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Party on the Plaza 2019#Burnsville Love - Party on the Plaza, June 2019, photo compliments of the City of Burnsville.
Gateway PlanThe design for a possible Gateway Plan for the 35W area of Burnsville.
Angie Craig - US Representative.Angela Dawn Craig (born February 14, 1972) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative from Minnesota's 2nd congressional district since 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, she defeated incumbent Republican Jason Lewis in the 2018 election.[1] The district includes most of the southern suburbs of the Twin Cities, such as Burnsville, Eagan, Inver Grove Heights, Apple Valley, Lakeville, and Savage. Her Minnnesota office is located in Burnsville.
Burnsville City CouncilAnother view of the Burnsville City Council, November 2019. Photo by Burnsville Historical Society.
Burnsville City Hall 2017Another view of the entry into the City Hall.
Arbor Day 2017 and Sustainability Man.Sustainability Man celebrated Arbor Day on April 28, 2017. He helped Ms. Schilling's Sky Oaks 5th grade class plant common milkweed by the Burnsville Ice Center. Photo compliments of the City of Burnsville.
Arbor Day 2017 and Sustainability Man.Sustainability Man celebrated Arbor Day on April 28, 2017. He helped plant a tree with Experience Burnsville and helped Ms. Schilling's Sky Oaks 5th grade class plant common milkweed by the Burnsville Ice Center. Photo compliments of the City of Burnsville.
You Belong Here 2019The You belong here poster at one of the Burnsville Schools.
City of Burnsville unveils "You Belong Here" motto 2019September 9, 2019 Savage Pacer reports on the unveiling of Burnsville's "You Belong Here" motto.
By Christine Schuster cschuster@swpub.com Sep 9, 2019

You Belong Here Burnsville

Burnsville Mayor Elizabeth Kautz adopted the city’s official motto, “You Belong Here” at the Sept. 3 City Council meeting. Letters displaying the motto were unveiled at the entrance of Burnsville Civic Center Park during the city’s annual Fire Muster celebration Sept. 4-7.
Photo by Christine Schuster

BURNSVILLE — The city of Burnsville launched a new motto focused on inclusion at the annual Fire Muster festival last week.

Burnsville Mayor Elizabeth Kautz proclaimed the city’s official motto, “You Belong Here,” at the Sept. 3 City Council meeting. Four-foot tall letters spelling out the motto were unveiled at the entrance of Burnsville Civic Center Park during the muster Sept. 4-7.

Burnsville strives to be an inclusive place for its diverse residents and visitors, Kautz said during the proclamation. Continuing to “welcome new faces and businesses will further enrich our culture and opportunities for success,” she said.

The city heard feedback from over 1,000 residents, non-residents and community stakeholders in developing the messaging campaign, according to the city.

History of Fire Muster

The Fire Muster celebration started to take root in the late 1970s, when Roger Jackson, a Burnsville resident and fire equipment collector, began entertaining children each summer by displaying his equipment and organizing a small parade down Nicollet Avenue, according to the Fire Muster website.

The official city-wide celebration began in 1980.

The festival draws fire equipment from departments and collectors from throughout the Midwest. In 2004, the Fire Muster’s Fire Truck Parade was cited in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest fire truck parade in the world with over 120 trucks.

Today, the festival is organized by a nonprofit corporation, similar to Savage’s Dan Patch Days.
You belong here - 2019Burnsville Eagan Sun/Thisweek News - September 12, 2019 reports on the unveiling of Burnsville's new slogan...

You Belong Here- by John Gessner Sept 12, 2019

Burnsville unveils new branding slogan

You Belong Here, the city of Burnsville announced last weekend, rolling out the slogan from a branding and marketing campaign aimed at wooing business and burnishing the mature community’s image.

The slogan was publicly debuted at the 39th annual Burnsville Fire Muster, where it was displayed in 4-foot letters at the entrance to the festival grounds in Civic Center Park.

The punchy message was stenciled and spray-painted throughout the grounds, where it was also geo-tagged on Snapchat.

The $195,000 branding campaign is part of a larger economic development and redevelopment plan the City Council launched last year. Its goals include improving the images of the city and Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191, ensuring continued viability of Burnsville Center and the County Road 42 corridor, maintaining Burnsville’s status as a regional destination and continuing development in the Heart of the City.

