Welcome

Welcome to the Kenwood Isles Area Association (KIAA) website. Kenwood is a neighborhood in Minneapolis, Minnesota, just southwest of the downtown area. Please scroll down for postings of news for our neighborhood.

You are invited to attend our monthly KIAA Board meetings, which are generally held on the first Monday of the month from 7 to 8:30 pm at the Kenwood Recreation Center, 2101 W. Franklin Ave. If the first Monday of the month is a holiday, then we meet on the second Monday. The 2013-2014 meetings will be held on July 1, September 9, October 7, November 4, December 2, January 6, February 3, March 3, April 7 and May 5 (unless the May annual meeting format and date are changed.)

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Kenwood Neighborhood News Update July 5, 2014

Kenwood Isles Area Association Board Meeting Monday July 7, 7pm

All residents are welcome at the KIAA Board Meeting at the Kenwood Recreation Center.  The meeting will begin at 7pm and adjourn at 8:30 pm. 

The new Kenwood Elementary School Principal, Aura Wharton-Beck will attend the meeting to introduce herself to the community. Information about the Kenwood Water Tower will also be on the agenda. Council Member Lisa Goodman will attend.  Hidden Beach will take up much of the agenda time.  Chief Ohotto from Park Police and Inspector Loining from Minneapolis Fifth Precinct Police will give presentations. The meeting will be largely dedicated to questions and concerns about East Cedar/Hidden Beach.  If you have questions about the beach or area, please attend or contact KIAA with your questions/concerns so they have the information available at the meeting.

SUMMER STRATEGIES FOR EAST CEDAR (“HIDDEN”) BEACH

By Chelsea Adams, Crime Prevention Specialist, Fifth Precinct Minneapolis Police Dept. 612.673.2819 Chelsea.adams@minneapolismn.gov

OVERVIEW: Beaches and park territory are part of Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, which places them under the jurisdiction of Minneapolis Park Police. The surrounding non-park areas are under the jurisdiction of Minneapolis Police Department. These are completely separate departments that often collaborate.

WHAT THE POLICE ARE DOING

PARK POLICE

Heavy saturation at the beach.  East Cedar Beach ‘beat’ is usually Monday – Friday, 2-10 pm.  KIAA funds additional patrol on Friday & Saturday afternoons/evenings.  Contact Park Police: (612) 230-6550 or email concerns at http://www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=644 (DO NOT CALL the desk if you need officers dispatched. You can ONLY get officers dispatched to a location by calling 911.)

MINNEAPOLIS POLICE, Fifth Precinct

Assisting in Park enforcement on East Cedar Beach. Extra patrols in the surrounding neighborhood. Zero tolerance on crimes in the area, including tagging people at the beach.  Strong parking enforcement in the immediate surrounding area.  Proactive stops identifying suspicious persons and vehicles.  Contact Fifth Precinct at the desk: (612) 673-5705 (DO NOT CALL the desk if you need officers dispatched. You can ONLY get officers dispatched to a location by calling 911.)

WHAT SOCIAL SERVICES IS DOING

St. Stephen’s works to connect homeless individuals with social services and shelter/housing. They will speak with campers or others who may be homeless. If you see people camping in the area, contact St. Stephen’s at 612-879-7624 or outreach@ststephensmpls.org. Please provide approximate location, description of people or campsite, and time/date seen.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

It’s extremely important that we all work together, as enforcement alone cannot solve a complicated issue like this. Simple crime prevention steps can go a long way in making the surrounding neighborhood less of a target for crimes.

  • Call 911 on suspicious activity AT THE TIME YOU SEE IT.
  • Do not leave valuables in your vehicle. Place them in your trunk BEFORE reaching your destination if you must keep them in your vehicle. It is not safe to leave items in view in your vehicle or even under a blanket/in a bag.
  • Lock your doors and windows, including on your garage. If you have difficulties remembering to lock your garage service door, consider installing a keypad that automatically locks when the door is shut.
  • Pin your windows so they can be stopped at 6 inches or less.
  • Register your bicycle for free in Minneapolis! Call 311, use the 311 app, or visit http://go.usa.gov/BNCz
  • Record the make/model/serial number of your valuables.
  • Watch out for your neighbors and stay in touch about any suspicious or notable activity on your block.
  • Become a block leader if your block is not organized. You will receive automated alerts of most crimes that occur in about a 1.5 block radius around your home and will be asked to send that to your neighbors.

SWLRT PUBLIC MEETING SET FOR JULY 8 FOR SOUTHWEST LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT PROJECT 
On July 8, the City of Minneapolis will provide a public briefing and opportunity for public comment on the Southwest Light Rail Transit Project (SWLRT). This meeting will be an adjourned meeting of the City Council’s Transportation and Public Works Committee.

Public meeting on proposed Southwest Light Rail Transit Project
7 p.m. Tuesday, July 8
Anwatin Middle School auditorium, 256 Upton Ave. S.

