Sun Focus Editions Mounds View/New Brighton

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 7 MOUNDS VIEW/NEW BRIGHTON Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 New Brighton Council certifi es 2017 preliminary budget, tax levy By SAM LENHART sam.lenhart@ecm-inc.com (SUN FOCUS STAFF PHOTO BY SAM LENHART) New Brighton ThrivExpo draws crowds New Brighton Parks and Recreation hosted their sixth annual adult 55+ ThrivExpo on Thursday, Sept. 14, at the New Brighton Community Center. The afternoon was fi lled with information on how adults age 55 and older can “thrive” and age well in their community. Several exhibitors specializing in serving older adults shared how their services can help make senior living a bit easier. The event also featured seminars concerning senior wellness issues. See more photos inside this edition. Mounds View OKs feasibility study, borings Proposed work area is around Business Park North By RAYMOND T. RIVARD Contributing Writer By a unanimous 5-0 vote, the Mounds View City Council Sept. 11 ap- proved a resolution to al- low for the preparation of a feasibility report, as well as pavement and soil bor- /,9(/,)( &UHVW9LHZ&DUHVRUJ ings for four area streets at a total cost of $14,769.50. Interim public works director Don Peterson addressed the council and provided background about the project being eyed for completion in 2018. The resolution for the borings and feasibility study is for improvements being proposed along Program Avenue, Quincy Street, Woodale Drive, and Clifton Drive … an area also known at Busi- ness Park North. In describing the area under consideration, Pe- 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 See Study , Page 3 &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 terson said, “This area is northeast of Mounds View Boulevard and West of 35W. It serves 27 com- panies ranging from in- dustrial to light commer- Sun Newspapers | 33 Second St. N.E. Osseo, MN 55369 focus.mnsun.com facebook.com/SunFocus @MNSunFocus PUBLIC NOTICES: See page 17 &UHVW 9LHZ 6HQLRU &RPPXQLW\ DW %ODLQH  8O\VVHV 6W 1( %ODLQH SK  The New Brighton City Council on Sept. 12 autho- rized certifying the prelimi- nary property tax levy and general fund budget for the 2018 fi scal year with a 4-1 vote. The council reviewed the general fund budget during previous work sessions be- fore taking a vote. State law requires the city to certify a prelimi- nary general fund budget and property tax levy to Ramsey County by Sept. 30. The fi nal levy can be lower than the preliminary number, but not higher. City Manager Dean Lot- ter recommended that the 2018 General Fund Bud- get be $15,859,270, which represents an increase of 4.98 percent over the 2017 Amended Budget. “Once again we are proud to announce that there is no use of reserves,” said Finance Director Brenda Davitt. The proposed 2018 bud- get includes a proposed total city-wide tax levy of $8,661,170 for taxes pay- able in 2018. The proposed 2017 tax levy is an increase of $761,070. The property tax impact on residents will vary de- pending on the property’s value and change in value relative to other properties in the city. The median value of a home in New Brighton is See Levy , Page 6