After Council Report: Feb. 4
The Shakopee City Council met Tuesday, Feb. 4. Among the meeting highlights:
Council approves 2020-24 Strategic Plan
The City Council approved its 2020-24 Strategic Plan, which emphasizes four strategic priorities: fiscal stability, enhancing community strengths, effective public services and communication. The plan lays out the City Council's issues of greatest importance while serving as a broad, guiding document for city staff to do its work. The plan also includes the adoption of a new vision statement, mission statement and values.
- Our Vision: Shakopee is a place where people want to be! A distinctive river town, with a multitude of business, cultural and recreational opportunities in a safe, welcoming and attractive environment for residents and visitors.
- Our Mission: Our mission is to deliver high quality services essential to maintaining a safe and sustainable community. We commit to doing this cost effectively, with integrity and transparency.
- Our Values: Integrity; Best of the Community; Accountability; Innovation; Welcoming, Open to Difference; Fair and Consistent; Fun
The full strategic plan is available on the city website under Mayor and City Council. More information: Nate Burkett, Assistant City Administrator, 952-233-9310.
Council adopts community equity vision statement, goals
The City Council adopted a community-shared equity vision statement and expressed support for the goals of the city’s equity team. The statement reads:
All people throughout Shakopee will live well. Shakopee will set the standard for excellence in public services, inclusive decision-making processes and equitable treatment in the community regardless of race, sex, creed, orientation or any other status.
The equity team was organized in 2019 to advance equity in Shakopee. Over the past year, the team has worked with the Government Alliance for Race Equity and the League of Minnesota Cities to learn how the city can create an equitable environment that benefits all residents. More information: Jon Lyksett, Communications Specialist, 952-233-9360.
Council orders improvements for 2020 Full-Depth Pavement Reconstruction Project
Following a public hearing, the City Council approved ordering improvements and preparing plans and specifications for the 2020 Full-Depth Pavement Reconstruction Project. The city plans to reconstruct the bituminous asphalt surface, repair curb and gutter, upgrade curb ramps to ADA compliance and complete minor storm drainage improvements in four project areas. The project is estimated at $2.8 million with a portion of the project funded by special assessments to benefiting property owners. More information: Steve Lillehaug, Public Works Director/City Engineer, 952-233-9361.
Council authorizes emergency repairs for Lift Station 16
The City Council approved the purchase of a sewage grinder in the amount of $37,713.58 from Electric Pump to replace the failing grinder at Lift Station 16. The grinder is necessary to grind sewage debris before it enters the wet well and pumped through the system. More information: Dave Rutt, Street Maintenance Supervisor, 952-233-9556.
Council approves purchase of vehicles
The City Council approved the purchase of equipment, as outlined in the 2020 Capital Improvement Program. Purchases included:
- Four marked patrol vehicles, Police Department, total purchase amount: $179,816.16
- Boat and trailer, Fire Department, total purchase amount: $29,068.80
- All-terrain vehicle and trailer, Fire Department, total purchase amount: $17,799
More information: Bill Egan, Public Works Superintendent, 952-233-9555.
Council suspends Southbridge Liquors’ liquor license
The City Council approved a six-day suspension and $2,000 fine for Southbridge Liquors after failing its second compliance check within three years. More information: Lori Hensen, City Clerk, 952-233-9318.
Council sets public hearing for business subsidy request
The City Council set a public hearing for Feb. 18 to hear a tax abatement request from Cherne Industries, Inc. to relocate in Shakopee. Cherne Industries plans to construct a 130,000-square-foot building on city-owned property that will house its headquarters, research and development, manufacturing and warehouse operations. More information: Michael Kerski, Director of Planning and Development, 952-233-9346.
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.