Co-hosted by Council Members Glidden, Quincy and Palmisano to eceive community feedback 

Mayor Hodges is hosting a community meeting an opportunity for you to learn more about her recommended budget, to provide feedback, and to ask questions you may have.

2015 Budget Community Meeting
Wednesday, November 12, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Mayflower Church, 106 E. Diamond Lake Road

For background on the 2015 budget, you can review Council Member Glidden’s budget overview in her October 31 newsletter, or you can go to the City website here. The 2015 proposed budget includes the addition of a city-wide composting program that would be implemented in 2015.

There are two public comment hearings that you can attend to share your thoughts about the proposed budget:

  • Nov. 18 at 6:05 p.m. Room 317 of City Hall
  • Dec. 10 at 6:05 p.m. Room 317 of City Hall (under state law, this is also the date that the city council will adopt the budget, a process that will occur immediately following the public hearing).

Please contact Elizabeth with your thoughts on the budget at (612) 673-2208 or Elizabeth.glidden@minneapolismn.gov.

The City’s current franchise agreements with Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy, both signed in the early 1990s, expire at the end of this year. The new franchise agreements would begin in January 2015 and have a term with a minimum of five years and a maximum of 10 with the potential to renew for up to 20. They would maintain the current formula for establishing the fees utilities collect from customers to pay the City.

 More information is available about the tentative Clean Energy Partnership and franchise agreements here.

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Mayor  Betsy Hodges and the City Council have approved agreements with Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy that, among other things, establish a first-of-its-kind City-utility Clean Energy Partnership which will have the City and the utility companies collaborating in new ways to help Minneapolis achieve its clean energy goals. These goals include making energy affordable and reliable for everyone while increasing energy efficiency, increasing renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gases.

The Clean Energy Partnership came about following discussions over renewing the City’s franchise agreements with the two utilities. Many communities in Minnesota negotiate franchise agreements with utility companies to identify the conditions under which the companies are allowed to use public property to provide service to local residents and businesses. A fee for that use is negotiated through franchise agreements, and utilities collect that fee from their customers.

Under the Clean Energy Partnership agreements, a board will be created that includes the mayor, two council members, the city coordinator and two senior officials from each of the two utilities. An Energy Vision Advisory Committee will also be established to provide feedback on the board’s work plan and gather feedback from critical Minneapolis communities. The board’s work plan will be shaped by Minneapolis’ adopted Climate Action Plan and may include ideas such as:

  • Giving customers additional choices about the way their energy is generated.
  • Increasing residential and business use of new and existing energy-efficiency and renewable-energy programs to help consumers control energy costs and reduce greenhouse gases.
  • Supporting the development of renewable energy in the city and in Minnesota.
  • Exploring and implementing ways for the City to reduce its own energy use and increase its use of clean and renewable energy.

Story from the Ward 8, e-newsletter of City Councilmember Elizabeth Glidden.

The Minneapolis City Council has approved new rules for some restaurants that sell alcohol outside of the Downtown area. Until now the city’s rules were antiquated and made it difficult for well-run businesses to meet required alcohol-to-food sales ratios, which the current economy does not support.

As Council Member Glidden, an author of the ordinance changes, described, “While neighborhood restaurants are valued spaces to experience great food and community, our laws governing restaurants have not kept up.  These archaic rules, requiring 70 percent food and 30 percent alcohol sales, don’t fit the business model of restaurants today, where craft beer and fine wine purchases will quickly put a restaurant out of compliance with city regulations.  We can do better, with a regulatory model that focuses on ensuring restaurants act like good neighbors.” 

The revised ordinances eliminate requirements that some restaurants in the city sell a certain amount of food, compared to the amount of alcohol they sell. Now, restaurants in commercial corridors that are outside of Downtown are no longer required to make at least 60 percent of their sales in food, and 40 percent or less in alcohol. Though these outdated restrictions are removed, restaurants would still be required to earn a substantial amount of their revenue from non-alcohol purchases. Additionally, the changes create a new set of tools the City can use to take action against establishments that create problems in city neighborhoods. Modernizing the City’s ability for dealing with problem businesses will allow the City to better address problems while making things easier for businesses that are well run. 

