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Streets within the 2019 Street Reconstruction Project area are identified within the City’s Capital Improvement Plan for reconstruction. The roadways included within this project were selected as part of the City’s Pavement Management Program. This program is used by the City to manage and extend the pavement life of our streets and select improvement projects in a cost-effective and efficient manner.
Proposed work includes street reconstruction and storm sewer improvements, which includes spot curb and gutter replacement and utility repairs. Corrosion protection is proposed on the watermain facilities throughout the project. Download the project location map (PDF), which details the limits of the project.
Construction is anticipated to take place between April and November of 2019. Construction throughout the project area will be phased. More detailed schedule information will be made available to residents on the project web page as the project moves through design and into construction.
This project is proposed to be funded by the City’s Street Capital Improvement Funds and Special Assessments to benefiting properties. The City’s assessment policy is to assess 40% of the street and storm sewer improvements to the benefiting property owners. Estimated assessment amounts will be mailed to all property owners in the project area in late October with the invitation to attend the public hearing for the project.
Residents will have access to their driveways for the majority of the construction project. However, if and when concrete curb and gutter is being replaced in front of your driveway, the City requires a 5-day minimum curing time with no disturbance to the concrete. There also may be short periods during the day where a resident may not have access to his/her driveway due to roadway construction. Property owners will be provided as much advance notification as possible when access to driveways will be restricted.
The contractor will install temporary mailboxes as determined by the Post Office and residents will be notified of their location. The existing mailbox will be salvaged until after construction and reinstalled in a similar location.
Trash pickup in the neighborhood will take place on the same day it currently occurs. The contractor will provide access to the neighborhood to garbage trucks for pickup, or coordinate with the disposal service providers during the occasional exception throughout the project to minimize inconvenience to the residents.
The City of Lakeville has specified the following working hours: Monday - Friday 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Work on Saturdays is allowed with permission from the City Engineer. Saturday working hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. The on-site construction observer will work to notify residents in advance if work is proposed to take place on a Saturday. No work is permitted on Sundays or holidays.
Sections of maintained lawn that need to be removed for construction will be restored with new seed at the end of the project. The contractor is responsible for watering the new seed for 30-calendar days following installation, after which it is the homeowner’s responsibility. Please do not mow new seed with the rest of your lawn as this will kill it. All residents will receive mailings notifying them of the end dates of the contractor’s seed maintenance period.
The contractor is responsible for protecting, or replacing to their original condition if damaged, most items such as small retaining walls, landscape features or irrigation systems found in the homeowner’s yard. For underground items such as invisible pet fences and irrigation lines, all homeowners are asked to make an effort to mark them so that the contractor can work around them and protect them as much as possible from damage. It is the homeowner’s responsibility to relocate any plantings that will be disturbed by construction; the contractor will not replace plantings with final restoration of the project.
The City completed tree pruning work over the winter months, and also removed trees anticipated to be impacted by construction at that time. Any additional tree removal needs associated with construction activities will be communicated to property owners on a case-by-case basis.
An arborist is a professional who is trained in the art and science of planting, caring for, and maintaining trees and other woody plants. The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) provides an arborist certification once individuals have worked a minimum of three years in arboriculture or a combination of education and experience and pass an exam. A good arborist will offer a wide range of services such as pruning, removal, disease and insect diagnosis, integrated pest management, etc. There are many experienced tree services that do not employ certified arborists but will do a fine job removing a diseased or infested tree.
You should always get 2-3 written price quotes before you choose one company, ask to see proof of liability insurance and do not pay the company until the work is complete. Be wary of people that go door-to- door soliciting business, even if they did good work for your neighbor. Before hiring a company, make sure they understand what is expected with the tree removal including timeline, wood removal or chipping, and stump de-barking. You do not need to grind out the stump, if the bark is removed off the stump. For oak wilt, if you or your neighbors have healthy red oaks within 100 feet of the diseased oak(s), you should hire a company that can offer treatments to prevent the spread to nearby oaks first, before the diseased tree removal. See How to Hire a Tree Contractor for more information and additional resources.
