Minneapolis Connects November Newsletter

Minneapolis Connects: News and information from Minneapolis Neighborhood and Community Relations

November, 2017

2018 Community Connections Conference

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Mark your calendars for the 2018 Community Connection Conference! This year’s conference will be held on Saturday, February 10th at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The 2018 Conference theme is ACT - Aspire – Collaborate – Transform. The Conference aims to connect members of diverse communities - giving voice what we aspire Minneapolis to become, providing opportunities to collaborate with neighbors, and developing strategies to transform this vision into reality.

Visit the conference Facebook event to receive future updates, registration information and more. 

Weekend hours begin for Early Vote Center, all Minneapolis voters can vote early

With the municipal election less than a week away, the Early Vote Center now has weekend hours. Anyone who can vote in Minneapolis on Election Day can vote early at the Early Vote Center, 217 S. Third St. For people visiting the Early Vote Center on weekends, a limited number of free parking spots are available at the center.

The Early Vote Center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays from now until the election. Weekday hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday, Nov. 3. The center’s last day of service is Monday, Nov. 6, which is the day before Election Day, and hours that day are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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. In Minneapolis, ranked-choice voting is used only for municipal elections.

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

Get elections info at vote.minneapolismn.gov

The City has an elections-focused website: vote.minneapolismn.gov. This website is a central place to go for accurate, timely information about this year’s election and ranked-choice voting. The fresh, intuitive design is focused on the user, with content on the site arranged according to specific audiences including voters, candidates, volunteers and students.

2016 Neighborhood Programs Annual Report

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The Neighborhood and Community Relations Department recently published the 2016 Neighborhood Programs Annual Report.  This report highlights all the amazing work done in the community via neighborhood staff, boards and volunteers.  The report highlights the work of the thousands of volunteers to facilitate community engagement and complete projects the City of Minneapolis would not otherwise accomplish. In monetary terms the time invested by these volunteers adds up to over $2 million.

Some highlights are:

  • 41,000 direct connections with residents via door knocking and flyering.
  • A focus on outreach to underrepresented and marginalized people such as renters, non-English speakers, women and low wealth individuals.
  • A focus on organizing and mobilizing the community to address concerns about gentrification and poorly maintained rental properties. 
  • Hundreds and hundreds of diverse, creative community events that engage people and help them connect with the City and other agencies.
  • Many projects related to parks, gardens, the environment and recycling
  • Many projects related to neighborhood livability – Creative solutions to crime and safety issues, business façade improvements, clean sweeps, etc.

To learn more about what neighborhoods are working on near you, please see our interactive neighborhoods map with contacts or contact NCR at NCR@minneapolismn.gov or call 612-673-3737.

Join your neighbors in shaping our city to become a healthy, sustainable, and thriving place for all.

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We want to hear from YOU! Join your neighbors in shaping our city to become a healthy, sustainable, and thriving place for all.

Minneapolis 2040 is an update to the City’s Comprehensive Plan, a document that shapes how Minneapolis will grow and change. The plan will cover topics such as housing, job creation, the design of new buildings, and how we use our streets.

Over the past year, City planners have learned a lot from Minneapolis residents about the future of our city. We’ve heard that as the city grows, everyone must benefit from that growth. You told us that it can be difficult to access jobs that are not located nearby. We’ve heard concerns about the rising cost of housing, and that not everyone has access to the type of housing that meets their needs. We’ve also heard that people value well-designed and environmentally sustainable buildings, and that there is a desire for the city to be more walkable, bikeable, and mass transit-friendly.

Please attend one of four upcoming family friendly, interactive open houses in early December. Enjoy complimentary refreshments from local vendors. For more information and to sign up for updates at minneapolis2040.com.

Meeting dates and locations

Van Cleve Park Gym

901 15th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

December 2nd from 10:30-12:30

Farview Park Gym

621 N 29th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55411

December 5th from 5:30 – 7:30

Roosevelt High School Gym

4029 S 28th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406

December 9th from 10:00 – 12:00

MLK Park Multi-Purpose Room

4055 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409

December 11th from 5:30-7:30   

Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission Update (NCEC)

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The NCEC is busy with setting priorities, re-establishing committees, updating their by-laws and grievance procedure.  The Commission met as a Committee of the Whole on September 20th and established their priorities for 2017-2018.  The three priority areas are: Neighborhoods 2020 and Beyond,  Empower Neighborhood Orgs., and City Enterprise – Improve Communications Practices.  All of the Commission and Committee meetings are open to the public and noticed on the NCEC Google Calendar

The full Commission welcomed the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Director Kathy Nyland at their October 24th meeting.  A conversation was had with the use of LYNC technology.  The Commission, City staff and guests learned of the current happenings in Seattle around neighborhood structure, funding, reforms and more.  The Commission will continue to dialogue with other agencies as they work to make recommendations for Neighborhoods 2020.