Community Events

In June, Theatre Pro Rata performed Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare at Kenwood Park on two consecutive nights.  The movie Sandlot played on June 26 across from the Recreation Center on Field #2.  Both events were very successful with estimates of 200 to 300 people at each Twelfth Night performance and several hundred at the movie.  KIAA provided funding for these successful neighborhood events.

Crime and Safety

The Minneapolis Police Department is currently recruiting people for its next cadet class at the Academy. Follow us on Facebook at Minneapolis Police Department and on Twitter at MPD_PIO.  https://www.youtube.com/user/MinneapolisPolice

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 + 
Luther.Krueger@MinneapolisMN.gov

Hello Kenwood Neighborhood!

The Minnesota Reading Corps and Minnesota Math Corps are currently recruiting full-time Preschool and Elementary Literacy Tutors and Math Enrichment Tutors for the 2014-15 school year in schools across Minneapolis.  Basic eligibility requirements are a high school diploma or GED and US citizenship or permanent residency.  Positions are available in several Twin Cities area schools and full-time tutors are eligible for a biweekly living stipend of $526, limited benefits including health coverage, and valuable training in research-based strategies. In addition, full-time tutors are eligible for an education award of $5,645 that can be used to pay for college or other education expenses.  Some part-time positions (20 hours per week, 4 hours per day) are also available. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis on www.minnesotareadingcorps.org and www.minnesotamathcorps.org. 

Pipeline Replacement Project

As many of you are probably aware, CenterPoint Energy has begun a pipeline replacement project along West Lake Street this summer.  The project is being done in advance of a Hennepin County repaving project that will take place later this fall.  During the construction process, at times traffic will be significantly impacted because of temporary lane closures and a potential detour.  Construction will occur along West Lake Street from Excelsior Boulevard to James Avenue S. The work will also include the replacement of approximately 10 natural gas service lines between James Avenue S. and Dupont Avenue S. The new pipe will be installed in the eastbound traffic lane nearest the south curb of Lake Street.  Start time is June 30 and the project will run through September.

Residents with questions are invited to call CenterPoint Energy’s Construction Hotline at 612-321-5329 to talk with a representative about the project. To learn more about this project or to sign up for periodic construction updates, road closures and traffic detour information, please visit our Construction Zone website at: www.centerpointenergy.com/construction. The following is a link to the West Lake Street Project: http://www.centerpointenergy.com/community/inthecommunity/constructionzone/5285f0ab942d3410VgnVCM10000026a10d0aRCRD/MN/

Hold off pruning ash trees until fall 
Conditions are now warm enough for beetles that attack and kill ash trees. Emerald ash borers are normally active from May through Labor Day. Homeowners who have ash trees in their yards should not prune them at this time of year or move any part of an ash tree (firewood, branches, etc.) while the pests are active. Inadvertently moving the pests helps them spread to uncontaminated areas.  For more information on emerald ash borers, visit the Minnesota Department of Agriculture emerald ash borer Web page or the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s emerald ash borer Web page.

Lunch with Lisa will return August 20

  

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Kenwood Neighborhood News Update June 1, 2014

Kenwood Isles Area Association Board Meeting Monday June 2, 7pm

All residents are welcome at tomorrow night’s board meeting at the Kenwood Recreation Center.  The meeting will begin at 7pm and adjourn at 8:30 pm.  Guests will include Marion Greene who will introduce herself and talk about her newly elected  position as Hennepin County Commissioner.  As usual, LRT discussion will be on the agenda, along with Kenwood area news.  Finally, new officers will be elected for the 2014-2015 KIAA Board of Directors.  Join us for a lively and interesting meeting.

More Kenwood News

KIAA members have been actively inviting the neighborhood to join Nextdoor Kenwood.  This is a useful online forum for spreading information about SWLRT, posting information about neighborhood events, finding lost pets, and getting recommendations for babysitters and roofers!  Nextdoor Kenwood was started by a Penn Ave neighbor in July, 2013.  Members must have a verifiable physical address to join.   Thus far, 170 neighbors have joined which represents 139/626 possible Kenwood households.  Follow this link to join:  https://kenwoodhennepin.nextdoor.com/news_feed/

The Kenwood Elementary School Green Team is hosting a community rummage sale on Saturday, June 14 in the gym of the Kenwood Rec Center from 9-2 PM. Concessions and coffee/drinks also for sale.  This would be a good day to put on a garage sale of your own!  All proceeds to benefit Kenwood Elementary School.  If you would like to donate items for the sale, please drop them off on Friday June 13 at the Rec Center during set up from 4-6 PM.  Contact Angie Erdrich angie_sandeep@yahoo.com for more information or if you would like to help.  Please shop! 

