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2019 Edition 211 Fall IN THIS ISSUE Development Updates 2 Becoming Brooklyn Center 3 Rental Licensing Program 3 Volunteer Opportunity 4 BC Liquor Receives Award 4 Shingle Creek Clean-up 4 Thank You Upcoming Events 5-6 Brooklyn Center Heart Safe 6 Fire, Smoke and Co Alarms 6 Hands-Free Law 7 Brooklyn Center Water 8-9 Neighborhood Engagement 10 Team (N.E.T.) NEWSCi t y City of Brooklyn Center Celebrating the news, events & cultures that connect us AUGUST 2019, Edition 211 BROOKLYNS CENSUS 2020 COALITION SELECTS LOGO The Brooklyns Census 2020 Coalition held a meeting on Wednesday, July 10th, from 6:30pm - 8:00pm at the Brooklyn Park Community Activity Center (Gardenview Room). During the meeting, coalition members selected a logo to support the tagline, “Brooklyns Count 2020” which was selected in April. Annastacia, Belladonna-Carrera from Common Cause gave a brief overview of the importance of the census and an update on the citizenship question. Afterwards, coalition members participated in a messaging workshop where they wrote and practiced their own Census 2020 message preparing them for door knocking and hosting gatherings. Visit us at cityofbrooklyncenter.org for more information. Pictured above, Annastacia, Belladonna-Carrera (Common Cause) provides overview of importance of Census. Photo Credit, City of Brooklyn Center. WE’RE HIRING Bilingual? Do you live in Brooklyn Center? Looking for part-time employment? Join our team as a Neighborhood Engagement Liaison. This could be a great opportunity for students interested in an internship. Learn more about this position and other city jobs at cityofbrooklyncenter.org 2 AUGUST 2019, Edition 211 NEWS Ci t y Community Engagement SATURDAY MARKET The Saturday Pop-Up Market is a city-sponsored event that takes place one Saturday of each month from June through October. The event features local vendors selling various goods, food tents, food trucks, live entertainment, and a family fun zone. Admission to the event is free and open to the public and is Located at 2500 County Road 10 (Across from HOM Furniture). Hours of the event are 11am to 5pm and the event takes place rain or shine. Free parking available on-site. Additional information regarding the event can be found at: popupsaturday.com. If you are interested in becoming a vendor at a future event, please contact Brett Angell, Business and Workforce Development Specialist, at (763)569-3301 or bangell@ ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us. Under Construction/Coming Soon • Casey’s Gas Station and Convenience Store (2101 Freeway Blvd) – Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2019 • Unity Place Modernization and Community Building Construction Project (7256 Unity Ave N) – Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2019 • New Luther Mazda/Mitsubishi Dealership (4435 68th Ave N) – Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2019 • New Brooklyn Center Liquor Store #1 (1350 Shingle Creek Crossing) – Anticipated Completion Date: Winter 2019/2020 • Earle Brown Elementary School Renovations and Expansion Project (1500 59th Ave N) – Anticipated Completion Date: Summer 2020 • Brooklyn Center Secondary School Renovations and Expansion Project (6500 Humboldt Ave N) – Anticipated Completion Date: Summer 2020 • Fairfield Inn and Suites (6250 Earle Brown Dr) – Anticipated Completion Date: Summer 2020 Approved Plans • Redevelopment of Former Jerry’s Food Site—270-Unit Senior and Multi-Family Housing Project (5801 Xerxes Avenue North) – Anticipated Construction Start: Fall 2019 • Centra Homes –30 Lot Subdivision (South of 69th Avenue North, West of Highway 252) – Anticipated Construction Start: Fall 2019 Now Open • Extra Space Storage Facility (5721 Logan Avenue North) – Opened June 2019 • Helena Therapy Autism Center (5637 Brooklyn Boulevard) – Opened July 2019 DEVELOPMENT UPDATES BROOKLYN CENTER’S RENTAL LICENSING PROGRAM RECOGNIZED The City received attention for its rental licensing program at the National American Planning Association in San Francisco. A legal session entitled: Effective Legal Tools for Problem Properties included Brooklyn Center’s program as a case study. The case study was presented by Jessica Bacher, Executive Director of the Land Use Law Center at Pace Law School in White Plains, NY. BECOMING BROOKLYN CENTER CAMPAIGN UNDERWAY The Becoming Brooklyn Center website is now up and running. Becoming Brooklyn Center is the branding campaign that has been developed to encompass the multifaceted scope of work being undertaken to implement the 2040 Comprehensive Plan. This includes the Opportunity Site master planning effort, the zoning code update, Brooklyn Boulevard corridor study, and development strategies on the 57th and Logan and former Sears sites. The term 'Becoming' is intended to capture the sense that all places, and individuals, are on a path of evolution. The 2040 Comprehensive Plan process identified a vision for where the community wanted to be in the future, and this project represents the first actions towards becoming that vision. For more information, visit BecomingBrooklynCenter.com. 3 www.cityofbrooklyncenter.org 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 monthly as we celebrate and learn about the history of ethnic populations and how they have contributed to the culture and heritage of various communities. Remember to mark your calendar for upcoming film and discussions to be held at Brookdale Library room ABC or Creekside*, 1:30-3:30pm. Saturday, September 28*: Selena Saturday, October 26: Roman Holiday Saturday, November 23*: Squanto: A Warrior’s Tale Visit cityofbrooklyncenter.org for upcoming films. Thanks to everyone who is planning to join us. 