After Council Report: Oct. 16
The Shakopee City Council met on Tuesday, Oct. 16. Among the meeting highlights:
Council holds assessment hearing on delinquent Republic Services fees
Council held an assessment hearing regarding delinquent Republic Services bills in Shakopee. A list of properties was provided of residents that have failed to pay their bill to the trash hauler in full. A total of 202 property owners have outstanding bills totaling $36,326.96 Based on Ordinance No. 58, Council is authorized to assess any unpaid fees to taxes payable for 2019.
Council voted in favor of a resolution assessing property owners for the unpaid garbage fees. An additional $50 will be billed to residents that failed to pay before Oct. 16, 2018. Residents with an outstanding bill can pay the assessment in full to the City of Shakopee by Nov. 16 without interest. Past that date, residents will pay 6.75 percent interest per year that the fees remain unpaid.
More information: Darin Nelson, Finance Director 952-233-9326
EDA approves a private contract for development for Southbridge Development
The City Council, acting as the Economic Development Authority, approved a private contract for development for Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District 21, located in the Southbridge area. The agreement was made with Shakopee Crossings Limited.
The TIF funds generated in TIF district 21 can only be used for soil remediation and correction. It is a unique TIF because expenses can occur over the life of the TIF as development continues in the area. Since this is a “Pay-Go” note, the developer receives the increment as it is generated for reimbursement.
More information: Michael Kerski, Director of Planning and Development 952-233-9346
Council authorizes fire department’s FEMA grant application
The City Council authorized the Shakopee Fire Department’s grant application for 10 Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) and 23 face masks. The department's current equipment is considered obsolete by the National Fire Protection Agency.
Shakopee Fire Department is applying for a $93,040 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant. The grant requires a monetary 10 percent match from departments that serve communities with a population of 20,000 – 100,000. Shakopee Fire Department has budgeted for the $9304 match.
More information: Rick Coleman, Fire Chief, 952-233-9579
Council directs city staff to continue negotiations with Republic Services contract extension
At the Sept. 18 meeting, Council directed staff to meet and negotiate with Republic Services to determine whether to extend a contract with the trash hauler. Staff met with Republic Services and discussed the councils three priorities:
- Routing and collections- Council asked Republic Services to use lighter trucks on streets with lower weight tolerances.
- Smaller Receptacles- Council requested options for senior and single residents within the city.
- Clarifying the customer service process- Republic has agreed to provide a dedicated service representative to the City of Shakopee.
Council received a presentation from staff and directed them to continue negotiations. A final contract from Republic Services will come before council in Nov.
More information: Nate Burkett, Assistant City Administrator, 952-233-9310
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 After Council Reports.