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.
Burnsville is committed to the safety and wellbeing of our community.
New Training Facilities in Action
Our Fire Department recently hosted the Dakota County Special Operations Team (DCSOT) for high rescue training. DCSOT is a cooperative team of public safety agencies within the county and also serves on the Minnesota Structural Collapse Team.
The innovative design of the new Fire Station No. 1 supports a variety of training scenarios and allows public safety teams to practice and perfect essential skills.
Electric Vehicle Safety
Electric vehicles (EV) are gaining popularity and come with new guidelines for emergency personnel to navigate when responding to related calls. The Fire Department recently hosted training on electric vehicle safety. Firefighters from nine fire departments plus Dakota Electric, Great River Energy and Safety and Security Consultation Specialists congregated to learn more about EVs, their batteries and safety considerations. Attendees also examined several EVs up close and ask questions to gain a comprehensive understanding.
Cooking Fire Suppression
Our Fire Department has applied for a Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) grant with the goal of purchasing 7,000 residential fire suppression devices that would provide nearly every multi-family housing unit with a device that attaches simply above the cooking range to automatically activate in the event of a stovetop fire.
The FP&S program works to improve the safety of the public and firefighters by supporting fire prevention programs and firefighter health and safety research and development.
Kind Words from the Community
Officer Paul Oelrich recently received praise for a job well done when responding to a call.
“Dear Captain Schwartz,
I wish to commend Officer Paul Oelrich on the excellent and professional manner he displayed while working with the ‘fender-bender’ which occurred this afternoon. Not only did he get the two vehicles off to a safer place, he exhibited calm and kindness. Being so far from home, I deeply appreciated this. AND the bending out of the plastic/metal from the Prius tire area so that I was able to arrive safely in St. Peter without the need of a tow truck meant a great deal.”
Thank you for your service, Officer Oelirch!
Burnsville is committed to meaningful relationships and experiences that meet the diverse needs of our community.
Cheers to 50 Great Years of the Burnsville Ice Center
On February 5, we celebrated the Ice Center’s 50th anniversary in conjunction with the City’s popular Polar Fest event. The day was jam-packed with fun including a full schedule of events on the ice from all levels of hockey to open skating, family-friendly activities like a balloon artist and face painter, energetic music by a DJ, outdoor games, a bonfire and great eats from Xstream Cuisine and Cookie Dough Bliss food trucks.
Thank you Mayor Kautz for dropping the puck at the start of our youth scrimmage games, and to all who call the Burnsville Ice Center their second home.
Cheers to another fun 50 years to come!
Cub Scouts Visit the Burnsville Police Department
A local Cub Scout troop was introduced to police work with a tour of the Burnsville Police Department, fingerprint demonstration and the group had the opportunity to explore a mock crime scene where they were tasked with finding pieces of evidence.
One Scout mentioned she wants to be an Evidence Officer when she grows up!
PD Takes the Plunge
Members of the Police Department and their families took a chilly jump into Crystal Lake on February 26 for a great cause. Polar Plunge is a one-of-a-kind fundraiser for Special Olympics Minnesota.
Kudos to Sergeant Patrick Gast and family for raising a record donation amount this year!
Burnsville is committed to creating great experiences for our employees so they do the same for our community.
Our Organization Analysis is Underway
To best serve our community, Burnsville is partnering with a consultant, CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA), to conduct an analysis of our organization. This study will help us understand the staff and structure we need to best serve our community today and into the future. The CLA team will summarize their observations, data and recommendations and, working with leadership, will develop a roadmap to implement recommended key changes.
Welcome Officer Monterrey
The Police Department welcomed Officer Edgar Monterrey #195 to the Burnsville PD family on February 7. Officer Monterrey brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the department coming from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office where he was part of the SWAT team, Mobile Field Force unit, Honor Guard and the School Resource Officer unit.
Burnsville is committed to designing places and growth that enhance our community for years to come.
Rise on Grand Looks to Expand
Twin Lakes Phase III
We are currently reviewing an application submitted by Vincent Development for a proposed a four-story, 130-unit apartment building on Grand Avenue of the new Rize on Grand apartments.
The Planning Commission will host a public hearing in April and a decision will follow a subsequent City Council meeting.
Curious about development projects in Burnsville?
Suite Living Senior Care
Suite Living Senior Care received their final inspection this past month and will soon have tenants occupying the 32-unit nursing home and assisted care facility.
Mixed Use in Center Village
A virtual open house was held on February 24 to share the proposed zoning changes consistent with the 2040 Comprehensive Plan and Center Village Redevelopment Vision.
Mixed use zoning will allow for the inclusion of housing opportunities by property owners or developers in the area.
Learn more about the proposed changes at burnsvillemn.gov/mixeduse.
Burnsville is committed to responsible stewardship of resources and lands to ensure access and allow our community to thrive.
Phase 3 of the Facility Study Commences
Phase 3 of our facility study kicked off in February. Over the next six months, the City will work with a team of consultants to research, benchmark, gather input and analyze the future needs of City Hall, the Maintenance Facility and Police Station. A similar study will be completed for Fire Station No. 2.
Though each facility and study is unique, Phase 3 will lead with the same guiding principles used to complete Fire Station No. 1:
- Welcoming to the community
- Efficient and effective
- Clear communication
- Functional and flexible
- Fiscally responsible
Burnsville is committed to innovation that supports environmental, human and financial vitality for our community and future generations.
Planning for our Natural Environment
We at Burnsville are proud to help protect our natural environment and that includes planning for the future. Our Natural Resources Master Plan helps guide those effects and we've recently completed an update that lays out our vision and goals over the next 10 years.
We are committed to being a sustainable city and protecting our natural resources through stewardship of local natural resources including the management of natural areas in City parks, programs that support private property land management and public engagement priorities related to natural resources.
Join us as an environmental steward and review our full Natural Resources Master Plan.
Oak Savanna Restoration Progress
It has been a busy month at Terrace Oaks Park. Crews removed buckthorn and thinned out trees in the area as the next step in restoring the area back to its historic oak savanna habitat.
This past month's efforts are part of a multi-year effort. Next steps include following up with the progress of buckthorn control, controlled burns and seeding of native grasses and wildflowers. This project is largely grant funded and meets goals of the City’s Natural Resources Management Plan and Sustainability Plan.
Learn more through our story map full of information, photos and video at burnsvillemn.gov/savanna.
Burnsville Takes on the Science of Salt
Treating our Minnesotan roads is no easy feat. When treating Burnsville roadways, our Streets Department relies on two types of salt -- common road salt which can help clear snow and ice down to 15 degrees and a “treated” salt that is required to help tackle conditions on colder days. Unfortunately, treated salt is costly and is harsher on our environment. Our Streets Department is working on a process to treat standard road salt that will not only be much more cost effective, but will reduce our environmental impact.