Category Archives: Minutes

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
    • Sharla/Lauren/Joel looking at expectations and reviewing comments
    • Defining expectations for committees
      • Idea: How do we increase time on community activation vs. internal
      • 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
      • We still have a health department in city – and they are working to
        separate it from the police department into the Office of Violence
    • 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
    • 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

November 17, 2020 Minutes

ANA Board Meeting Minutes

November 17, 2020

Board members present: Joel Federer, Kevin Ross, Judy Vecere, Sean Burke, Sharla McIntosh-
Ziegler, Adriana Dobrzycka

Support team present: Lauren Anderson, Rachel Ireland-Henry

Board Members absent: Adam Miller, Donte Mearon, Sam Bild

Additional Attendees: Sarah Komoroski, Ethan Komoroski, Irene Fleury, Eric Fleury

Rain gardens:

    • More people on waiting list than available slots.
    • Money for next year.
    • $37182
    • Spots reserved for renters.
    • 15 rain gardens $9000 Ethan/Kevin


    • Very popular, great feedback
    • Flyers really helped

Holiday light tour?

  • Taking pictures
  • December 13th week of


  • Vicky Goberdhan and Ethan Komoroski were elected to the ANA Board.


  • Board and committee members worked with Lauren to pull together a list of proposed year-end expenses for upcoming ANA meetings, programs and events. The Board approved $2336 to cover the proposed list of expenses.

Visioning/board expectations:

  • Working board vs advisory board
  • Every board members must join a subcommittee
  • Interview candidates
  • Consistent contact on subcommittees (chair)
  • Enforcement/accountability
  • This approach was passed and there will be a follow-up conversation in December on the proposed expectations and committee structure.

Lauren/Rachael contracts:

  • LAUREN $32/hr cost of living.
  • RACHAEL 50 hours (increase in hours) $40/hour

Donation button needs to be year round and more prominent.

October 20, 2020 Minutes

ANA Board Meeting

October 20, 2020

Board Attendees: Joel Federer, Patty Grabski, Sharla Mcintosh, Adriana Dobrzycka, Kevin Ross, Adam Miller, Donte Maran, Sean Burke

Board members absent: Judy Vecere

Support team: Lauren Anderson, Rachel Ireland-Henry

Additional attendees: Ethan and Sarah Komoroski, Linea Palmisano, Stephanie Vigen, Bob Cooper

Start time: 6:37

Update from council member Linea Palmisano

  • Snow plowing today/tomorrow – street sweeping is underway which limits plowing ability – the vehicles are the same
  • Please send mail-in ballots within the next 7 days; MN can start counting 14 days prior to election day; Mount Olivet is the closest drop box location for Armatage; over 100,000 people in Mpls have voted to date
  • Plan to open 38th and Chicago (site of Floyd memorial); barricades currently exist to cordon the space but also allow for emergency access, but blockage is difficult for local residents and businesses and metro transit; open to recommendations for a winter setup/design
  • Linden Hills trolley path soil regeneration initiative
  • Working on plan to address homelessness in the area

Neighborhood funding update (NCR staff) & ANA 2021 budget: Bob Cooper

  • Two topic priorities: New neighborhood programming, funding levels
  • Neighborhoods get 4.2M, dropping progressively down to 3 in 2023
  • $31k in 2020, $25,600 in 2021, $23 in 2022, $14 in 2023 for Armatage; additional 1800 for equitable engagement fund
  • Next steps and decision points: Nov 5 for Public Health and Safety committee vote, then to city council, Dec 9 budget adoption

Halloween Decoration Tour

  • 15 houses signed-up
  • Help needed in the next week from board members as ambassadors to spread the word for signups and viewer participation; asking for individual Nextdoor posts
  • Flyering around the park and at local businesses – Adriana and Donte volunteers
  • Program begins Sunday 10/25
  • Discussion re local businesses to support via purchase of prize gift cards

Holiday Lighting at the Park

  • Need park to confirm if there will be an ice rink
  • Proposal to utilize CPP funds to purchase lights for use this year and years forward VS hiring a vendor to hang tree lights (~$600)

