Monthly updates for Minneapolis Ward 12
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Council Member Andrew Johnson

Upcoming Events

3/12 - Nokomis East Indoor Block Party
3/17 - Nokomis East Green Initiatives Mtg
3/21 - 38th St & 28th Ave Project Mtg
3/22 - 54th St & Riverview Rd Project Mtg
3/23 - Joining NENA's Board - Info Session


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Updates from Andrew

Next Wednesday the Council will receive policy recommendations on a city-wide Paid Sick Leave proposal and will take up the issue of the Park Board funding referendum. A draft of the police body camera policy is out and will soon be before Council for amendments and approval. A proposal to ban single-use plastic bags and require retailers to charge a fee for paper bags has its hearing on March 21st. A final vote for approval of the nearly $130 million renovation of the Target Center will be before us on Monday.

In Ward 12, we have two upcoming meetings on development projects this month. The first is for affordable townhouses just off of 54th Street and Hiawatha Ave for families coming out of homeless shelters, providing much needed support and stability for the most vulnerable residents. The other is across from Northbound Brewpub and would be a mixed-use building where a surface parking lot exists. In addition, plans are being finalized to roll out fiber optic internet to a good portion of Ward 12 this year, and we are preparing for the second and final year of Minnehaha Avenue reconstruction (from 38th Street to Lake Street). Finally, as the State Legislative session starts, I am working with Representative Wagenius and Senator Torres Ray to pass legislation enabling Cap's Grille to move forward with building their proposed brewery.

The past month has been quite busy as well. The Council provided municipal consent for the $1.5 billion Bottineau Light Rail Line, decriminalized marijuana (I was happy to co-author this), approved a comprehensive and complete update to the animal care and control ordinances (happy to author this), restricted perc dry cleaning chemicals which are toxic and carcinogenic (happy to author this), passed the Green Zones Resolution to draft environmental justice recommendations (happy to co-author this), approved a $15/hour minimum wage study, switched from Waste Management to the amazing Eureka Recycling, and took dozens and dozens of less visible, mostly smaller, but also important actions.

Finally, on a personal note, I want to welcome this warm weather! I was able to go rock-climbing with Sara (my fiancée) in late February and am planning a three-day backpacking trip on the Superior Hiking Trail, one of my favorite places on earth. I hope you are able to make time to enjoy this beautiful weather as well!

P.S. If you haven't read the Longfellow Nokomis Messenger article about my first two years in office, you can find it here

Trees available for just $25

On March 21, residents can choose from a variety of three to eight foot trees for just $25. The City of Minneapolis is partnering with Tree Trust to offer a variety of trees including Bicolor Oak, Black Hills Spruce, Blue Beech, Cathedral Elm, Eastern Red Cedar, Honeycrisp Apple, Ironwood, Espresso Kentucky Coffeetree, ‘Majestic Skies’ Pin Oak, Parker Pear, Summercrisp Pear, Red Bud, Royal Star Magnolia, Mount Royal Plum, Sweet Cherry Pie Cherry, Sunburst Honeylocust, and White Pine. A number of Wards (3,4,5,6, and 10) get to place early orders on March 7, however a full variety of trees will be available for order on March 21 for the rest of the city. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so residents should order early for the best selection. Orders can be placed online or by calling (952) 767-3886. Trees are available for Minneapolis property owners including residents, businesses, and nonprofits. There is a limit of one tree per property with a maximum of three properties. Trees must be picked up on May 21, 22, or 23 at the Minneapolis Impound Lot. 

The City Trees program has provided more than 10,000 trees to residents since 2006. There are a number of benefits the trees provide including keeping homes cooler in the summer to save on energy bills, reducing soil erosion, cleaning the air, and helping to manage stormwater. 

Participants needed for Green Zone workgroup

The City of Minneapolis is seeking participants interested in serving on a Green Zones workgroup. Green Zones aim to transform neighborhoods overburdened by pollution and other social and economic stressors into healthy thriving neighborhoods. Low-income communities and people of color in Minneapolis experience unequal health, wealth, employment and education outcomes. The same communities are overburdened by environmental conditions such as air pollution, brownfield sites, blight and substandard housing. To support these communities and mitigate negative impacts, the Minneapolis City Council created a Green Zones Workgroup aimed at analyzing data and developing recommendations.
Community residents and business leaders are encouraged to send an email indicating their interest to between now and March 13. Find more information here

Animal Care and Control ordinance updated

In mid-February, the City Council and Mayor approved a new Animal Care and Control ordinance, authored by Council Member Andrew Johnson, that provides clear, concise language to provide uniform standards of care for all animals in the city. There are approximately 300,000 pets in Minneapolis, and this new ordinance will help the city be more pet-friendly, makes it easier to own chickens, and creates a permit for reptiles and amphibians, among many other changes. To find out more about these updates or about Animal Care and Control, visit their website

Register your bike this season

Minneapolis residents can easily register their bicycle online or by calling 311. All that is needed is a resident's contact information, bicycle serial number, and other basic information. Registered a bicycle greatly increases the changes it will be returned to the owner if recovered. Each year thousands of bicycles are stolen or recovered in Minneapolis. There are a few easy ways to prevent bicycle theft including locking bicycles, properly securing garages where they are kept, and calling 911 to report suspicious activity. If a bicycle is stolen, the owner should immediately report the theft to the Minneapolis Police Department, or if it is because of a home or garage break-in, the owner should call 911 to report the burglary. For tips on finding a bicycle after it is stolen, read these tips on the City's website. 

Order a rain barrel or compost bin to pick up in spring

The Recycling Association of Minnesota is helping residents get a jump-start on gardening by ordering a $59 compost bin or a $74 rain barrel for their home. (These regularly cost $105 and $139.)

The City' has a compost program which you can find more information on here. But for residents who want to compost for their own use, using a compost bin can reduce waste while making valuable compost for gardens. And a rain barrel will help residents save water and money by using rainwater rather than the faucet for their garden and trees. Rain barrels are also a way of trapping the stormwater that runs toward the storm drains – picking up pollutants along the way – and into our lakes, streams and rivers. 

Residents who order now will be able to pick up their compost bin or rain barrel at 3607 East 44th Street in Minneapolis on Saturday, April 30. To place an order, find more information, or see other dates and locations, go to

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