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.
Dedication: Sunday, September 19, 11:30 am
Tour: Sunday, October 11, Noon
1219 University Avenue SE
The University Baptist Church (UBC), at the corner of University Avenue SE and 13th Avenue SE, announces the installation of four raingardens to help improve water quality.
Residents of the Marcy Holmes Neighborhood are invited to celebrate with Partners and members of UBC at the Garden Dedication on Sunday Sept. 19, 2021 at 11:30, as well as to participate in a Garden Tour on Sunday, October 17 at noon.
Raingardens have a variety of benefits including slowing stormwater runoff and increasing infiltration, improving habitat for pollinators, and decreasing sediment and phosphorus, which are pollutants to streams, lakes, and rivers. An estimated 133,000 gallons will be filtered annually.
Funded by an Action Grant from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization and a Good Steward Grant from Hennepin County, the raingarden installation brings together six local partner organizations, which have agreed to receive stormwater education. Partners include the following: University Lutheran Church of Hope, First Congregational UCC, St. Lawrence Catholic Church and Newman Center, the Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association, the Twin Cities Shape Note Singers, and Gaia Democratic School. This project was designed and installed by Metro Blooms, with planting by Helping Hand Companies.
A new state law includes a policy guiding property owners and renters in an orderly transition from the eviction moratorium, now that the State peacetime emergency preventing property owners from evicting residents for not paying rent has ended.
The policy requires a property owner or manager who intends on filing an eviction for non-payment of rent to provide a written notice to their renter, along with information about rental assistance, 15 days before filing an eviction proceeding with the courts between now and Oct. 12.
This law also prohibits a property owner or manager from evicting a renter if the renter has a pending application for COVID-19 emergency rental assistance at the state or local level until June 1, 2022. The renter must be able to prove that they’ve applied for rental assistance. Renters may apply for COVID-19 emergency rental assistance at renthelpmn.org.
I have questions about my specific housing situation and how it relates to the end of the eviction moratorium. Who should I contact?
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.
The City of Minneapolis is planning changes to its Owner Occupied Rehab Programs and is asking for your feedback.
What we hope to achieve
The City recommends restructuring both the financing and operations of our Owner Occupied Rehab programs. Key highlights from our draft recommendations include:
• Creating a universal application process that serves households more quickly
• Focusing City investments on low- and moderate-income households
• Leveraging State dollars to increase funding available to eligible households
• Expanding our reach into communities through culturally competent, neighborhood-based intake centers
How you can help
The City will host two public in-person engagement sessions to walk residents through the proposed recommendations. Please note: the video and survey linked above are the same content that will be shared at the meetings:
Meeting information and additional resources
South Central Minneapolis Public Engagement Meeting:
Location: Walker Library (2880 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408) in the Bde Maka Ska Room
Date and Time: Wednesday, July 28 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
North Minneapolis Public Engagement Meeting:
Location: North Regional Library (1315 Lowry Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411) in Meeting Room 205
Date and Time: Tuesday, August 10 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
City staff are collecting early feedback through Tuesday, August 31 to inform the final staff recommendations to the City Council in late 2021. Revised Owner Occupied Rehab Programs are expected to be available for application in 2022.
Comments received and staff recommendations will be posted on the City website.
For questions or more information, contact the owner-occupied rehab team at [email protected]
The City invites community feedback on proposed changes (attached) to the Amended and Restated Unified Housing Policy. These changes seek to clarify the definitions between a multi-phased development project and a building site for which a building permit is issued, as they relate to the Inclusionary Zoning policy. The purpose of these changes is to make clear that Inclusionary Zoning requirements apply to each building in a multi-phase development. Inclusionary Zoning is intended to advance the City’s housing goals by ensuring that affordable housing is provided in new residential or mixed-use developments.
The deadline to submit comments is Monday, August 23rd by 4:30pm. Please provide public comments to Emily Carr. If you or your group would like to meet to discuss the changes, or if you have questions, please contact Emily Carr at [email protected].
It is expected that these changes will be considered at the following meetings of the Minneapolis City Council and its committees:
Business, Inspections, Housing & Zoning Committee
Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 1:30pm
Friday, September 10, 2021 at 9:30am
10th Ave Bridge Rehab and Watermain Project
June 18, 2021
10th Ave Bridge and Watermain Project
This project will rehabilitate the historic 10th Ave SE bridge over the Mississippi River and W River Pkwy. A new water main will be installed under the river as part of the project.
Latest Project News
Construction Update Meeting - Friday, June 25, 2021 at 10:30 am
Project staff will hold a virtual construction update meeting next Friday using GoTo Meeting. Members of the public are invited to join the online meeting and hear updates on construction progress and speak with project staff.
Please use this link to join the 10th Ave Bridge Online Construction Update Meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone:
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (224) 501-3412 Access Code: 784-924-461
The bridge was closed on March 30th, 2020 and the contractor has been actively working on repairs. For more details on the repairs, schedule and bridge deck changes, please see the latest Construction Update or go to the project page 10thavebridge.com
What's Coming Up
The 10th Ave Bridge will remain closed to all traffic including, vehicles, bikes, and pedestrians until fall 2021.
West River Parkway (roadway only) will be closed to motor vehicles through April 2021. The adjacent trail will remain open for bicyclists and pedestrians.
Work requires the use of heavy equipment that will increase noise, vibration, and dust
Access to adjacent apartments and businesses will remain open during the construction activity.
For more information on this project contact:
Bridge Contact: Meseret Wolana, [email protected] or 612-673-3527
Water Main Contact: Shahin Rezania, [email protected]