LETTER FROM JOYCE FOOD SHELF MAY 2014

Dear Kenwood Isles Area Association Members,

On behalf of all of the volunteers and staff at the Joyce Uptown Food shelf we thank you for your donation of a total of $200 for our food shelf.  This comes at a time when it is a challenge to keep up with the demand of an increase in clients needing food.  We appreciate all that you do to continue to support us. The generosity and commitment of people like you makes a big difference, thank you.

Sincerely grateful,

Becky Spence, Director

joyce@visi.comwww.joycefoodshelf.org

Kenwood Received Top 10 Great Neighborhood Designation

On Monday, May 5 during the Annual KIAA Annual Gathering, City of Minneapolis Director of Long Range Planning Kjersti Monson presented Minneapolis Council Member Lisa Goodman and board and members of KIAA with the American Planning Association (APA) plaque designating the Kenwood neighborhood as one of the top 10 Greatest Neighborhoods in the United States in 2013 under the organization’s Great Places in America program. 

Community Events

In June, Theatre Pro Rata will open Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, performing in Twin Cities metro area parks.

THE PLAY:

Twelfth Night is William Shakespeare’s light-hearted comedy set in the land of

Illyria. Disguises, mistaken identities, and the chaos of love take center stage

as Viola washes ashore after her ship wrecks off the coast and, disguising

herself as a boy for safety, is immediately embroiled in the amorous

machinations of the Duke and Olivia.

THE ARTISTS:

In addition to the usual mix of Pro Rata’s own actors, the cast features theater

veterans like former Ivey Awards host Charles Numrich along with returning

Pro Rata performers and local favorites Katherine Kupiecki and David

Beukema.

Dates:

Friday, June 20 @ 6:30pm at Kenwood Park in Minneapolis

Saturday, June 21 @ 6:30pm at Kenwood Park in Minneapolis

Performances are free and open to the public.  The ‘rain plan’ would move the production into the Rec Center/Kenwood School gym.

 

Free Movie in Kenwood Park

The movie Sandlot will play Thursday night, June 26 around 9:15pm across from the Recreation Center on Field #2.

Crime and Safety

 Safety reminder tips from Kathy Williams, block club leader:

  • Leave your front door lights on all night
  • If you have a security system, arm it whenever you’re away.
  •  Call 911 to report any suspicious activity
  • Get to know your neighbors

            Information from the Minneapolis Housing Inspector regarding their proactive annual inspection of neighborhoods for environmental and nuisance violations.  Typical violations are:

  • Grass and weeds taller than 8 inches
  • Inoperable vehicles including those with expired license tabs
  • Garbage, litter, and junk
  • Brush and branches
  • Vegetation overhanging the sidewalk, alley, or street

 Door-to-door Magazine Salespeople
http://www.minneapolismn.gov/www/groups/public/@communications/documents/webcontent/wcms1p-096805.pdf

This PDF details what to do when someone knocks on your door asking for money or selling magazine subscriptions. This document also goes on to say how teens are often taken across state borders to sell magazines.

MPRB announces volunteer awards for 3013

Youth Rising Star Award Recipient

Ethan Cunningham a volunteer at Kenwood Park, volunteers 16-20 hours per month. He assists with various RecPlus activities, fundamental and squirts basketball, special events and meeting room set-up at Kenwood. Cunningham is reliable, patient and willing to learn new responsibilities.

The RecPlus kids, parents, and staff have a high level of respect and appreciation for Cunningham and his work. He has developed a rapport with both the kids and staff, and is a mature young man, with a cool, calm demeanor and a quiet confidence. Cunningham takes initiative, understands his role as a volunteer at Kenwood and is a great asset to Kenwood Park – and the community.

Hennepin County: Compost bins for sale
Backyard composting is a great way to turn food and yard waste into a nutrient-rich resource, and Hennepin County is selling compost bins to help you get started. Bins are 3 feet by 3 feet by 3 feet, made of cedar and wire mesh, and cost $45. There are two options for purchasing a bin:

  • Purchase a bin at the Hennepin County Drop-off Facility in Brooklyn Park. No pre-order needed. Cash or check only. Bins are for sale during regular drop-off facility hours.
  • Pre-order online to pick up during an event.  Bins are built by Sentencing to Service (STS) Homes crews, which is an on-the-job carpenter training program for incarcerated men and women.
  • For more information or to order a bin, visit www.hennepin.us/composting

Hold off pruning ash trees until fall 
Even with our late spring and chilly temperatures, conditions are now warm enough for beetles that attack and kill ash trees. Emerald ash borers are present in Minneapolis and are normally active from May through Labor Day. Homeowners who have ash trees in their yards should not prune them at this time of year or move any part of an ash tree (firewood, branches, etc.) while the pests are active. Inadvertently moving the pests helps them spread to uncontaminated areas.  For more information on emerald ash borers, visit the Minnesota Department of Agriculture emerald ash borer Web page or the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s emerald ash borer Web page.

