County board actions: recycling ordinance revisions, environmental education grant awards

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

The board approved revisions to the county's recycling ordinance, awarded environmental education grants, accepted a grant to begin a cooking training program at the County Home School and more.

County revises recycling ordinance

The board approved key changes to the county's recycling ordinance to provide residents with the opportunity to participate in organics recycling and require businesses that generate large amounts of food waste to divert organics from the trash.

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14 organizations receive environmental education grants

The board awarded funding that will engage and empower residents to protect and improve the environment. Hennepin County awarded Green Partners Environmental Education grants to the following organizations:

  • Clean Water Fund (Minneapolis)
  • Cleveland Neighborhood Association (Minneapolis)
  • Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy (Hennepin County)
  • Congregations Caring for Creation (Hennepin County)
  • East Side Neighborhood Services (Minneapolis)
  • Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys, Inc. (Hennepin County)
  • Great Plains Institute (Saint Louis Park)
  • Metro Blooms (Brooklyn Park, Minneapolis)
  • Minneapolis Toy Library (Minneapolis)
  • North Hennepin Community College (Brooklyn Park)
  • Northside Resident Redevelopment Council (Minneapolis)
  • Partnership Academy (Richfield)
  • Spark Youth (Minneapolis)
  • Tree Trust (Hopkins)

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Learn more about Green Partners Environmental Education Program.

County Home School program will prepare youth for careers in cooking

The board accepted a $10,000 anonymous donation to begin a program at the County Home School that will prepare residents for careers in cooking. Young adults will learn about food preparation and cooking skills, menu planning and career paths in this field.

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Free weddings at Government Center on Valentine's Day

The board approved a building use request to hold a marriage ceremony event at the Hennepin County Government Center on Valentine's Day. At this seventh annual event, Fourth Judicial District Court judges will perform free marriage ceremonies for up to 40 couples.

  • When: Valentine's Day — Thursday, February 14, 2019, noon - 1 p.m.
  • Where: Hennepin County Government Center, skyway level, 300 South 6th Street, Minneapolis
  • Media are invited to attend

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Board approves 2019 legislative platform

The board approved its 2019 legislative platform, priorities the board and county administration will support during pre-session committee meetings and once the legislature convenes in February.

Priorities include:

  • Child protection
  • Mental health
  • Systems modernization
  • Safety-net health services
  • Housing
  • Disparity reduction
  • Transportation

Members reappointed to Hennepin Healthcare Board of Directors

The board confirmed reappointments of four members of the Hennepin Healthcare Board of Directors:

  • Melissa R. Irving, senior web operations manager, Best Buy
  • David MacCallum, MacCallum Ross
  • Brian J. Ranallo, chief operating officer, Oak Grove Capital
  • Kathy Tunheim, president and CEO, Tunheim

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Budget hearing calendar

Below is the schedule of upcoming public hearings for adoption of the county's 2019 budget and levy.

Truth-in-taxation public meeting

Tuesday, November 27, 6 p.m.

Administrator and commissioner amendments

Thursday, November 29, 1 – 4 p.m.

Wednesday, December 5, 1 – 4 p.m.

Board vote on 2019 budget and levy

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

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