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March 17, 2020 Minutes

Meeting Minutes

Date: March 17, 2020

Format: Virtual meeting held via Zoom

Called to Order: 6:33pm

Presided by: Joel Federer (President)

Note taker: Brett Anderson

Board members in attendance: Adam Miller, Ryan Antkowiak, Lauren Anderson (Coordinator), Michael Kootsikas, Patty Grabski, Adriana Dobrzycka, Judy Vecere, Joel Federer, Brett Anderson, Rachel Ireland-Henry (Accountant)

Others in attendance: Linea Palmisano (Council Member, Ward 13)

Board members absent: Tyler Mulcahey, Donte Mearon

Welcome & Introductions

Update from Council Member Linea Palmisano

  • Transportation action plan in progress
    • Look for ways to participate online
  • N2020
    • Palmisano Presents Forum for N2020 scheduled for 3/24 has been canceled
    • Pushing to extend public input period – Likely a decision coming soon (likely to postpone)
  • Covid-19
    • State of Emergency at the City level declared – streamlines decisions to Mayor’s office.  Council approves after instead before (so less oversight)
    • Will be a City website for Covid-19 information resources
    • Sign up for e-news updates with Palmisano – these updates will keep you up to date on City decisions

May Meeting/Elections

  • Annual meeting/elections was on the calendar for May 19th
  • Possibility exists of doing online meeting and online elections
  • For elections can do a simple self-reporting on address and where you live as means of qualifying to vote.
    • More simple/low tech the better.
    • Could do bios online ahead of time and provide election results after the meeting.
  • Board expressed a desire to delay the annual meeting/elections until at least June.  Will start communicating this in April.
  • Board will need to make decisions soon on other future events such as movie in the park, organics workshops, etc.

Covid-19

  • ANA can serve as a centralized place (i.e. website and social media) where people can turn for help.
  • ANA could help people connect if they need assistance like snow shoveling.  ANA could also gather information and provide it on the ANA website in one consolidated place (e.g. Byerlys store hour changes).
  • If you come across helpful information like this send to Lauren and she can consolidate and put on website, send in newsletters, post on social media, etc.
  • Spring Newsletter being held until early May instead of early April due to the events

N2020 Strategy

  • Board to start thinking about how to tell the story to the neighborhood – should be simple.  That is why neighborhoods matter.
  • A base amount of $25K/year doesn’t seem politically palatable per Lauren’s conversations with CM Palmisano and other electeds.
  • Brett, Lauren, Joel, and Ryan to work on communications pertaining to N2020 including a draft letter for residents to send to elected(s) and NCR.
    • Needs to be clear so that we have a clear ask for neighbors and what we want them to say in their feedback.
  • While CM Palmisano supports a higher base amount of $25K, other City Council members likely do not.
  • Thoughts on ANA feedback strategy are to acknowledge that ANA supports the equity work of the City but to survive needs a larger annual base, e.g., $15,000.

Other Business – None

President’s Report 

  • Judy to continue term and serve as Treasurer until May 2021.

Minutes approved via email

Financials sent out via email – no questions

Committee Updates

  • Green Team
    • Organics grant: Update on the grant, there is a delay due to Covid-19 and grant period will hopefully be extended
      • Plan to purchase organic starter kits ($10/each); these will go to any resident signing up for organics recycling the first time.
      • ANA/Green Team could also do a home visit with a pair of volunteers bringing the starter kit to the resident.
      • Considering doing organics recycling lawn signs for those that have signed up already as this bumped up participation rates for organics recycling in other neighborhoods.
      • Plan to do a Pop up event at the tot lot along with events such as workshops.
      • Grant is for $10K with half allocated to staff time.  Will be able to bill some of Lauren’s time to this.
    • One thought is in the future to shift the ANA board focus to green team activities due to the high interest in the neighborhood and the lower future money available.
    • Rain gardens update:  Projected to be some cost savings of approximately $1500. Plan to offer $200 to anyone that meets the low-income qualifications (<=200% of the federal poverty limit).
  • Mini Grants
    • Deadline closed.  Received 3 proposals.  Quality of proposals were really good.
      • Green triangle at Penn and 58th
        • Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board is open as long as any project works within the soon-to-be-passed plan for the park.
      • Welcoming equity committee of Armatage school – support to bring in speakers.
      • Support for greening in the internal courtyard of Armatage.
      • Talk about the equity grant in our N2020 communication/letter to highlight work we are doing.
  • Summer Festival
    • Will try to do dunk tank this year
    • Will have a 50/50 raffle
  • Complete Count Meeting
    • We have paused due to Covid-19 but the plan is to meet virtually this month via Zoom.
    • Joel has been doing Census posts on social media.
    • Lauren to follow up with state to see if we are unable to have a large outreach event (due to Covid-19) if we are able to keep/use the money for something else.
    • May be the opportunity to do something similar to a letter/campaign if we have funding.

Meeting Adjourned: 7:51pm

February 18, 2020 Minutes

Meeting Minutes 

Date: February 18, 2020

Called to Order: 6:34PM

Presided by: Joel Federer (President)

Note taker: Adam Miller

Board members in attendance: Tyler Mulcahey, Sara Fulton-Koerbling, Brett Anderson, Lauren Anderson (Coordinator) Adam Miller, Michael Kootsikas, and Judy Vecere

Others in attendance: Rachel Ireland-Henry (Accountant), Jordan Nelson (Park Director) – Michael Jishka (CAC Board member), Kate Hersey (Minnesota Tool Library), and Jennifer Waisanen (5th Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator)

Board members absent: Donte Mearon, Ryan Antkowiak, and Adriana Dobrzycka,

February 18, 2020 Agenda 

6:30pm Welcome & Introductions 6:35pm Park Update – Jordan Nelson (Park Director)

  • Ice rink will remain open until the end of February. Summer sports registration will be opening soon.
  • Southwest Minneapolis Parks Master Plan and the Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Master plan comment period is open.

