A watermain repair in the vicinity of 126th Street and Highway 13 will disrupt traffic June 3-4. Left turns from eastbound 126th Street onto northbound Highway 13 will not be allowed while the repairs are being made. Right turns will be permitted, and eastbound traffic will be allowed to cross Highway 13 to continue on 126th Street.
Efforts are being made to schedule the repairs during off-peak hours to minimize impacts on motorists.
Discover Savage, an app that serves as a guide to the community, is now available for download for iPhones and Android devices.
With the app, citizens have the ability to contact City officials and departments, find parks and events, and report public safety issues in an instant. Users also can view a comprehensive community calendar and choose to receive local business notices such as an ongoing sale, discount or special event.
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To download the app for Android
The Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA) has contracted with Morris Leatherman to conduct a potential rider telephone survey of residents in Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Prior Lake, Rosemount, Savage and Shakopee. Residents in collar-cities such as Farmington, Inver Grove Heights, Elko New Market, Lakeville, Empire Township, Jordan, New Prague and Hastings will also be contacted. The survey will began May 26.
Area residents are encouraged to answer their telephones if they see a call from Morris-Leatherman. Calls will be made to cell phones as well as land-lines and surveyors will arrange an alternate time to speak with residents, as needed. The survey is expected to be completed by the end of June, with results available in August.
“The purpose of the survey is to learn about what barriers exist that prevent residents from using transit and what incentives we might consider that would encourage transit use,” said MVTA Executive Director Beverley Miller. The data collected will be statistically significant within 95 percent accuracy.
MVTA is the public transportation provider for the businesses and residents of Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Prior Lake, Rosemount, Savage and Shakopee.
A new, interactive tool for exploring the community is now available for download. The “Discover Savage” smartphone app can be downloaded for free from iPhone and Android app stores.
The City of Savage has partnered with app developer CITYCENTER Marketing Solutions to provide the program, which serves as a “pocket guide” to the community. The app is being provided to the City at no cost.
Through the app, users may view a calendar of events happening in Savage, regardless if they are sponsored by the City, school district, a non-profit organization or a business. The app also may be used to contact City officials and departments, find parks and events, and report public safety issues in an instant. If they choose, users may also receive notifications from local businesses. Examples include notices about ongoing sales, discounts or special events.
Training is a component of firefighting that can't be skipped, but it's not always the most exciting part of the job. When outside elements make weekly hands-on drills for Savage Fire impractical, the learning moves to a training room equipped with not-so-state-of-the-art video system. While watching a training DVD or downloading a video from an online resource can be done, the process is not smooth and often results in wasted time to get the equipment to "cooperate", said Fire Chief Joel McColl.
A public safety grant from the Mdewakanton Sioux Community will make classroom training more efficient and effective. The $6,200 grant will fund a ceiling mounted projector and other technical enhancements that will allow for easier transitions from one training video to the next, as well as allow for multiple stations of individual training.
The Savage Fire Department was one of 34 entities that received a portion of the $535,000 from the SMSC. The Tri-City SWAT team, which provides services for Savage, received $40,800 to purchase tactical headsets and ballistic helmets. Nearly 200 agencies submitted applications for the grants, with their requests totaling an estimated $5.4 million.
The Scott County Board of Commissioners has voted to enact a one-half percent local option sales tax to help fund local transportation and transit investments.
The tax, which becomes effective October 1, will apply only to those items that are currently taxable. Purchases of food, clothing, and medication will not be affected. It also excludes motor vehicle purchases from the sales tax.
"We hope to realize about $6 million annually from this tax, which will position us well to leverage federal and state funds for our transportation needs," Board Chair Jon Ulrich said. Spending from an estimated 10 million annual visitors is expected to raise at least 30 percent of the total. County Administrator Gary Shelton said the impact for property taxpayers is "like getting a 30 percent discount on the cost of these projects."
Consideration of a local option sales tax was made available, through recent legislation, to the two metropolitan counties that do not participate in the Counties Transportation Investment Board (CTIB). Under the resolution adopted by the Scott County Board May 13, the tax will sunset when the list of identified projects are complete or in seven years, whichever comes first.
Projects in Savage that are on the list include:
• Highway 13 and County Road 42 Intersection Improvements, and 6-lane design
• Highway 13 Corridor Improvements – Frontage road between Dakota and Yosemite
• Highway 13 Corridor Improvements – Chowen overpass/interchange on the Burnsville border
"This action represents the culmination of over a year's work," said Scott County Board Chair Jon Ulrich. "We can feel confident in this decision, which was the result of several public hearings, outreach efforts, and partnerships with our local communities. Now we can get down to the business of getting these projects accomplished."
The Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA) ridership for the first quarter of 2015 is up 7.4 percent from the same period in 2014.
"This is very exciting," said MVTA Board Chair and Apple Valley Councilmember Clint Hooppaw. "We have been working very hard to provide a valuable service to our residents and riders and I believe they are responding by using transit."
Key ridership notes for the first quarter include the following:
"The MVTA has implemented many additional tools that are useful to riders," said MVTA Executive Director Beverley Miller. "By the end of May we will have free Wi-Fi on all MVTA buses, we have tools whereby riders can track our buses via the NexTrip signs in downtown Minneapolis or our web portal, and we look forward to launching our own smartphone app by the end of June."
MVTA is the public transportation provider for residents and businesses of Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Prior Lake, Rosemount, Savage and Shakopee. Call 952-882-7500 for transit information or visit the MVTA web-site at mvta.com.
Pet owners are reminded that City ordinance requires them to be in control of their pets at all times. It is unlawful for dogs and cats to run at large. Those on streets, in parks and on public land must be leashed. Additionally, owners are required to pick up after their pets, whether it's on their own property, on the property of others, or on public property.
Utility Services will flush City hydrants between May 4 and May 29. This may cause discolored water for some homes and businesses. It is not harmful to consume; however, clothing may be stained. Visit cityofsavage.com to learn how to prevent laundry stains and conduct recommended maintenance on your property's utilities. Learn more
Auditions for Dan Patch Days' Savage has Talent contest will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., May 5 and 7 at Hidden Valley Elementary School. All ages and abilities are welcome. Those selected will perform June 27 for a chance to win a $100 prize. Visit danpatchdays.org for more information.
The first half of 2015 Property Taxes is due on May 15. Taxpayers received their tax statement, along with their valuation notice, in March. For property tax questions, contact the Scott County Assessor's Office at 952-496-8150.
The Savage Sports Center will be closed May 3-10 for the removal of the dome structure, weather permitting.
Youth Sports | Savage Parks and Recreation's youth sports programs has openings! Strengthen your child's basic skills with our non-competitive offerings. Coaches will help participants develop new skills while playing games and drills with each sport activity.
Youth Programs | Join in the fun with Savage Parks and Recreation this summer. A wide variety of day camps and other programs are being offered for different age groups. Registration is now open.
Nature Fest | 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 9. Nature Fest is a celebration of the outdoors, in recognition of Arbor Day and Earth Day. Planned activities include bird house building, canoeing, yoga, and more! This free event at the McColl Pond Environmental Learning and Event Center is open to all.
Dan Patch Days 5K | Registration is now open for the Dan Patch 5K and/or 1-Mile Run. Open to all ages. The route begins at Life Time Fitness and includes a segment through Community Park. Register at danpatchdays.org before June 24 and save $5.
Music in the Park | The 2015 Music in the Park outdoor performance series will begin June 17, with entertainment by The Teddy Bear Band. The performances are free and will occur weekly at 7 p.m. on the patio at the McColl Pond Environmental Learning and Event Center (ELC).
The Savage Parks and Recreation Division has infused its summer program offerings with new themes, day trips and activities with the aim of helping parents make the most of their children's time off from school.
"We know that summer vacation can get long and tedious if children don't have enough to keep their brains and bodies active," said Parks and Recreation Manager Beth Witt. "Savage Parks and Recreation is here to make those weeks fun, memorable and
productive for kids, and less stressful for their parents."
Parks and Recreation's Playground Programs offer themed activities for a few hours a day, a couple of days a week from June 22 to August 13. Playground Pals are for youth in 1st through 6th grades, and Tiny Tots are for ages 4 to kindergarten. The camps kick off with the "Jump into Summer" theme, during which participants will make sun catchers and learn how to help their new friends in an active game. Later in the season, "Fun and Fitness" will teach the participants games and activities they can do at home with the whole family.Also this summer, 2nd through 5th graders signing up for Evening Baseball or Softball will get state-of-the-art accommodations.
The program will use the Savage Sports Center turf to learn and hone participants' ball-playing skills. The sessions focus on improving basic skills while learning field positions and proper stances. This developmental program is designed to progress knowledge and love for the game, no matter the skill set of the participant. Other youth sports programs being offered include soccer, T-Ball and tennis. For those interested in wildlife and the outdoors, there's the Kids in Nature program offered by Three Rivers Parks District. Kids in Nature provides active nature camps and programs for youth and families. All sessions are held at the McColl Pond ELC or at a city park in Savage. Youth can go fishing every day, learn how to survive in the great outdoors, or grab a grandparent for an adventure!
Learn more on programs being offered for youth this summer.