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

February 2017 Minutes

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

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

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

Also Present: Vanessa Haight (TNA Coordinator), Councilmember Quincy, Jeremy Schroeder

Called to order: 7:03pm

Officer Reports:
Secretary – Ryan moved to approve the January 2017 minutes, Dick seconded. Voice vote, motion approved.
Treasurer – No report; Justin was not present.

Councilmember John Quincy

CM Quincy attended to give an updated about various city and neighborhood meetings, including the Community Connections conference on Saturday, April 1st at 9am. He also gave an update on the City resident survey (the biggest issues were 311, 911, and garbage/organics) and gave a brief overview of 2016 City accomplishments.

Jeremy Schroeder
Jeremy attended to give update about a rooftop solar assessment that TNA sponsored in the HPDL neighborhood. TNA was still looking for a fourth assessment site for our CERTs grant and had contacted other neighborhoods to see if they had connections to building owners that might be interested. HPDL was able to identify an interested site (Urban Refuge) and coordinated with them to get the assessment completed within the grant timeframe.

Updates
Workshop: Psychology of Sustainable Behavior: the Sustainability committee is helping to organize a Feb 25th 9am workshop at the Lynnhurst Community Center, focusing on building skills to support voluntary behavior change. The workshop will be hosted by Dr. Christie Manning of Macalester College. The Sustainability committee requested a budget for $50 for refreshments. Mary Jane moved to approve up to $100 for refreshments. Ryan seconded. Voice vote, motion approved.

Green Day: In light of NRP funding re-organization and date conflicts with non-TNA Earth Day events, TNA will not hold a 2017 spring Green Day event but instead hold a sustainability focused event later in the year.

Lyndale Open Streets: The Minneapolis Bike Coalition and various Southwest neighborhoods wish to expand the June 4th Lyndale Open Streets event all the way to 54th St. New neighborhoods along the expanded route include Windom, Kenny, Lynhurst, East Harriet, and Tangletown. The big question is how to draw people down below 46th St which is largely residential until south of Minnehaha Creek. The Bike Coalition is asking for financial commitment of $1500 – $2000 per neighborhood for advertisement/etc, and also business outreach and volunteers for the day-of. TNA will contact Ramsey/Washburn and ask if they want to participate with either a presence or with music. Kathy moved to approve $2000 contingent upon more detailed explanation of what the the Bike Coalition would use the $2000 for. Ryan seconded, voice vote motion approved.

Box Wraps: four professional submissions have been received so far. Vanessa met with 4-5 interested Washburn students and will follow up with them.

LaMac Dry Cleaners: the owner is excited about neighborhood involvement and funding. Windom approved a $5000 grant and the City will grant $35,000. The citizen’s group spearheading the grants asked TNA to grant $5000 as well, which would come from TNA NRP Sustainability fund. Kathy said she is willing to reach out to Diamond Lake neighborhood regarding their interest, if the City thinks it will be helpful.. TNA funding would be contingent upon installation of the new machine and destruction of the old machine (as opposed to dismantling). The City indicated this is an acceptable use of NRP/CPP funds. Mary Jane moved to approve a $5,000 grant to LaMac cleaners contingent upon project completion and successful re-allocation of NRP funds to our Sustainability strategy. Dan seconded. Voice vote, all in favor, motion approved.

49th and Wentworth Traffic: Ramsey is still not very involved, yet is impacted the most. The City and Washburn have already redone signage to make student dropoff/pickup safer and clearer. The City performed a traffic study at 48th and Wentworth and concluded there was not enough traffic to convert the intersection to a 4-way stop. There is no update for 49th and Wentworth handicap accessibility modifications at this time.

Adopt a Storm Drain: the project was initiated last fall in conjunction with the water quality fair. 6 households signed up for storm drain maintenance. Dan moved to approve $50 for lawn waste bags to be given to those who sign up. Kathy seconded, voice vote, all in favor, motion approved.

Neighborhood Priority Plan for Environmental and Sustainability Initiatives
TNA would like to re-allocate $22,700 currently unallocated funds from our NRP Reserve to a Neighborhood Priority Plan for sustainability. These funds would be used for current initiatives including rain gardends, LaMac dry-cleaning equipment grants, events, etc. We will formally vote on the proposal at the March meeting at which point the City must approve the reallocation.

Update on NRP Phase II Planning
TNA has not met threshold for spending certain NRP funds and we must either get a waiver (which we don’t qualify for), spend them in the next year (impossible), or gather neighborhood input in next 14 months through “robust community engagement”. This could include focus groups, a neighborhood survey, and a neighborhood meeting, the results of which would support our proposed recommitment of NRP funds to existing strategies or to any future proposed NRP reallocations. But instead of just focusing neighborhood input on NRP funds specifically, TNA would like to create a strategic plan for the next 3 – 5 years that encompasses all our funding sources.

Joy drafted a TNA Action Plan for submission to NCR to address TNA’s failure to spend the specific NRP funds. Kathy moved to approve and submit action plan to NCR. Andrew seconded. Voice vote, motion approved.

The board reviewed a proposal to seek Strategic Planning Consultant to help develop strategic plan, including the neighborhood engagement process, survey, focus groups, etc. Ryan moved to approve with budget of $20,000, Kathy seconded. Voice vote, motion approved.

The board also reviewed a proposal to create new Planning Committee to interview, hire, and oversee the Strategic Planning Consultant. Dan, Kathy, Mary Jane, and Joy will be on the interview committee, and the committee has been given the authority to hire the consultant after informing the board. Ryan would like to know how the consultant sees board involvement and volunteer engagement as part of the strategic plan.

Website and E-Newsletter Design
The TNA email newsletter template could use a refresh and the website could use clearer organization. Vanessa noted the importance of consistent branding across all our mediums especially as our strategic planning process is coming up. Vanessa reported estimated costs of $1000 – $3000 for website and $500 – $800 for newsletter. Board members requested a very low maintenance website solution, perhaps still based on WordPress which we currently use. Vanessa will develop an RFP and find vendors. Ryan moved to budget up to $4,000 for a website and e-newsletter redesign. Kathy seconded. Voice vote, all in favor, motion approved.

