September Board Minutes

BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, September 17, 2018 – 7:00 p.m., Bryant Square Park

Board members present: Joy Gottschalk, Dan Williams, Carl Arrell, Kellie Hanson, Erik Brenna, Pat Collins, Steve Wohlford, Dick Fiala, Ryan Fisher, John Dukich, Dirk Nicholson

Board members absent: Gabe Moreno, Briana Daymont, Valerie Hurst, Brian McDonald

Also present: Chriss Joyce (TNA Interim Coordinator), Stacy Sorenson (City of Minneapolis NCR Specialist), Heather Bray (local business owner)

Called to order: 7:00pm

TNA President
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Bri will step away from TNA for a few months. Carl will temporarily assume the position of president.

Officer Reports:
Secretary – Due to a technological issue, last month’s minutes were incomplete and need some cleanup. Dan will do that and have them available for the October meeting.

Treasurer – Chriss updated the year-to-date expenses and revenue and will bring a draft budget to October meeting. Chriss and Brian will send the final version out for board review before next meeting, in preparation for a vote in the October meeting.

Council Member Schroeder Update

The city is currently figuring out how to address the homeless encampment near Franklin and Hiawatha. However, most homeless and housing services are provided by Hennepin County rather than the City. The City has until the end of September to develop a plan for temporary housing and addressing the needs of all residents of the encampment. One possible relocation site is Roof Depot site, where the City would create one or two on-site public health centers as well.

The City’s Department of Public Works bought the Root Depot site in the East Phillips neighborhood with the intention of consolidating many of their maintenance trucks in one location. The site was a long time polluter in the neighborhood and the City would clean up the site. Neighborhood groups would like to utilize part of the site for various improvement projects like workforce development and agriculture but require 3 acres for their plan to be viable. The City can only make 1.5 acres available, and would have to find another site for maintenance otherwise. Both the City and neighborhood groups would like to use the existing building on the site. Discussions are ongoing.

The 2020 plan is moving forward with input from the community. Jeremy said that for the plan to be successful, it’s critical to get residents to informational/feedback meetings, and Jeremy is looking for suggestions on how to reach out to residents. He holds at least three community conversations per month, and he is also organizing a bike safety public event in the beginning of October.

Roof Depot Site
East Phillips is an underserved neighborhood and has been designated “green zone” by City to help improve quality of life. The neighborhood has problems with industrial pollution and drug use. To help combat these issues, neighborhood groups would like to utilize three acres of the City-owned Roof Depot site for urban farming, jobs development, and affordable housing. The City is currently unable to provide three acres, but discussions are ongoing. Joy circulated sign-up sheets for support and more information.

Ballot Measure to Repeal the “7 Acre Rule”
Heather Bray (owner of the Lowbrow restaurant in the Kingfield neighborhood) advocated for a City ballot measure to remove restrictions on restaurant (not bar) liquor sales. Currently, unless a restaurant is located on 7 acres of contiguous C1-zoned property they can only serve wine and beer, not liquor. Craft cocktails are now booming and small neighborhood restaurants would like liquor licenses but cannot get them due to the “7 acre rule”. An exemption process exists whereby a state legislator can propose a law to exempt a specific business from the Minneapolis charter that controls liquor licenses. 25 restaurants have done so but this process is incredibly cost and time prohibitive and not surprisingly many of these exemptions went to larger restaurant groups, not smaller neighborhood establishments. The City Business Licensing office has seen no uptick in neighbor complaints due to these 25 exemptions. The ballot measure came not from restaurants themselves, but from the Minneapolis Charter Commission which saw frustration in the state legislature at having to deal with Minneapolis-specific issues. The state would rather have cities deal with this themselves. The City council doesn’t have jurisdiction because liquor licenses are City Charter issues and thus require a public vote.

Heather, representing various restaurant owners, asked for a resolution from TNA in support of the “Yes on 1” initiative. The Kingfield neighborhood recently passed one. If TNA does not want to pass a resolution, Heather asked that TNA consider informing residents in a non-partisan manner about the ballot measure.

Steve made a motion to pass a resolution to support on “Yes on 1”. John seconded. Voice vote, all in favor, none opposed. Motion carried. The board discussed what concrete action it would take beyond a resolution of support; Steve advocated at least a Facebook post indicating the board passed the resolution and directing residents to further information. The board decided to table further action and possibly revisit at the October meeting.