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 the latest updates visit cityofbrooklyncenter. org/BulletinBoard. Volunteer Opportunity BROOKLYN CENTER CHARTER COMMISSION The Brooklyn Center Charter Commission has three member vacancies. This is a voluntary position of civic participation. The qualifications for membership require that the individual be a qualified voter in Brooklyn Center. The Charter Commission generally meets quarterly at City Hall. The meeting dates are usually set at the first meeting of each year. The Charter Commission reviews the existing charter, considers proposed changes and makes recommendations to the City Council, and safeguards the concept of Home-Rule under the existing charter and Home Rule provisions in the state statutes. Commissioners serve a four-year term. The Charter Commission consists of fifteen members, duly appointed and certified by the Chief Judge of Fourth Judicial District Court. Interested persons can call City Clerk Barb Suciu at 763-569-3306 for information or visit the City’s web site at cityofbrooklyncenter. org. Final appointment will be made by the Chief Judge of Fourth Judicial District Court. BC LIQUOR AWARDED 2019 MMBA FACILITY OF THE YEAR BC Liquor has been awarded a 2019 MMBA Facility of the Year award for Best Business Development from the Minnesota Municipal Beverage Association (MMBA) for its “BC Buck$” rewards program. Customers can be quickly enrolled in the program at the point of sale and begin collecting points from each purchase, which are tracked by customer name. When a customer accumulates 200 points ($1 in sales = 1 point), they can redeem for a $10 reward on their next purchase. In addition to a plaque, the City of Brooklyn Center will receive a $250 award that may be used by the City for a community project. Winners are business owners who take pride in their store, care about their customers and employees and stay involved in the community and the industry at large. Pictured above, L to R, Tom Agnes, Liquor Operations Manager (Brooklyn Center), Chris Arnold, President (Minnesota Municipal Beverage Association), Paul Angeles, Store Manager (Brooklyn Center), Andrew DeLong, Store Manager (Brooklyn Center). 4 AUGUST 2019, Edition 211 NEWS Ci t y In the News SHINGLE CREEK CLEAN UP 2019 Thank you to the volunteers who participated in the Shingle Creek Clean Up in Brooklyn Center on Saturday, April 27, as well as those who volunteered throughout the entire cleanup week! This year, about 20 volunteers collected around 30 bags of trash during the cleanup week. In addition to removing garbage and debris from open spaces along the creek and some of our roads, many City parks and trails were also cleaned. Keeping the land clean helps keep the rivers clean as well. The City of Brooklyn Center proudly salutes you! Thanks for making this community a better place to live, work, and play. 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. SEPTEMBER 15-OCTOBER 15 HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH OCTOBER ITALIAN AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH OCTOBER 6 GERMAN-AMERICAN DAY NOVEMBER INDIGENOUS AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH CITY OFFICES CLOSED MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 LABOR DAY HOMEOWNERSHIP SEMINAR The City of Brooklyn Center in partnership with Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, Alerus Financial, Edina Realty and PRG, Inc. will be hosting a Homeownership Seminar on Wednesday, August 28 from 6 to 7:30pm 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. SAVE THE DATE 5 www.cityofbrooklyncenter.org Save the Date Do you know someone whose compassionate deed has made Brooklyn Center a great place to live and work? The City Council wants to hear these stories. To nominate someone who has performed an act of kindness in the past year, you may send a card or letter, drawings or photographs of people performing kind acts, or use the City’s nomination form which can be found on the City’s website search Random Acts of Kindness. Please submit your Random Acts of Kindness nominations by Thursday, September 19. The City Council will recognize Random Acts of Kindness nominees at an October meeting and present each recipient with a certificate acknowledging their kind act. EVENT August 5 NNO Kickoff Party | 6:00-8:00pm (CC) August 6 NNO | 5:30-9:00pm (Citywide) August 13/14 Safety Academy | 8:30-4:30pm(CC) September 17 Happy Hollow Park* | 6:00-7:30pm CC: Community Center Neighborhood Area Meeting* Notifications for the Neighborhood Area Meeting are in with the utility billings. SAVE THE DATE BROOKLYN CENTER FIRE SMOKE AND CO ALARM PROGRAM Did you know that 60% percent of fire related deaths occur in homes without a working smoke alarm and having even one working smoke alarm in your home can reduce your chances of dying in a fire by half? The Brooklyn Center Fire Department wants to help the citizens of Brooklyn Center in having safer homes by providing a Smoke and CO Alarm Program. With this program a Firefighter will come to your home and access your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm needs. We will replace expired batteries, provide and install alarms as needed to provide a basic level of smoke and CO protection at no charge to the citizen. For more information and to set up an appointment please contact Fire Inspector Brandon Gautsch at 763- 549-3642 or by email bgautsch@ci.brooklyn-center. mn.us Request forms are also available online on the City webpage. BROOKLYN CENTER HEART SAFE Are you a Business, School, Church, Organization or even have a group of friends in Brooklyn Center that would like to be trained in Hands Only CPR and AED? The Brooklyn Center Fire and Police Department have come together and formed Brooklyn Center Heart Safe. This program is a free of charge program that will train you in Hands Only CPR and AED use. Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the number one killer in the workplace and happens about 70% at home. We want as many people trained out in the communities in this life saving skill as it could be a friend, family member, co-worker or even a complete stranger that may rely on your help and training to save their life. To date we have trained over 4,000 people since 2016 and want your help in continuing to grow this number. For more information and to set up a training class please contact Fire Inspector/Heart Safe Coordinator Brandon Gautsch at 763- 549-3642 or email bgautsch@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us 6 AUGUST 2019, Edition 211 NEWS Ci t y Safer Communities STREET LIGHT OUTAGES There are over 1,600 street and park lights located in Brooklyn Center. Some lights are City owned and operated and some are owned and operated by Xcel Energy. To report that a street light is out, please see the City’s Website at: www.cityofbrooklyncenter.org and search Keywords: street lighting. You can also access Xcel’s Website at: odl.xcelenergy.com/ODL/ OUTAGEREPORT/. Follow the link to the webpage which has a map regarding City owned versus Xcel Energy owned street light locations, or call the Public Works Department at 763-585-7100 for assistance. Pictured, Caribou Coffee Support Center (Brooklyn Center) received the Heart Safe Campus Designation February 2019. Over half of their employees have received training in CPR and AED use. 7 www.cityofbrooklyncenter.org Did You Know? EFFECTIVE August 1, 2019 Hands-Free Law, frequently asked questions What can I do under the new law? The new law allows a driver to use their cell phone to make calls, text, listen to music or podcasts and get directions, but only by voice commands or single-touch activation without holding the phone. Remember, hands-free is not necessarily distraction-free. What can’t I do with my phone under the new law? You may not hold your phone in your hand. Also, a driver may not use their phone at any time for video calling, video live-streaming, Snapchat, gaming, looking at video or photos stored on the phone, using non- navigation apps, reading texts and scrolling or typing on the phone. Can I ever hold my phone? Yes. Hand-held phone use is allowed to obtain emergency assistance, if there is an immediate threat to life and safety, or when in an authorized emergency vehicle while performing official duties. Can I use a GPS navigation device? Yes. GPS and other systems that can only be used for navigation are exempt from the Hands-Free law. In-car screens and systems are also exempt. In both cases, most of these systems lock when the vehicle is moving. Is it against the new law to hold a phone in a hijab or other type of headscarf or wrap? Having a cell phone tucked into a headscarf or head wrap is not against the hands- free cell phone law. The phone must be securely situated to remain hands-free and must not block the driver’s vision in any way. What would be against the new law is if the driver removed the phone and held it in their hand while in traffic. At no time may a driver hold the phone in their hand unless it’s to obtain emergency assistance, if there is an immediate threat to life and safety, or when in an authorized emergency vehicle while performing official duties. The new law does allow a driver to use their cell phone to make calls, text, listen to music or podcasts and get directions, but only by voice commands or single- touch activation without holding the phone. Can teens under 18 years old with a driver’s permit or provisional driver’s license, use their phone in hands-free mode? The new hands-free law does not change anything for teens under 18 with a driver’s permit or provisional driver’s license: They cannot make or answer calls while driving (hand-held or hands-free). They may use their phone in hands-free mode if they are: • Using their phone as a GPS device, but only in hands-free or voice- activated mode. They must set their destination before driving. They can’t hold their phone at any time. • Listening to music or podcasts in hands-free or voice-activated mode is OK, but hand-held scrolling through playlists or channels is not allowed under the law. • Calling 911 in an emergency situation. If there’s an immediate threat to life and safety, they can use the phone in either hand-held or hands-free mode. Couldn’t I get distracted by my in-car screen or other distractions like eating, passengers or reading a book? Why aren’t they covered? Yes, there are many possible distractions when driving, but cell phone use presents a unique and complex challenge and is addressed by the hands-free law. A driver is still expected to avoid other distractions and drive with due care under other Minnesota traffic laws. Are there penalties? Yes. The first ticket is $50 plus court fees and the second and later tickets are $275 plus court fees. 8 AUGUST 2019, Edition 211 NEWS Ci t y Healthy Communities WHERE DOES YOUR DRINKING WATER COME FROM? Brooklyn Center relies on groundwater for providing drinking water to the residents. The City owns and operates ten wells; these wells draw water