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2014 Fall/Winter Newsletter - City of Albany

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FALL/WINTER 2014
Volume 15, Issue 2
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Inside this issue:
Greetings,
The new school year has started and the buses are once again driving students to
and from school. I read a news report about the Bloomington school district. They were
having over 30 stop arm violations a month. In order to try and lower that number, they
put stop arm cameras on their school busses. If someone drives by when the stop sign is
out, it is caught on tape and given to the police department and a ticket mailed to them.
Now, I don't think we need to put cameras on the busses here in Albany, but it does
remind us that driving past a bus with its stop arm out is not only illegal, but puts children
in danger. Drive safe!
In the last 9 months we have received a lot of snow and rain. Because of this, sump
pumps have been working overtime. Water that is pumped into a sanitary sewer in your
basement instead of outside, goes to the wastewater treatment plant. The City has to
treat ALL of the water that goes to the plant. Every year the City spends $60,000$80,000 in chemicals to treat wastewater, some of which is water from sump pumps.
Please, please, pump your water outside and not in the sanitary sewer.
It continues to be an honor to serve the people of Albany.
2015 Budget,
Police Dept……………………
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Public Works Dept.,
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Notices/Events…………………
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Your Elected Officials
Daron Gersch, Mayor
[email protected]
Laurie Dingmann
[email protected]
John Greer, Acting Mayor
[email protected]
John R. Harlander
[email protected]
Tom Kasner
[email protected]
Daron Gersch, MD
Mayor, Albany, MN
City of Albany
STATE GENERAL ELECTION
November 4, 2014
If you live inside the City limits, you vote
at the ALBANY CITY HALL, 400
RAILROAD AVE.
If you live outside the City limits, you vote
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at the ALBANY FIRE HALL, 231 4 ST.
Who’s running for office in the
City of Albany
MAYOR – 2-year term-Vote for one
Daron Gersch, Incumbent
COUNCIL – 4-year term-Vote for two
John Greer, Incumbent
Tom Kasner, Incumbent
Keith Heitzman
You must re-register to vote each time you change name, address, or do not vote for four years in a row.
Update your registration by completing a new registration application.
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More than 8,000 voters have registered to vote using online voter registration at mnvotes.org. Voters
may pre-register through October 14th for the November 4th State General Election.
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College students should "decide where they reside" — whether at home, on campus, or at another
address — in order to register to vote for the November 4th General Election.
You can vote early by using an absentee ballot, instead of voting in person at the polling place on Election
Day. You can vote absentee by mail, in person, or by having a person you know pick up and deliver your ballot
for you. Absentee ballots are already available for the State General Election (Tuesday, November
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2015 Budget Meeting
The Albany City Council
will hold a public hearing
at 6:30 p.m. during the
regularly scheduled
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December 3 Council
meeting to review the
proposed 2015 budget.
Anyone wishing to speak
on the proposed 2015
budget is encouraged to
attend this meeting.
Trivia Questions:
1)
When was Mother of Mercy
Nursing Home built?
2)
How many years has Amby’s
Foods been in business?
(Answers on Page 4)
or http://www.sos.state.mn.us
Become informed! - The City periodically sends out Council meeting agendas and minutes, newsletters and other informational items via e-mail. If
you would like to receive e-mail information from the City, you may sign up by contacting Diane at: [email protected]
City of Albany
Proposed Budget for 2015
The proposed City levy approved by the Council is $692,759 or a 3% increase. The City will continue to provide the quality of
services citizens have come to expect within the budget constraints. The General Fund operating expenditure budgets are
proposed to increase by 2% for 2015 or $25,355. The proposed General Fund budget includes total expenditures in the amount of
$1,357,975.
The City of Albany will continue to focus on future infrastructure needs and improvements. The City’s infrastructure, including
water, sewer, storm sewer and streets, continue to be replaced or improved. Partial water and sewer funds will be used for
infrastructure replacement purposes and benefitted properties are assessed.
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The City Council will hold a public hearing on December 3 at 6:30 p.m. to allow public input on the levy and budget. The 2015
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tax levy and budget will be adopted at the December 17 City Council meeting.
HWYS,
Streets &
Roadway
26%
Fire
15%
Library
1%
Park
6%
Misc.
2%
Admin.
18%
Police
31%
Council
1%
MEET ALBANY POLICE DEPARTMENT SECRETARY-
DANNIELLE ZIERDEN
Dannielle was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington,
and moved to Minnesota in 2003. She has lived in Albany
since 2009 with husband, Brock, and three daughters,
Alexis, Cailyn, and Elodie. The girls attend Albany
Elementary.
She began working for the Albany Police Department in
June, 2014, and previously worked for the Stearns County
Attorney's Office where she had been employed since
2005. She has had a few job titles, but most recently was
a Legal Secretary providing clerical support to the
attorneys.
ALBANY POLICE DEPARTMENT
Greetings to everyone…..
