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On January 5, 2009, I began serving my community on the Chaska City Council. In an effort to promote open and honest communication between City Hall and the residents of Chaska, I will use this blog to keep you informed about the goings-on within our local government. In these postings I will share a summary of recent City Council meetings and other local events, while also attempting to explain why certain decisions were made. I hope that this blog will provide useful information, along with an accurate but perhaps occasionally light-hearted look into our local government. You are invited to share your thoughts on various issues, of course, but I would request that you always be respectful of others when participating.

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Greg Boe
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May 14, 2011
May 16 City Council Agenda

The Chaska City Council meeting scheduled for Monday, May 16, will feature a very full agenda. Our meeting will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m.. After the Visitor Presentation, we will examine and approve the Agenda and the Minutes from our last meeting. Next we will move into the Consent Agenda, which will include the following items:

• Approval of the Minutes from the most recent EDA Commission meeting, Planning Commission meeting, and the Park and Rec Board meeting

• Consider Solicitor Permits for Hannah Cotter and Andrew Peterson of Custom Remodelers

• Consider Transient Permits for Nicola Peterson of Sever's Farmers Markets

• Consider a Solicitor Permit for Matt Udermann of Kid's Start Up Enterprise

• Approve 2010 Interfund Transfers to be reported as Other Financing sources and Uses in the 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

• Approve the extended lease agreement with Charlie Panacopoulos for Charlie's Town Course Grill at the Chaska Town Course

• Resolution #11-33 approving an amendment to a Chaska Fire Department Joint Powers Purchasing Agreement

• Resolution #11-34 approving the State of MN Joint Powers Agreement with the City of Chaska on behalf of the City Attorney and Police Department

• Consider a Solicitor Permit for Scott M. Elling of Garbage Man

• Resolution #11-35 approving the bid award to Classic Protective Coatings Inc for the Industrial Park water tower repainting project

• Consider a Solicitor Permit for Oscar Alvarado - self employed

• Consider Liquor License Renewals for 2011-2012

• Consider Transient Permits for Great Gardens by Grandma

• Approve Electric Pole Attachment License Agreement with Arvig Communications

• Consider a Solicitor Permit for The Window Store

• Consider a Solicitor Permit for Clean Water Action Group

• Adopt Resolution #11-42, approving the Final Plat for Nickel Creek / PC No 11-06

The following items are also on the Agenda for full consideration and discussion:

Agenda Item #8: Public Assessment Hearing to adopt Resolution 11-37 approving the 2011 Street Reconstruction Project, and Resolution 11-49 approving construction documents and authorizing the solicitation of public bids.

Agenda Item #9: Public Hearing - adopting Resolution 11-36 approving a proposed Vacation of Utility and Drainage Easements in Jonathan Square

Agenda Item #10: adopt Resolution 11-48 and Ordinance 849 revising the Concept and Preliminary Site and Building Plan Applications and approving Zoning Ordinance amendments to Sections 9.6, 9.9, 9.11, and 9.27 / City of Chaska / PC 11-42.

Agenda Item #11: Resolutions 11-43 and 11-44, approving the Preliminary Plat, Conditional Use Permit (CUP) and Preliminary Site and Building Plans for the construction of Southwest Christian High School at Bavaria Road, south of Hwy 212.

Agenda Item #12: Resolution 11-47, considering a CUP for Lodging in the C-3 Downtown Commercial Zone District at 314 Walnut Street / Klein Mansion (Jason Vanderscoff - Five Star Recovery).

Agenda Item #13: Resolution 11-45, with a Revised Concept Plan, Preliminary Plat and Preliminary Site/Building Plan for Creeks Run Townhomes at Yellow Brick Road north of Clayhole Lake and south of Crosstown Boulevard (Everwood Development).

Agenda Item #14: Resolution 11-46, considering a CUP for a cell tower extension at 1068 Walnut Court (Verizon Wireless).

The Council will also pay bills and discuss Other Business.

Chaska City Council meetings are held at City Hall in downtown Chaska on the first and third Monday of each month (and sometimes the fifth Monday). The public is invited to attend.

Greg Boe
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May 01, 2011
May 2 City Council cancelled

I have received notice that the May 2 City Council meeting will not be held, due to a lack of items on the Agenda for that evening. That means that the next Council meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 16, at the Chaska City Hall in downtown Chaska.
Greg Boe
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April 23, 2011
April 18 EDA summary

Immediately after the end of the regular City Council meeting on Monday, April 18, the Council opened a CEDA (Chaska Economic Development Authority) meeting in the Council Chambers.

Agenda Item #5 was a request by Topaz Investments / Jason Palmby for a Store Front Loan (a revolving loan fund that allows the lending of money at a low interest rate for the upkeep and/or improvement of business/commercial properties in Chaska). This loan will be used to refurbish the Chaska Brick structures located at 1057 and 1059 Stoughton Avenue. The request was approved by a 5-0 vote.

Agenda Item #6 was a Redevelopment Agreement with the former Chaska Building Center site. Much discussion occurred on this item. EDA members inquired about the City owning another property in town (along with the Fireman's Park property, etc). City Administrator Matt Podhradsky noted that the uses are different on these various properties, and that manufacturing/industrial development (CBC property) has actually been doing rather well compared to the commercial side (Fireman's Park). But, when asking the question why we would want the City to own another property, one big answer seems to be this: the City has access to many options for grants and other funding to help market and develop this property that the private sector would likely not have. EDA members were concerned about taking on another property, but we also realize that leaving this property in the present state is not in the best interest of the City either. This proposal as submitted would require the property to be cleaned by the seller prior to the transaction taking place (leaving it safer, more aesthetically pleasing, and easier to market to potential developers). I certainly was concerned about taking on another property, but the fact that we can turn it back to the bank after two years was comforting - this certainly isn't a perfect scenario, but neither is leaving the property sitting in its current state. Risk analysis (with best case and/or worst case scenario) indicate that we would at least end up with a clean site (worst case), and potentially a fully redeveloped site (best case). The Downtown Master Plan Task Force has recommended that we work to foster light industrial development on this parcel, bringing jobs into downtown Chaska in the process. This proposal does take a step toward achieving that goal. I was never a fan of the process followed with Fireman's Park, but this seems to be a different situation, with the City working to clean up an already abandoned property and create a better solution. There are already developers interested in portions of the property, and we hope that the remaining parcels will follow after the site cleanup occurs. After much discussion, the item was approved by a 5-0 vote.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:17 p.m..

