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Logan Park Neighborhood Podcast Debut

 

What makes a Neighborhood great?    What does a Neighborhood Association do?   What challenges do Neighborhoods face?

In our very first Logan Park Neighborhood Podcast, LPNA Board Chair, Larry Kutzler, interviews Jack Whitehurst,  City of Minneapolis Neighborhood and Community Relations Department, Neighborhood Specialist.

 

LPNA Hosting Live Art Project During Open Streets 2019

LPNA is hosting local artist, Brigid Higgins, to create a live chalk installation during Open Streets NE, August 4th, 2019.

Brigid Higgins is a Minneapolis-based multidisciplinary artist. She received her bachelors of arts from the University of Minnesota in 2018, with additional focuses in urban studies and social justice. She completed HECUA’s Art for Social Change program in 2017, and has since remained focused on integrating art into public space and cross-sector disciplines. Brigid’s community art practice considers access to arts education and built environment design, while her studio work primarily explores the intersections of personal identity, mental health, and anatomy. See more of her work at: https://www.brighig.com/ and https://www.instagram.com/brghg/

 

 

 

Fix Up Your Old Windows with Preservation Alliance This Summer

The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (PAM) is hosting two hands-on workshops this summer to teach homeowners basic window repair techniques.

PAM’s workshops show why repairing old wood windows can save money, improve window operation, boost energy efficiency, and maintain architectural integrity. Yes, your home’s original windows can be repaired and made to be just as energy efficient as replacement windows!

The first workshop, Rehab Lab: Repairing Old Windows will be hosted at a 1914 home in Southwest Minneapolis on Saturday, August 3rd. Participants will learn how to remove a window, fix broken sash cords, reglaze, and reinstall the window. We will be working on windows in the home.

The second workshop, TGI-Window Workshop-F! offers a weekday morning option for homeowners who want a small-scale, hands-on learning experience with lots of instructor interaction. Bring a window to work on (or use one provided), and dive right in to glazing, weatherstripping, and rotted wood repair. This workshop will be held on Friday, August 9th.

Registration is available online through the Preservation Alliance of MN website, www.mnpreservation.org. Sustaining Donors to PAM receive free admission to these workshops.

Rehab Lab: Repairing Old Windows
Saturday, August 3rd, 8am-12pm
Southwest Minneapolis
$35

Thank Goodness it’s (Window Workshop) Friday!
Friday, August 9th, 9am-12pm
Restoration Window Systems, Fridley
$20

These classes are hosted by the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (PAM), a statewide nonprofit organization that leads and inspires people to connect to valued places in their communities. Whether it’s an old home or storefront on the corner, a rural community’s old high school, or an urban neighborhood’s long-retired factory, PAM works to preserve and protect the bond felt by community members toward these places, the memories such places represent, and the distinct characteristics they display.

This project has been financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society.

Take the Monroe Street NE Safety Survey!

Monroe Street NE Safety Survey

The LPNA Street Safety Committee is asking neighbors to complete the Monroe Street Safety Survey.  The results will be shared with the City of Minneapolis in order to facilitate safety improvements on Monroe Street. Survey participants will be entered in a drawing for a $50 gift card.

Logan Park Neighborhood Associations’ recent safety improvements include “Slow” signs in the alleyways and partnering with the City to install ADA compliant ramps at the intersections of Monroe and 13th &15th.

Please help us continue to improve safety in Logan Park neighborhood by completing the survey.

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Encuentra de seguridad de la calle Monroe NE

El comité de la Asociación de Vecindario de Logan Park (LPNA) está pidiendo a los vecinos que completen la Encuesta de Seguridad de la Calle Monroe. Los resultados se compartirán con la Ciudad de Minneapolis para proporcionar mejoras en la seguridad de la calle Monroe. Los participantes de la encuesta ingresarán en un sorteo de una tarjeta de regalo de $50.

Las recientes mejoras de seguridad en el vecindario Logan Park incluyen señales de “Despacio” en los callejones y también la asociación con la ciudad de Minneapolis para instalar rampas para sillas de ruedas en las intersecciones 13 y 15 de la calle Monroe.

Ayúdenos, por favor, a seguir mejorando la seguridad en el vecindario de Logan Park completando la siguiente encuesta.

