City of Lauderdale, MN Preliminary Levy and Budget

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1 Lauderdale POPULATION 2,379 Lauderdale Crier City of Lauderdale, MN October-December Preliminary Levy and Budget The City Council adopted the preliminary levy during the September 23 council meeting. The Council held the local property tax levy flat at $495,281. In spite of holding the tax levy flat, homeowners may see a small increase in their property taxes. The reason for this is the shifting of property taxes from commercial property to residential property. Over the past year, commercial property values have remained flat while residential values have risen seven percent. The home that was valued at $163,600 in 2014 will be valued at $175,000 in Overall, the property tax levy will increase by 1.3%. The increase is being paid by the additional funding the City will be receiving from the metro-wide Fiscal Disparities pool. The tax levy pays for 50% of the City s operating costs; the remaining 50% is paid for by fees for services and state aid. In the coming weeks, the Council will continue to assess the costs to run the City in 2015 and establish storm sewer, sanitary sewer, and recycling rates. Residents will receive a statement of their proposed property taxes from Ramsey County before the end of November. A public hearing and presentation on the 2015 city budget and levy will be held at the December 9, 2014 City Council meeting starting at 7:30 p.m. October December 2014 Lauderdale Crier Page 1

2 OCTOBER-DECEMBER COMMUNITY CALENDAR Tuesday, October 14 City Council Meeting 7:30 p.m. at City Hall Monday, October 20 Park & Community Involvement Committee 6:30 p.m. at City Hall Friday, October 31 Halloween Party 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at City Hall Saturday, November 1 Electronics Recycling Event (see insert) 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 4 General Election Day 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at City Hall Monday, November 10 City Council Meeting 7:30 p.m. at City Hall Tuesday, November 11 Monday, November 17 City Hall Closed for Veterans Day Park & Community Involvement Committee 6:30 p.m. at City Hall Tuesday, November 25 City Council Meeting 7:30 p.m. at City Hall Thurs. & Fri., Nov 27 & 28 City Hall Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday Tuesday, December 9 City Council Meeting, 2015 Budget Public Hearing Wed. & Thurs., Dec 24 & 25 City Hall Closed for Christmas Holiday 7:30 p.m. at City Hall CITY & EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION City Hall Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Phone: (651) CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS Mayor Jeffrey Dains 1743 Carl St.; Council Member Mary Gaasch 1736 Malvern St.; Council Member Roxanne Grove 1966 Eustis St.; Council Member Denise Hawkinson 1855 Fulham St. Council Member Lara Mac Lean 1905 Eustis St.; To send an to all council and staff: CITY STAFF Main Office: Fax: Heather Butkowski City Administrator Jim Bownik Assistant City Administrator Kevin Kelly Deputy City Clerk Dave Hinrichs Public Works Coordinator Joe Hughes Maintenance EMERGENCY NUMBERS Police Emergency: 911 Police Department: Fire Emergency: 911 Fire Department: Ramsey County Dispatch: 911 Ramsey County Dispatch Nonemergency Number: Water Emergency (St. Paul Regional Water): Sewer Emergency: 911 or Xcel Energy Electric Emergency or Outage: Xcel Energy Gas Emergency or Gas Odor: October December 2014 Lauderdale Crier Page 2

3 Friday, October 31 from p.m. Please join us for some ghoulish games, freaky fun, and frightening food! You don t need to be a kid to enjoy dressing up, all ages are encouraged to get into the action and join the fright fest at Lauderdale City Hall. Donations make this event possible, so please consider dropping off a cash or candy contribution at City Hall. Events like these cannot happen without your help. Please consider volunteering 2-3 hours of your time. Help us set up for the event on Sunday, October 26 from 12-4 p.m. Help at the event from 5-7 p.m. on Halloween. Join the PCIC (Park & Community Involvement Committee). Contact City Hall for more information SKATING RINKS: Staff begins flooding the rinks for the skating season when temperatures are below freezing. Rinks will be open by the winter break for area schools if the weather cooperates. Open hours are always contingent on weather conditions. WARMING HOUSE HOURS Monday-Thursday Friday Saturday 4-9 p.m. (opens at noon on school release days; open until 10 p.m. preceding school release days) 4-10 p.m. (opens at noon on school release days Noon-10 p.m. Sunday Noon-9 p.m. Ice time may be reserved from 9-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday except school release days (after open skating). October December 2014 Lauderdale Crier Page 3

