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In this issue
2013 Proposed City Budget
Voting “Know How”
The City Council reviewed the 2013 for 2013, an electrical inspector to The current accelerated street
Proposed City Budget at a workshop on replace a contractual inspector and a reconstruction program will continue for
Get Ready for Winter August 9. Final approval of the budget communications/marketing employee will 2013 (which involves re-paving over 8
will take place after a public hearing to be be increased from a part-time to a full- miles of residential and collector streets)
held on December 4. Property owners will time position. Meanwhile, two positions and there has been $200,000 set aside for
Home Remodeling Ideas receive notice of the hearing and property are being eliminated including an assistant park and trail improvements.
tax impacts in November. arena manager and administrative support
person. Health insurance premium What does the City budget include?
Home Improvement The 2013 Budget maintains the current contributions will remain the same as There are a number of funds included in
Loans service level and provides for some 2012. the City’s budget document, the biggest
improvements around the City. of which is the General Fund. The General
Capital equipment replacements include Fund accounts for the tax supported
Business Updates What are the significant changes six police squad cars, one unmarked police operations of the City such as public safety,
included in the 2013 proposed budget? vehicle, two dump trucks, two pickups and
Two full-time positions are anticipated a grounds master mower. Continued on page 5...
Skaters Win Awards
New Broomball League
New Development Coming Soon Community Survey Shows High Resident Satisfaction
Decision Resources unveils results from recent survey
Police/Fire Dept. News to Coon Rapids Boulevard
Coon Rapids residents are pleased overall with their community
according to a recent survey conducted by Decision Resources, Ltd. The
City of Coon Rapids hired Decision Resources earlier this year, to conduct
a random statistical sampling of resident satisfaction on a variety of
Photo Contest Winners topics including: taxes, quality of life, city services, public safety, parks
and recreation and the prospect of a new community center. 400 random
households were selected for the survey. The last community survey was
conducted in 2007.
Among the findings:
• 88 percent of residents surveyed rated their quality of life in the city
Three new development projects have recently as “excellent or good”
Follow city news on: been approved by the Coon Rapids City Council,
which will add over 180,000 square feet of new
The items most often referred to as desirable qualities about the city
commercial and residential living space along an
include: Continued on page 5...
area of Coon Rapids Boulevard that is prime for
The first project is a 123,000 square foot medical PRSRT STD
Sign up for e-news at office building, located on the north side of Coon U.S. Postage
Rapids Boulevard across from Mercy Hospital. This
www.coonrapidsmn. four-story brick building will offer an outpatient PAID
gov surgery center, cancer care and specialty care. Anoka, MN
The building will also be connected to Mercy Permit No. 192
Hospital by a skyway that will be built over Coon
Rapids Boulevard. Construction will get underway
soon and the building will open in November of
2013. Postal Patron
Continued on page 5...
I hope everyone enjoyed the summer. It’s hard to believe fall
is here and before you know it, the winter season will be upon
us. I want to thank everyone who turned out to our “Summer
in the City” meetings. We held five meetings at various
neighborhood parks, and the response was tremendous. It
was a great chance to listen to neighborhood concerns and
share information about many of the great projects going on
in the City.
Our city also had outstanding participation in the annual “Night
to Unite” events in August. These events bring neighbors
“Summer in the City” meeting at Cardinal Woods Park
together and help in the fight against crime. I was able to
visit several parties in the city along with our Police Chief, and we both appreciate everyone’s
We’ve also received a lot of great comments from residents regarding the City’s Parks Master Plan.
Residents have shared their thoughts by attending open house events, through an online survey Is there a street light out in your neighborhood
and through social media. Comments were gathered at the “Summer in the City” meetings as or a pothole that needs repair? Report it to
well. Your comments are valuable and have been considered in the new updated draft plan. This the City by using SeeClickFix! Download the
draft plan is available for viewing at www.coonrapidsmn.gov app on your smartphone today! Find out
more at www.coonrapidsmn.gov
I’m also excited to see three new development projects coming soon to Coon Rapids Boulevard.
I hope you take the time to read more about them in this newsletter. These are significant
investments along Coon Rapids Boulevard which will enhance the economic vitality of the area.
Your City Council continues to work together to enhance the strength and vitality of our city, and CITY MEETINGS CALENDAR
we can’t do it without you. If you ever have questions or comments, please contact us. Together…
we all are making Coon Rapids a place that represents Community Strength…for Generations.
