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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 & 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'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

June 18, 2019 Minutes

Meeting Minutes

Date: June 18th, 2019

Called to Order: 6:32PM

Presided by: Joel Federer (President)

Note taker: Tyler Mulcahey (Secretary)

Board members in attendance: Tyler Mulcahey, Sara Fulton-Koerbling, Donte Mearon, Judy Vecere, Patty Grabski, Brett Anderson, Ryan Antkowiak, Lauren Anderson (Coordinator)

Others in attendance: Rachel Ireland-Henry (Accountant)
Board members absent: Adam Miller, Adriana Dobrzycka

Officer Elections for President, Treasurer, and Secretary

  • Elected President (2 year term) – Joel Federer
  • Elected Treasurer (2 year term) – Judy Vecere
  • Elected Secretary (1 year term) – Rotating amongst board members

Officer Reports

  • President’s Report
    • Thank you to everyone for helping out at the annual neighborhood meeting last month!
    • Discussion around blanket statement to respond to neighbor e-mails, messages, etc. in favor of neighborhood funding. This will also be good to include in the next newsletter. Joel will draft this up and bring it to the July meeting.
    • Discussion around a board get-together – maybe a grill out after the summer festival at Joel’s place or a park?
  • Secretary Report – April minutes approved via e-mail. No May minutes due to annual neighborhood meeting.
  • Treasurer Report – financials e-mailed

Park Update

  • Movie in the Park – Motion for the board to cover $20 for lemonade and $40 for bug spray for a total of $60. Motion approved.
  • $500 request for skate purchasing & refurbishing – Motion to table this request until Nikki can provide a more detailed list of items needed (i.e. costs).

Summer Festival Planning

    • Entertainment activities – ArtStart, Magic by Bruce,  KidZone, 3rd Lair
    • Food vendors – KCM Eggrolls, Red Wagon, Sonny’s Ice Cream.
    • Sponsor update – Eli Johnson is sponsoring Magic by Bruce. Kelly O’Neil is likely sponsoring car show. Will have lawn signs for each sponsor.
    • TapMpls (booked)
    • Facepainting search
    • Car show – We are using the full parking lot this year. Ryan Antkowiak will be the board member volunteering to help.
    • Sponsor/exhibitor recruitment volunteers  – Table costs $50 for non-profits, $75 for politicians/people running for reelection, and $100 for businesses.
    • Summer marketing & communications
      • SW Journal
        • Motion to add $130 to existing SW Journal ad spend allocation. Motion approved.
      • Summer newsletter – Motion to approve $1,400 for summer newsletter. Motion approved.
      • eNews –
      • Social media (timing and budget?) – Should do about $100 in Facebook ads
      • Armatage Park signs – $12.75 per lawn sign x 10 = $127.50

Motion to approve $250 for advertising budget for the summer festival. These funds are to be used for lawn signs and Facebook advertising. Motion approved.

NPR Phase II Contract Closeout

Motion to transfer the following NRP Phase II funds through a Plan Modification:

  • $6,356.77 from Housing Coordinator (Housing 1.1.1., Home Improvement Program) to Neighborhood Newsletter (Community Life 1.3.2)
  • $1,377.62 from Housing Coordinator (Housing 1.1.1, Home Improvement Program) to Implementation (Community Life 2.1.1)
  • $2,350 from Pedestrian Scale Lighting and Neighborhood Identity Banners to Home Improvement Program
  • $2,350 from Home Improvement Program Income to Pedestrian Scale Lighting and Neighborhood Identity Banners

Motion approved.

Other New Business

No new business

Guest: Jennifer Waisanen & Inspector Amelia Huffman, Minneapolis Police Station 5th Precinct

  • Amelia Huffman introduced herself as the new 5th Precinct Inspector. 25th year with the Minneapolis Police Department. Update on Fulton neighborhood break ins – no suspects.
  • Jennifer Waisanen went over the Armatage Crime Report from 01/01/2019 through 06/17/2019

Committee Updates

  • Community Engagement:
    • July happy hour – July 9th from 7-9pm at Red Wagon Pizza
    • Movie in the Park: Princess Bridge. Thanks to Donte, Sara, & Patty for volunteering!
  • Green Team:
    • Rain & native garden program – all slots full and 10 people on waiting list
    • 6/1 Rain & Native Garden Tour – had a good list of folks who allowed neighbors to come view their rain & native garden tours
  • Mini Grants
    • Application update – We have 3 applications in so far
    • Process after application deadline (June 15)

Coordinator Update

  • Selection of NCEC Elector & Alternate Elector (Date of election now 07/17/2019) – These spots are available if anyone from ANA wants to run for them
  • Kenny/Armatage Neighborhood Garage Sale update – We had 66 signed up. There was no registration fee this year.