Minneapolis Demographic Survey
Stacy described the Minneapolis Demographic Survey, which is done every two years the City to gather information about City boards and neighborhood organizations. Ideally these boards would reflect the demographics of the city, but there is no way to know without surveying them. Stacey distributed surveys to present board members, who filled them out and returned them to Stacy. Board members not present will be sent a Survey Monkey link.

Committee Updates
Steve asked about the scope of community questions for our initiatives and how specific will the items we ask for community approval for be. Stacy suggested putting initiatives together as a package (including strategies) and ask for a yes/no for the entire package at the October community meeting. Ryan suggested that if some part was voted down we remove it from the package and return it for a vote. The board will present our plan for overall spending of $125,000 over 3 years and then call for an attendee vote. Over the next week Chriss will put together a list of initiatives to share with the community before the October meeting. Chriss already posted a notice on the TNA Facebook page and in the e-newsletter about these initiatives and the approximate dollar amount to satisfy the city’s 21 day notice requirements.

Chriss will update staff hours for each initiative based on Sally’s feedback and send out an updated spreadsheet within the next two weeks. Board members will indicate support for the initiatives via the spreadsheet and then formally vote on the entire package in the October board meeting before the community vote.

Our City NCR funding requires that a certain amount of TNA funds be dedicated to “housing.” With the demise of the home improvement loan program a number of years ago, it is harder to meet these requirements. With this in mind, the board agreed to dedicate any remaining housing money to the “Facilitate increased access to Tangletown housing for individuals and families that are disadvantaged” goal, after other housing-related initiatives have been funded. The Beautiful Purposeful Spaces committee will then decide the best course of action to utilize these funds, which could be something like a partnership with the City of Lakes Community Land Trust.

Dirk brought up some issues with the rebranding and signage which he previously emailed to the board. Steve and Dick gave some background on the rebranding process. The board discussed investigating ways to better fit the logo onto signage, and referred further discussion and decisions to the BPS committee.

Adjourned: 8:53

Minutes submitted by Dan Williams, TNA Secretary

Tangletown Beautiful Spaces, Innovative Environmental Leadership, and Community Engagement Initiatives

The Tangletown Neighborhood Association Board of Directors received community approval on October 15 to allocate $313,000 to a Neighborhood Priority Plan (NPP) focused on beautiful spaces, innovative environmental leadership, and community engagement.

Beautiful spaces initiatives may include, but are not limited to:
– Brand Tangletown by installing signage, banners and wayfinding signs
– Strengthen pedestrian and vehicular safety with infrastructure improvements
– Improve property upkeep through various initiatives
– Facilitate increased access to affordable housing through loans to partner organizations

Innovative environmental leadership initiatives may include, but are not limited to:
– Improve water quality through education, a storm drain program, and clean up events
– Reduce waste by providing additional recycling opportunities, consulting individual neighbors on improvements and general education efforts
– Increase energy efficiency by providing rebates for energy audits and completed home improvements
– Engage the community through environmentally focused events and outreach

Community engagement initiatives may include, but are not limited to:
– Distribute a welcome tote with neighborhood information to new residents
– Outreach to all current residents to ensure awareness of resources and communications channels
– Create a communications plan to broaden our reach
– Host a variety of community engagement events

The board of directors will finalize details at their November board meeting (November 19 at 6:30pm at Fuller Recreation Center) before contracting with the city.  If you’re interested in continuing to influence how these dollars are spent, consider joining one of our committees!  Contact info@www.tangletown.org to learn more about joining a committee.

 

August Board Minutes

BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, August 20, 2018 – 7:00 p.m., Armatage Park

Board members present
: Joy Gottschalk, Gabe Moreno, Briana Daymont, Kellie Hanson, Brian McDonald, Erik Brenna, Pat Collins, Steve Wohlford, Dick Fiala, Ryan Fisher, John Dukich

Board members absent: Dan Williams, Valerie Hurst, Carl Arrell

Also present: Chriss Joyce (TNA Interim Coordinator), Jeremy Schroeder (City Council Member), Dirk Nicholson (prospective board member)

Called to order: 7:01pm

Officer Reports:
Secretary – Motion to approve minutes was seconded, and approved..

Treasurer – no official report this month.

City of Minneapolis Police: Not present, no report made.

Committee Updates
The board heard committee updates, reviewed new committee objectives and their funding templates in preparation for putting together our 3-year initiative and funding plan.

Minneapolis 2040 Feedback Report
Ryan reported on the latest Minneapolis 2040 plan updates and feedback. After discussion, the attending board members agreed that the board’s official stance should be neutral.