City Council Meetings
November 7 and 20, December 4 and 18;
Mayor Tim Howe
January 7 and 15
7:00 p.m. - City Hall
Volunteers Needed November 13; December 18; January 15
2012 COON RAPIDS 5:45 p.m. - City Hall
CITY COUNCIL There are many citizen volunteer commissions
which advise the City Council on a variety of issues. Board of Adjustment and Appeals
Attendance at a monthly meeting is required. Each November 1; December 6; January 3
Mayor - Tim Howe 6:30 p.m. - City Hall
January, the Council makes appointments for three
year terms unless otherwise noted and current
firstname.lastname@example.org Historical Commission
Commissioners are eligible for reappointment.
November 15; December 20; January 17
Applications are kept on file should vacancies
COUNCILMEMBERS 7:30 p.m. - City Hall
occur throughout the year.
Ward 1 - Denise Klint
763-576-8488 Parks and Recreation Commission
City Commissions include: November 5; December 3; January 7
• Arts – promote and present cultural activities 6:30 p.m. - Public Works Building
Ward 2 - Melissa Larson • Board of Adjustment and Appeals – consider
variances and appeals to the zoning code Planning Commission
763-767-8266 November 15; December 20; January 17
email@example.com • Historical – monitor matters of historical 6:30 p.m. - City Hall
Ward 3 - Paul Johnson • Parks and Recreation – maintain comprehen- Safety Commission
763-755-1179 sive park plan for park development November 8; December 13; January 10
firstname.lastname@example.org • Planning – review issues involving zoning, 7:15 p.m. – City Hall
the Comprehensive Plan and land use
Ward 4 - Jerry Koch Sustainability Commission
• Safety – review public safety issues November 15; December 20; January 17
• Sustainability – research ideas for 6:30 p.m. – City Hall
Ward 5 - Bruce Sanders • Civil Service – deals with employment
City offices will be closed:
763-757-8486 decisions regarding Police and Fire personnel November 12, November 22 & 23,
email@example.com • Charter – reviews and recommends December 24 & 25, January 1 & 21
amendments to the city charter
At Large - Scott Schulte Public notices are published in the City’s
763-300-6244 If you are interested in being considered for official newspaper, the Coon Rapids
firstname.lastname@example.org one of these commissions, call 763-767-6493 or Herald, and are available on the web site:
download an application from the city’s website at www.coonrapidsmn.gov
Get Ready to Cast Your Vote Enjoy the Fall Colors but Keep
Election Day is right around the corner on November 6. Do you
Leaves out of the Street
know where your polling location is? Many changes occurred this
year due to redistricting. The Anoka County Elections Office sent It’s that time
postcards in July to all households informing them of their new polling of year again…
location information, but you can also visit the City’s website at to enjoy the
www.coonrapidsmn.gov and click on Clerk/Elections to see where you beautiful fall
vote. Voter registration cards are available online and at City Hall for colors, but it’s
anyone not registered or who may have moved since the last election. also a time when
Pre-registration ended October 16 but you can register at your polling those leaves
location on Election Day with proper identification. Visit our website at
turn into a lot
http://www.coonrapidsmn.gov/clerk/votingregistration.htm for more
of yard work for
You may vote absentee if you will be absent from your precinct on Election Day, observe Election Day One option for reducing your workload is to
as a religious holiday, serve as an election judge, or are disabled. Voters can vote absentee either use a mulching lawn mower to mulch leaves
by mail, at Anoka County, or at Coon Rapids City Hall by completing an absentee ballot application. into your yard. It is less time intensive than
Absentee voting for the General Election began on September 21 and ends on November 5. For raking and the shredded leaves act as a natural
more information on absentee voting and hours or to obtain an application visit the City’s website at fertilizer during the fall.
