2011 May 18 Minutes




MONDAY, May 16, 2011

7:00 P.M.


Board members present: Mary Jane Mitchell – President, Steve Bieringer, Bruce Bruemmer – Secretary,  Tjody DeVaal — Editor,  Carolyn Dungan, Jane Elias, April Heers, Ryan Fisher, Jeff Gears,  Tony Proell – Vice President, Lynell Voigt.  Also present: Rhea Sullivan.

1.  The meeting was called to order at 6:53 pm.  The president welcomed all who were attending the TNA meeting for the first time.

2. The April board minutes were approved without change.

3. The treasurer could not attend the meeting so Rhea Sullivan gave the treasurer’s report and distributed information about the TNA’s finances.

4. Councilperson John Quincy addressed the group and outlined his priorities and encouraged communications from residents and businesses at (612) 673-2211, or via email to John.Quincy@
ci.minneapolis.mn.us. A newsletter is available for Ward 11 at http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/ward11/index.asp.  He took questions from residents relating to street conditions, the Lyndale Bridge delay, and graffiti, and also talked about new businesses in the ward.

5.NRP Subcommittee:  Rhea spoke about a recent meeting of the subcommittee and plans to move ahead with Phase 1 funds. The discussion included the need for tree plantings, particularly on Stevens Ave.  Tony Proell reported on a call he made to the MnDOT; they said more trees would be planted sometime over the next two years.  Other ideas for funding included the crime prevention workshop, efforts to control invasive species,, a new business directory, and a historical plaque.  Rhea circulated a sheet for contact information.  She said they needed more volunteers and ideas.

6.  Garage Sale:  Steve reported on the successful garage sale which involved 62 households this year.  The new signs worked well, and Tjody urged anyone with a story about getting a great deal to contact her so she could include it in the newsletter.

7. Fourth of July subcommittee:  Ryan reported on plans for the 4th of July.  He underscored that this was a fundrasier for TNA and that volunteers were needed. Tjody described plans to include puppets like Heart of the Beast.  A motion was made to allocate up to $300 for materials to be used for puppet making.  The motion passed unanimously.

8. Nice Ride: Bruce reported on information from Nice Ride.  The most immediate plans for rental bike stations involve expanding out from downtown and towards St. Paul.  Nice ride is interested longer term in partnerships and had some locations marked that were in Tangletown.

9. Bike Racks:  Tony again explained the possibilities for financial help with installing bike racks.  Best option if there is a business interested is to call Tony or Don Pflaum,. the bike coordinator with the city.

10. State legislators:  Rep. Frank Hornstein and Sen. Scott Dibble reviewed the current session and discussion issues including transportation cuts.  Both welcomed communication and urged constituents to contact their offices.

11. Committee on the Arts: Tjody attended a public arts seminar and she and Jane discussed public murals, including a recent initiative to involve Washburn H. S. students in painting space offered by Hi Hi Gas and More on Nicollet.  They need volunteers!

12. Garden Tour:  Mary Jane discussed the vision for a Tangletown Garden Tour.  Shee needed people to join the subcommittee and distributed a sign up sheet.

13. Nicollet East Harriet Business Association:  Roger Worm described the activities of NEHBA, including a Great Streets grant, facade improvement, and other activities on which NEHBA and TNA can cooperated.  NEHBA’s most recent annual report can be found at http://www.nehba.org/2011AnnualMeeting.pdf.

14. Fuller Park Update: Carole Anderson described upcoming activities, workshops, and a blood drive at Fuller Park and Recreation Center.  Current information may be found at http://www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=4&parkid=237.

15. Neighborhood Coordinator Contract:  Mary Jane moved that Rhea Sullivan’s contract be extended to twelve months.  The motion was approved.

16. Election of board members: Five seats were open.  Nominations were made for Jenine Allison, Meredith Johnson, Nancy Novak, and Andrea Seegle.   A motion to accept the entire slate of nomination passed without dissent.  Board members stepping down are:  Bruce Bruemmer, Mary Davidson, and Tom Steichen.

17. Councilperson Quincy presented TNA first “Tangletown Treasures” awards (and custom t-shirts) to five recipients:  Craig Wiester, Sydney Rice, Carrie Tuck, Jean Birkeli, and Lonnie Isenberg.

18. Announcements: Tom Balcom announced a historical walking tour of Tangletown June 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm starting at Washburn Library.  There will be a $5 charge.

