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Good news for Farmington in the State of the City

Farmington mayor Todd Larson will give his State of the City address on Wednesday, March 27, 7:30 a.m., at Farmington City Hall. It is free and open to the public.

Farmington mayor Todd Larson is excited to give his annual State of the City address next week. He's got some good news to share this year.

Larson and city administrator David McKnight are still tweaking the annual report, Larson said, but what's in it so far are things Larson is ready to share with the community.

After years of financial struggles and budget cuts, the Farmington City Council has worked hard to come up with a plan for financial stability for the community's future. McKnight points to recent financial successes as one of the topics that will be shared next week.

This will be the first State of the City of Larson's second term. At the beginning of the year, Larson wanted to focus council's attention on drawing up a sound strategic plan and come up with a set of achievable short term and long term goals. Through a series of workshops in February and March, those plans are almost set and ready to be announced.

"I'm excited. With the strategic plan and the goals we have set, it's going to make the budget process so much easier and not a week of drama. It's going to be everyone's plan. This is what we're going to do, this is what we're budgeting," Larson said.

One of those goals is to get down to work on a new capital improvement plan to fund things like equipment, city-owned vehicles and road improvements or reconstruction projects.

"We're starting our capital improvement plan again. We haven't done capital improvement in a few years due to budget constraints. But we have to maintain the city. We had to address it and we're going to. Not in huge chunks, but in manageable chunks," Larson said.

The State of the City will also provide a recap of activity in other departments. Larson is looking forward to addressing all of the work that has been done to set up a new economic development plan for the city.

The State of the City address will be open to the public. It will be held at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 27, at Farmington City Hall. McKnight expects the address to last approximately one hour.

It will be co-hosted by the city of Farmington and the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Larson's address will also be taped at a later date, to be rebroadcast on the city's website and cable television channels.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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