Neighborhood Updates

Steve Fletcher, 3rd Ward Council Member, The Heart of Minneapolis – November 19, 2021

E. Hennepin Ave and First Ave NE Redesign Concepts, 10th Ave Bridge Re-Opening, and more

612-673-2203

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Friends –

Right now is a time of change in Minneapolis. Our government structure is shifting, crucial connections such as the 10th Avenue Bridge are re-opening, and members of the Charter Commission’s Redistricting Work Group are drawing Ward boundaries. Ward 3, in particular, will shrink substantially based on the growth that has occurred in the last 10 years.

Even as I look toward my time in office ending, I encourage you to stay engaged in the work of our City. The city’s ongoing efforts to address public safety, climate change, transportation, and affordable housing will benefit from your time and participation.

While most of these options are detailed below, here are a few ways to become and stay involved in these City processes:

Ensuring our City works for everyone is only possible if you share your voice and perspective. Thanks for staying engaged with the city we all love.

En avant,

Steve


Explore this Issue of the Heart of Minneapolis:


Hennepin & First Avenues Roadway Survey, Vote For Your Favorite Concept!

Hennepin and First Concept 2 - 11.2021

Visualization of proposed concept 2 for Hennepin Avenue

Hennepin County is currently developing a design plan for improvements to Hennepin and First Avenues between Main Street and 8th Street in Northeast Minneapolis.

With construction set to begin in 2023, the project team is currently conducting a survey between a couple of concepts. You can find that survey and vote for your favorite concept here.

Concept 1 includes one parking lane, three vehicle travel lanes, and a bike lane with a six foot buffer.

Concept 2 preserves an existing parking lane, includes two vehicle travel lanes, a dedicated transit lane for buses, and a bike lane protected by an above ground buffer to encourage safer bike travel through this crucial corridor into the heart of Northeast Minneapolis.

Here are some links to stay involved and aware of this project from Hennepin County:


Redistricting Group Works with Public on New Map, Significant Movement of Ward 3 Boundaries

Redistricting Map Draft - 11.18.2021

Current Redistricting Group Draft Map as of November 2021

After every census, Minneapolis updates the boundaries of its 13 City Council wards and six Park Board districts to reflect new population counts. The Redistricting Group, made up of 24 Minneapolis volunteers, builds the new maps with input from their communities. The Redistricting Group needs your help with the redistricting project to make sure all voices are heard.

The 2021 municipal election is based on the 2010 census maps, but City Council members elected in November will serve a term of two years rather than four. Another City Council election in 2023 will be based on the new maps from the 2020 census.

Above you can see the current draft that the Redistricting Group is working off of for the public hearings listed below. This includes significant amendments to Ward 3 due to population increases.

Participate in the redistricting project

Email comments or questions


Draft Traffic Calming Process Information Available on City Website

Traffic Calming Examples

Examples of Neighborhood Traffic Calming

In October my colleagues and I heard a presentation from the team in the Public Works department on an updated process to request traffic calming in neighborhoods across the City.

They are looking for feedback on the proposed process by December 19th, the information is available here: https://www2.minneapolismn.gov/government/departments/public-works/traffic-parking-services/traffic-calming/.

Traffic calming definition

“Traffic calming is the combination of mainly physical measures that reduce the negative effects of motor vehicle use, alter driver behavior, and improve conditions for non-motorized street users.” ~ Traffic Calming: State of the Practice (ITE/FHWA, 1999)

On neighborhood streets the concerns are usually about speeding, cut-through traffic, or failing to yield or stop. If we can validate the concerns, the tools we have available can address the concerns, and we have the resources to install the tool, we will implement low cost and temporary changes. These tools include traffic circles, speed humps, bump outs, and other changes to the street that encourage drivers to slow down and drive more carefully. You can learn about these tools in appendix F  of the draft document.

How to request traffic calming

You should call 311 to let us know about traffic safety issues and request traffic calming. We ask that you explain the issues using as much detail as possible, instead of just asking for a specific solution, so that we can evaluate the issue and propose possible solutions. We received about 2,500 requests each year, and respond in the order we receive them. We ask for your patience while we look at the details of each issue, as the number of requests has greatly increased. We are proposing a new process that will go into effect in 2022, and will make the request process work more smoothly.

The proposed process

We want your input on a new process we are proposing to address traffic safety concerns and traffic calming requests.

 The proposed process for neighborhood traffic calming seeks to provide a process that

  • better considers the overall network
  • is data-driven and transparent
  • is more equitable

You will find details about the proposal including the streets that are eligible for this process, an application form, an update toolbox, information about how we rank the applications, and a proposed timeline:

Share your feedback on the survey feedback form


Next Steps in 2022 City Budget Process, Make Your Voice Heard at Online Public Hearings

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We are fast approaching the next steps in our annual budget process.

