Category Archives: Summer Festival

June 26, 2017 eNews

June Meeting Highlights

  • Safety Update – Joined by our Crime Prevention Specialist and a couple of our patrol car officers. Crime stats shared for the past quarter. Year over year, we continue to have a low level of crime. We always see an increase when the weather warms, but most crimes continue to be crimes of opportunity and the police want to remind residents that locking doors is one of the easiest prevention methods residents can take. They also noted, that they can not monitor discussions on Nextdoor. They have no access to read posts or comments on that site, and rely on neighborhood coordinators to help share area concerns.
  • City Council Update
    • There will be a public hearing regarding the Minimum Wage Ordinance on Thursday, June 22.
    • The Sick Time Ordinance will go into effect July 1.
    • The Plastic Bag Ban has been put on hold while certain details get worked out.
    • Edina recently passed an increase fro 18 to 21 for tobacco sales. Minneapolis is considering this as well as the possibility of banning menthol and other flavored tobacco products.
    • The City is aware of the congestion issues along 50th, and are working on ways to alleviate this situation.
  • Park Update
    • Armatage Movie in the Park was well attended with over 250 people. Kenny’s movie is the original Ghost Busters on August 9.
    • Bike locks will be available to borrow from the park desk.
    • Fall Sports Registration opens July 5.
  • The Green Team passed out pollinator seeds during the movie, and will have remaining packets included in the Welcome Bags to new residents. (Their next meeting will be on Wed, July 5 at 7pm)
  • The Safety Team will be planning a personal safety workshop with a tentative date of September 23.
  • The ANA will be reviewing their bylaws and policies this fall, with updates to be proposed by early winter.

Armatage Happy Hour

Monday, July 17 • 7:00-9:00pm
Cafe Maude

Join us for our neighborhood happy hour, and a last chance to say farewell to Cafe Maude which will be closing at the end of July.

Appetizers provided by the ANA. Happy hour pricing on drinks.

NOTE: We are hoping to find a new venue to host this new neighborhood tradition.

Summer Festival

Saturday, August 13 • 3:00-7:00pm

   3:30pm – Magic by Bruce
4:00pm – 3rd Lair in the Skate Park
5:00pm – Live music by White Elephant
Games • Food • Car Show • And more!

Keep up to date on our website and Facebook.

Around the City

Red, White and Boom!

Seasonal Election Help Needed

Neighborhoods 2020

In an effort to frame the future of neighborhood organizations across the City, a number of meetings have been held. Participate in their online survey, view current results, and learn more about these discussions online.

Lake Harriet Trail Update

West Lake Harriet Parkway closed to motorized traffic between 42nd and 44th Street through mid-July. Keep up to date online or sign-up for email updates.

Parks Ecological Survey

Help develop the Ecological System Plan, a vision for more environmentally friendly parks and public spaces.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) are working together to create the Ecological System Plan. This plan will set a vision for making parks and public lands more friendly to the environment.

Ecological System Plan topics include:

  • Air Quality Issues
  • Biodiversity and Habitat Quality
  • Carbon Sequestration
  • Habitat Connectivity
  • Stormwater Runoff
  • Sustainable Energy Generation
  • Urban Heat Island Effect

Take the survey and learn more online.

New Airport Reporting Tool

The MAC releases new reporting tool tracking noise and complaints.

June 14, 2017 eNews

Storm Debris Collection

Following Sunday’s storm, Minneapolis residents should continue to use the City of Minneapolis’ regular yard waste services to get rid of small storm tree debris. These services include the collection of limbs that are less than three inches in diameter, are cut less than three feet long and are bundled securely with rope or twine. The bundles should not weigh more than 40 pounds.

Yard waste and small storm debris is collected on scheduled garbage days. Residents should have their bundles of small storm debris at their alley or curb line, next to the garbage cart, by 6 am. For more details about the City’s yard waste services, visit the yard waste page on the City of Minneapolis’ website.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is not collecting tree debris as a result of Sunday’s storm.

