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City of Burnsville Employee Newsletter January and February 1982First issue of an employee Newsletter...

Newsletter January-February, This "Employee
bi-monthly informal communication to all City employees. We will try to relate items to you that are of interest and informational.
We would greatly appreciate ideas and input from you, the employees, as to what you feel this report should cover. Call Evelyn at ext. 172 or ~Kathy at ext. 174 with your comments and news items. New Employees
The following full of Burnsville since
time persons December
started 1981.
their As you greet
employment encounter
for the City these people
during your welcome.
12/14/81 12/21/81 12/27/81
1/01/82 1/01/82 1/04/82
daily work
and bid them
In addition, over the fbllowing that now
Melvin Hepokoski
newly organized maintenance
shop. Under
as the
"full service" shop
Auto New Office
Service Hours hours
Technician (still vacant)
people are handles the
included on the staff of the upkeep of all city vehicles
Foreman Mechanic/Heavy
Melvin Hepokoski, Tom Streefland,
Torn Busse, Dean Brittain,
Mechanic/Heavy Automotive
Equipment Equipment Operator
the first of what will be a
- Lawrence
- Vernon Seurer,
- Rebecca Berg,
- Greg Konat,
- Susan Sweiger,
- Barbara Dean ,
Public Public
Works-Laborer Works-Laborer
Police Parks and
and Fire Dispatcher
'. r)
\j1 U ,
Recreation Administration-Secretary
on 11/16/81
his direction
Foreman the
New office
Ice Arena and at City Hall. The change was made to provide better service to the public and conform more closely with normal business hours. The estabiished schedule of office hou r s for City facilities is listed as follows:
have been implemented for employees
who work at the
Director Fire Dispatcher
1982 ·

Deferred Compensation Plans
City employees are now aware of the fact that the City is offering an
Employee Newsletter, page 2
City Hall Office Hours
Ice Arena Office Hours .............•......•.....
Police and Fire Off ice Hours .................••. Public Works and Parks Maintenance Hours
Police Police salary
and fire and Fire amounts.
8 % of
their is
gross 12% of
to the
option of two different employee after completion
deferred compensation plans to any full time of his/her probationary period.
8:00 - 4:30 8:00 - 4:30 7: 30 - 4: 30 7:30 - 4:00
Pension Plans
Employees of the City are required to be members of the Public Employees
Retirement program varying
Association (PERA) which
is administered by
the State. This
requires amounts.
personnel Fund. The
City contribution
of gross salary with a 51⁄2% contribution being made by the City. In addition for 1982, the social security rate of 6.7% is contributed by the employee and matched by the City.
majority means Social
of all other
that these people
A deferred
of Burnsville providing for a specific amount of your salary to be paid to you at a later date (payment of part of your salary is deferred).
This deferred Corporation
income is deposited
into either Retirement funds.
the I.C.M.A. Retirement Deferred Compensation account
account or to their
the State retirement
invested during receive persons
for your future security. retirement, you will pay
When you receive income taxes only on
benefits, usually
qualify beneficiaries
plan is an agreement between you and the City
your account in the event of your death. The law also permits payment upon termination of employment or in the event of an unforseeable emergency, subject to the rules of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service~
You do not pay income taxes on money you defer. As a result you
pay less tax each year and the money you would have paid in taxes is
to receive will
payments receive
at retirement,
both contributions
or if you are disabled. and earnings from
each year, generally are in a lower tax
at bracket.
lower tax rates
Compensation has required social security
no effect on social
security benefits during retirement since all taxes continue to be paid each year.
will receive full social
You may defer up to 25 % of your total income or $7,500 which ever is less. If any interested employee missed our informational meetings on this subject, please call Evelyn at ext. 172 or Kathy at ext. 174 and
we will supply you with information on both plans.
both the
and the
these gross
Security. The PERA contribution under this plan . is 4%
City personnel
contribute to PERA and also are covered
to the
Coordinated Fund,
the amount most retired
City in
Employee Newsletter, page 3
Mileage Reimbursement
Reimbursement for employees
vehicles for City travel has been increased from 20 cents per mile to
22 cents per mile. reimbursed by state The 22 cents-per-mile
This figure and city
rate is
represents governmental
an average of the amounts units in the metro area.
is completed
by February
Team Cat 8:00
Volunteer Firefighter since
using their of Vehicles" Handbook for
own vehicles policy in City policy
Director Position
the "Use
requirements, insurance
for City the General
business are referred Policies section of the
Status of Public Works
format the provisions of September 1980 and general
the revised regulations established
to set forth to employment
annual present required.
review process,
the Policy
Committee clarification
is now meeting
and new the Handbook
and we welcome and comments
as should
sections of
employee benefits,
City policies.
be addressed
Please contact 5.
policies You
for update may have found
more clearly
Evelyn Kjos with suggestions
reached for the
full two
vacant firefighter
The recruitment positions.
who are required to use their personal
We are in the process of preliminary screening of the applicants
who have expressed interest in the Public Works Director position ..
on the appointee
be completed will be
by mid-week conducted on
the first Wednesday,
week in February 17.
process will
board interviews oral examiners
recommend the top The intent
three is
candidates have a starting
to the decision
Manager for will be negotiated.
will then
his consideration.
· Fire The
by the
Fire Department has
26th of February.
Full Personnel
The actual
January 27.
March of 1981, so he is not a new face to anyone in the Department.
started his Paul has
been a Burnsville
a.m. on Wednesday,
Dan Hove was assigned to Team Band began his schedule of duty with
the Burnsville Fire Department at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, January 29.
Dan recently completed four years with the U.S.A.F. where he served
as Crew Chief, Driver Operator and was involved in the training of new firefighters.
Welcome aboard, Paul and Dan. We feel you will be great additions to the department.
Handbook Update
Employee Handbook was published last
The City's in policy adopted conditions, part of
to consider policies which
Personnel Ordinance
January 1, 1982.
on: required
and accident reporting.
prior approval, general
Newsletter, Page 4
Our Winter
Our thanks worked long snowfall of
Weather Heroes
Good luck to
and appreciation
and hard to keep the 39" within 72 hours.
The 26 warming house attendants
to work in this frigid Minnesota made alot easier by the outstanding
have not had an easy job reporting
done. Thanks
battling the
weather has
Our thanks to these people granted.
you all!
police officers, elements on a
inspectors basis.
job an services
crews are snow and frigid
occupation. taken for
certainly made
daily their whose
snowplowing streets open
crews through
that have
this tremendous
weather, job
however their the maintenance
and survey
The deep unenviable
are often
job has been
Of Interest
Baby James David Spore arrived on January 4, a bouncing 7 lb., 12 oz.
baby boy born to Joan and Jim Spore .... welcomed home too by sister Arny.
Chuck Siggerud began his new job with the J. L. Shiely Company in
St. Paul on January
1 as Operations Manager Chuck. We'll miss you in
in fhe Concrete Division.
to you ....
mother). Baby Kenneth weighed in at a whopping 10 lb., 3 oz. Again, congratulations to the new parents.
Erkel-Thorson Erkel-Thorson
was born on December (first Burnsville Police
parents Officer
are Larry and become a
? ••••
Apr 23, 2017
City of Burnsville Employee Newsletter December 1982City of Burnsville Employee Newsletter

