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Council meetings are held on the first and third Monday of the month, as well as the fifth Monday of the month, if necessary. All meetings start at 7:00 pm and are held in the Council Chambers at City Hall (1 City Hall Plaza).
To be listed on the Council Agenda with an issue for Visitor Presentation, please contact Senior Clerk, Denise Wetzel by calling 952-448-9200, or email her.
You may contact the mayor or your council member by the phone numbers or emails listed in the staff directory. You may also send correspondence to the mayor or council members to:City Hall1 City Hall PlazaChaska, MN 55318
Each council member represents a particular Ward in Chaska. View our interactive Ward Map to see who your council member is. Type in your address to get started.
The Comprehensive Plan is a general policy document. It reflects Chaska's value system and philosophy, and acts as an overall framework for the future. As a guiding tool, it provides a system for measuring progress, gives direction for both everyday and more complex decisions, and helps set financial priorities.
The Comprehensive Plan is intended to be responsive to changing conditions. It needs to be continually referenced, updated, and used as a guide. It functions as an overall course or path and is intended to provide direction, rather than dictating specific activities or precise decision-making. The plan helps city leaders in developing policies, programs, ordinances, capital improvement plans, and budgets. These more specific implementation tools will take into account current circumstances and financial priorities, along with the long-range outlook and goals of the Comprehensive Plan.
The Comprehensive Plan is updated every 10 years.
The Comprehensive Plan is meant to guide the direction of the city in several major areas:
Each of these areas is extensively examined to take advantage of opportunities, avoid problems, and build a stronger community.
In 1987, the City of Chaska established its Economic Development Authority (EDA) to help address the city's need to proactively deal with economic development, housing and redevelopment issues within the city. The EDA was an offspring of the city's Housing and Redevelopment Authority, who until that time had served as the entity ensuring that there was not a shortage of safe and decent housing within the city. Key blighted properties were redeveloped into a use that would serve the entire public's best interest. The EDA took the responsibilities of the City's Housing and Redevelopment Authority, and added to their duties helping the development of new businesses and properties throughout the city.
While EDA is a separate entity from the City Council, the EDA's power is derived from the authority that the City Council bestows upon it. The EDA's membership is comprised of the members of the City Council.
The EDA is in existence not only to help promote new businesses within the city, but to also help retain and redevelop businesses already in existence within the city.
The goals of the EDA are to:
Yes! We will have plenty of games and activities in the Chaska Event Center, so you don't have to fish in the contest to have fun!
Yes, but glass bottles are not allowed. Food and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will also be available for purchase in the Chaska Event Center.
Yes, there are two categories of prizes, “for the fisherman” and “for the non-fisherman.” You need to be present and catch a fish to be eligible to win a “for the fisherman” prize. You do not need to be present to win a “for the non-fisherman” prize. There will be additional door prizes given away during the contest. Some door prizes you need to be present for and some you do not. The prizes that you do not need to be present for will be mailed out to the winner.
No. All holes are drilled the morning of the fishing contest. No additional hole drilling is allowed by any contestant. You may want to bring an ice chisel and ice scoop to clear any ice that may form prior to the contest starting.
At 1:00 p.m.,the announcer will give the start signal.
Yes, but only with a depth finder or a line without a hook. All lines must be out of the water by 12:45 p.m. until the official start.
At 3:00 p.m., the announcer will signal contestants to end the contest. You must be observed by a contest official on your way to fish weigh-in by 3:00 p.m. Remember, fish must be brought to the weigh-in stand immediately when caught and alive. Dead or frozen fish will be ineligible.
Parking in the Firemen's Park parking lot begins at 11:30 a.m.
No, you will be disqualified.
Only game fish are eligible to be weighed in for contest prizes. These include; northern, walleye, crappie, bluegill, sunfish, perch and any bass species. Rough fish, including bullhead and carp are not eligible.
No, windbreaks or set up shelters are not allowed.
No, all contestants must remain completely visible while fishing.
No, only one hole and one line per contestant. You may jump to open holes and fish a different hole during the contest.
No, please take your line out of the water. Leaving your line unattended is against Minnesota State Law.
Yes, all Minnesota fishing laws regulate fishing during the contest. MN DNR officers may be present and have the right to question any contestant.
No, parking is located in the Firemen's Park parking lot and additional parking is located at Veterans Park and throughout downtown Chaska. ADA parking is available in the Firemen's Park parking lot. View our downtown parking map for more details.
