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1960's Burnsville Town HallThe Burnsville Town Hall then on County Road 5.
Town Hall Board 1960sSeptember 2, 1980 Burnsville Sun features photos from years gone by... showing the 1960s Burnsville Town Board. From left - Vance Grannis Jr (legal advisor), Ed Doebel (board member), Roger Richardson (board chairman) and members Charles Wahlberg and Pat Connelly.
Village Clerk Mike O'Conner with Pat Connellythe caption is wrong! This is not the mayor....

Burnsville's new Town Clerk, Michael O'Connor, on the left, is pictured receiving some of the Township records from Pat Connelly, retiring after 26 years of service in the post of clerk. O'Connor is a resident of River Hills.
1964 Burnsville Promotion group urgedArticle tells of the appointment of a joint committee to study means of attracting businesses and industry to Burnsville was urged by the Village Council, School District 191 and Burnsville Chamber of Commerce.
Patrick McInnis Completes 5 WeeksPatrick McInnis completes first five weeks as village administrator recently. He assumed the post on June 1. One item stressed by mcInnis was the cooperation found in Burnsville from the council, the employees of the Village, and the people themselves. The position, to him, is one of Challenge with the potential found in Burnsville. He feels that Dakota County is one of the brightest areas in the entire metropolitan complex and has the most potential in possibly the entire Midwest. Burnsville, with its young people, and young families, ranks high in this overall picture (more)
Town Hall gets two new offices.Burnsville town Hall has two new offices, one for Utilities and the other for Building, Roger Richardson, Board chairman said. The other office will be used by Ralph Ackerman of the Utilities department and another man when he is hired by the township.
The Council of the Village of BurnsvilleThe Council of the Village of Burnsville after recent council meeting is from left: Deanne Anderson, council secretary, Clerk Michael O'Connor, trustee Warren Kelly, Mayor Roger Richardson, trustees Ray Connolly and Charles Wahlberg. The council meets the first and third Monday of each month at the Village Hall. The members of the council are also active on various working committeesIn village government.
(second council 1965)
Census taken in Burnsville this week 1965The Dakota County Tribune reports on the census process for 1965.
The Dakota County Tribune staff writer Sara Daly reports that 12 women census enumerators have visited every home in Burnsville taking an official head count. Sharon Ostby was the census crew leader. Others were - Jean Thiele, Joyce Nelson, Geraldine Gardner, Phyllis Smogard, Mary Betchwars, Yvonne Jacobson, Eleanor McKenna, Margaret Ryan, Helen Knight,Theresa McNamara and Catherine Collins.
Mayor's Committee Recommendation for Plan BAugust 1 1966: Special Committee

Duane A. Black 2500 Hayes Court
Thomas J. Campbell 10904 Dakota Court
Ralph Clover
2100 West 140th Street
Patriqk Connelly Sr.
Hwy. #13 and Minnegasco Rd.
Charles McDonald 42 Elm Circle
Mrs. Paul Scheunemann 1704 Raleigh Drive
Ben Sevey
13617 Pleasant Lane
Leonard Nelson
216 West 132nd Street
David D. Naas
Highway 13 & Cedar Avenue
Police Chief 1967Chief Ed Ferrell, Rich Radermacher, Tom Ludford
Burnsville Squad Cars1967 and 1968 Dodge Coronets
Burnsville Studies Proposed Zoning RegulationsDakota County Tribune September 24, 1964
The Village Council of Burnsville is wrestling with problems and at the moment the zoning of the Village is a major one. The above photos were taken at the Council meeting Thursday night, when Planner Howard Dahlgren was explaining various maps and classifications. Other meetings will be held before an ordinance is passed. Officials in the top photo are: (from left) councilman Warren Kelly and Bill Dolan, mayor Roger Richardson, engineer Robert Dunn (in background); councilman Ray Connelly, and Michael O'Connor. Planner goal written his speaking right. Lower picture was taken from behind counsel table.
Burnsville Hires Two Policemen 1963Dakota County Tribune October 1 1963
The Burnsville Police Department announced this week that two policemen '.had been hired as a result of the recent testing pro­ gram. A third will be hired in the near future.
The two men are Paul H. Anselmin, 30. who lives at 9813 Colum­bus Avenue in Bloomington, and Jules Butler. 36. from 9210-6th Avenue North, Minneapolis. (more)
Fireman Swornduplicate clipping but maybe better image
1969 - 1970 Municipal Offices and Personnel for BurnsvilleThe 1969 - 1970 Burnsville Telephone Directory by the Citizen's League provided this listing for city government.
Billy Goat Bridge replica at Neill ParkNeill park, the Billy Goat bridge replica photo 2017 by M. P. Kelleher. From a 1991 memo.

October 15, 1991
Ed Kodet
Kodet Architectural Group Ltd 15 Groveland Terrace Minneapolis, MN 55403

Dear Ed,

As we discussed over the phone, the City would like to build a small footbridge in one of our parks that would resemble the historical landmark Billy Goat Bridge, which was torn down several years ago. Our concept is to have the basic support system for the footbridge made out of structural steel and then put on a facade of wood which would capture the essence of Billy Goat Bridge.

I have attached drawings showing what we are proposing. All the structural strength would come from the steel girders. The wooden post headers would be for appearance only. They would be attached to the bridge, but are not intended to be load bearing.

