2005 September 19th Board Minutes

Agenda for Tangletown Neighborhood Association monthly meeting
September 19, 2005

7:00 Call to order
Secretary’s report – distribution of August minutes – Peter
Treasurer’s report – Supat
Home Tour report – Lynell
NRP survey update – Lynell
Personnel committee update – Ron, Mary, Karen, Steve
City Council report – Scott Benson or John Dybvig
Guest – Frank Hornstein, Mn House of Representatives
Guest – Lisa Godon, 5th MPD 5th Precinct Community Attorney
Other news/open mic
Adjourn

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2005 July 18th Board Minutes

Agenda for Tangletown Neighborhood Association monthly meeting
September 19, 2005

7:00 Call to order
Secretary’s report – distribution of August minutes – Peter
Treasurer’s report – Supat
Home Tour report – Lynell
NRP survey update – Lynell
Personnel committee update – Ron, Mary, Karen, Steve
City Council report – Scott Benson or John Dybvig
Guest – Frank Hornstein, Mn House of Representatives
Guest – Lisa Godon, 5th MPD 5th Precinct Community Attorney
Other news/open mic
Adjourn

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2005 June 20th Board Minutes

Agenda (June 20th)
Call to order
Reports
-Treasurer
-July 4th event
– Home Tour
Tom Balcom–Historic Walking Tour
Neighborhood Governance 101
NRP Overview
Election of Officers
Other Business
Adjourn

MINUTES (draft as of June 20th)
Attendance (confirmed with signin sheet):
BOARD: Catalina Chadbourn, Mary Davidson, Steve Edwards, Ron Feldman, Norman Foster, Andrew Hedden, Doug Jondle, Karen Larson, Laura Silver, Joe Thiegs, Peter Timmons, Supat Tipayamongkol, Lynell Voigt
BOARD NOT PRESENT: Martha Gaarder, Dan Hanson
OTHERS: Georgia Stephens, John Dybvig (Council Member Benson’s office), Peg Mountin (NRP Program), Beth Elliott (City of Mpls), Anne Geske (Southwest Journal), Tom Nadeau.

Chairs
Catalina Chadbourn and Karen Larson were proposed and elected to co-chair the meeting, since a new President has not yet been elected.

Reports
-Treasurer: Georgia Stephens reported May 30th balance of $5,943 at the bank
Further expenses related to the newsletter printing and mailing make the current balance $3,394.32. The profit and loss statement for the period of June 2004 to April 2005 was circulated to the Board members present and other attendees.

– July 4th event
Planning for the July 4th event continues. A planning update was circulated. Activities include the Parade, Publicity, Food (Taste of Tangletown potluck), Raffle, t-shirt sales, Entertainment featuring The Abdomen, Inflatable slide, and possibly games if enough volunteers are found. Lots are still needed.
(You can email to july4th@TANGLETOWN.ORG to volunteer).

– Home Tour
Lynell Voigt reported that the 2005 Fall Home Tour will be on Sunday September 18th, from 1 to 5pm. We still need a few homes, and want to make sure all parts of Tangletown are represented. Email to
hometour@TANGLETOWN.ORG if you have an idea for a home for the tour. Hosts and hostesses are also needed for 1-3pm and 3-5pm slots.

Neighborhood Governance 101
Beth Elliot of the City of Minneapolis (beth.elliott@ci.minneapolis.mn.us) gave the meeting an overview of Neighborhood Governance 101, especially as it relates to city planning and zoning. The city is also currently working on the South Lyndale Corridor plan to look at land uses in that corridor.

The City looks to its Master Plan The Minneapolis Plan to guide its decisions. The city’s population is growing after 50 years of decline. The city’s goal is to have new housing served by transit as much as possible, and to have commercial activity along commerical corridors. Tangletown’s major streets such as Nicollet, Lyndale, 46th and Diamond Lake connect neighborhood commerical nodes at 54th/Lyndale, 46th/Nicollet, and Nicollet/Diamond Lake.

