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Streets within the 2019 Street Reconstruction Project area are identified within the City’s Capital Improvement Plan for reconstruction. The roadways included within this project were selected as part of the City’s Pavement Management Program. This program is used by the City to manage and extend the pavement life of our streets and select improvement projects in a cost-effective and efficient manner.
Proposed work includes street reconstruction and storm sewer improvements, which includes spot curb and gutter replacement and utility repairs. Corrosion protection is proposed on the watermain facilities throughout the project. Download the project location map (PDF), which details the limits of the project.
Construction is anticipated to take place between April and November of 2019. Construction throughout the project area will be phased. More detailed schedule information will be made available to residents on the project web page as the project moves through design and into construction.
This project is proposed to be funded by the City’s Street Capital Improvement Funds and Special Assessments to benefiting properties. The City’s assessment policy is to assess 40% of the street and storm sewer improvements to the benefiting property owners. Estimated assessment amounts will be mailed to all property owners in the project area in late October with the invitation to attend the public hearing for the project.
Residents will have access to their driveways for the majority of the construction project. However, if and when concrete curb and gutter is being replaced in front of your driveway, the City requires a 5-day minimum curing time with no disturbance to the concrete. There also may be short periods during the day where a resident may not have access to his/her driveway due to roadway construction. Property owners will be provided as much advance notification as possible when access to driveways will be restricted.
The contractor will install temporary mailboxes as determined by the Post Office and residents will be notified of their location. The existing mailbox will be salvaged until after construction and reinstalled in a similar location.
Trash pickup in the neighborhood will take place on the same day it currently occurs. The contractor will provide access to the neighborhood to garbage trucks for pickup, or coordinate with the disposal service providers during the occasional exception throughout the project to minimize inconvenience to the residents.
The City of Lakeville has specified the following working hours: Monday - Friday 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Work on Saturdays is allowed with permission from the City Engineer. Saturday working hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. The on-site construction observer will work to notify residents in advance if work is proposed to take place on a Saturday. No work is permitted on Sundays or holidays.
Sections of maintained lawn that need to be removed for construction will be restored with new seed at the end of the project. The contractor is responsible for watering the new seed for 30-calendar days following installation, after which it is the homeowner’s responsibility. Please do not mow new seed with the rest of your lawn as this will kill it. All residents will receive mailings notifying them of the end dates of the contractor’s seed maintenance period.
The contractor is responsible for protecting, or replacing to their original condition if damaged, most items such as small retaining walls, landscape features or irrigation systems found in the homeowner’s yard. For underground items such as invisible pet fences and irrigation lines, all homeowners are asked to make an effort to mark them so that the contractor can work around them and protect them as much as possible from damage. It is the homeowner’s responsibility to relocate any plantings that will be disturbed by construction; the contractor will not replace plantings with final restoration of the project.
The City completed tree pruning work over the winter months, and also removed trees anticipated to be impacted by construction at that time. Any additional tree removal needs associated with construction activities will be communicated to property owners on a case-by-case basis.
Streets within the 2022 Street Reconstruction Project area are identified within the City’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for reconstruction. The roadways included within this project were selected as part of the City’s Pavement Management Program. This program is used by the City to manage and extend the pavement life of our streets and select improvement projects in a cost-effective and efficient manner.
Street reconstruction and storm sewer improvements are being proposed, which includes partial curb and gutter replacement and utility repairs. Corrosion protection is proposed on the watermain facilities throughout the project. Download the project location map (PDF), which details the limits of the 2022 Street Reconstruction Project.
Construction is anticipated to take place between April-November 2022. Construction throughout the project area will be phased. More detailed schedule information will be made available to residents on the project web page as the project moves through design and into construction.
This project is proposed to be funded by the City’s Street Capital Improvement Funds and Special Assessments to benefiting properties. The City’s assessment policy is to assess 40% of the street and storm sewer improvements to the benefiting property owners. Estimated assessment amounts will be mailed to all property owners in the project area in late October 2021 with the invitation to attend the public hearing for the project.
Residents will have access to their driveways for the majority of the construction project. However, if and when concrete curb and gutter is being replaced in front of your driveway, the City requires a 5-day minimum curing time with no disturbance to the concrete. There also may be short periods during the day you may not have access to your driveway due to roadway construction. Property owners will be provided as much advance notification as possible when access to driveways will be restricted. If you are planning to replace your entire driveway in 2022, it will be best to schedule that after construction on your street and driveway is completed.
The City of Lakeville has specified the following working hours:
No work is permitted on Sundays or holidays.