 Lunch with Lisa will return August 20

 If you wish to be added to the list of Kenwood residents receiving future copies of Kenwood neighborhood news or if you want to be removed from this list, please contact me at deatrickjean@gmail.com or just reply to this note.  Please provide your name, email address, and home address

 

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Lunch with Lisa May 21

Join Council Member Lisa Goodman for the annual Lunch with Lisa field trip on May 21, 2014!  This month  is a tour of the Water Treatment Plant.  Must RSVP by May 19th to 673-2207 or to Ruth.Weakly@minneapolismn.gov

You cannot attend without RSVP.

4100 Marshall Street NE. At signal light look for the guard house on your left.  Must bring drivers license/ID.  Wear comfortable shoes. No children.

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Kenwood Neighborhood News Update May 3, 2014

Kenwood Isles Area Association and Neighborhood Annual Gathering May 5 at 6pm.

Join us and meet your friends and neighbors at Bockley Gallery, corner of Penn and West 21st Street.  Enjoy pizza from the Red Wagon Pizza Company and arts and crafts for children at beARTrageous. 

KIAA Annual Gathering and Board Meeting Agenda May 5, 2014

6:00                      Socialize and have pizza.                             All

6:30                    Welcome and Introductions                     Larry Moran

6:35                     American Planning Association Award

6:50                     Review/Preview of KIAA Activities          Larry Moran        

7:00                     Board Elections                                        Larry Moran

7:10                     Q and A                                                     All

                             Adjourn

More Kenwood News

KIAA members have been actively inviting the neighborhood to join Nextdoor Kenwood.  This is a useful online forum for spreading information about SWLRT, posting information about neighborhood events, finding lost pets, and getting recommendations for babysitters and roofers!  Nextdoor Kenwood was started by a Penn Ave neighbor in July, 2013.  Members must have a verifiable physical address to join.   Thus far, 170 neighbors have joined which represents 139/626 possible Kenwood households.  Follow this link to join:  https://kenwoodhennepin.nextdoor.com/news_feed/ or speak with Jeanette or Angie at the upcoming annual gathering.

The Kenwood Elementary School Green Team is hosting a community rummage sale on Saturday, June 14 in the gym of the Kenwood Rec Center from 9-2 PM.  Concessions and coffee/drinks also for sale.

This would be a good day to put on a garage sale of your own!  All proceeds to benefit Kenwood Elementary School.  If you would like to donate items for the sale, please drop them off on Friday June 13 at the Rec Center during set up from 4-6 PM.  Contact Angie Erdrich for more information at angie_sandeep@yahoo.com.

Kenwood to Receive Top 10 Great Neighborhood Designation from American Planning Association

On Monday, May 5 during the Annual KIAA Annual meeting, City of Minneapolis Director of Long Range Planning Kjersti Monson will present Minneapolis Council Member Lisa Goodman and Board and members of KIAA with the American Planning Association (APA) plaque designating the Kenwood neighborhood as one of the top 10 Greatest Neighborhoods in the United States in 2013 under the organization’s Great Places in America program. 

“It’s an honor to have the Kenwood neighborhood recognized as one of the greatest neighborhoods in the country,” said Council Member Lisa Goodman of Ward 7.  “Now many more people will know what we do, that Minneapolis neighborhoods like Kenwood are clean, green, and safe, and filled with families who appreciate urban living.”

Each year during National Community Planning Month, APA’s Great Places in America program names 30 exemplary neighborhoods, streets and public spaces to highlight the role planning and planners play in adding value to communities, including fostering economic growth and jobs.

APA singled out Kenwood for its well-preserved architecture, natural attributes, amenities, and engaged residents. Its location – just two miles from downtown Minneapolis and somewhat off the beaten path – stunning homes and lake views combine to make Kenwood one of the city’s most sought-after neighborhoods.

“This early streetcar suburb has evolved into one of Minneapolis’ premier neighborhoods through a combination of planning, community investment, and engaged residents,” said APA Chief Executive Officer Paul Farmer, FAICP. “For more than 120 years – from Frank Peavey’s donation of a fountain for Kenwood Parkway to the neighborhood association’s current efforts to ensure that a proposed transit station fits with Kenwood’s park-like setting – residents have been instrumental in determining and protecting their neighborhood’s character,” added Farmer, a former director of the Minneapolis Planning Department.

Reminiscent of a sleepy rural hamlet but with decidedly more urbane architecture and scenic vistas, Kenwood’s sloping terrain offers impressive views of the surrounding lakes and downtown Minneapolis. Kenwood Parkway, a central link in the city’s boulevard system was designed by H.W.S. Cleveland. Spectacular, well-preserved architecture – much from the early 20th century – defines the neighborhood along with its tree-lined sidewalks and curvilinear streets.

