Absent: Don Samuels (3rd Ward), Natalie Johnson Lee (5th Ward) and Dean Zimmermann (6th Ward).
Pillsbury 'A' Mill: Council voted 6-4 to require an Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed mixed-use redevelopment of the Pillsbury "A" Mill on the Mississippi River's east bank. It would include 1,095 condos. Paul Ostrow (1st Ward), Paul Zerby (2nd Ward) Robert Lilligren (8th Ward) and Dan Niziolek (10th Ward) voted no.
Nicollet Hotel block: Council voted 10-0 to issue a new request for proposals for a joint housing and Downtown transit garage development on the site of the Nicollet Hotel block, just north of the new Downtown Central Library. (The Council assumes the Legislature will approve a state law change allowing one developer to do both housing and the garage, which would make the project more attractive.)
Tandem: Council voted 9-1 to rezone property at 907/917 Portland Ave. to permit a mixed-use building with 252 dwelling units and two commercial spaces. Gary Schiff (9th Ward) voted no.
Extension: Council voted 10-0 to grant Tim Rooney an extension to get permits for a multi-family development at 21 N. 15th St. The new deadline is Aug. 22.
Public art: Council voted to approve the move of "A Native American Tableau," a granite mosaic on Nicollet Mall between 7th and 8th streets. It will go on the Mall in front of the new Central Library between 3rd and 4th streets.
Loan executives: Council voted 10-0 to establish Project Excellence, a loan executive program to help improve city services' efficiency. The City Coordinator will work with the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce to develop the program.
Salary cap: Council voted 8-2 to grant the City Coordinator the authority to seek waivers to the state salary cap for the city's top-paid staff when pay disparities exist. It requires a written presentation to the Executive Committee prior to seeking the waiver. Barb Johnson (4th Ward) and Sandy Colvin Roy (12th Ward) voted no.
CDBG: Council voted 10-0 to improve the public comment process on how the city spends its federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) money. It will hold two public meetings, one in North Minneapolis, one in South Minneapolis. The Council deleted language that made school readiness and early childhood programs a top CDBG priority on a 6-4 vote. Supporters said it defeated the community input process. Zerby, Niziolek, Schiff and Lilligren voted no on the amendment.
Workforce housing: Council voted to return to committee guidelines for a new workforce housing program, an effort to create home ownership opportunities for people making 50 percent of metro median income.
Public Works: Council voted 9-1 to adopt Public Works' 2004 business plan. Niziolek voted no. A Council amendment requires the department to provide a more detailed analysis of new technology it plans to buy to monitor city assets and prioritize projects.