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2019 Edition 209 SpringPUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT CONGRATULATED FOR CLEAR AND SAFE ROADS The recent snowfall in Minnesota set some records and impacted roadways and communities throughout the State. The probabilistic snowfall put Brooklyn Center Public Works crew into overdrive and did not go without notice. Read appreciation letters below: Mr. Cote, I would like to offer you and your snow removal team a big thank you for the hard work your team has done these past couple weeks with the snow, ice, and cold. I currently reside in Maple Grove and work in Fridley, I am a teacher in the Fridley School District, my job requires me to be at the school early in the morning. When conditions warrant which they have the past couple weeks I avoid the freeways and take a back way through Maple Grove, Brooklyn Park, and Brooklyn Center before crossing the river on 694 and getting to the school. Every day for the past two weeks your communities roads have been the best out of all the communities I drive through every day, as someone who is not the most confident winter driver I really appreciate that. There have been times when there is still snow covered roads in other cities but when I reach your neighborhoods I can see pavement! I am sure these past couple weeks have been long and tiring but I really appreciate the work you and your team have done, keep up the good work! Thank you! TM Hello all, I just wanted to send a letter of appreciation for all the excellent work you all have been doing of keeping our roads and walkways clear of snowy and safe for us. I am a 10 year resident of Brooklyn Center and am very impressed by the state of the roads in this city this year. You are all doing a wonderful job and you should be very proud of the work you are doing. It is very much appreciated by every person trying to get around in this crazy weather. From your polite and professional drivers to the mechanics keeping your equipment running safely I congratulate you all for your hard work. Keep up the good work as it is noticed, appreciated and has helped keep the city the wonderful place it is. Kudos! Thank you so much. - An appreciative Brooklyn Center resident. IN THIS ISSUE Neighborhood Engagement Program 3 Partners in Education 4 Top Golf Award 5 Future Redevelopment Workshops 5 Upcoming Construction 6 Hydrant/Water Line Flushing 7 Homeownership Seminar 9 Resilient Yard Workshop 10 Watering Restrictions 11 Community Health Fair 13 Ethnic Food Spotlight 13 NEWSCi t y City of Brooklyn Center Celebrating the news, events & cultures that connect us APRIL 2019, Edition 209 PARKING RESTRICTION REMINDER In the case a snow event of 2 ½ inches or more, parking restrictions take effect. There is no on-street parking until the roads are plowed curb to curb. Vehicles not removed are subject to issuance of a citation as well as towing. Even after streets are plowed, no parking is allowed on any City street between 2:00 and 6:00am or for more than 6 consecutive hours at any other time. For details, please visit: cityofbrooklyncenter.org. 2 APRIL 2019, Edition 209 NEWS Ci t y 4TH ANNUAL CITIES UNITED BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENT Brooklyn Center representatives joined the City of Brooklyn Park at its 4th Annual Cities United Black History Month Event on Friday, February 22. The event which was held at North Hennepin Community College was in partnership with the Minnesota Chapter of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) and My Brother’s Keeper (MBK), Brooklyn Park. The event featured break-out sessions, live performances by local artists, and networking opportunities with black elected and appointed officials. Pictured above, Front row L to R: Breakout Session Student Panelists. Back row L to R: Antonio Smith, Youth Services Liaison, City Lead for Cities United and MBK (City of Brooklyn Park); Marquita Butler, Council Member (City of Brooklyn Center); Keillen Curtis, Esq. (Curtis Law Firm, LLC); Dr. Angel R Smith, Communications & Community Engagement Manager (Brooklyn Center); Ruthie Dallas, Vice Chair (Brooklyn Center School Board); John Solomon, Director (Brooklyn Center School Board); Curt Boganey, City Manager (Brooklyn Center) and Barbara McDonald, President (North Hennepin Community College). DO YOU LOVE ART? The City of Brooklyn Center is looking for residents and individuals who work in BC to serve on a short-term Beautification and Public Art Planning Task Force, as well as individuals who’d like to join in a fun and engaging focus group to share your ideas about what kind of future you’d like to see in Brooklyn Center— as a place to live, work and visit. Send emails to jack@forecastpublicart.org to sign up to be considered for the Task Force or the Focus Groups. Pictured above, Jack Becker, Founder and Lead Principal Consultant (Forecast Public Art) prepare to engage residents in