4th Ward Report – December 2015


News and events from the Fourth Ward Council Office

4th Ward Report from Council President Barbara Johnson

December 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

Holiday on 44th

Holiday on 44th will be celebrating its 18th year this year and the festivities will take place on Friday, December 4 from 6 – 9pm at various locations along 44th Ave N. From music and crafts at Patrick Henry High School to face painters and magicians at Loring Community School, the street sparkles with cheer. Horse-drawn wagons provide transportation between locations, giving the celebration a friendly and old-fashioned atmosphere. Music, magicians, fire jugglers, chestnut roasting and a fantastic craft fair make up a small portion of this diverse and exciting event that draws attendance from all over the metro area. Holiday on 44th is a FREE event with activities for the whole family. For more information, visit www.holidayon44th.com or the event Facebook page


Metro Transit C Line (Penn Ave Bus Rapid Transit) Additional Open Houses/Information Sessions


Metro Transit is developing the C Line, a Bus Rapid Transit line coming to north Minneapolis and Brooklyn Center in 2017. The C Line will upgrade and largely replace Route 19, traveling along Osseo Road and Penn Avenue North with a number of improvements including frequent service at enhanced stations, longer buses, heated shelters, enhanced security and shorter travel times.

The project team is hosting additional opportunities to provide information and gather more community input.

Metro Transit will have a table at Holiday on 44th this Friday, December 4 from 6 – 9pm. There will be information for residents to learn more about the C Line and soliciting input on the Draft C Line Station Plan.

Metro Transit has also added a fourth open house that will take place thisSaturday, December 5 at Brooklyn Center Transit Center from 1 – 4 pm. The plan is the same as the previous open houses which is to present the Draft C Line Station Plan and receive input. They will be asking residents and transit users two essential questions: 1) Do we have the right intersections for C Line station locations? and 2) within that intersection, are we at the right corners? You can view the station plan here: www.metrotransit.org/c-line-station-plan. More information about the broader project is available on the project webpage (www.metrotransit.org/c-line-project). Comments will be accepted through December 6 and residents can send their comments via email at brtproject@metrotransit.org.

And lastly, there is a scheduled neighborhood-wide meeting with the Victory Neighborhood Association that will take place on December 9 at 7pm at The Warren.  This will be Victory neighborhood residents’ first opportunity to hear Metro Transit’s preferred recommendation for a C Line Station after receiving public comments.

Rules Expand for Vacant Lot Gardens


The City of Minneapolis approved new rules in leasing City-owned vacant lots for community gardens. Now 43 more City-owned parcels will be available for community gardeners to lease in 2016, bringing the total to more than 100. Eligible leaseholders will now also include urban farmers and market gardeners besides community gardeners. Other changes to the rules include:

  • Leases for one-, three- or five-year terms.
  • Insurance liability requirement decreased by $1 million.
  • Lease agreements will require pollinator-friendly practices.

These changes came about through the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council’s 2015 policy recommendations following increasing demand from residents for both community and commercial gardening space in the city. Access to these lots will help improve food equity and access to healthy food, and grow the local food economy.

More about community garden program and application process at Food Council open house Dec. 3

The Homegrown Minneapolis 2015 open house will present help for urban gardeners, resources for eating local food, and updates on progress made in improving Minneapolis’ local food systems. Free and open to the public.

6:30-8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 3
Minneapolis Public Schools Davis Center, 1250 W. Broadway Ave.

For more information go to www.minneapolismn.gov/homegrown.

Resources for Seniors

Senior Linkage Line is a one stop shop that provides advocacy, resource connection and even home visits in some cases for Senior, Disabled, and Veterans.  This organization can help people with everything from yard work, snow removal and other housing issues and needs to long term care planning. The Senior Linkage Line has a full database of community resources that are up-to-date/current. For more information call 1-800-333-2433 or visitwww.minnesotahelp.info.

Senior Community Services also provides resources for seniors and senior caregivers. Their HOME (Household and Outside Maintenance for Elderly) program offers affordable home maintenance and chore services from trusted professionals and community volunteers. They have assistance with chores for both inside and outside the home and can help with cleaning, handyman tasks, painting, lawn care and snow removal. For more information on their programs, call 952-746-4046 or visit www.seniorcommunity.org.

2016 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest Deadline Extended to Dec. 11


The Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights, the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights, Minneapolis City Council, and the Minneapolis Mayor are pleased to present the 2016 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest. This contest is open to all Minneapolis students in the 9th, 10th, and 11th grades.

The topic for this year’s contest is: Dr. King’s vision is alive and well through the work of current civil rights activists. What kind of impacts are these activists making on the current political and social landscape, and how do you see their work influencing the future?

