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 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, April 20, 2015 – 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park
Board members present: Steve Bieringer, Ryan Fisher, Sandra Bartsias, Lauren Anderson, Karen Costello, Eric David, Mary Jane Mitchell
Board members absent: Andrea Siegel, Laura Silver, Dylan Sirny, Matt Chapman
Also present: Charlie Siftar, Tom Balcolm, Joy Gottschalk, Lynell Voigt, Regan Palmer, Dan Kvamme, Michael Burnhagen
Called to order: 7:05pm
Green Day Event Wrap Up
Sustainability Committee reported on its second annual Green Day event, which took place on Saturday, April 11th. Attendance was fairly good, but it was a beautiful day and the Fuller park playground had been closed the day before so traffic was a bit lower than the Committee had hoped. Final costs came in around $1100 – the neighborhood-wide postcard to promote the event was the biggest expense. City of Mpls, Hennepin County Master Gardeners, Spark-y (and their aquaponics demo), Minnehaha Creek Watershed District’s Master Water Stewards, Charlie’s Bike Shop, and Beez Kneez all hosted informational tables for residents. There were a few hiccups with exhibitors arriving late but volunteers made it happen. Beez Kneez presented the first workshop on protecting urban bees and Lauren gave the second on Minneapolis’s organics recycling. The Sustainability Committee will meet to debrief in the coming weeks and plan for next year’s spring event.
Fuller Park Playground Grand Opening Event
The playground is currently blocked off to finish the concrete and rubber ramps. The concrete has been poured and in currently curing. If manufacturer Kompan is able to pour rubberized accessible ramps the playground should be open this Friday, April 24th. The Grand Opening event will take place at 5:30-7:00pm right before the TNA Annual Meeting on Monday, May 18th. TNA and the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board are cosponsoring the event. The MPRB has funding for light refreshments. At Green Day, Toppers offered to donate pizza for the Annual Meeting. Steve can follow up to see what they’re willing to donate. If Toppers isn’t able to provide a donation, the board would like to provide an alternative for attendees.
Mary Jane proposed a budget of $450 for refreshments and door prizes (potentially gift certificates to Charlie’s Bike Shop and Tangletown Gardens) and $600 for a postcard for a total budget of $1,050. The motion to approve this budget was seconded and approved. The MPRB plans to send out a postcard invite for the Grand Opening, so hopefully TNA can include more information about the Annual Meeting on their postcard and save the postcard funds.
TNA 2015 Annual Garage Sale
Registrations are still trickling in, but we have 42 homes registered to participate in the 2015 sale. Steve and Eric are finishing up the a-frame signs to place at commercial nodes and will add weights. Garage sale maps will be in a weather-proof pocket on the signs as well as on www.tangletown.org and on Tangletown Nextdoor. Steve proposed a budget of $500 for the 2015 Garage Sale. The motion was seconded and approved.
Washburn Water Tower Landscaping
Reisdent Dan Jurek has raised $711 (over his $350 goal) through gofundme to plant and has contracted with Bluebird Gardening, which is offering its labor at a discount rate.
Washburn School parking ramp
Neighborhood resident Regan Palmer presented on the parking congestion around Washburn. Since minimizing bus service for high school students, parking on city streets has increased tremendously. Washburn’s principal, Rhonda Dean, is interested in informally surveying the neighborhood to gauge interest and support for constructing a parking ramp on the site of the existing main parking lot. Lauren inquired about any recent efforts to flyer/notify residents for a community meeting and Regan reported that a community meeting where a wide radius of residents are notified in advance hasn’t taken place in 18 years. Washburn would prefer not to have the streets around the school become permit parking only as has been down around Southwest High School and has proposed a parking ramp in response. Anticipated ramp concerns around safety and security in and under the ramp, lighting, construction cost per stall, and visual appearance for immediate neighbors were discussed. Board members suggested conducting an informal neighbor survey on parking, congestion as well as working with Councilmember Quincy’s office to engage Public Works in a traffic, parking and speed study as potential solutions. TNA would like to work more closely with Washburn and Regan will reach out to Washburn leadership to hopefully have either the principal or vice principal at a neighborhood meeting.
