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September/October 2014
Ramsey City Council Candidates –
Vote November 4, 2014
The seats open for the 2014 General Election are as follows: Councilmember At Large, Councilmember Ward 1 and Councilmember Ward 3.
The list of Candidates that will appear on the General Ballot is as follows
(listed in alphabetical order):
Councilmember At Large
Wayne Buchholz
Kristine Williams
Councilmember Ward 3
Councilmember Ward 1
Frank E. Howsmon V
Jill Johns
Melody (Hesselgrave) Shryock
If you desire contact information for any of the above candidates, please
contact City Clerk Jo Thieling at 763-433-9840 or [email protected]
or visit the City’s website at www.cityoframsey.com.
2014 Happy Days September 6
Round up your family and friends—the City of Ramsey’s annual hometown festival Happy Days is just around the corner! Happy Days is jammed
packed with free family friendly events and activities, mouth-watering food
choices, incredible live music, the famous Happy Days Parade, a breath-taking
fireworks show and much more. Details on page 8.
Photo Donated by Parkplace Studio
Development Report
Administrator’s Corner
Happy Days Schedule of Events
Fall Recycling Day
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Ramsey Municipal Center
7550 Sunwood Drive NW
Ramsey, MN 55303
Office Hours: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm (Monday - Friday)
General Information: 763-427-1410
Website: www.cityoframsey.com
City Council
Sarah Strommen, Mayor
Randy Backous, Councilmember
At Large
John LeTourneau, Councilmember
At Large
Jill Johns, Councilmember
Ward 1
Mark Kuzma, Councilmember
Ward 2
Jason Tossey, Councilmember
Ward 3
Chris Riley, Councilmember
Ward 4
763-576-4362
[email protected]
763-576-4364
[email protected]
763-576-4367
[email protected]
763-576-4363
[email protected]
763-576-4366
[email protected]
612-516-3791
[email protected]
763-576-4368
[email protected]
Important Phone Numbers
Kurt Ulrich, City Administrator
Fire and Police Emergency
Fire and Police Non-Emergency
City Hall
Public Works Department
TDD
763-433-9845
[email protected]
911
763-427-1212
763-427-1410
763-427-8254
763-427-8591
Your City Newsletter
The Ramsey Resident is a newsletter paid for with revenues generated by advertising. This newsletter is intended to provide public
information about community events and local government.
All inquiries and comments regarding the newsletter are welcome
and should be directed to the Newsletter Coordinator at 763-433-9844.
If you wish to advertise within the newsletter, please contact Scott
Robinson of Midwest Wheels of Thunder Magazine at 612-730-3719.
All articles for publication in the Ramsey Resident should be
emailed to [email protected] by the sixth of each month, or the
preceding Friday if the sixth is on a weekend. The city of Ramsey reserves
the right to determine what may appear in this newsletter.
This newsletter is read and obtained with the understanding that
the information presented is from varied sources from which there can be
no warranty or responsibility as to accuracy or completeness.
QCTV Live Broadcasts & Replays
Quad Cities Community Television (QCTV) broadcasts regular
City Council, Housing & Redevelopment Authority, Planning
Commission and Park & Recreation Commission meetings on Channel
16 with periodic replays. Visit www.qctv.org for complete schedule and
for video streaming.
Contacts and
Meeting Schedule
City Council (2nd & 4th Tuesday) . . . . . . Sept. 9, 23, Oct. 14, 28
7:00 pm, Ramsey Municipal Center - CC
Council Work Session . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sept. 9, 16, 23
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oct. 14, 21, 28
5:30 pm, Ramsey Municipal Center - LIR
Economic Devel. Authority (2nd Thursday) . . Sept. 11, Oct. 9
7:30 am, Ramsey Municipal Center - LIR
Environmental Policy Board (1st Monday) Sept. TBD, Oct. 6
6:30 pm, Ramsey Municipal Center - RRR
HRA (2nd and 4th Tuesday) . . . . . . . . . . . . Sept. 9, 23, Oct. 14, 28
5:30 pm, Ramsey Municipal Center - LIR
Park & Rec. Commission (2nd Thursday) . . . . Sept. 11, Oct. 9
6:30 pm, Ramsey Municipal Center - CC
Planning Comm (1st Thursday) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sept. 4, Oct. 2
7:00 pm, Ramsey Municipal Center - CC
Public Works Committee (3rd Tuesday) . . . . Sept. 16, Oct. 21
5:30 pm, Ramsey Municipal Center - LIR
*Please note: Additional City Council Work Sessions and
HRA Meetings may be scheduled throughout the month.
See the event schedule on the city’s website (www.cityoframsey.
com) for the most current meeting schedule information.