Essays may be from one to three pages in length and address the selected topic. Completed entry forms with parent’s signature must be attached to the back of the essay. All submissions are due by December 11, 2015. Additional packets can be found on the Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights website. All contest winners will be notified in January, 2016. There will be three winners chosen from each grade level. The contest winners will receive a gift card to be awarded at a ceremony before the Minneapolis City Council in January 2016. First Place $ 300.00, Second Place $ 200.00, Third Place $ 100.00. There will be a reception after the award ceremony to honor the winners. Teachers, parents, educators and others are invited to attend. Students will have the opportunity to meet and take pictures with the Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights members, Minneapolis City Council members and Mayor Hodges.

The first place winners will have an opportunity to read a portion of their essay at the awards ceremony Completed Essays should be returned no later thanFriday December 11, 2015 to:

Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights
Attention: Christian Taylor, MCCR Liaison
350 South 5th Street, Room 239
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Catch Replays of Budget Hearings on Minneapolis 79

The City Council held a series of budget hearings on the mayor’s proposed 2016 budget. You can watch back-to-back rebroadcasts of all those budget hearings on Minneapolis 79 every weekend between now and December 8, 2015. This gives you the opportunity to learn more about the budget proposal and its potential impact. A schedule of the weekend budget hearings is available at www.minneapolismn.gov/tv/79schedule. You can also watch any of the budget hearings online at www.minneapolismn.gov/tv/79.

One remaining public comment hearing gives you an opportunity to share your thoughts on the proposed 2016 property tax levy and budget:

6:05 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 9
Room 317, City Hall

More information on the 2016 budget process is available on the City’s website:

Snow Shoveling Season is Here!


Sidewalks are a critical part of our city’s transportation system. That’s why Minneapolis ordinance requires that property owners clear sidewalks after a snowfall within 24 hours for houses and duplexes and four daytime hours for apartment and commercial buildings. For your own benefit and to help your neighbors who are walking, pushing strollers and using wheelchairs, please do your part. When you shovel snow and clear ice, shovel the sidewalks on all sides of your property, the full width of the sidewalk down to the bare pavement. Ice can be more of a barrier and more dangerous than snow. The City offers several sites where residents can pick-up FREE SAND for their residential sidewalks. Locations are open 24-hours-a-day, call 311 for location information. Please bring your own pail and shovel. If you use salt or other chemical de-icers, use as little as possible. When they dissolve, they release harmful chlorides that may find their way into the closest lake, river or stream. Also please try to be courteous to neighbors and avoid parking in front of carriage walks if possible.

To report a sidewalk that is not shoveled, you can file an online complaint, call 311 or use the 311 mobile app. If the City of Minneapolis gets a report or discovers that a sidewalk is not properly cleared, Public Works will send a warning letter and give the property owners a chance to clear it. If the sidewalk does not get cleared, the property owner may be issued a citation with a fine and crews will remove the snow and ice from the sidewalk. The property owner will be billed for this work, and unpaid bills will be added to the owner’s property tax.

Shop Local Northside Businesses This Holiday Season


Northside Holiday Boutique
The West Broadway Area Coalition is hosting a Northside Holiday Boutique in Downtown Minneapolis! The boutique will occupy a vibrant storefront in the Skyway of RBC Plaza, Suite 289 (555 Nicollet Mall – Nicollet Mall & 6th St S) over the Holiday season, showcasing Northside vendors and artists. The boutique will be open Mondays – Fridays from 10am – 6pm. Products include clothing and jewelry, body care products, cards, bags, local artist-made crafts and more. Stop by and support local north Minneapolis businesses. Read Kristoffer Tigue’s article in MinnPost, “Pop-up boutique showcases Northside artisans in downtown Minneapolis.”  Visitwestbroadway.org/pop-ups for more info!

West Broadway Pop Up Holiday Boutique
Friday, December 18th 4:00-8:00pm
Saturday, December 19th 10am- 4pm
NEON Incubator & Co-Working Space
1011 West Broadway (ground floor)

This year, the WBC brings our 3rd annual West Broadway pop up holiday boutique to the newly renovated NEON Co-Working space at 1011 West Broadway. Come see the space, do some shopping, grab some hot food and share time with your neighbors! *Note, the West Broadway Boutique is different from the Northside Boutique in the skyway

Goddess of Glass Holiday Magic
Celebrate the magic of the holidays with handmade gifts from the Goddess of Glass and Friends. Artisan gifts, picture framing, and art classes at The Warren (4400 Osseo Rd). Open Thursday and Friday 11am – 7pm and Saturday 10am – 5pm. The Goddess of Glass will also be offering make and take arts for kids at The Warren during Holiday on 44th Friday, December 4 from 6pm9pm. There are also opportunities to take art making classes – everything from Upcycled FrankenMittens, Painted Wine Bottle Luminaries, Handmade Christmas Cards and more! For a full schedule of classes, visitwww.goddessofglass.com.


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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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