Neighborhood Community Solar Garden Event
Thursday, Nov. 12, 7:00pm at Mayflower Church (106 East Diamond Lake Road)
Join your neighbors for an informative evening on Community Solar Gardens and our neighborhood’s role in making them accessible to you.
Community Solar Gardens allow you to use solar power without installing panels on your own roof. Residents and businesses can subscribe to a solar garden connected to the Xcel grid, then get reimbursed for their panels’ production as a credit on their Xcel bill.
Come learn about this emerging energy program and what your neighbors are doing to evaluate options and help our community participate. In addition to providing information, we will be asking residents for their input and preferences. Your voice is essential to making this program a reality.
Hosted by the Tangletown Neighborhood Association – residents of any Mpls neighborhood welcome to attend. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, August 17, 2015 – 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park
Board members present: Ryan Fisher, Dan Williams, Lauren Anderson, Eric David, Andrew Buss, Joy Gottschalk, Dick Fiala, Laura Silver, Sandra Bartsias, Andrea Siegel, Karen Costello, Dylan Sirny, Steve Bieringer
Board members absent: Mary Jane Mitchell, Virgil Petrie
Also present: Councilmember John Quincy, Tjody deVaal, Suzanne Kramer, and Peter Alexander
Called to order: 7:07pm
August 3 Budget Priority Planning Meeting Follow-up
On August 3rd 2015 the board held a special Budget Priority Planning meeting to identify neighborhood development priorities and better utilize Tangletown’s city funds from the Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) and Community Participation Program (CPP) programs. Each board member proposed ideas which were combined with similar ideas from other members into groups which were voted on by the board. The six groups with the most votes were slotted into the six defined CPP categories, and two board members assigned to each priority as team leads. Team leads then developed and presented an action plan at the the regular August 17th meeting.
Fuller Park (Steve, Virgil): the team will meet with Minneapolis Parks staff at Fuller Park to identify common priorities and discuss ideas from the Budget Priority meeting. The team will continue to solicit feedback from the board and neighborhood on ways to improve Fuller Park. Some possible ideas include adding A/C to the community center building, improving grass in the park, adding more shade structures, opening the bathrooms on Sundays, and better park signage.
Board Development (Karen, Andrew, Dick): the team proposed creating a “TNA Board 101” resource for new and existing board members, including an updated board manual, bios of board members, simple explanations of board financal procedures and NRP/CPP plans, and written explanations of board procedures and customs. The team also proposed “welcome baskets” for new neighborhood residents and talking to other neighborhood coordinators to determine what has worked in the past for improving board participation and procedures. The team would also like to reach out to existing block leaders and foster new block leader development.
Utility Box Wraps (Dan, Andrea): the team proposed a process identify existing resources from the previous 2012 wrapping effort, contact local artists to fill any gaps from the previous effort, solicit neighborhood ideas and approval, and submit designs to the city for Spring/Summer 2016 completion. The city has a number of pre-approved designs we could use, but the team would also like some neighborhood specific art which shows how Tangletown is unique. If custom designs are used the board must identify an artist curator and pay artists an honorarium for their work. The team must also contact artists from the 2012 effort to ensure they are still OK with their art being used for utility boxes.
Sustainability/Green Team (Lauren, Joy): the team identified city-wide organics recycling as a major focus, since it will be rolling out in Tangletown in Spring 2016 and the Sustainability committee would like encourage as many residents as possible to utilize it. The team proposed adding more resources to the TNA website, writing an ongoing series of poses and articles about organics, creating yard signs to raise awareness of organics recycling, and possibly fostering “organics block captains” to serve as resources for neighbors with questions. The team is planning a neighborhood event in Spring 2016 to educate residents about the city organics program, with a follow-up training event for those who miss the first one. The team proposed creating a video about organics featuring neighborhood residents.
The team will also research available organics recycling resources, encourage local stores to carry compostable bags in visible locations, offering free and low-cost compostable supplies for National Night Out block parties, and reach out to neighborhood businesses about participating in the city organics recycling program.
