Thursday, 30 June 2016 00:00
School Supply Drive going on now

School Supply Drive going on now

The City of Savage has partnered with the CAP Agency to sponsor a school supply drive. Savage is collecting essential items that will be distributed to children in need living within Scott and Carver counties. This drive is open to everyone!

Items needed include

  • Erasers
  • Blue/Black Ink Pens
  • Folders
  • Makers
  • Glue Sticks/Bottles
  • Pencils
  • Crayons
  • Spiral Notebooks
  • Colored Pencils
  • Red Ink Pens
  • Pencil Cases
  • Scissors
  • Rulers
  • Back Packs


Drop-off locations

  • City Hall, 6000 McColl Drive
  • Public Works, 13770 Dakota Ave.
  • Savage Library,13090 Alabama Ave.
  • Marketplace Liquor, 8200 County Road 42


Donations will be accepted until August 3.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016 00:00

City of Savage receives Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Award

For the 18th straight year, the City of Savage has been recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) as going above and beyond the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles to prepare comprehensive annual financial reports.The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Award is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. In order to be awarded a Certificate of Achievement, a government unit must publish an easily readable and efficiently organized CAFR. This report must satisfy both generally accepted accounting principles and applicable legal requirements.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016 00:00

Free bike rodeo with Savage Police

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

                                                                          

Savage, Minn. (June 15, 2016) – Savage Parks and Recreation is holding a free bike rodeo on Saturday, June 25 at 11:00 a.m. at Savage Community Park, 13550 Dakota Ave. No registration is required. 

Kids in kindergarten through 6th grade are invited to show off their riding skills while learning safety tips from our local police officers.  Participants will ride a short road course set up with different street signs, and learn the appropriate rules of the road from Crime Prevention Specialist, Jim Caauwe. 

Valley Bike & Ski will be on hand to perform safety checks on each participant’s bike to ensure optimal operation condition.  Participants can enter to win a new bike safety helmet. 

For more information, contact Jim Caauwe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 952-882-2604. 

Car Seat Safety

As a parent you want to keep your child safe. Using the right car seat and making sure it is installed correctly can make that job a lot easier.

We are proud to offer our residents assistance with installing a car seat. If you are looking for help installing a car seat for the first time or just want to make sure that the current one is installed properly, we can help.

More information on child safety seats.

If you are interested in making an appointment, contact Deputy Fire Chief John Babin at 952-882-2643.

Grease Fires

Grease fires can be very dangerous, especially in the kitchen. When a grease fire starts the initial reaction might be to throw water on it, that is one thing you DO NOT want to do! Putting water on a grease fire can cause an explosive force of steam that can blow the burning oil up and out causing devastating results.

Water, being heavier than oil, sinks to the bottom where it instantly becomes superheated, and as stated above, the explosive force of the steam blows the burning oil up and out. If this is done outside, with a turkey fryer for example, it can become a thirty foot high fireball. In the confines of the kitchen the fire ball hits the ceiling and can fill the entire room. Also, do not throw sugar or flour on a grease fire, one cup of either can create the explosive force of two stick of dynamite.

Here is what you should do:

  1. Slide a cookie sheet over the pot or use a lid that fits properly. Make sure you slide the lid onto the pot rather than setting it on; sliding the lid will help protect your hand, wrist, and arm from getting burned.
  2. Turn the burner off
  3. Let it cool down, let it cool down an hour or more. Removing the lid too soon may allow the hot oil to reignite.

If you choose to use a fire extinguisher make sure you are at least 8 feet away, standing too close may cause the grease to splatter on your skin and clothes.

Another thing to note; be careful when you add food to hot oil or a deep fryer. If the oil is too hot, or there are pockets of hot liquid in the food, the hot oil can spray about.

Click Here to learn more about grease fire hazards.

Smoke Alarms

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Smoke alarms are one of the least expensive safety features for our homes. A smoke alarm is required for each sleeping room, and within 10 feet outside the sleeping rooms. At least one smoke alarm should be installed on each level of the home.

Smoke alarms come in various shapes and sizes and are made by several different manufacturers. Dual purpose CO and smoke alarms are becoming very popular; with dual purpose alarms, three (3) beeps indicate a smoke alarm and four (4) beeps indicate a CO alarm.

