Burglary-Concerto Curve NE

A residential burglary occurred in the 7400 block of Concerto Curve N.E.  pdfClick here 416.53 KB for full Crime Alert.

Safe Routes to Schools Advertisement for Bids - SP127-591-002

Sealed bids will be received and publicly opened by the City of Fridley, Anoka County, Minnesota, at the office of the Director of Public Works, 6431 University Avenue N.E., Fridley, Minnesota, 55432 (Tel. 763-572-3552) on July 24th, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. for the furnishing of work and materials for SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PROJECT NO. ST2011-21. 

See the Construction Project Request form for more information, 

Recreational Fire Rules


While the burning of trash or brush is generally not allowed in Fridley except under rare circumstances defined in Chapter 108.12 of the Fridley City Code, recreational fires are allowed in Fridley as long as the fire is in a contained area, such as an outdoor fire pit, which is not larger than 3' in diameter and as long as those hosting these fires comply with the following rules:

· No fires are allowed between Midnight and 9:00 a.m.

· Only clean wood or charcoal may be burned. This means no burning of trash, leaves and brush. (For information on yard waste disposal please contact the Bunker Hills Compost Site at 763-767-7964. They are located at 13285 Hanson Blvd in Coon Rapids, MN or visit the Anoka County website.

· The ground within 5' of the fire pit or other contained area must be cleared of all combustible material.

· The fire pit or other contained area must be at least 25' away from a structure.

This distance may be reduced to within 15' of a structure when contained in an outdoor fireplace or container approved by the Fire Chief.

· Recreational fires may not be started on windy days when smoke may create a nuisance for neighbors.

· The fire must be attended by an adult from the time it is ignited until it is fully extinguished.

· Fire extinguishing equipment, such as a garden hose, must be readily available to put out the fire.

· All other rules contained in Chapter 108.12 of the Fridley City Code.

While not a part of the law, as a matter of practice, we ask that those having recreational fires check with their neighbors to determine whether or not there are objections to these fires. If Fire Department staff does get calls from neighbors who are bothered by the smoke from a recreational fire, firefighters will ask that the fire be extinguished. In all cases we ask that you call 911 to register your complaints.

Fridley Fire Department staff will respond to complaints about recreational fires between 9:00 a.m. and Midnight. In most cases residents will be asked to extinguish fires that are not legal or a nuisance. On rare occasions, firefighters will extinguish the fire and/or issue a citation. After Midnight and prior to 9:00 a.m., police officers will respond to recreational fire complaints.

Unless a multi family residence has an approved gas fired or electric barbeque grill that is permanently mounted and wired or plumbed to the buildings gas supply, or electrical system, charcoal grills and gas grills are not allowed on the balconies of structures containing three or more dwelling units. They may also not be located on the ground floor patios of these properties unless they are located more than 15' from the structure. Fuel storage is also prohibited in structures having three or more dwelling units.

We hope this information helps residents who are planning outdoor recreational fires and other residents who may have concerns about a neighbor's recreational fires. In both cases, we welcome your comments and questions. If residents have questions about recreational fires during weekdays, they may contact Fire Department staff at 572-3613. Alternatively, you may email your comments and/or questions to the Fridley Fire Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Burglary-7800 Blk Firwood Way

On June 25, 2014 residential burglary occurred in the 7800 block of Firwood Way N.E.


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Burglary-500 Blk Rice Creek Ter

Crime Alert

A residential burglary occurred in the 500 block of Rice Creek Terrace on June 25, 2014. pdf Click here 406.5 KB for full Crime Alert.

Tips to Prevent Neighbor Conflicts

Tips to Prevent Conflict with Neighbors

Your behavior affects your neighbors, just as what they do effects you. The key way to prevent conflict with neighbors is to be a good neighbor yourself. Simple consideration and conversation with neighbors helps achieve a peaceful coexistence.

Here are several suggestions for preventing conflicts:

Meet your neighbor.

Introduce yourself while walking the dog or when you see moving boxes arrive. Learn your neighbors’ names and regularly say "hello" or "Good Morning" before there is any need or problem. Just knowing them can prevent conflict.

Keep your neighbors informed.

Contact them before undertaking something that might affect them – such as hosting a big party, building a fence, cutting down a tree or getting a puppy. Informing your neighbors ahead of time allows them to make plans or tell you how your project affects them. Getting their input lets you act in a way that avoids problems.

Be aware of differences.

Differences in age, ethnic backgrounds, years in the neighborhood, etc. can lead to conflicting expectations or misunderstandings unless we make an effort to talk with and understand each other. Focus on what you have in common with your neighbor.

