May 2018 Minutes (Annual Meeting)

BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, May 21, 2018 – 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park

Board members present: Dan Williams, Briana Daymont, Valerie Hurst, Kathy Kornblum, Gabe Moreno, Joy Gottschalk, Steve Wohlford, Justin Wills, Dick Fiala, Ryan Fisher

Board members absent:

Also present: Sally Bauer (TNA Executive Director), Jeremy Schroeder (Ward 11 Minneapolis City Councilmember), Rachel Hoban (Fuller Park director), Stacey Sorenson (Minneapolis NCR Neighborhood Specialist), Jacob Frey (Mayor of Minneapolis), Rhonda Dean (Washburn Principal), Erin Rathke (Justice Page Principal), Marion Greene (Hennepin County Commissioner District 3), Chriss Joyce (TNA Interim Coordinator), 45 community members

Called to order: 7:00pm

Strategic Planning Overview

Joy gave an overview of our recently completed strategic planning effort, which consisted of a neighborhood survey, six community listening sessions, key informant interviews, and formulation of short and longer term TNA goals. She invited neighborhood members to contribute ideas and passion to the vision elements resulting from the planning.

Committee Updates

Beautiful Purposeful Spaces: the committee is looking for ways to enhance neighborhood today, through branding and signage, water tower beautification, improvents to the Nicollet Ave bridge, and alley cleanups.

Innovative Environmental Leadership: the committed is focusing on partnerships with energy companies/other neighborhoods to build robust network of support & collaboration, and making small ripple changes through renewable energy and organics recycling..

Engagement Committee: the committee is working on community engagement and strengthening TNA’s relationships with schools, churches, and business leaders.

Annual Meeting Speakers

Each speaker was asked to briefly address the topic “The Future of Tangletown.”

Mayor Frey

He sees three core issues. The first is affordable housing, which Mayor Frey believes is a fundamental right. A large amount of which has been lost in the last 10 years. Minneapolis is losing affordable housing subsidies from the state and federal governments. The second is police and community relations. Safety and accountability are intricately linked and he believes we won’t have a safe community unless residents can trust the police. The third issue is economic inclusion. Our region is producing more jobs than there are workers to fill those jobs. There are 100,000 job vacancies in the metro region, up from 74,000 at the end of 2017. He wants Minneapolis to be a beacon of hope, opportunity, and inclusivity.

An audience member asked a question about increased density plans in the Nicollet Ave corridor. Mayor Frey replied that the City’s draft comprehensive plan was released a few months ago and is currently in the comment period, and he asked residents to please send comments to the City (  We cannot accommodate the workforce shortage unless people have somewhere to live. A lot of people want to live in Minneapolis and there’s not enough supply so prices continue to increase, leading to higher property taxes and even less affordable housing; the solution is a gradual increase in housing density.

The last question asked how TNA and the city could cooperate on economic inclusion.  He sees Minneapolis as a city of engaged activist culture which is he thinks is great.  Neighborhood and city plans don’t always mesh so work is happening to line those up. We need to make sure we give opportunities for advancement/ownership to minorities and make sure the growth of Minneapolis goes to as broad a base as possible.  We need to welcome those of different backgrounds into our neighborhoods; we need to push back on Minneapolis’ history of redlining and intentional segregation.

Commissioner Greene

Many people don’t know what the Hennepin County Board does. It manages a $2.4 billion budget.  Half of this budget is spent in health and human services as the board provides the regional safety net. Its sources of income are one-third each from the state and federal governments and property tax dollars.  They also do what other layers of government ask them to do, such as keeping families whole and making sure kids thrive. Another large focus is how to support immigrant communities. As part of larger mission of keeping families whole the board established an immigration legal defense fund.  Another big mission is to ensure everyone is aware of the county and its services. Bike maps and public libraries are perhaps the most visible aspects of the board’s work.

A significant piece of the future for the county, the state legislature, and the city is community engagement. There will be more and more dialog with all levels of the community and how that proceeds will greatly influence future initiatives.

Commissioner Greene sends a monthly newsletter about what she’s doing in the county and each one features a Hennepin county employee who is a resident of District 3.

Ward 11 Councilmember Schroeder

Jeremy holds community conversation events at local restaurants and libraries. His top priorities include affordable housing, environmental justice, and racial equity. The plan for housing calls for pretty substantial resources, not all of which are available. The City will need to leverage state and federal dollars and the private market to be successful. As part of that the City needs to be a good steward and say why the money will help the area. As part of his efforts in environmental justice he is part of the Clean Energy Partnership (which pushes to meet carbon reduction goals) and is proud to co-author a resolution calling for 100% renewables in the City by 2030. As part of racial equity, Jeremy worked with NENA to alleviate food deserts in the area as a strategy to help reduce crime.

An audience member asked how, if some neighborhoods are just more expensive, does affordable housing access work.  Jeremy talked about inclusionary zoning policy. Any time something is built in Minneapolis the developers need to talk about affordable housing and how it might work in their development. This could perhaps be financed by affordable housing fees on new developments even if the area can’t support affordable units.

Another member asked how to balance increased density with the impact on the environment.  Jeremy replied that we have a great opportunity with the 2040 plan, and he is looking not just where housing could go but where it makes sense. They are looking to ensure gradual stepped growth, which means no 6-story buildings next to one-story houses. Accessory dwelling units (“granny flats”) can also help keep people in the city and live here later in life.

The next question was what to do about the schools since more density means more children. He replied that funding is already a big issue and the schools don’t get adequate funding from the state.  We need to make sure that the City is invested in the schools. He knows the school board is looking for other funding and perhaps the city could be a partner here.

The last question was how to keep property taxes affordable for current residents on fixed incomes, and if there are there other places the funding can come from than property taxes. Jeremy replied that property taxes are one of his biggest concerns and that we need to balance needs with ensuring the taxes that fund those needs don’t do more harm. Land values in the city are inflated which is a product of the market so we need to find some way to balance that out.

Principal Dean

Rhonda began by stating that strong neighborhoods start with strong schools and Washburn is a strong community school. Enrollment has doubled in the last 8 years and is now well over 1600 students. There will be construction happening at Washburn this summer, which will be the last for construction at Washburn for a while.  The project includes building science classrooms and labs. Washburn’s three focus areas are Academics, Arts, and Athletics. The average GPA for student athletes is 3.29. Previously neighborhood residents chose a different school for their students but over the last four years the neighborhood has come back to Washburn. The International Baccalaureate program is strong (40 candidates), the language program is probably the best in the city and now offers ASL and Arabic. The student body is 50/50 white and children of color which provides a better real-world experience.

An audience member asked about her approach to school safety. She replied that building cooperation between police and community is crucial. There is currently lots of controversy about having SROs but as principal she wants an SRO in the school if only to deal with adult issues (non-contact orders, restraining orders, etc).. Her number one goal is to keep kids safe She believes the best defense is the kids, in terms of hearing/seeing/knowing what’s going on and having the personal relationships that allow kids to say something to an adult if anything is wrong.  They have had issues before but have been able to address them because kids “step up”. The school must provide mental health support, give children general support, make what kids do every day feel like it provides future value, and help our kids see there is a future.

Principal Rathke

Justice Page wants to be a welcoming school. It doesn’t have an SRO so safety is their primary focus. That includes bullying, which legislatively they are required to handle reports of within 3 days. Staff must be present with kids and engage with them to build trust with families and kids which mitigates violence.

Erin also focuses on providing consistency for the neighborhood. They have a great relationship with Washburn and plan to create a great pathway for students from Justice Page to Washburn.  South Minneapolis schools are also the most diverse in the city. They focus on social/emotional learning (eg educating whole child to have social awareness and relationship skills) and STEM (including sending kids to national competitions and constructing a makerspace). They also received a grant for $10,000 to paint murals outside of the school to represent the pillars of their community.

