June 2011

Monday, June 20, 2011 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park

Board members present: Mary Jane Mitchell – President, Tjody DeVaal, Carolyn Dungan, Jane Elias, Ryan Fisher, April Heers, Jeff Gears, Tony Proell – Vice President, Andrea Siegel, Lynell Voigt.

Also present: Carole Anderson, Park Director, Sarah Lobley (Dance Tonight), Jodi Sandberg (Little Bird on Grand), Rhea Sullivan

1. Meeting was called to order at 7:03 p.m.

2. May meeting minutes were approved without change.

3. Treasurer’s Report – Ryan Fisher reported that garage sale expenses were $670.00. The check for the sandwich board signs was written from TNA funds, but we could reallocate funds from NRP. Other expenses were food-related.

4. Legislative/Council Member Updates – None present.

5. Officer Elections: The following slate of officers were elected for the 2011-2012 year:
Treasurer – Ryan Fisher
Secretary – Carolyn Dungan
Vice President – Tony Proell
President – Mary Jane Mitchell

6. Annual Meeting Recap – The following comments and suggestions were made about last month’s annual meeting:

  • Serving pizza, cookies and beverages seemed like a nice touch.
  • Recommended that we handle the nominating process differently. We should promote the opportunity to join the board more in our e-news and by word of mouth.
  • The TNA bylaws allow us to have a special meeting to add more board members. It would require giving adequate notice to the community.
  • Perhaps put a banner on the building to promote the annual meeting.
  • Tangletown Treasures worked well. We recognized five individuals. It would help to explain it more.

    Rhea will draft a new roster for the 2011-12 Board of Directors, which will include our brand new Board members, Andrea Siegel and Janine Allison.

    7. NRP Subcommittee Report – Ryan reported on the NRP meeting that was held June 13, 2011. Tom Balcom, Jane Elias, Ryan Fisher and Rhea Sullivan attended.

  • Tom Balcom is working on a potential Lyndale Ave. project with a number of other potential partners, including Minnesota Historical Society, Washburn Library, Hennepin History Museum, Richfield Historical Society, etc. The idea is to preserve the limestone blocks from the current bridge for a historical marker/plaque or benches or a monument. Also regarding Lyndale Avenue, we may want to partner with Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association and NEHBA on signage for next year’s Lyndale Avenue bridge and road renovation.
  • Jane Elias explained the proposed mural mentorship program, which is based on a successful program that Jane helped develop in Kingfield neighborhood. The purpose of the murals would be discourage graffiti and help promote local businesses. The program would include a call for artists and youth to participate. Murals could be painted, mosaic, clay tiles. She recommended allocating approximately $2,000 for each mural. The funds would be allocated from the remaining Community Building with Business NRP strategy. The Art Committee would review applications and select the participating businesses.
  • A motion was made to approve up to $6,534 for the Mural mentorship program. The motion carried. The next step is to draft a scope of services(SOS). Rhea will look into getting the SOS from the Kingfield mural project.
    Jodi Sandberg from the new shop Little Bird on Grand (located at 46th & Grand) expressed concern because someone told her “Businesses don’t ever make it on this corner.” She is wondering if there is a way to draw people to businesses in this area. Jane Elias mentioned her “Spotlight on 48th & Nicollet.” She organized three events and had sidewalk sales. Jodi expressed interested in the TNA Exterior Improvement program

  • It might make sense to start a Tangletown business association in addition to NEHBA.

    8. Fourth of July Event planning

  • Discussed logistics for the July 4th Parade & Celebration.
  • Posters – $100 – Small posters for businesses and large posters for A frame signs.
  • Tjody is making a volunteer banner. Volunteers who work two hours or more will get a t-shirt. Rhea will send an email blast.
  • Set up to start at 8:00 a.m. at Fuller Park.
  • Ryan reported that the 1919 root beer will be provided at cost from South Lyndale Liquor.
  • The Board approved $150 in prizes for Fuller Park games. We will donate any leftovers to Fuller Park.
    Steve has reserved two generators.

  • Mary Jane will take raffle items in Ryan’s absence.
  • The parade permit has been approved. Will have fire truck and police. Ryan sent the fire department a map of the parade route.
  • Rhea will put a link to the map in the eblast. The Eblast will go out on Thurs., July 29.
  • Decorations will be available at the park for those who want help decorating their bikes, pets, etc.
  • Ryan said that we are trying to make this a fundraising event and we have already spent $600. Tickets are 50 cents each this year instead of 25 cents each. The Board reviewed prices
  • The Board approved up to $100 for music for Ron Salmon and one more group.
  • The Board approved up to $300 for large puppets for next year’s July 4th event parade.
  • Tom Balcom will lend us his bullhorn for the day.

    9. Nice Ride – Rhea will take this off the agenda. Nothing further to report at this time.

    10. Bike Racks – Tony Proell explained that the City of Minneapolis had a bike rack program for businesses that would pay half of the cost of a bike rack. The lowest price for a bike rack is $200. We could talk about bike racks in our NRP subcommittee.

    11. Committee for the Arts – Reported under NRP.

    12. Home & Garden Tour – Mary Jane asked if anyone was interested in chairing a Home & Garden Tour. Tjody DeVaal suggested a possible Art Fair this year instead of the tour. We might also consider the “Taste of Tangletown.” Tony suggested “Tangletown Days” – Partner with Tangletown businesses to block off Nicollet and have food and activities from Tangletown businesses. Sarah Lobley and Jodi Sandberg expressed interest in helping with this. Could consider doing an event like that in the large parking lot on the corner of W. 46th St.

    11. Fuller Park Update – Carole highlighted the MPRB Summer Guide, which includes movies, festivals, etc. The July 4th event is the big event for the park this month.

    12. C&K Food & Fuel – The board received a letter asking for help from C&K Food & Fuel. We are going to encourage them to apply for the Exterior Enhancement Program. They may also want to apply for a mural.

    13. The meeting adjourned at 8:51 p.m.

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