Neighborhood icons include Peavey Fountain (1891), “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” house (Victorian, 1892) and Kenwood Water Tower (Gothic Revival, 1910). Resident involvement has retained Kenwood Park’s mostly natural setting, prevented conversion of the water tower into condominiums, and secured design modifications to proposed Southwest Transitway light rail station to be located in the neighborhood.

Minneapolis to host discussion May 7

The City of Minneapolis and regional partners will be hosting an audience-interactive panel discussion featuring renowned urbanist Gil Penalosa about placemaking and the future of the downtown Minneapolis public realm on Wednesday, May 7 from 12:30-2:00 p.m. at the Brave New Workshop.  For the last eight years, Mr. Penalosa has served as the Executive Director 8-80 Cities, a Canadian nonprofit dedicated to contributing to the transformation of cities into places where people can walk, bike, access public transportation and visit vibrant parks and public places. 

WHEN:          Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 12:30-2:00 p.m.

WHERE:       Brave New Workshop, 824 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis.  The event is free and open to all, but limited seating is available. call or email Tina Beech at 612.673.3242 or tina.beech@minneapolismn.gov by Tuesday, May 6 at 11:00 a.m. 

Fifth Precinct Open House May 13

All are invited to the 5th Precinct Open House to be held on Tuesday, May 13 from 5 to 7 pm at 3101 Nicollet Ave.  Learn about the Minneapolis Police Department and enjoy free fun, food, and entertainment.

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Open House May 14

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, along with the Minneapolis Department of Public Works, invites you to an informational open house regarding the renovation of Cedar Lake Parkway from 394 to Burnham Rd. to be completed in the summer of 2014.The current parkway surface has deteriorated and is beyond a serviceable condition.

At the open house staff will discuss the project schedule, and present preliminary property assessment mapping. Please tell your neighbors and plan on attending!

When:   May 14th from 6:30-8:00pm

Where: Kenwood Community Center,   2101 Franklin Ave. W, Minneapolis, MN 55405

For project information visit www.minneapolisparks.org/currentprojects. For parkway closure information, visit www.minneapolisparks.org then follow the Quick Link for Temporary Road Closures.

Southwest LRT (METRO Green Line Extension): Extending Tracks Spring 2014

Preliminary design plan review underway.  Public comment and approval process in May and June.  http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MNORGMETC/bulletins/b497ac

People for Parks Park Survey

Trails? Edible gardens? More trees? Picnic tables? Concrete ping pong tables? What do YOU want to see in our parks? Take the People for Parks survey! People for Parks is a grass roots non-profit supported by donors and dedicated to enhancing Minneapolis parks. After taking this short survey, PLEASE SHARE the link via facebook and twitterhttp://www.surveymonkey.com/s/parks2014

Community Events

Shakespeare in the Park, Theatre Pro Rata Performance:  Twelfth Night Performance Dates:  Friday, June 20 – 6:30-8 PM and Saturday, June 21 – 6:30-8 PM, Site:  Kenwood Park, Admission:  FREE

 A Free Movie in Kenwood Park, Sandlot, will play Thursday night, June 26 around 9:15pm across from the Recreation Center on Field #2.

Lunch with Lisa

Join Council Member Lisa Goodman for lunch and conversation on May 21, 2014 at noon at the University of St. Thomas downtown, Room 201 Opus Hall.  $10 Lunch is offered.

 

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Kenwood News Update 4/21/14

EARTH DAY 2014

The Annual Kenwood-Minneapolis Earth Day is April 26, from 9:30 a.m.- noon. You may pick up bags, gloves and a map of areas targeted for clean-up at the Kenwood Rec Center. Locations of garbage pick up sites will also be distributed.  All are welcome!

For information on the Minneapolis Recycle Run 5K, 10K and FREE Kids Run visit: www.minneapolisparks.org.

 

 

ALL KENWOOD RESIDENTS ARE INVITED

The annual KIAA Gathering will be Monday, May 5, at 6:00 p.m. at Bockley Gallery.  Please join us for a free, fun evening of camaraderie, featuring the Red Wagon Pizza Company-a traveling pizza oven on wheels.  Arts and crafts for kids at BeARTrageous.

Kenwood Isles Area Association (KIAA) is accepting monetary donations for Joyce Food Shelf at the event.

A short program will include the American Planning Association’s “Great Places In America” 2013 award to Kenwood, introduction of KIAA Board, and an open welcome to join the KIAA board. 

Questions? Contact Angie Erdrich at angie_sandeep@ yahoo.com, (612) 516-6866 or Amy Lucas at amymlucas@gmail.com, (612) 414-7949.

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Kenwood Neighborhood News Update April 14, 2014

Kenwood Isles Area Association and Neighborhood Annual Gathering May 5 at 6pm.

Meet your friends and neighbors at Bockley Gallery, corner of Penn and West 21st Street.  Enjoy pizza from the Red Wagon Pizza Company.  More details to come.

