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10-30-2014: How to Preserve Family Treasures Workshop
at 6:30 p.m., Scott County Historical Society, 235 Fuller St. S., Shakopee. The workshop is FREE! For more information call (952) 445-0378 or visit the Scott County Historical Society website.

10-31-2014: Trick or Treat Free at City Hall
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at City Hall, 4646 Dakota St. S.E. Bags are provided. Call ahead with large groups or any questions at (952) 447-9820.

11-01-2014: Wild Ruffle Vendor Market
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Prior Lake City Hall, 4646 Dakota St. S.E.

11-03-2014: 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.

Election 2014 logoCity Council and School Board Candidate Forum Available Online
The Prior Lake Chamber of Commerce sponsored a School Board and City Council Candidate Forum moderated by Prior Lake Chamber of Commerce Vice President Ed Speiker on Oct. 21. The candidates responded to prepared questions and questions from the audience.
Click here to watch the Prior Lake City Council Forum
Click here to watch the Prior Lake-Savage School Board Candidate Forum
The forum will be rebroadcast on PLTV numerous times before the election.
For City Council, 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.
For election information and a map of the city's precinct boundaries and voting locations, visit the Prior Lake Elections webpage.


Free Trick-R-Treat at City Hall Oct. 31
Trick-R-Treat your way through City Hall, the Police Station and the Library building in your Halloween costume on Oct. 31 between 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Visit each department while collecting toys and treats along the way. Bags will be provided. Call ahead with large groups or any questions at (952) 447-9820.

Photos of park cleanupVolunteers Sought for Clean-up for Water Quality Leaf-raking Event on Nov. 8
Volunteers are needed on Saturday Nov. 8 at 10 a.m. at The Ponds park in Prior Lake to help in the fight against water pollution. It's as easy as grabbing your rake and pre-registering with Amber Brooks-Mohler, Minnesota GreenCorps at (952) 210-5148.
A volunteer thank you is scheduled at 12:30 p.m. that day.
The event is organized by the City of Prior Lake, Prior Lake Spring Lake Watershed District (PLSLWD), the Lakes Advisory Committee (LAC), the Citizen Advisory Committee and the Minnesota GreenCorps.
Phosphorus and nitrogen released by decaying vegetation washes into storm drains by melting snow and rain. The storm drains discharge into area lakes where the excess nutrients have drastic consequences on aquatic life such as harmful algal blooms and fish die-offs. Learn more about the effects of water pollution at the Minnesota PCA website.

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, concessions, 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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