No Meeting in December

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CPNA will be meeting again in January, meanwhile enjoy all Minneapolis has to offer in December.  Meet Minneapolis has a calendar of events to check here.

NEMplsOnline lists local NE events here.

Look for our December Newsletter arriving in your mailbox this month!

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Draft Agenda for Board/General Meeting Monday November 21, 2016

The regular Board/ General Meeting of the Columbia Park Neighborhood Association will be held Monday November 21, 2016 at 6:30 pm at the Columbia Golf Manor 3300 Central AV NE, main floor Bride’s Room at end of the south corridor.

Need Accessible entrance opened call Liz at 612-390-3735

6:30 – Call to Order for Board Actions
6:31 – Approval of the Agenda
6:35 – Approval the Meeting Minutes from October 17, 2016
6:39 – Treasurer’s Report- Receive and File
6:59 – General Meeting
7:00 – Old Business

Kristin Petersen with an update about the St Anthony Parkway Bridge

Marcus Mills and Pat Vogel from the NECE quarterly visit

Look at draft policies for the new NCR guidelines, and vote to approve if acceptable

  • Grievance procedure,
  • Conflict of interest policy and procedure,
  • Equal Opportunity Employment (EOE) or Affirmative Action (AA) plan and policy, and
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) plan and policy
  • Financial policies and procedures,
  • Personnel policy and job descriptions (if the organization has paid staff)

Recovery House change at 524 37th AV NE

Raingardens in 2017

Renewal of staff contract

7:15 – New Business

Adding a public comment period to the board/general meetings

7:30 – Crime and Safety Update
7:45 – Announcements/ Communications

American Craft Council Library Open House and Craft Sale

Saturday, December 3, 10 am — 5 pm

American Craft Council Library, 1224 Marshall Street NE, Suite 200

The American Craft Council invites you to join them in the ACC Library for a festive holiday celebration featuring exhibits, programs, interactive activities and works for sale by several of their favorite local makers. Visit our website or follow us on social media for more details this fall. The Library Salon Series is free and open to the public; however, space is limited. For more information: (612) 206-3100 or library@craftcouncil.org.

1850s Holiday Party

Sunday, December 4, 12:30 – 3:30 pm

Ard Godfrey House, in Chute Square Park at corner of University and Central

Enjoy light refreshments, musical entertainment and guided tours of the oldest remaining wood frame residence in Minneapolis, built in 1849. The home will be decorated for the holidays in the modest style of the era, and the Woman’s Club guides will be dressed in period costume. See how the Godfrey family might have celebrated the holidays in the new community at St. Anthony Falls. Children are welcome and will receive free Godfrey House buttons. Admission is free (but donations are suggested and welcome). No reservations required. Sponsored by the Woman’s Club of Minneapolis. For more information or to arrange group tours: 612-781-8791 or http://www.womansclub.org/club/scripts/section/section.asp?NS=AGH.

Holiday Train

Bringing the community together for a night of holiday lights, entertainment, and family fun to support the East Side food shelves. Enjoy a night of live musical entertainment by Kelly Prescott and Colin James, kid’s activities, and refreshments. Bring a cash or healthy non-perishable food donation to the Holiday Train event. This event is free and open to the community.

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 6:00 PM – 7:45 PM at Lions Park on 37th Avenue NE between 37th Avenue NE and Stinson Boulevard. Holiday Train will arrive at 7:00 PM. Don’t Miss the Train!

 REMINDER: NO MEETING IN DECEMBER

See you in 2017 on Monday January 23rd

8:00 – Adjourn

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Keep Salt out of our River!

Water Wednesday: The Low-Salt Diet

Wednesday, December 14 at 6:30 pm7:30 pm

Free

A woman shoveling snow.

Pollution-free winter maintenance is a learned skill. Get tips for keeping your sidewalks and driveways snow and ice-free this winter while minimizing the use of harmful salt and deicers that pollute our waterbodies.

Learn ways to save money while protecting the environment. Our in-house expert, Udai Singh, will cover how to choose the right deicers and when to apply them, how to choose between sand and salt, how much material to apply and how to avoid it altogether!

