The map that every green-oriented resident of Minneapolis has been waiting for is out.

Reprinted from MinnPost

As the city rolls out its curbside organics recycling system, it is only able to serve about a quarter of the city in Phase 1. Those are the residents who can begin putting organics in new bins for regular city collection starting in August. The map released this morning shows those areas in green.  See more:

You can see the map on MinnPost…sadly Kingfield will have to wait until 2016. Boo! 


Printed via the Minneapolis 8th Ward Council Newsletter.  

The new Clean Energy Partnership Board will hold its first meeting in February. This first-of-its-kind City-utility partnership will have the City of Minneapolis, Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy collaborating in new ways to help Minneapolis achieve its clean energy goals, including making energy more affordable and reliable for everyone while increasing energy efficiency, increasing renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gases. 

The first board meeting will be 2-4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 4. The board members are Mayor Betsy Hodges, City Council Member Elizabeth Glidden, City Council Member Kevin Reich and City Coordinator Spencer Cronk for the City of Minneapolis; Laura McCarten, Regional Vice President, and Lee Gabler, Director of Demand-side Management and Renewable Operations for Xcel Energy; and Joe Vortherms, Vice President of Gas Operations, and Jeff Daugherty, Director of Regulatory Affairs, for CenterPoint Energy. City Council Member Cam Gordon is an alternate for the City of Minneapolis.

At this first quarterly meeting, along with setting its schedule and adopting bylaws, the board will also establish an Energy Vision Advisory Committee. The board will begin accepting applications from the public for the committee in the weeks following this first board meeting, so look for more information on this opportunity. The Energy Vision Advisory Committee will provide feedback on the board’s work plan and performance reports, and provide expertise or represent their Minneapolis communities.

You can find more information about the Clean Energy Board, and follow its progress, here.

Welcoming newly appointed Chair of the Met Council Adam Duininck and Senator Scott Dibble

Friday, January 30, 7:30 – 9:00 am

Turtle Bread, 4762 Chicago Ave S (in Café Lavain)

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In 2015, transportation is a top issue at the State Legislature. At the same time, the Metropolitan Council has been at the center of heated regional discussion about how to fund and prioritize transit and transportation investment, among other issues.

We are so excited this month to welcome Met Council Chair Adam Duininck, newly appointed by Governor Dayton in January 2015 to lead this regional organization that conducts regional planning and operates Metro Transit, as well as Minneapolis State Senator and Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee Scott Dibble.


Today (12/1/14), at our “budget markup” meeting, the council approved on a close 7-6 vote a .18% property tax decrease (for a $180,000 home, we were told the savings would be approximately two dollars and fifty cents). I argued against this motion (and voted against it) for the simple reason that the small property tax savings were not worth the harm to critical investments, as well as creating a “budget hole” that will create challenges in future years.

What was cut to achieve this average savings of about $2.50? Our commitment to our Nation’s first clean energy partnership (a commitment leveraging significant staff and resource contributions from our partner utilities), diverse homeownership support and foreclosure prevention for communities of color, depleting the One Minneapolis Fund targeted to support leadership development in communities of color, and cutting in half our support for the disparities study that forms the legal basis for setting race-based goals for business inclusion in worker inclusion goals.

Barely saved, on another 7-6 motion, was one of the new equity positions within the city coordinator’s office. We have similar enterprise support positions in other key goal areas of the city, such as sustainability and the arts, and they have been highly effective in driving city-wide results and leveraging outside partnerships.

I am most concernedt that 7 of my colleagues voted to reduce our commitment to the Clean Energy Partnership – especially since this was one-time funding that will have no impact on the property tax levy. This investment would primarily be for designing and implementing programs to serve residents in Minneapolis. One of the highest on the list, in my mind, is how we address energy issues (and costs) at multi-unit residential buildings. I am hoping we can look for a solution on this item before the final budget approval of December 10.

More details are here:

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

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.


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.

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