6:40pm Minnesota Tool Library – Kate Hersey, Executive Director

  • The Executive Director of the Minnesota Tool Library (MTL) provided a presentation and overview of the MTL and how they have structured their organization.
  • Considerations for creating a tool library include membership structure, fiscal sponsors, tool selection, staffing, inventory system/policy, liability policy, and space needs.
  • MTL currently serves 1,100 members and they have three (3) membership levels: Standard ($120/year), Premium ($250/year), and Basic ($55/year).

7:00pm 2019 CPP Report

  • Discussion about requested information was discussed and clarified for submission to the City of Minneapolis.
    • Motion to approve CPP report. Motion carries. 

7:15pm Other Business – Guest: Michael Jischke, CAC member

  • Southwest Minneapolis Parks Master Plan and the Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Master plan has been revised. This plan addresses the concerns about the continuity of the Minnehaha Parkway.
  • The plan improves the water quality of Minnehaha Creek, including water treatment prior it entering the creek. A canoe slip near Upton and 54th will also be added.
    • The 45 day public comment period will open soon.

7:20pm President’s Report

  • Neighborhoods 2020 Update
    • Funding levels for neighborhoods are still being considered by the Minneapolis City Council.
  • Open Board Seats
    • Three board seats will be open in May.

7:30pm   Minutes – Approved via Email

Treasurer Report – Financials Emailed

7:35pm Safety Update – Jennifer Waisanen, 5th Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator

  • A report with incidents and crime statistics for Armatage was provided to the ANA Board. Overall crime was low in the neighborhood last year.

7:55pm Committee Updates

  • Green Team:
    • 2/26 Organics Recycling Workshop: Lauren will lead a workshop on the organics recycling program in Minneapolis.
  • Mini Grants:
    • Final Outreach for 2020 Cycle
    • The board reached out to the Armatage school about the program, particularly for after school care.
    • One mini-grant application has been submitted so far.
  • Summer Festival

8:10pm Coordinator Update:

  • SW Parks Master Plan Designs
  • Census Grant
    • The ANA applied for and received $750 to help with the count for the 2020 Census.
  • Hennepin County GROW Organics Recycling Grant
    • Up to $10,000 is available to help improve the organic recycling usage rate in Armatage. A proposal was drafted and submitted to the Green Team for their review and approval. The grant provides for staff, demonstrations, and materials.
  • Renew Adobe Creative Cloud membership
    • Motion to spend $360 on another year of Creative Cloud. Motion carries. 

8:40pm Adjournment

  • Motion to Adjourn Approved 

January 21, 2020 Minutes

Meeting Minutes: 

Date: January 21, 2020

Called to Order: 6:30 PM

Presided by: Joel Federer (President)

Note Taker: Michael Kootsikas

Board Members in Attendance: Ryan Antkowiak, Sara Fulton-Koerbling, Brett Anderson, Adiana Dobryzycka, Donte Mearon, Patty Grabski, Michael Kootsikas, Lauren Anderson (Coordinator), Joel Federer

Others in Attendance: David Rubedor (Director of NCR) and Casey Carl (City Clerk)

Board Members Absent: Adam Miller, Judy Vecere, Tyler Mulcahey, Rachel Ireland-Henry (Accountant)

  • 6:30: Welcome and Introductions
  • 6:35: Park Update (Jordan)
    • Ice Rink
      • Open through presidents day
      • Pretty good numbers / usage
    • Fire and Ice
      • Tree lights will be up
  • 6:40: 2020 Plan – David Rubedor (Director of NCR) and Casey Carl (city Clerk)
    • 2020 Census
      • Every 10 years – full count of residents as of April 1, 2020
      • Extremely important to get correct count. Accurate numbers help set:
        • Political boundaries on all levels
        • Congressional seats – MN at risk of losing a congressional seat (from 8 to 7)
      • Working towards getting people accounted for
        • About 96,000 people estimating to not be accounted
        • 2.6$ Billion in the community Fed funding in Minneapolis that we’d lose without the census being correct over 10 years
        • Children under 5 are most at risk to being under counted
      • Census bureau underfunded compared to previous census
        • 10 vs 3 regional stations in Minnesota
      • Going online for the first time
      • 3 rounds of postcards before enumerator knocks on your door
        • 1st is for online registration
        • March 15 is first round of postcards
      • David Rubedor’s ask: to have ANA help advertise and make people feel comfortable to give their information to the government
      • Language translation For other languages, help is available
      • Grants are available for event that ANA could host. Grant dollars can go towards food
    • 2020 Elections
      • Grants are available for event that ANA could host. Grant dollars can go towards food
      • Registering to vote is the biggest hurdle for voters
        • Can do it online
      • Not doing caucus for president – 2 party  ballots system instead
        • Republican and Democrat – only get one of those party ballots
        • Pick a party and sign an oath
        • Data will not be public information (even though required to collect it). Each party will get ALL the data
        • Run like an election but not an election
      • Feb 25 – Caucus will still happen
        • All other business besides President
      • Casey’s ask of ANA is to try to get people to register
      • April 1, 2021 – census date is given back
  • 7:05: Minneapolis Foundation Grants – to get people registered
    • ANA would need to host an event. ANA had discussions about hosting it prior to the Annual Meeting
  • 7:10: Chili Cook-off
    • Volunteers for setup / takedown – Adriana, Donte, Ryan
    • 7 entries thus far for cook-off
    • Celebrity judges: Bookclub chef, Colita
  • 7:25: Summer Festival Planning Committee
    • Planning needs to begin now
    • Looking for more volunteers
    • First meeting is Friday, February 7th at Book Club from 4-5 PM
    • Volunteers: Joel,  Michael, Ryan, Lauren
  • 7:35: Sister Neighborhood Pilot Presentation – Denis Houle
    • We try to find a fellow Minneapolis neighborhood to:
      • Meet the board members, discuss issues, discuss events
    • Denis sees a big difference between each neighborhood
    • Vision is to network with the other neighborhoods and grow together
    • Denis willing to network with other neighborhoods to find appropriate neighborhoods that are different / unique from Armatage
  • 7:50: Neighborhoods 2020
    • Discussed CURA formulas and pros and cons to each as they are trying to achieve racial equity goals
    • Goal is for Board Members and community to stay engaged with 2020 Neighborhood funding
  • 8:10: President’s Report
    • May Annual Meeting
      • Looking to get guest speaker(s) for meeting. Ideas for presenters: Neighborhoods 2020, Park Update (improvement plans), School Redistricting
        • Other presenters: Linea Palmisano, Jamie Long
      • Try to do a census event. Possibly get David Rubedor (Director of NCR) to help
    • Sara Fulton-Koerbling, Board Member, no longer an Armatage resident and will no longer have a vote. She will be resigning her board seat between now and the Annual Meeting in May
    • December minutes approved online
  • 8:15: 2019 Expenses & Financials Recap
    • Biggest takeaway – we’ll need to readjust our expenses should funding get cut dramatically
    • Armatage got all additional funds under contract NPP
    • Future funding decisions TBD
  • 8:20 – Green Team
    • Organics Recycling Event – February 26
      • MOTION – $500 for Green Team / Organics Activities Budget for 2020
        • APPROVED
    • Mini-Grants
      • They have launched for 2020 and applications are now open. No applications yet.
      • Working towards more outreach, advertising and engagement
  • 8:28: Other business
    • Try to get additional help for meal train for Brett Anderson and Adam Miller
    • Reminder to participate in gift card payment for Brett Anderson and Adam Miller
  • 8:30: MOTION – to adjourn
    • APPROVED

