Chaska City Hall Bulletin
FD Patch

Volume 9, Issue 2, January 21, 2016


Ice Fishing Contest
Saturday, January 30
th, 2016
1:00-3:00 pm • Firemen’s Park, Chaska

The Chaska Fire Department has served the community for 145 years, making it one of the oldest fire departments in the state.  To put that in perspective, some of the neighboring departments were founded in the 1960’s. The Chaska Fire Department has a rich history of nearly a century and a half of operation.  It still closely resembles the organization that was founded in 1871.  It is almost entirely a volunteer organization which relies on the generosity of resident donations to help supplement activities that are not funded through the City budget.  The Fishing Contest is that one and only fundraiser.
The firefighters are excited to be utilizing the brand new Chaska Event Center as the headquarters for this year’s contest.  This will be a great community gathering event where residents can also tour the fabulous Chaska Curling and Event Center.  The Crooked Pint Restaurant will be partnering with the Fire Department for food and beverages during the event.
Firefighters measured the ice at Clayhole Lake at Firemen’s Park on Friday, January 15th and found it to only be seven inches thick.  With more cold weather predicted, the ice was again measured on Monday, January 18th, and it was still only eight inches thick.  The safety of the people attending the event is the first priority.  It was decided to officially cancel the fishing portion of the event.  This was disappointing because a lot of people look forward to the fishing contest and this is the second year in a row that it needed to be canceled. 
All the prize drawings and food and beverages will still be held in the Event Center however. Attendees are encouraged to come out and purchase tickets at a nominal cost for the door prize drawings the day of the event.  Last year the Fire Department started a new tradition of offering $20 raffle tickets for a chance to win cash prizes, with the top prize being $5000.  Please contact any active or retired firefighter for your raffle ticket.  The Chaska Fire Department sincerely appreciates your support!


Town Course Kitchen and Restaurant Going Through Improvements

At the end of the 2015 golf season Charlie Panacopolous, proprietor of Charlie’s Grille, located at the Chaska Town Course, completed his lease requirements and announced his retirement. 
The City of Chaska would first like to take this opportunity to thank Charlie for his many years of service at the Town Course and for the many improvements he made in the restaurant to make it an amenity that the whole community enjoyed. 
The City has since moved forward with a RFP process (Request for Proposal) to select a new restaurant establishment for the facility.  After receiving a number of proposals and going through several interview processes, the new restaurant is going to be called “Oak 19.”  It will open at the beginning of the 2016 golf season. 
In anticipation of this, the City of Chaska will be completing some major improvements at the Town Course clubhouse and kitchen.  The kitchen will be made more accommodating to offer greater menu options and more physical space for the preparation of food. 

Some of the improvements to be made include a bump out of the clubhouse to accommodate a new walk-in cooler.  The kitchen will have a new prep area to give the line cooks more room to prepare food and therefore the ability to expand menu options.  Also, the kitchen will be outfitted with new appliances to replace those originally installed in 1997.  Another major improvement that needs to be made from a safety code perspective is the replacement of the stove hood and ventilation system.  Finally, the beer selection will be expanded in the bar room from a four tap to an eight tap system. 
The City of Chaska allocated $150,000 in the 2016 Town Course budget to complete these improvements.  We have set a deadline for completion of the work of April 1st.  Contractors are currently being selected and will begin work in early February, and into March. 
Any questions about the new restaurant or the Town Course may be directed to the golf pro staff, John Kellin or Chad Weise at 952-443-3748. 

CC Library


If you are looking for an interesting event that's out of the cold weather, come to the Chaska Carver County Library on Saturday, January 23rd at 1:00 pm. 

Renown archaeologist, Kent Bakken, will discuss the challenges of the excavations and the hidden landscape that was discovered during the Highway 101 bridge dig.  He will review the findings from the work and how these findings help us better understand the long history of the Minnesota River Valley, the Upper Midwest, and the Great Plains.  He will also preview the results of more recent excavations in and Near they valley and how these relate to the Highway 101 and Flying Cloud Drive project. 

Kent Bakken braved the elements to complete this excavation so you don't have to! 

Chaska City Council

The next Chaska City Council Meeting will be held on Monday, January 25, 2016 at 7:00 pm in the second floor Council Chambers of City Hall.  Prior to the meeting, the Council will conduct interviews of applicants requesting appointment to the open Commission positions. One of the items on the agenda is consideration of the preliminary plat for the construction of an addition to Clover Ridge Elementary School.  For the complete agenda, go to:

Your Councilmembers are:

Mayor Mark Windschitl -

Ward 1 Councilmember Paula Geisler -

Ward 2 Councilmember Greg Boe -

Ward 3 Councilmember Chris Schulz -

Ward 4 Councilmember Jay Rohe -

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