The bridge will be approximately 6 feet wide and would be for foot traffic only. It is not intended for use by cars or
motorcycles. A small utility cart would be the only vehicle which might go over it on a regular basis. Even that could be
eliminated if necessary or appropriate.

The City would like to have a structural engineer look at our design and determine if the structural elements, primarily the steel girders, are sufficient for our purposes. We are not looking for feedback on the aesthetic design, facade or non-load bearing elements.

I would appreciate it if you could have one of your structural engineers take a look at the design for us. If you have any questions or need some more information, please feel free to give me or Dave Grommesch, our landscape technician, a call.
Candidate Affidavits 1965 Village OfficersRoger Richardson, Ray Connelly, Alan Ostby, Albert Hall, R. M. Lares, Thomas Schandle, Wallace Day, Charles Keeney (September - October 1965) Village Clerk and Notary Mike O'Connor
Quiet council meeting in Burnsville 1960A special meeting was called to approve a cabinet shop be built in Burnsville and allow bingo at the Shamrock Club.
Burnsville Public Safety Department 1967-1979(excerpt) In 1967 the Village Council passed a re­ solution forming the current Public Safety Department (a concept of consolidated police and fire services.) Chief Edward J. Farrell became the first Director of Public Safety, and the Burnsville police department became the Burnsville Department of Public Safety. The department was now responsible for both police and fire protection in the community where all police and fire workers are called Public Safety officers. Two new fire trucks were ordered and arrived in 1968.
Public Safety Department 1967-1979(except)
In 1967 the Village Council passed a re­ solution forming the current Public Safety Department (a concept of consolidated police and fire services.) Chief Edward J. Farrell became the first Director of Public Safety, and the Burnsville police department became the Burnsville Department of Public Safety. The department was now responsible for both police and fire protection in the community where all police and fire workers are called Public Safety officers. Two new fire trucks were ordered and arrived in 1968.
(from Dakota County Historical article on Burnsville history)
Township becomes a village 1964This is a scan of a newspaper clipping - we welcome an original of the photo where: Following a hundred years of township government, Burnsville became a village during 1964. Mayor Roger Richardson is pictured hanging a new indicating the historic milestone.
Burnsville Boundary decision isn't what county wanted 1964The Hastings Gazette May 7, 1964 reports - The Minnesota Municipal Commission on Wednesday announced boundaries for the proposed incorporation of Burnsville and set June 16 for a vote. The announcement follows the decision of the Minnesota Supreme Court which invalidated the attempted annexation of Northern States Power Company's Black Dog Plant by the City of Bloomington. The tax rich 159 acre plant lines in Burnsville Township....
Burnsville Chief not new to LawJune 25, 1964

Edward Ferrell, selected by Burnsville to be the first chief of police of the new Dakota County village, is no new­comer to law enforcement. After 23 years in the work, the 54-year-old deputy inspector is the Minneapolis police department’s training director. He previously was head of the traffic departinent for two years.
1 In February his name was suggested along with several others as a possible candidate to succeed Chief E. I. Walling, who retired this year.

Farrell, who lives at 5964 Oliver Ave S., was offered the $8,000-a-year Burnsville post after town board members 'interviewed 17 of the more than 60 applicants who sought the job.

He holds a bachelor’s de­gree in sociology from the University of Minnesota and is a graduate of Northwest­ern University Traffic Insti­tute and police training courses at Indiana and Michi­gan State Universities.

An “M” man, he won three letters as a member of the University of Minnesota swimming' team, and was a candidate for the United States Olympic swimming team in 1932.

Before becoming a policeman, he did social work and coached swimming.

‘Good Chance’
Farrell s ai d Wednesday that he has not accepted the Burnsville appointment yet, nor has he resigned from his Minneapolis post.

“As far as I’m concerned, things are still in the talking stage,” he said. “Of course. I’m very interested and there’s a good chance I’ll take it.”
Some minor details involv­ing tenure and other specifi­cations haven’t been settled, he said.

Burnsville, which achieved village status June 18 after an election in which residents voted in favor of the pro­posal, has an estimated popu­lation of more than 8,000 (not counting approximately 2,000 Eagan residents who are con­ testing their inclusion in the newly-created village).
One of the new chiefs first duties will be to begin a re­cruiting program to fill out the department’s roster of qualified patrolmen, the board announced.

The village has two con­stables who patrol the nearly 30-mile area in a leased squad car.
State officials proposed Burnsville merger years ago 1981In the February 17, 1981 column in the Burnsville Sun, editor Del Stelling shares a bit of Burnsville history recalling the state proposing a merger between Burnsville and Savage.
1967 Burnsville to vote on Street Numbers
Burnsville Village Zoning Ordinance 47The township of Burnsville has become a village. This was adopted February 15, 1965 by the Village Council.
Burnsville Businessmen question sign ordinance 1964January 23, 1964 Minnesota Valley Review reports: There were about 30 Burnsville businessmen at the town board meeting asking questions about the newly adopted sign ordinances....
Burnsville City Hall 1960sOne of the first photos of what was then the new Village Hall on Highway 13.
Back of Burnsville City HallRear view of what was then the Village Hall on Highway 13 during the 1960s.
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