Children spend more time at school than anywhere else other than their own home during the school year. Overall, schools are one of the safest places for children to be. However, some schools have problems, such as bullying, theft and other issues to make them less secure and harder for students and educators to feel safe.
With so much environmental change and stimulation, many kids may be on overload for awhile. Here are some suggestions of ways you can help your kids get through this period, as well as build self-confidence and family trust.
Finally, you can ask each child’s teacher what they expect their students to learn over the school year, and how you can best support your child’s learning opportunities. Many teachers have recommended educational books, websites, games and crafts.
Learn more about how you can help your children with school safety tips before heading back to school.
Pickleball Clinics | Be a part of this growing sport! Join Savage Parks and Recreation staff for a free clinic to learn how to play the great game of pickleball. A choice of dates is being offered as follows: August 25 or 27; or September 1, 3 or 12. The clinics will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. at Savage Community Park. Although the event is free, please RSVP through our registration system online.
Let's Go Fishing! | Seniors and veterans are invited to spend an enjoyable afternoon on the lake with Scott County's "Let's Go Fishing" program. Scheduled for September 15, from 12:45 to 3 p.m. Participants may fish or just enjoy the ride. All equipment will be provided. The boat will launch from Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park near New Prague. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to the boat launch site. To learn more about this program or to register, please visit scottcounty.lgfws.com.
Halloween Bash | Join Savage Parks and Recreation, and local businesses and organizations on Saturday, October 24 for a SPOOKTACULAR community event. Horse-drawn wagon rides, inflatables, Kids Dance DJ, a camp fire and trick-or-treating will be offered from 5 to 8 p.m. The bash will take place at the Savage Sports Center and on the surrounding grounds. Carbone's Pizzeria and Outlaw Grill will offer food and refreshments for purchase. Register early and save!
Kids Night Out | It is time for the kids to have a night out! They will enjoy a movie, snacks and games at the McColl Pond Environmental Learning and Event Center. Offered from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on September 18, October 2 and November 20. Cost per event is $15 per person.
We Want To Hear From You! | We want to hear about opportunities you would like to see within our growing community. Please share your ideas and feedback at cityofsavage.com/rec-program-feedback.
Now Hiring | City of Savage is now hiring to fill the seasonal positions of sports center lead, sports center attendants, soccer coaches, soccer coordinator and more! Apply today!
Show your Savage pride! T-shirts are available for purchase in a variety of colors at Savage City Hall. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Only $10 each.
Scott and Carver counties seek individuals interested in learning more about recycling, then sharing that knowledge with others. Master Recycler and Composter classes will be held on Tuesdays, between 6 and 8:30 p.m., from September 15 to October 27. Learn more.
Dogs and dog-lovers are invited to DoggiePalooza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on September 12 at Community Park. The event will feature an expo, demonstrations and contests; as well as experts on a variety of canine-related topics. Admission is free.
A new school year is around the corner. In the excitement that comes with returning to school, students may forget to take steps to protect their property. Not everyone comes back well prepared for class and might "borrow" from those who are.
The Savage Police Department's school liaison officers suggest taking the following steps to help your child make sure their belongings aren't targeted:
Learn more about back to school safety tips.
The classroom course will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. at the O'Connell Fire Station, 14321 O'Connell Road, on Thursday, November 19. The course will include a review of priority safety information and must be followed up with a driving test on Saturday, November 21, from 9 to 11 a.m.
The City of Savage would like to thank our utility customers for their cooperation while changes were made to our utility billing operations. An outside company is no longer handling the utility billing function for the City – all bills are now issued and processed by City of Savage staff.
We continue to make adjustments to ensure our procedures are as efficient as possible. You, as a customer, can help. The City provides several options for customers to make payments. One of these – the Automatic Bill Payment option – saves time and money for all involved.
Through the Automatic Bill Payment option, customers can choose to have their bills paid each month through a withdrawal from their checking account. This fee-free service saves customers the task of having to remember to make a payment by the due date, and also removes an item from their monthly "to-do" list. Because the money is deposited directly into the City's account, the City gains efficiencies by not having to process a check or other form of payment. Customers still receive a bill – either by mail or email, depending on preference.
If you are one of our customers who still receive your utility bill by mail, we encourage you to consider signing up to receive it by email instead. Our email bill option helps to reduce paper waste as well as the monthly costs involved in printing, stuffing and mailing the bills. Plus, it reduces the amount of mail sent to your home and the amount of paper that can accumulate. By signing up once, you will receive the actual bill in your inbox. You will not be redirected to a website to see bill details, such as how much you owe.