Beautification and Public Art discussion during Street Banner Project photo shoot. Community Engagement COMMUNITY LEADERS - BOY SCOUTS TROOP 3403 Pictured above, Pledge of Allegiance and Flag Ceremony led by Boy Scouts Troop 3403 during January 14 City Council Meeting 2019 HERITAGE CELEBRATION FILM AND DISCUSSION SERIES The City of Brooklyn Center is collaborating with Hennepin County Public Library (Brookdale) to host a film and discussion series. Join us as we celebrate and learn about the history of ethnic populations and how they have contributed to the culture and heritage of various communities. Mark your calendar for our next film and discussion to be held on Saturday, May 4, from 1-3:30pm at the Community Center (Constitution Hall). Visit cityofbrooklyncenter.org each month for upcoming films. Thanks to everyone who is planning to join us. 3 www.cityofbrooklyncenter.org NEIGHBORHOOD ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM Calling all neighbors and business owners! As part of the city’s community engagement efforts the Communication and Community Engagement Division will host a series of meetings March through May 2019 for our new Neighborhood Engagement Program. Visit the city’s website for information such as meeting location, time and/or date change, due to weather. Neighborhood Date Time Location Shingle Creek Tuesday, March 19 6:30 pm-8:00 pm Brookdale Library (AB) Evergreen Saturday, March 23 9:30 am-11:00 am Brookdale Library (Creekside) Garden City Saturday, March 23 12:00 pm-1:30 pm Brookdale Library (Creekside) Bellevue Wednesday, March 27 6:30 pm-8:00 pm City Hall (Council Chambers) Lions Thursday, March 28 6:30 pm- 8:00 pm City Hall (Council Chambers) Kylawn Wednesday, April 10 6:30 pm-8:00 pm TBA Firehouse Thursday, April 11 6:30 pm-8:00 pm TBA East Palmer Tuesday, April 16 6:30 pm-8:00 pm TBA Grand View Friday, April 19 6:30 pm-8:00 pm TBA Willow Lane Saturday, April 20 12:00 pm-1:30 pm Maranatha – Senior Living West Palmer Saturday, April 20 9:30 am-11:00 am TBA Riverwood Tuesday, April 30 6:30 pm-8:00 pm TBA Happy Hallow Wednesday, May 8 6:30 pm-8:00 pm TBA Orchard Thursday, May 9 6:30 pm-8:00 pm TBA Middle Twin Saturday, May 11 9:30 am-11:00 am TBA Upper Twin Saturday, May 11 12:00 pm-1:30 pm TBA *These meetings are different from the Neighborhood Area meetings held during the summer. 4 APRIL 2019, Edition 209 NEWS Ci t y Partners in Education READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY AT EVERGREEN ELEMENTARY On Friday, March 1, representatives from the City of Brooklyn Center participated in the Read Across America at Evergreen Park World Cultures Community School. Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Each guest reader enjoyed the classroom visits and helping celebrate reading and literacy with students. Pictured above, Dr. Angel R. Smith, Communications and Community Engagement Manager (Brooklyn Center) Pictured left, Todd Berg, Interim Fire Chief (Brooklyn Center) Pictured above: Mike Elliott, Mayor (Brooklyn Center) 2019 SATURDAY POP-UP MARKETS – SAVE THE DATE Beginning in June 2019, the Saturday Pop-Up Markets will return to the City of Brooklyn Center. The Saturday Pop-Up Market is an open-air market featuring live entertainment, vendors, food, and much more. The markets will occur on June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14, and October 12. The 2019 events will include a new location for the events at the northeast corner of Bass Lake Road and Shingle Creek Parkway (next to Ocean Buffet). To express interest in becoming a vendor at the market or to find out more information, please contact Brett Angell, Business and Workforce Development Specialist, at (763)569-3301 or bangell@ ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us. 5 www.cityofbrooklyncenter.org Community Development FUTURE REDEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS The City of Brooklyn Center has partnered with developer Alatus to redevelop the old Brookdale Ford and Brookdale Square site at Bass Lake Road and Shingle Creek Parkway. You are invited to an exciting conversation to help guide the redevelopment. How can this investment benefit the community? Come explore what’s possible for this important opportunity. This is a series of four events with the first two workshops scheduled for mid- March and early April. Mark Your Calendars! Workshop III: Developer Discussion Wednesday, April 17, 2019 Workshop IV: Framing Recommendations Wednesday, May 1, 2019 All meetings held: 6:30- 8:30 pm at Brookdale Library, 6125 Shingle Creek Pkwy, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430 All events are free and open to the public. Childcare will be provided by request only. Please RSVP to Gretchen Nicholls at 651-265-2280 one week in advance of each workshop if you would like to request childcare. For more information, contact: Ashley Bisner, Alatus Development Analyst/Associate at (612) 455-0706 or albisner@alatusllc.com