Council President Barbara Johnson
350 S. 5th St.
City Hall, Room 307
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Jennifer White, Senior Policy Aide
Dawn Snow, Associate
City Approves Historic Funding Plan for Streets and Neighborhood Parks
Mayor Hodges and the City Council approved a landmark agreement that will equitably address needed funding to repave City streets and maintain neighborhood parks far into the future. The measure will provide $800 million over the next 20 years to help the City and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board keep up with needed maintenance and operations costs in an equitable fashion.
Under the plan, there would be $33 million in funding for City streets and neighborhood parks for up to 20 years to meet urgent, ongoing needs. About 82 percent of the funding would be paid through property tax increases, providing for:
- Street maintenance
- A guaranteed minimum annual funding of $21.2 million a year above the current City general fund expenditures for street capital projects.
- $800,000 increase in base budget for street maintenance beginning in 2017.
- Neighborhood parks
- Startup funding of $1.5 million will go toward maintenance and operations of the neighborhood park system.
- City will recommend a one-time $3 million base levy increase to the Board of Estimation and Taxation.
- An additional $8 million in annual capital funds for neighborhood parks. Combined with $2.5 million already provided through the Capital Long-Range Improvement Committee, amounting to $10.5 million in guaranteed minimum funding.
A key concern for elected officials is that this increased funding will be used equitably throughout the city. The agreement includes language requiring both Public Works and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to use this additional funding in accordance with economic equity criteria, reporting back to the City Council annually on progress.
Public Hearing Set for Draft Earned Sick Leave Ordinance, Meetings Set for City Council to Consider and Vote on Draft Ordinance
A public hearing May 18 on a draft ordinance for a municipal earned sick leave policy is set as part of a specially scheduled meeting of the City Council’s Committee of the Whole. A second special Committee of the Whole meeting is scheduled for May 26 to consider, amend and vote on the earned sick leave ordinance with a vote taking action on the ordinance at the regular full City Council meeting May 27.
The public hearing and meetings will take up a draft ordinance for a municipal earned sick leave policy, along with a set of recommendations for a program to administer a municipal sick leave policy.
All meetings will take place in the City Council Chamber, Room 317, City Hall, 350 S. Fifth St.
- Public hearing at special meeting of the City Council’s Committee of the Whole:
3 p.m., Wednesday, May 18
- Special meeting of the City Council’s Committee of the Whole to consider, amend and vote on the earned sick leave ordinance:
Noon, Thursday, May 26
- Full City Council meeting taking action on the earned sick leave ordinance:
9:30 a.m., Friday, May 27The proposed ordinance is posted on the City’s website.
Minneapolis Bike Week May 16 – 22
Minneapolis Bike Week begins Monday, May 16. Group rides, classes, bike commuter pit stops, free breakfasts and educational events are among the many activities taking place throughout the city.
Each day of Minneapolis Bike Week has a theme with events and activities to engage and inspire seasoned cyclists and brand new bike riders alike. A complete list of daily activities, rides and events is available at www.mplsbikeweek.org. Minneapolis Bike Week is a partnership between the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition in coordination with local businesses, nonprofits, community groups and government organizations.
North Minneapolis Bicycle Advocacy Council is hosting a Sunday Funday Group Ride this weekend on Sunday, May 8 at 3pm beginning at Venture North Bike Walk & Coffee, located at 1830 Glenwood Ave N. The group will ride to St. Anthony Main Theater to watch Captain America: Civil War. The show starts at 4:10 PM. They will also be hosting several group rides throughout the summer. Watch theirFacebook page for updates.
Council, Mayor Pass Resolution Honoring Prince, Legacy to Minneapolis and Music
A video of the City Council members reading the resolution is available on the City’s Facebook page.
The City Council and Mayor Betsy Hodges passed a resolution honoring Prince and his legacy to Minneapolis and music. Following the reading of the resolution, the City Council held a moment of silence.
