Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening.
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The Rosemount City Council approved its 2012 street improvement project Tuesday, but not before council members got an earful about bike lanes. Several members of the community got up to speak during a public hearing for the project, asking the council not to put bike lanes along 145th Street, especially if doing so took away parking. Maureen Geraghty Bouchard has lived along the street for 22 years and said she saw no practical need for the bike lanes.
The Rosemount City Council adopted its 2012 budgets and levies for 2012 Dec. 6. The council received no public comment about the 2012 budget and moved forward with a 5.75 percent cut to the tax levy. The 2012 budget is for $16,689,426, a change of .38 from 2011. The city will levy $10,331,826 in property taxes. The reduction means the city's portion of taxes will go down for most residents. Owners of a median value home will go down by $35. The median value in Rosemount is $201,600. Most of the decline in the levy was caused by the repeal of the State Market Value Homestead Credit program.
The Dakota County Parks department is looking for residents' opinions about its plans for two future greenway corridors in Rosemount and Empire Township. While the projects are years away, county planner John Mertens said the county wants to know what people think of the concept. The parks department will hold an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Rosemount Community Center. The input received will help county staff develop the greenway corridors. The greenway vision proposes more than a trail system.
n The city of Rosemount gave business owners an update on projects at a Nov. 30 lunch ByEmily Zimmer Staff writer The city of Rosemount held its Business Appreciation Luncheon Dec. 1 at the Steeple Center. The city invited area business owners for lunch to say thank you and to provide information. A large crowd attended the luncheon, at which Mayor Bill Droste spoke.
While other cities are struggling through this budget season, Rosemount residents will generally experience a reduction in the city's share of taxes. The city will hold its Truth in Taxation meeting at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at city hall. The meeting gives residents an opportunity to have their say about the 2012 budget and levies. Finance director Jeff May said he and city administrator Dwight Johnson will begin the meeting by giving a brief presentation on the budget and levies. After the council has the chance to ask questions, they will open the floor to the public for comment.
Kari Mitchell has a heart for helping people. In fact it's become a huge part of her life. She plans an annual bike ride to raise money for breast cancer research, and in 2012 she will start a new event that will raise money and awareness for men's cancers. Mitchell doesn't do it for recognition, but on Dec. 3, the Minnesota Jaycees will recognize the Rosemount woman as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans. "It's kind of embarrassing," said Mitchell of the honor. "I keep asking, am I worthy?" Obviously the Minnesota Jaycees think the answer is yes.
Rosemount's Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Committee wanted to do something for Christmas. The VFW and the National Guard also wanted to do something for military personnel and veterans during the holiday season. Instead of hosting three different parties, the three groups decided to combine their efforts into one grand party. What's come from the effort is an afternoon of holiday cheer that will be open to all members of the military, veterans and their families. The party will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec.
The Rosemount Planning Commission approved a variance for Master Transmission that will allow the business to add a new sign in front of its building. The area where the sign will be located has a 10 foot setback from Highway 3. With the variance the business will construct a 13-foot sign.
While looking at a winter wonderland may be pretty, driving or walking in it creates added dangers. Here are some tips on how to stay safe through the winter months. Outside Dropping temperatures shouldn't strand you inside but taking precautions to keep safe is key. The biggest dangers low temperatures pose are hypothermia and frostbite. Both conditions can be avoided by dressing warmly. According to the Minnesota Department of Safety, clothing should consist of several layers and include boots, gloves or mittens and a hat.
Sometimes it's good to change things up. For Rosemount Curves for Women owner Dee Dee Lind, that meant changing locations for her business. Lind moved Curves for Women from Rosemount Market Square to the Waterford Commons building in downtown Rosemount this fall. The move, she said, has put new life into the business. "I walk in here and smile. The ladies seem to like it too," Lind said of the new location. Lind said the new location is centrally located and more visible.