Category Archives: Safety

November 10, 2016 eNews

November Agenda

Tuesday, November 15 • 6:30 pm
Armatage Community Center


Quarterly Safety Update

Jennifer Waisanen, CPS – Police Inspector Waite – Asst City Atty Wilcox – Lance Custer, Safety Chair

Regular Meeting

  • City Council Update
  • Park Update
  • Committee Updates
    • Community Engagement
      • Plan to engage with renters (postcard mailing)
    • Coordinator Update
      • CPP – approve application
      • FixIt Loan – do we want to contribute funds
    • Treasurer Report
    • Secretary Report – October minutes approved online
    • Coordinator Contract
    • New Business
    • Adjourn

Please submit agenda items at least 3 days in advance.

Inaugural Armatage Winter Tree-Lighting & Charity Drive

New this year!
Friday, November 25
7:00pm at Armatage Park

The ANA is holding a tree-lighting ceremony at the park on Friday, November 25, at 7 p.m., to bring the neighborhood joy and warmth during the winter months. To help spread some of this good cheer, at the tree-lighting event we will be collecting diapers and formula for area charities (Crisis Nursery & People Serving People). Watch for more details online!

13th Ward Forum – A Conversation with Police Inspector Kathy Waite

Thursday, November 10th, from 6-7pm
at Lutheran Church of Christ the Redeemer (5440 Penn Ave S)

Join us as we introduce new MPD Fifth Precinct Inspector Kathy Waite to the community. We will provide pizza and snacks and the church has a nursery in the corner of the room where children can play.

(NOTE: Inspector Waite will also be attending our neighborhood meeting on November 15)

The Taste of Minneapolis International Festival

Saturday, November 12 from 1-4 p.m.
at Phillips Recreation Center (2323 – 11th Ave. S. Minneapolis)

Join community members from across the City to learn about all the many amazing cultures that make Minneapolis such a wonderful place to live.

The Taste of the Minneapolis International Festival is FREE and open to the public.

To learn more visit or by calling 612-230-6400.

Entertainment will include:

  • Indigenous Roots Kalpulli Ynocenoxtli Traditional Aztec Dancers
  • Rince na Chroi Irish Dancers
  • Somali Museum of MN
  • Yellow Horse Singers
  • Asian Media Access’ Dance Team

Food will be provided by the following restaurants and vendors:

  • Dilla’s Ethiopian Restaurant
  • Kramarczuk’s
  • Sioux Chef
  • Delicias Latinas

Cultural exhibits and demonstrations courtesy of:

  • Somali Museum of MN
  • The Norway House
  • Minneapolis Institute of Arts
  • Green Card Voices
  • James Autio: Native American Art
  • Gibbs Farm, a program of Ramsey County Historical Society

The Taste of the Minneapolis International Festival is presented by the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board.

New Aircraft Noise Basics Video Series

Do you ever wonder who makes the decisions behind the aircraft activity at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP)? A new video called Aircraft Noise Basics-Part 1: Who Makes the Decisions? was produced by the Metrpolitan Airports Commission (MAC) and seeks to provide more understanding about the roles and responsibilities of the Federal Aviation Administration, the MAC, and other aviation stakeholders.

Aircraft Noise Basics-Part 1: Who Makes the Decisions?” is the first in a new video series that will help members of the public learn basic facts about aircraft noise topics.

Each of the Aircraft Noise Basics videos has a fact sheet that offers more details about each topic. Click here to view the Aircraft Noise Basics-Part 1 fact sheet: “Who Makes the Decisions?

Members of the public can access Aircraft Noise Basics videos and fact sheets by going to the MAC Noise Program website and clicking on “Aircraft Noise Basics”. We will announce each future video and fact sheet through the MAC Noise Program Office “Latest News.”

November 21, 2016 eNews

November Meeting Highlights

  • Safety Update
    • Special guests: new 5th Precinct Inspector, Kathy Waite & Assistant Minneapolis City Attorney- 5th Precinct Community Attorney, Matthew Wilcox
    • Updates from Crime Prevention Specialist, Jennifer Waisenen
      • Most crimes in our area are to unlocked autos or dwellings
      • The couple of break-in burglaries are believed to be by the same individual and the investigation is underway
      • Package thefts (tips below)
      • You can let the police department know when you are going to be away for an extended period of time (through 311 or Jennifer Waisenen) and they will increase patrolling in our area.
    • City Updates
      • 54th Street construction is halted until next spring
      • The light at 60th & Xerxes should be operational shortly
      • Budget hearings are underway and public hearings are listed on the City website
      • Ward 13 will be hosting a forum on Islamophobia on December 12 (watch for more details). Invited panelists include Representative Keith Ellison and City Council Member Abdi Warsame.
    • Neighborhood Association Updates
      • Tree lighting and charity drive on 11/25 (details below).
      • Currently all FixIt Loan funds have been extended. Participating neighborhoods to reconsider increasing funding or reinvesting program income.
      • We will be reaching out to renters in our area to help us learn more about their needs. Event to be held Saturday, January 7 (details to come soon).
      • We have begun to evaluate our park needs (both at Washburn and Armatage locations) in preparation for the Southwest area parks evaluation in 2017 to best know what we’d like to see in the comprehensive plans that will be developed.

Inaugural Armatage Winter Tree-Lighting & Charity Drive

New this year!
Friday, November 25
7:00pm at Armatage Park

The ANA is holding a tree-lighting ceremony at the park on Friday, November 25, at 7 p.m., to bring the neighborhood joy and warmth during the winter months. To help spread some of this good cheer, at the tree-lighting event we will be collecting diapers and formula for area charities (Crisis Nursery & People Serving People).

Expecting a package?

Take steps to ensure you get what you ordered

Every year around the holidays, there is an increase in packages ordered online and delivered to homes. This also can come with an increase in thefts when the packages are left unattended outside. Victims usually report the theft to their shippers so the police department may not know the extent of these thefts.

Doorstep delivery can be a crime of opportunity. It could be someone following a delivery truck or it could be someone who happens to be in the area and sees a package delivered.

In looking at the most frequently used delivery services, here are some suggestions the shippers made.

  • Before you ship, choose the right service for your needs.
  • Ship the package to a location where you know someone will be available to receive it. Consider selecting the “signature required” option.
  • Send any FedEx package directly to a FedEx Office location near you or choose from several delivery options. You can have it held for pickup at one of the stations. You can go to to find the nearest location or call 1-800-GO-FEDEX.
  • UPS also has stores that a package can be routed to and have several options for delivery choices. Their information is or 1-800-PICK-UPS.
  • The United States Postal Service has a number of ways to track and secure safe delivery for your packages. You have options on how you want the package delivered as well as tracking and insuring the package. Many of their tips are similar to UPS and FedEx. More info:

As neighbors, if you see something suspicious such as a person picking up a package off your neighbor’s front step or a car following a delivery van, please call 911 immediately.

If you are a victim of this crime, please contact 311 or file a police report online. If you have suspect information, call 911.

Depending on who was set to deliver your package, you can also file:

If you used another carrier, check with them on what you need to do in order to file a report for a lost or stolen item.

Yard waste collection has ended

Yard waste collection ended last week for 2016 season. If you still have yard waste that you’d like to get rid of before collection begins again next Spring, please call our office (612-673-2917) or visit Hennepin County’s Green Disposal Guide for a list of yard waste drop-off locations and alternative disposal options.

Unsigned Street Parking Restrictions

Many parking ordinances have traffic signs indicating that curbside stopping or parking is prohibited or restricted. However, some ordinances do not require signs to be posted. These ordinances address safety issues common throughout the city. To sign all of these locations is not practical. Vehicles parked in violation of these ordinances create a hazard for the safe passage of other vehicles and/or pedestrians. The most common of these parking ordinances include:

Corner clearance
corner parking restrictions

Too close to a stop sign or Traffic Signal – vehicles are not allowed   to park within 30 feet of the approach side of a stop sign or traffic   signal unless otherwise indicated by a parking meter or traffic sign.

