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If you plan to remove your ash tree (or any tree), hire a reliable, insured arborist/tree service company that is licensed with the City of Fridley. Before hiring a company, be sure to obtain:
The low activity period for EAB is from October 1 through April 30, and this is the recommended time to prune or remove ash trees.
The flight period for EAB is from May 1 through September 30. This means that the adult beetle is active and capable of flying to new trees. Because of this, it is not recommended to remove and transport any ash material during this time.
Under quarantine rule, you are not permitted to leave the quarantined area with ash materials. It is recommended that you take your ash material to the nearest disposal site that has a compliance agreement with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. This ensures that the ash material is properly handled and that the pest is destroyed. Some local places to take ash material are: 1. Ceres Environmental, 3825 85th Ave N, Brooklyn Park, 55443, 763 425-8822 •Trunk and canopy material – free of charge •Stumps - $16/cubic yard 2. Bunker Hills Compost Site, 13285 Hanson Blvd, Coon Rapids, MN 55448, 763-767-7964 •Branches 6 inches or less in diameter - $6/cubic yard •Branches or logs 6 inches-18 inches in diameter - $10/cubic yard •Branches, trunks or logs greater than 18 inches in diameter - $20/cubic yard •Stumps up to 36 inches in diameter - $40/cubic yard •Stumps greater than 36 inches in diameter - $60/cubic yard
Costs are subject to change. Please confirm current pricing directly with the facility.
First, determine if your ash tree is worth treating. If your ash tree is in decline and already exhibiting more than 50% canopy loss, then the tree is likely too far gone. Similarly, treatment of small ash trees is not recommended since you must treat your ash tree every 1 to 3 years. You may be able to replace your tree with a higher quality tree for a lower cost than long-term treatment.
If you decide to treat your tree, hire a tree company that uses a chemical injection. We recommend using emamectin benzoate, a chemical that is injected into the trunks of ash trees by a certified pesticide applicator. Injections are the most effective method of treating the tree and cause the lowest risk to the environment. The soil-applied drench chemical imidacloprid is not recommended, due to water quality implications and its impacts on pollinators.
Though we have spoken to MnDOT about access at 71st and know that is not likely, we have talked about signal timing at 69th to allow a better movement through the intersect at time of future development and thereafter.
The City continues to evaluate the potential for a roadway connection from 71st to 73rd. This would also provide relief at 69th and University.
State law does recognize the need for cities to build essential service buildings without the requirement to go to a public vote. It does this by recognizing the differences between essential and non-essential buildings. Essential buildings include police, fire and public works. Non-essential buildings are golf courses, pools, libraries, etc. with regard to financing construction. City councils may bond for essential city buildings without a referendum. More will be known in November when a total price is determined and tax impact is known.
NOTE: If you are calling from outside Anoka County, the Anoka County Dispatcher can be reached by dialing 763-427-1212
Ages 15 and under: It is unlawful for a juvenile under the age of 16 to be present in any public place or establishment within the City of Fridley:•any time between 10:00 p.m. on any Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday and 5:00 a.m. of the following day.•any time between 11:00 p.m. on any Friday or Saturday and 5:00 a.m. on the following day.
Ages 16 and 17: It is unlawful for a juvenile age 16 or 17 to be present in any public place or establishment within the City of Fridley:•any time between 11:00 p.m. on any Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday and 5:00 a.m. the following day. •any time between 12:01 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. on any Saturday or Sunday. City Ordinance, Chapter 801
During extremely dry periods of the year, the City of Fridley may institute a watering ban. If a watering ban were in effect, more detailed information would be available. If you have questions at this time or need additional information on water bans in the City of Fridley, please contact Public Works at (763) 572-3566.
The City of Fridley hosts 2-3 drop-off days annually. Look for additional information on our website and look for the recycle mailing, an oversized blue and white postcard, prior to these dates. Also, see our How Do I Get Rid of Stuff page for other resources and information.
"Our Building Recycles" posters, magnets and totes all may be available for your building, contact City recycling for more information at 763-572-3594.
The average American household receives more than 60 pounds of unwanted mail each year! According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, it takes about 100 million trees and 38 billion gallons of water to produce one year's worth of junk mail in the US. Our Ways to Reduce Junk Mail page will save you time and help protect those natural resources.
There's also a park and ride lot at the Church of Saint William: 6120 5th St NE. This location serves bus routes along University Avenue including routes 10, 824 and 854.
For more information on fares, routes and where to purchase Go-To cards, please visit MetroTransit.org. Click to Visit the Metro Transit Website
Your quarterly water bill pays for the City’s cost of transporting and treating wastewater from your home or business. The wastewater is moved through a series of pipes and lift stations on its way to the Metropolitan Council’s wastewater treatment facility. The Metropolitan Council charges the city based on the volume of wastewater it treats on our behalf. The sewer system is paid for entirely with utility fees – it receives no taxpayer support.
To generate sufficient funds for the sewer system, Fridley adopted new rates for 2018. The single biggest sewer expense is the discharge fees we pay to the Metropolitan Council. As they increase their fees to pay for maintenance and expansion of the treatment plant, we must increase our fees. In addition, the city needs to reconstruct our sewer collection system, reline our sewer pipes and replace a jet truck used to maintain our sewer lines.