Spring Fling Event – May 16th
Our wonderful businesses at Nicollet/Grand & 48th are hosting the Spring Fling in honor of the Minneapolis Bike to Local Business day through the Minneapolis Bike Coalition. Outdoor activities will start at 11am at Nicollet & 48th with a parade to 48th & Grand at 12:30 where there will be local music and more activities until 4pm. Trustone Financial plans to donate $250 toward live band, the Thunderheads. The board would like to contribute $500 to fund music at the event, $250 of which would come from Tangletown account and $250 from a local business. A motion to approve this expenditure was made, seconded, and approved by the full Board.
Tangletown 4th of July
Abby, Steve and Ryan met to kick off planning a couple weeks ago. The event format will be very similar to last year with food trucks, live music, and activities.
TNA Partnership opportunities w/ Toppers Pizza
Abby connected with Toppers Pizza about partnering and donating pizzas for future events. She’ll follow up about donating for the Annual Meeting.
• Secretary’s report – Steve made a motion to approve the March 2015 Minutes, which was seconded by Matt and approved.
• Treasurer’s report – Since the end of March, TNA has spent $3,000 on events and the spring newsletter. The TNA accounts and CPP accounts are at $15,617.38 and $21,279.51 respectively. Sandra and Abby are meeting in the next week and Sandra will plan to submit the 2014 annual report to NCR. Abby will follow up with CEE to try and get information
• Arts – Nothing to report.
• Communication – Laura is in the process of scheduling a meeting prior to the Annual Meeting.
• NRP/Business – Mary Jane and Abby met about TNA’s business façade grant program. Abby will follow up key businesses. The TNA board would like to collectively survey the business nodes around the neighborhood. Ryan suggested creating a half sheet for businesses about TNA programs and business façade grants. Lauren also brought up having a resident version. Abby proposed having a business forum in the next couple months – she will put some ideas together and bring them to the board at a future meeting.
• Sustainability – See above report on Green Day recap. Karen will report on the April 30th Solar Garden workshop next month.
Partner and other announcements:
Tom Balcom brought up the Judson Street Festival on Sunday, May 17th from 12pm to 4pm.
Minnehaha Bike Trail Improvement Meeting #2 is coming up at Washburn Library on Thursday, April 23rd.
Minutes submitted by Lauren Anderson, TNA Secretary
Monday, May 18, 2015
It’s that time of year again… time to join your neighbors and Board Members for an evening of free food, a guest speaker, updates on our neighborhood, and maybe even win a prize!
Our guest speaker will be Russ Henry, co-chair of Homegrown Minneapolis. He will present the work of the Homegrown Food Council: How policy changes and community engagement are making it easier to grow, sell, eat, and compost food in Minneapolis.
Board elections are also on the agenda for the evening. Consider joining the board. It’s a small monthly time commitment and we need neighbors like you and fresh ideas to continue making Tangletown the treasure it is.
See you there!
*You may have noticed this meeting coincides nicely with the Grand Opening of Fuller Park’s new playground equipment! Enjoy the ribbon cutting, brief remarks, light snacks and desserts at 5:30.
BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, March 16, 2015 – 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park
Board members present: Steve Bieringer, Ryan Fisher, Andrea Siegel, Sandra Bartsias, Lauren Anderson, Karen Costello, Laura Silver, Eric David, Matt Chapman, Dylan Sirny, Mary Jane Mitchell
Board members absent:
Also present: Fuller Park Director Mike Fox, Tjody deVaal, Fred Haas, residents Wayne Sagalaski and Andrew Busse
Called to order: 7:05pm
TNA Coordinator Introduction
Our new Coordinator, Abby, is returning from vacation and will join us at next month’s board meeting. A welcome article will appear in the spring newsletter. Ryan, Steve, Lauren and Sandra met with Abby to start orientation and priority setting.
Sage & Cypress: 48th and Grand
Fred Haas addressed the board on his new business on the northwest corner of 48th & Grand. Fred hails from Northfield, MN and was familiar with the Tangletown neighborhood prior to the retail space becoming available for rent. Fred’s wife, Sarah Nordstrom, does mosaic work and re-embellishes historic pieces and their business partner, Tricia, is a talented muralist. They plan to have a studio in the back with retail space in the eastern section of the building (adjacent to the corner). They are already working with local businesses to refurbish the space and Fred and Sarah’s children plan to offer violin and other enrichment lessons in the space and hope to collaborate with youth programming at Fuller Park. Sage & Cypress will open around Mother’s Day in May. Tjody will drop by tomorrow to take pictures of the space for a local business feature in the spring newsletter – thanks, Tjody!