Ramsey Municipal Center, 7550 Sunwood Drive NW, Ramsey.
Please call 763-427-1410 to confirm meeting dates, locations
and times.
CC - Council Chambers
TBR - Trott Brook Room
LIR - Lake Itasca Room
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Video Streaming
Video streaming of City Council and Commission meetings is
available at www.qctv.org, click on the government tab and then click on
Ramsey. You can also access video streaming from the city's website at
www.cityoframsey.com.
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ARR - Alexander Ramsey Room
RRR - Rum River Room
TBD - To be Determined
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West side pick up
September 2, 15, 29
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Recycling
East side pick up
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Your Source for Development News
Future Business Park
The City of Ramsey is home to hundreds of successful and growing businesses. Many of these businesses
are located in the City’s original “Business Parks” along
Bunker Lake Boulevard, just north of U.S. Highway 10,
east of Ramsey Boulevard. In recent years, available land
for existing Ramsey businesses to expand, or for new
businesses to locate in Ramsey, has become scarce. As
a result, the City Council has identified securing a new
business park a priority.
In the winter of 2013-14, a new business park location was identified by the Ramsey Economic Development Authority (EDA), Planning Commission, and City
Council. The newly proposed business park is located
along Bunker Lake Boulevard, west of Armstrong Boulevard, on the north side of U.S. Highway 10; and will
include nearly 100 acres of land available
for development by businesses. The City
is currently in the process of amending its
Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinances to allow for this type of development. The proposed business park is, and
will be, owned and operated by private
developers, not the City of Ramsey.
eport
in Ramsey
165 new single family residential lots: Brookfield 4th
Addition and Country Club Hills.
Brookfield 4th Addition is located just west of
Nowthen Boulevard on the south side of Trott Brook
in central Ramsey. This 77 lot subdivision is currently
under construction (see image below) and nearly 40%
complete. Country Club Hills is located just north of
Alpine Drive on the east side of Variolite Street, also in
central Ramsey. The City Council approved a preliminary plat for this 88 lot subdivision in June. With
approval of a final plat, Country Club Hills may begin
constructing new homes this fall.
For more information on development projects in
Ramsey, please visit cityoframsey.com/Development
Update or contact the Community Development Department: 763-433-9824.
Residential Growth
The City of Ramsey continues to experience strong residential growth. In the
past nine months, the City reviewed two
major subdivision applications totaling
Farmers’ Market in The COR
Every Thursday 3:00 - 7:00 pm
The Draw, next to the amphitheater,
just west of PACT Charter School
Visit the City of Ramsey
website for more details www.cityoframsey.com
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City Administrator’s Corner
Fire Prevention
Week - October 5 - 11
By Kurt Ulrich, City Administrator
Fire Prevention week
is October 5 -11, 2014 and
this year’s theme is “Working Smoke Alarms Save
Lives: Test Yours Every
Month.” Members of the
fire department will be
visiting local schools and
daycares to deliver the message, while ending
the week with their annual Open House.
During this time of year, the Fire Department sees over 1,400 kids in the community
to discuss various fire safety topics, show them
equipment used and, maybe even, bring a fire
truck to explore. If you’d like to schedule a
visit, please contact Carey Schiferli at 763-4339832.
We know smoke alarms are important, but
the most important thing about them is that
they are in working order. Almost two-thirds
of residential fire deaths happen in homes with
no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
Here are some smoke alarm basics:
• Install smoke alarms in every bedroom,
outside each sleeping area, and on every
level of the home (including the basement)
• For the best protection, interconnect all
smoke alarms throughout the home, so
when one sounds they all sound
• Test alarms at least once a month by
pushing the test button.
• Change the batteries at least once per
year
• Replace smoke alarms when they are 10
years old or if they do not respond properly when tested
Remember to join us at our Fire Department
Open House on Saturday, October 11, from
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, at Station 1 - 15050
Armstrong Blvd. There will be a giant inflatable
slide, face painting, clowns, free lunch, helicopter landing, demos and, of course, fire trucks!
Citizen Survey: Your Opinion Matters
The City is partaking in its first-ever comprehensive citizen
survey this September. The survey will ask a group of randomlyselected households to give their feedback on a variety of City
issues and concerns.
In the past, we have generally relied upon you to stop by, call,
write, or e-mail to let us know what is on your mind. This works
fine to fix most problems, but it doesn’t always give us a clear idea
of the thoughts, needs, dreams, and expectations of the average
resident.
The City’s Strategic Plan created performance measurements
for each of the City’s departments. One of the key measures is
customer satisfaction. The survey results will let us know what
we are doing well, or not so well, in providing services.
The results of this survey will also assist the Mayor, City
Council, and staff in determining critical priorities that must
be accomplished each year. Once the results of the survey have
been collected and analyzed, this information will be shared with
the public.
