Fireworks Concerns? Address them properly.

Happy Independence Day (week)!
As we all know, fireworks play a role in our nation’s celebration of independence. Hopefully, all your experiences this year will be phenomenal, but if you do have concerns, here’s how to address them in our fine city of Minneapolis:

Minneapolis City of Lakes

Fireworks reports can be made via 311 online, through mobile app, and by phone; call 911 for fireworks-related life safety or fire hazard concerns.

Fourth of July fireworks are part of many people’s Independence Day celebrations, and the noise complaints and safety issues they generate lead to high call volumes at 911 call centers across the country. That’s why the City of Minneapolis and its police and fire departments want to make sure folks know what to do if they have fireworks-related complaints this summer.

On a typical 4th of July evening, Minneapolis 911 will receive 300-400 calls per hour, most of which are related to fireworks noise complaints. On a normal day, Minneapolis 911 will receive fewer than 100 calls per hour. Because of the huge volume of calls, police officers cannot be dispatched to each fireworks noise incident on or near the 4th of July.

Minneapolis 911 increases staffing during this busy period, but folks can help make sure emergency calls are answered as quickly as possible, by not calling 911 with fireworks noise complaints. Instead, noise reports can be made online, through the 311 mobile app or by calling 311.

Reducing the number of noise complaints to 911 will help ensure that 911 emergency calls are answered as quickly as possible, and that all emergency responders are available to respond to calls about more serious crimes, fires and medical emergencies.

Residents should note that 311 is closed Friday, July 4 and open from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Saturday, July 5 and Sunday, July 6, but the mobile application can be used any time to make a report. City staff will review the complaint and may follow up with the property owner the complaint is about, but a police squad will not be dispatched.

For fireworks-related issues that pose life safety threats or fire hazards, residents should call 911 and police, fire or medical help will be dispatched.

Examples of calls that should go to 911 include:

• A situation where a person has been injured by fireworks

• airborne fireworks landing on a building or wooded area posing a fire risk, or

• when the size of the fireworks gathering and the unruly behavior of the people involved

Luther Krueger, Crime Prevention Analyst
Minneapolis Police Dept., Strategic Information/Crime Analysis Division
350 S. 5th Street, Room 100 City Hall + Minneapolis MN 55415
612-673-5371 [Call: 612-673-5371] + Luther.Krueger@MinneapolisMN.gov

For your first contact regarding crime issues in your area contact your Crime Prevention Specialists

For certified copies of MPD public information reports, contact our Records Information Unit.

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Public Hearing – RE: companies like Uber and Lyft – Transportation

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Date:  July 8, 2014

Time:  1:30 or shortly thereafter

Place:  Minneapolis City Hall, Room 317

            350 South 5th Street

Minneapolis MN, 5541

Purpose:  Ordinance Amendments for Transportation Network Companies and Taxicabs

The Community Development and Regulatory Services Committee of the Minneapolis City Council will consider amending Chapter 341 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to taxicab licenses, and creating a new Chapter 343 relating to Transportation Network Companies.

Transportation Network Companies are for hire, small vehicle passenger transportation services that allow drivers using their own personal vehicles to transport riders who have connected with them through a cell phone application.

If approved, Chapter 341 will be modernized to update requirements.  Chapter 343 will create the regulations that the Transportation Network Companies will operate under.

The proposed ordinance amendments are available on our website at www.minneapolismn.gov/licensing.

You are invited to attend, express your opinions, and/or submit such in writing by contacting Grant Wilson, Manager of Business Licenses at 612-673-3902 or grant.wilson@minneapolismn.gov.

Information in Other Languages:  Yog xav paub tshaj nos ntxiv, hu 612-673-2800.  Macluumaad dheeri ah, kala soo xiriir 612-673-3500. Para mas información llame al 612-673-2700.

Public Hearing – Donation Collection Bins

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Date:  July 8, 2014

Time:  1:30 or shortly thereafter

Place:  Minneapolis City Hall, Room 317

            350 South 5th Street

Minneapolis MN, 55415

Purpose:  Ordinance Amendment for Donation Collection Bins

The Community Development and Regulatory Services Committee of the Minneapolis City Council will consider adding Chapter 282 to the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances.  If approved, a license will be required for Donation Collection Bins.  The proposed ordinance amendment is available on our website at www.minneapolismn.gov/licensing.

You are invited to attend, express your opinions, and/or submit such in writing by contacting businesslicenses@minneapolismn.gov or 612-673-2080.

Information in Other Languages:  Yog xav paub tshaj nos ntxiv, hu 612-673-2800.  Macluumaad dheeri ah, kala soo xiriir 612-673-3500. Para mas información llame al 612-673-2700.

Upcoming Events! Mark Your Calendars!

St. Anthony East Neighborhood Association has a Community Meeting coming up this Monday, July 25th to discuss our plans for using our Neighborhood Revitalization Plan (NRP) Phase II. We’d like your input on how programs can be designed to best help you and your neighbors. Come and give your input!  Click here for meeting details!

Also, join us Tuesday for our Weekly Neighborhood Walk. A great way to get out and talk to your neighbors.

Finally – mark your calendars and invite your friends. Let’s show off Logan Park!

 

Outdoor Movie

AVATAR

Saturday, July 30th 9:15pm

Logan Park

690 13th Ave NE

Free

Co-Sponsored by Logan Park Neighborhood Association and Logan Community Center

If it is raining the movie will be cancelled.

 

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
_________________________________________________

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

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”

311 or 911? A Note from the Crime Prevention Specialist

Hello,

We have had a couple issues and questions recently about whether a call should go to 311 or 911.

When to call 311 = when you are looking to ask a question, get information on city services, or talk to a city employee directly, but don’t know their phone number or which person specificially you should talk to.

When to call 911 = When you have an emergency and need police immediately.  When you see SUSPICIOUS acitivity/people that the police should know about, because it is happening right now, or just happened.  Any time you think the police need to know right now that something strange is going on on your block or in the city.

You know your neighborhood better than anyone.  If you see, hear or feel something that just isn’t right; and you think the police should know about it right now because it just happened or is still going on; that’s a 911 call.  If you have a good description of something/someone that just occured or is still happening that’s a 911 call.

I hope this helps you.  Thanks

Tom

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