St Anthony Bridge is open again!!!

 

photo by Jeff Schalles

photo by Jeff Schalles

L-R: Mayor Betsy Hodges, Deputy Director and City Engineer, Public Works Dept., Lisa Czerney, 1st Ward Councilman Kevin Reich, Park Board Commissioner, District 1, Liz Wielinski, State Senator Kari Dziedzic, City Council President Barb Johnson, and State Representative Diane Loeffler
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Draft Agenda for the Board/ General Meeting Monday November 20, 2017

The regular Board/ General Meeting of the Columbia Park Neighborhood Association will be held Monday November 20,2017 at 6:30 pm at the Columbia Golf Manor 3300 Central AV NE, main floor Bride’s Room at end of the south corridor.

For reasonable accommodations, alternative formats, translation services or the accessible entrance opened please contact CPNA staffer Liz at 612-390-3735. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call.

Columbia Park Draft Meeting Agenda for Monday November 20, 2017

6:30 – Call to Order for Board Actions

6:31 – Approval of the Agenda
6:35 – Approval the Draft Minutes for October 16, 2017 CPNA meeting
6:39 – Treasurer’s Report- Receive and File
6:45- Open Time (anyone can speak for up to 3 minutes-no electioneering)
6:59 – General Meeting
7:00 – Old Business

CEE: We will discuss what we can do with our Home Improvement Loan program to make it better for the neighborhood.  If we want to do plan modifications later we can when we do our NRP Phase II update.

Liz’s contract is up December 1st.    She is willing to continue at the same rate and hours for 2018, but wants to give everyone a heads up that she will be adding additional work hours to her life now that her term on the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has ended which will unlikely cause any issues, but that is an unknown. (This will need a board action)

7:15 – New Business

Trees for Kids- We have an opportunity to partner with Neighborhood Forest to give trees to school kids to plant at home for Earth Day. If we are interested we can contact both Learning for Leadership to see if they would be our school partner.

Neighborhood Forest gives trees (6-12 inches in size) to school children. For free. Every Earth Day. We do this in cooperation with parents, school administrators and teachers. We agree to give trees away for free, provided schools are willing to distribute them to their students and parents are willing to plant and care for them with their kids. We currently serve the Midwest, though we have worked with schools outside this region. Eventually, we are looking to expand nationwide and internationally.

Liz would need staff direction to follow up with both Learning for Leadership and Neighborhood Forest.

2040 Comp Plan for the City of Minneapolis: Eastside Meeting is Saturday December 2, 2017 10:30 am at Van Cleve Park. Liz is going and can put in the priorities of the board. What are they?

Current Chapters in the Comp Plan we could base our comments upon.

1 – Land Use 2 – Transportation 3 – Housing 4 – Economic Development 5 – Public Services and Facilities 6 – Environment 7 – Open Space and Parks 8 – Heritage Preservation 9 – Arts and Culture 10 – Urban Design 11 – Implementation

7:30 Crime and Safety Update
2PAC
Any updates on discussion of battery thefts last month

7:45- Items for next meeting agenda

Park Planning for the East of the River master plan (Columbia, the whole park including the dog park, but likely excluding the golf course and learning center) Hi View Park and Architect Triangle.

7:50 Announcements/ Communications

Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan Updating
Over the past year, city planners have been doing a lot of listening about the future of Minneapolis. One thing we’ve heard is that everyone must benefit from a growing city. Done right, population growth can help our city become a healthy, sustainable, and thriving place for all. We have some ideas on how to achieve that, and would like to hear your thoughts.
Engage in Person at Open House Event in December
This is one of four interactive engagement events happening in December 2017. Each event will feature the same family-friendly activities created by artists and City-staff, as well as free food from local businesses.
Saturday, Dec. 2
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 
Van Cleve Park Gym
901 15th Ave. SE

Co-hosted by SE Como, Waite Park, and Marcy-Holmes neighborhoods

Friends of the Northeast Library Book Sale

9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Friday – Saturday, Dec. 1-2, Northeast Library, 2200 Central Ave NE. Funds raised will benefit the library.

