Crime Alert

Here is an Action Alert from the Minneapolis Police Department:

Public Information:

V1 stated she was robbed at gun point at the listed location,  25 St W Colfax Ave. S at 8:41 pm on 1/15/2015.  V1 described the suspects as 2 black males, 20-30 years old, 510-600, medium build, wearing black jackets with hoods pulled over their faces and blue jeans.  V1 said suspects
fled on foot south on Colfax

Stay Safe!

This is a great time to become a Block Leader.  Block Leaders will receive MPD Action Alerts that can then be passed on to neighbors.

The Fifth Precinct has two upcoming block leader trainings this month—one in the evening and one during the day.
Monday January 26, 2015: 6-7 pm
Thursday January 29, 2015: noon-1 pm
Fifth Precinct Community Room, 3101 NIcollet Ave S
If you know anyone on another block (or even on your block) who’s interested in being a block leader/contact, co-block leader, or just wants to know more about the block club system, let them know about it so they can stop in! Or if they can’t make that day, message me and we can set up a one-on-one meeting with them at a more convenient time.
You can find the whole city mapped out with crime prevention contact information here: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/www/groups/public/@mpd/documents/webcontent/convert_265752.pdf

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1/21/2015 Board Agenda

Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association Board
Agenda
January 21, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Jefferson Community School, 1200 W 26th St
Speak respectfully, be succinct

Board members: Sue Bode, Burt Coffin, Becky Dernbach, Tim Dray, Leslie Foreman, Kyle Kilbourn, Bill Newmann, Michael Roden, Sara Romanishan, Paul Ryan, Shae Walker and Tina Erazmus (staff)

Absent: Excused:
Call to order

January meeting agenda approved

November meeting minutes were approved by an electronic vote. Minutes have been posted on the website. There was not a board meeting in December.

7:45 Council office update by Council Member Lisa Bender

Announcements

Megan Turnow – Accountant’s report

Joe Knable – flyer request for funds

President’s report
• Rotating the Secretary’s position
• Office lease –Our six month lease is signed. Intermedia Arts is moving to only 12 month leases. Therefore in June, we will sign a 12 month lease.
• Intermedia changed their security deposit requirements. Formerly it was $150. The amount is being changed to one month’s rent. We need to pay an additional $100 for our security deposit.
• 2015 LHENA financial procedures audit.
• Purchase of equipment: updated computer, microphone and video camera

Uptown Assn Annual Expo on Tuesday, Jan 27, 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Set up 4:00 – 4:45. Lake Calhoun Event Center. LHENA will have a table. Who is able to attend? Tickets are $30. One dinner ticket is included with our table registrations.

The UPTOWN ASSOCIATION presents UPTOWN, UP CLOSE: AN EVENING OF ART, FLAVOR AND
ENTERTAINMENTon January 27, 2015. The Expo is an opportunity to highlight your business or organization while meeting and mingling with attendees. The event will also feature an Uptown restaurant tasting, cash bar, live music, art auction, entertainment, community awards program and Uptown update. It’s the one event in Uptown each year that gathers community members, business owners, city officials in the same place.

Treasurer’s Report
Uncontracted funds account
Resignation

Committee Updates:
Environmental

Housing and Development Task Force

NRP
Project Scope and budgets for projects
Loan program

Motion:
• Amend the language of the CEE contract to include the commercial loan and to present this to the LHENA board as a motion.
Motion to the Board: Add language to NRP Phase II Strategy 3.1.1 Home Improvement Loans:
To maintain and improve neighborhood housing stock, LHENA will continue a revolving, below-market-interest loan program for residential and commercial property improvements. Eligible applicants and improvements will be determined annually. Income limits will be open and need-based. Eligible expenses will include exterior improvements (and common interior spaces for rental units), and could be expanded to include interior renovation. Interest repaid on loans will go toward administration costs and repaid loans will be recycled for future use. LHENA-NRP Steering Committee will select a professional outside agency to administer program. Minimum loan amount of $2,500 and maximum of $30,000. Property owners are eligible for more than one loan per property as long as the previous LHENA loan on that property has been completely paid off. Program income generated through the residential loan program may also be used for a commercial property improvement program.
• Proposed by Beth, seconded by John. Motion Passed. (Changes are in red).

