Council Member Andrew Johnson
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Update from Andrew

Dear May,

You've been a great month! Certainly for small businesses. I introduced notice to repeal two-dozen antiquated ordinances. We shared news of an exciting project I've been working to make happen on the corner of 46th and Minnehaha Ave. And our friends at Busters on 28th, who we've been helping, announced their reopening date of July 7th.
Certainly for public safety as well. After experiencing a drive-by in North Minneapolis, I secured a commitment from our Sheriff to partner up with the MPD and provide additional squads to tackle gun violence. I was recognized for investigating concerns over 911 response times, and was later sworn in as a member of the Metropolitan Emergency Services Board, which will now oversee the implementation of a next-generation 911 system. I even went on a police ride along until 2am :)

But we can't forget the passage of my update to our environmentally responsible packaging ordinance, passage of a medical marijuana law which I helped fight for, the great turnout for our Bike to Work and Day in the Ward events, plans to launch a new animal adoption initiative, Sanford Middle School expansion plans, and so many other memories.

Thanks for being a great month, and I hope June is just as nice!

CM Andrew Johnson
Help improve Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park

The Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park includes about 660 acres of land surrounding Lake Nokomis and Lake Hiawatha. The first plan for improvements was drawn in 1919 by Theodore Wirth. Now, nearly a century later, the plans are being updated!

Residents can give input by taking a survey to help inform the Master Plan and park improvements. There are also open house events on June 12 and August 14 from 6:30-8:30pm at the Nokomis Community Center. Residents can also attend a Community Advisory Committee meeting, which allows for a brief public comment period at the end of each meeting.

Anyone interested in receiving email updates can sign up on the project page
Follow bonfire laws to avoid a ticket

With summer comes bonfires, and it's important to know the rules:
  • Allowed between 9 am - 10 pm
  • Wood must be untreated/unpainted
  • Fires must be less than 2' tall x 3' wide
  • Not allowed within 25' of any structure
  • Must have a fire barrier at least 6" tall
  • A person 18+ must be in attendance
  • Have a hose/extinguisher readily available
  • Not allowed when winds exceed 10 mph
  • Completely extinguish before abandoning
Most importantly, be respectful of neighbors! Wood smoke contains harmful pollutants and poses serious health risks, especially to those with medical conditions. Be sure the fire you enjoy isn't making someone sick.

For more details or information call 311 or look online.
Register your bike

With warmer weather, bike theft can also increase. Residents can now register their bicycle with the city. If a bike is stolen, having it registered can be helpful in recovering it and returning it to the owner. Registration is available online or by calling 311. It's important to keep bikes locked up. Bikes are often stolen from open garages. To prevent bike theft, residents should keep garages locked and lock bikes properly even when they're in the garage.
Introducing weekend hours
311 is introducing their new weekend hours, giving residents the ability to access the  services previously available on weekdays. The new weekend hours begin this Saturday, May 31st, and hours will be 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM on Saturday and Sunday. 311 weekday hours will be Monday through Friday hours 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
Safely dispose of hazardous waste

Now through the end of October, there will be a series of community collection events where Hennepin County residents can safely dispose of unwanted garden and hazardous wastes. All sites will be open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. For more information, including dates, directions, and a complete list of acceptable and non-acceptable items, call Hennepin County Environmental Services at 612-348-3777 or visit
Neighborhood Office Hours

Check out our public calendar for upcoming locations and for Andrew's weekly open office hours in the ward.

Give input on Minneapolis Parks

People for Parks is doing a survey of what residents want to see improved or added to the Minneapolis Parks System. People for Parks raises money to fund projects around the city. The survey, which closes at the end of June, is to ensure they are funding projects that people want and will use.