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If you wish to speak about something already on the agenda, you may ask to be recognized by the Mayor at the time the issue is being discussed.
If you wish to speak about something already on the agenda, you may ask to be recognized by the Mayor at the time the issue is being discussed.
You can also view the Burnsville Bulletin online at www.burnsville.org/bulletin or pick up a copy at Burnsville City Hall, 100 Civic Center Parkway. Click for past Burnsville Bulletins
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Contact the Communications Department at 952-895-4402 for more information. For more information...
Note: A party must be registered with the city for an opportunity for visits from police, fire and local leaders. For more information...
The following website, http://www.erasouth.org/, has contact information for many organizations in the area, along with a resource guide that can assist you in your search. ERA Resource Guide
Please contact Skip Nienhaus, Economic Development Coordinator, at 952-895-4454 to discuss.
Interested parties can contact Laurie Crow, "Open to Business" consultant at 952-484-3107.
Federal and state offices, except for judicial offices, are partisan offices. You must include a political party name when filing for the office. A candidate who has not filed as Independence, Democratic-Farmer-Labor, or Republican must also submit a nominating petition.
If the candidate receives contributions or makes disbursements of more than $750, an initial finance report must be filed within 14 days of receiving or disbursing the $750.
During a year when the candidate’s name is on the ballot at least three finance reports must be filed:
10 days before the Primary 10 days before the General 30 days after the General Annual reports are required by January 31 of each year following an election until a final financial report is filed.
A Certification of Filing must be filed no later than 7 days after the General Election. The certification states that all required financial reports have been submitted.
M.S. 211B.045 Noncommerical Signs Exemption: In any municipality with an ordinance that regulates the size of noncommercial signs, notwithstanding the provisions of that ordinance, all noncommercial signs of any size may be posted from August 1 in a state general election year until ten days following the state general election. Dakota County has policies governing the placing of signs on rights-of-way and municipalities may have their own ordinances.
A supplementary statement must be filed on April 15th of each year the individual remains in office.
Printing a voter registration application on your personal computer printer and mailing it to the Dakota County Offices is another option.
You can also register to vote when applying for or renewing your drivers' license. The information will be forwarded to Dakota County for processing.
Since 2008, voter registration information will be automatically updated when eligible voters permanently change their addresses with the U.S.P.S.
Pre-registration closes 20 days prior to an election.
If you have moved since last registering to vote, it is important to update your voter registration information so that you are voting for the candidates who will represent you.
StudentsThe above proof of residency also apply for college students in addition to:
Requesting a ballot is a two step process. First, you must complete an absentee ballot application. Then, you will receive a blank ballot to vote and return to us. If you are eligible to vote absentee, you may do so either by mail or in person.
By MailTo have an absentee ballot application mailed to you, notify the City of Burnsville by mail, fax, email or phone (952-895-4490). After we receive the completed application, an absentee ballot will be sent to you. Please allow plenty of time to complete the process. All absentee ballots must be received by Election Day.
In PersonUp until the day before the election, you may complete an absentee ballot application, receive your ballot and vote in person at the City of Burnsville City Hall or at the two Dakota County locations - Hastings and Apple Valley:
City of Burnsville and Dakota County HastingsMonday - Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Apple Valley Service CenterMonday & Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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Street Rehabilitation:Generally includes the removal of the top two inches (2”) of asphalt surface, and replacement with one layer of asphalt surface. Street Rehabilitation includes spot curb repair, adjustment of utility structures in the street, and in some cases, addition or modification of storm sewer manholes and catch basins. Generally speaking, the roadway gets a “face lift”, with no improvements to the road subgrade.
Street Reclamation:A hybrid of the “reconstruction” and “rehabilitation” methods, and includes grinding up the existing asphalt material with existing gravel base material, compacting it in place, and paving new layers of asphalt pavement over the top. Existing curb receives spot repairs where it may be severely cracked, broken, or settled. Reclamation is a cost effective method for upgrading a street where the asphalt may be too deteriorated to receive a street rehabilitation treatment, but the existing utilities and curb and gutter are generally in good condition and do not need total replacement.
Every year, the Public Works Department includes the recommendations for the next five years of street reconstruction and rehabilitation projects in the City’s Five-Year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), to allow the City to plan and budget for the work which is subsequently considered for approval by the City Council. Once allocated, City staff begins the preliminary design and feasibility report preparation to define the specific scope of the improvements, perform detailed cost estimates, and identify the preliminary special assessment values for the work.
