BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, August 18, 2014 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park
Board members present: Ryan Fisher, Lauren Anderson, Mary Jane Mitchell, Laura Silver, Sandra Bartsias, Andrea Siegel, Eric David, Karen Costello, Steve Bieringer
Board members absent: Jane Elias, Matt Chapman, Tony Proell, Jon Mcaab, Charlie Siftar, Dylan Sirney
Also present: Kris Stevens (Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board – Fuller Park Interim Manager)
Called to order: 7:07pm
Vice President & Secretary Elections
Andrea Siegel was elected as TNA Vice President and Lauren Anderson was elected as TNA Secretary.
Tangletown CPP Annual Report for Board Approval
Ryan gave a brief overview of the draft 2014 Annual Report, which was circulated to board members via email and needs final approval. A motion to approve the report was made, seconded, and passed by the full board. TNA will submit this finalized report to the City’s Neighborhood & Community Relations Department.
Fuller Park playground and pool shade structures update:
Kris updated the board on the pool shade structures, which have been installed at the Fuller Park Pool on the west side of the pool, outside the pool deck to accommodate future pool renovation. The structures provide some welcome shade during the afternoon.
Kris also reported that the installation of new playground equipment, which has been pushed back to October. The Park & Recreation Board may have construction completed in late October or finish the installation in spring 2015. Community members were able to provide input on the final design through a series of three community meetings and online surveys this spring.
4th of July event:
Sandra report that TNA made a profit of $282.53 on the 4th of July event. For comparison, TNA made a profit of $621.97 in 2013 and spent $792.16 in 2012 when TNA provided food to attendees. Promotional postcards printed to promote this year’s event but were not used. Since they do not have a specific year, the Board plans to use them for the 2015 event, which should significantly cut down on promotional costs. The postcards and pop-up tents will spend the winter in Ryan’s garage until next year’s event.
Tjody was not able to attend tonight’s meeting but sent an email update to the Board. CK’s convenience store at 48th & Nicollet would be happy to adopt two previously completed murals funded through TNA’s grant program. Tjody has communicated with the staff at CK’s about installing the murals, but approval from the building owner is still pending. The board discussed renewing the business façade grant program at a level of $5,000 based on past demand for the funds but opted to table the conversation for this month.
Saguaro Public Hearing:
The public hearing on the new Saguaro restaurant took place on Tuesday, July 29th at 6:00pm at Fuller Park. Board members weren’t able to attend but Saguaro is opening as planned in the previous Caribou Coffee location near 53rd and Lyndale.
Center for Energy & Environment Grant Programs:
TNA has historically worked with the Center for Energy & Environment (CEE) on neighborhood home improvement loans and grants. Ryan attended a recent meeting with CEE and the City of Minneapolis and learned that CEE will start charging a $5,000 administrative fee per contract as part of their agreement to host neighborhood home improvement loan and grant programs. To cancel this contract and avoid paying the new administrative fees, TNA is required to send a letter by the end of August. The City’s Neighborhood & Community Relations Department doesn’t yet have an alternative organization for neighborhoods to work with on these programs, but TNA could work with CEE or another organization under a new contract at some point in the future. Loan repayment funds will continue go to a secondary loan organization; TNA will have no issues accessing these funds should a contract with CEE end. Ryan proposed that TNA send a letter to CEE to terminate the contract. This motion was seconded and passed by the full board.
Secretary’s report – June minutes were approved by the board
Treasurer’s report – Sandra reported that we had a net income of $177.88 during the June 2013 – May 2014 fiscal year. $15,748.46 in TNA account and $22,095.78 in our NCR account. Most expenses come from the NCR account while food and other ineligible purchases are funded through the TNA account.
Arts – nothing to report outside of mural project update
Halloween Walking Tour – Tjody proposed leading a walking tour without sign-ups. More board members are needed to help plan the tour. The Board also discussed the Fuller Park Halloween event and ways to either partner with the park’s celebration on October 31st.
