Hydrant Flushing Will Occur Between April 7 and 25
Fridley’s Water Supervisor Kory Jorgensen reports that City crews will be flushing City of Fridley fire hydrants between April 7 and April 25. Flushing crews will begin in the areas nearest the Commons Park Treatment Plant, and will move from there outward toward the City’s boundaries. All fire hydrants serving residential areas are flushed. Unless of special benefit to the City, commercially-owned fire hydrants are not flushed. The purpose of the flushing is to remove small amounts of sediment (typically iron and manganese) that may settle in water mains over the year. As hydrants are flushed, the crews will also make note of needed hydrant repairs and return later to correct any problems.
During the flushing process, deposits from the sides of water lines may create yellowish to brownish water in homes near the flushing. While this water is generally safe for drinking, it may discolor laundry. If this discoloration lasts longer than two days, residents are asked to call the City’s
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May 1, 2008 - April 30, 2009
To apply for a dog license, please complete this form and submit it to the City of Fridley along with proof of rabies vaccination and a $5.00 fee.
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CenterPoint Energy Begins Phase II Pipeline Construction
Although we are writing this article in late February, we are almost certain that CenterPoint Energy’s contractor (Minnesota Limited) will have started Phase II of their natural gas pipeline project on or about the time you receive the newsletter. The 20” pipeline begins in Andover and extends through Coon Rapids and Fridley to Xcel Energy’s Riverside power plant in northeast Minneapolis. The route through Fridley runs north to south along the east side of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad tracks to a point just south of Rice Creek, where it will be augured under the tracks. From there it follows the railroad tracks on the west side to a point just north of I-694 where it will be augured under East River Road near the Georgetown Apartments. From there, it will be augured under I-694 and channeled down the west side of East River Road to the southern end of Riverfront Park. At that point, it will cross back under East River Road where it continues south to Minneapolis. The length of the project is 16.7 miles. We’ve depicted the pipeline route through Fridley in the accompanying map.
This is the second year of the pipeline construction. Our readers may remember that work began last year with the construction of 3.5 miles of the most technically challenging portions of the project. This work generally involved the use of a horizontal directional drilling machine to drill under I-694, Rice Creek, Highway 610, Highway 10, and Foley Boulevard. Additionally, last year’s project included open trench construction along portions of East River Road.
disruption is unavoidable, they will meet with property owners to insure that the disruption is kept to a minimum.
CenterPoint has also pledged that they will have mailed letters to all residents and businesses along the pipeline route by April 1 to explain the project. Their easement acquisition contractor, Pro Source, has also talked to all property owners where easements were necessary.
The remainder of the pipeline construction is scheduled to begin April 1, with work in Fridley scheduled to begin around May 1. Several crews will begin work at several starting points that may include the Springbrook Nature Center property, south of Rice Creek on the Stylmark property, near the Minco Products property, at the south end of Riverfront Park, or at other locations where directional drilling is needed. For the most part, the gas line will be placed in an existing gas line easement in the BNSF right-of-way and in the East River Road right-of-way. A small portion of the line, however, will run through City of Fridley property in places like the Springbrook Nature Center, Community Park, Edgewater Gardens Park and another small section of City–owned land adjacent to the railroad tracks. Additionally, a small section of line will traverse private property, including a portion of the Stylmark property on Main Street, the Redeemer Lutheran Church parking lot near Mississippi Street, and the Lakeland property on East River Road.
Other City impacts of the project have also been minimized through frequent and cooperative communications with City staff. The pipeline location has been designed to avoid conflict with City or Metropolitan Council utilities. CenterPoint has also agreed to coordinate construction of the pipeline in Community Park with the Fridley Parks and Recreation Department in a manner that minimizes conflict with the City’s softball leagues. While the project will impact Anoka County trails located north and south of Mississippi Street and in Community Park for short periods of time, it will not impact any of the Springbrook Nature Center trails.
The purpose of the pipeline project is to provide for the delivery of natural gas to Xcel’s Riverside electric generating facility. The gas line will enable Xcel to convert the plant from coal-fired status to the much cleaner natural gas-fired electric generation. It is part the Minnesota Metropolitan Emissions Reduction Project and is expected to significantly reduce sulfur dioxide, mercury, nitrogen oxide, and particulate emissions.
While the project route was designed to provide limited impact to Fridley residents, the pipeline construction will be visible to residential property owners on the west side of the BNSF tracks between Rice Creek on the north and 60th Avenue on the south.
The City has been assured that all construction will be completed during normal working hours on Monday through Saturday. CenterPoint also assures us that noise levels will be maintained within the City’s 65-decibel noise standard and that construction noise will be similar to a typical road construction project. They also point out that they will do everything possible to avoid disruption of ingress and egress for property owners. Where
In addition to providing environmental benefits, the pipeline project will have some financial benefits to Fridley and other taxing jurisdictions. Thus far, CenterPoint has paid the City $64,000 for both temporary and permanent easements over the last two years. CenterPoint Energy also points out that it will pay $136,000 in property taxes annually based on the value of the Fridley portion of the pipeline. This new revenue will benefit school districts, Anoka County and the City of Fridley.
That’s our pipeline story. If you want to know more about the pipeline construction, there is additional information on the CenterPoint website (http://mn.centerpointenergy.com/riverside/). You may also call the Riverside hotline at 612-321-5329. ■