Your opinion matters! If you are selected to complete the
survey, please take the time to let us know what you think.
Thank you.
For more information regarding the Citizen survey, please
contact City Administrator Kurt Ulrich at 763-433-9845 or
email [email protected]
Our Mission: To work together to responsibly grow our
community, and to provide quality, cost-effective, and
efficient government services
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Ramsey Resident • September/October 2014
Police Explorers WANTED!
The City of Ramsey Police Department is currently
looking for youth volunteer Police Explorers.
Explorers are trained in command presence, interview techniques, burglary response, traffic stops, crime
prevention, traffic accidents, bomb scenes, white collar
crime, search and arrest, domestics, hostage negotiations,
street decisions, first aid, firearms training, and participate in ride a-longs with police officers.
Minimum Requirements
• Be between 14 and 20 years old
• Maintain at least a C grade point
average
• Attend bi-weekly meetings that
occur on
Sundays and yearly competitions
Applications for the program are currently being
accepted. If you are interested in joining the program,
please contact Investigator Ben Rossum at [email protected]
ci.ramsey.mn.us or Kristin Camacho at [email protected]
ci.ramsey.mn.us or by phone at 763-427-6812.
A Reminder about
Pedestrian Crosswalks
The prevalence of sidewalks and trails along city
streets continues to increase as the City of Ramsey develops into a built-out community. Many Ramsey residents
take advantage of city sidewalks and trails for recreation,
exercise and to utilize an alternative form of transportation. As a result, interaction between pedestrians and automobiles is becoming increasingly common in Ramsey.
To ensure safe travel and enjoyment of city streets,
trails and sidewalks, both pedestrians and motorists
should take a moment to review the following tips:
• All intersections include legal pedestrian crossings
whether marked or unmarked
• All marked crosswalks are legal pedestrian crossings,
intersection or mid-block
• Motorists shall stop for pedestrians in legal crosswalks; pedestrians shall yield the right-of-way to
motorists at all other locations
• A bicyclist is considered a pedestrian when using a
crosswalk
• Pedestrians: if you intend to use a crosswalk make
it obvious to motorists; and make sure all lanes of
traffic stop before entering a roadway. The percentage of motorists that stop for
pedestrians in crosswalks can
be as low as 7%.
• Motorists: be aware of crosswalk signs and use caution.
Failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk can lead
to a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $1000
and/or jail of up to 90 days.
• Pedestrian crosswalks are
governed by Minnesota
State Statute section 169.011, Subdivision 20
Marked crosswalks come in many different forms,
from something as simple as two white lines painted on
the road, to elaborate systems which include lights embedded within a road surface. Two types of crosswalks
are utilized in the City of Ramsey: colored concrete
crosswalks in The COR and painted crosswalks with
warning signs. If you have any questions about crosswalk
use, please contact Grant Riemer, City of Ramsey Public
Works Superintendent, 763-433-9863.
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Have You Paid Your Municipal Utility Services Bill?
The City of Ramsey provides the following
municipal utility services to residents: water, sewer,
subdivision street lighting, priority street lighting,
recycling, and storm drain management. Although
not all residents are charged for water, sewer, and/
or subdivision street lighting due to their location
within the City, every property is charged for priority street lighting, recycling, and storm drain management. Residents receive a quarterly bill from the
City for their applicable City service charges and it
is the responsibility of the property owner to remain
current with these billings. If these charges remain
unpaid, State statute allows the City to certify unpaid bills to the property tax.
The certification process is conducted annually.
Notification letters are sent to affected property
addresses in early September for accounts that have
a balance older than 60 days as of August 31, 2014.
Delinquent charges must be paid no later than November 7, 2014. Any remaining unpaid delinquent
charges after this deadline are certified to the next
year’s property taxes with an additional administrative fee and interest.
The current property owner is responsible for
any delinquent charges regardless of account holder
information. This means that if a previous owner had
a delinquent account, the current owner is responsible for the balance. This is unlike electric or gas that
follows the individual who initiated the account. If
a home was recently purchased, a title search should
have identified and paid off any delinquencies during
the escrow process. If a title search was not performed and delinquent charges are associated with
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a property, the current property owner is responsible for
paying the outstanding amount. Payment must be received on or before the November 7th deadline in order
to avoid administrative fees and interest. Any remaining
unpaid delinquent charges after this deadline will be
included on the property’s 2015 tax statement with an
additional administrative fee and interest.
If you are a landlord (owner) of a property within the
City, you are ultimately responsible for delinquent utility charges. In order to ensure current payment is being
made by a tenant, landlords may request that a duplicate
statement be sent to an alternative address. In addition,
account balances may be inquired upon at any time by
contacting Utility Billing Customer Service at 763-5764343.
