County board meetings

County board and committee meetings are normally held Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. in the Hennepin County Government Center, 24th floor (County Board Room), unless otherwise noted.

Current and archival board meetings, agendas, and minutes are available online. The county publishes the agenda for the next board meeting as soon as possible prior to the meeting. 

The seven members of the county board also make up the Regional Railroad Authority and the Housing and Redevelopment Authority, each separate political entities distinct from the county board.

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Public hearings

Public comment solicited on Consortium drafts

The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners is soliciting public comment on the Consortium drafts of the Five-Year Consolidated Plan 2020-2024 and the 2020 Action Plan, respectively. The Hennepin County Consortium includes all cities in suburban Hennepin County.

Hennepin County Conortium draft Five-Year Consolidated Plan 2020-2024

The Five-Year Consolidated Plan (“Plan”) identifies needs, strategies, goals and priorities for affordable housing and community development activities to principally benefit low and moderate-income persons. The Plan updates the Consortium’s previous five-year plan and strategy issued in 2015. The Plan is developed to meet application requirements for federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding from the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME), and Emergency Solutions Grant Program (ESG). HUD funding for these programs is estimated to be $20 million during the five-year period.

Hennepin County Consortium draft 2020 Action Plan

The 2020 Action Plan will guide the use of approximately $5 million in funding for housing and community development activities in suburban Hennepin County through the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME), and Emergency Shelter Grant Program (ESG). All funding comes from HUD. The Consortium’s 2020 Action Plan program year runs from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021.

The draft Five-Year Consolidated Plan 2020-2024 and the draft 2020 Action Plan will be available April 9, 2020 on the county’s webpage. If you would like a copy of either draft plan or have questions, please contact the Hennepin County Department of Community Works 612-543-4342.

Public comment period for both plans

The 30-day comment period will be held from April 9 to May 8, 2020

Written comments:

  • Must be submitted by 4:30 p.m., May 8, 2020
  • Mail to: Julia Welle Ayres, Manager,Hennepin County Community Works
    701 Fourth Avenue South, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55415
  • Or submit via email to julia.welleayres@hennepin.us.

Written comments received by May 8 will receive a written response. A copy of the comment letter and the county’s response will be included in the documents submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Public Hearing

Public hearing on the draft Five-Year Consolidated Plan and 2020 Action Plan

  • Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 1:30 p.m.
  • Public Works Committee meeting of the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners
    Hennepin County Government Center (A2400)
    300 – 6th Street South, Minneapolis

If you need help to make it possible for you to be active in the public hearing such as sign language interpreter or assisted hearing equipment, services can be provided upon request. To ask for help, please call 612-543-4342 at least three days prior to the hearing.

If the public hearing cannot be held in-person due to social distancing guidance, an additional public notice will be released with instructions to participate online.

Stonehouse Square

  • Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at or after 1:30 p.m.
  • Hennepin County Government Center
    300 South Sixth Street, Minneapolis, MN 55487
    Room A-2400 Commissioner Board Room

This project proposed to be financed under the Housing Program consists of the acquisition, rehabilitation, and equipping of an existing 71-unit multifamily rental housing development and facilities functionally related and subordinate thereto, comprised of one five-story apartment building with 64 units, one two-story building with 4 units, a two-story carriage house with 3 townhome units located at 215 Broadway Street NE in the City, within the County, for occupancy by persons and families of low and moderate income. The Project will be owned and operated by CB Stonehouse Square Limited Partnership, a Minnesota limited partnership, or its affiliates or assigns.

View more details about the Stonehouse Square public hearing (PDF)

Elliot Twins

  • Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at or after 1:30 p.m.
  • Hennepin County Government Center
    300 South Sixth Street, Minneapolis, MN 55487
    Room A-2400 Commissioner Board Room

This project proposed to be financed under the Housing Program consists of the acquisition, rehabilitation, and equipping of an existing 174-unit multifamily rental housing development and facilities functionally related and subordinate thereto, comprised of two high-rise buildings, each with 87 units and located at 1212 9th Street South and 1225 8th Street South in the City, within the County, the construction and equipping of a single-story building that will link the two existing buildings and house community amenities, and the creation of 10 additional units within the two high-rises in areas previously utilized for community amenities, for occupancy by persons and families of low and moderate income. The Project will be owned by Elliots LP.

View more details about the Elliot Twins public hearing (PDF)

Committee and meeting structure

Prior to formal action by the board, agenda items are usually discussed in one of the standing committees:

  • Administration, Libraries and Budget
  • Health and Human Services
  • Intergovernmental
  • Public Safety
  • Public Works

Committees meet in succession – the order in which they meet varies.

Board briefings and special meetings

Commissioners meet frequently with the county administrator and staff to informally discuss current issues. These board briefings are generally scheduled several Thursdays of each month at 9 a.m. in County Board Room A-2400 in the Government Center. Briefing dates and agendas are available by contacting board chair Commissioner Marion Greene at 612-348-7883 or email marion.greene@hennepin.us.

Occasionally the board may call either a special meeting or emergency meeting. The public can find notice of these meetings in our online calendar as well as other sources required by state law.

Addressing the board

Hennepin County Rules of Public Participation

The Hennepin County Rules of Public Participation govern public participation at meetings of the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners, Hennepin County Regional Rail Authority (HCRRA), and Hennepin County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA). These rules govern all aspects of public participation at meetings, as well as decorum for members of the public that attend meetings.

