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Tangletown Neighborhood Association, P.O. Box 19347, Minneapolis MN 55419

Voice mail: (612) 321-8621
Tangletown is a neighborhood in the Southwest community of Minneapolis. The neighborhood was officially known as Fuller until 1996 when it was changed to the present name, which reflects the winding streets in the neighborhood that do not conform to the regular street grid of South Minneapolis. The neighborhood boundaries are 46th Street to the north, Interstate 35W to the east, Diamond Lake Road to the south, and Lyndale Avenue South to the west.

2014 February 17 Tangletown Board Minutes

2014 February 17 TNA Board Meeting Minutes
BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, February 17, 2014 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park
1. Call to Order
2. Organic composting drop-off site update – Lauren Anderson. We had a surprise from Hennepin County who said that if the city is not going to expand HERC, then the city must reduce waste. Our position right now is to wait and see what the city decides. Pearl Park is a “go” as a drop-off site. Others are still being evaluated. We may need to provide volunteers to work at the drop-off sites.

Green Day is Saturday, April 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Fuller Park. Many activities and presentations are scheduled.

3. Playground and pool shades. TNA has committed $15,000 to pool shades. We need to decide from where we want to take these funds. Ryan will ask Jack for recommendation. We will post that recommendation on our website 21 days prior to our March 17 meeting. We’re not sure when these will go in yet – depends on scheduling of park remodel.

The first of the playground planning meetings is tomorrow (2/18) from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Fuller Park. There is a project website where people can comment. Subsequent meetings are March 18 and sometime in mid-April.

4. Garage Sale Steve Bieringer and Eric David will head this up this year. It was decided to stay with the first weekend in May this year, despite requests to move it to later.

5. Newsletter Deadline for articles is Monday, March 17 (the day of our next meeting). Suggested articles: garage sale, Green Day, new businesses, history from Tom Balcom, organic recycling, bike racks, new restaurant, playground, 4th of July, annual meeting

6. Annual Meeting Andrea Siegel and Jane Elias will coordinate this event.

7. Electronic Voting Ryan will put this issue on the website. Suggestions were that it be limited to non-controversial issues and that any voting must be unanimous to be valid. We’ll look at the by-laws to determine what a quorum is for our board.

8. Building Façade Grant Program Sandra and Mary Jane will contact Rebecca Parrell about adding $10,000 to the existing contract.

9. Mural Program. There was continued discussion about finding a business who would like to have a mural.

10. WHS Urban Farm We need to find out the status of the $1,000 that we donated last year to this project.

11. Movement to change 70/30 rule governing liquor sales in Mpls restaurants Matt Perry discussed the history of this rule and two others which may be removed from the city’s charter and put into an ordinance. He passed around a petition to this effect.

12. Adjournment.
Mary Jane Mitchell, substituting for Carolyn Dungan, TNA Secretary

Fuller Park playground improvements planning

Tangletown Neighborhood Association and Minneapolis Parks and Recreation invite area neighbors to participate in a planning process to replace the playground equipment at Fuller. MRPB has @$125,000 to replace the play equipment installed in 1994.

For more information, review the flyer below. Meetings are scheduled for Tuesday February 18, Tuesday March 18, and Tuesday April 8.

Additionally, review the press release and project website, where you can complete a survey to determine project priorities.

Fuller Park Postcard

2014 January 20 Tangletown Board Meeting Minutes

2014 January 20 TNA Board Meeting Minutes

BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, January 20, 2014 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park

Board members present: Sandra Bartsias – Treasurer, Lauren Anderson, Karen Costello, Birdie Cunningham, Jane Elias, Mary Jane Mitchell, Tony Proell, Charlie Siftar, Dylan Sirny

Board members absent: Ryan Fisher, Steve Bieringer, Carolyn Dungan, Jeff Gears, Andrea Siegel, Eric David

Also present: John Quincy (City Council Member), Dan Jurek (resident)

