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1970 Fire Truck and Squad
Burnsville Ice Center 1975Early signage for the Burnsville Ice Center on Nicollet Avenue.
Dakota County Court Room in Burnsville 1978Entry into the Dakota County Court Room satellite location in the Warrior Building on Traveler's Trail.
Dakota County Satellite services in BurnsvilleDuring the 1970's Dakota County rented office space to provide satellite services at a location closer than the County Seat of Hastings.
Burnsville Recycling Center 1976In the 1970's Burnsville operated its own recycling center. Today Burnsville's recycling department is shared between the cities of Burnsville, Eagan and Apple Valley and is located in Eagan.
Burnsville City Hall 1978Before we were a city, Burnsville was a Township and then a Village. At the time of this photo with name on the building includes the word CITY.
Dakota County Court Services
Burnsville City Council 1976Shown - Warren Kelley, Pete Ochsner, Mayor Alfred Hall and Mary Modjeski during a meeting.
Burnsville Ice Center 1977The exterior of the building in 1977 and today remain the same at the Burnsville Ice Center.
Burnsville Ice Center 1977An interior shot of the Ice Center in 1977.
Burnsville Post OfficeBob Raleigh, branch superintendent Burnsville Post Office.
Burnsville Post Office 1970sJim Sprank sorting mail at the Burnsville Post Office on 12th Avenue, across from the Burnsville Bowl.
Burnsville Library 1976Three of the librarians at the Burnsville Library (now known as Burnhaven Library).
Burnsville Police 1979Two unidentified members of the Burnsville Police Department 1979.
Mayor Al HallPhoto from newspaper clipping
Mayor Connie Morrison christening Burnsville's first ambulanceUnpdated photo show Mayor Morrison with Burnsville's first ambulance.
St. PAUL PIONEER PRESS Fri. Auqust 12 , 1977

By Andrew M. Greeley Chicago
Beware the spokesperson. Usually he/she is spokespersoning only for him/herself.
I'll give you a hint. When the media identify someone as a "community leader," and the person hasn't been elected by anyone, you can count on it: he's not a leader and the community has never heard of him.
He's someone who is looking for power and influence (maybe in a good cause , God knows) through a shortcut, especially since his chances of ever being elected a leader are minimal.

THE SAME GOES for "con- sumer advocates," "public interest groups," and "women's rights leaders": their causes rnav be just, honorable. righteous - and noble, but no one elected them to anything. The people they claim to be speaking for f]1"0bat:Hdyisa- gree with what is being advocat- ed in their name

Block Grants and Community AdvisorsMinneapolis Tribune
Wednesday, December 15, 1976
Block grants and community advisers
Minneapolis city Council, a better by Mayor Stenvig, has jeopardized the program of citizen participation it once championed. Not only did the council deviates substantially from community development block Grant's recommendations by the citywide citizens advisory committee, it also voting block grant funds for projects not even considered by the committee. (More)
Burnsville's arrival as a suburb 1975February 9, 1975 St. Paul Pioneer Press reports on the growth of Burnsville.
City of Burnsville Logo graphicBeginning in 2013, Burnsville residents may have started to notice an updated look to the City of Burnsville logo on publications, mailings and around town. The City’s original logo,
derived from a flag developed as part of the Bicentennial Celebration in 1976, had been used by the City since the early 1980s. After more than 30 years, Burnsville’s City Council
decided that it was time for a “refresh” – opting for a variation of the logo that reflected the past, while setting the stage for the future.

Local designer Greg Preslicka of Preslicka Studios refreshed the City’s existing logo to give it a modern look and feel while maintaining its original imagery. The updated logo maintains
the deciduous and coniferous trees as well as the water that has long identified Burnsville.

The logo will be incorporated over the long-term – and only when items are due to be replaced. That means the old logo won’t disappear overnight. Items like letterhead, business
cards, vehicle decals or signs will be replaced with the new logo only after the old supplies run out – or the item is due for its normal replacement. Other items, like the City’s water
towers, will keep the old logo for quite some time.
Burnsville Public Safety shoulder patch
Change in Park Reserve DistrictArguments for change in the status of the Hennepin County Park reserve District are fueled by the County Board's action on the 1977 Park budget.

County commissioners come to park budget request by $408,000, causing the district to announce many cutbacks and services. The County Board allocates funds, the district decides how to spend. The cutbacks hurt because the use of county parks has been growing. Also, the cutbacks conflict with the metropolitan councils goals for regional parks; the council has provided money to buy and develop parks, the County Board doesn't provide adequate money to operate them.

