August 2018 E-Newsletter

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Jan Callison - News from District 6

  August 2018


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Jan Callison

In this edition

Board meetings

July 24, 2018

Board approves initial design for regional medical examiner's facility

A new regional medical examiner’s facility is expected to open as early as 2021 in Minnetonka. The board approved the initial design and a contract to develop further plans for the facility.

Hennepin County will enter a $3.9 million contract with Leo A Daly Company to continue architectural and engineering services throughout the duration of the project. 

Feasibility study approved for mental health housing option

The board approved a study on potentially converting the Adult Corrections Facility Work Release building in Plymouth to secure mental health stabilization housing. This proposed facility is one way the county could help meet the complex health and human services needs of people with serious mental health conditions who are involved with the criminal justice system. Earlier this year, the board also accepted state grant funding for a mental health triage program in Downtown Minneapolis that would address immediate needs of people in crisis and direct them to long-term supports.

Read more about this action.  

Board sets maximum levies for watersheds


The board approved plan amendments and/or maximum levies for the following watersheds: 

Callison, Opat appointed to canvassing board

The board appointed District 1 Commissioner Mike Opat and me to the canvassing board, which will review and release official results for the upcoming primary and general elections.

Read more about this action.

Member appointed to workforce board

The board appointed Emily Watts to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Board.

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 votes are taken. Board briefings occur in the board room on the 24th floor of the Hennepin County Government Center and are open to the public.

July 12, 2018

Economic Development

The Board was briefed on the county’s current economic development focus and activities. Hennepin County defines economic development as a set of programs and policies that aid in the creation, retention, and expansion of jobs; the development of a stable tax base, enhancement of wealth, and interruption of generational poverty. County staff created an economic development framework based on the definition that includes: enhancing livability, attracting private investment, supporting entrepreneurs and grow businesses. Today, Hennepin County is home to 11 fortune 500 companies, has 914,221 jobs, and five communities within the county have been named “best places to live.”


County staff presented proposed revisions to the recycling ordinance (#13). The revisions include new city and business requirements for recycling organics and improvements to conventional recycling at multifamily properties and businesses. Staff have been engaging the public on curbside organic recycling and incorporated the feedback they have received to ensure the ordinance fits our community needs. This policy change will help the County achieve recycling goals and eliminate landfilling. This fall the Board will hold a public hearing and vote on the proposed revisions.

July 26, 2018

Drainage ditch system

Staff briefed the Board on the county’s drainage ditch system. It has been over 50 years since any major changes were done to the ditch system, which is why staff is recommending a proactive 10 year strategic plan.  County staff propose to work with residents to restore drainage ditch systems while improving water quality, including preventing and capturing pollution to improve downstream lakes and rivers.

County calendar

August 7, 2018

National Night Out

National Night Out is a great way to join your friends and neighbors for some community comradery.  If you are not sure where to find an event, visit your cities webpage or the National Night Out webpage for more information.

August 13, 2018

Absentee voting

Get ready to vote

Eligible voters can vote absentee — either in-person or by mail — now through August 13.

As of Monday, July 30, at 8 a.m. in Hennepin County: 

  • Total ballots issued (mail and in-person absentee voting) – 19,900
  • Ballots issued since Monday, July 23 – 5,400

  • Total ballots received and accepted (mail and in-person absentee voting) – 9,500
  • Ballots received and accepted since Monday, July 23 – 3,300

For comparison, the final count of absentee ballots received and accepted in the 2016 primary was nearly 8,000. The final count of absentee ballots received and accepted in the 2014 primary was just over 9,000. The 2018 primary has already surpassed these two elections, with 9,500 ballots received and accepted to date in Hennepin County.

Hennepin County cities with the highest numbers of absentee voters:

  • Minneapolis: 4,990
  • Bloomington: 535
  • Plymouth: 530
  • Edina: 470

Pre-registered voters

Hennepin County has 749,000 pre-registered voters for the Minnesota primary. Pre-registration ended July 24.

View your sample ballot from the Secretary of State’s website.

Learn more about preparing to vote.

Learn more about absentee voting.

August 14, 2018

Primary Election day

August 14 is Minnesota's primary election day.  Voters can register at their polling place on Minnesota primary day, August 14. 

