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December 21, 2018 eNews

Happy Holidays from the Armatage Neighborhood Association!


December 18, 2018 Meeting Highlights

  • ANA held a special election to fill two open board seats. Congratulations and welcome to newly elected board members, Brett Anderson and Lara Bergman!
  • The board voted to continue the Safety Rebate program for both residents and businesses in 2019. Learn how you can get reimbursed for security lighting, cameras, deadbolts, security systems and more at https://armatage.org/programs/safety-rebate-program/
  • 54th & Penn Pedestrian Safety Panel Recap:
    • Minneapolis Police Department 5th Precinct Inspector Kathy Waite, City of Minneapolis Public Works Traffic Engineer Jennifer Lowry and John Freude, Aide to Council Member Linea Palmisano attended to listen to concerns and answer questions.
    • Minneapolis Police Department plans to increase enforcement of speeding around the intersection of 54th & Penn.
    • Many other ideas were voiced during the discussion:
      • Increased street lighting around the intersection, including on the west side of the 5400 block of Penn Ave S.
      • Adjusting the brightness of existing street lighting around the intersection.
      • Adding pedestrian crossings with push button flashing lights midblock on Penn between 54th & 55th and further south at 57th & Penn adjacent to Armatage Park for children crossing to school and park activities.
      • Gateway signage (i.e. banners showing “54th & Penn”) to bring awareness to drivers that they’re entering a business district.
      • Physical additions like speed bumps or bump outs to shorten pedestrian crossings and/or slow traffic.
      • Speed limit reductions through the business district and school area.
      • Adding a 4-way stop to 57th & Thomas (school area).
      • Installing a real time speed sign this spring after the snow melts.

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Upcoming meetings/events

Jan 8 – Neighborhood Happy Hour (7:00-9:00 pm)
Jan 15 – Monthly Meeting (6:30-8:00 pm)
Jan 25 – Fire on Ice skating event (6:30-8:30 pm)



Armatage Safety Rebate Program

The Armatage Neighborhood Association will continue its two popular rebate programs in 2019 to support safety improvements for residents and area businesses.

Whether you rent or own, the process is quick and easy: we provide a rebate for the first $100 in expenses for eligible improvements per address per calendar year for residents (no lifetime cap) and up to $1,00 per year for businesses (with a lifetime cap of $2,000). If you haven’t taken advantage of the program yet, there’s still time to apply for 2018. And if you already received a rebate in 2018, you can make more improvements and apply again in 2019.

See a list of eligible expenses and apply for a rebate at https://armatage.org/programs/safety-rebate-program/



Tuesday, January 8
7:00-9:00 • Red Wagon Pizza

Join your neighbors for free pizza and conversation at our next Neighborhood Happy Hour at Red Wagon Pizza! Meet neighbors and board members and hear all about what’s happening in Armatage. Cash bar. Click here to RSVP.


Fire on Ice Family Skating Event


Click here to RSVP for Fire on Ice at Armatage



Smart Salting this Holiday Season

Did you know that just one teaspoon of salt permanently pollutes five gallons of water?

With the holiday season upon us, you may be preparing for hosting guests. But as you make your preparations, are you factoring in the chance for ice and snow? Dealing with slippery driveways and walkways can damper your holiday fun, so do a little advance planning now so you have less to worry about as your guests arrive. You’ll also be protecting your local lakes and streams in the process!

Check out these great tips from the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District on smart salting to protect our waterways.        Photo credit: Clean Water MN



Save the Date: Armatage Fix-it Clinic on March 9

Get help with your broken stuff and learn valuable repair skills at  the upcoming Fix-It Clinic on Saturday, March 9 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm at the Armatage Recreation Center (2500 West 57th Street). Bring in small household appliances, clothing, electronics, mobile devices and more and receive free guided assistance from volunteers with repair skills to disassemble, troubleshoot and fix your items.

Fix-It Clinics teach valuable troubleshooting and basic repair skills, build community connections and reduce the number of repairable items that are thrown in the trash. For more information, visit http://www.hennepin.us/fixitclinic or contact program coordinator Nancy Lo at nancy.lo@hennepin.us or 612-348-9195. Please email nancy.lo@hennepin.us if you would like to volunteer!


Package Theft Prevention Tips

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.