Executive Director Report
Chriss provided board members with a guidebook of Robert’s Rules of Order. She also presented a year-to-date budget breakdown which showed a surplus of $24,224.09. This surplus is expected to diminish as more program expenses come in over the rest of the fiscal year.

New Board Member
Dirk Nicholson expressed an interest in joining the board and attended the meeting to introduce himself. A motion was made, seconded, and unanimously approved to accept Dirk as a board member of the Tangletown Neighborhood Association. Dirk did not have an immediate preference for which committee to join.

Adjourned: 8:45

Minutes submitted by Gabe Moreno, Board Member

Join us for a Solar Power Hour on October 3rd

We’re partnering with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) for their next round of Solar Power Hour information sessions.

If you are interested in going solar or learning whether owning a solar PV system is right for your home or business, join Tangletown Neighborhood Association and the MREA at our next Solar Twin Cities – Solar Power Hour hosted at the Pearl Community Center starting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3rd.

New to Solar Twin Cities Group Buy Program?
Start by attending a Solar Power Hour. These free information sessions teach you the basics of solar, its financial implications for your household/business, and how the solar group buy program works. Then, get a free, no obligation site, and cost assessment from the competitively-selected solar installer for TrueNorth Solar.

The more people who go solar, the lower the price for all! That’s because each time we collectively reach certain benchmarks (50 kW, 100 kW, 200 kW), the price drops for everyone. Doesn’t matter if you decide to go solar at the beginning of the program or the end: the same price breaks apply to everyone. The deadline to make a decision is October 31.

Learn more about Solar Twin Cities.

Stay tuned for an invite to the Tangletown Neighborhood After Party! You can hear from your neighbors who have already gone solar.

July 16, 2018 Board Minutes

BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, July 16, 2018 – 7:00 p.m., Bryant Square Park

Board members present: Joy Gottschalk, Dan Williams, Gabe Moreno, Briana Daymont, Valerie Hurst, Carl Arrell, Kellie Hanson, Brian McDonald, Erik Brenna, Pat Collins, Steve Wohlford

Board members absent: Dick Fiala, Ryan Fisher, John Dukich

Also present: Sally Bauer (TNA Coordinator), Chriss Joyce (TNA Interim Coordinator), Staci Horwitz (City of Lakes Community Land Trust)

Called to order: 7:04pm

Officer Reports:
Secretary – Steve made a motion to approve the June minutes, Valerie seconded. Voice vote, all in favor, motion approved.

Treasurer
– no report this month. Brian met with Joy and Sally to continue bringing himself up to speed on TNA’s financial situation and proceedures. TNA is moving the checking account from Thrivent to Wells, partly becauseThrivent no longer has an office in the neighborhood. While TNA would like to bank locally no community banks or credit unions are in the neighborhood. Thus the decision was made based on service and costs rather than locality.

City of Lakes Community Land Trust
The Land Trust works to increase affordable housing stock by assisting lower-income homebuyers and homeowners who are in tough situations through restrictions on the later sale of the property. The organization started in 2002 and sold its first home in 2004. 250 homes covering ½ of the neighborhoods in Minneapolis are part of the program including single-family, townhouses, and condos. The Land Trust both purchases, rehabs, and sells existing properties and also builds new homes. Since starting their rehab program a few years ago, they have completed rehabilitations of about 10 homes and currently have nine new ones under construction. They also work with homeowners who have encountered financial difficulties (foreclosure or tax forfeiture) to keep owners in their homes.

Owners participating in the Land Trust’s program must earn less than 80% of the 7 county metro area’s median income, which they ensure through an application an income verification process. In exchange for contributing a given amount (which averages $50,000) to the purchase price of the home thus making the transaction more affordable for the purchaser, the Land Trust takes title to the land and adds title restrictions to ensure the home remains affordable in the future. For example, in the purchase of a $200,000 home where the Land Trust contributes $50,000, the buyer only takes a mortgage for the remaining $150,000. The Land Trust takes title to the land and leases it back to the homeowner for a renewable 99 year term. If the home rises in value, the Land Trust shares in that rise in value when the home is sold. The original $50,000 contribution stays with the property to reduce the future sales price.

