May 2018 E-Newsletter

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Jan Callison - News from District 6

  May 2018


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Jan Callison

In this edition

Board meetings

April 10, 2018

Hennepin Youth Sports grants awarded


The board awarded $215,043 of Hennepin Youth Sports grants for playground and small equipment projects across the county.

Hennepin County awarded $25,000 to each of these cities for playground projects:

  • New Hope – Sunnyside Park 
  • Loretto – Ponds Park
  • Shorewood – Badger Park

Since it began in 2009, Hennepin Youth Sports has awarded $22 million for facility, small equipment and playground projects, along with water safety lessons. Proceeds from the Twins ballpark sales tax support this program.

Read more about Hennepin Youth Sports

Member appointed to the Lower Minnesota River Watershed District Board

The board appointed incumbent David Raby to the position.

Read more about this action.

Juvenile probation offices to be centralized at Penn and Plymouth avenues

The board approved the initial design for an office space in North Minneapolis that will combine and centralize three Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation offices serving juveniles. This office will occupy a portion of the future Thor Construction headquarters at Penn and Plymouth avenues. The consolidation will locate offices near other social services and public transportation and save on leasing costs.

Read more about this action.

April 24, 2018

Grants awarded to improve recycling in public spaces


The board awarded nearly $100,000 to improve recycling at parks, along business districts and in sports facilities. Cities will use funding to add more than 150 recycling containers throughout the county.

Hennepin County awarded grants to cities to purchase recycling containers for the following locations:

  • Bloomington Ice Garden 
  • Brooklyn Park – eight park locations
  • Maple Grove Community Center
  • Minneapolis – Eat Street (Nicollet Avenue) and Stadium Village business districts  
  • Richfield – Wood Lake Nature Center 
  • Rogers – North Community Park and Veterans’ Memorial Park
  • Shorewood Community Center

These grant awards will help meet the county’s goal of recycling 75 percent of waste by 2030.

Read more about these funding awards.

Expanded program aims to reduce contracting disparities

The board approved an action to supplement and enhance a program that promotes inclusion of minority- and women-owned businesses in contracts.

In 2016, the county participated in a joint disparity study led by the state, along with eight other state and local entities. The study documented that, despite the long-term use of a race- and gender-neutral contracting program, substantial disparities continue to exist in contracting dollars awarded to minority-owned and women-owned firms.

The county will take several measures to supplement and enhance its Small Business Enterprise program, its primary method of including local small firms in contracts. Tactics include:

  • Supplement and enhance the county’s Small Business Enterprise Program with narrowly-tailored race and/or gender-conscious contracting opportunities
  • Renew its participation in a collaborative that provides business development services and resources to local small businesses 
  • Streamline affirmative action/equal employment opportunity contract compliance for non-construction vendors
  • Coordinate department-level contract inclusion goals

Grant will continue Sheriff's Office terrorism prevention efforts


The board accepted a $100,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety to build resiliency in communities that are at risk for recruitment into extremist organizations. The Sheriff's Office will use funding for engagement with the community, including workshops with local partners.

Read more about this action

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.

April 12, 2018

Public Safety Update

Staff provided Commissioners with an update on the public safety system-wide stressors, system drivers, caseload data, and then outlined current and future strategies.  We heard from county staff, the Sheriff's office, the County Attorney's office, and the Chief Judge.  System drivers include drug addiction, mental illness, increases in more serious felonies, and child protection referrals.  The system is currently seeing an increase in felony jail bookings and court filings, and an increase in case volume and complexity. 

April 19, 2018

Met Council - Transportation Policy Plan

Metropolitan Council Staff presented the 2040 Transportation Policy Plan (TPP) Update to the County Board.  The TPP is a long-range transportation plan for the region that is required under state and federal law, and is prepared by the Met Council in coordination with layers of government.  There is a public participation and review process.  Information about the plan can be found on their webpage.