The ordinance changes will not change the type of establishment that’s allowed in a particular location. For example, a neighborhood restaurant could not be replaced by a bar (a common question!). The proposed ordinance also defines what a “bar area” is within a restaurant and the amount of bar area an establishment can have. This will make sure that these areas are appropriately scaled for the neighborhood and the size of the establishment. 

70/30 rule still in place, vote in November

The new ordinances do not affect those restaurants that are outside of Downtown and nestled in residential areas (not in commercial corridors). The current requirement, which is found in the City Charter and can only be changed by voters, is that they must make at least 70 percent of their sales in food, and 30 percent or less in alcohol. This November, voters in Minneapolis will vote on a ballot question which, if approved, would remove that food sales threshold for those restaurants. If that happens, the currently-proposed City ordinances would then apply to those restaurants as well. If voters do not approve the ballot measure, those restaurants will still be required by the City Charter to meet the 70/30 sales ratio. 

For more information and to see the ordinances and frequently asked questions visit the City’s business licensing web page.

Read it here, if yours hasn’t arrived in your mailbox yet, or follow this link:

http://kingfield.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/KFNANewsFall14_Final.pdf

 

The KFNA Board has voted to support the Charter Amendment language change detailed in the attachment below, siding in favor of a restaurant’s liquor licensing being regulated by City Ordinance, as opposed to Charter. There is to be a Public Hearing (notice below) to decide whether the proposed amendment should be put on the 2014 ballot. As stated in the final paragraph of this notice below, “The Charter Commission has not yet determined whether to put this question on the 2014 ballot and is seeking input from the public before making that decision. Public hearing testimony can be submitted by email (addressed to the Charter Commission and sent to peggy.menshek@minneapolismn.gov). Written comments must be submitted by 5 pm on Tuesday, June 3. Testimony can also be submitted orally at the hearing on June 4.”  

KFNA encourages citizens to submit your comments in writing or in person on this issue.

70-30 Charter Language Read more

The Influence of Art in our Social, Physical, and Economic Future: Creative Placemaking in Minneapolis

Friday, May 30, 12-1pm
Butter Bakery Café, 3700 Nicollet

In 2013, three Minneapolis organizations received ArtPlace grants to support their work in connecting community and art.  Pillsbury House + Theater featured 20 projects in one year by local artists on Chicago Avenue.  Intermedia Arts and the City of Minneapolis partnered to embed artists in the city’s planning and development project process.  And the Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) worked to improve a light rail station as the front door to the Native American Cultural Corridor.  

We welcome Noel Raymond of Pillsbury House + Theater, Theresa Sweetland of Intermedia Arts, and Jay Bad Heart Bull and Andy Hestness of NACDI, to talk about the impact of ArtPlace grants and the planned projects.  What has been the impact of the ArtPlace grant?  How, if at all, have these organizations changed their approach to connecting arts and community?  What work is left undone?

Please join us for a great discussion of the intersection of arts and community!  Arrive early, grab some lunch or a treat, and settle in for an exciting program that will begin promptly at 12 noon.

Friday, March 21 
Noon-1 pm (arrive at 11:30 – get lunch and meet your neighbors!) 


Butter Bakery Cafe, 3700 Nicollet

Please join us on Friday, March 21, for Lunchtime with Elizabeth.  We are excited to welcome representatives from the Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy to discuss their work on Race, Climate, and Community Health. 



Executive Director Shalini Gupta and Dr. Cecilia Martinez will present their newly developed Environmental Justice Mapping Tool.  This tool, as described at www.ceed.org, provides visual comparisons of environmental risks across communities based on race and income and health sensitive populations. The Environmental Justice tool can be used by communities to understand their environmental risks, organize for clean air, land, and water, address environmental health disparities, and build climate resilient neighborhoods. 



We will also discuss proposed policy recommendations, such as “Green Zones” and other actions to eliminate racial disparities posed in part by environmental risks.  Green Zones, supported by the City of Minneapolis Community Environmental Advisory Committee (CEAC), have been utilized in other cities and states and are a recommended policy initiative of the Minneapolis Climate Action Plan.

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