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Sahanka Badbaadada Monroe Street NE

Guddiga Badbaadada Wadada LPNA wuxuu weydiinayaa dariska inay dhameystiraan Sahanka Badbaadada Wadada Monroe.  Natiijooyinka waxaa lala wadaagayaa Caasimada Minneapolis si markaas loo fududeeyo hormarinada badbaadada ee Wadada Monroe. Ka qeybqaatayaasha sahanka waxaa la gelinayaa sawirka oo kaarka hadiyada $50.


Ururada Xaafada Darjiinka Logan’ hormarinada badbaadada hadeer waxaa ku jiro aastaamaha “Tartiib” ee wadooyinka qalooca oo la kaashanayo Caasimada si loo geliyo Caasimada ee taagaga cabashada ADA ee isgoysyada Monroe iyo 13ka &15ka.


Fadlan nagu caawi joogteynta lagu hormarinayo badbaadada xaafada Darjiinka Logan iyada oo la dhameystirayo sahanka.

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First Ward Community Forum: Northeast Stormwater Management Initiative

Join Council Member Kevin Reich and representatives from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO)Minneapolis Public Works Department and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to learn more about efforts to improve water quality and reduce flooding in Northeast Minneapolis.

The Northeast Stormwater Management Initiative is the result of a joint partnership to implement innovative stormwater best management practices (BMPs) like tree trenches and biofiltration basins at Columbia Golf Course in Northeast Minneapolis. This initiative follows several years of monitoring and developing detailed stormwater models.

Wednesday, June 12, 5 – 7 p.m.

MWMO, 2522 Marshall Street NE

Stop by from 5 – 5:30 p.m. to tour MWMO’s Stormwater Park and Learning Center, then attend the forum, which starts at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome. To learn more about this initiative, visit  www.mwmo.org/northeast.

Board Member Paula Allan Honored by the City of Minneapolis

Paula Allan Honored by the City of Minneapolis

Long time Board Member, Paula Allan, received an award from the City of Minneapolis for her many years of service to Logan Park Neighborhood Association and her cheerful and tireless dedication to her neighbors, her community, and her city.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paula Allan receiving an award from Councilmember Kevin Reich

Free Tax Help from Prepare + Propser

Get your taxes done right and claim your maximum refund! There are IRS-certified volunteers ready to help you file your taxes at over 200 free tax sites across Minnesota. The Claim it! campaign can help you locate a free tax site and see if you’re eligible to claim tax credits: www.youclaimit.org.

Combining the power of caring volunteers, training, and expert advice, Prepare + Prosper (P+P) makes financial wellness easier.  P+P is a local nonprofit organization that provides free tax preparation and financial services, coaching, and products to individuals and families. IRS-certified volunteers will get you the maximum refund this tax season (January 26 – April 15). They are based in St. Paul year-round and operate nine free tax sites. Seewww.prepareandprosper.org for list of locations, eligibility requirements, and what to bring.

Mpls transportation plan 2040

The City is updating its Transportation Action Plan

The City of Minneapolis is updating its Transportation Action Plan, which will replace Access Minneapolis in full (developed 2007-2011). When complete, the Transportation Action Plan will guide transportation actions for the City and its partners over the next 10 years to realize the vision and policies in the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan. Goals for the Transportation Action Plan include climatesafetyequityprosperitymobility, and active partnerships. The plan will explore in depth a broad range of topics to support the goals, including:

  • Advanced mobility: Technology is changing the way we travel. The advanced mobility topic will explore how we can integrate technology and new options to reach our transportation goals. Scooters, shared bicycles, and electric vehicles are examples of new mobility options.
  • Pedestrian: The plan will identify actions to make it easier, safer, and more comfortable for people to get around.
  • Bicycle: With an emphasis on establishing a low stress bikeway network for all ages and abilities, we will develop strategies to make biking a choice for more people, as well as improving safety and comfort for those who ride.
  • Transit: A quarter-million transit trips begin, end or travel through Minneapolis each weekday. Transit is a critical part of the city’s transportation network. The transit topic will outline strategies and actions to support a reliable, convenient and comfortable public transit network as part of a broad effort to reach our transportation and climate change goals.
  • Freight: The freight topic will focus on how packages are delivered to people and businesses every day in our city. We will develop strategies and actions to improve the sustainable and efficient movement of freight to, from and through Minneapolis.
  • Street Operations: Our streets need to function efficiently for everyone who travels. The street operations topic will further define how the City’s Complete Streets Policy, commitment to Vision Zero, and climate action goals come together into daily operations and system planning. It will provide a framework for evaluating competing demands within limited street space; achieving this balance will take a comprehensive, people first approach.
  • Street Design: The new street design guide will emphasize the many ways our streets serve people. Streets are important public spaces where we live, travel, shop, wait for the bus, or just hang out every day. We aim to design, build, and maintain streets that are safe, functional, and support the movement of people and goods throughout the city.

