Category Archives: Safety

December 23, 2019 eNews

Happy Holidays from the Armatage Neighborhood Association!


December 17 Meeting Recap

Council Member Linea Palmisano gave an update on the City Budget, new law enforcement training facility, and Vision Zero Plan implementation that may include safety efforts like lowering the speed limit for all Minneapolis streets, adjustments to high injury corridors, addressing unsafe behavior, education, and enforcement.

The Board voted to renew both the Coordinator and Accountant staffing contracts for 2020. Our Coordinator, Lauren Anderson, and Accountant, Rachel Ireland-Henry, are looking forward to another great year with the ANA! The Board also discussed its anticipated 2020 programming, including a few upcoming events in January:

  • Neighborhood Happy Hour January 14 7:00-9:00pm Red Wagon Pizza
  • Chili Cook-off January 24 • 6:30-8:30pm • Armatage Park’s Fire & Ice event.
  • Mini Grants Info Session January 30 • 7:00pm • Book Club Restaurant

Armatage Chili Cook-off

Friday, January 24
6:30-8:30pm
Armatage Park Fire & Ice Skating Party

Do you claim to have the best chili? Put it to the test and sign up for the First Annual Armatage Chili Cook-off to compete against your neighbors and claim the prize of the best chili in the neighborhood.

The Chili Cook-off takes place inside the Armatage Rec Center on Friday, January 24 from 6:30-8:30pm as part of Armatage Park’s Fire & Ice free skating party. Registration closes on Sunday, January 19 so competitors are encouraged to sign up here as soon as possible to reserve their spot. It’s free to compete and just $5 to eat. Competitors should plan to bring a full crock-pot or instant pot of chili to the park by 6:00pm on January 24.



Last Chance for a 2019 Safety Rebate

The Armatage Neighborhood Association offers rebates to residents for up to $100 per calendar year for eligible home safety updates. If you’ve been thinking about upgrading your exterior lighting, deadbolt locks, adding security cameras, or more, check our list of eligible expenses and apply for a Safety Rebate before December 31 to take advantage of the 2019 program. If you’ve already gotten a rebate this year, you’ll have the opportunity to apply again in January.

The Resident Safety Rebate program is open to both renters and homeowners and the Business Safety Rebate program is open to any business operating in Armatage. Learn more at armatage.org/programs/safety-rebate-program



If you have a neighborhood project or idea you have always wanted to explore, we invite you to apply for a Mini Grant to support that dream. Applications for the next round of funding will be available on January 6, 2020 at armatage.org/mini-grants and are due February 29, 2020.

Any resident or organization connected to Armatage can apply for up to $1,000 to support a project that directly benefits the neighborhood. Some restrictions apply: grant funds cannot be used for general operating, food, entertainment, religious, partisan, or capital expenses. Learn more at armatage.org/mini-grants or save the date for our upcoming Info Sessions:

  • Thursday, January 30 7:00pm Book Club (5411 Penn Ave S)
  • Tuesday, February 11  7:00pm  Armatage Park

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Comprehensive District Design Studies & Listening Sessions

Have you been following the district’s Comprehensive District Design process that aims to increase equity and close student achievement gaps in MPS?  Two new studies available this week propose changes to Minneapolis Public Schools’ magnet programs and community school boundaries. The studies outline significant proposed changes for Armatage School and Zone 3. If passed by the school board next spring, proposed changes would start to take effect in Fall 2021.

Community listening sessions are scheduled for January and February and you can also give feedback online.  Learn more about the Comprehensive District Design process here.


Comment on the City’s ADA Transition Plan

The City of Minneapolis is seeking public comment on the draft Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan for Public Works – a plan that identifies priorities for removing accessibility barriers in the City’s public right of way.

The City is accepting comments on the draft plan through December 27. It is a supplemental plan to the City’s ADA Action Plan, a comprehensive policy document for the City of Minneapolis to comply with the Title II requirements of the ADA. The draft plan was last updated in 2012.


55th & Washburn Holiday Lights

Learn all about how the 5500 block of Washburn Avenue S hangs their magical holiday lights along the boulevard from Armatage resident Jess Bell at armatage.org/lights

Photo credit: Matt Sepeta



Apply for Lawns to Legumes Pollinator Grants

Applications are now open for the state’s new Lawns to Legumes Assistance program, through which all Minnesota residents are eligible to apply for a $350 cost-share in order to establish pollinator habitat in their yards. Applications will be chosen through a randomized drawing, with priority given to projects in high-priority areas – including our community! The first application period runs through Feb. 28. Submit your materials today!


Community outreach Q&A

Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

On October 25, 2019, the Minneapolis City Council adopted a resolution to approve the City’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan. Implementation of the plan is already underway and will focus on achieving the goals of eliminating racial disparities, expanding housing options, addressing climate change and improving the lives of residents throughout Minneapolis.

