Ward 8 Update Newsletters March 22, 2016

8th Ward News from Minneapolis Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden
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March 22, 2016


Elizabeth Glidden
350 S. 5th St.
City Hall, Room 307
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: 612-673-2208



Every Monday morning, 9-11:00 a.m.
Sabathani Community Center 
310 E 38th Street, 1st floor hallway nearest to the parking lot

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City of Lakes

Reminder: Lunch with Elizabeth March 25th

From Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter: Learning from Movement Leaders


Friday, March 25, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
CANDO (Central Neighborhood) Community Space, 3736 Chicago Ave S

Join us for an intimate discussion with Lena K. Gardner and Dr. Josie Johnson to learn about the impetus for their leadership journeys and mechanisms they have used for inspiring change.

Lena K. Gardner, Development Director of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Larger Fellowship, is a leader in the faith community as well as a social justice champion. Lena is a co-founding member of the Black Lives Matter Minneapolis chapter.  She has helped organize a host of demonstrations and vigils following the police-involved shooting deaths of unarmed Black people around the country, including that of Minneapolis resident Jamar Clark. Lena is also a talented writer whose work reflects the call for justice by black leaders and community members.

Dr. Josie Johnson, an educator and leader in the Civil Rights movement, has worked tirelessly to affect legislative change related to fair housing and employment opportunities.  Her impressive political background ranges from community organizer to mayoral aide to presidential campaign manager and so much more.  Dr. Johnson is a leader in education and has sustained an ongoing relationship with the University of Minnesota, where they have established the annual Josie Robinson Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award in her honor.

Please join us as we celebrate local black history makers and discuss issues pertinent to the social and political advancement of the Black community. 

Please note: Bring your own lunch - drinks and cookies provided.  

Nearby options include:  

Smoke in the Pit, 3733 Chicago Ave S
Blue Ox, 3740 Chicago Ave S
Café Southside, 3405 Chicago Ave S
Seward Friendship Store deli, 317 E 38th St
Tiny Diner, 1024 E 38th St

Bryant/Central residential street resurfacing:

community meeting March 30th


Public Works has planned a street resurfacing project in 2016 that will cover all streets in Bryant and some of Central Neighborhood.  The resurfacing area is called the “Warrington Resurfacing Project.”  The area to be resurfaced is from 36th Street to 42nd Street (north to south), and from 2nd Avenue to Chicago Avenue.  You can view the project website here.

The basic plan is to remove a portion of the old layer of asphalt from the existing street and replace it with new asphalt. This will extend the life of the street before a more expensive and disruptive fix is needed.  The expected life span of the new street surface is 10 years.

Each property with frontage on the project will be assessed using the standard assessment process.  Assessments can be spread over five years.

All impacted properties will receive information from the City including notices of a Pre-Public Hearing (community meeting) and a later Public Hearing on the project.  The Pre-Public Hearing is 6:30 PM, Wednesday, March 30, at Sabathani Community Center, 310 E 38th St.

Park Board Funding Proposal to be Reviewed by City Council


On Wednesday, March 16, City Council members were presented with a proposal authored by Council President Barb Johnson and Council Member Lisa Goodman to provide a 20-year funding plan for new funding to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB).  

Over the past year, the MPRB has described in a series of community meeting its concerns about funding shortfalls for maintaining neighborhood parks.  In recent months, the MPRB has suggested it would seek a referendum or charter amendment dedicating new funding of $15 million per year for a 20-year period.  The Minneapolis City Attorney has questioned the legality of a referendum for raising funds, as tax revenues for local government traditionally are raised by levy for cities in Minnesota, not by popular referendum votes.

If approved by the City Council, the Johnson/Goodman proposal would substitute for the MPRB’s $15M per year in new funding, 20-year referendum proposal.  You can review the outline of the Johnson/Goodman proposal here.

The Johnson/Goodman proposal includes directing $1.5 million in one-time dollars to the MPRB in 2016 for start-up funding; increase the MPRB’s base funding by $3 million starting in 2017 (this would amount to approximately a 1% levy increase); and provide “guaranteed minimum annual” amount of funding of $10.5 million for a period of 20 years, to be used for rehabilitation and capital for neighborhood parks.  The Johnson/Goodman proposal would provide that "unanticipated critical needs” and “exigent economic events” could provide the basis for not meeting the proposal guaranteed minimum annual funding.  The proposal anticipates that the city council would vote on an ordinance describing this funding arrangement.  The City does not have a similar arrangement for “guaranteed minimum annual” funding with any other department or function of the City. 

