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Morning after Council Report: Jan. 17
The Shakopee City Council met Tuesday, Jan. 17. Among the meeting highlights:
Council approves preliminary designs for downtown improvements project
Acting as the Economic Development Authority, the City Council approved the design concepts of the Downtown Infrastructure & Public Realm Design Implementation Strategy. The city is considering three downtown improvement projects:
- A new entry feature at the end of the Highway 101 bridge, including public art and signage.
- An entry gateway at the First Avenue East and Highway 101 intersection, including public art and landscaping.
- Reconstruction of the Lewis Street parking lot.
The city will hire an engineering firm to finalize the drawings with the intent of putting the projects out to bid this spring. More information is available at www.ShakopeeMN.gov/downtownimprovements or contact Samantha DiMaggio, Economic Development Coordinator, (952) 233-9317.
City to purchase plow trucks, fire trucks
The City Council approved the purchase of several vehicles for 2017:
- Single-axle plow truck and equipment for the Public Works street maintenance division in the amount of $184,933 after trade-in of a 2001 truck.
- Single-axle plow truck with hook system and equipment for the Public Works park maintenance division in the amount of $194,285 after trade-in of a 2001 truck.
- A 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV from Ranger Chevrolet in the amount of $36,285.06. The SUV will replace an existing Fire Department administrative vehicle.
- Two rescue/pumper fire trucks from Rosenbauer Minnesota LLC in the amount of $1,235,674.
In addition, the council declared several vehicles, including two fire trucks, for surplus so they can be sold. More information: Mike Hullander, Public Works Superintendent, (952) 233-9550.
Police Chief receives Administrator’s Leadership Award
At the start of the meeting, City Administrator William Reynolds recognized Police Chief Jeff Tate with the 2016 Administrator’s Leadership Award. Reynolds pointed out 2016 was Shakopee’s third-lowest crime rate on record, and he credited Chief Tate with his department’s efforts to seek innovative ways of improving public safety. According to Reynolds, Chief Tate demonstrates a high degree of humility and public service. “A lot of times when you have chiefs of police you have 30 or 40 stars and its matters how big they are,” said Reynolds indicating an officer’s uniform. “Chief Tate has a very simple ‘Chief.’ I think that says a lot about this man. He’s a tremendous individual and a tremendous leader for this organization.”
City accepts Metropolitan Council for 2040 Comprehensive Plan development
The City Council accepted a $32,000 grant from Metropolitan Council to assist with preparing and implementing the city’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan. The grant adds no additional requirements for the city. The city is required by state law to complete its comprehensive plan by December 2018. More information: Michael Kerski, Department of Planning and Development Director, (942) 2233-9346.
These summaries are a sampling of the meeting. See the entire agenda packet with supporting documents at www.ShakopeeMN.gov/agendasandminutes. The meeting is also available for viewing on demand at www.ShakopeeMN.gov/livestream. Read past MACRs.