Dakota County news briefs: Burnsville offers behind-the-scenes look at PD

  • Updated: July 20, 2013 - 2:00 PM

Burnsville police will accept registration until Aug. 9 for a new session of its citizens academy on how the police department works.

The 11-week class will begin on Sept. 5 and run until Nov. 14. The weekly sessions will be from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday evenings covering such topics as the function of patrol, investigations, physical evidence teams, the domestic abuse response team, the bike patrol, the traffic division and the K-9 units.

Participants are asked to attend each session.

To participate fill out an application online at www.burnsville.org/citizensacademy and return it to the Burnsville Police Department no later than Aug. 9. The class is open to 24 people who live or work in Burnsville.

Overnight work to begin on County 42

Work will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday on Dakota County’s $1.2 million repaving of 4.5 miles of County Road 42 across Apple Valley. The only segment of the road not to be resurfaced was upgraded for the Cedar Avenue busway.

The old pavement will be milled off and replaced with two inches of new blacktop to provide a smooth ride and eliminate potholes, said assistant county engineer Todd Howard.

The project included updating pedestrian curb ramps and storm sewer improvements.

The contractor plans to work from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. each day to complete the work by July 27, weather permitting.

The road will remain open with lanes closed as needed for paving, Howard said.


Fire hydrant nozzles will be upgraded

Over six years, Burnsville plans to outfit all 3,800 fire hydrants in the city with new Storz brand nozzles.

Last week the City Council accepted a bid from Didion Contracting LLC to replace the first 322 nozzles this year. Owners of 58 private hydrants will pay $14,790 for the same work .

Storz nozzles allow fire departments to connect hoses with a fast quarter turn, which is expected to save Burnsville 60 to 90 seconds in fire response time, said Public Works Director Steve Albrecht.

City to get new LED electronic sign

Burnsville will spend $46,374 to replace the electronic message sign in front of City Hall with a new one that employs energy-saving LED lights.

Installation is scheduled for September.

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  • The Burnsville police are offering a citizen’s academy to let people who live or work in Burnsville learn about the police department. Pictured is a session of a similar program held at the Eagan department in 2011, dealing with firearms training and self defense methods.

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