Draft Agenda for Board/General Meeting Monday February 27, 2017

The regular Board/ General Meeting of the Columbia Park Neighborhood Association will be held Monday February 27, 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.

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 Minutes for CPNA meeting January 23,2017

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

6:45- Open Time

6:59 – General Meeting

7:00 – Old Business

Motion to approve last of Raingarden funds to go to Heidi Hodorowski and Anne Ferreria through Metro Blooms program

2017 Gateway Garden Meeting, before next board meeting March 20, 2017 at 6:00pm

Liz is willing to serve as coordinator but would like the stipend if she is going to do so.

Finalize 2017-19 budget

7:15 – New Business

Request to sign onto a Letter to a resolution regarding abolishing Neighborhood Organizations removed from the staff report on the 2040 Comprehensive Plan update.

Discuss possible Eastside neighborhoods resolution

Open Streets 2017

Annual Report to NCR (year end 2016) edit/approve

7:30 – Crime and Safety Update

2PAC report

7:45 – Announcements/ Communications

Park Board Summer Activity Guides are now available…sign up for classes, sports and camps.  Check it out here.

From the Tree Trust

Minneapolis residents, mark your calendars:

This year, due to increased demand, the Minneapolis Tree Sale will be functioning differently.

Residents of Wards 3-7 and 10 will be able to order their tree on March 6 through March 12, starting at 9:00am. Tree Trust will be collecting orders for these wards ONLY during this time.

Residents living outside of Wards 3-7 and 10, will be able to register for the tree lottery during the week of March 13-18. The lottery will be open the entire week, so there is no need to come racing to the website on March 13. When you register on the Tree Trust website, you will be entered into the lottery for a chance to purchase a tree through the program. Your address can only be registered one time through this process.

The lottery draw will take place during the week of March 20, with selected participants notified by March 22.  If you are selected, you will be given further instructions (all via email) during this time. Be sure to check your email regularly!

There are 14 tree species to choose from, including two duos, so make sure to do your research to pick the best tree for your yard! Trees are $25 and selected residents can order one per property.

If you live elsewhere in the metro, check with your city of residence to see if they offer a tree sale. If not, have them contact the Tree Trust Community Forestry department.

For more information on all tree sales, please visit our Get a Tree webpage.

2017 Metro Blooms Workshops

$15 workshops: Creating Weather Resilient Yards

 Unseasonably warm weather, long droughts and flooding rains are the new normal for spring and summer in Minnesota. Learn how your yard can adapt to and even help mitigate threats posed by these extreme weather events. 

 Participants receive:

 • An overview of Minnesota’s changing weather patterns and ways to minimize their impact in your yard by using alternative turf, raingardens, and other resilient-yard practices.

 • 1 on 1 design assistance from Metro Blooms and Blue Thumb landscape designers and U of M Extension Master Gardeners from Hennepin County.

 For more information and to register, go to metroblooms.org or call 651-699-2426.

Space is limited.

8:00- Adjourn

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Conversation on Minimum Wage

The City of Minneapolis is hosting a listening session next week to gather feedback on a potential minimum wage policy:

 

Monday, February 27, 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Firefighters Hall & Museum, 664 – 22nd Avenue NE

 

All are welcome. This is one of several listening sessions that are being held across the city to offer opportunities for community stakeholders to share viewpoints on this topic. Questions and feedback can also be sent to minwage@minneapolismn.gov.

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Activities at Eastside Neighborhood Services

 

Tax Preparation with Prepare + Prosper 
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 PM – Saturdays at 8:30 AM
Saturday, January 21 – April 15 at East Side
The times given are the sign-in times. Clients are asked not to arrive more than 10 minutes before the sign-in time, as assistance is NOT based on first-come, first-served. Everyone who is present at the sign-in time has an equal chance of being served. Order is determined randomly. Prepare + Prosper is for anyone with an annual income of $35,000 or less for individuals, $55,000 or less for families or those who are self-employed.

AARP Tax Assistance 
Assists people who are 55+ and/or who are disabled, by appointment only. Income guidelines are $35,000 or less for individuals, $55,000 or less for families or those who are self-employed. Please call (612) 781-6011 to make an appointment.
ServSafe® Food Safety Manager

Thursday, February 2, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday, February 18, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

East Side Neighborhood Services’ 1-day certification class will prepare you for a career in food service preparation and safety. Call the Training Coordinator at (612) 787-4022 for more information.

Forklift and Bobcat Operator Training

February 7th – 10th at East Side

This course will provide you with industry recognized certification to operate sit-down and stand-up forklifts and Bobcat Skid Steer Loaders. Classroom training held on site at ESNS. Transportation to the off-site facility for hands on training is provided. To apply come to an information session held every Tuesday at 9:30 am or Wednesday at 3pm. Call (612) 787-4022 for more information.

A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls
Tuesdays, February 7 – March 28, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
In A Matter of Balance, you will learn how to view falls as controllable, make changes to reduce fall risks at home, perform exercises that improve strength and balance, and set goals to increase physical activity. Classes are held at East Side. The cost of these classes is based on ability to pay. No one will be turned away due to financial constraints. To register, call 612-787-4102 or email Empowering Vital Aging at eva@esns.org.

