North Minneapolis Tornado Response

Hello,

We would like to encourage all St. Anthony East residents to contribute in the recovery efforts directed to the victims of the tornado that hit North Minneapolis. In these times, we need to pool our resources as a community and help our neighbors through this trying time. Please read the following message and do your part to assist those affected by Sunday’s tornado.

Thank you,

Sean O’Neil

SAENA, Office Manager
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Neighborhood Leaders,

As you know, North Minneapolis was struck by a devastating tornado yesterday. The Neighborhood and Community Relations Department will provide updates to neighborhood organizations over the next few days to keep you informed of recovery efforts and what your neighborhood organization can do to help. Please note that the information below is the best information we have at this time. We will provide additional information as it becomes available. If your organization has any questions or comments, please contact Carrie Aspinwall Day at (612) 673-2243 or by email at carrie.aspinwall@ci.minneapolis.mn.us.

Please also check the City’s website at http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/, or call 311.

For safety, and to assist with recovery efforts, three Exclusion Zones have been established in North Minneapolis. People will need to show I.D. and/or the reason they need to get into a zone. Our understanding at this point is that the Exclusion Zones are still in effect and checkpoints around the Exclusion Zones are still in place. For a map of the exclusion zone and checkpoints, please see http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/news/docs/TornadoExclusionZone.pdf. For more information on the Exclusion Zone, please see the City’s website at: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/news/20110523NMplsTordanadoUpdate_1.asp.

Updates for today include:

Officials visit the site: This morning, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, joined by Council President Barbara Johnson and Council Members Hofstede and Samuels, led a tour of the impacted neighborhoods with Governor Mark Dayton, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, U.S. Representative Keith Ellison, and other local and state officials.

No curfew: Minneapolis Police have determined that a curfew is not needed for this evening.

Crews in the neighborhoods: Crews are working as quickly as possible to get the affected neighborhoods open so residents can return. Emergency managers have divided the area into three zones. Within these zones, staff are going block-by-block, door-to-door, assessing damage, evaluating the safety of structures, and clearing debris to reopen streets. One of the biggest safety concerns is downed power lines. As areas are cleared, residents (only residents) will be allowed to return to their homes.

Food and water for affected families: Three stations are set up to make food and water available to North Side residents. The three locations are:

  • Lowry and Penn avenue
  • Golden Valley Road and Penn Avenue
  • Lowry and Lyndale avenues

Housing for affected families: 257 people stayed overnight last night in the shelter set up at the Northeast Armory, and there are now about 400 people getting assistance at the Armory. Today, Hennepin County and the City are working with social service providers to assess the housing needs of people in the shelter to move them into housing for tonight and to work with individual families on long-term solutions. Several dozen families with children will be staying at the recently-renovated Drake Hotel Downtown, and other arrangements are being made for others who need housing. The goal is to have as many displaced people and families as possible move out of the shelter and into better housing as early as tonight.

People on the North Side who have not gone to the shelter but who need assistance can still go to the Armory at 1025 Broadway Ave. If folks need transportation to the Armory, they can go to the Fourth Precinct for assistance, which is located at 1926 Plymouth Ave. N.

How the public can help: People throughout Minneapolis and the region have been asking how they can help people affected by the tornado. There are several ways to help:

  • Donate funds, not goods – The Minneapolis Foundation has established the Minnesota Helps – North Minneapolis Recovery Fund to assist with both short-term and long-term housing and recovery-related needs on the North Side. To make a donation by credit card, visit www.GiveMN.org or send checks for the recovery effort to The Minneapolis Foundation, 80 S. 8th St., Suite 800, Minneapolis, MN, 55402. People can also donate to the Red Cross at www.redcrosstc.org. Please do not donate goods at this time.
  • In the coming days, volunteers will be needed – There are crews working already in the neighborhoods, but the conditions are not yet safe enough to accommodate volunteers. The City and Urban Homeworks, a local nonprofit, will be making a call to volunteers in the coming days, but at this point it is not safe to bring folks in.