Some members of the County Park reserve board field the County commissioners arbitrarily trimmed park operating funds in order to demonstrate their lack of control over park spending. It is argued also that county commissioners aren't aware of part needs and give them a low priority. Some commissioners, he just felt, want to eliminate the park reserve board itself and make the parks a regular part of County government. Such a change is not without merit; some commissioners have said that it would produce better management. Greater responsibility could make commissioners more interested in Park needs.

But park board members doubt that commissioners would give Parks proper attention. Besides, money problems with still exist--the County Board cup many other programs this year and still had to raise taxes 14.2%. Some park officials think that the district should become autonomous, like a school district, with its own taxing authority. Or that Hennepin County to become part of a regional Park Authority, supported by the Metropolitan council.

Ways must be found to meet present and future park needs in Hennepin County. The solutions suggested so far involve structural changes that would needs legislative action. The problem deserves the attention the 1970s seventh Legislature.
Citizens Advisory Committee - January 1976Named But Not Heard
The ruling clique of the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners owes the citizens of this county a detailed explanation of what it ex- pects of its "citizen advisory com- mittees," and how much impor- tance it att aches lo the work done by these presumably knowledgeable volunteers .
Since December , seven of the 13 members of the Ramsey County Mental Health Advisory Board have resigned in frustration: the chairman in December , six others this week.
The committee is less than a year old.It was formed to advise the county board when that body took over direct responsibility for running county mental health programs , It was a carefully chosen committee, char ged with making recommendat ions to the county board on mental health programs
and budget.
The trouble is, no one would listen.
Those who resigned cited grow- ing frustration in attempting to deal with staff and commission- ers. The last stra w, it appears came when county board Chair- ma n John F inley rallied his board majority to short-circuit his own committee process in appointing a new chairman of the advisory group. It was after that action that the six member s submitted resignations.
Said Hi Kilborn, the former chairman: "The county has lost the services of six very intelligent, capable and willing public serv- ants. I think it signals the end of the advisory board. That's too bad. I'd hoped maybe my with- draw a l could prod some change."
Well, it is too bad, in many ways. Citizens selected for appointment to the board were chosen for the ir knowledge of mental illness, retardation and chemical dependency.The county board has ultimate responsibility for con-
ducting programs in these areas, but it surely needs the best advice it can get in making decisions.
It is an insult to the citizens who give tim e to such work to ignore them. It is bad for the program· it is bad for the whole concept of citizen participation in government.
Council Refuses to play tapesBy PHIL BERG Staff Writer
Dakota County Tribune December 20,1979

BURNSVILLE - The city council made no friends with an audience of about 50 during an almost 45 minute filibuster at tempt following a discussion about the recruitment of public safety dept. personnel. The discussion preceded an item on the agenda for the council to review the tapes of meetings dealing with the public safety dept. recruitment issue, and the council was divided over whether to actually review the tapes or not.

During the request to review the tapes, several related issues surfaced. The original reason for Mayor Paul Scheunemann’s request was to determine the legality of City Manager Glen Northrup’s action in recruiting three public safety sergeants when the council’s intent was to have three fire sergeants recruited.
This led to the questioning of council directives versus administrative duties, and under which the public safety personnel recruitment falls.
The council is also divided on the public safety concept, which was another issue raised during discussion.

Mayor Scheunemann denied that public safety was involved in the issue, and that the issue should be council directives regarding city administration, and specifically Northrup’s action in recruitment. “It could have been what color this building was to be painted,”said Scheunemann.
However, the council later voted to reaffirm the public safety concept. Scheunemann and Council member Paul Hoover voted no to the move. Hoover had stated that he would like to see more specialization in the public safety department.

“I was for specialization on down to the sergeant level,”said Hoover. Council member Warren Kelley said, “I have been strictly for a public safety department.”
The recruitment for public safety sergeants drew applicants from outside Burnsville, but none were hired because they either did not meet public safety requirements or withdrew.
“I think we shortchanged the community,”said Hoover. “I think it’s sad we didn’t have the ability to test for fire sergeants.” Roger Jackson, a citizen member of the public safety com mission, added that he did not think that the community was “shortchanged,”and he stated that the personnel were of exceptional quality.