The Johnson/Goodman proposal does not yet identify funding sources for the $10.5 minimum annual funding, of which $2.5 million historically is already provided to the Park Board in the City’s annual capital budget. Generally, new funding commitments require adding funds through a levy increase or cutting existing services.  The City Council’s Ways & Means Committee will be studying the Johnson/Goodman proposal in detail at future meetings, including its next regularly scheduled meeting on March 31, 1:30 pm.

I believe that this proposal is a better option than a referendum and I am not certain that the Park Board has the legal basis to seek a referendum (popular vote) on its $15M/20-year proposal.  I don’t doubt that the Park Board has tremendous resource needs and believe that we need to work together to ensure that our nationally-recognized park system is properly maintained – I’ve heard that clearly from many residents.  My outstanding concerns moving forward are to ensure that any proposed financial plan for directing more resources to the Park Board is sustainable (not based on one-time dollars and uncertain sources), based on sound financial information, and publicly reviewed.  I am also concerned that we work now to identify a path for funding our tremendous infrastructure needs, rather than kicking this critical need down the road to future councils; removing resource flexibility from the city will make it harder to raise the funds for these and other needs.  The City Council recently received a report that our road system needs tremendous investment.  According to a recent report from Public Works, an investment of $30 million per year for 10 years is needed to offset the need for extremely expensive reconstruction of many of our streets in Minneapolis.

Please let me know your thoughts at (612) 673-2208 or Elizabeth.glidden@minneapolismn.gov I will be continuing to update residents regularly as the City Council considers this major proposal and seek your input.


Your feedback sought: MPD draft body camera policy


The Minneapolis Police Department has released a draft of the body camera policy. When final, the policy will guide police officers in all areas of using body cameras in their work. Learn more about the Police Department’s body camera program and find a copy of the draft policy at www.insidempd.com/bodycams.

MPD is scheduling a series of community meetings to get your feedback in person.  Some of the meetings in South Minneapolis include:

Wednesday, March 23, noon-1:00 pm, Waite House, 2323 11th Ave. S.
Thursday, March 24, 6:15-8:15 pm, Phillips Community Center, 2323 11th Avenue S.
Tuesday, March 29, 5:30-7:00 pm, All Nations Church, 1515 E. 23rd St.

You can view the full list of information sessions here; the community meetings list will be updated as more meetings are scheduled.

If you would like to share ideas, concerns or comments about the draft policy, you can also send your comments to police@minneapolismn.gov with “Body camera policy” in the subject line. Learn more about the Police Department’s body camera program, and find a copy of the draft policy at www.insidempd.com/bodycams.

Call for Public Artists: 40th Street Pedestrian Bridge, Artist-Designed Railing


The City of Minneapolis invites public artists to apply to design an artistic railing--with input from the community--for a new 40th Street Pedestrian Bridge spanning I-35W. The bridge serves pedestrians and bicyclists and links the east and west sections of the River Lake Greenway, a bicycle boulevard spanning from the Chain of Lakes to the Mississippi River.

Application deadline: Friday, April 8, 4:00 p.m

Optional Artist Informational Meeting for Local Artists: Wednesday, March 30, 4:30 p.m., Sharon Sayles Belton Community Services Center, 411 East 38th Street, Minneapolis

For more information, and for all application materials, visit the City’s website here.

I-35W Transit Access Project:

Public Open House


Hennepin County, along with project partners MnDOT, Metro Transit, and the City of Minneapolis, will host a public open house for the I-35W Transit Access Project on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Presentation at 6:30 p.m., Colin Powell Center - 3rd Floor, 2921 - 4th Avenue South.

This is one of the last public meetings before municipal consent, which is planned to be requested from the City of Minneapolis in May 2016. You can find detailed information at the project website, www.35lake.com/.

What is this project?

I-35W Transit/Access Project (32nd Street to 26th Street)

Hennepin County, the City of Minneapolis, Metro Transit and MnDOT are planning the I-35W Transit/Access project in Minneapolis, which includes the Lake Street interchange area between approximately 32nd Street and 26th Street, a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) station near Lake Street, and a Green Crescent pedestrian/bicycle connection between the Midtown Greenway and Lake Street. This project also includes new bridges at 31st Street, Lake Street, the Midtown Greenway, and at 28th Street; a new southbound exit ramp from I-35W to Lake Street and a new northbound exit ramp from I-35W to 28th Street. Estimated cost is $150 million. Construction is planned for 2017.