Greg Boe
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April 22, 2011
The City Council meeting for April 18 began with a Work Session at 6:00 p.m., where we considered the Community Center Capital Improvement Master Plan. The original CCC building was constructed in 1990. The Arts addition was completed in 1996, the second ice arena was added in 1998, the St. Francis Addition came along in 1999, the Wellness Addition in 2005, and The Lodge in 2007. Thus, parts of the CCC are more than 20 years old, and could use some updating and attention. Discussions this evening centered around needed changes to the ice arenas. Both will need to be upgraded or replaced at some point in the future. R22 is being phased out as a refrigerant across the US in favor of ammonia, so the old style coolant will become increasingly difficult to find/expensive to purchase in the future. Options discussed included replacing each ice sheet separately, with one coming within the next few years and one further down the road, or both at once. Long-term it would be wiser to do both at once, which would allow us to combine much of the refrigeration equipment and infrastructure for a more efficient overall system. Replacement has been estimated to cost between $2.4 and $2.7 Million, while on-going maintenance of the existing systems until system failure occurs would cost $261.000 plus lost ice time, when both sheets are replaced at that time. Discussions will continue.

The regular City Council meeting began around 7:02 p.m., and moved quickly into Visitor Presentation. Melissa Brechon (Director of the Carver County Library System) and Janet Karius (Assistant Director, and Chaska Branch Manager) spoke about the Chaska Library (founded in 1923!) and the Carver County Library System. They also introduced two members of the Library Board who were in attendance that night: Carver County Commissioner Gayle Degler, and Richard Kvitek). It was a very interesting presentation, and it reminds us why it is important to have our library located in downtown Chaska!

The other person to appear under Visitor Presentation was Mark Kalscheuer, who noted that he enjoys the Chaska trail system very much, but would like to see key connections completed that would allow users of Chaska trails to ride into neighboring communities with greater ease. The Council was pleased to note that most of those connections are already on the "fast track" for completion, but thanked Mark for discussing trails with us. I also ride around Chaska, and between Chaska and Shakopee on occasion, and I would love to see those connections improved as well.

The Minutes from the March 21 City Council meeting were approved (I requested more detail in future minutes). Next the Consent Agenda items were approved by a 5-0 vote (approve minutes from the April Planning Commission and Park and Rec Board, approve minutes from the March 21 EDA meeting, approve Solicitor Permits for Garbage Man, approve a Transient Permit for Stanton's Farmers Market, adopt Resolution No. 11-22 relating to the financing of certain proposed projects and establishing compliance with Reimbursement Bond Regulations under the Internal Revenue Code, approve a Peddler's Permit for Israel Mendoza of Carl's Ice Cream, approve Solicitor Permits for TruGreen Lawn Care, and approve a Lot Consolidation request for Super Radiator Coils).

Agenda Item #8 was a Public Improvement Hearing. City Engineer Bill Monk discussed our 2011 Street Reconstruction Program, which will include substantial rework on Spruce, Locust, and West Third Streets. In addition to curb, gutter, and utility replacement, the City will also burry the old drainage ditch and replace it with a 60" underground pipe for routing surface water run-off into the river. This will be a huge improvement for the neighborhood. These three streets will be slightly realigned and connected, creating more of a through street rather than the present double dead-end cul-de-sac scenario. The Public Hearing was opened at 8:02 p.m., and two residents spoke on the project, with one asking for courtesy and transparency as the project moves forward, and the other requesting consideration of a cul-de-sac at the south end of Spruce that would prevent any through traffic within the neighborhood. After some discussion, Resolution No 11-26 was approved by a 5-0 vote, thus ordering the 2011 Street Reconstruction Project. Please note: the Assessment Hearing will be held on May 16.

Agenda Item #9 called for adopting Ordinance No 848 approving a Zoning Ordinance Amendment to Planned Multi-Use District #2 (PMD-2) and Resolution 11-28 approving a CUP for lodging at 1057 and 1059 Stoughton Avenue. Jason Palmby of Topaz Investments was the applicant, and he was seeking approval to provide lodging at the former Sugar Factory Offices and Barn on Stoughton Avenue. Topaz Investments is proposing to purchase both buildings, renovate them, and lease them to Fire Stars CD Recovery, who will provide "in patient" chemical addiction treatment. Both of these Chaska Brick buildings are empty at the present time, and have been vacant for 14 months. This new use is projected to bring 8 new jobs to Chaska. Parking is for staff and visitors only, since the residents will not have vehicles there. The Council asked questions of the applicant and Five Stars Recovery. We all agreed that chemical dependency treatment is important, and applauded the efforts of Fire Stars Recovery. We also welcome a new use coming into empty buildings in town. I noted that the Planning Commission did recommend approval of these two resolutions, but that recommendation came by a 5-3 vote. I also asked about the increasing number of similar facilities in Chaska that are operated by Five Star and others, and pondered the likelihood of Chaska becoming known as a regional treatment center....and what possible impact such a potential reality could have on our community. Jason Vanderscoff of Five Stars Recovery answered that by saying "is Chaska becoming a recovery community?...the answer is Yes." He went on to note that these types of services are quite popular today. Council members also asked if residents of the buildings can leave any time they wish (they can, but alarms on the doors will notify staff persons when that occurs), and noted that some neighbors and the Planning Commission had voiced questions about safety and security. If you would like to watch the entire agenda item and related discussion, you can go to http://www.vimeo.com/22590265 and move to the 1:14:00 spot in the video. After discussion, the agenda item was approved by a 5-0 vote.

Several questions on bills were answered by the City Administrator, after which the bills were approved for payment by a 5-0 roll-call vote.

