Ward 6 newsletter - July issue

Minneapolis City Council - Ward 6

Council Member Robert Lilligren

350 S 5th Street | City Hall, Room 307 | Minneapolis, MN 55415

July 15, 2011

Greetings from Council Member Lilligren 

Summer is passing quickly. I hope you have had time to enjoy some of our outside pleasures. I recently was allowed a short time off and was able to get some yard work completed, enjoy time with my friends and family, and even take an afternoon to go tubing down the river. It was great to be able to refresh - now I am back to giving my constituents full attention.
One of my joys recently was organizing, coordinating and hosting (along with TC Pride, the Minneapolis Park Board, MN Department of Transportation) the lighting of the new I35 Bridge in rainbow colors to celebrate the start of Pride Parade and Festival here in Minneapolis. Many thanks go out to speakers, officials, staff, and contributors who made this event so successful.
Many constituents were interested in the proposed Patio Ordinance establishing capacity limits and specific hours of use. The Council sent this back to committee for further review. This original proposal would not pass as it was brought to council.
The City Council approved, and the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department will be administering a $600,000 fund to support capacity development and long term building efforts for the 6 north Minneapolis Neighborhoods impacted by the tornado. These are unallocated non-TIF generated neighborhood funds. These funds go directly to the north neighborhoods to use to respond to the tornado and are not spent in the traditional way through neighborhood action plans.
What topics are you interested in hearing about? Please let my office know, and we will do our best to include topics that are of interest to all constituents. Please contact me or my staff and let us know how we can best serve you. Also, please feel free to stop by my weekly community office hours - more information about that is listed in this publication..

311 Top 4 Service Requests

for Ward 6

From June 19-June 26, 2011
Regulatory Services
Exterior Nuisance Complaint - 21
PW Solid Waste & Recycling
Graffiti Complaint/reporting - 19
PW Traffic & Parking Services
Traffic Sign-repair - 5
Regulatory Services
Parking Violation Complaint - 4

Community Office Hours

Council Member Lilligren has Community Office Hours once a month at each of the four 6th Ward Neighborhoods, on Mondays ‐ 9:30‐11:30am.
To schedule an appointment, call Connie at (612) 673‐2206). Drop‐ins are welcome – however, you will be asked to wait if there  is a scheduled appointment. There will be no Community Office Hours when the Monday lands on a City holiday or conflicts with another City Council‐related meeting. Translation is available by appointment.
July 18  - 9:30-10:30am - @ Stevens Square Community Organization - 1925 Nicollet Ave - No time slots are available - Shortened office hours due to meeting in St. Paul
July 25 - 9:30-11:30am -@ American Indian CDC Conference Room - 1508 E Franklin Ave - All times are available
August 1 - 9:30-11:30am @Whittier Alliance - 10 E 25th Street - All times are available
August 8 - 9:30-11:30am @1st floor of the Lutheran Social Service Center for Changing Lives 2400 Park Avenue - All times are available
If you would like to receive this newsletter in hard copy, please call our office and leave the correct spelling of your name, your full address and zip code and a phone number.  Our number is 612-673-2206

Bike Lane Work to Begin Early Next Week

Public Works staff is recommending new bike lanes in Ward 6.  Cecil Newman Lane and 29th Street W between 1st and Blaisdell Avenues will be seal coated this summer as part of regular maintenance programming.  At present, there is no easy way to bicycle between the bike lanes on 1st and Blaisdell Avenues and the Midtown Greenway ramp on Nicollet Avenue.  Public Works staff has sketched out a plan to remedy this gap in the bike network. 
The plan primarily entails striping a contra-flow bike lane headed in the eastbound direction.  This requires the removal of a westbound travel lane, the addition of 2 eastbound stop signs, and signage to indicate that the street is 2-way for bicycling.  In light of the fact that we have a new street surface palette to stripe on, this change will be relatively low in cost and can be handled within the existing Public Works budget.