When Pete Matthies arrived in Savage to run its municipal liquor operation, the town had two liquor stores. One was in a strip mall and the other was falling down. Over the next 23 years, Matthies would guide the City’s liquor business through a multitude of changes driven by growth in the industry as well as in the community. The most significant change of all? Opening two new stores – on the same day – one week before Thanksgiving.
Immersed in wine, beer and spirits for almost four decades, Matthies retires August 1. He started as a clerk for a store in Minneapolis and got his first taste of the municipal liquor industry in Richfield, where he worked as an assistant manager. He’s a familiar face in Savage – particularly among longtime customers who wouldn’t hesitate to stop for a chat if they saw him in the grocery store.
Anyone who has been faced with an empty tissue dispenser in a public bathroom can appreciate Tom Mazurka. As a City of Savage building services worker, Mazurka ensures restrooms at City-owned buildings are stocked, cleaned and ready for use.
Mazurka also keeps floors tidy, windows fingerprint-free, and trash cans emptied – along with a whole host of other cleaning and maintenance duties at more than a dozen buildings. Staying on top of the chores is possible through a strong partnership with his supervisor and two coworkers. “When staff and citizens see our City buildings in good shape, it’s because of all of us working together to get the job done,” Mazurka said.
One of Savage’s more experienced firefighters recently hung up his helmet, leaving with 17 years of memories made while serving the community. Kevin Hoover, a lifelong resident of Savage, retired from the Savage Fire Department in April.
During his tenure with SFD, Hoover held various positions that included captain and fire motor operator. He also was active in promoting fire safety through several public education events.
Seven residents have joined the ranks of the Savage Fire Department, filling vacancies that have been created through resignations and retirements over the past several months. Five of the individuals meet the Department’s desired criteria of being available to respond to calls during the day – a high priority since many of the Department’s current firefighters work regular, full-time jobs that do not allow for response times desired.
A new organization is partnering with the Savage Police Department and others to make the community safer.
An initiative started by a group of residents and community leaders, the Savage Crime Prevention Association (CPA) raises funds to support programs and projects aimed at public education and awareness. Last fall’s community meeting on human trafficking was the organization’s first outreach effort. This fall, the group will partner with the Savage Police Department, Prior Lake-Savage Community Education, the Scott County sheriff’s and attorney offices, and St. Francis Hospital in Shakopee to present a meeting about current trends in drug use.
The feedback was gained through a biennial survey intended to gauge the City’s performance in a number of areas. Randomly selected by telephone, 400 survey participants responded to 80 questions about public safety, water and sewer, building inspections, street maintenance, parks, recreation services and more. Although the telephone survey has been conducted routinely for the past several years, an online version was added this year in hopes of reaching more people. The online survey was voluntarily completed by 274 people.
Election Info | The primary election is Tuesday, August 12. Voting polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. to allow residents to cast ballots for the candidates they believe would best represent their political party. In Savage, the primary will only feature candidates running for state and federal offices. Voters should note that the polling location for Precinct 4 has been moved to Harriet Bishop Elementary School, 14400 O’Connell Road. Those who prefer to vote early may do so by filing an absentee ballot, which can be found at cityofsavage.com/absentee-ballots. The general election is November 4.
School Supply Drive | The annual school supply drive held by City of Savage employees is underway until August 8. Those who wish to donate notebooks, pens, folders, crayons, glue and other supplies may drop them off at Savage City Hall, Public Works, Dan Patch Liquor, and Marketplace Liquor. Collected supplies will be distributed to local students in need through the CAP Agency.
Night to Unite | Neighborhoods throughout Savage will gather Tuesday, August 5 for Night to Unite. Although the deadline to register a Night to Unite block party has passed, residents who haven’t yet planned anything are still encouraged to get together to learn more about each other and share ideas for making their area safer. Visit cityofsavage.com for more information.
Music in the Park | The Music in the Park free concert series continues this month on the patio of the McColl Pond Environmental Learning and Event Center (ELC). The final two concerts of the season will be on August 6 with The Teddy Bear Band, and August 13 with The Banjo Boys Band. Both performances begin at 7 p.m. Concerts are held rain, heat or shine and will be moved inside the ELC if weather is a concern. Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair and their own snacks and refreshments to enjoy during the family friendly performances.
Youth Team Sports & Awards | The final day of play for several summer youth leagues will be on August 14. In addition to playing one last game, team members will receive participation trophies. This applies to all players in daytime and evening t-ball at Community Park, daytime and evening soccer at Warren Butler Park, and baseball and softball at Community Park. Parents are advised to refer to their child’s team schedule for individual play times.
Kickin’ with a Cop | For 1st through 6th graders, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, August 15 at Savage Community Park. Participants will play kickball with members of the Savage Police Department. A hot dog lunch is included. All participants must wear tennis shoes and be dressed ready to play. Register by August 3.
Fun Run | On Saturday, October 25 at the McColl Pond Environmental Learning and Event Center. Savage Recreation will once again host the final leg of the Ground Pounders Grand Prix Running Series. The series began in June and is sponsored by the Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Farmington, Lakeville, Rosemount, and Savage recreation departments. Registration will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., with the 4-mile run beginning at 1 p.m. sharp. A ½ mile fun run for kids in kindergarten through 6th grades will follow the 4-mile event. Register online. Those registering before October 19 will receive a discount. Same day registrations will be accepted.