The City Council is in the process of adopting its 2017 work plan, as well as identifying several long-term goals for future action. The City Council approved the following items at its Feb. 21 meeting. (LT = long term)
Updated Sept. 14, 2017
Low Taxes: TBD. Our preliminary budget would result in no increase to taxpayers in 2017 (as was the case in 2016).
Continued Financial Stability: Continuing. We received the highest possible result from 2016 audit, a full, clean audit with no comments. Less than 10 percent of organizations achieve this.
Stable Tax Rate: TBD. Preliminary budget would actually lower our tax rate.
Prioritization of Services
Fund Balance Study: Planning completed. Fund balance workshop was conducted in April. Budget adjustments will be made in the year 2018 budgeting process.
Park Asset Fee/Fund Review: Competed at July 5 City Council meeting.
Community Center Operations Funding: Started budgetary analysis as part of monthly financial updates. We received very good news that our revenues are substantially more than originally estimated; however, our Ice Arena-estimated utility expenses were more than expected as well.
Park Asset Planning Process
Park and Recreation Expenses (LT)
High-Density Housing: TBD. Conducted workshops identifying areas that are acceptable for high density. Based upon concerns of some council members, conducted another workshop Aug. 29. A rift continues among council members providing staff conflicting direction.
50/30 SCALE efforts: SCALE continues their planning process. Once completed, Shakopee will analyze to determine implementation needs.
Orderly Annexation Agreement: Completed and approved at July 5 meeting.
Comprehensive Plan: Planning is in full swing as MKSK and Planning Division staff continue to conduct public outreach. The technical advisory committee has met on multiple occasions. Staff has been engaged at multiple community events, including Rhythm on the Rails, and major city events. The next Community Visioning Workshop is slated for Oct. 12.
Trail Connections: Continuing efforts by connecting trails with development. We partnered with the county and Metropolitan Council to discuss moving the regional bicycle transportation network from a route currently along Stagecoach Road to one further west that would connect Southbridge to Quarry Lake Park and would allow us to apply for transportation funding for a pedestrian bridge over 169.
River Crossing Capacity Increase (LT): The council passed a resolution of support for an additional crossing. We continue discussions with national and state leaders regarding the need.
Riverfront Improvements (LT)
Active Annexation of Portions of Jackson Township (LT): We plan to provide notice for annexation of Section A soon.
West End Planning Process Continuation (LT)
Downtown Improvement/Infrastructure Maintenance: Active construction continues on the $2.1 million downtown improvement project.
Process to Recruit Higher Paying Jobs
Redevelopment Toolbox and Policy: Multiple tools added for redevelopment, including the use of SAC credits and reworking of the Park Dedication fees.
City Property Development Strategy/Excess Property Marketing Process and Implementation: Although staff actively searched for and engaged developers, resulting in two dynamic and transformative projects (hotel and apartment building) and a potential design for Highway 169 property, political issues have put the downtown redevelopment at risk.
City Hall Redevelopment (LT): We are looking to partner with CPM for new apartment development. However, the project is at risk.
Old Mall Redevelopment (LT): City actions for its Highway 169 property will stimulate this area.
Downtown Redevelopment (LT): City actions on city hall parcel and former Doggy Doo's site will stimulate more redevelopment downtown. Both projects are at risk.
Signage/Wayfinding: Shakopee Heritage Society has proposed a great project for the area around the springs. City staff will look for wayfinding signage upon completion of the downtown project.
Use of Committees
Code Enforcement: Code Enforcement Policy updated. City staff has proposed a full-time code enforcement position as part of the 2018 budget process.
Transparency/Communications: We have continued our Coffee with the Administrator and added a Department Head Community Meeting. We are planning for a Beer with Administrator at Badger Hill in the near future.
School Resource Officer Program Review/Training
Community Engagement/Neighborhood Group Activity: Comprehensive Plan process has provided opportunities for community engagement.
Southbridge Fire Partnership (LT): Joint study completed. We are awaiting a decision by SMSC to participate. We also submitted a first-time request for state bonding funds for design and construction.