April 2022 Board Meeting Minutes

Tangletown Neighborhood Association April 18th 2022

In attendance: Lauren Kramer, Lori Gubrud, Jon DeJong, Pat Colling, Dirk Nicholson, Kelly Hanson Ben Levy, Will Young, Nancy Britt, Dan Treinen, Heather Grovum

7:04 Call to order

Will moves to approve meeting minutes, Dirk seconds all in favor, motion passes

Financial Report

Councilwoman Emily Koski updates:

  • Construction of the corner at 48th and Chicago will be closed until May 18th. Construction will hamper business, consider supporting these businesses during this time. 
  • Lyndale/54th there is work being done by Center Point Energy through the Summer 
  • Community listening sessions will be held at each of the 5 precincts and will be held in conjunction with the MPD Police Chief search committee. May 3rd at 6pm at MLK Park
  • MPD/Hennepin County will be partnering with Social Worker referrals to coordinate services for those who have police contact within the community.
  • Conversations are being held to address public safety issues within the community in intervals throughout the year. 
  • The Mayor is looking to create a Community Safety Department that encompasses 911/fire department/ community and neighborhood safety departments. 
  • Council woman Jenkins has drafted a motion for a policy that will address rent stabilization to be ready for the 2023 election ballot. 
  • Minneapolis City Council in conjunction with several community organizations are holding an open house to design and reimagine the 38th and Chicago space. April 23rd is the first meeting from 12pm to 3pm at 3740 Chicago and Tuesday April 26th online. 
  •  Community Connections Conference Saturday May 21st 8am-4pm at Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave S Minneapolis

Board Recruitment 

5pm-7pm Wednesday April 26th at Prieto, drink tickets (First drink free), first 10 people will receive a $10 gift card to Prieto, and chips and salsa will be provided, should we provide gift cards to assist in encouraging people to join the event and mitigate covid risk through touching food. Invite your neighbors to attend and encourage them to join the Board or Committee! Think of other ideas for community engagement. 

Jon, Kellie, Heather, Pat, Dan, Lori are up for reelection. Jon will be stepping down from the role of President, he will be willing to support anyone in that transition in any way that he can. We will be recruiting for executive committee roles. 

Two Grand Announcements

Lawns to Legumes $40,000 to assist offering a combination of workshops, coaching, planting guides and cost-share funding for installing pollinator-friendly native plantings in residential lawns. 

Neighborhood Partner Grant $20,000 to assist with potential merger of Neighborhood associations. 

990-EZ was completed today. Heather moves to approve the filing of the tax document, Dirk seconds the motion. All in favor. Motion carried.

Committee Updates

  • Livability and Engagement – Winterfest was a huge success. Food trucks were favorable. S’mores sold out. There was a large community presence with positive feedback. – Fourth of July Planning, wrist band idea to raise money for attendance and utilization of inflatables. Many volunteers are needed to make this event successful. Next meeting will focus on continuing to plan the 4th of July Event. 

Environmental Committee

  • Virtual Solar Information Event this Thursday April 21st at 7pm via Zoom to discuss the logistics of solar infrastructure. We are looking at ways to utilize our energy rebate monies. Tech Dump will occur this month. May 21st Compost Pick up – We are looking for volunteers for both in person events. The Organics recycling workshop was successful. Heather Grovum will be taking over as co chair with Pat Collins stepping down. 

Equity Committee

  • Two new members have joined and have been able to assist in creating surveys for the Equitable Engagement Plan that will be rolled out over the next month or so. 

Building Land Use and Housing

  • Spring spruce up will be held in conjunction with the Environmental Committee, looking for volunteers. We are looking to build an event for the unsigning of the Water tower Sign with a focus on neighborhood history and potential for planting (flowers and native grasses) around the tower at the same time. The committee will be looking into providing information surrounding the construction surrounding the Nicolette Bridge Project. 

ED Report

Bylaw Change that allows for alternative voting methods needs to be defined. Sally’s recommendation would be to utilize a Google form and define the time limit for voting. We would utilize a 7 day voting period with the cutoff being at 11:59pm CST on the 7th day. Election will be accessible through the Tangletown Neighborhood Association website, with a link on Nextdoor and Facebook. Heather moves to enact this as our bylaw change, Dirk seconds, all in favor, motion carried. 

The Mayor and Council Member Koski will be present at our annual meeting. The annual meeting will be Sally’s last meeting as our Executive Director. 

Closed Session for Staffing Considerations

8:44 Adjourn