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
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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