Don't forget the employee Christmas Party at the on December 18. Be sure and get your reservation December 6.
December, 1982 VFW in Prior Lake in by Monday,
----: '
The Grand Prize driwing is a weekend for two at Quadna Mountain in Hill City recreational 1983. -In two, two
which will facilitiesinclude meals and this
27 employees participating.
addition, hockey
other tickets,
and the prize can
prizes will
plus other gifts.
use of all their b8 used anytime Champagne Dinner
during for
which that
The with
THANK YOU - "IT'S There were two fund
our total
total contributed or
employees contributions
in to report
of the United Way, Community Action Burnsville, we thank you for your your gifts will be appreciated by helped through your contributions.
$518.00. On behalf
first with
Action Council
drives during participated.
the month of September
We are
77 % over last
campaign for . community
total contributions in the amount of
pledged from all employees
year's was
total. $1,672
This spring the City was obligated by law to advertise for bids on
the employee group
life and long term disability
insurance. now is became
You can by our
Paul Life
end result carrier
July 1, 1982.
Canada these
Life Assurance insurances. The
types of insurance
Company change
The the
was that for both of
all employees within the
were red
to covers your
had been our carrier
10 day s. The your long term
have in your
book disability.
on both of
insurance and the any policies
fall of 1977.
last other
since the
that you Paul Life
possession Company. St.
be a
Council, and generous giving the people and
the City of
and feel certain
lives you have
If any employee has not r e c e ived these policies, or if you have any questions on these coverages, please call the Personnel office.
Security opportunity to
Procedure ~ocial
for Security
Securing office
for accuracy and to be aware
Earnings Printout: Contact at 278-1151 (1811 Chicago
the Avenue).
to th~ Baltimore,
will mail MD office.
a S.S. Upon
pamphlet and request, that
addressed office will send
a card
form to request not nor~~lly
etc.), the necessary
provided can provide
Security period.
earnings, and be on a lagging
pbssible errors in recording Social Security
accounts, I the SSA provides persons can check the amount credited since the system began in 1937.
earnings a simple of Social
This is an of potential
to individual card so that
1937 to 1950 will be shown as a lump sum; also earnings from 1951
earnirigs printout
to eight weeks. each year will be listed
Earnings from separately.
to 1977 ~ From there are any (S. S. ~umber,
1978 on,
a does
projections schedule.
were This
errors earnings,
make corrections
SSA's computer
are that the
A recent news article indicated
being corrected for each emphasizes the importance every few years.
2 million errors 1979 and 1980.
a record of .individual
in four
problems in the
the local correction.
information office
system is now recordkeeping will
after a crediting 1981
continue to approximately
of the
of securing
to credit an
the employee or the family may not get all the pension and benefits
they are entitled to receive. Each employee or self-employed person is responsible for making sure his or her own record is correct.
No one else can do this for you!
There were 7 Defensive Drivers' Training courses held this past summer and fall in which 139 full time and 14 part time employees
If Social Security fails
employee with the full
The possible
life. Have a "SAFE" Holiday Season!
presented realizing
in an the cost
The courses manner. We
were informative and
personal benefits are
forward to and decreased
with better
looking drivers
insurance rates.
Social three-year
and could
save "your"
New President's Memorial Independence Labor Day
~olumbus Veterans' Day Thanksgiving Christmas Day
(incl. Dispatchers/Admin.) January 1, 1983 ·(Saturday)
holidays as set forth in
:(Monday-Friday) the City Personnel
Day Day
1983 (Monday) (Mondiy) (Monday)
1983 (Monday) 1983 (Monday)
September 5, 1983 October 10, 1983 November 11, 1983 November 24, 1983 December 26, 1982
(Monday) September 5, (Monday) October 10,
Employees on Regular Monday-Friday Work Week
December 31, 1982 (Friday)
February 21, 1983 (Monday) February 21, May 30, 1983 (Monday) May 30, 1983 July 4, 1983 (Monday) July 4, 1983
It has been established as our policy that Police
who work ·a regular 40 hour work week
and Fire employees will observe
"when New Veterans'
falls on provided, July 4; December
a holiday."
Day, July December holiday
preceding day shall
Day, January November 11;
New Year's Day, January
Sunday, the following
or Christmas day shall
Day, be
when Veterans'
a Independence
Day, on
November 11; Saturday, the
Christmas Day,
We wish to e xpress
Safety Committee
participate in the
has been a very busy and productive year for the Committee and the
their sincere
thanks to the members efforts
of the Municipal and willingness
City as a whole. With just a bit of reflection \ on this the following is a list of some of the accomplishments:
past year,
a) Merging into the
of Police and Fire Municipal Safety
Safety Committees Committee.
d) Defensive Drivers'
e) All City facilities
f) CPR training.
g) More effective use equipment standards.
training. equipped
First Aid
Committee functions this past
year. It
b) Manhole
c) Civil Defense presentation on
safety training.
of the protective
clothing and
Shift Workers in Police and Fire Department
(Friday) November 11, 1983 (Thursday) November 24, 1983 (Monday) December 25, 1983
(Friday) (Thurs.) (Sunday)
l; Independence
4; 25;
and Day,
The newly
appointed department
representatives are invited to Safety Cornmittee held on Wednesday,
attend December
n.ext meeting at 2:30 p.m
of the in the
The primary
i tern on .the
meeting will
h} All City facilities inspected by our Safety Subcommittee. ·
i} Fire safety presentation by the Fire Department.
j) Increased input into part time mainten ance employee
safety training.
k) Accident and injury review process improved.
Elections -
The following employees' December 31, 1982.
Tom Busse, Public Cleve Crowningshield,
Public Works -
John Hiebert,
· Cornmunity
. Administration
- Support
Tom Roberts,
. Kevin Sutter, Public Works
- Maintenance Division
encouraged. Please have a safety problem to consider.
call either
or suggested
to help have.
for the Committee
deal successfully
A program is provided
with any personal problem you might
to provide This means:
Are you aware of this benefit? The City has contracted with
Resource Program
Associates, Inc.
for you and your family.
/ /
problem for confidential will be in most always
which you would like to have help, you may call 437-3976.
touch with you within
A counselor
made four
for you offices
within that
to meet the in the Twin
day. An counselor City area.
at one of their
by the City
Human an Employee Assistance
When you or any member of your family has a personal
If you have further
at ext. 172, or if you wish to use the program for yourself or a family member, simply call 437-3976.
regarding the program call
on the Safety Committee
- Maintenance
Shop Engineering
a member to the Cormnittee by December 15. .No one employee may serve more th~n two consecutive terms as a member of the Safety Committee.
department is responsible
for either appointing
or reappointing
City Hall Conference
be goal setting for 1983. Input from all employees of the City is
for the December 2 9
Evelyn Kjos or Ed Giles if you
appointment will
hours, or be
New Employees
Dallas Larry Johnnie
Drake, Newland,
Firefighter 9/22 Firefighter 10/10
Firefighter 11/1
Farewell To -
Mike the Arena
Ice but will Industry in
Superintendent, continuing
Peggy purpose
Brooks, City,
Division was teacher for New Market.
Dept. - Maintenance
New Additions
Katie works
Arena be
- Erickson, who
works in the wed last spring to
the Shakopee Congratulations,
Their new home is in
Lynn was born October in the Public Works
28 to Jeff Department
and Ronelle Remer. Jeff - Engineering Division.
who resigned
who resigned career in the
Margaret Deutsch, school
Gary and Margaret!
Jessica Anne came to live with Jim and Vicki Thune on November 17. Jim works in the Fire Department.
from Ice
Apr 23, 2017
City of Burnsville Newsletter August 1982
Our next quarterly issue of the Employee Newsletter will be published in Mid-December.
We would greatly appreciate ideas and input from you, the employees,
as to what you feel this report should cover. Call Evelyn at ext. 172 or Kathy at ext. 174 with your comments and news items.
The ''25~h Anniversary" party for Ed Giles was well attended, and it was enjoyable employee. members
Pat Connelly,
for us as Also in
coworkers attendance
to honor Ed as Burnsville's at the reception on July
1 were four
of the 1957
Sr., and Jim Connelly.
Town Board;
Ed Doebel, Sr., Wallace
As M.C., Chuck Siggerud had words of praise for Ed and for his contributions over the years to the residents and as a fellow worker. The scroll signed by City employees was presented, and Ed recalled
some of the happenings through the years .... "a few ups and downs, but for the most part pretty good years."
At the July 6 meeting the City Council presented a plague to Ed with their "thanks for 25 years of continuous, consistent and faithful ~ervice to the citizens of Burnsville."
Ed has plowed many miles of streets through those years, being hired in 1957 when the Township had only one motor grader to maintain its roads.
As the first and only Public Works Superintendent, he has seen Burnsville grow from a Township with gravel roads to a metropolitan City providing