Yes, coolers will be allowed. All coolers may be subject to mandatory search or will not be allowed in the contest area.
Yes! You can head to the Chaska Event Center to warm up, use the restrooms, purchase food and beverage, participate in games and potentially win prizes.
You may register as many fish as you like. All eligible game fish caught by a contestant are eligible to win “for the fisherman” prizes.
Yes, we will have free crappie minnows for contestants. Sucker minnows and wax worms will be available for purchase.
Yes, any contestant may leave the park at any time. You cannot return with any fish though.
We will be selling bucket raffle tickets throughout the contest for door prizes.
You can purchase Chaska Fire Department Relief Association raffle tickets. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased from any active or retired firefighter. You can stop by the fire station and purchase tickets if a member of the department is available. You do not need to be present to win the raffle.
The Chaska Fire Department Relief Association.
A safety fence shall be installed around all underground swimming pools. A safety fence shall be installed around all above-ground swimming pools when the above-ground swimming pool is accessory to a single-family dwelling. A safety fence is required if the pool is both greater than 24 inches in depth and more than 5,000 gallons in capacity. A safety fence at least four (4) but no more than six (6) feet in height shall be constructed to completely enclose an inground swimming pool. A safety fence of at least four (4) but no more than six (6) feet height shall be constructed to completely enclose an above ground swimming pool or the sides of the pool above grade shall be a minimum of four (4) feet in height.
Visit the Staff Directory to find all department and staff contact information.
The body camera policy and records retention schedule are posted on CPD’s website.
Typically Chaska police reports are $.25 cents a page.
If this is the case, all drivers involved are required to complete a State of Minnesota Accident Report. This requirement is in place regardless of whether an officer responded to the crash scene or not. This report can be obtained from the Chaska Police department or online from the Department of Public Safety. State of Minnesota Accident Report
This is a one-year trial period, which is free of charge.
Peace officers that have a legitimate, law enforcement-related reason can view the video. If there is a legitimate, specified law enforcement need, CPD can share BWC video data with another law enforcement agency.
Generally, most BWC video data is “nonpublic” data. The video data is presumptively private and can only be accessible to a person that is on the video.
If the video is part of an active criminal investigation, the data is all confidential, even to the person on the video.
If the video contains several people, permission needs to be granted by all involved people before the data is released. If an involved person does not consent to the release, they can be “redacted” from the video by having their face blurred and their voice distorted.
Any individual or entity whose image or voice is on the video is considered a data subject.
Redaction is the process of concealing the identity of people on the video by blurring their faces and distorting their voices.
When a peace officer discharges a firearm in the course of duty, except during training and for the purposes of killing animals.
When use of force by a peace officer results in substantial bodily harm.
When the data subject (person on the video) requests that the video be released to the public. If the video contains people that do not consent to the release or if it contains an undercover police officer, those individuals will be redacted by having their face blurred and voice distorted.
If a peace officer is disciplined, the related BWC video data is part of the personnel data, which is public.
If made public by a court order.
Yes, per Minnesota statute (13.82, subd. 15), a law enforcement agency can release nonpublic, private, or confidential video if it will aid in the law enforcement process, promote public safety, or dispel widespread rumor or unrest.
No. The Minnesota Government Data Practices Act limits disclosure of information about certain individuals:
Per Minnesota statute (13.825, subd. 2(5)(b) a law enforcement agency may redact or withhold access to portions of data that are public when the data is “clearly offensive to common sensibilities.”
Officers will record any police-citizen encounter if there is reason to believe the recording will have evidentiary value. Officers will use their cameras to take recorded statements from victims, witnesses, and suspects. Officers will record any transports and transfers of people. Officers have discretion to record general citizen contacts.
When officers determine that there is not a law enforcement need for recording, they will deactivate their body cameras. In medical emergencies where criminal activity is not suspected, cameras will not be activated.
No, but if someone asks if they are being recorded, officers will tell them if it is safe and practical.
It will depend on the situation. If there is not a law enforcement need or if the situation is not adversarial, an officer will have discretion to turn off the camera or keep it on.
The data is very safe and is subject to very strict rules and regulations set forth by the FBI. The data is encrypted and stored off-site from CPD.
