Press Release – Emerald Ash Borer Boulevard Replacement Reimbursement

Press Release

The City of Jordan is pleased to announce at the July 24, 2023, City Council meeting, the City Council approved a policy that allows for reimbursement to those landowners that remove and replace Ash trees that are dead, infected, or diseased by Emerald Ah Borer in the boulevard. This policy only applies to residential uses. Applications will be approved on a first come first serve basis. The policy and application are available on the City’s website.

Media Contact:

T.J. Hofer, City of Jordan

Consultant Planner| 952-492-7929

Press Release – Pauly Park

Press Release

The City of Jordan is pleased to announce it has been selected to receive a $350,000 grant from the Minnesota DNR through the Outdoor Recreation Grant Program for a new City park!

The City’s planned Pauly Park is located in the Bluffs at Cedar Ridge and Heritage Hills neighborhoods, south of TH 282 and west of Lydia Road. The grant funding will be used to construct a 3.5-acre park with amenities including an inclusive, ADA accessible playground, pickleball courts, half basketball court, and accessible trails all adjacent to two neighborhoods that have long been without any nearby park. Pauly Park’s playground will be the first of its kind in the City, with inclusive play features such as wheelchair accessible equipment and rubber safety surfacing. The accessible equipment will allow children with disabilities to play alongside their peers, and reap the same physical, social, cognitive, and psychological benefits from playing outdoors. Alongside the new playground will be the City’s first pickleball courts. Initial land development grading work will occur on-site this fall with construction of the new park facilities occurring in summer 2024.

The City of Jordan is grateful for the opportunity to partner with the DNR and is thrilled to be able to provide such an innovative and highly sought after amenity for Jordan residents. The grant program aims to increase and enhance outdoor recreation facilities in local and community parks throughout the state. With the construction of Pauly Park, both the City of Jordan and Minnesota DNR will achieve these goals.

Media Contact:

Tom Nikunen, City of Jordan

City Administrator| 952-492-2535


City-Wide Cleanup Day May 20, 2023

Spring Cleanup Day – May 20, 2023

Buckingham Companies will be conducting the City-Wide Cleanup Day at the Police Station at 705 Syndicate Street near Valley Green Mobile Home Park. Hours for the cleanup are 8:00 am – 12:00 pm, Saturday, May 20th. Drop-off is only for the City of Jordan residents and is free of charge.

Valley Green Park will have a separate cleanup day provided by your Hauler!

Items Accepted: Mattresses/Box springs (4 per vehicle), Furniture, Electronics, Appliances, Grills, Lawnmowers/Snow Blowers (ALL fluids must be drained or they will NOT be accepted), Household Garbage/Toys (Please have any loose items bagged), Scrap Metal, Construction Debris, Windows, Exercise Equipment, Recyclables (cardboard, paper, plastic bottles, aluminum cans, glass bottles).  This list is not all-inclusive!

Items NOT accepted: household liquids/hazardous waste (paints, thinners, cleaners, stains, and varnishes), fluorescent light bulbs, tires, gas or diesel, yard waste, brush, logs/firewood.

Please take Household hazardous waste to Scott County Hazardous Waste Facility located at 588 Country Trail E.  For days and times of operation visit Scott County Household-Hazardous-Waste or call 952-496-8787.

If you have any further questions regarding this year’s Spring Cleanup Day, please feel free to contact our Buckingham at 952-226-6441, and their friendly office staff will be able to assist you!

City of Jordan – Spring Cleanup Ad – Newspaper – May 2023

Fall Clean-up Days October 12 & 13

Buckingham Companies will be hosting a CURBSIDE FALL CLEAN-UP on your service day during the service week of October 10th, 2022 (Wednesday 10/12/22 & Thursday 10/13/22). This will be a curbside collection of your items you are looking to dispose of, so you will not have to load up a truck, car, van or any other mode of transportation to bring it somewhere to dispose of your items. (Click the link to learn more)

City of Jordan Newsletter – October 2022

Press Release: US 169 Pedestrian Underpass in Jordan listed in Congressional Appropriations Bill

US 169 Pedestrian Underpass in Jordan Listed in Congressional Appropriations Bill

March 11, 2022, Jordan, MN – The City of Jordan’s request to Congress for a new pedestrian underpass of US 169 near Creek Lane was included omnibus bill passed by the US House of Representatives and US Senate on Friday. Expected to be signed into law by President Biden, the bill targets $1,124,000 in federal funding for the new pedestrian underpass which is planned to be constructed in cooperation with a planned nearby interchange at US 169 / TH 282 / CR 9.

