Minneapolis Connects: get involved in designing the future of public safety


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July 15, 2020

Public hearings July 15 and 21 for proposed charter amendment creating a Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention

The Minneapolis Charter Commission is seeking public comments on a proposed amendment to the City Charter related to the creation of a Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention.

You can submit your comments online or provide them directly to members of the commission at one of the public hearings at 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 15 or at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 21.

Ways to comment

Background information


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Office of Violence Prevention launches web presence and community survey

The City of Minneapolis Office of Violence Prevention has a new web presence describing its work within the City’s “transforming public safety” content. The office uses a community-focused public health approach to address the roots of violence, intervene at the first sign of risk, and lead healing in its aftermath.

Take this survey to help guide the City’s violence prevention priorities for the next three-five years.

Read more about the Office of Violence Prevention.

Help redesign the system for reporting non-emergency crimes to the City of Minneapolis 

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The City of Minneapolis wants to hear from residents who have experienced and reported a non-emergency crime. Such situations include theft, property damage, or parking issues. Who did you talk to? Were your needs met? What was the experience like? 

A team of residents and staff are redesigning the way calls are handled by the City. We want to hear your perspectives and uplift your voices to make real change in our communities. The survey is open to all and responses are anonymous. 

Click here to start the survey now.

If you have questions, please email the Office of Performance & Innovation at innovate@minneapolismn.gov.

Mayor Frey, Chief Arradondo roll out tighter rules on officer body camera review and reporting

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Police Chief Medaria Arradondo have announced the first of what will be a series of new public safety policy reforms. The new policies tighten rules for officer body camera review and reporting and provide clearer direction to supervisors regarding immediate on-scene communications, remove barriers to such communications and clarify time requirements for reporting. Read more here.

Your polling place may have changed due to pandemic

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To keep voters safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, 50 of 125 polling places in Minneapolis are moving for the 2020 primary and general election. The changes will help protect people living in residential facilities and provide more space to keep voters a safe distance from elections staff and each other. 

Of the 50 polling places being relocated, 16 were in senior homes, high-rises and other residential sites. Another 32 had insufficient space for people to keep at least 6 feet apart.

Registered voters will receive a postcard in the mail indicating their new polling locations. You can also use the Minnesota Secretary of State’s polling place finder to find new polling places.

These locations will be the same for the Aug. 11 primary and Nov. 3 general elections. All voters choosing to vote in person on Election Day should check the online polling place finder or call 311 to verify their polling place. Download and share the pictured graphic on social media here.

Read more.

Minnesota peacetime emergency for COVID-19 and order suspending evictions extended to Aug. 12

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Gov. Walz has again extended Minnesota’s peacetime emergency through Aug. 12 to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This also extends the suspension of evictions. Including Minnesota, 49 out of 50 states remain in a COVID-19 state of emergency.

Read more.

Reduce the spread of COVID-19 during reopening

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We’re working hard to slow the spread of the coronavirus to save lives. Social exposures and contacts are increasing as more places open back up, and young adults now account for more than 50% of cases. You can reduce the spread of COVID-19 by taking several simple steps.

  • Wear masks when in public. 10-50% of virus carriers are asymptomatic, so they don’t even know they’re sick. Wearing masks helps control the virus and has been shown to lower COVID-19 spread. Masks are required in indoor public spaces in Minneapolis. Download and share the pictured graphic on social media.
  • Avoid enclosed spaces with groups of people, where the virus can linger in the air for long periods of time.
  • Get tested if you have cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Stay 6 feet away from others.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or sleeve, or a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands afterwards.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom or before eating. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your face – especially your eyes, nose and mouth – with unwashed hands.
  • Do not go to “COVID parties” – Young adults face a real risk of significant illness and complications. They can also pass the virus along to family members and other people in the community.

Update on City’s response to homelessness

Minneapolis has experienced an unprecedented growth in homeless encampments since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are several large encampments citywide with the largest currently at Powderhorn Park in south Minneapolis. There are roughly 100 encampments throughout the city, most of which are small in size.

The City is working with Hennepin County to help connect people experiencing homelessness to housing, shelter and services while preserving dignity and respect. Read more.

Public hearing July 22 on revised 2020 City budget

The City Council’s Budget Committee held the first of two public hearings on July 14, with a second planned for July 22, on proposed revisions to the City’s 2020 budget. The City is facing approximately $156 million in projected revenue losses because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Engage and make your voice heard in this process at the next online public hearing:

  • 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 22

Learn about how online meeting participation works.

