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					         NORTH HENNEPIN PIONEER SOCIETY
                                                                       YOUR HELP IS NEEDED FOR                                                                                                         CITY OF CORCORAN
       Annual Fundraiser Summer Fest                                      LOCAL FOOD SHELF
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 SUMMER NEWSLETTER
      Join us on Sunday, August 9th, at the Burschville              Cross Services is a non-profit organization            This newsletter has been designed by staff and a volunteer group to improve our                  August 2009
      School House, located 4½ miles west of Corcoran on             established in 1977 to provide food and                 communications about the City’s activities, and educate you on environmental
      County Road 10, from noon to 4:30 p.m. for live music,         clothing to those in temporary need. They              and safety concerns. If you have an idea for an article or would like to volunteer
      entertainment, pork chops, flea market and raffles.            service Corcoran, Dayton, Hassan, Rogers,                   for a specific area or project at City Hall please call 763-420-2288x10.

      The Pioneer Society is a group that meets each month at        Champlin, Maple Grove and Osseo.
      the Corcoran Civic Center to share and gather historical       400 - plus families are helped monthly. More
      information and maintains this 115-year-old school             than 1000 families in NW Hennepin County                 FREQUENTLY REQUESTED NUMBERS
      house. The Pioneer Society is continuously seeking                                                                                                                                                            CITY OFFICE INFO
                                                                     are registered for CROSS services. They are                                                                                                     8200 - County Road 116
      historical documents, photographs of buildings, family         always seeking donations of non perishable              CITY HALL STAFF - 763-420-2288
      farms and area residents, and any stories you may have                                                                                                                                                            Corcoran, MN 55340
                                                                     foods and personal and health care items.                Administrator - Dan Donahue                       Ext. 13
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Phone 763-420-2288
      associated with them. To help with the grounds upkeep          Other items include gently used household                Clerk -                                           Ext. 15                                   Fax 763-420-6056
      and building maintenance expenses, donations are               items, clean in season clothing and shoes,               Office Manager - Jill Smith-Arens                 Ext. 10                          Email - general@ci.corcoran.mn.us
      greatly appreciated. For information, assistance or            equipment and financial donations.                       Receptionist - Tim Carlson                        Ext. 20                           Website - www.ci.corcoran.mn.us
      charitable contributions, contact Verneal Klersey at 763-
      498-8677.                                                      Your donations will be greatly appreciated              CONTRACTED STAFF                                                                        City Hall Office Hours
                                                                                                                              Planner – Kendra Lindahl                 612-252-9070                                Monday – Friday 8am to 4pm
                                                                     and can be dropped off at 12915 Weinand
                                                                     Circle in Rogers.                                        Engineer – Kent Torve                    763-479-4209
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     City Council Meetings
                                                                                                                              Building Inspector – MNSPECT             952-442-7520
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Second & Fourth Thursday of each month
                                                                     Hours are:     M & F 9:30 am to 4 pm                     City Assessor – Ann Risch                763-473-3978                                      at 7:00pm
                                                                                    W 9:30 am to 7:00 pm
                                                                             (Closed from 11:00 – 12:30 for lunch)           PUBLIC WORKS - 763-420-2652                                                     Planning Commission Meetings
                                                                     View their website for directions or more                Superintendent – Pat Meister                                                         First Thursday of each month
                                                                     details at www.crossfoodshelf.org                                                                                                                       at 7:00pm
                                                                                                                             ELECTED OFFICIALS
                                                                     Also needed is volunteer time to help sort, fill         Mayor – Ken Guenthner                    763-478-6699                                  Parks & Trail Meetings
                                                                     orders, provide office assistance and                                                                                                         Third Tuesday of each month
                                                                                                                              Councilor – Roz Milbrandt                763-416-4396
                                                                     participate in projects and fundraisers. Call                                                                                                          at 7:00pm
                                                                                                                              Councilor – George Gmach                 763-498-7366
                                                                     763-425-1050 to schedule a time and date.                Councilor – Chris Hudok                  612-363-5025                                 “Let your voice be heard”
                                                                                                                              Councilor – Ron Thomas                   763-478-2472
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Inside This Issue:
                                                                                                                             POLICE
               REPLACEMENT OF HEATING SYSTEM AT CITY HALL WILL BEGIN SOON                                                    EMERGENCY                                     911
     The City is currently in the process of updating/replacing the City Hall heating system. The current system has          Administrative – Paula Steelman          763-420-8966                   From the Mayor                                 2
     reached the end of its useful life and upgrades are required. Certain strides have also been made in geothermal          Non Emergency Dispatch                   763-525-6220
     technology since the first City Hall installation. We hope to be constructing the new system in August and                                                                                       Planning Commission / Assessor Updates         2
     September.                                                                                                              RECYCLING MISSED PICKUPS
                                                                                                                              Waste Management (Dan Rogers)            320-485-4065                   Parks & Trail Commission / Comp Plan Updates 3
     Geothermal heating and cooling systems have been around for almost two decades. City Hall has had one for 15             Questions                                1- 800-450-9378
     years. What's so compelling about geothermal technology? Energy efficiency                                                                                                                       Public Works / Police                          4

     In a technology defined by numbers, here's a fact that everyone will understand: With a geothermal system a             OTHER
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Police Continued                               5
     reasonably tight 2000-sq.-ft. home can be heated and cooled for about $1 a day. Heating City Hall is estimated to        Athletic Association                     763-923-4154
     cost less than $5 a day versus $22 a day with more conventional systems. Yes, geothermal costs significantly more        Corcoran Jaycees (Chad Robran)           763-478-0167                   Safety / Useful Tips                           6
     up front, but payback is certainly achievable. One contractor has calculated the payback to be nine years for City       Corcoran Lions (Russ Poppler)            763-494-9166
     Hall when comparing geothermal to traditional gas heating.                                                               Corcoran Soccer                          763-478-3086                   Septic System Facts                            7
                                                                                                                              Cross Food Shelf Services                763-425-1050
     The system consists of several underground coils that take advantage of a typical ground temperature of 55 degrees       Crow River Newspaper                     763-424-7359                   Environmental and Weed Control                 8-9
     F. Therefore, in winter the system needs to boost the heat a mere 15 to 20 degrees to reach a comfortable indoor
                                                                                                                              Henn. Co. Recycling Center               612-348-3777
     temperature. Compare this to huge temperature differentials expected of standard furnaces, and the logic comes into                                                                              Events, Activities and Misc. Information       10
                                                                                                                              Henn. Co. Environmental Control
     focus pretty quickly.
