weeds should be removed by hand or spot-treated with herbicide.

Sweep up – Sweep up and reuse lawn care products that fall on streets, sidewalks and driveways.

Rake – Rake leaves to keep them out of storm drains and nearby water bodies, where they release phosphorus and other unwanted nutrients. Keep them away from driveways, streets and sidewalks.

What to do with leaves – There are a few water-friendly ways you can get rid of leaves:

  • Compost – Recycles nutrients
  • Mulch – Use leaves as mulch, either whole or shredded
  • Mow – If there is less than 2 inches of leaves on your lawn, leave them in place and make several passes over them with a power mower. This provides your lawn valuable nutrients and makes it look like you just raked!
  • Bag – Rake and bag your leaves for pick-up by city crews. Some towns compost bagged leaves.

Yard waste collection will end the week of November 16, 2015.

Working Families Agenda Update

Thank you to all of you who have taken the time and energy to attend meetings and send in comments on the Working Families Agenda. Your comments have been well thought out, and have made a huge impact. Without your participation, we would not be seeing changes to the proposal as we now are.

Exciting news was announced yesterday on the Working Families Agenda. The Southwest Business Association (SWBA) has been working hard on behalf of area businesses, and is pleased the Mayor is dropping the problematic implementation of the predictive scheduling component from the Working Families Agenda. The Mayor acknowledged feedback from employees and employers as one of the components of the decision. We appreciate she has been listening to what the many small business owners, their employees and the associations representing them have been saying.

October 9, 2015 eNews

Notice of Public Hearing

Date: October 21, 2015
Time: 6:00 p.m. or thereafter
Place: Armatage Recreational Center

Purpose: To gather public opinion and solicit comments regarding the application from Kwans for an On Sale Wine with Strong Beer Class E license. If approved, they intend to operate a full service restaurant with 34 seats inside and 20 seats outside.

Applicant’s Name (Legal Entity): Kwans Chinese Cuisine on Penn
DBA/Trade Name: Kwans
Current License(s): Restaurant
Requested License(s): On Sale Wine with Strong Beer Class E

Nature of Entertainment: A Class E license allows for prerecorded background music and karaoke.  The applicant intends on offering background music only with no outdoor speakers.

Off Street Parking: The Zoning Department requires four off-street parking spots.  Applicant has met this requirement.

You are invited to attend, express your opinions, and/or submit such in writing. Please send comments to Inspector Julie Casey at 612-673-3905.

Information in Other Languages:  Para asistencia 612-673-2700. Rau kev pab 612-673-2800. Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500.

2015 Minneapolis Energy Fair

Learn how to save money and help the environment at the inaugural Minneapolis Energy Fair sponsored by NRG Energy. This family friendly event will feature a variety of presenters highlighting ways to make your home energy efficient with the opportunity to learn more about solar options for your home.

Xcel Energy, CenterPoint Energy, Center for Energy and Environment, and Clean Energy Resource Team representatives will be on site to answer questions and provide information on signing up for money saving programs.

  • Kid’s activities
  • Xcel Energy sponsored free LED lightbulbs
  • Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy sponsored free Home Energy Squad Visits
  • Grand prize giveaway
  • Complimentary continental breakfast
Date: Saturday, October 10, 2015
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 Second Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Directions and Parking
Questions? Contact Michael Rainville, 612-767-8074.


The Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights, the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights, Minneapolis City Council,and the Minneapolis Mayor are pleased to present the 2016 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest. This contest is open to all Minneapolis students in the 9th, 10th, and 11th grades. All submissions are due by November 16th, 2015.

The contest winners will receive a gift card to be awarded at a ceremony before the Minneapolis City Council in January 2016.

First Place $ 300.00
Second Place $ 200.00
Third Place $ 100.00


Working Families Agenda Update

Things continue to move at a fast pace on the Working Families Agenda (WFA). The City Council has set November 4th as a public hearing date for the WFA. The two principal authors of the policy framework, Council Members Elizabeth Glidden (Ward 8) and Lisa Bender (Ward 10) and they announced revisions to the proposal based on feedback they have received. Mayor Betsy Hodges issued a press release supporting these revisions.

While the Mayor and Council Members Bender and Glidden assert there is growing consensus for these revisions the Southwest Business Association has heard no consensus for these revisions in the many meetings its board members and staff have attended or input we have received from you. Instead, we continue to hear from the small business community that the implementation of the proposal, even with the revisions, has serious implications for their business operations, cost structure and their employees.

It continues to be very important for businesses to write in and share with the council what doesn’t work in the policy and why. Please send your comments to

Thank you to the Minneapolis Chamber and Workforce Fairness Coalition for translating the proposed policy documents into additional languages.

Continue to speak up! The deadline for comments is Friday, October 16th.


Volunteer coaches for winter youth sports needed

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s (MPRB) Youth Volleyball program begins in October and we are seeking volunteer coaches at recreation centers in Minneapolis.

We are also seeking coaches for winter sports programs (basketball, hockey, and wrestling) that begin in November/December.

  • Athletes range from 6-18 years old
  • Teams practice 1-2 times per week
  • Games are scheduled 1-2 nights a week and/or Saturdays
  • MPRB will provide orientation for all new coaches

Contact Nicole at 612-499-9258 or email for more information about coaching and other volunteer opportunities.

Can’t coach this Winter? We’ll need coaches for Gymnastics, Baseball, Softball, T-ball, and Track and Field this spring, too.

Animal Welfare in Minneapolis

Minneapolis Animal Care and Control (MACC) is proposing ordinance changes to better reflect best practices for animal welfare, and the changing needs of the community. MACC is hosting three upcoming meetings to collect feedback from the public on the proposed changes. The dates and times are:

October 21, 6:30-8:30pm at East Phillips Park
2399 17th Ave. S. – Spanish interpreter will be present
October 22, 6:30-8:30pm at Fairview Park
621 29th Ave. N. – Hmong interpreter will be present
November 2, 6:30 – 8:00pm at Fuller Park
4800 Grand Ave. S.

Highlights of the proposed changes

For Community:

  • Better defines the City’s role and expands protections to all animals, not just domestic or companion
  • Increases transparency and accountability through enhanced record keeping
  • Includes expanded definitions and clarifies the City’s scope of authority

For Owners, Shelters and Rescue Organizations:

  • Simplifies application process and streamlines notification requirements
  • Introduces expected standards of care for all animal owners, shelters and partner rescue organizations
  • Adds specific protocols to be considered in case of euthanasia, including creation and use of a rescue partner registry
The purpose of the changes are to ensure that our values and vision for being leaders in animal protection laws are mirrored in our code and respond to the changing world of animal welfare and the needs/demands of our community. We look forward to seeing you at one of these meetings and hearing what you think.

Request this information in flyer form in English, Spanish, Hmong, and Somali.

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: