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The Adopt-a-Spot program will be a catalyst to organize active community participation in keeping the City of Ramsey beautiful. This program is a partnership between the City of Ramsey and its citizens. This program will build civic pride by beautifying our city streets, parks, trails, a designated spot, etc., whereby increasing safety and decreasing litter and other pollutants through trash removal and other volunteer beautification efforts.
The Adopt-a-Spot program wants individuals, organizations, or businesses to “adopt” a street, park, trail, lot, or hotspot most anywhere, and agree to keep the area cleared of litter for at least two years. (Two clean-ups per year.)
The City provides a supply of trash bags, reflective vests, and gloves to the volunteers. The City will also give the organization a certificate suitable for framing and erect a special Adopt-a-Spot recognition sign in your designated area.
If your organization decides to Adopt-a-Spot, select a representative as liaison to the Program Coordinator. Select the spot that your group would like to adopt and then complete and return the Agreement Contract. View the application (PDF).
The City deposes of collected litter for free! To schedule a pick-up you must call us at 763-433-9820 to discuss where and when you want the litter picked up.
Yes! Through the City’s approval, citizens can plant trees, shrubbery or flowers along streets, plus other beautification projects. Contact the Program Coordinator and we would be happy to assist you with these projects:
When you inquire, we will let you know what “spots” have already been adopted.
You may report animal control issues by calling 763-427-6812, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The 24-hour dispatch line may be contacted at 763-427-1212.
Licenses are required for all dogs over 6 months of age in the City of Ramsey. You may contact the Ramsey Police Department to obtain dog licenses. A current rabies vaccination record is required.
The City of Ramsey also offers annual pet clinics. At the annual pet clinics, veterinarians are available to offer low-cost vaccinations, and City of Ramsey staff are on hand to provide free pet licenses to clinic attendees. Pet Clinics are held in the spring. Visit the Community Events page for more information.
The Animal Humane Society offers adoption, outreach, pet boarding, training, and humane investigation services throughout the Twin Cities. The Anoka County area is serviced by the Coon Rapids location, which may be reached by calling 763-862-4030 or visiting:1141 Main Street NWCoon Rapids, MN 55448For more information please visit the Animal Humane Society.
Please refer to Anoka County's website at License Center Home Page or the License Center Birth Records page.
Building permits are required to construct, add, alter, remove, demolish, or repair a structure. Permits are also required for some maintenance items. A permit ensures proper services are provided to safeguard life, health, property, and public welfare. Permit applications are available online, by visiting the building permits page or at City Hall at7550 Sunwood Drive NWRamsey, MN 55303
A copy of the current City Charter is available online at Municode or at the Ramsey Municipal Center at:7550 Sunwood Drive NWRamsey, MN 55303
Citizens can also visit our online archive for current and past Charter documents.
Citizens are able to download/print a copy of the current charter online at Municode.com. They can also view archived versions of the City charter in our online archive.Copies of the charter are also available at the Ramsey Municipal Center to view, or citizens can have one printed for them for a small fee.
Ramsey Municipal Center7550 Sunwood Drive NWRamsey, MN 55303
A copy of the City Code is available online at Municode or at Ramsey Municipal Center at:7550 Sunwood Drive NWRamsey, MN 55303
The Ramsey Municipal Center is located at 7550 Sunwood Drive Northwest.The telephone number is 763-427-1410. The fax number is 763-427-5543.
The Ramsey Municipal Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and is closed for all major holidays. For more information, please call 763-427-1410.
Meeting rooms for public use are available at the Ramsey Municipal Center Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and on Friday from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, or to reserve a room, please email Pam Miller or call at 763-427-1410.
The City publishes a bimonthly newsletter titled, the Ramsey Resident. The newsletter is delivered via U.S. Mail to every address in Ramsey. The most recent issue of the newsletter is available online.
Exceptions are allowed for young people who are in front of their own residence, with their parents, going to or coming from a place of employment, attending school or church functions, or on an errand for a parent.
Please refer to Anoka County's website at License Center Home Page or Government Center Vital Statistics Office.
If you see a downed power line, please call 911 or Connexus Energy at 763-323-2650 immediately. Downed power lines are dangerous. Do not assume that the downed wire is insulated or is no longer energized.
