There are a number of ongoing or larger projects affecting the 11th Ward that warrant their own page.
Below is a partial compilation of items of interest happening in and around the 11th Ward.
Saturday, October 10, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Free Energy Fair, Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Ave. S.,
Wednesday October 14, 6:30 pm, Block Leader Training, 3rd Precinct, 3000 Minnehaha Av S. RSVP - Sue Roethele, Crime Prevention Specialist (612) 673-2839, firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, October 17th, 7:00-10:00 pm, Simply ArtAble Annual Fundraiser
Tuesday, October 20, 8:00 a.m., Community Coffee Hour, Sunstreet Breads, 46th & Nicollet Av.
Tuesday, October 20, the Fall Street Sweep begins, use the Interactive Web Tool to find out which week your street will be swept.
Wednesday, October 21st, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 46th St. Informational Meeting Field Middle School, 4645 Fourth Avenue South
Saturday, October 24, 9:30 AM Friends of Diamond Lake Buckthorn Bust, meet at Pearl Park
Saturday October 24, 7:00 - 11:00 p.m., Windom Spanish Emersion's Fiesta, St. Mary's Lake Calhoun Event Center, 3450 Irving Av S, for more information - https://windomschool.wordpress.com/
Monday, November 9 , 6:30 pm, Block Leader Training, 3rd Precinct, 3000 Minnehaha Ave S, RSVP - Sue Roethele, Crime Prevention Specialist, (612) 673-2839, email@example.com
Saturday, November 14, noon-4:00 pm, Fix-It Clinic, Folwell Park Rec Center, 1615 Dowlilng Av N, for more information go to Hennepin County Fix-It Clinic web page.
Saturday, November 14, 10:00-12:00, Passive House Open House, 5605 Bloomington Ave S.
Wednesday, November 18, 6:05 p.m., Public Hearing on 2016 City Budget, Room 317 City Hall, 350 S. 5th Street.
Wednesday, December 9, 6:05 p.m., Public Meeting - final adoption of the 2016 City Budget, Room 317 City Hall, 350 S. 5th Street
October 21, 6:30-8:30pm at East Phillips Park 2399 17th Ave. S.
October 22, 6:30-8:30pm at Farview Park Ave. N.
- November 2, 6:30 – 8:30 at Fuller Park 4800 Grand Ave. S.
Highlights of the proposed changes For Community:
- Better defines the City’s role and expands protections to all animals, not just domestic or companion
- Increases transparency and accountability through enhanced record keeping
- Includes expanded definitions and clarifies the City’s scope of authority
For Owners, Shelters and Rescue Organizations:
- Simplifies application process and streamlines notification requirements
- Introduces expected standards of care for all animal owners, shelters and partner rescue organizations
- Adds specific protocols to be considered in case of euthanasia, including creation and use of a rescue partner registry
The purpose of the changes are to ensure that our values and vision for being leaders in animal protection laws are mirrored in our code and respond to the changing world of animal welfare and the needs/demands of our community We look forward to seeing you at one of these meetings and hearing what you think.
Next summer, Hennepin County is planning to repave 46th Street South from Lyndale to Cedar Avenues. Travel safety and other concerns have been raised about this stretch of road, and the paving project provides an opportunity to make improvements along the roadway for vehicular traffic, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
A working group has been established to study the transportation issues in this area, and to examine modifications that could be implemented with the paving project. The group consists of county and city staff with representatives from the Field-Regina-Northrop, Kingfield, and Tangletown neighborhoods.
Residents and business owners from the vicinity are invited to attend an informational meeting this October, to share thoughts and observations that might help guide the study. The meeting will take an informal open house format, in which a map of the area will be displayed to allow comments to be posted and problem areas to be identified. Staff will provide information on existing traffic volumes, crash history, and background on previous ideas for improvement.
September 25, 2015
Share This Video and Spread the Word About Helping Our Urban Forest
Healthy trees are an important part of our quality of life in Minneapolis, but they need our help. Share this short video about some of the benefits of our urban forest and how we can help.
Free Energy Fair October 10
Sign up for money-saving energy programs, see presentations about ways to make your home more energy efficient, and learn about options to go solar at an energy fair coming to the Minneapolis Convention Center.
Visitors can also get free LED lightbulbs and a complimentary continental breakfast. Children are welcome, and there will be plenty of activities for them.
2015 Minneapolis Energy Fair, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturday, October 10, Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Ave. S.
The energy fair is sponsored by NRG Energy with Meet Minneapolis, the City of Minneapolis, Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy.
Minneapolis offers free home energy efficiency visits, no-interest financing on improvements Park Update
The City of Minneapolis is offering free Home Energy Squad visits to income-qualified Minneapolis households while funds last. Qualified households have incomes less than $35,310 for one person plus $12,480 for each additional person. That’s $47,790 for two people, $60,270 for three people, or up to $122,670 for eight people. Minneapolis households over the income limit can still receive the visit for $70 – which includes a consultation, materials and labor.
The Home Energy Squad visits bring energy efficiency experts to participants’ homes to install energy-saving materials and make recommendations on energy-saving upgrades. A crew of energy consultants will visit homes and:
• Install energy-saving materials such as door weatherstripping, compact fluorescent light bulbs, a programmable thermostat, and high-efficiency showerheads and faucet aerators.
• Test for air leaks.
• Inspect the insulation in attics and walls.
• Check heating systems and water heaters for safety.
• Recommend energy upgrades based on what they find in the tests.
• Refer homeowners to no-interest financing if they decide to do certain recommended upgrades.
To schedule a Home Energy Squad visit, call 612-335-5874 or visit mncee.org/hes-mpls.
Minneapolis Police Increase Communication and Transparency with New Website
In an effort to continue the Minneapolis Police Department’s commitment toward increasing transparency and communication with city residents, the MPD has launched a new website. You can find the new site atwww.insidempd.com.
The Department’s goal is to bring residents inside the Department by offering up-to-the-minute information regarding on-going incidents and thorough details on police initiatives and programs. The content on the website will be continually updated.
Web users can also find recent crime statistics and maps, crime prevention tips and links to forms for reports. Realizing how crucial the public’s help can be in searching for suspects, we also have sections featuring our new Cold Case Unit’s files and a “Have you seen these suspects?” page.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, you’ll find a number of venues on the site where residents can contact the MPD with their comments, concerns and content ideas. These “inboxes” will be checked regularly and residents can expect timely replies.
Tips For Autumn Safety and Security
To protect young people:
• Have your children observe the Hennepin County curfew hours (Ordinance #16).
Under 12 years old: Weekdays, home by 9 p.m. Fri. & Sat., home by 10 p.m.
12-14 years old: Weekdays, home by 10 p.m. Fri. & Sat., home by 11 p.m.
15-17 years old: Weekdays, home by 11 p.m. Fri. & Sat., home by midnight
• Work with other parents to monitor curfew hours in your neighborhood.
• Call 911 to report any youth disturbances after curfew.
To prevent bicycle theft:
• Be sure to lock your bicycle to a stationary object. The best locking device is a hardened steel u-shaped lock. (Avoid locks, chains or cables that can easily be cut or broken.) Record the serial number. Make sure both wheels are locked and remove any accessories that can easily be taken. Record the bike’s serial number and call 311 to register the bike with the City of Minneapolis.
To prevent lawn blower/vacuum theft:
• Keep these items in a strongly locked garage.
• If you’re working in the front yard, lock the back door and garage. If you're working in the back yard, lock the front door and garage.
• Don't keep ladders or other equipment in the yard as they could be used to access your home.
• Keep shrubs, bushes, hedges, and fences to a height of three feet or less.
• Solid fences can prevent neighbors from watching out for each other. Consider chain link or picket-type fencing.
• Residential lighting should be used to light up home-entry points. Motion detector lights are an inexpensive deterrent for areas where continuous lighting is unnecessary. So are dusk-to-dawn sockets that you can install in existing fixtures.
In the home:
• Learn how to pin your windows to allow ventilation but prevent them from being opened wider.
• Don’t advertise your vacation plans. Ask a trusted neighbor to pick up the mail and papers and to cut grass or rake leaves.
• Use light timers which will turn two or more lights on and off at predetermined times, similar to those when lights would be on or off normally. The living room, kitchen, a bathroom and at least one bedroom are good choices.
Organize a block/apartment club. The best defense against crime is an organized block. Upcoming Block Leader Trainings are Wednesday, Oct. 14, or Monday, Nov. 9, at 6:30 pm at the 3rd Precinct, 3000 Minnehaha Ave S. You need to attend only one session. Please RSVP.
For more information about block leader training or to schedule a free home security audit of your home and garage, contact your crime prevention specialist at
Visit our web site for more home and personal security information http://www.minneapolismn.gov/police/crimeprevention/police_crime-prevention_index
Tools to Make Recycling Easier
Free recycling resources from Hennepin County are available for you, including recycling labels, bags for collecting recyclables and a recycling guide. You can order online for your household, or get larger quantities to use and share at events, at work or in your community.
You can also find other tools online to help you spread the word about recycling.
Get Help Repairing Household Items At Upcoming Fix-It Clinic
Get free, guided assistance on disassembling, troubleshooting and fixing broken household items at an upcoming Hennepin County Fix-It clinic event.
Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14
Folwell Park Rec Center
1615 Dowling Ave. N.
For more information, go to the Hennepin County Fix-It clinics Web page.
September 11, 2015
Help Shape Our City— Apply For Openings On Minneapolis Boards And Commissions
Applications are now being accepted for a number of open boards and commissions positions that the City Council and mayor will appoint this fall. Board and commission members in the City of Minneapolis provide valuable insights, help shape key policy decisions and provide community-based input into administration of services. The City is seeking applicants with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences to strengthen the work of the City.
Applications will be reviewed beginning Oct. 23. However, the positions are open until filled. There are open positions on the following 11 City boards and commissions:
· Capital Long-Range Improvements Committee.
· Charter Commission.
· Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council (application review will start after Oct. 2).
· Minneapolis Advisory Committee on Aging.
· Minneapolis Arts Commission.
· Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights.
Minneapolis Planning Commission.
· Minneapolis Police Conduct Oversight Commission.
· Minneapolis Police Conduct Review Panel.
· Minneapolis Public Housing Authority Board.
· Public Health Advisory Committee.
Visit the City’s website for a list of appointment opportunities, position descriptions and the applications. Appointments to board and commissions are made twice a year — in the spring and fall.
This streamlined appointment process makes it easier for folks to learn about volunteer opportunities, ensures a more open and understandable process for residents and staff, and increases the diversity of the applicant pool.
The City has approved a new ordinance that funds public art in a predictable way while allowing for flexibility in the source of funds used from year to year. Public art ensures everyone in the city has access to art. The new rule uses mechanisms that have worked in other places to ensure consistency around public art and maintenance. Saint Paul and Duluth have similar ordinances.
The ordinance dedicates the equivalent of 1.5 percent of City-issued net debt bonds annually to public art funding. The net debt bond program is funded by property tax revenue. The ordinance allocates the money to the commissioning, siting, placement, conservation and maintenance of public art.
Before this ordinance, the Art in Public Places budget would fluctuate from year to year making it difficult to plan public art projects. And budgets are adopted annually while developing, fabricating and installing pieces of public art can take three years.
This action also expands the purpose and duties of the Arts Commission. This 17-member body, which includes artists, arts administrators, board members from arts organizations and the public, advises the City Council and City departments on City arts initiatives.
For details about the Percent-for-Art Ordinance, go to the Minneapolis website.
August 21, 2015
Triangle Park Update
Construction of a new “Triangle Park” playground within Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park at E 54th Street and Bloomington Avenue S began in June and the pouring of play surface, the trails leading to and within the playground have been contracted out and work should begin in the next week or two. Construction within the park for these projects is anticipated to be complete by fall.
Hale Page Diamond Lake Neighborhood Association Fundraising for "Triangle" Park
The Hale Page Diamond Lake Neighborhood Association has kicked off a fundraising effort to build a picnic shelter near the playground to complement the new play equipment at the Triangle Park located at 54th St and Bloomington Av. You can support this effort by giving through their fundraising page.
Have You Had a Bicycle Stolen?
If you’ve had a bike stolen, check online places such as Craigslist. Report stolen bikes by calling 311 or use the MPD online report site.
If the stolen bike was taken from a secured building or cost over $1,000, call 911 to report it so an officer can come to you for details and make the report.
To register your bicycle serial number with the City of Minneapolis call 311.
Opt Out of Phone Books, Catalogs and Junk Mail
In Minnesota it’s illegal to put phone books in the trash. In Minneapolis, you can put phone books in your recycling cart. Don’t even use them? Opt out before they arrive by using a simple website. Learn more atwww.DontTrashThePhonebook.org.
McRae Athletic Field Improvements -DELAYED
The Park Board budgeted $225,000 total for the community engagement, design, and construction of McRae Field. Four bids were received for the construction work. The low bid was $349,950 and the high bid was $488,000. This leaves a cost gap of approximately $150,000. The Park Board is pursuing raising $200,000 in additional funds and contingency to close this gap and build the field in 2016.
2015 Athletic Court Rehabilitation Underway
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is rehabilitating hard surface courts at various locations throughout the Minneapolis park system.
• Pearl Volleyball and Basketball Courts – will be resurfaced and restriped.
• Pearl Tennis/Half Court Practice Area – a youth sized basketball hoop will be installed to make it a multi-use area.
The court rehabilitation projects are funded by the 2015 Neighborhood Park Capital Improvement Program (CIP).
Free low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators help you save energy and conserve water
Do you want to save money on your utility bills and conserve energy without sacrificing comfort? Get some free low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators made available through a partnership with the City and CenterPoint Energy.
These devices are designed to use less hot water while also providing good water flow. Putting just one showerhead and one faucet aerator in a family home can reduce hot water use by more than 4,200 gallons in a year, and residents can get up to three of each for free.
Showerheads are available in a chrome or ivory finish. Faucet aerators are available in kitchen or bathroom models. To order and for more information on this program, go to www.centerpointenergy.com/lowflow or call 1-866-425-1748.
Cart rollout for citywide organics starts Aug. 10
If you are one of about 7,000 households signed up and living in the first phase areas of citywide organics collection, you’ll soon get to start. City crews will deliver the first green organics carts Aug. 10-Sept. 18.
Minneapolis residents are great recyclers, and now they can keep even more useful materials out of the trash. More than 31,000 households have signed up for green organics recycling carts. To take part, residents must sign up by contacting Solid Waste and Recycling at 612-673-2917 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday or SWRcustomer@minneapolismn.gov.
The second phase of the rollout begins in the spring of 2016. Once the rollout is complete, all Solid Waste and Recycling customers who sign up will be able to take part. More information is available atwww.minneapolismn.gov/solid-waste/organics.
Police step up fight against violent crime
As the weather gets warmer outside, violent crime tends to climb. The Minneapolis Police Department has prepared for the uptick and is responding throughout the city.
Below is a summary of police activity:
• Focus zones – Police are increasing patrols in areas of Minneapolis seeing spikes in gun violence. Along with enforcement, the highly visible presence of officers will help deter criminal activity.
• Weapons unit – Through July 15, the weapons unit has made 69 arrests following investigations and recovered 40 firearms. If this rate continues through the year, it will be a 33 percent increase in firearm recovery and a 53 percent increase in “proactive” arrests from 2014.
• Assault unit – As of July 15, investigators have charged 238 assault cases, a 47 percent increase from 2014.
• Shotspotter – Violent crimes often involve guns, and MPD’s Shotspotter makes it possible to pinpoint gunshots in areas that are covered by the network. Even when there are no reports of injuries or damage, police have responded to all gunfire detected by Shotspotter this summer. This includes door-knocking in affected neighborhoods to gather leads on the people responsible and to expand connections between the police and residents in areas hardest hit by gun violence.
• Safe Streets – Minneapolis is part of the Twin Cities Safe Streets Violent Gang Task Force, which coordinates local investigative efforts with the FBI and other federal agencies. This year, Safe Streets has resulted in a 29 percent increase in charging suspected gang members. Safe Streets investigations have also recovered 24 firearms this year.
Take some simple steps to protect your home
The warm summer weather has many people spending time out in the yard and opening windows. While everyone should keep enjoying the weather, the Minneapolis Police Department wants all residents to take some simple steps to avoid becoming victims of crimes of opportunity that happen during the warmer months. Thefts and burglaries increase in the spring and summer months because of open doors and windows. More belongings in garages and yards also get stolen at this time.
Below are some tips to help prevent you from becoming a victim:
• Pin windows so that they open only far enough to allow air in but not far enough to allow a burglar to use them to gain entry to your home. Six inches is recommended.
• Secure your front door when working in the backyard. Some burglars are brave and fast enough to enter your home and make off with valuables before you know they have even been there.
• Don’t leave garage doors open even for a few minutes. The visible items stored there make a tempting target to someone passing by.
• Don’t leave valuable items such as bicycles and lawn equipment in your yard, especially overnight.
• Beware of the influx of door-to-door salespeople and home repair contractors. Do your homework before hiring anyone to do work on your home and get a written estimate before work begins. And remember that all door-to-door salespeople must be licensed by the City, so ask to see a license.
• Report suspicious activity in your neighborhood to 911 immediately. Waiting to call will most likely take away the opportunity for officers to reach the people behind the suspicious activity. A number of home burglars have been caught as a result of neighbors calling 911 right away.
• Never allow someone you don’t know into your home. Common ruses used to gain entry are requests to use a phone or to get a drink of water.
For more information on burglary prevention, go to: www.minneapolismn.gov/police/crimeprevention.
Bossen Field Update
On April 21, the Bossen Field Master Plan Community Advisory Committee (CAC) recommended a concept plan for Bossen Field Park.
The concept, named FLOW offers six adult softball fields, retains and updates the baseball field, existing building and parking, adds new flexible play fields for community use and will offer new playgrounds, gardens and picnic areas in the park.
The project page provides an opportunity to sign up for updates and to be notified of news related to the project. Meeting minutes can be found under the timeline section. Construction is anticipated to begin late this fall or Spring of 2016.
Avoid becoming a victim of theft or robbery
When you are out playing softball, shooting hoops, enjoying the beach or otherwise enjoying the city’s parks, you don’t want to be carrying your valuables. Planning ahead before arriving at your destination will prevent you from becoming a victim and from opportunistic thieves spoiling your day.
One of the most common types of theft is valuables stolen from your car. This type of theft is strictly a crime of opportunity that can be prevented. Thieves generally won’t waste their time breaking into cars that don’t have valuables in plain sight. Please take the precautions listed below to help ensure your car is not targeted by thieves:
Keep your valuables out of sight—the best way to prevent theft from your car is to always keep valuables out of sight. Never leave purses, briefcases, gym bags, or electronic devices (cell phones, tablets, laptop computers, etc.) in your car in plain view or on the floor of the car. Placing a jacket or blanket over these items rarely fools a thief. Take these items with you, or secure them, every time.
Secure your GPS device or stereo faceplate — those who use a portable GPS device or have a removable stereo faceplate should take it with them, along with any other items of value, when the car is parked.
Use your trunk — if you must leave items in your car, put the items in the trunk or in a locked glove compartment before you arrive at your destination.
Lock it up — Keep your car doors and windows locked.
Cell phone theft is a problem in Minneapolis as well as the rest of the nation. Typically the thief will steal an unattended phone or grab the phone from the users hand and run. The stolen phones are then sold on the black market. A cell phone’s resale value can range from $100 - $300.
Using your phone in public makes you much more vulnerable to being robbed or assaulted. Pay attention to what’s going on around you and who is near you. Do not let a stranger use your phone.
Keep your phone in your pocket, bag or in a phone pouch, not in your hand where someone can quickly grab it from you. Never set it down and leave it unattended.
If you are confronted, COOPERATE! Give the criminal what he/she asks for — wallet, keys, jewelry, credit cards and electronics. Your life is more valuable than replaceable possessions. Don’t make sudden moves or try to apprehend the criminal yourself. Concentrate on remembering a description of the suspect and call police immediately.
Criminals know that patrons will either leave valuables such as wallets or purses inside their vehicles or wrapped up in towels. When visiting the beach, it is a good idea to only bring what is necessary in a small bag (small amount of cash, water bottle, identification, sunscreen, etc.).
Leaving personal belongings or backpacks unattended on the sidelines while you play can leave you vulnerable to theft. If possible, leave your valuables at home, in a park locker or have a close friend hold on to it while you play.
Bicycles are a great choice for fun and transportation, but there are some basic safety precautions you should take. Any time you leave your bike unattended; make sure it is locked to a secure structure. Use a quality lock that cannot be easily broken. Most bikes are stolen while left unlocked. If you’re not riding it, LOCK IT UP
Say goodbye to your old fridge or freezer and earn some new cash.
Call Xcel Energy. We’ll pick it up, haul it away and recycle it—for FREE. You’ll save money on future bills and until August 31, 2015 you’ll even earn a $50 rebate for doing such a responsible thing.Visit xcelenergy.com/Fridge or call 1-800-599-5795 to schedule your FREE, in-home pickup.
* Participation is subject to important rules and eligibility requirements including owning an operational refrigerator or stand-alone freezer (capable of cooling/freezing) that is 10–30 cubic feet. Read all rules at xcelenergy.com/Fridge
Volunteers are needed to raise adult butterflies for the 7th annual Minneapolis Monarch Festival – Festival de la Monarca™ on September 12, 2015. At the Festival, the University of Minnesota Monarch Lab will release over 100 butterflies marked with a small, weatherproof identification sticker (tag). The tagged adult monarchs, raised from eggs by volunteers, will be part of a large-scale study of the monarch’s migration. Monarchs tagged and released at the Festival are raised in small numbers from eggs collected in the wild. These individuals will be physiologically programmed for migration. Also since wild monarch populations are now perilously small, they are particularly vulnerable to disease or genetic adaptations, which can be introduced from large rearing operations.