Next Meeting Dates

November 15th Committee of the Whole – Crown Roller Mill – 6:00pm

November 16th City Department Engagement Committee – Crown Roller Mill – 5:30pm

November 20th Neighborhoods 2020 Committee – Crown Roller Mill 6:00pm

November 28th – Full Commission – Minneapolis Central Library- Doty Board Room – 5:00pm

Whittier Alliance and local businesses come together to support neighbors after apartment fire.

In the early morning of August 30th, a fire in an apartment building in the Whittier Neighborhood caused the loss of 10 neighborhood residents homes and possessions. By that afternoon the Whittier Alliance and local businesses, Nightingale Restaurant, Fox Den Hair Salon, and Learning in Style, sprung into action collecting donations and coordinating resources for the displaced residents.

“We quickly realized there is a window between 2-14 days where victims can get lost between emergency services and long-term solutions.” shared Ricardo McCurley, Executive Director at Whittier Alliance. “The Whittier Alliance was uniquely positioned to meet some of those needs by connecting the victims with neighbors who had household basics to give, landlords who could provide short-term leases at their current rates and a place to call for random requests.”

As place-based organizations, neighborhood organizations play a valuable role in bringing residents together on a hyper-local level to support their neighbors and address issues that arise in the community both large and small.

Fox Den Hair Salon held a fundraiser for the fire victims and Learning in Style opened their "Free Store", while also collecting the surplus of donated goods. Additionally, seven property managers/owners in the area offered one month leases at their previous rate so those displaced by the fire had a place to stay that next night.

“It's really rewarding to be able to respond quickly to events like fires,” said McCurley.

See what else Whittier Alliance is up to at their website http://www.whittieralliance.org/ or facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WhittierAlliance/

ADA Action Plan and Language Access Plan annual reports

On October 23rd, the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department reported to the City Council on accomplishments under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Action Plan and Language Access Plan.

The ADA Action Plan and Language Access Plan are comprehensive plans to ensure City of Minneapolis’ programs, services and activities are accessible to all. The plans are strategic policy documents focused on enhancing the accessibility of City operations and eliminating barriers to participation. The Language Access Plan was adopted by the City Council in 2014 as a guide to provide programs, services and information in multiple languages. The ADA Action Plan, adopted in 2016, elevates the City’s work to be accessible and inclusive of people with disabilities.

Visit the NCR website to view both the ADA Action Plan and Language Access Plan presentations.

City condemns terrorist attacks in Somalia

The City Council condemned the deadly Oct. 14 terrorist bombings in Mogadishu, Somalia, and supported the victims and families affected by that attack. The resolution, which received unanimous approval October 20th, also called on the U.S. to increase its assistance to Somalia and lift a travel ban to that country.

At least 327 people were killed and nearly 400 were injured when a massive truck bomb exploded in a busy intersection in Mogadishu. The blast leveled a nearby hotel, trapping several people in debris. The bombing is 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. The highest concentration lives in Minneapolis. Many of these residents have strong ties to family, friends and business relationships in Somalia.

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

Snow Emergency information coming to household mailboxes

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Snow season is here, and Minneapolis residents should watch their mail over the next several days for information that could help them avoid tickets and tows when enough snow falls to warrant a complete plowing of our streets. The City of Minneapolis is sending out more than 196,000 Snow Emergency brochures, one to each household in the city. The brochure has graphics and text showing where to park during the three phases of a Snow Emergency.

Folks should hold on to the brochures throughout the winter and have them handy whenever a Snow Emergency is declared. The brochure contains the Snow Emergency parking rules and lists ways people can find out when the City of Minneapolis declares a Snow Emergency. The more people follow the Snow Emergency parking rules and help their neighbors and visitors do the same, the easier snow season is on everyone.

Snow Emergencies are declared whenever there’s enough snowfall to warrant a complete plowing of our streets. To get that done, people need to follow the parking rules and move their vehicles so crews can plow the full width of the street. When the snow flies, City Public Works crews have enormous jobs to do, with more than 1,500 miles of streets, parkways and alleys that need to be cleared. It’s important for drivers to follow the Snow Emergency parking rules so plows can do the best job possible clearing snow. Vehicles parked on the street in violation of Snow Emergency rules can be ticketed or towed.

By reaching out to educate people about Snow Emergency parking rules, the City hopes that more drivers will avoid tickets and tows. Minneapolis spreads the word about Snow Emergencies by direct mail, emails, text messages, automated phone calls, social networks, the City website and by working with the news media.

Getting drivers to follow Snow Emergency parking rules helps the City, too. Towing and impounding vehicles is expensive and makes plowing inefficient, so it’s in everyone’s interest to help drivers follow the parking rules and avoid a ticket and tow.

