Ward 8 Update: Friday, October 25th, 2019

CM Andrea Jenkins



Office Hours: Monday 9-11 a.m.

Sabathani Community Center, 310 E. 38th St.

Join us Friday, Nov. 1st for Afternoons with Andrea! Immigration and Census 2020 Update

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When: Friday, Nov. 1st from 12 pm to 1:30 pm

Where: Butter Bakery Café, 3700 Nicollet Ave

Join us for a discussion with City Staff and community leaders for a discussion about the City’s involvement with the 2020 Census in partnership with local artists, share the work of the City’s Office of Immigrant and Refugees Affairs (OIRA), as well as hear about some broader organizing happening with immigration justice in Minneapolis.

We will be joined the City’s Complete Count Coordinator Alberder Gillespie, the Director of Immigrant Refugee Affairs Michelle Rivero, Julia Nekessa Opoti the Co-founder of the Black Immigrant Collective, and the City’s Creative City Making partners on the Census 2020 initiative, Rox Anderson and Anna Meyer.

Through this discussion we hope to address the importance of community led engagement with the 2020 Census, provide residents with accurate info about the Census so that residents feel supported as we undergo our efforts to get a complete and accurate count, and explore the intersections between immigration related issues in Minneapolis and the 2020 Census.

Sign up to receive updates from the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs and to receive updates about the 2020 Census.

We hope you will join us for this important discussion on November 1st!

Be prepared, Fall Street Sweeping has begun

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Minneapolis Public Works has begun curb-to-curb sweeping and leaf collection on streets throughout the city. During the four weeks of the comprehensive fall street sweep, crews will clean about 1,000 miles of city streets. To make sure crews can do the best job possible, temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance so streets will be clear of cars when they’re swept. Anyone who parks on the street will need to follow posted parking rules or their cars may be ticketed and towed.

Ways to stay informed of the parking rules:

  • No Parking” signs – City crews will post “No Parking” signs at least 24 hours before sweeping any streets. Parking will be banned from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the day a street is swept. However, the “No Parking” signs will be removed as soon as possible after a street has been completely swept to allow people to resume parking after the signs are removed. Vehicles not in compliance with “No Parking” signs may be ticketed and towed to the Minneapolis Impound Lot.

  • Social media – The City will use Facebook and Twitter to post periodic street sweeping updates and information.
  • Phone calls to residents – In addition to the “No Parking” signs that will be posted the day before sweepers come through, the City will make about 3,000 automated phone calls each evening to let residents know their street will be swept the next day. There’s no guarantee that the calls will reach everyone, so residents should be sure to check the various ways to be aware of the rules, and watch for signs.

  • Interactive web feature – Folks can use the Street Sweeping Schedule Lookup feature on the City’s website to find out when the sweepers are coming through their neighborhoods. The fall street sweep takes four weeks, and visitors to the website will be able to find out which week their street is scheduled to be swept. Then, on the weekend before each of the four weeks, the schedule for the upcoming week will be broken down to show which day of the week streets are scheduled to be swept.

  • Videos – Street sweeping is explained in English, Hmong, Somali and Spanish as part of the City’s  “Did you know...” series of short videos that can be viewed at www.YouTube.com/cityofminneapolis and on Minneapolis City TV. Residents who have friends or neighbors who speak these languages are encouraged to share links to the videos. 
    • English: See how and why Minneapolis sweeps streets and what you can do to help keep streets and waterways clean in this video from the Minneapolis “Did you know…” series.
    • Spanish: En este video vea por qué la Ciudad de Minneapolis limpia las calles y qué puede hacer usted para ayudar a mantener limpias las calles y vías fluviales.
    • Somali: Ka daawo fiidyowga taxanaha… ee Minneapolis ee loo yaqaan “Ma Ogtahay” siyaabaha iyo sababaha minneapolis jidadka ay u xaaqido oo ogow sidii aad uga caawin lahayd ilaalinta nadaafada jidadka iyo biyo mareenada.
    • Hmong: Yog xav paub ntxiv, sais nroog Minneapolis cov tshooj xov xwm hu, “Koj pos paub.”

Clean streets mean a healthier environment

Minneapolis is known for its sparkling lakes and waterways, and we want to keep it that way. That’s why protecting and enhancing our environment is one of the City’s top priorities. Street sweeping is one way we work to protect our environment because it keeps leaves and debris from clogging our storm drains and polluting our lakes and rivers. It also helps keep our neighborhoods clean and livable.