Blocked driveway – vehicles are not allowed to park within 5 feet of a  private road, driveway, or alley.

Blocked fire hydrant –   vehicles are not allowed to   stop, stand or park within 10   feet of a fire hydrant, except   when necessary to avoid   conflict with other traffic, or in   compliance with the directions   of a police officer or traffic   control agent.

Railroad Crossing – vehicles are not allowed to park within 50 feet of the nearest rail of a railroad crossing.

On a sidewalk – vehicles are not allowed to stop on sidewalks, sidewalk crossings or boulevards.

These ordinances discourage motorists from leaving their vehicles in a manner that would pose a safety threat or inconvenience to other drivers or pedestrians.

October 11, 2016 eNews

October Meeting Agenda

October 18, 2016
6:30pm in the Armatage Community Center

  • Welcome
  • City Council Update
  • Park Update
    • Other park amenities to explore
Additional picnic tables/benches
Shade trees/structure
  • Committee Updates
    • Safety
November Safety meeting, new Inspector invited
    • Community Engagement
Plan to engage with renters
  • Coordinator Update
    • 2017 calendar
    • Community Participation Program (CPP) 2017-19 (see below)
    • FixIt Loan
  • Treasurer Report
Bank accounts (2?)
  • Secretary Report (minutes approved by email)
  • New Business
Solar gardens • pollinators • ash borers

Please submit agenda items at least 3 days in advance.

District 6 School Board debate schedule for October 27

7 pm • Lynnhurst (1345 W Minnehaha Pkwy)

Hear from School Board candidates in person or learn more online!

Neighborhood Priorities

In August the Minneapolis City Council approved the revised Community Participation Program (CPP) Guidelines and the three-year allocations for the years 2017-2019. CPP funds can be used to support neighborhood organization’s community engagement activities and related administrative expenses, as well as to fund work on priorities identified in approved Neighborhood Priority Plans. We will be discussing these priorities and plans during our October meeting. Resident input is welcome!

You can find more information on the NCR website at:

Halloween at the Park

Friday, October 28 • 6:00-8:30pm • Armatage Park
(weather permitting)

Wagon Rides • Bonfire • DJ • S’mores & Popcorn
Mini donuts and hot drinks by Sweet Dreams will be available for sale.
Costumes Encouraged

Pumpking Carving Contest

Bring your carved pumpkin to the park and be entered to win prizes!
Thursday, October 27 • 2:00-9:00 pm or Friday, October 28 • 2:00-4:00 pm
Pumpkins will be on display during the event.
(You can take your pumpkin home with you after the judging!)


Decorated vehicle stations (click for ideas), stationed throughout the parking lot at Armatage Park, will hand out treats.

Get your group together to come up with your display idea!
Space is limited, so be sure to register soon!

Registration is free and we provide the treats*, you just come up with a fun idea, and join us Friday night for the fun!

Be creative! But please remember, this is a family event, so nothing too gory.

Set-up will start at 5:00 pm and all displays must be ready by 6:00 pm.
An adult must stay with the vehicle throughout the event.
We ask that you plan to stay until 8:30 pm, unless otherwise directed that night.

*Treats will be provided by the Park and the ANA. Some treats will be non-candy, and indicated with a Teal Pumpkin.

Trunk-or-Treat Vehicle Display Registration

Due October 22

Mail or deliver to the park or email the following details to
Group/Organization Name • Concept/idea
Main Contact Person• Phone (okay to text?) • Email


Sewer smoke testing

What is smoke testing?

Smoke testing is used to locate cracks, leaks or faulty connections that allow rain water in the sanitary sewer system. During the test, workers send white smoke into the sewer system. The smoke will come out through holes in manhole covers, plumbing vent pipes and other locations where rain water can get into the sewer system.

When will the test be done?

Tests will take place in the late summer and fall. Residents and property owners should receive a notice by mail (pdf) prior to testing. A second notice will be placed on the front door one-to-three working days before the test. Each test lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Why is the testing being done?

The City is working to keep costs down for our customers and protect the environment. When rain water enters the sanitary sewers, it increases the amount of sewage we need to pay to treat. Also, during intense storms, a large influx of stormwater into the sanitary sewers can overwhelm the system, triggering a combined sewage/stormwater overflow. The City has done a lot to reduce the chances of these kinds of overflows, but more work is needed.

What should I do to prepare?

Pour a bucket of water down your basement floor drain and any toilets, sinks or showers that have not been used within a month. This water should fill the traps and reduce the chance of smoke entering your home or business. Smoke may still enter through missing or broken cleanout caps, or defective plumbing that needs repair.

Call 612-673-3543 for special notification if you or someone in your home has mobility limitations, respiratory conditions or other health concerns that may be aggravated by the smoke.

Save the Date

Armatage Happy Hour
Armatage Neighborhood Happy Hour

Thursday, Nov 3 • 4:00-6:00
Cafe Maude

Meet neighbors, share ideas, express concerns!
Appetizers provided. Cash bar (but great happy hour specials).

Inaugural Armatage Winter Tree-Lighting & Charity Drive

New this year!
Friday, November 25
7:00pm at Armatage Park

The ANA is holding a tree-lighting ceremony at the park on Friday, November 25, at 7 p.m., to bring the neighborhood joy and warmth during the winter months. To help spread some of this good cheer, at the tree-lighting event we will be collecting diapers and formula for area charities (Crisis Nursery & People Serving People). Watch for more details!

Anonymous Crime Tips

Want to partner with us to fight crime? All four of the methods below allow you to submit a crime tip anonymously to the Sheriff’s Office. We need your tips about drug activity, cold cases, suspicious activity, or general crime.

  • Call: 1-888-988-TIPS (8477)
  • Text: 847-411, start your text with “HCSOtip” then enter your tip
  • App: Search “HCSOtip” to download the app
  • Online: then fill-out the form

Do NOT use these tip services if you need an urgent response. In case of emergencies, call 911.

Swap Spot

Do you buy or sell online items from sites like Craig’s List? If so, try our Swap Spots for a safe place to conduct in-person transactions.

Swap Spots are designated public places where residents may exchange items that they have purchased/sold online. This allows people to have a public location to make legal transactions.

Swap Spots are located in the lobby of three Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office facilities.

  • Sheriff’s Water Patrol, 4141 Shoreline Drive, Spring Park, MN
  • Enforcement Services Division, 9401 83rd Ave. N., Brooklyn Park, MN
  • Public Safety Facility, 401 S. 4th Ave., Minneapolis, MN

Swap Spots are available during regular business hours of operation: 8am-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, excluding holidays.

September 20, 2016 Minutes

Armatage Neighborhood Association Meeting

Meeting was called to order at 6:35 pm by board president Denis Houle.

ANA board members in attendance: Denis Houle, Ryan Antkowiak, Tara Brown, Sara Emmenecker, Steve Johnson, Bri Keeney, Laurel Luxenberg, & Judy Vecere

Others in attendance: Nikki Lindberg- ANA Coordinator, Stacy Sorenson, Neighborhood Support Specialist, Mike Wilson, CPA, Linea Palmisano, City Council Member, Nikki Frederich- Park Coordinator, & 1 neighbor – Me’Lea Connelly

City Board Survey (Stacy Sorenson, Neighborhood Support Specialist)

  • Requested that we complete a survey intended to help the city understand the demographics and needs of the neighborhood association boards. The survey was anonymous in nature.

Compliance Overview (Mike Wilson, CPA)

  • Mike made us aware of a city-wide accountability initiative. The purpose of the initiative is to verify that neighborhoods are utilizing the public dollars for purposes specific to their intended communicated activities/initiatives and to verify we can continue to qualify for our tax-exempt status. Armatage hasn’t been checked up on in a few years but a more concerted effort will be performed to do so once every three years.
  • Information Return
    • Mike indicated we can (but do not have to) file a 990 Tax Return.
      • He considers this a best practice and will make future audits simple and easy to administer.
    • As an alternative to the form 990, we could file a 990N which is a short form. Should an audit occur we would likely need to take a deeper dive.
    • As a board, we collectively decided filing a 990 Tax Return makes sense as it is relatively easy to complete and will save us time and possible future headaches.
  • Mike will prepare Judy with a checklist of items to be aware of throughout the year so we don’t inadvertently forget to do something or file something by a particular deadline.