4 2014 General Election Tuesday, November 4 The General Election will be held on November 4 with polls open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. All Lauderdale residents vote at City Hall. Sample ballots are also available at City Hall. For those voting ahead of the election, absentee voting is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. with extended hours (10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) on Saturday, November 1. In addition to the statewide races, the offices of Mayor and City Council will be on the ballot Election Calendar Through October 14: Pre-registration for General Election. Friday, October 31: Extended absentee voting at City Hall until 5 p.m. Saturday, November 1: Extended absentee voting at City Hall 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, November 4: General Election Day, Polls open at City Hall from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Setting Out & Bringing Back Your Garbage & Recycling Containers Residential collection of garbage and recycling occurs every Monday, unless Monday is a major holiday. When Monday is a major holiday, residential collection occurs on the Tuesday immediately following the holiday. Setting Out Containers: Containers must be placed at the curb no later than 7 a.m. on the collection day, but not before 6 p.m. on the previous day. Bringing Back Containers: Containers must be removed from the curb on the day of collection. Be sure to store your containers out of the public view, insofar as possible, except on the day of collection. Happy Autumn from St. Anthony Park Area Seniors! The mission of the St. Anthony Park Area Seniors program is to help seniors live independently in their homes. We serve seniors and caregivers who live in Lauderdale, St. Anthony Park, and Falcon Heights. We offer exercise classes, social outings, educational speakers, home nursing care visits, home health care visits, blood pressure clinics, rides to medical appointments, home visits by volunteers, home-delivered meals through Meals on Wheels and more. Free Exercise Classes: We will continue to offer free exercise classes at Lauderdale City Hall on Mondays and Thursdays from 2-3 p.m. Everyone is welcome regardless of age, residency, gender etc. Free Senior Cinema Series: Our next movies will be Stories We Tell on October 9, and Saving Mr. Banks on November 13. All movies are shown from 1-3 p.m. at the St. Anthony Park Library at 2245 Como Ave. Fall Flower Show at McNeely Conservatory Outing: On Tuesday, October 14 at 10 a.m. we will be taking a group to the conservatory to see the fall flower show and then eating lunch together at the café. Please call our office at for more information. Transportation can be arranged. If you are interested in finding out more about our services or volunteering to help neighbors in your area, please call Mary, Joan, and Katharine at We look forward to hearing from you! October December 2014 Lauderdale Crier Page 4

5 Falcon Heights - Lauderdale Our thanks to the volunteers from the Falcon Heights CERT, Lauderdale residents, the SAPD, and our Race sponsors; Spire Credit Union, Finn Sisu and the Lauderdale Wellness Center for making the race a success. Thanks to all the runners and all those who rooted on the racers. We had a great turnout on a cool Saturday morning! 5K Top 10 Race Results Scott Wilson 18:55.16 Jacob Qrvis 18:56.98 Jonathan Reaoch 20:38.73 Lee Donald 20:39.76 Flemming Nicole 21:53.03 David Harwood 21:56.92 Lorena Byerly 22:13.78 David Stephenson 22:41.25 Mike Nachreiner 22:55.14 Jake Taylor 23: Summer Events Thank you Lions Club for sponsoring the music for Music under the Trees and Day in the Park. Thank you to the following Day in the Park financial sponsors: Beaupre Aerial Equipment, Blue Chip Tree Company, Xcel Energy, Stantec, Korean Service Center, Moose Giannetti - Coldwell Banker Burnet Realty Thank you to the following contributors of goods or services: Park & Community Involvement Committee, Northern Lights 4H Club, St. Anthony Park Area Seniors, Lauderdale Wellness Center, Lauderdale BP, SuperUSA, and CTV. Thank you also to all that participated in the Lauderdale Farmers Markets. Winter Parking: Avoid Getting a Ticket Winter parking restrictions begin after 2-inches of snowfall. All cars must be off the streets for 48 hours or until snow removal has been completed, whichever occurs first. During heavy snow events, Ramsey County plows will return a couple of times to keep the roads open; only after their final passes after the snow has stopped is it safe to move your cars back on the streets. Avoid a ticket; if snow is predicted over night, move your vehicles off the street ahead of time. Residents may park cars at the Community Park parking lot off of Roselawn Avenue. Adopt a Hydrant this Winter Fire hydrants get covered by snow in the winter. Firefighters use valuable time in emergencies shoveling out hydrants. Help ensure your safety and the safety of your neighbors by taking a few minutes to uncover the hydrant nearest you. Protect Our Waterways: Use Less Salt this Winter! It only takes 1 teaspoon of road salt to pollute 5 gallons of water. Once in the water there is no way to remove the chloride. High concentrations of chloride can harm fish and plant life. The more snow and ice you remove, the less salt you will have to use. Most salts stop working at 15 degrees Fahrenheit. Use sand instead for traction. Sweep up excess salt on dry pavement and reuse it somewhere else. October December 2014 Lauderdale Crier Page 5