The resolution recognizes that Prince Rogers Nelson was born in north Minneapolis, attended Bryant Junior High School and graduated from Central High School in south Minneapolis. He performed at the Capri Theater and First Avenue, and recorded and performed in the Twin Cities for more than 40 years. Prince was an Academy Award, Golden Globe, seven-time Grammy, and four-time MTV Video Music Award winning musician and artist.
As a musician, filmmaker, philanthropist and entrepreneur, Prince was a visionary who was always at the forefront of change and advocacy. He promoted black empowerment and mentored new artists, particularly female artists. He also fostered the Minneapolis sound and cultivated a diverse music scene in Minneapolis, which he brought to national prominence with his film “Purple Rain.”
New Funding to Support Vibrant Healthy Communities
The Minneapolis Health Department has released a new funding opportunity to support community visions for healthy and vibrant neighborhoods. Community-Driven Solutions for Health will fund 2 groups for up to $62,000 each over 15 months to engage community members in exploring and acting upon a pre-identified community challenge related to healthy eating, physical activity and living free from commercial tobacco.
A pre-proposal conference will be held Wednesday, May 11at 2pm atSumner Library, 611 Van White Memorial Blvd. Participation in the pre-proposal conference is encouraged, but not required. Completed proposals must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8, 2016.
Go Runnin’ with the Law
Registration is open for the sixth annualRunnin’ with the Law 5K run/walk, which takes place Wednesday, May 25, at Lake Calhoun. Join the Minneapolis Police Department for a night of fun and great exercise that helps promote an active, healthy culture.
Registration and Demonstrations – 5:00pm
Kids warm up – 5:45pm
Kids Fun Run – 6:00pm
5K – 6:15pm
The evening will include demonstrations by the Minneapolis Police Department, a kids fun run and a post-race celebration with prizes, a raffle and food for sale by Café Racer food truck.
Registration costs $30 for the 5K and $5 for the kids fun run. Proceeds benefit fitness training for the Minneapolis Police Department. Register online until Tuesday, May 24, or register the day of the event at Lake Calhoun for an extra $5.
MPRB to Host Open House and Resource Fair Saturday, May 7
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) will hold its first Open House Program and Resource Fair. MPRB staff will be on hand to share information and answer questions about programs, resources, job opportunities and other Park Board offerings. Attendees can register for activities and sports leagues, or buy a parking permit. The event will also include kids’ activities, a truck display, food, a bounce house and more!
Date: Saturday, May 7, 2016
Time: 10 am–noon
Location: MPRB Headquarters
Address: 2117 West River Road
National Police Week – 4th Precinct/Open House Thursday, May 19
In recognition of National Police Week (May 9-15), each of the City’s police precincts is opening its doors and inviting neighbors to drop by to meet officers, crime prevention specialists and the precinct commander. Visitors will be able to tour the stations, take a look at police squad cars and emergency equipment, watch demonstrations of law enforcement techniques, view exhibits, pick up crime prevention information and enjoy free snacks.
Thursday, May 19
3pm – 6pm
1925 Plymouth Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Interactive Map Makes it Easy to Find Farmers Markets in Minneapolis
It’s farmers market season, and the City of Minneapolis has an online interactive map that makes it easy to find farmers markets all over the city. Clicking on the map pins atwww.minneapolismn.gov/farmersmarkets will show the address, season dates and opening times for each market. The map will be updated as information becomes available on 2016 schedules. Nearly 40 farmers markets, mini markets and farmstands are expected to operate in Minneapolis this year.
Due to the ongoing reconstruction of Nicollet Mall, the Thursday Nicollet Mall farmers market will move this year to the Hennepin County Government Center South Plaza at 300 S. Sixth St. in downtown Minneapolis.
It’s easy for people to buy local produce. Most of the markets accept “electronic benefits transfer” cards as payment to give residents on federal food assistance easier access to fresh, healthy food. Some of the farmers markets are mini markets, special small markets that the City licenses to get more fresh and affordable produce on the table in low-income neighborhoods. Local produce is nutritious and affordable. Buying food directly at a farmers market strengthens the community between the farmer and the eater, and it supports the regional economy by allowing the local farmer to keep 80 to 90 cents per dollar of sales.