A one-hour training teaches volunteers about monarch biology and best rearing practices for each stage of the monarch life cycle. Each person will receive three monarch eggs and all equipment needed to raise an adult from an egg and bring it to the Festival. Two trainings will be held, both at Nokomis Community Center in Minneapolis:
· Training session 1: Saturday, August 15, 2015 from 11:30am-12:30pm.
· Training session 2: Monday, August 17, 2015 from 6pm-7pm.
Training costs $5 per person to cover staff time, rearing supplies, and eggs. Class sizes are limited so register soon! Spanish speakers are welcome. Classes will be conducted in English and training materials are available in both languages.
Registration and information can be found at: www.minneapolisparks.org
And also here:
August 15: http://goo.gl/forms/zJmwyb53QC
August 17: http://goo.gl/forms/aVDsHl1E3e
“Anyone can sign up for a session. We welcome those with zero experience wishing to learn, as well as those with years of experience wishing to ask specific questions or just hone their skills”, says Dane Elmquist of the Monarch Lab. Kids are especially welcome to participate. However, one requirement for successful rearing is access to a consistent source of non-treated milkweed.
Most tagged butterflies are recovered in Mexico, where local residents are hired to find them. However, many more monarchs are tagged than found. Data about these butterflies is collected by Monarch Watch and used to learn about monarch orientation and navigation, and estimate their populations.
The Minneapolis Monarch Festival – Festival de la Monarca™ celebrates the 2,300 mile monarch migration from Minnesota to Mexico and will take place at Lake Nokomis on September 12, 2015 from 10 am to 4 pm. This bilingual, family-oriented event features hands-on learning, art activities with local artists, and a musical lineup with Salsa del Sol and The Brass Messengers. The monarch and habitat exhibits offer many ideas for actions that will help preserve the iconic monarch butterfly and its migration.
Contact (for rearing monarchs):
Dane Elmquist, University of Minnesota Monarch Lab
2003 Upper Buford Circle, 135 Skok Hall, St Paul, MN 55108
Contact (about the Festival)
MaryLynn Pulscher, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
3800 Bryant Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Register your National Night Out event for free by July 21
National Night Out is an annual nationwide event to prevent crime by encouraging residents to hold block parties and get to know their neighbors. It's a great way to promote partnerships between communities and police and to enjoy a Minnesota summer evening surrounded by friends and family.
More than 1,480 events were registered in 2014. The deadline to register your event for free is July 21; after that there is a $100 fee. For more information click here.
Minneapolis welcomes Sister Cities International
The 59th annual Sister Cities International Conference takes place in Minneapolis July 16-18. This major convening will bring together hundreds of the most influential leaders in innovation, policy, business and diplomacy from key cities around the world. These international elected and municipal officials, diplomats, youth delegates, and business leaders will assemble to discuss this year’s theme: Bridging Generations for Peace.
Check out these free community events during the conference:
Opening ceremony - 10 a.m., Friday, July 17, at Peavey Plaza
The opening ceremony includes a parade of flags representing 120 cities; the singing of our national anthem by Alyssa Herrig; and remarks from Mayor Betsy Hodges, Sister Cities International President and CEO Mary D. Kane and other special guests.
Ice cream social- 1-5 p.m., Sunday, July 19, at Nicollet Island Pavilion
This family-friendly event showcases Minneapolis’s 12 sister city relationships with multicultural entertainment, exhibits and children’s activities. Free ice cream and refreshments will be available while supplies last.
For more information about the conference, visit www.SisterCitiesConference.org.
Minneapolis strengthens law on selling flavored tobacco and cigars, will be harder for kids to buy
The City of Minneapolis changed an ordinance regulating tobacco products to protect young people’s health by restricting the places where flavored tobacco products can be sold and by making cigar products more expensive. The ordinance goes into effect Jan. 1. Find more information about what Minneapolis is doing to protect young people from tobacco.
More protected bikeways coming to Minneapolis streets
More protected bikeways are coming to Minneapolis streets. The City Council has amended its Bicycle Master Plan to address protected bikeways and recommend streets that would be good candidates for them.
The revised Bicycle Master Plan now identifies streets and corridors recommended for protected bikeways in the near future. This includes projects slated to get protected bikeways this construction season.
The amended Bicycle Master Plan can be found on the City’s website at www.minneapolismn.gov/bicycles
Creative City markets Aug. 13 and Sept. 10
Enjoy the evenings of Aug. 13 and Sept. 10 with creative Minnesota-made art, wares, live music and performances at the Creative City market on the Minneapolis Convention Center Plaza. The evenings will also feature a beer garden, a food truck, and a movie at sunset. Find details at www.minneapolismn.gov/news/WCMS1P-143666.
Free graffiti cleanup solvent at Minneapolis fire stations
Minneapolis residents and property owners are encouraged to help Minneapolis wipe out graffiti. Graffiti makes neighborhoods and commercial districts look and feel unsafe, and that can harm property values and retail revenues – especially for small, neighborhood businesses.
t is the property owner’s responsibility to clean up graffiti. All Minneapolis fire stations offer free graffiti removal solvent to Minneapolis property owners, and the City website has instructions for graffiti removal.
Police warn of possible phone scam
The Minneapolis Police Department is warning residents about a scam that appears to be occurring in Minneapolis and throughout the metro area.
Residents report receiving calls from both men and women who identify themselves as being with the Internal Revenue Service. The callers claim the Minneapolis Police Department plans to “put them behind bars.” Some of the callers then ask for personal information, while others make threats. If you receive a call like this or get any other suspicious call, you are encouraged to contact your local police precinct. A precinct map is available at minneapolismn.gov/police/precincts.
• 3rd Precinct: 673-5703
• 5th Precinct: 673-5705
How did your neighborhood look decades ago? Find out with online historical aerial photos
Minneapolis has changed a lot since the 1930s, and now you can see those changes for yourself.
As part of a collaborative effort with the City of Minneapolis and the Minnesota Historical Society, the University of Minnesota Libraries has digitized more than 4,500 historical aerial photos of Minneapolis. All of the large-scale, detailed aerial photos, dating back to 1938, are free and available to the public at www.lib.umn.edu/apps/mhapo/index.html#mpls.
Hennepin County hosting household hazardous waste collection event
Hennepin County residents can safely dispose of unwanted garden and household hazardous wastes at a community collection event:
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 20-22, Public Works Garage, 3607 44th St. E.
For more information, including directions and a complete list of acceptable and non-acceptable items, call Hennepin County Environmental Services at 612-348-3777 or visit www.hennepin.us/collectionevents.
Open Streets brings walkers and bicyclists onto the streets
During an Open Streets event, a significant length of a busy street is closed to automobile traffic for four to six hours to allow families and neighbors to walk, bike, skate, have fun and shop in a safe, car-free environment.
• Sunday, Sept. 20: Nicollet Avenue - from Lake St to 46th St
For more information on this year’s events, visit www.openstreetsmpls.com.
Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board launches after-school activity finder
The Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board’s Minneapolis Afterschool Network has launched its citywide program finder. What’s Up 612! is an online resource of things to do outside of the classroom in Minneapolis. The program finder is a citywide resource where youth, parents, educators, youth workers and persons who know young people can find after-school and summer activities for children and youth ages 5-21.
What’s Up 612! brings together after-school opportunities offered by the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minneapolis Public Schools, Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Board and community organizations.
The website is one component of the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board’s Minneapolis Afterschool Network, the citywide out-of-school time system created to ensure all of Minneapolis young people have access to the kinds of comprehensive, high-quality afterschool programs that support positive youth development, educational achievement, and career and community readiness. The board developed this tool not only for connecting parents, youth, educators and youth workers with out-of-school time activities, but also for addressing and shrinking the opportunity gap.
To raise awareness of What’s Up 612! and continue to promote the message of “after-school and beyond,” there will be a number of events taking place this summer. Be on the lookout for tutorials, citywide marketing and public service announcements promoting the importance of afterschool engagement and resources.
In addition, users will have the opportunity to offer suggestions, connect with fellow users via social media as well as participate in community activities and events. Community program providers are encouraged to submit program content to keep the program finder up-to-date with new and exciting opportunities.
Summer Meal Program for Children at Minneapolis Parks
Children ages 0-17 can get free breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday-Friday at local parks this summer from June 8th to August 14th.
Keewaydin Park offers breakfast from 8:30-9:30 and lunch from 12:30-1:30
Morris Park offers lunch from 2:00-2:45 and dinner from 5:00-5:45
Nokomis Park offers breakfast from 9:00-10:00 and lunch from 12:00-1:00.
Stop by your local park for more information or visit the park website: www.minneapolisparks.org
Movies in the Parks
If you love movies just as much as you love the outdoors, the MPRB's Movies in the Parks series is your ticket to cinematic entertainment this summer!
The 2015 Movies In The Parks runs Saturday, June 6 through Saturday, August 29. The mobile program takes place Monday through Saturday evenings and will travel to more than 30 parks throughout the summer, which includes a partnership with the Twin Cities Black Film Festival.
Six new and exciting themes offer films for all movie lovers including Action Hero, Family Fun, The Favs, Minnesota Connection, Movies with Meaning and New Releases. Movies start 15 minutes after sunset.
National Night Out will be on August 4
National Night Out will be on August 4 this year. It's never too early to register your NNO event and apply to close your street! If you register by July 21 you can block your street FOR FREE. If you register from July 22 through July 29, there is a $100 fee. You will not be able to block off your street if registering after July 29. Visit this website to register quickly online
How Well Do You Know Crosswalk Law?
Minnesota law requires drivers to stop for pedestrians AT EVERY CORNER--whether there's a crosswalk or not! If you see someone waiting on a corner for traffic to clear so that they can cross, please do the lawful and respectful thing: stop and let them cross. Model good driving behavior and let others know that they should do the same!
Here's a crosswalk law refresher:
• When a vehicle is stopped at an intersection to allow pedestrians to cross the roadway, drivers of other vehicles approaching from the rear must not pass the stopped vehicle.
• Vehicles stopped for pedestrians can proceed once the pedestrian has completely crossed the lane in front of the stopped vehicle.
• Pedestrians must not enter a crosswalk if a vehicle is approaching and it is impossible for the driver to stop. There is no defined distance that a pedestrian must abide by before entering the crosswalk; use common sense.
• Failure to obey the law is a misdemeanor. A second violation within one year is a gross misdemeanor.
Great Finds at Police Auctions
Need a bike? Shop this year’s police auctions to find bicycles, jewelry and more. A list of items being auctioned and some photos will be posted to the Minnesota Auction Advantage website 2-5 days before the auction. While auctions begin promptly at 6 p.m., you may inspect items in person beginning at 4 p.m. Bring your photo ID to register. All auctions are held at the Minneapolis Police Warehouse, 6024 Harriet Ave. S.
If you have questions, please call the auction hotline at 612-673-2932.
License Your Pets
Remember: all dogs and cats in Minneapolis over 4 months of age (as well as all ferrets and rabbits) are required to be licensed. When a pet is lost and is brought to the animal shelter, 98% of pets go home alive because of identification through the license tag! More information is available on the Minneapolis Animal Care & Control website.
Please consider helping Minneapolis' lost animals by requesting a handsome lawn sign. It's free and easy. Simply email your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org and MACC will get you a sign for display in your yard.
MACC's website also has information about adopting animals, as well as what to do about dangerous animals. Plus, see details about 2 outdoor dog runs under construction to provide exercise to dogs awaiting adoption. Construction began in May on this exciting project (funded completely by community donations!), and the ribbon cutting is planned for June 20.
Don’t prune your ash trees, and keep all trees watered
Conditions are now warm enough for beetles that attack and kill ash trees. Emerald ash borers are present in Minneapolis and are normally active from May through Labor Day. And since it’s been such a dry spring, remember that your yard and boulevard trees need watering any time it doesn’t rain an inch in a week – especially when they’re young.
Homeowners who have ash trees in their yards should not prune them this time of year or move any part of an ash tree (firewood, branches, etc.) while the Emerald Ash Borers are active. Inadvertently moving the these pests helps them spread to uncontaminated areas. Emerald ash borers have caused the deaths of millions of ash trees in 13 states, and approximately 20 percent of the tree canopy in Minneapolis consists of ash trees. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has issued a state quarantine on firewood, ash trees, and ash tree products in Hennepin, Ramsey, Houston, Olmsted, Anoka, Dakota, Fillmore and Winona counties to slow the spread of emerald ash borers.
Not sure if you have an ash tree in your yard? See ash tree identification tips here.
For more information on emerald ash borers, visit the Minnesota Department of Agriculture emerald ash borer Web page or the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s emerald ash borer Web page.
Trees need an inch of water every week
Minneapolis yard and boulevard trees need an inch of water every week throughout the fall. Lack of water can make trees vulnerable to insects and disease and cause permanent damage to young and old trees alike. Trees up to five years old are especially susceptible. In any week that it rains less than one inch, yard and boulevard trees need to be watered. The Park Board plants and mulches boulevard trees but relies on residents or businesses nearby to water them.
An effective way to water a tree is to turn on a slow stream of water (just so the hose is weeping) for a few hours. Watering in the evening after dinner time is most effective since it minimizes evaporation, and trees tend to take most of their water during the night. Watering one tree weekly costs only about $3 for 23 weeks – the entire summer-fall season. For people who lose track of when they last watered a tree, a good way to remember is to water trees on the same day trash is picked up.
Protect our Minneapolis quality of life
Taking care of our trees means protecting our Minneapolis quality of life. Healthy trees are beautiful, increase property values, help improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gases by absorbing carbon dioxide, save energy, keep the city cooler, provide homes for wildlife and help manage stormwater. If you have space in your yard to plant a tree, consider getting one going so it can get a start on providing shade and making a better quality of life in your neighborhood. The larger the tree, the larger the benefits.
For information on tree care and the urban forest, call the Park Board’s Forestry Department at 612-313-7710, email email@example.com or visit www.minneapolisparks.org/trees.
License your Cats and Dogs
Minneapolis Animal Care & Control is reminding our residents of the requirement to license all dogs and cats over four (4) months of age. When a pet is lost and is brought to the animal shelter, 98 percent of pets go home alive because of identification through the license tag. More information is on our website - www.minneapolismn.gov/animals.
Please consider helping Minneapolis' lost animals by requesting a handsome lawn sign. It's free and easy. Simply email your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get a sign for you to display in your yard.
Register for the Minnehaha Creek Cleanup on July 26
The 9th Annual Minnehaha Creek Cleanup is scheduled for Sunday, July 26, and is poised to be the biggest and best event yet! We are aiming to collect a whopping 3 tons of trash from around Minnehaha Creek and Minneapolis lakes. RSVP today.
Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt, breakfast, water bottle, trash bags and gloves. Following the cleanup, Leinenkugel’s will provide a free barbecue lunch and, for those 21 or older with a valid ID, free Leinenkugel’s beer (limit of two per person). There will be prizes for kids and adults, music and fun!
This year’s event will remain headquartered at Lake Hiawatha Park in Minneapolis and offer a satellite location at the Knollwood Super Target store in St. Louis Park. The MCWD is once again sponsoring the cleanup with the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company’s “Canoes for a Cause” campaign in partnership with Metro Blooms, the Freshwater Society and Target.
What to Do with Spring Cleaning Waste
If you’re a City of Minneapolis Solid waste and Recycling customer, you can put large and bulky items out to be collected from your curb or alley!
To recycle electronics, appliances, mattresses, box springs or other items that are 50 percent or more metal at your collection point on your recycling day (up to two per week), mark them “for Solid Waste & Recycling.” The crew will place a sticker on them, and a separate crew will come the following business day to pick them up for recycling.
If you have non-recyclable large or bulky items, you may place up to two pieces at your collection point on any garbage day. Be sure to mark them “for Solid Waste” and your garbage crew will pick them up for disposal when your cart is emptied!
Additionally, if you're planning on spring cleaning or painting, residents may now bring latex or oil-based house paint and stains to participating retail drop-off locations around the City for proper disposal. If still usable, latex paint will be recycled into new paint and oil-based paints will be sent to a cement kiln and used as a fuel source to operate the kiln. Please note that aerosol cans, solvents, and paint accessories (brushes, trays, etc.) are not accepted. For paint purchasing tips and drop-off locations visit PaintCare’s website.
For more details on this and other items you don't know what to do with, look them up here.
MSP Emergency Drill
The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) will conduct a full scale emergency drill on Thursday, May 7 from approximately 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Required by the Federal Aviation Administration, these drills (or exercises) take place every three years and help ensure MAC staff and airport partners are prepared to respond to a large-scale emergency at the airport.
There has been considerable discussion about the re-development of the commercial building, located on the south east corner of Lyndale and 54th, the old Walgreens location. For those who haven’t heard, an AutoZone automotive parts retail store is moving into that space. Some residents have expressed disappointment and frustration over the fact AutoZone will be opening in that location soon. They feel it is not appropriate for the area, and are under the impression it was a decision made in the City’s business licensing or zoning departments. Others are supportive of the business moving in, and making the commercial node active and productive. As there always two sides to any issue, I want to provide folks with some context on the City’s role.
The lot is zoned C2, which is a commercial district within the zoning code that allows for retail sales. There are no licenses required for most retail sales and no other approvals required by the City, so we have no ability to approve or deny the store opening. It is the decision of the property owner about who to lease the space, and the business owner on how to invest, operate and comply with applicable regulations.
The City provides indications of our preference on what types of businesses can be located in areas through the Zoning Code. In this case, by being zoned C2, the City tells property owners that we are looking for certain commercial uses, preferably retail or restaurants. Given that the business will not be doing automotive repair on the site, this business is classified as a retailer, rather than an automotive repair establishment. We will never know what proposals were presented to the property owner, or what criteria the owner used to determine which proposal to select. But at the end of the day, it is the property owner’s right to select whatever legal business proposal presented to him that also fits within the zoning code.
It is my role to ensure the business complies with our codes and ordinances around business hours, building permits, inspections and other regulations that we have responsibility for all businesses in our community. I am hopeful that we can establish a relationship with the owner that communicates resident concerns, improve the landscaping and appearance of the building, while maintaining the character of the neighborhoods in south Minneapolis. Local small businesses are the backbone of our city, and we look forward to their participation and support of our thriving community.
Farmers markets are opening soon for the season, and the City of Minneapolis has an online interactive map that makes it easy to find farmers markets all over the city.
New in 2015, farmstand information for local urban farms and market gardens will also be added to the map as it becomes available. Clicking on the map pins at www.minneapolismn.gov/farmersmarkets will show the address, season dates and opening times for each market. The map lists 30 farmers markets now; more will be added as information becomes available.
Check out Homegrown Minneapolis for more ways to get healthful, local food on the table. Homegrown Minneapolis is a citywide initiative expanding our community’s ability to grow, process, distribute, eat and compost more healthy, sustainable, locally grown foods.
Met Council 101
Please join the Longfellow Community Council, the Standish-Ericsson Neighborhood Association, and the Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association to meet your new Metropolitan Council Member from District 8, Cara Letofsky, and learn more about the Metropolitan Council and how it partners with local governments to build our region.
Thursday, May 14
6:30 – 8 PM
2728 39th Ave S
Light refreshments will be available. Please RSVP to Jennifer O’Rourke at 651.602.1576 or jennifer.o’email@example.com
The City of Minneapolis is seeking to update its Bicycle Master Plan to include a priority network of protected bikeways.
On Wednesday, April 29 from 4:30-7:30 p.m., at the Mpls Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, the City will hold an open house to give residents an opportunity to review the draft plan and provide feedback.
Protected bikeways are physically separated from motor vehicle traffic. All off-street trails are protected bikeways. Protected bikeways can also be located within street corridors, using parked cars, curbs, medians, bollards/flexible traffic posts, planters or other vertical features to provide separation between bike and motor vehicle traffic.
Approved in 2011, the Bicycle Master Plan addresses a broad range of bikeway facility types, including off-street trails, bike boulevards, bike lanes, and shared lanes.
The Final Protected Bikeway Update to the Bicycle Master Plan is expected to go before the City Council for consideration in June 2015. It can be viewed at www.minneapolismn.gov/bicycles. Comments can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Construction at 54th Street “Triangle Park” Play Area and Lake Nokomis Main Beach to Begin Shortly
On April 15, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) Commissioners approved a construction contract for two areas within Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park: the 54th Street "Triangle Park" play area, located at 54th Street East and Edgewater Boulevard, and the Lake Nokomis main beach. Work in both areas should begin in the coming weeks.
The reconstruction of the play area will include entirely new play equipment, new walkways and benches, and a drinking fountain and restroom enclosure. The design is based on a concept recommended by the Nokomis-Hiawatha Community Advisory Committee (CAC) and approved by the MPRB Commissioners on August 6, 2014.
Construction at the main beach will include accessibility improvements to the existing play equipment at the north end of the beach, and an accessible path to the lake edge. To further enhance accessibility, a new wheelchair useable on sand and in water will be available for use at the beach this summer. The swimming area will also be enlarged toward the north and additional guard chairs will be installed.
These construction projects are the result of the Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park master planning process that took place throughout 2014. They are funded by grants from the Metropolitan Council. A “phase two” construction project focusing on trails is currently in design and is expected to be under construction later this fall. To learn more about the planning process for this play area and for the regional park as a whole, visit the project website.
For questions about this summer’s construction, contact the Construction Project Manager, Jon Duesman email@example.com, 612-230-6471.
Sprucing Up South Lyndale
This spring, the businesses along Lyndale between Minnehaha Creek and 56th Street-with financial support from the four adjoining neighborhood associations (Windom, Tangletown, Lynhurst and Kenny)—will be sprucing up the look of South Lyndale Avenue and making it more inviting for residents, visitors and customers. In the next few weeks, they will be installing benches, bike loops and garbage and recycling bins, as well as planting flowering plants in many of the boulevard spaces. The four neighborhood associations helped with the purchase of the street furniture, and the businesses will cover all the costs of the ongoing maintenance. In future years, the businesses may plant more of the boulevard spaces. This is a project that has been in the planning stages since the completion of the reconstruction of Lyndale Avenue, and is the next step in the South Lyndale Small Area Plan. If you like the improvements, thank the businesses for making Lyndale Avenue even more inviting.
