BUDGET • FROZEN PIPES • LITTLE FREE LIBRARY • VETERANS MEMORIAL Le Petit Canadien a publication of the City of Little Canada LCRA ICE FISHING CONTEST & RAFFLE The City of Little Canada wishes you a happy holiday season! Come and enjoy a day of family fun with plenty of opportunity to win prizes, including a 2014 Polaris Sportsman 400 ATV. View more information on this event on page 5 of this newsletter. Mayor Blesener Steps Down PERFORMANCE AID SURVEY RESULTS His legacy as Mayor can best be defined as providing reasoned and effective leadership that fostered a team environment with the Council and staff leading to productive results for the community. He ensured that Little Canada continued to have a city government that functioned in a civil and effective manner where citizens, staff, and other elected officials treated each other with dignity and respect versus the uncivil process that has become all too common in many communities today. Only 10 responses were received for our 2014 Performance Aid Survey that consisted of 12 performance areas. Given the limitations in space in this issue of the newsletter, the results will be available on our website. We have shown a comparison between 2014 and 2013 results. DEC 2014 — JAN 2015 www.ci.little-canada.mn.us Mayor Bill Blesener chose not to seek reelection this past fall. Bill has served the City of Little Canada as an elected official for 20 years (Council Member: 1985-1992 & 2003-2004; Mayor: 2005-2014). Some of the major projects undertaken with Mayor Blesener’s leadership include the following: • Relocation of Viking Drive to Minnesota Avenue (and away Mayor Bill Blesener from the Rice/36 interchange) • New Rice Street Bridge over Highway 36 • Burying of the power lines in a cooperative venture with the City of Roseville along Rice Street • St. Jude Medical Technology Center Expansion Mayor, cont. on p. 2 ADMINISTRATION Construction Completed on Veterans Memorial The Dedication Ceremony for Veterans Memorial Park was held on Tuesday, November 11. Even with the cold weather, there were over 150 attendees. A special recognition needs to be given to the Veterans Memorial Committee members for their dedication and time in making this project a reality. The committee members are: Rockne Waite, Kathy Hanson, Frank Costa, Judy Berggren, Dan Ryan, Greg Schloer, Shelly Boss, and Rick Montour. We also want to thank the following companies/individuals for their generosity! Without their efforts during construction, this Veterans Memorial Park Dedication Ceremony. memorial would not be possible: Frattalone Companies, Grant Barrette Company, Elfering & Associates, Loucks Associates, Jeff Debace, Cemstone, Master Electric, Rivard Stone, Fra-Dor, American Flagpole Company, Linwood Contracting Inc., Asphalt Surface Technologies Corp., LE PETIT CANADIEN | December 2014 — January 2015 Mayor, cont. from p. 1 2 • Gervais Woods & Pine Tree Ponds using revised R-1 zoning code regulations that resulted in larger lots • Skateboard Park by the Old Fire Hall • Culvers Restaurant • Three Housing Improvement Areas (Canabury Square, Canabury Condos, & Fleur Royale) • New Warming House currently underway at Old Fire Hall • Dock 86 and coming additions of Hom Furniture & Gabberts • Little Canada Road Reconstruction with addition of drainage sidewalk improvements in cooperation with Ramsey County • Initiation of Quiet Zone Process to quiet train horns • Recently dedicated Veterans Memorial • New Public Works facility currently being constructed at the northeast corner of Labore Road & Centerville Road In recognizing Mayor Blesener’s outstanding service to the community, we would be remiss if we did not give credit to his wife, Grace. She was also instrumental on many occasions by aiding Bill in his community service role and providing her support to community activities. Thanks to Bill & Grace for making Little Canada a better place to live and work. Advantage Signs & Graphics, Inc., and Nick Nelson. Veteran pavers are still being sold. These pavers would make a wonderful Christmas gift for someone special. Paver orders received now will be installed in Spring 2015. Honor Flights for WWII Veterans Honor Flight Twin Cities has openings for WWII Veterans who would be interested and able to make a flight to Washington, D.C. to see the WWII memorials. There will be flights in April, May, and October of 2015. There is no cost for the flight for the Veteran. A “guardian” will accompany and assist each traveling Veteran for the trip to ensure each a memorable and rewarding experience. (People wishing to act as a “Guardian” can also register for the trip, but they are asked to contribute $500 for trip costs.) For more information on this program, please visit the following website: http://honorflighttwincities.org Note: The City of Little Canada is not involved in the operation of this program. “Take a Book – Return a Book” Courtesy of the Little Canada Book