March 2016 Meeting Notes

BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, March 21, 2016 ­ 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park

Board members present: Dan Williams, Eric David, Lauren Anderson, Andrew Buss, Andrea Siegel, Karen

Costello, Steve Bieringer, Sandra Bartsias, Joy Gottschalk, Virgil Petrie, Ryan Fisher, Dick Fiala

Board members absent: Dylan Sirny, Mary Jane Mitchell, Laura Silver

Also present: Councilmember John Quincy, Tjody deVaal, Susan Kline (a new resident)

Called to order: 7:04pm

Spring Newsletter

The newsletter needs to go to the printer on April 4th to be mailed by our goal of April 15th. This means all content

from board members should be sent to Tjody by March 28th. The annual meeting should be prominently featured

and the topic will be water quality. Andrea has contacted the Minneapolis water department asking if they would be

interested in speaking but hasn’t heard back yet.

Tjody reported that we have three submissions for the photo contest started a few months ago and hopes we will

receive more; the board will judge the entries before the annual meeting, and one option for the winning entry could

be a framed print of the photo. Virgil will check on framing costs.

Steve will also reach out to Sarah Cedardblade at Fuller Park for an update. The Washburn High School Green

Team also sent email to the board about fund­raising for hand dryers and this would be great to include. Mary­Jane

will write a list­of­events article, Steve will do a garage sale event update, and Ryan will write copy for the 4th of

July event article. Lauren suggested pulling out the 4th of July volunteer request from the event article for more

visiblity. We have also discussed providing compostable supplies for National Night Out block parties, and the 4th

of July newsletter article could add a sentence about these supplies, which block leaders could pick up at 4th of July


Tjody suggested a short article about TNA Board elections since that always seems a surprise at the meeting, and

requested that board members send a photo and a quote about what serving on the board has meant to them.

TNA Budget Review and Proposal

Sandra updated the CPP contract budget based on proposals from mid­2015 brainstorming meeting. Proposed

budget for 2016 is $72,782.56 if many of the additional ideas from the brainstorming meeting are included, and even

if not all of that is spent it can be rolled over to 2017 as long as it is allocated. Steve moved to approve, Karen

seconded. Voice vote, motion carried.

Eureka Zero­Waste Buying Co­Op

Dan suggested purchasing compostable supplies from the Eureka Recycling Zero­Waste Buying Co­Op to stockpile

for TNA events. Unfortunately, the deadline to purchase these supplies is April 15th and that is too soon to estimate

how much would be required and get board approval. We’ll investigate next year.

Schedules are too short for the co­op (by April 15th) so not this year.

Garage Sale

The garage sales event will be held on May 6th and 7th this year. Steve and Eric will handle putting up signs and

online awareness on Facebook, Nexdoor, etc. Steve will present budget at April meeting.

Annual Meeting – May 16th

We will contact Hector Ruiz (Cafe Ena) to cater food again. Door prizes could include reusable metal water bottles

to go with the water theme; Virgil has laser engraving equipment and can engrave metal water bottles. Andrea

proposed a budget of $1,200 for food, postcards, prizes, signage. Lauren seconded. Voice vote; motion carried.

Councilmember Quincy offered to help get a response from the city water department. We will also invite

Councilmember Quincy and Parks Boardmember Born to speak. Councilmember Quincy also suggested Marion

Greene from county commission if we need more speakers; Mary­Jane has contact information for her.

th of July @ Fuller Park


We would like to purchase bicycle bells from Charlie’s Bike Shop for the children’s parade and help install them on

bikes in honor of Charlie. Sandra has been trying to get Washburn students to participate (perhaps to lead the 4th of

July parade) and met with Jeremy from the Washburn Foundation but he indicated this couldn’t be done through the

Foundation. Instead, Sandra is looking for other contacts at Washburn. Lauren suggested using connections from

the Organics Recycling kick­off to involve students instead.

In honor of Charlie Siftar, Karen suggested commissioning the owner of Color Wheel to design a Tangletown

artwork depicting businesses at the 48th and Grand node and then donate the original to Charlie’s Bike Shop. Karen

will get an estimate.

Ryan will organize the 4th of July event committee. Sandra sent contacted the Roe Family Singers to book them for

entertainment but has not yet received a reply. They had previous said they were interested so she will try again.

Officer Reports:

Secretary – A motion to approve the February 2016 minutes was made, seconded and approved. A motion to

approve January 2016 minutes (unapproved in February due to lack of quorum) was made, seconded, and approved.

Treasurer – Sandra will work on 2015 CPP contract expenses refund, but needs the 2016 budget submission first.

The NCR account has $13,430.29 and the Tangletown account has $18,441.61; this does not include expenses from

Organics Recycling Kick­off event. Also, TNA doesn’t have a Minnesota Tax ID number which more vendors are

requiring for state sales tax exemption. Sandra had previously started the process but when TNA got non­profit

status TNA’s name changed and that requires extra documentation to receive the Tax ID. Sandra will find the

previous papers and bring them to Abby. Sandra also needs expenses before May 31 when our fiscal year ends.

Neighborhood Priorities Status / Committee Reports

Fuller Park (Steve, Virgil): no status at this time

Board Development (Karen, Andrew, Dick): no status at this time

Utility Box Wraps (Dan, Andrea): we have re­photographed and re­measured all traffic signal boxes in Tangletown

and will submit this list to the city by the April 8th deadline for pre­verification that the boxes are actually city-
owned boxes. We will focus on the 50th and Lyndale and 52nd and Lyndale boxes first and will solicit a professional

photographer to provide pictures for them.

Sustainability/Green Team (Lauren, Joy): the March 19th Organics Recycling Kickoff event drew about 215

residents and children, including about 100 adults from Tangletown. Joy requested adding more prominent links for

Organics on the TNA website homepage since the rollout is iminent. However, the website committee is trying to

reduce maintenance burden by keeping homepage cleaner and not continuously updating it, but agreed that specific

events could be hilighted.

