BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Draft – Monday, April 15, 2013 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park
Board members present: Ryan Fisher – President, Steve Bieringer – Vice President, Carolyn Dungan – Secretary, Lauren Anderson, Mary Jane Mitchell, Charlie Siftar, Jeff Gears, Andrea Siegel, Jane Elias, Lynell Voight, Dylan Sirny, Birdie Cunningham
Also present: Carol Anderson, Lance Knuckels, John Quincy, Don, Jim Heers
1. Call to Order 7:08
2. Fuller Park Plaque Update – Tjody passed around a mockup of the 18X15 plaque. $825.93 is the total cost. Rocks cost 12 cents/lb. so the cost of the rock should be $200 to $300. The plaque will be brought to the quarry to get a rock. Steve drafted a letter for Jennifer at the park board for approval. Tom Balcom has some good info regarding Margaret Fuller and is asking about what size the booklet should be (he was thinking 25 pages and then have it available for sale). He got a packet from a 1947 graduation class with their memories. There is a great article from the New Yorker regarding Margaret Fuller. TNA just needs to decide on the booklet size and then the booklet should be done by 4th of July.
Need an approval of the budget to get the casting going. Once we get guidance from the park board we can vote on the funding.
We need final approval of the plaque/rock. If the park board gives us money we’ll make up the rest of the cost or else we’ll fund the entire project.
3. Fuller Shades – Jim Heers gathered more bids – 4 bids of the same cantilever design. Low $18,000, high $31,000 other two around $24,000. It was noted that park board just wants more than one bid, not necessarily the lowest. For four small and one big one there is an estimate of $24,000 from the company that installed in the other parks. Jennifer said that they have money in the budget for the pool for 2018, but it may change by then. Steve – we need to draft a letter with all three options and TNA board make a recommendation and send to Jennifer for approval. Since the poles are outside of the fence, if they totally redo the pool in 2018 it should not affect the shade structures.
We’ll get an update next month.
4. John Quincy – Resurfacing of 50th will be done this summer. 1st meeting June 10th at Fuller (pre-public) for land owners affected. 1969 is the last time this street was touched. One sort recycling phase II the rest of the city. Pilot 20% rate before now at 67% recycling rate so a dramatic improvement. Tangletown is zone 4 and will be implemented by May 16th. As soon as you get your cart you can start using it. WHS – city’s perspective is to support what the school is doing to support learning. Scoreboard issue – permits were not acquired last fall when they started process for installing. There will be a community engagement effort so that the neighborhood backs it and approves. The scoreboard has been purchased but not installed.
5. WHS Eco Education farm – A motion was made to grant an additional $500 in matching funds to the WHS Urban Farm project.
The motion was seconded and carried, it was resolved that:
The TNA Board will contribute another $500 to the Washburn High School Urban Farm project to cover the start up costs. The funds will be paid to Eco Education, the organization partnering with the school to undertake the Urban Farm project .
6. Garage sale planning – registration on Newsletter. The postcard was just received in the mail today and we’ve only gotten 3 registrations. Steve just picked up the signs. Ryan – said we should notify Tangletown Gardens since the signs may lead people to think it’s associated with the garden center. Ads in the patch and the Star Tribune. Charlie is asking if businesses can participate? Yes.
Things will be picked up after the sales by Bridging. You can opt for pick up even if you aren’t having a garage sale.
7. Spring Newsletter out and done.
8. Annual meeting plan – Andrea and Mary Jane met – Forestry speaker is confirmed. Also want to invite the Urban Farm Eco Education people to present and put a call out to volunteers. Four state legislators and Bran Bourn (park board) will be invited and introduced. We need refreshments and volunteers to bring cookies, fruit. Tjody will create the plaque for the Halloween House Tour winner to be presented at the annual meeting. There will be a social hour following the meeting at a local restaurant TBD. Andrea will create the post card and give to Tjody to create. The information regarding the survey will be on the back of the card.
There will be a drawing for a rain barrel, compost bin and a kitchen composter – cost $150.
On motion duly made, seconded and carried, it was resolved that:
The TNA Board will contribute $800 to the cost of budget for prizes, Halloween award, and post card for annual meeting.
Award for last year’s Halloween House tour – Tjody would like to hire the same person to do a plaque at a cost of $125.
9. Survey – group met last week and we have a mockup of the survey in survey monkey. 20 questions. Launch at the annual meeting. May 20 media blitz. Survey closes early June. Ryan will send a link to the survey monkey mock-up for everyone to look at it.
10. Annual report – due Friday. Lance is here to comment. He feels that we should extrapolate on the greater impact of our activities. Timeline is soft per Lance so if we need to take another month until the board votes on it that’s fine. In the meantime Ryan will work with other board members and Lance to finalize.
Audiences – City Council and other neighborhoods.
Per Lance what we are missing that other neighborhoods put in the report – challenges need not be negative such as not a method for reaching out to seniors. Talk about the 2 to 3 months leading up to an event or after an event as far as engagement goes. Steve pointed out that we now have 3 businesses on the board which is good.
11. Officer reports – Tangletown account $10,300. NCR CPP $31,500. March meeting minutes were approved without changes.
Lance would like to circle back with us in June regarding the budget.
12. NUSA – May 22 – 25. Lance encourages us to register. We can use our CPP money to send members to the conference. Overview of the activities – opening at Nicollet Island, conferences downtown, final ceremony Minnehaha Falls with local food vendors. Two people can split a registration for those that can’t take 2 days off of work. 60% of presenters are local.
