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November 15, 2022 Minutes

ANA Meeting Minutes

11/15/22 / 6:30 PM / Armatage Park Community Center


Eli Johnson, Ethan Komoroski, Nikki Lindberg, Sharla McIntosh-Ziegler, Kevin Ross, Charlie Wolfe

NOT IN ATTENDANCE: Vikisha Goberdhan, Judy Vecere


Lauren Anderson (Armatage Coordinator), Dillon Clements (Rec Center Director), Debbie Goettel (Hennepin County Commissioner, District 5),  Graham Faulkner (Goettel’s Communications Director),  Lara Bergman, Ben Smith, Rachel Ireland-Henry (bookkeeper)


Updated financials were sent via email and are posted online.

6:30 Welcome and Introductions (Kevin Ross)

6:35 Comments from Community

  • Update from Lara on the pedestrian crossing at 57th & Penn. The application has been submitted. They got lots of support (school, neighbors, park users). They are unsure as to when they will hear about their project, but expect it won’t be until the new year.
    • Commissioner Goettel mentioned some options if we don’t get selected by the city for this crossing. There are some funding options from the county to help slow traffic, including tree planting, public art installations, and wayfinding signage. We could look into relocating the park sign closer to this intersection and have an electrical information sign installed (grant funding available for this sort of project). Safe routes to schools funding should be coming back, and might be a resource. There are also funds for bike & walking trails that could be considered. Plus, she is presenting a new proposal around safe routes to transit. This crossing is co-located with a bus stop, and could be another potential avenue.

6:45 Armatage Park Update (Park Director Dillon Clements)

  • The MPRB has many opportunities available for various advisory appointment positions ( including the tree and bicycle advisory committees, the racial equity committee and Homegrown Food council. Apply online.
  • No update on when the ice rink will begin construction, but the boards have been delivered.
  • KPAC to help support funding new batting cage netting
  • 31 basketball teams (across all age levels) 25 last year
  • Fire & Ice Friday, January 27 in partnership with the ANA and Armatage PTA
  • It was asked about who is responsible for the sidewalks around and in the park. The City is responsible for the perimeter, the park for any within, but the park will clear snow from all.

6:50 Hennepin County Update (County Commissioner Debbie Goettel)

  • Goettel (pronounced “Go Tell”) has been commissioner for Richfield/Bloomington area, but picked up some precincts in Minneapolis in the redistricting, so is Armatage’s new county commissioner.
  • She gave an overview of her experience and involvement in various committees and projects (learn more Professionally was an environmental engineer, so has always brought an environmental impact lens to her civic engagement.
  • Her party affiliation is Democrat, and she is on the national board for Democratic county officials, and a member of the Minnesota national committee.
  • To help outline some of the projects the county has been working on, she walked through the $250 million in pandemic relief dollars and the various projects, including:
    • Education (helped deploy technology with community partners for schools and senior centers, providing hotspots, etc)
    • Employment (online training programs)
    • Health (providing rides to appointments to avoid public transit, Covid shots, Covid tests, PPE, vaccine incentives)
    • Housing (developed faster intake processes, helped shelters renovate and pay for staffing so could function 24/7, provide legal services to address evictions and created a program where a landlord could apply on behalf of the renter)
    • Income (participating in a guaranteed basic income pilot program)
    • Justice (with partners in the community to help with violence prevention)
    • Transportation (broadband and digital inclusion, infrastructure improvements to address coverage and connectivity, new hotspot/plug-and-play option coming, Telemed and new  kiosks to connect people to the help they need)
    • Other (HVAC system improvements, voter participation/Ipads, expansion of early voting locations)
  • It was asked what funding opportunities there might be from the county to support the neighborhood. Many mentioned during the pedestrian crosswalk discussion above, but there may be youth sports grants and capital project funding to support park needs, environmental related projects, arts projects, and recycling. She also suggested we look at Met Council grants.

Minneapolis School Board Update (Representative Ira Jourdain)

  • Has to reschedule due to a school board meeting postponement

7:20 Welcome Bag Program

  • Current process (Ethan, Eli, Kevin): assembling welcome bags with coupons, trinkets, recycling info, info about the ANA, etc.; Ethan has been storing materials at his home; it has become very difficult to find people at home for delivery. Currently have a backlog of about 86 new homeowners; Judy has helped out, and was delivering bags and got us down to 47. Average about 12/month, with spring and summer peaks. We get a list of the new homeowners from Eli through his work as a realtor. Joyce has also agreed to help out.
    • Would like to move the items to the ANA office
    • Looking for new ways to help manage this program
  • After much discussion and sharing of ideas, it was decided that we’d pilot a postcard program, mailed directly to the new resident and invite them to express interest in receiving a bag (and selecting a day/time). It is hoped that this helps save time for our volunteers and still accomplishes what we hope this program does, to welcome new people and help them become aware of the ANA. Lauren will work with Nikki to create a postcard. We are working on office improvements, and should be able to move the supplies to our space in the community center.

7:35 2023 Budget

  • We did a quick walk through of the proposed 2023 budget. With the approval of the below contracts, a motion was made to approve the budget. Seconded. Approved.

7:50 Staff Contracts (closed portion of meeting)

  • Motion to accept Rachel’s bookkeeping contract. Seconded. Approved
  • Motion to increase Lauren’s hourly rate. Seconded. Approved.

8:10 Approval of Minutes

  • Motion to approve the October minutes statement. Seconded. Approved.

8:15 New Business

  • December meeting. Switch to the 13th due to  several conflicts, cancel meeting and instead have a social event at Book Club.

Meeting adjourned at 8:32


  • Dec 1 – Community Engagement Committee (6:00-7:00pm, Book Club)
  • Dec 8 – Green Team Meeting (7:00-8:30pm, TBD)
  • Dec 9–18 – Holiday Light Tour (each night 5:00–8:00pm)
  • Dec 15 – Monthly Meeting changed to social gathering  (6:30-8:30pm, Book Club)


October 18, 2022 Minutes

ANA Meeting Minutes

10/18/22 / 6:30 PM / Armatage Park Community Center


Kim Herring, Ethan Komoroski, Vikisha Goberdhan, Sharla McIntosh-Ziegler, Kevin Ross, Charlie Wolfe

NOT IN ATTENDANCE: Eli Johnson, Judy Vecere, Nikki Lindberg


Aryca Myers – NCR, Dillon Clements – SW Rec Center, Cathy Abene – MPRB District 6 Representative, Lauren Anderson – Armatage Neighborhood Coordinator


Updated financials were sent via email.

6:30   Welcome and Introductions (Kevin Ross)

6:35   Comments from Community

  • Clarification on what became of Lara Bergman’s traffic calming letter/application. Lara is asking residents east of Penn to sign on.