In terms of zoning, a basic primer is the Land Use Guide for Minneapolis (Adobe Acrobat pdf format). In terms of neighborhood associations such as TNA, they can express advice to the city in terms of approving requests for zoning changes or variances. Applicants are advised by city planners to always contact neighborhood associations.

In response to a question, city staff advised that residents with issues about upkeep of property can call 612 673 5858 (Housing Inspections). Specific statements are more helpful to inspectors than general comments about appearance. Council Member Benson’s office can relay comments as well but it is best to use the Housing Inspections approach first.

NRP Overview
Peg Mountin (612 673 5102) pmountin@nrp.org of the NRP (Neighborhood Revitalizaton Program) gave an update on Tangletown’s past and future NRP activities:
• Tangletown has Phase I funding of about $67,000 (less costs of neighborhood survey sent out Jan 2005) to carry forward to Phase II, for the purposes already identified in the TNA NRP Phase II Plan Development Participation Agreement (August 16, 2004) [this document is available on this web site: see the NRP tab at top of web page and look for “2004 Aug NRP Phase II amendments DOCUMENT” (it’s a zip file of a PDF–email me at nsjfoster@mac.com if you can’t access it]. This document identifies a budget of $36,000 for the process of surveying the neighborhood, outreach, developing a vision statement and neighborhood action plan for Phase II, and all approvals. There are also about $19,153 of uncontracted funds from Phase I available.
• The survey sent out in January 2005 as part of this public participation has been tabulated. 22% of surveys were returned, which is very good. [Futher details of the results and comments will appear on this web site].
• The TNA Board has set up a Steering Committee approach for overseeing NRP activities, both in Phase I and for planning for Phase II. Phase I activities are largely complete for Tangletown.
• Phase II funding will be about $336,708 for 5-10 year period. It was over $1M in Phase I. After a 10% set aside for administration (over 5 years), 70% of the remainder must be used for housing related purposes (Tangletown used about 25% in Phase I for housing). Housing related purposes are described in NRP Housing Fund Proposals & Program Guidelines, adopted by the citywide NRP Policy Board on November 22, 2004, so Phase II housing activities by neighborhoods are more likely to be selecting from a set of citywide contracts for about 14 specific purposes (such as assitance to elderly homeowners with emergency repairs).
• TNA’s initial priority should be to hire an employee or independent contractor to assist both the NRP Steering Committee and the Board in its Phase II efforts.
• NRP will be arranging an audit of the NRP and TNA accounts in the near future. No significant issues are expected or anticipated.
The Board voted to set up a Personnel committee to undertake a search for a staff person or independent contractor. Board members nominated and elected to the committee are: Mary Davidson, Steve Edwards, Ron Feldman, and Karen Larson.

Tom Balcom–The Historic Walking Tour of Tangletown will take place on July 6th, starting at Washburn Library (5244 Lyndale Ave S) at 6.30pm and lasting until 8.30pm

Date to hold–On October 25th, Tom will be presenting on Tangletown history at Washburn High School at a Washburn Community Education event.

Election of Officers
Nominations were taken and the following people elected to serve on the TNA Board for 2005-2006:
President–Karen Larson
Vice President–Steve Edwards
Treasurer–Supat Tipayamongkol
Secretary–Peter Timmons
Editor–Norman Foster (and Karen Larson and Georgia Stephens)

They can be reached at
president @TANGLETOWN.ORG
vicepresident @TANGLETOWN.ORG
secretary @TANGLETOWN.ORG
treasurer @TANGLETOWN.ORG
editor @TANGLETOWN.ORG
The meeting was adjourned at 8.50pm
See you all at the July 4th celebration!

2005 April 18th Board Minutes

Agenda
1. Presentation by Hennepin County on Lyndale Avenue reconstruction
2. TNA Board meeting
• Income summary
• Update–Garage sale
• Update–Web site
• Update–Staff support/NRP
• Update–Annual Meeting

1. Presentation by Hennepin County on Lyndale Avenue reconstruction
Hennepin County Commissioner Gail Dorfman (gail.dorfman@co.hennepin.mn.us) and city and county staff talked about the Lyndale Ave reconstruction project from Lake Street to 58th St. They are talking to all 10 neighborhoods along Lyndale Avenue.