a broad range of public works services to its residents.
Congratulations from us all, Ed Giles!!
If you are called to serve as a juror, it is your responsibility
(the employee) to notify your supervisor and the Personnel Department.
Please follow this procedure:
Inform soon
your supervisor as you receive
and the a call to to insure
Personnel Department as report for court services
duty) in order
proper work
and recordkeeping.
Department with and
you receive
jury duty. Once you
your supervisor service.
Complete a leave of
and attach a copy of the jury summons.
You will receive details on reporting reimbursement.
supervisor about
memo from procedures,
informed reporting
Personnel timekeeping
Keep your information begin duty, regarding
normal jury the remainder
Your salary City during receive for through the not receive reimbursement kept by the
day, you are expected to return
to work for
be paid by the
keep expected
in contact length
for with
absence form for required
Whenever you are released earlier than the end of the
of that
and benefits the period such jury Personnel both salary
will continue to of jury duty. Any
for mileage, employee.
parking and meal allowance is
payments you duty must be remitted to the City
Department; in other words, you do and jury duty pay. However,
Wehope this procedure clarifies questions which have arisen regarding the City's policy on jury service.
If you weren't at
Cleary Park
afternoon and super family and friends
on Saturday
afternoon, August 21, you good food. Approximately
115 City
on a 200 lb. pig roasted by Ed Shepherd who was ably assisted by Ed Giles. Ed Giles also supplied corn on the cob from his garden.
an enjoyable employees,
gathered together to feast
Everyone found an activity to enjoy. Children particularly
Guy Ahlstrom, Linda Haugen, Ed Giles and Gary Lee for a job well done.
Jim Castleberry has agreed to continue conducting the CPR Training sessions for any interested City employee and/or their spouses. We are pleased with his decision as he does a great job. He is a very
The big kids enjoyed horseshoes, and much leisure conversation.
enjoyed volleyball,
swimming and paddleboats.
recognition goes to the pig roast committee who
of fun. Our thanks to Jollie Doran, Dan Hendrikson,
arranged this
We have chosen to quote from this "Bulletin" the column "Do you Know" which lists briefly some of the Council and Community activities that we believe would be of interest to many of you.
- The City Council has followed the recommendations of the Citizens
so by contacting spouse is $7.50.
Kathy at extension 174. The cost to an employee's
at City Hall.
schedule has been established
for the
to 10:00 p.m.
to 10:00 p.m . to 10:00 p.m.
1st Course - Wednesday, Sept. 29 Wednesday, Oct. 6
2nd Course - Wednesday, Oct. 20 Wednesday, Oct. 27
- 6:00 - 6:00
sessions are conducted
to 10:00 p.m.
in the Council Chambers here
Bulletin", the City newsletter that
The is be
summer issue of the "Burnsville
delivered to all delivered this
residences and weekend (August
businesses 29).
in Burnsville, will
Charter Study Committee and requested the a Horne Rule Charter Commission.
District Judge
completed, with pays long-term
to form
18 miles dividends.
- The 1982 of street
- Southcross
ease traffic
street surfaced
in the Burnsville
Ordinance the City
- The City
which generally prohibits the shooting of firearms within limits. For details contact City Hall.
of Burnsville was recently complimented by State Auditor
- The hard
Carlson for our
Cable for
long-range financial planning.
- Following
staff design. starting
Joint to
Communications our communities.
Commission is working
realize should
Cable begin
T.V. 1983.
of the
task force are
and improvements
sealcoat program ... preventive
has been maintenance
of ParksBond
working to begin land acquisition and
under 1-35
been completed. Center area.
This should help
- 3-
knowledgeable and tactful instructor. You would be pleased with his approach to the course.
If you did not sign up for this course last spring, you can still do
- For increased safety the City Council has approved a new Firearms
Look for significant park construction next spring.
- 6:00 - 6:00
'82 the Parks
and a park
next two
The City
a rare
recently transferred 17 acres of Department of Natural Resources can
plant species.
Power and the U.S.
of Fish
1,500 acres
of land
State protect A fen support
Northern recently in the wildlife walking
so is
that the
one of the few remaining
property to the preserve and
entered Minnesota
preserve. trails
into River
a lease
a part of this,
whereby managed
The last two the following
21 - 12:30 September 22 - 8:00
AND November 3 - 12:30
As and nature
points for public use.
the City on he proved
with his
this very short
We encourage that as many of you as possible funeral service.
Reviewal - Sunday, August 29, 1982 at Chapel, 9947 Lyndale Ave.
Funeral - Monday, August 30, 1982 at Church, 3rd Ave. and 77th
Internment - Acacia Park Cemetery, 2151 Heights, MN
Gill Brothers Funeral So. from 4-9 p.m.
Assumption Catholic
in Richfield at 10:30 a.m.
sessions of dates:
Defensive Drivers'
to 4:30 p.m. to 12:00 noon
to 4:30 p. m. November 4 8:00 to 12:00 noon
"calcareous underground spring site whose
fens" in hydrologic
North America. conditions
We are sorry to have to inform you that one of our police officers,
Lindy Shelton, died on Wednesday, August 25, 1982.
employment with employment period, officer. We along
Lindy began
March 15, 1982. During
to be an outstanding and exemplary
agreement will be
and protected
the Department is developing
family grieve
his loss.
attend his reviewal and
Please contact your department director to
these sessions if you have not already completed the course. We would
appreciate it if Kathy the names session ten days
the department director, or his
of the department employees that will be
attending each
prior to the scheduled training
The City of Burnsville offers an optional fringe employees - DEFERRED COMPENSATION.
to our
Pilot Knob
Rd., Mendota
be scheduled
into one
designee, dates.
as a
A deferred compensation plan provides
a voluntary means for wage their regular retirement and
earners at every
level A
to portion
supplement of the
more money for future
employee's income
is diverted
programs. taxes, into
or investment funds are also
tax deferred. With
a wage earner
or aside
on these compensation
possible for
The City
of Minnesota has made Deferred Compensation
approved participation
of any Association
full-time Retirement
through a payroll
An informational Thursday, September
meeting for 16, 1982
a representative presentation
any at
interested 3:30 p.m.
from the the State
be held
on at
Diane present Information available.
The presentation one hour.
of Burnsville
in the International
to make a
on on the I.C.M.A.
Plan. Compensation Plan will be
It has been established
who work a
their holidays as set
as our hour work
forth in
policy week
that (Monday-Friday)
and Ordinance:
Day, July 4; December 25; holiday and,
City Compensation
available to
Manager's program.
Minnesota plans are
In addition, the State Public Employees a State
Labor Day Columbus
Veterans' Thanksgiving Christmas New Years
Day Day
Day Day
(Thursday) (Thursday) (Friday) (Friday)
6 11
11 25 25
(Monday) (Monday)
(Thursday) (Thursday) (Saturday)
Police the City Personnel
Fire employees will observe
a invested
it is
use than otherwise
to set be possible.
Plan. Both deduction plan.
available to
employee will
the Council Chambers
Ochs Agency, will be Deferred Compensation
and questions and
Shift Fire
September October November November December January
"when New Veterans'
July 4;
December 25; falls on Saturday, a holiday."
Day, Sunday,
the following
Christmas day shall January
Day, be
Day, November
January l; 11; or
when New Veterans'
Year's Day, Day, November
Christmas Day,
Employees on Regular
Workers in Police, and Administration
September 6 October 11 November 11 November 25 December 24 December 31
(Monday) (Monday)
Fire Departments
are scheduled
to take
Independence Day,
11; or
the preceding day shall be
our employees
The City
following full-time persons
started 1982:
with the
To -
Arlyce made attire)
Vancleve, career
Clerk change.
Burnhaven into custom
Station who sewing (rodeo
of Burnsville
effective 8/31/82)
this spring to the
Welcome Police
back to Department
Officer Community
a periOd
her selection
as two years.
for the basis for to Elaine
Mpls. on
Bunnell, Shelton,
Firefighter (appointment
Steve Baker who returned
Dee Nordby, Clerk Dennis Schneck,
Elaine College
is Enforcement
Roger Clausnitzer doctor.
Jim Castleberry Department as
who is going on to school to be a future
Officer after
Brown Law
approximately for this
a military
a police instructor Center on a "loan"
a School
Sally (Zimmerman)
Recreation Department was wed on June home is in New Brighton. Congratulations,
Jennifer (Police
Ann was born May 25 to Michael Department)
Deborah Tackaberry.
Auto Service Police Officer
Police Officer
who works as
the Sally and Jim!
Their new
Typist at Arlyce went
Chuck Siggerud, Public Works Director -- WELCOMEBACK! Tim Brady, Dispatcher
Larson, Hove,
Firefighter Firefighter
who will be working with Chaska's
Shannon Annette was born March 1 to Mary and Marvin Sims. Mary is a former Police/Fire Dispatcher.
Kendra Barbara came to live with Jim and Barbara Martenson on March 4. (Engineering Division of the Public Works Department)
a Secretary in
19 to
Jim London.

