Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The Minnesota Legislature has set the dollar amounts cities can expect to get, and St. Michael and Albertville aren't coming up empty anymore.
Changes to the formula state government uses mean the cities of St. Michael and Albertville are in for some Local Government Aid funds in 2014. That's news because neither city is getting a cent of LGA money in 2013. The omnibus tax bill passed the Minnesota Senate 36-30 just a few minutes before midnight Monday—the legislative session's legal deadline. According to Session Daily, "the bill would make changes to the distribution of local government aid through a new formula. Counties and townships would also see an increase in state aid—all in an effort to lower property taxes, supporters say." Albertville is in line to get $79,647. For St. Michael, the figure is $239,129. Related at St. Michael Patch:
Friday, May 17, 2013
Otsego residents may also use the City of Albertville compost site. Hanover residents may also use the City of St. Michael compost site.
Want to drop off or pick up compost materials in St. Michael or Albertville? Here is what you need to know for City of St. Michael compost site information: Residents can use the compost site behind the Public Works Building located at 3150 Lander Avenue NE to bring leaves, grass clippings, brush and other vegetative materials. Compost site is for residents of St. Michael and Hanover only; no contractors are allowed to use the facility. New Compost Site Summer Hours: The City compost and brush site is now open, and attendants will be present to check ID’s for disposal. The hours for 2013 are: 7 days a week from 7:00am to 9:00pm As a reminder, the compost site also has a dump area for used oil, antifreeze and filters. There is no cost for …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
The school board and City of Albertville approved the amount in January. The City of St. Michael paid its share in August 2012.
The St. Michael-Albertville School Board at its Jan. 22 meeting approved a $10,000 contribution to the St. Michael-Albertville Arena for maintenance and upkeep of the facility. The Albertville City Council also approved a $10,000 payment at its early January meeting. The City of St. Michael approved its $10,000 portion in August 2012, and has already made the payment to the arena. The $30,000 will go strictly to the maintenance and equipment needs of the facility, said Grant Fitch, arena manager. The school district and two cities jointly own the arena. "Most rinks don't have cash flow each year," Fitch said. "As the building gets old, you're looking at repairs and a Zamboni, which a new one costs around $115,000." A Zamboni is a machine…
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The city will consider and take action on its 2013 budget in its last meeting of the year.
The St. Michael City Council will consider a property tax levy increase of about three percent Tuesday night at its regular meeting when the proposed 2013 city budget will be considered. The council meeting is set for 7 p.m. at St. Michael City Hall. Depending on changes in a property's market value, and the statewide changes in homestead exclusions, homeowners will see either an increase or decrease in their city property taxes that could be more or less than the 2.99 percent levy increase, said Steve Bot, city administrator, engineer and public works director, in a prepared statement. "The recent state property tax law changes with homestead exclusions have shifted more of the tax burden to agricultural and commercial/industrial …
Thursday, May 24, 2012
A Wednesday night fire has service crews working hard to keep the "juice" flowing around St. Michael.
A Wednesday night fire in St. Michael has knocked out a major transformer, and utility crews are working at making an emergency replacement. Because of that, residents and businesses have been put on notice by City of St. Michael staff that periodic power outages, particularly west of County Road 19, could happen today. According to a message from City Engineer Steve Bot, the fire happened late Wednesday night and badly damaged a transformer in town. Crews were able to knock down the fire (transformer fires can burn hot because they're often packed with an oil), but not before it caused the damage. Xcel was working with the city to make a quick, emergency change on the transformer by 7 a.m. Thursday. Residents reported brief outages on …
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Shop St. Michael and the St. Michael EDA will team to host a seminar for local and small business owners Thursday in an effort to boost commerce.
Shop Saint Michael is teaming up with the St. Michael Economic Development Authority to present a web-centric seminar for small businesses and business owners. The event, dubbed "Doing Business Online, is set for 8 a.m. Thursday, March 29 at St. Michael City Center. A networking period begins at 7:30 a.m. The morning will include a 45-minute free seminar from Adeel Ahmed, an extension education from the University of Minnesota who is specializing in integrating technology into business. Ahmed is a renowned educator in his field, and recently completed a business retention program with the City of Monticello. Thursday's semiar will help businesses use the Internet to expand marketing efforts, enhance sales of their products and services to …
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
The City of St. Michael laid out its legislative positions, including a plea to find a financial solution behind the proposed Voter ID Amendment.
The City of St. Michael sent council members Nadine Schoen and Chris Schumm to St. Paul recently to meet with the community’s local legislators, including Rep. Joe McDonald and Sen. Amy Koch. Assistant City Administrator Steve Bot, who will become the city’s lead man when Administrator Bob Derus retires in June, accompanied the two. Schumm and Schoen returned to the Capitol, recently, for a day of meetings courtesy of the League of Minnesota Cities. While in St. Paul, the two discussed the city’s stance on a variety of proposed legislation, asking for the state to heed more communities’ calls on issues that have local impact. Near the top of the list was the so-called Voter ID Amendment, which will ask voters to approve a new police asking…
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
The city is looking for new ways to manage high water levels on the lake, beyond spending more than $50,000 in unbudgeted funds, as it did last year.
Residents of Beebe Lake are invited to attend a neighborhood information meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at city hall with members of the St. Michael City Council as the city and the lake’s association team up to address water woes along the lake. City staff will present St. Michael’s plans to evaluate options and ultimately come up with a solution for the lake’s flooding issues, with hopes that a new plan will be implemented some time in 2012. According to City Engineer Steve Bot, also the city’s assistant administrator, the City of St. Michael spent more than $50,000 last year in unbudgeted funds to sandbag, pump and control water levels on the lake, which rose to record levels due to heavy snow in 2011 and rains throughout the spring. While …
Friday, February 3, 2012
The I-94 West Chamber of Commerce welcomed city leaders and local businesses to St. Michael City Hall for the annual report Tuesday afternoon.
Business leaders and government officials met once again Tuesday as the I-94 West Chamber of Commerce brought both sides together for its annual State of the Cities event. If the 2011 message last year at St. Michael City Hall was, "We've hit rock bottom," the collective 2012 message was, "We hope the turnaround is as fast as the crash was." St. Michael Mayor Jerry Zachman welcomed the contingent, which included representatives from neighbors such as Hanover, Albertville, Dayton, Otsego and Rogers to the city center. Businesses from most, if not all, of those communities were represented by the about 100 or so people in attendance. "I think I speak for everyone when I say that it's been a tough couple of years," said outgoing St. Michael …
Friday, October 21, 2011
Albertville joined the many cities utilizing single-sort recycling carts for residents last year. Now, St. Michael is looking to get its program spread citywide.
St. Michael officials are ready to ditch the blue bin, and move head with a blue-and-yellow cart. The city's recycling program has been a huge success, according the City Engineer and Assistant Administrator Steven Bot, with more materials being recycled each year. With that success first came the option (in January 2010) for residents to "buy in" on a single-sort program, where homeowners can dump recyclables, without sorting, into a large, 65-gallon cart by city partner Veolia Environmental Services/Veolia Recycling. For a fee, homeowners could opt-out of the 18-gallon bin and upgrade to the cart. "It's been a very big success, with more than 1,000 homes going that direction," Bot said. "And it's increased our recycling stats by a pretty…