Candidate Introductions

Kathy and Justin are not returning to the board, and Joy and Dan’s terms have expired and their seats are up for election. There are a total of nine open seats on the board. Nominees from the outgoing board members and neighborhood residents were Joy Gottschalk, Dan Williams, Helen Chu Hamman, Carl Arrell, Kellie Hanson, John Dukich, Brian McDonald, Erik Brenna, and Pat Collins.  Joy made a motion to elect all nine candidates to the board rather than follow the ballot process. Voice vote from all present (including audience), all in favor, none opposed. Motion carried.

Branding Update

Steve gave a branding update.  The committee started with the current “T” logo but looked in some other directions too. The committee eventually finalized a new logo and format to print newsletter, updated the e-newsletter, completed a revamp of the TNA website, and will have T-shirts for sale at 4th of July event. An audience member asked if the logo and identity is tied to the association or also used for the neighborhood itself.  Steve replied that it will be used for both. There are two versions of logo: one with “Tangletown Neighborhood Association” and one with “Minneapolis, MN”.  TNA is not replacing existing logos like those on Nicollet Ave bridge.

Officer Reports:

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

Adjourned: 8:57

Minutes submitted by Dan Williams, TNA Secretary

April 2018 Minutes

BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, April 16, 2018 – 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park

Board members present: Dan Williams, Briana Daymont, Valerie Hurst, Kathy Kornblum, Gabe Moreno, Joy Gottschalk, Steve Wohlford, Justin Wills

Board members absent: Dick Fiala, Ryan Fisher

Also present: Sally Bauer (TNA Executive Director), Jeremy Schroeder, Rachel Hoban (Fuller Park director), Stacey Sorenson (Minneapolis NCR Neighborhood Specialist), Sara Gangelhoff (Senior Policy Aide for Jeremy Schroeder)

Called to order: 7:07pm

Officer Reports:

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

Treasurer – Justin presented the 2017 Minnesota tax forms which now require an explicit approval from the board and sign-off of two officers.  Kathy moved to approve the documents, Steve seconded. Voice vote, all in favor, motion approved.

Fuller Park Update

Newly added spring activities starting the first week of May include pickle-ball and a badminton league.  Sally will share these via social media.

Councilmember Jeremy Schroeder

Jeremy gave an update on plowing and the snow emergency. If residents have concerns (eg alleys not being plowed or plowing isn’t happening fast enough) he asked them to call 311 and/or Jeremy’s office to let the City know.

Jeremy has been meeting with the City about small businesses; if TNA has suggestions for types of businesses or notices locations becoming vacant let Jeremy know.  Steve asked about the former Xcel power substation at 4700 Nicollet but nobody knew its current status.

Jeremy also shared an update on the iMatter group’s push for renewable electricity which was presented at a TNA meeting earlier this year. Jeremy introduced a new resolution co-authored with Cam Gordon and Steve Fletcher calling for 100% renewable electricity in the city by 2030. While iMatter’s resolution called for a renewable electricity by 2025, Jeremy’s resolution reflects the reality that the City cannot meet a 2025 deadline due to critical infrastructure like backup power, water treatment, and water pumps that have no current solutions without fossil fuels.

Jeremy introduced Sara Gangelhoff from his office who is focused on ensuring that diversity, equity, inclusion, and affordable housing is baked into everything he works on. She is also working on increasing opportunities for small businesses.  Jeremy noted that if TNA knows of a business location looking for a tenant he can connect us with the City’s site business development staff who can help connect that location with somebody looking to site a business in the city.

Neighborhood 2020

Stacey Sorenson presented the City’s public Neighborhoods 2020 roadmap document for which comments are due April 30th via phone, email, mail, etc.  The City will start four workgroups this summer (Future of Neighborhood Programming, Future of NCR, Advisory Boards, and Citywide Engagement Policy), bring conclusions back to neighborhoods in late 2018, and finally seek council approval for changes in 2019.  Four options/models are currently being considered, including “impact/assessment”, “pooled resources”, “CPP”, and “TBD”. Steve asked about funding proposals as only the CPP model had detailed funding proposals, he wanted to avoid a “rich get richer” problem in that well-organized neighborhoods start off on the best foot immediately.  Stacey replied that this isn’t the intent but that Steve should send that concern to the City as part of his comments.

Joy and Sally suggested the board should individually send comments on the document.  Sally also included her personal thoughts in the board meeting packet. Sally also asked what the workgroup makeup would be and how would those people be selected, which Stacey indicated was still being decided.

Nominating Chair for Board Leadership

TNA elects new board members during our May annual meeting followed by officer elections as the June meeting.  Joy suggested developing a plan for continuity given TNA will have three officer positions open. Steve asked which seats will be open and which officer positions will be open. Joy indicated that president, vice-president, and treasurer positions will be open; Dan is happy to continue as secretary unless somebody else really wants to do it.  While all non-officer board members stood for election last year and board members serve two-year terms, Steve and Gabe questioned continuity if all members were up for election at the same time.

Sally proposed creating a nominating committee to handle the officer election process; she will send an email with position descriptions to board members who should reply privately with any interest in those positions.  The nominating committee would be responsible for recruiting officers. Sally doesn’t feel comfortable being involved in that process as she reports to the president. Joy volunteered to start the process and reach out to current board members now and new board members in May.  The board agreed Joy should begin this process.

Justin noted that he has cleaned up TNA’s financial processes greatly over the last year and that the treasurer role will be less technical going forward; it is now a proper treasurer role rather than treasurer and controller.

Mission Statement

Board members sent proposed mission statements to Sally who distilled them into a few options.  The board combined a few of the options into the following proposed statement: “The Tangletown Neighborhood Association exists to enhance the quality of life for those who live, work, or play in Tangletown through advocacy, community engagement, and neighborhood initiatives.”

Steve moved to adopt the second option as the mission statement, Kathy seconded.  Voice vote, all in favor, motion approved.

Board Member Expectations

Sally proposed a document to share with prospective board members that documents the TNA purpose, plan, and board member roles and expectations.  The board reviewed her proposed document and approved it.

Annual Meeting

Sally proposed the theme “The Future of Tangletown”.  The board decided that president will run the overall meeting, deliver the Strategic Planning overview, and call for nominations of new members from the attendees.  Our bylaws require a treasurer report, which will be done as part of the Strategic Planning report. Steve will deliver a rebranding report. Gabe, Bri, and Valerie will deliver committee updates.  Sally will give an overview of our ballot process; the board agreed to follow the same procedure as last year in which the ballot will show members not standing for election, known candidates with checkboxes for election, and blank spaces for write-in nominees.  Stacey Sorenson will count ballots as a neutral third party.

Steve requested that Sally be formally introduced as TNA didn’t have staff last year.

Committee Updates

Beautiful Purposeful Spaces: subcommittees were created for three immediate areas of focus: enhancing the water tower, increasing TNA brand awareness through signage, and alley cleanup/beautification events.  A longer-term list of additional priorities (including housing) will be run in parallel.

Innovative Environmental Leadership: the committee identified three priorities that members were passionate about and which fell within the scope of the strategic plan: connecting with CEE for loans on green initiatives, promoting subsidizing energy audits, and supporting inter-neighborhood collaborations.  

Engaged Welcoming Community: the committee agreed to shorten the name to “Community Engagement Committee”.  The committee came up with questions for a resident survey of neighborhood priorities, and will focus on institutional relationships (schools, churches, library, park) and community engagement.  Other areas of interest include determining what institutions people have relationships with right now, how residents engage with TNA online, and what communication channels work best.

ED Report

Water Tower: Sally relayed the answer to the sprinkler system question from earlier this year, which was that there is not enough water pressure for an automatic sprinkler system.

