Ward 8 Update Newsletters - October 27, 2017

8th Ward News from Minneapolis Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden
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Ocltober 27, 2017


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

Phone: 612-673-2208



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Minneapolis condemns terrorist attacks in Somalia

Our hearts go out to the victims and family members, including many of our own community members, of those affected by the terrorist attacks in Mogadishu on October 14.  At least 327 people were killed and nearly 400 were injured when a massive truck bomb exploded in a busy intersection -- the deadliest terrorist attack in Mogadishu’s history.  With an estimated 35,000 people, Minnesota has the world’s largest Somali population outside of Somalia, with the highest concentration residing in Minneapolis.

The City of Minneapolis stands in solidarity with Somalia and our Minneapolis and Minnesota community members who are mourning and still in shock. On October 20, the City Council unanimously approved a resolution condemning the deadly Oct. 14 terrorist bombings in Mogadishu, Somalia, and supporting the victims and families affected by that attack. The resolution, found here, also called on the U.S. to increase its assistance to Somalia and lift a travel ban to that country.

The bombing was condemned by the United Nations, along with the U.S. and several other countries. Humanitarian aid is being provided by the U.S., as well, along with the United Kingdom, Turkey and others.

City supports communities recovering from disaster in Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Texas, Florida, and Mexico


The City Council is urging residents to support communities affected by natural disasters in Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Mexico, Texas, Florida and elsewhere. On October 20, the City Council voted unanimously in favor of the resolution, found here, which also calls on residents to support relief efforts.

Support for frontline Puerto Rican Communities in the Recovery from Hurricane Maria can be made to the Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund housed at The Center for Popular Democracy.  Donate here.

Support for the survivors of the most powerful earthquakes in Mexico’s history can be made at Oxfam Mexico and Mexican Red Cross (Cruz Roja Mexicana).

Vote Early Now through Nov. 6


Starting Oct. 23 through Nov. 6, early voting is available every day. Any Minneapolis voter can vote early in person or by mail. In-person voting is at the Early Vote Center, 217 S. Third St., at the corner of Third Avenue South and Third Street South, one block from City Hall.

In-person early voting expanded hours are:

  • 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday Oct. 23-Nov. 5.
  • 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays (Oct. 28 and Nov. 4).
  • Noon-5 p.m. Sundays (Oct. 29 and Nov. 5).
  • 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6.

Save time at the polls
Ensure you have the required identification; see the elections website for the list of identification required to register and vote on Election Day.  Request an absentee ballot in advance at vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/absentee.  Learn what’s on the ballot ahead of time at vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/ballot.

In the mayor’s race, 16 candidates will appear on the ballot. All City Council offices will be on the ballot. Each ballot across the city will also feature two other citywide contests: one for two at-large seats on the Board of Estimate and Taxation, and one for three at-large seats on the Park and Recreation Board. Every voter will also have a chance to select a representative for one of the six Park and Recreation Board districts.

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

Find all elections info at vote.minneapolismn.gov.

Minneapolis signs on to two more community solar gardens


The Minneapolis City Council has approved two community solar garden subscription agreements to provide electricity for municipal operations. These subscriptions increase the amount of renewable energy in Xcel Energy’s resource mix and save electricity costs for the City at the same time. The agreements with RenaSola and Renewable Energy Partners will save the City an anticipated $28,000 a year for 25 years.

With these agreements, the City serves as an anchor subscriber, opening up cost savings for low-income households eligible to participate. The two developers, Renewable Energy Partners and RenaSola, propose gardens that could assist up to 800 low-income households each, with each household saving $300-$400 each year in electricity costs.

The City of Minneapolis will participate in these chosen gardens at an initial subscription level of 20 percent of the gardens’ output, equaling a total of up to 1 million kilowatt hours annually for municipal operations. This will bring the City's total community solar garden subscription level to 8.5 million kilowatt hours annually overall.

City approves short-term rental ordinances


The City Council has approved two ordinances regulating short-term rentals in Minneapolis — a rapidly growing part of the sharing economy.

The new regulations will allow the City to track the number of short-term rental units in Minneapolis and require hosting platforms, such as Airbnb and VRBO, to advertise only units that have registered or obtained a rental license.

Under the short-term rental ordinance, rental properties are categorized as follows:

  • A short-term rental property registration or rental license is not required for an owner who lives at the property, rents a room and stays at the property during the rental period.
  • A short-term rental property registration is required for an owner who lives at the property, rents out an entire unit and leaves the property during the rental period.
  • A short-term designation on the rental license is required for the owner of a non-occupied rental property who rents out an entire unit. Only Tier 1 or Tier 2 rental licenses are eligible for this designation.

The ordinance applies to dwelling units rented for a period of fewer than 30 consecutive days per leasing period. For more information about rental licensing fees, visit the Rental Licensing Fees webpage. The City will begin accepting short-term rental registration and license applications Dec. 1, 2017.

Short-term rental hosting platforms, which collect a fee for booking services and often provide an online platform for property owners to advertise a dwelling unit, will be required to submit an annual business license application.

For more information, go to the City’s web page on short-term rentals.

35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown project – plan ahead for closures

Stay informed on closures related to 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.

To learn more about the 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown project, visit the project website here.

Sign up to receive project email updates, including info on closures, here.

More information

South Minneapolis African American History Harvest, Oct. 28


When: Saturday, Oct. 28, 10am-2pm
Where: St. Peters AME Church, 401 E 41st St.

Share your stories and help record and preserve the rich history of the black community on Minneapolis' Southside! African Americans who lived, worked, attended school, church or social clubs on the Southside in the Central, Bryant or Regina neighborhoods are encouraged to bring items to the event and tell your story. 

Bring your documents, photographs, artifacts, family heirlooms, or personal objects. A digital photograph will be taken of your item. Your item will not be kept. Share a story about what these items say about you, your family or your community. The photographs and interviews will be digitized, transcribed and collected for a project to be publicly displayed.

The event is hosted by Rebuilding Together Twin Cities. It is free and open to the public.  View the Facebook event here.

Celebrate Ward 8! All Neighborhoods Open House and Community Thank you, Nov. 14


When: Tuesday, November 14, 6:00-8:00pm
Where: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 4055 Nicollet Ave

Council Member Elizabeth Glidden, the Ward 8 office, and the neighborhoods of Ward 8 invite you to an open house celebration to enjoy food, fun and good company – this is a free event and all are welcome!

For the past twelve years, the Ward 8 community has been at the center of incredible accomplishments contributing to the vitality and wellbeing of the Central, Bryant, Bancroft, Field-Regina-Northrop, Lyndale and Kingfield neighborhoods.  With a new Council Member for Ward 8 in January 2018, new beginnings are just around the corner and our community momentum will continue. The Ward 8 office would like to thank Ward 8 residents, businesses and organizations for your commitment to community. We hope you can join us for an open house --celebrating you!  

Check out the Facebook event here