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September 21, 2021 Minutes

ANA Meeting Minutes

Monthly Meeting Minutes 9/21/21 / 6:30 PM / Armatage Park

BOARD ATTENDEES

Samantha Bild, Adriana Dobrzycka, Eli Johnson, Joel Federer, Vikisha Goberdhan, Nikki Lindberg, Sharla McIntosh-Ziegler, Kevin Ross

NOT IN ATTENDANCE: Ethan Komoroski, Janhel Leandre, Judy Vecere

OTHER ATTENDEES

Lauren Anderson (Coordinator), Jordan Nelson (Armatage Park Director), Larry Matsumoto (Public Works Department), John Freude (Council Member Palmisano Senior Policy Aide), and three neighbors

THE MEETING

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

6:33    Welcome and Introductions

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

  • Park improvements are finally done. The opening event was great.
  • Summer programming has wrapped up and fall sports, classes and after school programming is underway. Soccer and flag football have started, and volleyball starts up at the end of October with over 100 families involved in these park programs.
  • The park building has been cleared to host indoor meetings and events. Masks are required and meetings must be held during programming hours. The board will discuss if future meetings will be indoors or via Zoom as the weather turns.

6:40    60th/Sunrise/58th Street repaving project
    (Larry Matsumoto, Department of Public Works) 

  • 60th/Sunrise/58th from Xerxes to Cty Rd 22/Lyndale is part of the 2022 Resurfacing Program (mill and overlay). A public hearing will happen in the winter regarding the assessments that will be sent to affected residents. Larry will host a pre-public hearing meeting, date and time to be determined, but will be in the Armatage/Kenny area, and will help answer questions and concerns prior to the formal public hearing.
  • It was asked if other improvements would be done as part of this project, in particular raised concerns regarding the speeds and increased traffic flow (especially looking ahead to the 494 construction project and more people avoiding 62). The current resurfacing project will not address these concerns, and if there are safety issues, they would be addressed through a fact-based evaluation done at the citywide level.
    • Recommended to contact the city council office to share these concerns. Report issues using 311 to help start better tracking issues. It was asked to learn when a speed study was last done on 60th. Also, an idea to paint crosswalk stripes at the stop sign, as an affordable and potentially quick way to help address these concerns.

6:50    City Council Update (John Freude, Senior Policy Aide)

  • It is budget season. The mayor has sent his version to the city council for review. The council will also be allocating $50 million in American Rescue Plan (ARP) dollars. A survey was sent out to gather public comments (comments due by Friday, Sept 24). ARP funds will be received over 3 years. The mayor’s budget hopes to use ARP to offset property tax increases due to pandemic impacts (reduction in taxes collected). There will be public hearings (likely virtual) about these budget allocations.
  • The city is coming to the end of the tree levy dollars that were earmarked to address issues related to climate. It is a hope from the city that some of the ARP funds could be used to create a new climate resiliency program.
  • The Minneapolis Airport Commission is being asked to contribute $2 million to help support climate programming.
  • It was asked what the city is doing to reduce the use of road salt. John knows they have drastically reduced the amount that is used, are investing more into sand, but was not sure about any other alternatives that might be under consideration.
  • Made sure that everyone was aware of the three ballot questions — 1) executive mayor 2) public safety 3) rent stabilization — and encouraged people to take time to educate themselves about the issues. There are several events that the southwest area neighborhoods are hosting, as well as online resources.

7:00    City Funding Applications and ANA Policies

  • Motion to approve the Neighborhood Network Fund Application. Seconded.
    Motion carries.
  • Motion to approve the Equitable Engagement Fund Application. Seconded.
    Motion carries.
  • Motion to approve the new policies listed above. Seconded. Motion carries.

7:30    2022 Draft Budget

  • Lauren presented a draft budget that brings the various funding streams into one document to better show how the various buckets support overlapping funding needs. Hoping this helps us better see where we are overall financially.
  • Note some programs, such as the rain garden program, are not included in this draft budget, while others are still included, like the safety rebates and happy hours (informal gatherings). As we look at our reduced funding in the future, these are all up for consideration within the budget constraints.
  • The draft reflects four printed newsletters, though we’ve discussed possibly trimming to three.
  • Staff time reflects a reduction, but it is hard to cut significantly considering both the significant city requirements and committees activities.
  • This budget shows a modest fundraising goal of $4,000. It is hoped that this will steadily increase over time as we work at growing our cash reserves.
  • This draft was presented as a starting place, and will be revisited, with the plan to vote on a budget in November. Note, the city budget, and whether they increase our funding, will not be known until December.

7:35    Hybrid Meeting Options

  • An overview of what it would take to host hybrid meetings was shared, including a list of equipment needs. However, this would need to be more deeply considered, if we opt to host hybrid meetings.
  • Due to the costs and logistics, it is probably not feasible for the ANA to move to a hybrid option, and will continue to either host in-person or Zoom meetings and events.
  • We could consider applying for the new city grant for neighborhood partnership programming where we could work both with other neighborhoods and community organizations to help address accessibility and hybrid event issues.

7:35    President’s Report

  • Joel is resigning as board president at the end of December to focus on his career, but will stay engaged with the SEO committee. Anyone interested in learning more about this position can reach out to him with any questions.

7:45    Coordinator’s Report

    • The bylaws & plan mod Comment Period is up and running through Oct 15. Please share with your neighbors to encourage feedback and participation.
      • A city requirement was clarified, and a small language update was presented regarding the make up of the board members and years of service:
        No more than 25% of the board shall have served for 6 years or more.
  • Motion to approve the required language update to the proposed bylaws. Seconded. Motion carries.
      • In order to meet the city requirements for neighborhood engagement and voting numbers, we may have to door knock depending on how promotion at the event Saturday goes.
    • Halloween Decoration Tour (Oct 22-31)
      • We already have 2 sign-ups.
      • Idea were generated around where to purchase or ask for gift cards.
  • Motion to approve the $300 for gift cards for both the Halloween and Holiday tour prize winners. Seconded. Motion carries.
  • Fundraising
    • We have received $145 through GiveMN and $100 in checks
    • We are encouraged to request support for neighborhoods as part of the American Rescue Act survey (by Friday)
    • Southwest Voices (and online-only news outlet) will be operating soon, and will help fill the void left from the closure of the Southwest Journal. As part of their contract, they will be sharing a percentage of their profits with neighborhood organizations. More details to follow.

8:00    Committees (3 minute updates)

  • Safety, Equity & Outreach
    • Saturday, Sept 25 Community Helper Event / 2:00-5:00pm / Armatage Park
    • Thursday, Oct 7 Jim Crow of the North Screening & Discussion / 6:30-8:00pm / Armatage Park w/ Just Deeds
    • Sam will look into Slack or other tool to help foster information sharing.
  • Community Engagement
    • Have hosted several events this year (Tea & Blooms, Fall Food Trucks), and plan to out a plan for the calendar year.
  • Green Team
    • Have promoted several programs such as rain gardens and native plantings, and are focusing on issues around climate equity across the city. They are planning to select a new book for the reading circle (to begin this winter). They also encourage people to Adopt-A-Drain — did you know you can name your drain?
    • Oct 2 Fall Clean-up / 9:00-11:00am / Armatage Park (sign-up online)
    • A neighbor shared their solar panel installation story (in process now). They didn’t think they’d be a good candidate since they have so much tree cover, but they will generate enough to offset their own usage. Might be worth promoting this more to the neighborhood.

8:15    New Business

  • In response to our discussions around equity (in communications, at meetings and events, etc.) a suggestion was made to look into a text messaging service. Sam mentioned a program that helps address equity and accessibility, and will look more into it and see what options a small non-profit might have with the tools she is considering.

Meeting adjourned at 8:24

UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS

  • Sep 25 – Meet Your Community Helpers Event (2:00-5:00pm, Armatage Park)
  • Sep 28 – MPRB District 6 Candidate Forum (7:00-8:30pm, Mount Olivet and Live Streaming)
  • Oct 2 – Fall Clean-up (9:00-11:00am, Armatage Park)
  • Oct 2 – Safety, Equity & Outreach Meeting (10:00-11:00am, Armatage Park)
  • Oct 4 – Ward 13 Candidate Forum (7:00pm, St. John’s Episcopal Church and Live Streaming)
  • Oct 7 – Community Engagement Committee (6:00-7:00pm, Armatage Park)
  • Oct 7 – Jim Crow of the North Screening & Discussion (6:30-8:00pm, Armatage Park)
  • Oct 14 – Green Team Meeting (7:00-8:15pm, Outdoors – email anacoordinator@armatage.org for address)
  • Oct 15 – Public Comment Period for ANA Bylaws & Plan Modification Ends
  • Oct 16 – Charter Amendment Forum (10:00-11:30am, Mayflower & Live Streaming)
  • Oct 19 – ANA Monthly Meeting (6:30-8:30pm, Zoom or Armatage Park)
  • Oct 22-31 – Halloween Decoration Tour (6:00-8:00pm)

August 24, 2021 Minutes

ANA Meeting Minutes

Monthly Meeting 8/24/21 / 6:30 PM / Zoom

BOARD ATTENDEES

Samantha Bild, Adriana Dobrzycka, Joel Federer, Vikisha Goberdhan, Ethan Komoroski, Nikki Lindberg, Sharla McIntosh-Ziegler, Kevin Ross, Judy Vecere

NOT IN ATTENDANCE: Eli Johnson, Janhel Leandre

OTHER ATTENDEES

Lauren Anderson (Coordinator), Sarah Komoroski, Inspector Katie Blackwell (5th Precinct), Sheila Dingels, Council Member Linea Palmisano, Jennifer Waisanen (Crime Prevention Specialist), Jan Unstad

THE MEETING

Updated financials were sent via email.