Northrup also asked the council several times what his direction should be in administering recruitment, adding that it should be his duty to hire personnel that qualify in the public safety concept.“ I don’t want my administrative duties muddled in,” said Northrup. “I must be allowed to function in that framework (personnel hiring kept separate from council politics).”

The question of the request to listen to council tapes was called twice and the calling failed twice. Finally, a motion to deny the re quest to listen to the tapes was made and approved, with Scheunemann voting “nay.”

A workshop was approved for Jan. 8 to discuss the council directives and organization, Also, the city attorney was directed to review the recruitment of public safety personnel and determine if Northrup had acted properly in the recruitment.
County Advanced Life Support proposal 1979 meetingDated December 1979

This proposal will address a method of delivering advanced life support ALS two areas of Dakota County which do not presently have ready access to this service period
The current situation is that 13 cities in the northern and northwestern part of the county Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Farmington, and the Grove Heights, Lakefield, Lilydale, Mendota, Mendota Heights, Rosemont, South St. Paul, Sunfish Lake and West St. Paul receive ALS from private ambulance services. The population of these 13 cities accounts for 85.6% of the Counties population 166,940 and 36.9% of the Counties acreage. This area further accounts for approximately 81% of all emergency medical callsAverage of 7.3 when calls per day. Appendix A shows the population percent of population and square miles of beach city/Township in Dakota County.

This proposal is for a paramedic/deputy position within the county sheriffs department. These individuals would not be licensed flea peace officers. Their primary function would be to deliver ALS throughout Dakota County, don't from merrily serving the east and south areas.

federal Funds and city needsMinneapolis alderman aced with raising taxes and cutting services next year, are understandably dubious about proposals for spending thousands of dollars of federal money I'm such things as a neighborhood radio station and a study of the downtown artists district. As desirable is such proposals may be, they don't feel pressing city needs.

The two recommendations are among those by the citywide citizens advisory committeeFor using $15 million in federal community development fund. Formerly there were federal grants for specific community development projects, but those have been replaced with a lump sum to be allocated by the city council, with advice from citizens and subject to federal approval. The advisory committee, an elected body, recommended about $10 million for housing improvements, more than $3 million for social service programs and the rest for public works and job development efforts.

The radio station, artists' district and some other projects were singled out for criticism by aider- men because they were the most vulnerabl e tar- gets (although a good argument for the artists' area is that it would help rehabilitate the down- town warehouse district) . But the point the alder- . men were making was that more of this lump- sum federal money should be directed toward street improvements , parks and · other capital spending in a manner that would help relieve the city's budget problems-even though the money can't be used for routine operating expenses.
A few alderm,en are disenchanted with the feder- ally required advisory process itself; they say that the elected "advisers" ·are pressured by neighbor- hood organiza tions to approve pet projects that don't merit high priority .
Council President Louis DeMars says, hov.:ever , t hat the problem is the advisory · comm.Ittee's
Inability to consider the cities entire financial situation making its decisions. The committee made its allocations within its interpretation of council set guidelines. In any event, the committees job was to split up the $15 million, not to solve the city's budget problems.

The council can take the overall view of city finances that the committee couldn't, and can make changes in allocations without destroying the advisory process. The council can't overlook the intent of the federal grants– They are controlled by federal law– which is to improve committees basically through physical development. But it can and should make sure that the money is spent wisely and that the spending is for real sitting needs.

Fran Gaston retires 1977March 16, 1977 Burnsville Current reports: Fran Gaston retires from city hall. After 11 years of single handedly managing the assessments desk at the Burnsville City Hall, Fran retired and she and her husband headed to Durham N.C.
Hall resigns as Mayor 1975The Dakota County Tribune reports that In a brief statement Mayor Alfred Hall resigned as mayor effective December 31, 1975. He sites personal and family reasons for his departure. He served Burnsville since January 1, 1966 except for three months when Donald Holmes was Mayor. When Holmes was transferred out of town by his employer, Hall was appointed to fill the position.
January 1970 Burnsville Village CouncilDonald Holmes (mayor seated),
Council members Warren Kelley, Stan Schaefer, Jim Pappathatos and Dave Schwantes. Holmes would only serve 2 months, when a job transfer moved him to Georgia. (Photo copy of newspaper clipping).
Wally Day runs for councilBirth: Feb. 17, 1913 Death: Aug. 30, 1991
Active in township politics, Wally Day ran for city council in 1978.
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