Ward 8 Update Newsletters August 21, 2014

8th Ward News from Minneapolis Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden
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August 21, 2014


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

Phone: 612-673-2208


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Sectors 2 and 3 – Lyndale ~ King Field

CPS Jennifer Waisanen, 612-673-5407


Sector 2 – Central ~ Bryant ~ Bancroft

CPS Karen Notsch, 612-673-2856


Sector 3 – Field ~ Regina

CPS Sue Roethele, 612-673-2839


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Meet Elizabeth at Ward 8 Community Office Hours

Elizabeth meets with residents on Monday mornings during her community office hours at Sabathani Community Center. Join us!

Every Monday morning, 9-11:00 am Sabathani Community Center, 310 E 38th Street

Elizabeth’s table is on the first floor hall nearest to the parking lot, outside of Room 132

Call (612) 673-2208 for an appointment or just drop by!



Celebrate Our Beloved Community

When: August 23, from 1– 4 p.m.
Where: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 4055 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55409

  • 11am Rally and March from Sabathani Community Center (310 E 38th Street) to Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Park
  • 1 pm Celebration begins with dedication of Beloved Community Project
  • 2 pm Musical entertainment begins


Memorial Service for Jim Cook, Former Director of Sabathani

When:   Monday, September 8, 1-3 pm
Where: at Sabathani Community Center, 310 E 38th Street


Tiny Diner's Tomato Tasting


When: Sunday, August 31, from 12pm-4pm
Where: 1024 E 38th St


Nicollet Open Streets

When: Sunday, September 14, 12-5pm
Where: Lake to 46th Street

Minneapolis, City of Lakes

Celebrate Our Beloved Community
August 23


The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park Legacy Council (Legacy Council) will host the fourth annual rededication of the park Saturday, August 23, from 1– 4 p.m. at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park (4055 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55409). The event is sponsored by the MPRB with support from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Advisory Council.

“The community is excited about our event on August 23,” said Sandra Richardson, Co-chair of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park Legacy Council. “The focal point of this year’s celebration will be unveiling of the Beloved Community Project surrounding the Freedom Form II sculpture. We envision this as a place where people can learn, reflect on and contemplate Dr. King’s thoughts and ideas as well as the values and lessons learned in the continuing struggle for freedom. We have put in a spiral walkway up to the sculpture with granite benches and metal ornamental wraps. The wraps have quotes from Dr. King Laser cut into them along with reflections on these quotes from neighbors. This space is a collaboration between the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park Legacy Council, Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center, and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, informed by community dialogue.”

Events include:

  • 11am Rally and   March from Sabathani Community Center (310 E 38th Street) to Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Park
  • 1 pm Celebration begins with dedication of Beloved Community Project
  • 2 pm Musical entertainment begins

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park was renamed from Nicollet Field in 1968 to Dr. Martin Luther King Park to honor the civil rights leader who was assassinated earlier that year. Based on recommendations by the Advisory Task Force, the name of the park is now Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, ensuring the legacy of Dr. King will be preserved. More information on Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park can be found on the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board website at www.minneapolisparks.org.

Memorial Service for Jim Cook, former Director of Sabathani

Jim cook

On Monday September 8, 1-3 pm, at Sabathani Community Center, 310 E 38th Street, a memorial service will be held for Jim Cook, the visionary former Executive Director of Sabathani Community Center from 1979 to 2006.

Mr. Cook was a leader and a friend to so many in our community.  He inspired, but also made everyone he came in contact with feel welcome and valued.  You can read his obituary, describing his work with Sabathani and the community, here.  

Budget Time Begins for 2015

On August 14, Mayor Betsy Hodges presented her 2015 recommended budget to the City Council.  This begins a several month process where the City Council will review her proposal and then vote on the final budget by December 10, 2014.