Call to Order 7:15
Water Tower partnership with neighbors – Tangletown resident Dan Jurek spoke on this proposal. He is seeking permission to raise funds to improve the landscape around the water tower. He estimates that $7,000 to $10,000 is needed. There are two possible plans from Tangletown Gardens which would upgrade the irrigation system and add improvements that are low maintenance. Dan has been in talks with an art curator who would be interested in helping to organize an art tour, which would include the water tower. Dan suggested that fund raising would be easier if he could set up a 501(3)(c) and apply for grants. We will look into determining what funds we may have already designated for this site. Tabled.
Bike rack project – Charlie reported that the bike racks are done! Just waiting for warm weather now to install them.
Organic composting update – Lauren Anderson. Great turnout in December, despite the heavy snow. A committee is looking at potential drop-off sites – Pearl, Armatage and Powderhorn Parks are among the list of sites. Other locations include Washburn HS or Ramsey Jr. HS, local businesses, churches. CCM Quincy suggested the community garden site at 62nd and Nicollet. Tabled.
Discussion of electronic voting. Sandra read to us from notes from Jack Whitehurst and Bob Cooper on the concerns. How much public notice do we need to give in order to amend our by-laws? Bob Cooper said that other neighborhoods do allow some decisions to be made electronically – however, the decisions must be unanimous. We will look into what issues we would want to approve electronically. Tabled.
Spring newsletter. It was suggested that we all contribute to a list of items for the next newsletter. One would be a notice of intent to change the by-laws. We should provide optional newsletter subscriptions in the newsletter.
Fundraising. Question: Do we have a means for residents to donate online such as RAZOO?
Other Committee Reports
Arts: Utility box wraps and murals. Jane Elias reported that $6000 was allocated and $3,000 spent on the murals. There has not been as much interest from businesses in having a mural as we had expected. Could we move the remaining $3000 allocated for the murals to the utility box wraps? Since we have a mural that is going unused, any ideas of a place to use it or donate it?

Business Façade: Waiting on completion certificate from Hector Ruiz.

Sustainability: Green Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 12 at Fuller Park. Details to come.

Other: Birdie suggested that we look into a change in meeting format to allow for committees to meet the same night or on alternating months as the full board. Tabled.
Announcements: Steve Bieringer has a new baby.
Adjourned at 8:25 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,

Mary Jane Mitchell, substituting for Carolyn Dungan, TNA Secretary

13th Annual Lake Harriet Winter KiteFest January 18

The 13th Annual Lake Harriet Winter KiteFest is scheduled for Jan. 18 from noon to 4 pm. The event takes place on Lake Harriet between the Pavilion and the Lake.

This free event is family friendly and includes kid’s ice fishing, horse and wagon rides, snowshoeing, marshmallow roasting and of course kite flying. You can bring your own kite or purchase one onsite.

In case of extreme weather or poor ice conditions, the event will be re-scheduled for Saturday, January 25, 2014. Updates as a result of extreme weather or poor ice conditions will be posted Friday afternoon on

The MPRB parking lots are also free that day!

Join your neighbors for a Community Organics Summit on Wednesday, December 4

Tangletown and Hale Page Diamond Lake (HPDL) Neighborhood Associations are working together with the City of Minneapolis to bring organics recycling to our neighborhoods! We’re looking to create a free, local drop-off option for compostable materials as early as Spring 2014 and we need you!

If you live in Tangletown or HPDL, are interested in learning more about the program, or if you’re ready to sign up, please join us for a community summit, with refreshments and door prizes, at the Fuller Recreation Center (4800 Grand Ave S), Wednesday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m. If your household is unable to make the meeting, please email Tangletown ( or HDPL ( for more info.

2013 October 21 TNA Board Meeting Minutes

BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, October 21, 2013 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park

Board members present: Ryan Fisher – President, Steve Bieringer – Vice President, Carolyn Dungan – Secretary, Sandra Bartsias – Treasurer, Karen Costello, Birdie Cunningham, Eric David, Jeff Gears, Jane Elias, Andrea Siegel, Charlie Siftar

Also present:  Carol Anderson (Fuller Park), Tom Balcom (Historian),  John Quincy (City Council Member), Jack Whitehurst (Neighborhood Support Specialist), Mary Altman (Minneapolis Public Arts Administrator)

1. Call to Order 7:00

2.  Fuller Park plaque update – Steve reported that the plaque project was approved by the Minneapolis Park Board.  Currently, it is in the fabrication stage to acquire a boulder and arrange delivery and then have the plaque attached with epoxy.  The presentation will be Sunday, November 17th at 1pm.

On motion duly made, seconded and carried, it was resolved that:

$100 from the TNA account will be allocated to the purchase of refreshments for the Fuller Park memorial plaque dedication presentation.

