Rosemount is in good shape, mayor says
Rosemount is in good shape, said mayor Bill Droste during his annual State of the City address given March 25 at the Steeple Center. While no doubt the city has faced some challenges over the past year, Droste said good planning and hard work helped the city weather it well.
"Ours is a growing community, well-positioned for the future," Droste said. "It's the mission of the Rosemount City Council to take advantage of those strengths and to address as best we can, with the resources that are available, the areas that need improvement."
Not all was positive, though. Droste started his address by asking for a moment of silence for Andrew Wilfahrt, a soldier from Rosemount who was killed Feb. 27 in Afghanistan.
During his half hour speech, Droste highlighted positive things that have happened in the community over the past year, including an award to the Rosemount Community Leaders for innovation for the One Book, One Rosemount campaign in October; the push to have the city designated as a Yellow Ribbon Community; and youth accomplishments including the Rosemount High School football team's play in the state championship game.
Droste said the city is poised going forward to thrive as the country comes out the recession. Specifically, he said the city hopes to be able to decrease the 2012 tax levy, which will be the third year in a row the council has reduced the levy.
Going forward the mayor said the city council will concentrate efforts on economic development initiatives. Some of those efforts include the extension of Connemara Trail to Akron Avenue, cleaning up the Genz Ryan site, developing the north parcel of the St. Joseph's site, and bringing a park and ride to Rosemount.
The biggest effort the city has approaching is the UMore Park project. The University of Minnesota plans to build a sustainable community of the future on 5,000 acres of land it owns in southern Rosemount. The development could move 20,000 to 30,000 people to the area.
"One of the most important partnerships that will determine the future of Rosemount is our work with the University of Minnesota as it plans for the development of UMore," said Droste.
To wrap up the speech, given in front of a crowd of about 50 people, Droste said, "We are well-positioned to expand as the economy slowly improves. We have a prudent level of debt and we have the infrastructure in place to support growth. We will work to preserve the small-town elements, the open space, and the great neighborhoods of Rosemount as we plan for our future."
For the full speech visit the Town Pages web page at www.rosemounttownpages.com.