Skating Rinks | Outdoor skating rinks are available at Trost, Canterbury, O'Connell, Warren Butler and Woodhill parks until February 16, weather permitting. Warming house hours are:
For updated weather information, please call 952-882-2688.
Winter Extravaganza | 1 to 3 p.m., February 28, at the McColl Pond Environmental Learning and Event Center. A fun day of frosty festivities awaits. Join family and friends for an afternoon of snowshoeing, ice skating, campfires and crafts. S'mores and hot cocoa will be served.
Passport to Paris Daddy Daughter Dance | 6:15 to 8 p.m., February 6 at the Rosemount Community Center. Travel across the globe to Paris for a magical evening of making memories at the annual Daughter-Daddy Dance. Girls and their favorite male will enjoy dancing, music, fun activities, crafts and much more! This event is made possible through a partnership with S.O.R.R. (South of the River Recreators).
Summer Adult Softball League Registration | February 17 - March 1 for returning teams. Register early for men's and co-rec softball leagues. There are many options to get involved. League play begins the end of April. Don't have a team but still want to play? No problem. Please call the Parks and Recreation Division at 952-224-3420 to be placed on a draft list.
Free indoor walking is available at the Savage Sports Center from November through April. Hours are 6:30-9:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
An aeration system on McColl Pond may cause unsafe ice conditions on large portions of the lake. The aeration system is installed near the west shoreline and near the fishing pier. Anyone using the lake should be aware of the danger of open water or thin ice.
When two inches or more of snow has fallen, park vehicles off the street until it has been plowed. Vehicles parked in violation are at risk of being towed, which can result in fees and fines of up to $200. Read more on snow-related ordinances and reminders.
A study is underway to determine if an existing, unused river crossing could meet transportation needs in the future.
The area being studied is the Dan Patch Rail corridor where a swing bridge currently exists. For decades, the bridge carried freight trains and motor vehicles across the Minnesota River. In 1980, the roadway portion of the crossing closed due to its condition, and train traffic over the bridge ceased in the 1990s.
At one time, the Dan Patch Rail corridor was mentioned as a possibility for passenger rail, but a legislative gag order has prevented further discussion of the concept. The current study, which was initiated by the City of Savage, will focus on identifying the opportunities and challenges that exist for using the crossing for any type of transportation. If viable, further study would be necessary to determine the costs and other details associated with moving a project forward.
Over the next several weeks, consultant Kimley-Horn will gather background information and discuss the Dan Patch river crossing with other entities that could be impacted. Results of the study are expected to be presented in March.
Although the study was initiated by the City of Savage, no tax dollars are being used to fund it. The study is covered by a $78,000 Economic Development Incentive Grant from the Scott County Community Development Agency.
Scott County is planning improvements to a number of major roadways through Savage in the coming years. The improvements are outlined in the County's 2015-2019 Capital Improvement Program (CIP), approved in December. The CIP reflects many cooperative efforts between the City of Savage and Scott County to improve traffic safety on local roadways. Efforts have been made to schedule the projects in a manner that wouldn't be overly burdensome for motorists.
Upcoming projects include the following:
In the interest of building a stronger community, the City of Savage is looking forward to the launch of a custom smartphone application this spring.
The free app, which is being developed by CITYCENTER, will highlight all that Savage has to offer – including parks, schools, organizations, events, businesses and more. Users will be able to learn about Savage's amenities and help enhance them by providing feedback, sharing their experience with others, and sending notices when something needs to be fixed.
Businesses and organizations are invited to learn more about the Savage smartphone app by attending one of several meetings that CITYCENTER will hold at Savage City Hall in February. During the 60-minute meetings, attendees will get an overview of how the app will work and hear about opportunities for being included in it. The meetings are scheduled for 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on February 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19.
A man who spends his days impacting young lives has been recognized for protecting lives in Savage's. Mark Griffin, a teacher and coach for the Eden Prairie school district, was named the 2014 Savage Firefighter of the Year by his peers last month.
"Firefighter Griffin truly embodies the ideology of brotherhood, sisterhood and family as it relates to community service and firefighting," Fire Chief Joel McColl said.
Members of the Savage Fire Department come from all walks of life. Most maintain full-time careers while serving as paid, on-call firefighters. Doing both well often requires the help of a spouse, and Griffin's wife, Michele, is no exception. Her name also appears on the department's Firefighter of the Year plaque because of the commitment she has shared with Griffin over the 19 years he's been with the Savage Fire Department.
