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Any wound to the root system, the stem or main branches of a tree caused during construction could be considered construction damage. These wounds occur during or as the result of site clearing, building site preparation, soil grading, paving, building activities using heavy equipment and stock piling soil or building materials. Construction damage can occur on projects as small as paving a patio or can occur on grander scale projects such as creating a shopping mall.
Trees get into trouble when they become low on energy reserves, when their roots can’t get enough oxygen or water, or when more than 40% of their root system is lost. Most construction damage happens to the root system. Developing a site is seldom possible without hurting tree roots to some extent. Roots are one of the most vital parts of the tree, responsible for nutrient, oxygen and water uptake and anchoring the tree in the soil. In addition, energy-rich chemicals are stored in the roots. Trees draw on these energy reserves to get them through emergencies like drought, defoliation, insect attack or construction damage.
Nearly everyone recognizes the value of trees in providing shade, or ornamentation and protection. All too frequently, the trees that make a site attractive are damaged or killed during construction by inadequate protection or carelessness. Sometimes it is possible to remedy the situation, but it is always better and more economical to prevent damage than to remedy it.
Formulate a plan. Select which trees can be saved and which trees should be removed. Try to save islands of trees rather than individuals. Talk about your plans with contractors/workers. Make a map so plans are clear to everyone. Fence off areas to be protected. Post signs that say “off-limits”. Water trees regularly before, during, and after construction activities. Monitor the site for signs of tree damage. Timing: Cut trees down during the fall and winter because the “saved” trees are extremely vulnerable to wounding during the spring. Use chain saws to fall trees near the trees you want to be saved. Avoid felling trees INTO the trees you want to be saved. Avoid pushing trees over with bulldozers, because it rips up neighboring trees’ roots.
Contact your neighbors and ask them if they are interested in setting up a Neighborhood Crime Watch Group and ask them for their support and participation in this program. Set up a date and a time for your meetings. Most meetings take place Monday through Thursday in the evening. Often residents have meetings in their home, yard, or a nearby park. The Crime Prevention Officer also has access to different meeting areas in the city. Contact the Crime Prevention Officer to arrange for a meeting by calling 763-421-2971.
You will need to choose a block captain and an alternate block captain and keep a list of member households.
No, Neighborhood Watch Groups need to meet only two times per year. The Crime Prevention Officer will attend these meetings. The meetings usually last from 1 to 1 and a half hours.
No. We encourage block parties, picnics, Christmas parties, Halloween parties, etc. Just remind the attendees about the Crime Prevention goal of the Watch group.
Just about anything. Home security, personal safety, bicycle safety, drug awareness, stranger danger, fire prevention, etc. If you have an area of particular interest, contact the Crime Prevention Officer.
Direct balloting will begin on Tuesday, November 1, 2022. All eligible voters can vote early at City Hall by placing the ballot that was issued to them on site directly into a ballot counter. Votes are counted immediately, and results are reported after the polls close on Election Day, November 8, 2022.
Yes, when you apply for an absentee ballot, you will be provided with the required voter registration materials. Please be prepared to show photo ID and proof of residence. Apply on the Secretary of State's website.
A voter may return their own completed ballot using one of the following options:
You can track the status of your absentee ballot at any point in the process and confirm that it was received and counted at the secretary of state’s website. Please note, in order for the tracker to work you must enter all information exactly the same as what you put on your application. You can also check the status of your ballot by contacting Hennepin County Elections at 612-348-5151.
The city hires election workers to assist with each election. If selected, you'll be placed in one of four polling locations to ensure every eligible ballot is cast and counted. You'll verify voter eligibility, assist with voter registration, distribute ballots, and certify results. Election workers are paid $11 – $13 per hour. Apply to serve as an election judge.
Under current state law, an individual returning a ballot for someone else will be required to show ID and complete an agent delivery log.
A person may return a voted ballot for up to three people in any election, not including their own ballot, using one of the options below:
If the date is more than 7 days before Election Day and you already voted early by absentee ballot, either in person at city hall or through the mail, you may request your ballot be destroyed. At that time you may request a new ballot be issued to you. After that time if your ballot has been accepted, you may not change your vote.
Note: Elections staff can only provide you with information regarding your own ballot or registration status. We can't give you information about other voters.
LOMR is a Letter of Map Revision. This document is issued by FEMA as an approval of floodplain modifications and will result in revisions to the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM).