4. Utility Box Wraps – Mary Altman presented to the board on the next steps to completing the utility box project.  There have been 150 approved utility boxes approved for artwork in the last few years.  The wraps are generally made of a 3M product that has a five-year life.  Kingfield wrapped 10 boxes using this material and right now two are not doing so well.  The wraps are easy to clean and certain vendors are good at working with you in tailoring the designs to fit the utility boxes.  Mary will let us know the requirements for the images in regard to size and pixels.  Before moving forward with our approved boxes we’ll want to make sure that none of them are slotted to be replaced.  The cost for the wraps is approximately $15 per square foot or $600 to $700 per box.  It’s possible to use one image over two boxes if they are close together.  The preapproved boxes all have a note giving the artist credit.  We will need to supply resumes of the artists.  For the student art, we should provide a resume for either the teacher or the artist curator that will be overseeing the project.  For pictures provided by non-professional photographers, you can provide the resume for the graphic artist that will work with the image.  John Quincy noted that the City Council approved extending the grant to June of 2014.

5. Halloween Home Tour – Jeff stated that there are only 3 entrants this year which is probably not enough to move forward.  We marketed the event well, but still did not get the desired response.  The deadline for submissions is October 23.  After discussion, the board agreed to extend the deadline to Thursday.  It was decided that the day tour would be at 4pm.  Ryan will do an e-blast and a Face Book announcement.  Jeff asked for help in posting the signs and with the walking tour.  Jeff will email the board on Friday with a status update.

6. Home loan program with CEE –  Most of the money has been paid off on the existing revolving loans.  We could recapture the $110,000 and put it back into our operating budget but Ryan suggested that we approve moving the funds back into the appropriate loan programs and allocate $30,000 into the revolving loan pool.  Ryan will forward more information to the board.  We can have CEE put out a mailer to make residents aware of the programs.

On motion duly made, seconded and carried, it was resolved that:

TNA will reallocate $30,000 from the repaid revolving CEE home loans back into existing loan programs with 10% to going to the administrative pool and the rest into the four existing loan programs.

After discussion it was agreed that we should increase our marketing efforts for the program.   John Quincy noted that Hale Page Diamond Lake neighborhood association is redirecting more funds to seniors and figuring out how to use the funds effectively.  Mary Jane, Ryan and Eric all agreed to get together and review/discuss the particulars of reinvesting in the loan fund.

7. Leaf-free yard signs – The TNA Sustainability committee is initiating this campaign that was started by the  Lynnhurst neighborhood.  We are using the sign designed by Lynnhurst but using TNA’s contact information.  Since time was of the essence, the Sustainability committee bought fifty signs and is asking that the board underwrite the cost of the signs for Tangletown residents.  Others can purchase the signs at cost.    The sustainability committee will deliver the signs to the residents that order them.  It was noted that the signs should be placed on the resident’s property and not on the boulevard.

On motion duly made, seconded and carried, it was resolved that:

The board will reimburse Mary Jane $356.96 for the cost of fifty leaf-free street signs and provide them free of cost to Tangletown residents and for a donation to non-residents.

8. Partnership development with Tangletown schools – Council member Quincy reported that he has not yet heard back from the school board on this effort.

9. Bike rack project – Charlie reported that we can put the Tangletown logo in the middle of the bike racks.  It will be a ¼ inch steel plate that is laser etched.  The eleven approved bike racks would cost $1,100 without the logo, $1,800 if all have the logo and $1,600 if every other rack in each cluster has the logo.  These figures all represent the TNA portion of the cost.  Color options are yellow, green, orange and black.  Charlie will talk to the businesses about color preferences.  The bikes should be installed within a month of final approval.

On motion duly made, seconded and carried, it was resolved that:

TNA approve an additional $700 towards the bike rack project in order to add logos to half of the bike racks.  The funds will come from the NCR account.

10. Secretary report – The Board minutes of the September 16, 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.

11. Treasurer report – there were some expenditure since the last monthly meeting.  The balances stand at:  TNA $12,638.54, NCR $22,960.60.  Once we spend more money Sandra will put in for reimbursements of last year’s spending of approximately $15,000.   Diamond Lake Rental charged us $1,400 for two years of 4th of July costs.

12. Sustainability Committee report –   The organic composting summit event is set for December 4th at Fuller where we will talk to a group larger than Tangletown and Hale Page Diamond Lake and if we have enough information by then we can announce where the compost bin drop-off sites will be.  Council member Quincy noted that there is an extensive report on an organic composting pilot program and that he continues to meet with county and school board staff regarding locations.  The initial hybrid program that TNA is working on could be rolled out to other areas of the city.  The eventual goal is to have residential pick up.  Karen Costello asked that she be added to the Sustainability committee.

13. Partner and other announcements – Council member Quincy reported that NCR is still working on their budget, the One Read book club kick off will be at Mill City, there have been no complaints about the new Washburn scoreboard which is up now, there will be a meeting with residents regarding street resurfacing  and covering bus pads and street sweeping has begun.  Carol Anderson invited all to attend the Fuller Park Halloween party from 6 to 8pm on Halloween night.  Ryan suggested that we begin planning for the board holiday party via email.  Steve offered to follow up with getting internet reception in the Fuller Park gym.

