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After Council Report: Feb. 19
Shakopee City Council met on Tuesday, Feb. 19. Among the meeting highlights:
Council approves 2019 street and utility reconstruction project
City Council held the initial public hearing for the 2019 Street and Utility Reconstruction Project, and ordered the development of plans to reconstruct three city streets:
- Scott Street from Fourth Avenue to Sixth Avenue
- Minnesota Street from Fourth Avenue South to the cul-de-sac
- Seventh Avenue from Sommerville Street to Spencer Street.
Reconstruction in these areas will include roadway construction and restoration, streetlight improvements, storm and sanitary sewer improvements and watermain improvements. The projects is estimated to cost $1.4 million dollars and will be funded in accordance with the city’s assessment policy.
More information: Ryan Halverson, Assistant City Engineer 952-233-9366
Council voices support for repeal of commuter rail study prohibitions
City Council approved a resolution aimed at repealing legislation that has prevented the study of the so-called Dan Patch commuter rail line. Legislation from Hennepin County passed in 2002 has prohibited the study of a proposed rail corridor would potentially connect Savage to downtown Minneapolis via commuter rail.
The resolution does not imply the city is in favor of commuter rail but allows for state agencies to continue studying the corridor and bring forward potential plans in the future.
More information: Bill Reynolds, City Administrator, 952-233-9311
Republic Services announces that recycling in Shakopee is strong
During Republic Services annual report to the City Council, Municipal Services Manager Bev Mathiasen explained that the city received high marks when it came to recycling in 2018.
Residents recycled during the last year recycled more than 2640 tons of waste. While flat over the last few years, this number is significant because manufacturers have been building lighter materials, including thinner plastics.
Recycling efforts by residents have reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 5,0000 metric tons, saved 12 million gallons of water and saved roughly 1200 trees through mixed paper recycling, according to Mathiasen
Mathiasen also explained Republic Services’ complaint process to council, due to the number of complaints filed to Shakopee in the last few months.
Residents with questions about billing or service are encouraged to call Republic Services customer service at 952-941-5174. If Republic Services cannot solve the issue, residents should contact Assistant City Administrator Nate Burkett.
More information: Nate Burkett, Assistant City Administrator 952-233-9310
Council appoints volunteers to serve on city commissions
City Council approved the appointment of seven residents to serve on four city boards and commissions.
Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment and Appeals
-Daniel Mock, incumbent, will serve until Feb. 28, 2023
-Josh Forsythe will serve until Feb. 28, 2023
-Daniel Olson will serve for the remainder of a vacated term until Feb. 28, 2020
Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
-John Otto, incumbent, will serve until Feb. 28, 2022
-Joseph Yetman will serve until Feb. 28, 2022
Shakopee Public Utilities Commission
-Kathi Hofer-Mocol will serve until March 31, 2022
Police Civil Service Commission
-Miles Lahr will serve until Feb. 28, 2022.
More information- Lori Henson, City Clerk 952-233-9318
Council accepts grant to assist in city wide Clean-Up Day
The City Council accepted a grant for $10,044.51 to assist in the city’s annual Clean-Up Day. The grant was provided by Scott County Environmental Services. Clean-Up Day will be held on April 27, 2019, for Shakopee, Louisville and Jackson Township residents.
A $500 portion of the grant was also provided for the city to hold a paper shredding event in the future. The county has also offered funding in the amount of $9355.63 should the city elect to hold a fall clean-up event.
More information: Michael Hullander, Public Works Superintendent 952-233-9554
Council accepts donation from Shakopee Amateur Baseball
The City Council gratefully accepted a donation of $7700 from Shakopee Amateur Baseball. The donation is a portion of the total of revenue collected over the course of the 2018 Amateur Baseball Tournament held at Joe Schleper Stadium last fall.
The donation will be used for future stadium improvements.
More information: Sherry Dvorak, Park and Recreation Programming and Services Manager 952-233-9505
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.