Check out these suggestions from the Minneapolis Police Department and package shipping companies: https://tinyurl.com/yc5tuf4s

December 14, 2018 eNews

December 18, 2018 Agenda

  • Welcome
  • Special Election for ANA Board Seat 8 (term May 2017 – May 2019)
  • President’s Report
  • Secretary Report – minutes approved via email
  • Treasurer Report – financials emailed
  • Park Update:
    • Fire on Ice event and budget
  • Committee Updates
  • Coordinator Update
    • Jan print newsletter:
      • Budget
      • Board feature
  • 2019 Accounting Contract
  • New Business
  • 54th & Penn Pedestrian Safety Panel
    • Guests: Kathy Waite, 5th Precinct Inspector, and Jennifer Waisanen, 5th Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator
    • Guest: Jennifer Lowry, City of Minneapolis Public Works Traffic Engineer
    • Guest: John Freude, Aide to Council Member Palmisano

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Upcoming meetings/events

Jan 8 – Neighborhood Happy Hour (7:00-9:00 pm)
Jan 15 – Monthly Meeting (6:30-8:00 pm)
Jan 25 – Fire on Ice skating event (6:30-8:30 pm)



54th & Penn Pedestrian Safety

Our next neighborhood meeting on Tuesday, December 18 at 6:30pm at the Armatage Recreation Center (agenda above) will feature an in-depth conversation on pedestrian safety at 54th & Penn with the Minneapolis Police Department’s 5th Precinct, the Minneapolis Department of Public Works, and staff from Council Member Linea Palmisano’s office.

Can’t make it? Look for a recap in the Armatage eNews later this month.


Join the Armatage Neighborhood Association Board

Love our neighborhood and want to get more involved? ANA will hold a special election for one open seat next week at the neighborhood meeting on Tuesday, December 18 at 6:30pm at the Armatage Recreation Center (2500 West 57th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55410).  If interested in running, please email our Coordinator, Lauren, at anacoordinator@armatage.org with a short bio about yourself and why you would like to join the board.



MnDOT I-35W@94 Construction Survey

Travel I-35W between Crosstown and Downtown/94 frequently? Take MnDOT’s short participant engagement  survey to help inform MnDOT on future decisions about communications and outreach.

Photo from MnDOT’s project webcam


Metro Transit E Line Corridor Study

Thanks to everyone who attended the Open Houses on December 10 & 13! There’s still time to weigh in on the proposed routes through Southwest Minneapolis via an online survey, sign up for E Line updates, and learn more about the project at metrotransit.org/e-line-project

The E Line rapid bus project will follow Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis and Uptown. Metro Transit is starting a Corridor Study to evaluate E Line routing options on more segments of Route 6 south of Uptown, along West Lake, Xerxes and France. Changes to the Route 6 and other connecting bus service that could impact Armatage is also included in the study. Metro Transit would like to hear from you to help us determine where the E Line will go.

Corridor Study Community Advisory Committee
We are looking for 15 members to represent residents, students, businesses, and Route 6 riders along the study corridor. The committee will meet approximately three times over the study period. Committee meetings will be held on Tuesdays from 6:00-7:30. Applications will be accepted until December 20. Apply today!



Give Local Experiences as Gifts

Looking to simplify gift giving this holiday season? Hennepin County’s Choose to Reuse Guide has a great article on giving local experiences as gifts and it’s filled to the brim with helpful local links. Check it out at https://bit.ly/2Caj5tI



Package Theft Prevention Tips

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.

Check out these suggestions from the Minneapolis Police Department and package shipping companies: https://tinyurl.com/yc5tuf4s



Snow Emergency Alerts

Winter is here!  Sign up for alerts from the City of Minneapolis and avoid an expensive tow (and making a friend drive you to the impound lot).

December 5, 2018 eNews

54th & Penn Pedestrian Safety Meeting

As the year comes to a close, the visibility and safety of neighbors and visitors crossing our local streets becomes more challenging.  Our neighborhood is exploring strategies to help pedestrians and drivers more safely navigate local streets, particularly around the intersection of 54th & Penn.

Attend our next neighborhood meeting on Tuesday, December 18 at 6:30pm at the Armatage Recreation Center for a conversation on pedestrian safety at 54th & Penn with the Minneapolis Police Department’s 5th Precinct and Minneapolis Department of Public Works.  Can’t make it? Look for a recap in the Armatage eNews later in December.