Website/Communications (Eric, Dylan, Ryan, Laura): no updates at this time

School Relationships (Mary Jane, Sandra): Sandra met with Washburn Foundation personnel and determined that

we may need to pursue other avenues to increase student participation in Tangletown activities.

Coordinator Report

Abby is looking for a storage unit and will present a proposal at the next meeting. The Board requested one as close

as possible to Tangletown. Abby will also propose a budget for signage. Lauren suggested asking Tjody to design

them. Joy noted that Banners­to­Go was great to work with for the Organics Kick­off event and their prices were

very competitive for the Organics lawn­signs and large Tangletown map.

Partner and Other Announcements

John Quincy mentioned that the Community Connections conference coming up and requested participation from

Tangletown board members.

Adjourned: 9:00pm

Minutes submitted by Dan Williams, TNA Secretary

January 2016 Meeting Minutes

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

Board members present: Mary Jane Mitchell, Dan Williams, Lauren Anderson, Andrew Buss, Dick Fiala, Andrea

Siegel, Karen Costello, Steve Bieringer, Laura Silver, Sandra Bartsias, Joy Gottschalk

Board members absent: Virgil Petrie, Ryan Fisher, Dylan Sirny, Eric David

Called to order: 7:08pm

December 21, 2015 Meeting/Holiday Party recap: the Sustainability Committee proposed a 2016 budget of

$9,502 mainly focused on activities and education surrounding the City of Minneapolis' Organics Recycling

program, which will come to Tangletown in early 2016. A motion was made to approve the budget as proposed and

was seconded. All in favor, none opposed.

CERT Seed Grant

Joy has been working with the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERT) organization to secure a grant for solar

energy assessments of buildings in our neighborhood. A motion was made to approve participation in the CERT

grant program and was seconded. All in favor, none opposed.

Southwest Happy Hour

The Southwest Business Association contacted TNA to see if anyone would be interested in attending events

focused on Southwest businesses. Abby will follow up for more info.

TNA Website Update

The new TNA website was launched in December. Lauren asked about ways to hilight major TNA events on the

website, possibly via headline-type links. The website committee said that for now, board members can forward

information to committee members who will post it on the site.

Spring Newsletter

Board members should begin gathering information for the spring newsletter. Lauren suggested three newsletters to

get more exposure of neighborhood events (March, summer, and fall). However, a March newsletter would be too

early for the garage sale and the board will revisit newsletter timing next year.

Annual Meeting

The TNA annual meeting will be held on Monday, May 16 and board members were asked to think about

themes/topics. Two years ago a speaker from the City of Minneapolis talked about tree disease and last year a

speaker from Homegrown Minneapolis talked about growing local food. Sandra suggested a speaker from the

Minneapolis Water Department, given recent nationwide interest in municipal water quality. Andrea will ask the

City if they have an available speaker. Andrea also proposed topics around homelessness.

TNA Garage Sale 2016

Steve and Eric will work on the garage sale. Tentative dates are May 6 th and 7 th . Abby asked whether we should

engage a charity like Ark, DAV, or Salvation Army again to pick up left-overs. That hasn't worked well in the past

so it was instead decided to add information about various organizations to the literature and let participants

schedule pickups of left-over items if they wish to.

4 th of July @ Fuller Park

The 4 th is a Monday this year. Sandra will contact the Roe Family Singers who TNA has tried and failed to book in

the past due to time constraints. 2015 attendees requested more kid-friendly food options and more fruit water

(which ran out early). Laura suggested replacing the missing parade banner, and Steve asked whether the banner

should be specific to the 4 th of July, or generic for Tangletown. Andrea suggested contacting Minneapolis Taps

which provides water stations and she will reach out to them. TNA will also request more games led by park staff

and ensure face painting is available this year. Mary-Jane suggested asking in the newsletter whether anyone in the

neighborhood would like to or knows someone who could face paint. Andrea suggested reaching out to the

Washburn Arts department to collaborate; Sandra and Mary-Jane will do this. We'll form a planning committee at

the February meeting.

Coordinator Report

Abby organized our storage room and cleaned out old items. Mary-Jane suggested buying storage bins to help

organization, and Abby will purchase bins and submit receipts. Abby reported that we only have 3 nametags for

board members (which are used at various events to identify the board) and she will bring some prototypes to the

next meeting for approval to purchase new ones. Mary-Jane requested an inventory of the storage room which Abby

already compiled, and she will send that out.

Abby also proposed working from the Fuller Park Rec Center for a few hours during each week during February and

before TNA events to increase visibility, participation, and outreach. She will stay within her budgeted hours; the

board agreed. Abby will send out emails to the board about her “office hours”.

Officer Reports:

Secretary – A motion to approve the November 2015 minutes was made, seconded and approved.

Treasurer – Sandra submitted reimbursement requests to the City for 2014 contracts. The City objected that TNA

didn't turn in 2013 & 2014 annual reports, but we believe we have done so. Abby will follow up with Jack to

clarify. We requested reimbursement of 2014 expenses in the amount of $10.788.66, and the City requested

clarification for $255.75 of that amount before reimbursement. Sandra will follow up with the city to clarify.

TNA received a $100 check which board members aren't completely clear on the origin of. Abby will follow up.

The NCR account has $5507.94 and the Tangletown account has $18,171.88, not including the city reimbursement

for NCR/CPP contracts for 2014. A motion to approve the financials report was made, seconded and approved.

Neighborhood Priorities Status / Committee Reports

Fuller Park (Steve, Virgil): no status at this time

Board Development (Karen, Andrew, Dick): committee members need access to our Google Docs. Lauren will

ensure this happens.

Utility Box Wraps (Dan, Andrea): the committee would like contact information for Washburn staff involved with

arts for connecting about student artists, for the purpose of involving Washburn students in the program. The

committee will focus on the 3 or 4 most visible intersections in Tangletown to start with.