Feedback from residents help us to hone our budget priorities so they work well for our entire City. If you’re interested in learning about the City’s budget process, this video is a great resource.

Three online public hearings are available for people to provide feedback on Mayor Jacob Frey’s recommended 2022 City budget, we held one November 16th and two remain. Comments can also be submitted online at the City’s website.

Online public hearings

  • 6:05 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1.
  • 6:05 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8.

Learn how to participate in online public hearings.

Comments submitted online will be entered into the public record and shared with the mayor and council members. The City Council is scheduled to vote on adopting the budget Wednesday, Dec. 8.

If you have any questions about the budget process or how to make your voice heard, do not hesitate to reach out to our office.


10th Avenue Bridge Re-Opens Featuring New Pedestrian and Bike Infrastructure Improvements

10th Ave Bridge Celebration

L-R: University of Minnesota Vice President Myron Frans, Minnesota House Representative Mohamud Noor, Minnesota State Senator Kari Dziedzic, and Minneapolis City Council Members Steve Fletcher & Cam Gordon celebrate the opening of the 10th Avenue Bridge

This week, my colleagues at the City joined community leaders from the Minnesota State Legislature and the University of Minnesota to celebrate the reopening of the historic 10th Avenue Bridge. The bridge rehabilitation and water main project is substantially complete and open to vehicle, cyclist, and pedestrian traffic.

The 1929-era bridge is a critical connection over the Mississippi River and carries thousands of vehicles, bikes, and pedestrians daily before it closed for repairs in March of 2020. The bridge now features protected bike lanes and 10-12 foot sidewalks on both sides.

The City also installed a new water main underneath the river, which replaced a 1949-era main that was suspended from the bridge structure. A microtunnel boring machine was used to create a tunnel under the river for the new water main. Putting the water main below the river extends its lifespan since it won’t be exposed to road salts and other elements that cause corrosion.

It is an absolute joy to see this project open back up for the surrounding neighborhoods including the tens of thousands of people who make the University of Minnesota community thrive. Thank you to the City’s Public Works department and our City’s construction partners for a speedy and high-quality resolution to this crucial infrastructure.

Learn more about the project.

10th Avenue Bridge


Celebrate the New Public Artworks at the Public Service Building

PSB Public Art

Join the City of Minneapolis for an event celebrating 17 new public artworks for the Public Service Building featuring the artists, self-guided tours, music, and refreshments.

This unique public art collection, by a diverse group of artists, features a suspended lobby sculpture, murals, illuminated elevator lobby ceilings, artist-designed bird-safe glass, and a restored 26-feet high stone carving of the Minneapolis City Seal.

Celebrate new public artworks  

4-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10

Public Service Building, 505 Fourth Ave. S.

Remarks will begin at 4:30 p.m.  Masks are required at the event.

For more information about the artwork and artists, visit the public art pages on the City’s website.


Emergency Federal Teams to Support HCMC & Guidance for a COVID-safe Thanksgiving

COVID Thanksgiving

Due to the high level of COVID cases across Minnesota, the federal government has accept Governor Walz’s urgent request for emergency staffing assistance at Minnesota hospitals. The emergency staffing teams, with 22 medical personnel each, will work at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, arriving next week.

Learn more about the federal support for hospitals on the State website.

As we come up on the end-of-year holidays, we find ourselves at a difficult point in the pandemic. Vaccination numbers continue to rise, and the recent authorization of vaccinations for kids ages 5 to 11 is encouraging. On the other hand, the highly contagious delta variant is driving Minnesota’s COVID-19 case numbers to an alarmingly high level, our hospitals remain crowded, and many of our fellow Minnesotans still do not have vaccine protection.

With that in mind, we’re encouraging everyone to think carefully about their holiday plans. It’s important to connect with family and friends, and no one wants to miss out on another holiday season. At the same time no one wants to be the one who passes a potentially deadly virus along to loved ones. We can reduce the risk and still enjoy the season by following the guidance from the CDC on holiday celebrations.

  • If you’re gathering with a group of people from multiple households and potentially from different parts of the country, consider more precautions before gathering to reduce risks, for example:
  • Lay low before you go.
  • Avoid crowded indoor spaces.
  • Get tested.

Travel

If you’re considering traveling for a holiday or event, visit the CDC’s travel guidance to help you decide what’s best for you and your family.

  • The CDC still recommends delaying travel until you’re fully vaccinated and provides testing recommendations for those who are planning to travel.
  • Masks are mandatory on public transportation, including buses and airplanes.