Tree cleanup: Minneapolis Public Works and Park Board crews continue to work in north Minneapolis to make streets passable following yesterday’s tornado. After that work is done, the City and Park Board will provide debris pickup for property owners in the affected area.

Public Works and Park Board crews will collect large debris beginning May 25 through June 10 for properties in the city west of Interstate 94 and north of Highway 55 (Olson Memorial Highway). This service is for property owners clearing their property after storm damage only—it is not for contractors doing work for property owners or for regular tree pruning. Visit the City’s website or call 311 for more information.

Additional information:

  • ·         The Governor and other state and federal elected staff have toured the area for a better assessment of the damage.  FEMA is on the ground and will be conducting their damage assessments.
  • ·         Corporations that want to donate goods or volunteer staff (not individual contributions): please email information including name, phone number and rough idea of quantity and type of goods and email to Marc Dronen (marc.dronen@ci.minneapolis.mn.us).
  • ·         Catalyst and KMOJ have partnered and they are accepting non monetary donations at their location at Penn and Broadway.
  • ·         94 exit ramps are closed and will be until the zones are cleared – anticipated that will take a few days.
  • ·         Minneapolis Animal Control is OPEN to bring animals to the shelter. ACC will respond as usual to loose dogs, etc. Customers can go to ACC to look for lost animals.
  • ·         The following schools are open for shelter, food and water for those that need it:

o              Patrick Henry High School

o              North High School

o              Folwell

David M Rubedor

Director, Neighborhood and Community Relations Department

331 2nd Avenue South, Suite 220

Minneapolis, Minnesota

612.673.3129

www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/ncr

This Monday! Saint Anthony East Neighborhood Association Community and Board Meeting

Saint Anthony East Neighborhood Association

Community and Board Meeting

Monday May 23, 2011

Logan Recreation Center

7:00 pm – 8:30pm

Community Meeting

7:00-8:00

Agenda

  1. Welcome and Introductions – Susan Burns
  2. NRP Housing Programs- Jennifer Camacho
  3. Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board – Iris Pahlberg
    1. Community Updates:
      1. Community and Resource Exchange (C.A.R.E)
      2. 2nd Precinct Advisory Council (2PAC) update
      3. Neighborhood Walk
  4. Landlord Workshop Announcement- Sean O’Neil
  5. NRP II: Master Planning

Board Meeting

8:00-8:30

  1. Call to Order
  2. Minutes – Andrea Stelljes
  3. Treasurer’s Update and Report – Taras Karkoc
  4. SAENA Office Equipment
  5. Neighborhood Goals and Board Responsibilities – Susan Burns
  6. NRP Phase I Report
  7. Neighborhoodfest2011
  8. Other Business
  9. Adjourn

Volunteer Opportunity – NE Courtwatch

Below is some information from Crime Prevention Specialist, Tom Thompson regarding a new program for the Eastside of Minneapolis. They’d like at least one representative from each neighborhood – so get involved and represent St. Anthony East!

“Hello,

We have been working on setting up a Courtwatch program in NE Minneapolis in the 2nd Precinct.  After our first meeting, it was decided that this program would be for all of Eastside Minneapolis.  Both NE and SE Minneapolis, all of the 2nd Precinct.

If you are interested in getting involved in this program, send an e-mail so we can put your e-mail address into our Courtwatch system.  Also attend the meetings, which are going to be held in conjunction with 2-PAC for a few months.  The meetings will be the 2nd Monday of each month, at 6 pm, at 1900 Central Ave (Monroe Village).

If you live North of Broadway St NE, then e-mail thomas.thompson@ci.minneapolis.mn.us

If you live south of Broadway St NE, then e-mail nicholas.juarez@ci.minneapolis.mn.us

Thank you.

Tom

Here is the original e-mail for those who are wondering what Courtwatch is all about;

Hello,

We talk a lot about crime and statistics.  Have you ever wondered what happens to the people who are arrested in your area?  Have you ever wondered what happens when someone accused of a crime goes to court?  Have you ever wondered why some people seem to get punished more than others?  Those are just a couple questions we could help you answer.