Sustainability/Green Team (Lauren, Joy): a refined budget was reviewed and discussed in more detail. Since the

Organics Recycling focus will end in the summer after the program has rolled out in Tangletown, the committee will


Website/Communications (Eric, Dylan, Ryan, Laura): the committee is addressing comments and suggestions

through tweaks to the site. They have a potential budget request for $1,500 for development of graphics, logos, and


School Relationships (Mary Jane, Sandra): no status at this time

Partner and Other Announcements


Adjourned: 8:40pm

Minutes submitted by Dan Williams, TNA Secretary

November 2015 Meeting Minutes

Tangletown Neighborhood Association

BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, November 16, 2015 (Annual Meeting) – 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park

Board members present: Ryan Fisher, Eric David, Lauren Anderson, Joy Gottschalk, Dick Fiala, Laura Silver,

Karen Costello, Dylan Sirney, Mary Jane Mitchell, Andrew Buss

Board members absent: Steve Bieringer, Sandra Bartsias, Dan Williams, Andrea Siegel, Virgil Petrie

Also present: Abby Rowan (TNA Coordinator), Councilmember John Quincy, Jennifer Waisanen (Minneapolis

Police Department – 5 th Precinct)

Called to order: 7:08pm

Jennifer Waisenen – 5 th Precinct Crime Prevention Specialist

Jennifer attended the meeting at the request of TNA in response to concerns about neighborhood crime raised on

Nextdoor. She distributed maps to board members detailing crime activity in the Tangletown neighborhood in both

2014 and 2015 (through November 16 th ). Jennifer stressed that residents should call 911 to report any suspicious

behavior, including individuals who stop by homes looking for people who don’t reside at the residence. Having

details of individuals’ physical descriptions, what they said, and which direction they’re moving and how (on foot,

via car, etc.) is particularly helpful for the police department. Because of the number of burglaries at Washburn and

Ramsey schools, Jennifer gave an overview of how the School Resource Officers (SROs) at both schools interface

with the Minneapolis Police Department. In instances of specific recurring burglaries or trespassing (e.g. on building

roofs), the 5 th precinct can send additional squad cars past suspected locations. Crime alerts are sent via email to

block club leaders. Due to MPD’s e-alert system, crime report details are cut short so block club leaders can email

Jennifer to get the full report. Several Tangletown blocks lack a block leader including:

4600 1st Ave

4600 Nicollet Ave

4700 1st Ave

4700 Grand Ave

4700 Nicollet Ave

4800 Pleasant Ave

4900 Stevens Ave

5000 Harriet Ave

5100 Garfield Ave

5300 Harriet Ave

5300 Pleasant Ave

Overall, Tangletown’s level of crime is low in

comparison to other Minneapolis neighborhoods.

There may be an increase in theft during the holiday

season – neighbors are encouraged to specify other

locations for package deliveries (e.g. back door,

within a fence, etc.) to discourage potential thieves.

UPS allows residents to do this on their website.

Community Solar Workshop Wrap-up

Joy gave an overview of last week’s Neighborhood

Community Solar workshop, which had 135

attendees. Lissa Pawlish from Metro CERTS gave a

“Community Solar 101” talk and Jamie Long

presented on the Linden Hills Community Solar

project, which will be installed on the Linden Hills

Co-op. Attendees filled out a survey to give direction

on local vs. rural projects and pre-pay vs. pay-as- you-

go options – results will be available soon. Despite

parking and kitchen challenges, it was a hugely

brought to the board in January 2016. The board is

interested in using submissions for the new TNA

website and will discuss the evaluation process at a

future meeting.

NRP Fund balance/relocation update

Lauren gave a brief overview of the board’s July

2015 conversation with Neighborhood and

Community Relations (NCR) staff member Jack

Whitehurst on the approximately $91,000 remaining

NRP Phase II funds not currently under contract.

The board’s six Neighborhood Priorities projects

have mostly not touched these funds. The board

would like to have Jack Whitehurst attend the

January 2016 meeting and offer a neighborhood

survey to identify priorities for using these funds

soon after.

TNA Holiday party date/ location/ menu

Laura offered to check on hosting on December 21 st .

The board would like to have a potluck preferably at

a board member’s home. Lauren volunteered to set

up an event on

Officer Reports:

Secretary – A motion to approve the October 2015

minutes was made, seconded and approved.

Treasurer – No report this month. Sustainability

committee members will submit receipts to Sandra.

Neighborhood Priorities Status

Board Development (Karen, Andrew, Dick) –

Andrew will re-email the member profile

questionnaire so board members can fill it out. The

group would like to build more board resources

(how-tos, photos, background on interfacing with the

City) to help members share information with one


Fuller Park (Steve, Virgil) – no update

School Relationships (Sandra, Mary Jane) – A parent

liaison from Washburn High School emailed TNA

this morning.

Sustainability/Green Team (Lauren, Joy) – The

Sustainability Team’s update was covered under

Community Solar Workshop. Joy and Lauren will

bring an organics project budget request to the

December gathering.

Utility Box Wraps (Dan, Andrea) – no update

Website/Communications (Eric, Dylan, Ryan, Laura)

– The Communication Team’s update was covered

under the TNA Website Review section.

Community Spaces – no update

Coordinator Update – no update

Other Business – None

October 2015 Meeting Minutes

Tangletown Neighborhood Association

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

Board members present: Steve Bieringer, Sandra Bartsias, Andrew Buss, Ryan Fisher, Lauren Anderson, Joy

Gottschalk, Dick Fiala

Board members absent: Eric David, Virgil Petrie, Dan Williams, Andrea Siegel, Laura Silver, Karen Costello

Also present: Adam Lilla (owner of Elevation Chiropractic & Wellness); Tjody deVaal; Tom Balcom, Barb

Balcom, Mike Gilbertson (Tangletown residents)

Called to order: 7:04pm

Newsletter Update

Tjody gave an update on the fall newsletter, which was mailed today through Ideal Printers. It should hopefully hit

residential and business mailboxes later this week assuming there are no delays with our bulk mail permit. Mary

Jane brought up the status of newsletter distribution to businesses. Tjody will double check whether businesses in

the neighborhood currently receive the newsletter through the mail. Joy offered that the Sustainability Committee

will be delivering Community Solar event flyers and could take notes on which businesses currently accept

community informational pieces.