Free COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics, Testing, City & County Offering Rewards

Roll Up Your Sleeves MN

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its recommendations for COVID-19 safety including wearing a mask indoors in public if you’re in an area of substantial or high transmission. Minneapolis is in an area of substantial transmission, and masks are required indoors in

Vaccine Incentives are Back!

Drawings for 12- to 17-year-olds to win college scholarship, fun Minnesota experiences

Minnesotans 12-17 years old who complete their COVID-19 vaccine series in 2021 can enter for a chance to win a $100,000 Minnesota college scholarship and fun Minnesota experiences such as the Como Zoo, Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge, Minnesota’s professional and college sports teams, and First Avenue. Minnesotans can refer to the official drawing rules on the State of Minnesota website.

Drawing for $200 travel voucher through Sun Country Airlines

Minnesotans who get their Johnson & Johnson vaccine at the state’s vaccination clinic at MSP Airport’s Terminal 2 from Oct. 8 through Dec. 29 can enter a weekly drawing for a $200 travel voucher through Sun Country Airlines. This opportunity is open to the general public. No boarding pass or appointment are required. For more information and official rules, visit the State of Minnesota website.

Get Vaccinated or Boosted!

The strongest defense against the Delta variant is through vaccination. Get a free COVID-19 vaccine at a Minneapolis Health Department clinic. Walk-ins are welcome, and the vaccinations are free. You don’t need insurance, you don’t need an appointment and you don’t need an ID. Questions about the vaccines? Watch and share this video for 11 things you should know about COVID-19 vaccines.

To help families with children, the State has launched a new webpage to help parents and guardians find 5- to 11-year-old children a vaccine and answer questions they may have about the vaccine. Two new videos were also created featuring Minnesota pediatricians sharing information about the COVID-19 vaccine for children and why it is important to get kids vaccinated:

Upcoming clinics

  • Park Avenue United Methodist Church, 3400 Park Ave. 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 4 Pfizer (12 and older, Pfizer boosters available)
  • Minneapolis Public Schools Davis Center1250 W. Broadway Ave. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20. Pfizer (5 and older)

Find more information, updates and new free community vaccinations on the City website.

Questions about the vaccines? Find answers on the Minnesota Department of Health website.

The CDC now recommends that people with certain immunocompromising conditions that received the mRNA vaccine get an additional dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

Those who qualify should get the same vaccine product (either Moderna or Pfizer), and the third dose should be given at least 28 days after your second dose of vaccine. There is currently not enough data to recommend that people who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should receive an additional dose at this time.

Free COVID-19 Tests

Find the updated testing recommendations under “Who Should Get Tested” on the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 testing webpages.

Free COVID-19 tests

The State of Minnesota has opened a rapid testing site at the Minneapolis Convention Center to help residents and families get quick answers. Rapid test results will be available within about one-three hours.

COVID-19 testing is free. Do not eat, drink or use tobacco products for 30 minutes before taking a COVID-19 saliva test.

Community testing sites are available at no cost to all Minnesotans. Hospitals, clinics and pharmacies may have different pay structures, so be sure to contact both the testing site and your health insurance company ahead of your visit to make sure you won’t be charged for a test.

To get tested for COVID-19

You can also use this directory to find a testing location near you.



THE HEART OF MINNEAPOLIS NEWS BITES


New Impound Lot Office - 11.2021

New Minneapolis Impound Lot Office Open Monday, November 22nd

The City of Minneapolis is opening a new Impound Lot office Monday, Nov. 22. The new office at 50 Van White Memorial Blvd. is located within the current Impound Lot site but features improved access from Van White Memorial Boulevard that will replace the old entrance from Colfax Avenue North (see map attached).

The new energy-efficient facility has:

  • An expanded waiting area.
  • A large meeting/conference room, which can be used as an additional customer service area during Snow Emergencies.
  • Additional customer service windows.
  • More conveniently located restrooms.
  • Updated ADA facilities.
  • A larger customer parking area.
  • Unique customer drop-off space.
  • Environmentally friendly landscaping.

Visit the City’s website to learn more about the Impound Lot, including tips on avoiding a tow and how to get your vehicle back.

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Stay up to speed on rider alerts MetroTransit

Metro Transit Service Changes Take Effect December 4th

Despite a continuous bus driver hiring campaign since early 2021, Metro Transit remains about 80 bus drivers below ideal staffing levels for existing service levels. This has resulted in dozens of canceled transit trips daily, and major frustration and disruption for our customers.

On Saturday, Dec. 4, regularly scheduled service changes will take effect. These changes will better match service levels to driver availability and improve reliability by reducing the number of trips made on some routes and suspending service on routes where alternatives are available.

Check to see if your route has changes beginning Saturday, Dec 4.

Sign up for Rider Alerts to receive notifications about bus stop & service changes and disruptions. 