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Important Minneapolis 2040 Comp Plan Dates

All meetings are held in City Council Chambers (Room 317) at Minneapolis City Hall (350 South 5th Street):

Dec 5 at 1:30pm, City Hall – City Council Committee of the Whole (COW) (view the agenda here – this is not a public hearing)
Dec 7 at 9:30am, City Hall – City Council (not a public hearing, but final vote)


Join the Armatage Neighborhood Association Board

Love our neighborhood and want to get more involved? ANA will hold a special election for one open seat at the December 18, 2018 meeting at 6:30pm at Armatage Park (2500 West 57th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55410).  If interested in running, please email our Coordinator, Lauren, at anacoordinator@armatage.org with a short bio about yourself and why you would like to join the board.



MnDOT I-35W@94 Construction Survey

Travel I-35W between Crosstown and Downtown/94 frequently? Take MnDOT’s short participant engagement  survey by Friday, December 7 to help inform MnDOT on future decisions about communications and outreach.

Photo from MnDOT’s project webcam


Metro Transit E Line Corridor Study

Metro Transit is planning to improve transit service with the E Line rapid bus project, which would follow Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis and Uptown. Metro Transit is starting a Corridor Study to evaluate E Line routing options on more segments of Route 6 south of Uptown, along West Lake, Xerxes and France. We the northern end we are looking at routing options along 4th Street and University Avenue. Changes to the Route 6 and other connecting bus service will also be included in the study. We would like to hear from you to help us determine where the E Line will go.

Open Houses (no formal presentation, come anytime!)

Pershing Recreation Center
Multipurpose Room
3523 West 48th Street, Minneapolis
Monday, Dec. 10, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Marcy Open School, Media Room
415 4th Avenue SE, Minneapolis
Thursday, Dec. 13, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Can’t attend?
For more information, to sign-up for the E Line updates, and respond to a surveymetrotransit.org/e-line-project

Corridor Study Community Advisory Committee
We are looking for 15 members to represent residents, students, businesses, and Route 6 riders along the study corridor. The committee will meet approximately three times over the study period. Committee meetings will be held on Tuesdays from 6:00-7:30.

Applications will be accepted until December 20. Apply today!


Neighborhoods 2020 – Community Input Meetings

The Neighborhoods 2020 Work Groups are finalizing their draft recommendations for neighborhood funding, governance, and City community engagement policy.  Attend a community meeting to learn about the Work Groups’ draft recommendations and give feedback. These meetings will be conducted in various languages and are open to the public. Interpreters will be available.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
1:00 – 3:00 PM
North Market
4414 Humboldt Ave N Minneapolis, MN 55412

Thursday, December 6, 2018
1:00 – 2:30 PM
Little Earth Residents Association – LERA Conference Room
2495 18th Ave South Minneapolis, MN 55404

Friday, December 7, 2018
11:30 – 1:30 PM
Harrison Education Center
Multipurpose Room
501 Irving Ave N Minneapolis, MN 55405

Learn more about Neighborhoods 2020, the Work Groups, and process here:
http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/ncr/2020


Armatage Tree Lighting and Charity Drive – thank you!

Thank you to everyone who came out for or donated supplies to our holiday Tree Lighting and Charity Drive!  Huge thanks to 5 year old Armatage resident Kyrie for putting together a cocoa stand with her mom and little sister to benefit the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery.



Package Theft Prevention Tips

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.

Check out these suggestions from the Minneapolis Police Department and package shipping companies: https://tinyurl.com/yc5tuf4s


Southwest High School November Student Performances:

Basilica Concert
Choirs, Wind Ensemble, Orchestra perform Annual Holiday Concert at the Basilica of St. Mary
Monday, December 10, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Donations only

Dance Concert
Southwest High School Auditorium
Thursday, December 13 and Friday, December 14 7:00 pm

November 23, 2018 eNews

November 20 Armatage Neighborhood Meeting Highlights

  • ANA adopted new bylaws – view them here.
  • 5th Precinct Inspector Kathy Waite and Crime Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Waisanen gave an overview of recent crime statistics for the neighborhood and strategies to prevent property crimes.
  • Larry Matsumoto from City of Minneapolis’s Department of Public Works presented about 2019 street resurfacing planned in Armatage.
  • The board is planning to have a larger meeting on pedestrian safety at 54th St & Penn Ave soon – stay tuned for the date!
  • The Tree Lighting & Charity Drive event takes place tonight (Friday 11/23) at 7:00pm.

