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Use the Report a Tree/Branches on or near the Power-Lines Form to let us know! Otherwise, feel free to call 763-576-2903 between the hours of 7 am and 3 pm Monday through Friday.
We will add your request to the tree trimming list, check out the situation and prioritize it appropriately, then trim or remove dead trees if necessary.
Note: There are tree-trimming trucks on regular rotation that work their way around the city trimming and cutting as they go. Many of the requests will be completed on regular rotation if not higher priority, such as those with power loss or flickering. However, we still appreciate you letting us know so we can proactively remove branches before power is effected if possible, so thank you for letting us know!
State law requires you call the Gopher State One Call center at 651-454-0002 or 800-252-1166 or simply 811 before you begin digging. All utilities (electric, phone, cable TV, gas) will locate their facilities within 48 hours of your call to the center. This is a free service. They do require 48 hours notice.
Check out our "Call Before You Dig" section for more information.
Complete our Report a Street Light Out Form -or- call Anoka Municipal Utility (AMU) at 763-576-2903 between the hours of 7:30 am and 3 pm, Monday through Friday. Give us a street location and/or intersection and we will repair the light as soon as possible.
Yes, check out the details of our 24-hour pay service.
Please call into AMU billing to speak to one of the billing representatives at 763-576-2750 option Number 3, or visit the representatives in person at Anoka City Hall to see if you qualify for an arrangement of some kind.
Good question, there may be valid occasions that prevent on-time payments. To avoid late charges that are applied next day after due dates, please call the AMU Billing Representatives at 763-576-2750 option Number 3, to request a payment arrangement to temporarily extend your due date for a reasonable amount of time, or to arrange for interim payments before your next due date. Note: These arrangements must be made over the phone, or in person at Anoka City Hall at this time, thank you.
Some customers find it hard to pay their utility bills in the winter. The State of Minnesota set up the Cold Weather Rule to protect residential, heat-affected customers, who are unable to pay their utility bills, from disconnection of service between October 15 and April 15. The Cold Weather Rule does not forbid winter shut off. You would need to first fill out the Inability to Pay Application (PDF) or promptly call AMU at 763-576-2750 to apply for Cold Weather Rule protection and set up a payment plan.
View an example bill (JPG) with descriptions! AMU billing reps would love to help you with this if you have questions. Please call 763-576-2750 and press option Number 3 to speak to a live person during 8 am to 4:30 pm. Monday through Friday!
Check out "Ways to Save Energy" on our Energy Conservation Tips page! Make sure to scroll down to check out the DIY "Yardstick" home assessment at the bottom!
Find information on our Rebates page, you will then be directed to info and forms to print and send to AMU!
It’s easy with our Clean Energy Program or call 763-576-2750, ext. 3 to speak to someone.
Clean Energy is a low-cost way to support renewable energy and the environment! The Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (MMPA) supplies electricity to eleven Minnesota municipal utilities, including Anoka. 17% of MMPA’s electricity supply comes from renewable sources such as wind, solar, bioenergy, and hydropower.
A new Clean Energy Program is available where residential customers can elect to have 50%, 75%, or 100% of their electricity from environmentally friendly, renewable sources.
Find some tips to follow on our Tree Planting Guidelines page, along with small tree and shrub suggestions.
The City of Anoka contracts with Republic Services to provide the recycling service. View a schedule and list of recyclable items (PDF) on Republic Services website. See our Customer Service link for additional information.
Here is a link to Anoka County’s Recycling and Disposal Directory (you will be leaving the city’s website using this link). This directory is available to help you learn where to recycle, compost or dispose of materials from your household.
AMU stands for Anoka Municipal Utility. AMU provides electric utilities to the City of Anoka and portions of Champlin, Dayton, Coon Rapids and Ramsey. AMU also provides billing services to Anoka customers for a variety of other utilities such as water, sewer, storm sewer and recycling.
Anoka City Hall is where the Utility Billing Representatives are located. This is where customers visit to conduct business. City Hall is open Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 4:30 pm.
