County board actions: public hearing set for transportation and transit tax, agreement will help secure resources for homeless, renewed funding will help teen parents

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Contact: Carolyn Marinan, Communications, 612-348-5969

County board actions

Votes Tuesday approved a public hearing to gather feedback on transportation and transit tax, approved an agreement that will help secure resources for the homeless, renewed funding that helps teen parents, approved agreements relating to road reconstruction in Medina and appointed candidates to citizen advisory boards.

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Public hearing set for new transportation and transit sales tax

The board approved a public hearing to gather public comment on the imposition of a new sales tax of up to one-half cent and the potential uses of that revenue for transportation and transit projects.

This tax would replace the current sales tax of one-quarter cent imposed by Hennepin County for the Counties Transit Improvement Board (CTIB).

The public hearing will be held before the Public Works Committee on Tuesday, March 21, at 1:30 p.m. in the Board Room (A-2400) of the Hennepin County Government Center, 300 South Sixth Street, Minneapolis.

All are welcome.

Prior to the hearing, Hennepin County Public Works staff will hold two open houses to share information about the new tax and its potential uses. Staff will answer questions and take written comments.

Both open houses will be held at county libraries on Monday, March 20, 5 – 7 p.m., with a short presentation at 6 p.m.

Read more about the action.

Learn more about how Hennepin County is connecting people to places.

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Agreement will help secure funding to help residents experiencing long-term homelessness

The board approved an agreement that will better position Hennepin County and six other metro counties to receive future grant funding to combat long-term homelessness. The agreement will allow the counties to expand coordination on housing issues, reduce administrative costs and submit regional applications for grant funding.

Read more about the agreement.

Renewed funding will continue to help teen parents and their children

The board accepted $66,667 of grant funding from the Minnesota Department of Human Services for a program that helps teen parents attend school, deliver healthy babies, delay subsequent pregnancies, develop responsive parenting skills and achieve self-sufficiency. Funding will allow the program to retain a social worker to connect eligible teen parents with services.

View details about the grant funding. 

Highway 55 intersection improvements moving forward in Medina

The board approved a series of contracts and amendments relating to reconstruction at the intersection of Pinto Drive (County Roads 115 and 116) and Highway 55. Hennepin County is working with the City of Medina and the Minnesota Department of Transportation to address safety, capacity and mobility issues at the intersection.

Read more about the agreements. 

Read more about the construction project.

Candidates appointed to citizen advisory boards

Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Board

  • Richard Miller
  • Jessica Loftus

Adult Mental Health Local Advisory Council Board

  • Rosalin Chrest 
  • Kristin McGrath
  • Marjorie Schaffer
  • Rozeria Fuller
  • Rachel Dwyer
  • Christine Johnson 
  • Leonard Freeman 
  • Shelia Wiegman 
  • Shannon Williams 
  • Kelly Wysong

Library Board

  • Erin Vrieze Daniels
  • Margaret Ligon

Read more about citizen advisory boards.

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