Use Your Voice!

The City of Minneapolis is asking for your input. As a resident, you have the right to shape the City’s plan for these important issues. Please use the information provided below to get involved, make your voice heard, and share these resources with others.

Climate Action Plan

Hennepin County has released a draft of our first Climate Action Plan (PDF). The county is gathering feedback on the plan through online meetings and a comment form through Wednesday, March 3.

Online community meetings

The county is holding two online meetings where county staff will present core goals and strategies. Anyone interested in the county’s response to climate change is encouraged to attend.

Using online facilitation tools, participants will complete polls about the goals and strategies, offer comments, and ask written questions that will be answered through a moderated process. Meetings will be held:

  • Monday, February 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Monday, March 1 from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Sign up to attend a meeting now by completing the RSVP form.

Both sessions will have the same agenda, so you only need to attend one session. Information about how to access the meeting will be emailed a few days prior to the event.

Comment form

Individuals who wish to offer feedback on the plan but do not want to attend an online meeting may share their comments through an online feedback form

Learn more

County staff will summarize the feedback and made final edits to the plan in March. The board would take up formal adoption of the plan, which will include a final public comment process, in April.

Read more about the plan development and previous community engagement efforts process at hennepin.us/climateaction.

Covid-19 Vaccination

Help the City, State and County plan to equitably distribute the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available later in 2021. Your perspectives are vital on:

·         What vaccination means to you.

·         Your concerns, hopes and suggestions

More information and the survey link can be found here.

Public comment period for new MPRB Comprehensive Plan, Parks for All, extended to July 18

At its Jan. 6, 2021 meeting, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) of Commissioners voted to extend the Parks for All public comment period by six months. The new deadline to send feedback on the draft plan is July 18, 2021

Parks for All will set MPRB priorities and policy direction for the next decade. Minneapolis community members, park users, MPRB staff and partners are encouraged to review the plan and send feedback before the comment period ends Sunday, July 18, 2021.

Your input is welcome whether you have been deeply involved in the planning process over the past two years or if you are hearing about this for the first time! There are numerous ways to learn about the plan and send feedback using the link below.

Draft Parks for All Plan

Following the public comment period, the draft plan will be revised based on public input and presented to MPRB Commissioners for review and approval. Share the Parks for All draft plan with your friends, family, neighbors or other networks using minneapolisparks.org/parksforalldraft or bit.ly/MPRBCompPlan.

Learn About the Draft Plan

There are number of different ways to dive into the plan, including: 

About Parks for All

The draft document will be the MPRB’s agency policy direction based on shared values with community, agency staff and elected officials.

It will provide guidance in developing policy, establishing or changing programs and services, setting the annual MPRB budget and creating park improvements over the next decade.

It is a tool for communicating to MPRB staff, commissioners and the general public about what the MPRB does and it values.

It will build on what works now while identifying gaps in programs, services and strategies that need to be filled in the next decade. Parks for All focuses on the park system as a whole, not specific recommendations for individual parks.

It will build from master plans, other policies and activity plans, strategic directions and the community input gained during the last two years of engagement across the system, all of which incorporate more specific recommendations.

To learn more about this project and others, visit www.minneapolisparks.org/planning.

Ownership Survey

Answer this ownership interest survey to help direct future SNG initiatives and trainings: respond HERE.

What do you need to reduce food waste?

Take Hennepin County’s survey to share what would help you waste less food

We love food, which is why most of us hate seeing it go to waste. By taking steps to reduce food waste, you can ensure the money you spend on your food and the energy, land and water it takes to grow it and get it to you doesn’t go to waste. Reducing food waste is also one of the most important actions we can take to address climate change.    

Help Hennepin County understand more about food waste so we can work together to reduce it! Take the 5 minute survey to provide insights into how you interact with food – from shopping, storage, cooking, and finally disposal – and how the county can support you in preventing food waste. Your responses will be used to create better resources that help residents reduce food waste.

This survey is open to all Hennepin County residents, with a special focus on getting responses from people living in multifamily housing. So if you live in an apartment building, please share this with your neighbors or ask your property manager to distribute it! Take the food waste survey now.

July Election Results

Winners of the July 28, 2021 election are Cheryl Robertson, Doug Hicks, Lisa Boehlke, Mary Pumphrey, Paul Landskroener, Ron Schlatter, Sara Rothholz Weiner, and Terry Barnes.

Vote Totals:
180 cast ballots.

