On Tuesday, September 15, 2020, the MHNA Board of Directors will be voting to move additional NRP Phase II Program Income to three existing neighborhood priorities. Each of these three priorities have been in place for 2 or more years, but all require additional funding to continue.
The total amount of funding in question is under $25,000, therefore a community vote is not needed. The board was noticed at its regular monthly meeting on August 18, 2020 that these votes would take place in September, meeting the 21-notice of the board and communities impacted.
Existing Priority: Elwell Park Signage / Kiosk
Requested amount: $5300, from Phase II Program Income
A project started more than four years ago, the rehabilitation of the public art in Elwell Park includes replacing/repairing broken mosaic tiles, sandblasting and repainting the metalwork, and adding a new kiosk with interpretative signage that tells the story of the park and its importance to the neighborhood. These funds will complete the final rail installation.
Existing Priority: Eastside Litter Container Program
Requested amount: $4000, from NRP Phase II Program Income
As outlined in the Livability section of MHNA’s Phase II NRP plan, our organization pursues ways to make Marcy-Holmes cleaner and safer for all those who live, work and visit our community. MHNA will continue to provide funds for the once per week servicing of fourteen (14) additional concrete trash containers for a two-year period. The containers, already installed by the City of Minneapolis Public Works Department in 2018, will be located at street corners, on the east side of Marcy-Holmes.
Existing Priority: Greater Dinkytown: Road Map for the Future
Requested amount: $5000, from Phase II Program Income
Develop a vibrant vision and implementation plan for the “Greater Dinkytown” Community. This is the third and final phase of this project. This priority is supported by $9,000 from the UMN’s Good Neighbor Fund.
Work was postponed because the Mississippi was too high
Third Avenue Bridge weekend closure begins Aug. 28
Beginning 8 p.m. Fri, Aug. 28, the Third Ave. Bridge will be fully closed to allow construction crews to move equipment below the bridge to continue repair work on the bridge piers. The bridge is expected to reopen 5 a.m. Mon, Aug. 31. Crews will be working around the clock to complete the weekend work. Motorists, transit riders, and people walking and bicycling will need to use alternative routes across the river during this time.
Crews will begin repairing the bridge piers. These pier structures extend into the river below and support the foundation of the bridge. See below for a photo of the current aging pier structures.
All construction activities and closures are weather permitting and subject to change.
Beginning 8 p.m. Fri, July 31, the Third Ave. Bridge will be fully closed until 5 a.m. Mon, Aug. 3. The closure will allow construction crews to shift equipment to the other side of the bridge and reconfigure travel lanes. Crews will be working around the clock to complete the weekend work. Nearby residents and businesses should expect noise. Motorists, transit riders, and people walking and bicycling will need to use alternative routes across the river during this time.
Crews are preparing the bridge for the closure when they will start removing and rebuilding the bridge. We are setting falsework to help speed up the deconstruction and construction portions and try to minimize the amount of the time that the bridge is closed. Falsework is the temporary support, such as steel pipes and beams that is used during construction until the bridge can support itself. The falsework is not a permanent part of the bridge. This also involves working on the utilities under the bridge and protecting them from the future work. Crews also started on the repair work on a pier near Main St.
The Minneapolis Charter Commission has proposed another possible change to the City Charter, our City's constitution, and will seek public input on this proposal.
This new proposal removes minimum funding requirements for the Police Department without eliminating Police as a required department.
The public hearing for this proposed Charter amendment is set for:
- Monday, July 27 at 5 p.m. online.
This is the second of two proposed amendments. City Council submitted the first proposal described below. As with the City Council's proposed amendment, this new amendment would also be sent to the voters in the November election if approved by Hennepin County's Aug. 21 ballot question deadline.
If both proposals are approved by the deadline, they could both appear as ballot questions this November.
City Council's proposed Charter amendment to create Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention
The Charter Commission's new proposal is separate from the Minneapolis City Council's existing proposal to eliminate Police as a required department in the City Charter and instead require the creation of a Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention, which may include a police division.
The public hearings for this first proposed Charter amendment were on July 15 and July 21, and public comments can still be submitted.