Fourth Ward Report: November 2015

4th Ward Report from Council President Barbara Johnson

November 2015

Council President Barbara Johnson
350 S. 5th St.
City Hall, Room 307
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Jennifer White, Senior Policy Aide

Dawn Snow, Associate



Shingle Creek
Willard Hay

Metro Transit C Line (Penn Ave Bus Rapid Transit) Open Houses

Metro Transit is developing the C Line, a Bus Rapid Transit line coming to north Minneapolis and Brooklyn Center in 2017. The C Line will upgrade and largely replace Route 19, traveling along Osseo Road and Penn Avenue North with a number of improvements including frequent service at enhanced stations, longer buses, heated shelters, enhanced security and shorter travel times.

The project team is hosting four open houses to share the Draft Station Plan and receive comments. Comments will inform the final plan for C Line stations to be adopted by the Metropolitan Council in early 2016. Attend one of the open houses listed below to learn more and provide feedback.  Comments will be collected until December 6. Read more about the C Line and sign up for project updates at or check out this fact sheet for more information.

Tuesday, November 17 – 11:30am to 1pm at the Minneapolis Central Library

Tuesday, November 17 – 6pm to 8pm at Patrick Henry High School

Wednesday, November 18 – 6pm to 8pm at Harrison Education Center

Thursday, November 19 – 6pm to 8pm at Lucy Laney Community School

Northside Public Safety Forum Monday, Nov. 16


Join Council Member Blong Yang, Council President Barbara Johnson, 4th Precinct Inspector Mike Friestleben and other neighborhood community representatives  for a public safety forum focused on north Minneapolis on Monday, November 16 from 6 – 8pm at Farview Park (621 29th Ave N).  Come out be a part of the conversation. 

Yard Waste Collection Ending


Yard waste collection will end the week of November 16 for the season.  Yard waste must be in compostable bags or un-bagged in a reusable container at least 26 inches high with sturdy handles.  Residents should put yard waste out on your specified garbage collection day by 6am next to your garbage carts.  For more information visit or call 311. 

Hennepin County Fix-It Clinic

Get household items fixed for free and learn valuable repair skills at an upcoming Fix-It Clinic. The next clinic will be held Saturday, November 14 from Noon – 4pm at Folwell Rec Center (1615 Dowling Ave N).

At Fix-It Clinics, residents bring in small household appliances, clothing, electronics, mobile devices and more and receive free guided assistance from volunteers with repair skills to disassemble, troubleshoot and fix their items. No pre-registration is required. Items must be carry-in – no oversize items. For more information and for a list of more events visit

Minneapolis PAL Volleyball Tryouts


Minneapolis Police Activities League Junior Olympic Volleyball Program will be holding tryouts on Thursday, November 19 beginning at 4pm at the Special Operations Center (4109 Dupont Ave N).  Youth ages 6 – 13 will try out from 4pm – 5:30pm and youth ages 14 – 18 will try out from 6pm – 7:30pm. The season is expected to start November 30 and continue through April 2016. There is no cost to participate – all training, tournament fees and registration fees are provided through PAL. Participants must live in the City of Minneapolis or participants’ parents must work in Minneapolis.  Participants will become full members of PAL.  For more information contact Monica at (612) 673-2121.

New Parking App


A new smartphone app that lets drivers pay for on-street parking time without going to a meter or pay station has expanded throughout Minneapolis. The MPLS Parking app began service in a pilot area in a section of the North Loop and Downtown West neighborhoods back in August. The service area has now expanded beyond the pilot area to cover all on-street pay parking spaces maintained by the City of Minneapolis. The app is available for free on Google Play and the Apple Store.

The City is offering the MPLS Parking app as an option to people who want the convenience of paying for parking through their smartphones. With the app, drivers just enter their space numbers and payment methods into the app wherever they are. They can also add more time to their parking wherever they are.

The app can be set up to send a warning email or text message when parking is about to expire, and can also help drivers locate their cars. For people who need to keep track of their parking expenses, the MPLS Parking app has reporting functions as well.

There’s a small fee (15 cents or 25 cents per transaction) for using the app, which pays for the app. More information about MPLS Parking app is available at

New Partnership to Explore Policies on Earned Sick Time and Paid Time Off for Workers

The City is exploring policies on sick time and paid time off for workers in Minneapolis with the formation of the City’s Workplace Regulations Partnership. The mayor and City Council will appoint members to the partnership this month.

The Workplace Regulations Partnership will be a working group specifically tasked with developing policy recommendations related to earned sick time and paid time off. The partnership group will consist of 15 individuals, with representation balanced between the following stakeholder groups:

  • Representatives of employees, specifically low-wage employees.
  • Representatives of organized labor.
  • Representatives of employers, including large and small employers and immigrant-owned businesses.
  • Representatives of business groups and associations.

The partnership group is directed to engage the community in the development of its recommended policy proposals through focus groups, listening sessions, and similar practices and may consult subject-matter experts in the course of its study.

2016 Budget Hearings

As part of the City Council’s process of considering the Mayor's recommended 2016 budget for the City of Minneapolis, council members will hold two public meetings before the final budget is approved:

6:05 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 18
Room 317, City Hall

6:05 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 9
Room 317, City Hall

Watch the 2016 budget process live on TV or the City website
You can watch upcoming budget hearings on Minneapolis 79 (Comcast Cable channel 79) or online. Past meetings are also available online.

Get Ready for Snow Emergency Season


Although fall just arrived, winter is around the corner. Stay in touch with the City of Minneapolis during Snow Emergencies. You can sign up to receive e-mail and text message alerts once a Snow Emergency is declared. This makes it possible to learn about Snow Emergencies at the office or when you’re on the road. We recommend you sign up for two or more of the following Snow Emergency alerts: email/text alerts, phone call alerts, or social media alerts. During a snow emergency use the Parking Rules App for Android or iPhones that tells you where you can and can’t park. Knowing when a Snow Emergency is in effect is one of the best ways to avoid a ticket and tow in the winter. For more information please visit For latest snow emergency news, call: (612) 348-SNOW (7669).