The Floodplain Map (below) identifies the affected properties. Also, the City has sent letters to affected property owners with Floodplain information.
The LOMR has been approved by FEMA (effective February 16, 2018) and if your insurance provider agrees with the findings, then insurance should not be required. Also, your lender and insurance provider may request individual survey records specific to your home. This would be a responsibility of the home owner to provide all necessary information to their insurance provider. Not that each property owner will need to work directly with their own insurance provider.
Contact your insurance provider, as this is a question that only they can answer.
You can use the DNR's district and boundary map to enter your address to find out if you are within an MRCCA district.
The following require an administrative review permit within an MRCCA boundary:
The following require a conditional use permit within an MRCCA boundary:
When applying for an MRCCA permit, you need to provide the following:
1. A complete MRCCA application form,
2. A complete supplemental application (if your project involves intensive vegetation clearing or land alterations),
3. The required fee,
4. A detailed project description, and
5. An aerial photo and/or scaled site plan showing the location and label of the proposed project area.
Primary conservation areas (PCAs) are natural and cultural resources. The most common PCAs are the following:
1. bluff impact zone
2. shore impact zone
5. native plant communities
6. significant vegetative stands
You can use the DNR's primary area conservation mapping application to find out if your property has a PCA. After opening the online mapper, enter your property address in the search box. The online mapper will then zoom in to your property and you will be able to see if there are any PCAs on your property. PCAs are identified in the map legend.
If one or more PCAs exist on your property, you will need to ensure that any future construction, landscaping, or land alteration activities comply with the PCA protective standards and permit requirements in your local MRCCA zoning regulations. See the MRCCA ordinance for local restrictions or the DNR's page for an overview.
The area hydrologist that covers the City of Champlin is Wes Saunders-Pearce. He can be contacted at 651-259-5822 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes, maintenance of your existing lawn, landscaping, and gardens are allowed without a permit. Repair of existing riprap and retaining walls are also allowed without a permit. If you want to rebuild or construct new retaining walls or riprap, then you would need a permit.
DNR approval is required for work at or below the Ordinary High Water Level (OWHL) for construction or replacement of riprap, retaining walls, and other erosion control structures before the city can issue the permit.
A water-oriented accessory structure is a small building or other improvement, except stairways, fences, docks, and retaining walls, that, because of the relationship of its use to public waters, needs to be located closer to public waters than the normal structure setback. Examples include gazebos, screen houses, fish houses, pump houses, and detached decks and patios.
The regulations on water-oriented accessory structures are the following:
One water-oriented accessory structure is allowed for each riparian lot or parcel less than 300 feet in width at the ordinary high water level, with one additional water-oriented accessory structure allowed for each additional 300 feet of shoreline on the same lot or parcel. Water-oriented accessory structures must:
1. Not exceed 12 feet in height;
2. Not exceed 120 square feet in area;
3. Be placed a minimum of ten feet from the ordinary high water level; and
4. Not be placed within the bluff impact zone.
The best way is to fill out the Compliment a Cop Form.
This way we can track the compliments and ensure they are passed along to those you are commending and their supervisors. We might also use the information as the basis for an official commendation or other recognition. While some of these fields are not required, please provide at least an email address or phone number so we are able to contact you if we have questions.
To apply to participate, email Jeff a completed Police Reserve Program Application or visit Police Reserves to lean more.
If you wish to receive a copy of a police report, please call the administrative office at 763-421-2971. Five to ten business days are needed for processing these requests. The fee for a copy of a report is 25 cents per page. View types of reports.
Online forms are coming soon! View permit information.
If you are going to be away from your home for an extended period of time, fill out the Home Security Check Form.
Yes. View curfew information.
Yes, bring recent vet documents, showing proof of current rabies vaccination, and tag number, into the Police Department. Other information needed includes the owner's name, address and phone, and the dog's name, age, breed, gender and coloring. View fees and waste regulation information on the animal control & licensing webpage.
Yes. The purpose of using body-worn-cameras (BWCs) is to capture evidence arising from police-citizen encounters. This policy sets forth guidelines governing the use of BWCs and administering the data that results. Compliance with these guidelines is mandatory, but it is recognized that officers must also attend to other primary duties and the safety of all concerned, sometimes in circumstances that are tense, uncertain, and rapidly evolving. View the Body Worn Camera Policy.
Yes. View the UAV Policy.
