After Council Report: Dec. 18
The Shakopee City Council met on Tuesday, Dec. 18. Among the meeting highlights:
Council approves 2019 tax cut, levy and operating budget
The City Council adopted the city’s 2019 operating budget and decreased property tax levy. The council set the 2019 general fund operating budget at $27,204,700. Among the changes reflected in the 2019 budget:
- A tax levy decrease of $30,000, 0.15 percent, from 2018. Shakopee homeowners whose property value increased up to 5.3 percent should see a tax decrease to the city portion of their property taxes.
- One new full-time position – a Public Works maintenance operator – and adjustment of personnel costs to reflect cost-of-living increase, removal of election judge salaries (no election in 2019) and full-year funding for two police officer positions added in 2018
- Increasing the city’s internal rent charges on equipment with life expectancies of 10 years or more
- Increasing building permit, Community Center and Ice Arena revenues
In addition, the council set the total tax levy at $19,230,500, which decreases the current tax rate from 37.971 percent to an estimated 35.231 percent. See the approved budget at www.ShakopeeMN.gov/budget. More information: Darin Nelson, Finance Director, 952-233-9326.
Council approves contract for former city hall site
Acting at the Economic Development Authority, the City Council approved a contract with Enclave Development, LLC to construct 80-plus units of market-rate housing at the former city hall site, 129 Holmes St. S. Enclave also agreed to pay 70-percent of the cost of the reconstruction of the adjacent concrete alley, as well as the full cost of streetscape along Holmes Street and Second Avenue. In addition, the council approved an interfund loan to advance $2.1 million for certain costs of the project, including site preparation, to be repaid through the approved Tax Increment Financing district. More information: Michael Kerski, Director of Planning and Development, 952-233-9346.
Council creates new land use classification, reguides properties
The City Council approved a Comprehensive Plan text amendment to reguide certain properties within the downtown district from Mixed Use to Downtown Mixed Use, a new land use classification that allows up to 125 dwelling units per acre. This change will bring existing structures into conformance and allow for otherwise approved projects to move forward. The properties include 129 Holmes St. S., 115 First Ave. E., 101 Fuller St. N., 200 Levee Drive W., 219 First Ave. W., 126 Atwood St. N., 339 First Ave. W. and 321 First Ave. W. More information: Michael Kerski, Director of Planning and Development, 952-233-9346.
City reorganizes Public Works Department to improve service delivery
The City Council approved a new Public Works organizational structure to better align job duties with positions and address the department’s growing engineering and infrastructure maintenance workload. The changes include:
- Moving the senior Public Works technician position into the Engineering Division and shifting some duties to Public Works maintenance supervisors
- Adding a streets/utilities maintenance operator position
- Changing the streets and utilities supervisor and the parks supervisor positions from Grade 170 non-exempt to 180 exempt on the city’s non-union pay plan
- Aligning the lead parks and lead mechanics positions with the streets foreman and utilities foreman positions
More information: Steve Lillehaug, Public Works Director/City Engineer, 952-233-9363.
Council recognizes 2018 Show Off Shakopee winners
The City Council recognized the four winners of the annual Show Off Shakopee photo contest. The winners are:
- Joseph Yetman, Grand Prize: "Midnight Crossing"
- Katharine Caliri, Activities & Events Winner: "Fight, fight, fight for Shako-high"
- Betsy Stafford-Larkin, Landmarks & Nature Winner: "Sunset Stroll on the Old Bridge"
- Christopher Anderson, People, Pets & Families Winner: "Sister Walk"
The winning photos, as well as additional entries, can be viewed at www.ShakopeeMN.gov/showoffshakopee.
City approves contract, accepts donations for Rev. Pond statue
The City Council approved a contract with J.K. Designs of Loveland, Colo., in the amount of $115,000 for the creation and installation of a bronze sculpture of The Rev. Samuel W. Pond to be installed in downtown Shakopee at River City Center. The artist, Denny Haskew, also created the Chief Sakpe statue on display in downtown.
In addition, the council gratefully accepted several donations for the statue. Donations were accepted from Marschall Charitable Trust ($1,000); Shakopee Public Utilities Commission ($4,000); Doran Canterbury I, LLC ($25,000) and Canterbury Park Minnesota Charitable Fund ($25,000), along with other donations totaling $56,466. More information: Michael Kerski, Director of Planning and Development, 952-233-9346.
Council moves January meeting dates
The City Council moved its January meeting dates to the second and fourth Tuesdays due to the holidays. The City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 8 and Jan. 22.
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.