Living Well with Chronic Conditions
Wednesdays, February 8 – March 15, 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Gain skills to live a healthier life! Living Well with Chronic Conditions workshop covers many topics including healthy eating, exercise, medication usage, as well as managing fatigue, pain, and emotions. All participants receive a reference book. This class will be held at the Skyway Senior Center located at 950 Nicollet Mall #290, Mpls 55403. The cost of these classes is based on ability to pay. No one will be turned away due to financial constraints. To register, call 612-787-4102 or email Empowering Vital Aging at eva@esns.org.

Leadership in Hospitality
February 13 to March 23, Monday – Friday, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
This FREE program is designed for adults with experience working in the customer service, sales, food service, and hospitality fields that have the potential to move into supervisory and leadership positions. To apply attend a weekly information session Tuesday at 9:30 AM and Wednesday at 3:00 PM. Call (612) 787-4022 for more information.

Employment Orientation Meetings at East Side

February 14 and February 28, starting at 9:30 am, at East Side

ESNS’ Senior Community Service Employment Program is in search of low income seniors (55yrs+, Hennepin County residents) who are interested in paid on-the-job training in a variety of community based settings. We are seeking those with interest or experience in these types of work: janitors, office help, and kitchen workers, to name a few. Information about the program can be found at www.esns.org/SCSEP or call Macey with questions (612) 787-4090.

Senior Appreciation Valentine Luncheon
Thursday, February 16, at East Side – 11:30 AM seating
Admission with ticket only – Cost $4.00. Community members 55+ welcome. Tickets are available at East Side and the Senior Food Shelf.

Tai Ji Quan: Moving For Better Balance

Mondays and Wednesdays, February 27 – May 17, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

This Tai Chi class reduces risk of falls by improving balance, muscle strength, flexibility, and mobility through mindful movements in a slow, flowing motion. All classes are held at East Side. The cost of these classes is based on ability to pay. No one will be turned away due to financial constraints. To register, email eva@esns.org or call (612) 787-4102.

Living Well Workshop
March 23 – April 27, Thursdays, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM at East Side
Gain skills to live a healthier life! Living Well with Chronic Conditions workshop covers many topics including healthy eating, exercise, medication usage, as well as managing fatigue, pain, and emotions. All participants receive a reference book. The cost of these classes is based on ability to pay. No one will be turned away due to financial constraints. To register, call 612-787-4102 or email Empowering Vital Aging at eva@esns.org.

A Matter of Balance

Tuesdays, May 2 – June 20, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

In A Matter of Balance, you will learn how to view falls as controllable, make changes to reduce fall risks at home, perform exercises that improve strength and balance, and set goals to increase physical activity. This eight week workshop includes group discussion and exercise. Classes are held at East Side. The cost of these classes is based on ability to pay. No one will be turned away due to financial constraints. To register, call 612-787-4102 or email Empowering Vital Aging at eva@esns.org.

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I-94 Construction from Brooklyn Center to Hiawatha in 2017

Construction Coming to I94

For anyone who commutes via I94, a large construction project will reduce I-94 east of Highway 55 to two lanes each side for much of 2017. MnDOT will also be doing work on the Lowry Tunnel that will require one side of it to be closed for about seven weeks at a time.

MnDOT will also need to close one side of I-94 for four weekends in August while crews lay asphalt. The bridge at I-94 west in Brooklyn Center will be repaired and Highway 252 south will be closed for about three months.

For more information on the project, visit the project website HERE.

There will also be an open house on February 23rd, from 4-7pm at the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Building (2117 West River Road, Mpls) in the Nokomis Room to learn more about this project and others.

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Free Tax Prep Service for Low Income and Seniors

Trained volunteers will be available at these nearby sites.  AARP Tax aide is for seniors and VITA is for low income families.  For more information on income/age requirements check  here.

  • EAST SIDE NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES (AARP TAX AIDE)
    1700 2ND ST NE
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN   55413
    County: HENNEPIN
    Program: AARP Tax Aide
    Site Availability: 2/1/2017 – 4/18/2017
    Days Open: MONDAY, WEDNESDAY
    Hours Open: MONDAYS 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM AND WEDNESDAYS 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Appt or Walk In: By Appt. Only
    Phone: 612-787-4000
    Accessible to persons with mobility issues
  • EAST SIDE NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES VITA
    1700 2ND STREET NE
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN   55413
    County: HENNEPIN
    Program: VITA
    Site Availability: 1/21/2017 – 4/15/2017
    Days Open: TUESDAY, THURSDAY, SATURDAY
    Hours Open: TUESDAY AND THURSDAY 5:15 PM – 9:00 PM, SATURDAY 8:15 AM – 1:00 PM
    Appt or Walk In: Walk-In Only
  • MURZYN HALL SENIOR CENTER
    530 MILL ST NE
    COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, MN   55421
    County: ANOKA
    Program: AARP Tax Aide
    Site Availability: 2/2/2017 – 4/13/2017
    Days Open: TUESDAY, THURSDAY
    Hours Open: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (NOON)
    Appt or Walk In: Walk-In Only
    Accessible to persons with mobility issues
    Comments: WALK-INS SERVED AS TIME PERMITS. RETURNING CLIENTS WILL BE SERVED ON 4/6 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM FOR PROPERTY TAX REFUND ONLY.