Minneapolis streets are swept completely curb to curb with enforcement of parking rules once in the spring, and again in the fall. Residents should not push leaves, grass clippings, or other debris into City streets – it’s bad for our lakes and waterways, can cause safety hazards, and is against the law. Anything that goes down a storm drain flows directly into our lakes and river, and decomposing plant material in the water encourages the growth of harmful aquatic plants and algae.

Three Vacancies on the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority Board of Commissioners

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Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA) was created by ordinance 86-Or-034 on 2/28/1986. The Minneapolis Public Housing Authority in and for the City of Minneapolis (MPHA) is an independent Agency charged with the responsibility to manage federally subsidized housing for eligible low income families, elderly, and disabled tenants. MPHA owns and manages over 5,000 apartments in 42 high-rise properties and over 700 single family homes in every Minneapolis neighborhood in addition to the nation’s first assisted living / memory care facility for low income tenants and a senior Health & Wellness Center in Heritage Park. MPHA also operates the federally subsidized Housing Choice Voucher / Section 8 Program for over 5,000 eligible participants in the City of Minneapolis.

The MPHA Board of Commissioners is the governing body of the Agency. Its members are appointed by the Mayor and the City Council to provide oversite of the Agency, establish operating policy for the Agency, and ensure operating compliance with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development regulations. Members of the Board must live or work in the City of Minneapolis. MPHA has a diverse board with varied backgrounds, including residents. We are currently seeking applicants who have highly developed skills and extensive experience in the area of finance, general business, and the development of affordable housing or mixed income/mixed use properties.

Deadline: To receive applications will be November 27, 2019.

Vacancies: There are currently three vacancies.

  • Seat 2 –  Mayor Appointment w/Council Confirmation for a three-year term beginning January 1, 2020 and ending December 31, 2022.
  • Seat 3 – Mayor Appointment w/Council Confirmation for a three-year term beginning January 1, 2020 and ending December 31, 2022.
  • Seat 9 – Council Appointment, subject to Mayor veto for a three-year term beginning January 1, 2020, and ending December 31, 2022.

Application Instructions

Complete the Application Form (pdf) and the Voluntary Demographic Questionnaire (pdf).

Send completed forms to openappointments@minneapolismn.gov, or by fax: 612-673-3812, or:

City Clerk AppointmentsRoom 304, 350 South Fifth StreetMinneapolis, MN 55415-1382

You can apply on your own behalf, nominate others for consideration, or inform the City Clerk's Office of someone to whom you'd like application materials to be sent.


Committee Contact: Paula Sotelo, (612) 342-1439, psotelo@mplspha.org

City Clerk Contact: 612-673-2216, openappointments@minneapolismn.gov

If you need this material in an alternative format please call City Clerk’s Office at (612) 673-2216 or email openappointments@minneapolismn.gov Deaf and hard-of-hearing persons may use a relay service to call 311 agents at (612) 673-3000. TTY users may call (612) 673-2157 or (612) 673-2626.

Selection Process:

Applications are forwarded from the City Clerk to the Board, Mayor, and City Council President Staff for their consideration. Applications are reviewed by the Community Development & Regulatory Services for recommendation to the full Council.


The meeting schedule is adopted for the year at the first (annual) meeting of the year. Meetings normally taking place on the fourth Wednesday of every month (the third Wednesday in November and December) at 1:30 p.m. at 1001 Washington Avenue North, Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Board meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Each commissioner will receive payment for attending regular, special and committee meetings at the rate of $55 per meeting, not to exceed $5,000 per year. If salaried public officials or city employees are appointed, they shall serve without compensation.

The board is comprised of nine voting members serving three-year terms: Five Mayoral appointments, including the chairperson, and four Council appointments. One of the Mayor’s appointments must be a resident of public housing managed by the MPHA and classified as high-rise housing. One of the City Council’s appointments must be a resident of public housing managed by the MPHA and classified as family non-high-rise housing.

Minneapolis Public Housing Authority Web Site: http://www.mphaonline.org/

If you need this material in an alternative format please contact the City Clerk’s Office or email openappointments@minneapolismn.gov. Deaf and hard-of-hearing persons may use a relay service to call 311 agents at (612) 673-3000. TTY users may call (612) 673-2157 or (612) 673-2626.

Attention: If you have any questions regarding this material please call 311

Hmong - Ceeb toom. Yog koj xav tau kev pab txhais cov xov no rau koj dawb, hu (612) 673-2800;

Spanish - Atención. Si desea recibir asistencia gratuita para traducir esta información, llama (612) 673-2700;

Residents can share feedback on proposed 2020 City budget at public hearings, online


There are three upcoming public hearings for people to share thoughts on Mayor Jacob Frey’s recommended 2020 City budget. Comments can also be submitted online.