MnDOT Chapter 152 Bridge Project (26th Street to I-94)

MnDOT, in coordination with Hennepin County, the City of Minneapolis and Metro Transit is completing engineering work for the replacement of two Chapter 152 Bridges (the I-35W “braid” bridge and the I-35W “flyover” bridge connecting I-35W northbound to I-94 westbound). These bridges are required to be replaced by legislative action due to their condition. The replacement of these bridges results in the need for reconstruction work along I-35W between 26th Street and I-94. It is expected that this project will be constructed at the same time that the I-35W Transit/Access project is built. This work will also include the replacement of the 24th Street bicycle/pedestrian bridge, the 26th Street Bridge, the Franklin Avenue Bridge, and bridges in the TH 65/I-35W/I-94 interchange area, as well as noise walls and retaining walls. Estimated cost is $102 million. Construction is planned for 2017.

I-35W Gap Project (42nd Street to 32nd Street)

There is a short section of the freeway between the Crosstown Commons area and the Transit/Access project (approximately 42nd Street to 32nd Street) that is not planned for reconstruction. MnDOT is planning to do pavement replacement and other rehabilitation work in this area, commonly referred to as the “Gap Project”, at the same time that the Transit/Access project is constructed. A southbound MnPASS lane will be incorporated into the design to complement the existing transit station at 46th Street and the proposed station at Lake Street. No bridges will be replaced in this section and full reconstruction is not planned. Most noise walls will remain as they are. Estimated cost is $31 million. Construction is planned for 2017.

Lake Street (Blaisdell to 5th Avenue)

Hennepin County is also planning to reconstruction Lake Street between Blaisdell and 5th Avenue. This project is funded separately and will be implemented with a separate community engagement process. Construction will need to be coordinated closely with reconstruction of the I-35W/Lake Street interchange area.

Order a $25 tree for your

Minneapolis property


Starting March 21, the City of Minneapolis is offering more than 1,200 five- to eight-foot trees for only $25 each. Fifteen varieties are available this year and include large species, flowering trees and several kinds of fruit trees. Any Minneapolis property owner – whether resident, business or nonprofit – can order a tree to plant on private Minneapolis property this spring. Comparable trees cost about $125 at a nursery.

Ordering begins at 9 a.m., March 21, at www.treetrust.org. Be prepared, these trees go fast!! $25 trees are available for Minneapolis residents, businesses and nonprofits.

City launches paid internship to train young men and women as EMTs


Starting April 1, the Minneapolis Fire Department is taking applications from men and women ages 18-30 for a certification course in emergency medical services (EMS). The Fire Department offers the EMS Pathways Academy with Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) to train Minneapolis residents from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds as emergency medical technicians. Twenty-five candidates will be accepted into the program. Graduates of the program will get preference points on the next Fire Department entrance exam, which will take place in the spring of 2017. Graduates will be eligible to apply at HCMC for jobs in EMS, and if hired they’d have the option of further education for paramedic certification. There is no cost to trainees. Trainees will be considered City of Minneapolis student interns and will earn $14.93 hourly to take this college-level course two days a week for 12 weeks.

The goal is to provide a pipeline of candidates for the fire service and the Hennepin EMS workforce. This career pathway program will provide free EMT training and certification to young adults from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and low-income families. Becoming a certified emergency medical technician opens the door to many career paths. This is a rapidly expanding field, and as more jobs for EMTs are created demand will increase for qualified candidates who reflect the multilingual and culturally diverse communities they serve. 

Candidates follow four steps to apply

  1. Check out the basic eligibility requirements.
  2. Attend an information session April 5, 7 or 9.
  3. Apply by 11:59 p.m., April 18, at www.minneapolismn.gov/jobs/index.htm under “Internship Opportunities.” 
  4. Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements for the program will attend further screening.

Find more information at www.minneapolismn.gov/fire.

Organics recycling training April 9


Ready for organics recycling?  The city is ready to roll out phase two of its organics recycling program and wants to help you participate.

Session details: Saturday, April 9, 9:00 - 11:00 am, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center, 4055 Nicollet Ave. S.

Get your questions answered with hands-on learning, demonstrations and tips that make recycling organics easy. Learn about the City’s new Recycling Block Leader program and how you can sign up to be the leader on your block. 

Hear brief presentations from staff in Minneapolis recycling, our local commercial composting facility, and the Hennepin County Department of Environment and Energy. Get a free kitchen organics collection container. Pick up a free yard sign promoting organics recycling. Enjoy refreshments with your neighbors.