Armatage Updates (Linea Palmisano, City Council Member)

  • Indicated that on the Mayor’s Budget Proposal, Armatage was in line to have a 5.5% increase in dollar amount collected by property tax levy. The increase was spurred by cost increases to provide current service level, decrease in local government aid by the state, 20-year roads agreement, and additional spending. This fired up some residents because they felt a 5.5% levy increase was too high. Linea indicated she will continue to have conversations with constituents and will pay very close attention to this in the coming months.
  • Crime Update
    • Crime is down ytd vs. previous years. Additionally, the amount of crime we have relative to the rest of the city is very low.
    • Cautioned us that focusing on the frenzy that is Next Door offers a fairly myopic view on what is truly one of the safest wards in all of MPLS.
  • Neighbor, Me’Lea Connelly, expressed concern about the perception of renters and how she hopes Armatage can work to improve communication and engagement with Armatage renters. She is working towards buying the home in which she rents but she knows other renters feel discriminated against or looked down upon simply because they rent vs. own.
    • Me’Lea and Bri were going to collaborate/share ideas as that is one of Bri’s areas of focus as the Chair of the Engagement Committee.
    • Linea also shared with the group homeline; which is a website promoting advocacy and best practices for renters.
  • Linea will be traveling through the district with the new Director of Public Works, Robin Hutchinson on October 7th. Linea requested feedback on any areas we felt we should draw attention to on the Armatage portion of her tour.
    • One topic which drew some attention was surrounding bike lanes. In many cases, they are adequate for leisure use but unsafe for daily bike commuting. Fragmented throughout the neighborhood which puts bikers at risk when they are in a lane and then the lane disappears.
    • Discussion surrounding heavy traffic at 58th/Xerxes.
    • Frustration with why no crosswalk at 57th/Penn despite a sidewalk coming from the park.
      • Linea addressed this concern by stating a cross walk will only be installed when it is deemed a safe area to cross the street. Since there is no stop sign or street light at 57th/Penn pedestrians should go to the next block when crossing the street.
    • Linea provided an update on the safe routes program which is an initiative to make commonly travelled routes safer for pedestrians. One example of how they improve routes is to install ramps at curb corners.
    • Work continues to be done to lessen the air traffic noise.

Park Update (Nikki Frederich, Park Director)

  • Soccer & Football youth sports are in full swing.
    • 9pm lights off (most nights).
    • 10pm is the latest lights will be on (permission requested in advance of activity).
  • Registration for volleyball begins soon.
  • Winter sports registration in about a month.
    • Basketball available (K-12); typically VERY popular
    • Skating Lessons as well (Tara will be an instructor)
  • Halloween Event scheduled for Friday October 28th (6-8:30pm).
    • Trunk or Treat
      • Will look into Teal Pumpkin as an Allergy Friendly Stop
    • DJ
    • Hayride
    • Fire Pit w/ S’Mores.
    • Pumpkin Carving Contest
  • Park Activities for Toddlers.
    • Friday mornings 10:30-12 beginning in October and running to March
    • Consideration to have something open on Monday evenings as well
  • Fire & Ice is scheduled for January 20, 2017
  • The next monthly Dinner & a Movie is scheduled for October 15th
    • Parents can drop their kids and the kids will eat and watch a movie ($10/child)

Proposed Expenditures (Denis Houle)

  • Denis requested a motion to approve the following expenditures
    • Portable Projection Screen (120’ x 60’ – $199) – approved
    • Tree Lighting (Deciduous – $650-$700) – approved
      • Discussed having a tree-lighting event in tandem with the lighting
      • Trial run as the expense was deemed high by several board members
    • Hydration Station (inside – $850) – approved
    • Park Tent Purchase for the Park ($96) – approved
    • Window Blinds for Multi-Purpose Room ($1,015) – approved
    • Skateboard Lock Up ($380) – denied
    • Reupholstery of community center furniture – Park acquired funding; no motion required
  • Will discuss new park amenities at the next board meeting

Committee Updates

Safety Update (Nikki Lindberg)

  • New inspector to attend our November meeting. Will plan to put on a workshop for block leaders in the new year.
    • Opportunity exists for us to interact with the block leaders which could lead to a more-engaged, synergistic community.

Community Engagement Update (Bri Keeney)

  • 3 initiatives this year
    • Establish an ongoing Happy Hour series
      • Up and running – strong participation at the last happy hour
        • Consideration being given to a bi-monthly happy hour on the 1st Thursday of every odd month.
      • Organics
        • An organic workshop has already occurred
      • Renter Outreach Workshop
        • Three-Part Series being discussed
          • Topics include 1st Time Home Buyer, City Council Renter Resources, Networking/Happy Hour for local renters
        • Bri to collaborate with Me’Lea a local renter whom has expressed a concern an interest in improving renter/owner relations

Summer Festival Update (Nikki Lindberg)

  • The event was well-received by the public. Covered our cost and turned a slight profit (~$600)!
  • For next year, we need to establish a better day-of-event plan as Nikki was spread too thin and couldn’t be everywhere at once. Would prefer to empower people to own certain aspects of the event.
    • Discussed establishing a “checklist” so this can easily be executed by anyone.
  • A general preference by the board to consider a weekend day vs. a Monday evening for next year’s event. While the event was well-attended, changing the date could increase the amount of people who could attend.

Coordinator Update (Nikki Lindberg)

  • Nikki looked into incorporating an “Open Streets” event in Armatage but came away a bit deflated because we’d likely need to partner with an adjacent city since our main roads are busy and border other communities – Edina, Richfield, Linden Hills, Lynnhurst, Kenny).
  • October Newsletter update
    • Will promote Trunk or Treat Event
    • Other ideas to include in newsletter
      • Season Change guide
      • Promote and standardize happy hour schedule
        • 1st Thursday of the Month on every odd month
      • Request to be able to link the Armatage Calendar to outlook, google, etc….
    • Discussion surrounding changing the date of the Armatage Garage Sale
      • Leaning towards the weekend after Memorial Day

Treasurer Update (Judy Vecere)

  • Judy provided a current Revenue & Expense report. The report was thorough and straight-forward. A recent deposit brings the “Funds Available” to approximately 45k.

Denis motioned to adjourn and absolutely everyone seconded. Meeting was adjourned at 8:35 pm.

September 13, 2016 eNews

Armatage Happy Hour

Join Us Thursday!
Armatage Happy Hour
4:00-6:00 • Cafe Maude

Septemer Meeting Agenda

Sept 20, 2016 Agenda

  • Welcome
  • City Council Update
  • Park Update
  • Proposed expenditures
    • Portable projector screen (large, indoor/outdoor, movie night, etc) $209 (Amazon)
    • Tree lighting $650-700
    • Hydration station $850
    • Park event tent $96
    • Window blinds for multi-purpose room $1,015
    • Skate board lock-up $380
    • Additional reupholstering cost $1,130 (for a total of $2,930)
    • Other park amenties to explore
      • Shade trees/structures
      • A/C
      • Additional picnic tables/benches
    • Committee Updates
      • Safety
        • November Safety meeting
      • Community Engagement
      • Summer Festival – recap/feedback
    • Coordinator Update
      • Open Streets
      • October newsletter
      • 2017 calendar
    • Treasurer Report
      • 990 filing
    • Secretary Report
    • New Business
Solar gardens • pollinators • ash borer

Please submit agenda items and requests for childcare at least 3 days in advance.

Fall Park Guide Available Online

NEW Creative Dance Class at Armatage Park

Our littlest dancers learn creative dance and pre-ballet in an imaginative and childlike setting. We will make simple costumes (materials fee included). The session will culminate in a holiday Nutcracker performance. Parents are welcome but not required to participate.

