New wading pool and roof coming to Logan Park and Recreation Center

Logan pool concept plan
Concept plan for Logan Park’s new wading pool

 

Construction starts this summer!

At its May 16 meeting, the The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) approved the contract to replace the wading pool at Logan Park. Timing for the construction phase of this project allows the pool to be open for most of the summer: Work is scheduled to begin onMonday, July 30, and the new pool is expected to be complete in time for next summer’s opening.

As previously planned, the project includes a mechanical building that will be constructed near the pool. This option was selected over replacing equipment in the current mechanical room inside the recreation center, which would have damaged 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.

The second project, replacement of the recreation center’s roof, is currently in its bidding phase. Construction will begin once a contractor has been approved; on-site replacement work is expected to begin in early August, with completion projected for late October.

Stay tuned for updates as both projects proceed. And thank you for your patience while we work to improve Minneapolis parks and recreation centers.

Every neighborhood deserves a great park.

The roof replacement project includes funding from NPP20, a historic agreement between the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and the City of Minneapolis. It helps address racial and economic equity across 160 neighborhood parks and provides $11 million annually to maintain, repair and replace facilities.

Grace Center needs volunteers on SUNDAY, May 20th for the Return of SHOEBOX CITY!

Grace Center needs volunteers on SUNDAY, May 20th  for the Return of SHOEBOX CITY!! This was a very successful event last year. Families build magnificent cardboard cities and sculptures for our onsite exhibit, free of charge. Last year hundreds of people participated.

Volunteer Opportunities:

WELCOMERS: SHIFTS OF ONE HOUR OR MORE BETWEEN NOON AND 5PM. You can sit at sign-in table; you’ll welcome families (ask them to sign in, offer a photo release form, direct them to the build area.)
BUILD HELPERS: SHIFTS OF ONE HOUR OR MORE BETWEEN NOON AND 5PM. Help kids and families think about what they want to make. Monitor supplies. Cut cardboard as needed. Help folks get their finished building placed in our “city!”
PHOTOGRAPHER: SHIFTS OF ONE HOUR OR MORE BETWEEN NOON AND 5PM. Take pictures at the photo booth, where kids bring their final creations. Camera provided.
CLEAN-UP (5 TO 6PM): Help us clean up the space and put away supplies, assist builders who are coming in to pick up finished work they may have left earlier.
1500 6th St NE, Mpls 55413.
http://gracenempls.org/
612-788-2444

Zero Waste Implementation Plan

Zero Waste implementation plan image, garbage truck next to trash pile

Share your feedback on how the City should reduce waste and recycle and compost more in 2019-2021 at one of two community meetings.  With the adoption of the Zero Waste Plan in December 2017, City Council directed Solid Waste & Recycling staff to coordinate the development of a three-year implementation with assistance from Regulatory Services, CPED, and the Health Department.  Join us to learn more and share your opinion before the 2019-2021 implementation plan goes to City Council mid-June, 2018.

Upcoming meetings include:

Thursday May 17th, 2018

Emerge (1834 Emerson Ave N)
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Monday May 21st, 2018

Seward Friendship Store (317 38th St E)
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

For more information, please visit minneapolismn.gov/zerowaste.

First Ward May Newsletter

 

Ward 1 News from Minneapolis Council Member Kevin Reich

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!

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 [email protected] 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

Comprehensive Plan Open House – Saturday, May 12

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.

Upcoming Street Construction Projects in Ward One

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

Spring Street Sweep Has Begun

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.

Public Works 101: City Blacksmith

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.

Follow the Rules for Recreational Fires

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: May 18 – 20

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/

Low Cost Pet Vaccine Clinic – Sunday, May 6

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.


For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats please contact (add your information here including: department, contact person, phone and email). 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 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626.

Para asistencia 612-673-2700 •  Rau kev pab 612-673-2800 • Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay
612-673-3500.

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Attend the Food Policy Forum on May 23 with Homegrown Minneapolis

Please join the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council to discuss strategies for continuing to grow our local food system.