Details

Date:
Wednesday, December 14
Time:
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Cost:
Free

Organizer

Mississippi Watershed Management Organization
Phone:
612-465-8780
Email:
contacts@mwmo.org
Website:
http://www.mwmo.org/
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Upcoming Holiday events for the Family

2016 Canadian Pacific Holiday Train

Saturday, December 10 – 6:00 PM – 7:45 PM

Lions Park on 37th Ave NE (between 37th Ave & Stinson Blvd)
Holiday Train will arrive at 7:00 PM
Don’t Miss the Train!
Bringing the community together for a night of holiday lights, entertainment and family fun to support the food shelves of East Side Neighborhood Services. Enjoy a night of live musical entertainment by Kelly Prescott and Colin James, kid’s activities, and refreshments.
Support the food shelves at East Side Neighborhood Services in by bringing a cash or healthy non-perishable food donation to the Holiday Train event on December 10.
This event is free and open to the community.
santa-with-cookie.jpg Santa Brunch

Saturday, December 17th   10:00 – 1:00pm
Audubon Park – 1320 29th Ave NE

This year we will be splitting the Santa Brunch into 2 different time slots to accommodate all the families that enjoy this event. We will still have pancakes, scramble eggs, sausage, fruit and beverages. We will also be having a gingerbread house making craft and will have all the goodies you need to make a yummy gingerbread house. Santa will be making a stop as well, so the little ones can have a picture taken with him. Make sure to pre-register each participant and only the children will be able to make gingerbread houses.

Click here to Register for Slot One
Click here to Register for Slot Two

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Benefit to Fund Air Pollution Study

Come have some fun for a good cause.  The Bottineau Neighborhood is raising funds to continue their air pollution study for Northeast.

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2017 Raingarden Program for CPNA residents

The Columbia Park Neighborhood Association (CPNA) is contemplating offering CPNA neighbors the chance to create a rain garden on their property to help keep storm water in homeowners yards.  The long term outcome being less water entering the Mississippi River via the storm drains of Columbia Park.

We offer to provide an opportunity to work with Metro Blooms and Conservation Corps workers by paying a portion of the fees related to design and installation.  We have offered rain gardens in the past and have heard there are neighbors still interested.  We would like to gauge the level of interest for 2017 by our November meeting so we can allocate funding.

If you are interested please contact the neighborhood association through our staff person Liz Wielinski at contact (at) columbiapark (dot) org or at 612-390-3735 by November 18, 2016. If we have at least 4 interested gardeners we will contact you after the vote to put things in motion. The costs and labor involved are listed below.  We are being very specific so as there are no surprises about the homeowners costs and responsibilities.

Property Owner Responsibilities and Costs (dates of service delivery are determined by Metro Blooms)

  • Work with consultant to design the garden $75 (up to 200 sq ft)
  • Mulch $50/property
  • Plants $200-$300/property
  • Sod/Soil disposal (optional as homeowner can choose to move and use this elsewhere on their yard) $40/property
  • Pick up plants from delivery site and install them in the garden, spread mulch
  • Maintain garden

Total cost $325-$465/property

CPNA will be responsible for paying Metro Bloom’s fees and services including the heavy work of excavating out the soil and sod from the garden site. Our cost per garden is $475.

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Calling all Superheros!!!

Superhero Night Out
Bottineau Park – 2000 Second St NE
Saturday, November 12th   6:00pm-7:30pm
 
Come to the park and have your child wear their favorite super hero costume!
Come enjoy music and a DJ, games, treats, a bouncy house and more!

Register Here

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Draft Agenda for Board/General Meeting Monday October 17, 2016

*Due to a scheduling conflict CPNA will be meeting downstairs in the clubhouse area.  This is accessed via the lower door.  Take the cart road around the left (south) side of the building.

