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Focus Coats for Kids Rum River Run The annual Coats for Kids drive, sponsored by Pilgrim Cleaners, is underway in the metro area. Several area teams participated in the Rum River Run in Anoka Sept. 14. Page 15 Page 3 C O L UM BIA H EIGH TS/ F RID L E Y Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 Columbia Heights School Board member recognized by state association (PHOTO PROVIDED BY COLUMBIA HEIGHTS PUBLIC SCHOOLS) Columbia Heights Public School Board Chair John Larkin presents Naty Se- verson with a Minnesota School Board Associa- tion Leadership Develop- ment certifi cate. Sever- son, who was recognized at the Tuesday, Sept. 14, business meeting, is the school board clerk. She received the certifi cate for completing three phases of leadership training. The Minnesota School Boards Associa- tion, a leading advocate for public education, supports, promotes and strengthens the work of public school boards. Columbia Heights School Board hears 2018 preliminary levy proposal Decline in state aid could affect budget by VICKI IKEOGU Contributing Writer Declines in state-aid subsidies could result in Columbia Heights tax- payers making up the dif- ference for portions of the proposed 2018 Columbia Height School District levy. Columbia Heights School District Direc- tor of Finance and Op- erations Bill Holmgren provided members of the school board with the preliminary budget at the /,9(/,)( &UHVW9LHZ&DUHVRUJ board’s Sept. 12 meeting. Holmgren said out of the district’s general fund, the equity revenue is slated to increase by $119,812 from 2017 for a total of $552,213. “Overall, that is an in- crease from where we were,” he said. “What you see is that we have an in- crease of about $119,000 in the levy, but the aid of course going up much less. So, we are levying about $27,000 (in new revenue) but we are getting $80,000 less in aid.” In addition, Holmgren See Levy , Page 9 Index Opinion-Page 4-5 Calendar-Page 8 Public Safety-Page 12 Sports-Pages 14-15 History-Page 22 Art-Page 23 Classifieds-Pages 18-21 By SAM LENHART The Fridley City Coun- cil approved the 2018-22 Capital Investment Pro- gram during its Sept. 11 meeting. The Capital Investment Program is a plan created by city staff to provide and maintain facilities for the citizens and busi- nesses in Fridley. Similar to the annual operating budget, the Capital Investment Pro- gram is a policy document and because the city’s priorities and available resources often change it is require that the plan be reevaluated annually. “It is usually the fi rst step in developing the budget for next year,” said Fridley Finance Di- rector Shelley Peterson. “It includes projects and equipment scheduled for the next fi ve years and it includes a couple of dif- ferent fund types.” The fund types covered in the Capital Investment Program include govern- mental, equipment, infra- structure, and enterprise funds. The goal of creating a &UHVW 9LHZ LV \RXU QRQSUR´W IDLWKEDVHG VHQLRU FRPPXQLW\ RIIHULQJ HYHU\WKLQJ IURP KRXVLQJ WR KRPH KHDOWK FDUH WR VNLOOHG QXUVLQJ &DOO IRU D WRXU &UHVW 9LHZ 6HQLRU &RPPXQLW\ RQ 5HVHUYRLU %RXOHYDUG  5HVHUYRLU %OYG 1( &ROXPELD +HLJKWV SK  &UHVW 9LHZ RQ QG &ROXPELD +HLJKWV $VVLVWHG OLYLQJ DQG PHPRU\ FDUH Price $1.00 Volume 27, No. 39 Fridley City Council approves 2018-22 Capital Investment Program Sun Newspapers | 33 Second St. N.E. Osseo, MN 55369 @MNSunFocus PUBLIC NOTICES: See page 17 &UHVW 9LHZ 6HQLRU &RPPXQLW\ DW %ODLQH  8O\VVHV 6W 1( %ODLQH SK  separate Capital Invest- ment Program document is to focus on capital proj- ects. These projects often re- quire future planning to assure fi nancing and im- plementation procedures collaborate. Previously, there have been two coun- cil work sessions where the council to reviewed the proposed Capital In- vestment Program. On July 10, the council and staff held an in-depth review of the Capital In- vestment Program draft and on Aug. 29, the coun- cil made adjustments to the Capital Investment Program tables for each of the Capital Funds. General Fund expenses “The fi rst thing we do in developing the capital investment program is we determine what we need for operations and that is primarily our general fund,” said Peterson. “We look at what some of our expense assumptions are for the next year.” City staff made as- sumption based on labor agreements, step increas- es, workers compensation insurance, property li- ability insurance, utilities and operating expenses. However, reductions in fuel cost, computer maintenance in the po- lice department and salt for winter road treat- ments are anticipated, which amounts to about $80,000 in savings. See Fridley CIP , Page 6