Jan. 5, 2018 Friday Report
Holiday Light Recycling
The City is participating in the Recycling Association of Minnesota’s “Recycle Your Holidays” program. Through the holiday season, residents are encouraged to drop off their old, broken holiday lights at any participating collection location. In past years, the program collected more than 200,000 pounds of lights. Each of the three Eden Prairie Liquor locations will be the City-sponsored collection sites. The promotion will last through the end of this month. There are many other businesses and entities participating in the recycling campaign. For more information, please visit recycleminnesota.org.
Jerry’s Foods has been issued a building permit for a significant remodeling project at their store located at 9625 Anderson Lakes Parkway (near Highway 169). The approximate $3,000,000 project includes a complete store renovation along with a minor expansion area.
Planning Commission Meeting Canceled
The Planning Commission meeting for Jan. 8 has been canceled. The next meeting date for the Planning Commission will be Monday, Jan. 22.
Jan. 16 Council Workshop
The topic of our workshop on Tuesday, Jan. 16 will be “Commission Work Plans.” Members and staff liaisons of the following six commissions will be present at the workshop to review their 2017 accomplishments and present their 2018 work plans to the City Council:
- Conservation Commission
- Human Rights and Diversity Commission
- Flying Cloud Airport Advisory Commission
- Heritage Preservation Commission
- Park, Recreation and Natural Resources Commission
- Planning Commission
30-Day Fitness Challenge
Starting Jan. 15, you can try new and exciting classes at the Community Center and meet other motivated people. Coaches inspire, motivate and educate you and your team to help you achieve your goals. Sign up with a friend or coworker, or do it on your own. Individuals can request to be assigned to a team or challenge themselves individually. The 30-Day Challenge runs through Feb. 13. The cost is $65 for Community Center members or $90 for non-members. Register at the Community Center or online at edenprairie.org/Register using activity code 163202.
100-Mile Swim Challenge
In 2017, 32 individuals completed the 100-Mile Swim Challenge. A total of 5,886.31 miles were completed for the year of 2017 (the equivalent of swimming from California to New York and back again). The Challenge starts over in 2018 so now additional swimmers can participate.
Happy 45th Birthday to the EPPD!
Jan. 1 marked 45 years of service for the Eden Prairie Police Department. Prior to 1973 the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office provided police service to Eden Prairie. The department started with only six officers and the Police Department had an annual budget of only $124,000. Each of the six officers worked an average of 40 hours unpaid overtime every month to keep the City safe. The department offices consisted of two small rooms and no holding facilities. Today the EPPD employs 68 sworn officers and 30 civilian staff, in addition to 50 volunteer Police Reserves, Explorers and Chaplains, and the current annual budget is $14-million. The Police Department is located at the City Center and features the 9-1-1 dispatch center, four holding cells, evidence storage area, training/classroom area, workout room and office space.
The City recently welcomed a new IT technician, Nick Kleinwachter. Nick wanted a new challenge and was intrigued with the variety his new job offers. He also enjoys working in a community environment and has had positive experiences with the City in the past. Before joining the City, Nick worked at Meditech and earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from Gustavus Adolphus.