While you are tending to your yard, please
As a result of the 2010 census and new legislative and congressional redistricting
remember to not rake or blow leaves into the
lines, Coon Rapids is no longer divided into two Congressional Districts but is now
fully contained within the 3rd Congressional District. In addition, the City is now divided street. You may also want to take a moment
into three State Senate Districts and four State House Districts; 35B, 36A, 36B, and 37A. to sweep or rake leaves and branches out of
the street in front of your house. If leaves are
In addition to voting for national, state, and local officials, Minnesota voters will also be asked to vote left in the street, they can clog storm drains,
on two constitutional amendments. The first amendment asks you to accept or reject a requirement that contributing to localized flooding. When washed
all voters present a valid photo identification to vote in Minnesota elections. The second amendment into nearby lakes, rivers and streams via storm
will ask whether marriage in Minnesota be legally defined as a marriage between a man and a woman. drains or ditches, the leaves become a major
A YES vote will mean you are in favor of the amendment; a NO vote or abstention (blank) vote will be
source of phosphorus, the nutrient that allows
counted as against the amendment.
algae to bloom in the summer. Dispose of leaves
If you have any questions please contact the Clerk’s Office at email@example.com or 763-767- by composting them in your yard, bringing them
6459. to the community compost facility, or bag them
for curbside pick-up. Please do your part to
keep leaves and yard waste out of the regular
garbage, our lakes, rivers and streams and
never dump them in wetlands or buffer areas –
Getting Ready for Snow… Around the City and at Home
Winter is just around the corner, and the City Remove the Snow from
of Coon Rapids asks all residents to be aware of Around Fire Hydrants – This
some important information that can help us all get simple act can save valuable
through winter. time when it comes to fighting Pay Your Utility Bill Online!
a fire. The Fire Department asks
Have you registered for eUtilityBilling? It’s an
Garbage Cart Placement - City guidelines for that you take a few minutes to
online system that allows you to handle all of
sweeping and plowing clear out the snow from around
your utility billing needs from the convenience
are “curb to curb.” your nearest fire hydrant. Thanks for your help! of home. The system allows you to:
That means, we could
use your help when it Winter Parking Ban Begins
• Make payments 24/7 with a credit or debit
comes to garbage cart November 1
placement, in order the
During the winter parking ban, vehicles cannot be • View your payments and water
get the streets as clean consumption history
parked on a public street:
as possible. Please place your cart two feet behind
• Sign up to receive electronic bills instead
the curb, with at least three feet in between your of paper bills
• Between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.
carts. This helps our snow plow drivers plow the
between November 1 and April 1; or
streets thoroughly and clean the streets from Once registered, you will be able to view
• Anytime there is a snowfall with three or more your ebilling statements online. A one-
“curb to curb.” If the carts are placed in the street,
inches accumulated on the ground, except time payment can also be made from the
the plows have to go around them which leaves
where the street has been plowed from curb to log-in page without setting up an account.
that portion of the street incomplete. If you have curb. Sign up today. Visit the City’s website at
questions on cart placement please call 763-767- www.coonrapidsmn.gov
6485. Vehicles in violation will be issued a ticket and may
HOME FOR GENERATIONS - 11635 Xavis Street PAYMENT ASSISTANCE
Did you miss the chance to tour the City’s closet and a dressing area with a walk-in PROGRAM
most recent Home for Generations house closet for the master bedroom.
remodel at 11635 Xavis Street? If so, visit
The Coon Rapids Mortgage Assistance Foundation
http://www.coonrapidsmn.gov/housing/ The basement was also completely transformed
homeforgenerations.htm to view before and to include a family room, game room, a continues to fund the ReGenerations Down
after photos, watch a video showcasing the bedroom with an egress window, a ¾ bathroom, Payment Assistance Program. The program
work that was done, and to download a home and a “flex” room (that could be used as a is directed at increasing homeownership
improvement cost saving resource list. This play room, a craft room, a home office, or
1960 Orrin Thompson rambler is the most a future bedroom). Nearly 1,500 residents opportunities while encouraging reinvestment in
popular house style found in Coon Rapids and toured this home throughout various stages of neighborhoods and is available to buyers using
is one of the main reasons why it was selected the remodeling process and the response was the FHA Section 203(k) purchase plus rehab
to be remodeled through this program. phenomenal! Residents were so excited to see
such innovative remodeling ideas done to one mortgage. It requires a minimum of $10,000 in
The City chose to work with a modest budget of Coon Rapids’ own 1960’s ramblers. After the renovation or rehabilitation projects.
and to focus on projects that could be Open Houses were completed, the house sold
replicated by homeowners in phases. This quickly to a young family.
