Chaska City Hall Bulletin
Miracle League

Volume 8, Issue 30, September 3, 2015

CHASKA CARES GOLF TOURNAMENT

Don't miss out on the annual Chaska Cares Golf Tournament at the Chaska Town Course on Friday, September 11th.  The tournament is co-sponsored by the Chaska service organizations of Kiwanis, Rotary, and Lions Clubs. 

All proceeds from the golf fee go toward the establishment of a Miracle League baseball field for disabled children.  Lunch and cart is included in the golf fee.  Funds raised from businesses sponsoring advertisement at the tournament, will go toward Bountiful Basket and other community projects. 

Persons wishing to register for the golf tournament may do so by contacting the Chaska Town Course at 952-443-3192 or by emailing
Cweise@chaskamn.com.  Businesses who would like to sponsor a portion of the event should contact Chaska City Administrator, Matt Podhradsky, at 952-227-7523 or Matt@chaskamn.com

STREET CONSTRUCTION CONTINUES


Be aware!  While sewer and water work continues on Fifth Street in downtown Chaska, a new temporary access is being constructed for the City Hall parking lot that will move the entrance closer to the TH 41 and 5th Street intersection.  Attached is a phasing map that shows the entrance location, along with the overall project phasing.

The Contractor has now begun working on Phase 3 (out of 5 Phases) of the project. Construction on this phase could be expected to extend for the next month. The new temporary access being constructed will remain in place until all street work in Phase 3 has been completed.

City Hall employees are being encouraged to park on 4th Street to maximize space for business parking and daily on-going business matters at City Hall and the Library and other privately owned businesses.

Questions about the project may be directed to Chaska Assistant Engineer, Matthew Clark
at 952-448-9200.  


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BALLPARK BERM BEGINS!

 
One of the only properties in the City of Chaska which is still classified in the floodplain is the historic Athletic Park.  This ballpark has been in use since the early 1950s and has served numerous baseball teams.  The Athletic Park is a tremendous asset to the downtown area and has brought many people into the community to partake in events at the park.
 
Athletic Park was identified in the Chaska Downtown Master Plan as a high priority area to be preserved and maintained well into the future. 
 
One of the challenges of the park over the years has been flooding from the river or significant rainfalls.  This has occurred five times over the last decade.  Each incident caused the ballpark to be closed for a number of months to replace the grass and restore damage to the grandstand and other areas. 
 
Over the past five years the City has been working with the Army Corps of Engineers and the DNR to obtain permits to place a berm around the ballpark.  The City was finally successful in receiving the permits this year and is moving forward this week with construction of the berm. 
 
While the berm will not protect the area against every major flood, with the exception of two flood events over the past forty years, the berm would offer significant protection.  If the ballpark were to flood, the berm would offer the opportunity to pump water out of the area and avoid having the grass killed. 
 
This is a significant enhancement to the baseball park and will help ensure that the facility remains a viable part of our downtown community for the next 50 or more years. 
 
As a note of interest, the clay being utilized for the construction of much of the berm is coming from a storm water project being done adjacent to Schimelpfenig Park as part of the overall Firemen’s Park redevelopment project.  That project will help divert most storm water away from Clayhole Lake to help improve the water quality in the lake.  The clay is being taken from that project over to Athletic Park for the berm. 
 
While the ballpark berm project costs approximately $300,000, the recycling of the clay for the project will help save dollars, as we are self-insured and have had to put a significant amount of reinvestment into the ball park every time it has flooded.  The berm project should be completed within two weeks, with landscaping occurring yet this fall, and into the spring. 


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HOLIDAY HOURS

Chaska City offices will be closed on Monday, September 7 in recognition of Labor Day. They will re-open for regular business on Tuesday, September 8th at 7:30 am. The Community Center will also be closed on Labor Day and will observe shortened hours on Saturday, September 5th from 5:00am to 5:00pm and on Sunday from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

Have a safe and happy holiday!


PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING CANCELLED

The Wednesday, September 9th meeting of the Chaska Planning Commission has been cancelled.  However, Commission members will hold a Work Session to discuss MFR Guidelines.  Questions may be directed to City Planner, Liz Hanson, at 952-448-9200.


Chaska City Councilmembers

Mayor Mark Windschitl - Mwindschitl@chaskamn.com
Ward 1 Councilmember Paul Geisler - Pgeisler@chaskamn.com
Ward 2 Councilmember Greg Boe - Gboe@chaskamn.com
Ward 3 Councilmember Christopher Schulz - Cschulz@chaskamn.com
Ward 4 Councilmember Jay Rohe - Jrohe@chaskamn.com

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