At this time, City of Lakeville does not require tree care companies to be licensed to work in Lakeville. Some cities require tree care companies to license with their municipality. The State of Minnesota requires all tree contractors to be on the Tree Registry List.
Public property: City Forestry staff monitor and survey the entire City for infested ash, oak and elm trees on public and private property throughout the year. We also take inspection requests from residents who notice a dying tree. Infested ash trees on City property are marked and issued to one of several work crews or a contractor, who must follow the same removal guidelines and timelines as private property owners. Sites are rechecked for compliance after the removal is complete.
Private property: City Forestry staff will contact the property owner by mail or front door hanger to request access to the yard via a right of entry form in order to inspect and confirm the trees are infested/diseased.
An infested ash tree has bark splits with visible larval galleries and/or significant woodpecker activity due to the presence of the EAB. City Forestry staff often use binoculars to see galleries high in the tree and can help point out the signs they used to identify the tree as EAB positive. This is one of the reasons leaf-off conditions are best for seeing EAB damage on the tree.
If Forestry staff see a tree that appears early in the infestation, we will leave a door hanger alerting the property owner about the City’s Ash Injection Program in order to encourage therapeutic injection to preserve the tree and its canopy benefits.
An oak or elm with one of these diseases show signs in June-September during leaf-on conditions. The fungal pathogen is spread by shared root systems between “like” species of trees and by a beetle. The tree reacts to the fungus and tries to limit its spread by blocking up the water-conducting tissues, The first symptom often looks like drought injury and is usually “flagging” of one or more branches in the upper part of the canopy. Flagging looks like yellow or brown curling leaves moving from the branch tips down toward the main stem. The leaves may also start curling with a dark water-stained olive-green color. As the disease progresses, leaves drop. It is easy to peel back the bark on diseased branches to reveal staining on the living tissue, adding another positive identification to the presence of the fungus.
If you had ash trees that were not marked for removal, they are likely infested, but not yet showing signs of EAB. There are chemical trunk injections available that protect ash trees from EAB and the City offers a reduced-cost program to assist residents in preserving their shade. If a tree has 30% dieback or less, there is the possibility an ash tree can be treated and saved. Earlier is always better. Visit the City’s webpage on how to Prepare for EAB in Your Yard. If trees are not treated they will die from EAB, and if they remain standing they will be marked by Forestry staff, hopefully before they become brittle and hazardous.
The best way to control Dutch elm disease (DED) is through good sanitation, which is removing diseased and dying elms and elm wood piles by chipping or burning the wood, so bark beetles do not have a place to lay their eggs. Unfortunately, good sanitation occurs after the trees are already dead or dying.
The only preventative step to keep an elm from getting DED is to inject it with a chemical that prevents the disease from taking hold in the tree.
Be sure to avoid any pruning or wounding of oak branches, stems or roots from April-October of each year. Check the University of Minnesota’s website to check if it is a safe time to prune.
Visit our Oak Tree Diseases webpage for more details on managing the disease
DBH is a forestry term that means diameter (in inches) measured at breast height, which is 4.5 feet from the ground. Multi-stem trees are measured as one tree at the narrowest point above ground. Beyond size of the tree, removal pricing is based on the tree’s location within the property and the presence of obstructions such as overhead utilities, steep slopes or structures. The type of equipment that can access the tree can also influence the cost. Each company has a different business model with varying levels of staffing, education and overhead which can cause wide fluctuations in cost. Most companies carry at least $2 million aggregate in liability insurance because forestry and arboriculture work carries a high risk to the employee.
Property lines are determined based on physical factors such as fences, mowing lines, overhead power lines (which generally mirror property lines), and aerial photos along with plat maps (when needed). If you think the tree is on your neighbor’s property, try to resolve the dispute yourselves. If you cannot agree and would like more detailed information, you can call the Engineering Department at 952-985-4500 to determine if there is a survey on file for your property.
