Ward 8 Update Newsletters - May 16, 2017

8th Ward News from Minneapolis Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden
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May 16, 2017


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

Phone: 612-673-2208



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Transgender Work Group Inspires City Change to All-Gender Restrooms


All-gender restrooms, facilities anyone can use as an additional option, are now being added to City buildings. They’re part of the City’s efforts to further transgender equity by making sure City policies and services are inclusive of transgender community and staff.

All-gender restrooms are an additional facility option for anyone, including:

  • People who are uncomfortable in men’s or women’s rooms for a number of reasons.
  • Parents or caregivers of children who are a different gender from them.
  • People with caregivers or personal attendants who are a different gender from them.

Over the next few weeks, all-gender restrooms will be added in 44 City facilities, including department offices, fire stations, police precincts, Public Works facilities and City-owned parking ramps. This work involves re-signing and, in some cases, adding security locks to doors to 62 restrooms.

The all-gender restrooms are in addition to the traditional restrooms. Men’s and women’s restrooms will continue to exist in every City facility. Staff and the public will be able to use the restroom corresponding to their gender identities.

City staff are already planning for the next phases of this effort, which will involve making locker room and shower facilities inclusive. Also, as buildings are constructed and remodeled for City use, staff will explore accommodating multi-stall, all-gender restrooms and changing rooms.

Former Mayor and Ward 8 Council Member Sharon Sayles Belton honored with a Bust at City Hall


What: Sharon Sayles Belton Bronze Tribute Unveiling
When: Tuesday, May 16, 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Program and Unveiling at 4:45 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis City Hall, 3rd floor Atrium Hallway, 350 S 5th St

Today we celebrate the unveiling of the Sharon Sayles Belton Bronze Tribute, honoring her achievements during her mayoral terms from 1994 to 2000, and in recognition of her being the first African- American and first woman mayor in the city’s then 140-year history.

You can read the Star Tribune article on this topic here.

Directions to the unveiling:

Enter the 4th Street Entrance of Minneapolis City Hall (near the rotunda area where the large Father of Waters statue is located). 
Take the Elevator to the 3rd Floor and look for signage directing you to the unveiling.

Precinct open houses part of National Police Week observance


In recognition of National Police Week May 14-20, 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 can tour the stations; take a look at police squad cars and emergency equipment; watch demonstrations from the Bomb Squad, SWAT, Mounted Patrol and K9 units; and the Minneapolis Fire Department. You can also pick up crime prevention information and enjoy snacks.

3rd Precinct open house 
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, May 17
3000 Minnehaha Ave. S.

5th Precinct open house 
5-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 17
3101 Nicollet Ave. S.

May is Minneapolis Bike Month

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Minneapolis Bike Month kicks off with a series of events planned throughout the month celebrating cycling and encouraging new bikers to go for a ride.

Minneapolis is one of many communities across the country that celebrates biking the month of May. Presented by the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County and the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, highlights of Minneapolis Bike Month include:

  • Friday, May 19: Twin Cities Bike to Work Day
  • Saturday, May 27: Family Bike to Parks Day

Those who pledge online to participate in Twin Cities Bike to Work Day will be eligible to win prizes. Businesses and community groups can also learn about ways to encourage biking in their workplace and within their networks at www.mplsbikemonth.org.

The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition and its partners are also offering courses throughout the month for interested businesses, community groups and nonprofits. Courses cover tips on riding to work, basic bicycle maintenance, bicycling with kids, incorporating biking into transit trips and hosting group rides.

Minneapolis is one of the best biking cities in the country. As of 2016, Minneapolis has 135 miles of on-street bikeways and 100 miles of off-street bikeways. For more information about bicycling in the city, go to www.minneapolismn.gov/bicycles.

Commuter Convoy: Uptown on Bike to Work Day, May 19


Gear up for a commuter convoy in celebration of Bike to Work Day!  
Join Mayor Hodges, Council Members Glidden, Bender and Quincy, and Hennepin County Commissioner Marion Greene on Friday, May 19, 7:45-9:15am, for a convoy, beginning at Urban Bean, 2401 Lyndale Ave S, to the Twin Cities Bike to Work Day Celebration in Downtown Minneapolis, at the Government Center Plaza!