6:40   Armatage Park Update (Park Director Dillon Clements)

  • Flag football and soccer season finishing up, week of season-ending parties
  • Basketball, other winter sports sign ups start 10/26
  • Staffing at Armatage and Kenny has been very strong, worker engagement is great

7:17   Board Representation Survey (NCR representative Aryca Myers)

  • Diversity survey is administered every few years. Results are published anonymously to show how the Boards compare to their constituencies through a number of different characteristics (home ownership, gender identity, race, age, etc)

7:35  Park Board Update (MPRB District 6 Commissioner Cathy Abene)

  • It’s budget season. Commissioner says that she’s found MPRB’s style of budgeting and governing to be incredibly transparent.
    • Youth focused, caring for park assets, and climate change mitigation
    • Opportunities to comment on 10/26, 11/2, 11/12, 11/30 and 12/6
  • Didn’t get full ask from the Board of Estimate and Taxation (around 7 percent of the property tax levy)
  • Got no bonding money from the legislature despite historic state surplus
  • 6-year Capital Improvement Plan has some aggressive carbon reduction goals
    • Graco Park rec center to be net-zero
  • Potential of MPLS waiving registration fees for children’s sports like Saint Paul did
    • MPRB never turns away people who cannot pay
    • There is a sponsorship program where you can pay for someone else to play/do activities
    • MPRB looking at “pay what you can” model. Commissioner Abene believes that this model may actually result in MORE revenue, as many parents/participants view programming as very good value and would probably pay more to support MPRB and cost-burdened participants.
  • Harriet Pavilion
    • Renovation pushed back to next year (spring, pause during summer programming, then finish in Fall)
    • It will be BLUE. Neighbors will be weighing in on the final hue.
    • Roof will be wood, stained then going grey over time.

7:30   Edits and Approval of 2023-2024 Funding Applications (Equitable Engagement, Neighborhood Network Fund)

  • Motion to pass these two documents along to the city, seconded, motion carries

8:00  Board Refresher Training

  • Robert’s Rules, fiduciary responsibilities, examples of what we do and how we do it

8:30  Minutes Approval

  • Motion to approve the September minutes. Seconded. Carries.

Meeting adjourned at 8:32


  • Oct 24–31 – Halloween Decoration Tour (nightly 6:00–8:00pm)
  • Nov 3 – Community Engagement Committee (6-7p, Book Club?)
  • Nov 10 – Green Team (7-8:30p, TBD)
  • Nov 15 – ANA Monthly Meeting (6:30 – 8:30p, Armatage Rec Center)

September 20, 2022 Minutes

ANA Meeting Minutes

9/20/22 / 6:30 PM / Armatage Park Community Center (park)


Ethan Komoroski, Nikki Lindberg, Sharla McIntosh-Ziegler, Kevin Ross, Charlie Wolfe

NOT IN ATTENDANCE: Vikisha Goberdhan, Kim Herring, Eli Johnson, Judy Vecere


Lara Bergman, Daniel Rosenblum, Linea Palmisano/City Council


Updated financials were sent via email.

6:30    Welcome and Introductions (Kevin Ross)

6:35   Comments from Community

  • 57th & Penn Pedestrian Crossing — (submitted letter about concerns) Lara represented several neighbors asking for support for their application with the city for one of the new traffic calming projects. It was recommended that they look at the evaluation points that will be factors in the city’s project selection, but the letter felt like it was well thought out and may address these factors. Linea was able to share that, through Vision Zero, pedestrian safety is improving in areas of the city that haven’t typically been the focus of improvements. Linea was able to share that there may be other sources to help fund this type of project if this application isn’t accepted and we can contact her if needed. What isn’t clear, is if an application is denied, will it stay in the pool for future consideration, or would you have to reapply.
  • Action item: Board to either sign-on to this letter or draft their own letter of support and/or submit their own request for this same location through the new program.

6:45    Ward 13 Update (Council Vice President Linea Palmisano)

  • Linea was given some questions ahead of the meeting, including a question about Mayor Frey’s statement about not signing the park board decision around the Hiawatha golf course. Though she can’t speak to the mayor’s thinking, she did help clarify that by not signing it, it would just take a little longer through the process. Once the time frame allowed for the signing passes, it is automatically approved and will move forward.
  • She also was asked about the use of MPD off-duty officers at construction sites. It was noted that traffic control/management is a part of the labor contract with that vendor. Although there may be  other ways to address that requirement, there are some benefits as it spreads officer visibility across the city, and if a situation arises, these off-duty officers can be called into action. Officers can choose to take on this type of work, and it is included in their overtime hours at the precinct.
  • The Committee of the Whole met regarding the government restructure issues from the passed amendment, and it is hoped to have approval by Oct 20 for the details around implementing this new government structure.

7:17    Racial Housing Covenant Project (Daniel Rosenblum, Researcher)

  • Daniel is doing a research project as part of his doctoral degree around racial covenants in south and southwest Minneapolis. He is interested in gathering stories of both historical and current experiences. He is interested in talking to residents, how it relates to their sense of their neighborhood, how it has impacted interactions with neighbors, etc. Contact for more information.

7:30    Minutes approval

  • Motion to approve the July minutes. Seconded. Carries. (Note; No August meeting.)

7:35    City Funding Application — Equitable Engagement Demographic Priorities (application due Oct 31)

Ideas for potential engagement projects for the next two years:

  • Annual dinner for new homeowners and renters
  • More pop-up events at Washburn
  • Landlord outreach (racial covenant renouncement, transit program, etc.)
  • Neighborhood covenant renouncement goal (with a notary party)
  • Leadership development
  • Organize walking groups for light tours, rain gardens, etc.
  • PTA and Kenny neighborhood engagement plans/partnerships
  • Skating event with James

8:15    New Business

    • Equity rubric (board to review and adopt to use to help provide consistency around decision making and event planning)
    • Communications policy (board to review and adopt to provide communications guidelines for individuals and groups within the ANA)
    • Upcoming Kenny/Armatage partner events: Halloween and Holiday light tours.
  • Motion to partner with Kenny Neighborhood Association for the Halloween and Holiday light tours. Seconded. Motion approved.
  • Starting in 2023, we’d like to include an approval of financials as part of the regular meeting (are currently posted online and send to board members)

Meeting adjourned at 8:00


  • Sep 24 – Electronics Recycling & Paper Shredding Event (9:00am–12:00pm, 106 E Diamond Lake Rd)
  • Oct 1 – Fall Neighborhood Clean-up (9:00–11:00am, Armatage Park)
  • Oct 6 – Community Engagement Committee (6:00-7:00pm, Book Club: 5411 Penn Ave S)
  • Oct 13 – Green Team Meeting (7:00-8:30pm, GT Member Backyard TBD)
  • Oct 18 – Monthly Meeting (6:30-8:30pm, Armatage Park)
  • Oct 24–31 – Halloween Decoration Tour (nightly 6:00–8:00pm)

July 19, 2022 Minutes

ANA Meeting Minutes

7/19/22 / 6:30 PM / Armatage Park, next to the wading pool


Vikisha Goberdhan, Ethan Komoroski, Nikki Lindberg, Sharla McIntosh-Ziegler, Kevin Ross

NOT IN ATTENDANCE: Eli Johnson, Judy Vecere, Charlie Wolfe


Tara Brown, Kim Herring, Sarah Komoroski, Park directors, past Jordan and new Dillon, Sheila Dingels, Clare (bookkeeper), Eva Schwartz

Clare – introductions. Helps to get all the $ info in the system for reporting, 990s, processes city reimbursements requests, etc.