Read more.

Division of Race and Equity request for proposals open until July 31

The Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) transgender, gender non-conforming (TGNC) Data & Narrative Project will acquire data and narratives that have not been recorded on this scale due to erasure of the community. The project attempts to respond to demands for data and narratives about BIPOC TGNC folk to shape policy-making, organizing and culture in support of the community. Read more and apply by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, July 31, 2020.

City launches new website home page, other high-demand webpages

The City of Minneapolis has launched a new home page and other high traffic web pages to improve the user experience for the City's website. Additional pages will transition to the new website in successive waves. Old web pages can still be found at http://www2.minneapolismn.gov/.

Jordan Area Community Council is hiring

Jordan Area Community Council is hiring an administrative coordinator. Read more and apply.

Comment period for Neighborhoods 2020 extended to Sept. 30

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The public comment period for the Neighborhoods 2020 draft program guidelines on neighborhood programming and funding to support the City’s 70 neighborhood organizations in 2021 and beyond has been extended to Sept. 30, 2020.

The equity and inclusion recommendations outlined in this document form the cornerstone of the City’s commitment to have an equitable neighborhood funding program for all of its residents. Read more.

Minimum wage increased on July 1 in Minneapolis

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On July 1, the minimum wage in Minneapolis went up to $11.75 at small businesses (fewer than 100 employees) and $13.25 at large businesses (greater than 100 employees). Download and share the minimum wage table graphic on social media.

The City’s Department of Civil Rights oversees enforcement of the municipal minimum wage, and workers are encouraged to report violations online.

For more information about the ordinance, visit minimumwage.minneapolismn.gov. For additional questions call 311 or email minwage@minneapolismn.gov. Read more.

“20 is Plenty” speed limit yard signs available at Minneapolis fire stations

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Minneapolis and Saint Paul are in the process of implementing new, lower speed limits to support safer streets.

The new speed limit starting this fall will be 20 mph in both cities unless otherwise signed. To help get out the word about the new speed limits and the importance of slower speeds for safety, the City has yard signs available for community members.

You can pick up your “20 is Plenty” yard sign at any Minneapolis fire station. Signs will be available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays through July 24 while supplies last. Due to COVID-19, signs will be available outside the stations for no-contact pickup. Signs come with metal stands. Find your nearest fire station here.

You can learn more about new speed limits here.

Get involved, comment on the region's transportation policy plan by Aug. 10

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The Metropolitan Council wants to hear from you. Send your public comments on the draft update to the 2040 Transportation Policy Plan by 5 p.m., Friday, Aug. 10.

To comment:

Learn more online about the Draft 2020 Update to the 2040 Transportation Policy Plan.

Have you experienced a mental health crisis?

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The City of Minneapolis wants to hear from residents who have experienced or witnessed a mental health crisis. Who did you call? Who showed up? How were you treated? Did you feel safe? Were your needs met? 

A team of residents and staff are redesigning the way calls are handled by the City. We want to hear your perspectives and uplift your voices to make real change in our communities. The survey is open to all and responses are anonymous. 

Click here to start the survey now.

If you have questions, please email the Office of Performance and Innovation at innovate@minneapolismn.gov.

Mental health resources

The City has compiled this list of mental health support resources to help Minneapolis residents and their loved ones. 

Minneapolis youth leaders produce mental health videos to help peers navigate stressful times

Youth leaders with the Minneapolis Youth Congress collaborated with Minneapolis School-Based Clinics on two new videos about anxiety given all of the stress so many young people in Minneapolis are coping with right now.

Watch the videos

The Minneapolis Youth Congress is made up of students in eighth through 12th grades. The group advises local leaders on issues impacting young people in Minneapolis.

Disaster tax relief available for property that was damaged or destroyed during recent civil unrest

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If your property sustained damage during recent civil unrest, you may be eligible for property tax relief. Once you complete this Disaster Reassessment Intake Form, a member of the Assessor’s Office team will contact you with more information and instructions on the next steps in the process. Read more.

Minneapolis Connects is published by the City of Minneapolis Neighborhood and Community Relations department (NCR). If you have stories or community events that should be included in next month's edition, email rebekah.tedrick-moutz@minneapolismn.gov.

For questions, accommodations or alternative formats, please contact Neighborhood and Community Relations at 612-673-3737 or email us at ncr@minneapolismn.gov. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 agents at 612-673-3000. TTY users can call 612-263-6850.

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