Lunch with Lisa

Join Council Member Lisa Goodman for lunch and conversation on April 30, 2014 at noon at the University of St. Thomas downtown, Room 201 Opus Hall.  $10 Lunch is offered.

Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board and the City of Minneapolis announce the 2014 Earth Day Clean-Up Event

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) along with the City of Minneapolis announce the 20th annual Minneapolis Earth Day Clean-Up event on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The Earth Day Clean-Up has become the largest community service project in Minneapolis and takes place at nearly 40 clean-up sites throughout the city. Since 2008, more than 12,000 residents have removed more than 75,000 lbs of garbage. It’s free to participate and residents are encouraged to participate by volunteering to help pick up trash in parks, neighborhoods, and watersheds. No registration needed, just choose a site and show up. To find a detailed list of clean-up sites and more information please visit www.minneapolisparks.org or call 612-230-6484.

The City of Minneapolis would like to remind residents that plastic bags are not accepted in the one-sort recycling program or with yard waste collection. If you collect your recycling in a plastic bag, the recyclables must be dumped from the bag into the recycling cart. The plastic bag can be placed in the garbage or it can be brought to a participating grocery or retail store for recycling. Yard waste must be placed in Kraft (paper bags), compostable plastic bags or in reusable containers at least 26 inches in height with handles for collection by city crews. For more information please visit www.minneapolismn.gov/solid-waste or call Solid Waste & Recycling at 612-673-2917.

Recycle Run 5k, 10K, and Free Kids Run – Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Recycle Run was created to support sustainable park projects including the Earth Day Clean-Up. The event takes place Saturday, April 19 around beautiful Lake Harriet in south Minneapolis. Youth ages 11 and under can participate in the FREE half-mile kids run! The 5K and 10K Runs are both chip-timed events. All participants will receive a t-shirt and giveaways with registration. Participants are encouraged to bring their used running shoes and shirts. Items will be collected and recycled. Register at www.minneapolisrecyclerun.com.

Contact: Tom Godfrey, Community Outreach Supervisor – Events
612-230-6484tgodfrey@minneapolisparks.org

SPRING CRIME PREVENTION TIPS, 5TH PRECINCT

As we go into spring, we all want to enjoy the warm weather. This means more people leaving windows open, walking outside, doing yard work, and more. Remember to keep a few simple crime prevention tips in mind to help reduce the opportunity for crimes.

We are looking for more block club leaders! Block club leaders receive alerts of most crimes that occur in a 1-2 block radius around their home, and are asked to forward the information to their neighbors. If you are interested, see your Crime Prevention Specialist’s contact information at the bottom.

General tips:

  • Call 911 on suspicious activity at the time you see it!
  • If you are the witness to a crime, please stay around so officers can gather information from you
  • If you are the victim of a crime, please be available for and cooperate with investigators so they can try to locate the perpetrator and gather enough evidence for charging
  • Install or activate a tracking program/app on your smart phone to find it in case it is lost or stolen. This must be done BEFORE the phone is stolen.
  • Install a security program on your laptop if you keep personal information on it or often bring it with you. This must be done BEFORE the laptop is stolen.

Robberies:

  • Trust your instincts! If something feels off or wrong to you, there is a reason for it.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings
  • While walking, don’t text, play games, or otherwise use your phone in a manner where you are looking down and don’t notice anyone around you
  • Walk in groups when possible
  • Avoid walking down alleyways or poorly lit areas
  • It’s important not to drink and drive, but it’s also important not to walk while obviously intoxicated, especially if you are alone, it is dark, you will be walking for blocks, and if you are not liable to notice if you are being followed.
  • For your personal safety on many fronts, it’s best to always be in a group, to not leave the bar alone whether you are getting a ride or walking, and whenever possible have someone designated who will remain sober. This is very important because in general trends, we see many reported person-to-person crimes which involve intoxication. Please be safe!
  • More personal safety tips can be found under personal safety at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/police/crimeprevention/index.htm
  • For pedestrian safety, visit the pedestrian section at www.sharetheroadmn.org 

Burglaries:

  • Pin all ground/first floor windows so when you want they can be stopped at 6”. There are many ways to do this, depending on the type of window. Contact your Crime Prevention Specialist for more information or visit your local hardware store for help. You can also find information under home security at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/police/crimeprevention/index.htm
  • Lock your garage service doors! If you often forget to do this or you have children who are in and out of the garage repeatedly, consider upgrading your service door lock to a keypad lock that will automatically lock when shut. This removes the annoyance of needing a key and ensures your garage is always secure.
  • Record the make, model and serial number of all your valuables in a home inventory form.
  • Lock your doors and windows even when you are home. As you start doing yardwork/gardening, lock your doors to your home, especially on the opposite side of the house from where you are working.
  • Watch this video of an interview with a career burglar to find out what made him choose one house or block and not another: http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=18643268 (This video is from St Louis Park PD but the crime prevention information is good for everyone)

Theft from motor vehicle:

  • Do not leave valuables visible in your vehicle. This includes putting it under your seat or putting a blanket over it. Thieves know the common “hiding” tactics.
  • If you must leave valuables in your vehicle, put it in your trunk BEFORE reaching your destination
  • Bags should not be left visible. Even if you know they are empty or only hold dirty gym clothes, a thief could believe it’s filled with diamonds.
  • Valuables include GPS units, laptops, iPads, iPods, smart phones, wallets, purses, and more. If you spent money on it, it can get someone money when they pawn it.