“The success of this funding is due to the work of many over the past decade” said Jordan Mayor Mike Franklin.

Mayor Franklin continued “The City of Jordan sincerely thanks US Representative Angie Craig, US Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, current and past City Council members for their vision and dedication to the project, the Scott County Board and Staff, State Representative Tony Albright, and State Senator Eric Pratt.”

US Highway 169 divides the City of Jordan, separating more than 700 homes from essential businesses like grocery and retail stores, banks, restaurants, and child care. Today, some pedestrians choose to brave the 55 mile-per-hour traffic at a large and intimidating signalized intersection and others opt for worn, floodprone footpaths under a nearby bridge over Sand Creek. Since 2010 the City of Jordan has been seeking funding to construct a pedestrian underpass of US 169 to close this critical gap, making it reasonably accessible for all users and address clear safety issues. The project is a clear safety benefit for users of all ages, abilities, and incomes.

“The City of Jordan is grateful for these partnerships and looks forward to the bill being signed into law” Franklin concluded.

Media Contact:
Tom Nikunen, City of Jordan

City Administrator| 952-492-2535

Notice of Request for Proposals for Residential Solid Waste, Recycling and Organics Services

The City of Jordan is now accepting Request for Proposals (RFP’s) for the city’s residential solid waste, recycling and organics services. Proposals must be submitted by Friday, November 12th, 2021 @ 5pm Cst. One (1) digital copy & two (2) hard copies of each proposal must be submitted. All communications about this RFP after its release and up through the due date shall be in writing through the City’s designated contact person:

Tom Nikunen, City Administrator
(952) 492-2535

More information and the link to the RFP template can be found here.








NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Jordan, Scott County, Minnesota, will hold a public hearing and second reading and vote on draft ordinance 2021-10.  The draft ordinance will allow all qualified residents to apply for a permit to operate a golf cart on allowed roadways within Jordan city limits.


The public hearing and vote will occur at the September 20th, 2021 meeting at 6:30 p.m. or shortly thereafter, at the Jordan City Council Chambers, located at 116 East First Street in the City of Jordan, Minnesota.


A copy of the full proposed ordinance is posted at the City of Jordan City Offices, 210 East First Street, Jordan, MN  55352, and is available here.


Questions regarding the proposed ordinance may be directed to the City of Jordan City Offices at 952-492-2535.  All interested persons are encouraged to present their view in writing to the email  If necessary, accommodations can be made to allow applicants to present comment orally.


Date: 08/30/2021

Public Hearing and Second Reading of Ordinance 2020-05 Amending the City Code Governing Tobacco and Electronic Device Regulations







NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Jordan, Scott County, Minnesota, will hold a public hearing to accept public input and vote on draft Ordinance 2020-05. The draft ordinance will amend City Code Sections 113.01-113.03, 113.05-113.08, and 113.99 to increase the age to purchase, possess, and use tobacco, tobacco products, tobacco-related devices, electronic delivery devices, and nicotine or lobelia delivery products to 21 years of age.

The public hearing will be conducted on Monday September 21, 2020 at approximately 6:30 p.m. at the Jordan City Council Chambers, located at 116 East First Street in the City of Jordan, Minnesota. The purpose of the public hearing is to accept input on the proposed ordinance amendment. The City Council will then vote on the proposed Ordinance 2020-05 after the public hearing.

Questions regarding the proposed ordinance may be directed to the City of Jordan City offices, 210 East First Street, Jordan, MN 55352: phone 952-492-2535. A copy of the ordinance is available here.

All interested persons are encouraged to present their view in writing to the email If necessary, accommodations can be made to allow applicants to present comment orally.

Dated: 9/11/2020


Press Release: Mayor’s Proclamation of Mayor Ron Jabs Week in the City of Jordan

Press Release:

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.

Click here to read the Proclamation for Mayor Ron Jabs Week.

Consider Running for Jordan City Council

Candidate filings will be open July 28th – August 11th for the four seats open on the City of Jordan City Council.

Open positions are for the Mayor and three Councilmembers. Each position has a four year term beginning in January of 2021.

