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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.

May 2015 Annual Board Meeting Minutes

BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, May 19, 2015 (Annual Meeting) – 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park

Board members present: Steve Bieringer, Ryan Fisher, Sandra Bartsias, Lauren Anderson, Dylan Sirny, Eric David, Mary Jane Mitchell, Matt Chapman, Andrea Siegel, Laura Silver

Board members absent: Karen Costello

Also present: Russ Henry (Homegrown Minneapolis), Councilmember John Quincy, Forrest Hardy (City Safe Routes for Youth & Seniors Planner), Tangletown residents in attendance for Annual Meeting & Board Elections

Called to order: 7:04pm

Welcome & Overview
Steve welcomed residents to the 2015 Annual Meeting and Andrea Siegel introduced speaker Russ Henry from Homegrown Minneapolis.

Speaker: Russ Henry – Co-chair of Homegrown Minneapolis
Russ Henry is a local landscaper and co-chair of the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council, a citywide initiative to help Minneapolis residents grow, process, distribute, eat, and compost more healthy, sustainable, locally grown foods within city limits. Homegrown Minneapolis is one of 20-30 advisory committees that advises the city on local foods and helps to develop a robust local food economy.

Growing: There are approximately 260 community gardens, 265+ backyard chicken permits, >50 permitted beehives, and 6 aquaponics projects throughout the city. Local food resource hubs have over 1,000 members and Tree Trust partners to distribute discount fruit trees to city residents. Currently, Minneapolis has more than 20 urban farms of greater than 10,000 square feet and many market gardens of less than 10,000 square feet. To encourage more urban farming, the city is planning to offer inexpensive leases on city-owned and maintained vacant lots throughout the city for market gardening in the near future.

Processing: Homegrown Minneapolis is working with the City to make the licensing process easier for developing and existing local food manufacturers. There are currently three incubator kitchens (licensed for food business and production) in the city in addition to 40 community kitchens (for private event cooking).

Distribution: There are currently 15 farmers’ markets and 14 mini-markets (nearly all accept SNAP/EBT food support). The city has 30 Healthy Corner Stores, which are mobile groceries to help all communities access locally grown foods. Privately operated farm stands are now legal in Minneapolis. Homegrown Minneapolis also promotes backyard composting and partners with Minneapolis Pubic Schools on Farm to School initiatives and with the University of St. Thomas on research projects on composting and local food res

Policy: The City of Minneapolis has passed ordinances to support mobile food stores, beekeeping, farm stands, and edible landscaping in Minneapolis Parks. Corner stores are now required to carry staple foods. At the state level, Homegrown Minneapolis has advocated for legislation to enable farmers market vendors to more easily provide food samples and accurate labeling of bee-friendly plants and seeds as well as compensation to beekeepers whose bees dies due to pesticide applications. Minneapolis is working on becoming a Bee-Friendly City in 2015 and limiting pesticide use, particularly in the Minneapolis Parks.

Board Introductions
2014-2014 board members and TNA’s Coordinator introduced themselves to attendees.

TNA 2015 Annual Garage Sale Wrap-up
Steve reported that there were approximately 44 participants in the 2015 Garage Sale. Steve and Eric updated our signage for the event – the signs distributed about 200 maps to the neighborhood. A resident mentioned that traffic was up considerably this year. Thank you to Abby for posting the sale in many places.

Tangletown 4th of July Event
Ryan gave attendees an overview of the 4th of July event. Steve, Ryan and Abby have met once to kick off planning for this year’s event. Brava food truck is interested in participating again this year as a food vendor.

Officer Reports
Secretary – A motion to approve the April 2015 minutes with a correction in the attendance section was made, seconded and approved.
Treasurer – Sandra gave a brief overview of the TNA accounts (approximately $38,000 total in both accounts) and answered questions about expenditures from residents.

Neighborhood Business and Events
Ryan gave attendees an overview of TNA’s annual events and activities over the past year including Green Day, the Garage Sale, the 4th of July Parade & Festival, neighborhood bike racks, crime prevention meetings, and Fuller Park shade structures and historical plaque.

Brief Summary of TNA Committees & Projects
Mary Jane presented information on each of TNA’s committees to attendees including Arts (murals and utility box wraps), Communications (website, facebook page), NRP (business façade improvement grant program), Sustainability (organics, Green Day), and Business. Attendees asked about NRP funds and proceeds from repaid home loans.

