Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The City of Inver Grove Heights Town Hall Q&A Forum with the 2013 City Council takes place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 13. Today is the last day to submit your questions.
Wednesday, April 10
The Town Hall Q&A Forum with the 2013 City Council takes place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, at Inver Grove Heights City Hall. Today is the last day to submit your questions. The event will be moderated by City Administrator Joe Lynch, and questions can be submitted via the city's website, by phone or in person at City Hall.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Participate in Town Square TV's forum for candidates running for city government office in West St. Paul by submitting questions on Patch.
Editor's Note: Patch is joining forces with Town Square Television to provide coverage of the 2012 elections in northern Dakota County. Town Square Television is hosting forums for candidates running for mayor or city council in West St. Paul. You can watch the forum live on Channel 14 or stream the forum on the Town Square Television link. You can also join the conversation we're having here on Inver Grove Heights Patch. We'll be fielding questions from blog commenters, as well as from Twitter and Facebook. Just post your question on our Facebook page, or tweet @InverGrovePatch and be sure to include the hashtag #TSTforumQ. A few questions will be selected to pose to the candidates. Live blog coverage on Patch will kick off 15 minutes …
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
The council's discussion of an ordinance amendment regarding the city policy surrounding community gardens caused frustration for one councilor.
The Inver Grove Heights City Council discussed the first reading of an ordinance amendment that would allow community gardens to be grown in residential and public or institutional zoning districts at Monday’s council meeting. Community gardens are not legal in Inver Grove Heights under the current ordinance. The council carried the amendment consideration, with a 4-1 vote. Councilor Bill Klein was the sole voice of opposition, consistently speaking against the amendment, on the grounds that he felt it imposed unnecessary restrictions on aspiring community gardeners. “It’s their property, and that’s the point,” said Klein. “It’s the moral erosion of property rights.” In attendance at Monday’s meeting was Paul Tuschy, a member of Grace …
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
A requirement drop from 800 to 675 hours for a $10 per hour discount was awarded to the Inver Grove Heights Youth Hockey Association by the city council Feb. 13.
The Inver Grove Heights Youth Hockey Association got an ice break from the City Council on Feb. 13. Under the new agreement, the association will purchase 675 hours of ice time at the Veterans Memorial Community Center during the prime time season and receive a $10 discount. Previously in order to get the $10 discount they had to purchase at least 800 hours. "Last year they didn’t hit the 800 hours and didn’t get the discount, right?" Council Member Rosemary Piekarski Krech asked. "And they survived?" The association’s board president said 800 hours was not reached last year and they had to pay the full price and the discount helps, which is why they were asking for the minimum number of hours to be lowered. Going from 800 to 675 would …
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Over the objections of Councilor Bill Klein, the Inver Grove Heights City Council approved the creation of a new, city-wide utility fee.
Proponents of a new stormwater utility fee system in Inver Grove Heights say the fees will spread the costs of stormwater maintenance more evenly across the residents and organizations that call Inver Grove Heights home. But opponents, including Councilor Bill Klein, say the system is little more than a new "tax" that will hurt Inver Grove Heights residents right where it counts—in their pocketbooks. On Monday, the Inver Grove Heights City Council voted 4-1 to approve the city-wide stormwater utility fee, which should generate as much as $300,000 annually for the maintenance of the city's stormwater system. Klein cast the only vote in opposition to the fee. Under the new system, local residents, businesses and organizations will all be …
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
The Inver Grove Heights City Council voted to reduce the levy by roughly $674,000 in 2012, but thanks to the Market Value Exclusion program, many may see a tax increase.
With an economic rebound still out of sight, Inver Grove Heights City Councilor Rosemary Piekarski Krech opined on Monday, the only responsible choice to make is a reduction in the tax levy. That is exactly what the Inver Grove Heights City Council did during its annual Truth in Taxation hearing on Monday night. After months of budget wrangling, the council unanimously voted to reduce the city's total tax levy from $15,475,796 in 2011 to $14,801,688 in 2012—a reduction of roughly $674,000. Council members also approved a .2 percent general fund budget reduction in 2012—drawing the budget down from $17,826,900 in 2011 to $17,798,300 in 2012. The council's decisions on Monday mark the culmination of months of intensive budget negotiations …
Monday, December 12, 2011
The city will hold its annual Truth in Taxation hearing to discuss the 2012 tax levy and budget on Monday night.
The Inver Grove Heights City Council is holding a public meeting on Monday night. Here's a preview of the agenda for the group. The council meeting starts at 7 p.m. at City Hall, and will be preceded by a work session. The school board meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the district office. Click on the PDF file attached to this article to view the full council agenda.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
City officials considered legal action against Minneapolis-based Sports Resource Group after the company declined a full refund for a set of defective hockey rink boards.
Inver Grove Heights city officials have agreed to a $15,000 settlement with Minneapolis-based Sports Resource Group over a defective set of hockey rink boards purchased by the city in 2008. Members of the Inver Grove Heights City Council unanimously approved the agreement during a council meeting last week. As part of the agreement, the city will return the rink boards to SRG by April 30, 2012. In exchange, SRG will pay the city a $15,000 refund for the boards, according to a memo produced by Inver Grove Heights Parks and Recreation Director Eric Carlson. The city paid SRG $28,410 when it originally bought the set of hockey rink boards, identified as a ProWall Rink System in the agreement. But since the purchase, Carlson said, the boards …
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Patch looks back on the events, people and issues that made the headlines last week.
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Monday, November 28, 2011
The school board is expected to accept the retirement of Hilltop Elementary School Principal Thomas Barker on Monday night.
The Inver Grove Heights City Council and School District 199 School Board are holding public meetings on Monday night. Here's a preview of the agenda for both groups. Both the council and school board meetings start at 7 p.m. The council meeting is preceded by a public work session, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Click on the attached PDF files to view the full agendas for the council and school board.