by megan hopps
SUN PRESS NEWSPAPERS
The Champlin City Council met Monday, Sept. 9 in the mayor and council conference room at 6 p.m. to discuss the 2014 preliminary budget and to hear city crime statistics. The council would like to remind the community that the farmers market will be hosted every Wednesday through Sept. 25 form 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the ice forum parking lot and that there will be a council and environmental work session Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 6:30 p.m. regarding allied waste recycling. There was a special presentation given by Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman on crime statistics for Champlin. He reported that, overall, Champlin’s violent and property crimes are down. Crime rates in the county have dropped over 40 percent from 2007 to 2012. Freeman reported that burglaries in the city peaked at 80 in 2006 and dropped to fewer than 70 last year. Motor vehicle thefts set county record from 30 in 2007 to less than five last year. Freeman credits Champlin’s exemplary police work and good cooperation between law enforcement, neighborhood organizations, non-profits and effective prosecution. He added that the county’s Be at School program works with kids who are missing school, and that 98% of the juveniles that commit crimes were truant first. Next, there was a presentation designating the week of Sept. 15-21 as Minnesota Women of Today Week in Champlin. Women of Today is an organization that works to promote community service such as the Adopt a Highway Project, projects involving youth, hosting fundraisers and craft fairs to raise money for periodic donations to Champlin Park High School, Champlin fire and police departments, the City of Champlin and the Champlin Public Library. They also work with the Santa’s Helpers program for 10 disadvantaged children in Champlin and Dayton. Women of Today has been a vital part of the community for the past 24 years and currently has 30 active members in Champlin. There was a public hearing regarding an on-sale liquor license for Ginza Grill Japanese Restaurant. The applicant hopes to open the restaurant in mid-October. Under new business, the council addressed a resolution to adopt the 2014 tax levy and establish budget public hearing dates and approve a preliminary property tax levy for economic development. A $0 increase was recommended in the general fund levy and there was a decrease of $1,300 in the city’s debt levy. The levy represents a .27 increase from the 2013 levy, mainly because the city received $20,154 less in fiscal disparities aid. The city may choose to decrease the levy, but can not increase it once it has passed. No residents spoke during open forum. There will be a work session preceding the meeting at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the allied waste recycling facility. The Champlin City Council will hold its next meeting Monday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m.
Contact Megan Hopps at [email protected]