CPED: The Council voted 9-3 to create the department of Community Planning and Economic Development, merging the Minneapolis Community Development Agency, the Planning Department, the Empowerment Zone, and the Minneapolis Employment and Training Program. Natalie Johnson Lee (5th Ward), Robert Lilligren (8th Ward), Dan Niziolek (10th Ward) voted no.
Northern Auto Parts: The Council voted 10-2 to stop Northern Auto Parts' planned expansion, which included increased on-site car crushing. The Planning Commission had approved the salvage yard's request for an expansion of a nonconforming use, but the Council upheld an appeal filed by the neighborhood and a residential developer. Dean Zimmermann (6th Ward) and Lilligren voted no.
Mill City Museum: The Council approved 11-0 a liquor license with Sunday sales for the new riverfront Mill City Museum. Scott Benson (11th Ward) abstained.
Predatory lending: The Council voted 10-1 to direct staff to develop a comprehensive city response to predatory lending. Johnson Lee voted no.
Budget cut: The Council received a report from the city Finance Department that a recalculation of Local Government Aid by the Minnesota Department of Revenue will cut $1.8 million more from the city in 2004. (Minneapolis had a $26 million cut in 2003 and had anticipated an added $7 million cut in 2004.)