Draft Agenda for the Board/General Meeting for Monday January 22, 2018

The regular Board/ General Meeting of the Columbia Park Neighborhood Association will be held Monday January 22, 2018 at 6:30 pm at the Columbia Golf Manor 3300 Central AV NE.

For reasonable accommodations, alternative formats, translation services or the accessible entrance opened please contact CPNA staffer Liz at 612-390-3735. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call.

Columbia Park Draft Meeting Agenda for Monday January 22, 2018

6:30 – Call to Order for Board Actions

6:31 – Approval of the Agenda

6:35 – Approval the Draft Minutes for October 16, 2017 CPNA meeting

6:39 – Treasurer’s Reports- Receive and File

6:42 – Motion to purchase a new digital camera

6:44- Approve Liz’s contract for 2018

6:45- Open Time (anyone can speak for up to 3 minutes…no electioneering)

6:58- Approve using CEE as our new revolving loan program vendor and transferring current unused portion of the GMHC loan program to CEE

6:59 – General Meeting

7:00 – East of the River Planning with the MPRB staff for the parks in the Columbia Park Neighborhood to include
• Hi-View Park
• Architect Triangle
• Columbia Park (including the dog park, archery range, rugby pitch, picnic pavilion, tennis courts and play area, paths etc…)
• Any comments related to the non-neighborhood park areas for staff to consider (Columbia Parkway, St Anthony Parkway from Central to the River, golf course, driving range)

Announcements:
Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan still taking input…
Over the past year, City planners have been doing a lot of listening about the future of Minneapolis. One theme we’ve heard is that everyone must benefit from a growing city. Done right, population growth can help our city become a healthy, sustainable, and thriving place for all. We have some ideas on how to achieve that, and would like to hear your thoughts.
https://www.minneapolis2040.com/?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

Seeking Input on Your Favorite River Views
Now through spring 2018, the 25 metro-area cities and towns in our local national park, the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, are working to identify scenic river views worth protecting. Once each city has determined its list, they must work to protect these views according to new state rules that protect the metro river corridor. Friends of the Mississippi River is working to help our cities compile the best list possible. Check out the views submitted so far, and then tell them about yours or help by contributing a missing photo. For more information and to submit one or more suggestions: https://fmr.org/news/2017/12/07/twin-cities-river-views.

Community Connections Conference Saturday February 10,2018
Registration is now open!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-connections-conference-2018-tickets-41218142574
NCR invites you to participate in the 7th annual Community Connections Conference on Saturday, February 10, 2018.
The Community Connections Conference is a free event with exciting learning labs, speakers, panels, and a delicious catered lunch. The conference will build collaborations between neighborhoods, cultural communities, residents and the City. You can now view the workshops on the conference programming page.
Come join nonprofits, elected leaders, community organizations and others to learn about civic engagement opportunities, community partnerships, social justice initiatives and ways to shape local government policies.

File Your Taxes for Free with Prepare + Prosper

Once again, East Side Neighborhood Services (1700 Second St NE) is the place for Northeasters to receive free tax preparation services. The sessions begin Saturday, January 20, and end Saturday April 14, 2018. “First come, first served” walk-in help sessions are held three days week at ESNS.

Tuesday and Thursday sign-in begins at 5:30 PM; Saturday sign-in begins at 9 AM. IRS-certified volunteers from Prepare + Prosper work one-on-one with taxpayers to help them claim all the credits they’ve earned. The nonprofit also provides financial services to help people save some of their refund, get connected to financial coaching, or to answer money-related questions.

Individuals with an annual income of $35,000 or less in 2017, plus families and self-employed taxpayers with an annual income of $55,000 or less in 2017, are eligible to file their taxes through this service for free. Everyone present at the sign-in time has an equal chance to be served and to be seen first. Order is determined randomly. Those arriving after sign-in will be served if there is space. Due to capacity, P+P might not see everyone on the day of the clinic. Please allow 2-4 hours for preparation. Do not arrive more than 10 minutes before the sign-in time.

