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Community Participation Program
Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association
July 1, 2012-December 31, 2013
|Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association|
|P.O. Box 19445Minneapolis, MN 55419|
|Name: Paul RagozzinoPhone: (612)310-7868Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: 51xx Emerson Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55419
|Name: Ruth OlsonPhone: (612)925-3711Email: email@example.com
Address: 55xx Richmond Curve
Minneapolis, MN 55410
Who should be the primary contact for this submission? ___Ruth Olson___________________
Date of Board review and approval: ___June 14, 2012______________________
Use the following questions as a guide for your submission. For questions 1-8, please limit each response to no more than 3 paragraphs.
Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association (LYNAS) has previously been deemed eligible and received funding in the previous cycle. We have recently adopted ADA and EEO Policies, bringing us up-to-date with current requirements. A 2011 Annual Report was filed with our NCR Specialist on May 11, 2012.
LYNAS has a variety of established outreach activities:
In order to develop Neighborhood Priority Plans we will rely on those priorities set forth in our NRP Phase II Plan. This Plan was formally adopted in July, 2011 and is very current in terms of neighborhood needs and wishes. We will also use large scale neighborhood gatherings to query residents for other goals.
The information gathered from questions and the surveying done in our Phase II Plan will guide our NPP submission.
LYNAS will use all of the activities listed in question #1 to solicit involvement and engagement of all residents of Lynnhurst neighborhood. We will continue to build our membership base and encourage new leadership through direct one-on-one contact made possible through our community events. Existing and past Board members and neighborhood staff will continue to reach out to neighbors to recruit volunteers for various activities of the neighborhood. With decreased public funding available, LYNAS will be looking at all possible opportunities to join forces with other neighborhood associations and community groups in order to combine resources and support so that activities and events are not compromised.
LYNAS works hard to create a sense of togetherness for the entirety of the neighborhood. In fact, one of our major NRP strategies in both Phase I and II is Building a Sense of Community. We sponsor a variety of events and activities to reach out to different segments of population in the neighborhood. We would like to develop a Welcome Packet to distribute to all new residents. This Welcome Packet would include information regarding the neighborhood as a whole, LYNAS, businesses in the neighborhood, City of Minneapolis contacts and would demonstrate our commitment to inclusion of all residents. We would also like to sponsor quarterly symposiums on a variety of topics that could bring together a wider cross-section of neighborhood residents. Possible topics for these symposiums could be zero-waste recycling, safety measures, sustainable yard design including rain gardens, etc.
Over the past 10 years, LYNAS and Fulton Neighborhood Association (FNA) have worked together to address common concerns regarding traffic and safety issues that affect both neighborhoods. Through the Fulton-Lynnhurst Neighbors for Safe Driving Task Force, a slow-down driving campaign was conducted. Both neighborhoods also worked together to re-design the lane striping on W 50th St which allowed for better traffic flow patterns.
More recently, LYNAS and FNA have continued to build bonds through their respective Environmental Committees. Conversations have begun as to how to best support the efforts of each neighborhood, how to duplicate successful programs and how to communicate important environmental information. LYNAS and FNA have also begun discussions with one another regarding improvement to the shared Minnehaha Creek that flows through both neighborhoods.
Over the course of several years, LYNAS has worked closely with their neighbors in Kenny, Tangletown and Windom neighborhoods to develop and move forward a streetscape plan for the intersection of 54th St and Lyndale Ave S. Representatives of all four neighborhoods have worked closely with Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis to participate in the planning of the replacement of the bridge over Minnehaha Creek and the reconstruction of Lyndale Ave from the bridge to 56th St. This has been a very long and arduous process full of starts and stops, but the combined voice of the four neighborhoods have influenced change that is beneficial to the overall health of the intersection. The neighborhoods have also joined together to provide funding to the businesses for streetscape elements that will also positively affect the look and financial well-being of its business assets.
LYNAS has recently been more involved with the Nicollet East Harriet Business Association (NEHBA) and has been actively reaching out to neighborhood businesses to provide support during a disruptive construction project. LYNAS has also engaged neighborhood businesses, new and old, to provide funding for façade improvements. These improvements strengthen the framework of the neighborhood.
Historically, senior citizens are not well represented in the activities of the neighborhood. LYNAS has specifically chosen to support senior citizens in the guidelines of its new Housing revolving loan program. Eligible improvements
to accommodate the elderly and/or disabled and allow them to stay in their homes include but are not limited to wheelchair ramps, chair lifts, and stair railings.
NCR could help further engage senior citizens by spreading the word of the available housing funds and working with LYNAS to develop programming and facilities focused on the unique needs of aging in an urban environment.
LYNAS has very recently contracted its Phase II NRP dollars in a revolving, low-interest home improvement loan program. It is our hope that this program will help home owners in the neighborhood improve their homes and, thus, raise the property values of not only their own home but those surrounding properties. This, in turn, strengthens the entire neighborhood. The guidelines of the program specify eligible projects are to be exterior home/yard improvements, energy-efficiency improvements (exterior or interior) or elderly/disabled accommodation projects. Initial interest in this program is quite how and nearly all of the designated funds have been used.
Due to the recent initiation of this housing program, LYNAS estimates that
1-2 hours of staff time per month will be needed to establish strong communications with the neighborhood and the housing vendor and then to monitor the effectiveness of the program. Alterations to the guidelines and funding levels to meet the needs of Lynnhurst residents will be made, as necessary.
LYNAS will need to roll forward approximately $8000.00 of funds from the previous cycle. These funds will be used to further engage residents in this CPP Plan and allow us to pursue funding Neighborhood Priority Plans.
|Supplies and Materials||$3,500|
|Festivals and events||$5,000|