When removing any tree, it is very important that you be aware of any overhead utilities that are near or travel through the tree. The utility companies (Xcel Energy or Dakota Electric) must be notified of the situation well in advance of the tree’s removal so that they may assist you. When you contact a utility company, make sure that you notify them that you have a diseased tree, and give them your deadline. Please notify our office if there are any delays.
There are two types of situations that occur when your tree has wires near or in it:
Pole-to-Pole: This situation involves electric service to more than one residence because the wires in your tree are connected between service poles. The utility company usually prefers to handle trees around these lines by removing as much of the tree as necessary to prevent damage to their lines and to make it “safe” for other contractors to remove. They may remove only a portion of the tree and leave the remaining wood debris. It is your responsibility to dispose of any wood left on site.
Pole-to-House: This situation involves the utility lines running from service pole to your house. It is common for the utility company to disconnect the service lines involved while you or your contractor remove the tree. They will then reconnect the service lines after the work is complete. You should set a specific time for disconnection and re-connection of your service to facilitate both the efficient removal of the tree and the restoration of your service.
The stump does not have to be ground out, but all of the bark must be removed from it in order to prevent spore mats from forming (oak wilt), to prevent elm bark beetles or emerald ash borer from reproducing/surviving. If the stump is in a high traffic or grassy (mowed) area, you may want to consider removing it for aesthetic or safety reasons, but it is not necessary for disease/insect control.
If you plan to implement control measures such as vibratory plowing (oak wilt/Dutch elm disease) or any ash/elm/oak injections, notify our office at 952-985-2724 so we can update our records. City staff will revisit each address to confirm the removal of all infested/diseased trees and wood in person when the removal deadline has lapsed, but you can contact the City at 952-985-2724 if your property is ready for re-inspection.
If you believe you will need an extension, contact the City Forester at 952-985-2724 before your deadline lapses. Extensions of up to two weeks may be granted when you provide the name of the contractor you have hired, your property address and your phone number. The site will be rechecked for completion after your extension has ended. For those worried about the cost, there may be a way to spread out the removal costs on your taxes as a special assessment.
The tree inspector will leave a door hanger thanking you for helping to protect the Lakeville community forest.
Yes—Forestry staff monitor and survey the entire City for infested and diseased ash, oak and elm trees. We also take inspection requests. Infested or diseased trees on City property are marked and issued to one of several work crews and contractors, who must follow the same removal guidelines and timelines as private property owners. Sites are rechecked for compliance after the removal is complete.
During development, all trees greater than 6 inches in diameter are tagged and surveyed. They are protected for you by Environmental Resources staff throughout the development process. Before removing any tags, contact building inspections at 952-985-4440 to determine if a final inspection has been completed for your lot.
As rainwater flows over lawns and hard surfaces it picks up nutrients and pollutants that are then captured in stormwater ponds to protect our lakes and streams. Due to the purpose of ponds, it is not surprising for ponds to turn green over time.
There are three main types of organisms that can make a pond look green. To determine what might be happening in your pond, review the information below:
The best thing you can do to prevent a green pond due to any of the above organisms is to reduce the amount of nutrients in the water body by practicing environmentally safe lawn care practices. By you and your neighbors sweeping up grass clippings and fertilizers from paved surfaces and making sure erosion and piling of vegetation near the pond isn’t occurring, you will help to eliminate the main food source for these organisms and reduce the pond’s green appearance. For further information about what you might be able to do to help your pond or wetland, download the brochures below.
City of Lakeville Ordinance requires the lot purchaser to plant at least two trees on every lot in the plat unless the lot already has two existing trees. One of these trees must be planted in the front yard. For more information, download this handout (PDF).
Visit our Forestry webpage to learn more about how we can help with sick trees.
Photoelectric smoke detectors can be placed in the trash. Verify the type by checking the operating manual or the back of the detector. Remove batteries before throwing away the detector. Bring all rechargeable batteries to The Recycling Zone in Eagan for free recycling. It’s safe to put non-rechargeable batteries in the trash.