What to bring to the tax clinic:

You must bring a Social Security Card for each person on the return or an ITIN tax number or letter for each person on the return; a picture ID; checking and/or savings account numbers and bank routing numbers. All income statements should be brought to the clinic, official documents such as W-2s from each job, Unemployment Form 1099-G, Social Security benefits Form SSA-1099, Interest Income 1099-INT, Dividend Income 1099-DIV, Retirement Plants Form 1099-R, Gambling Winnings Form W-2G, Miscellaneous Income 1099-MISC, Sale of Stock 1099-B, Scholarships and Grants 1098-T, and Health Insurance purchased through MNSURE form 1095-A. Bring a copy of your 2016 tax return if you filed in 2017 and have retained a copy.

Special circumstances may require that you bring additional income statements for MFIP, SSI, MSA, GA, Veteran Benefits, and workers compensation. If you are claiming deductions for education expenses for K-12 children, bring receipts for supplies like pencils and notebooks. Also, if you paid for tutoring, musical instruments and lessons, or anything like that, bring receipts. If you paid for tuition at a college or technical school, bring form 1098-T. If you paid interest on student loans, bring form 1098-E. If you paid for childcare, you are required to submit the provider’s name, address, and tax ID or Social Security number.

To deduct interest on a home mortgage, you need to bring form 1098 and the real estate taxes payable to the County in 2017 that is mailed in March of this year. If you are a renter, bring the CRP form provided by your landlord.

Finally, bring receipts of cash and other contributions you made to charity. The more correct information you bring, the bigger the refund.

Call P+P at 651-287-0187 if you have any questions.

Next meeting: Monday February 26th. Tentative agenda, update from Pat Vogel NCEC and meet our new Crime Prevention Specialist

8:00- Adjourn

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East of the River Park Survey

Share your thoughts, ideas and experiences to help create long-term plan for parks in NE/SE Minneapolis

Do you use neighborhood parks in Northeast or Southeast Minneapolis? If so, we’d like to hear from you!

The East of the River Park Master Plan will create cohesive long-term plans for 36 Minneapolis park properties east of the Mississippi River. The project launched last fall. Since then, MPRB staff have hosted two official Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meetings, visited 18 different community events and worked with a Youth Design Team to begin developing the plan.

Now there’s an online survey available for people who may not have the time to find us out in the community or attend CAC meetings. Please take a few minutes to reflect on and share your experiences in NE/SE Minneapolis parks. Survey responses will be accepted until Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018.

East of the River Park Master Plan Survey

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Now hiring STEP-UP Youth for 2018

STEP UP

The City’s STEP-UP Youth Employment Program is now accepting applications for 2018. STEP-UP is the City internship program for people who are 14-21 years of age. Each year it recruits, trains and places more than 1,600 people in paid internships with over 220 businesses, public agencies and nonprofits. The online application for summer 2018 will be open from December 11-February 16. Go to www.stepupmpls.org for more information. If you are interested in hiring an intern contact nina.robertson@minneapolismn.gov.

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Winter Market to start Sunday December 17th

The Northeast Winter Market is coming back!

Expect music from DJs The Ring Toss Twins, children’s activities, meat raffles, local beer and Bloody Mary bar, prepared foods, plus over 30 of your favorite local vendors!

We look forward to seeing you at our #frostfreemarket!

snowflakes-275x300Located on the third floor
Locally yours,
Northeast Farmers Market
Location:
Solar Arts by Chowgirls
711 15th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Date and time:
Sunday, December 17th
10:00am-2:00pm

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2017 CP Holiday Train Saturday December 9th

2017 Canadian Pacific Holiday Train

7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 9, Lions Park, 37th Ave NE & Stinson Parkway. This family-friendly event is a benefit for East Side Neighborhood Services food shelf. The train arrives at 7:45 p.m. Cash and non-perishable food donations are welcome.

Holiday Train 2011 with band performing.