The minimum retention period for video is 90 days but some data will be kept longer. Video data will be retained for a period of six years if the video contains evidence, a use of force, an adversarial encounter, or seizure of property.
Officers are expected to activate their body cameras if it is safe and practical to do so. However, it is recognized that officers must also attend to other primary duties and the safety of all concerned, sometimes in circumstances that are tense, uncertain, and rapidly evolving. Any time an officer fails to activate their recorder, they will need to articulate the reason why. An officer that fails to activate their body camera without a justified reason may face discipline.
Yes. Officers will use the video to further assist in preparing a police report, giving a statement, or providing testimony in court.
Officers have the option to view video prior to providing a statement.
Yes. When a CPD Officer activates their body camera, it will capture the previous 30 seconds of video, but not audio.
No. However, a uniformed CPD Officer may have their body camera activated if they respond to an incident at a school.
As part of the trial, CPD has 20 body cameras.
All 15 uniformed patrol officers are assigned a body camera. Spare body cameras will be checked out by officers and detectives on an as-needed basis.
Detectives will have the option to utilize body cameras if they determine that the body camera would be beneficial to their investigation.
We are testing Axon body cameras. Axon is formerly known as Taser International. The body cameras are smaller than a cell phone and will be affixed to the officer’s upper chest.
All the data is owned by CPD. None of it is accessible or viewable by staff at Axon. At the end of the trial, all data would be transferred to CPD.
The camera has a 12-hour battery life and recording options from 420p standard definition to 1080p high definition. Data is stored on the camera during the officer’s shift. The video is uploaded, and the camera’s battery is charged when the camera is “docked” at CPD at the end of the officer’s shift.
Predatory offenders move to communities for many reasons. They often go back to a county of conviction due to the conditions of their supervised release. They may also choose a location because of family support, church, employment or another ex-offender.
The City of Chaska has no authority to prohibit released predatory offenders from relocating to Chaska. In fact, such ordinances in other communities have been struck down by the courts.
Convicted sexual and predatory offenders have always resided in Minnesota communities. It was not until the passage of the Registration Act that law enforcement had the ability to track the movement of these offenders after their initial release. Residency laws prohibiting where offenders can live also make it difficult to track offenders since offenders may stop registering in order to live somewhere in secrecy.
The community notification process is intended to provide the community with information that may be used to help educate themselves, their families and their employees regarding personal safety. Please remember, the offender is not wanted by the police and has served his/her sentences by the court.
The information in any predatory offender notification is designed to raise an awareness to help avoid situations involving vulnerable circumstances and to reduce the chances of further criminal conduct by the offender. The Minnesota Department of Corrections evaluates and screens prisoners prior to their release. This does not mean they can predict someone’s future behavior. It is a process to compare past behavior with that of others to determine risk categories and how they might act upon release. The Chaska Police Department hosts a public meeting to give information on Level Three predatory offenders to the community to make them aware of the offender and to help watch out for each other by working together.
The Minnesota Department of Corrections and other area agencies will provide information on the Level Three predatory offender, conditions of release, guidelines about predatory offender registration and general safety information. The Chaska Police Department will also be on hand to answer questions. The purpose of the meeting is to provide community members with pertinent information and address their concerns as best we can.
Predatory offenders gain power from operating in a mode of secrecy. Notifying the community of an offender takes away their hidden agenda by making neighbors aware of their identity and where they live. Any power that the community takes back from the offender helps to reduce opportunities for victimization. We appreciate your willingness to be involved in community education and the notification process to help empower you and your family to be safe.
Talk to your children. Open communication between parents and children are vital components of family safety. Explain in general terms that this new person in the neighborhood has hurt someone before and we want you to stay away from them to be safe. Review safety tips and common lures used to get kids into a vulnerable situation. Monitor your kids always knowing who they are with and where they are at.
Use these basics to help stay safe from an offender:
It is important to remember that relationship, not residency, is most likely to impact victim recidivism. Therefore, awareness of predatory offenders is often the first step to protecting oneself.
No. The notification about predatory offenders is basic safety information to help create awareness of an offender moving into your neighborhood. There are many predatory offenders in this state as well as other states. It would serve no purpose to have people relax or not follow safety measures because the one offender they knew about moved from the neighborhood.
