Civic beat: Bosacker next to leave City Hall

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February 27, 2012
By: Nick Halter
Nick Halter
A reshuffling of City Hall leadership continued in early February, when City Coordinator Steven Bosacker announced he would be the fourth department head to step down from his position.

Bosacker, who plans to spend a year traveling the world, has held the city coordinator position since 2006 after spending two years helping launch the city’s 311 service.

During his six years as coordinator, Bosacker established Results Minneapolis, a management system that tracks progress toward city goals.

“Steven Bosacker is one of the most gifted public administrators in the history of Minnesota and his work for Minneapolis had been nothing short of transformative,” Mayor R.T. Rybak said in a press release.

With 30 years of public policy experience, Bosacker has a decorated history. He was chief of staff for former Gov. Jesse Ventura as well as former U.S. Congressman Tim Penny and served as executive director of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents.

Since he isn’t seeking re-appointment, Bosacker’s last day will be in March.

Bosacker joins Fire Chief Alex Jackson, Director of Community Planning and Economic Development Mike Christenson and Director of Regulatory Services and Emergency Preparedness Rocco Forte in stepping down over the past nine months.

Rybak nominated Jayne Baccus Khalifa to act as interim city coordinator for 90 days. Khalifa was retired, but previously served as the city’s Civil Rights department director and, most recently, as the deputy city coordinator.   

City looks to ban plastic bags for yard waste

The city of Minneapolis is complying with new state law by banning plastic bags used to package yard waste.

Residents, beginning this spring, will have to set out their yard waste in paper bags, compostable plastic bags or reusable containers like plastic garbage barrels.

Residents who set out their yard waste in traditional plastic bags between April 9 and May 4 will have their waste collected by crews who open the bags and dump them into the back of their truck. An education tag will be placed at the spot of the bags to remind residents of the new rule.

After May 4, yard crews won’t pick up the traditional plastic bags. Those bags will be tagged and a warning letter sent to the property owner.

City staff says the banning of plastic bags will save the city money, since it costs more to process the plastic bags the absence of bags will also improve the quality of compost.

In mid-March, the city will begin mailing notices of the new rules to residents.

Fulton Beer gets taproom license

Fulton Beer will become the second brewery in Minneapolis to open a taproom, joining Harriet Brewing in South Minneapolis.

Fulton Beer recently opened microbrewery in the North Loop neighborhood, a few blocks from Target Field. The company already was able to sell 64-oz. growlers of beer from their facility, but the City Council on Feb. 10 gave it unanimous approval to allow Fulton to sell pints.

Council Member Gary Schiff (Ward 9) says at least five breweries have either opened or announced intentions to open in Minneapolis. He expects that if and when they’re all operating, 100 new jobs will be created with the help of eased city restrictions on brewery laws.

Stadium decision could come soon

The Star Tribune reported in mid-February that a deal between lawmakers, the city of Minneapolis and the Minnesota Vikings for a new downtown stadium was nearing announcement.

As of press time, no such deal had been announced. Go to for updates.