Burnsville in Brief

Highlights for January 2022 City of Burnsville Home Page

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.

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Gregg Lindberg speaking at the Fire Station No, 1 ribbon-cutting ceremony

Gregg Lindberg Appointed Interim City Manager

The City of Burnsville would like to introduce our new Interim City Manager Gregg Lindberg. Gregg is no stranger to local government having served as Burnsville’s Deputy City Manager since July 2019 and has more than 20 years of experience in local government and leadership development. He has even served as a past City Council member in St. Louis Park and teaches public administration and leadership at several local universities.


Mayor Kautz describes Gregg’s passion for the community as “inspiring” and it is evident in his visionary approach and commitment to building a strengths-based culture. His focus on individual strengths for all staff builds true collaboration so that we can best serve you each and every day.


Gregg looks forward to meeting you at our many community events and connection opportunities on the horizon for 2022!

Safety

Burnsville is committed to the safety and wellbeing of our community.

Burnsville school resource officers with Blazing Commitment award recipient

January Blazing Commitment Award

Burnsville High School Resource Officers honored La Wah from Dreamline with the January Blazing Commitment Award. La was nominated for the award by colleague Michelle Dyrhaug who highlights La's ability to connect with students and lead them to be successful. La makes a huge difference in the lives of his students, some of which have many obstacles. La is always positive, likeable and upbeat and continuously makes an impact on both staff and students. He truly cares about the work he does. The Dreamline program is so important and the world needs more people like La. Please join us in celebrating his efforts.


The Sanneh Foundation Dreamline program is a program that essentially provides economic and social/emotional support to students who may need it.


The Sanneh Foundation - Empower, Improve, Unite

A Rise in Fire and EMS Assistance

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We are off to a chilly and busy start to the year! Fire Department personnel have already seen a significant increase in calls for service. In fact, firefighters and paramedics responded to 37% more community requests for service compared to January 2021.


On a related note, the Fire Department is applying for a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide six firefighter/paramedic positions. The SAFER grant was created to provide funding directly to fire departments to help increase or maintain the number of front-line personnel.

Congratulations Burnsville Police

Lexipol Connect gold level recognition logo

The Burnsville Police Department achieved Gold level recognition as part of the Lexipol Connect Customer Recognition Program which recognizes law enforcement agencies for excellence in policy maintenance and training. Lexipol provides daily policy and training bulletins reflecting state and federal laws and best practices.


Up-to-date policy and ongoing training are a priority for our agency and we are honored to be recognized for our continued commitment to serving the community of Burnsville in this way.

Community Engagement

Burnsville is committed to meaningful relationships and experiences that meet the diverse needs of our community.

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New: Engagement Champions Team

We are excited to further our commitment to best serve the community and ensure that Burnsville is welcoming to all. Our next step in that effort is the launch of a new Engagement Champions Team to bring together a cross-functional group of staff working together to champion City engagement initiatives, events and projects.


This team will communicate effectively across the organization, implement cohesive standards and provide consistency to our efforts to bring the community together, listen to all voices and celebrate all of you who make Burnsville great.

Tee Time Fun in the Tundra

winter golf participants on the course

Winter Golf returned on Saturday, Jan. 22. More than 130 golfers came out to enjoy music, food and the camaraderie while playing the snow-filled 9-hole course. The Recreation team collaborated with the Burnsville-Savage Lions Club and various City departments to host this innovative way to enjoy the outdoors during the chill of winter. Xstream Cuisine and Cookie Dough Bliss food trucks served up delicious treats, and Buck ’54 Bar & Grill was on-site with beverage options.


The “10th hole” allowed participants to celebrate a successful round with music around the warmth of the bonfire.

Burnsville Bulletin - Winter 2022

Burnsville Bulletin - Winter 2022 cover of three hockey players

From Police Officer and Firefighter of the Year to Cheers to 50 Years at the Ice Center, you can read all about what's happening at the City.


The Burnsville Bulletin arrived to homes, businesses and community locations in late January.


You can read the latest online at burnsvillemn.gov/bulletin.

January was National Skating Month

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Each January, National Skating Month gives families across the country the opportunity to participate in a variety of skating activities through free lessons, open houses and skating demonstrations. The Burnsville Ice Center celebrated with energetic, family-friendly activities that promoted skating as a hobby, lifestyle and sport accessible to everyone.


Additionally, the Burnsville Minnesota Valley Figure Skating provided skating exhibitions to showcase the their skaters while the Ice Center staff engaged visitors and promoted the Burnsville Ice Center 50th Anniversary event, held on Feb. 5.

Organizational Culture

Burnsville is committed to creating great experiences for our employees so they do the same for our community.