Mrs. Kelly’s Tea Tasting

Saturday and Sunday, December 2 and 3, 9 am — 5 pm

Mrs. Kelly’s Tea, 77 13th Ave. NE, Suite 103

Enjoy Mrs. Kelly’s annual tea tasting in North East Minneapolis! It’s been over two decades of Holiday Tea Tastings. Don’t miss this chance to try over 100 of Mrs. Kelly’s most popular award winning, local, freshly blended teas. Admission is free, but a $2 donation or non-perishable food item to be donated to Perspectives Kids Café and Second Harvest Heartland is requested. For information: https://www.facebook.com/events/102536010515015/.

2017 Canadian Pacific Holiday Train

7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 9, Lions Park, 37th Ave NE & Stinson Parkway. This family-friendly event is a benefit for East Side Neighborhood Services’ food shelf. The train arrives at 7:45 p.m. Cash and non-perishable food donations are welcome.

Kroening Interpretive Center Programs

(just across the river, north of the Camden Bridge, easy to get to with the parkway now open)

Fall building hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 am-4 pm, Sundays, 12 noon-4 pm; closed on Mondays. North Mississippi Regional Park, 4900 Mississippi Court

Unless indicated, all activities are free and or all ages. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For information: 763-694-7693; for map and driving instructions: https://www.minneapolisparks.org/parks__destinations/parks__lakes/north_mississippi_regional_park/.

Nature Nuts Play Group

Fridays, December 1-22; 11:30 am-12:30 pm

Come with your little one to play and have fun in nature with other children and parents/guardians. Each day will be different, but will have nature themes such as animals, birds and seasons. Enjoy the season together! For kids up to age 5 with an adult. This is an Adult/Child interactive program. Registration fee $15. Early winter weather is always changing — wear clothes and shoes for playing outside. For information and to register: https://apm.activecommunities.com/minneapolisparks/Activity_Search/7542

First Responders Holiday Dinner (feed the police and firefighters etc…for Christmas)

The first planning meeting for the 34th Annual 12-hour dinner for On-Duty First Responders, will be held at the Precinct, 1911 Central Avenue NE, THIS Sunday, 11-19, at 5:30.

This is a meeting for people who want to join the project, contribute ideas, offer help, or who just want to know what this is all about.  We will meet for a brief summary of the 34-year project, an explanation of what’s happened in the past and explanations of kinds of ways you can help this project this year.

2018 Construction along University AV from 41st to 27th

For those curious about what type of work MnDOT will be doing on University Avenue next year, we posted a video on the project web page that explains the process. This was shot at a project in southeastern Minnesota several years ago. It provides a good understanding of the basic work that will be done from 27th to 40th    avenues next year.

Coincidently, Mark Watson, who is in the video, is the construction engineer on the University Avenue project.

Here is the link to the page: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/hwy47mpls/

Volunteer for Literacy

Would you like to gain experience teaching English and make a difference in the lives of your neighbors? Volunteer as a teacher, classroom assistant or one-on-one tutor with Minnesota Literacy Council! You’ll partner with adult immigrants and refugees who are learning English, helping them build their literacy skills and thrive in the United States.  We need volunteers to serve as teachers, classroom assistants, and one-on-one tutors.  Curriculum and materials are provided. No previous teaching experience or foreign language proficiency required.  Training is provided.   The time commitment ranges from 1 to 3 hours per week.  We have a variety of opportunities available throughout the Twin Cities Metro Area please contact us and we can match you with a program in your neighborhood.  Volunteers must be 18 years old, or 16 if volunteering alongside a parent or guardian. For more information, contact Wendy: wroberts@mnliteracy.org Volunteer Outreach Flyer 2017.pdf  (1mb) http://forums.e-democracy.org/r/file/cOMvC2CyN9UuisOIXs2K2EKxBpk-5mtB-2EJcwCy/

8:00- Adjourn

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Help Inform the new Comprehensive Plan for Minneapolis

Want more community policing?  Less/more density in your neighborhood? More historical preservation? Better zoning with better buffers between industry and homes?  More affordable housing?  This is grassroots work that puts these ideas in the plans that direct the city for the next generation.

Join your neighbors in shaping our city to become a healthy, sustainable, and thriving place for all.

Minneapolis 2040 logo

We want to hear from YOU! Join your neighbors in shaping our city to become a healthy, sustainable, and thriving place for all.

Minneapolis 2040 is an update to the City’s Comprehensive Plan, a document that shapes how Minneapolis will grow and change. The plan will cover topics such as housing, job creation, the design of new buildings, and how we use our streets.