The Municipal Utility Shop is home-base for the Electric Department Linemen who work on the overhead and underground utility power lines and more. The Utility Director, Operating Superintendent, Purchasing Agent, and support staff are also there weekdays from 7 am to 3 pm.
Check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Solar Installation.
State law specifically requires that assessors view each parcel of real estate to appraise its market value. Property values change continuously with changing economic conditions. In addition to market changes, numerous physical changes affect the value of the land and building. All factors are considered in estimating the value of property. This requires physical inspection of all property subject to assessment.
The Assessor also determines the classification or use of each parcel. For instance, the property may be residential homestead (owner-occupied), residential non-homestead, agricultural, or commercial. Each classification is taxed at a different percentage of market value. These percentages are set by the State Legislature.
Minnesota Statue 272.03 defines "market value" as the usual selling price...at the time of assessment. It is the price that could be obtained at a private sale or an auction sale, if the assessor determines that the price from an auction sale represents an arms-length transaction. The price obtained at a forced sale shall not be considered. In other words: Market value is the price that would prevail under competitive, open-market conditions.
the usual selling price...at the time of assessment.
the price that could be obtained at a private sale or an auction sale, if the assessor determines that the price from an auction sale represents an arms-length transaction. The price obtained at a forced sale shall not be considered.
State law requires that the value and classification of real estate be established as of January 2nd each year. The Assessor’s Office works throughout the year to estimate the market value of each property for the following January 2nd.
Appraisers employed by the City of Anoka are professionals, who meet stringent training and experience requirements set by the State Board of Assessors. The State Board of Assessors governs and administers licensure of appraisers.
Upon receiving your value notice, there are several ways to appeal. Follow these steps:
City Hall is located at:2015 First Avenue NAnoka MN, 55303
It’s near Main Street, on the east side of the Rum River.
Like most elected officials in cities the size of Anoka, the Mayor’s position is "part-time", therefore, he currently does not have an office at City Hall. However, the Mayor would be happy to return your call and arrange a time to meet with you.
If you would like to reach our Mayor, Phil Rice you may call him directly at 612-702-8442 or by calling the City Clerk at 763-576-2712.
The City Manager is the City’s full-time Chief Executive Officer. You may reach him at 763-576-2711.
The City Council meets three times per month.
The first and third Monday of each month are their "Regular" meetings, beginning at 7 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall. At these meetings, the Council conducts business and takes public comment(s).
The Council also meets for a "Work Session" on the third Monday of each month, beginning at 5 pm in the Council Work Session Room of City Hall. Work Sessions are informal meetings of the Council, where they discuss and plan for upcoming business. There is no action taken at the worksessions.
Occasionally, the Council will hold "Special" or "Emergency" meeting(s). These meetings, when possible, will be posted in the official posting locations of the City, such as:
Yes, citizen attendance is welcomed and encouraged by the Council.
The public is welcome to speak at the "Regular" Council meetings, under Public Forum. Please keep in mind that the Council is not able to take "action" on anything discussed during the Public Forum, but may refer the item to an appropriate department for action or request that your topic be placed on a future agenda.
When speaking during the Open Forum, the public is requested to limit their speaking time to no more than three minutes. This will provide ample opportunity for others to also address the Council. It is encouraged that if you would like speak under the Open Forum, that you contact the City Clerk prior to the meeting.
If you plan to distribute any written items to the Council, you must provide enough copies for the Council, City Manager and the City Clerk.
Yes, you may obtain a copy on our website or by contacting the City Clerk at 763-576-2712. There is a charge to be placed on a mailing list for photocopies of minutes of all City Council meetings. Electronic copies are free.
The City does not have a general "business license"; however, there are certain types of businesses that will require a license.
To find out if your business is one of them, contact the City Clerk’s office at 763-576-2712.
You may contact the Anoka County Elections Department at 763-576-5275 to find your precinct information and the City Clerk’s office at 763-576-2712 to find your precinct polling location.