Driver’s licenses are available at any of the Anoka County License Centers. The Ramsey location is: 7550 Sunwood Drive NWRamsey, MN 55303
For more information, please visit the License Center Home Page. Please note that the License Centers do not offer the Driver’s License Knowledge or Road Tests.
Election information, including a list of polling places and a Ward and Precinct Map are available on the Elections portion of the City website. You may also email Colleen Lasher, or call at 763-433-9867 for more information.
Smoke detectors should be checked monthly. Check them by pressing the test button. Find more details in the Smoke Alarms Safety Tips (PDF).
At least once each year. Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms will produce a chirping sound if the batteries become weak. Read more in the Smoke Alarms Safety Tips (PDF).
Smoke detectors should be cleaned once or twice per year. You can do this with the brush attachment to your vacuum cleaner. please note: The detector may sound when you are cleaning it. read through the Smoke Alarms Safety Tips (PDF)
Smoke detectors have a normal life expectancy of 10 to 15 years. If you are getting false alarms from your detector, it may need to be replaced. When having problems with your detector, always remember to check the battery. Read through the Smoke Alarm safety Tips (PDF) for more information on how to maintain smoke detectors.
Yes. Professional chimney sweeps advise that chimneys be cleaned when the creosote has built up to 1/8 inch to ¼ inch. This will help prevent chimney fires. Remember: The fireplace is not an incinerator. Do not burn trash or large amounts of paper. The temperatures these items may produce can damage your fireplace or chimney. Find more resources on the Safety Tips page.
Yes! The Fire Department responds to several fires every year because a homeowner has cleaned their fireplace or wood stove and placed the ashes in a paper bag. Ashes can stay hot enough to start a fire for up to seven days. Find more resources on the Safety Tips page.
Some stains are capable of creating enough heat to start a fire as they dry (check the label). This is known as spontaneous combustion. Rags should be laid flat or hung to air dry. They can then be disposed of when completely dry. Rags should be hung or laid flat outside or in well-ventilated areas. Visit the Safety Tips page for other helpful resources, and recommendations.
Effective August 1, 2008, all existing single-family homes shall be equipped with an approved carbon monoxide alarm. read more on the Fire Prevention page.
Garage sales, moving sales, boutique and craft sales are allowed in the City of Ramsey without a permit if:
Anoka County Library maintains libraries in convenient locations throughout the area. For more information on locations and hours, please call 763-785-3695 or visit the Anoka County Library website.
The library also maintains an online catalog of its holdings on its website.
To review what improvements and projects require a City license, please visit the Licensing page for details, as well as contact information.
Water meters like any device with moving parts eventually wear out.
The entire process will be between 15 to 30 minutes.
There is no charge for this exchange.
Water meters are located in your basement typically in the laundry / utility room.
A radio read meter is a wireless meter that sends a meter reading to a drive by receiver.
This technology makes it possible to get fast accurate readings, it also eliminates the need to enter thousands of backyards and businesses since the reading can now be gathered by simply driving by your home or business.
A City of Ramsey employee will be doing all the work, they will be driving a vehicle with city markings and have a City of Ramsey badge for identification.
Yes all water meters in the city will be replaced to make the program successful.
Newer water meters will only need the register replaced. We will still have to gain assess to the meter to complete this action.
The readings will be logged to assure a correct billing cycle and then the meter will be recycled.
You should call as soon as you receive a letter. This will assure you get a time that is convenient for you.
You must call 763-433-9820 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Utility personal will be available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Special accommodations can be made.
City of Ramsey utility staff will be removing the device.
City of Ramsey utility staff will remove as much if the wire as possible from your home.
Please note: sometimes the wire will be left if the walls and ceilings are finished.
The new meter has a twenty year warranty on the batteries.
The City of Ramsey requires that vehicles be licensed and operable. To report an abandoned or derelict car, please call the Ramsey Police Department at 763-427-6812 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The 24-hour dispatch number is 763-427-1212. If you have an emergency, please call 911.
Off-street parking in residential areas is permitted only on an improved surface. Blacktop or concrete is required in all MUSA areas. Currently licensed and operable motor vehicles, the primary purpose of which is for private transportation or recreational use, may be parked in the front yard if on a driveway or in the side or rear yard, provided they are parked on a residential parking surface that consists of either bituminous pavement or concrete in the MUSA area, or recycled concrete, bituminous, or prepared gravel outside of those boundaries.