Location: Minneapolis Public Schools Davis Center
1250 West Broadway Ave Minneapolis (map)

4:30 – 5:30 pm Registration, reception and light bites from Minneapolis Public School Catering and Breaking Bread Café.

5:30 – 8:00 pm  Dynamic program will include welcome remarks from Mayor Frey, Homegrown Highlights, performances by the Appetite for Change youth including their viral song “Grow Food” and panel discussions about food system priorities with community representatives, City of Minneapolis policymakers and staff, and the Public Health Law Center.

RSVP here (RSVP encouraged but not required). Attendees who RSVP will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a copy of The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen cookbook by Sean Sherman with Beth Dooley, winner of the 2018 James Beard Award for Best American Cookbook.

View the 2017 Homegrown Minneapolis Highlights.

2nd Precinct open house May 14, 2018. All welcome!

Minneapolis Police Departments – 2nd Precinct Open House

1911 Central Avenue NE
Monday May 14, 2018
5:00pm to 7:00pm.

Come visit with Officers and see displays from the 2nd Precinct, K-9, Mounted Patrol, the Bomb Unit, Minneapolis Emergency Communications Center (Dispatch), SWAT, Crime Prevention Specialists and Animal Control.

The Open House will give you the opportunity to meet some of the great people that work for the City of Minneapolis.

Come enjoy a fun night with your neighbors! There will be food and beverages.

Free Family Friendly Event!

Departamentos de Policía de Minneapolis – Exhibición Abierta del 2 ° precinto
1911 Central Avenida NE
Lunes 14 de mayo de 2018
5:00 p.m. a 7:00 p.m.

Venga a visitarnos con Oficiales y vea exhibiciones del 2do.

Precinto, K-9, Patrulla Montada, la Unidad de Bombas, Centro de Comunicaciones de Emergencia de Minneapolis (Despacho), SWAT, Especialistas en Prevención del Crimen y Control de Animales.
 
La Exhibición Abierta le dará la oportunidad de conocer a algunas de las grandes personas que trabajan para la Ciudad de Minneapolis.
 
¡Ven a disfrutar de una noche divertida con tus vecinos!
Habrá comida y bebidas.

¡Evento gratuito para familias!

Waaxda booliiska ee Minneapolis – Xaafada 2-aad
Soo dhawenynta Bulshada
1911 Central Avenue NE
Isniin Maajo 14, 2018
5:00 galabnimo ilaa 7:00 fiidnimo
Walaalayaal waxaan idinku casuumaynaa in aad soo booqataan saraakiisha ka tirsan ciidamada booliska. Waxaad arki doontaan bandhig ama sawiro eey kuu diyaariyeen xaafada 2-aad, Askarta Eeyuhu la Shaqeeyaan (K-9ka), Askarta Roondada ah, Qaybaha Bombooyinka quseeya, Xarunta Isgaarsiinta Degdega ah ee Minnneapolis, Ciidamada meelaha halista ah gala (SWAT), Khabiirada Kahortaga danbiyada iyo kuwa xakameenta xoolaha. Soo dhaweyntaan waxeey kuu siinaysaa fursado aad kula kulanto dad sar sare oo u shaqeeya magaalada Minneapolis. Fadlan kaalaya oo waqti laqaata habiinkaas dariskaada ama dadka xaafadaada dagan! Waxaa jiri doona cunto iyo cabitaan. Waa isku imaad saaxiibtinimo una wanaagsan qoyska!

For questions, contact:

Abdirashid Ali
Minneapolis Police Department, 2nd Precinct
(612) 673-2874
[email protected]gov

Volunteer to coach youth spring sports

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is seeking enthusiastic volunteer coaches for youth track & field, t-ball, baseball and softball..

  •  Practices start in April and games/meets begin in May.
  •  Athletes range from 5-18 years old
  • Teams practice 1-2 times per week
  • Games are scheduled for a weeknight and/or Saturdays.
  •  MPRB will provide orientation for all new coaches
  • Can’t coach this spring? We’ll need coaches for football, volleyball, and soccer this fall!

call 612-230-6493 or email [email protected]minneapolisparks.org to receive more information or to express interest in MPRB volunteer opportunities.

All Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board athletic fields closed this week

Fields closed until at least Friday, April 27

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) urges people to stay off athletic fields until at least Friday, April 27. An update will be issued Friday after field conditions are reevaluated.

Although most of the recent snow has melted and many teams and athletes are anxious to get started with outdoor sports, fields still need time to dry out before they’re ready for action.

Using athletic fields while the ground is still soft and wet can cause significant damage that makes it much more difficult to prepare for spring/summer sports and affects turf quality all the way through the fall.

The MPRB appreciates everyone’s patience during the abrupt transition to spring. Maintenance staff will do everything they can to open fields as soon as possible. In the meantime, please enjoy paved trails and parkways, playgrounds and recreation centers throughout Minneapolis Parks.

18th Ave NE Reconstruction Project

From the Minneapolis Department of Public Works:

 

Dear Minneapolis Resident or Business Proprietor:

Spring is here and it’s time for the 18th Ave NE reconstruction project to begin again.  Last fall, we wrapped things up for winter with plans to return and finish starting in the spring.  Items remaining include the removal of the temporary path and placement of the new shared use path on the south side, complete the remaining driveway aprons and pedestrian ramps, plant the grass boulevards, complete the signal work at Monroe St NE and Johnson St NE, remove the asphalt pavement wedges that were installed to protect the curb edges, and place the final layer of asphalt.  Minneapolis Forestry will also plant trees in the new boulevard areas along 18th Ave NE, this is expected to occur in the spring of 2019.  The project area is shown in red on the enclosed map.

You can sign up to receive email project updates on the project web site: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/cip/2017/WCMS1P-147114.

Construction activity for this season is expected to begin with the week of April 16th, weather permitting, and estimated to be substantially completed in early summer 2018. Please understand that the construction schedules are subject to change due to weather and unforeseen circumstances.

If we need to do work on the approach to your driveway, we will notify you in advance of placing your new driveway approach and ask you to park at another location for eight days after concrete placement to allow time for the concrete to cure. During the majority of construction, local access to homes and businesses will be maintained.

As a reminder, our construction activities are likely to cause you some inconvenience, but we are hopeful that you will be patient and understanding as the work progresses. For our part, we will do our best to keep these inconveniences at a minimum.  If you have any questions or concerns about this improvement project, please call me, at 612-673-3762.  You can also contact the Chief Field Inspector on the Project, John Benjamin at 651-443-1096.

Important:

  • Our equipment is large and heavy and can be extremely dangerous if one is not alert around it. We urge you to stay at a safe distance at all times. Please, above all, impress upon your children not to go beyond the sidewalk at any time and to stay away from material piles and equipment parked on or near the job site. Please observe all posted detour routes and warning signs and arrange to park on side streets or on another block when work is under way in your immediate area.
  • Help us prevent vandalism during construction. It not only delays the project but adds to the costs. Your cooperation in reporting or preventing such acts is critical and directly benefits you.
  • To save yourself time and money, if you have experienced any problems with your sewer and/or water connection it is recommended that you contact a licensed plumber as soon as possible to correct the problembefore the street is paved. One problem frequently encountered in connection with street paving is the condition and age of the private water and sewer services from the house or business to the City main in the street. Occasionally, because of the age and condition of these services, they may require repair or replacement within a relatively short period of time after the new paving is completed. So, if you are planning to upgrade your water or sewer service, please call me at 673-3762 to coordinate with the project’s schedule.
  • To install new shared use path, we will need to excavate within the City right of way. Please note that the City right of way extends beyond the back of the temporary path on the south side.   After we complete this work we will remove our construction debris and place new topsoil and sod where it was disturbed.  If you have concerns or questions regarding your specific property, contact me or John.

Once again, we ask that you impress upon all children the dangers near construction equipment.  We hope to inconvenience you as little as possible and would like to thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding while your neighborhood is being improved.

Sincerely,

Beverly Warmka, P.E.                                                        
Project Manager                                                     
Minneapolis Department of Public Works

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.

