Bylaws Update 2019

On May 20, 2019, the Tangletown Neighborhood Association Board of Directors will be voting to update the organization’s bylaws. The existing Bylaws are quite out of date referencing positions that no longer exist, communications methods no longer in use, and more. We wanted to update our Bylaws to current standard best practices and make them more clear and easier to understand. Key changes to the Bylaws include:

  • 6 year term limit (currently there is no limit)
  • Officers will serve one year terms (currently it’s two years)
  • Allows board of directors to set Annual Meeting date (currently it must be in the spring)
  • Places most financial policies in a separate financial policies document (currently there is more detail in Bylaws)

The board has reviewed all updates as well as city of Minneapolis staff. We invite residents to review the drafted Bylaws and share their questions and feedback. See below documents:

Current Bylaws:

http://www.tangletown.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Current-Bylaws.pdf

Proposed Bylaws (draft to be voted on May 20):

http://www.tangletown.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Proposed-Bylaws-DRAFT.pdf

Highlights of what has changed:

http://www.tangletown.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Highlights-of-Bylaws-Changes.pdf

Please share your questions or feedback by emailing info@tangletown.org or calling 612-564-3445. The vote on the drafted Bylaws will take place at our Annual Meeting, May 20 at 7pm at Fuller Recreation Center (4802 Grand Ave S). Per our Bylaws, changes will be voted on by the board of directors, not the general membership. The vote will occur before the election, thus if approved, the changes will affect newly elected board members.

Eureka Recycling Tours

Join your neighbors on a tour of the recycling facility on June 1! Register here!

Learn what happens to your recycling after it leaves your cart. Take some pictures of yourself next to big bales of aluminum, plastic, and paper. Get all of your garbage and recycling questions answered from Eureka and City of Minneapolis staff.

Tangletown neighborhood association has booked tours at 9:30am, 10:00am and 10:30am, so we will be departing either at 9:00, 9:30 or 10:00 to carpool from Mayflower Church’s parking lot (106 E Diamond Lake Rd). If you elect not to carpool, you can meet us at the recycling facility (2828 Kennedy Street NE Minneapolis 55413) at the tour start time. Please note, Mayflower has generously allowed us to use their lot for this event only. Attendees must be 12 years of age or older. Contact info@tangletown.org with any questions.

Register today! Because we are limited to 7 people per tour, please fill out a separate form for each person attending.

Neighborhoods 2020: The future of neighborhood funding

It’s time to advocate for continued funding, we need your help!

The City of Minneapolis has released its framework for the future of neighborhood organization funding. Your neighborhood association can only continue its work if it receives funding through this vital source. We are asking our neighbors to make an impact by submitting comments and personal stories about how you value the work of the Tangletown Neighborhood Association. Some examples of previous, current, and upcoming work in Tangletown that could not occur without city funding:

  • Annual Fourth of July Parade and Celebration
  • Tangletown Winter Fest
  • Tangletown Garage Sale
  • Washburn Water Tower landscaping
  • Fuller Park improvements (sun shades, playground equipment, and more)
  • Facilitating neighborhood feedback opportunities with city entities (Washburn High School Addition, Southwest Area Parks Plan, etc)
  • Grants (home improvement, business facade, Justice Page Middle School, Le Mac Cleaners, etc)
  • Traffic, cycle, and pedestrian safety initiatives 
  • Crime and safety programming and forums
  • Organics captain program
  • Utility box artwork
  • Sustainability Sam 
  • Welcome bags for new residents
  • Energy improvement rebates 
  • Storm drain stenciling
  • Neighborhood clean up events
  • Sharing neighborhood information via our print newsletter, e-newsletter, and social media

Public comment is being collected through March 31. Please email your comments and personal stories to neighborhoods2020@minneapolismn.govjeremy.schroeder@minneapolismn.gov and info@tangletown.org. Learn more at: minneapolismn.gov/ncr/2020

The Tangletown Neighborhood Association’s feedback on the Neighborhoods 2020 Framework:

Benefits of Neighborhood Organizations

  • Neighborhood organizations provide place-based, grassroots level community engagement that connects residents and gives them a voice in local government.
  • Neighborhood organizations generate hundreds of thousands of hours of volunteer time that benefits our communities (and city).
  • We serve as a conduit to the city. The cost of replacing the services that neighborhood organizations provide would be astronomical (and not financially feasible) for the city.
  • We strive to be more effective, representative, and influential in promoting the guidelines of engagement and diversity.