December 17, 2019 Minutes

Meeting Minutes

Date: December 17, 2019

Called to Order: 6:30pm

Presided by: Joel Federer (President)

Note taker: Ryan Antkowiak

Board members in attendance: Adam Miller, Ryan Antkowiak, Sara Fulton-Koebling, Lauren Anderson (Coordinator), Michael Kootsikas, Patty Grabski, Donte Mearon, Adriana Dobrzycka, Judy Vecere, Joel Federer, Tyler Mulcahey, Rachel Ireland-Henry (Accountant)

Others in attendance: Linea Palmisano (Council Member, Ward 13), Jordan Nelson (Park Director), Veronica Quito (resident)

Board members absent: Brett Anderson

6:30pm Welcome & Introductions

6:35pm Update from Council Member Linea Palmisano

  • Here to discuss the budget and to provide an update on Pedestrian Safety which are intertwined
      • The city budget process ended Friday
        • Palmisano was the chair of the budget committee and was therefore very involved with this process. Provide great detail about the process and highlighted that as modifications to the original budget take place, any modifications need to be offset elsewhere.
        • Palmisano proposed budget reform but it did not pass; unsure how to proceed here as she feels it will get lost or will be overlooked as we move into a Presidential election year; on the backburner for now
      • Majority of budget goes to Public Works, Fire & Police and to the City department
      • Social services falls under the county
    • Palmisano advocated for better collaboration with the county to more specifically address violence prevention.
      • As part of the final budget, funding that was earmarked for 14 FTE was redirected to improving the training of the policy force. The current training facility is undersized, old and not safe based on modern standards.
        • Also working to get state funding to develop a new training facility
      • Palmisano was proud of these efforts and thinks this is a positive step into helping our police force evolve with the times
    • Pedestrian Safety Update
      • Vision Zero is beginning to be implemented which ultimate goal is to have zero traffic deaths
        • Areas of focus
          • Projected future street use
          • Review of bus routes and stations
          • The movement of people and goods
          • Reasonable and technically defensible
          • Reducing speed limits (where appropriate)
          • Addressing unsafe driving behaviors (distractors such as texting)
        • Pillars of Vision Zero
          • Create equity
          • Eliminate economic disparity as it relates to traffic
          • Utilize data to drive decision making
          • Incorporate and engage the community
          • Be accountable and transparent
        • Significant efforts being made towards education, communication and enforcement
          • One such example: Gang Interdiction Unit
            • Goal is to legally remove a gang member and in doing so show them a better path forward; eliminating the need for and reliance on a gang

7:05pm Park Update

  • Park Director, Jordan Nelson provided a park update
    • Ice rinks are under construction; no open date set but expected in the next 1-2 weeks. Signage on Penn once open.
    • Youth Sports is about to kick off. Over 250 kids signed up for basketball. So much demand needed to contract gym space from Burroughs.
    • 1/24 – Fire & Ice event

7:15pm Chili Cook-off & Fire on Ice event

  • Board Member, Adam Miller provided an update
    • New event this year (Chili Cook-off)
      • Logistics coming together
      • Intend to have 12 contestants
      • Attendees of Fire & Ice can sample the 12 chili’s for $5. Funds will be split between Park and ANA.
      • ANA to provide supplies and a trophy
    • Board approved funding for this event – $105

7:25pm ANA 2020 Planning

  • Board President Joel Federer unveiled a working calendar of all of the events, activities and communications ANA is involved with.
    • With proposed 2020 budget changes, encouraged board members to think about what projects/events they are most passionate about. Expected as a board we will need to step up our volunteer efforts to put less on the coordinator.
    • This could further be needed in 2021 and beyond depending on final budget decisions.

