Category Archives: Safety

October 11, 2019 eNews

October 15, 2019 Meeting Agenda

  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Park Update:
    • Halloween at the Park
    • Equipment Needs
  • Guest: City of Minneapolis Regulatory Services
  • Guest: Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board on Parks for All Comprehensive Design
  • Guest: City Council Member Linea Palmisano, Ward 13
  • Coordinator Update – Plan Mod Outreach
    • Washburn Tot Lot pop-up event
    • Door knocking maps & dates
    • Social media
    • Halloween at the Park display and incentives
  • Other Business
  • President’s Report
    • Winter Pedestrian Safety outreach
  • Minutes – approved via email
  • Treasurer Report – financials emailed
  • Committee Updates
    • Green Team:
      • Litter Be Gone wrap-up
    • Mini Grants:
      • Mural Project
      • Neighborhood Thermal Camera
  • Adjourned


Litter Be Gone: Thank You Volunteers!

Huge thanks to the 22 volunteers who cleaned up our neighborhood streets, sidewalks, parks and storm drains this past Sunday, October 6. We collected 6 huge bags of trash, 5 bags of recycling and 5 yard waste bags of leaves that were clogging storm drains!

The ANA and the Green Team are so grateful to Book Club Restaurant and the citywide Litter Be Gone team for their support of our fall clean-up event!


Funding for Neighborhood Organizations Expires in 2020

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

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


Share your story for the #WeAreMpls campaign

The #WeAreMpls campaign is a public awareness campaign elevating unique voices in the city reflective of Minneapolis’ rich diversity. The campaign reaffirms the City of Minneapolis’s commitment to be a welcoming place for all people, regardless of ethnicity, race, national origin, gender identity, religion or birthplace.

If you have a story to share, live in Minneapolis and are interested in being featured in the campaign, share your photos and stories on social media with the hashtag #WeAreMpls. You can also share what Minneapolis means to you (350 words max) at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/government/goals/wearempls/


Vision Zero Plan – Comment through October 16

Traffic deaths and severe injuries are unacceptable. Together, we can make our streets safe for everyone. The draft Minneapolis Vision Zero Action Plan outlines steps the City will take in the next 3 years to make progress towards our goal to eliminate traffic deaths and severe injuries on our streets. Learn more and share your thoughts at www.visionzerompls.com.

The City is accepting comments on the draft Vision Zero Action Plan through October 16. You can share feedback online or check out the online open house on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 6:00 PM on the City of Minneapolis Facebook page


Free Workshop on Backyard Accessory Dwelling Units

Monday, October 14th
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
MLK Park (4055 Nicollet Ave S)

Everything you want to know about building backyard cottages, basement and attic apartments in Minneapolis!

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) are a great way for families to provide a home to a relative, earn rental income, or downsize in their own neighborhood. Join the Family Housing Fund at this upcoming workshop and hear from architects, builders, and lenders on how to design, finance, permit, and build your own ADU. Speakers will share presentations on accessory apartments they’ve built across the region and then speak with you one-on-one at booths with even more examples of their work.

The Family Housing Fund is a Twin Cities nonprofit with a 40-year track record of partnering throughout the region to build a strong housing system that allows people, communities, and the region to prosper.



October is Energy Awareness Month

Governor Walz has declared October Energy Awareness Month in Minnesota. The Citizens Utility Board put together a fascinating blog post about our how we generate electricity here in Minnesota and where we’re headed (including links to rebates!).  Check it out at http://cubminnesota.org/october-is-energy-awareness-month/


Change Matters – Sleep Matters

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

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

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

Questions? Reach out to info@myveryownbed.org.

September 13, 2019 eNews

September 17 Meeting Agenda

  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Park Update:
    • Halloween at the Park
    • Tables for Armatage Rec Center
  • ANA Upcoming Plan Modification – Guests: Aryca Myers & Bob Cooper, City of Minneapolis
    • Current Available Funds
    • Proposed Plan Modification
    • Neighborhood Engagement Process
    • Feedback
  • Summer Festival Evaluation & Recommendations for 2020
  • ANA Fall and Winter programs:
    • Litter Be Gone Clean-up
    • Halloween at the Park
    • Armatage Park Tree Lighting
    • Additional ideas
  • Other Business
  • President’s Report
    • Neighborhoods 2020 messaging update
  • Minutes – approved via email
  • Treasurer Report – financials emailed
  • Committee Updates
    • Community Engagement
    • Green Team
    • Mini Grants
  • Coordinator Update
    • Washburn Tot Lot Celebration recap
    • ANA Office

Funding for Neighborhood Organizations Expires in 2020

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

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


Armatage Litter Be Gone Clean-up

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

Meet at Book Club (5411 Penn Ave S)

Show your neighborhood pride and volunteer to pick up litter from our boulevards, streets, and alleys to keep our waterways clean with the Armatage Green Team on October 5. Sign up by emailing anacoordinator@armatage.org. We’ll meet in the morning, hand out supplies and divide into teams to see who can collect the most trash and recycling before 11:00am. Then after the clean-up, all volunteers can head back over to Book Club to enjoy 50% brunch food.