Spring Newsletter
Submissions to Vanessa are due by March 13. Printing target is March 27 to ensure it goes out with enough time before the garage sale in May. Possible topics and their responsible parties are:
Adopt a storm drain (Kristine)
Rain gardens/Metro Blooms (Kristine)
Garage sale (Steve)
Annual meeting (likely focused on our strategic planning process) (Mary Jane or Joy)
Strategic planning process (Ryan)
LaMac/PERC (Kathy)
New coordinator (Briana)
Utility Wraps update (Dan)
Open Streets (Dick)
4th of July call for volunteers (Ryan)
Call for board members (just a box, don’t need an article)

Fuller Park Basketball Hoops

Fuller Park asked TNA to match up to $2,500 for a Hennepin County Youth Sports Grant application for a second basketball hoop. The board decided to wait for public input on improvements to Fuller Park (perhaps from our neighborhood survey) to decide what to allocate for Park improvements.

Adjourned: 8:43

Minutes submitted by Dan Williams, TNA Secretary

January 2017 Minutes

BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, January 16, 2016 – 7:00 p.m., Dick’s House

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

Board members absent: Sandra Bartsias, Eric David, Joy Glasser, Joy Gottschalk,

Also Present: Paul Sommers (Ramsey teacher), Nate Gotlieb (Southwest Journal reporter), Meg Forney (Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Board commissioner)

Called to order: 7:05pm

Officer Reports:
Secretary – Ryan moved to approve the December 2016 minutes, Kathy seconded. Voice vote, motion approved.
Treasurer – Ryan moved to approve the 2016 CPP reimbursement request. Steve seconded. Voice vote, motion approved.

Coordinator Update
The board had 10 applications for the coordinator position, and interviewed six candidates during early January. The coordinator committee extended an offer to Vanessa Haight, which she accepted. Dan moved to approve the 6-month
contract with Vanessa, Mary Jane seconded. Voice vote, motion approved.

Crosswalk at 49th & Wentworth
Kathy has no updates at this time.

Utility Box Wraps
The official Call For Artists has been written and sent to respondents from our fall 2016 newsletter posting. It will be made available on the TNA website and sent to other artist organizations as well.

Council Member Debate
The planning meeting for the debate was canceled as the City is concerned with a debate being held before a primary. As much of city neighborhood organization funding comes from the City, and due to the lack of diversity in the political views of currently declared candidates, the city would prefer not to fund what could be perceived as a partisan forum. Planning will probably wait until May/June.

Workshop: Psychology of Sustainable Behavior
The Sustainability committee is helping to organize a Feb 25th 9am workshop at the Lynnhurst Community Center, focusing on building skills to support voluntary behavior change. The workshop will be hosted by Dr. Christie Manning of Macalester College. The Sustainability committee requested a budget for $50 for refreshments. Mary Jane moved to approve up to $100 for refreshments. Ryan seconded. Voice vote, motion approved.

Green Day Event
The TNA annual Green Day event will be held Saturday April 29th and will focus on responsibly recycling, disposing, or donating stuff you don’t want. The Sustainability committee plans to have several metro organizations represented and give talks about how to dispose of unusual things responsibly. The event was already floated already on Nextdoor.com and received great response. The proposed budget of $800 includes $100 for flyers, $200 for food, $100 for the venue if we have to pay for it, $300 for honorariums (should presenters require compensation), and $100 for materials and decorations. No postcard mailing will be done as the newsletter will have just come out. Mary Jane moved to approve $800 for the event, Dan seconded. Voice vote, motion approved.

Ramsey Middle School Rename
Paul Sommers (a 6th grade teacher at Ramsey) presented about a student led campaign to rename Ramsey. The school community is exploring the history of Alexander Ramsey and searching for a new new name that would better reflect our values and inspire our students. Replacing signage is the largest cost ($6,000 – $18,000) and the students are exploring grants, businesses, and other sources for funding. Students and the community each nominate 4 – 5 name, which are then presented to the Ramsey site council. The site council determines top 5, a follow-up community meeting narrows those to a top 3 which are presented to school board, which then makes the final determination after legal and other review. The Board will add item to the TNA website directing to http://renamerms.weebly.com for more information, and also post on social media, possibly do a neighborhood email, and add an item to the upcoming neighborhood survey.

Nate from Southwest Journal

Nate recently started covering our neighborhood and was attending to introduce himself. Mary Jane will send him information about the spring sustainability/Green Day event. He would be our point of contact for events and other neighborhood information.

Lyndale Open Streets
The Minneapolis Bike Coalition and the Kenny neighborhood are looking to extend Lyndale Open Streets south from 42nd to 54th St. There would be some financial commitment of $5,000 total for all involved neighborhoods, and Kenny has already contributed a significant amount. Dick will follow up with Minneapolis Bike Coalition and Kenny to determine exact plans around funding, commitment, etc.

LaMac Cleaners
The Windom neighborhood would like to encourage LaMac dry-cleaners to stop using Perchloroethylene (PERC), a recognized carcinogen, which could cost LaMac up to $90,000 to replace machinery. Windom would like to partner with neighborhood for a matching grant and combine that with a City grant to help defray the cost of the switch. Ryan suggested deferring to Southwest Business Association to lead this, and/or requesting a business proposal with more details about how long the transition takes and what the costs are. Dick suggested inviting LaMac, a City Health Dept. contact, and Windom to discuss and clarify motivations, costs, and timing.

Meg Fourney on Parks
The Parks Board is developing a Lake Harriet/Calhoun master plan with a 45 day comment period begining January 18, followed by a public meeting. The board would like to utilize $3.7 million in funding which if unused sunsets July 1, 2018. The plan looks to improve the safety of intersections at the northeast corner of Calhoun and the southeast corner of Harriet for bike and pedestrian paths, especially for merging and cross traffic. There will also be an art grant to install works celebrating Cloud Man Village at the southeast corner of Lake Calhoun. Meg is worried that existing plans that only tweak traffic and include at-grade crossings, which could be less safe especially around high traffic intersections like Lake Street and Lagoon. Our Coordinator will add link to website pointing to the MPRB master plan for more information.