Tom Balcom and bus tour? Lance did not connect with him yet. Lance thinks all of the tours are committed at this point.
12. 4th of July – Ryan proposes we create a committee – Steve, Jeff, Andrea, Charlie and Carol.
13. Committee Reports
Arts: On motion duly made, seconded and carried, it was resolved that:
The TNA Board will contribute $5,000 towards the utility box wrap project whether the matching grant is approved or not.
Communications: Did not meet .
NRP: Business façade grants – 4803 Nicollet Hell Bent for Fitness applied.
Sustainability: Walk/Bike Tangletown. Lauren is our contact for RAM Recycling Association of Minnesota. People can sign up at our annual meeting to buy a rain barrel or compost bin. Eric David and Lauren working on getting a grant for green initiatives. Nancie Nelson looking into what other neighborhoods are doing.
Bicycle racks – Jane and Dylan both expressed interest. Charlie says he knows the person for the city that supplies those racks so he can help out with that.
Wellness: The committee would like to connect a wellness activity with businesses – discount to those that walk/bike. Four times per year a bigger community event.
14. Fuller Park – Carole reminded the board that summer programs are online for all of the parks. Steve brought up a grant program for shade structures if we have a skincare/sun safety program.
15. Ryan – one seat open for board members. Lynell is leaving which makes two open seats.
16. There being no further business, on motion duly made, seconded and carried, the meeting was adjourned at 8:47 pm.
Carolyn Dungan, TNA Secretary
Next Meeting: Annual Meeting Monday, May 20, 2013 at Fuller Park.
The Tangletown Neighborhood Association (TNA) has created a poll to determine what matters most to you in our neighborhood. Our goal is to use this survey to help guide the ongoing decision making for the TNA on both long-term as well as any immediate items that could make our neighborhood better. We’re asking all residents to return or respond to this survey by June 7, 2013 and initial results will be available in early July 2013. Thanks for your support!
All surveys received will optionally be entered in a $50 gift card drawing!
Respond to the Tangletown Neighborhood survey today!
For those that prefer paper response, copies of the survey will be available at Fuller Park beginning this week, and at our annual meeting May 20, also at Fuller Park.
Join us May 3 and 4, 2013, for the annual Tangletown Garage Sale. Print the map linked below and find a treasure this weekend.
2013 TNA Garage Sale Map
TANGLETOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION
BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, March 18, 2013 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park
Board members present: Ryan Fisher – President, Steve Bieringer – Vice President, Sandra Bartsias – Treasurer, Carolyn Dungan – Secretary, Lauren Anderson, Mary Jane Mitchell, Tony Proell, Andrea Siegel, Lynell Voigt
Also present: Elise Griffin – Eco Education, Ella – Washburn Student, Eric David – Sustainability Committee member, Matt Perry – NEHBA President, Brad Bourn – Minneapolis Park Board Commissioner, Jim Heers
1. Call to Order 7:09
2. Elise Griffin from Eco Education and Ella, a student of Elise’s Urban Farm class at Washburn High School gave a Power Point presentation on the Urban Farm and Bee Project incorporating a five-year, and ten-year plan. The question was raised as to how the school will keep the farm going. Elise reported that they are getting commitments from teachers to include the garden and bees in their curriculum. Teachers can apply for up to $500 from Washburn High School Foundation in fall and in the spring for these classes. The board asked if the Washburn Urban Farm has reached out to local businesses for support, for example Tangletown Gardens. Elise said that they are just starting to reach out to those type of businesses for financial and in-kind donations.
A motion was made to grant $1,000 in matching funds to the WHS Urban Farm project.
A friendly amendment was suggested to reduce the grant to $500 pending a vote for another $500 next month. The amendment was approved.
The motion so amended seconded and carried, it was resolved that:
The TNA Board will contribute $500 to the Washburn High School Urban Farm project to cover the start up costs. The funds will be paid to Eco Education, the organization partnering with the school to undertake the Urban Farm project.
3. Brad Bourn, District 6 Minneapolis Park and Recreation Commissioner reported on the 2013 Park Board budget process and where they are at now and what their plans are for the upcoming year. Mike Schmidt, Assistant Superintendent for Environmental Stewardship has worked for the parks for thirty years and will be retiring on April 3, which is also the 130th anniversary of the Minneapolis Park Board. Brad asked the board members to send a letter of appreciation to Mike and encourage the community to do so as well. His address is: 2117 W. River Rd 55411.
The Park Board has a $60M budget, $47M coming from property taxes. The average home owner pays $20/month towards the park budget. In the last three years the board has shifted funds from administrative to operations and has increased services with lower increases in property tax levies (keeping levy increases at the rate of inflation). Some of the operations initiated are increased hours at public launches for Zebra mussel inspections, preservation of our tree canopy, increased life guard hours, a youth employment program and maintaining recreation center hours. There is going to be a sustainability study on recreation centers so Brad encouraged Tangletown to make sure we are using Fuller Recreation center and that the park maintain high use/enrollment in order to keep funding. Frank Hornstein, House Representative for District 61A has been working to establish a park dedication fee where developers would pay this fee for new construction projects within our parks. This fee applies to all parks in Minnesota except Minneapolis and we are missing an opportunity for a significant amount of money. The Safe Schools project in Minneapolis is looking at sharing information with schools and parks regarding students who use the parks for after school activities and programs. In regard to the shade structures that the board is looking at for the Fuller Park pool area, Brad said that the capital budget does not include funds for this. In regard to the commemorative plaque project, Brad said that the park board has some standardization policies but they hardly ever get in the way of these initiatives. People for Parks helps people like our board raise funds for this type of project. Steve explained that we have funding but need the parameters in order to follow park board ordinances and requirements for this type of project. Brad said that Jennifer Ringold, Minneapolis Park Board Manager – Community Engagement and Citywide Planning would be the one to talk to. There would most likely be a perpetuity disclaimer and that is probably the only stipulation the park board would have (nothing lasts forever). Steve can send an email to Brad at bbourn@minneapolisparks and he’ll get us in touch with Jennifer to work towards park board approval.