Bike theft and safety

For more crime prevention tips, visit http://www.minneapolismn.gov/police/crimeprevention/index.htm. To find ways to get involved, ask your Crime Prevention Specialist or check with your neighborhood association to learn about programs, events, and other opportunities near you. 

 

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SWLRT News: Corridor Management Meeting Wednesday.

The Corridor Management Committee will meet on Wednesday, April 2, to make a final recommendation to the Met Council regarding co-location of freight and light rail in the Kenilworth corridor. There is an opportunity for public comment from about 9 – 10:30 AM.

 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM, Beth El Synagogue,

5224 W. 26th Street, St. Louis Park, MN 55416

 Agenda:

Call to Order

Approval of Meeting Minutes from March 26, 2014

Resolutions

Recognizing Commissioner Gail Dorfman

Thanking Beth El Synagogue for hosting SWLRT meetings

Response to March 26, 2014 CMC Questions

Staff Recommendation on Project Scope and Budget

Public Testimony (Estimated Timeframe: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.)

Individuals allowed up to 3 minutes

Groups allowed up to 5 minutes

CMC Discussion and Recommendation

Adjournment

Next Meeting: May 7, 2014, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. at Beth El Synagogue

Please Note:

The east doors nearest the parking lot will be open from 8:15 to 8:45 AM; CMC

members and guests arriving after 8:45 will need to enter through the south doors

located on 26th Street.

 

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KIAA Response to Draft Reports on Water Resources and Freight Rail Location Alternatives

To: Mark Fuhrman, Southwest Project Office

       Jim Alexander, Southwest Project Office

March 3, 2014

Kenwood Isles Area Association (KIAA) renews its strong objection to routing both freight rail and light rail (LRT) in the Kenilworth Corridor. While many reasons exist for this position, these comments refer specifically to the recent Water Resources Draft and Freight Rail Location Alternatives reports released at the end of January.

The necessity of colocating freight and light rail in the same corridor is a direct result of Hennepin County’s lack of planning in designing the Locally Preferred Alignment (LPA) that includes the Kenilworth Corridor. Because of this failure, the plan to move freight to St. Louis Park has been rejected for a variety of reasons (some relevant and some not). Minneapolis renewed its objection to the colocation of both enterprises in the corridor and, as a compromise, the Met Council recommended placing the LRT in a shallow tunnel. We believe that this compromise is short sighted at best and without more complete study PRIOR TO ANY MUNICIPAL CONSENT may in the long run prove disastrous.

The conclusions of Burns and McDonnell (independent consultants hired by the Met Council) of the shallow tunnel plan and its effect on the water resources of the corridor were summarized in the presentation to the Corridor Management Committee (CMC) on February 20, 2014. To us, those findings raise more questions than provide assurances. A few of those conclusions and our concerns are:

1. “Add lateral and nested piezometers.” This recommendation is meant to substantiate the conclusion that shallow tunnels will not interfere with groundwater movement and activity. Shouldn’t that be established BEFORE the decision is made to bury the LRT tracks in a tunnel?

2. “Complete a comprehensive capacity analysis for sanitary and storm sewer systems.” If an analysis is needed, and those systems prove to be deficient, what will it cost to upgrade them and who will pay for it? How will those costs effect the overall project budget, and shouldn’t they be known before a decision is made?

3. “Complete a Phase II Environmental Site Assessment.” Again, why should Minneapolis be asked to provide municipal consent for this project without knowing the results of this assessment? A Phase II study is especially important in this corridor because it carried freight traffic for many years, during a time when environmental concerns were not as important as they are now. Why would the Met Council want to go forward with this project without having the Phase II results that may show more funds will be required to clean up the corridor before any digging into the groundwater can be initiated?

Barr Engineering, consultants hired by the city of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, raises other issues (also described in the CMC meeting presentation) that we believe need to be resolved before the project is approved and begun. Paramount among these issues is their first concern: “The effectiveness of sheet pile sealing and seal pour performance.” Barr Engineering is concerned with the effectiveness of the seals needed to connect about thirty 150’ concrete, rectangular tunnels sitting in eight feet of groundwater. To us, this part of the design is the linchpin in the plan that, if it fails, may have significant and irreversible consequences for the Chain of Lakes system in Minneapolis. We believe that the risk of a failure of this design, even though it may be small, is larger than the city of Minneapolis should ever be asked to take. For that reason, and for the others listed above, we believe the shallow tunnel as a compromise to at-grade colocation fails as a viable alternative.

