Community Meetings of Interest

Upcoming meetings that may be of interest to Columbia Park Neighbors

Chat with Chief Harteau Wednesday 5/20 at the 2nd Precinct- 4pm-5:00pm

Wednesday, 5/20 Chief Harteau will be at the Second Precinct (1911
Central Ave NE) for Chat with the Chief. All residents,business
people and community stakeholders welcome. Please feel free to stop
in and visit. Bring your questions or concerns.

Emergency Response to Rail Accidents Involving Hazardous Material 

May 27, 2015  7:00-8:00pm
Ukrainian Event Center
301 Main St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
NIEBNA has invited Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel and others from the MFD to discuss the response to accidents involving oil and hazardous materials on the rail line through the area.
All are invited and encouraged to participate.

Process to Discuss Park Funding issues

You are invited to join other community leaders at a special meeting about several Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) projects that focus on long-term park planning. These city-wide initiatives include Closing the Gap: Investing in Our Neighborhood Parks, RecQuest and Service Area Master Plans.

Thu., May 28      11 am – noon     MPRB Headquarters, 2117 West River Road, Minneapolis

Or

Mon., June 1      6-7 pm                  MPRB Headquarters, 2117 West River Road, Minneapolis

Each meeting will give a brief overview of each initiative and provide you with information about how  community engagement for each project will be combined as often as possible.

Closing the Gap: Investing in our Neighborhood Parks shares information about the current condition of our neighborhood parks. After more than a decade of deferring maintenance to meet budget shortfalls, many of Minneapolis’ 157 neighborhoods parks are in trouble. Neighborhood parks have the greatest number of physical assets (such as wading pools, playgrounds, roofs and parking lots) that require greater resources to operate, maintain and replace. Yet, since 2000, the funds available to care for these community hubs have been significantly less than the amount needed. As a result, the funding gap for neighborhood parks has grown to more than $110 million and if not addressed, will grow an additional $46 million by 2020. Note: Meetings for Closing the Gap will begin in North Minneapolis in June.

RecQuest is the MPRB’s in-depth assessment of its 49 community recreation centers designed to help guide recreation center investments for the next 25-30 years. RecQuest will not only review the physical spaces within the recreation centers themselves, but also the programs, services and activities the centers currently provide to assess if they are meeting the community’s needs. RecQuest will also help identify any areas of Minneapolis where programming is not currently offered but needed.

Service Area Master Plans take a complete look at all outdoor park assets within the service areas of Minneapolis (Downtown, North, Northeast/Southeast, South, Southwest). Using community input, master plans set a vision for operations, management, and improvements; create improvement plans for each neighborhood park, set priorities and estimate budgets. Currently, Service Area Master Plans are underway for the Downtown and South Service Areas. Over the next five years, Service Area Master Plans will be prepared for the Southwest, North, and Northeast/Southeast Service Areas.

We hope you can join us to learn more about these exciting projects and begin sharing the details with your own community! Please RSVP to ewolfe@minneapolisparks.org by Tuesday, May 26.  Should you require a meeting modification in order to fully participate, please let me know in advance of the event.

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Board/General Meeting Monday May 18, 2015

The regular Board/ General Meeting of the Columbia Park Neighborhood Association will be held Monday May 18, 2015 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

Columbia Park Meeting Draft Agenda for Monday May 18, 2015

6:30 – Call to Order

6:31 – Approval of the Agenda

6:35 – Approval the Minutes for CPNA meeting April 20,2015
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Met Council 101 with Cara Letofsky

Learn a bit more about how the Metropolitan Council partners with local communities to build our region.
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EARTH DAY Saturday April 25th 9:30am-Noon at Columbia Park

Earth Day Cleanup is held at several sites throughout the City of Minneapolis. It is a collaborative effort between the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and City of Minneapolis Solid Waste and Recycling.
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Board/General Meeting Monday April 20, 2015 6:30pm Columbia Manor

 Draft Agenda for Monday April 20, 2015
Columbia Manor 3300 Central AV NE

Need Accessible entrance opened call Liz at 612-390-3735
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Construction along Columbia Parkway

This spring from April 1st to June 30th Xcel energy will be replacing the power poles and lines along the north end of Columbia Park.  Due to railroad safety rules and no staging near the rails, the project will require closing the walking/bike trails along the north end of the park.  The detour is to use the sidewalk across the street along the north side of the parkway. There will also be a detour to the east side of Central AV from the stop light at 34th to 37th AV NE.   There will also be an inspection of the railroad bridge across the parkway on March 29th.  Expect road closings that day.  Click on the detour map provided by Xcel for a better view.
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2015 Community Gardening Season starts this week!

Columbia Park Community Gardens

Garden plots available to rent for the 2015 Season.