7:30pm  Staffing Contracts:

  • Coordinator
  • Accountant
    • Board President Joel Federer dismissed current coordinator (Lauren Anderson) and current accountant (Rachel Ireland-Henry) from this discussion
      • Discussion of current city budget for staffing as well as our 2019 hourly requirements for both positions
        • Some discussion on how this may change if we see a budget cut; reiterated need for board to step up their efforts to help the coordinator
      • Unanimous desire to retain both the current coordinator and accountant
    • Accountant
      • Offered a contract for 2020. Requested better communication as we approach a budget maximum. Better metrics.
    • Coordinator
      • Discussion surrounding necessary hours (board felt these could be reduced slightly as Lauren no longer has the learning curve she had in her first year) as well as making compensation more inline with other coordinator wages.
        • Offered a contract for 2020. Reduction in hours from an average of 19 hrs/week to 18 hrs/week. Increase in wage as well to fall more in line with average.
    • Both the account and coordinator accepted the board offers

8:15pm Minutes – approved via email

Treasurer Report – financials emailed

8:17pm Committee Updates:

  • Mini Grants 2020 Round
      • Subcommittee already meeting on this and expect demand in 2020
  • Green Team February Organics Recycling Workshop
      • Lauren Anderson (Coordinator) to lead workshop. Recycling is a major passion for Lauren; thrilled to lead the workshop.

8:25pm Adjourned

November 19, 2019 Minutes

Meeting Minutes

Date: November 19, 2019

Called to Order: 6:32PM

Presided by: Joel Federer (President)

Note taker: Brett Anderson

Board members in attendance: Tyler Mulcahey, Sara Fulton-Koerbling, Donte Mearon, Brett Anderson, Lauren Anderson (Coordinator), Adam Miller, Michael Kootsikas, Adriana Dobrzycka, Judy Vecere, Sara Fulton-Koerbling

Others in attendance: Rachel Ireland-Henry (Accountant), Nikki (Park Department), Jordan (Park Department), and three neighborhood members

Board members absent: Patty Grabski, Ryan Antkowiak

November 19, 2019 Agenda 

6:30pm     Welcome & Introductions

6:35pm     Park Staffing Change – Nikki has left as Park Director replacing her is Jordan Nelson.  Jordan introduced himself.

6:45pm     ANA Plan Modification – Lauren, Sara, and Joel presented on the ANA Plan Modification

  • Overview of City funding for neighborhoods
    • Overview of current funding for ANA.  Currently receive approx. $31K per year from the City via CPP
    • Have $222,500 of non-contracted funds from NRP funds. Plan mod is to put them under contract
    • N2020 Overview
    • FAQ on neighborhood organizations what they do and don’t do
  • Draft funding plan presented to the community in October
  • Community engagement process
    • Overview of the community process ANA engaged in
  • Summary of community feedback received
    • Pedestrian safety, park improvement, green initiatives, senior support, non-child based activities for neighbors of different ages
  • Proposed plan
    • Funding amounts are for 4 years of services.  Total is $222,500.
    • For the $15K that was left for community suggestions the $15K was proposed to be allocated to Pedestrian safety, park improvements, and green initiatives based on the proportion of persons suggesting it be used for each of those areas.
    • Presented final proposed plan with the updated totals to include the $15K referenced above.
  • Comments from attendees – max 1 min each
    • Question from Audience: What is pedestrian safety and what can we as a neighborhood use that on:
      • Answer: smaller grass root things (e.g., can organize crosswalk people to usher people across at busy intersections, reflective leashes for pets).
  • Final edits to funding plan
  • Voting process – board and those in attendance who are eligible to vote (18+ age, Armatage resident or business representative)
  • Next steps if approved are a legal review with the City and then NRP policy board reviews and approves on 1/21/19.

Motions:

  • Motion for the board to consider and vote on each component of the plan modification separately, motion approved.  
  • Motion to transfer $40,000 to existing Neighborhood Priority 2.1.4 Raingardens from the following sources:
    • $69.70 NRP Phase II Plan 1.1.1. Youthstart Work Program
    • $2,500.00 NRP Phase II Plan 1.1.2. Youth Involvement Program
    • $463.55 NRP Phase II Plan 1.1.3. After School Educational Support Programs
    • $7,373.93 NRP Phase II Plan 1.1.1. Responsible Driving Program
    • $29,592.82 NRP Phase II Program Income 1.1.1. Home Improvement Program.  Motion approved.
  • Motion to transfer $15,000 to existing Safety Priority C.1.2.1 Community Safety (Safety Rebates) from the following sources:
    • $2,831.02 NRP Phase II Plan 1.1.1. Home Improvement Program
    • $3,395.27 NRP Phase I Plan 1.A.2. Home Improvement Program
    • $8,773.71 NRP Phase II Program Income 1.1.1. Home Improvement Program.  Motion approved.
  • Motion to transfer $6,000 to existing Neighborhood Priority 2.1.7 Informal Gatherings from the following source:
    • $6,000.00 NRP Phase II Program Income 1.1.1. Home Improvement Program.  Motion approved.
  • Motion to transfer $14,000 to existing Neighborhood Priority 2.1.10 Mini Grants from the following source:
    • $14,000.00 NRP Phase II Program Income 1.1.1. Home Improvement Program.  Motion approved.
  • Motion to transfer $4,000 to existing Neighborhood Priority 2.1.8 Improve Park Facilities from the following source:
    • $4,000 NRP Phase II Program Income 1.1.1. Home Improvement Program.  Motion approved.
  • Motion to transfer $78,500 to a new Neighborhood Priority for Staffing from the following sources:
    • $51,055.00 NRP Phase II Plan 1.2.1. Pedestrian Scale Lighting/Banners
    • $2,350.00 Program income 1.2.1. Pedestrian Scale Lighting/Banners
    • $16,000.00 NRP Phase II Plan 1.4.1. “Know Your Neighbor”; Program
    • $9,095.00 NRP Phase II Program Income 1.1.1. Home Improvement Program.  Motion approved.
  • Motion to transfer $44,000 to a new Neighborhood Priority for Community Engagement from the following source:
    • $44,000 NRP Phase II Program Income 1.1.1. Home Improvement Program.  Motion approved.
  • Motion to transfer $17,000 to a new Neighborhood Priority for Traffic Calming & Pedestrian Safety from the following source:
    • $17,000 NRP Phase II Program Income 1.1.1. Home Improvement Program.  Motion approved.
  • Motion to transfer $4,000 to a new Neighborhood Priority for Environmental &amp; Greening Programming from the following source:
    • $4,000 NRP Phase II Program Income 1.1.1. Home Improvement Program.  Motion approved.