Precinct and polling information is also available at the Secretary of State’s Office by calling 651-296-2803 or at the Minnesota Secretary of State website.
Yes, meeting rooms are available. To schedule and find out if there is a cost for your use, contact Public Services at 763-576-2980.
Any of the following work requires a permit:
Please contact the Building Department for information at 763-576-2720.
Both dogs and cats require a license in the City of Anoka. You may obtain the license by furnishing proof of current rabies vaccination to the City receptionist. Call 763-576-2700 for more information. Residences that do have a license may not have more than 3 pets total (dogs and cats combined).
All job openings are published in the Anoka County Union, posted on the city website under Anoka Jobs, on the monitor in the lobby at City Hall, and on the city’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. Applications are not accepted unless there is a job opening.
These are handled out of the Vitals Office at the Anoka County Government Center, located at:325 East Main StreetSuite 120Anoka MN 55303
For questions customers can call 763-324-1360.
All of your questions, comments and concerns will be directed to the appropriate department by calling City Hall at 763-576-2700.
Driver’s license, boat/vehicle tabs, etc, are handled through the Anoka County Motor Vehicles Department. To find a location nearest you, call Anoka County at 763-324-4000.
The Minnesota Official Marriage System website is a statewide data base and customers can search and order online.
The City requires all individuals traveling door-to-door selling products or soliciting for commercial business purposes (for-profit solicitor), to be licensed/registered by City Hall.
As part of the license application review process, in an effort to protect the public safety and welfare of our community, City staff conducts a criminal background investigation on each individual. Upon City approval, each individual is issued an official City Badge (JPEG) which will have the City seal embossed on it. The badges are to be worn on the outside of clothing so that it is easily seen. If a peddler or for-profit solicitor comes to your door and is not wearing a City issued badge, please call us at 763-576-2740.
This door-to-door activity is only allowed to occur between 9 am and 8 pm
If you do not want this type of activity on your property you may hang a sign stating “Peddlers and Solicitors Prohibited” in letters at least a half-inch high at the entrance to your property. If you encounter any issues or have problems with a peddler/solicitor, please contact the Anoka Police Department at 763-576-2800, or in the case of an emergency, call 911.
In most cases, absolutely nothing. One exception is that the polished stainless steel cylinders generally are simply pressurized water extinguishers.
Definitely yes! Extinguisher are classified A, B or C, or some combination of these letters. This refers to the type of fire they are effective on.
To understand this, you must understand that fires are classified according to what the fuel is that is burning. If a Class A extinguisher is used on a Class B fire, it will splatter and spread the burning liquid. If a Class A extinguishing agent (water) comes in contact with a Class C fire, there is the risk that the electrical current will come back through the stream of water and electrocute the extinguisher operator.
If you look at the two horizontal levers on top you will notice that there is a pin which prevents these levers from being squeezed together. While the pin is in place, there is little risk that the extinguisher will discharge accidentally. The lower lever is intended as the carrying handle.
To discharge, first break the tamper seal which holds the pin in place, then remove the pin. When you squeeze the two levers together, the extinguisher will discharge if it is fully pressurized.
Absolutely and those tactics which make for effective firefighting also protect the operator.
Every structure except for accessory buildings such as detached garages, storage buildings, barns, etc.
Every building has the potential to need emergency responders someday, be it the police, fire service or emergency medical services. The address is necessary to direct these folks to the right location, and for them to find it.
We strongly discourage anything but block Arabic numerals. The address must be clearly and easily readable from the street fronting the property, and should also be visible from any alley or similar roadway behind the property.
It can be done, but again, we discourage this because black numbers become invisible when the glass also appears black, and backgrounds also tend to disguise or hide the numbers.
This is somewhat dependent on how big the building is and how far from the street it is. We feel that a minimum height of 4 inches is justified. On large buildings, numerals as large as 12 inches, or even greater are sometimes needed.
The only problem with this is that garage doors are often left open. The address posting must be on a surface that is always going to be visible.
