4th Ward Report: February 2015

4th Ward Report from Council President Barbara Johnson

February 2015


Shingle Creek
Willard Hay

City Supports President Obama's Executive Action on Immigration Reform

The Minneapolis City Council has approved a measure authorizing Mayor Betsy Hodges to sign onto an amicus brief in support of President Obama’s executive action on immigration reform. Mayor Hodges is one of more than 30 mayors who’ve signed onto the amicus brief. The effort is led by Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City and Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles as part of a nationwide coalition of mayors called Cities United for Immigration Action.

The brief opposes a lawsuit pending in Brownsville, Texas (Texas vs. United States) brought by states seeking to block President Obama’s immigration reform actions. The U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities also signed onto the amicus brief.

“I, along with Mayor Hodges and my council colleagues, am proud to support President Obama’s bold and courageous leadership on immigration reform that supports working individuals and families who are deeply rooted in our country and lend to the fabric of our community. Those who, like all of us, strive to achieve the American dream of freedom and economic prosperity,” said Council President Barbara Johnson.

The City Council vote authorizes the City to join an amicus brief in support of Obama’s November executive action, which would stop the deportation of millions of people. The amicus brief argues that the public interest across the country is served clearly and overwhelmingly by implementing immigration reform by executive action. The brief also argues that blocking executive action with preliminary injunction will stall desperately needed changes to the federal government’s immigration policies. The cities represented by the amicus brief account for approximately 28.2 million people, including 7.5 million immigrants.

Chat with the Chief


It is time for the next Chat with the Chief.  This event will be held on Tuesday, February 10 from 6:00 - 7:00pm.  This is an opportunity to sit and have an informal conversation with Police Chief Harteau. The event will be held at the Minneapolis 4th Precinct, 1925 Plymouth Avenue North.

No registration required.  Just come on in!

For questions, contact:
Tim Hammett
Crime Prevention Specialist
Minneapolis Police Department, 4th Precinct
(612) 673-2866 

Webber Park Library Upcoming Meeting Feb. 28


Please join Hennepin County Commissioner Linda Higgins, Hennepin County staff and LSE Architects to see the initial concept drawings for a new Webber Park Library.  The community meeting will be held at the Webber Community Center, 4400 Dupont Avenue North, Minneapolis on Saturday, February 28 from 9 to 10:30 am.

We are eager to hear your comments about the first designs. All ages are welcome.  For additional information on the Webber Park Library process, please visit the project’s website or contact Lois Lenroot-Ernt at (612) 543-8555.

Organics Recycling Option Starting in 2015 - 2016


Organics recycling is coming for Minneapolis Solid Waste customers. Residents now have a black cart for garbage and a blue one for recycling; organics will be collected in green carts. Any organics from the home can be put in the green cart for pickup on the same day as garbage. Customers must opt in for this service and will be invited to sign up starting in April. But people don’t have to wait; any Minneapolis Solid Waste customer can sign up now. Service will be available to 25 percent of customers in August, and the rest will roll out in spring 2016. The early sign-up gives the City time to order carts and plan the routes.

Opt in

The carts will be distributed only to customers who opt in. To get a green organics collection bin, Minneapolis recycling customers can request one at swrcustomer@minneapolismn.gov or by calling 612-673-2917. For more information on organics recycling, visit the Solid Waste and Recycling Organics web page.

Save the Date! Minneapolis Tree Sales Begin March 9


The Minneapolis Tree Sale begins March 9 at 8am for Wards 3, 4, 5 & 6.  This is a special opportunity for specific wards to purchase trees before other neighborhoods of the city (citywide sales begin March 23).  Trees are $25 each and there are several varieties available. Tree Distribution will be May 16 – 19.  Visit www.treetrust.org for more information. 

Volunteer to Help Seniors this Spring


The Household and Outside Maintenance for Elderly (HOME) program is looking for volunteers to help local seniors with leaf raking and yard cleanup this spring. This is a great opportunity to get your family, friends, and coworkers together to support the seniors living in your community.  This is a one-time, fun and flexible activity that can be done for 2-4 hours, weekdays or weekends. Interested? Please contact the HOME program Volunteer Coordinator at scsvolunteer@seniorcommunity.org or call 952-767-7894 for more information.

Senior Community Services is a nonprofit organization serving seniors and caregivers in Minneapolis. For more information on these supportive services please visit www.seniorcommunity.org or call 952-541-1019.

Community Indicators Project Conversation

People are sharing their thoughts on what success in Minneapolis looks like. See what they’re saying and share your thoughts with the Community Indicators Project at success.minneapolismn.gov.

The Community Indicators Project solicits public input on how the City can know it is achieving its goals. For example, what does “living well” (one of the five City goals) mean to those who live, work and play in Minneapolis? Does it mean connected neighborhoods? Access to amenities? Safe streets?

Join in the conversation using the online engagement tool at success.minneapolismn.gov, and encourage folks you know in Minneapolis to also weigh in. It’s quick and easy to participate, and you can spend as much or as little time within the tool as you want.

Get Free Computer Repair, Support at Upcoming "Fix-it Tech" Event


The City of Minneapolis and many community partners will soon be offering free computer repair and technology support at upcoming “Fix-It Tech” events.

If folks have a computer or laptop that is running slow, not working or appears to have a virus, they are encouraged to bring it in (with power cords) for free tech support. Volunteers at these events will teach valuable repair skills, answer questions, and give technical advice about computers and laptops. Computers and laptops will be looked at on a first-come, first-served basis. The consultation and labor are free but parts will be available for purchase. Volunteers may be able to help with smartphones and tablets depending on capacity.

Through these events the City and its partners are offering hands-on technical experience that will help residents get their items fixed, provide a place to get tech questions answered and get tips on how to maintain and protect personal devices.

Upcoming Fix-It Tech event

Friday, Feb. 27, 3–7 pm
Oak Park Center – Pillsbury United Communities
1701 Oak Park Ave N, Minneapolis 55411

Save the Date: Community Connections Conference 2015


The 2015 Community Connections Conference – Creative Engagement and Action Using Arts and Placemaking- will be held on Saturday, March 21st from 9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m., at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

The conference is FREE.

The conference theme – Creative Engagement and Action using arts and placemaking - is an in-depth look at creative engagement strategies and creative placemaking. Participants will be immersed into a experiential atmosphere where they will gain the skills and strategies to take creative placemaking techniques back to their own community and do it from start to finish.

The Exhibit Hall Registration is now open!  For more information, please download the Village Square Exhibitor Packet

Stay posted on upcoming information about the conference at the Community Connections Conference website.