County calendar

May 4, 2018

Plan a smart summer

Discover Summer

It’s almost time for summer learning at your local library. Find events and registration after Friday, May 4, on the Hennepin County Library website,

May 9, 2018

Communities hosting Earth Day, Arbor Day events across the county


While the wintry weather may have changed some springtime plans, many Earth Day and Arbor Day events are happening this May across the county. 

The county has created a map with up-to-date listings of more than 50 community events. View the map at

District 6 event:

May 21, 2018

Southdale Library community meeting

     When: Monday, May 21, 7 to 9 p.m.

     Where: 7001 York Avenue South, Edina

Join library staff and architects to learn more about the project.

Read more about the meeting and plans for the new library.


Minneapolis Farmers Market returns Tuesdays to the Government Center

Farmers Market

The Minneapolis Farmers Market will return to the Hennepin County Government Center South Plaza from May – October. 

A variety of vendors will sell fresh produce, flowers and more, Tuesdays 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

The Farmers Market was previously held on Thursdays at the Government Center. The Thursday market will be located on Nicollet Mall this year. 

Other events beginning in June

People living, working and visiting downtown can also enjoy the following activities June – August on the South Plaza:

  • Yard games, meditation area and more, Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Piano performances, Thursdays, noon – 1 p.m.

Events will also begin in June at Target Field Station, including movie nights and trivia nights. 

Go Outside with Hennepin County

The county and mpls downtown council host these activities as part of Go Outside with Hennepin County, a free, family-friendly event series. 

View full event details at

People can share their experiences at Go Outside events on social media using #GoOutside. 

Request a speaker from Hennepin County


Use the Hennepin County speakers bureau to request presentations on a variety of topics, from libraries and road maintenance to restaurant inspections and services for people with disabilities. There is no charge for this service.

Learn more or submit a request at

Contact with questions.  

2018 Road Construction Season


The 2018 Construction Season has officially kicked off.  Below is a breakdown of upcoming projects in District 6.

Maintenance and operations

Roadway pavement program



  • Gleason Road (County Road 158) – from Highway 62 East ramp to Gleason Court


  • Oak Street (County Road 19) – from Highway 7 to Water Street


  • Mill Street (County Road 82) – from Lilac Lane to 2nd Street


  • Excelsior Boulevard (County Road 3) – from Church Lane/Frontage Road to 11th Avenue South


  • Watertown Road/6th Avenue North (County Road 6) – from Townline Road to Orchard Park Road


  • Shoreline Drive (County Road 15) – shoulders only from Hillside Drive East to railroad bridge

  • Wayzata Boulevard East (County Road 101) – from Gleason Lake Boulevard (County Road 15)/Bushaway Road (County Road 101) to Central Avenue (County Road 101)

Crack sealing


  • Xerxes Avenue South (County Road 31) – from 66th Street West (County Road 53) to Highway 62


  • Shady Oak Road (County Road 61) – from Red Circle Drive to Sanibel Drive


  • Central Avenue (County Road 101) – from the bridge over Highway12 to 12th Avenue North

Pavement striping


  • Baker Road (County Road 60) – from Minnetonka Boulevard (County Road 5) to Highway 212


  • North Shore Drive (County Road 19)
  •     from North Arm Drive (County Road 151) to Bayside Road (County Road 84)
  •     from North Arm Drive (County Road 151) to North Shore Drive (County Road 51)


LED conversions

Eden Prairie

  • Eden Prairie Road (County Road 4)
  •     at Valley View Road
  •     at Edenwood Drive

  • Townline Road/62nd Street West (County Road 62) at Scenic Heights Drive/Chatham Way
  •     at Woodland Road/Ginger Drive
  •     at Glen Lake Boulevard


  • County Road 101
  •     at Seven Hi Drive
  •     at Hutchins Drive

  •     at Ridgewood Road
  •     at Lake Street Extension

  • Excelsior Boulevard (County Road 3) at Shady Oak Road (County Road 61)

  • Minnetonka Boulevard (County Road 5)  
  •     at McGinty Road West (County Road 16)
  •     at I-494 East ramp
  •     at Baker Road (County Road 60)
  •     at Plymouth Road (County Road 61)
  •     at Shady Oak Road (County Road 61)
  •     at County Road 101
  •     at Williston Road

