Trash Hauler Survey

    The Rochester City Council is considering altering Rochester’s system for collecting residential trash and recyclables. 

    The Rochester Public Works Department and the Rochester Energy Commission are conducting research to evaluate the costs and benefits of a new collection system. RNeighbors is partnering with the Energy Commission to conduct a very short ANONYMOUS survey on current collection costs. 

    This survey is important, because not all customers with the same hauler and the same size containers are paying the same amount. 

    This survey is only for residential customers who receive a bill from a trash hauler. It should take only 5 minutes
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    2015 RColorful Corners Street Mural Painting Schedule


    Salt, sand and snow plows give our street murals quite a beating during tough Minnesotan winters. But have no fear, we’re ready to help neighborhoods spruce up their street murals. Everyone is welcome to these street mural paintings, each start at 9 am. Just wear your painting clothes and we’ll provide everything else! You do not need to live in the neighborhood or have any painting skill at all to help in these fun community-building projects.

    More about the RColorful Corners street mural program can be found on our website.

    Come out and help add some color to our neighborhoods!
    RColorful Corners 2015
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    Mayor’s Council on Neighborhoods Meeting – June 2015

    Tuesday, June 17, 2015, the Mayor’s Council on Neighborhoods (MCN) held their eighth official meeting.

    Thanks to the Rochester Area Foundation for the excellent meeting space and to Mayor Brede for his support of the group.

    Representatives from the Slatterly, Sunnyside, Historic SW, Eastside, Parkway, Kutzky, Washington, Homestead Addition, and Downtown neighborhood associations were in attendance. Guests included Darrell Hildebrant, Police Department; Bob Nowicki, Rochesterfest; and Abby Larson, Public Health.

    The agenda included briefings on National Night Out, Rochesterfest and the Social Host Drinking Ordinance. The group had a good discussion on implementing structure into the MCN and established goals for the
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    Mayor’s Council on Neighborhoods Meeting – May 2015

    Tuesday, May 12, 2015, the Mayor’s Council on Neighborhoods (MCN) held their seventh official meeting. Thanks to the Rochester Area Foundation for the excellent meeting space and to Mayor Brede for his support of the group.

    Representatives from the Slatterly, Sunnyside, Historic SW, Eastside, Parkway, Friends of Indian Heights, Washington, NW Neighbors, and Downtown Neighborhood Associations were in attendance. The focus of this meeting was to hear about and discuss efforts of the MCN work group that was given the charge at the February MCN meeting to explore possible ways to increase and encourage citizen participation working with city government and
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    Spring 2015 Community Tree Planting

     

    The city’s boulevard tree spaces are currently over half empty and each year 1,000 boulevard trees are removed to disease or damage. We need your help to add 200 more street trees to the Sunnyside and Slatterly Park neighborhoods in southeast Rochester.  Much of this planting will focus on planting the “Right Trees in the Right Place” through placing short stature trees under power lines to prevent problems in the future of the trees growing into the wires.

    Saturday, May 2
    Starting at 8:30 am
    Meet at the RNeighbors offices’ parking lot, on the Fairgrounds at 1421 3rd Avenue SE.

    You’ll be able to see our
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    2015 Neighborhood Project Grant Winners

    We had many strong grant submissions for the first year of our Neighborhood Project Grants. These grants reimburse up to $1,000 in costs for neighborhoods to complete projects that enhance a neighborhood’s livability and involvement, benefit the entire neighborhood and promote a strong sense of community. Each of the applications had to ensure that the neighbors would put in the volunteer effort to bring the project to completion by October 30, 2015. And the winners are…

    19th Ave SW Neighborhood: Little Free Library
    Cimarron Neighborhood: Raised handicapped accessible garden bed with surrounding paver walkway
    Eastside Neighborhood: Fourth Street Community Garden with components of
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    2015 Spring Neighborhood Tree Grant Planting

    At RNeighbors, we know that trees make good neighbors.

    That is why we partner with the City of Rochester, the Park and Rec Department, MN Conservation Corps and Rochester Public Utilities to offer the RNeighborWoods Tree grant for a winning neighborhood to receive free boulevard trees in the spring and fall. Check out all of the sponsors who help us make this effort possible.

    Thanks to over 45 volunteers, 25 trees have found homes in this NW neighborhoods boulevards. Tree types included Pin Oak, Bur Oak, Princeton American Elm, Ginko and Hackberry.

    The NW Neighbors applied for the Neighborhood Tree Grant stating “We are anticipating a large
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    Earth Month 2015 Proclamation

    Mayor Ardell F. Brede held a media conference on April 1, 2015, in the Government Center’s City Hall Atrium, issuing a Mayoral Proclamation for Earth Month 2015, highlighting environmental activities scheduled throughout the month of April.

    Earth Month 2015 Proclamation  

    WHEREAS,

    Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22, 2015 and Arbor Day is Friday, April 24, 2015; and

    WHEREAS,

    Earth Day and Arbor Day inspire many organizations to host environmental events to help raise awareness of environmental issues during the month of April; and

    WHEREAS,

    several environmental events have been planned in Rochester during the month of April; and

    WHEREAS,

    The Mayor’s Urban Forestry Volunteer Awards are presented to volunteers
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    Help Make Rochester A Litter Bit Better! Registration Now Open

    Men’s underwear, a cat bed, a set of car keys, and a broken toilet. What do these things have in common? They are just a few of the odd things found in Rochester during the last 8 years of litter clean-ups during the annual Help Make Rochester A Litter Bit Better! event. What will our volunteers find this year?

    So far, over 95 tons of litter has been collected by thousands of citizens since the program began in 2007. This year’s event will be April 18-25 and registration is now open.

    Volunteers are encouraged to collect litter anytime during that week. Trash
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    Mayor’s Council on Neighborhoods Meeting – February 2015


    Tuesday, February 17, 2015, the Mayor’s Council on Neighborhoods (MCN) held their sixth official meeting. Thanks to the Rochester Area Foundation for the excellent meeting space and to Mayor Brede for his support of the group. Representatives from the Sunnyside, Kutzky, Eastside, Historic SW, Washington, Homestead Trails, Folwell, NW Neighbors and a Downtown neighborhood not yet registered as an association were in attendance.

    The focus of this meeting was to hear about and discuss the current Current Olmsted County Planning Process. Presenters were John Harford, Supervisor, Development Review Services Division and Mitzi Baker, Director, both from the Rochester‐Olmsted Planning Department.

    Mission
    To strengthen connections between neighborhood leaders and
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