A Focus on Equity and Serving the Community
- a note from City Manager Melanie Lee
We believe in a Burnsville that is vibrant, boldly leading and welcoming to all. From our City Council to our leadership team to all City supervisors and staff, we are committed to embracing that vision.
We partnered with the YMCA Equity Center, a national center of excellence that seeks innovative ways to solve problems around inequity, intolerance and exclusion. This journey continues as we learn about cultural identities and to explore concepts of bias and belonging.
The Burnsville City Council participated in four sessions including a June visit to the Equity Innovation Center to develop a deeper understanding of the foundations of our country and how historical concepts on culture, history, and race continue to influence current realities. An upcoming fifth session this fall puts learning into action. Councilmembers will identify and understand components of systems change processes, and recognize the actions leaders need to take to move forward.
Exciting opportunities are on the horizon in Burnsville – a chance to shape the future of our community engagement. Do you have thoughts on how to expand our relationships and communication outreach? If so, we want to hear from you! Reach out to our Experience and Engagement Manager Amber Jacobson or share your thoughts at one of our upcoming events including our July 22 Party on the Plaza in partnership with International Festival of Burnsville at Nicollet Commons Park.
Burnsville City Council Strategic Priorities Guide Everyday Efforts
The Future of Burnsville Center
Burnsville was successful in obtaining special authority this legislative session to create a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District at the Burnsville Center property. Tax increment financing, or TIF, subsidizes companies by refunding or diverting a portion of their taxes to help finance development in an area including infrastructure improvements such as parking areas, streets and sewer. This provision will assist in the long-term redevelopment of the site consistent with the Center Village Vision.
The 2021 session marks the third year that the City presented this need to the legislature and we are very pleased and thankful for the broad support to give the City the tools needed to address the aging shopping center property.
June Development Activity
Burnsville currently has several new contruction projects underway throughout the city and we are just getting started!
- Pictured is a new method of drainable foundation backfill of old recycled rubber tires.
- The Gallery on Nicollet (Nicollet Avenue/Travelers Trail in the Heart of the City) with street level store fronts have completed their foundation and garage. They are starting to build the rest of the structure and are looking for an early 2022 completion. Follow the progress on their website.
- Permits were issued for a new Raising Cane’s. The former Pier One location on CR 42 will be the new building site.
- Building permit has also been issued for a new grocery store, yet to be named, at Cobblestone Court (Nicollet/CR42 area).
Visit the City's project finder map for more information about these and other development projects happening in the City.
Code enforcement staff continue to ramp up rental inspections as the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be ebbing.
Rental property owners and managers are being advised that all COVID precautions should remain in place during the inspections until further notice.
Going above and beyond: While out on a recent inspection, Code enforcement staff rescued several ducklings from storm sewers much to the relief of their mother! Frank and Terrie to the rescue!
Small Business Support
The City recently did direct mailings to promote an expanded Small Business Administration (SBA) funding program to small businesses in specific neighborhoods and those who experienced revenue loss due to COVID-19. These businesses may apply for the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) targeted Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance grant program. Apply early as funds are limited. Visit the SBA grant website to apply.
If you would like help accessing the Targeted EIDL Advance grant program, feel free to contact Beth Weber in our Economic Development Department for assistance at 952-895-4454.
Cross-City Fire Collaboration Results in Safe Outcome
Burnsville Fire and Police Departments responded to Buca Di Beppo on June 16 on an initial report of wood chips on fire outside the restaurant. Crews first arriving on the scene found moderate smoke showing from the roof and upgraded the call to a structure fire.
Fire crews began stretching hose lines and searching the interior of the building while simultaneously evacuating building occupants. As additional units arrived, the fire began showing through the roof. Crews evacuated all units from the interior of the building as they moved to a defensive operation due to the rapidly deteriorating and dangerous conditions.
An exterior fire attack was commenced and crews spent several hours trying to extinguish hot spots while working around a building feature that we were concerned was going to collapse.
No civilian injuries were reported. Burnsville Fire was assisted by the Eagan, Lakeville, Apple Valley and Savage Fire Departments and Allina EMS.
Hiring and Training
Burnsville Fire and South Metro Fire completed the first of five collaborative water rescue training days on the Mississippi River.
Water rescue training is one of many initiatives that our future Fire candidates can look forward to! The Firefighter/Paramedic hiring interview process produced nine candidates that will move forward to the next step, the physical agility test. This was a first in several years that the Fire Department interviewed more than 25 qualified candidates!
Fire Engine Tradition
Burnsville Fire continued their long-time tradition when a new fire vehicle is put into service.
On June 8, crews pushed Burnsville Engine #2 into its new home at Fire Station 2.
Another Duck Rescue
It was a tough month for baby ducks! Good thing Burnsville staff is always on standby. Fire personnel rescued a family of ducks that had fallen down a storm drain. Mom and ducklings all waddled away safe and happy to be back together.
Juneteenth and PRIDE are all about Engagement
Juneteenth and PRIDE were events held in collaboration with various community partners for the first time in Burnsville this year. The events were successful with many people enjoying entertainment, dancing, food, fun and community! These events also helped foster the City of Burnsville's commitment to be welcoming to all through community engagement, and we plan to continue to work with these partners and the community to continue to strengthen this important priority.
The Organizational Services Pizza Party in the Park offered a behind-the-scenes look at the City Clerk, Communications & Community Engagement, Finance, Human Resources and IT departments. Guests enjoyed food, games, prizes and the opportunity to see what it takes to make your City run!
Burnsville Community Television Makes a Difference
Burnsville Community Television was on hand June 11 as Burnsville High School graduated the Class of 2021.
