Monday, March 25, 2013
From an increase in DUI arrests to a brighter business outlook. Mayor Bill Droste's speech, boiled down.
An increase in residential building, a $400 million upgrade to the Flint Hills refinery, new businesses moving in or expanding. Mayor Bill Droste painted a rosy picture of the city's economic outlook in 2013 during his annual State of the City address, given on March 20 at the Steeple Center in Rosemount. But Droste touched on plenty of topics during his lengthy presentation. Here are a few of the highlights:
Sunday, April 22, 2012
A new ordinance passed last Tuesday is designed to keep both residents and the stormwater drainage system healthier.
The City of Rosemount got a little greener this past week when the City Council unanimously banned the use of coal tar-based sealer products on Tuesday. The products, most commonly used on driveways, are coming under heavier scrutiny by municipalities as of late. Rosemount joins a growing list of Minnesota cities - the sixteenth to date - that are leading the way nationally in eliminating the known threat to human and environmental health. “The information that was pointed out in an email I received does not paint a very good picture of this stuff,” said Council member Jeff Weisensel who had been investigating a similar ban implemented by the City of Austin, Texas five years ago. “We don’t want it in our storm system.” Coal tar-based …
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Says economic conditions are improving.
Exepts from the State of the City speech of Mayor Bill Droste, delivered Tuesday afternoon at Steeple Center. On the improving economy: "We have businesses that are opening facilities in Rosemount. We have businesses that continue to operate at a high level, providing jobs for hundreds of people. We have employers who have chosen to relocate or consolidate here. We have businesses that are expanding, rebranding, and demonstrating their commitment to the community. "We have new subdivisions growing to bring more households to our community, even in a housing market that remains difficult. We are progressing to provide additional housing options for all members of the community, including the growing cohort of senior citizens. We have had a …
Monday, March 5, 2012
Mayor Bill Droste to deliver address at Steeple Center following noon luncheon.
Editor's Note: Information from a news release from the City of Rosemount. Rosemount Mayor Bill Droste will deliver the annual State of the City address on Tuesday, March 6, at the Steeple Center, 14375 South Robert Trail. The Mayor’s remarks are expected to focus on the ways that the City plans to take advantage of improvements in the economy to enhance Rosemount’s quality of life. The Mayor will speak during a luncheon meeting of Rosemount members of the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce. The luncheon will begin at noon, with the Mayor’s address to follow. Members of the public are invited to attend at no charge. Those who would also like to take part in the lunch will be charged $15. Later, Mayor Droste will videotape the …
Saturday, January 14, 2012
The mayor outlines several changes that took in place in 2011 in his City Column for the city's website.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Editor's Note: The below information is from Mayor Bill Droste's monthly City Column on the city's website. In a tightly knit community like Rosemount, we welcome back many folks who’ve come to spend the end of the year with family and friends. It’s a time to catch up with the lives of the people who are closest to us. And in case some of those folks want to catch up with their hometown — we’ve had a lot of changes this year. Perhaps the most apparent difference is the change in the weather. For now, it looks as if we’ll avoid some of the big expenses that we incurred during the last winter to keep our streets clear. It took a long time for the last of the snow to melt away, but once it did, the change kept coming. The City is on its …
Friday, January 13, 2012
Rosemount officials celebrated Scott Chiropractic Clinic's new office within the city.
Rosemount officials gathered together at Scott Chiropractic Clinic Thursday to hold a ribbon cutting for the business. The clinic opened on April 4, 2011, and has been busy ever since it opened. "We're thrilled you're here," Mayor Bill Droste told owner Travis Scott at the ribbon cutting. Scott said he worked in White Bear Lake for four years before opening his business in Rosemount. He also said he's big into charity. "We like to do a lot of events where we can give back to the community," Scott said. City officials and other community members were given a tour of Scott's clinic and refreshments were offered.
Sunday, January 8, 2012
A roundup of five popular stories through Jan. 1-7.
With the holidays behind us, the City of Rosemount has plowed forward on some plans, including a new city website and train horns being exempt through the city. 1. The Rosemount City Council had its first meeting of the year this past Tuesday, with the absence of Mayor Bill Droste. The council voted to authorize a contract with a company called CivicPlus for a brand new city website. According to Communications Coordinator Alan Cox, the site will most likely roll-out mid-summer, just before Leprechaun Days in July. CivicPlus will provide the interface to create content for the site, and the site will include: 2. On Wednesday, Jonas Gerald Grice, 29, had his sentencing trial at the Dakota County Courthouse in Hastings. Grice was found …
Friday, January 6, 2012
Beginning today, residents should notice a reduction in train horns sounding throughout the city.
Friday, January 6, 2012
The sounding of locomotive horns should be noticeably reduced in Rosemount under a “quiet zone” that took effect this morning. The City of Rosemount worked with the rail lines that operate in the community to create the zone through improvements at railroad crossings. The quiet zone covers the area along the main tracks in the residential portion of the City from Akron Avenue to 160th Street West. Engineers operating in the quiet zone are exempted from federal regulations that generally require the sounding of horns when approaching crossings. The zone is in effect 24 hours a day. “The Rosemount City Council has been hearing complaints from residents regarding excessive horn blasts for many years,” said Mayor Bill Droste. “The council …
Friday, December 30, 2011
The popular liquor store shuts its door after about 25 years of business.
Shenanigan's Liquor will be out of business as of Jan. 1. Unfortunately, the store just hadn't received the same amount of business as it once did. Due to the closing, the store is have a huge sale on its inventory and will be open today and Saturday from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. "It's been really sad," said Sharon Watschke, manager of Shenanigan's Liquor. "It's particularly due to the economy and because there's too many liquor stores in the community ... I've got Cub Liquor right across the street [to compete with]." Shenanigan's Liquor is one of four other liquor stores located in the city, within about a mile and a half radius. Watschke said after Cub Liquor opened, it made things a bit difficult for their business. "When you start …
Thursday, December 29, 2011
The city's population has increased by about 50 percent within the last 10 years, and is expected to do the same again in the next 10 years.
With 2011 nearing its end, Rosemount Patch looked back on how much the city has grown over the year--and well, the last 10 years. The City of Rosemount has undergone a lot of changes over the years. It started as a small farming village in 1855, and according to an 1880 census, the population of Rosemount was 964. Since then, Rosemount has grown exponentially and become a very popular destination for young couples to raise families--while also retaining its small town feel. In 2000, Rosemount's population was 14,619. Fast forward to 2010, and the population grew nearly a whopping 50 percent to 21,874, according to a 2010 U.S. Census report. Mayor Bill Droste has been the mayor for the past nine years, and has lived in the community since …