7:30pm Coordinator Update

  • Upcoming projects:
    • Chili Cook-off – to be done during Fire and Ice.  Adriana, Adam and Donte volunteered to work with Lauren to plan this event.  The group to discuss with Jordan (Park Board) food permit.
    • Office Clean-out – Due to the water damage need to clean out the ANA office.  Judy to help Lauren. If anyone else is interested please contact Lauren.

7:40pm Other Business – None

7:45pm President’s Report 

  • Judy is stepping down from her board seat in 7 months.  The next board member will have approximately 1 year remaining from Judy’s term.

7:50pm Minutes – approved via email

Treasurer Report – financials emailed

7:55pm Committee Updates

  • Green Team:
    • 2020 Rain Garden program – For 2020 the $10K will be spread out among 15 rain gardens to allow more people to participate and get some subsidy.  In general the subsidy will go down. However, the group is still discussing offering additional income based grants which were introduced last year.
    • There was a nice bump in people signing up to adopt a drain after the latest eblast.
    • The group is considering doing some organics recycling outreach in 2020
    • Question: Can we require zero impact or offer more $ to events that we are supporting if they comply?  The board seemed interested in exploring this in the future especially for Park Board events.
  • Mini Grants:
    • 2020 Mini Grants dates
      • There will be one cycle in 2020 with up to 4 grants for $1000 each awarded
      • The program will be announced and open on January 7th 2020 and the deadline will be February 28, 2020.  Awards are expected to be announced Mid-April.
      • Anyone interested in participating in the process should contact Adriana.

Meeting adjourned at 7:29 pm

October 15, 2019 Minutes

Meeting Minutes

Date: October 15, 2019

Called to Order: 6:30pm

Presided by: Joel Federer (President)

Note taker: Donte Mearon

Board members in attendance: Lauren Anderson (Coordinator), Michael Kootsikas, Patty Grabski, Donte Mearon, Adriana Dobrzycka, Judy Vecere

Others in attendance: Nikki Fredricks (Park Director)

Guests: Clara Schmit- Gonzales and Mah Isaac (City of Minneapolis Department of Regulatory Services), Emma Pachutta (Minneapolis Park & Rec. Board on Parks for All Compressive Design),

Board members absent: Adam Miller, Ryan Antkowiak, Sara Fulton-Koebling, Brett Anderson, Rachel Ireland-Henry (Accountant)

6:30pm Welcome & Introductions

6:35pm Nikki Fredricks (Park Director)

  • Winter programs. Basketball registration. Hockey and wrestling available at Lynnhurst
  • $500 was not enough money to fill skate inventory. They are looking into alternatives live donated and second hand skates.
  • Possible chili cook off fundraiser during Fire and Ice event
  • Looking for volunteers for Trick or Treat Trail
  • Halloween in the Park
    • Motion for $900 to pay for horse and wagon, storyteller, entertainment at event
    • Motion passed

6:45pm Clara Schmit-Gonzales (Traffic) Mah Isaac (Housing) with Minneapolis Regulatory Services

  • New website to check 30 years worth of regulatory services violations – tinyurl.com/violationsdashboard
  • Mah is the Housing Inspector

7:00pm Emma Pachutta from Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

  • Park board comprehensive plan for years 2007-2020. Next plan will be a 20 year plan. Boards mission is safety, sustainability, visionary leadership, and work with shared values of the neighborhoods.
  • Plan is for all of the park and not individual ones. Plan draft early 2020
  • Painted comment boxes are in district parks for feedback. They are collecting over 3000 pieces of raw data to come up with metrics for success

7:20pm Coordinator update

  • Plan Mod Outreach
  • Flyers – Door knocking routes were selected
  • Social media outreach – Board members needed to review comments and data
  • Motion to approve $50 for treats for Tot Lot Pop up. Approved
  • Motion to approve up to $100 for glow sticks and give away items for Halloween table. Approved

7:35pm Council Member Linea Palmisano Ward 13

  • 2040 Plan to build affordable housing at 50th and France parking structure
  • Vision zero survey – www.visionzerompls.com
  • Speed limit consistency
  • Minneapolis Police Department training facility

8:15pm Minutes from September meeting will get approved by email

8:15pm Treasurer’s report emailed

8:20pm Green Team

  • 20 volunteers and about 20 bags of trash and leaves
  • Adopt a drain
  • Rain / Native gardens wrap up & 2020 plans

8:25 Mini grants

  • Update on mural project:
    • Working with Cave Vin and Red wagon to paint parking lot walls
    • Will use social media and ANA events to get in put about mural subject
  • Thermal camera project is up on website and in the fall newsletter and neighbors are signing up to borrow it.