Review Responsibilities of TNA Board Members
Steve spoke to attendees about the expectations of board members and committee work. Andrea nominated Andrew Busse, Mary Jane nominated Dan Williams, Virgil Petrie nominated himself, Lauren nominated Joy Gottschalk, and Todd nominated Dick Fiala. Steve made a motion to approve the nominations, which was seconded and approved.

New 2015-2016 Board Members:
Dan Williams Andrew Buss
Virgil Petrie Dick Fiala
Joy Gottschalk

Continuing 2015-2015 Board Members:
Steve Bieringer Dylan Sirny
Ryan Fisher Mary Jane Mitchell
Sandra Bartsias Laura Silver
Andrea Siegel Eric David
Lauren Anderson Karen Costello

Andrea Siegel drew door prizes – congratulations to MaryAnn Schoenberge and Dick Fiala.

Partner and Other Announcements
A resident asked about the construction plans for the old Diamond Lake Hardware site. There will be first floor retail and apartments above. Diamond Lake Hardware won’t be relocating to the site so they’re looking for retail partners to occupy space on the first floor.

Councilmember John Quincy thanked residents for attending the Annual Meeting and spoke on the City’s commitment to equity and sustainability throughout Minneapolis. An attendee asked about the recently passed Working Families Agenda, which provides paid family leave among other benefits – the City Council would also like to examine the regional minimum wage to support working families. City Safe Routes for Youth & Seniors Planner, Forrest Hardy, has developed plans for a bike lane on Diamond Lake Road between Stevens Ave and Lyndale Ave. Sandra asked about the decision-making process about the bike lane/sharrow striping plan after sealcoating of that stretch takes place this summer. The group discussed the notification of this proposed change – the City uses social media and limited flyers instead of postcards sent to adjacent businesses and residents.

Adjourned: 8:40pm

Minutes submitted by Lauren Anderson, TNA Secretary

April 2015 Board Meeting Minutes

BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, April 20, 2015 – 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park

Board members present: Steve Bieringer, Ryan Fisher, Sandra Bartsias, Lauren Anderson, Karen Costello, Eric David, Mary Jane Mitchell

Board members absent: Andrea Siegel, Laura Silver, Dylan Sirny, Matt Chapman

Also present: Charlie Siftar, Tom Balcolm, Joy Gottschalk, Lynell Voigt, Regan Palmer, Dan Kvamme, Michael Burnhagen

Called to order: 7:05pm

Green Day Event Wrap Up
Sustainability Committee reported on its second annual Green Day event, which took place on Saturday, April 11th. Attendance was fairly good, but it was a beautiful day and the Fuller park playground had been closed the day before so traffic was a bit lower than the Committee had hoped. Final costs came in around $1100 – the neighborhood-wide postcard to promote the event was the biggest expense. City of Mpls, Hennepin County Master Gardeners, Spark-y (and their aquaponics demo), Minnehaha Creek Watershed District’s Master Water Stewards, Charlie’s Bike Shop, and Beez Kneez all hosted informational tables for residents. There were a few hiccups with exhibitors arriving late but volunteers made it happen. Beez Kneez presented the first workshop on protecting urban bees and Lauren gave the second on Minneapolis’s organics recycling. The Sustainability Committee will meet to debrief in the coming weeks and plan for next year’s spring event.

Fuller Park Playground Grand Opening Event
The playground is currently blocked off to finish the concrete and rubber ramps. The concrete has been poured and in currently curing. If manufacturer Kompan is able to pour rubberized accessible ramps the playground should be open this Friday, April 24th. The Grand Opening event will take place at 5:30-7:00pm right before the TNA Annual Meeting on Monday, May 18th. TNA and the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board are cosponsoring the event. The MPRB has funding for light refreshments. At Green Day, Toppers offered to donate pizza for the Annual Meeting. Steve can follow up to see what they’re willing to donate. If Toppers isn’t able to provide a donation, the board would like to provide an alternative for attendees.