Spring Newsletter
Potential topics could include the annual garage sale, the spring Green Day event, the 4th of July event, utility box wraps public comment, etc. Ryan will ask Vanessa to touch base with Tjody and come up with timeline and topics. The newsletter should be completed by March 8th.

Adjourned: 8:44

Minutes submitted by Dan Williams, TNA Secretary

December 2016 Minutes

BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, December 19, 2016 – 7:00 p.m., Dick’s House

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

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

Also Present: Tom Balcom (neighborhood historian), Councilmember John Quincy, Tjody DeVaal

Called to order: 9:00pm

Officer Reports:
Secretary – A motion to approve the November 2016 minutes was made, seconded and approved.

Rain Garden Program
The Sustainability Committee would like to partner with Metro Blooms to make rain gardens more affordable to neighborhood residents. TNA would find interested home owners and pay Metro Blooms $500 for each completed garden, with Metro Blooms providing the rain garden design and digging labor. The homeowner would be responsible for paying Metro Blooms for the initial site evaluation ($50), purchasing materials (compost, mulch, and plants; about $400), and planting labor. Kathy moved to allocate up to $3,000 for a total of five gardens. Joy seconded. Voice vote, all in favor, none opposed. Motion approved.

Minnehaha Watershed District Partnering for Clean Water
Tom Balcom informed the board that the Minnehaha Watershed is developing a comprehensive plan for water quality in the district, including storm water management, rain gardens, and fertilizer reduction. As part of the formal review process, there is a comment period ending in early 2017, and an anticipated deadline of June 27 for plan adoption. Tom recommended that TNA should be represented during the process as Minnehaha Creek is an important part of Tangletown. The Sustainability Committee will follow up.

City Council Candidate Debate
Our ward has a contested election for 2017. We would like to partner with Hale/Page/Diamond Lake (HPDL) to plan a council candidate debate by April. HDPL is looking for a yes/no on partnering by December 30. The League of Women Voters has been proposed as a moderator. Potential budget asks would be refreshments and securing a location, but there is no proposed budget or financial requirement at this time. Ryan moved to approve a partnership with no current budget asks; Kathy seconded. Voice vote, all in favor, none opposed. Motion approved.

Utility Boxes
Dan requested funding for artist honorariums for three utility box wraps. His research found a range between $1,000 (from a 2013 call for artists) and $5,000 (for a 2015 Prospect Park call for multiple boxes). After discussion Kathy moved to fund up to three utility box artists at $1,500 per box. Justin seconded. Voice vote, all in favor, none opposed. Motion approved.

Ramsey Renaming
Ramsey Middle School is exploring a name change, and asked if TNA was interested in both promoting listening sessions and possibly funding a new sign after the rename. The board will take no action at this time as there are no listening sessions scheduled and no decision on a name change, but would be happy to hear proposals if/when an official decision is made.

Adjourned: 9:36

Minutes submitted by Dan Williams, TNA Secretary

October 2016 Minutes

BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, October 17, 2016 – 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park

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

Board members absent: Sandra Bartsias, Eric David, Dick Wager, Steve Bieringer, Andrew Buss, Joy Glasser

Also present: Robin Faust (resident), Denis Houle (NCE)

Called to order: 7:11pm

School Crossing Safety on Wentworth
Neighborhood resident Robin Faust related her concerns about traffic and street crossings near Washburn and Ramsey schools. The new principal at Ramsey has changed dropoff/pickup location to 49th Street which has significantly increased traffic there. Drivers also often fail to stop for stop-signs along 49th. This combined with the increased traffic and lack of any marked crossings on 49th Street pose a danger to the many children who walk to school along Wentworth Ave.

A City of Minneapolis traffic engineer has stated in the past that a crosswalk would create a false sense of security for pedestrians and thus cause them to be more likely to be hit. Ramsey could also supply crossing guards but this is unlikely. Robin has spoken to Anna Hansen (the policy liason for Ramsey and Washburn) and this is a big concern of hers too. Anna has spoken to Councilmember John Quincy about this as well, but hasn’t received a reply yet.

Furthermore, there are no crossing signs or clear crosswalks at the Rustic Lodge and Wentworth traffic diamond just south of 49th Steet. There are some traffic signs for cars at the diamond but the traffic pattern is not clear and creates confusion for pedestrians.

Some options include turning 49th into a one-way street going easy from Pleasant to Nicollet. Ryan suggested that TNA could help support a traffic study financially; TNA cannot dictate solutions but can help fund solutions the City deems acceptable. Justin suggested funding signs, while Lauren suggested calling 311 to request another study as traffic patterns have changed due to drop-off location changes.

Denis Houle noted this isn’t an isolated issue, his neighborhood tried to get a crosswalk at 57th and Penn but received the same reply about a false sense of security for pedestrians.

Kathy will contact John Quincy and cc Robin Faust and Anna Hansen from Washburn.

Officer Reports:
Secretary – A motion to approve the September 2016 minutes was made, seconded and approved.
Treasurer – 2016 (for fiscal year ending May 31) taxes are filed. We still haven’t requested reimbursement from 2015. Justin talked to Stacy and Joy and previously we believed the annual report was required to do file for 2015 reimbursements, but it actually isn’t. Justin’s plan is to have this done by late November and 2016 reimbursements done in January.

Denis Houle
Denis represents District 2 on the Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC) and is President of Armatage Neighborhood Association. NCEC is an advisory board to the Minneapolis City Council on neighborhood issues. They also handle mediation issues between neighborhood residents and boards and are looking at neighborhood CPP plans.

Neighborhood board funding is largely from Tax Increment Financing (TIF) revenue generated by downtown Minneapolis developments, due to requirements in state law. The TIF structure ends in 2020 at which point the funds will no longer be required to fund neighborhood boards but will go into the City’s general budget. NCEC thinks neighborhoods will be competing for money from the general fund instead of having a defined funding source, and they are advocating for neighborhoods to show the City why funding should continue as it has for the past few decades.