                                                                                                                              (Septic Information)                     612-543-5200
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Businesses in Corcoran                         11
     The geothermal principle works about as well for air conditioning. Instead of an outdoor compressor laboring against     NW Trails Association (Voicemail)        952-882-6770
     the heat of the day, having to use hot air as its heat-shedding medium, a ground-source heat pump operates indoors,                                                                              Pioneer Society Annual Fund Raiser             12
     using 55-degree ground temperature as its starting point. The result is a 20 to 40 percent savings over conventional
     heat pumps and air conditioners.
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    FROM THE MAYOR                                                                                                                          KNOW YOUR BUSINESSES IN CORCORAN
    On behalf of the elected Council members, volunteer commission members, and City employees, greetings to
    all of our Corcoran neighbors. I am confident you will find this newsletter to be informative and I want to thank              Business Name                       Type of Business                 Number          Street       Phone
    Council Member Roz Milbrandt and staffers Jill Smith-Arens, Paula Steelman and Tim Carlson along with other          Corcoran Bottle Shop                          Retail Liquor Store               19905   75th Avenue        420-3114
    volunteers for their work in putting it together.                                                                                                                         Retail
                                                                                                                         Ballistic Products Inc.                                                         20015   75th Avenue        494-9237
    I’m struck by the similarity between operating the city government and operating a household. Whether it’s           Miller Brothers Excavating                  Residential Excavation              20170   75th Avenue        420-9170
    dealing with unexpected repairs or financial challenges, maintaining equipment in good working order, resolving      W.W. Constructors, Inc.                     Industrial Construction             20095   75th Avenue        420-4177
    conflicts and working together to achieve a common goal, or planning for an uncertain future, it takes the same      Gazelle Marketing                 Distr Industrial hoses/specialty products.    20115   Auger Ave.         550-9292
    patience, commitment to understanding problems, acceptance of others’ views, and openness to compromise              Pro Dry Wall                               Construction Residential             20125   Auger Ave.         424-3314
    that allows both “communities” to succeed.                                                                           Stitch-It                         Computerize Embroid. & Laser Engraving         7575   Commerce Street    494-3669
    I am gratified to have the opportunity to work with all our dedicated employees and the many community               Phil’s Quality Automotive          Automotive Repair and Service/ Tires          7590   Commerce Street    420-2059
    members who volunteer their time to help Corcoran succeed. None of us gets it right all the time, but we all         Pro-Tech Auto Repair                          Automotive Repair                  7591   Commerce Street    420-3060
    have a common commitment – to make this City a great place to live, work, and raise our families.                    Commercial Door Systems Inc.         Distributor for Doors, Lock Snipping        7670   Commerce Street    494-9533
                                                                                                                         A-1 Outdoor Power                   Power Equipment Part/Sales/Service           7630   Commerce Street    420-2748
    I encourage you to take a minute a chat with one of our police officers or public works crew, stop in at City Hall                                       Wholesale and Retail Auto part sales
                                                                                                                         Napa Auto / RJ’s Corner Store                                                   19905   County Road 10     420-2321
    to meet the staff, or call a commission or council member to simply ask how things are going. We’re all here to
                                                                                                                         St. Thomas The Apostle                               Church                     20000   County Road 10     420-2385
    serve you and welcome the chance to hear your thoughts.
