November 2015

Tangletown Neighborhood Association

BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, November 16, 2015 (Annual Meeting) – 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park

Board members present: Ryan Fisher, Eric David, Lauren Anderson, Joy Gottschalk, Dick Fiala, Laura Silver,

Karen Costello, Dylan Sirney, Mary Jane Mitchell, Andrew Buss

Board members absent: Steve Bieringer, Sandra Bartsias, Dan Williams, Andrea Siegel, Virgil Petrie

Also present: Abby Rowan (TNA Coordinator), Councilmember John Quincy, Jennifer Waisanen (Minneapolis

Police Department – 5 th Precinct)

Called to order: 7:08pm

Jennifer Waisenen – 5 th Precinct Crime Prevention Specialist

Jennifer attended the meeting at the request of TNA in response to concerns about neighborhood crime raised on

Nextdoor. She distributed maps to board members detailing crime activity in the Tangletown neighborhood in both

2014 and 2015 (through November 16 th ). Jennifer stressed that residents should call 911 to report any suspicious

behavior, including individuals who stop by homes looking for people who don’t reside at the residence. Having

details of individuals’ physical descriptions, what they said, and which direction they’re moving and how (on foot,

via car, etc.) is particularly helpful for the police department. Because of the number of burglaries at Washburn and

Ramsey schools, Jennifer gave an overview of how the School Resource Officers (SROs) at both schools interface

with the Minneapolis Police Department. In instances of specific recurring burglaries or trespassing (e.g. on building

roofs), the 5 th precinct can send additional squad cars past suspected locations. Crime alerts are sent via email to

block club leaders. Due to MPD’s e-alert system, crime report details are cut short so block club leaders can email

Jennifer to get the full report. Several Tangletown blocks lack a block leader including:

4600 1st Ave

4600 Nicollet Ave

4700 1st Ave

4700 Grand Ave

4700 Nicollet Ave

4800 Pleasant Ave

4900 Stevens Ave

5000 Harriet Ave

5100 Garfield Ave

5300 Harriet Ave

5300 Pleasant Ave

Overall, Tangletown’s level of crime is low in

comparison to other Minneapolis neighborhoods.

There may be an increase in theft during the holiday

season – neighbors are encouraged to specify other

locations for package deliveries (e.g. back door,

within a fence, etc.) to discourage potential thieves.

UPS allows residents to do this on their website.

Community Solar Workshop Wrap-up

Joy gave an overview of last week’s Neighborhood

Community Solar workshop, which had 135

attendees. Lissa Pawlish from Metro CERTS gave a

“Community Solar 101” talk and Jamie Long

presented on the Linden Hills Community Solar

project, which will be installed on the Linden Hills

Co-op. Attendees filled out a survey to give direction

on local vs. rural projects and pre-pay vs. pay-as- you-

go options – results will be available soon. Despite

parking and kitchen challenges, it was a hugely

brought to the board in January 2016. The board is

interested in using submissions for the new TNA

website and will discuss the evaluation process at a

future meeting.

NRP Fund balance/relocation update

Lauren gave a brief overview of the board’s July

2015 conversation with Neighborhood and

Community Relations (NCR) staff member Jack

Whitehurst on the approximately $91,000 remaining

NRP Phase II funds not currently under contract.

The board’s six Neighborhood Priorities projects

have mostly not touched these funds. The board

would like to have Jack Whitehurst attend the

January 2016 meeting and offer a neighborhood

survey to identify priorities for using these funds

soon after.

TNA Holiday party date/ location/ menu

Laura offered to check on hosting on December 21 st .

The board would like to have a potluck preferably at

a board member’s home. Lauren volunteered to set

up an event on

Officer Reports:

Secretary – A motion to approve the October 2015

minutes was made, seconded and approved.

Treasurer – No report this month. Sustainability

committee members will submit receipts to Sandra.

Neighborhood Priorities Status

Board Development (Karen, Andrew, Dick) –

Andrew will re-email the member profile

questionnaire so board members can fill it out. The

group would like to build more board resources

(how-tos, photos, background on interfacing with the

City) to help members share information with one


Fuller Park (Steve, Virgil) – no update

School Relationships (Sandra, Mary Jane) – A parent

liaison from Washburn High School emailed TNA

this morning.

Sustainability/Green Team (Lauren, Joy) – The

Sustainability Team’s update was covered under

Community Solar Workshop. Joy and Lauren will

bring an organics project budget request to the

December gathering.

Utility Box Wraps (Dan, Andrea) – no update

Website/Communications (Eric, Dylan, Ryan, Laura)

– The Communication Team’s update was covered

under the TNA Website Review section.

Community Spaces – no update

Coordinator Update – no update

Other Business – None