Voters also can look up their polling place, sample ballot, voter registration status, and absentee ballot status at

For more information about elections and voting in Hennepin County, visit

August 17, 2018

Revisions to Hennepin County’s recycling ordinance now available for public comment

The county has released its draft revisions to the recycling ordinance (ordinance #13 source separation of solid waste) to include new requirements.

Key provisions being considered include:  

  • Requirements for businesses that generate large quantities of food waste to implement food waste recycling by 2020  
  • Requirements for cities to offer curbside organics recycling service to residents by 2022 
  • Updates to the multifamily recycling requirements to add service level standards and education and labeling requirements. 
  • Requirements for businesses to meet the state recycling requirements, service level standards, and labeling requirements.

Provide feedback 


Lake Minnetonka bridge inspections

Boat inspection

On July 24, bridge maintenance crews used boats to conduct inspections on three county road bridges:

  • Tonkawa Road Bridge (County Road 135) over Maxwell Channel in Orono
  • Shoreline Drive Bridge (County Road 15) over Tanager Channel in Wayzata
  • Bushaway Road Bridge (County Road 101) over Grays Bay in Wayzata

Each Hennepin County bridge is inspected regularly, typically every one to two years. The methods depend on location and include using boats, bucket trucks called snooper trucks or walking on and under the bridge deck.

A bridge inspection allows our engineers and technicians to thoroughly check its condition to determine if preventative maintenance work is needed. 

Be prepared for your beach party

Hennepin County samples and analyzes the water at 31 public swimming beaches. Before you pack up your beach towel, check to make sure the location is open and available for swimming. Beaches not on the map are monitored by another municipality.

Check out the beach safety map

Funding available to cities to establish organics recycling drop-off sites

Organics dropoff

Hennepin County has funding available for cities to establish organics recycling drop-off sites. Recycling organic materials, like food, non-recyclable paper and compostable products, is the best opportunity to reduce our trash and achieve our goal of sending zero waste to landfills.

Organics drop-off sites increase access to organics recycling for all residents, especially those living in multifamily properties without access to city service and those in cities that don’t offer service. Drop offs also raise awareness about the benefits of organics recycling and build interest in additional programs.

Up to $15,000 is available for each organics recycling drop-off site for up to three sites in a city. See the organics recycling drop-off funding guidelines to learn more.

For more information, contact Ben Knudson at or 612-596-1176.

Wayzata Boulevard reconstruction update

Wayzata Boulevard

County Road 112 in Long Lake and Orono

Full closure of Wayzata Boulevard begins Monday

On Monday, August 6, Wayzata Boulevard (County Road 112) will close to through traffic between Wolf Pointe Trail and Wayzata Boulevard West, near the Highway 12 ramps.

The closure is needed to safely and efficiently replace three underground utility crossings located underneath the roadway throughout the phase 2 corridor.

Weather permitting, the underground utility work, grading and paving is expected to take seven days to complete. 

This is the second of three scheduled full closures on Wayzata Boulevard this year. The final closure will occur in late fall.

Reminder: Detour route will be in place for full closure

During the closure, through traffic will be detoured using Highway 12.

Due to the nature of the work, the geography of the area and the levels of traffic local streets are designed for, all through motor vehicle traffic on Wayzata Boulevard will need to use the official detour to get around the closure.

Using the detour will keep our crews safe. It will also keep you from experiencing delays and getting frustrated. And it keeps the neighborhood traffic safer for the individuals and families who live, work and play in the area.

We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.

Local access during the closure

We will maintain access for local residents and to businesses in the immediate closure area. This means you will still be able to get to your home, place of work or favorite business. 

However, the closure location with shift every one to three days, and will affect how you get in and out from your neighborhood. 

Traffic changes, construction crews and work zones on Wayzata Boulevard will demand your extra attention. For your safety and the safety of our crews, we ask that you slow down where crews are working.

Signage will be provided to help guide local residents, visitors and business patrons accessing the area.

Below is a map showing the corridor and the three locations of the work.

Wayzata Blvd Closure

Keep in mind, the schedule is subject to change. We will post daily updates on the project website to keep you up to date. We anticipate closures in these areas on these dates:

Location 1: Monday morning, August 6 – Tuesday afternoon, August 7

  • Closed between the two entrances of Birches on the Lake, east of Wolf Pointe Trail.

Location 2: Tuesday afternoon, August 7 – Friday morning, August 10 

  • Closed at Heather Lane. Heather Lane entrance will also close.

Location 3: Friday afternoon, August 10 – Saturday evening, August 11 

  • Closed at Greenhill Lane. Greenhill Lane entrance will also close.

