Soon, swimming pools will become a temporary fixture in neighborhoods throughout the community – popping up and getting filled in front yards, backyards, and side yards.
Before that happens, homeowners are reminded of regulations applying to both storable and in-ground pools, spas and hot tubs, including:
Its expansion now complete, the Savage Public Works Building will be open for community viewing on May 18.
Members of the public may tour the 60,000 square-foot building at 13770 Dakota Ave. from 9 a.m. to noon. In addition to seeing the results of last summer’s project, visitors (including kids) will have the opportunity to get a closer look at the equipment the Public Works Department uses to maintain Savage’s streets, boulevards, water and sewer lines, and parks. Dump trucks, water trucks, tractors, mowers, graders and other vehicles will be accessible during the event.
The Savage Public Works Department houses the City of Savage’s Streets, Utilities, Parks and Engineering divisions. The building was constructed in 1988 and has since been expanded three times in response to increased needs as the city has grown. The most recent addition was constructed last summer, doubling the building’s footprint.
Thieves are finding it’s not hard to steal from motor vehicles in Savage, especially those parked in owners’ driveways.
The Savage Police Department has received 88 reports of thefts from motor vehicles in the past year. Two-thirds of the thefts were from vehicles parked in the driveway of the owner’s home.
The thieves have found that stealing items from a car can be as simple as opening an unlocked door to take a GPS unit left on the floor. Sometimes the vehicle is locked, requiring the thief to break a window for an item left in plain sight. In addition to GPS units, cell phones, laptops and other electronic devices are popular among thieves. This “Crime of Opportunity” is unique because thieves will only carry out their crime where it is easy to do so.
The St. Paul Farmers’ Market will return to downtown Savage on Sunday, June 2 – earlier than usual. The market will be held every Sunday, from 8 a.m. to noon, in the downtown public parking lot next to the Savage Depot.
Since 2007, vendors affiliated with the St. Paul Farmers’ Market have been setting up tents and selling their goods. The market was invited to the city as part of the Envision Savage initiative to build community pride and identity.
Savage City Liquor will celebrate American Craft Beer Week May 13-18. Free daily tastings and an in-store, Minnesota-made Brew Fest are planned.
“The craft beer market is exploding, and we’re proud to be carrying some of the most hard-to-find items at our Marketplace store,” said Stacy Schmidt, the City’s liquor operations manager. She explained that Marketplace began expanding its craft beer selection just prior to its 2012 Craft Beer Week promotion, and has found the store’s products, Tuesday Beer Geek tastings, and Craft Beer Week to be popular with customers. “This year’s daily craft beer samples, offered from 5 to 7 p.m. May 13-18, and our Saturday Brew Fest will be great opportunities for customers to discover something new,” Schmidt said.
The City of Savage is again offering grants of up to $250 to use toward expenses incurred in building a rain garden on their property. Eligible costs include rain garden-appropriate plants, wood mulch, soil amendments, edging, and rental of equipment specific to rain garden construction. Similar programs offered by Scott County and the Prior Lake-Spring Lake Watershed District can increase the amount of the reimbursements.
Community Recycling Day is from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 4, at Savage Community Park.
The yard waste collection site has moved to the SMSC Organics Recycling Facility, 1905 Canterbury Road, Shakopee. Free to residents of Savage and Prior Lake from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday in May. More info.
Butterfly Gardens 101 | 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 at the McColl Pond ELC. Join retired naturalist Dan Newbauer on an exploration of the butterfly garden and prairie plantings at the ELC. Learn more about the plants and habitats that attract butterflies to your yard. Come dressed for the outdoors and prepared for a short trek along the trails of Savage Community Park. This class is FREE, and intended for adults 18 and over. Register by Tuesday, May 14.
Summer Activities | Registrations are now being taken for summer recreation programs, including day camps, youth sports, Critter Camp, Bike Rodeo and more. New programs include Fabulous Fridays and The Yuck of Nature, as well as sessions that will provide opportunities to explore theater classes and floor hockey.