Sections of maintained lawn that need to be removed for construction will be restored with new seed at the end of the project. The contractor is responsible for watering the new seed for 45 calendar days following installation, after which time it is the homeowner’s responsibility. Please do not mow new seed during this time period as it will hinder growth and potentially cause it to die.
The contractor is responsible for protecting, or replacing to their original condition if damaged, most items such as small retaining walls, landscape features or irrigation systems found in the homeowner’s yard. For underground items such as invisible pet fences and irrigation lines, all homeowners are asked to mark them so that the contractor can work around them and protect them as much as possible from damage. It is the homeowner’s responsibility to relocate any plantings that will be disturbed by construction; the contractor will not replace plantings with final restoration of the project.
Over the winter, the City will conduct tree pruning work and tree removals within the right-of-way only, for trees that are anticipated to be impacted by construction. Any additional tree removal needs associated with construction activities will be communicated to property owners on a case-by-case basis.
An arborist is a professional who is trained in the art and science of planting, caring for, and maintaining trees and other woody plants. The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) provides an arborist certification once individuals have worked a minimum of three years in arboriculture or a combination of education and experience and pass an exam. A good arborist will offer a wide range of services such as pruning, removal, disease and insect diagnosis, integrated pest management, etc. There are many experienced tree services that do not employ certified arborists but will do a fine job removing a diseased or infested tree.
You should always get 2-3 written price quotes before you choose one company, ask to see proof of liability insurance and do not pay the company until the work is complete. Be wary of people that go door-to- door soliciting business, even if they did good work for your neighbor. Before hiring a company, make sure they understand what is expected with the tree removal including timeline, wood removal or chipping, and stump de-barking. You do not need to grind out the stump, if the bark is removed off the stump. For oak wilt, if you or your neighbors have healthy red oaks within 100 feet of the diseased oak(s), you should hire a company that can offer treatments to prevent the spread to nearby oaks first, before the diseased tree removal. See How to Hire a Tree Contractor for more information and additional resources.
At this time, City of Lakeville does not require tree care companies to be licensed to work in Lakeville. Some cities require tree care companies to license with their municipality. The State of Minnesota requires all tree contractors to be on the Tree Registry List.
Minnesota Certified Tree Inspectors are individuals who have received training and certification to manage tree pests and diseases and are qualified to offer tree health and care recommendations. They monitor communities for new tree pests and diseases. This program was founded in 1974 as a result of Dutch Elm Disease and the emergence of oak wilt.
Public property: City Forestry staff monitor and survey the entire City for infested ash, oak and elm trees on public and private property throughout the year. We also take inspection requests from residents who notice a dying tree. Infested ash trees on City property are marked and issued to one of several work crews or a contractor, who must follow the same removal guidelines and timelines as private property owners. Sites are rechecked for compliance after the removal is complete.
Private property: City Forestry staff will contact the property owner by mail or front door hanger to request access to the yard via a right of entry form in order to inspect and confirm the trees are infested/diseased.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has an interactive Emerald Ash Borer map it updates annually which shows areas with current EAB infestations and quarantines.
The primary symptoms of EAB are woodpecker activity, bark splits, crown dieback and suckering shoots. If you would like additional information and pictures to help with identifying these symptoms, go to our EAB Signs and Symptoms webpage. If you see any of these symptoms and would like to confirm if your tree has EAB, contact Forestry staff at LAShadeTreePest@lakevillemn.gov.
An infested ash tree has bark splits with visible larval galleries and/or significant woodpecker activity due to the presence of EAB. City Forestry staff often use binoculars to see galleries high in the tree and can help point out the signs they used to identify the tree as EAB positive. This is one of the reasons leaf-off conditions are best for seeing EAB damage on the tree.
If we see a tree that appears early in the infestation, we will leave a door hanger alerting the property owner about the City’s Ash Injection Program in order to encourage therapeutic injection to preserve the tree and its canopy benefits.
All ash brush and wood from infested ash trees must be disposed of by chipping or by hauling to a wood waste facility following all current Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) quarantines or guidelines established on a county basis. Tree removal is required within the timeline provided by the City following the property inspection and first notification of nuisance sent to the property owner. Individual extensions up to two weeks will be approved on a case-by-case basis depending on site factors such as trees requiring utility line clearance. If a tree has 30 percent dieback or less and the property owner is interested in injecting the tree, an extension to June 15 will be permitted when a homeowner-accepted bid from an MDA licensed pesticide applicator is submitted to Forestry staff prior to the removal deadline.
If you believe you will need an extension, contact the City Forester at 952-985-2724 before your deadline lapses. Extensions of up to two weeks may be granted when you provide the name of the contractor you have hired, your property address and your phone number. The site will be rechecked for completion after your extension has ended. For those worried about the cost, there may be a way to spread out the removal costs on your taxes as a special assessment.