The City council appears divided into three groups, one opposed to continued neighborhood funding, one for it, and another group that may simply not be aware of the neighborhood accomplishments. NCEC is raising this issue now in preparation for council elections next year. They have established a sub-committee called Neighborhoods 2020 and are developing an inclusive plan to help neighborhoods advocate for continued funding from the City. Neighborhood 2020 committee minutes are also available on the City’s NCR website.

Denis also brought up some ways neighborhood boards could improve. Some residents think that community organizations (non-profits, organizations focusing on specific issues, etc) better represent their neighborhoods than the boards do. Some boards are also not representative of their residents either ideologically or racially; some neighborhood elections are much more contentious and contested than TNA and it’s not always possible to make boards representative through elections.

In terms of the upcoming election, Denis thinks neighborhood funding and its future is a great topic to ask City council candidates about. Justin noted that he wasn’t aware of the activities of the board before he came to an annual meeting and that residents need more education about what boards do, which would help advocacy. Lauren noted the case of St. Paul where funding was cut to neighborhood organizations in the past and that made it hard for many to continue their activities due to grant-writing requirements and competition.

Briana asked what Armatage spends money on. Denis said they have the same issues TNA does with respect to finding passionate residents to drive initiatives using board funds. Armatage is currently trying to better engage youth, renters, and seniors. He also noted that restrictions on reimbursement for food from NRP/CPP funding is a problem, since food is often what brings residents together.

TNA Financial Review Meetings
The board held one meeting with Stacy from the City’s NRP/CPP program to better understand TNA funding structures and how we can better put our funds to use. Next meeting will be Thursday October 20th at Fuller Park. Joy hopes to come out of the meeting with an idea of what to put into our next CPP application, which is due Nov 18th. We don’t have time to notify neighborhood and solicit resident feedback, so will outline our plan at a very high level and in line with prior community surveys. In 2017 we plan to administer a neighborhood survey and determine specific funding categories/initiatives. At that time, we will do a plan modification to align all funds with the NRP/CPP requirements and neighborhood priorities. The 2017-2019 CPP applications due Nov. 18th is expected to secure $96,000 in neighborhood funds.

There are still housing requirements on the past unspent NCR funds, which have been dormant since we terminated the previous housing loan partner after they raised administration fees. Other neighborhoods switched to Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation (GHMC) which Ryan contacted, but they are no longer accepting new clients for housing loan administration. We would need a different partner to administer these funds.

Lauren noted the Fuller Park pool may be coming up for redesign soon and we should talk to the Park to see if there’s anything TNA can help with.

Google Drive Tour
Joy did a quick run-through of the TNA Google Drive, which Lauren initially created to collect TNA information somewhere everyone can access it instead of a single board member’s computer. All board members should already be invited. Mary Jane asked if we should put old stuff into the Drive that members might have; the board agreed. The Google Drive is currently owned by Lauren and shared with board members, but we will move it to a TNA-owned account very soon.

Newsletter Update
Newsletter went out a week late due to Tjody’s computer issues, but the postage has cleared and the newsletters are going out.

Leaf Raking
Kathy printed flyers for our leaf raking event and suggested that board members hand them out on Halloween to trick-or-treaters. Otherwise, planning for the event is going smoothly.

Coordinator Update
TNA is looking for a new coordinator. During the financial meeting, Stacy suggested our finances could support a 20hr/week position instead of the previous 10hr/week. Mary Jane suggested a half-time coordinator and periodic professional services hires for specific events or tasks like website maintenance. Joy suggested advertising a position for 10-20hr/week and see what we get back. We want board members to drive the overall goals but to ensure follow-through we’d like a very involved coordinator who can fill in the details. Joy thinks the posting could be more about getting the right energetic person instead of simply a list of qualifications. The City has a template posting that we’ve used in the past. We’ve previously tried to share a coordinator with other neighborhoods but that hasn’t worked well because people like the part-time aspect of the job. Stacy doesn’t know of any available candidates from her contacts.

We’d like the coordinator to go to periodic neighborhood coordinators meetings, and meet regularly with neighboring coordinators too. We could hire other neighborhood coordinators to help onboard our new hire. Mary Jane will coordinate scheduling the coordinator planning meetings. Lauren suggested more flexible communication and more interaction between the entire board and the coordinator. Lauren also said the previous coordinator hiring process was slower than we hoped and it happened about the same time of year. She posted on the Council of Non-Profits site, at colleges in the area, the City, etc. Candidates were interviewed over winter break and hired in early spring. Joy said when she went to the recent neighborhood coordinator meeting they suggested contacting PTAs and other community/school organizations.

Other Items
Lauren noted this was her last TNA board meeting. She will resign following this meeting as she is moving from the neighborhood.

Adjourned: 8:40pm

Minutes submitted by Dan Williams, TNA Secretary

September 2016 Minutes

BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, September 19th, 2016 – 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park

Board members present: Dan Williams, Andrew Buss, Ryan Fisher, Joy Gottschalk, Joy Glasser, Lauren Anderson, Mary Jane Mitchell, Kathy Kornblum, Briana Daymont

Board members absent: Sandra Bartsias, Eric David, Dick Wager, Dick Fiala, Steve Bieringer, Justin Wills

Also present: Abby Rowan (TNA coordinator), Stacy Sorenson (City of Minneapolis NCR representative), Councilmember John Quincy, Tjody DeVaal

Called to order: 7:03pm

Officer Reports:
Secretary – A motion to approve the August 2016 minutes was made, seconded and approved.
Treasurer – Justin and Michael Wilson (City of Minneapolis) prepared the TNA FY2016 Charitable Trust Financial Statement and requested board approval. Joy moved to approve, Lauren seconded. Voice vote, all in favor, none opposed. Motion approved.

Partner and Other Announcements
Councilmember John Quincy reminded the board that the 11th Ward Neighborhood Summit would be held on September 28th from 6:30 – 8:00 at Windom community center and encouraged board members to attend.

