Burnsville in Brief

Highlights for May 2021 City of Burnsville Home Page

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Welcome Note from City Manager Melanie Lee

After more than a year of learning, growing and adapting to new ways of doing things, we now embrace a hybrid of new and old when coming together as a community. We kicked off summer fun in Burnsville with the return of Party on the Plaza and it was wonderful to gather in-person again!

We invite you to join us throughout the summer for the return of our traditional events (Party on the Plaza, Rockin' Lunch Hour, Flicks on the Bricks and Night to Unite, to name a few) and to join us in celebrating our wonderful community with brand new celebrations including Juneteenth on June 19 and Pride on June 26 (see details in the Organizational Services section), and a partnership with the International Festival of Burnsville for a combination of virtual events and in-person activities during the July 22 Party on the Plaza in Nicollet Commons Park.

Together with you, we continue our work to help make Burnsville a vibrant city, boldly leading, welcoming to all.

Burnsville City Council Strategic Priorities Guide Everyday Efforts

Burnsville Council Strategic Priorities of safety, community engagement, community development, sustainability, transportation & infrastructure and organizational services

Community Development

overhead illustration of Burnsville Center Village Area

Next Steps for the Burnsville Center Village Area

With new ownership of the Burnsville Center and the early stages of implementation of the Center Village Vision, a couple key things have happened in May. Kohan, the new owner, has submitted a land use application to subdivide their land interest into five lots and one outlot to allow the sale of the created parcels to other parties. Part of this request will involve a Planned Unit Development (PUD) Amendment to address shared elements such as parking, green space, storm water management and the access road. This will be the new foundation for development of these properties.

Additionally, the City is nearing the end of a draft Alternative Urban Areawide Review (AUAR) and Mitigation Plan prepared by the City of Burnsville for the Burnsville Center Village Area. These studies will inform future decision-making development and minimize the need for future environmental reviews.

View the Draft AUAR and Mitigation Plan

Written comments on this plan will be accepted until June 17 at 4 p.m.

Fill out the AUAR comment form

Welcome Franklin

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Frank Montenegro joined Community Development in May as a Rental and Code Enforcement Inspector. He will be doing rental inspections and general code enforcement. He was previously employed at the City of Santa Monica, California and has over seven years of experience in code enforcement and a Master’s Degree from Cal State LA in Climate Research. 

Fun fact about Franklin is that he loves to read and grow vegetables!

Helping Home Owners

man installing kitchen cabinets

A successful home owners workshop was held on May 13. Topics covered included a review of the permit process, some basic building and zoning code requirements, resources for do-it-yourself homeowners and advice on hiring a contractor. This highly interactive workshop allows attendees to ask questions about their particular project and learn from the experts. This is part of our effort to educate our customers and provide a value-added service to our residents.

RiZE On Grand Opens Phase One

rendering of new apartments on Grand Avenue

The RiZE on Grand, a 275-unit luxury apartment, is the City’s largest building project and began construction in June 2019. Challenges due to COVID and substantial delays in getting building materials interrupted their opening timeline. In response, the construction team took a proactive, collaborative approach to consult with City staff on a phasing plan for occupancy. This assured that all the required fire, health, safety, public works and accessibility could be met concurrently during final construction.

Phase one occupancy occurred in May 2021. This very unique situation results in a win/win with the developer being able to offer occupancy (and start collecting rents) and for the City to help find a solution that keeps the project moving forward.

View more information on the developer website.


kitchen on fire

Fire Safety Aid to Burnsville Apartments

The Fire Department received a generous $25,000 donation from the Burnsville Lions Club. The funds will be used to purchase StoveTop FireStops for multi-family dwellings in the city. StoveTop FireStops deploy automatically when flames from a cooking fire contact the fuse on the underside of the canister.

StoveTop FireStops in Burnsville apartments help mitigate our highest life hazard in the community. These easy-to-install and inexpensive devices can benefit homeowners, too. They are available at many local retailers and simply attach to your stovetop via magnet providing an important defense in the event of a cooking fire.

Welcome New Recruits

flames, Burnsville Fire logo, headline reads now recruiting

In collaboration with the Human Resource Department, Fire had two recruitments. The City received 29 Firefighter/Paramedic candidate applications that met minimum requirements.