The stump does not have to be ground out, but stumps with bark intact from infested tree removal may not extend more than three inches above the ground. If the stump is taller than three inches, the stump must be completely debarked. Emerald ash borer reproduces beneath the bark of ash wood. Leaving bark intact wood or stumps on a property allows emerald ash borer to reproduce and go on to infest other nearby health ash trees. If the stump is in a high traffic or grassy (mowed) area, you may want to consider removing it for aesthetic or safety reasons, but it is not necessary for disease/insect control.
If you plan to implement control measures such as ash injections, notify Forestry staff at LAShadeTreePest@lakevillemn.gov with a copy of the accepted injection estimate from your contractor. Forestry staff will revisit each address to confirm the removal of all infested trees and wood in person when the removal deadline has lapsed, but you can contact Forestry staff at LAShadeTreePest@lakevillemn.gov if your property is ready for re-inspection.
The City of Lakeville holds an annual tree and shrub sale. Trees and shrubs offered at the City sale are offered at bulk prices. Pre-ordering begins in February of each year. Tree pickup is in April. At least two days prior to planting a tree, homeowners should contact Gopher State One Call which marks public utilities for free. They do not mark private utilities.
If you had ash trees that were not marked for removal, they are likely infested, but not yet showing signs of EAB. There are chemical trunk injections available that protect ash trees from EAB and the City offers a reduced-cost program to assist residents in preserving their shade. If a tree has 30% dieback or less, there is the possibility an ash tree can be treated and saved. Earlier is always better. Visit the City’s webpage on how to Prepare for EAB in Your Yard. If trees are not treated they will die from EAB, and if they remain standing they will be marked by Forestry staff, hopefully before they become brittle and hazardous.
The tree inspector will leave a door hanger thanking you for helping to protect the Lakeville community forest.
An oak or elm with one of these diseases show signs in June-September during leaf-on conditions. The fungal pathogen is spread by shared root systems between “like” species of trees and by a beetle. The tree reacts to the fungus and tries to limit its spread by blocking up the water-conducting tissues, The first symptom often looks like drought injury and is usually “flagging” of one or more branches in the upper part of the canopy. Flagging looks like yellow or brown curling leaves moving from the branch tips down toward the main stem. The leaves may also start curling with a dark water-stained olive-green color. As the disease progresses, leaves drop. It is easy to peel back the bark on diseased branches to reveal staining on the living tissue, adding another positive identification to the presence of the fungus.
The best way to control Dutch elm disease (DED) is through good sanitation, which is removing diseased and dying elms and elm wood piles by chipping or burning the wood, so bark beetles do not have a place to lay their eggs. Unfortunately, good sanitation occurs after the trees are already dead or dying.
The only preventative step to keep an elm from getting DED is to inject it with a chemical that prevents the disease from taking hold in the tree.
Be sure to avoid any pruning or wounding of oak branches, stems or roots from April-October of each year. Check the University of Minnesota’s website to check if it is a safe time to prune.
Visit our Oak Tree Diseases webpage for more details on managing the disease
DBH is a forestry term that means diameter (in inches) measured at breast height, which is 4.5 feet from the ground. Multi-stem trees are measured as one tree at the narrowest point above ground. Beyond size of the tree, removal pricing is based on the tree’s location within the property and the presence of obstructions such as overhead utilities, steep slopes or structures. The type of equipment that can access the tree can also influence the cost. Each company has a different business model with varying levels of staffing, education and overhead which can cause wide fluctuations in cost. Most companies carry at least $2 million aggregate in liability insurance because forestry and arboriculture work carries a high risk to the employee.
Property lines are determined based on physical factors such as fences, mowing lines, overhead power lines (which generally mirror property lines), and aerial photos along with plat maps (when needed). If you think the tree is on your neighbor’s property, try to resolve the dispute yourselves. If you cannot agree and would like more detailed information, you can call the Engineering Department at 952-985-4500 to determine if there is a survey on file for your property.
When removing any tree, it is very important that you be aware of any overhead utilities that are near or travel through the tree. The utility companies (Xcel Energy or Dakota Electric) must be notified of the situation well in advance of the tree’s removal so that they may assist you. When you contact a utility company, make sure that you notify them that you have a diseased tree, and give them your deadline. Please notify our office if there are any delays.
There are two types of situations that occur when your tree has wires near or in it:
Pole-to-Pole: This situation involves electric service to more than one residence because the wires in your tree are connected between service poles. The utility company usually prefers to handle trees around these lines by removing as much of the tree as necessary to prevent damage to their lines and to make it “safe” for other contractors to remove. They may remove only a portion of the tree and leave the remaining wood debris. It is your responsibility to dispose of any wood left on site.
