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Legal notices are published in the Blaine/Spring Lake Park Life newspaper.  While not the official posting site, as a courtesy some legal and other public notices are also posted here.

For more information on these and other Public Hearing notices visit https://blaine.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx or contact the City Clerk Office by email or by phone at 763-785-6122. 

 

  • 02/13/2017 – News Release - 02/13/2017, 10:39pm Adobe Download
     
  • 02/13/2017 – News Release - 02/13/2017, 12:05pm Adobe Download
     
  • 02/12/2017 – News Release - 02/12/2017 Adobe Download
     
  • 02/08/2017 – Investigation Leads to Criminal Complaint 
     
  • 02/07/2017 – Press Release Blaine High School Incident 02/07/17 
     
  • 01/20/2017 – PD News Release - 01/20/2017 Adobe Download
     
  • 01/12/2017 – News Release - Recap of Water Delivery Event Adobe Download
     
  • 01/09/2017 – News Release - Blaine Discontinues Boil Advisory Adobe Download
     
  • 01/09/2017 – News Release - Blaine Boil Advisory Still in Effect Adobe Download
     
  • 01/08/2017 – Blaine PD News Release - Water Update Adobe Download
     
  • 01/08/2017 – BOIL WATER ALERT Adobe Download

    DATE: January 8, 2017

    This morning the City of Blaine experienced a City-wide loss of water. The Public Works Department is currently working on identifying the problem and solutions. At this time, a
    number of wells and pumps are operating and beginning to move water through the system. In addition, we are working to cross-connect with neighboring cities to obtain water. The City of Blaine is filling water towers so limited water pressure will be available soon. We ask City residents to use water sparingly at this time based upon the number of hours it will take to have towers filled and fully operational.

    It is important that for at least the next 24 hours, or until otherwise notified by the City of Blaine, that residents boil water to ensure it is safe for consumption.

    At this time do we not have further information but we will keep our residents informed as we learn more.


     
  • 01/08/2017 – Latest Water Update 

    1/18/2017, 11:00am - Recap Blaine Water Delivery Event

    The City of Blaine is investigating the reasons behind a software malfunction that caused residents to be without water for a brief period on Sunday, January 7.

    Upon preliminary review, it was found that the software application that notifies utility personnel when the water level in a tower is low was not operating.  A redundant notification system has already been implemented to ensure utility staff receives all alarms in the future. 

    The city is also researching how to improve its ability to communicate with residents when significant events such as this arise.

    This is a significant event for the City of Blaine.  Though at this time it is believed that nothing criminal or malicious occurred, the Blaine Police Department is leading an investigation to ensure there was no criminal wrong-doing.

    Timeline of Events

    On January 7 at 8:20am, citizens began reporting to Anoka County Central Communication that there was a water flow problem to homes in several areas in the city.  Central Communications notified the on-duty police sergeant of the problem.  The Sergeant then made contact with the Blaine Utility Staff.  Upon notification, utility staff began working to restore water service.

    At 8:42am, the City’s Emergency Manager, Lt. Dan Pelkey, was notified that there were reports of a citywide water outage.  Upon confirmation of this information, a message was sent out to the citizens of Blaine via Facebook, Twitter and NextDoor.com.  The message indicated that the city was aware of the water delivery problem and was working to fix it. 

    Soon after, at 9:19am, the City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated to assist with the process of restoring water, ensuring fire protection and notifying residents of important information. 

    By 9:39am, utility workers activated all city wells including seasonal wells and cross connections with the Cities of Coon Rapids and Spring Lake Park to assist in restoring water service as quickly as possible. There were reports shortly thereafter that people were seeing a return of water to their homes in some areas.

    Due to the loss of pressure in the water system, the Minnesota Department of Health required a Boil Advisory on water that was to be used for consumption. The Boil Advisory is a standard procedure and allows time for water testing to be completed. At no time was it believed that the water system had been contaminated. Once it was determined that a Boil Advisory was required, all local media outlets were notified and asked to help get the message out.  A follow-up request asking for the information to be flashed across the bottoms of TV screens to ensure the message was reaching as many people as possible was also enacted. All of the City’s social media applications and the website were used to post several press releases and links to the MN Department of Health in regard to the Boil Advisory.

