Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska-Harriet Master Plan: comment through March 4th

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Draft Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska-Harriet Master Plan available for public review and comment

Public comments will be accepted until March 4 via online survey, paper survey or direct email or phone call to the project manager.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is seeking comments on a draft of the Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska-Harriet Master Plan. This document will create a 25-year vision for Lake Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska, Lake Harriet, and surrounding parkland within Minneapolis Chain of Lakes Regional Park.

The draft Master Plan is the result of 18 months of community-based planning and design. Public comments will be accepted until March 4, 2017.

The plan is available online on the Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska-Harriet Master Plan project page. Printed copies of the plan along with paper surveys will be available after Jan. 25 at each of the 13 recreation centers located in southwest Minneapolis, MPRB headquarters and the Walker, Linden Hills, and Washburn libraries. Community members may comment by filling out a brief online survey, a printed survey at one of the locations referenced above or by emailing or phoning the project manager listed below.

At the conclusion of the open comment period, MPRB staff will catalog and categorize each public comment to assess its impact to plan. The comments will be taken into consideration by the Board of Commissioners when considering approval after a public hearing on the plan.

Once approved by the Board of Commissioners, the plan will be submitted to the Metropolitan Council for review and adoption. Future funding of capital improvements at the two lakes and surrounding parkland is contingent upon a Met Council adopted master plan.

The first round of improvements identified in the plan will begin in spring 2017.

Español: 612-230-6573 | preguntas@minneapolisparks.org

Soomaali: 612-230-6574 | suaalo@minneapolisparks.org

CONTACT:
Deb Bartels
Project Manager
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
612-230-6438
dbartels@minneapolisparks.org

Renaming Ramsay School

Photo courtesy of http://rms.mpls.k12.mn.us/

A student-led campaign to rename Alexander Ramsey Middle School in Minneapolis is underway. The school community is exploring the history of Alexander Ramsey and searching for a new name that would better reflect our values and inspire our students.

Mark your calendars for the next Community Voices Event: What should be the name of our school?

Tuesday February 28th 6:00pm dinner then program at 6:30

All are invited-neighbors, alumni, students, families, historians & community leaders! At Ramsey Middle School on 50th St. & Nicollet Ave. Dinner & childcare provided. Come for a presentation by students outlining our top new name choices as submitted and chosen by the Ramsey Middle School community. Then attendees will participate in small group-listening sessions to discuss their name preferences.

Please RSVP to paul.sommers@mpls.k12.mn.us or elissa.cedarleafdahl@mpls.k12.mn.us for dinner/childcare

Learn more at http://renamerms.weebly.com/

Call for Artists!

Utility Box Example

The Tangletown Neighborhood Association (TNA) is seeking Minneapolis artists to submit designs for utility box wraps in the Tangletown neighborhood in south Minneapolis. The program is open to professional artists living or working in the Tangletown neighborhood or the City of Minneapolis. TNA will also consider art students (or teams of arts students) living in or attending school in the Tangletown neighborhood, provided their arts teacher will mentor the student(s) through the process. Selected artists will be paid a small honorarium.

For details, please review the full description of the project and submission requirements here. Deadline for applications is February 28, 2017.

Questions? Email us at info@tangletown.org

Tangletown is Hiring!

The Tangletown Neighborhood Association (TNA) is seeking a neighborhood Coordinator.

  • Part time (~20 hours/week)
  • Flexible hours (some evening meetings)
  • Contractor status, $30/hour

TNA is a board of volunteers from the neighborhood who help organize events, programs, and outreach, with the goal of strengthening our community and enhancing quality of life for our neighbors.  

We are looking for a Coordinator who can take board ideas and run with them to make things happen.  We need someone who is organized and has great ability to follow through with little to no supervision.  The Coordinator works closely with our volunteer board members and officers, and is a key part of the team.  Beyond interacting with board members and neighborhood residents, the Coordinator will have a great support system via the Southwest Coordinators group and various City contacts.  

Our ideal Coordinator will …

  • Enjoy interacting with neighbors, building relationships, and managing events.
  • Think it’s fun to manage our communication, (social media, website, e-newsletter, etc.).
  • Love to be organized and make sure things don’t fall through the cracks.
  • Be a quick learner and share opportunities they see for improvement.
  • Help identify and execute board strategy.
  • Find satisfaction in contributing to our local community.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Attend monthly TNA meetings, generally evenings after 6pm.
  • Coordinate volunteer efforts for various TNA events.
  • Maintain and develop tangletown.org website.
  • Expand and distribute eNewsletter and social media communications.
  • Coordinate paper newsletter creation and draft content.
  • Monitor TNA email account, PO box, and reply to correspondence as needed.
  • Develop annual calendar of board actions and activities that outlines decision making timelines for successful events & activities. Assist in scheduling meetings to meet the outlined deadlines.
  • Manage partnerships with the City of Minneapolis, other neighborhoods and neighborhood schools as directed.
  • Produce, manage, and submit reports, grants and contracts.
  • Support Treasurer in managing TNA Finances
  • Attend relevant meetings to represent TNA and its initiatives as directed.
  • Report to and communicate with TNA Board contact(s) and submit bi-weekly report.