There was a big effort 10 years ago that resulted in a document called “Lyndale Avenue: A Vision.” A mill and overlay was done at that time but the reconstruction was not scheduled. The project is now back on the County’s CIP (Capital Improvement Program) and more examination is being done of 50th/Lyndale and what to do there.

The project is now scheduled for 2007/2008 and will be coordinated with other projects going on in the area, such as Mn/DOT’s reconstruction of the Crosstown.

County staff noted that Lyndale will stay open during the project, except for the piece when the Minnehaha Creek Bridge is rebuilt. This will take place in 2008 and the bridge will be closed for 8-9 months or so. At the present time, the plan for 50th and Lyndale is the add about 2 feet to each side of the road to better allow for left turning movements. Otherwise, the reconstruction of Lyndale will keep to the existing roadway widths.

The project cost is $15.4M. Hennepin County will fund about 80%, since this is a county road. The City and federal funds will pay for the remainder. For streetscaping and lighting, Hennepin County pays 50% and the City the remainder. The City funds its part through a number of ways, including assessments on the affected property owners along Lyndale. The Public Hearings on these assessments will likely take place in Fall 2006, as the project is scheduled for 2007.

ACTIONS:
The county and city are looking to each neighborhood to
– provide representatives for the task force studying Lyndale
– input on streetscaping (affected property taxpayers have to support assessments by 60%). On busy streets, such as Nicollet and Lyndale, residential assessments are 80% of typical rates.

The layout will soon be available on the internet. For now, you can look at http://www.lakestreet.info for some ideas of what the web site will include.

Contact person is Guy Nowlan (guy.nowlan@co.hennepin.mn.us) at 763 745 7655, of Hennepin County Public Works.

2. TNA Board Meeting

Chair Roger Hegeman updated the meeting on recent events. A news story in the Southwest Journal (see below or at SWJ indicated that Phase 2 activities might be discussed at this Board Meeting. Roger spoke with City of Minneapolis NRP staff, who asked that discussion of how NRP Phase 2 will proceed should wait until after the May Annual Meeting of TNA, when a new Board will be elected. [This is the first plug in these minutes for the ANNUAL MEETING ON MAY 16th AT FULLER PARK.]

Tangletown’s web site is now operational at http://www.tangletown.org where minutes of meetings are available, as well as links to local issues and even a chance to buy your own Tangletown logos on shirts and other goods.

Financial report
Georgia Stephens noted that all profit and loss statements are now up to date and she distributed copies as of April 2005. She will be resigning as Treasurer on May 15, so there may be a short period of time before the new Treasurer takes office (new Board will be elected at May meeting but makes appointments of officers at the following meeting).

Garage sale
Sarah Kalweit updated on plans for the Garage Sale on May 6 and 7th. So far about 69 people have signed up for the sale. Ads will be placed in the Star Tribune and Southwest Journal. New signs are being purchased to advertise the sale on the four corners of the neighborhood. You can email for further info to garagesale@TANGLETOWN.ORG. [ed’s note: More info on the Garage sale will be available on the TNA web site at http://www.tangletown.org ]

Fourth of July
Plans are underway for the July 4th event at Fuller Park. There will be a parade, food, a slide for kids and face painting. Please help us plan for this great community event.

Contact Catalina Chadbourn or Karen Larson for more information or to volunteer to help. Email them at july4th@TANGLETOWN.ORG

NRP and staff support
Roger Heneman noted that the TNA Board/NRP Steering committee process for hiring a staff support person will pause until after the May 16th Annual Tangletown Neighborhood Association Board Meeting. [Second plug.]

Council Member Scott Benson
Happened to be in audience. A lot to report on.
On 35W project, the city did not give municipal consent to Mn/DOT. An appeals process was used and the city position was upheld for the great part. BRT (bus rapid transit) is now incorporated into the design, using the 5th lane. HOVs will be allowed in this lane, as well as the possibility of HOT (high occupany tolls) lanes, as 394 is just now trying. There will be a new 35W bridge over Minnehaha Creek, as opposed to an upgrade. There will be a BRT station located under the 46th Street bridge.