The only thing we insist on is that the color of the numerals must be in sharp contrast with the background upon which they are mounted. And if you paint your home, remember to freshen the color on the numbers. Don’t forget to replace the numbers if removed for any reason.
Recreational fires must be at least 15 feet away from any structure and from the property line. They must be confined inside of a fire ring no larger than 3 feet in diameter and constructed of non-combustible materials, such as mounded earth, large rocks, concrete blocks or bricks.
There are no time limits on recreational fires, however if complaints are received because of noise or smoke odors, the police or a Fire Department officer can order that your fire be extinguished.
Clean fire logs, small twigs, untreated and unpainted lumber scraps. Wood pallets may be burned if broken up small enough to fit within the required 3 foot fire ring.
There sure are! It must be clean materials only.
The following fuels are not allowed:
No, nor do we require any advance notification.
The only restriction is that an adult knowledgeable with first aid fire fighting equipment must be in attendance at all times that the fire is burning and until it has ceased smoldering.
There must be some form of fire fighting equipment readily available at the burn site. This may be as simple as a charged garden hose with shut-off nozzle. It may also be a portable fire extinguisher appropriate for Class A fires, with at least a 10 pound classification.
Throughout the cities of Anoka and Champlin only. In other municipalities, please check with the local fire officials for any rules and regulations in that community.
Recreational fires should never be attempted in windy conditions, or if the weather is or has been very dry. A person who starts and fails to control or extinguish a fire, whether on owners property or on the property of others, before the fire endangers or causes damage to the property of another person or the State, is guilty of a misdemeanor and that person is responsible for the repair and cost of other people’s property.
The Anoka Police Department is open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm.
The Anoka Police Department is located at 275 Harrison Street.
Helpful phone numbers for the jail are:
The Anoka County Jail is located on Jackson Street and 4th Avenue.
The phone number for the Anoka Police Animal Containment Center is 763-576-2850. The center is open Monday through Friday, 7 am to 3 pm.
Curfew information is:
Parking limits include:
View a list of frequently requested telephone numbers for other agencies.
A watershed is the surrounding land area that drains into a lake, stream, or river. It includes natural and artificial drainage systems, such as ditches and storm sewers. Even if your home is not next to a lake, stream, or river, you still live in a watershed. Every water body has a watershed that surrounds it. Each of us lives in a watershed and shares its water quality.
If we pollute the watersheds surrounding a lake, stream, or river, we are directly affecting the water quality in that lake, stream, or river. Everything we do in a watershed, from caring for our lawns and gardens to picking up our leaves, affects the local water body. Caring for your watershed is caring for your local lake or stream.
You can help your watershed by understanding that you are part of the solution to water quality problems. Your actions affect the water and environment around us. Keeping your lawn healthy is beneficial to water quality. Try the following:
It all adds up to better water quality. And that means water that is fun and safe to swim in, live by, and enjoy.
Many events that occur in a watershed affect water quality.
In a natural watershed, rain falls on grassy or vegetated areas. Grass allows the soil to soak up most of the rain that falls. In an urban watershed, rain falls on hard surfaces such as streets, driveways, and rooftops. The rainwater runs quickly over these hard surfaces and is not soaked up. This moving water is called storm water runoff. Storm water runoff is a result of rainfall and melting snow. As this water flows to storm sewers, it picks up pollutants.
Pollutants in storm water runoff include oil and antifreeze from streets and driveways, leaves and grass clippings from gutters and streets, animal wastes from lawns and gutters, and fertilizers and pesticides from lawns and gardens. The loss of vegetated areas due to urbanization and development dramatically increases the volume of storm water runoff. Urbanization also increases the amount of pollutants available to be picked up by storm water.
Storm water runoff is carried directly to lakes and streams through storm sewers. Storm sewers are designed to prevent flooding, but also provide direct routes for pollutants to lakes and streams. By controlling the pollutants in storm water runoff, we can control the amount of pollution entering our lakes and streams.