Kids, teens, and adults are all welcome to sign up. Huge thanks to Book Club for their support!  Rain date: October 12.



Next Southwest Parks Meetings

Two more meetings have been scheduled for this fall to discuss the Southwest Parks Master Plan. Both are open to community members and will have refreshments and self-directed children’s activities. For more information on the project, visit www.minneapolisparks.org/sw

Community Advisory Committee Meeting #15
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 5:30 – 8:30 pm (note the longer duration than previous meetings)
Whittier Recreation Center, 425 W 26th Street

Community Advisory Committee Meeting #16
Monday, Oct. 7, 5:30 – 8:30 pm (note the longer duration than previous meetings)
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center, 4055 Nicollet Ave S


The 10th annual Washburn Games

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

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

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


Latinx Heritage Month Book Lists

Latinx Heritage Month starts this weekend! Thanks to Hennepin County Library for two great book lists to celebrate the culture and contributions of Hispanic and Latinx Americans. Hear their stories in these fiction and nonfiction book lists.


  
Posters for Parks

Saturday, September 28, 2019, 4:00 – 9:00 pm, Royal Foundry (241 N. Fremont Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405)

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


Prevent Garage Burglaries

The Kenny and Lynnhurst neighborhoods saw a spike in garage burglaries in late August. The suspects entered through both secured and unsecured doors and by using the garage door opener from their vehicle parked outside. Suspects stole bikes and other miscellaneous items.

What you can do:

  • Always keep your home and garage secured and locked. Also, always lock your vehicle doors inside your garage and take all valuables out of the vehicle. (including small change, insurance and registration information)
  • Never leave your garage door opener in your car outside of your garage unlocked.
  • Consider in investing in Wi-Fi Security Cameras. This aids in helping investigators identify potential suspects. Motion lights on garage doors and homes are also a good deterrent for burglars.
    • Armatage residents can get a rebate of up to $100 reimbursed on eligible safety upgrades through our Safety Rebate Program.
  • Call 911 to report suspicious activity. This includes strangers walking down your alley and looking in garages, loitering, or vehicles circling the block with occupants you don’t recognize.
  • Burglars commonly knock on doors to see if anyone is home. Please call 911 to report any suspicious persons who knock on your door or ring your doorbell. For example, someone giving you a name of a person they are looking for, who doesn’t live there!
  • If you are burglarized, do not contaminate the crime scene. Do not enter your home until police have cleared it of possible suspects. Do not touch any suspected entry points or items that may have been moved or touched by the burglar. Do not “clean up” until after police have investigated.

If you have any information regarding these incidents please contact the 5th Precinct Property Crimes Unit at (612) 673-5715.

June 13, 2019 eNews

June 18 Meeting Agenda

  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Officer Elections for President, Treasurer and Secretary
  • Officer Reports:
    • President’s Report
    • Secretary Report – April minutes approved via email
    • Treasurer Report – financials emailed
  • Park Update:
    • Movie in the Park
  • Summer Festival Planning
    • Entertainment activities
    • Food vendors
    • Sponsors update
    • TapMpls (booked)
    • Facepainting search
    • Car Show
    • Volunteers for sponsor/table recruitment
    • Summer marketing & communications
  • NRP Phase II Contract Closeout
  • Other New Business
  • Guest: Inspector Amelia Huffman & Crime Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Waisanen, Minneapolis Police Department 5th Precinct
  • Committee Updates
    • Community Engagement:
      • July Happy Hour
      • Movie in the Park: Princess Bride.
    • Green Team:
      • Rain & native garden program
      • 6/1 Rain & Native Garden Tour
    • Mini Grants:
      • Application update
      • Process after application deadline (June 15)
  • Coordinator Update
    • Selection of NCEC Elector & Alternate Elector (Date of Election now July 17, 2019)
    • Kenny/Armatage Neighborhood Garage Sale update
    • July newsletter – approve budget and article requests

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Upcoming meetings/events
Jun 19 – Movie in the Park – Princess Bride (dusk)
Jul 9 – Neighborhood Happy Hour (7:00 – 9:00 pm)
Jul 16 – Monthly Neighborhood Meeting (6:30 – 8:00 pm)
Jul 17 – NCEC Elections (6:00 pm, Crown Roller Mill – 105 5th Avenue South)
Aug 6 – National Night Out
Aug 11 – Summer Festival (4:00 – 7:00 pm)


Last Chance to Apply for an Armatage Mini Grant

If you have ideas to make our neighborhood an even better place and want to implement them, the ANA is looking for a couple more applications for this round of grants. Grants are available for up to $1,000 and subject to the City requirements that prohibit spending on food or entertainment.

The deadline to apply for a Mini Grant is this Saturday, June 15. Learn more and download an application form at armatage.org/programs/mini-grants. Award notifications will be made by August 1, 2019 and grant recipients will have up to a year to complete their projects. Questions? Please contact us at anacoordinator@armatage.org.