Connect with Your Council Member

You’re invited to join Council Member Kevin Reich at any of these upcoming public events:


Creating a Cooperative Economy with ABEP

Fair State Brewing Cooperative and Association for Black Economic Power are co-hosting a panel discussion about creating a cooperative economy through black cooperatives. Panelists will include Ward One Council Member Kevin Reich and Ward Five Council Member Jeremiah Ellison.

 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Thursday, February 22, Fair State Brewing Cooperative, 2506 Central Ave NE


Conversation with Council Member Kevin Reich

 Meet up with Kevin to offer input, share a concern or just say hello. No appointment necessary.

 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 27, 56 Brewing, 3055 Columbia Ave NE


Fire Station 15 Open House

 Join Fire Chief John Fruetel and CM Reich to tour the newly remodeled station, enjoy refreshments, try on equipment, and meet your local firefighters.

 1 – 3 p.m., Saturday, March 3, Fire Station 15, 2701 Johnson St NE


NE Network: City Logistics

 Council Member Reich will talk about upcoming infrastructure projects In Northeast Minneapolis.

 7:30 – 8:30 a.m., Thursday, March 8, Eastside Food Co-op, 2551 Central Ave NE

Fire Station 15 Open House – Saturday, March 3!

Last August, Fire Station 15 was closed to allow for significant repairs and renovations, including the complete replacement of the apparatus floor, new wiring, kitchen remodeling, wiring and HVAC work. The work is done and Fire Chief John Fruetel and Council Member Kevin Reich invite you to an Open House to celebrate the newly remodeled station.

When: 1 – 3 p.m., Saturday, March 3

Where: 2701 Johnson Street NE

Join your friends and neighbors to tour the station, meet your neighborhood firefighters, try on gear and enjoy some refreshments!

CURA’s February Board Representation Leadership Training for People of Color

Neighborhood Board Representation Training!
If you are a Person of Color or know a Person of Color interested in joining their neighborhood association or district council, CURA’s Neighborhood Organizing and Leadership Program is looking for participants for a free training to empower and assist them in their journey toward leadership. We are looking for People of Color that want to create change and fight injustice in their community through neighborhood board membership.

The Board Representation Leadership Training for People of Color will be Thursday, February 15, 2018, 6:30pm – 8:30pm in the Stassen Room 170 at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455.

We believe neighborhood residents are the most powerful force against injustice in their community. Our Board Representation Leadership Training for People of Color values recruiting and supporting people of color to join their local neighborhood board to create change in their community and to transform the injustice of not having diverse voices and leadership in neighborhood groups. Our program creates learning sessions and a support networks for people of color join their local neighborhood board and use their power to make their vision for their community a reality through organizing.

Who is this for?

The training is open to people of color who want to join their neighborhood board and create local change so they are prepared to run at their neighborhood association or district council annual meeting elections, or want to inquire about board vacancies in their community.

Register now!

For more information or to register, interested participants should fill out this short registration form.

Questions? Email Malik Holt-Shabazz or call 612-791-7734.

The Board Representation Leadership Training for People of Color offers:

  • Community Organizing 101
  • The Power of YOUR Narrative / Story
  • Neighborhood Association / District Council Board Basics
  • Asking questions about neighborhood associations and district council from a former director of both bodies
  • Relationship building with other board of members and leaders of color

First Ward February Newsletter from Kevin Reich’s office

Council Member’s Message

I have some great news to share on the sustainability front both in Ward One and the city as a whole, which makes for a positive start to 2018! In January the city received a grant from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) to design and install up to $550,000 in stormwater management infrastructure at our new East Side Storage & Maintenance Facility. This infrastructure will be an important piece of the many sustainability elements incorporated into the facility, which will be designed to LEED certification standards. See the story below for more information.

In October 2012 I joined Ward 1 stakeholders, representatives from Minneapolis Public Schools and Sundial Solar to talk about applying for a grant to do a major solar project at Edison High School. Early in January 2018, the Public Utilities Commission approved our application to install solar panels on Edison’s roof and put a solar canopy over the new Edison Plaza next to the gym. It was a long wait, but work can now begin to make the Edison Green Campus even greener! Look for more details about this exciting project in next month’s newsletter.