Under "Other Business" the following items were briefly discussed:

Councilmember Boe: I noticed that the latest copy of "Minnesota Explorer magazine" has River City Days listed under the summer activities in Minnesota...but the listing has incorrect dates. Also, I noted that hydrant flushing that was occurring in the Clover Ridge Neighborhood this week, but the standard notification signs were not posted at neighborhood entrance points as has been the norm in past years (Councilmember Millard noted that he did see a notice in the Chaska Herald). Matt Podhradsky said that we should be posting signs at neighborhood entrances, and he would check into it. I next asked Matt for an update as to the utility work occurring along Clover Ridge Drive, and Matt answered that this is the fiber extension for the United Health Data Center, as well as a City line that will allow us to extend our Chaska.net fiber loop in the future with a greatly reduced cost. Finally, I also wanted to say "Congratulations" to the St. John's Lutheran girls and boys 7th and 8th grade basketball teams who captured the State Championship for the 3rd consecutive year (girls) and the National Championship (boys) for the first time. All members of the Council echoed the sentiment that this was a quite an accomplishment and they should be very proud!

Councilmember Ford: noted that the upcoming retreat is supposed to end at 4:00 p.m., but Matt's Bi-Weekly Report had it running until 5:00 p.m.. He also asked about the Financial Reports from the City, and asked about the items listed as "Unallocated" funds. Matt noted that they are there for unforeseen items or incidents that are budgeted for but unknown. He also noted that he received a call from a neighbor near Peacock Inn...and he wondered about protocol for notification, etc. Matt noted that such a facility can have up to 6 residents without notification of neighbors. Since the Peacock Inn will have up to 9, they needed to give notification. Finally, Ford noted that the Teacher of the Year award program is coming up soon (the actual award ceremony will be held on May 1 at Oak Ridge, with a $26 entrance fee for the meal and show, but interested people can also attend a free event on April 27 from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. sponsored by the Student Council at the Chaska High School). Finalists for the award include: Kari Bedow, Clover Ridge Elementary School fourth-grade teacher; Jamie Crannell, Chaska High School science teacher; Sharon Maus, Chanhassen Elementary School kindergarten teacher; Cassandra Pupovac, Clover Ridge Elementary School art teacher; and Sarah Rother, Pioneer Ridge Middle School social studies teacher. He also noted that our teacher of the year from last year is one of the 10 finalists for the Minnesota Teacher of the Year!

Councilmember Millard: asked if the bandwidth could be increased on Chaska.net during peak times of 2:00 through 7:00 p.m., as he has received complaints in his neighborhood. Matt replied that they will look into that.

Mayor Windschitl: asked about silt fences that are falling down and looking ragged at a couple of developments around town (Matt will look into those projects).

The meeting adjourned at 9:23 p.m.. Our next meeting will be held on Monday, May 2, at 7:00 p.m. in the Chaska City Hall.

Remember, the entire April 18 meeting can be viewed at http://www.vimeo.com/22590265

Greg Boe
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April 17, 2011
April 18 City Council Agenda

The Chaska City Council meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m.. Items on the agenda for this evening include the Visitors Presentation (Janet Karius will give a presentation on the Carver County Library System, Mark Kalscheuer will provide a Trail Links Commentary, along with any interested citizen or business owner who wishes to speak before the Council on a non-agenda item). The Consent Agenda contains 9 items, including:

• approve minutes from the April Planning Commission and Park and Rec Board

• approve minutes from the March 21 EDA meeting

• approve Solicitor Permits for Garbage Man

• approve a Transient Permit for Stanton's Farmers Market

• adopt Resolution No. 11-22 relating to the financing of certain proposed projects and establishing compliance with Reimbursement Bond Regulations under the Internal Revenue Code

• approve a Peddler's Permit for Israel Mendoza of Carl's Ice Cream

• approve Solicitor Permits for TruGreen Lawn Care

• approve a Lot Consolidation request for Super Radiator Coils

Agenda Item #8 calls for a Public Hearing on the 2011 Street Reconstruction Program

Agenda Item #9 requests the adoption of Ordinance No 848, approving a Zoning Ordinance Amendment to Planned Multi-use District No 2 (PMD-2) and Resolution No. 11-28 approving the Conditional Use Permit for Lodging at 1057 and 1059 Stoughton Avenue (Jason Palmby of Topaz Investments) PC No. 11-04.

The Council will also hold a Work Session before the meeting (to discuss the Community Center Capital Improvement Master Plan) and after the meeting (Strategic Planning).

To view the full and official Agenda, visit http://www.chaskamn.com/00-%2004-18-11%20CC%20Agenda.pdf

Greg Boe
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April 01, 2011
The April 4 City Council meeting has been cancelled. Our next meeting will be held on Monday, April 18, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Chaska City Hall.
Greg Boe
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March 24, 2011
March 21 City Council Summary

The City Council began our evening with discussions on the future "New Minnesota River Crossing" for Highway 41. The City of Chaska is continuing to participate in discussions with all interested parties (a large group that includes Chaska, Carver, Chanhassen, Shakopee, Carver County, Scott County, US Fish and Wildlife, the Department of Natural Resources, and MnDOT, just to name a few). These discussions are proceeding and working toward a final option that will work for all interested parties.

Our Council meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. The Visitor Presentation began with a large contingent of Girl Scouts from the Chaska area, who were present to hear the Mayor read a proclamation declaring the week of March 9-15 as Girl Scout Week in the City of Chaska (we were going to read that proclamation on March 7, but that particular Council meeting was canceled). Several adult scout leaders spoke of the girls many projects. The Council thanked the scouts for attending, and all enjoyed a quick photo with the scouts and the council members.

Next, Libby Fairchild appeared as the Human Rights Commission Chairperson, to see if the Council had any questions on her 3011 Annual Report for the HRC which was recently presented to the Council. We also spent a few minutes discussing past accomplishments and future goals and ideas. Ms Fairchild mentioned an upcoming event (a play presented by Illusion Theater titled "Autistic License" will be held at Chanhassen High School from 7-9 pm on April 12), and the availability of a anti-bullying DVD from the HRC and the Chaska Library.

After I asked a quick question about item 7-D on the Consent Agenda (Garbage Man and their request for Solicitor Permits), the 8 items were approved by a 5-0 vote.

Agenda Item #8 was a request to adopt Ordinance 847 amending our Radio-TV-Cell Tower Ordinance. I had questions about the language within the proposed ordinance, which seem to be overly restrictive for a resident who simply wished to place a TV antenna on a tour in their yard, in an effort to reduce expenditures from paying cable or dish fees month after month. The main intent of this beefed up ordinance is to address the increasing market for cell tower space in communities. I want to make certain that we do not become overly-restrictive for placement of television antennas and standard towers within residential yards, for their own use and enjoyment. Council and staff were in agreement that the intent of rewriting the ordinance is predominately for commercial cell tower construction and placement. The item was approved.