Sign up for the Armatage Summer Festival

Sunday, August 11
4:00 – 7:00pm

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

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

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



Princess Bride at Armatage Park

Join the Armatage Neighborhood Association and Armatage Park this Wednesday, June 19 for this summer’s movie in the park: The Princess Bride! The movie will start at dusk (around 9:15pm) but come for snacks and to snag a great spot at 8:00pm!


Weigh in on SW Park Concept Designs

The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board released updated concept designs for parks and park-owned properties in Southwest Minneapolis:

The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meetings listed below are open to the public and anyone interested in the refinement of these park concepts is encouraged to attend! Snacks, refreshments and passive children’s activities are provided. Please contact Cindy Anderson at 612-230-6472 or canderson@minneapolisparks.org to request language, access or interpretation accommodations.

Lynnhurst Subcommittee Meeting #1
Monday, June 17, 2019, 6-7:30 pm
Lynnhurst Recreation Center, 1345 W Minnehaha Parkway
Focused on Lynnhurst Park & Minnehaha Creek Plans

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

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

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

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

Minnehaha Creek Master Plan

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


Summer Home Security Tips

The Fulton neighborhood recently experienced an increase in burglaries. Minneapolis Police Department 5th Precinct Inspector Amelia Huffman and Crime Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Waisanen will be at our Armatage Neighborhood Meeting on June 18. Check out the following tips for protecting your property (insider tip: ANA covers up to $100 of home security updates for Armatage residents through our Safety Rebate Program!).

  • Always keep your home and garage secured and locked. Also, always lock your vehicle doors inside your garage and take all valuables out of the vehicle. (including small change, insurance and registration information)
  • Never leave your garage door opener in your car outside of your garage unlocked.
  • Consider in investing in Wi-Fi Security Cameras. This aids in helping investigators identify potential suspects.
  • Motion lights on garage doors and homes are also a good deterrent for burglars.
  • Call 911 to report suspicious activity. This includes strangers walking down your alley and looking in garages, loitering, or vehicles circling the block with occupants you don’t recognize.
  • Burglars commonly knock on doors to see if anyone is home. Please call 911 to report any suspicious persons who knock on your door or ring your doorbell. For example, someone giving you a name of a person they are looking for, who doesn’t live there!
  • If you are burglarized, do not contaminate the crime scene. Do not enter your home until police have cleared it of possible suspects. Do not touch any suspected entry points or items that may have been moved or touched by the burglar. Do not “clean up” until after police have investigated.

For a free home security survey, please call the 5th Precinct at (612) 673-5407 and ask to speak to your Crime Prevention specialist, Jennifer Waisanen.

May 30, 2019 eNews

May Annual Meeting & Board Elections

Thank you to everyone who made it to last week’s Armatage Annual Meeting & Board Elections!  Congratulations to our new board members Sara Fulton-Koerbling, Patty Grabski, Donté Mearon and Adam Miller!


Kenny/Armatage Neighborhood Garage Sales Start Tomorrow!

Friday, May 31 &
Saturday, June 1
8:00am – 4:00pm

Over 65 sales are happening in the Kenny and Armatage neighborhoods so you’re sure to find something new that sparks joy and save a ton over buying new!

Visit https://armatage.org/events/garage-sales/ for an interactive map and full listings of this year’s sales. Paper copies will be available at the Armatage Rec Center (today through Saturday) or the Kenny Rec Center (today and tomorrow).


First-ever Armatage Green Garden Tour this Saturday

Saturday June, 1 10:00am – 12:00pm

While you’re checking out the neighborhood garage sales this Saturday, stop by the Green Team’s first-ever Armatage Green Garden Tour to visit rain gardens, native plantings, backyard composting stations and more! Garden owners will be in attendance to answer questions and help you get inspired.

The fun happens this Saturday, June 1 from 10:00am – 12:00pm. Visit https://armatage.org/about-armatage-neighborhood/green-team/ for an interactive map of this year’s tour or pick up a paper copy at the Armatage Rec Center.


Southwest Parks Plan Update

A preferred concept plan for each Southwest park property will be published online by the end of May, along with another online survey for public feedback. The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) will meet several times to discuss the preferred concepts, provide direction to project staff, and ultimately make recommendations to the Board of Commissioners. Check the project website at minneapolisparks.org/sw to view the concept plans (which should be available by the weekend)

All CAC meetings are open to the public and anyone interested in the refinement of these park concepts is encouraged to attend! Snacks, refreshments and passive children’s activities are provided. Please contact Cindy Anderson at 612-230-6472 or canderson@minneapolisparks.org to request language, access or interpretation accommodations.

CAC Meeting #8
Thursday, June 6, 201, 6-8 pm
Painter Recreation Center, 620 W 34th St.

CAC Meeting #9
Monday, June 10, 2019, 6-8 pm
Bryant Square Recreation Center, 3101 Bryant Ave. S

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

Minnehaha Creek Master Plan

If you’re interested in the Southwest Parks Plan, you may also be interested in the Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan (called Minnehaha Creek Master Plan for short). The Minnehaha Creek Master Plan is following a similar schedule to the SW Parks Plan. The CAC recently discussed big questions uncovered during the development of initial Minnehaha Creek park concepts and preferred concepts will be published by June. Follow the link below for more information on that project.