And to answer another question I am asked quite a bit, I have not heard anything more than unsubstantiated rumors and pure conjecture about what is going into the old Walgreens space at 54th & Lyndale. As soon as I hear something solid, I will be sure to let the neighborhood association know.
The week of April 20 may be a tough week for sleeping if you live near the Bloomington Ave bridge over the Crosstown. That week, the contractor for the Three Rivers Park District, which is constructing a new intercity bike trail connection, will be removing the concrete portions of the bridge deck. Due to the nature of the work, lanes of the Crosstown will be closed to keep the traffic below safe. But, MnDOT will only allow these lane restriction after 9pm each night to minimize traffic conjection. That is why the nightime construction is necessary. The contractor is doing what they can to minimize noise, and thanks you for your patience with this temporary inconvenience.
In early May, the southbound lanes of Cedar Ave from Edgewater Blvd and south will be closed to traffic. This closure, which should last approximately two weeks, is necessary to make improvements to the storm water sewers in the area. The official detour will take traffic across 42nd St. to 28th Ave, then south to the Crosstown, and back to Cedar. Minneapolis Police and Fire are both aware of this colsure and have contingency plans in place to continue to provide service to the areas of Minneapolis that are south of the Crosstown.
Spring Street Sweeping and Yard Waste Collection
Street sweeping has begun.The Street Sweeping Schedule Look-up is the best way to find out when crews will come to your block. The schedule is updated frequently to reflect the actual progress of the sweep due to weather and other barriers.
Please do not push leaves, grass clippings, or other debris into City streets – it’s bad for our lakes and waterways and it’s against the law.
Watch for temporary "No Parking" signs to avoid a ticket and a tow. Parking will be banned from 7:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on the day a street is swept. “No Parking” signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance. Vehicles not removed will be towed to the Minneapolis Impound Lot.
Each spring and fall, crews sweep our City's more than 1,100 miles of streets – curb to curb – to help keep our neighborhoods clean and livable and to protect our lakes and waterways. Each spring, crews also sweep the nearly 400 miles of alleys as well. This typically takes about four weeks to completion.
Yard waste collection begins this week! Place yard waste out, prepared to collection guidelines, each week on your garbage day for collection. For more information, please visit this page.
Join in the fun of learning about natural yard care, solar energy, rain gardens, rain barrels, composting, aquaponics, protecting local water quality, and how we all interact to sustain our earth at the Tangletown Neighborhood Association’s Sustainability Committee Green Day on Saturday, April 11 at Fuller Park, 48th & Grand, from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event will feature information tables, workshops (schedule below), demonstrations, prizes, children’s art activities, and delicious refreshments (free pizza, cookies and lemonade!). Remember to put your name in the box for drawings for kitchen compost bins and other green items.
11:30 am Maintaining bee-friendly yards and gardens - Beez Kneez
12:30 pm Organics recycling drop-offs and NEW curbside collection program – City of
Minneapolis/Tangletown Neighborhood Association board member Lauren Anderson
11 – 2 pm Bike safety workshop – Charlie’s Bikes
This will be a great hands-on event for families wanting to learn more about sustainability in all aspects of our lives. Great chance to meet your neighbors at this very fun and informative Earth Day event. Worms, fish, dirt, bugs – what more could you want? For more information or to volunteer to help, visit www.tangletown.org .
Help Minneapolis Fire Department keep you safe - follow the tips in this "Fire Safety & Prevention Spring Cleanup List
• Yard Waste related Garage Fires - . You can help prevent these fires by setting your yard waste bags out for pick up on the DAY OF PICK UP and no earlier. If you see someone setting these bags on fire, please dial 911 to report it.
• Bonfires / Recreational Fires - . The fire must be contained in a fire pit or free standing structure meant for bonfires; you can ONLY burn untreated wood -the amount of untreated wood must not exceed 3 feet wide or 2 feet tall; the fire must be 25 feet away from any structure or combustible material; you must have a garden hose or fire extinguisher ready. Only burn between 9am-10pm, and when winds are less than 10mph. More details on the rules for Minneapolis recreational fires can be found here: RecreationalFireRules
• Grilling Out? - make sure your grill is 15 feet from your home, and that you store charcoal, propane, lighter fluid, and other burning materials in the garage or storage shed away from ignition sources such as matches and lighters. Teach children that the grill is HOT (even if it doesn't look hot), and keep them well away from the grill at all times.
• If you live in a multi-residential property, open flame, fire pits, fire places, chimineas and propane (LP) fueled grills with tanks greater than one (1) pound capacity are not allowed on balconies, roofs or within 15 feet of the exterior of multi-unit residential buildings. Ashes and hot coals are not to be stored in combustible receptacles or within 10 feet of combustible materials or combustible construction. More details can be found here: GrillingRules
Three Rivers Park District InterCity Regional Trail
Construction on the InterCity Regional Trail, including improvements to the pedestrian and bicycle crossings at Lake Nokomis Parkway and Cedar Avenue near Fat Lorenzo's will begin mid-April and continue through summer, with an anticipated completion in August of this year. This off-street bicycle trail will connect the Grand Rounds bicycle trail with Three Rivers trail extending into the City of Bloomington. For details visit their website.
Mayor Hodges’ State of the City Address
On April 2 Mayor Hodges gave her State of the City Address at the Swedish Institute. The theme “We can’t do this without you, Minneapolis”. To read the full text visit the Mayor's website.
Minneapolis part of ambitious international alliance to reduce greenhouse gas pollution
Minneapolis is one of 17 cities across nine nations that have launched the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance, a collaboration of global cities committed to reducing greenhouse gas pollution by 80 percent or more by 2050 or sooner. The Minneapolis City Council adopted this goal — the most ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction target undertaken by any cities across the globe – in April 2014, as have the State of Minnesota and Hennepin County. See Minneapolis’ Climate Action Plan for the local action Minneapolis is taking.
The Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance is governed by a steering committee of alliance cities and staffed by the Urban Sustainability Directors Network in partnership with the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and Innovation Network for Communities. The alliance’s work is supported by the Kresge Foundation, V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation, Summit Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Barr Foundation. For more information visit www.carbonneutralcitiesalliance.org.
Remember you can leave large items for collection
If you’re a City of Minneapolis solid waste and recycling customer, you can put large and bulky items out to be collected from your curb or alley.
Recycling - You may place up to two electronics, appliances, mattresses, box springs or other items that are 50 percent or more metal at your collection point on your recycling day. Make sure to mark them “for Solid Waste & Recycling.” The crew will place a sticker on them, and a separate crew will come the following business day to pick them up for recycling. If you are unable to set the item out early, just call Solid Waste & Recycling at 612-673-2917 and tell us that you will set the item out by 6 a.m. the day after your recycling collection. Our customer service team is available to assist you 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Solid waste - If you have non-recyclable large or bulky items, you may place up to two pieces at your collection point on any garbage day. Be sure to mark them “for Solid Waste” and your garbage crew will pick them up for disposal when your cart is emptied.
If you have items you don’t know what to do with, look them up here: www.minneapolismn.gov/solid-waste/whattodo/index.htm.
Bossen Field Concept Plans Available for Feedback
Three preliminary concepts were presented at the second Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting for the Bossen Field Master Plan that was held on Tuesday, March 24th, 2015.
The concepts can be found on the project page (or go to www.minneapolisparks.org/currentprojects and select “Bossen Field Master Plan”), along with other information from the meeting.
A concept feedback form in English and Spanish is also posted on the project page. If you would like to provide feedback, please return the form to Andrea Weber, via the e-mail address below, or drop it off at the NENA office (3000 E. 50th St), any MPRB Rec Center or at MPRB Headquarters (2117 W River Rd). Comments are needed by April 14th to be considered for revised designs.
Please share this information with others who may be interested.
Canoe the Mississippi
Windom South is offering adults the opportunity to canoe down the Mississippi with Wilderness Inquiry. Paddle from Hidden Falls to Harriet Island. We will learn about the history of the area, along with learning some canoeing skills. Bring a bag lunch as we will picnic along the way. This program is underwritten by a grant from the Windom Neighborhood Council to target active 55+ adults but adults of all ages are welcomed to attend. Adults over 55+ will receive a discounted rate.
Transportation is included from the canoe exit area back to your car at the entry point.We will meet by the river at Hidden Falls. Staff will call with the exact location.
Registration closes March 20.
Volunteers Needed to Help Seniors in the Community
Nokomis Healthy Seniors, a nonprofit organization serving seniors in the greater Nokomis Area of Minneapolis, is looking for volunteers to help local seniors with leaf raking, yard cleanup and window washing this May for our Annual Clean-a-thon. This is a one-time, fun and flexible activity that can be done on a weekday or weekend. This is a great opportunity to get your family, friends and coworkers together to support the seniors living in your community.
Looking for a volunteer opportunity that is ongoing and flexible? At Nokomis Healthy Seniors we are currently looking for Volunteer Drivers to take seniors living in the community to dental and medical appointments, to pick-up prescriptions or groceries.
Visit our website at www.nokomishealthyseniors.org for more information.
City Ordinance on Eco-friendly Food Packaging Takes Effect on Earth Day
The City of Minneapolis is one step closer to its goal to be a zero-waste city by Earth Day, April 22, 2015. The date also marks when the City’s new Environmentally Acceptable Packaging Ordinance will go into effect requiring food and beverages prepared for immediate consumption and to-go to be placed in environmentally-acceptable packaging. Relevant materials must also be recyclable and compostable. Read More
Cradle to K Cabinet Plan released for public comment
The Cradle to K Cabinet, Mayor Hodges’ initiative to address disparities among Minneapolis children through early childhood interventions, released a draft report of recommendations in January. Read More
Help shape our city – apply for openings on Minneapolis boards and commissions
Applications are accepted in the spring and fall for boards and commissions positions. Board and commission members in the City of Minneapolis provide valuable insights, help shape key policy decisions and provide community-based input into administration of services.
The City is seeking applicants with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences to strengthen the work of the City.
Bicycle safety starts with all of us
With the weather warming up, more people are taking to our streets and trails on bicycles. Whether you drive a car, ride a bicycle or do some of each, safer streets start with all of us. Data shows that bicyclists and drivers are equally responsible for bicycle crashes in Minneapolis.
When you bike, remember to follow traffic laws and ride predictably. When you drive, remember to slow down and look for bicyclists, especially when turning.
For more information on bicycling in Minneapolis, go to www.minneapolismn.gov/bicycles.
Take a survey and help shape Downtown East Commons
The City of Minneapolis is embarking on a once-in-a-generation opportunity to design and build a new public open space in downtown Minneapolis. But before this project can break ground, the designers want to hear from you. Take an online survey at www.downtowneastcommonsmpls.com,
The Downtown East Commons is a 4.2-acre site located next to new office and residential buildings, a train station and the new multipurpose stadium. The commons will serve residents, workers, visitors and the region and also host events connected to the new stadium.
Go Runnin’ with the Law
Registration is now open for the 2015 Runnin’ with the Law 5K, which begins at 5p.m., Wednesday, May 20, at Lake Calhoun. Join the Minneapolis Police Department for a night of fun and great exercise that helps promote an active, healthy culture.
The evening will include demonstrations by the Minneapolis Police Department, a kids fun run and a post-race celebration with prizes, a raffle and a food truck.
Registration costs $30 for the 5K and $5 for the kids fun run. Proceeds benefit fitness training for the Minneapolis Police Department. Register now.
Minneapolis Among First of 20 Regions to Participate in President’s ‘TechHire’ Initiative
President Obama has announces a new initiative called TechHire, focused on training and connecting Americans with the more than half a million tech jobs currently available. Minneapolis is among the first of 20 regions that will be participating in this new initiative, creating public-private partnerships to prepare workers for a growing number of technology jobs.
City Seeks Applicants For New Information Technology Positions
The City of Minneapolis has a tremendous opportunity for folks in the IT field. The City’s IT department has posted the first wave of 33 new jobs that will make up the service desk and deskside support areas for the City of Minneapolis. The job openings are part of a change to the City’s IT services that will bring these support functions back in-house after years of being outsourced. Visit www.minneapolismn.gov/jobs/opp and click on “current job opportunities” to view these and other City openings.
Rain gardens and beyond - $15 workshops
You can help keep our lakes, rivers and streams clean while creating a beautiful and pollinator-friendly habitat in your yard. Metro Blooms workshops offer the latest information on a healthy yard and combine a do-it-yourself approach with expert help to put “rain gardening” in the hands of gardeners and non-gardeners alike.
Participants receive: An overview of rain gardens and native plants and individual design assistance from Metro Blooms landscape designers and U of M Extension Master Gardeners from Hennepin County. For more information and to register, go to www.myraingarden.org or call 651-699-2426.
New City program provides increased wheelchair accessible taxicab service to the public
The City of Minneapolis has developed a new program to provide wheelchair accessible taxicab service to the public. Five local taxicab companies have agreed to provide wheelchair accessible taxicab service 24 hours a day.
The taxicab companies participating in the program are Airport Taxi (seven wheelchair accessible vehicles), Yellow Taxi (seven wheelchair accessible vehicles), Green and White Taxi (six wheelchair accessible vehicles), Minneapple Taxi (two wheelchair accessible vehicles), and La Mexicana Taxicab (one wheelchair accessible vehicle). All accept credit cards. For more information visit the City of Minneapolis Business Licensing website.
Order a City Tree Beginning March 23
Tree Trust and the City of Minneapolis have once again partnered to offer trees to Minneapolis residents. Call 952-767-3880 or click HERE beginning Monday, March 23, at 8 a.m. to order your tree.
Pre-ordered trees will be available for pick up at the Minneapolis Impound Lot on May 16 (8 a.m.-3p.m.), May 17 (8 a.m.-2 p.m.), May 18 (3-7 p.m.) or May 19 (3-7 p.m.). This popular program helps maintain and enhance our urban forest, which saves on energy costs and improves property values. Several varieties of trees, including shade and fruit trees, will be available and all have been selected for their appropriateness for our region. Only Minneapolis property owners are eligible to participate in the program and may order one tree per property, up to a maximum of three properties. Trees cannot be planted on the boulevard between the sidewalk and the street, and large shade trees should be planted at least 15 feet away from nearby power lines and/or buildings.
The first fire hydrants in the City of Minneapolis were installed in the 1870’s around the downtown riverfront to serve as fire protection to the City’s booming flour mill industry. As the City began to expand outward, so did the need and desire for reliable fire protection and potable drinking water. What started as a few fire hydrants in a small area of the City has grown to over 8,000 hydrants of 27 different makes and models. In addition to fighting fires, hydrants are required to do many other tasks: watering community gardens, controlling dust, sweeping streets. Today, many of the original hydrants that were installed well over 100 years ago are still in service and can be relied upon by the Fire Department to help battle fires.
The Minneapolis Water Works has seven crews (referred to as Beat Trucks) that maintain the City’s 8,000 hydrants to make sure they are in service for fire suppression. Each Beat Crew is assigned an area of the City to inspect and as needed to maintain. Every fire hydrant is inspected at least once annually. Due to our cold climate, Minneapolis uses what is known as a “dry” hydrant. A dry style hydrant has no water in the riser pipe, otherwise known as the hydrant barrel, when it is not in use. The hydrant barrel extends eight feet below ground to connect with the City’s water system. Each fall hydrants are checked three times to verify whether water is in the hydrant barrel due to leakage or groundwater. If so, it is pumped out in order to prevent the water from freezing in the barrel. This pumping program is critical to the remarkably low number of hydrants that are out of service at any given time.
In order to renew our infrastructure that is past its service life, the City of Minneapolis replaces approximately 200 hydrants a year with an improved hydrant known as a “traffic style” hydrant. In the past, when a hydrant was struck by a car, replacement required excavating to the bottom of the hydrant barrel to replace it. “Traffic style” hydrants are made to break off at a special flange at ground level when struck by a motor vehicle. A break-away kit made for “traffic style” hydrants makes the repair manageable for a crew of two to handle without the use of heavy machinery.
(Photos show removal of a ”jacketed style” hydrant that was struck by a car and its replacement with a “jacketed, traffic style” hydrant.)
Roughly 4,000, or half the City's fire hydrants, are known as a “jacketed style” hydrant. The term “jacketed” refers to a hydrant that was installed inside an outer jacket surrounding the hydrant barrel from just above ground level down to the service connection to the water main. These hydrants can be spun out like a screw and replaced with a “traffic style” hydrant that has been specially fabricated to replicate the precise thread pattern of Minneapolis’ “jacketed style” hydrants. This has allowed the replacement of old “jacketed style” hydrants with new “traffic style” hydrants without excavating.
Maintaining the City of Minneapolis’s fire system takes a highly skilled and dedicated workforce to keep it up to our strict operational standards. In addition, residents have “adopted” the hydrant in front of their house or on their block. By doing so, they help the City of Minneapolis and the neighborhood by keeping the hydrant free from snow in the winter and weeds and brush in the summer. It is a great way to give back to our community and help out!!
(Story courtesy of Water Department Maintenance Foreman Brian Olson)
Park Board to consider final approval of the Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Master Plan
On February 4, 2015, the Planning Committee of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) held a public hearing on the Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park Master Plan. After the hearing the committee unanimously approved the plan as written.
The full board will consider final approval of the plan on March 4, 2015, during its regular meeting.
The plan as approved is available on the project website (www.minneapolisparks.org/currentprojects then click “Nokomis-Hiawatha Master Plan and Improvements”).
After finalizing the plan on the 4th, The MPRB will reconvene the Nokomis-Hiawatha Community Advisory Committee (CAC) to help determine what facility improvements will take place in the park in 2015-2016. A CAC meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 11, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Nokomis Community Center, 2401 E. Minnehaha Pkwy., Minneapolis. The general public will have an opportunity to provide input at the meeting.
Phase 1 improvements include a new play area and walkways at the 54th Street “Triangle Park,” as well as accessibility improvements at the main Lake Nokomis beach. This work is scheduled to begin in early 2015.
Phase 2 improvements will be drawn from projects identified in the Master Plan as short-term or ongoing. On March 11, the CAC will provide a recommendation on what to build in phase 2.
Adam Arvidson, Project Manager
Register Now for the Third Annual Community Connections Conference
The Neighborhood and Community Relations Department invites you to share your ideas, experience and knowledge at the third annual Community Connections Conference Saturday, March 21, at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
The free conference is designed to bring together City departments, neighborhood organizations, cultural communities, nonprofit organizations and residents to share best practices for neighborhood engagement. This year’s theme is “Creative Engagement and Action Using Arts and Placemaking.”
Organizers have dubbed this year’s event a “nonconference” due to its highly interactive nature. Participants will learn by seeing and doing rather than sitting and listening to presentations. They will be immersed in experiences that will give them the skills and strategies to take creative placemaking techniques back to their own communities.
To register please visit the conference website:www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr/CommunityConnectionsConference.
Health Department launches online neighborhood health indicator tool
The Health Department recently launched an online tool that provides information about the physical, social and economic conditions of community health in Minneapolis. The information in the new Healthy Communities Assessment Tool can be used to help neighborhoods with strategic planning, policy development and community engagement.
Performance monitoring with data on more than 40 indicators available for each Minneapolis neighborhood. Read more.
The site, which remains located at www.minneapolisparks.org, provides a mobile-friendly experience and focuses on the needs of website users.
The newly designed website features many improvements, including:
• Mobile-friendly browsing using either a phone or tablet
• Photo galleries featuring park destinations and facilities
• A well-organized and easy-to-scan mega menu
• An enhanced search function that makes it easier to find general information, activities, or board meetings and agenda items
Users who have saved their most frequently visited pages will need to update their bookmarks as the page URLs will have changed.
Big News on Cable Franchises
While Comcast is currently the only provider serving Minneapolis cable customers, there may be some changes afoot.
On Jan. 30, the City Council conditionally approved Comcast Cable’s application to transfer its cable TV franchise in Minneapolis to a new company called GreatLand Connections. Comcast requested that its franchise be transferred as part of its proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable. As part of the franchise transfer process, the City and its legal counsel did a thorough evaluation of Comcast’s application, and the City and Comcast also negotiated a settlement agreement that resolves some outstanding issues with the current franchise before it’s transferred to GreatLand Connections.
Currently, Comcast Cable is the only cable TV provider in Minneapolis. Its franchise agreement is non-exclusive, however, allowing other cable TV providers to apply to provide cable service within the city. CenturyLink has recently applied for a cable franchise. The application is available for the public to review; to voice your opinion about the CenturyLink application, please consider attending the scheduled public hearing.
Public Hearing on CenturyLink's cable franchise application
Mon., February 23
1:30 pm (Meeting of the Ways & Means Committee)
City Hall (350 S. 5th St.), Room 317
Applications for the Energy Vision Advisory Committee Now Being Accepted
Applications for the Energy Vision Advisory Committee, also known as EVAC, are now being accepted. EVAC will play a critical role in shaping the work plan for the Minneapolis Clean Energy Partnership. The Clean Energy Partnership is a new approach that partners the City of Minneapolis in a unique way with Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy, its electric and gas utilities, to help the City reach its Climate Action Plan and Energy Vision for 2040 goals.
Click here to download an application form.
Completed forms should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to:
Room M301, 350 S 5th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Applicants are encouraged to apply by Friday, February 20 at 5 p.m. Applications received by that date will be given preference.
On February 4, the Planning Committee of Mpls Park Board, unanimously passed the Nokomis-Hiawatha Master Plan .This spring, the Triangle Park playground (at the corner of Edgewater Blvd and 54th Street) will be removed and a new playground will be built in its place.The Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) will reconvene to discuss how remaining implementation funds should be spent on trail and/or shoreline improvements. Additional plan components will be implemented as funds become available. Materials from the community engagement process, as well as a copy of the plan and its appendix are available on the project page. The full board will consider final approval of the plan on March 4, 2015 during its regular meeting.
The intersection of Cedar Ave with Nokomis Parkway and Edgewater Boulevard has been a problem for a long time. This plan was not able to tackle the planning and neighborhood input rigor needed to develop a solution to the traffic problems at that intersection. But, language was included in the plan that should be helpful when the community develops a plan for better safety at that intersection.