Agenda Item #9 presented the feasibility study for the 2011 Street Reconstruction Project. These plans focus on the reconstruction of Locust, Spruce and West Third Streets (west of Hickory Street). City Engineer Bill Monk presented the details of this project, and the Council asked a few questions for clarification. This project will place the west portion of the existing drainage channel underground with the addition of a 60" pipe. This will also then allow the reconstruction and realignment of these streets. A neighborhood meeting has already been held to inform nearby property owners. The study was accepted by the Council.

Agenda Item #10 found the Mayor and the Council declaring a State of Emergency within the City of Chaska. This will allow us to prepare more efficiently for any issues that might arise with the impending spring flooding along the Minnesota River. This declaration will be removed once the flooding has ended.

The Bills were paid, with 5 positive votes after a few questions for clarification.

Under Other Business:

Councilmember Schulz - asked for clarification on the Klein Mansion plans (Matt Podhradsky said that he felt that sale of the building as a private residence was the direction Council indicated at previous work session discussions, and other Council members concurred - all agreed that we need to specify timeline for renovation regardless of whether the purchase ends up being for a private residence or a public use of some kind, and Councilmember Schulz recommended seeking both possibilities). Schulz next noted that the Census results have recently been released, and he wondered about any future realignment of Ward boundaries within the City (Matt noted that much growth has occurred in parts of the City since the last census-driven realignment, so those local changes will likely need to occur after the State has finished looking at similar changes on their end). Finally, he noted that former Chaska Mayor Gary Van Eyll was recently appointed to serve on the Metropolitan Council. All Council members echoed congratulations to Mr. Van Eyll for that recognition and appointment.

Councilmember Ford - noted that we have a few pot holes in the streets around town, and asked about new ways to repair those holes. Matt replied that newer streets are easier to repair, since there is a solid base that the patch can adhere to, while the older streets downtown do not have that solid base so the patch does not stay in place. He also noted that we have taken a new strategy for those older streets, where we will mill down a section and repave that entire section rather than simply patch a hole or individual spot since that new layer will adhere better for long-term success.

Councilmember Boe - asked about the large dirt pile that is growing along the SE corner of the United Health site. Matt answered that the dirt is being piled there temporarily to hold it for final cover once the construction has been completed.

Mayor Windschitl - noted that our street reconstruction plans seem smaller this summer. Bill Monk replied that the large project being proposed will not interfere with any upcoming changes occurring in conjunction with the completion of the Downtown Master Plan. Next, Windschitl asked how close the final Census numbers came to the projections. Matt replied that they were pretty close to what was expected. Finally, the Mayor noted that Brad Hand, the son of one of our employees (Lon and Assistant Finance Director Barb Hand), recently did well while pitching in the major leagues (Matt noted that he pitched against the Twins, and that he did well). The City Council meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m..

The Chaska Economic Development Authority (EDA) meeting was called to order next, where we discussed a request for a sublease of the Peacock Inn in downtown Chaska. Joyce and Jens Bohn have been leasing the building from the City and the EDA for several years, and operating a Bed and Breakfast there. However, the recent economic downturn has made that effort increasingly difficult. Therefore, the Bohns have requested the ability to sublease the building for a period not to exceed 5 years. 5-Stars Recovery has stepped forward requesting a sublease and a CUP (conditional use permit) to operate a women's recovery facility in this building. Several individuals from 5-Stars spoke to the Council about their organization, and their plans/hopes for operating a recovery facility at 314 Walnut. Joyce Bohn also addressed the Council. Several members of the Council voiced concerns on various issues, including neighbor reactions to the proposal (no one appeared at a neighborhood meeting held recently), etc. I noted a concern for residents of the facility smoking inside the building or on the front porch. I also mentioned that I was not convinced this was the right use for a home of this type. However, in the end, I ended up voting in favor of the sublease request, in part because I don't want to see this building sitting empty (and a lack of other interested parties stepping forward with alternative proposals had made that a distinct possibility). The request passed by a 5-0 vote.

The EDA meeting was adjourned at 9:27 p.m.. Our next City Council meeting will be held on Monday, April 4, at 7:00 p.m. in Chaska City Hall.

Remember, these meetings can both be viewed in their entirety at www.vimeo.com/21328703

Greg Boe
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March 19, 2011
March 21 City Council Agenda

The meeting will begin on Monday night at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall in downtown Chaska.

The Visitor Presentation will include several representatives from the Girl Scouts, attending our meeting to hear an official proclamation in observance of Girl Scout Week in Chaska.

The Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission, Libby Fairchild, will also appear before the Council to give the 2010 Annual Report from that Commission.

Any other interested individuals, groups, or business owners are also welcome to speak to the Council on the subject of their choosing.

The Consent Agenda contains eight items, including:

• An Official Proclamation in observance of Girl Scout Week

• Resolution # 11-16 approving Solicitor Permits for Garbage Man

• Resolution # 11-17 approving a Peddler Permit for Rossco's Ice Cream

• Approval of the designation of Authorized Signatories for 2011

• Resolution # 11-18 designating Authorized Investment Signatories

• Resolution # 11-21 approving a Peddler Permit for A Whale of a Treat

Agenda Item #8 will call for adopting Ordinance 847 which will update the "Radio/TV Towers and Antennas" section of the Zoning Ordinance, by adding specific language addressing cell towers.

Agenda Item #9 will offer Resolution #11-19 Accepting the Feasibility Study and Scheduling a Public Improvement Hearing for the 2011 Street Reconstruction Program.

Agenda Item #10 will request the Council adopt Resolution #11-20 declaring a State of Emergency for the potential of spring flooding.

Before the regular meeting, the Council will hold a Work Session, where we will discuss the Proposed New (Hwy 41) Minnesota River Crossing.

Visit http://www.chaskamn.com/Council/03-21-11%20CC%20Packet.pdf to view a full PDF version of the Agenda and Council Packet for this evening.

