City Council Update
Small Grants program discussion
- Community Engagement
- Summer Festival
- FixIt Loan
- Kwan’s letter
- Xerxes crosswalk
Get Help with Your Heat & Energy Bills!
No family should go without heat in the winter. Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin (CAPSH) can help. CAPSH’s Energy Assistance Program (EAP) provides financial assistance to Hennepin County residents, including the city of Minneapolis, to help with home energy costs.
The Minnesota Department of Revenue is warning taxpayers of a recent over-the-phone phishing scam. Beware of phone calls and voice messages saying you are being audited and demanding you call back to make a payment to settle the tax debt.
Phishing (as in “fishing for information” and “hooking” victims) is a scam to trick taxpayers into revealing personal and financial information which can be used to steal the taxpayer’s identity.
Use caution and NEVER provide personal information unless you are absolutely sure the situation is legitimate.
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Fall lawn care tips
Mow – Mow often, leave clippings on the lawn and leave your grass 2.5 to 3 inches high. This strengthens roots and retains moisture for a green, resilient lawn.
Control Weeds – September is the best time to treat dandelions, plantain, clover and creeping Charlie. Limited numbers of weeds should be removed by hand or spot-treated with herbicide.
Sweep up – Sweep up and reuse lawn care products that fall on streets, sidewalks and driveways.
Rake – Rake leaves to keep them out of storm drains and nearby water bodies, where they release phosphorus and other unwanted nutrients. Keep them away from driveways, streets and sidewalks.
What to do with leaves – There are a few water-friendly ways you can get rid of leaves:
- Compost – Recycles nutrients
- Mulch – Use leaves as mulch, either whole or shredded
- Mow – If there is less than 2 inches of leaves on your lawn, leave them in place and make several passes over them with a power mower. This provides your lawn valuable nutrients and makes it look like you just raked!
- Bag – Rake and bag your leaves for pick-up by city crews. Some towns compost bagged leaves.
Yard waste collection will end the week of November 16, 2015.
Working Families Agenda Update
Thank you to all of you who have taken the time and energy to attend meetings and send in comments on the Working Families Agenda. Your comments have been well thought out, and have made a huge impact. Without your participation, we would not be seeing changes to the proposal as we now are.
Exciting news was announced yesterday on the Working Families Agenda. The Southwest Business Association (SWBA) has been working hard on behalf of area businesses, and is pleased the Mayor is dropping the problematic implementation of the predictive scheduling component from the Working Families Agenda. The Mayor acknowledged feedback from employees and employers as one of the components of the decision. We appreciate she has been listening to what the many small business owners, their employees and the associations representing them have been saying.