• Economic Development

    The Economic Development Department of the City of Savage is responsible for attracting new businesses to the community, retaining existing businesses, assisting businesses with expansion, and enabling the rehabilitation and/or redevelopment of areas within the community.

    The department relies on support and input from the City's Economic Development Commission. This commission plays a critical role in advising the Economic Development Authority on all matters relating to the economic development of the community. The Economic Development Authority (EDA) is the official decision-making body when it comes to economic development. The EDA is made up of members of the City Council.

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    • Economic Development
      The Economic Development Department of the City of Savage is responsible for attracting new businesses to the community, retaining existing businesses, assisting businesses with expansion, and enabling the rehabilitation and/or redevelopment of areas within the community. The department relies on support and input from the City's Economic Development Commission (EDC). This commission plays a critical role in advising the Economic Development Authority on all matters relating to the economic development of the community. The Economic Development Authority (EDA) is the official decision-making body when it comes to economic development. The EDA is made up of members of the City Council.

      The Economic Development Commission meets monthly on the third Wednesday. All meetings are held in the City Hall Conference Room. The Economic Development Authority meets as necessary following regular City Council meetings.
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    • Planning

      The Planning Department is responsible for guiding development and regulating land use within the City. The department is primarily divided into planning and mapping/GIS. The Planning Department staff consists of the Planning Manager, Senior Planner and GIS Technician.

      Typical duties include:

      • Implementation of Comprehensive Plan
      • Provide professional advice, technical expertise and information support to other City Departments, Planning Commission and City Council
      • Administers and enforces Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances
      • Sign regulation
      • Assists in building permit review
      • Addressing
      • Mapping and GIS
      • Process land use applications
      • Development review
      • Site plan review
      • Oversight of City's document management and imaging program
      • Update demographic information
      • Provide counter service and general information to public

      Property Information

      Information regarding property in Scott County can be obtained through the Scott County website. The website offers different methods for performing property record searches and allows users to view and create site specific maps.

      New Subdivisions

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  • Communications
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    • Information for Businesses
      The City of Savage has a variety of information and resources available to make doing business in the community easier. The following pages contain the information businesses and contractors most frequently request from the City.
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    • History

      Although Savage is considered a Twin Cities Metropolitan suburb, its roots go much deeper than many neighboring communities. The city's history is rich and varied, offering tales about a famous racehorse and its owner, the crash of an airplane flown by a famous pilot, and an industry fueled by the war effort.

      Historical Dates of Significance

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    • Current Newsletter

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      City Connection provides a variety of information relating to services and projects by the City of Savage. The publication is delivered monthly to all properties in Savage and their owners. Copies also are available at City Hall and the Public Works Building. Below is a list of the articles from the current issue:

       

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    • Latest News

      Below is a list of the latest news relating to the City of Savage:

       

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    • Welcome

      The City of Savage is glad that you have chosen this community as your home. In exploring the city, you will find many opportunities for recreation, shopping, and conducting business. Located in and around the Minnesota River Valley, the city of Savage is home to an abundance of natural amenities, including the unique Savage Fen and the Eagle Creek trout stream. We are proud of all the community has to offer - low crime rates, top school districts, quality park and recreation facilities, and public services that residents can rely upon.

      Below we have created a few links to help you navigate your way through the wealth of opportunities that await you. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. We would be happy to provide any assistance we are able to.

       

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    • News

      The following news articles provide information relating to current projects, services and programs by the City of Savage.

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  • Savage Municipal Liquors

    The City owns and operates two liquor stores. Profits from the stores help support other services provided by the City as well as special projects like the construction of the McColl Pond Environmental Learning Center. The City also owns the building that houses the Savage Public Library, which is operated by Scott County.

    Marketplace Liquors

    Dan Patch Liquors

     

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    • Liquor

      The City owns and operates two liquor stores. Profits from the stores help support other services provided by the City as well as special projects like the construction of the McColl Pond Environmental Learning Center. The City also owns the building that houses the Savage Public Library, which is operated by Scott County.

       

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    • Crime Prevention

      The Savage Police Department Crime Prevention Unit coordinates many different programs. If you have any questions about the Crime Prevention Unit or programs, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at the Savage Police Crime Prevention Unit or call 952.882.2604.

      Crime Prevention Resources

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      Crime Prevention Tips

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    • Police Department

       

      The City of Savage is an exceptional city and the efforts of our police officers, civilian support staff, volunteers, citizens, and the steadfast public safety support from the Mayor and City Council have made a positive impact on the quality of life in the community.  We will continue to meet the needs of our citizens and do it with a professional and dedicated staff. 