1) Municipal State Aid Funding for designated higher traffic routes where possible.
2) Ad Valorem taxes via the Infrastructure Trust Fund (for approximately 60% of street improvements if Municipal State Aid Funding is not available)
3) Special Assessments (for approximately 40% of street improvements)
4) Sewer and Water Utility Fund (for 100% of sanitary sewer and watermain improvements)
5) Storm Water Utility Fund (for 100% of storm sewer and drainage improvements)
The City of Burnsville’s Special Assessment Policy provides a standard method by which assessments are calculated for street reconstruction, rehabilitation and reclamation projects from year to year. Assessments are calculated by abutting street footage and are based upon land usage. Street footage is adjusted to account for irregularities in lot sizes and shapes. For instance, residential corner lots will receive reductions in street footage to reduce the burden, while lots in cul-de-sacs will receive increases in street footage to account for irregular lot shapes.
The assessment amount for the entire current year’s street reconstruction, rehabilitation or reclamation project will be the lesser of the two scenarios below: 1) Average of the last three years of assessment rates for reconstruction or rehabilitation, or2) 40% of the current year’s project cost for street reconstruction or rehabilitation work (does not include utility work, which is not assessed)
1) February – Preliminary Report: Estimated maximum front footage assessment based on proposed improvement method, preliminary design data, and budgeted cost estimates. You will receive notice of the assessment rate, and have an opportunity to view your estimated assessment.
2) September – Final Assessment Hearing: Final assessment rate is based on actual construction costs, and may be lower than the rate proved in the Preliminary Report. The final assessment rate cannot be higher than the estimated assessment rate provided in February. Formal notices with individual property assessments are sent via U.S. Mail to each assessed property owner.
Assessment value of $1-$199.99: 1 yearAssessment value of $200-$999.99: 5 yearsAssessment value of $1000-$1999.99: 10 yearsAssessment value of $2000 and over: 15 years
Assessments paid off through property tax statements are subject to interest over the period of the payoff. The assessment can be paid off early, but the property owner must work through Dakota County to do this. The City of Burnsville only accepts assessment payments for the entire amount during the first 30 days after the assessment hearing as described earlier in this section.
In addition to City notifications, during the construction process, the City’s contractor will distribute door flyers for construction impacts such as parking restrictions and water service interruptions during the project. Street Reconstruction & Rehabilitation website
Garbage service will be maintained throughout the duration of the project. The Contractor will provide access to garbage haulers to make garbage pickups.
The City will repair most above-ground features impacted by construction activities (i.e., landscaping rock/edging, fencing, retaining walls, etc.) and will restore all maintained turf areas with sod (reconstruction projects) or seed (rehabilitation or reclamation projects, and projects in areas of parks and unmaintained grass areas). The City will NOT replace individual plants, shrubs, or trees that are in the right-of-way and impacted during construction activities. The City will NOT replace invisible dog fencing wires, private electrical wires, or outlet boxes, but will install plastic conduit sleeves under driveway aprons for property owners if they request for wire replacement purposes.
Starting in 2017, the City will NOT replace irrigation system components located in the street right-of-way that are damaged as part of the construction contract, but will provide reimbursement to property owners who repair their systems following construction work and submit a contractor invoice or material receipt after completing the work. The maximum reimbursement values for irrigation system components is as follows:
Residential Lot (single street frontage): $300 per propertyResidential Lot (multiple street frontage (i.e., corner lots)): $500 per propertyCommercial/Retail/Multi-Family Lots: $0.75/Foot of Street Frontage, up to 1,000’ ($750).
Detailed information regarding irrigation system reimbursement procedures will be sent to property owners in impacted project areas as part of the Neighborhood Meeting notification process.
Fire engines are staffed with two to three firefighter/paramedics and they respond to critical medical emergencies to assist the ambulance personnel.
To find out if you have private hydrants property email email@example.com or call 952-895-4544.
Burnsville is home to close to 1,300 private hydrants. There is a greater potential of loss of property and life at commercial and multi-unit residential properties with private hydrants.
Buckthorn is considered a “Restricted Noxious Weed” by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and cannot be sold in the nursery trade. Information about restricted noxious weeds.
If you’d like to report feeding violations in your neighborhood or other issues related to deer or waterfowl, visit the deer and goose management sections at www.burnsville.org/wildlife. To report feeding violations...
Gun hunting is not allowed on private property. Bowhunting is allowed on private property but all City bowhunting ordinances must be followed. City bowhunting ordinances...
