Fourth Ward Report: April 2016

4th Ward Report from Council President Barbara Johnson

April, 2016

Contact Information

Council President Barbara Johnson
350 S. 5th St.
City Hall, Room 307
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Jennifer White, Senior Policy Aide

Dawn Snow, Associate


Shingle Creek
Willard Hay

Webber Park Library Groundbreaking Event April 12

Tuesday, April 12, at 5 p.m.
4440 Humboldt Avenue North, Minneapolis.
Street parking is available near the construction site.

Library details
The new Webber Park Library is scheduled to open in spring 2017. It will be open and flexible, with a welcoming environment designed to meet the learning and information needs of the community. The library will provide a variety of spaces to read and gather, provide meeting rooms and study areas for all ages, and increase access to technology and library collections.

The temporary Webber Park Library location is in Camden Center on Webber Parkway.

Help spread the word and share this message with others. Get more information about the Webber Park Library or the building project.  


Spring Street Sweeping Begins April 13


Residents can avoid the tow this spring by paying attention to when the spring sweep is coming to their block. Spring comprehensive street sweeping will start Wednesday, April 13. The street schedule lookup is an easy tool that helps residents enter their address to see when their street will be cleaned. City crews will post "No Parking" signs at least 24 hours before sweeping any streets. Know that this means they might be posted mid or late day for the following day. Parking will be banned from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the day a street is swept. Vehicles not removed will be towed to the Minneapolis Impound Lot.

Yard Waste Pickup Season Begins April 11


Yard waste collection begins on your garbage day during the week of April 11. Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling customers can set compostable bags of yard waste (such as leaves and grass clippings) and bundles of brush next to their garbage carts by 6 a.m. on garbage collection day.  

Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling customers should remember that all bagged yard waste put out for collection must be in compostable bags – either Kraft (paper) bags or compostable plastic bags – or reusable containers. Anyone who prefers not to purchase compostable bags may place unbagged yard waste in a reusable container with sturdy handles. Each container must be approximately 33 gallons in size and at least 26 inches high. Yard waste is prohibited from all City-provided garbage, recycling and organics containers.

Other options include dropping off yard waste at a compost facility and taking the bag back home, or composting yard waste at home and using the nutrient-rich compost for gardens and lawns.

For questions about yard waste pickup, call 612-673-2917 or visit

Organics Recycling Training April 9


The City is offering an organics recycling training session April 9. 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.

1-3 p.m., Saturday, April 9
Folwell Park, 1615 Dowling Ave. N.

RSVPs are encouraged; contact Kellie Kish at or 673-3536.

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

Paid Internship to Train EMTs


The Minneapolis Fire Department is now taking applications from men and women 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.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.

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. Find more information at

Co-Op Feasibility Training

The City of Minneapolis is offering a class for groups interested in starting or growing a cooperative business in the City of Minneapolis.

The class will equip participants with tools to evaluate their co-op idea and/or refine their model for those that are already in the process of incorporation. It is recommended that more than one representative from a co-op attend the course.

Participants are not required to be Minneapolis residents, but they should be considering Minneapolis as the location for their co-op (or if the co-op has already been established it should be located in Minneapolis currently). This is a free course.

When: Every Wednesday from May 11 to June 29, 2016 (eight (8) sessions of two (2) hours each)

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

For more information, visit

Spring Cleaning? Remember You Can Leave Large Items for Collection


If you’re a City of Minneapolis solid waste and recycling customer, you can put large and bulky items out to be collected from your curb or alley.

You may place up to two electronics, appliances, mattresses, box springs or other items that are 50 percent or more metal at your collection point on your recycling day. Make sure to mark them “for Solid Waste & Recycling.” The crew will place a sticker on them, and a separate crew will come the following business day to pick them up for recycling. If you are unable to set the item out early, just call Solid Waste & Recycling at 612-673-2917 and tell us that you will set the item out by 6 a.m. the day after your recycling collection.

If you have non-recyclable large or bulky items, you may place up to two pieces at your collection point on any garbage day. Be sure to mark them “for Solid Waste” and your garbage crew will pick them up for disposal when your cart is emptied.

If you have items you don’t know what to do with, look them up here:

Teen Job and Opportunity Fair April 30

The 2016 Minneapolis Teen Job and Opportunity Fair will be held:

Saturday, April 30, 2016, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Downtown Minneapolis

This is a great opportunity for young people (14-19 years) to connect with employers and organizations that are offering jobs, internships, career education, job readiness training, and volunteer positions for teens. The teens will also be able to attend workshops to learn about how to get a job.

The Teen Job and Opportunity Fair is produced by City of Minneapolis department of Community Planning and Economic Development, Hennepin County and Hennepin County Library, AchieveMpls, Minneapolis WorkForce Centers, Lunds and Byerly’s, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Minneapolis Youth Congress, Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board, EMERGE, and East Side Neighborhood Services.

Visit the Minneapolis Teen Job and Opportunity Fair website at

Help with Earth Day Cleanup April 23


It's easy to get involved in Earth Day Cleanup 2016. No pre-registration is required! Arrive at any site between 9:30 am and noon, bring a pair of gloves to pick up trash, and check in at the registration table. A site coordinator will provide you with gloves (if you did not bring any) and bags, and instruct you where to go and where to leave trash. This is a collaborative effort between the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and City of Minneapolis Solid Waste and Recycling. 

Minneapolis 911 Dispatchers Win Award


The Minneapolis 911 staff has won a Make a Difference award for performing well in an unforeseen or unusually challenging situation and making a significant difference in the event. The award came from the joint Association of Public Safety Communications Officials, Int’l. (APCO) and the National Emergency Number Association (NENA).

The award called out two events:

  • On Feb. 21, 2015, two Minneapolis police officers had responded to a burglary call. As they were returning to their vehicle, one of the officers was shot in the arm and his partner radioed for help. The police dispatcher who took the call was a trainee, so a more senior dispatcher immediately took charge. She gave clear, concise communication that helped direct a tremendous amount of resources as a SWAT team responded to find the suspect.
  • On March 11, 2015, a 911 call came in about a young child having been abducted from his yard. The primary dispatcher continually updated officers and notified assisting agencies while the other dispatchers took over the other 911 calls. The coordination of local and other law enforcement resulted in finding and bringing the child safely home.

About 80 men and women work together in Minneapolis 911 as a motivated team of valued, competent and highly trained employees committed to treating the public and each other with respect and professionalism. They work directly with the Minneapolis Police Department, the Minneapolis Fire Department, Hennepin County Ambulance Dispatch and North Memorial Ambulance Dispatch.