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 mlein@jordanmn.gov.

Additional Openings:

Planning Commission

There is currently an open term for one commissioner. If you are interested please visit https://jordanmn.gov/city-government/planning-commission/ 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 https://jordanmn.gov/city-government/economic-development-authority/ or contact Tom Nikunen, City Administrator, at 952-492-2535 or tnikunen@jordanmn.gov.

Notice of Continued City Facility Closure due to COVID-19 update – City Hall opening May 18, 2020

All city facilities will remain closed to the public until May 18; City Hall will open for in-person customer service Monday, May 18th.  

May 15, 2020 – As of Monday, May 18th, City Hall will be opening per the Emergency Executive Order 20-56.  We applied to the State to be allowed to open our DMV to in person customer service and were approved.  To be considered for opening to in-person customer service we have to prepare a safety plan.  Attached is our plan Jordan COVID-19 Preparedness Plan.  Any customers please try to follow these safety precautions that apply to you.  We too need to follow the State guidelines on safety.  This includes limited access and the number of customers in at one time.   Anything that does not need in-person help please try to use our drop box or mail from this like vehicle tabs and water bills.  Thank you, for your patience and understanding.

 

March 30, 2020 – MN Executive Order 20-20 by Governor Walz directed all Minnesota Residents to Stay at Home. This Stay at Home order was extended to May 18, through Executive Order 20-48. All city facilities will remain closed to the public until May 18, the date when the most recent executive order expires. This includes city hall, the fire station, and the police station.

City staff will continue to work in all facilities in a limited capacity to provide essential city services. You are encouraged to connect with city staff through the city website, by phone and by email. If you have business that is time-sensitive and must be conducted in person, call (952) 492-2535 to make an appointment. City staff will do their best to accommodate your request.

The City of Jordan has been working with local, county, and state partners to help protect the health and wellness of both the community and employees during the rapidly changing coronavirus outbreak. As transmission has changed in Minnesota from travel-related to community spread, the city is making these changes while still ensuring it can provide essential services to residents.

Visit http://jordanmn.gov/covid-19-response/   to learn more about the City’s response to CODIV-19.

Second Reading of Ordinance 2020-02 Amending Jordan 2020 Fee Schedule

CITY OF JORDAN

COUNTY OF SCOTT

STATE OF MINNESOTA

 

NOTICE OF PROPOSED ORDINANCE 2020-02 TO AMEND THE CITY OF JORDAN 2020 FEE SCHEDULE:

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Jordan, Scott County, Minnesota, will vote on the proposed ordinance amendment for the City of Jordan’s Ordinance 2020-02.

  The amendment increases the fee for lawn mowing and establishes administrative citation fees associated with enforcement of the Residential Rental Licensing and Inspection Ordinance, Jordan City Code Chapter 124.

The vote will occur at the May 18, 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 the full proposed amendment 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.

Date:  May 7, 2020

Notice: Hydrant Flushing to Begin Monday, May 11

Public Works will Begin Flushing Hydrants Monday, May 11.

Public Works will start flushing hydrants Monday, May 11 for a period expected to take two weeks. If you have rusty water, turn on the outside faucets first and then all inside faucets to flush your system. The water should clear up in 10-15 minutes. Keep an eye on out for signs in your neighborhood with specific dates when the flushing will occur.

 

Notice: City Deputy Registrar to process Tabs and Dealer Work

The City of Jordan will begin processing License Tab Renewals beginning Monday, May 4, 2020.

Deputy Registrar Work During Shutdown:

The City of Jordan will not be taking ANY other types of work other than TABS and DEALER Work.

These changes do not apply to any other department – other departmental policies will continue to be enforced (e.g. building permits)

There will be no person-to-person contact between city employees and non-employees. 

The Process for Tab Renewals is as follows:

  • Renewals and payment will be placed in the City’s drop box (located at City Hall).
  • Renewal paperwork will be collected and will sit until the next day before it is processed to avoid possible transmission.
  • Once completed, tabs will be returned to the customer via US mail.

Notice: City Playgrounds to Reopen

City playground equipment, will be reopened to the public today, Friday May 1, 2020 at 3:00pm.

Playground equipment includes basketball courts and other such features.

Playgrounds and playground equipment were closed in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to reduce the need for Jordan’s first responders to enforce social distancing – requiring valuable PPE, and increasing the likelihood of spread among  City Employees.