Help Keep Storm Drains Clear

Armatage Movie in the Park

Monday, June 19

Armatage Park

8:30 – Activities • Dusk – Movie

Join us at Armatage Park for Pee Wee’s Big Adventure! Bike on down and get a safety check and helmet fitting from Perennial Cycle. Ask questions of a Water Steward, and get tips on how to maintain an eco-friendly yard. Enjoy treats for sale from Sweet Dreams. Free popcorn provided by the park.

June Agenda

Tuesday, June 20 • 6:30pm

Armatage Community Center

  • Welcome
  • Guest: Tim Schwarz – Polling place change
  • Safety Update
  • City Council Update
  • Park Update
  • Review Post-It Ideas from Annual Meeting
  • Committee Updates
    • Community Engagement
    • Green Team
    • Safety
    • Summer Festival
  • Coordinator Update
    • Garage Sales
    • Cafe Maude
    • August newsletter
  • Secretary Report
    • Electronic votes
      • Supporting Hmong event
      • Approval of May minutes
      • Approval of $1,400 for Summer Festival inflatables
      • Supporting Cafe Maude’s 10th Anniversary celebration to take place Sunday, June 25 • 12:00-5:00pm • Live music
  • Treasurer Report
    • Filing of 990 and MN Atty General
  • Board Officer Elections
    • Conflict of Interest document
  • New Business

Volkswagen Settlement

Volkswagen has agreed to settle allegations that it violated the federal Clean Air Act by selling vehicles that emit air pollution over the legal limit, and by cheating on federal emission tests to hide the excess pollution. The affected vehicles exceed federal emission limits for nitrogen oxide (NOx), a pollutant that harms public health and contributes to ozone or smog formation.

As part of the settlement, states are eligible to receive funds to pay part of the cost of projects to reduce diesel emissions from vehicles and to install electric vehicle infrastructure. The MPCA is developing Minnesota’s plan for using these funds to improve air quality in our state.

How should Minnesota use $47 million?

Armatage Summer Festival

Sunday, August 13
3:00 – 7:00 pm
Mark your calendars! More details coming soon!

January 13, 2017 eNews

January 17th Agenda

  • Welcome
  • Guest speaker: Brad Bourn, Park Board Commissioner
  • City Council Update
  • Park Update
  • Committee Updates
    • Community Engagement
    • Renter engagement (1/7)
    • Washburn Tot Lot update
    • Happy hours 2017
  • Coordinator Update
    • FixIt Loan update
    • Annual Meeting (ideas: Citizens Utility Board)
    • aMEALiorate
    • City conference 4/1
  • Treasurer Report
  • Secretary Report – December minutes approved online
  • Coordinator evaluation
  • New Business
  • Adjourn

Armatage Fire on Ice

Neighborhood Ice Skating Party
Friday, January 20

Join us down at Armatage Park our annual Fire on Ice Skating Party!! Grab your mittens and hat for this outdoor neighborhood celebration. Enjoy a night with family and friends skating and a variety of outdoor activities or keep warm with hot chocolate and bonfire. No registration required, just come on down!

Happy Hour Survey

Please take a quick moment to respond to this short survey.

Let us know what day or time works for you and if you have ideas of other venues!

Green Team

We are forming a Green Team to address topics of interest relating to sustainability and environmental issues. Please let us know if you’d like to be a part of this group! We will be planning an initial priority setting dialog soon.

Rain Gardens

By working in partnership, the Armatage Neighborhood Association and Metro Blooms may be able help you create a rain garden for your yard (with less work and cost for homeowners).  We are gathering contact information for people who may be interested in order to determine how much interest there may be in this sort of program. This program would be for 2018 rain garden installations.

Summer Festival

Sunday, August 13

Planning starting soon! We’d love to have you on our event team! Please let us know if you’d like to help with part of making this event happen.

