Draft Agenda for the Board/General Meeting for Monday February 26, 2018

The regular Board/ General Meeting of the Columbia Park Neighborhood Association will be held Monday February 26, 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 February 26, 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

6:43- Approve Liz’s contract for 2018

6:44- Approve using CEE as our new revolving loan program vendor

6:45- CM Reich and public works regarding construction along 37th AV NE this summer

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)


FIRE STATION 15  Open House

Last August, Fire Station 15 was closed to allow for significant repairs and renovations, including the complete replacement of the apparatus floor, new wiring, kitchen remodeling, wiring and HVAC work. The work is done and Fire Chief John Fruetel and Council Member Kevin Reich invite you to an Open House to celebrate the newly remodeled station.
When: 1 – 3 p.m., Saturday, March 3
Where: 2701 Johnson Street NE
Join your friends and neighbors to tour the station, meet your neighborhood firefighters, try on gear and enjoy some refreshments!

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.

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.

Eastside Meals on Wheels seeking new board treasurer
Job description
Purpose: To oversee all financial aspects of the Eastside Meals on Wheels program to ensure adequate cash flow for continuous operation.

IX Treasurer responsibilities:
The Treasurer is responsible for ensuring that all financial accounts have current signatories recorded with financial institutions at all times. The Treasurer is required to take necessary steps to add or remove their own and other signatories from accounts as needed. The Treasurer is responsible for carrying out Board-approved financial decisions and enforcing and monitoring financial policies. The Treasurer is also required to give a quarterly financial report to the Board. The Treasurer is elected at the annual meeting of EMOW to hold office for a two-year term, or until a successor is elected and qualified. They are eligible for re-election for one additional consecutive two-year term.

Reports to: Board of Directors


  • Serves as Chair of the Finance Committee
  • Manages, with the Finance Committee, the Board’s review of, and action related to, the Board’s financial responsibilities
  • Works with the Executive Director and bookkeeper to ensure that appropriate financial reports are made available to the Board on a timely basis
  • Oversee Bookkeeper activity
  • Initiate preparation of the annual budget
  • Assists the Executive Director and bookkeeper in preparing the annual budget, and presenting the budget to the Board for approval
  • Works with the Finance Committee and the Executive Director to develop Fiscal Policies for recommendation to the Board to ensure the financial integrity and sustainability of the organization
  • Works with the Finance Committee and the Executive Director to develop long-term financial strategies
  • Keeps currently informed of legal, regulatory and sector developments relating to the Board’s financial responsibilities
  • Attend all Finance Committee and Board Meetings and be prepared to give an up-to-date financial report
  • Oversee financial records, including all contributions received, monies from sale of meals, fundraising, grants, and donations
  • Authorized to sign checks and legal documents
  • Review performance of investments annually or more often as needed
  • Recommend investment changes as appropriate to reflect the organization’s financial objectives
  • Ensure that a year-end financial report is prepared and presented to the board


  • A bachelor’s degree in business or finance is preferred
  • Experience managing finances for a business or organization
  • Knowledge of federal funding as it applies to nonprofits is beneficial
  • Financial knowledge of the organization
  • Personal commitment to devote the time necessary to perform the responsibilities of Treasurer

Contact Eileen Hafften at 612-277-2529 for more information.

Next meeting: Monday March 19, 2018. Tentative agenda, Mary Altmann from the City about our Gateway Art, update from Pat Vogel NCEC and meet our new Crime Prevention Specialist

8:00- Adjourn

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