On a citywide basis, I’m proud to announce a couple of exciting achievements.  Our Solid Waste & Recycling Division was named 2017 Recycler of the Year on the basis of our highly successful organics recycling program.  Minneapolis is also now the first in the nation to go “perc-free”thanks in large part to our innovative green business cost-sharing programs. Check out the stories below to learn more about these achievements.

East Side Storage & Maintenance Facility Stormwater Grant

The City of Minneapolis has received a substantial grant from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) to design and construct enhanced storm water infrastructure as part of the development of the new East Side Storage & Maintenance Facility.

The grant will be used for a storm water storage and filtration system, as well as onsite education resources so that the general public can learn more about storm water management systems and their impacts.  The water treatment area will be incorporated into the landscape design so that it provides aesthetic as well as educational benefits. Pictured at right is one representative type of storm water management strategy.

The grant will fund up to $550,000 in design and construction work, depending on the final scope of the project.

Minneapolis First Perc-Free City in Nation

Minneapolis became the first city in the nation to go entirely “perc-free” as the last dry cleaner switched over to a safer process. With help from the City of Minneapolis, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, East Isles Resident Association and Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association, Osman Cleaners switched its machines over from using perchloroethylene – also called “perc” – to a process using clean solvents safer for employees, neighbors and customers. In less than six years since the City’s cost-sharing program began, Minneapolis has helped the last nine dry cleaners in the city using perchloroethylene replace their equipment to make the switch.

Perchloroethylene is the main chemical solvent used in dry cleaning. The Environmental Protection Agency classifies perchloroethylene as a “likely carcinogen”; it also has the potential to damage the kidneys, liver, immune system and blood system, and affect reproduction and fetal development. A 2015 Minneapolis Health Department study detected 99 occasions of perchloroethylene above levels that are considered health risks over a long period of time in outdoor, ambient air in Minneapolis.

Financial assistance from the neighborhood groups made this and other cost-prohibitive projects possible for small businesses and also laid groundwork for more healthy City-neighborhood partnerships.

The funds for the program come from pollution control fees that businesses pay to the City. Find more information about the City’s green business cost-sharing programs here.

Minneapolis is 2017 Recycler of the Year

At the end of last year, the Recycling Association of Minnesota awarded the City of Minneapolis Division of Solid Waste and Recycling its top honor: 2017 Recycler of the Year. The award was given in recognition of the creation and promotion of a city-wide organics program that has produced outstanding results in participation and waste diversion. The award also recognizes the inclusive, multi-faceted and multi-lingual educational campaign that has accompanied the program.

The City of Minneapolis citywide opt-in organics recycling program was rolled out 2015-2016. As of September 2017, 43.27% of households have signed up to participate in the program.

New Data Practices Charging Policy

To promote greater transparency and improve public access to government data, the City of Minneapolis Records & Information Management (RIM) Division recently introduced a new enterprise-wide charging policy for data practices requests. Previously, departments largely set their own rates, which resulted in requestors having to pay varying rates to access City information based on which department held the responsive data. So, for example, one department might not charge anything for a handful of simple black-and-white copies of easily-retrievable data, whereas another department might charge for each page — and even then, the per-page charge varied from department to department, from as little as 10 cents per page to more than $1 per page. Furthermore, because many departments lack the capacity to accept on-line payments, requestors were forced to travel to City Hall or to mail payments before being allowed to access public data. The combination of these variable rates and inconsistent practices were, in effect, creating a barrier to the public in terms of accessing public data from the City.

The RIM Division recently implemented a new Data Request Charging Policy. A key feature of this new policy is the introduction of a charging threshold of $30; in other words, the City will no longer charge for data requests that have a total fee of less than $30. This is a significant step forward in improving service to the public and ending the restrictive processes which created barriers to data accessibility. Moreover, the new policy eases the internal administrative processes for staffers who no longer will be required to generate invoices, track payments, and process receipt of funds. That, in and of itself, will present a cost-savings to the enterprise simply in terms of eliminating bureaucratic paper shuffling. This new policy is part of larger enterprise efforts to make the City’s data and information assets more easily accessible to the public, and to ensure our processes are fair and transparent to the community we serve.