Annual Meeting
Mary Jane proposed a budget of $450 for refreshments and door prizes (potentially gift certificates to Charlie’s Bike Shop and Tangletown Gardens) and $600 for a postcard for a total budget of $1,050. The motion to approve this budget was seconded and approved. The MPRB plans to send out a postcard invite for the Grand Opening, so hopefully TNA can include more information about the Annual Meeting on their postcard and save the postcard funds.

TNA 2015 Annual Garage Sale
Registrations are still trickling in, but we have 42 homes registered to participate in the 2015 sale. Steve and Eric are finishing up the a-frame signs to place at commercial nodes and will add weights. Garage sale maps will be in a weather-proof pocket on the signs as well as on and on Tangletown Nextdoor. Steve proposed a budget of $500 for the 2015 Garage Sale. The motion was seconded and approved.

Washburn Water Tower Landscaping
Reisdent Dan Jurek has raised $711 (over his $350 goal) through gofundme to plant and has contracted with Bluebird Gardening, which is offering its labor at a discount rate.

Washburn School parking ramp
Neighborhood resident Regan Palmer presented on the parking congestion around Washburn. Since minimizing bus service for high school students, parking on city streets has increased tremendously. Washburn’s principal, Rhonda Dean, is interested in informally surveying the neighborhood to gauge interest and support for constructing a parking ramp on the site of the existing main parking lot. Lauren inquired about any recent efforts to flyer/notify residents for a community meeting and Regan reported that a community meeting where a wide radius of residents are notified in advance hasn’t taken place in 18 years. Washburn would prefer not to have the streets around the school become permit parking only as has been down around Southwest High School and has proposed a parking ramp in response. Anticipated ramp concerns around safety and security in and under the ramp, lighting, construction cost per stall, and visual appearance for immediate neighbors were discussed. Board members suggested conducting an informal neighbor survey on parking, congestion as well as working with Councilmember Quincy’s office to engage Public Works in a traffic, parking and speed study as potential solutions. TNA would like to work more closely with Washburn and Regan will reach out to Washburn leadership to hopefully have either the principal or vice principal at a neighborhood meeting.

Spring Fling Event – May 16th
Our wonderful businesses at Nicollet/Grand & 48th are hosting the Spring Fling in honor of the Minneapolis Bike to Local Business day through the Minneapolis Bike Coalition. Outdoor activities will start at 11am at Nicollet & 48th with a parade to 48th & Grand at 12:30 where there will be local music and more activities until 4pm. Trustone Financial plans to donate $250 toward live band, the Thunderheads. The board would like to contribute $500 to fund music at the event, $250 of which would come from Tangletown account and $250 from a local business. A motion to approve this expenditure was made, seconded, and approved by the full Board.

Tangletown 4th of July
Abby, Steve and Ryan met to kick off planning a couple weeks ago. The event format will be very similar to last year with food trucks, live music, and activities.

TNA Partnership opportunities w/ Toppers Pizza
Abby connected with Toppers Pizza about partnering and donating pizzas for future events. She’ll follow up about donating for the Annual Meeting.

Officer reports:
• Secretary’s report – Steve made a motion to approve the March 2015 Minutes, which was seconded by Matt and approved.
• Treasurer’s report – Since the end of March, TNA has spent $3,000 on events and the spring newsletter. The TNA accounts and CPP accounts are at $15,617.38 and $21,279.51 respectively. Sandra and Abby are meeting in the next week and Sandra will plan to submit the 2014 annual report to NCR. Abby will follow up with CEE to try and get information

Committee reports:
• Arts – Nothing to report.
• Communication – Laura is in the process of scheduling a meeting prior to the Annual Meeting.
• NRP/Business – Mary Jane and Abby met about TNA’s business façade grant program. Abby will follow up key businesses. The TNA board would like to collectively survey the business nodes around the neighborhood. Ryan suggested creating a half sheet for businesses about TNA programs and business façade grants. Lauren also brought up having a resident version. Abby proposed having a business forum in the next couple months – she will put some ideas together and bring them to the board at a future meeting.
• Sustainability – See above report on Green Day recap. Karen will report on the April 30th Solar Garden workshop next month.

Partner and other announcements:
Tom Balcom brought up the Judson Street Festival on Sunday, May 17th from 12pm to 4pm.

Minnehaha Bike Trail Improvement Meeting #2 is coming up at Washburn Library on Thursday, April 23rd.