Minnehaha Creek Master Plan Project Page


Spring Crime Prevention Tips

Spring is finally here! With the warmer weather, we all enjoy having our windows open and are busy outdoors. Minneapolis Police would like to share some crime prevention tips to help you stay safe now and for the rest of the season:

  • Keep your doors locked, even when you are home or working in the yard! Criminals look for opportunities such as open garage doors and unlocked front doors to quickly steal your belongings even when family is outside in the backyard.
  • Remember to put all ladders, tools, bikes, golf clubs, and yard equipment away when not in use. Lock these items up, even in your locked garage!
  • More about bike security… always store bicycles out of sight, in a secure location, and record the serial number. Also, take a picture of it so it can be recovered if ever stolen.
  • If you go on vacation, put a few lights on timers so they will turn off and on to give the appearance that someone is always home.
  • Be sure to roll up your car windows, remove all valuables or store in trunk, and lock every time you exit your car, even when in your own driveway!
  • Install motion lights in the front and backyard, so if someone were to approach your home, the lights will automatically come on to illuminate the area. Criminals do not like to be seen!


Princess Bride at Armatage Park

Wednesday, June 19  •  9:00pm

Join the Armatage Neighborhood Association and Armatage Park on Wednesday, June 19 for this summer’s movie in the park: The Princess Bride! The movie will start at dusk (around 9:15pm). More details to come!

March 15, 2019 eNews


March 19, 2019 Meeting Agenda

  • Welcome
  • Park Update:
    • Park equipment needs for Spring & Summer
    • Summer Registration
    • Egg Hunt
  • Plan Modification: Funding for Mini Grants & Rain Gardens – Stacy Sorenson, City of Minneapolis Department of Neighborhood & Community Relations
  • Spring Newsletter
  • Summer Festival
  • Neighborhoods 2020
  • SW Parks & Minnehaha Parkway Master Plans
  • Other New Business
  • Secretary Report – minutes approved via email
  • Treasurer Report – financials emailed
  • Committee Updates
    • Green Team
      • Fix-it Clinic Recap
      • Donation Drive – April 6
    • Mini Grants
  • Coordinator Update
    • Proposed changes to Garage Sale
    • Shredding Event
    • Board special election April

Upcoming meetings/events:

Apr 6 – Green Team Donation Drive (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)
April 13 – Egg Hunt (10:00 am)
April 16 – Monthly Meeting (6:30 – 8:00 pm)



Green Team Donation Drive

Saturday, April 6
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Armatage Recreation Center

Whether you are spring cleaning, need to Marie Kondo your house or just want to make a donation to help someone in need, bring your goods on Saturday, April 6 and the Armatage Green Team will help you sort and pass them along to one of many wonderful organizations.

Organizations supported through the Donation Drive include Ready for Success, Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery, Animal Humane Society, CornerstoneMN, Tech Dump, Leonardo’s Basement, Committee Against Domestic Abuse, DAV, and Second Harvest Heartland. Accepted items include clothing (especially men’s and women’s professional clothing), working electronics and cords, new children’s clothing, baby food and formula, new toiletries and personal care items, clean textiles and stuffed animals, food shelf donations, wire hangers, and more.  Contact anacoordinator@armatage.org for more information.



Street Flooding and Storm Drains

Thanks to our record snowfall and rain, many streets are flooded and storm drains are blocked. Please contact 311 to report flooded streets so crews can keep our roads safe.

If you’re able to clear the snow and ice from your block’s storm drain(s), please do! Many Minneapolis residents are using Google Maps Street View to find the locations of the storm drains on their block. The City of Minneapolis will re-launch its Adopt a Storm Drain program this spring.  Learn more and sign up to adopt your storm drain at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/publicworks/stormwater/adoptadrain



Avoid Ice Dams with Help from the City and CenterPoint Energy

Icicles and ice dams mean that a lot of energy – and money – is being wasted as heat escapes through the roof of your home. You can solve that problem by sealing air leaks between your house and attic adding insulation in your attic. Insulation can help protect your house from ice dams and water damage while saving you money and energy – and even reducing the pollution that contributes to climate change.

Get Help

  • CenterPoint Energy offers rebates for 30 percent of the cost ($500 maximum) when you air seal and insulate your attic. For details, visit www.centerpointenergy.com/rebates.
  • The City of Minneapolis offers loans for the work with no interest. For more information, call 612-335-5884 or visit mnlendingcenter.org/mpls.

Shovel Out Garbage and Recycling Carts

This winter’s frequent snowfalls have made it difficult for crews to collect garbage, recycling and organics, and pulling a cart out of a snowdrift can injure them. Remember before your collection day to shovel a 36-inch-wide path from your garbage, recycling and organics carts to the street or alley.

City ordinances require this path be cleared for garbage, recycling and organics carts within 48 hours after the snow stops falling. If City crews have to shovel out the cart(s), a fee of $30 per cart will be added to your utility bill. If the snow stops for less than 48 hours and the carts aren’t yet shoveled out, for their safety, crews can’t empty the carts.