Updated financials were sent via email.

6:40    Welcome and Introductions (Kevin Ross)

6:43    Comments from Community

  • Concerns about community garden at 61st and Washburn on a city designated plot were sent to the board. Green team will try to reach out to those organizing this effort to learn more. Looks like a work in progress. Was noted that there was a firepit, and questions were raised over the rules and regulations around this in a community garden setting.

6:49    Ward 13 Update (Council Vice President Linea Palmisano)

  • Linea addressed a recent letter written by our Green Team and submitted to SW Voices. The letter was written in response to her comments during an event. It was noted that the Green Team’s response was based on the SW Voices article, and no members attended this event. What was expressed was a frustration by the members of the Green Team about mischaracterizing their efforts. While the team is proud of the work they have done and the incredible support they have achieved through grant writing, they know that these local-level activities, while important for our neighborhood, are not solutions for the bigger issues of climate change. Those impacts can be much more effectively handled at systemic levels, such as the city, state and national levels. Linea was frustrated for also being mischaracterized, as the event wasn’t as she expected, and had little time to answer questions, so gave easier to digest answers in the limited format, but does know the significance of having to act, and in her role with the city is involved in committees working to address change (such as noise and air pollution from the airport). The Green Team hopes that her actions and future policy votes reflect this more strongly in the future than they believe has been demonstrated in the past. Linea also mentioned her plans for a climate discussion this fall, and
  • Overall, Linea requested that we feel free to submit questions ahead of meetings so she can be prepared to talk about topics the neighborhood is interested in.
  • A question was raised regarding the recent comments by City Councilmember Rainville. Linea had not made any formal comment about this situation (in print) but has spoken out at various community meetings condemning his comments, and seeing this as an opportunity to learn and do better. Rainville has apologized, and has spoken with members of the Somali community. It was suggested that as VP on the Council, a written statement would have been appropriate, perhaps in her newsletter.

7:15    Park Update (Interim Park Director, Dillon Clements)

  • Dillon has been at Corcoran for about 5 years. Fall registration is open. He has submitted the food permit for the Summer Jam event. Currently he feels they are fairly well staffed, but the broader parks programming is still looking for people.

7:19    ANA Events & Program Debrief

  • Recommendations for upcoming events/programs
    • Tool swap will happen again – consider bundling with board election
    • Gardening programming could bundle with school efforts
      • Would like to find ways to better partner with the school

7:25    Fall Fun at the Washburn Tot Lot

    • Budget for treats
  • Motion to approve up to $100. Second. Motion carries.
  • Renter engagement with Green Team outreach regarding garden installation
  • Partners: LWV, Homeline info (multi-lingual biz cards), first-time homebuyer opportunities (still contacting). Other ideas:
    • Move Minneapolis (bus passes) – Tara Brown
    • Edina Realty (Spanish)

7:38    Approval of Minutes & Financials

  • Motion to approve the June minutes and financials. Seconded. Carries. 

7:39    President’s Report

  • New board member: Kim Herring
    • Has lived in Minneapolis a long time (moved back after a short stint out of the city during Covid) and has lots of experience as a volunteer (at risk youth, etc.), fundraising, organizing events, and more. Enjoys bringing the community together.
    • Vote to approve Kim as a new board. Approved. (Kim will join Community Engagement Committee)
  • In response to the Green Team letter, the board will create a policy and guidelines for external communications
    • Issues around protocol and maintaining good relationships to help us continue to be able to have constructive discussions
    • Anything coming from a part of our group (committee) is seen as coming from the entire group (board), thus all of the group members should be made aware of these types of communications.
    • Public letters, while may be related to a person, can reach the broader community. In this instance, the Green Team was hoping to share pro-climate voices.
    • Protocol for expressing strong feelings about topics (including time frame, contingency ideas, and disclaimer language will be drafted)

8:06    Coordinator Report

  • August meeting (8/16) will instead be an informal gathering at Nikki’s house (bring something to share)
  • Mail: the ANA had some of its mail missing for a couple months this spring and early summer.  We’re still experiencing delays and will work with park staff to hopefully install a locked outdoor mailbox.

8:05    ANA Committee Updates

    • Community Engagement
      • Summer Jam: 5 food trucks, band, face painting, Magic by Bruce, lawn games, $950 in sponsorships
      • Meeting schedule – Book Club patio for some future meetings (Sept 1 at 6pm)
      • Welcome bags – finding people at home is still a challenge. Still looking for more content.
      • October senior event has been canceled
    • Green Team
      • Rain garden program
        • Low income seniors and renters working really well and connecting
  • 3 additional low-income applications, and are asking for an additional $600 to help support these additional rain gardens (to create a total of 5 scholarships, 2 full and 3 partial). Seconded. Carries
    • Washburn Tot Lot garden (engagement at September meeting)
    • 2 zero waste volunteers at the Summer Jam
    • October 1 fall cleanup
    • Tech Dump Sept 24 (Mayflower)

8:21    New Business

  • SEO committee members will be working on creating an equity rubric/policy/guidelines

Meeting adjourned at 8:20


  • Aug 6 – Armatage Summer Jam (4:00–6:00pm, Armatage Park)
  • Aug 11 – Green Team Meeting (7:00-8:30pm, GT Member Backyard TBD)
  • Aug 16 – casual board meeting at Nikki’s
  • Sept 1 – Community Engagement Committee (6:00-7:00pm, Book Club Patio)
  • Sep 8 – Green Team Meeting (7:00-8:30pm, GT Member Backyard TBD)
  • Sep 17 – Fall Fun at the Washburn Tot Lot (10:00-11:30am, 5825 Washburn Ave S)
  • Sept 20 – Monthly Meeting (6:30-8:30pm, Outdoors at Armatage Park)

June 21, 2022 Minutes

ANA Meeting Minutes

6/21/22 / 6:30 PM / Armatage Park, next to the wading pool


Ethan Komoroski, Sharla McIntosh-Ziegler, Kevin Ross, Charlie Wolfe, Vikisha Goberdhan, Judy Vecere

NOT IN ATTENDANCE: Eli Johnson, Nikki Lindberg


Lauren Anderson (Coordinator)


Updated financials were sent via email.

6:30    Welcome and Introductions (Kevin Ross)

Park Update (email from Jordan Nelson)

  • The park is aware of recent graffiti incidents, but painters cannot keep up. Parks employees will step in to temporarily cover smaller or more offensive works of graffiti art. Park police have been doing extra sweeps to try to catch people/deter this activity.
  • Staffing: seasonal maintenance is far below preferred/historic levels. So activities like weed whipping are being skipped altogether for higher impact activities. Park center staff is fairly healthy, a number of younger staff (high school and college age) are filling up the ranks.
  • Side note: Jordan has gotten a promotion to SW Parks Director, which is both super exciting but a bit of a bummer since we won’t be working as closely with him on our events. Congrats to Jordan!

6:35  Comments from Community

  • The board voted unanimously to enact the policy document to guide public comments. That will be linked on the website.
  • Comments from the Community will now be a standing agenda item.

