School safety reminders

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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.

The Savage Police Department and the Minnesota Crime Prevention Association explain tips for back to school safety.


Traveling to and from school

  • Map out with your children a safe way for them to walk to school or to the bus stop. Avoid busy roads and intersections. Do a trial run with them to point out places they should avoid along the way, such as vacant lots, construction areas, and parks where there aren’t many people.
  • Teach children to follow traffic signals and rules when walking or biking. Stress that they should cross the street at crosswalks or intersections with crossing guards when they can.
  • Encourage children to walk to school or the bus stop with a sibling or friend, and to wait at bus stops with other children.
  • Teach children not to talk to strangers, go anywhere with them, or accept gifts from them without your permission. Tell them that if they see a suspicious stranger hanging around or in their school they should tell an adult.
  • Help children memorize their phone number and full address, including area code and zip code. Write down other important phone numbers such as your work and cell phone on a card for your children to carry with them.


Riding the bus

  • Have your children arrive at the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to pick them up.
  • Make sure children know to stand on the sidewalk or on the grass while waiting for the bus.
  • Teach children to make sure they can see the bus driver and the bus driver can see them before crossing in front of the bus. Tell them to never walk behind the bus.
  • Be aware that often bullying takes place on the school bus. Ask children about their bus - who they sit with, who they talk to, and what the other kids do. Let them know that if they see someone being bullied, or are bullied themselves, they can talk to you, the bus driver, or another trusted adult.


Build self-confidence

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.

  • Create an atmosphere of enthusiasm and confidence. Your positive attitude will rub off on them.
  • Listen thoroughly when concerns or complaints are voiced. Take action if necessary.
  • Be enthusiastic about their “learning opportunities.” Point out ways in which they get to learn a particular subject in such a better way than you learned the same subject while you were in school.
  • Break down routines into small tasks to help kids get through this time:
    • Help them organize homework assignments.
    • Set up easy to follow tasks for laying out clothes and packing lunches.
    • Give them “cheat sheets”
    • Their daily schedule: At school, before school, after school.
    • Emergency phone numbers, etc.
    • Their locker number and combination.
    • Give them a page of family photos (pets included) for them to “visit” during the day if they need a break or emotional support.


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.

Protect property while at school

  • While cell phones are not allowed in schools, we know some families rely on them to coordinate schedules, rides and other daily matters. Remind your child that it is unsafe to share their security codes – even with their friends. Install the "Find My Phone" app and use it to locate their phone if it is misplaced or stolen.
  • Record the serial numbers of all electronic devices or expensive items in case they are lost or stolen. This small step increases the likelihood that you will get them back.
  • If your student rides a bike, buy and use a lock. Almost all bikes that are stolen are not locked. If you don't want to use a numerical combination lock, consider an alpha lock and pick a memorable password (like a pet's name) as the combination.
  • Lastly, diligently monitor your student's social media websites. For more information on social media safety and parental monitoring, check out the Savage Police Department's Crime Time program, "Internet and Social Media Safety". 



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Tuesday, 01 September 2015 00:00
Rec Corner

Rec Corner

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.

Recreation Soccer Program | NEW! Savage Parks and Recreation is now offering recreational soccer opportunities for kids entering 2nd through 5th grades. This developmental program will teach players soccer skills, teamwork and sportsmanship in a non-competitive and fun environment. Players will learn the fundamentals of the game and develop their individual skills. For complete details and to register, visit cityofsavage.com. Interested in coaching? Contact Gina at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn how to get involved.

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!

Learn more about the above programs or register today.

Tuesday, 01 September 2015 00:00
Reminders!

Reminders!

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.

Tuesday, 01 September 2015 00:00
Remind students to protect their property while at school

Remind students to protect their property while at school

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:

  • While cell phones are not allowed in schools, we know some families rely on them to coordinate schedules, rides and other daily matters. Remind your child that it is unsafe to share their security codes – even with their friends. Install the "Find My Phone" app and use it to locate their phone if it is misplaced or stolen.
  • Record the serial numbers of all electronic devices or expensive items in case they are lost or stolen. This small step increases the likelihood that you will get them back.
  • If your student rides a bike, buy and use a lock. Almost all bikes that are stolen are not locked. If you don't want to use a numerical combination lock, consider an alpha lock and pick a memorable password (like a pet's name) as the combination.
  • Lastly, diligently monitor your student's social media websites. For more information on social media safety and parental monitoring, check out the Savage Police Department's Crime Time program, "Internet and Social Media Safety". 


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about back to school safety tips.

Tuesday, 01 September 2015 00:00
Sign up now for youth snowmobile safety classes in November

Sign up now for youth snowmobile safety classes in November

Youth ages 11 and up, who are planning to take the Department of Natural Resources' snowmobile safety class in Savage this fall, are advised to pre-register now to ensure availability. Pre-registration can be completed by contacting Tom Wills at 612-716-6588 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

To prepare for the classroom course, students are required to obtain and view the DNR's Snowmobile Safety Training CD under the guidance of a parent or guardian. Youth can view the interactive CD at their own pace, which could take between 2 and 4 hours to complete. The CD can be obtained by calling 651-296-6157, ext. 4; or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tuesday, 01 September 2015 00:00
Save time, money by taking advantage of utility billing options

Save time, money by taking advantage of utility billing options

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.

Tuesday, 01 September 2015 00:00
HyVee grocery store proposal includes liquor outlet

HyVee grocery store proposal includes liquor outlet

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.

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Tuesday, 01 September 2015 00:00
Developers purchase farm originally settled in 1800's

Developers purchase farm originally settled in 1800's

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.

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For more information on the Connelly family and Savage's past, visit the Heritage Room at the Savage Library.

Tuesday, 01 September 2015 00:00
Free shredding service at City Hall September 24

Free shredding service at City Hall September 24

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.

Questions may be directed to City Clerk This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 952-882-2660.

Tuesday, 01 September 2015 00:00
Six candidates seek council seats in November City election

Six candidates seek council seats in November City election

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:

  • Ray Leathers
  • Wayne Lawrence
  • Bob Coughlen
  • Matt Johnson
  • Chris Raiter


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.

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