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.

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

Adjourned: 8:05pm

Minutes submitted by Dan Williams, TNA Secretary

May 2016 Minutes

BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, May 16, 2016 – 7:00 p.m. (Annual Meeting), Fuller Park

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

Board members absent: Dylan Sirny, Laura Silver

Also present: Councilmember John Quincy, Tjody deVaal, Sarah Cedarblade (Fuller Park Director), George Kraynik (City of Minneapolis Water Department), Annika Bankston (City of Minneapolis Water Department), Bob Byers (Hennepin County), various neighborhood residents, Matt Perry (President of Southwest Business Association), Ray Hoover (Principal Aide to County Commissioner Marion Greene)

Called to order: 7:05pm

46th Street Improvement Plan
The City of Minneapolis and Hennepin County are planning to restripe 46th Street West this summer between Nicollet and Lyndale, and previously presented the final proposal on May 11th at MLK Park. The Kingfield Neighborhood Association endorsed the plan following that meeting. They are also asking for approval from the Tangletown Neighborhood Association. The plan includes narrowing traffic stripes and adding bike lanes, which does mean a loss of on-street parking spaces for neighborhood homes and businesses. Residents had questions about the safety of mixing bikes and cars. Matt Perry also asked that if it is found that more parking is needed, that neighborhood groups like TNA would be willing to work with businesses and city to advocate for increased parking. Ryan read a motion based off the Kingfield Neighborhood Association resolution. Lauren proposed that Tangletown adopt this resolution, Steve seconded. Voice vote, all in favor, none opposed.

Minneapolis City Water Presentation
Our main Annual Meeting presentation about Minneapolis water was given by George Kraynik and Annika Bankston from the City of Minneapolis Public Works department, and covered sources, processing, distribution, and consumers.

Officer Reports:
Secretary – A motion to approve the April 2016 minutes was made, seconded and approved.
Treasurer – The NCR has $16,098.22 and the TNA account has $8,129.43. A motion to approve the financials report was made, seconded and approved.

Year in Review
Board members gave very short overviews of the six major board priorities to the attending neighborhood residents, including Fuller Park, Board Development, Utility Box Wraps, Sustainability, Communications, and Schools Relationships.

New Board Member Elections
Our annual meeting includes elections of new board members to replace those who choose to step down. Andrea, Karen, Laura, Virgil, Steve, and Dylan will step down from the board. Sandra will remain on the board, but would like to resign from the role of treasurer.

Joy Glasser, Dick Wager, Peter DeVaal, Justin Wills, Katherine Kornblum, and Briana Daymont were nominated to fill the open board positions. There were no contested open positions. Steve moved that the nominees be elected to the board, Dan seconded. Voice vote, none opposed. Motion carried.

Partner and Other Announcements
Councilmember Quincy mentioned a ward-wide mailing in next few weeks, and reminded attendees about the City curfew for minors. He also spoke about the recently passed City Sick and Safe Time” Ordinance, Parks Board funding agreement, and street infrastructure.

Sarah Cedarblade, our new Fuller Park Director, introduced herself.

Hennepin County Update
Ray Hoover provided a county update. The Interstate 35 transit access project (centered around Lake Street) is waiting for funding from the State Legislature, the County Works department is moving forward with public art projects related to the Southwest light rail project, and an overhaul of Child Protective Services has hired 100 additional staff members, including 65 investigators.

Remembering Charlie Siftar
Sandra spoke about Charlie’s extensive involvement in the neighborhood, including helping add bike racks at 48th and Grand, the 4th of July Parade, volunteer bike tuneups, and how TNA will be honoring Charlie during the 4th of July celebration.

Photo Contest Winners
1st – Bernie Savage – $50 gift card from Ace Hardware
2nd – Peter DeVaal – (Peter declined his prize as he was just elected to the board)
3rd – Shirley O’Mara – $25 gift card from Ace Hardware

Door Prizes
Winners – Tom Piersma, Mike O’Leary, Joy Glasser, Jessica Pottebaum, Judy Wager

Adjourned: 8:56pm

Minutes submitted by Dan Williams, TNA Secretary

April 2016 Minutes

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

Board members present: Dan Williams, Lauren Anderson, Andrew Buss, Andrea Siegel, Karen Costello, Sandra Bartsias, Joy Gottschalk, Ryan Fisher, Dick Fiala, Mary Jane Mitchell,

