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					                                                                                        May/June 2011




                    The
                           City of Farmington Newsletter




A    s part of Drinking Water Week 2011, the
     American Water Works Association (AWWA)
and water providers across North America are
                                                         treated for drinking, owners of private wells should
                                                         take special steps to assure the safety of their water.
                                                         The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency advises
encouraging consumers everywhere to “get to              private well users to be aware of potential pollution
know your water.”                                        threats and to have their water tested periodically
“In today’s Internet age, there’s more information out   by a certified laboratory.
there than ever before about water quality,”             Consider the incredible value of a safe, reliable water
said AWWA Executive Director, David LaFrance.            supply — and the water system that delivers it —
But the single best source of information is your        in our everyday lives. Tap water delivers so many
own water provider, which is required to test            things that no other water can deliver.
regularly to assure that drinking water meets all        Public health protection
state and federal standards.”                            In a world where an estimated 3 million people die
Communities throughout North America are taking          every year from preventable waterborne disease,
time to “celebrate the essential” during Drinking        water systems in North America allow us to drink from
Water Week, the first week of May each year.             virtually any public tap with a high assurance of safety.
Consumers will have the opportunity to learn about       Quality of life
the source, treatment and quality of drinking water      Tap water is more than a convenience; it is central to our
through various resources.                               everyday lives. Any measure of a successful society —
                                                         low mortality rates, economic diversity, productivity, and
In the United States, community water systems are
                                                         public safety — is in some way related to access to safe
required to send water quality reports to customers      water. In North America, we take for granted that safe
by July 1 of each year. The reports, which provide       water is always accessible to drink, to wash our clothes,
results of testing on approximately 90 contaminants      to water our lawns and for a myriad of other purposes.
and point out any violations of Safe Drinking Water      When water service is interrupted, we’re all reminded of
Act standards, are often also posted online. Water       the extraordinary value of water resources and service.
quality reports also carry information on the source     The City is involved with programs that help
and treatment of a community’s tap water.                maintain the health and vitality of local water
The City of Farmington’s Water Quality Report is         systems. Visit the Natural Resource water
included in this publication on pages 6-8 and is also    information pages on the City’s website about
posted on the City website.                              these programs.
While customers of community water systems               Let’s celebrate the essential; Let’s celebrate water.
have their water tested regularly and professionally                                      Source: www.awwa.org



             What’s Happening with the License Center? 2 Community Garden & Development
             News 3 Parks & Recreation 4 Dew Days 5 Water Quality Report 6-8
             Lawn Care Tips 9 Keep Your Lid Down & Garbage & Recycling 10 Library 11
             SOCA & Permit Info 12 Council Hightlights 13 Photo Contest 14
          What’s Happening with the License Center?
    by Human Resources Director, Brenda Wendlandt                        Statutes, section 168.33, and Minnesota Rules, chapter 7406,
    The City, in partnership with Quick-Serv License Center, was         apply to the office. EFFECTIVE DATE; LOCAL APPROVAL.
    set to offer a full service license center to the community.         This section is effective the day after the governing body of the
    Though the City did receive approval from the DNR to                 city of Farmington and its chief clerical officer timely complete
    sell licenses and registrations of recreational vehicles,            their compliance with Minnesota Statutes, section 645.021,
    final approval for motor vehicle and driver’s licenses was           subdivisions 2 and 3.
    withheld from the Department of Public Safety, Driver and            Despite this legislation, Driver and Vehicle Safety (DVS) cited
    Vehicle Safety Division.                                             an existing law which prohibits the City from providing
    In 2010, the City was fortunate to receive special legislation       driver’s licenses to residents because it would create a new
    allowing the City to become a full service Office of Deputy          office that is within 10 miles of an existing driver’s license
    Registrar. That legislation is as follows:                           agent. The special legislation should have superseded this
    CHAPTER 351--S.F. No. 2540 Sec. 67.                                  law. Additionally, DVS also stated, based on a Minnesota
    ADDITIONAL DEPUTY REGISTRAR OF MOTOR VEHICLES                        rule, the City cannot delegate the responsibility of operating
    FOR CITY OF FARMINGTON                                               the proposed office to a third party. The City disagrees with
    Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 168.33, and              this ruling, as it remains the responsible party for operating
    rules adopted by the commissioner of public safety, limiting         the office and contracted with a Deputy Registrar company
    sites for the office of deputy registrar based on either the         to perform the day-to-day duties which is similar to what
    distance to an existing deputy registrar office or the annual        Counties are allowed.
    volume of transactions processed by any deputy registrar,            The City is thankful for the assistance that Senator
    the commissioner of public safety shall appoint a municipal          Thompson and Representative Garofalo have provided to
    deputy registrar of motor vehicles for the city of Farmington        ensure that the City will be allowed to open its License
    to operate a new full-service Office of Deputy Registrar, with       Center. Representative Garofalo has introduced new
    full authority to function as a registration and motor vehicle       legislation to help secure this effort. The public/private
    tax collection bureau, at the city hall in the city of Farmington.   partnership exemplifies what both the Governor and
    All other provisions regarding the appointment and operation         Commissioner of Public Safety have stated as necessary
    of a deputy registrar of motor vehicles under Minnesota
                                                                         for innovation in government.
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                        Collaborative Emergency Services
    by Fire Marshal, John Powers
    The City of Farmington and the Domestic Preparedness
    Committee (DPC) is committed to providing the residents
    we serve with a high quality and cost effective response
    to any emergency that occurs. The DPC was formed by a
    Joint Powers agreement between all Dakota County Cities
    and the County to combine efforts and provide emergency
    services to County residents.
    The primary source of funding for DPC activities comes
    from Federal grant funding and State insurance fees.
    Funding is used to insure that the skill sets of team
    members are equipped to serve the needs of the County
    and has also aided in acquiring equipment for county-wide
    safety initiatives.
    The committee formed specialty teams to address specific              The Dakota County Special Operations Team was activated in response
    types of situations including:                                          to a request for assistance at the P.H. Feely and Sons Grain Elevator
                                                                                      when a worker became trapped in a grain bin.
    •	Special	Operations	Team – focuses on incidents involving
                                                                            The team was able to cut an access hole above the trapped worker
      hazardous materials, weapons of mass destruction,                   and lower personnel into the bin. Rescuers created a protective bunker
      technical rope, confined space, and trench rescue.                         around the victim allowing them to safely free the victim.
    •	First	Responder	Group	– can provide equipment and
      help at a mass casualty, natural disaster or hazardous             The DPC continues to explore opportunities to provide
      material incident involving contamination.                         quality, low cost services for Dakota County residents.
    •	Incident	Management	Team – provides management                     Please contact Farmington’s Fire Marshal, John Powers with
      to a local department in the event of a natural or                 questions about the Domestic Preparedness Committee at
      man-made disaster from tornados to terrorism.                      jpowers@ci.farmington.mn.us or 651-280-6951.
     The Bridge • May/June 2011 • www.ci.farmington.mn.us
              ur                           Development News
              Garden                       Farmers’	Market	•	Thursdays	from	June	16	-	September	15
               Community gardens           3:00–6:00	pm	•	Third	Street	(between Oak & Spruce Streets)
             are spaces where people
                                                                  Visit the Downtown Farmington Farmers’ Market kick-off
come together to grow food and
                                                                  event as part of your Dew Days activities on Thursday,
other plants.
                                                                  June 16. Come to the Market and then go to a Dew Days’
The Farmington Area Community                                     favorite, The Flavors of Farmington in Rambling River Park
Garden will open again this season                                at 6:00 pm.
at Meadowview Elementary School                                   Our Market will include some former favorite vendors
beginning with 20 plots and 1 plot         along with new vendors offering fresh produce, bakery items, breads, apples,
will be maintained by volunteers and       eggs, honey, jams, flowers, herbs, popcorn, and some unique craft items.
the community garden community,            Special events are being planned, visit the City website and check local
with its produce being donated to          newspapers for advertisements.
the 360 Communities food shelf in
Farmington.                                                        Vendor	Booth	Space	Available
Each plot is 6 feet-by-20 feet, to date                           Are you a specialty food vendor and interested in joining us?
                                                                  Applications and information are available on the City
16 plots have been rented and 3 are
                                                                  website www.ci.farmington.mn.us and should be received
available for community gardeners,
                                                                  by May 16, to guarantee booth space. After that it is first
which may include individuals or
                                           come, first serve. Please contact Market Coordinator, Cindy Muller at 651-280-6803
groups of people.
                                           or cmuller@ci.farmington.mn.us with questions. See you at the Market!
The garden was created thanks
to funding from BlueCross                  Ribbon	Cutting
BlueShield and the Statewide
Health Improvement Program of the          Colleenies	Beanies	Daycare	and	Preschool
Minnesota Department of Health.            18500	Pilot	Knob	Road	• 651-463-7363
School District 192 and the                Colleen Warner with her husband, Matt and their children Sophie, Grace and Lucy
City of Farmington also serve as                                                   celebrated the recent opening of her              3
partners to provide this resource to                                               commercial daycare and preschool on
the community.                                                                     Friday, March 18. Currently, there are 15
For more information visit the                                                     children enrolled at the center which
“Related Links” page on the City                                                   can accommodate a maximum of 60
website, the Community Ed page at                                                  children. Staff is looking forward to
www.farmingtonce.com or contact                                                    the playground equipment that will be
Barb Pierce at 651-460-3203,                                                       installed as soon as weather permits.
bpierce@farmington.k12.mn.us.              Colleenies Beanies Daycare Ribbon Cutting (adults left to right): Councilmember Jason
                                           Bartholomay, Matt Warner, Daycare Teacher, Mrs. Shannon; Cindy Muller, Daycare Teacher,
                                           Ms. Sandra; Clyde Rath, Colleen Warner, Daycare Teacher, Mrs. Robin; Daycare Teacher,
                                           Ms. Rae; Lee Smick and Mayor Todd Larson.