In other news, the City is suing the MAC over noise mitigation plan.

Meeting adjourned at 8.15pm

Next meeting is Tangletown Neighborhood Association ANNUAL Meeting
May 16th–Fuller Park, 7pm.




From the Southwest Journal, April 18, 2005
Tangletown NRP activity suspended
By Anne Geske

Ed Wunsch, who chairs the Neighborhood Revitalization Program Steering Committee in Tangletown, expected to meet with Tangletown Neighborhood Association board members at Fuller Park on April 4. When they didn’t show, Wunsch fired off an e-mail to the board reiterating concerns about access to TNA’s financial records – adding that he was “officially suspending our group, until such time that I receive a written directive from the Board as to what, if anything, you would like us to do.”

Like many neighborhoods, Tangletown has a Steering Committee to evaluate requests for Neighborhood Revitalization Program funding. TNA – which stretches between I-35W and Lyndale Avenue, and 46th and 54th streets – spent $1.1 million in NRP Phase I and has not yet begun allocating $337,000 available for Phase II.

In the short term, the NRP dustup probably won’t have an immediate effect on the neighborhood because it is between phases.

TNA board president Roger Hegeman said NRP Phase II activities will be discussed at the Monday, April 18 board meeting, and the steering committee’s role may change. TNA’s board turns over in May, when the annual election is held.

Wunsch said he doesn’t suspect the TNA board of financial wrongdoing; his issue is its compliance with its own rules. Hegeman counters that the board is “well in compliance” with its bylaws, but agrees that an up-to-date financial accounting should be available in writing to neighborhood residents at every board meeting.

“It’s a valid request from anyone,” Hegeman said. “At any board meeting, any resident should be able to amble over and take a look at the books.”

The board passed a motion to do just that in February. However, their accountant has only recently returned from being out of the country for several months, so financial documents were not provided at the March 21 board meeting.

It’s not the first time differences have arisen between TNA’s board and Wunsch, says longtime volunteer and board member Lynell Voigt. The board, she said, “has had issues with Ed in the past, and they were resolved, for the time being.”

When reached for comment, other Tangletown volunteers have been reluctant to focus on differences, and Voigt sums up the consensus: “We’re volunteers, we’d like to maximize the time we have toward positive and productive issues.”

NRP officials were not available for comment before this story went to press.

2005 March 21st Board Minutes

DRAFT AGENDA (March 16)
1. New hire for Rus Thomas position. It is the responsibility of the TNA board to recruit and hire for this position although the funding is actually part of the NRP budget.
2. Procedures and responsibilities for retrieving mail, voice mail, etc. in the absence of staff support.
3. NRP survey report. Ed Wunsch will attend to provide preliminary feedback on the surveys and answer questions regarding process. He also would like volunteers for an April survey tabulation meeting.
4. http://www.tangletown.org – Web site progress report from Norman Foster.
5. Scheduling of pre-event planning meetings for May garage sale (if needed) and July 4th.

MINUTES
March 22, 2005

Call to order: 7:05 p.m.

Minutes & Financial Report
February minutes are approved unanimously.

Roger Hegeman reported that there were no transactions and the balance is unchanged since the February meeting.

NRP Coordinator Position
Roger Hegeman reported that a staff person is not a requirement for a neighborhood organization, but board agreed it is necessary.

Ed Wunsch & Perry Smaglik of NRP Steering Committee recommended that TNA create a committee to formulate a job description. It was agreed that this adhoc personnel committee would consist of two board members, Roger Hegeman and Norman Foster and two members of NRP steering committee, Ed Wunsch and Perry Smaglik. They will convene at the next steering committee meeting on April 4.

Administration money still exists in NRP Phase I budget – enough to pay coordinator until approximately March 2006. The coordinator is a contract position, is paid through NRP. This position most recently paid $25/hour.

Interim Procedures while no NRP Coordinator is on staff:
Mail retrieval: Roger Hegeman, Catalina Chadbourn and Georgia Stephens will share responsibility for retrieving mail from post office box.