The City of Minneapolis launched a new financial transparency platform powered by OpenGov.com that provides residents and city officials unprecedented access to the City’s finances. Minneapolis is the largest city in the Midwest to launch an OpenGov platform. The powerful visualization software transforms volumes of raw financial data into actionable insight and information, enabling better analysis and understanding of the City’s budget. The platform can be accessed through the City’s website or directly at https://minneapolismn.opengov.com/.
Minneapolis residents and staff can now explore long-term budget trends and quickly drill down into specific financial detail in an intuitive, user-friendly format. Residents can easily answer questions such as, “what did the City spend on capital improvement projects?” or “How has City spending on police changed over the past seven years?” and download or share the data on social media.
Visitors to the Minneapolis platform can access the City’s recently approved 2015 budget, compare it to previous years dating to 2008 and instantly view revenues and expenses by fund, department and expense type on interactive graphs. The current year report provides insight into spending and revenues year-to-date. Beyond sharing information with the public, the City of Minneapolis can also use this platform internally to create custom reports, manage operations to budget, and keep administrators informed.
“Today marks a big leap forward in increasing financial transparency in Minneapolis,” said Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges. “Making this data available online in an easily accessible format will not only result in a more informed public, but will also help City leaders and staff digest complex financial information to help run the city better.”
“Understanding the City budget and other City financial information should not be a challenge to people seeking out this information,” said City Council member and chair of the Ways & Means committee John Quincy. “We’ve heard from residents, even City leaders and staff, that they wanted an easy to use tool that would show how the City manages its finances and I want to thank staff and OpenGov for their work in bringing this tool to life.”
“The City of Minneapolis is setting the standard for transparent government in the Midwest and across the U.S.,” said Zachary Bookman, CEO and co-founder of OpenGov. “It has been a pleasure working with City staff to craft an extremely thorough, detailed platform that demonstrates the City’s commitment to efficient and transparent government.”
With the launch of this financial transparency platform and last month’s launch of the City’s open data portal more City data is easily available to the public than ever before. Before now, if residents or reporters wanted much of this information, they had to formally request it from the City.
Order a compost bin or rain barrel now, pick it up in the spring
Get a jump-start on gardening by ordering a $55 compost bin or a $69 rain barrel for your home. (These regularly cost $105 and $139.)
By using a compost bin, you can keep more than a quarter of your household waste out of the garbage while making valuable compost for your garden.
A rain barrel will help you save water and money by using rainwater rather than the faucet for your garden and trees. Rain barrels are also a way of trapping the stormwater that runs toward the storm drains – picking up pollutants along the way – and into our lakes, streams and rivers.
Order now and pick up your compost bin or rain barrel in Minneapolis Saturday, May 30, from the Recycling Association of Minnesota. To pre-order now, find more information or see other dates and locations, go to www.recycleminnesota.org.
City's new IT services contract will create jobs, help City reach racial equity goals and save money
The Minneapolis City Council today approved a contract with a new vendor to manage the City’s Information Technology services that will create jobs, get the City closer to achieving its racial equity goals, and save the City money. The City selected OneNeck IT Solutions LLC following a competitive review process.
It is anticipated that the city will save approximately 3 million annually compared to current costs including expenses associated with in-sourcing the service desk and desktop services.
Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park Master Plan public hearing
On Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at 6:30 p.m., the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) will hold a public hearing on the Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park Master Plan. The hearing will be held in the Board Room at MPRB Headquarters, 2117 West River Road, Minneapolis. Individuals wishing to speak at the hearing may call 612-230-6400 to sign up in advance, or may simply appear in person at the hearing. After the hearing the MPRB Commissioners will consider approval of the plan.
UPCOMING BLOCK LEADER TRAININGS
One of the Minneapolis Police Department’s top goals is to increase organized blocks. Neighborhoods and block clubs work with our Crime Prevention Specialists to prevent and reduce crime. Get your block organized!
Thursday, February 19th -or- Tuesday, March 24th (you need only attend one)
6:30 to 8 PM
Minneapolis Police Dept, 3rd Precinct
3000 Minnehaha Avenue
Crime Prevention Block Leaders………
Help build Community one block at a time.
Help develop a communication tool where people have the ability to contact each other. Neighbors who are informed are the strongest crime prevention tool for communities.
Work with neighbors and MPD if there is a problem on the block.
RSVP appreciated so we have enough materials. You can RSVP by calling 612/673-3482 or 612/673-2856
Help Minneapolis measure how it’s doing
There’s a new project to help gauge how well the City of Minneapolis is doing at achieving its goals, and you can be a part of it. From now until Feb. 6, share your thoughts using an online engagement tool at http://success.minneapolismn.gov, City staff will use the information from you and others to develop measures for the most popular themes within each of the five City goals.
The way it works, you and others comment on what the City goals mean to you. For the City goal of “living well,” for example, you can tell the City what that means to you. Does it mean having connected neighborhoods? Access to amenities? Safe streets?
Because the online engagement tool uses crowdsourcing technology, the information within the tool will update in real time to display the changing input and ideas of its users. Log in often to submit new ideas and vote on new information. It’s quick and easy to participate, and you can spend as much or as little time within the tool as you want.
The City is using tailored engagement strategies to ensure it gets a variety of perspectives from a wide range of communities including cultural communities, GLBTQA, seniors, youth and City employees. The community will have opportunities to provide input through community listening sessions and paper surveys in addition to the online engagement tool.
Minneapolis regulating electronic cigarettes, prohibits their use in public indoor spaces starting immediately
The City of Minneapolis updated its clean indoor air ordinance to prohibit electronic cigarette use in all indoor public places and places of employment. It takes effect immediately.
Minneapolis taking steps to make sidewalks clearer in the winter
This year, Minneapolis is implementing a faster system to make sure sidewalks are cleared when it snows. Sidewalks are an important part of Minneapolis’ transportation system, and they should be open for everyone. That’s why Minneapolis ordinance requires property owners to clear sidewalks after a snowfall within 24 hours for houses and duplexes and four daytime hours for all other properties.
Minneapolis gives away free radon test kits for radon action month
The City of Minneapolis is giving away 200 radon test kits to increase awareness of the cancer risks of radon and to encourage people to test their homes for it. The Environmental Protection Agency has designated January as National Radon Action Month.
The Holidazzle Village featuring the Minneapolis Holiday Market debuted along downtown’s Nicollet Mall. It will be open every day of the week from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Dec. 24. The Holidazzle Village promises to be a new tradition where you can experience the holiday season through food, drinks, music, shopping, lights and activities.
You’ll find the Holidazzle Village along Nicollet Mall from 10th Street to 12th Street. From 3–8 p.m. on weekends and on November 28, choirs, bands and other musicians will perform here. There will be activities including story time for kids, a chance to see real-life reindeer and more. The mall itself will be open for pedestrians only on weekends for special events.
Peavey Plaza will be home to the Minneapolis Holiday Market, where you’ll be able to shop and enjoy food and drink that’ll help get you in the holiday spirit. The Minneapolis Holiday Market has a one-time, per-person fee of $3 to $6 (kids under 6 are free) which will grant you season-long access. Watch www.holidazzle.com for free family admission times. The entire mall will also be illuminated with twinkle lights, and you’ll get to see some perennial Holidazzle favorites, including floats and the iconic Holidazzle Light Bulbs.
Minneapolis again receives high credit ratings for its financial management
The City of Minneapolis has again been assigned some of the highest credit ratings of cities in the country. The City has received a new round of ratings from all three major rating agencies as it prepares to issue new bonds next week. High bond ratings and positive outlooks from the ratings agencies allow the City to save taxpayer dollars by issuing bonds and borrowing funds at the lowest possible interest rates.
Fitch Ratings and Standard and Poor’s Ratings Services have again assigned the City of Minneapolis AAA ratings, the highest ratings possible. Moody’s affirmed the City’s Aa1 rating, which is its second-highest rating, placing Minneapolis among the top-rated cities and local districts in the country. Less than 10 percent of jurisdictions, and just a handful of major cities, have an Aa1 rating or higher from Moody’s
Version 3.0 of Snow Emergency app makes it easier to know where to park
An improved Snow Emergency app will help residents and visitors make sure they are ready to find out if a Snow Emergency is in effect and know where to park.. The app now accesses the same interactive street lookup map that’s on the City web site, which shows where drivers can park on each of the three days of a Snow Emergency. Drivers will be able to use their smartphones’ location services function to find out if the street they’re on has any Snow Emergency parking restrictions.
Winter is underway. 2 snowblower thefts and a lot of sporting goods taken from vehicles.
Sue Roethele, Crime Prevention Specialist, 3rd Precinct Sector 3
Minneapolis tops in the nation in National Night Out Participation
Thanks to incredible community support and an increase in community policing, Minneapolis has once again grabbed the trophy for top National Night Out (NNO) city in the country. It is the city’s 3rd year in a row topping the charts nationwide.
1,484 events were registered for NNO in 2014, setting a record on our City streets the night of August 5th. Attendance totaled more than 74,000 and more than 23,500 of them were kids and young adults. All told, 19% of Minneapolis’ total population participated in the celebration and 100% of city’s 83 residential neighborhoods participated this year.
Beware of Phone Scam
The Minneapolis Police Department has received reports from individuals who stated that they were called by someone who claimed to be with the IRS. In the phone call, he asked for personal identifying information. The caller ID showed the Fifth Precinct’s desk number, which is (612) 673-5705.
THIS IS A SCAM. No police or government agency will ever call you unexpectedly and demand personal information over the phone.
Many of you have noticed the new monuments at the freeway entrances. They are part of what is known as the Gateway Project. It is a MnDOT project and is the very final pieces of the 35W/Crosstown reconstruction. These monuments were paid for by MnDOT as part of their mitigation program for the neighborhoods immediately adjacent to 35W/Crosstown. Those neighborhoods endured the brunt of the noise, dust and heavy equipment traffic during the 5 year construction period.
MnDOT’s landscape architect met with representatives of the 6 neighborhoods adjacent to 35W/Crosstown over the course of several months. The representatives were able to help determine the locations and designs for the monuments. The neighborhood associations were able to weigh in during this process as well.
The installation of the monuments has been completed. The landscaping for the larger monuments will be done next spring and this will finally complete the 35W/Crosstown project.
Public Comment on the City Budget
There are two public comment hearings that residents can attend to share their thoughts about the proposed City budget and property taxes. They can also share comments online at the City’s website.
The two public hearings are:
Nov. 18 at 6:05 p.m.
Room 317 of City Hall
Dec. 10 at 6:05 p.m.
Room 317 of City Hall
Residents who can't attend the Nov. 18 or Dec. 10 hearings, can submit their comments on the proposed budget online. All comments submitted online by Dec. 9 will be entered into the public record and shared with the mayor and council members.
Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Master Plan Comments
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) invites public comment on the Draft Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park Master Plan through December 22, 2014. Once approved, the master plan will guide park investment around Lakes Nokomis and Hiawatha for the next twenty-five years. The draft plan is the result of a seven month process that included open meetings of a Community Advisory Committee, community open houses, an on-line survey, and one-on-one conversations with residents. Based on comments received from the public, the draft plan will be revised and presented to the Board of Commissioners for a public hearing and approval in early 2015.
The Draft Master Plan is available for review:
At the following locations:
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Headquarters, 2117 West River Road N, Minneapolis
Nokomis Community Center, 2401 E. Minnehaha Pkwy., Minneapolis
Lake Hiawatha Community Center, 2701 44th St. E, Minneapolis
Nokomis Library, 5100 34th Avenue South, Minneapolis
Submit a Comment:
By Mail: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board; 2117 West River Road N, Minneapolis, MN 55411 ATTN: Adam Arvidson, Project Manager
By Phone or E-mail: Contact the project manager, Adam Arvidson, at 612-230-6470 or email@example.com
Mayor Hodges and Council Member Quincy are sponsoring a Community Budget forum on November 12th, 7:30 to 9:00 PM in the heart of Ward 11, Mayflower Church, 106 E Diamond Lake Rd. It will be a chance to hear from policy makers and learn more about the City budget and what is in the current proposal. Come with your ideas and questions.
Opening Doors for Art Accessibility Fundraiser
Opening Doors for Art Accessibility Fundraisercoming up on Saturday, November 15th from 6:30 - 9 pm. The event benefits Simply Jane/ArtAble, which are headquarterd in Tangletown.
It will be a night filled with stories, music and laughter. Special Guests: renowned storyteller/npr commentator; Kevin Kling and live jazz featuring Gondwana and vocals by Barbara Meyer! Beverages and hor d’oeuvres provided. There will also be a raffle and a book signing. All proceeds benefit Simply Jane/ArtAble and support our diverse art programming for people of all ages and abilities as well as employing people with disabilities. Tickets are available online
Autumn is a great time of year for backyard fires. But when not done properly can be unsafe and have negative impacts on neighbors. To minimize these incurrsions and for safety reasons, the City has adopted simple rules to be folowed during a backyard fire.
Agreements with utilities would create first-of-its-kind Clean Energy Partnership
The City of Minneapolis, Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy have reached agreements that will establish a first-of-its-kind City-utility Clean Energy Partnership. The partnership will result in the City and utility companies collaborating in new ways to help Minneapolis achieve its energy goals. These goals include making energy affordable and reliable for everyone while increasing energy efficiency, increasing renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gases.
Early Morning with Elizabeth, Friday, October 24, 7:30-9:00am, Turtle Bread, 4762 Chicago Ave S
An event co-hosted by Ward 11 Council Member John Quincy and Ward 8 Council Member Elizabeth Glidden. We are excited and pleased to feature candidates for Minneapolis at-large school board as well as candidates for judicial office. We welcome you to meet the candidates and engage in discussion about the issues important to you.
One of the races this year that has garnered significant media and community attention is for the Minneapolis at-large school board director positions. While four candidates will appear on the ballot, only the top two vote getters will serve on the Minneapolis School Board. We have confirmed attendance from candidates Iris Altamirano, Ira Jourdain, and Don Samuels. Rebecca Gagnon has been invited but is not yet confirmed.
We are also pleased to welcome Amy Dawson and Beverly Aho, judicial candidates for the contested non-partisan office of Fourth Judicial District Judge seat 61 (this district serves Hennepin County). One of the most overlooked but most important offices is that of district court Judge – please enjoy this unique opportunity to hear from two candidates that will appear on the ballot this fall.
You can review all candidates in contested races by viewing your sample ballot at vote.minneapolismn.gov, also your source for all election related information. And, city hall is open NOW daily for no-fault in-person absentee voting. Call 311 or go to vote.minneapolismn.gov for more information.
Please join us for a great discussion with hard working candidates and get ready for November elections!
Watch your neighborhood for fall street sweeping. Starting on October 20th, look for posted signs marking out the areas designated for street sweeping. Signs are usually posted 24-hours in advance before a street is swept, so be on the lookout.
This is part of the comprehensive street sweep that will take about four weeks to complete. Detailed information is available on the city website, including the street lookup, frequently asked questions and info about yard waste collection dates.
Announcing the launch of the new Neighborhood Roots website!
The organization that brings you the Fulton, Kingfield and Nokomis Farmers Markets is know called Neighborhood Roots and has a brand new website! This new page combines information about all three Southwest Minneapolis farmers markets. Visit the site for information on events, vendor bios, recipes, blogs and more. Read the most recent blog entry detailing the origins of Neighborhood Roots, the mission, and their plans for the future.
Barb Anderson retiring
Barb Anderson, long time employee of the City Council and specifically the 11th Ward, working for both Council Members Scott Benson and John Quincy, is retiring. She started working for the City of Minneapolis in 1959 and has spent the majority of her career with the City. Besides working for the 11th Ward, she has also lived in the 11th Ward her entire adult life. Congratulations, Barb, and good luck with the next chapter of your interesting life!
Former Ward 11 Council Member Scott Benson, Ward 11 staff Mary Petersen, Barb Anderson, Former Ward 11 Council Member Steve Cramer, Council Member John Quincy, Former Ward 11 Council Member Walter Rockenstein.
City modernizes restaurant rules for alcohol sales
The Minneapolis City Council has approved new rules for some restaurants that sell alcohol outside of the Downtown area. Until now the city’s rules were antiquated and made it difficult for well-run businesses to meet required alcohol-to-food sales ratios, which the current economy does not support. The revised ordinances eliminate requirements that some restaurants in the city sell a certain amount of food, compared to the amount of alcohol they sell. Now, restaurants in commercial corridors that are outside of Downtown are no longer required to make at least 60 percent of their sales in food, and 40 percent or less in alcohol. Though these outdated restrictions are removed, restaurants would still be required to earn a substantial amount of their revenue from non-alcohol purchases. Additionally, the changes create a new set of tools the City can use to take action against establishments that create problems in city neighborhoods.
Modernizing the City’s ability for dealing with problem businesses will allow the City to better address problems while making things easier for businesses that are well run. The ordinance changes will not change the type of establishment that’s allowed in a particular location, meaning that the types of alcohol a business can serve and the kinds of entertainment it can have won’t change from what is in place today. For example, a neighborhood restaurant could not be replaced by a bar. The proposed ordinance also defines what a “bar area” is within a restaurant and the amount of bar area an establishment can have. This will make sure that these areas are appropriately scaled for the neighborhood and the size of the establishment.
70/30 rule still in place, vote in November
The new ordinances do not affect those restaurants that are outside of Downtown and nestled in residential areas (not in commercial corridors). The current requirement, which is found in the City Charter and can only be changed by voters, is that they must make at least 70 percent of their sales in food, and 30 percent or less in alcohol. This November, voters in Minneapolis will vote on a ballot question which, if approved, would remove that food sales threshold for those restaurants. If that happens, the currently-proposed City ordinances would then apply to those restaurants as well. If voters do not approve the ballot measure, those restaurants will still be required by the City Charter to meet the 70/30 sales ratio.
For more information and to see the ordinances and frequently asked questions visit the City’s business licensing web page.
Minneapolis parks have new garbage and recycling carts
Minneapolis residents will recognize new garbage and one-sort recycling carts in Minneapolis parks as the same ones they use at home. Minneapolis neighborhood parks are now part of the City of Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling program. Recycling in the parks is now an easier choice, because each garbage cart will be paired with a recycling cart. The one-sort carts collect glass, plastic, paper, aluminum and cardboard into one container. Remember – no plastic bags, trash, clothes, items that have food or wax on them, Styrofoam or other kinds of plastic foam. For more information on what you can recycle in Minneapolis, click here
Auto Thefts Up In Ward 11
3rd Precinct has reported that auto thefts and theft from autos has dramatically increased in the past few weeks. There are some simple steps to lessen your chances of being a victims.
Any Senior Citizens or Disabled Adults Need Help with Outdoor Chores?
HandyWorks provides indoor and outdoor chore services to seniors and disabled adults in south, southeast and northeast Minneapolis who need a helping hand to maintain their homes. Clients are matched with a network of both paid and volunteer chore workers. Workers complete chores such as snow removal, lawn mowing, yard care, house cleaning, laundry, and minor repairs such as door-lock replacement.
In five demonstration gardens, the City of Minneapolis is studying the effectiveness of combining compost with biochar, a soil amendment similar to charcoal. Biochar works with compost to increase crop yields, improve local water quality by reducing runoff, and combat climate change by holding carbon and nitrogen in the soil where they serve as fertilizer instead of being released into the air where they would become pollutants. Minneapolis is one of the first cities in the U.S. to study the benefits of biochar.
Windom Community Garden Joins "Plant an Extra Row" campaign with Donation to CAPI Food Shelf
The Windom Community Garden, now in its 3rd year of operation, donated 85 pounds of food to the Center for Asians and Pacific Islanders (CAPI) Food Shelf over the weekend as part of the Minneapolis Plant an Extra Row campaign, a project of the Minneapolis Healthy Food Shelf.
The Windom Community Garden is supported by the Windom Community Council and provides an opportunity for over 35 families from the neighborhood the opportunity to grow healthy, organic food just off of Nicollet Ave and 62nd Ave in Southwest Minneapolis.
The Plant an Extra Row campaign, implemented last year by the Minneapolis Health Department’s Healthy Food Shelf Network, provides fresh produce to food shelves throughout the Twin Cities. Last year nearly 115 gardeners participated, donating more than 700 pounds of food to 17 different community food shelves. If you are interested in participating or learning more, please visit www.healthyfoodshelves.org.
Windom Community residents interested in getting involved with the Windom Community Garden can contact Brian O’Shea at 952-393-2986 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Minneapolis Monarch Festival
Mpls Monarch Festival is coming Saturday, Sept 6. Join this fun, family-oriented event honoring our State butterfly and its amazing 2,300 mile migration to the mountains of central Mexico. Free activities include Monarch tag and release, games, art, educational displays, and a live stage with music & Aztec dance. Food vendors and natural plant vendors will be on hand.
The Minneapolis Convention Center (MCC) was recently awarded the Venue Excellence Award for Convention Centers at the Annual Conference of the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM)
The City Council has unanimously approved the nomination of Spencer Cronk as the new City Coordinator at the City of Minneapolis. Mayor Betsy Hodges nominated Cronk for the position on July 22.
Fall Park Highlights Arriving Soon
Keep your eyes open for the newest edition of our park highlights brochure inside the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) Community Education catalog, which will arrive at more than 200,000 Minneapolis households between August 25 and September 5.
Our four-page insert is loaded with fun facts and ideas that we hope will inspire you to explore the parks and discover all the great events and activities offered at our parks and recreation centers during September through December!
Ward 11 NEEDS more election judges
Ward 11 precincts have some of the highest voter turnout in the City. But that high turn out also requires more election judges on election day to help keep the process running efficently. We are still in need of judges for the upcoming elections, both the Primary on August 12th and the General Election on Novembe 4th. For more information about the requirments and compensation, above and beyond the feeling of civic pride for being an election judge, visit the elections website.
Minneapolis offers Green Business matching grants
The City of Minneapolis offers matching grants to help businesses move to green business processes and improve the air quality in Minneapolis.