Signing up for our Automatic Bill Payment service or an electronic bill is easy. Visit the Payment Options section or call the Utility Billing Department at 952-882-2681 for assistance.
A grocery chain proposing to build a new store in Savage is giving the City Council a lot to think about. HyVee is eyeing a site at County Roads 42 and 27. The company plans to build a full service grocery store that would include liquor sales - even though the City is the only entity that can legally sell off-sale intoxicating liquor in Savage.
Aware of the municipal liquor restriction, company representatives have invited the City to lease the planned liquor space for another Savage City Liquor location. The City currently operates two municipal liquor stores: Dan Patch in downtown Savage, and Marketplace at Highway 13 and County Road 42.
It appears to be a simple proposal. However, the invitation has prompted officials to consider a range of scenarios regarding the future of its municipal liquor operations. These have included everything from adding a third store to its mix (at the new HyVee site) to getting out of the municipal liquor operation business completely. The options also include locating municipal liquor stores in Cub Foods and Target. Both companies proposed similar arrangements to Savage after learning of HyVee's invitation.
City staff has run several financial estimates to compare the costs and benefits of the different options. The City Council discussed the numbers and the scenarios last month before giving staff guidance on how to respond to HyVee's offer.
The Council agreed that a liquor operation within a grocery store makes financial sense. It directed staff to continue to work with HyVee, Cub Foods and Target to refine the concept of locating Savage City Liquor outlets within their stores. If the concept becomes reality, Dan Patch and Marketplace sites would likely close and be leased to private parties for other retail purposes. Existing staff would relocate to the new Savage City Liquor locations.
The HyVee project must obtain a number of approvals before construction can begin. The company is hoping that the store could open by the summer or fall of 2016.
One of the last remaining, original farmsteads in Savage has been sold. After housing three generations from the same family over the past 160 years, the Connelly Farm will be developed into single-family homes. Instead of one mailbox with one name, the area will have 20 mailboxes with different names on each.
The land where the Connelly Farm sits is just east of County Road 27, along Connelly Parkway. It was originally settled in 1855 as part of a much larger tract that was divided and shared with family members over the years. The recent owners, Gene and Edith Connelly, raised their nine children there while also running a hog and cattle farm.
The proposed development would feature split-entry structures, most of which would have walkout basements. The exteriors would have vinyl siding, with shakes and stone or brick accents. New trees would be added along Connelly Parkway and the east property line to provide a sense of privacy for the new neighborhood. If approved, construction could begin this fall, with homes ready for occupants next year.
For more information on the Connelly family and Savage's past, visit the Heritage Room at the Savage Library.
Even in the digital age, paper still seems to accumulate. Bank statements, pay stubs, check registers, tax reports, invoices and receipts – they all stack up almost as fast as messages in an email inbox. This fall, Savage residents will have an option for disposing of the documents in a manner that is secure, easy and free.
The City of Savage invites residents to bring the equivalent of up to two bankers boxes full of paper documents to City Hall between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., Thursday, September 24. The documents will be shredded at no charge to residents. Accepted items include white and colored paper, paper clips, rubber bands, staples and folders. Unaccepted items are CDs, DVDs, hard cover books, wooden items, metal items, trash and cardboard boxes.
The event is being offered to promote recycling within the community. Funding to support the service comes from the annual recycling day event and related grants.
Voters have options when it comes to this year's City Council election.
Six candidates have filed for two Council seats currently held by Al McColl and Christine Kelly. Kelly is seeking reelection, and will appear on the ballot along with the following:
The race for the mayor's seat is uncontested. Janet Williams is seeking reelection and is the lone candidate for the position. The election will be held Tuesday, November 3. Voting sites in precincts across the city will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. For those unable to make it to the polls on Election Day, absentee voting is available at the Scott County Government Center in Shakopee from Friday, September 18 through Monday, November 2. The Government Center will open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on October 31 as an added convenience to those who need to vote by absentee.
Voters will need to register before casting their ballot if they have moved, changed their name, have never voted, or have not voted in the last four years. This can be done in person on Election Day, or up until October 13 by mail or online at mnvotesinfo.sos.state.mn.us.
Scott County voters should note that new tabulating equipment will be used at the polls this year. Staff will be available to assist should voters encounter problems while submitting their ballot after voting.
For more details about elections and voting in Savage, visit cityofsavage.com/government/elections.