Meeting adjourned at 8:01pm

April 16, 2019 Minutes

Date: April 16th, 2019

Called to Order: 6:35PM

Presided by: Joel Federer

Note taker: Lara Bergman

Board members in attendance: Stephanie Vigen, Michael Kootsikas, Brett Anderson, Judy Vecere, Lauren Anderson (Coordinator)

Others in attendance: Rachel Ireland-Henry (Accountant)

Board members absent: Tyler Mulcahey, Ryan Antkowiak, Tara Brown

Park Update- Nikki Fredich

  • Summer registration underway
  • 150 kids at egg hunt, 450 total, continue event moving forward
  • Movies in the Park: June 19th Princess Bride @ Armatage, Aug. 7th Into the Spiderverse at Kenny
  • 30 tables max in storage, 5-10 new tables? Mighty lite 8” banquet tables ~370
  • Park equipment needs: 5-10 new Mighty Lite Banquet Tables ( ~$370/ea), folding chairs, Nikki to follow up with Tara about skates
  • Tot lot celebration- this will not be a formal opening, but a neighborhood supported event in June.

Annual Meeting Planning- Joel

  • Agenda:
    • Welcome/pizza: candidates give a short speech, 7 seats- 3 open, 4 re-election
    • Election- Dennis will tally votes
    • Linea Palmisano (15 minutes)
    • Overview- Joel
    • Mini grants- Stephanie (10 minutes)
    • Rain gardens- Green Team/ Lauren
    • Safety rebate program- Joel
    • Penn & 54th Safety- Ryan
    • Summer festival- Michael
    • Neighborhoods 2020- Brett
    • Q/A  (20 minutes)
    • Election results/ wrap around 8pm
  • Each person presenting at the meeting should prepare no longer than a 2 minute explanation and 1-2 powerpoint slides per topic. Lauren will send out a template.
  • Microphone & Projector to be located
  • Red Wagon pizza, cookies from Costco and Flowers from Wagners as in past years
  • Up to 5 gift cards to raffle off at the event- Lauren to ask Red Wagon, Lara to as Settergrens, Lola, etc

Motion to approve $500 for event food. Approved by the board.

Summer Festival Planning

  • Will be looking into sponsorship opportunities for tent, magician, car show, etc
  • We will hold a raffle with pre-sale tickets available and a board member will walk around selling tickets to drum up interest
  • Kidzone will be more expensive due to full day ($295) but no band this year
  • SW journal, Facebook, Nextdoor to advertise
  • Increasing wristband prices to $6/ea or $18 family maximum

Selection of NCEC Elector & Alternate Elector

  • Moved to June meeting. We will need two people to attend the June 20th election downtown

NRP Phase II Contract Closeout

  • This is ANA’s official 30 day notice. The new ANA board can vote in June.

Other New Business

  • none

President’s Report-

  • none

Secretary Report – minutes approved via email

Treasurer Report – financials emailed

Committee Updates

Green Team

  • Donation drive– constant flow of people, nextdoor worked, VA got the bulk, clothing, good quality. 117 boxes/bags. 12 orgs. Consider doing a focused one seasonally. Great job, green team!
  • Rain Garden Tour– June 1st

Mini Grants

  • One question, no applicants yet, big push at Annual meeting

Coordinator Update

  • Website update complete.
  • Lauren’s summary of monthly tasks was so board the board could see how hours are used
  • Rain gardens- 20 people already applied, all homeowners. Laurent to target ads to renters.
  • Garage sale- 4 people signed up,  it will be Fri/Sat this year
  • Nate Gotlieb from SW Journal wants to do an article on Tot lot. Lauren to connect him to Tara.

Motion to renew web hosting for $270. Approved by the board.

Final notes from Joel: Please submit candidate bio for the board to Lauren ahead of time.

Meeting adjourned 8:10pm

Next Meeting May 21, 2019 (Annual Meeting)

 

March 19, 2019 Minutes

Date: March 19th, 2019

Called to Order: 6:35PM

Presided by: Tyler Mulcahey (Secretary)

Note taker: Lara Bergman

Board members in attendance: Tyler Mulcahey, Stephanie Vigen, Adriana Dobrzycka, Michael Kootsikas, Brett Anderson, Judy Vecere, Lara Bergman, Lauren Anderson (Coordinator)

Others in attendance: Rachel Ireland-Henry (Accountant), Stacy Sorenson (City of Minneapolis NCR), Nikki Fredich, Tara Carson (green team), 3 community members, SW Journal reporter Nate Gotlieb