14. There being no further business, on motion duly made, seconded and carried, the meeting was adjourned at 8:39pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Carolyn Dungan, TNA Secretary

 Next Meeting: Monday, November 18, 2013 at Fuller Park.


Fuller Park memorial dedication ceremony

Please join Fuller Park, Tangletown Neighborhood Association, and committed volunteers, for a park dedication ceremony this Sunday November 17, 1pm, at Fuller Park Recreation Center. We will be unveiling a monument commemorating the efforts to plan for and establish Fuller Park, replacing Fuller School. See the flyer below for more information.

Presentation, remarks, and stories shared by alumni of Fuller School, as well as refreshments, can be expected. Please pass this invitation along to others as you see fit.

Great support and special thanks to People For Parks who have graciously provided grant funding supporting materials for the monument.

Fuller Park flyerFuller Park dedication flyer

2013 September 16 TNA Board Meeting Minutes

BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, September 16, 2013 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park

Board members present: Ryan Fisher – President, Steve Bieringer – Vice President, Carolyn Dungan – Secretary, Sandra Bartsias – Treasurer, Lauren Anderson, Karen Costello, Birdie Cunningham, Eric David, Jeff Gears, Jane Elias, Andrea Siegel, Charlie Siftar

Also present:  Carol Anderson (Fuller Park), Tom Balcom (Historian),  John Quincy (City Council Member), Jack Whitehurst (Neighborhood Support Specialist), Christina Morrison (Metro Transit)

1. Call to Order 7:01

2.  Metro Transit Orange Line BRT project – Christina Morrison from Metro Transit reported that they are adding ticket vending machines to the 46th street station that will speed up boarding.  The 46th street station is the model for the Lake Street and other projects.  The Lake street station will be in the center of 35W with stair cases and elevators.  They are starting to engage corridor planning and l looking at better service including on weekends along 35W.  Next steps – this fall conceptual design work.  Lake street is ahead and leading the charge.  They are looking for feedback and ideas to make it better and make residents want to use the buses.   It was agreed that bike amenities will be important and maybe  some underground storage and stroller and wheelchair access.  Karen asked about the ridership at the  46th street station.  A:  150 Northbound, 110 Southbound daily.

3. Fuller Park plaque update  – Steve sent around a packet that was prepared for the Park Board for the memorial plaque.  The first week in October the Park Board meets and Steve will try to be at the meeting to hear about the plaque project and also the shade structure effort.   There are various sources of funding for the plaque and it was agreed that the bottom of the plaque will note a thanks to friends and neighbors.

Ryan asked if, assuming an approval by the Park Board at their October meeting, construction can start immediately.  Steve:  yes.  We are still getting quotes on rock and labor.  The rock will cost approximately $750 including transport.  Carole noted that we have until November 30th to do the dedication celebration.  Ryan asked if Tom’s book will be done by then.  A:  Yes.  Tom is working on a short article with Tjody announcing that there will be a dedication.  The book will include a great photo of Fuller School.  Steve – should we aim for November 18th the night of our board meeting for the dedication?  It was agreed that we should commit to that date and put that in the Newsletter.  Birdie will ask Patisserie 46th to contribute some treats for the event.

4. Ryan passed out the Neighborhood Priority Plan for the Special Service District and support of streetscape plan at 54th & Lyndale.  Eric asked if TNA will be liable for personal injury on hardscape installments.  Ryan said that no, we will not be liable and that businesses will choose what they want to do with the funds and it is hoped that they will listen to the neighborhood voice when making their decisions.

On motion duly made, seconded and carried, it was resolved that:

The TNA Board approves the September 2013 NPP plan to join with Kenny, Lynnhurst and Windom neighborhood associations to be supportive, both financially and organizationally, of the plan to enhance the aesthetic and practical functionality of the pedestrian corridor at 54th & Lyndale by the development and implementation of a streetscape plan.

Ryan will let Ruth Olson know that we approved the plan.

5. Charlie proposed that we install bike racks at five locations for a total cost of $820 to TNA.  Birdie asked if we can brand the bike racks with the Tangletown logo.  Charlie is not sure if he’d need to get approval for that.  He will check into scroll cutting or stenciling.  Steve suggested that if it would cause the city to opt out of the funding then we don’t need to do the branding.  Sandra suggested that in regards to branding it would be nice to have some signage for entry points to the neighborhood including the 46th street station.  Sandra asked if there are other businesses that wanted bike racks and Charlie indicated that we need to reach out to them.  Ryan suggested that this could be communicated by NEHBA and John Quincy suggested it also be a part of the 54th & Lyndale streetscape effort.  Charlie noted that we could do power coating in color or galvanized.    Ryan asked Jack how we would fund the project.  Jack responded that it would be a contract and that TNA would not have liability.   Also, the city will have to give a final financial estimate for each location.

