Business of the Week February 17, 2017

Business of the Week: Pekarna’s Meat Market

Pekarna Meat Market is a 4th generation family owned business in downtown Jordan.  It has been operated there for almost 125 years.  They are known for their great ribs and homemade sausages.  They are located at 119 Water Street.   They draw visitors from far and wide to purchase their meat products.  Their phone for special orders is 952-492-6101. Visit them on Facebook at Pekarna Meat Market

Hours:

Tuesday- Thursday: 8am-6pm
Friday: 8am-8pm
Saturday: 8am-2am
Sunday & Monday: Closed

History of the Business:

Pekarna Meats was started by a Bohemia man named Frank Pekarna. Frank learned a lot of his knowledge of the meat market business while working for a gentleman named Conrad Fishbach. Throughout the years many of the traditions and recipes were developed. Frank, Conrad and Frank’s future partner Henry Arens, all married sisters from the Henkels family. Frank and Henry bought the business together after their brother-in-law, Conrad passed away. Frank bought Henry’s part of the family business and operated it on his own until 1922. Frank’s sons, Ted and Ed, worked at caring on the family business and traditions going. In 1931 Frank’s youngest son Joe, took over the business from his older brothers. Joe carried on the traditions until he passed away in 1970. At this time the third generation, Joe’s oldest son, Frank and his wife Cele, took on the responsibilities of running the business. Frank and Cele worked hard at keeping all the traditions going. In 1991, the family business was taken over by Frank and Cele’s sons John, Ken and Gregg Pekarna. Many of the same traditions from many years ago, including Great Grandpa’s recipes, are still carried out today.

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Business of the Week February 9, 2017

The Vinery Floral

“The Place Where Flowers Are Uniquely Designed and Affordably Priced”

The Vinery Floral is a local Jordan, Minnesota florist with a lovely variety of fresh flowers and creative gift ideas to suit any style or budget. It’s where you can enjoy your online shopping experience with secure 24-hour ordering right at your fingertips.

ALL OCCASION GIFT IDEAS-

 Shop from their Green & Blooming Plants and Dish Gardens for a gift that adds life to any room or office. They offer a variety of other choices… Fruit & Gourmet Baskets, Gift Baskets, Baby Gifts, Candy & Chocolates, Gifts, Greeting Cards, Home Décor, Scented Candles, Silk Flower Arrangements, Plush Stuffed Animals, Balloons and more!

WEDDING & PARTY FLOWERS –

Call the Vinery Floral to schedule a consultation to start planning flowers for your dream wedding or a special event – large or small. The talented designers create bouquets, flower arrangements and on-site decorating with each client’s individual style and budget in mind.

SYMPATHY & FUNERAL FLOWERS-

The Vinery Floral can send flowers for the funeral of a friend or loved one. They will design and deliver a funeral arrangement that beautifully conveys your feelings of sympathy and serves as a lovely tribute to the deceased.

The Vinery Floral

214 Water Street

Jordan MN 55352

952-492-5222

The Vinery Floral is on Facebook

http://www.thevineryfloral.net/

Monday: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Wednesday:                      9:00am- 6:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Friday: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday: Closed accept for special events

 

Business of the Week December 14, 2016

At Quatmann Auto Service, we provide full maintenance and repair services for all vehicles. Our team has proudly serviced the Jordan area for a number of years. We are proud to offer you “Peace of Mind” Warranty for service and repairs for 12 months or 12,000 miles. There is no greater peace of mind than knowing you have one less worry by having your vehicle serviced by professionals

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952-492-2397

Business of the Week December 7, 2016

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Business of the Week:  Radermacher’s Fresh Market

At Radermacher’s Fresh Markets they pride themselves on offering their customers the best in Produce, Meat, Deli, and Bakery. Treat your family to one of their many signature deli recipes, premium Angus Farms beef, Hormel Natural Pork, fresh baked breads and buns, and the freshest produce of the season, all brought to you in bright clean stores that feature the best of small town service and convenience.

It is their goal at Radermacher’s Fresh Markets to treat you better than anyone else can, from the best customer service to the freshest products available, they want your shopping experience to be quick, friendly, and convenient. Whether you want to browse their aisles at your leisure or run in for a quick dinner, trust Radermacher’s Fresh Markets to provide all the best for your family.

Remember to Shop Local!

Holiday Open House:  in Jordan, this Friday, December 9th, 4:00 – 7:00 PM

Radermacher’s Fresh Market Jordan

502 2nd Street W.

Jordan, MN 55352

952-492-2044

Hours: 7am to 10pm Monday thru Sunday

http://radermachers.com/

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Business of the Week October 19, 2016

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Business of the Week:  Link Detailing, LLC.

Have you ever wondered what auto detailing is?  To us it isn’t just washing a car and giving it a good vacuum.

Link Detailing takes pride in our work no matter how big or small the job is.  We clean by hand from the bumpers to the air vents paying close attention to detail.  We guarantee you will be pleased with our work.

A small town auto detailing business with a  small town prices in how we stand out from the rest!

Remember to shop local!

 

Business of the Week Oct 5, 2016

Business of the Week: The Station Bar and Grill 

Local bar and grill with a nice menu, you can check it out below.  They have daily lunch specials and happy hour. (The Station Oct-Lunch Specials)  Hot food, cold drinks, good service and a great atmosphere!

Remember to Shop Local!