For further information regarding the certification
process or to inquire whether your property has any delinquent utility charges, please contact the Utility Billing
Customer Service at 763-576-4343.
City’s Bond Rating of
AA+ is Re-Affirmed by
Standard & Poor’s (S&P)
Rating Service
Standard & Poor’s, one of the nation’s top credit ratings agencies, has reaffirmed the City of Ramsey’s AA+
bond rating, the second highest rating available. The
positive rating is a measure of the city’s strong financial
profile and enables the City of Ramsey to obtain lower
interest rates when borrowing funds for improvement/
capital equipment needs.
The rating was not attributed to new debt being
issued, as is standard practice. S&P put more stringent
ratings criteria in place in September 2013 and contacted
the City with additional questions related to finances,
policies and the local economy. S&P took these results
to their Rating Committee on July 22, 2014 and affirmed the City’s AA+ rating that has been in place since
November 2009. A full copy of the Standard and Poor’s
report supporting the AA+ rating can be found on the
city’s website at www.cityoframsey.com/Finance.
Ramsey Resident • September/October 2014
Notice Annual Summary Financial Report
City of Ramsey
The purpose of this report is to provide a summary of financial information concerning the City of Ramsey to
interested citizens. The complete financial statements may be examined on our website at www.cityoframsey.com
or at City Hall, 7550 Sunwood Drive NW, Ramsey, MN 55303. Questions should be directed to the finance
department at 763-427-1410
Revenues and Expenditures for General Operations
(Governmental Funds)
Revenues:
Property Taxes
Special Assessments
Licenses and Permits
Intergovernmental Revenue
Charges for Services
Fines and forfeits
Other Revenue:
Investment Earnings
Miscellaneous
Total Revenues
Per Capita*
Expenditures:
General Government
Public Safety
Highways and Streets
Culture and Recreation
Debt Service:
Bond Principal retirement
Interest and fiscal charges
Capital Outlay
Total Expenditures
Per Capita*
Total Long-term Indebtedness
Per Capita*
Governmental Fund Balance - December 31
General Fund
Reserved
Unreserved
Nonspendable
Assigned
Unassigned
Total General Fund
Per Capita*
All other Governmental Funds
Reserved
Unreserved
Nonspendable
Restricted
Committed
Assigned
Unassigned
Total all other governmental funds
Per Capita*
$
$
$
$
2013
10,490,825
370,791
718,875
2,919,701
877,849
73,110
(403,836)
1,402,508
16,449,823
677
2,837,610
3,740,132
3,883,519
1,013,089
$
$
$
$
2012
11,545,803
436,854
534,910
3,736,095
1,681,400
75,562
Percent
Increase
(Decrease)
-9.14%
-15.12%
34.39%
-21.85%
-47.79%
-3.25%
468,032
1,909,229
20,387,885
855
-186.28%
-26.54%
-19.32%
-20.88%
18,291,512
3,860,697
4,391,415
836,452
-84.49%
-3.12%
-11.57%
21.12%
-11.45%
-54.75%
-79.07%
-57.88%
-58.69%
1.34%
-0.62%
$
$
1,315,000
1,213,120
705,383
14,707,853
605
$
$
1,485,000
2,681,176
3,370,128
34,916,380
1,465
$
$
36,831,840
1,515
$
$
36,345,000
1,525
$
-
$
-
50,561.00
175,008.00
6,545,825.00
$
6,771,394
$
279
4,042.00
142,419.00
6,578,822.00
$
6,725,283
$
282
$
$
-
590.00
19,148,705.00
927,557.00
10,719,398.00
(282,159.00)
$ 30,514,091
$
1,255
0.69%
-1.27%
-
17,606,291.00
946,312.00
9,962,381.00
(456,692.00)
$ 28,058,292
$
1,177
8.75%
6.65%
*Calculated using population estimate of 24,306 for 2013 and 23,835 for 2012
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Event
Start
Finish
Pancake Breakfast
ARAA Baseball
8:30 am
8:30 am
11:30 am
5:30 pm
In’Tech
In
Tech Industries,
Industries INC.
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4th GRADE BASEBALL TOURNEY –THE DRAW BALLFIELD
Connexus Energy 5K Run, USATF CERT. 9:00 am
Smile for a Mile Youth Run (Age 10-17)10:15 am
Family Bike Tour
10:30 am
K Fun Run (Ages 9 & Under)
11:00 am
Kids
T Lions Wellness Van
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11:00 am
10:00 am
10:45 am
12:30 pm
11:15 am
2:30 pm
BLOOD PRESSURE CHECK, CHOLESTEROL, EYES, ETC.