 

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Draft Agenda for Board/General Meeting Monday January 23, 2017

The regular Board/ General Meeting of the Columbia Park Neighborhood Association will be held Monday January 23, 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.

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 of the  Minutes for CPNA meeting Monday November 21, 2016

6:39 – Treasurer’s Report– Receive and File

6:50 – Open Time for public comment (this is new to give any neighbors or others who drop in a chance to speak to the board)

6:59 – General Meeting

7:00- New Business

Mohamed Cali from East African Radio KALY 101.7FM will be talking to us about how we can partner to get information out to our East African Residents in Columbia Park

The 2017 Minneapolis Earth Day Clean Up will take place Saturday, April 22, from 9:30am – Noon.   Liz has a conflict and is unable to be site coordinator, looking for a volunteer.

Roll over of remaining 2016 CPP funds to April of 2017 to get through until new budget approved

Proposed 2017-19 CPP budget

Rankings of NPP projects via the survey for how to allocate our NPP and NRP rollover dollars

7:15- Old Business

Sidewalk at Hi View Park

7:30 – Crime and Safety Update

2PAC update

7:45 – Announcements/ Communications

Listening Sessions with Senator Dziedzic and Representative Loeffler

Bottineau Park Multipurpose Room      Windom Park Multipurpose Room 2000 2nd St NE                                                      2251 NE Hayes St.
Sat. Jan 28, 2017   10 to 11am                              Sat. Jan 28, 2017   1:30 to 2:30pm

 

Prepare + Prosper is a local nonprofit that provides free tax preparation, financial services, and financial coaching to individual and families. Their IRS-certified volunteers will get you the maximum refund. From January 21 to April 15, they operate eight tax sites in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Hopkins, and Bloomington. They are based in St. Paul year-round. For more information or to make an appointment, contact Prepare + Prosper at 651-287-0187 or www.prepareandprosper.org.

 

READING PARTNERS

Looking for a new volunteer opportunity in the new year?  Try Reading Partners!  Reading Partners Twin Cities is seeking volunteer tutors at Northeast College Prep, located at 300 Industrial Blvd NE.  Our volunteers make a lifelong impact on a child who struggles with reading.  We currently have more than 20 students at NECP waiting for a tutor! – Give as little as one hour a week (we welcome more, if you are able)!- Tutoring takes place Monday-Thursday during school hours (8:20am-3pm).- Follow a highly effective, structured and easy-to-use curriculum.- No formal teaching experience is required. For more information, please visit our website at http://readingpartners.org or contact Kelly Rynda, volunteer coordinator, at kelly.rynda@readingpartners.org or (651) 362-0430.

 

8:00- Adjourn

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What to do with the Lock and Dam now that it’s closed????

FINAL Lock Public Meeting Invite_1.24.17

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Northern Metals Listening Session Jan 18th

Listening session Wednesday, Jan. 18 on a possible Northern Metals settlement

 The City of Minneapolis and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) will host a meeting Jan. 18 to discuss recent developments regarding air pollution in north Minneapolis and Northern Metals Recycling.

Northern Metals, the City and the MPCA are close to reaching a settlement. Part of the settlement includes Northern Metals setting aside a sum of money to be used for remedying the effects of the company’s excess air pollution.

The final agreement needs to include details about how to use of this funding. Input is needed from  Ward 1 and Ward 3 residents on how best to use this part of the settlement (for example, pollution reduction or community health projects, etc.).

Ward 1 and Ward 3 Northern Metals listening session

Wednesday, Jan. 18
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Eastside Neighborhood Services, 1700 Second St. NE

Child care will be provided. In order to better accommodate child care needs, please call Leslie at 612-673-3544 if you would like child care. We would like to know how many children to expect.

At the meeting, MPCA officials will give a summary regarding the possible settlement and Minneapolis Health Department staff will give a presentation on environmental public health concerns in the area.

Questions? Call 311 for more information.

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Stormwater Pipe Repairs near the Archery Range start Jan 3rd

The City of Minneapolis Public Works Department contractors will be repairing a 60″ storm water pipe that runs under the Archery Range in Columbia Park.  Due to its location by the elevated railroad tracks and bridge over St. Anthony Parkway the roadway will need to be one lane at times.  This will be during work hours only and staff will be in place to control traffic.  Please use caution when driving in this area. To see a detailed map click on the link below.

St Anthony Parkway Construction Map

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Happy Holidays from CPNA

Happy Holidays from CPNA.  Our latest newsletter should have arrived at your mailbox, but if not you can read it online here.  For activities for those out of school for the next week check out the activities in the parks.

We hope to see you in 2017!  Our calendar of meeting dates is here.

Watch the website and the newsletters for volunteer opportunities as well, including the annual Earth Day clean up and the Annual Meeting and Potluck picnic.

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