Learn more about garbage, recycling and organics collection here.


Neighborhoods 2020 – Comment by March 31

Want to keep the Summer Festival, Halloween at the Park, Happy Hours, rain gardens, Fire on Ice, forums on pressing community issues, or security rebates? These and more are all services provided and supported by the Armatage Neighborhood Association. Funding for neighborhood groups like ANA and the events we support runs out next year.

The City of Minneapolis is reviewing new guidelines, funding, and whether neighborhood organizations will continue to exist to support our community’s needs. The vision of Neighborhoods 2020 is to have an inclusive community where all people are valued, all communities are engaged, and leadership mirrors the great diversity of the city. View the new recommendations at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr/2020 and submit your comments in support of continued funding and support for neighborhoods in one of the following ways:

Please cc the ANA at anacoordinator@armatage.org and Council Member Linea Palmisano at linea.palmisano@minneapolismn.gov on your comment. Thanks for making your voice heard.


Southwest Parks and Minnehaha Parkway Initial Concept Designs

In case you missed it: Initial Concept Designs are out for each Southwest Minneapolis park and for the Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail.  We’ve posted the design options for Armatage Park, the Washburn Tot Lot, the 58th & Oliver Triangle and Minnehaha Parkway on the ANA website at https://armatage.org/southwest-park-plan-initial-concept-designs/  All Southwest park designs are searchable at minneapolisparks.org/sw and full Minnehaha Parkway designs are at minneapolisparks.org/minnehahacreek.

Share your feedback by March 31:

  1. Take the online surveys for both projects:
  2. Drop off a comment: All 13 Southwest Minneapolis Recreation Centers as well as MPRB Headquarters and Parade Ice Arena have a printed packet of concept designs, along with comment cards and drop-off boxes.

September 13, 2018 eNews

September 18, 2018 Agenda

  • Welcome

  • Guests:

    • SWBA

    • City Council Update – John Freude

    • Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan & SW Service Area Master Plan project updates – Madeline Hudek

  • President’s Report

  • Secretary Report – approve July minutes

  • Treasurer Report – financials emailed

  • Park Update

    • Halloween Party (Sept 30, 6-8:30)

  • Plan Modification vote to approve the following:

ANA proposes reallocating a total of $20,247.83 of Program from our Phase I home Improvement Program strategy (Housing 1.A.2). Funds would be reallocated as follows:

  • $20,000 to our Phase II Community Safety strategy (Safety 1.2.1.) for the purpose of establishing a safety rebate program for home and business owners, and

  • $247.83 to our Improve Park Facilities Neighborhood Priority (Neighborhood Priorities 2.1.8.) to support the renovation of the Washburn Tot Lot.

Additionally, ANA is requesting access to $16,752.17 of Neighborhood Priority Reserve funds for use in the previously approved Improve Park Facilities Neighborhood Priority for the Washburn Tot Lot.

  • Homeowner variance requests – discussion of our role as a neighborhood board

  • Committee Updates

    • Community Engagement

      • Washburn Park

      • Happy Hour – at Red Wagon 9/11 – next 11/6 (election day – discuss date)

      • Welcome bags

    • Green Team

      • Rain Garden installation and discuss future involvement

    • Summer Festival

      • Discuss the good/bad for this year and share ideas for 2019

    • Safety

      • Rebate program update

    • Micro-grant program

  • Coordinator Update

    • Phone number (new: 612-466-0296)

    • Bylaws

    • November charity event and tree lighting

    • October newsletter

    • Nice Ride parking zone request

    • 2020 Work Groups update

  • New Business

Adjourn

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Upcoming meetings/events

Sept 24 – Palmisano Presents: City Budget (7:00)

Sept 25 – Voter Registration Day (event City-wide)

Oct 16 – ANA Monthly Meeting (6:30)

Oct 25 – Halloween at the Park (6-8:30)

Nov 6 – Happy Hour at Red Wagon (7-9)

 



Armatage Safety Rebate Program

More than a dozen residents have already taken advantage of our safety rebate program. Check out details, and see how you can get up to $100 back on qualifying safety improvements you make to your home or apartment!

February 17, 2018 eNews

February 20, 2018 Agenda Updates

6:30 – Welcome

Guest: Diamond BBQ (new restaurant going in at 54/Penn in Jensen’s)

Abbreviated business meeting

7:00 – 8:30 Palmisano Presents: A Conversation on Pedestrian Safety
Join us for a conversation with City of Minneapolis staff to discuss pedestrian safety issues and learn more about the Vision Zero initiative across our city.

Individuals from Traffic and Parking Services and the MPD 5th Precinct will be present to help answer questions, discuss policies, and listen to your concerns regarding the recent 54th and Penn tragedy.

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Upcoming meetings/events

  • Happy Hour 3/6 at Red Wagon (7-9p)
  • ANA meeting 3/20
  • Egg Hunt 3/24


What’s Happening at the Park?

