Central Heating

A Minneapolis neighborhood association raises the eyebrows of city administrators--and the ire of some of its constituents

At the most recent CNIA annual board meeting and election in May, there was little public discussion of the impending audit. Metoyer and his allies easily retained control of the board, prompting renewed cries that the new regime had once again managed to stack the deck in its own favor. Says Eva Young, who lost her bid for a board seat: "It was pretty much preordained." But, she concedes, "There wasn't really an organized alternative either."

Central Neighborhood Improvement Association board president Zachary Metoyer says the old regime left the group in financial disarray
Craig Lassig
Central Neighborhood Improvement Association board president Zachary Metoyer says the old regime left the group in financial disarray

The results of the audit aren't likely to change the tenor of neighborhood politics in Central. Young says that some residents are talking about founding a new organization, separate from the CNIA. "A lot of people that I've talked to don't think there's much point in continuing to try and fix CNIA, that it might be better to start anew," she says.

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