Adjourned: 8:38pm

Minutes submitted by Lauren Anderson, TNA Secretary

2015 Tangletown Annual Meeting

Monday, May 18, 2015
Fuller Park

It’s that time of year again… time to join your neighbors and Board Members for an evening of free food, a guest speaker, updates on our neighborhood, and maybe even win a prize!

Our guest speaker will be Russ Henry, co-chair of Homegrown Minneapolis. He will present the work of the Homegrown Food Council: How policy changes and community engagement are making it easier to grow, sell, eat, and compost food in Minneapolis.

Board elections are also on the agenda for the evening. Consider joining the board. It’s a small monthly time commitment and we need neighbors like you and fresh ideas to continue making Tangletown the treasure it is.

See you there!

*You may have noticed this meeting coincides nicely with the Grand Opening of Fuller Park’s new playground equipment! Enjoy the ribbon cutting, brief remarks, light snacks and desserts at 5:30.

2015 Tangletown Garage Sale Map – May 1, 2

2015 GSale Map

2015 GSale Map2

March 2015 Board Meeting Minutes

BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, March 16, 2015 – 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park

Board members present: Steve Bieringer, Ryan Fisher, Andrea Siegel, Sandra Bartsias, Lauren Anderson, Karen Costello, Laura Silver, Eric David, Matt Chapman, Dylan Sirny, Mary Jane Mitchell

Board members absent:

Also present: Fuller Park Director Mike Fox, Tjody deVaal, Fred Haas, residents Wayne Sagalaski and Andrew Busse

Called to order: 7:05pm

TNA Coordinator Introduction
Our new Coordinator, Abby, is returning from vacation and will join us at next month’s board meeting. A welcome article will appear in the spring newsletter. Ryan, Steve, Lauren and Sandra met with Abby to start orientation and priority setting.

Sage & Cypress: 48th and Grand
Fred Haas addressed the board on his new business on the northwest corner of 48th & Grand. Fred hails from Northfield, MN and was familiar with the Tangletown neighborhood prior to the retail space becoming available for rent. Fred’s wife, Sarah Nordstrom, does mosaic work and re-embellishes historic pieces and their business partner, Tricia, is a talented muralist. They plan to have a studio in the back with retail space in the eastern section of the building (adjacent to the corner). They are already working with local businesses to refurbish the space and Fred and Sarah’s children plan to offer violin and other enrichment lessons in the space and hope to collaborate with youth programming at Fuller Park. Sage & Cypress will open around Mother’s Day in May. Tjody will drop by tomorrow to take pictures of the space for a local business feature in the spring newsletter – thanks, Tjody!

TNA 2015 Annual Garage Sale
Eric and Steve have built new commercial node signs that will be available for Green Day and the Garage Sale. The signs have weatherproof pockets to hold fliers and maps. Registration information is ready to go in the newsletter. Participant fees will remain the same as in 2014, and TNA will be able to reuse the yellow, weatherproof signs purchased last year.

TNA Spring Newsletter
Articles were due last Monday, March 9th. Thank you to everyone wrote submitted an article. There are a few outstanding articles – please send them to Tjody asap as she plans to send the newsletter to the printer on Tuesday. The spring newsletter also contains an update from new Fuller Park Director, Mike Fox, with the date of the Fuller Park playground grand opening, which is set for 5:45pm right before the Annual Meeting on May 18th.

Tangletown Green Day Event
Sustainability Committee members gave an overview on the event planning. Our vendor for art activities cancelled this past week, but Mike Fox offered to have his staff fill in if the committee can provide materials and ideas for an activity. The board approved a budget for $200 to purchase two standing easels for Green Day and other Tangletown events. Workshops, exhibitors, food and door prizes are coming together and board members are encouraged to attend Green Day on Saturday, April 11th!

Tangletown 4th of July event planning
Board members Steve Bieringer, Andrea Siegel, Matt Chapman, Sandra Bartsias, Laura Silver, and Ryan Fisher all volunteered to plan TNA’s annual 4th of July event. Charlie Siftar is happy to help with the parade and Lauren Anderson can help with recycling and composting. The planning committee will meet in the next few weeks.