Pole-to-House: This situation involves the utility lines running from service pole to your house. It is common for the utility company to disconnect the service lines involved while you or your contractor remove the tree. They will then reconnect the service lines after the work is complete. You should set a specific time for disconnection and re-connection of your service to facilitate both the efficient removal of the tree and the restoration of your service.
Yes—Forestry staff monitor and survey the entire City for infested and diseased ash, oak and elm trees. We also take inspection requests. Infested or diseased trees on City property are marked and issued to one of several work crews and contractors, who must follow the same removal guidelines and timelines as private property owners. Sites are rechecked for compliance after the removal is complete.
Learn more about requirements for permits on our Building Inspections page.
There is no difference. You have three options to choose from. You can vote early by mail, you can vote early in person or you can vote on Election Day at your polling place.
You cannot request a ballot for someone else. Each voter must submit a completed and signed absentee ballot application. The absentee ballot application is available on this website (PDF). Paper copies are also available at City Hall. The completed application can be mailed, emailed, faxed or delivered in person to City Hall.
You can apply for an absentee ballot any time. We will begin mailing ballots the week of September 14. Ballots will be available at City Hall for in-person voting on Friday, September 18.
Don’t procrastinate. We cannot speak for the U.S. Postal Service. Keep in mind that your ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received in our office no later than November 10 in order to be counted. The law was changed for the 2020 General Election allowing seven additional days for postal delivery of ballots due to COVID-19.
Minnesota law requires the completion of an application in order to receive an absentee ballot for early voting.
We will begin mailing ballots the week of September 14.
You can use a package delivery service, such as FedEx or UPS. Also, you can drop off ballots at City Hall for up to three persons. You will be asked to show identification and sign an agent delivery roster. We do not have a secure ballot drop box for after hours.
You should check with the delivery service you are using. There are options for next-day delivery with additional fees.
The deadline is 3 p.m. on Election Day.
Minnesota law allows absentee voters to deposit their ballots directly into the ballot counter beginning the 7th day before the election. (For this election, direct balloting starts October 27.)
Lakeville residents are served by three different post offices (Lakeville, Rosemount and Farmington). The City of Lakeville issues ballots only to Lakeville residents, regardless of which post office delivers their mail. Scott County residents should request an absentee ballot from the Scott County Government Center in Shakopee. Eureka Township residents should request a ballot from the Dakota County Government Center in Hastings.
During development, all trees greater than 6 inches in diameter are tagged and surveyed. They are protected for you by Environmental Resources staff throughout the development process. Before removing any tags, contact building inspections at 952-985-4440 to determine if a final inspection has been completed for your lot.
As rainwater flows over lawns and hard surfaces it picks up nutrients and pollutants that are then captured in stormwater ponds to protect our lakes and streams. Due to the purpose of ponds, it is not surprising for ponds to turn green over time.
There are three main types of organisms that can make a pond look green. To determine what might be happening in your pond, review the information below:
The best thing you can do to prevent a green pond due to any of the above organisms is to reduce the amount of nutrients in the water body by practicing environmentally safe lawn care practices. By you and your neighbors sweeping up grass clippings and fertilizers from paved surfaces and making sure erosion and piling of vegetation near the pond isn’t occurring, you will help to eliminate the main food source for these organisms and reduce the pond’s green appearance. For further information about what you might be able to do to help your pond or wetland, download the brochures below.
City of Lakeville Ordinance requires the lot purchaser to plant at least two trees on every lot in the plat unless the lot already has two existing trees. One of these trees must be planted in the front yard. For more information, download this handout (PDF).
Visit our Forestry webpage to learn more about how we can help with sick trees.
Photoelectric smoke detectors can be placed in the trash. Verify the type by checking the operating manual or the back of the detector. Remove batteries before throwing away the detector. Bring all rechargeable batteries to The Recycling Zone in Eagan for free recycling. It’s safe to put non-rechargeable batteries in the trash.
Ionization smoke detectors should not be placed in the trash. Verify with the manufacturer where they should be sent for proper recycling. The Fire Department cannot accept these detectors.
The revenue of the liquor stores has been used for a variety of projects and buildings, including Lakeville City Hall, fire stations, a portion of Ames Ice Arena, the land for the Dakota County Public Library, and large pieces of equipment such as road graders and fire trucks.
The city voted to enter the liquor business shortly after the repeal of prohibition in 1935. That makes it the oldest operating business in the City of Lakeville.