Leaf Raking
TNA is partnering with Master Water Stewards Kristine Maurer and Brittany Faust to hold a neighborhood leaf raking event on Saturday November 5th. During the event volunteers will help rake the lawns of residents unable to do so. Sign-up deadline will be October 29th. Volunteers will meet at Fuller Park at 12:30 for a short training on etiquette, grab cider and cookies, then pick up rakes (if needed), placed in teams of 4 and assigned a location. Volunteers can return with their leaf bags, where there will be a water quality information fair starting at 1:30 at Fuller Park that volunteers and neighborhood residents can attend, with the Minnesota DNR, Pollution Control Agency, and other organizations. Kristine and Brittany have written an article on the raking event for the fall newsletter.

TNA also needs volunteers from 12 – 4 to help coordinate the event and fair. Andrew, Dan, Kathy, and Claire volunteered.

Before the raking event, there will be an evening water quality forum Tuesday Nov 1st with a speaker from Freshwater Society and refreshments.

The Sustainability committee request a budget of $600 for leaf bags, compostables, printing, food, and rakes. Lauren moved to approve, Ryan seconded. Voice vote, all in favor, none opposed.

The board discussed and agreed to drop storm drain stenciling in combination with the leaf raking event, but agreed to gague interest and have sign-ups at the water quality fair. Somebody should reach out to the Washburn Green Team to see if they are interested.

Newsletter Topics (responsible person in parentheses)
Leaf raking – (Lauren) this will be the main front-page topic for the newsletter.
Ogranics Recap – (Lauren, Joy) Kathy suggested adding a “for more info email” bit to the newsletter article and based on responses we could hold a follow-up educational session about composting over the winter, perhaps in late January.
4th of July Recap – (Ryan) TNA also thanks Andrew’s wife for taking1600 photos of the event!
Charlie Siftar Tribute – (Mary Jane) a short article about how the tribute was represented at the 4th of July event
New board members – (Tjody) Joy will send the group picture – each new board member will pick something from their bio and send that to Tjody, she’ll send email to board about what she wants.
Sustainability Lead – (Kristine Kvamme) Announce handover from Lauren to Kristine and regular meeting date, time, and location to make it easier for new members to join.
Crime & Safety – (Andrew) 4 sentences about new police precinct commander (if there’s space)
Kids Vote Minneapolis – (Ryan) Call for volunteers with contact info, Ryan will forward info to Tjody
Website – (Joy) A short article about recent and future changes to the TNA website
Halloween – (Tjody) a short article about the Tangletown Trick or Treat group gathering

Ryan asked that we get a scope-of-work form from Tjody for newsletter editor fees, and moved that we budget $650 for the newsletter work, which is in-line with past editing budgets. Joy seconded, voice vote, all in favor, none opposed. Motion approved.

The board discussed moving to an e-newsletter instead of a print version, or adding an e-newsletter in addition to the print version. No action was proposed yet because the print newsletter is still a good option for reaching many residents instead of adding yet another email that people might just delete. Also, it’s difficult to convert the existing PDF-based newsletter workflow into a web-based one that’s flexible enough.

Communications Committee
The committee held strategy meeting on Monday September 12th. The committee wants to add a events calendar widget to the website that pulls from a Google calendar, and restructure the site layout and article tags. The committee also wants to be more strategic and intentional about social media with regular updates for TNA, city, and other local events. Ryan is drafting a scorecard that we would use to identify which things to post and which are not appropriate for TNA. Abby suggested regular bi-weekly website and social media updates, and that whenever something is posted to the website it should also go out on social media like Facebook and Nextdoor.

It was suggested to kick off more active website and social media posts using modified versions of newsletter articles.

Nicollet Open Streets
The Windom neighborhood coordinator asked if TNA would like to partner on a Nicollet Open Streets 2017 application. Councilmember John Quincy noted that it is complicated to participate; it’s not a cost factor for neighborhoods but is an organizational challenge for the City and the Minneapolis Bike Coalition which manages the event. There were 9 neighborhoods this year. A large goal is economic development, so proposals must make sure businesses are involved. The event hasn’t historically worked well in South Minneapolis as there’s not as much commercial property along Nicollet Ave, and 46th Street is the furthest south the event has gone. There are traffic challenges on cross streets for freeway access like 46th and 54th, which need police presence for traffic direction.

Oct 10th is the deadline for applications. Ryan will take point and respond to Windom; Dan will help. An endorsement from the Southwest Business Association would help.

2015 Annual Report
Abby completed the TNA 2015 Annual Report and is ready to submit it to the City. Dan moved to approve it; Lauren seconded, voice vote, all in favor, none opposed. Motion carried.

NCR Neighborhood Board Survey
Stacy from the City passed out the board survey for board members to fill out. The City compiles the information and makes available for analysis and diversity enhancement.

Title Boxing
This was a board and neighborhood engagement idea Joy had presented at a previous meeting. She suggested that we drop the idea as there is now a cost associated for glove wraps (for sanitary reasons) and the reason it was initially attractive was that we thought it would be free.

Facade Improvement Grants
TNA has a Business Fascade Improvement grant program which matches 1/3 of funds up to a maximum of $1000. For example, a $600 improvement would get a $200 match. Even though lots of education and mailing was done, response is always slow. TNA has given grants to about 10 businesses so far but to get more we need more promotion and publicity. We’d like to renew our NCR contract under which the funds have previously been disbursed, as there is $1800 left in the NCR contract and $2000 left in the general NCR strategy that could be added to the NCR contract. The board previously agreed to contract the left-over NCR money for the grant program but has not officially voted on it. The contract amendment takes about a month and would be done through Stacy from the City.

Organics Recycling Wrap-up/Review
Joy gave a review of the past year’s Organics Recycling initiative in support of the City’s Organics program. Useful resources from the effort were posted to the tangletown.org website, including cart sign-up information, a list of accepted materials, home setup examples, compostable product buying guide, a cart delivery schedule, and more.

The Sustainability Committee organized a Kick-Off event in March with the Lynnhurst neighborhood including presentations, informational displays, games, hands-on activities, which was attended by about 215 people. An estimated 97 adults from Tangletown, 87 from Lynnhurst, and 19 from other neighborhoods attended. The presentations were recorded and are posted online, and both neighborhood organizations provided free compostable bin liners and lawn-signs to attendees.

