BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, July 15, 2013 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park
Board members present: Ryan Fisher – President, Carolyn Dungan – Secretary, Sandra Bartsias – Treasurer, Lauren Anderson, Eric David, Jane Elias, Mary Jane Mitchell, Andrea Siegel, Charlie Siftar
Also present: Tjody deVaal, Carol Anderson (Fuller Park), John Quincy (Councilman), Tracine Ashbury (District 6 MPS Board Member), Rachel Hicks (MPS Director of Media & Public Affairs), Dan and Tom Flanagan (Mac’s Fish and Chips)
1. Call to Order 7:08
2. Mac’s Fish and Chips restaurant proposal – Tom Flanagan, intern from College of St. Thomas and Dan Flanagan, business owner, presented their intent to open a new restaurant at 54th and Lyndale in the space previously occupied by Sigh Yoga. Dan has been in the restaurant business for 30 years. They have a restaurant at Hamline and Larpenteur in St. Paul as well as a stand at the Target Field that serves walleye and chips. Their plan for the 54th and Lyndale restaurant is for a small, simple offering. All of the food is made in-house including handmade saltwater taffy which is part of their trademark offerings. They plan on serving beer and wine and will have access to the abutting parking lot. The restaurant will have a capacity of 30 – 35 guests. They are hoping to open in the fall. The anticipated hours will be 11:30 am to 10:00 pm.
3. WHS update with Council Member John Quincy and school board member Tracine Asberry – Concerns at WHS include parking, sports field sound levels and scoreboard issues. MPS is prepared to have community meetings to discuss these issues. Efforts to install a new scoreboard are being coordinated with the City Departments. The hope is to get a scoreboard installed in time for this fall’s football season. They are looking at a temporary scoreboard until plan is approved for permanent one. It’s possible that a temporary score board would be installed until a plan is approved for a permanent one. Before any permanent a permit is issued there will need to be a community engagement meeting and John’s office is monitoring the process to ensure that the zoning administrator is involved. The scoreboard has county, local and city funding so they are developing policies for everyone who uses the field. The rules of use will address the hours and volume levels. The scoreboard project can move forward without a permanent principal and athletic director. The school board continues to look for fill these positions.
4. The Chairman called for a vote to approve the 2012 Tangletown Neighborhood Association CPP annual report.
Upon motion duly moved, seconded and carried it was resolved that:
The board approves the 2012 Tangeltown Neighborhood Association CPP annual report without changes.
5. 4th of July event – Ryan will be assemble feedback from the 4th of July debrief meeting into a document that he will share with the board. The Treasurer reported that the event had a net profit of $1,480 before Diamond Lake rental expenses. We owe Diamond Lake Rental approximately $700. Carole noted that the food vendors have been invoiced for the $100 fee due to the park. Board members offered their suggestions for next year’s event including placing the inflatables in the shade, getting two snow cone stations, creating a map of the park and all of the tents, and hiring face painters. It was agreed that it would be beneficial for Ryan to schedule a meeting soon to start the planning for next year’s event.
6. Neighborhood Priority Plan supporting 54th and Lyndale Special Services District – John believes that it’s important to add the neighborhood voice to support this effort so that the small businesses see how it would benefit them. TNA has committed to contributing $12,000 to the effort. It’s up to the businesses to decide as a group what they will invest in. The funds would be pooled to pay for assessments based on square footage. The funds usually go towards things like benches, lighting, seasonal decorations and snow removal.
7. TNA neighborhood survey summary/update – Ryan will be closing the survey down and in the coming week he will send a summary to the Survey subcommittee. The subcommittee will reconvene to analyze the results. We had about 50 responses.
8. Fuller Park plaque update – Steve was not present to report on the status, but Carol reported that she applied for and was awarded a $500 grant from People for Parks. The funds need to be used before November 1st. We could use the funds for the rock and the history event dedicating the rock. The subcommittee is working on getting the history facts correct and accurate.
9. Pool shade update – The board is still awaiting a response from the Park Board on this project. It appears that they want to put off the pool shade installation until after the completion of playground renovation that is slotted to start in 2014 and pool renovation overhaul scheduled for2015.
10. Secretary Report – The Board minutes of the June 18, 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.
11. Treasurer report – In fiscal year ending 5/31/2013 the association had net income close to $23,000 due to monies recovered from other years. As a non-profit we need to have net income under $25,000. The balance in the TNA account is $13055.42 and the NRP account stands at $25,785.14.
12. The Arts Committee – The arts subcommittee did not meet but the next step in the utility box project is gathering the necessary documentation to gain approval from the Minneapolis Arts Council headed up by Mary Altman. The mural installation at Kramer Electric is on hold. Tjody presented a proposal for the board to help fund an art car for the annual art car event this Saturday at Lake Harriet. The car would promote the Tangletown Neighborhood Association. There was board discussion and it was decided that advertising and sponsorship are not in keeping with the spirit of the event. There are no other sponsored cars or advertising associated with the art car event. Tjody withdrew her proposal.
13. Communications Committee – This committee did not meet and there was no report.
14. NRP Committee – Jade applied for a business façade grant. Mary Jane will look into renewing our funding and whether new businesses qualify for the grant.
15. Sustainability Committee – WHS urban farm is meeting within the next month.
16. Business – This committee did not meet and there was no report.
17. Partner and other announcements – Carol announced that registration for fall classes at Fuller Park begins August 5th and there will be a music event in the park on August 8th from 6:30 to 7:30. John noted that there will be a public meeting within the next two weeks on the 50th street resurfacing project. The project should be completed by the end of August. Also, it’s possible that the MTC buses dropping off students at Washburn will be rerouted in the fall so as to avoid traffic issues on 50th.
18. There being no further business, on motion duly made, seconded and carried, the meeting was adjourned at 8:45pm.
Carolyn Dungan, TNA Secretary
Next Meeting: Monday, August 19, 2013 at Fuller Park.