                                                                                                                         Frank’s Stanchion Bar                              Bar-Liquor                   20037   County Road 10     420-2582
                                                                                                                         10-50 Club                                      Bar- Restaurant                 20115   County Road 10     420-3606
                                                                                                                         Corcoran Locker Plant                             Meat Market                   20121   County Road 10     420-2555
              PLANNING COMMISSION                                Welcome Our New Administrator                            Ebert Construction                           General Contractor                23350   County Road 10     498-7844
     Just recently the Commission members have reviewed 5
     Land Applications submitted to the City from residents.                                                             Step by Step Montessori School          Montessori School/Child Care            23610   County Road 10     498-5437
                                                                 In April, Corcoran hired Daniel Donahue as City
     They include a Rezoning and PUD, Interim Use Permit &                                                               Storman’s Food and Fuel                       Convenience Store                  9350   County Road 19     498-8331
                                                                 Administrator. Dan has 25 years of experience
     Variance for an Accessory Structure and 3 Preliminary
                                                                 as City Manager in New Hope. He holds a                  Doboszenski & Sons                          Excavation Business                 9520   County Road 19     478-6945
     and Final Plats. Should you be interested in any of this                                                                                                         Church & K-8 School
                                                                 master’s degree in public administration from           St. John’s Lutheran Church                                                       9141   County Road 101    420-2426
     information you can review the minutes on the City’s
     website or stop by City Hall. All Planning Commission       Syracuse University. Corcoran plans to make             Mama G’s                                        Bar/Restaurant                   9705   County Road 101    420-2588
     meetings are open to the public and are held on the first   use of that education and experience as Dan              Immanuel United Methodist                           Church                     10025   County Road 101    420-2585
     Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm.                          gets his arms around the task of organizing the         Custom Filtration                      Manufacture Filters/ Wire Mesh            7219   County Road 116    478-4748
                                                                 administrative and financial functions that have        Cowboy Concrete                              Concrete Contractors                7241   County Road 116    478-8008
                                                                 suffered from staff turnover in recent years.                                                                Retail
          FROM THE CITY ASSESSOR’S                                                                                       Lawn King                                                                        7555   County Road 116    420-2909
                                                                 One of Dan’s first activities was to hold a             Farmers State Bank                                    Bank                       7559   County Road 116    420-2025
                   OFFICE
                                                                 visioning and goal-setting session with the City        Country Pizza Parlor                               Restaurant                    7565   County Road 116    420-5755
     Property owners can expect a visit from the Assessor        Council. This effort resulted in prioritization of      Corcoran Pet Care Center                            Pet Care                     7569   County Road 116    420-3930
     once every five years. This year the area of                efforts for his first months in the office.             Corcoran Crossroads                    Convenience Store/Gas Station             7625   County Road 116    420-2888
     revaluation is sections 1-6. (Properties with P.I.D.                                                                                                                  Golf Course
                                                                 As City Administrator, Dan is responsible for           Pheasant Run Golf Club                                                          10705   County Road 116    428-8244
     numbers beginning with 01, 02, 03, 04, 05 or 06- the
                                                                 administration, finance, public works, managing         Broman’s Greenhouse                     Greenhouse/ Bedding Plants              10720   County Road 116    420-2146
     northern tier of the city). In addition, properties with
     building permits in progress will also be visited. In       consultants and supporting the City Council and         Medina Electric                              Electrical Contractor              22510   Highway 55         478-6828
     order to obtain the most accurate information for an        for collaborating with Sean Gormley, Director of        Ess Bros. Real Estate                     Distributer & Manufacturer             9350   County Road 19     478-2027
     equitable assessment, it is desirable to inspect both       Public Safety, on police and fire budget and            Laurent Motor Café                              Used Car Sales                  23030   Highway 55         478-9802
     the exterior and interior of the property. Your             personnel matters.                                      Lano Equipment                          Light Construction Equipment            23580   Highway 55         479-4342
     cooperation in allowing access to the interior is                                                                                                                      Auto Body
     appreciated.
                                                                                                                         Lakeland Auto Body                                                              23596   Highway 55         479-1747
                                                                                                                         Peterson Motorworks                           Sell Cars & Repair                23600   Highway 55         479-2084
                                                                                                                         National Sales & Leasing                         Used Vehicles                  23600   Highway 55         479-2404
              PARKS & TRAILS SEEK                                                                                        Dick’s Auto Reconditioning                       Auto Detailing                 23600   Highway 55         479-4037
              COMMISSION MEMBERS                                                                                         Shamrock Golf Course                              Golf Course                   19625   Larkin Road        478-9977
                                                                                                                         Good Shepherd Luth. Church                      Church / School                  7675   Maple Hill Road    494-9568
     The Parks and Trails are currently seeking three                                                                    Rush Creek Golf Course                     Golf Course/Club House                7990   Maple Hill Road    494-8844
     applicants to fill a commissioner and alternate seat                                                                                                                     Church
                                                                                                                         Hope Community Church                                                           19951   Oswald Farm Rd.    494-4673
     and one high school student to serve on the board.
                                                                                                                         Grove Nursery                                 Wholesale Nursery                  9650   Trail Haven Road   420-4202
     If you are interested an application can be
     downloaded from our website or picked up at City                                                                    All Seasons Canine Country Club                Boarding Kennel                  10800   Trail Haven Road   420-1002
     Hall.

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     Snowmobile Training Offered by Northwest Trails in Corcoran                                                            PARKS AND TRAILS UPDATE
     The Northwest Trails Association will sponsor a Youth Snowmobile Safety Training program for NW Hennepin              Philosophy: Corcoran’s parks, trails and open space system are an important element of the community’s life. The system offers
     County. Classes will be held at the Corcoran Civic Center, 8200 County Road 116 in Corcoran: (Please note             residents desired recreational opportunities, while it preserves and makes accessible unique natural and historic resources that are
     this activity is not handled through the City)                                                                        part of the City’s identity. The Parks Commission believes that the parks and trails system can be designed to help to unify the
                                                                                                                           City’s neighborhoods and build a sense of common identity and interest among current and new residents.
                                                 Corcoran Training
                                                                                                                           Goals:
                                Thursday, December 3 – Classroom - 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
                                Tuesday, December 8 – Classroom - 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm                                        1. To promote park development that will best encourage and support use by the public.
