Briefs: Red Cross seeks blood donors for Eagan drives

  • Updated: December 7, 2013 - 4:46 PM

This holiday season the American Red Cross is asking people to give something meaningful — blood that could help save up to three lives.

The organization is holding a series of community blood drives this month throughout Eagan:

• From 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at Easter Lutheran Church, 4545 Pilot Knob Road.

• From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 14, at Wescott Library Meeting Room, 1340 Wescott Road, and at Culver’s, 3445 O’Leary Lane.

• From noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 16 at Rasmussen College, 3500 Federal Drive.

• From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 28 at Culver’s 3445, O’Leary Lane.



Property owners to be assessed some costs of streetscapes

Burnsville has approved a new policy for the maintenance of streetscape improvements, which include watering systems, concrete pavers, colored concrete sidewalks, streetlight banners, boulevard and median turf, trees and shrubs.

Property owners whose property is along these improvements will be assessed 50 percent of the cost of maintaining them.

For existing streetscapes in the Heart of the City area, the city will assess property owners on Burnsville Parkway, from Aldrich Avenue to Eagle Ridge Drive; Travelers Trail, from Nicollet Avenue east to Eagle Ridge Drive; 125th Street, from Nicollet Avenue to Burnsville Parkway; First Avenue, from Travelers Trail to the end of First Avenue; 126th Street, from Nicollet Avenue to Pillsbury Avenue; Nicollet Avenue, from Hwy. 13 to 134th Street; and Pillsbury Avenue, from Burnsville Parkway to 126th Street. For future proposed streetscape improvements, the new policy requires areas or neighborhoods to submit a written petition for the improvements. The petition must include the signatures of at least 35 percent of the property owners affected.

If approved, the city shall assess 100 percent of the initial streetscape costs to the area requesting streetscape improvements, and the annual operation and maintenance costs will be negotiated with petitioners and approved by the City Council.

The streetscape assessments will be tallied in March of each year and 50 percent will be assessed to property owners unless otherwise stated.

Comcast customers face higher late fees

Burnsville approved an increase in the late fee charged to Comcast customers who do not pay their bills on time, from $8 to $9.50.

Late fees are one of the few fees the city has authority over under the cable television franchise it granted to Comcast.

Comcast said late payments cost the company more than $10 and customers who pay their bills on time should not be expected to pick up the cost from those who are tardy in paying their bills. The council approved the increase unanimously.

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