      A safe community begins with teamwork and partnership with you.  To help prevent crime, remember our crime prevention slogan:  "Lock It or Lose It" and please be involved in your community by reporting suspicious activities.  As always, I look forward to seeing you around our beautiful city. 

       

      "Coming together is a beginning.  Keeping together is progress.  Working together is success."  Henry Ford

       

      Rodney R. Seurer
      Chief of Police

                                       
         

                                             

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      Phone Numbers & Hours

      Phone Numbers:
      9-1-1 To Report an Emergency.
      952.882.2600 Savage Police Department
      952.445.1411 Scott County Central Dispatch

      Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

      Business Hours:
      Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. are the Administration hours for the building. During these business hours persons may obtain copies of reports, gun permits, or other information. The police respond 24 hours a day and 365 days a year for people who need assistance or need to report something. Scott County Central Dispatch answers emergency and non-emergency calls 24 hours a day. They also answer our administration line after business hours.



      Mission and Philosophy

      The mission of the police department is:
      "The Savage Police Department is committed to serving the community to the best of our ability, while adhering to the highest moral and professional standards of conduct at all times. Our goal is to provide public safety services to the citizens we come in contact with, and develop a successful relationship with our community. To succeed in any relationship we must be firm, fair and consistent in our contact, but understanding and compassionate in providing our services."

      The men and women of the Savage Police Department continuously put forth tremendous efforts to help keep our community as safe as possible.

      The Savage Police Department is committed to developing comprehensive solutions to community problems, provide enhanced police services and forging new strengths in combating crime.


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      Operations Bureau

      Operations Bureau is headed by Captain Jeff Appel. Four Patrol Sergeants report to Captain Simon, and he also leads the Tri-City Tactical Team.

      The Patrol Sergeants supervise the Patrol Officers, and also are in charge of department programs.
      Patrol Division                  Speed Reduction
      Predatory Offenders         Tri-City Tactical Team
      Safe & Sober                   Training
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      Administration Bureau

      Administrative Services is headed by Captain Bruce Simon, who oversees the following divisions.

      • Community Services Division
      • Investigative Division
      • Support Services Division


      Commendations

      Each month, the Savage Police department receives letters from individuals who wish to commend the service they have received from Savage Police Officers. A record of each commendation is included in the personnel file of the officer. But more than the commendation itself, these letters provide a sample of the quality and variety of service that Savage Police Officers provide to the residents of Savage.

      Following are actual letters received by the Department, with names, addresses and other sensitive information removed from the letter as necessary to protect privacy. New Commendation letters will be replaced and updated on a regular basis.

      How to Commend an Officer
      The Savage Police Department is committed to rewarding officers and employees for commendable actions and service. Anyone who feels that an employee has performed his or her duties in a particularly courteous, helpful or competent manner may commend the employee by:

      • Phoning the commendation to 952-882-2600
      • Email the Savage Police Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
      • Writing a letter directed to the Chief of Police at: Savage Police Department, 6000 McColl Drive, Savage, Minnesota 55378


      Be sure to obtain the employee’s name and the unit that he or she is assigned to, if possible. Commendations become a part of the employee’s personnel file.

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    • Fire Department

        Thank you for taking the time to visit our department webpage. Our website contains  Chief McCollinformation about our history, member training, fire prevention and public education resources, permit information, information about our equipment, and recent call activity, we hope you enjoy it.

      The Savage Fire Department is a Paid-On-Call Department consisting of 40 members, who either live or work in the City of Savage, and two fulltime staff members. We operate out of two fire stations within the City, located at 13105 Dakota Ave and 14321 O'Connell Road. We responded to 412 calls for service in 2013, about 10% increase in calls from 2012.

      - Joel McColl, Fire Chief


      The Savage Fire Department expects a very high level of professional conduct from our members. Each member is required to be familiar with and abide by all Fire Department rules, regulations, policies, and operating procedures. These stringent guidelines ensure that when duty calls, the community's firefighters will be thoroughly prepared to meet the challenge that lies ahead.

      Mission and Value Statements

      Mission Statement

      The mission of the Savage Fire Department is to minimize loss of life and property in the City of Savage from fires, natural disasters and other life threatening situations and to assist other emergency agencies conducting similar activities.  The members of the Savage Fire Department will strive to perform these services in an efficient manner by maintaining effective education, prevention, emergency response and suppression training. 