Internally the department recruited for Field Training Officers (FTO); current firefighters that assist new candidates during their Fire Academy.

Firefighter of the Year

photo of Firefighter Shawn Hill with logos for Burnsville Fire and VFW

Burnsville’s 2019 Firefighter of the Year Shawn Hill was recognized by our local VFW and nominated for statewide recognition. The department was notified that Firefighter Hill was selected as the Minnesota VFW Firefighter of the Year.

EMS Week Declaration

Burnsville EMS staff with Mayor and Fire Chief holding EMS Week Proclamation

Mayor Kautz presented the department with a proclamation for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week. The theme for 2021 was “THIS IS EMS: Caring for Our Communities.”

Burnsville Fire has been providing EMS to the community since Sept. 4, 1984.


posters of Juneteenth and Pride events

Celebrations Belong Here

Burnsville will host Juneteenth and PRIDE events this month to celebrate freedom and diversity.

Juneteenth will feature book and poetry readings, music from the Tropics Steel Drum Band and gospel singers UPG, a line dance party, children’s crafts and food for purchase. Join us on June 19 at North River Hills Park from 1 - 3:30 p.m.

PRIDE will feature book and poetry readings, music, family activities and food for purchase. The City is partnering with community groups such as the Spirit of Truth Church, ISD 191, Dakota County Library and the Burnsville YMCA to bring these events to life. Join us on June 26 at Vista View Park from 1 - 3 p.m.

Find more information about the events at burnsvillemn.gov/calendar.

Job Description Enhancements

photo of You Belong Here sign letters in lawn

Human Resources is in the process of updating and streamlining our job descriptions into clear, concise and useful overviews aimed at aligning the work we do with the mission and values of the organization.

Enhancing each of our job descriptions reflects our commitment to inclusion and belonging. With these enhancements, each job description will include an essential function that focuses on our values and inclusion:

  • We each use our strengths to create great experiences in our organization and for our community.
  • Bring our organizational values of collaboration, innovation and excellence to work every day to deliver the best possible public service.
  • Commit to understanding one another, valuing each other’s differences and adapting behavior to create a workplace where everyone feels like they belong.
  • Contribute to making a difference so Burnsville continues to be a great place to live, work and play.

Classes are in Session

cover of Burnsville University course catalog with icons for collaboration, excellence and innovation

Burnsville University's first courses are starting in June. Burnsville University (BU) is our home for everything training and development for City staff. BU helps us be our best with a range of meaningful learning opportunities for staff, teams and the organization. Training and tools available through BU will include onboarding, leadership development, people management and more tools to assist our individual staff and team development.

Employees were encouraged to attend our Welcome to Burnsville University sessions to learn about BU on June 10, 11, and 15. Sessions are open to all staff and will be held at various locations, plus an online option will be available soon.

Find Us on Instagram

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See the City in a whole new way! Communications staff recently launched the City’s Instagram account and will share photos from City projects, events and fun around town.

Follow us on Instagram: @burnsvillemn

You can also follow the City on these social media platforms for additional news and updates:

Facebook: @cityofburnsville

Twitter: @burnsvillemn

LinkedIn: @burnsvillemn

YouTube: @cityofburnsvillemn


photos of guitarist, skateboarder and staff posing with Mayor in front of Party on the Plaza sign

Party on the Plaza Returns

The Recreation team, in collaboration with Community Engagement and Parks staff, worked throughout the month of May finalizing details and preparing for the 2021 return of Party on the Plaza. Due to construction at Nicollet Commons, the June 10 event was held at the Civic Center Park amphitheater. This fun-filled community gathering included music, food, games, crafts and other vendors. Them Pesky Kids (TPK) rocked the stage, followed by Power of 10.

Despite heat index temperatures reaching 100+ degrees, many residents braved the evening to come out to the park to hear live music — the City's first live music event in more than 15 months!

We are excited to return to Nicollet Commons Park on July 22 and August 26 for the next Party on the Plaza events.

Birnamwood Celebrates Women in Golf

June is Women in Golf Month and Birnamwood Golf Course is helping to promote golf among women with fun affordable golf opportunities.

