ANA Board Meeting Minutes — September 2013

Audubon Neighborhood Association
Board Meeting
September 19, 2013

The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m.

Members Present: Jeff Smyser, Jessica Kracl, Justin Kwong, Adam Sieve, Nic Baker, Sean Koebele and Kevin Kelly.

The July ANA meeting minutes were moved by Sean, seconded by Jessica and were approved unanimously.

Bremer Bank: Justin has been having difficulties with communication and poor service with Bremer. Other issues have been the overdrafts which Bremer was unwilling to compromise and the difficulty with getting new blank checks. The board did not make a formal decision regarding using Bremer. Nic and Adam will meet with Bremer to look into these issues.

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Community Clean-up This Week

Got gloves? Grab 'em & volunteer for Weed It & Reap!

Gather your co-workers, neighbors, friends and families together and help clean up Northeast. Volunteers pick up debris near local businesses, sidewalks, boulevards, area parks and neighborhood streets.

We supply vests, gloves, garbage bags and area assignments. Volunteers receive t-shirts, food and our thanks for their participation!

October 3, 4 & 5, 2013
Weed It & Reap hours are from 9am to 5pm Thursday & Friday and 9am to 2pm Saturday.

Find out more or contact the Northeast Chamber office at 612-378-0050 or email for more information.

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Presidents Bike Boulevard Now Under Construction

Over the past several years the City of Minneapolis has been planning for a north-south bike route in NE and SE Minneapolis between the Stone Arch Bridge and Columbia Heights. Originally this was known as the Fillmore Bike Walk Street project. Many of you have been involved in giving feedback to the City of Minneapolis during the design of this project (including a name change – it is now known as the Presidents Bike Boulevard and the Stone Arch Bike Boulevard).

Construction is finally upon us, and you will begin to see some changes along the route. Weather permitting, construction is scheduled to begin this coming Monday, September 23. The City of Minneapolis has hired Thomas & Sons Construction to carry out the work, and several subcontractors will be assisting Thomas & Sons. Activity during the first week of construction is anticipated to include asphalt and concrete removal at the intersections of:

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NE Farmers’ Market Taste of Northeast Event

On this special day, Saturday, October 5th, the Northeast Farmers Market will be a full-fledged restaurant! We bring together the tastemakers of Northeast to one convenient location for our very own “Eat Street”. Explore the flavors of our neighborhood restaurants during this Fall event!

The Market is at 7th & University Avenues NE, open from 9am, to 1pm.

The Taste of Northeast will feature…

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Learn About Proposed City Charter Amendments

From the Chair of the Minneapolis Charter Commission:

The Charter Commission wants you and your neighbors to know about two proposed Charter Amendments that will be on the ballot in November.

The Charter Commission is proposing to completely restate our Charter in modern, plain language, to organize it, and to delete obsolete and inconsistent provisions without in any way changing the roles of the Mayor, the City Council or our independent boards. We call it the Plain Language Charter.

The existing Minneapolis Charter was adopted in 1920 and has been amended over 100 times since. It includes provisions relating to the cleaning of stables, the sprinkling of streets (to keep down horse manure dust), steam locomotives and the weighing of hay and straw.

The existing Charter contains four separate provisions dealing with the appointment of officers in four different sections of the Charter. All of them are wrong if read in isolation.

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Home Tour for “Affordable Remodeling”

From Audubon-based Castle Building and Remodeling:

When: The Castle Educational Home Tour will take place September 28th – 29th, with homes being open to the public from 10am – 5pm each day.

What: Educational, Realistic, Affordable – This isn’t the Parade of Homes®. The 2013 Castle Building & Remodeling Educational Home Tour’s purpose will be to educate and inform the public on real every day remodeling projects, not just the largest or most expensive projects.

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Free Family Programs at NEMS

Family Fun at Northeast Middle School!

Family Shape Up

Cartoon dumbellEnhance your family’s health and realize fitness goals together. This unique program will help keep your family fit. Tuesday evening weight training and Thursday gym activities along with health tips and other information will keep your family on a healthy track.

9 Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:00pm-7:00pm Starts September 24, 2013 - FREE

Healthy Family Eating

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Meet the New Principal at NEMS

The PTA will host a meet and greet for Northeast Middle School’s new incoming principal, Dr. Ben Perry on Wednesday, August 7, from 6:00–7:30pm at the Northeast Middle School courtyard. Parents, students and community members are welcome to come and get acquainted with Dr. Perry.

Dr. Perry is an experienced administrator and leader who has a history in the Minneapolis Public Schools. From 2003-2007 he was the principal at Northeast Middle School. After that he was and Area Superintendent for MPS. He left the Minneapolis district to become the Superintendent for Wynne School District in Arkansas and then a principal in Jacksonsville, FL.

He brings a proven track record of working effectively with the community to strengthen the academic outcomes of and the enrichment opportunities for students.

"I am excited to be returning home and look forward to working with our students, parents, teachers, and community," says Dr. Perry.

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