6:45    Executive Committee Election

  • Sharla was voted in unanimously as Vice President
  • Nikki was voted in unanimously as Secretary
  • Judy was voted in unanimously as Treasurer
  • Motion to approve the May minutes and Financials. Seconded. Carries. 

6:55    Recent ANA Events and Program Debrief

  • What’s gone well?
    • Setup has been very smooth. Lauren making maps of layouts has been super helpful and visual.
  • Opportunities to Improve? Ideas?
    • Can we consolidate our equity efforts (Senior focused events) into our larger events rather than standalone?
    • Could the ANA be at school events? And promote specific things, Board outreach?
    • Could we do a newsletter with senior outreach? Develop a senior steering committee (Ward 11 has one, through CM Koski’s office. Our efforts haven’t been fruitful)
    • Annual meeting: could we consolidate with PTA meeting? What about a meeting at the same time as a school event?
      • Garden Tool Swap will be coming back to Armatage next year. This simple event drew a TON of people this year so consolidating it with the Board Election seems like a good idea
    • Should we spread out the master calendar?
      • It’s tough because seasonal weather, COVID
    • What about a Saturday standing event? Something like a pet rescue or popsicles at the playground or Julie from Unwind Within doing chair massages, etc. Just to increase ANA visibility beyond our big events and also spotlighting good and/or local causes.

7:25  Summer Newsletter

  • Board Feature
    • Vicky
  • Articles
    • Shout out neighbors (Armatage Affirmations)?
      • Neighbor on Queen who does exercise happy hours on Fridays
      • Neighbor slip and slide
    • Tech Dump
    • National Night Out
  • Volunteer proofreaders (soon after 7/4)
    • Charlie

7:40    Board Recruitment

  • Discussion on how to increase interest in joining the Board. Seems to be a lack of awareness about the open positions despite multiple social media blasts, etc.
  • What about bringing back neighborhood happy hours for more face-to-face discussion about the work we do with interested neighbors?
    • Red Wagon host? Lola? Vin?
    • Could also be more intentional about having these conversations at our new ANA Tent at events.

7:55    Coordinator Report

  • Learning the ins and outs of the new projector
  • Capacity reduction in the coming months with personal commitments all falling concurrently. Ask is that committee members take on Lauren’s tasks, facilitate Board discussions, etc when Lauren is unable.
  • New accountant (Claire) contract updates
    • Exec committee is discussing how to manage expectations and will be handling the contract negotiations internally.

8:05    ANA Committee Updates

  • Green Team
    • New, final rain garden contract with Metro Blooms is signed.
  • Safety, Equity & Outreach
    • Scaling back, group direction is leaning toward consolidating with Community Engagement
  • Community Engagement
    • Looking into sponsorships for Summer Jam
    • Motion to approve $550 for band, face painter, and face paint for Summer Jam. Passes unanimously
    • Motion to approve $700 for tent with custom ANA insignia AND weights to hold it down in the wind! Passes unanimously

8:15    New Business

Meeting adjourned at 8:20


  • June 3 – Movie in the Park
  • June 14 – Green Team Meeting (7:00-8:30pm, Zoom)

May 17, 2022 Minutes

ANA Meeting Minutes: 2022 Annual Meeting

5/17/22 / 6:30 PM / Armatage Park


Eli Johnson, Ethan Komoroski, Sharla McIntosh-Ziegler, Kevin Ross, Charlie Wolfe

NOT IN ATTENDANCE: Samantha Bild, Vikisha Goberdhan, Janhel Leandre, Judy Vecere, Nikki Lindberg


Lauren Anderson (Coordinator), Jordan Nelson (Armatage Park Director), Dennis Houle (neighbor), Julie Gramentz (Unwind Within and neighbor), Marion Greene (Hennepin County Commissioner D3), Cathy Abene (Parks Commissioner D6), Kevin Brown (neighbor), Tara Brown (Green Team member, neighbor), Linea Palmisano (W13 council member, council VP)


This is our 2022 Annual Meeting. Updated financials were sent via email.

6:30    Welcome and Introductions (Kevin Ross)

6:35    Updates from Elected Representatives

  • State Representative Jamie Long
    • Had to testify at the legislature, could not attend
  • Parks Commissioner Cathy Abene
    • Natural resource-forward agenda
    • Youth-focused funds from the last board are under lock and key, developing plans for deploying those investments and other 4 year outlooks now.
    • Chris DesRoches, MPRB, is managing the trails and sport courts from a “surface treatment” perspective.
  • County Commissioner Marion Greene
    • Bread and butter work is human services, roads and bridges, transportation, library,
    • Housing: affordability crisis is happening. During early stages of the pandemic, Hennepin County purchased a number of hotels to house folks. Now converting them to Single Room Occupancy. There’s a social worker on staff and other support services on site.
    • Economic Development: supporting small businesses, creating networking opportunities for folks in their job training program (Pathway program links them directly to county jobs)
    • Climate: final version of Hennepin County Climate Action Plan voted on in about the last year. Writing up a Zero Waste Plan for the county
    • Redistricting: Armatage will no longer be in Commissioner Greene’s district. We’re getting absorbed by Debbie Goetell’s district. Now 4 commissioners have Minneapolis in their district, which she views as a sweet opportunity.
  • City Council Vice President Linea Palmisano
    • Future of public safety, future police chief public hearings recently.
    • Gov’t restructuring committee: legislative and executive.
    • BIHZ Committee confirmed Community Planning and Economic Development director Andrea Brennan and Regulatory Services director Saray Garnett-Hochuli
    • Tree planting initiative. 200k trees for $1 million. Carbon credit offset program is starting with this effort, not much detail but sounds neat.

7:05    Growing Together: Stress Management & Relaxation Techniques with Julie Gramentz, Unwind Within

  • Julie walked us through some movements that we should use once per hour during our day to keep us from stiffening into hunched over sculptures. This included neck mobility, posture practice, back stretches, and breathing exercises.
  • She gave us a “sniffer”: a saturated wick of her proprietary (you’ll have to ask her) Breathe essential oil mix. It truly was refreshing.

