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2013 Edition 182 Spring www.cityofbrooklyncenter.org CITY OFCITY OFCITY OF BROOKLYN CENTER A GREAT PLACE TO START, A GREAT PLACE TO STAY www.cityofbrooklyncenter.org Inside this issue Spring 2013 Edition 182 News for residents and News for residents and the communitythe community How Does Your Garden Grow? Community Garden Plots Available Would you like to grow your own food or flowers but do not have the land to start a garden? Rent a garden plot through the Brooklyn Center Community Garden program. Gardeners can grow their own greenery, while connecting with nature and other gardeners. In 2012, eighteen garden plots were created in Centennial Park, located behind City Hall and the Community Center. Gardens will open by May 1 and will remain open through October 31, depending upon weather. The rental fee is $30.00 per plot. Priority will be given to Brooklyn Center residents. Residents may apply now; non-residents may apply starting May 1. For more information and Community Garden Applications, visit the Community Center, call (763) 569-3400 or visit the City website, Search Community Garden. Garden Amenities  A 20-foot by 20-foot garden plot, tilled and ready to plant  City water source located nearby for watering  Fence for small animal control Managing and Paying Your Water Bill Is Now More Convenient— Sign Up Online For eUtilityBilling In January 2013, the eUtilityBilling system was implemented through the City website. This highly requested service makes it more convenient for residents to manage their utility bill accounts and make payments through a secure online system. With eUtilityBilling you can:  Pay your utility bill any time of day, from anywhere with internet access.  Register and manage your utility bill account.  Receive an electronic copy of your bill instead of a paper copy.  View your billing history.  View your water consumption history. For more information or to use eUtilityBilling, visit our website at www.cityofbrooklyncenter.org, Search eUtilityBilling. Sign up to receive City news through Be Notified on the city website. Receive emails or texts about current news, City meetings, recreational opportunities, police news and more. For articles that indicate Website Search, you can find more information on the City website by using the search function. City Briefs Calendar of Events 2013 Budget Fix-Up Fund Celebrate Ethnicity Shingle Creek Clean-Up Adopt a Park, Garden Critter Corner City Contact Information 2 3 6 8 5 7 2 Brooklyn Center Spring 2013 City Watch Brooklyn Center continues to move forward with development, construction, and various city projects. City Briefs provides short updates about city activities. For more information, please visit the City website or call City Hall. Shingle Creek Crossing Development Development and construction inside the Shingle Creek Crossing Planned Unit Development site continues, with four new multi- tenant retail and restaurant service buildings in different stages of development. A preliminary plat of the Shingle Creek Crossing 3rd Addition will be reviewed by the Planning Commission and City Council in January. Buildings currently in construction are identified as: Building G – an 8,420 sq. ft. multi- tenant restaurant (end-cap designed) building, located at 1180 Shingle Creek Crossing (under construction). Building H – an 11,200 sq. ft. multi -tenant building with a proposed end -cap restaurant user, located at 1560 Shingle Creek Crossing (under construction). Qdoba Mexican Grill restaurant has submitted an application to build in a portion of Building H. This application is under review by City staff. Building K – a 9,500 sq. ft. multi- tenant retail/service building, located at 1580 Shingle Creek Crossing (under construction). Building L – a 12,600 sq. ft. multi- tenant retail/service building, located at 1150 Shingle Creek Crossing (awaiting construction Spring 2013). A new 38,000 sq. ft. LA Fitness facility, located at 1500 Shingle Creek Crossing, has been approved and issued a building permit for construction. Construction will begin in Spring and the facility is scheduled to open Fall 2013. A Site Plan application for a new 2,500 sq. ft. building for Panda Express restaurant in the Shingle Creek Crossing site is being reviewed by City staff. Presentation before the City’s Planning Commission is anticipated at the January 31, 2013 meeting, with City Council consideration in February 2013. Other News The new 7,000 sq. ft. gymnasium/indoor recreation building on the Brooklyn Center High School campus, located at 6500 Humboldt Avenue, is open for students and youth programs. Slim’s Pizza restaurant, located at 6901 Brooklyn Boulevard, is nearing completion. The restaurant will offer New York-style pizza, hoagies, wings, gyros and other specialty sandwiches. Anticipated opening is early 2013. Construction continues on the Maranatha Care