Fourth Ward Report: March 2017

4th Ward Report from Council President Barbara Johnson

 March 2017

Contact Information Council President Barbara Johnson

350 S. 5th St

City Hall, Room 307

Minneapolis, MN 55415


Jennifer White, Senior Policy Aide

Dawn Lange, Associate


Shingle Creek
Willard Hay


How to Appeal Your Property Value

Over the next month, the City Assessor will be sending out 2017 Property Value Notices. Minneapolis property owners who do not agree with the estimated market value of their home have a few options available to appeal the assessment. On the front and back page of the notice, there are sections entitled "Appealing the Value or Classification of Your Property" that include the phone number of the appraiser assigned to their property. The first step to appealing the assessment is to call that number to discuss concerns and explain why the owner believes their property value is less than what is indicated on the statement. The assessor can review the property and explain how the determination was made. Other options for appeal include the Minneapolis Local Board of Appeal and Equalization, Hennepin County Board of Appeal and Equalization, and Tax Court. To learn more about these options, residents should look at the Assessment Appeals Process on the City website. 

Register by March 24 for Community Connections Conference


Register by March 24 for the sixth annual Community Connections Conference – Your Voice, Your City: CommUnity – at the Minneapolis Convention Center Saturday, April 1. The conference is free. All are welcome to make their voices heard; participate in interactive sessions, robust learning and exhibits; and enjoy a delicious cultural lunch. The conference will use innovative ideas to build on successful collaborations among residents, neighborhoods, cultural communities and the City to build diversity and capacity in neighborhood organizations and community organizations.

Community Connections Conference
8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 1
(Check-in starts at 7:30 a.m.)
Minneapolis Convention Center

The conference features three tracks: your city, your neighborhood and your voice.

Your city

The Community Connections Conference will feature an opportunity to participate in Minneapolis 2040, the City’s Comprehensive Plan update. Minneapolis 2040 will be the City’s 20-year vision to direct the physical development of the city into the future. Find out what’s happened so far in the process and discuss with City staff and your neighbors how to grow the city in health, equity and opportunity. Learn more at

Your neighborhood

The current funding structure of the Community Participation Program is set to end in 2020. Neighborhood organization staff, board members and residents can take this opportunity to help plan for the future of neighborhood organizations and their roles in communities beyond 2020.

Your voice

Community engagement plays a crucial role in shaping City policy. This track will focus on ways residents can connect with City leaders, find out how to serve on City boards and commissions, and engage Minneapolis’ diverse communities.

Help spread the word: share the Facebook and Nextdoor events with your friends and neighbors.The Minneapolis Neighborhood and Community Relations Department hosts the conference annually in partnership with City departments, neighborhood organizations and community partners.Register, find out more and watch for updates here.

Northside Housing Fair Sat. March 18


The Northside Housing Fair will be held Saturday, March 18 from 10am – 3pm at Lucy Craft Laney Community School. Join neighbors for a one-stop shop for all things housing related, whether you’re a renter, a homeowner, or anything in between. There will be housing resources from contractors to financing opportunities, housing organizations to renter resources, neighborhood organizations, community groups and more. Visit vendors, participate in mini-workshops, and find answers to your housing related questions all in one place. For more information, visit the Northside Housing Fair Facebook Page. FREE LUNCH will be provided by Asian Culture Club at Patrick Henry High School and Camden Lions!

Northside Celebration Concert March 18 & 19


Saturday, March 18 and Sunday, March 19  
4pm, North High School Auditorium
1500 James Ave. N., Minneapolis (enter door 18 on Irving Avenue)

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) and the Capri Theater present the Northside Celebration, two collaborative concerts that will celebrate the North Minneapolis community through music. Performances include gospel choir works made up of singers from North Minneapolis churches and organizations, spoken word, poetry and the world premiere of True North for choir and chamber orchestra by long-time Northside resident Timothy C. Takach, with lyrics by Desdamona.  Tickets are free but reservations are required: Reserve your free tickets here or call 651-291-1144.  More information can be found here.