Fall program Wrap-up & Recommendations

  • Fall neighborhood clean-up
    • 34 volunteers, 12 teams, 18 bags of trash, 10 bags of recycling
  • Let’s Get Uncomfortable Workshop
    • Some mixed reviews from attendees; attendance was lower than desired
  • Fall Food Truck Night
    • 200 attendees
    • Dinner hour traffic and long menus slowed down the process significantly – some hour-long waits to receive food
    • Vendors were pleased with sales

President’s Report

  • Brett Anderson resigned from the board effective immediately (home move)
  • Patty Grabski resigns from the board effective November (home move)

Minutes – approved via email

Committee Updates

  • Green Team:  Ideas for future equity-focused engagement
    • Ongoing discussion re how to diversify and expand outreach to residents, building off of popularity of the rain garden program; expand seasonal programming
  • Mini Grant:  Update on 2020 grant projects
    • Armatage school projects on hold for the time being
  • Subcommittee assignments and structure – plan to discuss at November board meeting

Coordinator Update

  • November HH
    • 11/10, 8-9pm, virtual on Zoom – proposal to cancel due to previous very low participation VS plan a structured activity or game
    • Decision to cancel and perhaps plan something later in the year/season
  • Supply and Tech needs continued
    • Funds leftover in CPP
      • T-shirts, rechargeable speaker, microphone
      • Plan to organize for November meeting to vote on spending and supplies

Adjourned 8:30


September 22, 2020 Minutes

ANA Board Meeting Minutes

September 22, 2020

Board members present:  Joel Federer, Kevin Ross, Patty Grabski, Samantha Bild, Adam Miller, Judy Vecere, Sean Burke, Sharla McIntosh, Donte Mearon, Adriana Dobrzycka, Brett Anderson

Support team present:  Lauren Anderson, Rachel Ireland-Henry

Board Members absent: 

Additional Attendees:   Sarah and Ethan Komoroski (Green Team), Ben VenZant, Stuart and Cindy Tapper, Tommy Cohen, ‘echampion’, Merrie Sjogren, ‘Jeff’, Stephanie Vigen, Michael Kootsikas, Tara Brown

  • Discussion re possibility of new wine and liquor store at Snap Fitness location at 54th and Penn
    • Merwin Liquors
    • Stuart, Cindy and Tommy Cohen partners
    • Large independent chain – 8 stores
    • Goal for Upscale with focus on wines and craft beer; MN local craft beers
    • Timing Q1/Q2 2021
    • Request for a letter expressing support from the board to pass to council
  • Fall Food Truck Night
    • Sunday 10/18, 430-6pm
    • Confirming Gerhardt Brats, Fairfaves (fair food), Thumbs cookies
    • Park is trying to bump the event for a baseball rain date – need ideas for new space
    • Supplies: EVENT TODAY large feather sign – reusable; flyers; A-frame signs = $600 budget request – motion carries unanimously
  • Halloween Decoration Tour
    • Planning support volunteers needed
    • Request for $150 – 3 x $50 gift cards for category winners = motion carries unanimously
    • for local COVID guidelines
    • Donte suggestion for at-home make a Halloween t-shirt kit; Donte to initiate committee to review ideas
  • Let’s Get Uncomfortable Workshop
    • 10/6, 830-10pm; DangerBoat Productions
    • Board members may observe, but not participate
  • President’s Report – no Updates

  • ANA response to Neighborhoods 2020
    • Motion carries unanimously to approve ANA letter and send to council
  • Welcome Bags
    • New volunteers needed to adopt ownership of the program
      • Sean B volunteers to be delivery person (only) and Kevin Ross
      • Sarah and Ethan Komoroski volunteer to take over execution of the program (non-board)
      • (Sarah) (Ethan)
  • Green Team Updates
    • Native Plant Rebate Program
      • Participation at 14
      • Great opportunity for those unable to participate in raingardens
    • Adopt a Storm Drain Challenge
      • Participation at 5
      • Plan for monthly reminders
    • Neighborhood Clean-up (Litter Be Gone)
      • 10/3 9am , setup at the park
      • 25 teams signed up
      • Chinook book codes
  • Mini Grants
    • HH discussion re committee priorities, outreach to potential grant participants
    • 2 current grant recipients programs are on hold due to COVID and virtual school
    • Donte shared ideas for his grant mural project
  • Coordinator Update
    • Neighbor issue with dumping – request for letter of support, in lieu of we will direct him to 311 and councilmember Palmisano
    • T-shirt order, possibly hats – request for funding $800, motion carries unanimously