$20 rental fee and $20 deposit due at time of plot assignment.  Water and composting are available and included with rental.  For more information and to rent any remaining plots (yes, there are still plots available) please contact Liz, 612-390-3735 or at contact@columbiapark.org

The Gateway

The Gateway

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Community Connections Non Conference March 21st

The 2015 Community Connections nonConference – Creative Engagement and Action using arts and placemaking– will be held on Saturday, March 21st from 9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m., at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

The nonconference is FREE.

The nonconference theme – Creative Engagement and Action using arts and placemaking – is an in-depth look at creative engagement strategies and creative placemaking. Participants will be immersed into a experiential atmosphere where they will gain the skills and strategies to take creative placemaking techniques back to their own community and do it from start to finish.

For more information and to register for this free conference look here

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Columbia Park Meeting Draft Agenda for Monday March 16, 2015

Columbia Park Meeting Agenda for  Monday March 16, 2015
Columbia Manor 3300 Central AV NE

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

 Board Members:  Jane McCarney , Jeff Schalles, Darielle Dannon,  Mike Melman, Irro Mohamed, Elaine Nissen, Justin Martin

Other: Staff: Liz Wielinski

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6:30 – Call to Order

6:31 – Approval of the Agenda

6:35 – Approval the Draft Minutes for CPNA meeting February 23, 2015

6:39 – Treasurer’s Report

7:00 – Old Business

Draft CPNA resolution regarding the proposed rail changes in Crystal and Robbinsdale

St Anthony parkway bridge update

Trucks on 5th ST NE –Jeff Bixler

7:15 – New Business

NCR Community non Conference on Saturday March 21, 2015

Gateway Gardens meeting at the manor on Thur March 26th 6:30  new sign going up soon

NPP

7:30 – Announcements/ Communications

2015 Local Food Resource Hubs Seed Distribution

The Hubs are community based networks of residents, organizations, and businesses supporting each other to grow, cook, and preserve fruits and vegetables and increase health and access to fresh food.

The Northeast/Southeast Seed Distribution will be on Wednesday, April 1st from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Waite Park Community Center located at 1810 34th Ave. NE, Minneapolis.

Seeds available: Herbs: Basil, dill, cilantro, parsley; a variety of fresh and dried beans, beets, broccoli raab, cantelope, carrots, swiss chard, collards, corn, cucumbers, kale, mustard greens, a variety of asian greens, lettuce, scallions, parsnips, snap peas, pumpkin, radish, spinach, summer and winter squash, turnips, and watermelon

TO JOIN, SIGN UP ONLINE AT: WWW.GARDENINGMATTERS.ORG/HUBS or pick up, complete, and mail the form and payment to: Gardening Matters, 310 E. 38th St #204B, Minneapolis, MN 55409

SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE!

Why join?

  • Grow your own fresh produce!
  • Engage in local food issues, making healthy, locally-grown food more accessible in your neighborhood!
  • Receive seeds, seedlings, to help your garden grow!
  • Connect with other gardeners in your neighborhood to share and swap resources!
  • Share your skills and learn from others about gardening techniques, compost, cooking, food preservation, and more!
  • No gardening experience is required!
  • Beginners are welcome!

MINNEAPOLIS PUBLIC HEARING FOR PROPOSED 2015-19 CONSOLIDATED PLAN

Tuesday April 7, 2015 1:30pm City Council Chambers, Minneapolis City Hall

You are invited to comment on Minneapolis’ proposed FY 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan. The 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan covers the City’s application and Five-Year Strategy for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grant Program (ESG), and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) federal entitlement funding.

The Consolidated Plan is an application to the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) articulating the City’s housing and community development strategies for low- and moderate-income residents at or below 80 percent of the metropolitan median income level.

We invite your participation by speaking at the hearing and/or submitting written comments before, during, or after the hearing on April 7, 2015. To have your name placed on the Public Hearing Speakers List, call (612) 673-2219. Please indicate if you will require any accessibility assistance or interpreter/translation services.

On April 17, 2015, the City will submit its 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan to HUD.  It will include the 2015 budget for the HUD entitlement funds the City expects to receive beginning June 1, 2015.

Listed below are HUD’s entitlement amounts for the 2015 Consolidated Plan

Entitlement Program 2015 HUD Appropriation
CDBG $10,452,853
HOME $1,953,039
ESG $955,772
HOPWA $1,039,291

 

If you wish to read the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan, it is available for review at the Office of Grants & Special Projects (307M City Hall), at all Minneapolis public libraries, offices of Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, and on the web at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/grants/grants_consolidated-plan.

If you are unable to attend this public hearing, or if you have any questions on the Consolidated Plan, you may send comments to:

Matt Bower, Manager, Resource Coordination

Intergovernmental Relations – Office of Grants and Special Projects

307M City Hall

350 South Fifth Street

Minneapolis, MN 55415

Fax: (612) 673-3250

Phone: (612) 673-2188

 

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Columbia Golf Course to Open March 13th

The Columbia Golf Club will open Friday, March 13, at noon for walking only play.

On March 13 the tee times are open on a first come, first serve basis.

The course will start taking scheduled tee times on Saturday – with walking and cart play available.

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