Over the past year, City planners have learned a lot from Minneapolis residents about the future of our city. We’ve heard that as the city grows, everyone must benefit from that growth. You told us that it can be difficult to access jobs that are not located nearby. We’ve heard concerns about the rising cost of housing, and that not everyone has access to the type of housing that meets their needs. We’ve also heard that people value well-designed and environmentally sustainable buildings, and that there is a desire for the city to be more walkable, bikeable, and mass transit-friendly.

Please attend one of four upcoming family friendly, interactive open houses in early December. Enjoy complimentary refreshments from local vendors. For more information and to sign up for updates at minneapolis2040.com.

Meeting dates and locations

Van Cleve Park Gym

901 15th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

December 2nd from 10:30-12:30

Farview Park Gym

621 N 29th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55411

December 5th from 5:30 – 7:30

Roosevelt High School Gym

4029 S 28th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406

December 9th from 10:00 – 12:00

MLK Park Multi-Purpose Room

4055 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409

December 11th from 5:30-7:30

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Get ready for the Nov. 7 election!

Get ready for the Nov. 7 election, Minneapolis will use ranked-choice voting

The City of Minneapolis is gearing up for the Nov. 7 municipal election, which will be the city’s third election to use ranked-choice voting. Sample ballots are now available, and voters can go to the elections webpages to see how their ballots will look in November.

There are three ways voters can cast their ballots: by mail, in person at the Early Vote Center and in person at their polling place on Election Day. As we get closer to the election, the City is working to remind folks how to use ranked-choice voting, and to make sure people know how to register to vote, how to find their polling place, and to answer any other questions about voting.

Sample ballots available now

You can see exactly what the ballot in your precinct will look like. Just go to vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/ballot and a link there will take you to a Minnesota Secretary of State webpage where you can get your sample ballot. It’s a great way to make sure you’re prepared for the voting booth, and you can bring it with you to the polls as a reference.

In the mayor’s race, 16 candidates will appear on the ballot. Each ballot across the city will also feature two other citywide contests: one for two at-large seats on the Board of Estimate and Taxation, and one for three at-large seats on the Park and Recreation Board.  Columbia Park residents will also have a chance to select a representative for Ward 1 Council Member and District 1 Park Board Commissioner.

Early voting is underway – Request a ballot now

Early voting has now begun, and any voter who wants to cast an early ballot can do so. This can be done in person at the Early Vote Center, 217 S. Third St., at the corner of Third Ave. S. and Third St. S., one block from City Hall. Standard voting hours will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, with extended hours including weekends in the final days before Election Day.

To vote early by mail, voters may request an absentee ballot. Ballots are then mailed out, and they include everything a voter needs to send back a completed ballot. Visit vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/absentee for absentee ballot applications in multiple languages that can be printed out and mailed, faxed or emailed in to request a ballot. Also online is a link to the Secretary of State’s absentee ballot lookup tool to follow the status of an absentee ballot that has been submitted. You can also watch this video on voting by mail for more information.

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Ribbon Cutting for the St Anthony Parkway Bridge

FINALLY!!!!!

Council Member Kevin Reich requests the honor of your presence for a Ribbon-Cutting and Grand Opening ceremony for the St Anthony Parkway North Town Bridge on Friday, October 27 on-site at the east side of the bridge.

A formal program will begin noon, featuring remarks from key partners/stakeholders.

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Draft Agenda for the Board/ General Meeting Monday October 16, 2017

The regular Board/ General Meeting of the Columbia Park Neighborhood Association will be held Monday October 16,2017 at 6:30 pm at the Columbia Golf Manor 3300 Central AV NE, main floor Bride’s Room at end of the south corridor.

For reasonable accommodations, alternative formats, translation services or the accessible entrance opened please contact CPNA staffer Liz at 612-390-3735. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call.