Emily Marie was born May 17 to Steve and Phyllis Madden. (Park Dept.)
Angela Theresa was born April 5 to Tom and Barbara Leclaire. (Public Works Department)
Maria Kristine was born July 11 to Cathy and Greg Konat. Greg is the Parks and Recreation Director.
Meghan Anne came to live with Patricia and Edward Shepherd on August 4. (Fire Department)
Kevin Schuman May 25. (Police
announces the arrival of his son, Joseph Charles, on Department)
Apr 23, 2017
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Morgan buys Tires Plus
By Vera Fedchenko Tire Business staff
BURNSVILLE, Minn.—Tire industry titans Larry Morgan and Tom Gegax have agreed to merge their dealerships—Morgan Tire & Auto Inc. and Team Tires Plus Ltd.—and form the nation's newest tire retailing empire.
The two companies combined will operate approximately 540 stores, second only to Penske Auto Centers, according to Tire Business' rankings of North America's independent tire dealerships. In terms of sales, Morgan Tire will become a $745 million firm, moving to a third-place ranking in North America behind Discount Tire Co. and Les Schwab Tire Centers Inc.
Clearwater, Fla.-based Morgan Tire, which already operates 400+ stores in 15 states and projects its 2000 sales to reach $525 million, gains a solid presence in nine midwestern states where it previously had no outlets.
The company does business as Olson Tire, Wheel Works, Avellino's Tire, Hibdon Tire Centers and Michel Tire, but all those stores gradually will convert to the Tires Plus banner within the next few years, Mr. Morgan said. The corporate name will remain.
Morgan Tire agreed to purchase Burnsville-based Tires Plus July 6. The transaction, terms of which were undisclosed, is expected to close within 30 days.
Tires Plus operates 140 stores—90 company-owned and 50 franchises, Mr. Gegax said. The firm projected its 2000 sales to reach $220 million.
The combined entity expects to sell 6.5 million tires in 2000 and will employ about 6,000, Mr. Morgan said.

