Mayor’s Council on Neighborhoods Meeting – May 2016

    On Tuesday, May 3, 2016, the Mayor’s Council on Neighborhoods (MCN) held their twelfth official meeting.

    Representatives from the Sunnyside, Historic SW, Eastside, Slatterly Park, Northwest, and Washington neighborhood associations were in attendance. Guests included Mitzi Baker, Olmsted County Planning Director and Barbara Schafer, Slatterly Park and Art on the Avenue.

    The agenda included discussion about the Developer Informational Meetings Text Amendment and the Slatterly Park neighborhood association’s Art on the Avenue event.

    Mission To strengthen connections between neighborhood leaders and give neighborhoods a collective voice.

    The group will meet every two months, Tuesday, 5:30‐7 pm, unless a special meeting is called. Location TBD.

    Upcoming 2016 meetings: July
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    2016 Neighborhood Project Grant Winners

    We are very excited to be a part of this process again this year. These grants give us an opportunity to dream of what can be possible with a little focus and a little outside money. Thank you for organizing this again.” – Cathy Clermont, Slatterly Park Neighborhood Association
    Announcing the second year of our Neighborhood Project Grants. Once again we had strong applications and this year we have some very original ideas from neighborhoods on how to bring neighbors together, while getting positive things accomplished for their living space. These grants reimburse up to $1,000 in costs for neighborhoods
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    Congratulations Citizen Forester Class of Spring 2016

    The city trees of Rochester now have a whole class of brand new caretakers. Congratulations to the spring Citizen Forester graduates who completed a four hour class on Saturday, April 16.

    Cosponsored by City of Rochester Forestry Department, Quarry Hill, and RNeighbors this class teaches learning tree planting basics, care, basic arboriculture, urban forest advocacy, and hands-on activities. These volunteers now have the knowledge to correctly plant trees that will grow 100 years or more (rather than the average of 20-30 years) and they have the official title of “Rochester Citizen Forester.”

    PowerPoint Presentation

    This class is taught in the spring
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    Spring 2016 Community Tree Planting

    The city’s boulevard tree spaces are currently over half empty and each year 250-500 boulevard trees are removed due to disease or damage. We need your help to add 275 more street trees to the Bandel Drive neighborhood in northwest Rochester.

    Saturday, April 23
    Starting at 8:30 am
    Meet at Schmidt Park, 6222 24th Ave NW. Park on Overland Drive NW.

    You’ll be able to see our volunteers at the check-in table. They will be in bright shirts, register with them. You’ll be given a team number, told next steps, and we’ll take a giant group photo. Then we’ll be off to plant some
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    Help Make Rochester A Litter Bit Better! Registration Now Open 2016

    A $20 bill, a poster of Steven Segal, a 5’ x 7’ rug, a box of packaged sandwiches, a set of silverware, and a car bumper. What do these things have in common? They are just a few of the odd things found in Rochester during the last 9 years of litter clean-ups during the annual Help Make Rochester A Litter Bit Better! event. What will our volunteers find this year?

    So far, over 112 tons of litter has been collected by thousands of citizens since the program began in 2007. This year’s event will be April 23-30 and registration is now open.

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    RNeighbors Statement of Purpose

    As Rochester continues to grow there have been instances of neighborhood groups in the news and RNeighbors is frequently asked to comment about these different circumstances. The below statement was approved at an RNeighbors Board meeting on March 16, 2016.

    RNeighbors is a nonprofit organization that encourages, supports, and provides tools to volunteers interested in participating and having a collective voice in their neighborhood and community by forming a neighborhood association. We believe that neighborhood associations are the heart of neighborhood activities in Rochester.

      RNeighbors strongly advises registered associations to elect a board that will speak and represent the views and goals
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    2016 RNeighbors Neighborhood Project Grants

    What is the Neighborhood Project Grant?
    These grants reimburse up to $1,000 in costs for neighborhoods to complete projects that enhance a neighborhood’s livability and involvement, benefit the entire neighborhood and promote a strong sense of community. We encourage you to be creative. These non-revenue producing projects can include, but are not limited to, identification signage, butterfly & rain gardens, native plantscaping and public art projects.

    Are you specifically interested in a community food garden?
    Allowable expenses include start-up gardening supplies (such as shovels, rakes, hoses, seeds, starter plants, and dirt), materials to construct raised bed gardens, signage, fencing, and garden watering equipment.
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    A Stroll Through RNeighbors’ History


    Lincolnshire NA formed


    Kutzky Park NA formed


    Mayors Advisory Council On Neighborhoods is formed

    1st year formed 2 NA’s – Southeast Settlers (now Slatterly Park NA) and East Side Pioneers
    Instituted Neighborhood Coordinator position
    Disorderly use ordinance passed


    Neighborhood Initiative Leadership Workshop given


    Rochester Neighborhood Resource Center Start-Up Committee

    Researched models from other cities
    Decided on “Resource Center” model
    Initial filings for 501C3 organization

    Seek Community-wide Board
    Hire Executive Director Move into new offices at United Way
    Growth of Neighborhood Associations (NAs) from 2 to 12


    Rochester Neighborhood Resource Center (RNRC) incorporated as a 501C3
    Susan Waughtal hired as Executive Director and AmeriCorps volunteer Brooke Tiegen secured
    Board of Directors created
    Mission: “To Promote Community
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    Mayor’s Council on Neighborhoods Meeting – February 2016

    Tuesday, February 17, 2016, the Mayor’s Council on Neighborhoods (MCN) held their eleventh official meeting.

    Thanks to Custom Alarm for the excellent meeting space and to Mayor Brede for his support of the group.

    Representatives from the Sunnyside, Historic SW, Eastside, Parkway, and Homestead neighborhood associations were in attendance. Guests included Audrey Betcher, Rochester Public Library; April Sutor, Rochester Family Services and Homestead Neighborhood; and Dave Beal, In the City for Good.

    The agenda included presentations from In the Shadow of Growth & In the City for Good, the Rochester Public Library Expansion, and Family Services’ Neighbors Helping Neighbors program.

    To strengthen connections between neighborhood leaders and give neighborhoods
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    RPU’s 14th Annual Arbor Day Celebration

    What: 14th Annual Arbor Day Celebration – sponsored by Rochester Public Utilities, Maier Tree & Lawn, and Rochester Park & Recreation. 

    When: Friday, April 29, 11 am-1 pm

    Where: Three Links-Silver Lake Park, located at 840 7th St NE in Rochester. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved to RCTC’s Field House located at 851 30th Ave SE in Rochester. 

    Festivities: Free trees to give away, live music, free lunch (hot dogs, corn on the cob, chips, cookie, and soda), tree experts on hand, Smokey Bear, balloonists, magician, games, scavenger hunt, poster contest ceremony, and much more!          

    Participants: RPU,
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