                               Thursday, December 10 – Classroom - 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm                                       2. To provide a balanced park system that provides for active recreation, passive recreation, and natural resource protection.
                              Saturday, December 12 – Outdoor Practical – 9:00 am - noon                                   3. To implement the Parks and Trails Plan based on the needs and demands of Corcoran residents and park and trail users.
                                                                                                                           4. To work cooperatively with neighboring communities, Hennepin County, Three Rivers Parks, the State of Minnesota and
     Classes fill quickly and space is limited, so register your youth now. Students                                       the others in planning, developing, and financing the local park system.
     must be 11 years of age or older (sorry, no exceptions) by 12/3/2009. Students
     must complete all hours of training and pass both the written and outdoor                                             Parks and Trails continue to meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm. A main topic on the agenda has been
     practical test to receive their Snowmobile Safety Certificate.                                                        discussion about adding two additional T-ball fields. Your views and ideas are greatly appreciated. All meetings are open to
                                                                                                                           the public and are held in the Civic Center. You are invited to visit the Parks and Trails booth at Corcoran Country Daze for
     Students may register at the Northwest Trails website, www.nwtrails.net.
     Click the link for the specific Safety Training to download the registration form                                     further information on the Memorial Park and T-ball projects.
     and registration instructions. Cost for the class is $10.00.

     The goal of Northwest Trails and our volunteer instructors is to train young people to become safe and                       COMP - PLAN REVIEW IS NOW ACCESSIBLE IN A DRAFT STAGE
     responsible snowmobilers. By learning and following the laws and regulations, and the basics of safe riding, it       Over the past six months, a subcommittee, Planning Commission and City Council prepared and provided
     is our hope that our students will have many enjoyable experiences while snowmobiling.                                preliminary approval of the draft Comprehensive Plan to guide development in Corcoran for the next 10 years.
                                                                                                                           A Comprehensive Plan is a long-range planning document for the entire City. The document identifies the
     Volunteers are welcome. If you are interested in assisting NWT with this year’s program, please contact the           vision, goals, and strategies for growth and development in the City. The Comprehensive Plan is an
     club at 952-882-6770 or via e-mail at nwtrails@nwtrails.net.                                                          opportunity to set strategies for not only where development will occur and what type but how it will develop,
                                                                                                                           including design objectives. This includes a focused effort on new planning techniques to preserve and protect
                                                                                                                           natural resources while still allowing for appropriate development. The Comprehensive Plan serves as a
       Attention Corcoran and                        A special “Thank You” goes out to the                                 guideline for the City Council, Commissions and City staff for use in decision-making relating to land use, park
                                                                                                                           development, transportation, public facility planning and other topics.
       NW Hennepin County                            Corcoran JC’s for donating funds to
       Landowners                                     sponsor the summer edition of the                                    How can I get involved?
       Northwest Trails (NWT), the local                        City’s newsletter.                                         The draft Comprehensive Plan, including all maps and text, are ready for review by local jurisdictions and
                                                                                                                           residents of Corcoran. This review time will extend through the summer, concluding with a public open house
       snowmobile club that’s been
       marking and maintaining                                                                                             and public hearing in the fall. Public participation is essential in preparing a Comprehensive Plan as this is a
       snowmobile trails in our area              The Corcoran Jaycees was founded in 1980, and have been a part of        plan for the community of Corcoran. The City wants to hear and receive resident input into the plan and is
                                                  this community for over 25 years serving and giving back to the public   providing multiple ways for the residents to review the plan. A few events will take place this summer and fall
       since 1973, is asking any land
                                                  in which they live.                                                      including:
       owners that are interested in
       having a snowmobile trail on their         The organization consists of people ages 21-40 who are dedicated to      •   Corcoran Country Daze: A City booth with Comprehensive Plan materials will be available to review and
       property to please contact them            providing individual development and leadership training through             provide comments. Maps and summary information will be provided in addition to comment forms for
       ASAP. They may be able to work             community work.                                                              residents to complete. These comments will be reviewed by the City prior to any final decision on the
       something out with you depending                                                                                        Comprehensive Plan. “Let Your Voice Be Heard”
       on where you are located. NWT              The Corcoran Jaycees are a not-for-profit community organization that
       can answer any questions you               volunteers its time to raise money through community projects,           •   Comprehensive Plan Open House Event: An open house will be held in the fall to provide opportunities
       may have.                                  fundraisers, and charitable gambling for the needs of the community          for residents to review the plans and draft chapters. A post card will be mailed to all residents in Corcoran
                                                  and its people. It brings them great joy to serve others and make new        notifying you of this Open House.
                                                  friends and connections along the way.
       Voicemail:     952.882.6770
                                                                                                                           •   Public Hearing: At the conclusion of the open house, a public hearing will be held to receive public
                                                  To become a member go to their website at www.corcoranjaycees.org            comments on the plan. No action will be taken during this meeting by the Planning Commission or City
       Address:       P.O. Box 444,
                      Osseo, MN 55369                                                                                          Council. This is an opportunity for you to provide your input.
                                                  Reminder – You do not have to be a resident of Corcoran to join the
                                                  Corcoran Jaycees. They serve the communities around Corcoran and         •   Draft Plan Approval: The Planning Commission and City Council will make any recommendations for
       Email: nwtrails@nwtrails.net               have members from surrounding cities that is part of the reason they         changes and approve the draft plan for formal submittal by December 29, 2009. This meeting date will be
       Website: http://www.nwtrails.net/          are called the Corcoran Area JC’s. Invite a friend to join with you!