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Car Show
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Bag Tourney
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Kids
11:30 am
11:30 am
11:30 am
2:30 pm
3:00 pm
7:00 pm
MULTIPLE INFLATABLES, ROCK WALL, POWER BUNGEE, FACE PAINTING, BALLOONS
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TODDLER PLAYGROUND
Food Vendors, 7 DIFFERENT SPECIALTIES 11:30 am
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Kids Talent/Music Stage, BINGO TENT 12:00 pm
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Happy Days Expos
12:00 pm
11:00 pm
3:00 pm
7:00 pm
BUSINESS, CRAFT/MERCHANT, FARMERS, POLITICAL
Environmental Expo
12:00 pm
7:00 pm
3:00 pm
4:30 pm
4:30 pm
5:30 pm
RAPTORS, KIDS ACTIVITIES, EXHIBITORS
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TRAILER SALES
SERVICE в—Џ RENTAL
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Happy Days Parade
Dance Caravan
RENNAISSANCE DANCE, SUNWOOD DRIVE NEAR CITY HALL PLAZA
Megan Elizabeth
4:30 pm
6:00 pm
4:30 pm
11:00 pm
4:30 pm
5:00 pm
5:30 pm
9:00 pm
LIVE MUSIC, CITY HALL PLAZA STAIR CASE
Bingo IN EVENT TENT
HOSTED BY ANOKA WOMEN OF TODAY
Ramsey Fire Dept. Chili Cook-off
Go Kart/Lawn Tractor Races
RAMSEY RACEWAY, NORTH SIDE OF HWY 10 AT ARMSTRONG BLVD
Bill & Dannyy Show,, MAIN STAGE
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Maiden Dixie, COUNTRY/CLASSICC ROCK
Fireworks
Maiden Dixie
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9:00 pm
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INFORMATION SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES, SIGN UP FOR AN EVENT, GETTING INVOLVED/VOLUNTEER, OTHER
WEBSITE cityoframsey.com/happy-days EMAIL [email protected] PHONE 763-433-9831
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BANK
OF
THE
WEST
WEST
BNP PARIBAS GROUP
Ace Solid Waste
Coborn’s | PSD, LLC
NAU Country Insurance
St. Katharine Drexel
Anytime Fitness
Connections Church
Zero Zone, Inc.
Parkplace Studio
Wendell’s
State Farm Insurance
Comfort Suites
Metro Dentalcare
The Links at Northfork
Hope Fellowship Church
Hakanson Anderson
One Hour Heating & AC
The Bank of Elk River
Centerpoint Energy
Pearson Farm
Casey’s General Store
Green Valley Greenhouse
The Tossey Family
Prevail Counseling Group
Ramsey Rotary
Village Bank
Anoka Variety Store
River’s Bend Family Dental Clinic
PRICING & CHARGES:
Most events are free, including:
kids activities, live music and
fireworks – thanks to our sponsors
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Crime Alert App
Available
Free Car Seat INSPECTIONS for
Anoka County Residents
Want to know what kind of crime is happening in your neighborhood or the City? Sign
up to get customized crime reports....there is
even an app for your phone! Instant access at
your fingertips any time of the day. http://www.
cityoframsey.com/crime-stats
Four out of five car seats are installed wrong! Get yours
checked. Safe Kids Anoka County offers several car seat clinics
throughout the year for Anoka County residents to have their
children evaluated and car seats inspected by trained technicians.
Appointments are required.
September 16
4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Andover Fire Station
Appointments: 763-767-4671
October 7
4 :00– 7:00 p.m.
Friendly Chevrolet/Fridley
Appointments: 763-572-3626
Do you have a child under 8 years old and 4’9”? If so, MN
state law requires them to be in a booster. If you can’t afford a
booster seat for your child, you may meet the requirements to
receive a free booster seat by attending a car seat clinic.
For a complete Anoka County car seat clinic schedule, go to
www.safekidsanoka.org.
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Fall Recycling Day Event
Saturday, Sept. 27 - 8:00am to 12:00pm
For More Information Please Call 763-433-9817
Located at the Ramsey Public Works Facility, 14100 Jaspar St NW
Acceptable Materials
Charge
Appliances (Optimum Appliance)
All household appliances..………………. FREE
Tires (City)
Off-rim passenger/light truck…...……….. Free
On-rim passenger/light truck……………. $2.00 each
Off-rim semi…...………………………... $5.00 each
On-rim semi……………………………... $6.00 each
Fluorescent bulbs (Retrofit Recycling)
4 feet and smaller tubes...………………...$0.25 each
Over 4 feet, compact, circular and u-tubes $0.50 each
HID lamps...……………………………... $1 each
Batteries (City & Optimum Appliance)
Automotive (sealed lead acid), Ni-Cad,
rechargeable, silver, mercury & alkaline... Free
Scrap Metal (ACE Solid Waste)
All non-metal parts and fluids must be
removed………………………………… Free
Cell Phones (City)
No cords, bag phones or accessories……..Free
Mattresses and Box Springs
(Evergreen Recycling, LLC)
Mattresses & box springs (any condition) $13 each
*NO OTHER FURNITURE WILL BE ACCEPTED*
**DURING THE EVENT. PLEASE CALL FOR**
***ALTERNATIVE DISPOSAL OPTIONS.***
FREE Document Destruction/Paper Shredding
No need to remove staples, paper clips or rubber bands!