The team is also interested in organizing a Fuller Park/Minnehaha Creek Earth Day cleanup event.
Website/Communications (Eric, Dylan, Ryan, Laura): the team has identified a short-term goal of overhauling the TNA website by December 2015, including a refreshed design which might require outside design/development and thus TNA funding. Other ideas were a website business directory and a welcome package for new businesses in the neighborhood.
School Relationships (Mary Jane, Sandra): the team has identified contacts at Ramsey, Washburn, and the Washburn Foundation and will reach out to them to renew contact. The team proposed investigating grants for some of the ongoing school programs, and inviting students to become more involved in our 4th of July parade. The team also discussed funding some community education programs so they are free to participants.
Budget Priority Meeting Next Steps
Team leads should prepare detailed plans and preliminary budgets for discussion at the regular September meeing. Budgets should split funding requests into Phase 1 (by May 2016) and Phase 2 (after May) to match up with CPP funding guidelines (?). Teams should also submit articles for the TNA website hilighting their initiatives immediately after the September meeting so they can be included in the fall newsletter.
Secretary – A motion to approve the July 2015 minutes was made, seconded and approved.
Treasurer – The NCR account is at $12,776.73 and the Tangletown account is at $18,470.88, not including the city reimbursement for NCR/CPP contracts for 2014. A motion to approve the financials report was made, seconded and approved.
Committees will be rebranded next month to more closely align with our neighborhood priorities and CPP categories.
Sustainability – Nothing to report.
Arts – Nothing to report.
NRP – Nothing to report.
Communication – Nothing to report.
Business – Nothing to report.
Partner and Other Announcements
Joy has been researching community solar gardens with the intention of getting neighborhood residents involved. She reached out Linden Hills which has gone through the process of organizing and applying for a solar garden on the Linden Hill Coop, and talked to some developers of solar gardens. Councilperson John Quincy and a staff member from the Minneaplis city sustainability office agreed to meet with interested board members about solar gardens. Joy asked for interested board members to become more involved in the initiative.
Sandra shared information about bike tuneup stations which she thinks would be a great addition to the neighborhood. These small stations have an air pump and simple tools for bike repair. There are currently only 10 tuneup stations through Minnesota, mostly in the Twin Cities area, but none in Tangletown. The Board suggested the Minnehaha Creek trail as a good location.
Minutes submitted by Dan Williams, TNA Secretary
Calling all photo journalists: Seeking amateur photographer(s) to capture iconic and stock imagery of Tangletown Neighborhood, to be used on a revamped tangletown.org website, currently in the making! If you have an eye for our ‘hood, let’s connect. E-mail email@example.com.
Sept. 1, 2015
Robbery Prevention & Personal Safety
Police 3rd Precinct personnel will discuss robberies and other crime issues in the area followed by a special presentation by Personal Safety expert Mary Brandl. She will demonstrate what you need to know to reduce your vulnerability to assault and robbery. Time for questions & answers provided.
DATE: Tuesday, Sept. 1
TIME: 6:30pm – 8:30pm come early; we start promptly.
PLACE: Nokomis Community Center Gym
2401 East Minnehaha Parkway
For more information, call Sue, 612-673-2839; Shun, 612-673-2846;
or Karen, 612-673-2856 at the 3rd Precinct; or
NENA Executive Director Becky Timm, 612-724-5652.
This event is being co-sponsored by the Minneapolis Police 3rd Precinct Crime Prevention Unit and the Nokomis East Neighborhood Association.
BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, July 20, 2015 – 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park
Board members present: Steve Bieringer, Ryan Fisher, Lauren Anderson, Eric David, Andrew Buss, Joy Gottschalk, Dick Fiala, Virgil Petrie, Dan Williams, Andrea Siegel, Laura Silver, Karen Costello
Board members absent: Sandra Bartsias
Also present: Councilmember John Quincy, Jack Whitehurst (NCR), Abby Rowan (staff), Tjody deVaal, Cecelia Caspram, Arun Caspram
Called to order: 7:05pm
Elections of officers for 2015-2016
Dan Williams will take on the secretary role – thank you, Dan! The nomination was seconded and approved by the full board. Current officers were confirmed for a second year including Steve Bieringer as President, Andrea Siegel as Vice President and Sandra Bartsias as Treasurer.