Be Prepared for Storm Season
With spring’s return, it’s time to think about what you’ll do in the event of a tornado or dangerous thunderstorm. Knowing what to do and making a few simple preparations can help protect you and your family when severe weather strikes.
Home and personal preparedness
To make sure you know when there is an imminent weather danger, consider using a NOAA weather radio or subscribing to an electronic weather alert service that sends you an email or text notice. Learn aboutoptions for wireless emergency alerts and smartphone apps. Remember that outdoor warning sirens are for people who are outdoors; you may not be able to hear them inside a building.
Minneapolis also uses a telephone notification tool called “Swiftreach” to alert residents to Snow Emergencies and other urgent information. If you have a listed residential telephone number in Minneapolis you are likely already on our list. If you are not receiving these calls, register now and add your contact information.
This is also an excellent time to create your own home emergency kit. Here are some items you should consider placing in a bag or box in your basement or home shelter site:
- Bottled water.
- Nonperishable snacks and/or ready-to-eat food.
- Battery-powered radio.
- Extra batteries.
- First aid kit.
- Cards, games, books or other items to help you pass the time.
- List of key phone numbers (insurance agent, doctor, etc.).
- A photocopy of your driver’s license or State ID card.
What to do if severe weather is approaching:
- Turn to your NOAA weather radio, local TV, radio or weather channel for alerts and warnings.
- Listen for outdoor warning sirens that are activated in case of imminent danger.
- If a warning has been issued or you hear outdoor warning sirens, take shelter while staying tuned to weather updates. (In an office building, go to the designated shelter or a central area away from windows. Do not use elevators.) At home, go to the basement or an inner stairwell.
Stay in your location until the all-clear signal has been issued.
Northside Neighborhoods Council Conversation on Health and Wellbeing
Please join the Northside Neighborhood Council for a community wide conversation with the neighborhoods. The conversation will focus on a holistic look at community Health and Wellbeing.
How do you stay healthy and well? We need your voice! Your thoughts and ideas matter! The health of North Minneapolis is important!
Thursday, May 12
5pm – 8pm
North Regional Library
1315 Lowry Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55411
DINNER PROVIDED so be sure to RSVP Today
Hosted by the Hawthorne Neighorhood Council and supported by the Northside Neighborhoods Council and Wirth Cooperative Grocery Store. Learn more at http://northfirst.org
Fire Department Adds the Ability to Treat Overdose Patients
The Minneapolis Fire Department added Narcan to its complement of medical services provided in Minneapolis. The drug can reverse an overdose from heroin and other opioid-based drugs and medications. The Fire Department will administer a vaporized version of the treatment nasally. The cost of the drug treatments and a portion of the training costs are being reimbursed by the Minnesota Metropolitan Emergency Services Board.
Don’t Fall Into Financial Crisis – Let Senior Partners Care Help
An increasing number of Minnesota’s low to moderate income individuals are at risk of sliding down the slippery slope toward financial crisis. The problem is becoming critical for thousands of older or disabled Minnesotans whose income is between 100% and 200% of the Federal Poverty Index. These are people who are on Medicare, do not qualify for Medicaid, and are frequently unable to pay the balance of their health costs after Medicare has paid. Fortunately, there is help for these Minnesotans, who meet eligibility requirements, with the Senior Partners Care program.
The Senior Partners Care program helps Medicare beneficiaries bridge the financial gap between what they owe on medical bills and what is covered by Medicare. Senior Partners Care is not insurance. However, thanks to partnerships with hundreds of hospitals, clinics and providers statewide, seniors and disabled may have all or part of their healthcare debt waived by participating providers. To qualify, seniors and disabled must have Medicare A and B, no supplemental insurance, meet income and asset thresholds, seek care from participating medical providers and submit an application with a modest annual fee, for approval.
For an application or to receive more information on Senior Partners Care call 952-767-0665 or toll free 1-888-541-5488. Or visit us at http://seniorcommunity.org/programs/senior-partners-care/