Adjourn at 8:51

August 18, 2020 Minutes

ANA Board Meeting

August 18, 2020

Board members present:  Joel Federer, Kevin Ross, Patty Grabski, Samantha Bild, Adam Miller, Judy Vecere, Sean Burke, Sharla McIntosh, Donte Mearon, Brett Anderson

Support team present:  Lauren Anderson, Rachel Ireland-Henry, Jordan Nelson, Neil

Board Members absent: Adriana Dobrzycka

Virtual Happy Hours Topics/Guests – Sep 8 & Nov 10

  • Schedule changing to every other month – participation has been low
  • Ideas
    • School learning, maybe a MPS guest, some sort of support opportunity
    • Backpack drive – supplies for Mpls kids
  • Next date is 9/8
  • Sam and Sean volunteer to work on agenda for 9/8 – plan due Thursday 8/27

Park board Update

  • ran childcare program through summer School-age – revised procedures for COVID
  • Mid summer began some revised programs, Fun on the Run with social distance
  • Online programs, live and recorded
  • Fall programming – rec centers will not enter in full, but for some programs
  • Fall sports: soccer, flag football
  • Armatage Park Alternative Halloween Event
  • Drive-through or map with stations in park – looking for additional suggestions
    • Map of neighborhood houses with awesome decorations
    • Park costume parade or bubble placement
    • Haunted Hay maze
    • Dunk tank sans water
  • Liability and safety considerations over-arching all planning

Rescheduled National Night Out – Sep 15

Litter Be Gone – Oct 3

  • Pickup supplies pre-sorted at Armatage park
  • Teams of household groups only

Let’s Get Uncomfortable Workshop – Oct 6

  • Limited to 25 participants
  • Some funding still available for small promotion

Sweet Treats in the Park

  • Neighborhood signage and parking lot setup planned
  • Sunday 530-730
  • Topic of plan for mask-wearing enforcement
    • Plan to have masks and sanitizer available  (Patty to bring box of masks)

Neighborhoods 2020 Letter

  • Brett to compose Armatage letter
  • Request for the board to sign joint neighborhood letter
    • Vote passed unanimously to sign

President’s Report

  • No  comments

Minutes – Approved Via Email

Treasurer Report – Financials Emailed

Coordinator Update:

  • Fall Newsletter Content and Timeline – Election, Census, Let’s Get Uncomfortable
  • ANA to own organizing a Halloween lights/décor driving map for the week of Halloween
  • Web and Social Media Content Updates

Finance update

  • ANA Account Rachel Ireland-Henry gave a financial presentation on the ANA’s city funding, reimbursement process, CPP and NRP current funding programs, and the Neighborhoods 2020 process to determine future funding for 2021 and beyond.

8:07 Motion to Adjourn

July 21, 2020 Minutes

Meeting Commence: 6:30

Location: Zoom/ Virtual

Board attendees: Joel Federer, Judy Vecere, Brett Anderson, Patty Grabski, Kevin Ross, Sharla McIntosh, Sean Burke, Adam Miller

Board absentees: Adriana Dobrzycka, Donte Mearon, Samantha Bild
Additional attendees: Lauren Anderson (Coordinator), Rachel Ireland-Henry (Accountant)

Board Elections

  • Secretary – Patty Grabski – ran unopposed, unanimous vote
  • Vice President – Kevin Ross – ran unopposed, unanimous vote

Community Conversations

  • Community Safety survey feedback
    • Question is really broad – comments accepted to improve clarity
  • Interest in offering Workshop re race and anti-racism
    • Motion passes unanimously to allocate $500 towards Theater of Public Policy event
    • Potential to share event with another neighborhood
    • Discussion re virtual vs in person event

August Community Outreach

  • Food Truck Night
    • Team not getting responses from many vendors
    • Red Wagon – declines to do any face to face customer interaction
    • No food permits from the city; would have to be park facilities
    • Sunny’s Ice Cream said YES
    • Milk and Cookies truck could be available
    • Challenge of dealing with / organizing congregation of people
    • Budget $500 for communications; $150 in supplies
      • Up to $650 : motion carries unanimously, dependent on subsequent committee plans
  • Bike Parade event
    • City not allowing any block permits, but said to go ahead and do it on our own, as long as participation is below 250
    • No volunteers to chair the program – will communicate to full board via email
    • Table for now

