The intersection of Highway 282 & Creek Lane will be reconstructed with a new roundabout in 2021. The City is interested in the public’s input on the landscaping within and surrounding the roundabout. Responses to the following questions will be provided to the City Council who will provide direction to project designers in consideration of this input and the City’s budget.
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Thursday, August 6, 2020
Jordan, MN. – At its regularly scheduled City Council Meeting on Monday, August 3, 2020, the Jordan City Council unanimously approved a resolution to proclaim the week of August 9 through August 15 to be Mayor Ron Jabs Week in the City of Jordan.
City Council members shared fond memories and valued lessons taught by former City Council member, Mayor, and Economic Development Authority Chair Ronald Jabs. During his many years of public service, Mayor Jabs made many lasting contributions to the City of Jordan. Mayor Velishek read the Proclamation aloud to those observing the meeting in person and online. A copy of the proclamation can be found at the following link.
City staff have been working on a grant application in coordination with the Scott County Environmental Services Department. The City’s goal is to enhance the existing enclosure for household organics drop-off and create a brand new enclosure for yard waste drop-off.
If successful in receiving the grant, the City will incorporate this new combined facility as part of our pre-planned paving project for the Jordan Police Department parking lot this summer. Check out the draft plans by clicking the link below and let us know what you think!
With 2019 behind us, I wanted to reach out to help inform the Jordan community what the City has recently been up to and highlight an opportunity for you to help guide Jordan’s future. In March, the City of Jordan will be distributing its annual community survey. Your input is more valuable than you might otherwise think. I encourage all residents to please take the time to provide input. The City Council and Staff will closely review the input receive as it develops community goals for the next 5-10years.
To provide more background as to why this input is so important, here is a summary of recent accomplishments by the City based in public input we have received:
Trail Connection Progress in Jordan
Each community outreach survey the City receives back; we hear from more residents wanting more trails in Jordan. A majority of our residents wanted it and the following are happening:
Aside from meeting residents’ desires for these trails, the City has attacked these needs in a way that doesn’t attack the City’s budget. The vast majority of these facilities are being funded by grants or other agencies resulting from coordination led by the City.
These new trail and sidewalk connections are only the start. The 169/ 282 / 9 interchange project will bring a new web of connectivity across Jordan’s Highway 169 and Sand Creek barriers. The City is continuously reviewing the few trail connection gaps remaining in the City
Progress in Jordan’s Parks
Over the past five years the City has added numerous affordable improvements in Lagoon Park. In 2018 the City added a new splash pad, which has clearly been a splashing success. A new concession stand was added in response to public input on the need for snacking options while residents enjoy Jordan’s most popular park. Boat rentals launched in 2018, new play equipment went in for our youngest residents, and a new hockey rink took shape in the center of Lagoon Park for increased winter park usage.
A new dog park on Sawmill Road has been a barking success since its installation in 2017, following years of searching for an acceptable location. The City worked with MnDOT and a property owner to get a new archery park installed in the formerly underutilized Hwy 21 wayside rest area.
In 2019 the City began replacing outdated park signage and aging neighborhood park equipment. The City also added two new neighborhood parks; both adjacent to the Wexford Square Townhomes.
Finally – have you heard about the new Grassmann Park? A first of its kind in the nation, the park features:
Roadway & Utility Progress in Jordan
Hwy 21 Bridge Project: MNDOT is completing a bridge reconstruction project on the two Hwy 21 Bridges starting in March. During the project development process, the City worked with MNDOT to:
MnDOT’s Hwy 21 project will require a temporary road closure with detours for around 10 months, which is the painful side of this progress. During that time, the City is working with downtown businesses and developing a new downtown summer series of community events to increase downtown foot traffic. The City can’t do this along though, and are encouraging you help to support our businesses as well. Please be mindful to shop local and support our strong downtown!
Hwy 21 / Sawmill Rd / CR 66 Roundabout: The City has long desired improvement to this intersection, particularly for those Jordan residents turning onto Hwy 21 as part of their daily morning commute. The City has led discussions with MnDOT, Scott County, and Jordan School District regarding installation of a new roundabout. The project is currently scheduled to be constructed in the summer of 2023.
Creek Lane Roundabout: The City has been successful at acquiring grant funding in the amount of $1.81M to help complete this project. The project will reduce congestion on Creek Lane at Hwy 282 and improve the safety of the intersection for all users. The work will be started and completed in 2021.
282 Resurfacing Project: MnDOT is moving forward with resurfacing of Hwy 282 from Jordan to Hwy 13 in 2021. Similar to the Hwy 21 bridge project, the City has successfully sought out opportunities from an otherwise painful construction process. The City has worked with MNDOT to install a trail heading up the bluff from downtown. The new trail will connect sidewalks at Mill Street to Lydia Road, filling a long-desired trail connection need for the City. Better yet, 80% of the trail will now be paid for by MnDOT rather than local tax payer funds.
