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



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.

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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


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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