                                                                                                                               advertised at the Public Hearing and on the City’s website.
                                                                                                                           Draft plans, chapters, comment form and meeting information is available on the City’s website at www.ci.corcoran.mn.us.

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                                                                                                                                                          Recommended Native Trees for the Home Landscape
    PUBLIC WORKS
                    Public Works Provides City-Wide Service                                                                   If you’re thinking of planting a tree in your landscape but you’re not sure what to choose, consider selecting a species that is native to
                                                                                                                              this area. Native species—those that were growing in this region before European settlement—are adapted to the local climate and are
    Corcoran’s Public Works Department is responsible for many City services. Corcoran is approximately 36 square             best able to tough out our winters and handle typical summer growing conditions.
    miles, and the Public Works Department repairs and maintains 63 miles of gravel and paved roads and public
    parking areas. Public Works grades our roads, repairs potholes, rebuilds shoulders, and manages dust control.             The choices are many. Which selection you make will depend on your site’s growing conditions, including light and moisture. It’s also
    They patch our streets, clean, and manage seal coating. The clearing of trees and brush from right-of-ways,               important to consider the space you have available to accommodate the tree when it reaches its mature size. Also, try to incorporate
    cleaning ditches, repairing culverts, and all the removing of snow on our roads and streets are also responsibilities     variety into your landscape. As the recent battle with Emerald Ash Borer has shown, it’s wise not to overplant any particular species.
    performed by the Public Works Department.                                                                                 (See related article in this newsletter.) The greater the variety of trees in the landscape, the less extensive the damage caused by
                                                                                                                              introduced pests and diseases.
    The Department mows, trims, and maintains our City Parks and all City property, including buildings and grounds.
    Our ball fields are dragged daily, and our play equipment is inspected weekly for the safety of our children. Our City    With those considerations in mind, here are a few of the native trees recommended by the University of Minnesota Extension Service for
    parks are open to the public all year, and the department maintains the ice rink, the shelter, and the required snow      planting in the home landscape. Check with a nursery to learn about the specific growing conditions each requires, as well as its mature
    removal in the parking area.                                                                                              height and fall color.
    The Public Works Department maintains all City vehicles and manages the repair and life cycle of all maintenance          Basswood, also called American Linden (Tilia americana), Black Cherry (Prunus serotina), Butternut (Juglans cinerea), Chokecherry
    equipment. They also maintain the heating and cooling system in the City Hall and City Center building, the               (Prunus virginiana), Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis), Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)
    lighting, windows, and “set up” for events in the City Center. The Department also assists the Police Department          Red Oak (Quercus rubra), Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)
    with city events, such as “Spring Clean Up Day” and Country Daze.

    All of these City services are provided by a staff of five fulltime and one seasonal, managed by Pat Meister. The                                                                                                             ASH TREE
    goal of the Public Works Department is to provide the highest quality of service to the citizens of Corcoran for the
    best economic value. If you have questions, suggestions, or need help, please call the Public Works Dept. at 763-            Do I Have Emerald Ash Borer?                                                                  IDENTIFICATION
    420-2652.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Branch and Bud Arrangement
    POLICE DEPARTMENT                                                    POLICE ESTABLISH A NEW                              The City is urging residents to    SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF THE EAB                                  Branches and buds are directly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               across from each other and not
                                                                                                                             help keep a watchful eye out for
                                                                          COMMUNITY PROGRAM                                  Emerald Ash Borers.              Canopy Die Back – begins in top 1/3 of tree                      staggered. When looking for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               opposite branching in trees,
                                                                                                                                                              and progresses until the tree is bare.
    POLICE ASSIST WITH CHILD                                         The Corcoran Police Department along with
                                                                                                                             The EAB is an invasive beetle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               please consider that buds or
                                                                     Maple Hills Estates, Lord of Life Lutheran                                                    Epicormic Shoots – sprout growth from                       limbs may die; hence not every
    PROTECTION                                                       Church and Corcoran Jaycees, are partnering             that attacks and kills ash trees.     roots and trunk leaves often larger than                    single branch will have an
                                                                     to sponsor the first “Community Outreach”               Its larvae kill ash trees by          normal.                                                     opposite mate.
                                     The Corcoran Police                                                                     tunneling into the wood and
                                     Department            has       program. This type of program gives these
                                                                     organizations a chance to reach out to the              blocking the flow of nutrients        Bark Splitting – vertical fissures on bark
                                     implemented a new                                                                       and water.                            due to callous tissue formation. Galleries                  Leaves
                                     process for their child         community.
                                                                                                                                                                   exposed under bark split.                                   Leaves are compound and
                                     identification program.                                                                                                                                                                   composed of 5-11 leaflets.
                                                                     Chief Gormley’s idea is to give underprivileged         The metallic-green adult beetles      Holes In Bark - One-eighth - inch diameter                  Leaflets may be smooth or
                                     The           department        children in the community an opportunity to             are a half inch long with purple      D-shaped exit holes in ash tree bark and                    toothed. The only other
                                     received an anonymous           participate in an activity or event. Our first
                                     donation which was
                                                                                                                             abdominal segments beneath            serpentine tunnels packed with sawdust                      oppositely branched tree with
                                                                     event is to take a child from the Maple Hills           wing covers and are active from                                                                   compound leaves is the
                                     used to purchase a                                                                                                            under the bark and increased woodpecker
                                                                     Estates community to a MN Twins game. The               May to September. Green and                                                                       Boxelder, which almost always
                                     limited      supply    of                                                                                                     activity and damage.
