Ward 8 Update: March 29th, 2019

CM Andrea Jenkins



Office Hours: Monday 9-11 a.m.

Sabathani Community Center, 310 E. 38th St.

Join 2020 Census celebration April 1: We Count


We Count Minneapolis kickoff

When: Monday, April 1 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. 

Where: The Center for Changing Lives, 2400 Park Ave.

The City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Complete Count Committee invite you to join leaders from nonprofit, business, civic, local government, and community organizations on April 1, 2019, for a kickoff celebration to mark the beginning of our year-long census complete count campaign, We Count.

Participating in the census is one of the most powerful tools residents have for civic engagement. As leaders and activists, we must connect and collaborate to make sure everyone in our city - regardless of immigration status, age, or income level - is counted and fairly represented.

This event will be an excellent opportunity to begin building relationships and sharing information to ensure a successful 2020 census complete count campaign. Food will be provided at the event.

The City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Complete Count Committee are excited about working collaboratively with community organizations, activists, business leaders, nonprofits and local government to ensure We Count every one of our residents.

To learn more about what’s at stake, watch this short video produced by the Ford Foundation: https://youtu.be/pl4RO5EisCU

Read more about the Complete Count Committee at Minneapolismn.gov/census.

2019 collection of leaves and bundled brush begins week of April 8


The 2019 season for Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling collection of leaves, brush and other yard trimmings starts the week of April 8. Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling customers can set properly prepared yard waste at their alleys or curbs next to their garbage carts by 6 a.m. on garbage day.

Yard waste must be in compostable bags – paper (Kraft) or compostable plastic – or unbagged in a reusable container 26-32 inches high, no more than 26 inches wide, with sturdy handles. Reusable containers are lifted and emptied by hand; they must be easily managed. Yard waste is not allowed in City-provided garbage, recycling or organics recycling carts.

Preparing yard trimmings and leaves

  • Less than 40 pounds.

Preparing brush

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

Reusable containers

  • Less than 40 pounds full.
  • Between 26 and 32 inches high.
  • No more than 26 inches in diameter.
  • Must have sturdy handles.

Which bags can be used in the program?

  • Compostable plastic bags labeled with the BPI logo.
  • Paper (Kraft) bags.

Bags marked “biodegradable” or “degradable” do not meet the State law and are not accepted.

It’s against the law and bad for our lakes, creeks and river to rake leaves into the street.

For questions about leaf and brush pickup, customers can call Solid Waste & Recycling at 612-673-2917 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. People can also find more information here.

Apply for openings on Minneapolis boards and commissions


Several board and commission positions are open for City Council and mayor appointments this spring. Board and commission members in the City of Minneapolis help shape key policy decisions, give community-based input into the City’s administration of services and supply valuable insights. The City seeks applicants with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences to strengthen the work of the City. Translation and interpreting services are available on request so all residents can participate.

Apply through the open position pages linked below and stay up to date on vacancies, position descriptions and timelines by visiting minneapolismn.gov/boards/openings. The positions are open until filled.

There are 77 open positions on 10 City boards and commissions:

Boards, commissions and advisory committees

The City of Minneapolis has more than 50 volunteer-based boards, commissions and advisory committees that advise the City on issues and help develop policy and administer services. Boards and commissions fall into a handful of categories: appeal boards, development boards, general advisory boards and special service districts (defined areas within the city with special services).

Appointments to boards and commissions are made twice a year: in the spring and fall.

Minneapolis’ appointed boards and commissions are becoming more inclusive with a steady increase in residents of color serving. A new study shows that the City has met its race diversity benchmark with board and commission members within 80 percent of the city’s demographics. Thirty-three percent of the City’s board and commission members are people of color, whereas the population of Minneapolis is 36 percent people of color.

The City still pursues more diverse representation in its appointed boards and commissions with:

  • High school and technical school graduates.
  • Renters.
  • People ages 18-24.

Potential applicants can find more information at 612-673-2216 or OpenAppointments@minneapolismn.gov.

Minneapolis Among Top Metro Areas Nationwide for Solar Jobs Growth


Minneapolis-St. Paul is among top metro areas nationally with Chicago, Miami and Seattle for the number of solar jobs added in 2018.

