Farmington City Council approved the final 2019 budget and tax levy projected to be 2.87 percent higher than last year. Farmington City Administrator David McKnight presented the 2019 budget and tax levy analysis at the City Council meeting Monday, Dec. 3. After six months of work by city staff, the general fund levy was approved to at $7,583,305. The net tax levy is projected to be $10,795,765. Looking at the past five years, McKnight said this is the lowest tax increase the city has seen, with three of the last five years at a 4.9 percent increase.
Dogs can leave paw prints on your heart and mud on the floor. These words are shown on a sign inside The Dog House, which opened Nov. 20 in the Farmington Mall. Business co-owners Nicole Johnson and Niels Schapochnicof invested three years into planning The Dog House. It offers four main services — doggie day care, boarding, self wash and full-service dog grooming. Last week the new small business witnessed great community response at the soft opening and enjoyed getting to know dog owners and their pooches.
Adjustments with school start times for students who attend Farmington Public Schools may be on the horizon. Dan Miller, director of operations for Farmington Public Schools, presented a report with Farmington School Board on Monday, Nov. 26. Miller explained why the school district is investigating changing school start times. Elementary earlier, high school later
Farmington American Legion Clifford Larson Post 189 swore in new post commander Doug Taube on Nov. 14. Taube decided to take on this position after longtime, former post commander Leonard Weisbrich stepped down earlier this year. Taube and treasurer Frank Carrol were sworn in by Post Commander John Flynn from the American Legion Eagan Post 594. Kara Hildreth / Contributor
Farmington's Dazzle Day welcomes all to shop local this holiday season and attend the community tree lighting ceremony. Farmington Mayor Todd Larson will lead a countdown to the tree lighting at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Dakota City Heritage Village in Farmington. This will be the second year partnership with the business group and Christmas at Dakota City. "We are going to keep it simple and keep everybody entertained," Josh Solinger, president of Farmington Business Association said.
Take a respite from the holiday hustle and bustle and take part in the holiday events at Dakota City Heritage Village in Farmington. "Last year the weather was beautiful and our participation and visitor numbers were up," said Kris Akin, president of the Dakota City Board. This year will mark the second year for the partnership of Christmas at Dakota City Heritage Village and Farmington Business Association.
Farmington City Council approved a five-year capital improvement plan on upcoming city projects from 2019 through 2023. During a November City Council work session, Farmington City Administrator Dave McKnight reviewed the draft of the CIP that the council and staff worked towards this summer. The plan includes projects and equipment the city is planning to invest in during the next five years. The CIP is part of the draft 2019 city budget that will be approved later this month by City Council. Water fund
Imagine a warm, enticing bubbly foot bath while you chill in a comfy salon massage chair. A new nail salon called Zen Nails just opened in Farmington. The new proprietors are Davis Nguyen and his wife Dorothy Siouthai. Zen Nails is located at 923 Eighth St., inside the Farmington Mall. The new small business is located in the former south end space occupied by the longtime drycleaner.
The holiday spirit will be alive and well in Rosemount with two upcoming shows. The eighth annual Christmas at the Steeple Center variety show will entertain at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Variety show director Faye Heffele said there will be two ensembles that will be given by the Rosemont Community Band. A brass ensemble will perform in the afternoon and the flute ensemble will play at the evening performance.
Farmington Food Shelf will soon have a new home and a different approach to feeding hungry families. The 360 Communities Farmington Food Shelf will be relocated to a room within Farmington Lutheran Church sometime around the second week in January.