Ward 8 Update Newsletters April 12, 2016

8th Ward News from Minneapolis Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden
Visit us at www.minneapolismn.gov/ward8

April 12, 2016

CONTACT INFORMATION

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

Phone: 612-673-2208
elizabeth.glidden@minneapolismn.gov

 

OFFICE HOURS

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

Call for an appointment or just
drop by!

 

 

City of Lakes

Parks Funding Community meeting reminder - TONIGHT

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Ward 8 Community Meeting: Park Funding Proposals
Tuesday, April 12, 6:30-8:00 pm
Sabathani Community Center, 310 E 38th Street,
3rd floor conference center, Room J

With the participation of Ward 8 neighborhoods Bancroft, Bryant, Central, Field, Regina, Northrop, Kingfield, and Lyndale.

Join Council Member Elizabeth Glidden, City Finance Staff and your neighbors for a discussion of proposals that have been made in recent weeks to fund park infrastructure, including funding options and impacts.

Three proposals for funding Minneapolis Parks have been introduced publicly:

  1. Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s Referendum Proposal, which would provide $15million per year for 20 years
  2. Proposal by Council Members Barb Johnson and Lisa Goodman, that includes a guaranteed minimum of $10.5 million per year for 20 years, a $3 million per year increase in operating revenue, and one time funding of $1.5 million. Potential funding sources and impacts of this proposal are yet to be discussed by the City Council.
  3. Proposal by Mayor Hodges and John Quincy, for $300 million over 10 years in parks and city roads capital investment.  The proposal would fund, annually, $10 million in park capital maintenance and $20 in roads maintenance, and result in a levy increase of 1.4% per year. 

Many residents have contacted me to express support for our world-class park system, and I believe that the funding needs for maintaining park infrastructure are real.  Outstanding questions still must be addressed and publicly reviewed, including identifying financial impacts and trade-offs if a special funding stream is dedicated to the Park Board for a period of 20 years. Impacts on other city funding priorities are also important to understand, such as the the City's infrastructure maintenance gap for streets and roads.  

The City Council may be asked to vote on the Johnson/Goodman proposal as soon as mid-April, and your feedback is important. Please send questions or comments to Elizabeth at (612) 673-2208 or elizabeth.glidden@minneapolismn.gov.

The Johnson/Goodman proposal is scheduled for a public hearing at the City Council’s Committee of the Whole on Wednesday, April 13, 10:00 am, at City Hall, 350 South 5th Street, Room 317 (Council Chambers).


Spring street sweeping begins Wednesday

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On April 13, Public Works crews will begin their comprehensive street sweeping program to clean up the dirt and grime melting ice and snow leave behind. Beginning Tuesday, April 12, drivers should watch for temporary “No Parking” signs to avoid a ticket and tow.

From April 13 through May 9, sweeping crews will take care of nearly 1,000 miles of city streets. To make sure the crews can do the most complete job possible, temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance to make sure streets are clear of parked vehicles. Drivers need to follow street sweeping parking rules or they may have their cars ticketed and towed to the Minneapolis Impound Lot.

You can use a tool on the Citys website to find out when the sweeping crews are coming through their neighborhoods. Go to www.minneapolismn.gov/publicworks/streetsweeping and click on “street sweeping schedule lookup” to find out which week a street is scheduled to be swept.

Residents should not push leaves, grass clippings, or anything else into City streets – its bad for our lakes and waterways and its against the law. Anything that goes down a storm drain flows directly into our lakes, creeks and river, and decomposing plant material in the water encourages the growth of harmful aquatic plants and algae.


Public hearing on layout of I-35W Transit Access project on May 3

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A public hearing is scheduled on the city’s municipal consent for the proposed layout for the I-35W Transit Access Project and other projects on Interstate 35W between I-94 and 42nd Street South.

Public hearing on layouts of I-35W projects
9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 3
Room 317 City Hall, 350 S. Fifth St.

First proposed in the 1990s, the I-35W Transit Access Project involves the City of Minneapolis and its partners – Hennepin County as project lead, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, and Metropolitan Council. The proposal includes:

  • A high-quality, inside-lane, multi-modal bus rapid transit station at Lake Street. This will make it possible to have bus rapid transit service to and from downtown Minneapolis from as far south as Burnsville and eventually Lakeville.
  • A high-quality bike and pedestrian connection to the Midtown Greenway. This will link this bus transit hub to one of the city’s busiest bikeways. 
  • A new exit from southbound I-35W to Lake Street. Currently, southbound I-35W traffic cannot exit onto Lake Street.
  • A new exit from northbound I-35W to 28th Street. The exit  will help decrease congestion at Lake Street. People who work and visit Wells Fargo, Allina offices and adjacent hospitals north of Lake Street could use this off-ramp instead.

