Ward 8 Update Newsletters - September 14, 2017

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

September 14, 2017


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

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City Council receives mayor’s proposed 2018 budget


Mayor Betsy Hodges presented her recommended 2018 budget to the City Council Sept. 12. Council members will consider the budget from now through early December with final approval of the 2018 budget scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017.

This year, the City of Minneapolis has launched a new website dedicated specifically for the budget. The new site includes the full budget document, Mayor Hodges' budget address, past budgets, FAQs and calendar of upcoming budget meetings. The site is an effort to provide more transparency, better usability and increased public participation in the budget process.

The Board of Estimate and Taxation's public hearing to set the maximum property tax levy limit was Sept. 13; the public hearing will be continued to the board's 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, meeting in which the maximum levy will be adopted.

The City of Minneapolis has tentatively scheduled two public hearings on the proposed 2018 property tax levy and budget:

6:05 p.m. Nov. 29
Room 317, City Hall

6:05 p.m. Dec. 6
Room 317, City Hall

To learn more about the budget or the process and to give feedback, visit budget.minneapolismn.gov.


Mayor Hodges presents her recommended budget to the City Council Sept. 12.

Free legal assistance available to renew DACA status


The Volunteer Lawyers Network is holding two upcoming sessions to provide free legal assistance to people who need to renew their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.

The Trump administration recently called for the DACA program to end on March 5, 2018. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security established DACA under the Obama administration in 2012, which allows undocumented youths who came to the country as children to apply for temporary permission to stay in the U.S.

People with a DACA status that expires between Sept. 5, 2017, and March 5, 2018, must file a renewal with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) by Oct. 5, 2017.

The Minneapolis-based Volunteer Lawyers Network will offer free help for DACA renewals Sept. 21 and 28. The sessions will be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Park Avenue United Methodist Church, 3400 Park Ave. S. To see if you qualify for Volunteer Lawyers Network services and an appointment, call 612-752-6677 Monday, Wednesday or Thursday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The City of Minneapolis has provided funding to the Volunteer Lawyers Network and other legal advocates to work directly with residents involved with immigration proceedings. The City was also the first in the country to declare support for DACA in 2012.

City celebrates ‘Welcoming Week’


The City of Minneapolis will take part in “Welcoming Week” Sept. 15-24 — a nationwide initiative designed to bring together immigrants, refugees and native-born residents.

The City is hosting two community events to foster dialogue and understanding about Minneapolis’ rich diversity and to stand up for immigrants and refugees in our community:

  • 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, at the Brian Coyle Center, 420 15th Ave. S. The event will feature a panel discussion, information from community organizations and several interactive activities, including storytelling and a chance to share thoughts on what makes a welcoming city.
  • 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, at Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave. S. The event will focus on youth experience of immigration, including a panel discussion and artwork. (In case of rain, the event will be held nearby at Wellstone International School, 3328 Elliot Ave. S.)

The City recently joined Welcoming America’s network of Welcoming Cities and Counties, recognizing its commitment to inclusiveness toward immigrants and all its residents. Nearly 100 local governments across the country belong to the network launched by Decatur, Georgia-based Welcoming American, a nonprofit founded in 2009. In 2016, there were nearly 400 events in 150 communities for Welcoming Week.

The City will also launch its #WeAreMpls campaign during Welcoming Week, which will highlight compelling stories and photos of newcomers and long-time Minneapolis residents.

For more information about Welcoming Week, go to minneapolismn.gov/WeAreMpls.

New online system makes it easier to connect to City Council information


The City’s new system for looking up City Council records and videos is now online. The legislative information management system (LIMS) is available at lims.minneapolismn.gov.

LIMS is the one place you need to go to find and track council agenda and actions. With LIMS, you can:

  • Get the agenda for upcoming City Council and committee meetings.
  • Look up past and future City Council agenda items and supporting documents.
  • Track individual agenda items from council introduction through final action.
  • See how council members voted.
  • Find and watch video of City Council and committee proceedings.

LIMS archives data from all City Council proceedings going back to Jan. 3, 2017.  Data from previous years is available at  www.minneapolismn.gov/meetings/all. 


Watch a short video on how LIMS works.

Ballot set for Nov. 7 Minneapolis election


The time for candidate filings for this November’s municipal election has now closed. All of the candidates who filed to run for mayor, City Council, the Board of Estimate and Taxation, and the Park and Recreation Board will now be on ballots Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Lists for all candidates who filed for municipal offices can be seen at vote.minneapolismn.gov/candidate/FILING.

This election uses ranked-choice voting

Minneapolis voters will use ranked-choice voting this fall to elect a mayor and members of the City Council, Board of Estimate and Taxation, and Park and Recreation Board. Ranked-choice voting is a way of voting that eliminates the need for separate primary elections. Voters rank up to three candidates for each office. The ballot has three columns, and choices are made from left to right in those columns. Ranked-choice voting is used only for municipal elections in Minneapolis.