The purposes of the rules of public participation are:

  • To ensure the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners, HCRRA, and HRA can conduct its business in a transparent and effective manner;
  • To ensure that members of the public who attend meetings can be heard in a fair, impartial manner;
  • To ensure that meetings are conducted in a way that is open to all viewpoints, yet free from abusive, distracting or intimidating behavior; and
  • To ensure that the rules governing public participation at meetings are understood by persons attending the meetings.

General rules of decorum for meetings

Meeting attendees

Members of the public attending meetings of the county board, HCRRA, and HRA, including any meeting of a committee of the board, board briefings, and public hearings shall not engage in any of the following activities during a meeting:

  • Shouting, chanting, disruptive behavior, clapping, stamping of feet, whistles, use of a bull horn or similar demonstrations;
  • Speaking out of turn or making remarks when not recognized by the chair of the board or presiding officer at the meeting;
  • Use of profanity, personal attacks, or threats of violence; or
  • Any other behavior that disrupts the orderly conduct of the meeting.

Placards, banners and signs

These are not permitted in the county board room. Such placards, banners, or signs are allowed outside the glass partition of the county board room as long as they are held in a manner such that they do not obstruct the view of any person or impede the free flow of movement by any other person at the meeting. When meetings are not held in the county board room, such signs are only allowed in the back of the room in which the board is meeting as long as they are held in a manner such that they do not obstruct the view of any person or impede the free flow of movement by any other person at the meeting.

Rules of decorum for public comments at meetings

Public comments at county board, HCRRA, and HRA meetings are only allowed when authorized. The following rules apply to public comments:

Open forum

Pursuant to county board resolution, members of the public are invited to address the county board on any topic related to Hennepin County during the open forum section of the county administration committee meeting.

During open forum the following rules apply:

  • All individuals wishing to speak may call the clerk of the board prior to the county administration committee and indicate they wish to speak at open forum, or sign up as a speaker prior to open forum.
  • Individuals who notify the clerk of the board prior to the committee meeting will be called upon and invited to speak. In addition, the chair of the committee may invite anyone else in attendance at the meeting if they desire to speak.
  • Individuals choosing to speak during open forum must keep their comments up to 3 minutes, unless the chair provides them additional time. In addition, individuals must direct their remarks solely to county board members.
  • Speakers must be respectful to the board, staff, and others in the audience. Any speaker who uses foul, abusive or inappropriate language or uses foul, abusive or inappropriate displays or other support materials will be stopped and will not be allowed to continue with his/her comments, will be ordered to leave the microphone area and will be directed to be seated. Speakers failing to comply with direction from the chair of the committee may be removed from the meeting.

Public hearings

  • All individuals wishing to speak at a public hearing can call the clerk of the board prior to a meeting with a public hearing and indicate a desire to speak at the public hearing, or sign up as a speaker prior to the public hearing.
  • The presiding officer of the public hearing will call individuals who have indicated a desire to testify. The presiding officer has discretion to call individuals in any particular order.
  • Individuals must address the topic of the public hearing and must keep their testimony up to 3 minutes, unless the presiding officer provides them additional time. In addition, individuals must direct their remarks solely to county board members.
  • Speakers must be respectful to the board, staff, and others in the audience. Any speaker who uses foul, abusive or inappropriate language or uses foul, abusive or inappropriate displays or other support materials will be stopped and will not be allowed to continue with his/her comments, will be ordered to leave the microphone area and will be directed to be seated. Speakers failing to comply with direction from the presiding officer may be removed from the meeting.

Other opportunities

On occasion there may be other opportunities for the public to address the county board, HCRRA or HRA. On these occasions the rules of decorum governing public hearings apply.

Enforcement of the rules

  • If an individual (or individuals) violates the rules of decorum, the chair of the county board or presiding officer at the meeting will request that the individual(s) who is violating a rule cease the violation;
  • If the violation continues, the chair of the county board or presiding officer will warn the individual(s) that if the behavior violating the rules does not stop, he/she/they will be required to leave the meeting room;
  • If the individual(s) does not stop the behavior violating the rules and/or leave the meeting room as directed by the chair or the presiding officer, the chair of the county board or presiding officer in his or her discretion may request security to remove the individual(s) from the meeting room;
  • The chair of the county board or presiding officer may recess the meeting to allow security to remove individual(s) and restore order; and
  • Persons who knowingly disrupt the meeting may be subject to arrest and prosecution pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 609.72 for disorderly conduct or other offenses.

Clerk of the county board

The clerk serves as the official record keeper of all decisions made by the Hennepin County Board and its authorities, the Regional Railroad Authority and the Housing and Redevelopment Authority. Residents and officials are welcome to ask questions of the clerk's office regarding attendance at board meetings, meeting agendas, contacting your commissioner, and citizen advisory board applications and appointments.

Duties of the clerk

  • Publishing board agendas
  • Recording meetings and board actions
  • Preparing meeting minutes for publication in the official county newspaper and for permanent record in accordance with state law
  • Certifying board resolutions and meeting minutes
  • Serving as deputy county auditor to accept claims against the county
  • Serving as the liaison for the citizen advisory board open appointments process
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