Yes, we have several types of discounts including case discounts and club membership discounts. We also offer a senior citizen discount, which is 10 percent off any liquor or wine not already on sale, Monday through Thursday, for anyone 65 and over. If you are planning a large gathering such as a wedding, schedule a meeting to create a personalized beverage menu for your upcoming special event. Send an email to Marketing & Events Specialist, Leah Pihlaja, to set up an in-person or over the phone meeting with a store manager. Allow 48 hours for response.
Yes, we have a wide range of beer, spirits, and wine that are gluten free. Please visit the stores and ask for assistance in locating these items.
Non-resident:- Antlers Park (Prime* Shelter A) - $150 per day- Antlers Park (Prime* Shelter B & C) - $125 per day- Antlers & all other shelters (non-prime) - $80 per day- Non-Lakeville business - $225 per day
*Prime: Saturday & Sunday (Memorial through Labor Day weekends)
Tax will be charged on rental fees.
No, renting a shelter or other park amenity does not grant exclusive access to any one party to any public park.
Daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Yes, dogs are permitted in all Lakeville parks as long as they are on a leash.
We are currently registering for recreation programs that begin December 19, 2020 or thereafter. Check back often as we are continually adding new offerings. In addition to in person programing, we offer at home kids and virtual classes. If you have a question about a program, contact us at 952-985-4600.
Lakeville Parks & Recreation strives to make your experience as safe and fun as possible. Download the most current safety procedures that are in place (PDF).
Discuss these procedures with the participant enrolled. If you have any questions, contact our office at 952-985-4600.
The City is monitoring the COVID-19 situation and if a program is canceled we will contact participants via email. Refunds will be issued via the original form of payment.
We request a minimum of 48 hours advance notice of cancelations whenever possible. We understand that times are uncertain right now and that it is hard to know how you will feel in future weeks as recommendations are continuously changing. Contact us at 952-985-4600 if you need to make a cancelation or have additional questions.
Read our COVID-19 Refund Policy (PDF) for more information.
We are currently taking reservations for outdoor shelters. Check online for shelter availability and to make reservations or call us at 952-985-4600.
Protect yourself and others in social gatherings. Here are some guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health.
The Lakeville Police Department is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for anyone who needs police assistance or would like to make any type of incident report.
You should call 911 anytime you have an emergency situation, like a fire, a serious injury or medical condition, a crime in progress or anytime you need to speak with a police officer. When you call 911 an emergency dispatcher will answer the phone and ask you for details about your situation. Please speak clearly and calmly to the dispatcher. If you dial 911 by accident, please stay on the line and advise the dispatcher that the call to 911 was an accident. If you dial 911 and hang up without speaking to a dispatcher, a police officer will most likely be sent to the location the call was made from.
The Lakeville Police Department partners with the Dakota Communications Center (DCC). The DCC encourages the use of 911 for any situation that requires the response of police, fire or emergency medical personnel. This includes non-emergency situations such as reporting a crime, a traffic situation, or suspicious activity. The dispatcher will ask questions to help assure the proper level of response and that emergencies receive the highest priority. 911 should not be used for information-only purposes. You may also contact the DCC at 952-322-2323.
Submit a Data Request Form (PDF) to the Lakeville Police Department by email, fax or mail. Describe the data you are requesting as specifically as possible, supply pertinent information such as date, time, address, and/or case number. Data requests for information about you a must be submitted with a copy of a valid state ID, driver’s license, military ID or passport.
The Government Data Practices Act (Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 13) regulates the release of government and law enforcement data. Government data is classified as either Public, Private or confidential. There may be some information in a report that is public and other information that is classified as private or confidential.
Private data can be accessed only by the person who is the subject of the data, you must supply a copy of a valid state ID, such as a driver’s license, military ID, or passport as proof of identity. Traffic accident reports are private and only available to those involved in the accident or who have sustained a loss as a result of the accident. Requests by those representing or insuring individuals involved or who sustained a loss must be in writing, and contain the accident information and name of the person they are representing or insuring.
Confidential data can only be accessed by persons specifically authorized.
There may be charges for copies, materials onto which we copy data, mailing costs, charges for creating summary data, etc. which will be communicated by the Police Department Administrative Services.
Complete the Minnesota Uniform Firearm Application/Receipt Permit to Purchase/Transfer form Firearm Application/Receipt Permit (PDF), making sure you sign and date the four (4) SIGNATURE and DATE lines. Email or mail the form WITH a copy of a valid state ID, driver’s license, military ID or passport to the Lakeville Police Department; email: PoliceRecords@lakevillemn.gov, mail: Police Department, 9237 183rd St. W., Lakeville, MN 55044. A background check will be completed and your permit will be mailed to you.
Contact the Sheriff’s Department in the county in which you live.
