October 18, 2022 Minutes

ANA Meeting Minutes

10/18/22 / 6:30 PM / Armatage Park Community Center


Kim Herring, Ethan Komoroski, Vikisha Goberdhan, Sharla McIntosh-Ziegler, Kevin Ross, Charlie Wolfe

NOT IN ATTENDANCE: Eli Johnson, Judy Vecere, Nikki Lindberg


Aryca Myers – NCR, Dillon Clements – SW Rec Center, Cathy Abene – MPRB District 6 Representative, Lauren Anderson – Armatage Neighborhood Coordinator


Updated financials were sent via email.

6:30   Welcome and Introductions (Kevin Ross)

6:35   Comments from Community

  • Clarification on what became of Lara Bergman’s traffic calming letter/application. Lara is asking residents east of Penn to sign on.

6:40   Armatage Park Update (Park Director Dillon Clements)

  • Flag football and soccer season finishing up, week of season-ending parties
  • Basketball, other winter sports sign ups start 10/26
  • Staffing at Armatage and Kenny has been very strong, worker engagement is great

7:17   Board Representation Survey (NCR representative Aryca Myers)

  • Diversity survey is administered every few years. Results are published anonymously to show how the Boards compare to their constituencies through a number of different characteristics (home ownership, gender identity, race, age, etc)

7:35  Park Board Update (MPRB District 6 Commissioner Cathy Abene)

  • It’s budget season. Commissioner says that she’s found MPRB’s style of budgeting and governing to be incredibly transparent. https://www.minneapolisparks.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/Superintendents-Recommended-2023-BudgetADA.pdf
    • Youth focused, caring for park assets, and climate change mitigation
    • Opportunities to comment on 10/26, 11/2, 11/12, 11/30 and 12/6
  • Didn’t get full ask from the Board of Estimate and Taxation (around 7 percent of the property tax levy)
  • Got no bonding money from the legislature despite historic state surplus
  • 6-year Capital Improvement Plan has some aggressive carbon reduction goals https://www.minneapolisparks.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/Recommended-2023-2028-MPRB-Capital-Improvement-Program-ADA.pdf
    • Graco Park rec center to be net-zero
  • Potential of MPLS waiving registration fees for children’s sports like Saint Paul did
    • MPRB never turns away people who cannot pay
    • There is a sponsorship program where you can pay for someone else to play/do activities
    • MPRB looking at “pay what you can” model. Commissioner Abene believes that this model may actually result in MORE revenue, as many parents/participants view programming as very good value and would probably pay more to support MPRB and cost-burdened participants.
  • Harriet Pavilion
    • Renovation pushed back to next year (spring, pause during summer programming, then finish in Fall)
    • It will be BLUE. Neighbors will be weighing in on the final hue.
    • Roof will be wood, stained then going grey over time.

7:30   Edits and Approval of 2023-2024 Funding Applications (Equitable Engagement, Neighborhood Network Fund)

  • Motion to pass these two documents along to the city, seconded, motion carries

8:00  Board Refresher Training

  • Robert’s Rules, fiduciary responsibilities, examples of what we do and how we do it

8:30  Minutes Approval

  • Motion to approve the September minutes. Seconded. Carries.

Meeting adjourned at 8:32


  • Oct 24–31 – Halloween Decoration Tour (nightly 6:00–8:00pm)
  • Nov 3 – Community Engagement Committee (6-7p, Book Club?)
  • Nov 10 – Green Team (7-8:30p, TBD)
  • Nov 15 – ANA Monthly Meeting (6:30 – 8:30p, Armatage Rec Center)