Tangletown Neighborhood Association
Regular Board Meeting
Monday, February 15, 2010
Board members present: Mary Jane Mitchell – Vice President (and meeting chair), Bruce Bruemmer – Secretary, Chris Burns, Dick Fiala, Lynell Voigt, Steve Bieringer, Tony Proell, Jane Elias, Tom Steichen
1. The meeting was called to order at 7:02 by Mary Jane Mitchell.
2. The agenda was approved as amended.
3. Bruce asked that members check the January meeting minutes on line and requested that approval be delayed until the March meeting.
4. Larry Matsumoto from the Dept. of Public Works addressed the meeting about street resurfacing in Tangletown scheduled for this year. The department refers to this area at the Oak Hill East and he distributed a map of the 2010 Street Resurfacing Program as well as a 2010 Street Resurfacing Program Fact Sheet. He described three types of road treatments and noted that the project in this area would include street resurfacing. The city charges a standard 19 cents/sq. foot assessment to residences, which amounts to about $1064 per residence. That assessment can be spread over a 5 year period. Businesses are assessed a higher rate. By March 23 the official design of the project is due. An informational meeting for affected residents is planned for April 12 at 6:30pm at Richfield Lutheran Church. On April 20 there will be a formal public hearing. Mr. Matsumoto was asked about Stevens Avenue, and he replied Stevens was not included in the project, it would likely be reconstructed rather than resurfaced. When asked about Nicollet Ave., he noted that Nicollet is tentatively scheduled for work in 2014. He described the Department’s 5-year plan and the pavement management system that prioritized the repairs.
5. Mary Jane reported that another business, Central Auto Body, would receive funding under the NRP business façade improvement program. So far two businesses in the Tangletown area have signed on to the program, and Mary Jane continues to meet with business owners in the area.
6. Tom Bolcom was not at the meeting so there was no update to other NRP Phase 2 projects.
7. Jane and Mary Jane reported on progress over the Tangletown brochure and were looking for input from other board members.
8. Bruce reported on a note from Mary Davidson, who noted that TNA is receiving some funds by direct deposit. She asked that Ryan be diligent about noting when those transactions occur and the amount. She will pursue an audit of the books when she returns.
9. Mary Jane reported on a request from Tobacco Free Youth Education for TNA to endorse a policy supporting a Tobacco-free Minneapolis Park. Bruce wanted to know if the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board had been asked about this policy prior to soliciting support from Minneapolis neighborhood associations. The board decided to delay action on the request until the next meeting. Mary Jane asked for a Board member to contact MPRB.
10. Mary Jane reported that the renovations requested for the Fuller Park building were approved at the February 3 meeting of the Park Board.
11. Bruce reported on the Lakes District Council Meeting on January 28. There were three items of note. A Sustainability Assessment Report was described (the “Green Mark” report can be found here ), a report from the Lake Harriet Citizen’s Advisory Committee covering recommendations over the concession stand (the large, 342-page report can be found here), and an effort to develop a 5-year plan relating to Lake Calhoun. Tangletown was invited to submit a vision statement about the lake but declined because of time. The opportunity to submit a TNA vision appears to be open if anyone on the Board wishes to formulate a statement.
12. Announcements: Mary Jane reported on a request for 3 to 10 volunteers to attend the 5th annual Neighborhood Sustainability Conference, Saturday March 13, 8:30 to 4:30 at Central Lutheran Church. She will circulate this further to find interested volunteers.
13. The meeting adjourned at 8:12 pm.
5th Annual Neighborhood Sustainability Conference
Saturday March 13, 2010 8:30am to 4:30pm,
Central Lutheran Church,
333 12th Street South Minneapolis, MN 55404
(next to the Minneapolis Convention Center)
(Optional box lunch for $5, parking $8 or car pool or take metro transit)
for community volunteers from neighborhoods, congregations and schools. PDF Flyer
The block club bringing the most neighbors to the event will each receive free blue sky guides
Find great resources for your spring and summer neighborhood projects including funding sources, project tool kits and successful project ideas from other neighborhoods.
·Network with volunteers from your neighborhood over lunch and with 500 volunteers from other metro communities in topic workshops. Link up with more than 30 resource organizations with project resources on gardening, water quality, walking/ biking, trees and energy.
Topic to be covered include community gardening, rain gardens, emerald ash borer, painting the pavement, energy conservation, renewable energy, composting, biking and walking, transition towns, global sufficiency network, permaculture design and outreach skill building with block clubs, congregations, schools, garden clubs, urban farming and green career networking.