The Committee also developed and launched the Organics Captain program, including four training sessions for the 25 Captains signed up for Tangletown. Those captains who reported back reached 80 residents via block gatherings and informational sessions, and further neighbor-to-neighbor education likely continues beyond those gatherings. Lynnhurst had 41 captains report back, reaching 155 residents. 25 Organics Captain lawn signs and 40+ resident signs were distributed to Tangletown residents.

The board also provided free compostable supplies to block captains for National Night Out parties. 32 block captains picked up compostable kits, reaching approximately 1200 residents (as estimated by block leaders). A Tangletown Organics Captain (and board member) made rounds of block parties that received kits to check in and answer questions.

Before the Organics initiative about 45% of residents had signed up for the program and by September 12 that had risen to almost 53%, an increase of 124 more homes in the program. The initiative also grew the partnership between Tangletown and Lynnhurst, and increased community building between residents within and between both neighborhoods.

Adjourned: 8:40pm

Minutes submitted by Dan Williams, TNA Secretary

August 2016 Minutes

BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, August 15th, 2016 – 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park

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

Board members absent: Sandra Bartsias, Eric David, Dick Wager,

Also present: Abby Rowan (TNA coordinator), Stacy Sorenson (City of Minneapolis NCR representative), Brittany Faust (Master Water Stewards), Kristine Maurer (Master Water Stewards), Councilmember John Quincy, Tjody DeVaal

Called to order: 7:03pm

Officer Reports:
Secretary – A motion to approve the July 2016 minutes was made, seconded and approved.
Treasurer – Justin presented the FY2016 profit & loss statement. Lauren moved to approve, Joy seconded. Voice vote, all in favor, none opposed. Motion approved.

Partner and Other Announcements
Councilmember John Qunicy talked about the City’s 5.5% levy request for this coming tax year. The base request was a 2% property tax increase; Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Board funding and an additional $20 million for streets and infrastructure brought the levy request to 4.9%. The extra 0.6% was added due to the failure of the Minnesota State Legislature to approve Local Government Aid during their session this year. If the Legislature returns for a special session and passes LGA funds, the levy request would drop back down to 4.9%. Councilmember Quincy said 70% of the City’s budget increases were in public safety, such as increasing the number of public safety officers and increasing their diversity.

The council also decided not to put the $15/hour minimum wage and police officer personal liability insurance initiatives on the ballot as the city attorney did not consider them charter-worthy initiatives. The council has not rejected the minimum wage initiative, but is waiting for the results of studies on wage impacts before making further decisions which could come in 2017.

The City is also planning an upcoming neighborhood coordination meeting and will solicit input from Tangletown and other neighborhood associations.

Leaf Raking
Kristine Maurer and Brittany Faust solicited support for their community leaf raking Master Water Steward project. Unraked leaves wash into storm sewers which drain to city lakes and streams, causing algae blooms which severly reduce water quality and prevent recreational activities. Their proposed event would gather community volunteers to rake leaves for those who are unable to do so, and possibly in neighborhood public spaces and business nodes. They would like to host a small educational event beforehand with tables from other water quality organizations and the Washburn Green Team, and provide refreshements (like fresh apple cider) and snacks. They asked for support from TNA for the sign-up process, publicity, and refreshments. Joy suggested adding a storm drain stenciling component, which other neighborhoods like Lynnhurst have done in the past.

Kristine and Brittany proposed Saturday October 22nd as the date, though Lauren suggested the first weekend in November since many trees in Tangletown hold their leaves longer. Laurent also suggested hilighting the event in the fall newsletter, the deadline for which is September 19th. Dick, Lauren, Mary Jane, and Kathy will co-lead the effort for the board.

NCR Overview
Stacy Sorenson from the City of Minneapolis presented an overview of the CPP and NCR programs, reimbursement guidelines, and processes. Before TNA can be reimbursed for an expense, funds must be under contract through CPP/NCR with some entity providing that service, which could be TNA itself, Minneapolis Public Works, or other entities. Contracts detail the work to be performed and the party responsible for doing the work. The city will often give an advance on contract funds to make it easier for neighborhoods to get things done. Approving a contract takes about 6 – 8 weeks after the paperwork is submitted.

Contracts (and thus any activities which TNA could be reimbursed for through CPP/NRP funds) should have an emphasis on educational activities and/or bringing people together, or other concrete neighborhood improvement projects. For example, the leaf-raking project could fall under community engagement and education, but festivals (like the TNA 4th of July event) are complicated because the city will not reimburse for food or entertainment, but can reimburse for community-building aspects of these events. Other examples of reimbursible items are newsletters, communications, web sites, event speakers, advertising, Neighborhood Priority Plans.

TNA needs to submit our 2015 CPP annual report before further reimbursement for any eligible expenses.

Stacy specifically called out the NRP Phase II funds which were contracted in 2007 and of which $85,000 are unspent. She suggested closing out that contract and rolling those funds over into a CPP strategy instead of leaving them in NRP. But 70% of these Phase II must still be allocated to housing (like home improvement loands or historic preservation) even if they are rolled over to CPP, and need a new CPP contract before they can be spent. Previously these funds were allocated to home improvement loans administered by Center for Energy and Environment but TNA pulled out of that program when CEE raised their administrative fees. Lauren asked if the city has another loan administrator and Stacy suggested Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation. The City will prepare a report in October about TNAs current NRP and CPP funds status. Stacy volunteered to return next month to talk aobut the neighborhood board diversity survey and answer any further questions about CPP/NCR.

4th of July Recap
We have so far had 12 responses to our event survey, which include much positive feedback. Recommendations from the survey include easing the bottleneck at the face painting and balloon stations, more kid-friendly food options, adding family/adult games, and increased marketing of the event. The inflatables and dunk tank did not work as well as expected and TNA will negotiate with Diamond Lake Rental for discounts appropriate for the level of functionality the inflatables and tank provided.