6:33    Welcome and Introductions

6:35    Safety Update (CPS Jennifer Waisanen and
    Inspector Katie Blackwell)

  • The biggest concerns in the precinct are the increase in robberies, with many happening in the morning (6-9am). Juveniles have been involved, and hoping the start of school will address some of these. The 5th precinct no longer has a community response team (only in 1 and 4) to help with these matters, however they did arrest two juveniles this morning. Armatage has had only one robbery reported since May (the northern parts of the precinct are seeing most of the crime).
  • Armatage Crime stats YTD Jan 1-August 24th:
    2019 — 7 Violent Crimes/45 Property Crimes
    2020 — 6 Violent Crimes/37 Property Crimes
    2021 — 6 Violent Crimes/28 Property Crimes
  • Second biggest issue is auto thefts (most from people leaving cars running while running in to pick up food or keys being left in the car).
  • Traffic complaints are what they get the most calls about in the office. The police have very limited resources to address these types of concerns.
  • We are still seeing some catalytic converter thefts, and package thefts on the rise. Ring cameras can help, but thieves are often covering faces or keeping heads down, so best to arrange deliveries when you know you will be home. There have also been several mopeds put into trucks and taken, so need to park in a garage or more securely lock them.
    • Minneapolis is still evaluating a program like what St Paul implemented that painted catalytic converters in the hopes that it would deter thefts. In asking area junkyards if they would purchase painted converters, the responses were mixed, so it isn’t clear if such a program is effective.
    • There is a way to register your Ring or other security camera with the Minneapolis Police Department. This can allow them to know where footage might be available to help with an investigation. Learn more at https://mpls.registry.cam/login.
  • Our SEO team made sure to invite the MPD to our September 25th Community Helpers celebration event.
  • Regarding the racial assaults via milk jugs, an investigator with the assault unit has been assigned. They are running the prints from the jugs, where possible, but this takes time. If you see a jug, call 911 to request proper removal (they ask we don’t don’t touch them or if you must, to use gloves and put in a paper bag) so it can be fingerprinted. The neighborhood wants to make sure that any affected individuals know about the support from the ANA, both in our disgust towards these actions, as well as efforts to counteract these messages (through social media and our “All Are Welcome Here” sign sales), and the availability of the safety rebate program to help with buying a security camera.

7:00    City Update (Council Member Linea Palmisano)

  • Linea reiterated that hate speech has no place in our city — and appreciates the ANA’s efforts
  • Neighborhood Funding — She is supportive of funding neighborhood organizations, and will work with the Mayor and City Council to have funding included in the budget, but this City Council has not been as receptive to neighborhood funding. A community survey will be coming out some time after September 6 to ask about where to distribute the federal relief funds. She is part of a review team, and noted that proposals that are Covid-related best fit the funding parameters, and everyone should be sure to let the city know your ideas to support neighborhoods, etc.
  • Roof Depot Project — The Council voted to reassess the city-owned property in East Phillips. The community was granted 2 years to present a plan to create an urban farm or other project that can be financially viable. It was a divided vote, but Linea felt strongly about supporting both the environmental and equity issues this project represents.
  • Ballot language for 3 charter amendments has been finalized. The three amendments are 1) Government Structure 2) Rent Stabilization and 3) Public Safety (watch for more information to learn about these amendments coming soon).

7:20    Equitable Engagement Plan due Sept 1

    • Lauren completed the plan and sent the draft to the City. It was given great feedback, and were were told it was ready to submit. With a few minor changes, it was felt that the plan is reflective of what our committees hope to achieve for calendar year 2022. Future funding cycles should cover a three-year period. Two main groups we will be focusing on include renters and residents with disabilities/seniors. (see attached)
  • Motion to approve the Equitable Engagement Plan. Seconded. Motion carries.

7:30    Future of Safety Rebate Program

  • Because of our future budget limitations, the board discussed the pros and cons of this program, and our ability to sustain it. The program has run for four years and it has been very well received. We have distributed about $6,000 annually to area residents, and at this current level we could continue the program for one more year. The program has been a great way to connect with individuals (mostly homeowners) in the neighborhood, and has been used to purchase security cameras, carbon monoxide detectors, radon tests and more.
  • If we choose to continue the program, and want it to last more than one year, we can consider some program changes. Ideas included a cap per resident, a cap for total annual allocation, requiring an education or registration component, or adding an income limit.
  • The SEO committee will continue this discussion and present a recommendation to the board in October.
  • It was recommended that we could share stories in the newsletter about what neighbors have done with their rebate purchase that have been successful at their house. For example, Sheila has two alley cameras installed and has had a lot of helpful outcomes as a result of footage that has been pull off the cameras.

7:50    Coordinator’s Report

    • Plan Mod Budget & Engagement Plan
      • The ANA has approximately $65k to be put toward Staffing and Community Engagement (with language to allow sweep for exact totals at time of transfer).
      • This budget modification requires a 30-day comment period which will run from September 15 to October 15
  • Motion to move forward with the Plan Mod as proposed. Second. Motion carries.
    • Bylaws Updates (draft updated Bylaws)
      • Bylaw updates requires a 30-day comment period which will run from September 15 to October 15
      • Need to schedule a separate meeting to walk through these updates with appropriate focus. Lauren will send out a Doodle Poll to find a date in the next week or so.
    • Funds for District 6 Park Commissioner ($75), Charter Amendment Education ($150), and Ward 13 City Council Candidate Forums ($100)
  • Motion to fund voter education for the District 6 Park Commissioner forum  ($75), Ward 13 City Council candidate forum ($100) and charter amendment education efforts ($150) (total of $325). Seconded. Motion carries.

8:10    Committee Action Needed

    • Safety, Equity & Outreach: Funds for Sep 25 Event EQUITY signs (Donte/Sheila)
      The idea is to create a sign that spells out the word Equity (and maybe Safety on the other side). People will be prompted with a question,and their ideas and reactions will be captured on Post-it notes and added to the sign during the event. This information will be gathered to help us know what the neighborhood wants the ANA to focus on for future programming.To create a reusable sign, Sheila and Donte requested up to $225 to purchase a pack of ten 3-4 foot tall blue Coroplast boards, paint, and other supplies as needed.
  • Motion to approve up to $225 for the materials needed to create a re-usable Equity/Safety sign. Seconded. Motion carries.

8:30    New Business

  • Motion to approve the June and July minutes. Seconded. Motion carries
  • Park ribbon cutting event on August 26 may need to be postponed due to weather. Suggested we move to overlap with the school’s open house on September 2 if we need to reschedule. Exact event time will be determined as needed. We should also purchase hand wipes for families that may be going from popsicles into the school.

Meeting adjourned at 8:36

UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS

  • Aug 26 – New Playground Celebration (4:30-6:30pm, Armatage Park)
  • Sep 2 – Community Engagement Committee (5:30-6:30pm, Zoom)
  • Sep 4 – Safety, Equity & Outreach Meeting (10:00-11:00am, Armatage Park)
  • Sep TBD – Reading Circle Meeting #8 (7:00-8:00pm, Outdoors)
  • Sep 9 – Green Team Meeting (7:00-8:15pm, Outdoors – email anacoordinator@armatage.org for address)
  • Sep 21 – Monthly Meeting (6:30-8:30pm, Armatage Park)
  • Sep 25 – Meet Your Community Helpers Event (2:00-5:00pm, Armatage Park)
  • Sep 28 – MPRB District 6 Candidate Forum (7:00-8:30pm, Mount Olivet and Live Streaming)

 

July 20, 2021 Minutes

ARMATAGE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

Monthly Meeting Minutes 7/20/21 | 6:30 PM | Armatage Park

BOARD ATTENDEES

Samantha Bild, Vikisha Goberdhan, Eli Johnson, Ethan Komoroski, Nikki Lindberg, Sharla McIntosh-Ziegler, Kevin Ross, Judy Vecere
NOT IN ATTENDANCE: Adriana Dobrzycka, Joel Federer, Janhel Leandre

OTHER ATTENDEES

Lauren Anderson (Coordinator), Jordan Nelson (Armatage/Kenny Park Director), Sarah Komoroski, Aryca Myers and Bob Cooper (NCR)

