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Building Responsible Youth

​​​​​​•    Meeting of February 2, 2018

​      State of the City @ Minnetonka City Hall

Our Newsletter is The Rotary Spoke 

State of the City 020718
•    The city heads had booths …. Police, Fire, Forester, Planning / Construction ....  are always informative  ….. 
•     in 2018 the entrance off of 394 E into Target / Byerlys at Plymouth Road is going through a major reconstruction
•    In 2019 Ridgedale Drive around Ridgedale will get 3 new roundabouts and address infrastructure issues.
•    The police department is getting an overhaul for the structure built in 1989 and new police car parking

Introduction by Geralyn Barone of the City Council Members
•    Recognize for their service Terry Schneider / Dick Allendorf / Jan Callison 
•    Planning Commission / Park Board / Economic Advisor Development Commission / Senior Advisory Board / Charter Commission / School Board Members / Comprehensive Guide Committee / Leadership Team - Department Heads
 
Minnetonka Rotary President Jacob Milner
•    Rotary Six areas of Focus … Promoting Peace / Fighting Disease / Clean Water / Saving Mothers & Children / Growing Local Economies
•    Rotary Five areas of Service …. Club Service / Vocational Service / Community Service / International Service /  Youth Service 
•    Community Service list of activities……   https://www.minnetonkarotary.org/community-service.html
•    The Rotary Gear Wheel is our symbol an is turned by our members.
•    2011 - 30 members today 60 members

Twin West Chamber of Commerce … Deb McMillian
•    Regional chamber of commerce
•    Growth and Development
•    $2M of scholarships over life of Twin West

Mayor of Minnetonka Brad Wiersum 
•    Board member since 2003
•    Business / Economics Degree --  Calvin College

•    MBA -- University of Minnesota
•    Moved here 1982 / Married with 4 grown children          Mayor Brad Wiersum & City Manager Geralyn Barone

2017 highlights
    •    Terry Schneider 40 years  / Dick Allendorf 34 years
    •    Station Pizza / Total Wine / Unmapped Brewery, / Cheesecake Factory
    •    Accolades …. in 100 best places to live by Money Magazine
    ▾    Development Projects
         •    Shady Oak Crossing
         •    Minnetonka Hils
         •    Mesaba Havenwood
         •    Crestridge Senior Living
         •    Midwest Mastercraft

2018 near term
    •    Deb Calvert new to City Council 
    •    Patty Acomb reelected to City Council 
    •    Brad Wiersum new mayor elected 
    •    New Logo / New Look  ….. video
    •    Ridgehaven Lane / Plymouth Road interchange on 394 into Target / Byerlys parking lot.
    •    Plymouth Road Trail
    •    Woodhilll Road reconstruction / utilities

2019 coming 
    •    Ridgedale Drive will become a divided Parkway
    •    Police and Fire Facility Project planning for rebuild in 2020

Comprehensive Guide Plan Update
    •    Planning towards 2040
    •    Terry Schneider to chair that planning committee 
    •    47,000 jobs in Minnetonka … is housing able to do that ?
    •    SWLRT will be transit for people going in both directions to jobs in MInneapolis and Minnetonka 

Welcoming Community
•    Diversity and Inclusion …. Hired an Engagement Officer, ….. GARE —>Gov Alliance on Race and Equity  …. City of Mtka employee committee
•    Vibrant and Vital community for Aging Population …. overseeing Housing Transitions for 63 to 71 years of age
•    Relavent and Current Amenities … attractive to young families …. affordable housing

Looking Forward .....
    •    Natural amenities …. we love our Parks / Trails / Open Space / Lakes / Creeks
    •    Unique neighborhoods
    •    Effective Government and strong civic engagement
    •    Regional Leadership .. Metro Cities, League of MN Cities …. etc
    •    A tradition of RESPECT ...

Build on our strengths
    •   Focus on Basics …. our attractive amenities … school systems …. infrastructure and public Safety
    •    Embrace changing demographics …. to feel safe and welcome
    •    We need to challenge ourselves … get to know someone different … step out of comfort zones