Kara Hildreth, contributor
Listening to songs while snuggling on a blanket at an outdoor concert is only a few miles away this summer. Whitetail Woods Regional Park will host a Music in the Park summer concert series. You can sit on the grass and relish in soothing music at the park located between Rosemount and Farmington off Highway 3. The 456-acre park has scenic vistas, lush tree canopies that frame winding hiking trails inside thick forests and sunny wetlands that border Empire Lake.
Farmington City Council members on June 5 approved a predatory offender ordinance that restricts Level 3 offenders from living in close proximity to schools, churches, day cares and parks. The new city ordinance will apply to Level 3 offenders and those whose victims are under the age of 16 years old and whose crimes involve child pornography. The new ordinance will only affect designated offenders who intend to move into Farmington in the future, and the law will not affect those who currently live in the city.
Due to a rising number of complaint calls about Farmington property owners violating city code in regards to property upkeep, the Farmington City Council voted unanimously June 5 to approve a cost recovery fee program. Farmington city staff receive complaints about city code violations such as residents parking vehicles on grass, improper storage of refuse or garbage, unlicensed and inoperable vehicles, sign violations and general property maintenance tend to be most common. During the winter months, residents may call because neighbors are not shoveling sidewalks.
A distraught, intoxicated woman threatening suicide and in possession of a firearm triggers a call to Farmington police and a response from the SWAT team Sunday evening, police said.
How could Farmington use a downtown outdoor park and plaza outside Rambling River Center? The public was invited to view concept plans and share feedback at an open house April 2 at Farmington City Hall. Nearly 20 residents showed up to review two concept designs and ask urban developers questions. All attendants were asked to fill out comment cards and answer six questions.
Women willing to send sons and daughters off to serve their country during war and peacetime were honored with a special luncheon April 29. The Farmington Yellow Ribbon Network volunteers hosted the ninth-annual Military Mother Grandmother luncheon where 90 women were served a sit-down lunch at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Farmington.
Prairieview Park will see a major facelift this summer as it reaches the end of its master parks plan this July. Located in Park Place neighborhood on Farmington's north side, families and the public will be able to recreate and play on playground equipment, a larger basketball court and eat together under a new picnic shelter. The Farmington City Council approved some of the work at its Monday, May 1, meeting.
Boeckman Middle School Principal Dan Miller will transition into a new position to become the director of operations on July 1. The Farmington School Board discussed in great detail the director position, job duties, salary and benefits, along with a proposed a job title change for an hour during a somewhat heated work session before the regular board meeting. The board ultimately approved hiring Miller during the regular board meeting after one dissenting vote from board member Melissa Sauser.
The Farmington School Board voted unanimously to move forward with a community survey. Barb Duffrin, executive director of educational services for Farmington Public Schools, shared a brief summary report about the community survey during the regular meeting Monday, April 24. The estimated survey cost conducted by Morris Leatherman Company comes in around $13,000 to query 400 random District 192 households with 50 questions.