Sustainability – Lauren gave an update on the organics drop-off at Pearl Park, which has been really successful. The drop-off is now available to residents 24/7 and the South Transfer Station has started to accept residential organics, too. The Sustainability Committee will meet soon to plan a fall educational event.
Special Services District update
The Special Services District at 54th & Lyndale is moving forward. Businesses will pay into a fund to cover costs of garbage pick-up, plantings, graffiti clean-up, and maintenance of garbage and recycling bins, and benches. Multi-family housing structures are typically exempt but Mount Olivet’s care center opted in to help cover the costs. Businesses and neighborhood representatives walked the street to start identifying locations for each structure. Ryan proposed spreading benches and bins evenly throughout the district, including in front of the apartments on the east side of Lyndale.
Fuller Park update:
Kris reported that the Music in the Park was a huge hit – approximately 250 people were in attendance to enjoy root beer floats and live music. Kris also gave an update on the hiring process for the Fuller Park Manager position – the Park & Recreation Board will start interviewing candidates soon and anticipates that the position will be filled by early September.
The Board discussed the upcoming fall newsletter, which should hit mailboxes 1-2 weeks prior to Halloween. Tjody provided design and coordination services in the past and TNA would like to contract with her again for this newsletter. Articles will need to be drafted prior to the September meeting – board member assignments include each of the following: articles on home energy audits and 4th of July business donation thanks from the 4th of July (Andrea); lawn sign iniative to remind neighbors to keep leaves out of the street and storm drains (Mary Jane); organics recycling update (Lauren); update on the Fuller Park shade structures and playground installation (Ryan). Laura volunteered to write a new business feature article and to serve on the Communications Committee (thanks, Laura!). Steve will follow up with Tjody to finalize the printing timeline.
Minutes submitted by Lauren Anderson, TNA Secretary
TNA Meeting: Monday June 16, 2014 7:00pm Fuller Park
Board members present: Ryan Fisher, Steve Bieringer, Sandra Bartsias, Jane Elias, Andrea Siegel, Karen Costello, Matt Chapman, Laura Silver
Board members absent: Mary Jane Mitchell, Tony Proell, Charlie Siftar, Dylan Sirny, Lauren Andrerson, Eric David, Jon Mcaab
Guests: Kris Stevens, Bruce Hellier, Commissioner Marion Green
1. Call to order at 7:05pm
2. Introductions: Current Tangletown Neighborhood Association Board member introductions – name, address, occupation, years on board, reason for initially joining
3. 5336 Lyndale Ave.: Bruce Hellier presented plans to develop 4 floor building at the site of Beek’s Pizza and Diamond Lake Rental (Lynhurst neighborhood). Mixed retail and 4 residential units. Desire for long-term residential leases. Interested business leases from restaurants and Eric’s Bicycle. Lynhurst Neighborhood Association satisfied with the plan but expressed concern about other residential development on same block which came out larger than had been presented prior to construction. Plan is for ground breaking September 2014, open for leases February 2015.
4. County Commissioner Marion Green update: Interested in the influence of the County Board, and has goals related to early childhood development, and bridging achievement gaps. County has a budget of $1.8 Billion, second largest in state, after the state itself. Focus on inter-disciplinary thinking. Issues: Southwest light rail, 35W between Lake St. and downtown. County district 3 represents southwest Minneapolis from 35W across all of St Louis Park and 394 to the north.
5. Fuller Park playground and pool shade structures update: Shade color selections have been made and the order is getting processed. May still be a long-shot for July 4 install.
Playground work will begin September 2 for completion spring 2015.
6. 4th of July update and request approval of $2000 budget: Steve created and provided a map of the event set-up. Kris reported that a Park Board Naturalist will be available at the event for free craft programs. Steve will confirm number of tents required for current layout, determine how many we currently own, and how many we might purchase vs rent as needed, working with Sandra to remain within budget. Sandra moved that the board allocate $2000 toward the event. Motion is seconded and APPROVED. Sandra confirmed that Heart of the Tinman will be the musical entertainment. Considering The Amazing Scott for balloon sculptures, however price may be higher than budget.