Commercial use motor vehicles and equipment may be parked outside for short-term periods (8 hours or less) or for long terms under the following conditions:
Private and / or commercial use type motor vehicles and equipment parked on properties must be owned by the person owning or leasing the parcel. Minnesota Department of Motor Vehicles registration records will be used to determine the owner of registered vehicles and/or equipment and said owner’s address.
Parking is prohibited on City Streets:
Naturally occurring iron deposits have been stirred up within the water main system, this is often a result of water main flushing, which occurs in April and October. Another way this can happen is when a fire hydrant is used, either in the event of a fire near your home or unauthorized hydrant use. Whenever water is moved rapidly through the water mains, the iron deposits that settle to the bottom of the pipe get stirred up. We have also noticed a trend during hot weather, when a large number of irrigation systems are running and creating high water demand, the iron in the system can be stirred up.
Human bodies require iron to function properly, but iron, like many substances, is toxic at high dosages. However, you could not consume enough water to cause toxic levels of iron in your body.
The Environmental Protection Agency considers iron in drinking water as a secondary contaminant, which means it does not have a direct impact on health. Although it won’t harm your health, iron will stain clothes and plumbing fixtures. You can stop the iron, before it enters your home, with an iron filter and water softener.
Remote control video cameras televise the entire sewer system once every five years or 30,000 feet of sewer mains per year. This video tape inspection locates existing and potential problem areas for repair including root cutting or root treating areas with tree root problems, joint sealing and short lining areas to correct infiltration and broken tile.
The entire sewer system is cleaned with a high pressure sewer jetter once every three years or 1/3 of the system annually. Pressure changes when the City cleans the sewer main may cause your toilet to flush and or create noise.
Any thing that will not totally dissolve and could plug the sewer mains such as disposable diapers, sanitary napkins, bandages, rags, and plastic bags. Watch a video on what not to flush down your toilets.
Yes. Most of the sewer system was built in the last 15 years and pipe sizing was determined anticipating future development.
Frequently televising the systems allows us to see if there are any defects in the pipe network. As mentioned the Ramsey sewer system is relatively new.
Lift stations pump the sewer up hill from a low point which enables the sewage to flow by gravity to the next low point and eventually into one of two Metropolitan Council Environmental Services interceptor sewers.
View our special assessments lookup (PDF) to find what you’re looking for. Visit city hall, or call at 763-427-1410 to pay special assessments.
Similar to the sanitary sewer and water systems, the maintenance of the storm sewer system is financed through the use of a storm drainage utility fund.
Every property in the City of Ramsey that has a house and/or driveway produces run-off. The storm drainage utility is a method to provide a dedicated source of revenue for storm drainage projects and maintenance. The storm drainage system is more comprehensive than just underground storm sewer pipes. It includes the ditch systems, ponds, pipes, and wetlands that are essential to the treatment and storage of storm water run-off prior to the discharge into lakes, rivers and streams.
Other than City owned property there are no exemptions to the storm drainage utility. Residential uses, regardless of size, pay the lowest rate.
Every new development will require the installation of new storm sewer pipes and the cost of those improvements will be borne by the developer of the property. Storm drainage utility revenue will not be used for new developments.
Financing storm water management projects with the storm drainage utility is the fairest and most economical method for the residential customer. The money that is collected through property taxes is based on the value of the property rather than amount of run-off that is produced from a typical residential parcel. The storm drainage utility fee for residential land ($6.30 per quarter) is based the run-off produced from a theoretical ¼ acre lot. Commercial and industrial parcels pay a much larger proportion of the storm drainage utility revenue, as they produce much more run-off.
Please email Grant Riemer, our Public Works Superintendent, or call him at 763-433-9863. Be sure to include a location, such as a cross street or street address.
Note that some roads in Ramsey are managed by the County and the State, and requests regarding those roads are not handled by the City. This map shows County roads and State roads. Contact info for each is located below. For more details, visit our page on potholes.
The current seasonal load limits can be found on our streets page.
Any existing City of Ramsey water utility customer with a non-delinquent account is eligible. If you are on a private well, you are not eligible as you are not on the City’s public water supply system (per the grant funding guidelines).
Yes. The total dollar amount per address is capped at $500. This does allow for the purchase of multiple toilets for a single address or both a toilet and smart controller at a single address since an individual rebate is limited to $200 or the cost of the device, whichever is less. The City reserves the right to modify the limit per address in the future.