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Apr 17, 2017
McAndrews glad to stayBVC October 24, 1979

by Jim Bayer
B. J. McAndrews was born in 1899 on what is now the Ridges campus, just across the street from where he now lives, at 109 W. 138th St.
About 15 years ago. he and his wife, Katherine, moved their home from Nicollet Avenue and County Road 42 to make way for progress. The new Cobblestone Corner now stands on the property that was once his.
McAndrews, now alone— his wife died last year—was coming perilously close to making way for more progress.
McAndrews' house sits right in the path of what might have become the extension of 138th Street connecting Nicollet Avenue and Interstate 35W, However, based on the attitudes of three Burnsville City Council members at a workshop last week, McAndrews and his house may be safe.

" I’m glad they aren’t taking the house,” he said. " I don't want to move much just yet.”
Of the three alternatives researched by a Minneapolis engineering firm, two would have required that his house be destroyed or moved. As it turns out, a third alternative, Or variations of it, which would not require the land on which the house sits, may be the preferred one.
Unlike some of his neighbors who have been fighting hard lo keep the street away from the trees and ponds just to the south and west of his home, McAndrews is not very excited about the possibility of a park being there.
“ I ’d just as soon see it slay as it is,” he said. " I don't cure much for a park here.”
McAndrews, however, is a realist.
” 1won't be around forever,” he said, “ I just told them I'd never sell while I was alive.”
After living near the stand of trees for as long as he has, he does have a certain affection for them.
“ It would be a shame to destroy all of the those trees and everything,” he said. " I’ve always been against that.”

McAndrews said he has watched deer drinking from the pond visible from the rear of his house. He says there are many other forms of wildlife in the woods.
Understanding that an official decision has not been made, McAndrews could only guess what he would do if the city’s decision went against him. .
“ Well, 1 don’t know,” he said thoughtfully; “ There’s not much you could do I suppose.
“ I guess I’d demand more money for the house,” he said, smiling. “ But like they say, money isn’t everything.
“ I guess I could move to a home somewhere. But it’s not like having vour own home.”
Mar 20, 2017
Change in Park Reserve DistrictArguments for change in the status of the Hennepin County Park reserve District are fueled by the County Board's action on the 1977 Park budget.

County commissioners come to park budget request by $408,000, causing the district to announce many cutbacks and services. The County Board allocates funds, the district decides how to spend. The cutbacks hurt because the use of county parks has been growing. Also, the cutbacks conflict with the metropolitan councils goals for regional parks; the council has provided money to buy and develop parks, the County Board doesn't provide adequate money to operate them.

Some members of the County Park reserve board field the County commissioners arbitrarily trimmed park operating funds in order to demonstrate their lack of control over park spending. It is argued also that county commissioners aren't aware of part needs and give them a low priority. Some commissioners, he just felt, want to eliminate the park reserve board itself and make the parks a regular part of County government. Such a change is not without merit; some commissioners have said that it would produce better management. Greater responsibility could make commissioners more interested in Park needs.

But park board members doubt that commissioners would give Parks proper attention. Besides, money problems with still exist--the County Board cup many other programs this year and still had to raise taxes 14.2%. Some park officials think that the district should become autonomous, like a school district, with its own taxing authority. Or that Hennepin County to become part of a regional Park Authority, supported by the Metropolitan council.

Ways must be found to meet present and future park needs in Hennepin County. The solutions suggested so far involve structural changes that would needs legislative action. The problem deserves the attention the 1970s seventh Legislature.
Mar 20, 2017
federal Funds and city needsMinneapolis alderman aced with raising taxes and cutting services next year, are understandably dubious about proposals for spending thousands of dollars of federal money I'm such things as a neighborhood radio station and a study of the downtown artists district. As desirable is such proposals may be, they don't feel pressing city needs.

The two recommendations are among those by the citywide citizens advisory committeeFor using $15 million in federal community development fund. Formerly there were federal grants for specific community development projects, but those have been replaced with a lump sum to be allocated by the city council, with advice from citizens and subject to federal approval. The advisory committee, an elected body, recommended about $10 million for housing improvements, more than $3 million for social service programs and the rest for public works and job development efforts.

The radio station, artists' district and some other projects were singled out for criticism by aider- men because they were the most vulnerabl e tar- gets (although a good argument for the artists' area is that it would help rehabilitate the down- town warehouse district) . But the point the alder- . men were making was that more of this lump- sum federal money should be directed toward street improvements , parks and · other capital spending in a manner that would help relieve the city's budget problems-even though the money can't be used for routine operating expenses.
A few alderm,en are disenchanted with the feder- ally required advisory process itself; they say that the elected "advisers" ·are pressured by neighbor- hood organiza tions to approve pet projects that don't merit high priority .
Council President Louis DeMars says, hov.:ever , t hat the problem is the advisory · comm.Ittee's
Inability to consider the cities entire financial situation making its decisions. The committee made its allocations within its interpretation of council set guidelines. In any event, the committees job was to split up the $15 million, not to solve the city's budget problems.

The council can take the overall view of city finances that the committee couldn't, and can make changes in allocations without destroying the advisory process. The council can't overlook the intent of the federal grants– They are controlled by federal law– which is to improve committees basically through physical development. But it can and should make sure that the money is spent wisely and that the spending is for real sitting needs.

Mar 20, 2017
Pseudo-Citizen participantsMinneapolis Star Wednesday, December 31 1975 editorial opinion

Pseudo citizen participants

ONE of the more useful customs of American politics is the farewell speech in .which a departing leader warns of- and thereby delineates for perhaps the first time-an insidious danger to the democratic system. Such a well-taken warning was issued this week by Al- bert Hofstede in his last speeches as mayor to the Citizens League and the Minneapolis City Council.
While noting that "we have set in motion a program of sensible and healthy citizen participati on in local government," Hofstede cautioned that "a lot of high-hand ed, exclusive, pres- sure politics goes storming around this city in the guise of citizen participa- tion and community involvement.