7. Officer Elections: Ryan nominated Sandra to return as Treasurer. Seconded and APPROVED. Ryan nominated Steve for board President. Seconded and APPROVED. No nominations or volunteers for VP and Secretary officer roles. Matt moves that elections for these role be deferred to July meeting. Seconded, APPROVED.
8. Utility wrap project update: Jane currently has the materials and work completed to-date by Carolyn, but is unwilling to manage the administrative responsibility of moving the project forward. City has accepted that TNA will withdraw application at this time and we remain in good standing if we choose to participate at some time in the future.
9. Officer Reports:
Secretary – May’s meeting minutes were APPROVED
Treasurer – Current balances: NCR account $24,730.10 TNA $13,016.13. Report APPROVED
10. Fuller Park Updates: Kris confirmed new playground timeline and noted that the gymnasium clock needs adjustment.
11. Adjournment: Move to adjourn by Ryan, Seconded.
8:35pm meeting adjourned
TNA Annual Meeting: Monday May 19, 2014 7:00pm Fuller Park
Board Members Present: Ryan Fisher, Steve Bieringer, Sandra Bartsias, Mary Jane Mitchell, Tony Proell, Jane Elias, Andrea Siegel, Charlie Siftar, Dylan Sirny, Lauren Anderson, Eric David, Karen Costello
Guests: John Quincy, Matt Perry, Kris Stevens, Matt Chapman, Jon Mcaab, David Sommer, Todd and Kari Wilson, John and Harue Pyle, Frank Taylor, Teresa McCartny, Den Nordstrum, Suzanne Kramer, Meg Swanson, Jeffrey Niblach, Sarah Kangas, Andy Nelson, Peter Johnson, Gail and Chris Frethem, Dani Fisher, Melanie Ferris, Mary Davidson, Kathy Kornblum, Clare Tropp, Tiffany Thompson, Jennifer Ericson, Lesli Anderson, John and Jean Westberg, Holly Grimm, Dan Williams, Kristine Kvamme, Mary Moen
1. Call to order at 7:05pm
2. Welcome – Current Tangletown Neighborhood Association Board member introductions
3. Meeting overview and introduction of speakers
4. Minneapolis Zero Waste and Recycling – Kellie Kish, Recycling Coordinator at City of Minneapolis, presented on several city-wide initiatives currently underway to approach a zero waste environment. Recycling has dramatically increased since the introduction of single sort. Anticipated roll-out of city-wide organics recycling pick up is mid-2015.
5. Organics Recycling Drop-off update and training—Lauren Anderson, TNA board member, presented on the current program for southwest Minneapolis organic composting drop off. Partnership with HPDL neighborhood, initial drop off location is at Pearl Park. For the short time the program has been in place, usage has increased daily and is expected to continue. Tips were shared on how to manage organic composting collection in your home.
6. Officer Reports:
Secretary – April’s meeting minutes were APPROVED
Treasurer – Current balances: NCR account $25,488, TNA $12,717. Report APPROVED
7. Neighborhood business and events—Ryan Fisher, Tangletown Board President, reviewed currently active committees, their focus, and recent accomplishments. Including: Fuller Park memorial plaque, pool shades, Green Day event, Garage Sale, Bike racks, 4th of July Parade and Festival, Lyndale/54th Special Services District, among many other initiatives.
8. Review of responsibilities of TNA board members—Steve Bieringer, Tangletown Board Vice President, provided background on what’s involved with being a TNA board member. Reviewed time commitment, event and project engagement, and opportunity to support your neighborhood.
9. Election of new board members (3 open seats) – Ryan Fisher nominated Laura Silver who was not able to attend the meeting but had expressed interest. Call for interested parties for board seats was meet with two nominations, Matt Chapman and Jon Mcaab. As three seats were currently open and there was no objections to their nominations, Laura, Matt, and Jon were APPROVED for board membership by a vote of all neighbors in attendance.
10. City Updates – Council Member John Quincy reviewed city priorities, particularly with emphasis on equality. General updates from council actions.