Well, summer is over, or at least it looks like it is. School has started; and I am sure the kids are excited to be
back in school. We have all noticed the amount of kids walking, biking, and driving around before and after
school, so please use extra caution. It has been a great summer; and I hope everyone has had time to enjoy it. I
personally had a great time coaching the Albany Legion Baseball team this summer and getting to know some of
the great kids that are the future of this community….you should all be very proud!
The Police Department has seen some changes this summer, and as we move into the future with a community
oriented Police Department, please make an effort to meet and talk to your Patrol Officers, and they will do the
same. I believe it is vital for you to know who we are and that we are approachable at all times. We care about
this community and keeping this a great place to live, work, and play!
I wish the best of luck to all the fall sports teams and students in general.
Chief O. Carbajal
320-845-2200
Going Out of Town for the Holidays?
The Albany Police Department reminds everyone that there are certain security-minded steps to take before leaving:
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Stop all newspaper deliveries and mail or have a trusted neighbor pick up the paper and mail daily if you do not have
a post office box.
Make you home appear occupied. Place timers on lights and have them go on and off at different times.
Lock your garage door and disconnect the automatic opener.
Tell a trusted neighbor to call the Police Department (845-2200) if they see anyone on your property that does not
belong.
Invite your neighbor to park a car in your driveway.
Never leave a message on your telephone answering machine, your e-mail or face book that you are leaving your
home.
Make sure all doors and windows are locked before you leave.
Turn on the alarm system.
The Police Department will perform security checks of your home and property while you are away on vacation or visiting
relatives or friends.
To request a house watch, you can download the form from the Police Department page on the City’s website or pick up a
form at City Hall and return the completed form to the Police Department before you leave.
All residential check information is confidential/private data and will not be shared with the public; it is provided only to the
Patrol Officer(s) assigned.
Albany to conduct seasonal
HYDRANT FLUSHING
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From October 20 through
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October 24 , the Albany Public
Works
Department
will be
performing routine flushing of the
City’s water system and fire
hydrants.
Fire hydrants are
typically flushed in the spring and
fall as part of a regularly
scheduled maintenance program,
to insure that they are in good
working order and to remove rust,
manganese
deposits
and
sediment from the City’s water
lines. When hydrant flushing is
being
performed
in
your
neighborhood, you may notice
rusty colored water in your home.
The water is safe. However, this
discoloration may be a problem if
you are washing laundry. Here
are some precautions you may
take:
п‚· On the days the City is flushing
lines, please check the water
coming from you home faucet
before using your washing
machine.
If you notice
discolored water coming from
your faucet, let it run until the
color clears.
п‚· Wash laundry in the evenings
or on the weekend, not during
the times flushes are being
performed.
п‚· If by accident you do wash a
load and rusty looking streaks
appear on your laundry, do not
use bleach to clean the articles
as
this
will
set
stains
permanently. A product called
“Iron Out” may be purchased at
some hardware or grocery
stores and has been shown
successful in removing reddish
iron stains from fabrics.
The fire hydrant flushes will be
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complete by Friday, October 24
weather permitting,
If you have questions or need
further information, please call
Joe Mergen, Public Works
Supervisor, at 320-980-2990.
WINTER REMINDERS
Do not shovel or blow snow
from
sidewalks,
crosswalks,
driveways, or parking lots onto
public streets. It is a violation of
City Ordinance 41.01.
To prevent damage to your lawn
from snowplows, we encourage
residents to install reflective
markers on your property behind
the curb.
Now is a good time for you to
take a look at your mailbox. Check
for obvious damage such as
cracked boards or posts, missing
screws, etc. but also look below
ground level to make sure your
post is still in good condition. A
rotted post will not stand up to a
Minnesota winter very long, and
repairs are more difficult after the
ground has frozen. In addition, the
Public Works department cannot be
responsible for mailboxes knocked
down as a result of snow thrown off
a plow onto a weak post.
When the snow flies, the Public
Works Department also asks
residents to refrain from putting
trash containers in the street if the
street is to be plowed. Keep the
trash containers in your driveway.
Snowplow drivers need to clear the
streets for your safety and
obstacles such as trash containers
need to be out of the way.
WINTER PARKING
No parking on City Streets
from November 1st to April 15th
between the hours of 2:00 a.m.
and 6:00 a.m. during any snow
fall which accumulates over
one and one-half (1ВЅ) inches.
The Albany Police Department
will be enforcing the Winter
Parking Regulations!
Fire Department
Greetings on behalf of the Albany
Fire Department.
First, I would like to thank
everyone who donated to our annual
fundraiser and to the Blattner Golf
Tournament. With your support we
were able to purchase a new thermo
imaging camera.
It has been a very busy year.
Since the last newsletter in May, we
have responded to 82 additional
calls, making a total of 167 calls as of
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September 17 .
