Ward 8 Update Newsletters 09/18/2013

News of the 8th Ward

September 18, 2013

Get ready for Nov. 5 election:

Volunteer as an Election Judge!

The City of Minneapolis is gearing up for the Nov. 5 municipal election, which will be the 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: vote.minneapolismn.gov.

We need YOU to volunteer as an election judge! 

Consider becoming part of a network of community volunteers who will provide resources and information about this year’s election directly to their friends and neighbors. Training is provided, and becoming an election judge is a fantastic way to serve your community. 

We especially need judges who are fluent in a second language to provide additional language support in the polling place, including in Spanish, Somali, and Hmong.

To find out more about becoming an election Judge, please visit vote.minneapolismn.gov/volunteer or call 612-673-2296.

Absentee voting begins Sept. 20 – 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.

To vote absentee by mail, voters may request a ballot now. Ballots will be mailed out beginning Sept. 20, and will include everything a voter needs to send back a completed ballot. Visit vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/absentee for absentee ballot applications in multiple languages that can be printed out and mailed in to request a ballot.

$25 “storm re-leaf” trees going fast

Minneapolis homeowners affected by the June 21 severe storm still have a chance to order $25 trees to plant on their private properties. About 500 City of Minneapolis trees went on sale Sept. 9 for Minneapolis homeowners who lost trees on their properties during the storm. Ordering will end Sept. 20 (earlier if the trees sell out first).

Tree pickup will take place 2 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 26, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Minneapolis Impound Lot, 51 Colfax Ave. N. There will be no refunds for trees that die or are not picked up. If the purchaser is unable to pick up the tree, they are encouraged to have someone else pick up their tree on their behalf.
Volunteers will be available at the pickup location to help load each tree and a complimentary bag of mulch.

The City still plans its regular spring distribution for property owners citywide.
Homeowners who lost a tree in the June 21 storm can find more information and order their tree at www.treetrust.org.

Keep your trees watered

Yard and boulevard trees need an inch of water every week

Minneapolis yard and boulevard trees still need an inch of water every week throughout the fall. Extremely dry conditions followed the spring and early summer rainfall that drenched the City and caused significant damage, and the lack of precipitation now is causing stress on the City's urban forest. Lack of water can make trees vulnerable to insects and disease and cause permanent damage to young and old trees alike.

An effective way for residents to water a tree is to turn on a slow stream of water (just so the hose is weeping) for a few hours. Watering in the evening after dinner time is most effective since it minimizes evaporation, and trees tend to take most of their water during the night.
Watering should continue until trees have dropped their leaves and reached full dormancy. Normally this occurs in early to mid-October.

For information on tree care and the urban forest, call the Park Board’s Forestry Department at 612-313-7710, email forestry@minneapolisparks.org or visit www.minneapolisparks.org/trees.

Great Minneapolis Crisis Nursery returns to South Minneapolis home

Have you noticed activity at 46th Street and 4th Avenue?  The Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery has just moved back to its former home in the building at 4544 Fourth Avenue South.

The Crisis Nursery owns, and had previously operated out of the South Minneapolis facility located at 4544 4th Ave. S. The three-story facility is significantly larger than the Crisis Nursery’s recent location in Golden Valley and provides much needed space for additional programing for families and children, as well as the organization’s work with non-profit partners.

The building is more accessible to clients, and conveniently located near public transportation. Last year 69% of families who accessed the Crisis Nursery’s Overnight Residential Child Care program were Minneapolis residents.

Executive Director, Mary Pat Lee says, “The Field Regina Northrop Neighborhood has been home before and we look forward to being a part of that community again.”

The move comes as a result of the purchase of the Crisis Nursery’s building located at 5400 Glenwood Avenue in Golden Valley by the Hopkins School District. The Hopkins School Board approved the sale on April 25. The return to South Minneapolis will allow the Crisis Nursery to move to a building that can accommodate the growth of the Crisis Nursery’s programs such as its Home Visiting Program. In addition, the sale of the Crisis Nursery's current location will eliminate the Crisis Nursery’s long-term debt and considerably strengthen its already stable balance sheet.

The Crisis Nursery anticipates making interior renovations to the facility to return it to use for caring for children. The Crisis Nursery also is improving the landscape and outdoor space at the facility.  Please join us in welcoming back the Great Minneapolis Crisis Nursery to South Minneapolis!