Ionization smoke detectors should not be placed in the trash. Verify with the manufacturer where they should be sent for proper recycling. The Fire Department cannot accept these detectors.
The revenue of the liquor stores has been used for a variety of projects and buildings, including Lakeville City Hall, fire stations, a portion of Ames Ice Arena, the land for the Dakota County Public Library, and large pieces of equipment such as road graders and fire trucks.
The city voted to enter the liquor business shortly after the repeal of prohibition in 1935. That makes it the oldest operating business in the City of Lakeville.
Yes, we have a wide range of beer, spirits, and wine that are gluten free. Please visit the stores and ask for assistance in locating these items.
Non-resident:- Antlers Park (Prime* Shelter A) - $150 per day- Antlers Park (Prime* Shelter B & C) - $125 per day- Antlers & all other shelters (non-prime) - $80 per day- Non-Lakeville business - $225 per day
*Prime: Saturday & Sunday (Memorial through Labor Day weekends)
Tax will be charged on rental fees.
No, renting a shelter or other park amenity does not grant exclusive access to any one party to any public park.
Daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Yes, dogs are permitted in all Lakeville parks as long as they are on a leash.
The Lakeville Police Department is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for anyone who needs police assistance or would like to make any type of incident report.
Effective Tuesday, March 17, the Lakeville Police Department lobby will be closed to the public. Refer to the Police department section of the City website, www.lakevillemn.gov or call 952-985-2800 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
When you call 911 an emergency dispatcher will answer the phone and ask you for details about your situation. Please speak clearly and calmly to the dispatcher. If you dial 911 by accident, please stay on the line and advise the dispatcher that the call to 911 was an accident.
If you dial 911 and hang up without speaking to a dispatcher, a police officer will most likely be sent to the location the call was made from.
Submit a Data Request Form to the Lakeville Police Department by email, fax or mail. Describe the data you are requesting as specifically as possible, supply pertinent information such as date, time, address, and/or case number. Data requests for information about you a must be submitted with a copy of a valid state ID, driver’s license, military ID or passport.
The Government Data Practices Act (Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 13) regulates the release of government and law enforcement data. Government data is classified as either Public, Private or confidential. There may be some information in a report that is public and other information that is classified as private or confidential.
Private data can be accessed only by the person who is the subject of the data, you must supply a copy of a valid state ID, such as a driver’s license, military ID, or passport as proof of identity. Traffic accident reports are private and only available to those involved in the accident or who have sustained a loss as a result of the accident. Requests by those representing or insuring individuals involved or who sustained a loss must be in writing, and contain the accident information and name of the person they are representing or insuring.
Confidential data can only be accessed by persons specifically authorized.
There may be charges for copies, materials onto which we copy data, mailing costs, charges for creating summary data, etc. which will be communicated by the Police Department Administrative Services. Data Request Form (PDF)”
Complete the Minnesota Uniform Firearm Application/Receipt Permit to Purchase/Transfer form Firearm Application/Receipt Permit (PDF). Email or mail the form WITH a copy of a valid state ID, driver’s license, military ID or passport to the Lakeville Police Department; email: PoliceRecords@lakevillemn.gov, mail: Police Department, 9237 183rd St. W., Lakeville, MN 55044. A background check will be completed and your permit will be mailed to you.
Apply to carry a firearm by downloading this online form from the Department of Public Safety’s website (PDF). Bring the completed form to one of the locations below, depending on which county you live in:
If the crash has resulted in an injury or in $1,000 combined damage for all vehicles involved, the drivers involved are required to complete a State of Minnesota Accident Report. This requirement is in place regardless of whether an officer responded to the crash scene or not. You may obtain the form from the Department of Public Safety website.
Yes. - From November 1 to April 1, there is no parking on any city street between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. every day. - No motor vehicle, trailer, boat, or seasonal vehicle shall be parked on any city street for more than 48 hours.
