Update from Council Member Fletcher (7/8/2020)


Ward 3 Friends --

My regular Wednesday coffee hours will be cancelled this week and next while the Charter Commission takes up the Council's proposed public safety charter amendment for this year's ballot. Then, starting on Thursday, July 23, they will move to THURSDAYS at 5:00 P.M. for the foreseeable future. 

I encourage you to read the proposed charter amendment and submit public comment to have your voice heard (more info below). There are also two scheduled public hearings: next Wednesday, July 15 at 4:00 P.M. and Tuesday, July 21 at 6:00 P.M.

We are also amending the 2020 Budget this month to address revenue shortfalls due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Public hearings on that amended budget will be held on July 14 and July 22; more details on those are below as well.

I look forward to continued discussion with you on both of these critical items and more in the weeks to come.

En Avant,


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Budget Committee Agenda - July 9, 2020

Budget Committee Agenda

Regular Meeting
July 9, 2020 - 10:00 am
Online Meeting
Members: Council Members Linea Palmisano (Chair), Steve Fletcher (Vice-Chair), Kevin Reich, Cam Gordon, Phillipe Cunningham, Jeremiah Ellison, Lisa Goodman, Andrea Jenkins, Alondra Cano, Lisa Bender, Jeremy Schroeder, and Andrew Johnson (Quorum: 7)
Clerk: Jackie Hanson, (612) 673-2216


  1. 2020 City Budget revisions This link open a new window(2020-00719)
    Receiving and filing Mayor Frey's proposed revisions to the adopted 2020 City Budget.
Clerk Notes

Notice: Members of the City Council may participate remotely by telephone or other electronic means due to the local public health emergency (novel coronavirus pandemic) declared on March 16, 2020, pursuant to the provisions of MN Statutes Section 13D.021.

Watch meetings of City Council or its committees on: Comcast Channel 14 or 799; CenturyLink Channel 8001 or 8501; or stream live on City Council TV.

Learn how to participate in the meeting.

Notice: A portion of this meeting may be closed to the public pursuant to MN Statutes Section 13D.03 or 13D.05.
Actions referred to Council: Jul 17, 2020
Next Committee meeting: Jul 10, 2020
Submit written comments to: [email protected]

For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats please contact the City Clerk's Office at 612-673-2216 or e-mail [email protected]. 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. Para asistencia 612-673-2700 - Rau kev pab 612-673-2800 - Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500.


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Certificate of Appropriateness application for the Soap Factory to be discussed at upcoming HPC public hearing

The Certificate of Appropriateness application for the Soap Factory will be discussed at the HPC public hearing that will take place on Tuesday July 28, 2020 at 4:30 pm. Please read details below.


June 12, 2020

Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association

500 8th Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Application for Certificate of Appropriateness
Union Railway Storage Company (aka The Soap Factory) 110 5th Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Dear Mr. Chris Lautenschlager and the Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association:

This letter is to inform you of the proposed work by Peter Deanovic of Buhl Soap, LLC, at The Soap Factory at 514 2nd Street Southeast. The Soap Factory (historically known as the Union Railway Storage Company building) is located within the locally and nationally designated St. Anthony Falls Historic District and all exterior work at the property is subject to review by the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC).

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Comments sought on proposed changes to the City Charter

Comments sought on proposed changes to the City Charter


The Charter Commission holds its first public hearing July 15

The Minneapolis Charter Commission is seeking public comments on a proposed amendment to the City Charter related to the future of public safety. People can submit their comments online or provide them directly to members of the commission at a July 15 public hearing.


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Special Meeting of the Land Use & Development Committee - July 15, 2020


Special Meeting: Land Use & Development Committee

Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 6:30 pm

Online Only


To receive login information for this meeting, you must RSVP to www.marcy-holmes.org/events.

CA Ventures project presentation for high-density, mixed use building at 407 15th Avenue SE, 1428 5th Street SE, 1413-1417 4th Street SE, 1412 5th Street SE, and 1400-1402 5th Street SE (impacted businesses include McDonald's, Pagoda, Five Guys, India Kitchen, Dinkytown Wine & Spirits, Subway, Pizza Hut and a branch of TCF Bank)

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Send a comment to the Charter Commission over the amendment to create create a new Community Safety & Violence Prevention Department

Public Safety Transformation

The City Council has proposed an amendment to the City Charter to be referred to voters in November. If approved by voters, that amendment would create a new Community Safety & Violence Prevention Department and remove the Police Department from the Charter. 

See the proposed amendment


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Extending Neighborhoods 2020 public comment deadline to September 30

From the City of Minneapolis:




Dear neighborhood and community leaders,

The City of Minneapolis and its residents have experienced heartbreak, tragedy and multiple crises over the past four months. Given the difficulty of engaging the community at this time, the Neighborhoods 2020 Steering Committee has recommended that the Neighborhoods 2020 public comment period be extended until September 30, 2020.


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National Night Out Postponed


From the Minneapolis Police Department


To All Block Leaders and past NNO registrants:  Please read this update carefully!


The MPD will be postponing participation in National Night Out until Tuesday, September 15 2020.

* IF you have already registered for a block permit event, your permit will be honored for September 15.

* IF you would like to still have your event on August 4th, you may also do so with the permit.

* You may also host your event on a date other than August 4 or September 15--we just need to know for planning purposes--wait for an email later this week to reply, we would like to know by July 10.

* Note that Nickelodeon Universe is still closed. It may open prior to September 15. If so, we will try to get Mystery Tickets and if we can get them, they will be delivered separately from your permit and registration mailer.

* We encourage blocks to host National Night out, urging that everyone follow the CDC guidelines for gatherings. We recognize this will be a challenge and many fun activities from past events might be moot, but we hope that NNO can continue to be one of the best opportunities to keep your immediate neighbors connected!



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Message from Council Member Fletcher • June 26, 2020

City Council Advances Proposed Ballot Measure Asking Voters to Create a New Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention

The City Council voted today to advance a proposed ballot measure that would ask Minneapolis voters to amend the City Charter to create a new Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention and remove the Police Department as a charter department.


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State COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grants Program now accepting applications


The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has opened the application period for the Minnesota Small Business Relief Grants Program. Applications will be accepted between Tuesday, June 23 and 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 2.

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