Dry cleaners can apply for matching grants up to $30,000 each to help reduce pollution by switching their processes from perchloroethylene to clean solvents. Perchloroethylene is the main chemical solvent used in dry cleaning and is a neurotoxin that causes kidney damage and is listed by the Environmental Protection Agency as a likely carcinogen.
Vehicle repair, service and maintenance businesses can apply for matching grants up to $20,000 each to help them switch to painting, cleaning and repair processes that reduce harmful air emissions and hazardous waste.
Businesses using innovative ways to reduce pollution – especially printing shops and businesses that use degreasers – can apply for matching grants up to $45,000 to help them switch to processes that focus on reducing volatile organic compounds (VOC), particulate matter or other significant hazardous air pollution.
Minneapolis residents and property owners are encouraged to help Minneapolis wipe out graffiti. Last year graffiti cost the City just over $1 million, and 8,180 cases of graffiti were reported. But it has other costs too. It makes neighborhoods and commercial districts look and feel unsafe, and that can harm property values and retail revenues – especially for small, neighborhood businesses.
With the emergence of transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft, the City Council adopted new ordinances to legalize their operations in Minneapolis and make it possible for the City to license and regulate this industry. The City Council also voted to modernize the City’s longstanding taxi ordinances to make them less restrictive to companies while still maintaining safety for passengers.
Have you ever wondered how emergency calls in Minneapolis are dispatched, how streets get plowed right after a snowstorm, how water gets to your faucet, or how land in the city gets developed? You can find out by being a part of the Minneapolis City Academy program.
Summer Crime Prevention Tips
During the summer we are all out and about quite a bit more. This includes the nefarious characters in our midst. Below are some tips from the Minneapolis Police Department about some of the things you can do to keep yourself and your property safer.
With summer and the Fourth of July approaching, you and your neighbors could be thinking about fireworks. These tips can help you remember what’s legal in Minneapolis and what to do if someone is setting off illegal fireworks.
• Examples include sparklers, cones, tubes that spark, snakes, party poppers.
• Using them in your yard or on your sidewalk.
What’s not legal
• Fireworks that go "Boom" or take off. Examples include firecrakers, bottle rockets, missles, roman candles, mortars and shells.
• It's illegal to use any fireworks on public property, including roads, alleys, schools and parks.
Be a good neighbor
Neighbors shooting off fireworks can be extremely disruptive, especially when homes are close to each other, people are trying to sleep and pets are frightened.
Fireworks can be dangerous. If you buy fireworks, make sure they are the legal ones and make sure they are handled safely. Keep them away from faces, clothing, hair and anything combustible. If not handled properly, fireworks can cause burns and eye injuries in kids and adults. Kids should never handle fireworks without adult supervision. Sparklers can reach 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit – that’s hot enough to melt gold.
If you live south of 55th St. and between Chicago and Cedar Avenues, your polling place has changed. Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services is relocating the 11-7 precinct from Mt Zion Lutheran Church to Urban Refuge Church, effective beginning with the August 12, 2014 primary election.
Please note: the main voter entrance at Urban Refuge will be just a few steps off the on-site parking lot off Chicago Ave, while the accessible entrance is located on the 55th St side of the building.
Any questions can be directed to Minneapolis Elections by calling 311 (or 612-673-3000) or e-mailing email@example.com
Dress up your bike, buggy, wagon, dog, or self and meet at the Washburn High School faculty parking lot (the one facing 50th St.) between 9:30-10am. (There will be help there at 9:30 for those who are creatively challenged.) Parade leaves the parking lot at 10:00 and ends up at Fuller Park for delicious food, fun games, putt-putt golf, balloons, face painting, door prizes, live music, socializing and so much more!
Sandbags available to help homeowners
Due to flooding, specifically around Minnehaha Creek, the City is preparing to help homeowners protect their property. If you need sandbags, call 311 and they will add you to the list and Public Works will deliver sandbags as needed.
Significant flooding is currently impacting parkways across Minneapolis. As of 10 a.m., the highest impacted areas include:
Cedar Ave at Minnehaha Pkwy. Flooded and closed.Barricades will be up shortly
Minnehaha Parkway from Longfellow Ave to Bloomington Ave is flooded for vehicles. Barricades will be up shortly.
Minnehaha Pkwy is impassable from Pleasant Ave S to Nicollet Ave S. Barricades will be up shortly.
Minnehaha Parkway from Bloomington Ave to 22nd Ave. The bike and walking paths are flooded.
Dean Pkwy at West Lake Street is flooded. Barricades will be up shortly.
City crews continue to monitor the situation for more affected areas of Minneapolis.
Approximately 30,000 ash trees lining Minneapolis boulevards and nearly ten thousand ash trees located in park properties are destined for infestation by Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). To lessen the effects of a sudden large-scale, city-wide canopy loss, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) foresters will begin marking non-symptomatic public ash trees on Monday, June 23 as part of an eight-year effort to mark, remove and replace public ash trees on boulevards and in parks throughout the city.
The pre-emptive removal is part of the MPRB’s ash canopy replacement plan, which reduces the impact of tree losses by removing a small percentage of ash trees at a time and replacing them with a diverse range of tree species along each city block and within each park.Forestry crews anticipate replacing 5,000 ash trees each year for eight years, with removal of ash trees during 2014-2021 and planting of replacement trees during 2015-2022. MPRB Director of Forestry Ralph Sievert said foresters will decide which non-symptomatic ash trees to replace on a neighborhood / block-by-block basis.“Our goal is to replace approximately two to four ash trees on each block per season,” said Sievert. “Foresters will choose trees for replacement throughout an entire block so that properties are affected as evenly as possible.”Maps of boulevard ash trees by neighborhood are available on the MPRB’s website www.minneapolisparks.org/eab. Maps of Minnesota EAB infestations are available from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture website.
Green Means EAB
Non-symptomatic ash trees identified for removal will be marked with a green painted “X,” and the MPRB will begin removing those ash trees and stumps throughout 2014. Replacement trees will be planted in spring and fall of 2015.
Ash trees infested with EAB will be marked with a green painted ring and removed as soon as possible. Infested trees are counted as part of the 5,000 trees to be replaced each year. Note: Any other tree species slated for removal are marked with orange paint.Unless a tree possess a public hazard, trees remain marked for a minimum of five days before being removed.Forestry crews will also continue the MRPB's EAB awareness program by wrapping Minneapolis public ash trees with an informational green ribbon. The ribbon alerts residents that, “EAB Kills Ash” trees. Trees are being wrapped with the informational green ribbons to raise awareness about the impact EAB is having on the urban forest. The ribbon does not denote the tree is currently slated for removal. It is only trees marked with green paint that will be replaced as part of the ash canopy replacement plan each year.Minneapolis residents with a boulevard ash tree adjacent to their property may request to have it replaced by contacting the MPRB. There is no direct charge to replace boulevard ash trees.While the MPRB is not using chemical treatments on ash trees, residents may treat non-symptomatic boulevard ash trees with insecticide at their own expense. All ash treatments must be applied by a licensed and permitted tree care company. For a list of companies that have been issued a treatment permit visit www.minneapolisparks.org/eab.The ash canopy replacement plan is funded through an annual $1.2 million levy that was first passed in 2013. This levy needs to be passed annually to fund the eight year plan.For more information on the MPRB's ash canopy replacement plan, visit www.minneapolisparks.org/eab. You can also reach the MPRB Forestry Department via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 612-313-7710.
The first car-sharing company to be part of the City of Minneapolis’ pilot program, is finding a lot of customers in the city. That’s all according to Car2go’s recently released third-quarter report.
The City’s car-sharing pilot program began with Car2go on Sept. 12, 2003. About six months later, Hourcar and Zipcar were added to the two-year program. These three companies have since been sharing vehicles throughout town using on-street parking spaces as well as off-street ones. The on-street parking spaces will make it more convenient for users to get a car when they need it.
According to Car2go’s third-quarter report:
Since beginning operations in Minneapolis on Sept. 12, 2013, Car2go’s membership has climbed to 8,224.
Since March, Car2go averages about 3,150 rentals a week. That’s roughly double where it was at the start of the year.
The average number of rentals per car per day is currently 1.25, and it’s consistently been above 1.0 since late March. That means the average Car2go car gets at least one rental per day.
Since March, the average distance traveled by a Car2go vehicle per trip is about 3.5 miles. The average time of a trip is approximately 21 minutes and 20 seconds.
Car sharing reduces the need for people in the city to own their own cars. Members can reserve one whenever they need to. In general, vehicles can be rented by the hour or day, and the rates usually cover all vehicle expenses, including maintenance, fuel, insurance and parking fees.
There is no City funding in this car sharing pilot program. However, the three car-sharing companies will need to pay the City market rates for use of each on-street parking space.
More information on program is available from the three participating car-sharing businesses:
June 13, 2014
To provide even better service to residents and visitors in Minneapolis, the Minneapolis 311 contact center is adding weekend hours. Now, callers can also dial 311 for City information and services from 8 am. – 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.
Please help the MPD advertise this current job opening for Police Cadets. Applicants need a two or four year accredited degree, clear criminal history, and strong desire to serve their community as police officers. As you know, we want to recruit diverse candidates from within the city.
Join other volunteers maintaining the Nokomis Naturescape, every Tuesday evening, 6-8pm, during the summer. Meet at the gardens (intersection of East 50th St and East Lake Nokomis Parkway). Bring gardening gloves if you have them, a weeding tool (optional), and a water bottle. No experience needed! A great way to learn what's a good plant, and what's a nasty invasive weed. And if you already know, a perfect place to share your knowledge.
Free graffiti cleanup solvent at Minneapolis fire stations
Minneapolis residents and property owners are encouraged to help Minneapolis wipe out graffiti. Last year graffiti cost the City just over $1 million, and 8,180 cases of graffiti were reported. But it has other costs too. It makes neighborhoods and commercial districts look and feel unsafe, and that can harm property values and retail revenues – especially for small, neighborhood businesses.
Left alone, graffiti attracts more graffiti. Graffiti that is not cleaned off or covered up promptly is more likely to return. For more information about graffiti http://www.minneapolismn.gov/graffiti/index.htm
The City Council gave unanimous support on the biggest downtown investment in decades. Ryan Companies is proposing a new development on five blocks in downtown near the new football stadium. The project, known as The Downtown East project is proposed to include:
More than one million square feet of office space in two office towers. Wells Fargo plans to purchase that office space from the developer and bring 5,000 to 6,000 full time employees into Downtown.
12,000 square feet of retail space in the skyway level of the towers.
Approximately 80 market rate multi-family housing units on the south side of the office towers.
Approximately 200 units of affordable multi-family housing units on the north side of the office towers.
A parking ramp of approximately 1,600 stalls
A new downtown park on the one and two-thirds blocks for public use and for events occurring at the new football stadium.
Approximately 120 market rate multi-family housing units in a building on the western edge of the new park. This building is also expected to include at least 2,200 square feet of ground floor retail on the northeast corner of the building facing the park.
Skyways connecting to the Haaf Ramp, through the office development, and proposed parking ramp to the new football stadium.
The money being used for this development is private money. No City monies or property taxes will be used for this development. There is a difference between using our financing tools and funding obligations. The City is involved and City bonds are being used to finance a small portion the project, but that money will be paid back to the city, with interest, from the income from the parking ramps.
This $400 million development will transform five blocks of Downtown East that are currently dominated by surface parking lots. The project will result in a new two-block public park and a Ryan Companies office development of 1.2 million square feet: the largest office development in Minneapolis in 22 years and the largest single commitment by a corporate owner in Minneapolis history. The project is estimated to generate about $1.1 million in annual property taxes to the City in the first year and an estimated $42 million over the first 30 years.
The Minneapolis City Council unanimously passed a 2014 City budget that features a one-percent cut to the property-tax levy, the first such decrease in 30 years. That property-tax cut is 3.8 percent below the cost of maintaining City services at 2013 levels, even before making any new investments. The 2014 budget will mark the third City budget in a row in which nearly 70 percent of residential taxpayers will see a decrease, or no increase, in their property taxes. In 2014, 67 percent of Minneapolis taxpayers will see a decrease in their property taxes.
The 2014 budget also makes important future investments in:
Responding to a “silver tsunami” of impending retirements by hiring and training a diverse new workforce for the City of Minneapolis, especially in the Police and Fire Departments;
Improving public infrastructure, including significant road, transit, bike and pedestrian improvements, and $4 million for preliminary engineering for the Nicollet–Central modern streetcar project;
Greening the city to meet the challenges of climate change; and
Growing jobs, housing and population in Minneapolis.
The 2014 budget also makes a significant investment in a staged rollout of body cameras for Minneapolis police officers, pending policy and procedure decisions.
The budget also adds funding for a governmental relations specialist who will be in charge of the City’s relationship with the Metropolitan Airports Commission. In the past, the City did have a city planner who dealt with a variety of airport issues, but over the past few years, the responsibilities of that position were reassigned.
The ability to cut property taxes in 2014 while making investments in the future is possible for three reasons:
Earlier this year, Governor Mark Dayton and the Legislature restored some of the decade-long cuts to local government, providing Minneapolis with $12 million more in Local Government Aid.
Also earlier this year, the City Council created a Property Tax Relief Fund with money that the City saved in 2012.
Thanks to the stadium legislation, revenues from sales and hospitality taxes that the City now controls and may use for economic development are growing twice as fast as estimated in a recovering economy.
These recent developments come on the heels of tough choices that City leaders have made over the past decade to restore the City’s fiscal health:
Watching spending, with the City of Minneapolis spending 16% less in 2014 than in 2002, after adjusting for inflation;
Paying down $350 million in debt;
Reforming closed pensions that were draining taxpayers;
Restructuring City government;
Delivering $5 million annually in Target Center property-tax relief with the 2012 stadium deal.
Had leaders not made those tough choices, property taxes would be 35 percent higher than they are.
Winter holidays bring an increase in home fires started by cooking and candles. But, like most home fires, even these "more common" fires can be prevented by simply applying safer habits at home. Because really, cooking, candles, and other sources of fire are not the real cause .. PEOPLE are! Here are some tips to prevent fire emergencies over the upcoming holidays:
According to the NPFA*, the top three days for home candle fires are Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Christmas Eve. "Roughly one-third (35%) of home candle fires started in bedrooms", and "more than half (56%) of the home candle fires occurred when some form of combustible material was too close to the candle."
Keep candles at least 12 inches from anything that can burn.
Blow candles out before you leave the room and before you go to sleep.
Never allow children to play with candles or to keep candles in their bedrooms.
Consider using flameless candles.
Like candles, the top days for cooking fires include Christmas and New Year's! Please be careful in the kitchen this holiday, and everyday, by taking these simple precautions:
LOOK when you COOK! If you're cooking on the stovetop, stay in the kitchen to keep an eye on what's cooking. If you have to leave - even for a second - turn the burner off. So many fires start because someone walked away from the stove, got distracted, and "forgot they had something cooking".
Keep towels, newspapers, mail, backpacks, and other "stuff" that can collect on the kitchen counters away from your cooking area. Clean up spills around your burners and off the bottom of the oven that might catch on fire or produce a lot of smoke if they burn.
If you have a stovetop fire, follow these steps if it's safe to do so: TURN OFF THE BURNER and COVER THE PAN WITH A TIGHT FITTING LID. NEVER put water on a pan fire, and NEVER pick up the pan and move it to the sink or anywhere else. If you are unable to safely put out a kitchen fire, get everyone out safely and call 911!
Keep children at least 3 big steps away from the stove - curious kiddos can pull down pots and pans and get burned!
SET A TIMER! If you're baking, slow roasting, or cooking things that take time - a timer will alert you when it's done. A FEW
Almost 70% of fire fatalities occur in homes with no working smoke alarms! Make sure you have WORKING SMOKE ALARMS at home! At least one on every level of your home, and ideally one inside each bedroom. Test them monthly, and change the battery at least once per year.
Have a Carbon Monoxide Alarm within 10 feet of every bedroom!Make sure holiday lights and other electrical cords are in good working condition - replace or repair those that are damaged. Don't overload outlets! Use a surge protector/power strip instead. If an outlet feels warm to the touch, or is sparking, call a qualified electrician.
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Join your neighbors for a Community Organics Summit on December 4th
Tangletown and Hale Page Diamond Lake (HPDL) Neighborhood Associations are working together with the City of Minneapolis to bring organics recycling to our neighborhoods! We're looking to create a free, local drop-off option for compostable materials as early as Spring 2014 and we need you!If you live in Tangletown or HPDL, are interested in learning more about the program, or if you're ready to sign up, please join us for a community summit, with refreshments and door prizes, at the Fuller Recreation Center (4800 Grand Ave S), Wed. Dec. 4 at 7pm. If your household is unable to make the meeting, please email Tangletown (info@.tangletown.org) or HDPL (office@.hpdl.org) for more info.
Traffic Signal Improvements
The City recently upgraded the traffic management center. This is the computer system and other controllers that time all the stop lights throughout the City. As part of that upgrade, Public Works staff has been working with a contractor to look at the timing of each intersection.
Over the years there have been numerous requests and concerns raised by residents about traffic signals and that certain ones need a turn arrow or that some stay red long after all the cross traffic has cleared. So, as part of the overall study, we asked public works to look more in depth at:
Timing on Lyndale Ave, south of the creek.
Left turn arrows on Lyndale Ave for turns onto 54th St.
Left turn arrows on Nicollet for turns onto Diamond Lake Rd
Left turn arrow on South Nokomis Parkway for turn onto southbound Cedar Ave.
Left turn arrow on Cedar Ave for turn during peak hours onto eastbound Minnehaha Pkwy
54th and Nicollet – turns green for 54th when no vehicles are present.
When they do this type of research, they are looking to see how the proposed action affects the overall functioning of the intersection. For turn signals, they are not only looking to see if there is enough traffic to justify the considerable expense of installing a turn signal, but also, how the rest of the motions function when with the addition of the turn cycles.
From this investigation, it was determined that turn arrows from Lyndale onto 54th St. were justified during the morning rush hour. Public Works is now looking to see if there are any physical boundaries that would prohibit the installation.
But the other turn arrows actually would increase overall delays for cars at the intersection. According to modeling from the traffic engineers, if turn arrows were to be installed on Nicollet Ave at Diamond Lake Rd, it would delay cars an average of 57 seconds.
The City of Minneapolis recognizes that senior citizens are key to our future, and maximizing the talents and wisdom they bring to the community is very important. But seniors have different needs and desires that they need from their City.
Therefore, at the City Council Meeting on November 1, Council Member Colvin Roy and I passed a resolution that has asked City staff to develop a strategic plan we are calling “Minneapolis for a Lifetime”. The vision for this plan is that “Minneapolis is a premier location for older residents and visitors offering comprehensive housing options, easy access to all places and amenities, health and safe environments, and opportunities for civic engagement, leisure, entertainment and lifelong learning.” Staff from the Council, Mayor, City Coordinator, CPED, Public Works, Health Department, and Regulatory Services are most centrally involved, but other departments will be brought into the process as needed. This group will be coming back to the Council with a progress report on the plan by June 30, 2014.
I am very excited about this effort and know that we will be tapping into the experience and expertise of residents of Ward 11 as it progresses.
As part of the Minneapolis Bike Master Plan , 54th St. is designated as a street that should encourage the use of bikes. Due to opportunity presented by the recent mill and overlay of 54th Street, Advisory Bike Lanes were marked on 54th. It may take some getting used to, but navigating advisory bike lanes is relatively simple. As long as there are no bikes using the bike lanes, cars are allowed to drive in the bike lanes to avoid oncoming traffic. Bikes need to be a bit more cautions as more cars could be using the bike lanes.
The City maintains a very comprehensive website that explains the overall bike plan with specific information with how to share the road using various bike facilities.
Volunteers needed for air quality monitoring project
The City’s Environmental Services division is conducting a citywide air quality monitoring project and is looking for volunteers to help with the sampling by placing a canister at their home from Nov. 4 to 7.
To volunteer, you must:
Live in Minneapolis.
Have an appropriate place to set the air monitoring canister which is about 15” high and 8” wide. (The location must be outdoors and off the ground: a porch, table or chair will work. The location cannot be near where people smoke, so a shared patio of an apartment complex would not be a good location.)
Be able to place the canister at your home from Nov. 4 through 7.
Be able to return the canister to the Public Service Center on Nov. 8.
Be willing to sign a consent form and attend a short demonstration before taking the sampler home.
If you are interested in helping, please contact email@example.com by Oct. 16. Be sure to include your home address with your zip code.
The Minneapolis City Council approved a resolution establishing a new youth cabinet that will help identify and incorporate the needs of youth and families into the work of all City departments. The Youth Cabinet will include representatives from many City departments and will work to incorporate youth and children in departments’ goals, business planning and work while also identifying and fostering opportunities for engaging neighborhood and community partners in supporting youth and families.
The Minneapolis City Council today approved changes to the City’s responsible banking ordinance that require financial institutions that provide banking services to the City to publicly disclose an expanded set of information about their lending practices and policies each year.
The newly expanded ordinance will create greater transparency and allow the public a clearer view of how banks that handle public dollars operate in our community. The information can also be used by City leaders in selecting financial service providers in the future.
The ordinance now requires financial institutions to publicly share information by July 1 of each year on loan modifications and foreclosures on residential mortgages on properties located within the city, as well as numbers and amounts of loans given to small businesses, among other data.
Commercial banks that provide banking services will also be required to file a Community Reinvestment Plan every two years that describes current and proposed initiatives to address the financial needs of the city and its residents and businesses.
Minneapolis is the tenth city in the country to adopt a responsible banking ordinance. Cities that have already adopted similar ordinances include Cleveland, Seattle, New York City, Seattle, Boston, and others.
