4th Ward Report – October – Council President Barbara Johnson

4th Ward Report from Council President Barbara Johnson

October 2015

Contact Information

Council President Barbara Johnson
350 S. 5th St.
City Hall, Room 307
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Jennifer White, Senior Policy Aide

Dawn Snow, Associate


Shingle Creek
Willard Hay

Fall Street Sweeping Begins Oct. 20

Minneapolis Public Works will begin the big task of curb-to-curb sweeping and leaf collection on streets throughout the city Tuesday, Oct. 20. During the four weeks of the comprehensive fall street sweep, crews will clean up about 1,100 miles of city streets. To make sure the sweepers 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. 19, and sweeping will begin the next day. Anyone who parks on the street will need to follow street sweeping parking rules or their cars may be ticketed and towed. Residents should not push leaves, grass clippings, or other debris into City streets – it’s bad for our lakes and waterways, can cause safety hazards, and is against the law. More information is available on the city’s website at www.minneapolismn.gov/streetsweeping, including the street lookup function.

Working Families Ordinance

The City Council is contemplating ordinance changes designed to help working families. Known as the Working Families ordinance, the main components include requiring employers to provide sick leave for employees and fair scheduling so that employees can more easily control their lives away from work. Current draft policies can be found here. The City Council is asking for your input – please send comments to workingfamilies@minneapolismn.gov thru October 16.

Webber Park Library Update


Commissioner Linda Higgins, Hennepin County staff and LSE Architects met with community members last month to discuss the new Webber Park Library project. Designs for the library’s outdoor spaces, including the shape of the outdoor reading area, planting materials and outdoor furniture, were presented. The focus will be on native plants that attract pollinators. Samples of granite and zinc that will be used on the library’s exterior were displayed.

The architects provided an updated interior image of the library to show how color, lighting and furnishings designs are developing. The image included an example of a sound-absorption wall panel shown above the children’s area. Acoustical ceiling panels and insulated windows that reduce sound transmission from outside of the library are also included in the plan, found here.

Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin (CAPSH) is Now Accepting Applications for its Energy Assistance Program

Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin (CAPSH) is now accepting applications for its Energy Assistance Program (EAP).  EAP is a federally funded program that provides financial assistance to low income households to maintain electric and heat services during the winter.  Assistance is available to all eligible Hennepin County residents, including the City of Minneapolis. Visit http://www.capsh.org/services/energy-assistance/ for more information on CAPSH locations and how to apply.

City Approves Dedicated Public Arts Funding


The Minneapolis City Council unanimously voted to approve aPercent-for-Art Ordinance on Friday September 25, 2015.  The ordinance dedicates the equivalent of 1.5 percent of City-issued net debt bonds annually to public art funding. The net debt bond program is funded by property tax revenue. This provides a way for the City to predictably fund public art while allowing for flexibility in the source of funds used from year to year.

Presently, the Art in Public Places budget fluctuates from year to year making it difficult for the City’s department of Community Planning and Economic Development to plan public art projects effectively.  This is compounded by the fact that budgets are adopted annually while the process of developing, fabricating, and installing pieces of public art takes on average about three years from start to finish.

Minneapolis joins other local governments in Minnesota who have already adopted similar ordinances including Saint Paul and Duluth; the State of Minnesota also has a percent for art program. The Minneapolis ordinance allocates the money to the commissioning, siting, placement, conservation, and maintenance of public art.

For more information on details related to the Percent-for-Art Ordinance please visit the City of Minneapolis website.

Webber Park is Hiring

Webber Park is looking to hire PT staff to assist with their before and after school program, RecPlus. For more information or questions regarding this employment opportunity, please emailWebber@minneapolisparks.org or call 612-370-4782

Send Resume to:
Attn: Webber Park Director
Webber Park 4400 Dupont Ave. N Minneapolis, MN 55412

City Coordinator’s Office Hires Equity and Inclusion Managers


Joy Marsh Stephens and Julianne Leerssen have joined the City Coordinator’s Office as the City’s new equity and inclusion managers. Together they bring the City more than 30 years of experience in social justice and fostering equity and inclusion in workplaces and communities.