Ask your realtor or lender about this program or
phased approach can help people afford the
projects along the way, rather than tackle contact Cheryl Bennett at the City of Coon Rapids
everything at once. Curb appeal, creating a at 763-767-6422 for more information. Additional
more open and spacious layout, improving program information can also be found at www.
how the home’s rooms are being used, and
adding much needed storage space were also coonrapidsmn.gov/downpaymentassistance.htm.
identified as priorities. Before
Several remodeling aspects took shape in this ZERO-INTEREST DEFERRED
project; from moving the location of the front
door, to tearing down a wall in the living room
HOME IMPROVEMENT LOANS
to create an open stairway to the basement, AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY TO
the changes created a more inviting and open QUALIFYING HOMEOWNERS
floor plan. Some other highlights include: After
a kitchen remodel with new countertops,
tile backsplash and Pergo flooring and the Community Development Block Grant funding is
transformation of a third bedroom that helped available to assist eligible Coon Rapids property
create four other areas in the home. This third owners fix up their homes.
bedroom is often used as a dining room, but
in the remodel, it was divided into several
new areas including a walk-in pantry for the Interior Eligible households include those at or below
kitchen, a main level laundry room, a linen 80 percent of area median income. For a
household of four in 2012, this income is
FREE REMODELING ADVISOR HOME IMPROVEMENT LOANS $65,000. Eligible properties under this program
include single- and two-family houses and
VISITS OFFERED TO COON AVAILABLE TO COON RAPIDS
interior work on townhouses and other common
RAPIDS HOMEOWNERS RESIDENTS
interest community properties. The program
The City of Coon Rapids offers free remodeling The City of Coon Rapids together focuses on basic home improvements that
advice to homeowners. This service includes a with the Coon Rapids Mortgage affect the safety and livability of a structure.
visit to your home by an expert in this field who Assistance Foundation offers a Assistance throughout your project, including
can help you identify and prioritize improvements great selection of financing help developing a written scope of work, is
options to assist residents with provided by the program administrator.
to your property based on your needs. The
home improvement projects. The Coon Rapids
service can also assist with the preparation of the
Home Improvement Loan Program establishes Funds are made available immediately to
scope of work and the collection and evaluation
four loan program funds. Depending on the fund,
of bids for improvement projects. The service is qualified applicants on a first-come, first-serve
residents may borrow up to $30,000 at fixed
free to Coon Rapids homeowners, however, the basis. If you feel you could benefit from this
interest rates ranging from 0.5% to 5.865%
number of households we can serve is limited program, contact the North Metro Office of the
(subject to change). No program closing costs.
and the program is offered on a first come, first HousingResource Center™ at 651-486-7401 to
No program income limits. Loans are available
serve basis. The program is administered by the with affordable monthly payments or, based on learn more about this program.
Center for Energy and Environment. To schedule household income, payments may be deferred.
a visit or find out more about this program, call
CEE at 612-335-5856. Program funding is available on a first come, first
serve basis. Contact Brenda Yaritz at the Center
for Energy and Environment at 612-335-5891 or
BUDGET ...continued from page 1
public works and general government. Other funds general fund budget pays for general government An estimated impact on benchmark homes is as
include the water, sewer and golf operations which and community development. follows:
are self supporting. In other words, revenues
such as utility charges and greens fees pay for How will this impact your property taxes? The Market value City taxes
the expenses of these funds. In addition to the average valued home ($150,000 in Coon Rapids) 2012 2013 2012 2013
General Fund and the self supporting funds, there paid about $1,985 in real estate taxes in 2012. Home 1 109,900 83,000 353 262
are a number of smaller funds set up to account for Of that, roughly 32 percent of that came to the Home 2 147,200 129,700 528 512
specific purposes. City and the City’s Housing and Redevelopment Home 3 180,000 165,700 681 705
Authority (HRA) ($562). Because the 2013 levies Home 4 203,500 180,400 790 784
The Proposed General Fund Expenditures for 2013 have not been set by the other jurisdictions, 2012 Home 5 270,600 243,100 1,104 1,119
are $26,024,678, up 2.3% percent from the 2012 numbers are shown.
adopted Budget of 25,435,833. Why do my taxes go up when my house goes
The proposed down in value? City costs do not go down just
In addition to the General Fund, another tax levy for 2013 because home values go down. The City still has
$23,349,276 pays for debt, water, sewer, storm is $22,426,578 the same number of police and fire personnel and
drain, golf and other miscellaneous costs. as compared to costs to maintain the streets and parks do not go
down. The tax base consists of all the home and
Where does the money come from for the business values totaled up. Given the economic
2012. About 82
General Fund? The General Fund gets most of climate, overall, values for taxes payable in 2013
its money from property taxes (about 68 percent). percent ($18.3 went down by about 9.75 percent. Since values
The rest comes from various license fees, charges million) goes to the have gone down over the past few years and the
for services, fines, investment earnings and the General Fund. Debt amount levied has gone up, the tax rate goes up.
