Monthly Archives: October 2020

Ward 11 Update (including Free Covid testing locations)

Ward 11 Neighbors,

Below you’ll find the latest updates on key issues affecting our community. As always, you are always welcome to get in touch with me directly about issues that matter to you. The best way to reach me is to email or call 612-673-2211.

If you have immediate questions about City services like garbage pick-up, potholes, parking violations, and more, please call 311 or use these online reporting tools for the most efficient service.

Free COVID-19 Testing

Minnesota’s COVID-19 cases are again on the rise, underscoring the importance of continuing to follow critical public health guidance like keeping your face covered in public, remaining at least six feet from people not in your household, and washing your hands regularly. The City is hosting several free COVID-19 testing events this month where everyone is welcome and insurance is not required:

  • Thursday, Oct. 8 and Thursday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Masjid An-Nur Mosque (1729 Lyndale Ave N). Register onsite. Somali interpreters will be available.
  • Thursday, Oct. 8 and Friday, Oct. 9 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at New Salem Missionary Baptist Church (2507 Bryant Ave N). Pre-register here or register onsite.
  • Thursday, Oct. 22 and Friday, Oct. 23 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at St. Peters AME (401 E 41st St). Pre-registration will be available soon or register onsite.

Your results should be available in about two business days. If you are unable to attend these events, check Hennepin County’s upcoming community testing events and the state’s list of its upcoming community testing events. In addition, this state directory can help you find a testing location near you. Additional COVID-19 resources for households are listed in the final section of this newsletter.

City to Open More Ballot Drop-off Sites

We’re less than one month from Election Day – Nov. 3 – and Minneapolis voters continue their record pace for voter turnout. So far, nearly 50,000 Minneapolis voters – including almost 4,000 in Ward 11 – have voted early in person or by mail. Voting early helps prevent crowding at polling places on Election Day, keeping you and your neighbors safe during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

To make sure safe, accessible early voting is available to everyone, our Elections and Voter Services team this week announced plans to open several additional sites where folks can drop off completed mail-in ballots. This option is available to Minneapolis voters who prefer to hand-deliver their mail-in ballots rather than sending them back in the postage-paid envelope provided. If you mail in your ballot, you can track its status and acceptance using the Secretary of State’s ballot look-up tool. If you have not yet done so, request your mail-in ballot today using this form to ensure you have ample time to receive it, fill it out, and submit it. More than 130,000 Minneapolis voters have requested mail-in ballots in this election. Get more information on voting by mail here.

Meanwhile, voting early in person remains an option to all Minneapolis voters. Several thousand have cast their ballots at the City’s Early Vote center (980 E Hennepin Ave). Typical operating hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, with expanded hours and weekend service in the two weeks leading up to Election Day. Our Early Vote Center has all the features typically found in a polling place including curbside voting, assistive voting equipment, and staff with language assistance skills. Minneapolis voters can also vote early at the Hennepin County Government Center (details and service hours available here.) For the last seven days of early voting, the City will open two additional Early Vote Centers. Get more information on voting early in person here.

Public Safety Updates

City Council Approves Public Safety Engagement Plan

The City Council last week approved an outline for expansive community engagement on how to improve our public safety system. Under the plan, community members citywide will have various opportunities to offer input on alternatives to policing and police responses, public health-oriented violence prevention, and law enforcement reforms and/or changes to police protocols and practices. The approved process is divided into four parts:

  • Phase One (October-December 2020): A community survey and public forums focused on the current model of community safety and opportunities for changes, with a synthesis of initial themes presented to the City Council in early December along with a draft vision for consideration and adoption by the City Council.
  • Phase Two (January-March 2021): Public forums for community members to review and confirm the themes and goals established in the first phase plus a deeper dive into ideas for a new public safety model to help inform draft recommendations of action steps to realize the established vision and goals.
  • Phase Three (April-May 2021): Opportunities to offer feedback on draft recommendations at public forums and online.
  • Phase Four (June-July 2021): Recommendations will be refined and finalized, incorporating community feedback gathered throughout the engagement process, with a final report to the City Council on strategies for building a new model for community safety.