In addition to the water issues described above, KIAA has great concern for any permanent placement of rail in the Kenilworth Corridor. To begin with, the City of Minneapolis has been clear for many years that any placement of light rail in this corridor requires the permanent removal of freight rail. KIAA believes, like the City of Minneapolis, that the existence of light rail in the Kenilworth Corridor, either at grade or in a shallow tunnel, constitutes colocation of the two and is unacceptable. Like the city, KIAA has taken this position since the current LPA was chosen and we have not changed our opinion.

In addition to this violation of the basic premise for acceptance of the LPA by the City of Minneapolis, KIAA also believes that any plan for colocation of freight and LRT is incomplete and has not addressed important issues:

1. What measures to make freight (in addition to light rail) safe and livable in the community will be taken, and at what cost?

2. What will be the environmental impact of a tunnel option, including crash walls (impact on wildlife, vegetation, noise, and trail and park users.)

3. Who will assume liability if freight stays in the Kenilworth Corridor? Up until now, Twin City and Western Railroad (TC&W) has assumed full liability while running trains in the corridor because they believed placement of freight rail was “temporary” (according to Jim Alexander of the Southwest Project Office at the community meeting at the Jones Harrison Residence on June of 2013). Is Twin City and Western Railroad asking for another entity to share liability for any accident that happens in the corridor? If that is the case, who will bear the cost of this shared liability?

4. Why is TC&W now suggesting that a right of way of less than 25 feet from the center of their track is acceptable in the Kenilworth Corridor when it was stated earlier that 25 feet was the minimum industry standard?

5. Perhaps most importantly, what assurance will the City of Minneapolis receive that the money for shallow tunnels will be available if colocation is implemented against its will? If those assurances cannot be made, when will all the issues and concerns relating to at-grade co-location be addressed?

KIAA, a totally volunteer neighborhood organization, has been involved in the discussions regarding the Southwest LRT project since before the LPA was chosen. We objected to that LPA for a variety of reasons but once chosen we shifted our focus to mitigating the effect of 220 trains traveling between two lakes and separating our neighborhood. Because members of the board, and numerous residents of the neighborhood, feel a strong sense of responsibility for our neighborhood and the environment, we have felt compelled to add our voices in defense of Minneapolis. Neighbors spent a day discussing and designing the station area. We attended numerous meetings that discussed everything from transit oriented development to effects on traffic in the neighborhood. All of these discussions began with the premise that freight would not be part of the Kenilworth Corridor if it was to be used for LRT.

 

 

 

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Kenwood News Update

Kenwood Neighborhood – News Update February 9, 2014

Watch for temporary “No Parking” signs as crews remove snow

Because of snow and ice buildup along curbs, some streets are getting too narrow for fire trucks, ambulances and transit buses to get around. To ensure that the streets are open for emergency vehicles, “No Parking” signs will be posted in some locations. In some cases, crews will work to remove some of the accumulated snow and ice, as resources allow.

Look for and follow the “No Parking” signs, and please help remind your neighbors to do the same. If you park in a spot posted for “No Parking” you may receive a parking ticket, and your car may be towed to the impound lot.

If we get more snowfall in the coming weeks, it may be necessary to impose Winter Parking Restrictions (a city-wide, one-side parking ban on non-Snow Emergency Routes) to help ensure that firefighters, medics and other emergency workers can reach homes and businesses on every street.  If you have questions about this work, just call 311.

 

SWLRT

Town hall community meetings are scheduled for February 10 and 12 for independent consultants to share their findings and for the public to ask questions and/or provide comments about the draft reports.

Feb. 10, 6:00 PM, a town hall community meeting will be held at Dunwoody College of Technology, 818 Dunwoody Blvd., Minneapolis.

Feb. 12, 6:00 PM, a town hall community meeting will be held at St. Louis Park Senior High School, 6425 West 33rd Street, St. Louis Park.

The public comment period on the draft reports will run from Jan. 30, 2014 to Feb. 21, 2014. Final reports are expected in early March. Public comment will be accepted via mail and e-mail, as well as at all public meetings during the comment period and via www.swlrt.org.

 

Kenwood Community Center Improvements Meeting Feb. 19, 6:30PM

At open houses held in December and January, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) staff gathered public input on proposed accessibility improvements to the Kenwood Community Center located at 2101 Franklin Avenue West. Utilizing this feedback, as well as public comments made on the project webpage, MPRB staff and consultants have developed a concept design for improvements to the building. You are invited to attend a public hearing on the concept design Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 6:30pm in the MPRB Board Room at 2117 W. River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55411.

You can view the concept design and leave comments online at the project webpage.

 

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