The Land Trust works with neighborhood organizations in a number of ways. The Powderhorn, Longfellow, Sheridan, and Victory neighborhoods contributed funds to help with rehabilitation or direct investments into the property as part of the Trust’s share. Powderhorn committed $30,000. Kingfield helped purchase a foreclosed home that the Trust is rehabbing; this particular property was sold by the lender to the Trust for $95,000 and the Trust is putting in $90,000 as the affordability contribution. Kingfield is financing the $250,000 acquisition and construction loan and will forgive the interest as their affordability contribution. The property will be put on the marked for around $160,000 (rather than the market-rate $250,000) due to the $90,000 affordability contribution from the Land Trust.

The Trust also asked for a letter of neighborhood support which is helpful when talking to funding sources and lenders. They provided a template for TNA to consider.

4th of July Debrief
Chriss thanked the board for the time and effort the board put into the event. The weather did not cooperate this year leading Chriss to suggest contingency plans for some aspects next year. Steve thought given circumstances it was a “remarkable success.” He noted that 75% of those who stopped by the TNA table asked where ticket sales were, since tickets were moved inside and stayed there after the weather cleared. Steve suggested a giant banner for ticket sales to make them more visible. Gabe suggested better signage on the north-east side of the Fuller Park building since it blocks the park and crowds from view. Briana suggested better adult activities like mini-golf or adult lawn games. Joy suggested giant bubbles (which she has seen elsewhere). Kellie suggested more food for both kids and adults, like food trucks or an offsite beer garden. Pat wanted more volunteers; Sally said it was difficult to get volunteers this year. Gabe thought seating was in short supply later in the day, Steve suggested encouraging people to bring blankets/chairs/etc and spend the day. Steve suggested revisiting how things are set up; very crowded around the pool area; try to disperse activity throughout the park. Brian suggested food competitions, while Steve suggested traditional competitive activities (eg egg carry, 3-legged race, etc).

Direct income from the event was about $2,340 between T-shirts and ticket sales, minus $300 in seed money. PayPal income was about $1,358 after processing fees. Expenses were about $3,800, indicating a small loss for the event.

Committee Updates
Beautiful, Purposeful Spaces: the committee developed three sub-committees with expanded charters: (1) the streets and alley effort now includes sidewalk assistance, (2) the branding/signage effort now includes public art, and (3) the pedestrian effort includes general pedestrian safety (including 35W construction spillover), trash, and schools. While the Washburn water tower landscaping effort no longer requires significant effort, the committee is fast-tracking an updated water tower information sign to replace the current outdated and no-longer-visible one.
Innovative Environmental Leadership: Joy was elected chairperson. The committee’s previous efforts were around energy, waste/recycling, and water. They would like to float ideas past board and other committee members to figure out what engagement and volunteer resources they would get from the entire board instead of just the committee itself. Joy will send survey to the board and committee chairs, requesting that chairs then send to non-board committee members as well.
Engaged, Welcoming Community: no report at this time

Executive Director Report

Sally and Chriss met with Stacy Sorenson (TNA’s Minneapolis NRP liason) to clarify TNA’s plans around housing funding. They decided to update existing NRP/CPP contracts rather than creating new ones as this will take less time and funding will be available earlier. They would like each committee to define broad categories for each contract and then Sally and Chriss will create more detailed “scope of services” items for each broad category with specific items and tasks. Sally suggested creating a general “project management” category for billing staff time rather than including it in each specific initiative.

New Business
Ryan and Sally suggested a meeting to educate board members on the Minneapolis 2040 plan. While the board will not take an official position on the plan, members should have a good understanding of what it is and how it affects Tangletown. Ryan suggested utilizing the Minneapolis 2040 “facilitation in a box” kit that the city puts together. Sally will send out Doodle poll to board to schedule the meeting.

Helen decided to resign from the board, so there is one available seat. Joy referred two people who expressed interest in to Sally. Sally will also advertise the open seat on social media.

Chriss will be unavailable from July 30th to August 3rd and Sally may be on leave soon after. Out-of-office replies will be set up for any dates Chriss and Sally are out. Board members should email Chriss when Sally starts her leave in early August.

Adjourned: 8:35

Minutes submitted by Dan Williams, TNA Secretary

Join us for a Solar Power Hour on October 3rd

We’re partnering with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) for their next round of Solar Power Hour information sessions.

If you are interested in going solar or learning whether owning a solar PV system is right for your home or business, join Tangletown Neighborhood Association and the MREA at our next Solar Twin Cities – Solar Power Hour hosted at the Pearl Community Center starting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3rd.

New to Solar Twin Cities Group Buy Program?
Start by attending a Solar Power Hour. These free information sessions teach you the basics of solar, its financial implications for your household/business, and how the solar group buy program works. Then, get a free, no obligation site, and cost assessment from the competitively-selected solar installer for TrueNorth Solar.