Under 12Sunday-Thursday: 9 p.m.-5 a.m.Friday & Saturday: 10 p.m.-5 a.m.
Age 12-14Sunday-Thursday: 10 p.m.-5 a.m.Friday & Saturday: 11 p.m.-5 a.m.
Age 15-17Sunday-Thursday: 11 p.m.-5 a.m.Friday & Saturday: Midnight-5 a.m.
Fingerprinting services are suspended at this time. Contact the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, 651-793-7000, to see they are offering these services.
Car seat checks are available at multiple locations. Visit the Minnesota Department of Public Safety website for a list of locations. Minnesota Department of Public Safety
A body camera is a small, battery-powered camera worn by police officers on their uniform that records both video and audio.
Body cameras will be worn on the upper torso of the officer’s uniform. Each camera comes with three mounting options. The style of uniform worn by the officer will dictate which mounting option is used and how it is placed.
Body cameras are another tool for the City of Lakeville Police Department’s promotion of an honest, transparent and inclusive government. Benefits include increased transparency, improved behaviors, faster resolution of complaints, providing evidence, and improving communication and skills training for officers.
A federal grant will assist in operational costs for the first three years of the program. The program will cost $74,000 annually.
Squad car cameras are still important and complement the use of body cameras. Squad car cameras can provide an overall view of a situation compared to the view of a body camera and could possibly capture events that a body camera could not. The use of both platforms increases the likelihood that incidents are recorded and provide the best documentation of the situation.
Peace officers that have a legitimate, law enforcement-related reason can view the video. If there is a legitimate, specified law enforcement need, LPD can share body camera video data with another law enforcement agency with a request made in writing.
Generally, most body camera video data is “nonpublic” data. The video data is presumptively private and can only be accessible to a person that is on the video. If the video is part of an active criminal investigation, the data is all confidential, even to the person on the video. If the video contains several people, permission needs to be granted by all involved people before the data is released. If an involved person does not consent to the release, they can be “redacted” from the video by having their face blurred and their voice distorted.
Any individual or entity whose image or voice is on the video is considered a data subject.
Redaction is the process of concealing the identity of people on the video by blurring their faces and distorting their voices.
Yes, per Minnesota statute (13.82, subd. 15), a law enforcement agency can release nonpublic, private or confidential video if it will aid in the law enforcement process, promote public safety or dispel widespread rumor or unrest.
Per Minnesota statute (13.825, subd. 2(5)(b) a law enforcement agency may redact or withhold access to portions of data that are public when the data is “clearly offensive to common sensibilities.”
Officers shall activate their body cameras when responding to all calls for service and during all law enforcement-related encounters and activities, including but not limited to pursuits, investigative stops of motorists and pedestrians, arrests, searches, suspect interviews and interrogations, and during any police/citizen contacts that becomes adversarial. However, officers need not activate their cameras when it would be unsafe, impossible, or impractical to do so, but such instances of not recording when otherwise required must be thoroughly documented.
When officers determine that there is not a law enforcement need for recording, they may deactivate their body cameras.
Officers have no affirmative duty to inform people that a body camera is being operated or that they are being recorded. Officers may elect to notify people they encounter that a body camera is being operated if it is felt that doing so may deescalate an encounter.
The request should be considered while taking into account dignity of the subject being recorded, legitimate law enforcement need and privacy.
Yes, locker rooms, dressing rooms or restrooms unless a criminal offense has occurred in these areas. Officers will attempt to take precautions to protect the dignity and privacy of all persons.
The data is very safe and is subject to very strict rules and regulations set forth by the FBI. The data is encrypted and stored off-site from LPD.
The Minnesota Office of the Revisor of Statutes: 13.825 Portable Recording Systems
No, the body camera system is specifically designed to prevent the user from altering or deleting recordings.
Per Minnesota Statute 13.825 all portable recording system data must be maintained for at least 90 days, and active or inactive criminal investigative data must be maintained for at least one year. The General Records Retention Schedule for Minnesota Cities includes additional minimum retention periods, like seven years for Use of Force.