Phosphorus is one of the most troublesome pollutants in storm water runoff. Phosphorus comes from many sources, and it is the primary cause of water quality problems in our lakes and streams. Everything that is or was living contains phosphorus. It is in leaves. It is in lawn clippings. It is in animal wastes. It is an ingredient in most lawn fertilizers. It is even attached to soil.
When leaves, lawn clippings, animal wastes, fertilizers, and soil are picked up by storm water runoff and are carried directly to our local lakes and streams, they provide the lakes with excess phosphorus. This excess phosphorus causes increased algae growth. Algae are small green plants that live in lakes and streams. Increased algae growth is observed as green algae blooms or scums on lakes. Too much algae is harmful to a lake system. It blocks sunlight and prevents other plants from growing. When it dies and decays, it also takes much needed oxygen away from fish. Limiting phosphorus reduces algae blooms.
Leaves and lawn clippings are a major source of phosphorus. When they are swept or washed into the nearest street or storm sewer, they end up in your local lake or stream. Keeping your leaves and lawn clippings out of the streets and gutters will have significant benefits for your local lake or stream.
A soil test will tell you how much-if any-fertilizer your lawn needs. Excess fertilizer may harm your lawn or pollute surface water. Fertilizer applied to your streets or sidewalks will get into the nearest lake or stream. Phosphorus from fertilizers can cause algae blooms. Use only low-phosphorus or phosphorus-free fertilizers.
When soil is left bare, rainwater will run quickly over it. The moving water picks up soil particles. These soil particles have phosphorus attached to them. Some soils are high in phosphorus and are another source of phosphorus in storm water runoff. The soil in storm water runoff will end up in your local lake or stream and contribute to algae growth.
While adding solar will definitely lower your electric bill, the initial cost may be cost prohibitive to many customers. One has to ask themselves the following questions: 1) Have I considered the initial cost? 2) Have I considered the cost for the upkeep of the system? 3) Has the technology slowed to the point that the panels aren’t getting more efficient? 4)Are my numbers correct for my cost payback analysis, and what if my power provider changes their rate structure? 5)Have I done everything I already can to lower my electric bill (change bulbs to LED, service my appliances, etc.)?
We applaud all customers who want to lower their carbon footprint and green power will certainly help. Make sure to check out the programs that are offered by your power provider. AMU offers all customers the ability to choose how much green power they want to purchase from us. By paying extra for the green power you can designate whether part or all of your power is through renewables and you won’t have the costs associated with upkeep of your system.
Not at this time. All power providers must supply 25% of their power through renewable resources by the year 2025. AMU, along with a number of other Public Power providers in the area, already deliver more renewable power than the 25% required by the legislation. In our opinion it is more cost effective to have a collaborative purchase power agreement with other Public Power providers so that we are better able to maintain the integrity of the Nation’s electrical grid.
There are seven questions we recommend you ask:
View the Distributed Generation Policy (PDF) about adding solar panels to your home or business. There is a lot of information for several options. The Process Overview is a great place to start on page 4. Take a moment to go through and learn more about timelines, cost, insurance requirements, approval processes, codes and compliance, inspection and more. To officially start the process, fill out the pre-application on page 95.
Yes. However, at times you will see the windmill not spinning because of required maintenance or too much or too little wind. The wind speed needs to reach 12 miles per hour for the generator to engage, produce power, and spin the blades.
The turbine operating functions are monitored remotely at Avant Energy’s Minneapolis office. As issues arise, they are handled either by sending a signal to a controller to change an operating function or by dispatching a maintenance service provider to the turbine to correct the problem.
Yes, heat elements and fluids were installed and designed to work down to 30 degrees below zero. If ice develops on the blades, Avant Energy may elect not to run the turbine.
Under normal operation, it should not make noise. However, if a spoiler does not retract, it can cause a loud noise. The noise will persist until Avant Energy is aware of the problem. Avant Energy is considering establishing a fault notice and/or alarm, should a spoiler not retract, which would be sent to the Minneapolis office. Learn more on the Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (MMPA) Website.