"Those phrases," he said, "h ave be- come buzz phrases, tripped off the tongues of politicians and media people at the first sign of controversy," lend- ing' · credence to "organized claques, self~righteous to the point of tyranny," who are m reality "pseudo-citizen -par- ticipants for whom the method .is su- pr~me and the issue is always second- ary and oversimplified."

Mar 20, 2017
Governing County ParksMinneapolis Star, December 7, 1976

After the budget beating it took from the County Board this fall it's easy to see why the semi-independent Hennepin County Park reserve District considers itself something of a stepchild of County government. It's also easy to see why some suggest that the district asked the 1977 legislature for the greater independence that would come from having its own taxing authority.

That could solve a problem alright, but we think it would be in the wrong way. Rather than moving the District farther out from under the County Board, County parks should be made more directly aboard responsibility.

Mar 20, 2017
St. PAUL PIONEER PRESS Fri. Auqust 12 , 1977

By Andrew M. Greeley Chicago
Beware the spokesperson. Usually he/she is spokespersoning only for him/herself.
I'll give you a hint. When the media identify someone as a "community leader," and the person hasn't been elected by anyone, you can count on it: he's not a leader and the community has never heard of him.
He's someone who is looking for power and influence (maybe in a good cause , God knows) through a shortcut, especially since his chances of ever being elected a leader are minimal.

THE SAME GOES for "con- sumer advocates," "public interest groups," and "women's rights leaders": their causes rnav be just, honorable. righteous - and noble, but no one elected them to anything. The people they claim to be speaking for f]1"0bat:Hdyisa- gree with what is being advocat- ed in their name

Mar 20, 2017
Block Grants and Community AdvisorsMinneapolis Tribune
Wednesday, December 15, 1976
Block grants and community advisers
Minneapolis city Council, a better by Mayor Stenvig, has jeopardized the program of citizen participation it once championed. Not only did the council deviates substantially from community development block Grant's recommendations by the citywide citizens advisory committee, it also voting block grant funds for projects not even considered by the committee. (More)
Mar 20, 2017
St Louis Park Environment TroublesSt Paul Pioneer Press
'Insincerity' brings mass resignation
The eight members of the St. Louis Park Environmental Improvement Commission have resigned .
Lee Rickard, commission chairman, said Tuesday the eight are taking the action to protest ''the insincerity of the City Council and staff in their concern for the environment. ''
He said the members are resigning because they have been un- able to get the council to agree to refer more items to the commission for its review.
Rickard said the one-year terms of the eight members expire Dec. 31 and seven of the eight last month had requested reappointment.
The· City Council is to receive the mass resignation letter at its meeting Monday, he said.
Mar 20, 2017
Staff Urges Combining BoardsPhoenix Gazette March 7, 1975

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Mar 20, 2017
Citizens Advisory Committee - January 1976Named But Not Heard
The ruling clique of the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners owes the citizens of this county a detailed explanation of what it ex- pects of its "citizen advisory com- mittees," and how much impor- tance it att aches lo the work done by these presumably knowledgeable volunteers .
Since December , seven of the 13 members of the Ramsey County Mental Health Advisory Board have resigned in frustration: the chairman in December , six others this week.
The committee is less than a year old.It was formed to advise the county board when that body took over direct responsibility for running county mental health programs , It was a carefully chosen committee, char ged with making recommendat ions to the county board on mental health programs
and budget.
The trouble is, no one would listen.
Those who resigned cited grow- ing frustration in attempting to deal with staff and commission- ers. The last stra w, it appears came when county board Chair- ma n John F inley rallied his board majority to short-circuit his own committee process in appointing a new chairman of the advisory group. It was after that action that the six member s submitted resignations.
Said Hi Kilborn, the former chairman: "The county has lost the services of six very intelligent, capable and willing public serv- ants. I think it signals the end of the advisory board. That's too bad. I'd hoped maybe my with- draw a l could prod some change."
Well, it is too bad, in many ways. Citizens selected for appointment to the board were chosen for the ir knowledge of mental illness, retardation and chemical dependency.The county board has ultimate responsibility for con-
ducting programs in these areas, but it surely needs the best advice it can get in making decisions.
It is an insult to the citizens who give tim e to such work to ignore them. It is bad for the program· it is bad for the whole concept of citizen participation in government.
Mar 20, 2017
Bill Martin obituary
William J. Martin
Martin, William J. of Eagan, MN, age 83, died peacefully on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. William was born on February 7, 1934 to William and Louise (Tutewohl) Martin. He married Darlene Martin (McGrane) on February 25, 1961. Together they had six children and eight grandchildren.

He served in the Military, retired from Thermo King Corporation after 35 years and also delivered papers for the Star Tribune for over 20 years. He enjoyed polka dancing, the casino, playing cards, bowling, his love for sports especially the MN Twins, his Catholic faith and time with family and friends.

Preceded in death by his wife, Darlene; his parents, William and Louise; sisters, Loretta and Ceil Giles; nephew Dwayne Giles; extended family and friends. Survived by his children, Gary (Renee), Cheryl (Steve) Johnson, Michael, Lynn (Brian) Bross, Gregory, Kristine (Robert) Ripley; grandchildren, Kelsey, Allie, Erik, Brenna, Hailey, Autumn, Liam and Clayton; Brothers, Jack and Leo; sisters, Lucille Lois, Louise Anderson and Mary (John) Gallagher. Mass of Christian Burial 11 am Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at Mary, Mother of the Church (3333 E. Cliff Rd) Burnsville. Visitation 4-8 pm Monday at White Funeral Home (14560 Pennock Ave) Apple Valley and one hour prior to the service at church. Interment: St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Savage, MN. Family prefers memorials to the American Cancer Society.
Mar 10, 2017
Pemtom Plat DocumentMar 06, 2017
Pemtom Materials in colorRiver Hills Development

Why the Tax Picture • • • Present and Future ... is Bright in River Hills
Taxes are, and should be, a major concern to every home buyer. They make up a substantial portion of your monthly payments, and usually reflect the fiscal condition of the locale in which you live-for the present and the future.

At the present time, Burnsville residents living within Minnesota School District 191 enjoy the greatest tax advantage in the Greater Twin City area. Roughly speaking, 65% to 75% of your total property tax is school tax, and the balance is paid to the municipality, the County and State. Therefore, the school tax base has the greatest effect on your property taxes.

