Inver Grove Heights

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Mar

IGH moves forward with trailhead project


Folks got closer to the river by crossing the bridge at its grand opening June 11, 2011. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)

Bridge becomes new transport hub, for walkers and bikers
The Inver Grove Heights City Council has approved a project that will make Swing Bridge Park even better.
During its Feb. 24 meeting, the council approved a second phase of the Mississippi River regional trailhead project near Swing Bridge Park. The project aims to provide offstreet parking, public restrooms, a historical information center and picnic facilities. A covered picnic shelter will hold 50-60 people and will be available for rent.

Mon
16
Dec

IGH reduces budget for troubled golf course


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. (Luke Reiter/Review)

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.

Mon
16
Dec

SSP, IGH finalize 2014 budget and levies

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.

Thu
12
Dec

IGH’s Rock Island Swing Bridge closed for season

The Rock Island Swing Bridge will be closed for the winter season effective Dec.

Mon
02
Dec

IGH passes wind turbine ordinance

Inver Grove Heights residents interested in constructing vertical axis wind turbines now have nothing to wait for but a strong wind.
The city council approved an ordinance that will allow the turbines as a permitted use in the city’s A and E-1 zoning districts in its Nov. 25 meeting. The measure allows residents to construct one turbine up to 52.5 feet tall per 15 acres of land.
Prior to the new ordinance, vertical axis wind turbines had been allowed in the city with a conditional use permit, and Council member Dennis Madden reiterated his belief at the Nov. 25 meeting things shouldn’t change. Madden said he was considered that allowing the turbines as a permitted use would lead to a proliferation of the machines at the cost of the city’s rural appeal.

Mon
18
Nov

When does a city council get involved in Black Friday?

Black Friday bargain-hunters have one more thing to be thankful for this year: the City of Inver Grove Heights will allow Walmart to remain open continuously from Thanksgiving Day into the day after to maximize holiday shopping hours.
The Inver Grove Heights Walmart is normally restricted to 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. hours as part of an agreement struck with developers in 2003, when the store was built, to appease residents in the area.

Mon
18
Nov

IGH keeps wind turbine ordinance moving


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An ordinance that would allow vertical axis wind turbines in certain areas of Inver Grove Heights is still churning, despite mixed opinions on the city council.
The council voted 4-1 to advance the draft ordinance to a third and final reading in its Nov. 12 meeting. While the move doesn’t guarantee the ordinance will make it into city code, it keeps the draft alive for discussion.
If the ordinance does pass a final reading at the council’s Nov. 25 meeting, it would allow vertical axis wind turbines at heights up to 52.5 feet in certain agricultural and residentially zoned districts of the city.

Mon
11
Nov

IGH school referendum passes narrowly

It may not have been an overwhelming show of support, but the slim 127-vote margin by which Inver Grove Heights residents voted in favor of the school district’s bond referendum was enough to yield some big fixes for community schools.
The $24.8 million bond referendum received 1,761 yes votes in the Nov. 5 election, or 52 percent of the total vote, compared to 1,634 votes against.

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