Ward 8 Update Newsletters - May 13, 2016

8th Ward News from Minneapolis Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden
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May 13, 2016


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

Phone: 612-673-2208



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Sabathani Community Center 
310 E 38th Street, 1st floor hallway nearest to the parking lot

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City of Lakes

Public hearing set for draft

earned sick leave ordinance

A public hearing May 18 on a draft ordinance for a municipal earned sick leave policy is set as part of a specially scheduled meeting of the City Council’s Committee of the Whole. A second special Committee of the Whole meeting is scheduled for May 26 to consider, amend and vote on the earned sick leave ordinance with a vote taking action on the ordinance at the regular full City Council meeting May 27.

The public hearing and meetings will take up a draft ordinance for a municipal earned sick leave policy, along with a set of recommendations for a program to administer a municipal sick leave policy.

You can view the draft ordinance here ; the ordinance is based on the recommendations of the Workplace Partnership Group, whose report you can view here.

All meetings will take place in the City Council Chamber, Room 317, City Hall, 350 S. Fifth St.

  • Public hearing at special meeting of the City Council’s Committee of the Whole: 3 p.m., Wednesday, May 18
  • Special meeting of the City Council’s Committee of the Whole to consider, amend and vote on the earned sick leave ordinance: Noon, Thursday, May 26
  • Full City Council meeting taking action on the earned sick leave ordinance: 9:30 a.m., Friday, May 27

The proposed ordinance and related material is posted on the City’s website.

Visit your precinct’s open house in National Police Week


In recognition of National Police Week (May 9-15), each of the City’s police precincts is opening its doors and inviting neighbors to drop by to meet officers, crime prevention specialists and the precinct commander. Visitors will be able to tour the stations, take a look at police squad cars and emergency equipment, watch demonstrations of law enforcement techniques, view exhibits, pick up crime prevention information and enjoy free snacks.

3rd Precinct open house Wednesday, May 18, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.
3000 Minnehaha Ave. S. (serving the Ward 8 neighborhoods of Central, Bancroft, Bryant, Regina, and Field).

5th Precinct open house Tuesday, May 17 5-7 p.m.
3101 Nicollet Ave. S. (serving the Ward 8 neighborhoods of Kingfield and Lyndale).

National Police Week, which was established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, recognizes the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement. National Police Week occurs each year during the week around May 15.

It's almost Minneapolis Bike Week!

Join Council Member Glidden and Ward 8 on Bike to Work Day!


The week of May 16-22nd is Minneapolis Bike Week; a week-long celebration of cycling in Minneapolis! With fun themed days and tons of activities - there's something for everyone! Get involved,and  find fun activities on the Bike Week website.

Bike to Work Day Commuter Trains - May 20th
Join neighbors and elected officials for a bike ride to downtown Minneapolis on Friday, Bike to Work Day!

Ward 8 residents can meet at Rev Dr Martin Luther King Park, 40th and Nicollet, at 7:30 am; we will ride to join Ward 10 and Ward 11 at Lake and Bryant at 7:45 am.  Together we will community from Lake Street to the Hennepin County Government Center.

Ordinance Approved to Increase

Healthy Food Access

Healthy Food Access


Thanks to the advocacy of Isuroon founder Fartun Weli, an outdated city ordinance controlling the location of food and clothing shelves has been updated to better meet city goals of increasing access to healthy foods.

As Isuroon worked with the Lyndale neighborhood to establish a community center and food shelf serving East African residents, they discovered that city ordinance restricted food shelves to land zones for industrial or intensive commercial use – not friendly places for accessing healthy food!

Working with the Minneapolis Food Council and healthy food advocates from many organizations, city staff worked to update the ordinance to permit food shelves and clothing shelves in all commercial areas, so they are treated similarly to stores where goods are for sale, like restaurants and grocery stores.  Council Member Elizabeth Glidden was proud to sponsor these ordinance changes.

Meet Seitu Jones, Artist Selected

to design the railing for the 40th Street Pedestrian Bridge


Artist Seitu Jones has been selected to design the railing for the new 40th Street Pedestrian Bridge which will span I-35W at 40th Street. This bridge will serve pedestrians and bicyclists and link the east and west sections of the River Lake Greenway. The railing project was selected for Art in Public Places—the City’s percent for art program—by the Public Art Advisory Panel from the City’s Capital Improvement Program. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT) is the lead agency on this project and the City is working in partnership with them on the bridge. 