An ISO (Insurance Services
Office) review was performed this
spring and our ISO score will go from
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a 6 to a 5 effective November 1 for
buildings within the City limits. So it
is
recommended
that
both
commercial and residential check
with their insurance companies to see
if you are eligible for any discounts
(note not all insurance companies
look at this number).
Just a few reminders:
Fire
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Prevention Week is October 5 -11 .
The Fire Department will be visiting
with kids at the schools and giving
tours of the Fire Hall. Also, it is
recommended that you change your
batteries in your smoke and carbon
monoxide detectors when you
change your clock for daylight
savings time. If your detectors are
more than 10 years old, they should
be replaced.
And finally, with snow on the way,
we ask that you keep gas meters and
fire hydrants clear of snow and ice.
If you have any questions for the
Department, you can email me at
[email protected] or call
320-845-4040 and leave a message.
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Gary Winkels
Fire Chief
ALBANY AREA HERITAGE SOCIETY
View our artifacts, souvenirs
and more at City Hall.
Copies available of
“Albany, the Heart of Minnesota”
400 Railroad Ave.
P. O. Box 370
Albany, MN 56307-0370
[email protected]
www.ci.albany.mn.us
UPCOMING EVENTS
Annual membership meeting on
Monday, October 20, 2014
at Schiffler’s Liquor in St. Anthony
Music by Jerry’s One Man Band
at 10:30 am.
Noon meal followed by meeting.
Call Arnie @ 320-267-1751,
for more information.
SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES!
ALBANY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The Albany Chamber of Commerce is
organized to advance the general
welfare and prosperity of the Albany
Area so that its citizens and all areas
of its business community shall
prosper. All necessary means of
promotion shall be provided and
particular attention and emphasis shall
be given to the economic, civic,
commercial, cultural, industrial and
educational interests of the area.
Albany Public Library
To become a member, call the
Chamber office at 320-845-7777.
320-845-4843
Preschool Story Time
Wednesday, October 8
10:30-11:30 am
Sock Creature Workshop
Ages 12 to adult
Tuesday, October 21
6:00-8:00 pm
Book Club
Tues., Sept. 30 & Oct. 28
6:30-7:45 pm
Basic Computer & Internet
Albany Robotics Team #4226
Will assist you
Ages 12 to adult
Tues., Oct. 14
6:30-7:30 pm
Other Community Events
Halloween in Albany
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Friday, October 31
5:30- 8:00 p.m.
Santa Day
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Friday, December 5
4:00-7:30 p.m.
Albany Elementary School
Chamber of Commerce
Annual Banquet
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Saturday, February 7
Paul’s Par-A-Dice
Jaycee’s Annual
Ice Cup Challenge
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Saturday, February 21
Mayor Daron Gersch would like to
inform the residents that the observance
of Halloween in the City of Albany will be
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held on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31 .
Extra Police Patrol Officers will be on
duty from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for the
safety of the little goblins as they trade
their tricks for treats. City residents who
wish to participate in the celebration are
asked to turn their porch lights on to
make the little demons of darkness
welcome.
Mayor
Daron
Gersch
wishes
everyone a safe and enjoyable
Halloween!
WELCOME ALBANY PUBLIC LIBRARY
BRANCH MANAGER-LISA
PELKEY
Lisa worked for Great River in St.
Cloud for seven years before starting
the Albany position on August 14, 2014.
She worked first as a clerk in Patron
Services, helping with requests and
ordering materials and later in Technical
Services as a Cataloger. Before moving
to Minnesota seven years ago with her
family, she worked as a branch librarian
in Michigan and with books for many
years.
Lisa and her family are residents of
Avon, where her husband, Chuck,
serves as pastor of Avon Community
Church and as Chaplain for the Avon
and Albany Police Departments. They
have three children; two boys, Joshua
and Caleb, who graduated from Albany
High School and a daughter, Hannah,
who attends Albany Jr. High.
Lisa is looking forward to working
with the Albany staff to maintain and
create a wonderful community library
here in Albany.
ICE SKATING
City rinks are open the end of
December
through
mid-February
(weather permitting). The general iceskating rink, at least 2 hockey rinks
and warming house are located on
North Lake at 530 Linden Ave. (off of
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6 St.)
The warming house is equipped
with first aid kits, a telephone, benches
and skates for people to use. If you
have any skates that you no longer
want, please call Joe Mergen, Public
Works Supervisor, 320-980-2990. The
warming house is supervised by an
attendant with authority to enforce the
rules and regulations posted in the
building.
Rink attendants are
responsible for overseeing safety and
the general operation during open
hours. Hours will be posted on site.
Warming House: 845-4980
Answers to Trivia Questions on Page 1
1)
Construction of Mother of Mercy Nursing
Home began in 1958 and the building, with
50 beds, was dedicated on July 26, 1959.
2)
Amby's Foods, a Locally, Independently
Owned Grocery Store, was established in
1974. They were in business for 40 years.
The City of Albany is non-discriminatory on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age and handicapped status in employment of the provisions of service.
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