Ward 8 Update Newsletters - September 20, 2016

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

September 20, 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

Call for an appointment or just
drop by!



City of Lakes

Sabathani Community Center gets a new playground!


Congratulations Sabathani Community Center, thanks to Target and KaBOOM!, on beautiful new playground including adult exercise area!

More than 150 Target and community volunteers came together, and within hours, transformed an empty space into a new playground where kids and families can find the balance and active play they need to thrive.

Early voting starts Sept. 23


The City of Minneapolis reminds eligible voters that planning ahead can save them from standing in long lines on Election Day. Starting Sept. 23, any voter can vote early by mail or in person at one of four locations around the city.

For those who want to vote on Election Day, pre-registering is an easy way to stay out of the registration line. Individuals are eligible to vote if they are at least 18 years old and U.S. citizens who have lived in Minnesota for at least 20 days before the election. Any voter who has moved or changed his or her name since last voting must re-register.

Are you pre-registered?

All individuals whose registration applications are received by elections officials by 5 p.m. Oct. 18 will be pre-registered for the Nov. 8 general election. Online registrations must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Oct. 18. Voters who newly register or update their registration will receive a postcard notifying them where to vote.

Voters can pre-register online or by filling out a registration application they can pick up at government offices or print from the elections website and mail in.

Voters who miss the deadline to pre-register may still be able to vote. In Minnesota individuals may register at the polls on Election Day by providing one of the forms of identification required by Minnesota law. See the elections website for the list of identification required to register and vote on Election Day.

The Voter Registration Lookup allows voters to enter their names, birthdays and addresses to confirm whether they are registered.

Offices on the ballot

Offices on the Nov. 8 general election ballot include United States president and vice president, U.S. representative (District 5), state senator (all districts), state representative (all districts), judicial offices, and the Minneapolis School Board. The ballot will also have a question on a state constitutional amendment regarding removing lawmakers’ power to set their own pay, and a question asking voters to renew the school district’s current operating referendum authorization.

Sample ballots will be available on the website in mid-September.

Absentee voting is easy

Early voting (absentee voting) begins Sept. 23. Any voter may vote early. Standard hours throughout the absentee voting period are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. During the final two weeks before the election, these hours will be extended and include weekend times. All early voting hours are posted on the website vote.minneapolismn.gov.

Voters may vote early (by absentee ballot) by mail or in person. In-person locations are:

  • Downtown Early Vote Center, 217 S. Third St.
  • North Early Vote Center, 2100 Plymouth Ave. N., in the Minneapolis Urban League building.
  • South Early Vote Center, 1860 E. 28th St., in the Roof Depot building.
  • Northeast Early Vote Center, 2516 Central Ave. NE in the Water Bar building.

Early voters may choose any of the four locations. In-person absentee voting is no longer located at City Hall. The new sites allow more privacy, easier access, and more options for voters than the City Hall Rotunda did.

Information about the absentee voting procedures for military and overseas voters is at https://minnesota.overseasvotefoundation.org.

Early voters can save time by taking these three steps: 

  1. Making sure they’re registered to vote, or pre-registering. Voters can register or check the status of their registrations at vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/register. The last day to pre-register for the general election is Oct. 18.
  2. Downloading and completing the absentee ballot application form in advance and bringing it when voting. Find the request form at vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/absentee.
  3. Looking at a sample ballot ahead of time and even bringing it to refer to when voting. Sample ballots are available at vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/ballot.

Minneapolis 311 open during voting hours for Nov. 8 general election

Minneapolis 311 will extend its usual hours by one hour to serve voters while the polls are open. From 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the Nov. 8 general election, Minneapolis voters can call 311 for information on how to register and where to vote. From outside the city limits dial 612-673-3000. TTY/TTD 612-673-2157.

2016 general election calendar

Sept. 23-Nov. 7, Early voting for the general election
Oct. 18, Voter pre-registration deadline
Nov. 8,  General election, polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Apply for the Workplace Advisory Committee


Applications are now being accepted for the 16-member Workplace Advisory Committee, a panel that will advise City leaders on workplace issues. The committee will include a cross-section of employee and business stakeholders from the community. Applications are due Friday, Oct. 14.

The committee will provide policymakers with advice on workplace initiatives and recommendations on community engagement, and monitor and evaluate implementation of workplace policies, among other things. The committee will also create a two-year work plan focused on workplace issues.

The makeup of the committee will be as follows:

  • Two representatives from business associations.
  • Two members from mid-size to large employers.
  • Two representatives from small and independently owned businesses.
  • One representative from a not-for profit organization.
  • Five employee representatives.
  • Two members from organized labor.
  • One Park Board representative.
  • One public employee.

Committee members will be selected through an open-appointment process for two-year terms. Eight members will be appointed in odd-number years and the other eight in even-numbered years. The mayor will appoint three members and the City Council will appoint the remaining 13 members.

Visit the City’s website for application requirements and more information.

The creation of the Workplace Advisory Committee follows the City Council’s recent adoption of the Minneapolis Safe and Sick Time Ordinance, which will take effect July 1, 2017. Employers with six or more employees will be required to provide up to 48 hours of paid sick and safe time annually to workers.

