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Mayor’s Council on Neighborhood May Meeting Summary

On Tuesday, May 3, 2016, the Mayor’s Council on Neighborhoods (MCN) held their twelfth official meeting. Representatives from the Sunnyside, Historic SW, Eastside, Slatterly Park, Northwest, and Washington neighborhood associations were in attendance. Special guests included Mitzi Baker, Olmsted County Planning Director and Barbara Schafer, Slatterly Park and Art on the Avenue. The agenda included discussion about the Developer Informational Meetings Text Amendment and the Slatterly Park neighborhood association’s Art on the Avenue event. Meeting notes are attached. Next meeting scheduled for Tuesday, July 19, 5:30‐7 pm. Location TBD.

Mayor’s NCMay2016Notes



Help Craft the Future of the Council on Neighborhoods Survey

The Mayor’s Council on Neighborhoods (MCN) started meeting in 2014 at the request of neighborhood leaders. The group determined on the mission of the group is “To strengthen connections between neighborhood leaders and give neighborhoods a collective voice.” RNeighbors would like to hear what you’d like the next steps for MCN to be. This is a short 9 question survey that shouldn’t take more than a few minutes of your time.




Public Art Survey

The Greater Rochester Arts & Cultural Trust would like you to be part of their Public Art Master Planning process.  You don’t have to know anything about public art to take this survey. Your opinion and survey results will be used to create a Master Plan for Public Art in Rochester. Take the 2-minute survey (click on the link for the survey and more information), you have until June 1. Please share this link with others.




West Circle Drive Corridor Operations Study Public Information Meeting (attachment)

May 24, 6:45- 8 pm, at Harriet Bishop Elementary School

Please see the attached flyer. Olmsted County, in partnership with the City of Rochester, invites you to attend a Public Information Meeting to discuss the results of a traffic operations study conducted for West Circle Drive (County Highway 22) between Trunk Highway 14 and Country Club Road. The study investigated traffic issues (current and forecasted) and analyzed solutions to accommodate roadway safety, capacity, and mobility needs for all users of the corridor.

West Circle Open House Mailer

4-H Project in the Park Day Camp Summer Season (attachment)

Games, crafts and friendships are all part of this 4-H day camp experience! Head off to a day of camp without leaving your community. Participants will spend the day participating in fun and exciting activities such as making crafts, playing group games, gaining new friends, singing songs as well as many other hands-on activities. This day camp program is intended for participants that have completed grades K-3. There is a $20 registration fee per participant per Day Camp (payable to Olmsted County 4-H). Campers must bring their own sack lunch (picnic coolers will be used). Similar activities will be held at each camp; but we will make use of unique opportunities that each location may provide. Register right away, as space is limited.

Day Camp Registration

In the City for Good Community Forum (attachment)

Thursday, May 19, from 7-8:30 PM

The keynote speaker will be Patrick Seeb, Director of Economic Development and Placemaking Destination Medical Center Economic  Development Agency


A year ago, looking back on his work as executive director of the St. Paul Riverfront Corporation, Patrick Seeb observed, “During those 20 years, public participation in city building has changed from input to engagement and now to power-sharing….. We know our strength comes from the people who are here. We are a community of diverse backgrounds and diverse needs. We have learned that the more we serve the needs of people, the more economic success will follow.”


Attendees will hear more of his lessons learned and how these lessons inform his new work in Rochester. Work he frames in his belief that we are better prepared to find our “best answers” when we include diverse communities in facing the challenging questions of economic development and growth.


In the city for good forum 5 2016




Rene Lafflam, Executive Director


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Updated: May 19, 2016 — 2:52 am

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