Provide your input and feedback on our interactive website 
Check out the new Minneapolis Transportation Action Plan website to learn more and provide feedback.

 
Use #gompls to talk transportation  and follow the City of Minneapolis on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

When It Snows, Shovel Your Sidewalk

Sidewalks are a critical part of Minneapolis’ transportation system and they should be open for everyone. With the snow season upon us, here’s a refresher on the City’s rules. Minneapolis ordinance requires property owners of houses and duplexes to clear sidewalks within 24 hours after a snowfall and all other property owners must clear their sidewalks within four daytime hours.

Clearing snow and ice from sidewalks helps people of all ages and abilities safely walk or roll to where they need to go. This is a primary mode of transportation for many people in the city so it’s important to be a good neighbor and help them out.

In addition to relying on complaints reported to 311, this season City inspectors will also be out in neighborhoods actively looking for sidewalks that aren’t shoveled. Failure to shovel and maintain your sidewalk could result in a warning letter and, if left uncleared, a bill for the City to remove snow from your sidewalk. An average bill is approximately $150.

People should call 311 to learn more about resources available to people who may need help clearing their sidewalks. Several nonprofit organizations are ready to provide for-hire services or provide help when the snow falls.

Snow shoveling videos

Informative videos in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong are available online to help explain what property owners need to do when it snows. Find more information at www.minneapolismn.gov/snow/shovel.

Affordable Housing Property Tax Reductions Expanded

The City Council has approved expanding an innovative strategy to preserve naturally occurring affordable housing in Minneapolis by helping property owners obtain property tax reductions for agreeing to keep a portion of rental units affordable. Property owners of all buildings or tax parcels with two or more units are eligible to participate.

The expanded Minneapolis 4d Affordable Housing Incentive Program follows on the heels of a successful 4d pilot program that launched in May. As part of the pilot, property owners committed to preserving 207 units of affordable housing through 10-year affordability commitments. The expanded 4d program has the potential to preserve 700 or more additional units of naturally occurring affordable housing in 2019.

Participants in the Minneapolis 4d Affordable Housing Incentive Program agree to keep a minimum of 20 percent of units per building affordable to households making 60 percent of the area median income for 10 years. The qualifying units are eligible for a 40 percent reduction in property taxes.

In addition to reduced property taxes, program participants benefit from payment of the first year State of Minnesota application fee for certification of the 4d property tax classification; a $100 grant per affordable unit (capped at $1,000 per property); free or low-cost energy assessments; and City cost sharing for solar energy installations and energy efficiency improvements.

Owners of market-rate multifamily properties with two or more units are eligible to apply. At least 20 percent of the property’s rental units must be affordable to households making 60 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI). For more eligibility requirements, visit the program website www.minneapolismn.gov/4d.

Applications can be made onlineThe application deadline is Feb. 12, 2019. Contact Dean Porter-Nelson atdean.porter-nelson@minneapolismn.gov or 612-673-5237 for additional information.

Neighborhoods 2020 Update

There are two upcoming opportunities to weigh in on the Neighborhoods 2020 Work Group recommendations.

During the first week of December there will be five community meetings. These meetings are open to anyone interested. Work Group members are invited to listen to questions, comments, and concerns from residents. Attend one or all. Please spread the word.

Saturday, December 1, 2018
9:00 – 11:00 AM
Waite House
2323 11th Ave S, MPLS MN 55404

Monday, December 3, 2018
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Opportunity Center
CROC Room
740 E 17TH ST MPLS 55404

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
1:00 – 3:00 PM
North Market
4414 Humboldt Ave N MPLS 55412

Thursday, December 6, 2018
1:00 – 2:30 PM
Little Earth Residents Association – LERA Conference Room
2495 18th Ave South MPLS MN 55404

Friday, December 7, 2018
11:30 – 1:30 PM
Harrison Education Center
Multipurpose Room
501 Irving Ave N MPLS 55405

Individual Work Groups will reconvene one last time to finalize their recommendations the week of December 12th.