Consider your neighbor’s point of view, literally.

How does your compost pile, play equipment or son’s car parts look from your neighbors’ backyard or windows? Keep areas in others’ view reasonably presentable.

Be appreciative.

If a neighbor does something you like, tell them! They’ll be pleased to hear you noticed the yard work or the new paint job – and it will be easier to talk later if they do something you don’t like.

Be positive.

If your neighbor does something that irritates you, don’t assume it was on purpose. Most people don’t intentionally try to create problems. Presume the neighbor doesn’t know about the annoyance. If we jump to the conclusion that the other person is the enemy, we decrease the possibility of an easy resolution.

Be candid.

If your neighbors do something that bothers you, let them know. By communicating early and calmly, you take a step toward solving the problem. Be tolerant but don’t let a real irritation go because it seems unimportant or hard to discuss. Your neighbor won’t know the situation bothers you. It may grow worse, or become harder to talk about, as time goes on.

Be respectful.

Talk directly with the neighbor involved about a problem situation. Don’t gossip; that damages relationships and creates trouble.

Be calm.

If a neighbor approaches you accusingly about a difficulty, listen carefully and thank them for telling you how they feel. You don’t have to agree or justify your behavior. If you can listen and not react defensively, then their anger subsides, the lines of communication remain open and there is a good chance of working things out.

Listen well.

When you discuss a problem, try to understand how your neighbor feels about the issue and why. Understanding is not the same as agreeing, will increase the likelihood of a solution that works for you both.

Take your time.

If you need to, take a break to think about what you and your neighbor have discussed. Arrange to finish the conversation later, and then do so. Beginning something and not following through can start a problem or make one worse.

Get help when needed.

Communication can resolve conflict, and talking things over is the best way to handle problems and avoid enforcement or the courts. At times you may need the help of a neutral third party trained in conflict resolution. If it seems that your efforts to communicate with a neighbor are not resolving the issue, do not hesitate to ask your Fridley Neighborhood Resource Officer for assistance. The telephone number for your Neighborhood Resource Officer can be found on the City of Fridley Website. Another great resource is Mediation Services for Anoka County. They can be reached at 763-422-8878 or

Conflict can be an opportunity for increased understanding and improved communication and relationships when handled properly.

Multilingual Videos for Driving Safety

New Multilingual Videos for Driving Safety

Important information and resources about safe driving available in four languages

SAINT PAUL, Minn., April 2, 2014

 Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for Minnesotans under the age of 35. Approximately 95% of all crashes are related to driver error or inattention and half of the people killed on Minnesota’s roads each year are not buckled up. With summer coming and more people being on the roads, it is important to know how to keep yourself and others safe.

To provide information and resources on driving safety, ECHO (Emergency, Community, Health, and Outreach), in partnership with AAA, Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association, Minnesota Safety Council, and Iowa-Illinois Safety Council, have created three multilingual television programs. These programs are designed to educate and address the issues of distracted driving, impaired driving, speeding, seatbelts, and child safety seats.

Stay Focused: Don’t Drive Distracted

Dangers of Impaired Driving and Speeding, and Stay Safe with Seat Belts and Safety Seats will broadcast in four languages (Basic English, Spanish, Hmong, and Somali) to help inform the diverse communities in the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota areas. The programs will premiere Monday, April 28 at 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., and Monday, May 5 at 9 p.m. on tpt’s Minnesota Channel 2-2 (Comcast 202 or 243 and Charter 396, depending on location), on public stations across Minnesota, and online at

ECHO and the AAA will also be distributing free DVDs of this program to the community. Community members and service providers can request a DVD by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For more information on broadcast times or program information, please visit

About ECHO

ECHO’s mission is to collaborate with diverse communities to deliver programs and services that help people be healthy, contribute, and succeed. Visit for more information.

Media Contacts

Gail Weinholzer, Director of Public Affairs, AAA Minnesota/Iowa, 952.707.4985, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Lauren Rimestad, Marketing & Development Director, ECHO Minnesota, 651.789.4337, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Prevent Home Garage Fires

Garage fires tend to spread farther and cause more injuries and dollar loss per fire than fires that start in all other areas of the home.

Every year, there are 6,600 garage fires in homes that result in an average of:

  • 30 deaths.
  • 400 injuries.
  • $457 million in property loss.

Of these fires, 93 percent occurred in one- and two-family homes.

The leading cause of garage fires is electrical malfunction. This can be due to shorts in wires, damaged wires, and overloading electrical outlets.