TNA 2015 Annual Garage Sale
Eric and Steve have built new commercial node signs that will be available for Green Day and the Garage Sale. The signs have weatherproof pockets to hold fliers and maps. Registration information is ready to go in the newsletter. Participant fees will remain the same as in 2014, and TNA will be able to reuse the yellow, weatherproof signs purchased last year.
TNA Spring Newsletter
Articles were due last Monday, March 9th. Thank you to everyone wrote submitted an article. There are a few outstanding articles – please send them to Tjody asap as she plans to send the newsletter to the printer on Tuesday. The spring newsletter also contains an update from new Fuller Park Director, Mike Fox, with the date of the Fuller Park playground grand opening, which is set for 5:45pm right before the Annual Meeting on May 18th.
Tangletown Green Day Event
Sustainability Committee members gave an overview on the event planning. Our vendor for art activities cancelled this past week, but Mike Fox offered to have his staff fill in if the committee can provide materials and ideas for an activity. The board approved a budget for $200 to purchase two standing easels for Green Day and other Tangletown events. Workshops, exhibitors, food and door prizes are coming together and board members are encouraged to attend Green Day on Saturday, April 11th!
Tangletown 4th of July event planning
Board members Steve Bieringer, Andrea Siegel, Matt Chapman, Sandra Bartsias, Laura Silver, and Ryan Fisher all volunteered to plan TNA’s annual 4th of July event. Charlie Siftar is happy to help with the parade and Lauren Anderson can help with recycling and composting. The planning committee will meet in the next few weeks.
Recent Neighborhood Crime
There have been many recent break-ins throughout the northern part of the neighborhood between 46th and 48th Streets. In addition, Mike Fox reported Kris Stevens from Fuller Park witnessed two individuals burglarizing a home at 48th & Harriet who were starting to break into his car. He recorded the plates, called the police who made an arrest and Kris was able to identify the suspect. Lauren connected with Jennifer Waisanen, our Crime Prevention Specialist, to set up a tentative Crime Prevention meeting for next week on Monday, March 23rd at 7pm at Fuller Park pending support from the TNA board. After a brief discussion, the board supports moving forward with a Crime Prevention meeting in March. Mike will put the meeting information up on the Fuller Park sign and Lauren will follow up with Jennifer to confirm the meeting and coordinate speakers. Steve suggested working with Jennifer to identify missing block leaders throughout the neighborhood.
Andrea connected with Russ Henry, Co-Chair of the Homegrown Minneapolis initiative, who will speak at the Tangletown Annual Meeting on policy changes that are making it easier to grow, eat and compost local food. Refreshments for attendees will be provided. Ryan offered that we could have Jennifer Waisanen present 10 minutes of crime prevention and safety tips. There are currently three open board slots that will be up for re-election in May.
• Secretary’s report – Steve made a motion to approve the February 2015 Minutes, which was seconded by Matt and approved.
• Treasurer’s report – Sandra reported that the 2014 reimbursement hasn’t been submitted yet, but it should be under $15,000. Abby will take over City reimbursements starting for FY 2015. The TNA accounts and CPP accounts are at $15,749.46 and $25,377.99 respectively.
• Arts – Nothing to report. Abby will start taking on the utility box wrap project over the next few months.
• Communication – Laura will send out a doodle poll to schedule a committee meeting in the next couple weeks to discuss strategies to expand TNA’s existing communications including monthly e-newsletters, Next Door, an updated website, an organizational facebook page and 3-4 annual print newsletters.
• NRP – New business Bubbles Ecouture (at 54th & Lyndale in Prime & Polish’s old location) applied to receive a $1,000 business façade grant. Mary Jane suggested the board update its local business master list to include business contact information, building owner information, whether businesses have areas to display info on neighborhood events, talking points for board members reaching out to each business, and whether they have or open to donating to events. Karen suggested including pieces that might be of interest to community members like whether the business is dog-friendly. Mary Jane can find the past version of this list and send it to Abby and the board.
