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Home and Garden Show Attracts 1,500+

Summer

Although Fridley’s Assistant HRA Director Paul Bolin stopped counting at 1,345, he’s almost certain that more than 1,500 area residents, including many from Fridley, attended the 2008 Home and Garden Show at the Schwan Center in Blaine on Saturday, February 23. According to Paul, nice weather brought out a continuous stream of people from 9:00 a.m. until shortly before the show closed at 2:00 p.m.

roofing contractors, mortgage and real estate agents, window and siding vendors, and a host of other specialty contractors.

In addition to the city and vendor booths, there were also nine different seminars on subjects as diverse as landscape redesign, the use of faux stone accents, wall coverings, and window restoration. According to reports received from attendees, these seminars were well attended and very informative.

All day adventure and fun!

June 16 - August 15 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday - Friday

For youth who have completed grades K-7.

Participants also benefited from door prizes that were awarded during hourly, random drawings. No less than fifteen companies provided a wide array of prizes including numerous gift certificates, faucets, Tiki Lamps, a glazed bird bath, a $100 Home Depot gift card, and one night’s lodging at the Super Eight Motel in Blaine.

As in past years, the Home and Garden Show is a joint project of the Cities of Blaine, Fridley, New Brighton, and Mounds View. The four cities hire a firm to contact vendors, advertise, make arrangements for the Schwan Center, seek out sponsors, organize seminars, and even set up booths. Representatives of each of the four cities staff city booths and respond to participants.

This year Paul Bolin, Community Development Director Scott Hickok, and Planning Manager Julie Jones were there to staff the Fridley booth. Brian Strand was there from the City Manager’s Office to take pictures. According to Paul Bolin, our representatives talked to more than fifty Fridley residents about such things as Fridley’s home improvement loan program, recycling opportunities in Fridley, and developments in Fridley. Many expressed an interest in Fridley’s prospects for a Northstar Commuter Rail station as well as in rumored developments at the former Sandee’s site and the Columbia Arena site.

All of the costs for the Home and Garden Show are covered by vendor payments and the generous contributions of sponsors. This Year’s sponsors include Clear Channel Communication, First Impressions Lawn Sprinklers, the Center for Energy and the Environment (CEE), Financial One, Window World, DK Construction, Owens- Corning, High Point Remodeling, Lowe’s, and Boyle Architects and Designers. We also want to thank the National Sports Center for providing the Schwan Center at a reduced rate and the numerous volunteers who staffed the resource room, greeted attendees, and gave out door prizes.

If our readers have seminar ideas, or other ideas for the 2009 event, we welcome your e-mails. You may do this by contacting Paul Bolin at bolinp@ci.fridley.mn.us.

The ROCKS program offers continuous recreation activities for up to nine weeks this summer. Children will participate in morning classes ranging from science, clubs, crafts, sports and arts. In the afternoon they will participate in a playground program at Commons Park where they will be involved in a variety of outdoor activities.

Altogether, there were seventy-eight vendors at this year’s show, including architects, landscapers, master gardeners, plumbing and heating contractors,

City of Fridley Parks and Recreation Department 763-572-3570 • www.ci.fridley.mn.us

Water System Improvements Are On The Way

When the City was asking voters to release its utilities from rate restrictions found in the City Charter, it promised that certain water system improvements would follow. Now that spring is here, Kory Jorgensen, the City’s Water Division Supervisor, says he’s ready to go. Although there’s a risk of boredom in providing too many details, we will try to provide the relevant facts about these improvements in this article. So… get a cup of coffee and read on.

Each year the City programs both large and small water improvements that serve to keep the system functioning at peak capacity. The focus in this article is on the two major water system improvements. The first of these is the replacement of the filter media at the Commons Park Water Treatment Plant. The other involves the sandblasting and painting of the City’s two elevated storage tanks. You may have noticed that they are rusting.

We do this replacement by draining the water from each filter and then use a huge vacuum truck to suck the old media out of each of the tanks. Ultimately, new media is placed in each of the filter tanks and the suspended filtration process is reactivated.

The filter media project involves the removal of nearly four feet of media consisting of anthracite coal, manganese greensand, and various sizes of gravel from five of the seven water filters. Since the filter media becomes smaller, more rounded, and more compact as time goes by, it loses it’s filtration effectiveness and needs replacement every fifteen years.

Although Kory is currently writing specifications for the work and going through the bidding process, the actual work will not begin until the high water usage period is over in late September. During the three months when the five filters are taken offline, we will be relying on the two remaining filters at the Commons Park Treatment Plant, the 73rd Avenue treatment facility, the Locke Park Treatment Plant,

and on the treated water that we get from New Brighton during the fall and winter months. According to Kory, there should be no problems with rusty water or other water quality problems during the media replacement process.

The work on the sand blasting and painting of the Commons Park and Highway 65 elevated storage tanks will also be started this fall. Initially, we will focus on the Highway 65 tank, which we expect will be out of service between September of 2008 and May of 2009. While the drawdown of the tank may provide some slight differences in water circulation, Kory estimates that these differences will not be noticeable to residents. Since we are doing the work during non-peak times, water pressures and fire flows will remain normal while the tank is down.

The estimated cost for the work on the filters and the tanks ranges between $1.8 and $2.0 million. These amounts will be funded through the issuance of water revenue bonds and paid for from the proceeds of the City’s utility rate collections.

If you have questions about either of these projects, we welcome you to contact Kory Jorgensen at jorgensenk@ci.fridley.mn.us.

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