Ward 8 Update Newsletters

8th Ward News from Minneapolis Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden
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September 29, 2015


Elizabeth Glidden
350 S. 5th St.
City Hall, Room 307
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: 612-673-2208



Every Monday morning, 9-11:00 a.m.
Sabathani Community Center 
310 E 38th Street, 1st floor hallway nearest to the parking lot

Call for an appointment or just
drop by!



City of Lakes

Community Meeting: Re-decking of 38th Street Bridge in 2017/18


Community Meeting: Improvements Proposed for the 38th Street Bridge
Tuesday, September 29, 6:00 pm
CANDO community meeting space, 3736 Chicago Ave S
Meeting coordinated by the City of Minneapolis and MnDOT

MnDOT is planning to re-deck the 38th Street Bridge in coordination with the construction of the 35W Transit Access project and related freeway improvements.  As part of the re-deck project, there is an opportunity to improve the pedestrian facilities and plan for a future bicycle facility.  This meeting will share the project with the community and seek input from neighbors.

If you have questions please contact Public Works Transportation Planning and Programming Director Jenifer Hager at Jenifer.Hager@minneapolismn.gov or via 311.

Create an East 38th street that supports all people: Join us for an Active Living Workshop on October 7, 2015


AARP Minnesota is partnering with the City of Minneapolis to support area residents and businesses in developing a vision and plan for the East 38th Street area (focusing on the E 38th Street area from Nicollet to Chicago). AARP Minnesota offered to support this area with planning resources after participating in a 2015 community series called “The Future of E 38th Street,” convened by neighborhood and community groups and the Ward 8 office.

The AARP Active living workshop is designed to:

·         engage community members and key stakeholders of all ages; 
·         promote a more walkable, livable, healthy and age-friendly community; and
·         develop a vision for their community’s future.

Daytime Workshop: Wed, Oct 7, 8:30 am- 3:00 pm (includes lunch and a walking audit)
Evening Workshop: Wed, Oct 7, 6:00-8:00 pm (will present the recommendations from the day’s workshop and seek additional input from residents)
*You do NOT need to attend both sessions; please attend the session that works for your schedule. 
Workshop Location: Sabathani Community Center, 310 E 38th Street, 2nd Floor Banquet Center

Questions?  Please contact the Ward 8 office at (612) 673-2208 or elizabeth.glidden@minneapolismn.gov.

Minneapolis City Council Unanimously Votes to Approve Annual, Dedicated Public Arts Funding


The Minneapolis City Council unanimously voted to approve a Percent-for-Art Ordinance on Friday September 25, 2015.  The ordinance dedicates the equivalent of 1.5 percent of City-issued net debt bonds annually to public art funding. The net debt bond program is funded by property tax revenue. This provides a way for the City to predictably fund public art while allowing for flexibility in the source of funds used from year to year.

Presently, the Art in Public Places budget fluctuates from year to year making it difficult for the City’s department of Community Planning and Economic Development to plan public art projects effectively.  This is compounded by the fact that budgets are adopted annually while the process of developing, fabricating, and installing pieces of public art takes on average about three years from start to finish.

In December 2014, Council Vice-President Glidden and Council Member Reich gave notice of intent to amend Chapter 36 of the Code of Ordinances to include dedicated funding for public art. In January 2015, these Council Members assembled a team comprised of staff from various City departments to conduct research on ordinances in other cities, possible funding sources for an ordinance, and recent history of City of Minneapolis public art funding allocations.  Based on the research, the staff group collectively developed the Percent-for-Art Ordinance language.

“Minneapolis has a long-time city practice of investing in public art,” said Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden. “The Percent-for-Art Ordinance uses tried and tested mechanisms that have worked in other places to make sure we are establishing our goals of consistency around our commitment to public art and maintenance. There is no better way to ensure everyone in our city has access to art than through public art.”

Minneapolis joins other local governments in Minnesota who have already adopted similar ordinances including Saint Paul and Duluth; the State of Minnesota also has a percent for art program. The Minneapolis ordinance allocates the money to the commissioning, siting, placement, conservation, and maintenance of public art. 

For more information on details related to the Percent-for-Art Ordinance please visit the City of Minneapolis website.

Working Families Agenda


Council Member Glidden and her City Council colleagues are working with staff to develop policy proposals in the areas of earned safe and sick (paid sick time) and fair scheduling, as well as addressing wage theft through effective enforcement mechanisms and partnership with state and federal agencies that enforce existing wage and hour laws. The Council has requested staff to present proposed ordinances in these areas by the end of 2015.

We are seeking input on draft policy proposals for earned safe and sick time through meetings with businesses, workers, and community members. You can view the draft policy proposals here. Comments can be summited to workingfamilies@minneapolismn.gov through October 16, 2015.

Here are some opportunities to learn more about the Working Families Agenda and give your feedback:

Community Forum with Council Members Glidden, Palmisano, and Quincy, September 30, 6:30-7:30 pm, at Mayflower Church, 106 E Diamond Lake Rd

MPLSWorks Workers Forum Meeting with Council Members Bender and Glidden, October 1, 6:30pm, at Central Area Neighborhood Development Association, 3736 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Lyndale Business Association, October 13, 12-1pm, Fifth Precinct Police Department, 3101 Nicollet Ave

Southwest Business Association, October 1, 10-11:30am, City Church, Commons Room, 1501 W 54th St