Feb. 9, 2018 Friday Report
Lower Minnesota River Watershed District Standard Revisions
As part of their Watershed Management Plan update, the Lower Minnesota River Watershed District (LMRWD) is currently in the process of revising their land use and development standards. The LMRWD previously issued draft standards for a 60-day comment period and held a public hearing this past October. In response to comments from various public agencies and land owners, the LMRWD has revised their standard that regulates land use and development on and adjacent to bluffs and steep slopes. The LMRWD will be hosting a public information meeting on Thursday, Feb. 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Heritage Rooms at the City Center. The purpose of the meeting is to answer questions related to the LMRWD Watershed Management Plan and its proposed standards. Information related to the upcoming meeting and a copy of the revised plan can be found on the LMRWD website.
PROP and Empty Bowls
Join PROP at their Empty Bowls event on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at St. Andrew Lutheran Church from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. People are invited to enjoy a simple bowl of soup and select a handmade bowl to take home as a reminder that there are hungry persons in our community. Goodwill donations are being accepted at the door — there is no set fee or an RSVP needed to attend. Even though there will not be a formal program, there will be local entertainment and a silent auction of select artisan crafts from local artists.
On Wednesday, Feb. 28, the Human Rights and Diversity Commission (HRDC) and Hennepin Technical College are sponsoring an event called “Acting Black.” The live performance event by Carlyle Brown will include part spoken word, part stand-up comedy, and part TED talk. This is a 60-minute solo show created to inspire open and honest conversations about race and diversity. A 30-minute discussion follows the performance. This event is free and open to all. The performance will take place at Hennepin Technical College, 13100 College View Drive in Eden Prairie from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
The City recently welcomed a new Utilities Division support specialist, Kari Carlson. Kari is an Eden Prairie resident who loves living here. She says “Eden Prairie is the ‘gold standard’ in the southwest metro with high standards for its employees and the city it serves. It’s a well-run city and I wanted to be a part of making it great.” Prior to joining the City, Kari worked at the City of Bloomington and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
The City also recently welcomed a new police dispatcher, Darren Marshbank. Darren previously worked for the City and thinks Eden Prairie is a unique place to work. He says, “The people who work here are amazing, and I am so happy to be back.” Previous to joining the City, Darren worked at Walnut Creek Police Department in California, and he earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Colorado Tech University.
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