Key points to ensure smoke alarms are effective:

  • Replace the battery at least annually. Daylight savings time is a good reminder.
  • Vacuum around the alarm to remove any dust that might have built up in the unit. A dusty or dirty alarm can cause false alarms. Canned air works as well. This should be done a few times during the year. Replace smoke alarms that are older than 10 years. Test each of the alarms monthly to ensure they are working properly. When purchasing multiple smoke alarms for your home, make sure they are all the same brand. Make sure your alarms are properly installed. Identify escape routes in your home and practice using them. Have a designated meeting area, outside, and make sure that everyone in your family knows where it is.. Too often firefighters get injured going inside a building looking for someone who isn't there because they were not at the designated meeting area. Once outside the home, DO NOT go back in!

When purchasing a smoke alarm for your home, it is important to be know that two types of smoke alarms available to the public: Ionization and Photoelectric.

Ionization smoke alarm typically are better at detecting fast flaming fires, which consume combustible materials rapidly and spread quickly. Examples of fast flaming fires include paper burning in a wastebasket, or a grease fire in the kitchen.

Photoelectric smoke alarm generally are more effective on slow smoldering fires. These are fires that smolder for hours before bursting into flames, such as when a lighted cigarette is dropped onto a couch or bedding.

There also is a dual or double sensor alarm, which is effective at detecting both slow smoldering fires and flaming fires.

Photoelectric alarms and sensor alarms are usually more expensive than the most commonly used ionization alarm.

Batteries should be replaced at least once a year. Performing this task when daylight savings time begins and ends is an easy way to remember to do it. A long-life battery, which lasts up to 10 years, is now available for smoke alarms. These batteries work best in newer smoke alarms. Be aware that a new long-life battery could actually outlive an older smoke alarm, giving people a false sense of security.

Smoke alarms need to be placed inside and outside of all bedrooms and on every level of a home. Placement in areas such as the kitchen or near the bathroom door may cause false alarms.

Fire more information about smoke alarms, visit the State Fire Marshal's Office.

Credit Card Fraud Tips

If you suspect that you are a victim of identity theft/credit card fraud, it is essential to immediately contact all of your creditors: credit card issuers, all three major credit reporting agencies, banks, auto lease, or finance firms. It is very important to get the process started right away.

  1. File a Police Report: Explain what elements of your identity/credit card have been misappropriated, how you learned of it, and what actions you have taken to this point. Information you will need to provide to police must be detailed (i.e., credit card company, account numbers, social security number, drivers license number, and any other important information need to related to the crime).
     
  2. Document: Document every communication with whomever you contact related to the situation by noting the dates, times, who you spoke with, what they said, and how you followed up. Keep receipts for all certified mailings and faxes, and copies of phone records to document your expenses.
     
  3. Call Social Security: Call the Social Security Administration to alert them to the identity theft. To reach the Social Security fraud division, online at ssa.gov or call the Fraud Hotline at 800-269-0271.
     
  4. Report: Report the theft to the Federal Trade Commission. Call 877-438-4338 or complete the online ID theft complaint form at www.ftc.gov.
     
  5. Do not cancel: It is not necessary to cancel credit cards that haven't been invaded. Most of the time, someone is getting credit on a new account in your name. They're not usually putting charges on your card because then you would find out right away. Instead, add a fraud alert and change the mothers maiden name identifier on all your financial accounts, including credit card and bank accounts.
     
  6. Do not change: Do not change your Social Security number, either, advises Frank. Not only will you lose your good credit history, but creditors will be able to find the old number, and you will look suspicious to banks, lenders or even law enforcement agencies.

 

Prevention Tips

  • Keep an eye on your credit card every time you use it, and make sure you get it back as quickly as possible. Try not to let your credit card out of your sight whenever possible.
  • Be careful to whom you give your credit card. Do not give out your account number over the phone unless you initiate the call and you know the company is reputable. Never give you credit card info out when you receive a phone call. (For example, if you are told there has been a computer problem and the caller needs you to verify information.) Legitimate companies don't call you to ask for a credit card number over the phone.
  • Never respond to emails that request you provide your credit card info via email and do not ever respond to emails that ask you to go to a website to verify personal (and credit card) in formation. These are called phishing scams.
  • Never provide your credit card information on a website that is not a secure site.
  • Sign you credit cards as soon as you receive them.
  • Shred all credit card applications you receive.
  • Do not write your PIN number on your credit card or have it anywhere near your credit card in the event that your wallet is stolen.
  • Never leave your credit cards or receipts lying around.
  • Shield your credit card numbers so that others around you cant copy it or capture it on a cell phone or the camera.
  • Keep a list in a secure place with all of your account numbers and expiration dates, as well as the phone numbers and addresses of each bank that has issued you a credit card. Keep this list updated each time you get a new or cancel a card.
  • Only carry around credit cards that you absolutely need. Do not carry around extra credit cards that you rarely use.
  • Open credit card bills promptly and make sure there are no bogus charges. Treat your credit card bill like your checking account, reconcile it monthly. Save your receipts so you can compare them with your monthly bills.
  • If you find any charges that you do not have a receipt for, or that you don't recognize, report these charges promptly (and in writing) to the credit card issuer.
  • Always void and destroy incorrect receipts.
  • Shred anything with your credit card number written on it.
  • Never sign a blank credit card receipt. Carefully draw a line through blank portions of the receipt where additional charges could be fraudulently added.
  • Carbon paper is rarely used these days, but if there is a carbon that is used in a credit card transaction, destroy it.
  • Never write your credit card account number in a public place, such as on a postcard or so that it shows through an envelope.
  • Never lend a credit card to anyone.
  • If you move, notify your credit card issuers in advance of your change of address.
  • Do not leave credit cards, wallet, checkbook or cash in your in your vehicle. A very high proportion of credit cards are stolen from motor vehicles.
Thursday, 16 June 2016 00:00