11. Drawings for door prizes—Andrea Siegel and Mary Jane Mitchell drew names for 5 door prizes donated or supplied by area businesses.
12. Adjournment: Move to adjourn
8:45pm meeting adjourned
TNA Monthly Meeting: Monday April 21, 2014 7:00pm Fuller Park
Present: Ryan Fisher, Sandra Bartsias, Mary Jane Mitchell, Jane Elias, Andrea Siegel, Birdie Cunningham, Lauren Anderson, Eric David, Steve Bieringer
Guest: John Quincy, Matt Perry, Kris Stevens, Matt Chipman
1. Call to order at 7:06pm
2. Organic Composting: Lauren provided an update that the a kick off for the drop off program at Pearl Park will be held on Saturday April 26th at 9:00am. Nature Bag was generous enough to donate bags for the event. The TNA wanted to thank them for this donation.
3. Fuller Park playground & pool shade structure: Steve presented the proposed plans on from the vendor for the playground equipment. Drawings also included locations for the shade structures for the pool deck. The board requested that two (2) shade structures be placed in lieu of one (1) large structure. Steve will relay this information to the Park Board.
a. Moved & seconded for proposed transfer of funds to NRP Phase II strategy C.1.1.1 Fuller Improvements. Motion PASSED
4. 2014 TNA Garage Sale: Sale planned for May 2-3 we are expecting 45-50 participants which is pretty standard for each year.
a. Motion for funds not to exceed $600 for garage sale supplies including advertising, yard signs, and general supplies. Motion PASSED
5. 70/30 License proposal review and discussion: Matt Perry & John Quincy explained the proposal request and the goal and that most the restaurants in our neighborhood are supporting the change.
a. Motion for TNA to support the 70/30 proposal as a group. Motion PASSED
6. 4th of July kick off & recruitment: Due to lack of time this item will be discussed at our next meeting. Ryan will email the group of people that signed up for this committee.
7. Fuller history book status: Project and the boards understanding of the current state was discussed. Request was made that the board (Ryan) will request formal proposal in an effort to finalize the deliverable along with associated costs. Funding for this project will be discusses at later meeting.
8. Mural project update: Based on current status of murals under contract for installation with building owners the board is looking to move approximately $3,000 for the neighborhood utility box iniative. John Quincy mentioned that he and his staff (Mary Peterson) would help Jane with the administrative functions for this program.
9. Business Façade: Due to lack of time this item will be discussed at our next meeting.
10. Officer Report:
a. Secretary report for minutes from previous meeting. APPROVED
b. Treasurer report on TNA accounts. APPROVED
11. Committee Reports:
d. Environmental/ Sustainable-
12. Partner & other announcements:
a. John Quincy, City of Mpls- Provided an update on city imitatives and upcoming events. Working on partnership between Washburn/ Ramsay and TNA.
b. Matt Perry, NEHBA- 70/30 proposal
c. Fuller Park- No report. Email Ryan with any ideas for annual meeting to recognize Carol Anderson for her great partnership with the TNA over the years.
d. Additional announcements- none
13. Adjournment: Move to adjourn by Mary Jane with Second from Ryan
8:45pm meeting adjourned
Tangletown’s annual garage sales will be happening May 2 and 3, 2014. See the linked map below for participating neighbors. Happy shopping!
2014 TNA Garage Sale Map
Shop at the Washburn Library Spring Book Sale the weekend of Friday, May 2nd, 11 – 4 pm, Saturday, May 3rd, 1– 4 pm. This is a perfect time to gather up your summer reading! Washburn Library is located at 5244 Lyndale Ave. So. Minneapolis
A $5 bag sale begins at 2 pm on Saturday afternoon. Friends of Hennepin County Library are invited to a preview sale on Thursday, May 1st from 5 – 7 p.m. Memberships are available at the door.
Hardcovers are $2, paperbacks and children’s books are only 50 cents each. Support your favorite library…Washburn
Tangletown’s annual garage sale will be happening the first weekend on May, 2014. A great chance to make room for spring and pick up some hidden gems. Please see the link below to download the host reservation form today! Entries are due April 19! Contact email@example.com for more information.