I am looking to see if there are enough volunteers willing to make a NorthEast Courtwatch program viable.  I would like to see at least one volunteer from each neighborhood.  Courtwatch members can be anyone who lives here or works here.  The neighborhood volunteers would decide which arrests, in their neighborhood, would be monitored by Courtwatch.

What is the commitment?  One meeting a month and then during the month possibly sending out e-mails or talking to neighbors to get Community Impact Statements for cases being monitored by the Courtwatch program.

What would the program look like?  That’s up to you.  Here is what we did in the 5th Precinct;
–  As a group we decide which crimes we want to monitor.  (ie; burglary, robbery, graffiti, auto theft, whatever you would like to track).
–  Then I set up a list so I get notified each time there is an arrest in the precinct for those crimes we are following
–  Each day I look to see if there was an arrest the night before,  (only adult arrests, no juvenile arrests, as they are not public info)
–  If there was, I send each Courtwatch volunteer a copy of the arrestees history of arrests (in Minneapolis only) since 2005.
–  I also send out a copy of the Minneapolis Police Report to each volunteer (public information only).
–  We then set a limit of say 20 arrests (just for sake of a number here).  If the person has had 20 arrests in Minneapolis since 2005 they are automatically put on the Courtwatch list.  If they haven’t had the set number of arrests, then the neighborhood volunteer determines if that person should be on the list based on the crimes impact to their neighborhood.
–  The City and CountyAttorney’s Office is also hopefully involved.  They monitor whether the arrested people are charged.  They then report to the volunteers at the meeting of the status of court cases.
–  The City and CountyAttorney’s request community impact statements.  The volunteers then go out to the neighborhoods (through e-mail or talking) to get people to write impact statements.
–  We continue to track people through the court system, through sentencing.

Do you want to have an impact on crime?  Do you want to have an impact on the court system?  If you think this is a way to accomplish that, let me know.  Remember, Courtwatch is a community driven program.  It can only happen with community volunteers.  Let me know if you want to volunteer.  If we can find enough volunteers I will work to get the process set up for us.

For questions, contact:

Tom Thompson, Crime Prevention Specialist
Minneapolis Police Department, 2nd Precinct
(612) 673-2874
thomas.thompson@ci.minneapolis.mn.us

To Protect With Courage
To Serve With Compassion”

Minneapolis Police Activities League Yogathon

“This is an all levels class to benefit the Minneapolis Police Activities League, which promotes fitness and recreation activities for at-risk youth in Minneapolis.  You do not need to be a member of PAL or Lifetime to participate.  Come out and show your support!”

Where: Lifetime Fitness Target Center – LifePower Yoga Center

600 N. 1st Avenue, Minneapolis

When: April 16, 2011

Time: 1:00-2:30pm

More information…

March Community and Board Meeting – This Monday!

We will be holding our March Community and Board Meeting this Monday, the 28th, from 7-8:30pm at Logan Park Recreation Center.

Community members are welcome and encouraged to come and get involved! See you there!

The agenda will be as follows:

Saint Anthony East Neighborhood Association

Community and Board Meeting

Monday March 28, 2011

Logan Recreation Center

7:00 pm – 8:30pm

 

 

Community Meeting

7:00-8:00

 

Agenda

 

1.      Welcome and Introductions – Jana Huffman

2.      Community and Resource Exchange (C.A.R.E) update

3.      2nd Precinct Advisory Council (2PAC) update

4.      Problem Properties Report- Jana Huffman

5.      Block Club and Neighborhood Walk Initiatives- Sean O’Neil

6.      NRP Phase II funding report- Sean O’Neil

 

 

Board Meeting

8:00-8:30

 

1.      Call to Order

2.      Minutes – Andrea Stelljes

3.      Treasurer’s Update and Report – Taras Karkoc

4.      Selection of Representative(s) for April 16th NCEC meeting

5.      Logo Design

6.      Other Business

7.      Adjourn