Council President Barbara Johnson
350 S. 5th St.
City Hall, Room 307
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Jennifer White, Senior Policy Aide
Dawn Snow, Associate
City of Minneapolis 2016 Budget Adopted
On December 9, the City Council unanimously approved the 2016 City Budget. The City will be making significant investments in key areas of municipal responsibility such as public safety, services, and infrastructure, while also providing important additional funding for environmental initiatives, affordable housing, community outreach and support for our city’s diverse residents.
Added funding for the Police Department will ensure the hiring of two additional police officers who will focus on youth outreach downtown, which brings the authorized strength of the department to 862 sworn officers and $300,000 for police to hire a class of recruits and ongoing community service officer classes. There is also funding for two additional analysts in the Crime Analysis Unit and two additional forensic scientists in the Crime Lab. The new positions will free officers up to spend more time in the community and process requests more efficiently and quickly. The budget also secures funding for the implementation of police body cameras, storage of data, two video analysts and triples investments the City makes in restorative justice to break the cycle of recidivism and negative community impact, which the traditional justice system frequently fails to do. Council President Johnson along with Mayor Hodges and Council Member Yang proposed an amendment that passed which secured funding for additional and accelerated training for Minneapolis Police officers in implicit bias, procedural justice and crisis intervention.
Managed growth, infrastructure, and sustainability were also made priorities in the 2016 budget. New funds will allow for four new construction inspectors and six new housing inspectors. $155,000 will go toward preparation and development of the Upper Harbor Terminal site. Two positions in the Community Planning and Economic Development Department are funded for the next three years to help support the creation of the City’s new comprehensive plan, which guides growth and operations, with a focus on sustainability and equity. Summit Academy OIC in North Minneapolis received new funding to begin a GED effort that runs concurrently with their construction and medical training programs. There are also investments in the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, $1 million flexible dollars to help create affordable housing options for large families.
The 2016 budget is the product of vigorous and engaged conversation between elected officials, City departments, residents and stakeholders and it will have long term positive effects on the stability, vitality and sustainability of our city.
Organics Recycling Goes Citywide
The City of Minneapolis’ organics recycling program is about to go citywide. Right now, the City collects food scraps, coffee grounds, meat trimmings, eggshells and many other items from about 12,000 residences for composting. Starting this spring, the rest of the city will be able to recycle organics too. Residents living in the second phase areas of this program will need to sign up by February 1 to get their recycling carts during the spring rollout. Those who sign up after that date will get their carts in the summer. (Residents in the first phase rollout area who aren’t already in the organics recycling program can sign up now to receive a cart within a couple weeks.)
To be part of the program, call 612-673-2917 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, or email SWRcustomer@minneapolismn.gov. There is no additional cost to participate.
Organics recycling includes:
- All food scraps including fruits, vegetables, bones, meat, breads, pasta, nut shells, eggshells and dairy products.
- Non-recyclable and food-soiled paper products including paper towels, napkins, facial tissues, waxed paper, egg cartons and pizza boxes.
- Certified compostable paper cups, plates, bowls, utensils, bags and takeout containers.
- Other compostable items including coffee grounds; tea bags; wood chopsticks, Popsicle sticks and toothpicks; hair; and houseplant trimmings.
Do not include: yard waste, pet waste litter or bedding, milk cartons, ice cream tubs, Chinese food containers, dryer lint, dryer sheets, diapers and sanitary products, cleaning and baby wipes, grease, oil, Styrofoam, foil-lined products, non-certified compostable bags and food service items, or products labeled “biodegradable.”
Find more information at www.minneapolismn.gov/organics.
Workplace Partnership Group Listening Sessions
The Workplace Partnership Group, which is developing policy recommendations related to earned sick time and paid time off, wants to hear from employers, employees and the community. Over the coming weeks, the group will hold a series of community-based listening sessions to gain insights, concerns, perspectives, experiences, and suggestions from the public.
Jan. 17: Hospitality/service industry
7 – 8:30 p.m.
Aster Café – River Room
125 SE Main St.
Jan. 20: GENERAL PUBLIC LISTENING SESSION
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Minneapolis Urban League
2100 Plymouth Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Jan. 21: GENERAL PUBLIC LISTENING SESSION
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Sabathani Community Center
310 East 38th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55409
Jan. 26: East African Listening Session
Southeast Asian Listening Session
American Indian Listening Session
TIMES AND LOCATIONS TBD
Jan. 28: Public health/health care
2 – 4 p.m.
Pettingill Hall (lower level)
All listening sessions are open to the public, and time may be reserved at each session to accept public comments. Each session is hosted by a member or members of the Workplace Partnership Group. More listening sessions are being planned and will be added to the Workplace Partnership Group website once they are confirmed.
The Minneapolis City Council established the Workplace Partnership Group last fall as a working group specifically tasked with developing policy recommendations related to earned sick time and paid time off. The group will report its recommendations to the Committee of the Whole no later than February 24, 2016.
FREE Tax Help at North Regional Library
AARP will provide free tax help to residents at North Regional Library beginning in February. Help will be available Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am – 1pm, February 3 – April 16, 2016.
This year, printed tax forms and instructions are not being provided to libraries. This is a change from previous years. You can still request paper forms at www.revenue.state.mn.us and search for Income Tax Forms or by calling 651-296-3781. Federal forms can be requested atwww.irs.gov and go to Forms and Pubs section or by calling 1-800-Tax-Form.
