Now that the snow season has begun, get the information you need with a series of short videos:
· Learn where to park your car during a Snow Emergency.
· Shovel your sidewalk so your neighbors can get around safely.
· Find out why plowing snow to keep city streets clear not only makes it easier for you to get around, but also makes our city safer.
Just click on the links below to watch the videos.
Snow Emergency Parking Rules 
Shoveling Snow 
Plowing Snow 
The videos are also available in Spanish , Somali  and Hmong .
This information supplied by the City of Minneapolis Neighborhood and Community Relations department: www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr 
Monday, January 27th (moved to 4th Monday to avoid MLK Holiday)
Monday, February 24th (moved to 4th Monday to avoid President’s Day holiday)
Monday, March 17th (back to 3rd Monday even though it is St Patrick’s Day)
Monday, April 21st
Monday, May 19th
Monday, June 16th at the picnic grounds for our Annual Meeting
No meeting in July
Monday, August 18th
Monday, September 15th
Monday, Oct 20th
Monday, Nov 17th
No meeting in December
All meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. at Columbia Golf Course manor, 3300 Central Avenue (except the June meeting at Columbia Park picnic grounds).
Canadian Pacific Railroad’s Holiday Train is once again scheduled to make a stop in Columbia Park neighborhood–on Thursday, December 12, between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m., at Shoreham Yards, 2800 Central Avenue. This event features the special decorated train that many Nordeasters (especially kids) have come to love and expect, entertainment and the collection of monetary and food donations for the food program of Eastside Neighborhood Services. For more information, visit the ESNS site.
Holiday Train 2011 with band performing.
The Shoreham Area Advisory Committee (SAAC) will hold a special meeting Monday, Dec. 9, at 7:00 p.m., at the Windom Park Recreation Center, 2251 Hayes St. NE, Minneapolis. Agenda and guest attendees:
1. Staff from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency have offered to discuss how the Shoreham-area TCE vapor intrusion potential compares to the TCE vapor intrusion potential recently noted in the news media regarding homes in the Southeast Como neighborhood. How is the Northeast situation similar? How is it different?
2. David Rubedor, head of the City of Minneapolis’ Neighborhood and Community Relations Department, will attend to discuss with community members recent questions/comments about community engagement related to Shoreham Yards issues and SAAC.
All are welcome to attend this meeting. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Columbia Park Neighborhood Association (CPNA) is starting a rain garden initiative in Columbia Park neighborhood, by partnering with Metro Blooms to design and create a rain garden in your yard, if you want one. CPNA will submit grant proposals to the Upper Mississippi Watershed District and Hennepin County to defer costs of the design and construction; CPNA will also provide funding, if needed. This will cost $550 per yard, which will be no cost to the home owner. The CPNA will accept five to ten Columbia Park residents for rain gardens per year for a three-year period. The rain garden construction will begin in the spring of 2014.
Metro Bloom’s responsibility for the rain garden:
1. Work with home owner on the design
2. Create and construct the rain garden
3. Order plants
Home owner’s responsibility for the rain garden:
1. Cost of the plants (varies from $100 to $350 per home owner’s request)
2. Planting the vegetation
If you want a rain garden, please email your name, address, and phone number to both Darielle Dannen ( darielled [at] gmail.com ) and Jane McCarney ( jane.mccarney [at] gmail.com ). If there are more than ten participants, a lottery will be drawn. Please email your information by December 6th, 2013.
(All CPNA board meetings take place at Columbia Golf Course manor, 3300 Central Avenue, beginning at 6:30 p.m.)
6:30 –– Approve Agenda
6:30 –– Approve Minutes of previous meeting
6:30 –– Elections
Welcome Liz Wielinski as the new community organizer
6:35 –– Treasurer’s report – Jane McCarney
6:45 –– Laura Hurley – Metro Blooms – creating designs for rain gardens; Columbia Park neighborhood is beginning a program to help homeowners with funding for designing and implementing rain gardens. If you are interested in creating a rain garden in your yard, please come to hear Laura’s presentation.
7:30 Discuss for possible approval letter of support for City of Lakes Community Land Trust
Discuss possible comment letter for NRP Grievance Policy
Friends of the Mississippi River is teaming up with the Northside Residents Redevelopment Council to host a free workshop on gardening and lawn care to improve water quality. The workshop is scheduled for Wed., November 20, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at North Commons Recreation Center (James Avenue North at Golden Valley Road). Topics include: rain barrels, rain gardens, backyard composting, landscaping with native plants, local gardening resources and more. Space is limited. Please RSVP (or send questions) to Katie Clower: 651-222-2193 ext. 23 or email email@example.com.
(Think spring: It’s only four months away!)
The St. Anthony Parkway Bridge over the Northtown Yard will be removed and replaced. The City of Minneapolis held a public meeting on October 29 to share preliminary design information for the new bridge and to collect feedback on design elements such as color, textures, lighting, and railings.
The presentation materials from the meeting have been posted to the project web site, and everyone is encouraged to view them and provide comments via the web site. Please submit comments by Tuesday, November 5th, in order to have them included in the discussion at the next Citizen Advisory Committee meeting. Comments received after that date will still be collected and shared at subsequent CAC meetings. Comments may also be submitted by mail to Jack Yuzna, City of Minneapolis Public Works, 309 2nd Ave. S., Room 300, Minneapolis, MN 55401, or emailed to: Jack.Yuzna@ci.minneapolis.mn.us
Construction of the new bridge is expected to begin in autumn 2014. (Note: As of October 16, the walkway on the south side of the bridge has been closed, following an inspection that revealed one of the brackets holding the cantilevered walkway no longer intact.) A page on the Bridgehunter’s Chronicles site features the bridge, and the site overalll is a feast of information and images on bridges.
A non-profit bicycling organization, the Minnesota Cycling Center, has proposed building a $20-25 million complex that would include a velodrome (bicycle racing track) on the eastern edge of the Shoreham Yards area (just off Central Avenue). Minneapolis City Council member Kevin Reich (Ward 1) is hosting a community meeting on Tuesday, October 8, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., at Columbia Manor, 3300 Central Avenue, to discuss the proposal. The Journal has the story.
City Council member Kevin Reich is following up on residents’ concerns about the environmental impact and potential health risks related to application of herbicide along the Canadian Pacific / Soo Line Railroad tracks (a story that first appeared here in June 2012). Click here for the larger story, including photos and updates (as recent as September 2013)..