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St. Paul Park City Council members approved a preliminary 2010 budget Monday along with a proposed tax levy of 1.27 percent. That means homeowners should not see any increase in the city portion of their 2010 property taxes, according to city administrator Kevin Walsh. "Some homeowners may even see a decrease depending on the valuation placed on their property." The council will adopt the final city budget and levy resolution at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 3 TENTH-GRADE ORIENTATION -- Tenth-grade orientation at Park High School will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3. New 11th- and 12th-grade students are also welcome to attend this orientation. Students should plan to have their picture taken in the Activity Center before or after orientation. OLTMAN ORIENTATION -- Orientation for all sixth and seventh grade students who will attend Oltman Middle School in St. Paul Park will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3. Parents are welcome to attend after 4 p.m. with their child.
The St. Paul Park City Council voted, 4-0, to adopt modifications to the city's Development District Plan and Tax Increment Plan for municipal development. Steve Apfelbacher, of Ehlers & Associates, Inc., the city's financial advisor, gave an overview of the modifications.
The St. Paul Park Park and Recreation Commission is hosting a free Movie in the Park, at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11. The evening will begin with a brief 9/11 memorial ceremony by members of American Legion Post 98, according to commission member Jennifer Cheesman. Families are invited to attend the ceremony and movie at Veteran's Park, between Fourth and Fifth streets, north of Broadway Avenue The movie is suitable for all ages, according to Cheesman. To learn the title, go to www.stpaulpark.govoffice.com .
FRIDAY, AUG. 28 YOUTH BLOCK PARTY -- Junior and senior high youth from Crossroads Church in Woodbury and Hope Community Church in Cottage Grove will host their second annual block party from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 28, at Hamlet Park, in Cottage Grove. All youth in grades six through 12 are invited to attend for live music, skateboarding demonstrations and open skate park, sports contests and the world's largest banana split eating contest. The event is free; food will sell for modest prices. WOODBURY DAYS -- The city celebration is scheduled from Friday to Sunday, Aug. 28 to 30.
Ryan J. Larson, 22, and his brother Troy T. Larson, 24, both of Eagan, were arrested for disorderly conduct and obstruction of the legal process after police reserve officers asked them to take their dog out of the festival grounds during St. Paul Park Heritage Days, on Saturday, Aug. 15. According to the police report, both were asked to take their dog out of the grounds on several occasions. They refused and cursed at and called the reserve officers derogatory names.
FRIDAY, AUG. 21 ROWING REGATTA -- The boat launch at Lake Elmo Park Reserve will be closed Friday and Saturday, Aug. 21 and 22, for the 106th Northwest International Rowing Championship Regatta. The launch will re-open Aug. 23. For details about the event, call (651) 430-8370. Lake Elmo Park Reserve is located at the intersection of County Road 19 and County Road 10 (one mile north of Interstate 94) in Lake Elmo. SATURDAY, AUG. 22 FARM FOOD FAIR -- The "Farm, Food and Fun Fair: Reconnecting with Agricultural Roots in Dakota County 1858-2009" is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
St. Paul Park Police Officer Rick Redenius received a letter of commendation at Tuesday night's St. Paul Park City Council meeting for quick thinking at Heritage Days Saturday night. Police Chief Mike Monahan told the council Redenius was attempting to catch up with a 57-year-old Grey Cloud Island resident who appeared to be drunk. The man, eluding Redenius, was seen climbing toward the railroad tracks as a southbound train approached. According to Monahan, Redenius rushed forward and dragged the man away from the tracks as the train passed.
St. Paul Park City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday to vote on a change in its Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District, which will give it more latitude in how it spends TIF dollars. Tax increment financing is a tool that allows cities to use additional property tax revenue generated by development to pay for part of the development costs. The council will also vote on the establishment of an Economic Development Authority. After the meeting, council members will meet in workshop to discuss the city's 2010 budget.