4. James Heers, Tangletown resident reported on the shade structures. Brad noted that Jennifer would also be the person to work with on the shade structures. James reported that the sales person put together a nice sketch of the pool area. There would be an eight week turnaround to get the shade structures installed. The park board can approve it to be contracted out instead of using the Park staff. The question was raised to Brad if it was possible for the park planning commission to approve a plan that would the shades in increments over the next few years. Brad said that yes, they approve such plans and that the park board does matching funding for these types of projects so if the total budget is $24,000 that we could possibly get a match of $12,000 from the board.
5. Newsletter – Articles should be sent to our Newsletter Editor, Tjody. Sandra will fund the postage account for the bulk mailing.
6. Annual meeting – the committee did not meet but will before the April meeting where they will propose the budget. Mary Jane noted that the sustainability committee will put together presentations for the meeting.
7. Survey – Ryan reported that the Survey Committee is making progress and that in the next couple of weeks a draft will be ready for board review.
8. Secretary – The Board minutes of the February 18, 2013 meeting were posted on the TNA website for Board approval.
Upon motion duly made, seconded and unanimously adopted, the minutes were approved as presented.
9. Treasurer reported on the various account balances and activities.
10. NUSA – There has been no response from Lance Knuckles about the bus and walking tour that would incorporate Tom Balcom’s Tangletown historical walking tour route.
11. Arts Committee – The RFP for the Innovative Graffiti Prevention Micro Grant provided by the City of Minneapolis is in progress. Tangletown is requested a matching grant towards the cost of wrapping ten to eleven utility boxes. Matt Perry suggested reaching out to Sara Linnes-Robinson of the Kingfield Neighborhood Association to get a copy of their RFP to use as a model.
12. Communications – This committee met and discussed establishing a neighborhood book club which will be advertised in the next newsletter.
13. Bike racks – Tony made businesses aware of 50% matching city grants if they are interested.
14. Garage Sales – Steve passed around proposal for more permanent signs. The cost per sign is $7.50 which would make the Garage Sales a non-profitable event. It was suggested that we raise the registration fee in order to cover the cost of the signs. Everyone who registers will be on the map and receive one yard sign with the option of purchasing more. Bridging is paying for the postcard/registration form that will be mailed soon.
On motion duly made, seconded and carried, it was resolved that:
The TNA Board will contribute $500 to the garage sale fund to cover operational costs including the initial outlay for the permanent signs.
15. Matt Perry, NEHBA President reported that the streetscapes project to which we donated money is awaiting the city to provide maintenance costs because the businesses will tax themselves for these costs. There is also still the need to establish a special service district. The petition deadline is April 1st and Matt is asking council members to push it through. NEHBA received another $50,000 for the 5th round of façade improvement matching grant funding. The maximum amount granted a business is $5,000 and it’s a 1:2 matching grant. Tangletown Neighborhood Association board signed a letter to support NEHBA getting the grant for Experience Southwest.
16. Carole Anderson from Fuller Park thanked the board for funding the Fuller Park Recreation Center improvements and reported that the park building will be open in the summer from 7am to 6pm.
17. 4th of July – Steve reported that we may need to look for another food vendor this year. It was decided that we should begin 4th of July event committee meetings next month to get the planning under way.
18. Discussed the urban farm project and how to fund it. A school grant program where they come to us with micro grant proposals.
19. There being no further business, on motion duly made, seconded and carried, the meeting was adjourned at 9:15pm.
Carolyn Dungan, TNA Secretary
Next Meeting: Monday, April 15, 2013 at Fuller Park.
Register to participate in this year’s garage sale event by mailing the attached registration form and $10 check payable to ‘TNA’ to be received by April 21st. (Mailing address is at the bottom of the registration form.)
TANGLETOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION
BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, February 18, 2013 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park
Board members present: Steve Bieringer – Vice President, Sandra Bartsias – Treasurer, Carolyn Dungan – Secretary, Mary Jane Mitchell, Andrea Siegel, Lynell Voigt
Also present: Tjody deVaal – Arts Committee member, Matt Perry – NEHBA President, Collect Gross – Colwell Banker Burnet, Robert Gintner – Coldwell Banker Burnet, Lauren Anderson, Jim Hears
1. Call to Order 7:07
2. The Chairman advised that the Board received a resignation as director from Doug Conway dated January 28, 2013.
On motion duly made, seconded and carried, it was resolved that:
The resignation of Doug Conway as director of the Board dated January 28, 2013 be hereby accepted effective immediately.
3. Lauren Anderson, a Tangletown resident, expressed interest in filling one of the vacant seats on the board. She gave a short introduction of her background and specifically her interest in the sustainability committee.