City of Minneapolis New Downtown Office Building

The City of Minneapolis is moving forward with plans for a new downtown office building near City Hall to better serve residents and businesses. City employees are currently working in several leased and owned sites scattered around downtown Minneapolis. The new Consolidated Public Office Building will be diagonally across the street from City Hall at501 4th Ave S, currently the site of a parking lot. It will be a sustainable and resilient building that will feature a welcoming, customer-centric public service area while reducing the City’s overall real estate footprint.

City staff and the project design team of MSR Design and Henning Larsen will be hosting a community engagement meeting to present information about the building, answer questions and receive community input about the public service center, the conferencing center and the public art component. All are welcome to attend:

Tuesday, February 20, 6 p.m.

Mill City Museum, 704 S. 2nd Street (first floor)

Edison’s Art as Profession Class and “Change” Exhibit

dison High School offers an Art As A Profession class for juniors and seniors, as well as arts focused sophomores, so that students can explore a variety of career paths in the arts. As part of a unique collaboration, Edison worked with local artwork services company Art Force to bring in professional artists to show their work and talk to students about career options and the business aspects of the art world. Art Force, which relocated from Plymouth to the Arts District several years ago, offers complete services from procurement to installation and conservatorship.

Students also went on field trips to local studios in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District, museums and the U of M. They learned firsthand how to work with a client to create a work of art and to work within contract guidelines. They built portfolios and learned how to market themselves, design business cards and post professionally using social media.

Their final gallery show, which is currently on display in the media center, focuses on the concept of “Change” and features the work of 18 students. In addition to creating the works of art, they also planned the exhibit, created labels, flyers and postcards, and built the gallery walls in the Edison wood shop.  

Pillsbury School Named “Bike Walk School of the Year”

Pillsbury School, which is the home of the bike education program Pedal Power, was one of two schools in Minneapolis named “Bike Walk School of the Year” by Our Streets.

The Pedal Power program, which was created by Pillsbury staff members Mark Trumper and Susan Tuck, offers bikes and bicycle education to children who might otherwise not learn to ride. With the help of dedicated volunteers, Pedal Power students learn bicycle safety and basic maintenance and travel around the Twin Cities on bicycle outings several times a month.

The Pillsbury Pedal Power team was awarded one of the City of Minneapolis Health Department’s “Local Heroes” awards in 2014.

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. just contact the Ward Office at 612-673-2201 or kevin.[email protected] to set up an appointment. You can also meet with Kevin at one of his monthly constituent meet & greets. Here’s the January schedule:

Friday, February 16, 8 – 9 a.m. at Diamonds Coffee, 1628 Central Avenue NE

Tuesday, February 27, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at 56 Brewing, 3055 Columbia Avenue NE

Save the Date

Community Connections Conference

Saturday, Feb. 10, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave S. This event is free and features workshops, speakers, panels and a catered lunch. For more information and to register, visithttp://www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr/CommunityConnectionsConference.

2nd Annual Edison Soup Wars

Sunday, Feb. 11, 4 – 7 p.m., 56 Brewing, 3055 Columbia Ave. Cook and compete or come just to eat at this delicious fundraiser hosted by the Edison Activity Council. Tickets are $10/advance or $15/door. Kids & Student tickets are $5.

Local Author Talk: Steve Atkinson

Thursday, Feb. 22, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Northeast Library, 2200 Central Avenue NE.  Join local

Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy program newsletter

Welcome to the City of Minneapolis Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy program newsletter. Here you will find information on program and partner related news and updates, opportunities, events, and special announcements.

Sign up for the Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy program newsletter at www.minneapolismn.gov/coordinator/arts.

Creative City Challenge finalists selected

Clockwise from left to right: Project sketch of Carry-on Homes by Carry-on Family, Project sketch of Uncommon Courtesies by Yes Let’s, Project sketch of United Nations by Samuel B. Ero-Phillips

Clockwise from left to right: Project sketch of Carry-on Homes by Carry-on Family, Project sketch of Uncommon Courtesies by Yes Let’s, Project sketch of United Nations by Samuel B. Ero-Phillips

Three teams have been selected as finalists for the 2018 Creative City Challenge. This year, taking its cue from the site of the installation, The Commons, artists proposed projects on the theme of Commonality: What is the 21st century commons? What do we share when we gather together in outdoor spaces? Is it possible to share common ideas and goals while acknowledging significant differences in heritage, lifestyle, income and interest?