Voice mail: Karen Larson will monitor messages left on the Tangletown voice mail number.

NRP Survey

Surveys are being tallied and some areas of interest among residents being identified include traffic, noise, litter, graffiti, maintenance of rental property, park programming for kids, police presence, Ramsey enhancements, etc.

70% of Phase II NRP funds will be required to go towards housing, TNA will have very little discretionary NRP dollars in Phase II.

Lynell Voigt volunteered to help the steering committee tally surveys.

Tangletown.org update
Norman Foster reported that http://www.TangletownNews.org is current and up and running.
He is working on getting http://www.Tangletown.org back up. He’s been working through some issues from when this site was established under a former board member’s name.

Roger Hegeman reported that John Dybvig from Council Member Benson’s office will provide a link to the city site for Tangletown’s site.

Norman plans to post the Tangletown Garage Sale maps on the site.

Garage Sale Update
Sarah Kalweit reported that the sale will be advertised in the Star Tribune but that the Southwest Journal ad is cost prohibitive – she recommended that we skip the SWJ and explore other alternative newspapers. Georgia Stephens will check into The Pulse for rates and ad deadlines.

Publicity for the sale will include newspaper advertising, posters in neighborhood businesses/the park, and signs at the major intersections of Tangletown. Purchasing or having sandwich boards was discussed. Sarah will call about having them made and get pricing on ready-made boards.

The sale will also be publicized on the web site.

A meeting will be held shortly before the sale to finalize distribution of maps, signage, etc.

A motion was made to spend up to $500 on publicizing the 2005 Tangletown Garage Sale. Motion carries unanimously.

July 4 Event Update

The next planning meeting will be on Monday, April 11 at 7 p.m. at Caribou at 46th and Nicollet. Karen Larson will send this info via e-mail to the board.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:25

Submitted by
Karen Larson
TNA Secretary

2005 February 21st Board Minutes

Agenda
February 21 2005

1. Officers reports- minutes, treasurer’s report
2. Neighborhood visitors and guests
3. NRP Plan modifications
B-ball court and balcony railing at Fuller Rus
4. TNA bookkeeping
5. Garage Sale ? Georgia
6. July 4th parade Karen
7. TNA Website
8. Old business
9. New business?

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Tangletown Neighborhood Association
Meeting Minutes – February 2005
[Minutes are draft only–will be addressed at March meeting].

Board members in attendance: Roger Hegeman, Georgia Stephens, Norman Foster, Lynell Voigt, Sarah Kalweit, Karen Larson

Call to order: 7:07

Officers’ reports/minutes:
January minutes approved unanimously
No officer reports

Neighborhood visitors and guests:
Resident Burke Hinds informed the board that Knox Presbyterian Church, 4747 Lyndale Ave, will present a children’s play on April 29, 30th, and possible 31st. He asked for it to be mentioned in the next issue of the Tangletown News.

Ann Geske of the SW Journal introduced herself and took notes for the regular neighborhood meeting update done by the paper.

Tom Balcom, resident and neighborhood historian, told the board about Ramsey International Fine Arts Center’s spring production of Oliver Twist. He is preparing an article for the Tangletown News that will tie this production with the school’s site’s history as an orphanage.

Tom also updated us on the recent Minnehaha Creek visions meeting. Three technical issues are being focused upon right now and they include water quality, macroinvertibrates in the creek, and fish. A series of meeting will be held to produce a plan on how to improve the creek. The next meeting will be held at the St. Louis Park city council chambers on March 22. Tom will keep us updated on the result of these meetings.

Roger suggested that Tom’s updates, as well as arts information, would be good material to add to our soon-to-be resurrected web site, Tangletown.org.

NRP Plan Modifications:
Rus Thomas, NRP Coordinator, said that out of 1800 NRP Phase II surveys mailed to residents, 398 were completed and returned. This is 22% and is a good response. A summary will be distributed after the results are tabulated.