  • Weather permitting, ice rinks and warming houses will remain open through February 25
  • Spring/Summer Sports Registration opens Wednesday, February 28th at noon www.kennyarmatagesports.com (flyers attached)
  • Summer Program registration opens Wednesday, February 28th at noon www.minneapolisparks.org
  • Armatage/Kenny Egg Hunt is Saturday, March 24th from 10:00-11:30am – all kids must be pre-registered to participate!  $5 per child. Egg Hunt starts promptly at 11am. Volunteers are needed to distribute/hide eggs and pass out prizes/candy after the egg hunt concludes.

Washburn Park Input Open House

Wednesday, March 14
6:00-8:00pm
Armatage Rec Center

Drop in anytime. Kids welcome. This will be the final opportunity to provide input or suggestions before final plans are sent for approval!

See the plans at our website.

September 21, 2017 eNews

September Meeting Highlights

  • 911 is implementing a new quality assurance program. This has been in the works for years, and will help provide more consistency to how calls are handled no matter from where you call. It was also emphasized that if you are wondering if you should call 911 or not — CALL. They know how to triage each situation, and prioritize life-threatening situations. The worst thing you can do is to hang up, and please note, that certain cell towers and carries make it hard to know where a cell phone is calling from. (What? TV shows exaggerate?!)
  • The City has presented a Zero Waste plan, and would like your input. The draft plan and a survey link are available online.
  • The Mayor has released her 2018 budget proposal. Part of this includes a 5.5% tax levy increase. The Board of Estimate and Taxation will host a public hearing on September 27 at 4:50 at City Hall to adopt the maximum for levies to be paid in 2018. If you have an option, it is now that you need to be heard.
  • The ANA will be doing a review of their bylaws and procedures starting soon and hope to have draft recommendations by early next year.
  • The Park will be having a coffee truck the next several Saturdays starting at 9:00 am during fall sports. They are still in need of a few more volleyball coaches.
  • Welcome to Annique London, as our new Safety Chair. We look forward to having her support in helping to keep us up to date on neighborhood issues.
  • The board expressed concerns regarding the City’s generous granting of all variance requests, as it seems to not take into account the ecological impacts involving water run off, watershed impacts, and other green space loss due to over building. Tara will help draft a letter we can send to the City expressing these concerns.

FREE Personal Safety Workshop

This Saturday • 10-Noon

Armatage Rec Center

All and all ages are welcome!

Details of what to expect listed online. Bring a water bottle (sounds like a warm day) and dress comfortable if you’d like to get involved in the demonstration portion!

Happy Hour

Tuesday, October 3 • 7:00-9:00pm

Red Wagon Pizza

Meet neighbors, learn about what’s happening in the neighborhood. Enjoy drink specials and complimentary snacks!

 

Halloween at the Park

Friday, October 27 • 6:00-8:30pm

Armatage Park

FREE

We will once again be hosting a neighborhood event Friday night, and there is something for everyone!

  • Pumpkin carving contest — watch for details about our pumpkin give-away sponsored by 
  • Bonfire with s’mores
  • DJ
  • Horse-drawn wagon rides
  • Bounce house for kids
  • Trunk-or-Treating — watch for treat station sign up coming soon! Host your own display, the Park and Neighborhood provide the treats that you hand out, you provide the cool decoration station.

Tree Lighting & Charity Event

Friday, November 24 • 7:00pm

Armatage Park

We will again host a tree lighting event on Friday evening after Thanksgiving. This year we hope to have some more activities, so watch for more details coming soon. 

We will be collecting diapers and formula to donate to the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery. You can bring your donations that night, or a collection box will be placed in the park building soon!

September 14, 2017 eNews

September 19th Meeting Agenda

  • Welcome
  • Guest: Learn about 911
    • Update on changes coming to the service
  • City Council Update
  • Park Update, Nikki Friederich
    • Halloween – Trunk or Treat
  • President’s Report
  • Secretary Report
    • Electronic votes
      • Formation of a Small Business Facade Grant Program
      • Reconfirm interest in our Rain Garden proposal ($450 to homeowner, ANA the rest)
      • Approval of July minutes
  • Treasurer Report
  • Committee Updates
    • Community Engagement
      • Happy Hour – Red Wagon, Tues 10/3
      • Washburn Park – project has started
    • Green Team — additional garden funding or remaining at 10
    • Safety (Personal Safety workshop, Sat, Sept 23)
      • Stun and Run Self Defense – $100/1 hr or $200/2 hr
    • Summer Festival – Recap
  • Coordinator Update
    • October newsletter
      • Inquiries about advertising and business notifications
    • Accountant services
    • Air quality survey
    • Bylaws – Judy, Joel, Jim, Kelly, Laurel
    • Construction updates: Upton, 54th
    • Variance notices
      • 5925 Russell
      • 5728 Oliver
      • 5400 Washburn
    • November event – charity, tree lighting, activities
    • City Grievance Policy
    • City Zero Waste Draft Plan
    • 2020 meeting results available online
    • Court Watch program
  • New Business
    • Consider inviting Mobile Menders
    • Consider arranging community meeting and greet with members of Mpls Muslim community
  • Adjourn

Meetings are always open to the public. We invite you to come learn and share your thoughts about issues that affect our community.