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Important Minneapolis 2040 Comp Plan Dates

All meetings are held in City Council Chambers (Room 317) at Minneapolis City Hall (350 South 5th Street):

Dec 5 at 1:30pm, City Hall – City Council Committee of the Whole (COW) (this is not a public hearing)
Dec 7 at 9:30am, City Hall – City Council (not a public hearing, but final vote)

Other Dates to Know

Nov 23 – Charity Drive/Tree Lighting at Armatage Park (7pm)
Dec 18 – Armatage Neighborhood Meeting at Armatage Park (6:30pm)


Armatage Tree Lighting and Charity Drive

Friday, November 23 • 7:00pm • Armatage Park

Grab your umbrella and winter gear and come to the park tonight for free cookies, hot cocoa (donation suggested) and a fun photo op with a vintage sleigh (at the park now through Saturday morning).

Drop off new diapers, pull ups, and other unused children’s items at Armatage Park in November and at the event for the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery. Check out the Crisis Nursery’s full donation wish list here. 


(Sleigh may be different than one shown).


Free Entrance to State Parks Today

Entrance fees to all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas will be waived today (Friday, November 23).


Southwest High School November Student Performances:

Canterville Ghost
Wednesday, Nov 28 – Saturday, Dec 1 at 7:00 pm
Southwest High School Black Box Theater
http://southwesttheatre.org/unhinged-theatre/this-seasons-shows/125-the-canterville-ghost
Tickets at the Door only

Basilica Concert
Choirs, Wind Ensemble, Orchestra perform Annual Holiday Concert at the Basilica of St. Mary
Monday, December 10, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Donations only

Dance Concert
Southwest High School Auditorium
Thursday, December 13 and Friday, December 14 7:00 pm


MSP Noise Oversight Committee

The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) Noise Oversight Committee (NOC) is an advisory board to the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC), and is comprised of industry and community representatives who address aircraft noise issues associated with activity at MSP. The group meets bi-monthly on the third Wednesday of odd-numbered months.

The next NOC meeting will be held on November 28, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) General Offices. November’s meeting will discuss items related to Aviation Noise, Environment, and Health – Related Resarch, 2018 NOC Accomplishments, CRO Update, and the Stakeholder Engagement Plan for MSP 2040 Long Term Comprehensive Plan.

The agenda and meeting materials for this NOC meeting may be found at: https://www.macnoise.com/our-neighbors/msp-noise-oversight-committee-noc-meetings


Metro Transit E Line Corridor Study

Metro Transit is planning to improve transit service with the E Line rapid bus project, which would follow Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis and Uptown. Metro Transit is starting a Corridor Study to evaluate E Line routing options on more segments of Route 6 south of Uptown, along West Lake, Xerxes and France. We the northern end we are looking at routing options along 4th Street and University Avenue. Changes to the Route 6 and other connecting bus service will also be included in the study. We would like to hear from you to help us determine where the E Line will go.

Open Houses (no formal presentation, come anytime!)

Pershing Recreation Center
Multipurpose Room
3523 West 48th Street, Minneapolis
Monday, Dec. 10, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Marcy Open School, Media Room
415 4th Avenue SE, Minneapolis
Thursday, Dec. 13, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Can’t attend?
For more information, to sign-up for the E Line updates, and respond to a surveymetrotransit.org/e-line-project

Corridor Study Community Advisory Committee
We are looking for 15 members to represent residents, students, businesses, and Route 6 riders along the study corridor. The committee will meet approximately three times over the study period. Committee meetings will be held on Tuesdays from 6:00-7:30.

Applications will be accepted until December 20. Apply today!