      Value Statement

      The Savage Fire Department expects a very high level of professional conduct from all members. Each member shall familiarize him or herself with; and abide by, all regulations, policies and operating procedures of the Savage Fire Department.

       

      Fire Department Events

      CPR Training

      Currently we have two Heartsaver CPR and First Aid classes scheduled; September 11th and September 18th. The classes on both dates run from 8:30 - 4:30. If you are interested in taking either one or both of the classes, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 952-882-2643.

      If you are interested in learning more about the CPR classes we offer, please click here.

      Fire Prevention Week

      This year Fire Prevention Week is October 5 - 11th, this years theme is:

      “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives:  Test Yours Every Month!”

      As is the past we will have several crews at the different elementary schools and daycare centers to talk about fire safety.

      Our annual Fire Prevention Week Open House will be Tuesday October 7th from 5:00 - 7:30 PM. As is the past we will have free food, door prizes, fire truck rides and demonstrations. We hope you are able to joins.

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  • Building

    Framing of a new houseThe primary task of the Building Department is to ensure that new construction and remodeling of buildings within the City meets minimum standards as regulated by the International Building Code and International Residential Code, the International Mechanical Code, the International Fuel Gas Code and the Minnesota Plumbing Code. These codes ensure that the buildings are safe and pose no risk to the public's welfare. The department works with homeowners and contractors to ensure that residential homes and commercial buildings meet the required safety guidelines.

    Tasks carried out by the Building Inspections Division include answering applicant questions, reviewing project plans, processing and issuing building permits, coordinating with other City departments on projects, and providing inspections.

    The City offers handouts for many common building projects to help explain the procedure for obtaining a permit and the required inspection process.  The City of Savage inspects all aspects of these projects with the exception of electrical work.  Electrical permits and inspections are done by the State of Minnesota.

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  • Utility Services

    The mission of the Utility Services Division is to provide the Savage community with reliable water and sanitary sewer services now and in the future.

    The administrative offices are located at 13770 Dakota Avenue in the Public Works/Utility Services building.

    The Utility Services Division understands that residents and businesses may encounter emergency water and sewer situations at all times of the day. Normal working hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Those experiencing an emergency water or sewer situation during these hours are asked to call 952.224.3440 and staff will respond as soon as possible. After hours, please call Scott County Emergency Dispatch at 952.445.1411. The dispatcher will then forward the appropriate information to the on-call operator. Here are examples of the most common emergency situations:

    • sewer backups
    • no water or very low water pressure
    • missing manhole covers in the street
    • broken fire hydrants
    • broken water lines within the home
    • water main breaks
    • vandalism
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    • Utility Services

      The mission of the Utility Services Division is to provide the Savage community with reliable water and sanitary sewer services now and in the future.


      Water System

      The City of Savage currently has 100 miles of water mains. This includes over 1,500 fire hydrants and 8,607 water services. The City has 9 million gallons of treated water in storage. The Credit River Tower at CR 42 & CR 27 stores 1 million gallons, the Boone Tower at Boone Avenue and 138th Street stores 500,000 gallons, the ground storage reservoir at Water Treatment Plant #2 stores 1.5 million gallons, Cates tower stores 1 million gallons, and the ground storage reservoir at CR 16 & TH 13 stores 5 million gallons.


      Sewer System

      The City of Savage currently has more than 110 miles of sewer mains. This includes 13 sewage lift stations with 29 pumps. The Utility Services Division performs ongoing preventive maintenance programs on the sewer collection system. These programs are designed to remove the buildup of solids and prevent backups within the system and in the home. The Utility Services Division utilizes specialized equipment to accomplish these programs.

      The raw sewage from the City of Savage is pumped to the City of Eagan where it is treated at the Seneca wastewater treatment plant operated by the Metropolitan Council Environmental Services.


      Treatment Plants

      The City of Savage's two treatment plants process up to 9 million gallons of water daily. The treatment plants are designed to remove naturally occurring iron, manganese and radium from the raw well water. This is accomplished by aeration and chemical means during filtration. After filtration, chlorine disinfectant is added to ensure a safe product in the system. Fluoride is also added to the final product to maintain healthy teeth as mandated by the Minnesota Department of Health.

      Chemicals are monitored continuously for proper dosages. The Utility Services Division performs 30 water samples throughout the month to ensure that there are no harmful bacteria within the system. These samples are tested at a State-certified lab. The Minnesota Department of Health also inspects the treatment plants and water system numerous times each year. This ensures quality water that meets all the state and federal guidelines.