Roe Family Singers: the group is willing to perform at our 4th of July event for a fee of $600; Dan moved to approve a budget of $600 for this purpose.  Valerie seconded, all in favor, motion approved.

Promo items and signage: Steve and Sally suggested selling T-Shirts but we need somewhere to store them during the Fuller Park renovation. Steve volunteered his basement.  Steve moved to budget $4,000 for branded promotional items for sale or give-away. Justin seconded; all in favor, motion approved. Sally researched various branded signs (tent, sandwich, hanging, etc) and presented a quote for $1500.  Justin moved to budget up to $1500 for signage, Joy seconded, voice vote, motion approved.

Insurance: TNA’s current insurance does not adequately cover our events. Sally got a quote for $505 (inclusive of 5 events per year) that meets all city requirements.  Kathy moved to approve a budget of $505 for the new insurance policy, Steve seconded. Voice vote, all in favor, motion approved.

Adjourned: 8:57

Minutes submitted by Dan Williams, TNA Secretary

March 2018 Minutes

BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, March 19, 2018 – 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park

Board members present: Dick Fiala, Dan Williams, Briana Daymont, Valerie Hurst, Kathy Kornblum, Gabe Moreno, Joy Gottschalk, Steve Wohlford, Ryan Fisher

Board members absent: Justin Wills

Also present: Sally Bauer (TNA Executive Director), Jeremy Schroeder, Rhonda Dean (Washburn HS principal), Steve Peterson (Washburn HS project manager), Steve Bieringer, Rachel Hoban (Fuller Park director), Laurie McGinley (MPS Planning and Design Manager), Holland Wood (graphic designer for TNA rebranding initiative)

Called to order: 7:04pm

Officer Reports:

Secretary – Kathy made a motion to approve the January minutes, Briana seconded.  Voice vote, all in favor, motion approved.

Treasurer – no updates this month

Washburn High School Construction Project

Washburn has seen steady enrollment increases, from ~800 in 2008 to 1600+ now.  To better accommodate increased enrollment and to bring the science and music classrooms up-to-date, the high school be closed during the summer while it undergoes a construction project on the north-west side.

Construction materials will start being delivered on Saturday, May 19 and construction itself will start Monday, May 21.  Equipment and fencing will be set up at the parking lot at Pleasant & 49th.  MPS selected the accelerated construction schedule to ensure classrooms will be ready by August 25th.  This requires working as many hours (including Saturdays) within noise ordinance times (7am – 6pm weekdays, Saturday 9am – 6pm) as possible.  During the last three weeks of the school year, contractors will use parking spots so more students and staff will have to park on the streets.  There will be no on-site crane; the worst noise will probably be backup beeps from heavy machinery through end of July.

There will be no road closures.  Steve B. asked about truck routes since 49th is very narrow, may not work well for trucks and may increase traffic near frequently used pedestrian crossings.  Steve P. (project manager) indicated the contractor can vary routes periodically and they will work with their contractor to ensure smooth operation.

For obvious reasons, the Washburn parking lot will not be available for TNA 4th of July parade staging.

Rebranding Task Force

The group reviewed the history of current TNA logo and came to the conclusion there are a number of real problems with it.  The logo is simple clip-art and was never intentionally designed, has been co-opted by neighborhood businesses, and its detailed background gets lost on some mediums, for starters.  The group’s general consensus was that something unique and original would be more representative of TNA and useful for the future. The new logo is built around the water tower as it is a defining element of our neighborhood.  It will be available in a couple different versions/sizes, both with color and without.

Ryan asked whether the logo was TNA brand or also potentially for the Tangletown neighborhood itself.  Steve W. replied that the logo could be modified to serve as a neighborhood logo too. Holland (graphic designer) thought there was enough flexibility in the existing logo for a number of different variations.

Mission Statement

TNA has no mission statement.  Sally and Joy decided to ask all board members to write a one sentence mission statement, from which a committee will derive the proposed one.

FY18 Budget Approval and Process Update

TNA has traditionally approved expenses as they occur.  Sally recommends that we institute an operating budget and presented a proposed process.  The budget would generally represent recurring expenses such as insurance, staff salary, communications, etc.  A draft budget would be presented each October for feedback, with a final budget presented in November meeting for approval.  Items already approved through the budget at the November meeting would not need to return to the board for additional approval at the time of expense, as currently happens.  Items not in the approved budget would still need approval at a normal board meeting.

Sally also presented her proposed FY2018 budget.   Steve moved to approve the proposed budget, Gabe seconded.  Voice vote, all in favor, motion approved.

Board Recruitment

Sally proposed two events for board recruitment at which community members could meet the board, one at St. Paul Bagelry and a happy hour at a location to be determined (La Fresca, Wise Acre, etc).  The board agreed this was a good idea. Sally will send out a doodle poll with dates.

Gabe moved to budget $100 for the two events.  Valerie seconded. Voice vote, all in favor, motion approved.

Annual Meeting Planning

The board agreed to invite Jeremy Schroeder, Mayor Frey, and/or Brad Bourn (MPRB) to be the featured speakers at our annual meeting.  Sally will coordinate the invites. Ryan suggested a panel format with pre-submitted questions. Other topics could include housing, Minneapolis 2020 plan, etc.

ED Report

Annual CPP Report: Dan moved to approve the annual report, Dick seconded.  Voice vote, all in favor, motion approved.

Garage sale budget: Sally worked with Justin to accept PayPal payments and created a Google form for sign-up fees.  Paper forms and checks will also be accepted. The event actually loses money; most of the cost is signage and the Star Tribune advertisement, and not all of that is covered by sign-up costs.  Steve W. asked about reducing the cost of signage; Steve B. replied that in the past TNA hasn’t had the time to go collect signs so new ones are printed every year. Sally noted that because of rebranding, we may want to reprint the signs anyway with the new logo and colors.

Justice Page Sign: Even though originally the Minneapolis Public Schools required students/staff to fund-raise for a new school sign after the decision to change the school name to Justice Page, MPS decided to pay for the new sign to ensure it stays consistent with MPS branding, and thus cannot actually use the $5,000 TNA granted last year for that effort.  The students/staff are exploring other related options for the funds. Sally indicated to them that once they determine a new use for the grant, they should return to TNA for approval of that use..

Spring Newsletter: it will be out in mid April, but Sally wanted to wait until today’s approval of the new logo to start design and layout.

Neighborhood 2020: Sally suggested inviting Stacy or somebody else from the City to talk about the plan at our April meeting.  The board agreed.

Parks Citizen Advisory Committee nominations: adjacent neighborhoods can coordinate on nominees, to be determined by March 28th.  Sally suggested that she will review incoming applications and coordinate with other neighborhood organization staff to select a final nominee.  The board agreed. She also requested that we encourage neighbors to apply as we have only one applicant from Tangletown so far.

Open Streets: TNA paid a $1,500 sponsorship fee last year to help extend the route through Tangletown to 54th, this year they asked for $1,000 this year which Sally questioned because the route was already extended and set up.  She will follow-up with other coordinators to clarify the fee. The board agreed that the $1,000 fee was acceptable for 2018 but perhaps not for following years.

Interim ED: Sally has posted the application and gotten two responses so far.

Sponsorships: Sally would like to have a more formal process for sponsorship of TNA events and will investigate more.

April e-blast topics: Sally asked for any suggestions from the board.  Steve suggested that Adopt-a-Storm Drain participants should pay special attention to their storm drains during the spring.