  • Plymouth Road (County Road 61) at Cedar Lake Road

  • Shady Oak Road (County Road 61)  
  •     at Red Circle Drive
  •     at Bren Road
  •     at Dominic Drive/Smetana Road
  •     at K-tel Drive

  • Townline Road/62nd Street West (County Road 62) at Dell Road (County Road 101)

Signal painting


  • 66th Street (County Road 53)  
  •     at Drew Avenue/Southdale entrance
  •     at Southdale exit


  • Excelsior Boulevard (County Road 3)
  •     at 5th Avenue South
  •     at Jackson Avenue North/Milwaukee Street
  •     at Highway 169 West ramp


  • Excelsior Boulevard (County Road 3)
  •     at Baker Road (County Road 60)
  •     at Shady Oak Road (County Road 61)

Flashing yellow arrows


  • County Road 101  
  •     at Lake Street Extension
  •     at Ridgewood Road
  •     at Hutchins Drive

  • Excelsior Boulevard (County Road 3) at Shady Oak Road (County Road 61)
  • Minnetonka Boulevard (County Road 5)
  •     at County Road 101
  •     at Williston Road
  • Shady Oak Road (County Road 61)
  •     at Highway 62 North ramp
  •     at Bren Road
  •     at Dominic Drive/Smetana Road
  •     at K-tel Drive
  • Townline Road/62nd Street West (County Road 62)
  •      at Dell Road (County Road 101)

Signal cabinet replacement


  • Excelsior Boulevard (County Road 3) at Shady Oak Road (County Road 61)
  • Minnetonka Boulevard (County Road 5) at County Road 101
  • Townline Road/62nd Street West (County Road 62) at Dell Road (County Road 101)


  • Central Avenue (County Road 101) at Wayzata Boulevard

Signal video detection


  • Gleason Road (County Road 158) at Vernon Avenue South
  • Vernon Avenue South (County Road 158) at Interlachen Boulevard
  • York Avenue (County Road 31) at Southdale exit


  • Excelsior Boulevard (County Road 3)
  •     at Highway 169 West ramp
  •     at Highway 169 East ramp
  •     at Jackson Avenue North/Milwaukee Street

Spring Park

  • Shoreline Drive (County Road 15)
  •     at Interlachen Road (County Road 125)
  •     at Sunset Drive (County Road 51)


Guardrail repairs

Long Lake

  • Wayzata Boulevard (County Road 112) at Wolf Pointe Trail


  • Shoreline Drive (County Road 15)
  •     at Bartlett Boulevard
  •     at West Arm Road


  • Brown Road South (County Road 146) at Fox Ridge Road
  • Northshore Drive (County Road 19) at Tonkaview Lane
  • Wayzata Boulevard (County Road 112)
  •     at Old Crystal Bay Road
  •     at Industrial Boulevard North
  • Weaver Lake Road (County Road 112) at Wayzata Boulevard West (County Road 112) and 6th Avenue North (County Road 6)

Ongoing maintenance activities

Transportation Operations leads our ongoing maintenance activities.  They will continue with various as-needed work, including:

• patching potholes

• street sweeping

• mowing

• maintaining signs

• restriping roadways

• repairing drainage structures

• repairing guardrails

• removing diseased trees

Residents identifying needs for any of the above activities are encouraged to call Transportation Dispatch at 612-596-0299.

Residents looking for the most current information about major operations and maintenance activities should visit

Construction progresses on Wayzata Boulevard

Wayzata Blvd

Heavy snow in mid-April created challenges for crews and delayed some of the planned construction activities. However, crews are making progress where they can.

Concrete work begins at Lake Street

Yesterday, crews began curb, apron and sidewalk work along Lake Street. 

First, we will remove existing concrete. Then, the surface will be graded to prepare for the new concrete. Forms will be constructed to outline the new curbs, apron and sidewalks. Finally, crews will pour the concrete and let it cure.

