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Morning after Council Report: May 16

Post Date:05/17/2017 5:05 p.m.
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The Shakopee City Council met Tuesday, May 16. Among the meeting highlights: 

Council reviews plans for downtown improvements, approves alley reconstruction

The City Council received an update on the Downtown Improvements and Public Realm Strategy project. Construction plans are approximately 90 percent complete. The City Council is expected to vote to seek bids for the project at its June 6 meeting. Construction could begin in late July. More information: Michael Kerski, Director of Planning and Development, 952-233-9346.

In related business, the City Council approved the preparation of plans and specifications for the reconstruction of the First Avenue alley between Lewis Street and Sommerville Street. The reconstruction is intended to improve storm drainage, as well as pavement maintenance. The project is estimated to cost $120,000. More information: Bruce Loney, Public Works Director, 952-233-9369.

Council approves final plat for child care center

The City Council approved a final plat for two lots at the intersection of Crossings Boulevard and County Highway 18. The owner plans to construct a day care center, Rainbow Child Care Center, to accommodate 130 children, ages 6 weeks to 12 years, and 15 full-time faculty. The second lot will be for future development. More information: Mark Noble, Senior Planner, 952-233-9348.

Council awards contract for 2040 Comprehensive Plan consultant

The City Council awarded a contract not to exceed $205,000 to MKSK of Columbus, Ohio, to prepare the city’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan. MKSK is a nationally recognized firm, selected for its vision, community engagement plan, use of technology and graphics and strong technical planning skills. Funding for the contract comes from a combination of grants ($157,000) and the city’s general fund ($48,000). The city must complete its Comprehensive Plan update by Dec. 31, 2018. More information: Eric Weiss, Senior Planner, 952-233-9347.

Council awards contracts for upcoming infrastructure projects

The City Council approved contracts in the amount of:

  • $644,013.90 with Northwest Asphalt to extend sanitary sewer to the Whispering Oaks neighborhood.
  • $66,371.35 with Granite Ledge Electrical Contractors to install street lights in the area of County Highway 69 and the County Highway 101 bridge.With equipment the project totals $170,682.35, $54,000 below project estimates.

More information: Bruce Loney, Public Works Director, 952-233-9369.

Extended work hours approved at Tahpah Park

The City Council authorized construction work on the new ball field at Tahpah Park to begin at 7 a.m. Saturdays in June and July. The request was made to limit the impact on weekend tournaments. More information: Jamie Polley, Parks and Recreation Director, 952-233-9514.

Council vacated public road easement in south Shakopee

The City Council approved a vacation of public road easement for property located north of 160th Street, west of Marschall Road and south of Eaglewood Drive. The property owner, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, requested the vacation since the city has no plans to construct a road and it is unlikely Scott County would provide current access. SMSC agreed to work with the city to establish a future roadway between 160th Street East to Eaglewood Drive. More information: Mark Noble, Senior Planner, 952-233-9348.

Council supports senior housing renovation project

The City Council approved a letter of support to the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency for a 62-unit apartment complex at 1428 Fourth St. E. The owner is planning to apply for financial assistance to renovate and upgrade accessibility to the aging complex. More information: Michael Kerski, Director of Planning and Development, 952-233-9346.

Council accepts donations for Lions Park

The City Council gratefully accepted two donations for Lions Park. The Shakopee Lions Club donated $20,000 to be used for future park improvements. Duke Realty Services donated $1,000 toward the Shakopee Fun For All Playground. The city thanks both donators for their generosity. More information: Jamie Polley, Parks and Recreation Director, 952-233-9514.

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.