      All facilities are capable of operating on an extended basis with emergency backup generators.


      Location

      The administrative offices are located at 13770 Dakota Avenue in the Public Works/Utility Services building.

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      Maintenance Programs

      The City of Savage Utility Services Division has ongoing maintenance programs designed to ensure service to the public. Some of the major programs are water meter repairs, new water meter installations, water and sewer service inspections, hydrant flushing, flow testing, hydrant repairs and curb box repairs.

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  • Public Works

    The Public Works Department consists of several divisions responsible for implementing maintenance programs and providing services to the community. These programs include street maintenance, snow plowing, street sweeping and storm pond maintenance. The department functions on a pool concept to accomplish public works programs. This includes sharing maintenance operators and equipment across divisions based on departmental priorities.

    The Public Works Administration plans and manages programs; sets policies, procedures and priorities; and is responsible for overall department operations. Administrative staff functions as support for all divisions and as key information resources for the city council, advisory boards, department managers, city staff, the general public and other public agencies.

    If you have a concern regarding the City's streets or utilities, chances are the Public Works Department can help. Please contact the department at 952.224.3400 to report any of the following:

    • A traffic signal is out

    • Street sign is down, damaged or missing

    • A curb is broken

    • A pothole needs to be fixed

    • Water drainage problems

    • Questions about snow plowing procedures

    • Sidewalk is in need of repair

    • Trees in the boulevard need trimming

    • Visual obstructions in the right of way, which pose safety concerns for motorists entering an intersection

    • Drainage pond concerns

    • Questions about gravel road maintenance

    Office hours at the Public Works facility are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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    • Public Works

      The Public Works Department consists of several divisions responsible for implementing maintenance programs and providing services to the community. These programs include street maintenance, snow plowing, street sweeping and storm pond maintenance. The department functions on a pool concept to accomplish public works programs. This includes sharing maintenance operators and equipment across divisions based on departmental priorities.

      The Public Works Administration plans and manages programs; sets policies, procedures and priorities; and is responsible for overall department operations. Administrative staff functions as support for all divisions and as key information resources for the city council, advisory boards, department managers, city staff, the general public and other public agencies.

      If you have a concern regarding the City's streets or utilities, chances are the Public Works Department can help. Please contact the department at 952.224.3400 to report any of the following:

      • A traffic signal is out

      • Street sign is down, damaged or missing

      • A curb is broken

      • A pothole needs to be fixed

      • Water drainage problems

      • Questions about snowplowing procedures

      • Sidewalk is in need of repair

      • Trees in the boulevard need trimming

      • Visual obstructions in the right of way, which pose safety concerns for motorists entering an intersection

      • Drainage pond concerns

      • Questions about gravel road maintenance

      Office hours at the Public Works facility are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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  • Parks, Recreation & Natural Resources

    The Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Division is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the City's parks, recreation programs, and natural resources areas.

    The Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Division is responsible for the following areas:

    • Park development and construction
    • Sidewalk and trail development
    • Adult and youth recreation programming
    • Special events held on City property
    • Ice rink development and staffing
    • Oak wilt and hazard tree inspection
    • Environmental and outdoor education classes
    • Snow removal for streets, parks and trails
    • Park reservations for gatherings
    • Adopt a park and garden program
    • Boulevard and park tree trimming

     

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    • Natural Resources

      Establishment

      The Natural Resources Division established in 1995 to:

      • Inventory and plan for the protection of significant natural areas and resources in the community
      • Effectively integrate these features into the decision-making process as the City continues to grow.

      Natural Areas and Open Space

      One of the best ways to maintain the distinctive character and quality of life in Savage is by creating strong natural areas and an open space protection program. This ensures that the City can continue to grow while retaining the sense of place that has attracted many people to Savage.

      Responsibilities

      The Natural Resources Division is responsible for:

      • Ensuring compliance of the Tree Preservation Ordinance
      • Administering the Wetland Conservation Act
      • Reviewing the impact on natural resources during land development planning
      • Managing several hundred acres of open natural areas, including outlots, stormwater ponds and other passive use areas, as well as conducting annual tree inspections

      Community Forestry Programs

      The division also coordinates and implements community forestry programs including:

      • Arbor Day activities
      • Oak wilt and invasive species control
      • Environmental education activities

      Residents interested in general forestry information, buckthorn control, residential landscape requirements, or volunteering opportunities are encouraged to contact the Natural Resources Division.