Halloween Walking Tour

Tjody requested a budget of $35 for glowsticks and hot cider for the Halloween Walking Tour, which will take place

on Halloween (Saturday, October 31 st ). A motion to approve this budget was made, seconded, and approved by the

full board. Fuller Park isn’t offering a community Halloween party this year so the tour was moved to October 31 st

and the route will include trick-or- treating.

Community Solar Workshop

Joy gave an overview of the Community Solar Garden forum coming up on November 12 th , 2015 at Mayflower

Church (106 E Diamond Lake Road). The event is being held in partnership with the Hale-Page- Diamond Lake

Community Association (HPDL), Field Regina Northrop Neighborhood Group (FRNNG), Windom Community

Council, and Lynnhurst Neighborhood. Residents in Tangletown and HPDL will receive an event postcard in the

mail and the Sustainability Committee is looking for volunteers to help distribute flyers around the neighborhood.

Panelists for the event include Trevor Drake from CERTs (Clean Energy Resource Teams) and Jamie Long from

Linden Hills Power & Light (LHPL). LHPL recently organized a community solar garden, which will be installed

on roof of the Linden Hills Co-op. Joy posted on Nextdoor looking for a volunteer to video and upload the

workshop so it will be accessible to other Mpls residents and neighborhoods. TNA will also have a survey available

at the event and online to gauge residents’ interest in local or remote community solar projects.

Maintenance along Stevens Ave

Mike Gilbertson addressed the board regarding the lack of maintenance of the grass and planted areas along the

sound wall across from Stevens Ave. Initially MNDOT mowed the grass adjacent to the soundwall multiple times

during the growing season but has since decreased to only twice a year. Neighbors on the block of Stevens Ave

between 49 th and 50 th Streets did some maintenance this past summer and there’s interest in organizing for future

seasons. Across the freeway, neighbors on 2 nd Ave have organized to buy a mower, store it, install perennials, and

share maintenance duties. Tangletown neighbors on Stevens Ave would like to organize similar efforts and would

appreciate guidance from TNA. Ideally, the group would coordinate with MNDOT’s twice a year mowing schedule

and support neighbors who want to plant perennials across from their homes. Ryan provided some history: when the

soundwalls went up some neighborhoods were interested in managing the maintenance along the structures but it

proved challenging to organize. Resident Tim Price organized the 2 nd Ave improvements and recommended that

TNA establish a Greening Committee to create a plan, work with public officials and recruit volunteers to help with

the maintenance. This group could form as a subcommittee of Sustainability or as its own committee and address

other public spaces throughout the neighborhood including the Gladstone Ave triangle and Washburn Water Tower.

NCR October Learning Lab

Neighborhood and Community Relations is holding a learning lab on Thursday, October 29 th from 6-7:30pm at All

My Relations Gallery (1414 East Franklin Avenue) to discuss strategies to increase neighborhood involvement

among American Indian and African American residents. Interested board members can attend.

Minnehaha Trail Improvements Project

Tom Balcom addressed the board about the Lyndale bridge over Minnehaha Creek. The bridge’s arch was

originally designed to be wide enough to accommodate bicycle and walking traffic in both directions. After the

bridge construction, the MPRB was reluctant to install a shared trail that would accommodate bicycles in addition to

pedestrians and held a public meeting this past June. Residents in attendance were adamant that bike paths on this

stretch were critical to usability and important points of connection to other bicycling infrastructure within the city.

In response to this feedback, the MPRB will hold a follow-up public meeting this Thursday, October 22 nd at 6pm at

Lynnhurst Recreation Center to discuss shared-use trails – interested board members should plan to attend this


Officer Reports:

Secretary – A motion to approve the September 2015 minutes was made, seconded and approved.

Treasurer – Balance in the TNA is $18,171.88 and the balance of the NCR account is $10,946.00.

Neighborhood Priorities Status

Board Development (Karen, Andrew, Dick) – no update

Fuller Park (Steve, Virgil) – no update

School Relationships (Sandra, Mary Jane) – Sandra spoke with Joelle from Mpls Community Ed about partnering

with TNA on community events and classes. Community Ed often holds holiday events for Halloween, winter

holidays, etc. Sandra also wrote an article for the fall newsletter highlighting Community Ed.

Sustainability/Green Team (Lauren, Joy) – The Sustainability Team’s update was covered under Community Solar

Workshop. Organics projects will pick up in the winter as the roll-out for collection services in Tangletown draws


Utility Box Wraps (Dan, Andrea) – no update

Website/Communications (Eric, Dylan, Ryan, Laura) – no update

Other Business –

Supporting Local Businesses

In Bryn Mawr, the neighborhood offers local business punch cards. Residents complete the punch cards by visiting

different neighborhood businesses. Once the card is full, residents can pick up a prize, get a free cup of coffee, etc.

The board discussed promoting local Tangletown businesses in a similar manner to the Bryn Mawr program,

potentially through a mailed postcard with spaces for residents to visit businesses. Ryan recommended contacting

the Southwest Business Association about partnering on an initiative. Steve is going to follow up.

Washburn Water Tower

Barb Balcom discussed issues with the plantings around the Washburn Water Tower. Some of the shrubs and trees

are overgrown and could potentially damage the structure. There’s a gap in maintenance between the MPRB and

Public Works. This project could be wrapped into a TNA committee or sub-committee devoted to public spaces that

need plantings installed and maintained.

Partner and Other Announcements

Councilmember Quincy is not able to attend tonight’s meeting but stopped by before the meeting. Joy is working

with his office on the upcoming Community Solar Forum.

