For more information contact: Leah Patton 651-296-9895
Session is moving right along! This week the House announced its supplemental budget proposal. In addition, the deadline for policy-related bills was last Friday, so policy committees are wrapping up their final omnibus bills and holding their last hearings. Here is an overview of the budget proposal, and some things that are going on in our area.
Supplemental Budget Proposal
Our budget proposal in the House slows state spending, cuts waste, and reallocates money into our long-term goals, including building transportation infrastructure and tax cuts for Minnesota families.
In keeping our spending proposals at net-zero in other budget areas, we are able to concentrate on using our $900 million surplus to build roads and bridges and provide tax relief to Minnesotans. This proposal puts us in a strong position to negotiate with Governor Dayton and the Senate. I’ll keep you in the loop with any new developments!
Water System Maintenance in Rosemount
On April 18th, the City of Rosemount will begin flushing out fire hydrants. Water valves will also be inspected during this time.
Sometimes this maintenance will mean that water in households or businesses may look discolored. According to the City, all you need to do is run all of your faucets for a bit until the water runs clear again. It’s also suggested that you avoid doing laundry until after running clear water through your house faucets for several minutes. For more information, you can use this link: http://www.ci.rosemount.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=127
U of M Remedial Investigation of UMore Park
The University of Minnesota (U of M) will be conducting an investigation into environmental impacts at the UMore Park/ Former Gopher Ordinance Works Site. The UMore site was used as smokeless powder production center during WWII, and has been used in agricultural activities and research since it was acquired by the U of M. The investigation would look into instances of suspected release of materials into the soil.
There will be a public meeting hosted by the U of M on Tuesday, April 26th, from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Rosemount Community Center. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) will send representatives to answer questions.
Written comments will also be accepted by the MPCA from April 11th-May 12th. These comments can be turned in at the April 26th meeting, or mailed to the following address:
Mr. Gary Krueger
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
520 Lafayette Avenue North
Saint Paul, MN 55155
If you would like additional information, you can contact Tim Busse from the U of M at (612)624-2863.
As I have mentioned in a previous update, Rosemount will be holding a referendum to vote on whether the City can borrow around $15 million for park and athletic complex improvements. There will be two informational meetings if you have any questions you’d like answered:
-Thursday, April 28th, from 6:00-7:30 pm at the Rosemount Community Center
-Thursday, May 5th, from 6:00-7:30 pm at the Rosemount Steeple Center
The referendum will be held on May 17th. If you would like more information, follow this link to the City’s referendum page: http://ci.rosemount.mn.us/referendum
Minnesota Youth Council Applications
The Minnesota Youth Council is accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year. This is a great opportunity for young people interested in learning leadership skills and have a positive impact on their community. Here is a link to the application page, which includes information regarding eligibility requirements and program expectations: https://mnyouth.net/work/council/myc-application/
Thank you to everyone who took the time to stop by my office this last week! I enjoyed so many interesting conversations with people from our area, and I look forward to seeing more of you next week!
As always, please don't hesitate to contact me with your comments, questions, and concerns. Email me any time at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 651-296-4306. You can also follow my updates on Facebook at www.facebook.com/repannawills and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/annacwills.
Have a great weekend!
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