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

June 2017 Board Meeting Minutes

BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, June 19, 2017 – 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park

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

Board members absent: Justin Wills

Also Present: Stacy Sorenson (Minneapolis Neighborhood Specialist), Rachel Hoban

Called to order: 7:03pm

Officer Reports:

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

LaMac Perc-Free Update

LaMac’s owner has obtained and installed the new equipment and now Tangletown is PERC free.  TNA still needs to get the funds to the City who is administering the grant.  Stacy suggested that the City enter into an agreement with the Health Department to pay the funds rather than TNA doing so directly, and the grant amount would be deducted from an appropriate TNA CPP strategy fund.  Stacy will check with her finance person to make sure this is OK.  LaMac would also like to schedule a thank-you/media opportunity in mid-July.  Kathy will attend for Tangletown.

Passing of Board Member Andrew Buss

Board member Andrew Buss recently passed away.  Ryan will communicate obituary details to board members and organize memorial funds from individual board members.

Officer Elections

Kathy proposed changing the bylaws to allow officers who have to suddenly leave the neighborhood to finish out their term.  Stacy will ask her city contacts if this is OK.  Officers were not elected during the annual meeting to preserve board continuity and institutional knowledge.  However, as some officers have completed their term, they will stand for election during this meeting.  All officers offered to vacate their positions if other board members wished to take over, but there were no challengers.

Steve moved to re-elect Joy as president, Kathy seconded. Voice vote, all in favor, motion approved.

Dan moved to re-elect Kathy as vice-president, Valerie seconded.  Voice vote, all in favor, motion approved.

Briana moved to re-elect Justin as treasurer, Dick seconded.  Voice vote, all in favor, motion approved.

Ryan moved to re-elect Dan as secretary, Valerie seconded.  Voice vote, all in favor, motion approved.


Lyndale Open Streets: Dick indicated this was the most successful Open Streets yet, with the Minneapolis Bike Coalition estimating that 45,000 people participated.  The event stretched from Franklin Ave down to 54th.  TNA had a tent on Minnehaha creek bridge along with other neighborhood associations.  Ruth Olson (coordinator for Lynhurst and Kenny) spent time organizing the neighborhood area including Tangletown as TNA has no coordinator at this time.  The Lynnhurst and Kenny neighborhoods asked TNA for a partial reimbursement for Ruth’s time.  Justin suggested covering 20% of her $2,000 billed amount.  Dick moved to reimburse Lynnhurst $400; Ryan seconded.  Voice vote, motion approved.

Dick will meet with other neighborhoods to recap and brainstorm improvements for next year.  Joy will create a Google Doc for those improvements and send the link around to board members.

4th of July:

Ryan requested a $4,000 budget on behalf of the 4th of July committee.  This amount pays for rentals, supplies, reimbursement of the band, prize giveaways, volunteer t-shirts, etc.  Volunteer sign-up is open and is hosted through Parks & Recreation website.  Brigid reports a postcard will be going out this week.  More social media posting should be done.  Ryan posted the event and volunteer requests on Nextdoor and Facebook.  The event should be added to the TNA Facebook Organization page as well.

Ryan moved to approve a $4,000 budget for the 4th of July event. Steve seconded. Voice vote, all in favor, none opposed.  Motion approved.

Strategic Planning:

Our community survey was live on June 3rd and has received 97 responses so far.  Notice was sent out via the email list, Facebook, our Lyndale Open Streets table and the TNA website.  Brigid will schedule the seven key informant interviews for July and August.  Her recruitment for focus groups (youth, seniors, renters) will also take place in July and groups will be held in August. Neighborhood meetings will be hosted in August or September at a local business.

New Board Member Onboarding

Stacy gave an intro and update on CPP/NRP for new board members.  Joy also compiled and presented an overview of regular TNA events to make it clearer when our activities and events occur.  Joy also demonstrated Google Drive.

Executive Director

A majority of the board met the previous week to discussed staffing issues and crafted a proposal for hiring an executive director.  The executive director would take a larger role than our previous coordinators have, 20 – 30 hours a week, $25-35/hour, contractor status.  Stacy was OK with contractor status though many neighborhood organizations hire executive directors as employees.

Kathy moved to accept the proposal to hire an executive director with contractor status for 20 – 30 hrs/week at $25-35/hour.  Steve secondex.  All in favor, motion approved.

The hiring committee will be Briana, Dan, Gabe, Ryan, and Joy.