Ages 3-5
Thursdays (9/15 to 11/17) #61156
Saturdays (9/17 to 11/19) #61155
$80 per session


Minneapolis Zero Waste Plan Reminder

In 2016 the City of Minneapolis will be developing a Zero Waste Plan, focused on a set of strategies to move the City toward zero waste. Your input, perspectives, ideas, and concerns will help City staff and policy makers develop a plan that supports the achievement of the City’s ambitious goals for waste reduction, while also enhancing livability, community vitality, and economic prosperity

Multi-Unit Residential Sector

Thursday, September 22, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
(registration and light breakfast at 8:00)
Sabathani Community Center
310 38th Street East, Minneapolis, MN 55409

This event is free, but we do request that you RSVP by Tuesday, September 18. Contact Meleah Houseknecht at 612-334-3388 ext. 8104 with questions.

Commercial Sector

Wednesday, September 28, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
(registration and light breakfast at 8:00)
Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet, Minneapolis, MN 55401

This event is free, but we do request that you RSVP by Tuesday, September 23. Contact Meleah Houseknecht at 612-334-3388 ext. 8104 with questions.

Keep informed about the 54th St Construction


City email sign-up

Tenant Engagement Workshop
September 22, 2016 • 6:00-7:30pm
Van Cleve Recreation Center

About the Tenant Engagement Work Group

The Tenant Engagement Work Group meets on a quarterly basis at rotating locations throughout the city. Meetings are informal and are open to all Minneapolis renters, people who advocate for and support renters, and others interested in tenant engagement. To receive future communications about the work group, email

RSVPs are appreciated at


Organics Recycling Training

Session 1: Tuesday, September 27, 6PM – 8PM, Longfellow Park (3435 36th Ave S)

Session 2: Thursday, October 13, 6PM – 8PM, Windom Park Northeast (2251 Hayes St)

Get your organics recycling questions answered with hands-on learning, demonstrations, and tips that make organics recycling easy.

Learn about the City’s new Recycling Block Leader program and how you can sign up to be the leader on your block.

  • Hear presentation from Minneapolis Recycling Staff
  • Get a free kitchen organics collection container, while supplies last
  • Pick up a free yard sign promoting organics recycling
  • Enjoy refreshments with your neighbors

RSVP:  Encouraged but not required.

Visit to RSVP and for more information.

Questions:  Laura Horner,, 612-673-3318


Register to vote in the general election, November 8

Eligible Hennepin County voters have until Tuesday, October 18, to preregister for the 2016 general election. If you’ve recently moved or are a new voter, save time on Election Day. Register to vote or check your voter registration status at

Voters may also register in person on Election Day, which is November 8, or vote absentee for any reason.

For information about voting and elections in Hennepin County, visit

Kids Vote need volunteers!


Free gun locks available to Hennepin County residents

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, offers free gun locks to Hennepin County residents.

The lock is a cable-style device and it is intended to discourage unauthorized access to a firearm, particularly by young children.  Cable locks require that many types of firearms be unloaded before the cable lock is installed, providing an extra level of safety.

The free gun locks are available at:

Hennepin County Sheriff’s Enforcement Services Headquarters at 9401 83rd Ave. N., Brooklyn Park

Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Gun Permit Office at 350 S. 5th Street, Room 22, Minneapolis

Find out more information here about gun safety in your home.

Help shape our city — apply for openings on Minneapolis boards and commissions

Applications are now being accepted for a number of open board and commission positions that the City Council and mayor will appoint this fall. Board and commission members in the City of Minneapolis provide valuable insights, help shape key policy decisions and provide community-based input into administration of services. The City is seeking applicants with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences to strengthen the work of the City.

Applications will be reviewed beginning Oct. 21. The positions are open until filled. There are 151 open positions on 17 City boards and commissions:

  • Advisory Committee on Aging
  • Advisory Committee on People With Disabilities
  • Arts Commission
  • Capital Long-Range Improvement Committee
  • Charter Commission – the application review process is underway
  • Commission on Civil Rights – the application review process will begin Oct. 14
  • Community Environmental Advisory Commission
  • Heritage Preservation Commission – the application review process will begin Sept. 30
  • Planning Commission
  • Police Conduct Review Panel – the application review process will begin Oct. 10
  • Police Oversight Commission – the application review process will begin Oct. 10
  • Public Health Advisory Committee
  • Public Housing Authority
  • Telecommunications Network
  • Workplace Advisory Committee – the application review process will begin Oct. 14
  • Youth Violence Prevention Executive Committee
  • Zoning Board of Adjustment


July 15, 2016 eNews

July Meeting Agenda

July 19, 2016
6:30pm in the Armatage Community Center

  • Welcome
  • City Council Update
  • Park Update
  • Committee Updates
    • Safety
    • Community Engagement
    • Summer Festival
  • Coordinator Update
  • Treasurer Report
  • Secretary Report
  • New Business

Please submit agenda items and any special requests at least 3 days in advance.

ANA Summer Festival
Monday, August 8, 2016
6:00-8:30 pm
Armatage Park

Movie in the Park at dusk – Where the Wild Things Are

Volunteer sign-up now available. Learn about all that will be happening that night including

live music • food trucks • carnival games for kids* • face painting and henna tattoos* • bounce houses and giant slide* • NEW games for adults including Kan Jam • great info booths with games and prizes


Bring a water bottle to fill up at our water station donated by Minneapolis Tap

Thank you to our additional sponsors  Anytime Fitness   SWBAlogo_Page_1   MPRB_Logo

Burglary Alert

There have been 5 reported burglaries since July 11 in a 2-3 block area in the Tangletown neighborhood. The burglaries occurred overnight between the hours of 10pm and 6am while the homeowners were asleep. In three incidents the burglar was unable to make entry into the home because the windows and doors were locked. Entry was made in the other burglaries through an unlocked window and in one case, pry marks were found on the side door.

If you have any information that could lead to a suspect on these burglaries, please contact our property crimes investigator Sgt. Warnberg at (612) 673-5599.

Home Security Prevention Tips

  • Lock your home, apartment, and garage doors and windows at all times, even if you are in the home or yard.
  • Do not leave valuables in plain sight. This includes laptops, purses, wallets, keys, and anything else that may contain personal information. Remember: Treat your garage door opener as a key to your property.
  • Record the make, model, and serial numbers on your valuables and keep in a safe place. This information can greatly assist in recovery of items. Photographs may also be of assistance. NOTE: You can register you bicycle for free with the City. This can help recover your bike if it is ever stolen.
  • Secure windows and doors in homes and garages.
    • Use deadbolt locks with at least a 1” throw on all exterior doors. Use 6” strike plates and 3” case-hardened screws that enter the studs behind the doorframe.
    • Pin or add auxiliary locking devices to windows and sliding glass doors.
    • Place an opaque material over garage windows.
    • Install a solid core door with a deadbolt on garage service door.
    • Secure overhead garage door tracks with a padlock.
    • Consider installing security film on windows near or on doors to prevent access to door locks via breaking a window.
  • Consider using timers on lights, radios and/or a TV when you are away from home.
  • If you have a security system, use it even while at home. Dogs can be a deterrent as well.
  • Know who is in your home; service providers and contractors should do background checks on their employees.

How to report a burglary

Call 911 to report a burglary, whether or not you witness the burglary in progress. Note missing items, suspect description, tools, objects, or DNA evidence left at scene, possible time and date of occurrence, video surveillance, etc. See for additional tips and resources.

Call 911 on all suspicious activity including suspicious persons and vehicles loitering near homes and in alleyways, or unfamiliar noises such as breaking glass.


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National Night Out
Tuesday, August 2

You can request your block closure for free until July 19! After that, it costs $100! So act now!

Minneapolis has already had 1,000 parties registered! We continue to be one of the most engaged communities in the nation and hope you will help us all continue this trend. NNO is a great way to meet your neighbors and improve area safety.