You Belong Here is adaptable to multiple audiences, from longtime residents to would-be residents and businesses, said Marty Doll, the city’s communications and community engagement director.

“We definitely want the community to feel that sense and buy into this theme of You Belong Here,” Doll said. “It came out of a lot of community focus groups and surveys, so of course we want the internal community to see it and feel it and believe in it. But we also want to have a big focus externally, outside of Burnsville.”

The next step is working with consultant AE2S on a marketing plan, Doll said. Advertising in trade publications, on billboards and on Minnesota Valley Transit Authority buses are possibilities, he said.

The slogan will typically be paired with the city’s blue and green logo depicting water and trees, according to Doll.

Placement of the slogan on city structures and vehicles will be determined as they need replacing or upgrading, according to Doll. One giant platform — the Heather Hills water tower, Burnsville’s largest — will become available when it’s repainted next year, but officials haven’t decided whether to use the slogan, Doll said.

The city’s $195,000 contract with AE2S, a division of Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services, includes funding for marketing as well as brand development.

More than 1,400 people contributed to branding the process, AE2S said: 805 respondents to a digital survey, 30 people engaged for interviews and group discussions, 600 people who wrote on display boards or responded to questions at community events, and 20 Burnsville third-graders whose entries in the I Love Burnsville Week essay contest were reviewed.

A common theme among the responses is that Burnsville is a “beautiful city with many parks and green spaces,” an AE2S report said. “People enjoyed the opportunity to live in a greater natural environment (and) still be close to the amenities of the Twin Cities. This was most prevalent in ages 36-plus.”

Many in that demographic said they “felt safe” in Burnsville, a great city to raise kids, the report said.

“Another common response pointed to the diversity of the community,” the report said. “Many felt that diversity was a positive and added to the cultural richness of the community, especially those in the 26-45 age group.”

Other common themes were the need to improve “negative perceptions” of School District 191 and to improve the Burnsville Center area, the report said.

AE2S compiled a list of 40 possible themes based on community input. The list was narrowed to eight after review by a city team and to four with further review by AE2S and city staffers along with representatives of District 191, Experience Burnsville and the Burnsville YMCA leadership.

Among the four finalists, You Belong Here was the top choice in weighted ranked-choice voting by the project team and City Council members.

It was up to the City Council at an Aug. 13 work session to choose between You Belong Here; Community with Unity; Naturally Beautiful Uniquely Burnsville; and Community. Opportunity. Unity.

In earlier voting by the project team and council members, You Belong Here was the top choice in weighted ranked-choice voting.

At the work session, council members Dan Gustafson, Dan Kealey and Vince Workman backed You Belong Here.

It’s appropriate for a diverse city, where “we need to put the message out to people — if you live here, you’re family here. ... If you’re here, this is your home,” Gustafson said.

Workman said the slogan is “versatile, clean, simple,” with “a lot of emotional appeal.”

Mayor Elizabeth Kautz, absent from the work session, left word that she preferred Community with Unity.

Council Member Cara Schulz said none of the four excited her, and she’d go with the council’s majority choice.

“I am hopeful that the implementation brings up that logo and the tagline and makes me more whelmed, because I am under the whelm,” Schulz said.

Residents, visitors and employees now have an opportunity to tell the world that they belong in Burnsville! Just in time for the holiday shopping season, the City of Burnsville launched an online store with several clothing and other items available for purchase. All of the items reflect the community’s YOU BELONG HERE message
Dakota County Board of Commissioners- Liz Workman Burnsville.Dakota County Board of Commissioners 2019. Burnsville is District 5.

Population by District
District Population
District 1 – Mike Slavik 61,135
District 2 – Kathleen A. Gaylord 53,172
District 3 – Thomas A. Egan 56,574
District 4 – Joe Atkins 56,163
District 5 – Liz Workman 60,306
District 6 – Mary Liz Holberg 55,954
District 7 – Chris Gerlach 55,248
total 398,552

Seven years of body cams a plus, says police chief 2017The August 4, 2017 edition of the Burnsville Sun/Thisweek news reports on Burnsville Police Department pioneering the use of body cameras seven years before.
City hires firm for brand development, marketing 2019by John Gessner Apr 18, 2019 - Burnsville Sun/Thisweek News

Burnsville is hiring a marketing firm to develop and publicize a city brand — an identity that accentuates the city’s best features, unique character and natural assets.