Holiday Train 2011 with band performing. photo: Liz Wielinski

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Help Inform the new Comprehensive Plan for Minneapolis

Want more community policing?  Less/more density in your neighborhood? More historical preservation? Better zoning with better buffers between industry and homes?  More affordable housing?  This is grassroots work that puts these ideas in the plans that direct the city for the next generation.

Join your neighbors in shaping our city to become a healthy, sustainable, and thriving place for all.

Minneapolis 2040 logo

We want to hear from YOU! Join your neighbors in shaping our city to become a healthy, sustainable, and thriving place for all.

Minneapolis 2040 is an update to the City’s Comprehensive Plan, a document that shapes how Minneapolis will grow and change. The plan will cover topics such as housing, job creation, the design of new buildings, and how we use our streets.

Over the past year, City planners have learned a lot from Minneapolis residents about the future of our city. We’ve heard that as the city grows, everyone must benefit from that growth. You told us that it can be difficult to access jobs that are not located nearby. We’ve heard concerns about the rising cost of housing, and that not everyone has access to the type of housing that meets their needs. We’ve also heard that people value well-designed and environmentally sustainable buildings, and that there is a desire for the city to be more walkable, bikeable, and mass transit-friendly.

Please attend one of four upcoming family friendly, interactive open houses in early December. Enjoy complimentary refreshments from local vendors. For more information and to sign up for updates at minneapolis2040.com.

Meeting dates and locations

Van Cleve Park Gym

901 15th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

December 2nd from 10:30-12:30

Farview Park Gym

621 N 29th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55411

December 5th from 5:30 – 7:30

Roosevelt High School Gym

4029 S 28th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406

December 9th from 10:00 – 12:00

MLK Park Multi-Purpose Room

4055 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409

December 11th from 5:30-7:30

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St Anthony Bridge is open again!!!

 

photo by Jeff Schalles

photo by Jeff Schalles

L-R: Mayor Betsy Hodges, Deputy Director and City Engineer, Public Works Dept., Lisa Czerney, 1st Ward Councilman Kevin Reich, Park Board Commissioner, District 1, Liz Wielinski, State Senator Kari Dziedzic, City Council President Barb Johnson, and State Representative Diane Loeffler
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Draft Agenda for the Board/ General Meeting Monday November 20, 2017

The regular Board/ General Meeting of the Columbia Park Neighborhood Association will be held Monday November 20,2017 at 6:30 pm at the Columbia Golf Manor 3300 Central AV NE, main floor Bride’s Room at end of the south corridor.

For reasonable accommodations, alternative formats, translation services or the accessible entrance opened please contact CPNA staffer Liz at 612-390-3735. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call.

Columbia Park Draft Meeting Agenda for Monday November 20, 2017

6:30 – Call to Order for Board Actions

6:31 – Approval of the Agenda
6:35 – Approval the Draft Minutes for October 16, 2017 CPNA meeting
6:39 – Treasurer’s Report- Receive and File
6:45- Open Time (anyone can speak for up to 3 minutes-no electioneering)
6:59 – General Meeting
7:00 – Old Business

CEE: We will discuss what we can do with our Home Improvement Loan program to make it better for the neighborhood.  If we want to do plan modifications later we can when we do our NRP Phase II update.

Liz’s contract is up December 1st.    She is willing to continue at the same rate and hours for 2018, but wants to give everyone a heads up that she will be adding additional work hours to her life now that her term on the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has ended which will unlikely cause any issues, but that is an unknown. (This will need a board action)

7:15 – New Business

Trees for Kids- We have an opportunity to partner with Neighborhood Forest to give trees to school kids to plant at home for Earth Day. If we are interested we can contact both Learning for Leadership to see if they would be our school partner.

Neighborhood Forest gives trees (6-12 inches in size) to school children. For free. Every Earth Day. We do this in cooperation with parents, school administrators and teachers. We agree to give trees away for free, provided schools are willing to distribute them to their students and parents are willing to plant and care for them with their kids. We currently serve the Midwest, though we have worked with schools outside this region. Eventually, we are looking to expand nationwide and internationally.

