planning grant for a new program called the Raise program. It used to be called Tiger
and then Build and now it is called Raise. It keeps the fundamentals. This is about
transportation improvement—streets, lights, sidewalks—but they have expanded the
criteria for climate change, addressing equity issues, and equity issues from past
transportation efforts and innovation. They are applying for $2 Million for a planning
grant to build a community led vision for what types of transportation and
improvements should be prioritized from University to Selby, from Hamline to Marion.
Rethinking Rondo, the Sears site, University and Lexington. Anna Potter is the
internal lead. It is due Monday, the 12th. This would allow for us to plan for it.
Council President Brendmoen said the Tiger grants were competitive. This reiteration
of it would be a better fit than in the past. That is great to get the update.
Councilmember Jalali moved approval.
5 in favor, none opposed
Councilmember Brendmoen, Councilmember Tolbert, Councilmember
Prince, Councilmember Jalali and Councilmember Yang
2 - Councilmember Thao and Councilmember Noecker
Amending Chapter 310.02 of the Legislative Code to allow re-application
within a year if a license applicant can provide evidence of rehabilitation as
outlined in Minnesota Statute 364.03, subd. 3.
Council President Brendmoen said Councilmember Yang invited Dan Niziolek, Deputy
Director of DSI (Department of Safety and Inspections). It is a small amendment to
Chapter 310. This amendment reflect their work to change ordinances that impact
people’s ability to enjoy the economic joys of our City. This addresses a negative
impact to someone whose license application is denied due to a previous criminal
conviction. Current ordinance language requires anyone whose license application was
denied to wait one year before reapplying. The amendment allows individuals with a
prior criminal conviction to reapply and not have to wait as long as they have
rehabilitation. The business license team considers evidence of rehabilitation when
reviewing license application. This amendment would provide staff another tool to
support people applying for a business application.
Councilmember Yang said she thanks Theresa for working on this as long with her
aide Chris Xiong. It has major impact and really moves us toward being able to craft
ordinances for restorative justice. She thanked those co-sponsoring this.
Council President Brendmoen said she supports this. She applauds Yang’s leadership
on this. She appreciates the work that went into bringing this forward.
Laid over to July 14 of second reading/public hearing.
Laid Over to Second Reading to the City Council due back on 7/14/2021