The next opportunity to weigh in will be during the 45-day public comment period once the final recommendations are released. The final recommendations will be released in January 2019.

Spread the word
Help us spread the word about the upcoming community meetings by downloading and sharing the flier.

Neighborhoods 2020 Community Meetings Flier (pdf)

Questions?
If you wish to discuss Neighborhoods 2020 please feel free to email Steve Gallagher at steven.gallagher@minneapolismn.gov or 612.673.2905.

Minneapolis releases final draft of comprehensive plan

The City of Minneapolis has released  the final draft of its 2040 Comprehensive Plan, a document that will guide equitable growth in the city over the next 20 years.

See the 2040 comp plan revision map

Over the past two years, they have been to every corner of the city, meeting with a diverse range of residents to hear our vision for our city. They heard that people want to reduce disparities, provide access to affordable housing and living-wage jobs, create a sustainable community, and remain a health and diverse economic center.

Over the four-month public comment period on the initial draft, the City received more than 10,000 comments, and planning staff read every single one.

We encourage you to review the final draft at Minneapolis2040.com.  They have provided an executive summary as well as a marked-up version of the plan so that you can easily see what was changed.

You still have time to share your feedback on the final draft. Public comments can be submitted to the Planning Commission and City Council online at minneapolis2040.com. The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on October 29, and the City Council will also hold a public hearing the week of Nov. 12. The City Council is expected to vote on the Comprehensive Plan in December before submitting the plan to the Metropolitan Council.

Ward One Newsletter, from Council Member Kevin Reich

Council Member’s Message:

The City of Minneapolis has over 50 advisory boards and commissions, whose members help shape City policy and legislation. Appointments to these groups are made twice a year, with the Fall applications due on October 5. See the story below for more information about current openings and some deeper background about one of the advisory committees, provided by Community Environmental Advisory Committee (CEAC) representative and Ward One resident Michelle Shaw.

I’m always impressed by the number of Ward One residents who are ready and willing to serve on the City of Minneapolis’ many advisory boards and commission. When openings arise, it’s not unusual to receive applications from multiple Ward One candidates, all bringing impressive talents and a range of backgrounds and achievements.

As a city we are always seeking to broaden the diversity of the membership of our advisory boards and commissions to better reflect our population. I urge all of you to consider serving on one of these groups and to encourage others to apply as well. Visit minneapolismn.gov/boards/openings to learn more.

Kevin Reich Signature

 

 

 

Apply for Minneapolis Advisory Boards & Committees

Several board and commission positions are open for City Council and mayor appointments this fall. 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.

People can 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 application review process begins Oct. 5 unless marked otherwise, and the positions are open until filled.

There are almost 190 open positions on 18 City boards and commissions:

Meet with Your Council Member

Council Member Kevin Reich is always available to meet with Ward 1 constituents and discuss matters of concern to them, either at City Hall or at a convenient location in the Ward. Feel free to contact the Ward Office at 612-673-2201 or kevin.reich@minneapolismn.gov to set up an appointment. You can also meet with Kevin at one of his monthly constituent meet & greets. Here’s the October schedule:

Wednesday, October 3, 8 – 9 a.m., Diamonds Coffee, 1618 Central Avenue NE

Monday, October 22, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Fair State Brewing Cooperative, 2506 Central Avenue NE

Fall Street Sweep

Minneapolis Public Works will begin the big task of curb-to-curb sweeping and leaf collection on streets throughout the city on Tuesday, Oct. 23. 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. The first signs will be posted Monday, Oct. 22, and sweeping will begin the next day. 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. The “No Parking” signs will be removed as soon as possible after a street has been completely swept to allow people to resume parking. 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.
  • Facebook: To “like” the City of Minneapolis Facebook page, go to www.facebook.com/cityofminneapolis.
  • Twitter: To follow the City’s Twitter account, go to www.twitter.com/CityMinneapolis.
  • 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 a feature on the City’s website to find out when the sweepers are coming through their neighborhoods. The tool will be available at www.minneapolismn.gov/streetsweepingonce we get closer to the start date. 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.

