April 2018 E-Newsletter

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Jan Callison - News from District 6

  April 2018


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Warm regards,

Jan Callison

In this edition

Board meetings

March 13, 2018

Funding will house and support youth currently in or aging out of county services

The board approved $323,500 to provide stable housing and services for youth ages 18 to 24 involved in or aging out of county services. This initiative will build on the success of similar county programs working with segments of the same population.  

Read more about this initiative.

Grant to fund study on juvenile justice assessment tool

The board accepted a $50,000 grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation to develop a local assessment tool that considers racial disparities while improving the accuracy of risk prediction, particularly for those most disproportionately represented in the Hennepin County juvenile justice system. This work is part of the county's Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, a partnership working to create a system that produces positive outcomes for youth, families and the community.

Read the board action.

Learn about opportunities to participate in the assessment tool project.

Learn more about the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative.

Grant-funded navigators will help youth experiencing homelessness

The board accepted a grant to change the county's approach to assisting minors ages 15 to 17 experiencing homelessness. A Minnesota Department of Human Services grant will fund the work of two navigators who will help minors exit homelessness through family reunification and connections to benefits, housing and supportive services.

Read more about this project.

Candidates appointed to citizen advisory boards

The board appointed the following candidates:

County Extension Committee (University of Minnesota Extension)

  • Patricia Dominguez-Mejia 

Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act Board

  • Sarah Gutzman

March 27, 2018

Funding will help prevent spread of AIS


The board awarded 11 Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Prevention grants totaling $198,175. Organizations will use funding for early detection of AIS, inspections at public lake accesses, outreach and education, research, watercraft cleaning facilities and more.

Grant recipients include:

  • Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission - $20,000 to purchase and install a watercraft cleaning station at the French Regional Park along the north shore of Medicine Lake
  • CD3 General Benefit Corporation - $15,000 to build upon a previously funded project that developed a waterless cleaning station at numerous boat launches last year in the county
  • Christmas Lake Homeowners Association - $10,000 to assist with watercraft inspections every hour that Christmas Lake public access is open
  • City of Eden Prairie - $9,000 to conduct research on Brittle Naiad, an invasive plant about which very little is known
  • City of Long Lake - $33,675 to purchase and install a watercraft cleaning station at the public access on Long Lake
  • Fortin Consulting Inc. - $18,500 to fund early AIS detection efforts throughout the county, including volunteer assistance and training
  • Fortin Consulting Inc. - $18,000 to survey 12 water bodies lacking any boat access for the presence of AIS to evaluate possible unidentified pathways for AIS reaching these waters
  • Lake Minnetonka Conservation District - $10,000 to expand public access inspection times at smaller accesses around Lake Minnetonka
  • Three Rivers Park District - $20,000 to purchase and install a watercraft cleaning station at Lake Minnetonka Regional Park
  • Three Rivers Park District - $33,000 to expand inspections at public accesses throughout the county
  • Wayzata Sailing Foundation - $11,000 to engage youth in discovery, monitoring and exploration of AIS in Lake Minnetonka

Read more about these grant awards.

Read more about how the county is preventing AIS

Grant will fight opioid abuse among people experiencing homelessness


The board accepted $85,200 in additional federal grant funds to provide treatment, prevention and awareness of opioid addiction within the Health Care for the Homeless program. This program provides a variety of health and wellness services at several clinics and shelters in Minneapolis. The Federal Health Resources and Services Administration grant will fund a social worker position to educate, assess and refer patients to substance abuse care and services. This effort aligns with the county's overall response to the opioid crisis.

Learn more about this grant funding.

Learn more about Health Care for the Homeless.

Learn more about Hennepin County's response to the opioid crisis

Candidates appointed to citizen advisory boards

The board appointed the following candidates:

Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Board

  • Kurt Rogness - incumbent
  • Sherry Davis White - incumbent

Human Resources Board

  • Ned Rousmaniere
  • Robert Powers - incumbent
  • Janet Frisch

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 21, 2018

Transportation briefing

Staff presented a two hour briefing on the county's transportation program.  We discussed the capital project prioritization program that staff uses to fairly and responsibly prioritize projects across the county, and then the funding of the recommended projects.  Staff also gave on update on safety investments, presented the proposed county jurisdictional transfer policy (transfers of roadways between agencies), addressed revisions to Ordinance 22 (small cell wireless facilities), and finally presented the asset management dashboard for 2017. 

County calendar

April, 2018

National Poetry Month


During National Poetry Month in April, your library is a center for inspiration and creativity with poetry-themed book lists, online resources and events.

Learn more about National Poetry Month at the library.


Step to it with your community this May

Step to it

Build healthy habits by tracking your activity through the Step to it challenge, a fun, free program that encourages people of all ages and abilities to become more active.

Join the challenge this May on behalf of your community, school, workplace or other group. The challenge is not just about walking; convert a variety of activities into steps, including running, cycling, dancing, manual wheelchair use and many others.

Participate in the challenge for a chance to win Minnesota Twins tickets or other prizes. 

Get inspired, find more information and register for the challenge by visiting steptoit.org or calling 612-348-5618.

Get car care information from Hennepin County Libraries

car care

ALLDATA automotive provides diagnostic and repair information for more than 30,000 vehicles, 1982 and newer. Patrons can access this valuable resource only in a library building, logging in with your library cardon either a public computer or your own device.

Learn more about this automotive resource.