                                           	Groundbreaking	Event
                                                                                           Vermillion	River	Crossing
                                                                                           Highway	50	&	Denmark	Avenue	
By mid-May, you will be able to enjoy                                                      May	4	•	3:00	pm
hanging flower baskets in historic         The Dakota County Community Development Agency (CDA) will hold the event
downtown Farmington.                       to mark breaking ground on the 66 unit independent living senior housing
The baskets are part of a GROW             development. The building will be completed in 2012.
Farmington initiative. The initiative is   The building will be part of the CDA’s Senior Housing Program which provides
sponsored by Farmington businesses         affordable rental housing for seniors 55+. It will feature a mix of one-and two-
and the City of Farmington.                bedroom apartments. Details about building amenities are available at
The City of Farmington thanks              www.dakotacda.org/seniorhousingprogram/Vermillion_River_Crossing.htm
sponsoring businesses and                  Applications for Vermillion River Crossing will be available after construction
Paul Gerten from the Farmington            begins in May 2011. To place your name on an interested list, call 651-675-4520
Greenhouse for making this                 and provide your name and mailing address. Applications will be mailed when
project possible!                          they are available.
                                                           www.ci.farmington.mn.us • May/June 2011 • The Bridge
        Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission
                                                                      including but not limited to:
                                                                      	 • Three Park and Recreation Comprehensive Plan updates.
                                                                      	 • Completion of community surveys on parks, trails,
                                                                           recreational facilities, community center and
                                                                           recreational programs.
                                                                      	 • Completing City Council approved master plans for 19
                                                                           of the 22 City parks, which provided direction and vision
                                                                           for individual parks through community input.
                                                                        • Have held joint meetings with the Cities of Lakeville
         Parks and Recreation Advisory Board members pictured              and Rosemount and Empire Township’s Park and
         left to right: Charlie Weber, Mike Haley, Dawn Johnson,           Recreation Advisory Committees/Commissions to
                       Adam Lares and Dave McMillen.                       improve communication and cooperation.
  The Commission is a five member citizen advisory                      • Completed a Community Center study and Recreational
  commission appointed by the City Council for three year                  Facilities study.
  terms. The Commission makes recommendations to the                    • Made recommendations to the City Council resulting in
  City Council regarding recreation and the park and                       the creation of more than 90% of the parks in the City’s
  trail systems.                                                           park system.
  The Commission was created to advise the City Council on              • Made recommendations to the City Council resulting in
  Parks and Recreation related matters in the early1970’s.                 more than 43 miles of paved trails and three boardwalks
  Initially, the Commission was responsible for overseeing the             being constructed.
  operation of the City’s outdoor pool during the summer.             The City has been fortunate to have many talented and
  In 1975, a Parks and Recreation Director was hired and              committed residents willing to serve on the Commission.
  the responsibility of overseeing the outdoor pool became            From time to time vacancies occur on the Commission;
  one of the Director’s duties thus allowing the Commission           residents interested in applying to serve on the Commission
4 to focus on advising City Council and staff on Parks and            can download an application from the City’s website at:
  Recreation related matters.                                         www.ci.farmington.mn.us/Government/BoardsCommissions.html
  The group meets monthly and over the years, the                     or contact City Hall at 651-280-6803
  Commission has been a part of completing many successes             and have an application form mailed or emailed to you.