Adjourned: 8:30

Minutes submitted by Dan Williams, TNA Secretary

May 2017 Board Meeting Minutes

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

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

Board members absent: Sandra Bartsias, Eric David, Joy Glasser, Steve Bieringer, Andrew Buss, Briana Daymont

Also Present: Brigid Riley (Interim TNA Coordinator and strategic planning consultant), Councilmember John Quincy, Rachel Hoben (Fuller Park manager), Stacy Sorenson (Minneapolis CPP/NRP contact), Aron Khoury (strategic planning committee member), and 30 other attendees

Called to order: 7:20pm

Introduction to TNA

Joy gave a short presentation about the history, mission, and purpose of the Tangletown Neighborhood Association, the sources of our funding, and the structure of the organization.  She also listed major accomplishments/initiatives since the last meeting in June 2016, which include events like the garage sale, 4th of July at Fuller Park, community leaf-raking, box wraps, organics recycling, National Night Out compostables distribution, the rain gardens partnership with Metro Blooms, the Adopt-a-Storm-Drain program, and our community partnerships with Fuller Park, the business facade grant program, LaMac cleaners conversion to non-PERC equipment, and the Ramsey Middle School sign grant.

TNA officers presented students and teachers of Ramsey (now Justice Page Middle School) with a $5,000 ceremonial check  to represent TNA’s grant in support of a new sign for the school.

Looking forward to 2017/2018, TNA will participate in Lyndale Open Streets on June 4th with a neighborhood hub near the Lyndale Ave. bridge across Minnehaha Creek.  The Lynhurst, Kenny, and Window neighborhoods are also participating due to the event’s expansion south to 54th Street.

Neighborhood historian Tom Balcom noted that he will conduct two neighborhood history events.  He will give a talk on early neighborhood history and lead a walking tour on Saturday June 20th at 10:30am starting at the Washburn Library.  He will also conduct a Preserve Minneapolis tour on June 14th starting at the Library for which there is a $10 fee.  Tom is also happy to attend neighbor-organized gatherings to speak about the neighborhood and its history.

Officer Reports:

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

Board Elections

Officers won’t be standing for election at this meeting for continuity reasons but all other board seats are open; existing board members who wish to return are running for their current seats and were asked to give a short introduction and summary of why they wish to be re-elected.  Ballots were distributed including the names of non-executives board members and space to write in new candidates from the attendees.  Mary Jane read a statement from Andrew Buss and Ryan spoke about Briana Daymont, both of whom could not attend this meeting.  Attendee Valerie Hurst nominated herself for election; she works at Hennepin County, has a background in non-profit organizations, and has been involved with Open Streets in the past.  Attendee Steve Wohlford nominated himself; he is an 18 year resident of the neighborhood and works as an architect.  Attendee Gabe Moreno nominated himself, indicating he is looking for ways to get involved and be a larger part of the community.  Rachel Hoban and Stacy Sorenson collected and tabulated ballots.

Strategic Planning

Aron Khoury introduced the strategic planning initiative. At its heart, TNA is a vehicle to address very local issues.  Strageic planning is the process that we will use to figure out what the neighborhood needs and how to address those issues.  It is an opportunity to engage on issues important to everyone in the neighborhood.

Brigid gave a short presentation on the strategic planning process and its five major components.  First, the “hearing from you” component will include a neighborhood survey, focus groups, listening sessions for residents, special interviews of key neighborhood people, and a neighborhood input meeting.  The second part, “imagining the future” will determine where we all want the neighborhood and TNA to be in the future.  Next, “what’s getting in the way” will determine what is preventing us from enabling that future, while “setting our directions” will determine what we as a neighborhood and board need to do to get where we want to be.  Finally, “focus on moving ahead” will develop concrete, actionable steps over the next two years to get there.

Brigid then conducted a short exercise for attendees, asking them to discuss four questions in small groups and then collect results as a full group.  Those questions and the results were:

What do you love about Tangledown?

The parks & Minneahaha creek, able to walk to anything, that “Tangletown” not simply a grid, the hills/trees/water, beautiful homes, very friendly, the watertower, fairly good transit access, a diversity of housing (income levels, apartments, business, etc), and diversity of people.

What would you include in 30 second commercial?

Everything from #1, small businesses, gardens, easy access to other parts of the city, little free libraries

What’s missing?

Nice ride stations, “hour cars”, a small activity park along the creek (jungle gyms, basketball, etc), community message board, community garden, nice watertower landscaping, more diversity (including housing)

What would you like to see more of?

Trash/pet waste cans in more places, community involvement, allow measured change through controlled growth, welcome resources for new residents including renters, and more diversity of small business, more corner stores

Election Results

Existing non-executive board members Ryan Fisher, Dick Fiala, Andrew Buss, and Briana Daymont were re-elected; all other existing non-executive board members declined to stand for election again.  Newly nominated candidates Valerie Hurst, Steve Wohlford, and Gabe Moreno were also elected.  Continuing officers are Joy Gottschalk (president), Kathy Kornblum (vice-president), Justin Wills (treasurer), and Dan Williams (secretary).

Kathy made a motion to accept the result of the ballots, Ryan seconded.  Voice vote, all in favor, none opposed, motion approved.


Gabe drew names for the raffle of organics compost kitchen bins.  Valerie Hurst, Gabe Moreno, Jessica Barth, Katie Anthony, Adam Hendrickson, and Aron Khoury won.

Adjourned: 8:29
Minutes submitted by Dan Williams, TNA Secretary