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 voted to lay off a member of its community development staff Tuesday night. Todd Sutter, who has worked for the city for more than seven years, lost his job due to the decision. A slowdown in the housing market led to the layoff. City administrator Dwight Johnson said there is an imbalance between staffing and workload. Construction-related work has been down for several years in the community development department. The city is on pace to have fewer than 100 new housing permits in 2010.
Rudy Perpich was a reporter's dream. And luckily for Betty Wilson, she was a reporter during his long tenure as Minnesota's governor. "He was always making news," said Wilson. Wilson kept every piece of paper that ever crossed her desk during her time as capitol reporter for the Star Tribune and as she looked back at it she decided to turn it into a book about one of Minnesota's most notable governors. On April 6, Wilson will speak about the book, Rudy! The People's Governor, that she wrote about him and his administration. "I thought someone should write about that period....
Cedarwood Church is looking for a place to build. The congregation has found land in the northern part of Rosemount where it would like to construct a home of its own, but a city zoning ordinance stands in the way. The site, located at the corner of Biscayne Avenue and South Robert Trail, is zoned rural residential, which as its currently worded does not allow churches. So the church applied to have the text of the zoning ordinance changed and on Tuesday night the planning commission reviewed the matter. Cedarwood Church is a congregation of about 50 people.
The Rosemount Town Pages has spent the last few weeks checking out the city's bills. In this last installment we will look at a payment made to Union Pacific Railroad for $203,479.55. The payment went to the company for work it has done on three railroad crossings in Rosemount in an effort to make the city a "quiet zone." The payments were partial amounts of what will eventually be paid for the project, said city engineer Andy Brotzler. The establishment of the city as a quiet zone will prevent trains from blowing their horns as they pass through town except in emergencies.
The number of foreclosures in the county isn't going down. In fact, in the first two months of 2010 there have been more. In an effort to help residents on the brink of losing their homes the Dakota County Community Development Agency will host a free foreclosure counseling event from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Ryan Coughlin wasn't looking for accolades when he became the sole investigator for the Rosemount Police Department earlier this year. Scott Engelmann was just trying to help his department when he went to work improving the fire department's training program. And Rachel Hernandez was just doing her job when she helped a 10-year-old girl who had drowned. But due to their efforts the three were honored by their peers as public safety employees of the year at the American Legion's 91st Birthday Party March 19.
The Rosemount City Council hopes 2010 is a good year full of progress, so to give itself something to aim for the council has established some goals. The council approved its 2010 goals Tuesday night. The council has been working on establishing its 2010 list since the beginning of the year, including a two-day work session Jan. 22 and 23 where council members sat down and talked about their views for the future. The council annually makes a list of goals to strive for. In 2009, the city council accomplished about 85 percent of its goals said city administrator Dwight Johnson.
There are no tennis programs for adults in Rosemount. The Rosemount Parks and Recreation Department would like to change that. But before it does it wants to make sure there is a demand. Through the month of March and the first few weeks of April the city will have a survey on its web site asking residents to weigh in on the need for adult tennis programs. Depending on how people answer, the parks and recreation department may add something as soon as this summer, said parks and recreation supervisor Lisa Maurer. "We're just seeking input right now.
The Rosemount American Legion will honor three public safety workers during its 91st birthday celebration Saturday night. Police officer Ryan Coughlin, firefighter Scott Engelmann and dispatcher Rachel Hernandez will all receive recognition for their exemplary efforts in their respective fields over the year. Each person was chosen by his or her individual departments. The evening will begin at 5 p.m. with a social hour. Dinner, the awards program and dancing will follow.
Dakota County Technical College will not receive state money to make upgrades to the campus due to line item vetoes Governor Tim Pawlenty made to the state's bonding bill. The governor cut several million dollars from the proposed $1 billion bill including $6.8 million for upgrades to DCTC. "It's too bad. I wanted some new lights and brights and garage doors," said dean of transportation and technology Mike Opp. "It's tough." Included in the bill were plans to remodel 118,000 sq. ft of the college's transportation and technology section.