No. Only qualifying purchases made on or after May 1, 2020 through June 30, 2022 are eligible for a rebate, provided they were installed in a qualifying location and there are grant funds remaining.
Either the original receipt or a copy (including a scanned copy if sending electronically) must be included with the submission of the Rebate Request Form. Please note that the receipt must specifically identify the model, date of purchase, and payment method.
Click here to access lists of both toilets and smart irrigation controllers that are US EPA WaterSense labeled.
Assuming grant funds are still available the qualifying purchase was made between May 1, 2020 and June 30, 2022, rebates will be processed in the order that rebate request forms are received. If approved, rebate will be issued in the form of a check once per month.
While an inspection is not necessarily required, the City of Ramsey reserves the right to conduct random inspections to verify installation of device(s) at the address indicated on the rebate request form. Should it be discovered that the device was not installed at said address, or any other form of fraud be discovered, the rebate must be repaid to the City of Ramsey.
A permit is not required either of the replacement devices as long as they are re-installed in the same location. Any other associated work may be subject to a permit requirement. It is always advised to contact the City of Ramsey Building Division at 763-433-9850 or visit the Building Division webpage before beginning any improvement project.
There are no guaranties that grant funds will be available at the time of purchase. Also, please be aware that while funds may exist at the time you purchase a qualifying device, they may be exhausted by the time the rebate request form is received and/or processed. As the funding gets closer to being depleted, the City will attempt to provide more frequent updates to the website. You can also try calling the City of Ramsey at 763-433-9839 to inquire as well.
No. This rebate is only for the replacement of less efficient, existing devices and new construction is not eligible.
No. Again, the rebates are only for the installation of a replacement device. If you are installing a new irrigation system, that would not qualify. Please note that City Code requires that any new irrigation system must have some form of water efficient technology, such as a smart controller. A permit is required for the installation of an irrigation system.
US EPA WaterSense labeled irrigation controllers are devices that ’control’ your irrigation system to eliminate excess watering. They are considered ’smart’ controllers because they connect to the internet and use local weather and landscape conditions modify water schedules to reduce water usage. More information can be found by clicking WaterSense Labeled Irrigation Controllers.
US EPA WaterSense labeled toilets are toilets that have been independently certified to meet certain standards, including using not more than 1.28 gallons of water per flush. More information can be found by clicking WaterSense Toilet Fact Sheet.
Yes. Water stored in water towers flows by gravity and does not require power. For the extended power outages Ramsey has its own power generator that can run the wells to pump 1 million gallons per day, enough for a limited temporary supply. Ramsey also has an interconnection with the City of Anoka which could be opened to receive water during an emergency.
Definitely. Ramsey's water meets all of the Environmental Protection Agency's health and aesthetic standards for safe drinking water.
Ramsey's water is classified as very hard with 15 to 17 grains per gallon. Water hardness is due principally to calcium and magnesium and water is generally harder in areas where calcium and magnesium rich limestone rocks are present. Ramsey pumps its water from aquifers in dolomite/limestone rock formation.
Yes. The groundwater naturally contains a small amount of fluoride. The Water Department then adds more fluoride to bring the total amount to the Minnesota Department of Health standards.
Remember that US bottled water is less regulated than municipal water and bottled water costs up to a 1,000 times more than Ramsey's water.
This is a personal decision. A water filter is not required for the municipal water in Ramsey to meet drinking water standards. If the water is not to your liking, then you may want to consider a home treatment unit. Most filters will remove the large chlorine ions, which is in the water to kill the harmful bacteria and fluoride ions, which strengthen teeth.
Ramsey has very hard water that may cause scale buildup on your fixtures, or spots on your dishes. If you are bothered by this a water softener should help. Soft water rinses off better, and you generally use less soap for your dishes and laundry.
Water pressure levels range from 55 (low) to 70 (high), with the average being 65.
On a scale of 1 to 14, the average Acid PH level is 7.
The iron content is 0.4 to 0.6 parts per million. Hardness is 15 to 17 grains per gallon.
Deposits of calcium and magnesium build up over time. These two minerals make up most of the hardness in your water. Hard water is not harmful.
Groundwater is pumped from 8 deep wells, ranging from 320 to 350 feet deep. The groundwater is located in the Ironton-Galesville aquifer. Ramsey has the capacity to pump over 10.5 million gallons per day if needed.