TNA 4th of July Event
TNA spent $1,767.96 and brought in $2,568.00 on this year’s 4th of July event for a total profit of $800.04 despite spending $250 more on this year’s band. 2014’s event was in the red and had a total of $2,859.32 in expenditures. Attendance felt lighter, which may have been because the holiday fell on a Saturday this year and more residents were out of town. Abby coordinated the prize drawing from the pool of attendees who signed up to receive TNA e-news at the event. The board approved a $20 gift certificate for the prize recipient. The board also discussed reaching out to businesses next year both to have an info table and to donate prizes so TNA can have door prize drawings.
Planning notes and 2016 recommendations:
Food: The food trucks were great but there were requests for more kid-friendly food like hot dogs. The fruit water provided by Hector was a huge hit – we offered huge portion sizes and ran out partway through the event. The board would like to keep the fruit water ticket price at 1 and offer smaller cups next year.
Organics recycling: There was a mixup with the organics recycling container reservations so the board will make sure to reserve organics clear streams far in advance and double check with park staff.
Parade: Joy recommended getting double the balloons because they’re such a great addition to the parade and we consistently run out.
Setup: Abby brought up the idea to reserve Fuller Park’s multipurpose room the night before to pull out supplies and stage for set-up.
Games: The board also discussed increasing the number of games led by Fuller park staff to the level of previous years. Councilmember Quincy recommended contacting a local church youth group or even student government or service groups at Washburn High School or Ramsey Middle School to help plan throughout the year and staff activities. Partner groups could potentially help benefit from any proceeds collected at the event.
Tangletown survey request by Madelyn Sundberg (U of M grad student)
Madelyn is surveying SW Mpls neighborhood residents about neighborhood heritage as part of her graduate research. The board will send out survey information to residents using our neighborhood e-list and will be able to see results collected through Madelyn’s research.
Jack Whitehurst – City of Minneapolis Neighborhood Specialist
Jack distributed information on TNA’s NRP Phase I, II and III funding allocations and expenditures. There are $15,959.71 remaining in Phase I funds allocated for the business node improvement fund and Washburn water tower grounds renovations. There are just over $91,000 of unfrozen Phase II funds that can be put under contract. TNA would like to roll over these last Phase I funds to Phase II and place them under contract (some $2,000 may be under contract to the park board for Fuller Park grass). The board went through Phase III contracts and discussed potential corrections to the City’s records to reflect funds paid over the past year for the Fuller Park shade structures, 54th and Lyndale Neighborhood Priority Plan streetscape upgrades, and neighborhood bike racks.
TNA has $72,800 remaining on the 2014-2016 Community Participation Program contract, which runs through December 31, 2016. Ryan inquired on the possibility of receiving monthly reports from NCR on pending contracts and balances that board members could receive four days before the board meeting so TNA can keep better tabs on neighborhood contracts. The board will meet on Monday, August 3rd at 7pm at Fuller Park to discuss plans for future neighborhood projects and strategies to reallocated the remaining Phase I and Phase II funds.
Secretary – A motion to approve the June 2015 minutes was made, seconded and approved.
Treasurer – The NCR account is at $15,187.95 and the Tangletown account is at $18,470.88. A motion to approve the financials report was made, seconded and approved.
Sustainability – Nothing to report.
Arts – Nothing to report.
NRP – Abby will take over the administration of the business façade grant program.
Communication – Nothing to report.
Abby reported that she covered her updates for the board earlier in the meeting. Thanks for a great 4th of July event, Abby!
Partner and Other Announcements
Ryan attended a 46th Street meeting this week – the City is currently doing speed studies and will be looking at strategies to calm traffic as part of the resurfacing on 46th St between Cedar and Hiawatha.
