County Board Actions: Recycling grants, trail crossings, parks budget

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Contact: Carolyn Marinan, Communications, 612-348-5969


County board actions

Votes Tuesday awarded recycling expansion grants, funded trail crossings along the Green Line Extension and approved funding for Three Rivers Park District.

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Solid Waste Enterprise Fund grants expand recycling opportunities in public spaces

The board awarded eight grants totaling $97,786 to improve recycling in public spaces. Grants were awarded to the cities of Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, Minneapolis, New Hope, St. Bonifacius, St. Louis Park and Tonka Bay and the University of Minnesota. The projects will add recycling receptacles to parks and high-traffic pedestrian routes and expand organics collections programs. The public space recycling program, established in 2014, provides a financial incentive to municipalities and public entities to explore new opportunities to reduce, reuse, recycle or compost waste. Up to $100,000 from the Solid Waste Enterprise Fund, which is funded by fees that waste haulers pay to dispose of garbage generated by residents and businesses in the county, is available annually for these grants.

Learn more about the county’s public space recycling grants.

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Negotiations authorized for Southwest Light Rail trail crossings

The board authorized negotiations with the Metropolitan Council to fund three trail grade-separated crossings adjacent to the Southwest LRT (METRO Green Line Extension) route, in Hopkins and St. Louis Park. Construction of the three trail grade-separated crossings will be incorporated and move forward as part of the METRO Green Line Extension project. The county will contribute up to $2.6 million. Three Rivers Park District will reimburse Hennepin County $1.1 million for its share of the local construction costs. 

Learn more about the proposed trail crossing projects.


Three Rivers Park District 2016 budget approved

The board reviewed and approved the Three Rivers Park District superintendent’s proposed $35.9 million operating budget for 2016. The proposed budget reflects an increase of 3.45 percent from 2015. The total budgeted property tax levy including debt service is about $41.5 million, an increase of 0.66 percent over last year. 

Learn more about the Three Rivers Park District budget


Sentencing to Service Homes program contracts approved

The board approved two contracts for the Sentencing to Service Homes program effective January 1 to December 31, 2016. This construction and carpenter training program will receive as much as $225,000 from Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation (GMHC) and as much as $140,000 from Three Rivers Park District, for STS Homes work crews to assist with home rehabilitation, new home construction and other construction related projects for both organizations. STS Homes has partnered with GMHC since 2007 and with Three Rivers Park District since 2004. Program participants are men and women, primarily Hennepin County residents, who are incarcerated in Minnesota Correctional Facilities such as Lino Lakes and Stillwater, or who are on probation in Hennepin County and participating in the Summit Academy OIC Rehabilitation Technician Program. They are expected to be ready for pre-apprenticeship, apprenticeship, or union-scale jobs once they complete the program. 

Learn more about the STS Homes program.

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