Independence City Council

The Independence City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 11, approved a seven-year contract with Randy’s Environmental Services for single-sort residential recycling. Contacted after the meeting, City Administrator Toni Hirsch said the contract will save the city money, and as a result, will save taxpayers money. In Independence, the city pays recycling fees using general fund money. Residents […]

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City working with Maple Plain on ideas A committee from the cities of Independence and Maple Plain has been looking at potential ways for sharing services, and now the issue is in the hands of the two city administrators, Toni Hirsch and Tessia Melvin. The Independence City Council, Tuesday, Jan. 14, approved a report from […]

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To the Editor: I am sure that most of you have read the Independence City Council and Planning Commission meeting minutes about the number of dogs on my property. In the 10 years that I have owned these dogs I have only had one official complaint about barking which occurred on Aug. 8. I had […]

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Peterson to ‘re-home’ six Welsh Corgis by Sept. 1  Deborah Peterson’s four-month quest to keep her nine Welsh Corgi dogs in a private kennel ended Tuesday, Dec. 17, when the Independence City Council denied her application for the required conditional use permit. She now must get the number of dogs housed on her property at […]

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The Independence City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 10, approved a final property tax levy of $1,979,806 to pay for the majority of the city’s general fund operating expenses in 2014 — a 2.12 percent increase over the $1,928,794 general fund levy for 2013. The council also approved a $197,210 property tax levy to pay for servicing […]

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Lightning strike put City Hall furnace out of commission The city of Independence has learned that storm damage can lay hidden for a while. Mayor Marvin Johnson said on Tuesday, Nov. 26, that city staff had an unpleasant surprise when they attempted to fire up the furnace at Independence City Hall. They discovered that the […]

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West Hennepin Public Safety Director Ray McCoy has received a Professional of the Year Award from his alma mater, Crown College, a Christian college located west of Minneapolis. Sue Wilson, vice president for finance and operations at Crown College, presented the award to McCoy at the Tuesday, Nov. 12, Independence City Council meeting. She said […]

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Pulled Rockford woman from burning car  “We were driving along County Road 11 and knew something wasn’t right,” Independence resident James Buck said. “Smoke was there.” With him in his car were two of his children and two of their friends. “I pulled over, got all the kids out of the car and up the […]

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