Neighborhood and Community Relations Department

  • We would like to see more analysis on the NCR structure and resources. To meet the requirements of the new framework, neighborhood organizations will need sufficient support from NCR.  For example, it would be very helpful if neighborhood organizations could have access to cultural specialists and translation services.
  • We would like NCR to create an annual report of successful engagement efforts across the city. We can learn from the successes of other neighborhood organizations.

Diversity/Representation

  • We support the goals of the diversity requirements and we need more support from NCR to reach these goals. The goals should be compatible with the demographics of the neighborhood. We would like a voice in shaping how these requirements are implemented.
  • There are many challenges to meeting these requirements including the fact that board members are elected so we do not have total control of the board make up.
  • The 18 month time frame for meeting board diversity standards at the risk of losing funding could be modified to indicate that the organization must show efforts towards implementing their diversity action plan within that time frame.

Governance

  • To maintain a balance of control and influence, the Community Engagement Commission should be composed of 50% appointed representatives and 50% elected from representation of the neighborhoods.
  • We support the suggestion of the work group to offer a stipend to CEC members to cover costs like child care for those who want to serve.

Meetings and Participation

  • Allowing voting for members of the neighborhood who cannot attend the annual meeting will be a more elaborate process that will require additional funding and/or resources from NCR.
  • The requirement for quarterly membership meetings may be ineffective if there are not topics to draw residents to the meetings. All TNA meetings are open to the public. We suggest a goal of ensuring that city departments engage with neighborhood organizations when they are working on projects in the neighborhood, which will increase attendance at the meetings. For example, TNA’s best attended meeting in 2018 featured planners from the Washburn High School construction project. Conversely, TNA was not contacted about plans for construction along Minnehaha Parkway which drew significant engagement on TNA social media and could have warranted a membership meeting with planners.

Funding

  • We strongly support a well-defined application process and want to contribute input to the funding guidelines for community groups, neighborhood organizations, and cultural groups.
  • All neighborhood organizations need a minimum base funding amount that permits all neighborhoods to maintain at least a part time staff member, host annual events, and maintain regular communication. All neighborhoods deserve to have strong engagement and community building through a neighborhood association. There needs to be a minimum neighborhood allocation of $30,000 a year to enable smaller neighborhoods to keep operating.
  • We support the recommendations in the framework to have additional discretionary funding and impact funding for which neighborhoods can apply.
    • As NRP funding is depleted, discretionary funds will be critical in order for organizations to make investments in their neighborhoods on initiatives such as affordable housing, safety improvements, environmental work, and more.
    • If a neighborhood organization has had a previously successful engagement initiative, it should be able to receive impact funding for the next year to host the same program. Success should be rewarded. We do not feel that increased engagement should be the only measure of success.
  • Pooled services are a great idea to encourage neighborhood organizations to be more efficient and economical. We need more clarification on how the bonus point system will work and how it will affect access to pooled services.
  • NRP funding realignment needs more clarification. Tangletown Neighborhood Association just initiated a three year strategic plan via a contract modification for $313,000. The planned budget has taken countless months of planning. We would recommend that restructuring NRP funds would only apply as contracts are modified.
  • Approval of funding on a three year cycle would allow for longer term planning and enable the success of our initiatives.

Neighborhoods 2020 Process

  • We would like a transparent decision-making process that considers, respects, and thoughtfully responds to all stakeholders.
  • We see the value in shaping the guidelines that are developed between April and October and want to ensure neighborhood organizations are involved in that process.
  • We think the framework outlines a non-profit best practices model that we all strive to follow.
  • We see this process as a means be a more effective and representative organization for our residents.