Cheryl Robertson 151
Crystal Quinn 28
Doug Hicks 102
Greg Klave 66
jim scheidt 25
lee fahy 95
Lisa Boehlke 141
Mary Pumphrey 144
Paul Landskroener 154
Ron Schlatter 148
Sara Rothholz Weiner 154
Terry Barnes 135

SNG July 28 Board Meeting

July 28, 2021 at 6:30 PM

6:30 Record Board Attendance
6:40 Introduction by Chair
6:35 Councilmember Osman Update
6:45 Councilmember Gordon Update
6:55 Board Election (Note: 30 minutes will be allotted for voting)

(New board members will be seated)
7:55 Meeting in-person vote
8:00 Board votes on all executive ctte members
8:20 SNG audit
8:25 Bills that are due
8:30 CDC meeting
8:35 Faysal Motion
8:40 Adjournment

More information on the board election is is here, including the nomination form to run for board.

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Three History Walks for July

by Rick Musser

Return to a bit normalcy with Seward History Committee’s summer walks in July. All walks begin at 7 p.m. All walks are on Wednesdays —with the exception of July 28 in order to allow Seward residents to participate in the voting for new SNG board members. All Seward residents are encouraged to vote on that Wednesday, as well as visit the Franklin Avenue walk on July 29th. This walk will give us an opportunity to strongly support the East African Business community.

The walks begin at various locations and are free. At the end of each walk a car will be available to take you back to the starting point.
 
July 14 Learn about the wide variety of housing styles built in the early years of the Seward neighborhood, including some houses that have special histories. Bob Mack, retired adjunct professor at the U of M and co-founder of McDonald and Mack Architects, will lead the tour. This walk will allow you to see some of the oldest and most unusual houses in Seward. We will meet at the small park at Milwaukee Avenue and East 22nd Street and walk east to 27th Ave.
 
July 21 Join us for a Garden tour in Seward East lead by Master Gardener Lou Ann Keleher. Visit special, unusual, and beautiful flower gardens created by passionate gardeners and meet some of them. We will assemble at 23rd Street and 33rd Avenue where it meets Minneapolis Ave.
 
July 29 Franklin Avenue past and present. What did Franklin Avenue look like in the past and who are today’s owners? We will walk the Avenue, learn about the past, talk to current owners, and taste some Eastern African Foods. Leader for this walk will be Hillary Oppman along with history committee members. We will assemble at Franklin Ave. and 31st. Bring some money to treat yourself and help Seward Businesses.

July 2021 Board Election Information

Note: please see below for nomination form and spreadsheet of current nominees!

And click here for the agenda and Zoom info.

Why an Election: SNG currently has eight (8) board vacancies, with eight (8) remaining board members, and a minimum of twelve (12) board members needed to operate according to our bylaws.

Wed., June 23, 2021: Formal opening of nominations and an info session on the upcoming election will occur at the June Board Meeting beginning at 6:30pm. As per SNG bylaws, “At the meeting at which a termination is recorded, or at which the Board accepts a director’s resignation or in the event that a director ceases to be eligible for SNG membership, nominations for a new director will be opened and announced.”

Wed., July 28, 2021: With vacancies on the board announced and nominations opened at the June meeting, in accordance with SNG’s bylaws, the election shall be held at the next board meeting on July 28 at 6:30pm.

Who can vote in the election: anyone who lives, works, or owns property in Seward can vote. Specifically, all SNG members can vote in board elections, and per SNG bylaws, anyone can be an SNG member who is a (1) resident of the Seward neighborhood; (2) owner of property in the neighborhood; (3) acting as the sole representative of a business in the neighborhood; (4) working within the neighborhood. New member registration will be provided at the meeting.

Who can run for the board: anyone who lives, works, or owns property in Seward can run for the board. In other words, any SNG member can run, including sole representatives of Seward businesses. However, note that as per bylaws no more than two board seats shall be allowed for business representatives, and SNG already has two business representatives (Faysal Osman and Shihab Mohammed).

Nomination procedure: June 23-July 28: after nominations are opened at the June 23 board meeting, community members will be able to nominate themselves through an online form and the nominations will be publicly viewable as they are submitted. As per bylaws, nominations will continue to be accepted through the July 28 board meeting.

Nomination form:
http://tiny.cc/sngnom

Candidates will be posted publicly as their nominations are submitted at:
http://tiny.cc/sngelection

Election committee: to ensure the election is done correctly and transparently, a committee was established with interested volunteers from the board and community. The committee will go over the list of voters, list of candidates, run the election process/logistics, and announce the winners. So far this consists of Dan Pederson, Matt Plummer, Tiger Worku, Peter Fleck, and Steve Gallagher from the City of Minneapolis.

Voting procedure for July 28:
1. In accordance with previous board decisions and past practice since the Covid-19 pandemic, the July 28, 2021 meeting and election will be held online.