utility tax. service (principal
and interest on The entire 2013 budget can be viewed on the
Where does the money go in the General debt) requires City’s website as well as other information
Fund? About one half of the General Fund budget $2.1 million dollars about the budget: www.coonrapidsmn.gov/
is used to pay for police and fire services. Another and the capital Pdf/2013ProposedBudget.pdf
quarter of the budget pays for maintaining the improvement
streets and parks. The remaining amount of the
portion of the levy is $2 million.
DEVELOPMENT ...continued from page 1 office building will be constructed at 3789 Coon COMMUNITY SURVEY...continued on page 6
Officials broke ground on the Mercy project on Rapids Boulevard, the site of the former McKay
Lincoln Mercury dealership. This building will be • its convenient location (as reported by 23%
Wednesday, September 12. Several members of respondents)
of the community were in attendance including the new home to North Suburban Eye Specialists,
which is currently located across the street. • good housing and strong
Coon Rapids city council members and Mayor neighborhoods (reported by 18% of
Tim Howe. respondents)
• close to family and friends (reported by
Mayor Howe says, “We are fortunate to have 100 unit
14% of respondents)
Mercy Hospital in our city. This ground-breaking s e n i o r
• friendly people (reported by 11% of
is of great importance. The medical specialties housing
building will bring an even higher level of facility will
• 86% of people rate the overall appearance
expertise and impact to the health of our Mercy be built
of the city as favorable
community, but it also becomes a huge piece right next
• 72% of survey respondents reported the
of the puzzle on our Coon Rapids Boulevard door, on value of city services for the property tax
Autumn Glen Senior Housing Facility
revitalization plan. I believe today we break the former they pay as either “excellent or good”
ground on the piece that is the momentum and it site of Frank’s Nursery and Crafts. The facility
will fuel the revitalization that we’re looking for.” expects to break ground this fall and will offer Other interesting findings of the survey: the
a mix of memory care, assisted living and typical adult has lived in the city for just over
independent living units. 16 years, 21% of the households are occupied
Not far from this site, two new building projects
by senior citizens, 36% of the households have
will also get underway. A 32,000 square foot pre-school or school aged children and the
According to Marc Nevinski, Community
median age of a Coon Rapids resident is 48.
Development Director, the building projects
are significant investments along Coon Rapids Decision Resources reports its accuracy
Boulevard and are representative of the city’s rate to be plus or minus five percent in 95
vision for redevelopment in the corridor. out of 100 cases. To read the full summary
results check out the city’s website at
The new home of North Suburban Eye Specialists www.coonrapidsmn.gov
County Road 14 Opens RENTAL PROPERTIES MUST
BUSINESS UPDATES HAVE A CITY LICENSE
Do you own a rental property in Coon Rapids?
Whether it’s a single family home, townhome,
City Launches Business condo, twin home, tri-plex, four-plex or an
Retention and Expansion apartment building, it must be licensed and
Program inspected by the City. This is accomplished by
simply filling out the rental license application
The City of Coon Rapids has launched a Business
forms, permitting a basic maintenance and safety
Retention and Expansion Program (BR&E), which
is designed to stimulate economic development inspection of the property, attending a Crime Free
and growth for the City’s existing businesses. Multi-Housing Training, and submitting the rental
The program will be conducted in partnership license fee and/or conversion fee. All information
with the University of Minnesota Extension and and application materials can be found on
is sponsored by Connexus Energy and several the City’s website at www.coonrapidsmn.gov/
private sector partners. City, County and State officials celebrate the opening of housing/pdf/RentalHousingInformation.pdf or
County Road 14. August 2, 2012
you may call a Housing Inspector at 763-767-
Guided by the business community itself, the 6575.
program involves extensive technical and Anoka County re-opened County Road 14 to
research assistance from the University of traffic on Thursday, August 2. Crews continued
CAUTION: VACANT PROPERTIES
Minnesota. Local volunteers will visit businesses to do finishing work on the project in the early
Please report any vacant properties or issues
and gather information about specific opportunity part of the fall. The roadway had been closed in
taking place at a vacant home to the Neighborhood
areas, challenges, and issues facing Coon Rapids’ sections since July 2011.