 

Plan for the November Election

Following the high turnout this primary election, Minneapolis election officials expect a very busy Election Day. Voters can save time by planning ahead for the Nov. 6 election.

Are you registered to vote?

While voters can register at the polls, being registered before Election Day makes voting faster. Voters can check the status of their registrations at vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/register. Anyone who has moved to a new address or had a name change since last registering will need to re-register. Anyone who hasn’t voted in the past four years must also re-register before voting.

People can preregister online or fill out and mail in a registration application available at government offices and the elections website. Preregistration ends 21 days before the Nov. 6 election, so applications must be submitted by Oct. 16.

Voters who miss the preregistration deadline can still register at the polls and vote on Election Day. In Minnesota, individuals may register at the polls on Election Day by providing one of the forms of identification required by Minnesota law. They will need to allow extra time at the polls to register. See the elections website for the list of identification required to register and vote on Election Day.

Early voting has begun

People can vote early by mail or in person at the Early Vote Center, 217 S. Third Street. Any voter can vote early; no reason is needed. People who mail in a filled-out absentee ballot must allow enough time for delivery; it can take longer than seven days. Absentee ballot applications are available at vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/absentee.

Litter Be Gone

Litter Be Gone, which is coordinated by the Alliance for Sustainability in partnership with Minneapolis’ Clean City program, is joining with the Northeast Minneapolis Chamber on Northeast’s bi-annual Community Clean Up Days, October 4 – 6. The Northeast Minneapolis Chamber has spearheaded this community clean-up initiative for more than 20 years.

Volunteers will be provided with vests, gloves and garbage bags, which can be picked up at the Northeast Chamber office, 2329 Central Aveon Oct. 4 and 5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Oct. 6, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Northeast Chamber staff will also be available to drop off and pick up supplies. Sign up to volunteer online at www.mplschamber.com/weedit or call 612-378-0050. This is a great opportunity to join your friends and neighbors and give a few hours of time to clean up boulevards, sidewalks, streets, alleys and community green spaces.

Save the Date

Minneapolis Small Business Team Office Hours

Tuesday, October 2, 3 – 5 p.m., Northeast Library, 2200 Central Avenue NE. Small business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to stop by for a free consultation, help navigating City processes, and more.

Nordeast Big River Brew Fest

Saturday, October 20, 1 – 4 p.m., East Side Neighborhood Services, 1700 2nd St NE. Enjoy food, live music and beer samples at this event to benefit the programs of ESNS. Visit http://www.esns.org/NordeastBigRiverBrewFest for more information.

Minneapolis Small Business Team Office Hours

Tuesday, November 6, 3 – 5 p.m., Northeast Library, 2200 Central Avenue NE. Small business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to stop by for a free consultation, help navigating City processes, and more.

1st Ward Newsletter

Council Member’s Message

Thanks to all who attended the recent First Ward Forum on the topic of financing community solar projects and special thanks to guest speakers Mark Russ, the City of Minneapolis CFO, and Andy Stahlman from IPS Solar. For more information about this engaged discussion, visithttp://www.minneapolismn.gov/www/groups/public/documents/agenda/wcmsp-213755.pdf. This event was only the latest in an ongoing discussion about the feasibility of a community solar project right here in Ward One. Watch future newsletters for announcements about upcoming meetings.

September marks the beginning of budget season for the City of Minneapolis. Mayor Frey presented his proposed 2019 budget on August 15 and you can read it in its entirety by clicking HERE. Over the next two months I and my Council colleagues will be hearing presentations from various departments about the specifics of their budget requests. These presentations are open to the public and are also available on the City’s cable access channel. Visit http://www.minneapolismn.gov/budget/budget-calendar  for a calendar of these presentations. These presentations are illuminating, offering an important glimpse into each department’s accomplishments, goals and priorities, and I encourage you to watch them to learn more about the work of your tax dollars.

There will be three opportunities for public comment to the Council on the budget in November and December, before final budget adoption on December 5. You don’t need to wait, however, to offer me your input on priorities for our tax dollars, so feel free to reach out at any time by email, letter, phone or at one of my community events.