7:35    Neighborhood Updates & Board Election Information

  • Green Team
    • Continued/Ongoing efforts: Spring and Fall neighborhood cleanups, Zero Waste stewards at events, raingarden program
    • Regenerative farming, soil health education series in March
    • Applied for and received $30k in grants to increase the scope of the raingarden program to include more equity. Also can set $10k of that money towards a natural vegetation barrier/pollinator garden at the Tot Lot.
  • Community Engagement
    • Past year
      • Spring Tea and Blooms
      • Summer Food Truck Night
      • Halloween and Holiday Light Tours
    • Upcoming
      • Summer Food Truck Festival
      • Home Maintenance Fair
  • Safety, Equity, and Outreach
    • Past year
      • Meet Your Community Helpers Event
      • Jim Crown of the North screening
      • Safety Campaign
      • Tech Help for Seniors
    • Upcoming
      • Movie in the Park
      • Renter pop up event
  • Board Election
    • New candidates close at 9PM on 5/17. Voting thru 5/24
    • 3 candidates running for the 5 open seats
      • Nikki Lindberg
      • Sharla McIntosh Ziegler
      • Kevin Ross

7:45    New Business/Closing

Meeting adjourned at 7:46


  • Jun 2 – Community Engagement Committee (6:00-7:00pm, Outdoors at Armatage Park)
  • Jun 7 – Safety, Equity & Outreach Committee (6:00-7:00pm, Outdoors at Armatage Park)
  • Jun 9 – Green Team Meeting (7:00-8:30pm, GT Member Backyard TBD)
  • Jun 10 – Summer Movie in the Park: Back to the Future (8:50pm, Armatage Park)
  • Jun 11 – Garden Evolution FREE Workshop (10:00-11:30am, Armatage Community Center)
  • Jun 21 – Monthly Meeting (6:30-8:30pm, Outdoors at Armatage Park)

April 19, 2022 Minutes

ANA Meeting Minutes

4/19/22 / 6:30 PM / Zoom


Eli Johnson, Ethan Komoroski, Nikki Lindberg, Sharla McIntosh-Ziegler, Kevin Ross, Charlie Wolfe

NOT IN ATTENDANCE: Samantha Bild, Vikisha Goberdhan, Janhel Leandre, Judy Vecere


Lauren Anderson (Coordinator), Jordan Nelson (Armatage Park Director), Sarah Komoroski


Updated financials were sent via email.

6:30    Welcome and Introductions (Kevin Ross)

6:35    Park Update (Jordan Nelson)

  • The park hosted additional programming over spring break
  • The park board hosted an in-person buoy-draw event for summer lake buoy usage
  • Summer Rec+ full (waitlist) and fall is almost full already
  • Hiring summer staff (prefer 16+ but the parks do have some opportunities for younger teens through Team Teenworks)
  • Saturday is the city-wide clean-up for Earth Day, and the park is hosting the ANA’s Tech Help for Seniors event
  • May 14 the park will also be hosting two ANA events: Garden Tool Swap and Pet-fest

6:40    Comments from Community

  • The board discussed adding a standing agenda item to encourage regular community comments (2-3 minutes/person; anything longer would need to added as a regular agenda item)
  • We have examples of language from a couple other neighborhoods to help lay some groundwork/foundations of expectations. The board will develop this language over email.
  • This will start in June.

6:50    Approval of March Minutes & Financials

  • Discussion regarding the ANA mask policy. We are requesting masks at the indoor Tech event in particular because distancing is not an option. Will continue to evaluate the recommendations and levels of illness to help determine when masking at ANA events is requested or required.
  • Nikki will be out of town for the May meeting. Ethan has volunteered to take notes during the annual meeting.
  • Motion to approve the March minutes. Seconded. Carries. 

6:55    Renter Engagement Fall Event

  • Date selected: Sept 17 / 10-noon (will be reaching out to the LWV to coordinate voter registration at this event) at the Washburn Tot Lot
  • Organizational Partners
    • LWV/voter registration
    • Homeline (Nikki and Charlie to reach out)
    • SEO will discuss other renter focused services to invite
    • Tables available to borrow from neighbors, ANA and Nikki
    • Plan to have some sort of treats for kids
    • Will be mailing a targeted invitation to encourage participation

7:05    Annual Meeting & Board Election Final Details

  • Speaker & Agenda Update
    • Kevin (welcome, intros, ANA key messaging)
    • Elected reps: Palmisano, Greene, Long (tentative) (10-min each)
    • Julie from Unwind Within (20-minute keynote)
  • Set-up, take-down & tabling volunteers (Lauren has list)
  • Committee updates (will do printed sheets with info from each committee and financial summary) and 3-minute presentation from each
  • Kevin to close and present election info
    • We have one community member who has expressed interested in running for the board
    • Requested to reach out to neighbors to see if there is any other interest
    • Will try to reach out to area businesses/organization over social media (Kevin & Lauren)
  • Will evaluate location near the park outside for set-up (likely by the archway)
  • Bad weather plan is to move indoors (ANA and park have masks and hand sanitizer, if needed)
  • Election team (Lauren has list)

7:25    Update from Council Member Palmisano

  • She came directly from an in-person open house in Fulton about the proposed development at 50th & Beard. This is one of four developments proposed in Fulton this year. As a neighborhood, Fulton has set forth goals to support affordable housing and address environmental impacts for any development in their neighborhood. She expressed an appreciation for being with people again, and the ability for people with different perspectives to come together and discuss, listen, learn and civilly interact.
  • Her office hosted a hybrid public safety forum (there were about 100 in-person and 100 online participants).
    • Mount Olivet did a great job of creating a quality experience for those attending both in-person and virtually.
    • Panel participants included people from the behavioral health team, the head of juvenile  corrections, a city attorney, and Inspector Blackwell from the MPD
    • Several elected officials were in attendance as well
    • The community input guided the discussion, and tried to show how the system works, types of consequences, how decisions are made, etc.
  • Council will be discussing the approach to homelessness and encampments next week and hopes for better coordination with the county
  • They have heard a lot of positive feed-back around the Final Four and the free events hosted by the city
  • A question was raised about the funding of the Open Streets events. There has been some confusing messaging around this issue, but fundamentally the city and Our Streets had come to an agreement for 2022-2024. After that agreement was signed, Our Streets has come to the city requiring additional funding beyond the scope of the initial agreement. They are working together to see how they address these additional needs, and will do what they can to have 2022 events, and may have to go out for proposals again depending on this year’s negotiations.

7:55    Transition to In-person Meetings Update

  • AV Equipment Needed
    • Kevin said a donation from the U is a good possibility, and more likely after the end of the semester in May
    • Other items on the ANA wishlist: laptop or tablet, microphone/speakerphone
  • Committee Plans for meetings: will mostly be outdoors, but will be taking it back to each committee to see what they want to do

7:55    Coordinator Report

  • Training tomorrow morning for Lawns to Legumes. Budget remaining $3,000 could help with staff support, as this looks to be somewhat involved.
  • Uploaded items to our YouTube channel (to help off-load Zoom)
  • Will be stepping down from Kenny (facing a lot of personal challenges in the next year)

8:05    ANA Committee Updates

  • Green Team
    • Lawns to Legumes program grant recipient ($25,000)
    • Washburn tot lot natural barrier ($5,000)
    • Clean-up event on Saturday
    • June 11 Gardening as you Grow Older
    • Soil health series (on YouTube) and great panel event
    • Partnering with other neighborhoods and Mayflower for Tech Dump event on September 24 at Mayflower Church (including anything that has data). Asking for a max of $250 per partner (but could get some donations at the event)
    • Motion to commit up to $250 from the ANA for the Tech Dump event. Seconded. Carries.
  • Safety, Equity & Outreach
    • Tech Day for Senior event Saturday 1-3
    • Next meeting May 3
  • Community Engagement
    • Talked about ways to follow-up (email, phone calls, tablets/sign-up sheets at events)
    • Senior workshop (Oct 1, 10-12, topic: home maintenance)
    • Food truck festival
      • Trying to secure a band
      • 5 food vendors committed
    • Pet Fest on May 14 (
      • Pet food and supply drive
      • Animal chiropractor / Rescue / Woof Central / Caricature artist / Obedience demos / and much more!