This year we will be putting blocks with new event registrations, or where we haven’t had a registraiton in a long time, at the top of our list for team visits. These are investigators, lieutenants, commanders, and our top brass who visit many events throughout the night. We should have as many as 80 teams rolling around on August 2nd! As always our Crime Prevention Specialist and other officers from the precinct will be “party-hopping” too!

Also for many years we’ve included Mall of America Nickelodeon Mystery Tickets which are always a hit with kids at NNO block parties, and this year is no different. Register your party today!

Early voting has started for the Aug. 9 Primary Election. Although Minnesota voters already had a chance to participate in selecting each party’s presidential candidates in the caucuses held by the parties in March, there are other races on the primary ballot. Every seat in the state legislature is up for reelection this year, and several of those seats will be on primary ballots in order to decide which candidate will be moving forward for each major political party in the November General Election. Check out What’s on the ballot for more information about what contests are on the primary ballot, and to get a copy of your sample ballot.

In-person early voting

Voters can come downtown to cast an absentee ballot for the primary in-person. In-person voting is at the newly opened Early Vote Center located at 217 S. Third St, one block from City Hall. Early voting can be done Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., through Monday, Aug. 8. The Early Vote Center will also be open the final two Saturdays before the primary, on July 30 and Aug. 6, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Early in-person voting is convenient. It can be especially helpful for voters who need special accommodations, such as language support, by providing the extra time, attention and onsite resources more readily afforded at the Early Vote Center than across all polling places on Election Day.

Vote by mail

Voters who choose to vote early by mail just need to submit an absentee ballot application to have a ballot sent to them along with a postage paid envelope to return that ballot. This can be done by completing the application online or by completing a paper application and submitting by mail, email, fax, or in person to the Elections Office. Get downloadable forms available in 11 languages and full instructions for returning the application and mail ballots on the absentee voting section of

More election judges needed

Several hundred more election judges are needed to serve in the City’s 132 polling places on Election Day, for the Aug. 9 Primary and the Nov. 8 General Election. Judges can work in the polls on either or both dates to help voters cast their ballots, and run polling place operations. Election judges are paid for their service, at $13.30 per hour beginning Aug. 1, and also receive pay for the required training they will complete prior to Election Day.

You must be an eligible voter in Minnesota in order to serve as an election judge. The Elections & Voter Services website has more information about serving as a judge, and is also the place to go to get signed up by completing the online application.

Fall Park Program Registration Open Now

You can register online or in person at the Summer Festival (or at the park building). Youth sports including football and soccer are just some of the popular offerings through our parks.

Through August, adults can also take advantage of a new Zumba class on Wednesday nights!

Home Energy Squad

Home Energy Squad Visits

Interested in saving money on your home or rental property?  A Home Energy Squad visit is a great way to have a trusted  expert come to your home and install free energy efficient materials, safety check your heating and water system and evaluate energy savings opportunities.  This typically costs $70 and over 9,000 Minneapolis households have participated.  For a limited time, the City of Minneapolis is offering FREE visits for income qualified residents along with 0% financing for insulation and/or air sealing upgrades.  To learn more call 612 335 5874 or visit

Minnehaha Creek Cleanup: July 24

Registration is now open for the 2016 Minnehaha Creek Cleanup on Sunday, July 24! RSVP here.

As the event marks its 10th anniversary, volunteers now have three cleanup locations to choose from – Minnetonka, St. Louis Park and Lake Hiawatha Park in Minneapolis. The expansion to Minnetonka provides opportunities to clean the creek all the way from the creek’s headwaters near the Gray’s Bay Dam to Minnehaha Falls – 22 miles downstream. This year’s goal is to collect 4 tons of trash. Learn more at

June 24 eNews

June Meeting Highlights

June 21, 2016

  • Fall programming for the park is available online and registration opens July 6.
  • The ANA voted to approve spending to support park improvements including reupholstering the lounge furniture.
  • Kelly Falsani was re-elected Vice President. Ryan Antkowiak was elected secretary. Denis Houle, President and Judy Vecere, Treasurer, have  one year remaining in their terms.
  • Denis Houle as re-elected to the NCEC (Neighborhood & Community Engagement Commission) for a two-year term. The NCEC is responsible for developing guidelines for the City’s principal neighborhood funding program, the Community Participation Program. The Commission also works to broaden participation on advisory boards and commissions, develops recommendations for improving the City’s public participation process, and reviews the business plan for the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department. He expects their main focus will be the future of neighborhood organizations and their funding.
  • The ANA will plan another Armatage Happy Hour in September/October.


  • Block leaders get special crime alerts for their block and are asked to share the information with their neighbors in a mutually convenient way.
  • Block leaders get priority registration for:
    • MPD Citizens Academy (learn how the police department works)
    • MFD CERT (learn how to respond in a natural disaster)
    • and can even attend the RPOW (rental property owner workshop)
  • It doesn’t take a lot of time to be a block leader but it can make a huge difference in your neighborhood
  • More than one person can be a block leader on a block so everyone is welcome to join!


Date: Monday July 25th , 2016
Time: 6-7pm
Where: 5th Precinct Community Room
3101 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis 55408
(Visitor parking lot off 1st Av S just south of 31st St W)

This meeting is informal and more than one representative per block is encouraged to attend. If you need to come a little late or leave a little early, no problem.

Walk-ins are welcome.

To RSVP (or for questions) contact:
CPS Jennifer Waisanen at (612) 673-5407

If you would like to be trained as a block leader but can’t attend this meeting, please contact Jennifer  to schedule a different time.

Fireworks!! What Is Legal, What Is Not

An Important Message from the Minneapolis Police Department

Certain types of fireworks became legal in Minnesota in April 2002. With warmer weather and an increase of complaints about fireworks, the Minneapolis Police Department wants you to know these important facts

What’s legal?

Minnesota law permits the sale, possession and use of some non-explosive and non-aerial fireworks. Examples include sparklers, cones and tubes that emit sparks, and novelty items like snakes and party poppers. (These consumer fireworks may not be used on public property such as roads, alleys, schools, and parks.)

Purchasers of these fireworks must be at least 18 years old. Sale, possession and use may occur at any time during the year.

Fireworks can only be sold from inside a permanent structure. Merchants selling fireworks from any location other than a permanent structure are in a violation of a city ordinance.

What’s illegal?

The law still prohibits explosive and aerial fireworks for public sale, possession and use. Examples of illegal fireworks include firecrackers, bottle rockets, missiles, roman candles, mortars and shells—any fireworks that are explosive and aerial.

Be a considerate neighbor!

Fireworks can be extremely frustrating for neighbors, especially when homes are close to each other, people are trying to sleep or when small children and pets are frightened. Fireworks are also very dangerous and pose a personal injury and structure fire risk.

Reserve the use of 911 to urgent concerns involving life safety. Minneapolis 911 will have increased staffing during the holiday but fireworks noise complaints tie up a significant amount of resources which will result in longer 911 answer times for callers.

Due to the huge volume of calls received, police officers cannot be dispatched to each fireworks noise incident. This is done to assure that police officers are available to respond to emergency situations in progress.

Fireworks complaints can also be filed on line or by calling 311

Home Energy Squad
Minneapolis offers free home energy efficiency visits, no-interest financing for recommended upgrades

The City of Minneapolis is offering free home visits from energy-saving experts to income-qualified Minneapolis residents including renters. Join more than 9,000 households that have already benefited from the program. Home Energy Squad visits bring energy efficiency experts to participants’ homes to install energy-saving materials and make recommendations on energy-saving upgrades. Minneapolis households over the income limit for the free visits can still receive the visit for $70.

At the home visit a team of energy consultants will:

  • Install energy-saving materials such as door weatherstripping, a water heater blanket, compact fluorescent lightbulbs, a programmable thermostat, and high-efficiency showerheads and faucet aerators.
  • Test for air leaks.
  • Inspect attic and wall insulation using an infrared camera.
  • Recommend energy upgrades based on the test results.
  • Check heating systems and water heaters for safety.
  • Provide a quote for insulation and/or air sealing and the opportunity to connect with a qualified contractor if applicable.

