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City of Circle Pines

Newsletter May 2012

Community Conversations Tuesday, May 15 7-8:30 p.m. 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

Last year, Circle Pines was one of 12 cities selected for a series of Community Conversations that were conducted as part of the League of Minnesota Cities’ initiative called “Cities, Services, and Funding: Broader Thinking, Better Solutions.” Four conversations with city-area residents were held in each of the 12 cities over the months of May through October of 2011. Now that the League has completed the conversations and is preparing to release a report of findings, it has scheduled return visits to each city to thank participants and to present a summary of those findings. Circle Pines area residents are invited to a special dessert reception and presentation on Tuesday, May 15, 7-8:30 p.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church, One North Road. Please share this invitation with friends, neighbors, and family members in the community who may also be interested in attending. Space is limited – please RSVP directly to or 651-215-4031. Thanks for your consideration. We hope to see you on Tuesday, May 15. For more information about Community Conversations visit http:// or citiesmatter.

Non-Emergency Numbers Police Department 763-784-2501 Fire Department 651-792-7900 In an emergency situation, please call 911 immediately.

Leaf and Yard Waste Pick Up Saturday, May 12

May Public Meetings City Council 7 p.m. 05/08 & 05/22

Park Board 6:30 p.m. 06/05

Utilities Commission

Planning Commission

4 p.m. 05/16

7 p.m. 05/14

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.

City Hall Hours City Hall will be closed on Monday, May 28 for the Memorial Day Holiday.

Garbage Pick Up Garbage pick up for the Memorial Day Holiday will be on Saturday, June 2.

Please have your compostable leaf and yard waste bags at the curb by 6 a.m. for pick up. Tree waste will not be accepted during this pick-up.

Community News Anoka County Library Centennial Branch The following classes for Seniors will be held on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. at the Centennial Library, located at 100 Civic Heights Circle in Circle Pines: • May 8 Understanding Medicare—Find out what is covered by Parts A, B, C and D of Medicare and the Medicare supplement options available. Learn how and when to enroll in Medicare, and the personal costs of the program. Other topics discussed include changes to Medicare due to recent health care reform, the donut hole, and eligibility for extra help with prescription drug costs. • May 15 Medicare Patrol - Prevent Medicare Fraud & Abuse —Don’t be a target of Medicare fraud. Become familiar with examples of Medicare fraud and waste. Learn how to review billing statements and report system abuse. If you or someone you know may be interested in any of the programs, please check the Library’s website at, or stop in. The classes are free, seating is limited, and no registration is required. Call the library for more information. If you own a device that can download eBooks (books that can be read on the device) or eAudiobooks (books that can be listened to on the device), check out the Anoka County Library’s collections at the website, With an Anoka County library card and a PIN, up to five different titles can be checked out at a time. See the website for instructions, or contact the Anoka County Libraries. The Centennial Branch Library is located at 100 Civic Heights Circle, and is open Monday and Wednesday from Noon to 8 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from Noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Library is closed Sundays and holidays. For more information, call 763-717-3294 or visit Anoka County Library’s website at

Garage Sale Garage Sale Signs Garage sales are a great way to recycle our old things and to make some extra money. When posting your garage sale sign, keep the following City Ordinances in mind: • Remove signs promptly after the event has ended. • No signs should be placed in the right-of-way or on public utility poles. • Signs may be placed on private property only with the permission of the property owner. • Signs shall not exceed 6 square feet in area and not exceed 4 feet in height. • Signs shall not be displayed for more than 10 days. • The Police Department routinely removes illegal signs. To protect your advertising, do not place the signs within the right-of-way.

Golden Lake Park Play Days YMCA and the city of Circle Pines are offering children ages 4 – 12 the opportunity to come and play at Golden Lake Park. There will be a variety of crafts, games and activities. Participating children will split into two age groups; ages 4 – 7 and ages 8 – 12. Session one: June 18 – July 19 (No Play July 4) Session two: July 23– August 23. Cost per child per session $80. Hours 1 – 4 p.m. (M, T, W and TH). Be sure to check out the YMCA summer programs on the YMCA website at or for more information, call 651-795-9622.

Community News Police Department Corner By: Administrative Sergeant Russ Blanck This issue of the Police Department Corner provides safety tips for avoiding becoming an identity theft victim. The manner in which criminals commit identity theft changes very rapidly. It is difficult for professionals working in the technology and financial security areas to stay on top of all the new ways being developed to commit identity theft. Yet, there are some basic steps the public can take to avoid being victimized. They include: • Do not mail anything containing personal information from the street. Take it to a post office. Using the outgoing mail “red flag” on your mailbox is notice of potentially important mail available to be stolen and misused. • Obtain a credit card with a low credit limit. Use it to book reservations at hotels and automobile rental agencies. Also use it for your online purchases. While most card companies will reimburse you for fraudulent losses, if they don’t, your total exposure will be minimized. • Use prepaid credit cards to avoid disclosing personal information. • Do not use your checking account debit card when travelling. • Do not conduct online banking from a hotel business center computer, Internet café, or via Wi-Fi in public places. • Change your passwords, user names and security questions frequently. A security question is a question you use to identify yourself as you, for example, the name of your first dog. • Mark your credit card on the back (instead of signing it) “do not swipe this card without asking for a picture ID.” Thank merchants who ask for your ID. • Carefully shred financial documents, bills and the like. They contain too much personal information to recycle or discard carelessly. • Never open an e mail or text for which you do not know the sender. • Avoid what are known as “phishing” scams by not responding online to “warnings,” “immediate information required,” and other “alarming-type” e mail messages from sites that appear to be those you regularly use. For example, an e-mail from a well known bank claiming your account has been compromised should be followed up by you obtaining the correct phone number for the bank (not using the one in the e-mail) and contacting them directly. Better yet, go to the bank in person and make inquiry. • Remember, most reputable companies will not ask for your social security number and other financial information online. • Review all bank and credit card statements carefully for unknown charges, especially if you have been away from your regular “card use area.” Please help us help you to avoid becoming a victim. Please contact the Police Department at 763-784-2501 should you have any questions.

Recreation Opportunities in the Community Community Education Services 763-792-6100 YMCA 651-795-9622 Lino Lakes Recreation 651-982-2440 Blaine Recreation 763-785-6151 Shoreview Recreation 651-490-4700

Reserve a Park Shelter for Your Next Event If you have a special event coming up this summer, consider reserving a park shelter at Golden Lake Park. The park offers restrooms, playground equipment, basketball court, fishing pier, beach area, volleyball court, tennis court and a concession stand. Residents of Circle Pines receive half off the reservation price. Call now to reserve a shelter at 763784-5898 or visit the city website for more information

PRSRT STD U.S Postage PAID Permit # 32324 Twin Cities, MN

Sprinkling Regulations Beginning June 1 Odd/Even Sprinkling from 7 p.m.-10 a.m. As part of the city’s water conservation efforts, the city has adopted an ordinance that regulates daytime sprinkling of lawns June 1 through August 31. The watering hours were chosen because typical weather conditions are such that significant portions of water placed on lawns during the time of 10 a.m.-7 p.m. evaporate and are not effective in watering the lawn.

If you have an address that ends in an even number, you are able to water your lawn on even numbered days before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m. If you have an address that ends in an odd number, you are able to water your lawn on odd numbered days before 10 a .m. and after 7 p.m.

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