September 2018 E-Newsletter

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Jan Callison - News from District 6

  September 2018


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In this edition

Board meetings

August 7, 2018

Probationers will gain job skills working on library, parks construction projects


The board approved two construction contracts that provide jobs and training for people on probation, through the county's Productive Day program.

At least 15 participants will work with Noor Companies on refurbishments at Hennepin County Library – Hosmer in south Minneapolis. Noor Construction previously worked with a Productive Day crew on the new Estes Funeral Chapel in North Minneapolis. 

Three Rivers Park District will also work with a crew on various projects through 2018, beginning with a wooden bridge project at Elm Creek Park Reserve in Maple Grove.

Read more about the Noor Construction contract.

Read more about the Three Rivers Park District contract.

Learn more about the Productive Day program.

Funding will help people with serious mental and chemical health challenges re-enter the workforce

The board voted to accept renewed state grant funding for the Vocational Services program, which helps people with serious mental and/or chemical health challenges re-enter the workforce. Participants work with the program at all stages of the employment process – from preparing for and finding a job to maintaining and advancing in a career. 

Read more about this action.

Board appoints citizen advisory board members


The board appointed the following candidates:

August 21, 2018

8 projects receive bikeway grants

Bike trail

The board awarded $585,275 of bicycle capital improvement grants to expand the county's bikeway network. The following projects will receive funding:

  • City of Bloomington, $90,000 to expand and reconstruct a multi-use trail along France Avenue  
  • City of Excelsior, $20,000 for a feasibility study of bicycle and pedestrian facilities along Mill Street 
  • City of Hopkins, $100,000 to construct a multi-use trail along Excelsior Boulevard
  • City of Minneapolis, $100,000 to construct intersection safety improvements and a multi-use trail along East Hennepin Avenue  
  • City of Minnetonka, $100,000 to construct a multi-use trail along Plymouth Road  
  • City of New Hope, $55,275 to construct on-street bicycle facilities along Boone Avenue North and off-street trail improvements between Medicine Lake Road and 28th Avenue  
  • Three Rivers Park District, $100,000 to design and construct a culvert at the railroad bridge at Baker Park Road to connect to bicycle facilities  
  • Three Rivers Park District, $20,000 for a feasibility study to close a regional trail gap on the West Mississippi River Regional Trail

Read more about this action.

Read more about the bicycle capital improvement program.

County to study health outcomes of people on probation

The board accepted $72,647 from the University of Minnesota to conduct a study on how disparities in the health care and criminal justice system overlap. The study will include data analysis and interviews with probation clients, probation officers and health care providers.  

Learn 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.

August 9, 2018

Protected bikeways and road safety

Transportation staff presented the enhanced bikeway network study to Commissioners and then discussed road safety.  Staff has identified 48 miles of county roadways that are best suited for consideration of enhanced bikeways. Next steps include a combination of policy issues (city cost participation and cost share policy) and technical issues (continued studies and plans, resident and partner agency outreach, and clarifying real costs). Staff then presented on the current state of road safety which included crash statistics, investments in road safety, and our next steps of a Road to Zero deaths implementation plan and workgroup and engagement with outside partners.

August 23, 2018

Census update

Staff presented on the preparations for the 2020 Census and provided updates on the Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) and the Complete Count Committee (CCC).  The county's Center of Innovation and Excellence (CIE) has been working with the state demographer's office and other partners on coordinating census preparation efforts.  For the 2020 Census, the U.S. Census Bureau plans to provide the Internet Self-Response Instrument and Census Questionnaire Assistance in 12 non-English languages.  Next steps from staff include continuing to represent Hennepin County on the state demographer's CCC and organizing a CCC for Hennepin County and conduct the first meetings.

Rules presentation

The county attorney liaison for the board and administration presented proposed changes to the County Board Rules and Procedures.  These rules control how the county board operates and have not been updated since 1993. Many of the proposed changes clean up current rules and procedures to make them more clear and reflect how the board currently operates, others bring rules up to current technological expectations and create greater accountability for commissioners.

County calendar

September 18, 2018

Public hearing on county's report to HUD

The county will host a public hearing to gather comments on its 2017 program year report to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development relating to housing and community development grants.

    When: Tuesday, September 18, 1:30 p.m.

      Where: A-2400 Hennepin County Government Center Board Room

                  300 South Sixth Street, Minneapolis

      Read more about the public hearing.

      Housing and Redevelopment Authority meeting rescheduled

      The September 18 Housing and Redevelopment Authority meeting is rescheduled for September 25. 

      September 27, 2018

      Nine Mile Creek Watershed District Board Vacancy

      9 mile creek

      One vacancy for the Nine Mile Creek Watershed District Board is currently open and the board is seeking applicants.  The application period is scheduled to close on September 27, 2018, with interviews scheduled to be held during the County Administration Committee meeting on October 2, 2018.