The more people who go solar, the lower the price for all! That’s because each time we collectively reach certain benchmarks (50 kW, 100 kW, 200 kW), the price drops for everyone. Doesn’t matter if you decide to go solar at the beginning of the program or the end: the same price breaks apply to everyone. The deadline to make a decision is October 31.

Learn more about Solar Twin Cities.

Stay tuned for an invite to the Tangletown Neighborhood After Party! You can hear from your neighbors who have already gone solar.

Volunteer for 4th of July Celebration

Sign up here to volunteer for our 2017 celebration!

Schedule
8:30 a.m. Volunteers meet for setup at Fuller Park
9:30 a.m. Neighbors gather at Washburn High School in their best parade wear! Bikes, trikes and other non-motorized, wheeled vehicles are all welcome!
10:0 a.m. Parade kicks off
10:00 a.m. Festival begins at Fuller Park
1:00 p.m. Festival ends and clean-up starts

We Want to Hear from You: Take Our Survey

The Tangletown Board of Directors is interested in hearing your thoughts and ideas about next steps for the organization, and for our work in the neighborhood. We hope you will take a few minutes to participate in our Summer Survey to help guide us in our planning process. Please follow this link to participate.

As an incentive for participating in the survey, we will hold a drawing for $50 gift cards to Kowalski’s Market and neighborhood restaurants on August 21, 2017. Be sure to complete the contact information at the end of the survey in order to enter your name into the drawing. The drawing is open to Tangletown residents.

In addition to the survey, we will host a series of listening sessions with residents, hold a community-wide information-gathering session and talk one-on-one with a variety of neighborhood stakeholders over the summer. Please watch this space and read our eNewsletter for more information on how you can get involved.

April 2017 Board Meeting Minutes

BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, April 17, 2017 – 7:08 p.m., Fuller Park

Board members present: Ryan Fisher, Dick Fiala, Dan Williams, Andrew Buss, Joy Gottschalk, Kathy Kornblum, Briana Daymont, Justin Wills, Mary Jane Mitchell

Board members absent: Sandra Bartsias, Eric David, Joy Glasser, Steve Bieringer

Also Present: Brigid Riley (Interim TNA Coordinator)

Called to order: 7:03pm

Officer Reports:
Secretary – Ryan moved to approve the March 2017 minutes, Justin seconded. Voice vote, all in favor, motion approved.
Treasurer – Justin presented a rough draft 2017 – 2018 budget which he and Vanessa prepared for the City. Dan moved to recognize and accept the draft budget. Dick seconded. Voice vote, all in favor, motion approved.

Updates

Interim Coordinator: Brigid was introduced to the full board as interim coordinator, following the March board meeting which approved the contract with her for the position.

Strategic Planning: After discussion with Brigid, the committee decided to slow the planning timeline down to ensure enough time for the full process and to better match focus groups and community meetings to summer schedules. Our annual meeting will be primarily focused on the planning process, and in addition TNA will hold a series of community engagement activities such as:
1. Focus groups: these groups will target under-served populations such as youth, seniors, renters and businesses.
2. Online survey: an online survey was identified as the best combination of participation and cost. Brigid suggested that each board member choose a block and spread word of the survey through door knocking.
3. Key informant interviews: the board will suggest community members who both Brigid and the board will interview.
4. Neighborhood meeting: an additional meeting will be held to share outreach results and gather input/priorities.

The planning process will also include an “internal scan” to assess the strengths/challenges of TNA itself, to determine how TNA might operate if City funding runs out after 2020 and what the overall goals for TNA should be.

Annual Meeting: The meeting location was mistakenly left out of newsletter. Kathy proposed sending a postcard for the annual meeting. Brigid will get quotes from at least two designers, determine content, and and coordinate with Kevin at Ideal Printers for printing and mailing. The postcard should go out first week of May. Kathy moved to allocate $600 for printing and postage for postcards for annual meeting. Voice vote, all in favor, motion approved.

Brigid shared a draft agenda. The meeting should focus on the strategic planning process and the future of TNA rather than current and future funding levels. Briana suggested stating the annual NRP/CPP allocation rather than overall funding. Justin suggested emphasizing the city-proscribed categories that many of our funds are locked into. Kathy volunteered to be MC/timekeeper.