19.  The meeting adjourned at 8:38 pm.

Community Energy Services Volunteer Open House

Summer is the most challenging season to get homeowners involved in CES. Why? Vacations, warm weather, and the ice dams are long gone. This is why we need help from homeowners who are already saving money and energy through CES to help others in their community save money and energy too. Not to mention help their partnering organization win an outreach grant!

What types of activities does CES need volunteers for?

Tabling at farmers’ markets, annual meetings, festivals, etc.
Sending informational emails to family and friends
Visiting people on their block to spread the word
Displaying a yard sign in their yard
Flyering businesses
Miscellaneous activities

CES is holding two volunteer Open Houses for homeowners who would like to donate a couple hours of their time to CES. Come for a few minutes anytime that works for you during the dates/times below and let us know how you would like to give back to the program. Don’t forget to pick up your volunteer T-shirt!

Wednesday, June 1st 6-8 p.m. Fuller Recreation Center 4800 Grand Ave S
Tuesday, June 14th 6-8 p.m. Logan Recreation Center 690 13th Ave NE

To RSVP for an Open House (we’ll save you a cookie), please contact Ashley Robertson at 612-225-5869 or arobertson@mncee.org.

2011 April 18 Minutes




MONDAY, April 18, 2011

7:00 P.M.


Board members present: Mary Jane Mitchell – President, Steve Bieringer, Bruce Bruemmer – Secretary,  Tjody DeVaal, Mary Davidson – Treasurer,  Jane Elias, April Heers, Ryan Fisher, Jeff Gears,  Tony Proell – Vice President, Lynell Voigt.  Also present: Tom Balcom, Councilmember John Quincy, Rhea Sullivan


1. Meeting was called to order at 7:08 pm.

2. March meeting minutes were approved without change.

3. Treasurer’s Report – Mary Davidson reported on the finances.  Rhea Sullivan outlined the fund shifts.

4. Lyndale Ave. Bridge Reconstruction – Tom Balcom reported that the reconstruction would be delayed a year to make it synchronous with the construction on Lyndale Avenue south of the bridge.  Unfortunately, this was a last minute decision made after the Tangletown newsletter went to press.  Councilmember Quincy detailed further information about plans and assessments.

5. Public Hearing for Wise Acre Eatery – Mary Jane reported that Wise Acre Eatery (former Liberty Custard site) had applied for license to serve alcoholic beverages.  The hearing would be held by the city on May 2.  The owners had not requested to appear before the TNA.  There was discussion over parking issues for the new restaurant.

6. NRP Subcommittee Report – Ryan described the process of contracting out some of the items remaining, such as the self-defense workshop. He noted that upcoming initiatives should be discussed at the May meeting.  Councilmember Quincy reminded the group about an NCR meeting on April 25, and the board directed Rhea to attend. Ryan distributed the Application to Community Participation Program written by Rhea. A motion and second was made to approve and submit the document.  The motion passed unanimously.

7.  Communication Subcommittee — had not met since the last TNA meeting.

8. CEE Competitive Grant Program – Tony reported no activity.

9. Newsletter – Tjody reported on some distribution problems with the last mailing.  Mary Davidson suggested that we talk to the Post Office before considering distribution of the newsletter through the Southwest Journal.  Ryan said he would contact the Post Office. The discussion then focused on the “E-Newsletter,” initially a monthly supplement to the paper newsletter.  The group discussed and assigned content.

10. Garage Sale – Tony reported on plans for the May Tangletown Garage Sale. Ryan agreed to ask Carole Anderson about partnering with the recreation center for new signs. Steve will handle the signs and there was a motion and second to authorize up to $350 for Steve to purchase new signs.  The motion passed unanimously. April outlined communications for the sale and Tom suggested a larger map.

11. 4th of July Subcommittee Report – Ryan reported that not much is changing from last year.  Mary Jane reported that she was working on music for the event with Carole. The parade route will be changed to avoid crossing 50th St. There was discussion about teaming up with the Nicollet-East Harriet Business Association in soliciting raffle prizes, but the Board decided not to pursue this approach at this time.

12. Committee of the Arts Report – Tjody reported on progress and suggested a presentation at the annual meeting.

13. Annual Meeting – Mary Jane reported that invitations to local politicols would be issued.  April said that she will be sure that the Southwest Journal carries a notice of the annual meeting. Other arrangements were discussed.

14. NCEC Meeting – Ryan reported on the city meeting and the finer points about the governance of the Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission.

15. Project Footsteps – Two representatives presented information on Project Footsteps, an organization to inspire, empower and prepare youth and community to be agents of change, social leaders and volunteers.