Meg Beekman, City of Brooklyn Center at 763-569-3305 or mbeekman@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us Gretchen Nicholls, Twin Cities LISC at (651)265-2280 or gnicholls@lisc.org ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us tclisc.org/twin_cities/grants_loans/corridor.php TOPGOLF AWARDED REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT OF THE YEAR Topgolf - Brooklyn Center was recently awarded the Redevelopment Project of the Year by the Economic Development Association of Minnesota (EDAM). This award recognizes the best example of a project that has demonstrated a significant impact on a neighborhood, community, region and/or the state. The award was accepted at the winter EDAM conference by representatives of Topgolf and the City of Brooklyn Center. Topgolf is a regional entertainment attraction which features an interactive golf experience, restaurant, bars, and event spaces. Topgolf is a year-round facility which gives golfers a chance to continue to play even in the winter months. Topgolf purchased and demolished the former Regal movie theater and built the first and only Topgolf location in Minnesota in its place. Topgolf has made a significant impact on the Brooklyn Center community. The facility has added over 500 jobs in a wide variety of roles including sales, hospitality, operations and management. The impact goes beyond the local impacts but also both regional and statewide impact. Topgolf brings nationwide recognition from those outside of the metro area and additional incentive to visit the northwest suburb area. The City of Brooklyn Center congratulates Topgolf on the well-deserved award and recognition that it has received. Pictured above, L to R: Meg Beekman, Community Development Director, (Brooklyn Center); Brett Angell, Business and Workforce Development Specialist (Brooklyn Center), Stephen Rubenstein, Director of Operations, Topgolf Brooklyn Center; Amy Struve, Topgolf Marketing Manager, Topgolf Brooklyn Center CONSTRUCTION 6 APRIL 2019, Edition 209 NEWS Ci t y Upcoming Projects In 2019, the City of Brooklyn Center will be making the most of spring and summer months to accomplish several projects. Included in the Public Works Department’s “to-do list” this year are two neighborhood street and utility reconstruction projects, a county road reconstruction project, a street rehabilitation project and an annual street chip sealcoating project. The following is an overview of these major capital improvements planned for 2019. Street Reconstruction Projects For the past 25 years, the City’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) has includ- ed projects to recon- struct aging streets and maintain the public in- frastructure throughout the community. The CIP is a planning document that presents a fifteen-year overview of potential capital improvement projects and is available for review on the City’s Website at cityofbrooklyncen- ter.org. The attached map iden- tifies the residential streets that are scheduled for improve- ments in 2019 as follows: Interstate Area Reconstruction Project: The proposed roadway and utility improvements include full street reconstruction of all streets consisting of new concrete curb and gutter, bituminous paving, complete replacement of the sanitary sewer, partial replacement of watermain, storm sewer upgrades and street light replacements. Work is expected to begin in May and should be completed by fall 2019. Weekly progress reports will be available on the City’s Website at cityofbrooklyncenter.org. Brooklyn Boulevard Corridor Project Phase 1: The proposed reconstruction and streetscape improvements are expected to improve roadway safety, enhance traffic operations, reduce access points and provide improved bicycle and pedestrian facilities for a 1.4-mile segment of the corridor in Brooklyn Center between 49th Avenue and just north of Bass Lake Road (County Road 10). The project will enhance bicycle and pedestrian travel by adding a trail, improving sidewalks, transit stops, adding streetscaping and landscaping and improving the functionality of intersections with modified turn lanes. A portion of this project on the west side of Brooklyn Boulevard from 49th Avenue to Highway 100 was start in fall 2018. Work on Brooklyn Boulevard from 49th Avenue to Bass Lake Road is expected to resume in April 2019 and should be completed by late fall 2019. 