Retired city administrator
Eagan Town Administrator Dave Osberg announced he would retire in March after nine years in the role.
With Osberg at the helm, Eagan hosted Twin Cities Premium Outlets and the Viking Lakes development. The police station, city hall and central maintenance facility were renovated and the fire department changed from an all-volunteer staff model to a 24/7 paid staff model. 7, according to the statement.
In 2014, Osberg was named Manager of the Year by his peers at the Minnesota City/County Management Association. He has served on and served as president of numerous boards, including the League of Minnesota Cities.
“Under Dave’s years of leadership, Eagan has been repeatedly named Top City to Live, earning a triple-A rating,” Mayor Mike Maguire said in a statement. “On a personal note, he has been an incredible colleague, peer, mentor, coach, leader and friend to so many, including me.”
During his 40-year career in public service, Osberg also served as a municipal administrator in St. James, Waterville and Hastings.
The redevelopment of the town hall is progressing
Excelsior City Council has selected a developer to carry out the transformation of its small, outdated town hall.
In early January, the council received proposals from seven promoters. Despite plans to select several to interview, board members agreed to bypass this step and go with Excelsior-based Red Leaf Partners LLC, which will partner with Minneapolis-based Snow Kreilich Architects to design the project.
It remains to be seen whether the redevelopment plans will include space for a new city hall or be strictly residential and mixed-use. Red Leaf’s design proposal included 40 to 60 townhouses and multi-family apartments with multi-level parking that would replace and expand the existing parking lot. The proposal describes “the possible construction of a new town hall”.
The city will formally reach an agreement with Red Leaf at its February 7 meeting. Construction would begin this year, with an estimated completion date of late 2023.
The library system forgives some user fees
The Washington County Library system stopped charging processing fees for overdue items and waived those fees already charged to some 7,000 library patrons. The move restores library privileges to approximately 3,000 cardholders who had no other charges or holds on their accounts.
Library officials said keeping people in the library system’s eight locations was more important than collecting the $8 fee. The library always charges a replacement fee for lost or damaged items.
The move aligns Washington County’s library system with those of Hennepin and Ramsey and St. Paul counties, all of which have moved away from fines and fees in recent years.
The Tourist Office adds its first new member in 12 years
The Twin Cities Gateway Visitors Bureau now has 10 members after expanding for the first time since the organization was founded 12 years ago.
Arden Hills, with its seven lakes, 14 city parks and 22 miles of multi-use trails joins Anoka, Blaine, Coon Rapids, Fridley, Ham Lake, Lino Lakes, Mounds View, New Brighton and Shoreview as a member of the tourism board.
“The Town of Arden Hills is thrilled to join Twin Cities Gateway in helping showcase the various amenities our town has to offer,” said Arden Hills Mayor David Grant. “We believe this partnership will help drive short- and long-term economic growth in the city and surrounding region.”