"It doesn't matter if the call comes at 2 a.m. or 6 p.m., if Mark is home at the time of someone's call for help, you can be guaranteed he will arrive," McColl said. He explained that Michele has made her husband's level of involvement possible through her willingness to carry the load at home whenever the pager sounded. The couple raised three children who worked alongside their parents during Department fundraisers, community events and open houses. "Mark and Michele understand the values of family and community service," McColl said.
Griffin has held many roles throughout his years of service including captain, fire motor operator, and relief association secretary. Perhaps because it's in his nature, he's often been called upon to be a mentor – leading new firefighters on structure fires, car fires, medicals, crashes and hazardous material calls.
The couple's commitment to family, community and the fire service extend beyond Savage's city limits. Each year, the Griffin family heads out east to Mark's hometown of Buffalo, New York. While visiting Mark's mother, they take time to volunteer with the fire department for which his dad (now deceased) was a firefighter.
Effective in April, the City of Savage will provide utility billing services to all residential and business customers. Utility billing services had been provided by an outside company via contract since 2003. The change will help improve customer service without any additional cost to taxpayers. While the City aims for a seamless transition, customers will need to update the address to which their payment is sent after April 6. This affects mailed payments, auto-payments, and web payments. Questions about utility bills will be handled by City Hall staff after April 20. Additional information will be provided in the coming months.
Voters who live in the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District have an opportunity to cast a ballot on a funding referendum this month. Polls at Harriet Bishop and Hidden Valley elementary schools will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, February 24.
The ballot will contain two questions relating to buildings and technology. If voters approve both questions, the tax impact on the owner of an average home ($200,000) would be approximately $12 per month ($144 per year).
For more information on this special election, visit isd191.org.
Frequent visitors to cityofsavage.com may have noticed a change over the past month. A new website launched in January is intended to make it easier for residents to conduct business with the City of Savage.
The most noticeable change to the website is in the home page's design and navigation menus. A series of banners promote the most important messages for the public, while a scaled down menu system allows for better performance on smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices.
"Our previous website was designed primarily for display on desktop computers," said Communications Manager Amy Barnett. Guided by input from the City's Advisory Communications Commission, the City contracted with a company in California last year to develop the site's design. Staff then migrated the content themselves to keep the cost of the site's development to just under $3,000. Ongoing costs are minimal since the City uses Joomla, a free content management system, which allows staff to make nearly all updates themselves. Site hosting and technical support costs $89 per month.
Site users can pay their City utility bills and other invoices, register for Parks and Recreation programs, view available space at the Sports Center, sign up to receive crime alerts, rate press releases and newsletter articles, and more. "We're excited that with our new site, residents can interact with the City anytime, anywhere." A quick access menu on the right side of the home page provides direct links to many of those functions, Barnett added.
The City of Savage is seeking qualified proposals to utilize the historic Savage Depot building located at 4800 123rd Street in downtown Savage. Proposals will be accepted until 4 p.m., March 9.
The building is owned by the City of Savage and, under the current lease, is being used for the operation of a restaurant. The lease expires June 30, 2015.
In anticipation of the lease's expiration, the City of Savage is seeking competitive proposals for uses that are compatible with downtown Savage.
About the Depot
The Savage Depot was originally built by the Chicago and North Western Railroad Company in 1880 and closed after a new depot was built on the Savage-Shakopee border. In 1973, the Depot was sold to Murphy's Landing (now The Landing) and moved to the living history museum's 88-acre site in Shakopee. In 2002, the Dan Patch Historical Society raised funds to move the Depot back to Savage. A partnership between the Dan Patch Historical Society and the City of Savage also helped to make the 2006 return and subsequent renovation of the Savage Depot possible. The Depot now sits just across from its original location on the Minnesota River.
The Savage Depot has been used as a coffee shop or restaurant since 2007. It is outfitted with a professional kitchen and can host an estimated capacity of 40-50 indoors and 16 on the connected porch. The building includes a drive-thru window with a separate drive-thru lane. The building is situated next to the Savage Farmer’s Market June through October.
Those interested in submitting a proposal can learn more by viewing the Savage Depot Request for Proposals.