THE MEETING

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

6:33    Welcome and Introductions

  • Kevin Ross, board VP, presided over the meeting

6:35    Coordinator’s Report

  • Armatage Playground Celebration (Thursday, Aug 26 from 4:30-6:30pm). Jointly hosted by the ANA, MPRB and Armatage school
    • Construction should be finished within the week. Waiting on swings and final inspection.
    • Johnny Pops donated 100 treats.
    • Board members to help: Sam, Joel and anyone else able to get to the park that afternoon
    • Motion to allocate $75-100 for additional frozen treats and ice. Seconded. Motion carries.
  • Fall Programs and Newsletter Content
    • Fall newsletter will come out early, by mid-September, with content due in about 1 month
    • Fundraising messaging: help crafting language — Nikki, Sam, Joel
    • SEO Meet Your Community Helpers (Sept 25)
    • Plan Modification and Bylaws Edits
    • Charter amendment and election education
    • SEO Screening & Conversation of Jim Crow of the North (in October)
    • Holiday Tours (Halloween, Winter Lights) (Costs in 2020 $40 printing, $150 in gift cards for each tour.) Eli is willing to be the lead, and can be on the CE agenda. May be able to coordinate something together in timing with the park re Halloween.
    • Quick Mention of Senior Engagement
    • Include a way to gather info about interest in community group activities such as gardening groups, etc. Better fit for winter newsletter and likely part of our Equity Engagement Plan (January newsletter)

6:55    Armatage Funds (Aryca Myers and Bob Cooper, NCR)

  • Funds Available to Contract
    • From the NRP Contract — Home Improvement Program repayment income (currently over $63,000 available) anticipate program future for loans coming come due in 2035 & 37 (about $1,000/year); The joint neighbor Home Improvement Program we can anticipate about $6,300/year (2024, 2026, 2031, 2034, 2036)
    • From the Neighborhood Priority Program (NPP) Contract — about $260,000 available in currently assigned categories (or we can modify the contract to move/reassign these funds to better suit the needs of the neighborhood)
    • From the CPP Contract — what funds are remaining must be spent by the end of 2021. We will accomplish that, and are transferring some NPP funds to cover current calendar year needs
    • 2022 and beyond — The City is replacing the CPP program with Neighborhoods 2020. This program has four components:
      • (1) Citywide Neighborhood Network Fund (or base funding) and the ANA is allocated $15k for 2022 and $10k for future years;
      • (2) Equitable Engagement Fund that requires each neighborhood to submit a proposal for their allotment and the ANA is allotted $3,800 for 2022, and about $4k for future years (see below for more);
      • (3) Short-term Fund to help cover the costs of neighborhood organizational collaboration efforts to help save costs long-term;
      • (4) Partnership Engagement Fund, a competitive fund available to community organizations, distributing $218k this year, and this will grow to over $1mil/year. Anticipating more funding requests than funds available, so will continue to be very competitive (deadline past for this year’s funds).
  • Plan Modification Process
    • For modifications of $25,000 or less, the neighborhood must be given at least 21-day meeting notice and only a board vote is required.
    • For $25,000.01 to $200,000, notice and broad community support is required. This support can be gathered in various ways (email, social media, events), and must gather at least 25 positive votes beyond the board towards a majority.
    • Modifications over $200,000.01 must go before the Policy Board.
    • There are more rules around the “buckets,” but that can be facilitated with help from our city support team to best meet the needs of the neighborhood’s priorities.
  • Equitable Engagement Fund (EEF)
    • Budget should match the work. So keep that in mind when completing the program application. Lauren has started completing the template (copy in the board packet). The EEF wants to expand ways to gather ideas and support (so not limited to a meeting setting and traditional vote structure). First draft due Sept 1, and will be considered a living document.
    • There will be a metric for plan review process viewable online to help understand the City’s expectations, and to help understand when an application may need more work to meet parameters and program goals.
    • The ANA August meeting is being moved to the 24th, and the board will vote to approve the first draft at that time.

7:35    Bookkeeping Candidate: Clare King (Judy Vecere)

  • Family emergency kept Clare from attending. Clare is certified and trained with an experienced person. She has a great understanding of both QB the neighborhood funding dynamics.
  • Motion to approve the bookkeeper contract. Seconded. Motion carries.

7:40    Committee Action Needed

  • Community Engagement: Funds for Aug 14 Event
    • Motion to approve $100 for printing and art making supplies $175 ($275 total). Seconded. Motion carries
  • Safety, Equity & Outreach: Funds for Sep 25 Event
    • Motion to approve $300 for printing, park staff, door prizes. Seconded. Motion carries
    • Motion to approve up to $450 for button machine kit. Seconded. Motion carries.

7:55    New Business

  • August meeting moved to the 24th, when board can approve the first draft of the EEF via Zoom
  • SEO meeting moving to July 31

Meeting adjourned at 7:57

UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS

  • Aug 7 July 31 (new date) – Safety, Equity & Outreach Meeting (10:00-11:00am, Armatage Park)
  • Aug 5 – Community Engagement Committee (5:30-6:30pm, Zoom)
  • Aug 11 – Reading Circle Meeting #7 (7:00-8:30pm, Outdoors – email anacoordinator@armatage.org for address)
  • Aug 12 – Green Team Meeting (7:00-8:15pm, Outdoors – email anacoordinator@armatage.org for address)
  • Aug 14 – Summer Food Truck Night (4:00-6:00pm, Armatage Park)
  • Aug 24 (new date) – Monthly Meeting (6:30-8:30pm, Armatage Park)
  • Aug 26 – New Playground Celebration (4:30-6:30pm, Armatage Park)
  • Sep 2 – Community Engagement Committee (5:30-6:30pm, Zoom)
  • Sep 4 – Safety, Equity & Outreach Meeting (10:00-11:00am, Armatage Park)
  • Sep TBD – Reading Circle Meeting #7 (7:00-8:00pm, Outdoors)
  • Sep 9 – Green Team Meeting (7:00-8:15pm, Outdoors – email anacoordinator@armatage.org for address)
  • Sep 21 – Monthly Meeting & Safety Update (6:30-8:30pm, Armatage Park)
  • Sep 25 – Meet Your Community Helpers Event (2:00-5:00pm, Armatage Park)

June 15, 2021 Minutes

ANA Meeting Minutes

Monthly Meeting Minutes 6/15/21 | 6:30 PM | Outside at Armatage Park

BOARD ATTENDEES

Samantha Bild, Adriana Dobrzycka, Joel Federer, Vikisha Goberdhan, Eli Johnson, Ethan Komoroski, Janhel Leandre,Nikki Lindberg, Sharla McIntosh-Ziegler, Kevin Ross

NOT IN ATTENDANCE: Judy Vecere

OTHER ATTENDEES

Lauren Anderson (Coordinator), Rachel Ireland-Henry (Accountant), Jordan Nelson (Armatage/Kenny Park Director), Sarah Komoroski, MPRB Project Designer Francisca Pass

THE MEETING

May meeting minutes approved via email. Updated financials were sent via email. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Jennifer Waisanen, Crime Prevention Specialist, had to reschedule to July 20.

6:32    Welcome and Introductions

6:37    Officer Elections for President and Treasurer

  • A motion was made and seconded to elect Joel Federer, President for a 2-year term.
    Motion carries.
  • A motion was made and seconded to elect Judy Vecere, Treasurer for a 1-year term.
    Motion carries.

6:41    Armatage Park Construction Update – Francisca Pass, Project Designer with the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board 

  • A couple of adjustments to some equipment was made to address ADA compliance and water drainage. The project is about a week behind schedule, and the current completion date will be toward the end of July. Project updates can be found online at https://www.minneapolisparks.org/park_care__improvements/park_projects/current_projects/armatage-park-play-area-and-site-improvements/
  • A wood chip delivery will happen toward the end of next week. Although the chips will be in the street, the crew will be moving them the same day, so it should cause minimal traffic or parking disruption.
  • Phase 2 includes an addition of a see saw and two shade structures, and would occur if/when funding was available (total cost of Phase 2: $27,645.21). Installation of current structure will have everything in place to easily add these additional items, however it would cost more to do these installations as a separate project in the future. The ANA has NRP funds totalling $28,095.89 that have prior approval for park improvements. A motion was made and seconded to put these NRP dollars towards funding the Phase 2 Armatage Park amenities. Motion carries.

6:59    Park Update – Jordan Nelson, Park Director

  • Although the rec center building remains closed to the public, they are running summer sports programming including a summer child care program (full days, Mon-Fri), sports (baseball, softball, track), and a variety of classes (held outside) including an upcoming aqua yoga program.
  • The park purchased more canopy tents to help with adding classes outdoors.
  • The wading pool is open everyday from about 9am-9pm. Pool upgrades (to a zero-entry wading pool) are not imminent. Kenny park will have their wading pool converted to a splash pad in about three years.
  • Graffiti has mostly been removed/painted over. [NOTE: we were approached by one of the skateboarders who let us know that the paint used on the skatepark is sticky, takes time to wear down, and that spraypaint is a better surface.]

