Congratulations to the Newly Elected Board

The board elections held at the August meeting have resulted in some familiar and returning faces.

Jane McCarney, Darielle Dannen, Mike Melman, Irro Mohamed, Jeff Schalles and Elaine Nissen have been elected.  Officers will be elected among their ranks at the September 16th board meeting.

Our thanks to outgoing board members Matt Stellphlug and Peter Doughty for serving.

There are slots remaining.  If you are interested in becoming a board member come to two meetings and ask the current board to vote you a member…couldn’t be easier.

 

Annual Meeting and Potluck Picnic rescheduled for Monday Aug.18th

The Columbia Park Neighborhood Association will be holding it’s annual potluck picnic on Monday, August 18th at 6:00 PM., at the Columbia Park picnic shelter ( we were rained out in June). If it rains, we will move it to the Manor.

Note that this is also the board member election meeting, and we are looking for some new members. Get involved!

Agenda for the evening follows….

At Columbia Picnic Shelter in Columbia Park with Potluck Picnic
6:00 – PICNIC and meet your neighbors!
6:30 – Call to Order and introductions
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City of Minneapolis to Host Four Open Houses

City of Minneapolis to Host Four Open Houses to Gather Public Input on Accessory Dwelling Units

On June 13, Minneapolis City Council Member Lisa Bender, Ward 10, gave notice of intent to introduce Zoning Code Text Amendment: Accessory Dwelling Units changes that would allow Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) in residential areas. ADUs are smaller dwellings that are attached to or on the same property as existing homes.

ADUs are currently allowed with a conditional use permit in the North Phillips Overlay District, which covers the Ventura Village neighborhood and parts of Phillips West and East Phillips, but they are not allowed in the rest of Minneapolis. Many cities across the country allow ADUs, including Seattle, Portland, and Austin.
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The 31st Annual Minneapolis National Night Out Tuesday August 5, 2014

National Night Out in Columbia Park has 2 official sites listed on the Minneapolis Master List, Architect Triangle and Hi View Park. Both start with a potluck picnic at 6:00pm. Bring a dish to share, beverages and lawn chairs.

At the Triangle there will be games for the kids, and at the Hi View Site there will be an egg hunt for the kids and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will be there to talk about the reconstruction of the wading pool and playground in 2015. This is a chance to pick the features you might be interested in for both. Come meet your neighbors and have a great time!

Precincts need election judges, including our newly revived precinct at Columbia Manor

The 2014 Gubernatorial Primary, is set for Tuesday, August 12th. As we continue to finalize arrangements, we’re short on the number of election judges needed to serve voters in the polls. Specifically, the City is looking to recruit, train, and deploy:

TEAM ELECTION JUDGES
Team election judges provide direct assist to voters in the City’s 125 polling places. They greet voters, provide instructions, answer questions, and manage voter queuing lines; they check voter registration status and, if necessary, register qualified voters; they provide instructions on how to complete the ballot properly; they issue ballots; they operate tabulation equipment; and work together to ensure a positive experience for voters.

LANGUAGE SUPPORT/TRANSLATION JUDGES
These specialized judges assist voters in the polling places who require translation or language support (in addition to other team judge duties). The City is specifically looking for multi-lingual judges fluent in Hmong, Somali, and Spanish.

You can sign-up to serve as an election judge yourself. Better yet, recruit a friend or neighbor (or two or three) to help serve your fellow residents in this year’s election! For more information about serving as an election judge, or to download the application form, see the City’s election website at:

vote [dot] minneapolismn [dot] gov

There’s a link at the top of the main page titled “Election Judges” that connects viewers with information and access to an application form and other details about serving as an election judge. Or, you can simply contact the Elections & Voter Services Division by calling Minneapolis 311.

Many thanks to all,

Casey Joe Carl
Minneapolis City Clerk

Grass Cutting graduate work needs survey takers by July 21

Chance to help out…

Madeline Leslie is a graduate student in Applied Plant Sciences at the University of Minnesota. Her thesis project involves conducting a survey in order to learn more about what lawn maintenance practices residents use most often in the Twin Cities Metro area; this will also help inform university extension and outreach efforts.The survey is short, and should take approximately 10 minutes to complete, including watching a 4 minute video. As an incentive to participants, every respondent will have their names entered (if they choose) in a drawing for a $50 gift card to either Amazon.com or Target. The drawing will be held in mid August.
Survey Link https://umn.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8p4EcffAryUu54p

*COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT FORUMS*

*COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT FORUMS*
The City of Minneapolis’ Neighborhood and Community Relations Department is
excited to invite you to participate in an upcoming discussion about
equitable community engagement for all of Minneapolis. Please join City
leaders from the Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC)
and the Health, Environment, and Community Engagement (HECE) Committee for
a citywide forum on what an engaged community looks like for all our
residents.
There are two options to get involved in this discussion:

*Thursday, July 31st*
6:00-9:00pm
East Phillips Park Cultural & Community Center

*Saturday, August 2nd*
9:00am-12:00pm
Folwell Recreation Center
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Preliminary Work Starting at St Anthony Parkway Bridge

Centerpoint Energy is beginning work on replacing and relocating gas mains in and around the bridge replacement project area. You can expect to see this gas main replacement work occurring on Columbia St, 31st Ave, California St, St. Anthony Parkway, and Main Street between now and Labor Day. There may be temporary lane closures or detours required to complete the work–please follow the posted signs. Additional utility relocation work will occur by Excel Energy (electrical), but the work has not yet been scheduled. Please visit the project website for more project information and construction updates: www.stapbridge.com