The board discussed planning for the holiday party, potentially in place of the board’s regular meeting on December

21 st .

46 th Street Reconstruction – Ryan has represented TNA at the 46 th Street reconstruction meetings. The project will

stretch from Lyndale to Cedar Ave. The City and Hennepin County have hosted two planning meetings for

neighborhood partners and have an upcoming public open house this Wednesday, October 21st from 6-8pm at Field

School. The City and County have collected traffic counts and accident data for this stretch and determined that

accidents are three times more likely on 46 th Street between Nicollet and 35-W. Project coordinators will have a few

proposed solutions for attendees’ consideration and feedback on Wednesday night.

Adjourned: 8:37pm

Minutes submitted by Lauren Anderson, substitute for Dan Williams, TNA Secretary

March 2016 Board Meeting Minutes

BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, March 21, 2016 ­ 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park
Board members present: Dan Williams, Eric David, Lauren Anderson, Andrew Buss, Andrea Siegel, Karen 
Costello, Steve Bieringer, Sandra Bartsias, Joy Gottschalk, Virgil Petrie, Ryan Fisher, Dick Fiala
Board members absent: Dylan Sirny, Mary Jane Mitchell, Laura Silver
Also present: Councilmember John Quincy, Tjody deVaal, Susan Kline (a new resident)
Called to order: 7:04pm
Spring Newsletter
The newsletter needs to go to the printer on April 4th to be mailed by our goal of April 15th.  This means all content 
from board members should be sent to Tjody by March 28th.  The annual meeting should be prominently featured 
and the topic will be water quality.  Andrea has contacted the Minneapolis water department asking if they would be
interested in speaking but hasn’t heard back yet.
Tjody reported that we have three submissions for the photo contest started a few months ago and hopes we will 
receive more; the board will judge the entries before the annual meeting, and one option for the winning entry could 
be a framed print of the photo.  Virgil will check on framing costs.
Steve will also reach out to Sarah Cedardblade at Fuller Park for an update.  The Washburn High School Green 
Team also sent email to the board about fund­raising for hand dryers and this would be great to include.  Mary­Jane 
will write a list­of­events article, Steve will do a garage sale event update, and Ryan will write copy for the 4th of 
July event article.  Lauren suggested pulling out the 4th of July volunteer request from the event article for more 
visiblity.  We have also discussed providing compostable supplies for National Night Out block parties, and the 4th
of July newsletter article could add a sentence about these supplies, which block leaders could pick up at 4th of July 
Tjody suggested a short article about TNA Board elections since that always seems a surprise at the meeting, and 
requested that board members send a photo and a quote about what serving on the board has meant to them.
TNA Budget Review and Proposal
Sandra updated the CPP contract budget based on proposals from mid­2015 brainstorming meeting. Proposed 
budget for 2016 is $72,782.56 if many of the additional ideas from the brainstorming meeting are included, and even
if not all of that is spent it can be rolled over to 2017 as long as it is allocated.  Steve moved to approve, Karen 
seconded.  Voice vote, motion carried.
Eureka Zero­Waste Buying Co­Op
Dan suggested purchasing compostable supplies from the Eureka Recycling Zero­Waste Buying Co­Op to stockpile 
for TNA events.  Unfortunately, the deadline to purchase these supplies is April 15th and that is too soon to estimate 
how much would be required and get board approval.  We’ll investigate next year.
Schedules are too short for the co­op (by April 15th) so not this year.
Garage Sale
The garage sales event will be held on May 6th and 7th this year.  Steve and Eric will handle putting up signs and 
online awareness on Facebook, Nexdoor, etc.  Steve will present budget at April meeting.
Annual Meeting – May 16th
We will contact Hector Ruiz (Cafe Ena) to cater food again.  Door prizes could include reusable metal water bottles 
to go with the water theme; Virgil has laser engraving equipment and can engrave metal water bottles.  Andrea 
proposed a budget of $1,200 for food, postcards, prizes, signage.  Lauren seconded.  Voice vote; motion carried.  
Councilmember Quincy offered to help get a response from the city water department.  We will also invite 
Councilmember Quincy and Parks Boardmember Born to speak.  Councilmember Quincy also suggested Marion 
Greene from county commission if we need more speakers; Mary­Jane has contact information for her.
4th of July @ Fuller Park
We would like to purchase bicycle bells from Charlie’s Bike Shop for the children’s parade and help install them on 
bikes in honor of Charlie.  Sandra has been trying to get Washburn students to participate (perhaps to lead the 4th of 
July parade) and met with Jeremy from the Washburn Foundation but he indicated this couldn’t be done through the 
Foundation.  Instead, Sandra is looking for other contacts at Washburn.  Lauren suggested using connections from 
the Organics Recycling kick­off to involve students instead.
In honor of Charlie Siftar, Karen suggested commissioning the owner of Color Wheel to design a Tangletown 
artwork depicting businesses at the 48th and Grand node and then donate the original to Charlie’s Bike Shop.  Karen 
will get an estimate.
Ryan will organize the 4th of July event committee.  Sandra sent contacted the Roe Family Singers to book them for 
entertainment but has not yet received a reply.  They had previous said they were interested so she will try again.
Officer Reports:
Secretary – A motion to approve the February 2016 minutes was made, seconded and approved.  A motion to 
approve January 2016 minutes (unapproved in February due to lack of quorum) was made, seconded, and approved.
Treasurer – Sandra will work on 2015 CPP contract expenses refund, but needs the 2016 budget submission first.  
The NCR account has $13,430.29 and the Tangletown account has $18,441.61; this does not include expenses from 
Organics Recycling Kick­off event.  Also, TNA doesn’t have a Minnesota Tax ID number which more vendors are 
requiring for state sales tax exemption.  Sandra had previously started the process but when TNA got non­profit 
status TNA’s name changed and that requires extra documentation to receive the Tax ID.  Sandra will find the 
previous papers and bring them to Abby.  Sandra also needs expenses before May 31 when our fiscal year ends.
Neighborhood Priorities Status / Committee Reports
Fuller Park (Steve, Virgil): no status at this time
Board Development (Karen, Andrew, Dick): no status at this time
Utility Box Wraps (Dan, Andrea): we have re­photographed and re­measured all traffic signal boxes in Tangletown 
and will submit this list to the city by the April 8th deadline for pre­verification that the boxes are actually cityowned
boxes.  We will focus on the 50th and Lyndale and 52nd and Lyndale boxes first and will solicit a professional 
photographer to provide pictures for them.
Sustainability/Green Team (Lauren, Joy): the March 19th Organics Recycling Kickoff event drew about 215 
residents and children, including about 100 adults from Tangletown.  Joy requested adding more prominent links for
Organics on the TNA website homepage since the rollout is iminent.  However, the website committee is trying to 
reduce maintenance burden by keeping homepage cleaner and not continuously updating it, but agreed that specific 
events could be hilighted.
Website/Communications (Eric, Dylan, Ryan, Laura): no updates at this time
School Relationships (Mary Jane, Sandra): Sandra met with Washburn Foundation personnel and determined that 
we may need to pursue other avenues to increase student participation in Tangletown activities.
Coordinator Report
Abby is looking for a storage unit and will present a proposal at the next meeting.  The Board requested one as close
as possible to Tangletown.  Abby will also propose a budget for signage.  Lauren suggested asking Tjody to design 
them.  Joy noted that Banners­to­Go was great to work with for the Organics Kick­off event and their prices were 
very competitive for the Organics lawn­signs and large Tangletown map.
Partner and Other Announcements
John Quincy mentioned that the Community Connections conference coming up and requested participation from 
Tangletown board members.
Adjourned: 9:00pm
Minutes submitted by Dan Williams, TNA Secretary

