Burnsville in Brief

Highlights for May 2022 City of Burnsville Home Page

Burnsville City Council Strategic Priorities Guide Everyday Efforts

Our 2022 Strategic Priorities reflect our ongoing commitment of collaboration in serving the community in all that we do.

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Burnsville PD Honor Guard standing guard in St. Paul

May Celebrates Community Service

In the month of May, we had the opportunity to honor four City departments and the incredible work they do each and every day to serve our community through national recognition weeks and proclamations from Mayor Kautz and the Burnsville City Council.

Starting with Economic Development Week (May 9 - 13), we thank our staff for the work they do to live out our mission of making Burnsville a vibrant city, boldly leading and welcoming to all.

For National EMS (Emergency Medical Service) Week (May 15 – 21), we honor and thank all our Fire department's paramedics for their dedicated service and commitment to our community.

During National Police Week (May 15 – 21), we honor our Burnsville Police Department for the work they do to keep our community safe. On Sunday, May 15, the BPD Honor Guard stood guard in silent vigil at the Peace Officers Memorial in St. Paul to recognize fallen officers who lost their lives for the safety and protection of others.

For National Public Works Week (May 15 – 21), we thank our team that goes above and beyond to ensure we have safe roads, quality water, effective infrastructure, a focus on sustainability and much more.


Burnsville is committed to the safety and wellbeing of our community.

Jarrod Springs standing with a firefighter

A Citizen’s Heroic Actions Saved Lives

Jarrod Springs, an employee of ProKart Indoor Racing, a Burnsville business, was nominated by Burnsville Fire Department and later awarded the Dakota County Outstanding EMS Action by a Citizen Award for his heroic actions on two separate cardiac arrest incidents. Due to his quick response of CPR, attaching an AED and delivering shocks, both patients survived.

The Dakota County Outstanding EMS Action by a Citizen Award honors a citizen for a lifesaving act in which quick thinking, fast action and heroism were demonstrated.

Thank you Jarrod for your diligent actions and for being a valued member of our Burnsville community.

Police Administration Award of Excellence

Ellen and Chief Schwartz with the award

Congratulations to Ellen Hanna, Senior Administration Assistant in Burnsville Police for receiving this year's Professional Law Enforcement Administrative Assistant Excellence in Service Award. Ellen's commitment and dedication supports Burnsville Police and extends across city departments. Ellen is essential in strategic planning and exemplifies excellence. Congrats on this well-deserved honor.

Minnesota Chief's Medal of Honor Recipients

Four members of BPD and their guests accepting their awards

Sergeants Brent Murray and Dan Anderson, and Officers Paul Oelrich and Chris Walswick were nominated and awarded the distinguished Minnesota Chief’s Medal of Honor for their exceptional achievement and extraordinary valor, service, professionalism and leadership. Congratulations! It is an honor to have you on our team.

Blazing Commitment Award

SROs with Ms. Morrissey and her award

Michelle Morrissey was awarded the Blazing Commitment Award by the Burnsville Police School Resource Officers (SRO). SROs consistently hear from students on how incredible Michelle is and note that they could not do their jobs successfully without her at school. Thank you for your compassion, patience, positive impact and attitude and your dedication to your profession, Ms. Morrissey!

Community Engagement

Burnsville is committed to meaningful relationships and experiences that meet the diverse needs of our community.

Six kids smiling next to a trail station at Kids to Parks Trail Day

Kids to Parks Trail Day

We welcomed more than 100 kids and families to Terrace Oaks Park for an exciting Kids to Parks Trail Day on May 28!

As part of a national effort to encourage everyone to create their own outdoor adventures at local parks, Recreation provided a great opportunity to explore the environment, learn about natural resources, scout out items for the scavenger hunt and complete activities throughout the trail.

All roads led to the nature play area at Terrace Oaks East for some more fun, music and sweet treats in celebration of the great outdoors!

All Smiles at the Public Works Open House

Young boy pretending to drive machinery at the Public Works Open House

A big thank you to those who came out to the Maintenance Facility to check out the trucks, tools and teams at the Public Works Open House. We welcomed approximately 300 guests on May 21 to take an inside look at city services.

Our staff, often behind the scenes of cool projects around town, had a blast showing off their work, equipment, knowledge and stories that make Burnsville a great place to live, work and play.

Running For A Cause

Officers and Senior Administrative Assistant smiling at 5K event

Burnsville Officers Roy Gutzman and Jason Riviere and Senior Administrative Assistant Ellen Hanna ran the Tunnel 2 Towers Foundation 5K outside the Burnsville Ice Arena on May 21. To honor those killed in 9/11, first responders carried extra weight during the run; 35 pounds for police officers and 65 pounds for firefighters.

Started after 9/11, the Tunnel 2 Towers Foundation works to provide mortgage-free homes to Gold Star and fallen first-responder families with young children and build accessible smart homes for catastrophically injured veterans and first responders.

Hot Spots in Burnsville

Young girl skateboarding at the Burnsville Lions Skate Park

Our Recreation team has been busy planning a whole bunch of summer fun at vibrant spots around town. Check out programs like Shred the Park at Burnsville Lions Skate Park, youth and family Spin Fishing at Tyacke Park, nature-based day camps at Terrace Oaks Park and more at burnsvillemn.gov/rec!

Bring on the gaga ball, friendship bracelets and water games! With many of our summer playground programs already full, our team welcomed seasonal staff and got them up to speed on everyone's favorite outdoor games.

Keep scrolling for details on upcoming summer fun in our parks!

