May 2011




MONDAY, May 16, 2011

7:00 P.M.


Board members present: Mary Jane Mitchell – President, Steve Bieringer, Bruce Bruemmer – Secretary,  Tjody DeVaal — Editor,  Carolyn Dungan, Jane Elias, April Heers, Ryan Fisher, Jeff Gears,  Tony Proell – Vice President, Lynell Voigt.  Also present: Rhea Sullivan.

1.  The meeting was called to order at 6:53 pm.  The president welcomed all who were attending the TNA meeting for the first time.

2. The April board minutes were approved without change.

3. The treasurer could not attend the meeting so Rhea Sullivan gave the treasurer’s report and distributed information about the TNA’s finances.

4. Councilperson John Quincy addressed the group and outlined his priorities and encouraged communications from residents and businesses at (612) 673-2211, or via email to John.Quincy@ A newsletter is available for Ward 11 at  He took questions from residents relating to street conditions, the Lyndale Bridge delay, and graffiti, and also talked about new businesses in the ward.

5.NRP Subcommittee:  Rhea spoke about a recent meeting of the subcommittee and plans to move ahead with Phase 1 funds. The discussion included the need for tree plantings, particularly on Stevens Ave.  Tony Proell reported on a call he made to the MnDOT; they said more trees would be planted sometime over the next two years.  Other ideas for funding included the crime prevention workshop, efforts to control invasive species,, a new business directory, and a historical plaque.  Rhea circulated a sheet for contact information.  She said they needed more volunteers and ideas.

6.  Garage Sale:  Steve reported on the successful garage sale which involved 62 households this year.  The new signs worked well, and Tjody urged anyone with a story about getting a great deal to contact her so she could include it in the newsletter.

7. Fourth of July subcommittee:  Ryan reported on plans for the 4th of July.  He underscored that this was a fundrasier for TNA and that volunteers were needed. Tjody described plans to include puppets like Heart of the Beast.  A motion was made to allocate up to $300 for materials to be used for puppet making.  The motion passed unanimously.

8. Nice Ride: Bruce reported on information from Nice Ride.  The most immediate plans for rental bike stations involve expanding out from downtown and towards St. Paul.  Nice ride is interested longer term in partnerships and had some locations marked that were in Tangletown.

9. Bike Racks:  Tony again explained the possibilities for financial help with installing bike racks.  Best option if there is a business interested is to call Tony or Don Pflaum,. the bike coordinator with the city.

10. State legislators:  Rep. Frank Hornstein and Sen. Scott Dibble reviewed the current session and discussion issues including transportation cuts.  Both welcomed communication and urged constituents to contact their offices.

11. Committee on the Arts: Tjody attended a public arts seminar and she and Jane discussed public murals, including a recent initiative to involve Washburn H. S. students in painting space offered by Hi Hi Gas and More on Nicollet.  They need volunteers!

12. Garden Tour:  Mary Jane discussed the vision for a Tangletown Garden Tour.  Shee needed people to join the subcommittee and distributed a sign up sheet.

13. Nicollet East Harriet Business Association:  Roger Worm described the activities of NEHBA, including a Great Streets grant, facade improvement, and other activities on which NEHBA and TNA can cooperated.  NEHBA’s most recent annual report can be found at

14. Fuller Park Update: Carole Anderson described upcoming activities, workshops, and a blood drive at Fuller Park and Recreation Center.  Current information may be found at

15. Neighborhood Coordinator Contract:  Mary Jane moved that Rhea Sullivan’s contract be extended to twelve months.  The motion was approved.

16. Election of board members: Five seats were open.  Nominations were made for Jenine Allison, Meredith Johnson, Nancy Novak, and Andrea Seegle.   A motion to accept the entire slate of nomination passed without dissent.  Board members stepping down are:  Bruce Bruemmer, Mary Davidson, and Tom Steichen.

17. Councilperson Quincy presented TNA first “Tangletown Treasures” awards (and custom t-shirts) to five recipients:  Craig Wiester, Sydney Rice, Carrie Tuck, Jean Birkeli, and Lonnie Isenberg.

18. Announcements: Tom Balcom announced a historical walking tour of Tangletown June 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm starting at Washburn Library.  There will be a $5 charge.

19.  The meeting adjourned at 8:38 pm.