November 15, 2018 eNews

November 20 Armatage Neighborhood Meeting Agenda

  • Welcome
  • Guest: Kathy Waite, 5th Precinct Inspector, and Jennifer Waisanen, 5th Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator
  • Guest: Larry Matsumoto, City of Minneapolis Public Works 2nd phase of Armatage road resurfacing
  • President’s Report
  • Secretary Report – minutes emailed
  • Treasurer Report – financials emailed
  • Vote on Proposed Bylaws
  • Park Update:
    • Halloween event recap
    • Upcoming programs and events
  • Committee Updates
    • Community Engagement
    • Micro-grant program
    • Green Team
  • Coordinator Update
    • Charity Drive/Tree Lighting 11/23
    • 2019 Metro Blooms rain garden project
  • New Business

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Important Minneapolis 2040 Comp Plan Dates

All meetings are held in City Council Chambers (Room 317) at Minneapolis City Hall (350 South 5th Street):

Dec 5 at 1:30pm, City Hall – City Council Committee of the Whole (COW) (this is not a public hearing)
Dec 7 at 9:30am, City Hall – City Council (not a public hearing, but final vote)

Other Dates to Know

Nov 23 – Charity Drive/Tree Lighting at Armatage Park (7pm)
Dec 18 – Armatage Neighborhood Meeting at Armatage Park (6:30pm)


Armatage Tree Lighting and Charity Drive

Friday, November 23 • 7:00pm • Armatage Park

Drop off new diapers, pull ups, and other unused children’s items at Armatage Park in November and at the event for the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery. Check out the Crisis Nursery’s full donation wish list here. 


Enjoy light refreshments and a fun photo op with a vintage sleigh, which will be at the park from Friday evening through Saturday morning. (Sleigh may be different than one shown).


Southwest Area Parks Design Week Workshop – Nov 16!

Everyone who lives, works or plays in Southwest Minneapolis is invited to one more opportunity to help set the vision for neighborhood parks in the area.

Open Studio

Date: Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018
Time: 6-8 pm
Location: MPRB Headquarters, Cedar Room
Address: 2117 West River Road
Topic: The design team will open the drawing studio so anyone can review draft design ideas and offer additional input during the design process. Light refreshments will be available and children are welcome.

The opportunities to weigh in on the SW Parks Community plan are coming to a close – more information on the project page.


Neighborhood Life Survey

Make you opinion count! What is our neighborhood like? How does it affect your well-being? Weigh in on neighborhood infrastructure, leisure activities, and household amenities at https://umn.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8ivHeXl3IzKqFsp

This survey is being conducted by the City of Minneapolis in partnership with the University of Minnesota’s Sustainable Healthy Cities Network to identify how infrastructures and amenities in our homes and neighborhoods shape our quality of life and well-being and how we think and feel about our life. Results of this survey will be posted online and shared with your local government to build  better cities through better neighborhoods.


Southwest High School November Student Performances:

Stage Door
Thursday, Nov 15 – Saturday, Nov 17 @ 7:00 pm & Sunday, Nov 18 @ 2:00 pm
Southwest High School Auditorium
http://southwesttheatre.org/main-stage/this-seasons-shows/129-stage-door
Tickets available in advance or at the door

Canterville Ghost
Wednesday, Nov 28 – Saturday, Dec 1 @ 7:00 pm
Southwest High School Black Box Theater
http://southwesttheatre.org/unhinged-theatre/this-seasons-shows/125-the-canterville-ghost
Tickets at the Door only



Snow Emergency Alerts

Winter is coming! We’ve already had our first snowfall and that means snow emergency season is here.  Sign up for alerts from the City of Minneapolis and avoid an expensive tow (and making a friend drive you to the impound lot).

November 8, 2018 eNews

Tuesday, November 13
7:00-9:00 • Red Wagon Pizza

Join your neighbors for some free pizza and conversation at our next Neighborhood Happy Hour at Red Wagon Pizza! Meet neighbors and board members and hear all about what’s happening in Armatage. Cash bar.


YW - Reusable Container

Yard waste collection ends next week

Your regular garbage day during the week of November 12 is your last chance to have leaves, brush, and other yard materials picked up by Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling.

Yard waste must be in compostable bags – paper (Kraft) or compostable bioplastic – or unbagged in a reusable container 26-32 inches high, no more than 26 inches wide, with sturdy handles. Reusable containers are lifted and emptied by hand; they must be easily managed. For questions about yard waste collection, call 612-673-2917 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or visit the City’s Yard Waste collection page here. Image courtesy of the City of Minneapolis



Fall street sweeping is wrapping up

Learn the answers to all your street sweeping questions and check the progress in your corner of the neighborhood.


Save the Date: Tree Lighting and Charity Drive

Friday, November 23 • 7:00pm • Armatage Park

Drop off diapers and formula at the park in November and at the event for the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery.


