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

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New Designs for Saint Anthony Park

Check out new designs for Saint Anthony Park!

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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:


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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

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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 

 

Call to Action- 750/754/756 Jackson Update

Blue Golds Ventures and DJR Architecture, Inc. have proposed development of the 750, 754, and 756 Jackson site, including moving the alleyway.  Their proposal for the site is a project that will replace the current 1-1/2 story house with a 4 story residential building. The new building would consist of 3 “live-work” units and 13- 1 and 2 bedroom residential units. The surface parking lot would provide parking for 6 cars and 8 bicycles. The details on the plan can be found here: 750, 754, 756 Land Use App.

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The 750, 754, 756 Jackson Development proposal application is scheduled to be reviewed by the Planning Commission on Monday, April 9 at 4:30pm in Room 317 City Hall, 350 S. St. Minneapolis and open to the public. The application is PLAN5912 and VAC1696. In additional to the regular site plan review, the developers are asking for many variances. They are as follows:

  • Rezoning of 750, 754, 756 Jackson St NE from R2B Two-Family District to OR1 Neighborhood Office Residence District
  • Conditional use permit to increase the maximum height of the proposed structure
  • Variance to reduce the front yard setback along Jackson St NE
  • Variance to reduce the minimum drive aisle width
  • Alley vacation and dedication

The Zoning and Planning Committee will then meet on Thursday, May 3, which is also a public meeting.  Finally, City Council will vote on the proposal on Friday, May 11.

If you have concerns regarding this development and want your voice heard or have questions regarding the application, please contact the following people before the public hearing on April 9th:
Shanna Sether (City Planner) – shanna.sether@minneapolismn.gov
David Zaffrann (Steve Fletcher’s Office) – david.zaffrann@minneapolismn.gov
Laura Dorle (Steve Fletcher’s Office) – laura.dorle@minneapolismn.gov
Steve Fletcher (Ward 3 City Council) – steve.fletcher@minneapolismn.gov

Your participation in this process is essential in order to ensure that the City understands the perspectives of neighbors.  Even sending a quick email does matter in this process.

Summer St. Garden Registration Open!

IMG_3878.jpgSpring is upon us and we are taking new members at Summer Street Garden! The garden is located in Community Commons Park on Summer Street between Van Buren and Central. We have a few options for garden plots: 1) traditional, large-sized, in ground plot, 2) raised bed about 2’X8′, 3) standing bed about 2’X6′.  Priority for the standing beds are given to those who have trouble kneeling or bending.

If you are interested in a plot, please fill out the form and return it to info@saenaminneapolis.com by April 14. The garden kick-off meeting will be on Sunday, April 15 from 2-3:30pm at Clare Housing.

To review the garden rules, please visit: https://saenaminneapolis.com/summer-street-community-gardens/community-garden-bylaws/

Now Hiring– SAENA Community Outreach Coordinator Position

St. Anthony East Neighborhood Association (SAENA) is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to building relationships with community members of St. Anthony East neighborhood and empower them to invest and engage with their neighborhood. SAENA seeks a qualified community organizer to enthusiastically conduct engagement and outreach efforts to build relationships with neighborhood stakeholders.

Overview:  The Community Outreach Coordinator is a part-time position at 20-25 hours a week. $18-$20/hour BOE. Evening and weekends required. The position reports directly to the Executive Director.  The Coordinator responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Project and Event Coordination

  • Park Committee: staff monthly Park Committee meetings, new committee member recruitment, coordination of committee initiatives, and project management of park improvements
  • Summer Street Garden: coordinate membership logistics, communicate frequently with members, plan and implement clean-up days, and manage day-to-day operations
  • Plan and coordinate neighborhood events with Executive Director

Outreach and Engagement

  • Develop and implement outreach strategies to engage St. Anthony East residents, business owners, and property owners
  • Build relationships with underrepresented populations (renters, seniors, etc.) and identify ways the organization can serve them
  • Recruit SAENA members and connect them to projects, committees, and board service
  • Coordinate neighborhood door knocking efforts

Communications

  • Create and coordinate marketing information with graphic designer
  • Manage social media accounts and monthly e-newsletter

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience door knocking in residential areas
  • Experience in community organizing and facilitating groups
  • Experience in planning, organizing, and implementing community events
  • Sense of humor
  • Evening and weekend availability
  • Working proficiency in verbal and written Spanish

This is a part-time position and includes an insurance stipend and PTO. Evening and weekend hours are required.

Physical effort includes lifting or carrying limited to 25 pounds intermittently. Walking long distances and talking for extended periods of time. Work will require extended use of a computer keyboard and monitor. Work is performed in an open format but moderately quiet environment.
SAENA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. SAENA will recruit, hire and promote without regard to sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, pregnancy or veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.

Email cover letter and resume to info@saenaminneapolis.com with “Community Outreach Coordinator” in the subject line.