The event capped off a busy year for the mobile TV program. COVID restrictions, particularly those affecting athletic event attendance, challenged the way schools and venues handle crowded spectator events. BCTV was quick to recognize this unusual situation and brought viewers a record number of live events during the pandemic.
New Employee Onboarding Builds Culture and Engagement
We are committed to creating a great experience for new employees so they can best serve the community. As part of our commitment to process improvement, the HR team is creating a new developmental onboarding program to help new employees be their best.
Using new technology, a new employee will engage with the City ahead of their first day to take care of the typical new employment processes. Then, they will be welcomed with a comprehensive day one experience that introduces them to the organization and community – followed by 365 days of intentional development to build their strengths, develop their cultural competence, understand our values, and be a great team player. During this year long experience, all new employees will work together to help make something better in our organization
PARKS, RECREATION, FACILITIES
Cricket is a Hit in Burnsville
The Burnsville Recreation Department hosted its first-ever “Learn to Play Cricket” clinic on Tuesday, June 29 in Interlachen Park. This free clinic, in partnership with MVP Youth Cricket, introduced kids ages 5 - 16 to the exciting sport of cricket. The program welcomed members of the community to “come and try” cricket which is currently the second most popular sport in the world and the event filled to capacity with 40 participants!
The cricket craze continues with our new five-week long program beginning July 20 and running through Aug. 17!
Take a Tour of the Burnsville Ice Center
The Ice Center staff has teamed up with BCTV to produce videos of the Ice Center and all it has to offer multiple languages. In addition to the existing virtual tour, these videos are intended to help provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for all of our visitors.
The new videos will be narrated in four different languages with captions in English, Spanish, Russian and Somali. Visitors will be able to watch the detailed video of the Ice Center to help them to feel more comfortable when they arrive in person to the facility for the first time.
The virtual tour is currently available on our website and watch for the new welcome video to be added in the near future.
The Power of the Sun
Community solar gardens are a vital part of the solar industry in our state and are crucial in Minnesota's transition to a clean energy economy. The City of Burnsville has been a proud subscriber to community solar gardens since 2017.
To date, the city’s nine community gardens have produced 14,564,789.14 kWh which has provided the City $41,812.63 in savings on electrical utility bills.
A Commitment to Continuous Training
The Burnsville Police Department is seeking training, partnership, and participation in a train-the-trainer event for Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement (ABLE). The Georgetown Innovative Policing Program, partnering with global law firm Sheppard Mullin, created ABLE to prepare officers to successfully intervene to prevent harm and to create a law enforcement culture that supports peer intervention.
The benefits of meaningful active bystandership training are significant, and include:
- Preventing misconduct
- Avoiding police mistakes
- Promoting officer health and wellness
- Reducing unnecessary harm to civilians
- Reducing unnecessary harm to officers
- Improve community-police relationships
Burnsville Police Department strives to provide high level public safety service to our community. ABLE Training provides an innovative, next level partnership opportunity to strengthen our culture of peer intervention.
National Donut Day
Yum! Thank you Cub Foods for presenting our officers with a special treat in honor of National Donut Day!
Building Community Through Play
Thank you to Dick’s Sporting Goods for their collaboration with Sergeant Brent Murray and their generous donation to the Police Department.
These soccer balls, footballs and other sports items will be available for officers to give out to young people in the community to help create positive interactions with Burnsville Police and build relationships.
COPS Hiring Grant
The COPS Hiring Program (CHP) provides funding directly to law enforcement agencies to hire and/or rehire additional career law enforcement officers in an effort to increase their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts.
Burnsville Police applied for COPS grant funding which, if awarded and approved, will help strengthen our community policing efforts, partnerships and public safety efforts.
Planting New Roots in the Community
As part of the Grow Burnsville grant the City received from the United States Conference of Mayors, the City received funding to construct a Market Garden, offering part-time employment opportunities for area youth. The grant also funded a new community garden.
The Market Garden is in the Civic Center Park campus where it replaced the outdoor ice rink. The Market Garden is now prepped and planted courtesy of the Market Garden interns and we can’t wait to witness the harvest they grow this year. Veggies will be donated to an area foodshelf and school lunch programs.
The new community garden is located in the northern part of Crosstown East Park. We are already seeing community interest, despite our late season start, with a few plots already reserved and planted this year. We are excited to see the future growth and usage of this garden in coming years.
Burnsville continues to place sustainability at the forefront whenever possible. One great example is the 2021 purchase of our first round of hybrid police cruisers. This is the first time that they had the necessary operational ability in a hybrid powered engine. The City has observed a 100% increase in fuel economy for these vehicles!
These vehicles will reduce our cost of ownership and carbon footprint while having our police officers ready to respond to the next call.
It has been three years since we’ve encountered these types of hot/dry summer conditions. Not surprisingly, we’ve seen our water demand rise sharply as well. On our biggest production days, we are producing about two and half times as much water in summer compared to a regular winter day.
The biggest increase in summer usage is from lawn irrigation and we are requesting that home and business owners to help us out by adhereing to the City ordinance on watering. There's no watering from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily because too much of the water just evaporates if irrigation is done during that time. Odd number addresses can water on odd address days (e.g. July 23) and even number addresses can water on even days (e.g. July 22) of the month.
Walk. Bike. Ride.
The City of Burnsville is well underway on developing our first ever Multi-Modal/Complete Streets Plan. This will guide our decisions and transportation improvements for the years to come.
If you have an interest in how Burnsville residents and visitors will get around Burnsville, whether by walking, wheelchair, bike, scooter, automobile or bus, and want your voice heard on this important subject, please fill our online survey so we know what is important to you!