Free visits and no-interest financing

The City of Minneapolis offers free visits to qualified households with an income less than $48,100 for one person, $54,950 for two people, $61,850 for three people, or up to $90,650 for eight people. If the Home Energy Squad recommends insulation or air sealing, income-qualified residents also have special access to zero percent financing to complete that work. Homeowners can call 612-335-5874 to confirm eligibility and schedule a visit. Funds are limited.

Home Energy Squad is provided by CenterPoint Energy and Xcel Energy in partnership with the City of Minneapolis and delivered by the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE), a Minneapolis nonprofit.

To schedule a Home Energy Squad visit, call 612-335-5874 or visit

Seasonal cycle of Minneapolis lakes fish kills is no cause for concern

Have you been noticing some not-so-pleasant smells around the lake shores? Don’t be alarmed! As strange as it sounds, the increase in temperature and the appearance of dead fish and decomposing plants around Minneapolis lakes have a direct correlation.

A Few Things to Remember About Summer Fish Kills:

  • Fish kills and plant decomposition happen yearly
  • Fish kills occur not just in Minneapolis lakes but in many lakes in Minnesota

Seasonal fish kills have no effect on the quality of the lake’s water for swimming or boating, the quality of the other fish in the lake or the ability to eat or consume fish from the lake

January 25, 2016 eNews

January Meeting Highlights

Quarterly Safety Update

Jennifer Waisenen, our Crime Prevention Specialist, presented 2015 crime statistics. Compared to 2014 we were almost identical for total numbers of Part 1 Crimes that took place at 71. A map was handed out showing the location and Part 1 Crime classification for these incidents. She shared some breakdown details to help clarify a couple categories noted below.

  • Homicides (0)
  • Rape (3) NOTE: all were known to the victim/family
  • Robbery (0)
  • Aggravated Assault (3) NOTE: all domestics
  • Burglary (20)
  • Larceny (42) NOTE: 14 were thefts from cars
  • Auto Theft (1) NOTE: occurred near the end of December, car left running
  • Arson (2) NOTE: park dumpsters (kids involved were caught)

We had a noted drop in unforced entries, so people are locking their doors and garages. Our next safety update will be in April.

Regular Meeting

The ANA has set some community engagement goals for 2016. They will include:

  • Hosting a neighborhood happy hour
  • Trying to connect better with both renters and older residents.
    • Establishing relationships with rental owners/managers
    • Getting our paper newsletter delivered into apartment complexes
    • Creating programming at the park for older residents (survey in progress)
  • Improving neighborhood organics recycling involvement to 40% (currently at 32.7%)

Planning for our annual Summer Festival will kick off on Wednesday, February 3 at 7:00pm in the park building. Anyone is welcome to attend.

Armatage will host a table at the Southwest Home Improvement Fair on Saturday, March 26 from 10:00am-2:00pm at Burroughs School.

The FixIt Loan program has now pooled all remaining dollars from the involved neighborhoods, so any resident from the four areas can apply for these funds for home improvement projects.

Park Programming for Older Residents

The ANA and our neighborhood park want to offer programming to older residents that they would like to participate in! Some ideas we have come up with are listed below. Let us know what interests you!

  • Complete the online survey located on our homepage
  • Mail to the ANA (2500 W 57th St, Mpls 55410)
  • Email your suggestions to
  • Chime in on Facebook, Twitter or Next Door

Book club    ~    Adult sport league (volleyball, basketball, other)    ~    Walking club    ~    Classes (cooking, yoga, other)    ~    Gardening club    ~    Monthly event (cards, dancing, other)

2016 Paint-A-Thon

Interested homeowners and agencies can find more program details including eligibility requirements outlined on the 2016 homeowner application available online or by contacting the Metro Paint-A-Thon at 612-276-1579, Molly Chandler (, Director of Senior Services.

Nominations for the
2015 MPRB Volunteer of the Year Awards
are being accepted through February 15th!

Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB) staff, volunteers, and community members are encouraged to nominate an outstanding park volunteer.

Nomination criteria is offered below; nominations are accepted via the official nomination form.
Attached is the program flyer and nomination form for you to print and share as you wish.

Please let us know if you have any questions about this program. Thank you!

Help for Dislocated Workers

The MN Teamsters Service Bureau is a nonprofit organization providing services, not only to Teamster members, but  also to Dislocated Workers throughout the metropolitan area.

We hold contracts with the state to provide career counseling, training, and placement services to laid off workers qualifying for unemployment insurance. We have funding to serve such individuals in your neighborhood. Learn more online.

Interested in becoming a Minneapolis CERT Volunteer?

Or learning about how to prepare for a disaster?  CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) is an opportunity to learn about how the emergency response system works, how to prepare for a disaster – everything from what supplies to have in your disaster preparedness kit, to how to use a fire extinguisher – and how you can support emergency responders in case of a large disaster.  The course is great for individual preparedness, as well as those wanting to be part of a disaster response team.

Steps to become a Minneapolis CERT Volunteers:

  • Take the FREE online FEMA introductory course, “IS317: Introduction To Community Emergency Response Teams
    • Once completed, print out the Certificate of Completion and bring a copy to class
    • It’s RECOMMENDED that you take this online course before starting the in-class sessions, but NOT REQUIRED
    • Complete 5 in-classroom sessions on various CERT topics, all held from 6-8pm at the Minneapolis Police 5th Precinct. The dates of the classes and the topics are listed below.
  • Send an email with your:
    • Full Name:
    • Address:
    • Telephone number (cell phone preferred):
    • Email address:
    • Dates of the 5 classes you would like to take (see selection below):
  • Once you complete the online IS317 course, and 5 classroom sessions, you will receive a CERT Volunteer Certificate and a CERT Backpack (free while supplies last)
  • Questions? Contact Casidy Anderson at or 612-673-3184


Tuesday, Feb 2: Terrorism and CERT
Tuesday, Feb 16: Disaster Psychology
Tuesday, March 1: Search & Rescue

Monday, March 14:Disaster Preparedness & CERT Organization
Monday, May 2: Fire Safety
Monday, May 16: Terrorism and CERT
Monday, June 6: Disaster Psychology
Monday, June 20: Search & Rescue

Monday, Sept 5: Disaster Preparedness & CERT Organization
Monday, Sept 19: Fire Safety
Monday, Oct 3: Terrorism and CERT
Monday, Oct 17: Disaster Psychology
Monday, Nov. 7: Search & Rescue

Monday, Nov 21: Disaster Preparedness & CERT Organization (TENTATIVE)

Home Tour needs nominations soon

The Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour, April 30-May 1, 2016, is accepting nominations at, click on “submit a home” for the option to apply online. Or request an application by calling Margo Ashmore at 612-867-4874.

For 11 hours, homeowners and contractors open their doors to share ideas with other home enthusiasts, based on their remodeling experience. Visitors are particularly interested in period-accurate restoration and expansions sensitive to the surroundings. Being on the tour gives homeowners great feedback as well as the incentive to finish those last few projects.

If you or someone you know needs more information, contact coordinator Margo Ashmore at Organizers want to have visited nominated homes by early February, so inquire “today.” Later nominations will be considered if they help reach tour goals.

October 21, 2014 Minutes

Armatage Neighborhood Assocation Meeting

Meeting was called to order at 6:30 by Board President, Denis Houle.