4. The Chairman advised a vacancy existed on the board and Lauren Anderson was nominated as a director to fill the vacancy until the next Annual Meeting of the Board or until her successor is elected or appointed.
Upon motion duly moved, seconded and carried it was resolved that:
Lauren Anderson consents to having been received by the Board, and is hereby elected as a director of the Board to act as such until the next Annual Meeting of the Board or until her successor is elected or appointed, subject to the Board’s bylaws.
5. Jim Hears presented a proposal for the installation of shade structures in the Fuller Park pool area. It was noted that the options for the proposed structures were a 14X22 shade on the North side of the pool and two 10X10 structures over the shorter benches. The cost of the 14X22 shade is $8,000 and the 10X10 shades are $4,200 a piece with an additional one-time engineering assessment fee of $1,200. The company that installs the shades provides a 20 year warranty on the post and a 10 year warranty on the fabric Jim noted that similar structures and Linden Hills and Kenny where both paid for by their neighborhood associations. A number of questions were asked and extensive discussion ensued. The Board agreed to review the proposal and work with Jim on obtaining additional information and possibly put forth a motion at the next monthly meeting to provide a TNA grant for this project.
6. Mural project update – Tjody deVaal presented an update on the mural projects stating that the mural intended for Tangletown Bike Shop is done and ready to be attached to the building but may instead be installed at Cramer Electric as one of two murals installed there. Cramer Electric has offered to provide lighting on the murals. The third mural project is underway and will be installed on the side of the building that Sigh Yoga previously occupied. It was noted that the artists will be paid once the murals are installed.
7. Newsletter – Carolyn Dungan proposed that the Board enter into an agreement with Tjody deVaal for the design, editing and publishing of the 2013 Spring Newsletter at a flat rate of $650.
Following discussion, upon motion duly moved, seconded and carried it was resolved that:
The Board enters into an agreement with Tjody deVaal under which Tjody would be hired to design, edit and publish the 2013 Spring Newsletter at a flat rate of $650.
Articles were assigned to Board members and the following timeline for submitting articles and publishing the newsletter was agreed upon:
3/25/2013 articles due to Tjody
3/29/2013 Tjody completes edits
4/5/2013 delivered to the press
4/12/2013 residents receive newsletter in the mail
After discussion, the Board agreed that the Garage Sale application will be sent to residents via postcard to be mailed end of March or early April. The representatives from Colwell Bankers offered to fundthe postcard mailing. Steve will follow through on the Garage Sale postcard.
Mary Jane suggested and the Board agreed that the Garage Sales should be advertised in the Ward 11 Newsletter as well as the Southwest Journal.
8. Annual Meeting – The Chairman advised that the Board create a Committee to oversee the planning of the Annual Meeting in May. The following directors volunteered for this committee: Andrea Siegel,
Carolyn Dungan, Mary Jane Mitchell. The committee chair will report to the Board at the next monthly meeting the goals and budget for the Annual Meeting. A suggestion was put forth to move the 2014 Annual Meeting to March and to vote on this at the 2013 Annual Meeting.
9. Innovative Graffiti Prevention Micro Grant – The Arts Committee inquired with the city of Minneapolis and determined that as of the second week in February there was not an approved graffiti prevention grant in place for 2013. Carolyn will continue to follow up with the city of Minneapolis in regard to support and funding for wrapping utility boxes in Tangletown. In the absence of a grant the Arts Committee suggested that the Board consider moving forward with two utility box wraps using TNA funds.
10. Southwest Airport Advisory Team (SWAAT) – The chairman advised that the Board received a request from SWAAT for a $150 contribution to go towards their administrative costs such as website creation, domain name registration, print materials and such. After discussion, the Board decided that the communication of airport updates that SWAAT will provide to the Tangletown residents will be a valuable source of information that would otherwise not be readily available and that will encourage the engagement of residents in the MAC noise issues that affect the neighborhood.
On motion duly made, seconded and carried, it was resolved that:
The TNA Board will contribute $150 to the Southwest Airport Advisory Team for administrative expenses.
11. Washburn High School Drum Corps – Carolyn advised the Board that Washburn High School will be requesting a grant from TNA for a newly reformed drum corps in order to buy and replace equipment.
Tim Martin is the band instructor at Washburn High School and he will present a proposal at the next monthly board meeting. After discussion the board recommended that the proposal incorporate the following: 1. The band instructor first approach the school’s foundation for funding 2. The proposal be in the form of a matching grant where the Board matches amounts raised by the school. The match amount will have a ceiling to be determined at the Board’s next executive committee meeting. 3. The proposal include a commitment by the school to maintain the equipment that is purchased with the grant. 4. The proposal include the lasting benefit of the purchased equipment including the commitment of the Washburn drum corps to participate in community events such as the Tangletown 4th of July parade and festival.
12. Secretary Report – Carolyn Dungan posted on the TNA website the Board the minutes of the January 21, 2013 meeting of the Board for approval.
Upon motion duly made, seconded and unanimously adopted, the January minutes were approved as presented.
13. Treasurer Report – Sandra Bartsias provided a comprehensive update on the Board’s financial position and activity. The CPP contract ending 12/31/2013 has a balance of $48,138.92. The NRP carry over from last year’s contract is $6,000. The P&L for the fiscal year to date is $30,000 profit. The NRP contract ending 12/31/2015 has a balance of $88,000. The NCR account has a balance of $34,386.28 and the TNA bank account has a balance of $10,579.24.