    School Districts were notified and contact with North Memorial Urgency Center in Blaine was made to ensure they were aware of the Boil Advisory. The decisions of what protocols these organizations needed to put in place were left up to the organizations. To ensure that we reached affected restaurants, a press release was hand delivered to as many as possible so Boil Advisory protocol and regulations could be followed.

    At 2:10pm, the EOC was notified that the water system was up and functional to the point where fire service was restored.

    On January 9, lab results were received and it was learned what was expected – Blaine’s water was normal.

    At 4:00pm, a press release was sent ending the Boil Advisory.

    The City of Blaine takes this incident very seriously, and a thorough review of practices and procedures is taking place to ensure the city continues to provide the best service to the citizens of Blaine.

    Stay connected by following:

    Blaine MN Website – http://www.ci.blaine.mn.us/go/blainewater
    Facebook –
    https://www.facebook.com/blaine.MN/
    Twitter –
    https://twitter.com/BlaineMinnesota
    Nextdoor –
    https://www.nextdoor.com 

    Clark Arneson, City Manager
    Sunday January 12, 2017 11:00 AM

     

    1/11/2017, 3:45pm - Results of the Minnesota Department of Health Testing


    Water Quality Laboratory Report of Analytical Results

     

    1/9/2017, 4:00pm - BLAINE DISCONTINUES BOIL ADVISORY

    Effective January 9, 2017, 4:00 pm, the Blaine Boil Advisory is discontinued.

    The results of the test performed by a lab certified by the Minnesota Department of Health indicates that there are no safety or contamination issues with the water. Residents and businesses may resume using water for normal day-to-day activities.

    For up-to-date information, follow:

    Blaine MN Website – http://www.ci.blaine.mn.us/go/blainewater
    Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/blaine.MN/
    Twitter – https://twitter.com/BlaineMinnesota
    Nextdoor – https://www.nextdoor.com

    Bob Therres, Public Services Manager/Public Works Director
    Monday, January 9, 2017 4:00 PM

    http://www.ci.blaine.mn.us/_docs/uploads/20170109-904544-904607.pdf

     

    1/9/2017, 10:45am - BLAINE BOIL ADVISORY STILL IN EFFECT

    The City of Blaine Boil Advisory is still in effect until water testing is completed.  Testing results are expected late this afternoon, January 9. We will notify residents when we have results.

    In addition, Anoka County Community Health and Environmental Services is currently requesting that all food service establishments impacted close until results of the tests are received.
    http://www.anokacounty.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=663

    There are no known safety or contamination issues with the water, but as a standard procedure we have put a Boil Water Advisory in place. In the case of a Boil Water Advisory, do not drink the water without boiling it first.

    For more information about Community Drinking Water Advisories, please reference Minnesota Department of Health Guidance for the General Public at
    http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/water/factsheet/com/dwadvpublic.pdf

    For up-to-date information, follow:

    Blaine MN Website – http://www.ci.blaine.mn.us/go/blainewater
    Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/blaine.MN/
    Twitter – https://twitter.com/BlaineMinnesota
    Nextdoor – https://www.nextdoor.com 

    Bob Therres, Public Services Manager/Public Works Director
    Sunday January 9, 2017 10:45 AM

    http://www.ci.blaine.mn.us/_docs/uploads/20170109-904544-904606.pdf 

    1/8/2017, 6:12pm - Spring Lake Park Schools Update

    Due to a water outage in the city of Blaine, there will be no school on Monday, January 9, for students who attend Northpoint Elementary, Westwood Intermediate School and Westwood Middle School. School will be held on a regular schedule at Park Terrace, Woodcrest Spanish Immersion, Lighthouse School and Spring Lake Park High School. Schools in the Anoka-Hennepin and Centennial School Districts (Centennial Elementary and Centennial High School) located in the city of Blaine will also be closed on Monday, January 9. Updates will be shared on Monday as more information becomes available.

