Did Covid-19 set you back…this may help

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If you have experienced hardship due to the pandemic and need help paying your rent or utility bills, you may be eligible for 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 total assistance.

Get ready by downloading this checklist to see if you are eligible and find out what documents you will need to be ready when the program opens for applications later this month.

RentHelpMN is a collaborative effort between the City of Minneapolis and other local and state governments across Minnesota to provide emergency rental assistance to Minneapolis households and households across the state through one joint application process.

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The Iris Garden is in bloom!!!

The Northeast Minneapolis Municipal Iris Garden (NEMMIG) is in bloom.  This volunteer run Iris Garden is Northeast’s answer to the Lake Harriet Rose Garden in Southwest, the Longfellow Gardens in South near Minnehaha Falls and the gardens in North at the Victory Memorial.  Though the blooms come an go during the summer, June is the peak month.  For more photos see their Facebook page.  Want to help volunteer? check here.  Where is this garden?  At the Columbia Golf Manor (3300 Central AV).Blooming IrisNEMMIG sign

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CPNA Board/General Meeting Monday May 17, 2021 6:30pm

The Board /General Meeting for the Columbia Park Neighborhood will be held Monday May 17, 2021 at 6:30 pm via ZOOM. Please follow the link below or call in at the number that is part of the ZOOM invitation below. We have provided links to the documents which are part of the meeting in the agenda. If you will need paper copies please let Liz know and they will be printed for you to pick up.

For reasonable accommodations, alternative formats, translation services, please contact CPNA staffer Liz at 612-390-3735 or contact at columbiapark dot org. People who are deaf or hard of hearing may use a relay.

Elizabeth Wielinski is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: CPNA Board/General Meeting  Monday May 17, 2021   6:30 pm
Time: May 17, 2021 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada
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6:30 – Call to Order for Board Actions

6:31 – Approval of the Agenda

6:35 – Approval of the CPNA Draft Minutes for Monday April 19, 2021

6:39 – May 2021 Treasurer’s Report– Receive and File

CEE April Report on CPNA loan activities

6:45- Open Time

6:59 – General Meeting

7:00 – Old Business

Ad in the Northeaster for the Garage Sale issue announces annual meeting also need approval for postcard

Pros and Cons on Charter Changes for this fall’s elections… subject for annual meeting.

Letter for Janeil and Tyler Schoenbauer for the property at 591 36-1/2 Ave NE:

  • Variance to reduce the required east interior side yard for lawful establishment of the existing single-family dwelling;
  • Variance to reduce the required rear yard for lawful establishment of the existing detached garage.

Approve Columbia Park 2020 tax filing

7:15 – New Business

Future of CPNA

Staffing Changes

Updating to meet new city requirements (Birken Law Group)

7:40 – Crime and Safety Update

7:50 – Announcements/ Communications.

MPRB Is Hiring!

From Aquatics Attendant to Zamboni Driver,
dozens of opportunities are available.

(Already employed? Share this email and help us spread the word!)

When you bring your talents to the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, you’ll work with people who love parks –
and help people enjoy the nation’s #1 park system.

  • Part-time, full-time, temporary and seasonal opportunities
  • Options to suit people of all ages, at all stages of work experience
  • Categories include Aquatics, Building, Grounds & Landscaping, Child Care, Construction Trades, Information Technology & Computers, Recreation, Public Safety, Urban Forestry

Scroll through the jobs list below, or apply at
minneapolisparks.org/jobs

Temporary Opportunities

 Assistant Childcare Specialist

Biking Instructor & Environmental Educator

Event Attendant

Outdoor Playground Supervision

Recreation Facility Supervision

Recreation Inclusion Facilitator

Recreation Program Leader

Forestry Summer Administrative Assistant

Information Ambassadors

Senior Advisor, Finance & Administration

Sports Officials

Summer Camp Leader

Summer Camp Naturalist Instructor

Zamboni Driver

Full- and Part-Time and Seasonal Opportunities

Aquatics Instructor, Part-time

Arborist, Full-time

Carpenter, Full-time

Childcare Specialist, Part-time

 Equipment Operators, Full-time and Seasonal

Head Lifeguard, Part-time

IT Application Support Professional, Full-time

Lifeguard, Part-time

Park Patrol Agent, Part-time

Park Maintenance Worker, Seasonal

Get more information and apply at

minneapolisparks.org/jobs

8:00- Adjourn

 

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OPUS project at the Planning Commission

HERE IS THE LAST OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT OFFICIALLY ON THIS PROJECT.

Columbia Park Neighborhood Assoc.

P.O. Box 21593

Minneapolis, MN   55421-0593

NOTICE OF A PUBLIC HEARING

Joe Mahoney, on behalf of OPUS, has submitted the following land use applications to allow for a new 103,500 square foot industrial building located at 310, 324, 400 and 416 37th Ave NE and 3600 5th St NE:

  • Conditional use permit to increase the maximum gross floor area for a warehousing and distribution use.
  • Site plan review.