Adjourned: 8:44

Minutes submitted by Dan Williams, TNA Secretary

February 2018 Board Minutes

BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, January 19, 2018 – 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park

Board members present: Dick Fiala, Dan Williams, Briana Daymont, Valerie Hurst, Kathy Kornblum, Gabe Moreno, Justin Wills, Joy Gottschalk, Steve Wohlford, Ryan Fisher

Board members absent: none

Also present: Sally Bauer (TNA Executive Director), Jeremy Schroeder, Benjy Schirm (resident), Sophia Manolis (Minneapolis iMatter), Rebecca Gagnon (school board)

Called to order: 7:05pm

Officer Reports:

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

Treasurer – Our tax forms are due in May. TNA has traditionally filed Form 990N postcard notifications with IRS. For changing to a calendar fiscal year, the IRS said TNA only needs to send a letter  and when TNA receives confirmation of that letter we’ll file a 990N for the short year. Next year we’ll have to file a 990EZ because we may be above $50,000 income for the year due to more regular reimbursements from the city.

Justin also presented a Profit & Loss statement for approval.  Steve asked why professional services was such a large expenditure; Justin replied that it’s due to payments to Willow Consulting for strategic planning, Metro Blooms for rain gardens, and artist honorariums for utility box wraps.  Sally noted that the final Willow Consulting expenses were about $17,200 while bid was $18,000, so it came in under budget.

Steve moved that we accept P&L statement as the basis for our 2017 taxes, Ryan seconded.  Voice vote, all in favor, motion approved.

Justin also noted that we aren’t getting electronic bank statements correctly, which he is in the process of fixing.  He will also ensure that the correct names are on the accounts.

Youth Climate Resolution – iMatter Minneapolis

Sophia gave a short presentation about iMatter Minneapolis and their climate resolution.  The local group was formed through the national iMatter organization, after members from multiple Minneapolis schools wanted to help achieve 100% renewable electricity for Minneapolis city properties and public spaces.  A related resolution introduced last fall by several city council members did not pass and will be re-introduced, but the local iMatter group is seeking several changes to the resolution: 100% renewable electricity by 2025, with 25% of the renewables to be produced within Minneapolis, and finally two voting seats on the Community Environmental Advocacy Committee (CEAC) under the Clean Energy Partnership.  The goal are to give youth a stronger voice in climate-related policies, to allow them to help with the process of getting to 100% renewable electricity, and to hold city accountable for achieving this goal.

The group is looking for an endorsement from TNA for their efforts and also for future cooperation.  Steve asked what the renewable percentage currently is, Sophia thought it was about 10%. Gabe asked about details of the two committee seats the group is asking for; Sophia said they were looking to replace two existing seats rather than add more seats.  She envisions an application process for candidates, which the group will discuss the options with the committee at their March 7th meeting.

Jeremy Schroeder and others on the Clean Energy Partnership support this proposal, and think these types of resolutions will help move towards to the goal.

Steve moved to endorse cooperation with iMatter Minneapolis and their resolution, and suggested to clean up language around percentages.  Gabe seconded. Voice vote, all in favor, motion approved. Sally will follow up and fill out the endorsement form.

They will also have an online petition that the board agreed to post in social media and our newsletter.  Sophia and Sally will connect to get the link.

Jeremy Schroeder

Jeremy gave a short introduction of himself and his goals. Before City government, Jeremy was vice-president of the Hale-Page-Diamond-Lake neighborhood association.  His election platform was based on affordable housing and racial justice. He chairs the Planning and Zoning committee, and had his first meeting for two developments in Uptown last Thursday.  He is also on the new Housing committee, which is the first time the Minneapolis City Council has formed a committee to focus on housing and affordability. He is also on the Intergovernmental Affairs committee which interacts with the State government.  He is also on the Audit committee, which additionally deals with city appointments and other non-public business. He is one of two members on the Clean Energy Partnership (which includes Xcel and Centerpoint and focuses on sustainability) and is looking to ramp up its activity.  He is also on the Homeless and Housing advisory committees. He holds community coffees and meetings at other public locations (libraries, etc).

Steve asked for a summary of what Jeremy wants to get done for the next year.  Jeremy talked about the City’s Comprehensive Plan (done every 10 years) which is often just a land-use plan, but this time they are going to talk about racial inequity in Minneapolis, where to plan affordable housing, and where jobs and transportation will be.  They will focus on the neighborhood level to ensure residents know the purpose and background of the plan. Vacancy rates are currently very low which gives landlords lots of power, so he’s looking changes like increasing required eviction notice times since it’s so hard to find new housing.  He is also looking at inclusive zoning, and easing building materials regulations that trip up developers by perhaps excluding affordable housing from some requirements. Kathy asked whether Minneapolis is a sanctuary city, Jeremy said Minneapolis is, that the city gets about $55,000,000 through community development block grants for affordable housing and this funding could be at risk due to our sanctuary city status.

Washburn Water Tower Evaluation

The board discussed water tower landscaping plans presented at the January meeting.  The City’s Public Works Department will pay for and perform the construction and plantings, but do not have money for ongoing maintenance of the plantings.  They would like TNA to help organize volunteers to do the maintenance work instead. Two options were presented, a “fancy” one with purple and green plans and a simpler one using a type of sumac.  Sally created a neighborhood resident survey to gauge interest, which received 71 responses. 54 said they would come to a kick-off event, 32 to weed/water once per month, 36 once a summer, 13 would financially support these efforts.  So it seems there is active interest in helping maintain this landmark feature in our neighborhood.

Steve asked how long the commitment would be and whether it would continue if the property was potentially turned over to the Minneapolis Parks and Resources Board in the future (which was mentioned as a possibility at the January meeting).  The board decided that we should ask Public Works about irrigation system options and whether the plantings would even need irrigation after they become established.

Gabe moved that we endorse the City’s “fancy” proposal (purple & green color scheme) and commit to organizing maintenance efforts for at least three years.  Valerie seconded. Voice vote, all in favor, motion approved.

Strategic Planning Next Steps

The strategic planning process identified three focus areas: Beautiful Purposeful Spaces, Innovative Environmental Leadership, and Engaged Welcoming Community.  To organize committees to handle these areas, Sally suggested that we base our structure on St. Paul’s Highland District Council structure, where each board member serves on at least one committee and additional community members are recruited.  The chair of each committee must be a board member.

Steve suggested that we seed our committees with at least 3 or 4 board members but was concerned about board member involvement on multiple committees and the workload.  He suggested that the committees could be the decision making/visionary/planning body but the actual effort could come from anyone (board or community), not just those on the committee.  He was looking for a way to allow board members to mix & match committees with their interests but not be pigeonholed on a single committee.

Joy will send out a survey to board members in which they will rank their committee choices, after which she and Sally will assign members to committees, and the committees will begin to meet.  Sally asked if we should solicit community involvement once we have the committees, goals, and meeting dates identified; the board agreed.

Spring Events

Composting Event: the Sustainability committee has been working with the Lynnhurst neighborhood to get a delivery of compost in late April (around Earth Day) or May which residents can then take a portion of.  While the compost itself is free, delivery has a cost, which TNA could either absorb, or charge those who pick up compost a nominal fee.

Spring Cleanup: this event is traditionally held on Earth Day (April 22) but could also be held the previous weekend (April 14). Kathy/Gabe suggested the compost event could take place of the spring cleanup or be combined on the same day to simplify our busy spring event schedule. The board agreed.

Garage Sale: this event is traditionally the first weekend in May, which this year is May 4th or 5th.  At the January meeting Steve suggested investigating moving the event to September, but it’s probably too late to do so now.  Sally raised the possibility of pairing up with another neighborhood at the recent Southwest Coordinators meeting. Kingfield was not interested in a combined event but Armatage/Kenny were open to it.

Water Tower Kick-off: Possible dates include May 12 or more likely June 2.

Annual meeting: this event will be held on May 21.

Lyndale Open Streets: likely to be held on June 10th.

Sally pointed out that we have many events piling up in the April – June timeframe.  She would prefer to space them out more if possible.  The board agreed that the new committees resulting from strategic planning will take over the decisions on each of the events.

