July District 3 News


July 2016

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Marion Greene
Commissioner, 3rd District

Pam Fahlstrom
Administrative Assistant


The 3rd District serves the city of St. Louis Park, and parts of west and downtown Minneapolis.

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Budget hearings and other dates set

The board scheduled public hearings for adoption of the 2017 budget and levy, and set a schedule for the Budget and Capital Investment Committee to consider the proposed 2017 budget. The meetings will proceed as follows:

County administrator presents proposed 2017 budget to County Board

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 1:30 p.m.

County Board vote on 2017 maximum tax levy and budget

Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 1:30 p.m.

Public safety

Thursday, September 22, 2016, 1 – 4 p.m.


Monday, September 26, 2016, 1 – 4 p.m.


Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 9 a.m. – noon

Human Services and Public Health

Thursday, September 29, 2016, 1 – 4 p.m.

Public Works

Friday, September 30, 2016, 1 – 4 p.m..

Human Services and Public Health

Thursday, October 6, 2016, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (follow-up, if needed)

Capital Budgeting Task Force and fees

Thursday, October 20, 2016 – 9 a.m. – noon

Truth-in-Taxation public meeting

Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 6 p.m. Participants can park for free after 5 p.m. in the Government Center ramp. Enter on 3rd Avenue.

Administrator amendments

Wednesday, December 7, 2016, during Budget and Capital Investment Committee meeting

Commissioner amendments

Monday, December 12, 2016, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

County Board vote on 2017 budget and levy

Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 1:30 p.m.


County departments, agencies & other entities

Hennepin County libraries

Hennepin County Medical Center

Hennepin volunteers

Online services

Phone directory

Service Center information

Southwest Light Rail

Understanding your property tax

City of Minneapolis

City of St. Louis Park


Here's a quick look at the last 6 months. To see more, check my website under "Stay Connected."



Welcome to this month’s District 3 newsletter. Wishing you a happy and safe Independence Day!



Hennepin County to help preserve affordable homes for residents

On June 14, the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners, voting as the Housing and Redevelopment Authority, agreed to invest $3 million in a fund that will be used to finance the purchase of about 530 units of existing affordable housing in the county.

The county's investment is part of a $25 million metro-area initiative by the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, to acquire these units to keep them affordable. The program will target rental properties that are at risk of being converted to higher rents, and where low- and moderate-income residents are at risk of being displaced. In Hennepin County, housing costs for 150,000 families consume more than 30 percent of their gross incomes; for about 60,000 households, rent is in excess of 50 percent of their incomes. 

In this housing market, nonprofit and socially minded developers cannot compete with investors who are ready to purchase properties with cash on hand, ready to renovate and raise the rent.

The balance of the initial $25 million invested in this project is expected to come from institutional, philanthropic and socially conscious investors. 

Learn more about the fund

Update on Hennepin County's No Wrong Door Initiative

Following the passage of the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Youth Law in July of 2011, Hennepin County developed its No Wrong Door Initiative to prevent the sexual exploitation of youth.

Accomplishments to-date (highlights):

  • Contracted with trauma-informed, evidence-based and victim-centered programs
  • Secured funding from Women’s Foundation for Sheriff’s Office Criminal Information Sharing Analyst
  • Created report, “Voice of Safe Harbor: Survivor and Youth Input for Minnesota’s Model Protocol on Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Youth” (report found here)
  • Initiated formation of committee to address sex trafficking during Super Bowl 2018

2016-17 strategies highlights:

  • Create and implement plan for Super Bowl 2018
  • Develop on-going staff training
  • Strengthen community partnerships, particularly with educators

Hennepin County receives Bicycle Friendly Business award

Earlier this month, Hennepin County received a silver-level "Bicycle Friendly Business" award from the League of American Bicyclists. This designation recognizes the county's efforts in creating a more welcoming atmosphere for employees who bike to work. The county provides a variety of resources for employees who bike to work, including secured bike parking, reimbursement for biking expenses and education and encouragement events like Bike to Work Day, bike maintenance and winter biking classes. Read more about the bike commuting resources Hennepin County provides here

Ribbon cutting at Southdale Service Center

Southdale Service Center Opens

On June 13, Hennepin County opened a service center in Southdale Mall as part of an ongoing effort to increase services to residents where they live. To learn more about Service Centers and to see what services the Southdale Site offers, click here.

Hennepin County profile


To share more about the work of Hennepin County, we profile a county employee who lives in District 3. Each month spotlights a person from varying departments and occupations.

Markus Klimenko

Markus Klimenko is a resident of the Tangletown neighborhood in south Minneapolis, and is the Program Manager of Housing and Homeless Initiatives in the Human Services and Public Health department.

Click here to find out how Markus makes Hennepin County tick.

Board meeting highlights

Additional staff to meet new state requirements for Medical Assistance

The Hennepin County Board approved a Human Services increase of 54 staff to manage new state-imposed Medical Assistance eligibility review requirements and the transfer of 41,000 clients’ records to a new management system. The county does not control and cannot modify the state imposed system and processes. Human Services estimates that the additional workload eventually could require 110 to 120 additional full-time positions. The positions will increase the department’s labor costs by $2.7 million annually; the federal government is expected to reimburse $1.5 million through Medicaid, and state Department of Human Services has allocated $352,000 toward the county’s additional staff costs. Human Services leadership will assess operations in the second half of 2016 to determine if more staffing is needed in 2017. 

Learn more about the additional staffing need

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Funding extension approved for Southwest Light Rail project

Voting as the Regional Railroad Authority, the board voted to continue funding project development on the Southwest Light Rail from downtown to Eden Prairie, also known as the Green Line Extension. Initially, funding was set to end July 1; the funding is not increased, but is now is extended through September. The measure was necessary because expected state funding for the project was not approved during the State Legislature's 2016 session. No new funds were allocated. 

Learn more about the extension

Washington Avenue Bridge will be repaired after fire

The board approved a $98,000 plan to repair damage on the Washington Avenue Bridge over the Mississippi River, from a fire last January. The fire occurred under the Minneapolis bridge in an area for maintaining utility facilities. The fire and subsequent abatement operation resulted in distortion of bridge structural steel beams. Transportation department staff has inspected the structure and verified that the bridge may remain open to traffic; however, it is necessary to repair the damage.

Learn more about the the repair plan


Carl Michaud appointed to lead Public Works

The board appointed Carl Michaud as assistant county administrator for Public Works. Michaud has been serving in an interim role for the past several months. Before his interim appointment, he was director of the Environment and Energy Department since 2007. In 29 years at Hennepin County, including 9 years as director of the Environmental Services Department, he worked on municipal solid waste management, hazardous waste management, energy issues and natural resources protection.

Read more about the appointment

Public hearing: Proposed property transfer at Penn and Plymouth avenues

The board voted to establish a hearing on the proposed transfer of property at the southeast and southwest corners of Penn and Plymouth Avenues North in Minneapolis. A proposed plan is to use the parcels for a mixed use development that will include an expansion of the NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center, and related parking facilities on the southeast corner, and a relocated Estes Funeral Chapel on the southwest corner. The hearing will be held Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.

Learn more about the NorthPoint Helath & Wellness expansion plan

Board briefings

You're invited! In addition to our regularly scheduled board meetings, the County Board often meets for updates on Thursday mornings. These are informal opportunities to discuss emerging issues. No decisions are made, and the topics are subject to change. Board briefings occur in the board room on the 24th floor of the Hennepin County Government Center and are open to the public. Call my office to confirm briefing time and location.

July 14 Mental Health Needs 

July 28 Mental Health Needs  

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