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1989 Edition 64 October �cF CENTER CITY NEWSLETTER NUMBER 64 OCTOBER, 1989 New Highway Projects Scheduled for 1990 -1995 Several new highway improvement projects in the west metro area have been added to the Minnesota Department of Transportation's , 1990 -1995 program. Projects involving the Brooklyn� -� Center area include: • I -94 in Brooklyn Park and Maple Grove: $25 million for 1993 to begin construction of a third lane in each direction. •TH 100 in St. Louis Park, Crystal and Robbinsdale: $15 million for Centerbrook Course Enjoyed 1994 and 1995 to continue up- grading the roadway to freeway standards. by Wide Range of Golfers On April 13, 1988, the first round hole par three course. The 35,035 of golf was played on Centerbrook rounds of golf played through the Parade Committee Golf Course, the community's nine- (Continued on Page 2) Needs Volunteers The Earle Brown Days Parade Program Helps with Portion Committee needs your help. The of Heating Payments committee is responsible for plan- ning a parade involving 110 bands, floats and novelty units. The Suburban Hennepin County dized rent assistance, and who do Energy Assistance Program, which not pay heat costs directly, will not A chairperson is needed to pre- got under way October 2 and con- be eligible. side over a 10- member commit- tinues through April 30, 1990, helps tee, and volunteers are also needed low income households with a Applicants must meet certain to assist the chairperson with portion of their home heating pay- income and asset guidelines to parade entries, the line -up, route ments. qualify for the program. A house - management, awards ceremony, hold's total income for the 3 months first aid and clean up. The income guidelines are for total prior to application is considered household size and total gross when determining eligibility. The 1990 parade will be on (before taxes) household income Thursday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m. If for the three months prior to the example 3-mo income you are interested in helping with application. guidelines range e from this community event, please call household of one perrson son up to for a Sue LaCrosse at the Brooklyn It is not designed to cover total $5,461 for a household of six per - Center Parks and Recreation energy costs. Households with heat sons. Certain expenses may be Department, 561 -5448. costs included in the rent are eli- deducted from gross household gible to apply for assistance. Ren- ters receiving government subsi- (Continued on Page 2) 1 Heating Payments... (Continued from Page 1) income to determine eligible in- from your employer on company • Proof of child support paid or come. letterhead. received by a member ofyour house- It is very important that you • Other proof of income includes hold for the past 3 months. continue to make payments on your interest statements, statements • If you did not apply with our utility bills, since the program will from Welfare /Social Service Office, program last year, or have moved only pay a portion of the heating unemployment stubs or award let- since you last applied, verification bills for the winter. Remember that ter, social security award letter, of your energy cost and consump- paying on your bills demonstrates etc. tion for the last 12 months. a "good faith effort" on your part. This is important when trying to • If you are self employed, you Home Energy prevent a utility from turning off must have your most recent in- your heat or electricity. It will also come tax forms. Check Ups help if you apply for additional as- • Your most recent heating bill sistance from other agencies. and electric bills. These bills are Home Energy Check Ups are To schedule an appointment, necessary to process the applica- available in Brooklyn Center to help call 929 -2474, Monday through tion. residents overcome problem cold Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All areas in the home. information collected for this Anyone having one month or program is private. more without income must bring a Experts will check the efficiency signed statement telling how they of the furnace, analyze insulation You must bring all of your infor- paid their living expenses. levels from the attic to the base- ment, and actually measure the mation to the appointment; oth- • Renters, if you do not pay a "leaks" of the home by using a erwise, you will have to schedule heating ill, bring a current rent g g "blower door ". In addition, the another appointment. receipt or copy of your lease. program will provide or install $20 You must bring the following: • Proof of paid medical, dental, to $40 of weatherization materials. • Proof of income for all household