Tuesday, Oct 3 • 7:00-9:00pm
Red Wagon Pizza

Join us at Red Wagon Pizza on October 3 for a neighborhood happy hour. We are excited to be welcomed at a new location, and look forward to seeing our neighbors, and enjoying some good food, drink and conversation.

Happy hour drink prices • Snacks provided by the ANA


Personal Safety Workshop

Saturday, Sept 23 • 10:00am-Noon • FREE
Armatage Rec Center

Join us for this personal safety workshop. This is the anticipated schedule for the workshop:

  • Initial brief crime analysis of the Armatage neighborhood (to see what areas are being affected, why certain crimes are being committed and to show each neighbor where crime is in proximity to their home)
  • Academic and practical assessments of situational awareness, or how to be aware of your surroundings and stay safe from crime.
  • Q&A Session
  • Hands-on self-defense moves & tactics to get out of dangerous situations; pepper spray (inert) & stun gun demonstrations
  • Additional Q&A Session (if time permits)

Sponsored by the ANA. Presented by Stun & Run Self Defense and the Self Defense Bros.
(www.stunrun.com / www.selfdefensebros.com)


E-poll books debut this November

By Casey Joe Carl, Minneapolis City Clerk
July 21, 2017

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They’re here! In November, voters will find new technology in the polls. These are the electronic poll books, or EPBs, and they’re bringing a heightened level of service to Minneapolis voters. In a nutshell, these devices replace the bulky printed roster books used for voter verification and check-in at the polls on Election Day. As a result, EPBs help reduce long lines and wait times on Election Day.

Until now, election judges have been dependent on printed roster books containing lists of registered voters in a particular precinct. Expensive and cumbersome, these roster books required significant effort to produce and compile before Election Day, and an equal investment after Election Day to update voter history in the statewide registration system. The transition to an electronic roster not only expedites voter check-in and verification processes and makes it easier to look up voter data, but also saves money, makes post-election data updates faster and easier (and less prone to human error), and strengthens the integrity of the election.

Each EPB unit includes an iPad, a stand, battery pack, and a mini-printer. The iPads have limited functionality, tied specifically to the single purpose of checking, verifying, and—when necessary—registering voters. By limiting their functionality, the security of the voter data, access, and potential hacking is significantly minimized. Because multiple devices can be interconnected and working at the same time in a single precinct, the EPBs are able to synchronize voter data in real-time throughout the day, helping ensure the integrity of the election by preventing individuals from voting more than once.

EPB technology is currently deployed in 32 states, plus the District of Columbia. Last year, the technology was deployed throughout Hennepin County, with the exception of the City of Minneapolis. The EPBs worked well for other cities in the 2016 Presidential Election, and this year Minneapolis joins the other cities in using EPBs. The agreement with Hennepin County provides that the EPB hardware, software, operating equipment, license, and vendor support are all provided at no cost to the City. The entire EVS team completed training provided by the vendor, KNOWiNK, and is preparing specialized training programs for the City’s election judges. Training for election judges will be held in the months of September and October.

Be sure to look for the EPB in your polling place this year. We’re confident that this new technology will help ensure a successful, seamless, and positive implementation to improve service to our voters.


11th Annual Minneapolis Bike Tour

Sunday, Sept 17 • 8:00am
Start & Finish at Boom Island Park

Come experience the beautiful parkways that make Minneapolis the best place to bike in the country by participating in the 2017 Minneapolis Bike Tour! Spanning the Grand rounds Scenic Byway System, the Minneapolis Bike Tour is a family-oriented, recreational tour that is great for all ages and abilities.

The tour will take place on Sunday, September 17, at 8 am, with a picturesque start and finish line area at Boom Island Park (724 Sibley St. NE). There are two routes to choose from; 16-mile and 32-mile, both of which are closed to motorized traffic. All routes include stops with refreshments and bike mechanics.

Stick around after the ride to enjoy live music, beer for participants 21+ (must show ID), courtesy of local Utepils Brewing, food from local vendors, exhibitor booths and bike tour merchandise for sale.

For more information, please visit our website at www.minneapolisbiketour.com

Registration September 13-17: $50 (youth $40)


New Minneapolis program available to clean up litter in public spaces

The City of Minneapolis’ Division of Solid Waste and Recycling recognizes that not all volunteers are able to commit to reoccurring cleanup events, or maintaining areas for an extended period of time. The new Request for Litter Clean-Up Supplies program offers volunteers an opportunity to participate in one-time, no commitment cleanup activities. The program provides litter clean-up supplies such as bags and gloves at no cost, and delivery is provided. The program is available to Minneapolis residents, business and property owners, visitors and other groups that are interested in volunteering to collect litter in their community. Clean-up areas are limited to public sidewalks, curbs, and boulevard greenbelts, green spaces and other public property within the City of Minneapolis.

