ANA Community Meeting Minutes — February 2014

Audubon Neighborhood Association Community Meeting
February 3, 2014
Meeting Minutes

Board members present: Kevin Kelly, Jeff Smyser, Jessica Kracl, Nic Baker, Don Sellers, Sonja Peterson, Sean Koebele, Adam Sieve

Meeting called to order at 7:05 pm by Board President, Kevin Kelly.

Agenda approved.

MNSure Community Outreach Liaison, Makeda Norris

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ANA Board Meeting Minutes — February 2014

Audubon Neighborhood Association Board of Directors
February 3, 2014
Meeting Minutes

Attendees: Kevin Kelly, Jeff Smyser, Jessica Kracl, Nic Baker, Don Sellers, Sonja Peterson, Sean Koebele

Meeting called to order by Kevin Kelly at 6:10 pm

Review of Agenda
Sonja Peterson requested to add discussion of Northeast Network to agenda. Added.
Jeff Smyser requested to add of discussion of strategic planning session. Added if time.
Nic Baker requested to add discussion of the Rain Garden program. Added.

Review and Approval of January 6 Meeting Minutes
Jeff Smyser moved to approve, Sonja Peterson seconded. Meeting minutes of January 6, 2014 were approved by unanimous vote.

Officer’s Reports
No President’s report.
No Vice President’s report.
No Secretary report.
Treasurer not present

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Learn About Upcoming Central Ave Closure

DATE: April 16 2014
TIME: 7pm
WHERE: 690 13th Ave NE,  Logan Park Community Center

The Central Ave Closure Committee, sponsored by NECDC and Logan Park Neighborhood Association, invites neighborhood residents and businesses to attend the next community-wide meeting regarding the Central Avenue Closure. The vehicle, bike and pedestrian detours will be presented. MNDOT engineer Tim Nelson, in charge of the project, will be on hand to answer questions. Further, representatives from the City Traffic Dept. and Metro Transit will also be on the panel.

MNDOT considers the area affected by this closure to include an area one block beyond the boundaries of Broadway St NE to Lowry Ave NE and University Ave NE to Johnson St NE.

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You Can Influence City Bike & Ped Policy

Applications are now being accepted for open board positions on the Minneapolis Pedestrian Advisory Committee and Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee. The positions are appointed by the City Council and Mayor. Applications will be reviewed beginning April 25, 2013, but the positions are open until filled.

Pedestrian Advisory Committee
The Minneapolis Pedestrian Advisory Committee was created to advise the Mayor and City Council on policies, programs, and actions for improving pedestrian safety, mobility, accessibility, and comfort; for promoting walking for transportation, recreation, and health purposes; and for strengthening the linkage between the pedestrian environment and public transportation. The board is composed of members of the public and city and partner agency staff.

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Grants for Home Lead Abatement Available

From ANA’s inbox:

The Sustainable Resources Center is a non-profit in NE Minneapolis that works to make homes safer for families. We specialize in healthy homes issues with a focus on preventing childhood lead poisoning. We’re currently partnering with Hennepin County to offer Lead Hazard Control grants to residence of Hennepin County. These grants are available to both homeowners and rental property owners and can cover all or much of the cost of the lead hazard control process, including the replacement of old windows with lead paint.

To qualify for these grants a household must:

  • Have a child under the age of 5 who lives in the home, a pregnant woman who lives in the home, or a child under the age of 5 who frequently lives in the home.
  • The home needs to be built before 1960.
  • The home must be located in Hennepin County.
  • And the household must meet the certain income requirements.

For complete info, contact SRC at 612-813-5529.

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Raingarden Workshops Scheduled

Metro Blooms is offering inexpensive raingarden workshops again this year. The two nearest to Audubon are Tuesday, April 29 6:30–8pm at the Columbia Manor Reception Hall, and Thursday, May 8, 6–9pm at the Fridley Community Center. Check the Metro Blooms site for a full schedule.

Whether you are an experienced gardener or have never tried gardening before, these eco-friendly gardening workshops will help you learn how to:

  • Capture rainwater on site with raingardens.
  • Redirect your downspouts and install a rain barrel.
  • Plan your own garden with one-on-one assistance from landscape designers and Hennepin County Master Gardeners.
  • Use beautiful native plants in your garden landscape.
  • Adopt healthy yard care practices for you and for our clean waters.

Participants are also eligible for a low-cost onsite consultation and raingarden design rendering from a landscape design professional.

Metro Blooms has been partnering with Twin Cities Metro communities to provide low-costraingarden workshops since 2005.  An average-sized residential raingarden captures approximately 400 gallons of runoff every time it rains 1 inch.

To register, visit or call 651-699-2426.  Fee: $10-15 per workshop.

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Edison to Perform Christie’s Mousetrap

Edison High School Theater is proud to announce Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap as its spring play! The Mousetrap is a classic murder mystery that is the longest continuous running play in history and has been running since 1952. Come see it to solve the mystery for yourself!

Performances will be held Thursday, March 6, Friday, March 7, and Saturday, March 8, all at 7pm.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for students (6-17), and children 5 and under can attend free.

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City Bans Even-Side Parking

Winter Parking Restrictions have been put in place for reasons of public safety.

Because of snow and ice buildup along curbs, many streets are getting too narrow for fire trucks and ambulances to get around. Until further notice, DO NOT park on the even side of non-Snow Emergency routes. Until further notice, DO NOT PARK on the even side of non-Snow Emergency routes (most residential streets).

This will allow emergency crews to navigate every street in Minneapolis and get to people as quickly as possible. You can park on both sides of Snow Emergency routes, parkways and along the odd numbered side of non-Snow Emergency routes, provided a Snow Emergency is not in effect, or unless otherwise posted.

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Presidents Day Walk

The annual walk begins 10am at Edison, this Saturday, February 15th. All are welcome.

We Love Our Presidents annual walk flyer

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City Recycling Update


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In 2013, an additional 5% of our total waste stream was diverted from the trash for recycling. Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling wants to thank Minneapolis residents helping increase our recycling rate from our 2012 recycling rate of 17.4% to our 2013 rate of 23.3%! Keep up the good work!

Please remember that plastic bags and StyrofoamTM are NOT accepted in the one-sort program. If you collect recycling at your home in a plastic bag, the recyclables need to be removed from the plastic bag and placed into the recycling cart. The plastic bag may be brought to a participating grocery or retail store for recycling or placed in the garbage. You may place full paper bags of recycling into your one-sort cart without emptying the bag. All StyrofoamTM should be placed in the garbage.

Fun Fact: Recycling a 1-foot tall stack of paper saves enough energy for you to take a hot shower daily for a week. About 20% of Minnesotan’s household garbage is recyclable paper. Search your house for more paper products that you could be recycling today!

If you have any questions regarding your solid waste and recycling services, please visit or call Solid Waste & Recycling at (612) 673-2917.

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