8:20    New Business

Meeting adjourned at 8:22


  • April 23 – Earth Day Clean-up (9:30am-12:00pm, Armatage Park)
  • April 23 – Senior Tech Day (2:00-4:00pm, Armatage Park)
  • May 3 – Safety, Equity & Outreach Committee (6:00-7:00pm, Zoom)
  • May 5 – Community Engagement Committee (6:00-7:00pm, Zoom)
  • May 12 – Green Team Meeting (7:00-8:30pm, Zoom)
  • May 14 – Pet Fest (2:00-4:00pm, Armatage Park)
  • May 17 – Annual Meeting (6:30-8:30pm, Zoom)

March 15, 2022 Minutes

ANA Meeting Minutes

3/15/22 / 6:30 PM / Zoom


Eli Johnson, Ethan Komoroski, Nikki Lindberg, Kevin Ross, Judy Vecere, Charlie Wolfe

NOT IN ATTENDANCE: Samantha Bild, Adriana Dobrzycka, Vikisha Goberdhan, Janhel Leandre, Sharla McIntosh-Ziegler


Lauren Anderson (Coordinator), Jordan Nelson (Armatage Park Director)


January meeting minutes approved via email. Updated financials were sent via email.

6:30    Welcome and Introductions (Kevin Ross)

6:33    Park Update (Jordan Nelson, Armatage Park Director)

  • Winter sports wrapping up this week
  • Spring and summer sports and programming open for online registration
  • Scholarship and fee waiver programs have been updated by MPRB. Complete an application and qualify for $300 per person to spend city-wide on park programs
  • Due to the teacher’s strike there are additional school-age programs available

6:40    Transitioning to In-person Meetings

  • Multi-purpose room at the park is available on Tuesdays or Thursdays at this point
    • May need to do either/or (in-person or Zoom) not hybrid because of budget and personnel limits
    • Plan to move in-person outdoors (May-Oct). If needed, indoors would require masks.
    • Would like to continue with a mask policy (due to not all having kids eligible for the vaccine) as well as those with immune-compromised family members
    • We (as well as the park) have lots of masks still on hand for any who attend
    • Board can make a decision for the board. Committees can decide for themselves.
  • Motion to transition to in-person meetings in May for the board (allowing committees to make their own choice). Seconded. Carries

6:55    Approval of February Minutes & Financials

  • Motion to approve the February minutes and financials. Seconded. Carries. 

6:45    2020-2021 CPP Annual Report

    • Did a walk-through of the report to ensure that it is accurate and comprehensive
  • Motion to approve the 2020-2021 CPP Annual Report. Seconded. Carries.

7:00    Safety, Equity & Outreach Update

  • Tech Day for Seniors (Sat, April 23 | 1:00-3:00pm)
  • Will not be doing the Community Helpers event and will be re-focusing on more education and community discussion focused (as part of meetings vs additional events)

7:15    Annual Meeting & Board Election
    [May 17 (outdoors if possible) 6:30-8:00]

  • Julie from Unwind Within will be a speaker (focus on stress/relaxation techniques)
  • Topic: Growing Together
  • Jamie Long plans to attend, as do Marion Greene & Linea Palmisano
  • Seats up for election: Sam, Nikki, Sharla, Kevin, plus 2 open seat (1 year and 2 year)
  • Kevin, Ethan, Charlie, Nikki (6pm) to help set up
  • Potential food (something reusable)

7:35    Coordinator Report:

  • Add Comments from Community Item to Agendas
  • Meeting Materials Options (Online, PDF, Projector)
    • Hope to source used equipment (projector and free-standing screen)
    • Leverage tech available (Google Slides)
    • Minimize printed materials
    • Project what we can via slides
  • Help Needed to Share ANA Programs/Events
    • So many events this spring and we need to each do our part to help share, like, etc.  through social media to help reach the most neighbors we can
    • If you want to help do posts, just let her know and she will get you connected

8:10    ANA Committee Updates

    • Safety, Equity & Outreach
  • Motion to allow $20 towards drinks/snacks. Second. Carries.
    • Community Engagement
      • Great support from local businesses for the Pet Fest
    • Green Team
      • Soil Health (Kiss the Ground – can link for free or on Netflix) and expert panel (3 guests)
      • Earth Day Clean-up on April 23 (mostly managed by the city)
      • Lawns to Legumes (still waiting to hear – should know later this month)
      • Another grant through City – People for Parks grant (due tonight)
        • Requires some matching funds. There is $ in a fund slated for environmental greening ($4,000 available in NRP). Should know in June if we get this grant.
        • Built in a maintenance plan to help the success of the plantings
  • Motion to approve up to $1,000 matching funds in support of this grant for plantings at the Washburn Tot Lot. Second. Carries
    • Depot update (Frey vetoed with caveats – 6 stipulations, that should be addressed soon, and the veto will be dropped) Note – Palmisano didn’t vote to support Chavez’s proposal, would have made it veto proof (but looks like it will move to be an urban farm)
      • Will be keeping an eye on the Upper Harbor Development Project

8:30    New Business

  • Welcome bag delivery – Ethan has some great ideas for people to connect with and stories to share. Great to do on social media (print space is very limited). We could highlight area businesses, too.

Meeting adjourned at 8:33


  • March 21 – Palmisano Presents on Public Safety (6:30-8:00pm, Teams & Mount Olivet)
  • April 5 – Safety, Equity & Outreach Committee (6:00-7:00pm, Zoom)
  • April 7 – Community Engagement Committee (6:00-7:00pm, Zoom)
  • April 14 – Green Team Meeting (7:00-8:30pm, Zoom)
  • April 19 – Monthly Meeting (6:30-8:30pm, Zoom)
  • April 23 – Earth Day Clean-up (9:30am-12:00pm, Armatage Park)
  • April 23 – Senior Tech Day (2:00-4:00pm, Armatage Park)
  • May 14 – Garden Tool Swap (9:00 am-12:00 pm, Armatage Park)
  • May 14 – Armatage Pet Fest (2:00-4:00 pm, Armatage Park)
  • May 17 – Armatage Annual Meeting (6:30-8:00 pm, Armatage Park)

February 15, 2022 Minutes

ANA Meeting Minutes

2/15/22 / 6:30 PM / Zoom


Vikisha Goberdhan, Eli Johnson, Ethan Komoroski, Nikki Lindberg, Sharla McIntosh-Ziegler, Kevin Ross, Judy Vecere

NOT IN ATTENDANCE: Samantha Bild, Adriana Dobrzycka, Janhel Leandre


Lauren Anderson (Coordinator), Jordan Nelson (Armatage Park Director), Cathy Abene (Park Board), Charlie Wolfe, Joyce Cundiff


January meeting minutes approved via email. Updated financials were sent via email.