Public Spaces

Social

Zoning and Planning
Conflict of Interest work group

Coordinator’s Update – Kristina
Traffic Study

Bus stop grant project

Website

Jefferson Community School Service Project

New Business

Adjourn

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NRP Agenda 1/7/2015

Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association
Neighborhood Revitalization Committee Agenda
Wednesday, January 07, 2015
Jefferson Community School, Media Center (second floor), 1200 W. 26th St., Minneapolis, MN 55405
 
Meeting Times 7pm-9pm
 
7:00 pm           Call to order
7:05 pm           Approval of Agenda
  Approval of Minutes from November 2014 meeting (no December meeting)
7:10 pm           Secretary-Treasurer’s report (SR)
                          Including update on loan program status
7:25 pm           Discussion on new Marketing program for loans
8:15 pm           Begin discussion on re-assignment of funds for other NRP programs.
8:45 pm          Call for old business
                          Call for new business
Re-visit anything postponed from earlier in the meeting due to agenda re-evaluation
9:00 pm           Adjournment
All meetings are open to the public
Please be respectful and concise
The NRP committee follows a modified version of Roberts Rules
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January LHENA meetings

January LHENA meetings are at Jefferson Community School, unless a different location is given. Jefferson School is located at 1200 W 26th Street (26th Street between Emerson and Hennepin). Enter through the doors by the Emerson parking lot or the Hennepin parking lot.

Meetings are in the Media Center

Tuesday, January 6, 6:30 pm: Housing and Development Task Force meeting.

Wednesday January 7, 7:00 pm: NRP committee.

Wednesday, January 14, 6:30 pm:  Zoning and Planning committee meeting.

Wednesday, January 21, 6:30 pm: LHENA Board meeting.

January Environment committee meeting has yet to be determined.

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December Calendar

The Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association December calendar:

Environmental Committee – will be meeting Wednesday December 4th at Jefferson Community School in the Media Center from 6:30-8:00

Zoning and Planning  – will be meeting Monday December 8th at Jefferson Community School in the Media Center from 6:30-8:30

The NRP Committee will not meet in December.

The LHENA Board will not meet in December.

The Housing and Task Force Committee will not meet in December.  Please take a moment to take the survey regarding Neighborhood Character and Lyndale Avenue.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FKT6MSH

Join the fun at the annual Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Holiday Party!  Wednesday December 17th at Williams Pub – upstairs – from 6:00-9:00 pm.  Appetizers provided by the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association.  Cash Bar – Happy Hour Specials.

Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

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Celebrate Winter in the Wedge!

JOIN YOUR NEIGHBORS FOR THE LOWRY HILL EAST
ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY

All welcome!
Wednesday * 17 December 2014 * 6-9PM

Enjoy an Uptown Favorite * WILLIAMS PUB – Upstairs
2911 Hennepin Avenue South

APPETIZERS PROVIDED BY LHENA
CASH BAR – Happy hour until 7 pm and then beer specials after
MINGLE WITH OLD FRIENDS AND MEET LOTS OF NEW ONES!
VOTE FOR THE HOLIDAY DECORATING CONTEST WINNERS

Neighborhood Holiday Decorating Contest
* Decorating is ongoing through December 17
*  Voting ends midnight December 23
*  Winners announced December 26 (twitter, email, Facebook, website)
*  Winners receive a personalized certificate and their name will be added to the Wedge Holiday Decorating Winners plaque, displayed at LHENA events
* Submit photos by email (nominate yourself or someone else) wedgecoordinator@gmail.com
* An email survey will be sent out with the submissions for voting. A link to the survey will be posted on LHENA’s website.

Four Decoration Categories – any sort of decoration; lights, greenery, blowups, etc.
1) Residential: Residential building exteriors, yards – Any residential building
2) Residential: Balcony, window, interior (pictures) – 2 unit ++ apartments/coops/condos
3) Retail/Commercial Buildings Exteriors, window displays
4) Environmental/Green: An award in any of the above categories using green or environmentally friendly materials.

Keep an eye out for the LHENA 2015 events! www.TheWedge.org
* LHENA Contact Kristina Erazmus at wedgecoordinator@gmail.com
*  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for news and events

*LHENA is conducting a winter clothing drive for Jefferson Community School students as a community project. New or gently used hats, mittens, boots, and coats from kid’s size 5 to adult will be collected at all Board meetings and LHENA events.

