April 2011




MONDAY, April 18, 2011

7:00 P.M.


Board members present: Mary Jane Mitchell – President, Steve Bieringer, Bruce Bruemmer – Secretary,  Tjody DeVaal, Mary Davidson – Treasurer,  Jane Elias, April Heers, Ryan Fisher, Jeff Gears,  Tony Proell – Vice President, Lynell Voigt.  Also present: Tom Balcom, Councilmember John Quincy, Rhea Sullivan


1. Meeting was called to order at 7:08 pm.

2. March meeting minutes were approved without change.

3. Treasurer’s Report – Mary Davidson reported on the finances.  Rhea Sullivan outlined the fund shifts.

4. Lyndale Ave. Bridge Reconstruction – Tom Balcom reported that the reconstruction would be delayed a year to make it synchronous with the construction on Lyndale Avenue south of the bridge.  Unfortunately, this was a last minute decision made after the Tangletown newsletter went to press.  Councilmember Quincy detailed further information about plans and assessments.

5. Public Hearing for Wise Acre Eatery – Mary Jane reported that Wise Acre Eatery (former Liberty Custard site) had applied for license to serve alcoholic beverages.  The hearing would be held by the city on May 2.  The owners had not requested to appear before the TNA.  There was discussion over parking issues for the new restaurant.

6. NRP Subcommittee Report – Ryan described the process of contracting out some of the items remaining, such as the self-defense workshop. He noted that upcoming initiatives should be discussed at the May meeting.  Councilmember Quincy reminded the group about an NCR meeting on April 25, and the board directed Rhea to attend. Ryan distributed the Application to Community Participation Program written by Rhea. A motion and second was made to approve and submit the document.  The motion passed unanimously.

7.  Communication Subcommittee — had not met since the last TNA meeting.

8. CEE Competitive Grant Program – Tony reported no activity.

9. Newsletter – Tjody reported on some distribution problems with the last mailing.  Mary Davidson suggested that we talk to the Post Office before considering distribution of the newsletter through the Southwest Journal.  Ryan said he would contact the Post Office. The discussion then focused on the “E-Newsletter,” initially a monthly supplement to the paper newsletter.  The group discussed and assigned content.

10. Garage Sale – Tony reported on plans for the May Tangletown Garage Sale. Ryan agreed to ask Carole Anderson about partnering with the recreation center for new signs. Steve will handle the signs and there was a motion and second to authorize up to $350 for Steve to purchase new signs.  The motion passed unanimously. April outlined communications for the sale and Tom suggested a larger map.

11. 4th of July Subcommittee Report – Ryan reported that not much is changing from last year.  Mary Jane reported that she was working on music for the event with Carole. The parade route will be changed to avoid crossing 50th St. There was discussion about teaming up with the Nicollet-East Harriet Business Association in soliciting raffle prizes, but the Board decided not to pursue this approach at this time.

12. Committee of the Arts Report – Tjody reported on progress and suggested a presentation at the annual meeting.

13. Annual Meeting – Mary Jane reported that invitations to local politicols would be issued.  April said that she will be sure that the Southwest Journal carries a notice of the annual meeting. Other arrangements were discussed.

14. NCEC Meeting – Ryan reported on the city meeting and the finer points about the governance of the Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission.

15. Project Footsteps – Two representatives presented information on Project Footsteps, an organization to inspire, empower and prepare youth and community to be agents of change, social leaders and volunteers.

16. The meeting adjourned at 8:59 pm.