On motion duly made, seconded and carried, it was resolved that:

TNA will fund ten bike racks for 48th & Grand and 54th & Nicollet with a cost not to exceed $1,000.00.

6. Partnership development with Washburn High School – Ryan and John have not yet gotten together to form this group or avenue for partnership with Washburn and Ramsey.  Ryan has not yet contacted Tracine.  John contacted her and he thought John, Tracine and the principal at WHS should meet first.  John wants to get a communication plan for conversations with the community.  There are a number of residents around WHS would be open to having that dialogue with the school.  Ideally, TNA would have a seat at the site council at the school and a school representative at the TNA meetings.  John and Tracine will start the conversation and connect with area representatives who have indicated that they want to be a part of it.  Ryan offered to be a representative at the site council.  It will help to define the process for how we support them and vice versa.

7. Halloween Home Tour – Jeff would like to see more involvement by the board.  We should get signage up this week and no longer require a fee to be put on the tour.  It was suggested that we could do the tour from 4-6 Halloween night preceding the Fuller Halloween party that is from 6 – 8pm.    Jeff would like help in getting flyers outside of the neighborhood.  Jeff would like to put a flyer in the SW Journal and also mention the Fuller Park event.  There is a $127 cost for the insert in the SW Journal for the Tangletown area only, which is 1,700 homes.  SW Journal will do the printing as well.  Eric and Andrea both offered to help with this event.

On motion duly made, seconded and carried, it was resolved that:

TNA will fund a budget of up to $500 for the Halloween House Tour event.

8. Review and approve utility box designs – Carolyn will simplify the voting process and asked that everyone on the board submit their votes by this Friday.  The Arts Committee will meet and make the final decision for the designs.  Carolyn has asked for an extension of the Micro Grant to the Spring of 2014.  Mary Altman will be attending our next board meeting to inform us of the next steps in the process.

9. Newsletter assignments and timeline – Tjody asked that articles be submitted by tomorrow.  The draft will be prepared and sent around for review Wednesday.  Ryan suggested including an article on organics composting.  John Quincy suggested articles on rank choice voting, the city budget process and one read.

On motion duly made, seconded and carried, it was resolved that:

TNA will fund a budget of up to $650 for the design and layout for the fall newsletter.

10. Secretary report – The Board minutes of the August 19, 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.

11. Treasurer report – The association has not spent any money since the last meeting.   We have changed over to CAPS account at the post office so that they can automatically withdraw money from our bank account when we do mailings.

12.  Committee reports – the Arts Committee reported that Kramer Electric will put up two murals on their building.  Mac’s Fish and Chips would like a mural as well.  There were not any other committee reports.

13. Partner and other announcements – John Quincy reported that permits were issued for the WHS scoreboard on the south end of the field and the scoreboard should be up by the 15th of October.  The rules of use were agreed upon.  The city is currently in budget hearings and the budget will be approved in December.  We have a 1% tax levy because property taxes have gone down due to an increase in local government aid from the state, homestead tax credits and the Vikings stadium package.  The city is very supportive of a tree levy to replace 2500 trees that were lost in the storm.  There is also an increase in infrastructure projects such as street resurfacing and funding  more police and fire fighters.   There were no announcements from NEHBA.  Carole Anderson provided a Fuller Park update including the Halloween party and the hiring of a new preschool teacher.  The dedication of the Fuller plaque will take place at the park building before dusk on the Sunday preceding our next TNA board meeting.

14. Additional announcements -  The Pro Bike/Walking Pilot Project on Grand Avenue is on Saturday, Sept 21st  and they are looking for help with that program that day.  Sandra has requested information from the community education person from Washburn so that TNA can sponsor a class.  Birdie asked if anyone is interested in keeping Fuller park pool open through labor day.  Carole said that the pools close before school starts if they are located near a school but she will look into it.

15. There being no further business, on motion duly made, seconded and carried, the meeting was adjourned at 9:09pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Carolyn Dungan, TNA Secretary

 Next Meeting: Monday, October 21, 2013 at Fuller Park.


