Agenda for Board/General Meeting Monday August 19, 2019

The regular Board/ General Meeting of the Columbia Park Neighborhood Association will be held Monday August 19, 2019 at 6:30 pm at the Columbia Golf Manor 3300 Central AV NE.  MAP

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.

Please do not wear heavy scents to our meetings. We are in a small location and members have allergy issues. Thank you in advance for helping make our meetings inviting to all.

6:30 – Call to Order for Board Actions

6:31 – Approval of the Agenda

6:35 – Approval the Draft minutes for 2019 Annual Meeting and Potluck Picnic

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

6:45- Open Time

6:59 – General Meeting

7:00 – New Business

Election of Board Officers

Approval of 2019-20 board calendar

7:15 – Old Business

DLTL raingarden plan update

Future of CPNA Newsletter

Appointee to AFCAC

CPNA future plans for 37th and University CP/HCRRA site

7:30 – Crime and Safety Update

7:50 – Announcements/ Communications.

13th Annual Eastside BBQ: Thursday, August 29

Join thousands of your friends, neighbors and fellow community members for the 13th Annual Eastside Barbeque on Thursday, August 29, 3:30- 7:30 p.m. at Edison High School, 700 – 22nd Avenue NE. This event grows each year as it brings together community, businesses, and schools to show support for our local students and their families. It occurs the same evening as the open houses of all the Eastside public schools, including Edison High School, Northeast Middle School, Marcy Open School, Webster Elementary, Waite Park Elementary, Pillsbury Elementary, and Sheridan Arts & Spanish Dual Immersion School. Visit the school websites for details on open house hours:

The Barbeque will be serving up brats, hamburgers, veggie burgers and hotdogs with all the fixings. There will also be music, games, and a variety of other activities for the whole family. This is a unique opportunity to meet your neighbors, support this community’s students and school staff, enjoying a meal with friends, and exploring the Edison High School Green Campus.

The Eastside Barbeque is only possible through the hard work of dozens upon dozens of volunteers and the generous support of its sponsors.

Census 2020 is canvassing neighborhoods now

Census workers have begun canvassing neighborhoods to count the number of dwellings before census questionnaires are mailed out. Learn how the Census Bureau does this and how to verify a census worker’s credentials here.

In 2020, the US census will determine how many congressional representatives Minnesota will have for the next decade, and will impact funding for schools and local communities. Getting an accurate and complete count of all residents is vital.

If you would like more information on how neighborhoods can help ensure a Minneapolis Complete Count, please contact your neighborhood support specialist or Alberder Gillespie, census 2020 coordinator, at

Sign up here for the latest We Count news for the 2020 census.

City Introduces Regulatory Services Violations Dashboard

A new resource allows people to look up information on Regulatory Services inspections to see how the department works to help protect residents and improve the livability of Minneapolis. Regulatory Services inspectors enforce fire and housing violations of the Minneapolis code of ordinances and State fire code to keep Minneapolis safer, healthier and livable for all. Violations range from nuisance violations, such as unkept grass, to safety violations, such as having no fire alarms.

You can:

  • Look up information on a property to see if an issue has been reported or resolved.
  • Learn about the condition of a property, both past and present.
  • Understand the maintenance and compliance trends of property owners and managers.
  • Dig into nearly 30 years’ worth of enforcement information to undertake your own analysis.
  • Search for enforcement history for a specific neighborhood or ward to understand how Regulatory Services serves your community.

The information updates each morning to provide the previous day’s work. (Information on follow-up actions for the violations, such as citations, are not included, nor are violations issued by other City departments, such as Business Licensing.)  See the full Regulatory Services Violations Dashboard here.


8:00- Adjourn

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Columbia Golf Stormwater project update…

Contractors using an excavator to dig a test pit at the Columbia Golf Course.

Field Work Continues at Columbia Golf Course

The MWMO and its partners are moving forward with field work to aid in the design and decision-making process at the Columbia Golf Course and Columbia Park. Last week, an engineering team dug test pits (pictured) to collect soil samples at the golf course and the adjacent rugby field. The samples will be analyzed to learn about the characteristics of the soil and other material present on the site. Earlier this summer, surveyors collected elevation data to help inform the next phase of planning and design for stormwater improvements at the course.

These environmental and geotechnical investigations will help the project partners finalize the design and location of stormwater best management practices (BMPs) on the northern half of the golf course. These stormwater BMPs will improve drainage at the course and help reduce the flow of polluted runoff to the Mississippi River. Project partners are coordinating with golf course staff to minimize impacts to the golf course’s operations as well as physical impacts to the course itself.

In June, MWMO Board Chair and Minneapolis City Council Member Kevin Reich held a community forum on the Northeast Stormwater Management Initiative. Reich invited attendees to learn and ask questions about planned stormwater improvements in and around the Columbia Golf Course in Northeast Minneapolis. Staff from the MWMO, City of Minneapolis, and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board discussed design concepts and anticipated benefits. Slides and graphics from the meeting are available on the MWMO website.

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MTN Bus Facilty Update

From the developer NEOO regarding the bus facility…. MTN has decided to cancel the PA (purchase agreement) with Hennepin County – however that request hasn’t been accepted. The cost estimates which came back last week for soil remediation, stormwater management, and soil corrections increased the overall construction budget by $3.0M! This significant cost increase prevents MTN from moving further with the project despite their willingness to accommodate changes requested by the community. We thank you being an ally for us in respect to reaching out to neighbors and concerned residents. Although we only had two occasions for conversation, we heard a lot of feedback which helped us change project design and operational plans. 

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Bus Barn in the news

The Bus Barn makes the Star Tribune. Thank you Zoe Jackson for covering the issue.

Now on KARE 11 as well check it out here.