Initial implementation efforts include a text amendment to the zoning ordinance that allows 3-unit residential buildings in areas previously reserved for only single-family residences, and a permanent Inclusionary Zoning ordinance, both of which go into effect on January 1, 2020. In the coming years the City will continue to implement elements of the 2040 Plan.



Free Manufacturing Career Training

Local nonprofit HIRED is offering free manufacturing career training and certification courses.  The next round of training begins January 21, 2020 and priority is given to Minneapolis residents. Learn more and apply at http://www.hired.org/training/manufacturing/

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!

Security Rebate Program for Residents

Summary

To provide an incentive for residents to make security enhancements, making Armatage neighborhood more secure and less attractive to criminals. The Armatage Neighborhood Association (ANA) will provide a rebate for the first $100 in expenses for eligible improvements per address per calendar year.


Rebate Criteria

All residential properties in the Armatage neighborhood, both owned or rented, may receive a rebate. Multiple applications may be submitted, but the total of rebates for any address is limited to $100 per property per calendar year. ANA reserves the right to verify through inspection that claimed work/purchases were, in fact, installed. 

Eligible Improvements (examples):

  • Exterior security/motion lighting fixtures including any necessary wiring and electrical work
  • Exterior steel security doors, including garage access doors
  • Deadbolt locks on exterior doors, including garage access doors
  • Smoke detectors, carbon monoxide (CO) detectors, radon testing kits or associated test fees.
  • Window or sliding door security locks or security restraints
  • Security bars on garage windows or on windows not facing the street
  • Initial installation of a home security system/service (but not the monthly monitoring fees)
  • Fire extinguishers

NOT Eligible:

  • Storm or combination doors not of the all-steel “security” type, even if lockable
  • Tools
  • Rental charges
  • Personal installation time or “sweat equity”
  • Monthly monitoring or service fees
  • Batteries, light bulbs or other consumables

Rebate Process

Residents submit a completed form along with original receipts (online or by mail). Digital images of receipts are accepted. The ANA verifies compliance and issues a rebate check. ANA retains all submitted forms and attachments. If a rebate is denied, a resident may bring an appeal before the ANA.


Armatage Neighborhood Association
Security Rebate Application Form for Residents

Please complete this form to claim a rebate of up to $100 per address, per calendar year on the cost of qualifying security improvements. Eligible work is detailed in the Rebate Criteria section. Be sure to attach the original receipt(s). Digital images of receipts are accepted. Eligible receipts must be dated within the calendar year the rebate is requested. Please allow the ANA thirty (30) days to process this request and issue your check.

Download a PDF form

Complete a Google form (will automatically submit your form)

Send completed form with original receipts to:

Armatage Neighborhood Association
anacoordinator@armatage.org
(Due to COVID-19, please send forms and receipts through email only)

 

Security Rebate Program for Businesses

Summary

To provide an incentive for area businesses to make security enhancements, making Armatage neighborhood more secure and less attractive to criminals. The Armatage Neighborhood Association (ANA) will provide a rebate for the first $1,000 in expenses for eligible improvements per address per calendar year. 


Rebate Criteria

All businesses in the Armatage neighborhood are eligible to receive a rebate. Multiple applications may be submitted, but the total of rebates for any business is limited to $1,000 per calendar year, with a $2,000 lifetime max. ANA reserves the right to verify through inspection that claimed work/purchases were, in fact, installed.

Eligible Improvements (examples):

  • Safety equipment such as:
    • Exterior security/motion lighting fixtures
    • Exterior steel security doors
    • Exterior security cameras
    • Deadbolt locks on exterior doors
    • Window or door security locks or security restraints
    • Security bars on windows not facing the street or security gates
  • Initial installation of a security system/service (but not the monthly monitoring fees)
  • Signage related security
  • Traffic management
  • Safety training

NOT Eligible:

  • Storm or combination doors not of the all-steel “security” type, even if lockable
  • Tools
  • Rental charges
  • Personal installation time or “sweat equity”
  • Monthly monitoring or service fees
  • Batteries, light bulbs or other consumables

Rebate Process

Businesses must submit a completed form along with original receipts (online or by mail). Digital images of receipts are accepted. The ANA verifies compliance and issues a rebate check. ANA retains all submitted forms and attachments. If a rebate is denied, a business may bring an appeal before the ANA.


Armatage Neighborhood Association
Security Rebate Application Form for Businesses

Please complete this form to claim a rebate of up to $1,000 per business, per year on the cost of qualifying security improvements. Eligible work is detailed in the Rebate Criteria section. Be sure to attach the original receipt(s). Digital images of receipts are accepted. Please allow the ANA thirty (30) days to process this request and issue your check.

Download a PDF form

Complete a Google form (will automatically submit your form)

Send completed form with original receipts to:

Armatage Neighborhood Association
anacoordinator@armatage.org
(Due to COVID-19, please send forms and receipts through email only)

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.