After Council Report: Sept. 3
Council reviews 2020 preliminary levy and budget; awards contracts; and more
The Shakopee City Council met Tuesday, Sept. 3. Among the meeting highlights:
Council reviews preliminary levy, budget
The City Council reviewed the 2020 preliminary levy and budget. Of note:
- The 2020 budget focuses on maintaining operational service levels while increasing tax dollars dedicated to street infrastructure maintenance and park development.
- The city’s estimated market value continues to increase; new construction has accounted for 20 percent of the city’s market value increase over the past three years. According to data from Scott County, residential values increased on average 6.7 percent over the last year.
- City staff recommended a preliminary city levy of $20,380,500 – a 5.98-percent increase from 2019.
- For the average-valued home increasing by 6.7 percent to $272,600, this equates to a $39 annual increase, which will return taxes to 2018 levels after a tax cut in 2019.
- Absent any change in value, homeowners can expect a tax decrease of about $25.
- The proposed preliminary levy will reduce the city’s tax rate from 34.943 percent to 33.914 percent.
The council will be asked to approve the maximum preliminary tax levy at its Sept. 17 meeting. The final 2020 budget proposal will come before council in December. More information: Darin Nelson, Finance Director, 952-233-9326.
Council awards contract for Innovation Center feasibility study
The City Council awarded a contract not to exceed $100,000 to HR&A to complete a feasibility study for a potential Innovation Center in Shakopee. The center could potentially include a business incubator and post-secondary education component. The city and HR&A will work closely with Minnesota State University, Mankato and the Scott County Live, Learn & Earn committee to consider the feasibility of a center in Scott County.
In addition, acting as the Economic Development Authority, the City Council approved transferring $80,000 from the city’s Façade Improvement Program to fund the feasibility study. More information: Michael Kerski, Director of Planning and Development, 952-233-9346.
Contract awarded for annual trail sealcoat project
The City Council awarded a contract to Gopher State Sealcoat, Inc in the amount of $39,837.49 for the 2019 trail sealcoat project. The city plans to sealcoat approximately 30,000 square yard of bituminous trail in and along various streets and parks. Work is anticipated to be completed by Sept. 30. More information: Keith Raines, Parks Maintenance Supervisor, 952-233-9368.
Council approves construction management agreement for stormwater project
The City Council approved a professional services agreement with WSB and Associates, Inc. not to exceed $248,382 for design, bidding and construction management services for the 2020 Reroute Stormwater to Project Historic Sites Project. The project includes rerouting stormwater discharge from a historical and archeological sensitive area of County Highway 101. Work includes an archaeological investigation, as well as design and construction of stormwater infrastructure that discharge stormwater elsewhere and not result in further degradation of the area. More information: Kirby Templin, Environmental Engineer - Water Resources, 952-233-9372.
City to sell property to MWF Properties for workforce housing development
Acting at the Economic Development Authority, the City Council directed staff to negotiate the sale of 3.8 acres to MWF Properties for $500,000. The EDA-owned property is located at Vierling Drive West and Taylor Street. MWF Properties is looking to develop the site inform workforce housing. The EDA had previously approved selling the site to Trident Development, but the developer chose not to move forward with its project. More information: Michael Kerski, Director of Planning and Development, 952-233-9346.
Council recognizes retiring firefighter after 37 years of service
The City Council recognized Shakopee Firefighter Dave Judd, who retired from the department in August after 37 years year of service. Judd has served in several capacities, including captain, training officer, district chief, deputy chief and assistant chief. The council thanks Judd for his many years of distinguished service.
Council fills Planning Commission vacancy
The City Council appointed Brandon Pike to fill a vacancy on the Planning Commission/Board of Adjustment and Appeals. Pike will serve a term through Feb. 28, 2023
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.