Programs for East Calhoun Residents
The following programs are offered to residents of the East Calhoun neighborhood:
Lead Testing Program
The ECCO Board is offering free test kits to test for lead in your drinking water.
Testing for lead in your water is simple and ECCO's NRP funds will pay for the test!
Contact Monica Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org to pick up your testing materials.
Home Security SUBSIDIES
East Calhoun Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) funds will reimburse homeowners up to $100 for home security upgrades. One subsidy per household. Subsidies are offered on a first-come, first-served basis as funds are available (monthly service fees for security systems are not eligible). The application for the home security grants can be obtained by downloading this document: East Calhoun Home Security.pdf.
Raingarden Plant Material/Rain Barrel/Compost Bin Grant
East Calhoun Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) funds will reimburse homeowners up to $100 for the purchase of plant materials for a raingarden, a rain barrel and/or a compost bin. The application for the grants can be obtained by downloading this pdf: Raingarden/RainBarrell/CompostGrant.pdf.
Radon Mitigation Program
Is your home at risk?
To help keep our neighborhood healthy and livable, the East Calhoun Community Organization (ECCO) launched a $50,000 grant program from Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) funds to encourage neighbors to test and possibly treat their homes for radon.
Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that occurs naturally in the soil. As such it is everywhere and can seep up through the soil into the air we breathe. Exposure to high concentrations over long periods of time increases your risk of lung cancer. Our greatest exposure is in places where it can accumulate, such as our homes.
According to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), two in five homes in Minnesota have radon levels that pose a significant health risk. Any house or apartment can have unsafe radon levels, no matter the age, design or construction material. And your home’s radon level will likely not be the same as your next-door neighbor’s. MDH recommends that homes be tested at least every five years, even if you have had a radon mitigation system installed or your last test result was below the recommended action level of 4.0 picocuries per liter (pCi/L). You should also test before and after you make any major structural renovations such as building an addition or finishing a basement.
The good news is that you can do something about the risk. If high radon levels are measured in your home, mitigation methods are available to lower the level. The testing process is simple, and ECCO will provide short-term test kits to any East Calhoun resident or residential property owner.
Radon mitigation costs will likely range from $1,500 to $2,000 for a single-family home, but the cost depends on the scope of the project. ECCO is offering a grant program to help residents with mitigation expenses. If your grant application is approved, ECCO will grant NRP funds of up to 25% of the cost with a maximum grant of:
- $500 for 1-2 unit residential buildings,
- $1,000 for 3-4 unit residential buildings
- $1,250 for 5+ unit residential buildings.
Grants will be available while funds last, first come, first served.
The program kicked off at the ECCO Annual Meeting on October 8, 2015.
Get your free short-term test kits:
- At every ECCO Board meeting, first Thursday of the month, 7 pm at St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave S.
- At every ECCO Happy Hour, second Monday of the month, 5-6:30 pm at Lake & Irving Restaurant, 1513 W Lake St
- Stop by the church office at St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave S, during office hours Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
- Call Monica Smith at 612-821-0131 to arrange to pick up a kit
Radon Mitigation Program Steps:
Step 1: Test your home
-Free short-term test kits available from ECCO
-Retest if recommended
Step 2: Pursue mitigation if desired
Step 3: Contact a certified radon mitigation professional for an estimate (www.health.state.mn.us/radon)
Step 4: Complete ECCO grant application before mitigation work begins
Step 5: ECCO will approve eligible grants and reserve funds for your project on a first come, first served basis
Step 6: Schedule the certified radon mitigation contractor to complete the work (within 90 days). Pay contractor directly.
Step 7: Send in the ECCO Grant Completion Certificate with receipts.
Step 8: Receive grant reimbursement from ECCO.
For specific questions on ECCO’s grant program, please contact Monica Smith, ECCO Coordinator at 612-821-0131 or email@example.com
For more information on general questions related to testing and mitigating radon, contact Marc Katz, Minnesota Department of Public Health, 651-201-4604.
In 2014, the East Calhoun Community Organization established a community task force to explore community needs that could be appropriately funded with residual funds from our Phase II Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) projects launched in 2010. After nine months of investigation, the task force recommended, and the ECCO Board approved, investment in neighborhood radon testing and mitigation.
Sign up for a curbside organics recycling bin and slash your household trash by separating out food and non-recyclable paper products.
To sign up, call Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling at 612-673-2917 or SWRcustomer@minneapolismn.gov.
For more information, go to www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/solid-waste/organics/index.htm