The City Planning Commission will meet on Monday, May 24, 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 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/government/meetings/public-comment/.

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:

Shanna Sether, Principal City Planner – 505 4th Ave S #320, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone (612) 673-2307 E-mail: Shanna.Sether@minneapolismn.gov.

 

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 https://lims.minneapolismn.gov/IndependentBodies/IndependentBodiesMeetings  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.

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Attention: Para asistencia 612-673-2700 – Rau kev pab 612-673-2800 – Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500.

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NEW AND IMPROVED CPNA LOANS

We have revamped our loan programs and are offering home improvement loans with 0% financing, Emergency loans with the same and a forgiveness program and down payment assistance to those who need it and are new to the neighborhood, same low rate and forgiveness after 10 years.

If you have been putting off the new roof, or some qualifying energy improvements now is the time to get it done.

For more information check out what’s available through our partner in administration at the Center for Energy and the Environment (CEE).

Happy Spring

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CPNA Board/General Meeting Monday April 19, 2021 6:30pm

The Board /General Meeting for the Columbia Park Neighborhood will be held Monday April 19, 2021 at 6:30 pm via ZOOM. Please follow the link below or call in at the number that is part of the ZOOM invitation below. We have provided links to the documents which are part of the meeting in the agenda. If you will need paper copies please let Liz know and they will be printed for you to pick up.

For reasonable accommodations, alternative formats, translation services, please contact CPNA staffer Liz at 612-390-3735 or contact at columbiapark dot org. People who are deaf or hard of hearing may use a relay.

Elizabeth Wielinski is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: CPNA Board/General meeting April 19,2021
Time: Apr 19, 2021 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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6:30 – Call to Order for Board Actions

6:31 – Approval of the Agenda

6:35 – Approval the CPNA Draft Minutes March 15, 2021 meeting

6:39 – April 2021 Treasurer’s Report– Receive and File

6:45- Open Time

Cass would like to discuss neighbor’s issues with power outages.

6:59 – General Meeting

7:00 – New Business

MCCP would like to come present to us. Staff is asking for direction.

*MCCP is a political committee formed by members of Twin Cities Coalition for Justice for Jamar (TCC4J)

Annual Meeting in June…suggestions?

Flower Fund

7:15 – Old Business

Review of OPUS project, consideration of comments/letter to the city good/bad neutral

Link to video of original presentation

Extra replies to questions presented to OPUS and their replies…

Q1: Hours of operation regarding trucks backing/ beeping are a concern.

Is this something you can regulate or is it regulated by the city?

The city has ordinances related to noise, and noise levels during the day/night (Article IX 535.620 Noise & Chapter 389).  Back-up alarm devices on trucks are exempt, as they are a safety feature.

Q2: What environmentally friendly systems are you including in the building and surrounds?  Will there be a white or green roof, is any of the parking lot permeable?  Is the building going to be LEED certified?

The project will incorporate a white roof, LED lighting, efficient insulated structural wall system, a storm water management system, clerestory windows for natural daylighting, bike racks to promote alternative transportation methods, and pollinators incorporated into the landscaping.  We do not intend to use permeable pavement.  That would not be plausible because we don’t want the storm water to infiltrate into the contaminated soils.  Our storm system will capture and filter all surface storm water before it is outleted into the municipal system.  While the project will meet or exceed current energy codes, we do not plan to submit for LEED certification.

Q3: Will you be requesting any of the following from the city regarding traffic flow?  A left turn lane or arrow at the intersection of 37th and University?  Better light timing at the intersection?

We plan to discuss these items with the City Planner.

Q4: How much stormwater will the underground system be able to hold?  We wonder about the capacity during our more frequent heavy rains?

The underground stormwater system is designed to retain and slowly discharge the 100-year storm event (7.4 inches of rain in 24 hours) on site prior to discharging to the city sewer system. The City of Minneapolis requires that the development discharge stormwater runoff at rates less than the existing runoff rates in today’s condition. The construction of the underground system will improve stormwater runoff conditions for areas receiving drainage from the site and reduce the runoff demand on adjacent city sewers.

Q5:  With the large exterior walls with few openings, how will you meet the city’s requirement to offset this?  Have you any alternative compliance suggestions?

The north elevation, facing 37th, exceeds the minimum requirement for windows and is the primary building face with pedestrian level interaction. The east and west elevations incorporate high clerestory windows to provide flexibility to potential tenants that may require racking/storage or manufacturing activities that would create safety and security concerns if windows were located closer to the floor level.

Suggestions for alternative compliance include the Public Art Zone and additional bike parking beyond the minimum required.

Motions?

Brother Justus outdoor expansion.

Any word on speed limit signs on 5th ST NE?

7:30 – Crime and Safety Update

Chauvin Jury will be sent to deliberate Monday

Mental health resources

As the trial of former officer Derek Chauvin progresses, many community members may be seeking ways to cope with trauma and retraumatization.