Club, we are pleased to announce the installation of a “Little Free Library” located next to the Old Fire Hall, 440 Little Canada Road East. Little Free Library’s mission is to “Promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide.” Visitors of the library can both borrow and leave books for others to use, all free of charge. Members of the Little Canada Book Club have also graciously offered their assistance to maintain the library. The City of Little Canada would like to say “Thank You” to those involved with this program. Little Free Library is a great addition to our community and we encourage everyone to check it out! Little Canada Book Club members include: Barbara Anderson, Lorraine Anderson, Beverly Collova, Susan Hawkinson, Phyllis Kendig, Mary Lou Kostecki, Vivian LaRock, Vicki Marlowe, Bonnie Pope, and Julie Rindelaub. Thanks to Council Member Boss Shelly Boss was first elected in November of 2008 to fill the final two years of an unexpired term. She then won re-election in 2010 for a four-year term. During Shelly’s six plus years of service as a Council Member, she has constantly Council Member Shelly Boss demonstrated great concern for community betterment without ignoring the needs of individuals. She has been active on the Veterans Memorial Committee and the Northeast Youth & Family Services Board. She has been a team player and made a positive difference for Little Canada. As a person who also works in Little Canada (Frattalone Companies), Shelly was also a strong advocate for the business community. Thanks to Shelly for her excellent service to Little Canada, and to her family (husband Todd and children Justin, Jenna, and Joe) for the sacrifices they endured to make her service possible. It has been greatly appreciated. Keis, Fischer & Torkelson Elected Congratulations to John Keis on his election as Mayor and to Tom Fischer and Christian Torkelson on their election to the City Council. Keis ran unopposed to replace Mayor Blesener. He garnered 2,528 votes. Fischer and Torkelson ran against Kevin Keenan, Jeffrey Heikke, Rocky Waite, Andrew Henderson, and Jon Joriman for two open seats on the Council vacated by John Keis and Shelly Boss. Vote totals were as follows: Fischer – 1,163, Torkelson – 1,097, Keenan – 907, Heikke – 753, Waite – 685, Henderson – 320, and Joriman – 237. 2015 Budget The City Council will hold their 2015 Budget Adoption Hearing at 7:30 PM on Monday, December 15. At their meeting on September 24, a preliminary levy increase of 3.5% was certified to Ramsey County—that is the maximum levy for 2015. The Council is hoping to reduce that amount to around 3.0% prior to the Budget Adoption Hearing. If you have comments or questions about the City’s 2015 Proposed Budget or about information contained on your Proposed Property Tax Notice received from Ramsey County, please feel free to contact the City Administrator at 651-766-4040. www.ci.little-canada.mn.us ADMINISTRATION Little Free Library 3 PARKS & RECREATION Youth Winter Activities Registration has started for several children’s winter activities. Register online via a link on our website or print a copy of our registration form available online in order to mail your registration to us. Registrations may also be dropped off at Little Canada City Center during our business hours or placed in our after hours drop box. You may even fax your registration to us at 651-766-4048 if you are paying by credit card. BASKETBALL CLINIC Boys & Girls, Ages 6-8 This instructional clinic is designed to teach children the basics of basketball and to prepare them for league play that begins at the third grade level. Sessions held at Little Canada Elementary School. Registration Rate: $32 residents, $37 non-residents (a $5 late fee will be assessed after Friday, December 12, 2014). DAY DATES TIME Saturday 1/10-2/14 12:30-1:30 PM SKATING LESSONS FASTPITCH REGISTRATION This instructional course gives children the opportunity to learn ice skating basics on the outdoor rink at 430 Little Canada Road East. Classes last a half hour sometime between the hours of 11 AM and 1 PM. The Roseville Area Girls’ Fastpitch Association will be conducting registration at the Rose Room at the Roseville Skate Center on Monday, February 2, from 6 PM to 9 PM. Players who live in or attend school in Roseville Area School District #623 are eligible to play. New players should bring a copy of their birth certificate to registration. Visit www.rosevillefastpitch.org for more information. LE PETIT CANADIEN | December 2014 — January 2015 Boys & Girls, Ages 5-12 4 Registration Rate: $32 residents, $37 non-residents (a $5 late fee will be assessed after Friday, December 12, 2014). DAY DATES TIME Saturday 1/3-2/14 Varies WINTER GYMNASTICS Boys & Girls, Ages 5-12 This instructional class teaches children the basics of gymnastics, acrobatics, and tumbling. All classes held at Little Canada Elementary School. Registration Rate: $32 