Officers are expected to activate their body cameras if it is safe and practical to do so. However, it is recognized that officers must also attend to other primary duties and the safety of all concerned, sometimes in circumstances that are tense, uncertain, and rapidly evolving. Any time an officer fails to activate their recorder, they will need to articulate the reason why. An officer that fails to activate their body camera without a justified reason may face discipline.
Access to body camera data shall be limited to the employee who captured the video, supervisory personnel and command level personnel, along with others deemed by the chief of police to have “need to know” or “need to access,” such as case investigators and Records Unit personnel. In addition: body camera video shall be available to approved personnel within the offices of the Lakeville City Attorney and Dakota County Attorney’s Office. Prosecutors or their designee may authorize protected access to specific cases with body camera video.
Yes. Officers will use the video to further assist in preparing a police report, giving a statement, or providing testimony in court.
Yes, outside of criminal investigative data, body camera video is private data, which means the subject of the data may view the recording. If the subject requests a copy of the data, the law enforcement agency must redact the data on other individuals who do not consent to its release. The identity of an undercover law enforcement officer must also be redacted for their protection. Minn. Stat. § 13.825, subd. 4.
Yes. When an LPD officer activates their body camera, it will capture the previous 30 seconds of video, the audio may or may not be buffered.
Yes. We are working with the school districts on educating and receiving input with regards to this policy. A uniformed officer may have their body camera activated if they respond to an incident at a school. Video may be released to: shared with other law enforcement for legitimate purposes with a written request, prosecution and courts and any person or agency, if the agency determines that the access will aid the law enforcement process, promote public safety or dispel widespread rumor or unrest.
All uniformed members of the police department are assigned a body camera.
Detectives will utilize body cameras.
The body camera policy and records retention schedule are posted on our website. The records retention schedule can also be found on the Municipal Clerks and Finance Officers Association of Minnesota's website (PDF).
The camera has a 12-hour battery life and recording options from 420p standard definition to 1080p high definition. Data is stored on the camera during the officer’s shift. The video is uploaded, and the camera’s battery is charged when the camera is “docked” at LPD at the end of the officer’s shift.
The sign ordinance prohibits the display of advertising signs, which are defined as signs used to advertise products, goods, or services not related to the premises on which the sign is located. These signs can be an eyesore, a sign of blight, a distraction to motorists and pedestrians at busy intersections, and can also interfere with street and park maintenance crews. City staff removes hundreds of illegal advertising signs each year at a cost to all Lakeville residents and businesses.
If you have any questions regarding Lakeville Sign Ordinances or advertising signs, please call 952-985-4420.
Download the water leak ruler (PDF) to help you determine how much water is wasted by a leak.
These items indicate where underground utilities may be buried and were placed in your yard by Gopher State One Call prior to any excavation.
Yes. Utility customers can make payments online through the City’s authorized payment processor, Payment Service Network (PSN). Visit the payment options page for additional information.
Water and sewer rates are a combination of a base charge and a volume-based fee. Download the current schedule of utility rates for details (PDF).
The City bills residential and commercial accounts once every three months.
No. Although charges are for any water usage that is metered, sewer charges are only based on readings from winter months and are set accordingly for the entire year. Water that is disposed of outside should be clean water from sump pumps, garden sprinkling and other activities. This water drains into a separate sewer system called the storm sewer system and is not treated.
To encourage water conservation, water rates are tiered based on the volume of water used. Lakeville has three residential tiers, and the rates increase with the level of usage.
The environmental resources fee is used to administer the environmental resources plan, erosion control, wetland regulations and environmental programs. Download the current schedule of utility rates for details (PDF).
Property owners or occupants are required to remove snow or ice from sidewalks abutting their property within 48 hours after the snow or ice has been deposited.
After giving the owner or occupant of property in violation of this ordinance seven days advance written notice of noncompliance, the City can cut, or hire someone else to cut, the grass and weeds and assess the cost against the property, in accordance with state statutes.