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Morning after Council Report: April 18

Post Date:04/19/2017 3:58 p.m.
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The Shakopee City Council met Tuesday, April 18. Among the meeting highlights: 

Council approves preliminary plat for 197-unit housing, mixed-use development

The City Council approved a preliminary plat and established a planned unit development overlay district for the proposed Windermere development in west Shakopee. D.R. Horton plans to develop 76.6 acres west of Marystown Road and south of Highway 169. The council also approved rezoning and re-guiding the property for the proposed development. D.R. Horton is proposing 197 residential lots, as well as seven lots for future commercial development. More information: Mark Noble, Senior Planner, 952-233-9348. 

Council approves final plat for Hometown Bank

The City Council approved a final plat of Vierling Acres Second Addition for the construction of a bank building north of the Hy-Vee grocery store. Hometown Bank is planning to build a 6,600-square-foot bank with drive-thru window on a 1.39-acre lot adjacent to Vierling Drive West. More information: Kyle Sobota, Senior Planner, 952-233-9349. 

Contracts awarded for infrastructure projects

The City Council awarded contracts to the following businesses:

  • Kuechle Underground Inc. in the amount of $1,666,751.40 for the 2017 Street Reconstruction Project. More information: Ryan Halverson, Assistant City Engineer, 952-233-9366.
  • RJM Construction in the amount not to exceed $98,000 for construction management services of the downtown improvements project. More information: Michael Kerski, Director of Planning & Development, 952-233-9346.
  • Rachel Contracting in the amount of $464,626.70 for the construction of a baseball field at Tahpah Park West. The Shakopee School District and the Shakopee Youth Baseball Association have also approved contributions in the amount of $225,000 toward the project. More information: Jamie Polley, Parks and Recreation Director, 952-233-9514.

The council also rejected bids for the Lions Park warming house/shelter construction project. 

Council ratifies two 2017-19 police union contracts

The City Council ratified contracts with the city's two police unions for the 2017-19. The council approved contracts with the LELS Sergeants and LELS Patrol Union for 2017-19. The contracts call for 3-percent wage increases each year, uniform allowance increases, incentive pay changes and the addition of a sick leave conversion. More information: Jennifer Gabbard, Human Resources Manager, 952-233-9312. 

Council votes to censure Council Member Mike Luce

The City Council voted to censure City Council Member Mike Luce. A censure carries no formal repercussion but is a way for elected bodies to voice public disapproval. More information: Bill Mars, Mayor, 952-445-4228. 

Advisory committee placed on hiatus

The City Council, acting as the Economic Development Authority, approved placing the Economic Development Advisory Committee on a 120-day hiatus to provide the committee clarity on its goals and objectives. More information: Samantha DiMaggio, Economic Development Coordinator, 952-233-9317.

Council discusses Community Center membership fees

The City Council met in workshop to discuss the proposed membership fees for the expanded Community Center. The council provided feedback on proposed membership packages and membership rate goals. The council discussed increasing rates to be more comparable to similar municipal facilities. The city agreed to hold off increasing rates until Jan. 1, 2018, but does anticipate an increase to reflect the additional Community Center amenities. More information: Jamie Polley, Parks and Recreation Director, 952-233-9514.

Council analyzes future of Sanitary Sewer, Storm Drainage funds

During a workshop, the City Council reviewed a future analysis of the city’s Sanitary Sewer and Storm Drainage funds to examine their long-term health. The council agreed the city will need to raise sanitary sewer rates to maintain a healthy fund balance. For many years, the city has been subsidizing increases in the Metropolitan Council sanitary sewer charges from the city fund. The council determined a modification of rates would be necessary to pass through future Metropolitan Council increases to maintain a solvent sanitary sewer fund balance. More information: Darin Nelson, Finance Director, 952-233-9326.

City accepts donation for Shakopee Archery Range

The city gratefully accepted the donation of four new target holders, targets, signage and bow/arrow holders for the Shakopee Archery Range. The City of Chanhassen donated the targets, which have an approximate value of $5,000, after the city closed its range. More information: Jamie Polley, Parks and Recreation Director, 952-233-9514. 

Council approves 2017 liaison appointments

The City Council approved 2017 City Council liaison appointments, as follows:

  • Mayor Bill Mars: SCALE, MLC, Interview Committee
  • Council Member Matt Lehman: 169 Corridor Coalition Board, Economic Development Authority President, Shakopee School District
  • Council Member Jay Whiting: Minnesota Valley Transit Authority, Main Street Shakopee, Vice Mayor
  • Council Member Kathi Mocol: Shakopee Diversity Alliance, 169 Mobility Study Policy Advisory Committee, Interview Committee
  • Council Member Mike Luce: Shakopee Public Utilities Commission, Shakopee Chamber of Commerce
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.