Columbia Park Draft Meeting Agenda for Monday October 16, 2017

6:30 – Call to Order for Board Actions
6:31 – Approval of the Agenda
6:35 – Approval of the CPNA Draft Minutes for Monday September 18, 2017
6:39 – Treasurer’s Report- Receive and File
6:45- Open Time (anyone can come an address the board on a topic of their choice for up to 3 minutes, per NCR rules this does not include candidates running for office)
6:59 – General Meeting
7:00 – Crime and Safety Update
Battery Theft Update with Lt Sheldon, 2nd Precinct MPD
2 PAC
7:30 – Old Business
Looking for a newsletter editor
Options regarding the revolving loan program/ housing money
Soundwall
7:45 – New Business
St Anthony Parkway Bridge Re-Opening Event
7:55 – Announcements/ Communications

Fall Street Sweep Begins Tuesday, October 17

Minneapolis Public Works will begin the big task of curb-to-curb sweeping and leaf collection on streets throughout the city Tuesday, Oct. 17. During the four weeks of the comprehensive fall street sweep, crews will clean about 1,000 miles of city streets. To make sure the sweepers can do the best job possible, temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance so streets will be clear of cars when they’re swept. The first signs will be posted Monday, Oct. 16, and sweeping will begin the next day. Anyone who parks on the street will need to follow posted parking rules or their cars may be ticketed and towed.

City crews will post “No Parking” signs at least 24 hours before sweeping any streets. Parking will be banned from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the day a street is swept. The “No Parking” signs will be removed as soon as possible after a street has been completely swept to allow people to resume parking. Vehicles not in compliance with “No Parking” signs may be ticketed and towed to the Impound Lot.

Folks can use an interactive feature on the City’s website to find out when the sweepers are coming through their neighborhoods. The tool will be available at www.minneapolismn.gov/streetsweeping once we get closer to the start date. The fall street sweep takes four weeks, and visitors to the website will be able to find out which week their street is scheduled to be swept. Then, on the weekend before each of the four weeks, the schedule for the upcoming week will be broken down to show which day of the week streets are scheduled to be swept.

Project Status Update – Columbia Heights and Minneapolis – University Avenue NE

What is CenterPoint Energy doing for construction?

Crews from CenterPoint Energy began replacing an existing natural gas pipeline in Columbia Heights and Minneapolis in the week of September 18, 2017. Project construction is expected to last until early November 2017. (Frequent updates will be posted on CenterPoint Energy’s website.) Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, will be installing natural gas mains along University Avenue NE (County Road 47) at the following intersections: 32nd Avenue NE, 35th Avenue NE, 37th Avenue NE and 40th Avenue NE. (See map below.)

Lane restrictions are anticipated in areas where active construction is occurring. The lane restrictions are necessary to keep both the public and construction personnel safe.

What is the progress of construction?

Starting today on Thursday, October 12, and lasting until tomorrow on Friday, October 13, crews from Michels Corporation are closing the eastbound lane on 40th Avenue NE for about 50 feet between 3rd Street NE and University Avenue NE. Residents along this route will have access to and from their driveways.

Beginning on Saturday, October 14, or Monday, October 16, the crews will open eastbound 40th Avenue NE and close westbound 40th Avenue for about 100 feet between 3rd Street NE and University Avenue NE. Residents along this route will still have access to and from their driveways. This closure will last for one week.

The southeastern corner of the intersection of University Avenue NE and 40th Avenue NE remains closed during active construction. Pedestrian traffic is detoured to westbound 40th Avenue NE.

Construction will happen in three phases:

  • Phase 1 is installing the natural gas distribution main.
  • Phase 2 is connecting the gas service lines to the new main along the same construction route. (A gas service line is a small-diameter pipe connecting the customer’s gas service to the main line in the street.)
  • Phase 3 is restoring the areas affected by construction—typically the utility easement, the street, and the customer’s yard.

How may construction affect customers?

As part of this main project, the crews will also be replacing several natural gas service lines that connect from the main to the customer’s property. Customers will experience a short disruption of gas service as the crews are installing the gas service line.

Crews may have to dig in the ground on your property in the utility easement to complete the task of service and main distribution line replacement. If a customer’s property is disturbed, CenterPoint Energy will restore the hard and soft surfaces affected by construction at no cost to you.

How can I contact CenterPoint Energy?

For questions about the project, please call our Information Hotline at 612-321-5369 or our Communication Specialist at 612-321-5546. For questions about restoration (hard or soft surfaces) please call our Restoration Department at 612-321-5042. CenterPoint Energy wants to thank you for your patience.

Please visit our website often to receive project updates, traffic alerts and anticipated completion dates.