This process will be open to all community members who wish to participate. Recommendations will focus on but may not be limited to intermediate policy changes, investments and partnerships that support a public health approach to community safety, alternatives to policing, and research and engagement to inform the potential creation of a new Department of Community Safety. There will be a review and analysis of existing models, programs and practices that could be applied in Minneapolis. This process will build on the work already underway to refine and improve our 911 response and shift certain calls for help to responders other than the Police Department. It will also identify resources needed to support recommendations.

The proposed engagement plan is a key component of the City Council’s commitment, adopted by the City Council in June, to a year-long process for gathering input, conducting research and exploring structural change.

Comment on Public Safety This Thursday, Oct. 8

Separate from the process detailed above, the City Council’s Public Health and Safety Committee will hear from community members during a public comment period at the beginning of its next meeting this Thursday, Oct. 8 at 1:30 p.m. As a reminder, all City Council meetings are being held remotely in keeping with public health guidance during the COVID-19 pandmic. To comment at the committee meeting, sign up in advance on the City website. I do not sit on the Public Health and Safety Committee but will review comments received at this meeting.

Give Feedback on Freelance Worker Protections Ordinance

The City of Minneapolis has drafted frequently asked questions and rules documents to provide general guidance to freelance workers and those who hire freelancers about their rights and responsibilities under the City’s freelance worker protections ordinance, which takes effect Jan. 1.

The ordinance will help prevent the exploitation of freelance workers, including many self-employed entrepreneurs who work as independent contractors. Under the ordinance, businesses that hire certain freelancers for their work in the City of Minneapolis must confirm their agreement in writing. It is an ordinance violation for a hiring party to refuse to pay the freelancer as stated in the contract or demand a freelancer accept less compensation after work has started as a condition of being paid on time. Submit public comments about the clarity and substance of information in the FAQs and rules here. The comment period runs through Dec. 31

Find more information on the City’s worker protections initiatives here.

Hennepin County Plans to Purchase Metro Inn

The Hennepin County Board has voted unanimously to spend a portion of its COVID-19 relief funding from the federal government to purchase the Metro Inn motel at 5637 Lyndale Ave S and a second property outside Ward 11 to serve as shelters for folks transitioning out of homelessness. This is a transaction between Hennepin County and the owners of Metro Inn; the City is not a party to the deal and does not vote on it.

Here is the information I have from Hennepin County Commissioner Marion Greene’s office:

  • Hennepin County’s Housing and Redevelopment Authority is in negotiations to purchase the Metro Inn. The motel, which has 32 rooms, will be turned into housing for seniors and COVID-19-vulnerable people who have been in County-provided housing as part of the County’s public health response to the pandemic. Residents are able to live independently. The end goal of this project is secure housing for people at risk from the COVID-19 pandemic and that they can become part of the neighborhood.
  • Hennepin County is committed to providing affordable, long-term housing for vulnerable people. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for housing has become even more urgent to ensure that vulnerable populations have a safe place to stay, with individual living spaces that enable compliance with public health precautions. That is why the county is responding to this opportunity to purchase the Metro Inn Motel and an additional building in the Stevens Square Neighborhood, and aim to have them ready for residents to move in by the end of this year.
  • A more detailed timeline will be solidified as negotiations progress. The County will be requesting proposals from management companies for the building very shortly.
  • The office of Hennepin County Commissioner Greene is working with Windom neighborhood leaders on future communications, project updates, and opportunities for input.

If you have questions, contact Laura Hoffman in Commissioner Greene’s office. You can reach her at or 612-348-0863.

Yard Waste Reminders

The leaves are beginning to fall, which means you might have more yard waste than usual in the next several weeks. Through the week of Nov. 16, you can set out your bagged and bundled yard waste – including leaves, brush, and other yard trimmings – by 6 a.m. on your regular garbage day for pickup.