Adjourned: 8:44

Minutes submitted by Dan Williams, TNA Secretary

January 2018 Board Minutes

BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, January 15, 2017 – 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park

Board members present: Dick Fiala, Dan Williams, Joy Gottschalk, Briana Daymont, Kathy Kornblum, Gabe Moreno,  Valerie Hurst, Justin Wills, Ryan Fisher, Steve Wohlford

Board members absent: none

Also present: Sally Bauer (TNA Executive Director), Annika Brankston (Superintendent – Water Plant Operations & Maintenance), Mary Johnson (resident), Dave Breeser (resident), Jennifer Ericson (resident)

Called to order: 7:02pm

Officer Reports:

Secretary – Gabe moved to approve the November 2017 minutes, Kathy seconded. Voice vote, all in favor, motion approved.

Treasurer – Sally and Justin are meeting soon to discuss further updates to our financial protocols.  Justin is working on getting 1099s together for our 2017 contractors.  Tax implications for the recent change to our fiscal year will only require filing a short-period tax return (for June – December) and a note that we have changed our fiscal year.

Washburn Water Tower Landscaping

A resident contacted the Minneapolis Public Works Department (PWD) last year about the lack of tower grounds landscaping.  The PWD researched the issue and determined that they (through the Water Treatment and Distribution Service) are ultimately responsible for tower grounds and that staff currently perform some upkeep like mowing and trash removal.  PWD performed a site survey in mid-2017 and found overgrown plantings at base of tower.  The tower itself was restored in 2002 which is when the fence at its base was installed.  The tower hasn’t been used for water distribution for at least 15 years.  PWD is also investigating a long-term plan to turn the land over to Minneapolis Parks and Resources Board (MPRB), similar to what was done with the Prospect Park “Witches Hat” tower.

Based on the inquiry, PWD contracted Tangletown Gardens to develop a long term sustainable landscaping plan.  Total area to be landscaped would be around 2500 sq ft.  Tangletown Gardens recommended replacement of the subsoil in addition to plantings, bringing the total estimated cost to $43,000 for clearing, subsoil removal, new soil matrix, and over 400 plants.  PWD then re-evaluated the plan and discussed hardscape options but decided to partner with the neighborhood organization to help maintain and perhaps install plantings to reduce costs.

Kathy asked if there were other bids.  Annika indicated the procurement process is two parts, the first of which is a design bid (of which they received multiple responses) and second a bid for the actual construction. PWD is willing to commit the estimated $20,000 to prepare the site for plantings.  Plants and planting labor are each estimated at $12,000 for the initial plan which could be scaled down later. Dave asked how much the paver/hardscape option would be, which Annika replied would be about $10,000 for materials and labor above the aforementioned preparation costs.

The tower itself is listed on National Register of Historic Places, but this status doesn’t affect the grounds.

PWD is looking for neighborhood volunteer involvement for ongoing maintenance but no financial commitment from TNA or residents.  The PWD can help with spring cleanup via heavier equipment, but any landscape plan would require regular maintenance especially in the first three years.  Dick asked about irrigation which would likely be required during dry summers.  Volunteer commitment might involve a one-day spring cleanup every year plus a few hours every other week and occasional watering during the growing season.  If TNA were to partner with the PWD on this, they would like to help plan and participate in a kick-off event.

Sally proposed contacting neighborhood residents and adjacent property owners to gauge interest through email, flyers, possibly door knocking.  Annika is OK with delaying any decision until the February board meeting so the board can determine the impact of strategic planning on this proposal. Sally also asked whether any landscaping bid could include requirements of the contractor to help with education and continued involvement for at least the first couple years to help get the volunteer effort off the ground.  Annika indicated that it could.

Kathy and Mary suggested that PWD should look to lower the cost somehow.  Mary also suggested contacting schools to see if students are interested in volunteer opportunities.  Dick thought the tower is a unique aspect to our neighborhood and beautifying the tower should be something our organization and the neighborhood should get behind.

Hennepin County Equipment Grant

Rachel Hoben (Fuller Park manager) could not attend but asked the board to consider supporting her application for an equipment grant.  There are two grant cycles (spring & fall) that she can apply for, but applications must be done in partnership with another organization.  The next deadline is in February.  The grants provide up to $10,000 for infrastructure equipment like gymnastics equipment, soccer goals, facility improvements, etc.  Rachel indicated the most pressing need is new cabinets and countertops in the kitchen and preschool room.  The kitchen alone would be $2000 – $3500.  Other options could include wall safety mats and tumbling mats (about $1000), energy-efficient lighting ($2500 – $5000), or lawn games for the park.  

TNA would have to make a financial commitment of some kind, but grant guidelines say it “can be any amount; does not have to be half.”  Ryan asked if Rachel could instead come up with a single dollar figure to which TNA could contribute a set amount, and Rachel could then figure out which items to apply for within that amount.  Sally suggested we could vote at our strategic planning session in two weeks once we know more about our organizational priorities.

Sally’s understanding was that Rachel was looking for general interest from TNA to know whether to go ahead with research and grant preparation.  Sally will follow up with Rachel to determine priorities and investigate appropriate “match” amounts that TNA would contribute.  The board was in agreement that TNA would prefer sponsoring infrastructure improvements rather than specific equipment.

Board Recruitment

Now would be a good time to start thinking about who might be a good candidate for joining the board at our next annual meeting.  TNA bylaws allow for up to 15 seats and we currently have 10 board members.  Some members may leave or end their officer terms in the coming year.  Board members should start thinking about what roles they’d like to hold in the coming year.  Briana also noted that our strategic planning process may clarify what roles are available outside the board if a board member wishes to step down but still stay involved.

Steve would like to re-evaluate the bylaws and investigate staggering officer terms and potentially changing the number of available board seats.  Joy will send out an email to board members asking about levels of interest in various roles and time commitments.

Bylaws and Executive Director Review Task Forces

Joy proposed creating a task force to review and propose updates for bylaws.  Steve thought it would be helpful to wait until strategic planning was done since that might have an impact on bylaws.  Joy will send an email out after our last strategic planning session about this.

Joy also proposed creating a committee for our executive director’s six-month performance review in February.  Steve proposed the hiring committee should do this.  The board agreed.

Rebranding Task Force

The task force sent out an RFP and received nine responses.  The committee established evaluation criteria and independently evaluated the proposals and only after that evaluation then looked at cost.  They narrowed the selection down to four firms which they then interviewed, settling on two finalists.  Their recommendation is to move forward with Holland Wood whose proposal was lower-cost and who has done extensive work with Uptown Business Association and Uptown Art Fair.

Steve moved to accept the Holland Wood proposal with a budget of up to $10,000.  Kathy seconded.  Voice vote, all in favor, motion approved.

Executive Director Report

Event Dates: Sally will send out an email with the date details for upcoming events.  Steve would like to suggest changing date of the garage sale to align with Kingfield’s as the traditional TNA date conflicts with other events.  Ryan said that the original plan was to stagger neighborhood garage sales so adjacent neighborhood sales wouldn’t be all at the same time.  Sally will investigate what dates of other neighborhoods are.

Email Blast: Gabe will be the featured board member.  Send other topic suggestions to Sally.

Spring Newsletter: Topics should include Washburn Water Tower landscaping, the TNA Annual Meeting, and strategic planning process results.

Availability: Sally is out of town Jan 19 – 26th.  She will set an out-of-the-office auto-reply for her staff email account and info@, though Ryan will still monitor info@.

Adjourned: 8:38

Minutes submitted by Dan Williams, TNA Secretary

November 2017 Board Minutes

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

Board members present: Dick Fiala, Dan Williams, Joy Gottschalk, Briana Daymont, Ryan Fisher, Steve Wohlford, Kathy Kornblum

Board members absent: Valerie Hurst, Justin Wills, Gabe Moreno

Also present: Sally Bauer (TNA Executive Director), Rachel Hoben (Fuller Park Center Director), Jeremy Schroeder (City Councilmember-elect), Laurie McGinley (MPS Planning and Design Manager), 5 neighborhood residents

Called to order: 7:04pm

Officer Reports:

Secretary – Dick moved to approve the October 2017 minutes, Briana seconded. Voice vote, all in favor, motion approved.

