Author Archives: City Staff

Changing Times for Life in the Prairie

For several years, the City’s Communications Division has produced Life in the Prairie, a printed newsletter distributed each month as an insert in the Eden Prairie NEWS. The publication has become a key source for City-related news and information for those who live and work in Eden Prairie. In fact, according to the 2010 Quality [...]

Community Notification

Have you updated your contact information in the City of Eden Prairie CodeRED community notification system lately? This system provides us with high speed telephone calling and text messaging capabilities, which allows us to rapidly deliver important messages directly to homes, businesses and mobile telephone users. Just yesterday, we utilized the CodeRED notification system to [...]

The Eden Prairie Facebook Community

According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of community is: A unified body of individuals. But in Eden Prairie, community means so much more. Two years ago, my colleagues and I set out to create an official Facebook page for the City of Eden Prairie. At the time, we saw it as an exciting new opportunity for two-way communication with the [...]

Community Forums on Recycling

Hennepin County is in the process of transforming solid waste management!  Recent changes in technology along with a growing interest in organics composting have provided a good opportunity for the county to review their current solid waste management options.  This discussion will likely include the development of significant new goals for increasing recycling and composting.  [...]

Funding the Maintenance of City Infrastructure

The City has over $200 million worth of general assets it uses to provide services to citizens.  This includes buildings, streets, trails, and playground equipment.  The City needs to maintain, repair, and replace some of its infrastructure each year.  How should the City pay for this?  Should the City levy a tax, use special assessments, [...]

On Monday, February 7,  I attended my first “Board Cutting” for the recently reopened Eden Prairie Menards. I’ve been to a lot of Ribbon Cuttings, but this is my first official “Board Cutting”. Mayor Nancy Tyra-Lukens was given the honor of cutting the board.  She thanked the crowd and the staff for their efforts on [...]

Community Gardens

Are you sifting through seed catalogs and anxiously waiting the warm days of spring?  Gardeners know, nothing gets you through the dark days of winter like planning for the growing season! Did you know that the City of Eden Prairie offers community garden plots to persons who live or work in Eden Prairie? These plots [...]

City Manager Search Update

Our search for a new Eden Prairie City Manager is reaching the final stages! As you might know, this position has been vacant since Scott Neal became the city manager for Edina, Minn. in November 2010 – and it has been filled in the interim by Parks and Recreation Director Jay Lotthammer. Last Saturday, each [...]

Election Day 2010

At one time in our history, elections in Eden Prairie involved a very simple process.  Voters would come to the polling place, unattended by any election judges,  sign their name and take a ballot, vote and place the ballot in the lard can.  After the polls closed, the judges would come and take an oath, open the [...]

Mapping for Kids

This past week we had a great opportunity to speak to approximately 200 kindergarten students at Eden Lake Elementary School about maps and globes and the important role they play in our jobs and everyday lives. We always jump at the opportunity to educate the public on how we use maps and Geography in our [...]

A 2011 Budget

Tis the season – budget season that is. After a preliminary levy was certified in September and appeared on 2011 property tax notices in November, the City Council was presented with several budget and tax levy scenarios to consider at its Dec. 7 workshop. Most of the options were in response to Council members’ requests [...]

The Internship of a Lifetime

This past August, I began an internship in city government, under the guidance of (the now former) City Manager Scott Neal. As a recent graduate from Winona State University and an Eden Prairie High School graduate (class of 2006), this was the internship of a lifetime for me. Now, with my internship about to expire, [...]

A New Interchange

The Highway 169/I-494 interchange project is set to begin any day.  Mn/DOT recently awarded the C.S. McCrossan/Edward Kraemer & Sons Design-Build team this $125 million dollar interchange project.  Once the final contracts for the project are executed, work on the project will begin.  We will be learning a lot more about the project schedule in [...]

Pipes and Public Health

It’s 9 p.m. The kids are in bed. There are new batteries in the smoke alarms and the dog is asleep at your feet. You’ve put a lot into making your home safe and secure. But just how safe are you? Do your kids know what to do in a fire? Are your valuables protected [...]