   Recreation Opportunities
   Summer Park Adventures (SPA) offers an opportunity for             SPA	Afternoons
   school age children, (Kindergarten - Fifth grade in the
   2010/2011 school year) to get together with friends in their
                                                                      June	20	-	August	4	•	Monday	-	Thursday
   neighborhood park to participate in games, crafts, and             1:00	-	4:pm
   more! The program is led by staff trained to play.                 Bring sunscreen and a water bottle!
   Twice a week program participants and staff will ride the          During the 6-week park adventures program half
   Swim Bus. At the pool, playground staff will be in the water       sessions are available. Half-sessions are coded as A and B.
   with the kids. On swim days, participants should bring/wear        Registration deadline for the entire morning or afternoon
   swimsuit, a towel, sunscreen, money or pass to get into the        sessions and Session A is Monday, June 6; deadline for
   pool and money for treats (optional).                              session B is Monday, July 11. Refer to the Farmington
   Each week the adventures will center around fun themes.            Parks and Recreation Guide, on the City website under
   Participants will receive a T-shirt. Wear light colored clothes,   “Recreation” for session and rate details. On-line registration
   comfortable shoes and a hat, shade may be minimal at               is also available on the website.
   some sites. The programs will not be held from July 4–7.
                                                                            “It’s	a	Kitchen	Party”	Fundraiser
   SPA	Mornings                                                              Saturday,	May	14	•	10:00am	–	1:00pm	
   June	20	-	August	4	•	Monday	-	Thursday                                   Rambling	River	Center	•	325	Oak	Street
   Non-swim	days,	9:00am	-	Noon                                            Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple and Tupperware
   Swim	bus	days,	9:00	-	3:45pm                                                 See demonstrations and taste samples.
   Bring a bag lunch and a beverage.                                        Proceeds will benefit the Rambling River Center.
    The Bridge • May/June 2011 • www.ci.farmington.mn.us
                                             Dew Days
                                             The Annual Community Event is coordinated by the C.E.E.F. Enhancement Group.
                                             This is a partial list of scheduled events. Visit the Dew Days website for a
                                             complete schedule of events at www.dewdays.com.
                                             Wednesday, June 15
                                             	 • 7:00 - 9:00pm/Little	Miss,	Junior	Miss	&	Miss	Farmington	Pageant
 Photo from the Back to School Bash
 event held in August.                           at Boeckman Middle School Auditorium

          Outdoor	Pool                       Thursday, June 16
          Evergreen Knoll Park               	 • 10:00am - 2:00pm/Family	Fun	Day	on the corner of 195th & Pilot Knob Rd.
           626 Heritage Way                  	 • 3:00 - 6:00pm/Farmers’	Market	in historic downtown
             651-463-3450                    	 • 6:00 - 9:00pm/Flavors	of	Farmington and Silent Auction at
   Open	June	15	-	August	21                      Rambling River Park (in case of rain at Schmitz-Maki Arena)
      Open	Swim	Daily	Hours                  Friday, June 17
   1:00 - 4:00pm & 6:00 - 8:00pm             	 • 9:00am - Noon/Model	Train	Club	Display at the Rambling River Center
       July	4	Holiday	Hours                  	 • Noon - 1:00pm/Chalk	Drawing	Contest in front of Janies Hometown Realty
            1:00 - 4:00 pm                       Sponsored by Janies Hometown Realty
             Adult	Swim                      	 • 1:00 - 2:00pm/Hula-Hoop	and	Jump	Rope	Contest at outdoor stage
   Open to participants 18 years and older       on Oak Street. Sponsored by Olympus Health Club.
   Fridays,	Saturdays	&	Sundays              	 • Noon - 8:00pm/Art	Fair,	Business	EXPO	and	Crafters
            4:15 - 5:45 pm
                                               • Noon - Midnight/Lions	Beer	Gardens at the Rambling River Center Garage
Admission                                    Saturday, June 18
Season passes and punch cards can            	   • 8:00am - 10:00am/LIVE	Bike	Auction at the Rambling River Center
be purchased during business hours
                                             	   • 7:00am/Dew	Run	Race	Registration in front of the Rambling River Center
at the Farmington Outdoor Pool
beginning June 15. Prior to June 15,         	   • 8:00 - 9:30am/Dew	Run begins/ends at the Rambling River Center           5
purchase passes and punch cards at           	   • 8:00am - 12:30pm/Masons	Pancake	Breakfast
City Hall, 430 Third Street.                 	   • 8:00am - 5:00pm/Two	Cylinder	Tractor	Club	Swap	Meet at the Dakota
Swim	Bus                                           County Fair Grounds
The bus provides transportation to           	   • 8:30am/Rib	Cook-off	in front of the Farmington Independent
and from the outdoor pool. The bus           	   • 10:00am - 8:00 pm/Art	Fair,	Business	EXPO	and	Crafters
schedule is available in the Parks           	   • 10:30am/Kiddie	Parade	Registration
and Recreation Guide and on the                  • 11:00am/Kiddie	Parade with “Crazy about Cartoons” theme
City website.                                    • Noon/Home	Town	Honoree	Ceremony at outdoor stage on Oak Street
                                                 • 12:30 - 1:30pm/Nut	and	Bolt	Toss at outdoor stage on Oak Street
                                                   Sponsored by Pellicci Hardware
   Help	Stop	Vandalism                       	   •	4:00pm/Grand	Days	Parade
                                             	   •	4:00 - 8:00pm/VFW	Steak	Fry	at the VFW
Each year, damage done to City parks
 costs taxpayers thousands of dollars            • 6:30/Kiss	the	Pig	Contest at the outdoor stage on Oak Street
          in materials and labor.            Sunday, June 19
  Most of the time, no one witnesses         	 • Noon - 3:00pm/Father’s	Day	Steak	Fry	at the Long Branch
         the damage being done.
    However, sometimes people see
what is going on and take no action.         Dew Days Button
      If you witness damage being
                                                                Alexis Johnson won the Dew Days Button contest.
           done to a City park,
                                                                  Alexis is 14 years old and she is a student at
       please call 911 immediately.
                                                                    Boeckman Middle School.
   The sooner the Police Department
 is notified, the greater the likelihood                            Wear a Dew Days button to help support Dew Days and
     the perpetrator will be caught.                                receive discounts at participating businesses.
  Remember, a squad could be right                                 Buttons are $3.00 and are available at area businesses
            around the corner!                                   and from Pageant Candidates.