and optical bills not reimbursed by The cost of this visit is $10, or members back 3 months from your insurance, medicare or medicaid. free to households meeting cer- appointment. For earned income • Proof of paid medical insurance. tain income eligibility guidelines. this could include copies of pay- This program is funded by North - checks, check stubs, or a state- • Proof of paid funeral expenses ern States Power (NSP) and the ment of gross wages for 3 months for household's immediate family. household must be a rate payer. To determine if your household meets the income eligibility guide - Centerbrook... (Continued from Page 1) lines, please call West Hennepin Human Services at 927 -8387 or 920 -5533. terbrook an interesting experience. Residents whose homes are found end of the season on November 6 to be draft and who qualify under far exceeded the projections for the Centerbrook has a clubhouse with the income uidelinewho s al me e first year at Centerbrook. a snack bar and a pro shop, and g small meetings (up to 40 persons) Bible for a $400 weatherization job This year the season got under- can be held at the clubhouse dur- called "Project Air ", which is pro - way on April 12, with approximately ing the off season. vided absolutely free by Minnegasco 34,000 rounds played through if the home is heated by gas. September. An indoor mini golf range is avail- able over the winter months, and To arrange a check up, please Golfers range in age from eight- starting this January, golf lessons call West Hennepin Human Serv- years old to the mid 80s, and the will also be taught at the mini range. ices at 927 -8387 or 920 -5533 course can be enjoyed by the be- Maintenance is handled by Golf and ask for Bob or Tom. The Home ginner or the experienced golfer. Course Manager Kurt Johnson and Energy Check Ups and Project Air his crew. are sponsored by the City of Large greens, big tee boxes (with Brooklyn Center, with administra- red, white and blue tee markers), If you should have any questions tive assistance funded by the Min - six sand traps, and two ponds plus regarding the course, please call nesota Department of Public Serv- Shingle Creek make playing Cen- 561 -3239. ice. 2 Peacemaker Center Addresses Methods to Prevent Crime Overcrowding of prisons is be- Recidivism rate increases among coming an expensive nationwide high school dropouts and among problem since the cost of imprison- those who get involved in crime at ment is significant. an early age. In fact, 94.1 percent of prisoners between the ages of 18 A recent report from the U.S. and 24 with multiple offenses who Department of Justice reported that were released from prison were ar- within three years after release from rested again within three years of prison, 62.5 percent of the offend- release. ers have been arrested for a new crime. To reverse the trend, leader- ship undoubtedly is going to have The root problem should be ad- to come from the grass roots and dressed in an attempt to rehabili- the private sector to work with tate and prevent crime; otherwise, government to shift the empha- Note: Thefollowing information was overcrowding will continue to be a sis to prevention and rehabilita- provided by Brooklyn Center Peace- growing problem. tion. For that reason, the Brooklyn maker Center, Inc. Center Peacemaker Center, 5637 Brooklyn Boulevard, has devel- oped a program to address the problems and try and prevent Ordinance Prohibits Parking, crime. This g ro ram has been approved P Storing of Certain Vehicles by the Hennepin County Juvenile Court, with the juvenile referred to the Peacemaker Center where a It is illegal to either park or store ment used by a public utility, gov- diagnostic team will analyze the certain vehicles on residential prop- ernment agency, construction com- person's problem and will develop erty or on the streets abutting resi- pany, moving company or similar a corrective program. dential property. company, and actually being used to service a resident. According to the program, as According to the ordinance which young people get involved in juve- became effective in June, construe- Vehicles or equipment making a nile crime, it is obvious that in tion equipment, farm vehicles and pickup or delivery in a residential many cases, the behavior is a equipment, or commercial vehicles area may not be parked or stored symptom of a more complex prob- with a length greater than 21 feet, for a period of time beyond what is lem. or a height greater than 8 feet, or a reasonably necessary to complete gross vehicle weight greater than the task. Vehicles which exceed The Peacemaker Center is a pri- 9,000 pounds, may not be parked the described specifications, but vate non-profit organization, formed for more