Safety Improvements for 40th and Cedar: RiverLake Greenway

This Summer, Minneapolis Public Works in cooperation with Hennepin County Public Works installed a temporary median at the intersection of 40th Street and Cedar Avenue.  A permanent median will now be constructed Thursday and Friday, September 19 and 20.

The median will address safety concerns observed at the intersection of 40th and Cedar for cars, bicyclists, and pedestrians.  These safety concerns have included many serious, unsafe car movements such as illegal left turns, illegal right turns, and even U-turns. 

After observing and evaluating the temporary median for 30 days, including soliciting comments by a sign inviting residents to call 311, the City and County confirmed that the median significantly improved safety at 40th and Cedar without other negative impacts.

As with the temporary median, the median to be installed at 40th and Cedar will physically prevent cars from turning left from 40th Street onto Cedar, eliminating this and other unsafe car movements.

40th Street at Cedar is part of the RiverLake Greenway, a bicycle boulevard connecting the Chain of Lakes to the Mississippi River. 

Southern Bike Connection Constructed Fall 2013

This Fall the Southern Bike Connection will finally be constructed! Planning and community meetings for this bicycle boulevard, which travels north-south primarily along 17th Avenue, took place in 2010 and 2011.  A map of the route is included via the link below.

Construction will begin the week of September 23 and be completed by early November, depending on weather.   Parking will not be impacted, and streets will still have one lane for traffic in each direction.  Bicycle boulevards are designated with pavement markings that include a large bicycle symbol with the text “BLVD.”  I’ve included a handout explaining how bicycle boulevards work for cars and bicycles, accessible via the link below.

The Southern Bike Connection includes several elements that are intended to calm traffic.  Here are elements that will be constructed in Bancroft and Northrop:

  • 42nd Street at 17th Avenue:  Median with Bike and Pedestrian pass-through
  • 4100 block of 18th Avenue:  Speed humps installed
  • 4200 block of 18th Avenue:  Speed humps installed 

The project website, which has more detailed information about the Southern Bike Connection, is: www.minneapolismn.gov/bicycles/projects/Southern-Bike-Connection.

Lyndale Community School Playground

Earlier this month, Lyndale Community School’s playground was harmed by an arson fire.  Many community members in Ward 8, including parents of current and former Lyndale school students, have asked if they can help.

Principal Renee James reports that Minneapolis Public Schools are self-insured and will replace the damaged portion of the playground equipment.  At this point, Lyndale School is unsure if additional financial support is needed to fully restore the playground – if additional support is needed, Lyndale School will let the community know how we can help.  Thank you for your support!

Community Food Justice Discussion

September 24th, Tuesday, 6-8 pm

Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Park Mosaic Garden, 4055 Nicollet Ave

Join LaDonna Redmond,  Marketing Outreach & Education Coordinator for the Seward Co-op Friendship Site in Bryant Neighborhood, in a discussion about ways that food, justice and community intersect at the Mosaic Garden.  LaDonna states, “I will share my insights on the intersections of race, class and gender in the food system and how this lens can build strong food systems and an even stronger food justice movement.”  

Refreshments provided, with Chef Jenny Breen performing hands-on preparations of Mosaic Garden produce.

Central Neighborhood Fair

Central mural

Join neighbors and friends to celebrate Central Neighborhood!

Saturday September 21, 12-4 pm

Green Central Park, 3416 4th Avenue South

What is in store for you?  Unveiling of the Central Identity Project Mural and Premiere of the Live and Learn Project Documentary. And … Music, Free Food, Salsa and Zumba Dancing, activities for all ages.

Sponsored by Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization (CANDO) and Green Central Community Education.

38th Street Planning Party

Direct the future of the 38th Street Corridor!  Join neighbors and friends to take a look at the 38th and Chicago Small Area Plan.  You can look at the plan here: www.minneapolismn.gov/cped/planning/plans/cped_chicago-38.  What has happened and how can we, the community, envision the future!  Light snacks and beverages served.  Bring the kids, we have toys and games.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 6:30-8 pm

CANDO community space, 3736 Chicago Avenue.

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Glidden

Elizabeth Glidden