Category Archives: Employees

Change of Venue

I have been blogging in this space since March 2003. At that time, there weren’t nearly as many bloggers as there are today. There were no other city managers doing it. But I’ll be winding my blog down over the … Continue reading

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Goodbye Dona

We lost one of our really good employees, and a really, really good person this past Saturday with the passing of Dona Rowland. Dona worked in the City’s Support Services Division for the past 12 years. Her job here was … Continue reading

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Friday Report for July 2, 2010

Here’s my Friday Report to the Mayor and City Council for today, July 2, 2010: OFFICE OF THE CITY MANAGER½Friday Report DATE: July 2, 2010 TO: Mayor and City Council FROM: Scott H. Neal, City Manager RE: Friday Report for … Continue reading

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New Liquor Store Blog

That’s Tammy Wanchena. Tammy manages the City’s Prairie Village Mall liquor store. That’s the store adjacent to Kowalski’s Market grocery store. Tammy and her staff do a great job at the store, which was remodeled just last year. If you … Continue reading

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2009 Employee Awards

We held our annual Spring Employee Recognition Event yesterday. We use this event to recognize employees for milestones relating to years of service and for excellence in performance. In the past, we’ve also used the event to recognize new employees, … Continue reading

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Ice Arena Air

There is a bill making its way through the State Legislature that will introduce significant change to the air in our indoor ice arenas. Paul Wahl explains the issue well in a story he wrote for the Bloomington Sun Current … Continue reading

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Some Good Financial News, For A Change

Throughout the fall and early winter of 2008, the City Council and City staff struggled to find the right balance of spending & taxing and services & service reductions for the 2009 City budget. The City’s 2008 General Fund budget … Continue reading

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Blog Recognition

An organization called Careers in Criminal Justice has a website and that website has a blog called Justice City, USA which has named the Eden Prairie’s Police Department Blog one of America’s Top 50 Criminal Justice and Criminology Blogs! It’s … Continue reading

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Friday Report for January 15, 2010

OFFICE OF THE CITY MANAGER   Friday Report DATE: January 15, 2010 TO: Mayor and City Council FROM: Scott H. Neal, City Manager RE: Friday Report for January 15, 2010 1. MLC Regional Breakfast Meeting – The annual Municipal Legislative Commission … Continue reading

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Police and Fire Fighter Training

I had the opportunity last week to attend the debriefing session of a recent police training session at the South Metro Public Safety Training Facility. The South Metro Public Safety Training Facility is a facility in Edina that is owned … Continue reading

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Friday Report for December 11, 2009

For today’s post, here’s my December 11, 2009 Friday Report to the City Council. Enjoy! ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ OFFICE OF THE CITY MANAGER½Friday Report   DATE: December 11, 2009 TO: Mayor and City Council FROM: Scott H. Neal, City Manager RE: Friday … Continue reading

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2010 City Budget

The City Council approved a new budget for 2010 at their meeting last night. This is the message that I shared with City employees this morning about the new budget: +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The City Council approved a new budget for 2010 … Continue reading

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Preparing for the Pandemic

What would city government in Eden Prairie be like if 1/3 of our staff were sick with the flu, another 1/3 were home taking care of a family member sick with the flu, and another 1/3 were well and able … Continue reading

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Mall’s Tax Appeal Backfires

There was an important story in yesterday’s Star Tribune written by Susan Feyder titled “Malls tax appeal backfires.” If you’ve got a couple of minutes, read it. It tells a rare story. The first line of Ms. Feyder’s story really … Continue reading

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Not Ordinary Elm Trees

These are not ordinary elm trees growing at the University of Minnesota horticulture and agricultural station over on the St. Paul campus. These elm trees are being grown as part of a program sponsored by The U and the Minneapolis … Continue reading

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