Qualifications:

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, (feel free to include samples of work).
  • Strong organizational skills to manage and coordinate all aspects of responsibilities.
  • Ability and willingness to travel locally.
  • Familiarity with basic web design and major social media platforms.

To apply, email resume and references to info@tangletown.org

November is Water Quality Month in Tangletown!

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November is Water Quality Month in Tangletown!

FREE Water Quality Forum at Fuller Park – November 1st

Join us Tuesday, November 1st for an evening forum with Leslie Yetka from the Fresh Water Society.  Leslie will discuss water quality issues in urban areas and strategies for residents to mitigate their impacts and protect our waterways. The forum takes place at Fuller Park (4800 Grand Ave S) – doors open at 6:30pm and the forum starts at 7:00pm.

Volunteer for Neighborhood Leaf Raking – November 5th

Many of our neighbors struggle to rake their leaves each fall – you can make a huge difference by volunteering on Saturday, November 5th from 12:30-3pm.  Grab your rake or leaf blower, meet at Fuller Park (4800 Grand Ave S) to grab a cookie and some hot apple cider, and head out for a fun afternoon.  This is a great family service activity and children and youth are very welcome to participate.  Sign up as a team or individually and we can assign you to a team.  When finished with leaf raking, volunteers are encouraged to enjoy the Water Quality Fair. 

For those who have requested help with leaf raking, a team of volunteers will come in the afternoon on Saturday, November 5th.  

Water Quality Fair – November 5th

The Water Quality Fair takes place on November 5th from 1:30-4:00pm at Fuller Park.  Stop by to play games, talk to water resource specialists, check out interactive exhibits, learn how to protect our water resources through simple home practices, and grab a hot beverage and snacks.  Exhibitors from Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, Westwood Consulting, the Master Water Steward Program, the Wetland Health Evaluation Program, Tangletown Neighborhood Association, and City of Minneapolis Adopt-a-Drain program will be present at the fair.  This is a FREE event, so please bring friends and family and help make Tangletown the most water-smart community in Minneapolis! There will also be door prizes!

Tangletown Adopt a Storm Drain.

Oooh! Pretty Streets!

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Spring = Street Sweeping!

Here’s the info you need:
Weather permitting, an annual rite of spring in Minneapolis is scheduled to begin Tuesday, April 14. Drivers should watch for temporary “No Parking” signs along these streets to avoid a ticket and tow.
Through May 8, temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance to make sure streets are clear of parked vehicles. Drivers need to follow street sweep parking rules or they may have their cars ticketed and towed to the Minneapolis Impound Lot.
Phone calls to residents – In addition to the “No Parking” signs that will be posted the day before sweepers come through, the City will make about 3,500 automated phone calls each evening to let residents know their street will be swept the next day.

Interactive Web tool – There’s a tool on the City’s Web site to find out when the sweeping crews are coming through their neighborhoods. Residents can go to www.minneapolismn.gov/publicworks/streetsweeping and click on “street sweeping schedule lookup,” to find out which week a street is scheduled to be swept. The weekend before that week, they can revisit the Web site to find out which day of the week the street is scheduled to be swept.

· Videos – Street sweeping is explained in English, Hmong, Somali and Spanish in short videos that can be watched at www.YouTube.com/cityofminneapolis and on City cable channels 14 and 79. Residents who have friends or neighbors who speak these languages are encouraged to share links to the videos.
o English: See how and why Minneapolis sweeps streets and what you can do to help keep streets and waterways clean.
o Spanish: Vea en este video de las series “Sabia Usted” como y porque Minneapolis barre las calles y limpia las vias fluviales.
o Somali: Ka daawo fiidyowga taxanaha… ee Minneapolis ee loo yaqaan “Ma Ogtahay” siyaabaha iyo sababaha minneapolis jidadka ay u xaaqido oo ogow sidii aad uga caawin lahayd ilaalinta nadaafada jidadka iyo biyo mareenada.
o Hmong: Yog xav paub ntxiv, sais nroog Minneapolis cov tshooj xov xwm hu, “Koj pos paub.”
Residents should not push leaves, grass clippings, or other debris into City streets – it’s bad for our lakes and waterways and it’s against the law. Anything that goes down a storm drain flows directly into our lakes and river, and decomposing plant material in the water encourages the growth of harmful aquatic plants and algae.