Budget public hearings:

  • 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 City Council Chamber, Room 317, City Hall
  • 6:05 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4 City Council Chamber, Room 317, City Hall
  • 6:05 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 City Council Chamber, Room 317, City Hall

Comments submitted online will enter the public record and be shared with the mayor and council members. The City Council is scheduled to vote on adopting the budget Wednesday, Dec. 11.

The mayor’s recommended 2020 budget is $1.6 billion. The City’s revenues come from a variety of sources with property taxes accounting for about 23% of the budget.

Visit the City’s budget website to learn more about the budget and key dates and watch a video about how to participate in the budget process. You can also watch budget hearings on Minneapolis City Council TV. Tune to SD channel 14 or HD channel 799 on Comcast or SD channel 8001 or HD channel 8501 on CenturyLink. You can also watch archived meetings on the City of Minneapolis YouTube channel.

City of Minneapolis Seeks Development Proposals for Public Service Center Block

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The City of Minneapolis is seeking development proposals for the City-owned parcels on the Public Service Center Block. The block is located in the Downtown West Neighborhood and bounded by 3rd Street South, 4th Street South, 3rd Avenue South and 2nd Avenue South. The City currently owns four parcels on the block, including the Public Service Center building and the City of Lakes building. The City parcels are about 1.6 acres or two-thirds of the block.

City employees currently working in the Public Service Center and City of Lakes buildings will relocate to the new City office building on the corner of 5th Street and 4th Avenue South in 2021.

The RFP and related materials are posted on the project website. There will be an optional pre-proposal meeting on Friday, November 1 at 9 a.m. at Crown Roller Mill, located at 105 5th Avenue South, Suite 200. Proposals are due by Friday, December 6.

The City will consider a number of uses, including: housing, hotel, office, commercial, retail sales and services and parking. It may also include a new 1st Police Precinct. If developed on the block, the new Precinct would have to be embedded into a larger development, rather than being a stand-alone facility. The new development must be a minimum of 10 stories; there is no height maximum. 

For more information, please contact David Frank at David.Frank@minneapolismn.gov.

2019 collection of leaves and bundled brush ends the week of Nov. 18

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Garbage day in the week of Nov. 18 is the last 2019 collection for leaves, brush and other yard trimmings. 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 containers.

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 to rake leaves into the street.

Anyone who has questions about leaf and brush pickup can call 612-673-2917 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. People can also find more information here.

City Council takes final action on Minneapolis 2040, the City’s comprehensive plan

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The City Council voted to adopt Minneapolis 2040, the City’s comprehensive plan that will shape how the city will grow and change over the next two decades so all residents can benefit.

The action follows the Metropolitan Council’s formal approval of Minneapolis 2040 on Sept. 25. The Metropolitan Council requires municipalities in the Twin Cities area to provide updated comprehensive plans every 10 years that are consistent with its regional development guide, Thrive MSP 2040.

Minneapolis 2040 includes 14 goals with an overarching theme: Minneapolis’ growth must be managed with a focus on undoing barriers created by a history of policies that have prevented equitable access to housing, jobs and investments, resulting in significant racial disparities. It features nearly 100 policies with action steps outlining ways to achieve the plan’s goals.

The policies in Minneapolis 2040 have an effective date of Jan. 1, 2020. In coming years, the City will make a series of amendments to the City’s zoning code and land use maps to implement the policies of Minneapolis 2040 as required by state statute.

The first amendment will allow up to three residential units per property in low-density zoning districts. This zoning code change will be considered by the City Council on Nov. 8, 2019, and is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, 2020. This change was prioritized to allow more housing options in the city. Two- or three-family housing developments in low-density zoning districts will be required to conform to the same height, setback and massing requirements as single-family homes. New construction will also be subject to the City’s construction management agreement, which requires advance notice to nearby residents among other things.

The Metropolitan Council is projecting significant growth for Minneapolis in coming years. Increasing housing options helps the city prepare for this growth, provides more choices for people who already live here and expands opportunities to increase home ownership.

Find more information here about amendments to the Minneapolis Zoning Code.

Jack-o’-lanterns can go in organics recycling

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When you’re done with your carved pumpkins and other gourds, you can put them in your green organics recycling cart. They don’t need to be bagged.

If you haven’t signed up for organics recycling, you can dispose of pumpkins with your other yard waste. Added synthetic materials such as paint, glitter or jewels make pumpkins non-compostable, and then they must be disposed of as garbage.

Remember: Wrappers from Halloween candy go in the garbage. They are not recyclable or compostable.

Find more information on organics recycling here.