When concrete pouring begins, curbs and gutters will be done first, followed by driveway aprons, and then sidewalks. With new concrete, curing time is needed to get it up to the strength needed to support traffic.

Weather permitting, we anticipate work on Lake Street to take around a month to complete

Preliminary construction activities continue in phase 2 area

By the end of this week, tree and shrub clearing inside the county right-of-way will be completed on Wayzata Boulevard (County Road 112) between Wolf Pointe Trail and Luce Line Trail underpass.

Next week, we are continuing preliminary work on Wayzata Boulevard between Wolf Pointe Trail and Wayzata Boulevard West in preparation for staging traffic when reconstruction begins. Work will include:

  • removing concrete medians along the eastern end of Wayzata Boulevard
  • removing road signs, lane stripes and guardrails to realign the roadway for construction
  • patching up the roadway along the southern half 

You will see crews staging the area with signage, equipment and barriers. Please use caution and slow down as you travel through the area.

Reconstruction begins week of May 7

Starting the week of May 7, reconstruction work will begin between Wolf Pointe Trail and Wayzata Boulevard West.

For the first few weeks, we will be removing pavement and improving the soil where the road is expected to be temporarily widened to accommodate traffic. Soil improvements work will include leveling out the soil to create a solid and supportive road base during construction.

Like last year, we will be reconstructing the road one half at a time in order to allow people driving to get through during construction.

Getting around and staying safe

Wayzata Boulevard will remain open for local access. This means you will still be able to travel to get to your home, place of work or favorite business in the construction area, but be prepared for changes in pavement surfaces like gravel and traffic configurations. In addition, at least one pedestrian access route will be maintained at all times.

Speed limit enforcement changes and construction signs along phase 2

Throughout the phase 2 work area, a 35 mile per hour construction zone speed limit will be enforced starting the end of this week. New speed limit signage will be posted between Wolf Pointe Trail and Highway 12 ramps.

The change is being made to ensure the safety of people at all times, and will remain in place until reconstruction is completed. 

It is important to follow posted speed limits and construction signs in this area, including during the evenings and weekends. 

Traffic changes, construction crews, equipment and work areas near the roadway can demand extra attention from road users.

Construction hours in Long Lake and Orono

With reconstruction work begins in Long Lake and Orono, area residents and businesses will notice different end times to construction due to noise ordinances of each city.

In Orono, the construction hours are:

Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

In Long Lake, the construction hours are:

Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There will be times throughout the project where work will end later than construction hours or will continue on overnight. Any construction work scheduled for after-hours or overnight will go through the proper approval process.

Black Road (County Road 20) in Hopkins closure

On Monday, April 9, Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES) began utility work that required the closure of the intersection of Blake Road (County Road 20) and Lake Street.

Closure timing

This work in the intersection will take about six weeks to complete. After the work is complete, the City of Hopkins will start work on the Blake Road reconstruction project, which will keep the intersection closed for several more months.

Detours and access 

The detour for all traffic will be Excelsior Boulevard (County Road 3) to Highway 169 to Highway 7. There will be local access to businesses and residences, but a full intersection closure at Lake Street will prohibit any through traffic. 

2018 State of the County

On Tuesday, April 10, I had the pleasure of giving the State of the County Address to staff, partners and friends at Brookview Community Center in Golden Valley. At the last address in 2016, I described a strong county blessed with gifted leadership, talented staff and committed community partners. This description still remains true today and those building blocks for success are still in place. By working together, we have responded to challenges and celebrated successes.

We must continue to work together to overcome ongoing challenges. We need to seize opportunities to expand community engagement efforts with more people in our communities.

Expectations around public participation have evolved and we as an organization must continue to grow in this area as well. As outlined in my speech, I will be asking my colleagues to support a plan for strategic community engagement. I look forward to taking on this challenge with our staff, leadership and partners. 

The 2018 State of the County Address can be found at

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.

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District 6 staff

Jan Callison
6th District

Allyson Sellwood
Policy Aide

Christine Hoyles
Administrative Assistant

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