While TNA historically does not have contested board elections, it is always a possibility and we must plan for it. Historically candidates presented what their contributions would be and why they were interested in joining the board, but in recent years there has been little contention for seats and interested residents were simply elected. TNA bylaws require that all attendees who are 18+ years of age and neighborhood residents may vote on candidates. We should have a contingency plan for secret ballots if there are contested seats. The board will discuss that plan via email.

Briana suggested describing our past & present committees and collecting emails from residents interested in being on those committees. Andrew suggested a column on the sign-in sheet for “what are you interested in”, like sustainability/environment, Special Events (4th of July), etc. Brigid will create the sign-in sheet.
Mary Jane reported that the food preparations are going well. In 2016 Cafe Ena catered with 2 platters of beef empanadas, 2 platters of cheese empanadas, and 4 platters chips & guacamole. There was some discussion of changing the amounts this year, and the board delegated that task to Mary Jane.

4th of July: Ryan will spearhead the committee. Dick and Briana will join and Mary Jane will be an alternate. There was discussion of hiring an event coordinator to assist with planning and operation of the event, and Ryan will create job description and send it to Brigid.

Utility Box Wraps: The Wraps committee identified 7 designs from the 20+ submitted for the initial round. While the board approved funding for up to 3 wraps in the December 2016 meeting, given the number of selected designs Dan requested funding for up to 7 wraps in the amount of $16,000, though not all 7 may be wrapped this coming year. Andrew moved to allocate $16,000 for box wraps contingent upon reimbursibility through NRP/CPP funds. Ryan seconded. Voice vote, all in favor, motion approved. Brigid will check with Kingfield and other neighborhoods about what funding category they used. She will also clarify with Stacey about NRP funding categories allowable, we may need to transfer money to our dormant NRP Crime Prevention fund to box wraps, as wraps are an anti-graffiti measure.

Rain Gardens: As of the meeting there are 5 applications for the lottery. At the December 2016 meeting the board approved up to 5 gardens, so if additional applications are received there will be a drawing to select the final 5.

Adopt a Storm Drain: 4 additional residents have signed up to adopt a storm drain, bringing the total to 7.

Ramsey School New Sign
Joy presented a proposal to move funds from the currently dormant Deferred Housing Loan ($22.56), Fuller Basketball Court ($446.48), and Washburn Watertower ($4530.56) NRP categories to the currently unfunded NRP I strategy 4.1.1.2 Ramsay School Sign to fund the approved $5,000 grant for new sign at Ramsey Middle School. A further allocation of $0.40 from TNA funds would complete the $5,000. Dan moved to move these funds to the stated NRP strategy, Ryan seconded. Voice vote, all in favor, motion approved.

Ryan will be the point of contact with Ramsey on the sign project. Andrew suggested presenting the grant at the annual meeting and inviting Ramsey students to participate and receive the grant.

Neighborhood Roots Sponsorship
TNA was asked to consider sponsorship of the Neighborhood Roots organization which runs the Fulton, Kingfield, and Nokomis Farmers Markets. Kathy proposed a one-year sponsorship at the Cultivator level which includes a booth in one market, marketing/branding. Volunteers would be required to man the booth. Andrew suggested mentioning it as a volunteer activity at the annual meeting. Ryan suggested a subcommittee to figure out what our presence would be and what we’d be trying to promote. In the end, given our current commitments to strategic planning and our lack of branded marketing collateral, the board decided to consider sponsorship next year instead.

Green Day Cleanup
The Sustainability Committee requested $50 for food and supplies for a Minneapolis Parks Board sponsored Earth Day cleanup event. Briana moved to approve $50 for food and supplies for event. Mary Jane seconded. Voice vote, all in favor, motion approved.

Garage Sale
Steve requested a budget of $840 for the TNA Garage Sale event, which includes funds for signs, a Star Tribune ad, and incidentals. This request is in-line with requests from past years. Dan moved to approve the request, Mary Jane seconded. Voice vote, all in favor, motion approved.

Adjourned: 8:48

Minutes submitted by Dan Williams, TNA Secretary

March 2017 Minutes

BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, March 20, 2017 – 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park

Board members present: Ryan Fisher, Dick Fiala, Dan Williams, Steve Bieringer, Andrew Buss, Joy Gottschalk, Justin Wills, Kathy Kornblum

Board members absent: Sandra Bartsias, Eric David, Joy Glasser, Mary Jane Mitchell, Briana Daymont

Also Present: Rachel Hoben (Fuller Park manager), Councilmember John Quincy, Paul Sommers (Ramsey teacher), Elissa Cedarleaf Dahl (Ramsey teacher), Scott Bordon (Ramsey parent), Olivia Bordon (Ramsey student), Aron Khoury, Jeremy Schroeder, Tjody DeVaal, Vanessa Haight (TNA Coordinator), Alex Tsatsoulis (Minneapolis bike coalition), Christopher Massey

Called to order: 7:03pm

Officer Reports:
Secretary – Ryan moved to approve the January 2017 minutes, Justin seconded. Voice vote, motion approved.
Treasurer – No updates.