In developing the responsible banking ordinance, the City worked with the banking industry, specifically Wells Fargo, and a number of organizations that focus on creating more transparency and accountability among banks and work toward giving the public a greater voice in the stewardship of tax dollars. Those organizations include Jewish Community Action and the Northside Community Reinvestment Coalition, which includes the Cleveland Neighborhood Association, MN State Baptist Convention, Minneapolis Urban League, Hawthorne Neighborhood Council, Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota, Hmong American Partnership, Jordan Area Community Council, Harrison Neighborhood Association, Northside Residents Redevelopment Council, Jewish Community Action, and McKinley Community.
The Minneapolis Police Department is accepting applications for Recruit Police Officers and Community Service Officers (CSO).
One Read Week and the rest of October bring several special events to One Minneapolis One Read, a community read in which everyone in Minneapolis is invited to read the same book and join the conversation. This year’s book is A Choice of Weapons by Gordon Parks. Parks, a photographer for Life magazine, writer, composer, artist, and filmmaker, was 16 when he moved from Kansas to Saint Paul in 1928. Find out more about One Read and events in October at the One Read website.
Are you interested in serving as an election judge, or do you know someone who is? Election judges are essential to a successful Election Day. They are the officials that staff local polling places, administer election procedures, and ensure that the rights of voters are protected on Election Day. Serving as an election judge provides an opportunity to learn about the elections process and is a great service to our community.
The City of Minneapolis is seeking a select group of multicultural community residents to actively serve in a new Minneapolis Cultural Services Unit as registered Hennepin County Medical Reserve Corps volunteers to assist in emergencies. The goal is to have a team of 12 to 20 trained community members able to support community disaster recovery and outreach activities. Members will gain valuable experience in the field of public health and safety and will serve as cultural liaisons for their communities.
As part of National Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12, the Minneapolis Fire Department is teaming up with National Fire Prevention Association to raise awareness of kitchen fire prevention. This year’s theme focuses spreading the word that more fires start in the kitchen than in any other part of the home and teaching people how to keep cooking fires from starting in the first place. In addition to this, make sure you visit Sparky the Fire Dog's website with your children to learn about fire safety and prevention in a fun way that is designed for kids.
The Keewaydin School Grand Re-opening - Oct 12
A celebration of the completed expansion of the Keewaydin Campus is planned for Saturday, Oct 12, beginning at 8:45 am. A short ribbon cutting ceremony at 9:00 will be followed by a pancake breakfast ($6 adults/$4 children), walkathon, tours of the school and a flu clinic. The Keewaydin campus is located at 5209 30th Ave S. Everyone is welcome! Details are on the NENA website
Gently-used Halloween Costumes Needed
As part of NENA's Latino outreach efforts and , we are collecting costumes for children who otherwise wouldn't have one, so they can enjoy Halloween events in the neighborhood along with other children. You can drop off costumes at the Keewaydin Community Center, Nokomis Community Center, Crosstown Covenant Church, Oxendale's Market and the NENA office. Hours and additional information is available www.nokomiseast.org
Let Us Know What You Think: Take the Monarch Festival Survey
If you attended the Minneapolis Monarch Festival on September 7, let us know what you thought about it by completing a short survey. Go to www.monarchfestival.org and click on the survey in the right column. If you were a volunteer at the Festival, please take the volunteer survey
The City Council unanimously adopted a Trap/Neuter/Return program in Minneapolis to reduce the number of feral cats their impacts on the community. Trap/Neuter/Return programs have been successful in other communities including St. Paul, and Cook County, Illinois. Successful implementation should result in more sterilized and rabies-vaccinated feral cats, decrease in cat euthanasia, fewer feral cats and related issues, and decreased risk that rabies will be reintroduced into the domestic pet population.
Under Minneapolis’ Trap/Neuter/Return program, approved “Caretakers” will manage a feral cat colony, including the trapping of the cats. After the cats are trapped, they’ll be brought to a veterinarian clinic where they will be sterilized, microchiped, ear tagged and vaccinated against rabies before the Caretaker returns the cats back into their feral cat colony. We know there are lots of animal lovers in Minneapolis and we’ll be working with non-profits and members of the community to identify Caretakers who can help provide this humane solution to managing feral cat colonies. Minneapolis’ Trap/Neuter/Return program is designed to be community driven and reduce the city resources expended on feral cats.
It is against Minneapolis City ordinance to leave food out for feral cats. The Trap/Neuter/Return plan includes permitting controlled feeding by approved Caretakers. The Caretakers would monitor the food and only allow the food out for a few hours each day. While some folks might think they’re helping by just leaving food out for feral cats, they’re actually doing more harm than good. When people indiscriminately leave food out for stray animals, this attracts even more strays and rodents – like rats and raccoons - to the neighborhood, which clearly does not improve the health of cats or the community.
Interested in serving on a board or commission? Visit our website to find out about the boards that have openings and apply online, or submit an application via email. Below is a listing of the current boards with vacancies:
-Civil Rights Commission
-Advisory Committee on People with Disabilities
-Ethical Practices Board
-Heritage Preservation Commission
-Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council
-Housing Board of Appeals
-Minneapolis Public Housing Authority
-Pedestrian Advisory Committee
-Minneapolis Telecommunications Network
-Minneapols Zoning Board of Adjustment
The City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Downtown Council announced on Sep. 19th that James Corner Field Operations has been chosen as the team that will redesign Nicollet Mall, pending final approval from the Minneapolis City Council. James Corner Field Operations was one of three final teams to present their visions for Nicollet Mall at a public event at the Guthrie Theater on Tuesday, Sept. 17. The three teams were chosen as finalists from among 20 initial submissions from firms around the world. For more information about Nicollet Mall and to read about the project’s progress, visit www.nicolletmallproject.com.
Minneapolis places No. 8 in an energy-efficiency ranking of the 34 largest U.S. cities. The other top cities are Boston; Portland, Ore.; New York; San Francisco; Seattle; Austin, Texas; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Philadelphia and Denver. Cities are evaluated on what actions they are taking to reduce energy use in five key areas: buildings, transportation, energy and water utility efforts, local government operations, and community-wide initiatives.
The Minneapolis City Council’s Committee of the Whole heard a presentation on Sep. 19th about establishing a new City of Minneapolis Youth Cabinet. City Attorney Susan Segal and Health Commissioner Gretchen Musicant made the presentation about the Youth Cabinet that will help identify and incorporate the needs of youth and families into the work of all City departments. View the Youth Cabinet Resolution.
Request a ballot now. Voters who will not be able to vote at their polling place on Election Day are eligible to vote by absentee ballot. Voting absentee can be done in person at City Hall, or entirely by mail. If a voter chooses to cast an absentee ballot in person, that can be done beginning September 20 during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or on the final two Saturdays before Election Day, Oct. 26 and Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A landmark project has literally bridged a big divide between Minneapolis’ north and south sides. After 14 months of construction, a new stretch of Van White Memorial Boulevard is now open to traffic. The street spans rail lines and passes under a freeway – two barriers that have contributed to the isolation of north Minneapolis for decades.
Reconstruction of the Hiawatha Golf Club parking lot is scheduled to continue through Nov. 15. During construction, the parking lot will be closed and golfers will be directed to park on nearby residential streets. Staff will be preparing an entry point to the clubhouse that will safely and efficiently minimize the inconvenience caused by the construction. If you have questions regarding the parking lot reconstruction, please contact MPRB Construction Project Manager Jon Duesman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One Minneapolis One Read events are beginning now. One Minneapolis One Read is Minneapolis’ community read where everyone in town is invited to read the same book. This will be the third year of the citywide "read," where the entire community is encouraged to read a single book and join in a community conversation.
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is excited to announce that the newly redesigned ActiveNet registration and reservation system launched for public use on Thursday, August 29.
Through the input of MPRB staff and ActiveNet users, and the technical talent of the web developers at ActiveNet, you’ll see a new layout that offers:
• A simplified look
• Easy to use search tools
• Steps that let you know where you are in the registration process
• Details that appear when you "mouse" over an activity name
• Mobile access so you can register on your smartphone or tablet
Click here to search and register for seasonal programs, activities and events, to reserve the perfect Minneapolis park facility for your upcoming picnic, ceremony or gathering, to buy a golf pass, gift cards, and more.
Also, please update your ActiveNet bookmarks to point to this new link: https://minneapolisparks.apm.activecommunities.com/
If you have questions or feedback about ActiveNet, please call 612-230-6400 or email email@example.com.
Streetcars or enhanced bus service could be coming to Minneapolis. The City is considering one of these two transit options for the Nicollet-Central corridor, which is one of the busiest transit corridors in Minneapolis. An additional public open house has been scheduled to give the public an opportunity to learn more about the detailed evaluation of modern streetcar and enhanced bus options for the Nicollet-Central Corridor, and to share their ideas on a preferred alternative. The open house will provide a summary of the results of the detailed evaluation of alternatives and the next steps in the project development process.
Monday, September 9, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall
Presentation at 5:30 p.m.
The City of Minneapolis is gearing up for the Nov. 5 municipal election, which will be city’s second election to use ranked-choice voting. Candidate filing for the election is now closed, so voters can see who will be on the ballot in November by visiting the elections website. As we get closer to the election, the City is working to remind folks how to use ranked-choice voting, as well as to make sure people know how to register to vote, how to find their polling place, and to answer any other questions folks have about voting.
Minneapolis residents have dramatically increased the amount they recycle, now that one-sort recycling has rolled out across the city. July, the City of Minneapolis’ first full month of all residents having their one-sort carts, had a 57.75 percent increase in recycling collected over July a year ago, when they still used the older multi-sort process. That’s 894 more tons of waste that was recycled instead of thrown into the trash. The increase brings the city’s overall residential recycling rate up to 24.4 percent, compared to 16.4 percent before one-sort started. The City hopes to double the 2012 recycling rate by 2015 by making it easier to recycle.
Minneapolis' boulevard trees still need an inch of water every week throughout the summer and fall. Extremely dry conditions followed the spring and early summer rainfall that drenched the city and caused significant damage, and the heat and lack of precipitation are causing stress on the City's urban forest.
With temperatures expected to reach 90 degrees and above this week Minneapolis City officials want to remind folks how to handle the heat. Heat-related illness happens when the body isn’t able to cool itself. Seniors, small children, and people with physical disabilities are the most vulnerable to heat-related illness, but everyone should take steps to stay safe in extreme heat. High temperatures can also have adverse effects on pets. Minneapolis Animal Care and Control urges pet owners to take special precautions to protect their animals when the heat index is so high.
A landmark project has literally bridged a big divide between Minneapolis’ north and south sides. After 14 months of construction, a new stretch of Van White Memorial Boulevard is now open to traffic. The street spans rail lines and passes under a freeway – two barriers that have contributed to the isolation of north Minneapolis for decades.
Discussion of RNAV implementation at MSP airport with Congressman Ellison
U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison will be holding a forum at Washburn High School to discuss the questions Minneapolis residents would like to have answered before RNAV’s implementation at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International airport. Tuesday, Aug. 27th, 5:30pm-7:30pm.
2014 Budget process now underway
Mayor R.T. Rybak presented his 2014 recommended budget to the City Council on Aug. 15, 2013. The City Council will now consider the budget from now through December with final approval of the 2014 budget scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. You can read Mayor Rybak's speech online, as well as view the presentation that accompanied it.
City Council unanimously votes to NOT set a special election on the question of whether the City shall be authorized to establish a municipal utility
The City Council approved a substitute resolution adopting a framework for reaching City of Minneapolis energy goals. The resolution directs staff to start negotiating with our long-time and respected utility providers Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy for the electrical and natural gas franchise agreements, adopts a framework for reaching City energy goals, and commits to continuing to act for reforms at the state level. This action comes as the City prepares to enter into energy franchise negotiations with Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy. State law currently limits Minneapolis’ authority over utilities in franchise agreements; however, the City is seeking legislative changes to allow negotiations with Xcel and CenterPoint to explore how Minneapolis could make progress toward its goals for sustainable energy, improved air quality, equity and green jobs. For more information on energy utility franchise agreements, go to www.minneapolismn.gov/energyfranchise.
The City of Minneapolis Employment and Training Program and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) have partnered with The WorkPlace, a Connecticut based workforce development organization, to launch Platform to Employment (P2E), a new program that provides a pathway to employment for long-term unemployed workers aged 50 and above and veterans aged 30 and below.
STEP-UP youth employment program celebrates 10 Years, 18,000 internships
On Thursday, August 15 the City of Minneapolis STEP-UP program celebrated 10 years of providing summer internship opportunities to Minneapolis youth in partnership with AchieveMpls and the Minneapolis WorkForce Centers. Since 2004, youth ages 14-21 have received nearly 18,000 internships and over 230 Twin Cities’ employers have participated in the STEP-UP program.
Homegrown Minneapolis program identifies local farmers market vendors
New visuals rolling out at the Nicollet Mall Market identify locally grown and produced foods for consumers interested in local foods at the farmers market. The Homegrown Minneapolis Local Program is a one-of-a-kind effort intended to highlight locally grown products and local producers who live and work in Minneapolis. A Homegrown Minneapolis Local Program information booth and a variety of fresh, local food will be available 6 a.m.-6 p.m., every Thursday through Nov. 14 at Nicollet Mall and Sixth Street South.
New Dinkytown Greenway connects Saint Paul and suburbs to downtown Minneapolis
After years of planning, the Dinkytown Greenway is now open to bicycle traffic. The trail runs through the U of M’s East Bank campus and connects the U of M Transitway with the west bank of the Mississippi River.
Storm drain stenciling helps improve the water in our lakes and the river
You can do your part to help improve the lakes, rivers and streams in Minneapolis! Organize a group of volunteers to help educate the citizens of Minneapolis about simple steps they can take to improve the waters of our City. Stenciling (painting) messages on City storm drain inlets (also known as catch basins) and distributing educational door hangers is a great way to do this.
Minneapolis residents have a shared value that we need affordable and reliable energy in our homes and businesses. We also share a desire to have our energy generated, distributed safely, predictably and cost-effectively, while reducing community-wide greenhouse gas emissions. The electricity and natural gas we all use are the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Minneapolis.
A group of residents has been advocating for placing a resolution on the ballot to start the process of considering the city’s taking over providing electricity and gas from the utility companies. A public hearing was held on August 1 to hear from the utilities and from the proponents and opponents of a municipal utility. This is a valuable first step in engaging the community on this important topic, and part of our City’s approach to public policy.
The City Council has commissioned a report, commonly known as the Energy Pathways Report that will explore the various paths the City could take to achieve our energy goals as detailed in our Climate Action Plan. This report will include an examination of potential utility partnerships, changes to how the City uses energy utility franchise fees, and municipalization of one or both energy utilities. The report should help frame the future franchise negotiations with Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy. The results of that study will be reported to the City Council in February of 2014.
As the franchise agreements are being negotiated, it would be an opportune time to come up with an energy strategy in cooperation with our energy partners, Xcel and CenterPoint. Most of what we are looking for in an energy strategy goes well beyond what can practically or legally included in a franchise agreement. The City has enjoyed a long and solid relationship with both Xcel and CenterPoint, so I am confident that this can be achieved.
Since the results of the Energy Pathways Report won’t be available until early 2014, and we have not concluded negotiations with Xcel or CenterPoint regarding how they will help us achieve our energy goals for the City, and franchise agreements negotiations beyond 2014 have not begun, it would be premature to request a city-wide vote on a municipal utility.
There are many more steps to this process as we move forward, and where we get our energy from is very important, so I hope you will continue to be engaged in this community discussion. Thank you for your interest in this important issue, and for your effort in reaching out to my office by phone, email or mail. I look forward to updating residents as our plans progress.
Many residents describe an unknown person digging through their console or rifling through the glove compartment, but nothing was taken. It may be a car thief looking for your spare key, a credit card, or parking coins. A police report can only be filed when there is loss of property from the vehicle or damage to it.
Marked and unmarked police cars are conducting alley sweeps and extra patrols every shift and the 3rd Precinct Crime Prevention Specialist, Sue Roethele, is flyering vehicles on blocks where these incidents are happening. Sue would be glad to have the help of any block leaders who would like to volunteer to place theft prevention flyers under wipers on cars on their blocks. Let her know if you can help. Please encourage neighbors to remove valuables from the car----Coins, cash, laptops, purses, spare keys, automatic garage door openers, GPS systems, charging cords, sunglasses, CD's, athletic equipment, team jackets, etc.. Leave space between vehicles and park close to the street lights. Call 911 if you see someone loitering on your street or in the alley. Contact Sue at:
Sue Roethele, Crime Prevention Specialist
Minneapolis Police Department, 3rd Precinct
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is pleased to announce that Koda Energy, who is processing all tree storm debris for the MPRB, is providing wood chips at four locations to Minneapolis residents to help with their home landscape needs. The following sites will be stocked with wood chips will continue to be stocked through August 2:
Armatage Park parking lot: The lot is on the east side of the 5700 block of Russell Ave. S; wood chips are at the south end of the parking lot near the dumpster.
Lake Nokomis parking lot: The lot is off of Lake Nokomis Parkway between 50th St. E and 22nd Ave. S on the north side of Lake Nokomis; wood chips are in a lakeside parking lot.
Marshall Terrace neighborhood site: Wood chips are located on the north side of 30th Ave NE just west of Randolph St NE along the road in a community garden just east of Marshall St NE.
Folwell Park parking lot: From the intersection of Dowling Ave. N and Knox Ave. N, the park entrance is east of Knox Ave. N; wood chips are in the northwest corner of the parking lot.
“We are grateful to Koda Energy for this generous gesture,” said Jayne Miller, superintendent of Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. “With recent equipment changes in our Forestry Department and concerns about Emerald Ash Borer, the Park Board is unable to provide wood chips from storm debris.”
The Park Board’s Forestry Department recently purchased equipment that has both increased the efficiency and safety of its arborists. The equipment also greatly decreased the volume of wood chips created by the MPRB. Since the June 21 storm, the MPRB has hauled away more than 1,000 semi truckloads of boulevard and residential tree debris that has ash trees intermingled with other tree debris. The MPRB is pleased that Koda Energy is able to grind the tree storm debris and provide Minneapolis residents with wood chips that are being double chipped to meet the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's compliance standards for preventing the spread of Emerald Ash Borer.
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB), along with more than 50 youth football players and coaches, thanked Minneapolis native, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, Jr. and football helmet industry leader Riddell for their donation of 1,000 new Riddell Revolution Speed Classic Youth football helmets to the MPRB’s youth football program. The July 8 event was held at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park and featured comments from Fitzgerald, MPRB and Riddell leadership, and punt, pass and kick activities with Fitzgerald and MPRB youth football players and coaches. Additionally, Riddell showcased a sampling of the new Park Board football team helmets that were donated. The fact that the event was held at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park was one of special importance to Fitzgerald. It was at that park where Fitzgerald played his first football game as a young boy in Minneapolis and developed his passion for the game. In 2012, nearly 900 Minneapolis youth ages 9-14 played football through the MPRB youth football program. Fitzgerald was looking for ways to help the MPRB youth football program when he discovered that Park Board recreation staff was already meeting with Riddell to explore investing in new protective football equipment. Seeing an opportunity to help the same program that gave him his start more than 20 years ago, Fitzgerald collaborated with Riddell to join forces and make a more sizeable donation that ensures all of the kids participating in the program would have access to new, innovative helmet technology.
The city and county are working on plans for Minnehaha Avenue from 46th Street to Lake Street, and wants your input on the design concepts. Two open houses will be held: Thursday, July 11, 5-7pm, and Wed, July 17, 5-7pm. Both will be held at Minnehaha Communion Church (4101 37th Ave S). For more info, visit: www.nokomiseast.org
As a Voter Ambassador, you can help get out the vote for the November 5th municipal election. Ambassadors will be trained in basic election law, registration and voting procedures, and Ranked Choice Voting so that they can provide information and resources to friends, neighborhoods, and civic circles. The City will supply precinct maps, sample ballots, and RCV-specific guides to answer frequently asked questions. These materials will be made available in multiple languages to facilitate effective outreach to all voters. A kick-off event City is planned for mid-July. If you’d like to be part of the Voter Ambassador Program, please contact the Ward 11 office at (612) 673-2211, or contact the program coordinator, Anissa Hollingshead, at (612) 673-2296 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Help get out the vote for this year’s election.
The City Council selected the Center for Energy and Environment to draft an energy vision that details what the City wants from a sustainable, 21st century energy system. The consultant’s work will include a report that explores the various paths the City could take to achieve its energy goals, including examination of potential utility partnerships, changes to how the City uses energy utility franchise fees, and the potential for municipalization of one or both energy utilities.
This action comes as the City prepares to enter into energy franchise negotiations with Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy. State law currently limits Minneapolis’ authority over utilities in franchise agreements; however, the City is seeking legislative changes to allow negotiations with Xcel and CenterPoint to explore ways Minneapolis could make progress toward its goals for sustainable energy, improved air quality, equity and green jobs. The City wishes to explore options to achieve its energy goals outside the existing franchise agreement structure.
The study will help frame the future franchise negotiations with Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy, as well as the City’s work to get more clean-energy options for consumers. The City currently has utility franchise agreements with Xcel Energy for electricity and CenterPoint Energy for natural gas. These agreements, which were signed in the early 1990s, both expire at the end of 2014. More information is available at www.minneapolismn.gov/energyfranchise.
Public hearings set on utility municipalization
The Minneapolis City Council set two public hearings to consider authorizing the establishment of municipal electrical and gas utilities. The hearings are:
10:00 a.m., Aug. 1, to consider authorizing the establishment of a municipal electrical utility
10:30 a.m., Aug. 1, to consider authorizing the establishment of a municipal gas utility
The public hearings will take place during the City Council’s Committee of the Whole meeting in the City Council Chamber, Room 317 of City Hall.
We’re now down to four finalists in a competition to redesign and reconstruct Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis. The design teams selected will spend the summer drafting concepts that will provide the City with multiple visions for the mall, which hasn’t had a major reconstruction since the late 1980s. A final team will be chosen in September and may be hired by the City to develop a final concept design for redesigning and revitalizing this pedestrian and transit mall to better serve the city, the metro area and the state.
