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Council meetings are held on the first and third Monday of the month, as well as the fifth Monday of the month, if necessary. All meetings start at 7:00 pm and are held in the Council Chambers at City Hall (1 City Hall Plaza).
To be listed on the Council Agenda with an issue for Visitor Presentation, please contact Senior Clerk, Denise Wetzel by calling 952-448-9200, or email her.
You may contact the mayor or your council member by the phone numbers or emails listed in the staff directory. You may also send correspondence to the mayor or council members to:City Hall1 City Hall PlazaChaska, MN 55318
Each council member represents a particular Ward in Chaska. View our interactive Ward Map to see who your council member is. Type in your address to get started.
The Comprehensive Plan is a general policy document. It reflects Chaska's value system and philosophy, and acts as an overall framework for the future. As a guiding tool, it provides a system for measuring progress, gives direction for both everyday and more complex decisions, and helps set financial priorities.
The Comprehensive Plan is intended to be responsive to changing conditions. It needs to be continually referenced, updated, and used as a guide. It functions as an overall course or path and is intended to provide direction, rather than dictating specific activities or precise decision-making. The plan helps city leaders in developing policies, programs, ordinances, capital improvement plans, and budgets. These more specific implementation tools will take into account current circumstances and financial priorities, along with the long-range outlook and goals of the Comprehensive Plan.
The Comprehensive Plan is updated every 10 years.
The Comprehensive Plan is meant to guide the direction of the city in several major areas:
Each of these areas is extensively examined to take advantage of opportunities, avoid problems, and build a stronger community.
Yes, you will receive a certificate for completing CP Training
In 1987, the City of Chaska established its Economic Development Authority (EDA) to help address the city's need to proactively deal with economic development, housing and redevelopment issues within the city. The EDA was an offspring of the city's Housing and Redevelopment Authority, who until that time had served as the entity ensuring that there was not a shortage of safe and decent housing within the city. Key blighted properties were redeveloped into a use that would serve the entire public's best interest. The EDA took the responsibilities of the City's Housing and Redevelopment Authority, and added to their duties helping the development of new businesses and properties throughout the city.
While EDA is a separate entity from the City Council, the EDA's power is derived from the authority that the City Council bestows upon it. The EDA's membership is comprised of the members of the City Council.
The EDA is in existence not only to help promote new businesses within the city, but to also help retain and redevelop businesses already in existence within the city.
The goals of the EDA are to:
The body camera policy and records retention schedule are posted on CPD’s website.
Typically Chaska police reports are $.25 cents a page.
If this is the case, all drivers involved are required to complete a State of Minnesota Accident Report. This requirement is in place regardless of whether an officer responded to the crash scene or not. This report can be obtained from the Chaska Police department or online from the Department of Public Safety. State of Minnesota Accident Report
This is a one-year trial period, which is free of charge.
Peace officers that have a legitimate, law enforcement-related reason can view the video. If there is a legitimate, specified law enforcement need, CPD can share BWC video data with another law enforcement agency.
Generally, most BWC video data is “nonpublic” data. The video data is presumptively private and can only be accessible to a person that is on the video.
If the video is part of an active criminal investigation, the data is all confidential, even to the person on the video.
If the video contains several people, permission needs to be granted by all involved people before the data is released. If an involved person does not consent to the release, they can be “redacted” from the video by having their face blurred and their voice distorted.
Any individual or entity whose image or voice is on the video is considered a data subject.
Redaction is the process of concealing the identity of people on the video by blurring their faces and distorting their voices.
When a peace officer discharges a firearm in the course of duty, except during training and for the purposes of killing animals.
When use of force by a peace officer results in substantial bodily harm.
When the data subject (person on the video) requests that the video be released to the public. If the video contains people that do not consent to the release or if it contains an undercover police officer, those individuals will be redacted by having their face blurred and voice distorted.
If a peace officer is disciplined, the related BWC video data is part of the personnel data, which is public.
If made public by a court order.
Yes, per Minnesota statute (13.82, subd. 15), a law enforcement agency can release nonpublic, private, or confidential video if it will aid in the law enforcement process, promote public safety, or dispel widespread rumor or unrest.
No. The Minnesota Government Data Practices Act limits disclosure of information about certain individuals:
Per Minnesota statute (13.825, subd. 2(5)(b) a law enforcement agency may redact or withhold access to portions of data that are public when the data is “clearly offensive to common sensibilities.”
