Monday, July 9, 2012
Steve Bot stepped into his new dual role on Monday, July 2.
It is business as usual for the city of St. Michael who bid farewell to their city administrator Bob Derus on June 29. City engineer Steve Bot, dubbed as the "heir" by Derus, stepped into his new dual role the following Monday. Bot is no "newbie" to the St. Michael scene. He's lived in St. Michael with his wife and two sons since 2005, and has been working for the city for 10 years this coming November. He was part of both the Highway 241 project and the one-way pair project that have happened in recent years. Patch: How have you prepared for this new role within the city? Bot: Bob [Derus] prepared us all by giving almost a year's notice and has really worked with me this past year to help prepare me. I did most of the budget in 2011 with …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
The St. Michael city council meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month.
The St. Michael City Council meets tonight at 7 p.m. at the St. Michael City Center. With only two meetings before city administrator Bob Derus' retirement, the council will be updated on the transition as city engineer Steve Bot moves into Derus' role. Also on the agenda will be a full review of the 2011 Annual Comprehensive Financial Report and an update on the comprehensive community development plan. All council meetings are open to the public and begin with an open forum where citizens can have five minutes to share a concern or ask the mayor and council questions.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is working with the City of St. Michael to lower water levels in Pelican Lake.
The St. Michael City Council will hear a new plan being discussed by both the City of St. Michael and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to help drain the water level at Pelican Lake, located west of the city. According to correspondence between Assistant City Adminstrator Steve Bot and the DNR, the city is working to impliment the fourth and final phase of the plan to lower those levels, paving the way for a wildlife management area on the lake. The DNR is attempting to use city-owned drains and wetlands to make that final phase work, and hoping to secure funding in the near future to execute the out letting of the lake. The DNR's description of the project states: The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) proposes a…
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, January 4, 2012
The stench residents smelled around New Year's Eve was, indeed, from skunks. How they ended up in the city is what concerns some local officials.
If you were out and about New Year's Eve, particularly in St. Michael, you probably caught a whiff of that familiar, musky scent. While running into skunks in this area isn't unprecedented, local officials were a bit troubled by how the critters ended up in St. Michael the last week of December. Skunk "packages," according to Assistant City Administrator Steve Bot, were left around town. Someone evidently killed the skunks and left them around the city as a very smelly practical joke. Bot said anyone with information about the "skunking" should contact the Wright County Sheriff's Department at 763-682-1162.
Friday, May 13, 2011
The city administrator, who has seen St. Michael through three different decades (1990s, 2000 and 2010s), will hand leadership over July 1 of next year.
The announcment itself wasn't at all surprising. Yet, there was a bit of shock around the room, as St. Michael City Administrator Bob Derus made it "official." Derus, city staff's leader who has guided St. Michael through a downtown redevelopment, a huge highway project and - finally - a new city hall, will retire July 1, 2012. He had scaled back his hours over the past two years, dropping from full time to a .85 FTE, in an effort to save the city thousands of dollars when the bottom fell out of the local real estate market. "It's not the end," Derus said of his working career. "I think it's the start of the second stage of my working career." Derus served other northwest suburbs - including Brooklyn Park - before coming to St. Michael…
Thursday, April 28, 2011
With surrounding communities moving residents onto a full “single-sort” program, the city might explore its options.
St. Michael residents have no problems going “green,” at least when it comes to recycling. According to a report given to the St. Michael City Council Tuesday night by City Engineer/Assistant Administrator Steve Bot, about 20 percent of St. Michael households have “opted in” on a single-sort recycling cart, which allows them to pile in all recyclables into a container simple to a curbside garbage can. That’s allowed the city to increase its recyclables collected count by more than two pounds per household, Bot said. The average amount collected rose from 30.8 pounds in 2009, to more than 32.9 last year. In fact, numbers in the summer – when “snowbirds” are back in town – are even higher. Second and third quarter estimates (April 1 through…
Friday, January 14, 2011
In the wake of last Saturday's shooting of Rep. Giffords and 19 other people, Patch talked to Albertville and St. Michael officials about state gun laws, which allow people to bring firearms into city buildings.
Editor's Note: Through 17 localized stories that all went online today, Minnesota Patch explores an aspect of the state's Personal Protection Act that prohibits cities from banning firearms in their government centers and other city buildings. Click the "Change Towns" in the upper right corner of the Patch home page to read the stories posted on other Minnesota Patch sites. Walk up to the new St. Michael City Center or the 2-year-old Albertville City Hall, and you won’t see that familiar sign of “NO GUNS ALLOWED ON THE PREMISES.” The signage, which was so prominently displayed on buildings after the state passed the Minnesota Personal Protection Act in 2005, simply can’t be placed on doors at either city hall. While state offices, …
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
City Administrator Bob Derus will take the floor tonight at the city's annual Truth in Taxation Hearing, held at 7 p.m. in the council chambers of the new St. Michael City Center.
At the crux of Derus' presentation will be a 2 percent increase in spending in 2011, mostly attributed to a $140,000 annual payment the city now makes to pay for the new community center. Other new spending for 2011 comes from two abatement programs, one to pay for sound reduction measures around St. Michael company J&B Meats, and another paid to U.S. Water. Spending reductions are also in the works, however. The city has reduced its payments to the St. Michael Economic Development Authority by more than half ($135,000 in 2010 to just $65,000 in 2011), thanks to slow growth in the regional economy. A reduction in overall staff hours is set for 2011, with some departments seeing personnel dropped from full time to half time (equivalency), …
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Three community services will come under one roof when the building opens Dec. 11.
The St. Michael City Center is finally ready. It will be the new home for the City Council, city staff, planning and zoning and engineering, the Crow River Senior Center and the Great River Regional Library. "I think if you look at everything we have here, most of the families in this area will utilize this building in one way or another someday," said Steve Bot, city engineer and assistant city administrator. The reaction has been mostly positive, Bot said. Though some people will criticize the new expenditure from city government, the City Center is about 12 years in the making, added City Administrator Bob Derus, and the new building will be more than two-thirds paid for when the doors open. The senior center and library were also in …