6:30    Welcome and Introductions (Kevin Ross)

6:35    Park Update (Jordan Nelson, Armatage Park Director)

  • Rec centers back to normal hours (3-9, sat 12-6, sun)
  • Fire and Ice – great event and thanks for the help from the board. Estimate 150-200 people at one point in time.
  • Spring/Summer program registration opens March 2 online (from tots to seniors)
  • Most rec centers are hiring, including Armatage and Kenny

6:40    MPRB District 6 Update – Commissioner Cathy Abene

  • Work colleagues with Kevin for 14 years
  • Kids (just grad) and 2 washburn seniors and they have enjoyed working for the parks (plus gets babysitting jobs on top of it)
  • Sw area quiet on the capital improvement projects. Elected Meg Fornay president (as one of 2 returning members) and opted to have co-chair to help transitions
  • Co-charing housing committee. (w/ Dist 3) and many partners
  • Co-chairing  legislative agenda/ bonding programs 1-governor 2-waterworks facility 3-(perpetual) grand rounds missing link along 280 4-green infrastructure creeks // also focused on youth programming (under 24) // put forth policy
  • Current board has several more parents serving, 3 teachers, several who have kids who have or do participate in the public park system
  • Lots of respect for the superintendent al bangor
  • Question about youth programming that might affect us: broadly across the city, want to encourage more park identity building
  • Diamond sports, skateparks, – might have planning committees for some of these particular areas and how they should be looked at throughout the entire system (schools, club, etc.)
  • She does water resource engineering at the U // with her lens, wants to make sure water quality is considered (along with equity, etc.) and push on relationships (City, Watershed, etc.) and focusing environmental work in our parks and systems
  • What does the park board have regarding work plans? Next Wed they are having a public meeting about strategy for the next 4 years, around the superintendent’s goals.
  • Ethan / how do we use the park land as a climate resiliency tool? IE Hiawatha — issues around rising ground water at Nokomis // respecting our natural resources is part of the mission and heart of what park lands represent // finding a way to quantify it key, must value it
  • Funding for tree canopy, plantings…how to we steward the land and its future role
  • Minnehaha watershed plan – but some had broken down…and 3 commissioners + district 5, getting together to talk about what is holding it back

7:00    Open Board Seats

  • Two open seats. Two candidates. Charlie Wolfe (intro) interested to find a spot where he can help.
    • Motion to elect Charlie Wolfe the board (through May 2023). Seconded. Motion carries.
  • Emily Rawsted (hold off until she can attend)

7:05    Annual Meeting & Board Election Planning

  • Topic & Speakers – May 17 (outdoors if possible)
    • 6:30-8:00 (need to stick to shorter timeframe with it getting dark)
    • Theme: Growing Together
      • Welcome signs
      • Speaker idea: dept of innovation, hr dept mental health, (? good speaker at HCMC, Laurie) // Ethan, Charlie will work on ideas for speaker choices
      • Reps: Palmasano, Long, Greene
  • Board Recruitment
    • Those up for re-election will be contacted about running again
    • Request to current members to encourage new members
    • Reminder that a board member can be a representative of a business or organization in the neighborhood
  • Election Timeline
    • Candidate register April 15 through May 17
    • Online guide and voting May 18-26
    • Results announced online May 27
  • Volunteers
    • Election moderators (3-4): Ethan, Charlie, Vicky

7:25    Spring Newsletter – Lauren

  • Content & Timeline
    • Mar 15: Article deadline
    • Mar 15-21: Layout
    • Mar 22: Draft sent to volunteer editors (Charlie, Sharla, Stephanie)
    • Mar 27: Edits due
    • Mar 29: Final pdf sent to Jerry’s Printing
    • Arrives in mailboxes by April 15
  •  Articles
    • Annual meeting
    • Rain garden program (maybe grant)
    • Board Spotlight: Eli
    • Senior Tech Day (April 23)
    • Spring Clean-up (April 23)
    • Armatage Pet Fest (May 14) and volunteer recruitment (qr code)
    • Events calendar
    • If space permits:
      • Welcome bags
      • Block leader recruitment

7:40    Collaboration & Shared Resource Fund – Kevin, Sharla, Nikki & Judy

    • Exec committee met and discussed if we wanted to pursue and bring to the board. Natural fit seems Kenny. (have sort of the same 3 committees)
    • Deadline is Feb 28 (funding window through 2023 up to $15k) hopes we’d learn quickly if we are awarded a grant
    • Looking to get an exploratory meeting on the calendar with the Kenny exec board
    • Lynnhurst and Fulton interested
    • Could do some shared committee meetings / event planning and event itself (with Lauren’s time) conservatively saves $2,500/year per neighborhood
  • Motion to explore a collaboration for the grant. Seconded. Motion carries.
  • Will set up a meeting with Kenny

7:55    Coordinator Report:

  • ANA Calendar (
  • New Board Folder (bylaws, policies, calendar, roster, committee work plans, etc.) will be shared with members so folks have access to information and resources as needed
  • Website updates – can we use some of tech bundle to help with planning/staging as we update to a new WordPress platform

8:00    ANA Committee Updates

  • Green Team
    • Lawns to Legumes grant submitted. Hope to learn by the end of the month.
    • Next month Soil Health education series (view movie on your own, and then bring in experts to be part of discussions)
    • Senior workshop (moved to early June) Gardening as you Grow Older
    • April neighborhood clean-up in partnership with Kenny
    • Slothful book club – Overstory
  • Safety, Equity & Outreach
    • Cyber Seniors (April 24)
    • Policy and Government Oversight Committee (video of meeting) conversation around accountability
  • Community Engagement
    • Welcome bags (Kevin, Eli, Ethan)
    • Senior workshop end of Sept/early Oct – focus on home maintenance
    • Pet Fest (May 14) 2-4pm
      • Vendors: Sparrow, Zero-ish, Dreadlocks for Dingoes, People & Pets (food drive)
      • Tables: ANA, Dreadlocks, Animal chiropractor (?), Woof Central (?)
      • 2:15 parade
      • 3pm contest (categories tbd)
    • Next up will be planning for the Food Truck Festival

8:15    New Business

  • Approval of January minutes
    • Motion to approve and seconded (online). Motion carries.
  • Neighborhood election day

Meeting adjourned at 8:17


  • Feb 23 – 60th/Sunrise/58th St Repaving Meeting (6:30pm, Microsoft Teams)
  • March 1 – Safety, Equity & Outreach Committee (6:00-7:00pm, Zoom)
  • March 3 – Community Engagement Committee (6:00-7:00pm, Zoom)
  • March 10 – Green Team Meeting (7:00-8:30pm, Zoom)
  • March 15 – Monthly Meeting (6:30-8:30pm, Zoom)
  • ANA 2022 Planning Calendar  (link)


January 18, 2022 Minutes

ANA Meeting Minutes

1/18/22 / 6:30 PM / Zoom


Vikisha Goberdhan, Eli Johnson, Ethan Komoroski, Nikki Lindberg, Sharla McIntosh-Ziegler, Kevin Ross, Judy Vecere

NOT IN ATTENDANCE: Samantha Bild, Adriana Dobrzycka, Janhel Leandre


Lauren Anderson (Coordinator), Jordan Nelson (Armatage Park Director), Tara Brown, Council Vice President Linea Palmisano


December meeting minutes approved via email. Updated financials were sent via email.