Sick and Safe Time Listening and Information Sessions


The City of Minneapolis will hold four listening and information sessions – two for employees and two for employers – on sick and safe time. In addition to specific presentations for neighborhood and business associations across the city, Department of Civil Rights enforcement staff will hold these sessions to consider public feedback and answer questions related to implementation of the sick and safe time ordinance.

Listening and information session with employees
6 – 7:30pm Wednesday, March 22
Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC), 1101 W. Broadway Ave., Suite 100

2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 26
CTUL, 3715 Chicago Ave. S. (presented in Spanish and English)

Listening and information session with employers
9-10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 30
Gandhi Mahal community room, 3009 27th Ave. S.

Public questions and comments are also welcome at

More information and resources about the sick and safe time ordinance is available at

I-94 Construction Begins Monday, March 20

I-94 construction is scheduled to begin on Monday, March 20 on eastbound lanes in Brooklyn Center. Lane reductions will start at the 94/694 split and extend to Minnesota Highway 252. The road will be reduced to two lanes. Only eastbound lanes will be affected at this time. MnDOT has posted signs with this update along the interstate near the split. Visit the project website to stay informed and sign up for updates.


Senior Partners Care


Senior Partners Care (SPC) is one of the best kept secrets in Minnesota.  If you are currently enrolled in Medicare, or will be starting soon, please keep reading. 

Senior Partners Care is not insurance.  It is a community based program that enables Minnesota Medicare recipients to access the medical care they need. This program bridges the financial gap between their medical bills and their Medicare coverage.  SPC has partnered with most of the major metropolitan area hospitals and hundreds of clinics and providers statewide.  These healthcare providers (SPC Partners) have agreed to accept Medicare as full payment for Medicare covered expenses. They waive the Medicare deductibles, coinsurance, and copayments.

Who is Eligible?

Program Participants must:

  • Have Medicare  parts A & B
  • Receive care from  participating medical providers
  • Meet income and asset thresholds
  • Submit an application and a $42.00 annual application fee

For program details and applications visit or call (952) 767-0665.

Minneapolis Parks Will Be Tobacco Free


The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) passed a resolution approving a new Tobacco Policy at its March 8, 2017 MPRB Board of Commissioners meeting.

The new policy has the MPRB joining nearly 30 other metro area park systems in becoming completely tobacco free by prohibiting the use of all tobacco products on Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board lands and in Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board owned and/or operated facilities. The policy bans all tobacco products beginning May 8, 2017.  Read more here.

Spring Street Sweep Begins Tuesday, April 11


The first streets will be posted for the 2017 Spring Street Sweep on Monday, April 10. Sweeping and enforcement will begin Tuesday, April 11. Some parkway sweeping may occur prior to that day, depending on weather conditions. The Street Sweeping Schedule Lookup will be updated a week or two prior to the start of the sweep. Check back on the Street Sweeping webpage for updates.

View Redevelopment Proposals for 4140 - 4146 Fremont Ave N on Wednesday, April 12


In November 2016, the City of Minneapolis, through its department of Community Planning and Economic Development, issued a request for redevelopment proposals (RFP) for two adjacent buildings located at 4140 - 4146 Fremont Ave N in the Webber-Camden neighborhood. 

The City will host an open house on Wednesday, April 12, from 6 – 8:00pm at Webber Community Center, 4400 Dupont Ave N to give community members an opportunity to view proposals and provide input to City staff as the evaluation process continues. The following development teams will be at the open house to share their proposals: Ideal Development Group, JB Vang Partners, Real Cooks Kitchen and Urban Enterprises, Inc. The City received seven proposals in total and have selected these four finalists for further consideration based on the evaluation criteria identified in the RFP. Please see the City's website for a summary of the proposals received.

Following the open house on April 12, City staff will finish its internal review and plan to make a recommendation to the City Council in late May or early June 2017 in order to move forward with one of the proposals.

If you are unable to attend the open house but would like to learn more about the proposals being considered, and provide input to City staff, please visit the City's website and contact Casey Dzieweczynski at