Home‎ > ‎SECIA News‎ > ‎Como Tidbits‎ > ‎

Tidbits 2012.11.15

posted Jan 8, 2013, 1:14 PM by Ricardo McCurley


Give to the Max Day! on Thursday, November 15
MPRB Urban Agriculture Plan Meeting on Thursday, November 15, 6-7:30 PM
UMN Combined Heat and Power Plant Update on Thursday, November 15, 2012, 5:00 PM
MPRB Urban Agriculture Plan Meeting on Saturday, November 17, 10-11:30 AM
Housing and Livability Committee on Tuesday, November 20, 7 PM
Ward 1 Public Safety Community Reception on Tuesday, November 27, 6-7 PM
Block Leader Training on Wednesday, November 28th, 6-8 PM
MPRB Urban Agriculture Plan Meeting on Thursday, December 3, 6-7:30 PM
MPRB Urban Agriculture Plan Meeting on Thursday, December 4, 6-7:30 PM
Environment Committee No November meeting. The next meeting is December 11, 7PM

Give to the Max Day is Today!!
November 15th
Because SECIA (Southeast Como Improvement Association) is a small organization on a shoestring budget your donation will go a long way. It will help with everything from community events to our award winning environmental programs to the very popular Fairshare Farm and MIMO project. The funding picture has dramatically changes for non-profit neighborhood organizations with the loss of the NRP (Neighborhood Revitalization Program) and your donation is critical to our ability to carry on programs that not only affect the local community, but have been used as models region and statewide.
By making a donation on Give to the Max Day, your gift could help us win an extra $1,000 for our work in the community. Give $10, $20, $50 or $1000, whatever fits your budget.
At the end of Give to the Max Day, one donation from across Minnesota will be randomly selected for a $10,000 Supersized Golden Ticket! Help us increase our odds by making your gift on November 15 by visiting www.GiveMN.org and searching for SECIA!

The Annual Meeting
We have a fantastic meeting last night. Highlights included talks with Councilman Cam Gordon and University Director of Community Relations Jan Morlock, the premier of a short documentary on the Gateway Mural Project (see it here), the budget vote and the board elections.
The budget resolution (see it here) unanimously, pushing our fiscal cliff down the road and giving us more time to discover new revenue streams.
All six empty board seats were filled last night. We welcome back our 4 incumbent board members: Joan Menken, Bill Dane, Tedd Johnson and Stewart Smith. We are also Welcome our two new board members: Natalie Reciputi and Chris Christopherson.

Thank you for your support so far
Dear Como Neighbors,
We asked for support and you are providing! To date we have received almost $3500 in donations and employer matching contributions.

For those who haven’t yet done so you may be asking, “How can we help?” Thankfully, there are many ways to support SECIA. You can donate. You can send us a check, use your credit/debit card at GiveMN.org, or stop by the office with cash. You can spread the word. Talk to your friends and neighbors, tell them about your contribution and ask them to match it. We need the neighborhood to come out and vote on a variety of budget and programming issues that may extend our ability to service the community. Join a committee. As an active member of SECIA, you can organize fundraisers, pressure city officials, welcome new neighbor, beautify the streets and create new programs. Find your way to be an active partner in Southeast Como!

Project Update: A New Combined Heat and Power Facility for the UMN Twin Cities Campus
Thursday, November 15, 2012, 5:00 p.m.
The University of Minnesota is planning to reinvest in steam and electrical power operations at the "Old Main" facility on the East Bank campus. The plant is at 1180 Main Street SE, at the East head of the Dinkytown Bikeway Bride (Bridge No. 9). The plant will use natural gas to co-generate steam heat and electrical power, and will reduce the University's carbon footprint.
The University hosted initial information meetings about the project in August, 2011, and the design phase began early this year. A permit application will be submitted to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency in January, 2013.
I hope that you will be able to join us for this project update. If you know others who may be interested, please post or forward, and encourage them to attend.
For further details and to REGISTER: http://chpupdate.eventbrite.com/

MPRB Urban Agriculture Plan
November 15, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Linden Hills Rec Center, 3100 43rd St W
November 17, 10:00-11:30 a.m. MPRB Headquarters, 2117 W River Rd
December 3, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Farview Rec Center, 621 29th Ave N
December 4, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Nokomis Rec Center, 2401 E Minnehaha Pkwy
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is developing a plan to address urban agriculture within the park system. The MPRB invites your participation through meetings scheduled in November and December and seeks a broad base of community opinion and experience to help shape the new Urban Agriculture plan. In addition to your involvement, the plan will rely on the contributions from interest groups, elected officials, and individuals within advisory committees. This outreach will serve to ensure that the direction and content of the Plan is authentic, informed, and supportive of the needs of park users and visitors.
For additional information, visit the Urban Agriculture Plan project page on the MPRB website. Direct questions to Ginger Cannon, Park Planner, 612-230-6413, gcannon@minneapolisparks.org.

Ward 1 Public Safety Community Reception:
Tuesday, November 27, 6 – 7 p.m.
Firefighters Hall & Museum, 664 22nd Avenue NE.
Join your friends, neighbors and Council Member Kevin Reich in welcoming the Second Precinct’s new Crime Prevention Specialist Susan Bradshaw, while also meeting Police Chief nominee Janee Harteau and bidding farewell to outgoing Chief Dolan. All are welcome and light pizza dinner will be served. RSVP to 612-673-2201 or kevin.reich@minneapolismn.gov.

Block Leader Training
Wednesday, November 28th, 6-8 pm
2nd Precinct, 1911 Central Ave. N.E.
Join other residents throughout the city to develop skills for effectively working with your neighbors. Topics to be covered:

Introduction to Community Crime Prevention
How to organize a block/apartment club
Services of Community Crime Prevention
Responsibilities of a crime prevention block leader
How and when to use 911
How to solve problems effectively
Meet your crime prevention specialists

Please RSVP at 612-673-2874 or email Susan.Bradshaw@minneapolismn.gov

A short one this week, Have a great weekend!