Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Asphalt sealcoating of city streets and the damage done to Lakeville sports fields by the extended winter were two of the topics discussed in the most recent episode of Lakeville's public access program, Lakeville City Limits.
The most recent episode of Lakeville City Limits, the city's public informational news program, features updates on spring activities in public works department, an interview with the city's park and recreation director and a vistit to the line dancers at the Heritage Center. Watch the full program, hosted by city administrator Steve Mielke, above.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Sen. Dave Thompson of Lakeville sums up the 2013 legislative session.
Editor's Note: The following is a press release from the office of Sen. Dave Thompson. On Monday, May 20, the Minnesota Legislature adjourned and completed its work on the state’s budget for fiscal years 2014 and 2015. The Democrat’s budget plan includes $2.1 billion in new taxes. This $38.3 billion budget is an 8.1% increase in spending over the previous budget. “If you remember one thing about this legislative session, it’s that everyone will pay more in higher taxes for increased wasteful and inefficient government spending under the Democrats’ plan. Minnesotans deserve a budget that protects hardworking taxpayers, not abuses them,” said Senator Thompson. New taxes include a sales tax on internet purchases, digital downloads like iTunes…
Monday, May 20, 2013
The Lakeville City Council is expected to vote on the projects at its Monday night meeting.
Two street projects could get a green light from the Lakeville City Council at its regular meeting on Monday night. Listed among the items on the council’s consent agenda are resolutions to award construction contracts for replacement of a bridge on 168th Street and for a roundabout at 205th Street and Kenrick Avenue. 168TH STREET BRIDGE The low bid for the bridge project came in from Redstone Construction at $308,586, which is $68,586 higher than the original engineer’s estimated cost. The other bid, submitted by Lunda Construction, was for $479,722. Most of the project’s cost would be paid for with a $282,926 State Aid Bridge Bonds Funds grant. The city is required to cover $25,660 in matching funds, which would come from funds assessed …
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Also in this week’s recap – A Mother's Day fire ruins things for Eagan apartment residents and Lakeville Public Schools ponder a run at a referendum.
Take a trip around Dakota County and the south metro with this week's rundown of top news. For the original story, simply click on the link in the headline. Paving Paradise? Lebanon Hills Trail Plan Worries Residents Dakota County officials have plans to develop a 6.5-mile, paved bike trail in Lebanon Hills Regional Park to increase recreational opportunities. But some residents would prefer the park stay as pristine as possible. Eagan Council Warms Up to Proposed Pilot Knob Improvements The consternation that marked a January meeting on the proposed reconstruction of a portion of Pilot Knob Road was nowhere in sight last week. What to Do with the Sperry Water Tower? The 146-foot-tall water tower in Eagan is a money-maker for the city…
Saturday, May 18, 2013
On Monday, May 27, VFW Post 210 of Lakeville and American Legion Post 44 will present their annual Memorial Day color guard visits at area cemeteries to honor the military service members buried there.
Here is this week’s edition of Lakeville Message, which features a story about the city’s Memorial Day observances. Here is the text of the story: Memorial Day is set aside to honor those who have died in service to the nation. In remembrance and celebration, on Monday, May 27, VFW Post 210 of Lakeville and American Legion Post 44 will present their annual Memorial Day color guard visits at area cemeteries to honor the military service members buried there. This tradition of honor has taken place in Lakeville for more than 50 years. The stops on the route will each include a brief presentation, the Color Guard, and the Lakeville North High School band. Residents are invited to attend any or all of these recognition stops at the following …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Today is the last day to register your sale online to be included on the city’s garage sale map. As of this morning, 163 sales have been registered.
Editor’s Note: The following information is from the City of Lakeville website. As of May 15, 163 sales were registered with the city. The City of Lakeville is organizing a Citywide Garage Sale on Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lakeville residents can submit the address of their garage sale to be included on a map of garage sale locations. The map will be updated through Thursday, May 16, as registrations are received. Registrations received after May 16 and addresses falling outside the borders of the City of Lakeville will not appear on the map. If you would like to pick up an 8.5" x 11" printout of the map and a list of all the addresses included, copies will be available at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 17, at City Hall (20195 …
A contingent of day care providers and families with children who use that care protested against Senate File 778. But the DFL-controlled Senate approved the measure with a narrow, 35-32 vote after 17 hours of debate.
UPDATE, Wednesday, May 15: It took 17 hours of debate and more than a little arm-twisting from bill author Sen. Sandy Pappas, but the bill allowing day care providers to unionize in Minnesota passed the State Senate early Wedneday by the narrowest of margins. The DFL, which has a nine-member majority in the Senate, had a few members vote "no" on the unionization bill, approving it with a 35-32 vote. Minnetonka Sen. Terri Bonoff of Minnetonka, Greg Clausen of Apple Valley, Bev Scalze of Little Canada and Melisa Franzen of Edina broke ranks with the DFL and voted against the measure. The bill will now move to the House floor, where it will most likely replace a similar bill, H.F. 905, before it could move to Gov. Mark Dayton's desk. * * * …
Gov. Mark Dayton’s signature Tuesday didn’t end the heated debate around same-sex marriage.
Whatever side of the debate you fall on, there’s no denying that this week’s passage of a bill legalizing same-sex marriage was a historical moment. Minnesota became just the 12th state to sanction gay marriage when Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill Tuesday. Patch readers quickly wrote in to share their thoughts on the moment. Eagan Patch reader Kathi Malone echoed the view of legislators who voted yes in seeing same-sex marriage as a civil right: I am so happy that finally gay people will be able to have the civil right to marry. This is truly an American vote for freedom. I applaud Sen Clausen and all other legislators who voted for this historical bill. James N added: Thank you Senator Carlson and the entire MN legislature for extending …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Odd/even and time-of-day watering restrictions in effect until Sept. 30.
Wednesday, May 15
Editor’s Note: The following information is from the City of Lakeville’s website: The City of Lakeville's water conservation ordinance was designed to encourage water conservation. Residents can only water every other day, based on the last digit of your house number. If your house number (not street number) ends in an even number, water on even-numbered calendar days. If your house number ends in an odd number, water on odd-numbered days. Homeowners' associations and apartment complexes that provide a common irrigation system may water only every other day. Homeowners' associations and apartments north of 185th Street may water on odd-numbered calendar days and those south of 185th Street may water on even-numbered days. In addition, …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Legislation to allow gay marriage in the state cleared its final hurdle Monday, May 13. With Gov. Mark Dayton expected to sign the bill as soon as tomorrow, Minnesota will become the 12th state in the country to allow same-sex couples to marry.
The Minnesota Senate approved H.F. 1054 Monday, May 13, clearing the way for Minnesota same-sex couples to marry in the state. The 37 to 30 vote, which was seen as the last hurdle for the legislation, makes Minnesota the 12th in the United States to recognize same-sex marriages in state law. Gov. Mark Dayton's office announced a signing ceremony set for 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 14. Democrats, known locally as the DFL party, hold a 39-28 advantage in the Minnesota Senate. Debate began shortly after noon Monday, with the Republican Party introducing a pair of amendments to the bill, both of which were voted down by state Democrats, who control the Senate. It quickly moved to speeches invoking personal feelings and relationships surrounding the…