Hello from City Manager Melanie Lee
Spring activity is in full bloom across the City and we are ready for opportunities to welcome residents, businesses and visitors to a variety of community events as we navigate evolving health and safety guidelines.
We are excited to bring a new fire truck into our fleet – ready to make its debut in May! The truck has the latest technologies including an idle reduction system that will turn the vehicle off when the motor is not needed. It carries all of the necessary firefighting, rescue and medical equipment to keep Burnsville safe and healthy. Burnsville’s Fire and Fleet Departments work collaboratively designing, developing, testing and purchasing fire trucks to build high-functioning emergency response vehicles that are also efficient to maintain.
We look forward to seeing you at Party on the Plaza, open houses, recreation activities and our other upcoming events. Watch our website and social media for ways to join the fun!
Pictured from left to right: Eric Olson, Fleet Superintendent; Dave Bruchal, Fleet Crew Leader; Terry Ritchie, Assistant Fire Chief
Burnsville City Council Strategic Priorities Guide Everyday Efforts
Finding Innovative Development Solutions
Capstone Quadrangle is proposing construction of two 116,000 square foot industrial buildings near Highway 13 and Interstate 35W but the site location has significant challenges including poor soils that require environmental remediation and a major storm sewer line that needs to be relocated. Our Economic Development team is actively working with the developer in the pursuit of multiple grants due to extraordinary costs. So far the City has been successful in obtaining a $450,000 grant through the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Redevelopment grant program and is pursuing additional grants through DEED, the Metropolitan Council and Dakota County.
The Economic Development Authority recently approved the use of Tax Increment Financing to help close the costly gap associated with development of this land. The proposal now goes to the Planning Commission and City Council for land use approval. If approved, the buildings could be completed before the end of 2021.
April Development Projects & Permit Activity
- Shell station at County Road 42 (CR42)/Nicollet Court is being converted to a Holiday Gas Station
- Modern Sportsman is expanding into the Abdallah Candies space
- Gallery on Nicollet apartments by Chase (172 units in the Heart of the City) has applied for a building permit
- World Foods tenant finish at 12219 Nicollet Avenue
- Sleep Number going into Wedding Day Jewelers space on CR42
- Banfield Pet Hospital going into former Burger Jones space on CR42
- Raising Canes Chicken to be built at former Pier One site on CR42
- 94,000 sq ft office warehouse at 12400 Dupont Avenue
Visit the City's project finder map for more information about these and other development projects happening in the City.
We are excited to introduce Kevin Trushenski as the new Community Development Assistant. Kevin will be supporting staff by assisting with development applications, answering customer questions, coordinating meetings, preparing maps and so much more! Kevin is very excited to join the Burnsville team and looks forward to working with residents and property owners to continue to make Burnsville a wonderful city!
And congratulations to Beth Weber for her recent promotion to Economic Development Specialist. Beth has been on our team for two years and originally came to the City with many years of paralegal experience. In this new role, Beth will champion many items in the Economic Development Strategic Plan, will review/issue sign permits, serve and advocate for the business community, cover grant administration, market the You Belong Here Initiative and much more!
Fire Academy - Excellence in Training
The Burnsville and South Metro Fire departments joint fire academy continued their development of future firefighters. New candidates trained on a variety of skills including forcible entry through garage doors, single-family training burns, fire behavior demonstrations and live fire training at the ABLE (Apple Valley, Burnsville, Lakeville, Eagan) training facility. This type of rigorous focus is designed to ensure candidates are proficient in the best practices and standards of the industry so that they may serve the community to the best of their abilities.
Collaboration in Firefighting
On April 21, personnel from Burnsville, Eagan and Savage Fire departments, along with DNR and Fish and Wildlife responded to a large area of brush and grass burning along the railroad tracks near Cliff and Portland Avenue. Approximately four acres were burning upon arrival.
Local business CenterPoint Energy was advised of fire spread towards the plant. They turned on their outside water deluge monitors to wet the area as a defensive effort. The railroad was notified to stop all rail traffic in that area. A helicopter, on standby for a water drop, was canceled due to good fire control on the ground by personnel. The fire was controlled within a few hours and approximately 15 acres were burned.
Crisis Communications and Engagement
In Burnsville, we pride ourselves on creating great experiences for the entire community, but we also want to plan for difficult situations. Led by the Communications Department, the City is creating a crisis communications plan to ensure that we are updating the public in an effective and timely manner should incidents arise such as natural disasters, public safety concerns, public health concerns and more. Learn how to receive City notifications at www.burnsvillemn.gov/connect.
To that end, we have been creating safe space to support mental health and wellbeing in our community. Recently, the Experience and Engagement team partnered with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to present a “Minding Your Mental Health” virtual community workshop on April 29. The workshop offered information on how to navigate toward good mental health in challenging times.