• Sustainability – See above report on Green Day planning. Karen is signed up to attend the April 30th Solar Garden workshop and will report back to the board. Lauren participated in a Lynnhurst Neighborhood Organics Recycling Forum last Saturday morning.
• Business – Continuing the NRP discussion about a local business list, Dylan reported that he found a great wordpress template and that it would take him about an hour to rework tangletown.org with some visual and functional updates. Related to crime prevention, Dylan has offered ongoing self-defense workshops in the past and would be happy to offer a program to Tangletown neighbors. TNA could set a date with Dylan and promote it at the Annual Meeting to increase participation. TNA had historically sponsored workshops through Community Ed at Washburn and with recent increases in burglaries, it might be time to offer them again.
Partner and other announcements:
Fuller Park Director Mike Fox introduced himself to the board. Mike started as a volunteer wrestling coach for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board in 1986 and started working for the organization soon after. He is excited to work with the neighborhood in his new role. Mike also reported that there might be a higher likelihood for installing air conditioning since Fuller hosts a preschool and is a Rec Plus site, which would make summer meetings more comfortable and prevent heat-related building closures.
Tom Balcom forwarded an email he sent to a neighbor about contacting Public Works to replace lights at the water tower. Steve also followed up with the neighbor interested in making planting improvements to the Gladstone Triangle.
Minutes submitted by Lauren Anderson, TNA Secretary
We live in an amazing city… get out and explore!
The Minneapolis RiverCurrent is a list of upcoming and ongoing events in Minneapolis and the surrounding area. Whether you’re looking for a craft beer festival or a place where the kids can run wild for an afternoon, this list has something for you!
Spring = Street Sweeping!
Here’s the info you need:
Weather permitting, an annual rite of spring in Minneapolis is scheduled to begin Tuesday, April 14. Drivers should watch for temporary “No Parking” signs along these streets to avoid a ticket and tow.
Through May 8, temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance to make sure streets are clear of parked vehicles. Drivers need to follow street sweep parking rules or they may have their cars ticketed and towed to the Minneapolis Impound Lot.
Phone calls to residents – In addition to the “No Parking” signs that will be posted the day before sweepers come through, the City will make about 3,500 automated phone calls each evening to let residents know their street will be swept the next day.
Interactive Web tool – There’s a tool on the City’s Web site to find out when the sweeping crews are coming through their neighborhoods. Residents can go to www.minneapolismn.gov/publicworks/streetsweeping and click on “street sweeping schedule lookup,” to find out which week a street is scheduled to be swept. The weekend before that week, they can revisit the Web site to find out which day of the week the street is scheduled to be swept.
· Videos – Street sweeping is explained in English, Hmong, Somali and Spanish in short videos that can be watched at www.YouTube.com/cityofminneapolis and on City cable channels 14 and 79. Residents who have friends or neighbors who speak these languages are encouraged to share links to the videos.
o English: See how and why Minneapolis sweeps streets and what you can do to help keep streets and waterways clean.
o Spanish: Vea en este video de las series “Sabia Usted” como y porque Minneapolis barre las calles y limpia las vias fluviales.
o Somali: Ka daawo fiidyowga taxanaha… ee Minneapolis ee loo yaqaan “Ma Ogtahay” siyaabaha iyo sababaha minneapolis jidadka ay u xaaqido oo ogow sidii aad uga caawin lahayd ilaalinta nadaafada jidadka iyo biyo mareenada.
o Hmong: Yog xav paub ntxiv, sais nroog Minneapolis cov tshooj xov xwm hu, “Koj pos paub.”
Residents should not push leaves, grass clippings, or other debris into City streets – it’s bad for our lakes and waterways and it’s against the law. Anything that goes down a storm drain flows directly into our lakes and river, and decomposing plant material in the water encourages the growth of harmful aquatic plants and algae.
Click the link below to view Tangletown Neighborhood Association’s Spring/Summer Newsletter.
Details on all the ways to participate in the 2015 Tangletown Garage Sales – drawing in buyers from all around!
4th of July festivities
Annual Meeting information
All you need to know about our terrific Tangletown!