Category Archives: Office of the City Manager

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 [...]

Who Wants to Be the City Manager?

Today is City Manager Rick Getschow’s first day on the job in Eden Prairie. Typically the first day of any job is filled with learning about benefits, meeting new people and figuring out how to get around so you can find your office on day two. There really isn’t any “work” to do and nobody [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

A Great Response

A week ago today, we were wondering: If the fifth largest snowfall in Minnesota history were to land on Eden Prairie, what would happen and how would we handle it? We now know the answer to this question! We would step up to the plate and do our very best to handle it well. I [...]

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, [...]