Call Lakeville Animal Control by dialing 911 or 651-322-2323 (Dakota Communications Center). You may also leave a message for Lakeville Animal Control by calling 952-985-2880.
You are only required to notify the police if there is an injury related to the crash, or if public property has been damaged. Crashes that result in property damage only can be handled by the drivers exchanging insurance information. If for any reason you would like an officer to respond to your motor vehicle crash, please call 911 or 651-322-2323 (Dakota Communications Center) and an officer will respond to assist you. If the crash has resulted in an injury or in $1,000 combined damage for all vehicles involved, the 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. You may obtain the form from the Department of Public Safety website.
The Lakeville Police Department will respond to vehicle lock-outs in emergency situations (i.e., a child is locked in the vehicle). In non-emergency situations, you should contact a locksmith, tow company or full-service gas station.
Yes. The City of Lakeville follows the Dakota County curfew ordinance:
Submit a Data Request Form (PDF) to the Lakeville Police Department.
Submit (1) the Solicitor Registration Form (PDF) and (2) a copy of your valid driver’s license to PoliceRecords@lakevillemn.gov or by mail to: Lakeville Police Department, 9237 183rd Street West, Lakeville, MN 55044.
The Lakeville Police Department has access to driving records for law enforcement purposes only. Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) does not allow us to provide that data to individuals or businesses. Contact DVS directly via their website or by phone at 651-296-6911.
Fingerprint services are available by appointment only. Payment by cash or check is accepted. Contact our administrative offices at 952-985-2800 to schedule an appointment.
Orders for protection and harassment/restraining orders are issued by district courts. Visit any of the Dakota County service center locations to complete an application for any of these orders. More information is available at the Minnesota Judicial Branch website.
Some information on Level III predatory offenders is available online from the Minnesota Department of Corrections.
You can submit your comments online on our website. You may also send an email, letter or a card to the Police Department. Please include a brief description of how the officer/employee was helpful to you. You may also call us at 952-985-2800 to pass along this information.
If you have a complaint regarding the conduct of an officer or employee of the Police Department, call 952-985-2800 and ask to speak with the Watch Commander or on-duty supervisor. This person will be able to explain the complaint process to you. You may also send us information online via our website.
Minnesota's child passenger safety law went into effect July 1, 2009. The law requires a child who is both under age 8 and shorter than 4'9" to be fastened in a child safety seat or booster. Under this law, a child cannot use a seat belt alone until he/she is age 8 or 4'9" tall, whichever comes first. It is recommended to keep a child in a booster based on height, rather than age. Infants under 20 pounds and age 1 must be in a rear-facing safety seat. Booster seats and other child restraint/safety seats must be installed according to manufacturer's instructions. Car seat checks are available at multiple locations. Visit the Minnesota Department of Public Safety website for a list of locations.
Contact the Lakeville Police Department to report any identity theft. An officer will provide you with information on the steps you should take to clear your identity and protect yourself in the future. He/she will review this identity theft information with you and help you submit the related forms. Online resources include the Federal Trade Commission, U.S. Department of Justice, Social Security Administration, Equifax, TransUnion or Experian. We also list some identity theft resources on our website.
If the vehicle is not being held for investigative purposes, the vehicle will be located at Marek’s Towing in Lakeville. You will need a copy of the impoundment form, which may have been given to you on the scene. Otherwise you may pick it up at the Police Department. This form has the address and phone number of the tow company.
A body camera is a small, battery-powered camera worn by police officers on their uniform that records both video and audio.
Body cameras will be worn on the upper torso of the officer’s uniform. Each camera comes with three mounting options. The style of uniform worn by the officer will dictate which mounting option is used and how it is placed.
Body cameras are another tool for the City of Lakeville Police Department’s promotion of an honest, transparent and inclusive government. Benefits include increased transparency, improved behaviors, faster resolution of complaints, providing evidence, and improving communication and skills training for officers.
A federal grant will assist in operational costs for the first three years of the program. The program will cost $74,000 annually.
Squad car cameras are still important and complement the use of body cameras. Squad car cameras can provide an overall view of a situation compared to the view of a body camera and could possibly capture events that a body camera could not. The use of both platforms increases the likelihood that incidents are recorded and provide the best documentation of the situation.
Peace officers that have a legitimate, law enforcement-related reason can view the video. If there is a legitimate, specified law enforcement need, LPD can share body camera video data with another law enforcement agency with a request made in writing.
Generally, most body camera 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.
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.
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 shall activate their body cameras when responding to all calls for service and during all law enforcement-related encounters and activities, including but not limited to pursuits, investigative stops of motorists and pedestrians, arrests, searches, suspect interviews and interrogations, and during any police/citizen contacts that becomes adversarial. However, officers need not activate their cameras when it would be unsafe, impossible, or impractical to do so, but such instances of not recording when otherwise required must be thoroughly documented.