Center and Senior Assisted Living and Apartments campus, located at 5401 and 5415 69th Avenue North. The parking and drainage areas were finished late fall 2012 and the construction of the 3-story care center facility continues through the winter. City staff has been directed by City Council to review options to amend Chapter 34, the Sign Code. “Dynamic Message Board” sign standards are being studied for possible allowance of such signs in certain districts and specifically for Public/Semi-Public uses, such as churches, schools, libraries, public buildings, etc. The City Council approved a Sister City relationship between the City of Brooklyn Center and the City of Voinjama, Lofa County, Republic of Liberia. The Sister City relationship will promote sharing of information and enrich our cultural understanding of our residents from Liberia. In 2013, utility rates will increase slightly. The rate increase means that a residential customer using 18,000 gallons per quarter will pay $130.37 in 2013 versus $124.52 in 2012, an additional $5.85 per quarter. LA Fitness Plan Rendering www.cityofbrooklyncenter.org 3 JANUARY Wednesday, January 16 Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program Annual Meeting. Council Chambers. Learn about the City's Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program and the status of implementing storm water best management practices. Look for the January 2014 meeting! MARCH Friday, March 15 St. Patrick’s Day Senior Luncheon. 11:15 am-1:30 pm. Community Center. $11/person includes lunch of Corned Beef & cabbage, potatoes, salad & dessert. Pre -register by March 11. APRIL Saturday, April 6 Northwest Suburban Remodeling Fair. 9 am-3 pm. Crystal Community Center. Get inspired for home improvements at this free fair. Watch demonstrations, ask the experts and meet vendors. Sunday, April 14 - Thursday, April 18 City Water Line Flushing. 9 pm-7 am. Flushing may loosen rust in the pipes that could stain laundry. Delay doing laundry until the process is completed in your area. For map, visit website Search Flushing. Monday, April 15 Summer Recreation Class Registration Begins. Online, in person at Community Center or call (763) 569-3400. Wednesday, April 17 Annual Police/Citizen Award Ceremony. 7-9 pm. Community Center. Saturday, April 20 Great Shingle Creek Clean-Up. 9 am-Noon. Community Center. See newsletter article for more info. Brooklyn Center EarthFest. Brooklyn Center High School, 6500 Humboldt Ave. Noon Keynote Speaker. 1-4 pm. The 4th Annual Brooklyn Center EarthFest includes speakers, more than 60 educational exhibits, gardening workshops, demonstrations and activities. City staff will participate in this community-sponsored event. For updates check the Brooklyn Center EarthFest Facebook page. MAY May 1 - September 30 Annual Odd-Even Water Sprinkling Restrictions. Citywide. May 1 - May 29 Step To It Challenge. If you live or work in Hennepin County, you’re eligible to participate. Record the number of steps you walk. Apply at the Community Center. Friday, May 10 - Sunday, May 12 Mother’s Day Golf Special. Centerbrook Golf Course. Mom's round of golf is free when joined by 2 or 3! Friday, May 17 Brooklyn Center Crime Prevention Golf Tournament. Centerbrook Golf Course. Monday, May 27 Memorial Day Family Golf Special. Centerbrook Golf Course. With paid green fee, receive complimentary hotdog and beverage (pop, water or Slushie). JUNE Friday, June 7 - Sunday, June 9 25th Anniversary Special. Centerbrook Golf Course. Watch for exciting details in the summer brochure and on the City website, or call (763) 549-3750 to sign up to receive our emails. Friday, June 14 - Sunday, June 16 Father’s Day Golf Special. Centerbrook. Golf Course. Dad's round of golf is free when joined by 2 or 3! Tuesday, June 18 - Thursday, August 1 Puppet Playhouse. Various Brooklyn Center Parks on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays. Puppet shows are 30 minutes. Free. (No shows July 2, 3 & 4.) Friday, June 21 - Sunday, June 23 Dudley/Budweiser Minnesota Classic. Centennial Park. Admission: $3/day. Watch state softball teams compete against national powers for a berth in the USSSA World Series. Thursday, June 27 - Saturday, June 29 Earle Brown Days Festival. Most events in Centennial Park. Parade, Fireworks, Craft & Business Expo, Kids’ Fishing Contest, Family Fun & Games, Honor Our Veterans, Golf Tournament, Capri Big Band, and Petting Zoo. Mark Your Calendar for Community Events! A variety of activities are planned throughout the year, a few are highlighted in this calendar. Be sure to check future newsletters and the City website for additional events and updates. Sign up to receive emails or phone text messages about city meetings, recreation activities, or other calendar items at Be Notified on the City website. C l i p & K e e p 4 Brooklyn Center Spring 2013 City Watch Friday, June 28 Earle Brown Days Golf Tournament. Centerbrook Golf. Details in the summer brochure! JULY Thursday, July 4 4th of July Special. Centerbrook Golf Course. Complimentary hot dog and beverage (pop, water or Slushie) with paid green fee. Thursday, July 4-Sunday, July 7 4th of July Family Golf Special. Centerbrook Golf Course. $13.00/1st adult; $5.00/each additional golfer! Each group must have at least one adult and one junior (ages 6-17). Tuesday, July 9 Entertainment in the Park. 7:00 pm. Centennial Park. Featuring the Reuben Ristrom Band performing Dixieland Jazz. