The City of Minneapolis, including the Mayor and City Council is seeking feedback from residents, businesses, and neighborhood and community organizations as it considers funding priorities for the second round of American Rescue Plan Act funding awarded to the City to address economic and public health impacts from the pandemic.
The survey will be open until Midnight on September 24th, and these results will help City leaders as they determine funding priorities for the remaining federal funding awarded to the City. Earlier this year, the City Council amended and approved the first $102 million spending plan for ARP funds.
The Mayor is expected to recommend a spending proposal for the second round of funding to the City Council in the late fall or early winter coinciding with public conversations around the 2022 City Budget.
The City may use the funds on the following:
- Support public health expenditures related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Address negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency.
- Serve low-income communities and individuals, families and businesses hardest hit by the pandemic.
- Replace public sector revenue lost due to the pandemic.
- Provide premium pay for essential workers.
- Invest in necessary improvements to water, sewer and broadband infrastructure.
- A public multiuse building
- Access to the Mississippi East Bank Trail
- Improved landscaping and greenspace
- Improved stormwater treatment
- Improved intersection safety near 8th Avenue NE and Sibley Street NE
Phase 1 Recap
Down the Road
The Early Vote Center at 980 E. Hennepin Ave opens at 8 a.m. Sept. 17 for voters who wish to cast their ballot early and in person. Also Sept. 17, Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services begins mailing ballots to voters who have requested to vote early by mail. Learn more on the City website about how to vote early this year.
What’s on the ballot?
The mayor, City Council, Board of Estimate and Taxation, Minneapolis Park Board district and at-large seats, and amendments to the City Charter will be on the ballot this year. A sample ballot is available 45 days before the election and is an excellent resource for preparing to vote. See your sample ballot on the City website.
Due to the timing of State and City redistricting, City Council members elected in 2021 will serve a two-year term. In 2023 an election will be held for another two-year term for council members. No other City offices will be on the 2023 ballot. City Council terms will return to a normal four-year cycle with the 2025 municipal election.
This election uses ranked choice voting
Minneapolis voters will use ranked choice voting this fall to elect a mayor and members of the City Council, Board of Estimate and Taxation, and Park and Recreation Board. Ranked choice voting is a way of voting that eliminates the need for separate primary elections. Voters rank up to three candidates for each office. The ballot has three columns, and choices are made from left to right in those columns. Ranked choice voting in Minneapolis is used only for municipal elections.
Nicollet Island East Bank Neighborhood Association (NIEBNA)
Pay: $30 per hour
Type: 30 hours per month, contract position
Project Coordinator position offers an opportunity to use your creative talents to support the citizen participation efforts of the Nicollet Island East Bank Neighborhood Organization (NIEBNA). We are a local non- profit responsible for identifying and developing solutions for community needs. A top priority for NIEBNA is to improve citizen engagement. NIEBNA is led by a volunteer Board of Directors.
The Project Coordinator position provides administrative services with an emphasis on communications and engagement activities. As the sole staff position for NIEBNA, Project Coordinator also prepares meeting materials and attends Board and Committee meetings, takes meeting minutes, pays vendors, monitors neighborhood issues at the City and with surrounding neighborhoods, and works closely on community initiatives with the volunteer Board of Directors. The Project Coordinator works independently and remotely except for attendance at meetings.
Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Knowledge of all City policies relating to neighborhood associations
- Ability to communicate with City Staff and the Park Board on behalf of NIEBNA.
- Ability to meet strict deadlines for preparation of meeting materials, minutes, and execution of board directives.
- Excellent customer service skills including both oral and written communications
- Ability to work independently, self-motivated, prioritize tasks, and see projects through to completion
- High level of personal and professional integrity including ability to represent neighborhood in a positive manner and maintain confidentiality on business matters
- Experience with hosting business meetings, both virtually and in person, and familiarity with Robert’s Rules of Order preferred
- Understanding of how to make payments to vendors
- Tech-savvy and proficient with word processing, spreadsheet, SharePoint, and similar office software
- Ability to develop and execute electronic outreach strategies and maintain current communications such as eblasts, website updates, general correspondence, develop text for written materials such as postcards and newsletters
- Talent to identify new opportunities to leverage social media to expand connections to diverse audiences
- Understanding of equity and social justice issues and experience working with diverse populations
- Aptitude for learning new technology quickly and developing improved business processes
Please send your resume along with a cover letter to [email protected] We would like to fill the position as soon as possible.
If the pandemic has caused you hardship and you need help catching up on your rent or utility bills, you may be eligible for Minnesota’s COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance. Eligible Minneapolis renters can receive help with rent and utility bills dated on or after March 13, 2020. If you qualify, you could receive up to 15 months of total assistance.
While you can’t be evicted for not paying rent during Gov. Walz’s executive order, rent is still due. When the order is lifted, people owing unpaid rent could be at risk for eviction.