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Burnsville University 2022 Kickoff

Our employee development is off to a strong start! Burnsville University hosted a celebration of the new year with a introduction of an extensive 2022 catalog of employee growth and learning opportunities. Staff was also introduced to Learn, a new learning management system to help employees discover workshops and keep track of progress toward their personal development goals.


When we create great experiences for our employees, they do the same for our community.

New City Forester and Assistant City Engineer Named

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The Public Works Department is excited to fill two important positions that oversee highly visible activities within the City.


Brian Ulvin has been promoted to City Forester replacing Dave Grommesch who recently retired after 40 years of service. Brian oversees the forestry and community landscape functions of the city, both operations and maintenance and contracted work. Brian has served the City in forestry maintenance for nearly 20 years.


We welcome Logan Vlasaty as the City’s Assistant City Engineer to oversee the annual Street Improvement Program and many other capital street, utility and drainage projects. Logan brings local experience and is excited to start his work with the City of Burnsville.

All-Day Council Work Session

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This year's all-day Council Work Session kicked off the year with a focus on collaboration and celebration as we looked back on major accomplishments of 2021 and future goals of 2022.


You can review those 2021 activities in our annual report, Focus on Burnsville.


Burnsville City Council's 2022 Strategic Priorities build upon those we've been working on throughout the past year and are highlighted throughout this Burnsville in Brief review.

Thank You Law Enforcement

logo for National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

January 9 was National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day - a day to celebrate our sworn officers for their service. Our officers continue to serve with courage, compassion and honor no matter challenges arise. They strive to keep our community safe through commitment to our mission and core values.


Show support, thank an officer and learn more about National L.E.A.D.

Community Vibrancy

Burnsville is committed to designing places and growth that enhance our community for years to come.

Capstone 35

construction in progress for new industrial building

Construction is progressing on the Capstone 35 project which includes two 116,000 square foot industrial buildings in the Minnesota River Quadrant adjacent to Ladybird Lane and Dupont Avenue.


Learn more about Burnsville development activities with our interactive project finder map.

Placemaking at Fire Station No. 1

fire station artwork mural

Beautiful mural art is just one of the exciting portions of the new community gathering space at Fire Station No. 1. We invite you to experience Fire Station Plaza, an area inspired by community ideas for connection to each other, to Burnsville and to the firefighters and first responders who serve you.


Look for these symbolic references within the mural art:

  • Outline of Seven Original Firefighters
  • Fire Hose
  • Ladder
  • Four Fire Axes
  • Words: Paramedic and Fire

Be sure to save the date for the new Fire Station No. 1 grand opening celebration on Saturday, May 7. Watch for details in early spring.

Infrastructure

Burnsville is committed to responsible stewardship of resources and lands to ensure access and allow our community to thrive.

Ribbon-cutting Ceremony: New Fire Station No. 1

On January 25, City staff, City Council and Fire Department personnel and their families gathered both in-person and virutally to celebrate the first day of operations at the new Fire Station No. 1 at 14275 Newton Avenue.


The former Fire Station No. 1 at 911 West 140th served the department and community for more than 41 years.


The day included the Honor Guard lowering and raising the flag, a fire procession of fire vehicles from the former station to the new station and an official ribbon-cutting ceremony with a symbolic uncoupling of a fire hose. Event coverage and virtual hosting provided by Burnsville Community Television.

Sustainability

Burnsville is committed to innovation that supports environmental, human and financial vitality for our community and future generations.

Deer Management Program Helps Fight Food Insecurity

deer crossing sign and logo for 360 Communities

The City's deer management program is to keep Burnsville's deer herd manageable with goals to:

  • Help deer remain healthy
  • Reduce vehicle crashes caused by deer collisions
  • Protect valuable plant species that become endangered if too many deer populate a small area

We have removed more than 30 deer this year from 6 locations. We work to address local food insecurity by harvesting all the deer meat, processing it and then donating the venison to the 360 Communities Food Shelf providing a much-requested protein offering.

Licensing and Code Enforcement Go Paperless

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Rental property owners can now apply for rental licenses online from the convenience of their own home or office. It's easy and once you sign up for an account, open renewals and updating information is a simple process.


Learn more about rental license information or contact Licensing and Code Enforcement at 952-895-4440 for more information.

Comprehensive Fleet Study Looks Toward the Future

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The goal is to provide the fleet necessary to serve the community in the most financially viable and sustainable way possible. The City has hired Mercury Fleet Consultants to evaluate the City’s fleet operations, purchasing methods, utilization, sustainability, and financial support. They will be providing recommendations on ways to streamline vehicle servicing, alternative fleet purchasing methods, to ensure our fleet is right-sized; and is as sustainable as possible, including goals for increasing the number of electric vehicles over the next decade or so.

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 December 2021 is 3,969 (+11.3% year over year). This includes 222 traffic stops.

View additional police statistics including criminal offenses