After Council Report: June 2
Council approves plats, bond sale, small business relief program and more
The Shakopee City Council met Tuesday, June 2. Among the meeting highlights:
Council approves preliminary plat of Windermere South Third Addition
The City Council approved a preliminary plat of Windermere South Third Addition, approximately 36 acres north of County Highway 78, west of Marystown Road and south of Astoria Drive. D.R. Horton, Inc.-Minnesota plans to construct 33 single-family residential lots, as well as maintain a lot for the existing Friendship Church. More information: Mark Noble, Senior Planner, 952-233-9348.
Council approves plat, rezoning and planned unit development for Prairie Pointe
The City Council approved the preliminary and final plat of Prairie Pointe, a 3.37-acre plat located at 1760 Fourth Ave. E. The council approved rezoning one of the newly created properties to planned unit development and the Prairie Pointe Planned Unit Development. Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative plans to build a 46-unit apartment building on a 2.03-acre lot and sell the existing building (the former Knights of Columbus Hall) on a 1.34-acre lot to Resonate Church. The three-level apartment building will be supportive housing for families who earn 30 percent or less of the area median income. More information: Kyle Sobota, Senior Planner, 952-233-9349.
Council tables annexation, zoning of school athletic complex
The City Council tabled action on the request to annex and zone an 88-acre parcel of land located at the southwest corner of County Highway 78 and County Highway 79. The property, owned by the Shakopee School District, is located in Jackson Township and used as an athletic field complex. There are no immediate plans for use of the property, but the district has referenced it as a future building site. The item was tabled to a future date. More information: Mark Noble, Senior Planner, 952-233-9348.
Council approves sale of tax increment revenue bonds
The City Council awarded the sale of General Obligation Tax Increment Revenue Bonds, Series 2020A, in the amount of $8,165,000. The bond will be used to cover the costs associated with the construction of Unbridled Avenue as part of the Canterbury Commons development. It is anticipated to be repaid from proceeds of the Canterbury Tax Increment Financing District. More information: Nate Reinhardt, Finance Director, 952-233-9326.
City receives 2019 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
The City Council accepted the 2019 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, conducted by Abdo, Eick & Meyers. The city received a clean audit opinion, which means the city’s financial statements conform with applicable accounting standards. Overall, the report shows the city is in excellent financial condition. The report is available on the city website at www.ShakopeeMN.gov/budget. More information: Nate Reinhardt, Finance Director, 952-233-9326.
City creates small business relief program for potential COVID-19 assistance
The City Council approved the creation of a Small Business Relief Fund that would allow the city to use funding received from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide one-time forgivable loans up to $15,000 to small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Businesses could use the loans to pay for critical expenses, such as rent or mortgage payments, utilities, payments to suppliers and costs associated with reopening. The loan program is dependent on whether the state receives approval for using CARES funds for small business relief. Council approval allows the city to prepare a program for possible use. More information: Michael Kerski, Director of Planning and Development, 952-233-9346.
Council awards trail rehabilitation and reconstruction contracts
The City Council awarded a contract in the amount of $216,299.65 to Bituminous Roadways, Inc. for the 2020 Trail Rehabilitation and Trail Reconstruction projects. Work is scheduled to begin in late June with anticipated completion in September 2020. More information: Ryan Halverson, Assistant City Engineer, 952-233-9366.
Council extends school resource officer agreement
The City Council approved an agreement with the Shakopee School District to provide four school resource officers to the district through the 2022-23 school year. The district will pay the city $234,862 in 2020, approximately 46 percent of the officers’ annual salary and benefits. The agreement calls for phased increases up to 50 percent of annual costs in the 2022-23 school year. More information: Nate Reinhardt, Finance Director, 952-233-9326.
City to work with consultant for the Quarry Lake Park Road Improvements project
The City Council authorized a professional services agreement in the amount of $67,549 with Confluence for the Quarry Lake Park Improvements project. This project includes the design and construction of park roadway access improvements. The project is planned for 2021. More information: Steve Lillehaug, Public Works Director/City Engineer, 952-233-9361.
Council receives report on Quarry Lake water management
The City Council reviewed a presentation by city staff on the Quarry Lake Water Level Management Plan. The lake has no outlet to allow water to discharge, which has resulted in steadily rising water levels that were inundating park infrastructure. The plan evaluated the lake to develop long-term outlet options, as well as provide guidance on future and existing park improvements. The plan is available on the city website. More information: Kirby Templin, Water Resources/Environmental Engineer, 952-233-9372.
Council approves the temporary closure of First Avenue East
The City Council approved the temporary closure of First Avenue East between Lewis Street and Holmes Street to suspend City Code 114.11(A) for various restaurants to serve in the public right-of-way. The action provides downtown businesses to set up temporary outdoor areas to serve customers in accordance with the state’s guidelines in response to COVID-19. Other locations throughout the city may also set up outdoor tables on private property. More information: Michael Kerski, Director of Planning and Development, 952-233-9346.
Police chief, city administrator speak to police department culture amid national tension
In light of the recent death of George Floyd, Shakopee Police Chief Jeff Tate and City Administrator Bill Reynolds spoke to City Council about the Shakopee Police Department’s commitment to community policing, its high hiring standards and emphasis on training to de-escalate difficult situations. “Community-oriented policing will remain the philosophical basis for every activity we do, from our hiring process, how we train, from how we work in partnership with the community,” said Tate, who condemned the actions of the Minneapolis police officers. Council members also expressed their continued support for the Shakopee Police Department and its approach to community policing and working to ensure all people feel welcome in Shakopee. The City Council also held a moment of silence in memory of Floyd at the beginning of the meeting.
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.