(Optional box lunch for $5, parking $8 or car pool or take metro transit)
Twin Cities Neighborhood Sustainability Conference, Saturday March 13, 2010, 8:30am to 4:30pm, Central Lutheran Church, Mpls
8:30am – Registration and Refreshments
9am – Keynote – Placemaking – Reclaiming our Public Spaces and Building Community- through street painting, public art and greening projects. Mark Lakeman from the City Repair Project, Portland OR
10 to 11:30 – Grassroots Project Workshops – Energy Conservation (Metro CERTS), Complete Streets/ Biking and Walking (Bike/Walk Twin Cities), Rain Gardens (Master Gardeners), Composting (Eureka Recycling), Emerald Ash Borer/ Tree Planting (Hamline Midway, DNR), Community Gardening (Gardening Matters), Transition Northfield, Global Sufficiency Network/ Dual Currencies
11:30 to 12:30 – Participatory Design Charrettes – Participate in extreme makeovers with permaculture designers, and neighborhood residents – Seward Block Clubs – traffic calming, St. Luke Presbyterian suburban food production, Central Corridor/ Frogtown Farm and the Natural Step for Communities
12:30 – Meet for lunch with others from your neighborhood to share your project ideas for the spring /summer. $5 box lunch available please pre-register or bring your own lunch.
2pm to 3:30pm – Organizing and Outreach Skill Building Sessions – Learn ways to grow your green team with School Environmental Clubs, Congregations, Taking the 12 Steps of Transition in your Community, Block Clubs & Neighborhoods, Public Artists, Urban Farmers, Community Gardens, Environmental Commissions, State and Federal Policy, Green Career Networking
3:30 to 4:30– Networking, exhibitors and reception – with food donated by local organic restaurants.
The conference is sponsored by the Alliance for Sustainability, Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Hennepin and Ramsey Counties, League of Minnesota Cities, Metro Cities, Association of Minnesota Counties, Met Council, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Schuler Shook, Xcel Energy, Barr Engineering, Emmons Olivier Resources, Bonetroo, Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, Transit for Livable Communities, Clean Water Action, Gardening Matters, Do it Green MN, Metro Clean Energy Resource Teams and Permaculture Cold Climate Research Institute. More sponsors and exhibitors are welcome!
Tangletown Neighborhood Association
Regular Board Meeting, Monday, January 18, 2010
MinutesBoard members present: Ryan Fisher, President; Mary Jane Mitchell, Vice President; Bruce Bruemmer, Secretary; Steve Bieringer, Tjody DeVaal, Dick Fiala, Tony Proell, Tom Steichen, Lynell Voigt
- The meeting was called to order at 7:05pm
- The agenda was approved without additions.
- The November and December meeting minutes were approved.
- Jean White discussed the request for self-defense for women workshops. They will be held 4/19 and 4/26. She proposed another two. Ryan moved to fund $250 per class (2) held at Washburn High School. The motion passed. These are open to everyone in the city. The Board requested that Jean communicate TNA’s sponsorship of the workshops. There was response to workshops already held. Each workshop has a capacity of about 35.
- Roger Worm (Nicollet-East Harriet Business Association) and Mary Jane gave an update NRP business façade improvement program update. Roger said that the city has adjusted the process to make it more business friendly. One business has been granted funds. There was a common request for more bike racks and benches. A committee of Ryan, Mary Jane, and Tony agreed to pursue the issue. We can amend TNA’s guidelines as to what is included in the program (racks are not allowed under the city guidelines). Ryan noted that there was a need for people to be part of the review process.
- Ryan gave an update on the other NRP Phase 2 projects update. Haven’t heard from CEE. The city approved plan for railing at the water tower – we are waiting for winter to end. Also, we are waiting to hear updated numbers from NRP.
- Treasurer update and getting TNA books in order – Ryan gave an update for Mary, who is out of town. We should be getting $2000 for communications. No checks will be written until Mary returns.
- Carole Anderson gave an update on Fuller Park updates. The Park is taking bids to get spring trees from the NRP tree trust. Fuller will get 5 new trees. A big elm that will come down at some point; there is no need to deal with ash trees at this time. Wheels are in motion for the new kitchen improvements.
- Announcements: Jane was thanked for opening her business for a Board party. John Quincy, new city council member for the Ward 11, spoke to the group. He emphasized open communications with neighborhoods.
- Meeting adjourned at 7:50 pm.
$12,500 will fund new furnishings
The Tangletown Neighborhood Association will provide $12,500 in a Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) grant funds for improvements to the Fuller Park Recreation Center in Minneapolis. The funding agreement was approved at the Feb. 3 meeting of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board of Commissioners (MPRB).
The funding will update furnishings in the computer lab to be conducive to computer work and security; and a newly refurbished welcome desk, countertops and shelving. Replacement of the carpet in the lounge, as well as furniture in the building, is also included in the project. The MPRB carpentry shop will complete the work.
Fuller Recreation Center is located at 4800 Grand Ave. S. In addition to the computer lab, it features a multi-purpose room, lounge, kitchen, meeting rooms and craft room.