16. The meeting adjourned at 8:59 pm.


TNA Annual Meeting & Board Elections Monday, May 16

Please join your neighbors for the Tangletown Neighborhood Association 2011 Annual Meeting and Board Elections at Fuller Park, 4800 Grand Ave. S.

6:30 Complimentary pizza and refreshments
7:00 Meeting begins

Highlights include:

* Update on the year in Tangletown
* Updates from Council Member Quincy and state legislators
* Plans for 4th of July event
* Election of 2011 Board of Directors
* Honoring our “Tangletown Treasures”

Download the meeting agenda.

For more information on the Tangletown Neighborhood Association, the annual meeting, or other neighborhood-related questions or concerns, please contact TNA President, Mary Jane Mitchell at info@tangletown.org.

We hope to see you there!

6th Park District Dog Park CAC Now Accepting Nominations for Dog Park Sites

The CAC also invites nominations for sites in the Field, Regina, Bryant and Central neighborhoods
Do you know of a spot in south Minneapolis that would be perfect for a dog park? The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s Sixth Park District Dog Park Citizen Advisory Committee(CAC) is now offering the public an opportunity to nominate a site for a dog park and wants to hear from you. Convened to recommend a preferred location and design for a dog park in the Sixth Park District, the CAC now invites nominations for possible dog park sites in the Field, Regina, Bryant and Central neighborhoods, as well as within the Sixth Park District service area. While this area is outside
the CAC’s charge, the CAC is interested in determining whether a suitable site exists within these neighborhoods. If one is identified, the CAC would include it as part of its recommendations to the board.

On the west side of I-35W in the Sixth Park District, the service area lies north of Minnehaha Creek, south of E 35th St. and east of Lake Harriet. Field, Regina, Bryant and Central neighborhoods, on the east side of the freeway, are bounded by Lake St on the north, Chicago Ave on the east, and Minnehaha Creek on the south. The CAC is taking nominations through noon on May 13.

Any member of the public, as well as CAC members, park staff or elected officials, may offer a site for consideration. Nominated sites must be within the designated service area, as noted above. Please note that nominations for sites within Dr. Martin Luther King Park will not be accepted.

All nominations must be received by noon on May 13. Along with the address and general description of the site, the nomination should include a brief rationale—no longer than four paragraphs—for the site being used as a dog park. Send nominations to Jennifer Ringold at jringold@minneapolisparks.org, 612-230-6506 (fax), or by postal mail to:

6th District Dog Park Citizen Advisory Committee
c/o Jennifer Ringold
Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board
2117 West River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Nominations will be forwarded to the CAC, which will evaluate the sites using the group’s approved criteria. The adopted criteria the CAC will use to evaluate the sites include ease of access; safety; appropriate geographic features such as size, available shade, and a grade not exceeding 12%; minimum environmental impacts; and minimum impacts on neighbors and adjacent uses.

The next meeting of the CAC will be held May 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Headquarters, 2117 West River Road. All are welcome to attend, and the agenda will include an opportunity for public comment.

To learn more about the Sixth Park District Dog Park project, visit the MPRB’s Dog Park project page. To view CAC between-meetings discussions among the CAC members, check out the online forum.

Community Energy Services Launches Video Challenge

Community Energy Services (CES) participants across the City of Minneapolis are being challenged to put on their director’s hat, grab a camera, and roll film to put together the best short film based on their experiences from CES. The best short films (less than two minutes) will be competing for three cash prizes, including a $1000 grand prize for the best and most creative film. The competition is open now until August 31st, 2011, with prizes being announced in October at the CES awards ceremony. For more information, visit www.mnces.org.

If you have not participated in CES yet, there are still plenty of opportunities to participate and complete your short video. CES offers homeowners customized home energy visits, which include a blower door test and installation of energy saving materials. A $400 value for a co-pay of only $30! Please contact Ashley Robertson at (612) 335-5869 or arobertson@mncee.org to RSVP or for any questions.

Your first step in being a part of CES is attending a free educational workshop:

Thursday, May 19th, 6:30 p.m.
Lake Country School (3755 Pleasant Ave S)

Thursday, May 26th, 6:30 p.m.
Minnehaha Academy South Campus (4200 West River Pkwy)

Tuesday, May 31st, 6:30 p.m.
Barton Open School (4237 Colfax Ave. S)

Thursday, June 2nd, 6:30 p.m.
Waite Park Community School (1800 34th Ave. NE)

CES is a partnership between the Center for Energy and Environment, the City of Minneapolis, Tangletown Neighborhood Association, Xcel Energy, Centerpoint Energy, and the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. The Video Challenge and Outreach Grant Challenge are made possible through a grant from the McKnight Foundation. To see where your neighborhood ranks in the Participation Challenge, visit www.mnces.org and click on “Outreach Grant Challenge.” Get your neighbors involved and help Tangletown Neighborhood Association win a grant up to $5000.