than 2 hours on any resi- which are classified by statutes as five years ago in Brooklyn Center, dential property or public street recreational are also exempt from whose objective is to create peace - adjacent to this property. this ordinance. ful relationships. Areas of assis- tance include juvenile diversion, Such equipment and vehicles Equipment or vehicles parked or mediation, child abuse, domestic include, but are not limited to, the stored on residentially zoned prop- abuse, peer groups, and counsel - following: dump trucks, construe- erty, but lawfully used by a church, ing. tion trailers, back hoes, front end school, cemetery, golf course, park, loaders, bobcats, well drilling equip- playground, or other publicly owned If you would like additional in- ment, farm trucks, combines, entity are also exempt. In addition, formation or if you would like to thrashers, tractors, tow trucks, any of this described equipment help, please call 535 -0995. truck tractors, step vans, cube vans, which is parked or stored on resi- and the like. dentially zoned property but the principal use is considered a non - Exempted from this ordinance are conforming use under the City's 3113131 P g Y these types of vehicles or equip - Zoning Ordinance is also exempted. 3 Certain Plastics Will Be Collected as Part of the Recycling Program fund a collection and recycling the waste stream by the year 2,000. The Hennepin County Board program. passed a resolution in September The County will conduct several requiring cities o collect certain The Environmental Protection pilot projects for plastics collection types of plastic as part e the Agency (EPA) estimated in a 1984 and recycling over the next several curbside recycling programs. Cit- study that all post- consumer waste months. Collection of HDPE and ies would be required to collect Plastics compose 9.6 million tons PET plastics will likely begin in plastics in order to be eligible for (7.2% by weight) of municipal waste, Brooklyn Center as part of the County funding of a portion of and are expected to reach 9.8% of curbside recycling collection in mid - municipal recycling programs. 1990. The types of plastics to be in- cluded as part of recycling collec- tion are high density polyethylene Fees and Regulations Apply (HDPE), typically used in milk bottles and bottled water contain- to Pets in Community ers, and polyethylene Terephtha- late (PET), which is the plastic used in soft drink bottles. All dogs kept within the City of The license fee is $5 per dog. Brooklyn Center that are six months Applicants with veterinary rec- In addition to collecting plastics or older must be licensed. The ords indicating the dog to be from households, the County Board applicant for the license must be of spayed or neutered will pay a $3 has also directed its staff to negoti- legal age and the dog must have a license fee. ate with one or more fast food res- valid rabies vaccination verified by taurant chains using polystyrene veterinary records. The dog license Domestic animals that are foam packaging, and polystyrene is valid for the effective period of the impounded are taken to the North foam manufacturers to develop and rabies vaccination. Hennepin Animal Containment Center located adjacent to Funk's Animal Hospital in Brooklyn Park. The center releases animals be- 31 Brooklyn C t 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and between 10 6301 Shingle Creek Parkway a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Brooklyn Center, MN 55430 The center is closed on Sundays. For additional information at the CITY COUNCIL center, please call 424 -6714. Dean Nyquist .................... Mayor Impounded animals are redeemed Phil Cohen ....................... Councilman by obtaining an authorization to Todd Paulson .................... Councilman release from the Brooklyn Center Jerry Pedlar ...................... Councilman Police Department. Please contact Celia Scott ....................... Councilwoman the Department Monday through 00000 Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., by call - Gerald Splinter ................... City Manager ing 561 -5440, extension 165, or in person. SERVICE DIRECTORY Owners claiming animals will Emergency Number (24 Hours) be assessed a boarding fee, an im- pound fee and in the case of dog POLICE - FIRE - MEDICAL .....................911 owners, a licensing fee. Police (non- emergency, information) .......... 561 -5443 City Hall Offices .............................. 561 -5440 According to City ordinances, (Monday- Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) animal control officers will impound Community Center ............................ 561 -5448 any animal running at large or any unlicensed dog. 4