Councilmember John Quincy
John reminded the board and other attendees about the Community Connections conference on April 1st.

Rachel Hoben (Fuller Park)
Rachel, then new Fuller Park Recreation Facility Specialist, introduced herself.

Updates
Workshop: Psychology of Sustainable Behavior: the workshop, held on February 25th, had great turnout with around 100 attendees according to Joy. Kathy said her big takeaway was learning how to better find common ground with neighbors, and since being part of a “tribe” is a big motivator to help change people’s behavior, changing behavior of that group helps spread the behavior to others.

Website/MailChimp: At the February meeting the board approved a budget of $4,000 to update the TNA website template and develop an e-newsletter template for MailChimp, but it appears hard to pique interest with this apparently low budget. Vanessa received two bids on our proposal so far and needs review and input on them. Joy proposed postponing any changes until we can evaluate our needs with respect to the strategic plan. The Board decided to table until after strategic plan.

Strategic Planning: the planning committee received 4 proposals, selected two finalists, and after interviews selected Willow Consulting to direct our strategic plan for a contracted amount of $18,000. Due to the upcoming coordinator vacancy, Brigid from Willow Consulting offered to serve as interim coordinator until the strategic plan gives the board a better idea of our needs with respect to staff. The board decided to table the discussion on Brigid’s proposal until later in the meeting.

LaMac Dry Cleaners: LaMac’s owner verbally accepted the PERC conversion grant, including $5,000 from TNA, and has will soon receive the grant contract from the City. As the City is administering a large part of the grant, the board decided to pay the city the $5,000 grant amount, and the City will manage the overall contract and payments with LaMac.

Ramsey School New Sign
Paul, Elissa, Scott, and Olivia attended to discuss the Ramsey Middle School renaming initiative and their request for a grant to help fund a new sign.

The top rename choices are Justice Alan Page, Dr. Martha Ripley, and Bde Ota. 80% of students are in favor of renaming, 85% of community (via an online poll) are in favor, and the Ramsey Site Council voted 10-1 in favor. The decision is now in hands of superintendent and the school board.

The school group realized that since the existing sign is deteriorating, lacks attractive landscaping, and lettering cannot be changed, and they would like to install a new sign regardless of whether the renaming happens. Minneapolis School District policy requires community funding of new signs, so the group has conducted fund raisers and events to raise the money. They are planning an unveiling celebration this summer for a new name and would love to feature new sign too.

The group decided a running message board is too dangerous for the intersection, and would rather have static sign that better matches exterior of building. They have a maximum dudget of $15,000 and are asking for a $5,000 grant from TNA. TNA could receive acknowledgement of their contribution on the sign itself.

The Board was generally in favor of the proposal and would hope for closer cooperation with the school, possibly advertising for TNA events or volunteer help with TNA events. Vanessa mentioned that the City would probably require TNA to create a new Neighborhood Priority Plan for this purpose.

Steve moved to grant the Ramsey school group $5,000 for Ramsey signage changes contingent upon TNA allocation of NRP/CPP contracts, Dan seconded. Voice vote, motion approved.

Lyndale Open Streets
At the February meeting the Board approved up to $2,000 for Lyndale Open Streets, contingent upon a more detailed explanation of how the $1500 paid to the Minneapolis Bike Coalition would be spent. At this meeting, Alex explained that the money helps support staff time, outreach to businesses, permits, community outreach and notification around the route, general planning, and marketing of the event. TNA would be a neighborhood sponsor, receiving logo space on materials, promotion opportunities in day-of guides, and more space on the street than just a table/tent. Alex’s presentation satisfied the board’s contingency for funding the event.

Dick is meeting with other new neighborhoods along the route to decide how to span the residential blocks between 46th and 52nd and what kind of presence neighborhood associations will have.

Alex also explained that other neighborhoods have pledged additional funds to help cover permit expenses for businesses, which could be an option for TNA. Alex will send an invoice with details for sponsorship. He will also send collateral/photos/etc and small-business specific outreach language to Tjody for inclusion in the spring newsletter.