Summer 2020 print newsletter

  • Article submissions due July 31
  • Content
    • Kevin Ross – feature new board member
  • Census Update
  • Mail-in voting
  • Article re ‘20 is plenty’
  • ‘Nature’s Best Hope’ book recap

Other Business – none

President’s Report

  • Meeting with Carol, Kenny president, N2020, discussed possibility to merge neighborhood associations

Minutes – Approved Via Email

Treasurer Report – Financials Emailed

  • CPP funds – possibility to move $ around the following:
    • Transfer $3,000 from Staffing to Professional Services
    • Transfer $1,500 from Communications to Professional Services
    • Transfer $570 from Communications to D & O Insurance
    • Transfer $700 from Communications to Supplies & Materials
    • Transfer $383 from Occupancy to Supplies & Materials
    • Transfer $2,300 from Occupancy to Meetings & Community Building events
  • Motion passed to move $8453 in CPP funds
    • Pay $4500 for Metro Blooms out of CPP (i/o NPP)

Committee Updates

  • Green Team:
    • $1,000 approved for Native Plant Rebate Program
    • $75 approved for Adopt a Storm Drain Challenge
    • $150 approved for Litter Be Gone Clean-up
  • Complete Count:
    • Census Social Media Campaign Recap
    • $50 gift card to 4 respondents from digital campaign
  • Mini Grants:
    • Happy Hour 2 Min Recap
    • Safety and engaging children with the arts
    • Held an orientation in May for new grant recipients
    • Staying flexible through COVID re uncertainty of kids in school – both grants are with Armatage school

Coordinator update

  • Neighborhoods 2020
  • Armatage funding is proposed to go down yearly $32,000 – $23,000 – lower – $10,000 in base funding
  • Financial orientation
    • Training/ deep dive for board members
    • Rachel/accountant to lead the training
    • Proposal for Zoom
  • Website info
    • Need board member info, paragraph
  • August board meeting
    • Typically not held due to Summer Festival
    • Hold short official meeting for few topics – add Financial Orientation
    • August 18
  • Park updates from Jordan
    • Rec centers closed indefinitely
    • Parks attempting to accommodate tents/ campgrounds – limits on number; goal to add toilet facilities and handwashing, sanitizer

8:16pm Motion to adjourn


June 16, 2020 Minutes

Meeting Minutes – ANA Annual Meeting

Date: June 16, 2020

Format: Virtual meeting held via Zoom, 40+ Armatage neighbors in attendance

Called to Order: 7:03pm

Presided by: Joel Federer (President)

Note taker: Patty Grabski

Board members present:  Joel Federer, Patty Grabski, Tyler Mulcahey, Donte Mearan, Adriana D, Adam Miller, Brett Anderson, Michael Kootsikas, Judy Vecere

Board members absent: Ryan Antkowiak

Others present: Lauren Anderson (Coordinator), Rachel Ireland-Henry (Accountant), Linea Palmisano, David Rubedor, Jamie Long, Marion Greene

Upcoming event: Zoom convo with Linea Palmisano re neighborhood safety and policing on June 25

2020 Census – David Rubedor, Director of Neighborhood & Community Relations

  • Every 10 years – constitutional requirement
  • Many current challenges to accurate representation and distribution of resources
  • MN risks losing a congressional seat = $2.6M potential loss
  • Extension due to COVID and civil unrest – new deadline is October 31+
  • Good news! – ARMATAGE is at 86% self-response rate to date– above 2010 final rate

Marion Greene, County Commissioner

  • Money from fed govt for COVID response to Hennepin C
    • $25M for small bus support – 2k bus asking from 36 cities
    • Funds for nonprofits
    • $15M in rental
    • $2.5M in employment assistance
    • Homelessness – expand shelters to make them COVID safe; expand to hotels, spread by 50%
      • 24 hr services for daytime safety
      • Vulnerable ppl housing support – age, illness – 625 hotel units supporting for QT
      • Working on permanent housing, affordable housing project – increased funding
      • Adult shelter connect line
    • Youth focused resources
      • Distance learning – kids without wifi or computer – $1.5M
      • $1-3M for summer youth activities – creating city programs
    • Concern for elections – $3.5M to ensure elections go smoothly
      • Apply for an absentee ballot for primary – auto gen for federal election – this will help with social distancing, some locations will be closed, there will be pressure on polling locations
  • Lobbying at the legislature for reform re George Floyd
    • Looking at jail terms??
    • Look to the court system to evaluate outcomes
    • Respond to destruction on lake st etc; property ownership, work on gentrification
  • Weekly newsletter available – tells how money is spent etc, updates on city activities