To properly prepare your yard waste, you can set it out in a reusable container that holds between 32 and 38 gallons with sturdy handles, in compostable bags (paper or certified compostable plastic), or bundle it with string or twine. Each container, bag, or bundle must weigh less than 40 pounds, and branches must be less than three inches in diameter and cut to less than 3 feet. Using bags marked “biodegradable” or “degradable” do not meet state law and are not accepted. Finally, please do not rake leaves into the street – it’s against the law, and pollutes our waterways. Questions about yard waste pickup? Check this website or call 612-673-2917 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Offer Input on Future Transit Service

Metro Transit is seeking feedback as part of Network Next, its 20-year plan for expanding and improving our bus network. Transit improvements under consideration include improved local and express routes as well as new arterial bus rapid transit (BRT) lines. Two potential BRT routes would serve Ward 11 – the 4, which runs along Lyndale Avenue, and the 18, which runs along Nicollet Avenue. Future BRT corridors will be selected based in part on input from riders and communities served. Provide feedback through this survey, which is open through this Friday, Oct. 9. Learn more about Network Next here.

Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Tomorrow, Oct. 7, is Energy Efficiency Day! Celebrate by taking a look at this list of energy efficiency tips that will help you reduce energy consumption at home, reducing your carbon footprint and utility bills in the process.

This is also a great occasion to take a closer look at your home’s energy usage and explore ways to reduce your consumption and your carbon footprint. You can start by signing up for a free Home Energy Squad visit where an energy professional will help you identify your best options for energy savings now and in the future. In addition, if you decide to move forward with energy improvements, you may be able to get a no-interest loan to cover the cost of energy efficiency upgrades. If you have a remote Home Energy Squad visit or received a Home Energy Squad visit within the last three years, you are eligible to receive this City funding to make energy upgrades to your home. Please note this financing is limited and only available through the end of 2020, so start planning now.

COVID-19 Resources for Households

As COVID-19 puts additional strain on families and individuals, there are resources available to help. I will continue to share the following resources in each of my newsletters, and I encourage you to pass this information along to any family, friends, or neighbors who may can benefit from these programs.

State Housing Assistance Program

Minnesota’s COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program has opened to cover housing expenses such as rent, mortgage, utilities or other housing-related costs. This program will help keep folks in their homes and maintain housing stability for eligible renters and homeowners in communities across the state.

People in Minnesota interested in applying for assistance can call the Greater Twin Cities United Way’s 211 Resource Helpline at 651-291-0211, text “MNRENT” or “MNHOME” to 898-211, or apply online here. The 211 Helpline has dedicated multilingual staff to answer questions about the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

For questions regarding the application process, review COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program frequently asked questions.

Rental Assistance from Hennepin County

Hennepin County continues to offer assistance to residents in need that can be used to cover this month’s rent or past-due rent from previous months. To qualify you must:

  • Rent anywhere in Hennepin County.
  • Have had household income below 50% of the area median income (about $46,550 for a three-person household) before COVID-19.
  • Lost income due to COVID-19 that has not been replaced by unemployment insurance or other emergency assistance.
  • Can’t afford housing costs this month.
  • Not currently receive Section 8 or other rental assistance.

Priority will be given to households with the lowest incomes and those not eligible for unemployment insurance. Learn more and apply for assistance here. If you do not have internet access or cannot complete the form in English call 612-302-3160.

Foreclosure Prevention Resources

The COVID-19 crisis continues to pose significant challenges for many in our community. If you or someone you know is struggling to meet your mortgage obligations, free assistance is available through the Minnesota Homeownership Center. A network of advisors can help you understand how to prevent foreclosure and connect you with resources to help during this challenging time. Learn more and find an advisor here.

Utility Bill Payment Options During COVID-19

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on household budgets, both of our local utility providers — Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy — have suspended shutoffs for non-payment until further notice. In addition, both companies are working with customers to provide help where possible. Arrange a payment plan by contacting Xcel Energy at 800-895-4999 and/or CenterPoint Energy at 800-245-2377.