We believe that our commitment to being an employer of choice means providing the best possible learning and development experiences for our staff. In turn, staff will provide the best possible service to the community. This month, organizational development launched Burnsville University – this organizational university is the home for everything training and development for our staff. BU helps our employees be their best with a wide range of meaningful learning opportunities for people, teams and the organization.
Fiber to the Home
Frontier Communications, a local telephone and broadband internet service provider, began a Fiber To The Home (FTTH) construction project in Burnville in the fall of 2020 for neighborhoods in the southeast section of their traditional telephone service territory and may expand in the future.
Frontier sent construction notification mailers to property owners affected by the project. City staff worked with Frontier staff and their contractors to issue permits in a timely fashion and address related construction. Frontier is offering a 500 Mbps upload and 500Mbps download Internet Service for $59.99/month as part of their new FTTH service.
PARKS, RECREATION, FACILITIES
BWell Healthy Buildings
The City of Burnsville cares about the health of our staff, community and visitors. Over the past several years, there has been significant scientific and medical research regarding the environmental impacts indoor spaces have on our health – healthy environments lead to healthier people.
It is our priority to make innovative updates to City buildings to advance our healthy building efforts. To that objective, we’ve developed a variety of building management standards for each of our City facilities. These standards serve as a roadmap to optimize health, wellness, productivity and sustainability goals through targeted management practices and improvements to workplace design, policies and plans.
The key objectives of establishing healthy buildings focus on areas of air quality and ventilation, water quality, cleanliness, safety and security, health and wellness, comfort and lighting and sustainability.
Learn more at burnsvillemn.gov/bwell
Burnsville Recreation Welcomes Jess Skalicky To Our Team
Jess was born and raised in Florida but moved to Minnesota eight years ago after riding her bike across America and traveling around the world for a year and a half. Her background includes outdoor recreation and adventure tourism. Fun fact: Jess altered her recreation and leisure focus after watching the TV show "Parks and Recreation." (Yes, really!)
Jess will be an important part of our efforts to serve the community through a broad range of programs, services and facilities. As one of her first projects, Jess will help develop and manage the Market Garden portion of our new “Grow Burnsville” initiative.
Burnsville Police Receive Award of Excellence
The Burnsville Police Department has achieved Gold level recognition for 2020 as part of the Lexipol Connect Customer Recognition Program which recognizes law enforcement agencies for excellence in policy maintenance and training.
Up-to-date policy and ongoing training are a priority for our agency and we are honored and excited to be recognized for our continued commitment to serving the community of Burnsville in this way. This recognition would not be possible without the dedication of all our personnel to reading, understanding and acknowledging policy updates and completing Daily Training Bulletins (DTBs). This is the highest level of recognition currently offered by Lexipol.
Connect with Burnsville Police
You're invited to join Burnsville Police for Day in the Park – An afternoon to connect, chat and meet the Burnsville Police Officers who are part of the new Community Engagement and Behavioral Health Unit. Learn about community resources and ask questions. Plus, we'll have some beverages and snacks to enjoy. Soldier's 6 will also be in attendance.
Where: Neill Park, 13501 Upton Ave.
When: May 20, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Where: North River Hills Park, 11501 19th Ave.
When: June 3, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Education, Information and Building Partnerships
Our Community Engagement and Behaviorial Health Unit collaborated with the Burnsville Inspections and Fire departments to help build awareness on the dangers of opiods. An event at a local mosque was held to share information to the Muslim community on overdosing. The mosque would like to continue providing information on current concerns, such as opioid overdoses, when possible to their community.
Construction Season is Here
As you’ve probably heard before, there are two seasons in Minnesota — winter and construction season. Well, we are now into construction season and the City of Burnsville has a large program again for 2021. Some of our projects include:
- Annual Street Improvement Program
- Completion of the rehabilitation of the Heather Hills Water Tower
- Updates to the Nicollet Commons Park Water Feature
- A major stormwater project that will help water levels drop faster on Crystal Lake and South Twin lakes after large rains
Check out our interactive construction map for information on transportation projects that are under construction or are being planned into the future for more details.
Grow Burnsville Ceremonial Tree Planting
Instead of ceremonial picture with ranking officials shoveling some dirt that are typical of groundbreakings, we felt for our Grow Burnsville initiative a ceremonial tree planting was more descriptive of what this project is about. The Mayor and City Council members got to plant the first trees in our new Food Forest which is part of Grow Burnsville meant to help provide alternative, healthy food choices to residents.
Arbor Day Tree Sale and Garden Giveaway
The City held it’s annual tree sale on May 1 and sold 150 trees. It was great to see everyone get their trees and help increase the tree canopy of Burnsville. We also gave away free garden kits. If you would like to get a free garden starter kit, they are available at Burnsville City Hall through the Grow Burnsville initiative.
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...
Ready for those warm summer nights? If you're planning backyard fires, stay in-the-know about fire rules and be sure to apply for a no-cost annual recreational bon fire permit.