51st Avenue Reconstruction Project: The proposed roadway and utility im- provements include full street recon- struction of 51st Avenue from Brooklyn Boulevard to Xerxes Avenue consisting PROJECTS SOON TO TAKE CENTER STAGE 7 www.cityofbrooklyncenter.org REPORTING SOIL EROSION AT CONSTRUCTION SITES When storm water drains off a construction site, it carries sediment and other pollutants that harm our local water resources. The State of Minnesota requires that contractors implement Best Management Practices (BMPs) on construction sites to prevent polluted runoff and eroded soil from entering storm drains. Common BMPs used on construction sites include silt fence, storm drain inlet protection, stabilized construction exits, stockpile placement and protection and temporary mulching and seeding. Signs that BMPs are not working: • Sediment tracking in the road • Muddy water flowing off the construction site • Dirt piled up around storm drains Citizen reporting can be a highly effective tool for finding and stopping pollutant discharge. If you have any construction site or erosion control concerns, please contact the Engineering Division at 763-569-3340 or publicworks@ci.brooklyn-center. mn.us. of new concrete curb and gutter, bituminous paving, complete replacement of the sanitary sewer, complete replacement of the watermain and storm sewer up- grades. The service road west of Brooklyn Boulevard will be removed and Lilac Drive will be extended from New Millennium Academy to Trunk Highway (TH) 100 south ramp. The Lilac Drive improvements and the utility work on 51st Avenue was completed in fall 2018. The curb and pavement work on 51st Avenue will be completed with the Brooklyn Boulevard Corridor Project Phase 1 and is expected to begin in April 2019 and should be completed by July 2019. Bellvue and Southeast Area Street Rehabilitation: The proposed roadway improvements include street rehabilitation of all streets in the Bellvue and Southeast Areas consisting of a two-inch mill and overlay of the bituminous pavement, spot repairs of the curb and gutter, spot repairs of sidewalk and minor utility repairs. Work is expected to begin in the summer and should be completed by fall 2019. Chip Sealcoating Chip sealcoating is scheduled to be completed along City streets identified in the East Palmer area along with some other miscellaneous sections of roadway as identified on the attached map. Sealcoating is routinely completed each year to preserve pavement and extend the service life of roadway. Public Works crews will complete crack sealing and pothole patching prior to applying a chip seal to the road surface. Expect minor traffic delays and be aware of workers in the roadway during this two-day project. This information can also be accessed on the City’s Website at cityofbrooklyncenter. org with progress on these projects updated regularly. 8 APRIL 2019, Edition 209 NEWS Ci t y Save the Date! HYDRANT FLUSHING Brooklyn Center utility crews will be flushing water lines beginning Monday, May 6, 2019, (weather dependent). The process is scheduled to occur for five consecutive days beginning at 6:30 a.m. and continuing until approximately 5:00 p.m.* *Due to the nature of hydrant-flushing, the number of hours per day or the number of consecutive days needed to complete the flush are subject to change. However, City staff will do their best to adhere to the schedule as posted. Please note that flushing may loosen rust or manganese in pipes that could stain laundry. Residents are encouraged to check their water before doing laundry and to delay doing laundry, especially whites, until the process is completed in their area (see map). Please be aware when this work is in progress and help keep our workers safe. When you see City crews operating hydrants throughout the community, proceed with caution. SCHEDULE AREA 1 – MAY 6AREA 2 – MAY 7 AREA 3 – MAY 8 AREA 4 – MAY 9 AREA 5 – MAY 10 WATER LINE FLUSHING In Your Own Home or Business Because flushing out the City’s main lines in the street can stir up sediment in homes, residents are encouraged to perform their own “annual maintenance" after the crews have left the neighborhood. Here are some tips for your own household or business flush: • If you have a softener, put it on bypass for the duration of the flush. • Remove aerators and mounted filters from faucets. • Start by completely turning on both outside faucets (be sure to run hoses out away from the house to avoid any problems near the foundation) and follow with the laundry tub, kitchen sink and then bathtub. • Run cold water only through each area on full for 15-20 minutes or until water runs clear of rust or manganese (grey or blackish sediment). • Replace aerators on faucets and take softener off bypass. • Other recommended routine maintenance: Perform a hot water heater flush. Check all water hoses leading to sinks, washing machines, or dishwashers for leaks, rust and corrosion and repair/replace as necessary. Remove toilet tank lids and check rubber flapper for leaks or damage. SPECIAL MATERIALS DROP-OFF DAY Spring cleaning may leave you with a pile of stuff to get rid of. Here’s your chance to recycle those items that can be recycled, but can’t go in your recycling cart. Drop off your mattresses, carpet, electronics, appliances, tires, scrap metal, bikes, batteries and more at Brooklyn Park’s Operations & Maintenance facility, 8300 Noble Ave N. on Saturday, April 27 from 8:00am to 3:00pm. Fees may be charged for some items. There will also be free paper shredding. The Special Materials Drop-Off Day is open to residents of Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Crystal and New Hope. For more information including a complete list of what is accepted visit hrg-recycling.com or call 763-493-8006. 