The project also includes, for the purposes of municipal consent:

  • Redecking of the 38th Street bridge across I-35W (removing and replacing all concrete).  As part of the bridge replacement the city will work with MnDOT to ensure wide ADA-compliant sidewalks are installed on the bridge.  Other components will include an upgraded railing, lighting, and bump-outs proposed for intersections at 2nd avenue and Stevens Avenue.  Finally, a traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of 38th Street and Stevens Avenue to improve safety for all modes of travel.
  • Replacing the 40th Street Pedestrian Bridge across I-35W.  The existing bridge would be fully removed and replaced; the City of Minneapolis is seeking artists to design a public art funded railing for this bridge.

More information on the project is available at www.35lake.com, including a full copy of the environmental assessment. Written comments can be submitted to councilcomment@minneapolismn.gov  or mailed to T&PW Committee Coordinator, Room 304 City Hall, 350 S 5th St, Minneapolis, 55415. All written comments must be received by the day of the meeting.


Sabathani Community Center Proposes Senior Housing Development

on its Property

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Sabathani Community Center plans to build approximately 50 units of affordable housing for senior citizens (55+) on the  northwest corner of the Sabathani Campus. The housing is intended to serve seniors that live in, or once lived in, the community.

To create the Sabathani Senior Housing requires the investment of significant public and private resources to build the development.  Sabathani will seek public funding in 2016, which will allow for the construction of the building in 2017.

You can find out more about Sabathani Senior Housing, including viewing plans and designs, here.

Sabathani is making community presentations this month about its senior housing project.  You can attend these community presentations:

April 12 at 6:00pm, CANDO Board meeting, at 730 E 38th Street,

April 13 at 7:00pm, Kingfield Neighborhood Association (KFNA) board meeting, Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Park, 4055 Nicollet Avenue S

April 26 at 7:30, Bryant Neighborhood Organization (BNO) board meeting, 411 E 38th Street (Urban League building).


Minneapolis public and commercial benchmarking program tracks energy efficiency in 3rd annual report

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2014 Energy Benchmarking Report

The third annual Energy Benchmarking Report analyzed the 2014 energy use of 429 buildings that submitted data to the City of Minneapolis as required by the Building Energy Benchmarking Ordinance. The intention of this ordinance is to drive energy efficiency improvements in the commercial building sector. The report reveals that Minneapolis large commercial building stock performs better than the national average, and there are indications that energy efficiency has improved since 2013. Looking at trends in public buildings, preliminary three-year analysis showed a 7% reduction in total weather-normalized energy use intensity. The greatest savings opportunities were identified in offices, hospitals, and worship facilities. The energy use of the 429 buildings studied represents 17 percent of Minneapoliscommercial and industrial greenhouse gas emissions. Learn more and read the full report.


City’s energy benchmarking program selected as finalist for 2016 Environmental Initiative Awards

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Environmental Initiative chose the Citys benchmarking program as a finalist for its 2016 awards. The Environmental Initiative Awards annually honor innovative projects that have achieved extraordinary environmental results in Minnesota by harnessing the power of partnership. For the benchmarking program, the City partnered with the Center for Energy and Environment, Minnesota Retired Technical Assistance Program, McKnight Foundation, Energy Foundation, CenterPoint Energy, Xcel Energy, and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

The benchmarking program is a finalist in the energy and climate award category. Awards in six categories will be presented at a ceremony Thursday, May 26.


Co-Ops Feasibility Class

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Are you interested in Starting a Cooperative in the City of Minneapolis?
Registration    

The City of Minneapolis is offering a class for groups interested in creating a cooperative.

The class will equip the participants with tools to evaluate their co-op idea and/or to refine their model for those that are already in the process of incorporation.

Co-ops Feasibility Class
City of Minneapolis Innovation Center
Crown Roller Mill Building, 105 5th Ave S, #150, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Every Wednesday from May 11 to June 29, 2016, 5:00-7:00 pm (eight (8) sessions of two (2) hours each)

Topics:

Session 1: Introduction of participants, co-op business model, and participant projects; Session 2: Understanding and leading the development process; Session 3: Developing a business plan, building a sustainable co-op business enterprise; Session 4: Building the democratic community and co-op feasibility study; Session 5: Focus on financials; Session 6: Cooperative governance; Session 7: Legal framework; Session 8: Resources and moving forward

Eligibility:

  • Groups interested in locating a co-op in Minneapolis
  • Groups of 2 to 3 people (not for individuals)
  • Groups must have selected a product or service to evaluate prior to the class
  • Commitment to attend the eight (8) sessions and work on the feasibility plan 

Cost: This program is sponsored by the City of Minneapolis and there is no cost to participate 

By creating this new program, the City desires to  leverage the co-op model for maximum community benefit to: 

  • Use the co-op model as an economic development tool to reduce poverty and promote social cohesion.
  • Increase racial and ethnic diversity and community ownership.
  • Promote innovation, community building, and local investment by promoting a more collaborative business model.
  • More details

Small Developer Training 101

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Are you interested in becoming a developer in the City of Minneapolis?

