LEAP team members Phyllis Hunter, far left, and Dana Larsen-Ramsay, far right, with Kent Peterson and Karen Eckman. Peterson and Eckman accepted the award on behalf of the city of Shoreview. (submitted photos)
The Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District announced this year’s Landscape Ecology Award Program (LEAP) winners last month. The local watershed district has been recognizing efforts made to preserve and improve water quality and natural resources at private residences, businesses and public spaces since 2002, and this year began its first annual Watershed Excellence Awards.
Christmas carols and rang the bell for Salvation Army at the Cub Foods in Har Mar on Dec. 14. The friendly staff at the Ace Hardware in Roseville on Lexington Avenue enjoyed a moment with Santa on Dec. 14.
Inver Grove Heights is reducing next year’s budget for Inver Wood Golf Course in an effort to stem losses at the financially-troubled course.
December in Minnesota is never a good time for golf, but the latest challenge for Inver Grove Height’s municipal golf course has nothing to do with snow.
The city council voted in its Dec. 9 meeting to trim $60,000 from the 2014 budget for the Inver Wood Golf Course in an effort to slow losses at the financially-troubled course.
While it might seem like minor progress in light of the hardships of recent years, city staff for South St. Paul and Inver Grove Heights are forecasting a few rays of hope for city finances in the upcoming year.
Despite mixed or declining home values, the tax capacities for both cities is expected to increase in 2014. That change, paired with decisions from the State Legislature this year that absolve cities from paying sales tax and restore financial aid for cities such as South St. Paul, provides more breathing room for municipalities which have trudged through consecutive years of declining revenues during the recession.
For the first time in an awfully long time, Minnesota’s Management and Budget Office is projecting a state budget surplus. Already there are proposals emerging about what to do with it: tax cuts, placing it in a reserve account, and/or spending it on things like roads and bridges, just to name a few. I would appreciate South-West Review readers’ input on these ideas.
There is a long-term Robert Street Improvement Plan (RSIP) in West St. Paul that will be putting medians down the center, but only one stoplight and one additional crosswalk is included at Crusader Avenue and Robert Street (by Petco and Baker’s Square.)