2013 August 19 TNA Board Meeting Minutes

BOARD MEETING MINUTES -  Monday, August 19, 2013 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park

Board members present: Ryan Fisher – President, Carolyn Dungan – Secretary, Sandra Bartsias – Treasurer, Lauren Anderson, Karen Costello, Eric David, Mary Jane Mitchell, Tony Proell, Dylan Sirny

Also present:  Carol Anderson (Fuller Park), Tom Balcom (Historian), Don Hall (resident for Fuller plaque),  John Quincy (Councilman),

1. Call to Order 7:06

2.  Fuller Park plaque update, park grant – Tom Balcom reported that he has contacted Mark Caplan for a reference on this project.  Mark Caplan oversaw the implementation of the plane crash plaque on Emerson & 27th.    Tjody is working with him and the Minneapolis Park Board and the application should be ready to submit this week.  The Park Board gave guidance on the material for plaque as well as how to attach it to the rock.  Ginger Cannon with the Minneapolis Park Board is now our contact for this project.

In regard to the historical pamphlet, Tom reported that it will be completed in time for the dedication of the plaque and the presentation in October.  The plan is to print 200 booklets – maybe 50 for the dedication and have the others available at the park.    John Quincy added that Windom had similar booklets and provided them in the welcome baskets and then sold them for $3.00.  John will provide a Windom booklet to Tom as an example.  Tom will work with Steve to see if Park Board needs to approve the booklet and verify facts.

3.  Tangletown water tower project proposal – Tom contacted Tangletown Gardens regarding improving the tower grounds.  They discussed putting together a committee with someone from the city water department and a couple of people in the neighborhood and maybe board members.  There is spot lighting of the tower and when lights go out it is reported to the city water department  to replace bulbs.  Lighting of the lower level and the plants would be a new investment.  Tom reported that we will need a plan for short-term and long-term responsibilities for Tangletown Gardens, TNA and the city based on a partnership for the project.   Ryan stated that the TNA board can contribute to initial project with very little to earmark for ongoing maintenance.   The city water works does the upkeep of mowing and we could possibly partner with them on maintenance of plantings.  Tom also suggested a small plaque at bottom of the sidewalk too to draw people up.  Ryan will put out a Facebook call for residents to participate on the committee.  He’ll run it by Tom before posting it.

4. Partnership development with Washburn High School – There was a meeting Tuesday to review the new WHS scoreboard plan for a redesigned scoreboard proposed on South end of field.  Representatives from School District and the Interim Athletic director and assistant principal were there to support the new plan.  The presentation was straight forward and there was low attendance at the meeting.  Other concerns that were raised include use of field, sound levels and light pollution.  This led into other topics regarding neighborhood issues affected by the school.    This meeting was set up by the district to present the current plan and to have neighborhood engagement.   There are no city ordinances for scoreboards – height and brightness of light are the only parameters that city controls.   The current proposal is for a scoreboard total height of approximately 25 feet high.  It’s still an issue as to where to put it.  TNA wants to partner with the school on this and other issues such as PA volume, communications to neighborhood as to events on the field, hours, etc.   It would be nice to have someone from WHS to meet with board and someone from TNA on the WHS site council.  John feels district should give reasons as to why they are placing the scoreboard where they propose it.  We can give our concerns and respond to it.  Won’t happen for fall – the zoning administration of city staff need to approve the placement, height and brightness of light.  Ad sponsorship was removed.  They will continue to use the current “wheel out” scoreboard until the permanent one is installed.   The previous permanent scoreboard was removed when they began the installment of the permanent one.

John will request the involvement of NCR to help facilitate a committee to establish policies regarding the hours of use and sound levels for the scoreboard as well as other issues such as parking, transit, litter, art issues, urban farm, bees, band, etc.  Residents, TNA board members, school board member Tracine Asburry and WHS and Ramsey representatives should be included on the committee.

Ryan will report back on this next meeting.

5. Neighborhood Priority Plan supporting 54th and Lyndale Special Services District – NCR was going to review the plan before it reached city council.  Matt Perry is meeting with business partners to get them interested.

6.  Pool shade update – Ryan delivered Steve’s update on pool shades stating that the Minneapolis Park board has said the project will not happen this year.

7. TNA survey preliminary results review – Ryan will schedule another committee meeting within the next month and involve NCR to follow up on survey results.  We’ve been working off an old NRP phase II plan so it will be good to update.   Sandra, Eric, Lauren, Mary Jane and Carolyn are all interested in reviewing survey results.  Mary Jane volunteered to do the drawing and deliver the prizes for survey respondents.    Ryan reported that there were a total of 89 responses to the survey.