Board Members in attendance: Bri Keeney, Jeff Forss, Nikki Lindberg, Denis Houle, Steve Johnson, Kelly Falsani, Betsen Philip, Lance Custer, Keith Swanson, Sarah Broich

Others in attendance: Tina Erazmus, ANA staff member; Nikki Friederich, Park Director; City Councilmember Linea Palmisano, Dan Walsh, Dave Denamur

Park Update by Nikki Friederich, Park Director

  • The park staff is getting ready for Halloween: they are having haunted house again, hayride, bonfire, s’mores, hot cocoa, and popcorn. The event will be held from 6-8 pm on Halloween.
  • Winter sports registration is open; Basketball registration starts Nov. 11th.
  • New event: Friday night movie night- once/month- $10 includes dinner and movie at the park.
  • 10:30-12 on Fridays: “Romp and Play”- open playtime indoors at park for younger childen. (Windom park offers this 2 other weekdays).
  • Health Food policy pamphlets are available if people are interested in learning about the healthy food options at the park. Park is looking for vendor to supply “healthy vending machines.” They are taking application for this.
  • The new trash cans in the park will be out all winter.
  • A resident mentioned that the toddler play set in the playground not in good condition- wood is rotten. Park coordinator said she will look into this.
  • Park director thanked board for the Halloween support.

Update from Denis Houle, as representative from NCEC (he serves on this committee)

Denis talked about the One Minneapolis Fund: background- the goal of this fund is to get people more involved in the city and/or to address a need not being addressed. This fund is 2 years old, and city is now writing guidelines for 3rd year.   The neighborhoods had been worried about money being taken away, but it hasn’t been an issue because it came from 2 different funding sources.

Possible concern: the current budget proposal from the mayor does take money away from neighborhoods. There was an article in the Star Tribune on Oct. 12. Denis will send board more info so we can contact mayor and councilmember about this. NCEC is planning to send mayor letter saying money coming from TIF funding is not supported. The budget vote will be sometime in December.

Housing Loan Program Update

Housing loan program: there is a meeting scheduled with representatives from Armatage, Fulton, Kenny, and Lynnhurst on Wednesday 10/29 at 7:00 to discuss the housing loan program with GMHC Housing Loan administrator. Armatage reps will leave meeting with a list of decisions to make and bring back to board.

Councilmember Update

  • There has been tremendous success with compost program in other areas. Pamphlets are available on organics program.
    • One sort recycling- wrapping up first year. Increased from 17 to 25 percent recycling participation.
    • Number of pounds per dwelling unit highest in SW, except Armatage is recycling the least. Could neighborhood do something to increase participation? Is more education needed on what can go in bins?
  • Airplane noise update: councilmember’s most recent newsletter was dedicated to the issue of airplane noise- has lots of great information and updates. To summarize the latest: congress told FAA that they can implement RNAV if impact per flight is the same or less. Cities are pushing back saying it is still a significant impact.
  • Crime in the neighborhood: there have been lots of calls about increased crime in the neighborhood. Despite the increased calls to city council, there have been decreased calls both resident initiated and officer initiated, so those numbers show crime being down. Social media like the Nextdoor site has increased communication/awareness of crime, which has possibly led to a misconception that there is an actual increase in crime. Councilmember reminded us that Nextdoor is not regularly monitored by council office- they need a call regarding major issues.
  • Councilmember has spent a lot of time in budget meetings, and in committee meetings.
    • The audit committee is “starting out the right way.”
  • Police dept. works closely with bordering cities (Edina and Richfield). Councilmember would like police dept. to better communicate the closure of cases.
  • Residents asked about construction updates:
    • 54th between Penn and Lyndale is getting redone in 2016.
    • Councilmember is working to better coordinate county, city, and met council projects.
    • One resident has noticed improved speed of traffic, “less drag racing.” Another resident has concern about unsafe bump outs.
    • It was mentioned that school buses can’t take right turn onto 56th: unsafe for kids at school patrol, or pedestrians crossing street.
    • Response from councilmember: a traffic study is being conducted and concerns are being relayed to designers. A response from them is expected in a couple weeks.
    • Another resident expressed being fine with road and experiencing no issues.
    • Crosswalk button issue on 56th. Can the light be reprogrammed? Leading pedestrian light is effective- can it be changed to that? Councilmember is looking into this.
  • Resident wanted update from councilmember on roundabout on Upton.  Update: results of traffic study are not in yet. Councilmember’s office has received calls that it has been well received but is waiting on concrete data. Results will be out in the next few weeks.

Coordinator Update

  • There are 23 new residents in the neighborhood from July-Sept.- they will receive welcome packets.
  • We will be adding park tab and safety tab to ANA website. There is a link on the website regarding parking restrictions- city is cracking down on these.
  • CPP budget- would like to form a committee to go over 3 year budget. Tina will send an email to the board asking for people to sit on this committee (probably one 45 minute meeting).
  • Composting has been open 2 weeks- new people are using the program. Need another volunteer to help. Once signed up and trained, people will have access to code to unlock bin.

Treasurer Update

Only change was coordinator salary- requesting advance from CPP to cover this in upcoming months.

Safety Update

  • Crime in the neighborhood has been pretty quiet- some bike thefts.
  • There was a rape reported in the neighborhood; the victim knew the attacker.
  • A resident reported he recently called 911 regarding a crying woman on his doorstep.
  • Update on stabbing from the summer: one is a juvenile (no information released), the adult is being held downtown, trial is not yet scheduled, the sentencing will take impact statements into account. There is another call for resident impact statements- due mid-November.

    There was a motion for Tina to draft a neighborhood impact statement from the board and email out for board approval. Motion seconded and carried.

  • Two paper newsletters to go out to all residents regarding safety topics and neighborhood updates. January meeting could be safety seminar event. Nikki will help design these newsletters.
  • Questions from resident to be addressed possibly at safety seminar: What to do when you notice someone’s garage door open on accident? How to notify that neighbor (if you don’t know them well)?
  • Update from resident regarding an experience with new construction: resident called 311 when work was happening on a Sunday; cops came and they stopped the work and moved the machinery. Call 311- it works.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:04 pm.

Following the meeting, a board vote occurred via email due to a deadline that fell between board meetings.

ANA coordinator sent this information regarding the neighborhood façade grants:

Background: In 2012, Jennifer secured the Great Streets Facade Grant for Armatage businesses to help with facade improvements.  This is a matching grant program.  Since 2012 we have awarded 2 grants of $5000 to Penn Mobil – now Minnico and Bellweather.

  • The original grant amount was  $25,000.00.
  • 15% of the grant is for administration ( $3,750.00 )
  • with the two grants of $5,000.00
  • we have $11,250 available for contract.

Here are our two options:

  1. Close out the current loan.  We would have until March to get the rest of the funds out and then whatever is left over will be returned to the city and we would not be able to reapply for this loan again until 2016.
  1. Work to get the balance of the loan out to business so we can reapply for the Facade Grant.  75% of the original loan must be in an approved contract beforeFeb. 28. I do have some leads on a few businesses that might be interested.

A motion was made to pursue option 1, was seconded, and carried with 7 ayes, 1 nay, and 2 abstentions.

April 15, 2014 Minutes

Armatage Neighborhood Association Meeting

Called to order at 6:32 by Board President, Betsen Philip

ANA board members in attendance: Sarah Broich, Lance Custer, Kelly Falsani, Jeff Forss, Denis Houle, Steve Johnson, Bri Keeney, Nikki Lindberg, Betsen Philip, and Keith Swanson.

Others in attendance: Tina Erazmus, ANA staff member; Matt Perry, NEHBA and 65+ residents.

Safety Update

Inspector Todd Loining (MPD, 5th Precinct Commander); Adam Tomczik (Assistant Hennepin County Attorney); Lisa Eder (Victim/Witness Unit for Hennepin County Attorney’s Office)

Loining summarized the primary event of concern for our neighborhood: on March 28, the victim boarded a bus downtown and got off at 58th & Vincent. He was followed off the bus by two suspects (ages 13 & 16), and they demanded money and his wallet. The victim told them he didn’t have any money, they assaulted him, during which time he was stabbed. The victim was transported to HCMC, treated, and has made a full recovery. The two suspects were identified and arrested on March 30 by Edina police. They remain in custody. The camera on the bus along with witness statements helped to identify the suspects.
It was asked if the victim’s backpack (and identification) had been recovered. He was not certain, but would follow-up to check on its status.