                                                           www.ci.farmington.mn.us • May/June 2011 • The Bridge
   The City’s Annual Water Quality Report
                                   The City of Farmington is                    Key to abbreviations:
                                   issuing the results of monitoring
                                                                                •	MCLG–Maximum	Contaminant	Level	Goal:
                                   done on its drinking water
                                                                                  The level of a contaminant in drinking water below
                                   for the period from January
                                                                                  which there is no known or expected risk to health.
                                   1 to December 31, 2010.                        MCLGs allow for a margin of safety.
                                   The purpose of this report
                                   is to advance consumers’                     •	MCL–Maximum	Contaminant	Level:
                                   understanding of drinking water                The highest level of a contaminant that is allowed
                                   and heighten awareness of the                  in drinking water. MCLs are set as close to the
                                                                                  MCLGs as feasible using the best available
                                   need to protect precious
                                                                                  treatment technology.
   Photo by Jennifer Kirby         water resources.
                                                                                •	MRDL–Maximum	Residual	Disinfectant	Level.
   Source of Water                                                              •	MRDLG–Maximum	Residual	Disinfectant	Level	Goal.
  The City of Farmington provides drinking water to its
  residents from a groundwater source: seven wells ranging                      •	AL–Action	Level:
  from 402 to 512 feet deep, that draw water from the                             The concentration of a contaminant which, if
  Prairie Du Chien-Jordan aquifer.                                                exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirement
                                                                                  which a water system must follow.
  The water provided to customers may meet drinking water
  standards, but the Minnesota Department of Health has                         •	90th	Percentile	Level–This	is	the	value	obtained
  also made a determination as to how vulnerable the source                     	 after	disregarding	10	percent	of	the	samples	taken
  of water may be to future contamination incidents.                            	 that	had	the	highest	levels.
  If you wish to obtain the entire source water assessment                        (For example, in a situation in which 10 samples were
  regarding your drinking water, please call 651-201-4700                         taken, the 90th percentile level is determined by
  or 1-800-818-9318 (and press 5) during normal business                          disregarding the highest result, which represents
                                                                                  10 percent of the samples.) Note: In situations in which
  hours. Also, you can view it on line at
                                                                                  only 5 samples are taken, the average of the two with the
  www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/water/swp/swa.
6                                                                                 highest levels is taken to determine the 90th
  Call Kevin Schorzman, 651-280-6841 if you have questions                        percentile level.
  about the City of Farmington drinking water or would like
                                                                                •	pCi/l–PicoCuries	per	liter	(a	measure	of	radioactivity).
  information about opportunities for public participation in
  decisions that may affect the quality of the water.                           •	ppm–Parts	per	million,	which	can	also	be	expressed			
                                                                                	 as	milligrams	per	liter	(mg/l).
   Results of Monitoring                                           •	ppb–Parts	per	billion,	which	can	also	be	expressed		 	
   No contaminants were detected at levels that violated
                                                                   	 as	micrograms	per	liter	(μg/l).
   federal drinking water standards. However, some
   contaminants were detected in trace amounts that were           •	nd–No	Detection.
   below legal limits. The table that follows shows the            •	N/A–Not	Applicable	(does	not	apply).
   contaminants that were detected in trace amounts last year.
   (Some contaminants are sampled less frequently than once a year; as a result, not all contaminants were sampled for in
   2010. If any of these contaminants were detected the last time they were sampled for, they are included in the table along
   with the date that the detection occurred.)
    Contaminant                                      Level Found
                           MCLG   MCL                                         Typical Source of Contaminant
    (units)                               Range (2010)      Average/Result*
    Alpha Emitters
    (pCi/l) (10/28/2008)    0     15.4       N/A                   6.8        Erosion of natural deposits.

    Arsenic (ppb)                                                             Erosion of natural deposits; Runoff from orchards; Runoff from glass and electronics
    (08/05/2008)
                             0    10         N/A                   1.1        production wastes.
    Barium (ppm)            2      2         N/A                   .12        Discharge of drilling wastes; Discharge from metal refineries; Erosion of natural deposits.
    (08/05/2008)
    Combined Radium          0    5.4        N/A                   3.8        Erosion of natural deposits.
    (pCi/l) (10/28/2008)
    Fluoride (ppm)           4     4        .84-1.1                1.03       State of Minnesota requires all municipal water systems to add fluoride to the drinking
                                                                              water to promote strong teeth; Erosion of natural deposits; Discharge from fertilizer and
                                                                              aluminum factories.
    Nitrate (as            10.4   10.4       nd-.9                  .9        Runoff from fertilizer use; Leaching from septic tanks, sewage; Erosion of natural deposits.
    Nitrogen) (ppm)
    TTHM (Total
    trihalomethanes)         0    80          N/A                  4.21       By-product of drinking water disinfection.
    (ppb)
    Xylenes (ppm)           10    10          N/A                  .001       Discharge from petroleum factories; Discharge from Chemical factories.

    The Bridge • May/June 2011 • www.ci.farmington.mn.us
Contaminant                Level Found                                                            bathing, or washing dishes or clothes) and a stomach
(units)                                                     Typical Source of Contaminant
                 Range (2010)          Average/Result*
                                                                                                  cancer risk when it is ingested. Because radon in
Radon (pCi/l)        N/A                    141
(10/28/2008)
                                                            Erosion of natural deposits.          indoor air poses a much greater health risk than
                                                                                                  radon in drinking water, an Alternative Maximum
*This is the value used to determine compliance with federal                               Contaminant Level (AMCL) of 4,000 picoCuries per liter may
standards. It sometimes is the highest value detected and                                  apply in states that have adopted an Indoor Air Program,
sometimes is an average of all the detected values.                                        which compels citizens, homeowners, schools,
If it is an average, it may contain sampling results from the                              and communities to reduce the radon threat from indoor
previous year.                                                                             air. For states without such a program, the Maximum
Radon is a radioactive gas which is naturally occurring in                                 Contaminant Level (MCL) of 300 pCi/l may apply.
some groundwater. It poses a lung cancer risk when gas                                     Minnesota plans to adopt an Indoor Air Program once the
is released from water into air (as occurs during showering,                               Radon Rule is finalized.
Contaminant       MRDLG         MRDL               ****                     *****          Typical Source of Contaminant
(units)
Chlorine (ppm)       4           4                .01-.54                    .31           Water additive used to control microbes.

****Highest and Lowest Monthly Average. *****Highest Quarterly Average.
Contaminant        MCLG          AL                                   # sites over AL
(units)                                        90% Level                                   Typical Source of Contaminant

Copper (ppm)        1.3          1.3                .6                   0 out of 30       Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits.

Lead (ppb)           0           15                1.3                   0 out of 30       Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits.


If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health            contaminants are assessed using state standards known
problems, especially for pregnant women and young                       as health risk limits to determine if they pose a threat to
children. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials            human health. If unacceptable levels of an unregulated
and components associated with service lines and home                   contaminant are found, the response is the same as if an
plumbing. City of Farmington is responsible for providing               MCL has been exceeded; the water system must inform its
high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety             customers and take other corrective actions. In the table
of materials used in plumbing components. When your                     that follows are the unregulated contaminants that
                                                                                                                                               7
water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize              were detected:
the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap       Contaminant                    Level Found
                                                           (units)                                               Typical Source of Contaminant
for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for                               Range (2010)     Average/Result
drinking or cooking. If you are concerned about            Sodium (ppm)
                                                           (08/05/2008)
                                                                                     N/A               5.3       Erosion of natural deposits.
lead in your water, you may wish to have your water        Sulfate (ppm)
                                                                                     N/A               35.1      Erosion of natural deposits.
tested. Information on lead in drinking water,             (08/05/2008)

testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize                     Monitoring for unregulated contaminants as required by U.S.
exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline              Environmental Protection Agency rules (40 CFR 141.40) was
or at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/lead.                                conducted in 2010. Results of the unregulated contaminant
Some contaminants do not have Maximum Contaminant                       monitoring are available upon request from Minnesota
Levels established for them. These unregulated                          Department of Health, Cindy Swanson, 651-201-4656.