7:21    President’s Report

  • Due to a difference in actual spending from the original proposal submitted three years ago, we need to move some funds between line items.
  • A motion was made and seconded to approve the proposed CPP budget and necessary transfers (see end of minutes). Motion carries.
  • Because of significant cuts to our city funding (from about $30,000/year to $18,000 for 2021-22, and $15,000 in future years, the ANA needs to both re-prioritize program spending and look at ways to increase fundraising.
    • The exec committee will present budget proposals and fundraising ideas to the board for consideration as we look to meet both the city’s equity goals and the needs/wants in Armatage.
    • Some of the largest areas that we will need to look at regarding cuts include rain gardens, community engagement, mini grants and staffing. Some initial fundraising ideas include the addition of a donation envelope into the newsletter, a fundraising letter sent to all residents, and looking at sponsorship opportunities at our events.
    • A question was raised about the American Rescue Act funds. There are neighborhoods already organizing around the funds coming to Minneapolis in the hopes that increases for 2021-22 funding could be included as part of those allocations.
    • We will be inviting a City staff member to our July meeting to help layout the situation and answer questions about what we can and can’t do to help address future budget gaps.

7:42    Treasurer’s Report

  • Accountant Search — We have reached out to five people recommended by the City and have heard back from three. For various reasons, it isn’t looking like any of these options will be doable and believe we will need to post the position. It was suggested that we write up a job description with the monthly expectations, etc., that can be listed on the MCN jobs board. Then we can promote that through our newsletter, social media and word of mouth in the hopes of finding someone in the neighborhood interested in acting as our bookkeeper (with Quickbook skills).

7:50    Coordinator’s Report

  • Bylaws/Policy Wizard — The City has 15 required policies for neighborhoods and recently gave us access to a wizard tool to help generate boilerplate language. Lauren will generate our policies and share to a Google Drive folder for review. Final policies are due by Dec 2021. Most of these we can approve at a regular meeting, but any updates/changes to the Bylaws will require more public notification.
  • Equitable Engagement Plan — The City has set aside a second set of funds for each neighborhood specifically based on an application process. The amount varies greatly by neighborhood based on a set of metrics, and our neighborhood has been given $2,000. This may increase in future years to closer to $4,000. Lauren wll share the guidelines with the board, and we will need to identify goals and define a project by the application deadline in September. We will share this with our committees to determine how they might be able to use these funds toward their specific goals.
    • Several existing programs were mentioned, including sports-focused programming, who we may be able to partner with to help us meet any specific goals.
  • Nonpartisan Election Forums & Volunteers – The board members were asked to be part of a community forum around the upcoming ballot amendments and elections. Adriana and Nikki are willing to be our representatives to learn about these issues and share back to the neighborhood.

8:05    Committee 3 Minute Updates

  • Community Engagement
    • Food Truck Night (August 14, 4-6pm) — Sonny’s Ice Cream and Asian Invasion and committed. Still working to secure another dessert and a couple more dinner vendors. Hoping to finalize by the end of June. The spreadsheet will be shared with the board so people can help where possible.
      • The board will staff a table focused on fundraising messaging and gathering community ideas around our equity mission.
      • A motion was made and seconded to approve $250 to pay for a band to perform at the event. Motion carries.
    • Armatage Park Ribbon Cutting Event (August 7/tentative) — Hoping to secure a donation for a treat like popsicles, but may need to purchase treats using unrestricted funds. A motion was made and seconded to approve $200 to purchase supplies, if needed. Motion carries.
    • It was suggested that we organize neighborhood walks/bike rides (ie. for rain gardens, health, etc.) to provide a casual way to talk and learn about our neighbors. [Might be able to pair with our Saturday SEO meetings]
    • Welcome Bags — Asked for help reaching out to area businesses for bag content.
  • Safety, Equity & Outreach (SEO)
    • Community Helpers Event (Sept 25, afternoon) — Tasks are being assigned, and we will be thanking our local helpers as well as gathering ideas around equity. Planning on having some food trucks. More details to come.
    • Next meeting July 10 (rescheduling from the 3rd) in Armatage Park
    • The “All Are Welcome” signs are selling well. Will continue to have at ANA events, and will look for some pop-up opportunities when volunteers are available.
  • Green Team
    • 604 donations were received by Kid A.
    • There are three more book club meetings, and then there will be a new selection.
    • Rain garden installations are underway. They are also following up with prior gardens to see how they mature, and what to expect over time.

Meeting adjourned at 8:31

APPROVED TRANSFERS

City Funding Budget for ANA from 2017 through 2021:

 CPP
(Jan 2017-Jun 2021)
Neighborhoods 2020
July-Dec 2021
Board-Approved Transfers (Jun 2021)Totals
Staff Expenses $79,500.00$11,610.00$91,110.00
Employee Benefits
Professional Services$10,200.00($ 2,820.00)$7,380.00
Occupancy$1,717.00$ 1,543.56$3,260.56
General Liability Insurance$1,125.00($ 20.92)$1,104.08
Directors and Officers Insurance$4,170.00$4,170.00
Communications and Outreach$27,387.00 $3,070.00 $ 1,685.43$32,142.43
Translation
Supplies and Materials$5,136.00$ 2,422.10$7,558.10
Meetings/Community Building Events46,800.00($ 975.00)$5,825.00
Development$1,100.00($ 827.01)$272.99
Fundraising$900.00$ 210.79$1,110.79
Other Services$2,200.00($ 1,218.95)$981.05
Totals$140,235.00$14,680.00$0.00$154,915.00

UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS

  • Jul 1 – Community Engagement Committee (5:30-6:30pm, Zoom)
  • Jul TBD – Reading Circle Meeting #6 (7:00-8:00pm, Outdoors)
  • Jul 8 – Green Team Meeting (7:00-8:15pm, Outdoors – email anacoordinator@armatage.org for address)
  • Jul 10 – Safety, Equity & Outreach Meeting (10:00-11:00am, Armatage Park)
  • Jul 20 – Monthly Meeting & Safety Update (6:30-8:30pm, Armatage Park)

May 18, 2021 Minutes

ANA Meeting Minutes

Annual Meeting 5/19/21 / 6:30 PM / ZOOM 

BOARD ATTENDEES

Samantha Bild, Adriana Dobrzycka, Joel Federer, Vikisha Goberdhan, Ethan Komoroski, Nikki Lindberg, Sharla McIntosh-Ziegler, Donté Mearon, Kevin Ross, Judy Vecere
NOT IN ATTENDANCE: Janhel Leandre

OTHER ATTENDEES

Lauren Anderson (Coordinator), Rachel Ireland-Henry (Accountant), Jordan Nelson (Armatage/Kenny Park Director), Linea Palmisano (City Council Member), Marion Greene (Hennepin County Commissioner), Jaime Long (District 61B State Representative), Kevin Brown, Tara Brown, Tara Carson, Charlotte Crabtree, Colleen H., Anne Hacker, Jennifer, Eli Johnson, Eric Magnuson (AREA), Mike, Veronica Soria Miller (AREA), Aryca Myers (NCR Neighborhood Specialist), Kristi Palmsten, Linda Ridlehuber, Jay Schiltz, Stephanie Vigen

