2022 State of the City
This year, both back in-person and broadcast through Burnsville Community Television, our State of the City Address surpassed expectations. Mayor Elizabeth Kautz delivered an inspiring summary of city initiatives and projects paired with an array of entertainment followed by a reception and our City Sampler.
Thank you to the Burnsville Chamber for partnering with us for this event.
Didn't make it to the Ames Center for this event? You can still watch it in full - it is a not-to-be-missed broadcast!
Burnsville Council Strategic Priorites
The Burnsville City Council is focused on six strategic priorities to fulfill our vision of being a vibrant city, boldly leading and welcoming to all.
Burnsville is committed to the safety and wellbeing of our community.
Burnsville Police to the Rescue
There's nothing like a full moon to trigger the unusual and April was no exception. Responding to a report of an injured bald eagle, Officers K. Robb and P. Oelrich crawled under a fence to reach the bird. Officer Robb kept the eagle’s attention while officer Oelrich contained the creature by walking up behind it and placing a jacket around it. Sgt. B. Murray contacted the Raptor Center while Officer K. Roy responded with a dog kennel to transport the eagle to the Raptor Center.
Unfortunately, we have received word that our new feathered friend lost to her infection. Despite the sad news, it was an honor to rescue this majestic animal and we will continue to answer the call, no matter what it may be.
Behind-the-Scenes Work Honored
Crime Analyst Holly Helm received the Outstanding Statistical Report Award from the Minnesota Association of Criminal Intelligence Analysts for her work with our Behavioral Health Unit.
Congratulations Holly! Thanks for all you do.
Above and Beyond in the School
Burnsville School Resource Officers (SROs) awarded Paul Connell the February Blazing Commitment Award. His dedication to teaching and his students is exemplified day-in and day-out. He even put himself in harm’s way preventing an altercation between students. Our Burnsville Police Department SROs commend Connell on his willingness to show the importance of being a great person. Thank you for all you do for our students, Mr. Connell!
Burnsville is committed to meaningful relationships and experiences that meet the diverse needs of our community.
$16,000 Raised for the MN COPS Charity
This year marked the 10th annual Ballin’ in DC Charity Basketball Tournament. Officers from around the state of Minnesota came together to raise money for families of police officers killed in the line of duty. This year the event was held right here at home, thank you Burnsville High School!
Golf at Birnamwood is Back
Officially opening for play on April 10, our nine-hole, par 27 public golf course is open for residents and non-residents to hit the links this summer. Did you know you can schedule a tee time online?
We’re celebrating Women’s Golf Month this June with a kickoff event featuring live music, food, a guest speaker, vendors and a chance to meet other women in the sport. Join our golf clinic and women’s and girl’s twosome scrambles.
Check out everything going on June or schedule a tee time at burnsvillemn.gov/golf
Making New Connections
Police, Fire and Community Engagement staff visited the 191 Community Education Spanish-Speaking Parents Group. Staff and parents discussed safety topics and City resources. We're always excited to make new connections!
Burnsville is committed to creating great experiences for our employees so they do the same for our community.
Burnsville Fire Hosts First Fire Ops 101 for City Leaders
We believe thoroughly understanding the work our teams do is the best way to make effective policies, so our City leaders geared up and got hands-on at our Fire Department’s first Fire Ops 101 training to learn about fire hose deployment, automotive extraction, search and rescue and an EMS scenario.
The design and build of the new Fire Station No. 1 has been submitted for consideration for the League of Minnesota Cities 2022 City of Excellence Awards. Winners will be announced late June at the League’s annual conference.
The Future Leaders of Fire/EMS
Future firefighters/paramedics visited our new Fire Station No. 1.
A Reunion Celebration
Burnsville Fire Department alumni visited Fire Station No. 1 for an open house, tour and luncheon to celebrate the new facility.
We thank them for their service and for paving the path to where we are today.
City Engineer Named President
Congratulations to City Engineer Jen Desrude for a well-earned honor to be named president of the City Engineers Association of Minnesota. As the current Vice President, Jen will be moving into the president’s role to finish out 2022 and is anticipated to continue as president in 2023. As an incredible and well-respected leader, she will be providing strategic direction to this influential organization.
Congratulations Jen! Burnsville is lucky to have you.
Burnsville is committed to designing places and growth that enhance our community for years to come.
Economic Development Grant Helps Support Government Service
We are excited to welcome a new Community Development intern who will start mid-May thanks to $1,000 scholarship awarded to Burnsville from the Minnesota Economic Devleopment Foundation. The Community Internship Scholarship funds will be matched by the City. The intern will assist on projects related to Planning, Code Enforcement and Economic Development.
Heart of the City Continues to Grow
Rain has not slowed the building progress in Burnsville's Heart of the City. Coming soon is a new 162 apartment complex at 501 Gateway Blvd from Concorde Flats, LLC.
We Celebrate Local Businesses
It is an honor to celebrate milestones, welcoming new businesses and get to know our business community. We were lucky to join Old National Bank as they recently celebrated 15 years of calling Burnsville home. April also marked the ribbon-cutting of Neon Lizard Creative Marketing and Design - thank you for choosing our community for your growth!
City Council Approves New Development
Here's what is on the horizon for new development in Burnsville:
- Vincent Development: This 130-unit senior apartment building is located at 14545 Grand Avenue South and is the last phase of the Healy Ramme Planned Unit Development
- Ivy Brook Parking: This development includes an outdoor storage and commercial vehicle lot located at 3509 Highway 13 West
Explore the latest projects and progress when it comes to Burnsville development through our Development Map.
Burnsville is committed to responsible stewardship of resources and lands to ensure access and allow our community to thrive.
A Proper Goodbye to Fire Station No. 1
Burnsville Fire gathered for one final send-off at Fire Station No. 1. The old Fire Station No. 1 and the Alimagnet House located at Alimagnet Park has reached their lifespan and were no longer safely meeting the needs of the community. Staff worked closely with local contractors to safely dismantle these buildings and remove important equipment such as a generator, heat pumps, furnaces, A/C units, garage door operators, hardware and card readers to sustainably re-use them in other facilities.
What’s Next? Open spaces were transformed into green space until official plans for these areas is determined.
‘Tis the Season for Road Construction
The City has approved two large contracts for improvements to several areas including:
- Buck Hill Road south of Southcross Drive
- Streets around Fairview Ridges Hospital
- Streets within the Heart of the City area
- Many residential neighborhoods
Check out our interactive map showing areas of construction and project details.
We've Started Spring Cleaning!
Public Works crews have been busy gearing up for summer. You may have seen our street sweepers out and the flushing of fire hydrants. Our teams have been preparing parks and landscaped areas for growing season and are changing over equipment for summer usage. A quick turnaround on these tasks help us move out of late winter doldrums and gear up for a great summer.
Burnsville is committed to innovation that supports environmental, human and financial vitality for our community and future generations.
A Sold-Out Tree Sale
Thanks for going green with us! We sold out all 130 trees at our annual tree sale. Providing many benefits to the community like shade, cleaner air, cleaner surface water and aesthetics, we’re excited to see these trees thrive in Burnsville neighborhoods.
Test Out Your Green Thumb This Summer
Roots are sprouting and we're anxiously waiting to see the fruits of our labor flourish this season at our Food Forest, Market Garden and our residents community garden plots. Check out our interactive story map for information on the project and the progress made!
Test out your green thumb this summer at our newest community garden site, Crosstown East Park.
For more information, availability, pricing and scholarships and to reserve your plot, contact our Recreation staff at 952-895-4412 to reserve your plot.