How to be more fire safe

•  Ensure that all of your smoke alarms are working properly.

•  Create an escape plan for your family.

•  Practice fire drills with the entire family.


Savage Fire opens station to public October 7

The Savage Fire Department invites the public to its annual open house on Tuesday, October 7, to learn about fire prevention while having fun at the same time.

The Department annually hosts an open house at the O’Connell Fire Station, 14321 O’Connell Road, in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week, which is October 5-11. Members of the community may visit the station between 5 and 7:30 p.m. to meet the City’s firefighters, play games, win prizes, and enjoy a bite to eat. 


October 25 is a day for fall fun

Savage Recreation is hosting two family-friendly events on Saturday, October 25 to celebrate fall. All ages are invited to participate in a Halloween Run in the early afternoon, followed by a Halloween Bash later in the day. Both events are at Savage Community Park, 13500 Dakota Avenue S.

Onsite registration for the run, which is part of the Ground Pounders Grand Prix Running Series, begins at 11:45 a.m. The 4-mile event will start at 1 p.m. sharp, with a half-mile fun run for kids in grades kindergarten through 6th to follow. Discounted registration is available online until October 17.

The Halloween Bash will run from 4 to 8 p.m., with a variety of indoor and outdoor activities planned. The lineup includes horse-drawn wagon rides, a bonfire, crafts, games and refreshments. Register online by October 14.

For details, visit the Recreation Department or call 952-224-3420.


Smoke alarm maintenance key to reducing costs, calls

The Savage Fire Department is asking the public to help reduce call levels by preventing smoke alarms from sounding unnecessarily. Aside from medicals, firefighters respond to false smoke alarms more often than any other type of call. False alarms cost the Department (and taxpayers) an estimated $14,000 in 2013.

Simple, annual smoke alarm maintenance can help lower these costs by reducing the likelihood that a fire alarm will sound without reason. First and foremost, smoke alarm batteries should be changed at least twice a year. Doing this at the start and end of daylight savings time is a great way to remember this task. The alarm also should be cleaned, which can be done quickly with a few swipes of a vacuum. 


Council adopts maximum property tax levy and budget for 2015

The Savage City Council has approved a preliminary tax levy for 2015 that meets service demands and avoids significant financial impacts for property owners. The $11 million to be collected through the levy will be used to help pay for General Fund expenditures in the areas of general government, community development, public safety (police and fire), public works, parks, and recreation. 

The owner of an average-valued home, $238,000, can plan to pay about $35 less for their City services in 2015 even if they saw a 3 percent increase in valuation. If their home’s value increased by 7.4 percent (the average increase in Savage), their City taxes would go up by $26.


Seven recruits in training for Savage Fire Department

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.



Savage Sno-Pacers will offer a snowmobile safety class at the O’Connell Fire Station from 6 to 9 p.m., November 20, with a driving test on November 22. Contact Tom Wills at 612-716-6588 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register. Class participants need to review a Snowmobile Safety Training CD before November 14. The CD can be obtained by calling 651-296-6157, ext. 4, or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Celebrate Halloween with the Savage Fire Department from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, October 31. Children and adults are encouraged to come in costume and enjoy free games and candy while meeting local firefighters. Free.

Residents of Savage may use the Organics Recycling Facility in Shakopee free of charge each Saturday in October between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Learn more. 

Absentee voting and voter registration for the Nov. 4 General Election are now open at the Scott County Government Center, 200 Fourth Ave. W, in Shakopee. Pre-registrations will be accepted until October 14; absentee voting runs until November 3.

Free indoor walking at Savage Sports Center November - April. Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 6:30 - 9:30 am and Tuesday and Thursday from 1 - 3 pm.


Rec Corner

Applications Accepted for Warming House Attendants | The City of Savage is accepting applications for warming house attendants until October 24. These positions include evening and weekend hours from mid-December through February. Applicants must be at least 16 years old with a valid driver’s license. Wages start at $8.94 per hour. Applications can be picked up at City Hall, the Public Works Building, or online and must be dropped off at City Hall. Please call 952-224-3420 for more information.

Three Rivers Preschooler and Me Programs |For ages 3-6 with an adult at the McColl Pond ELC at Community Park in Savage. Each session will include hands-on activities, an introduction to the featured recreational activity, and outdoor time for exploration and play. Cost is $10 per child.

•  October 2 – Preschool Insects in Prairies. Registration deadline has passed, but call to see if there are still openings.

•  October 21 – Preschool Pumpkins. Register by October 14.

•  October 23 – Preschool Bats. Register by October 19.

•  November 13 – Preschool Fall Fun. Register by November 9.

AARP Driver Safety Courses | Driver Safety and Refresher classroom courses will be offered for drivers looking to save money on their insurance. Minnesota State Law requires all insurance companies to provide a 10-percent auto premium reduction for persons 55 and over who successfully complete these courses. To qualify for the discount, Minnesota allows the 4-hour refresher course once every 3 years. If you have not taken an 8-hour course or it has been longer than 3 years since you have taken either course, the 8-hour safety class is for you. Contact your insurance agent for course verification. Classes will be held in the Marion/Marietta Room at Savage City Hall, 6000 McColl Drive, Savage.

•  4-hour Refresher: Saturday, October 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

•  8-hour Safety Course: Tuesdays, October 21 and October 28 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Please include your AARP number with your registration.

ELC Holiday Rentals  | The McColl Pond Environmental Learning and Event Center (ELC) offers a unique setting for holiday gatherings. The ELC, located in Savage’s picturesque Community Park, has become a popular choice for graduation parties, anniversary celebrations, wedding receptions, workshops, meetings and more. The City of Savage is now accepting reservations for holiday parties, with a 25 percent discount offered for businesses holding a Sunday-Thursday event in November, December or January. Click here for more information.