Because of the young ages of the suspects, the amount of information that could be shared about them (especially the 13 year old) is limited. The 16 year old does reside in our neighborhood and doesn’t appear to attend school. He also does have a felony on his record since turning 16.

Tomczik added that three people are in custody. (An 18 year old was involved in two other crimes associated with the two suspects from this crime). He stated that although is was a very frightening situation, it is also very rare, especially in our neighborhood. The two other crimes occurred in March in Edina.

Eder commented that they may be trying the 16 year old as an adult. She also provided Community Impact Statement forms. These statements are used during the sentencing phase, and help to demonstrate the ripple effect crimes have not just on the victim but the entire community. These are also available online, and often are automatically mailed by the MPD in relation to crimes in your area (sign-up for email updates online:

One of the biggest concerns raised was why we, the Armatage neighborhood, was not notified about these crimes sooner. More awareness and diligence on our part may have been able to prevent further crimes and in particular this violent attack on one of our neighbors. The Commander responded that due to him being on vacation, there were some things that weren’t handled as they should have been in his absence. They have talked it over in the department and don’t expect this to happen again. There were also comments from our new Crime Prevention Specialist, used to working in north Minneapolis, that this sort of crime is more commonplace there, and she wasn’t aware that she should be sending out information. A board member expressed his hope that this sort of crime would be treated with as much seriousness on the northside as here. The Inspector assured us they do their best, and in fact will be part of a safety summit taking place in north Minneapolis later this week.

Some individual residents shared personal stories of frustrations and concerns with 911 (issue reported in media has been remedied) and law enforcement (in particular the Edina Police Department). Although this sort of crime is not something that can be seen to be on the rise, cell phone thefts are a huge issue throughout the city. People should be sure to continue to be aware of their surroundings. Please report any suspicious activity. If you see groups of people walking down alleys, this is certainly something to report. (Only residents are to be in the alley.) Another resident shared concerns about the behaviors of adults and unattended children in and around the park at 58th & Washburn. Besides reporting suspicious behavior, be sure to report any violations you may see, as many of the properties in the area are rentals and may take more interest in the quality of their tenants if their licensing is at risk. Comments were also shared about reporting graffiti and how quickly these issues have been responded to. Although bus drivers see kids out beyond curfew, it is not their responsibility to do the job of police (or parents). Metro Transit police are often busy dealing with more serious crimes to do much regarding enforcing curfew. If you do see kids walking around during the day (truancy) or late at night (curfew) be sure to report it. The MPD does support programming in the schools which addresses these issues, but often parents aren’t aware of curfew hours. It was also noted, that although you can use the online crime reporting tool, if you are the victim of a crime, you may also request to have an officer come in person to file the report.

A comment from Councilwoman Palmisano was requested. In lieu of all the media attention paid to her leadership regarding housing tear downs and remodelling project, she is very concerned about safety and sits on the Public Safety, Civil Rights & Emergency Management committee. She is kept apprised of safety issues in her ward, and hasn’t seen any notable up ticks in criminal activity.

Besides being aware of your surroundings, some other ideas and programs were mentioned to help us keep safe and help keep our neighborhood safe. Some neighborhoods have safety walking groups. In conjunction with the city, the ANA is working to increase the number of blocks with block leaders (so please consider signing up if your block is not represented). You can subscribe to email updates from the MPD 5th Precinct as well as from City Council Ward 13/Palmisano and the ANA. National Night Out (NNO) is a great time to connect with your neighbors and gather email/contact information so you all can keep each other informed and alert. Palmisano also recommended RAIDS Online (which also has an app and email alert program) which tracks and reports on crime in your area:

Monday, April 21 from 7:00-8:30 pm, the ANA and MPD are hosting a personal safety workshop. People of all ages are welcome.

As stated by Lt. Connie Leaf (our overnight watch leader for the 5th precinct), she was very sorry about the violent crime that happened in our neighborhood, but the level of response by our neighbors, and the show of support and concern is what makes this a great neighborhood and why this sort of thing doesn’t often happen here.

(Short recess as guests left the meeting and took questions in the hall. 15 neighbors still in attendance.)

City Council Update by Linea Palmisano

For the first time in years, the city budget allows for us to hire more police officers. However, it will take time to recruit and train additional officers. As the weather improves, she reminded everyone to stay vigilant. Because of the young ages of the suspects discussed today, she addressed some of the concerns people expressed over the supervision and education of these youths. The city is involved in a strong anti-bullying program, she is also involved in the city Youth Coordinating Board with discusses ways to address absenteeism, and hopes to partner with the Health Department to find ways to better intervene and prevent delinquency. She also stated that our partnership with Edina is very important and that we need to operate without boundaries with issues that affect all residents living in the area. She encourage participation in NNO. Regarding the housing policy issue, she left copies of her press release with updates (also available online).

70/30 Resolution: Molly Broder (Broders Deli, Pasta Bar & Terzo) & Conrad Leifur (Pizzeria Lola)

Broder presented the issue and the concerns as it relates to about 70 small restaurants throughout the city (the small group of business affected by this resolution). Twenty years ago, when Broders requested permission to sell beer and wine, the 70/30 resolution was added to the City Charter. As the cost of wine and craft brews have risen, it is often hard for restaurants to maintain the 70% food/30% alcohol sales ratio. Because it was written into the Charter, unless the city council unanimously accepts the proposal below, this small group of business owners would be faced with trying to garner support to a ballot initiative, which feels onerous. This regulation by Charter is also unique, as all other regulations and licensing rules are held under the city ordinances. Being an ordinance allows for better/easier adjustments to rules over time as things change. Although they would like to address the concerns of 70/30 on their businesses, they want to do that discussion as an ordinance versus a constitutional amendment.

There was a short discussion about the pros and cons of business in the area, and the impacts (positive and negative) on residents.

Motion made for the ANA to support amending the Minneapolis City Charter Chapter 4, Section 5, First Power, sub-section (c) for the purpose to regulate neighborhood restaurants with a wine/beer license by city ordinance and state statute (which also regulate all other restaurants in the City) by eliminating:  (1) the 70/30 ration of required food sales to alcoholic beverage sales; (2) the requirement that a customer must purchase food to order a glass of wine or beer; and (3) the prohibition on serving beer/wine at a bar. (Importantly, adoption of this motion simply states that the ANA supports moving the liquor regulations out of the City Charter and into City ordinance. It does not speak to changes in the regulations.) Motion seconded and carries.

Park Update by Park Director, Nikki Friederich

Summer program brochures are available (at the desk or online). The Park Board received a grant, and will be promoting special programming along the Creek in July. Watch for more information. Movies in the Park are back! Saturday, June 7, at dusk, Armatage will be showing  Dispicable Me II.

Motion made to support popcorn/refreshments for the movie up to $100. Motion seconded and carries.

Coordinator Update by Tina Erazmus

The board has been previously made aware of the GMHC/CEE funds. There is a total of $256,000 available, but $142,000 had been held by GMHC and the city no longer wanted them to administer loans, and so has the money currently. We can elect to reallocate some of it, or move it all to CEE. Although our last home improvement loan was in 2011 (probably due to changes with NRP, etc), it was felt that residents would take advantage of a local loan program if they were made aware of it.

Motion made to move all GMHC funds to CEE. Motion seconded and carries. (Details of loan program to be worked out later.)

Our Annual Meeting will be on May 20 at Wagners. Currently we have a woman to talk about bees and Jim Tincher (Fulton Neighborhood Association)  to share information about the creek improvement survey results and plans/ideas for the future. She is looking for a third person (possibly Chief Harteau or another environmentally focused speaker). She is also talking to two caterers and will update us by email.

In May we will hold board elections. Sarah Broich, Lance Custer, Jeff Forss,  Bri Keeny and Nikki Lindberg are up for election.
Garage sales  will take place the weekend of May 23-24. The idea of reusable yard  signs to help promote the sale and individual locations was suggested and we will look into it (has been cost prohibitive in the past).

Meeting adjourned at 8:38 p.m.