NNO Compostables Recap
TNA purchased and provided compostable party supplies (plates, utensils, cups, bags) for 32 National Night Out party block leaders. Board members helped put together the supply kits and hand them out over two days. Kathy visited a few block parties and helped educate leaders about how to use supplies and acceptable compostable items. Suggestions for next year include more block leader education and having a demo setup at supply pickup time. Additional improvement suggestions for next year should be sent to Joy.

Projector and Microphone
Briana got quotes from Best Buy for projectors and wireless PA system, ranging from $300 to $670 for projectors and $234 for a wireless PA (one speaker and wireless mic). The board decided to focus on the higher-quality projector since it will address more use-cases and be more flexible.

Ryan asked about purchasing a screen since projecting on the wall at Fuller can be unreadable. Steve mentioned any screen would have to be retractable since the main room at Fuller is also a gym. Since screens had not previously been discussed and no quote was ready, a screen decision was tabled.

Dan moved to budget $1100 for the better-quality projector option and the wireless PA system. Lauren seconded. Voice vote, all in favor, none opposed. Motion approved. Briana will source the projector and PA.

Direction for the coming year
Joy compiled a list of activities and interest areas pulled from the TNA 2013 neighborhood survey and the mid-2015 TNA board brainstorming session, and asked current board members to indicate their interest in each of the items. Those items with the most interest could become TNA focus items for 2016.

Joy volunteered to lead a short sub-committee to push communication strategy (website calendar, etc) forward.
Briana volunteered to focus on utilizing housing-focused NRP Phase II funds. Justin expressed interest in dog parks, Ryan for Nice Ride, and Kathy/Joy/Lauren for sustainability. Dan will continue with utility box wraps.

Lauren encouraged high board turnout for our fall event. Kathy suggested focusing the event around water issues to tie in with leaf raking and drive signups for the raking event. Kristine Maurer suggested Peggy Knap from Freshwater Society as a speaker.

Fall Newsletter
Tjody set the article deadline for September 19th. Mary-Jane suggested an article about leaf-raking and water quality for the fall newsletter.

Miscellaneous
Joy solicited interest for a “Box With Your Board” activity with Title Boxing, a new business at Lyndale and 54th St, as a board-building and community outreach event. The board seemed generally interested an Joy will follow up.

Kids Vote Minneapolis is looking for volunteers; Tangletown will ask for vounteers in our communications and put a link on the website.

Adjourned: 8:30pm

July 2016 Minutes

BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, July 18th, 2016 – 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park

Board members present: Dan Williams, Eric David, Lauren Anderson, Joy Gottschalk, Dick Fiala, Mary Jane Mitchell, Dick Wager, Kathy Kornblum, Briana Daymont, Joy Glasser

Board members absent: Andrew Buss, Steve Bieringer, Sandra Bartsias, Ryan Fisher

Also present: Abby Rowan (TNA coordinator), Jennifer Waisanen (Minneapolis Police Crime prevention specialist)

Called to order: 7:05pm

Crime Prevention
Jennifer Waisanen reported on an uptick in burglaries has been reported in Tangletown over the past few months. Since January 1st there have been 17 burglaries, 6 dwellings forced, 6 dwellings unforced, 3 garages forced, and 2 garages unforced. There were only 17 burglaries in all of 2015. The police believe there is only one person responsible for the recent set of incidents. They have increased police patrols by car and request that residents report any incidents (even if those incidents don’t result in a loss) to police via 911 (if the incident is in progress or soon after) or 311 (if found later). The police use crime reports to determine patterns of crime and direct patrols so it’s important to file reports. While some residents were home at the time of recent burglaries, there have been no incidents with armed robbery at this time.

Some tips for prevention include getting newspapers and mail stopped, ensuring sidewalks are shoveled during the winter, leaving outside lights on at night, making sure all doors and windows are locked, and calling the 5th Precinct desk to put your home on their vacation list. For more information on crime prevention and other questions, contact Jennifer Waisanen at (612) 673-5704.

Landscaping
Neighborhood residents Dirk Nicholson and Christopher Massey spoke about landscape management for a 50ft MnDOT easement near their homes, along Interstate 35W at the corner of East 51st Street and Stevens Ave. Residents have started a conversaton with MnDOT and city planners and will start working with the City Landscape Partnership, but the City requires a neighborhood entity to partner with. Residents already have maintenance labor lined up and funding comes from MnDOT, so no funding from TNA is required. But they may need a board representative to attend a meeting with the City and MnDOT.

Lauren moved to partner with and support residents along the easement in their landscaping efforts. Seconded, voice vote. All in favor, none opposed. Motion approved.

National Night Out Compost Supplies
Thirty block leaders responded for a total of 1200 participants. Lauren proposed to cover whatever block leaders need instead of setting a hard limit. TNA will provide Biodegradable Products Institute certified plates, cups, napkins, utensils, and two large compostable bags. We need volunteers to staff pick-ups and do some quick education and hand out literature.

Mary-Jane suggested printing signs about composting for block leaders to tape on compost bins, and having block leaders take pictures of their block parties that TNA could post. Dick Wager suggested printing and handing out TNA mailing list signup sheets that block leaders could have available.

Lauren made a motion to spend $1,000 NNO compostable supplies. Seconded, voice vote. All in favor, none opposed. Motion approved.

Projector and Sound
TNA has previously discssued purchasing a projector for TNA meetings and activities at Fuller Park. Briana will investigate suggestions from Best Buy; Dan and Briana will get some quotes for the next meeting.

Communications Committee
The committee would like to add an events calendar on website and purchase some new templates for Constant Contact. They would also like to give each block leader 10 Tangletown postcards with TNA meeting times and other information to hand out during National Night Out. Mary-Jane will write up the copy.

Community Solar Gardens
Joy will contact each previously identified solar developer and ask if they will allow sharing the three main variables of their contract with residents. If they will, we can distribute a simplified comparison and list of options to neighbors. Joy proposed sending the comparison to the board which would review/approve and then re-send to the neighborhood via the TNA mailing list.

Fall Forum
Tangletown has historically been quiet between 4th of July and end of year, without many planned events. This would be a nice time to gather residents and focus on a topic sometime in October or early November. Last year’s fall event was focused on communoity solar. Possible topics for this year could include include “energy” (solar follow-up and energy audit/getting ready for winter) and simplifying and organizing your home including bulk donation collection.

