NORTH HENNEPIN PIONEER SOCIETY
YOUR HELP IS NEEDED FOR CITY OF CORCORAN
Annual Fundraiser Summer Fest LOCAL FOOD SHELF
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historical documents, photographs of buildings, family always seeking donations of non perishable CITY HALL STAFF - 763-420-2288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
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 - email@example.com
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
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:
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.
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
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
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
• 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: email@example.com 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.
Recommended Native Trees for the Home Landscape
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
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
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™.
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.
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
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.
SAFETY AND USEFUL TIPS Septic Systems
Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) Bulb Basic Fact Sheet for Homeowners
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
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.