There’s been a delay in both of our current NRP projects. The re-surfacing of the Fuller Park basketball court was not contracted in a timely manner, which has caused a delay, and the plan for resurfacing was reevaluated and rejected. It has been recommended that the court be torn up and re-laid for better durability and a longer life. The new contract requires additional funds that, if the board approves, are available and can be moved from the Business Façade Improvement Contract that has been terminated due to lack of business interest.

The project to make the Fuller Park balcony rail safer for small children has been delayed as well. The screen that was to be added to the existing railing was rejected and an alternative was offered. Custom-built wooden attachments have been recommended which will reduce the space between railings and prevent small children from getting caught or falling through the gaps. This plan requires additional funds as well. Another $1,713.00 is available and can be moved from the now-defunct Business Façade Contract pending board approval.

See below for wording of resolutions.

The resolutions for the Basketball Court (new solution) New Contract and Balcony Railing (new solution) Contract Amendment were put to a vote. Both resolutions passed.

Resident Shirley Unger expressed interest in how Phase II money will be used to satisfy the 70% affordable housing requirement. It is early in the process, so that has not been decided at this time. She distributed information about the organization SWING, Southwest Interfaith Neighborhood Group that is working to promote affordable housing in the area.

Garage Sale:
The Tangletown Neighborhood Garage Sale will be held Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7. Sarah Kalweit agreed to be the contact person, however, this year phone calls will be directed to the TNA voice mail and forwarded to Sarah as is appropriate. Sarah will receive help from Samantha Kealey, Karen Larson, and Catalina Chadbourn. Tickets will again be $10 and an ad will be placed in the Star Tribune and the SW Journal. Deadline for registration will be Friday, April 15. Sarah emphasized that more pre-sale publicity is needed this year.

July 4:
It was decided that a basic event would be planned (fire truck parade, balloons) in order to carry on this popular tradition in the neighborhood. However, additional attractions will be dependent on the volunteer response received to our stepped up recruiting efforts. These efforts will include: a form placed next to the Garage Sale form in the upcoming Tangletown News, making it visible and easy for residents to sign up to help. A board will be placed at Fuller Park with handouts that outline individual tasks and language that clearly communicates expectations such as “I will work a shift…”

TNA Bookkeeping:
Resident Ed Wunsch has requested that the TNA board show proof of compliance with neighborhood association finance regulations. A motion was made to increase frequency of duties performed by the TNA’s accountant so that reporting is completed and ready to present at each meeting. Motion carried 3 y, 1 n.

TNA Website:
Norman Foster said that more testing would be done before going live. He requested content and feedback about what we’d like to see incorporated into the site in terms of technical capabilities such as an instant voting function, etc. The url that will ultimately be used will be
http://www.Tangletown.org It is not live yet.

New business:
Georgia Stephens submitted her resignation from the Board, effective May 16, 2005, where at the 2005 Annual Meeting, a new Treasurer can be elected. She will continue reporting for and editing Tangletown News.

Meeting adjourned 8:50 p.m.

Submitted,
Karen Larson,
Secretary

Resolution 1:Basketball Court
The Tangletown Neighborhood Association accepts the Tangletown NRP Oversight/Steering Committee’s recommendation to implement a plan modification whereby:
$4,297.82 would be transferred from Business, Goal 1, objective 1, strategy1 Business Façade Improvement Grant Program to Parks and Public Spaces, Goal 1, Objective 1,Strategy 1 Fuller Park Basketball Court and directs its chair to sign any agreements or contractual documentation that is result of this action The board understands that this action is to place additional funds in the Basketball Court strategy to enable the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board to perform a complete overhaul of the basketball court at Fuller Park rather than the resurfacing of the court outlined in contract C-20034.

