Kevin Reich’s First Ward April Newsletter

Council Member’s Message

Recently the city released a draft of our Comprehensive Plan, Minneapolis 2040. The Comprehensive Plan is the guiding document that provides a road map to manage our city’s growth and development. Municipalities in the Twin Cities area are required to provide the Metropolitan Council with an updated Comprehensive Plan every ten years. To that end we have developed a framework, organized around the 14 city goals the Council adopted in 2017.
Now we need your engagement and input to shape the final product. I invite you all to spend some time assessing the draft and offering your input. Comments can be made at the Minneapolis 2040 website or shared on Twitter: #Mpls2040 @Mpls2040. You may also contact me directly at [email protected] or 612-673-2201, attend one of my Community Conversations or participate in an upcoming forum in the First Ward (date to be announced shortly). The final plan needs to serve us all, so I hope the voices of each and everyone of us will be part of the conversation.

Meet with Your Council Member

Council Member Kevin Reich is always eager 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. Just contact the Ward Office at 612-673-2201 or [email protected] to set up an appointment. You can also meet with Kevin at one of his monthly constituent meet & greets. Here’s the April schedule:
Tuesday, April 10, 8 – 9 a.m., Coffee Shop Northeast, 2852 Johnson Street NE
Wednesday, April 18, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Sociable Cider Werks, 1500 Fillmore Street NE

The Spring Street Sweep Begins April 17

With spring approaching, Public Works crews are gearing up to start the City’s comprehensive street sweeping program to clear away the grime from winter. The City has scheduled Tuesday, April 17, for the first day of sweeping. Drivers should watch for temporary “No Parking” signs to avoid a ticket and tow.
Starting April 17 for approximately four weeks, sweeping crews will take care of more than 1,000 miles of city streets in addition to sweeping alleys. To make sure the crews can do the most complete job possible, temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance to make sure streets are clear of parked vehicles. Drivers need to follow street sweeping parking rules or they may have their cars ticketed and towed to the Minneapolis Impound Lot.
Residents, workers and visitors have a number of ways to find out more about street sweeping:
  • “No Parking” signs – 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. Drivers should not park along these streets until these temporary “No Parking” signs are removed.
  • 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 3,500 automated phone calls each evening to let residents know their street will be swept the next day.
  • Interactive web tool – Folks can use a tool on the City’s website to find out when the sweeping crews are coming through their neighborhoods. By the Friday before the first week of the sweep, people can go to www.minneapolismn.gov/publicworks/streetsweeping and click on “street sweeping schedule lookup” to find out which week a street is scheduled to be swept. The weekend before that week, they can revisit the website to find out which day of the week the street is scheduled to be swept.
  • Videos – Street sweeping is explained in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong in short videos at www.YouTube.com/cityofminneapolis and on City cable channels 14 and 79. Residents who have friends or neighbors who speak these languages are encouraged to share links to the videos.
Street sweeping is one way we work to protect our environment because it keeps leaves, trash and other pollutants 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 once in the spring and once in the fall.
Residents should not push leaves, grass clippings, or anything else into City streets. It’s bad for our lakes and waterways, and it’s against the law. Anything that goes down a storm drain flows directly into our lakes, creeks and river, and decomposing plant material in the water encourages the growth of harmful aquatic plants and algae.

18th Avenue NE Reconstruction Update

The 18th Avenue NE reconstruction from Monroe to Johnson Street NE was begun in 2017 and could not be completed by the end of last year’s construction season. The available options were to keep the road closed for the winter or to re-open it in less than optimal condition. Because the first option would have created significant hardship, Public Works has made provisions for the roadway and path to be useable throughout the winter.  This includes paving a temporary path around power poles to be relocated, installing temporary asphalt pedestrian ramps, and place temporary asphalt along the curb lip to protect it from snow plows.
The work to be completed this spring includes removing the temporary work and constructing the shared use path and pedestrian ramps, finalizing the signal system construction, and landscaping including trees and sod.  After this work is completed, a final layer of asphalt will be installed on the roadway which will provide a smooth driving surface.  It is anticipated it will take 4 to 6 weeks this spring to accomplish all the remaining work. While this work is weather dependent, Public Works hopes to begin in mid-April. Visit http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/cip/2017/WCMS1P-147114 for further information and updates.

City’s Draft Comprehensive Plan Update Released

A draft of the City’s comprehensive plan is now public and for review. The online plan, called Minneapolis 2040, is a draft framework of interdependent policies, topics, actions steps and maps intended to drive a citywide conversation about how Minneapolis will grow and change over the next two decades so all residents benefit.
In the online draft report, policies are organized under 14 goals the City Council adopted in 2017, and also under 10 topic areas.  These draft policies include:
  • Increasing the supply and diversity of housing in all Minneapolis neighborhoods, including small-scale multi-family buildings.
  • Committing to the production and preservation of affordable housing  and to limiting housing displacement.
  • Enhancing transportation options and reducing air pollution from transportation.
  • Prohibiting new heavy industrial uses while preserving land for quality living-wage production and processing jobs.
  • Supporting businesses by making it easier to have commercial uses near transit.
  • Supporting entrepreneurship particularly in communities of color.
  • Supporting the arts and creative economy.
  • Supporting workers through living wages and workplace protections.
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions through energy-efficient buildings.
This draft plan is the result of extensive civic engagement over a period of three years, involving residents, business owners, developers and just about anyone with an interest in the future of Minneapolis.
Public comment period
Over the coming months, the City will do extensive outreach to residents to hear their concerns and ideas to improve the quality of life in the City. Comments will be collected at public meetings as well as online through July 22, 2018. That feedback will be taken into consideration as City staff revise the plan for City Council consideration.
Comments can be made at minneapolis2040.com or shared on Twitter: #Mpls2040 @Mpls2040.

Save The Date

East Side Job Fair

Wednesday, April 18, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., East Side Neighborhood Services, 1700 2nd Street NE. 20+ companies will be accepting resumes, assisting with applications, conducting onsite interviews and answering questions. For further information, call 612-787-4035.

Celebrate Southeast with a Taste of Southeast

Saturday, April 28, noon – 3 p.m., St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 1500 Franklin Ave SE. This fundraiser for SE Seniors will feature food, an auction and a program celebrating the 30th anniversary of this organization. For information about tickets and the auction, visit https://www.auctria.com/ev?site=d62a5459-fe9f-4860-b97b-8cb1943cd9fc.

Waite Park Spring Social

Saturday, April 28, 6 – 11 p.m., Food Building, 1401 Marshall Street NE. This benefit for Waite Park students includes dinner, as well as live and silent auctions. Visit https://waiteparkpta.blogspot.com/ to purchase tickets.