                                                                     winners not only get a ticket to the Saturday,          White ash trees are the most                                                                      has 3-5 leaflets.
                                     AMBER Sticks™.                  September 19th game, but they also receive
                                     These will be distributed                                                               commonly found ash species in
                                                                     transportation, as well as a concession coupon
                                     to residents wanting to                                                                 the Midwest.         While other
                                                                     for a free hot dog and beverage. There will be
    input their family’s personal information, digital photos                                                                woody plants, such as Mountain                                                                    Bark
                                                                     representatives    from     each   organization
    and more on a portable, secure programmed software               attending the game along with the winning
                                                                                                                             Ash and Prickly Ash, have “ash”                                                                   On mature trees the bark is tight
    flash drive to take with them wherever they go.                                                                          in their names, they are not true                                                                 with distinct patterns of diamond-
                                                                     ticket holders.                                                                                                                                           shaped ridges. On young trees
                                                                                                                             ashes.      Only true ash are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               bark is relatively smooth.
    The Police Department has given residents AMBER                  Entries for the drawing were received during            susceptible to attack by the
    Sticks™ at the Hamel Rodeo and will also be giving               the Wooddale Church Bible Camp graduation               EAB. Contact the U of M Forest
    them out FREE at the Corcoran Country Daze. Look                 celebration that took place in Maple Hills              Resources at 612-624-3020 if
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Seeds
    for the Police Command Trailer and a representative              Estates on Thursday, July 23rd.                         you think you may have an EAB                                                                     When present on trees, seeds
    from the police department will assist you.                                                                              infested tree, or visit our website
                                                                     We anticipate sponsoring more events in the                                                                                                               are dry, oar-shaped samaras.
    More AMBER Sticks™ will be available at our Police                                                                       under FAQs for more pictures                                                                      They usually occur in clusters
                                                                     future. Watch for them to be posted on our
    Administrative office for a small fee. Call 763-420-8966                                                                 and information.                                                                                  and typically hang on the tree
                                                                     website or in the Crow River News.                                                                                                                        until late fall, early winter.
    to set up an appointment to get your AMBER Stick™.

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                               Water Well Basic Maintenance                                                                                      POLICE DEPARTMENT PRESENTS AWARDS OF RECOGNITION
    A well owner plays an important part in assuring safe drinking water. While a well requires a surprisingly                   The Corcoran Police Department recognized Corporal John Hamilton, Officer Ryan Burns and Reserve Sergeant John Kieffer with
    small amount of maintenance, here are some of the things you should be aware of:                                             awards at the Corcoran City Council Meeting on Thursday, June 25, 2009.
                                                                                                                                 Corporal John Hamilton received an award for his 20 years of dedicated service to the City of Corcoran. Corporal Hamilton began his
    •   Keep records of the well, maintenance, water sample test results, and well sealing with the other                        career with the Corcoran Police Department on May 1, 1989. In addition to his regular officer duties he assists the police chief with
        important papers about your property.                                                                                    various management tasks. He currently lives in Corcoran with his wife, Mary.
    •   Protect the well from damage by being careful not to bump the well with lawn mowers, snowplows, or
        other equipment. Keep the well and plumbing connections watertight. Make sure the well has an                            Reserve Sergeant John Kieffer received his award for his 25-plus years of dedicated service to the City of Corcoran. John began with
        approved well cap or cover and keep it on tight.                                                                         the Corcoran Police Department on April 14, 1983. He is currently employed fulltime with Land O’ Lakes, Inc. in the Project and
    •   Prevent backflow by making sure that hoses and faucets have backflow prevention devices. Do not                          Processing Accounting Department. John resides in Maple Grove and is married to his wife Betsy and has a grown son, Phillip.
        submerge hoses in any liquids.
    •   Keep the septic system in good condition.                                                                                Officer Ryan Burns received two awards. The first award was for his 15 years of dedicated service to the City of Corcoran. Officer
    •   Disinfect the well with chlorine following pump replacement, repair of the well or plumbing system, or if                Burns began his career with the Corcoran Police Department on May 15, 1994. Officer Burns received the first Medal of Merit Award
        flooding has occurred.                                                                                                   that the Corcoran Police Department has given. This was presented to him for his excellent dedication to the Corcoran Firearm Safety
    •   Inspect your well for cracks, subsidence of the ground around the casing, a missing or loose cover, or                   Program. Officer Burns resides in Ramsey with his wife, Lori, and two small boys Kyan & Logan.
        other problems. Have the problems corrected.
                                                                                                                                 Chief Gormley stated, “These Officers are leaders who have worked hard for many years to make the Corcoran Police Department what
                             This information has been gathered from the MN Department of Health website.                        it is today. Officer Burns has worked diligently to make the Firearm Safety Program so successful.”



    Two Noxious Weeds to Look for This Summer
    Corcoran property owners should be on the lookout for Canada Thistle and Purple Loosestrife, two plants listed
    as prohibited noxious weeds by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Because these plants can harm public
    health or the environment or pose a threat to crops or livestock, State statute and Corcoran city code require
    that they be controlled or eradicated by the property owner. While you’re outdoors this season, then, look
    for these plants on your property. Both flower in mid- and late summer and are easy to identify when in bloom.