No 3-ring binders and no other debris mixed in with paper
or load will be reject. To ensure everyone has access to
shredding, please only come through event one time. Off
site shredding is available for a fee through this vendor.
****LIMIT OF 3 BOXES PER VEHICLE****
Materials NOT Accepted:
В„Garbage or refuse of any kind, including scrap wood
В„Yard and tree waste
В„Window/door glass panes and construction debris
В„Construction debris, paint, or other household
hazardous waste materials identified by Staff.
Standard Recyclable Materials (ACE): Charge
Food & Beverage Glass Containers………. Free
Aluminum, Steel, & Tin Cans…………….. Free
Newspaper, Magazines, Cardboard……….. Free
Plastic Containers, tubs and lids……..……. Free
Electronics (Retrofit Recycling)
Computer towers (CPUs/hard drives)……..
Laptop computers (complete)……………..
Computer Monitors...……………………...
TV (0-20 inch)...…………………………..
TV (21-30 inch)...………………………….
TV (31 inch or greater & counsel TVs)…...
All other electronic waste………………….
$2.00 ea.
$2.00 ea.
$5.00 ea.
$5.00 ea.
$7.00 ea.
$15.00 ea.
FREE
EAST SIDE OIL COMPANIES
Used oil, oil filters and antifreeze accepted for
FREE! Please take empty containers back home
and properly dispose of them.
Please Note:
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Certain road accesses may be temporarily closed
during the event for traffic control purposes.
Please see map on page 11 for directions to site.
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At certain times during the recycling event, you
may experience a short waiting time due to heavy
traffic. Please be patient and we will serve you as
quickly as possible.
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Participating vendors are listed below in the order
they will be in during the event. Please load your
items accordingly for better traffic flow:
xCity of Ramsey (auto batteries and cell phones)
xEast Side Oil Companies (used oil, oil filters and
antifreeze)
xEvergreen Recycling (mattresses & box springs)
x1st Choice Document Destruction (shredding)
xAce Solid Waste (scrap metal & curbside recyclables)
xRetrofit Recycling (electronics & fluorescent bulbs)
xOptimum Appliance (appliances)
xCity of Ramsey (tires)
**********Payment of Fees**********
Vendors collect fees individually; if you have items for multiple vendors, please be prepared to make multiple
payments. Cash and/or check only.
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Fall Water Main
Flushing in October
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FARES AT NORTHSTAR RAMSEY STATION
tWeekday to/from Target Field in Downtown Minneapolis $3.50
tStation to Station other than Target Field $3.00
tSaturdays and Sundays each have three round trips, plus there is special service for Twins’ and Vikings’ home games.
Get details on schedules, fares and Family Pass discounts at metrotransit.org or 612-373-3333.
Brought to you by the City of Ramsey, Anoka County Regional Rail Authority, Counties Transit Improvement Board, and the Metropolitan Council.
The City of Ramsey
Utility Department will
be doing their semiannual flushing of water
mains beginning Monday, October 6 through
Friday, October 24.
Please be aware that this flushing,
while necessary, will create a disturbance
in the system causing low pressure. It
may also discolor your water due to iron,
but it is fit for human consumption. It
may stain clothes that are being washing, so to alleviate this problem, you may
want to fill your washer with water and
check on its clarity before adding your
clothes.
We appreciate your patience and
regret any inconvenience this may cause.
If you have questions or comments, please
contact Utility Supervisor John Nelson
at 763-433-9861 or [email protected]
mn.us.
Free Homework
Help
Youth First Community of Promise believes all youth can achieve
school success. We provide a FREE
after-school homework help program
for Ramsey youth. In addition to a
minimum of 30 minutes of homework/prep time, free time activities
and a nutritious snack are provided
free of charge to all youth that attend
programming. The Youth First Neighborhood Center is located at 6701
Hwy 10 NW. Please call for program
dates and hours at 763-421-8530 or
visit our website at www.youth1st.net.