Enjoy a photo op with a vintage sleigh, which will be at the park from Friday evening through Saturday morning. (Sleigh may be different than one shown).


Southwest Area Parks Design Week Workshops – Nov. 13-16

Everyone who lives, works or plays in Southwest Minneapolis is invited to two more opportunities to help set the vision for neighborhood parks in the area. 

Kick-Off Workshop

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018
Time: 6-8 pm
Location: Whittier Recreation Center
Address: 425 W 26th St.
Topic: Discuss and review ideas in small groups. Also serves as Community Advisory Committee Meeting #5, but anyone interested in Southwest Minneapolis neighborhood parks is welcome to attend. Food will be served, along with a table of activities for children.

Open Studio

Date: Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018
Time: 6-8 pm
Location: MPRB Headquarters, Cedar Room
Address: 2117 West River Road
Topic: The design team will open the drawing studio so anyone can review draft design ideas and offer additional input during the design process. Light refreshments will be available and children are welcome.

The opportunities to weigh in on the SW Parks Community plan are coming to a close – more information on the project page.


Neighborhood Cook Book Swap this Saturday

Need some culinary inspiration for the holidays? Head over to Book Club this Saturday, November 10 at 2pm for a Neighborhood Cook Book Swap. More info at:
https://www.facebook.com/events/364442284338951/

October 17, 2018 eNews

October Meeting Highlights

  • The ANA is proposing an update to their bylaws. They can be reviewed here, and a vote to accept them will take place at the November meeting.
  • Several ideas generated during the annual meeting are being prioritized, and next steps determined. Watch for more information on how you can get involved and make good stuff happen in your neighborhood!
  • The Washburn Park upgrades are almost finished. We hope to celebrate the new park amenities come the spring.
  • Interviews for the coordinator position are starting this weekend.

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Important 2040 Comp Plan Dates

Oct 29 at 4:30pm, City Hall – Planning Commission (chance to voice your opinion)
Nov 14 at 4:30pm, City Hall – City Council (chance to voice your opinion)
Dec 5 at 1:30pm, City Hall – City Council Committee of the Whole (COW) (this is not a public hearing)
Dec 7 at 9:30am, City Hall – City Council (not a public hearing, but final vote)

Other Dates to Know

Nov 13 – Happy Hour at Red Wagon (7-9)
Nov 23 – Charity Drive/Tree Lighting (7)


Southwest Community Workshop – Help Plan Our Area Parks

Neighborhoods: Armatage, Fulton, Lynnhurst
Date: Monday, Oct. 29, 2018
Time: 6:30-8 pm
Location: Pershing Recreation Center
Address: 3532 W 48th St.

As plans and ideas are coming together, your chance to help shape the future of our area parks is almost over! Come by Pershing Park to share your thoughts, give input on ideas, and help contribute to the future of your southwest community!



Early Voting Centers

Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services (EVS) is excited to announce the opening of four Early Vote Centers across Minneapolis. More information can be found on the EVS website. These additional Early Vote Centers are intended to accommodate for both the historic spike in absentee voting, and to help make in-person absentee voting more accessible for all Minneapolis.

2018 Early Vote Centers

  • Downtown (Open now) 217 S. 3rd St.
  • North (Open 10/30) 2100 Plymouth Ave N
  • East (Open 10/30) 1800 University Ave SE
  • South (Open 10/30) 810 W. 31st St


Street Sweeping starting soon!

Watch the progress. Sign up for notifications. Learn the answers to all your street sweeping questions.


Fall Listening Session – Metropolitan Airports Commission

The public is invited to join the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) at the MAC General Offices, on October 24, 2018 at 7:00 PM for the NOC Fall Listening Session.

The Noise Oversight Committee (NOC) sponsors quarterly meetings for citizens to allow for an engaging, two-way dialogue between the public and the MAC committee tasked with addressing MSP aviation noise topics.

We are seeking citizen input to generate ideas for topics that could be included in the 2019 NOC Work Plan. The goal of this meeting is to collaboratively develop NOC Work Plan recommendations that are important to airport neighbors.