Greg Boe
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March 06, 2011
The March 7 City Council meeting has been cancelled, due in part to our 2nd meeting in February being moved from February 21 to the 28th (because of Presidents Day). City Council meetings are normally scheduled on the first and third Monday of each month, at 7:00 p.m.

Our next meeting will be held on Monday, March 21, in the Council Chambers within Chaska City Hall.

Greg Boe
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March 02, 2011
Feb 28 City Council Summary

Our evening began with a work session at 6:00 p.m., in which we discussed the Klein Mansions and the former Chaska Building Center site in Chaska. It sounds as though we could see some welcome activity soon on the CBC site (which is located along the north side of old Hwy 212) so stay tuned.

The regular meeting began at 7:00 p.m. No one appeared for the Visitor Presentation. After a few questions from members of the Council, the seven items on the Consent Agenda were all approved by a 5-0 vote.



Agenda Item #8 saw the Council considering approval of the Final Plat for the Chevalle 9th Addition, which offers a final plat for two single-family lots from the westerly portion of Pascolo Bend along with an outlot from the preliminary plat of Chevalle 3rd Addition. All three of these new lots would meet the setback requirements set forth for this neighborhood. A new builder is hoping to build a few model homes near the neighborhood entrance,, and these lots would allow that to occur. Cordell Mack, a resident from Pascolo Bend, appeared before the Council to share his concerns and ask a few questions. I certainly can understand the existing neighbors desire to see the neighborhood adhere to the original plans and concepts as development begins again. The Council is pleased to see building beginning again in the Chevalle neighborhood, and we noted that the City will oversee the completion of much of the remaining punch list this coming summer. This agenda item was approved by a 5-0 vote.

Agenda Item #9 requested the adoption of the Chaska Water Supply Plan, and authorized the execution of the DNR Certification of Adoption. As part of the 2030 Comp Plan, the City of Chaska updated its Water Supply Plan as required by the State of Minnesota. Dean Hylland and Bill Monk highlighted the plan for the Council and described our water system, including our well, pumping, treatment, distribution, and storage facilities. They also addressed our anticipated future needs. The Council approved the agenda item with a 5-0 vote.



After paying the bills, we moved on to the "Other Business" portion of the Agenda. Council members had very few questions this evening. I had only one: hearing of the Chevalle development this evening had me thinking of that neighborhood, which prompted me to ask about how things are progressing with regard to moving the "fire house" from near the entrance. Matt noted that progress is indeed being made, and he expects the old house will be gone by this summer. That will be nice, as it is currently sitting in a very front-and-center location.

Finally, Tim Wiebe and Brian Jung from the Public Works Department spoke in great detail about the Chaska flood protection system (including our 10,000 ft long levee, and numerous locks and pumps, etc), and the impending spring flooding potential. They presented a great PowerPoint which should not be missed - and I am told the presentation will be available through our city web site (www.chaskamn.com), and it certainly should also be viewable as part of the video stream from our meeting via www.chaska.tv). Chaska and the US Army Corps of Engineers completed our flood levee project in 1998, and the system has been engineered to protect all residential and business properties up to a 500-year flood event. For more information, or to ask related questions, please call Chaska Public Works at 952-448-4335.

Our next City Council meeting will be held on Monday, March 21, at 7:00 p.m., in Chaska City Hall.

Greg Boe
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February 25, 2011
Feb 28 City Council Agenda

The regular meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Chaska City Hall. After calling the meeting to order and adopting the agenda, the Visitor Presentation will allow concerned residents to address the Council on items of interest to them.

Next the Council will approve the minutes from our Feb 7 City Council meeting, and then consider seven items contained within the Consent Agenda, including:

• Approve the minutes from the Feb 9 (2011) Planning Commission meeting

• Consider annual review and salary for City Administrator

• Adopt Resolution #11-13 approving Solicitor Permits for Window Concepts

• Adopt Resolution #11-12 approving Solicitor Permits for Garbage Man

• Approve employee Hartford Life & Long Term Disability Insurance – LOGIS Pool

• Approve a Massage Therapy Permit for Laura Pekarna at Tonia’s Salon

• Adopt Resolution # 11-14 approving the Feasibility Study for the 2011 Street Reconstruction Project

Agenda item #8: Final Plat for Chevalle 9th Addition, Chevalle Development Company /. PC 11-02

Agenda item #9: Adopt Chaska Water Supply Plan dated December 2009 and Authorize Execution of the DNR Certification of Adoption

Agenda Item 10A: Tm Wiebe, Public Works Director – will share his 2011 Flood Predictions, and provide an introduction to our flood prevention system.

Agenda Item 10B: Other Business.

Please note: before the 7:00 p.m. start, the Council will take a tour of the Klein Mansion and Peacock Inn. They will then sit down to discuss those two structures, as well as spend a few minutes talking about the Chaska Building Center site redevelopment.

Visit http://www.chaskamn.com/00-02-28-11%20CC%20Agenda.pdf to see a PDF version of the Official Agenda.

Greg Boe
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February 17, 2011
I attended the Downtown Master Plan Open House at the Chaska Community Center last night, along with my wife. There were a large number of interested residents and business owners present. I had the chance to visit with many fine folks, and we were able to ask and answer questions and share a few ideas. A sincere Thank You to everyone who attended the event, and to those individuals who have put so much time and effort into the process so far!
Greg Boe
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February 17, 2011
On Tuesday evening, I attended the annual meeting for the Jonathan Homeowners Association. I like to attend their meetings whenever possible, since a large portion of Jonathan is located within Ward II. That helps me to learn a little about the projects they are undertaking, and the challenges they are facing. It also allows me to answer any questions they might have about things related to the City of Chaska. I enjoyed the opportunity to see some old friends that night, and to meet some new ones as well.
Greg Boe
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February 16, 2011
Open House - Downtown Master Plan

If you have ideas about downtown Chaska, please make plans to attend the Open House to review the Downtown Master Plan tonight, from 7 to 9 pm in the Chaska Community Center.

By sharing your thoughts and opinions tonight, you can ensure that your ideas will be considered as the final plan is crafted.

If you are unable to attend this event, the DRAFT Master Plan will also be available on the city's web site at www.chaskamn.com
Greg Boe
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February 13, 2011
The public is invited to attend an Open House to review the Downtown Master Plan on Wednesday, February 16, from 7:00 ton 9:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the Chaska Community Center.