     Compliance with National Primary Drinking Water Regulations
      The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs,
    springs, and wells. As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally occurring
           minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence
                  of animals or from human activity. Contaminants that may be present in source water include:
 •	Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which    • Organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic and
   may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems,           volatile organic chemicals, which are by-products of
   agricultural livestock operations, and wildlife.                 industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also
 • Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can      come from gas stations, urban stormwater runoff,
   be naturally occurring or result from urban stormwater           and septic systems.
   runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil      • Radioactive contaminants, which can be naturally
   and gas production, mining, or farming.                          occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and
 • Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety         mining activities.
   of sources such as agriculture, urban stormwater runoff,
   and residential uses.
                                                                                   www.ci.farmington.mn.us • May/June 2011 • The Bridge
Consumer Confidence
In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, the U. S. Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prescribes                        in drinking water than the general
regulations which limit the amount of                                       population. Immuno-compromised
certain contaminants in water provided
by public water systems. Food and
                                                 A safe reliable                persons such as persons with cancer
                                                                                   undergoing chemotherapy,
Drug Administration regulations                 water supply is                    persons who have undergone
establish limits for contaminants in
bottled water which must provide the
                                                 critical to the                  organ transplants, people with
                                                                                  HIV/AIDS or other immune system
same protection for public health.              success of any                   disorders, some elderly, and
                                                                                infants can be particularly at risk
Drinking water, including bottled
water, may reasonably be expected
                                                  community.                   from infections. These people should
to contain at least small amounts of                                          seek advice about drinking water
some contaminants. The presence of
                                                     Safe Drinking           from their health care providers.
contaminants does not necessarily indicate           Water Hotline          EPA/CDC guidelines on appropriate
that water poses a health risk. More               1-800-426-4791           means to lessen the risk of infection
information about contaminants and                                         by Cryptosporidium and other
potential health effects can be obtained                                   microbial contaminants are available
by calling the Environmental Protection                                   from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline.
Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.



 Frequently Requested Information                                       The Water Board
  Water Hardness – 15 grains per gallon
          Calcium – 170 mg/l
         Magnesium – 90/mg/l                                                                                                      8