AGENDA

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

6:30    Welcome and Introductions

6:40    Connect with Elected Representatives

  • Council Member Linea Palmisano (Linea.Palmisano@minneapolismn.gov)
    • As part of the Vision Zero initiative, the city reduced speed limits on most street throughout the City. “20 is Plenty” signs are available near the City Works facility at 60th and Harriet or on Linea’s back deck (email her).
    • A tree levy is set to expire at the end of the year. This levy helped fund a full-time arbor crew to help rebuild the city’s tree canopy destroyed by Emerald Ash Borer. However, there are still many areas that are in need of trees, especially the areas of north Minneapolis hit by the tornado in 2011. The city is looking at ways to continue to address this need including through a carbon credit program (Star Tribune article). She hopes a future program can expand beyond boulevards and park lands, and be able to help with issues related to environmental justice, heat islands, etc. [Comment made about a pilot program in the city of Edina that was successful on this topic. Someone also mentioned carbon offset programs in Dakota County and St. Paul as potential resources.]
    • Linea strongly condemned the recent incidents of hate speech in Armatage. She has spoken with the resident, and they filed a police report, and the incidents are under investigation. It is Linea’s hope that we can use any learnings to better inform city conversations around hate speech (reporting and response).
    • $271 million from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) will be allocated to Minneapolis. The city plans to quickly distribute $40-50 million to existing programs. Public input will be involved in the allocation of the remaining funds. Ideas/suggestions can be sent to Linea’s office (email above).
    • Concern raised regarding the degrading asphalt around some of the USI ground vaults, in particular one at 54th and Penn, and its impact on accessibility and pedestrian safety. Report specific incidents to her office or via 311.
  • County Commissioner Marion Greene (marion.greene@hennepin.us, 612-348-7883. District Aide Laura Hoffman, laura.hoffman@hennepin.us, 612-348-0963)
    • The county is engaged on several fronts to address issues around homelessness. Street Voices of Change and Align Minneapolis are a couple of the local organizations they partner with in addressing this issue. In the past year, funding for such programs has increased to support increased staff, 24-hour shelter operation, increased outreach, more robust case management, additional meal support, culturally specific shelters, etc. More than 2,100 people have left shelters in the past 12 months for homes, and more than 120 of those people were considered chronically homeless. They currently have 140 fewer children in shelters this year. All signs that 2021 should continue to see improvements over the devastating impacts of Covid-19 and homelessness in 2020. The county recently purchased the Metro Inn (56th & Lyndale) to be used as a shelter, and the program has been going very well.
    • She stressed that if you are facing housing instability, mental health concerns, etc. it is easier to help people at the beginning of challenges, so please do not hesitate to reach out to her office for support.
    • Hennepin County Climate Action Plan: 1) driven by priority of reducing disparities and addressing environmental justice; 2) updated goals to reach net-zero emissions by 2050; 3) as a densely populated county, we have an added responsibility to address these issues in support of state-wide goals and reduce by 20% vehicle miles traveled; and  4) prioritize transit, pedestrian and bicycle routes, many that use county streets. They are in the process of hiring a new director for this department. After that time, she hopes to have better answers to questions raised regarding the county initiatives around expanding solar and wind and how, as a neighborhood, we can best engage around and support these efforts. She also envisions a webpage where metrics and updates will be posted to help people track action and ensure accountability to the climate action plan.
  • State Representative Jamie Long
    • The legislature is still in budget negotiations (originally scheduled to be completed yesterday). The hard deadline is the end of June, but hope to reach agreements yet this week.
    • Currently, the proposed budget includes lots of funding for education and student support (targeted toward losses due to Covid-19); healthcare; and expanding broadband access. Minneapolis is expected to receive funding to promote investment in areas damaged during the unrest in 2020. Funding for police accountability at the state level is also included in the current proposal.
    • Jamie, a member of the Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy Committee, sponsored a bill to establish “sign and release warrants” prompted by the deadly traffic stop of Daunte Wright.
    • Jamie, Chair of the Climate and Energy Finance and Policy Committee, passed the cost-effective energy improvements bill that increases goals and expands programs, including support for low-income residents, further solar installations at schools, solar rewards programs, expanding electric vehicle infrastructure, rebate program, etc.
    • Governor Walz extended the peacetime emergency to continue supporting statewide testing programs as well as efficient and equitable distribution of vaccines. The governor also ended the statewide mask requirement, as per new CDC guidance.

7:15    AREA (Armatage Reparations & Equity Action) – Eric Magnuson and Veronica Soria Miller 

  • Mapping Prejudice (www.mappingprejudice.umn.edu) project reveals homes with racial covenants. Made unenforceable in 1961, these covenants have stayed on people’s homes and were largely forgotten. More than 8,000 homes were mapped in Hennepin County, and work has begun in Ramsey County.
  • Armatage and Kenny neighborhoods
  • Our heavily segregated city is a direct result of these covenants. Our city has a 60% white population, while covenant neighborhoods are typically 80-90% white. By pushing BIPOC families into redlined neighborhoods, they were systematically denied the ability to build equity through homeownership. Segregated cities also create other problems, including increased police violence towards BIPOC communities (BU study), health disparities, education gaps, etc.
  • While we didn’t ask for these covenants to be on our homes, simply by living here, we have inherited and received benefits from their existence. The AREA group sees the renunciation of these covenants as the first step of reparations for systemic racism through acknowledgment. (Strib article about AREA)
  • In 2019 State Rep. Jim Davnie helped pass a bill to make it easier to remove these covenants, and more cities and states across the nation are picking up this cause as a part of broader discussions and actions around reparations.
  • The language of these covenants will always remain in the historical record, as well as the date the language is removed. It is your personal decision to request its removal, and the project, Just Deeds (www.justdeeds.org) makes it easy to do just that. Their volunteers will help you, and they currently have over 1,000 applicants (so you may need to be patient). If you are in the Pennhurst development, AREA has the information to make it even easier. Veronica is willing to help, too, if you have questions (vsoria@gmail.com).
  • If you renounce, you can request a yard sign (send requests to kscottelden@gmail.com) to help increase awareness. Plus, please share on social media. AREA has distributed flyers to homes in the Pennhurst area and has considered doing more flyering. A comment was made to mail postcards to specific addresses to raise awareness.
  • In support of the second step in reparations, redress, AREA is supporting a national bill, H.R.40 – Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans Act. Tina Smith has signed on as a co-sponsor along with 185 members of the House. AREA is currently working to get Angie Craig to also co-sponsor, and are asking for support through her constituents.
  • AREA is also looking at ways to support reparations through giving opportunities, fundraisers, supporting black-owned businesses, partnering with the City of Lakes Land Trust, etc.
  • The impact of these covenants was highlighted through the story of a family from 1982 who moved to Armatage and found the language, although unenforceable, personally hurtful as a Jewish family. They attempted then to remove the language but were faced with bureaucracy and prohibitive costs. After 58 years since being made unenforceable, and the new homeowners had the language removed. The family from 1982 had always carried the hurt of that language with them and were thrilled to know that it has finally happened. It is more than a symbolic gesture to remove these covenants, but a true community action towards righting wrongs, and showing that Armatage is a community for all today and always.

7:35    Neighborhood Update

  • ANA Highlights from the past year
    • Halloween and holiday tours — self-guided; open to all; online voting, with prizes to top 3 vote-getters
    • Welcome Bags relaunched — Kevin and Ethan have been delivering these to new homeowners and renters. With many people working from home it has been fun connecting with our new neighbors. Expect with the hot housing market, we will need more volunteers to help deliver bags. Also looking for more info or swag from local businesses to include. Eli volunteered to help.
  • Neighborhood Funding Update
    • Received an increase to $25,000 for 2021 (over 160 Armatage residents responded, and helped us get this additional funding)
    • 2022 and beyond funding is uncertain, but the ANA will keep residents notified
  • Committees — are open to all and encourage involvement at any level
    • NEW Community Engagement Committee (meets first Thursday of the month at 5:30pm via Zoom) / Chair, Sharla
      • Its mission is to create meaningful opportunities for our community through events, activities, and programs
      • Events from the past year: Sweet Treats in the Park (Aug 2020), Fall Food Truck Night (Oct 2020), Spring Tea & Blooms (May 2021)
      • Upcoming events: Summer Food Truck Night (Aug 2021)
    • Green Team (meets second Thursday of the month  at 7pm via Zoom or outside location TBD) Co-Chair, Ethan
      • Its mission is to nurture a just, climate-resilient future for the Armatage community through accessible action, education, and advocacy opportunities
      • Events from the past year: Neighborhood Clean-ups (Oct 2020, April 2021), Rain & Native Garden Program, Incentive Programs (Native Plant Rebates, Adopt-a-Drain), Zero-waste Monitoring at Events, Education (Organics workshops, Let’s Talk about Plastics series, Solar workshop)
      • Advocacy/Awareness events: Reading circle, All We Can Save has helped activate us to think about how we can act as a community ie) opposition to Hiawatha Expansion Project
      • Member of Minneapolis Citywide Green Teams (great for ideas and networking)
    • NEW Safety Equity and Outreach (meets first Saturday of the month at 10am zoom or near kiddie pool at the park) Co-chairs, Sam & Nikki
      • Formed to address gaps in our community work and includes public safety, mental health, community relationships (police and others), and how we can support our community members who need it most
      • Recent projects: Social media best practices campaign; Safety and trial info hub; Incentive program (Safety Rebates)
      • Upcoming events: Community walk (June 19, 2021), Meet Your Community Helpers (Sept 2021), Community Anti-racism Discussion (Fall 2021)
        • Will have All Are Welcome Here signs available for purchase at the June event (and while supplies last)
    • Mini-Grants Committee (paused) Co-chairs, Adriana & Stephanie
      • Covid made it hard to implement this programming, and they want to re-imagine the program come Fall 2021. Watch for info in our communications
      • Originally designed to support projects that directly benefit the neighborhood
  • The ANA’s future funding is declining, and we are unsure of how long we can sustain operation without the city support. Currently, we operate at about $30k/year, and the city cuts will drop to $15k. We are a 501(c)3 and rely on donations, city funding, volunteers, and one part-time paid staff.
  • As Covid restrictions ease, we will look at options for returning to in-person meetings, perhaps outside this summer at the park. The ANA meetings are always open to all and are held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm.