Resolution 2: Fuller Park Balcony Railing
The Tangletown Neighborhood Association accepts the Tangletown NRP Oversight/Steering Committee’s recommendation to implement a plan modification whereby:
$1,713.00 would be transferred from Business, Goal 1, objective 1, strategy1 Business Façade Improvement Grant Program to Parks and Public Spaces, Goal 1, Objective 2, Strategy 1 Fuller Park Balcony Railing and directs its chair to sign any agreements or contractual documentation that is result of this action. The board understands that this action is to place additional funds in the railing strategy to allow for a redesigned solution for the Fuller Park balcony railing and will result in an amendment to contract C-20035

Rationale:
The Business Façade Improvement Grant Program generated more than $150,000 in actual business façade improvements with $52,064.26 of Tangletown NRP dollars spent. During the fourth year of this program, no businesses requested funding. The contract was terminated leaving $17,935.74 to be redirected to other strategies in the Phase I Action Plan. Since the time of the original contracts for the basketball court and the balcony railing, September 2003, the Park Board has deemed the solutions prescribed to be unsatisfactory and not cost effective and has made new recommendations to the neighborhood.

2005 January 17th Board Minutes

Tangletown Neighborhood Association Agenda
January 17th 2005

Agenda
1. Officers reports- minutes, treasurer’s report
2. Neighborhood visitors and guests
3. John Black?property re-development
4. Scott Benson
5. NRP Plan modifications [SEE BOTTOM OF POSTING FOR DETAILS]
B-ball court and balcony railing at Fuller
6. Old business
7. New business?

Minutes
Tangletown Neighborhood Association Board Meeting
Monday, January 17, 2005

Call to order at 7:20 p.m. by President Roger Hegeman.

Board Members present: Roger Hegeman, Georgia Stephens, Samantha Kealey, Lynell Voigt.
Also present: Rus Thomas, Ed Wunsch, Tom Balcom, Suzanne Rhees, and Stephanie and John Black.

Introductions. We held off on the minutes as there was not a quorum to approve.

Tom Balcom proposed a traveling exhibit about Tangletown because 2006 will mark the 120th year of our neighborhood: old houses, schools, the creek, the orphanage. Roger suggested possible corporate sources of dollars for the project. Tom will put something in the next (March) newsletter to see if there is any interest.

John and Stephanie Black, who are not residents of Tangletown, but bought the property directly south of Snyder’s and are renting it, are contemplating tearing it down and building a 3 or 4 town house rental unit on the lot. They are not planning this soon but wanted to get a feel for what the neighbors would think.

Georgia gave the Treasurer’s report: as of December 31, 2004 our account had $5,773.00.

Suzanne Rhees said she is trying to recruit more members for the LASR-CC; their next meeting is January 25th.

Rus showed us the railing fix idea for Fuller Park. However, lacking a quorum, we tabled the discussion of plan modification until the February meeting. He said approximately 300 of the questionnaires have been returned and will be used to build focus group to move to Plan II.

New Business:
Tom said that the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Citizen’s Task Force has been meeting since September and will be meeting until next June. Their next meeting is February 15th at Burroughs and he is planning to attend and report back to us.

There was a brief discussion of asking members to RSVP their intentions of attendance for the meeting so we could know if we could plan to do business (with a quorum) at the meeting. Roger would send out an email.

The next meeting is Monday, February 21st at 7:00 p.m. at Fuller Park. Meeting was adjourned at 8:00 p.m.

Lynell Voigt

ATTACHMENTS Tangletown NRP plan modifications

There are two Plan modifications that the Steering Committee would like you to consider at the January Board meeting. One of them we spoke about back in September, and that is the basketball court at Fuller Park. 1. We are currently contracted with Parks and Recreation to do a simple overlay and re-striping. When the firm, contracted to do the job, came to the site, they determined that given the current state of the court, what we had agreed to would be a five-year fix-at best. They recommended that we replace the court ? a twenty-year fix. 2. We had contracted with Parks and Recreation to child proof the balcony railing at Fuller Park. We contracted for a fix recommended in 2003. Now, Parks and Recreation has come up with a better/simpler, more elegant plan that is costlier. We have the funds to make both of these modifications. The basketball court change would result in a new scope of services and contract ? where as the changes for the railing would only need a simple amendment to the existing contract. Both would need Board approval of the plan modifications (below.)

At the board meeting, we will be able to explain the details of the two basketball court alternatives and show you (with models) the two railing solutions.