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Tuesday, July 16 Entertainment in the Park. 7:00 pm. Centennial Park. Featuring the Brooklyn Community Band. Since 1962, they have been entertaining audiences with the finest band music. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Friday, July 19 - Sunday, July 21 25th Anniversary Special. Centerbrook Golf Course. Watch for exciting details in the summer brochure and on City website, or call (736) 549-3750 to sign up to receive our emails. Tuesday, July 23 Entertainment in the Park. 7:00 pm. Centennial Park. Featuring the Brooklyn Center Puppet Playhouse performing Spiderman and Little Red Riding Hood. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. AUGUST Monday, August 5 National Night Out Kickoff Party. 6-8 pm. Centennial Park. Tuesday, August 6 National Night Out in your neighborhood. Sign up for visits from the City. Monday, August 12 Fall Recreation Class Registration Begins. Online, in person at Community Center or call (763) 569-3400. Friday, August 15 Landscape & Garden Spotlight Nominations Due. Nominate exceptional properties online or through Public Works. Friday, August 16 - Sunday, August 18 25th Anniversary Special. Centerbrook Golf. Watch for exciting details in the summer brochure and on the City website, or call (763) 549-3750 to sign up to receive our emails. Friday, August 30 - Monday, September 2 Labor Day Weekend Family Golf Special. Centerbrook Golf. $13.00/1st adult; $5.00/each additional golfer! Each group must have at least one adult and one junior (ages 6-17). SEPTEMBER September 27 Random Acts of Kindness Nominations Due 4:30 pm. Nominate someone for their kind act this past year. Nomination form available online. Saturday, September 28 Fire Department Open House. 10 am-2 pm. West Fire Station. Free fire truck rides; view fire trucks, equipment, and helicopter; visit booths; refreshments; and more. OCTOBER October 15, 2013 - April 15, 2014 MN Cold Weather Rule In Effect. Residents offered certain protections from heat utility shut-offs due to inability to pay. Visit www.puc.state.mn.us/puc/consumers/shut-off- protection for more details. Saturday, October 26 Halloween Party. 1-3 pm. Community Center. $5.00/child. Ages 3-12. Pre-registration recommended. DECEMBER Sunday, December 8 Holly Sunday. 2-5 pm. Community Center. Hayrides, magic show, Santa, refreshments, face painting, games. Free. 2013 Neighborhood Area Meetings A great opportunity to meet City staff, learn about city happenings, and mingle with neighbors. Each meeting is held from 6:00-7:30 pm in a nearby city park. The following locations have been chosen for this year. May 2012 Grandview Park June 2012 Garden City Park July 2012 Kylawn Park September 2012 East Palmer Lake Park Specific dates and info will be available on the City website. If you have questions, please contact the Crime Prevention Specialist at (763) 503-3272. www.cityofbrooklyncenter.org 5 2013 Budget— Focusing on Core Services and Sustainability In 2013, Brooklyn Center residents with median valued homes of $119,800 will see a reduction of $51.90 in City property taxes, paying $734.27 in 2013 compared to $786.17 in 2012. On Monday, December 10, 2012 the City Council adopted the property tax levy payable in 2013 along with the operating budgets. These items together comprise the 2013 Budget. This action followed several months of development, discussion, and meetings among City staff, Financial Commission, City Council and public hearings in order to establish budget priorities and arrive at a final recommendation by the City Manager. This year the City started a two-year budget planning process for general operations as part of the annual budget process. Some funds such as capital improvement projects are planned and projected for 20 years. The City has used multi-year modeling and other strategies to plan for fluctuations in the economy. As a result, the City has obtained a “AA” financial rating with Standard and Poor’s. “The budget is the financial plan that enables the City to work towards the goals set by the City Council”, stated Dan Jordet, Finance Director. The City Council has prioritized goals to include commercial redevelopment, community safety and security, neighborhood services, citizen engagement, and increased environmental sustainability within the community. What is the budget for 2013? The overall City