residents, $37 non-residents (a $5 late fee will be assessed after Friday, December 12, 2014). DAY DATES TIME Thursday 1/8-3/5 6:15-7:15 PM Annual Children’s Ice Skating Party Mark your calendars! The Little Canada Recreation Association’s 47th Annual Children’s Ice Ska ting Party will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2015, from 1:3 0 PM to 3:30 PM at the Fire Barns Skate Park, 430 Little Canada Road East. Food, beverages, prizes, races, and skating are all part of the fun . MARKET PLACE MORNING TALKS, a monthly educational series of interest for seniors, is held at the Market Place Bingo Hall, 2900 Rice Street, at 9:30 AM on the second Wednesday of each month. Upcoming topics of discussion are: December | No Session January 14 | Yoga Fitness AARP DRIVER SAFETY CLASSES will be offered this spring for drivers age 55 and older. Dates will be known after February 1. Register online on our website or by calling 651-766-4029. Classes are held at the Little Canada City Center, 515 Little Canada Road East. OPEN CO-ED VOLLEYBALL is being offered on Friday evenings, from 6:30 PM to 9 PM, at Little Canada Elementary School, 400 Eli Road. Season runs from January 9-March 27. This activity is very informal and fun. The cost is $4 per evening. Register by calling 651-766-4029. SUMMER SOFTBALL will be offered again this year for men’s and women’s leagues with returning team registrations being accepted beginning Monday, January 12. New team registration begins on Monday, January 26. This league features double-headers that are held weeknights. Games are held at Pioneer Park beginning early May. Registration materials will be available on our website closer to the date of registration. LCRA Ice Fishing Contest & Winter Raffle Over $5,000 in fishing prizes! The Little Canada Recreation Association (LCRA) will be hosting their 4th Annual Ice Fishing Tournament on Lake Gervais, Saturday, January 31, 2015, from noon to 3 PM. Advanced registration tickets are $15 and are on sale now at various sites in the area including Little Canada City Center. Tournament day registration is $20. Following the fishing contest will be the drawing for winners of the LCRA’s winter raffle. First prize is a Polaris Sportsman 400 ATV. Visit our booth at the St. Paul Ice Fishing Show on December 5-7, 2014 at St. Paul RiverCenter. Come and enjoy a day of family fun with plenty of opportunity to win prizes. For more information including other ticket locations, tournament rules, prizes and periodic updates visit the LCRA’s website at www.lcraonline.org. 2nd Annual Fire Department Booya The Little Canada Fire Department will be hosting a booya on Saturday, January 31, 2015. The Booya will be held in conjunction with the Little Canada Recreation Association Ice Fishing Contest. The event will be held at the Little Canada Fire Station on Little Canada Road at Centerville Road from 8 AM until gone. Firefighters will stay up all night cooking this delicious soup/stew. The booya recipe includes chicken, turkey, beef, and pork, along with vegetables and spices. Come down to the fire station and have a bowl, and bring some home for the Super Bowl on Sunday. MN Wild Bus Trip The Little Canada Parks & Recreation Department will be sponsoring its second bus trip of the season to the MN Wild hockey game (vs. the Florida Panthers) on Thursday, February 12. Cost and other information will be available after January 15 at Little Canada City Center. Help Wanted We are accepting applications for parttime seasonal rink supervision and maintenance help. Starting hourly rate is $9.75. Interested people can apply at Little Canada City Center or contact Jim Morelan (651-7664045 or jim.morelan@ ci.little-canada.mn.us) with questions. A Little Canada Elementary School PTA Thank You Thank you to area businesses and individuals who generously donated their time, prizes, funding, supplies, marketing, and much more to the 2014 Little Canada Elementary Pumpkin Carnival. The Pumpkin Carnival was a great success and fun was had by all! The funds raised from the Pumpkin Carnival will be used to pay for scholarships, student activities, school supplies, material, equipment, and various enrichment initiatives. Our school is very fortunate to be supported by such a wonderful community. We couldn’t do it without the support of people like you. PARKS www.ci.little-canada.mn.us & RECREATION Adult Activities 5 PUBLIC WORKS Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes Last winter’s sustained cold temperatures caused extreme frost depth statewide. Little Canada had seven frozen water services that staff was informed of. By comparison, staff had not heard of any frozen services in recent history in the City. By taking some precautions before the cold weather really hits, some unnecessary expenses associated with frozen water pipes can be prevented. The City’s ordinance states that frozen water service pipes are the responsibility