August 2015 Board Meeting Minutes

BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, August 17, 2015 – 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park

Board members present: Ryan Fisher, Dan Williams, Lauren Anderson, Eric David, Andrew Buss, Joy Gottschalk, Dick Fiala, Laura Silver, Sandra Bartsias, Andrea Siegel, Karen Costello, Dylan Sirny, Steve Bieringer

Board members absent: Mary Jane Mitchell, Virgil Petrie

Also present: Councilmember John Quincy, Tjody deVaal, Suzanne Kramer, and Peter Alexander

Called to order: 7:07pm

August 3 Budget Priority Planning Meeting Follow-up

On August 3rd 2015 the board held a special Budget Priority Planning meeting to identify neighborhood development priorities and better utilize Tangletown’s city funds from the Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) and Community Participation Program (CPP) programs. Each board member proposed ideas which were combined with similar ideas from other members into groups which were voted on by the board. The six groups with the most votes were slotted into the six defined CPP categories, and two board members assigned to each priority as team leads. Team leads then developed and presented an action plan at the the regular August 17th meeting.

Fuller Park (Steve, Virgil): the team will meet with Minneapolis Parks staff at Fuller Park to identify common priorities and discuss ideas from the Budget Priority meeting. The team will continue to solicit feedback from the board and neighborhood on ways to improve Fuller Park. Some possible ideas include adding A/C to the community center building, improving grass in the park, adding more shade structures, opening the bathrooms on Sundays, and better park signage.

Board Development (Karen, Andrew, Dick): the team proposed creating a “TNA Board 101” resource for new and existing board members, including an updated board manual, bios of board members, simple explanations of board financal procedures and NRP/CPP plans, and written explanations of board procedures and customs. The team also proposed “welcome baskets” for new neighborhood residents and talking to other neighborhood coordinators to determine what has worked in the past for improving board participation and procedures. The team would also like to reach out to existing block leaders and foster new block leader development.

Utility Box Wraps (Dan, Andrea): the team proposed a process identify existing resources from the previous 2012 wrapping effort, contact local artists to fill any gaps from the previous effort, solicit neighborhood ideas and approval, and submit designs to the city for Spring/Summer 2016 completion. The city has a number of pre-approved designs we could use, but the team would also like some neighborhood specific art which shows how Tangletown is unique. If custom designs are used the board must identify an artist curator and pay artists an honorarium for their work. The team must also contact artists from the 2012 effort to ensure they are still OK with their art being used for utility boxes.

Sustainability/Green Team (Lauren, Joy): the team identified city-wide organics recycling as a major focus, since it will be rolling out in Tangletown in Spring 2016 and the Sustainability committee would like encourage as many residents as possible to utilize it. The team proposed adding more resources to the TNA website, writing an ongoing series of poses and articles about organics, creating yard signs to raise awareness of organics recycling, and possibly fostering “organics block captains” to serve as resources for neighbors with questions. The team is planning a neighborhood event in Spring 2016 to educate residents about the city organics program, with a follow-up training event for those who miss the first one. The team proposed creating a video about organics featuring neighborhood residents.

The team will also research available organics recycling resources, encourage local stores to carry compostable bags in visible locations, offering free and low-cost compostable supplies for National Night Out block parties, and reach out to neighborhood businesses about participating in the city organics recycling program.

The team is also interested in organizing a Fuller Park/Minnehaha Creek Earth Day cleanup event.

Website/Communications (Eric, Dylan, Ryan, Laura): the team has identified a short-term goal of overhauling the TNA website by December 2015, including a refreshed design which might require outside design/development and thus TNA funding. Other ideas were a website business directory and a welcome package for new businesses in the neighborhood.

School Relationships (Mary Jane, Sandra): the team has identified contacts at Ramsey, Washburn, and the Washburn Foundation and will reach out to them to renew contact. The team proposed investigating grants for some of the ongoing school programs, and inviting students to become more involved in our 4th of July parade. The team also discussed funding some community education programs so they are free to participants.

