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April 18, 2017 Minutes

Armatage Neighborhood Association Meeting

Meeting was called to order at 6:35 pm by Denis Houle.

ANA board members in attendance: Tara Brown, Kelly Falsani, Denis Houle, Steve Johnson, Michael Kootsikas, and Laurel Luxenberg, Judy Vecere

Others in attendance: Nikki Lindberg (ANA Coordinator), Nikki Frederich (Park Coordinator), and 4 other Armatage Residents Chris Sorenson, Joel Federer, Jim Hoch, and Stephanie Eagan.

Park Update (Nikki Frederich, Park Director)

  • Egg hunt – 150 registered kids and 50 showed day of. Great feedback on bounce house, face painting, live bunnies
  • Spring sports in full swing – baseball, softball, full track and field team
    • Need track and field coaches April 27-June 2 Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Fields can be reserved. Call at 2pm on Friday for the following week. In-house team gets priority (for Armatage and Kenny)
  • Summer Registration is out for all events now

Committee Updates

2017 Goals and Priorities – Need to set goals

Welcome Bags (Michael) – 8 companies are participating

Green Team (Tara)

  • Reminder that we will have a table at the Movie in the Park June 19th about lawn care
  • Metrobloom opportunity has received 19 requests. We have 10 openings. Potential to provide those beyond the first 10 the opportunity for yard consultation.

Coordinator Updates (Nikki Lindberg)

Summer Festival Team

  • Leadership roles have been assigned – Coordinator will reach out to
  • Food vendors are all interested in coming back
  • Band lined up, face painter, skateboard and MPLS Tap
  • Striving for a Zero-Waste Event
  • Event will be Sunday, August 13th 3-7pm

Annual Meeting Update

  • Red Wagon and Pizzeria Lola will provide food
  • Marion Green can come speak. Representative Palmisano will be present
  • Door prizes to encourage attendance – Potted plants
  • Meet and Greet Format
  • Mailer to alert

Financial Audit Update

  • Procedural audit with the city. Nikki working with Michael Wilson (CPA for ANA). Judy involved as well.
    • Main actions are to review by-laws and polices (e.g. financial policy)
    • Board to review and make additional comments
    • Resident offered to review invoices
    • Questions were asked: Do we ever publish our spending? Is there a potential for a neighborhood meeting based solely on funding?

Kelly entered meeting

Neighborhoods 2020 Dialogues

  • Dialogues are about Neighborhood Funding
  • May 8th at 6pm for MLK Park (40th & Nicollet) is the events. Please RSVP

Garage Sale (June 3rd) – Armatage and Kenny

  • Open Streets in Kenny on Lyndale June 3th
  • Group to do fundraiser bake sale

Movie in the Park (scheduled for June 19th)

  • Movie: Peewee’s Big Adventure
  • Green Team to have a booth giving tips
  • Food truck for desserts
  • Bike shop to give tune ups

Welcome bags – Request to order 250, could get them for $8.50. Ordered 125 last year

  • Motion made by Michael, seconded by Laurel. Motion carried

Future of FixIt Home Improvement Program

  • Fulton, Kenny, Lynhurst and Armatage have created Fix-It Home Improvement. Current provider no longer to maintain home program. New: Provider wants $10,000 annual fee and 13% origination fee.
    • CEE already runs their own program: Could we handle that?
    • Goals: Armatage remain a desirable place to live
    • Ideas for alternatives: buy down on someone’s interest rates
      • Home Energy Audits: cover residents $70
      • Grant program to homeowners
      • Design or architect fees
      • Subsidize home buyer education classes – ex. Ice Damn class
      • Sponsor home improvement options
        • Resident shared matching programs are very effective
        • Rebate for higher efficiency machines

Summer Intern – Neighborhood college student $10-12/hr for a total of $1,000

Gypsy Moth Update – First treatment May 1- May 15. Second treatment will be 7-10 days later 

Treasurer Update (Judy Vecere)

  • Previewed via email. Highlighted in meeting. Budget is on track and cash flow is good.