When officers determine that there is not a law enforcement need for recording, they may deactivate their body cameras.
Officers have no affirmative duty to inform people that a body camera is being operated or that they are being recorded. Officers may elect to notify people they encounter that a body camera is being operated if it is felt that doing so may deescalate an encounter.
The request should be considered while taking into account dignity of the subject being recorded, legitimate law enforcement need and privacy.
Yes, locker rooms, dressing rooms or restrooms unless a criminal offense has occurred in these areas. Officers will attempt to take precautions to protect the dignity and privacy of all persons.
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 LPD.
The Minnesota Office of the Revisor of Statutes: 13.825 Portable Recording Systems
No, the body camera system is specifically designed to prevent the user from altering or deleting recordings.
Per Minnesota Statute 13.825 all portable recording system data must be maintained for at least 90 days, and active or inactive criminal investigative data must be maintained for at least one year. The General Records Retention Schedule for Minnesota Cities includes additional minimum retention periods, like seven years for Use of Force.
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.
Access to body camera data shall be limited to the employee who captured the video, supervisory personnel and command level personnel, along with others deemed by the chief of police to have “need to know” or “need to access,” such as case investigators and Records Unit personnel. In addition: body camera video shall be available to approved personnel within the offices of the Lakeville City Attorney and Dakota County Attorney’s Office. Prosecutors or their designee may authorize protected access to specific cases with body camera video.
Yes. Officers will use the video to further assist in preparing a police report, giving a statement, or providing testimony in court.
Yes, outside of criminal investigative data, body camera video is private data, which means the subject of the data may view the recording. If the subject requests a copy of the data, the law enforcement agency must redact the data on other individuals who do not consent to its release. The identity of an undercover law enforcement officer must also be redacted for their protection. Minn. Stat. § 13.825, subd. 4.
Yes. When an LPD officer activates their body camera, it will capture the previous 30 seconds of video, the audio may or may not be buffered.
Yes. We are working with the school districts on educating and receiving input with regards to this policy. A uniformed officer may have their body camera activated if they respond to an incident at a school. Video may be released to: shared with other law enforcement for legitimate purposes with a written request, prosecution and courts and any person or agency, if the agency determines that the access will aid the law enforcement process, promote public safety or dispel widespread rumor or unrest.
All uniformed members of the police department are assigned a body camera.
Detectives will utilize body cameras.
The body camera policy and records retention schedule are posted on our website. The records retention schedule can also be found on the Municipal Clerks and Finance Officers Association of Minnesota's website (PDF).
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 LPD at the end of the officer’s shift.
The Lakeville Small Business Emergency Grant Program is funded by CARES Act dollars and will award grant applications up to $484,694.
Each business applicant can receive up to $10,000, depending on the amount of COVID-19 related eligible expenses demonstrated.
The grant application will be available on this website from July 27-August 7, 2020. Eligible applications will be awarded grant funds based on a first-come, first-served basis.
If applications exceed funding available, applicants will be selected by a first-come, first-served basis.
The Lakeville Community & Economic Development Department will notify approved applicants by email within 10 business days of the submittal of a complete application.
Within 10 days of signing the grant agreement (after all required documentation has been received and approved).
Eligible applicants must have a physical business location within Lakeville city boundaries. Majority ownership of the business should be Minnesota-based.
Yes. Applicants are encouraged to apply for any and all sources of funding available. However, businesses may only receive Lakeville Small Business Emergency Grant Program funds upon certification and verification that no other CARES Act COVID-related emergency county or state funds have been received.
MN DEED created a Small Business Emergency Grant Program that accepted applications from June 24 through July 2, 2020. Dakota County is looking at creating a similar program and will discuss the matter during the July 14 Dakota County Commission meeting. Visit Dakota County’s website for meeting agendas and support documents.
Yes, but Lakeville Small Business Emergency Grant Program funds must be used to cover different expenses over and above specific uses of federal funds.
The application is a series of questions that verify eligibility based on the information listed in the Program Guidelines and should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. No documents are required to complete the application.
A completed application form with all questions answered. No additional documentation is required with the application form. If your application is selected and verified, additional documentation will be requested.
Yes. Eligibility is determined by the number of employees on March 1, 2020.
Yes, as long as you have at least one eligible employee in addition to yourself as of March 1, 2020 and not more than 25 FTE employees and meet all other eligibility requirements.
Credit score will not affect your eligibility or selection for funding.
Contact Kati Bachmayer, Economic Development Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 952-985-4425.
