News from the City of Shakopee - Sept. 28, 2017
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Share your ideas at Envision Shakopee Community Visioning Workshop

Save the date for interactive Envision Shakopee event Oct. 12

As Shakopee looks to the future, we know the success of Envision Shakopee will hinge on the participation of residents, businesses, visitors and other stakeholders. Our community-oriented, consensus-focused comprehensive planning process is designed to inspire all who live, work, play and learn in the City of Shakopee to take part in defining a clear vision for the future of our city.poster

You are invited to help shape the future of Shakopee by attending a Community Visioning Workshop from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12 at Shakopee Community Center, 1255 Fuller St. S. A short presentation will begin at 6:45 p.m.

At the workshop, participate with several interactive stations designed to open conversation and inspire visionary thinking about the future of Shakopee. You will have the chance to provide your ideas and priorities for the future of our community. There will be map activities and discussion stations that focus on specific topics and places in Shakopee, as well as our city as a whole.

This dynamic workshop starts at 6:30 p.m. with an overview of the planning process, what we have learned about Shakopee so far and the many ways to get involved in the process. Then, you’ll be invited to ask questions, participate in each interactive workshop station and have one-on-one conversations with city staff and the planning consultant team. The results of this workshop will be developed into planning themes and principles to guide the plan and help shape recommendations as the process continues.

Learn more about Envision Shakopee and find additional ways to participate online at
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Last chance to submit your BEST photos to city photo contest!

Be sure to submit your photos of life in Shakopee to the Show Off Shakopee photo contest by Saturday, Sept. 30. We’re looking for photos that celebrate community.

The grand prize photo will receive a $75 cash prize. Three runners-up will receive $50 cash prizes.

Submit today at!

Community Center membership rates set for 2018

With the renovated Community Center fully up and running, the City Council recently approved membership rates for 2018.

The new rates reflect the facility’s added amenities and are based on fees at similar facilities throughout the metro area. The goal, said Jamie Polley, director of Parks and Recreation, was to keep costs competitive without pricing out interested members.

“While these memberships are an increase from past years, they are still lower than many of our users’ alternative options,” she said.

In addition, the City Council agreed to include open hockey in a membership. Memberships also include use of the gyms, pool, fitness center, fitness classes and open skate. Child care will remain an ala carte item.

The Community Center has seen memberships more than double over the past year. Membership packages increased from  829 in September 2016 to 1,892 memberships in 2017.

“People are excited about the new amenities and interested in the excellent value a Community Center membership offers,” Polley said.


  Resident Non-Resident
Family $600 $815
Adult $380 $540
$275 $370
Adult + 1 $490 $680


  Resident Non-Resident
Family $55 $73
Adult $35 $48
$25 $33
Adult + 1 $45 $62

Membership Special!

Sign up for a new annual membership through the end of September and receive one month free!
Bring the family to the Shakopee Fire Department’s annual Open House from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 at Fire Station 1, 2700 Vierling Drive E. This is a free event for all ages.

The event includes a live burn demonstration at 1 p.m., fire truck tours, fire extinguisher training and water hose spraying. Kids can bounce in a jump house and participate in a coloring contest. Free light snacks, popcorn and refreshments will also be available.

The 2017 National Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 8-14) theme is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” It invites families to consider what a home escape plan entails and the value of practicing it with all members of the household.

Garbage, recycling rates to increase in 2018

Residents should be prepared for a slight increase in garbage and recycling collection fees in 2018.

Republic Services logoRepublic Services will increase monthly fees $0.16 per household due to inflationary costs.

In addition, Republic Services is changing its disposal facility to Great River Energy’s processing plant in Elk River, Minn. The change was made after the city’s current facility announced it is increasing its tipping (disposal) fees from $70/ton to $115/ton. Great River Energy charges $98/ton, which will result in a disposal fee increase of $2.34 per household.

The total impact on a household is $30 per year.

Shakopee Police host parenting event Oct. 2

The Shakopee Police Department and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) are teaming up to provide an informational session for parents at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2 at the Police Department.

logoArt Morrow, executive director of MADD, will give a 30-45 minute presentation on the Power of Parenting, with time for questions at the end. This presentation is directed at parents.