The Station Bar and Grill
350 El Dorado Drive
Jordan, MN 55352
952-492-7015

Business of the Week Sept 28, 2016

Business of the Week: First Choice Pharmacy 
Our Jordan Pharmacy is located next to the St. Francis Medical Clinic on Creek Lane in Jordan MN. This location has a drive up window for your convenience. The pharmacy also has a extensive over the counter medication selection. With the addition of a up to date greeting card and gift selection this location is truly a “one stop shop”.

Remember to Shop Local!

First Choice Pharmacy
255 Creek Lane S. 
Jordan, MN 55352
952-492-3334

http://www.firstchoicepharmacymn.com/about-us.html

Residential Garbage and Recycling RFP Update

By now you might know that the City Council choose a different company’s proposal for residential garbage and recycling services for the next 5 year contract. The local garbage company did not get approved by the City Council. Jordan business, Elite Waste, has been our residential garbage hauler for the past 8 years. The City gave Elite Waste tax abatement when they built their building and moved to Jordan. What this means is, we have given them back all the city taxes they have paid since day one to help their business get started and expand here. That abatement continues for another 3-4 years. The City has supported this local business for the past 9 years to help them be competitive in their field.

Our current contract with Elite Waste is up at the end of 2016. Since the City Council was concerned with getting the lowest rates for garbage for our citizens and wanted to get some new services, they chose to go out for requests for proposals (RFP). Before the City did this we published a survey to our residents on garbage services. We received a 29% response rate on this survey of those eligible to reply. This is a really good amount for any survey and means to us that people feel strongly about this service contract. Through that survey the City Council was able to draft our RFP and tailor it to what the residents wanted. Most of the services requested were put in the proposal to greatly increase the amount of services our residents will see starting in 2017.

The residents that responded to the survey were asked if they liked the current service. 77% replied Yes and 23% replied No. So service is not a major concern or a reason to switch companies and never was. A majority think Elite Waste has done a great job or are satisfied.

The residents were also asked if the City Council should give the benefit of the doubt to the local hauler on prices if the bids came in close and by how much. They answered the question 50.47% with “No” and 49.53% said “Yes”. However, only 7.35% said “Yes” if the difference was more than 3%. 42.19% of the people said yes give the contract to the local hauler if the difference is 3% or less. The City Council always said they would try to tilt the decision to the local hauler if the bids were close. These bids came back with Elite Waste’s proposal being a $3.32/month higher than the lowest bid for the average home. The lowest bid was $14.35 for the average customer who has a 60 gallon trash and a 60gallon recycling container. This is roughly 20% lower than the bid from Elite Waste. This will save the residents $263,384 over the next 5 years as compared with Elite’s bid which was the second lowest bid. The average home is now paying $20.51/month with Elite Waste under the current contract and they will see their bill drop down to $14.35/month in 2017. This will save all of our residents close to $600,000 over the next 5 years compared to our current contract. Those numbers were difficult to look past.

It was a hard decision for the City Council but the bids were not close enough to give the nod to the local hauler this time. They are a good company and can bid to get our business back in 5 years at the end of this new contract. We understand a few people in town feel very strongly that the City of Jordan should always contract with the local hauler. From our survey results a majority of the residents disagree and are in favor of getting a reduction in prices on garbage services as opposed to paying this much more to give the business to the local garbage hauler. The City Council feels it did the best thing for the majority of the residents on the approval of the lowest bidder on these RFP’s. We hope you can agree it was not done without consideration of our local business. They are a good business and we highly recommend them to anyone. However, the bid process did not work out in their favor this time.

Let’s focus on the some of the many improvements achieved by these RFP’s:

  • New company owns and operate their own materials recycling facility (recyclables).
  • We will now be offering weekly yard waste cart pick up and weekly organics cart pick up.(Jordan will be one of the first cities in the State with organics offered city wide)
  • New Company utilizes clean burning natural gas powered trucks.
  • Will provide front load dumpsters for cardboard ONLY for public drop-off at no charge at an agreed upon city location.
  • Will provide one year free residential trash and recycling services to any service person that is in “active duty” in the military.
  • Curb cancer program with pink carts
  • Will provide a one-day 4 hour free bulky item drop off.
  • All city building, parks and events to be serviced at no charge.
  • Annual fall leaf collection day to be serviced at no charge.
  • Annual curbside Christmas tree collection for 2 weeks to be serviced at no charge.
  • Organics can be co-collected with yard waste (10 bags/bundles included)
  • Two free cart exchanges per year.
  • Valet service is free for handicapped or elderly customers.
  • No charge for first missed collection (No-Out Fee)
  • We are reducing the late fees from over $10.00 to a flat percentage of 15% or $2.25 on average.
  • We will no longer be charged the extra fuel surcharge or the dumping fee.
  • We will now have a Snow Bird options to stop service and charges if you are gone for 30days or more in the winter.
  • The Company will do considerable outreach and education for the community on their services and best methods to use organics, yard waste, solid waste and recycling.
  • The big savings that I discussed earlier saving our residents up to $600,000 as compared to our current contract.

With all of these improvements to our residential garbage and recycling services, we believe that going out for RFP’s had an extremely positive outcome for Jordan as a whole. With all the price reductions our residents could add organics or a yard waste cart with weekly pickup and still save money per month as compared to the rates we are paying in 2016. There are a great deal of positives for our residents to look forward to for our residential garbage and recycling contract starting on January 1, 2017 and going out the next 5 years.

Sincerely yours,

Tom Nikunen

City Administrator