More information on ranked-choice voting is available at vote.minneapolismn.gov/rcv.

Get elections information at vote.minneapolismn.gov

City reaches first goal on greenhouse gases


Minneapolis has reached its first goal on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from citywide energy consumption, transportation, solid waste and wastewater. Greenhouse gases caused by activities within the city limits of Minneapolis decreased 17.8 percent in 2015 compared to the 2006 baseline; the goal was a 15 percent reduction. 2016 data is being analyzed and will be available soon.

Greenhouse gas emissions decreased 10.7 percent from 2014 to 2015, driven primarily by milder winter months, which resulted in a decrease in natural gas consumption. An increase in emissions from wastewater was offset by decreases in emissions from electricity consumption, natural gas consumption, on-road transportation and solid waste. Find more detail in the PowerPoint presentation.

Minneapolis will make progress toward its goals by continuing to implement its Climate Action Plan and working with CenterPoint Energy and Xcel Energy on implementing the Minneapolis Clean Energy Partnership 2017-2018 work plan.

Find the City’s other climate action goals here.

Public Input Sought On City of Minneapolis’ Zero Waste Draft Plan


A team of City staff is seeking input from Minneapolis residents as part of the team’s work to provide feedback on the Zero Waste Draft Plan.

The draft plan can downloaded here.

What:  Zero Waste Community Meeting
When: Sept. 21, 6 - 8pm
Where: Sabathani Community Center, 310 E. 38th St.

For residents unable to attend, an online survey is available. Please share your thoughts by completing the survey.

The engagement period ends on September 22.

For more information visit www.minneapolismn.gov/zerowaste.

Upcoming Closures for I-35W


Construction prep work is in full swing on the 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown project. The next few weeks are filled with a fair amount of traffic impacts depending on your travel route.  MnDOT will close the Franklin Avenue Bridge over I-35W early morning Monday, Sept. 18 for reconstruction through mid-2018.

When crews begin demolition of the bridge, there will be lane restrictions and weekend closures on I-35W. The first weekend closure of both directions of I-35W between Highway 62 and I-94 is tentatively scheduled for 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, through 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 2. The second weekend closure of I-35W is tentatively scheduled for 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, through 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 9.

MnDOT crews will work 24 hours a day during these weekend closures. Residents should anticipate construction noise, lights and vibration during the night.

The bridge closure is part of the 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown project, a four-year reconstruction project of I-35W between 43rd Street and downtown Minneapolis. The project will improve accessibility, safety and mobility in the project area with better access to the Lake Street business district and transit service on I-35W and Lake Street. Work is expected to be complete in fall 2021.

As part of the same project, the Portland Avenue bridge over I-94 will close in mid-late September, and the Fifth Avenue South ramps to northbound I-35W and eastbound I-94 have closed. The ramp to eastbound I-94 is anticipated to reopen in 2018. The ramp to northbound I-35W will remain closed through 2021.

More information

Here are additional ramp and lane closures to be aware of:

Ramp closures

31st St. to Southbound I-35W

Beginning Tue, Sept. 12, the 31st St. ramp to southbound I-35W will close. Crews will be working on the underground utilities in this area so motorists should follow the posted detour of 31st St. to Stevens Ave. to 36th St. We expect to keep the ramp closed through early October.

Southbound I-35W to 35th St.

We plan to close the SB I-35W ramp to 35th St. the week of Sept.18. CenturyLink will be relocating their private utility line. The work, is expected to take about a week. 

Lane closures

I-35W at 40th St.

In mid-September, there will be periodic lane closures in both directions of I-35W near 40th St. while Xcel Energy does some utility work.  In addition, there will be a seven-day closure of the northbound I-35W right lane.  

Open Streets Nicollet is back for 2017!


What: Open Streets Nicollet
When: Sunday, September 24, 11am to 5pm
Where: Nicollet Ave, between Lake St. and 46th St.

Explore your neighborhood and local businesses as you bike, walk, or roll on streets closed to vehicle traffic and opened up to community! Now in its seventh year, Open Streets Minneapolis is a City of Minneapolis event hosted by Our Streets Minneapolis (formerly the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition) and presented by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross).

100 volunteers are needed for Open Streets Nicollet.  This will be the last Open Streets this season, so don’t miss out!

Volunteering is the best way to experience Open Streets Minneapolis while also serving your community! You can volunteer solo or as a group with your families, neighbors, and friends.

Click here to sign up as a volunteer with Our Streets Minneapolis. Our Streets Minneapolis is looking for a variety of volunteers including movers, protected bikeway and walkway ambassadors, kids zone volunteers, and photographers!

You can also sign up here to volunteer with the Lyndale and Kingfield Neighborhood Associations as a street monitor, planeteer, set up or clean up crew member, and more!

Community Resource Fair and Peace Pole Project, Oct. 3