Wellhead Protection
for Your Drinking Water
The City of Farmington relies on groundwater for our
                                                                      Water Board members pictured left to right: Jeff Krueger,
drinking water supply. The City owns and operates seven                          Tom Jensen and Allan Maguire.
wells which draw water from groundwater aquifers located
several hundred feet underground. Despite this depth,           The Water Board is a three member citizen advisory board
groundwater aquifers are vulnerable to contamination            that is appointed for three year terms by the City Council.
from human land surface activities. Historically, the quality   The board was created in 1911.
of groundwater supplying our water supply wells has been        Board members make decisions and advise City Council on
very good.                                                      water issues and infrastructure needed to provide water
The City of Farmington in conjunction with the Minnesota        to residents. The board is responsible for the planning
Department of Health and several local and county agencies      and management of projects such as construction of new
developed a Wellhead Protection Plan to help prevent            wells, water storage reservoirs, and the citywide water
drinking water from becoming polluted by managing               meter replacement project.
possible sources of contamination in the area which             “We appreciate the active role that our residents take in
supplies water to a public well and to assure sustainable       conserving water; treating water as the precious resource
water supplies for all users.                                   that it is,” said Water Board Member, Tom Jensen.
Details about the quality of water are included in the          In order to ensure that the public safety and essential
Consumer Confidence/Water Quality Report above.                 needs of the citizens are not jeopardized while still
Protecting our water supply will continue to be necessary       allowing water use flexibility, the Water Board has year
in our community. Everyone plays an important part in           round restrictions for outdoor water use.
protecting drinking water wells – today and for the future.
Call 651-280-6845 or visit www.ci.farmington.mn.us for
                                                                        Observe	Odd	and	Even	Days	and	
information about the Wellhead Protection Plan.                         NEVER	Water	from	Noon–6:00pm
                                                         The Bridge • May/June 2011 • www.ci.farmington.mn.us
   Reduce the Need                        Natural Resources
   for Fertilizers                        Lawn	Care	Tips	That	Protect	Water	Quality
   and Reduce                             Test	your	soils.
   Your Water Bill                        Find out about your soils before you add fertilizer. It’s easy. Contact the University
                                          of Minnesota at 612-625-3101 or soiltest@soils.umn.edu.
                                          Use	phosphorus-free	fertilizer.
                                          Most soils in Minnesota do not need additional phosphorous. Look for the middle
                                          number on a bag of fertilizer; it should be zero.
                                          Keep	fertilizers,	garden	debris,	leaves,	and	grass
                                          clippings	off	hard	surfaces.
                                          Keep nutrients off impervious surfaces where they can easily be carried into storm
                                          sewers and turn local water bodies green with algae.
  The Recycling Association of
  Minnesota (RAM) is offering an easy     Apply	fertilizer	at	the	correct	rate.
  solution to green up your backyard      Be sure your spreader is set right and working properly. If you only fertilize
  this spring by providing inexpensive    once, fertilize in the fall. Grass clippings left on the lawn all summer equal one
  rain barrels and compost bins for       application of fertilizer.
  Minnesota residents at wholesale        Maintain	a	healthy	lawn.
  price. Composting organic waste         Mow grass to a height of 2-3 inches. Seed in the spring and fall seasons. Aerate
  (vegetable scraps and yard waste)       and de-thatch in the fall.
  and capturing rainwater from
  the roof, can reduce the need for
                                          Don’t	dump	in	storm	drains.
  expensive fertilizers and reduce        Anything that enters a storm drain goes directly to a local waterbody. The water
  your water bill.                        does not go to a water treatment plant and is not treated in anyway.
                                          Source: Dakota County Environmental Education
  To ensure you receive yours at the
9 discounted price, residents must pre-
  order on RAM’s website,                 Spring	Tips	for	Lawns	and	Lakes
  www.recycleminnesota.org.               It’s an almost impossible urge - as soon as the weather warms up we all want to
  RAM provides everything you need        get out into the yard and start working on something. After all, the season is short
  to get started-even a ‘how to guide’    and we all want to make the most of it!
  to learn about composting and rain      As you head out with shovel and rake in hand, remember that how we care for our
  barrel use best practices compiled by   yards affects the health of our streams, ponds, and wetlands. It’s true - rainwater
  industry experts.                       running off of our property into street storm drains can carry soil, nutrients, and
  Pre-ordered compost bins and rain       bacteria into the waters we love. Be storm drain savvy and follow these yard care
  barrels will be available for pick      tips for cleaner water
  in Rosemount at The Specialized         Dump	no	waste.
  Environmental Technologies site         Never use storm drains for disposing materials, such as engine oil, antifreeze, or
  on June 3 & 4, see the website for      cleaners. Wash your lawn equipment and tools on turf so dirt and soap does not
  details. For more info and to order     run into the storm drain.
  visit www.recycleminnesota.org
                                          Keep	soil	in	place.
                                          Silt from eroding soil fills in wetlands and clogs river bottoms. Silt also carries
                                          phosphorus, which turns lakes green with algae. Cover bare areas of soil with
                                          mulch and plant to a suitable cover. Soil piles from landscaping and construction
                                          can be covered with a tarp to keep them from washing away.
                                          Rake	up	and	sweep	up.
                                          Grass clippings, tree seeds and leaves are also sources of phosphorus. Mow so that
                                          grass clippings are directed back into the lawn and not into the street. When fall
                                          comes, rake the street clean of leaves along with your yard.
                                          Pick	up	after	pets.
                                          In addition to containing phosphorus which turns lakes green with algae, pet waste
                                          contains bacteria. Collect pet waste in plastic bags and place in the trash. Never use
                                          storm drains for disposing pet waste!
                                          Source: Metro WaterShed Partners and Minnesota Water, “Let’s Keep it Clean.”
   www.ci.farmington.mn.us • May/June 2011 • The Bridge
    Keep Your                                        Curbside Cleanup Days
    Lid Down!                                        This service is for Farmington’s residential garbage customers at no additional
                                                     cost beyond the quarterly garbage fee. Responsible use of this program by
    by Streets & Utilities Supervisor, Steve Arndt
                                                     eligible participants will help ensure its continuation.
                                                     Refer to the schedule below and place acceptable items at the curb by 7am;
                                                     NO	MORE	THAN	2 days prior to collection. For details on acceptable and not
                                                     acceptable items, visit the City website or call 651-280-6900.
                                                     Remaining Cleanup Day Schedule:
                                                     Your	garbage	collection	day	is	on:		 Your	curbside	collection	day	is	on:
                                                     	          Wednesday	                                     May	7
                                                     	            Thursday	                                    May	14
                                                     	              Friday	                                    May	21
   Summer is the season for sewer
   cleaning. The City has 83 miles of                Holiday	Garbage	and	Recycling	Schedule
   sanitary sewer lines.                             Holidays can affect garbage and recycling collection days. The City observes the
   Each year, the Municipal Services                 following holidays, with collection service occurring on the business days below:
   Department cleans approximately                   	 Holiday	Observed	            Normal	Service	Day	 Alternate	Service	Day
   one-seventh of the City’s sanitary
                                                          Memorial	Day	               Monday,	May	30	            Tuesday,	May	31
   sewer lines using high performance
   sewer cleaning equipment.                         	 Independence	Day	               Monday,	July	4	            Tuesday,	July	5
   A cleaning nozzle is propelled from               Garbage and recycling collection will follow regular schedule for the rest of the week.
   one manhole to the next using water
   under high pressure. The nozzle
   is then pulled back to the starting
                                                     Are You Recycling More?
   manhole. As the nozzle is pulled                  Since single sort recycling began in 2009, recycling materials collected has
   back, water scours the inside of the              increased each year. The first year showed an increase of more than 500 tons
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   sanitary sewer pipe. Any debris in the                                                                 and it continued to increase in
   pipe is pulled back with the water.                 Tons of Recycling Collected 2010. Many of our customers report
   The debris is removed from the                                                                         recycling more and being satisfied
   manhole with a vacuum unit. If roots                                                                   with the capacity of their recycling
   are found, they are cut with a root                                             1689.35                cart. However, if you have noticed
                                                       2010
   cutter. This process is repeated on                                                                    that your recycling cart consistently
   each sewer line cleaned.                            2009
                                                                                   1581.43                does not hold all of your recyclables
   During the sanitary sewer line                                                                         until collection day, first make sure
   cleaning air occasionally vents into                                                                   you are breaking down your recycling
   a home through the sanitary sewer                   2008                        1082.52                so it takes up the least amount of
   service line and ventilation system.                                                                   space possible in the cart.
   When this happens water in the toilet                                                                  If your cart is still overflowing every
                                                                            Source: Lakeville Sanitary, other week, you can request a larger
   bowl can bubble or surge or, in rare                                                       Inc. (LSI).
   cases, splash out of the bowl.                                                                         one by calling LSI at 952-469-5161.
   The common causes of air venting
   into homes during sanitary sewer
   cleaning are air movement from                     Farmington	will	Host	Household	
   normal cleaning operations, the
   use of higher pressure necessary                   Hazardous	Waste	Drop-off
   when cleaning sanitary sewer lines                 The Farmington City Council and the Dakota County Board of Commissioners
   that have a steep slope, sewer lines               are offering a Household Hazardous Waste drop-off event in Farmington.
   running close to the building, a
                                                      This event provides Dakota County residents the opportunity to safely dispose
   plugged roof vent, and the size and
                                                      of unwanted paints, solvents, and other household hazardous waste.
   complexity of the home’s waste and
                                                      In addition to collecting household hazardous waste, residents can also bring
   ventilation system.
                                                      used oil, oil filters, and automotive batteries. Proof of residency will be required.
   So, to minimize water splashing out
                                                      The drop-off event will be held on Saturday, September 10, at the Farmington
   of your toilet bowl, make it a habit
                                                      Maintenance Facility, 19650 Municipal Drive from 9am - 1pm.
   to keep the lid down.
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                 Warrior to Citizen                                           Wine Tasting Event
                The Warrior to Citizen Campaign is a group of citizens
                dedicated to engaging local communities by
                                                                                 ~For Wine Club Members~
                                                                                   (non-members	are	welcome	$5.00	per	person)
               organizing family support, providing community
education and recognizing service members and their families.                            Wednesday,	May	4,	2011
Third Annual Military and Veteran                                                            6:30–8:30pm
Family Picnic                                                                              BLONDIE’S	TAVERN
Dakota County Fairgrounds                                                                  Special Event Room
Saturday, May 21 • Noon – 3 pm                                                     20700	Chippendale	Avenue	•	Farmington
Farmington Warrior to Citizen is teaming up with Community
Supporters to bring our military families a Spring Picnic! This
free special picnic is to honor all Military and Veteran families.
Children’s sports camp, free picnic lunch, military and public
                                                                                                           Visit	store	locations	
safety vehicles, climbing wall and other events. Hosted by
                                                                                                                109	Elm	Street
Dakota County Yellow Ribbon Networks, please sign up at                                                         	651-280-6930
http://farmingtonw2c.org/
                                                                                                          18350	Pilot	Knob	Road
Warrior to Citizen Meetings                                                                                   651-280-6920
Meetings are open to the public.                                                                         www.ci.farmington.mn.us
Fourth Tuesday of each Month • 6:30 - 8 pm
                                                                                                        What	You	Spend	Here
• Farmington City Hall • 430 Third Street
Contact Annette Kuyper at 651-460-2248 for information                                                       Stays	Here.
or visit http://farmingtonw2c.org                                                                      Why	Shop	Anywhere	Else?



