Minneapolis Connects November Newsletter

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

November 13, 2018

Public hearings set for Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

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The Minneapolis Planning Commission has approved the Comprehensive Plan, Minneapolis 2040. Next, the full City Council will hold a public hearing on:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 14 in City Hall, Room 317, starting at 4:30 p.m. 
  • Read the plan here.

Residents can still provide feedback on the City’s draft Comprehensive Plan, which will guide the city’s development over the next 20 years, at the public hearing or online.

The plan is based on 14 goals, including reducing disparities, affordable housing and living-wage jobs, sustainability, and a healthy and diverse local economy. The final draft must also be consistent with the Metropolitan Council’s regional development guide, Thrive MSP 2040, which sets the direction for the region’s growth and development.

City Council will vote on the Comprehensive Plan in December before submitting it to the Metropolitan Council for further review. Read more about Minneapolis 2040...

Community Connections Conference is Feb. 2, 2019

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The 2019 Community Connections Conference will be held on Saturday, February 2 in the Minneapolis Convention Center lower level. View and share the event on Facebook here.

If you would like an email notification when exhibitor sign up is announced, email ncr@minneapolismn.gov.

Fair Housing Forum on Nov. 14: Know Your Rights

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Have questions about your rights as a renter or homeowner? Get answers from the experts at HUD, Dept. of Justice, Legal Aid, Dorsey & Whitney, Minneapolis Civil Rights and others. This free event will focus on fair housing and will feature a panel of experts to discuss important issues and address questions from the community.

This event will be held at the Copeland Art and Training Center located inside Thor Companies' new headquarters in North Minneapolis at 1256 Penn Ave. N. 

For questions or to request an interpreter at the event, email shanae.phillips@minneapolismn.gov

Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs meets with Southeast Asian residents

Oct. 5. 2018 Director Rivero meeting with Lao residents about OIRA

This October, Director of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, Michelle Rivero, and Southeast Asian Community Specialist Michael Yang attended the Southeast Asian Community Roundtable hosted by the Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota. The group discussed the goals of the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, how the City responds to developments in immigration policy with City welcoming policies, and the concerns of Southeast Asian residents of Minneapolis including U.S. travel restrictions to and from Laos. This was one of many meetings and presentations that Rivero has carried out in her first few months. Community organizations are welcome to contact Rivero to learn about the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs. For more information visit www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr/oira.

Help shape a new Minneapolis ID card

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The City of Minneapolis will host a public hearing on November 26, 2018 at 1:30 pm in City Hall, Council Chambers on the City's efforts to establish a municipal ID program to ensure that all Minneapolis residents have access to a photo ID.

To get deeper input from the community, Council Member Cano will host a community workshop on Saturday, November 17, that focuses on questions of data protection and will solicit specific amendments to the ordinance prior to the public hearing.

You can join Council Member Alondra Cano at Waite House on:

  • Saturday, November 17
    • 9- 11:00 a.m.

Please RSVP to Leda.Schuster@minneapolismn.gov.

Cold weather rule protects residents who fall behind on energy bills

The Minnesota cold weather rule began for the season Oct. 15. The rule protects residential customers who have difficulty paying their natural gas bills from having their natural gas service disconnected between Oct. 15 and April 15. Residential customers must contact their energy company to set up a payment plan.

Other helpful information:

Give feedback on the proposed City budget

There are three upcoming public hearings for people to share thoughts on Mayor Jacob Frey’s recommended 2019 City budget. Comments can also be submitted online on the City’s website.

Upcoming budget public hearings:

  • 6:05 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28 Room 317, City Hall
  • 6:05 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 Room 317, City Hall
  • You can watch the meetings afterwards on the City of Minneapolis YouTube channel.

Comments submitted online will be entered into the public record and shared with the mayor and council members. The City Council is scheduled to vote on adopting the budget on Wednesday, Dec. 5. Visit the City’s budget website to learn more.