Lauren announced that the MPRB is holding its final SW area meeting on closing the neighborhood parks funding gap next Tuesday, July 28th from 6-8pm at Lynnhurst Recreation Center. Board members are encouraged to attend!
Minutes submitted by Dan Williams (TNA Secretary) and Lauren Anderson (former TNA Secretary)
The Washburn Games is a noncompetitive sports sampler for children ages 4-12. The Games features over 20 different sports, a great way for kids to test our what sports they like before they are signed up for a sport they don’t like! Besides getting active, youngsters also have the opportunity to learn about community giving. Children are encouraged to raise funds before the event to support local nonprofit Washburn Center for Children, Minnesota’s leading children’s mental health facility. Children who raise $100 or more are entered into a fun prize drawing, including Water Park of America tickets, passes Wild Mountain, and a $1,000 educational scholarship. All children who come to the Games will receive a medal, T-shirt and goodie bag! It’s day full of family fun, community building and getting active!
The event will be held on Sunday, September 27th between 1:30-4:30 PM. It will be held at Bryn Mawr Meadows, located at 400 Morgan Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405. There is a $10 registration fee and readers can sign up and learn more at www.washburngames.org .
What makes Tangletown Special?
Tangletown residents have an opportunity to be part of an anonymous online survey about the character of Tangletown neighborhood and the places you feel are important to it. The survey is being distributed to residents of Southwest Minneapolis neighborhoods and is a chance to express your views about what makes your neighborhood special.
The results of this study will be made available to the neighborhood, so you will be able to discover the diverse views your neighbors have about Tangletown. This study is being conducted by Madelyn Sundberg, a Kingfield resident and graduate student at the University of Minnesota, for her M.S. in Architecture: Heritage Conservation and Preservation thesis under the guidance of Professor Greg Donofrio. If you have questions, you are encouraged to contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com.
The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete and you will be given the option to enter your email address at the end of the survey for a chance to win an iPad Air. To participate in this survey please click the following link: Heritage Survey
Please respond by August 5.
Join the Board members of the Tangletown Neighborhood Association at the July meeting beginning at 7pm at Fuller Park to learn about neighborhood funding, give feedback on the 4th of July event, meet your neighbors, join a committee, hang out with the movers and shakers of Tangeltown…
Special guest speaker, Jack Whitehurst with the Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission, will explain where our funds come from and how they can be used.
Many of you had questions at the annual meeting in regards to the budget and spending options… This is your chance to get answers from “the inside!”
Monday, July 20
Join us this Saturday for Tangletown’s annual 4th of July parade and party at Fuller Park!
Lots of kids’ games with prizes
Ice cold fruit-infused water
Brava and Ina ($)
Live Music by Two is Enough
Parade details: Meet at Washburn High School parking lot (49th and Pleasant) at 10am with your decorated bike, trike, wagon, stroller, dog (we will have some decorations available). Parade begins at 10:15
Game details: Games will “cost” tickets, which can be purchased at the starting line of the parade or at the ticket sales booth at Fuller Park. Cash only. Everybody is a winner!
Food Truck details: Food will be available for purchase from 2 of our favorite places – Brava and Ina.
We are proud to sponsor this Zero-Waste event!
This means we will be using compostable serving dishes and utensils and encourage you to bring your own water bottles. We will have a free water-filling station. We will also have special bins to separate trash, recyclables, and compostables from one another.
BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, June 15, 2015 (Annual Meeting) – 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park
Board members present: Steve Bieringer, Ryan Fisher, Sandra Bartsias, Lauren Anderson, Eric David, Andrew Buss, Joy Gottschalk, Dick Fiala, Virgil Petrie, Dan Williams, Andrea Siegel, Laura Silver, Karen Costello
Board members absent:
Also present: Abby Rowan (staff)
Called to order: 7:05pm
TNA Annual Meeting
Sandra reported that TNA spent $484.33 on this year’s Annual Meeting. In 2014 the board spent $922.26, which was a higher total due to a postcard mailing. Because a postcard sent this year, the board observed slightly lower attendance and recommends sending one in 2016 to hit mailboxes 1-2 weeks before the event. Russ Henry from Homegrown Minneapolis spoke to attendees and was engaging and informative. Because questions came in regarding TNA’s funding through the City, the Board would like to invite Jack Whitehurst to a September or October board meeting (depending on the timing of the fall newsletter) to present to residents in greater depth. The Board also discussed TNA’s current avenues to reach community members and strategies to grow the electronic newsletter mailing list. Abby suggested having a specific prize drawing at the 4th of July event for attendees who are already on or sign up to be on the TNA e-news list. Board members would also like to connect with block leaders and invite Jennifer Waisenan from MPD’s 5th Precinct at a future meeting.