Board members absent: Joel Federer, Ryan Antkowiak, Tara Brown

Park Update- Nikki Fredich

  • Crews are making their way around to take down hockey boards
  • Please stay off the fields until dried up
  • Sports programs have begun, younger ages are growing in popularity
  • In need for head track and field coach (2 assistant coaches returning): May- mid June, Mondays & Thursdays
  • New at Armatage: Pickle Ball (already at Kenny)- do we want to add lines to tennis court here?
  • Egg Hunt April 13th: egg hunt, bunnies, character artists, arts and crafts, refreshments, need help handing out prizes 11am-12pm

Committee Updates

Mini Grants- Adriana Dobrzycka, Stephanie Vigen

  • Review of program for community members present:
    • Main goal: engaging the neighborhood
    • Individuals, businesses, school are eligible
    • ANA will serve as a resource, technical assistance, application assistance
    • First year for learning, other neighborhoods with programs have offered to act as a resource for ANA
    • Could ask for letters of support for accountability
  • Communication efforts: website, promote annual meeting q & a, Facebook, Twitter, Nextdoor
  • Board members should promote program to neighbors

Green Team- Tara Carson, Lauren Anderson

  • Fix-it Clinic Recap: great turn out, 49 people, 66 items, 30 volunteers, Tara and daughter handed out cocoa
  • Donation Drive – April 6: need volunteers to sort
    • Advertise through social media- Lauren will use Facebook funds to boost event
    • Possible to post at Settergrens, Red Wagon, community boards- Starbucks and Sparrow, at the Park

Rain Gardens- Lauren

  • There was a lot of interest last year and the reason some gardens were not installed was because of timing conflicts and because some homes were not eligible for a rain garden and residents opted out of having a native garden instead. A community member from the town homes on 58th has offered to have people come see her native garden and rain garden, which was installed with help from Metro Blooms. There is discussion of whether or not to host a garden tour to promote the program in conjunction with the Garage Sales. Other promotions include possibly doing a wrap around the utility box on 58th. Lauren will follow up on that inquiry.
  • This year Metro Blooms will be more upfront about timing so that residents have a better idea of when to expect the work to be done. There will be spots reserved for renters, with Green Team members offering weeding assistance. Also, it was proposed to include 5- $100 grants for residents who meet income requirements.

Plan Modification- Stacey Sorenson

  • ANA can move up to $25,000 at a time (more requires more community input)
  • Funds are from the return from home improvement loans, which can be reinvested into other projects
  • There is approximately $135,000 in loan returns so if our projects are a success, then we can request more funds in future months

Motion to request $25000 from home loan repayment with funds not to exceed $14000 (17 gardens) for Metro Blooms and funds not to exceed $11000 for mini grants. Approved by the board.

Neighborhoods 2020- Brett Anderson

Brett will draft a letter and share it with the board for feedback. The deadline for the comment period is the end of the month.

SW Parks & Minnehaha Parkway Master Plan

        Motion to submit feedback letter for submission. Approved by the board.

Other New Business

        -none

Secretary Report – minutes approved via email

Treasurer Report – financials emailed

Coordinator Update

  • Garage Sale: Lauren will let the board know when Kenny confirms the date, which is proposed as May 31 and June 1, 2019. This year participants will submit via a google form and there will be no fee.
  • Shredding Event: May 11, 10am-noon, sponsored by Kelly O’Neil
  • Will include Jim’s board spot at the May meeting, listed as 1 year term
  • Spring Newsletter

Motion to approve $1400 for publication of spring newsletter. Approved by the board.

  • Summer Festival: The planning team met to discuss layout and entertainment options. Discussion of whether to rent a tent for dining/ vendors. Thinking of ways to generate funds. Lauren will send out a doodle poll for next meeting.
  • Lauren requested $300 for technical support for website/email. Motion for $300 to be used in technical support. Approved by the board.

Meeting adjourned 8:30pm

Next Meeting: April 16th • 6:30pm

February 19, 2019 Minutes

Date: February 19th, 2019

Called to Order: 6:30PM

Presided by: Joel Federer (President)

Note taker: Tyler Mulcahey (Secretary)

Board members in attendance: Joel Federer, Tyler Mulcahey, Stephanie Vigen, Ryan Antkowiak, Adriana Dobrzycka, Michael Kootsikas, Brett Anderson, Tara Brown, Lauren Anderson (Coordinator)

Others in attendance: Various neighborhood residents (5 total?)