9 www.cityofbrooklyncenter.org Public Notice: ADA TRANSITION PLAN MEETINGS ON APRIL 17, APRIL 25 AND APRIL 27 The City of Brooklyn Center is developing an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan for Public Rights- of-Way. A public comment period will be held from April 1 to April 30. Those interested persons, including individuals with disabilities or organizations representing individuals with disabilities are requested to participate in the development of this transition plan. Public Meetings Two public meetings for the transition plan will be held on April 17 from 2 to 3pm and April 25, from 5:30 to 6:30pm, at the City of Brooklyn Center Council Chambers, located at 6301 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center, MN, 55430. A third public meeting for the transition plan will be held on April 27, from 10 to 11am, at the City of Brooklyn Center Council Chambers, located at 6301 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430 to solicit comments from the public. Comments and Plan Recommendations The draft ADA Transition Plan program documents are available for public review in the Engineering Division at City Hall between 8am and 4:30pm. The draft plan can be reviewed online and survey can be filled out at cityofbrooklyncenter.org/ADA. Please submit comments or specific recommendations for modifications to: City Hall ATTN: ADA Public Rights-of-Way Coordinator - Andrew Hogg 6301 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430 HOMEOWNERSHIP SEMINAR – SAVE THE DATE The City of Brooklyn Center in partnership with Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, Alerus Financial, and PRG, Inc. will be hosting a Homeownership Seminar on Thursday, April 25 from 5:30 – 7:00 P.M. at the Brookdale Library (6125 Shingle Creek Parkway). Come learn from industry professionals about the successful path to homeownership, the mortgage process, and first time homebuyer programs. The seminar is free to the public and no RSVP is required. Additional information can be found on the City of Brooklyn Center website and social media pages. CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT FOR EXCELLENCE IN FINANCIAL REPORTING The City of Brooklyn Center received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, for the year ending December 31, 2017. This certificate is the highest form of recognition for Federal and State financial reporting. The City of Brooklyn Center has received this award for many years. Pictured above L to R, Nate Reinhardt, Finance Director (Brooklyn Center) and Mike Elliott, Mayor (Brooklyn Center). Nate accepted the Certificate on behalf of City Staff at the January 14 City Council Meeting. 10 APRIL 2019, Edition 209 NEWS Ci t y Did You Know? CITY TO LAUNCH A COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER PROGRAM Join us this spring as we launch our community volunteer program. We would like to welcome residents and community members that may work, live, play, and or/ worship in the city to spend time volunteering with us. For more information on how you can participate, please visit the city’s website. PRE-ORDERS FOR BINS AND BARRELS STARTED IN MARCH Pre-orders for bins, barrels or kitchen collector pails started in March on the Recycling Association of Minnesota (RAM) website. Brooklyn Center residents get a $20 discount and you may also choose to pick up your order at the Brooklyn Park Operations & Maintenance Facility on Saturday, May 4. Use the discount code HRG20Off when ordering. For more information, visit RAM website at recycleminnesota.org/work/ compost-bins-rain-barrels/. CREATING A RESILIENT YARD WORKSHOP Thursday, May 9 6-8:30 PM at Crystal Community Center Unseasonably warm weather, periods of drought and flooding rains are the new normal in Minnesota. The Creating a Resilient Yard workshop provides a framework to understand the importance of resilience and how it can be fostered in your yard through a variety of practices, including site planning, raingardens, turf alternatives, trees and other plantings. Following the presentation, attendees receive one-on-one design assistance from Blue Thumb Landscape Designers, Hennepin County Master Gardeners and Master Water Stewards to create a plan for your own yard. All workshops attendees receive information about installation cost share programs and Blue Thumb resources to help get a project in the ground. Visit metroblooms.org/workshops or call 651-699-2426. Cost: $15 per household unless otherwise noted. Register soon, some locations fill up fast. You can also mail your registration to Workshop Registration, P.O. Box 17099, Minneapolis, MN 55417. Enclose a check payable to Metro Blooms and include the workshop location, your name, address, phone number and email address. 