Crews will return on Monday, August 13, to pave all the crossings before reopening the road to all traffic by Tuesday, August 14. We will pave the crossings half at a time in order to maintain access for local traffic.

Traffic shifts starting Friday

Friday shift between Martha Lane and Wolf Pointe Trail 

On Friday, August 3, both directions of traffic will shift to the northern half of Wayzata Boulevard between Martha Lane and Wolf Pointe Trail.

The traffic shift will allow crews to remove the temporary bypass and construct the permanent roadway features along the southern half. 

Saturday shift between Old Long Lake Road to Wayzata Boulevard West

On Saturday, August 4, both directions of traffic will shift to the northern half of Wayzata Boulevard between Old Long Lake Road and Wayzata Boulevard West. 

The traffic shift will allow crews to begin reconstruction along the southern half of Wayzata Boulevard. 

Similar to the work between Wolf Pointe Trail and Old Long Lake Road, crews are temporarily widening the shoulder to accommodate both directions of traffic during reconstruction on the southern half of Wayzata Boulevard. This temporary configuration will remain in place for approximately up to two months. Crews will return this fall to construct permanent roadway features to include the new trail.

Trail paved along the shoreline

Last week, crews working on the reconstruction of the Long Lake shoreline paved the new shoreline trail. For your safety, the trail will remain closed for the next week or two while crews are working in the area.

This week, crews will focus their attention on:

  • Placing topsoil along the boulevards and behind the trail
  • Installing new ornamental fencing along the shoreline

Sidewalk work complete between Mill Street and Martha Lane

Last week, crews poured new concrete sidewalk and pedestrian curb ramps between Mill Street and Martha Lane. 

With this segment completed, all sidewalk and pedestrian curb ramp construction through downtown Long Lake is complete and open for people to use. And, the corridor between Willow Drive and Wolf Pointe Trail will have sidewalk and trail access once the shoreline trail opens.

Underground work continues along southern half of Wayzata Boulevard

This week, crews are continuing pavement removals, underground utility work and grading along the southern half of Wayzata Boulevard between Wolf Pointe Trail and Greenhill Lane. 

Intermittent side street closures this week

During this work, there will be intermittent closures of Glenmoor, Heather, Russell and Greenhill lanes entrances as crews continue work in the area. 

Local residents and their visitors on these four connecting streets will still have access during these intermittent closures as we will keep at least one entrance open at all times.

Shoulder strengthening work continues along northern half of Wayzata Boulevard

On July 24, crews graded the widened shoulder along the northern half of Wayzata Boulevard between Old Long Lake Road and the Luce Line Trail overpass. 

The shoulder is being temporarily widened to accommodate both directions of traffic during reconstruction on the southern half. Grading will provide extra strength to support traffic when traffic shifts to the northern half of Wayzata Boulevard in mid-August.

After the widening and strengthening work is completed, crews will return to pave this segment.

Driveway access impacts

This work will not impact through traffic or access to city streets. However, there will be brief closures to driveways along the northern half of Wayzata Boulevard between Old Long Lake Road and Luce Line Trail overpass. Impacted residents will be notified.



Ridgedale Library Reopening

Ridgedale reopening

The yearlong renovation of Ridgedale Library is nearly complete.  A grand opening celebration will be held on Monday, September 24, at 5:00 p.m.

When the library reopens on the evening of Monday, September 24, patrons will find an updated space that includes:

  • A reconfigured floor plan that makes the library more open and easier to navigate
  • Large windows that flood the space with natural light
  • New carpeting and paint
  • A public art piece overlooking the pond

Reconfigured for patrons

New seating options offer additional flexibility for patrons' needs, including quiet study, family reading and collaborative work spaces. New reading spaces include colorful, comfortable reading nooks near the windows and among the shelves. Added meeting room space has been fitted with audio-visual connectivity for video chatting and online collaboration.

Areas for children, from preschool to teens, will include interactive learning elements and spaces to work and play together.

Patrons also will find updated restrooms, a more accessible parking lot and a single service desk that will improve service.

Grand opening events

The library will open with a ribbon cutting on September 24 at 5:00 p.m. and will remain open until 9:00 p.m. that evening.

Regular library hours will resume on Tuesday, September 25:

  • Tuesday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Thursday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday 12 - 5 p.m.
  • Monday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

More information about this building project

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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