Keep your driveway, sidewalk and street clean. Sweep up grass clippings and leaves, reduce/eliminate lawn fertilizer, clean up oil drips and other leaked automobile fluids, wash your car on the grass instead of the driveway (or go to a commercial carwash), and reduce/clean up ice melting products in winter.
Attend a “Landscaping for Clean Water Workshop” and learn how you can build a rain garden or create a shoreline buffer. How to stencil storm drains...
However, algae blooms can be a problem caused by too many nutrients in the pond. Invasive plants such as Eurasian Watermilfoil and Curlyleaf Pondweed can also overtake a pond.If you want to control algae or aquatic plants in your pond, you will first need to determine if the MN DNR considers your pond a “Public Water.” Aquatic plants growing in public waters are owned by the state and a permit may be required to control the plants. Generally, city ponds over 2.5 acres or more in size are considered public waters, but you should contact the MN DNR to check on your pond’s status.
Learn more about the MN DNR Aquatic Plant Management Program through the link below.
Learn more about the MN DNR Public Waters Inventory: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/waters/watermgmt_section/pwi/maps.html
Whether or not you need a permit, you should talk with neighbors that share the pond before proceeding with any pond treatments.
The City also classifies some ponds as wetlands, which have ordinances in place to protect them. To find out if your pond is a wetland, visit the website http://www.ci.burnsville.mn.us/index.aspx?nid=1690 or call 952-895-4550. DNR Aquatic Management Program...
Underground storm water pipes carry storm water runoff into and out of lakes and ponds. However the storm water system is passive, which means that there are no control structures (such as gates) to control the flow of water through the system. Learn more about storm water management...
For permanent signs contact Jane Hovind at 952-895-4455 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
By requiring rental properties be licensed, the City helps ensure owners, operators and managers are taking reasonable steps to provide a safe, secure, sanitary and reasonably nuisance-free environment for tenants and neighboring residents.
Requiring rental licenses and minimum standards helps maintain property values and assure the preservation of the City's existing housing supply.
Individual Unit (single-family, condo or townhome) - Within Association or Same Building:Owners that rent out individual units located within an association or within the same building will be charge $160 for each individual unit within the building or association.
Townhome Complex:Owners who rent out multi-unit townhomes within a townhome rental complex will be charged $85 per building and $11 per unit.
Manufactured Home Parks:Manufactured home park owners who own and rent out individual homes within their park will be charged $260 per park and $45 per rented manufactured home. Individual manufactured home owners (who do not own the park in which their home is located) who rent out their unit will be subject to the individual unit fee of $160.
If violations are found, the property owner or designee will receive a detailed inspection report highlighting the code violations. The letter will also indicate a time frame for the items to be remedied or repaired. The property owner or designee must correct the violations and schedule a re-inspection of the rental property within the time frame specified. Once all violations are properly corrected, the City will issue the rental dwelling license.
Our goal is to keep major streets open at all times. Please help us do our job by not shoveling or snow-blowing snow back into the street. Not only is this dangerous, but also it is illegal and can result in a fine. Snow Removal Policies...
For any boulevard damage, please contact Public Works at 952-895-4550 or place a service request on our city website. Place a service request...
The condition of the street, past maintenance history, age of the street, the city’s five year Capital Improvement plan and budget all play a major role in deciding which streets will be fixed/repaired or will have some type of preventative maintenance (seal coat, overlay, etc.) performed on them. Streets Capital Improvement Plan
Dates of load limit restrictions vary from year to year. Please check with the MNDOT by calling 1-800-723-6543 or visit their website for more information and when restrictions will be applied. MNDOT website...
If it has been determined that no blockage or restrictions exist within the City's sanitary sewer system, the homeowner is advised to contact a professional plumber or drain cleaning service to have the private sewer service inspected. The City Of Burnsville cannot make a recommendation for drain cleaning services. It may be in your best interest to obtain several estimates.Residents should be aware, if the problem is in the sewer service (lateral), the property owner is responsible for correcting the problem. The owner of the property is responsible for maintaining and cleaning the sewer lateral from the building to the City's sewer main, including the connection on the sewer main.
Many homeowners' insurance policies exclude damage resulting from sewer backups. However, some insurance companies do provide sewer backup coverage. If you are concerned about the possibility of a sewer backup and want to insure that you are covered, the City urges you to check with your home insurer regarding the availability of sewer backup insurance.
Sanitary Sewer System:The City owns the sanitary sewer main in the street
Sanitary Sewer SystemOutside your home - The owner of the property owns and is responsible for maintenance and repair of the entire sanitary sewer service line including the connection at the City sewer main in the street.Inside your home – The sanitary sewer service is considered part of the home’s plumbing system and is the responsibility of the owner for maintenance, repair, and replacement.
Bypass your water softener. Often times when softeners begin to fail they restrict the water flow to either low flow or no flow. If you bypass it and the flow is restored, you know it’s your softener. Here is a You Tube link to a tutorial on bypassing your water softener. It goes over four different bypass types which should cover most softeners. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvCOlHd9-yw.
Do you have a filtration system? If so, the filter may be plugged.
Have you turned the water off at the meter because of plumbing repairs or equipment installation? Check both valves and make sure they are open all the way.
If it is not one of the three above items, it is probably your Pressure Reducing/Regulating Valve (PRV). It can fail and cause high water pressure, low water pressure, or no water at all. Replacement is part of the plumbing system which is owned by the homeowner. Please go to the City of Burnsville website to download a copy of the meter and valve information brochure.
If you are handy, they are easy to replace. If not, you may want to have a plumber make the repair for you. Water and Sewer website
High Water PressureYou can purchase a pressure gauge at a home improvement store to get the pressure in your home.
If you have a laundry tub with threads on the faucet, you can attach the gauge there and turn the water on to get the pressure. Otherwise, you can attach the gauge to one of your outside hose bibs and turn the water on.
If the pressure is high (over 75 psi), your PRV may need adjustment or replacement. The PRV is bell shaped with a screw in the top and is mounted near the water meter. There is a nut which needs to be loosened to do the adjustment and tightened again when you are done.
Adjusting a PRV – To DECREASE the water pressure, turn the screw to the left in very small increments. A little does a lot. To INCREASE the water pressure, turn the screw to the right in very small increments. A little does a lot.
Check your pressure gauge as you turn the screw and turn it until you reach your desired pressure. The recommend pressure is 50 -70 psi. If turning the screw does not adjust the pressure, you need to replace the PRV.
Adjusting your PRV Video - link belowThe installation will look different in your home because this video is done in a factory test lab. Your PRV should be before your water meter and in some installations, after the water meter. Adjusting your PRV video
Please call 952-895-4552 to discuss issues you are having with your water quality to see if you would be a good candidate for a water test.
If you would like other things tested you would have to contact a water analysis lab and pay for those tests results.
Check all toilets for leaksEven if you don’t hear water running, it does not mean the toilet isn’t leaking. One way to check if there is a leak between the bowl and the tank is to place a few drops of food coloring into the tank; then, wait several minutes to see if the dye enters the bowl. If it does, you have a leak.
Check faucets and shower heads for leaks.
Check proper operation of water softener to make sure it isn’t running too often, or it isn’t running continuously.
Check your meter reading If you have a water softener or an irrigation system, make sure neither system is set to run that night and read the meter before you go to bed. The next morning before any water is used inside or outside, read the meter again. If the reading increased, you have a leak.
Do a five gallon bucket testRead the meter, then fill a five gallon bucket. After filling the 5 gallon bucket, read the meter again. If it moves five gallons, the meter is reading accurately.
The new meters and system will allow the City to operate its water system more efficiently and improve customer service. The new meters and meter system will fully automate meter reading, which will reduce meter reading costs, improve the reliability and accuracy of the system and allow for better management of water use through things like advance leak detection and water conservation abilities.
The new meters and metering system will also allow for two-way communication between the meters and City staff. The system will flag accounts that may have an issue such as a leak or meter malfunction. Additionally, if a customer wants to know more about their consumption, City staff can provide customers with up-to-date data that will allow them to better understand and manage water use and costs.
Other benefits include more accurate and reliable meters, as well as reduced operational costs. Once deployed, the City will be able to eliminate the need to have someone drive through neighborhoods to collect meter reads.
Future enhancements will allow utility customers to access their own consumption data to help with water bill budgeting, consumption and even shrinking their environmental footprint.
The old meter used similar radio-read technology to transmit data to a collector unit, which loaded data when a utility worker drove by the home.
Sensus is a leader in the utility infrastructure industry and supports the City of Burnsville's commitment to deliver quality services efficiently and cost effectively.
If there is a higher bill in the second month after the installation of the new meter, it is likely that the old meter was malfunctioning or not correctly registering water use. The new meters will record consumption more accurately.