       

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  • Finance

    The Finance/Human Resources Department is responsible for the City's accounting and human resources activities. It also provides internal support services to all city departments. This includes:

    • preparing annual financial report and budget documents
    • processing payments to vendor
    • receipting payments for city services
    • payroll and benefits administration
    • general accounting transactions
    • cash management and banking relationships
    • debt management
    • risk management and loss control
    • overseeing the City's information systems
    • administration of special assessments
    • administration of TIF districts
    • implementation of financial and internal controls

    In addition, the Department is responsible for the preparation of the budget, annual financial report, and a 5-year capital improvement plan.

    The Finance Department includes a staff of 4 people.

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  • Administration

    City Administrator Barry StockThe Administration Department provides a variety of day-to-day services for the City. These include holding elections, maintaining City records, assembling agendas for City Council meetings, and providing information to residents and businesses. The Administration Department also provides support for other departments throughout City Hall, and makes sure all who visit during regular business hours receive the services they need.

    The Administration Department is led by the City Administrator and consists of the City Clerk, Communications Coordinator, Video Production Coordinator, MIS Coordinators, Administrative Secretaries, and the Front Desk Receptionist.

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    • Ordinances & Licenses
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    • Cable Access Television

      The City of Savage contracts with Mediacom Communications Corporation and Integra Telecom to deliver cable television service to residents and businesses within Savage. The contract is known as a franchise agreement, as defined by the Cable Act of 1984. Under the cable franchise agreement, Mediacom and Integra pay the City for locating the cable system in public right of ways. These funds, known as franchise fees, form the City's Cable Television Fund. A portion of the funds are used to support programming on the City's PEG (Public, Education, Government) access channels. No general levy taxpayer funds are used for PEG Access operations.

      Cable Ordinance and Franchise - click on the links below to view.

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    • Elections and Voting
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    • Parks

      The City of Savage has demonstrated its commitment to the preservation of open space for the recreational purposes of its citizens. The community currently contains approximately 304 acres of city-managed park lands, as well as over 2,400 acres of state and county-managed park space. Below is a list of the parks within the City of Savage, as well as a description of the activities that can be found at each.

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  • Engineering

    The constant goal of the Engineering Division is to provide the Savage community with the most durable, functional and efficient infrastructure and services possible. If you have any questions or would like assistance from the Engineering staff, please call 952.882.2671.


    The Engineering Division conducts the administration of all City public works projects ordered by the City Council. The department oversees the design, construction and administration of sanitary sewer, watermain, storm sewer, and roadways.


    Staff ensures the projects meet the City design standards and current engineering criteria and provides assistance to the City Council, City staff, and the general public.

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  • Community

    Savage, located in Scott County, Minnesota, is distinguished by its convenient location, varied history, and lush surroundings.Best Places to Live in America image

    Savage was named among the Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine in 2013 and among the Best Affordable Suburbs in the nation by BusinessWeek in 2010.

    The community's oldest district sits on the banks of the Minnesota River. As the city has grown, development has occurred southward to settle on the bluffs overlooking the scenic Minnesota River Valley.

    Perhaps known best for its ties to famous racehorse, Dan Patch, Savage is also regarded for its significant role in the grain distribution industry.

    Yet, it is not the history or the riverfront activity that tends to draw most people here. Many people say it was the community's beauty, its schools and its services that first caught their attention - and persuaded them to stay. Use the links on the left to learn more about the community.

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  • About Savage - One of Best Places to Live in America

    Best Places to Live RibbonSavage, located in Scott County, Minnesota, is distinguished by its convenient location, varied history, and lush surroundings.

    Savage was named among the Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine in 2013 and among the Best Affordable Suburbs in the nation by BusinessWeek in 2010.

    The community's oldest district sits on the banks of the Minnesota River. As the city has grown, development has occurred southward to settle on the bluffs overlooking the scenic Minnesota River Valley.

    Perhaps known best for its ties to famous racehorse, Dan Patch, Savage is also regarded for its significant role in the grain distribution industry. Yet, it is not the history or the riverfront activity that tends to draw most people here. Many people say it was the community's beauty, its schools and its services that first caught their attention - and persuaded them to stay.

    View the 2012 Resident Survey to learn more about what citizens think about their community.

     

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  • City Government

    The City of Savage is a local government agency that provides municipal services to 26,911 residents, 9,116 occupied households and more than 400 businesses. The 17-square-mile community served by the City of Savage is located south of the Minnesota River in Scott County, which is one of the fastest growing areas in the nation.