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Downtown Hennepin Public Art Public Listening Session, 12/7

Time: 11 am – 12 noon

Email Denetrick.Powers@minneapolismn.gov to attend.

The City of Minneapolis is reconstructing and redesigning Hennepin Avenue between Washington Avenue and 12th Street. Hennepin Avenue is one of the city’s most celebrated cultural corridors attracting than 50,000 trips per day.

The Downtown Hennepin Avenue public art project will focus on highlighting Native history, and the influence of Native agricultural practices in medicine and healing. Public artist, Rory Wakemup, will demonstrate how within medicine and healing practices there are opportunities for unity between different cultures, just as the Natives demonstrated before being colonized by Europeans. With this project, the artist hopes to show how we can overcome the destruction and division of different cultures brought on by colonizers, through a shared understanding of the different relationships’ communities have with agriculture, medicine, and healing practices.

Those who are interested can also provide input via the public survey.

Hennepin Avenue Public Art Event

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Hennepin County Property Tax Notice

Hennepin County Mailing Out Property Tax Notices

Property owners in Hennepin County are now receiving their notices with the 2022 proposed taxes for the County, City, school district and other taxing authorities.

The proposed amount owed is based on the 2021 valuation and classification. Find more detail about the information included on the statement on the Hennepin County website.

If you disagree with the valuation, you can appeal through the Minnesota Tax Court. If you have questions about or disagree with their classification (for example: residential non-homestead, residential homestead, commercial, apartment, etc.), call 612-673-2483 or email homestead@minneapolismn.gov.

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11/21 is World Day of Remembrance for Victims of Traffic Crashes

2021 is unfortunately on pace to be the deadliest year on Minnesota roads since 2007. As of Nov. 16, 443 people have died in traffic crashes across Minnesota, including 16 on streets in Minneapolis.

Sunday, Nov. 21, is the World Day of Remembrance for the more than 1 million victims of traffic crashes around the world each year. The day seeks to remember victims and commit to supporting safe streets.

The increase in traffic deaths in Minnesota and Minneapolis has been primarily fueled by more speeding and reckless driving. Take the Minneapolis Vision Zero pledge to travel safely and help prevent future tragedies.

Learn more about how the City of Minneapolis is working to eliminate severe and fatal crashes through its Vision Zero work.

World Day of Remembrance

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Community Connections

2022 Community Connections Conference Scheduled for February 12th

Save the date: the Community Connections Conference is planned for Feb. 12, 2022. This yearly event brings together residents of Minneapolis, community groups, neighborhoods and local government. This year’s conference theme, “forward together,” welcomes all communities to reconnect with the City and get involved in moving Minneapolis forward.

Opportunities to get involved as a workshop presenter, exhibitor or volunteer will be announced this fall and winter.

Forward together: 2022 Community Connections Conference Minneapolis Convention Center, lower level, Hall A Feb. 12, 2022

This event will follow any necessary safety protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and make the conference a safe and welcoming place.

Share the conference details

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Interested in Rooftop Solar for Your Home?

If you’re interested in going solar, 2022 is a great time to do it with help from neighbors. Your participation will also help the City of Minneapolis reach its goal to generate 10% of electricity needs with local solar. This is part of the City’s climate action plan to reduce greenhouse gases. We’re already at 6% today.

Twin Cities Area Solar Co-op

Twin Cities Area Solar Co-op helps Minneapolis homeowners get rooftop solar. The solar co-op joins neighbors together to get the best price and service from a solar installer, tap into the expertise at Solar United Neighbors, and learn about solar incentives. The City of Minneapolis is partnering in this effort.

Learn more from Solar United Neighbors.

Xcel Energy’s Solar*Rewards Incentive Program

With Xcel Energy’s Solar*Rewards program for rooftop solar on your house, you’ll receive an incentive credit for each kilowatt hour your system produces over the first 10 years. This can amount to hundreds or even thousands of dollars in additional savings. Your solar installer applies on your behalf.

Rooftop Solar

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Participate in Metro Transit’s Survey on How to Prioritize Zero-Emissions Buses

Under state statute, the Metropolitan Council is responsible for developing a Zero-Emission Bus and electric vehicle transition plan and revise the plan once every five years (Minn. Stat. 473.3927). The initial plan is due to the Legislature by Feb. 15, 2022.

The Plan will identify short- (2022-2025), medium- (2026-2030), and long- (beyond 2030) term opportunities, risks, and implementation strategies to transition Metro Transit’s bus fleet to zero-emission technology.

The plan is guided by three principles:

  • Technical Viability

  • Equity and Environmental Justice

  • Financial Impact

Metro Transit plans to engage interested stakeholders and communities in the coming months.

Get involved and take our survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/N85Y9CQ


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