Join the Aquatennial Torchlight Parade July 20th

Tangletown and other Minneapolis neighborhoods have been invited to march with the NRP Policy Board in the Aquatennial Torchlight Parade on July 20th. Participants would march in the parade wearing neighborhood t-shirts and carrying neighborhood logos. Transportation in the parade will be provided for those who cannot walk the entire length of the parade. A light supper and transportation to and from the parade will be provided. There will also be a prize for the neighborhood with the most walkers.

If you’re interested in participating, please email info@tangletown.org by May 14.

From Council Member John Quincy

Dear Tangletown Neighbors:

I am privileged to represent the 11th Ward on the Minneapolis City Council. In my work, I have four main priorities that inform and direct my efforts.

Public Safety: This requires collaboration with the fire department, police department, and other regulatory departments.
Youth Programming: The Minneapolis Promise, STEP-UP job programs, focusing resources on at-risk youth, reducing student mobility, and reducing youth violence have long been focuses of the city. I am pleased to be in close collaboration with the school district and park board to help expand those opportunities.
Public Works Issues: These are hot issues in our little section of the world. I am on the Transportation and Public Works committee so you have a direct representative on these issues in the Council. I am interested in both making our streets easier for vehicular traffic and making them safer for bikers and pedestrians.

In 2011, we are scheduled to resurface a portion of Diamond Lake Road, Chicago Avenue from 49th to 60th Streets, and the Hale and Wenonah neighborhoods.

Budget: My role as council member is to make sure the City passes structurally balanced budgets every year, delivers core services, spends resources wisely and efficiently, and advocates for changes to tax policies at the State level.

To get at the bottom line, my colleagues and I advocate for:
• Pension reform
• Reassessment of the fiscal relationship between the State and cities
• Target Center debt reduction
• Health and wellness programs to drive down health-care cost increases
• Smart development of safe and affordable housing for working families

My job begins and ends with quality constituent service. We need to be responsive – and I believe we are. My office gets back to people as quickly as possible and tracks our progress. I take great pride in making myself available and accessible to constituents, and spend Wednesday mornings in the ward, checking on concerns and holding office hours. Additionally, there is a monthly coffee hour scheduled at neighborhood coffee shops and a monthly Happy Hour on the last Friday evening of each month. I am also incredibly proud of our monthly newsletter – Community Connections.

Additionally, I am the city council member assigned to the inter-agency Noise Oversight Committee that works on airport noise and livability issues. I also sit on the board of Meet Minneapolis, our city’s business and tourist engagement entity, and am a member of the 35W Solutions Alliance—connecting cities, counties, public works staff, and transit partners throughout the corridor.

We need to be creative and collaborative to make our city safer, sustainable, and livable. I want to empower people across the ward and city to achieve their personal goals while being true to our common values and progressive principles. I am truly honored to serve you.


John Quincy

Cost Share Grants for Stormwater Management

Up to $2,500 available in matching funds

As property owners make plans for their gardens and landscaping this spring, the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) is kicking off a program that offers grants for projects that protect water resources by stabilizing shorelines and streambanks or utilizing stormwater best management practices (BMPs).

The MCWD’s Cost Share programs help property owners make improvements that prevent runoff. Eligible projects for Stormwater BMP Cost Share grants include rain gardens, which filter stormwater, and pervious pavement, which allows rain to pass through the material to a drainage system below.

Who’s Eligible: Private property owners (residential, non-profit organizations, private schools and businesses, homeowner and lake associations). Public entities also considered for shoreline or streambank stabilization grants.
Examples of Eligible Practices: Rain gardens, native plantings, permeable pavers, etc. or using native plants to stabilize shorelines and streambanks.
Cost Share Percentage: Grants will be issued for up to 50% of project’s cost.
Maximum Grants: $2,500 cap for residential stormwater BMPs. $5,000 cap for residential shoreline or streambank stabilization. No set maximum for other proposals, which will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

For more information and how to apply, contact Aldis Kurmis, MCWD Cost Share Specialist, at 952-641-4523 or akurmis@minnehahacreek.org.

For more information about the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, visit www.minnehahacreek.org.