The online character Farmington Fred will soon share the message of why Farmington residents will see an increase in quarterly utility bills. Katy Gehler, city engineer and director of public works, explained how staff decided this was an optimum way to educate residents. Fred has shown up as the online face to communicate other city messages and ordinances. "We can put the video on the city website and it will be pushed out through social media," Gehler said.
A 38-year-old Farmington woman died Saturday night after being struck by a vehicle while attempting to cross Highway 3, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. April Janeen Sterling was struck by a 2005 Hyundai Sante Fe SUV just before 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9, 2019, while crossing east to west across Highway 3 at 209th Street West, an incident report states. Sterling was pronounced dead at the scene.
Rosemount Police Chief Mitchell Scott will retire his police badge in two weeks to take a career opportunity within the private sector. "It was an opportunity and I was not looking to retire — I love my job and I love my boss and it is just an opportunity that just presented itself," Scott said. "Sometimes you have to change your course in life and take opportunities that present themselves." He could not release the company name, explaining he wishes to give the company lead in making the announcement.
FARMINGTON — The ability to read is a necessity and joy in life but can become challenging with aging. Residents who live at Trinity Terrace in Farmington were in need of reading assistance. "The Farmington Lions Club heard about this need and rose to the occasion," said Joy Lauterbach, Trinity Terrace activities director. "They purchased us an enhanced reading machine." Residents can now see better to read bills, books and newspapers and look at new and cherished, old photographs thanks to the donation of the new reader machine.
ROSEMOUNT — Relive the music of John Denver during a tribute concert in Rosemount. "The Layne Yost Pays Tribute to John Denver" concert is planned for 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at The Rosemount Steeple Center. "I first heard his music on an album in college in the early 1970s, and I became an instant fan — it was an immediate attraction and I had to learn all of his songs," said lead singer Layne Yost.
Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-District 58B, has authored a bill that if approved will end the paid allowance called per diem paid to legislators during the legislative session. In 2016, Minnesotans voiced overwhelming approval for the amendment that took away the ability for legislators to determine their own pay. This amendment took effect in July 2018. "This is the first legislative session that we have an opportunity to see the salary commission report and base our decisions off of it," Garofalo said.
Farmington Economic Development Authority agreed how to distribute community block grant funds for community programs in 2019. Adam Kienberger, community development director, recently led a discussion with the EDA about how city staff suggests the CDBG funds be distributed this year.
FARMINGTON — The Farmington Economic Development Authority composition will change after a public hearing on Feb. 4, and Farmington City Council approves the change in an amendment to the city ordinance. Currently, the seven-member EDA board is comprised of two City Council members, two District 192 School Board members and three residents. City Council is recommending changing the composition that will include a representation of two City Council members, one School Board member and four residents. City Council discussed making a change in the EDA at its Jan. 7 meeting.
FARMINGTON — A new turning lane could mean it will be easier and safer for drivers to enter and exit onto Highway 3 in Farmington. The city of Farmington received funding from the Metro Cooperative Partnership and funds will be used to construct a turning lane at 209th Street, located off Highway 3. The turning lane will be constructed in a place that has become a public safety concern with Farmington residents.
FARMINGTON — After five months serving with the interim tag, Gary Rutherford will make the position official and be sworn in as the new police chief. "He has had a five-month job interview and I am not settling when I make this recommendation," said Farmington City Administrator David McKnight. Farmington City Council members were in agreement and spoke with strong support to confirm the recommendation at a council work session Tuesday, Jan. 22.