TNA 4th of July
The planning team met last week to finalize assignments. Board members typically arrive at Fuller between 8:00am and 9:00am to set up chairs and tables, help vendors find their spots, and coordinate the parade. The volunteer schedule is in process – Abby has another neighborhood e-blast scheduled for tomorrow. Steve has a contact for potential face painters from the Fuller Park grand opening with whom he’ll follow up so there can be face painting at this year’s event. Board members are trying to locate the event banners, which may be at Simply Jane or Charlie’s Bike Shop. TNA will work with Hector Ruiz of Café Ena and La Fresca to provide watermelon juice instead of root beer. The planning team may meet once more before the event – Board members are encouraged to attend if so. Sandra reminded board members that formal approval of a budget for this year’s event in still needed. Last year’s event netted $282.53 ($3141.85 in proceeds and $2,859.32 in expenses). Ryan proposed a budget of $3,500 for this year’s event, which was seconded and approved by the full board.
17 West Elmwood Place Variance Request
The property owner plans to rebuild the garage on the property and forwarded plans to TNA. No further action is recommended at this stage.
Secretary – A motion to approve the May 2015 minutes with one correction was made, seconded and approved.
Treasurer – The NCR account is at $17,850.68 and the Tangletown account is at $15,902.88.
Officer elections – Lauren would like to pass the secretary duties to another board member. The Board will revisit officer elections at next month’s meetings.
Abby sent an email to recruit committee members and several committee meeting scheduling emails. Karen would like to form a bicycle-focused committee with weekly rides, which could be promoted through facebook, website, and e-newsletter. She also proposed changing the Sustainability Committee’s name to the Green Team.
Sustainability – Lauren reported on the committee’s most recent meeting and potential changes to the Green Day event. Joy gave a quick update on the Minneapolis Community Solar meeting held on April 30th. Xcel Energy is in the midst of making its approval process easier for new community solar projects. Tangletown has a few potential avenues for helping residents connect with community solar projects, particularly in partnership with other neighborhoods. The City has some guidelines for neighborhoods but the concept is still in development. Abby will connect with other SW neighborhood coordinators and report back at a future board meeting.
Arts – TNA would like to continue working on utility box wraps and Dan volunteered to help coordinate the process. Thank you, Dan!
Abby met with Jack Whitehurst from the City of Minneapolis’s Neighborhood & Community Relations (NCR) Department on several budget items. TNA’s funds from the home loan program have been moved from the Center for Energy & Environment (CEE) but as TNA doesn’t have a new administrator yet the program remains in limbo. Some neighborhoods have worked together to identify a new administrator so Ryan recommended that Abby follow up with the City for more information. Jack also gave an overview on the process to shift TNA’s allocation of NCR (a process that TNA has often used in the past). It’s conceivable that the City might freeze and/or take back unspent Community Participation Program (CPP) funds in the future, so TNA should identify neighborhood projects for this fiscal year. Potential projects could include utility box wraps, more neighborhood bike racks, a neighborhood business list and way-finding signs. Ryan proposed scheduling a meeting later this summer to brainstorm ideas and estimate volunteer time needed to accomplish each.
Partner and Other Announcements
Ryan reported that the Nicollet East Harriet Business Association (NEHBA) will receive funds to create a mobile app to connect with neighborhood businesses and incentives to shop there. The app should be available later this year.
Minutes submitted by Lauren Anderson, TNA Secretary