Savage hits milestone

Slowly and steadily, Savage has grown to a community of 30,000 residents. That’s the population figure released in a recent report by the Metropolitan Council based on building permits, housing occupancy and other factors. “It has actually taken Savage about 25 years to grow from a population of 10,000 to over 30,000,” says City Administrator, Barry Stock.  “And it has been mainly young families driving that population boom.”  

There are many reasons why more and more people are looking to live in Savage. Over the last few years, Savage has been recognized several times by multiple national publications as a great place to live and raise a family. Savage is looked at as a community where families can live well for less and enjoy top schools, low crime, quality parks and recreation facilities, and reasonable commutes. 

As our community continues to grow and thrive, entertainment and other lifestyle factors follow. New retailers and restaurants including Fresh Thyme, Marshalls, Noodles & Company and Hy-Vee are all opening locations in Savage in the next several months. Additions like this help to create a community that is livable, attractive and a place where people want to be.  However, this flurry of new development also puts Savage close to full buildout for commercial and retail expansion. Open land has become limited, and any significant future development will need to come from redevelopment opportunities.  

Also as our community continues to expand, City officials have a great responsibility and opportunity to balance the needs of our current residents and businesses with the challenges that come with growth. More people results in higher demand for services like fire, police, and utilities. Aging infrastructure including roads, pipes and waste water need to be updated and maintained. It is important that Savage is ready to handle more people. 

Next month, we will be sharing the results of the 2016 Community Survey. This survey can provide valuable feedback to City officials about the city’s performance and determine if services are improving or declining. Data collected will also help determine whether it’s meeting citizens’ expectations and where it needs to make improvements.  

Savage is growing, and will continue to grow. City staff and leaders are committed to planning for that growth and doing everything they can to make decisions today that will lead to an even better Savage in the years to come. 

 

Tuesday, 14 June 2016 00:00
Kick off summer with free summer concerts

Kick off summer with free summer concerts

Every summer, Savage Parks and Recreation offers free Music in the Park on Wednesday evenings during the summer from 7 to 8 p.m. Performances are for audiences of all ages, and at times, feature acts specifically aimed at children. Music in the Park performances are held rain or shine on the outdoor patio at the McColl Pond Environmental Learning Center in Community Park, 13550 Dakota Ave. South. Seating is limited, lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged.

2016 summer schedule: 

June 15:  Lehto & Wright, Celtic/American Folk Rock
June 22:  LaValle Jazz Cats Septet, Jazz
June 29:  The Teddy Bear Band, Kids/Family
July 13:  The Percolators, Blues/Rock
July 20:   Bill & Kate Isles, Folk
July 27: Tricia and The Toones, Kids
August 3:  Bob and The Beachcombers, Variety
August 10:  The Resistors, Variety
August 17:  The Banjo Boys Band, Ragtime Banjos

New this year! Ice Blossoms ice cream truck will be on-site for ice cream and cold beverage purchases. Enjoy an ice cream treat while listening to free entertainment on the ELC patio. Follow Ice Blossoms on Facebook.

Music in the Park is sponsored by Cargill.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016 00:00
Hydrant flushing continues through July 15

Hydrant flushing continues through July 15

The City of Savage has over 1,500 hydrants that are flushed regularly to remove any sediment that may have settled in water mains over the course of the year, as well as ensure they are in proper working order. This may cause discolored water for some homes and businesses. It is not harmful to consume; however clothing may be stained. 

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