      A member may not be a public officer of the county, state or federal government and must be a resident of the district. The cities of Hopkins, Bloomington, Edina, Richfield, Eden Prairie and Minnetonka have land within the District.

      Members serve three-year terms.

      Visit the county webpage for more information.

      September 28-29, 2018

      License and ID services unavailable

      All eight Hennepin County service centers will be unable to process driver's licenses, instruction permits and state ID transactions on Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29. Service centers will remain open during this time and continue providing all other services, including vehicle titles, tabs and plates.

      Hennepin County service centers will begin processing two additional driver's license options on October 1 - REAL ID and enhanced driver's license.  As part of this change, the new vendor is replacing camera equipment for ID photos, which will cause the interruption in services.

      Residents can call 612-348-8240 or email with questions about these service interruptions.

      October 2, 2018

      Public hearing on proposed revisions to Ordinance 13 - Recycling

      The county's 2018 Solid Waste Management Master Plan calls for revising the county's recycling ordinance to improve conventional recycling and require organics recycling for cities and businesses to meet the state goal of 75 percent recycling and the county goal of sending zero waste to landfills.

      A public hearing to obtain comment on revisions to Hennepin County Ordinance 13 - Recycling will be held before the Public Works Committee of the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners.

      When: Tuesday, October 2, 2018

                  1:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter as practicable

      Where: A-2400 Hennepin County Government Center Board Room

                  300 South Sixth Street, Minneapolis


      Ridgedale Library grand reopening celebration


      Ridgedale Library grand reopening celebration is September 24

      When: Monday, September 24, 5 p.m

      Where: Ridgedale Library, 12601 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka

      Please join us to celebrate our refreshed library, with a short ceremony and a ribbon-cutting.

      Learn more about the Ridgedale renovation project.

      Hennepin County Public Health 2017 annual bulletin

      Hennepin County's Public Health department has made great strides to fulfill their mission: To improve the health of all county residents by addressing social and environmental factors that impact their health and offering programs and services that help them be healthy.  The work completed in 2017 both internally and with community partners, has resulted in many achievements in the community health of the county. The newly released 2017 annual bulletin addresses the departments eight strategic priorities and what we are trying to accomplish with each of them.

      You can read the bulletin here.

      Budget hearings and other dates scheduled

      The board scheduled public hearings for adoption of the 2019 budget and levy. The meetings will proceed as follows:

      County administrator presents proposed 2019 budget to board

      Tuesday, September 18, 1:30 p.m.


      Thursday, October 4, 1 – 4:00 p.m.

      Human Services

      Thursday, October 18, 1 – 4:00 p.m.

      Capital Budgeting Task Force and fees 

      If needed, public hearing for transportation sales tax projects 

      Thursday, November 1, 9 a.m. – noon


      Thursday, November 8, 9:00 a.m. – noon

      Public Safety

      Tuesday, November 20,  9:00 a.m. – noon

      Public Works

      Tuesday, November 20, 1 – 4:00 p.m.

      Truth-in-Taxation public meeting

      Tuesday, November 27, 6:00 p.m.

      Administrator and commissioner amendments

      Thursday, November 29, 1 – 4:00 p.m.

      Wednesday, December 5, 1 – 4:00 p.m.

      Board vote on 2019 budget and levy

      Tuesday, December 11, 1:30 p.m.

      Read the related board action.

      Wayzata Boulevard reconstruction update

      Wayzata Boulevard

      Sheet pilings are long structural steel sections that keep soil in place. These were installed in spring 2017 to allow crews to construct the temporary bypass lanes for the Long Lake shoreline restoration. 

      County Road 112 in Long Lake and Orono

      Crews remain busy along shoreline

      Bypass lanes removed

      Earlier this month, crews began removing the temporary bypass area along the southern half of Wayzata Boulevard between Martha Lane and Cemetery Road. This week, crews completed the removals.

      Underground utility work nearing completion

      Over the past two weeks and continuing this week, crews will wrap up underground utility work in the shoreline area, remove the last of the temporary road features and begin grading for the new roadway.

      Once grading is complete, crews will begin constructing the permanent roadway features to include concrete curbs and gutters, driveway aprons and paving.

      Sheet piling removal

      During the week of August 20, crews removed the temporary sheet pilings along the southern half of Wayzata Boulevard.  

      Utility work and pavement removals to the east continue

      Utility work to continue this week; will impact access

      Crews continue underground utility work along the southern half of Wayzata Boulevard between Glenmoor and Greenhill lanes. Underground utility work is expected to continue 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 connecting streets will still have access during these intermittent entrance closures as we will keep at least one entrance open at all times. 

      To inform residents which entrances are closed, we will place signs along Glenmoor Lane where each of the side streets connect.

      Staying safe

      It is important to follow posted speed limits and construction signs to help you navigate through work zone, including evenings and weekends. Please allow yourself some extra time to reach destinations in the area.



      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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