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  • Updated: January 28, 2014 - 1:56 PM


Costly garbage carts, and fewer advisers

The Shakopee City Council has decided to spend nearly $1 million to buy new garbage and recycling carts, and axed some advisory groups.

As part of a changeover in garbage providers, the council authorized buying more than 23,000 carts from Cascade Engineering Inc. for $975,100.

The city will take a loan from its Sanitary Sewer Fund, amortized over 10 years. The loan will be repaid through a cart rental fee charged to residents’ bills — just under a dollar a month.

The move stems from a decision last year to own the carts along with switching from the city’s old hauler to Allied Waste Services in June.

More information is on the city’s new website,, or by calling 952 233-9300.

The council last week also dropped three advisory commissions described as seldom meeting.

The City Council voted 4-1, Jay Whiting dissenting, to disband the Transit Commission, Historic Preservation Advisory Commission and Telecommunications Advisory Commission.

For more information, contact Mark McNeill, city administrator, 952-233-9311.


City launches new website at new URL

The city’s website has a new look, new features and a new URL at

The redesigned site “features a fresh look, improved navigation, mobile compatibility, updated content and new interactive tools,” according to a city news release.

Among the new features are a searchable calendar of city meetings and events, an online business directory, an improved search function and a new system for citizens to sign up for e-mail notifications.

Staff e-mail addresses are also changing to the new domain. For example, the public can contact the Administration Department at

In March 2013, the City Council approved funding to upgrade the website, which has last been redesigned in 2007.


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