April 2016 E-Newsletter

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Serving Deephaven, northern Eden Prairie, Edina, Excelsior, Greenwood, Hopkins, Long Lake, Minnetonka, Minnetonka Beach, northern Mound, Orono, Shorewood, Spring Park, Tonka Bay, Wayzata and Woodland.

April 2016


Jan Callison
6th District

Allyson Lueneburg
Principal Aide

Becky Westergren
Administrative Assistant


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

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Volunteers needed to monitor wetlands in Hennepin County

Hennepin County’s Wetland Health Evaluation Program (WHEP) is looking for volunteers to monitor wetlands in the Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis, Plymouth, Medina, Corcoran, Bloomington, Eden Prairie, and Minnetonka areas.  

Adult volunteers with an interest in wetlands, bugs and/or plants are needed -- no science background or previous experience required. Hennepin County provides all of the training, equipment, and leadership. 

The total time commitment is 15 hours/month throughout June-September 2016. Partnering cities use the data collected to determine the health of water resources and assist with natural resource management. Volunteer applications will be accepted through June 15, 2016.

For more information or to become a volunteer, call Mary Karius at 612-596-9129 or visit www.hennepin.us/volunteer.

Construction Season

With winter coming to an end and the spring thaw upon us, construction crews will soon begin to get out across the county and resume road construction projects.  To be kept up-to-date on current projects in your community and across the county, visit the Transportation webpage to view current projects and sign up for email alerts.

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Warm regards,

Jan Callison

Board meetings

March 1, 2016

Elections equipment upgrades move forward

The County Board approved a $4.5 million contract with KNOWiNK Election Software. The plan to replace paper voter rosters with electronic poll books will provide increased consistency and efficiencies and will provide critical communication on Election Day, essential to the managing and processing absentee ballots in a timely manner. Secure, wireless communication will allow Hennepin County to update polling place rosters with the most current absentee ballot status information without interrupting or delaying operations in the polling place.

Grant will expand mobile mental health crisis services

The County Board accepted a grant of nearly $743,000 from the Minnesota Department of Human Services to continue and expand the county’s mobile mental health crisis services for adult and children. The allocation replaces the Children’s Crisis and West Metro Adult Crisis grants, and includes a $340,321 increase over the 2015 allocation. The program will add two full-time equivalent positions to improve coverage and make other improvements to address access, timeliness and cultural competence.

Delta Dental grant will fund new dental clinic at HCMC

A $4.6 million grant will fund the Delta Dental Oral Health Center at HCMC, to be located in the hospital's new $220.8 million clinic and specialty building. The grant will also fund in-clinic dental services for the highly complex patients who receive care in the HCMC Coordinated Care Clinic. The clinic  will see and treat the 85 percent of HCMC’s dental patients who are covered by public programs, are uninsured, or qualify as low-income residents. In addition, the clinic will provide enhanced patient-centered care for all patients, especially children and people with special needs. The Delta Dental Oral Health Center at HCMC will increase oral health care access by approximately 60 percent, to reach 27,500 patient visits a year.

Advisory board appointments

Appointments to two Citizen Advisory Boards were made.  To learn more about opportunities to get involved in Hennepin County citizen advisory boards visit their webpage.

Capitol Budgeting Task Force:

The board appointed two at-large members.

  • Ying Vu
  • Larry Blackstad

Library Board

The board selected two at-large members.

  • Jonathan Gaw
  • Caitlin Cahil (incumbent)

March 15, 2016

Grant will promote lead education, eradication

The board approved three contracts to help create safe and healthy homes as part of Hennepin County’s 2015 Lead Hazard Reduction Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. These contracts with Sustainable Resources Center and the St. Paul-Ramsey County Department of Public Health will bring about at least 185 hazard reduction projects and at least 200 in-home lead education. More than half of those will take place in Hennepin County. 

Read about the efforts to reduce lead poisoning in Hennepin County.

Fee for solid waste delivered to transfer station, HERC

The board established a fee of $85 per ton for mixed municipal solid waste delivered to the Brooklyn Park Transfer Station and Hennepin Energy Recovery Center by waste haulers who do not have waste delivery agreements with the county. This is an increase from $65 per ton and was established in order to minimize the amount of unexpected waste being delivered to county facilities. The fee covers the county’s cost of transporting and managing excess waste in accordance with state law and requirements of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The county has waste delivery agreements with most, but not all, licensed municipal solid waste haulers for disposing of waste at county facilities. These haulers pay a tipping fee of $55 per ton up to a maximum delivery amount established by the county, after which the fee is $85 per ton.

Read more about the county's changes to the gate-tipping fee.

Youth Sports Program capital and equipment grants awarded

The County Board approved five facility projects and 21 small equipment grants. They will be funded through the Hennepin County Youth Sports Program, excess sales tax proceeds earmarked to expand library hours and promote youth sports activities. The Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission administers the grant process and makes funding recommendations.

Since the program began in 2009, the county has awarded $17.4 million to 108 facility projects and 179 small equipment projects.

District 6 projects include:

  • City of Long Lake
    $25,000 for playground improvements at Nelson Park
  • Village of Minnetonka Beach
    $25,000 for playground improvements at Halfmoon Park and City Hall Park

Advisory board appointments

To learn more about opportunities to get involved in Hennepin County citizen advisory boards visit their webpage.

Minnehaha Creek Watershed District

  • Brian Shekleton
  • William Becker

Hennepin County Library Board

  • Sam Neisen

Adult Mental Health Local Citizens Advisory Boards


  • Oduwa Aganmqonyi
  • Carrie Franstead


  • Leslie Kreofsky
  • Colleen Livermore
  • Chakita Lewis


  • Shelley Burns
  • Danae Curtis


  • Rick Crispino
  • Angela Conley

Agendas and minutes of action taken by the Hennepin County Board are posted under Hennepin County meetings and agendas. For greater detail on the above agenda items and additional board actions, visit county news releases.

Board briefings

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 board room on the 24th floor of the Hennepin County Government Center and are open to the public.

March 10, 2016

Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin

CAPSH is moving forward with becoming the designated community action agency for the City of Minneapolis.  (They would remain the designated community action agency for suburban Hennepin County.)  To accomplish this, they propose certain changes to their structure, including expansion of the size of their board of directors from 18 members to 21; to their public sector membership, including adding representatives from the City of Minneapolis; and to their articles of incorporation, so that future changes no longer require approval from the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners.   The County Board must approve some of these proposed revisions and is likely to consider this proposal in April. 

County calendar

April 1, 2016

Step to it Challenge

Register now for the Step to It Challenge, to get a fit start to spring.

Track your steps and other fitness activities, and help your community become the county’s most active. Registration opens April 1, and the competition starts May 1. For more information, or to register, visit www.steptoit.org.

April 4, 2016

Job fair will connect job-seekers to employers with positions to fill

The Hennepin County Work and Economic Resource Center will sponsor a career fair on Monday, April 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, 2nd Floor, Minneapolis.

This is part of a series of events to pair employers looking for workers with employees looking for job opportunities. All participating businesses are actively recruiting for multiple openings.

The event is free and open to the public.  

Click here to see a list of participating employers. 

April 19, 2016

State of the County speech

I will be delivering the 2016 State of the County address on Tuesday, April 19, at 9 a.m. The event will be held at the Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins.