Chaska City Hall Bulletin
Jim Lexcen

VOLUME: 8  ISSUE: 20        JUNE 18, 2015


TOWN COURSE CARES ABOUT CONSERVATION

Submitted by Margo Steffel,
Chaska Sr. Clerk

Over the past month the Star Tribune has been having articles related to the plight of the dwindling Monarch butterfly.  The Monarch caterpillar will only lay its eggs on milkweed, which is also its only food source.  Milkweed plants are becoming fewer and fewer due largely to GMO crops, the use of Roundup, and increasing development. 
 
Just recently the White House released a federal pollinator plan that calls for a billion milkweed plants to be planted along a Duluth-to-Texas corridor that roughly follows I-35, which is a main migration route for the Monarchs on their 3,000 mile journey to Mexico.  If it succeeds, the plan would rescue pollinators considered vital to a healthy environment and in five years the number of Monarchs would increase tenfold. 
 
With this idea in mind, Jim Lexcen, (see photo) who was a former ranger at the Town Course and is now part of the maintenance crew, approached Mark Moers, the TC Supervisor, with a plan to plant milkweed seeds at the Town Course, to attract and sustain more Monarchs.  Lexcen found out that Bachman’s was giving away milkweed seed packets and he rushed over to the Eden Prairie store to get his free packet!  Turns out he was able to get 500 seeds.  So that’s 500 less the federal program has to plant from their one billion!
 
Armed with a weed whacker, a short spade, and some stakes, Lexcen has begun to plant his milkweed seeds.  He clears a spot about 3x3 feet in area, sows the seeds, and marks the site with a stake.  He prefers to select a western exposure so they will receive lots of sun.  It takes about 10 days for the seeds to germinate. 
 
Mark Moers is a strong advocate for the environment and the “Milkweed Program” will be an annual addition to the other ongoing projects at the Town Course.  He has maintained a Town Course membership with the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses for 15 years.  Mark has also completed four of the six certifications required to be designated a wildlife sanctuary. The Town Course has 72 acres of wildflowers and over the years the maintenance crew has installed 21 bluebird houses, two bat houses, and six wood duck houses throughout the course.
 
So if you are out golfing and happen to see some wooden stakes sticking up out of the rough – know that Jim Lexcen has been there and milkweed will soon be attracting a whole new generation of Monarchs. 
 

Block Party Wagon Available!


Bring your community together! The City of Chaska still has openings for use of the neighborhood block party wagon.

The wagon contains all you'll need to have a successful neighborhood block party. The wagon has 6 banquet tables, 36 folding chairs, a 10 gallon cooler jug, and a variety of lawn games like ladder golf, sticks 'n cups, bean bag toss, and bocce ball. There is no cost to use the Block Party Wagon, a $200 refundable damage deposit is due at time of application. July and August and some September weekend dates still available!

Reservations available to City of Chaska residents only for neighborhood gatherings. Applications available at
www.chaskacommunitycenter.com.  Questions - please contact Joan at (952)227-7760 or jseedorf@chaskamn.com.

 


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Concert in the Park -
Dirty Shorts Brass Band

June 19, 2015 at 7:00 PM


All concerts are free and open to the public and are sponsored by the City of Chaska Parks and Recreation Department. Concerts are held in City Square Park Gazebo, unless otherwise noted. For rain out information call (952) 227-7798 after 4:30 p.m. or consult cable Channel 14.


Chaska Councilmembers

 

Mayor Mark Windschitl                                       Paula Geisler - Ward 1
windschitl@chaskamn.com or 612-237-4188     Pgeisler@chaskamn.com or 952-361-6040

Greg Boe - Ward 2                                         Christopher Schulz - Ward 3
Gboe@chaskamn.com or 612-751-4291            Cschulz@chaskamn.com or 612-790-0546


Jay Rohe - Ward 4
Jrohe@chaskamn.com or 612-719-8686


 


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