8:30 Adjourned

September 17, 2019 Minutes

Meeting Minutes

Date: September 17, 2019

Called to Order: 6:35PM

Presided by: Joel Federer (President)

Note taker: Patty Grabski

Board members in attendance: Sara Fulton-Koerbling, Donte Mearon, Patty Grabski,
Joel Federer, Brett Anderson, Ryan Antkowiak, Lauren Anderson (Coordinator) Adam
Miller, Michael Kootsikas, Judy Vecere

Others in attendance: Rachel Ireland-Henry (Accountant)

Board members absent: Adriana Dobrzycka, Tyler Mulcahey

  • The ANA discussed its draft plan to reallocate remaining, unspent neighborhood
    funds to keep programs and community services going for approximately the
    next 4+ years should there be a gap or significant decrease in City funding. Bob
    Cooper and Aryca Meyers from the City of Minneapolis were in attendance to
    answer questions on ANA’s remaining funds and draft plan.

    • Category items and dollar allocations were discussed, particularly areas
      that were decreased in allocation going forward: mini grants, staffing and
      safety rebates
    • Estimated current budget is $241,500, plan mod total is $209k, leaving
      $16k uncontracted which will need to be allocated by November
  • More information will be shared starting October 15 for community members to
    give feedback on the draft plan through the ANA’s fall print newsletter, on
    armatage.org, in the eNews, on social media, as well as at outreach events
    (Halloween at the Park, a Washburn Tot Lot pop-up play date, and the November
    18 neighborhood meeting where a final vote will take place).

    • A key requirement will be to give a minimum of 21 days notice to the
      neighborhood
    • The board discussed creating teams to door knock to solicit resident
      feedback
  • Summer festival download, key learnings
    • Food vendor setup was an improvement over last year
    • Significant increase in revenue over recent years
    • Screen printing was successful – few kinks to work out to improve
      efficiency
  • Fall and Winter upcoming programs
    • Litter B Gone – all is set for 10/5 event; discussed social media outreach to attract volunteers; see budget request below
    • Halloween party
      • Discussed volunteers to staff a board table
    • Park tree lighting
      • Vote passed to simply light trees and cancel ‘event’ with sleigh, lighting, etc. Supporting details include cost, difficulty in scheduling/ choosing a date near holidays, potential for inclement weather
  • Budget items The board approved motions for the following items:
    • $600 to wrap lights on two trees in Armatage Park next to the skating rink again this year,
    • $20 for warm drinks at the Green Team&#39;s upcoming Litter Be Gone clean-up on October 5,
    • A budget increase to $250 for each Neighborhood Happy Hour plus $40 (including tip) from the ANA cash account due to increased attendance at the events,
    • $200 for new shelving and organization in the ANA office.

Meeting adjourned: 8:35pm

September 25, 2019 eNews

September 17, 2019 Meeting Recap

  • The ANA discussed its draft plan to reallocate remaining, unspent neighborhood funds to keep programs and community services going for approximately the next 4+ years should there be a gap or significant decrease in City funding. Bob Cooper and Aryca Meyers from the City of Minneapolis were in attendance to answer questions on ANA’s remaining funds and draft plan.
    • More information will be shared starting October 15 for community members to give feedback on the draft plan through the ANA’s fall print newsletter, on armatage.org, in the eNews, on social media, as well as at outreach events (Halloween at the Park, a Washburn Tot Lot pop-up play date, and the November 18 neighborhood meeting where a final vote will take place) .
  • The board approved funding to wrap lights on two trees in Armatage Park next to the skating rink again this year, for warm drinks at the Green Team’s upcoming Litter Be Gone clean-up on October 5, to increase the budget for Neighborhood Happy Hours (including tip) due to increased attendance at the events, and for new shelving in the ANA office.

Armatage Litter Be Gone Clean-up

Saturday, October 5
9:00-11:00am

Meet at Book Club (5411 Penn Ave S)

Join the Armatage Green Team to help clean up our neighborhood streets and sidewalks as part of the citywide Litter Be Gone events! This is a perfect volunteer opportunity for children, teens and adults! Plus all volunteers will get 50% off food thanks to the generous folks at Book Club Restaurant after the event!

Learn more and sign up at https://forms.gle/2JR9BvkLATXobqrw9  Huge thanks to Book Club for their support!  Rain date: October 12.


Funding for Neighborhood Organizations Expires in 2020

We need your help! Funding for neighborhood organizations is set to expire in 2020 and Minneapolis City Council is planning to vote soon on whether or not to continue funding neighborhood organizations, who provide many services to their communities including summer festivals, rain garden grants, micro grants, security rebates and more.

If you find value in these or other services provided by your neighborhood organization and would like funding to continue, please let City Council know with the sample letter at armatage.org/n2020



Last Southwest Parks Master Plan Meeting

At its final meeting, the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) will finalize recommendations for each park (including Armatage Park, the Washburn Tot Lot and the 58th & Oliver Triangle). All meetings are open to community members. For more information on the project, visit www.minneapolisparks.org/sw

Community Advisory Committee Meeting #16 – Final Recommendations
Monday, Oct. 7, 5:30 – 8:30 pm (note the longer duration than previous meetings)
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center, 4055 Nicollet Ave S
Light dinner and passive children’s activities provided.


The 10th annual Washburn Games

A non-competitive sports sampler for kids ages 4 – 12 to support the Washburn Center for Children
Sunday, September 29
1:30 – 4:30 pm
Bryn Mawr Meadows in Minneapolis
Register online at:
www.washburngames.org

Kids + 3 hours of recess + giving back to the community = The fun-filled Washburn Games ! Kids ages 4 – 12 can try a variety of sports like soccer, volleyball, lacrosse and more, along with crafts, music and fun! Participants can discover their favorite sport (before you sign them up for a season they don’t like) and give back to support their peers through the Washburn Center for Children, Minnesota’s leading nonprofit children’s mental health center.