Board members absent: Dylan Sirny, Laura Silver, Eric David, Steve Bieringer, Virgil Petrie

Also present: Councilmember John Quincy, Tjody deVaal, Sarah Cedarblade (Fuller Park Director), Kristine Maurer

Called to order: 7:06pm

Fall Leaf Cleanup Event
Kristine Maurer recently completed her Master Water Steward certification and for her capstone project wants to lead a fall leaf cleanup event since leaf waste is a significant pollutant of our lakes and streams. She asked the board for assistance in contacting neighborhood residents who might want help with leaf raking and volunteers to help. Lauren proposed an addition to the fall newsletter and suggested working with Washburn’s Green Team. John Quincy noted that the event should be coordinated with the city street sweeping schedule to ensure raking happens before streets are swept. Kristine also asked for help with advertising (fliers, lawn signs, signup help, social media promotion), leaf-bags, rakes, refreshments, and t-shirts for volunteers. Lauren moved to support Kristine’s event and efforts; Mary-Jane seconded. Voice vote, motion approved, none opposed. We will revist her efforts closer to any planned event.

Garage Sale
Registrations are running a bit behind normal numbers. The newsletter was a bit late coming out so Ryan expects more this registrations to come in this week. The newsletter is also posted on the TNA website so interested people can find the sign-up form there as well. Abby will also post about sign-ups on Facebook, and Lauren suggested creating a Google form for a smoother sign-up experience instead of only email.

Annual Meeting
Abby reported that the food is confirmed at about $230 this year versus $150 last year. We added another of each of the three food items. Abby also reported that the 25 water bottles were delivered for a total of $106. Abby will hand them off to Virgil for engraving. Minneapolis city speakers are confirmed and Steve will bring a projector. Tjody reported that she has begun framing photo contest entries, and we are still accepting entries until May 12th. Lauren will purchase compostable supplies for the meeting. Andrea requested an additional postcard mailing for the annual meeting as an additional reminder, which should include a section about joining the TNA board.

Tjody will donate time to repaint a banner to hang on the side of the Fuller Rec Center and she asked for $30 for supplies. Sarah Cedarblade will promote the annual meeting on the Fuller Rec Center sign outside. Mary-Jane suggested an after-party at La Fresca like in past years; Andrea will ask La Fresca if they have space for 15 – 20 people after the meeting.

There should be a short presentation about TNA initiatives and accomplishments over the past year, including what we want to do for the future, which might help recruit board members.

CPR Training
Eric was not present and this topic was tabled until the next meeting.

46th Street Focus Group
The city and county are planning to restripe 46th street this summer, and will present the final proposal on May 11th at MLK park. The proposal will better accommodate bike traffic and will include reconfigured parking, bus stops, and traffic calming measures. The city is asking for non-binding approval from Kingfield and Tangletown neighborhood associations. There are concerns about reduced parking for businesses at the Grand and Nicollet business nodes, and about changes to the bus layover near Steve’s Auto on Nicollet. John Quincy stated that the process has been comprehensive and happening for a long time. Ryan will bring a large plan map to the May annual meeting, but is concerned that more extensive discussion will derail the main focus of the annual meeting. The annual meeting postcard mailer could direct interested people to the MLK Park meeting intsead. Ryan will write text for the postcard.

2016 – 2017 TNA Board Members and Officers
Board terms expire in June. Sandra wants to step down as treasurer. Karen and Andrea would both like to step down from the board and but remain involved as volunteers. Mary-Jane and Lauren contemplating stepping down as well. Steve would like to step down as President. This means we need a new President, Vice President, Treasurer. We should advertise board executive openings and possibly incentivize joining the board.

4th of July
Diamond Lake Rental items are confirmed including a newer dunk tank. The Castle Remodeling jumper is confirmed, but we need to pick it up and drop it off. The 4th of July committee will meet soon to continue handling remaining items.

Officer Reports:
Secretary – A motion to approve the March 2016 minutes was made, seconded and approved.
Treasurer – Sandra noted that CPP reimbursements apparently cannot inlcude food, so she transfers money from TNA account to NCR account for these expenses and asked for approval of this process. Dan moved to approve these transfers; Karen seconded, voice vote, motion carried, none opposed. The NCR has $9,111.22 and the TNA account has $18,317.99.