Free Meals for Kids 18 and Younger

Free meal boxes are available to all Minneapolis families with children ages 18 and younger. Similar to the free food box program Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) operated in the spring and summer, all families are welcome to participate at no cost – children do not need to be enrolled at an MPS school. Families can pick up one box per child per week. Each box contains five breakfasts and five lunches with fresh produce and whole grains. Milk is available upon request. Meal boxes are available for pickup Monday through Friday at 29 school sites across Minneapolis. Find the full list of pickup sites and hours here. Call 612-668-2820 or email with questions.

Wash your hands and cover your face!

For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats please call 311 at 612-673-3000.

People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 at 612-673-3000. TTY users can call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626.

Ward 8 Update: Andrea Jenkins

A Message from Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins

This morning the City Council adopted a comprehensive Community Engagement process to begin our yearlong community re-imagination of Public Safety in the City of Minneapolis.

  • Phase One (October 2020 through December 2020):a community survey and public forums focused on the current model of community safety and opportunities for changes, with a synthesis of initial themes presented to the Council in early December along with a draft vision for consideration and adoption by the Council
  • Phase Two (January 2021 through March 2021):public forums where community members can review and confirm the themes and goals established in the first phase plus a deeper dive into ideas for a new public safety model to help inform draft recommendations of actions steps to realize the established vision and goals
  • Phase Three (April 2021 through May 2021):opportunities to offer feedback on draft recommendations at public forums and online
  • Phase Four (June 2021 through July 2021):recommendations will be refined and finalized, incorporating community feedback gathered throughout the engagement process, with a final report to the Council on strategies for building a new model for community safety

Watch the full presentation outlining engagement efforts here. The process is guided by the principles of accessibility, and meaningful and inclusive engagement. It will be open to all community members who wish to participate.

The proposed engagement plan is a key component of the City Council’s commitment, unanimously adopted by the City Council in June, to a year-long process for gathering input, conducting research, and exploring structural change.

To stay up to date with what is going on at 38th and Chicago please visit the website for detailed information,

Myself, Councilmember Cano and Mayor Frey continue to communicate with community members to ensure justice for the community and the family of George Floyd.

Minneapolis Voter Update;


As of 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 1st 130,549 vote-by-mail ballots have been sent to Minneapolis voters, which is roughly 49.2% of the City’s registered voter population. There have also been 27,612 ballots returned through in-person early voting and vote-by-mail.

More detailed analysis of Minneapolis’s early voting turnout can be done through the data visualization tool (mobile view) that is currently found on the election website. A preview of the tool can be found below. A second tool is also available on our website to allow the public to analyze the number of absentee mail ballots in relationship with the number of returned ballots. It is found below the Early Voting Dashboard on the election website.

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2020 State Primary Early Voting Dashboard


To help voters who are thinking about voting early still, we wanted to share some tips based on common problems we are seeing with vote-by-mail ballots.

“Spoiled” Ballots: Many voters choosing to vote in-person at our Early Vote Center also have had a mail ballot sent to their home. These voters should dispose of the ballot that was mailed to their house. These ballots are “spoiled” when they vote in-person and become invalid. The ballot cast in-person will be counted. Voters who already sent in their ballot through the mail do not need to vote in-person, either early or on Election Day.

Signature Envelopes: Voters should be sure to fully and completely fill out their signature envelopes. Both registered and non-registered voters should complete the top section of the signature envelope labeled “Voter must complete this section”. Voters need to provide their name, address, and an ID number. For the ID number, voters should use the ID number that they placed on their absentee ballot application, either the MN issued drivers’ license number, ID Card number, or the last four digits of their social security number. If a voter is unsure of which number they used, they can write both numbers on the signature envelope.