All participants receive a t-shirt, medal, goodie bag & the joy of helping others. $10 minimum donation per child in advance ($15 day of event). Register today for the September 29 event: www.washburngames.org



Posters for Parks

Saturday, September 28, 2019
4:00 – 9:00 pm
This year’s event will feature 41 artists showcasing their parks-inspired prints, available for just $45 each. Just like in years past, 50% of all sales will go toward People for Parks’ efforts to support community-driven projects and ideas in Minneapolis public parks. The other 50% of each sale will go to the artist. Artist previews – sneak peeks – event information and more on Facebook!


Change Matters – Sleep Matters

The Wedge and Linden Hills Co-ops have chosen My Very Own Bed as their October Change Matters partner. Change Matters is a register round-up program that promotes the work of local non-profits and invites shoppers to provide critical funding by rounding up their purchases.

My Very Own Bed provides new beds and linens to children in our community who would otherwise be sleeping on the floor or sharing a bed with a parent or sibling. We focus on beds for kids because of the amazing power of sleep to help kids thrive. Healthy sleep helps children fight off illness, enhances growth, improves self-regulation and stress control, and aids learning. We also believe that all children deserve at least a small, comfortable place to call their own.

In October, shoppers at the Wedge Co-op, Wedge Table, and Linden Hills Co-op will be asked to round up their purchases to support My Very Own Bed. Each $200 raised will provide front-door delivery of a new bed and dream kit (new, twin-sized sheets, blanket, mattress pad, pillow, and stuffed animal) to another child. The stores will also collect these dream kit items.

Questions? Reach out to info@myveryownbed.org.

June 25, 2019 eNews

June 18 Meeting Highlights:

  • The ANA held Officer Elections for President, Treasurer, and Secretary:
    • President (2 year term) – Joel Federer
    • Treasurer (2 year term) – Judy Vecere
    • Secretary (1 year term) – Rotating among board members
  • The board voted to approve funds for each of the following:
    • Supplies for the Movie in the Park
    • ANA’s summer ads in the SW Journal.
    • Neighborhood lawn signs and digital marketing for Summer Festival.
    • Printing and mailing Armatage News in July.
  • Summer Festival is under two months away!  The deadline to apply to sponsor, table at or as a food vendor is July 11.
  • 5th Precinct Inspector Amelia Huffman & Crime Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Waisanen from the Minneapolis Police Department gave an overview of recent crime activity in the neighborhood.

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Upcoming meetings/events
Jul 9 – Neighborhood Happy Hour (7:00 – 9:00 pm)
Jul 16 – Monthly Neighborhood Meeting (6:30 – 8:00 pm)
Jul 17 – NCEC Elections (6:00 pm, Crown Roller Mill – 105 5th Avenue South)
Aug 6 – National Night Out
Aug 11 – Summer Festival (4:00 – 7:00 pm)



Sign up for the Armatage Summer Festival

Sunday, August 11
4:00 – 7:00pm

The ANA is looking for neighborhood businesses, food vendors, artists/makers, and community organizations to participate in this year’s Summer Festival. Sign up by July 11 to sponsor the event, table, serve food, or donate a raffle prize.

The Summer Festival is a great way to connect with attendees, highlight your work, and get lots of recognition for making this much-loved event possible. Our 2018 Summer Festival brought out tons of neighbors to enjoy music, great food vendors, an awesome car show, raffles, and fun and games for kids of all ages.

Interested in sponsoring the event? Sponsors are featured in neighborhood communications that reach every address in Armatage, in advertising for the event, on our website, through our social media channels and the eNews, and are recognized at the event through a banner or lawn sign (attendance ranges from 500 – 1,500). To sponsor the Summer Festival, visit our website at https://armatage.org/events/summer-festival/ or contact our Coordinator at anacoordinator@armatage.org.


Feedback Needed on Southwest Park Designs

The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board is in the midst of discussing updated concept designs for parks and park-owned properties in Southwest Minneapolis.

The plan for Armatage Park will be discussed at the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) Meeting tonight (Tuesday, June 25)! Snacks, refreshments and passive children’s activities are provided. Please contact Cindy Anderson at 612-230-6472 or canderson@minneapolisparks.org to request language, access or interpretation accommodations.

Lynnhurst Subcommittee Meeting #2
Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 5-6 pm
Fuller Recreation Center, 4802 Grand Ave. S
Focused on Lynnhurst Park & Minnehaha Creek Plans

CAC Meeting #10
Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 6-8 pm
Fuller Recreation Center, 4802 Grand Ave. S

CAC Meeting #11 *if needed
Thursday, July 11 2019, 6-8 pm
Lynnhurst Recreation Center, 1345 W Minnehaha Parkway

CAC Meeting #12 *if needed
Thursday, July 25, 2019, 6-8 pm
Pershing Recreation Center, 3523 W 48th St.

Can’t make it?

Minnehaha Creek Master Plan

New concept designs are also available for the Minnehaha Creek Master Plan. Follow the link above for more information on that project.


Local 4th of July Celebrations

Staying in town for the 4th? The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board put together a great list of celebrations and event in the parks and around Minneapolis!


Join the Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC)

Representatives of Minneapolis neighborhood and cultural communities sit on the NCEC and advise the Mayor and City Council on a wide range of community engagement issues. Armatage is in District 2, and our area is in need of someone to represent our district! Learn more about the NCEC and apply to run by June 30. Elections are July 17 at 6:00pm at Crown Roller Mill, 105 5th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55401.


Southdale Library Building Project

The Hennepin County Board authorized staff to negotiate a lease agreement to relocate Hennepin County Library – Southdale to the nearby Southdale Center mall last week.

Under the current proposal, mall developer Simon Property Group will demolish the former Herberger’s building and construct a new building that would house the library. Construction will start in 2020 with completion anticipated in 2022.