Please share your input, opinions, and feedback, because your thoughts will be rolled into the planning process for the final Downtown Master Plan which will be completed later this spring.

Note: if you are unable to attend this Open House event, the draft Master Plan will also be available for review on the city's web site at www.chaskamn.com within a few days. For more information, contact Kevin Ringwald, Chaska Community Development Director, at 952-448-9200.

Greg Boe
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February 10, 2011
Feb 7 City Council Meeting summary

The meeting began promptly at 7:00 p.m.. During Visitor Presentation, Mayor Windschitl read a Proclamation declaring this to be Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week. Jolene and Andrew Tesch thanked the City for our support in this area, with a very touching personal statement. Next several Boy Scouts from Troop 303 appeared before the Council. The scouts were working for their Communications Merit Badges, so they wanted to learn about local government by attending a City Council meeting. Council members all welcomed the Scouts to our meeting.

Matt Podhradsky then presented a 1st Year Results Summary for the Commitment to Community Task Force. To see the entire presentation, watch the February 7 City Council meeting (about 10 minutes into the meeting) on Channel 15 on Public Access TV, or at www.chaska.tv . Positive results so far include launching our Let's Go Fishing program (already the largest chapter in the state!), Bullying Town Meeting, Chaska Wacipi, tying into the Downtown Master Plan, re-establishing our street reconstruction program, the Coopers grant, etc. This annual update policy will help to keep this on the front burner for the City, which keeps us focused on the goals for our community. Bob Roekpe also spoke for a few minutes on the Task Force, and thanked the Council for our support. The Council echoed our commitment to the goals set forth

The Minutes from the January 24, 2011, City Council meeting were approved.

The Consent Agenda included requests to:

• adopt Resolution 11-11 providing Interfund Loans for Tax Increment Project Financing

• adopt Resolution 11-06 approving a Solicitor Permit SOL 11-14 for Custom Remodelers, Inc

• adopt Resolution 11-06 approving a Solicitor Permit SOL 11-15 through SOL 11-22 for American Exterior

• approve a Massage Therapy Permit for Stephanie Warner

• approve a 3.2% Off Sale Liquor License for SuperAmerica Stations owned by Northern Tier Retail

• approve the 2010-2014 Chaska Community Center usage agreement between the City of Chaska and School District #112

Agenda Item #8 was a Public Hearing to consider Resolution No 11-09 approving the vacation of Drainage and Utility Easements in Clover Field 5th Addition. No one appeared for the Public Hearing. The item passed by a 5-0 vote.

Agenda Item #9 was a Public Hearing to consider Resolution No 11-10 approving the vacation of a portion of Victoria Drive within Clover Field 5th Addition. No one appeared for the Public Hearing. I recall this issue from back in my time on the Planning Commission in the early 2000’s. The plan was always to create two buildable lots on the east side of Romeo Court upon the vacation of the old Victoria Drive (which is now just a trail). The item passed by a 5-0 vote.

Agenda Item #10 offered Resolution No 11-08 for approval of the application for a Business Development Public Infrastructure Grant, to help cover our portion of the Engler Blvd improvements (Phase II of that particular project). City Engineer Bill Monk noted that we would like to begin construction this fall, with completion in 2012. Phase I involved the installation of a temporary traffic signal at the intersection of Clover Ridge Drive and Engler Blvd, along with some temporary striping for turn lanes at the entrance to the Point's West neighborhood. Phase II will include widening of Engler Blvd, construction of an entrance from Engler south into the new Biotech Center and Ed Campus area. The City and County continue to negotiate for the exact split of costs for the project. The standard has always been in the neighborhood of 80/20 (County/City). Completion of this project will speed up efforts to bring more jobs into this new development area. The item was approved by a 5-0 vote.

Agenda Item #11 called for the approval of Amendment #2 to the Developers Agreement for Chevalle. These changes should allow the City to release the parties from a suit that was filed in December to assure compliance by Great Western Bank and the FDIC. The public improvements will now be able to be completed, and we will be assured a free and clear title for the 25 acre park on the SW corner of the development. We also entered into a Joint Powers Agreement with Laketown Township for the assessment of a few parcels in this development that were outside of the city boundary.

Agenda Item #12 called for the Council to appoint Commissioners to the Park and Recreation Board, and to approve the Chair and Vice Chair for various other City Commissions.

• Jack Spizale, Patricia Wittrock, and Bob Wittman were named to seats on the Park Board, while Sean Olson was named to that Board as an alternate member.

• Planning Commission: named Alex Young (Chair) and Michael Broback (Vice Chair)

• Park Board: named Nate Bostrom (Chair)

• Human Rights Commission: named Libby Fairchild (Chair) and Taylor Hubbard (Vice Chair)

• Heritage Preservation Commission: named Debbie Boe (Chair) and Steve Mueller (Vice Chair)

This item was approved by a 5-0 vote.

Agenda Item #13 approved a new policy addressing the rotation of appointment to serve as the Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Chaska. After staff researched various cities, they found that only 30% have a set policy...while some rely on a coin toss. Our new policy states that the Mayor Pro Tem should have at least 2 years of experience on the Council. Then the rotation will proceed from the member with the longest tenure through to those with less tenure. In the event that two Council members have served the same amount of time on the Council, the Ward whose Council representative has waited longest for the opportunity to serve as the Mayor Pro Tem will serve next, and so forth. This new policy was approved by a 5-0 vote, with Councilmember Ford being named to serve as Mayor Pro Tem for 2011 and Councilmember Boe as the Tertiary Mayor Pro Tem (and Mayor Pro Tem in 2012).

After a few questions by several Councilmembers, the bills were paid with a 5-0 vote.

Under Other Business:

Councilmember Schulz: asked about the roof on the History Center (Council has asked about this before - Matt noted that phase three of maintenance on that building will involve working on the roof, after phase one and two addressed the inside and exterior brick work), flooding and disaster prep (Tim Wiebe is scheduled to speak to the Council at our February 28 meeting on our flood preparation steps), Highway 41 River Crossing (Matt reported that an update meeting is coming up near the end of the month), the Two Twelve Medical Center Open House (very well attended - several echoed the sentiment of "phenomenal"), and a thank you to all involved for the Town Hall meeting on Bullying in our Community (perhaps 200 people turned out for that event last Saturday.