6 SAPD PUBLIC SAFETY CORNER Medicine Cabinet Epidemic When people think of the abuse of drugs generally the drugs thought of are marijuana, methamphetamines, heroin, cocaine, and ecstasy. But what about the drugs in your medicine cabinet? Prescription drug abuse is defined as consuming legal over the counter or prescribed medicine in a manner different than as a doctor or pharmacist prescribes. Prescription drug abuse is increasing within all age groups. Many prescribed drugs, if not taken properly, can leave a person hospitalized, permanently affected or even dead. Teens are beginning to use prescription drugs rather than street drugs because they think they are safer. Statistics show that one-third of people that have abused drugs began their usage with using a prescribed drug non-medically. Teens are also using these drugs because they are relatively EASY to get a hold of. Prescription drugs are the second most abused drug behind marijuana. Something as simple as not following prescription directions can be considered prescription drug abuse. Prescribed drugs, when taken properly, can help a person fight sickness, cure an infection, or relieve pain. When they are abused, they can affect your body and/or alter your mental state. From personal experience in law enforcement I have been responded to medical calls where drug abuse is the main factor in the hospitalization of a person. The short term effects of prescription drug abuse include an accelerated heart rate, nausea, high blood pressure, convulsions, seizures, and even death. Some long term effects include kidney, liver, lung, and brain damage. These are only a few types of effects that abusing prescribed drugs can have on your body. Responsibly using and handling prescription medications will help prevent your loved ones from having their gateway drug be a prescribed or over the counter drug. Here are some tips: Follow the directions on the prescription bottle or container for over the counter drugs. Properly dispose of unused or expired prescription or over the counter drugs. For more details go to and search under the drugs tab. For questions regarding the ingestion of potentially harmful products, call Poison Control at In emergency situations, call 911. Educate your friends and family about illegal drugs and prescription drug abuse. Please keep track of your medication usage and storage! Your family s and your health depend on your care. NIGHT TO UNITE There were 10 block parties this year. Thanks to Sue Wilberts for sharing these photos of a fantastic night together. October December 2014 Lauderdale Crier Page 6

7 ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP LAUDERDALE MOVING TO SINGLE-SORT RECYCLING & COLLECTING ADDITIONAL PLASTICS (#1 - #7, EXCEPT #3 & #6) On October 1, 2014, Lauderdale started single-sort recycling, which allows residents to mix all of their recyclable materials together. Until then, Eureka Recycling, Lauderdale s recycling provider maintained a two-sort system because of concerns about lowered quality materials and higher costs to the community in single-sort systems. A desire for easier sorting and a hope by both the City of Lauderdale and Eureka Recycling for increased recycling participation elevated the importance to transition to a single-sort program. To start, residents can continue to use their blue recycling bins. You will just no longer need to sort materials. In the spring of 2015, each single family household will have a new cart delivered and from that point on residents must use that wheeled and lidded cart to store and set out their recycling. Residents in apartment buildings or other multifamily buildings can continue to use the existing carts and dumpsters for recycling collection. Some residents may still be concerned that mixing everything together will make none of it recyclable. Eureka Recycling is committed to improving single-sort so that each bottle, can, and piece of paper can be used for the highest and best environmental use, communicating with the city and residents about the benefits and challenges that are actually experienced with this new system. Single-sort can also help to bring curbside collection of composting. Our transition to single-sort collection and processing is in response to the demands of the communities we serve, but this isn t our only reason, says Tim Brownell, CEO of Eureka Recycling. According to a recent report from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, over 35% of what we toss in Minnesota is food waste and non-recyclable paper that could be composted. One of the biggest benefits of single-sort is that it creates the opportunity to co-collect (co-collect means collection in separate compartments on the same truck) recyclables with compostables (food waste and non-recyclable papers), explained Chris Goodwin, Customer Relations Manager at Eureka. Not everyone is on board with composting yet, but single-sort collection will make it much less expensive to add composting to the program in the future. And, single-sort collection means there is room for more types of plastics, but any plastic marked with a #3 or #6 will not be accepted because there is no end-use market for this packaging. Putting these plastics or any other trash in recycling carts only increases the cost of recycling and reduces revenues that would go back to the community to help offset the cost of recycling. But most importantly, trash in the cart really reduces the environmental benefits of the whole program, says Goodwin. Eureka Recycling hopes to empower residents to put pressure on the producers of this packaging to switch to other materials that are better for the environment. While this certainly won t be the first single-sort program in the country, together we will make it one of the best to ensure Lauderdale s recycling program can continue its great legacy for the environment, clean water, clean air and healthy communities for future generations. October December 2014 Lauderdale Crier Page 7

8 City of Lauderdale 1891 Walnut Street Lauderdale, MN Return Service Requested Pre-Sorted First Class Mail US Postage Paid Twin Cities MN Permit No New City Apparel T-shirts with the new City logo are available at City Hall for $ The shirts are extra soft and come in men s and women s styles. The City would appreciate your feedback! Please feel free to call or visit us at City Hall or your questions or comments to Also, please contact City Hall with any changes to your name, address, or phone number. October December 2014 Lauderdale Crier Page 8