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Dust, low batteries can cause false fire warning

Residents and homeowners in Savage have an opportunity to help the Savage Fire Department provide the best service possible in times of emergency. All it takes is a vacuum, some Cleaning smoke detector with canned airbatteries and a quick investigation when a smoke alarm sounds.

Aside from medical calls, Savage Fire responds to false smoke alarms more often than any other type of call requiring the Department’s services – and the number is rising. These calls initially demand the same level of response as a fire or other emergency, so fire trucks and firefighters rush out of the station to the affected address with lights flashing, sirens wailing and – usually – neighbors watching. Those arriving on the scene can quickly determine if a smoke alarm is “crying ‘wolf ’”, yet the entire call can still take between 30 minutes to an hour to complete. As such, each false alarm can cost the tax-funded Department $250. With a call level of 14 percent in 2013, the total cost of false alarms was estimated at $14,000.


New requirements approved for sump pumps

Many homes within the city of Savage are equipped with sump pumps that reroute excess water away from the structure. This is done to prevent water damage and flooding. The water is directed away from the home, yet where it ends up varies throughout the city. If the sump pump discharge is not routed properly, it can cause damage to roadways, create icy hazards, and allow for algae growth on sidewalks and streets.


Online ordering available for annual tree sale

Trees are sold at wholesale prices at the annual City tree sale.The cities of Savage and Prior Lake have again teamed up to offer trees for purchase to the residents of both communities. The sale offers thirteen different varieties of trees for
purchase at the wholesale price. Prices range from $8 to $40 per tree.


Recycling day set for May 3

Savage’s annual Community Recycling Day will be from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 3 at Savage Community Park. The City-sponsored event provides residents an opportunity to discard unwanted appliances, electronics, furniture, yard waste and other items for a reasonable fee. The City contracts with local garbage and recycling companies to collect the items and ensure they are disposed of in a manner that is appropriate for the environment.


Officer built his career with compassion, kindness

Officer Al Bisek is the type of cop most conscientious motorists are hoping for when lights appear in their rear view mirror, although his physical stature says otherwise. A former star Officer Bisek in front of squad carathlete in football and baseball, any fights with this man likely will not be won. But give him honesty and respect? That could help in avoiding a ticket – maybe.

Bisek looks at the motorist’s driving history, the violation’s circumstances, and the explanation given before deciding whether to come down hard. “I never was a big ticket writer,” Bisek said. His record shows he doesn’t hesitate to assert his badge when warranted, but the veteran officer prefers to approach a traffic stop with the knowledge that “everyone can make a mistake”. He doesn’t believe a citation count indicates how well an officer does his or her job. “Sometimes hearing the person out and telling them to be more careful can be just as effective as a ticket,” Bisek said.


Enjoy spring with free fun at McColl Pond ELC May 10

Field trip at the ELCThe City of Savage will celebrate Arbor Day and the 5th birthday of the McColl Pond Environmental Learning and Event Center (ELC) with a special, free event on Saturday, May 10. Come to the ELC between 9 a.m. and noon to enjoy NatureFest - featuring live music, a kite-making workshop, yoga for all ages, a raptor presentation and more. The ELC is located at 13550 Dakota Ave. S.

“We’ve had Arbor Day celebrations at the ELC in the past, but this year’s event will be bigger and better,” said Parks and Natural Resources Supt. Jon Allen. “It’s been five years since the City officially opened the ELC, and we wanted to celebrate the occasion with the community.”


Rec corner

Flashlight Egg Hunt and Craft | 6:45 p.m. on Friday, April 11 at the McColl Pond ELC. For children in kindergarten through fifth grades. The event begins with craft time until 7:45 p.m., with the egg hunt starting promptly at 8 p.m. Flashlights and baskets are recommended to help in the search for eggs hidden on the grounds of the ELC. Register by April 6. $6 per child.

Egg Hunt and Craft | 8:15 a.m. on Saturday, April 12 at the McColl Pond ELC. For children ages 3 years through kindergarten. The event begins with craft time until 9:15 a.m., with the egg hunt starting promptly at 9:30 a.m. Register by April 6. $6 per child.

Summer Resident Registration | 8 a.m., April 15. The 2014 Spring and Summer Recreation Catalog has been mailed to Savage residents and is also available at City Hall, Public Works, and online at cityofsavage.com. Currently, only registration for spring classes and a few daytime youth sports is available. Online and walk-in summer registration opens to Savage residents on Tuesday, April 15 at 8 a.m. Savage Recreation will take registrations on a first come, first-served basis.

Early Registration: Registration is now open for daytime T-ball, daytime Baseball/Softball, and daytime Team Soccer. Carpooling/teammate requests are limited to one name per participant, with the exception of siblings. Requests must be submitted by both parties or they will not be honored. Placement is not guaranteed, but effort will be made to accommodate requests. Register early to secure a spot and avoid program cancellations.

Waitlists: Should a desired class fill prior to you registering for it, you may add your child to the waitlist at no cost. Once on the waitlist for your first choice, you are welcome to register for your second choice as a backup.

Online Accounts: Savage Recreation will be emailing all username and passwords to those with active accounts listed in our system by April 1, 2014. Account holders should receive two emails from “Webtrac”. One will contain the account’s username and one will have the password. Savage Recreation strongly advises that online accounts be checked prior to registration day to avoid any unforeseen issues. Please call 952.224.3420 with questions regarding online registration or online accounts.

Household Calendars: Those with online accounts may view and print household calendars by date or date and family member. Other account options include reprinting a receipt, viewing registration and facility rental history, paying balances, and more.

Follow Us: Savage Recreation is on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest! Although the primary form of communication during inclement weather is still the Recreation Weather Line at 952.882.2688, posts to Facebook and Twitter will be made as time allows. Additionally, fun program pictures and activity information will be added throughout the summer months.

 Register for the above activities (unless otherwise noted) or to learn more about programs offered by Savage Recreation.


The dome structure of the Savage Sports Center is scheduled to be removed on May 1. The center will remain operational throughout April. Call 952.567.2095 to reserve a field or to schedule space for next fall.

Residents thinking about installing a rain garden on their property may qualify to receive reimbursement for their expenses. The City of Savage and Scott County offer grants for rain garden construction. Classes also are available. Visit for details, applications and requirements.

Pot hole patching and street sweeping are being conducted as weather permits and will continue through April. To report a pot hole, please call the Public Works Department at 952.224.3400.