2. As in November 2020, anyone eligible to vote as per SNG Bylaws and present at the July 28 meeting can sign in and vote in the election. This can be done in advance of the meeting (through registration) or at the beginning of the meeting, via a Google Form. Update 7-16-2021: to ensure an accurate list of who attends the 7/28/21 meeting, the election committee has determined that voter registration will only be available during the July 28 meeting, not before. There will be ample opportunity to register and multiple reminders will be given that you must register on the Google form to receive a ballot.

3. A trusted third party election vendor, OpaVote, will be used to tabulate the votes. During the meeting, all registered voters from the meeting will be emailed a unique link to anonymously vote from OpaVote. The vote will be held open for 30 minutes for people to vote–when the vote is concluded, the election committee will check over the results and announce the winners of the election.

4. When the results are announced during the July 28 board meeting, the new board members will be immediately seated and the full board can then act and move ahead with any agenda items needed to ensure the organization’s work goes ahead without delay.

How long are the terms for the vacant board positions? As per bylaws, any person(s) elected to fill a vacancy will stand for election at the next annual meeting, November 2021.

SNG bylaws are located here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1t3gjOeg_BuKSEaEhSE12cUbqJWGhWP-M/edit

June SNG Board Meeting

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 6:30pm — held virtually

  1. Attendance
  2. Councilmember Gordan Update
  3. Councilmember Osman Update
  4. Official Announcement of our election in July.
  5. Adjournment.

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Please see the SNG Election timeline for more information.

SNG Election Timeline

In consultation with the Minneapolis Neighborhood & Community Relations (NCR) Department, Seward Neighborhood Group has established a timeline for board nominations and election in accordance with SNG bylaws.

Why an Election: SNG currently has eight (8) board vacancies, with eight (8) remaining board members, and a minimum of twelve (12) board members needed on the board according to our bylaws.

Wed., June 23, 2021 — Formal opening of nominations and an info session on the upcoming election will occur at the June Board Meeting beginning at 6:30pm. As per SNG bylaws, “At the meeting at which a termination is recorded, or at which the Board accepts a director’s resignation or in the event that a director ceases to be eligible for SNG membership, nominations for a new director will be opened and announced.”

Wed., July 28, 2021 — With vacancies on the board announced and nominations opened at the June meeting, in accordance with SNG’s bylaws, the election shall be held at the next board meeting on July 28 at 6:30pm.

Who can vote in the election: anyone who lives, works, or owns property in Seward can vote. Specifically, all SNG members can vote in board elections, and per SNG bylaws, anyone can be an SNG member who is a (1) resident of the Seward neighborhood; (2) owner of property in the neighborhood; (3) acting as the sole representative of a business in the neighborhood; (4) working within the neighborhood. New member registration will be provided at the meeting.

Who can run for the board: anyone who lives, works, or owns property in Seward can run for the board. In other words, any SNG member can run, including sole representatives of Seward businesses. However, note that as per bylaws no more than two board seats shall be allowed for business representatives, and SNG already has two business representatives (Faysal Osman and Shihab Mohammed)

How to run for election: after nominations are opened at the June 23 board meeting, community members will be able to nominate themselves through an online form and the nominations will be publicly viewable as they are submitted. Nominations will continue to be accepted through the July 28 board meeting.

Other logistics: Voting methods, independent vote tabulators, and other logistics will be announced at the June 23rd meeting or earlier.

SNG bylaws are located here.

SNG Yard Sales Start Tomorrow!

Seward Yard Sale Days June 4, 5, 6 2021

Here is the map for this year’s SNG yard sales. You can pick up physical copies at Welna or Lakes Pharmacy on Franklin. Make sure and check out Triangle Park this year!  Please email anne@sng.org with any questions. Happy shopping 🙂 

Reminder: Yard Sale Days June 4th, 5th, 6th!

Seward Yard Sale Days June 4, 5, 6 2021

Highly anticipated Yard Sale Days next weekend on June 4th, 5th, and 6th, 2021! Help us spread the word. Let the Spring cleaning commence!

For the first time ever, Triangle Park will be on the yard sale map. SNG has arranged for it to be reserved for renters who live near the park.

If you want to sell at Triangle Park or get your yard or garage sale on the map please contact Anne at anne@sng.org. Let us know your name and address, what days you will be holding your sale, and possibly a list of the treasures you will be selling. There is no charge for registration.

We will make digital and paper maps available in the week before the sales.

SNG May Board Meeting 5/26/21

May 26, 2021

MEETING AGENDA
6:30 Record Board Attendance
6:33 Expenditure Report
6:35 Councilmember Osman Update
6:45 Councilmember Gordon Update
6:55 Announcement of Board Vacancies
7:00 Adjournment

SNG Special Meeting 5/19/21

As decided on 4/24/21, SNG is holding a special board meeting in closed session at 6:30pm on 5/19/21 to discuss the following:

  • Board personnel issues
  • Plan to move forward

As this is a closed session, board materials are shared only with the board.