After Council Report: Nov. 19
The Shakopee City Council met Tuesday, Nov. 19. Among the meeting highlights:
Council adopts 2040 Comprehensive Plan (Envision Shakopee)
The City Council adopted the 2040 Comprehensive Plan, known as Envision Shakopee. The plan was approved by the Metropolitan Council Oct. 23. It serves as a guiding document for the city over the next 20 years and represents a significant shift in tone and style from the 2030 plan. It received the 2019 Planning in Context award from the American Planning Association Minnesota Chapter. The plan is available for review at www.ShakopeeMN.gov/envisionshakopee. More information: Joe Widing, Senior Planner – Long Range, 952-233-9325.
Council reviews 2020 draft budget
The City Council reviewed the city’s proposed 2020 budget, which covers the city’s operating and capital expenses for the 2020 year. The budget includes an increased investment in infrastructure, as well as costs related to personnel and the 2020 presidential election year. The city is also anticipating increased revenues from building inspections, the Shakopee Ice Arena and Shakopee Community Center and declining revenues from cable TV franchise fees. The budget is available for review at www.ShakopeeMN.gov/budget. You can also read more about the draft budget on the City Blog at www.ShakopeeMN.gov/cityblog.
In September, the council approved a preliminary property tax levy of $20,380,500—a 5.98-percent increase from 2019. Residents can comment on the proposed budget and levy at the Dec. 3 Council meeting. More information: Nate Burkett, Assistant City Administrator, 952-233-9314.
City adopts amends commercial and multi-family building standards
The City Council approved a zoning text amendment to City Code 151.108 to amend commercial and multi-family residential building materials standards. The amendment gives different zoning districts or areas of the community different standards based on their unique character and environment. The amendment creates a table for allowed materials, designs and specific minimum requirements based on the zoning district or similar groups of zones. More information: Kyle Sobota, Senior Planner, 952-233-9349.
Council directs staff to negotiate for property for new road
The City Council authorized staff to continue negotiations, as well as allow for the possible use of eminent domain, to acquire the necessary property, right-of-way and easements for the construction of a new road between Shenandoah Drive and County Highway 83. The new road, called Unbridled Avenue, will be used as a detour route when Scott County reconstructs County Highway 83. Construction of the new road is planned for spring 2020. More information: Michael Kerski, Director of Planning and Development, 952-233-9346.
Council approves professional services agreement for lateral sewer rehab project
The City Council approved a professional services agreement with SEH, Inc. in the amount of $74,100 for design and construction services for the 2020 Sewer Service Lateral Pipe Rehabilitation Project. This project includes lining existing sewer services along sewers main that have been previously lined. Similar projects were completed in 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019. More information: Ryan Halverson, Assistant City Engineer, 952-233-9366.
Council appoints new police captain
The City Council appointed Sgt. Jason Arras to the rank of captain. Arras replaces Capt. Craig Robson, who retires at the end of the month. More information: Jeff Tate, Police Chief, 952-233-9400.
City accepts donation for irrigation system at Tahpah Park
The City Council gratefully accepted two donations in the amount of $1,755 each from the Shakopee Soccer Association and Shakopee Youth Football Association to extend the irrigation system on the football/soccer field at Tahpah Park. More information: Sherry Dvorak, Programming and Services Manager, 952-233-9509.
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.