Councilmember Millard: echoed his pleasure with the new Two Twelve Medical Center (I toured the facility with Scott that morning...it is a wonderful facility, and it will certainly be a great addition to our community).

Councilmember Boe: asked for updates on the Klein Mansions (Matt noted that the process of finding solutions is at a very preliminary stage yet at this point, and any solution must come before the Council for approval), Michael Foods (Bill Monk noted that the City has paid for sound level testing, and while the average levels were below the limits there were peaks that exceeded allowable limits), and the division and sale of Outlot H in Clover Ridge Village (adjacent property owners to the north will be contacted again for discussions regarding the sale of a portion of that Outlot, with the southern portion being sold to the Jonathan Association. Bill needs the north property owners email addresses so he can contact them to set up a meeting time and date).

Councilmember Ford: urged everyone to attend the Downtown Master Plan Open House (February 16, 7-9 pm, in the Chaska Community Center - Chris noted the maps may be available to view at the CCC ahead of time - Matt added that interested people can check out our web site for more information), Chaska Rotary will hold their major fund raiser at the Oak Ridge Conference Center (Feb 19).

Mayor Windschitl: noted that the National Legion Commander will be visiting the Chaska Legion in the near future (the Chaska Legion will host a dinner meeting to mark that event), and voiced a warm welcome to the Two Twelve Medical Center to our community!

The meeting was adjourned at 8:58 p.m.. Since the third Monday of the month will be a holiday (Presidents Day), our next meeting will be held on Monday, February 28, at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.

Greg Boe
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February 07, 2011
Feb 7 City Council Agenda

The February 7 Chaska City Council meeting will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. in the Chaska City Hall Council Chambers. Among the items scheduled for inclusion in the Visitor Presentation will be a presentation of the Commitment to Community 1-year Report by City Administrator Matt Podhradsky.

The Consent Agenda will include seven items:

• adopt Resolution 11-11 providing Interfund Loans for Tax Increment Project Financing

• adopt Resolution 11-06 approving a Solicitor Permit SOL 11-14 for Custom Remodelers, Inc

• adopt Resolution 11-06 approving a Solicitor Permit SOL 11-15 through SOL 11-22 for American Exterior

• approve a Proclamation for Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week

• approve a Massage Therapy Permit for Stephanie Warner

• approve a 3.2% Off Sale Liquor License for SuperAmerica Stations owned by Northern Tier Retail

• approve the 2010-2014 Chaska Community Center usage agreement between the City of Chaska and School District #112

Agenda Item #8: a Public Hearing to Adopt Resolution #11-09 approving the vacation of certain drainage and utility easements in Clover Field 5th Addition.

Agenda Item #9: a Public Hearing to adopt Resolution #11-10 approving the vacation of a portion of Victoria Drive in Clover Field 5th Addition

Agenda Item #10: adopt Resolution #11-08 addressing the DEED Business Development Public Infrastructure Grant approval for Engler Boulevard improvements

Agenda Item #11: approve the 2nd amendment to the Developer's Agreement and Intercreditor Agreement for the Chevalle Development

Agenda Item #12: approval of the recommended appointments of Commission members on the Park and Recreation Board, and Chairpersons for all City Boards and Commissions.

There will also be a closed session after the completion of the regular meeting, for the purpose of holding the Annual Review of City Administrator Matt Podhradsky. This portion of the meeting is not open to the public.

Click here to view a pdf version of the full agenda.

Greg Boe
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January 28, 2011
January 24 City Council summary

The City Council began early, meeting at 6:15 p.m. to finish up most of our interviews for the open seats on several commissions and boards. It is wonderful to see so many citizens interested in serving our city. While that does make for some difficult decisions, it is a problem that I always welcome....as I would much rather have too many applicants to choose from than find ourselves facing apathy. It is great to see so many Chaska residents ready to give of their time and expertise to improve our community - thank you for your interest!

The regular meeting began at 7:00 p.m.. The Visitor Presentation included Chief Dan Anderson of the Chaska Fire Department (who introduced the elected officers in 2011: 1st Assistant Blair Algren, 2nd Assistant Kevin Trebiatowski, 2nd Captain Cory Trebiatowski, 3rd Captain Kevin Morrissey, 2nd Lieutenant Stephon Kraus, Treasurer Andy Brkovich, and Secretary Jason Buntin. Missing that night were 1st Captain Training Officer, 1st Lieutenant Nate Peterson, and 3rd Lieutenant Jarod Farenbach). Appearing next was Captain Jon Kehrberg (Chaska Police Department) and Libby Fairchild (Chaska Human Rights Commission), who spoke about the upcoming Town Hall meeting "Bullying in a Community" which will be held on Saturday, February 5, from 9 am to 3 pm, in the Chaska Community Center. To register, contact Sona Schneck in the Chaska Police Department at 952-227-7430. Finally, a group of 5 Boy Scouts from Troop 174 attended the meeting while working toward their Citizenship Badges It was pleasant to meet those young men, and see their interest in learning more about the workings of local government.

The Consent Agenda included seven items:

• approving the minutes from past P&R Board meetings

• Resolution #11-03 approving Solicitor Permits for Joseph Quam and Patrick Richardson of Custom Remodelers Inc

• Tobacco License # TOB11-17 for Valley Wine and Spirits

• Temporary On-Sale 3.2% Malt Liquor Licenses 11-01 through T32 11-03 for the Chaska Lions Club

• approve Massage Therapy Permit for Gail Willgoh and a Refuse Hauler Permit for The Garbage Man - A Green Company

• Resolution # 11-05 approving a Lot Split/Consolidation for 1994 and 1996 Scarborough Court

• Resolution 11-04 amending 2011 Fund Budgets

Councilmember Schulz asked about Solicitor Permits (do we check them out before approving? Matt Podhradsky replied that we do look at their history within the City. Matt also urged residents to ask a solicitor to see their permit card from the City, and call the Police if they don't have one). Councilmember Boe asked if Chaska could provide a small sign for residents to post on their front door stating that Peddlers and Solicitors are Prohibited (Shakopee PD offers such a sign to Shakopee residents at no charge) - Matt noted that a resident can post any type of sign in their front window or door that states "Peddlers and Solicitors are Prohibited" and that such a sign would allow a resident to call the police if a solicitor stops anyway. I also asked about the lot split/reconsolidation on Scarborough Court...the adjacent neighbors will be swapping a few feet in their front yards vs backyards, in an effort to straighten out a crooked property line. Mayor Windschitl noted that Dave Roan was stepping down after serving over 3 terms on the Chaska Park Board. The Council thanks Mr. Roan for those many years of service. The Consent Agenda items were approved by a 5-0 vote.