business community. The information gathered Reinvestment Division at 763-767-6517. We will
from the visits is compiled and analyzed by the visit the property and investigate the condition
The project was the first design-build project
U of M Extension, which includes input from of the home, attempt to shut off the water at the
handled by Anoka County, which saves both time
economic development practitioners, university property to reduce the chance of freezing pipes
and money according to county officials.
faculty, and local community leaders. and flooding at the home, and then work with
the bank or property owner to resolve any issues
Throughout the process, the BR&E Leadership at the property. Please do not enter the home
Team – a core group of local business leaders yourself!
– continually reviews feedback and suggests
solutions for better meeting the needs of
If you see any suspicious activity at any vacant
businesses. After the data collection period, the
home, call 911 immediately to report it!
BR&E Task Force – a larger group of practitioners,
professionals, and leaders – reviews this analysis
and collectively generates recommendations for NO PARKING ON THE GRASS!
future economic development initiatives for UPDATED CODE
Coon Rapids. The program is expected to be All vehicles, trailers, boats and other similar
completed by the spring of 2013. CTN Studios Wins equipment have long been required to be parked
on an improved surface such as asphalt, concrete
For more information on the program, call 763- or brick pavers. This continues to be the case
767-6430 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. for driveways, but new changes to City code
CTN Studios, the Coon Rapids Community
allows residents to have more options for “off
Learn more about the University of Minnesota Cable Television Station, has been honored
drive parking areas” or parking pads. These
Extensions BR&E program online at: http:// with three national awards by the Alliance parking areas must be finished with either one
www1.extension.umn.edu/community/ for Community Media. CTN News, a weekly of the improved surface materials (listed above)
news program featuring Coon Rapids and Anoka or permeable pavers, patio blocks, concrete
County news took first place in the professional pavers, porous paving grids or similar material
“News” category and “Sportsnight”, a weekly as approved by the Building Official. Washed
sports highlight program won in the “Sports ¾ inch fractured stone (NOT class 5 rock) may
Entertainment” category. A live hockey game also be used as a surface material for that
Other Business News: from last winter featuring the outdoor girls part of the parking area located next to the
• The Original Mattress Factory opened hockey game between Coon Rapids and Blaine garage, but behind the front line of the garage
at 13025 Riverdale Drive. only. For questions about parking vehicles at
also won a first place award in the “Live Format”
your property, please call the Neighborhood
• Warners’ Stellian Appliance Store category. CTN Studios programming is available
Reinvestment Division at 763-767-6596. Please
opened at 3440 - 129th Street N.W. through Xfinity Cable (Comcast), 651-222-3333.
do your part to help our city look good!
• Park Dental has opened at 3161
Northdale Boulevard. For questions regarding installing a driveway or
other parking areas, call Building Inspections at
Fire Department News
Coon Rapids Ice Center News
FIRE PREVENTION – “HAVE TWO WAYS OUT”
Police Department News The Coon Rapids Fire Department just wrapped
up its efforts to educate nearly 3,000 students
Seventh Annual Police Citizens Academy in Kindergarten through Fifth grade about fire
Fourteen people are involved in the 2012 prevention and fire safety. Each year in October,
Police Citizens Academy offered by the Coon during Fire Prevention Week, Fire Department staff
Rapids Police Department. This free program is visit Coon Rapids elementary schools to provide fire
provided by the department each year to show safety information in a fun, creative way. This year’s
the public the role of modern law enforcement. theme, “Have Two Ways Out,” focused on planning
Participants learn a variety of topics and two ways out of your home in the event of a fire. The
Fire Department recommends taking time to talk
participate in lectures, demonstrations, tours,
with your children about the best way out of your
ride-alongs, and hands-on exercises. home in case of fire.