2014 TNA Garage Sale Registration Form
Tangletown Neighborhood Association plans to provide funding support to allow shade structures to be added to Fuller Park’s pool area. To make this successful, funding must be reallocated within Tangletown’s Neighborhood Revitalization Program funding source; a shift which requires public notice prior to board approval. This funding shift will be formally decided upon at Tangletown’s April 21, 2014 board meeting. See below for details on the reallocation, and contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Reallocate NRP Phase II funds:
Housing – Strategy A.1.5.1 – Housing Coordinator ($5,000)
Crime and Safety – Strategy E.1.1.2 – Crime and Safety Coordinator ($10,000)
Parks and Public Spaces – Strategy C.1.1.1 – Fuller Park Improvements ($15,000)
This modification will redirect currently underutilized funds to a higher neighborhood priority – adding shade structures at Fuller Park.
The Tangletown Neighborhood Association’s newly formed Sustainability Committee is hosting its first annual Green Day on Saturday, April 12 at Fuller Park from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event will feature information tables, presentations, demonstrations, drawings, games, prizes, children’s activities, and delicious refreshments (pizza and lemonade!). Come learn more about various topics such as solar energy, home energy improvements, rain gardens, rain barrels, caring for Minnehaha Creek water quality, backyard composting and drop off organics recycling, tree care, fertilizer & pesticide use, organic gardening, and biking safety. This will be a great hands-on event for families wanting to learn more about sustainability in all aspects of our lives. Worms, fish, dirt, garbage – what more could you want?!! For more information or to volunteer to help, email email@example.com or call 612-824-8296.
BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, March 17, 2014 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park
Board members present: Ryan Fisher, Steve Bieringer, Lauren Anderson, Karen Costello, Birdie Cunningham, Charlie Siftar, Dylan Sirny, Andrea Siegel, Eric David
Board members absent: Sandra Bartsias, Carolyn Dungan, Jeff Gears, Jane Elias, Mary Jane Mitchell, Tony Proell
Also present: Carole Anderson (Minneapolis Park & Rec Board – Fuller Park Manager), Mary Steinbach (Minneapolis Park & Rec Board – Service Area Manager)
Called to order: 7:05pm
Carole introduced Mary Steinbach, our neighborhood’s new Service Area Manager. Mary gave a quick overview of her role at the Park Board.
Lauren gave an update on the new organics recycling program – the City hasn’t confirmed whether there will be a second drop-off location in southwest Minneapolis but is going forward with its plans to start drop-off services at Pearl Park just after Earth Day. Residents will be able to sign up for the new program at the Green Day event and Annual Meeting. A $500 request to provide free compostable bags to residents who attend an event and sign up for the new program was approved by the board.
Green Day – Sustainability Committee:
Green Day is Saturday, April 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Fuller Park. The event will include three to four workshops, treats, great door prizes, and many info tables and interactive demos from local environmental organizations and governmental entities. The Committee would like to request $500 to fund door prizes, refreshments, printed flyers, and a Southwest Journal insert to promote the event. The board voted to approve this request. Dylan requested flyers to distribute to 54th & Nicollet businesses and Carole is happy to lend us the rec center’s microphone system and podium.
Fuller Park playground and pool shade structures update:
Carole gave a brief overview of the design process for Fuller’s playground structures. Park Board staff members have surveyed Rec Plus students about their preferences for the new playground in addition to feedback gathered through online surveys and the first community meeting held on Tuesday, February 18th. Upcoming project meetings will be held on Tuesday, March 18th and Tuesday, April 8th, both at 6pm at Fuller Recreation Center.