Unfrozen Funds from the City 

Secretary Report

  • Approved

New Business

  • Received a letter from Armatage Montessori to seek zone approval for relocating doors and security

Meeting was adjourned at 7:51 pm. Steve motion to adjourn.

April 13, 2017 eNews

April Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, April 18 • 6:30pm
Armatage Rec Center

  • Welcome
  • City Council Update
  • Park Update
  • Committee Updates
    • 2017 Goals & Priorities
    • Community Engagement
    • Green Team
    • Summer Festival Team
  • Coordinator Update
    • Annual Meeting Update
      • Speaker: Hennepin County Commisioner Marion Greene
      • Dinner provided by the ANA featuring pizza from Red Wagon and Pizzeria Lola
      • Board Elections
      • Door prizes (TBD)
    • Financial Audit Update
    • Neighborhoods 2020 Dialogues (details below)
    • Garage Sales (June 3)
    • Movie in the Park (June 19) 8:30pm
      • Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (at dusk)
      • Perennial Cycle (free helmet fittings and bike safety checks)
      • Green Team information tables (Water Stewardship, yard care, etc.)
      • Park to provide popcorn
    • Future of the FixIt Home Improvement Loan program
    • Summer intern
    • Gypsy moth update (details online)
  • Treasurer Report
    • Unfrozen funds from the City
  • Secretary Report – March minutes approved online
  • New Business
  • Adjourn

Organics Recycling at Armatage Park

Please note, locks will be installed on the organics cans located at the park. Those who have signed up as part of the drop off location have been notified and provided with codes. This is to help prevent organics recycling contamination.

If you have any questions or want to know if an item is compostable or not, check our website, search for the item on BPI’s website, or send us an email at

Airport Noise Listening Session

April 19, 2017 at 7:00-8:00 PM
Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Parkway, Eagan, MN 55121

The public is invited to join the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) at the Eagan Community Center, on April 19, 2017 at 7:00 PM for the Spring NOC Listening Session.

The Noise Oversight Committee (NOC) sponsors quarterly meetings for residents to allow for an engaging, two-way dialogue between the public and the MAC committee tasked with addressing MSP aviation noise topics. Conversation from these sessions will be included as discussion items during future NOC meetings. The agenda for the April meeting is included below.

Who’s Invited?

  • Airport Neighbors
  • MAC Environment Department Staff
  • NOC Representatives
  • MAC Commission Members
  • Local Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Staff


  • 7:00 Welcome
  • 7:05 Introductions – What is your name? Where do you live and for how long? What would you like to get from this meeting?
  • 7:10 Aircraft Noise Basics Video – Efforts Underway to Reduce Aircraft Noise
  • 7:20 NextGen Arrival Environmental Benefits – Optimized Profile Descents
  • 7:30 Open Floor Conversation 8:00 Closing Feedback – What did you like / dislike about the meeting format?

Earth Day Clean Up Events

Saturday, April 22 • Multiple Locations

Find an event for Earth Day online!

Make & Take Rain Barrel Workshop – Just $35!

Thursday, May 25, 2017 • 6:00pm-7:30pm
Wood Lake Nature Center

What’s one of the simplest, high-impact ways to save water and help protect our local watersheds? Using a rain barrel.

Lawn and garden watering typically makes up 40% of total summer household water usage, according to the EPA. Plus, the biggest threat to our waters today is polluted runoff — water that runs off our roofs and into our streets and alleys, carrying all the oil, sediment and other contaminants that it picks up along the way into our lakes, rivers and streams. For conservation and for pollution prevention, installing a rain barrel to collect and store rainwater for use on your lawn and gardens is a simple but powerful way to make a difference for Minnehaha Creek, the Mississippi River and area watersheds.