Liz would need staff direction to follow up with both Learning for Leadership and Neighborhood Forest.

2040 Comp Plan for the City of Minneapolis: Eastside Meeting is Saturday December 2, 2017 10:30 am at Van Cleve Park. Liz is going and can put in the priorities of the board. What are they?

Current Chapters in the Comp Plan we could base our comments upon.

1 – Land Use 2 – Transportation 3 – Housing 4 – Economic Development 5 – Public Services and Facilities 6 – Environment 7 – Open Space and Parks 8 – Heritage Preservation 9 – Arts and Culture 10 – Urban Design 11 – Implementation

7:30 Crime and Safety Update
2PAC
Any updates on discussion of battery thefts last month

7:45- Items for next meeting agenda

Park Planning for the East of the River master plan (Columbia, the whole park including the dog park, but likely excluding the golf course and learning center) Hi View Park and Architect Triangle.

7:50 Announcements/ Communications

Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan Updating
Over the past year, city planners have been doing a lot of listening about the future of Minneapolis. One thing we’ve heard is that everyone must benefit from a growing city. Done right, population growth can help our city become a healthy, sustainable, and thriving place for all. We have some ideas on how to achieve that, and would like to hear your thoughts.
Engage in Person at Open House Event in December
This is one of four interactive engagement events happening in December 2017. Each event will feature the same family-friendly activities created by artists and City-staff, as well as free food from local businesses.
Saturday, Dec. 2
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 
Van Cleve Park Gym
901 15th Ave. SE

Co-hosted by SE Como, Waite Park, and Marcy-Holmes neighborhoods

Friends of the Northeast Library Book Sale

9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Friday – Saturday, Dec. 1-2, Northeast Library, 2200 Central Ave NE. Funds raised will benefit the library.

Mrs. Kelly’s Tea Tasting

Saturday and Sunday, December 2 and 3, 9 am — 5 pm

Mrs. Kelly’s Tea, 77 13th Ave. NE, Suite 103

Enjoy Mrs. Kelly’s annual tea tasting in North East Minneapolis! It’s been over two decades of Holiday Tea Tastings. Don’t miss this chance to try over 100 of Mrs. Kelly’s most popular award winning, local, freshly blended teas. Admission is free, but a $2 donation or non-perishable food item to be donated to Perspectives Kids Café and Second Harvest Heartland is requested. For information: https://www.facebook.com/events/102536010515015/.

2017 Canadian Pacific Holiday Train

7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 9, Lions Park, 37th Ave NE & Stinson Parkway. This family-friendly event is a benefit for East Side Neighborhood Services’ food shelf. The train arrives at 7:45 p.m. Cash and non-perishable food donations are welcome.

Kroening Interpretive Center Programs

(just across the river, north of the Camden Bridge, easy to get to with the parkway now open)

Fall building hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 am-4 pm, Sundays, 12 noon-4 pm; closed on Mondays. North Mississippi Regional Park, 4900 Mississippi Court

Unless indicated, all activities are free and or all ages. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For information: 763-694-7693; for map and driving instructions: https://www.minneapolisparks.org/parks__destinations/parks__lakes/north_mississippi_regional_park/.

Nature Nuts Play Group

Fridays, December 1-22; 11:30 am-12:30 pm

Come with your little one to play and have fun in nature with other children and parents/guardians. Each day will be different, but will have nature themes such as animals, birds and seasons. Enjoy the season together! For kids up to age 5 with an adult. This is an Adult/Child interactive program. Registration fee $15. Early winter weather is always changing — wear clothes and shoes for playing outside. For information and to register: https://apm.activecommunities.com/minneapolisparks/Activity_Search/7542

First Responders Holiday Dinner (feed the police and firefighters etc…for Christmas)

The first planning meeting for the 34th Annual 12-hour dinner for On-Duty First Responders, will be held at the Precinct, 1911 Central Avenue NE, THIS Sunday, 11-19, at 5:30.

