December 15, 2010
Property owners in Washington County whose property is newly-eligible for homestead classification because of a change should contact a county assessor to file a homestead application on or before Dec. 15.
Homestead classification will affect the amount of property tax paid in 2011, and it may affect eligibility for a property tax refund.
Contact the county assessor to file a homestead application on or before Dec. 15 if one of the following applies:
• you purchased a property in the past year and you, or a qualifying relative, occupy the property for homestead purposes on Dec. 1, 2010; or
• you, or a qualifying relative occupy a property for homestead purposes on Dec. 1, 2010, and the property was previously classified as non-homestead.
A qualifying relative for homestead purposes depends on the type of property. For residential property, a qualifying relative can be a parent, stepparent, child, stepchild, grandparent, grandchild, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, nephew, or niece of the owner. This relationship may be by blood or marriage. For agricultural property, a qualifying relative can be a child, grandchild, sibling, or parent of the owner or a child or grandchild, or sibling of the spouse of the owner.
Once property owners have been granted the homestead classification, no further applications are necessary unless they are specifically requested by the county assessor.
Property owners must also contact the assessor by Dec. 15, 2010, if they are the property owner, or a qualifying relative of the property owner, and the use of the property has changed during the past year.
If property owners should sell, move, or for any reason no longer qualify for the homestead classification, they are required to notify the county assessor within 30 days of the change in homestead status. Failure to notify the county assessor within this 30-day period is punishable by recalculation of tax as non-homestead, in addition to a penalty equal to 100 percent of the homestead benefits.
For additional information or questions, call the Washington County Assessment Division at 651-430-6110.
December 14, 2010
- Vital areas are cleared first.
- Master Association streets & alleyways.
- Fire hydrants
- Postal stations
- Neighborhood Activity Center parking lot
- Other areas
- The Master Association does not remove snow on:
- Individual driveways and driveway aprons
- Homeowners’ steps
- Sidewalks from front door to public sidewalk.
- Some condo/townhome sub-associations may have additionally contracted others to clear steps and other secondary areas. (Check with your sub-association’s board for more details).
- The City's plow trucks undid a lot of the work that Goetz had previously completed. After Goetz had cleared sidewalks, the City's plow pushed back snow "birms" further from the street and into cleared sidewalk areas. Goetz is currently working again to clear those sidewalks.
- Residents calling the Sheriff with complaints about snow blower/plow noise delay the work being completed.
December 13, 2010
December 9, 2010
- Resident Forum
- Announcement of Lifetime Fitness Membership options for VG Residents
- Review of Reserve Study
- Monument Signage
- Responsibility for Rules and Regulations - Sub Associations
December 8, 2010
December 6, 2010
Homeowner participation is encouraged.
December 3, 2010
November 24, 2010
November 21, 2010
Happy (early) Holidays to everyone in Victor Gardens. A big thank you to Kelly Farrell for organizing this event for the children in our neighborhood. Please check this site the day of the event for any updates.
November 20, 2010
Goetz Landscape, a local company with lots of experience in our neighborhood, has been contracted by the Master Board this year to remove snow on Victor Gardens public sidewalks. They've already placed orange markers to better guide the equipment operators, and are using different (more appropriate) equipment than last year. During and after last week's snowfall, Goetz was out early, and returned later to keep Victor Gardens sidewalks clear of snow and ice.
October 29, 2010
October 15, 2010
Hopefully Sertino's will be able to continue in its Victor Gardens location. It's a great place for a morning cup of coffee or an afternoon ice cream cone.
October 13, 2010
Last night the Victor Gardens Community Association (Master) Architectural Review Committee met. The group discussed a number of topics including:
- Unauthorized satellite dish antennae on condo and town home buildings.
- The successful completion of Grantaire Green.
- Landscape applications for new Single Family Village homes.
- Compliance Certificates for newly built Single Family Village homes.
- A new Sharper Homes proposal for a new Single Family Village home in the last remaining corner lot on Provence Way.
October 12, 2010
Victor Gardens Residents spoke again at the October 4 Hugo City Council meeting to discuss ongoing groundwater issues. Residents helped the Council better understand the problem. The Council later unanimously voted to approve funding for a groundwater remediation project.
A huge thanks goes to Tony Schwab and other residents for their work on this issue. In the last year, Tony coordinated numerous meetings and met with the group of affected homeowners, engineering companies, City staff, and the Rice Creek Watershed District. This group was successful in finding an affordable solution that will improve the groundwater situation for these affected properties.
