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10-22-2014: E.C.F.E. 40th Birthday Party
5:30 - 7 p.m. at WestWood Elementary Gym, 5370 WestWood Drive S.E., Prior Lake. Live performance by the Teddy Bear Band, birthday treats and activities.

10-23-2014: Economic Development Advisory Committee Meeting
at 7:30 a.m. More information is available on the Economic Development Advisory Committee webpage.

10-23-2014: Prior Lake Association Fall Meeting
at 6:30 p.m. More information is available on the Prior Lake Association webpage or by calling Donna at (612) 964-6808.

10-23-2014: Scott County Job Fair
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Canterbury Park, 1100 Canterbury Road, Shakopee. For more information, visit the Jobfair website.

Election 2014 logoPublic Welcome to Council and School Board Candidate Forum on Oct. 21 at City Hall
The Prior Lake Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a School Board and City Council Candidate Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 4646 Dakota St. SE. School Board candidates will meet from 6 – 7:30 p.m. and City Council candidates will meet from 7:30 – 9 p.m. The candidates will respond to prepared questions and questions from the audience. Each candidate will be given equal time.
Incumbent City Councilmember Michael "Mike" McGuire and Prior Lake residents Andy Gonyou and Annette Thompson are running for two, four-year City Council seats. The terms of McGuire and Councilmember Vanessa Soukup expire Dec. 31, 2014. The general election is on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The forum will be open to the public and moderated by Prior Lake Chamber of Commerce Vice President Ed Speiker. The forum will be broadcast live and rebroadcast on PLTV, and be available on demand on the City's Streaming Media website. For election information and a map of the city's precinct boundaries and voting locations, visit the Prior Lake Elections webpage.

Free Diabetes Prevention Class at Club Prior Oct. 23

Free diabetes class,"The New Science of Diabetes," is Thursday Oct. 23 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Club Prior next to the Prior Lake Library. Participants learn to choose carbohydrates wisely and detect and manage blood sugars. Funded by Prior Lake Lions Club and presented by Nutritional Weight & Wellness. Register online here or call (952) 447-9820.

City's DecemBRRR Dazzle Family Celebration Set for Dec. 5
The City of Prior Lake will host its free DecemBRRR Dazzle celebration on Friday, Dec. 5 from 5 - 8 p.m. at Lakefront Park. Activities include Santa and his reindeer, pony rides, live entertainment, concessions, laser tag, lighted bowling and bean bag toss, a huge bonfire with the Prior Lake Fire Department and an ice sculpting demonstration. Weather permitting, other events include dog sled rides/demo, skating and snow shoeing (skates and snow shoes available at the park).

Chamber of Commerce Downtown Dazzle Event on Dec. 4
The Prior Lake Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Downtown Dazzle on Thursday Dec. 4 from 5 - 9 p.m. at Downtown Prior Lake. The "adult night out" will include shopping, music, bonfires, carriage rides and more.

SMSC Compost Facility Available to Area Residents
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) Organic Recycling Facility (ORF) is available for Prior Lake Residents to access from Monday - Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for a minimum $10 drop-off fee. During September and October residents of Prior Lake, Shakopee and Savage can drop off compost material for free on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The site is 1.4 miles north of County Rd. 42 on County Rd. 83 at 1905 Canterbury Rd. in Shakopee. Look for the “Organic Recycling Facility” sign on the east side of County Rd. 83. Plant waste is accepted including leaves, grass clippings, sod, brush, branches, and logs less than 10 feet in length. For more information, call (952) 403-7005 or visit the ORF website.

SMSC to Conduct Prescribed Burns In and Around Prior Lake
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) is planning prescribed burns as early as mid-October. Prescribed burns are an effective land management tool and are entirely dependent upon weather conditions such as relative humidity, temperature, and wind speed and direction. Burn locations in Prior Lake include 20 acres in Spring Lake Park, south of County Rd. 82 and northeast of Howard Lake Rd.; 10 acres at Lakefront Park; 21 acres of oak savanna northwest of Shoreline Blvd. and Howard Lake Rd.; and five acres northwest of Hwy. 13 and Five Hawks Ave.

Stemmer Ridge Rd. Street Improvements
The City of Prior Lake conducted a neighborhood meeting on July 31, 2014 regarding improvements for Stemmer Ridge Rd. located in the southwest portion of Prior Lake . Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation for that meeting. 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. A feasibility report for street and utility improvements for Stemmer Ridge Rd. located in the southwest portion of Prior Lake is available here.

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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