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    Project Update: Broadway City Hall

    February 23rd, 2018

    The City Council unanimously approved a five-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) at their February 20 meeting, taking another step toward making the Broadway City Hall Project a reality.  The approval of the five-year CIP, which includes an opportunity to petition for a reverse referendum, provides a mechanism to finance the Broadway City Hall Project.  The City Council approved the CIP with a not to exceed financing cost of $4,950,000, which has an anticipated $237 annual tax impact on a $300,000 home.  The current schedule for the project shows a bid opening in late March, followed by building construction starting in May, with an expected completion date of March 2019. 

    Beginning in earnest in 2016, the City Council action on February 20 marks the culmination of resident driven design efforts aimed to develop future community spaces in Carver.  In April 2017, the City Council selected as their “preferred choice” the construction of a new building on the existing City Hall/Village Hall site, located at 316 Broadway.  The City Hall design features a street level floor plan with a multi-purpose room, which can accommodate nearly two hundred people.  The street level floor plan also includes a commercial kitchen, restroom facilities, and a lobby.  The second level floor plan includes office space, restroom facilities, conference rooms, lobby, and City Council Chambers.

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    Erin Smith Appointed as City Planner

    February 20th, 2018

    The City of Carver is pleased to announce the appointment of Erin Smith to the position of City Planner for the City of Carver. Smith will serve as the City’s first full-time City Planner.

    Erin Smith has been appointed as the new City Planner for the City of Carver. Her first day on the job is March 7, 2018.

    Smith comes to Carver from the City of Victoria where she currently serves as Interim Community Development Director. Smith has also served as Senior Planner for the City of Victoria, a role which she began in 2015. In Victoria, Smith has reviewed residential and commercial development projects, as well as assisting residents, developers, and business owners with planning and zoning related questions.

    A native of Winona, Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Minnesota, Duluth and a Master of Arts Degree in Urban and Regional Studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Smith is also an American Institute Certified Planner and has been recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

    “Erin has a unique skill set that combines a thorough understanding of planning practices, with a thoughtful approach to engaging residents and other community stakeholders in the review and decision-making processes, I’m excited to have her join the City’s management team,” said Brent Mareck, City Manager, City of Carver.

    The City Council identified the need for a full-time City Planner during their strategic planning process and funded the position through the adoption of the 2018 Budget. Smith will assume her new position on March 7, 2018.

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    City Council Reschedules Public Hearing for the Broadway City Hall Project to February 20 – Adjusts Project Budget

    January 19th, 2018

    Residents will have another opportunity to provide input and comment on the proposed Broadway City Hall Project on Tuesday, February 20, at 7:00 p.m.  The City Council decided to move the public hearing date on the project, initially scheduled for January 16, after receiving revised budget estimates from Wold Architects and the City’s construction management firm, Kraus Anderson.  At the January 16 meeting, Wold and Kraus Anderson informed the City Council of increases to estimated project costs based on recent discussions and feedback provided by potential bidders on the project. 

    As a result of the new bid estimates provided by the architect and construction manager, the City Council directed staff to move forward with recommendations to reduce the cost of the project by approximately $200,000.  The cost reductions include redesigning the roof section on the north side of the building, identifying cost effective interior finishes and building systems, and restructuring the bond/loan sale to reduce capitalized interest.        

    These cost saving measures, coupled with an increase of $200,000 to the project budget, resolves the increase in estimated project costs recently presented by Wold and Kraus Anderson.  The end result moves the Broadway City Hall Project to a not to exceed budget of $4.95 million, which is up $200,000 from the previous budget of $4.75 million.  The impact of the Broadway City Hall Project to a resident with a $300,0000 home is $237/year, which is up $19 from the fall budget estimate.  The financing plan for the project also uses existing City funds to pay for a commercial kitchen upgrade in the new building, as well as renovation costs to temporarily relocate City Hall to the Fire Station during construction.

    The new financing plan preserves the size and use of the interior spaces, as well as the exterior building design developed through the work of the Community Spaces Task Force, the Community Stakeholder Design Session, the Building Committee, and the Heritage Preservation Commission.  The project includes a street level multi-purpose room that can hold events for up to 200 people, a commercial kitchen, restroom facilities, a conference room and a lobby.  The second level floor plan includes office space, restroom facilities, conference rooms, a lobby, and City Council Chambers. 

    Upon completion of the Capital Improvement Plan approval process, the current schedule anticipates advertisement of bids in late March, followed by construction in May, with the building expected to be completed in March of 2019.  

    Residents and other community stakeholders will have an additional opportunity to voice their support of or opposition to the proposed Broadway City Hall Project at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, February 20, at 7:00 pm.

    Project questions and comments can be shared with Brent Mareck, City Manager, at 952-448-8737 or by email at bmareck@cityofcarver.com.  For more information, please visit the Broadway City Project Page on the City’s website by clicking here.

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    Monday is Your Opportunity to Share Feedback on the Proposed 2018 City Property Taxes

    November 30th, 2017

    Over the last week, property owners in the City of Carver received a 2018 Truth in Taxation notice from Carver County. The notice primarily provides information on proposed 2018 property taxes for Carver County, District 112, and the City of Carver.

    The City Council will be holding a meeting on Monday, December 4 to get your input on the City of Carver’s portion of the proposed 2018 property taxes. The meeting will be held at 7 pm in the City Council Chambers at 109 Main St. E.  If you’re unable to attend the meeting, please reach out to Brent Mareck (City Manager) by e-mail at bmareck@cityofcarver.com or by phone at (952) 448-8737 to share your thoughts on the proposed 2018 budget and property taxes. 

    Below is a link to a 2018 budget and tax summary that will be presented to residents and the City Council on Monday night during the meeting.

    2018 Truth in Taxation – Resident Summary

    2018 Truth in Taxation Meeting

    Monday, December 4

    109 Main St. E. – 7 pm

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