Construction Alert

Expect delays when traveling through these areas. For your safety and the safety of the crews, please exercise caution and slow down as you travel through these areas.

Central Avenue
Off-peak lane closures will begin as crews remove pavement markings (turn arrows and crosswalks) before the start of work on Highway 65 (Central Avenue) in Northeast Minneapolis. Pavement repair and preservation work is scheduled to begin Tuesday, June 11, 2019, on the highway between 27th Avenue and 37th Avenue. Work will be done overnight between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. through Friday, June 14, to minimize impacts to motorists.

Motorists will encounter a single lane of traffic the entire length of the project on the side of the road being worked on as crews apply asphalt coatings to the road surface. Cross streets will be closed for a short time as work moves along Highway 65. During the work, on-street parking will not be allowed. Nearby residents and businesses may experience noise from trucks and other equipment during the project. A thin coating of asphalt is applied to the pavement surface as a protective coating to extend the life of the pavement.

Work is expected to be done by Friday morning, June 14, weather permitting. Crews will return later in June to restripe the roadway.
For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit http://www.511mn.org.

Bridge Inspections

Starting Monday, June 3, bridge maintenance crews are scheduled to conduct inspections on seven bridges in Minneapolis. Below are the bridges to be inspected in anticipated order.

10th Street North Bridge over BNSF railroad 7th Street North Bridge over BNSF railroad
Broadway Street Northeast (County Road 66) Bridge over the Mississippi River
Broadway Street Northeast Bridge over Sibley Street Northeast
Cedar Avenue South (County Road 152) Bridge over Lake Nokomis
Lake Street (County Road 3)
Bridge over the Mississippi River
Osseo Road (County Road 152) Bridge over Canadian Pacific Railroad

Typically done every 1-2 years as part of federal guidelines, bridge inspections allow our engineers and technicians to thoroughly examine the bridge to determine if preventative maintenance work is needed.

Weather permitting, inspections of each bridge is expected to take anywhere from a half day to up to three days to complete. Inspections will occur between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

To complete this work, crews will use large bucket trucks called snooper trucks parked on the bridge to examine the sides and underneath the bridge. As a result, please expect short-term single lane closures, as well as sidewalk and/or bike lane closures, where applicable. We will keep at least one lane for each direction of traffic and one side of the sidewalks open at all times. We will use signage, cones and barricades to guide you around the work areas.

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Board Elections

Apply to join our Board Of Directors! We will have five open seats on our Board of Directors.

Residents of St. Anthony East, representatives from neighborhood businesses, and property owners are encouraged to run! We will be voting on the new board at the Annual Meeting on Monday, June 24th at 6pm.

Fill out the Director Application here.

Meeting Dates:

May 20 – Board Meeting, Clare Housing
June 24 – Annual Meeting, Elections, and Ice Cream Social
July 22 – Board Meeting, Clare Housing
August 26 – Board Meeting, Clare Housing
September 23 – Community Meeting, Webster Elementary
October 28 – Board Meeting, Clare Housing
November 25 – Board Meeting, Clare Housing
December – No Meeting

November 2018 Early Voting Information

Early Voting for this year’s general election begins Friday, September 21, and runs through Monday, November 5, when it closes at 5 p.m. There are basically three ways to vote early prior to Election Day:

Vote-By-Mail

Vote-By-Mail (VBM) allows voters to cast their ballots from any location with the same security protections, but without the hassles and pressures associated with the narrow window of time on Election Day. VBM enables active military service members and their families, voters who are overseas or away from home on Election Day, and anyone who otherwise cannot cast a ballot at the polls on Election Day to participate. Details about Vote-By-Mail are available on the EVS website, as well as instructions, helpful hints, etc. There is also a very handy video that provides step-by-step guidance on how to complete a VBM absentee ballot to minimize any errors, thus ensuring the ballot is accepted and tabulated.

Early In-Person Voting – Early Vote Center

For the general election the main in-person early voting location will be the Downtown Early Vote Center, one block north of City Hall, at 217 S. Third Street. The Early Vote Center will be highlighted with red, white, and blue banners and signage as well as sufficient staff to provide curbside support, interpretations, and other information or assistance to assure a smooth process for all voters taking advantage of this convenience. As in 2017, EVS will extend service hours at the Early Vote Center in the two weeks leading to Election Day. These hours are shown in the calendar below.

Direct Balloting

Direct Balloting for the general election begins on Tuesday, October 30, and enables voters to cast their ballot by putting it directly in the tabulator, just like on Election Day. There is no series of secrecy envelopes, no delay in the tabulation, no potential for the ballot not being accepted. Instead, it’s the same experience as for voters on Election Day—including the same levels of security—but offered as a convenience in advance of the “big day.” The Direct Balloting period listed below also includes the extended services hours

In addition, EVS is happy to announce that three additional Early Vote Centers will be opened only for the Direct Balloting period to maximize convenient access to all voters throughout the community. That means from Tuesday, October 30, through Monday, November 5, there will be a total of four Early Vote Centers open to serve Minneapolis voters. More information will be made available on these additional locations as we get closer to the start of Direct Balloting.