The regular Board/ General Meeting of the Columbia Park Neighborhood Association will be held Monday October 17, 2016 at 6:30 pm at the Columbia Golf Manor 3300 Central AV NE, main floor Bride’s Room at end of the south corridor. *

6:30 – Call to Order for Board Actions
6:31 – Approval of the Agenda
6:35 – Approval the Minutes of Monday September 19, 2016
6:39 – Treasurer’s Report- Receive and File
6:59 – General Meeting
7:00 – Old Business

Yan Chen with 591 36 ½ AV NE

Vote on reallocation of NPP funds from pool and playground to sidewalk at Hi View Park

Ownership of MCS building (request from last meeting)

Updating policies for the new NCR guidelines

  • Grievance procedure,
  • Conflict of interest policy and procedure,
  • Equal Opportunity Employment (EOE) or Affirmative Action (AA) plan and policy, and
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) plan and policy
  • Financial policies and procedures,
  • Personnel policy and job descriptions (if the organization has paid staff)

Survey Results and next steps

Status of old projects (Welcome Baskets, Holiday Party?)

7:15 – New Business

Raingardens in 2017

7:30 – Crime and Safety Update
7:45 – Announcements/ Communications

 

NOTICE OF A PUBLIC HEARING

Regarding: 591 36 ½ Avenue Northeast

Yan Chen has filed the following applications for the property located at 591 36 ½ Avenue Northeast to allow a lot division resulting in two separate parcels:

  • Variance to reduce the minimum lot width requirement.
  • Variance to reduce the minimum lot area requirement.

The Minneapolis Board of Adjustment will meet on Thursday, October 27, 2016, at 4:30 p.m., in Room 317 City Hall, 350 S. 5th St., Minneapolis, MN.  Interested parties are invited to attend and be heard. Planning Department staff will issue a recommendation to the Zoning Board of Adjustment. After hearing from the public, the Zoning Board of Adjustment will make a determination based on required legal findings of fact. Please visit http://www.minneapolismn.gov/meetings/zba for the agenda with staff reports (web page will be updated by the end of the day Thursday prior to the meeting date).

In accordance with the Zoning Code, all property owners within 350 feet of the subject property are notified of this public hearing.  Your comments can be made verbally at the meeting, or submitted in writing, to:

Janelle Widmeier, Senior Planner

250 South 4th Street Room 300, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone (612) 673-3156 Fax (612) 673-2526 E-mail: Janelle.Widmeier@Minneapolismn.gov.

The meeting site is wheelchair accessible; if you need other disability related accommodations, such as a sign language interpreter or materials in alternative format; please contact NCR@minneapolismn.gov or 612- 673-3737 (673-2157 TTY/VOICE) at least five days prior to the meeting. 

BZZ – 7952

VARIANCE – The City’s principal means of controlling land use is the zoning ordinance, which divides the City into different districts.  The individual districts determine lot size, building height, building and parking setbacks, required parking and various other standards.  The Board of Adjustment may grant a variance from these requirements, when the applicant can demonstrate that practical difficulties exist due to circumstances unique to the property.

Attention: If you want help translating this information, call -Hmong – Ceeb toom. Yog koj xav tau kev pab txhais cov xov no rau koj dawb, hu 612-673-2800; Spanish – Atención. Si desea recibir asistencia gratuita para traducir esta información, llama 612-673-2700; Somali – Ogow. Haddii aad dooneyso in lagaa kaalmeeyo tarjamadda macluumaadkani oo lacag la’ aan wac 612-673-3500.

 

HOME Can Help

Speaking of HOME, here are some fun facts that you may not know about our HOME program:

Did you know? This stands for Household & Outside Maintenance for Elderly.

Did you know?

  • 1/3 people over the age of 65 fall every year
  • Part of the reason is your physical environment – your home
  • For a limited time, we are offering you a FREE Home Health & Safety Assessment & a Written Report.

Did you know? We provide senior homemaking services – vacuuming, dusting, sweeping/mopping floors, cleaning bathrooms, cleaning kitchens, and changing bed linens and more.

This can also be a great relief to family members who find themselves balancing time to keep their own home comfortable.

Did you know? We have Handymen available to provide assistance around the home. They can help with changing light bulbs, installing grab bars, fixing leaky faucets, repairing running toilets, installing new faucet and light fixtures, checking carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, changing furnace filters, and hanging wall decorations and mirrors.