Get your free Hennepin County Library card online.

New Library Board members

The Hennepin County Board has appointed two new members and reappointed a third to the library’s advisory board. Adja Ann of Maple Grove  was reappointed to another three-year term, along with Sheila Letscher of St. Louis Park and Rahfat Hussain of Minneapolis. They will replace Sandy Johnson, who reached her three-term limit, and Barb Fenton, who stepped down from the board after one term.

Read more about the new members.

Memory Café at Minnetonka Library

Hennepin County Library is part of a collaboration to create community for people with dementia and their caregivers. The work is part of the City of Minnetonka’s efforts to gain designation as a Dementia Friendly Community.

Read more about the library’s work at Memory Café events.

Career and Internship opportunities at Hennepin County

UofM Visit

Last week, students from the College of Liberal Arts | University of Minnesota visited the Hennepin County Government Center and met with staff from across the county. Students toured various departments and learned more about the work of the county. They also found out about our different internship opportunities.

I had the pleasure of speaking with the students when they visited the government center. 

You can find job and internship opportunities athttps://www.hennepin.us/jobs.

Wayzata Boulevard reconstruction

Wayzata Blvd

You are invited to an open house on April 3

This year, Hennepin County, in coordination with the cities of Long Lake and Orono, is continuing major reconstruction of Wayzata Boulevard (County Road 112). 

Construction activities are expected to begin in mid-April. Work will focus on completing phase 1 reconstruction between Lake Street and Wolf Pointe Trail, as well as phase 2 reconstruction between Wolf Pointe Trail and Highway 12.

You are invited to attend the construction open house to learn about the construction work, tentative timelines and navigating throughout the construction zone. 

Tuesday, April 3
4 to 6 p.m.
Long Lake Fire Station
340 Willow Drive

There will be no formal presentation, but county staff will be available to answer your questions. You are welcome to stop in at any time. If you cannot attend and have questions - or if you need special accommodations - please contact staff at 612-543-4275 or countyroad112@hennepin.us.

About this year's reconstruction

Phases 1 and 2 under construction

The reconstruction project is addressing deteriorating pavement, updating utilities and making improvements for drainage and storm water management.

The result will be a safer, more livable and welcoming road, with the following features:

  • New pavement for a smoother ride
  • Restored and improved Long Lake shoreline
  • New shared turn lanes to improve traffic flow
  • New street lighting for better visibility
  • New sidewalks and trails with a boulevard buffer
  • Safer pedestrian and trail crossings
  • Improved accessibility for people with disabilities

Phase 1: Lake Street and Wolf Pointe Trail

Crews will be completing work on this segment. Work in this area began early last year, and crews worked as long as they could into late fall. This year's construction activities will include:

  • Completing restoration of the Long Lake shoreline
  • Reconstructing the roadway between Martha Lane and Wolf Pointe Trail
  • Completing bicycle and pedestrian features like new sidewalks on Lake Street, new trails along the northern half of Wayzata Boulevard, and crosswalk with raised medians connecting the Wayzata Boulevard trail to Long Lake city and Luce Line trails.
  • Installing ornamental railings on retaining walls downtown
  • Installing Long Lake city monuments at Brown Road (County Road 146) intersection and Martha Lane

Phase 2: Wolf Pointe Trail and Highway 12

This segment will be in its first year of reconstruction. Construction activities in 2018 will include:

  • Removing and replacing pavement 
  • Replacing underlying soils for better road stability
  • Removing and replacing underground utilities
  • Updating curbs and gutters for better stormwater management
  • Installing bicycle and pedestrian features like new trails along the northern half of Wayzata Boulevard and trail connections to Luce Line trail
  • Installing streetlights at Old Long Lake Road intersection

Private utility companies will also be in the area relocating and replacing service lines.

Access for residents and businesses

We will work to keep Wayzata Boulevard open as much as possible during construction. However, in order to complete construction, short-term full closures and side street access restrictions will occur.

Access for local residents in the immediate construction area will remain open. People will also have access to local businesses they want to visit in the immediate construction area. Signage will be available to guide people to their destination. 

Expect short-term, full closures this year

To complete this year's work, we will need three short-term, full closures of Wayzata Boulevard along segments between Wolf Pointe Trail and Wayzata Boulevard West. The closures are needed to safely and efficiently replace major underground utility lines.

Hennepin Healthcare's new Clinic & Specialty Center



Hennepin Healthcare's new Clinic & Specialty Center opened last week marking a new era of healthcare in downtown Minneapolis.



A ribbon cutting was held on Thursday, March 15 at the new building, which is located just across the street from HCMC's emergency department.  It was the first of several events marking the completion of the six-story, 377,000 square foot Center, which is the first new building on the downtown campus in 40 years.

The Clinic & Specialty Center is now the home of more than 25 primary care and specialty clinics as well as same-day surgery, imaging, rehabilitation and other services.

There are 363 exam and procedure rooms for clinical use – about 15% more than Hennepin Healthcare’s previous capacity for the clinics that moved into the building.

More than 530,000 clinic visits are expected in the Clinic & Specialty Center in 2018.

Learn more about the services offered at https://www.hennepinhealthcare.org/…/clinic-and-specialty-…/.

About District 6

District 6 map

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.

County information

District 6 staff

Jan Callison
6th District

Allyson Sellwood
Policy Aide

Christine Hoyles
Administrative Assistant


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