This presentation will empower parents of middle school and high school students to have ongoing, intentional conversations about the dangers and consequences of underage drinking. Research shows that young people who drink are a danger to themselves, their friends, and others. Power of Parents was developed by MADD and provides helpful information to parents and guardians based on 20 years of research about youth and alcohol.

As a parent, you have the power to equip your child to make smarter, safer choices and to help prevent tragedies.
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Register for Jack-o-Lantern 5K, Kids Half-Mile Pumpkin Run

Put on your running shoes and start thinking about your Halloween costume. It’s time to register for the 2017 Jack-o-Lantern 5K and Kids Half-Mile Pumpkin Run Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Community Center.

This annual event encourages participants to dress in costume for a 5K run across the city. Prizes for top male and female finishers, as well as best costume.

Register online using program code #Jacko2017. Registration rates increase Oct. 2!

Kids can participate in their own run following the 5K race. Registration for the Kids Pumpkin Run is $12 using program code #Kidsrun17. Must register in advance for Pumpkin Run. 

Register for both events at

ROAD WORK: Upcoming road, lane closures

Vierling Drive to close Oct. 2 between Adams and Fuller

Vierling Drive between Adams Street and Fuller Street will be closed for approximately two days starting Monday, Oct. 2. The detour route is south to 17th Avenue.

The closure is necessary for installation of storm sewer across Vierling Drive to support the extension of Harvest Lane and the West Vierling Acres development.

The street will remain open to local residents; most residents will only have access from the east.

Find all the latest road and trail closure announcements at

Maintenance work on Highway 101 bridge to start Oct. 2

Planned preventative maintenance work is scheduled to start on the Highway 101 causeway bridge Monday, Oct. 2.

The contractor for the Southwest Reconnection Project plans to install a deck sealer beginning at 7 a.m. Work is anticipated to continue through Oct. 27.

Although no full closures of Highway 101 are planned, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction while work is occurring. Motorists should expect traffic disruptions and delays and are advised to use alternate routes if possible.

This work is weather dependent and any significant changes to the schedule will be communicated when they are known. This deck sealing work is being done to preserve and extend the life of the Highway 101 causeway bridge, as a significant investment was made with the Southwest Reconnection Project.

Get a free ride home from the bars

Shakopee Crime Prevention Inc. is teaming up with Shakopee taxi services to offer residents a free ride home from the bar Saturday, Oct. 28. You can download your free ride-home coupon on the city website at

Regional transit fares to increase Oct. 1

Fares for all regional transit services, including all bus and rail transit, will increase Sunday, Oct. 1.

Fare Table - full details available in accessible formats at transit fares will increase by $0.25. Regular-route service includes METRO bus and rail, Northstar rail, Metro Transit bus, A Line bus, Metropolitan Council bus, Maple Grove Transit bus, Minnesota Valley Transit Authority bus, Plymouth MetroLink bus and SouthWest Transit bus.

Learn more at


Mark your calendar for October activities

Don’t miss these fun Parks and Recreation activities coming in October!

City Calendar


Oct. 2 – Power of Parenting, 7 p.m. at Police Department

Oct. 3 – City Council Meeting, 7 p.m. at City Hall

Oct. 5 – Planning Commission/BOAA Meeting, 7 p.m. at City Hall

Oct. 6 – Tweet-Along, 4 pm.-midnight at

Oct. 7 – Shakopee Seniors Club Pillow Cleaning, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Community Center

Oct. 9 – Park and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting, 7 p.m. at City Hall

Oct. 12 – Community Visioning Workshop, Envision Shakopee, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Community Center

Oct. 14 – Fire Department Open House, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fire Station 1

Oct. 17 – City Council Meeting, 7 p.m. at City Hall

Oct. 18 – Oktoberfest, 11:30 a.m. at Community Center; Registration required

twitterMark your calendar for the next Tweet-Along – Friday, Oct. 6 from 4 p.m. to midnight!  

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