Ward 8 Update Newsletters May 12, 2014

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May 12, 2014

Vote Tuesday May 13

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In the General Election​  for Hennepin County Commissioner District 3

A Special General Election for Hennepin County Commissioner is fast approaching.  This General Election is to fill the seat of former County Commissioner Gail Dorfman, who resigned in February.  Ward 8 neighborhoods that will vote in the special election are Lyndale and Kingfield (precincts 8-1, 8-2, 8-6, and 8-7).

Please SAVE THE DATE:  The Special General Election is May 13.  You can find all information on voting at http://vote.minneapolismn.gov

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Reopen Nicollet

On April 25, 2014, the Minneapolis City Council and Mayor Betsy Hodges approved the Lake and Nicollet Redevelopment Plan, aimed at facilitating improvements around Lake Street and Nicollet Avenue in south Minneapolis. Establishing a redevelopment plan will allow the City to buy or sell land in the project area, among other abilities.

While Reopening Nicollet has been a City priority for several years, this concrete step is critical in moving this project forward.  While the Redevelopment Plan describes activities which the City may undertake, it does not provide funding for those activities. Funding decisions would be made by the City Council at a later time and through a separate process. 

Lyndale Neighborhood has been a critical partner to all discussions about Reopening Nicollet and will continue to help guide this work as it moves forward.  “We disconnected two areas of south Minneapolis when we closed Nicollet at Lake Street, and now it’s time to bring them back together,” said City Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden, whose ward includes the blocks south of Lake Street. “This redevelopment plan will put us on the right path to open up Nicollet and make this area more prosperous.”

For more information on reopening Nicollet Avenue at Lake Street, go to: www.minneapolismn.gov/news/special/NicolletandLake.

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Minneapolis Examines Protected Bikeways

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For the Minneapolis Bicycle Master Plan. 

The City of Minneapolis is considering adding more protected bikeways to our streets!  As part of the Climate Action Plan, Minneapolis has a goal to add 30 miles of protected bikeways by the year 2020.

What is a protected bikeway and how will it be defined?  Where are protected bikeways needed?  Protected bikeways are areas for bicycles that are physically separated from motor vehicle traffic. Off-street bike trails are the most common type of protected bikeways. However, protected bikeways may also be located along street corridors as long as they are separated from traffic lanes. This can be done with parked cars, curbs, medians, flexible traffic posts, planters or other vertical features. 

Although the current Minneapolis Bicycle Master Plan addresses a broad range of bikeway facility types, it does not specifically address on-street protected bikeways. The City is now planning to update the plan so it includes that information. Both Minneapolis and Hennepin County are anticipating updates to their bicycle master plans for protected bikeways.  More information is available on the City’s website:  www.minneapolismn.gov/bicycles.

Do you have input on protected bikeways or ideas of where they should go?  Please contact Council Member Glidden at Elizabeth.glidden@minneapolismn.gov

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Congratulations to 34th and Lyndale:

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The City Pages Best Corner for 2014!

Check it out - great businesses and neighborhood favorite Painter Park are identified in the City Pages’ designation of 34th Street and Lyndale Ave as the best corner in Minneapolis for 2014.  Congratulations to all - and shop local! 

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Annual Police Week May 12-16

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In recognition of National Police Week, each of the City’s police precincts is opening its doors and inviting neighbors to drop by to meet officers, crime prevention specialists and the precinct commander. Visitors will be able to tour the stations, check out police squad cars and emergency equipment, build community with neighbors, and enjoy free snacks. 

3rd Precinct Open House (serving Ward 8 neighborhoods Central, Bancroft, Bryant, Field, and Regina)
Friday, May 16, 11 am-2 pm, 3000 Minnehaha Ave

5th Precinct Open House (serving Ward 8 neighborhoods Lyndale and Kingfield)
Tuesday, May 13, 5-7 pm, 3101 Nicollet Ave

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40th Street West Resurfacing Project scheduled for 2014

During the 2014 construction season, 40th Street West - from Lyndale to Stevens - will be resurfaced.  For a resurfacing project, the top asphalt layer of the street is scraped off and new layer is put in place (mill and overlay).  This will extend the life of the road at least 10 years and likely more.

Properties adjacent to 40th Street will be assessed for a portion of the street resurfacing project; the remainder of the project will be paid for from general property taxes.  You can find out more about the assessment for the project here.  Affected property owners will receive individual mailings with more information.

A community meeting to discuss the project will be held Tuesday May 27, 6:30 pm, at Dr Martin Luther King Park, 4055 Nicollet Ave.  This is a “pre-public hearing” meeting.  The official public hearing on this project will be held on June 17, with more information to come.  Questions?  Call project manager Chris Trembath at (612) 919-1196 or chris.trembath@minneapolismn.gov.  

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38th and Chicago Summer Safety Meeting: May 21 6:30pm

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Stay connected!  Join neighbors, local business owners, City Council Members Elizabeth Glidden and Alondra Cano, Inspector Mike Sullivan, Crime Prevention Specialist Karen Notsch, and other key staff to explore ways we can work together for a safe, vital, and prosperous 38th and Chicago.

We will meet on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 6:30-8 pm, at the CANDO Community Space, 3736 Chicago Ave S.

How else can you stay in touch?  

Sign up for Ward 8 newsletters at www.minneapolismn.gov/ward8 and sign up for updates from Crime Prevention Specialist Karen Notsch at www.minneapolismn.gov/police/crimealert.

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Contact Elizabeth!

As always, please feel free to contact me at the Ward 8 office, (612) 673-2208 or elizabeth.glidden@minneapolismn.gov.  To sign up for the Ward 8 e-news or find information about my weekly office hours, please go to www.minneapolismn.gov/ward8.  

Community Office Hours for Ward 8 residents are hosted every Monday morning, 9-11 am, at Sabathani Community Center, 310 E 38th Street, outside of Room 129.  Please call the Ward 8 office, (612) 673-2208, for a time specific appointment or just stop by.