Dakota County news briefs: Burnsville baseball fields in line for major makeover

  • Updated: April 12, 2014 - 2:00 PM
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Burnsville’s Lac Lavon Park will be the site of an upcoming AAU youth baseball tournament, and park maintenance crews raked and watered the fields.

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Burnsville will undertake the renovation of the Lac Lavon Ball Field Complex this summer at a cost of $1.4 million.

The ball field complex at 15501 Lac Lavon Drive was built in 1982.

After 30 years of games and tournaments, the field surfaces, fencing, scoreboards, pedestrian lighting system and irrigation system must be replaced, according to a staff memo.

To provide handicapped-accessible bathrooms, the complex building will have to be renovated or possibly replaced.

The city said the renovations will be done with an emphasis on improving spectator safety and the sustainability of the site.

Dakota County

County picks 19 residents for Lebanon Hills panel

Nineteen people were appointed by the Dakota County Board to a new committee to review plans for future use and development of Lebanon Hills Regional Park.

Commissioners set up the committee to provide more public input into the planning after vocal public opposition to plans by the county to build a paved trail through the park.

The group will have until the end of the year to forward the board a recommendation on the trail and other issues.

Those appointed are: Leo Reid of Randolph; Dawn Lanning of Hastings; Ben VanGundy, Jeff Little and Jeff Milbauer of Apple Valley; Tim Wegner of Rosemount; Rob Strange of Inver Grove Heights; Steve Yaeger, Lisa McGinn, Tom Stirratt, Monica Foss, Holly Jenkins, Wayne Sames and John VonDeLinde of Eagan; Don Matthys and Michael Hughes of Burnsville, and Todd Kemery and Bob Swan of Lakeville.

Efforts to make kids healthier win recognition

The Dakota County Board of Commissioners recognized several people for their contributions to the health of their communities.

Laura Sweere and Natalie Hamley, students at Lakeville North High School; Joe McCarthy, physical education teacher at Meadowview Elementary School in Farmington; and “A Healthier Hastings 4 All” community collaborative sponsored by Regina Medical Center were recognized for their efforts to build and sustain healthy families and communities in Dakota County.

Sweere, a sophomore, and Hamley, a junior, were recognized for training fourth-grade students throughout the county to manage peer pressure and avoid alcohol and tobacco.

McCarthy has developed and implemented award-winning programs at Meadowview Elementary that increase student achievement, reduce obesity and increase positive student behavior. He has successfully engaged parents to participate with their kids in fitness activities through family events that encourage physical activity.

New HD equipment will broadcast city meetings

The cities of Apple Valley, Farmington and Rosemount will jointly spend $550,000 to $650,000 for the purchase and installation in each city of new high-definition video and audio systems to televise city meetings on cable and the Internet.

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