Make rental properties energy efficient

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The City of Minneapolis is connecting with rental property owners in the North-Northeast and Southside Green Zones through the end of the year to discuss interest-free support for energy efficient building improvements. Green Zone neighborhoods include: Bottineau, Cedar-Riverside, East Phillips, Hawthorne, Marshall Terrace, McKinley, Midtown Phillips, Near North, Phillips West, Sheridan and Ventura Village. 

Examples of energy efficient improvements include weatherstripping, water heater blankets, LED bulbs, programmable thermostats, high-efficiency shower-heads, faucet aerators and wall and attic insulation. Read more about the program at the Center for Energy and the Environment website here...

If you or someone you know has a rental property in Minneapolis of between 1-4 units and would like to learn more about how the City can help you be more sustainable while saving on energy costs, please contact Monica at 612-239-4789.

Own a building with over four rental units?
If you own or manage a rental property of five or more units, you can contact Energy Insights to sign up for the Multifamily Building Efficiency Program. Read more...

For homeowners and renters:
Homeowners and renters can also
 qualify for home energy efficiency support.

Sign up now, stay informed all winter

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You have many ways to find out when a snow emergency is declared and what the rules are for each day to avoid being towed.

  • Call the snow emergency hotline at 612-348-SNOW in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong.
  • Check the City’s website: www.minneapolismn.gov/snow
  • Sign up to receive a call: Landlines receive automated calls, but anyone can add their cellphone or unlisted landline number to the list at www.minneapolismn.gov/snow.
  • Email alerts: Sign up to get snow emergency alerts via email at minneapolismn.gov/snow/snow_esubscribe.
  • Smartphone App: Download the Minneapolis Snow Emergency App. Look up your street's parking rules in detail by entering an address or using your device’s location services features.
  • Watch the news: 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.
  • Watch Minneapolis City TV: Tune in to Comcast channel 859 or CenturyLink channel 8502 to see transmissions in multiple languages.
  • Follow www.facebook.com/MinneapolisSnowEmergency to see updates on your Facebook news feed.
  • Follow twitter.com/minneapolissnow to view announcements via Twitter.

City Council approves funding for temporary Navigation Center for Hiawatha encampment

The City has been working with tribal, community and government partners for several weeks on a response to the homeless encampment located along a sound wall on the east side of Highway 55 near the Little Earth community.

As of November, City Council has approved $1.5 million in funding for the temporary Navigation Center, which will provide a safe environment for people currently living at the Franklin-Hiawatha homeless encampment. 

The Minneapolis Navigation Center will be established at 2109 Cedar Ave., a 1.25-acre site adjacent to the Franklin Avenue METRO Blue Line station and near the encampment, consisting of land owned by the Red Lake Nation and the City of Minneapolis. Demolition work is underway to prepare the site. City staff are weighing temporary structure options for the center, including trailers.

In addition to working on the development of the temporary Navigation Center, the City and its partners have been coordinating ongoing outreach efforts at the encampment focused on connecting people to healthcare, emergency shelter and other supportive services. The community response to the encampment has been swift and generous. To learn more about how to help, visit www.franklinhiawathacamp.org.

Job Openings

East Isles Residents Association is hiring a part time neighborhood administrator. Read more...

For Neighborhoods

Neighborhood & Community Engagement Commission seeks new commissioner

We are currently seeking a commissioner to represent the following neighborhoods by November 3OArmatage, Cedar-Isles-Dean , East Harriet Farmstead, Tangletown, Fulton, Kenny, Linden Hills, Lynnhurst, West Calhoun and Windom.

If you are passionate about good government and effective engagement, consider serving on the Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC).

Get information from the City

You can help your neighbors get answers from the City to their questions by sharing this video about all the ways a resident can contact 311 for City information.

Neighborhoods 2020

All three work groups will convene and have break out sessions to review each group's draft products on November 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Powderhorn Park Recreation Center. Read more on the Neighborhoods 2020 web page:

Upcoming Events

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Thu., Nov. 15

Sat., Nov. 17

Fri., Nov. 23

Sun., Nov. 25

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Thu., Dec. 6

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Sun., Dec. 16

Neighborhood and Community Relations Department


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