7:55    Election Results

  • Re-elected
    • Joel H. Federer
    • Vikisha Goberdhan
    • Ethan Komoroski
    • Janhel Leandre
    • Judy Vecere
  • Newly elected
    • Eli Johnson

8:00    Door Prize Drawing

  • 6 attendees names were drawn and awarded a $25 gift card from an Armatage business

Meeting adjourned at 8:12

UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS

  • Jun 3 – Community Engagement Committee (5:30-6:30pm, Zoom)
  • Jun 3 – Reading Circle Meeting #5 (7:00-8:30pm, Zoom)
  • Jun 5 – Safety, Equity & Outreach Meeting (10:00-11:00am, Armatage Park Play Area with masks on) Jun 10 – Green Team Meeting (7:00-8:15pm, Outdoors – email anacoordinator@armatage.org for address) Jun 15 – Monthly Meeting & Safety Update (6:30-8:30pm, Zoom)

April 26, 2021 Minutes

ANA Meeting Minutes

4.26.21 / 6:30 PM / ZOOM 

BOARD ATTENDEES

Samantha Bild, Adriana Dobrzycka, Joel Federer, Vikisha Goberdhan, Ethan Komoroski, Nikki Lindberg, Sharla McIntosh-Ziegler, Donté Mearon, Kevin Ross, Judy Vecere

NOT IN ATTENDANCE: Janhel Leandre

OTHER ATTENDEES

Lauren Anderson (Coordinator), Rachel Ireland-Henry (Accountant), Jordan Nelson (Armatage/Kenny Park Director), Lara Bergman, James Riley

AGENDA

6:30    Welcome and Introductions

James Riley from Logan Park and a volunteer with Communities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB) shared information about the 911 Mental Health Crisis Response Bill — A bill for an act relating to public safety; requiring referrals to mental health crisis teams via the 911 system; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 403.03, subdivision 1 (to be known as Travis’s Law. He requested help to raise awareness about the bill, and, if willing, for people to contact their House representatives to encourage them to support bill SF1924 (companion bill HF1686 passed the House). James will attend the Safety Committee meeting on Saturday and can bring flyers to help share information.

6:40    Update from Armatage Park Director Jordan Nelson

The Rec Plus after-school program is back running with about 25-30 kids. This winter saw a successful basketball season and a busy ice rink, with over 80 kids skating on the weekends. Registration is open now for summer sports. Some summer programming is being revamped to use more outdoor space. The Park Board plans to have wading pools open this summer. Playground demo is planned for a June start, and the rebuild is expected to take 4-6 weeks. You can review and comment on the Park Board’s 2021 Comprehensive Plan through July 18, 2021. Public meetings and other details available online.

Board members noticed graffiti in the park during the Earth Day Clean-Up, in particular in the skatepark, and on the park sign and building. Jordan was aware of some graffiti, but will re-submit a request to have it removed. It was asked that the board follow-up to see if the city or neighborhoods have any comprehensive plan to address graffiti, and what are the consequences for these acts (city graffiti info).

The board also asked what we could do to support Jordan and the park programming. Beyond continued promotion of their programs, he wasn’t sure, but will keep it in mind and appreciates the board’s support.

6:50    Open Discussion on the Trial & Community Safety

No remarks.

7:10    2021 Annual Meeting (May 18) & Board Election Planning

  • Open board seats (half elected each year for 2-year terms): Ethan, Joel, Vicky, Donte, Janhel, Judy. If you plan to run again, please complete the online candidate application by May 9
  • Election moderators needed to help vote verification, and can’t be in the election. Sharla, Kevin, and Sam volunteered to help.
  • Speaker update — Armatage Reparations & Equity Actions (AREA), Jamie Long, Marion Greene, Linea Palmisano (10 min to speak, with 5 min QA)
  • ANA presentation — beyond the slides for each committee (3 min each to present), what ANA accomplishments should be highlighted
    • Some events like the kite building and flying day, as well as the holiday lights and Halloween tours
    • The formation of new committees
    • Plan Mod updates, securing our funding for several years
    • Participation plans (meetings, events) how/why get involved
  • Gift cards— we will give away 6 $25 cards as door prizes
  • Communications to promote the election and meeting — already in the newsletter, eNews, and on social media. Can ask to be on the park sign. Promote at May 8th event. Other ideas welcome.

7:25    Leadership Roles & Transition Planning

  • President and Treasurer positions are both up in June. Judy, the treasurer, has served for 3 terms/6 years in that role, and should have someone new step into that role. The by-laws were amended to allow a ⅔ vote to allow an extension for an officer’s term. She is willing to continue for now, but is hopeful someone will be interested in transitioning into this role. Joel also intends to re-run for his position as president unless someone else is interested. He, however, may not be able to fulfill his 2-year term as he may have outside commitments that would necessitate his stepping down. Officer elections are in June.

7:40    Coordinator Update

  • Armatage play area update — Beyond what Jordan presented, Lauren pointed out that the final plans didn’t have shade coverings due to budget overruns. However, the ANA has funds reserved for park improvements that didn’t get used during the Washington Ave park upgrades. We are trying to see if these funds ($28,095) can be put toward the Armatage park redevelopment.
  • Hennepin County ArchivesA motion was made and seconded to participate in the archive program to submit paper and digital documents (such as newsletters, event photos, meeting minutes) that will be stored and made accessible online (example in link from Elliot Park neighborhood). Motion carries.
  • City funding update — the CPP has been extended to the end of the year, which gives us time to get the required paperwork created. They are releasing a policy generator tool that will help neighborhood organizations meet these requirements.
  • ANA mail — although there is a forwarding request submitted through May, some mail was delivered to park

7:55    Green Team Roof Depot Letter

  • Ethan from Green Team presented an overview of the East Philips neighborhood redevelopment proposal. The letter written by the Green Team requests an environmental impact study (EIS) as part of their project proposal. It also addresses the Green Zone policy and how the East Phillips proposed project meets this initiative. The Zoning Committee will address this project on May 4, and City Council on May 14.
    Motion was made and seconded, after minor edits, to send the to Palmisano and Frey on behalf of the board. Motion carries.

8:05    Committees (3-minute updates)

  • Safety, Equity & Outreach (SEO) — Met on 4/10 in the park with about a dozen neighbors and discussed:
    • Social media
      • Responsible posting and reliable sources for information (post graphics and text created and sent to Lauren) want will follow up regarding engagement numbers
    • Building a relationship with MPD
      • Will look to invite to future events later this year
      • Look into catalytic converter theft deterrent program (Update: the MPD looking at the efficacy of the program to decide if they will do something similar to what was done in St Paul)
      • Re-engage with our Crime Prevention Specialist Jennifer Waisanen (she will be at our June 15th meeting)
      • Promote the new Minneapolis tip line
      • Continue promotion of block/apartment clubs
    • Address mental health and personal safety during the Chauvin trial and beyond
      • Have gathered resources onto one page on our website
      • Look at hosting a facilitated discussion about the issues raised from the trial
    • Welcome bag program partnership and potential “new neighbor” article for newsletter
    • Promote: rental assistance program, vaccine connector
    • Event idea to thank our first responders, health care workers, public works employees, etc. in partnership with the Community Engagement committee some time this fall
  • Community Engagement
    • May 8 Event: Spring Tea & Blooms (2:00-4:00 pm at the park) Jinx Tea and Sparrow Cafe will be selling beverages, Cafe Ceres (plan to open on May 8) is donating pastries and treats, we will be giving away spring planting kits for kids and books from Jump!, as well as hosting a scavenger hunt (completed forms will be entered for a gift card drawing).
  • Green Team
    • March 30 Solar Workshop -— 12 attendees, Mn Renewable Energy Society presented a lot of great information
    • Reading Circle  All We Can Save – Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis — did an activity using a Venn diagram that he will share with the board
    • Earth Day Clean-up April 24 went well with a bigger turn out than last fall’s event (so we ran out of grabbers). Please keep an eye on storm drains and help clear them before spring rains.
    • Rain and native garden program with Metro Blooms is kicking off — already have lots of excited folks signing up
    • Kid A did 11 pick-ups in the neighborhood

Meeting adjourned at 8:25

UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS

  • May 1 – Safety, Equity & Outreach Meeting (10-11am, Armatage Park Play Area with masks)
  • May 6 – Community Engagement Committee (5:30-6:30pm, Zoom)
  • May 6 – Reading Circle Meeting #4 (7:00-8:00pm, Zoom)
  • May 8 – Tea & Blooms (2-4pm at Park)
  • May 9 – Board Candidate Registration Deadline
  • May 13 – Green Team Meeting (7:00-8:15pm, Zoom)
  • May 11-18 – Online Board Election
  • May 18 – Annual Meeting (6:30-8:30pm, Zoom)

March 16, 2021 Minutes

ANA Meeting Minutes

3.16.21 / 6:30 PM / ZOOM 

BOARD ATTENDEES

Adriana Dobrzycka, Joel Federer, Vikisha Goberdhan, Ethan Komoroski, Nikki Lindberg, Sharla McIntosh-Ziegler, Donté Mearon, Kevin Ross, Judy Vecere

NOT IN ATTENDANCE: Samantha Bild

OTHER ATTENDEES

Lauren Anderson (Coordinator), Rachel Ireland-Henry (Accountant), Linea Palmisano (City Council), Eric Magnuson, Veronica Soria Miller, Janhel Leandre, Anne Hacker, Gail Roberts, Kelli Marks, Sarah Komoroski, Erin Shackett, Kristi Palmsten, Tara Carson

AGENDA

6:30    Welcome and Introductions

6:35    Special Election

Janhel Leandre was elected to the open board position.

