Board members present: Ryan Fisher, President; Mary Jane Mitchell, Vice President; Bruce Bruemmer, Secretary; Steve Bieringer, Tjody DeVaal, Dick Fiala, Tony Proell, Tom Steichen, Lynell Voigt
The meeting was called to order at 7:05pm
The agenda was approved without additions.
The November and December meeting minutes were approved.
Jean White discussed the request for self-defense for women workshops. They will be held 4/19 and 4/26. She proposed another two. Ryan moved to fund $250 per class (2) held at Washburn High School. The motion passed. These are open to everyone in the city. The Board requested that Jean communicate TNA’s sponsorship of the workshops. There was response to workshops already held. Each workshop has a capacity of about 35.
Roger Worm (Nicollet-East Harriet Business Association) and Mary Jane gave an update NRP business façade improvement program update. Roger said that the city has adjusted the process to make it more business friendly. One business has been granted funds. There was a common request for more bike racks and benches. A committee of Ryan, Mary Jane, and Tony agreed to pursue the issue. We can amend TNA’s guidelines as to what is included in the program (racks are not allowed under the city guidelines). Ryan noted that there was a need for people to be part of the review process.
Ryan gave an update on the other NRP Phase 2 projects update. Haven’t heard from CEE. The city approved plan for railing at the water tower – we are waiting for winter to end. Also, we are waiting to hear updated numbers from NRP.
Treasurer update and getting TNA books in order – Ryan gave an update for Mary, who is out of town. We should be getting $2000 for communications. No checks will be written until Mary returns.
Carole Anderson gave an update on Fuller Park updates. The Park is taking bids to get spring trees from the NRP tree trust. Fuller will get 5 new trees. A big elm that will come down at some point; there is no need to deal with ash trees at this time. Wheels are in motion for the new kitchen improvements.
Announcements: Jane was thanked for opening her business for a Board party. John Quincy, new city council member for the Ward 11, spoke to the group. He emphasized open communications with neighborhoods.