Minnesota School District 191, including River Hills, encompasses all the industry in the Minnesota River Basin from Cedar Avenue to Savage: This area includes Northern States Power's Black Dog electric plant, Port Cargill, Producers Can Corporation , Lehigh Portland Cement Company, and Northwestern States Cement Company located near Interstate Highway 35W.

Each of these companies has a tax valuation in the millions. In total they contribute yearly to the school system and municipality sums enjoyed by no other area in the Twin Cities suburban area. Future development of industrially zoned ground in the river basin is both likely and desirable.

What doe s this mean to you , as a home buyer? Does it mean that taxes will not increase? No, but it means that while taxes will increase everywhere, you should enjoy a very favorable difference in tax payment~ -in River Hills as opposed to other areas outside this school district. It basically means that you as a buyer can afford more home for the same monthly payment you would pay in other areas. (Actually, up to $4,000 more !) It means , also, that the municipality can afford more services at less cost to the homeowner.

This brings us to our next most frequently mentioned subject because it is closely related to the matter of taxes.


At this time Burnsville school District 191 HAS 5 new schools. They are: Cedar elementary, River Hills elementary, Vista view elementary, Savage elementary, and the Burnsville junior-senior high school. The services available to all grades except where schools are within close walking distance.

This modern school system is well-established. The methods of education and quality of teaching personnel are among the most highly regarded in the state of Minnesota.

The school physical plants – uncrowded and well staffed – Have not been an abnormal tax burden to homeowners service by the system. Again, the reasons relate back to the industrial tax structure.

Undoubtedly, more schools will be required in future years, as will be true with any area– even those areas presently considered as fully developed. However, the tax advantages will remain with River hills homeowners.Then continue to benefit in future years.


Herein lies a very important consideration to every prospective home buyer. Seemingly good values have become expensive burdens to homeowners who had not investigated the questions of utilities and streets. You may know people who have purchased new homes only to find that their street and lawn must be torn up for another utility coming into the area. Each time the street is resurfaced it means assessments against the homeowner, plus hook-up charges into sewer or water mains.

This will not be the case in River Hills. A municipally owned and operated sanitary sewer, storm sewer and water system is in operation when you occupy a new home in River Hills. All these items are in and paid for by Pemtom, leaving only use charges to be paid by the homeowner. (And charges are the most reasonable to be found in any nearby areas.)
In addition to utilities, all homes front on finished black to p streets with concrete curbs and gutters. Concrete driveways run from the garage apron all the way to the curb, in the 4th Addition and all future Additions.

In summary, we urge you to compare the home values presented in River Hills. Examine the quality materials and workmanship in every home. The advantages Pemtom can pass on to you, the home buyer, through volume purchasing plus control of the product from raw land' to the final sale, mean more dollar value- high resale- and a thoroughly sound investment.
Mar 06, 2017
Pemtom River Hills Assn Bylaws1
River Hills Association
Membership and Dues
Article 2
Board of Directors, its tenure and duties.
Section A Section B
Section C
Section D
Annual dues shall be two dollars (*2.00) ner family ner calendar vear.
Any fee owner and snouse who is in residence in River Hills Addition, Burnsville village, is qualified for membership.
The membership of anyone who no longer qual­ ifies under Article 1, Section B shall be automatically terminated without formal oro- ceedings. Said person thereby forfeits all rights and interests in the corooration.
Until current annual dues are paid anv member loses all rights and privileges of membershin including the right to attend meetings. Cal­ endar year dues are pavable bv March 1 of each calendar vear.
Section A Section B
The Board of Directors shall consist of fif­ teen (15) members.
The term of a member of the Board of Directors shall be three (3) vears. Five (5) Directors
are to be selected each vear at the annual meeting. Any vacancies occurring in the Board of Directors shall be filled bv aonointment
by The Board.
Section C. At least sixty (60) davs before the annual meeting, a nominating committee of five (5)
Section D
Section E Section F
members shall be anpointed bv the Board of Directors to submit a slate of at least five
(5) and not more than ten (10) candidates for the Board of Directors. The nominating com­ mittee shall not be chosen from the Board of Directors. The nominating committee must obtain the consent of candidates for nomina­ tion before placing their names before the annual meeting.
At least thirtv (30) davs before the annual meeting written notice shall be given the mem­ bership that anv member named on a petition signed by at least six (6) other members shall also be a candidate for the Board of Directors. Petitions must be in the hands of the Presi­ dent at least five (5) days before the annual meeting. Nominations shall not be made from
the floor.
Directors may not succeed themselves. Directors shall be elected bv the membershin in attendance at the annual meeting. Each nominee must receive a majority of the votes
•ast, excluding blanks, to be elected to the Board of Directors. Balloting shall continue untilthereisanelection. Tellersshallbe appointed by The Board of Directors.

3 Officers, Section
their terms and duties.
A Within ten (10) days following the annual
meeting the Board of Directors sha 11 meet to elect a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Parliamentarian. The term of each officer shall be for one "ear. Each nominee must receive a majority of the votes cast, excluding blanks, to be an elected of-
4 Meetings Section
be the administrative
.ne sha 11 Preside at all
Section B
Section C
Secti on D
A notice for the annual meeting of the memb8r- ship shall be sent to the members at lAast ten
°(,10) days before the meeting. Notice of
special rreetings will be given in the Minneso- ta Valley Review.
The Board of Directors shall me8t at 10.ast six (6) times a year and their meetings shall be open to the general membership. Notice of
sue h rreeting of th e Board of Dire ct ors r1rill be
given in the Minnesota Vallev RP.view. The President shall have the authoritv to call a snecial or emergency rreeting of the Board of Directars V,ITHOUT such notice being gj ven in the official ueper designated in the Bv-Laws. All such rrEetings called will be reported by the Board of Directors at the next regularlv 9cJ1edul 0 d rreeting.

Section Section Section Section
Procedure Section A
Committees Section A
7 Amendments Sectj on A
Section B
E The m?.mbers and/or Board Members present at any meeting of which proper notice has b~en given shall constitute a quorum, except as
sp e cified in Article 3 Section A.
F Proxies for any purposP are prohibited. G There shall be no cumulative voting.
'1'he By-Laws may be
special meeting of
thirds vote of the
not ic e of th e nronos e d a mendments have been given in writing to th e membershin thirtv (3n) davs prior to said meeting .
amended at a nv a nnua 1 or the membersh:ip bv a twoO members nresent, provided
A proposed aMe'1dment to the By Laws may be submitted bv the Board of Direc tors or bv Petition signed bv five (5) per cent of the membershin. Proc edure for action on amend-
rre.nts shail follow Section A.
Mar 06, 2017
Various Pemtom River Hills House plans and pricesScroll through this PDF to view many of the homes offered by Pemton for their River Hills addition.