6:40    Update from Council Member Linea Palmisano

  • Linea addressed concerns around the Chauvin trail and recent settlement with the Floyd family. She indicated that the City Council does not get to choose the timing, rather, the Federal Court judge makes that determination. Council members do not get to object to the timing; they only vote on the settlement itself.
  • She shared information about the Roof Depot project and concerns raised by our Green Team
  • Her office has received an uptick in noise complaints around both planes and helicopters. Be sure to report your concerns to MAC or her office.
  • She also addressed concerns around the limited number of charges that ultimately have been filed in regards to the recent rash of car-jackings (Strib article that explains this situation)
  • She will need to follow up on questions around the status of the Minneapolis Truth & Reconciliation working group
  • She will look further into concerns around the MPD driving through George Floyd Square on March 12. She was aware of many details around this event, but specific additional concerns were brought to her attention.
  • Questions about future Minneapolis Rent Control options, Linea described the current situation, and that the charter commission should be presenting their recommendations to the council soon.

7:12    Armatage Reparations & Equity Action (AREA) – Eric Magnuson & Veronica Soria Miller

  • Eric and Veronica are both Armatage area residents and came on behalf of their neighborhood group to present about the AREA1946 project.
  • In the wake of George Floyd’s death, neighbors came together sharing frustration and sorrow over the continued killing of black Americans. One neighbor brought up racial covenants as an example of a fairly recent example of systemic racism in our neighborhood. This was something most people were unaware existed. Although these covenants are no longer enforceable, what they represent has had long-reaching impacts, has shaped our city and our neighborhood and contributed to the current housing inequity gap today.
  • Even though we didn’t create these systems, we did inherit them, and by renouncing them are taking the first step in the process of reparations of acknowledging the injustice, and supporting more fair systems now and in the future.
  • Through the Mapping Prejudice project with the U, all of Hennepin County has been mapped to show which properties still have a racial covenant (they are currently mapping Ramsey county).
  • It is a personal choice to renounce a covenant on your home, and it used to be a fair amount of work. However, the city of Minneapolis, in partnership with Just Deeds has made this process much easier and free. In just the first week of announcing this partnership, Minneapolis has had more than 700 residents apply to renounce.
  • AREA1946 sees this as just a first project, and they plan to find ways to further the reparations process through becoming involved with legislative actions, micro reparation programs, and organizations working to close the housing gap in the Twin Cities.

7:30    2021 Annual Meeting & Board Election Planning (May 18)

  • Format – Zoom
  • Topic/speaker
    • Speakers
      • Elected officials
      • AREA1946
      • New and ongoing committees (each group to present 1 slide)
    • Topic (focus is equity)
      • How this is part of our mission under funding guidelines
      • How we will share information and opportunities to learn more and take action through promoting awareness of groups like AREA1946
  • Election process
    • Will follow last year’s process of opening a window for nominations/applications for board seats. People have a window of time to review the candidates and place their vote, culminating with the results being presented during the meeting.
      • Adriana expressed willingness to help flyer to promote the election (important to focus on rental areas to increase engagement from non-homeowners)

7:50    Spring Newsletter

  • Annual Meeting & Board Election
    • Door prizes (must be present during drawing)

Motion was made and seconded to purchase three gift cards from neighborhood businesses at $50 each (a total of $150). Motion carried.

  • Community Engagement Event (May 8)
  • AREA1946
  • Board Feature (Ethan)
  • Block Clubs (Request for Block Leader Contact Info)
  • Compost Bin/Rain Barrel Sales (if still relevant)

8:05    ANA Website Renewal ($550)

  • $480 Web Hosting (2 years)
  • $70 Domain Name (2 years)

Motion was made and seconded to approve the website renewal expenses. Motion carried.

8:10    Committees (3-minute updates)

  • Safety, Equity & Outreach
    • Sam Bild and Nikki Lindberg, Co-Chairs
    • Nikki, Vicky, and Lauren will help build out safety resources (focusing on the trial to start) and how to mindfully share, report, or research safety concerns
    • Donté and Sam will learn about how other neighborhoods locally and across the US approach misinformation on platforms like Nextdoor and Citizen
    • Joel will invite the MPD to our May event
    • Next meeting April 10 (10 am) at the Park with masks
  • Community Engagement
    • Lots of ideas were generated at their first meeting, and several neighbors were able to participate
    • May 8 Event: Will take place from  2:00-4:00 pm at park (Environmental focus, with planting kits, scavenger hunt, tea and coffee trucks, etc.)

Motion was made and seconded to fund seed kits at $250 request to make 120 kits. Motion carried.

  • Green Team
    • March 30 Solar Workshop (7 pm/Zoom) Green Team and the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society (MRES) on solar options including rooftop, solar gardens, options for renters, and more. Open to all, whether you live in Armatage or not. All attendees will be entered to win a solar portable charger (generously donated by MRES) or a $25 gift card to either Wagner’s or Ace (donated by the ANA Green Team). Must be present to win.
    • April 1 Reading Circle (7 pm/Zoom) Reading and discussing All We Can Save – Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis, Chapter 3.
    • We will be scheduling a clean-up day near Earth Day with the Park Board (details TBD, the date is 4/23 weather pending)
    • Kid A (https://kidamarketplace.com/) will be in Armatage the first week of April (see eNews blurb)
    • Plan to have rain and native garden program with Metro Blooms again. The application will have two new questions about why they are interested and that they are aware of the maintenance required. Applicants interested in additional financial assistance for their rain garden will be asked to note that in their application as well.
  • Mini-Grants
    • Taking a break and wanting to re-address later in the year. The pandemic has limited us both in ways to connect with the community and for grant implementation.

Meeting adjourned at 8:26

UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS

  • Mar 30 – Solar Workshop (7:00-8:15 pm, Zoom)
  • Apr 1 – Community Engagement Meeting (5:30-6:30pm, Zoom)
  • Apr 1 – Reading Circle Meeting #3 (7:00-8:00pm, Zoom)
  • Apr 8 – Green Team Meeting (7:00-8:15pm, Zoom)
  • Apr 10 – Safety, Equity & Outreach Meeting (10:00-11:00 am, Armatage Park Play Area with masks on)
  • Apr 20 – Monthly Meeting (6:30-8:30 pm, Zoom)

February 16, 2021 Minutes

ANA Meeting Minutes

Board Attendees: Samantha Bild, Joel Federer, Ethan Komoroski, Nikki Lindberg, Sharla McIntosh-Ziegler, Donté Mearon, Kevin Ross, Judy Vecere

Not in Attendance: Adriana Dobrzycka, Vikisha Goberdhan

Other Attendees: Lauren Anderson (Coordinator), Rachel Ireland-Henry (Accountant), Cynthia Hendricks, Maureen Foley, Kelli M., Grace, Pete Hermann-Franzen, Stephanie Vigen, Geri Wolf, Daniel del Prado

Agenda

6:30 Welcome and Introductions

6:35 Secretary Election

  • A motion was made and seconded to elect Nikki Lindberg for the secretary position. Motion carried.

6:40 Cafe Ceres (5401 Penn Av S)

  • Geri Wolf, on behalf of Executive Pastry Chef and General Manager Shawn McKenzie and business partner Daniel del Prado
  • Cafe Ceres coffee shop opening anticipated March 15 (planned hours 7am-3pm). This is a second location (also on 44th St in Linden Hills). Middle Eastern influence, focused on light offerings (pastries, salads, etc). They will be applying for a liquor license for future ideas like tasting events, etc. A public hearing regarding this license probably at the end of March/early April, but haven’t submitted the application yet. A motion was made and seconded to support this project. Motion carries. Lauren will draft letter for board approval.