The City of Minneapolis is hosting a Small Developers 101 Training to promote the development of  women and minority-owned small developers.  This introductory course will provide participants with awareness of (but not necessarily competence in) the basic tools used in considering a development project. The training will have three main objectives:

  • To build capacity and diversify the pool of developers in Minneapolis.
  • To educate new and inexperienced small developers in risk management and the real estate development process.
  • To educate decision makers, community partners and City staff on the importance of developer capacity/experience in the evaluation of development proposals.

This training will be part of the Citys Business Technical Assistance Program (B-TAP) more details here.

Small Developer 101 City of Minneapolis Innovation Center, Crown Roller Mill Building, 105 5th Ave S, #150, Minneapolis, MN 55401
May 12 and May 26, 2016, 8:30 am - 1:30 pm  (Participants will attend both sessions, 5 hours each day) 

Eligibility:

  • Businesses, neighborhood groups, nonprofits, and individuals interested in or wanting to do business in the City of Minneapolis (up to two participants for each organization). Decision makers, City staff and foundations in the field of economic development.
  • Commitment to attend both of the sessions.
  • 50% of the available spaces will be reserved for attendees who would like to work in non-residential real estate.
  • Ideal participant will have prior experience in construction, real estate or development (not required). 

Contents:
Day 1: Small Developer Business Models; The Financing Stair Steps; Design, Site Planning and Building Repositioning; Site Selection and the Parallel Pro Forma; Financing, Due Diligence and Acquisition; Overview of Construction and Rehab Projects.Day 2: Small Developer Business Model Participant Activity; Quick Residential/Commercial Market Analysis; Introduction to the Project Pro Forma and Deal Structures; Project Pro Forma in Practice - Small Group Activity; Sell, Rent, Operate, Maintain and Grow; and RFP process with the City of Minneapolis. 

Cost:
This program is sponsored by the City of Minneapolis, and there is no cost. Lunch and refreshments included. 

Interested? The training is limited to 25 participants.  The City would like to have a mix of participants from different types of entities (businesses, nonprofits, neighborhood groups, etc.) and development types (residential and non- residential). Within these groups, participants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please fill out an application form by May 1 (register here).


Spring cleaning? Remember you can leave large items for collection


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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.

Recycling
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.

Solid waste
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: www.minneapolismn.gov/solid-waste/whattodo.

Organics recycling carts are here! (delivery starting NOW)

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The spring rollout of organics recycling carts has begun. 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.


Free housing fair

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Thinking about how to give your house some TLC this year? Get ideas and meet vendors and experts at a free housing fair Saturday, April 16.


$15 rain garden workshops

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Help keep our lakes and rivers clean and recharge our precious groundwater while creating a beautiful and pollinator-friendly habitat in your yard. Participants in upcoming rain garden workshops get an overview of raingardens and native plants, and 1-1 design assistance from Metro Blooms and Blue Thumb landscape designers and U of M Extension Master Gardeners from Hennepin County.

  • April 23, Hiawatha Park, 2701 E 44th St
  • April 28, Audubon Park, 1320 29th Ave NE
  • May 18, Pearl Park, 414 E Diamond Lake Rd

Space is limited. For more information and to register, go to metroblooms.org or call 651-699-2426.


Know a teen looking for a summer job? Spread the word about the Teen Job and Opportunity Fair

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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. Please help spread the word with folks in your network.

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.


Help shape our city — apply for openings on Minneapolis boards and commissions

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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 Citys website for a list of appointment opportunities, position descriptions and the applications.


Landlords now must provide voter registration to new tenants in Minneapolis

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Know any renters moving to a new place? Owners and managers of rental properties must provide new tenants with information on how to register to vote. Even registered voters need to re-register under their new address if they move. This change in the City ordinance will help encourage residents to participate in elections.

Registration is among the biggest barriers in voting, and it disproportionately affects voters who are young or voting for the first time, who move frequently, have a lower income or are people of color. More than half of all Minneapolis residents rent their homes, and renters tend to move more frequently than people who own their homes.

When renters move in to their new homes in Minneapolis, property owners now must provide each new tenant a voter registration application and an information sheet. These documents can be either printed or given to tenants electronically. The documents can be found in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong at vote.minneapolismn.gov/resources/TNVR. Printed ones will be made available at no cost to property owners and managers.

More information is available at vote.minneapolismn.gov.