                                                                                                     Library	Hours:		
                                        Farmington Library                                           Mon. - Wed.: 12 pm–8:30 pm
                                                                                                     Thu. - Sat.: 10 am–5:30 pm                  11
                                        508 Third Street • 651-438-0250                              Starting	Memorial	Day	Weekend
                                        www.dakotacounty.us/library                                  Mon. - Tue.: 10 am–8:30 pm
                                                                                                     Wed.- Fri.: 10 am–5:30 pm
    Children’s and Teen’s Summer Reading Program Begins June 13                                      Sat.: 10 am–2:00 pm
    Children’s Programs                                                                              Dakota	County	Libraries	will	
                                                                                                     be	closed	on	Memorial	Day	-	
    Storytime for Babies                              10:30–11:15 am     Thu., May 5                 Monday,	May	30
    Storytime for All Ages                            10:30–11:00 am     Fri., May 6, 13, 20
                                                                                                     Adult Programs
    MacPhail Sing, Play, & Learn with Music*         10:30–11:15 am     Thu., May 12                Silver Tea
    Waggin’ Tales, Read to a Therapy Dog              10:30-11:30 am     Sat., May 21                10:30–Noon           Thu., May 5
    Movies for Kids                                   10:30-11:00 am     Fri., May 27                Enjoy refreshments, conversation,
                                                                                                     and music. The Vecchione/Erdahl Duo
    Author: Stacy Waibel                              10:30–11:00 am     Wed., Jun. 15               presents Musical Journeys. This will take
    Dakota Wild Animals Open House                    10:00–Noon         Fri., Jun. 17               you to various world destinations with
                                                                                                     their engaging, original music based on
    Kid’s Sidewalk Craft Sale                         10:00–Noon         Fri., Jun. 17               literature, folk songs and folk tales.
    Abrakadoodle: Model Magic Fish*                  10:30–11:30 am     Wed., Jun. 22               Mystery Writer
    Bill the Juggler                                  10:30–11:00 am     Fri., Jun. 24               William Kent Krueger
                                                                                                     6:30–7:30 pm Tues., Jun. 14
    ArtStart Shell Frames/Shadow Boxes *	            10:00–Noon         Wed., Jun. 29               Minnesota Book Award nominee for
    Teen Programs                                                                                    Vermillion Drift, William Kent Krueger,
                                                                                                     will be here to discuss his Cork O’Connor
    Wii Games                                         3:30–4:30 pm       Mon., May 2, Jun. 6         books, characters and writing process.
    Dance Dance Revolution/Wii Games                  3:30–4:30 pm       Tue., May 10, Jun. 14       Computer Classes*
    Guitar Hero                                       3:30–4:30 pm       Thu., May 19, Jun. 16       eBooks Basics
    Teen Advisory Group                               6–7 pm             Mon., May 9, Jun. 13        2–4 pm          Wed., May 11
    Duct Tape Crafts                                  2–4 pm             Wed., Jun. 15               Microsoft Word
    Author Swati Avasthi	                            2–3:30 pm          Mon., Jun. 27               6–8 pm          Mon., May 23
                                                                                                     Digital Camera Basics
    Dungeons & Dragons*                               1–4 pm             Tue. & Wed., Jun. 28 & 29
                                                                                                     6–8 pm          Mon., Jun. 6
    *Classes are free; registration is required. Registration begins at 10:00 am two weeks prior to
    start date of class. This project was funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


                                                                  www.ci.farmington.mn.us • May/June 2011 • The Bridge
                              The State of the City Address
     2010 - Year in Review                                           Finance
                                                                     City staff and Council spent 6 months working on the
     Mayor Larson’s                                                  2011 budget. The Council faced major challenges and on
     State of the City Address                                       December 6, 2010, Council approved the 2011 budget
                                                                     with total levy cuts amounting to $425,000 and budget
     The address was presented on March 24, it can be viewed
                                                                     reductions of $450,839 which includes losing 5 positions
     in it’s entirety from the home page on the City website.
                                                                     through either layoffs or retirements. Staff continues to work
     Here are a few highlights from the address.
                                                                     efficiently to keep expenses down.
     The City Council receives recommendations from the
     City’s six Boards and Commissions whose members are             Municipal	Services
     residents, appointed by the Council which include: The          On August 13, an EF-1 tornado took a path of 1.5 miles
     Planning Commission, Water Board, Parks and Recreation          from Exception Trail and moved northeast ending at 187th
     Commission, Heritage Preservation Commission,                   Street West and 124 homes affected. City crews were on
     Rambling River Center Advisory Board and the Economic           site immediately performing inspections, clearing streets of
     Development Authority. The Economic Development                 debris, and providing dumpsters for storm damage material.
     Authority (EDA) is comprised of the 5 members of the City       The Red Cross served 232 meals with lunch donated by Pilot
     Council. Their role is to facilitate economic development by    Knob Pizzeria and Subway and supper donated by Domino’s.
     promoting business development opportunities, retention         Parks	&	Recreation
     and housing redevelopment throughout the City.                  The Schmitz-Maki Arena was renovated from April -
     Economic	Development                                            September. A community survey was conducted to
     The former Parks Garage on Elm Street was sold to AK            determine parks and recreation needs and the viability of
     Performance Graphics. EDA/City owned properties listed          a referendum to fund new parks and recreation facilities;
     for sale include: 431 Third Street and the Riste lot on         based on the results, the survey consultant advised against
     Oak Street; sales are pending for 305 Third Street and the      a referendum. The survey is available on the City website.
     McVicker lot on Third Street.                                   Police
12   Engineering                                                     The Police Department implemented a canine program.
     The Walnut Street project included reconstructing utilities     The City received a $6,000 grant to cover the cost and the
     and the roadway within the project area of Walnut Street        remaining $4,000 will be covered through donations.
     between 4th Street and TH3, and 5th Street from Walnut to       “Several positive things happened within each of the City’s
     Maple Streets. The project was approximately $1.24 million      departments last year and we look forward to a successful
     less than anticipated.                                          2011,” said Mayor Larson.

