New Name, Same Recycling Provider: Allied becomes Republic
The City of Fridley's recycling contractor has a new name: Republic. Formerly known as Allied Services, it is the same company, the same people and the same recycling services. Recycling carts will gradually upgrade to the Republic name. If residents have questions about their service, or to obtain a free upgrade to the next larger recycling cart, contact Republic at (952) 941-5174 or the City Environmental Planner at (763)572-3594.
It is illegal to rake leaves onto City streets! Leaves contain nutrients that are harmful to our valuable waterways so it is important to keep them out of city storm sewers. Go the extra step and be good to the Mississippi River by raking out leaves that collect along your curb and near storm drains.
Place leaves (along with other yard leaves and garden debris) into compostable bags and bring them to the Bunker Hills Regional Compost Site at 13285 Hanson Blvd., Coon Rapids (open M-F, 10 until sunset, Saturday 9-5 and Sunday, noon to 5). Fees may apply; call 763-767-7964 for more information.
Another way to remove leaves from your property is to use a yard waste cart, a fee-based option offered by most garbage haulers. Contact them directly for information about yard waste carts.
For more information about yard waste, call (763) 572-3594.
What Does Glass Recycling Mean? Glass Recycler Answers: Glass Bottles/Jars Only!
Fridley's Recycling Coordinator recently toured a glass recycling plant in St. Paul. Strategic Materials, new plant (2011), processes around 400 tons of glass daily. Questions arose about what kind of glass was ok to recycle. The answer? Soda pop and beverage bottles, jars,
Q: How do you sort glass colors when it is all mixed together? A: Optical sorters are used and the colors are sorted into sizes all the way down to glass dust!
Q: What are the biggest problems in the glass waste stream when it gets to your plant? A: Ceramics, porcelain, window glass and mirrors should NOT be tossed into recycling bins. Things like Pyrex glass baking dishes are also not good because all of these items melt at a high temperature and if they get mixed into good glass in the re-manufacturing process, it may cause flaws or bubbles in the final product. Another problem item is labor intensive—plastic bottle caps slip through the sorting process before the glass gets to us and we have to rake through the glass manually to pull them out! Placing the tops back on plastic bottles and then placing them in your recycling container could help.
Q: What kind of glass DO you want? We want glass bottles and jars.
According to the Recycling Association of Minnesota, recycling glass helps our economy because manufacturers can use a high percentage of recycled glass in production of new glass, reducing the need for raw materials, which cuts air pollution by 20%. In addition, when a new bottle is made from recycled materials, it generates 50% less water pollution in the process. New products like glass tiles and countertops for kitchens and bathrooms can use recycled glass. Other industries use recycled glass for asphalt and adhesive producers.
Pickleball is a relatively new sport to Minnesota. It is a cross between Tennis and Table Tennis. The court is slightly smaller than that of a tennis court and the game is played with paddles instead of racquets and a whiffle ball instead of a tennis ball. The City has two courts at Commons Park (555 61st Ave NE). For those interested in playing pickleball we have court time at Commons Park in the morning from 9:00 a.m. to 12noon on Mondays and Wednesdays. During the evening hours Commons is available for Pickleball on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. You can also check out pickleball racquets and balls from the Fridley Recreation Department for a small deposit and get the deposit back when you return the pickleball equipment.
Fridley Recreation office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and located at 6431 Unversity Ave NE Fridley MN 55432.
For more information on Pickleball you can call the Fridley Recreation Department at 763-572-3570.
The Fridley City Council met on April 30, 2013, in a Special Meeting to formally approve the contract for Walter (Wally) T. Wysopal to lead the organization and serve as the next City Manager. Wysopal will begin his new assignment June 17, 2013 and is looking forward to getting started.
"I'm excited to join the City of Fridley and look forward to helping lead the City through its next exciting chapter," said Wysopal. "The City has many great qualities and has a strong legacy of partnering with businesses, schools, residents and community groups. It is also well known for being fiscally responsible and remaining stable throughout some very difficult times. It is my hope to continue the effective leadership for which Fridley is so well known," said Wysopal.
Wysopal brings more than 29 years of experience in local government and has held strong leadership positions within several successful organizations. He is well versed in executing redevelopment strategies and in building collaborative partnerships to achieve his goals.
He has been the City Manager for North St. Paul since1998. His previous job history includes employment by the City of St. Louis Park in the following positions: Assistant City Manager (1993-1998); Assistant to City Manager/Personnel Officer (1988-1993); and Public Works Administrative Assistant (1986-1988). He also worked for Northfield, Illinois as the Assistant to Village Manager (1983-1986).
In addition to his local government expertise, Wysopal has been an adjunct professor with Hamline University School of Business since 1998 where he teaches Public Administration. He also teaches at Metropolitan State University in Human Resources.
Wysopal is enrolled in the doctorate program at Hamline University for Public Administration and has a Master's of Public Administration from Northern Illinois University. He received his undergraduate degree from St. Mary's University of Minnesota.
Mayor Scott Lund is anxious to work with Wysopal stating "It's been a long process to find our next City Manager, but I am excited to be working with Wally and know that he'll do an outstanding job for the City of Fridley." He went on to say that "I believe he has the expertise and leadership style that will fit well with our city. He will be resourceful, approachable and responsive to the needs of our constituents, which are so important in times of change," said Lund.
Wysopal rose to the top of the list from 46 applicants from around the county, concluding a five-month selection process conducted by the executive search firm of Slavin Management Consultants out of Norcross, GA. Consultants Bob Slavin and David Krings solicited resumes and credentials and narrowed the group down to nine (9) finalists for the Council to interview. The City Council held initial interviews over two (2) days (April 5 & 6) and held a second round interviews on April 15th with Wally Wysopal (currently the City Manager for North St. Paul) and Michael Ericson (currently an Economic Development consultant with the City of Maplewood).
Department Managers will be working to schedule meetings and opportunities to meet Wally. Watch for more announcements and information to follow.
The two Anoka County yard waste drop locations are: Bunker Hills Regional Park in Coon Rapid (763-767-7964) and Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Regional Park in Lino Lakes (651-429-3723). Fees to drop off yard waste are $5 per vehicle for up to four cubic yards of plant waste. Larger quantities of yard waste are charged accordingly. Keep leaves and grass separate from tree branches and stumps. Provide proof of residency to use these facilities. For more information visit www.anokacounty.us/yardwaste