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The Fridley Police Department is warning residents about a company that recently registered their intention to conduct door-to-door sales of home security systems, Vision Security, LLC.
Vision Security, LLC conducts interstate commerce and as such is not required to obtain a solicitor license from the City. Vision Security, LLC did not need to pass a background check into its character or business responsibility and was only required to register with the City. Although Vision Security, LLC complied with City requirement to register their intent to solicit, the Police Department wants to make citizens aware of the company’s poor rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB).
Currently Vision Security, LLC has a “F” rating with the following complaints:
527 complaints closed with BBB in last 3 years; 267 closed in last 12 months
Advertising / Sales Issues
Billing / Collection Issues
Guarantee / Warranty Issues
Problems with Product / Service
Total Closed Complaints
Factors that lowered Vision Security, LLC’s rating include:
BBB reports that this company has a pattern of complaints alleging misrepresentation during initial contact with the sales representative. Complainants allege that they are told the representative is with their current provider to perform an "upgrade" or that their current provider has gone out of business and Vision Security LLC will be taking over all contracts. Consumers are then being held responsible for two different contracts. While the business has responded to the BBB's concerns and stated their policy when this type of action occurs, BBB has continued to receive complaints with the same underlying issue.
During the summer, security system companies hire traveling sales agents to go door-to door, making "cold-calls" on homeowners. In some cases, the salespeople use high-pressure or deceptive sales tactics to get potential customers to buy expensive equipment and services that consumers don't need or want. The Fridley Police Department advises consumers to avoid sellers who:
The Fridley Police Department recommends that if you in any way doubt the credibility of a home security sales person’s registration, feel threatened or intimidated by his or her actions, or experience strong-armed or deceptive sales tactics, YOUHAVE A RIGHT to ask the sales person to leave. DO NOT HESITATE TO CALL 9-1-1 to report such activity.
INDEPENDENTLY CHECK WITH YOUR EXISTING HOME SECURITY SYSTEM PROVIDER BEFORE AGREEING TO ANY UPGRADES, REPLACEMENTS, REPAIRS OR CHANGES. DO NOT LET ANYONE RUSH YOU INTO MAKING A DECISION THAT YOU WILL BE LEGALLY LIABLE FOR.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Talk directly with the neighbor involved about a problem situation. Don’t gossip; that damages relationships and creates trouble.
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.
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 WWW.Mediationservices.org
Conflict can be an opportunity for increased understanding and improved communication and relationships when handled properly.
New Multilingual Videos for Driving Safety
Important information and resources about safe driving available in four languages
SAINT PAUL, Minn., April 2, 2014
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
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 www.echominnesota.org/aaa.
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 echominnesota.org for more information. Media Contacts
ECHO’s mission is to collaborate with diverse communities to deliver programs and services that help people be healthy, contribute, and succeed. Visit echominnesota.org for more information.
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:
Of these fires, 93 percent occurred in one- and two-family homes.
The Fridley Fire Department would like residents to follow these prevention tips to keep homes safe from garage fires.
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.
Purchase a heat alarm that is:
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.
Paving Beech and 79th Way (June 27, 2014)
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 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 Curbing Replacement (July 28, 2014)
Phase 4 Paving Notice and Street Closure (August 19, 2014)
With spring finally upon us it is a welcome sign to smell the mouth-watering waft of your neighbor's dinner on the grill. Each year more than 500 fires occur when people use grills and about 20 people are injured as a result of gas grill fires and explosions. Before you kick-off your own BBQ the Fridley Fire Department would like to offer our top 10 tips for safety this grilling season.
Lastly the Fridley Fire Department would like to remind residents that the City has adopted the Minnesota State Fire Code with regards to multi-family dwellings which does not allow charcoal or gas grills to be used or stored on decks or within 15' of dwellings that are 4 units or larger. For more information please visit our website at www.fridleymn.gov
For your next backyard get together, here is Renee's favorite steak marinade to try out. (approximate measurements)
1/3 Cup Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 Cup Grapeseed Oil (Can substitute Olive Oil)
1 Tablespoon White Balsamic Vinegar
1-2 cloves of garlic finely chopped or pressed
1 Tablespoon Mediterranean seasoning
1/4 Teaspoon White Pepper
Salt and Pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients together and place into Ziploc style bag or air tight container with your favorite cut of steak for at least 3 hours, then grill to your liking.
Walking along the aisle of a grocery store, a 6-year-old boy tugs at his mom’s arm, mouth open, other hand pointing. Dave smiles, “You know me, don’t you?”
That’s “Firefighter Dave.”
“Dave always has a pocketful of badge stickers,” says Fridley Fire Chief John Berg, as the two reminisce over Dave’s 31 years with the department.
Fire Captain Dave Lenzmeier may have retired, but he still serves as a true role model for the community. On Monday, June 2, friends, family and colleagues from around the area celebrated with a retirement party that promises to be filled with laughter and stories.
Dave is best known for his popularity with children. From Safety Camp counselor, to Open House organizer, to the go-to guy for school visits and tours, Dave connected with each child. He got down at their eye level, took the scary out of the fire equipment by letting them see and touch, and he made jokes.
“I was able to draw them in and make them part of it,” he explains as he confesses his favorite trick. “You know how to keep kids from squirming? A fire hose!” He would snake the fire hose around the floor, make the kids honorary firefighters and they would hold onto that hose for the entire presentation.
“Dave has a great sense of humor and his willingness to help with anything is profound,” describes longtime friend Liz Chevalier of the Fridley Police. “He has a heart of gold.”
Chief Berg agrees, as he remembers the time Dave surprised everyone at a public open house by donning a dress and wig and screaming for rescue from the top of a tower; Dave’s creative way to demonstrate a ladder rescue at a new training site.
Dave’s fire career has seen it all, from rescuing a 90-lb dog out of a frozen lake, to train derailment, to rescuing a woman in distress chasing after her dog as a train chased her. And every story had a happy ending.
So what’s next for Firefighter Dave?
“My wife asks the same thing,” he says with a grin. “I tell her the grass is cut, honey!”
Although Dave glances at the banjo he used to play every once in awhile, he usually decides not to scare his neighbors and instead keeps busy with yoga and gardening, and of course community service.
Dave continues his public service by working with Chores & More, a program in Fridley that assists seniors with small projects, things like cutting the grass and shoveling. In his words, he likes to be a good neighbor. Certainly he has been that and so much more for the City of Fridley, and from the bottom of our hearts, we thank him for it.
If you have questions about any of the projects discussed here, please contact the Fridley Public Works Department.
Follow along on the web as the Fridley Foundations remodeling project progresses. Weekly updates and photos will be provided. You can subscribe to this page via RSS by clicking the 'Subscribe to this page' link at the bottom.
For more information about the project, see the main Fridley Foundations project page.
Questions? Contact Paul Bolin, Assistant Executive Director to the HRA, at 763-572-3591.
By 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.
This page will serve as a collection point for flood-related information and will be updated regularly throughout the flooding season. You can subscribe to this page via RSS at the bottom to be notified of updates.