• 18Oct

    Here is the full letter from the Rochester Energy Commission.

     

  • 23Nov

    While I suspect the publishers would never admit it, poor decision making by the Rochester City Council likely led to the creation of this educational video. The firm that created this video, Stonebrooke Engineering, was the same firm that recommended a round about at the intersection of 16th street and Mayowood Road. Many of the 10 myths debunked here were the talking points from Mayor Brede and Councilmember Ed Hruska who led the decision to ignore the professional recommendation. They actually show our intersection in the video.

    The council voted 6-1 to pander to neighbors spouting these myths. WE voted to build an intersection that was significantly more expensive to build (and getting worse), more expensive to maintain and less safe for pedestrians, bikes, transit users, and cars. Since that vote Nick Campion has replaced Bruce Snyder; so a responsible decision would have lost 5-2.

    Bottom line: we are building an intersection that makes us less safe and raises our taxes.

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  • 03Nov

    for telling a woman in search of a good parking spot where a legal place to park is.  Enjoy the read…

    Mac’s ignorance of the parking situation would be more believable is we hadn’t explained it to him twice…

    From: Mac Hamilton [mailto:mac@hamiltonmnre.com]
    Sent: Monday, November 03, 2014 2:53 PM
    To: Staver, Randy; Means, Sandra; Bilderback, Mark; Hickey, Mark; Hruska, Ed; Snyder, Bruce
    Cc: Kvenvold, Steve; Adkins, Terry; Michael Busch; ADAMS MELISSA (madams@paramark.us)
    Subject: FW: Moody’s towing

    It has come to my attention that my close personal friend Michael Wojick intends to ask the City Council this evening to revoke the parking license granted the Richard/Raymond apartments in 2010.  It was our sincere understanding, until informed by Terry Adkins this morning, that we had the exclusive right to the parking spaces we carved from the overwide boulevard and paid to create in 2010.  We now understand we do not have the right to tow, but only to notify a car parked without our authorization in those spaces.

    Mr. Wojick will site as the reason for revocation of the license the fact that we did tow a car parked in one of those spaces.  Mr. wojick deliberately, and with malice of forethought, directed this poor woman to park there.  This is verified by her statement’s to Virgil’s towing and by tracing back Mr. Wojick’s twitter records.  This is a set up!  Do you believe it is appropriate for one of our City’s leaders to abuse his power by trying to set up adverse outcomes so that he can vindictively have a basis to try and damage one of the tasteful infill developments in our City?

    We are immediately reimbursing this woman for the towing bill now that we understand the limits on our authority.

    This is from the meeting minutes of October 3, 2011:

    Councilmember Snyder asked what the difference between a temporary license and a revocable permit and why there is no date for the expiration of the temporary license.

    Regular Meeting No. 20 – October 3, 2011

    Attorney Adkins explained that a temporary license revocable at the City’s pleasure was chosen for the unique circumstances with this development. The temporary license will allow them to post signs that the parking is intended for residents of The Richard. The temporary license will not reserve parking on public streets for any private entity. 

    This was also explained to Mac at the September 19, 2011 meeting.

     

  • 22Jun

    I want to be clear to the community that should a veterans museum come to fruition, I will not support losing parkland to make it happen.

    I am pretty sure that if my Uncle Marion Wojcik who fought in the pacific in WWII were to learn that I voted to give away urban parkland to honor him, he would rise from the grave and kick my butt.

    Tom,
    I don’t see the museum taking any parkland.  I personally will not support the loss of any parkland especially in the downtown area.  The community and the park board have been pretty clear that Soldier’s field will remain parkland.  Continuing to pursue this idea is only serving to create resentment for what should be a project we should all be behind.  I strongly encourage you and the board to pursue other locations that do not involve a loss in park land.
    Michael

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  • 03Jun

    RPU will spent about $106k to reimburse people that ran water to prevent freeze-ups.  This was probably a good investment because with “service assured” we would foot the cost of addressing freeze-ups with many customers.  Either way I think it is good customer service.

    Attached, please find recap of the Running Water credits that applied to customers invoices as their respective accounts came up for billing in May.

    There are currently nine more accounts that will be receiving Running Water Credits on their June invoices.  These are for customers that called in after their May billings processed.