Voter Registration: We’ve received several calls from voters who have received voter registration materials and don’t believe they need to fill them out. Non-registered materials are also used in the vote by mail process as a method to clear challenges on the voter record. If a voter has received voter registration materials, they must fill them out and complete the witness section of the envelope, even if they believe they are already registered.

Stay safe, wear a mask to protect yourself and others, and vote early.

Have a great weekend,


Don’t delay; Households are encouraged to complete the census by Monday, Oct. 5

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Because of several census counting challenges and ongoing court hearings, the timeline for completing the census may continue to change. Although the final deadline for the census continues to be in question, it’s certain that the census will finalize all counting efforts in October. Completing your census form online or by phone before Oct. 5 is the safest way to make sure that you and your family are counted.

The census occurs once every decade, determining where $1.5 trillion in federal resources are distributed for transportation, housing, schools, health insurance, social service programs and infrastructure, including nearly $15 billion for Minnesota.

The data collected by the census also determines political representation. With Minnesota at risk for losing a congressional seat, a thorough and accurate census count is vital to the safety, success and future of our city and state.

We all matter, we all add value and we all count. Count yourself and everyone in your household today by visiting or calling 1-844-330-2020.

Public Works Staff are seeking input on 38th & Chicago winter design options through Sunday, Oct. 4

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Minneapolis Public Works is considering options for an interim winter street design for Chicago Avenue between 37th Street and 39th Street, and 38th Street between Elliot Avenue and Columbus Avenue. Public Works is working to ensure that essential access is retained through the winter. Ensuring essential winter access requires some adjustments in the area; no decision has been made on the final details of the winter design or timing of implementation.

Based on community feedback about the streets, Public Works has developed options for an interim winter design for streets in the area. These designs work to:

  • Preserve space for mourning and reflection.
  • Increase public visibility and safety.
  • Preserve as much public art as possible.
  • Ensure essential winter access for emergency vehicles, utilities, local deliveries and local residents.
  • Improve access for residents, businesses and transit.
  • Provide an interim design, not a return to before.

Review the design options.

You can share feedback on the winter options in this questionnaire, which is open through Sunday, Oct. 4.

Visit the City’s website to learn more.

Hennepin County In-Person Support Event Tuesday, Oct. 6 from 12:30 pm to 4 pm

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When: Tuesday, Oct. 6th from 12:30 pm to 4 pm

Where: Hennepin County Powderhorn Service Center, 1201 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Stop by the Powderhorn Hennepin County Service Center to get in-person help applying for the following services: emergency rental assistance, health care, community resources, and more. It will be a COVID-19 friendly event and there will be free masks and hand sanitizer to share.

For updates on this event please refer to the event Facebook page here.


Ven y a acompáñanos aquí: Office of Multi-Cultural Services del Condado de Hennepin -Powderhorn
Martes, 6 de octubre de 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
1201 E. Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Para ayudarle en persona a solicitar para: asistencia de renta de emergencia, cuidado de salud, recursos en la comunidad y otros servicios

Evento seguro COVID-19, ¡tendremos mascarillas y desinfectante de manos gratis para compartir!


Nagala soo qaybgal nooguna imow: Hennepin County Office of Multi-Cultural Services-Powderhorn

Talaadada, October 6th 12:30pm – 4:00pm
1201 E. Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Taageero shakhsi ahaan laguu arkayo sidii aad u codsan lahayd: gargaarka kirada degdega ah, daryeelka caafimaadka, ilaha laga helo caawimaadaha bulshada iyo adeegyo kale

Kulan aad looga taxadarayo COVID-19! Waxaan idinla wadaagi doonaa maaskaraatoyin bilaash ah iyo jeermis dilaha gacmaha lagu nadiifyo!

Public comment period set Oct. 8 to hear public safety comments

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The Public Health & Safety Committee of the City Council has set a public comment period at the beginning of its next meeting to hear from the public about public safety.

Public safety public comment period 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8

To comment at the committee meeting, sign up in advance on the City website.