budget for 2013 is $46,014,790 and is comprised of various funds such as general fund, enterprise funds, capital outlay and debt service. The General Fund expenditure budget pays for most basic City services and is $17,528,989. General fund revenues from taxes, state funding, and fees pay for public service expenditures for public safety, street maintenance, recreation and parks, redevelopment, property maintenance, and general government activities. What are some highlights of the 2013 general fund budget? Some highlights in the 2013 general fund budget include:  Funding for the Brooklyn Bridge Youth Alliance project and Community Gymnasium  Continuation of development at Shingle Creek Crossing  Continued programs to reduce domestic violence and youth crime Continued next page… How does the 2013 budget affect property taxes? Information gathered by Hennepin County estimates that in Brooklyn Center, 97.7% of single family properties will see a decrease in taxes. The other 2.3% will see increases. Part of the reason for the decrease is because commercial/industrial and apartment properties will pay a higher portion of property taxes in 2013, 54% compared to 50% in 2012. Average Cost of City Service Per Household Per Month Street Maintenance $ 4.47 Park Maintenance $ 3.05 Police Services $24.04 Fire Services $ 3.48 Recreation Services (adjusted for revenues) $ 2.75 Average Cost of Other Household Items Per Month Internet $20-$50 Cell Phone $20-$200 Cable/Satellite TV $30-$100 Cigarettes– 1/2 pack per day @ $8 per pack $112 Comparison of Average Household Costs* *Average City costs not adjusted for revenue (fees, permits, grants, etc.) unless specified. $119,800 Median Value House $734.27 City Tax ($61.19 per month) 2013 $133,800 Median Value House $786.17 City Tax ($63.25 per month) 2012 6 Brooklyn Center Spring 2013 City Watch 2013 Budget continued…  Addition of an Assistant City Engineer position and additional part-time public works staff  Base wage increases of 2% for city staff  Other departmental expenses and services maintained at or near 2012 levels What are the sources of revenue for the 2013 general fund budget? The majority of general fund revenue that pays for city services comes from property taxes, which accounts for 78% of the general fund revenue. Other sources of revenue include licenses and permits, service fees, grants, local government aid and other sources as indicated in the chart below. How are City streets, buildings and other capital items funded? The 2013 capital improvement/street reconstruction budget is set at $7,539,000 to be spent primarily on the Kylawn Park Neighborhood reconstruction project. These improvements will be paid for with a combination of funds including utility revenues for the utility system improvements, and assessments, State Aid and franchise fees used for the balance. The complete 2013 Budget may be viewed on the City website, Search Budget. The City of Brooklyn Center has partnered with the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency to offer low interest loans to qualified homeowners to help fund home remodeling projects. The Fix-Up Fund Low Interest Loan Program can be used for almost any home improvement project including a new roof, new siding, new windows, a new furnace, a kitchen remodel or even an addition. The Fix-Up Fund offers loans of $2,000 to $35,000, with an interest rate of 3%. To qualify for this program you must own and live in the home and have an annual household income of less than $95,000. The loan can be used regardless of whether you hire a contractor or you do the work yourself. For more information about home purchase programs, please visit the City website Search Fix-up Fund or call Greater Minnesota Housing Corporation at (612) 588-3033. Dreaming of a Home Makeover? Fix-Up Home Loans Available Proclaimed by the US Congress in 1995, we remember Irish immigrant contributions and Ireland’s struggle for independence. Since our Nation’s founding, millions of Irish have immigrated to this country for the opportunity that America offers. Some came seeking the freedom to worship. Others came in the wake of the devastating Irish potato famine of 1845-1849, which caused 1 million deaths in Ireland and led nearly 1.5 million Irish to emigrate. The Irish brought with them a spirit of life and a work ethic that helped to enliven our culture. Throughout our history, America has been blessed by the contributions of Irish Americans. This month we celebrate these great people and the heritage of their beautiful ancestral homeland, Ireland. Celebrate Ethnicity Irish-American Heritage Month 2013 General Fund Sources of Revenues 0.60% www.cityofbrooklyncenter.org 7 Take Out the Trash Join The Great Shingle Creek Watershed Clean Up April 20 – April 27, 2013 Take out the trash this spring by joining the Brooklyn Center Earth Day 2013 celebration with the 12th annual Great Shingle Creek Watershed