Linden Hills: Council voted 12-0 to approve a $1 million forgivable loan from the Affordable Housing Trust "Seed Money" Program to the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority for the Linden Hills Townhome Project, 3824 W. 44th St.
NRP: Council voted 12-0 to oppose the NRP Policy Board’s proposed legislative changes to the NRP law relating to contract administration and implementation activities.
Fire personnel: Council voted 12-0 to approve a Fire Department countywide mutual aid agreement with the Hennepin County Chiefs Association.
50th Street: Council voted 12-0 to authorize an agreement with Hennepin County to convert West 50th Street into a three-lane road from Lyndale to France Avenue South and to sealcoat it.
Bike trail: Council voted 12-0 to accept $50,000 from the state to the Ewing Bicycle Trail (connecting France Avenue to the Cedar Lake Trail) and to maintain the trail for 20 years.
Ethics: The Council voted 13-0 to approve an expanded list of city employees required to file a statement of economic interest, part of the city’s ethics code overhaul.
Park Board: Council voted 13-0 to approve an agreement to carry Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board meetings on the city’s cable channel and Web cast.
Whittier condo: Council voted 13-0 to rezone 2848 Pleasant Ave. S. and 2825 Grand Ave. S. to permit a 58-unit condo. It approved an alley vacation. It reversed Planning Commission decisions, which had denied variances for a wider sidewalk and gates.
Whittier rezone: Council voted 13-0 to rezone 2605 2nd Ave. S. to permit a contractor’s office.
Zoning enforcement: Gary Schiff (9th Ward) introduced a measure to transfer zoning enforcement from the director of inspections to the zoning administrator. It was referred to the Zoning and Planning Committee he chairs.
Loitering: Don Samuels (3rd Ward) introduced an ordinance to expressly prohibit loitering with the intent to solicit illegal narcotic sales, distribution, purchase or possession; to prohibit loitering in motor vehicles; and to acknowledge a prosecutor’s authority to request geographic restrictions. It was referred to the Public Safety and Regulatory Services Committee.