Board members absent: Jim Hoch, Judy Vecere, Lara Bergman

Southwest Parks & Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Master Plans

  • Madeline Hudek, Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board
    • Brought two boards showing Concept A and Concept B for Armatage. Looking for people’s thoughts on the concepts. Collecting input through March 31st.
    • Concerns brought up by board members and present residents:
      • Potential loss of baseball/softball fields for soccer fields
      • Smaller parking lot in both concepts – parking is hard to come by currently
      • Lighting of the parking lot (which is very dim currently) and paving issues should be addressed at the same time
      • Will artificial turf be part of the park concepts? (Yes, currently envisioned in some park’s concepts)
      • Dog park (closer than Lake of the Isles) would be nice
  • Mike Jischke, Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Citizen Advisory Committee
    • Seeking feedback for Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail concept/plan

Park Update, Nikki Friederich —

  • Washburn Tot Lot celebration: Planning celebration in late May or early June. Lauren will see if the Park Board is willing to cover food, drinks, etc.
  • Egg hunt: Bounce house, egg hunt, face painting, caricatures, etc. Will take place on Saturday, April 13th from 10am-11:30am. $5/child registration. Park Board is requesting $250 from the board to support the event. Motion approved for board to cover $250 for the event.
  • Water bottle refilling station: The board had previously allocated $1,800 for this and other park improvements. Lauren is wondering if the board still wants to keep this money allocated for this or not.
  • Fire & Ice recap: It was FREEZING (sub zero temps). Event was moved inside, but still a great success!

Guest Speaker – Linea Palmisano (City Council Member)

  • Good way to reach /engage with neighborhood renters is using Nextdoor. East Harriet has implemented a community garden, where they’ve found it helped increase their neighborhood’s renter engagement.
  • Plugged her upcoming Ward 13 Summit for neighborhood board members – taking place on February 27th from 6:30-8:30pm at the Bakken Museum (Volta Room, 3537 Zenith Ave S).

  • 2018 Annual Report — Lauren had a few items for clarification to finish this:
    Did the board conduct one or more focus groups? Answer: Yes
    How many households did the board reach through door knocking in 2018? Answer: 170 total
  • Did we send out any post cards in 2018? Answer: No
    How many households did the board reach through flyering in 2018? Answer: 250 total

Motion to approve the Armatage 2018 annual report. Approved by the board.

Neighborhoods 2020 — Currently in draft mode. A lot of moving parts and question marks about how funding will be associated with this and how it will work. At some point in the future, the board will need to discuss how we are going to approach this and how we will go about engaging with residents to fulfill the Neighborhoods 2020 diversity rules.

Some similar cities, such as Portland & Seattle, have defunded their neighborhood associations.

SW coordinators (including Lauren) recently met with each other and NCR to discuss strategy.

Starting in 2020, funding of neighborhoods will be done through the general budget and will be reviewed on an annual basis. There is a push for a 3-year funding cycle.

Other New Business

Ice skates needed for Armatage warming house: Motion for $150 for the board to buy some gently used skates or skates on clearance. Tara will take the lead on finding a good deal. Should be able to buy 5-10 pairs of skates. Motion approved.

Facebook Ad for Neighborhood 2020 Feedback: Motion for $100 for Facebook ad through the end of March surrounding Neighborhoods 2020. Motion approved by the board.

President’s Report — Our website currently does not have a SSL certificate. It would take 2-3 hours to implement an SSL to our website, which would then allow the board to add forms for residents to communicate with us (i.e. microgrants, etc.). The board previously purchased (in 2016) 5 hours of web development service from a company to complete this – with 3 hours remaining to use up.

Motion to use up 2-3 out of the remaining 3 hours to install the SSL certificate. Motion approved by the board.

Secretary Report –– January minutes approved via e-mail

Treasurer Report –– Financials e-mailed

Committee Updates —

  • Green team – Recently and discussed zero waste at the upcoming summer festival, setting aside a few rain garden slots for renters (with property owner approval), amongst other things. Please reach out to Lara, Brett, or Lauren if you’d like to get involved.
  • Micro-grant program – Sent out 2-page document on February 11th that contained the guidelines for the micro-grants, as well as a draft application for the micro-grants. Discussion on feedback received from the board thus far surrounding selection criteria. If you have other criteria that you think should be included, please let Adriana & Stephanie know. :: What are our goals as a board for this program? What does success of this program look like? :: When it comes time for advertising for the micro-grant program and getting the word out, we’ll want to ensure we provide examples of grants that were approved by other neighborhood organizations. :: Need to discuss when these cycles will begin and end. Discussion was had to change this verbiage to application period (and include dates for each application period during the spring and fall) :: Add verbiage that we will grant up to 4 micro-grants during each period. Motion to approve the micro-grant program with the amendments the board recommended this evening. Approved by the board.

Coordinator Update —

  • Summer festival Would like to schedule a planning meeting. Nothing is written down and it would be more efficient. Lauren will send out a doodle poll to find a few dates that work well for the board.
  • Annual meeting initial planning — Micro-grant Q&A will take place. Other suggestions or speakers we’d like to have? Please let Lauren know. Some suggestions brought up: Neighborhoods 2020, Park Staff, Safety Rebate Program, Rain Gardens, etc.

Meeting Adjourned: 8:52PM

Next Meeting: March 19th • 6:30pm