Clean Up. From Saturday April 20 through Saturday April 27, Earth Day heroes will line the banks of Shingle Creek and descend on City parks to pick up litter and trash. In 2012, 185 volunteers collected more than 124 bags of debris, auto parts, tires, bikes, toys, and other junk along the creek and in the parks in Brooklyn Center. In 2013, many groups affiliated with the Brooklyn Center Adopt-A-Park/Trail/Street Program will cleanup their assigned sites during the week. Groups and individuals not already connected with an area will be assigned to a portion of Shingle Creek, nearby park, open space, or parkway. If you are interested in participating either as a group or as an individual, call Jenny Whiting at (763) 585-7100. Trash bags and cotton gloves will be provided on April 20 at the Community Center, 6301 Shingle Creek Parkway. The official clean up will take place from 9 am to Noon on Saturday, April 20 to celebrate Earth Day. Calling All Earth Day Heroes Adopt a Park, Trail, Street or Garden Individuals, businesses, organizations, and neighborhood associations can adopt a park, street or garden to make the community a better, more beautiful place to live. To adopt a park-trail-street-flower garden-rain garden, please contact Jenny Whiting at (763) 585-7100. To adopt a flower garden or plant container at City Hall or Community Center, please contact Kelly Mertes at (763) 569-3405. Thank you to all the volunteers who adopted parks, trails, streets, flower gardens and rain gardens! We appreciate the wonderful job you are doing, and look forward to another great year. T he Giddy Gobbler Brooklyn Center residents enjoy the best of both worlds—the conveniences of living in a first ring suburb and the enjoyment of nature with numerous parks and wildlife areas in the city. However, proper care needs to be taken when living with our furry or feathered residents. Do not feed or approach wild animals. Brooklyn Center City Ordinances prohibit the keeping of turkey, chickens and other fowl on residential properties. However, wild turkeys are occasionally seen wandering through our neighborhoods. This turkey was probably relieved to have escaped Thanksgiving dinner! While wild turkeys are generally not dangerous, always keep your distance from wild animals. Critter Corner— Living with Wildlife Wild Turkey Photo by John Rued Building/Housing Inspector Did you know? Wild turkeys can run at speeds of up to 25 mph and fly as fast as 55 mph! 8 Brooklyn Center Spring 2013 City Watch City Council Meetings City Council Regular Session meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at 7 pm. Informal Open Forum is held at 6:45 pm before Council meetings for persons who wish to address the City Council about issues not scheduled on the agenda. City Council Work Sessions are held immediately following the Regular Session City Council meetings. City Council Meetings are broadcast live on cable Channel 16. Replays shown Tuesdays at 6:30 pm and Wednesdays at 2:30 am and 10:30 am. You may also watch City Council meetings on-line, on demand at your convenience through a link on the City website. Call City Hall to verify meeting dates or visit the City’s website at www.cityofbrooklyncenter.org. Council Members Mayor Tim Willson Voicemail: (763) 569-3450 mayorwillson@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us Councilmember Carol Kleven Voicemail: (763) 569-3446 councilmemberkleven@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us Councilmember Kris Lawrence-Anderson Voicemail: (763) 569-3444 councilmemberlawrence-anderson@ci.brooklyn- center.mn.us Councilmember Lin Myszkowski Voicemail: (763) 569-3447 councilmembermyszkowski@ci.brooklyn- center.mn.us Councilmember Dan Ryan Voicemail: (763) 569-3445 councilmemberryan@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us City Manager Curt Boganey (763) 569-3300 Printed on Recycled Paper If you have important community news, an interesting story or ideas to share, please contact the newsletter editor at (763) 569-3300. Brooklyn Center — A Great Place to Start, A Great Place to Stay City Phone Numbers (763) Administration 569-3300 Building/Community Stds 569-3330 Inspection Scheduling 569-3344 Code Enforcement 569-3473 Business & Development 569-3335 Assessing 569-3310 Public Works/Engineering 569-3340 Finance 569-3320 Utility Billing 569-3390 Community Center 569-3400 Activity Weather Line 569-3442 Earle Brown Heritage Center 569-6300 Centerbrook Golf 549-3750 Fire 549-3600 Police (General Info) 569-3333 Emergencies & Officer Assistance 911 City of Brooklyn Center 6301 Shingle Creek Parkway Brooklyn Center, MN 55430-2199 www.cityofbrooklyncenter.org e-mail: info@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us City Hall (763) 569-3300 Job Information Line (763) 569-3307 TTY MN Relay Service 711 6301 Shingle Creek Parkway Brooklyn Center MN 55430 PRSRT STD US POSTAGE PAID TWIN CITIES MN PERMIT NO. 2170