In 2015, due to the age of the building and projected cost, the county determined that renovations to the nearly 50-year-old library building would not be prudent. As a result, Hennepin County developed a strategy to relocate services housed at the library. The service center relocated to Southdale Center in 2016. District Court functions also moved out of the building in 2019.

Building the library at the Southdale Center allows for seamless library services, as the library won’t have to close during construction. The new location, accessible by public transit, may also attract new library patrons. Sign up for updates on the project here.


National Night Out

Tuesday, August 6

Learn more about NNO and register your block today! Register by July 23 and your permit to close your street for National Night Out is free!

July 16, 2019 Minutes

Meeting Minutes

Date: July 16, 2019

Called to Order: 6:34PM

Presided by: Joel Federer (President)

Note taker: Sara Fulton-Koerbling

Board members in attendance: Tyler Mulcahey, Sara Fulton-Koerbling, Donte Mearon, Patty Grabski, Brett Anderson, Ryan Antkowiak, Lauren Anderson (Coordinator) Adam Miller, Michael Kootsikas, Adriana Dobrzycka

Others in attendance: Rachel Ireland-Henry (Accountant), Ira Jourdain, MPS Board member, Nikki Fredericks (Park director), Stephanie Vigen
Board members absent: Judy Vecere

July 16, 2019 Agenda 

6:30pm     Welcome & Introductions

6:35pm        Guest: Ira Jourdain, Minneapolis Public Schools Board Member – MPS Comprehensive District Design

  • Transportation
    • Driver shortage/recruiting
    • Real time transit app
  • Referendum-$30 million
    • $18 million: General fund allotment—staffing, curriculum, health care coverage
    • $12 million: Technology fund
  • State Budget Funding
    • General Fund 2% State Funding Increase, $176 increase per student across the district, a little over $10 million overall
    • Math Development/Fund Balance
      • New math curriculum, last updated in 2007
        • Call for parents to review curriculum will be uploaded to the district website
  • Comprehensive District Design
    • Overview school pathways, current plan options, programming
      • Tire mulch 95% replaced across the school pathways, Armatage to be finished by end of 2019
      • Children in district 6, 85-95% of students attend their assigned district.
        • Working on student counts, class sizes, and integration
        • Potential change in attendance boundaries—information coming jan/feb 2020
        • start times will be adjusted in SY 2021
        • Washburn high school CTE move to Minn North HS
    • option 1-no changes
    • option 2-divide the city into two sections—more school choice
    • option 3-divide the city into four quadrants-fewer transportation issues
    • Community engagement and timeline
      • Board meetings, last Thursday of the month at the Davis center
      • Will be attending community events throughout the summer

7:05pm     Park Update:

  • Sports registration open—soccer and flag football increased age levels increased
  • Ice skate request: enough funds to acquire 2 pairs of each size of skates, repair and sharpen existing skates.
  • Pickle ball lines put in at Kenny and started a pickle ball league. Two courts: $425 for installing lines.

7:15pm     Summer Festival Final Details

  • Screen printing
    • Single design running on two screens
      • Tote bags and pricing for byo shirts
      • Motion for the board to purchase screen printing paint, extra screen, and tote bags for $400. Motion approved.
  • Event volunteer schedule
    • Two shifts during event. 3:45-5, 5-7:15, not including set up and tear down.
    • Two ANA tables
  • Board t-shirts
    • Outsource printing or print inhouse during training. Deadline to order is this week
    • Motion for the shirt to include the logo and ‘armatage’ on the front, up to $14/shirt. Motion carries
    • Motion for the shirt to not include the logo, but text of armatage. Motion fails.
    • Motion for the board members to wear personal shirts with ANA board buttons in lieu of printing shirts. Motion carries, and overrides previous motion to print shirts.
  • Zero waste (Green Team)
    • 3 zero waste stations, 2 volunteers per station, 2 different shifts. Extending call for volunteers from Green Team and Next door to fill spots.
  • Tables and raffles
  • 21 18×24 lawn signs at freeway exits, high traffic areas, Patty and Tara C. to install on 8/1
  • Set up and take down
  • Lawn games-locate: frisbee toss, giant jenga, baggo, bocce,
  • Face painters confirmed, 5 food trucks confirmed.

8:00     Other Business

  • Move to spend $750 on PHP upgrade for ANA website. Motion carries.

8:10pm        President’s Report

  • Updated park plan is out. Provide feedback to Lauren if you haven’t already
  • Neighborhoods 2020 neighborhood boilerplate language. Motion to approve language submitted and post publicly so residents can contact their representatives. Motion approved.
  • Board Potluck Celebration-two dates, August 25th or August 18th. Final date announced by Friday

8:10 pm     Minutes – approved via email

Treasurer Report – financials emailed

8:15 pm     Committee Updates

  • Green Team:
    • Save the date for Mpls Litter Be Gone Clean-up – Oct 5 Mark your calendars
  • Mini Grants:
    • Approve 2019 Grant Recipients
        • Three proposals, with recommendation to approve two
            • Thermo-camera to complete energy audits
            • Mural with community participation, with mural location confirmed.
        • Motion to fund thermo-camera mini grant at $594. Motion carries.
        • Motion to fund $1000 for mural mini-grant pending approved location in Armatage. Motion carries.

8:25 pm        Coordinator Update

  • Business facade grant application: 2211-2215 54th street. Environmental review completed. Estimated $11k,
  • Washburn Tot Lot Celebration date & volunteers August 22nd 5:30-7:30
    • Motion to approve up to $250 for Popsicles and bubbles, compostable cups and water. Motion carries.
  • NCEC Elections
  • No ANA meeting in August
  • Lauren out of town 7/16-7/23

Meeting adjourned at 8:37 pm