January 31, 2019 eNews

Upcoming meetings/events

Feb 6 – Armatage Green Team meeting (6:30-8:00 pm)
Feb 19 – Monthly Meeting (6:30-8:00 pm)
Mar 9 – Fix-it Clinic (12:00-4:00 pm)
Mar 12 – Neighborhood Happy Hour (7:00-9:00 pm)
Mar 19 – Monthly Meeting (6:30-8:00 pm)


Help Shape the Future of SW Parks

The Southwest Parks Planning team will host four upcoming Initial Concept Workshops in January and February. Everyone is invited: please bring family, friends, neighbors and others! Each workshop has the same format and park design concepts and includes kids’ activities and refreshments. Photo credit: Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

Thursday, January 31, 2019, 6:00-8:00 pm
Lynnhurst Recreation Center, 1345 W Minnehaha Parkway
This workshop will also have information on the Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan.

Monday, February 4, 2019, 6:00-8:00 pm
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center, 4055 Nicollet Ave. S

Thursday, February 7, 2019, 6:00-8:00 pm
Whittier Recreation Center, 425 W 26th St.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 6:00-8:00 pm
Jones-Harrison Residence, Centrum Room, 3700 Cedar Lake Ave.

Can’t make it? All of the initial park concepts on display at the public workshops will also be posted to the SW Parks Plan project page (minneapolisparks.org/sw) on Jan. 31, along with a link to an online survey where anyone can submit feedback on any design.


Join the Armatage Green Team

Excited about promoting sustainability, clean water, and zero waste throughout the neighborhood?  The Armatage Green Team will hold its first meeting of the year on Wednesday, February 6 at 6:30 pm at  the Armatage Rec Center and all are welcome to join! Meet neighbors, get involved in your community, and learn all about the great green initiatives happening in Armatage. Photo credit: Minnehaha Creek Watershed District

Can’t make it but want to get involved? Email us at anacoordinator@armatage.org to join the Green Team e-list.


Palmisano Presents: Renter’s Rights & Issues

Thursday, February 7 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Linden Hills Congregational Church
4200 Upton Ave S
Pizza Provided

Join Council Member Linea Palmisano for a conversation with City staff about issues with renting in Minneapolis and new policies being discussed at City Hall.


Community Connections Conference

Saturday, February 2
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Minneapolis Convention Center
http://www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr/conf/index.htm
Free rides to the conference provided by Metro Transit

This event is free (including lunch), open to all community members, and a great way to learn more about getting involved with neighborhoods and the City of Minneapolis. Pre-registration has closed but you can quickly register in person on Saturday.


Volunteer or Paid Snow Shovelers Needed

Senior Community Services is in needed of snow removal workers to help seniors in Southwest Minneapolis this winter. This is a great opportunity to make a difference for seniors in our community!

  • Supply your own shovel and/or snow blower
  • Reliable vehicle
  • Must be 16 years old or older
  • Record dates of service
  • Physically able to remove snow
  • Commit to the entire snow removal season
  • Speak and interact with senior clients respectfully

Paid positions are $16/hour. For more info and to apply, visit: https://seniorcommunity.org/snow-removal-contractor/


Armatage Park Ice Skate Drive

It’s not too late to donate unneeded new or gently used skates to the Armatage Rec Center. Kid skates are preferred, but all sizes will be accepted.

 

January 25, 2019 eNews

January 15, 2019 Meeting Highlights

  • ANA heard from local nonprofit, My Very Own Bed, which delivers beds, mattresses, and bedding to children and youth ages two and up throughout the community who are transitioning to stable housing.
  • Armatage Park’s Fire on Ice event happens tonight, Friday January 25 from 6:30-8:00 pm.
  • SW Parks Plan Initial Design Concept Workshops start Thursday, January 31 from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Lynnhurst Rec Center. Staff will also be at ANA’s February meeting to present plans and get feedback (community members welcome to attend).
  • ANA will compile pedestrian safety recommendations for 54th & Penn and start a grassroots outreach to businesses, residents, and visitors through signs and social media.
  • Red Wagon Pizza Company is applying for an upgraded liquor license. The Public Hearing on this application will be held Wednesday, January 30 at Armatage Rec Center from 6:00-7:00 pm (more info below).
  • ANA is developing a new neighborhood micro grant program – stay tuned for more information later this spring.
  • The first Green Team meeting of 2019 takes place Wednesday, February 6 at Armatage Rec Center (more info below).
  • The City is holding its annual, free Community Connections Conference on February 2 – register here through January 30 at 12:00 pm.
  • Council Member Linea Palmisano will host an upcoming Ward 13 Summit on Wednesday, February 27. Topics include the 2040 Comprehensive Plan, Neighborhoods 2020, and the City’s Vision Zero pedestrian safety initiative.
  • ANA voted to approve funds for updated accounting and design software.