    TOTAL CUSTOMERS ON RUNNING WATER LIST: 2,030

    TOTAL CUSTOMERS RECEIVING CREDITS:              1,604

    TOTAL CUSTOMERS NOT RECEIVING CREDITS:       426*

    TOTAL WATER CREDITS APPLIED:                              $ 26,177.26

    TOTAL WASTE WATER CREDITS APPLIED:               $ 79,836.71

    TOTAL RUNNING WATER CREDITS:                           $106,013.97

    *CUSTOMERS NOT RECEIVING CREDITS ARE ACCOUNTS WHERE THE CUSTOMERS 2014 CONSUMPTION AND BILLING CHARGES WERE LOWER THAN 2013.

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  • 20May

    Really we need a firewall between the fire department and public works.

    http://www.citylab.com/politics/2014/05/fire-departments-are-standing-in-the-way-of-good-street-design/371200/

    Wider roads are less safe for all road users and particularly for pedestrians. The wider a road is, the faster the traffic. The faster the traffic, the more accidents will occur and the more severe those accidents will be. Wider roads create longer crossing distances for pedestrians, the impacts of which are felt particularly by seniors and people with small children or mobility challenges.

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  • 02May

    For 0.3% of our budget the Civic Music Department continues to be an amazing deal for the city of Rochester.  I will continue to support their mission and the arts in Rochester.

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxMKqsc4J7x0YTczYW9SYnliUkNKUnZSSk0zMVB0M1pTbHM0/edit?usp=sharing

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  • 17Mar

    Letter from the chair of the Energy Commission regarding the Recreation Center / Senior Center

    February 17, 2014

    Honorable Mayor and Rochester Common Council

    Rochester City Hall

    201 Fourth Street SE

    Rochester, MN 55904

     

    Dear Mayor and Council,

    The Rochester Energy Commission wishes to acknowledge and thank the staff of TSP Architects for their presentation on the Recreation / Senior Center Project. Their brief talk and PowerPoint show at our February 11th meeting, provided us with our first view of the effort.

    The Commission was pleased to see the commitment of the designers to an energy-efficient facility and their willingness to work with us.  They emphasized that they are too early in the process to discuss specifics on energy loads, but that these numbers will be available and provided in a future presentation.  Somewhat troubling was their comment that energy saving-related items were removed due to past budget cuts and were not included in the request for additional funds.

    Time did not permit asking if planning included the benefits of such important issues as:

    • treating the complex as a whole, rather than as separate buildings thus permitting the movement and use of rather than waste of valuable reservoirs of temperature differences,
    • orienting the front of the building to the south to take advantage of natural lighting and to enhance public and private transit access,
    • incorporating the possible use of renewable energy sources such as geothermal, solar water and air heating and making the building “solar-ready” for future electricity production.

    In keeping with Ordinance 19A, the Energy Commission urges all cost-effective steps should be taken to minimize greenhouse gas emissions from this project.  Since such efforts also reduce energy use, these investments will pay for themselves multiple times over the life the building.

    We therefore strongly recommend taking the long-term view as budget decisions are being made.  Ensuring lower long-term operating and maintenance costs will provide real measurable benefits and savings to Rochester’s current and future residents.

    Sincerely,

    Edward Cohen, Chair

    Rochester Energy Commission

    cc:  Dale McCamish

    Recreation Center City Project Manager

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  • 06Dec

    The City of Rochester has been heavily investing in police intelligence in cooperation with IBM. In closing out 2013, we just added another $231k in software expenses. The goal of this is to make our police force more proactive and more efficient. Already Chief Peterson is reporting that immediately identifying and acting against our most prolific offenders is reducing our crime rate.

    As a citizen you should know that every report is important even if it doesn’t seem like anything is happening. You might also be concerned that “big brother” is watching. This is not true. The program only uses data already available. It just uses it smarter.

    Chief Peterson describe our intelligence tool as a Porshe and we have only learned to honk the horn. As such I asked if drivers lessons came with the investment. They do…

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  • 07May

    1) DMC Update
    2) St. Marys Tank Update
    3) Core Neighborhood Zoning Approved

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