Council Member’s Message
After a protracted winter season that lasted well into April and stretched resources and patience, spring has finally arrived, with Art-A-Whirl just around the corner. This annual celebration of our Northeast Minneapolis Arts District is truly a not-to-be-missed event, offering a rare opportunity to visit the studios and workshops of the artists and makers who fuel our community’s creative economy. I urge you all to get out and enjoy this year’s Art-A-Whirl. See the story below for more details.
The slow arrival of spring has necessitated a late start on our Spring Street Sweep, which finally got underway May 1, and has also delayed the start of several road construction projects. This spring and summer we will be seeing work on University Avenue and 37th Avenue NE, as well as the second phase of the Waite Park Concrete Rehabilitation project and the completion of the 18th Ave NE project. See the story below for further information.
Also, I encourage you to attend the upcoming Comprehensive Plan Open House being held at the Northeast Park Recreation Center on Saturday, May 12. This event will be interactive, allowing the opportunity to view and comment on draft policies and maps, as well as sit down with city planners and fellow attendees for in-depth discussion on specific action steps listed in the draft plan. We’ll also have free food and family-friendly activities created by local artists. I hope to see many of you there!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment. You can also meet with Kevin at one of his monthly constituent meet & greets. Here’s the May schedule:
Tuesday, May 8, 8 – 9 a.m. at Diamonds Coffee, 1628 Central Avenue NE
Wednesday, May 23, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Able Seedhouse, 1121 Quincy Street NE
City leaders want to know your thoughts about the new draft comprehensive plan. When finalized, Minneapolis 2040 will serve as a framework of interdependent policies, topics, action steps and maps intended to drive a citywide conversation about how the city will grow and change over the next two decades so all residents benefit. The public can learn more about the draft plan and provide comments by attending one of the upcoming open houses.
Minneapolis 2040 covers topics such as housing, job access, new building designs and street use. It’s the result of two years of engagement with the people of Minneapolis, including more than 50 meetings and conversations with thousands of residents, business owners and others. Public input directly helped staff establish priorities and determine the content of the draft plan, and public feedback on the draft plan is now needed. Several open houses are being conducted across the City to gather input, including this Eastside open house:
10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12
Northeast Recreation Center, 1530 Johnson St. NE
Each open house has family-friendly activities created by local artists and free food from local businesses. Participants can view and comment on draft policies and maps. There are also opportunities to sit down with City planners and fellow attendees for in-depth discussions on specific action steps listed in the draft plan.
People can also view the complete draft plan and give input online at minneapolis2040.com. Public feedback on the draft plan is being collected until July 22.
Hwy 47/University Avenue
MN DOT is closing Hwy 47/University Avenue from Lowry Ave NE in Minneapolis to 44th Ave NE in Columbia Heights for approximately two months for resurfacing. Visit http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/hwy47mpls/ to learn more and sign up for project updates.
37th Avenue NE
The City of Minneapolis and the City of Columbia Heights are collaborating on a resurfacing of 37th Avenue NE, which marks the border between these two municipalities. The section of 37th Avenue from Main Street to 5th Street NE would be undertaken in 2018. This resurfacing project is part of the Public Works ongoing street improvement program. The purpose of the project is to extend the life of this street by overlaying it with a new layer of asphalt. The Department of Public Works is holding an informational meeting on Tuesday, May 8, 6:30 p.m. at Columbia Manor, 3300 Central Avenue NE to address any questions about this project. Representatives from Public Works will be present at the meeting to answer questions you may have.
18th Avenue NE
To sign up for updates, visit http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/cip/2017/WCMS1P-147114
Waite Park Concrete Rehabilitation Project
To sign up for updates, visit http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/cip/2017/WCMSP-191842
To let the ice and snow melt so sweepers have full access along the curbs, the City delayed the start of the Spring Street Sweep until Tuesday, May 1. Drivers should watch for temporary “No Parking” signs to avoid a ticket and tow.
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 towww.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 atwww.YouTube.com/cityofminneapolis and on City cable channels 14 and 79.
Did you know the City has a blacksmith? Meet Nick Bounds – blacksmith, metal fabricator and welding specialist. He creates custom tools and parts from metal to keep the Minneapolis Water Works Division of the Public Works Department running.
As he describes it, his work melds craft and art. You can see Nick Bounds at work and learn more about his unique job in the latest installment of “A City that Works”: Watch the video on YouTube.
With the warmer weather, some of us are spending more time outside and enjoying outdoor fires. Following these laws will help keep Minneapolis neighborhoods safe and livable:
- Outdoor fires are permitted between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m.
- Keep fires small: less than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet high.
- Postpone a fire when Minneapolis is under an air pollution advisory. Fires release fine particles that contribute to air pollution and are implicated in a number of health problems including strokes, heart attacks and asthma. Sign up for air quality alerts at http://mn.enviroflash.info.
- Burn only untreated, unpainted, dry wood. Never burn cardboard boxes, trash or debris, because the smoke can be toxic. www.minneapolismn.gov/environment/air/airquality
- Fires must be at least 25 feet away from a structure or combustible material and in a fire ring or pit with edges more than 6 inches high.
- Have a hose or fire extinguisher present.
- Postpone the fire when the wind exceeds 10 mph.
- Fire must be constantly attended by someone 18 years or older and completely out before being abandoned.
Illegal open burning or recreational fires could result in fines that start at $200.
Art-A-Whirl is an open studio tour in Northeast Minneapolis. It’s a great opportunity to tour private artist studios and galleries, connect with the artists, and purchase original artwork. Over the last 23 years, it has become the largest open studio tour in the country. Art-A-Whirl takes place annually throughout Northeast Minneapolis, the third weekend of May.
This event is free and open to the public. 2018 dates and hours:
Fri, May 18, 5 – 10 p.m.
Sat, May 19, noon – 8 p.m.
Sun, May 20, noon – 5 p.m.
For more information, visit https://nemaa.org/art-a-whirl/
Minneapolis residents can bring in their pets for low-cost vaccinations May 6. The City will offer rabies vaccine, feline distemper vaccine, canine distemper vaccine, and microchipping for $10 each or $25 for all three.
2-5 p.m. Sunday, May 6
Fire Station 21, 3209 E. 38th St.
All dogs must be on a leash, all cats must be in a carrier. Must have a valid ID and/or proof of Minneapolis residency to participate. Visitwww.minneapolismn.gov/animalsto learn more.
Save the Date
Audubon WingDing Party in the Park
Saturday, May 5, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Audubon Park, 1320 – 29th Avenue NE. Enjoy food, music, activities and kids games.
Second Precinct Open House
Monday, May 14, 4 – 7 p.m.,1911 Central Avenue NE. Tour the station, meet officers and crime prevention specialists, and enjoy free snacks at this event to recognize National Police Week.
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to call 311 agents at 612-673-3000. TTY users can call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626.
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