City engineers have known for some time that two ravines feeding storm water to the Savage Fen Wetland Complex are in need of attention. The ravines are eroding, and with every significant rainfall or snowmelt, sediment is deposited into the rare natural resource.
The importance of improving the Dakota Avenue and McColl’s Bluff ravines was never in question. But how to pay for the $600,000 project was an answer that didn’t come as easily, since the City typically spends only $200,000 on storm water and environmental improvements each year.
After applying for funding two years in a row, the City is now moving forward with the Savage Fen Ravine Stabilization project thanks to a Clean Water grant from the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources. The $459,665 grant is among the largest awarded and will cover 75 percent of the project’s costs. The remaining 25 percent is to be covered by the City of Savage; however, the City’s share will be offset through previous funding commitments by the Lower Minnesota River Watershed District ($5,000) and Scott Watershed Management Organization ($15,000).
By now, all households in Savage should have received by mail Savage Recreation’s 2014 Discover Savage spring and summer activity catalog.
Recreation catalogs are always available online; however, Savage Recreation is aware that many prefer a printed version to plan their spring and summer activities. (Due to the costs involved in printing and mailing the catalog, the fall/winter issue of Discover Savage will continue to be offered only as an online document.)
If you did not receive the Discover Savage activity catalog in the mail, please visit Savage Recreation at Savage City Hall, 6000 McColl Drive, for a copy. As mentioned above, the catalog may also be viewed online.
Are you looking to add something new and exciting to your life? Are you a civic- and/or community-minded individual? If so, consider applying for a job with the Savage Fire Department. The Department is accepting applications for paid, on-call firefighters until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 28.
The City of Savage recruits for new firefighters every two years. Successful candidates become a part of the team as part-time, paid, on-call firefighters. Working for the Savage Fire Department is more than a part-time job. Becoming a Savage firefighter provides individuals with opportunities to help others, serve the community and qualify for a pension – all while providing an essential public service.
Learn more about the job of a Savage Firefighter, including a job description and application form.
Well into its second season, the Savage Sports Center is proving to be popular among those wanting to remain active in the winter without battling subzero temperatures, wind, snow and ice. Residents and nonresidents alike consider the climate-controlled dome to be an amenity for the area – a reputation that is benefiting the facility’s bottom line.
Unlike other City parks, the Savage Sports Center is an enterprise venture. Operational costs are offset by user fees that come primarily from teams renting the indoor fields for games and practices. Last year, the Savage Sports Center netted an operating income of $66,005, based on $506,100 in revenues and $440,095 in expenses. The first season enjoyed a long winter, which drew users from southern Minnesota and Canada who were trying to escape April’s snow and cold temperatures. In its second season through December, the Sports Center has seen a 27 percent increase in rental revenue and a 30 percent decrease in expenses due to operational efficiencies.
Gear up for all of those home improvement projects – indoors and out – by attending the Savage Chamber of Commerce’s Home, Garden and More Show on Saturday, March 29.
From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., attendees can visit dozens of booths, demonstrations and displays at the climate-controlled Savage Sports Center. Children’s activities also will be available. The Sports Center is located in Savage Community Park at 13450 Dakota Avenue, Savage. The event is free and open to all.
While the event will have a home and garden focus, most types of businesses are welcome to participate in the show. Those interested in having a booth at the show or being an event sponsor should contact the Savage Chamber at 952.894.8876.
After applications were reviewed and interviews were conducted, 16 people were appointed to the City of Savage’s advisory commissions. Nine of the fourteen chosen are new to the board; the remaining were either reappointed or promoted.
Members of the advisory commissions volunteer their time to review and provide input on matters that ultimately will be voted upon by the City Council. Responsibilities include participation in regular meetings to discuss issues and make recommendations to the City Council.
Members were appointed as follows:
Planning Commission – Bob Coughlen*, Lee Watson*, Ray Leathers*, Dale Stevens* and Carrie Borgheiinck.
Parks, Recreation, and Natural Resources Commission – Chris Picard, Debra Sunderman and Timothy Wold.
Communications Commission – Mohamed Duale*, Linda Engberg and Kathleen Peterson.
Economic Development Commission – Mark Roberts*, Jerry Young*, Robyn Cline, Sean Hauenstein and Randy Clegg.
With spring just around the corner, the City of Savage, Scott Watershed Management Organization (WMO), Scott Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and others*, are teaming up to offer grants and workshops aimed at enhancing yards while helping the environment.
The SWCD is offering grants to cover up to 100 percent of the costs associated with returning yards or crop land to natural prairie. Natural prairie landscaping is low maintenance and can tolerate Minnesota summer’s droughts or floods, alleviating the headaches of traditional landscaping.
SWCD will be holding a workshop to provide more information and show photos of previous natural prairie projects. Scott County homeowners who have natural prairie on their property will give testimonials and be available for questions. Refreshments will be provided and there will be drawings for door prizes. The workshop will take place on Thursday, March 13, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Legends Golf Club, 8670 Credit River Blvd., Prior Lake. Register.
Volunteers are always in high demand at the City of Savage. Below are just two of the opportunities for getting involved through the Parks and Natural Resources divisions:
Painting - Volunteers are needed to paint various City-owned structures. Examples include existing park benches, picnic tables, hockey rinks and park shelters.
Gardening - Volunteers are needed to maintain gardens and flower beds on City property. Those who “Adopt-A-Garden” are asked to plant new flowers in the spring and maintain the garden throughout the growing season. The City has dozens of gardens in parks and on public property throughout the community, so citizens may be able to “adopt” a garden that is conveniently located to their home.
No experience is necessary, though parental guidance for younger volunteers is encouraged. City staff will provide appropriate information and expert contacts necessary to complete the project and conduct ongoing maintenance.
To assist with either of the above projects, or to inquire about other volunteer opportunities with Savage’s Parks and Natural Resources Division, contact Jon Allen at 952.224.3441.