Joy’s main role will be with equity initiatives within the City as a workplace. She will work closely with enterprise leadership on a variety of initiatives including supporting the work contemplated by the Racial Equity Action Plan as well as that already undertaken within City departments. She will help support equity and inclusion efforts in hiring, recruiting, supplier diversity and contracting.

Julianne will primarily address Promise Zone initiatives. She will work closely with our community partners to identify and create lasting solutions using a collective impact approach within the designated Promise Zone. The goal of the Promise Zone in Minneapolis is to revitalize high-poverty communities by reducing racial inequities in public services and institutions, reducing serious and violent crime, reducing the racial achievement gap, building a more inclusive economy, creating jobs, and promoting stable housing.

Joy most recently worked at UnitedHealth Group where she led large-scale systems and operational change across the multinational organization with more than 180,000 employees. With undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Minnesota, she has more than 20 years of experience in a variety of sectors including public schools, health care and financial services. She has served leadership roles in numerous nonprofit boards, schools and other community groups with a focus on driving equitable outcomes for people of color across the Twin Cities metro area. She views her new role with the City as an ideal opportunity to marry her organizational development and change management skills with her passion for racial equity.

Julianne has 15 years of combined volunteer and professional experience working in north Minneapolis. As the founding director of the Neighborhood Hub, she comes with a background in social service as well as community education, advocacy and organizing around livability issues in north Minneapolis communities. Having grown up on the North Side, she is a product of the Hawthorne neighborhood and the Minneapolis Public Schools. She has a degree in speech communication from Augsburg College and a Juris Doctor from William Mitchell College of Law. She is a licensed attorney who has put those skills to work assisting community members in the areas of family law, housing law, nonprofit development and small-business development. Julianne brings a passion for improving the lives of all residents of Minneapolis, but in particular, the residents of north Minneapolis who are suffering the weight of disparities.

“Julianne’s experience and leadership, both personally and professionally in north Minneapolis will serve the Promise Zone and the City well,” said Council President Johnson. “In her previous role she worked to improve the lives of north Minneapolis residents with proven outcomes. Her commitment to the community will continue in her new role with the City as she works to address the disparities in public safety, education, health, housing, and employment that face north Minneapolis.”

Senior Partners Care


Does the financial burden of the gap left between medical bills and Medicare keep you or a loved one from getting critical medical care needed to stay healthy? Stop worrying, there’s a solution! Let Senior Partners Care (SPC) help you. SPC is a statewide program, which began in 1973, that helps low to moderate income Medicare beneficiaries limit their out of pocket medical expenses.

SPC has partnered with many of the major metropolitan area healthcare systems and hundreds of clinics and providers statewide.  Some of our key metro providers are Fairview, HCMC, Park Nicollet/Methodist, North Memorial, HealthEast, and Minnesota Oncology.  Partners agree to accept Medicare as full payment on Medicare covered services for SPC members.

Senior Partners Care members must be enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B, cannot have a supplemental medical insurance policy (though they can have a Part D Drug only policy), are not on Medical Assistance, and meet our program’s financial guidelines:  $1,961.00 in gross income per month for a single person and $2,655.00 per month for a couple, and liquid assets of under $48,500 per household regardless of size.

For program details and applications visit www.seniorcommunity.org/programs  or call (952) 767-0665.

Temporary Northside Greenway Installation


A temporary greenway is going in on the five blocks of Irving Avenue North between Folwell and Jordan parks. Crews will begin installing the temporary greenway in mid- to late October, and it will be in place for up to a year so that we can see how well it works across all seasons. While this temporary greenway is around, we want to know how it’s working. Changes may be made to the project throughout the year based on resident feedback.

Before the installation begins, signs will go up to restrict parking. Once the temporary greenway is installed, the City will work with a contractor to provide weekly maintenance, including maintaining planters, picking up trash, and removing graffiti. The City will continue to plow snow from the bike lanes and car travel lanes.  A contractor will clear snow in other areas as needed.

This temporary greenway follows three years of community engagement with neighbors. Over the summer, many of the neighbors living on and near Irving Avenue shared their thoughts and ideas. The City used that input to create this temporary project.

What do you think?
We want your feedback about the project, and there are several ways to provide feedback:

Call 311 from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM Monday through Friday

Fill out a form and leave it in a feedback box at one of the information kiosks along Irving Avenue. There will be one at 30th Avenue North and one at 35th Avenue North.

