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, http://www2.minneapolismn.gov/minneapolisforward/38thandChicago
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;
1. STATUS UPDATE: EARLY VOTING TURNOUT
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.
2020 State Primary Early Voting Dashboard
2. COMMON PROBLEMS WITH VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOTS
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
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 my2020census.gov or calling 1-844-330-2020.
Public Works Staff are seeking input on 38th & Chicago winter design options through Sunday, Oct. 4
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.
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
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
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 vote.minneapolismn.gov.
Free COVID-19 testing events coming up
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
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
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
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.
- A 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
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
- 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 symptoms. Find 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.