Jamie Long, State Representative

  • Introduced bill: Commitment to police reform, change the way we prosecute police-involved shootings; independent prosecutors, handled by attorney general
  • Working on bill for Civilian review process – hamstrung by state laws
  • Residency requirements – 90% of our PO do not live in the city of Mpls – maybe set reqs, up to the city; PO arbitration for reinstatement process
  • 20 bills submitted to propose transformative change
  • Senate bills passed have been quite modest
  • COVID – called leg into special session; stay safe phase – 10 indoors, 25 outdoors, reduced capacity for retail and gyms
    • Extended unemployment
    • Pandemic unemployment for self-emp and independent contractors
    • Grants for childcare providers and food shelves
    • Energy assistance
    • Workers comp for COVID medical
  • Elections – pushing for vote by mail
  • Bus Rapid Transit including the E Line along France Ave is in this round of the bonding bill but no agreement yet
  • $15 million for Solar Rewards Program
  • How can citizens help to push changes forward – most impactful to reach out to those who represent you.
  • Rep Long’s office got 6,000 messages over the past several weeks after George Floyd and the unrest, which is by far more than he’s received on any other issue since taking office. He has proposed a $350 million package to help rebuild, which unfortunately won’t scratch the surface. The state is also pursuing emergency funding for emergency food shelves.

Linea Palmisano, City Council Member

  • COVID Series of cost containment measures – $61M of additional savings to city budget to keep balanced
    • Need to cut $165M
    • Budget amendment in July – strategic cuts
    • 24% cut to some services – will feel like
  • Stance on defund the police – transparency, accountability, etc
    • ‘year of community involvement’?
  • What can we do
    • Block org and neighbor involvement and coop was increased – working at the block club level
    • Participate in public hearings
    • Q on ballot – charter amendment of city charter re requiring a police dept and details
      • Hearings by august 21 in order to be on ballot in November
    • Need methods to receive feedback and input
  • 2040 plan
    • How to undo impacts of redlining – need greater integration in our city  – need more kinds of public housing and different levels of income, need senior housing, etc
      • Need all orgs to create impact, not just zoning
      • Need to recover Lake St to maintain racially diverse businesses etc

Mini Grants Update

  • Goal is to fund projects that support, strengthen Armatage
  • 2019 projects
    • Community art mural
    • Neighborhood thermal camera
  • 2020 projects
    • Equity committee at Armatage Montessori
    • Outdoor Curriculum with Armatage Montessori PTA

Neighborhood Art Journal 

Neighborhoods 2020

  • Focused on creating equity across the city and redirect funds
  • Neighborhood base funding to drop from $30k to $10k
  • ANA requesting council to consider $15
  • Significant changes to services able to provide to the neighborhood
  • Residents please review the draft funding plan and comment to the city by July 15
  • Draft letter available on ANA website – to send to city council

Election Results

  • 119 total votes!
  • Samantha Bild
  • Sean Burke
  • Adriana Dobryzcka
  • Sharla McIntosh-Ziegler
  • Kevin Ross

Door Prize Drawing

  • Chris – Colita
  • Josh – Unwind Within

Please join us for a neighborhood conversation with Linea Palmisano on Thursday June 25

April 21, 2020 Minutes

Meeting Minutes

Date: April 21, 2020

Format: Virtual meeting held via Zoom

Called to Order: 6:33pm

Presided by: Joel Federer (President)

Note taker: Patty Grabski

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

Others in attendance: Linea Palmisano (Council Member, Ward 13), Jordan Nelson (Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, Stephanie Vigen, Neil D.