Ryan gave an overview of the proposed reallocation of NRP Phase II funds, which includes putting $5,000 originally allocated for a Housing Coordinator and $10,000 allocated for a Crime & Safety Coordinator toward the pool shade structures. TNA has not utilized these staffing funds in the past and does not see a need in the future. The process to approve the reallocation involves posting the proposed shift on TNA’s website for 20 days with projected approval at the April 2014 board meeting. Steve gave a brief history of the project for the board and clarified that the current proposal is to place the structures outside the pool deck area, which should mean that they require minimal tree trimming and are not impacted by the pool’s redesign in the next few years. Ryan answered a question about the project timeline – once the funds are under contract, the timeline for spending is approximately 18 months.
Steve updated the board on planning for this year’s garage sale. The sale dates are Friday, May 2nd and Saturday, May 3rd – the deadline to register is Saturday, April 19th. The Salvation Army will do a Monday pick-up for interested neighbors and Fuller Park Recreation Center is happy to have signs available for participants to pick up again this year.
Articles are due tonight to Tjody – currently the list includes the Garage Sale, Annual Meeting, 4th of July, organics, Green Day, Bike Racks, Minnehaha Creek Bike Path, a local business feature, and an update on nonprofit organizations in the neighborhood. The final proof needs to go to the printer by the end of this week to ensure enough time for residents to sign up for the garage sale. The newsletter typically goes out each spring and fall and archived copies are available on TNA’s website. Ryan and Sandra are working to finalize a contract with Tjody for her work on the newsletter and other TNA communication materials.
Andrea has taken the lead on planning the event (thanks, Andrea!). The format should be very similar to last year’s event and since there is so much happening with organics, the Sustainability Committee would like to see some time devoted to the new drop-off program. The board brainstormed additional speakers and/or topics including an update on the Fuller Park playground redesign and pool shade structures. Andrea will plan to bring a budget for a postcard mailing, prizes, and refreshments to the April meeting. Board members are encouraged to think about recruitment strategies for volunteers and new board members. Lauren and Eric brought up ideas for a redesigned volunteer recruitment article in the spring newsletter that would include information on some of the specific new opportunities for neighbors.
Email Voting for TNA – tabled until next month
Mural project update and discussion
Ryan gave the board an overview on the history of the grant project, which was created to fund three mural projects. Each project was to involve a local artist working with a local business and students to design and implement a public mural on that business’s façade. TNA originally set aside $6,000 ($2,000/mural) to fund the projects. Questions have been raised around process, geographic requirements, fulfilling contract requirements, and landlords not supporting businesses who want murals. $3,000 of the original $6,000 has been spent. The board discussed next steps and would like to refer back to the original contract and potentially allocate part or all of the unused funds to another arts project.
Funds have been awarded and Sandra is working on the reimbursements. The board is looking into approving more funds for an additional round of grants.
February minutes were approved with no edits
Treasurer’s report – no report
Steve requested that we list names and initials after each committee and project on the board agenda. Andrea proposed an education/schools committee. Ryan and Eric have both contacted Eco Education to follow up on TNA’s $1,000 grant toward the Washburn Urban Farm. The check was cashed before Eco Education laid off its staff and ceased operations, and they will continue to try to follow up.
Bike racks & upcoming Bike Week
The new bike racks are ready to go and will be installed as soon as the snow melts. Charlie gave the board an update on the Minneapolis Bike Coalition’s May 5th – May 10th Bike Week. They’re trying to reach out to Washburn High School to plan a Wednesday, May 7th Bike to School event in addition to Washburn’s existing bike event for students with disabilities on that date. The Minneapolis Bike Coalition is also planning a block party at 48th & Grand Ave on Saturday, May 10th as part of the week’s events. Charlie will continue to coordinate with them and will write an article for the spring newsletter to promote the events.
Neighborhood Connections Conference
The Conference is coming up on Saturday, March 22nd. Registration is free and board members are encouraged to attend.
Fuller Park announcements
Carole gave an update on the rec center – registration for summer programs opens in April. Carole is also retiring next week! Congratulations, Carole on a wonderful career – you will be missed by our organization and neighborhood! There will be an interim manager until a new manager is hired in the next few months.
Minutes submitted by Lauren Anderson, substituting for Carolyn Dungan, TNA Secretary