    Canada Thistle
    Common along roadsides, in                                                                                                          L to R – Chief Sean Gormley, Corporal John Hamilton, Reserve Sergeant John Kieffer,
                                                                                                                                                             Officer Ryan Burns, Mayor Ken Guenthner                          L to R - Ryan Burns, Chief Sean Gormley
    fields and in other open areas,
    Canada Thistle (Cirsium
    arvense) has pale purple
    flowers that bloom from early
                                                                                                                                                                         BACK TO SCHOOL SAFETY TIPS
    July through August. The
                                                                                                                                 A big safety concern for parents is how to protect "latchkey" kids who are home alone after school. The favorite rule uttered by parents
    flowers are followed by masses
                                                                                                                                 and experts alike is: Don't let a stranger inside the house. It's a good rule, but ineffective.
    of plumed seeds that are easily
    carried by wind. This prickly
                                                                                                                                 Stranger is a terrible word; kids expect strangers to be scary, and they're not. There are really only two rules parents need to give their
    plant often grows in dense
                                                                                                                                 latchkey kids:
    stands that spread via roots and
    seeds and displace other plants.                                                                                             • Keep Doors Shut: Instead of telling kids not to let a stranger in, the real rule needs to be: Keep the door shut and locked at all times.
                                                                                                                                     Don't fill your child's head with "don'ts"; simply tell them to keep all doors closed. If someone comes to the door, your child can
                                                Canada Thistle                Canada Thistle- seeds         Purple Loosestrife       communicate with this person through the door.
    Purple Loosestrife                                                                                                           • Set Check-In Time: Another thing parents should ask their child to do is call and let Mom or Dad know that she is home safe. Set a
    Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) is an aggressive aquatic plant that has invaded wetlands, shore land, and                 consistent time for the child to call each day. Give her 10 minutes plus or minus to allow for a slow bus, etc ... then start to worry if
    roadside ditches. Its stems are 4 to 10 feet tall and are topped with spikes of magenta flowers that bloom from                  she doesn't meet this deadline. Also, find a close neighbor who is usually home around this time. If the parent can't be reached, the
    July through September. Like Canada Thistle, Purple Loosestrife spreads rapidly to form dense patches that                       child knows to call this person. Parents need to remember that kids who are home alone are much more likely to encounter dangers
    exclude other species.                                                                                                           such as fire from burning popcorn or falling down the stairs than being abducted by a stranger. Parents need to consider some of
                                                                                                                                     these issues facing their families and deal with them accordingly.
    Canada Thistle and Purple Loosestrife can be controlled in a variety of ways, and the best method to use
    depends on the size of the stand. Check with the University of Minnesota Extension Service                                   •    Corcoran Police Department is urging families to have discussions with their children and ask motorists to pay attention to current
    (http://www.extension.umn.edu/) to learn more.                                                                                    bus safety laws. Children who know the procedure of where they can wait and how to walk around the bus have a better chance at
                                                                                                                                      beating the odds of becoming the victim of an accident. Motorists who become more aware also can help with school bus safety.
    To see color photographs of either of these plants or for more information about Minnesota’s noxious weeds,                       Often families are so focused about what book needs to get into the backpack, or what’s the school lunch that day, that distractions
    visit the MN Department of Agriculture’s web page at www.mda.state.mn.us/plants/badplants/noxiouslist.htm.                        come easily in the midst of traffic or to any riders waiting at bus stops.
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     SAFETY AND USEFUL TIPS                                                                                              Septic Systems
     Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) Bulb                                                                               Basic Fact            Sheet for Homeowners
     SAFETY WARNING
                                                                                                                        The septic system is designed to treat wastewater for a specific site. Proper treatment of wastewater reduces
                                                                                                                        health risks to humans and animals and prevents surface and groundwater contamination. Many synthetic
                                                                                                                        cleaning products and other chemicals used in the house can be toxic to humans, pets, and wildlife.
     There’s an old joke about how many people it takes to screw in a light bulb, but with CFLs you really should       Additives, particularly degreasers, may contain carcinogens (cancer-causing agents) that flow directly into the
                                                                                                                        groundwater along with the treated sewage. If allowed to enter a failing septic system, these products may
     read the directions before buying and installing them. Some high tech, energy efficient light bulbs contain a      reach groundwater, nearby surface water, or the ground surface.
     computer chip that is installed facing up or down depending on if the bulb is to be facing up or hanging from
     a fixture. There are also bulbs special designed for areas that are subject to vibration such as ceiling fan       How does it work? – There are many types of septic systems, but in general each uses plumbing to collect and
     fixtures and garage door lights. Although these bulbs use up to 75% less energy than regular bulbs, you            deliver wastewater to a septic tank, a water-tight chamber where solids are separated from liquids. The total amount of
     must still use caution.                                                                                            water and the pattern of water use affect how the septic system works. Every time water is used, wastewater enters
                                                                                                                        the septic tank and an equal amount of water leaves the tank for the drainfield.
