Champlin Newsletter Summer 2011 : Page 1

SUMMER EDITION Champlin Chronicle 2011 Work Plan Mid-Year Report By: Mayor Mark Uglem The City Council establishes annual work plan priorities to focus our efforts and achieve broad ranging community objectives. As we pass the mid-point of this year, it is a good time to evaluate our path and reflect on our successes. Both development and redevelopment remain top priorities for the City Council. We have reached a turning point in what has been a multi-year project to redevelop the Mississippi Crossings area, located on the Mississippi River adjacent to Hwy. 169 and West River Road. During 2010 and 2011 the Economic Development Authority hosted several open houses to discuss land use options with residents. On May 31 the City Council adopted a preliminary redevelopment plan for the Mississippi Crossings area. The Mill Pond draw-down, Elm Creek Dam reconstruction and the Elm Creek bank stabilization projects were major efforts initiated by the City. The Mill Pond draw-down is set to take place this fall and is explained on page 8. In addition the City Council has adopted a concept design for the proposed Elm Creek Dam reconstruction that will be completed as part of a joint project with Hennepin County. The Elm Creek bank stabilization improvements were dramatic, improving water quality, stream bank strength and fish habitat. This project was substantially completed this spring with final completion expected this fall. We look forward to working with the Elm Creek Watershed on future improvements. Transportation is vital for a community to thrive. The reconstruction of Douglas Drive from 110th Avenue to West River Road is in progress. Douglas Drive landscaping and 109th Avenue monument signage are also under construction. The Dori s A. Kemp Park Council is currently working on the feasibility study for the reconstruction of South Diamond Lake Road and Depue Drive. Successful lobbying for the current construction of the Hwy. 610 extension encourages the Council to continue its efforts in collaboration with the North Metro Mayors’ Association. The new satellite water treatment plant, located near Dayton Road and Valley Forge Lane, will bring State mandated capacity to our water system. The project is highlighted on page 9. Working in cooperation with the Coon Rapids Dam Commission we were able to secure the $16 million in revenues needed to reconstruct the Coon Rapids Dam, including the infrastructure improvements required to serve as a fish barrier to invasive species and protect the lakes and headwaters located throughout Northern Minnesota. The Council welcomed new Police Chief Dave Kolb to the City on April 11. He is working diligently to reinforce the connection between the Police Department and the community through a strong public information program. Code Enforcement along with preservation of our neighborhoods and home values continues to remain a focus of this Council. Working with our Parks and Recreation Commission, the Council has been focused on finalizing the design for the Andrews Park Master Plan. The unique public-private relationship with Cofinity Causes, Inc. (featured on page 3) will help generate funds for the splash pad piece of this project that is proposed for construction beginning in 2012. Continued on page 3. city of WHAT’S INSIDE 4 -7 • Annual Reports 8 • Mill Pond Draw-down 10 • Three Rivers Park District 11 • Parks & Recreation 12 • Electronic Media Recycling 13 • Code Enforcement Corner 15 • Outdoor Fires 16 • Cart Storage 2 01 1

2011 Work Plan Mid-Year Report

Mayor Mark Uglem

The City Council establishes annual work plan priorities to focus our efforts and achieve broad ranging community objectives. As we pass the mid-point of this year, it is a good time to evaluate our path and reflect on our successes.

Both development and redevelopment remain top priorities for the City Council. We have reached a turning point in what has been a multi-year project to redevelop the Mississippi Crossings area, located on the Mississippi River adjacent to Hwy. 169 and West River Road. During 2010 and 2011 the Economic Development Authority hosted several open houses to discuss land use options with residents. On May 31 the City Council adopted a preliminary redevelopment plan for the Mississippi Crossings area.

The Mill Pond draw-down, Elm Creek Dam reconstruction and the Elm Creek bank stabilization projects were major efforts initiated by the City. The Mill Pond draw-down is set to take place this fall and is explained on page 8. In addition the City Council has adopted a concept design for the proposed Elm Creek Dam reconstruction that will be completed as part of a joint project with Hennepin County.

The Elm Creek bank stabilization improvements were dramatic, improving water quality, stream bank strength and fish habitat. This project was substantially completed this spring with final completion expected this fall. We look forward to working with the Elm Creek Watershed on future improvements. Transportation is vital for a community to thrive.

The reconstruction of Douglas Drive from 110th Avenue to West River Road is in progress. Douglas Drive landscaping and 109th Avenue monument signage are also under construction. The Council is currently working on the feasibility study for the reconstruction of South Diamond Lake Road and Depue Drive. Successful lobbying for the current construction of the Hwy. 610 extension encourages the Council to continue its efforts in collaboration with the North Metro Mayors’ Association.

The new satellite water treatment plant, located near Dayton Road and Valley Forge Lane, will bring State mandated capacity to our water system. The project is highlighted on page 9. Working in cooperation with the Coon Rapids Dam Commission we were able to secure the $16 million in revenues needed to reconstruct the Coon Rapids Dam, including the infrastructure improvements required to serve as a fish barrier to invasive species and protect the lakes and headwaters located throughout Northern Minnesota.

The Council welcomed new Police Chief Dave Kolb to the City on April 11. He is working diligently to reinforce the connection between the Police Department and the community through a strong public information program. Code Enforcement along with preservation of our neighborhoods and home values continues to remain a focus of this Council.

Working with our Parks and Recreation Commission, the Council has been focused on finalizing the design for the Andrews Park Master Plan. The unique public-private relationship with Cofinity Causes, Inc. (featured on page 3) will help generate funds for the splash pad piece of this project that is proposed for construction beginning in 2012.

Rolling out over 6,600 new recycling carts on April 1 was a major undertaking for the City. The Environmental Resources Commission provided research and recommendations to the Council throughout the planning process to provide a smooth transition for the implementation of the single-sort recycling program. See the back cover story for information on cart storage options.

Sound financial management remains a key objective in achieving the City’s priorities in 2011. Once again we were honored to receive the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association for the December 2009 audit report. Looking ahead we are in the process of preparing the 2012 budget and will be holding a budget meeting on October 3. I invite the public to attend and participate in this process.

New this year the City Council adopted a set of ten performance measures identified by the State Council on Local Results and Innovation. These are designed to aid residents, taxpayers and elected officials in determining the efficiency of City services provided to the residents. Once again we will be conducting a resident survey in 2012. The results of the survey and other performance measures will be shared with the community through future issues of the Champlin Chronicle.

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