September 2011 Newsletter

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September 2011


I hope you are enjoying my electronic newsletters and find them interesting and informative about county activities.  Please feel free to send me your comments on issues that concern you, or issues you would like covered.  I value your opinions.
If you have questions or concerns, do not reply to this e-mail.  Please send them to .
Jan Callison



August 2, 2011
  • The Board approved the Hennepin Youth Sports Program grant solicitation process.  Applications are now being accepted by the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission which oversees the program.  This year grants of up to $10,000 to purchase equipment and/or other small capital assets are also available. Visit
  • Commissioners Callison and Stenglein were appointed to the Hennepin County Canvassing Board in preparation for the upcoming special elections in Senate District 46 and Senate District 61.
  • Cleanup funding for the former Scherer Brothers Lumber site was approved. The plan is to redevelop the west side as a Mississippi riverfront park and trail.
  • The Board approved an estimated $9 million for the reconstruction of the Lyndale Avenue South bridge and road from 56th Street to Minnehaha Parkway in South Minneapolis.
  • An amendment to the Bassett Creek Watershed plan and the maximum levy was approved.  The revised capital improvement program adds three projects.  The 2012 maximum special levy was set at $998,000 to finance those projects.
August 16, 2011
  • The Board approved the design-build process for The Interchange Project and established a two-phase approval process.  The first phase is a Request for Qualifications and the second phase is a Request for Proposals.
  • The Board accepted nearly $4.9 million from the MN Department of Human Services to coordinate a range of services in the seven county metro area for individuals and families experiencing long-term homelessness.
  • The Board approved agreements awarding $150,000 in Waste Abatement Incentive Fund grants for nine projects – six of them to schools – that offer innovative ways to reduce and recycle waste. The City of Shorewood was awarded a grant to pilot the collection of organic waste from 500 residential homes.
  • An agreement with the Edward R. Lowe Foundation, including $50,000 in funding, was approved for an Economic Gardening pilot program to help businesses grow and create jobs.
For video and minutes of County Board meetings see Hennepin County website.


In addition to our regularly scheduled board meetings, the Board often meets on Thursday mornings to receive “Board Briefings.”  These are informal opportunities to discuss emerging issues.  No decisions are made.  Board Briefings occur in the Boardroom on the 24th floor of the Hennepin County Government Center and are open to the public.
On August 11, 2011, The Board was briefed on the Minneapolis Transportation Interchange.  (The Interchange is the area near Target Field where additional services are being planned in order to accommodate the Central Corridor light rail transit, potential other lines such as Southwest and the queuing issues that exist when the Twins play.)  The purpose of the briefing was to review the proposed design, the approval process, funding issues and the construction process.  Staff is proposing to use a design-build process for construction, which is scheduled to begin in 2012.  (Approvals related to the design-build process came before the Board on August 16.)


Medicine Collection Events

Hennepin County is providing residents the opportunity to properly and safely dispose of their unwanted, unused, and expired medicines.
  • Saturday, September 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in St. Louis Park.
  • Saturday, October 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Orono. 
  • Map both events
Medicine Cabinet
Read more about materials accepted at the collection events.
**Collection events are open to Hennepin County residents only. If you are not a Hennepin County resident, contact your county, city, or local law enforcement agency.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection in Shorewood

Hennepin County and the City of Shorewood will hold a community collection event for residents to safely dispose of unwanted garden and household hazardous wastes.  Waste accepted includes household, lawn and garden products; items containing mercury; electronics; and fuel wastes.
  • Thursday, September 15, to Saturday, September 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Shorewood Public Works Facility - 24200 Smithtown Road.
  • For a list of waste accepted, click here.
  • Map the event.

Back-to-School Vaccinations

Hennepin County Public Health offers low-cost immunizations to those without adequate health insurance. For more information about these clinics call 612-348-2884
or Donations are requested but not required.
  • Downtown Minneapolis Clinic
    525 Portland Avenue S.
    September 2, 8:30 to 11 a.m.
  • Bloomington Clinic
    1900 W. Old Shakopee Road
    September 6 and 20 from 3 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Brooklyn Center Clinic
    6125 Shingle Creek Road
    September 27, 9 to 11 a.m.

Property taxes due October 15

Make it easy on yourself and help cut government costs by reducing paperwork and document processing by paying your current or prior year property taxes by E-check, Direct DebitCredit or Debit Card . You can still mail your payment or pay in person at one of our Hennepin County Service Centers .
**This year October 15 falls on a Saturday. If the date falls on a weekend or holiday, taxes are due the next business day.


Please call or e-mail anytime that staff or I might be able to help.  We are also happy to meet with groups in the district any time.  You can reach the office at 612-348-7886 or e-mail us directly:


Jan Callison

Commissioner, 6th District




Administrative Assistant


The Hennepin County Board consists of seven commissioners from each of seven districts.  I am proud to represent Deephaven, northern Eden Prairie, Edina, Excelsior, Greenwood, Hopkins, Long Lake, Minnetonka, Minnetonka Beach, most of Orono, Shorewood, Tonka Bay, Wayzata, and Woodland.



On any night, an estimated 2,500 Minnesota youth are homeless and on their own – including in the suburbs. They don’t have a safe place to stay.
Details about a new non-profit suburban initiative and about informational sessions being hosted around the Twin Cities can be found at, by email at, or by calling 612-767-4658.


Hennepin Energy Recovery Center (HERC) receives national Waste-to-Energy Excellence Award. Read more about HERC.