The Second Round Lakeville Small Business Emergency Grant Program is funded by CARES Act dollars and will award grant applications up to $400,000.
The grant application will be available on lakevillemn.gov from September 16-30, 2020. Eligible applications will be awarded grant funds based on a first-come, first-served basis.
The majority of communication will take place via email. Applicants are encouraged to provide an accurate email address and check their junk folders regularly so as not to miss any grant-related communications.
Eligible applicants must have a physical business location within Lakeville city boundaries. Those with Lakeville addresses located outside city boundaries are considered ineligible.
Businesses may not receive CARES Act grant funds from more than one entity. Applicants to the Second Round Lakeville Small Business Emergency Grant Program must verify that no other CARES Act COVID-related emergency county or state funds have been received.
Yes, but Lakeville Small Business Emergency Grant Program funds must be used to cover different expenses over and above specific uses of those federal funds.
A completed application form with all questions answered. No additional documentation is required with the application form. If your application is selected and verified, additional documentation will be requested via email.
A checklist will be provided to applicants who have been deemed preliminarily eligible. Documentation submittals include business revenue from 2019 (or the business’ most recent fiscal year if different), e.g. tax return, financial statements, reports or any such records that can verify business revenue, and documentation of payroll and employee count, if any, as of March 1, 2020. A copy of a voided check/bank information will be needed to wire funds.
Yes, as long as you have no more than 50 FTE employees and meet all other eligibility requirements.
Contact Kati Bachmayer, Economic Development Coordinator at email@example.com or 952-985-4425.
The Third Round Lakeville Small Business Emergency Grant Program is funded by City of Lakeville General Fund dollars and will award grant applications up to $400,000.
The grant application will be available on lakevillemn.gov from December 22-31, 2020. Eligible applications will be awarded a $5,000 grant.
Qualifying businesses will be awarded a city grant. Please refer to the Program Guidelines for complete qualifying eligibility criteria.
The Lakeville Community & Economic Development Department will notify applicants by email within 10 business days of the submittal of a complete application.
After all required documentation has been received and approved by city staff, the grant funds will be issued within 10 days.
No. Restaurants that were carry-out only (no dine-in seating) prior to March 1, 2020 and/or have a drive-thru window are not eligible for a grant, as per the Program Guidelines.
Yes, as long as your business is considered eligible under the Program Guidelines. Businesses, such as gyms, that were closed in response to MN Executive Order 20-99 are eligible to receive a grant, even if they were allowed to open at a reduced indoor capacity per MN Executive Order 20-103.
Yes. Lakeville businesses affected by MN Executive Order 20-99 are eligible to receive funds from the Lakeville Small Business Emergency Grant Program – Third Round, even if they have previously received grants from the City of Lakeville, Dakota County or the State of Minnesota.
Yes, but Lakeville Small Business Emergency Grant Program funds should be used to cover different expenses over and above specific uses of those federal funds.
A W-9, a completed Direct Deposit Form and a voided check/bank information will be needed to electronically transfer funds.
No. Any Lakeville business directly affected by MN Executive Order 20-99 is eligible to receive a grant, regardless of employee numbers.
Contact Kati Bachmayer, Economic Development Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 952-985-4425.
The sign ordinance prohibits the display of advertising signs, which are defined as signs used to advertise products, goods, or services not related to the premises on which the sign is located. These signs can be an eyesore, a sign of blight, a distraction to motorists and pedestrians at busy intersections, and can also interfere with street and park maintenance crews. City staff removes hundreds of illegal advertising signs each year at a cost to all Lakeville residents and businesses.
If you have any questions regarding Lakeville Sign Ordinances or advertising signs, please call 952-985-4420.
Download the water leak ruler (PDF) to help you determine how much water is wasted by a leak.
These items indicate where underground utilities may be buried and were placed in your yard by Gopher State One Call prior to any excavation.
There are not lifeguards at any Lakeville beaches. Swim at your own risk and stay within designated swimming areas only.
Generally beach water is safe to swim in, although accidental drownings andwaterborne illness are always a concern. Lakeville beach water is sampled weekly toensure that the water meets the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)proposal for water bacteria levels.
The most current MPCA recommendations for beach water sampling are to test forthe presence of Escherichia coli (E. coli). E. coli is one of the intestinal organismsfound in warm-blooded animal waste. It is therefore a good indicator of fecalcontamination.
Property owners or occupants are required to remove snow or ice from sidewalks abutting their property within 48 hours after the snow or ice has been deposited.
After giving the owner or occupant of property in violation of this ordinance seven days advance written notice of noncompliance, the City can cut, or hire someone else to cut, the grass and weeds and assess the cost against the property, in accordance with state statutes.