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City of Circle Pines

Newsletter July 2012

NIGHT TO UNITE! TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2012 Mayor Dave Bartholomay 763-780-1785 71 West Golden Lake Road Councilmembers 612-419-3632 David Kelso 84 West Golden Lake Road Deb O’Brien 763-780-2350 260 Tanner Court Richard Runbeck 763-784-8822 48 East Golden Lake Road Matt Percy 763-784-2062 43 East Golden Lake Road City Administrator Jim Keinath 763-784-5898 City Hall 763-784-5898 FAX: 763-785-2859 200 Civic Heights Circle Circle Pines, MN 55014 Non-Emergency Numbers Police Department 763-784-2501 Fire Department 651-792-7900 In an emergency situation, please call 911 immediately.

July Public Meetings City Council 7 p.m. 07/10 & 07/24

Park Board No Meeting

Utilities Commission

Planning Commission

4 p.m. 07/18

7 p.m. 07/16

Channel 16 televises public meetings live and rebroadcasts at 1 a.m., 1 p.m., 9 p.m. the most recent meeting of the Park Board/ Planning Commission/Utilities Commission. City Council rebroadcasts at 10 a.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m., 11 p.m. You can also view the latest Council meeting at any time on the internet on the City Website at Click on City Council meeting video on demand.

Join neighbors across Circle Pines, Lexington and Centerville on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 for the 3rd Annual Night to Unite in Minnesota. Sponsored by the Minnesota Crime Prevention Association, AAA of Minnesota/Iowa, and local law enforcement agencies, Night to Unite will celebrate and strengthen neighborhood and community partnerships. Night to Unite is designed to: 1. Get to know one another in your neighborhood; 2. Build neighborhood involvement by bringing police and communities together; and 3. Bring awareness to crime prevention and local law enforcement efforts! MCPA President Terry Thomton said, “I invite neighborhoods in every City and County throughout the state of Minnesota to become involved in Night to Unite activities. This is an opportunity for neighborhoods and communities to band together, enjoy a summer evening and get to know who belongs in their neighborhoods.” For more information pertaining to Night to Unite or how to get involved, contact Britni Austin, Night to Unite coordinator, at 763-784-2501 or by email at

Absentee Voting Circle Pines residents who are unable to go to their polling place on Primary Election Day may cast an absentee ballot by mail or in person prior to the August 14 Primary Election. Absentee voting runs from Friday, June 29 through Monday, August 13. Voting Absentee in Person If you are voting absentee and would like to do it in person, you will need to go to City Hall, Monday-Friday 8 a.m. -4:30 p.m. On Saturday, August 11, absentee voting is available from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and on Monday, August 13, absentee voting hours are from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. City Hall is located at 200 Civic Heights Circle. Voting Absentee by mail Please go to the Anoka County Website for more information at Absentee voting by mail is being handled by Anoka County. You can also call 763-422-7526 for more information.

Community News HousingResource Center The HousingResource Center provides the following assistance with no cost to Circle Pines residents. If you would like more information, please call 651-486-7401 or visit Program Administration: The HousingResource Center provides homeowners with numerous home improvement loans including, but not limited to: • Assisting homeowners through the loan application and disbursement process • Assisting homeowners in finding the best program to fit their needs including collaborating with other agency programs Construction Management: The HousingResource Center provides free construction consultations to residents of participating communities. These services include: • Information on construction, building codes and permits • Site visits with homeowners regarding home improvements • A written scope of work or a list of work for contractors to bid from • Assistance in reviewing contractor bids, proposals and estimates • Assisting homeowners during the construction process Housing Information: We provide information on a variety of housing related topics. They include: • Home Maintenance and Safety Topics • Home Improvement Financing • First Time Homebuyer Classes • Limited Rental Information • Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Programs • Energy Assistance Programs • Purchase and Rehabilitation Mortgages

Just a Reminder Odd/ Even Sprinkling & No Sprinkling from 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. is Now in Effect.

Help out a student in need . . . Sign up to Adopt a Backpack Purchase a backpack and school supplies for a local student (K-12) living in Blaine (east of Hwy 65), Centerville, Circle Pines, Lexington and Lino Lakes. 1.Email your name, address, phone, and any preference (elementary/middle/high school boy/girl) to: 2.You will receive instructions in late July/early August that include the name of a child and that child’s specific school supplies list. Questions:

Please Be Careful not to Mow or Rake Grass Clippings and Leaves into the Streets Yard waste can end up downstream where it pollutes lakes and streams. It can also plug up storm sewers. Yard waste moves from yard to street to sewer to water. So, please don’t put yard waste in the street.