The City Council voted Tuesday to hire AE2S Communications at a cost of up to $195,000. The contract with the firm requires the brand to be ready for unveiling at the 2019 Burnsville Fire Muster festival Sept. 4-7.

Branding is part of a broader plan the council approved last November to boost efforts to attract growth and redevelopment.

“The city is in a strong position for success with over 2,500 local businesses, excellent freeway access, a skilled and diverse workforce, and history as a destination within the Twin Cities metropolitan area,” says the new plan, which vows to “take the community to the next level in its evolution.”

The plan lays out strategies for attracting development and redevelopment and improving the image of Burnsville and Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191.

Branding is part of a strategy for continuing the city’s status as a regional destination. The plan’s first goal is ensuring the sustainability of Burnsville Center, which has struggled with vacancies in a changing retail environment, and the surrounding County Road 42 retail corridor. The city has adopted a redevelopment plan for the center and corridor.

AE2S will begin by learning about the community from city officials and others, said Andrea Boe, the company’s practice leader and marketing strategist.

Steps will include conducting interviews, hearing from focus groups and doing a community survey, Boe said. The process will tap a cross-section of the community, she said.

The city has used similar approaches in past “visioning” exercises, Mayor Elizabeth Kautz said.

“I like what I’m hearing in terms of your process and strategic direction,” she said.

The company will also develop a communications and marketing plan around the brand and identify target audiences, Boe said.

Under the contract, brand-development costs are limited to $136,000 and 2019 media buys to $55,000.

The contract also calls for the company to provide continuing marketing services for five years for no more than $183 per hour.

AE2S is a division of Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services, which has done consulting work in Burnsville. AE2S was selected from among seven firms responding to the city’s request for qualifications for branding and marketing work.
Burnsville Police entryOriginal entry into the Burnsville police department prior to remodeling, compliments of the City of Burnsville.
Burnsville water treatment plant 2011New multi-level block and brick masonry water treatment building. Water treatment building includes: cast in place concrete sand filters, flocculators,chlorine contact basin and backwash reclaim tank. Scope also included tw raw water surface wells with submersible well pumps, chemical feed equipment, and various process equipment. Electrical, Mechanical, HVAC and controls.
Plant Capacity is 6 MGD.
Burnsville advances City Hall, police upgrades 2016From Finance and Commerce Magazine:

Brian Johnson December 5, 2016 2:38 pm

Two years after a study found room for improvement in Burnsville’s adjoined City Hall and police station, the city is nearing the start of a multiphase facilities project to address the needs.

The city plans to begin construction in April on the $13.3 million first phase, which will expand and renovate the spaces at 100 Civic Center Parkway in Burnsville.

Scheduled for completion in 2018, the project will improve public safety, accessibility and “visitor convenience,” according to the city.

The project team is taking shape. The city has tapped St. Paul-based Wold Architects and Engineers for design, and a construction manager is expected to be on board by the end of December. A request for proposals for a construction manager was released in November and proposals are due Tuesday.

Garrett Beck, the city’s parks, recreation and facilities manager, said the first construction packages will be out for bid in late January or early February.

Funding sources include the city’s existing facilities levy and new franchise fees, according to city documents.

A space needs study, conducted in 2014 by Wold, identified $23 million worth of needs in city buildings, including the adjoined City Hall and police station, two fire stations and a maintenance garage, according to a city staff report.

The city opted to focus on “key priority areas” and take a phased approach to the improvements, according to city documents.

“That study kick-started everything to getting us to the point we are today,” Beck said.

The study found, among other things, that the police station was too small to support current operations. In addition, the study found that the city’s Fire Station No. 1, at 911 140th St. W., had “reached the end of its useful life,” Beck said.

The study also identified accessibility issues, a shortage of meeting space, and other shortcomings.

City officials envision a new fire station in a second phase and additional improvements for City Hall and fire stations in the third round of construction. Phase two is five to 10 years out and the third phase is at least 10 years away, according to city documents.

