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The event offers free pictures taken with Santa, holiday crafts with Mrs. Claus, cards for soldiers and treats with the elves.
At 5:45 p.m., the South St. Paul choirs, Mayor Beth Baumann, Frosty the Snowman and Santa Claus will lead the procession to the community Christmas tree for caroling and lighting of the tree.
The mayor’s youth task force will collect hats and mittens to decorate the tree. All hats and mittens collected will be donated to Neighbors, Inc.
For those who are not able to attend the tree lighting but would like to donate hats or mittens, they will be collected at City Hall, 125 N.Third Av. For additional information, contact Deb Griffith, community affairs liaison, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-554-3230.
City OKs contract for animal control
Burnsville approved a one year contract with American Boarding Kennels, Inc., of Burnsville for $90,565 to provide animal control services for the city in 2014.
With the current contract with American Boarding Kennels expiring at the end of this year, the city solicited bids for next year. Proposals were submitted on Oct. 1 by American Boarding Kennels and 4 Paws Animal Control of Shakopee.
A team of city staff from public works and the police and fire departments reviewed and rated the proposals.
The city staff reported that: “American Boarding Kennels, Inc., has been in business for over 30 years and has provided animal control services for the city since 1999. There have been no issues which would cause staff to recommend the discontinuance of contracting with them. Their impound facility is located within the City of Burnsville and they offer convenient hours seven days a week for impounded animal pickup.’’
The company is prepared to offer an on-line option for the purchase of animal licenses, the city said.
One rain garden won’t work after all
Burnsville has given up on one of the 14 rain gardens it built in the right of way of residential streets in the Keller Lake watershed.
The gardens were designed to catch storm water runoff from streets and clean it before it reached Keller Lake. The city paid for the design and construction of the gardens and homeowners agreed in writing to take care of routine maintenance on the gardens.
The rain garden at 1313 Keller Lane started to show signs that is was not working properly in 2012 and it quit functioning completely in 2013.
“After several discussions with the homeowner and an extensive investigation into why the garden was not functioning, staff determined that there was no cost effective way to get the garden functioning again,’’ the city reported.
“It was staff’s determination that the best course of action at this point would be to fill the garden in and release the homeowners from the maintenance agreement signed in 2011.”