Officers will record any police-citizen encounter if there is reason to believe the recording will have evidentiary value. Officers will use their cameras to take recorded statements from victims, witnesses, and suspects. Officers will record any transports and transfers of people. Officers have discretion to record general citizen contacts.
When officers determine that there is not a law enforcement need for recording, they will deactivate their body cameras. In medical emergencies where criminal activity is not suspected, cameras will not be activated.
No, but if someone asks if they are being recorded, officers will tell them if it is safe and practical.
It will depend on the situation. If there is not a law enforcement need or if the situation is not adversarial, an officer will have discretion to turn off the camera or keep it on.
The data is very safe and is subject to very strict rules and regulations set forth by the FBI. The data is encrypted and stored off-site from CPD.
The minimum retention period for video is 90 days but some data will be kept longer. Video data will be retained for a period of six years if the video contains evidence, a use of force, an adversarial encounter, or seizure of property.
Officers are expected to activate their body cameras if it is safe and practical to do so. However, it is recognized that officers must also attend to other primary duties and the safety of all concerned, sometimes in circumstances that are tense, uncertain, and rapidly evolving. Any time an officer fails to activate their recorder, they will need to articulate the reason why. An officer that fails to activate their body camera without a justified reason may face discipline.
Yes. Officers will use the video to further assist in preparing a police report, giving a statement, or providing testimony in court.
Officers have the option to view video prior to providing a statement.
Yes. When a CPD Officer activates their body camera, it will capture the previous 30 seconds of video, but not audio.
No. However, a uniformed CPD Officer may have their body camera activated if they respond to an incident at a school.
As part of the trial, CPD has 20 body cameras.
All 15 uniformed patrol officers are assigned a body camera. Spare body cameras will be checked out by officers and detectives on an as-needed basis.
Detectives will have the option to utilize body cameras if they determine that the body camera would be beneficial to their investigation.
We are testing Axon body cameras. Axon is formerly known as Taser International. The body cameras are smaller than a cell phone and will be affixed to the officer’s upper chest.
All the data is owned by CPD. None of it is accessible or viewable by staff at Axon. At the end of the trial, all data would be transferred to CPD.
The camera has a 12-hour battery life and recording options from 420p standard definition to 1080p high definition. Data is stored on the camera during the officer’s shift. The video is uploaded, and the camera’s battery is charged when the camera is “docked” at CPD at the end of the officer’s shift.
Payments can be made with cash, check, or money order. Credit / debit / check card payments, phone payments, and online payments are not accepted. Payments can be made 1 of 5 ways:
In accordance with City of Chaska Code of Ordinances, Section 8-27, a delinquent account that is not paid in full by 8:00 a.m. on the scheduled day of disconnection, shall be scheduled for disconnection and charged a service fee ($50 during regular business hours, $70 after business hours), plus MN State sales tax.
A location scheduled for disconnection shall not be permitted to continue service or to re-establish disconnected service until the account has been paid in full, required deposits have been paid in full and the service fee has been paid in full.
For electric, water, and sewer emergencies, call 952-448-4335.
You can call Chaska Utility Billing at 952-448-9200 to enter into a Payment Agreement to avoid any interruption in your electric service due to delinquency of your utility account. The following organizations provide financial assistance and may also provide budget counseling:
For complete qualifications and application information, please contact these organizations directly.
Yes. You can sign up online at Direct Payment Plan or call City of Chaska Utility Billing at 952-448-9200. Automatic payments are deducted on the 12th of each month. There will be a message on the monthly bill when the automatic payment plan is in effect. Please see important note below: IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR UTILITY CUSTOMERS USING A BILL PAY SERVICE New Remit Address and Customer Account Number Customers who pay their Chaska Utility Bill using a bill-pay service or bank must update their payment instructions to reflect a new remit mailing address. Mail your payment to: CITY OF CHASKA UTILITY BILLING PO BOX 9307 MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440-9307 New Account Number Format: Please also update your instructions to include both parts of your new account number, as shown on both the top of your bill and on the remit stub: Be sure to include the dash: 123456789-12345678 If unable to insert a dash, be sure to leave a space: 123456789 12345678 Do not combine the two parts of your account number without either the dash or a space. If you have any questions, please call the City of Chaska Utility Billing Department at 952-448-9200 to speak to a Customer Service Representative, available from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.