February 12, 2021 Newsletter

chris latondresse


  February 12, 2021

Dear Neighbors and Friends,

Hennepin County has officially released our draft Climate Action Plan. This means it is now up for public access, review, and feedback! This draft is the culmination of a year-long planning effort between county staff and community members. You can provide feedback from now to March 3 by participating in a community meeting or directly submitting feedback to our online form, more information on this below.

We welcome input from local groups like Minnetonka Climate Initiative, West Metro Climate Action, and any of you that want to reach out to our office to offer your feedback on this plan.

Additionally, you can also find information about the county's home lead paint removal program and where to apply, here.

As always, I invite you to reach out to our office with any questions or comments so that we may of service to you.

In service,


🌳 Hennepin County Draft Climate Action Plan

Hennepin County's draft Climate Action Plan is now available for public review and comment through Wednesday, March 3. This draft is the culmination of a year-long planning effort that involved 57 staff from 20 county departments. The plan was also shaped by community members who shared the impacts they’ve experienced from climate change and their values, priorities, and vision for a climate-friendly future.

Read more about the plan development and previous community engagement efforts process here.

Climate Action Plan Graphic of a Lake


Provide Feedback

Via Community Meetings:

  • Monday, February 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Monday, March 1 from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

The county is holding two online meetings where county staff will present core goals and strategies. Anyone interested in the county’s response to climate change is encouraged to attend. Using online facilitation tools, participants will complete polls about the goals and strategies, offer comments, and ask written questions that will be answered through a moderated process.

Both sessions will have the same agenda and you can use the online RSVP form to sign up. Information about how to access the meeting will be emailed a few days prior to the event.

Via Comment Form:
Residents who wish to offer feedback on the plan but do not want to attend an online meeting may share their comments through an online feedback form. This form will be available through Wednesday, March 3.


Timeline and Next Steps
Planned timeline to seek board adoption of the plan:

February 2021: Make draft plan available for public comment and conduct online and virtual feedback opportunities.
March 2021: Summarize and share findings from engagement efforts with the climate action teams and county leadership. Use the findings to make final edits to the plan. Make the updated plan available and communicate it to the county board.
April 2021: Board takes up formal adoption of the climate action plan, which will include a final public comment process.

Environmental Project Grants 🌳

Hennepin County offers a variety of grant programs that help residents implement projects that protect the environment. The county is currently accepting applications for the following grant programs:

Learn more about these grants and eligibility by accessing the environmental grants factsheet. to learn about grants for recycling and waste prevention, to protect and restore land and water, and to promote environmental stewardship. The following grant programs are accepting applications now.

Request Masks and Hand Sanitizer for your Organization 🧴

People wearing masks


Masks help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Get masks for your organization. Thank you for encouraging those around you to wear a mask for the health and safety of all.

Request masks for your organization today: bit.ly/hccovidsupplies 

Funding Assistance for Lead Paint Hazards and Home Repairs 🏠

Homeowners and landlords may be eligible for help to detect and remove lead paint including:

  • A free home test
  • Up to $12,000 for work, including new windows

Learn more about the lead paint removal program here and fill out the intake form to see if you qualify.


Hennepin County also offers loans of up to $30,000 for home repairs and maintenance:

  • Zero percent interest loans
  • No monthly payments
  • Loans may be forgiven if you continue to live in and own the home, and don’t transfer the title

Learn more about the home repair program here and fill out the intake form to see if you qualify.

News 📰

Sheriff’s Office announces online opioid awareness classes

Sun Post

Hutchinson said his office will offer an online class on opioids, signs of addiction, treatment options, the proper administration of Naloxone and more. This class will be offered multiple times for free and is open to all.

Access the full story, here.

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 ParkTonka Bay, Wayzata and Woodland.

County information

Chris LaTondresse
6th District

Jessica Oaxaca
District Director

Kyle Olson
Policy Director


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