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4-H Information Night
Check out what is happening in Anoka
County 4-H! Join us at a 4-H Information
Night to learn what 4-H can offer you and
your family on Tuesday, September 23, 6:30-8:00 pm at the
Bunker Hills Activities Center, 550 Bunker Lake Boulevard
NW, Andover. There will be fun, hands-on activities and
general information about 4-H.
All across Minnesota, kids are learning, growing, and
having fun in 4-H Clubs and with 4-H Adventures. 4-H
Clubs meet all across Anoka County each month. We can
help you find a 4-H club that meets the interests and needs
of your family.
4-H lets kids try new things, try new skills, and express
themselves through fun hands-on activities. Working on
projects helps connect kids with their friends, families, communities, and the world. 4-H helps kids gain confidence
and develop life skills that will help them be successful.
Want to get involved in 4-H? Whether you want to be
an Anoka County 4-H member or adult volunteer, there is
a place for you! Call Anoka County 4-H, 763-755-1280
for more information! Check us out on the web at: www.
extension.umn.edu/county/anoka.
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10th Annual 4-H Family
Farm Fest
Anoka County 4-H will host its 10th Annual
4-H Family Farm Fest on Sunday, September 21.
Join us at Waldoch Farm and Garden Center, located at 8194 Lake Drive in Lino Lakes from 12:00
to 4:00 pm for this exciting event! There is an
admittance fee of $7 per person, 2 years and under
are free. Fee is payable on arrival. Families are invited to attend and learn about agriculture and the
environment through a fun day on the farm. Youth
of all ages will enjoy a wide variety of hands-on
learning activities including making corn husk dolls,
apple cider, bunny booth, and much more. Check
out the Lino Lakes Canine Unit, all the animals in
the barns, and then hop on a hayride around the
farm. Also enjoy face painting, corn dig, hay jump,
exploring soybeans, pumpkin painting, and many
more educational interactive booths.
For questions concerning 4-H Farm Fest, please
contact the Anoka County Extension office at 763755-1280.
Meet the Candidates Forum
Voters in Ramsey will have an opportunity to hear from
candidates for City Council seats at a forum on Monday,
October 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the Ramsey City Hall Council
Chambers, 7550 Sunwood Drive NW.
There are two candidates for council member at large,
one candidate for Ward 1, and two candidates for Ward 3 on
the November 4 general election ballot.
The League of Women Voters ABC (Anoka, Blaine,
Coon Rapids area) is hosting this event to assist voters with
meeting the candidates, to learn about candidates positions
on City issues, and to have questions answered. The moderator will ask the candidates written questions submitted
by the audience in attendance. For voters unable to attend
the forum, QCTV will record the event for future showings. Online viewing information will be available at www.
QCTV.org.
All candidates have been invited to attend. In response
to voters’ concerns and an updated understanding of Internal
Revenue Service (IRS) rules, if only one candidate in a contested race is in attendance, that candidate will be allowed to
present her/his views to voters. The forum will be conducted
in a manner that is neutral to all absent candidates.
“League of Women Voters ABC has been active in this
area for over 70 years,” said Voter Service Co-Chair Geri
Nelson. “Candidate forums continue our strong tradition of
helping voters obtain information about candidates’ stands
on issues.”
League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation
in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
Contacts: Geri Nelson, 763-421-7334 or [email protected] and Arlene Gillett, 763-434-9567, or
[email protected]
Homeowner Education for
Septic System
Homeowners wanting to better understand, operate,
and maintain their septic systems will want to attend a
Homeowner Education for Septic Systems program being presented by the University of Minnesota Extension.
Hear about water saving ideas, find out if you should be
using additives, and get questions answered.
This two-hour program will be held Monday, November 17 from 7:00 –9:00 pm at the Bunker Hills Activities
Center, 550 Bunker Lake Blvd NW, Andover, two miles
west of Highway 65 on Bunker Lake Boulevard. The cost
to attend is $10. You will receive the University of Minnesota Extension Septic System Owner’s Guide at the class.
Pre-registration is required. You can get the flyer
and registration form online at z.umn.edu/septicflyer. If
you have any questions, call the University of Minnesota
Extension, Anoka County at 763-755-1280 to request the
flyer and registration form. Presentation of this program
is partially covered by an Anoka County Ag Preserves
Grant and is presented by Valerie Prax, Retired Extension
Educator.
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“A Newsstand in the Palm of
Your Hand”
Early Childhood
Family Education
Would you like “a newsstand in the palm of your hand”? Anoka
County Library offers Zinio for Libraries, a free service for digital delivery of magazines. From the library website (anokacountylibrary.org),
with your valid library card, you can have unlimited access to over 125
complete magazines in digital format, easily viewed on Internet-enabled
devices.
