There are a number of ongoing or larger projects affecting the 11th Ward that warrant their own page.
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Below is a partial compilation of items of interest happening in and around the 11th Ward.
NENA 14th Annual Night Before New Years Eve Party - Monday, Dec. 30, 5pm-8pm, Nokomis Community Center
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
July 19, 2013
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 email@example.com. 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.
- Top-class racing
- Petey’s Cup Kids Fun Race
- Beginner Racing Clinic
- BMX stunt shows
- Twin Six Family Fun Zone
- Bike Corral
- Great music
- Tasty Food
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 (email@example.com)
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 FREE
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
"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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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.
Last updated Apr. 10, 2014