Yes. The Champlin Police Department Complaint Form is for reporting allegations of misconduct by a police officer, 911 dispatcher, office staff or other member of the Champlin Police Department.
The Champlin Police Department accepts and documents all complaints and investigates them where warranted. If you provide contact information, you will be notified if an investigation into the allegation is warranted and the findings when the investigation is complete. The city must comply with state and federal laws pertaining to employee privacy rights, therefore only the finding will be disclosed.
Dispositions will be classified as one of the following:
If the complaint is Sustained or Sustained with Qualifications, one or more of the following actions will be taken:
Submit a permit application online or mail in a permit application (PDF) for review by staff. A 50% down payment is due at the time of booking. The remaining 50% is due 30 days before the event. If your event is less than 30 days from the date of booking, payment is due in full.
Yes, we can put a hold on a date for up to one week if more than 30 days out.
Yes. View rates (PDF).
Yes. View Floor Plans.
The Main Room seats up to 120, overflow seating up to 150, and standing up to 170. The Conference Room seats up to 24.
Yes, the main hall or conference room is available by the hour with a four hour minimum. View the online calendar to book an hourly reservation for an individual space. View Main Hall Hourly Rates and Conference Room Hourly Rates. The other option is to book the full event center (Main Hall + Conference Room) for an all day 12 hour event at least 18 months prior to the event date via the contact form
Yes. View the Frequently Asked Questions (PDF).
View the preferred vendor list.
View event rental information (PDF).
View a permit application (PDF) to mail in or fill out an online permit.
Yes. Please note, your date is not official until payment is received. Checks can be written out to “City of Champlin” and mailed to: Mississippi Crossings | 11955 Champlin Drive | Champlin, MN 55316. Please fill out the online permit application or mail in a permit application (PDF).
All fees are due 30 days before the event. If your event is under 30 days, the full rental is due.
We cannot open the doors for the event without payment in full.
We reserve the right to book the full event center (both the main hall and the conference room) 6+ months out. If your event is within the next 6 months, we can book the conference room only at an hourly rate. View the rate sheet. If you’re interested in multiple day use of the conference room or a recurring rental, please contact us for options.
We reserve the right to book the full event center, for all 12 hours, 6+ months out. If your event is within the next 6 months, we can allow bookings of the space hourly with a 4-hour minimum. View the rate sheet.
If your event is within the next 6 months, we allow the space to be rented hourly with a 4-hour minimum. Hours must include time needed for set-up and clean-up.
If you need more time, we can add at an hourly rate. View the rate sheet.
View the preferred caterers and beverage vendors list. You may request to use your own caterer for an additional fee. View the rate sheet for details. All caterers must provide proof of MN license, insurance (if serving alcohol, name the City as additionally insured), and be approved by facility management 30 days before the event.
All food must be prepared in a commercial kitchen or by a licensed food supplier. We make exceptions for culturally specific items or special desserts from bakeries. Main entrees, appetizers and desserts must be provided by a licensed food supplier.
Alcohol on City property is allowed in designated event areas and with an additional permit through the city. Alcohol requires an insured catering or bartending service (provide proof of insurance 30 days prior). Additionally, a Park Patrol Officer is required at the event during the entire duration of the rental. View the rate sheet for details.
Yes, an additional alcohol permit is required as well as hiring both an insured bartender (provide proof of insurance 30 days prior) and Park Patrol. View the rate sheet for details.
This isn’t something we can guarantee, however, as we get closer to the event, we would be able to consider an overnight storage fee. View the rate sheet for details.
No, this isn’t something we can handle from a liability standpoint.
No, we can add time as plans finalize. The 30 day mark is when we need to solidify details.
We can add on time to your rental. Reminder the doors remain locked until your scheduled rental start time. Look for a final invoice 30 days prior, and with payment, we’ll secure the staff to open the doors earlier.
We will stick to the hours outlined in the permit. There are great after-party spots in the area.
The venue, the bathrooms, utilities, as well as inventory of tables, chairs, and furnishings. We will ensure the tables and chairs are set per the selected event venue floor plan.
The manager on duty oversees the space, including making sure all the items we promised are in place. We open the doors, set the temperature and ensure the space is clean. We show you the lights, sound system, and projector. We ensure food and beverage is according to plan. If for any reason we have building specific issues, like plumbing or electrical, we’re here to troubleshoot. The event will be run by you or your event coordinator, to include guest check in, registration, presentation, ceremony, celebratory toasts and/or speeches, décor, vendors, etc.
