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Morning after Council Report: Sept. 19

Post Date:09/20/2017 5:42 pm
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The Shakopee City Council met Tuesday, Sept. 19. Among the meeting highlights: 

Council approves preliminary 2018 levy, budget

The City Council adopted its 2018 preliminary property tax levies, general fund budget and debt levy cancellations. The preliminary general fund levy represents a 2.58-percent increase over the 2017 levy. Thanks to new growth, the general fund levy is anticipated to have no impact on the average Shakopee homeowner, as long as a property’s valuation remains unchanged. Property owners will receive their preliminary tax impacts statement from Scott County in November.

In addition, the council also voted to levy $350,000 under the Economic Development Authority (EDA) special benefit levy. Previously, the city has levied these funds as part of the general fund levy; however, staff recommended the move to increase transparency. This levy will now appear as a separate line item on tax impact statements. An average valued home will see a tax of approximately $20. More information: Darin Nelson, Finance Director, 952-233-9326. 

City adopts 2018-22 Capital Improvement Plan

The City Council adopted the 2018-22 Capital Improvement Plan, which lays out the city’s proposed capital improvement projects, including buildings, parks, streets, equipment replacement, IT, sanitary sewer and storm drainage. Among the 2018 projects are:

  • Jennifer Lane neighborhood park construction
  • Quarry Lake Park Phase II construction
  • Eagle Creek Boulevard-Vierling Drive Roundabout construction
  • Purchase of a new fire pumper truck
  • Replacement of Memorial Park pedestrian bridge

The 2018-22 Capital Improvement Plan is available on the city website at

Garbage, recycling rates to increase in 2018

The City Council approved increases in residential garbage and recycling collection fees per Republic Services’ request under its current contract. The council approved a monthly increase of $0.16 per household due to inflationary costs. Republic Services also informed council it will be changing its disposal facility after its current facility announced a tipping (disposal) fee increase from $70/ton to $115/ton. The city will begin using the Great River Energy Processing Facility, which charges $98/ton. This results in a monthly disposal fee increase of $2.34 per household. The total impact on a household is $30 per year. More information: Nate Burkett, Assistant City Administrator, 952-233-9310. 

Council sets 2018 Community Center membership rates

The City Council adopted 2018 membership rates for the Community Center: 























Adult + 1






Also, in 2018, open hockey will be included in a membership. Child care will remain a separate charge. More information: Jamie Polley, Director of Parks and Recreation, 952-233-9514. 

City to seek bids for demolition of former city hall building

The City Council approved seeking bids for the removal of hazardous materials and demolition of the former city hall building at 129 Holmes St. S. and hiring RJM Construction to manage the process. The council designated the building as structurally substandard. This designation ensures the city is compliant with state statutes if the parcel is included in a future Redevelopment Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District. An outside consultant inspected the buildings in July and determined they qualified as substandard under state definition. Similarly, the council approved a resolution stating that if a redevelopment TIF is created in the future, the city may be reimbursed demolition costs from the TIF.  More information is available at More information: Michael Kerski, Director of Planning and Development, 952-233-9346. 

Council sets dates TIF district public hearing

The City Council set a public hearing for Nov. 8 regarding the creation of a Tax Increment Financing District in downtown Shakopee that would include only the former city hall parcel. The council is expected to discuss a financing plan for a proposed Redevelopment District No. 18. More information: Michael Kerski, Director of Planning and Development, 952-233-9346. 

City to seek bids on utility extension along Vierling Drive

The City Council approved plans for the extension of utilities for a future Vierling Drive extension. The city is looking to construct street, utility, sidewalk and trails for a permanent extension of Vierling Drive between County Highway 69 and Taylor Street. At this time, the city plans to move forward with utility improvements to ensure connections to pending adjacent developments. It is anticipated the road portion will follow in spring 2018. More information at More information: Steve Lillehaug, City Engineer/Public Works Director, 952-233-9361. 

Oct. 5 public hearing will consider Entertainment Land Use designation

The City Council discussed a proposed amendment to the 2030 Comprehensive Plan that would better define entertainment land uses. The proposed definition provides for a mix of uses to represent how entertainment developments have matured over the last 20 years. After continued discussion, the council directed staff to schedule a public hearing for the amendment at the Oct. 5 Planning Commission meeting. More information: Michael Kerski, Director of Planning and Development, 952-233-9346. 

City to add two full-time lifeguard positions

The City Council approved the creation of a new full-time lead lifeguard position to staff the indoor aquatic center at the Shakopee Community Center. The lead lifeguard will be responsible for lifeguarding, pool cleaning, water testing and managing swimming lessons. The position is necessary to fill gaps in the metro-wide shortage of part-time lifeguards. The position replaces the city’s original plan to hire an aquatics coordinator. The city plans to hire two lead lifeguards yet this fall. More information: Jamie Polley, Director of Parks and Recreation, 952-233-9514. 

City accepts donation of sculpture, transportation funding

The city gratefully accepted donations of:

  • A sculpture of Chief Shakopee and his horse from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, as well as a donation of $50,000 for its restoration and installation. The sculpture will be installed on a wall behind the "Shakopee" sign at the new gateway in front of River City Centre.
  • $1,000 from the Shakopee Lions Club for transportation services for senior programming through the Shakopee Parks and Recreation Department.
These summaries are a sampling of the meeting. See the entire agenda packet with supporting documents at The meeting is also available for viewing on demand at Read past MACRs.
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