Application accepted through December 3 for openings on five different committees, boards or councils
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is seeking applications for community appointments to five ongoing Advisory Boards and Committees:
• Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Board – One (1) Opening
• Minneapolis Tree Advisory Commission – Five (5) Openings
• Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee – Three (3) Openings
• Racial Equity Advisory Committee – One (1) Opening
• Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council – One (1) Opening
Use the application linked below to apply for any of the above openings:
You may also download an application from the MPRB Committee Appointments page or call MPRB Customer Service at 612-230-6400 to request an application, fill it out and submit it via email or mail:
• Email to [email protected]
• Mail to Board Secretary; Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board; 2117 West River Road North; Minneapolis MN 55417
Service commitment may vary based upon needs, expectations and policy goals. However, most committee members can expect to approximately 10-15 hours of work per month.
Terms for the appointments for the Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Board and Minneapolis Tree Advisory are one-year and there are no term limits. Terms for the Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee, Racial Equity Advisory Committee and Minneapolis Homegrown Food Council are two-years and some term limits may apply.
Some Boards/Commissions have a need for specialized skills, but most people will find a Board or Commission that is a great fit for their knowledge base. Public members of Board and Commissions are people who may not have regular, ongoing experience in a specific topic area, but have a general interest in a Board or Commission’s work area. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about an area of interest and contribute a fresh and unique perspective.
Applications are due by 4:30 pm on Friday, December 3, 2021. Following submission, applicants will receive an email confirming receipt of the application and describing the general process for appointment. Appointments for open positions will be made at the January 4, 2021 meeting of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. For a full description of each committee and to complete the application please visit: https://www.minneapolisparks.org/abca.
Applicants with questions about the appointments process should email their questions to [email protected].
Use the link below to sign up for email notifications for advisory committee opportunities:
The draft Corridor Plan for the METRO E Line project defines where stations will be located and how they’ll fit into the 13-mile bus rapid transit corridor. This plan reflects years of project planning and community engagement to shape this investment in the Route 6 bus corridor, and we’re seeking your feedback on the plan before it’s finalized next spring.
Before the pandemic, customers took more than 8,000 daily rides on Route 6, making it one of Metro Transit’s busiest bus routes. Route 6 has retained strong ridership through the pandemic, and investment in bus rapid transit is a key part of Metro Transit’s efforts to build back as a stronger and better transit system.
Metro Transit is seeking community feedback on planned station locations. Explore the plan and provide your comments by October 31. Learn how you can participate in the process at metrotransit.org/e-line-project
If you have any questions, need further accommodations to access plan materials, or if your group is interested in a virtual project presentation, please contact project staff by email or by phone at 612-599-0459.
What's in the Corridor Plan?
Station maps include specific locations for each planned station, including the proposed corners where stations would be built at each intersection
More information on the E Line corridor, including alignment, and proposed changes to Route 6 and other bus service.
How can I get involved?
Due to the continued pandemic, E Line project staff are not hosting in-person meetings. Here is how you can get more information or get involved:
- Review the plan and submit online comments
- Help us get the word out by sharing a social media posts with your community (Facebook, Twitter)
- Request a virtual meeting for your group or organization with project staff
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.