POLLING PLACES: UPDATES & CHANGES

Prior to the primary election, a couple of changes to polling places used in the 2017 Municipal Election were made to improve service to voters.  These changes remain in effect for the general election and all affected voters were notified via postcard notices in July. Here are the affected precincts:

  • Ward 2 – Precinct 9 moves from the Augsburg University Oren Gateway Center to Matthews Park Recreation Center, located at 2318 29th Ave S.
  • Ward 6 – Precinct 5 moves from Minneapolis American Indian Center to Phillips Community Center, located at 2323 11thAve S.

COMMUNICATING WITH VOTERS

Help us help voters! The EVS website—accessible at vote.minneapolismn.gov—has the most accurate and current information about this year’s election, helping us ensure all voters are “election ready.” The website features the Your Voter Guide that has quick links to a number of online tools, including:

  • Voter Registration Lookup — voters can verify their registration status
  • Online Voter Registration — voters can complete and submit a registration form
  • Polling Place Finder — voters can find details about their assigned polling place location
  • My Ballot — voters will be able to access their sample ballot starting around 46 days before the election
  • Absentee Ballot Request – voters can request to have an absentee ballot mailed to them
  • Absentee Ballot Lookup — voters can track the status of their absentee ballot

And, if you haven’t already done so, we encourage you to like/follow/share the EVS social media accounts—

EVS Facebook: www.facebook.com/votempls

EVS Twitter: www.twitter.com/votempls

New Designs for Saint Anthony Park

Check out new designs for Saint Anthony Park!

Cropped screenshot of Logan Park Concept A

Illustrated park design concepts for every Minneapolis neighborhood park property east of the Mississippi River are available for comment online and at events throughout the month of July 

Weigh in on draft park designs that will guide long-term development for 33 park properties in NE/SE Minneapolis

After nine months of conversations with people who use neighborhood parks in Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is excited to unveil draft park designs for its 33 neighborhood park properties east of the Mississippi River.

The final park design concepts will be used to build improvements funded by the 20-Year Neighborhood Park Plan, which dedicates $11 million annually over 20 years (2017-2036) to revitalize Minneapolis neighborhood parks.

Park Design Concepts

Two park designs (Concept A and Concept B) were created for each park property in the East of the River Park Master Plan. Find the concepts for Saint Anthony Park using the link below:


Parks O-T
Oak Crest Triangle, Orlin Triangle, Sibley Triangle, St. Anthony Park, Tower Hill Park, Towerside Park (New)


North Commons Community Engagement Table

Share Feedback

Park planners will collect feedback through the online survey linked below and at a slate of community events planned throughout July.

ONLINE SURVEY

WHEN: Through July 29
WHERE: www.surveymonkey.com/r/eastofriver


COMMUNITY BBQ

WHEN: Tuesday, July 10, 5-8 pm
WHERE: Beltrami Park 
1111 Summer St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413


COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE PARK BUS TOUR

(open to the public)
WHEN: Saturday, July 14, 10 am-3 pm
WHERE: Meet at Minneapolis Park and Recreation Headquarters
2117 West River Rd N, Minneapolis, MN 55422
**Preregistration required by July 12 at
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/east-of-the-river-park-bus-tour-tickets-46124178660


COMMUNITY HAPPY HOUR

WHEN: Tuesday, July 17, 5-7 pm
WHERE: 612Brew
945 Broadway St. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413


PARK PLAN VAN: MOBILE PARK DESIGN SHOWCASE

WHEN: Saturday, July 21, all day!
WHERE: Look for us in all the parks throughout the day in NE/SE Minneapolis, where we will be sharing the park designs with park users

Button Visit Project Page

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

Hall’s Island: It’s for the Birds!

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A broad-winged hawk perched on a lamp post above the MWMO parking lot. Credit to MWMO.

You might spot a new spot of land on the Mississippi River this summer! The Midwest Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) has been hard at work reconstructing Hall’s Island in order to create a brand-new habitat for birds, turtles, mussels, fish, aquatic mammals, pollinators and more.

The island was previously owned by a lumber company, which had paved over the entire island site for industrial use. The MWMO has rebuilt the island to feature “a diverse array of habitat, including floodplain forest, various types of prairie, and a sandy beach safe (mostly) from human interference. Rock ledges, basking logs, native plants and trees will provide a welcoming refuge for a variety of animals.”

Click here to learn more about all the work that’s going into this ambitious project–from excavating 32,000 tons of soil to bank restoration to planning a pedestrian walkway. We’re excited to bike down to the river soon to check out the project!

May 12th: Minneapolis 2040 Community Meeting

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Minneapolis 2040 is a draft Comprehensive Plan that shapes how the city will grow and change. The draft covers topics such as housing, job access, the design of new buildings, and how we use our streets. This draft plan has been created over the past two years with the help of input of community members like you!

Now that the draft plan has been created, the city is holding a series of community events that aim to get feedback from community members about the plan. Each event will feature the same family-friendly activities created by local artists, as well as free food from local businesses. Throughout the event, you can view and comment on draft policies and maps that are intended to achieve the plan goals. You will also have the opportunity to sit down with city planners and fellow attendees for in-depth discussions on specific action steps listed in the draft plan.

Here’s the info about the Northeast neighborhood community event!

Saturday, May 12, 2018
10:00am‐12:30pm
Northeast Recreation Center, 1530 Johnson St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413