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Housing Loan Program

If you missed the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Meeting last night, the following was passed via Community vote.  This program will now go the city for approval.  Thank you to the NRP Committee and residents who volunteered their time to draft this program.

Housing funds available are $934,679.  This was split into the following housing programs:

40% Closed end residential revolving loan – $333,871

5% Green Loan- $41,733.50

5%  Exterior Matching Deferred – $41,733.50

10% Historical Preservation – $83,467

20% Commercial revolving loan – $166,935

20% Greater than 4 unit residential revolving loan – %166,935

$ 5000.00 in Administrative for the annual fee

$ 5000.00 in Marketing to start

 

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November Meeting Agenda 11/19/2014

Here is the agenda for tomorrow evening’s LHENA meeting.  Hope to see you there!

Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association Board Agenda
November 19, 2014
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Jefferson Community School, 1200 W 26th St
Speak respectfully, be succinct

Board members: Sue Bode, Burt Coffin, Becky Dernbach, Tim Dray, Leslie Foreman, Kyle Kilbourn, Bill Newmann, Michael Roden, Sara Romanishan, Paul Ryan, Shae Walker and Tina Erazmus (staff)

Call to order

November meeting agenda approved

October meeting minutes were approved by an electronic vote. Minutes have been posted on LHENA’s website.

Megan Tarnow -Accountant

Loan program – Community Vote

President’s report
Office lease – Our three month lease is up December 31. By January first we need to sign a six month or 12 month lease. I propose we sign a six month lease. After that, if the space continues to work out, sign a 12 month lease. That way if we want to move after our lease is up we are moving in the summer not the middle of the winter.

NCR: Engagement Letter and Procedures Audit
Procedures Audit

Treasurer’s Report

Committee Updates:

NRP

Environmental

Housing and Development Task Force

Public Spaces

Social
October Fall Fest update
November Dine out for LHENA
Healy Project donation to LHENA
Zoning and Planning

Coordinator’s Update – Kristina

Website upgrades and training

Jefferson School Community Service Project – The Closet

Open house report

NPP updates

Apartment building outreach

8:15 Council office update by Council Member Lisa Bender

Announcements

Adjourn

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Community and Board Vote on Home Loans – November 19th

At the next LHENA Board meeting, Wednesday November 19th, the Board will be voting on updates to the Home Loan Program.  The following is the outline of proposed new loans.

Commercial Property Improvement Loan:

Proposed Loan Terms
• Loan amounts from $2,500 – $30,000
• 3% fixed interest rate (APR 3.014%) APR based on $10,000 for 15 years at 3%.
• A match is required. The matching loan will provide a 1 to 1 match of the eligible improvement costs up to a maximum loan amount of $30,000.
• No Income Limits
• The loan is secured by a personal guarantee from the property owner or partnership.
• Closing costs apply
Property Eligibility
• Commercial properties located in the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood
• Properties under construction or held in Trust are not eligible
Types of Improvements
• Eligible improvements include those those that address health and safety, and energy efficiency, including correcting building code violations, awnings, tuck pointing, painting exteriors, roofs, installation of windows, doors, HVAC, insulation, hot water heaters and ADA and OSHA required improvements for accessibility
• 2 bids are required from qualified, licensed contractors for projects over $5,000.
• Funds are held in a non-interest escrow bearing account at CEE from loan closing until the work is completed and all final documentation is received.

Historic Deferred Matching Property Improvement Loan:

Proposed Loan Terms
• Loan amounts from $2,500 – $10,000
• 0% fixed interest rate (APR 0.158%) APR based on $5,000 for 5 years at 0%.
• A match is required. The matching loan will provide a 2 to 1 match of the eligible improvement costs up to a maximum loan amount of $30,000.
• No Income Limits
• The loan is secured by a mortgage
• Closing costs apply
• All improvements must be approved by the LHENA Historic Committee before closing
Property Eligibility
• Owner-occupied and absentee owned historic residential properties located in the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood
• Residential properties with 4 units or less
• Properties under construction or held in Trust are not eligible
Types of Improvements
• Eligible improvements include those that repair or replace the historic character and integrity of the home including painting of repaired surfaces, soffits fascia and trim work, Porches, Stucco & Siding, windows, gutters, Chimneys, tuck pointing, and fencing
• 2 bids are required from qualified, licensed contractors for projects over $5,000.
• Funds are held in a non-interest escrow bearing account at CEE from loan closing until the work is completed and all final documentation is received.

