Construction of the Seward Coop Friendship store is well underway at 3rd Avenue South and E 38th Street.  Seward recently provided a project update, including an update on project hiring and construction, which is available here.

Seward Open House and Project Office hosted at Sabathani.  Seward will host an open house at Sabathani Community Center, room 103 on Tuesday, Nov. 11, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Several co-op managers and staff will be available to answer questions and discuss the project. This display will be open in room 103 until November 28th. After that point the display will move to the “project office” on the second floor of Sabathani. The office will be open to the public during business hours for the duration of the construction schedule.

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.

The Kingfield Block Walkers will officially begin at the end of the month! We have four locations that have volunteered to serve as meeting places:
Butter Bakery
Royal Grounds
Bruegger’s Bagels
MLK Park

Please click on the following link to a Jooners sign-up sheet if you would like to join us in October and November:

http://www.jooners.com/guest?l=05ed2deb-818c-4256-b70a-0498a9e8cf88

There are 8 dates, with times in the morning, afternoon, and evening to give a variety of options. Hopefully you can sign-up for at least one shift before the snow flies!!

At each location, there will be a plastic bin containing the vests, as well as a binder with useful information. Depending on how successful these days and times are, we will consider just doing a few during the winter, so please be sure to let us know your thoughts!

Minneapolis Solid Waste and Recycling in partnership with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and the Armatage Neighborhood Association are proud to announce the opening of residential organics drop-offs at Armatage Park.  The drop-off will be open beginning on Tuesday October 14, 2014 and operating Tuesdays and Saturdays as follows:

  • Tuesdays 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Residential organics include all food waste (including food items that you should not compost in a backyard bin such as meat, bones and dairy), food-soiled and non-recyclable paper, and other compostable materials such as coffee grounds, filters, cotton swabs, dryer lint, and popsicle sticks.  Yard waste and pet waste are not accepted.  Residents must drop-off their organic materials in a compostable bag (either paper or certified compostable plastic).  Larger items such as pizza boxes and wax coated boxes do not need to be bagged.

The drop-off is open to all Minneapolis residents at no cost.  For the first six weeks to two months, the drop-off will have the following designated delivery times when volunteers will be on site to answer questions, train new participants, and gather some information from residents that will be used to help craft the message for the future city-wide organics collection program. If you want to serve as a volunteer,  contact Kellie Kish at

Kellie Kish │ Recycling Coordinator │ City of Minneapolis Division of Solid Waste & Recycling

Office: 612.673.3536 │ Email: kellie.kish@minneapolismn.gov

For more information on what can, and cannot be composted vista the City’s organics webpages for more information on all of the Residential Organics Drop-Offs in the City:www.minneapolismn.gov/organics

There’s still time (before the snow flies!) to join the new Kingfield Block Walkers for exercise, camaraderie, and to be additional eyes and ears on our blocks! Groups are being formed to start walking this month at both evening and daytime hours.

E-mail Cheryl@kingfield.org to become part of this fun new group or simply join us for the first walk on Tuesday Oct. 7 at 9:30 AM at Butter Bakery Cafe, 3700 Nicollet Ave. S.  Ask for the Kingfield Walker discount when you order your warm-up coffee to go!

PS– If you are a Kingfield Home-based worker, stop into Butter at 8:30 AM on Tuesday to meet others from the neighborhood that work from home!

The Kingfield Home-Based Professionals are excited to announce a monthly rotating gathering at a Kingfield café! Much like our Third Week of the Month Happy Hour gatherings (which will continue), there’s no formal agenda–just a fun, casual gathering of professionals who work from home.

We’ll gather the first week of every month at a neighborhood café.

Look for us Tuesday 7 October from 8:30 – 9:30 am at Butter Bakery & Cafe (37th & Nicollet). We’ll be at the large community table on the north side of the cafe.

P.S. Meet up with the new Kingfield Walking Club afterwards at 9:30 am.

RSVP on our LinkedIn Group: https://www.linkedin.com/groupItem?view=&gid=4812315&type=member&item=5922430544037040130 or email sarah@kingfield.org

 

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The Kingfield Community Garden Group is a project of the nonprofit Kingfield Neighborhood Associationwhose mission is to create a network of gardens and access to fresh food throughout the neighborhood in south Minneapolis. “Community gardens work because people take mutual ownership of a space and are brought together because of it,” says Sarah Linnes-Robinson, Kingfield Neighborhood Association executive director. Read more!

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