I have included the budget changes and drafts of resolutions for your review prior to the meeting. Basketball Court (new solution) New Contract Cost: $10,500.00 Currently in strategy: $2,000.00 not contracted but in plan $4,202.18 contracted (resurfacing and striping) C-20034 total: $6,202.18 Difference: $4,297.82 to come from Business Façade Improvement Contract (terminated)

$6202.18 +$4,297.82= $10,500

Balcony Railing (new solution)
Contract amendment Cost: $5,646.00
Currently contracted: $3,933.00 contract C-20035
Difference: $1,713.00
to come from Business Façade Improvement Contract (terminated)

Resolution 1:Basketball Court The Tangletown Neighborhood Association accepts the Tangletown NRP Oversight/Steering Committee?s recommendation to implement a plan modification whereby: $4,297.82 would be transferred from Business, Goal 1, objective 1, strategy1 Business Façade Improvement Grant Program to Parks and Public Spaces, Goal 1, Objective 1,Strategy 1 Fuller Park Basketball Court and directs its chair to sign any agreements or contractual documentation that is result of this action The board understands that this action is to place additional funds in the Basketball Court strategy to enable the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board to perform a complete overhaul of the basketball court at Fuller Park rather than the resurfacing of the court outlined in contract C-20034.

Resolution 2: Fuller Park Balcony Railing The Tangletown Neighborhood Association accepts the Tangletown NRP Oversight/Steering Committee?s recommendation to implement a plan modification whereby: $1,713.00 would be transferred from Business, Goal 1, objective 1, strategy1 Business Façade Improvement Grant Program to Parks and Public Spaces, Goal 1, Objective 2, Strategy 1 Fuller Park Balcony Railing and directs its chair to sign any agreements or contractual documentation that is result of this action The board understands that this action is to place additional funds in the railing strategy to allow for a redesigned solution for the Fuller Park balcony railing and will result in an amendment to contract C-20035

Rationale: The Business Façade Improvement Grant Program generated more than $150,000 in actual business façade improvements with $52,064.26 of Tangletown NRP dollars spent. During the fourth year of this program, no businesses requested funding. The contract was terminated leaving $17,935.74 to be redirected to other strategies in the Phase I Action Plan. Since the time of the original contracts for the basketball court and the balcony railing, September 2003, the Park Board has deemed the solutions prescribed to be unsatisfactory and not cost effective and has made new recommendations to the neighborhood.

2004 November 15th Board Minutes

Agenda
Tangletown Neighborhood Association Agenda
Nov 15 2004

1. Officers reports- minutes, treasurer’s report
2. Neighborhood “open mike”
3. NRP Brief general update Rus
4. Old business
5. New business?
Discussion about increasing neighborhood participation.

Minutes
Tangletown Neighborhood Association Board Meeting
Monday, November 15, 2004

Call to order at 7:10 p.m. by President Roger Hegeman

Board Members present: Sarah Kalweit, Georgia Stephens, Roger Hegeman, Norman Foster, Lynell Voigt

Also present: Rus Thomas (NRP Coordinator), John Dybvig (Scott Benson’s Office), Suzanne Rhees (LASR-CC), Beth Elliott (Mpls CPED –Planning)

Georgia reported that we have approximately $4,458 in our account as of 10/31.
There were no minutes from previous meetings available.

John reported that LASR-CC is looking for three people from Tangletown to represent our neighborhood. The time commitment is approximately one meeting per month for a year.

Beth Elliott presented the Request For Proposals that will be put out to bid to various consultant groups. The Mayor has budgeted $100,000 for South Lyndale planning with the intention that the planning will be finished up by the end of 2005.

Sarah moved and Georgia seconded that Suzanne is reinstated as one of our three members. Passed. Suzanne agreed to find the names of two more interested people from Tangletown to join her on this committee.

Sarah moved and Lynell seconded that the Board accepts and approves the Request for Proposal. Passed

Rus nominated Amy Rowland to become a member of the NRP Steering Committee. She will be asked to come to the January meeting at which time we can vote her in. Rus also said that a neighborhood (NRP) survey will be mailed out in early January

There will not be a meeting in December.

The next meeting will be on Monday, January 17th.

Adjourn at 8:40 p.m.

Lynell Voigt

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