Eagan is holding a series of workshops on the future of cable service, community media and technology. The focus group workshops will be conducted by The Buske Group, a nationally recognized public policy consulting firm hired to help the city identify community needs and interests.
Residents are invited to attend any of the sessions to offer their ideas and learn about the opportunities the city now has to provide new technological resources for the community.
The format of each workshop will be identical but discussion will focus on different topics, including local government, the arts, heritage organizations, health and community services, education, faith-based organizations, neighborhood associations and businesses.
Most sessions will be held at the Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Pkwy. To see a full schedule and register, go to www.cityofeagan.com/index.php/communications/more-than-cable.
Parking at Bud’s Landing
When Dakota County purchased Bud’s Landing in Spring Lake Park Reserve near Hastings about 18 months ago, the former owner asked the county to allow the people who have always duck hunted from the landing to keep coming. The county agreed, but last year it found overparking of the area by about 50 people.
This year daily parking permits are required to park at the landing. Nine permits will be available each day from Oct. 22 to Dec. 28, at a cost of $10 plus tax. The permit will grant the holder parking rights at the landing from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. for the day of the permit.
If a permit holder arrives at the landing and cannot find parking, he or she would call a park ranger and report the problem at 911.
For information or to apply for a daily parking permit, visit www.dakotacounty.us/parks and search waterfowl hunting.
County keeps AAA rating
Dakota County retained its AAA bond rating under new criteria used by Standard & Poor’s rating service. Of the 3,143 counties in the United States, fewer than 100 counties earn the rating, which is a measure of strong financial management, the county said in a news release.
The rating reflects S&P’s assessment that the local economy is strong, the county budget flexible and the county’s use of “very strong management conditions with strong policies and practices.”
Moody’s Investors Service also affirmed the AAA rating and said it reflects Dakota County’s diversified tax base, well-managed financial operations, healthy reserve levels and low debt burden, the county said.
In 2013, Dakota County has the lowest per capita county tax rate in the metro area.
For more information about the rating, call county Finance Director Stephanie Shawback at 651-438-8318.
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