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December 15, 2015 Minutes

Armatage Neighborhood Association Meeting

Meeting was called to order at 6:30 pm by board vice president Kelly Falsani

ANA board members in attendance: Kelly Falsani, Sarah Broich, Judy Vecere, Jeff Forss, Bri Keeney, Laurel Luxenberg, Steve Johnson, Tara Brown

Others in attendance: Nikki Lindberg- ANA Coordinator, Councilmember Linea Palmisano, Matt Perry, 3 interested neighbors- Ryan, Dave DeNamur, Mary Curtain

City Council Update

Councilmember Palmisano attended meeting. She began by reminding us that she welcomes communication through 311 or email. She described her role and role of her staff. She stated they try to have a representative from the Ward 13 office at every 2 of 3 neighborhood meetings.

Updates:

City Council adopted 2016 budget last week- Councilmember stated she works hard to be accountable with tax dollars. She is especially pleased with: money toward Domestic Violence Initiative (pilot of this was successful- now the program can continue), increase for auditor’s office- will help with better, more secure technology services, 13 million to affordable housing, money toward employment programs/job training/alternatives to college, extra training for police, extra money for next presidential election to prevent long lines, make the process efficient (also added 2 new precincts), money for additional housing inspectors in construction code services dept.

Voted 10-3 to scrap working families agenda in October. Instead, established workplace regulations partnership to create recommendations for the council; they will report back to council by end of February. The first meeting was last Friday; was not well publicized- council office will get schedule of future meetings out- these are public meetings.

Committee Updates

Community Engagement

  • Think about working definition of community engagement for ANA- Bri shared the current language of our Bylaws
  • There was a discussion about what we mean by community engagement (follow through, action, spectrum of community engagement, inclusiveness- reaching out to different groups
  • Talked about keeping in mind the larger context of the city’s definition
  • Maybe focusing on underrepresented groups
  • Discussed specific goals and ideas:
    • Targeted speaker each month- to attempt to reach out to different communities of folks; track attendance and follow up with folks who participate- get contact info; Perhaps a theme for each monthly meeting
    • Emergency Preparedness might be a topic of interest for an event- Jeff thought this was brilliant (CPR could fall in this category)
    • 2x a year social hour for board/meet the board happy hour
    • Continue welcome bag/packet for new residents
    • Idea to personally introduce ourselves to new neighbors
  • Bri would like to finalize goals at our next meeting

Park Update

  • Warming Housing not open- rink dependent on weather
  • Lake Harriet Kite festival is weather dependent
  • Fire on Ice is 1/22- will adjust to weather accordingly
  • Online basketball registration went well

Coordinator Update

  • January Newsletter- send newsletter ideas to Nikki. Nikki will email draft out to board before printing. Some ideas suggested were: organics, blurb on community engagement, “New Years resolution” proposal to the neighborhood to get more involved, ask neighbors to give reasons they love the neighborhood, For new residents: map of neighborhood small businesses
  • Matt Perry talked about SWBA (provides this the neighborhood small business info already)- suggested a note about this in newsletter and talked about a new app that SWBA has developed (Experiencesouthwest.com/xswapp)
  • Encourage folks to use # (most popular is #armatage)

Secretary Report

November Minutes were approved via email

New Business

Matt Perry gave update on working families agenda; he clarified some things about the workgroup- it is only about paid sick time. Matt is collecting feedback from local businesses regarding this (predicts this will be burdensome for small businesses and new businesses). Will present findings at a future meeting.

Reminded the group again that the new SWBA app is available

Nikki L announced she is now also Windom’s coordinator.

Laurel motioned to adjourn; seconded by Tara. Motioned carried. Adjourned at 7:25.

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.

September 10, 2105 eNews

ANA Meeting

Sept 15 at 6:30

Current Agenda*

  • Welcome
  • City Council Update
  • Park Update
  • Committee Updates
    • Safety Update
    • Community Engagement
    • Summer Festival Recap
  • Coordinator Update
    • FixIt Loan Update
    • October Newsletter
    • Future of newsletter
    • Board development
  • Treasurer Report
  • Secretary Report
  • New Business
    • New board members
    • Micro loan program
    • Kwan’s on-sale application
    • Solar gardens

*Please submit agenda items at least 3 days in advance.


Airport Changes

Starting August 27, the FAA announced that, weather permitting, it would begin allowing limited use of Runway 35 for arriving aircraft at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) after having temporarily suspended arrivals on that runway a month ago due to changes in safety requirements. The procedures being tested do not create new flight paths; however, residents who became accustomed to the suspension of Runway 35 arrivals will observe arrival activity once again now that the suspension is lifted.


Proposed 2016 Hennepin County budget
includes 4.5% property tax levy increase

“The proposed budget represents thoughtful consideration about the current and future needs of Hennepin County,” Hennepin County Administrator David Hough said to the board. “The proposed budget you will consider today and in the coming months, reflects our recommendations on how to best position the county for the future and maintain or enhance our commitment to serve residents.”