Zinio electronically recreates magazines, page for page, including
full-color pictures, intuitive navigation, keyword searching, and audio/
video. There are no limits on number of checkouts, no due dates, and
magazines are always available. Field and Stream, Forbes, Good Housekeeping, National Geographic, O, The Oprah Magazine and Readers
Digest are just some of our Zinio titles.
Our website provides registration instructions for creating: (1) a
library Zinio account to browse titles, and (2) a free Zinio.com account
to subscribe and read. Zinio magazines can be read on a broad variety of
free apps for computers and mobile devices, including PC, Mac, iPhone/
iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, and Blackberry Playbook. Even devices
without an app can display Zinio magazines online through their web
browser. For more information, please contact Rum River Library, 4201
6th Ave., Anoka, 763-576-4695 or anokacountylibrary.org. Zinio is
sponsored by Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA).
Early Childhood Family Education
(ECFE) offers high-quality programs
created to help you in your parenting efforts. Registration began August 4 but
limited openings still remain. Sign up
now!
• Strengthen your parenting
skills.
• Discover activities to help your
child learn.
• See your child thrive and make
new friends.
• Grandparents are welcome to
register for classes with their
grandchildren, too.
To register, or to learn more, call
763-506-1275 or view our fall brochure
on-line at: www.anoka.k12.mn.us/
domian/136<http://www.anoka.k12.
mn.us/domian/136>
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Head Start
Now Enrolling
Head Start is a quality preschool
program, serving children and
families in Anoka and Washington
County. There is NO COST to families who participate in the program.
Head Start provides educational,
health, nutrition and social service assistance to children and their families
who are income eligible. A variety of
programs are available at no cost.
For more information and to
obtain an application, call the Anoka/
Washington County Head Start Program at 763-783-4300.
I Stepped in
Something Squishy
I slowly lifted up my foot
And turned it to inspect
I feared the worst was stuck to me
But it was not what I’d expect
What I stepped in was a wetland
To which I do not object
Wetlands serve important functions
And deserve your full respect
They’re home to critters and cleanse the water
( Just disregard their sound effects)
If you step in something squishy, it may be a good thing – a
wetland. Because of their values for flood protection, wildlife and
water quality, wetlands have protections under state law. Before excavating, filling, or draining, please check with local officials.
You can help wetlands and critters by leaving an unmowed
buffer around the edges.
Published by the Lower Rum River Watershed
Management Organization, courtesy of the Anoka
Conservation District.
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Ramsey Municipal Center
7550 Sunwood Drive NW
Ramsey, MN 55303
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Business Spotlight . . . .
Ramsey Seniors Club
We are shining a giant spotlight on a local
favorite—ACAPULCO!
Acapulco is not only our
business spotlight for this
edition of the Ramsey
Resident but also our
Ramsey EDA 2014 Business of the Year. Annually,
the Economic Development Authority (EDA) works through
a list of businesses nominated to be the Business of the Year.
It is always a tough decision, as our businesses here in Ramsey
stand above the crowd. This year, Acapulco secured the reign.
Ramsey Acapulco opened in June of 2010 in the Northstar Marketplace. This family owned business employs over 20
full-time employees and 25 part-time employees. You’ve likely
seen them before—sponsoring and partaking in the Ramsey
Business Expo, AMOR Bike Run, Ramsey Business Appreciation Golf Tournament, Happy Days, Taste of Community,
KinderCare Kitchen Tours, National Night Out and more
(the list keeps on going!).
Their famous cheese sauce is a delight—and you can’t
get it anywhere else. You can enjoy it all on one of their two
outdoor patios in a casual, upbeat environment. At every visit
you’ll be greeted with a warm welcome and tasty chips and
salsa.
Please join the Ramey EDA in congratulating Acapulco
on being selected as the 2014 Business of the Year! Acapulco
plays a vital role in our community and we are thankful to
have them in Ramsey!
Are you a business that deserves to be in the spotlight (we
know you are)? Or do you know one? Reach out to [email protected]
Desiring to connect with Acapulco? Give them a call at
763-269-8195 or visit them at 7988 Sunwood Dr. NW.
The Ramsey Seniors Club is a community
group who meets regularly on the fourth Thursday of each month at Ramsey Fire Station #1,
15050 Armstrong Boulevard NW, in Ramsey.
Meetings feature a variety of interesting programs, followed by a potluck lunch at noon.
The Club met at Central Park in July for a
mid-summer picnic and in August enjoyed Bingo
sponsored by the Women of Today.
The Ramsey Seniors Club would like to
thank everyone who helps make their meetings
a success, and to remind all seniors that they are
welcome to attend. The next meetings are September 25 & October 23. Please call 763-4271410 for more information.
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