What:  Kite Festival

When:  Saturday, January 28   12pm-4pm

Where:  Lake Harriet
4135 W Lake Harriet Parkway

Cost:  FREE

*Kites, food and beverages available for purchase*

A Southwest Business Association Happy Hour

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

5309 Lyndale Ave S


Running a small business is no small task, but you’re not alone – WE are on your team! Meet up with like minded individuals to bounce ideas, discuss the business climate, connect with fellow entrepreneurs and community leaders, and so much more. This is a great opportunity to connect with other Southwest Minneapolis catalysts that can help grow your business.


There is no cover charge to attend, we’ll have some tasty apps for you to enjoy, and there will be special happy hour drink options for you too!


RSVP and attend for the chance to win great local prizes courtesy of Warners’ Stellian Appliance! One ticket for coming, earn another for bringing along a fellow business owner. Additional ticket earning opportunities at the event as well. (Prize information coming soon)

August 8, 2016 eNews

ANA Summer Festival

Thank you sponsors!
MPRB_Logo  SWBAlogo_Page_1  Anytime Fitness      Minneapolis Tap

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

Movie in the Park at dusk WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
Bring a blanket or chair and stay for the movie in the park

 Please help for 30 minutes at a game or selling tickets!

2016 Volunteer Sign-Up

Celebrating 25 years working for the neighborhood!

*Note: the ANA accepts credit cards for wristband and raffle ticket purchases. Food vendors may only accept cash.


August 3, 2016 eNews

ANA Summer Festival

Thank you sponsors!

MPRB_Logo  SWBAlogo_Page_1   Anytime Fitness   Minneapolis Tap

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

Movie in the Park at dusk
Bring a blanket or chair and stay for the movie in the park

Please help for 30 minutes at a game or selling tickets!

2016 Volunteer Sign-Up

Celebrating 25 years working for the neighborhood!

  • Skate park activities with 3rd Lair
  • Live music by Invisible 2 Women
  • MPLS TAP water station (bring a water bottle or buy one for $2)
  • Event photography by Janelle Nivens (watch Facebook and our website for photos after the event!)

*Note: the ANA accepts credit cards for wristband and raffle ticket purchases. Food vendors may only accept cash.


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

2016 Summer Festival Planning (Jan mtg notes)

Thanks to those who could make it last night – it was great to get the ball rolling.

A few things we have set already:
Date – Monday, Aug 8 (6-8:30)
Showmobile is reserved
We have “Where the Wild Things Are” for the Movie in the Park to take place after the festival
Decided to make the wristbands $5 (with a $10 cap per family) — if we are able to have success with sponsorships this should be a fine change financially
Because of the sponsorship focus and the success of the raffle, we will focus on raffle prizes, pulled throughout the event — and move the drum out closer to the Showmobile so we can announce winners from the stage

A few things we have folks working on nailing down:
Denis will contact the Melvilles to see if they can play again this year
Anne & Nikki will contact some food vendors
Ryan & Nikki are going to meet to carve off some of the sponsor contact duties (others welcome to help with this as well!)
Judy spoke with a realtor in the neighborhood – we will try to follow up regarding hosting something (maybe like Keith’s cake walk)

Things we are working on:
Always looking for good contacts for sponsorship — we are developing a more sophisticated program, and I will forward a document for everyone to review — this will outline the opportunities and then we can work on matching up places with areas that make sense, etc.
We had 4 carnival games last year (the Elephant for pre-schoolers, Football Toss, Putting Green and Plinko) — looking for ideas for some easy to run games that we might be able to add. Especially interested in ideas for the non-elementary school ages (middle, high school, and those without kids). Some ideas: Giant Jenga, the Mathnasium might have a large chess board, Corn Hole (bean bag toss), Shoe Kick

We plan to meet again in early April. Feel free to send ideas my way and I will gather them to share with the committee. Since most of the board seems interested in helping (hurray!) I will continue to update you all. If you want a “job” let me know and we can chat about what works best for your schedule/interest!

