Draft Agenda for the Board/General Meeting for Monday January 22, 2018

The regular Board/ General Meeting of the Columbia Park Neighborhood Association will be held Monday January 22, 2018 at 6:30 pm at the Columbia Golf Manor 3300 Central AV NE.

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 January 22, 2018

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 Reports- Receive and File

6:42 – Motion to purchase a new digital camera

6:44- Approve Liz’s contract for 2018

6:45- Open Time (anyone can speak for up to 3 minutes…no electioneering)

6:58- Approve using CEE as our new revolving loan program vendor and transferring current unused portion of the GMHC loan program to CEE

6:59 – General Meeting

7:00 – East of the River Planning with the MPRB staff for the parks in the Columbia Park Neighborhood to include
• Hi-View Park
• Architect Triangle
• Columbia Park (including the dog park, archery range, rugby pitch, picnic pavilion, tennis courts and play area, paths etc…)
• Any comments related to the non-neighborhood park areas for staff to consider (Columbia Parkway, St Anthony Parkway from Central to the River, golf course, driving range)

Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan still taking input…
Over the past year, City planners have been doing a lot of listening about the future of Minneapolis. One theme 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.

Seeking Input on Your Favorite River Views
Now through spring 2018, the 25 metro-area cities and towns in our local national park, the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, are working to identify scenic river views worth protecting. Once each city has determined its list, they must work to protect these views according to new state rules that protect the metro river corridor. Friends of the Mississippi River is working to help our cities compile the best list possible. Check out the views submitted so far, and then tell them about yours or help by contributing a missing photo. For more information and to submit one or more suggestions: https://fmr.org/news/2017/12/07/twin-cities-river-views.

Community Connections Conference Saturday February 10,2018
Registration is now open!
NCR invites you to participate in the 7th annual Community Connections Conference on Saturday, February 10, 2018.
The Community Connections Conference is a free event with exciting learning labs, speakers, panels, and a delicious catered lunch. The conference will build collaborations between neighborhoods, cultural communities, residents and the City. You can now view the workshops on the conference programming page.
Come join nonprofits, elected leaders, community organizations and others to learn about civic engagement opportunities, community partnerships, social justice initiatives and ways to shape local government policies.

File Your Taxes for Free with Prepare + Prosper

Once again, East Side Neighborhood Services (1700 Second St NE) is the place for Northeasters to receive free tax preparation services. The sessions begin Saturday, January 20, and end Saturday April 14, 2018. “First come, first served” walk-in help sessions are held three days week at ESNS.

Tuesday and Thursday sign-in begins at 5:30 PM; Saturday sign-in begins at 9 AM. IRS-certified volunteers from Prepare + Prosper work one-on-one with taxpayers to help them claim all the credits they’ve earned. The nonprofit also provides financial services to help people save some of their refund, get connected to financial coaching, or to answer money-related questions.

Individuals with an annual income of $35,000 or less in 2017, plus families and self-employed taxpayers with an annual income of $55,000 or less in 2017, are eligible to file their taxes through this service for free. Everyone present at the sign-in time has an equal chance to be served and to be seen first. Order is determined randomly. Those arriving after sign-in will be served if there is space. Due to capacity, P+P might not see everyone on the day of the clinic. Please allow 2-4 hours for preparation. Do not arrive more than 10 minutes before the sign-in time.

What to bring to the tax clinic:

You must bring a Social Security Card for each person on the return or an ITIN tax number or letter for each person on the return; a picture ID; checking and/or savings account numbers and bank routing numbers. All income statements should be brought to the clinic, official documents such as W-2s from each job, Unemployment Form 1099-G, Social Security benefits Form SSA-1099, Interest Income 1099-INT, Dividend Income 1099-DIV, Retirement Plants Form 1099-R, Gambling Winnings Form W-2G, Miscellaneous Income 1099-MISC, Sale of Stock 1099-B, Scholarships and Grants 1098-T, and Health Insurance purchased through MNSURE form 1095-A. Bring a copy of your 2016 tax return if you filed in 2017 and have retained a copy.

Special circumstances may require that you bring additional income statements for MFIP, SSI, MSA, GA, Veteran Benefits, and workers compensation. If you are claiming deductions for education expenses for K-12 children, bring receipts for supplies like pencils and notebooks. Also, if you paid for tutoring, musical instruments and lessons, or anything like that, bring receipts. If you paid for tuition at a college or technical school, bring form 1098-T. If you paid interest on student loans, bring form 1098-E. If you paid for childcare, you are required to submit the provider’s name, address, and tax ID or Social Security number.

To deduct interest on a home mortgage, you need to bring form 1098 and the real estate taxes payable to the County in 2017 that is mailed in March of this year. If you are a renter, bring the CRP form provided by your landlord.

Finally, bring receipts of cash and other contributions you made to charity. The more correct information you bring, the bigger the refund.

Call P+P at 651-287-0187 if you have any questions.

Next meeting: Monday February 26th. Tentative agenda, update from Pat Vogel NCEC and meet our new Crime Prevention Specialist

8:00- Adjourn

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