Attend a community event. They will be held approximately every two months while the temporary greenway is in place. Residents will be notified when events are scheduled.

Use the online feedback form at www.surveymonkey.com/r/GreenwayDemo. Note: this form will be available once the temporary greenway is fully installed.

If you have other questions or would like to get more involved in the project, please contact Sarah Stewart atsarah.stewart@minneapolismn.gov or 612-673-3987. One way to get involved is by participating in the Northside Greenway Council, which is a council of local residents. The group meets the second Tuesday of the month from 6-7:30 p.m. at Folwell Park (please contact Sarah Stewart to verify the meeting time and location). To learn more about the greenway project and the community engagement, visit the project website atwww.minneapolismn.gov/health/living/northminneapolisgreenway

Fire Department Shares Fall Fire Prevention Tips for National Fire Prevention Week


As part of National Fire Prevention Week Oct. 4-10, the Minneapolis Fire Department shared these fall fire safety tips.

  • Get your furnace inspected by a licensed professional to make sure it’s working safely and efficiently. Don’t use space heaters while sleeping or when they are left unattended
  • Create a family escape plan: Plan ahead in case you need to exit your home quickly in an emergency, and pick a safe meeting spot for family members outside your house. Make sure everyone knows where to meet, and practice the plan. Ideas for a safe meeting spot include a neighbor’s house, a big tree close by or a nearby fire hydrant
  • Have your chimney inspected and cleaned by a licensed professional if you use your fireplace regularly
  • Test your smoke alarms. The theme for this year’s National Fire Prevention Week is “Hear the beep where you sleep,” encouraging people to install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement. Smoke alarms need to be checked monthly, and the batteries must be changed twice a year. A great time to remember to change your battery is daylight saving time (change your clock, change your battery). Daylight saving time ends Nov. 1
  • Enjoy bonfires or recreational fires safely and legally by burning only untreated wood, keeping the fires small and locating them at least 25 feet from any structure. Learn more about the Minneapolis recreational fire law or watch a video on having bonfires in the city
  • Don’t burn leaves or other yard waste
  • Test your carbon monoxide detectors, and make sure you have one within 10 feet of every bedroom
  • Never use the oven to heat the house

Prevent kitchen fires

More fires start in the kitchen than in any other part of the home. That’s why the Minneapolis Fire Department wants to make sure you know how to prevent cooking fires. For more fire safety tips, follow the Fire Department on Twitter at @MinneapolisFire.

Apply for Openings on City Boards and Commissions

Applications are now being accepted for a number of open boards and commissions positions that the City Council and Mayor will appoint this fall. Board and commission members in the City of Minneapolis provide valuable insights, help shape key policy decisions and provide community-based input into administration of services. The City is seeking applicants with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences to strengthen the work of the City – especially residents from Wards 4 and 5! The Commission on Civil Rights is looking for additional representatives from the Northside, which has historically been underrepresented. Click here for more information.

Applications will be reviewed beginning Oct. 23. However, the positions are open until filled. Appointments to board and commissions are made twice a year — in the spring and fall. Visit the City’s website for full details: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/boards/openings/index.htm


Book Sale at North Regional Library
1315 Lowry Ave N
Saturday, October 24, 10am – 4:30pm
Sunday, October 25, 12 – 4pm

Halloween Party at Folwell Park
1615 Dowling Ave N
Saturday, October 31, 5 – 8pm
(612) 370-4917

City of Minneapolis Minority- and Women- Owned Business Opportunities Fair
Thursday, October 29, 3:00pm-6:30pm
Profile Event Center, 2630 University Avenue SE
Are you a small or medium sized business that would like to sell your product or service to the City of Minneapolis but just are not sure where to start?  This event is for YOU!

Cleveland Neighborhood Annual Party
Tuesday, October 20, 7 – 8:30pm
Lucy Laney School
3333 Penn Ave

Jordan Area Community Council Annual Meeting
Thursday, October 29, 5:30 – 8pm
North Regional Library
1315 Dowling Ave N
612-886-4539 or Ursula@jordanmpls.org


Minneapolis City of Lakes color

From the Office of Minneapolis City Council Member Barbara Johnson
350 S. 5th St., Room 307, Minneapolis, MN 55415, (612) 673-2204

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