Sandra suggested that we use a good amount of money before June in order to reduce our fiscal year P&L.
Mary Jane is going to inquire as to how to extend the Neighborhood Façade contract that ended 12/31/2012 and still has a balance of $3,972.
Additional funds will be requested of NEHBA for funding Façade Improvement grants for city defined business nodes in Tangletown. These are grants that match up to $5,000. Matt Perry explained that if a business is not in a city-defined business node that they are not eligible for the NEHBA money, but that TNA can fund through the TNA Façade Improvement grant which matches funds up to $1,000.
14. Survey Committee – Steven Bieringer provided an update on the status of the TNA Survey. The committee met and will present a draft of the survey at the next monthly meeting.
15. Sustainability Committee – Mary Jane Mitchell presented an update including the committee’s plans for a Green Day in the spring of 2014, partnering with Washburn High School on the Urban Farm project and reaching out to businesses that may be interested in a matching grant for bike racks.
Carolyn Dungan advised the Board that Washburn High School will be requesting a grant from TNA to help with startup costs and possibly ongoing costs of the Urban Farm Project. Elise Griffin of Eco
Education is heading up the project and will be presenting a proposal to the Board at one of the next monthly board meetings. After discussion the Board recommended that the proposal incorporate the following: 1. The project first approach the school’s foundation for funding 2. The proposal be in the form of a matching grant where the Board matches amounts raised by the school. The match amount will have a ceiling to be determined at the Board’s next executive committee meeting.
16. Wellness Committee – Sandra Bartsias presented an update on the committee’s activity. The committee has decided that TNA will host four Wellness events a year at different businesses and with different focuses. The first event might be held at Tangletown Bike Shop and involve a bicycle maintenance workshop and other bicycle related information and activities. To help incent residents to attend, a prize drawing will be a part of each of the quarterly events.
17. Business Committee – The committee did not meet and there was no report.
18. Tangletown Troll – Carolyn Dungan suggested the Gnome be a part of the Tangletown Garage Sale event. Carolyn and Steve will follow up and provide details on the Garage Sale postcard mailing and in the Newsletter.
It was suggested that Birdie write an article in the Newsletter introducing the Tangletown Troll to residents.
19. Nicollet East Harriett Business Association (NEHBA) – Matt Perry, NEHBA president provided an explanation of what NEHBA does. NEHBA’s Great Streets Façade Improvement Grant matches up to $5,000 with some business nodes receiving a 3:1 match. NEHBA just received from the city another $150,000 of funding for this program. Matt informed the Board that Lynhurst Neighborhood Association is talking about a fundraiser for Beeks & Diamond Lake Rental (who owns the building that had the fire) and TNA could participate or help finance the event if they so choose. NEHBA also publishes the Experience SW poster and brochure which is paid for by member dues and a city grant. Matt advised the Board that NEHBA is requesting a letter of support from the Board that will be included with their next grant proposal that is due February 28th.
20. Fuller Park – Carol was not present but she advised Steve that she will try to be at the March meeting. She asked Steve to present her update on the improvements to the Fuller Recreation Building.
The carpenters finished the cubbies and tables and the display for pamphlets. The painters will finish up soon. Carol conveyed her thanks to the Board for the funding of the improvements.
21. Additional announcements – Mary Jane passed around a flyer for two CURA training programs targeted to neighborhood organization staff to be held on February 21st and 22nd from noon to 3pm.
22. There being no further business, on motion duly made, seconded and carried, the meeting was adjourned at 9:00pm.
Respectfully submitted, Carolyn Dungan, TNA Secretary
Next Meeting: Monday, March 18, 2013 at Fuller Park.
TANGLETOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION
BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, January 21, 2013 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park
Board members present: Steve Bieringer – Vice President, Sandra Bartsias – Treasurer, Carolyn Dungan – Secretary, Jane Elias, Jeff Gears, Tony Proell, Charlie Siftar, Dylan Sirny
Also present: John Quincy - Ward 11 Council Member, Lauren Anderson – resident, Collect Gross – Colwell Banker Burnet, Robert Gintner – Coldwell Banker Burnet
1. Call to Order 7:05
3. Garage Sales – Steve noted that the sale will probably be the 1st weekend in May and this year it won’t coincide with Mother’s Day which is good. Steve is trying to get signs that are reusable this year.
4. John Quincy – Reported that neighborhood summit next will be 2/11 topic crime and safety. He hopes to have the 3rd and 5th precinct crime specialists there. John wanted to make sure that neighborhoods are aware of Washburn High School incident that happened on January 11th where a group of students dangled a dark skilled baby doll by a string. The school is treating it as an important issue. Senator Jeff Hayden and city council members John Quincy and Elizabeth Glidden held a neighborhood meeting at the school to facilitate community engagement.
There is a half million dollar budget for the Gateway project to enhance the resident side of sound walls along the 35W corridor with artwork, sculpture, benches, bike racks and the like. The city is looking for representatives from the surrounding communities to be involved in the planning process. The specific neighborhoods would be Hale-Page-Diamond Lake, Field-Regina-Northrup, Tangletown, Windom, Kenny and Armatage. City council and the park board staff are working in conjunction with the city of Richfield. The kickoff meeting on February 28th will set priorities and an agenda through the end of August at which time a plan will be presented to MNDOT. Work on the gateway project should begin in the spring of 2014.
