Update for the week of September 12, 2022

Another Successful Recycle Week

Recycling has been in full-swing this year, and that was no more apparent than during last week's Recycle Week events. On Wednesday, September 7, 2022, the City collected 53 bikes that were otherwise going unused on behalf of Bikes4Kids, an organization that will clean up and repair those bikes to be redistributed to those in need in Anoka County and around the Twin Cities area. Adding those bikes with the 89 collected in spring, Columbus residents donated a total 142 bicycles this year. Great work, Columbus!

But the recycling didn't stop there. On Saturday, September 10, 2022, the City hosted the Autumn Recycling Drop-off Event. While the City is still awaiting an audit on collected tonnage, it is optimistic it collected the remaining 229 tons needed to reach 2022's goal of 437 tons of recycled items after adding in the 208 tons collected at the spring event.

One more recycling event is on the calendar for 2022, and it takes place Saturday, October 1. From 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Columbus residents can visit the Community Center for a free Fix-It Clinic where volunteers will be available to repair broken items and save them from the trash or recycle bin. Free Paper Shredding will also be offered that day in the parking lot.

Happy New School Year

City Council and Staff wish the best to all students and teachers embarking on the 2022-23 school year!

With the resumption of school, Columbus drivers should take special care to keep kids safe, especially between the hours of 7-9 a.m. before school starts and between 2-5 p.m. after school lets out. In particular, drivers should keep an eye out for:

  • Children waiting along either side of the road;
  • Children crossing the road to reach their bus (both directions of traffic should stop when a school bus' lights are flashing and the stop sign is extended) or bus stop;
  • Busses traveling through neighborhoods that may make regular stops; and
  • Busses stopping to pick-up/drop-off students (bus stops are not restricted to City streets, so drivers should also be observant when traveling Anoka County highways, including Broadway Avenue, County Road 17, Kettle River Boulevard, Lake Drive, Potomac Street and West Freeway Drive).

Columbus is home to one elementary school, so drivers should also keep aware of their surroundings as they approach the intersection of Broadway Avenue and Notre Dame Street to keep busses, bike riders and walking students safe.

Lions' Pancakes are Back!

Lions Club Pancake Breakfasts are starting up this weekend. Drop by the Columbus Community Center this Sunday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. for a yummy breakfast that supports an organization that gives so much back to our City.

With the exception of January, the Lions Club hosts their Pancake Breakfasts on the third Sunday of every month from September through May. Specific dates are as follows: September 18, October 16, November 20 and December 18, 2022; January 22, February 19, March 19, April 16 and May 21, 2023.