County board actions: Nurse-Family Partnership, NetWorks for Better Futures, Green Partners

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County board actions

County Board votes included expanding the Nurse-Family Partnership, using NetWork for Better Futures to reuse and recycle construction materials, and awarding 14 new Green Partners grants.

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Nurse-Family Partnership expanding into suburban Hennepin County

The board approved the implementation of the Nurse-Family Partnership program in suburban Hennepin County by accepting $3.5 million in grant funding until the end of 2020. The partnership works with teens and young adults who are pregnant for the first time so they receive regular nurse visits until the child is two years old. This evidence-based program has been shown to improve prenatal health, reduce childhood injuries, increase school readiness and more.

Read more about the Nurse-Family Partnership.

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NetWork for Better Futures to reuse and recycle more Hennepin County construction material

The board approved an agreement with NetWork for Better Futures for services to reuse and recycle construction and demolition waste. The company uses deconstruction techniques to demolish buildings and will divert 162 tons of material for reuse and recycle 4,000 tons from 25 projects. It will also partially deconstruct 30 commercial and residential buildings, saving 90 reusable tons of material. Better Futures hires men with a history of incarceration, poverty, and other challenges and uses deconstruction projects to provide job training.  The $405,000 contract will be in effect September 1, 2016, through December 31, 2018.

Learn more about NetWork for Better Futures.

Board approves issuance of new bonds; refunding of existing bonds

The board approved $155,320,000 in new and refunded general obligation bonds. $95,000,000 of new bonds will fund capital improvements included in the county’s capital improvement plan, including library, general facilities, and road projects. The remainder is a refunding of existing bonds that are being consolidated to realize interest savings of $2,200,000 and simplify bond accounting and management.

Read more about the project.

14 environmental education grants awarded

The board approved 14 Green Partners environmental education grants for projects that empower residents to take actions to improve the environment. The grant agreements are for projects with the following organizations:

  • Alliance for Sustainability, Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, and Edina - $15,000
  • Bdote Learning Center, Minneapolis - $8,000
  • Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy, Minneapolis - $15,000
  • Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy, various cities - $15,000
  • Congregations Caring for Creation, various cities - $15,000
  • Eden Prairie Independent School District 272, Eden Prairie - $7,800
  • Lao Assistance Center, Minneapolis - $7,500
  • Minneapolis Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, various cities - $8,000
  • Robbinsdale Independent School District 281, Robbinsdale - $8,500
  • Spark Youth, Minneapolis - $15,000
  • The Edina Community Foundation, Edina - $11,800
  • The Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minneapolis - $9,900
  • University of Minnesota Extension, Minneapolis - $15,000
  • Voyageurs National Park Association, Minneapolis - $2,500

Learn more about the Green Partners environmental education program.

Read the board action request.

Public Works budget hearing rescheduled

The Public Works budget hearing will now be held September 30, 2016, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The full schedule of public hearings for adoption of the 2017 budget and levy is 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, 9:30 ­–  11:30 a.m.

Human Services and Public Health

Thursday, October 6, 2016, 9:30 – 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.

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