Fall 2015 Community Tree Planting

    On September 28, 2013, neighbors and volunteers came out to plant 200 trees in the Kutzky Park neighborhood.

    The city’s boulevard tree spaces are currently over half empty and each year 500-900 boulevard trees are removed to disease or damage. We need your help to add more community trees to this neighborhood. We’ll be planting 300 trees from 16th Avenue SE, S Village Drive SE and 8 ½ Street SE. Tree types to be planted include Ginkgo, Amur Corktree, KCT, Disease Resistant Elm, Ornamental Pear, and Redbud. Appropriate shorter trees will be planted under power lines.

    Saturday, October 10, 2015

    8:30 am

    No Cost

    Meet at the Homestead Park
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    RNeighbors’ 2015 City Council Update

    On August 31, 2015, RNeighbors presented their annual update to the City Council at the Committee of the Whole meeting. We shared what we’ve been working on with Rochester neighborhoods in 2015, including quite a few statistics from the year.

    A PDF of the entire PowerPoint presentation is posted here, along with direct links to specific projects and resources at the bottom of this post.

    Presentation Title
    Cultivating GREAT Neighborhoods

    PDF of Presentation

    Links Covered in Presentation

    About RNeighbors
    Neighborhood Associations
    RColorful Corners
    A Litter Bit Better
    Chalk the Block
    Mayor’s Council on Neighborhoods
    Neighborhood Project Grants

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    Mayor’s Council on Neighborhoods Meeting – August 2015

    Tuesday, August 18, 2015, the Mayor’s Council on Neighborhoods (MCN) held their ninth 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, Historic SW, Eastside, Parkway, Kutzky, Washington, Indian Heights, North West, Northrop and Downtown neighborhood associations were in attendance. Guests included Heidi Mestad, Manager of DMC, Mayo Clinic and Doug Holton, Division Chair, Facilities Department, Mayo Clinic.

    The agenda included a presentation on the 5 Year Plan of Mayo Clinic and a discussion on drafts of updates to the Rochester Zoning Ordinance and Land Development
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    OAKtoberfest 2015 – Celebrate with RNeighbors

    Cheers to great neighborhoods!
    On Friday, October 2, 2015, we’re celebrating Rochester neighborhoods and the people and trees that live in them – OAKtoberfest, at the Kahler Apache, 1517 16th St SW. 

    A plethora of German food will be served (see menu below) and each attendee will have their choice of one free tap Oktoberfest Beer, German Wine or mixed drink. Cash bar will be available. Several Neighbor Awards will be given, highlighting the excellent things going on in Rochester neighborhoods.

    Tracy McCray will be our emcee guide for the evening of roll out the barrel fun including German (and American) games
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    Looking for 2015 OAKtoberfest Neighbor Awards Nominations

    Photo: Mayor Brede, Tracy McCray, RNeighbors Board member Jesse Walsh, RNeighbors Executive Director Rene Lafflam, RNeighbors Board member Aaron Stelpfug, RNeighbors Board member Bob Nowicki, Legacy Award winner David E Byer and Green Thumb Award winner Mitch Moore.

    As part of the upcoming RNeighbors Oaktoberfest fundraiser, we will be recognizing Rochester neighbors whose efforts in our community strive to meet the mission of RNeighbors, “to create sustainable neighborhood networks that promote a vibrant, healthy, and livable community.”

    We will be giving three awards and are looking for your nominations of neighbors you feel should be honored in these categories.

    1. Green Initiative Award
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    Chalk the Block 2015

    National Night Out Tuesday, August 4, 2014
    The goal of National Night Out is to strengthen neighborhood spirit by having neighbors get together. Whether it’s a picnic, potluck, or an ice cream social, it’s a great time to get to know who lives in your neighborhood. During the evening the Mayor, members of the City Council, and McGruff the Crime Dog visit as many of the locations across Rochester as they can.

    Register your party or get more information at coptalklive.com.
    Sidewalk Chalk Art Extravaganza
    RNeighbors partners with Community Education’s Summer of Service (SOS) program in Chalk the Block, an opportunity for kids
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    2015 Fall Tree Grant Application Now Available

    Photo: On a sunny and bright Saturday, April 18, 2015, the RNeighborWoods team helped the NW Neighbors plant 25 new boulevard trees, thanks to a well-deserved Neighborhood Tree Grant.

    Trees make good neighbors.

    Since its creation in 2004, RNeighborWoods has organized 5,371 volunteers to plant 5,976 trees on Rochester boulevards. These trees provide multiple ecological and other public benefits including reducing Rochester’s carbon footprint. Once again the City of Rochester, RPU and RNeighbors is offering one grant for the winning neighborhood to receive 25 free boulevard trees.

    Announcing the RNeighborWoods Tree Grant!

    We have 25 trees that will all be awarded to a neighborhood
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    2015 Fall Citizen Forester Training

    Photo: On April 11, 2015, this crew of 45 spent four hours learning about and planting trees. They now can advocate and care for Rochester’s urban trees as official Citizen Foresters.

    When: Saturday, September 19, 2015, 8 am – Noon
    Where: Quarry Hill Nature Center
    Community Ed Class Number: 8644.131
    Price: $15.00

    Become a part of the Rochester urban forester team through this course led by the City of Rochester Forestry Division and RNeighborWoods. This class is packed with tree education and of course, some hands-on tree planting.

    You’ll be an active participant in learning tree planting basics, care, basic arboriculture, urban forest advocacy, and hands-on
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    Rochester Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale

    600 gallons. That’s the amount of free water that comes from a 1000 square foot roof in every one inch rain event. Harvesting rainwater and backyard composting don’t just make healthier plants; they also help sustain communities by reducing runoff.

    Stormwater runoff, a by-product of every rain event, carries organic materials loaded with phosphorus into our waterways and is fueling excess plant and algae growth that is plaguing Minnesota lakes. It is estimated that the urban communities alone contribute about 30% of the total phosphorus that enters the Mississippi River each year. In fact, just one pound of phosphorus, the equivalent
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    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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