So it’s day 12 in the office, and we’ve already got a very long list of things in progress! I wanted to give you some quick insight and going forward we’ll cover topics in more depth as we have updates and as things come up. Do note that these are in no particular order.
City-Wide / City Government
- Helping speed up the rollout of ultra-fast fiber optic internet service (a huge economic driver)
- Open data initiative
- Leading renegotiations of the city’s largest contract (IT outsourcing)
- Improving snow emergency processes in partnership with the park board
- Restorative justice initiative
- Addressing homelessness
- Open Minneapolis initiative (details coming soon!)
- Created a “Pet of the Ward” program to help find animals a home while highlighting Minneapolis Animal Care and Control as a place to adopt
- Improving the appointment process for the MACC Advisory Committee
- Working to be the first in the nation to offer a hijab as part of the police uniform for Muslim officers
- Transgender issues workgroup
- Styrofoam food container restrictions/ban
- Working with state partners to get municipal authority for reasonable pesticide control
- Land procurement strategy around urban farming
- Working with urban agriculture and state partners to secure funding for gardening education
- Addressing recent break-ins
- Hiawatha Ave. landscaping project (county)
- Getting our dry cleaners to go PERC-free (a carcinogenic cleaning agent)
- Precinct polling changes to improve experience and reduce wait times
- Helping Buster’s reopen
- Looking at the vacant property on 42nd St. and 28th Ave. to see if we can get a good business in there
- Traffic improvement at the intersection of 42nd St. and 28th Ave.
- Bridge replacement on 28th Ave.
- Disabled vets home interested in property on Hiawatha and 42nd St.
- On-street bike corral in front of Angry Catfish
- Airport mitigation money (working to get more than $300k invested in our housing stock)
- Airport workgroup efforts (working w/ State, US Congress, and others)
- Improving parking around Blue Door
There may be things we missed from the list which we are working on. There are initiatives we can’t wait to kick off in the coming months. Not everything will be a success. Some neighborhood associations have helped line up more priorities than others. We are indeed conscious of not wanting to take on too much. Some projects may not have updates for a good while depending on their timelines.