Nov 15, 2022 Meeting Agenda
Come one, come all to the Armatage Monthly Meeting next Tuesday, Nov 15 at 6:30pm! We have fabulous speakers on the agenda including new Hennepin County Commissioner Debbie Goettel and Minneapolis School Board Representative Ira Jourdain. Meetings also now kick off with comments from community members so please come share your thoughts, concerns, and ideas!
- Welcome and Introductions (6:30pm)
- Comments from the Community (6:35pm)
- Park Update – Armatage Park Director Dillon Clements (6:45pm)
- Hennepin County Update – County Commissioner Debbie Goettel (6:50pm)
- Minneapolis School Board Update – Representative Ira Jourdain (7:10pm)
- Welcome Bag Program (7:20pm)
- 2023 ANA Budget (7:35pm)
- Staff Contracts (7:50pm, closed portion of the meeting)
- Approval of Minutes & Financials (8:10pm)
- New Business (8:15pm)
Give Today to Support the ANA
We hope you’ll join us in supporting the Armatage Neighborhood Association with a Give to the Max Day donation this year. Give to the Max Day is Nov 17, but you can give early today. With your help, the ANA works to make Armatage a place where all are welcome, empowered, and connected through community-building events, environmental work, safety initiatives, advocacy and communications that keep you informed and engaged.
Big or small, EVERY donation matters! Give today at givemn.org/organization/Armatage-Neighborhood-Association As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, every donation to the ANA is tax-deductible and eligible for an employer match.
Upcoming Road Closures
There will be several street closures over the next two weeks due to CenterPoint Energy’s ongoing Upton Ave S Pipeline Replacement Project.
- 50th St at Upton Ave S: closed 11/8 and reopening on 11/15.
- 54th St at Logan Ave S: closed 11/15 and reopening on 11/23.
- 54th St Eastbound between Penn and Oliver Aves S: closed on 11/15 and reopening on 11/2; one lane of Westbound traffic will be maintained.
Please note that W 50th and W 54th Streets will NOT be closed at the same time.
Give Feedback on the Mayor’s Proposed City Budget
Give feedback on Mayor Jacob Frey’s recommended 2023-2024 City budget through a public hearing or online comment. The proposed 2023 budget is $1.66 billion and the 2024 budget is $1.71 billion. The proposed tax levy increase for 2023 is 6.5% and is expected to be 6.2% in 2024. Visit the City’s website to learn more about the mayor’s recommended budget, key dates in the approval process, FAQs and more.
City budget public hearings – learn more about participating here:
- 6:05pm • Tuesday, Nov 15, room 317, City Hall, 350 S Fifth St.
- 6:05pm • Tuesday, Dec 6, room 317, City Hall, 350 S Fifth St.
Online comments (click here to submit) will be entered into the public record and shared with the mayor and council members. The City Council is scheduled to vote on adopting the budget on Tuesday, Dec 6.
Field + Festival Holiday Market at Wagners
Field + Festival’s popular holiday markets at Wagner’s Garden Center are BACK! Check out the food and maker market series every Saturday and Sunday from 10am–2pm this holiday season. The fun happens inside the Wagners greenhouses, a warm escape perfect for holiday shopping!
Check out each week’s participating vendors and learn more at https://www.fieldandfestival.com/events
Neighborhood Roots Winter Markets
Neighborhood Roots Winter Markets return to Bachman’s with music, fresh food and beverages, produce, crafts, and gifts from local farmers, bakers, and artisans. This market series will take place outdoors (November and December) and indoors (January – March) at Bachman’s and will feature all your favorite vendors from the Kingfield, Fulton, and Nokomis Farmers Market.
The first winter market is this Saturday, November 12 in the NE Parking Lot off of Lyndale from 10am – 2pm. For more information, visit www.neighborhoodrootsmn.org/winter-markets. Pets are not allowed at the market. Service animals are always welcome.
Southwest High School Open House
Southwest High School is hosting a Prospective Student Open House on Tuesday, November 29 at 6:30 p.m. If you have an incoming high schooler for the 2023-2024 school year, come check out the event and learn about all the fabulous offerings at our community high school. For more info, visit southwest.mpls.k12.mn.us
Are You Signed up for Snow Emergency Alerts?
Snow season is approaching (noooooo!). The City of Minneapolis mailed out snow emergency info last week so now is a great time to make sure you’re signed up to receive alerts. You can sign up for text, email and phone alerts and download the Minneapolis Snow Emergency smartphone app at https://www.minneapolismn.gov/getting-around/snow/snow-emergencies/snow-updates/
When a Snow Emergency is declared, parking rules take effect so plows can clear the streets. Plowing the streets completely requires vehicles parked on streets to move. We all have to work together to do our part and follow the parking rules so plows can do the best job possible and we can avoid a ticket and tow.
November is National Native American Heritage Month
What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose.
If you’d like to learn more, or want to celebrate the month with your family, the Meet Minneapolis has an excellent website that shares events, local restaurants, and retailers that honor our Indigenous people’s heritage. Celebrating Native American Heritage Month in Minneapolis | Meet Minneapolis | Meet Minneapolis
One of the very first proponents of an American Indian Day was Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca Indian, who was the director of the Museum of Arts and Science in Rochester, N.Y. He persuaded the Boy Scouts of America to set aside a day for the “First Americans” and for three years they adopted such a day. Rev. Sherman Coolidge, an Arapahoe, called upon the country to observe such a day. Coolidge issued a proclamation on Sept. 28, 1915, which declared the second Saturday of each May as an American Indian Day and contained the first formal appeal for recognition of Indians as citizens.
The year before this proclamation was issued, Red Fox James, a Blackfoot Indian, rode horseback from state to state seeking approval for a day to honor Indians. On December 14, 1915, he presented the endorsements of 24 state governments at the White House. There is no record, however, of such a national day being proclaimed. Sadly, it took until 1990 for President George H. W. Bush to approve a joint resolution designating November 1990 “National American Indian Heritage Month.”
Native Americans have been living in America for a very long time. They are not a single nation but include a variety of cultures, nations, and languages. Some people believe that they have been living on the sub-continent for over 30,000 years. The 10 largest Native American tribes are Navajo, Cherokee, Sioux, Chippewa, Choctaw, Apache, Pueblo, Iroquois, Creek, and Blackfeet, according to census data from 2010. The government of Native Americans serves as the model of federated representative democracy. The government system of the U.S. is based on the system in which the power is distributed amongst the central authority and smaller political units.
Thank you to Armatage neighbor, Sheila Dingels, for this write-up!