A jury will select the winning team to install its project at The Commons for an unveiling at Northern Spark June 16 and remaining on The Commons for several weeks.

The finalists

Carry-on Family proposes “Carry-on Homes,” a multi-functional venue for story sharing, where individuals can come together and speak to their homes – near and far – on a stage or by writing notes and tying them on a “journey wall.” Home is a universally shared concept that transcends race, gender, class and polemics.

Samuel B. Ero-Phillips takes inspiration for “United Nations” from the way the United Nations relates to our common human experience around the world. The base of the assembly hall would create a space to gather with an overhead structure displaying and illuminating our best shared ideals. Murals on the lower wood deck seating area and custom globes would respond to a theme of commonality curated by the artist’s network of youth worker community artists.

Yes Let’s proposes “Uncommon Courtesies,” setting up an interactive radial experience with a common question, a common experience and a common community. Visitors would move through stations in four different levels having recorded stories from diverse communities paired with supplementary graphics and text.

About Minneapolis’ Creative City Challenge

The Creative City Challenge is a temporary public art commission program managed by the City of Minneapolis’ Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy program and conceived as a showcase for local creative talent, Minneapolis community identities and a tangible symbol of the complex narratives that make up the many stories within our urban landscape. Each year the selected project receives a commission, and the winning work is showcased at the annual Northern Spark festival.

Find more from the artists and see their preliminary project sketches at http://northern.lights.mn/platform/ccc-2018/.

Tour Nicollet Mall’s Public Art Now

 

Prairie Tree by Ned Kahn

 

Prairie Tree by Ned Kahn

Nicollet Mall reconstruction ushered in three NEW public artworks to downtown Minneapolis, and welcomed back the return of six artworks. The new mall includes artworks that you can experience, use, study, and enjoy – it is the largest collection of public art in the city outside of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. These artworks feature different generations of artists, styles, approaches, materials, and technologies – from the 1960s to the present day. We encourage you to visit these artworks over and over again, as their qualities and meanings continue to be revealed over time and through the seasons.

The Nicollet Mall virtual tour is now available, along with six other tours featuring the Minneapolis’ Public Art Collection. Each tour provides information on each individual artwork such as its location, materials, an image, and other public artworks nearby.

Check out the Nicollet Mall Tour and our other tours at: www.arcg.is/mplsart

Streets closing near U.S. Bank Stadium for Super Bowl

Several streets near U.S. Bank Stadium will close Saturday, Jan. 27 and Monday, Jan. 29 to prepare for Super Bowl LII on Sunday, Feb. 4.

On Saturday, Jan. 27, the following will close:

  • Fourth Street between Park Avenue and Interstate 35W (detour via Washington Avenue).

On Monday, Jan. 29, the following will close:

  • Sixth Street between Chicago and 11th avenues (detour via Eighth Street).
  • 11th Avenue between Third and Sixth streets
  • Hiawatha Trail between 15th Avenue in the Cedar-Riverside Neighborhood and 11th Avenue in downtown Minneapolis (detour: use Washington Avenue, or ride Metro Blue Line LRT between Cedar Riverside and U.S. Bank Stadium stations.

The closures will be in place until after the Super Bowl.

Additionally, streets, sidewalks and bikeways may see intermittent closures near U.S. Bank Stadium and the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Over the past several months, the City of Minneapolis has worked closely with stakeholders, including the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee, NFL, their vendors and several other local partners to craft a traffic management plan that will enhance the Super Bowl LII experience while providing the minimum disruption to traffic and parking possible.

Stay up-to-date on the latest information related to Super Bowl LII street closures by signing up for City traffic alerts at minneapolismn.gov/traffic. For more City-related Super Bowl LII information, go to minneapolismn.gov/SuperBowl. For additional travel tips for the 10-day Super Bowl festival, visitmnsuperbowl.com/transportation.

