City is in good shape, mayor says
Signs of an economic recovery can be seen throughout Rosemount and mayor Bill Droste focused on those during his State of the City Address March 6 at the Rosemount Steeple Center.
Droste gave his tenth State of the City Address as mayor to a crowd of about 60 people. He said over the years there have been several common themes.
"One is that the state of Rosemount is strong. And I'm proud to say that is the case this year."
As evidence, Droste listed businesses that have opened in Rosemount over the course of the last year. Those businesses will bring hundreds of jobs with. Droste said several home building companies have plans to build in Rosemount, including D.R. Horton, Lennar and Ryland Homes.
At a city level, Droste said the council has worked hard to keep taxes down while providing important services. For the fourth year in a row, the council decreased the city's tax burden on property owners. However, he said the council still funded a list of "prudent" items including a new half-million dollar fire truck, street maintenance projects and plans to extend city trails.
Going forward, Droste said the council and city staff will continue to work to make Rosemount a great place to live. Upcoming major projects include continued efforts to work with the University of Minnesota on the development of the UMore Park property; bringing a senior living facility to town; and construction of the park and ride.
Droste credited Rosemount organizations for making Rosemount a rich and robust community. He specifically mentioned the efforts of School District 196, the Rosemount Area Arts Council, Leprechaun Days Committee and the Haunted Wood Trail Committee.
In conclusion, Droste encouraged residents to shop locally and committed the city to bringing more businesses to town.
"Giving those businesses our support will ensure that they are present and able to support our community," he said.
The State of the City Address was hosted by the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce. SKB Environmental sponsored the event.
For those who were unable to attend, the mayor will record the speech for broadcast later this month on government access cable television channels.