Nikki Lindberg, Coordinator

Summer Festival Business Sponsorship 2016

ANA Summer Festival

Dear Area Business:

The Armatage Summer Festival is a family-friendly event held in partnership with Armatage Park and the Armatage Neighborhood Association (ANA). We attract thousands of area residents to enjoy:

  • live music
  • food vendors
  • a collector car show
  • raffle
  • fun and games for kids of all ages.

Plus, we will host a Movie in the Park right after our festival. (This year’s movie is “Where the Wild Things Are.”)

This event helps reinforce our values and vision for the neighborhood and helps connect neighbors with each other and our local businesses, and this year is extra special as it is the ANA’s 25th anniversary.

Armatage Neighborhood Summer Festival
Monday, August 8, 2016  •  6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
at Armatage Park (57th & Penn Avenue South)

This year we are offering a variety of ways to get involved as an event sponsor. With the number of options, there is sure to be a way that you can help support our neighborhood festival! We promote our event through our newsletter, the park, the Southwest Journal, online, direct mail and social media.

Your tax-deductible donation to our event gives your business the opportunity to gain visibility and develop new customer relationships.

Your Business Sponsorship Form (2016ANASponsorForm) is due by July 29th

(NOTE:To be included in our Southwest Journal promotion, sponsorship materials [including a high-res logo] must be received to the ANA by July 15, 2016.)

  1. Please mail your donation if possible.
  2. Or, make arrangements for us to pick up your donation (contact information below).

The Armatage Summer Festival strengthens our community by bringing people and businesses together for a memorable event. Thank you for your support!

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.

September 16, 2014 Minutes

Armatage Neighborhood Association Meeting

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

ANA board members in attendance: Kelly Falsani, Denis Houle, Lance Custer, Sarah Broich, Tom Alagna, Jeff Forss, Nikki Lindberg, Betsen Phillip, Keith Swanson

Others in attendance: Tina Erazmus, ANA staff member; Nikki Friederich, Park Director; Ken Dahler, Staff member from Ward 13 office

Park Update by Nikki Friederich, Park Director

  • Fall sports are in full swing. Lights in Armatage Park are kept on until 9:00 pm. Fall program registration still underway.
  • It was a great partnership between the board and park for the summer festival. A health inspector arrived during the event and the inspection passed without any issues.
  • Park Director made a request for support from the ANA for the upcoming Halloween event at the park. She asked if ANA can pay for half of the horse and wagon hayride ($350). There was a short discussion in support of contributing to event. A motion was made to contribute $350 to pay for half of the hayride.   The motion was seconded and passed.
  • A question was asked about whether or not the park would be affected by funding cuts. Park Director informed the board she is not aware of any cuts affecting the park at this time.
  • There was another question about crime in the park. Park director reported activity seems to be very minor and nothing very out of the ordinary. She also reported that teens are encouraged to come to utilize building from 6-9 (later hours), which has helped with congestion during busy times.

Councilmember Update by Ken Dahler, Ward 13 Staff

Ward 13 staff reported on 3 main things.

  1. The city passed a series of small changes in zoning laws to help with new construction; there was collaborative effort to come up with policies; they are effective October 1st
  1. Councilmember Palmisano is the chair of audit committee. The former director had resigned so there was no staff support for awhile. They now have some top candidates for a new director, and that person will hire 2 other staffers. The audit committee will have a fresh start with nearly all new members.
  1. Mayor Hodges presented her budget and the detailed version came out a couple weeks ago. There is a 2.4% property tax increase proposed. Curbside collection for composting is exciting. Encourage feedback from boards, residents. Body camera pilot program approved. Officers volunteered to participate in pilot. 3 precincts will participate.

A question was asked about the planned park near Vikings stadium- Ward 13 staff said information about this is still unclear.

It was expressed to Ward 13 staff that there might be an organized discussion on the zoning laws at the next city council meeting as citizens are possibly organizing to express displeasure about this.

A board member expressed being unhappy about process that led to the current roundabout on Upton. At the meetings regarding traffic on Upton this option was never presented to citizens and citizens were in favor of other options. The process points to the city not listening to what citizens are saying.