Fuller Park Update

About 20 people attended the November 18th Community Craze event.  New/updated park activity guides are also available

Washburn High School Addition – Laurie McGinley

Washburn is “bursting at the seams”.  The newest science facilities are already 20 years old and the older labs are very outdated.  Inadequate facilities do not allow science teachers to teach what they’d like due to, among other things, lack of adequate ventilation.

The music wing also hasn’t been updated in a long time.  All music wing risers and flooring (which is asbestos tile) must be removed.  The ceiling will be also removed to accommodate construction for utilities for the new science wing above, and new more acoustically insulated ceiling will be added back.  The music department will move out a few weeks before the school year ends for asbestos abatement.

The already funded $7.5m project will include renovation of 2000 ft2 and convert five existing under-utilized rooms into chemistry classrooms.  A new 10,000ft2 wing will be constructed above the existing music wing on the north-west corner of the school.  Due to Washburn’s elevation, this will appear as a 3rd story from the back of the school but in reality is the second floor.  The project will also add six individual all-gender bathrooms.  The construction team hopes to choose a contractor by January, though heavy construction work will not start until school lets out in June.  Light work will begin in May.  The construction management team feels very confident about the scope of the abatement and do not expect delays.

Two bid options will be requested from contractors.  The first will be to start in June and be ready in August before the school year starts, which will require work until 10pm when the city’s noise ordinance starts.  The second option will be to start in June and be done by January 1st 2019, though this option is less than ideal due to construction noise and operations which will be distracting to students and staff during the fall semester.  The project was already bid once but that round did not work out and re-bids are necessary.

Joy asked about solar opportunities; this will not be considered for this project and they haven’t looked into structural capability for solar.

Parking lots will be re-striped resulting in a gain of a few parking spaces.  City ordinances also require screening of parking lots, which the School District will accommodate with black metal picket fence and shrubs.  Hardy shrubs will be planted as they do not have funding for long-term grounds maintenance.  The trash enclosures will be re-built with a cedar fence.  Residents attending our meeting were concerned about trash and snow plowing issues that may be exacerbated by the parking lot fence.  The architects have done a quick study of parking ramp and it simply will not fit on the lot.

Many new bike racks will also be installed on the edge of the “mall” between Washburn and Justice Page Middle School.  Four trees will be added; none will be lost.  A resident asked about energy efficiency of the project. The AC system is already adequate for the new space because it was planned with excess capacity.  They are not planning a “green roof” at this time.

A resident asked about more crosswalks given expectations about future attendance. Laurie answered that if residents are able to find volunteers to staff crosswalks near a school, the city will more than likely stripe a new crosswalk.

5th Precinct Court Watch

The city attorney for 5th precinct reached out to the board to see if TNA was interested in attending a meeting to re-start the Court Watch program in our precinct.  Briana attended the initial meeting. The Court Watch program can provide more information (like sentencing decisions) when cases are closed, and can also help in sentencing through Community Impact Statements which are read aloud in court before sentencing.  It can also help with identifying specific types/patterns of crimes through better resident feedback to the City and communication between neighborhoods.  Out of the 15 neighborhoods in the 5th precinct, representatives of only 3 neighborhoods attended, raising the question of whether there is enough critical mass to begin the program here.  We would need to ensure that enough neighborhoods participate, though the program wouldn’t get off the ground until early 2018 anyway.

Board involvement would include showing up to meetings, providing cases to track, and helping with impact statements when a case goes to court.  Briana’s biggest question was how to provide cases we want tracked; the board does not currently review cases and we don’t know where we’d get this info from.  It turns out that our police department contact (Jennifer) can add anyone on the board to the MPD action alerts for the neighborhood, which includes enough information to identify a case.

Joy and Kathy though that the program doesn’t have to be board-focused, but if so we’d have to find a neighborhood resident to be the point-person for this program.

Briana would like to reply to the City that we’d like to continue participating, to which Joy and Kathy agreed.  Steve disagreed for two reasons: he thinks the sentencing impact could be disproportionate in cases where TNA would facilitate an impact statement versus those whhere TNA wouldn’t, and also that this is not necessarily a core function of the board.  Dick thought this would be interesting to pursue from an informational standpoint if nothing else.  Joy suggested tabling until after strategic planning and then soliciting volunteers from the neighborhood for a crime/safety committee with this program as a suggested starting point to discuss.

Executive Director Report

Finances: Sally described her implementation of the new financial control policies she, Joy, and Justin have been working on.  Sally will be doing accounting (tracking money spent and handling city reimbursements), Justin will write checks and manage the bank account, and Joy will sign-off/approve based on board direction.

Fiscal Year Change: The City uses the calendar year (Jan 1 – Dec 31) as their fiscal year, while TNA’s financial year ends June 30th.  Sally proposed changing the TNA fiscal year to match the City which will make coordination and reimbursements with the City easier.  Sufficient public notice for this change was provided via social media and email newsletter per the City’s requirements.  Steve asked about the impact of a half fiscal year, Sally said there are hoops to jump through but no negative impacts.

Steve moved to change TNA bylaws to read “Section 1.  Fiscal Year. The fiscal year of TNA shall begin on the first day of January xxxx”.  Dan seconded.  Voice vote, all in favor, motion approved.

ED Reports: Sally will begin adding monthly reports to the Google Drive detailing her work and progress on various programs, events, and tasks.

Washburn Water Tower plantings: the City’s Department of Public Works want to do plantings around the tower, and will present about them at January board meeting.  Sally and Tom Balcom will meet with DPW officials this month to get more details.

New City Council Member

Steve suggested we should schedule Jeremy Schroeder for an introduction at a future board meeting.

Adjourned: 8:35

Minutes submitted by Dan Williams, TNA Secretary

October 2017 Board Meeting Minutes

BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, October 16, 2017 – 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park

Board members present: Dick Fiala, Ryan Fisher,  Dan Williams, Joy Gottschalk, Briana Daymont, Gabe Moreno, Steve Wohlford, Kathy Kornblum,

Board members absent: Valerie Hurst, Justin Wills

Also present: Sally Bauer (TNA Executive Director), Rachel Hoben (Fuller Park Center Director), Brigid Riley (TNA strategic planning consultant), Stacy Sorenson (City NRP)

Called to order: 7:04pm

Officer Reports:

Secretary – Steve moved to approve the August 2017 minutes, Dick seconded. Voice vote, all in favor, motion approved.

Treasurer – Justin, Sally, and Stacy have met to map out better financial controls for TNA. Going forward, Sally (as Executive Director)  will do accounting (eg, track money spent and handle city reimbursements), Justin (as Treasurer) will write checks and manage the bank accounts, and Joy (as President) will approve funding requests based on board direction.

Strategic Planning Update

Brigid presented the Environmental Scan Report and answered questions from the board and attendees.

Survey:  TNA conducted a neighborhood survey in mid-2017, for which there were 225 respondents.  Stacy said this was a better response rate than most neighborhoods she’s seen.  The full report will be available on the TNA website. In general, most respondents have lived in the neighborhood either 1-5 years, or 10-15 years, and over 90% are home owners.  Respondents like Tangletown’s parks, open spaces, and neighborhood character.  They are most concerned about crime, traffic, and airplane noise.  Their priorities for TNA include local business, connections with neighbors, and life-cycle housing.  Most respondents still connect with TNA through the print newsletter, though at least a quarter do so through electronic means like the e-newsletter, social media, and website.  At least half of respondents used Fuller Park in the past year.