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MTN bus facility OPEN HOUSE

Design Open House – Gateway Site

Tuesday July 9th from 5pm- 7:30pm NEOO Development will be hosting an open house to for community members to view, give feedback and ask questions about the site plan and design for MTN’s future office and bus facility. It will be located at the Columbia Heights Public Library in the community room.

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MTN Bus Barn and Parking

School Bus Barn at 37th and University

The MTN Bus Barn and parking facility is now on the Planning Commission Committee of the whole agenda. 

The link to the proposed plan 

The staff report points out the obvious issues about not fronting the street, to much blank wall space, no trees in the parking lot, etc.. It does note that as the rules stand they will need a Conditional Use Permit. The COW meeting is open to the public but they do not take public testimony. You can make comments on the plan for the commissioners to see by either contacting the staff person Shanna Sether ( or the clerk Lisa Kusz to the planning commission Any comments to the committee must be shared with all members as they function as a semi judicial body.

Denetrick Powers of NEOO has contacted the neighborhood re: having a meeting prior to the presentation see the above post on the July 9th meeting.

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RED, WHITE and BOOM 4th of July in MInneapolis

July 4th clipart

Celebrate America’s Independence Day at Minneapolis Red, White and Boom, a celebration hosted by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. The annual event attracts more than 75,000 people to sites along the downtown Minneapolis riverfront, and features live music, great food, fun activities for the whole family, and the grand finale – fireworks!

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A Brush with Kindness

Is your home in need of critical repairs or painting? Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity can help! Applications for the “A Brush With Kindness” program are now open!

What is A Brush with Kindness? We believe that every family should have the opportunity to affordably maintain and preserve their home. But many situations can create barriers for you to keep up with repairs, including unexpected life events or loss of income. Our paint and repair program provides health and safety repairs that can help you maintain a safe and stable home. That’s why more than 2,000 local families have partnered with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity’s A Brush with Kindness program!

The “A Brush with Kindness” program focuses on exterior painting, and health and safety repairs. Their home repair program utilizes a combination of volunteers and contractors to help homeowners affordably maintain their homes.
Go HERE to apply and learn more! Please note, the deadline to apply is: November 4, 2019, by 4:00 p.m.

Homeowners with roofing needs are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as roofing resources and funds are limited – roofing projects will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Work will start on accepted projects in May 2020, weather cooperating.
If you submit an eligible application, staff will visit your home to understand your repair needs. Habitat staff, volunteers and/or contractors will complete projects within one year of your application.
What we do:
Exterior Painting
Carpentry repairs on roofing, siding, flooring, doors, windows
Mechanical system repairs to plumbing, electrical, heating
Tree trimming and removal
Safety and accessibility modifications (ramps, grab bars, ADA toilets, lever-handles for doors and faucets)
What we don’t do:
Emergency repairs
Driveway Paving
Cosmetic repairs (Remodel)
Large Structural repairs (Foundations, waterproofing, etc.)
Building additions (Rebuild garage, finish basements or attics)
Homeowners are eligible if:
Home is in 7-county Twin Cities metro area
Owner occupied for at least the last 2 years and have homeowners insurance
Household income below 80% of Twin Cities median income (e.g. household size of 2 = $57,550 maximum income – see our webpage for more examples:

Cannot have received assistance through ABWK in the past 2 years

How much will this cost?
A Brush with Kindness repairs are affordable. You have two repayment options:
1) 2-year, monthly repayment plan that is customized for your affordability
Payments dependent on ability to repay, but will not exceed $250 per month. Discount if you select this option!
2) 10-year forgivable mortgage, no monthly payments
Mortgage amount declines by 1/10 each year
Please call 612-788-8169 with any questions you might have about the program, the application process, or if you require assistance filling out an application.

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Annual Meeting Agenda

Monday June 17, 2019

Hi View Park 3474 2nd ST NE

6:30 – Potluck Picnic Under the big tent 

Bring a dish to share ( your best homemade coleslaw or chips from Aldi we aren’t picky) Plates, napkins, and utensils provided as well as water to drink.

Through out the evening there will be a face painter and the pool and playground are right there….bring the family.  Well behaved pets are welcome too.

7:00– Call to Order by Melody Devine Co-Chair  

Approval of the Agenda*

Introductions of Neighbors

Guest Speakers
Brenda Yaritz CEE (CPNA Loan Program)
Kevin Reich Ward 1 Council Member
Irene Fernando County Commissioner
Kari Dziedzic State Senator and Diane Loeffler State Representative
Chris Meyer Park Commissioner
Jenny Arneson School Board Director

Old Business


Receive and file the June treasurer’s report*

Bridge Garden Update Liz W

New Business

State of the Neighborhood- Co Chair Melody Devine

Approve the End of Year Financials for 2018 to file with the Attorney General’s Office*

Election of CPNA board members (10) for 2019-20*

Gateway Redevelopment

Presentation by NEOO and MTN on the proposed bus barn on the property where the Gateway water tower stands

8:30- Adjourn*

*vote required

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Rules on Recreational Fires

The seasons are changing and entertaining outside with recreational fires is a common past time now that fire pits are so popular.  With that in mind CPNA would like to remind you of the Minneapolis rules and ask that you please be kind to your neighbors who get to share the smoke and ash if not the fun gathering.

• Outdoor fires are permitted between  9:00AM and 10:00PM.

• Keep fires small, less than three feet in diameter  and two feet high.

• Burn only untreated, unpainted, dry wood. Never burn cardboard boxes, trash, or debris because the smoke can be toxic.

• Fires must be at least 25 feet away from a structure or combustible material and in a fire ring or pit with edges more than six inches high.

• Have a hose or fire extinguisher present.

• Postpone the fire when the wind exceeds 10 mph.

• Fire must be constantly attended by someone 18 years or older and completely out before being abandoned.

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