    1/8/2017, 5:58pm - Centennial Schools Update

    Due to the water outage in Blaine, Centennial Elementary and Centennial High School will be closed Monday, January 9. This includes all before and after-school and evening activities at Centennial Elementary School and Centennial High School in addition to Centennial Elementary School Kids Club and the Centennial Elementary School Preschool. All other schools are open and classes are in session.

    School will resume Tuesday, January 10.

    The high school registration night is also canceled and is rescheduled for Tuesday, January 10, 5pm.

    https://www.isd12.org/centennial-elementary-and-centennial-high-school-closed-monday-january-9

    1/8/2017, 2:45pm - Anoka Hennepin School Update

    Blaine schools will be closed on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, due to some water testing that needs to take place after an outage. This includes all evening activities at these schools and Adventures Plus before- and after-school care. School will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 10.
    If you're a student that attends another school, but gets picked up at a Blaine school, your bus will still be there to transport you.

    The closed schools include:
    *Jefferson Elementary School
    *Johnsville Elementary School
    *Madison Elementary School
    *University Avenue Elementary School
    *Roosevelt Middle School
    *Blaine High School

    Please continue to check our website for the latest information.

    1/8/2017, 2:30pm - Latest Water Update

    As most citizens of the City of Blaine experienced this morning we had a failure of our water delivery system.  Upon learning of this failure we took immediate steps to remedy the problem.  The City’s Emergency Operation Center was opened and staffed, and Blaine Public Works Utility employees came in to help restore water service.  The initial review leads us to believe that this was a failure of software communication systems within the water delivery system, although the review is ongoing.  At this time, the water system is up and running like it should be.  There are no known safety or contamination issues with the water, but as a standard procedure we have put a 24-hour boil requirement on (this requirement is for consumption).   Results of water testing should be available sometime in the late afternoon of January 9, and we will post an update once we receive the testing results. 

    As always, check the City of Blaine website, Facebook Page, Nextdoor.com or twitter feed for current updates.

    Bob Therres, Public Services Manager/Public Works Director
    Sunday January 8, 2017 2:30 PM

    http://www.ci.blaine.mn.us/_docs/uploads/20170108-904544-904605.pdf

    1/8/2017, 12:48pm - School Districts Have Been Notified

    All School Districts in Blaine have been contacted and they will determine how to handle the situation for students tomorrow.

    1/8/2017, 12:11pm - MDH Standard Procedure Boil Water Alert

     If a "Boil Water" advisory is issued, consumers should not drink the water without boiling it first. To disinfect water, bring it to a rolling boil for 1 minute. Let the water cool before using.

    http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/dtopics/waterborne/prevention/drinking.html

    1/8/2017, 11:51am - MDH Standard Procedure Boil Water Alert

    The Department of Health requires that any time a system loses pressure, it is standard operating procedure to issue a boil alert as a precautionary procedure.

    1/8/2017, 10:38am - Blaine PD News Release

    This morning the City of Blaine experienced a City-wide loss of water. The Public Works Department is currently working on identifying the problem and solutions. At this time, a
    number of wells and pumps are operating and beginning to move water through the system. In addition, we are working to cross-connect with neighboring cities to obtain water. The City of Blaine is filling water towers so limited water pressure will be available soon. We ask Cityresidents to use water sparingly at this time based upon the number of hours it will take to havetowers filled and fully operational. It is important that for at least the next 24 hours, or until otherwise notifiedby the City of Blaine, that residents boil water to ensure it is safe forconsumption.
     
    At this time do we not have further information but we will keep our residents informed as welearn more.
     
    Bob Therres, Public Services Manager/Public Works Director
    Sunday January 8, 2017 10:30 AM

    http://www.ci.blaine.mn.us/_docs/uploads/20170108-904544-904604.pdf

    1/8/2017, 9:15am - Emergency Operation Center Open

    The city of BLAINE is activating their emergency operations center with regards to the water delivery problem. We will get out more information as soon as it is up and running.

     

    PLEASE NOTE:

    We will be unable to respond to all of the questions, please know we are working on this and will provide updates.

    MAKE SURE YOU PAY ATTENTION TO THE 24 HOUR WATER BOIL.

    Thank you for your patience as we work to resolve this issue.