Officer Reports:
Secretary – A motion to approve the June 2016 minutes was made, seconded and approved.
Treasurer – no report this month

Adjourned: 8:30pm

Minutes submitted by Dan Williams, TNA Secretary

June 2016 Minutes

BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, June 20, 2016 – 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park

Board members present: Dan Williams, Andrew Buss, Sandra Bartsias, Joy Gottschalk, Ryan Fisher, Dick Fiala, Mary Jane Mitchell, Briana Daymont, Steve Bieringer, Joy Glasser, Katherine Kornblum, Dick Wager, Justin Wills

Past/Present Board members absent: Lauren Anderson, Andrea Siegel, Karen Costello, Dylan Sirny, Laura Silver, Eric David, Virgil Petrie, Peter DeVaal

Also present: Sarah Cedarblade (Fuller Park Director), Abby Rowan, Forest Hardy (City of Minneapolis Transportation Planner), Kurt Wayne (City of Minneapolis Transportation Planner)

Called to order: 7:07pm

Annual Meeting Recap
We had about 38 attendees for our 2016 Annual Meeting. The event went well and there were no suggestions for improvements from the board at this time.

Diamond Lake & Pleasant Ave Bumpout Project
Forest and Kurt from the City of Minneapolis presented a plan to build a single bumpout on the north-east corner of Diamond Lake Road and Pleasant Ave S. Seal coating in 2015 triggered pedestrian ramp upgrades on the south side of Diamond Lake Road, and while nothing was done to the north side at that time, the Pleasant Ave intersection was flagged for upgrades. Benefits of the bumpout include opened-up sight lines and shorter crossing distance for pedestrians. Pleasant Ave has a pedestrian crossing at Minnehaha Creek, is a future bicycle boulevard in the Minneapolis Bicycle Master Plan, and already has lots of bicycle and pedestrian traffic. The City will test the bumpout for 30 days with plastic posts and count traffic and pedestrian crossings starting this week or next, and plans construction starting in early August. The bumpout would require moving a bus stop 25ft to the east and would remove one parking space for a homeowner. It may also increase queuing of cars on Diamond Lake Road when pedestrians cross.

Forest and Kurt looked for a resolution of support from the Board, but Ryan and Andrew suggested holding any resolution until the homeowner is notified of the project and the initial traffic study is done, hopefully by our July meeting. Forest and Kurt will return to the July meeting to present the results of that study and the board will discuss the issue again.

4th of July Status Update
Ryan noted that planning is on-schedule and most tasks are in-order. Abby is soliciting and collecting volunteer information from neighborhood residents and board members. We have volunteers specifically interested in pouring fruit water again; Ryan will confirm whether or not fruit water will be available this year. Board members should let Abby know via email ASAP what their preference is for volunteer duties. Kim Karstad (our balloon vendor) agreed to $150 for reduced time window versus last year.

Andrew will ensure a photographer is present from 9:30 – 12:00. Postcards were already mailed and delivered.

Dan will reach out to Tjody about updated flyers and posters, which Dan, Mary Jane, and Joy will distribute.

Ryan will email link to tasks spreadsheet to the board.

Abby will send the setup map to the board mailing list.

Sarah will block the parking lot with cones on the morning of the 4th.

Sandra proposed a budget of $4,000 for 4th of July Party. Ryan moved to approve the budget, Steve seconded. Voice vote, motion approved.

Officer Reports:

Secretary – A motion to approve the May 2016 minutes was made, seconded and approved via voice vote.
Treasurer – The TNA account has $7,048 and the NCR account has $12,147.

Sandra did a preliminary profit & loss for fiscal 2015 and determined that the board spent $26,118 and took in $14,041, leading to a “loss” of $12,077.76. Income included $10,563 from reimbursed CPP contracts, $2,568 from ticket sales from the 2015 4th of July, $490 from the garage sale, $100 from Restorative Justice Community Action, and $320 in donations. Expenditures included $5,775 for organics recycling and solar gardens initiatives, $1,056 for the May annual meeting (postcards, postage, food, supplies), TNA Coordinator hours, $2,823 so far for the 4th of July (postcards, signs, vendors, materials), and other expenses. We expect to be reimbursed for some of these expenses through City CPP contracts.

Since Sandra is stepping down from the role of Treasurer, she will ensure the new treasurer is up-to-speed with upcoming 2015 CPP reimbursement requests.

Officer Elections
President, Vice President, and Treasurer positions are open.

Justin Wills was nominated, seconded, and approved for Treasurer via voice vote.. Joy Gottschalk was nominated, seconded, and approved for President via voice vote. Lauren Andersen was nominated, seconded, and approved for Vice President via voice vote.

Coordinator Report
Peter deVaal has moved out of Tangletown and notified Abby that he will therefore resign from the board. Steve volunteered to stay on as a regular board member instead of resigning the board as he had planned. Abby showed the new Tangletown table sign, parade banner, and tall tent-marker signs.

Abby will also look into music options for the 4th parade. Katherine mentioned Patrick Prochaska would be interesting in helping out.

Abby also noted the prizes for 4th of July games, which include superhero backpacks, eye-patches, soaker water guns, beach balls, hats, and more. Sara and her Parks Department team will staff prize tables while prizes are supplied by TNA.

Fuller Park
Sarah said the June 10th movie night (Frozen) was well attended, with Park staff handing out 150 bags popcorn.

The rec center’s men’s outside bathroom has been broken into a few times overnight in the past month and park staff have been replacing the lock each time. The most recent break-in actually broke the door and park staff replaced the lock with a temporary clasp lock. A new door is on-order and expected in 35 – 40 days. Park police have scheduled extra patrols around 9:30 at night and neighbors should report an suspicious activity to park staff.

Sarah noted that TNA could help the park with contributions towards better lighting by the pool and a new basketball hoop.

Partner and Other Announcements
None.

Adjourned: 8:05pm

Minutes submitted by Dan Williams, TNA Secretary