The Solar Foundation released a map on the number of solar jobs in every state, metro area, county and congressional district revealing how solar energy is supporting local economies nationwide. The report found 242,343 solar workers in the US as of 2018.

To tackle climate change, Minneapolis has set clear and ambitious goals to get Minneapolis to 100% clean energy by 2030. The City of Minneapolis and Xcel Energy offer programs and use these practices that help support solar jobs:

  • Incentives for solar projects through the City of Minneapolis
  • Incentives for solar projects through Xcel Energy’s Solar*Rewards
  • Solar panel installation on select City buildings
  • Community solar garden subscriptions
  • Purchase of Renewable Connect for City energy use

Visit www.minneapolismn.gov/sustainability/buildings-energy/solar to find out if your home or business is right for rooftop solar.

Find the interactive solar jobs map and detailed state fact sheets at SolarStates.org.

Find complete information on the National Solar Jobs Census 2018 at SolarJobsCensus.org.

Metro Blooms is offering Three Workshops this year


Metro Blooms is offering three workshops this year: Creating Your Resilient Yard, Installing Turf Alternatives and their newest one, Fostering Healthy Soils, where you'll learn ways to make your soil a healthy foundation for your yard and garden. Learn the latest and most innovative techniques in creating a beautiful, resilient and sustainable yard.

Blue Thumb workshops: hosted by Metro Blooms and powered by their staff and local experts, including landcare professionals, Master Gardeners and Master Water Stewards. Most workshops cost $15, and scholarships are available upon request.

Please Help Metro Blooms get the word out

Even if you can't make it to a workshop, please consider forwarding this to a few friends/neighbors/gardening-minded folks, etc., who you think might enjoy the workshops. 20% of our attendees hear about these opportunities through word-of-mouth. Metro Blooms thanks you for all your support, and happy blooming!

Youth Violence Prevention Week events March 30-April 6


The City of Minneapolis joins a national public education effort by participating in its fifth annual Youth Violence Prevention Week. Activities and events March 30-April 6 will call attention to the issue of youth violence, identify strategies to combat this public health epidemic and promote the positive roles young people and adults can play in making their communities and schools safer.

A diverse array of youth-oriented activities includes a pop-up recording session, basketball tournaments, art, dance, a girls’ symposium and personal safety workshops.

Find details in the 2019 Youth Violence Prevention Week event list.

Open Streets 2019 calendar set


The Open Streets calendar is set for 2019 with seven events scheduled around the city beginning Sunday, June 2 on Lyndale Avenue South. Mark your calendar for one or all seven.

Open Streets Minneapolis is a free event series that opens city streets to folks biking, walking, rolling and playing. At each Open Streets Minneapolis event, local businesses, artists, community groups and institutions come out into the street to play.

Residents and visitors explore their neighborhoods in a safe, fun, family-friendly environment. Open Streets gets folks out of their cars so neighbors can explore their communities in a whole new way.

Open Streets Minneapolis invites people to be curious about their city as they:

  • See live performances.
  • Create art.
  • Discover local businesses.
  • Use active transportation.
  • Make connections with those around them.
  • Rethink our streets as public space.

Open Streets Minneapolis is a City of Minneapolis event, hosted by Our Streets Minneapolis and presented by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. Find more information at www.openstreetsmpls.org.

Street and Construction Closures this week

  • Lyndale Ave. S./32nd St. and 48th St. will be closed Saturday, March 30, 8 am to 3 pm.  A signed detour will be in place and local access will be maintained. Minneapolis Park Board Forestry removing 40 trees. 
  • I-35W in both directions will be closed between I-94 and Highway 62 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Monday April 1, Tuesday, April 2 and Wednesday April 3. The detours are Highway 62, Highway 100, I-394 and I-94

Save the Date: Community meeting for the Black History Mural project in the Bryant Neighborhood

When: Wed, April 24, 6:30-8:00pm 
Where: CANDO office, 3715 Chicago Ave

Visit us at minneapolismn.gov/ward8

Central • Bryant  Bancroft  Field  Regina  Northrop  Lyndale  Kingfield

Andrea Jenkins, 350 S. Fifth St., City Hall Room 307, Minneapolis, MN 55415


For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats please call 311 at 612-673-3000.

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