After Council Report: May 7
The Shakopee City Council met Tuesday, May 7. Among the meeting highlights:
Council advances Wood Duck Trail reconstruction
The City Council approved advancing the reconstruction of Wood Duck Trail between Hohenstein Court and Maple Trail from 2022 to 2019 with a feasibility study. The road has failed to a point where immediate reconstruction is necessary. The city plans to begin design work with the goal of completing the project by mid-November. The project would be funded through special assessments and the Capital Improvement Fund, per the city’s special assessment policy. More information: Steve Lillehaug, Public Works Director/City Engineer, 952-233-9361.
Council awards contract for 12th Avenue Reconstruction Project
The City Council awarded a contract in the amount of $2,869,489.38 to S.M. Hentges & Sons, Inc. for the 12th Avenue Reconstruction Project. The projects include the reconstruction of roadway, storm sewer, sidewalk, trail, street lighting, landscaping and roundabout improvements between 12th Avenue between Vierling Drive and Canterbury Road. The project will be funded as part of the Canterbury Commons Development Tax Increment Funding district. More information: Ryan Halverson, Assistant City Engineer, 952-233-9366.
Retailers must check identification for some third-party credit card purchases
The City Council adopted an ordinance prohibiting retailers from selling third-party gift cards from American Express, MasterCard and Visa at self-checkouts if the customer wants to use a credit card. Retailers must ask for identification and ensure it matches the name on the credit card. Identification is not required for any other gift card or gift cards purchased with cash or check. The intention of the ordinance is to reduce fraudulent procurement of third-party gift cards, a growing issue in the community. More information: Jeff Tate, Police Chief, 952-233-9400.
Council approves plans and orders bid for trail projects
The City Council approved plans and ordered the advertisement of bids for the 2019 Trail Rehabilitation and Reconstruction projects. These projects consist of reclaiming and reconstructing the bituminous trail surface and constructing ADA compliant pedestrian curb ramps and miscellaneous restoration. The rehabilitation project is along Vierling Drive from east of Taylor Street to Presidential Lane. The reconstruction project includes trails within Scenic Heights Park and adjacent to the upper valley drainage ditch. More information: Ryan Halverson, Assistant City Engineer, 952-233-9366.
Council receives Police Department annual report
Police Chief Jeff Tate provided the department’s 2018 annual report, highlighting statistics and various incidents. In 2018, the city recorded a crime rate of 6.47 percent, the fifth lowest in the city history. Tate discussed the challenges of perception and reality the community faces when it comes to safety in Shakopee. The department’s annual report is available at www.ShakopeeMN.gov/police. More information: Jeff Tate, Police Chief, 952-233-9400.
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.