This is a meeting for people who want to join the project, contribute ideas, offer help, or who just want to know what this is all about.  We will meet for a brief summary of the 34-year project, an explanation of what’s happened in the past and explanations of kinds of ways you can help this project this year.

2018 Construction along University AV from 41st to 27th

For those curious about what type of work MnDOT will be doing on University Avenue next year, we posted a video on the project web page that explains the process. This was shot at a project in southeastern Minnesota several years ago. It provides a good understanding of the basic work that will be done from 27th to 40th    avenues next year.

Coincidently, Mark Watson, who is in the video, is the construction engineer on the University Avenue project.

Here is the link to the page: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/hwy47mpls/

Volunteer for Literacy

Would you like to gain experience teaching English and make a difference in the lives of your neighbors? Volunteer as a teacher, classroom assistant or one-on-one tutor with Minnesota Literacy Council! You’ll partner with adult immigrants and refugees who are learning English, helping them build their literacy skills and thrive in the United States.  We need volunteers to serve as teachers, classroom assistants, and one-on-one tutors.  Curriculum and materials are provided. No previous teaching experience or foreign language proficiency required.  Training is provided.   The time commitment ranges from 1 to 3 hours per week.  We have a variety of opportunities available throughout the Twin Cities Metro Area please contact us and we can match you with a program in your neighborhood.  Volunteers must be 18 years old, or 16 if volunteering alongside a parent or guardian. For more information, contact Wendy: wroberts@mnliteracy.org Volunteer Outreach Flyer 2017.pdf  (1mb) http://forums.e-democracy.org/r/file/cOMvC2CyN9UuisOIXs2K2EKxBpk-5mtB-2EJcwCy/

8:00- Adjourn

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Get ready for the Nov. 7 election!

Get ready for the Nov. 7 election, Minneapolis will use ranked-choice voting

The City of Minneapolis is gearing up for the Nov. 7 municipal election, which will be the city’s third election to use ranked-choice voting. Sample ballots are now available, and voters can go to the elections webpages to see how their ballots will look in November.

There are three ways voters can cast their ballots: by mail, in person at the Early Vote Center and in person at their polling place on Election Day. As we get closer to the election, the City is working to remind folks how to use ranked-choice voting, and to make sure people know how to register to vote, how to find their polling place, and to answer any other questions about voting.

Sample ballots available now

You can see exactly what the ballot in your precinct will look like. Just go to vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/ballot and a link there will take you to a Minnesota Secretary of State webpage where you can get your sample ballot. It’s a great way to make sure you’re prepared for the voting booth, and you can bring it with you to the polls as a reference.

In the mayor’s race, 16 candidates will appear on the ballot. Each ballot across the city will also feature two other citywide contests: one for two at-large seats on the Board of Estimate and Taxation, and one for three at-large seats on the Park and Recreation Board.  Columbia Park residents will also have a chance to select a representative for Ward 1 Council Member and District 1 Park Board Commissioner.

Early voting is underway – Request a ballot now

Early voting has now begun, and any voter who wants to cast an early ballot can do so. This can be done in person at the Early Vote Center, 217 S. Third St., at the corner of Third Ave. S. and Third St. S., one block from City Hall. Standard voting hours will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, with extended hours including weekends in the final days before Election Day.

To vote early by mail, voters may request an absentee ballot. Ballots are then mailed out, and they include everything a voter needs to send back a completed ballot. Visit vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/absentee for absentee ballot applications in multiple languages that can be printed out and mailed, faxed or emailed in to request a ballot. Also online is a link to the Secretary of State’s absentee ballot lookup tool to follow the status of an absentee ballot that has been submitted. You can also watch this video on voting by mail for more information.

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Ribbon Cutting for the St Anthony Parkway Bridge

FINALLY!!!!!

Council Member Kevin Reich requests the honor of your presence for a Ribbon-Cutting and Grand Opening ceremony for the St Anthony Parkway North Town Bridge on Friday, October 27 on-site at the east side of the bridge.

A formal program will begin noon, featuring remarks from key partners/stakeholders.

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