    Staff

    A total of 136 full and part-time employees in seven departments deliver water and sewer, public safety, street maintenance, parks and recreation, and other services to the public. During the summer, as many as 40 seasonal employees are added to assist with maintenance and recreation programming. Fire services are provided by 37 paid-on-call firefighters who live or work in Savage; they are led by a full-time fire chief who also serves as fire marshal.

    Operations

    City’s departments include Administration, Finance, Community Development, Fire, Police and Public Works. These departments operate out of the following locations:

    • City Hall and the Savage Police Department, 6000 McColl Drive
    • Public Works/Utility Services, 13770 Dakota Ave.
    • Fire Station 60, 13105 Dakota Ave.
    • Fire Station 61, 14321 O’Connell Road
    • Water Treatment Plant 2, 13800 Dakota Ave.
    • Water Treatment Plant 3, 8100 Foxberry Bay

     

    Savage City Liquor is the City's municipal liquor operation. Profits from two City-owned and operated stores help support other services provided by the City. The stores are:

    • Marketplace Liquor, 8200 West County Road 42
    • Dan Patch Liquor, 4425 W. 123rd St.

    The City also owns the building that houses the Savage Public Library, which is operated by Scott County. The library is located on the Government Campus at 13090 Alabama Ave. S.

    Officials

    A city administrator appointed by a five-member City Council oversees all City of Savage operations. The Council is responsible for setting policy that guides the development and provision of programs and services provided to the community. The Council consists of a mayor, who is elected every four years; and four council members, who each serve four-year terms.

    Budget

    City of Savage services are funded through several revenue sources and various budgets. The General Fund supports general operations. Property taxes provide a majority of the revenue for the General Fund, with licenses and permits, engineering and plan review fees and intergovernmental revenues accounting for the balance. Special Revenue budgets, supported in part or entirely by independent funding sources, provide for cable access initiatives, maintenance for the Savage Public Library and economic development efforts. Other budgets for the City include the Water and Sewer Operating, Storm Water, and Liquor Operating funds.

    Growth

    City operations have expanded over the past two decades in response to a rapidly growing population. Once a rural community, Savage’s population has increased from 4,000 to 26,911 in the past 25 years. The greatest amount of growth occurred from 1990 to 2000, when the population increased by 113 percent. A new city hall, fire station, water treatment plant, library and liquor store were built during that time frame.

    In 2007, a 31,720 square foot addition onto Savage City Hall provided new space for the Savage Police Department and community meeting rooms. The $8.25 million project, funded through property taxes, also allowed for renovations to the former police facility for City Hall office space and a new television production studio. In 2010, the downtown fire station was closed and a new fire station opened on the government campus to improve response times.

    Community

    Construction of the McColl Pond Environmental Learning Center at Community Park was completed in December 2008. The center provides classroom space for an elementary environmental program developed with local schools, as well as larger areas that may be rented by the public for meetings, events and other gatherings.  The building is the result of a partnership with several public and private entities. Supporters include the Jeffers Foundation, which provided a $500,000 grant to get the project started. More info about the McColl Pond Environmental Learning Center.

    The Savage Sports Center opened in November 2012 to provide seasonal indoor training space for local youth athletic teams, as well as climate controlled recreational options for residents during the winter months. The air-supported structure is up from November through April, then removed and stored on-site during the summer months. The artificial turf is available for use from May through October. More info about the Savage Sports Center.

    Savage’s environmental assets include the Minnesota River, which forms the city’s northern border; the 500-acre Savage Fen Wetland Complex, which contains some of the largest calcareous fens in the state; Eagle Creek, one of the last self-sustaining trout streams in the Metro Area; and Boiling Springs, a historical landmark.

    A major industry in Savage is shipping, due to the community’s location on the Minnesota River. Several private facilities operate along the banks of the river to form the Ports of Savage. These  include Harvest States, Port Cargill, Cargill West, Port Bunge, Superior Minerals Corporation and Flint Hills Resources. Other major businesses include Fabcon, Silgan Containers, Master Electric Co., B.F. Nelson, and Road Machinery & Supply Co. The community also offers a historic downtown area as well as a large retail base that includes two grocery stores, a SuperTarget and several restaurants and service shops.

    Three school districts serve Savage: Prior Lake-Savage, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage, and Shakopee schools. The community has one high school, one junior high, and five elementary schools within its borders. The city also has one non-public school, St. John the Baptist Catholic School, located in downtown Savage. Land near the Minnesota River is included in the Bloomington School District; however, no Savage households or businesses are located within that district.

     

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