Health, Environment & Community Engagement Committee Agenda

Standing Committee of the City Council, Minneapolis, Minnesota


Regular Meeting

March 27, 2017 - 1:30 p.m.

Room 317, City Hall


Members Present:  Council Members Cam Gordon (Chair), Andrew Johnson, Jacob Frey, Alondra Cano, and Lisa Bender (Quorum 4)
Member Absent:  Council Member Elizabeth Glidden


Council Committee Coordinator:  Peggy Menshek 612-673-2287


Finance & Property Services

1.  Request for Proposals (RFP) for community solar garden development (17-00413)

Authorizing issuance of an RFP for community solar garden services to be provided to the City of Minneapolis that will include the following criteria for evaluation of the responses:

1.   Workforce participation from Minneapolis residents and compliance with the Small and Underutilized Business Program (SUBP) goals.

2.   Potential cost savings to the City of Minneapolis.

3.   Potential ownership by the City of Minneapolis of the Renewable Energy Credits (RECs).

4.   A community solar garden up to 1 MWAC in size.

5.   Reference to stacked green infrastructure, including pollinator forage, storm water management, or local food growing.

6.   Requiring the garden developer to assign 20% of the garden generation to Minneapolis low income households and enter into subscription agreements with such households.  (Refer to WM)

Action Taken:  Approved and referred to WM.

Health Department

2.  License agreement with Minneapolis Public Schools for use of school sites in a health emergency (17-00414)

Authorizing a five-year license agreement with Minneapolis Public Schools, Special School District No. 1, to use space in multiple school sites for providing services to the general public for public health emergencies.  (Refer to WM)

Action Taken:  Approved and referred to WM.

Regulatory Services Department

3.   Grant from Ian Somerhalder Foundation for Minneapolis Animal Care and Control (17-00418)

1.   Accepting a grant from the Ian Somerhalder Foundation in the amount of $300 to cover a portion of the medical costs of an animal in the care of Minneapolis Animal Care & Control.

2.   Authorizing an agreement with Ian Somerhalder Foundation for the grant.

3.   Passage of Resolution appropriating the funds to the Regulatory Services Department.  (Refer to WM)

Action Taken:  Approved and referred to WM.


Health Department

4.  University of Minnesota report on Workplace Perspectives on Erotic Dancing (17-00415)

Receiving and filing a presentation on a University of “Minnesota report on Workplace Perspectives on Erotic Dancing: A Brief Report on Community-Based Research with Entertainers in Minneapolis Strip Clubs,” presented by Dr. Lauren Martin, Director of Research at the University of Minnesota’s Urban Research Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC).

Action Taken:  Received and filed.


Referred by City Council March 10, 2017

5.  Recommendations on use of recycled tire mulch (17-00111)

1.   Passage of Resolution prohibiting the use of City funds for the installation or replacement of any facilities or amenities using waste tires and encouraging others to discontinue the use of waste tire materials as ground cover and infill in Minneapolis.

2.   Directing Finance Department staff to work with Minneapolis Public Schools and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to identify the cost of the removal of waste tire mulch from existing facilities; directing Finance staff to identify possible sources of City funding that could be used to help and to bring forward a proposal to Council, consistent with City processes, for consideration no later than July 1, 2017.  The proposal should specify whether partner organizations have taken formal action to prohibit further purchase and use of waste tire products.

Action Taken:  Postponed to Health, Environment & Community Engagement Committee meeting of April 17, 2017.


Notice: A portion of this meeting may be closed to the public pursuant to MN Statutes Section 13D.03 or 13D.05


Committee actions will be referred to the next Council Meeting:  April 14, 2017

Next Committee Meeting:  April 17, 2017


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