County Board actions: New county engineer, expansion of addiction services, programs for families and more

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

County board actions

The Hennepin County Board approved funding to support families, named a new county highway engineer, accepted funding for withdrawal management services and more.

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Grant will bolster program to strengthen families

The board accepted a grant of $529,868 from the Minnesota Department of Human Services to increase staffing in the Family Group Decision Making program. Under the program, trusted friends and family members gather to support families and children, to help them resolve issues of safety, permanency and well-being. Specially trained Hennepin County social workers facilitate the meetings for families with open children’s services cases, children in long-term foster care working toward self-sufficiency or emancipation, families with open family assessment cases, and families that are seeking family support and preservation services.

Learn more about the grant and about Family Group Decision Making program.

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Carla Stueve appointed as Hennepin County highway engineer

Carla Stueve

The board named Transportation Project Delivery Director Carla Stueve to a one-year term as Hennepin County highway engineer, effective May 22, 2018. Stueve is a professional engineer, registered under the laws of the State of Minnesota, and is a certified professional traffic operations engineer. 

As the county highway engineer, Stueve is responsible for delivering the county’s road and bridge projects in the capital program, amounting to approximately $50 million annually. 

She was appointed to the post previously held by Jim Grube, making her the ninth — and first female — Hennepin County highway engineer. 

Learn more about the highway engineer appointment

Grant will expand withdrawal management services

The board accepted a $200,000 grant from UCare to expand medical-supervised withdrawal management services at 1800 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis. The aim of the project is to reduce demand on high-cost crisis care. The county expects to see benefits in serving clients through withdrawal management at the facility, rather than in the emergency department, including reduced costs and improved outcomes.

Learn more about the grant and the program

Special meeting scheduled for discussion and vote on Southwest Light Rail

The County Board will host a special meeting to discuss and hear public comment on the Green Line Extension. The board expects to vote to approve or disapprove upcoming Southwest Light Rail Transit funding actions. The meeting will be held on Thursday, May 31, at 1:30 p.m., in the County Board room, A-24, 300 South 6th Street, Minneapolis. 

Grant funds program to build parenting skills

The board voted to accept a $300,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services, and to allocate $150,000 to support the the Co-Parent Program, based at NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center. Since 2010, NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center and its partners has provided supportive services to help families build parenting skills and knowledge. The Co-Parent Program’s goals are to establish paternity and support co-parenting to improve social, emotional and financial outcomes for children, families, and communities.  

Learn more about the Co-Parent Program.

TV channel delivers government announcements to diverse audiences

The board voted to accept a federal grant of as much as $100,000 to continue development of TPT NOW, a public health and safety broadcast channel designed to help government officials and partners to promote community resiliency, including health, safety, emergency situational awareness and public alerts. The channel will provide programming in English, Spanish, Hmong and Somali. This project was funded by the Department of Homeland Security and is administered by Hennepin County Emergency Management on behalf of emergency management departments metro-wide.

Learn more about TPT NOW

Funding supports public plaza at Capri Theater

The board approved as much as $500,000 in funding to construct an outdoor plaza as part of the expansion and renovation of the Capri Theater on West Broadway in Minneapolis. The county’s investment in the $9.5 million Capri Theater Renaissance project, led by the Plymouth Christian Youth Center (PCYC), is part of a larger effort to redevelop vacant properties at four high priority intersections on Penn Avenue: Lowry Avenue, West Broadway Avenue, Golden Valley Road and Glenwood Avenue. PCYC will expand the existing Capri Theater from 18,800 square feet to more than 30,000 square feet. The project will support 55 new jobs. The Capri Theater, built in 1927, is a community asset and historically significant cultural landmark. Though North Minneapolis once had 13 movie houses, the Capri is the only one that remains.

Learn more about the Capri Theater project.  

Funding supports Robbinsdale businesses

The board approved as much as $164,000 from the Economic Development Infrastructure Fund to help offset redevelopment costs and facilitate new construction that will allow multiple businesses in downtown Robbinsdale to relocate, reconfigure and expand. This work will help retain 47 existing jobs with wages of at least $14 per hour, and indirectly support 28 jobs in neighboring businesses. The completed project is expected to more than triple the parcel’s market value to about $1.5 million and add more than a dozen jobs.   

Learn more about the project and the Economic Development Infrastructure Fund.

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