For more information on HOME or to schedule a FREE Home Health & Safety Assessment call 952-746-4046 or visit www.seniorcommunity.org

 

Minneapolis 2040 – Have a Voice Minneapolis 2040 is an update to the City’s Comprehensive plan, a document that shapes how Minneapolis will grow and change. The plan covers housing, job creation, the design of new buildings, and how we use our streets.

We want to hear from YOU! Join us at one of these family friendly, interactive open houses. You will have the opportunity to share feedback with City planners and engage with artists to plan for the future development of Minneapolis. Enjoy complimentary refreshments and food from local vendors.

Tuesday, October 25 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Midtown GLobal Market 920 E. Lake Street Minneapolis, MN 55407

-or-

Thursday, October 27 5:00-7:30 p.m.

North Commons Park 1801 James Ave N Minneapolis, MN 55411

Minneapolis Public Schools 2016 Referendum

 

On Nov. 8, Minneapolis voters will be asked to renew the school district’s current operating referendum authorization that expires after the 2016-17 school year. If passed, it ensures funding that will help Minneapolis Public Schools manage class sizes and provide supportive services and activities for students. If approved, voters will be authorizing the referendum for nine more years, including annual adjustments for inflation. Property taxes are not projected to increase due to this approval. More specifically, in the district’s 2016-17 budget, the operating referendum will provide funding for:

  • 591 classroom teachers to manage class sizes across the district
  • 82 academic and behavioral specialists
  • Math, science, and early literacy curriculum and materials
  • Classroom technology

Just as importantly, this funding will also pay for student opportunities like tutoring, leadership development, mentoring programs and afterschool activities. If the referendum fails, Minneapolis Public Schools will have to make difficult decisions about how to operate the district without a substantial portion of the budget. This may change the current services and opportunities that our schools provide for students and families, including class sizes. To locate your polling place or get information about absentee voting or voter registration, visit http://vote.minneapolismn.gov

Prepare + Prosper – we’re a nonprofit organization in the Twin Cities focused on financial capability and poverty alleviation, with a grounding in principles of economic and social justice.

Each year, we serve 13,500 low- and moderate-income individuals and families with free tax preparation and financial services (yes, free really does mean free!), returned $26 million in refunds and in 2016 helped 1,200 of these customers save $1.9 million of their refunds. We also have a year-round financial coaching program called Money Mentors.

We run eight free tax preparation sites in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Hopkins, and Bloomington. Our main office is located in St. Paul on University Avenue and our tax sites in Minneapolis are located at the Minneapolis Urban League, Hope Community Center, and East Side Neighborhood Services.

Because of the significant tax refunds that low-income taxpayers receive and the fact that many are financially under-served, they are often targeted by paid preparers and other financial service providers that charge high fees. P+P provides taxpayers with access to their refunds and other financial services at no charge so they can keep their entire refund.

 

Nature at Night

Friday October 28 | 6:30-8 pm

What really does go bump in the night? Come find out as we hike around the park to see what’s lurking after the sun goes down. Meet at the Kroening Interpretive Center.

$5 Ages 5+ (kids under 12 are free, must be accompanied by a registered adult)

Register online at www.minneapolisparks.org Activity# 70360

 

Pumpkin Carving

Date: October 22, 2016 Time: 1-3:30 pm Location: Bottineau Park Event Details: Halloween is right around the corner! It’s time to decorate a pumpkin. We’ll pull out all kinds of stuff from the art room to make your pumpkin colorful and fun. Don’t wear your cutest clothes – they’re bound to get messy! This activity will take place on two different Saturdays. We’ll carve until supplies last!

 

Halloween Party

October 28, 2016   6-8pm  for children under age 6

Logan Park

Logan will be hosting a Halloween Party just for the little ones. Dress in your favorite costume and be ready to party! Activities will include entertainment, face painting, art project, bounce house, healthy snack and treat bags.

 

Halloween Party

October 31, 2016 5-7pm

Windom NE Park

Come join Upper Northeast Parks, your neighbors and friends as we celebrate the scariest night of the year. Ghouls, goblins, or whatever your costume may be, all are welcome. Enjoy some food, games, and entertainment.