from an aquifer located several hundred feet underground. Groundwater aquifers are vulnerable to contamination from human activities on the surface. The City is working with their citizens to protect drinking water supplies by implementing a Wellhead Protection Plan. This plan was prepared in conjunction with several local, county and state agencies. The Minnesota Department of Health is the lead agency for the State’s program, and will assist communities with defining wellhead protection areas and developing plans to protect wells. Minnesota Rural Water Association, in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, provides technical assistance to public water suppliers to help meet the system’s wellhead protection goals. For more wellhead protection information, contact Minnesota Rural Water Association or the City’s Public Works Department. What is groundwater? Groundwater is the water that fills the small spaces between rock particles (sand, gravel, etc.) or cracks in solid rock. Rain, melting snow, or surface water becomes groundwater by seeping into the ground and filling these spaces. The top of the water-saturated zone is called the “water table”. When water seeps in from the surface and reaches the water table, it begins moving toward points where it can escape, such as wells, rivers, or lakes. An aquifer is any type of geologic material, such as sand or sandstone, which can supply water wells or springs. The groundwater, which supplies wells, often comes from within a short distance (a few miles) of the well. How fast the groundwater moves depends on how much the well is pumped and the type of rock particles or bedrock through which it is moving. Most Minnesotans get drinking water from wells. Wellhead protection is a way to prevent drinking water from becoming polluted by managing possible sources of contamination in the area which supplies water to the public well. Wellhead protection will be an ongoing need for communities, and everyone plays a part in protecting drinking water wells; today as well as for the future. How wells become polluted. Wells become polluted when substances that are harmful to human health get into the groundwater. Water from these wells can be dangerous to drink when the level of pollution rises above health standards. Many of our everyday activities can cause pollution. However, much can be done to prevent pollution, such as wise use of land and chemicals. The expense of treating polluted water or drilling new wells can also be avoided. Help avoid drinking water contamination by being an environmentally aware citizen. How to protect your local groundwater. Recognize and manage possible sources of contamination on your property or in your neighborhood. Use hazardous products as directed, be mindful of proper disposal of these products, and conserve water whenever possible. LAWN AND GARDEN WATER CONSERVATION TIPS A single lawn sprinkler spraying five gallons per minute uses 50% more water in just one house than a combination of 10 toilet flushes, two 5 minute showers, two dishwasher loads, and a full load of clothes. So be sensible and remember these tips: • 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. • Don’t 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 don’t need to water. If it stays flat, it’s time to water. • Let water sink in slowly. Lots of water applied fast mostly runs off. Let water sink in deep, to encourage deep roots. Lawns with deeper roots won’t 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. • Don’t run the hose while washing your car. Use the hose just to rinse the car off. Odd-Even Restrictions It is an odd-even ban based on house number. For example, if your street address is an odd number (5917, 4501); you may water your lawn and garden on the odd numbered days of the month (ex: August 11, 13, etc.). If your street address is an even number (4500, 7212), you may water your lawn and garden on the even days of the month (ex: August 2, 4, etc.). 9 www.cityofbrooklyncenter.org CLEAN UP AFTER YOUR DOG! Dog poop is a major contributor to stormwater pollution. Rain and melting snow flows across yards, dog parks, down trails, etc. on its way to creeks via our streets and storm drains. Dog poop contains bacteria and is high in nitrogen and phosphorus. Leaving dog poop on the ground allows harmful bacteria and nutrients to wash into the storm drain and eventually into local water bodies. In Minnesota your best bet is to: • Trash it. Seal the pet waste in a plastic bag and dispose of it in your trash can. Biodegradable bags are fine, but they won’t break down in a landfill so our vote is to go reused, rather than new and biodegradable. • Flush it. You can flush plain dog poop down the toilet and it will be treated at a waste water facility or septic system. If you do this, never include a bag or any other materials with the poop. • Do NOT put dog or cat poop in your backyard compost pile. The temperatures in backyard compost piles do not get high enough to kill the bacteria that can make humans sick. Neighborhood Engagement Team (N.E.T.) Update Residents from the Bellvue Neighborhood gather during their first Neighborhood Engagement Team event. Bellvue’s Neighborhood Ice Cream Social was held at Bellvue Park on Saturday, July 20. Despite the rain, residents cooled off with a scoop of ice cream while getting to know neighbors. If you are Interested in participating in upcoming Neighborhood Engagement Team events, visit us on the web. 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 Recreation & 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