Steve asked about digging more deeply into the responses based on demographic data.  Brigid will share the data she has, but in the interest of keeping the survey short for participation reasons, we asked only a few demographic questions and cannot analyze demographic data too deeply..

Listening Sessions: Brigid conducted six listening sessions for which 26 residents participated.  Participants generally like the neighborhood’s strong sense of community, natural environment, well-kept homes, location, walkability, physical assets (architecture, water tower, street layout), great shops, restaurant, activity level, and safety.  Challenges included traffic and parking near the schools, crime, and airplane noise.  The neighborhood could improve by fostering connections between residents, holding more events at Fuller Park, connecting residents to services, and improving the police presence and relationship.  In the future, Specific future ideas for TNA included helping to create a stronger sense of community, luminaries on winter nights, a community garden, better branding/marketing for TNA and Tangletown, and enhancing pedestrian safety.

Seniors specifically suggested they have more free time than other residents and that TNA should figure out how to capitalize on that.  Most programs are targeted at families and broadening the scope of activities would help include seniors too.  Seniors also need help staying in their homes and when they are ready to move, there’s nowhere in the neighborhood to go (eg, “life-cycle housing”).  TNA should investigate what it can do to help.

Renters wished that programs and events were more open and inclusive of singles and across the lifespan.  Many renters are long-term residents too.

Participants suggested that TNA could improve communications and feedback from residents, improve visibility of TNA and of the neighborhood, and “broaden our lens” to better achieve participation from singles, families, and all ages and cultures.

Sally reported on her meeting with Creekside Commons.  There is a very long waiting list for the 30 apartments, which shows need for more affordable housing in the neighborhood and the city of Minneapolis.  Residents are very interested in connecting with TNA to learn of events and programs, but are not very aware of what TNA does.  They would like more places to play in winter time, but are quite far from Fuller Park, so many go to Pearl Park instead.  They are interested in community events and suggested that the community room at the building could be used for these in the future.

Barbara Balcom brought up the importance of friendships and connections in health and a healthy community (eg Blue Zones) and suggested we could bring the author of Blue Zones to Fuller as a speaker.

Key Informants: Brigid conducted one-on-one interviews with key informants in the neighborhood, including the principals of Justice Page and Washburn, City Council representative John Quincy, Dylan Sirny (business owner), Matt Perry (Southwest Business Association), and Emily Goldthwaite Fries (Mayflower pastor).  Sally interviewed Amanda Tottingham (Creekside Commons building manager).  Primary issues identified include safety, trash, traffic, parking, small business climate, crime, unacknowledged diversity, educational gaps, and airplane noise.  Future issues to focus on include the needs of an aging population, lack of affordable housing, and the effect of city policies on small businesses.  TNA should be more involved with partner organizations like schools, businesses, and Creekside Commons.

Joy asked Stacy about the “spirit” of housing funds for NRP; Stacy indicated NRP funds may be utilized on  more than just capital improvements.  This includes helping residents learn how to repair homes and stay in them, tool-lending libraries, renter options, fix-it clinics,  and training programs.  Other uses like energy efficiency and landscaping are allowed by themselves, but can be a component of a larger project.  The city has a document about this, which Sally can forward around to interested board members.

Executive Director Report

Box Wraps: one artwork was not approved by the city Arts Commission; Sally is working with the artist to find the right solution.  Sally is also working with the vendor to get final measurements and layouts, so that wrapping can begin at the start of the City’s spring wrapping cycle.

Newsletter: it has been printed and will be mailed this week; Tjody wasn’t available for this newsletter, so another graphic designer was used.  Sally reports that color may be an affordable option and she will continue investigating.  Valerie and Steve will serve as editors for this newsletter.

Leaf Raking: a second annual leaf-raking event for residents in need will be held November 4th.  Sally solicited board volunteers.

Nov. e-newsletter: Sally also asked for any additional newsletter topics from board members.  Steve volunteered to be interviewed for the November board member feature.

Projector Storage

Currently stored in a board member’s house, would like to store it at Fuller.  Sally and Joy will talk with Rachel.

Adjourned: 8:32

Minutes submitted by Dan Williams, TNA Secretary

September 2017 Board Meeting Minutes

BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, September 18, 2017 – 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park

Board members present: Dick Fiala, Ryan Fisher, Justin Wills, Dan Williams, Joy Gottschalk, Briana Daymont

Board members absent: Gabe Moreno, Steve Wohlford, Kathy Kornblum, Valerie Hurst

Also present: Sally Bauer (TNA Executive Director), Rachel Hoben (Fuller Park Center Director), Tom Balcom (neighborhood historian), Barbara Balcom, Brigid Riley (TNA strategic planning consultant)

Called to order: 7:05pm

Officer Reports:

Secretary – Dick moved to approve the August 2017 minutes, Ryan seconded. Voice vote, all in favor, motion approved.

Treasurer – TNA received a CPP reimbursement for the January – June period of about $20,000 and an NRP advance of $10,000 for NRP contracts for the Justice Page school sign and LaMac Cleaners expenses.  Justin is working on TNA’s taxes and also presented a draft profit & loss (P&L) statement for the May 31 2016 – May 31 2017 period.  TNA has a cash balance of about $30,000.

Dan moved to approve the P&L, Ryan seconded. Voice vote, all in favor, motion approved.

Partner Announcements

Rachel Hoben: the Fuller park gym has new blinds, will get a new basketball hoop, and have wall mats added.  Fall programs starting soon include guitar on Wednesdays, new pottery classes, and some new Friday preschool programs.  Rachel is in the midst of planning January – May 2018 programs and any input requested.

Executive Director Report

Air quality program: MPCA came to the Southwest coordinators meeting and shared info about this program; they received a grant from the MN state legislature to put air quality monitors in every ZIP code of Minneapolis and St. Paul, and sought feedback for best places to put them.  The monitors must be 8ft off the ground, and MPCA prefers to place monitors in places people will be out-and-about (eg, parks, schools, outdoor rec areas) to measure air pollution there.  They will evaluate the data later and make recommendations to improve air quality.  Sally representated TNA; she and Lynnhurst suggested 50th + Burroughs as a good spot.

Legislative Information Management System: the City contacted TNA to make us aware of their online system into which legislative information is entered.  The system is meant to bring visibility to the schedules and agendas of advisory boards and committees.  TNA may invite a city representative to demonstrate the system to a future board meeting.  Sally will follow up.

Zero Waste: the City has released a draft zero waste plan and is looking for feedback.  There will be a meeting at Sabathani Community Center on September 21st 6-8pm to learn more and provide feedback as well as an online survey.

Court Watch: the City is looking for a representative from TNA to participate in a to-be-defined program for the southern part of 5th precinct to discuss safety issues (eg prosecutions, crimes, problematic things in the neighborhood).  Ryan indicated that this program also solicits neighborhoods for input as to the impact of various crimes in the neighborhood when a case goes to trial.  A Tangletown Court Watch representative would reach out to neighbors for public comment should that situation arise.  The group would have monthly meetings. Sally will follow up for more details.  Perhaps our 5th precinct contact Jennifer Weisinen could notify us when something needs attention.

Review e-mail Accounts

A couple accounts listed on the website are not being monitored, including board@, president@, vice-president@, secretary@, and some event-specific ones (4th, garage, home tour).  Sally will remove all accounts except info@ from the website.  She will also delete the treasurer@, vice-president@, editor@, and secretary@ accounts, but keep president@ and board@.

Utility Box Wraps

Dan submitted the application for wrapping 7 utility boxes with the previously solicited and selected art to the City before the August 30th deadline.  The Minneapolis Arts Commission met just before this TNA board meeting and we expect to heard their decision on our application soon.

Strategic Planning

Neighborhood Survey: – Survey was completed in August and winners were drawn at the last board meeting. Brigid sent the gift card in the mail already.

