• Hannah Kamath

Civic Round-Up: April 2022

Updated: Apr 18

Check out resources, public notices, and opportunities to engage in local government and public life.


Opportunities To Engage

  • Attend a listening session with Council Member Jason Chavez on April 21, 2022, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Register for the online session here.

  • The City is hosting two open houses this month to share information about the 38th and Chicago Re-Envisioned Project – an opportunity for the community to partner with the City on redesigning and reconstructing the intersection. Join the In-person open house from Noon-3 p.m. Saturday, April 23, 3740 Chicago Ave. or online 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 26 (access info here)

  • Community listening sessions held in each of the City’s five police precincts will help inform the search process for the next Minneapolis police chief. City Council Member LaTrisha Vetaw, chair of the City Council’s Public Health & Safety Committee, is working with Mayor Jacob Frey’s office and the Mayor’s Police Chief Search Committee on the series of sessions. Join the Powderhorn session - 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, April 25 Powderhorn Park building, 3400 15th Ave. S.

  • Thirty-one City boards and commissions have openings for appointments this spring. Apply and stay up to date on vacancies, position descriptions and timelines by visiting the City website.

  • The Community Connections Conference is an annual free event that connects residents of Minneapolis, community groups, neighborhoods and local government. This year's 'Forward Together' themed conference is scheduled for May 21st at the Minneapolis Convention. Learn more and register here.


Important Updates

  • Public Works crews are gearing up to start the City’s comprehensive street sweeping program to clear away what has accumulated in the streets over the winter. The City has scheduled Tuesday, April 19, for the first day of sweeping. Beginning Monday, April 18, drivers should watch for temporary “No Parking” signs to avoid a ticket and tow. Learn more here.

  • Yard waste collection begins on your garbage day the week of April 11. Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling customers can set properly prepared yard waste at their alleys or curbs next to their garbage carts by 6 a.m. on their garbage day.

  • Mayor Jacob Frey issued his proposed Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) warrant and entry policy April 5. Learn more about the new warrant and entry policy.


Resources

  • Join the Minneapolis Teen Job Fair Saturday, April 30th from 10 AM to 1 PM at 2117 West River Rd N! Network with peers and employers, build your resume and enjoy a free lunch from Uncle Franky’s Food Truck. Ride the shuttle to the event from Powderhorn Park. Learn more and register here.

  • Businesses along 38th Street (from Bloomington Ave. - Niccollet Ave.) and Lake Street (from the Mississippi River to the Uptown neighborhood) can now apply for the Main Street Economic Revitalization Grant! Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through a community process, with grant awards beginning in Spring 2022. All funding will be distributed by December 31, 2024. Projects must be completed by December 31, 2026. Learn more and apply here.

  • Minnesota has a streamlined application for benefits such as cash, food, emergency housing, and child care assistance. Apply here.

  • Utility assistance is still available through the Energy Assistance Program. Learn more and apply here.

  • Check out the Minneapolis Farmer's Markets locations and schedules here for city-wide info on where to shop markets.

  • Free COVID-19 Testing is available. Walk-in or schedule an appointment for a test at one of the state’s free COVID-19 Community Testing Sites, or order a test through the state’s free COVID-19 Test at Home program. Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order #4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests are completely free. Order 4 free at-home COVID-19 tests to be shipped to your home here.

  • Free COVID-19 Vaccines are available. Use the state’s Vaccine Locator Map to find vaccine providers near you (parents can also visit mn.gov/vaxforkids), check for vaccine appointments at Vaccines.gov, where you can search for appointments by vaccine type (e.g., Pfizer), or walk in to or make an appointment at one of Minnesota’s COVID-19 Community Vaccination sites.


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