Security is not required if alcohol is not present. However, all events serving alcohol will require Park Patrol for the duration of the rental. Park Patrol will be arranged by our staff. View the rate sheet for details.
Pets are allowed in designated areas. Unfortunately, they are not permitted inside the building.
We will work with you to plan the space, including tables and chairs. Big items like the couch and lounge seats need to stay in place. Please select your desired floor plan in advance.
If it’s a lightweight item like a chair or small table, yes. If it’s a heavier item like a high top or coffee table, no. We ask for floor plans so we can set it up. Any damage caused to the space or furnishings will be billed.
All payments made to date are non-refundable.
We will work with you to find another date that’s available within 6 months of your original date and your original rental payments will move forward. If you reschedule more than once, please understand there will be an administrative fee.
Access to all properties will be maintained for the vast majority of this project. However, there may be times during the day when you may not be able to access your driveway due to utility repairs, street paving, or other work, but generally access will be provided at the end of each day. With that being said, access may be unavailable for approximately seven days following any concrete curb or driveway replacement work. Residents will be provided notification when possible during the project when access to their homes will be restricted.
During construction, we will ask that all residents refrain from parking on the street. There are certain construction activities, i.e. curb replacement, where you will be required to park on the street. We will notify you prior to curb placement and let you know where you can park.
The City will coordinate with the Post Office, delivery services, and garbage service during periods of limited access if deemed necessary.
During construction, most residents will be using temporary mailboxes located at the outside the project limits. Upon the completion of the project, mailboxes will be replaced or reinstalled as necessary.
The City will coordinate with the bus company to determine if an alternate pick‐up location is required during construction. If a new location is required, the affected residents will be notified.
The maximum available project work hours based on the City’s noise ordinances are:
Monday – Saturday 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Any variations from this would need prior City Council approval. Once a contractor has been selected, a more exact work schedule will be made available.
No work will be permitted on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day in observance of the federal holidays.
The City of Champlin will send out a letter to all residents with contact information associated with the project prior to the beginning of construction. During construction of the project, the City will provide updates to the residents via letters, newsletters, project email list, social media and the City’s website.
The portion of the driveway that is impacted by the project will be replaced as part of the project. Residents may request that the contractor replace the entire driveway at their own cost. Each contractor is different but typically street contractors do not accept this type of work because their crews and equipment are geared for street construction work. If a contractor is willing to do driveway replacements, residents will be asked to contact them directly for any replacement requests.
Sections of maintained lawn that need to be removed for construction will be restored with new sod or seed at the end of the project. The contractor is responsible for watering of the new sod or seed for 30 calendar days following installation, after which it is the homeowner’s responsibility. All residents will receive mailings notifying them of the end dates of the contractor’s maintenance period, as well as tips on how best to care for new sod or seed.
Trees may be removed with the construction. All trees removed for construction purposes will be removed by the contractor at no cost to the owner. On past projects, some homeowners have requested additional trees removed on their property. These requests are reviewed on a case by case basis and any costs for tree removals not required by the project will be assessed to the homeowner.
The contractor is responsible for protecting, or replacing to their original condition if damaged, most items such as small retaining walls, landscape features, or irrigation systems found in homeowner’s yards. It is the homeowner’s responsibility to relocate any plantings that will be disturbed by construction; the contractor will not replace plantings with final restoration of the project.
For underground items such as invisible pet fences and irrigation lines, all homeowners are asked to make an effort to mark them so that the contractor can work around them and protect them as much as possible from damage.
Yes, this work can be done with the project. Please contact the City if you’d like a rain garden installed with the project. Staff will verify the location is appropriate and you as the homeowner will need to sign a maintenance agreement and develop a planting plan. The contractor will construct a curb cut and excavate an area of the yard for the rain garden. The homeowner will be responsible for the plantings and maintenance of the rain garden.
Replacement of water or sanitary sewer lines will depend on the project. The Sewer & Water Department reviews all services to determine if replacement is needed.
The assessment rates for street improvements follow the City’s assessment policy. More information on assessments can be found on the City’s website project pages.
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Shed Fest is an outdoor rock concert.
Shed Fest will be located in the Public Works yard (the stage is in the shed) at:
Champlin City Hall11955 Champlin DriveChamplin, MN 55316
Parking will be available at the Champlin Ice Forum (within walking distance of Shed Fest) with shuttle buses running back and forth at: