4th Ward Report August 2016


4th Ward Report – Council President Barbara Johnson

4th Ward Report from Council President Barbara Johnson

 August, 2016.

Contact Information Council President Barbara Johnson

350 S. 5th St

City Hall, Room 307

Minneapolis, MN 55415



Jennifer White, Senior Policy Aidejennifer.white@minneapolismn.gov

Dawn Lange, Associatedawn.lange@minneapolismn.gov

McKinley Community Has A Coffee Date

A neighborhood nonprofit looking to build new capacity, is now leasing space to Serendripity Spot, a community coffee shop and café opening in August 2016.

This collaboration represents a burgeoning partnership based upon each entity maintaining its own niche in the local food movement while blending together their like-minded missions to give people easier and greater access to healthy food and deeper community engagement through enriched discussion, education, and citizen action.

Located at 3300 Lyndale Avenue North, Serendripity Spot will offer coffee drinks, light bites, and conversation six days per week from 6:30 am – 4:00 pm Monday-Thursday, and from 7:00 am – 3:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. The market-style menu will be created daily with produce from McKinley Community’s Urban Farm and strong side terra farma, along with ingredients from local vendors and co-ops. Serendripity Spot will offer a 5% discount on menu items to McKinley residents as well as to people who travel to the coffee shop by foot, bike, or bus from outside the area.

Please join us starting at 5:00 pm on the evening of August 2, 2016 for a preview of the location and an unveiling of the new look. At 6:00 pm, there will be a photo opportunity and community gathering followed by McKinley Community’s National Night Out and ice cream social until 8:00 pm.

Voting In The August 9 Primary

The City of Minneapolis encourages all eligible voters to participate in the Tuesday, Aug. 9 primary. Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Individuals are eligible to vote if they are a U.S. citizen at least 18 years old and have resided in Minnesota for at least 20 days before the election. Any voters who have moved or changed their name since they last voted must re-register.

Now through Aug. 8, Minneapolis voters may cast their ballots at the Early Vote Center at 217 S. Third St. Standard hours throughout the absentee voting period are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. During the final two weeks before each election, these hours will be extended and include weekend times: The last two Saturdays before the primary, July 30 and Aug. 6, the Early Vote Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Monday, Aug. 8, the final day of in-person early voting before the primary, voters will have until 5 p.m. to come cast a ballot. All early voting hours are posted at vote.minneapolismn.gov.

Election Judges Needed, Pays $13.30 An Hour, Apply Now

Election judges are needed to serve voters in local polling places. Election judges are paid $13.30 per hour for their service, which includes training. Serving as an election judge provides an opportunity to learn about the election process and is an important service to our community. Judges who are fluent in a second language are especially needed to provide additional language support in the polling place, including Spanish, Somali, Hmong, Oromo, Lao, Vietnamese, Russian and American Sign Language.

Selection and placement of judges is based on qualifications of applicants and party balance within the precinct. Preference will be given to those willing to serve a full day in a precinct with a vacancy.

Apply now. For information about serving as an election judge or to apply, visit vote.minneapolismn.gov or call 311 or 612-673-3000.

The Commons Opens To The Public

The Commons is now open to the public. The 4.2 acre green space is designed to serve as an everyday retreat for residents and workers and become a destination for visitors to the city. All of the heavy construction is finished at the eastern block of The Commons, which is bounded by Park Avenue, Portland Avenue, Fourth Street and Fifth Street. The west block is still under construction and expected to be completed in August.

The Commons is a key part of the broader, five-block Downtown East development project that has brought over $400 million of investment in new office towers for Wells Fargo, housing, retail, parking, and a hotel to an area that resisted development for decades. Hargreaves Associates, an internationally recognized landscape architecture firm, designed The Commons.

The Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District (DID) will operate The Commons through 2016. Green Minneapolis, a nonprofit public-private conservancy is working with the City on an operating agreement for 2017 and beyond.  To date, Green Minneapolis has raised over 14 million in supporting the fundraising effort for The Commons. The City has a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) to transfer fee title of the property to MPRB and lease it back and be responsible for its operations.

Donors to the green space thus far include Wells Fargo, Ryan Companies, The Minnesota Vikings, Valspar, U.S. Bank, The Pohlad Family Foundation, Julia Dayton, Jay and Page Cowles, The Edward J. Phillips Family Foundation, Piper Jaffray, CenturyLink, The David Wilson and Michael Peterman Family, Target Corporation, Carlson and the Carlson Family Foundation, Land O’Lakes, Thrivent Financial, Veit USA and Xcel Energy.

For more information on upcoming events or to learn how to reserve The Commons for activities visit www.CommonsMpls.com.

Master Water Stewards

Is there a drainage problem in your neighborhood that you want to fix?

Want to get off the sidelines and make real change?

You don’t have to be an expert, we’ll show you the way! The Master Water Stewards program is a great opportunity to learn how to solve environmental problems in your community and find a local network of energized leaders.

Apply Now!

Applications available at masterwaterstewards.org

For more information, contact Deirdre Coleman. 651-313-5806


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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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