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Spring Reminders

The City of Columbia Heights would like to share a few reminders and upcoming events for the month of April.

Yard Waste Collection Begins April 4
Yard waste is picked up beginning the first full week in April through the last full week of November on your refuse collection day unless there is snow cover.

Residents should place carts out where the Waste Management truck arms can reach them and allow some space between the carts. Refuse pads are a convenient way to accomplish this and the City will add these, by request, to the annual concrete work schedule. Contact Public Works for specifications and pricing.

Adopt-a-drain presentation and celebration April 9
Congratulations to Columbia Heights and its residents on winning the regional Community Adopt-a-Drain Challenge in 2021! Residents adopted 163 drains in the competition against Andover, Fridley, and Blaine. 

On April 9 at the Library, join Lauren Letsche from the City of Columbia Heights Public Works department, to learn more about the Adopt-a-Drain Challenge, and what you can do to keep our drains and waters healthy. There will be a social hour and reception at 10 am followed by a presentation at 11 am. Register here.

Hydrant Flushing Begins April 11
Fire hydrant flushing is scheduled to begin on Mon, April 11, with the SE Quadrant of Columbia Heights. Flushing will proceed with the NE Quadrant on Mon, April 25, then the NW Quadrant on Mon, May 2, and concluding with the SW Quadrant on Mon, May 9 (schedule is weather dependent). Hydrants will be flushed from 7 am to 3 pm Mon-Fri. View the hydrant quadrant map and schedule here.

It is necessary to flush all fire hydrants in the city for several reasons:

  • To ensure that hydrants are in good working condition.
  • To flush out sediment and rust deposits that accumulate in the water system.
  • To evaluate water pressure and flow throughout the city.

You may notice some temporary discoloration of the water while hydrant flushing is taking place in your area. The discoloration is caused by iron particles that have been dislodged from the water mains.

Arbor Day Tree Sale Concludes April 14
In celebration of Arbor Day, the City of Columbia Heights will be selling trees at a discounted rate to its residents. Columbia Heights residents will be limited to two trees per household. The deadline to place an order is April 14 or until all trees are purchased. You can view the selection of trees here.

Community Cleanup Events April 23
On April 23, join the Columbia Heights Lions and HeightsNEXT for a pair of community cleanup events.

From 9 am to noon (or until full) at Murzyn Hall, the Columbia Heights Lions will have a free paper shredder and a free community dumpster. The Lions will also be hosting their annual park/street cleanup event. Click here for more information.

HeightsNEXT will meet at 9 am at Murzyn Hall for the annual Central Ave Earth Day Spring Cleanup event. Click here for more information.

Winter Parking Restrictions Lifted
The winter parking restrictions that are in place from Nov 1 to March 31 have been lifted. Please note, between April 1 and May 1, it is unlawful to park between 2 and 6 am if snow has accumulated to 3 ½ inches or more on the roadway.