Airport – John and Betsy Hodges attended the last Fulton neighborhood association meeting to inform residents about the status of FCC plans for changes to flight paths that would increase traffic over some Southwest neighborhoods. There were over 100 in attendance at the meeting including TNA board member, Charlie Siftar. The city feels that there was not enough engagement of the community or research on the environmental impact of the noise levels for tracks 30R and 30L. MAC supported this view and the FAA agreed to delay the implementation of those tracks. We have a two year reprieve on the 30 tracts. The city is asking for more noise studies and noise mitigation plans. Tangletown mostly experiences arrivals on the 30L track. Almost one hundred percent of arrivals from the South fly over our neighborhood. The city continues to work hard with the FAA and the offices of senators Klobuchar and Frankin. John encouraged residents to stay engaged. Brian Simons developed SWAAT (SW airport advisory team) and Charlie Siftar will be a member of this group that will meet periodically. Tony Proell may also be involved.
Road projects this year in Tangletown – 50th Street by Washburn.
5. Spring Newsletter – The Spring Newsletter will include information about the Annual Garage Sales and the 4th of July event. Lauren suggested a mention of the new single-sort recycling program to be implemented in the Spring. John mentioned that the city rolled out the program to 30,000 already and the only complaint was that the carts are too big so next year they are looking at offering a smaller size. The city did away with the recycle credit and instead changed to the lowest possible garbage rate city wide.
Once the communications subcommittee meets, Carolyn will send out an email with subjects for other articles so that board members can contribute to the Newsletter.
6. Fuller School History – Tom is in Florida but will have a draft done sometime in April of the Fuller History booklet and the plaque.
7. Responsible Banking Campaign – Mary Jane was not present to give an update.
8. Neighborhood Survey – CURA (U of M Center for Urban and Regional Affairs) rejected TNA’s proposal to help with the survey. The Survey subcommittee hasn’t met again, but will be soon. We will reach out to NCR for assistance. John Quincy noted that there should be survey examples from other neighborhoods that NCR can provide.
John noted that there should be examples from other neighborhoods.
9. Secretary Report – The November minutes were approved without change.
10. Treasurer’s Report – We had an NCR deposit of $9,600 because of a refund on contract of 25795 for old items. That contract is now up to date and has an end date of 1/2015. The façade contract ended 12/31/2012 and we still have $2,000 on this contract so we should get the contract extended. The 3rd CPP contract was approved and covers 7/1/2012 through 12/31/2013 of which we have spent approximately $10,000. Taxes are up to date and the Profit and Loss statements for 2011 and 2012 are done. Both years show losses because we did not get refunds/reimbursements for expenses within those years.
Current Balances: CPP $10,723.24 NCR $34,386.28.
An old CPP account has $6,000 that needs to be transferred to the new CPP account.
Other financial topics: Jane noted that Tjody should be paid for the Newsletter even if it’s only two issues a year. Steve suggested we send out bids. Carolyn offered to research in our charter to see how we can contract this out. As well as look at possibly contracting out a developer for our website enhancement.
Sandra needs to do the TNA 1099’s.
11. NUSA – Nexus Company in St. Paul has taken over as the fiscal agent for the event. John is working on some fundraising. NCR is doing a community connections conference on the last day of the event.
12. Arts Committee – The mural initiative is moving forward with two sites – the Sigh Yoga building and the Tangletown Bike Shop building. Carolyn has been trying to get information on a Graffiti micro grant to move forward with the utility box projects, but so far there is no word from the city that there will be money for 2013.
13. Communications Committee – The committee did not meet since our last meeting. No report.
14. NRP Committee – Mary Jane was not present to report on the façade improvement status. Sandra noted that we paid out a couple of contracts and have signed off on a couple more. John asked is we submitted a new request for more funds and that we should check with NEHBA on this.
15. Sustainability – The committee has not met since our last meeting so there is no report.
16. Wellness Committee – This committee has not me since our last meeting but there was some discussion about projects under this committee. Lauren noted that Allina is a good organization to work with to get grants for wellness projects. She will look up how to apply for the grant. John mentioned that we could work with the park board as well. Sandra noted that she would like to include the business committee on wellness projects.
17. Business – Dylan noted that Jane, Charlie and himself met and discussed branding the Tangletown businesses. They need to reach out to more businesses with the proposition and they plan to get that done this month.
18. Tangletown Troll – He resides in Carolyn’s garage.
19. NEHBA – Matt Perry was not present so there was no report.
20. Fuller Park – Carol was not present but she asked that we check out new furniture and carpentry improvements – built in tables and gate by front counter. Park staff says thank you to TNA.
21. Rob & Colette from Colwell Bankers said that they can are helping the Bridging program by collecting used furniture, utensils, etc. They arrange for pick up and transport to Bridging. They wanted to know the best way to communicate this to our residents. Steve noted that we can put the information on Garage Sale flyer, but that they may get “junk”. Colette said that they can filter the items when they pick them up. They work with AAA who donates the truck and pick-up service. Steve will follow up with Rob and Colette to get more information.
22. Adjournment 8:16pm
Next Meeting: Monday, February 18, 2013 at Fuller Park.
TANGLETOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION
BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, November 19, 2012 7:00 p.m.,Fuller Park
Board members present: Ryan Fisher – President, Sandra Bartsias – Treasurer, Carolyn Dungan – Secretary, Birdie Cunningham, Jane Elias, Mary Jane Mitchell, Andrea Siegel, Charlie Siftar, Lynell Voigt
Also present: Tom Balcom – Historian, Lance Knuckles – Community Participation Program (CPP) Specialist, Amy Lavender – Fifth Precinct Crime Prevention Specialist, Matt Perry – NEHBA President, John Quincy - Ward 11 Council Member
1. Call to Order 7:06
2. Amy Lavender gave a crime update. The recent burglaries in Tangletown have mostly been during the day and the burglars have broken in through a door or a window. Amy offers safety consultations for a minimal cost. She can also do a presentation for an entire block of residents. Most burglaries are committed by career burglars. Amy clarified that the restorative justice programs are for juveniles and do not address burglars. The police force has shrunk since 2005 from 1,100 to 800. She encourages residents to call 911 to report any suspicious activity.
3. Lance Knuckles gave an overview of the services that the CPP offers. They manage NCR funds, helps neighborhood associations develop contracts to obtain funds from other sources such as the One Minneapolis fund and they partner with neighborhood associations to achieve social and cultural diversity. There are three parts of NCR: 1) Internal Communications 2) Neighborhood Support Specialists 3) Outreach. In response to Mary Jane’s question, Lance noted that there is no a city-wide neighborhood board member training program.
4. John Quincy reported that the MAC meeting today included a vote on the proposed flight plans by the Noise Oversight Committee, of which John is a member. He was the one opposing vote because he feels that there is more time and research needed. All tracts were accepted except 30 left and 30 right. John noted that the city budget is in the final approval phases. There is a public meeting at city hall on 11/27.
5. Halloween House Tour – Jeff sent out notes to the board with the positives and the potential improvements to this event. Mary Jane noted that we could have online voting and those who vote online are entered into a prize drawing.
6. Secretary Report – The October minutes were approved without change.
7. Treasurer’s Report – We received our $10,000 advance from the CPP program which was deposited. Sandra is starting the 2011 tax filing and will have it completed by the next meeting.
8. NUSA – Amanda spoke to this at the last neighborhood summit meeting. It was proposed that four neighborhoods unite for a bus tour. Ryan suggested that Tom Balcom does a walking tour and then participants lunch at a local restaurant. Ryan has reached out to Tom and has not yet heard back from him.
9. Arts Committee – Tjody will be working on the Sigh Yoga building mural. Sigh Yoga is closing but this should not prevent the mural project from moving forward.
10. Business Committee – Charlie and Dylan met and talked about branding the Tangletown Businesses. They will do an outreach to different businesses as a follow up. The meeting mainly consisted of some brainstorming.
11. Communications Committee did not meet and there is no report.
12. NRP Committee did not meet but Mary Jane reported on the business façade improvement projects – Jade Salon applied to improve windows, signs and lighting. Salt Cave finally completed and sent in their application. Boulevard Theater building manager is interested in applying. Tangletown Bike Shop will be applying. Ryan noted that we might be out of funds and that we should apply for more money to fund additional projects. Mary Jane would like the application to include landscaping.
13. Sustainability Committee – Andrea would like to be added to this committee. Jane suggested that the Business, Wellness and Sustainability committees partner up for the Tangletown bike/walk tour in the spring or summer. Andrea reported on a rat problem due to open composting.
14. NEHBA – Matt reported that they have submitted a grant application for an additional $50,000 for façade improvements. He will know in December or January if it goes through. The winter brochure for Experience Southwest will be available the first week in December. There will be three ads in the Southwest journal for which businesses will help pay.
16. Fuller Park – Carol was not present but Ryan reported that the park is collecting for the Groveland Food Shelf and is also collecting knit items for youth. On 12/21 at 6;30 at King park there will be a Gingerbread House building event.
17. Additional Announcements – the dog park was approved. It was noted that the Lake of the Isles park was $3.6 per square foot whereas the one will cost approximately $8.00 per square foot. Birdie suggested that we do something with the Tangletown troll for the holidays. It was agreed to hold the annual holiday party at Simply Jane’s on Monday December 12/17.
18. Adjournment 9:00pm
Next Meeting: Monday, January 21, 2013 at Fuller Park.
TANGLETOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION
BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, October 15, 2012 7:00 p.m.,Fuller Park
Board members present: Ryan Fisher – President, Steve Bieringer – Vice President, Sandra Bartsias – Treasurer, Carolyn Dungan – Secretary, Birdie Cunningham, Jeff Gears, Mary Jane Mitchell, Tony Proell, Andrea Siegel, Charlie Siftar, Lynell Voigt
Also present: Tom Balcom – Historian, Tjody deVaal, Don Hall – resident, Matt Perry – NEHBA President, John Quincy - Ward 11 Council Member
1. Call to Order 7:07
2. Halloween Home Tour 10/28 – Jeff reported that only three houses are entered at this point. Therefore, the entry cutoff date will be pushed out to Wednesday, 10/20. Per Tjody we are officially calling the event the “Halloween Walking Tour.” Jeff made a motion for the board to approve a budget of $250 for the event. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously. Strategy for extending the reach to get more participants: E-News, Facebook, promote at the Lyndale bridge event on the 20th.
3. Lyndale Avenue reopening celebration 10/20 – the morning of the event Andrea will hide the Tangletown Troll somewhere on Lyndale Avenue. Sandra will hand out Halloween Tour flyers at the library at 12:30 during Tom’s history presentation. Shifts for TNA table: Ryan & Carolyn 11:00 – 2:00. Lynell and Mary Jane 2:00 – 4:00.