Key informant interviews: six completed and one outstanding

Focus groups: our first two had low attendance but we received input via email from others who could not attend. Because turnout was low we’ll add another open listening session on evening of Tuesday Oct 3 at Fuller park with a 5:30 pizza dinner and discussion at 6pm.  Childcare will be available.  The cost will be covered from the existing strategic planning budget except for any promotional costs (postcards, flyers, etc).

Brigid will summarize the survey, key informant interviews, and listening session data over the next month and make a report at the October meeting.  She will schedule the first board workshop after coordinating schedules with board members.

Sally proposed a more focused promotion effort for the October 3rd listening session.  She compiled a list of residents who have had focused interaction with TNA (block leaders, National Night Out organizers, and Organics Captains) and created postcards for board members to hand deliever to these residents’ homes.

Leaf Raking

Dan moved to budget $200 for a leaf raking event at a to-be-determined date this fall.  Sally will organize.

September E-mail List Topics

Topics will include Open Streets Nicollet on September 24th, the City’s Zero Waste report, Fuller Park programs, and an introduction of Sally as the TNA Executive Director.  Sally also suggested a meet-the-board-member feature each month starting in October; Dick volunteered to be first.  Sally will also add a thanks to residents who have participated in the strategic planning process.

Justice Page Sign

Ryan will follow up on the status of new sign; the existing one seems to still be in-place though somewhat refurbished.

Fall Newsletter

The board discussed whether to continue the print newsletter and decided to do so.  Other topics could include:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Events/4th of July wrap-up with photos
  • A follow-up on the rain gardens project, including perhaps a picture and story.
  • Utility box wraps progress
  • Justice Page school name change and sign
  • La Mac cleaners PERC-free grant
  • New Fuller park programs

Dan moved to budget up to $2750 for fall newsletter, Briana second.  Voice vote, all in favor, motion approved.

Adjourned: 8:31

Minutes submitted by Dan Williams, TNA Secretary

August 2017 Board Meeting Minutes

BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, August 21, 2017 – 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park

Board members present: Kathy Kornblum, Valerie Hurst, Gabe Moreno, Steve Wohlford, Dick Fiala, Ryan Fisher, Justin Wills

Board members absent: Dan Williams, Joy Gottschalk, Briana Daymont

Also present: Sally Bauer (TNA Executive Directory), Rachel Hoben (Fuller Park manager)

Called to order: 7:05pm

Officer Reports:

Secretary – The board moved to accept the July 2017 minutes. Voice vote, all in favor, motion approved.

Treasurer – Justin will sign checks to our utility box wraps artists and give them to Ryan, who will give them to Dan for distribution to the artists. Justin is also requesting reimbursement of funds from CPP of approximately $20,000.  He will process our taxes in September.

In recent mail, TNA received a donation check from the Minneapolis Foundation, an offer from the city to explain ranked-choice voting, and a letter from our State Farm insurance agent wondering if TNA would like to continue terrorism insurance.

Justin reports total funds of approximately $15,500 across all accounts, and anticipates about $11,000 of spending for utility box wrap artwork this month, and a reimbursement of $20,000 from the city soon.

New Executive Director

Sally Bauer was introduced to the board as our new executive director.  She was offered and accepted the position the week of August 14th and her first official day in the position was August 21st, though her responsibilities won’t really start until she is able to meet with Joy for onboarding next week.

Utility Box Wraps

Dan was unable to attend, but the program is moving forward based on the artist check distribution.

Strategic Planning

Brigid has completed 3 of 7 key informant interviews.  She is requesting introductions to the remaining key informants, which Ryan will facilitate. She will soon schedule an October extended planning meeting for the board.

Our neighborhood survey had 225 responses at close and will be removed from the TNA web site.  Survey response gift card winners are Charlie Hastings and Rona Cuccia (Kowalski’s) and Leah Sweet Slicker and Sandra Schulte (restaurants).

Fuller Park

Rachel reports that there is a new pre-school teacher (with three remaining slots), the gym has new flooring, and there are new kid and adult class offerings and youth sports teams.

National Night Out

Gabe and Kathy made direct contact at most block parties, introducing TNA and requesting survey responses.

Learning Lab

Valerie attempted to attend an NCR program to boost board engagement but the session was standing-room only.

Fall Newsletter

Preliminary topics could include strategic planning updates and survey results and the introduction of Sally as TNA ED.  Timeline is still to be determined.

Adjourned: 8:00pm

Minutes submitted by Ryan Fisher and Dan Williams, TNA Secretary

July 2017 Board Meeting Minutes

BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, July 17, 2017 – 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park

Board members present: Ryan Fisher, Dick Fiala, Dan Williams, Joy Gottschalk, Steve Wohlford, Briana Daymont, Gabe Moreno, Justin Wills, Kathy Kornblum, Valerie Hurst

Board members absent: none

Called to order: 7:04pm

Officer Reports:

Secretary – Valerie moved to approve the June 2017 minutes.  Steve seconded. Voice vote, all in favor, motion approved.

Treasurer – 4th of July event collections totaled $3,111, less $250 seed money.  Justin would like to tighten monetary control at TNA events through better procedure and cashier accountability.  TNA also received a notice from the IRS for not filing a required postcard certification that TNA has not met a certain amount of gross receipts.  Justin sent that in but we haven’t gotten a response yet.  We should clarify with Stacy if/when our city reimbursements and/or TNA revenue are more than $50,000, at which point we need to file additional IRS forms.

 Our available funds are diminished due to the LaMac Cleaners and Justice Page school sign grants totaling $10,000.  Justin will begin the process of reimbursements for those expenses from the city NRP/CPP funds to build our available funds back up in anticipation of upcoming expenses for strategic planning and utility box wraps.


Box Wraps: TNA would like to cooperate with the Lynnhurst in wrapping a utility box near Burroughs elementary school.  The Lynnhurst board agrees in principle and will contribute $650 towards box wrapping expenses while TNA will pay the artist honorarium.  Dan sent detailed box measurements to a few of the artists who expressed interest in more precisely laying out their work on boxes.  He has quotes from one vendor for the wrapping process itself, and will put together the City Arts Board submission by the end of August.  We should also mail honorarium checks to artists by the end of the month.

4th of July: The event drew an estimated 400-500 people, a “huge crowd” according to Kathy.  Of the $4,000 budget, $2,485.55 was spent and receipts totaled $3,111 for a net of $625.45.  Expenses include face painting, the band, bounce house, giant slide, and other rentals, and the snow cone machine which was donated to the park.

Strategic Planning: the committee met before board meeting to review progress.  At a high level view, the summer focus is on data gathering (survey, focus groups, key informant interviews), fall focus is on planning (analyzing the input and deciding direction/barriers/process, and creating plan), winter focus is on sharing results back to community and driving participation from residents.  The survey has 130 responses so far, but our goal is at least 200 responses (about 10% of residents).

Executive Director: there are 13 applications so far.  The hiring committee is meeting Thursday to decide which candidates to interview in-person.

Tree Bags

The green bags on new trees are installed by the city but residents are responsible for filling them.  Steve reports that most he’s seen are empty.  He suggested that TNA should encourage residents to fill them.  Ryan will post a note on Nextdoor, and a post should go out on Facebook org as well.  Steve will put together a paper note that could be attached to bags as well.

National Night Out

This year’s date is August 1st.  This was too short of a notice to organize compostable supply distributions, but board members should distribute neighborhood survey slips at block parties around their area if they are able. Gabe and Kathy said they would definitely be able to do so.

Lyndale Open Streets

Applications for participation for 2018 are due in September.  Dick will meet with other neighborhoods in August to discuss improvements and put the application together.  Board agreed we would like to participate next year.

Adjourned: 7:54

Minutes submitted by Dan Williams, TNA Secretary