Tag Archives: City Council

CLIC season is underway

CLIC season is underway.

by Becca Vargo Daggett

What is CLIC? From the Capital Long-range Improvement Committee Bylaws: “It shall be the mission of CLIC to advise the Mayor and City Council on the City’s capital improvement program policy and process, five-year, or multi-year capital improvement programs, and annual capital improvement budgets.” 

In practice, CLIC reviews Capital Budget Requests from City departments (think infrastructure investments – roads, bridges, pipes, buildings), hears presentations from the departments, asks questions of the presenters, and then ranks capital requests using a multi-factor scoring system. Final rankings and comments are submitted in an annual report to the Mayor and City Council members. (A remarkable amount of information about the process is available from the City of Minneapolis Finance Department.)

CLIC had its first full meeting of the year on April 12. After some administrative tasks, we heard presentations from the City’s new Chief Information Officer, Otto Doll, and the Director of Public Works, Steve Kotke. Continue reading

Second Ward March 2011 E-newsletter

News from Cam Gordon

Council Member, Second Ward

March 2011

http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/council/ward2/ 

http://secondward.blogspot.com

March is Food Share Month. From 2008 to 2009, there was a 25 percent increase in food shelf visits in Minnesota — the largest recorded increase in 28 years. If you can, please consider making a food shelf donation this month. To help restock the Salvation Army’s food shelves and help Minneapolis firefighters win a food drive competition against St. Paul, you can bring food donations to City Hall or any Minneapolis Fire Station anytime this month. Food donations can be dropped off at Room 233 of City Hall or at any fire station from 10am to 8pm.  You can also contribute to food shelves in the Ward at the Glendale Food Shelf, at 92 St. Mary’s Ave. S.E. (http://www.esns.org/GlendaleFoodShelf) or at the Brian Coyle Food Shelf at 420 15th Ave. S. For more info see http://mnfoodshare.gmcc.org/index.php Continue reading

Report to Seward Neighborhood 1-26-11 from City Councilmember Cam Gordon

Council Member Cam Gordons 
Report to Seward Neighborhood 1-26-11

Cams next Seward Office Hours:
Tuesday, February 22nd, 9:30-11:00am
Birchwood Cafe, 3311 E 25th St

     Items:
1)       Mobile Food Vending
2)       Loan to Touchstone
3)       Snow
4)       Urban Agriculture Plan
5)       Summer Jobs for Teens
6)       Bicycle Advisory Committee
7)       Solar Energy Systems
8)       New Drainage Regulations
9)       311 Anniversary
10)   Department 5-Year Plans
11)   Openings on City Boards and Commissions Continue reading

Second Ward December 2010 e-newsletter

News from Cam Gordon

Council Member, Second Ward

December 2010

http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/council/ward2/ 

http://secondward.blogspot.com

2011 Budget.  On December 13, the City Council approved the 2011 Budget.  This year’s budget is the most difficult I have experienced since taking office.  One concern is that many, if not all, property owners have seen significant property tax increases over 2010.  Several factors play roles in this year’s increase in property taxes including a decline in the overall tax base; a shift in the burden of property taxes from commercial and industrial properties onto residential properties; increased obligations to closed pension funds; decreases in Local Government Aid; and the recertification of Tax Increment Financing Districts. Please see my blog http://secondward.blogspot.com/2010/11/2011-budget-and-tax-levy.html  for more of my thoughts on the levy. Continue reading