Apply now for RentHelpMN
To apply for RentHelpMN or find more information, visit renthelpmn.org or call 211. The 211 helpline has dedicated multilingual staff available to answer questions about RentHelpMN 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
In Minneapolis, you can also apply through these community partners:
- Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servico (CLUES) Assistance in Spanish: 651-362-0162
- New American Development Center (NADC) Assistance in Somali, Oromo and Amharic: 612-823-0180
- NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center: 612-767-9198
On Monday, June 7 at approximately 4:45 p.m., 2nd Precinct Officers responded to a 911 call of shots being fired near the 100 block of East Hennepin. When officers arrived, they located one male on the sidewalk that had been shot. Immediate life savings measures were implemented by responding officers and the victim was transported to HCMC. At this time there is no update on his condition.
This incident has been assigned an Investigator and is an active case.
Observe and Report - Call 911 if you witness any suspicious persons/activity as it is happening, and/or if you believe you are being followed.
Anyone with information is asked to call:
Crime Stoppers of Minnesota
- 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS)
- Submit a tip online at http://www.crimestoppersmn.org.
MPD issues a Crime Alert when we notice a crime pattern. The crime pattern may be specific to geographic area, a time, or specific method of crime. To enroll in the MPD Crime Alert system, http://www.minneapolismn.gov/police/crimealert/police_crimealert_signup
To view crime maps around your area and to sign up for email crime alerts - http://www.minneapolismn.gov/police/statistics/index.htm. You may also access information on police stops, crime data, arrest data, use of force, and other information.
To contact the 2nd Precinct’s Crime Prevention Specialists,
You are invited to a Community Vote on a proposed neighborhood priority:
NEIGHBORHOOD PLACEMAKING PROGRAM
The Board of Directors of the Nicollet Island-East Bank Neighborhood Association (NIEBNA) would like to create a city-recognized neighborhood priority that will build a coherent identity for the Nicollet Island/East Bank community. This placemaking effort is intended to not only bring our ever-increasing population closer together with our unique business environment, it’s also meant to draw new residents and entrepreneurs to this distinct urban neighborhood just steps from the Mississippi River.
Community members from the Nicollet Island and East Bank neighborhoods are invited to NIEBNA’s upcoming Membership meeting on Thursday, January 21, 2021 to discuss and vote on this proposed priority. To attend this online meeting, you must register here:
The creation of a city-recognized priority—and allocation of city funds over $25,000—through the city’s Neighborhood & Community Relations department requires a 21-day notice.
PROPOSED PROGRAM DETAILS
Priority: Neighborhood Placemaking Program
To promote consistent, positive interactions between all residents, business and property owners, and the workers and guests who frequent the neighborhood. Increase community awareness of the neighborhood organization through the development and implementation of a concise identity and communications strategy.
$39,788.49 — unspent CPP Reserve funds
$10,211.51 — unspent CPP #43364 Rollover funds
Types of Activities:
- Solidification of business district name / branding
- Digital & Non-Digital Communication Planning and Strategy (internal to the neighborhood and external to the broader population)
Community Events & Promotional Planning (funds cannot be used for food or entertainment)
- Including, but not limited to, Adopt-a-Street, Adopt-a-Block, National Night Out, other greening events
Street Signage / Banners Design, Fabrication and Installation
- Including, but not limited to, gateway markers, pole banners, window clings
Other items on the meeting agenda are currently being finalized and will be announced in the coming two weeks.
For questions about this notice, or the intent behind this proposal, please contact NIEBNA Executive Director Chris Lautenschlager at [email protected] or 612.623.7633
NOTICE OF A PUBLIC HEARING
Gretchen Camp of ESG Architecture & Design, on behalf of Brittani Sanders of CRG, has filed the following land use applications for the property located at 200 Central Ave SE and 113 2nd St SE:
• Variance to reduce the minimum vehicle parking requirement.
• Amendment to a previously approved site plan review for a new 28-story mixed use building with 360 dwelling units and 4,500 square feet of commercial space.
The City Planning Commission will meet on Monday, January 11, 2021, at 4:30 p.m. During the declared local public health emergency, Minneapolis has transitioned to an electronic format for its public meetings and hearings, authorized under Minn. Stat. Section 13D.021, to minimize the risk of exposure to or potential spread of COVID-19. The public may view the public hearing using the following options: Watch on Comcast Channel 14 or 799, CenturyLink Channel 8001 or 8501, or live on www.minneapolismn.gov/tv/citycounciltv.
In accordance with the Zoning Code, all property owners within 350 feet of the subject property are notified of this public hearing. The public may submit comments or participate by phone in the meeting by using the following website: www.minneapolismn.gov/meetings/index.htm.
If you have questions about the project, please contact the City staff person listed below. If you would like to submit comments, you may submit them via the link above or by emailing:
Peter Crandall, Senior City Planner – 505 4th Ave S #320, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone (612) 673-2247 E-mail: [email protected].
Planning Department staff will issue a recommendation to the Planning Commission. After hearing from the public, the Planning Commission will make a determination based on required legal findings of fact. Please visit www.minneapolismn.gov/meetings/planning for the agenda with staff reports (web page will be updated by the end of the day Wednesday prior to the meeting date).
For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats please contact 612-673-3710. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 at 612-673-3000. TTY users call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626.