The City has an obligation to ensure all of its public meetings comply with the law and that full and fair access is available to anyone interested in participating. State statute requires us to provide a minimum of three days public notice prior to a public comment period.

Election Day is approaching: Make a plan to cast your ballot

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We’re just weeks away from Election Day, Nov. 3. Early voting began Sept. 18, and more than 19,000 voters have already cast ballots. The City has mailed more than 130,000 requested mail ballots out to voters. Voting by mail is recommended by the CDC this year, but you can still vote in person either early or on Election Day.

The Early Vote Center, 980 E. Hennepin Ave., makes early in-person voting more convenient for Minneapolis voters. It’s especially helpful to people who need language support or other special accommodations, such as curbside voting. While we are in a pandemic, voting early can help people avoid lines and crowds at polling places on the day of the election.

The Early Vote Center’s hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday (closed Monday, Oct. 12). The center will have extended hours for the final two weeks of voting, including Saturday and Sunday hours. For the last seven days of early voting, the City will open two additional Early Vote Centers. All early voting hours and locations are posted on the Elections & Voter Services website.

Voter guides in the mail

Look for your 2020 voter guide in the mail. We’re sending a guide to every household to help you make your voting plan.

See the guide online.

Make sure you’re registered to vote

If you’ve never voted before and need to register, now is the perfect time. If it’s been more than four years since you last voted, or you’ve moved or changed your name since you last registered, you’ll also need to re-register. Any 17-year-old who will be 18 on or before election day may also register to vote now. Minnesotans can check their voter registration status before re-registering.

As of the State primary Aug. 11, Minneapolis had approximately 260,000 registered voters. That’s about 85% of the estimated number of voting age citizens* (18 or older) in the city, which means approximately 45,000 potential Minneapolis voters were not yet registered.

Voters can also register in person when voting early or at their polling place on Election Day. However, registering in advance of reduces the time spent there and help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Registering and voting by mail

The City recommends applying for a mail ballot at least 14 days before Nov. 3 election.

More information is available at

Free COVID-19 testing events coming up

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The City of Minneapolis is offering free COVID-19 tests in Minneapolis communities. All are welcome. You do not need insurance for the test.

St. Peter’s AME, 401 E. 41st St. 2-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22 2-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 Make an appointment if possible, or register onsite.

Masjid An-Nur Mosque, 1729 N. Lyndale Ave. Thursday, Oct. 8 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15 Somali interpreters will be available. Register onsite.

New Salem Missionary Baptist Church, 2507 Bryant Ave. N. 2-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 2-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 Make an appointment if possible, or register onsite.

You can expect to get your test results in about two business days.


The COVID-19 test is free, and you do not need insurance for the test. If you need medical care but don’t have health insurance, the Minnesota Department of Health offers resources to find low-cost health care or health insurance.

Testing for other communities

Free COVID-19 tests focused on the Cedar-Riverside community hosted by Pillsbury United 1-4 p.m. every Friday and Monday Brian Coyle Center, 420 15th Ave. S. Note: Double-check with Pillsbury United for possible updates before heading over.

If you are unable to attend one of these testing events, you can use this directory to find a testing location near you.

Public comment period open for zoning code updates to reach Minneapolis 2040 goals

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The City has launched the 45-day comment period for the public to review draft “built form” regulations that will regulate the scale of new buildings and additions throughout Minneapolis. The regulations are critical to achieving the goals of Minneapolis 2040, the City’s Comprehensive Plan, which was approved by the City Council in 2018. The plan will shape how the city will grow and change over the next two decades so all residents can benefit. Under consideration now are technical aspects of Minneapolis 2040 implementation.

Minneapolis 2040 includes 14 Built Form Districts that will guide the development of new regulations, which will govern issues such as: building height, floor area ratio, lot sizes and setbacks from property lines. The new built form regulations will resolve some of the major conflicts between Minneapolis 2040 and the City’s current zoning regulations. They are also intended to make the scale more predictable for new buildings and additions in different areas in the city including neighborhoods, downtown, production and employment areas, and areas served by high-frequency transit.

