Ward 8 Newsletter: December 13, 2012

News of the 8th Ward

December 13, 2012

Nominations Sought:  Eighth Ward Community Leader Awards

On Friday, January 25, 2013 Elizabeth will present the Annual Eighth Ward  Community Leader Awards We are currently seeking nominations from you in these categories:

  • Outstanding Individual Community Leader
  • Outstanding Project
  • Outstanding Business or Organization
  • Outstanding Youth Leader(s), intended to recognize youth and young adults for their leadership and community contributions (also known as the Stephanie Ball-Bailey Youth Leadership Award)

    Please send nominations (in 150 words or less) for any category to Elizabeth.glidden@minneapolismn.gov or Councilmember Elizabeth Glidden, 350 South Fifth Street, Room 307, Minneapolis, MN  55415.

    The awards will be presented at Early Mornings with Elizabeth on January 25, 2013, from 7:30 – 9 am at Turtle Bread, 4762 Chicago Ave.  Be sure to mark your calendars for this fun filled event where great neighbors are thanked for their community work!

    Sincerely,

    Elizabeth Glidden

    Elizabeth Glidden

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    Congratulations Chief Janee Harteau!

    Chief


    On Tuesday, December 4th, new Police Chief Janee Harteau, the first woman and Native American to lead the Minneapolis Police Department, was sworn in and began service.  Chief Harteau began her tenure by stating she would lead by example and would have high expectations of herself and Minneapolis Police Officers.

    Chief Harteau joined the Minneapolis police force in 1987 at age 22.  A member of the LGBT community and a female officer when there were few on the force, she is not afraid to bring about change.  She promoted MPD 2.0 at her swearing in speech as her style of leadership, emphasizing values of commitment, integrity and transparency.

    Chief Harteau acted swiftly to appoint an executive leadership team:  Assistant Chief Matt Clark (former 5th Precinct Inspector); Deputy Chief of Patrol Eddie Frizell, Deputy Chief of Investigations Kris Arneson, Deputy Chief of Professional Standards Travis Glampe and Head of a new Leadership and Organizational Development Division Lucy Gerold (current 3rd Precinct Inspector). 

    We wish Chief Harteau and her leadership team well and will welcome Chief Harteau to a Ward 8 community event in the near future.

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    Snow Arrives in Minneapolis

    Snow

    As of Sunday, December 9, Minneapolis has declared its first snow emergency!  Need help on where and when to park to avoid a ticket and tow?  Go to www.minneapolismn.gov/snow for parking rules during snow emergencies as well as sidewalk shoveling rules and more.  There is also a Youtube video that has been posted with information on snow emergencies in Minneapolis: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQ4qlPOgDbg&feature=youtu.be 

    Here are some reminders and new tips: 

    *Minneapolis Snow Emergency now has an app!  Go to the App Store for this tool that will tell you parking rules for days 1, 2, and 3 of snow emergencies.

    *Reminder to shovel your sidewalk.  City ordinance requires home owners to clear their sidewalks within 24 hours of snowfall for homes and duplexes, and within 4 daytime hours for apartments and commercial buildings.  All rules, and where to find free sand, can be found at www.minneapolismn.gov/snow

    *Need help?  Call 311 for a list of community groups that, for a fee, will shovel for seniors and individuals with disabilities.

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    Energy Benchmarking for Commercial Buildings

    Energy


    Councilmember Elizabeth Glidden has introduced an ordinance that will help Minneapolis meet its healthy environment goals and assist building owners in identifying energy efficient improvements.

    The Energy Rating and Disclosure Ordinance will apply to commercial buildings 50,000 sq ft and greater, and government buildings of at least 25,000 sq feet.  To comply, building owners will use a free software called Energy Star to report their annual energy usage (water, gas, electric) to the city.  The city will publish the information on a website.

    Energy Rating and Disclosure policies are gaining popularity in cities like Seattle, San Francisco, and New York among others.  Where implemented those cities have seen an increase in green jobs tied to energy efficiency improvements for commercial buildings. 

    In 2010, energy use in commercial and industrial buildings accounted for more than 44 percent of Minneapolis’ community-wide greenhouse gas pollution. Focusing on these buildings can reduce energy use and air pollution.

    To find out more, go to www.minneapolismn.gov/environment.  Minneapolis will help building owners identify technical assistance, rebates and other resources to help them improve their building’s energy efficiency, if the ordinance is approved by the City Council.  A first committee hearing is scheduled for January 28, 2013.

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    Minneapolis 2013 Budget Adoption December 12

    On December 12, at 6:05 pm, the City Council will hold its final public hearing and adopt the 2013 budget.  The budget has a 1.7% property tax increase, which will help support additional police and fire hires. 

    A key reform that Council Member Glidden worked on was reform of the Regulatory Services Department.  With this reform, some business units will go to new departments.  In 2013, the city will identify a set of business process improvements to work on improving the way the city serves its customers, including residents and businesses. With this reform, Minneapolis intends to make it easier to do business in the City and continue to enhance its services.