North Minneapolis Loses a Treasure

I attended the memorial service today for Reed Frentz.  He died of cancer on January 10.  Among the many other things that Reed has done, he was the Treasurer for 4PAC (4th Precinct Advisory Council) for several years.  If you attended the meetings, Reed was the tall, lanky guy who always told us how much money was left in the 4PAC bank account. But he did so much more.  There were many children at his memorial service.  When the pastor asked how many of them had done activities with Reed, they all raised their hands.  He stepped in when help was needed.  He was one of the gentlest men I’ve ever known.  His passing leaves a huge gap in North Minneapolis.  He worked quietly, often behind the scenes, content to be helping.  When I had to leave my place on the 4PAC board, Reed stepped in and took over managing the 4PAC web site.  He worked long and hard in an attempt to get 501(c)(3) exemption status for 4PAC.  I heard today how he fixed bicycles for neighborhood children. Reed didn’t want the limelight–he just wanted to help…and play with his children…and love his family.

Reed was just 42 years old and leaves behind his 2 children, his wife, his father, his mother, and his two sisters. Please hold his family in your prayers.


JACC Bylaws to Be Revised (w/Community Approval)

At the JACC Board meeting last Wednesday (11/11/09), Kip Browne suggested he tackle the task of revising the bylaws that govern the operation of the Jordan Area Community Council (JACC).  He offered to take Judge Porter’s comments made during the hearings in the lawsuit filed by the former board executive committee members and incorporate them into the bylaws.

When the bylaws revision is ready, it will be presented to the board for a vote.  If the board approves the changes, then the amended bylaws must be approved by a vote of 2/3 of the membership present at the meeting where the vote is taken.  The community must be notified at least 28 days prior to the meeting.

There are discrepancies between the Bylaws and the Articles of Incorporation as to how the bylaws can be amended.

The Bylaws state in Article IX, Amendments: “These Bylaws may be amended by a vote of 2/3rds of the membership present at any general membership meeting provided the amendment(s) have been submitted in writing to JACC and notice has been given to the general membership of the proposed change at least 28 days prior to the date of meeting at which the vote will be taken.

The Articles of Incorporation state (also in Article IX, Amendments): “The Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws of this organization may be amended:  provided, that the following steps are taken in succession:

1.  The proposed amendment is given to the Secretary in writing.

2.  The proposed amendment is read at a General Membership meeting.

3.  All members are given due notice by mail of the proposed amendment.

4.  Two thirds of all members present vote in favor of adopting the proposed amendment.  At least one week must pass between steps three and four.

When the current bylaws were approved by the membership in November, 2003, the process was a combination of these processes that ensured the best in member notification and time to review the changes:  Members were notified as part of the October 2003 annual meeting notification that bylaw changes had been proposed and would be presented at the annual meeting.  The bylaw changes were read at the annual meeting, they were modified at that meeting by the member motions to include two sections requiring adequate notification of JACC membership about meetings.  The bylaws were voted on at the November 2003 general membership meeting (community forum) and approved.  This gave members the opportunity to thoroughly review the  bylaws between the time they were presented and the time the vote was taken.

JACC Elects New Officers

JACC Board Officers for 2009/2010At a special meeting of the Jordan Area Community Council tonight (10/29), the new board of directors elected its four officers.  Shown above, from left to right, are:  Vladimir Monroe, Chair; David Haddy, Secretary; Michael “Kip” Browne, Vice Chair; and Robert Hodson, Treasurer.

Jordan Elects New Board Members!

The Jordan neighborhood held its annual meeting last night (10/22) and elected five new board members:

  • Mike McCloskey, Catalyst Foundation employee
  • Keith Reitman, property owner and incumbent board member
  • Lynn Riskadel, resident
  • Dan Rother, resident and incumbent board member
  • Dennis Wagner, resident

Leaving the board are P.J. Hubbard, Deb Wager and Yulin Yin.  Michael “Kip” Browne leaves as an elected board member but remains as an ex officio member for the next year since he is the outgoing board chair.