Spring/Summer 2015 Newsletter

Click the link below to view Tangletown Neighborhood Association’s Spring/Summer Newsletter.

Details on all the ways to participate in the 2015 Tangletown Garage Sales – drawing in buyers from all around!

4th of July festivities

Annual Meeting information

All you need to know about our terrific Tangletown!

2015 Newsletter

Green Day 2015

Green Day Tangletown

Join us for Tangletown’s 2nd annual Green Day event!

Workshops, demos, children’s art activity, door prizes, pizza & cookies. Learn about keeping our bees healthy, home energy improvements, biking safety, rain gardens, composting, rain barrels, aquaponics, natural yard care, the City of Minneapolis’s organics recycling program and more.

Workshop schedule:
*11:30am – Healthy Bees. Healthy Lives, Beez Kneez LLC
*12:30pm – Organics Recycling, City of Mpls/Tangletown Neighborhood Association

2013 August 19 TNA Board Meeting Minutes

BOARD MEETING MINUTES –  Monday, August 19, 2013 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park

Board members present: Ryan Fisher – President, Carolyn Dungan – Secretary, Sandra Bartsias – Treasurer, Lauren Anderson, Karen Costello, Eric David, Mary Jane Mitchell, Tony Proell, Dylan Sirny

Also present:  Carol Anderson (Fuller Park), Tom Balcom (Historian), Don Hall (resident for Fuller plaque),  John Quincy (Councilman),

1. Call to Order 7:06

2.  Fuller Park plaque update, park grant – Tom Balcom reported that he has contacted Mark Caplan for a reference on this project.  Mark Caplan oversaw the implementation of the plane crash plaque on Emerson & 27th.    Tjody is working with him and the Minneapolis Park Board and the application should be ready to submit this week.  The Park Board gave guidance on the material for plaque as well as how to attach it to the rock.  Ginger Cannon with the Minneapolis Park Board is now our contact for this project.

In regard to the historical pamphlet, Tom reported that it will be completed in time for the dedication of the plaque and the presentation in October.  The plan is to print 200 booklets – maybe 50 for the dedication and have the others available at the park.    John Quincy added that Windom had similar booklets and provided them in the welcome baskets and then sold them for $3.00.  John will provide a Windom booklet to Tom as an example.  Tom will work with Steve to see if Park Board needs to approve the booklet and verify facts.

3.  Tangletown water tower project proposal – Tom contacted Tangletown Gardens regarding improving the tower grounds.  They discussed putting together a committee with someone from the city water department and a couple of people in the neighborhood and maybe board members.  There is spot lighting of the tower and when lights go out it is reported to the city water department  to replace bulbs.  Lighting of the lower level and the plants would be a new investment.  Tom reported that we will need a plan for short-term and long-term responsibilities for Tangletown Gardens, TNA and the city based on a partnership for the project.   Ryan stated that the TNA board can contribute to initial project with very little to earmark for ongoing maintenance.   The city water works does the upkeep of mowing and we could possibly partner with them on maintenance of plantings.  Tom also suggested a small plaque at bottom of the sidewalk too to draw people up.  Ryan will put out a Facebook call for residents to participate on the committee.  He’ll run it by Tom before posting it.

4. Partnership development with Washburn High School – There was a meeting Tuesday to review the new WHS scoreboard plan for a redesigned scoreboard proposed on South end of field.  Representatives from School District and the Interim Athletic director and assistant principal were there to support the new plan.  The presentation was straight forward and there was low attendance at the meeting.  Other concerns that were raised include use of field, sound levels and light pollution.  This led into other topics regarding neighborhood issues affected by the school.    This meeting was set up by the district to present the current plan and to have neighborhood engagement.   There are no city ordinances for scoreboards – height and brightness of light are the only parameters that city controls.   The current proposal is for a scoreboard total height of approximately 25 feet high.  It’s still an issue as to where to put it.  TNA wants to partner with the school on this and other issues such as PA volume, communications to neighborhood as to events on the field, hours, etc.   It would be nice to have someone from WHS to meet with board and someone from TNA on the WHS site council.  John feels district should give reasons as to why they are placing the scoreboard where they propose it.  We can give our concerns and respond to it.  Won’t happen for fall – the zoning administration of city staff need to approve the placement, height and brightness of light.  Ad sponsorship was removed.  They will continue to use the current “wheel out” scoreboard until the permanent one is installed.   The previous permanent scoreboard was removed when they began the installment of the permanent one.

