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10-01-2014: Technology Village Board of Directors Meeting
at 4 p.m. at City Hall, 4646 Dakota St. SE. More information available on the Technology Village webpage.

10-02-2014: Pints & Plates Fundraiser
7 - 10 p.m. at Turtle's 1890 Social Center, 112 South Lewis St., Shakopee. Fundraiser is for Scott County Historical Society. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (952) 445-0378.

10-02-2014: Danceteria! Latin Dance with Salsa del Soul
6:15 - 6:45 p.m. Dance Instruction; 7 - 9 p.m. LIVE MUSIC at Club Prior, 16210 Eagle Creek Ave. More information available on the Scott County Library System website.

10-02-2014: "Know the Truth" Substance Abuse Presention
from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at Prior Lake High School. Free event. Register at (952) 226-0080.

City Seeks Prior Lake Advisory Committees Applicants by Sept. 30
Advisory committees provide input to the City Council regarding specific issues. Membership is voluntary and three-year appointments are made by the City Council. Visit the City's Governmental Advisory Bodies web page for more information about specific committees of interest. Applications should be submitted no later than Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit the Volunteer Opportunities web page.

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Community's FREE Autumn Gathering Set for Oct. 11
Come for the FREE family fun on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 1 - 3 p.m. at Lakefront Park, 5000 Kop Pkwy., in Prior Lake, music with Ozzy Harris, horse drawn wagon rides, pumpkin painting, pumpkin bowling, a caricaturist, pony rides, inflatables, a photo scavenger hunt at the pavilion and free boat tours at Watzl's Beach. Concessions available for purchase.

Prior Lake Fire Department Open House Oct. 9
Area residents are encouraged to attend the Prior Lake Fire Station Open House on Thursday, Oct. 9 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Fire Station No. 2, 3906 Station Place NW. The event will include fire truck rides, fire hose spray, smoke house survival demonstrations and much more. The open house is part of Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 5-11. Visit the National Fire Protection Association website to learn more about testing your smoke alarms regularly and prevention week logo

Scott County Officials Kick Off Long-Term Flood Planning Process
In response to severe flooding that impacted many local communities during the summer of 2014, the Prior Lake City Council hosted a workshop on September 22, chaired by Prior Lake Mayor Ken Hedberg, to discuss long-term flood planning and related water resources issues. Attendees included elected and appointed officials from local cities, townships, and watershed organizations. Officials and staff members from throughout Scott County outlined the problems their communities experienced during a very wet June, including road washouts, farm field erosion, shoreline damage, impassible roads, and flooded homes. For more information, click here.

Public Welcome to Council Candidate Forum on Oct. 21
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.

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 $5 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.

Preparedness logoSeptember is National Preparedness Month
An emergency can happen anytime and anywhere. If the emergency impacts you, your family, or your workplace, you will be glad you took some time to plan in advance to review your emergency/disaster plan. Scott County Emergency Management is sharing preparedness tips on the Scott County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page every weekday through September. You can also follow the Scott County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter for tips on preparedness, or visit to find information on your own.

Flood iconSandbag Pickup Ends Oct. 17
For those who still have sandbags, the city encourages you to remove them before winter. City staff will continue to pick-up and properly dispose of sandbags placed in the right of way free of charge through Oct. 17, 2014. Please call 952-447-9800 to request a pick-up by city staff. Sandbags that have come in contact with flood water can be contaminated with pollutants that have been washed through the watershed. The MN Pollution Control Agency has provided Guidelines for managing mud and used sandbags after a flood.

For more general information, visit the City's Flood Preparedness web page.

Annual DecemBRRR Dazzle Event Planned for Dec. 4 and 5
The City of Prior Lake and the Prior Lake Chamber of Commerce will host the annual DecemBRRR Dazzle event on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 4 and 5 from 5 - 8 p.m. The event will include Santa and his reindeer in the park, live entertainment, concessions and more. Keep the date open and check back as the 2014 DecemBRRR Dazzle takes shape.

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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