8. Secretary report – The Board minutes of the July 15, 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 report – The association has not spent any money since the last meeting.   Sandra is setting up a direct withdrawal account with the post office to facilitate future mailings.  Sandra reported that we have not yet gotten billed by Diamond Lake Rental for the 4th of July event.  Sandra reported that the Diamond Lake post office now closes at 5pm whereas it used to be 6:30.

10. Committee Reports –

Arts – John Quincy offered Mary Peterson’s help with the Utility Box project and getting an extension on our grant and also getting through any other city requirements.  The Gateway project has moved forward and they have updated their website.  John will provide another report on it next month.

Communications – Did not meet.  No report.

NPR – Mary Jane and Sandra are meeting tomorrow to discuss extending the time frame for using our business façade grant funds that expired in December.  The question was posed whether we want to renew and get another funding.   It was agreed that we should evaluate the program and look at what worked and what didn’t.

Environment/Sustainability – Regarding the WHS Urban Farm, ECO education is having issues and TNA will follow up on how to ensure that $1,000 of grant money paid to ECO education is recovered and applied to the WHS Urban Farm project or another WHS project.  Lauren, Eric and Carolyn will try to find out more information.  Mary Jane went to the Lynhurst and Armatage festivals and noted that the sustainability committees had nice tables.  Lynhurst and Armatage would like to partner with us on sustainability issues.  It was reported that three groups are working on a project involving the creek – Lynhurst, Windom and Fulton – and it was agreed that Tangletown should also be involved.

Business – Dylan had to leave early.  No report.

11. Partner and other announcements –

Ryan posed the question to John Quincy whether TNA has a new NCR representative yet.  John reported that no one has been hired yet for that position, but when they are, they will report to him.   Our previous representative, Lance Knuckles received a promotion.

John Quincy – One Minneapolis One Read book has been established and he will present it at next month’s meeting.

On August 27th at 6pm Congressman Ellis will present on the airport issues at WHS.

The city budget was presented last week and includes a negative one percent tax levy.  The next two months will be spent perfecting the budget.

Carole Anderson – Fuller Park has a book club the 2nd Wednesday of every month at Washburn Library.  Fuller Park is now working with Lynhurst, Armatage, Pershing, Linden Hills and Kenny.  Carole did receive the $100 fee from each of the food vendors at 4th of July event.

Sandra Bartsias – Suggested placing an announcement on Facebook now for the Halloween tour and start advertising it in the Southwest Journal.  Ryan will reach out to the committee members,  Andrea, Jeff , Steve and Tjody to remind them to start on this.

It was suggested that our Communications committee should report on the Ramsey/WHS  partnership committee, the Halloween House Tour, post pictures of the 4th of July event, report survey results and Fuller Park activities using E-News, Facebook and any other appropriate media.  It was noted that our E-News has 507 members.  Eric will look at how to get reports out of constant contact.

12. There being no further business, on motion duly made, seconded and carried, the meeting was adjourned at 8:47pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Carolyn Dungan, TNA Secretary

 Next Meeting: Monday, September 16, 2013 at Fuller Park.

2013 July 15 TNA Board Meeting Minutes

BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, July 15, 2013 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park

Board members present: Ryan Fisher – President,  Carolyn Dungan – Secretary, Sandra Bartsias – Treasurer,  Lauren Anderson,  Eric David, Jane Elias, Mary Jane Mitchell,  Andrea Siegel, Charlie Siftar

Also present:  Tjody deVaal, Carol Anderson (Fuller Park), John Quincy (Councilman), Tracine Ashbury (District 6 MPS Board Member), Rachel Hicks (MPS Director of Media & Public Affairs), Dan and Tom Flanagan (Mac’s Fish and Chips)

1. Call to Order 7:08

2.  Mac’s Fish and Chips restaurant proposal – Tom Flanagan, intern from College of St. Thomas and Dan Flanagan, business owner, presented their intent to open a new restaurant at 54th and Lyndale in the space previously occupied by Sigh Yoga.  Dan has been in the restaurant business for 30 years.  They have a restaurant at Hamline and Larpenteur in St. Paul as well as a stand at the Target Field that serves walleye and chips.  Their plan for the 54th and Lyndale restaurant is for a small, simple offering.  All of the food is made in-house including handmade saltwater taffy which is part of their trademark offerings.  They plan on serving beer and wine and will have access to the abutting parking lot.  The restaurant will have a capacity of 30 – 35 guests.  They are hoping to open in the fall.  The anticipated hours will be 11:30 am to 10:00 pm.