For more information on the Safe and Sick Time ordinance, go to www.minneapolismn.gov/sicktimeinfo.

Election judges needed, earn $13.30 per hour, judges with a second language especially needed


Election judges are needed for the general election Nov. 8 to serve voters in local polling places. Election judges are paid $13.30 per hour for their service, which includes training. Serving as an election judge provides an opportunity to learn about the election process and is an important service to our community. Judges who are fluent in a second language are especially needed to provide additional language support in the polling place, including Spanish, Somali, Hmong, Oromo, Lao, Vietnamese, Russian and American Sign Language.

Selection and placement of judges is based on qualifications of applicants and party balance within the precinct. Preference will be given to those willing to serve a full day in a precinct with a vacancy.

For more information

The Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services Division is responsible for administering elections in the City of Minneapolis. For information about registering and voting in Minneapolis or to serve as an election judge, residents can visit vote.minneapolismn.gov or call 311 or 612-673-3000.

Kids Voting Needs You!


Kids Voting Minneapolis is a community-based nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to prepare Minneapolis' 50,000 K-12 students to be educated, informed voters.

To make this goal possible, Kids Voting Minneapolis relies on volunteers to offer students an authentic polling place voting experience. At Minneapolis polling places, volunteers hand out ballots, explain the voting process, and distribute I VOTED stickers.

How can you help?  Kids Voting needs volunteers on Election Day.  You can register here . Thank you for your help!

Minneapolis Zero Waste Plan: provide your input

mpls recycles

The City of Minneapolis will be developing a Zero Waste Plan focused on a set of strategies to move the city toward zero waste. The City is holding a series of meetings to get input, perspectives, ideas, and concerns from residents that will help inform the plan. The meetings are broken out by sector: single family and small apartments serviced by Solid Waste & Recycling, large multi-units not serviced by Solid Waste & Recycling and commercial buildings and businesses. 

Meetings will be held:

  • Multifamily properties: Thursday, September 22, 8:30 to 11:45 a.m., Sabathani Community Center, 310 38th Street East in Minneapolis
  • Commercial sector: Wednesday, September 28 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis
  • Single family households: Tuesday October 18  from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Minneapolis Urban League, 2100 Plymouth Ave N in Minneapolis

Learn more and RSVP. Contact Meleah Houseknecht at 612-334-3388 ext. 8104 with questions.

Pollinator friendly landscaping event planned for Minneapolis flood pond


September 24, 9:00 to Noon
East 43rd Street and Park Avenue South

The Minneapolis Department of Public Works, Surface Waters and Sewers Division is excited to announce its first: “Plants for Pollinators Neighborhood Event.”

Joining local and national efforts to help dwindling populations of butterflies, bees and other pollinators, Surface Waters and Sewers will be increasing the pollinator habitat through a neighborhood planting event. Pollinators require two essential components in their habitat; somewhere to nest and flowers from which to gather nectar and pollen. Native plants are undoubtedly the best source of food for pollinators, because plants and their pollinators have coevolved. Many varieties of garden plants are also good for these important insects.

In addition to the pollinator benefit this event will reinforce our goals and objectives related to managing our Stormwater Infrastructure:

“Natural and built spaces work together and our environment is protected;” and our contractor’s stated mission “to restore and protect resilient landscape and communities, to educate the public about ecological restoration, and to work with existing natural resources and conditions."

The event will start at 9:00 with registration and refreshments. Participants then can browse interpretive displays and resources or ask questions of City Staff.  After brief introductions participants will learn about the function of the stormwater pond, pollinator friendly plantings, things that they can do in their own yards to make a difference and finally how to plant the plugs. After that it’s time for working together to create a foraging habitat that not only helps the bees and butterflies that pollinate these plants, but also beautifies our neighborhood.

RSVP for the event paul.chellsen@minneaoplismn.gov RSVP’s are encouraged but not required to attend.

Organics Recycling Training Sessions: learn how to collect organics at home for composting


Tuesday September 27, 2016, 6 - 8 p.m.
Longfellow Park, 3435 36th Ave S

Get your organics recycling questions answered with hands-on learning, demonstrations and tips that make organics recycling easier in your home.  Learn what happens to organics once they are collected.  Pick up a yard sign to promote the organics recycling program.  Organics kitchen collection containers will be distributed to attendees while supplies last.
RSVP here.  Contact Laura Horner at laura.horner@minneapolismn.gov or 612-673-3318 with questions.

Lake Street Design Workshop


For more information and to RSVP, contact Allison Sharkey, 612-824-7420, asharkey@lakestreetcouncil.org.

Lyndale Neighborhood Association invites you to visit the Nicollet Pop-Up-Park (PUP)


The Nicollet Pop-Up-Park (PUP) is set up on the border of Lyndale and Whittier neighborhoods, just inside the Kmart Parking lot off of the Lake and Nicollet entrance, and is open until Oct. 4.  Special programming at the park includes music, yoga, morning coffee and much, much more!

The PUP is made possible in part from a grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota and Kmart. Both recognize the need for more great green spaces in the heart of our neighborhood.