The Nicollet Mall Design Competition is a partnership with the City and the Minneapolis Downtown Council. The purpose: develop a new vision and concept design for the mall to ensure it remains the leading center for business in the metro area and Minnesota and helps spur growth for decades. The mall hasn’t been rebuilt in more than a quarter century, and the need for maintenance and repairs has increased. Years of heavy bus traffic on Nicollet Mall has caused extensive wear and tear on the roadway, and the granite-paved sidewalks are also in need of replacement. Through the design competition, the City with have multiple visions on how to rebuild the mall from building face to building face, and how different urban design teams approach the challenge of redesigning it.
The City of Minneapolis’ car-sharing pilot program is expanding. The City Council voted to add Hourcar and Zipcar to the two-year program. These companies, along with Car2Go, will have car-sharing vehicles throughout town using on-street parking spaces as well as off-street ones. The on-street parking spaces will make it more convenient for users to get a car when they need it. Car sharing reduces the need for people in the city to own their own cars. Members can reserve one whenever they need to. In general, vehicles can be rented by the hour or day, and the rates usually cover all vehicle expenses, including maintenance, fuel, insurance and parking fees. There is no City funding in this expansion of car sharing options. However, the three car-sharing companies will need to pay the City market rates for use of each on-street parking space.
The City’s Public Works Department will now negotiate an agreement with Hourcar and Zipcar. The City Council will then take action on approving any final agreements.
Minneapolis has launched an aggressive new Climate Action Plan aimed at reducing greenhouse gas pollution. The plan provides a roadmap to reduce citywide greenhouse gases 15 percent by 2015 and 30 percent by 2025 from a 2006 baseline, which are goals adopted by the City Council in 2012.
Climate change is a defining challenge of this century. The scientific consensus holds that increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere are destabilizing the earth’s climate and that human activity is the primary driver of this pollution. Without rapid action to reduce greenhouse gas pollution, humanity will face threats to our economic livelihood; public health; and supplies of food, fresh water and power.
The plan has specific goals and strategies to:
Advance energy efficiency in residential, public and commercial buildings.
Provide cleaner transportation options.
Support walkable neighborhoods.
Reduce waste and increase recycling.
Use more local and renewable energy.
The plan incorporates feedback from 18 months of public engagement including an extensive working group process, three public open houses, and two surveys of Minneapolis residents and businesses. The City also worked with the Community Environmental Advisory Commission, Public Health Advisory Committee, Bicycle Advisory Committee, Pedestrian Advisory Committee and Planning Commission. The plan identifies strategies such as ordinance changes, program development, partnership building, advocating for changes to state and federal law, and community actions. By the end of 2013, the City will develop priorities for action to shape policy decisions over the next two years. The City will report annually on community greenhouse gas pollution and the impact of strategies undertaken each year. Minneapolis has been a climate action leader for more than 20 years, adopting one of the nation’s first greenhouse gas emissions reduction plans in 1993. The new plan continues this leadership and sets the stage for renewed local action.
For more information visit www.minneapolismn.gov/sustainability/climate.
The sixth annual Minneapolis Sister Cities Day Celebration is coming to the Nicollet Island Pavilion Sunday, July 14. This free event and ice cream social will include entertainment, activities, and information about each sister city.
Minneapolis Sister Cities Day Celebration
Sunday, July 14, 2013
1 – 5 p.m.
Nicollet Island Pavilion, 40 Power Street
Each of the Minneapolis Sister Cities are invited to perform a native song or dance representing their city or country and share insight into their culture. The event is a fantastic community building event, inviting people from all over the world to meet, mingle, share stories and learn about new countries, language, art, and so much more. Minneapolis’ Sister Cities are Santiago (Chile), Kuopio (Finland), Ibaraki City (Japan), Novosibirsk (Russia), Tours (France), Harbin (China), Uppsala (Sweden), Eldoret (Kenya), Cuernavaca (Mexico), and Najaf (Iraq).
More information is available at www.minneapolis.org/sistercitiesday.
The Aquatennial, the official civic celebration of the City of Minneapolis, is July 12th-20th. Entering its 74th year, Minnesota residents, workers, and visitors have come to love and appreciate all that Minneapolis has to offer during the Aquatennial. From water to food to music and more, there are many great and diverse events happening throughout the 2013 Minneapolis Aquatennial. Some of the biggest events include the Star Tribune Beach Bash on Sunday, July 14, featuring the Xcel Energy Sandcastle Competition and Aquatennial Milk Carton Boat Races; CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade on Wednesday, July 17; and Target Fireworks and pre-firework festivities on Saturday, July 20. For more information, including a full schedule of events, visit http://www.aquatennial.com/.
Don’t forget to register your bike with the city; doing so can greatly increase the chances of a lost or stolen bike being returned. Bicycles can be registered by calling 311, by using the 311 phone app, or by visiting www.minneapolismn.gov/bicycles. Also see the flyer from the Minneapolis Police Department.
The MPRB Forestry Department wanted you to be aware of a new Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) awareness campaign that kicks off this weekend. The ash trees that will be wrapped with green ribbon have not been identified as being infested with EAB. However, as EAB is quickly spreading across the metro area, it is inevitable that all ash trees will become infested with EAB and eventually die, including the more than 30,000 boulevard ash trees and tens of thousands of ashes located in park properties and natural areas such as long the Mississippi corridor.
The awareness campaign kicks off at the June 23 Open Streets Mpls event on Lyndale Avenue South. The ribbons will be applied on June 21 in preparation for the event. EAB awareness ash tree ribboning will occur on ash trees that are growing on or near other Open Streets Mpls events as well as other community events throughout the summer.
Now that warmer weather has arrived, more animals are coming into Minneapolis Animal Care & Control, which means it’s a great time to come in and find a new pet. To make adopting a pet even easier now every dog, cat or rabbit that is adopted will be spayed or neutered before leaving the animal shelter. In the past, spaying or neutering was required, but new pet owners had to take care of it themselves within 30 days of the adoption. Visit the website for more information about adoption at Minneapolis Animal Care & Control.
The Southside Sprint brings thrilling bicycle racing to the heart of South Minneapolis. Spend the day with us! Our exciting festival offers something for the whole family.
Petey’s Cup Kids Fun Race
Beginner Racing Clinic
BMX stunt shows
Twin Six Family Fun Zone
Sunday July 21 8 AM- 3 PM (Petey’s Cup Kids Fun Race Starts at 1:30).
The recent storms have left many residents with downed trees and branches, and questions about how to clean it all up. Below is some information about what you can do.
Since there are so many downed trees in yards throughout the city, many residents will be looking for a contractor to take care of the problem. It's important to make sure the tree company you use is licensed, because unlicensed companies may not be insured for damage they might cause to your property, and their workers may not be properly trained to protect themselves and your property from damage. Here are some things residents should know when choosing a tree company:
To find out if a tree service contractor is licensed in Minneapolis, look at this list on the city's website.
A licensed contractor must submit a copy of a written estimate to the property owner for approval prior to any work to be performed.
Licensed Tree Service contractors have marked vehicles and display a City of Minneapolis license decal.
Licensed Tree Service contractors maintain insurance in the event of damage to your property, your neighbors' property, or if anyone is injured on the job site.
In addition, the City requires that each tree service company hire at least one employee who has a current certification as an arborist or a college degree in urban forestry or arboriculture. This ensures the company is educated in plant health, pests and pathogen control, and other aspects of urban forestry.
Park Board crews will collect tree debris that can be brought to the boulevard beginning July 1 through July 12 for properties affected by the storm. This service is for property owners clearing their property of tree debris after storm damage only-it is not for contractors doing work for property owners or for regular tree pruning. It is only for tree debris, not construction or other materials.
Here's how residents in the area can prepare downed trees and branches for collection:
Move larger limbs, branches, and trunks to the boulevard area in front of your house. Park Board crews will pick up and dispose of these items at no charge.
Property owners adjacent to tree debris placed on the boulevard are asked not to park vehicles near the debris, to help crews in the removal process. "No parking" signs may be posted and enforced to facilitate the cleanup operation.
If residents have large tree debris that is located in the back of the house by the alley, call 311 weekdays to request an alley pick-up. However, please be advised that this may not be possible in some instances if the needed equipment cannot access the site.
The City of Minneapolis has a clear set of goals and strategic directions. These five-year goals, along with forty-one strategic directions, serve as the City’s roadmap through 2014 and beyond, as we strive to make a great city better. Achieving these individual goals is dependent upon our willingness and capacity to grow our population in a sustainable and equitable way, encourage smart development and efficient land-use planning.
The region and the City are growing. Planned and sustainable growth is best achieved by deliberately focusing development near transit corridors. We all want our population to grow by 100,000 people, which will ease and spread the tax burden for everyone, but not see 100,000 more cars on our streets.
Enhancing and supporting a larger, sustainable, multi-modal transit system is absolutely key to meeting this growth need, and is detailed in Access Minneapolis, the City’s 10 Year Transportation Action Plan. We have seen that Light Rail Transit has been a huge step forward to generating growth. But, LRT is much more expensive and can only happen in some areas; and Minneapolis is running out of those areas.
In March 2010, the City Council approved the long-term streetcar network identified in the Minneapolis Streetcar Feasibility Study Final Report. This report recommends a long-term streetcar network made of seven of the most heavily used Primary Transit Network corridors that could be implemented in 20-50 years, depending on funding availability. The Nicollet-Central corridor was identified in this report as needing a stronger transit presence that can support the City’s growth, as well as attract more people, jobs and investment.
The Federal and State Government understand how valuable this type of investment is in attracting jobs and investment in a community and they have funding available to pay for a large portion of these projects. But, they want to see that a local community is committed with their own dollars as well. The challenge we face on the City Council is to responsibly secure a reliable local funding stream, without committing current property tax revenues or general fund dollars. This was achieved by creating a small but targeted “Value Capture District.” The Value Capture District, enabled by the State Legislative Session this past session, is not a removal of funds already being utilized by other City services. Instead, it is the capture of future revenues for the investment in a public amenity that will provide a wide array of public benefits and infrastructure enhancements.
The addition of modern streetcars, in appropriate sections of the city, can play an important role in enhancing a truly multi-modal system, in addition to auto, bus, LRT, bike and pedestrian travel options. Streetcars attract positive development that benefits the entire City, and property investments by developers expand the tax base and help to relieve the burden of property tax on residents all over the city.
During the summer, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board provides free, family-friendly entertainment to residents by showing movies in parks around the city. This summer, two movies will be shown at parks in the 11th Ward:
McRae Park-- Star Trek -- Monday, June 17
Bossen Field Park -- Spaceballs -- Monday, July 8
Pearl Park -- Back to the Future -- Thursday, July 18
The movies begin 15 minutes after sundown, are shown almost every night throughout the summer, except Sunday, and are always free.
This last week was Bike Walk Week in the Twin Cities and Minneapolis was happy to join in on the effort. During the week, residents were encouraged to join others across the country and leave their cars at home and walk or bike to work instead. Stops were set up along biking and walking paths where commuters were able to stop and receive free bicycle repair, refreshments, and prize giveaways. At the Commuter Pit Stop at the Midtown Greenway and Kenilworth Trail junction, Charlie from Charlie’s Tangletown Bike Shop was happy to help celebrate the week and hand out free bicycle lights, pedestrian safety lights, and “I Biked” or “I Walked” stickers. In addition to this, Charlie also gave riders free bicycle tuneups and minor repairs. It was a very successful and fun week. The City of Minneapolis encourages bicycling in the city and provides a wealth of valuable information about how to safely do so at www.minneapolismn.gov/bicycles.
Over the past year, Council Member Quincy has held summits for 11th Ward neighborhood leaders to share information, talk about their goals, and ways his office and the City can help.
On June 6, he brought neighborhood leaders from Tangletown, Windom, NENA, FRNNG and HPDL(pictured right) to the Waste Management recycling facility that now handles the city’s One-Sort recycling. The group was able to view live video feeds of the system sorting the various types of recycling that come into the plant. After a light lunch the group donned hardhats and took a walk through part of the processing section of the building.
The facility handles not only recycling from Minneapolis, but also recycling from other cities in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Western Wisconsin, and Northern Iowa. From these sources, the facility processes 900-1000 tons per day. Of Waste Management’s 49 single stream recycling facilities, this facility is the second largest in the country. Ward 11 residents were able to ask many questions about recycling in general, as well as some specifics about recycling in Minneapolis. Residents were reminded:
Don't throw any needles or sharps into the recycling, as they can become a health and safety hazard to employees.
Do recycle paper; cartons; plastics, aluminum, metal that did not hold hazardous material and batteries.
Don't recycle plastic bags, styrofoam, car batteries, or any plastic or metal container that held a hazardous material.
Electronics can be placed next to the garbage cart and picked up by the City with a “For Solid Waste” note.
Residents were able to see how their own recycling moves through the system to eventually be shipped out by truck or train car. On average, recycling that enters the facility is processed and shipped back out within 24 hours.
This was a fun, informative 11th Ward Neighborhood Summit. Be sure to watch your email for details on next Summit which will likely be held this fall.
Minneapolis Public Schools is spearheading Summer Strong, a collaborative effort to make sure Minneapolis kids, young people and families have resources for a safe and strong summer filled with learning opportunities and fun. In addition to Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) and YCB, other groups working to provide resources, support or programming for kids and families this summer include the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, Minneapolis Police Department, the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County Libraries, Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, United Way 2-1-1 and others. Summer Strong will launch with a June 11 media event, including a ribbon cutting for a brand new MPS food truck, water safety demonstrations by Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, remarks by public officials, and information on other resources available for families.
More information can be found on the Summer Strong web site – with an online Summer Strong booklet – available in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong. There’s also a mapfinder to find locations where kids 18 and under can eat free this summer.
The City of Minneapolis is increasing the investment it makes in streets in 2013. More than 54 miles of roadway will be reconstructed, repaved or seal coated this construction season: an investment of $33.5 million. That surpasses last year’s investment in streets by more than 42 percent. The City’s overall 2013 transportation investment totals $52 million and in addition to street paving includes traffic improvements, bridge work, and pedestrian and bicycle projects. Many of these projects will require road closures, lane restrictions and detours. The best way drivers can find out about these traffic changes is by subscribing to the City’s traffic alerts online. The City will also notify the local media about any major traffic impacts so they can share them with the public.
Minneapolis will be aglow with art and music the evening of June 22, during the first annual Secret City festival. During the free nighttime festival, Minneapolis will be infused with creative energy that engages our imaginations about the future. Free performances and events will take place in downtown Minneapolis from 6 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center Plaza, the Sculpture Garden/Basilica of Saint Mary area, and along Hennepin Avenue, between 5th and 9th streets. In addition, the Midtown Greenway bike
path will feature artists and other activities during its annual event, The Greenway Glow, from 6 p.m. to midnight. Secret City is both the public celebration of MIMMI (the Minneapolis Interactive Macro Mood Installation), a new art work installed in the Convention Center Plaza, and it signals the start of the new Hennepin Cultural District pop up art activities.
With summer and Independence Day approaching, fireworks could be on your mind. These tips can help you remember what’s legal in Minneapolis and what to do if someone is setting off illegal fireworks.
Examples include sparklers, cones, tubes that spark, snakes, party poppers.
Using them in your yard or on your sidewalk.
What’s not legal
Fireworks that go “boom” or take off.
Examples include firecrackers, bottle rockets, missiles, roman candles, mortars and shells.
It’s illegal to use any fireworks on public property, including roads, alleys, schools and parks.
Join the seventh-annual Minnehaha Creek Cleanup! Together with Leinenkugel’s and nonprofit partner, Metro Blooms, the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District will lead a volunteer effort to pick up at least two tons of trash from around the creek and Minneapolis Chain of Lakes. The event starts with a free bagel breakfast at Lake Hiawatha Park (46th Street and 28th Avenue South). If you would like, you can park at Nokomis Rec Center and take a shuttle to Lake Hiawatha at 8:15 am. If you drive directly to Lake Hiawatha Park, allow a little more time for parking, there is some construction in the area on 28th Avenue. You may wish to access the park from the Longfellow Avenue side.
After breakfast, you will board a bus to the location where you will work and then you will return to Lake Hiawatha Park between 11 and 11:30 for a free BBQ lunch. All volunteers are welcome! This is a family-friendly event. RSVP’s are required to participate. Please RSVP on the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District website.
National Night Out (NNO) is on Tuesday, August 6th. This year will be the 30th Annual NNO. Just about everything you'd need to know about National Night Out in Minneapolis can be found on the city’s NNO website. If your block has not had an NNO event, consider hosting one.The registration process has never been easier. It only takes a couple minutes and lets the Police Department know where to send block event packets. If you've already planned your event, you can register online .
Feel free to contact your Community Crime Prevention Specialist with any questions.
June 22nd, 8 am – 4 pm. NENA will create maps and a list of sales for people to pick up at local businesses or find on the NENA website.
Between May 5 and June 3, residents reported 11 residential burglaries, three auto thefts, and several other thefts in Field and Regina neighborhoods, the area from East 42 St to East 50 St between 2nd Avenue and Chicago Avenue. Investigations have led to the arrest of one suspect in the June 1 burglary on the 400 block of Minnehaha Parkway East. Police urge residents in the area to be alert for strangers who appear on porches or walk through yards. Look out for unknown vehicles parked on your block or loitering in your alley. Trim shrubs and trees to provide unobstructed sightlines to your entry doors so that neighbors can see strangers approaching your home. Lt. Derrick Barnes, supervisor of 3rd Precinct Property Crime Investigations, says marked and unmarked squads are on extra patrol throughout the area. They have seen many overhead garage doors left open as well as packages left on front porches. These situations create easy opportunities for quick thefts,” he said. He also warns citizens that many burglaries occur after a stranger knocks on a door to determine if anyone is home. When there’s no answer, the suspect may kick in the door, break a window in the door, or slip through the yard in order to kick in the back door. “Make your home look and sound occupied,” he said. For more information about block clubs, home security and other crime prevention strategies, contact Crime Prevention Specialist Sue Roethele at
(612-673-2839), or email@example.com.
July 4th, 10am-1pm. Celebrate the biggest summer holiday at the annual Tangletown parade and party at Fuller Park. Dress up your bike, buggy, wagon, dog, or self and meet at the Washburn High School faculty parking lot (the one facing 50th street) between 9:30-10:00am (there will be help there for those who are creatively challenged). Parade leaves the parking
lot at 10:15 and ends up at Fuller park for food, games, balloons, face painting, door prizes, live music, socializing, and so much more! Questions and info about volunteering can be directed to 612-321-8621 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
And new this year,Tangletown is now accepting proposals from food truck vendors and food concessionaires to serve at the annual 4th of July festival, Thursday 7/4 10am – 2pm at Fuller Park. This is a new approach to food for this year’s event, with the hope of bringing more variety to the concessions; emphasizing diverse food options, value pricing, local sourcing, and low waste. Please review the Tangletown 4th of July Food Truck RFP document , and submit response and/or questions to email@example.com. Applications are being accepted through Monday 6/17.
You only need to attend one 6:30– 8:30pm, 3rd Precinct, 3000 Minnehaha Ave. Topics include: Introduction to crime prevention, how-to topics, services available, leader responsibilities, problem solving and more. RSVP necessary: 673-3482 or 673-2856. Download the Flyer
Minneapolis Is First to Earn Perfect “5 Bench” Score as Park System Bumps Defending Champ San Francisco from Top Spot
Minneapolis earned the first-ever “five park bench” rating on The Trust for Public Land’s ParkScore® index, finishing first among the 50 U.S. largest U.S. cities. Minneapolis scored well on all ParkScore rating factors, with especially high marks for park accessibility and park system investment. The ParkScore index rates city park systems on a scale of zero to five park benches.
The Minneapolis Arson Squad is reminding neighbors to lock all doors of parked vehicles.
In the overnight hours of May 21st, a vehicle parked in the 4900-block of 35th Avenue South was illegally entered and a fire set to the interior.In the overnight hours of May 23rd, a vehicle parked in the 4900-block of 36th Avenue South was illegally entered and a fire set to the interior.In one instance, the vehicle was locked but one door had a defective locking mechanism. In the second fire, the vehicle was unlocked. Please lock all car doors. Anyone with information on the fires is asked to call Sgt. Sean McKenna at 612-673-3389 or the Arson Hotline at 1-800-723-2020.
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) will begin opening their 65 popular wading pools on Sat., June 1.
Many wading pools located in Minneapolis parks will open on Sat., June 1 and be open through Labor Day, Sept. 2. However, for the safety of park patrons and Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) students, wading pools located in parks adjacent to a MPS building will open Wed., June 5, the day MPS students are released for summer, and remain open through Sun., Aug. 25, the day before MPS students return for the 2013-2014 school year. The full list of MPRB wading pools and their scheduled opening / closing dates is found below.
Wading pool styles range from classic circular pools to others with spray features and waterfalls. Wading pools are open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and are free to use. Wading pools have no lifeguards on duty, so parents and children are advised to have fun while keeping safety in mind. For a complete listing of wading pools and locations, visit www.minneapolisparks.org.
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board offers more than 75 locations to cool off during the summer, including wading pools, beaches and water parks. For more information about wading pools, beaches and waterparks, or water recreation activities such as swimming, sailing or logrolling lessons, visit www.minneapolisparks.org
Minneapolis Safety Tips
As summer heats up and people are out and about more, it is a good time to be reminded of a number of safety tips as compiled by the Ward 11 office and the Minneapolis Police Department Crime Prevention Specialist.
Twin Cities Bike Walk Week- June 9-15
Celebrate biking and walking all week long from June 9-15 this year during the annual Bike Walk Week celebration.
Whether you are new to bicycling and looking for a way to get started or are a long-time cyclist who wants to meet others like you, come celebrate at one of the many events throughout the week.
Whether you drive a car, ride a bicycle or do a little of both, safer streets start with each and every one of us.