6:30    Welcome and Introductions (Kevin Ross)

6:35    Park Update (Jordan Nelson, Armatage Park Director)

  • Buildings have returned to more restricted operations due to the recent Omicron surge, and will be open for programs but not open to the public. Warming room hours have been scaled back, but will still be open 7 days a week (4-7 weekdays; 1-5 Sat; noon-5 Sun)
  • Winter programs are underway (basketball, skating, gymnastics, adult yoga)
  • Fire & Ice event on Fri the 28th 6-7:30, skating, bonfire, s’mores, ANA tabling, mutual aid winter gear table, Armatage PTA tabling
  • Movie in the Park — probably in June (10/11 our first choice, later in June second choice), SEO plans to table and would like to hand out popcorn, movie selection TBD (suggestions: Back to the Future, My Girl) Watch for a list to generate ideas.

6:50    Ward 13 Update (Council Member Linea Palmisano)

  • Announced the addition of a new member of her team, Ruth Olson (long-time neighborhood coordinator and Armatage resident).
  • First public forum for 2022 will be focused on public safety, details in the works.
  • As the newly elected Council VP she hopes to work closely with Pres Andrea Jenkins (Ward 8). She thinks they will make a great team, as Andrea thinks big and she thinks details.
    • Working on committee assignments (some 60+)
    • Voters chose to change the government structure, and will be put in place in phases
    • Her office has received questions about a Snow Emergency not being declared after the  recent snowfall. The city crew felt it wasn’t necessary. If you have areas that are problematic, reporting through 311 will help prioritize where clean up is needed.
    • Linea asked how best she can connect with us and work with the neighborhood — the ANA is looking at a comprehensive plan for connecting with several of our representatives and will let her know the plan (see notes later in the meeting)
    • A question was raised as to the function of the audit committee and how it can be used for police oversight. This has been a priority and activity during her involvement on the audit committee and she’d like to see it as part of the system no matter the leadership. There is also an added legislative audit function (as a check on the mayor). Ultimately the audit committee’s key feature is its independence.

7:00    Special Election for Open Board Seat

  • No candidates applied. Will address again at a future meeting.
  • Ideally the seat would be filled asap, but we are able to have an on-the-spot election if someone steps forward.
  • Board needs to work on recruitment (are there people serving as committee members or parents from the community school who might be interested)
  • Seat term runs through May 2023 (and must be 18)

7:05    Vice President Midterm Election

  • Sharla was nominated to serve as Vice President. The nomination was accepted. Sharla was elected VP.

7:10    Lawns to Legumes Grant Opportunity – Tara B., Sarah, Eva

  • This is a state sponsored grant similar to the rain garden program, and focuses on plantings to support pollinators in both residential and park settings (includes plants, shrubs, trees, etc.)
  • The Green Team is seeking board approval to apply for the grant. If we are awarded the grant, we will address the financial commitment and whether or not we can meet the 10% match.
  • They see 2-3 projects in the park: The park would need to approve the plantings and agree to 5 years of pesticide-free maintenance. 1) Tot lot on Washburn (at the request of neighbors) for vegetation between park and alley; 2) Triangle on 58th St; 3) Area around the playground that would include signage about the rusty patched bumblebee
  • We have to have residents sign-up to be a part of the program (home owners that can display successful yardscapes) and expect we would need at least 7 and ideally between 7-10 participants.
  • Project management is still managed by Metro Blooms and the ANA. The grant would pay for the plants (with our 10% match) and would cost about $1,500 to the participant. Finance details will be finalized if the grant is awarded (these numbers are an educated guess).
  • Grant deadline Feb 5
  • We live in a priority 1 zone, so while very competitive grant, this does improve our chances
  • This would be in addition to the rain garden program, though we could slide some of our rain garden funding to this program.
  • Motion to support the green team grant application. Seconded. Motion carries.

7:25 Updates – Ethan

  • Joel, Lauren, and Ethan have been looking at the website. At this point, just looking at the top nav bar and where to house certain pieces of information.
  • Recommendation:
    • Home — running blog style
    • Donate
    • Get Involved
      • The committees
      • Board meetings
    • Events & Programs
      • Art Journal
      • Board meetings
      • Community helpers
      • Movie
      • Food truck nights
      • Clean ups
      • Rain gardens
      • Safety rebate program
      • Welcome bags
      • Light tours
      • Etc
    • About
      • News
      • Board & other meetings
      • Accomplishments
      • Financials
      • History
      • Policies
      • Our community
    • Resources
      • Need to clean up and trim down this section
    • Contact Us

7:50    Coordinator Report

  • City Contract – all of our policies were accepted. Now an approved scope of work is needed before work can begin. Lauren is meeting tomorrow to clarify what this means. A financial summary is posted to the website as part of these new city policies.
  • 2022 Annual Meeting Topic (May 17)
    • City-wide election day has been discussed but no details have been given to neighborhoods, so we recommend our regular 3rd Tuesday of the month meeting date
    • Who do we want to invite to speak? Should figure out our topic first
    • What topic do we want? Consider the categories from the equity sign / could do a Facebook poll to get some community feedback for the topic
    • We need to allow for nominations from the floor, so will need to tweak the voting process
    • Venue: hope we can host it outside at the park, masked indoors if weather is poor
  • Neighborhood Traffic Calming Process — Ethan is willing to look at the survey, and come back to the board with suggestions for an ANA response
  • Zoom Account — recommended that we share a Zoom account with Kenny which will give us more features
  • Fire & Ice (request for board members for tabling and helping volunteer)
  • Monthly meeting schedule (each quarterly)
    • Palmisano, City Council
    • Abene, Parks
    • Waisenen, Crime Prevention Specialist

8:00    ANA Committee Updates

  • Green Team
    • Have developed subcommittees to help focus on certain things: Lawns and Legumes, Slothful Book Club (“Overstory”), Movie/discussion (Kiss the Ground) around soil health and regenerative farming (March 24 panel discussion); Rain Garden program is in contact with renters; Senior workshop in May, gardening as you grow older
  • Safety, Equity & Outreach
    • Next meeting Feb 1 – Lauren met with Cyber Seniors regarding our April event
    • Will be working on sharing some tips for public safety, especially about the car jackings
  • Community Engagement
    • Welcome bags, mini grants (pausing), finalized fall Senior Workshop focused on home maintenance; Pet Fest (May 14) from 2-4pm at the park with parade, contest (open to ideas: person who most looks like their pet, best dressed, best trick); committee members are reaching out to tons of area business that support pets, as well as could do other event treats for non-pets, etc.

8:25    New Business

  • Reminder for some board members to get bios to Lauren.

Meeting adjourned at 8:25


  • February 1 – Safety, Equity & Outreach Committee (6:00-7:00pm, Zoom)
  • February 3 – Community Engagement Committee (6:00-7:00pm, Zoom)
  • February 10 – Green Team Meeting (7:00-8:30pm, Zoom)
  • February 15 – Monthly Meeting (6:30-8:30pm, Zoom)