GENERAL CITY INFORMATION
POWER OUTAGES AT LIFT STATIONS : If you hear an alarm, please call: 651-439-9381 (Washington County Sheriff non-emergency number).
SEWER BACKUP PROBLEMS: residents can help to keep our sewer lines clear: do not pour grease into the drains, do not flush sanitary products, swiffers, diapers, shop rags or anything manufactured product that is not toilet paper down the toilet. Remember, in the end, your tax dollar or sewer charge pays for emergency services required when the sewers back up.
The city takes pride in being a good steward of our resources. With the low lake level, it is important to use water efficiently. The City of White Bear Lake provides our water and issues sprinkling bans in the summer as necessary. Please look for such notices in the WHITE BEAR PRESS.
HERE ARE SOME TIPS FOR EFFECTIVE LAWN WATERING:
SPRING AND FALL LEAF PICK-UP. Details are available on the city website or the March and September quarterly newsletters.
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE no dumping brush or leaves of any kind at any of the Birchwood Village parks!
BIRCHWOOD DOCK ASSOCIATION Dues are $35 per year payable directly to the Birchwood Dock Association c/o Lynn Hanson, treasurer, 700 Hall Avenue, WBL, MN 55110. Dues allow your family to use the docks at any of the city easements (Ash, Birch, Elm, or Dellwood. Kay Beach is a city dock and available to all). In addition, you can have your name added to the wait list for a boat slip by sending a $200 deposit to the city administrator. The dock association manages the wait list. Wait time is about 2-4 years.
CANOE AND KAYAK RACKS Located at Birch and Dellwood easements. Available on a first come, first served basis, but you must register your space with the city administrator. All boats must be removed by November 1 each year.
BIRCHWOOD COMMUNITY CLUB Dues are $4 per year payable directly to the Birchwood Community Club. c/o Skip Wingfield, treasurer, 720 Birchwood Avenue, WBL, MN 55110. Dues cover the cost of the Fourth of July Parade, Common Table Pot Lucks, Christmas Party, Across the Lake Swim, and semi-annual Perennial Plant Exchanges.
DOG AND CHICKEN LICENSES Two-year licenses. Application is available on line or at the village hall.
VOLUTEERS ALWAYS WANTED: If you see something you would like done and would like to help, let us know. We are a community that relies on each other to pitch in to make it happen!
E-MAIL ALERT PROGRAM To receive important information about important city matters, please sign up by sending a note to firstname.lastname@example.org and write “email list” in the subject line.
WATCH CABLE CHANNEL 16 for local programming (including council meetings) and announcements. Re-broadcasts of monthly council meetings are Thursday at 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m, and Saturdays at 12:00 noon.
VILLAGE HALL RENTAL Available for private functions. Please check with the city administrator for more info.
BUCKTHORN WRENCH Available free of charge at the village hall. You supply the elbow grease.
DISEASED TREES AND OAK WILT INFORMATION
The city code addresses how diseased trees, including those with oak wilt, must be handled.
Here is some more information that should be helpful in reducing the spread of oak wilt:
All oak trees within the designated oak wilt control area of the City diagnosed as having oak wilt should be isolated from neighboring healthy oak trees of the same species by chemical or mechanical disruption of common root systems to prevent root graft transmission of the oak wilt fungus. To control the overland spread of oak wilt, the pruning of oaks shall be avoided during the most susceptible period of infection, from April l5 until July l. If wounding is unavoidable during this period, as in the aftermath of a storm or when the tree interferes with utility lines, a tree wound dressing shall be applied immediately.
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE
Washington County Household Hazardous Waste Facility at 4039 Cottage Grove Drive in Woodbury. It is open: Tuesday noon-7 pm and Thursdays and Saturdays 9 am - 2 pm.
All houses must have a clearly visible address number posted. The White Bear Lake Fire Department notes that when homes are re-sided or additions made that numbers are sometimes removed or damaged. Fire, medical and police emergency responders depend on these house numbers to respond quickly to a 911 location. Local code officials recommend that numbers contrast with the background of the residence and be at least 5 inches in height by ¾ inches wide.
STREET LIGHT OUT? If you notice street light out or blinking, please call Xcel Energy at 1-800-895-4999.
INFORMATION ABOUT STORMWATER MANAGEMENT is available at www.cleanwatermn.org.
City Administrator— info@cityof birchwood.com or 651-426-3403
Utility Billing: 612/782-3318
Washington County Sheriff: 911 or non-emergency 651-439-9381
Tennis Sanitation: 651-459-1887 or www.tennissanitation.com