How to file for office:

To apply for one of the vacancies on the City Council, you must fill out an Affidavit of Candidacy application at City Hall located at 210 E. 1st Street from July 28 through August 11 between the hours of 8:30 and 5:00 p.m. The following criteria must be met to file for office:

    • The candidate must be an eligible voter
    • The candidate has maintained residence in the city for 30 days before the election
    • The candidate must pay the $2 filing fee at the time of filing
    • The candidate is, or will be on assuming the office, 21 years of age or more

The Mayor receives a monthly stipend of $400 and the Councilmembers $300. For more information, please contact Mary Lein at 952-492-7931 or

Additional Openings:

Planning Commission

There is currently an open term for one commissioner. If you are interested please visit or contact the Planning Department at 952-492-2535 with any questions.

Economic Development Authority

There is currently an open term for one commissioner. The term of the position is six (6) years. If you are interested please visit or contact Tom Nikunen, City Administrator, at 952-492-2535 or

Potential Organics & Yard Waste Drop-Off Site in Jordan

Potential Combined Organics & Yard Waste Drop Off Site in Jordan:

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!

Jordan PD Parking Lot Plans


State of the City: Progress in Jordan

2020 Progress in the City of Jordan

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:

  • 2020: New pedestrian crossing of CR 61 (Aberdeen Ave) between Bridle Creek and Stonebridge to promote safe access to Grassmann Park
  • 2020: New trail along 190th Street from CR 9 to Timberline, thanks to a $65,000 grant the City secured from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
  • 2020: New trail along Hwy 21 from the Sand Creek Bridge to Mill Street
  • 2020: New sidewalk along Seville Dr from the new CDA development to Creek Lane
  • 2021: New sidewalk along Seville Dr / El Dorado Dr from the new CDA development to Creek Lane (completing the loop started in 2020 along these roads)
  • 2021: New trail along Creek Lane, from Hwy 282 to Triangle Lane
  • 2021: New trail along Hwy 282, from Mill Street to Lydia Road
  • 2023: New trail along Hwy 21, from the Sand Creek Bridge to Sawmill Road.

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:

  • Two ninja-warrior style challenge courses, complete with a timer scoreboard and connectivity options for nationwide comparison on your speed
  • A multi-use field for baseball, softball, football, and soccer
  • A multi-use trail around the entire park for walkers, runners, and young cyclists.


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:

  1. Widen both bridges to accommodate a new bicycle and pedestrian trail
  2. Install a new trail in 2020 from the Sand Creek Bridge to Mill Street, passing by the historic brewery
  3. Plan for a continuation of the trail in 2023 from the Sand Creek Bridge to Sawmill Road, when the intersection at Sawmill Road will also be improved.

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:

  • Developed the Downtown Façade Grant program, resulting in over 20 building owner investments spurred by the City. These small incentives have improved the look and feel of downtown Jordan for the benefit of all who visit.
  • The City completed a large replacement of its aging downtown street and utility infrastructure in the summer of 2015. Utilizing the downtown visioning and its advisory committee, the City widened sidewalks, added pedestrian friendly bump outs with planting beds, enhanced the pedestrian experience with new benches, garbage cans, and wayfinding kiosks, and planted of over 20 trees.

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.)

2020 City of Jordan Visioning Survey

Second Reading of 2020-01: Ordinance Amending Chapters 124, 151, and 154 to Correct Miscellaneous Errors and Inconsistencies





NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Jordan, Scott County, Minnesota, will vote on the proposed Ordinance 2020-01, correcting miscellaneous errors and inconsistencies in Chapters 124, 151, and 154.

The proposed amendments address the following City Code Sections:

  • Chapter 124 Residential Rental Property Registration
    • Chapter Title
  • Chapter 151 Manufactured Home Park Regulations
    • 151.05
  • Chapter 154 Zoning
    • 154.020
    • 154.048
    • 154.085
    • 154.086
    • 154.095
    • 154.096
    • 154.106
    • 154.115
    • 154.116
    • 154.121
    • 154.126
    • TABLE A: Residential Lot Requirements
    • 154.167
    • 154.177
    • 154.199
    • 154.224
    • 154.313
    • 154.322
    • 154.324
    • 154.325
    • 154.375

The vote will occur at the February 3, 2020 meeting at 6:30 p.m. or shortly thereafter, at the Jordan City Council Chambers, located at 116 East First Street in the City of Jordan, Minnesota

A copy of proposed Ordinance 2020-01 can be found here.

Questions regarding the proposed ordinance may be directed to the City of Jordan City offices, 210 East First Street, Jordan, MN 55352: phone 952-492-2535. Full documentation of the proposed ordinance is available upon request during regular office hours.

Dated: January 22, 2020