Families and guardians should be careful to ensure children wash hands after touching play structures and maintain six feet of space from other children as much as possible. Although the Governor’s order doesn’t close playgrounds, they may still be closed by local authorities.

Residents are encouraged to enjoy parks and trails while practicing safe social distancing. For more information on social distancing and COVID-19, please refer to the latest guidance from the CDC.

Resources:

CDC, COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

MN Executive Orders: https://www.leg.state.mn.us/lrl/execorders/eoresults?gov=44

Notice: Annual Spring City Clean Up Day Postponed

The City’s Annual Spring Clean Up Day, organized by the City of Jordan and DSI (Dick’s Sanitation), has been postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic. The event will be rescheduled for fall 2020, on a date not yet decided. Forthcoming details about the event next fall will be communicated on the City’s website, the City’s Newsletter, and social media accounts.

DSI’s elective yardwaste pickup service is still operating, residents who are looking for options to dispose of yardwaste or other large items are encouraged to contact DSI at 952-469-2239 for options.

 

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

 

Notice: Public Meetings During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Accessing Meetings

Meetings will not take place at the City Council Chambers until further notice. All public meetings will be live-streamed for public viewing and can be accessed via the City Council Meetings Page.

Making Public Comments

Due to limitations of the digital meeting platform, members of the public will not be able to address the City Council and Commissions in real-time during the meetings. The public is instead asked to submit any comments electronically to publiccomments@jordanmn.gov no later than 3:00 p.m. on the day of the public meeting. Residents may also contact City Hall at 952-492-2535 to dictate their public comment. The Mayor or Commission Chair will read comments received prior to the deadline during the meeting.

 

Notice: Playground Equipment Closed Until Further Notice

City playground equipment has been fenced off, and playgrounds are closed to the public until further notice.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the City has had to close playground equipment to the public. This action is in line with Executive Order 20-20 by Governor Walz directing Minnesotans to Stay at Home until April 10, 2020, to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Playgrounds are a known transmission vector for COVID-19. The City asks that parents inform their children and provide supervision if necessary when going outside to play.

Playground equipment includes basketball courts and other such features.

Parks, trails, and open spaces are still open to the public, and residents are encouraged to enjoy them while practicing safe social distancing. For more information on social distancing and COVID-19, please refer to the latest guidance from the CDC.

Resources:

CDC, COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

MN Executive Orders: https://www.leg.state.mn.us/lrl/execorders/eoresults?gov=44

 

Notice of Temporary City Facility Closure due to COVID-19

All city facilities to close to the public March 18-27; essential city services will continue

Starting March 18 and continuing through March 27, all city facilities will close to the public. This includes city hall, the fire station, and the police station.

City staff will continue to work in all facilities in a limited capacity to provide essential city services. You are encouraged to connect with city staff through the city website, by phone and by email. If you have business that is time-sensitive and must be conducted in person, call (952) 492-2535 to make an appointment. City staff will do their best to accommodate your request.

The City of Jordan has been working with local, county, and state partners to help protect the health and wellness of both the community and employees during the rapidly changing coronavirus outbreak. As transmission has changed in Minnesota from travel-related to community spread, the city is making these changes while still ensuring it can provide essential services to residents.

Visit http://jordanmn.gov/city-departments/covid-19-response/   to learn more about the City’s response to CODIV-19.

TH 21 Bridge Replacement Update

⚠️TH 21 Bridge Replacement Update:

At 6 AM on Monday March 16th, Highway 21 will be closed between Sawmill Road/CR 66 (Old Hwy 169) and Mill Street in downtown Jordan. A detour will be installed around Jordan, using CR 66 (Old Hwy 169), Delaware Ave, and US Hwy 169.

The Hwy 21 bridges over the UP Railroad constructed in 1957 and over Sand Creek are in need of replacement, which will bring both bridges up to current standards. Updates regarding this and future projects are available at jordanconstructionhub.com.

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

CITY OF JORDAN

COUNTY OF SCOTT

STATE OF MINNESOTA

NOTICE OF PROPOSED ORDINANCE 2020-01 TO AMEND CITY CODE CHAPTERS 124, 151 AND 154 OF THE JORDAN CITY CODE 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