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.