Smoke alarms are powered by battery or they are hardwired into the home’s electrical system. If the smoke alarm is powered by battery, it runs on either a disposable 9-volt battery or a non-replaceable 10-year lithium (“long-life”) battery. A backup battery is usually present on hardwired alarms and may need to be replaced.These batteries must be tested on a regular basis and, in most cases, should be replaced at least once each year (except for lithium batteries). See the Smoke Alarm Maintenance section for more information.
Smoke alarms are not expensive and are worth the lives they can help save. Ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms cost between $6 and $20. Dual sensor smoke alarms cost between $24 and $40.Some fire departments offer reduced price, or even free, smoke alarms. Contact your local fire department’s non-emergency phone number for more information.
Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement. Many fatal fires begin late at night or early in the morning, so the U.S. Fire Administration recommends installing smoke alarms both inside and outside of sleeping areas.Since smoke and many deadly gases rise, installing your smoke alarms at the proper level will provide you with the earliest warning possible. Always follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions.Some fire departments will install battery-operated smoke alarms in your home at no cost. Contact your local fire department’s non-emergency phone number for more information.Hardwired smoke alarms should be installed by a qualified electrician.
A smoke alarm only works when it is properly installed and maintained. Depending on how your smoke alarm is powered (9-volt, 10-year lithium, or hardwired), you’ll have to maintain it according to manufacturer’s instructions.
General guidelines for smoke alarm maintenance:
Never disable a smoke alarm while cooking!
A smoke alarm is just doing its job when it sounds while you’re cooking or taking a shower with lots of steam. If a smoke alarm sounds while you’re cooking or taking a shower with lots of steam, do not remove the battery. You should:
Payments can be made the following ways:
In accordance with City of Chaska Code of Ordinances, Section 8-27, a delinquent account that is not paid in full by 8:00 a.m. on the scheduled day of disconnection, shall be scheduled for disconnection and charged a service fee ($50 during regular business hours, $70 after business hours), plus MN State sales tax.
A location scheduled for disconnection shall not be permitted to continue service or to re-establish disconnected service until the account has been paid in full, required deposits have been paid in full and the service fee has been paid in full.
For electric, water, and sewer emergencies, call 952-448-4335.
You can call Chaska Utility Billing at 952-448-9200 to enter into a Payment Agreement to avoid any interruption in your electric service due to delinquency of your utility account. The following organizations provide financial assistance and may also provide budget counseling:
For complete qualifications and application information, please contact these organizations directly.
Yes. You can sign up online at Direct Payment Plan or call City of Chaska Utility Billing at 952-448-9200. Automatic payments are deducted on the 12th of each month. There will be a message on the monthly bill when the automatic payment plan is in effect.
New Remit Address and Customer Account Number Customers who pay their Chaska Utility Bill using a bill-pay service or bank must update their payment instructions to reflect a new remit mailing address.
Mail your payment to:
City of Chaska Utility BillingPO Box 9307Minneapolis, MN 55440-9307
Please also update your instructions to include both parts of your new account number, as shown on both the top of your bill and on the remit stub: Be sure to include the dash: 123456789-12345678. If unable to insert a dash, be sure to leave a space: 123456789 12345678. Do not combine the two parts of your account number without either the dash or a space. If you have any questions, please call the City of Chaska Utility Billing Department at 952-448-9200 to speak to a Customer Service Representative, available from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday.
Most electric meters are read from the outside.
While water meters are usually located inside the residence, we typically read your water meter by remote from outside your home. On occasion, we may need to gain access to your water meter if there is a problem with the remote. If necessary, we will contact you to schedule an appointment to gain access to the inside meter.
City Water Conservation starts May 1 and ends September 30 each year.
We recommend setting your water softener to 29 GPG (grains per gallon).
We have published a Water Quality Analysis Report that shows you what's in Chaska water. Here are a few articles on how the different elements in water can impact home brewing.
Typically, this can happen after we flush out our system during the spring. Open up your cold water on your faucet and keep the water flow at a steady stream for 15 minutes. If your water doesn't clear up after that, please call the Water & Sewer Department at (952) 448-4335.
Cloudy water is caused by tiny air bubbles in the water. Generally, your water will clear up in a few seconds.
The most common cause of that smell is anaerobic bacteria reacting with sulfur and the sacrificial anode in your water heater. Replacing the sacrificial anode and increasing the temperature of your water heater should remove the odor.
Experts recommend annual flushing of your water heater to remove sediment. This helps prevent your water heater from corroding.