Budget Priority Meeting Next Steps

Team leads should prepare detailed plans and preliminary budgets for discussion at the regular September meeing. Budgets should split funding requests into Phase 1 (by May 2016) and Phase 2 (after May) to match up with CPP funding guidelines (?). Teams should also submit articles for the TNA website hilighting their initiatives immediately after the September meeting so they can be included in the fall newsletter.

Officer Reports:

Secretary – A motion to approve the July 2015 minutes was made, seconded and approved.

Treasurer – The NCR account is at $12,776.73 and the Tangletown account is at $18,470.88, not including the city reimbursement for NCR/CPP contracts for 2014. A motion to approve the financials report was made, seconded and approved.

Committee Reports:

Committees will be rebranded next month to more closely align with our neighborhood priorities and CPP categories.

Sustainability – Nothing to report.

Arts – Nothing to report.

NRP – Nothing to report.

Communication – Nothing to report.

Business – Nothing to report.

Coordinator Update


Partner and Other Announcements

Joy has been researching community solar gardens with the intention of getting neighborhood residents involved. She reached out Linden Hills which has gone through the process of organizing and applying for a solar garden on the Linden Hill Coop, and talked to some developers of solar gardens. Councilperson John Quincy and a staff member from the Minneaplis city sustainability office agreed to meet with interested board members about solar gardens. Joy asked for interested board members to become more involved in the initiative.

Sandra shared information about bike tuneup stations which she thinks would be a great addition to the neighborhood. These small stations have an air pump and simple tools for bike repair. There are currently only 10 tuneup stations through Minnesota, mostly in the Twin Cities area, but none in Tangletown. The Board suggested the Minnehaha Creek trail as a good location.

Adjourned: 8:27pm

Minutes submitted by Dan Williams, TNA Secretary

July 2015 Board Meeting Minutes

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

Board members present: Steve Bieringer, Ryan Fisher, Lauren Anderson, Eric David, Andrew Buss, Joy Gottschalk, Dick Fiala, Virgil Petrie, Dan Williams, Andrea Siegel, Laura Silver, Karen Costello

Board members absent: Sandra Bartsias

Also present: Councilmember John Quincy, Jack Whitehurst (NCR), Abby Rowan (staff), Tjody deVaal, Cecelia Caspram, Arun Caspram

Called to order: 7:05pm

Elections of officers for 2015-2016
Dan Williams will take on the secretary role – thank you, Dan! The nomination was seconded and approved by the full board. Current officers were confirmed for a second year including Steve Bieringer as President, Andrea Siegel as Vice President and Sandra Bartsias as Treasurer.

TNA 4th of July Event
TNA spent $1,767.96 and brought in $2,568.00 on this year’s 4th of July event for a total profit of $800.04 despite spending $250 more on this year’s band. 2014’s event was in the red and had a total of $2,859.32 in expenditures. Attendance felt lighter, which may have been because the holiday fell on a Saturday this year and more residents were out of town. Abby coordinated the prize drawing from the pool of attendees who signed up to receive TNA e-news at the event. The board approved a $20 gift certificate for the prize recipient. The board also discussed reaching out to businesses next year both to have an info table and to donate prizes so TNA can have door prize drawings.

Planning notes and 2016 recommendations:
Food: The food trucks were great but there were requests for more kid-friendly food like hot dogs. The fruit water provided by Hector was a huge hit – we offered huge portion sizes and ran out partway through the event. The board would like to keep the fruit water ticket price at 1 and offer smaller cups next year.
Organics recycling: There was a mixup with the organics recycling container reservations so the board will make sure to reserve organics clear streams far in advance and double check with park staff.
Parade: Joy recommended getting double the balloons because they’re such a great addition to the parade and we consistently run out.
Setup: Abby brought up the idea to reserve Fuller Park’s multipurpose room the night before to pull out supplies and stage for set-up.
Games: The board also discussed increasing the number of games led by Fuller park staff to the level of previous years. Councilmember Quincy recommended contacting a local church youth group or even student government or service groups at Washburn High School or Ramsey Middle School to help plan throughout the year and staff activities. Partner groups could potentially help benefit from any proceeds collected at the event.

Tangletown survey request by Madelyn Sundberg (U of M grad student)
Madelyn is surveying SW Mpls neighborhood residents about neighborhood heritage as part of her graduate research. The board will send out survey information to residents using our neighborhood e-list and will be able to see results collected through Madelyn’s research.

Jack Whitehurst – City of Minneapolis Neighborhood Specialist
Jack distributed information on TNA’s NRP Phase I, II and III funding allocations and expenditures. There are $15,959.71 remaining in Phase I funds allocated for the business node improvement fund and Washburn water tower grounds renovations. There are just over $91,000 of unfrozen Phase II funds that can be put under contract. TNA would like to roll over these last Phase I funds to Phase II and place them under contract (some $2,000 may be under contract to the park board for Fuller Park grass). The board went through Phase III contracts and discussed potential corrections to the City’s records to reflect funds paid over the past year for the Fuller Park shade structures, 54th and Lyndale Neighborhood Priority Plan streetscape upgrades, and neighborhood bike racks.

TNA has $72,800 remaining on the 2014-2016 Community Participation Program contract, which runs through December 31, 2016. Ryan inquired on the possibility of receiving monthly reports from NCR on pending contracts and balances that board members could receive four days before the board meeting so TNA can keep better tabs on neighborhood contracts. The board will meet on Monday, August 3rd at 7pm at Fuller Park to discuss plans for future neighborhood projects and strategies to reallocated the remaining Phase I and Phase II funds.

Officer Reports:
Secretary – A motion to approve the June 2015 minutes was made, seconded and approved.
Treasurer – The NCR account is at $15,187.95 and the Tangletown account is at $18,470.88. A motion to approve the financials report was made, seconded and approved.

Committee Reports:
Sustainability – Nothing to report.
Arts – Nothing to report.
NRP – Abby will take over the administration of the business façade grant program.
Communication – Nothing to report.

