May 2009

Tangletown Neighborhood Association
Regular Board Meeting, May 18, 2009
Fuller Park

1. President Ryan Fisher called the meeting to order at 7:10 PM.

2. The Board approved the minutes of the April meeting.

3. Brian Elliot spoke on behalf of Congressman Ellison. He reiterated the Congressman helps people navigate the federal government. He invited residents to call 612-522-1212 between 8:30 AM and 6:00 PM with questions.

4. Councilman Scott Benson provided a local update.
There is a meeting to address the 46th street transit station on June 1, 2009 from 7-8 PM at Martin Luther King Park.
Congressman Ellison is trying to get money for the Lake Street Station.
Legislature: Minneapolis has a $1.4 billion budget. Of this $88.7 million comes from the State. The General Fund pays for most services ~$363 million. In the 2009 unallotment the governor has cut $7 million covered by Burne Grants and is proposing a $35 million cut to moneys to the city.
Closed pension funds have been hit really hard by the current economy. There is no money coming in. The city has been paying these pensions with bond issues.

5. Mary Jane Mitchell reported on the garage sale. By all accounts, the garage sale was successful. 54 families participated. Tangletown made about $400. The decision was made not to specify items for sale at each site because it makes the map too hard to read. Next time we will be sure to notify the city so that the sweepers come at a different time.

6. NRP Housing Program. A mailing will go out soon explaining the program. The deadline to apply is June 15.

7. The Minneapolis Schools Changing Options Plan is leading to greater dialog among the neighborhoods.

8. Plans are underway for the 4th of July festivities at Fuller Park. Our favorite local group, Lynnhurst, f/k/a the Abdomen, will play again.

9. Treasurer’s report. The checking accounts are getting straightened around. The main issue is to verify the expenditures from the NRP account so that the current balance can be available to TNA’s NRP program.

10. There will be ongoing events at Fuller Park this summer. The first is the always popular Ice Cream Social on June 11.

11. Ryan provided an update on the role of the TNA board. The Board meets the third Monday of the month at Fuller Park.

12. Eight people have volunteered (and been elected) to serve on the 2009-2010 Board, in addition to returning board members:
Bruce Bruemmer, Steve Bieringer, Lynnel Voigt, Tom Steichen, Tony Proell, Jane Elias, Dick Fiala, and Mark Haugen.
The Board will elect officers at the next meeting on June 15, 2009.

13. The Board approved making the offices of President and Vice President two year terms.

14. Karl Greeman advised the neighborhood of his plan to open a new restaurant on Nicollet next to the cleaners. It will be called SIP the Wine.

15. The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary L. Davidson

Absent: Meredith Johnson