Each session meets for one night a week for The department also recommends the following
three hours, for a total of 10 weeks. Participants safety measures to make sure your smoke detectors The Coon Rapids Ice Center is proud to recognize
will receive a certificate of completion from the are working properly: three skaters who competed in the Minnesota
City of Coon Rapids when they graduate on State Figure Skating Championships, held
November 14. • Test the smoke detectors monthly August 17-19 in Bloomington. Pictured from
• Change the batteries in the fall and spring, at left to right: Lily Zieg is the Pre-preliminary Girls
Coon Rapids Police Officers Raise Money the same time you set your clocks to Daylight Bronze medalist, Rebecca Johnson is the Adult
for Special Olympics Saving Time Gold Ladies Champion and Michelle Nguyen is
The Coon Rapids Police Department teamed up • Have a smoke detector in each level of the the Open Juvenile Ladies Bronze medalist.
with Famous Dave’s Restaurant in Coon Rapids, home and one in each bedroom
• Replace smoke detectors every 10 years NEW Co-Ed Broomball League
to raise money for Special Olympics Minnesota.
The City is offering a Monday night Co-Ed
On Thursday, July 26, four members of the Broomball League on the outdoor refrigerated
department took part in the “Tip-a-Cop” event. Recreational Fires
Recreational fires are allowed without a permit, but ice rink. This non-contact, officiated league
The officers greeted guests, helped servers will run from December 3 to early February.
are subject to specific regulations. Recreational fires
and raised donations for Special Olympics. League is open to the first 8 teams. For more
cannot exceed three feet in diameter with a flame
Restaurant patrons had the opportunity to leave height of approximately three feet. Bonfires are not information and to print out a registration
an extra “tip” for the officers, with all monies permitted. A responsible adult must be present at form, log on to the City’s website at www.
going to benefit the non-profit organization. all times. coonrapidsmn.gov.
The event raised $1354.00. Special Olympics
Only clean dry wood that would be burned in Public Skating Events
Minnesota is an organization that offers sports
an indoor fireplace is allowed. Fire extinguishing Come see the new facility during one of the
training and competition to children and adults
supplies such as a hose, shovel and bucket must Center’s public skating events! You can bring
with intellectual disabilities. your own skates or rent a pair from us. We
be readily available and the fire must be at least
25 feet away from any structures. Any police or fire have equipment to help even the youngest
Buy, Sell and Be Safe skaters and snacks and drinks are available at
officer may withdraw permission for the fires due
Here are some helpful tips when using CraigsList: to climatic conditions, extreme dryness, nuisance the concession stand.
problems, or violations of the guidelines. Burning is
• Deal with local people who can meet in allowed from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight any day Winter Public Skating events take place:
person. of the week, with a maximum duration of six hours. Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to
• Meet during the day in public areas. Sundays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Fines and/or tickets may be issued for burning
• If you are selling a large item that can’t be debris, construction materials, yard waste, etc. If
moved, have someone else with you dur- you have questions about recreational fires, call Admission is $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for
ing meetings. 763-767-6429. Illegal fires should be reported to students. Children ages 5 and under skate
911. FREE with a paid admission. Skate sharpening
• Unless you have to, don’t give out your
is also available. Private ice rental is also
• Never provide personal or financial infor-
mation. Don’t let the crisp Coon Rapids Ice Center – Space Available
• Cash Only. Do not accept a money order autumn air and the for Your Next Event!
or cashier’s check. Accept a personal check winter snow keep you Did you know the Coon Rapids Ice Center has
at a branch office of the buyer’s bank. The space to accommodate your next birthday
from practicing your
party, meeting or other special event? Find out
bank can cash it or turn it into a legitimate golf swing. Bunker more today!
Hills Golf Club has
• Never, Never, Never send money to some- Coon Rapids Ice Center
four aboutGolf state-
one you don’t know via Western Union, 11000 Crooked Lake Blvd.
Moneygram or any other wire service. of-the-art simulators featuring 32 courses including 763-951-7222
Pebble Beach. Gather your friends, enjoy some www.coonrapidsicecenter.com
• Follow your gut! If it’s too good to be true,
it probably is. great food, and come to Bunker Hills in all seasons!
Lunch and dinner specials served daily.
Seniors’ Corner 2013 Dessert and Coffee Photography Contest
Coon Rapids COON RAPIDS SENIOR CENTER
Concert Series Winners!
Mark your calendars and enjoy an evening
Service Directory BAZAAR AND FLEA MARKET of great entertainment as part of the The Coon Rapids Arts Commission
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8 2013 Dessert and Coffee Concert series is proud to announce the 2012
Police and Fire: 911 9:00 A.M.—3:00 P.M. sponsored by the Coon Rapids Arts photography contest winners.
