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08-01-2014: Free Summer Beach Party
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Sand Point Beach, 14349 Crest Ave. N.E. For more information, visit the Prior Lake Recreation website or call (952) 447-9820.

08-02-2014: Farmers Market
from 8 a.m. - to noon on Main Ave. between Hastings and Dakota St. weather permitting.

08-04-2014: Communications & Technology Advisory Comm. Meeting
at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 4646 Dakota St. SE. More information available on the Communications & Technology webpage.

08-04-2014: Planning Commission Meeting
at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 4646 Dakota St. SE. Agenda packets and other information available on the Planning Commission webpage.

Filing for Prior Lake City Council Begins July 29
The City of Prior Lake has two, four-year city council terms that expire Dec. 31, 2014. Candidates must file for these positions from Tuesday, July 29 to Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 at 5 p.m. Filing is done in the Finance Department at Prior Lake City Hall. A $5 fee must be paid at the time of filing. For more information, visit the Prior Lake Elections webpage.

Lakefront Days Celebration is Aug. 7 - 9 / Medallion Found!
The 2014 Lakefront Days celebration is from Thursday to Saturday, Aug. 7-9. For more information, including a schedule of events and maps, click the City's Lakefront Days webpage. The Lakefront Days Medallion Hunt began July 19 and it was found on Saturday, July 26. For more information on the hunt, visit the Lakefront Days Medallion Hunt web page.

Flood iconPrior Lake and Spring Lake Flooding Updates
Click here for the Prior Lake and Spring Lake 2014 Flooding Update web page. This page is dedicated to the latest information regarding updates and impacts on the 2014 flooding on Prior and Spring Lake. Information includes updates on lake levels, the slow no wake restrictions, Spring Lake weir restrictions, water quality, upcoming flood meetings, volunteer availability, resident safety and much more. For more general information, visit the City's Flood Preparedness web page.

  • A flood information meeting for residents of flood affected neighborhoods was held on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. Presentation slides (PDF)
  • Prior Lake Mayor Ken Hedberg issued a Declaration of Local Emergency and the Prior Lake City Council extended it for a minimum of 30 days during a special City Council meeting on July 2 at the Prior Lake City Hall.

Slow No-Wake Boating Restrictions for Prior Lake/
Spring Lake Slow No Wake Within 150 ft. of Shore
There is a Slow-no-wake restriction on all of Prior Lake and within 150 ft. of shore for Spring Lake. These restrictions are intended to reduce shoreline erosion due to boat wakes during high water (flood) events. Prolonged flood conditions saturate the shoreline soils, weakening the shorelines and increasing the potential for erosion and property damage due to waves from watercraft. For more information, including when these restrictions may be lifted, visit the Prior Lake and Spring Lake 2014 Flooding Update web page.

Night to Unite logoIs Your Neighborhood Organized for Night to Unite on Tuesday, Aug. 5?
Once a year, citizens leave an outside light on in symbolic unison over the need for citizen involvement in crime prevention. This year's event is Tuesday, Aug. 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. Many Prior Lake neighborhoods throw pot-luck parties or ice-cream socials. Police officers and firefighters from Prior Lake visit the parties to mingle with community members and let children look through police squads and fire trucks. Check out the Night to Unite webpage and schedule a visit from first responders.

BlueXpress Offers Weekend Transit Service to State Fair
BlueXpress – Prior Lake and Shakopee’s transit service – is offering express bus service on Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day to the 2014 Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul. Buses depart the Marschall Road Transit Station, 1615 Weston Court, in Shakopee hourly from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Buses depart the Fairgrounds hourly from 2 p.m. to midnight. Click the MVTA promotional flier for more information.

Two More Beach Parties at Sand Point in 2014
Two free beach parties are still scheduled for 2014. Activites include face painting, hair coloring, Kidsdance, games, arts and crafts, free parking and limited concessions. Remaining parties are taking place at Sand Point Beach on Aug. 1 and 22. All beach parties are Fridays from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Watzl's Beach Closed/ Watzl's and Sand Point Boat Slips Closed
Watzl’s Beach at Lakefront Park is closed due to high water. Sand Point Beach remains open. Recent tests at both beaches showed no elevated E. coli levels. Also, due to the high water level and the severe flooding in the area, the boat slips at Watzl's Beach and Sand Point Beach are closed until further notice. The homeowners around Prior Lake are doing everything they can to save their property and we feel by reducing the boat traffic that will help them with their sandbagging efforts.

Fire Department to Host 35nd Annual Chicken BBQ on Sept. 7
BBQ iconSupport your Prior Lake Volunteer Fire Department at the Prior Lake VFW in downtown Prior Lake on Sunday, Sept. 7 from 3 - 8 p.m. Enjoy great food and friends. All proceeds go to the department's equipment and operation costs. For more information, call Fire Chief Doug Hartman at (952) 440-3473.

Stemmer Ridge Road Street Improvements Feasibility Report
A feasibility report for street and utility improvements for Stemmer Ridge Rd. located in the southwest portion of Prior Lake is available here. The proposed project would extend Stemmer Ridge Rd. from its terminus within the Spring Lake Estates development north to County Rd. 82, aligning it with the existing intersection of Mystic Lake Blvd. The project would also connect the city’s trunk sanitary sewer and watermain in this location. For more information, contact City Engineer Larry Poppler at (952) 447-9832.

Carriage Hills/Crest Ave. Proposed Road Project Information
The City of Prior Lake is proposing street improvements to Carriage Hills Parkway, Carriage Hill Rd., and Crest Ave. in 2014. This project will be funded entirely through City funds; no assessments are proposed. Click here for more information.

Join the New Emergency Notification System Today!
Code Red LogoThe City of Prior Lake is part of Scott County's upgraded emergency notification system called CodeRED, a high-speed telephone emergency notification service. The CodeRED System allows public safety agencies to deliver pre-recorded information to targeted areas. There are several types of situations that prompt a message from CodeRED including emergency, general or weather notifications. It's up to you what you receive. Click here for more information and to enter the secure, customized Community Notification Enrollment (CNE) page.

City of Prior Lake Resident Survey Results Shared
The City of Prior Lake conducted its most recent resident survey in February 2014. The initial results were shared with the public during its 2040 Vision and Strategic Plan meeting on April 22 at Club Prior. The independent survey of one-in-every-57.5 Prior Lake residents was conducted by the Morris Leatherman Company. Click here for a copy of the presentation. A video of the April 22 presentation can be seen here.

City of Prior Lake Highest Paid Employee Posting
MN Statutes 471.701
requires that cities with a population greater than 15,000 annually post the “base salaries of its three highest paid employees." Longevity pay and additional components of total wages have also been listed.  However, it should not be presumed as total compensation. Further, actual wages for employees eligible for overtime may exceed the three highest base salaries posted below dependent upon overtime hours earned and other types of pay.

Position 2013 Base Salary Longevity Pay Other
City Manager $124,849 $22,500 The City Manager also receives $5,400 annually for car allowance. The City Manager is not eligible for bonus pay or overtime pay regardless of hours worked.
Police Chief $116,286 0 Not eligible for longevity, car allowance, bonus pay or overtime regardless of hours worked.
Finance Director $115,686 0 Not eligible for longevity, car allowance, bonus pay or overtime regardless of hours worked

In addition, MN Statutes 43A.17, sub. 9, limits “salaries” (including longevity but excluding overtime) to 110% of the Minnesota Governor’s salary unless a waiver is obtained from the State Management and Budget division. The 2014 maximum is $162,245. The City of Prior Lake has no employees over the statutory maximum.

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