8:00- Adjourn

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Fall Street Sweeping begins October 17th

Each spring and fall, Public Works crews sweep every mile of the City’s more than 1,100 miles of streets “ curb to curb“ to help keep our neighborhoods clean and livable and to protect our waterways. Each spring, crews sweep the nearly 400 miles of alleys as well.  Leaves and other debris on the streets can clog storm drains and pollute our lakes and rivers.Street sweeping usually takes about four weeks to complete.

Use the visual, interactive Street Sweeping Schedule Lookup map to see when your area is scheduled for street sweeping. The schedule is color-coded to enable you to easily identify when your street will be swept. Each spring and fall the schedule will be updated by the Friday of the week prior to the start of the sweep.

The schedule is updated frequently during the sweep to reflect the actual progress of street sweeping. The schedule shown here may change. The map may be updated, so please check back just prior to your scheduled day; or if you think your street was not swept as scheduled.

Note: The street sweeping schedule lookup only pertains to the comprehensive street sweeping program. A few other streets, such as parkways and downtown streets, may be swept on days not included in the lookup. ALWAYS watch for and obey No Parking Signs.

Please take a moment to view the schedule; vehicles parked in violation of signs are subject to a ticket and tow.

  • “No Parking signs”  City crews will post “No Parking” signs at least 24 hours before sweeping any streets. Parking will be banned from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the day a street is swept. Vehicles not removed will be towed to the Minneapolis Impound Lot.
  • Phone calls to resident: During the spring and fall sweeps, in addition to the “No Parking” signs that will be posted the day before sweepers come through, the City will make about 3,500 automated phone calls each evening to let residents know their street will be swept the next day. Listed, residential telephone numbers will be called.

Street sweeping is explained in English, Hmong, Somali and Spanish as part of the City’s  “Did you know…” series. These videos and others can be viewed at www.YouTube.com/cityofminneapolis and on City cable channel 14.  Residents who have friends or neighbors who speak these languages are encouraged to share links to the videos.

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Are you registered to Vote?

Oct. 17 is the deadline to pre-register to vote for the 2017 municipal elections

Registering to vote is fast and easy. If you’ve never voted before and need to register, now is the perfect time. If it’s been more than four years since you last voted, or you’ve moved or changed your name since you last registered, you’ll also need to re-register.

Oct. 17 is the deadline for pre-registering in 2017. Voter registrations can be submitted anytime and can help ensure a smooth Election Day experience for voters with less time spent waiting in lines and no need to bring documents with you on Election Day.

In addition to submitting voter registration applications by mail or in person to elections offices, voters have the option to register or update their registrations online. To pre-register, start the process at vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/register.

For Columbia Park residents the closest in person location to register is the Anoka County Government Center at 3982 Central AV NE.

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Your New CPNA Board for 2017-18

2017-18 CPNA Board (and staff) photo

    Back Row: L to R Staff Liz Wielinski, Co-chair Stephanie Peterson, Angela Rogers, Treasurer Joy Johnson, Co-chair Melody Devine, Secretary Mike Melman
  Front Row: L to R Vickie Jensen, Jeff Schalles, Jane McCarney and Elaine Nissen
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Draft Agenda for the Board/ General Meeting Monday September 18, 2017

The regular Board/ General Meeting of the Columbia Park Neighborhood Association will be held Monday September 18,2017 at 6:30 pm at the Columbia Golf Manor 3300 Central AV NE, main floor Bride’s Room at end of the south corridor.

For reasonable accommodations, alternative formats, translation services or the accessible entrance opened please contact CPNA staffer Liz at 612-390-3735. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call.

Columbia Park Draft Meeting Agenda for Monday September 18, 2017

6:30 pm- Approval of the Agenda

– Election of 2017-2018 Board Officers

– Approval of the Draft Minutes for CPNA annual meeting June 19,2017

– Treasurer”s Report- Receive and File restated June, July/August and September

6:45pm – Open Time

New Business

-2018 Construction on University 40th to 27th Avenues

-Soundwall Update

-2017-2018 Board Calendar

-East of the River Park Master Planning CAC appointee/ Waite Park connection

 – Old Business

– Demise of GMHC and future of loan program

– Crime and Safety Update

– Announcements/ Communications

8:00pm – Adjourn

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