Residents should know that our City Council Person Becky Petryk, Mayor Fran Miron, and Hugo's Development Director Bryan Bear have been instrumental in helping our residents throughout this process. They deserve our thanks for working with the rest of Hugo's City Council towards a unanimous vote to approve the project's funding.
Council Reluctant To Proceed With Groundwater Control Measures
October 9, 2010
- Annual Chili Cookoff - 3:30pm
- Kids vs. Adults Kickball - 4:00pm
September 30, 2010
September 29, 2010
September 28, 2010
This blog entry has been changed into a comprehensive guide found on this page:
September 23, 2010
Two Associations Transition to Homeowner Control. Board Welcomes New Directors and New Sub-Association.
Motorists will encounter congestion and delays when Interstate 35E and Anoka County Road 14 close next weekend for demolition of the old County Road 14 bridge spanning the interstate and construction of ramp connections to the newly built County Road 14 bridge.
Weekend closures begin at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 24 and culminate with full closure of the interstate and County Road 14 at 10 p.m. Friday. Closures include:
- The ramp from southbound I-35E to County Road 14 closes at 9 a.m.
- County Road 14 crossing I-35E will close at 7 p.m. along with the remaining ramps between County Road 14 and I-35E.
- Southbound I-35E closes at 10 p.m. between the junction of I-35 and County Road J.
- Northbound I-35E closes between County Road J and the junction of I-35.
Access will be maintained from northbound I-35E to County Road E, County Road 96 and County Road J, although traffic will not be able to reach the northbound interstate from those roads.
Motorists are advised to carefully watch for signs providing more details about lane and road closures and detours.
For real-time traveler information anywhere in Minnesota visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.
- MN DOT Press Release
September 22, 2010
September 17, 2010
Sign-up to enjoy a leisurely family canoe outing led by a naturalist from the Wargo Nature Center. Check out local wildlife and take in the fall colors. It takes place on Saturday, September 25 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Wargo Nature Center in Hugo.
All ages are welcome and no experience is necessary. Limited canoe rental is available for $20 per canoe.
Pre-registration is required. The cost of the trip is $7 for adults or $5 for kids.
Click here to register.
Washington County Library has brought a new community asset to the City of Hugo, as well as all Washington Library patrons, with the introduction of the Washington County Library Express. Library Director Patricia Conley called the Library Express an innovative new way to deliver services to areas where a full-service library may not be close by. She noted that this could also be an option for expanding library service in times of tight budgets and in diverse locations, such as transit centers. “Hugo is a community which is seeing substantial growth. We want to make sure access to library services is a cost-effective benefit which can contribute to that growth,” Conley said.
Located at the Hugo City Hall, 14669 Fitzgerald Ave. N. in Hugo, just off State Highway 61, the Library Express offers a place where patrons can order, pick up and return library materials, using a self-service kiosk, locker system and book return.
“This is a new system for us, the first in the state, and we’re excited about the possibilities,” Conley said. “We’re cooperating with Carver County Library, and applied for a federal grant together and will share what we learn. Carver County is installing an Express Library in the City of Victoria. We hope this will be seen as a model for local governments working together to provide service more efficiently.
“Once customers have a chance to give it a try and see how easy it is, I think they’ll be impressed by it,” Conley said. “We can see people stopping by the Library Express to pick up their books right along with the rest of their daily errands. It’s a fast process and will only take a few minutes to pick up the items they have put on hold. Because the Library Express is self-service and located outside Hugo City Hall, it will be open 24 hours a day. It can really be a convenient part of our customers’ daily lives,” Conley said. The computer kiosk, which is inside City Hall, will be available during normal City Hall hours, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
To request books, customers use their library card number and must have an e-mail address on file with Washington County Library. Library cards are available online or through any Washington County Library. Using either the Library Express kiosk or the Washington County website from their own computer at http://www.co.washington.mn.us/info_for_residents/library/ customers designate the Library Express (Hugo City Hall) as the pickup point. They will be informed via e-mail when their materials are available. The items will be available for 48 hours from the time of delivery to the library. Delivery schedules are currently being finalized. When they pick up the items, customers will enter the last four digits of their library card number onto a keypad. They will then be directed to the locker number where their checked out items are located.
The Washington County Library Express equipment was delivered and installed in early July. The equipment cost $44,000, plus installation costs. Service is now available. There will be a ribbon cutting at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 29, at Hugo City Hall.
This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Minnesota Department of Education, State Library Services.
-A news release from Washington County -- July 12, 2010