Thanks to Coca-Cola Refreshments of Eagan, FMR has 30 used syrup containers for participants to turn into rain barrels. During the course of this workshop, participants will be provided with the necessary parts ($35 per kit) and guided through the process of converting these containers into allies for a cleaner Minnesota. The barrels are white (but paintable) and connect to your existing downspout.

Taking place at Wood Lake Nature Center, the workshop will begin with a presentation on how home lawn and garden practices impact our waters and how we can make a difference. Next, we’ll discuss the watershed-friendly benefits of rain barrels in more detail, then review how to build, incorporate, install and maintain them. With guidance from FMR staff, participants will then build a rain barrel to take home.

Ready to register?

Claim your spot now via Eventbrite – Just $35! Please note, tickets sales end Wednesday, May 24 at 5 p.m. or if the event reaches capacity.

Join Us at the Neighborhoods 2020 Cafes!

Neighborhood organizations across the City are partnering with the Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC) and NCR to host a series of community dialogues about neighborhood organizations in Minneapolis. Each event will include small group discussions to address the following questions:

  • What services, opportunities and information should neighborhood organizations provide?
  • What are characteristics of an effective neighborhood organization?
  • How can neighborhood organizations empower engagement?

These questions were developed by 37 participants at a day-long workshop on the Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter.

The dialogues are a first step in developing recommendations for the Minneapolis City Council on the future work of neighborhood organizations through a process of respectful and inclusive community engagement.

Upcoming Neighborhoods 2020 Community Conversations

  • Downtown – Tuesday April 25th – 5:30pm to 8:30pm Plymouth Congregational Church – 1900 Nicollet Ave. So.
  • North – Saturday April 29th – 10:00am to 2:00pm North West Corner of Penn and Lowry (Outdoors under tent)
  • East – Wednesday May 3rd – 5:30pm to 8:00pm NE Minneapolis Armory – 1025 Broadway St NE 55413
  • South – Thursday May 4th – 5:30pm to 8:30pm Abubakar-As-Saddique Islamic Center – 2824 13th Ave So.
  • Southwest – Monday May 8th – 6:00pm to 8:00pm Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. Park – 4055 Nicollet Ave So. NOTE: 6:00 (dinner) 6:30-8:00 (program) Free child care provided

More information and to register for the events online,

Armatage & Kenny Neighborhood-wide Garage Sales

June 3 • 8:00am-4:00pm

The garage sale registration form is now available on our website. This year we are also inviting groups to host sales for charity. You may set-up a table or tent at the park. If interested, please contact our coordinator!

Learn Golf & Earn Money

MMJGA Summer Caddie Program

Informational Meeting & Training
Saturday, March 25 • 9:00am-noon
Minneapolis Urban League (2100 Plymouth Ave N)

The Minnesota Minority Junior Golf Association (MMJGA) invites young people ages 13-17, who are interested in golf, to join us this summer. Opportunities to earn money, meet new people, and learn the game of golf!

For more information visit

NOTE: Parents need to attend the first hour. The last 2 hours will be dedicated to training.

Mpls • St. Paul Home Tour

April 29-30

Make progress toward your new kitchen, bath, suite, your quest to claim unused space or to add on. You’ll find help and encouragement on the 30th annual Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour. From the very old homes to the very new, city dwellers open their doors to share their home improvement experiences. Real Homes. Real People. Real Ideas.

Learn more online.