Sign up now, stay informed throughout the season

Residents, workers and visitors have a number of ways to learn when Snow Emergencies are declared and what to do when they are. The City advises drivers to put many of these tools to use, not just one or two. The more ways people use to learn about a Snow Emergency, the more prepared they will be to do their part, and the less likely they will be towed because they didn’t know one was declared.

  • Hotline: By calling the automated 612-348-SNOW hotline, folks can find out if a Snow Emergency has been declared. If a Snow Emergency is in effect, the hotline will have information on that day’s parking restrictions that drivers need to follow to avoid tickets and tows. The hotline includes information in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong.
  • The City’s website: Go to www.minneapolismn.gov/snow to find out whether a Snow Emergency has been declared and for a wealth of information on Snow Emergencies in many languages. Also, check out the street lookup, which lets you put in an address or a neighborhood to see where you can park during a Snow Emergency.
  • Phone alerts: Minneapolis uses a phone alert system to notify residents when Snow Emergencies are declared. It is an automated notification system that can place thousands of calls per hour. You can add your cellphone or unlisted landline number to the alert system by signing up at www.minneapolismn.gov/snow.
  • Email alerts: You can sign up to get Snow Emergency alerts automatically emailed to you. Go to www.minneapolismn.gov/snow/snow_esubscribe for more details.
  • App for Android devices and iPhones: Drivers who have Android devices or iPhones can download the Snow Emergency app. During a Snow Emergency, the app will tell them the parking rules for that day. It also has a street lookup, which lets them see where they can park on that day by street address or by having the device’s GPS pinpoint their location.
  • The news media: News releases are sent to the media so TV, radio stations and other news outlets can inform their viewers and listeners that a Snow Emergency is in effect.
  • Cable TV: Tune in to Minneapolis 14 (Comcast channels 14 and 799, CenturyLink channels 8001 and 8501). These channels will have information in several languages when a Snow Emergency is declared.
  • Facebook: Like Minneapolis Snow Emergency on Facebook. Go to www.facebook.com/MinneapolisSnowEmergency.
  • Twitter: twitter.com/minneapolissnow. If you have a Twitter account, just follow us. Both the Twitter and Facebook pages will tell fans and followers when a Snow Emergency is declared.

Videos: Informative videos in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong are available online to help explain where you can park when a Snow Emergency is declared

2017 collection of leaves and bundled brush ends the week of Nov. 13

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Your garbage day in the week of Nov. 13 is the last 2017 collection for leaves, brush and other yard trimmings. Yard waste must be in compostable bags – paper (Kraft) or compostable plastic – or unbagged in a reusable container at least 26 inches high with sturdy handles. Yard waste is not allowed in City-provided containers. Set all yard waste next to your garbage cart by 6 a.m.


  • Less than 40 pounds.


  • Less than 40 pounds.
  • Less than 3 feet long.
  • Branch size less than 3 inches in diameter.
  • Must be bundled with string (no tape).

Remember, it’s against the law and bad for our lakes to rake leaves into the street.

If you have questions about leaf and brush pickup, call 673-2917 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Find more information here.

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. The short-term rental registration fee is $46. Rental licenses for Tier 1 properties will range from $70 to $175, plus $5 for each additional unit, and $112 to $350 for Tier 2 properties, plus $5 for each additional unit. You do not need to reapply if you have a valid rental license and are a Tier 1 or Tier 2 property. 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. The annual license fee for a platform with fewer than 150 active dwelling unit listings will be $630, and for a platform with 150 or more active listings will be $5,000. The City’s Business License division will start accepting license applications for hosting platforms Dec. 1, 2017.

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

November Events

11/1: Deconstructing Whiteness featuring Dr. Robin DiAngelo

11/2: Immigrant and Refugee community trauma - panel discussion

11/3-11/4: Benefit to Study & Stop Air Pollution in NE Mpls

11/4: Lynnhurst Neighborhood Buckthorn Bust

11/4: Tangletown Leaf Raking Event

11/4: North Minneapolis Chili Cook Off

11/7: Election Day

11/8: Mapping Prejudice: Tracing the History of Racist Real Estate Covenants in Minneapolis

11/9: American Indian Community - Community Connections Learning Lab

10/10: Somali Family Night at the MIA

11/12: Longfellow Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser

11/13: ECCO Happy Hour

11/14: ACTING BLACK | Demystifying Racism

11/15 & 11/29: Downtown Service Area Master Plan Public Hearing

11/16: Bryn Mawr Harvest Dinner

11/18: Seeing the Racial Water: A Workshop with Dr. Robin DiAngelo

11/24: Armatage Tree Lighting and Charity Drive

11/25: CIDNA Art Mart

11/30: How intersectionality can affect engagement - Community Connections Learning Lab

Neighborhood and Community Relations Department

Director, David Rubedor 
Crown Roller Mill, Room 425
105 5th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 673-3737