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Upcoming meetings/events
Jan 25 – Fire on Ice Family Skating Party (6:30-8:30 pm)
Feb 6 – Armatage Green Team meeting (6:30-8:00 pm)
Feb 19 – Monthly Meeting (6:30-8:00 pm)
Mar 9 – Fix-it Clinic (12:00-4:00 pm)
Mar 12 – Neighborhood Happy Hour (7:00-9:00 pm)
Mar 19 – Monthly Meeting (6:30-8:00 pm)


Fire on Ice Family Skating Party

Fire on Ice is happening TONIGHT, Friday, January 25 from 6:30-8:30pm at Armatage Park! If it’s too cold to skate safely, the fun moves indoors for a dance party with cocoa and popcorn.  See more details here. 


Armatage Park Ice Skate Drive

Have unneeded new or gently used skates? Please consider donating them to the Armatage Rec Center. Kid skates are preferred, but all sizes will be accepted.



Upcoming Town Hall Meeting

Senator Scott Dibble (61), Representative Frank Hornstein (61A), and new Representative Jamie Long (61B) will hold a town hall meeting on Saturday, January 26 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. This event is an opportunity to preview the upcoming legislative session, ask questions, share stories and perspectives, and meet their elected officials.

When: Saturday, January 26 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: Mount Olivet Church (Administration Building, Door #3)
5025 Knox Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419
Who: Senator Scott Dibble, Rep Frank Hornstein, Rep Jamie Long
Further Details:

  • Parking: Free street parking is available in the Mount Olivet parking lot. Look for the Administration Building sign and enter door #3.
  • Transit: Metro Transit buses number 4 and 46 stop less than a block from the venue, at the intersection of James Ave. S and W. 50th Street.
  • Biking: There is a bike rack located along James Ave S.

Public Hearing Notice

The City of Minneapolis will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, January 30 at 6:00 pm at the Armatage Rec Center (2500 West 57th Street) on Red Wagon Pizza Company‘s application to upgrade its current license from On-Sale Wine/Strong Beer to On-Sale Liquor with no live entertainment, with Sunday Sales.

The City is collecting comments on this application – please send them to Inspector Mohamed Ismail at 612-673-3904 or Mohamed.ismail@minneapolismn.gov


Help Shape the Future of SW Parks

The Southwest Parks Planning team will host four upcoming Initial Concept Workshops in January and February. Everyone is invited: please bring family, friends, neighbors and others! Each workshop has the same format and park design concepts and includes kids’ activities and refreshments. Photo credit: Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

Thursday, January 31, 2019, 6:00-8:00 pm
Lynnhurst Recreation Center, 1345 W Minnehaha Parkway
This workshop will also have information on the Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan.

Monday, February 4, 2019, 6:00-8:00 pm
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center, 4055 Nicollet Ave. S

Thursday, February 7, 2019, 6:00-8:00 pm
Whittier Recreation Center, 425 W 26th St.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 6:00-8:00 pm
Jones-Harrison Residence, Centrum Room, 3700 Cedar Lake Ave.

Can’t make it? All of the initial park concepts on display at the public workshops will also be posted to the SW Parks Plan project page (minneapolisparks.org/sw) on Jan. 31, along with a link to an online survey where anyone can submit feedback on any design.



Join the Armatage Green Team

Excited about promoting sustainability, clean water, and zero waste throughout the neighborhood?  The Armatage Green Team will hold its first meeting of the year on Wednesday, February 6 at 6:30 pm at  the Armatage Rec Center.  Meet neighbors, get involved in your community, and learn all about the great green initiatives happening in Armatage! Photo credit: Minnehaha Creek Watershed District

Can’t make it but want to get involved? Email us at anacoordinator@armatage.org to join the Green Team e-list

Neighborhoods 2020

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

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

*Leave text message or voicemail: (612) 440-5762.
*Email: neighborhoods2020@minneapolismn.gov.
*Write to: Neighborhood and Community Relations
105 5th Ave South, Suite 425
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Call 612-673-3737

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