Beck said the city’s buildings range in age from nearly 30 to 60 years old. The City Hall hasn’t seen any major renovations since it was built nearly three decades ago, and the city’s Fire Station No. 1 was originally built for police operations, he said.

One space challenge relates to the changing nature of police operations in the suburb of 61,000 residents.

When the existing police station was built, the state processed evidence for the city. Now it’s the city’s responsibility to do that work in-house, which means there’s a greater need to stock supplies and equipment, the city said.

In addition, the existing police station lacks adequate space for training, interviews and conferences. The project will quadruple workstations from six to 24. In the patrol division, 43 officers currently share those six workstations, according to the city.

The project includes construction of a new 15,535-square-foot police garage, which will provide secure and temperature-controlled parking for 30 first-responder vehicles, according to the RFP. It also expands lobby and locker room spaces in the station.

Eric Gieseke, Burnsville’s police chief, said officers currently have to park squad cars outdoors on unsecure surface parking spaces. Besides security issues, the arrangement forces officers to spend time scraping ice off windshields before they can respond to an emergency, he said.

Gieseke remembers scraping ice off squad cars when he first started with the department 27 years ago. “The only thing that has changed is we have better scrapers than we used to,” he said, adding that the department’s has 50 percent more sworn officers now than it did in the late 1980s.

The department is currently storing more than 15,000 items of evidence, he said.

The project is “really important to the community and the department,” he said.

The City Hall will get renovated restrooms, offices, conference rooms, and community and storage areas, according to the RFP. Those fixes will improve accessibility and make the community spaces more functional, the city said.
Burnsville Youth Needs Assessment 2013Burnsville Youth Needs Assessment: Executive Summary 46 pages...

Background:The City of Burnsville received a grant from Youthprise to complete a community-wide needs assessment for youth in Burnsville. The last study was in 1995, called Partnerships for Tomorrow, which identified the need for increased programming for youth. Out of the work, THE GARAGE was opened in 1999, serving youth grades 6-12. The City of Burnsville determined it was time to update the work and see where the current gaps were regarding youth services. It was hypothesized that there is need to expand programs to grades K-12, offer more
extensive programming, including after school hours activities, evening hours, and possibly serving meals. Information obtained from the
Youth Needs Assessment will help the City of Burnsville to develop strategies to create a comprehensive for Burnsville youth.

The Youth Needs Assessment Research took place from April-June 2013. Wendy Lutter, of Lutter Marketing LLC, was the consultant who led the project.
Burnsville City Crews 2015Crew members shovel blacktop from a "hotbox" which keeps the material around 260 degrees. Other crew members follow behind with lutes to smooth out the asphalt in preparation for a big roller that will finish the job. The City of Burnsville goes through 1,800 tons of asphalt during the year -- and that's just for patching and maintenace; additonal tons are used in large street projects. Photo compliments of the City of Burnsville.
City of Burnsville vehicleCity of Burnsville vehicle, 2015. Photo compliments of the City of Burnsville.
A History of the Burnsville Ice CenterThe Burnsville Ice Center, operated by the City of Burnsville opened in 1972 and serves as the official site for the Burnsville Blaze hockey team as well as a place for year round skating.
Business expansion is cause for optimism mayor declares 2011This Week News February, 2011 reports Mayor Elizabeth Kautz gave an upbeat State of the City address discussing year 2010.
The wheels on the bus go "You belong"December 20, 2019 media release from the City of Burnsville -The City of Burnsville wraps MVTA bus with the YOU BELONG HERE message.

Burnsville City HallBlue sky surrounds City Hall 2019.
Burnsville City Hall new entryBlack and white photo of the City Hall entry following remodeling in 2018.
Burnsville City HallCity Hall, 2019.
Burnsville City HallStreet address for City Hall 100 Civic Center Drive. Photo 2019.
City of Burnsville Community BuildersBurnsville's 2019 Community Builders Awards, November 4, 2019.
The GarageTHE GARAGE is a non-profit all-ages music venue and recording studio located in Burnsville. It is a mutli-functioning facility that not only offers shows on a weekly basis, but is also home to a number of programs centered around the music industry such as: recording engineering, live sound production, arts journalism, concert photography, and venue operations.
Burnsville City Hall propertyLand near City Hall at entrance on Nicollet Aveune. Once the property of Pat an Nora Nicholson.
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