Monthly updates for Minneapolis Ward 12
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Council Member Andrew Johnson

Upcoming Events

2/7 - Longfellow Energy Fair
2/14 - Lake Hiawatha Heartwarmer
2/14 - Longfellow Fix-It Clinic
2/26 - Senior Blood Pressure Check


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Updates from Andrew

If you haven't heard yet, we're looking for your feedback to help improve the signal timing for Highway 55! This is especially important ahead of the reconstruction of Minnehaha Avenue, which will begin in April. Please call 311 with details on the specific location and issue(s) you experience, or email

It's not glamorous, but scrutinizing internal service operations at City Hall and finding opportunities for improvement is important work. On this note, I am pleased to announce that after a more than year-long effort, we're bringing forward a proposal next week regarding our IT services that will save taxpayers at least $3 million per year (after transition costs). As part of this effort, we'll be bringing some outsourced jobs back in-house and improving the overall quality of service provided, from system security to help desk support. This is a huge effort and I want to thank everyone who has helped make this happen, especially our incredible staff. The work doesn't end here though, and I'll continue working with IT Department leadership to ensure a smooth transition with as few disruptions as possible. More details can be found here.

While I have weekly open office hours, host special events, and can be found at most community events, I'm also thinking about how I can be even more available to you and all residents of Ward 12. We've asked for feedback, have considered ideas, and now we're ready to try some new things out, starting with the idea of block meetings with your council member. We are looking for residents willing to invite neighbors over to have conversations with one another (and with me). It's a great way to get your block together and better connected with what's going on in the ward and city. If you are interested in hosting sometime this year, please email my Senior Policy Aide, Ilhan Omar, at, and we'll work to set it up.

Looking forward to seeing you!

Fix-It Clinic Coming to Longfellow 

Have a broken household item? That special lamp or blender not working and not sure where to get it fixed? Well attend the Fix-It Clinic in Longfellow on February 14 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Longfellow Park to learn how to fix basic household items!

Fix-It Clinics, part of Hennepin County’s recycling programs, allow residents to bring in small household appliances, clothing, electronics, mobile devices, among other everyday items and receive free guided assistance from volunteers with repairs. At Fix-It Clinics you will learn valuable troubleshooting and basic repair skills, while building community connections and reduce the number of hazardous waste we throw out.

If you have additional questions, please contact Nancy Lo at Hennepin County at  or 612-348-9195. 

STEP-UP and Urban Scholars Accepting Applications

STEP-UP and Urban Scholars are currently accepting applications from youth ages 14-21 and current college students/recent college graduates for summer 2015 internship placement!

STEP-UP focuses on providing employment training and opportunities to young people who face the greatest barriers to employment including youth from disadvantaged economic backgrounds, youth of color, youth from recent immigrant families, and youth with disabilities. Following initial training, STEP-UP interns eligible to work for pay at Minneapolis businesses and nonprofit organizations to gain job experience, explore career interests, and build professional skills. The deadline to apply is February 18.  

The Urban Scholars is a 12 week leadership development summer internship that provides students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds with a distinctive professional experience. The program aims to provide leadership, create opportunities with high-quality resume building working experience, and develop opportunities to create valuable professional networks. The deadline to apply is midnight on February 20, 2015. Learn more about the City’s Urban Scholar program by following their Twitter handle, @UrbanScholars1.  

Check out the City's websites for more info, eligibility, and to apply online

Keeping Sidewalks Clear This Winter

This year, Minneapolis is implementing a faster system to make sure sidewalks and street corners are cleared when it snows. Minneapolis ordinance requires property owners to clear sidewalks after a snowfall within 24 hours for houses and duplexes and four daytime hours for all other properties.The inspection and warning process will follow the same steps as in the past, but if the property owner doesn't clear their sidewalk after receiving a warning letter, the City will send out crews more quickly to do the work and bill the property owner. This means that sidewalks will be cleaned sooner and that property owners who receive a warning have a shorter period of time to clear their sidewalk and a higher risk of being charged for the cleanup. Any unpaid bills will be added to the owner’s property taxes.

Informative videos in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong are available online to help explain what property owners need to do when it snows. Shoveling Snow Video

In addition, City crews will clear sidewalk corners on “pedestrian priority corridors” faster than in the past. These corners, which tend to be along major streets throughout the city, will have snow removed within three working days after a Snow Emergency ends or after an accumulation of four inches of snow. 

To report a sidewalk that is not shoveled, file an online complaint, or for a list of resources for individuals that may need help clearing sidewalks, call 311 or use the 311 mobile app. 


Burn Awareness Week

The Minneapolis Fire Department is reminding folks how to prevent burns and scalds in the kitchen:

  • Place objects so they cannot be pulled down or knocked over.
  • Turn pot handles away from the stove’s edge.
  • Use dry oven mitts or potholders. Hot cookware can heat moisture in a potholder or hot pad, resulting in a scald burn.
  • Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking.
  • Have a child-free zone of at least 3 feet around the stove.

Approximately 450,000 burn injuries require medical treatment in the United States each year. Here’s how to perform general first aid for burns and scalds:

  • Remove all clothing, diapers, jewelry and metal from the burned area. These can hide underlying burns and retain heat, which can increase skin damage.
  • Treat a burn right away by putting it in cool water. Cool the burn for three to five minutes.
  • Cover burn with a clean, dry cloth. Do NOT apply creams, ointments, sprays or other home remedies.

2015 Property Value Notices

The City of Minneapolis Assessor’s Office has begun sending 2015 property value notices. Notices will be printed and mailed in batches over the next four weeks. Residential properties will be first and mailed in two batches totaling approximately 100,000 notices.  The commercial, industrial and apartment notices will be printed and mailed after the residential mailing.  If you own property, expect a value notice from the City in the next coming weeks.  

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