March 27, 2017 eNews

March Meeting Highlights

  • Neighborhood Community Engagement Committee
    • Future of Neighborhoods • May 8 • 6:00pm (dinner) 6:30-8:30pm (program) • MLK Park — opportunity to learn more and express ideas about neighborhood organizations and how they should operate within the City in the future
    • Requesting update to the 2040 City planning document to move language from a survey reponse to raw data instead of as a planning directive
    • City Community Connections Conference April 1 • Information online (Free)
  • Park Updates
  • City Council Updates
    • Gypsy Moth spraying will take place in late-April or May. The ANA is posting information about the process, and will notify area residents through social media (eNews, website, Facebook, Nextdoor and Twitter) as to the day of spraying once known.
    • As part of the Audit committee, she wants to make sure that all of the promises around the US Bank stadium deal are being honored. She also feels that accountability can be better tracked through the Audit committee for such things as the results from the recently released COPS report regarding the handling of incidents around the Jamar Clark shooting.
    • Tear-downs and home remodeling projects – in general, it seems that things have been running more smoothly in recent years, but it is truly case by case. If you have questions or concerns, check out some resources here, or contact the ANA.
    • Linnea encouraged everyone to get involved, as party caucuses will be starting in April. Watch for ways to learn about candidates, and be sure to vote!
  • Moving Happy Hour to Monday is seen as a good decision and will continue this way for 2017.
  • We continue to get items donated for our Welcome Bags which are delivered to new residents.
  • Newly formed Green Team had a great initial meeting. A few priorities for 2017:
    • Recruit home owners to get involved with our Metro Blooms rain garden program (see below)
    • Promote “Zero Waste” events (including the Summer Festival and National Night Out)
    • Encourage safe and healthy lawn care (will have information available during the Movie in the Park)
  • Variance for 5801 Russell approved.
  • No confirmed transactions or planned development at 54th and Penn.

Spring Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 8
10:00-11:30 a.m.
Armatage Park

Please preregister ($5/child ages 12 and under)

Yard Waste Collection begins April 10

Learn about what is accepted and how to prepare items for collection.

Plastic Bag Ban 6/1

Learn about this new ban and how it may affect you and area businesses.

Armatage + Kenny Neighborhood-wide Garage Sales

Saturday, June 3
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Registration forms now available for our 2017 area garage sales! Deadline to be included on the printed maps is May 29. You can mail or drop forms off to Armatage Park (2500 W 57th St, 55410).

May 6, 2016 eNews

ANA Annual Meeting

Tuesday, May 17 starting at 6:30pm
Armatage Community Center

Join us for a bike-focused annual meeting!

  • Linea Palmisano (Ward 13 Update)
  • Bike Fixation — bike services stations located around the City
  • Perennial Cycle (formerly Calhoun Cycle) — how to carry things on your bike (from a purse to bags of groceries)
  • Midtown Greenway — Greenway Glow event on June 18
  • Minneapolis Bike Coalition – protected bikeways
  • Biking maps, resources and more will be available for attendees.
  • Paul Thissen (tentative)
  • And more…

We need to do some business — that of electing members to the board, and addressing any issues that may require the board’s attention.

We hope you can join us for this informative and fun night!

Armatage + Kenny Neighborhood Garage Sales

In cooperation with Kenny Neighborhood, the ANA promotes a neighborhood wide garage sale event the Saturday of Memorial weekend. Residents interested in being listed on an area map, listing all the sales, can submit a form and small fee to their neighborhood.

Go to our website to download the 2016 Neighborhood Garage Sale Form.

Local Historian?

As we celebrate 25 years of our neighborhood association, we’d like to highlight not just the history of the association and its impact on the neighborhood, but the history of the Armatage neighborhood. We’d love your help! Share stories, photos, etc. with our coordinator, or contact us if you’d be willing to do some research!

Website Updates

Now that our site is back up and running, we have been adding more resources and information that we hope residents find useful. If you have suggestions for website improvements, please let us know!

New Resource: Thumbtack

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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 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 14, 2014 eNews

The next Armatage Neighborhood Association Neighborhood Meeting will be our Annual Meeting May 20th at 6:30


Join us for light appetizers and desserts!

Environmental focus on BEES!
Guest Speakers and
Specials from the
Minnesota Honey Company

  • Small plates and beverages
  • Creek Survey Results
  • Home Loan Program Launch
  • Board Elections