11 www.cityofbrooklyncenter.org BULKY WASTE CURBSIDE CLEANUP: APRIL 1 - 6 The city is divided into six zones (see map) and on the day of collection in your zone trucks will be going down your street to pick up your unwanted items. You will be able to get rid of up to two appliances, unusable furniture, mattresses, carpet, material from your home improvement project and general junk. Place the material at the curb on your pick-up day and our crews will take it away. Items not accepted include: TVs and computers, tires, railroad ties, paint and hazardous material. If you’re not sure about an item, call 763-493- 8006. Look for a postcard that will have instructions on how to prepare your material for collection. Residential waste only; no contractor or business- related materials. WATERING RESTRICTIONS: ODD- EVEN SPRINKLING BAN May 1 through September 30 In spring of 2019, Water Tower No. 2 will be out of service for painting of the exterior for 4-5 weeks starting the end of April, weather permitting. Please follow the watering restriction ordinance and use the helpful tips below to conserve water. Permanent water restrictions are in effect from May 1 to September 30 every year according to regulations adopted by the City Council. This odd-even sprinkling ban does not apply to private wells—only to properties on City water supply. This ban is defined in Section 4-202 of the City Ordinances. If, after proper warning, any utility user who uses City water and is in violation of the odd-even sprinkling/watering ordinance, a $25 per day fee will be charged. This ban will be enforced. If your street address is an EVEN number (for example, 5916 or 4500), you may water your lawn and garden on EVEN numbered days of the month (For example: July 10) If your street address is an ODD number (for example, 5917 or 4501), you may water your lawn and garden on ODD numbered days of the month (For example: July 11) LAWN AND GARDEN WATER CONSERVATION TIPS From the American Water Works Association • Morning is the best time to water most lawn areas. After about 10 a.m. heat steals moisture from your lawn by evaporation. Water EARLY and you can water LESS because more of the water is absorbed into your lawn. • Do not water out of habit. Water only when your lawn needs it. To test if your lawn needs a soaking, step on the grass. If it springs back up, you do not need to water. If it stays flat, it is time to water. • Let water sink in slowly. Lots of water applied quickly mostly runs off. Let water sink in deep, to encourage deep roots. Lawns with deeper roots will not need watering as often. Other Tips: • Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways and sidewalks. • Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants to slow evaporation of moisture and discourage weed growth. • Check for leaks in pipes, hoses, faucets and couplings and adjust misaligned sprinkler heads that spray mostly on hard surfaces. • Do not run the hose while washing your car. Use the hose just to rinse car off. 12 APRIL 2019, Edition 209 NEWS Ci t y Green Communities THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS! The City of Brooklyn Center extends our heartfelt appreciation to all participants of the Adopt-a-Park/Trail/ Street or Flower Garden (both current and past) for their effort and dedication toward making Brooklyn Center a nicer place to live, work and play. The City provides approximately 600-acres of green space as well as about 20-miles of trails for residents and visitors to enjoy. The program consists of voluntary agreements between the City and organizations, businesses, groups or individuals to assist in the preservation and maintenance of clean, safe parks and trails. For information about the Adopt-a-Program please contact: • Renee Anderson (Public Works) at 763-585-7100 to adopt a park, trail, street, rain garden, or flower garden around Brooklyn Center. • Ai Vang at 763-569-3400 to adopt a flower garden in Centennial Park. FREE WOOD CHIPS Free wood chips are available for Brooklyn Center residents in the south parking lot at City Hall from May through September, while supplies last. Please do not dump debris or any other lawn or yard waste at this location. Upcoming Heritage Celebrations 2019 Take time to learn more about the history of ethnic populations and how they have contributed to the culture and heritage of our community. Here are upcoming Heritage Celebrations. APRIL 14 PAN AMERICAN DAY MAY ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH JEWISH AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH MAY 17 NORWEGIAN CONSTITUTION DAY (SYTTENDE MAI) JUNE CARIBBEAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH JUNE 6 SWEDISH NATIONAL DAY COMMUNITY CLEAN UP Join us for Brooklyn Center’s Earth Day tradition! The Shingle Creek Clean Up has been a staple in Brooklyn Center for over 17 years. On Saturday, April 