7:10 Committee Visioning Next Steps

  • Review where we’ve been and where we want to go
  • Laying the groundwork so we can be well-positioned for the future
  • Board member expectations
    • 5-6 hours/month (including a monthly meeting on the third Tuesday of the month, 6:30-8:30pm)
    • Engagement with ANA email discussions
    • Come prepared to meetings
    • Disclose any conflicts of interest
    • Act in a positive manner, and as a representative of the organization in a professional manner
    • Volunteer at ANA events throughout the year
    • Assist in recruiting new members, promote the ANA
    • NEW — Joining an ANA committee (goal to share the work equitably)
  • Breakout Sessions: plan first meeting, what you hope to accomplish in first 3 months (March-May); consider special requests (speakers, surveys, social media posts); who will chair (or put as first meeting agenda item); take notes and send to Lauren
    • Community Engagement (Judy, Ethan, Kevin, Stephanie, Sharla)
      • Thursday, March 4 at 5:30 (First Thursday of the month)
      • Event ideas:
        • Easter/spring activity
        • Snowman contest
        • Coffee truck
        • Art kit
        • Chalk contest (great Armatage sidewalk weekend)
        • Way to connect with park director (Jordan)
        • Concentrate on better events, not necessarily more events (will work on setting a calendar)
        • Chair, Sharla
    • Safety, Equity & Outreach [SEO] (Danté, Nikki, Joel, Sam, Rachel)
      • Saturday, March 6 at 10:00am (First Saturday of the month)
      • Priorities:
        • Rebuilding our relationship with the MPD; get to know the officers. Note: Palmisano’s February 24 event to meet with new 5th Precinct Inspector, Katie Blackwell, February 24th at 6:30-8pm
        • Recruiting more members
        • Safety education: reliable sources, who to report to, how to share
          responsibly
        • Review safety rebate program
        • Chair (leads meeting, keep on task, updating Lauren/board) will be on the first meeting agenda

7:50 Coordinator Update

  • Byte Technologies website support bundle renewal. A motion was made and seconded to support purchasing the 10-hour bundle (with 3 free bonus hours) for $1,550 (anticipate it will get us several years of support service). Motion carried
  • Adobe Creative Suite renewal ($360/year nonprofit discounted rate) A motion was made and seconded to support our continued Adobe subscription. Motion carried.
  • A question was raised regarding cloud storage, and how the ANA was sitting. Currently at 75% capacity, so will address increasing storage capacity in March.
  • Hennepin County Archives reached out to the ANA and is offering to digitize items for archival purposes. We will discuss this further in March but could be a nice way to digitally save what is currently in file drawers.
  • Open board seat election will take place at the March 16th monthly meeting. Palmisano is also scheduled to present an update in March.
  • Block leaders update: 29 registered (of 80 or 90 total blocks)

8:00 Committee Action Needed

  • Event updates: 90 link requests for plastics movie; 12 for discussion; 40 at the workshop
  • Reading circle updates: 6 at first, at least 8 anticipated at second
  • Solar awareness presentation in the works. Motion made and seconded to purchase two $50 gift cards from local businesses as door prizes to encourage attending this presentation. Motion carried.

Meeting adjourned at 8:14

January 19, 2021 Minutes

ANA Meeting Minutes

Board Attendees​: Joel Federer, Ethan Komoroski, Vikisha Goberdhan, Sharla Mcintosh, Adriana Dobrzycka, Kevin Ross, Adam Miller, Donte Mearon, Sam Bild, Nikki Lindberg

Board members absent​:  Judy Vecere

Support team​: Lauren Anderson, Rachel Ireland-Henry

Additional attendees​: Sarah Komoroski, Eli Johnson, Ozlem Ersin

Special Election for Open Seat

  • One open seat, two candidates (Nikki Lindberg and Eli Johnson)
  • 42 votes were cast in total.
  • Nikki Lindberg was elected – term will expire in May 2022

New Business

  • None

Approval of December Minutes

  • Approved by board

Reimagining Mini Grants

  • Currently reassessing the grant level amounts, term of grants, number/frequency of awarded grants
  • Any and all ideas welcome. Please contact anacoordinator@armatage.org with any thoughts relating to mini grant program

Committee Updates

  • Green Team
    • The free virtual screening of “The Story of Plastic will air Jan. 17 – 21
      • 40 people have signed up so far
    • A conversation about the movie will be held on Jan 21 at 8pm
    • Workshop on zero waste alternatives will be held on Jan 28 at 7:30pm
    • Register and get more info at https://armatage.org/plastics/
    • Reading circle for the book “All We Can Save” will be held Feb. 1

Coordinator Update

  • Holiday Light Tour Final Numbers
    • 20 houses were enrolled in the tour
    • 181 votes were cast
    • 56,821 views of the tour google map
    • Lots of positive feedback
    • Some suggestions to consider changes to the route and adding different voting categories
  • Armatage Play Area Public Hearing
    • Hearing to be held Jan. 20 at 6:30pm
    • To comment, register here by 12:00pm on Jan. 20
  • NCR Survey on Neighborhood Election Day
    • The City of Minneapolis in the future will coordinate a singular Neighborhood Day which promotes neighborhood work while providing a time to vote on neighborhood board membership.
    • Neighborhood Day will allow for citywide communication to promote the importance of neighborhoods and encourage participation in voting and running in neighborhood organization board elections. Currently, an estimated less than 1% of those eligible to vote in neighborhood board elections actually do. The goal of a coordinated citywide effort is to increase participation and involvement in funded neighborhood organizations.
    • Lauren took the survey. Joel, Nikki and Adriana volunteered to take it as well.
  • Block Leader Outreach

ANA Visioning and Board/Committee Expectations Part 3

  • Conversation was continued
  • Expectations were passed per below:
    • Required Board Expectations:
      • Join and actively participate in at least one ANA committee:
        • Some committees will not meet monthly so in that case, board members are encouraged to join a second committee.
        • Proposed requirement: board members attend a minimum number of committee meetings per year.
      • Volunteer at 3-4 events during the year (one must be the Summer Festival if we can safely hold it).
      • Attend monthly meetings and notify fellow board members if you’ll be absent. Per our bylaws, if a board member misses three consecutive meetings without prior notification, they will be deemed to have vacated their board seat.
      • Strongly Encouraged/Expected:
        • For remote meetings, plan to have your camera on.
        • Participation in email discussion and interact with ANA social media posts.
        • Minimum 6 month commitment; can change committees yearly–each January at monthly board meeting.
    • Committee Expectations:
      • All meetings must be available to the public
      • Committee members to create and propose social media content for events/initiatives pertaining to the committee
      • Committees to assign note-taker (board member?) and report back to full board during monthly meetings
      • Committees to determine annual plan, propose to full board at December meeting
      • Coordinator to attend as appropriate
      • Committee Chair Responsibilities:
        • Lead committee meetings
        • Year end work planning and reporting
        • Welcome new members
        • Set agenda and make sure notes are taken
        • Others as needed

December 15, 2020 Minutes

Board Attendees : Joel Federer, Ethan Komoroski, Vikisha Goberdhan, Sharla Mcintosh,
Adriana Dobrzycka, Kevin Ross, Adam Miller, Donte Mearon, Judy Vecere, Sam Bild

Board members absent :

Support team : Lauren Anderson, Rachel Ireland-Henry

Additional attendees : Sarah Komoroski, Council Member Linea Palmisano

Neighborhood Association Funding Shifts/Cut Update

  • Plan for 2021 is that we will get ½ of our CPP allocation (under $16K for first half of year)
  • Come July 1 st we’ll have new program – uncertainty around details (maybe a little above
    $10K – TBD)
  • Rachel confirming numbers
  • What this means:
    • Shift in how boards operate
    • Maybe there will be a shift in some responsibilities from coordinator to board
      members
    • Sharla/Lauren/Joel looking at expectations and reviewing comments
    • Defining expectations for committees
      • Idea: How do we increase time on community activation vs. internal
        meetings?
      • Idea: First hour for committee meetings/second hour for team meetings?
      • Idea: Chair/coordinator roles on committees
    • Discussed participation interest of committee proposals

Coordinator Update

  • Holiday Light Tour
    • Going well – 54 votes!
    • MSP Magazine exposure – lots of people have commented online
    • Sign about light tour is up at Penn
  • ANA Funds – $200 left…
  • January 2021 Newsletter
    • Lauren shared update on Jan 2021
    • Member feature – Sam
    • Welcome bags
    • Green team has plastics event
    • Mini grants
    • Special Election
    • Run through social/digital channels
    • Ideas:
      • Voter turnout for elections (recap)
      • What are your neighbors up to
      • Holiday light tour winner feature
      • Safety
      • Block leaders ‘what to know’

City Update and Q & A with Council Member Palmisano

  • Discussion on block leader information accessibility
    • Linea will pose as question
  • Supported funding for neighborhoods and worked on this initiative (increase by $10K next year for Armatage)
    • Armatage submitted most commentary on how important ANA is
  • How city budget wrapped up
    • Had to correct in July to balance budget in light of COVID
      • Revenues we get from downtown, ballpark taxes, alcohol sales, etc.
        Downtown core usually contributes to $60M in entertainment taxes, etc.
        This is how we’ve weathered recessions in the past
      • Also had to correct for damage after the unrest following the death of
        George Floyd – financial support for 38 th and Chicago, Lake Street, and
        broadway
      • We still have a health department in city – and they are working to
        separate it from the police department into the Office of Violence
        Prevention.
    • 3 council members’ “Safety for all” mostly passed
      • Things include mental health only community crisis responders (not a
        co-responder model like what has existing between MPD & Hennepin
        County’s COPE team)
      • Safety for all wanted to create, implement, and support capability build
      • $ was taken out of police department for this initiative
      • Navigators were taken out of the police department (culturally specific
        specialists) – these people held humanity with victims and helped them
        navigate the aftermath of a crime with special attention for burial
        practices, cultural mourning.
      • Recruiting classes- took our second and third rounds of funding for
        training
    • Keep sworn officer count at 888 – Linea successful here
      • Ratio of officers to population is lower than other cities our size (other
        cities often have double)
      • Officers are needing to work overtime
    • Joint enforcement teams
      • To support staffing minimums – we could partner
      • County sheriff office had a COVID spike – ex. Would take resources