Ward 8 Newsletter October 26, 2012

News of the 8th Ward

October 26, 2012

Vote! Tuesday, November 6!

Minneapolis has been redistricted, and the new precincts are being used for the first time in the 2012 elections. That means many residents will vote in precincts and a number of polling places are in new locations. Minneapolis voters please plan ahead to make sure you know where to vote on Election Day!

You can find out where to vote by visiting the Minnesota Secretary of State’s polling place finder at www.mnvotes.org. On the website, you can also confirm whether you’re registered to vote or learn what you need to do to register at the polls on Election Day.

You can see new precinct boundaries and a list of polling places on the City’s elections web page at www.minneapolismn.gov/elections. Voters can also get election information by calling 311.

Please note:  although Minneapolis will use the new precincts in the 2012 elections, Councilmember Glidden will continue to represent the current 8th Ward through 2013.

 

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One Sort Recycling Begins in November for First Round of Minneapolis Recycling Customers

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The first round of Minneapolis recycling customers will get new blue recycling carts in November! If one is delivered to your home, start using it immediately for all of your recycling. No sorting is needed; all of the recyclables simply go into the one cart. Recycling has never been easier. Just make sure not to include garbage or other non-recyclables, and rinse all your bottles, cans, jars and cartons.

Minneapolis is rolling out one-sort recycling in two phases; if you do not get the new cart with this rollout, you will begin when you get a cart next year in the second phase.

A letter with instructions will come to your home about a week before you get the cart. While routes and schedules won’t change, the time the truck comes may change. Make sure to have your recycling at your collection point by 6 a.m. on your recycling day. You may keep your old bin for other uses or leave it at the curb or alley and city crews will recycle it.

Since routes run street by street (and alley by alley) rather than by neighborhood or quadrant, the routes chosen for the first phase are all over the city. This is the most efficient way to roll out the new carts and keep your service high during the transition.

Switching to one-sort recycling will not change the amount you pay for your recycling and garbage pickup. For more information, visit www.minneapolismn.gov/onesort.

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City Seeks Resident Input on Neighborhood Conservation

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The City of Minneapolis is holding public meetings over the next four months to seek input from residents on establishing conservation districts. Conservation districts promote sustainable neighborhoods by protecting important physical features and conserving resources in a manner that offers more protections than the zoning code, but fewer protections than historic district design guidelines.

Ward 8 resident Ryan Knoke, who has worked on many historic preservation projects and helped establish the popular Park Avenue historic home walking tour, will serve on this initial resident advisory group.  Thank you Ryan!

For more information on the project and public meeting dates, go to: 

www.minneapolismn.gov/cped/conservation_district_ordinance.

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Butter Bakery Café Moves to Nicollet Square

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A Grand Opening celebration on October 23rd marked Butter Bakery Café’s move from the 3500 Grand to its new bigger space at 3700 Nicollet, Nicollet Square.  Even more exciting, Butter is an employment partner to Nicollet Square residents – offering internships and community to the young people living at Nicollet Square.  Nicollet Square provides a supportive housing environment and services for youth and young adults who have experienced homelessness.

Butter, owned by Kingfield resident Dan Swenson-Klatt, now has a music and performance stage, increased seating, and beautiful expanded kitchen.  Come have a coffee, sweet treat, and conversation at Butter – buy local!

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The 2013 City Budget


Mayor R.T. Rybak has released his recommended 2013 budget for the City of Minneapolis and the City Council is currently reviewing the proposal in budget hearings with city departments. The Mayor has proposed a 1.7% property tax increase, adding firefighters and police officers, and recommends a reorganization of the Regulatory Services department.

The Mayor’s proposed 2013 budget and the schedule of budget hearings can be found at www.minneapolismn.gtov/finance/budget.

The city council will hold two public hearings on the tax levy and 2013 City budget:  The first is Wed, Nov. 28, 6:05pm, City Hall, 350 South 5th Street, Room 317. The City Council will consider adoption of the budget the same night as the second public hearing, which is Wed, Dec. 12, 6:05pm, City Hall, 350 South 5th Street, Room 317.

The Mayor’s proposed 2013 budget and the schedule of budget hearings can be found at www.minneapolismn.gtov/finance/budget.

The city council will hold two public hearings on the tax levy and 2013 City budget:  The first is Wed, Nov. 28, 6:05pm, City Hall, 350 South 5th Street, Room 317. The City Council will consider adoption of the budget the same night as the second public hearing, which is Wed, Dec. 12, 6:05pm, City Hall, 350 South 5th Street, Room 317.

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Solar for Residential and Businesses - in Kingfield and Beyond!

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The Kingfield Neighborhood Association (KFNA) is partnering with Applied Energy Innovations (AEI) to help Minneapolis residents and businesses assess if their property is “right” for solar.  With participation interested parties could participate in a group purchasing program to reduce the cost of solar electric systems  and reduce the dependency of solar rebates to make these systems affordable! 

Kingfield’s goal is to create a concentration of solar-supported homes and businesses in and around Kingfield neighborhood (that means if your home or business is outside of Kingfield, such as in Central, Bryant, or other surrounding neighborhoods, you still qualify!)

The first step is to simply sign up for a Solar Workshop on either Nov. 13 or 15, 7pm, MLK Park.  Register for workshops and find out more at www.kingfield.org (go to the “Solarize Kingfield” tab on the right hand side).

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35W Lake Transit/Access Project: Public Open House Nov 13

Everyone is invited to attend the next public open house for the I-35W Transit/Access Project and provide comments.  The open house is Tuesday, November 13, 5-8 pm, at Whittier Community Center (425 - 26th St W).

Design concepts will be presented along with recommendations for next steps in the design process.      

Maps, drawings, photographs and other materials will show the proposed design for the Lake Street transit station, the Green Crescent bicycle/pedestrian connection to the Midtown Greenway, Lake Street and I-35W.                                                                           

For more information about the project, go to the project website:  www.35lake.com.  

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