Recent Neighborhood Crime
There have been many recent break-ins throughout the northern part of the neighborhood between 46th and 48th Streets. In addition, Mike Fox reported Kris Stevens from Fuller Park witnessed two individuals burglarizing a home at 48th & Harriet who were starting to break into his car. He recorded the plates, called the police who made an arrest and Kris was able to identify the suspect. Lauren connected with Jennifer Waisanen, our Crime Prevention Specialist, to set up a tentative Crime Prevention meeting for next week on Monday, March 23rd at 7pm at Fuller Park pending support from the TNA board. After a brief discussion, the board supports moving forward with a Crime Prevention meeting in March. Mike will put the meeting information up on the Fuller Park sign and Lauren will follow up with Jennifer to confirm the meeting and coordinate speakers. Steve suggested working with Jennifer to identify missing block leaders throughout the neighborhood.

Annual Meeting
Andrea connected with Russ Henry, Co-Chair of the Homegrown Minneapolis initiative, who will speak at the Tangletown Annual Meeting on policy changes that are making it easier to grow, eat and compost local food. Refreshments for attendees will be provided. Ryan offered that we could have Jennifer Waisanen present 10 minutes of crime prevention and safety tips. There are currently three open board slots that will be up for re-election in May.

Officer reports:
• Secretary’s report – Steve made a motion to approve the February 2015 Minutes, which was seconded by Matt and approved.
• Treasurer’s report – Sandra reported that the 2014 reimbursement hasn’t been submitted yet, but it should be under $15,000. Abby will take over City reimbursements starting for FY 2015. The TNA accounts and CPP accounts are at $15,749.46 and $25,377.99 respectively.

Committee reports:
• Arts – Nothing to report. Abby will start taking on the utility box wrap project over the next few months.
• Communication – Laura will send out a doodle poll to schedule a committee meeting in the next couple weeks to discuss strategies to expand TNA’s existing communications including monthly e-newsletters, Next Door, an updated website, an organizational facebook page and 3-4 annual print newsletters.
• NRP – New business Bubbles Ecouture (at 54th & Lyndale in Prime & Polish’s old location) applied to receive a $1,000 business façade grant. Mary Jane suggested the board update its local business master list to include business contact information, building owner information, whether businesses have areas to display info on neighborhood events, talking points for board members reaching out to each business, and whether they have or open to donating to events. Karen suggested including pieces that might be of interest to community members like whether the business is dog-friendly. Mary Jane can find the past version of this list and send it to Abby and the board.
• Sustainability – See above report on Green Day planning. Karen is signed up to attend the April 30th Solar Garden workshop and will report back to the board. Lauren participated in a Lynnhurst Neighborhood Organics Recycling Forum last Saturday morning.
• Business – Continuing the NRP discussion about a local business list, Dylan reported that he found a great wordpress template and that it would take him about an hour to rework with some visual and functional updates. Related to crime prevention, Dylan has offered ongoing self-defense workshops in the past and would be happy to offer a program to Tangletown neighbors. TNA could set a date with Dylan and promote it at the Annual Meeting to increase participation. TNA had historically sponsored workshops through Community Ed at Washburn and with recent increases in burglaries, it might be time to offer them again.

Partner and other announcements:
Fuller Park Director Mike Fox introduced himself to the board. Mike started as a volunteer wrestling coach for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board in 1986 and started working for the organization soon after. He is excited to work with the neighborhood in his new role. Mike also reported that there might be a higher likelihood for installing air conditioning since Fuller hosts a preschool and is a Rec Plus site, which would make summer meetings more comfortable and prevent heat-related building closures.

Tom Balcom forwarded an email he sent to a neighbor about contacting Public Works to replace lights at the water tower. Steve also followed up with the neighbor interested in making planting improvements to the Gladstone Triangle.

Adjourned: 8:19pm

Minutes submitted by Lauren Anderson, TNA Secretary

What to do? What to do?

We live in an amazing city… get out and explore!

The Minneapolis RiverCurrent is a list of upcoming and ongoing events in Minneapolis and the surrounding area. Whether you’re looking for a craft beer festival or a place where the kids can run wild for an afternoon, this list has something for you!

Oooh! Pretty Streets!


Spring = Street Sweeping!