Low-Interest Home Improvement Revolving Loan:

Loan Terms
• Loan amounts from $2,500 – $30,000
• 3% fixed interest rate (APR 3.014%) APR based on $10,000 for 15 years at 3%.
• No income limits
• Terms up to 15 years
• This loan is secured by a mortgage on the property
• Closing costs apply
Property Eligibility
• Owner-occupied, absentee-owned residential properties located in the Lowry Hill East neighborhood
• 1-4 units
• Properties under construction or held in Trust are not eligible
Types of Improvements
• Eligible improvements include most interior or exterior improvements to the home or garage Including: Decks, windows, siding, roofs, fences, rain gardens, kitchen and or bath remodels, additions. Energy efficiency improvements include solar panels, high efficiency furnaces, insulation, weather stripping, and hot water heaters.
• 2 bids are required from qualified, licensed contractors for projects over $5,000.
• Funds are held in a non-interest escrow bearing account at CEE from loan closing until the work is completed and all final documentation is received.
Green/Exterior Matching Deferred Loan:

Proposed Loan Terms
• Loan amounts from $500 – $4,000
• A match is required. The matching deferred loan will provide a 1 to 1 match of the eligible improvement costs up to a maximum loan amount of $4,000.
• 0% fixed interest rate (APR 0.158%)* *APR based on $5,000 for 5 years at 0%.
• No Income Limits
• Loan is 100% forgiven after 5 years of consecutive ownership of the eligible property
• This loan is secured by a mortgage on the property
• Closing costs apply
Property Eligibility
• Owner-occupied and absentee owned residential properties located in the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood
• 1-4 units residential properties
• Properties under construction or held in Trust are not eligible
Types of Improvements
• Eligible improvements include those those that address health and safety, energy efficiency, and basic livability deficiencies including painting exteriors, replace or build new decks, roofs, garages, fences, installation of windows, doors, HVAC, insulation, and hot water heaters.
• 2 bids are required from qualified, licensed contractors for projects over $5,000.
• Funds are held in a non-interest escrow bearing account at CEE from loan closing until the work is completed and all final documentation is received.

Multi Unit Greater Than 4 Unit Matching Property Improvement Loan:

Proposed Loan Terms
• Loan amounts from $2,500 – $30,000
• 3% fixed interest rate (APR 3.014%) APR based on $10,000 for 15 years at 3%.
• A match is required. The matching loan will provide a 1 to 1 match of the eligible improvement costs up to a maximum loan amount of $30,000.
• No Income Limits
• The loan is secured by a personal guarantee from the property owner or partnership.
• Closing costs apply
Property Eligibility
• Owner-occupied and absentee owned residential multifamily properties located in the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood
• 4 or greater unit residential properties
• Properties under construction or held in Trust are not eligible
Types of Improvements
• Eligible improvements include those those that address health and safety, energy efficiency, and basic livability deficiencies including painting exteriors, roofs, fences, installation of windows, doors, HVAC, insulation, and hot water heaters.
• 2 bids are required from qualified, licensed contractors for projects over $5,000.
• Funds are held in a non-interest escrow bearing account at CEE from loan closing until the work is completed and all final documentation is received.

 

 

 

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LHENA Halloween Fun at Mueller Park!

Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association INVITES YOU TO
HALLOWEEN FUN
IN THE
PARK
TRICKS AND TREATS FOR LITTLE AND BIG KIDS!

Sunday, 26 October, 2014 * 3pm-5pm
Mueller Park – 2509 Colfax Ave S * Rain or Shine

 3pm Costume Parade around the Park Block
 3.45pm Caramel & Apples with Ice Cream & Hot Apple Cider
 4pm Cookie Decorating from Cookie Cart
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LHENA 2014 EVENT CALENDAR Keep an eye out for these events!
 November Fundraiser: Dine-Out for LHENA (location & time to be announced)
 6 November, Thursday 6pm-8pm LHENA New Office Open House Intermedia Arts Hub West
 17 December, Wednesday 6pm-9pm Annual Holiday Party & Donation Drive for Jefferson Students (gently new or used:hats,mittens,boots,coats,kids size 5 to adult small) at Williams Pub
 Committee and Board Meetings at Jefferson Community School LHENA Contact: Kristina Erazmus wedgecoordinator@gmail.com
 Follow us on facebook and Twitter for news and events

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