Assessing: CRAFTS—REFRESHMENTS—RAFFLES— Commission. Admission includes dessert
763-767-6446 and beverage. First Place Winner
BAKE SALE—CHRISTMAS ROOM—FLEA
MARKET & MORE! January 10 Sherwin Linton
Bunker Hills February 14 Brandon Young
Golf Club: Minnesota Safety Council March 14 CODA
763-755-4141 DEFENSIVE DRIVING April 11 Minneapolis Commodores
CTN Studios: COURSES Concerts begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Coon
(Cable TV Dept.) Consumers 55+ years of age with a
763-767-6525 Rapids Civic Center, 11155 Robinson Drive.
valid driver’s license can receive a 10%
automobile insurance discount for 3 years Admission:
by attending a MN Safety Council Defensive Adults: $7.00
Civic Center: Adults 65 & better: $5.00
763-767-6522 Driving Course. Anyone taking the course
Children 12 and under: $5.00
Code Enforcement: for the first time must attend an 8-hour
763-767-6470 session. Others may take a shorter, 4-hour Tickets can be purchased at the door on
Coon Rapids refresher course every three years. Call the night of the event or in advance at the “Men at Work”
Ice Center: for a reservation form. Registration and information counter at the Coon Rapids Photo by: Missy Mehner
763-951-7222 City Center.
payment must be received 2 weeks prior
Fire Administration: Second Place Winner
763-767-6429 to the class. Plan ahead! These classes fill
up early. Call (763) 767-6473 to register
The Coon Rapids Civic
763-767-6597 or to get a complete listing of 2012 classes. Center Available for Your
Planning and Zoning: Next Event!
763-767-6430 4-HOUR REFRESHER COURSE: $18.00
Police Administration: Monday, November 19:
5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Monday, November 26:
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
763-767-6473 Monday, December 17:
“Ducks and a Deer”
Utility Billing: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Photo by: Pamela Robideau
Fax: 763-767-6491 8-HOUR COURSE: $20.00 Photos were judged on creativity,
Mondays, December 3 & 10: photographic quality and image
This is the official 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. expression. Winners received a cash
newsletter of the prize and recognition for their work.
City of Coon Rapids Another photography contest will be
which is distributed EXPERIENCING SADNESS, The Coon Rapids Civic Center is the perfect held in 2013. Watch the City website
to all homes and STRESS OR WORRY? place to host a wedding ceremony and for details.
businesses in the Talking with someone who specializes reception, birthday party, family reunion
City. This newsletter in older adult issues can be helpful in or any other special event. With seating
is printed on recycled
addressing life’s challenges such as the
up to 230, the site features a banquet Gear Up for Skating Season!
paper containing room, conference rooms and an outdoor Coon Rapids, in partnership with the Coon
at least 50% post- death of a loved one, health problems, or a
patio and gazebo area. The banquet room Rapids Youth Hockey Association, will
consumer paper fibers recent move. Therapist Caroline Johnson,
also offers a full service kitchen, perfect for again be operating warming houses and
using soy-based ink. MSW, LICSW from Volunteers of America
(Circulation 25,694) your own Minnesota licensed caterer. skating rinks at four City parks. Warming
can help adults 55 and older navigate life’s houses will be in operation at Riverview,
challenges through age-specific mental Personal tours of the facility are available Sand Creek, Thorpe and Wintercrest parks
Comments may be
directed to: health counseling and is at the Coon by appointment. Please call the facilities from December 14 – February 18, weather
Kris Linquist, Rapids Senior Center every Wednesday coordinator at 763-767-6522. permitting.
Deputy City Clerk from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Services are
Rinks will be open:
763-767-6432 covered by Medicare, Medical Assistance, Recycle Holiday Lights Monday – Friday:
klinquist@ and most major health insurance plans. If If you have holiday lights that don’t work
5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
coonrapidsmn.gov you are interested in more information or this season, recycle them at the Coon
Weekends and School Out Days:
Rapids Recycling Center. Lights must be
would like to make an appointment, please 1:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Stephanie Ring, plain strands only.
Communications & Rinks are closed on Christmas and New
Mktg Coordinator Coon Rapids Recycling Center
Year’s Eve and Day. Thorpe and Wintercrest
763-767-6582, sring@ 1821 – 111th Avenue
parks also include sledding hills during
coonrapidsmn.gov Hours: Wednesdays and Saturdays
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.