Residential customers are billed for sewer based on the amount of water used in the winter months. In this way, you do not pay sewer charges on water you use outdoors for washing the car or watering the grass. Every residential customer will pay a sanitary sewer base fee of $50 which includes up to 8,000 gallons of water usage. Any usage over the 8,000 gallons will be charged at a fee of $5.70/1,000 gallons. Commercial customers are billed based on their water usage year-round.
For both water and sewer, most of the costs are fixed. That means that the city has to pay the same amount for pipes, lift stations, and billing regardless of the amount of water you use each quarter. In fact, 80% of our fixed cost comes from Metropolitan Council Environmental Services whom we pay in order for their plant to treat our wastewater. Therefore, our City has a fixed, or minimum, fee to reflect its fixed costs.
All communities in the Twin Cities enjoy relatively low sewer rates compared to other communities across the state and the country. Fridley’s rates are comparable to other Twin Cities communities.
THE FOLLOWING ARE PROHIBITED: •Dogs and other pets•Picking or collecting of any plants, wildflowers, or animals•Feeding of wildlife, especially bread to ducks and geese•Alcoholic beverages
In 2017, Fridley underwent an in-depth utility rate study with the intention to stabilize rate increases from year to year and to ensure equitability among customer classifications. The expertise of Ehlers and their teams of analysts took an in-depth look at Fridley's consumption trends, usage by customer types, future infrastructure needs and the current rate structure. Based on the findings and recommendations of the utility study, 2018 rates, consumption tiers and customer classifications are changing to better align with consumption trends.
You can view the study findings from Ehlers in the below document.
Some meters are read manually by the homeowner every quarter; other newer meters are read remotely through a device installed on your meter. The City is currently working to change out all of the old meters to new radio read meters. To read you meter/submit a reading, read the digits on the meter from left to right. Please include the stationary zero on the extreme right end (if there is more than one stationary zero, please note). You can find a diagram of your water meter on our main utility page.
The City bills quarterly, so you will receive a bill every three months. Click below for the current rate sheet.
In the summer months, in recognition of the extra water usage outside that doesn’t flow through the sewer, we use your winter average water usage to calculate your sewer maximum. This maximum is applied to your account so that when you reach your sewer maximum, you are not charged for usage beyond that amount for the sewer portion of your billing.
To use your water meter to detect leaks, turn off all water fixtures and appliances and make sure that no one is using water. Record the meter reading and return in two to three hours to check for movement. If the meter reading has changed, you may have a leak. Another method is that many meters have a small red gear shaped indicator on the meter face designed to detect even small leaks. If this red indicator is moving when you have all water off inside and outside your house, you may have a leak.
One significant source of leaks is a leaky toilet. Leaking toilets cause more water waste than any other fixture in the home. Toilets can waste large amounts of water without being noticed. A silent toilet leak will waste 30 to 500 gallons per day. To check for a leak in the toilet, put several drops of food coloring into your toilet tank or colored cleaning solution or the blue cleaning tablets work great. Do not flush for 30 minutes. If colored water appears in your bowl during that time, you have a leak that should be repaired.
Additional tips are available through the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency at the link below. Additional Help to Finding Water Leaks
Your quarterly water bill pays for the city’s cost of pumping, treating, and delivering clean water to your home or business. It pays for repair and replacement of wells, water treatment plants, and pipes. Nobody actually pays for the groundwater. The water system is paid for entirely with water fees – it receives no taxpayer support.
To generate sufficient funds for the water system, Fridley adopted new rates for 2018. The increased revenue will go toward:
• Repairing and replacement of the City’s aging infrastructure, including water mains that are over 50 years old which includes:• Replacement of a 7,000 foot segment of 20” transmission water main.• Updating and rehabilitating wells• Reconstruction of the water distribution system
The City has had tiered water rates since 2008 when the state legislature began requiring cities to adopt conservation rate structures. Click here to see the new 2018 tiers.
The new tiers comply with the state law that requires water utilities to adopt rates that promote water conservation. In addition, the tiered rates allocate infrastructure costs more fairly across users. The City has to build enough wells and water towers to meet summer demand. Replacement of water pipes occurs during this time. Some of this capacity is unused during the winter months, so it makes sense to charge peak users more for the infrastructure built to meet peak summer demand. The higher rates are targeted toward lawn sprinkling and outdoor use which allows the City to keep indoor water use affordable to everyone.
Although Minnesota appears to have a more than adequate supply of water, that appearance can be misleading. Most cities, including Fridley, obtain their water from aquifers deep in the ground. On average, each resident uses close to 65 gallons per day in their home, and less than 10% of that gets restored to the aquifer. Most city water gets discharged through the wastewater system into rivers and streams, or is lost to evaporation or retained in the topsoil. In cities, the problem of recharging their aquifers is exacerbated by paved surfaces and diminished wetlands. By conserving water now, we can ensure that high quality groundwater will be a sustainable resource long into in the future.