In November, property owners will receive a notice that shows the impact of the county maximum levy on their properties, as well as the impact of taxes proposed by other local units of government, such as cities and school districts.

2016 Budget Hearing Schedule

The board will hold a series of public hearings on the proposed 2016 budget in the County Board Room of the Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis. Some meetings have already taken place, but many are still scheduled, including:

Monday, September 14, 9 a.m. to noon
Budget Hearing for Public Safety

Tuesday, September 22, 1:30 p.m.
County Board adopts 2016 maximum tax levy and budget.

Friday, September 25, 9 a.m. to noon
Budget Hearing for Health Human Services and Public Health (follow-up if needed)

Monday, November 2, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Capital Budgeting Task Force (CBTF) Report/Capital Presentation/Fees

Tuesday, December 1, 6 p.m.
Board holds Truth-in-Taxation public meeting

Thursday, December 10, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Budget Amendments

Friday, December 11, 10 a.m. to noon
Budget Amendments

Friday, December 11, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (if needed)
Budget Amendments

Tuesday, December 15, 1:30 p.m.
County Board will approve the 2016 budget and levy at its regularly scheduled board meeting.

 


Back to School Time

  • Volunteer MPS actively works to support the learning and achievement of all students in Minneapolis Public Schools. They provide training to community volunteers who engage in meaningful volunteer assignments that meet a demonstrated need in our schools. Check out opportunities and programs online.
  • The Board of Education invites you to take the online survey and share the characteristics you look for in the next MPS superintendent. The online survey is available now through September 17th and is accessible in Spanish, Somali, Hmong, and English. CLICK HERE to take the Community Superintendent Search Survey. More details about the process are available online.
  • Do you need before or after school childcare? If so, Rec Plus provides affordable childcare for children ages 5-12 (must be in grades K-6) at neighborhood recreation centers. Activities include games and sports, arts and crafts, homework help, field trips and nutritious snacks.
  • We understand homework can be hard but our homework help program is here to HELP you!  Reduce your stress and stop in for Homework Help – it is free, offered throughout the city with varying hours, though not at Armatage park at this time.

Minneapolis Park & Recreation

  • Field trips to your kids favorite destinations
  • Create a gingerbread house
  • Brush up on art history with a hands-on program
  • Party yourself in shape at Zumba
  • Learn a new instrument
  • Make it a playdate at Preschool Drop-In Playtime

All this and more through our neighborhood parks. Check it all out in the MPRB fall activity guide.


Minneapolis Bike Tour
Sept 20

The Minneapolis Bike Tour is a family oriented, recreational tour which takes place on Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 8 am. The tour is great for all ages and abilities and spans the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway System. The Minneapolis Bike Tour was created to bring cyclists together and support bike related initiatives. Proceeds from the Minneapolis Bike Tour will benefit bike safety and education events for Minneapolis youth as well as bike trail improvement projects throughout the system.


Washburn Games
Sept 27

The Washburn Games is a noncompetitive sports sampler for children ages 4-12. The Games features over 20 different sports, a great way for kids to test our what sports they like before they are signed up for a sport they don’t like! Besides getting active, youngsters also have the opportunity to learn about community giving. Children are encouraged to raise funds before the event to support local nonprofit Washburn Center for Children, Minnesota’s leading children’s mental health facility.  Children who raise $100 or more are entered into a fun prize drawing, including Water Park of America tickets, passes Wild Mountain, and a $1,000 educational scholarship. All children who come to the Games will receive a medal, T-shirt and goodie bag! It’s day full of family fun, community building and getting active!

The event will be held on Sunday, September 27th between 1:30-4:30 PM. It will be held at Bryn Mawr Meadows, located at 400 Morgan Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405. There is a $10 registration fee and readers can sign up and learn more at www.washburngames.org .


Understanding Traffic Circles

Traffic circles are becoming more and more prevalent as cities look to install low-maintenance, bicycle-friendly traffic calming devices. A traffic circle is a small, circular island (much smaller than an actual roundabout) at the center of the intersection that slows traffic, causing vehicles to maneuver around the circle. Armatage residents have likely seen the traffic circle recently installed at 58th & Upton as part of the Upton bicycle boulevard project. At 40th & Zenith, a traffic circle is being tested to control speeds on Zenith and prevent additional right-angle crashes. The test consists of yield signs facing all legs of the intersection, orange delineators for the circle itself, and signage in the center of the intersection directing traffic to move in a counter-clockwise direction (to the right). This test circle will be removed before winter snow removal activities begin. If you have comments about the circle, I encourage you to call 311 to share your thoughts.

The maneuvering around traffic circles, however, is still new to many of us. The key point to remember is this: all cars must slow on approach and yield to vehicles already in the traffic circle. If you’d like a refresher on how to drive safely around a traffic circle, check out the diagram below, and watch this video (while the diagram and the video covers roundabout use, most of the principles still apply).