Find out more information about these group rides here.

Field-Regina-Northrop Annual Parade and Celebration May 20


Celebrate with your neighbors on May 20th! Field Regina Northrop is commemorating 52 years as a neighborhood with an event for friends and family at McRae Park. The annual spring neighborhood celebration kicks off at 11 a.m. with a short parade on 48th and Chicago, and activities in the park will take place from 11:15am to 2:30pm.

Activities include a variety of musical entertainers, games of chance, face painting, kids games, and of course, ice cream and fabulous food. Food truck vendors will be on hand.

Keep track of the events by visiting www.frnng.org or the Facebook event page here.

Warrant Forgiveness Day May 20


This criminal justice community collaboration event is an opportunity for people with an eligible misdemeanor warrant to clear their warrant without being arrested.

Participants also have the opportunity to resolve their case after meeting with a public defender and a prosecutor. Settlements may include:

  • doing community service work at or near the event,
  • getting time to pay a fine, or
  • scheduling a court date in the future to handle or dispute the case.

If you participate in this event, your warrant will be cleared or resolved before you leave. 

Participants can register by calling Court Administration at (612) 348-2040.

Find more info at mncourts.gov/HennepinWarrantDay.

Construction and Contracting Opportunities Networking Event May 22


Better Bus Stops coming to Ward Eight


Metro Transit's Better Bus Stops program is bringing transit customers a more comfortable waiting experience at the bus stop!

In Ward 8, several bus stops will see improvements in 2017, including the addition of shelters at:

  • 31st St and Blaisdell/ Nicollet Ave (Eastbound)
  • 38th St and Chicago Ave (Eastbound)
  • 4th Ave and 36th St (Northbound)
  • Nicollet Ave and 32nd St (Southbound)

Improvements to add light and heat to existing shelters will occur at:

  • 4th Ave S and 38th St (Northbound)
  • Chicago Ave S and 38th St (Southbound)

More information about the Better Bus Stops program is available at www.metrotransit.org/better-bus-stops.

Minneapolis Considers Municipal Minimum Wage


The City held minimum wage listening sessions since late January to gather feedback from the community about a potential minimum wage policy for employers in the City of Minneapolis. The City Council directed City staff to present minimum wage policy recommendations mid-year after doing community engagement and research on the topic.   The City Council will begin discussions of an ordinance after the staff presentation of minimum wage policy recommendations in May.

The community engagement work follows a presentation to the City Council in October 2016 by a research team from the University of Minnesota that analyzed the relative impact of a local minimum wage increase in the City of Minneapolis and regionally in Hennepin County and Ramsey County. The study, led by the University of Minnesota’s Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Justice, examined the impact of increasing the wage to $12 and $15 per hour phased in over five years.

Council Member Elizabeth Glidden has been a strong public supporter of a $15 municipal minimum wage, specifically supporting one fair minimum wage for both tipped and non-tipped employees.  Any minimum wage proposal will need to be phased in over a multiple year period with attention to size and capacity of employers.

For more information, and to take an online Minneapolis minimum wage survey, go to www.minneapolismn.gov/minimumwage.

Share your pics for a National Historic Preservation Month photo contest


May is National Historic Preservation Month, and to celebrate the City’s Department of Community Planning and Economic Development would like you and your neighbors to share photos of historic resources in Minneapolis for a photo contest. Minneapolis has 170 locally designated landmarks and 15 historic districts that help make our city a special place to live. We want to see how you can capture the character of these places.

To enter the contest, snap a photo and post it on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook with the hashtag #MPLSpreservation by May 31, 2017. Winners will be announced in early June and three winning photos will be featured in the Heritage Preservation Commission’s annual report, the City’s Heritage Preservation webpage, and other City of Minneapolis department of Community Planning and Economic Development webpages.

Sample photos can be seen at www.minneapolismn.gov/hpc/contest. For a map of landmarks and historic districts, go to www.minneapolismn.gov/hpc.

NOTE: Photos should not contain identifiable people. Submissions may be used by the City of Minneapolis in future print and digital publications, with proper credit to the photographer.