3.  WHS update with Council Member John Quincy and school board member Tracine Asberry – Concerns at WHS include parking, sports field sound levels and scoreboard issues.  MPS is prepared to have community meetings to discuss these issues.  Efforts to install a new scoreboard are being coordinated with the City Departments.   The hope is to get a scoreboard installed in time for this fall’s football season.  They are looking at a temporary scoreboard until plan is approved for permanent one.   It’s possible that a temporary score board would be installed until a plan is approved for a permanent one.   Before any permanent a permit is issued there will need to be a community engagement meeting and John’s office is monitoring the process to ensure that the zoning administrator is involved.  The scoreboard has county, local and city funding so they are developing policies for everyone who uses the field.  The rules of use will address the hours and volume levels.  The scoreboard project can move forward without a permanent principal and athletic director.  The school board continues to look for fill these positions.

4. The Chairman called for a vote to approve the 2012 Tangletown Neighborhood Association CPP annual report.

Upon motion duly moved, seconded and carried it was resolved that:

The board approves the 2012 Tangeltown Neighborhood Association CPP annual report without changes.

5. 4th of July event – Ryan will be assemble feedback from the 4th of July debrief meeting into a document that he will share with the board.  The Treasurer reported that the event had a net profit of $1,480 before Diamond Lake rental expenses.  We owe Diamond Lake Rental approximately $700.   Carole noted that the food vendors have been invoiced for the $100 fee due to the park.   Board members offered their suggestions for next year’s event including placing the inflatables in the shade, getting two snow cone stations, creating a map of the park and all of the tents, and hiring face painters.  It was agreed that it would be beneficial for Ryan to schedule a meeting soon to start the planning for next year’s event.

6. Neighborhood Priority Plan supporting 54th and Lyndale Special Services District – John believes that it’s important to add the neighborhood voice to support this effort so that the small businesses see how it would benefit them.  TNA has committed to contributing $12,000 to the effort.  It’s up to the businesses to decide as a group what they will invest in.  The funds would be pooled to pay for assessments based on square footage.  The funds usually go towards things like benches, lighting, seasonal decorations and snow removal.

7.  TNA neighborhood survey summary/update                – Ryan will be closing the survey down and in the coming week he will send a summary to the Survey subcommittee.   The subcommittee will reconvene to analyze the results.  We had about 50 responses.

8. Fuller Park plaque update – Steve was not present to report on the status, but Carol reported that she applied for and was awarded a $500 grant from People for Parks.  The funds need to be used before November 1st.  We could use the funds for the rock and the history event dedicating the rock.   The subcommittee is working on getting the history facts correct and accurate.

9.  Pool shade update – The board is still awaiting a response from the Park Board on this project.  It appears that they want to put off the pool shade installation until after the completion of playground renovation that is slotted to start in 2014 and pool renovation overhaul scheduled for2015.

10.  Secretary Report – The Board minutes of the June 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.

11.  Treasurer report – In fiscal year ending 5/31/2013 the association had net income close to $23,000 due to monies recovered from other years.  As a non-profit we need to have net income under $25,000.  The balance in the TNA account is $13055.42 and the NRP account stands at $25,785.14.

12. The Arts Committee – The arts subcommittee did not meet but the next step in the utility box project is gathering the necessary documentation to gain approval from the Minneapolis Arts Council headed up by Mary Altman.  The mural installation at Kramer Electric is on hold.  Tjody presented a proposal for the board to help fund an art car for the annual art car event this Saturday at Lake Harriet.  The car would promote the Tangletown Neighborhood Association.  There was board discussion and it was decided that advertising and sponsorship are not in keeping with the spirit of the event.  There are no other sponsored cars or advertising associated with the art car event.   Tjody withdrew her proposal.

13.  Communications Committee – This committee did not meet and there was no report.

14.  NRP Committee – Jade applied for a business façade grant.  Mary Jane will look into renewing our funding and whether new businesses qualify for the grant.

15.  Sustainability Committee – WHS urban farm is meeting within the next month.

16.  Business – This committee did not meet and there was no report.

17. Partner and other announcements – Carol announced that registration for fall classes at Fuller Park begins August 5th  and there will be a music event in the park on August 8th from 6:30 to 7:30.  John noted that there will be a public meeting within the next two weeks on the 50th street resurfacing project.  The project should be completed by the end of August.  Also, it’s possible that the MTC buses dropping off students at Washburn will be rerouted in the fall so as to avoid traffic issues on 50th.

18. There being no further business, on motion duly made, seconded and carried, the meeting was adjourned at 8:45pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Carolyn Dungan, TNA Secretary

Next Meeting: Monday, August 19, 2013 at Fuller Park.