There’s waste drop-off for a fee each Saturday through the summer. For more information, call 952-403-7030 or visit www.smscorf.com.
Keep ’er clean, band battlers
Prior Lake is imploring contestants to keep “music content and performances... appropriate for a family audience” as it invites young people to take part in a Battle of the Bands in July.
Registration is open for the July 18 event at Lakefront Park, with the winner getting a chance at the Dakota County Fair’s Grand Battle, whose top band takes home $250.
To register, go to priorlake recreation.com and click on “activities click here!”
Most band members must be high school or college aged. To learn more, call 952-447-9820.
Adopt a park — or just a planter
Prior Lake is asking folks to help it save money and upgrade the city by volunteering to adopt parks and planters.
Anyone interested may call Parks and Rec at 952-447-9820 or head for www.cityofprior lake.com.
Volunteers under age 18 must have “responsible adult supervision” and submit a parental release form.
City to hire four full-time firefighters
Shakopee’s City Council has narrowly agreed to move to a full-time firefighting operation.
With Matt Lehman and Pamela Schurman dissenting, the council last week greenlighted the hiring of four full-time firefighters as a way of helping improve its daytime response times.
Like many suburbs with volunteer departments, Shakopee has struggled to make sure fire response is adequate at times of the week when many volunteers are out of the city at work or within the city but in jobs whose employers frown on frequent interruptions.
The department has been relying on 45 of what it calls “paid-on-call” firefighters to clarify that they aren’t actually just volunteers.
The city expects to spend $250,000 a year.