WPCiA News

Change to NRP Phase II strategy language

(July 5, 2022) Public Notice: The WPCIA will be making a minor change to the text of its Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) Plan. In Phase II, 3.1.B.1 (Pedestrian Crossings), “Identify key pedestrian routes and improve crossings for pedestrian safety” will be shortened to “Identify key pedestrian routes and improve pedestrian safety”. The City of Minneapolis requires that those affected by the change be notified in advance of the board of directors vote (July 26). If you have any questions or concerns, please be in touch with us at 612-788-2192 or info@windompark.org.

View the complete NRP plans and history for Windom Park here.

New goals adopted by WPCiA

(June 30, 2022) Windom Park Citizens in Action (WPCiA) is excited to announce the selection of four new priority Goals for the organization to further improve Windom Park neighborhood and NE Minneapolis in the future.

As part of the continued evolution of WPCiA, these new Goals will be used to guide our decisions, actions, and financial investments. The selection of these four Goals were finalized by the Board of Directors, but were based on community feedback and input collected in-person at the Pillsbury School PTO Carnival and online through a community survey conducted in May-June 2022.

The Board of Directors discussed and adopted the following goals at the June 2022 Board Meeting:

  • Eliminate Disparities
  • Healthy, Safe & Connected People
  • Complete Neighborhoods
  • Clean Environment

These goals are part of the broader Minneapolis 2040 comprehensive plan. Each goal has defined Policies that detail the ways that each Goal can be accomplished. Starting in July 2022, WPCiA will begin the process of identifying opportunities to improve Windom Park neighborhood and finding ways to achieve these Goals.

Eliminate Disparities

In 2040, Minneapolis will see all communities fully thrive regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, country of origin, religion, or zip code having eliminated deep-rooted disparities in wealth, opportunity, housing, safety, and health. Learn more.

Healthy, Safe & Connected People

In 2040, the people of Minneapolis will be socially connected, healthy, and safe. Learn more.

Complete Neighborhoods

In 2040, all Minneapolis residents will have access to employment, retail services, healthy food, parks, and other daily needs via walking, biking, and public transit. Learn more.

Clean Environment

In 2040, Minneapolis will have healthy air, clean water, and a vibrant ecosystem. Learn more.

We invite residents, property owners, business owners, renters, and stakeholders to join us in making Windom Park and the City of Minneapolis the best place it can be.

Windom Park Bylaws Update 2021

(November 16, 2021)
In conjunction with a funding model change, Windom Park Citizens in Action board of directors has authorized a vote to adopt new bylaws for the organization.

We will be reviewing the current bylaws and the proposed bylaws at a public Neighborhood Meeting on November 16, 2021 conducted via Zoom. In accordance with the update & amendment rules in our current bylaws, we will need to have at least 15 members of the organization to form a quorum and will need a 50+1% majority to approve the changes.

Current bylaws can be found here.

Proposed bylaws can be found here.

Proposed bylaws were drafted based on the template document provided by Birken Law Firm PLLC in conjunction with City of Minneapolis as part of the Neighborhoods 2020 model. In drafting the new bylaws, Windom Park Citizens in Action referred to current bylaws for a majority of the language and rules.

Major changes in proposed bylaws:

Includes language for Member Grievance Procedure
Clarifies and adds language for meeting types and procedures
Removes requirement to conduct meetings using Robert’s Rules of Order
Includes clear language for hiring staff, contractors, and volunteers
Removes requirement of monthly neighborhood meetings

2020 Meeting Minutes

January 2020 – – Board Minutes – – Monthly financial report

February 2020 – – Board Minutes – – Monthly financial report

March 2020 – – Board Minutes – – Monthly financial report

April 2020 – – Board Minutes – – Monthly financial report

May 2020 – – Board Minutes – – Monthly financial report

June 2020 – – Board Minutes – – Monthly financial report

July 2020 – – Board Minutes – – Monthly financial report

August 2020 – – Board Minutes – – Monthly financial report

September 2020 – – Board Minutes – – Monthly financial report

October 2020 – – Board Minutes – – Monthly financial report

November 2020 – – Board Minutes – – Monthly financial report

December 2020 – – Board Minutes – – Monthly financial report

Our Latest Financial Report

The latest Financial Report for WPCiA is available to view here. Please contact us with any questions. Reports are posted here after being reviewed by the Board of Directors at their monthly meetings on the fourth Tuesday of the month unless otherwise scheduled. All are welcome to attend our board meetings.

