• Hannah Kamath

Civic Round-Up: November 2022

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


Opportunities To Engage

  • There are two upcoming public hearings for people to provide feedback on Mayor Jacob Frey’s recommended 2023-2024 City budget. Comments can also be submitted online at the City’s website. Attend a public hearing: 6:05 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, room 317, City Hall, 350 S. Fifth St. OR 6:05 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, room 317, City Hall, 350 S. Fifth St. Learn how to participate in public hearings.

  • The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is seeking applications for appointments to three ongoing community advisory committees: Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Board – One (1) Opening, Minneapolis Tree Advisory Commission – Five (5) Openings, Racial Equity Advisory Committee – One (1) Opening. Use the application linked here to apply for any of these openings by December 2nd, 2022.

  • The City of Minneapolis wants to hear from community members about your vision for the future of the former Kmart site. The City is reconnecting Nicollet Avenue between Lake Street and the Midtown Greenway as part of the New Nicollet Redevelopment Project. Take an online survey before Nov. 30.

  • Superintendent Al Bangoura presented the recommended 2023 MPRB Budget focused on serving youth, building safer communities, caring for park assets, and protecting the environment. Public comment opportunities scheduled Nov 2, 15, 30 and Dec 6. Read more and make comments here.

  • Residents are invited to join City of Minneapolis staff and officials during a public forum to hear about proposed changes to the community role in the City’s police oversight structure. The South Minneapolis session is from 6-7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 21. Powderhorn Recreation Center, 3400 15th Ave. S., Multipurpose Room

  • The City of Minneapolis is now accepting public comments on a proposal to revise program guidelines for the Minneapolis NOAH Preservation Fund and approve appropriate modifications to the delegated form Loan Agreement as approved by the City Attorney’s Office. Comments will be accepted until 11/22 at noon. More information is available here.

  • The draft 2023-2025 Minneapolis Vision Zero Action Plan is out for public comment. The plan outlines priorities for the next 3 years to advance the City’s goal of ending traffic deaths and severe injuries. You can share feedback on the draft plan through December 11, 2022.

  • Minneapolis Animal Care & Control has launched its new animal foster program, giving the public the opportunity to volunteer to temporarily provide animals extra care, attention and homes. Read more here.


Important Updates

  • Yard waste pickup has returned to a weekly schedule for all City of Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling customers, and the yard waste collection season has been extended through the end of November going forward to accommodate late-dropping leaves. Learn more here.

  • New Minneapolis Police Chief Brian O'Hara was officially sworn in Monday, Nov. 7. Read more here.

  • Winter market season has begun this month in four locations around the city. Farmers Markets of Minneapolis operate year-round with markets primarily operating outdoors. Learn more and get details here.

  • Mayor Jacob Frey signed Executive Order 2022-03 formally designating the current City Coordinator, Heather Johnston, as interim City Operations Officer (COO). Under the newly approved government structure, the COO is one of four direct reports to the mayor. Read more here.


Resources

  • The MNSure 2023 open enrollment period runs from November 1, 2022, through January 15, 2023. Learn how to apply and enroll here.

  • HomeHelpMN is providing assistance for homeowners who have fallen behind on their mortgage or other eligible housing-related expenses due to the effects of the pandemic. Eligible homeowners may receive up to $35,000 in assistance for past-due expenses. Learn more and apply here.

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

  • 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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