RSVPs are encouraged; contact Kellie Kish at kellie.kish@minneapolismn.gov or 673-3536

Cart delivery map online

If you’ve already signed up for a new organics cart and expect it in the spring rollout, you can check here to see which week your cart will arrive.

Find more information at www.minneapolismn.gov/organics.

Clean Energy Partnership wins EPA’s 2016 Climate Leadership Award


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named the Minneapolis Clean Energy Partnership a 2016 Climate Leadership Award winner in the Innovative Partnerships category for addressing climate change. The EPA, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, and The Climate Registry honored 13 organizations, three partnerships and one individual in the fifth annual Climate Leadership Awards. The Innovative Partnerships certificate recognizes the Xcel Energy, CenterPoint Energy and City of Minneapolis partnership for exemplary action in addressing climate change. 

This first-of-its-kind City-utility partnership has the City and utilities collaborating in new ways to help Minneapolis achieve clean energy goals in the City's 2013 Climate Action Plan and Energy Vision for 2040. The utilities are using the partnership to help customers achieve their energy conservation goals.

Key actions of the Clean Energy Partnership are outlined in the first two-year work plan within the planned 10 year partnership.

  • Helping 75 percent of Minneapolis homeowners, renters and rental properties participate in efficiency retrofit programs by 2025, ensuring the distribution of participants reflects the distribution of income levels in the city.
  • Implementing the Building Energy Disclosure policy for medium and large commercial buildings.
  • Promoting the adoption of renewable energy solutions for Minneapolis customers, such as onsite solar, wind, community solar gardens and green tariffs.
  • Investigating the feasibility of large-scale renewable energy purchasing for municipal government and/or residents.
  • Continuing to shift to LED streetlights.

Find more information about the 2016 Climate Leadership Award here.

Two housing fairs


Thinking about how to give your house some TLC this year? Get ideas and meet vendors and experts at two free upcoming housing fairs yet this spring.

Meet with community solar power providers


A free event at the Minneapolis Convention Center April 2 is your chance to learn about community solar, learn basic skills for comparing different community solar offers and meet face-to-face with different developers to see if you can find the right community solar option for you.

Community solar is a way to link up with others in your area and share solar power, even if your home can’t be used to generate solar. So if you’re a renter, if you own a house with a shady roof, or if your roof isn’t large enough to install a solar system, community solar may be a good way for you to join your neighbors and take advantage of solar.

Solar Speed Dating” will run from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Seasons Room during the City of Minneapolis Community Connections Conference - Big Ideas: Your Minneapolis. The Community Connections Conference runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free and open to anyone. Advanced registration is encouraged.

A number of community solar garden developers will be there so you can compare community solar offers and decide which is best for you. Representatives from Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) will also do a short presentation on community solar garden basics at 9:30 a.m. and again at 10:30 a.m. Representatives from Xcel Energy will be on hand to share helpful info on energy efficiency.

Know a teen looking for a summer job?

Spread the word about the Teen Job and Opportunity Fair


Teenagers 14-19 can connect with employers and organizations for information about jobs, internships, volunteer opportunities and employment training at the Teen Job and Opportunity Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 30, at the Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall. The event will also feature workshops on how to conduct a job search and land a job. 

Some employers will accept applications and hold interviews at the job fair. Attendees may use computers at the library to complete applications for employers that require online applications.  Parents, guardians, counselors and teachers are welcome to attend the job fair. 

The job fair is free and open to the public. Preregistration is not required. For more information about the event, visit the Minneapolis Teen Job and Opportunity Fair website.

Fix-it Clinic comes to Ward 8!


Come to a fix-it clinic.  Bring your broken household goods and clothing in need of repair. Please also bring any tools and supplies you think might help with the job. Learn more about Nancy Lo, who runs Hennepin County fix-it clinics.

Events are first come, first served.  Full list of events here.

Saturday, April 23, noon to 4 p.m., Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Rec Center, 4055 Nicollet Avenue S, Minneapolis, Facebook event page

Apply for openings on Minneapolis boards and commissions


Applications are now being accepted for a number of open boards and commissions positions that the City Council and mayor will appoint this fall. Board and commission members in the City of Minneapolis provide valuable insights, help shape key policy decisions and provide community-based input into administration of services. The City is seeking applicants with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences to strengthen the work of the City.

Applications will be reviewed beginning April 29. The positions will stay open until filled. 

Visit the City’s website for a list of appointment opportunities, position descriptions and the applications. 


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