Next Neighborhood Meeting: June 15, 2021 … Everyone Welcome!

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 – 7 p.m. (virtually via Zoom technology; email us for instructions if you are not already on our e-blast list, or see the events listing on this web site)

Location: online virtual meeting due to COVID-19 pandemic issues. Join us from wherever you are, either by audio only or audio and video, by phone, computer or other electronic device.

Check back here (or see your monthly postcard from us) for details on the meeting agenda as they are finalized.

If you have ideas for topics you’d like to have discussed at our Neighborhood Meetings, let us know.

Remember: In our neighborhood organization, all 18-years-of-age-and-over residents, property owners, and business representatives in the Windom Park neighborhood can make motions and vote at our Neighborhood Meetings.

COVID-19 Resources

  • State of Minnesota COVID-19 Hotline: (651) 201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Interpreters available.
  • State of Minnesota School and Child Care Hotline: (651) 297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Interpreters available.
  • City of Minneapolis questions, complaints, and information: 311 or (612) 673-3000

We’re Open … But Physical Office Temporarily Closed Due to COVID-19

  • Our physical office is closed until further notice due to COVID-19 restrictions, but we are still operating off-site. You can reach us by email at info@windompark.org or by leaving a voicemail at (612) 788-2192.
  • WPCiA’s home fix-up loans and commercial rehab loans are still available. Call our vendor CEE/The Lending Center at (612) 335-5858 for details and to apply.
  • Home Energy Squad visits are still taking place to address energy-efficiency concerns. Call (651) 328-6220 for details.

  • For fastest action on your Home Security Rebate during COVID-19, please email your completed applications to us instead of mailing or dropping them off at the office. Our physical office is not open at this time.

More Raingardens Moving Forward in 2021

WPCiA provided partial funding for 15 neighborhood rain gardens in 2019 and 2020; we have now allocated $5,600 for eight more of these environmentally smart, stormwater-filtering gardens in 2021. We are working with Metro Blooms on this project. Estimated cost to the resident installing the rain garden is $300-450, depending on size of the garden and plants used. Deadline for applying is April 30, 2021 (first come, first served). If you are interested in participating, send your name, address, email and phone number to info@windompark.org

The ‘Minneapolis 2040’ Comprehensive Plan

The Minneapolis City Council on Dec. 7, 2018, approved the “Minneapolis 2040” Comprehensive Plan and forwarded it, as required by state law, to the Metropolitan Council for final approval during 2019. The plan provides a roadmap for where the city sees itself in the coming years. Urban design, density, zoning, housing, transportation, heritage preservation, equity, community engagement and more are detailed for each area of the city. Check this link for details from the city. 

The plan and its public meetings generated debate and news coverage; in the Windom Park neighborhood, debate generally centered around the city’s initial proposal to allow dwelling structures of up to four units (four-plexes; later reduced to tri-plexes plus an Accessory Dwelling Unit) on all residential properties – in conflict with the Small Area Plan the neighborhood approved. The Small Area Plan called for zoning to remain “as is” in this neighborhood.  WPCiA submitted comment to the city stating that we support the Windom Park Neighborhood Small Area Plan and wish to have it incorporated into “Minneapolis 2040.” Your neighbor volunteers worked for over two years seeking community input, conducting surveys, holding community engagement sessions, working with a special consultant, conferring with city staff, listening to neighbors, revising and ultimately creating a plan for this specific area of Minneapolis.

The City of Minneapolis’ approved 2040 plan can be found here. WPCiA remains committed to its Small Area Plan. If you are interested in volunteering to help work towards implementation of the plan, contact WPCiA or attend our monthly meetings.

MISSION

WPCIA is a neighborhood-based nonprofit 501(c)3 organization with tax-exempt status. It is the city-designated citizen participation organization for this geographic area of Minneapolis, as well as the NRP (Neighborhood Revitalization Program) contracting organization for the Windom Park Neighborhood.

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