The Fridley Fire Department would like residents to follow these prevention tips to keep homes safe from garage fires.

  • Store oil, gasoline, paints, propane and varnishes in a shed away from your home.
  • Keep items that can burn on shelves away from appliances.
  • Plug only one charging appliance into an outlet.
  • Don’t use an extension cord when charging an appliance.
  • Install:
    • A 20-minute fire-rated door that is self-closing and self-latching from the garage into the house.
    • A ceiling made with ⅝-inch Type X gypsum board (or the equivalent) if you have living space above the garage.
    • A wall with ½-inch gypsum board (or the equivalent) if the wall attaches the garage to your home.
    • An attic hatch cover if you have attic access from the garage.
    • A heat alarm — not a smoke alarm — in your garage. The heat alarm will sound if the temperature rises too high.
Heat Alarms:

Heat alarms (detectors) are designed to respond to fire, not smoke. While smoke alarms get most of the attention, heat alarms are another useful part of any home fire detection system.

Some environments, like those found in garages, can cause smoke alarms to sound due to changes in temperature and humidity, as well as dust, fumes and insects. Heat alarms are virtually unaffected by these adverse conditions; smoke alarms are not.

Smoke alarms are not required, or designed for use, in garages. Many heat alarm models can be connected to a home's fire detection system so that if the heat alarm sounds, the smoke alarms will as well.

Tips for buying and installing heat alarms

Purchase a heat alarm that is:

  • Hard-wired with a battery backup.Capable of interconnecting with your home's smoke alarms.Rated for temperatures between 175-250 degrees Fahrenheit. Alarms with lower temperature ratings may falsely sound in garages where temperatures rise above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Alarms with higher temperature ratings may sound too late to warn you about a fire.
  • Have your hard-wired heat alarm installed by a qualified electrician.
  • Don't install heat alarms near fluorescent lights. Electrical noise and flickering from the lights may affect the alarm's operation.
  • Always follow the manufacturer's instructions.
Information in this article provided by FEMA


2014 Street Project

 Schedule                                                                                        Please See Area Map (Larger map of phases)                                                                                                                                                                                 Determine your phase    (1-4)             Construction - Late May thru September 2014                                                                                                      

StreetResurface2014 4Phases

This project is generally located in the north industrial area of Fridley. The rehabilitation project is 3.4 miles in length and includes replacing street pavement, spot replacement of curbing, drainage improvements, and miscellaneous utility repairs. The street pavement will be ground up and mixed with the underlying sandy base to provide a stronger foundation. Curbing found to be in the worst condition will be replaced as budget allows. 

The entire project will take about two months to complete once construction begins. CenterPoint Energy and the City will coordinate together to provide infrastructure upgrades and minimize cost. CenterPoint Energy has been working on the project to replace mains and service lines to most properties. Gas work is intentionally schedule in advance of the City's street project. If you have a question regarding Centerpoint Energy's service installation or yard restoration, please call 612-321-5369.

All Phases

 Initial Residential Update  (May 28, 2014)  Please See Area Map  (Updated June 12, 2014)

Phase 1     

Paving Beech and 79th Way (June 27, 2014)

Phase 2

Phase 2 Water Shut down Delayed (June 19, 2014)

Phase 1 Water Disruption (June 20, 2014)

Project Update 77th Ave. NE (June 4, 2014)

Phase 2 Reclaiming and Watermain (June 4, 2014)

Phase 3

Phase 3 Access Closure with Map (June 26, 2014)

Phase 3 Paving Continues (June 19, 2014)

Phase 3 Paving Starts (June 18, 2014)

Phase 3 Intersection Closure (June 18, 2014)

Phase 4                                 

Project Communications

If you wish to receive project updates electronically rather than hand delivery, please e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Layne Otteson, P.E. Project Manager                                                                                                           Fridley Municipal Center / 6431 University Ave. NE / Fridley, MN 55432                                                     P763-572-3552 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




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    For more information about the project, see the main Fridley Foundations project page.

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    flood600By now you’ve likely heard about the increased risk of flooding along rivers and streams in Minnesota this spring.

    The most recently updated projections for the Fridley area are that we have a 20% chance of seeing river levels as high as in 1997 and there is a 3% chance that the river will reach historic flood levels. See information on this page and the National Weather Service website for details on the latest spring flood forecast.

    Indications are that properties along Rice Creek and near the Mississippi River are at the greatest risk for flooding, although melting patterns and spring precipitation could impact other low lying areas as well.

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