4. Fuller Park memorial plaque – Don Hall reported that Tom is putting together the history of Fuller Park booklet with pictures and information gathered from interviews with residents who attended the school. Tom will finish the publication by January. Tjody will bring to the board a proposal for the cost of the plaque that will be affixed to a boulder by the park building entrance. Mary Jane suggested that Tom put out a call in the Ward 11 newsletter to solicit additional information from residents about the school and park history. Carole is the point person for getting approval from the Park Board for the plaque. Tjody will reach out to Carole.
5. Responsible banking campaign – in the interest of time, Mary Jane will report on this at our next meeting.
6. Joan Hargrave was present to give a presentation on a proposal for Tangeltown residents to voluntarily commit to cease using lawn care products with pesticides. The TNA sustainability committee will partner with the initiators of this project and explore ideas for supporting the effort in Tangletown.
7. Neighborhood survey – Ryan reported that the survey committee met and discussed resources to tap into for help on the TNA survey of residents. The committee will meet again in the coming month and report progress at the November meeting.
8. John Quincy and Matt Perry reported on current events. The Lyndale opening ceremony on October 15th was covered on channel 11 news. John is working on the airport noise issues. The city gave feedback on the expansion of the airport and FAA reported on environmental impact and ways to achieve noise mitigation. The Mayor’s budge was released and the Ways and Means committee will present in November with a goal to approve a budget in mid December. Single sort recycling will be implemented city-wide in the spring. The vendor will be Waste Management. Residents will be issued a container similar to our trash containers but blue in color.
9. NCR neighborhood board training – Birdie reported that Lance provided a list of training courses available to the board. The list was circulated around the table to gauge interest in the courses offered. Birdie will follow up with Lance to ask if there are more sessions related specifically to board roles and responsibilities that would educate us on ways in which we can be a more effective and informed board. Carolyn requested that Birdie send the list of courses to the board in electronic format.
10. Secretary report – The September board meeting minutes were approved.
11. Treasurer’s report – Sandra reported that the NCR account balance is $17,585.44 and the TNA account balance is $10,503.24. Sandra is in the process of identifying the expenditures that are allowed to be reimbursed from the NRP account.
12. NUSA Conference (May 24-27) – Ryan reported that Lance is asking if TNA would like to present a program and/or be part of the tour of neighborhoods. John Quincy noted that this is a very important event and that there will be approximately 1,000 people from around the country. The last day of the conference will be focused solely on Minneapolis.
13. Arts Committee – Tjody reported that they have found another property for a mural. It’s the Sigh Yoga building on the East-facing wall. It will be painted on a board that will be attached to the building so the painting can be completed during the winter months.
14. Communications Committee – Carolyn reported that E-News could continue to be twice a year. There was discussion amongst the board members and it was agreed that E-News should get back to once a month and provide bullets as a feeder to drive residents to the full articles that will be posted on the website. Ryan noted that it would be easy to outline a job description for a communications specialist who could be responsible for sending E-News, updating the website and Facebook.
15. Sustainability Committee – Mary Jane will be setting up a meeting soon. As of now there is nothing new to report.
16. Wellness Committee – Sandra has not heard from Doug who was going to set up a meeting. Sandra noted that it would be nice to have a walking tour of Tangletown and provide a map. Ryan pointed out that Allina Health is giving money to organizations that are putting together walking tours, so the committee could investigate this potential source of funding.
17. Business Committee – Dylan was not present. Charlie stated that Dylan did organize a meeting but that Charlie was not at the meeting and so he can’t report on what was accomplished.
18. Nicollet East Harriet Business Association (NEHBA) – Matt Perry reported that the Lyndale Avenue project that began in 1994 is now complete and that the Commissioner will be using the Lyndale project to model the 15 mile Southwest light rail project. Matt pointed out that the Lyndale Avenue bridge project was so successful in part due to the head of planning, Bruce Chamberlin. Things such as the sign that notified residents not only the date but the exact time that the bridge would open was very helpful. In regard to the path under the bridge, Matt was under the impression that it would open in the next couple of weeks, but Tom Balcom stated that it may be delayed due to the Park Board’s lack of funds. Tom also noted that the bridge will eventually be painted. Matt pointed out that there will be a delay in the lights on the bridge due to a problem with the posts. Matt stated that the new NEHBA brochures were handed out and there was an add in the last Southwest Journal. Matt thanked the city for the grant that helps put these out and to the City Council Members. The Twin Cities Marathon had an Experience Southwest cheering zone. They won 3rd place and the prize was a donation to a charity of their choice. Matt asked for suggested charities.
19. Fuller Park – Carole was not present but Ryan said that she wants us to spread the word about the Halloween party at the park.
20. Additional announcements – There a couple of new businesses in the area – Blooma, a pre and post natal yoga studio is where the Boulevard theater used to be. The Lynn is a new coffee shop/restaurant around the corner from Patina. Matt also encouraged us to drop into the Little Bird and wish Jody happy one-year anniversary of opening the shop. The anniversary was on 9/21.
21. Adjournment 8:56pm
Next Meeting: Monday, November 19, 2012 at Fuller Park.
Please join us for Tangletown’s second annual Halloween Walking Tour this Sunday 10/28/2012. There are two walking tours scheduled for that day, a 1pm family tour, and 7pm teen/adult tour. For details, including a chance to vote for your favorites, please print the map guide linked below. See you Sunday!
Tangletown_2012 Halloween Walking Tour Map