of the homeowner from the house to the curb stop. • Remove contents of vanity cupboards and leave the doors open. • If possible/practical, leave snow cover over the area where your lateral water line runs from the curb stop to the house. • Put a fresh battery in the thermostat if the thermostat is not hard wired into the home. • Run your cold water closest to the water line entry point for a couple minutes and then take the temperature of the water. -- LE PETIT CANADIEN | December 2014 — January 2015 Your water lines may be at risk of freezing during prolonged periods of bitter cold if you had issues with frozen water lines last winter. Here’s what you can do to prepare: 6 • Monitor the weather reports for extended periods of severe cold; then take action. • Allow warm air to circulate in the area where the water comes in to the house. • Leave utility room doors open and clear space around the waterline. -- -- If it is below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, it is recommended that you let your cold water run from this faucet at a pencil thickness. You should run it non-stop when there is no one home, overnight when temperatures typically dip lower, or no water is being used for a period of time. Notify the City if this method is chosen so staff is aware of the potential for freezing in the area. a warm hair dryer on the pipe. Follow all safety precautions recommended by Consumer Product Safety Commission and Underwriters Laboratory. • Watch for unintended consequences of sewer or septic backups if running water continuously. • If a contractor is needed to thaw the line, be aware of unintended consequences of contractors thawing water lines, particularly if using an electrical welder. -- Namely fire, explosion, damage to appliances and electronics, and the possibility of damage to other property owners in the case of stray electrical current. -- Determine if the contractor is using a commercial device manufactured specifically to thaw frozen water lines. -- Determine if the contractor is insured. If your water line freezes: • Use heat tape, a space heater (don’t leave it unattended) or Railroad/Quiet Zone Update Preliminary engineering estimates for at-grade railroad crossing signal upgrades have been received from Canadian Pacific Railway. The estimated costs for the signal components for each of our six, at-grade crossings is as follows: Woodlyn Avenue: $270,407.21 South Owasso Boulevard: $212,271.02 Little Canada Road: $210,126.53 Demont Avenue: $211,245.53 County Road B2: $210,126.52 County Road B: $208,945.15 Those amounts total $1,323,122.26 and do not include any supplemental safety measures (SSM’s) such as medians and signage that may be required at some crossings. The next step in the process is to develop the cooperative agreement with MnDOT to establish the project scope, govern its implementation, and provide for this expenditure of the bond funds designated this past legislative session. We may also need to seek some legislative modifications to ensure the project can be delivered as desired for both Shoreview and Little Canada. According to Dave McKenzie, engineer from SEH, establishment of the Quiet Zones will likely be completed by late summer/early fall in 2015. Snow season is upon us and the plow trucks are out de-icing and plowing the City’s streets, cul-de-sacs, City-owned parking lots, sidewalks, paths, and trails. Please follow these tips to help us have a safe plowing season: DO: • Become familiar with our snow plowing and winter parking policies posted within this newsletter. • Shovel around fire hydrants and mailboxes. • Stay back and use caution when driving behind a plow. Seeing other vehicles is very difficult for the operators and they can activate the salt spreader at any time, which could damage a vehicle driving too close to the truck. • Be patient. Public Works does its best to plow our streets in a timely manner and to minimize snow left in your driveways. DON’T: • Plow, shovel or blow snow across the street or back into the street. This snow hardens and can cause unsafe driving conditions. All snow should be kept upon the property from which it was cleared. • Allow children to build snow forts near the street. Snowplows could drive by without seeing children and could cause serious injury or death. Snow Plowing Policy The City’s snow plowing policy is to plow streets after any snowfall event of two inches or more. For accumulations less than two inches, a decision is made based on road conditions and the weather forecast. On occasion, the best policy is to plow a one-inch snowfall if the forecast calls for extremely cold conditions that could freeze the snow and cause rough and unsafe driving conditions. Salt is spread on roads when plowing is not necessary and also as part of normal plowing procedures. Salt takes time to activate, particularly in extremely cold temperatures, so do not assume it is safe to brake