Ward 6 News ~ August 17, 2012

Minneapolis Ward 6 Council Member Robert Lilligren

August 17, 2012

On Neighborhoods in the USA

As Vice President of the Minneapolis City Council I, among other duties, chair the council’s Committee of the Whole. Committee of the Whole is the reporting committee for the City of Minneapolis’s Neighborhood and Community Relations Department (NCR). This council cycle we heard an update and took action on the upcoming 2013 Neighborhoods USA conference to be held right here in Minneapolis.
Neighborhoods USA (NUSA)  is a national non-profit organization committed to building and strengthening neighborhood organizations. Created in 1975 to share information and experiences toward building stronger communities, NUSA continues to encourage networking and information sharing to facilitate the development of partnerships between neighborhood organizations, government and the private sector.
I have attended NUSA conferences before being elected to city council and as a council member. I have always found them useful for the training, education and networking opportunities they provide. I have been part of teams trying to recruit the annual NUSA conference to Minneapolis three times over a ten year period, both as a private citizen and as a city council member. It seems the third time is the charm. In 2010 NUSA chose Minneapolis to be the 2013 host city.
Back in 2010 to make the pitch for the conference here I traveled to Anchorage, Alaska along with the Director of the Neighborhood Community Relations Dept.(NCR) and a senior executive from Meet Minneapolis our official convention and visitors association. I serve on the executive committee of Meet Minneapolis and we were seeking not only to showcase our city’s neighborhoods, but to fill more events into the 2013 calendar where there was a bit of a hole in our convention schedule.
This May, I traveled to the 2012 conference held in Indianapolis, Indiana to formerly accept the NUSA flag on behalf of the 2013 host city. Minneapolis was represented by an energetic delegation of community and neighborhood activists who were promoting our city and the 2013 conference. Head cheerleader of this delegation was VJ Smith, Minneapolis resident and national President of MADDADS, a former national board member of NUSA and a great booster for Minneapolis. Check out VJ as star of this highly entertaining promotional video produced by the public access Minneapolis Television Network (MTN) for the 2012 NUSA conference.
The 2013 NUSA conference will be a chance to show off and celebrate the incredible work going on in neighborhoods throughout Minneapolis. At the conference in May of 2013, neighborhood and cultural organizations will have the chance to present in workshops in nine different tracks ranging from sustainability, safety, job creation and leadership development. Our Neighborhood and Community Relations Dept. currently has a call out for possible presentations and will soon put out a call for proposals for neighborhood tours. It’s a great chance to show of a project or initiative in your community.
This effort will involve hundreds of volunteers and thousands of volunteer hours. Please stay tuned for ways you can be involved. It will take tremendous partnerships to pull off. The action at this week’s Committee of the Whole meeting is to add the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board as a formal partner, along with the City of Minneapolis and our lead community partner Citizens for a Loring Park Community.  Stay tuned to the city’s NUSA conference page for future information on how you can be involved.
I think we are going to blow away the 2013 NUSA conference attendees when they see the accomplishments and work going on in our neighborhoods. I believe that in the City of Minneapolis we have unparalleled engagement by our residents and a commitment to neighborhoods unlike anywhere else. No other city can compare to the accomplishments of programs like the Neighborhood Revitalization Program. Please get involved in the 2013 NUSA conference and show the rest of the world how great our city and our neighborhoods are!

Robert Lilligrennusa

Mondays with Robert

Council Member Lilligren has always believed that it's important for people like you and me to have access to government. Robert remains committed to that value today. For that reason, Council Member Lilligren makes himself available to community member visits on a walk-in and appointment basis.

You can meet with Robert on the first four Mondays of the month at each of the neighborhoods he represents. Call or email Alondra at 673-2206 or alondra.cano@minneapolismn.gov to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome, however - you will be asked to wait if there is a scheduled appointment.

First Monday of the Month
Whittier Alliance, 10 E. 25th Street
9:30am - 11:30am

Second Monday of the Month
Phillips West, 2400 Park Ave.
Center for Changing Lives
9:30am - 11:30am

Third Monday of the Month
Stevens Square, 1925 Nicollet Ave.
9:30am - 11:30am

Fourth Monday of the Month
Ventura Village, 2323 11th Ave. S.
2nd Floor of Phillips Community Center
9:30am - 11:30am

New Appointee to Senior Citizen's Advisory Committee

Congratulations to Bob Albee for being appointed to serve as the 6th ward representative on the Senior Citizen Advisory Committee. Mr. Albee has focused on efforts relating to diabetes and wellness since his retirement from the American Indian Community Development Corporation, we are confident he will serve the ward well and encourage you to attend the Senior Citizen Advisory Committee meetings to share your ideas, concerns, and suggestions.

MPS Go-To Card Presentation

At the Aug. 16th Transportation and Public Works Committee of the City Council, the Minneapolis Public Schools shared a presentation about the Metro Transit Go-To Card Program and Minneapolis Public School student transportation for fall of 2012. The goal is to have students ride public transportation and lessen the use of the big yellow buses. Please see the transportation and contact your local school board member to share your thoughts on this new proposal.

Community Meetings on Proposed Civilian Review Authority (CRA) Ordinance Changes on Thursday, August 16 and Tuesday, August 21  

The Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights will hold two more community meetings to receive community comments on the proposed changes to the Minneapolis Civilian Police Review Authority, which handles police misconduct complaints.  A public hearing on the proposed changes to the CRA ordinance is scheduled for September 12. For more details please contact the Civilian Police Review Authority at (612) 673-5500.


Public Meeting on the Re-striping of Park Avenue and Portland Avenue

This fall Hennepin County will be re-striping Park Avenue and Portland Avenue, this project opens up opportunities for the community to share their voice over any proposed changes they would like to see. Though the project doesn't involve any reconstruction, the re-striping can help ease traffic with a reduction in car lanes and improved biking amenities.

Thursday, Aug. 30, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
(with a presentation at 7:15 p.m.)
The Center of Changing Lives
2400 Park Ave. S., Conference Room 104

If you would like to make sure to receive more information about this meeting please email Alondra.Cano@minneapolismn.gov

From the Office of City Council Vice President Robert Lilligren
350 South 5th Street, City Hall, Room 307, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Robert.Lilligren@minneapolismn.gov · Ward 6 website · (612) 673-2206

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