Agenda Item #8 approved the Chaska Bias/Hate Crime Response and Prevention Plan. The mayor noted that this is a proactive step. Councilmember Ford noted that communities are often shocked when hate incidents occur. I noted that the plan is designed to protect all citizens and not just those within certain groups. The item was approved by a 5-0 vote.

Agenda Item #9 offered the appointment of Commissioners to City Boards. The following were appointed to serve:

SW Transit: Jennifer Wolff was reappointed

Planning Commission: Michael Brobak and Troy Miller were reappointed, Tom Hughes was appointed as an Alternate to that body

Heritage Preservation Commission: Patricia Merker was reappointed, Debbie Boe and Frank Lisa were moved up to regular Commission positions, while John Varone was appointed as a new Alternate to the HPC.

Human Rights Commission: Libby Fairchild, Adela Pollock, Taylor Hubbard, and Alan Beck were reappointed to the commission.

The Council will wait until next meeting to appoint members of the Park Board.

The Council next approved the Fire Department elected officials with Agenda Item #9B. That item was approved by a 5-0 vote.

The Bills were paid, and approved by a 5-0 vote after a few questions seeking clarification. I asked about two payments of $146.242 to Metropolitan Council Environmental Services and asked if it was for sewer charges. Matt answered that it was indeed for sewer for Chaska, and that each payment was for one month of sewer. He also noted that those charges are much higher in the summer, because water usage is also much higher at that time.

Under Other Business:

Councilmember Schulz noted that the Fire Department will be holding their Ice Fishing Contest this weekend at Fireman's Park (1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 29), and the Bullying Town Hall Meeting is coming the following weekend (Feb 5, 9 a.m. to 3 pm).

Councilmember Boe asked for an update on the noise issues with Michael Foods (Bill Monk reported that a 2-day noise test will be performed on neighboring properties, and that the results will be compared with processing schedules during discussions with reps from Michael Foods to address the causes). I also noted that residents from Ward II are pleased with the temporary stoplight at the intersection of Clover Ridge Drive and Engler Blvd (a nice partnership with the City and the County).

Councilmember Ford asked about activities with the Klein Mansions. Matt noted there has been some interest from a residential treatment program to lease the Peacock Inn, and also noted that a similar program is interested in the other Klein Mansion...as is an art consortium. The receipt of a Livable Communities Grant from the Met Council will allow things to move forward with the renovation of Coopers. The property just north of Community Bank may become the new permanent home of Chaska Farm and Garden, as they exit their old home in Fireman's Park.

City Administrator Matt Podhradsky noted that the Open House at the new Two-Twelve Medical Center is coming up this weekend, from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m., with a ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for 9:30 a.m..

Mayor Windschitl noted that the new Two-Twelve Medical Center is a very nice looking facility!

The next Council meeting will occur on Monday, February 7, in the Council Chambers at Chaska City Hall.

Greg Boe
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January 23, 2011
January 24 City Council Agenda

The Council will hold the remaining interviews for open seats on various City Commissions and Boards, beginning at 6:15 p.m.. The regular Council meeting should begin at 7:00 p.m..

Visitor Presentation will include Captain Dan Anderson (introduction of Chaska Fire Department Officers), Captain Jon Kehrberg (Town Hall meeting: Examining Bullying in our Program), and any interested Chaska residents.

After approving the minutes from January 3, the Council will consider seven items on the Consent Agenda, including:

• approve the minutes from the January 10 Park and Rec Board

• adopt Resolution 11-03 approving Solicitor Permits for Joseph Quam and Patrick C. Richardson of Custom Remodelers Inc

• approve Tobacco License # TOB-11-17 for Valley Wind and Spirits

• approve Temporary On-Sale 3.2% Malt Liquor Licenses T32, 11-01 through T32-11-03 for the Chaska Lions Club

• approve a Massage Therapy Permit for Gail Willgoh and a Refuse Hauler Permit for The Garbage Man - A Green Company

• adopt Resolution # 11--05 approving a Lot Split and Consolidation for 1994 and 1996 Scarborough Court

• adopt Resolution # 11-04 amending the 2011 Fund Budgets

Agenda Item #8 calls for the approval of the City of Chaska - Bias/Hate Crime Response & Prevention Plan

Agenda Item #9 will feature the appointment of new members to fill open seats on all City Commissions and Boards

The Council will also pay bills and discuss "Other Business."

After the meeting is adjourned, the Council will hold a Work Session to discuss the 2011 Street Reconstruction Program.

Visit http://www.chaskamn.com/00-01-24-11%20CC%20agenda.pdf to view the full PDF version of the Official Agenda.

Remember, all interested Chaska residents and/or business owners are welcome to attend City Council meetings. Those meetings are held in the Council Chambers at the Chaska City Hall in downtown Chaska, normally on the first and third Monday of each month (and sometimes the fifth Monday, as needed).

Greg Boe
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January 18, 2011
I attended a Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration event at the Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church in Chaska on the evening of February 17. Hosts for the evening were Reverend Gordon Stewart (Shepherd of the Hill) and Father Paul Jarvis (Guardian Angels). It was a very moving experience, with many great readings and plenty of music. Musicians contributing to the evening included Momoh Freeman, Jerry Steele, and Timothy Frantzich, along with a church full of participants. Readers during the evening included Reverend Stewart, Father Jarvis, Mark Windschitl, Gary VanEyll, Bob Roepke, Laurie Gauer, Scott Knight, Jackie Johnston, Jim Olson, and Randy Maluchnik.

The Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church in Chaska will be holding a discussion and dialogue event titled "The American Dream Re-Visited" on Tuesday, February 1 at 7:00 p.m.. For more information, visit www.shepherdofthehillchurch.com

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