Field-Regina-Northrop Community and Safety Committee to discuss neighborhood concerns, block club forming on May 28 Block leaders and residents who have concerns about issues involving community safety are encouraged to take part in the FRN Community and Safety Committee monthly meeting set for Tuesday, May 28, at McRae Park from 7 to 8pm. Crime maps and Updates will be available. The committee is also seeking ideas about how to effectively and efficiently welcome new neighbors. If you're a block leader, we'd welcome hearing how you greet new residents on your block and make them feel at home, or how you go about introducing them to the neighborhood and all its attractions.
Also, FRNNG needs 10 more volunteers to help us door knock in the three neighborhoods for two hours on Saturday, June 1. The Minneapolis Police Department has made organizing block club one of its priorities for 2013 and this will be a good kick off for the campaign in Field, Regina and Northrop. If you would like to participate in the committee, or if you can't attend this time, please send questions or comments to Ben Elliott, chairperson, FRNNG Community and Safety Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
If your block isn't organized but you're interested in becoming a block leader, training will be held Wednesday, June 19, 6:30-8pm at the 3rd Precinct station house, 3000 Minnehaha AV S. RSVP appreciated.
National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 6, is fast approaching. Complete information about planning and registering your event is available at the CIty website:www.minneapolismn.gov/nno. When you register your event, you will get free Mystery Point Passes for Nickelodeon Universe. See: www.minneapolismn.gov/nno/nno_register
For more information, contact:
Ward 11 East of 35W-
Sue Roethele, Crime Prevention Specialist
Ward 11 West of 35W-
Amy Lavender, Crime Prevention Specialist
Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau together with members of the community, presented the summer crime strategy at the Hennepin County North Regional Library. The key areas and initiatives include the North Side, Downtown and City Wide. Chief Harteau also announced she is adopting the North Regional Library. As a result, residents will see more officers in and around the library and Chief Harteau will be making frequent visits to connect with kids and the community.
North Side Beat: The goal is to reduce violent crime and build public trust on the North Side with the newly created North Side Beat. Officers will be out of the squad cars and walking the beat, checking businesses daily and attending community meetings. The MPD will be engaged with the community in focused high crime locations.
School Resource Officers (SROs): School Resources Officers will be working as day beat and bike officers, engaging youth in gathering areas, using diversion options and recruiting future police officers. We will be building relationships with the youth and officers will also attend community meetings.
Investigative Focuses to Reduce Violence: The focus will be on assigning assault cases in violent crime hot spots; concentrating on charging options for hot spot assault cases; tracking of assault arrests and repeat offenders; proactively investigate weapons cases in violent crime areas and reduce illegal weapons thru search warrants and undercover officers operation.
Downtown Strategies: Increasing police presence by 25% and the focus will be on chronic offenders and the reduction of livability crimes.
Juvenile Outreach and Diversion Plans: School Resources Officers will be working as day beat officers, engaging youth in gathering areas using diversion options and building relationships with the youth in an effort recruit future officers. Officers will also focus on curfew enforcement, attend community meetings and we will continue to work with Metro Transit Police Department.
Mounted Patrols: will be out in the neighborhoods, building relationships with the community and offering a police presence.
Property Crimes: Reduce burglaries, theft and illegal removal of recycling materials through Alley Enforcement with increased stops and contacts in the alley.
Bike Theft Reduction: The MPD has launched a Bike Registration Program and we will be using undercover officers and GPS to catch bike thieves.
It’s free, and will help us return your bike if it is recovered after begin lost or stolen. Every year, thousands of bikes are lost or stolen in Minneapolis. Many of them are recovered. Yet, because of a lack of proper identification, only a small percentage are ever returned to their owners. The Minneapolis Police Department has created an easy, on-line way to register your bicycle. You will need to include your bike’s serial number, a description of the bike--make and model--and your contact information. Register your bike online and in the event it is lost or stolen, and the MPD, other agencies or city departments recover it, we will be able to return it to you quickly.
Register online any time
Call 311--be sure to have your bike’s serial number ready
311’s app: minneapolismn.gov/311 to register using your smart phone
It could increase the chances of a stolen or lost bike being returned to the rightful owner--recovered bikes can be checked against our registered bikes database
It’s easy—just a few minutes!
Registration could assist in identifying incapacitated riders without IDs (like kids)
Thursday, June 6, 6 PM
Sabathani Community Center
310 East 38th Street. Minneapolis, MN 55409
Childcare available. For more information individuals and media can contact Henry JimÃ©nez at (612) 321 8806 or email@example.com.
"Mayoral hopefuls speak to young people of color on their plans to undo racial injustice over the next 4 years."
It is time for new Minneapolis politics. A coalition of young voters will gather at Sabathani Community Center on Thursday, June 6th at 6:00pm to hear from candidates in the 2013 Minneapolis Mayoral Election. In one generation, the majority of Minneapolis residents will be people of color; yet today, the city currently has one of the worst racial inequities in the country. This community forum will give all candidates, Mark Andrew, Jackie Cherryhomes, Betsy Hodges, Don Samuels, Gary Schiff, Jim Thomas, and Cam Winton, an opportunity to share their solutions with the youth who are being impacted the most.
Seeking Kingfield Healthy-Businesses to Participate—deadline June 2!
This is the third year of Open Streets on South Lyndale Avenue. Over two miles—from 22nd St to 42nd St—will be open for people to bike, walk, engage with the local businesses along the street, and create areas where kids and families can play and be active. In addition to having people enjoy the space for biking and walking, we are looking for people from the neighborhood who would be interested in providing complementary play activities that encourage families to be active during the day. Space would be provided on the street's parking lane and/or grassy boulevard area next to the sidewalk. Ideas could range from hula hooping and hopscotch to yoga to table tennis and mini-basketball. By providing an activity, neighborhood residents have an opportunity to also promote their business, or just meet new people from the community.
For the fullest promotional benefits, details of your activity should be confirmed with the organizer by June 2. The event runs from 10 AM- 4 PM- of course you would not need to commit to the entire day! To begin discussing your ideas just contact KFNA at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612.823.5980 as soon as possible!
On the corner 48th Street and Chicago Avenue between Elliot Ave. and Columbus Ave., Sunday June 2nd. Show Schedule 10 am to 4 pm. Free for All
At the May 10th City Council meeting, we granted a liquor license to Bread and Pickle, the cafe at Lake Harriett. Due to the very public location, there are a number of restrictions place on the license, but it seems to be a good balance for those who wanted the license and those who raised concerns.
The Council also approved a pilot program for a new car share program, called Car2Go, for the City as well as an expansion of the Hour Car program. Even though Car2Go and HourCar are both car sharing programs, they have different models. With HourCar, you can reserve a car well in advance and pick up the car from a specific parking spot and then return the car to the same spot when you are finished. Car2Go will have 250 cars located all over the city. If you want to borrow one, you look on your computer or smart phone app for where the nearest car is located, reserve it, drive to wherever you need to go, then park it in any legal parking spot, anywhere in the city. These two different models will serve different needs and the pilot programs will help work out the actual pricing and convenience as well as help work through other issues, such as how do the Car2Go cars get moved for a snow emergency etc.. Lots of details to be worked out.
Emerald ash borers are active May through Labor Day
Even with our late spring and recent snowy days, conditions are now warm enough for beetles that attack and kill ash trees. Emerald ash borers are present in Minneapolis and are normally active from May through Labor Day. If you have an ash tree in your yard, it is important not to prune it this time of year or move any part of an ash tree (firewood, branches, etc.) while the pests are active. Inadvertently moving the pests helps them spread to uncontaminated areas.
Emerald ash borers are a major concern because they have caused the deaths of millions of ash trees in 13 states, and approximately 20 percent of the tree canopy in Minneapolis consists of ash trees. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has issued a state quarantine on firewood, ash trees, and ash tree products in Hennepin, Ramsey, Houston and Winona counties to slow the spread of emerald ash borers.
Research has proven that trees are a valuable investment and improve urban quality of life. Healthy trees are beautiful, increase property values, help improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gases by absorbing carbon dioxide, save energy, keep the city cooler, provide homes for wildlife and help manage stormwater. If you have space in your yard to plant a tree, consider getting one going so it can get a start on providing shade.
Not sure if you have an ash tree in your yard? See ash tree identification tips.
For more information on emerald ash borers, visit the Minnesota Department of Agriculture emerald ash borer Web page or the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s emerald ash borer Web page.
Lake Nokomis Community School- Spring Carnival May 17
The Lake Nokomis Community School PTA Spring Carnival on May 17 from 5:30-7:30pm at the Wenonah Campus
If you'd like to volunteer at the event please visit www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F094DABA72E5-carnival2
Feel free to contact us at email@example.com for additional information.
Beekeeping Now Easier in Minneapolis
The City Council has approved ordinance changes making it easier to have beehives in Minneapolis. Now, once the original permit fee is paid, there is no fee for the annual permit renewal. Also, beehives on a rooftop of two stories or higher no longer require nearby building users’ written approval or a fence around them. The changes will reduce significant hurdles for Minneapolis beekeepers and improve the environment while ensuring public safety.
Bees on rooftops are common in other cities and provide critical, protected habitat – especially in commercial areas such as downtowns. These ordinance changes further the City’s eco-focused goal of locally grown food available and chosen. Call 311 or search “beekeeping” at www.minneapolismn.gov.
Warmer weather is finally here; please also take some practical steps to ensure your home and garage are protected from crimes of opportunity. Each year the MPD sees a rise in burglaries and thefts in the spring because of open windows and doors, as well as thefts from yards and garages.
• Pin your windows so that they allow air in but do not open not far enough to allow a burglar to use them to gain entry. Six inches is recommended.
• When working in the backyard remember to secure the front door!!
• Don’t leave garage doors open even for a few minutes. The visible items stored there make a very tempting target to someone passing by.
• Don’t leave valuable items such as bicycles and lawn equipment in your yard, especially overnight.
• Beware of door-to-door salespeople and home repair contractors. Do your homework before hiring anyone to do work on your home and get a written estimate before work begins. Ask door-to-door salespeople for their City license, which they are required to carry.
• Never allow someone you don’t know into your home. Common ruses used to gain entry are requests to use a phone or to get a drink of water.
Call 911 immediately if you witness any suspicious behavior; a number of home burglars have been caught as a result of neighbor 911 calls. For more information on burglary prevention, go to: www.minneapolismn.gov/police/crimeprevention.
Schools, park districts and registered nonprofits can apply for funding, project support and free resources for projects that empower residents to reduce waste, increase recycling, reduce toxicity, conserve energy and protect water quality.
Hennepin County’s Green Partners Environmental Education Program has three groups - Seed, Root and Branch - with varying levels of support and requirements.
Root and Branch proposals are due by 5 p.m., May 17. Applications for the Seed group are accepted at any time.
WHERE: Hale School Grounds, 1220 E. 54th St.
WHEN: Saturday, May 11th
Pre-Order Pickup: 8-11 a.m.
Garden Store Hours: 8-12 p.m. (If you forgot to order)
What's at the Garden Store?
-Last-minute Mother's Day gifts
-Specialty annuals, perennials and grasses
-Master Gardeners for all your gardening questions
Sale Date: Saturday May 18, 9 AM-3 PM
Registration & Payment due by Wed. May 16 @ 9 AM—no late registrations accepted!
$10 per individual sale/$25 per block sale (block sales must include list of addresses at registration)
More information & the registration form found at http://kingfield.org/kingfield-2013-garage-sale-registration/ . We anticipate a day full of neighborhood activity and walkers with the sale is held in conjunction with Judson Street Fest, held from 11 AM- 8 PM at 41st & Harriet! Register for the sale today! Contact Cheryl@kingfield.org for more info.
Kingfield Neighborhood Announces the Third (Home) Base Event!
Thursday May 16, 5:30-7:30 PM
Solomons Porch, 100 West 46th Street
Event Fee: $10 Homebased Kingfield Residents/ $15 Homebased Non-Kingfield Residents
Beer, wine, soda & lite snacks available at event per a donation.
• Register for the event here: http://kingfield.org/kingfields-third-homebase-event/
• Make a check for the registration fee payable to KFNA and mail or deliver to #101, 3754 Pleasant Ave. South, MPLS, MN 55409.
• Email one (1) photo (jpeg format) of your home office/work space by May 13, 5 PM to firstname.lastname@example.org. This photo can be taken at the best of times, or the worst, it is up to you, just please no people in the photos!
All event attendees submitting a photo before the event will be entered into a prize drawing at the Third (Home)Base Event on May 16; must be present to win!
Contact email@example.com if you have any questions related to this event!
Alsoâ€¦Want to stay in touch and get to know and problem solved with other Homebasers? Join the Kingfield Homebased Linked in Group here: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=4812315!
Saturday April 27, 1 - 2:30 PM
Celebration with Food & Music Begins @ 1:00
Presentation @ 1:30 / Unveiling @ 2:00
MLK Park, 4055 Nicollet
More than 300 neighbors gave over 1500 hours to create 10 intricate, public art, glass â€œquiltsâ€ and â€œweavingsâ€. The images are interpretations of our communityâ€™s various cultural textile patterns and will serve as a symbol of welcoming at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park. Visit and share the Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/322450314550740/ â€¦and as hard as it may be, no peeking before Saturday!
Questions? 612.823.5980 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you know someone who would like to become a police officer? If so, be sure to let that person know that the City is recruiting Community Service Officers (CSOs). Serving as a CSO is a great opportunity for high school seniors, veterans and others to set out on a path to becoming a police officer.
CSOs work at least 20 hours a week in the Minneapolis Police Department while enrolled as a full-time student in an approved, two-year Law Enforcement Program. The City pays for all college tuition and books. CSOs earn between $15 and $18 per hour. Full-time CSOs work 40 hours per week after completing the Skills Program.
CSOs assist patrol officers in non-enforcement activities, respond to citizen requests for service, report criminal activities, teach crime prevention techniques to residents and help with traffic and crowd control. If a CSO succeeds in the academic program, fitness training, and job performance, he or she may be eligible for promotion to full-time police officer.
To be considered, applicants must:
Be at least 18 years old by date of hire.
Have a high school diploma or GED and be eligible for enrollment as a student in a Law Enforcement Training Program.
Have a valid driver’s license.
Be a U.S. citizen by time of promotion to police officer
Be able to pass a thorough background investigation.
Have vision no poorer than 20/100 in either eye without correction; but correctable to 20/40 in both eyes. Must be able to distinguish the colors red, yellow and green.
Meet standard hearing average threshold, without correction, or no worse than a 40-decible loss on the average at 500, 1000, 2000 and 3000 Hertz frequencies in the better ear.
Pass a medical/psychological examination, including a drug screening.
Pass a physical agility exam.
Not have taken and passed the MN Board of POST Licensing exam.
How to apply:
Applications are due no later than May 3. To learn more, visit the Minneapolis Police Department’s website.
Whether you are an experienced gardener or have never tried gardening before, learn how to help keep our lakes, rivers and streams clean by making simple choices about your yard. Sign up for a $15 workshop that will tell you what you need to know to start your own raingarden and make your green garden even greener.
The workshop combines a do-it-yourself approach with expert help and offers the latest in healthy yard care practices, including proper use of fertilizers, disposal and reuse of yard waste, keeping sidewalks ice-free and managing runoff onsite. This workshop is designed to move participants quickly from an overview of healthy yard care practices to a completed raingarden design for their property with one-on-one assistance from Metro Blooms landscape designers and Hennepin County master gardeners. Space is limited, and some locations fill up fast. Workshop dates run from mid-April to mid-June.
The City of Minneapolis sponsors Metro Blooms workshops as part of its eco-focused goal of pristine lakes and streams. More than 6,000 metro residents have attended Metro Blooms rain garden workshops since 2005 and installed more than 2,000 rain gardens.
For more information and to register, go to www.metroblooms.org or call 651-699-2426.
This spring, the City of Minneapolis is working with the Recycling Association of Minnesota to bring home gardeners affordable rain barrels and compost bins to help the environment and save money. Residents can get a $55 backyard compost bin (80 gallons) or a $69 rain barrel (55 gallons). Order at recycleminnesota.org. Supplies are limited, so get your order in before May 24 to ensure a bin or barrel.
Rain barrels help conserve water and save money by watering with rain water instead of a faucet. They also help reduce storm water runoff, which can carry pollutants into our waterways. Composting turns kitchen scraps and raked leaves into nourishing soil for gardening.
Residents will pick up their pre-ordered rain barrels or compost bins June 8 at a City of Minneapolis Public Works Facility, 3607 E. 44th St. (near Hiawatha Avenue).
These compost bins and rain barrels come with a 10-year warranty and are made of high-density plastic with up to 50 percent recycled content.
Want to see them for yourself? The Recycling Association of Minnesota has the rain barrels and compost bins on display at its education and resource center, 852B Lake Street East, Wayzata. The center is open to the public 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
On April 12, the City Council approved a proposal to draft an energy vision that details what the City wants from a sustainable, 21st century energy system. The action also calls for a report that explores the various paths the City could take to achieve its energy goals, including examination of potential utility partnerships, changes to how the City uses energy utility franchise fees, and the potential for municipalization of one or both energy utilities.
This action comes as the City prepares to enter into energy franchise negotiations with Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy. State law currently limits Minneapolis’ authority over utility in franchise agreements, however the City is seeking legislative changes to allow negotiations with Xcel and CenterPoint to explore how Minneapolis could make progress towards its goals for sustainable energy, improved air quality, equity, and green jobs. The City wishes to explore options to achieve its energy goals outside the existing franchise agreement structure.
Today’s measure helps frame the future franchise negotiations with Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy, as well as the City’s work to get more clean-energy options for consumers. The City currently has utility franchise agreements with Xcel Energy for electricity and CenterPoint Energy for natural gas. These agreements, which were signed in the early 1990s, both expire at the end of 2014. The City is in the early stages of preparing for negotiations for new agreements.
The measure allocates $250,000 to draft comprehensive “Energy Vision” goals and complete a thorough review of the options and implications of the various pathways to meet the City’s energy goals. Specifically, the Council action would:
Direct City staff to draft an updated set of “Energy Vision” goals for a future energy system. These goals may address the greenhouse gas intensity of the system, use and ownership of renewable energy, energy efficiency outcomes, reliability standards, affordability, and access to energy use information. These draft goals will be presented to the City Council by August 2013.
Direct City staff to conduct a study that provides an overview of the various paths the City could take to achieve its Energy Vision goals. City staff will provide a progress update to the City Council in November 2013, and a final report will be presented to the City Council by January 2014. The report will include:
A review of the current legislative and legal landscape;
An examination of existing municipal utilities in Minnesota and across the country (utility performance, history, shared models, etc);
A report on the “municipalization pathway,” to include the process and schedule, preliminary cost estimates to move down that path, how municipalization may help Minneapolis achieve its Energy Vision goals, and identification of any potential barriers.
A review of alternative pathways, which may include utility partnerships, state legislative or Public Utilities Commission changes, and how energy utility franchise fees may be used for City programs.
For more information, go to the City’s energy utilities franchise agreements web page at www.minneapolismn.gov/energyfranchise.
Details about the Tangletown Neighborhood Sale 2013.
Earth Day Events
Earthday at MLK Park! - RESCHEDULED- Saturday May 11, 9:30 a.m.-noon. MLK Park, outdoor clean-up & indoor activities!
Mike Levad, Naturalist, MPRB, Touch 'n See table (bones, furs, claws, etc...)
Residential paper shredding...bring your paper to shred!
Artscaped Eco & Recycling Art products:
Make your own battery recycling receptacles!
Create key rings from recycled materials!
2121 Lake Street, Minneapolis Sports Center, directly behind the Midtown Y.
Saturday April 13, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Free to public. Visit this Fair to get your home improvement questions answered and find ways to bring creative visions to reality. 100 exhibitors available to consult with; be sure to visit KFNA at our table and learn more about our Solarize! Partnership. Learn more about the event at www.housingfair.org.
Street Sweeping Information and schedule
Spring comprehensive street sweeping is scheduled to begin Tuesday, April 16, 2013. Watch for temporary no parking signs, and use the Street Sweeping Schedule Lookup. PLEASE NOTE that due to the late departure of winter, sweeping on some days may be postponed. If that is the case, those sweep routes will be moved to the end of the schedule, and this site will be updated. People are always responsible to watch for any changes, and comply with all posted or other parking restrictions.
Learn more about Spring Street Sweeping.
Recycling theft or “scavenging” is the unauthorized collection of recyclable materials set out by residents for authorized collection programs with the City. City of Minneapolis Ordinance 244.355 (c) states that it’s against the law. Although you may feel this is a harmless crime, scavenging gives individuals an opportunity to survey what items you have in your alley, garage and home and takes revenue from the City that could have helped keep your solid waste fees lower!
During the coming weeks, officers will be performing a city-wide detail checking alleys for people taking refuse and recycling materials to reduce this problem.
Here are some steps that you can take to discourage this type of theft:
Don’t put out your recyclables and other scrap metal until the day of pickup and ask your neighbors to do the same
Call 911 if you see people taking these items. Scrappers will usually drive pickup trucks or vans to collect the items. When talking to the 911 operator, please remember to include a description of the vehicle and people involved
Should the vehicle happen to leave the area before officers arrive, call back 911 and advise the operator of the direction of travel of the vehicle. A message will be sent to the officers in the area via the squad computers
Please call 911 on any other suspicious activity
Membership of the Cabinet will include at least one representative each from the City Coordinator’s Office, Health Department, Police Department, Civil Rights Department, Public Works Department, Neighborhood and Community Relations Department, Community Planning and Economic Development Department, as well as one City Council Member appointed by the Council President; and one member from the Mayor’s office appointed by the Mayor.
The Minneapolis Convention Center (MCC) was recently awarded the Venue Excellence Award for Convention Centers at the Annual Conference of the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM)
Fall Street Sweeping>
Watch your neighborhood for fall street sweeping. Starting October 20th, look for posted signs marking out the areas designated for street sweeping. Signs are usually posted 24-hours in advance before a street is swept, so be on the lookout.
This is part of the comprehensive street sweep that will take about four weeks to complete. Detailed information is available on the city website, including the street lookup function, frequently asked questions.and yard waste collection dates.
Last updated Oct 9, 2015