Archive: June 2011

Southdale Chat

Scott Neal, June 29, 2011 | Posted in Scott Neal

I’ve written here a number of times about the City’s interactions this year with Southdale Center’s owners Simon Properties.  Typically, a business’s ups and downs are necessarily the fodder to feed a city manager’s blog.  However, when a business asks to remedy its …
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2011 Quality of Life Survey Results

Scott Neal, June 24, 2011 | Posted in Scott Neal

The preliminary results of the 2011 Quality of Life Survey (QLS) results are in.  Staff are reviewing them today. I will be sending them out to City Council Members early next week.  Later next week, we will release them to employees …
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Four?

Scott Neal, June 23, 2011 | Posted in Scott Neal

There is a nice story in today’s Edina Sun by Katie Mintz that talks about the analysis the City is having completed of its golf enterprise operations.  You can read the story at this link:  City golf study. The City’s …
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Public Participation

Scott Neal, June 20, 2011 | Posted in Scott Neal

We kicked off the City’s next budget preparation process at our June 7 Work Session with the City Council.  One of the Council’s priorities in this year’s process:  public participation. How to do it?  That’s the question. I think the …
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The Shutdown

Scott Neal, June 15, 2011 | Posted in Scott Neal

I get together with a group of my city manager peers a couple of times during the year in an informal group to discuss matters of mutual interest and concern.  We met yesterday for lunch at St. Louis Park City …
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Yes, We’re on Facebook

Scott Neal, June 14, 2011 | Posted in Scott Neal

Yes, the City of Edina, Minnesota is on Facebook.  We launched our City Facebook page yesterday. See it here:  facebook.com/edinamn Cities do lots of interesting interactive things with their Facebook pages.  We want to do that too.  If you’ve got …
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Coyote Politics

Scott Neal, June 10, 2011 | Posted in Scott Neal

Over the past week I’ll bet the City has received around 100 emails from around the country asking (and sometimes demanding) that the City of Edina do one or more of the following actions: 1. Stop trapping coyotes with steel-jaw …
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Interview Days

Scott Neal, June 9, 2011 | Posted in Scott Neal

Over the next two days we will interview six finalists for our Human Resources Director position and six finalists for our Assistant City Manager position.  Human Resources candidates are here today.  Assistant City Managers are here tomorrow. I mentioned in …
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Unhappy Hour

Scott Neal, June 6, 2011 | Posted in Scott Neal

Minnesota is sort of an oddball when it comes to liquor laws.  Some cities are allowed to have municipal liquor stores.  Some aren’t.  Wholesale beer distributors have their sales areas protected by state law.  The state controls who can serve …
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City Extra

Scott Neal, June 2, 2011 | Posted in Scott Neal

The City offers what I call an “email push” news service called City Extra.  You can sign up for City Extra at our website:  Cityofedina.com.  You can sign up for the service which will then “push” news to your email …
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