Here’s the info you need:
Weather permitting, an annual rite of spring in Minneapolis is scheduled to begin Tuesday, April 14. Drivers should watch for temporary “No Parking” signs along these streets to avoid a ticket and tow.
Through May 8, temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance to make sure streets are clear of parked vehicles. Drivers need to follow street sweep parking rules or they may have their cars ticketed and towed to the Minneapolis Impound Lot.
Phone calls to residents – In addition to the “No Parking” signs that will be posted the day before sweepers come through, the City will make about 3,500 automated phone calls each evening to let residents know their street will be swept the next day.

Interactive Web tool – There’s a tool on the City’s Web site to find out when the sweeping crews are coming through their neighborhoods. Residents can go to and click on “street sweeping schedule lookup,” to find out which week a street is scheduled to be swept. The weekend before that week, they can revisit the Web site to find out which day of the week the street is scheduled to be swept.

· Videos – Street sweeping is explained in English, Hmong, Somali and Spanish in short videos that can be watched at and on City cable channels 14 and 79. Residents who have friends or neighbors who speak these languages are encouraged to share links to the videos.
o English: See how and why Minneapolis sweeps streets and what you can do to help keep streets and waterways clean.
o Spanish: Vea en este video de las series “Sabia Usted” como y porque Minneapolis barre las calles y limpia las vias fluviales.
o Somali: Ka daawo fiidyowga taxanaha… ee Minneapolis ee loo yaqaan “Ma Ogtahay” siyaabaha iyo sababaha minneapolis jidadka ay u xaaqido oo ogow sidii aad uga caawin lahayd ilaalinta nadaafada jidadka iyo biyo mareenada.
o Hmong: Yog xav paub ntxiv, sais nroog Minneapolis cov tshooj xov xwm hu, “Koj pos paub.”
Residents should not push leaves, grass clippings, or other debris into City streets – it’s bad for our lakes and waterways and it’s against the law. Anything that goes down a storm drain flows directly into our lakes and river, and decomposing plant material in the water encourages the growth of harmful aquatic plants and algae.

Spring/Summer 2015 Newsletter

Click the link below to view Tangletown Neighborhood Association’s Spring/Summer Newsletter.

Details on all the ways to participate in the 2015 Tangletown Garage Sales – drawing in buyers from all around!

4th of July festivities

Annual Meeting information

All you need to know about our terrific Tangletown!

2015 Newsletter

Green Day 2015

Green Day Tangletown

Join us for Tangletown’s 2nd annual Green Day event!

Workshops, demos, children’s art activity, door prizes, pizza & cookies. Learn about keeping our bees healthy, home energy improvements, biking safety, rain gardens, composting, rain barrels, aquaponics, natural yard care, the City of Minneapolis’s organics recycling program and more.

Workshop schedule:
*11:30am – Healthy Bees. Healthy Lives, Beez Kneez LLC
*12:30pm – Organics Recycling, City of Mpls/Tangletown Neighborhood Association

February 2015 Board Meeting Minutes

BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, February 16, 2015 – 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park

Board members present: Steve Bieringer, Ryan Fisher, Andrea Siegel, Sandra Bartsias, Lauren Anderson, Laura Silver, Eric David, Matt Chapman, Dylan Sirny, Mary Jane Mitchell

Board members absent: Tony Proell, Karen Costello

Also present: Councilmember John Quincy

Called to order: 7:03pm

Update from Councilmember Quincy
Councilmember Quincy provided a city government update. His office is planning a Ward 11 collaborative summit at the Community Connections Conference, which takes place on Saturday, March 21st from 9am-3pm at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The conference is free to attend and Tangletown board members are encouraged to attend the summit or the full conference. Neighborhood communications (both print and social media) will be a topic of conversation at the Ward 11 summit. The board also discussed the role of our designated city Neighborhood Specialist around budgeting and other community outreach. Councilmember Quincy reported that the city is working on increased transparency on city budgeting and expenditures – a new tool on the city’s website has financial data (including from neighborhoods) from 2008 through 2015. Neighborhood organizations’ budget allocations can be included as part of this interactive feature.

Fuller Park building improvements update:
We are still awaiting warmer weather to finish the school age side of the playground and hold an opening event this spring.