Elmwood Landscaping
Christopher asked TNA to formalize the commitment between TNA, the City, and MnDOT to assume responsibility for plantings along Elmwood Place for two years. Residents would perform all work associated with the landscaping, though TNA will have ultimate responsibility for the duration.

Joy drafted a letter to the City coordinator for these kind of landscaping projects, indicating that TNA will be the responsible organization. Justin moved to approve the letter, Ryan seconded. Voice vote, all in favor, motion approved. Joy signed the letter and gave it to Christopher; he will scan it and give it back to TNA.

CPP Annual Report
Andrew moved to approve the report as written, Kathy seconded. Voice vote, all in favor, motion approved.

Neighborhood Priority Plan for Environmental and Sustainability Initiatives
Per the proposal from the February meeting, Dan moved to move $22,700 from unallocated NRP funds to a new Neighborhood Priority Plan for Environmental and Sustainability Initiatives. These funds would be used for current initiatives including rain gardens, LaMac dry-cleaning equipment grants, events, etc. Ryan seconded. Voice vote, all in favor, motion approved.

Now the priority plan was approved, Kathy moved to grant $5,000 to LaMac for PERC mitigation from the plan, Steve seconded. Voice vote, all in favor, motion approved.

Neighborhood of Rain Gardens
TNA allocated $3,000 in December 2016 to our rain gardens project. As part of this program, Dan moved to approve the rain gardens contract with Metro Blooms for $2,515, Justin seconded. Voice vote, all in favor, motion approved.

Kathy moved to allocate the previously approved $3,000 for the rain gardens project from the new NPP for Environmental and Sustainability Initiatives. Voice vote, all in favor, motion approved.

Organics Captains Follow-Up
The City has some resources for their Organics block captains, but since TNA did our own program none of the TNA captains are on the City’s contact list and thus are not invited to any of the city events. Kathy proposed to hire Lauren Anderson to contact TNA Organics Captains, ask if they would like to be part of the City’s program, add them, and perform any other close-out tasks required for the program.

Dan moved to contract with Lauren for up to 20 hours at $30/hr (the same rate Lauren has previously contracted for) to contact captains for inclusion in the City program, and wind down the TNA Organics Captain program. Kathy seconded, voice vote, all in favor, motion approved.

Minneapolis 2040 Engagement Resolution
The City developed a “Minneapolis Comprehensive Plan 2040” which included the bullet point “Abolish recognition of neighborhood organizations”. Various neighborhood groups and the Neighborhood Community Engagement
Commission (NCEC) questioned this point and the process which resulted in its inclusion. These groups also wrote a resolution requesting the point be removed and more transparency around the plan’s development process and comment gathering. More than 15 other neighborhood associations have signed the resolution already.

Ryan moved that TNA sign the resolution as written. Justin seconded, voice vote, motion approved.

Newsletter
Most newsletter articles are already written and submitted. Tjody proposed an article about shopping locally which was approved by the board. The Ramsey rename (if it goes through) could be postponed until the Fall newsletter since schedules are tight.

Strategic Planning Initiative
Andrew moved to accept Willow Consulting’s strategic planning proposal as written for the amount of $18,000. Ryan seconded, voice vote, motion approved.

Aron Khoury indicated interest in being on the committee. Ryan, Dan, Andrew, and Kathy will be on the committee, and Joy will be a second.

Interim Coordinator Proposal from Brigid
Andrew asked about time-lines for strategic planning, and the length of a potential contract with Brigid from Willow Consulting for interim coordinator tasks. Ryan suggested it could be 6-8 months. Ryan also suggested we could ask our previous list of Coordinator candidates if they were interested in an interim role, but since Brigid has experience in this area and since we selected her for strategic planning there would be synergy if she took both roles. Kathy is concerned that strategic planning will require quite a bit of coordinator attention and about blurring of the roles if the same person is doing both. Despite those concerns, the board felt Brigid’s proposal was the best course of action.

Ryan proposed that we hire Brigid as interim coordinator for 6 months at her proposed rate of $55/hr (which Vanessa indicated was reasonable for interim coordinator/director roles). Kathy seconded. Voice vote, motion approved.

Annual Meeting
Mary Jane has secured food from Cafe Ena. Steve moved that we budget $1200 for the annual meeting in May. Justin seconded, voice vote, motion approved.

Adjourned: 8:56

Minutes submitted by Dan Williams, TNA Secretary

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