     Peddler, Solicitor, Transient Merchant Permits
     S    pring and summer will bring door-to-door salespeople
          In the City of Farmington, a permit is required for this
     activity. There are three different types of permits:
                                                                     If you have questions as to the type of permit or if one is
                                                                     required for your activity, please contact City Hall at
                                                                     651-280-6800.
     Peddler	Permit                                                  A background check is completed on all applicants. If
     This permit is for people who carry the merchandise with        residents have a concern, ask to see their permit or contact
     them when going door-to-door.                                   City Hall or the Police Department at 651-280-6700.
     Solicitor	Permit
     This permit is required for people going door-to-door who                 Temporary Outdoor
     take orders for their merchandise.                                         Exhibition Permit
     Transient	Merchant                                                            Considering	a	Block	Party?
     This type of permit is for selling items in a fixed location,
     such as a parking lot. Permission should be received from         If you want to host an event and close off your street, you
     the property owner before doing this.                                  will need a Temporary Outdoor Exhibition Permit.
                                                                         This permit regulates hours the event is held and would
     Application forms and requirements for Peddler, Solicitor,
     and Transient Merchant Permits are available on the City’s                        address any noise concerns.
     website under, “For Residents” and at City Hall.                     Applications are available on the City’s website and at
                                                                                  City Hall. The fee is $15 per occasion.
     Forms can be mailed, faxed or returned to City Hall.
                                                                                 Once the permit is approved, contact the
     Fees are $65 per person for one year, or $45 per person
                                                                        Police Department at 651-280-6700 to obtain barricades.
     for 6 months.
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                       Council Highlights and Notices
February	22,	2011                                               City Council
- Appointed Adam Lares to the Parks and
  Recreation Commission.                                                   Mayor Todd Larson
                                                                           651-262-7652
March	7                                                                    tlarson@ci.farmington.mn.us
- Introduced Mitch Faber as the new Facilities Park
                                                                           430	Third	Street	•	Farmington,	MN	55024
  Maintenance employee.
- Accepted a donation for a park bench from Linda Nutting.           Councilmember Christy Jo Fogarty
- Accepted a donation to the Rambling River Center                                            651-460-8057
  Construction project from Paul Wagner.                                      cfogarty@ci.farmington.mn.us
- Approved a levy option as a funding source for seal coating           430	Third	Street	•	Farmington,	MN	55024
  projects. The amount to be levied will be determined at a                Councilmember Terry Donnelly
  future date.
                                                                           651-463-7282
March	21                                                                   tdonnelly@ci.farmington.mn.us
- Approved a curbside cleanup day agreement with Certified                 430	Third	Street	•	Farmington,	MN	55024
  Recycling LLC.
- Accepted a $1500 donation from the Farmington                                   Councilmember Julie May
  Rotary Club to the 2010 Parks and Recreation Youth                                                651-319-1656
  Scholarship Program.                                                                 jmay@ci.farmington.mn.us
- Approved the appointment of Rick Fischer, Aasa Just,                  430	Third	Street	•	Farmington,	MN	55024
  Daniel Kuykendall, Travis Pugliese and Linda Thelen as
  probationary firefighters.                                               Councilmember Jason Bartholomay
- Approved an agreement with Coverall of the Twin Cities                   612-819-0219
  for cleaning services for City facilities in the amount of               jbartholomay@ci.farmington.mn.us
  $165,173.76 for three years. This is a savings of $31,000                430	Third	Street	•	Farmington,	MN	55024
  per year.
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April	4                                                         Watch Meetings
- Proclaimed April 22, 2011 as Earth Day.                       On the Web and on Channel 16
- Proclaimed April 29, 2011 as Arbor Day.                       City Council and Planning Commission meetings can be
- Set April 30, 2011 as Spring Clean Up Day for volunteers to   viewed live and recent meetings are available in video
  clean up the business areas.                                  formats on the City website. Cable television subscribers
- Approved an Agreement with Farmington Adult                   can watch the meetings live or as taped broadcasts.
  Fastpitch Organization.
- Authorized Advertisement for an Engineering                   City Publications
  Technician position.                                          All publications are available on the City website.
- Approved a Joint Powers Agreement with Dakota County          The Bridge - bimonthly newsletter mailed to residents to
  for Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Day for Saturday,      inform and to announce what is happening in City government.
  September 10, at the Maintenance Facility
                                                                Parks & Recreation Guide - seasonal publication
  from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
                                                                mailed to residents featuring recreational opportunities for
- Accepted the resignation of City Administrator                children and adults.
  Peter Herlofsky effective May 31, 2011.
- Approved a Joint Powers Agreement with Dakota County          The Community Calendar - The calendar is mailed to
  for Digital Elevation Mapping.                                residents yearly and provides residents with useful information
                                                                including: City contacts, meeting dates, garbage and recycling
                                                                collection schedules and more.
                                                                The River - is mailed to Rambling River Center members
              New	Employee                                      bimonthly, and highlights adult (ages 50 and above) programs.
              The City of Farmington welcomes                   Resident Guide - an excellent resource for residents. The
              Mitch Faber to the Park and Recreation            guide is available at City Hall and the Maintenance Facility or
              Department as Facilities/Park Maintenance         upon request.
              worker. Prior to his hire Mitch worked
              as a master craftsman stone mason and             Nixle and Twitter
 landscaper at Faber Masonry and Landscaping. He also           Sign up for messages via texts or emails through nixle and
 worked at the Burnsville ice arena for over 15 years.          twitter from the City website on the home page.
                                                          www.ci.farmington.mn.us • May/June 2011 • The Bridge
                                                                                                              Presort Standard
                       City	of	Farmington                                                                      U.S. POSTAGE
                       430 Third Street                                                                             PAID
                       Farmington, MN 55024                                                                   Farmington, MN
                                                                                                                Permit No. 36
                       651-280-6800

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      Connecting with our Residents
     This publication is published
     bimonthly by the City of Farmington.                 Postal Customer
     Please contact Danielle Cahlander
     at dcahlander@ci.farmington.mn.us
     or 651-280-6807, with questions or
     suggestions regarding this publication.

      Mayor
      Todd Larson
      Council Members
      Christy Jo Fogarty
      Jason Bartholomay
      Julie May
      Terry Donnelly
      City Administrator
      Peter Herlofsky Jr.



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                 Photo Contest                                       Compact Fluorescent
                                                                     Lamp Recycling
                                                                     If every home in the United States replaced one
                                                                     incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent
                                                                     bulb it would save enough energy to light more than
                                                                     2.5 million homes for a year. Fluorescent light bulbs
                                                                     use only one-fourth as much energy per unit of light
                                                                     produced as incandescent bulbs and they can last up
                                                                     to 10 times longer.
                                            Photo by Andrew Keeler   Fluorescent bulbs
      Hundreds of exceptional photos have been submitted             contain mercury
      to the EXPOSE Farmington Photo Contest over the past           which can harm
      several years and the City looks forward to another year       health and the
      of excellent entries.                                          environment if not
      If you live or work in Farmington or attend Farmington         disposed of properly.
      schools, you can submit your favorite photos of                Fluorescent bulbs can
      Farmington.                                                    be disposed
      The deadline for consideration in the 2012 City of             of at the
      Farmington Community Calendar is August 22, 2011.              Dakota County Recycling Zone.
      Photos submitted may also be published with photo              Compact fluorescent lights (not fluorescent tubes) are
      credit in other City publications or on the City’s website.    accepted for recycling at the Rambling River Center and
      Entry forms and contest rules are available at                 the Maintenance Facility.
      www.ci.farmington.mn.us or at City buildings.                  DO	NOT	PLACE	IN	THE	GARBAGE


     The Bridge • May/June 2011 • www.ci.farmington.mn.us

				
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