Ward 13 staff member explained that the reason this decision was made was because the largest voice from citizens was saying they wanted “traffic calming.” Public works suggested the roundabout option because stop signs are often not effective at traffic calming. The city will conduct a traffic study while the roundabout is being tried. Most feedback is negative so far but might be skewed. A 4 way stop could still be an option if neighbors continue to provide negative feedback. There is concern about it being too narrow but it was emergency vehicle tested and passed.

Neighbors are invited to look at the conversation about this on the website, Nextdoor.

A couple other concerns were raised:

At Penn and 56th, kids have to push button to get the walk sign and aren’t always realizing it. Would like to change this stoplight to have an automatic walk sign.

With the narrower street on Penn, school buses are having a hard time and hitting the curb.

Good news- the portion of Penn Ave under construction will be open again on Thursday this week!

Neighborhood gateway structure is being constructed for entrance into neighborhood.

There was a question raised about “mother-in-law apartments.” Ward 13 staff member reported it is in the beginning stages and there have been 4 public meetings about it. It is a project of Councilmember Bender. There will be talks around regulations. Currently these are not allowed and there are no rules around it now.

Coordinator Update, by Tina Erazmus, ANA Coordinator

Armatage has been chosen as an organic drop off site. To get started, volunteers will be onsite to monitor the drop offs. Then people will receive a code to access the drop off site anytime. This is the first step in citywide composting. It starts the first weekend in October and drop off times will be Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings 9-12.

CEE discussion- Home Loan Program

  • We have $256,000 for the Home Loan Program for the neighborhood
  • CEE has a November 1st deadline for us to decide if want to continue with them. They charge 5000.
  • GHMC charges 450 per loan
  • Tina presented the option of partnering with other neighborhoods to market together and administer the program
  • The interest on these loans comes back to neighborhood
  • The board needs to decide between 3 options of administering this program.
  1. Stay with CEE which costs 5000
  2. GHMC which costs 450 per loan
  3. Partner with other neighborhoods, combine funds, but interest on the amount from ANA still comes back to the neighborhood.

    There was a discussion about pros and cons of each option with an emphasis on the importance of getting this money available to neighbors as soon as possible.

    A motion was made to pursue option of partnering with other neighborhoods with the stipulation that each neighborhood has first access to their loans, and an option to pull out of partnership on an annual basis. The motion was seconded and carried.
    Tina will email the board if other neighborhoods are not interested in partnering.

CPP discussion

As a board, we need to allocate CPP funds of 30,000/year

Board discussed options of allocating money and came up with the following budget:

  • Staff Expenses 16,500
  • Professional Services 200
  • Occupancy 100
  • Communications/Outreach 6000
  • Supplies and Material 1500
  • Meetings/Community Building events 5500
  • Development 200
  • Total for Contract = 30,000

A motion was made to approve proposed budget. Motion seconded and carried.

NPP Discussion

Ideas were discussed on how to use NPP funds.

Ideas suggested were having a printed newsletter on safety 2 times a year, hosting a block leader training, and hosting a home safety seminar.

A motion was made to allocate $4,000 to 2 safety newsletters and a safety event, including prizes and all marketing.

Summer Festival Recap

Ideas for next year:

  • Wrist bands for kids, better signage, new t-shirts, tickets $1 each, move food truck away from ticket table
  • More food trucks
  • Band was great- feedback was band was too loud
  • Maybe have an iPod with a playlist
  • Magician on stage

Marketplace- went well; would like to do outreach to get more people next year.

Silent auction- would like to grow this next year; need help from board members to follow up on donations

Treasurer Report

We reviewed the expenses and revenues from the festival. Net profit was $1702.08.

There was a motion to approve; the motion was seconded and carried.

A question was asked about whether or not we got reimbursed the $5,000 for the façade grant. Coordinator reported that yes, we did.

New Business

There was no new business.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:30 pm.