Neighborhood Priorities Status / Committee Reports

Fuller Park (Steve, Virgil): The Park Board will be showing Frozen outside in the park on June 10th. TNA could run a popcorn machine (and even stamp bags with TNA logo). Cost for popcorn is $42/case. Lauren moved to approve $50 for popcorn for the movie; Dan/Andrea second, voice vote, motion carried, none opposed. We should advertise movie at annual meeting. Andrea and Ryan will staff a TNA table during the movie.

Board Development (Karen, Andrew, Dick): the committee is pulling together a single site for new board members, info on city funding, charter, bylaws, etc. Abby suggested running it by long-serving board members for review.

Utility Box Wraps (Dan, Andrea): the committee submitted a list of utility boxes in Tangletown to the city for vetting and all but one are owned by the city and are approved for wrapping. We will now begin collecting photos for our target of 2 – 3 box wraps later this year.

Sustainability/Green Team (Lauren, Joy): the committee is launching Organics Captain training. One will be held April 19th at Fuller Park and another later in Lynnhurst to educate and empower residents. Organics captains are expected to to talk with neighbors and hold info sessions to attempt to increase participation in the city’s organics recycling effort. The committee is also building a list of residents passionate about sustainability in the neighborhood to get contacts for pushing out information. Organics cart delivery schedule has also been posted on the TNA website.

Website/Communications (Eric, Dylan, Ryan, Laura): Ryan researched WordPress calendar widgets and ran into technical difficulties but still plans to add calendar functionality to the website.

School Relationships (Mary Jane, Sandra): Sandra emailed Washburn Arts Council to connect looking for face painters for the 4th of July.

Coordinator Report
Abby received the water bottles and will hand them off to Virgil for engraving. She researched storage unit options at the behest of the board, and the best options are 150 West 81st Bloomington for 2×3 @ $31, 5×5 @ $55 and 2845 Harriet in Minneapolis (twice as expensive). Board decided to punt this decision and live with our current storage situation.

Partner and Other Announcements

Adjourned: 8:56pm

Minutes submitted by Dan Williams, TNA Secretary

February 2016 Minutes

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

Board members present: Dan Williams, Lauren Anderson, Karen Costello, Steve Bieringer, Sandra Bartsias, Joy Gottschalk, Andrea Siegel

Board members absent: Mary Jane Mitchell, Virgil Petrie, Ryan Fisher, Dylan Sirny, Andrew Buss, Dick Fiala, Laura Silver, Eric David

Also present: Tony Sterle, Councilmember John Quincy, Tjody DeVaal, Abby Rowan

Called to order: 7:06pm

Partner and Other Announcements
Tony Sterle talked about Save Our Minneapolis Parks, an independent group that supports this year’s Parks referendum, where he is Campaign Manager. They are looking for volunteers to knock on doors, speak out about neighborhood parks, and pass out literature at caucuses. He described the risks he sees neighborhood parks facing, including a $15 million/year funding gap totalling $111 million overall. The city has 157 neighborhood parks, including 46 located in areas of poverty. Over 6 million people visit Minneapolis neighborhood parks each year.

John Quincy noted that the referendum is focused on long-ignored capital needs like facilities maintenance and upkeep and Americans with Disabilites Act (ADA) compliance issues. Funding these needs would free up more money for regular maintenance like mowing and groundskeeping. The parks facilities were originally built with federal money that is long-since gone, and the Parks Board did not allocate long-term funds for facilities maintenance, so now buildings and community centers require large amounts of deferred maintenance.

John Quincy noted recent growth in senior needs and other community programs at the parks. Steve asked about the Parks Board’s recent acquisitions of river-front property in north and northeast Minneapolis and if that reduces funding for neighborhood parks in favor of park system expansion. John Quincy replied that since the city is fully built out, riverfront property is too valuable to pass up it’s available. Joy also brought up the challenge to use/reserve non-playground facilities.

Southwest Business Association Happy Hour: Abby talked with the SBA president and reported that TNA should reach out to the SBA if there is something specific to work with area businesses on. Lauren suggested organics recycling.

Minnehaha Trail Improvement Meeting: TNA board members probably will not be able to attend, but Joy will reach out to Lynnhurst board members and get more information about how the event and trail walk went.

2015 Neighborhood Association Annual Report: TNA must submit the 2015 report to the City before we can get funding for current and future initiatives. Each team should review what they and the board accomplished in 2015 and communicate its community/neighborhood benefit. Abby will send around the report template to jump-start discussions, and will coordinate the report with input from board members and teams. Andrea suggested adding the March 2015 safety meeting to the report as an example of TNA community involvement.