Community News Stopping the Spread of Aquatic Invasives: Recreational Water Users Hold the Key Invasive species have become a hot topic in the news. The emerald ash borer, Asian carp, and zebra mussels are only a few. A non-native species, either plant or animal, is one that has been introduced by human activity to an area where it is not naturally found. But not all non-natives are invasive. A non-native becomes invasive when it causes environmental, economic or human harm. Non-natives become invasive due to a lack of natural predators or other controls. They can change the habitat they invade and cause competition for space, food and nesting. Plant species such as curly leaf pondweed and Eurasian milfoil are invasives common to lakes in the Rice Creek Watershed District. They grow in dense stands that interfere with boating, fishing, and swimming. When they die back, phosphorus is released, contributing to algae growth. The common carp is a well-known aquatic invasive. They were brought to the Midwest in the late 1800s as a game fish and have become well established in many lakes and rivers. As they feed along the bottom they uproot aquatic plants. This muddies the water, releases phosphorus, and destroys habitat and nesting areas for fish and other aquatic animals. Controlling the spread of the zebra mussel is a more recent concern. Zebra mussels were brought to the Great Lakes through ballast water in freighters and discovered in1988. Since then they have spread to the Mississippi River and other inland lakes and rivers. Zebra mussels attach to almost anything in the water, including native mussels, killing them. The colonies can clog intake pipes, attach to motors, and cut swimmers. Large numbers increase water clarity as they filter feed. This can cause deeper, denser stands of vegetation, reduce the food available for larval fish and disrupt the entire aquatic food chain. The larva are microscopic and, therefore, can unknowingly spread through the water in boats and bait containers. Controlling the spread of aquatic invasives really falls on the recreational users of our lakes and rivers. State law requires that boats and trailers be inspected and all plant matter and invasive species be removed before leaving any water access. All water must be drained from boats and bait containers before leaving any water access. Unwanted bait must be thrown in the trash. If bait is to be kept, water must first be drained and then replaced with tap water. Boats must be transported with drain plugs removed. This year the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will be cracking down on offenders of invasive species laws by having mandatory roadside checkpoints for boats. Offenders will be fined ($50 and up) and sent to decontamination areas. Learn more about invasive species, Minnesota laws, and what you can do to stop their spread and the Minnesota DNR website:

Anoka County Library Centennial Branch News BOOKAWOCKY Summer Reading Fun for Kids continues at the libraries through August 31. Children from preschool through grade 5 are invited to participate in the kids program and Teens in grades 6 through 12 have their own program. Children and Teens may pick up their free summer reading materials when they visit any Anoka County Library. Read five hours and get a free pass to Bunker Beach! Library programs for kids will be held on the lawn at the Centennial Library on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. Bill the Juggler will perform on July 11 and Dazzling Dave, a National Yo-Yo Master, will star on July 18. If weather is inclement, the programs are held in the City of Circle Pines Council Chambers, and seating will then be limited. Family storytimes are held on Thursdays at 10:15 and 11 a.m., and continue through the week of July 25. Children and parents share books, rhymes and movement activities at these free, drop-in Storytimes. Hey, Kids, want to discuss good books and meet new friends? Sign up for a kids’ book club! Centennial will host one for kids going into grades 2 and 3 next fall, and it will meet on July 18 and 25. Registration is required. For more information, or to register, go to the Library’s website, or call or visit the Centennial Library. The Anoka County Library’s website is a wealth of information. Events and classes coming up at the libraries are posted. The eResources page offers access to languages, resume tips, small engine repair, magazine articles, biography sources, and more. Take a look at it at, and have your library card handy! The Centennial Branch of the Anoka County Library system is located at 100 Civic Heights Circle, Circle Pines, and is open Monday and Wednesday from Noon-8 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday Noon-6 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Sundays and holidays. Call 763717-3294 or visit the website at

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Recreation Opportunities in the Community Community Education Services 763-792-6100

Golden Lake Concession Stand is open for the summer. The stand will be open every day from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. offering pop, chips, nachos, candy, ice cream treats and pretzels.

YMCA 651-795-9622 Lino Lakes Recreation 651-982-2440 Blaine Recreation 763-785-6151 Shoreview Recreation

If you have an event coming up, consider renting a pavilion at Golden Lake Park. For more information call 763784-5898 or check the city website at

July 2012 City Newsletter