Coordinator Update
Abby reported that she covered her updates for the board earlier in the meeting. Thanks for a great 4th of July event, Abby!

Partner and Other Announcements
Ryan attended a 46th Street meeting this week – the City is currently doing speed studies and will be looking at strategies to calm traffic as part of the resurfacing on 46th St between Cedar and Hiawatha.

Lauren announced that the MPRB is holding its final SW area meeting on closing the neighborhood parks funding gap next Tuesday, July 28th from 6-8pm at Lynnhurst Recreation Center. Board members are encouraged to attend!

Adjourned: 8:45pm

Minutes submitted by Dan Williams (TNA Secretary) and Lauren Anderson (former TNA Secretary)

June 2015 Board Meeting Minutes

BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, June 15, 2015 (Annual Meeting) – 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park

Board members present: Steve Bieringer, Ryan Fisher, Sandra Bartsias, Lauren Anderson, Eric David, Andrew Buss, Joy Gottschalk, Dick Fiala, Virgil Petrie, Dan Williams, Andrea Siegel, Laura Silver, Karen Costello

Board members absent:

Also present: Abby Rowan (staff)

Called to order: 7:05pm

TNA Annual Meeting
Sandra reported that TNA spent $484.33 on this year’s Annual Meeting. In 2014 the board spent $922.26, which was a higher total due to a postcard mailing. Because a postcard sent this year, the board observed slightly lower attendance and recommends sending one in 2016 to hit mailboxes 1-2 weeks before the event. Russ Henry from Homegrown Minneapolis spoke to attendees and was engaging and informative. Because questions came in regarding TNA’s funding through the City, the Board would like to invite Jack Whitehurst to a September or October board meeting (depending on the timing of the fall newsletter) to present to residents in greater depth. The Board also discussed TNA’s current avenues to reach community members and strategies to grow the electronic newsletter mailing list. Abby suggested having a specific prize drawing at the 4th of July event for attendees who are already on or sign up to be on the TNA e-news list. Board members would also like to connect with block leaders and invite Jennifer Waisenan from MPD’s 5th Precinct at a future meeting.

TNA 4th of July
The planning team met last week to finalize assignments. Board members typically arrive at Fuller between 8:00am and 9:00am to set up chairs and tables, help vendors find their spots, and coordinate the parade. The volunteer schedule is in process – Abby has another neighborhood e-blast scheduled for tomorrow. Steve has a contact for potential face painters from the Fuller Park grand opening with whom he’ll follow up so there can be face painting at this year’s event. Board members are trying to locate the event banners, which may be at Simply Jane or Charlie’s Bike Shop. TNA will work with Hector Ruiz of Café Ena and La Fresca to provide watermelon juice instead of root beer. The planning team may meet once more before the event – Board members are encouraged to attend if so. Sandra reminded board members that formal approval of a budget for this year’s event in still needed. Last year’s event netted $282.53 ($3141.85 in proceeds and $2,859.32 in expenses). Ryan proposed a budget of $3,500 for this year’s event, which was seconded and approved by the full board.

17 West Elmwood Place Variance Request
The property owner plans to rebuild the garage on the property and forwarded plans to TNA. No further action is recommended at this stage.

Officer Reports:
Secretary – A motion to approve the May 2015 minutes with one correction was made, seconded and approved.
Treasurer – The NCR account is at $17,850.68 and the Tangletown account is at $15,902.88.
Officer elections – Lauren would like to pass the secretary duties to another board member. The Board will revisit officer elections at next month’s meetings.

Committee Reports:
Abby sent an email to recruit committee members and several committee meeting scheduling emails. Karen would like to form a bicycle-focused committee with weekly rides, which could be promoted through facebook, website, and e-newsletter. She also proposed changing the Sustainability Committee’s name to the Green Team.
Sustainability – Lauren reported on the committee’s most recent meeting and potential changes to the Green Day event. Joy gave a quick update on the Minneapolis Community Solar meeting held on April 30th. Xcel Energy is in the midst of making its approval process easier for new community solar projects. Tangletown has a few potential avenues for helping residents connect with community solar projects, particularly in partnership with other neighborhoods. The City has some guidelines for neighborhoods but the concept is still in development. Abby will connect with other SW neighborhood coordinators and report back at a future board meeting.
Arts – TNA would like to continue working on utility box wraps and Dan volunteered to help coordinate the process. Thank you, Dan!

Coordinator Update
Abby met with Jack Whitehurst from the City of Minneapolis’s Neighborhood & Community Relations (NCR) Department on several budget items. TNA’s funds from the home loan program have been moved from the Center for Energy & Environment (CEE) but as TNA doesn’t have a new administrator yet the program remains in limbo. Some neighborhoods have worked together to identify a new administrator so Ryan recommended that Abby follow up with the City for more information. Jack also gave an overview on the process to shift TNA’s allocation of NCR (a process that TNA has often used in the past). It’s conceivable that the City might freeze and/or take back unspent Community Participation Program (CPP) funds in the future, so TNA should identify neighborhood projects for this fiscal year. Potential projects could include utility box wraps, more neighborhood bike racks, a neighborhood business list and way-finding signs. Ryan proposed scheduling a meeting later this summer to brainstorm ideas and estimate volunteer time needed to accomplish each.

Partner and Other Announcements
Ryan reported that the Nicollet East Harriet Business Association (NEHBA) will receive funds to create a mobile app to connect with neighborhood businesses and incentives to shop there. The app should be available later this year.

Adjourned: 8:40pm

Minutes submitted by Lauren Anderson, TNA Secretary

May 2015 Annual Board Meeting Minutes

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

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

Board members absent: Karen Costello

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

Called to order: 7:04pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adjourned: 8:40pm

Minutes submitted by Lauren Anderson, TNA Secretary

April 2015 Board Meeting Minutes

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

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

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

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

Called to order: 7:05pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adjourned: 8:38pm

Minutes submitted by Lauren Anderson, TNA Secretary