Public Meetings to meet Seitu, see samples of his work and give input on public art themes:

  • Bryant Neighborhood invitational meeting: May 23, 6:00 p.m.
    St Peter’s AME Church, 401 E. 41st Street, Minneapolis
  • Community Meeting to comment on draft railing concepts:
    June 6, 6:30 p.m., St. Peter’s AME Church
    401 E 41st Street, Minneapolis

Jones’ application shared his interest in connecting public art design with neighborhood identity. As he stated in his application, “I aspire to create artwork that honors and inspires communities. Typically, my designs are informed by and recall elements of the social and natural context of a site and the surrounding neighborhoods. If selected to create art for the 40th Street Pedestrian Bridge, these principles will inspire my work.” For more information about this project, contact Mary Altman at mary.altman@minneapolismn.gov.

Thank you for a great neighborhood celebration of Prince!


On Saturday, April 30, Sabathani Community Center hosted a beautiful neighborhood event in celebration of Prince, who attended junior high school in the building now known as Sabathani.  Special thanks to inspirational community member LaDonna Sanders Redmond, who helped bring the idea for a family –friendly celebration to fruition, including security the partnership of KMOJ and many others.

The day before, on Friday April 29, the Minneapolis City Council honored prince with a thoughtful and whimsical resolution, recognizing Prince’s roots in both North and South Minneapolis.  You can read the resolution here and view a video of the City Council reading the resolution here. 

City approves historic funding plan for streets and neighborhood parks


Mayor Hodges and the City Council approved a landmark agreement that will equitably address needed funding to repave City streets and maintain neighborhood parks far into the future. The measure will provide $800 million over the next 20 years to help the City and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board keep up with needed maintenance and operations costs in an equitable fashion.

Under the plan, there would be $33 million in funding for City streets and neighborhood parks for up to 20 years to meet urgent, ongoing needs. About 82 percent of the funding would be paid through property tax increases, providing for:

  • Street maintenance

A guaranteed minimum annual funding of $21.2 million a year above the current City general fund expenditures for street capital projects.

$800,000 increase in base budget for street maintenance beginning in 2017

  • Neighborhood Parks

Startup funding of $1.5 million will go toward maintenance and operations of the neighborhood park system.

City will recommend a one-time $3 million base levy increase to the Board of Estimation and Taxation.

An additional $8 million in annual capital funds for neighborhood parks. Combined with $2.5 million already provided through the Capital Long-Range Improvement Committee, amounting to $10.5 million in guaranteed minimum funding.

A key concern for elected officials is that this increased funding will be used equitably throughout the city. For the first time in Minneapolis history, there is an explicit requirement in ordinance for use of racial and economic equity criterial in determining distribution of funding and project prioritization.

I want to give special thanks to my colleagues Council President Barbara Johnson and Council Member Lisa Goodman, for their work to establish a working proposal in cooperation with the Park Board.  I also want to thank Council Member John Quincy for special efforts to bring about a proposal that addressed our full range of infrastructure needs in parks and streets. 

I was pleased to be part of a larger council team that devoted time to meeting with council colleagues, staff, park board members, and residents in order to develop a proposal that ended up garnering the support of all Council Members.  Additional thanks to Council Members Reich, Palmisano, Cano, and Bender who all contributed their ideas in order to produce a well thought out and supported proposal, that I was proud to vote in support of.


Welcome Officer Mohamed Noor, first Somali Officer to join the 5th Precinct team


Mohamed Noor is a Somali-American Police Officer for the City of Minneapolis currently assigned to the 5th Precinct (Southwest Minneapolis). Officer Noor joined the Department in March 2015 and just recently completed his Field Training.

He has a Degree in Economics and Business Administration from Augsburg College. Prior to joining the Department he worked in Property Management primarily in commercial and residential properties both in Minneapolis and the St. Louis Missouri/ East Metro market. Officer Noor is excited to be on the 5th Precinct roster and looking forward to being a part of the community.

Recently Council Member Glidden joined Inspector Loining and other 5th precinct leadership at a meet and greet at Karmel Mall to introduce Officer Noor to the community, as he is Fifth Precinct's first Somali-American Officer. The event was well attended with hundreds of people showing up to meet, congratulate, and welcome him to the precinct.