I-35W@94 Downtown to Crosstown Updates in Minneapolis

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I-94 weekend closure October 26-27:

In August, a truck traveling on I-94 struck the 22nd Ave. pedestrian bridge causing significant damage. The 22nd Ave. pedestrian bridge has been closed since the incident, but this weekend crews will begin installing a temporary pedestrian bridge. To do this, MnDOT will need to do a weekend closure of I-94. Beginning 10 p.m. Sat, Oct. 26, to 4 p.m. Sun, Oct. 27, I-94 will be closed in both directions between I-35W and Hwy 280. Drivers will be detoured to I-35W, Hwy 36 and I-35E. 

WB I-94 nightly closure Oct. 25 through Nov. 9:

That same truck also hit the 25th Avenue bridge.  Beginning 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly Fri, Oct. 25 through Sat, Nov. 9, MnDOT will need to close WB I-94 between Hwy 280 and I-35W to repair the damages.

Motorists will be detoured to I-35E, Hwy 36 and I-35W. Hwy 280 does not have southbound access to I-35W.

Ramp and lane closures Oct. 26-27:

MnDOT will finish striping lanes on I-35W and ramps connecting to I-35W near downtown Minneapolis. The work will require some closures.  

Lane closures:

  • 6-10 a.m. Sat,  Oct. 26, northbound I-35W will be reduced to a single lane between Washington Ave. and Portland Ave. 

Ramp closures:

  • 6-10 a.m. Sat, Oct. 26 and 4-10 p.m. Sun, Oct. 27, the ramp from SB I-35W to WB I-94 will be closed. 
  • 4-8 a.m. Sat. Oct. 26 and 4-10 p.m.. Sun, Oct. 27, the ramp from SB I-35W to EB Hwy 55 will be closed

Overnight closure of Lake St. scheduled October 28

MnDOT will install a bridge deck drainage on the newly constructed I-35W bridge over Lake St. Beginning 10 p.m. Mon, Oct. 28, to 5 a.m. Tue, Oct. 29, Lake St. will be closed between 2nd Ave. S and Stevens Ave. Drivers will be detoured to use Park Ave./Portland Ave., 31st St. and Blaisdell Ave./Nicollet Ave.

Upcoming I-35W weekend closure November 1-4:

Good news, MnDOT is getting ready to move the project into the next phase in which northbound traffic is shifted to the newly reconstructed lanes on southbound I-35W. Once traffic is moved off the existing northbound lanes, crews can begin reconstructing the new northbound lanes. To do the traffic shift, we need a weekend closure of I-35W and have tentatively scheduled the closure for the weekend of Nov. 1-4.

Beginning 10 p.m. on Fri, Nov. 1, I-35W will be closed in both directions between I-94 and Hwy 62 and reopen by 5 a.m. on Mon, Nov. 4. Drivers will be detoured to use Hwy 62, Hwy 100 and I-394. The ramps to and from I-35W will begin to close at 9 p.m. on Fri, Nov. 1.

*All closures are weather permitting and subject to change.

Stay connected:

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota visit 511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

Snow Emergency information coming to household mailboxes, be sure to sign up for the various opportunities to get notifications

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Snow season has arrived, and Minneapolis residents should watch their mail over the next several days for information so they can help crews do a complete job by moving their cars, and help them avoid tickets and tows when a Snow Emergency is declared in Minneapolis. The City of Minneapolis is sending out about 182,000 Snow Emergency mailers, one to each household in the city. 

People should hold on to the mailers throughout the winter and have them handy whenever a Snow Emergency is declared. They outline the Snow Emergency parking rules and ways to stay informed throughout the winter season. 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 1,400 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.

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 several 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 to be towed.

  • Hotline: Call the automated 612-348-SNOW hotline. 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 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 calls to residents: Minneapolis uses automated phone calls to notify residents when Snow Emergencies are declared. The system can place thousands of calls per hour. You can add your cellphone or unlisted landline number to the alert system by signing up at minneapolismn.gov/snow.

  • Social media: Like Minneapolis Snow Emergency on Facebook and Twitter.

  • Email and text alerts: You can sign up to get Snow Emergency alerts automatically emailed or texted to you. Go to minneapolismn.gov/snow/snow_esubscribe for more details.

  • Smartphone app: 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 allows users to see the parking rules in detail by entering an address or using the device’s location services features.

  • 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 City TV (Comcast channel 859 or CenturyLink channel 8502). These channels will have information in several languages 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:

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


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People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 at 612-673-3000. TTY users can call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626.

Para asistencia 612-673-2700, Yog xav tau kev pab, hu 612-673-2800, Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500.

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