Two people were selected as an elector and alternate for the Neighborhood Revitalization Program’s (NRP’s) annual election of four neighborhood residents to the NRP Policy Board.  Polly Peterson was selected as elector and Dottie Titus as alternate.  The elector will help select the Policy Board’s Revitalization representative (Minneapolis has 37 neighborhoods that identified themselves as Revitalization neighborhoods–Jordan is one of them) and the at-large representative.  That election happens on November 19 at the NRP location downtown.

The rest of the meeting… Continue reading



There’s dinner at 6 p.m.  Then you’ll hear from the Jordan neighborhood’s board of directors on what the past fiscal year (June 1, 2008 through May 31, 2009) was all about as well as where the organization stands today.  Committees will give brief reports on what they have accomplished.  Two special presentations:  (1) by Hennepin County on the proposed light rail transit routes through and around North Minneapolis, and (2) by BIKO and Associates on the design for the 26th Avenue Bike and Greenway.

Along the way, we’ll elect some new board members (5 candidates are running for the job) as well as a representative to vote on who will represent the 37 revitalization neighborhoods on the Neighborhood Revitalization Program’s Policy Board.

Please come out and join your neighbors for some social time and civic engagement!

It all begins at 6 p.m. at 3120 Washburn Avenue N at Parkway United Church.  This is the church that sits at the intersection of Lowry Avenue and Washburn Avenue.  Entrance is from the church parking lot, which can be reached from Vincent Avenue.

Nominating Committee Minutes – 9/28/09

The  minutes from the 9/21/09 meeting are still in work–our secretary was not at that meeting.  Will post as soon as available.  Here are the minutes from the 28th.

Nominating Committee Meeting Minutes

September 28, 2009

6:30 pm

JACC Office

Attendees: Dave Haddy, Todd Heintz, Tyrone Jaramillo, Dottie Titus

Absent:            Megan Goodmundson

The meeting was called to order at 6:40 p.m.

Items discussed:

–        No minutes were provided for 9/21/09 (Megan absent).

–        Reviewed action items:

  • Tyronne said Parkway United Church was flexible about our meeting times (will notify them we need the space by 5:30 p.m).  He will contact about how we get the key, lock up, etc.  Todd offered to pick up the key on 10/22 during his lunch break.
  • Tyronne found the name tag ribbons and will order them.  They will identify board members, nominating committee members and candidates
  • Dave, Todd and Tyronne all plan to help at the table for the Harvest Days celebration on October 10.  Megan will do flyer.  Dave offered his help if she needed it.
  • Waiting for Megan to report:  e-mail elected officials to invite; pick up neon green name tags for voters; sign-in sheets; flyer for Harvest Days Festival

–        Candidate vetting is complete.  The official list of candidates is as follows:

  • Mike McCloskey, CATALYST, employed in Jordan neighborhood
  • Keith Reitman, owns property in Jordan neighborhood
  • Lynn Riskedal, resident
  • Daniel Rother, resident
  • Dennis Wagner, resident

–        Ballot design is being done by Megan

–        Two of the three tellers have confirmed (Bob Cooper, Linda Higgins).

–        Reviewed the postcards to be sent to all eligible voters; committee approved unanimously.

–        Reviewed the agenda for the annual meeting.  There was some concern that more time may be needed for the forensic audit portion.  Dottie suggested that if that appears to be the case, we can recommend the audit be discussed at the next community forum where it could be given more time.  The agenda for the annual meeting was approved.

–        We have requested a small grant from General Mills for food for the annual meeting and some community meetings. There has not been a response yet.  Unofficial word is that we can use some JACC funds to buy food at Costco and prepare it ourselves for the meeting.  Menu to be decided at a future meeting, but we are looking at things like large pans of lasagne and salad.

Meeting adjourned at 7:08pm (moved by Dave, seconded by Todd).

Action Items/Tasks from 9-28-09 Nom Comm.




Megan Invite 2 electeds 10/5
Megan Make a flyer for Harvest Festival 10/5
Tyrone Get instructions from Parkway United on lockup 10/19
Megan/Dave Design ballot with bio info 10/5
Megan/Dottie Sign-in sheets for annual meeting 10/5
Megan Pick up name tags (neon green) 10/19

Demolition was cancelled

The Delisi demolition community aspect was cancelled–too few participants.  Perhaps everyone was still recovering from the Cottage Park beautification project?  The work goes on, however.