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Morning after Council Report: Nov. 7

Post Date:11/08/2017 3:15 p.m.
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The Shakopee City Council met Tuesday, Nov. 7. Among the meeting highlights:

Council approves remediation and demolition of former city hall building

The City Council awarded a contract to Frattalone Cos. in an amount of $191,800, plus a $10,000 contingency, for the abatement, demolition and earthwork required to remove the former city hall structure. Demolition is anticipated to be completed by January. The parking lot east of the building will be closed to store equipment during abatement and demolition. City staff will re-evaluate the condition of the lot after the project is complete. The city will create a temporary sidewalk in the spring if conditions allow. The city is currently seeking proposals to redevelop the site. More information: Michael Kerski, Director of Planning and Development, 952-233-9346. 

Council approves plat for west Shakopee project

The City Council approved a preliminary and final plat of West Shakopee Gateway First Addition. The plat includes five lots on 31.46 acres, which the city purchased from the Minnesota Department of Transportation in 2016. The proposed uses are a grooming/pet day care on lot 1 and a rehabilitation center on lot two of block 1. Users for other lots are unknown at this time. The City Council is anticipated to review a request for re-zoning and re-guiding a portion of the property at its Nov. 21 meeting.  More information: Kyle Sobota, Senior Planner, 952-233-9349. 

Council supports Shakopee History Park site plan

The City Council approved the site plan for the historical area of Memorial Park and authorized Shakopee Heritage Society to proceed with the improvements. The Shakopee Heritage Society plans to purchase and install informational kiosks at the park, highlighting the historic relevance of the site. More information: Jamie Polley, Director of Parks and Recreation, 952-233-9514. 

City approves 2018 employee health insurance rates

The City Council set the employer contribution rates for 2018 employee health insurance. Earlier this fall, the city learned its Medica rates would be increasing by 29 percent. Incorporating employee feedback, city staff adjusted its health plans and network offerings to mitigate the increase for employees. Starting in 2018, the city will standardize its monthly contribution at $551 (single), $935 (two-party) and $1,303 (family).  More information: Jennifer Gabbard, Human Resources Manager, 952-233-9312. 

Council awards façade improvements loans to Holmes Street properties

Acting as the Economic Development Authority, the City Council approved a Façade Improvement Loan to Holmes Street Property LLC in the amount of $50,000 to renovate the building at 116, 118 and 120 Holmes Street. Owner Jeff Pflaum plans to restore the appearance of the windows on the second floor and create a more historic storefront. More information: Michael Kerski, Director of Planning and Development, 952-233-9346.

Council discusses woodland management and landscaping code

The City Council held a workshop during the meeting to discuss the city’s woodland management and landscaping regulations. City staff is in the process of updating the regulations to provide more clarity and address questions and concerns from developers. During the workshop, the council provided feedback and direction regarding this section of city code. In the coming years, city staff plans to review and make substantial changes to the entire land development code. More information: Michael Kerski, Director of Planning and Development, 952-233-9346.

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.