Blog Hiatus

, April 20, 2016 | Posted in Scott Neal

I’m on a bit of a blog hiatus right now.  I’ll be back at it in mid-May.

66 West TIF District

, April 3, 2016 | Posted in Scott Neal

The City’s Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) is considering the use of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) to provide local financial support to a new affordable housing project located at 3330 West 66th Street.  In order to provide financial assistance to …
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Giving Back

, March 16, 2016 | Posted in Scott Neal

City staff are currently involved in our annual wellness initiative.  This year’s initiative involves some athletic and intellectual competitions with our peers from the City of Eden Prairie as a way to drum up excitement and attend to the importance …
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Fire Stats

, March 1, 2016 | Posted in Scott Neal

The audited numbers for the City’s 2015 financial statements are not in yet, but I can safely estimate that the City spent close to $5.5 million on Fire, Rescue and Emergency Medical operating costs last year. So what did residents and property owners get …
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Pumpage

, January 28, 2016 | Posted in Scott Neal

The definition of the word “pumpage” is “..that which is raised by pumps..”  From the perspective of city government, the most common use of the word pumpage is to describe the volume of water that we pump out of the earth, …
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New Hotel

, January 20, 2016 | Posted in Scott Neal

The City Council will consider a proposal at tonight’s meeting to grant land use approvals for the construction of a new Hilton Homewood Suites hotel at the SW quadrant of the intersection of W. 66th Street and York Avenue.  This …
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East Bush Lake Road

, January 6, 2016 | Posted in Scott Neal

I attended a press conference yesterday at BI Worldwide near the intersection of W. 78th Street and Cahill Road to listen to the announcement of from Lt. Gov Tina Smith that the long-proposed East Bush Lake Project would receive the …
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Top Ten Worst Run Cities in America

, December 30, 2015 | Posted in Scott Neal

This is not the list you want to make if you’re a local government manager.  It comes from an article by Stephanie Toone from this week’s online edition of American City & County magazine.  It’s based  on a ranking system, …
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Cabin Taxes

, December 28, 2015 | Posted in Scott Neal

There was an interesting story in the Star Tribune this past weekend about a proposal being floated in St. Paul to eliminate, or at least lessen, the tax burden of seasonal residential properties.  Here’s a link to the story:  “Cabin …
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A Budget Is Approved

, December 16, 2015 | Posted in Scott Neal

Minnesota State Statutes 412.651 describes the powers of a city manager in a Council-Manager Plan B city government. Subdivision 7 of that section more specifically describes what a city manager must do with regards to the city’s budget:  “The city manager shall …
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