    For up to date information, follow:

    Blaine MN Website – http://www.ci.blaine.mn.us
    Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/blaine.MN/
    Twitter – https://twitter.com/BlaineMinnesota

    Follow #BlaineWater

     

     

     

     

    January
    12,
    2017
    The
    City
    of
    Blaine
    is
    investigating
    the
    reasons
    behind
    a
    software
    malfunction
    that
    caused
    residents
    to
    be
    without
    water
    for
    a
    brief
    period
    on
    Sunday,
    January
    7.
    Upon
    preliminary
    review,
    it
    was
    found
    that
    the
    software
    application
    that
    notifies
    utility
    personnel
    when
    the
    water
    level
    in
    a
    tower
    is
    low
    was
    not
    operating.
    A
    redundant
    notification
    system
    has
    already
    been
    implemented
    to
    ensure
    utility
    staff
    receives
    all
    alarms
    in
    the
    future.
    The
    city
    is
    also
    researching
    how
    to
    improve
    its
    ability
    to
    communicate
    with
    residents
    when
    significant
    events
    such
    as
    this
    arise.
    This
    is
    a
    significant
    event
    for
    the
    City
    of
    Blaine.
    Though
    at
    this
    time
    it
    is
    believed
    that
    nothing
    criminal
    or
    malicious
    occurred,
    the
    Blaine
    Police
    Department
    is
    leading
    an
    investigation
    to
    ensure
    there
    was
    no
    criminal
    wrong
    -
    doing.
    Timeline
    of
    Events
    On
    January
    7
    at
    8:20am,
    citizens
    began
    reporting
    to
    Anoka
    County
    Central
    Communication
    that
    there
    was
    a
    water
    flow
    problem
    to
    homes
    in
    several
    areas
    in
    the
    city.
    Central
    Communications
    notified
    the
    on
    -
    duty
    police
    sergeant
    of
    the
    proble
     
  • 10/26/2016 – Police Body Cameras May Be Coming to Blaine 

    The Blaine Police Department is considering the use of body worn cameras (BWCs). BWCs have the capability to enhance officer safety, document statements and events between police officers and the community, preserve information for current and future investigations, and enhance public trust and transparency, while respecting the privacy and rights of those we serve and those who serve.

    The introduction of BWCs would be a multi-phased project. BWCs have been identified as a potential budget item for 2017, and the City Council will determine if such a purchase will be part of the 2017 budget. This decision needs to be made prior to the end of this year (2016). We will then be looking at best-practices from other agencies, along with model policies, and, of course, public comments.

    There will also be a period of time needed to deploy and test the cameras and the system.

    Phase I - Purchase

    The Blaine Police Department is considering the purchase of Axon Body Worn Cameras. As noted by State law, a required public hearing will be held as part of the November 3, 2016 Blaine City Council Meeting, providing an opportunity for public comment on the purchase of BWCs. This information will also be posted on the City of Blaine website. The below mail and email addresses can be used to submit written comments about this purchase.

    BWCPURCHASE@CI.BLAINE.MN.US

    BWC Purchase c/o the Blaine Police Department
    10801 Town Square Drive NE
    Blaine, MN 55449

    Please Note: Questions and comments for Phase 1 will be collected through the beginning of December. A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page will be available in early January 2017.

    Phase II - Policy

    Similar to Phase I, there must be an opportunity for public input. By May of 2017, information will be posted regarding the opportunity for the public to comment on the draft Blaine Police Department policy for BWCs. The City Newsletter will have contact information to send in comments, and additional information will be posted on the City of Blaine website regarding the draft BWC policy.

    Phase III - Testing, Implementation and Deployment

    Utilizing the input we have received, we will then put the BWCs into service.

    Phase IV - Ongoing Support and Management of the System and Data

    To efficiently respond to questions and comments that we received during the project, a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page will be created on the website. The responses will be posted sometime after the closing of the comment period.
    We look forward to the responses from our community.

    For more information on State Statutes related to the process, visit the following links:

    State Statute 13.825 PORTABLE RECORDING SYSTEMS.
    State Statute 626.8473 PORTABLE RECORDING SYSTEMS ADOPTION; WRITTEN POLICY REQUIRED. 

    Submitted by Police Chief Chris Olson


     
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