Monday, November 26, 2012
Have an opinion about the Bottineau Transitway and its presence in Golden Valley?
The Golden Valley City Council will hold a special public forum where residents can voice opinions about the Bottineau Transitway. The forum will be Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m., in the Golden Valley City Hall Council Chambers. The proposed Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) route would travel through northeastern Golden Valley along the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railroad Corridor. It is anticipated the City Council will vote in December on whether or not to endorse the Golden Valley route of the Bottineau Transitway. If Golden Valley votes in favor of endorsing the Bottineau Transitway Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) route, the project will then be reviewed by the Metropolitan Council and could become eligible for further …
Friday, November 16, 2012
When Mike Freiberg was elected to serve as State Representative after the general election, the City Council had some thinking to do. At a meeting this week, the group agreed to appoint a new member. They are seeking applicants.
Friday, November 16, 2012
Information provided by the City of Golden Valley. A vacant seat on the Golden Valley City Council left by Councilmember Mike Freiberg’s election as State Representative for District 45B will be filled by an appointment made by the four remaining council members. Freiberg will continue to serve on the Golden Valley City Council until he takes the oath of office for his new position on the first day of the House session on Jan. 8. Although Freiberg’s term ends Dec. 31, 2015, the newly appointed council member will only serve until December 31, 2013. According to Minn. Stat. 412.02, while the City Council must appoint a replacement until an election is held, a special election must be held to replace or affirm the appointed person if more …
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
The League of Women Voters is hosting an event for you to meet the candidates in person.
Editor's note: Mary Anderson, with the League of Women Voters, submitted the following article for Patch. It was posted Oct. 26, 2011. November 8th is election day in Golden Valley. The mayor and two council positions are up for election. It is very important for the citizens of Golden Valley to participate in this election. It is very important for citizens to be informed about the issues and the candidates as they make their choice. The League of Women Voters of Golden Valley is providing several opportunities for citizens to become informed. First, tonight at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers in City Hall, the League is sponsoring a Candidates Meeting. We invite and encourage all eligible voters in the city to attend. Each candidate…
Thursday, October 20, 2011
He has championed a smoke-free ordinance and a domestic partnership registry.
Editor's Note: Patch is profiling each of the candidates for the Golden Valley City Council in alphabetical order. On Wednesday we profiled Joanie Clausen. Check back tomorrow for Greg Keivit and Monday for Blair Tremere. Mike Freiberg considers himself the City Council candidate of experience. His family moved to Golden Valley when he was only 6 weeks old, and he’s never left. In college he interned with Sen. Pall Wellstone and Golden Valley’s U.S. Rep. Martin Olav Sabo, and in 2007 he married his wife, Lauren, at the Golden Valley Historical Society Building. An attorney for the Public Health Law Center and an adjunct professor of legislation at William Mitchell, Freiberg said his legal background has been helpful in his two terms on …
Thursday, September 22, 2011
The gas station on Douglas Drive will continue to close at 11 p.m.
The Golden Valley City Council denied a petition by Super America to leave their facility at 1930 Douglas Drive open 24 hours a day. Citing increased traffic and noise in the area, the council did not see a compelling reason to approve the change—particularly since it is just a few blocks from a station that already is open 24 hours. “It’s an imposition on the neighborhood,” said Councilman Ben Schaffer. “I don’t see a benefit.” The Planning Commission last month recommended the City Council approve the plan. Northern Tier Retail, Super America's owners, sent a representative and the store manager to Tuesday's City Council meeting. They proposed that in return for staying open overnight, they would do twice-monthly trash pick-ups. They …
Friday, July 15, 2011
No salary increases in 2012 are included.
Golden Valley City Manager Tom Burt said the 2012-13 proposed budget is the toughest one he has ever produced. “There’s just nothing left,” Burt said. “It’s bare bones.” The 2012 proposal would decrease the yearly operating budget from 2011 by .26 percent to approximately $14.903 million. Burt said no salary increases are proposed, but city staff is still negotiating with unions. Golden Valley staff and city council members will review the budget throughout the summer and fall before approving it in December. View the proposed budget on the Golden Valley Website.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Department could look at combining services with other cities in the area.
Funding for the Golden Valley Fire Department came under scrutiny Tuesday as city staff and council members reviewed the proposed 2012-13 budget. “The big question is, are we going to be able to sustain the way we’re currently structured?” Fire and Inspections Chief Mark Kuhnly asked. The 2012 proposed budget for Fire Administration would decrease funding from the 2011 adopted budget by a little more than 1 percent, to $908,355. The fire department has four full-time paid staff members and about 50 paid on-call firefighters. The department has been pushing recruitment efforts, in particular hosting an open house and its first recruitment expo last month. But Kuhnly said it’s been difficult to recruit 24-hour coverage on an on-call, part-…
Monday, July 11, 2011
City Council votes to accept the lowest bid to replace what was destroyed in the May 22 tornado.
Playground equipment in North Tyrol Park that was destroyed by a fallen tree during the May 22 tornado will be replaced. The Golden Valley City Council last week approved a bid to replace the equipment. The equipment will be replaced with like items. Before the vote, Council Member Paula Pentel asked staff if there had been any public participation or discussion around the future of North Tyrol Park. Though at a previous city manager's meeting the council discussed this as an opportunity to rethink the park’s design, staff and the Parks Department decided to move renovation efforts forward without a public input. “We’re looking at replacing equipment. But it was also staff in the field looking at, since there was no more shade in the park…
Officials will talk about the effect the shutdown has had on electrical and plumbing projects in the city that require permits.
The Minnesota state shutdown has affected nonprofit organizations and the local food shelf. On Tuesday, city officials will talk about how it is affecting city projects. In particular, the state reviews plans for commercial plumbing projects in the city, and state electrical inspectors check projects in the city that require a permit. Mark Kuhnly, chief of fire and inspections, members of the City Council and City Manager Tom Burt will discuss which projects are affected. Also during the meeting, heads of city departments will talk about the 2012-13 general fund budget. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Conference Room at City Hall.
Monday, July 4, 2011
Proposed new ordinance stiffens fines for businesses who violate the ordinance, such as by selling to minors.
Owners and employees of Golden Valley businesses in the future will pay stiffer penalties for violating the city's tobacco ordinance. City Council members are expected to discuss proposed changes at their 6:30 p.m. Tuesday meeting. Any business that is licensed to sell tobacco products and sells them to a person under age 18, for example, would pay up to $500 for the first violation, according to the new ordinance. The business' license would be suspended for not less than five days. Previously the fine was up to $150, according to the city. The city is proposing increased fees and periods of license suspension for second and third violations, as well. With a fourth violation within two years, a business' license would be revoked for at …