Kevin Reich Signature

 

Meet with Your Council Member

Council Member Kevin Reich is always available to meet with Ward 1 constituents and discuss matters of concern to them, either at City Hall or at a convenient location in the Ward. Feel free to contact the Ward Office at 612-673-2201 or kevin.reich@minneapolismn.gov to set up an appointment. You can also meet with Kevin at one of his monthly constituent meet & greets. Here’s the September schedule:

Wednesday, September 12, 8- 9 a.m., Diamonds Coffee, 1628 Central Avenue NE

Monday, September 24, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Insight Brewing, 2821 E. Hennepin Avenue

Inform the City’s Transportation Action Plan

How do you travel around Minneapolis? The City wants to know and encourages you to take part in an online survey. Share your current travel habits and thoughts on what improvements could be made to the city’s transportation options and infrastructure. You can also enter to win one of two $25 gift cards if you complete the survey.

Public Works will use the information as it drafts the City’s Transportation Action Plan, which will guide City priorities for transportation projects and policies over the next 10 years. Over the next year, Public Works will work with the community to develop and gather feedback on the draft of the Transportation Action Plan. In fall 2019, Public Works will present the Transportation Action Plan to the City Council for approval.

Current work on the Transportation Action Plan will also identify specific actions for the City to take toward transportation goals and policies outlined in Minneapolis 2040, the City’s draft comprehensive plan. The City Council will vote on Minneapolis 2040 by the end of the year.

Work on the Transportation Action Plan will also support the City’s Complete Streets PolicyVision Zero commitmentClimate Action Plan goals and commitment to equity. To take the survey, learn more about the plan and review the draft community engagement plan, go to minneapolismn.gov/gompls.

2019 City Budget Proposal

Mayor Jacob Frey has presented his recommended 2019 City budget to City leaders – a budget that includes a significant increase in funding for affordable housing programs.

The City Council will begin reviewing the recommended $1.55 billion budget, hold a series of budget presentations in September and October, and vote on adopting a budget Dec. 5. The Board of Estimate and Taxation is scheduled to hold a public hearing to set the maximum property tax levy at 5:05 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12.

The recommended budget includes a 5.63 percent tax levy increase. The City’s revenues come from a variety of sources with property taxes accounting for about 23 percent of the budget. The City’s tax base has increased by more than 10 percent between 2018 and 2019 and the proposed levy increase is less than 6 percent, resulting in the overall tax rate going down.

A few highlights of the mayor’s proposed budget include:

Visit the City’s budget website to review the 2019 recommended budget, learn about key dates in the approval process and watch a video about how you can provide feedback on the proposed budget.

Next Steps for Minneapolis 2040 Plan

The public comment period for feedback on the City of Minneapolis’ draft comprehensive plan officially closed July 23, and since then City staff have been diligently reviewing more than 10,000 comments from Minneapolis residents. These comments will inform changes and updates to the draft plan, and the Minneapolis Planning Commission and the City Council will consider the new draft in September.

Feedback from residents includes:

  • A wide spectrum of ideas on land use, density, affordable housing and community growth.
  • The need to coordinate educational/professional training programs with the City’s goals (e.g., green building, preservation).
  • The need to provide more support to small businesses, especially in vulnerable areas, to avoid displacement.
  • The need for multi-generational housing that allows residents with strong ties to a neighborhood to stay in that neighborhood throughout their lives.
  • The importance of supporting residents who want to improve the public realm in their neighborhoods.
  • The importance of strengthening relationships between jurisdictions, such as those between City and County, City and school district, City and nonprofit sectors, to do the work outlined in the comprehensive plan.

More comments and feedback can be found here.

The Metropolitan Land Planning Act requires municipalities in the Twin Cities area to provide the Metropolitan Council with updated comprehensive plans every 10 years. It must be consistent with the Metropolitan Council’s regional development guide, Thrive MSP 2040, that sets the direction for the region’s growth and development.

Shared Motorized Foot Scooter Pilot Program Launched

The City Council has approved a license agreement for shared motorized foot scooter operators as part of a pilot program through Nov. 30, 2018.

Under the pilot program, the number of scooters allowed in the city is capped at 200 during the first two months of the pilot and increases to 400 in October and November. The City can increase or decrease that number any time during the pilot.