Organizational Culture

Burnsville is committed to creating great experiences for our employees so they do the same for our community.

A group of 16 employees in a meeting

Organizational Analysis Results Spark Conversation

Over the past few months, staff partnered with a consultant to complete an organizational analysis to understand the staff and structure we need to best serve our community. Almost all employees participated in the study through surveys or interviews, sharing insights about their work. Along with comparative analysis, the study recommended staffing over the next five years and enhancements to procedures and technology across the organization.

Next steps: With information received through the study, City staff and City Council will continue conversations around analyizing the results and effective ways to move forward.

View our Budget page for the latest in City budget conversations, key dates and a look at the 2022 budget transparency portal

Generous Donation of New Exercise Equipment

Dumbbells and kettlebells were added to the Fire Department's exercise equipment thanks to Burnsville Dick's Sporting Goods. The equipment will be put to good use by our firefighters/paramedics for functional fitness, mobility and rehab exercises.

Dick's Sporting Goods staff with two firefighters/paramedics in front of a fire truck

Community Vibrancy

Burnsville is committed to designing places and growth that enhance our community for years to come.

New You Belong Here flag at Party on the Plaza

Collaborating for a Welcoming Community

Did you see our new You Belong Here flags at Party on the Plaza?

With funding provided by the Saint Paul Area Association of Realtors (SPAAR) Key Communities Program and the National Association of Realtors (NAR), we had the opportunity to purchase You Belong Here flags representing all the many faces of our community. Keep an eye our for these new decorations at some of our upcoming community events!

As part of our outreach efforts, rental licensing staff presented at the first Rental Property Managers meeting since the start of the pandemic. Representatives from Police and Fire presented timely information on crime prevention and fire safety. Dakota County Recycling and the Association for Non-Smokers discussed a new recycling ordinance and the benefits of smoke-free rental living. Approximately 30 property managers attended the event.

A Donation of Portable Cribs For Safe Sleeping

Firefighters/paramedics standing with 30 portable cribs in boxes

With a kind donation from the Burnsville Savage Lions Club, the Fire Department purchased 30 portable cribs (Pack and Plays). The portable cribs will be distributed to hotels in Burnsville to reduce co-sleeping and infant cardiac arrest.

Introducing HomeWork

Graphic of a cartoon home with a blue, cloudy sky background and the Burnsville HomeWork logo

Administered by the Center for Energy and the Environment, the City officially launched HomeWork – a program designed to financially assist homeowners with low interest loans for improvements on houses, condos and townhomes.

Code Cash Home Improvement Grants are also now available. These 50% match grants (up to $2,000) are specific to those who receive citations and will help qualified residents fix minor property code violations.

Learn more about our new HomeWork programs to help with all your home improvement needs!


Burnsville is committed to responsible stewardship of resources and lands to ensure access and allow our community to thrive.

Graphic of a future roundabout

Federal Grant Supports Intersection Improvement

Dakota County in partnership with the City received a federal grant to construct a roundabout at the intersection of County Road 11 and Burnsville Parkway. An open house was recently held to provide an opportunity for residents to share feedback.

Didn’t make it? Share your thoughts on an interactive map.

Learn more about the project

We Celebrate the New Fire Station No. 1

Thank you for joining us at the Fire Station No. 1 Grand Opening! We loved the opportunity to invite the community into our new home.

Our multimedia team collaborated with our Burnsville Fire Department to tell their story and honor the work they do as part of EMS Week – EMS STRONG: Rising to the Challenge.

Take a behind-the-scenes look inside the new Fire Station No. 1 and the job of our career firefighters/paramedics in The Day In The Life at Burnsville’s Fire Station No. 1.


Burnsville is committed to innovation that supports environmental, human and financial vitality for our community and future generations.

A family at the Native Plant Market; two kids riding on a wagon with the plants

A Successful Native Plant Market And Garden Tool Swap

With more than 1,000 in attendance, the Native Plant Market was a success! We’re excited to see the growing interest in the community for native plants that provide benefits like drought/flood tolerance, groundwater replenishment, a safe space for pollinators and ground cover that doesn’t require mowing.

Dakota County Recycling joined in on the fun with a Garden Tool Swap – offering an opportunity for attendees to donate and collect garden tools and accessories. A total of 260 pounds of tools found new homes and were diverted from the landfill.

New Fire Station Dinner Table Stands For Much More Than Mealtime

Our commitment to sustainability extends to human vitality and our firefighters/paramedics truly understand the importance of that.

While a dinner table is a source of pride and tradition in any American fire station, Fire Station No. 1’s new, handmade table holds a special meaning in New Fire Station Dinner Table Stands For Much More Than Mealtime.

Want to know what's coming up next in the City? Check out our Events and Meetings calendars for the latest activities.

Crowd watching an outdoor movie on a screen in Nicollet Commons Park

Our Music and Movie Summer Line Up is Here

We are excited to invite you to Nicollet Commons Park for free, family-friendly entertainment and summer fun. Our Thursday Rockin’ Lunch Hour music series is geared towards preschool-aged kids. Singing and dancing starts June 16.

Plus, watch your favorite films on the big screen at Flicks on the Bricks beginning June 24.

But wait there's more... check out all the summer fun on the horizon at burnsvillemn.gov/events

By the Numbers...

Fire Statistics: Click through the charts below for a closer look at Burnsville Fire Department activity including types of calls, call by property type and more.

Police Statistics: Total Calls for Service in April 2022 is 4,361 (+10.7% year over year). This includes 534 traffic stops.

View additional police statistics including criminal offenses