     In at least on case a bulb similar to the one shown above had been installed hanging from a ceiling fan. The
                                                                                                                        Improving Your Septic System Performance – By controlling water use, selecting appropriate products, and making
     bulb was designed to be installed in an upright position and was not designed to withstand the vibration of
                                                                                                                        wise disposal decisions, you can improve performance of the system and avoid major problems. Large volumes of
     the fan. The position and vibration caused the bulb to start to smoke and melt down. Fire departments have         water entering the system in a short time may agitate and re-suspend sludge and scum into the liquid contents. If this
     responded to several calls to these types of light bulbs starting on fire.                                         happens, suspended solids are carried into the soil treatment system, clogging soil pores and preventing adequate
                                                                                                                        treatment.
     If you have these bulbs at home, check the labeling to make sure that they are designed for use in the
     location you have them installed in. If you are purchasing a new bulb, read the label or ask the store clerk       A typical Minnesotan uses about 110 gallons of water per day. About 60% of that water is used in the bathroom. One
     for information on the different types of bulbs available.                                                         of the best ways to reduce the amount of water treated by the septic is to replace old water-using appliances.
                                                                                                                        Reducing water use conserves the water resources and helps the septic system. If your shower can fill a one-gallon
                                                                                                                        bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace it with a water-efficient showerhead and save up to 750 gallons a month. Don’t
              HELP SUPPORT OUR LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENTS                                                                   run water while brushing your teeth and save 4 gallons a minute, or 200 gallons a week for a family of four.

                                                                                                                            •   Do not use “every flush” toilet bowl disinfectants that are placed in the toilet bowl.
    Some of you may be wondering where our local fire department is located. Currently Corcoran is serviced by              •   Use moderate amounts of “white” toilet paper. Some dyes used in paper are difficult for bacteria to break
    four fire departments. The City is divided into quarters: in 2008 Hanover serviced the northwestern area,                   down.
    responding to 30 calls; Rogers serviced the northeastern area, responding to 19 calls; Loretto serviced the             •   Fill basin to wash hands or dishes instead of washing under running water.
    southwestern area, responding to 24 calls; and Hamel serviced the southeastern, area responding to 42 calls.            •   Use the minimum amount of soap necessary to clean the dishes or while bathing.
                                                                                                                            •   Do not use garbage disposal or dispose of vegetables, meat, fat, oil, coffee grounds and other undigested food
    These fire departments are all volunteer organizations. You as a resident of Corcoran can help support them                 products in the septic system.
    by participating in their annual fundraising activities. All proceeds go to the fire departments to help purchase       •   Distribute wash loads evenly throughout the week. Select a front-loading washing machine, which uses 40%
    fire and medical equipment for your safety and protection. If you or anyone you know is interested in joining one           less water.
    of these departments please give them a call. These departments do not use phone solicitations for fund                 •   Recharge the water softener as infrequently as possible or reroute water outside the septic system. It does
    raising. If you receive such a call it is likely a scam.                                                                    not need to be treated.
                                                                                                                            •   Never let wash water from latex paint on brushes or rollers go down the drain into the septic system.
                                                                                                                            •   There is no such thing as a quick fix or safe and effective septic system additive. Minn. Rules Chapter
            HANOVER FIRE DEPARTMENT                                   ROGERS FIRE DEPARTMENT                                    7080 specifies that additives must not be used as a means of reducing the frequency of proper maintenance
                   FUND RAISERS                                            FUND RAISER                                          and removal of scum and sludge from the septic tank. EPA or USDA approval means only that the products
           Spaghetti Dinner October 3rd, 2009                        October Fest - September 26th, 2009                        contain no hazardous material. It does not mean the products are effective at what they claim to do. Starters,
                    4:30 PM to 7:30 PM                          Join in for live music, waterball, business expo                feeders, additives and cleaners are heavily promoted to homeowners. Don’t be misled!
           Poultry Social December 18th, 2009                                 and BBQ chicken wings                     How often should I pump my septic tank? – State law requires that septic tanks be measured and/or pumped every
                        7:00PM start                                     Website - www.ci.rogers.mn.us                  three years. How often to clean a septic tank also depends on its size, use, and operating condition. A typical
                                                                                                                        household will calculate a cleaning frequency of 18-30 months. If either floating scum or sludge is allowed to enter the
                                                                                                                        soil treatment system (drainfield) it will cause expensive and often irreparable damage. Contact a qualified septic
            LORETTO FIRE DEPARTMENT                                                                                     system professional from the local yellow pages for additional advice. The City has transferred all records over to
            Open House Fire Prevention Week                                                                             Hennepin County to notify the residents when their septic system is due to be cleaned. Please contact Hennepin
                                                                                                                        County Human Services Department at 612-543-5220 for further questions or concerns.
                   October 10, 2009
                  5:00 PM – 8:00 PM                                                                                     Do septic and well systems have to be inspected before a property transfer? - The law requires that prior to
                                                                                                                        signing an agreement to sell or transfer real property, a seller must disclose to a buyer the status and location of the
                                                                                                                        septic system. The seller must disclose this information in writing. Local government ordinances, especially in
             HAMEL FIRE DEPARTMENT                                                                                      shoreland areas, may require inspections prior to property transfer. Currently Corcoran has no disclosure ordinance
           Open House Fire Prevention Week                                                                              requirement.
            October 4, 2009 1:00 – 4:00 PM
                                                                                                                        If you have further questions, view the city’s website or go to the University of MN Extension Service at
             Website - www.hamelfire.org                                                                                http://septic.umn.edu. There you can order the Septic System Owner’s Guide or find fact sheets about septic system
                                                                                                                        design, maintenance and other topics.
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