TNA Coordinator position update:
TNA has hired Abigail Rowan as its new Coordinator. She should start in the next two to three weeks. The Hiring Committee will meet with Abigail soon to sketch out short-term work plans, a reporting structure, and orientation, and she should be at next month’s board meeting. Welcome, Abigail – we’re thrilled you’re here!

TNA Happy Hour:
Steve proposed scheduling this for March. The board will meet at Fuller Park on Monday, March 16th from 7-8pm and then move to La Fresca at 8pm.

TNA 2015 Annual Garage Sale
The Garage Sale will be held on Friday, May 1st and Saturday, May 2nd. Sign-up information will go out in the spring newsletter, which should hit mailboxes in early April. Registration will close on April 18th or 19th. Due to issues with missed pick-ups in years past, the board is not planning to work with the Salvation Army on a charity pick-up. Steve is going to explore additional charities such as Bridging to do an after-event donation service. Lauren recommended contacting Epilepsy Foundation, which has a pretty generous accepted item list and does do pick-ups.

TNA Spring Newsletter
The Board would like to work with Tjody deVaal on this year’s spring newsletter. Steve proposed the board approve a $650 design fee for her design services, which was seconded and passed. Lauren proposed an article deadline of Monday, March 9th to ensure adequate time for review, printing, and mailing. Article assignments are listed below:

• TNA Annual Meeting – Andrea
• 4th of July – Ryan
• Garage Sale – Steve
• Green Day – Mary Jane
• Organics – sign up for carts – Lauren
• New Fuller Park playground equipment – Director Mike Fox
• Update from Councilmember Quincy
• Ramsey/Washburn schools update – Councilmember Quincy’s office
• Coordinator introduction – Ryan
• Sign up for the e-news
• Business features:
o Pet grooming/supply at 54th & Nicollet and All about you at 48th & Nicollet – Laura
o Pending opening date, the new business at 48th & Grand – Sandra

Annual Meeting
Dylan proposed the idea of focusing on urban food production and gardening as a topic for the Annual Meeting. Andrea proposed having Tangletown Gardens/Wise Acres present on their farm-to-table model, composting, and sustainability initiatives. Board members also brought up Fruits of the City, Homegrown Minneapolis, and Gardening Matters as potential speakers. Andrea will follow up with each organization – thanks, Andrea!

Officer reports:
Secretary’s report – a move to approve the January 2015 Minutes with one edit to include Dylan on the attendance list was made, seconded, and approved.
Treasurer’s report – Sandra proposed that TNA allocate the rollover $42,084 left from the 2012-2013 #36084 CPP contract to the 2014-2016 CPP contract #38870 at the same levels as previously rolled over. The TNA accounts and CPP accounts are at $15,749.46 and $25,621.03 respectively. The board also discussed alternatives to taking donations at events or having an annual fundraising ask in the print newsletter.

Committee reports:
• Arts – Nothing to report.
• Communication – The board discussed strategies to expand TNA’s existing communications including monthly e-newsletters, Next Door, an updated website, an organizational facebook page and 3-4 annual print newsletters. Laura will send out an email to schedule a committee meeting in the next month and interested board members can attend. Dylan brought up the ease of using a WordPress template that can deliver content to facebook and e-lists automatically.
• NRP – TNA extended the business façade grant contract through December 2015 and would like to continue awarding grants, but only $1500 remains in the account. Steve moved that the organization move $5000 from a CPP account TBD to the business façade grant account. The motion was seconded and approved by the full board.
• Sustainability – Green Day is coming together and the Sustainability Committee is planning to meet on Wednesday, February 18th. Exhibitors are getting signed up and the committee is planning to have Beez Kneez and City of Mpls/TNA present workshops on urban beekeeping and organics respectively.
• Business – No new business outreach to report.

Partner and other announcements:
Several board members who have stepped down and a couple of prospective board members interested in joining at the Annual Meeting in May. Members will keep recruiting! Lauren brought up a couple of recent public safety incidents at 46th & Nicollet. Ryan proposed inviting our Minneapolis Police Department neighborhood crime prevention specialist, Jennifer Waisanen, to the Annual Meeting to give a 10-minute overview on crime prevention and safety in the neighborhood.

Adjourned: 8:32pm

Minutes submitted by Lauren Anderson, TNA Secretary