March 18th Board Meeting

The Tangletown Neighborhood Association board will meet on Monday March 18th at 7pm at Fuller Recreation Center (4802 Grand Ave S). The primary focus of our meeting will be to discuss the framework for Neighborhoods 2020 (found here: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/ncr/2020) which is the recommendation for how neighborhood organizations will be funded in the future. We will collect our feedback on the framework to submit via the formal comment period. We will also present our personal testimonies to the value of neighborhood organizations. Please join us to learn more about the Neighborhoods 2020 plan and share your feedback.

Additionally, we will discuss some of the proposed changes to our Bylaws in greater detail. All our meetings are open to the public and we encourage you to join us!

Happy Hour with Board Members May 16

This is your chance to get to know our current board members while learning more about the work of the neighborhood association and what it’s like to get involved.

Have you ever considered volunteering, but weren’t quite sure what it looked like? Join us! New to the neighborhood and just looking to meet some engaged neighbors? Join us! Are you not even sure what the Tangletown Neighborhood Association is or does? Join us! Just like free food and beverages? Join us!B

Happy Hour with Board members: May 16 5:30-7:00pm at El Jefe (5309 Lyndale Ave S). Appetizers and first drink on us! Thank you to El Jefe for sponsoring our event.

Questions? Contact info@tangletown.org

Tell us you’re joining us by RSVPing on our Facebook Event or just show up!

Tangletown Parks Concepts

As part of the Southwest Area Parks Plan and the Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan a variety of parks in Tangletown could see changes in the future. See pictures below of the potential impacts to Tangletown parks including Fuller Park, Tangletown Triangles, and the Minnehaha Parkway.

Provide your feedback by completing an online survey for Southwest Area Parks here or Minnehaha Parkway Area here.

Visit the project webpages for more information and to sign up for email updates:

Southwest Area Project Page

Minnehaha Parkway Project Page

Tangletown Winter Fest

Saturday February 16, 5-8pm

Fuller Park (4802 Grand Ave S)

Let’s light up a cold winter night with our neighbors!

Join us for:

  • Bonfires and s’mores
  • Glow in the dark sledding
  • Hot chocolate
  • Food available for purchase
  • Warm up with indoor activities

Pre-registration is encouraged and appreciated. This allows us to plan accordingly for our exciting activities. Click here to pre-register for the event.

In partnership with Fuller Park and Recreation Center.

Oriental Trading Company for their generous donation of supplies for our event!

Tangletown Beautiful Spaces, Innovative Environmental Leadership, and Community Engagement Initiatives

The Tangletown Neighborhood Association Board of Directors received community approval on October 15 to allocate $313,000 to a Neighborhood Priority Plan (NPP) focused on beautiful spaces, innovative environmental leadership, and community engagement.

Beautiful spaces initiatives may include, but are not limited to:
– Brand Tangletown by installing signage, banners and wayfinding signs
– Strengthen pedestrian and vehicular safety with infrastructure improvements
– Improve property upkeep through various initiatives
– Facilitate increased access to affordable housing through loans to partner organizations

Innovative environmental leadership initiatives may include, but are not limited to:
– Improve water quality through education, a storm drain program, and clean up events
– Reduce waste by providing additional recycling opportunities, consulting individual neighbors on improvements and general education efforts
– Increase energy efficiency by providing rebates for energy audits and completed home improvements
– Engage the community through environmentally focused events and outreach

Community engagement initiatives may include, but are not limited to:
– Distribute a welcome tote with neighborhood information to new residents
– Outreach to all current residents to ensure awareness of resources and communications channels
– Create a communications plan to broaden our reach
– Host a variety of community engagement events

The board of directors will finalize details at their November board meeting (November 19 at 6:30pm at Fuller Recreation Center) before contracting with the city.  If you’re interested in continuing to influence how these dollars are spent, consider joining one of our committees!  Contact info@www.tangletown.org to learn more about joining a committee.

 

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