State law regulates how motorized foot scooters can be operated. A scooter may not be operated on a sidewalk, except to cross it. Scooters may be operated on a bicycle path, bicycle trail, bicycle lane or bikeway unless it is signed otherwise. Scooters must be ridden as close as is practical to the right-hand side of the road, and must follow the same traffic laws as bicyclists. Also, scooter operators may not carry passengers.

Shared motorized foot scooters may be parked on sidewalks in the city if they are not blocking pedestrian travel or access. Scooters should be parked upright using the kickstand when not in use.

The City will use data throughout the pilot program to evaluate scooters’ impact on the right of way, user riding and parking behavior, equitable distribution and access, among other things. During and after the pilot program, City staff will do analysis and determine the best framework for relaunching the scooters in the spring of 2019.

For more information about motorized foot scooters, visit minneapolismn.gov/scooters or call 311.

Save The Date

Fiction Basics Workshop

Saturday, September 15, 10 – 11:30 a.m., Northeast Library, 2200 Central Avenue NE. A workshop in collaboration with the Loft Literary Center to teach the ins and outs of creating memorable settings, developing an exciting plot and writing believable characters. Register at https://www.hclib.org/ or call 612-543-6775.

10th Annual Waite Park Pushcart Derby

Saturday, September 15, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Waite Park, 1810 – 34th Avenue NE. Watch the thrills of the derby and then stick around to enjoy food, music and games.

New wading pool coming to Logan Park

Logan Park’s existing wading pool will close as of July 30, so that the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) can begin a reconstruction project approved by the board in May. The new pool is expected to be complete in time for the opening of the pool season on Memorial Day weekend in 2019.

The project includes a mechanical building to be constructed near the pool, an option selected to preserve a large elm tree valued by the community. In addition, the Logan Park Neighborhood Association has generously donated funds to add water features to the new pool.

Roof replacement project update

Meanwhile, the bidding process to replace the recreation center roof was unsuccessful. MPRB staff are revising the project scope and expect to release it for bidding later this summer.

Stay tuned for updates as both projects proceed.

Louis Peters
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
612-230-6454
LPeters@minneapolisparks.org

Letter of Introduction from Popol Vuh

Hello Logan Park Neighborhood!

My name is Jami Olson and I am one of the owners and the General Manager of Popol Vuh and Centro, a new restaurant opening in your neighborhood soon. We are located on the corner of Quincy Street and 15th Ave, directly across from Indeed Brewery. You maybe have been wondering what’s been going on with the building on that corner as we have been working on this project for over a year now. I apologize to keep you waiting and guessing for so long. We are excited to announce we are very close to having our doors open for you.

Popol Vuh and Centro is a dual Mexican restaurant and we are absolutely thrilled to be part of your neighborhood and community. Centro, opening the end of June, is our lively, fun, fast casual restaurant. It’s definitely the energy of the two concepts. We will have a takeout
window in the back and hope to offer delivery to the neighborhood in the near future. It’s
counter-service with a full-service bar and a dog friendly patio. We will serve up Mexican street food at a friendly price. Tacos, churros, a raw bar, margaritas on tap, and a guava mezcal slushy are just a few of the menu items we’re excited to offer. We will have vinyl spinning on the record player and soccer on the televisions. Ask about our bunny mural on the wall when you stop in.

Popol Vuh is our refined concept opening the end of July. Chef/owner Jose Alarcon has come up with a menu unlike anything you’ve experienced before in the city. Jose is from the state of Morelos in Mexico and his fresh, authentic, wood fired cooking will be the focus of the restaurant. We will also have a wine list featuring wines from around the world and finely crafted cocktails.

We are very appreciative to be in such a wonderful area and we are looking forward to meeting you all. Popol Vuh and Centro is an independently ran restaurant led by a group of talented individuals who share a passion for food and community. Being friendly neighbors and maintaining a positive presence in the neighborhood is priority to all of us at Popol Vuh and Centro.

We look forward to seeing you very soon.
Warmly,
Jami Olson
Owner Popol Vuh & Centro
Popolvuhmpls.com
info@popolvuhmpls.com

Hours of operation:
Centro
Sunday-Thursday 11am-midnight
Friday & Saturday 11am-1am

Popol Vuh
Sunday-Thursday 5pm-10pm
Friday & Saturday 5pm-11pm