Women’s Golf Month was launched in 2005 as PGA initiative. Only 15 years ago, less than 20% of young golfers were female. Today, that number stands at 36%. This year, Birnamwood opened on March 20 and has hosted over 8,700 rounds by golfers to date. In June and throughout the summer, Birnamwood welcomes all to get out and play!

headline reads June is women in golf month with photos of a woman golfing and our two women smiling next to their golf bags


Burnsville Community Engagement Unit with Mayor

Park Outreach - Making Connections

The Burnsville Police Community Engagement and Behavioral Health Unit (CE/BHU) invited community and family members to meet at the North River Hills Park for a chance to connect, chat and meet the team including Sergeant Yakovlev, Officers Huston and Archambault, and social worker Amy Johnson. They presented on community resources and the important work they are doing to assist people in crisis. The team also met with families that live with mental illness and were able to start to develop relationships for future needs. 

The Team has partnered with Thrive (family support for substance abuse), Fraser (autisim), and Soldier's 6 Foundation (working with returning vets with PTSD). Through this outreach, CE/BHU Team was able to secure 50 Fraser Sensory Kits to help assist officers while working with someone who has autisim. A kit will be placed in each squad. Through this foundation, future training is also possible.

Many families came by to say thank you and to share their stories of how they live with mental illness, or how their child or family experiences mental illness.

Congratulating Staff

photos of Officer Medlicott and Officer Goodreau

Adam Medlicott, Badge #156, received a Statewide Meritorious Service Award from the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association. He was recognized for his exceptional achievement and extraordinary valor, service, professionalism and leadership as our 2020 Officer of the Year.

Officer Chris Goodreau, Badge #73, retired from the Burnsville Police Department after 24 years of service. Congratulations Officer Goodreau and thank you for your dedication to the Burnsville community.

Police Annual Report

Burnsville Police annual report cover

"Working together to make a difference through excellence in policing."

View the Burnsville Police Department 2020 Annual Report.

National Police Week Proclamation

Burnsville Police Chief and Mayor holding proclamation

May 9-15 was National Police Week— a time to pause and honor law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation. We recognized the inherent dangers of the policing profession and the incredible sacrifices our police officers make to serve our own Burnsville community.

Mayor Kautz read a proclamation recognizing National Police Week and all of our police officers on behalf of City Council and Burnsville City Staff. We are proud of our Burnsville Police!


freshly painted city logos on water tower

Heather Hills Water Tower Gets a New Look

The rehabilitation of the Heather Hills Water Tower is complete. The tower is the largest above ground steel reservoir in Minnesota and this rehabilitation work is expected to keep the tower in good condition for another 15-20 years!

In addition to the tower’s functionality, Burnsville residents can take pride in their community identity with both the City logo and the new You Belong Here brand freshly painted on various sides of the tower.

This picture shows the tower from the McAndrews Road bridge over I-35E.

Grow Burnsville Food Forest

Food forest planting team with shovels

We formally kicked off our Grow Burnsville initiative with a ceremonial Food Forest Tree Planting. We were excited to have City Council Members and project staff at this event to plant the first fruit trees across from City Hall.

When completed, the Food Forest will be a place where any community member can walk in it and pick or harvest any of the different herbs, berries or fruit that happens to be ripe at the time. We can’t wait!

2021 Native Plant Market

family picking up plants at the Native Plant Market

The City hosts a Native Plant Market each spring as a way to encourage people to grow native plants in their yards. In addition to beautifying the community, native plants provide food for pollinators, help improve water quality and require less care than traditional garden plants.

We held it again this year, but with a twist, all plants were pre-purchased and buyers simply picked them up. There were more than 450 people who attended and more than 16,000 plants distributed. In future years, we may offer both pre-purchase and day of purchasing options!

Transportation Projects

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There is a lot going on now regarding regional transportation projects.

  • MnDOT is just about completed with the I-35W river bridge project as the final layers of asphalt were placed during weekend closures in the last couple of weeks.
  • Great progress is being made on the Orange Line transit stations in the Heart of the City.
  • Planning for future improvements on Highway 13 from Highway 101 in Savage to Nicollet Avenue in Burnsville continues and MnDOT will be holding a public hearing for the project on June 28 at 5:15 p.m. at the Environmental Learning Center in Savage.

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

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 March 2021 is 3,912 (-7% year over year). This includes 203 traffic stops.

View additional police statistics including criminal offenses