4- bedroom COLONIAL
Model Plan 1653 sq.ft. $21,950
Optional plan 1917 sq.ft.$1,800
Double garage $550
Brick Front $350
Fireplace single $650
Fireplace double $200
MAX PRICE $25,500

3- bedroom RAMBLER
1140 sq.ft.

3- bedroom SPLIT-ENTRY
1435 sq.ft.$20,350

4- bedroom L RAMBLER
1742 sq.ft.

3- or 4- bedroom RAMBLER
1300 sq.ft. or 1564 sq.ft.

5- bedroom COLONIAL
2240 sq.ft.

3- bedroom SPLIT-LEVEL $20,600
1544 sq.ft. or optional 1648 sq.ft.

3- bedroom SPLIT-ENTRY $20,200
1337 sq.ft. or 1300 sq.ft.

3- bedroom L SPLIT-ENTRY
1408 sq.ft. or 1460 sq.ft.

3-bedroom L-RAMBLER $20,950
1400 sq.ft.

3-bedroom L RAMBLER
1560 sq.ft.

3-bedroom RAMBLER
1200 sq.ft.
Mar 06, 2017
40 Years After flood of 1965Savage Pacer - Nancy Huddleston 2005
April 9, 2005, Savage Pacer

Airlift to season opener
Four Minnesota Twins baseball players living in Burnsville beat the traffic jams by getting an air lift to the 1965 seasons opening game with the New YorkYankees. Rich Rollins, Dick Stigman,Bill Bethea and Jim Kaat were picked up by helicopter at Burnsville High School at 9:30 a.m. and returned after the game . Several classes of elementary age children located in the west wing of the building were thrilled to see the Twins waiting outside their school.

35W a vast, quiet lake
Interstate35W was new in 1965and was usually humming with cars and trucks. It was submerged under a vast, quiet lake dotted with a few trees and road signs and closed off for a week between Bloomington and Highway 13.
The only traffic near the highway was a rowboat that was moored at the entrance to the Embassy Club and colorful pleasure boats of Aqua Craft Inc. that floated unperturbed in a neat row near the water-coveredmarina on the Bloomington side of the river.
Since all area river crossings were under water, motorists had to travelHighway 13to the Mendota Bridge. At times, traffic was backed up to BurnsvilleHigh School and was not moving
at all. So, motorists in the area of the River Hills neighborhood in Burnsvillemade the best of the situation by getting up a roadside ball game.
Many Burnsville residents with downtown jobs simply rented hotel rooms and stayed in town until the flood waters receded.
Mar 06, 2017
Skateville exterior (undated)on N. River Ridge CircleMar 05, 2017
Minnesota River sketch from aerial 1961Mar 05, 2017
Burnsville Bowl signMar 05, 2017
Franco's Restaurant matchbookMar 05, 2017
Embassy Restaurant matchbookSmoking was allowed, ashtrays at every table and matches provided.Mar 05, 2017
Chancellor Manor Makeover 2010More than a makeover at Burnsville's Chancellor Manor
A remade public housing complex in Burnsville means more services for residents - and fewer police calls. By ALEX EBERT Star Tribune AUGUST 28, 2010 — 10:13PM
Children played soccer outside a newly renovated courtyard at the Chancellor Manor pubic housing development. Since the renovation, calls to police have fallen dramatically.
Fresh paint, winding concrete walkways and neatly manicured trees make the apartments and townhouses of Chancellor Manor look more like college dorms than Dakota County's largest subsidized housing development. Yet after a yearlong renovation, people say the biggest change is something you can't see: Not nearly as much crime.
After a
Officials of the city of Burnsville and the county also praise the development's higher curbside appeal, which might yield higher property values in the surrounding area.
The 14-building complex with three-story apartments and two-story townhouses is located near County Rd. 42 and the Burnsville Center.
It was built in 1972 to accommodate federal Section 8 housing vouchers. Most residents are non-English speaking immigrants whose salaries average about $13,000 a year, said Dick Brustad, vice president of the Community Housing Development Corporation, which owns the property.
In the last three decades the "tired and worn-out" property's care started to slide and crime became a serious issue with "less than aggressive oversight," said Mark Ulfers , executive director of the Dakota County Community Development Agency.
management switch -- and more than $24 million from various government and private entities -- the 500 residents are seeing better security, central air and community programming such as English and cooking classes.
Marsha White, center, was surrounded with a hug by her daughters, from left, Kayla White, 16, Krista White, 19, Lexi Wesley, 12, inside their townhouse.
White said that her home has new lighting
fixtures, new central air and new light
Marsha White, center, was surrounded with a hug by her daughters, from left, Kayla
White, 16, Krista White, 19, Lexi Wesley, 12, inside their townhouse. White said that her
home has new lighting fixtures, new central air and new light fixtures.
In 2000, Burnsville police received around 600 calls for service from the complex. Drug deals and gang graffiti were commonplace. A man was stabbed to death outside of an
apartment in 2003. A few years later, a man cut himself on the glass of a fire extinguisher box, spilling blood in an apartment and creating an uproar as residents called for improvements.
Fearing the federal government could pull money from the property, Dakota County, US Bank, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development raised enough funds for the private non-profit Community Housing and Development Corp. to buy the 200-unit complex and give it a security and aesthetic makeover.
Cue dozens of security camera installations, reinforced doors with heavy deadbolt locks and magnetic keys and newly unattached garages so residents and police can see clearly what happens in the parking lots.
The result: police calls for service plummeted 32 percent this year. Calls are down to 183 from 272 during the same period last year, said Burnsville Police Officer Casey Buck.
"Since new management came in, typical calls are similar to what you'd see at any apartment complex," Buck said.
And the renovated Chancellor Manor offers more for its residents that have less. English and cooking lessons. Boy Scout meetings. Grade school tutors. It's a "reinvigoration" of services the complex hasn't seen in ages, Ulfers said. Dakota County also opened up 10 units for homeless residents.
The property was scheduled for reassessment last Thursday, and politicians and administrators are speculating that the improved "curbside appeal" and increased safety could lead to higher property values around the once- troubled development.
Although the outcome appears to be rosy, changing was also a big inconvenience said Marsha White, a 10-year resident.
Since the structures were revamped without moving tenants, White let builders into her home as early as 7 a.m. some days to knock out a moldy wall and install new faucets and alarm systems.
Initially, residents were skeptical about the renovations.
There had been minor improvements over the last decade, but none really seemed to make a big difference, White said. But this time seemed like a real change to her.
"This is a 180," she said. "Just because you live in subsidized housing doesn't mean you have to let it go to hell."
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