27, from 8 to 11am, stop at Centennial Park Amphitheater at 6301 Shingle Creek Boulevard for this family friendly event. With everyone pitching in, Brooklyn Center can take part in keeping our creeks, lakes, ponds and rivers clean; improving the water quality of not only the metro area but the entire Mississippi watershed all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. Do your part by helping to keep our community clean. We’ll provide volunteers with grabbers, safety vests, bags and gloves or feel free to bring your own pair of gloves. Dress for the weather as the event continues rain or shine. See you there! SHARE YOUR COMMUNITY EVENTS ONLINE Need a place to share your public event with the community? The Community Bulletin Board is offered as a free public service. For more information regarding eligibility or to see latest updates visit cityofbrooklyncenter. org/BulletinBoard. 13 www.cityofbrooklyncenter.org Special Events BROOKLYN CENTER’S FIRST ANNUAL COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR WORK WELL. LIVE WELL. BE WELL. APRIL 22 - APRIL 27 Citywide health celebration (April 27 from 9am-4pm at Brooklyn Center Community Center) The goal of this initiative is to increase visibility of health and wellness resources within the Brooklyn Center community, increase personal health awareness, provide a variety of health screenings and education, and motivate attendees to make a positive health behavior change. This is a joint initiative between the City of Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Center Community Schools (BCCS). Visit our website for vendor and/or sponsor packets or additional event information. TASTE OF BROOKLYN CENTER ETHNIC FOOD SPOTLIGHT The City of Brooklyn Center is home to a significant number of restaurants serving a wide variety of ethnic food options, including authentic African and Asian cuisine. The following list highlights some of the unique and local ethnic sit-down restaurants located within the community: Jambo Africa Restaurant 1601 Freeway Blvd Estella’s Kitchen 6838 Humboldt Ave N House of Hui’s 6822 Humboldt Ave N Rose Garden Asian Bistro 6090 Shingle Creek Pkwy New King Buffet 5927 John Martin Dr. Ocean Buffet 5800 Shingle Creek Pkwy Que Viet Village House 6100 Brooklyn Blvd Hip Thanh BBQ & Deli 6201 Brooklyn Blvd Xin Xin Chinese Restaurant – 6930 Brooklyn Blvd #10 African Deli 6930 Brooklyn Blvd #13 City CONTACTS Council Members Mayor Mike Elliott Voicemail: (763) 569-3449 mayorelliott@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us Councilmember Marquita Butler Voicemail: (763) 569-3446 councilmemberbutler@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us Councilmember April Graves Voicemail: (763) 569-3448 councilmembergraves@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us Councilmember Kris Lawrence-Anderson Voicemail: (763) 569-3444 councilmemberlawrence-anderson@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 City PHONE NUMBERS Administration ..............................................(763) 569-3300 Community Development ............................(763) 569-3330 Inspections, Code Enforcement, Ownership Services Public Works/Engineering ............................(763) 569-3340 Parks, Streets, Utilities ...............................(763) 585-7100 Finance .......................................................... (763) 569-3320 Utility Billing .............................................(763) 569-3390 Community Center .......................................(763) 569-3400 Activity Weather Line ...............................(763) 569-3442 Earle Brown Heritage Center .......................(763) 569-6300 Centerbrook Golf Course ..............................(763) 549-3750 Fire ................................................................(763) 549-3600 Police (General Info) .....................................(763) 569-3333 Emergency & Non-Emergency Officer Assistance ......911 City COUNCIL MEETINGS City Council Regular Session meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at 7pm. Informal Open Forum is held at 6:45pm 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 6:30pm and Wednesdays at 2:30am and 10:30am. 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 cityofbrooklyncenter.org. 6301 Shingle Creek Parkway Brooklyn Center, MN 55430-2199 cityofbrooklyncenter.org e-mail: info@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us City Hall (763) 569-3300 Job Information Line (763) 569-3307 SAVE April 16 Police and Citizen Awards | 7:00-9:00pm (CC) April 22-27 Community Health Fair April 25 Homeownership Seminar | 5:30 – 7:00 P.M. May 9 Resilient Yard Workshop | 6-8:30 PM Crystal Community Center June 7 BCCPP Golf Tournament | 3:30-7:00 p.m. (Centerbrook) Neighborhood Area Meetings Notifications for the Neighborhood Area Meetings will be placed in with the utility billings. May 16 Garden City | 6:00-7:30 p.m. June 12 Grandview Park | 6:00-7:30 p.m. THE DATE