The City has created this list of mental health support resources to help residents and their loved ones.

You can also explore the cultural wellness directory, a directory of trauma informed wellness services that uses the power of community members to heal and to build community.

Additional resources from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):

7:50 – Announcements/ Communications.

Metro Transit will be building a restroom for their drivers on the CP land near the community gardens on 27th AV NE near 7th ST NE at the end of the line 17 route.  It will NOT be available to the public.

RentHelpMN is coming soon.  Please check renthelpmn.org or call 211 for updated information.

MPD establishes new tip line

The Minneapolis Police Department has established a new tip line with better technology to replace the existing one.  Call 612-673-5335 to provide tips to MPD about suspicious activity not requiring an immediate response, such as vehicles driving without license plates, etc. If someone’s safety is at risk and an immediate response from police, fire or medics is required, call 911.

The new 612-673-5335 tip line brings added and scalable capacity for staff and better technology to intake, manage and act upon tips that are received if necessary.

Businesses and property owners can call 612-673-2499 with questions about business operations during the trial and general information about regulations and resources.

For all other City services and questions, call 311.

8:00- Adjourn

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City Radio for all

The City’s multi-lingual radio shows.
• KMOJ 89.9 FM (English) – “Minneapolis 360” on KMOJ (Wednesdays from 1:30-2 p.m.), KMOJ playlist
• La Raza 95.7 FM (Spanish) – “Mi Ciudad” La Raza 95.7 FM y 1400 AM (Tuesdays from 3-4 p.m.), La Raza playlist
• KALY 101.7 FM (Somali) – “Magaaladayda Minneapolis” KALY (Thursdays, 3/11, 3/25, 4/8 and 4/22 from 2-3 p.m.) Playlist unavailable.
• WIXK AM1590 (Hmong) – “Kuv Lub Nroog Minneapolis” WIXK (Thursdays from 2-3 p.m.), WIXK playlist.

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OPUS’ proposed building for 37th and University

This link will take you to the 5 slides (much clearer than the photo below) presented by OPUS for the proposed building at 37th and University.  View the presentation HERE.

OPUS Project

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CPNA Board/General Meeting Monday March 15, 2021 6:30pm

The Board /General Meeting for the Columbia Park Neighborhood will be held Monday March 15, 2021 at 6:30 pm via ZOOM. Please follow the link below or call in at the number that is part of the ZOOM invitation below. We have provided links to the documents which are part of the meeting in the agenda. If you will need paper copies please let Liz know and they will be printed for you to pick up.

For reasonable accommodations, alternative formats, translation services, please contact CPNA staffer Liz at 612-390-3735 or contact at columbiapark dot org. People who are deaf or hard of hearing may use a relay.

Elizabeth Wielinski is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: CPNA Board and General Meeting Monday March 15, 2021
Time: Mar 15, 2021 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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6:30 – Call to Order for Board Actions
6:31 – Approval of the Agenda
6:35 – Approval the CPNA Draft Minutes for Monday February 22, 2021
6:39 – March 2021 Treasurer’s Report– Receive and File
6:45- Open Time
This is the time we open the floor to those who wish to speak before the board on a non agenda item. All are welcome.

6:59 – General Meeting
7:00 – New Business

Presentation by OPUS regarding their plans for the former gateway site at University AV and 37th AV NE.  This is to be followed by questions from the neighbors.  We have included an invitation to those living in the nearby housing in Columbia Heights to attend as well.

No later than 9pm- Adjourn

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Need some help with energy bills/ rent this winter?

Low Income Energy Assistance Program (EAP) Information

If you are having troubles paying your energy bills, I encourage you to apply for Minnesota’s Energy Assistance Program that offers eligible residents help to pay their energy bills so they do not have to choose between life’s necessities.

The Energy Assistance Program:

  • Serves both renters and homeowners.
  • Provides benefits to pay for home heating ranging from $200 to $1,400, with an average benefit of about $500.
  • Benefit amounts are based on the household’s heating costs, household size, and income.
  • Provides help with energy disconnections, no/low fuel in the tank, and homeowners’ furnace repairs.
  • Eligibility is based on the household’s past 3 months of income and assets are not counted.

Visit mn.gov/commerce/eap.jsp to learn more or call 1-800-657-3710 to connect with your local service provider.

Emergency Rental Assistance For Minneapolis Residents

The City has received a direct allocation of $12.8 million from the Treasury Department to provide emergency rental assistance to Minneapolis residents. The emergency rental assistance program should become available to residents in March. Under federal rules, landlords can apply for funds on behalf of tenants and tenants can also apply for funds on their own behalf.

The City will be updating our Coronavirus Housing page with more details as we have them, and will also notify Minneapolis residents through channels like this as we finalize information about how to apply and what the eligibility requirements are. In the meantime, you can continue to contact the Tenant Resource Center for assistance. There are some resources currently available through Emergency Assistance and other ongoing programs. The Tenant Resource Center can also be reached at (612) 767-9737.

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