quickly just because there is salt at an intersection. Winter Parking Policy Residents can help plowing operations run smoothly by not parking in the street after a snowfall of two inches or more. Cars in the street hamper the plows and leave pockets of hardened, unplowed snow after the car is moved. The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department tickets illegally parked cars during snow emergencies, and failure to move the vehicle could result in the vehicle being towed. Note: Parking is prohibited on city streets between 2 AM and 6 AM, from November 1 until April 1. New Public Works Garage Firefighter Retires Firefighter Dan Leibel retired on September 30, 2014 from the Little Canada Fire Department after 33 years of dedicated service to the community. Dan was the Department’s safety officer from 2003 until his retirement. Thanks Dan for your service! Work has progressed slowly on the new Public Works Garage located at the northeast corner of Centerville Road and Labore Road (former Brings Onion site). One reason we are behind schedule is the four-week delay in the delivery of the tip-up wall panels. They are now installed and make a dramatic impact on the site. The early snow and cold weather has also slowed the project. The revised completion date is mid-April for interior work and mid-June for site work (paving, exterior concrete, and landscaping). We will continue to update you on the progress of this project in future issues of this newsletter. www.ci.little-canada.mn.us PUBLIC WORKS Winter Reminders 7 City of Little Canada 515 Little Canada Road East Little Canada, MN 55117-1600 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID Twin Cities, MN Permit No. 5915 Office Hours | M-F 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Ph 651-766-4029 | Fax 651-766-4048 www.ci.little-canada.mn.us Jessica Jagoe, Editor [email protected] ECR WSS Postal Customer Season’s Greetings from Canadian Days! At the close of 2014, the Canadian Days Committee wants to take a moment to wish you a joyful holiday season and peace, love, and laughter throughout the coming year. We warmly think of those whose friendship, support, and goodwill mean so much to us. During this season’s chilly weather, remember that spring and summer follow winter, so save the dates for the 2015 Canadian Days festival: July 31, August 1 & 2, 2015! HOLIDAY GIFT IDEA! LE PETIT CANADIEN | December 2014 — January 2015 New Canadian Days t-shirts are available for purchase at Little Canada City Center in the following colors and sizes: 8 • Azalea t-shirts are available in missy fit sizes small-XXL: $15 Le Petit Canadien is published bimonthly and is printed on recycled paper with agri-based ink. Each issue is paid for in part by the State of Minnesota S.C.O.R.E. Fund and Ramsey County. Design layout services for this newsletter are provided by Desktop Impressions (www.desktopimpressions.com). New Auditors Pursuant to the City’s Financial Policies, a Request for Proposal was conducted for auditing services. The proposal process required the selected firm to enter into a three-year contract with two optional years at the City’s discretion. Six proposals were received from well-qualified firms. Based on the prices submitted and on the references from other communities, CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP was selected as the City’s new auditor. They replace Redpath & Company, LTD (formerly Tautges Redpath, LTD) who had served as the City’s auditors for over the past 25 years. By making this change, the City will save over $70,000 during the next five years while expecting no drop off in service quality. We want to welcome CliftonLarsonAllen as our new auditing firm and thank Redpath & Company for the excellent service for these past many years. • Blue t-shirts are available in adult sizes smallXXL: $15 • Yellow and gray t-shirts are available in various youth and adult sizes. Limited selection. Clearance: $5! • Red sweatshirts are available in adult small, medium, XL and XXL. Clearance: $10! Happy Holidays from the Canadian Days Committee! Thanks for your support of our annual city celebration. 2014 Deer Control Program Taking of deer by bow and arrow was allowed again in 2014. Metro Bowhunters Resource Base conducted two weekend hunts and took three deer. The Sculley Family at 3001 Labore Road was also authorized to hunt their property this fall, subject to the State’s Archery Rules. To date, they have also taken three deer. (Of the six deer taken, two are does and four are bucks.) The Council had set the maximum number of deer to be taken at 10 and it is doubtful that number will be reached. If any additional deer are taken between now and the end of the year, a final update will occur in our next issue of this newsletter. The deer population will be evaluated again in 2015 by an aerial survey conducted by Ramsey County.
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