Minneapolis 2040 went into effect Jan. 1 following more than two years of community engagement. The plan guides growth and change with 14 key goals, including eliminating racial disparities, promoting climate change resiliency, and increasing access to jobs and housing.

Learn more about how to comment on the proposed regulations.

Notice: Fall street sweeping begins Oct. 20

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Crews will sweep streets across Minneapolis next month to clean the streets before winter to keep leaves and debris out of the storm drains and ending up in our lakes and rivers as much as possible.

On Tuesday, Oct. 20, Minneapolis Public Works will begin the big task of curb-to-curb sweeping and leaf collection on streets throughout the city. During the four weeks of the comprehensive fall street sweep, crews will clean about 1,000 miles of city streets. To make sure crews can do the best job possible, temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance so streets will be clear of cars when they’re swept. The first signs will be posted Monday, Oct. 19, and sweeping will begin the next day. Anyone who parks on the street will need to follow posted parking rules or their cars may be ticketed and towed.

Read more and find ways to stay informed about the parking rules.

Vision Zero traffic safety update, more speed limit yard signs available

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This year has seen a surge in requests for community traffic safety and traffic calming along with more reports of reckless driving and speeding.

The City is committed to reaching Vision Zero: having zero traffic deaths and severe injuries on our streets. Traffic staff have been working to respond to the safety requests in a fair and equitable way while recognizing the urgency of the current challenges. Public Works is also working on updated procedures related to neighborhood traffic calming, so that community members can better understand how decisions are made. A draft of those procedures will be available for public comment this winter.

The City continues to ramp up investments in traffic safety by implementing the 2020-2022 Vision Zero Action Plan. The 2020 Vision Zero Annual Report highlights recent work including:

  • Lowering speed limits.
  • Launching the Vision Zero traffic enforcement working group focused on safety and racial justice.
  • Preparing quick safety improvements for high injury streets including converting a section of Lyndale Avenue North from four lanes to three, and making additional safety improvements at more than 30 intersections this year.
  • capital budget request for expanded improvements in 2021 and 2022.

Pick up a “20 is Plenty” yard sign

More “20 is Plenty, Slower is Safer” yard signs are now available for pickup while supplies last. Help get out the word about new, safer speed limits. You can pick up a yard sign at four locations:

Halloween COVID-19 safety guidance

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Many traditional Halloween activities can have a high risk of spreading viruses. There are several safer, alternative ways to celebrate Halloween.

If you may have COVID-19 or you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, like with all activities you should not participate in person in Halloween festivities or give out candy to trick-or-treaters.

Stay safer during the holidays

If you’re wondering how to stay safer in light of the pandemic during the holiday season, the City of Minneapolis Health Department recommends following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Minnesota Department of Health.

Everyone can work to reduce the spread of COVID-19

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  • Wear masks when in public. 10-50% of virus carriers are asymptomatic, so they don’t even know they’re sick. Wearing masks helps control the virus and has been shown to lower COVID-19 spread.
  • Avoid enclosed spaces with groups of people, where the virus can linger in the air for long periods of time.
  • Get tested if you have cold or flu-like symptomsFind testing locations.
  • Stay 6 feet away from others who aren’t in your household.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or sleeve, or a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands afterwards.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom or before eating. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your face – especially your eyes, nose and mouth – with unwashed hands.
  • Do not go to “COVID parties” – Young adults face a real risk of significant illness and complications. They can also pass the virus along to family members and other people in the community.

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Central • Bryant • Bancroft • Field • Regina • Northrop • Lyndale • Kingfield

Andrea Jenkins, 350 S. Fifth St., City Hall Room 307, Minneapolis, MN 55415

For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats please call 311 at 612-673-3000.

People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 at 612-673-3000. TTY users can call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626.

Para asistencia 612-673-2700, Yog xav tau kev pab, hu 612-673-2800, Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500.