Fourth Ward Report

Open Streets/Harvest Fest on Lowry

Harvest Fest has once again teamed up with Open Streets Mpls to provide people a chance to explore urban streets in a safe, vehicle-free environment. Bike, skate, walk or dance your way down Lowry Avenue! Enjoy music, local artists, mingle, shop, play, and have a great time with family and neighbors all while promoting healthy living. This year’s festivities will be held on Lowry Avenue from Vincent to Emerson on Saturday, September 26, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Celebrate fall and the Northside with this fun-filled annual event!

Residential organics drop-off at Folwell Park

The Folwell Neighborhood in partnership with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling, are proud to announce the opening of a residential organics drop-off at Folwell Park. Residential organics include all food waste (including food you shouldn’t compost in a backyard bin such as meat, bones and dairy products), food-soiled and non-recyclable paper (egg cartons, paper plates), and other compostable materials such as coffee grounds, filters, cotton swabs, dryer lint and popsicle sticks. Yard waste and pet waste are not accepted. Residents must drop-off their organic materials in a compostable bag (either a paper grocery bag or a certified compostable plastic bag). Larger items such as pizza boxes and egg cartons do not need to be bagged.
The drop-off will be open to all Minneapolis residents at no cost on Tuesdays evenings (4-7 p.m.) and Saturday mornings (9 a.m.-noon). Volunteers will be on site to answer questions, train new participants, and gather some information from residents using the drop-off. After volunteers are no longer needed, those who sign up to participate for the drop-off will be given the code to the locks.
For more information on the Folwell Park residential organics drop-off and the citywide organics recycling program roll-out, visit

City Council receives Mayor’s proposed 2016 Budget

Mayor Betsy Hodges presented her 2016 recommended budget to the City Council Aug. 12. Council Members will consider the budget from now through early December with final approval of the 2016 budget scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015.

The City of Minneapolis has tentatively scheduled two public comment hearings on the proposed 2016 property tax levy and budget: Nov. 18 at 6:05 p.m., Room 317 of City Hall; and Dec. 9 at 6:05 p.m., Room 317 of City Hall.

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