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Posted on: October 26, 2021

Town Talks’ Continue With Discussion on Street Funding

Engineering Director Chad Millner will continue the City of Edina’s “Town Talks” with a discussion about future street funding in Edina. The event will be held online 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1. 

Since the late 1990s, adjacent property owners have been assessed roadway reconstruction costs. As estimates for special assessments increased to as much as $32,000, it became apparent the City may not be able to justify the benefit of the cost to each property owner as required by Minnesota law. A Street Funding Task Force was formed by City Manager Scott Neal in 2020 and charged with re-evaulating the Special Assessment Policy.

The Edina City Council in July approved the Task Force’s recommendation to reduce assessments each year until it reaches no assessment at Year 16. As a result, all taxpayers will pay taxes to the City for street reconstruction. 

Hosted by City Manager Scott Neal, the Town Talk will include a presentation by Millner and Ann Swenson, chair of the Street Funding Task Force, on the new plan for funding local street reconstruction. An open forum will follow to allow residents and staff the opportunity to discuss the topic of the night and ask questions. 

The Town Talk will be broadcast live on Edina TV and available for online viewing on Facebook Live and through the City’s website. Those who would like to ask a question from home can call 800-374-0221 with Conference ID 4133679. Press *1 on your telephone keypad when you are ready to ask a question during that part of the event. An operator will mute your line place you into a queue until it is your turn to speak. 

The video and materials for the Town Talk will be available on for a week following the presentation. Additional questions and comments may be posted there for staff members after the Town Talk.

The Town Talk will be shown on Edina TV (Comcast Channels 813 and 16) 7 p.m. Mondays, 3 a.m. and 11 a.m. Tuesdays, 11 p.m. Thursdays and 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Fridays.

For more information, contact the City’s Communications Department, 952-826-0359.

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