Category Archives: Intergovernment

Two Takes on Suburban Transit

I am a regular reader of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune newspaper.  Generally, I think the paper does a good job of covering news from across the Twin Cities and throughout the state. Sometimes, however, it seems to me that the paper goes … 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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Airport Zoning Public Hearing: Not Much Action

The Joint Airport Zoning Board (JAZB) for Flying Cloud Airport held a public hearing last Thursday night in the City Council Chambers to hear public comments about the proposed airport zoning ordinance. The JAZB is a multi-jurisdictional commission with membership … Continue reading

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Welcome to Lakeville

I snapped these two photos yesterday of the new bridge for Dakota County Road 70 over the northbound lanes of I-35 going through Lakeville. What I want to draw your attention to is the Lakeville logo emblem that is attached … Continue reading

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Southwest Suburban Cable Commission

No one, I’m quite sure, is waiting breathlessly to hear about the results of last night’s Southwest Suburban Cable Commission meeting. But, in the interest of keeping Eden Prairie residents and blog readers worldwide informed, here’s what happened. But first … 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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How Many Times Do We Have To Tell You?

The City and the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) live by an agreement called The Final Agreement that regulates the operations of Flying Cloud Airport. One of the more important provisions of the Final Agreement for the residents of my fair … Continue reading

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Recognizing Successful Progress

It’s not uncommon for us to hear some form of the following “observation/allegation” each year when property owners receive their annual property tax statements: “I know a guy who knows a guy who has a house in Woodbury (or Burnsville … 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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Sooner Than We Think?

Who would have thought that when former Gov. Jesse Ventura began his term as our Governor on January 8, 1999, that we would be riding a new light rail train connecting downtown Minneapolis to the Mall of America just five … Continue reading

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Off and Running in a New Year

The City Council held its annual organizational meeting last night. The annual organizational meeting is typically a quick one, and last night’s meeting was no exception – 35 minutes. The Council uses its organizational meeting to make a number of … Continue reading

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Economic Review and Preview

I am a member of the Eden Prairie A.M. Rotary Club. Each week we gather together on Tuesday mornings for breakfast and a program. This morning’s program was an economist from a Twin Cities investment adviser who gave us his … Continue reading

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Un-Unallotment

Ramsey County District Court Judge Kathleen Gearin gave Governor Tim Pawlenty an unexpected and unappreciated surprise last week when she declared that his decision to unallot budgeted funds from a particular state government food program was unconstitutional. You can read … Continue reading

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Water, water everywhere? No. It’s not.

There is an interesting op ed article (at least I think it’s op ed) in today’s Star Tribune business section about water. Read it at this link: Water, water everywhere? Not anymore. The title of the article is a paraphrasing … 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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