Call for our Art of Hosting participants!

From Christina Kendrick, City of Minneapolis:

Our Community Connections Conference is coming up fast and our new Mayor and City Council want to be a big part of this year’s event.

The closing general session is going to be facilitated dialogues with our elected officials.  The structure will be several “circle conversations” that are structured by 3 questions… much like our Art of Hosting Neighborhood’s 2020 community dialogues.  The dialogues will be for roughly ½ hour and then the elected officials will “report out” their take-aways from their specific circle.

We need

  • Facilitators (to simply ensure the conversation moves along and sticks to the questions)
  • Note Takers (not verbatim – just capture the general themes of the conversations)

Having our neighborhoods and community partners be front and center of these dialogues is a great way to demonstrate our partnership. The time commitment is from 2:45-3:30 (but of course we encourage you to participate in the whole conference!)

Please let me know if you are willing to help us out!  Also, feel free to pass to friends/family/colleagues who you know have skills with facilitation or/and notetaking.  We are hoping to get 15 or more volunteers!

Christina Kendrick, MA  MBA       
Senior Community Specialist
Neighborhood and Community Relations
105 5th Ave S   Ste. 425
Minneapolis MN 55415
612.673.3952
612.704.6835
[email protected]
www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr

Pronouns: she/her

For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats please contact the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department at 612-673-3737. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 at 612-673-3000. TTY users call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626.

Para asistencia 612-673-2700 – Rau kev pab 612-673-2800 – Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500.

 

MnDOT 2018 projects in Hennepin County

Here are the Hennepin County projects:

[email protected]: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/35w94/

This project started in August of 2017 and will really get going in June of 2018 with the closure of the access to downtown (Fifth and Grant and 11th) and from downtown at Fourth Avenue for four months. The ramp from I-35W north to I-94 west and I-94 east to I-35W south will close this summer for 3 ½ years. You will also see numerous ramp closures and lane closures on I-35W. Encourage people to sign up for email alerts and consider alternate transportation downtown. MnDOT has a contract with Move Minneapolis and eWorkplace to help with these efforts. MnPASS is an option too. This project continues through 2021.

Contact: Dave Aeikens [email protected]

I-94 Minneapolis to Brooklyn Center: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i94brooklyncntr/

This is year two. We have repairs to two bridges to complete that will require ramp closures. I-394 east to I-94 west and I-94 west to Highway 55 will be closed for between 30 to 90 days.

MnDOT added improvements to the Whitney Bridge over I-94 in Minnepolis that connects the Walker Art Center to Loring Park. This project runs from early May to August. That will require two closures of I-94 from I-35W to I-394  this summer. This also could require some lane closures on I-94 and Hennepin and Lyndale. We are working on finalizing specifics and updating materials.

Contact: Dave Aeikens [email protected]

I-35W Minneapolis to Roseville: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i35w-mpls-roseville/index.html

This is a resurfacing job from Fourth and University to Ramsey County Road C in Roseville. It will require six weekend closures, some directional and some full, between mid-July and the State Fair that will reduce access to downtown for those coming from the north. A fact sheet is attached.

Contact: Kevin Walker: [email protected]

Highway 47 Minneapolis to Columbia Heights: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/hwy47mpls/

This is a resurfacing project in northeast Minneapolis that will close University Avenue from Lowry Avenue in Minneapolis to 44th Avenue in Columbia Heights from late April to early July. The project is planned to allow trucks and local traffic access while work is not being done in certain areas. The web page has the schedule maps. Those will be updated to reflect recently changed timelines. A fact sheet is attached.

Contact: Dave Aeikens [email protected]

University/Central Avenue sidewalk and signal improvements: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/hwy47andhwy65/

This is the third year of MNDOT and Minneapolis working to bring northeast Minneapolis intersections into American with Disabilities Act compliance. This year, work will happen on five intersections. You can see those on the web page or fact sheet. The work will start after the Highway 47 project is done. A fact sheet is attached.

Contact: Dave Aeikens [email protected]