169 interchange: The City has been working jointly with Scott County and MNDOT for over two years on plans and designs for an interchange at 169/282/CR9. The next open house for the public on this process is February 20th at 4:30pm at the Council Chambers. This is an extremely challenging area to design an interchange at with the Creek, the railroad, wetland, a few bridges and some of our current businesses built under more rural times. By the end of April this year the plans will be through the design and environmental study enough to apply for federal funding. We are currently working with the other agencies on grant applications. We feel our project has a great chance to be successful at achieving funding very soon.
Southwest Interceptor Sewer: Jordan has been a growing community for decades and market pressures will continue to push our community to progress. Recognizing the most basic, fundamental role of the City to have a functional sanitary sewer system, the City Council planned out a sanitary sewer improvement project in phases to match sewer flow demands while not increase the water and sewer bills to residents. We have some large debt coming off our debt rolls so we staggered the project to make our first payment in the year after our final debt payment was paid.
Housing Progress in 2019
Jordan welcomed 36 new homes this year, a number anchored largely by the new Lennar development and infill of existing inventory. The Scott County CDA is building 59 units of senior housing apartment in the 2nd phase of their Brentwood Development. Being this is the Scott County CDA project these units will be very affordable to our seniors. Schrom Construction completed 28-unit rental townhouses in an affordable housing project. The City is working on more developments including styles with smaller starter homes and market rate apartments.
Progress in Downtown Jordan
In 2013 the City developed its visioning document for downtown Jordan and the surrounding area, based on business and community member engagement. This guide for how the community can reinvest in and promote Jordan’s downtown core. Building from this vision the city has:
The downtown investments have helped attract some new businesses to downtown Jordan like Roets Jordan Brewery, Sassy Kat Boutique, Bluff Creek Boutique, Beauti Salon, Jaime Smith Photography, Delia’s All in One Authentic Mexican Restaurant and, coming this summer, Mousse Sparkling Wine. The City is very proud of the progress in our downtown and are working to continue to improve.
Redevelopment and Expansion –
Over the past four years Jordan has seen a significant expansion and redevelopment in the Triangle Lane commercial area. The City is thankful to have great businesses like Wolf Motors, McDonalds, and Holiday chooses to reinvest over $5,000,000 in the community. The additions of Taco Bell and Caribou Coffee have also changed the landscape of our highway commercial area and added to Jordan’s tax base. Available industrial lots have been dwindling down as well. The City is proud of this positive momentum and is excited for other similar growth opportunities on the horizon.
Progress Toward a Flood Control Solution
Jordan has been subject to flooding for decades and 2019 was no exception. This year the City finalized a preliminary design process for a flood control solution involving the construction of new certified levees along Sand Creek. Recently, the City has coordinated with the DNR to gain funding to implement the solution. The DNR has indicated that they have Jordan pegged to receive funding for the project beginning in 2020 and continuing over the next several years to get the project completed. The community has excited things to come toward finally solving this problem.
Public Engagement & Social Media Progress
If you’re a social media user, you likely have seen some of the posts by the City of Jordan or even interacted with us online. The City Staff takes great pride in community engagement, listening to what you think and considering how to make Jordan a more attractive place to live, work, and play. Over the past few years, beyond the same-old mailings and public meetings, the City has prided itself on pushing updates to Jordan residents and businesses via social media platforms that Jordan residents use. Rather than sit back and due the bare minimum a government must do, the City of Jordan instead wants to take information to the residents rather than assume residents will find it on their own.
2019 was a busy year in the City of Jordan with loads of progress. I want to thank the community for the opportunity to provide the future direction as mayor and am proud to live in a growing and successful community at the input of its citizens. I look forward to reviewing the input Jordanites provide on the upcoming community visioning survey process.
Sincerely yours, Mayor Tanya Velishek
(Please click this link below to take our survey.)
Click the link below to get the application for the Jordan Commercial Club’s Letters to Santa Drawing. Many nice prizes contributed by the Jordan Commercial Club and area businesses. Merry Christmas!
The Heimatfest Parade is Saturday, September 7th starting at 11am. Staging for floats starts at 10am. Please get this application in ASAP to get in our parade. No fees to entrants, great exposure to new customers to your business or organization.
Attached below are all the materials from the Open House held on October 29th. If you have any questions about the process or any of the materials please call City Administrator, Tom Nikunen at 952-492-2535. Please feel free to fill out a comment sheet.
The Snack Shack is open at Lagoon Park! We are trying to have it open for tee ball and kindergarten coach pitch Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. It will also be open on weekends during the day.
Hours Thru June:
Monday thru Thursday 5:30pm to 7:30pm.(During Comm. Ed. Youth ball) Saturday & Sunday 12:30pm to 4:30pm