Find more information here or contact the Division of Solid Waste and Recycling’s Clean City Coordinator at (612) 673-2789.


New City Information System

We are excited to announce the rollout of the new Legislative Information Management System (LIMS), which supports the City’s goal of increasing accessibility and transparency in local government.

Operating like many popular search engines, LIMS is designed to help the public easily track local legislation, find calendars and agendas, and get involved with the City’s many public advisory boards and commissions. In addition to ease of access, LIMS helps users stay up to date on the latest actions taken by the Mayor and City Council as well as export data from LIMS into individualized search reports that can be used for private research or data visualization.

You can access LIMS at lims.minneapolismn.gov

August 22, 2017 eNews

Thank You for a Great Summer Festival

Mother Nature encouraged a last minute reorganization of parts of our festival indoors, but mostly kept the rain at bay. You can check out event photos on our website or Facebook.

We value your feedback! If you have comments, suggestions, etc. feel free to email our coordinator, or complete this short survey.

This event can happen with out support from

  • Volunteers! Thank you to our board and neighbors who helped sell wristbands, run games, bring back the car show, set up the festival, and more!
  • Sponsors! The groups listed below helped cover event costs so we can continue to hold this community event.
    • Gold Sponsor: 
    • Silver Sponsor: 
    • Bronze Sponsors: 
    •        
  • Area Businesses! Thank you to all the area businesses that donated items to our auction or raffle, hosted a table or activity at our event. A couple of auction items are still available (see below)! Funds raised go towards event costs. Any additional monies we raise allow us to host other neighborhood events, like happy hours or having pizza at our annual meeting.

Finally, we can’t have a great event with out you! Thank you to all the neighbors who came down to enjoy the music, skate park activities, dancers, games, food, car show…you are why we do this!


Silent Auction Items

Select items are available for bidding (or to buy now) through our online auction site through Labor Day. Items include:

  • 1-month gift certificate plus a uniform from Hwa Rang Do Martial Art Academy located at Nicollet and Diamond Lake. ($145 value) Opening Bid: $25  Buy it Now: $65
  • 8×10 print by Karl Jaeger, featuring some of the most celebrated players in Minnestoa Twins history. Autographed by retired player and coach, Tony Oliva. Opening Bid: $15
  • Certificate for a private studio portrait sitting and $200 portrait credit at Bjorn Portraiture ($500 Value) Opening Bid: $50  Buy it Now: $225
  • $125 in services from ZerorezOpening Bid: $25  Buy it Now: $50
  • $100 Gift Certificate to Leonardo’s BasementOpening Bid: $20  Buy it Now: $45
  • Bowling party for up to 40 people at Park Tavern in St Louis Park. ($520 value) Opening Bid: $100  Buy it Now: $240
  • Tangletown Crossfit Beginner Program = 12 classes + open gym (4 weeks) + jump rope ($115 value) Opening Bid: $25  Buy it Now: $50
  • Gift Certificate for $250 from R. F. Moeller JewelerOpening Bid: $50  Buy it Now: $100
  • Game Bag filled with toys, games and 4 classes to the Mathnasium ($200 value) Opening Bid: $40  Buy it Now: $90

Personal Safety Workshop

Saturday, September 23 • 10:00am-Noon

Armatage Rec Center

Sponsored by the Armatage Neighborhood Association, the Self Defense Bros. with present a personal safety workshop. Attendees can expect:

  • An initial brief crime analysis of the Armatage neighborhood to see what areas are being affected by crime, why certain crimes are being committed
  • Academic and practical assessments of situational awareness, or how to be aware of your surroundings and stay safe from crime. 
  • Q&A Session
  • Hands-on self-defense moves and tactics to get out of dangerous situations; pepper spray (inert) & stun gun demonstrations.
  • Q&A Session (if time permits)

This event is free and open to the public. 


Coaches Needed

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is seeking enthusiastic volunteer coaches for youth soccer, flag football and volleyball. 

To receive more information or to express interest in MPRB volunteer opportunities or contact 612-230-6493 or recvolunteers@minneapolisparks.org.


New interactive map tours make it easy to explore public art in Minneapolis

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and City of Minneapolis recently debuted six interactive map tours that make it easy and fun to explore the approximately 300 publicly owned artworks in Minneapolis.

 


Save the Arts with Congressman Keith Ellison

Thursday, August 24th, 6pm-7:30pm

Wurtele Upper Garden (725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis MN)

In Case of Rain: Walker Art Center Garden Terrace Room

Please join me for an event on the importance of federal funding for the arts and humanities! Save the Arts is free and open to the public, and will take place on Thursday, August 24th from 6-7:30pm in the Wurtele Upper Garden (725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis MN).The event will be outdoors and limited seating will be reserved for elderly and disabled attendees. Please bring a blanket to recline on the grass! RSVP on Facebook.



Neighborhoods 2020 Update

NCR has worked with the NCEC to prepare a Draft Summary of Findings. Please note that this is a draft, and is subject to change. You can review the Draft Summary of Findings, Raw Data, and Open Ended Comments on the NCR Web Site.