Metro Transit will be holding two public open houses to provide information about the Midtown Corridor Alternatives Analysis. Anyone interested is welcome to attend the following open houses:
Wednesday, Nov. 20
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
2822 Lyndale Ave S.
Thursday, Nov. 21
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Colin Powell Center
2924 4th Ave S.
Both open houses will include a presentation at approximately 6:30 p.m. Project staff will present results of the alternatives analysis, including cost, projected ridership, travel time changes, proposed stations and service plans. The public can provide input on three alternatives that could move forward for more detailed design, engineering and construction.
A Letter from KFNA’s Solarize Kingfield partner Applied Energy Innovations (AEI) is below. KFNA echoes their disappointment in the Solar Rewards application process led by Xcel Energy in 2013 and the lack-of-results of what had promised to be a step forward in providing green energy for neighbors in and around Kingfield Neighborhood.
I am writing to address the issue of moving forward with our shared solar energy goals as this disappointing 2013 solar incentive cycle draws to a close. As you are reading this message, it appears certain Xcel Energy is not going to approve the solar projects AEI submitted in early 2013 with the support of KFNA on behalf of the 10 residential properties in SW Minneapolis for rebate funding this year.
As you may recall, I wrote you a lengthy email in late October expressing my disappointment with Xcel’s poor partnership this rebate cycle.
I don’t want to belabor this point further. As my email from late October expresses, we at AEI have high hopes that Minnesota will have a much more successful, transparent, and well-administered incentive cycle in 2014.
The 2014 rebate cycle holds at least two substantial advantages over 2013:
More money – the combined incentive program for solar in Minnesota contains $20 million. These funds will be renewed each year until 2023.
New management – $15 million of the incentive dollars available will be administered by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources (DER), rather than by Xcel.
We’re really glad there are more rebate/incentive dollars than ever before. However, the aspect of the 2014 rebate program that has us most hopeful for the future is the change in administration. Here’s why:
Xcel Energy is an investor-owned utility. Xcel’s primary motivation when they make decisions is to maximize returns for their shareholders – not to make the cleanest, most sustainable energy choices. On the other hand, the DER is staffed by committed professionals whose mandate is to distribute rebates and incentives in such a way as to grow solar in Minnesota. DER’s mandate stands in stark contrast with Xcel’s approach to solar rebates.
We fully expect this program to succeed in growing solar more efficiently and rapidly than all prior incentive programs. That’s why I’m asking you to stick with us. AEI is unique among solar installers in the resources we commit to project design and management. We are also unique in the resources we devote to navigating the bureaucratic steps Xcel and government agencies require of solar projects. We do this because we believe energy production and consumption must fundamentally change.
I can’t say this enough – this change in the administration of the rebate program holds great promise for the future of solar in Minnesota, and the future of solar on our community.
If neighbors in Kingfield or beyond are interested in submitting an application for the 2014 Solar Rewards program please have them contact AEI. The sooner we’re in contact with them, the more time we can put into their application.
Dustin Denison, Principal, Applied Energy Innovations
Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling have re-activated a quarterly newsletter. The first issue of our new newsletter, The Clean City Chronicle, is now available. We plan to mail out one issue a year and post the others online. Residents may subscribe to receive the newsletter via email if they choose by signing up on the newsletter webpage: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/solid-waste/about/WCMS1P-116546
We’ve also added a Studies and Reports webpage for residents to quickly and easily find recent studies and reports pertaining to Solid Waste & Recycling.
Sunday, Nov 17th, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Local artist Michael Huyck has created some beautiful ceramic bowls for our Kingfield Empty Bowls 2014 Event (coming on 2/6/14) but we need your help… Come and paint a bowl that will be given away at this event to serve as a reminder of our many neighbors that are in need of food and shelter.
Supplies are provided, we just need YOU to be the painter! No cost & no prior experience necessary!
Recommended for ages 6 and up/ Ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. One bowl for each person.
Join the event and Share it with your friends on Facebook!
Volunteers are needed for this event – please contact Cheryl if you would like to help! Cheryl@Kingfield.org
A 15 year old juvenile male has been charged on multiple burglary cases that occurred over the past few months in South/Southwest Minneapolis:
- 9/9 early morning, 46xx Pleasant Av S
- 9/20 early morning, 44xx Aldrich Av S
- 10/2 early morning 46xx Portland Av S
- 10/6 overnight, 41xx Pleasant Av S
- 10/25 evening:
- 17xx Humboldt Av S
- 19xx Girard Av S
- 19xx Humboldt Av S
In almost all of these cases, residents were home at the time of the burglary on another level of the home. In several cases, the residents were asleep. The suspect did not come in contact with any of the residents. The point of entry was open/unlocked windows or doors in the vast majority of the cases.
This juvenile was arrested on 10/25 when officers were in the area of Lowry Hill responding to the reported burglaries and a male was seen fleeing the scene. A short chase ensued, which included K9 officers. The juvenile was apprehended. He remains in custody.
Because this involves a juvenile, no names, photos, or further information is available.
Due to the number of burglaries and the concerns these occupied burglaries have presented to the community, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office is requesting Community Impact Statements from residents.
Community Impact Statements are your way of being heard in the courtroom, even if you are not a direct victim of a crime. They allow you the chance to tell the court how this type of crime or this individual has impacted you personally. Important information is to say how this type of crime affects you and what you would like to see happen in the court system. Find more information on community impact statements at http://www.hennepinattorney.org/ImpactStatements.aspx.
To fill out a Community Impact Statement for this juvenile, please click the below link, fill it out and return it to Laura Floistad with the Victim Services Division of Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, at email@example.com.
Please try to return them to Laura by the evening of Thursday November 21.
COMMUNITY IMPACT STATEMENT DOCUMENT FOR YOU TO FILL OUT:
Keep your neighborhood strong by giving as local as possible on Give to the Max day, Thursday Nov. 14; giving to the Kingfield Neighborhood Association allows KFNA to be able to give back to our neighborhood in fun and helpful ways (think Empty Bowls, So Alive, Experience Nicollet Celebration & Celebrate 38, community gardens, art shows, public art projects like the Quilted Mosaics & Walldogs on Nicollet, Solarize Kingfield, and more!)
As your ultra-focused, Kingfield-centric community building organization that spends all of its time listening and working with you on Kingfield concerns, while also creating opportunities for neighbor collaboration and community building, we’re convinced that KFNA “gives to the max” back to the Kingfield community!
Visit our site and Give to the Max …and see the multitude of creative and fun thank you gifts your volunteer board has put together as a way to thank you for donating on this day!