Board members absent: Judy Vecere (technical difficulties), Tyler Mulcahey

Welcome & Introductions

Parks and Rec Update: Jordan

  • Rec Center closed in conjunction with schools at least through May 3
    • Trying to move programs online
  • Ambassador program
    • Parks and trails are open
    • Park reps available to check on things, answer questions and be a resource to residents
    • ID via light blue jackets
    • Trying to keep park reps employed

City Update: Linea Palmisano

  • Property tax late fees in Hennepin and Ramsey will be waived until June 15
  • $2.2M in small business relief agreed and available
  • Passed takeout wine and beer with food – big revenue boost for small businesses
  • Donation hub located in the city
  • COVID health department line open – 24/7 response
  • Street sweeping impending for pollution control
    • There will not be towing but tickets will be issued
    • Dumpsters included in required moving
  • Construction nuisance update

ANA Annual meeting and Board Elections

  • Question of whether to hold online June 16 or wait until Fall
    • Board consensus to hold online in June
  • Discussion re Annual Meeting main topic
    • City staffer to present re 2020 Census via webinar
    • Suggestion for open forum re feedback and outreach
    • Grant recipient updates
  • Process discussion re whether and how to end vote count during hte online meeting in order to announce new board members
  • Need to determine best web platform to utilize – need volunteer to research
  • Suggestion to model voting process on Kingfield, utilize their voter guide
    • This requires candidates to self-identify in advance – no nominations during meeting
  • Lauren to confirm open seats – please communicate with her if your term is up


  • Content review is crunched this month – need several volunteers to help with proofreading

Virtual Happy Hour and Coffee Break

  • 1 held so far with 7-8 in attendance
  • 5/12 to be hosted by the Green Team with topic of Spring Gardening
  • 6/9 host Mini Grants subcommittee

Social Distancing Engagement

  • Art booklet and Quarantine projects – PDF or slideshow
  • Contracted art kit
  • Contest for mural artwork
  • Donte to compile and organize submissions

Presidents Report

March Minutes – Approved

Treasurer Report

  • CPP funds could be revoked by the city – $38k in report – should we earmark these with the intention of safe-guarding
    • Suggestion to move to Metro Blooms bill to ‘professional services’ within CPP

Green Team Update

  • Rain and Native Gardens
    • This will go forward despite COVID with social distancing
    • 15 gardens in program, several spots still open – will boost on social
    • Continue feedback to Metro Blooms re sensitivity to size etc
    • June installation
  • Virtual Organics workshop 5/18
  • Hennepin county grant is canceled due to COVID

Mini Grants Committee Update

  • 3 applications received
    1. The Fen – garden installation at 58/Penn triangle
      • Application lacked clarity – vote to deny passed
    2. Armatage Montessori School – equity and race workshops
      • Application approved
    3. Armatage PTA courtyard garden improvement and nature studies
      • Application approved

Complete Count

  • FB paid ads
  • Please help boost by sharing via Twitter, FB and Instagram

Coordinator Update

  • COVID19 relief fund – could combine with two other neighborhoods, we would have $8500 to contribute from program funds – to look into
  • Attorney support paid for by city
  • Armatage Park playground up for renovation – goal to encourage fast movement on plan


March 17, 2020 Minutes

Meeting Minutes

Date: March 17, 2020

Format: Virtual meeting held via Zoom

Called to Order: 6:33pm

Presided by: Joel Federer (President)

Note taker: Brett Anderson

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

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

Board members absent: Tyler Mulcahey, Donte Mearon

Welcome & Introductions

Update from Council Member Linea Palmisano

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

May Meeting/Elections

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


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

N2020 Strategy

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

Other Business – None

President’s Report 

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

Minutes approved via email

Financials sent out via email – no questions

Committee Updates

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

Meeting Adjourned: 7:51pm

February 18, 2020 Minutes

Meeting Minutes 

Date: February 18, 2020

Called to Order: 6:34PM

Presided by: Joel Federer (President)

Note taker: Adam Miller

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

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

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

February 18, 2020 Agenda 

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

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

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

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

7:00pm 2019 CPP Report

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

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

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

7:20pm President’s Report

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

7:30pm   Minutes – Approved via Email

Treasurer Report – Financials Emailed

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

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

7:55pm Committee Updates

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

8:10pm Coordinator Update:

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

8:40pm Adjournment

  • Motion to Adjourn Approved