Halloween Party

October 31, 2016  6-7:30pm

Bottineau Park

Calling all ghosts and goblins, vampires and monsters, villains and superheroes, make sure to trick and treat at the park where we’re having a spooktacular night of family fun. Free – Registration not required.

8:00- Adjourn

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Fall Street Sweeping to begin October 18th

Crews are preparing for the fall street sweeping across Minneapolis. Drivers will need to park out of their way so they can do a thorough job cleaning our roadways.

Minneapolis Public Works will begin the big task of curb-to-curb sweeping and leaf collection on streets throughout the city Tuesday, Oct. 18. During the four weeks of the comprehensive fall street sweep, crews will clean up about 1,100 miles of city streets. To make sure the sweepers can do the best job possible, temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance so streets will be clear of cars when they’re swept. The first signs will be posted Monday, Oct. 17, and sweeping will begin the next day. Anyone who parks on the street will need to follow street sweeping parking rules or their cars may be ticketed and towed.

Making it easy to follow parking rules:

  • No Parking” signs – City crews will post “No Parking” signs at least 24 hours before sweeping any streets. Parking will be banned from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the day a street is swept. The “No Parking” signs will be removed as soon as possible after a street has been completely swept to allow people to resume parking. Vehicles not in compliance with “No Parking” signs may be ticketed and towed to the Minneapolis Impound Lot.
  • Social media – The City will use Facebook and Twitter to post periodic street sweeping updates and information.
  • Phone calls to residents – In addition to the “No Parking” signs that will be posted the day before sweepers come through, the City will make about 3,000 automated phone calls each evening to let residents know their street will be swept the next day. There’s no guarantee that the calls will reach everyone, so residents should be sure to check the schedule and watch for signs.
  • Interactive web tool – Folks can use a feature on the City’s website to find out when the sweepers are coming through their neighborhoods. The tool will be available by Oct. 14 at www.minneapolismn.gov/streetsweeping. The fall street sweep takes four weeks, and the website will show which week any street is scheduled to be swept. Then, starting on each weekend, the daily sweeping schedule for the upcoming week will display.
  • Videos – Street sweeping is explained in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong as part of the City’s series of short videos. Residents who have friends or neighbors who speak these languages are encouraged to share links to the videos.
      • English: See how and why Minneapolis sweeps streets and what you can do to help keep streets and waterways clean in this video from the Minneapolis “Did you know…” series.
      • Spanish: Vea en este video de las series “Sabia Usted” como y porque Minneapolis barre las calles y limpia las vias fluviales.
      • Somali: Ka daawo fiidyowga taxanaha… ee Minneapolis ee loo yaqaan “Ma Ogtahay” siyaabaha iyo sababaha minneapolis jidadka ay u xaaqido oo ogow sidii aad uga caawin lahayd ilaalinta nadaafada jidadka iyo biyo mareenada.
      • Hmong: Yog xav paub ntxiv, sais nroog Minneapolis cov tshooj xov xwm hu, “Koj pos paub.”
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Add your voice to the next Minneapolis Comprehensive Plan update

Help the City of Minneapolis plan for the future

You can share your feedback with City planners and engage with artists to plan for the future development of Minneapolis. Minneapolis 2040 is an update to the City’s comprehensive plan, a document that shapes how Minneapolis will grow and change. The plan covers housing, job creation, the design of new buildings, and how we use our streets.

We want to hear from you. Join us at one of these family-friendly, interactive open houses. Enjoy complimentary refreshments and food from local vendors.

5-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25
Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St.

5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27
North Commons Park, 1801 James Ave. N.

Your city
We want Minneapolis to be a strong, growing, diverse and inclusive city. How can we do this and provide diverse housing options, sustainable jobs and a transportation system that works for everyone?

Your community
Your community should be safe, livable, healthy and sustainable. Do you have access to what you need on a daily basis?

Your voice
Your voice is important in shaping the future of Minneapolis. You know how you experience the city every day and what it takes to create a more equitable future for everyone. Help us build on what’s working and fix what isn’t.

Learn more and engage as well at minneapolis2040.com and @MPLS2040 #MPLSBigIdeas on Facebook and Twitter.

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