Community Conversations with the 4th Precinct Police
Pillsbury United Communities Camden Neighborhood Center is hosting a series of community conversations, Topic: Interactive Community Conversations with the 4th Precinct Police facilitated by Inspector Friestleben
How to engage with the police while they are working and how to engage with police when you have information to pass along.
3 of the same conversation sessions offered in January 2016
Tuesday, January 19th 2-4pm
Monday, January 25th 5-7pm
Tuesday, January 26th 3-5pm
Please come out and join us as we work TOGETHER to promote change in our actions through words
1210 37th Ave N at the Camden Neighborhood Center
Please RSVP to 612-529-8054
STEP-UP Youth Employment Program Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2016
The City’s youth employment program STEP-UP is accepting applications for 2016 summer internships now through February 5, 2016. Eligible youth interested in participating must complete an application online.
Created in 2004, STEP-UP is one of the country’s premiere youth employment programs focused on serving Minneapolis students age 14-21 who face some of the greatest barriers to employment. Since the program was launched, it has provided over 21,000 internship opportunities.
Prior to being placed in their internships, youth receive work-readiness training certified by the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce that enhances their skills and prepares them for a professional work experience. Throughout their internship, youth gain valuable on-the-job skills, make strong professional connections, and become exposed to careers they may have not otherwise accessed without STEP-UP. Last summer, STEP-UP placed nearly 1,600 Minneapolis youth in jobs with over 200 Twin Cities businesses, public agencies, and nonprofits.
STEP-UP is a City of Minneapolis program in partnership with AchieveMpls, Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and Project for Pride in Living.
To learn more about STEP-UP, or if your business or agency is interested in hiring a STEP-UP intern in 2016, visit the City of Minneapolis website.
Urban Scholars Internship Program
The City of Minneapolis is once again offering its leadership development summer internship program for college students. The City is accepting applications for 2016 Urban Scholars now through February 19. Urban Scholars aims to provide college students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds with professional, resume-building work experience.
Urban Scholars is a full-time paid 12-week internship program that runs from May 23, 2016 to August 12, 2016. Urban Scholars will work in different City departments, including the Mayor’s Office and City Council offices and with program partners Metropolitan Council, Minneapolis Public Schools, State of Minnesota, and the Minneapolis Park Board. Students must have completed their first year of post-secondary education prior to the beginning of the internship and be enrolled and in good standing at a two- or four-year college or university, graduate, or law school at the time of application. For more information and to apply, visit www.minneapolismn.gov/urbanscholars.
Senior Partners Care Information
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 expenses by waiving the balance on medical services and treatments after Medicare payment for eligible clients who use SPC healthcare providers for Medicare approved services.
SPC has partnered with most of the major metropolitan area hospitals and hundreds of clinics and providers statewide, with some of the key providers being 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.
For program details and applications visit www.seniorcommunity.org/programs or call (952) 767-0665.
METRO Blue Line Extension (Bottineau Light Rail Transit) Public Hearings
The Metropolitan Council, Hennepin County Board of Commissioners and the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (HCRRA) will hold a joint public hearing on January 19 at 6pm at the Minneapolis Central Library, Pohlad Hall, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis regarding the physical design component of the preliminary design plans for the METRO Blue Line Extension (Bottineau Light Rail Transit) project. This is part of the municipal consent process. An open house will be held prior to the public hearing, beginning 5 p.m. All interested persons are encouraged to attend the public hearing and offer comments.
Upcoming municipal public hearings
The Metropolitan Council has submitted municipal consent plans for the METRO Blue Line Extension project to each city along the 13-mile transit line. The plans include a process for collecting public input and for local review and approval of the preliminary design plans. All interested persons are encouraged to provide input, and there are multiple ways to do so. You can attend the public hearings that will be scheduled for each city and comment on the physical design of the LRT alignment within that city. You can also send comments by email, through the Metropolitan Council website, or US mail. For more information, including options for submitting comments by mail, TTY, email and fax, visit www.BlueLineExt.org.
The governments of cities along the proposed Blue Line Extension route (Brooklyn Park, Robbinsdale, Crystal, Golden Valley and Minneapolis) will hold separate hearings before taking action on the revised preliminary design plans. The Public Hearing for Minneapolis will be held at the regular meeting of the Transportation & Public Works Committee meeting on February 2, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. at Minneapolis City Hall, 350 South 5th Street, in Council Chambers, Room 317. If you are unable to attend, but would like to submit written comments, email:firstname.lastname@example.org. More information can be found on the City’s website.
Northside Greenway Demonstration Informational Meeting
Come learn about the Northside Greenway Demo planned for your block on Wednesday, Jan. 20 from 7:00–8:00 PM at Folwell Park Rec Center located at 1615 Dowling Ave N. At this meeting, you will learn about how the 3400 block of Irving Ave N could look starting this spring. You will also have an opportunity to share your input and ideas and ask questions. For more information about the Northside Greenway, visithttp://minneapolismn.gov/health/living/pa/temporarydemonstration
311 Reports 2015 Year End Summary
2015 year end summary is in and 4th Ward residents had the most service requests of any other ward in the city! That means our neighbors are really taking advantage of this free city resource. It also shows that 4th Ward residents care about improving our community. This is something to be proud of and we hope everyone continues to utilize 311 for both reporting and also as a tool to get information and resources. The top five service requests in the 4th Ward were exterior nuisance complaint, abandoned vehicle, residential conditions complaint, sidewalk snow and ice removal, and animal control requests.