You can watch the mayor’s budget address and upcoming budget hearings on Minneapolis 79 (Comcast Cable channel 79) or on a smartphone, tablet or computer by visiting the City of Minneapolis website at www.minneapolismn.gov/tv/79. Video recordings are available to watch any time on the City website

The Mayor has proposed a 2.4% property tax increase to cover the cost of inflation, as well as adding police and fire resources including a body camera program for MPD.  Look forward to regular updates on the budget process. You can also use this interactive tool, developed by the Star Tribune, to review the budget.

Accessory Dwelling Units (mother-in-law apartments) Proposed for Minneapolis

In June, Council Member Lisa Bender, Ward 10, introduced a proposed ordinance that would allow Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) in residential areas. Also known as granny flats or mother-in-law apartments, ADUs are smaller dwellings that are attached to or on the same property as existing homes.

ADUs are currently allowed with a conditional use permit in the North Phillips Overlay District, which covers the Ventura Village neighborhood and parts of Phillips West and East Phillips, but they are not allowed in the rest of Minneapolis. Many cities across the country allow ADUs, including Seattle, Portland, and Austin.

You can attend a community meeting to discuss ADU’s, or also check out information and submit comments here on the City’s website

August Meetings include:

Saturday, August 23, 10:30-12:30 pm
Hosmer Community Library, 347 E 36th Street

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 5-7 pm
Eastside Neighborhood Services, 1700 2nd St NE

Protect Yourself from Bicycle Theft


Between August 5th and August 11th, there were twenty-one bicycles stolen in the 3rd Precinct. The victims of the thefts reported a total value of $8038 for the bikes stolen. During this same one week period, there were eighty-six bicycle thefts reported in Minneapolis. The victims reported a total loss of $45,284.

Recently the 3rd Precinct recovered forty-five bicycles that had been stolen. Of the forty-five only five could be returned to the victims because the bikes weren’t registered, or the victims couldn’t show ownership. Most of the bikes will be auctioned off by the City.

What You Can Do? Lock up your bicycles to make it more difficult for thieves. Register your bikes to increase the chances that you will get them back if the police find the bike after it’s been stolen.  Tips on registering your bike, which is free, can be found here.

Tiny Diner’s Tomato Tasting!

tiny diner

Tiny Diner (1024 E 38th St) is hosting a Tomato Tasting Event on Sunday, August 31, from 12pm-4pm.  The event will be held in the Tiny Diner parking lot and will feature sampling of 40 tomato varietals, seed saver workshops, acoustic music, beer, wine, and grilled food.  This is a free neighborhood event open to the public.  

Tomato Tasting is a collaboration with Seed Sages to train next generation of Seed SaversSeed saving opens up a world of possibility for expanding our culinary repertoires.   As part of the Tomato Tasting event, Seed Sages, a seed saving and breeding endeavor based in the Twin Cities, is training twenty-five urban growers to maintain rare Seed Savers Exchange varieties: many family heirlooms that have unique stories to share. In addition to providing fruit for the Tasting, seed from these varieties will be saved from growers and shared through Seed Savers Exchange and Seed Sages at the Farmhouse in south Minneapolis. For more information, go to www.seedsavers.org.

Nicollet Open Streets

nicollet open streets

Join your neighbors for an amazing Nicollet Open Streets on Sunday, September 14, 12-5pm, from Lake to 46th StreetOpen Streets are one-day events focused around healthy living, sustainable transportation, local businesses, and community connections. For this one afternoon, Nicollet Avenue will be closed to all motorized traffic (cars and buses) and the street will be open for biking, walking, dancing, yoga, jump roping, art making, frolicking, and more! We invite the entire neighborhood to come out and enjoy Nicollet on this day!

Thank you to the Kingfield and Lyndale neighborhood associations for hosting this event!  And … we need your help!  To sign up for a volunteer shift (shifts are an hour and forty-five minutes long starting at 11:30, ending at 5:30) contact aryca@lyndale.org / 612-824-9402 x.16. To discuss your potential involvement providing an activity in Nicollet Open Streets, contact Sarah at sarah@kingfield.org or 612.823.5980.