John will request the involvement of NCR to help facilitate a committee to establish policies regarding the hours of use and sound levels for the scoreboard as well as other issues such as parking, transit, litter, art issues, urban farm, bees, band, etc.  Residents, TNA board members, school board member Tracine Asburry and WHS and Ramsey representatives should be included on the committee.

Ryan will report back on this next meeting.

5. Neighborhood Priority Plan supporting 54th and Lyndale Special Services District – NCR was going to review the plan before it reached city council.  Matt Perry is meeting with business partners to get them interested.

6.  Pool shade update – Ryan delivered Steve’s update on pool shades stating that the Minneapolis Park board has said the project will not happen this year.

7. TNA survey preliminary results review – Ryan will schedule another committee meeting within the next month and involve NCR to follow up on survey results.  We’ve been working off an old NRP phase II plan so it will be good to update.   Sandra, Eric, Lauren, Mary Jane and Carolyn are all interested in reviewing survey results.  Mary Jane volunteered to do the drawing and deliver the prizes for survey respondents.    Ryan reported that there were a total of 89 responses to the survey.

8. Secretary report – The Board minutes of the July 15, 2013 meeting were posted on the TNA website for Board approval.

Upon motion duly made, seconded and unanimously adopted, the minutes were approved as presented.

9. Treasurer report – The association has not spent any money since the last meeting.   Sandra is setting up a direct withdrawal account with the post office to facilitate future mailings.  Sandra reported that we have not yet gotten billed by Diamond Lake Rental for the 4th of July event.  Sandra reported that the Diamond Lake post office now closes at 5pm whereas it used to be 6:30.

10. Committee Reports –

Arts – John Quincy offered Mary Peterson’s help with the Utility Box project and getting an extension on our grant and also getting through any other city requirements.  The Gateway project has moved forward and they have updated their website.  John will provide another report on it next month.

Communications – Did not meet.  No report.

NPR – Mary Jane and Sandra are meeting tomorrow to discuss extending the time frame for using our business façade grant funds that expired in December.  The question was posed whether we want to renew and get another funding.   It was agreed that we should evaluate the program and look at what worked and what didn’t.

Environment/Sustainability – Regarding the WHS Urban Farm, ECO education is having issues and TNA will follow up on how to ensure that $1,000 of grant money paid to ECO education is recovered and applied to the WHS Urban Farm project or another WHS project.  Lauren, Eric and Carolyn will try to find out more information.  Mary Jane went to the Lynhurst and Armatage festivals and noted that the sustainability committees had nice tables.  Lynhurst and Armatage would like to partner with us on sustainability issues.  It was reported that three groups are working on a project involving the creek – Lynhurst, Windom and Fulton – and it was agreed that Tangletown should also be involved.

Business – Dylan had to leave early.  No report.

11. Partner and other announcements –

Ryan posed the question to John Quincy whether TNA has a new NCR representative yet.  John reported that no one has been hired yet for that position, but when they are, they will report to him.   Our previous representative, Lance Knuckles received a promotion.

John Quincy – One Minneapolis One Read book has been established and he will present it at next month’s meeting.

On August 27th at 6pm Congressman Ellis will present on the airport issues at WHS.

The city budget was presented last week and includes a negative one percent tax levy.  The next two months will be spent perfecting the budget.

Carole Anderson – Fuller Park has a book club the 2nd Wednesday of every month at Washburn Library.  Fuller Park is now working with Lynhurst, Armatage, Pershing, Linden Hills and Kenny.  Carole did receive the $100 fee from each of the food vendors at 4th of July event.

Sandra Bartsias – Suggested placing an announcement on Facebook now for the Halloween tour and start advertising it in the Southwest Journal.  Ryan will reach out to the committee members,  Andrea, Jeff , Steve and Tjody to remind them to start on this.

It was suggested that our Communications committee should report on the Ramsey/WHS  partnership committee, the Halloween House Tour, post pictures of the 4th of July event, report survey results and Fuller Park activities using E-News, Facebook and any other appropriate media.  It was noted that our E-News has 507 members.  Eric will look at how to get reports out of constant contact.

12. There being no further business, on motion duly made, seconded and carried, the meeting was adjourned at 8:47pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Carolyn Dungan, TNA Secretary

 Next Meeting: Monday, September 16, 2013 at Fuller Park.