February 3rd All-Neighborhood Meeting with Councilmember Quincy
Abby, Sandra, and Ryan attended the meeting and shared Tangletown’s accomplishments in 2015 and goals for 2016. Board members reported on the higher levels of involvement that some other neighborhoods have on their committees, like the Hale/Page/Diamond Lake (HPDL) safety committee, and asked how TNA can achieve higher participation. John Qunicy said the HPDL Safety committee increased involvement by widening their mission from crime to general safety issues like stop signs, traffic safety, public art, and grafitti abatement which attracted more community memebers than crime alone had. He also said the education and communication are great tools for crime prevention, including making sure neighborhoods what works for them with other neighborhoods. All neighborhoods want more involvement from block leaders, to develop new leaders where they are missing, and ensure crime that does happen gets reported to police and not simply discussed on Nextdoor and other social media.

The board discussed how to increase volunteer involvement. John Quincy suggested that should reach out to other neighborhoods and find out what’s working for them. Sandra suggested hiring temporary community organizer to door knock and hand out information about TNA efforts and opportunities for involvement. Joy suggested sending out flyers, which Abby agreed with. Lauren suggested postings at coffee shops and other neighborhood businesses for events TNA is holding in the next few months. Tjody suggested hilighting TNA initiaties and the annual meeting in the spring newsletter, instead of the usual articles about the garage sale and 4th of July event. Lauren brought up the organics recycling kickoff and need for block compost captains as outreach opportunities, which could help TNA involve more residents. John Quincy mentioned Windom’s new resident welcome program as a mechanism to make residents more aware of their neighborhood association.

Dan suggested that the TNA website should have an event list/calendar widget or some other way to get live info on the page to reflect our upcoming events. Other board members said we should re-start the TNA Facebook page and/or do monthly e-newsletters in addition to the print newsletter.

Joy asked about seemingly uneven progress of our various initiatives and whether we shouldn’t combine or simplify our priorities for 2016. While board progress during the winter has historically been slower, all the teams need to keep moving forward but we can re-evaluate in future meetings. Also, given the lack of quorum at the meeting, attendance was discussed and we need to reach out to all board memebers and make sure everyone comes to meetings regularly and is still interested in being on the board. Unless a majority of board members and half of the executive committee is present, the board can’t even approve budget, minutes, or make any official decisions.

Andrea will write cover article about Annual Meeting and water issues. Lauren will write an article about organics composting and Joy will write one about community solar. Due to all the other content, there won’t be an article about the garage sale this year. Sandra also suggested placing a $5 or $10 discount coupon in the newsletter for community education classes and board memebers agreed.

Annual Meeting on May 16th
At the January meeting the board decided that water should be the annual meeting topic. Sandra also suggested neighborhood park issues given the upcoming referendum. While the board thought parks were a great idea, we want to keep the annual meeting focused and a separate event was suggested for Parks issues. The board will buy food for the annual meeting and Abby will talk to Hector from Cafe Ena/La Fresca/Rincon 38 again to see if they are interested in catering.

Coordinator Report
Abby has held “office hours” at the Fuller Park Rec center on Wednesday and Thursday evenings for an hour each night. She reported lots of interest in TNA but noted that people really want something physical to take home and look at, like lists of what each committee needs volunteers for. Abby has entered all email addresses given to her into Constant Contact, but wants any collateral teams have ASAP. The board suggested Abby should also be present for specific events and perhaps have sign-up lists for TNA events and committees.

Officer Reports:
Secretary – January 2016 minutes could not be approved due to lack of quorum.
Treasurer – TNA received our CPP contract #38870 reimbursement from the City for 2014 for $10,563.66. The city also reimbursed TNA for the $255.75 after TNA provided clarification on the expense. Sandra put together a projected budget for 2016 and noted that TNA has not contracted much of our available funds yet.

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.

Neighborhood Priorities Status / Committee Reports

Sustainability/Green Team (Lauren, Joy): TNA is holding a joint “Green Day” event in cooperation with Lynnhurst organized around the City organics recycling spring kick-off. There will be games, races, crafts, informational displays, and other activities. The event will also sign up block compost captains in both neighborhoods. Dan proposed printing a large, re-usable neighborhood map for this event and others. Joy got a quote from Banners to Go for $135 but no budget could be proposed or approved due to lack of quorum.

Adjourned: 9:05pm

Minutes submitted by Dan Williams, TNA Secretary

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 perfectpotluck.com

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